Explorator 21.22 ~ September 23, 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,
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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Remains of two more Neanderthals from Shanidar Cave:

http://www.kurdistan24.net/en/news/464cfb49-659e-46da-8c5a-3089e5f79f40
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6975-180918-shanidar-cave-neanderthals

Neanderthals had bigger, but not better (apparently) brains:

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/crux/?p=9712
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Groundwater draining operations in an Aswan temple revealed another Ptolemaic sphinx:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/sphinx-statue-uncovered-at-kom-ombo-temple/
http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/57652/Egyptian-archeological-mission-discovers-sphinx-statue-in-Aswan
https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/09/16/new-sandstone-sphinx-statue-discovered-in-aswan/
https://www.livescience.com/63620-cobra-crowned-sphinx.html
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-45546415
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/ancient-sphinx-egypt-pharaoh-temple-archaeologists-discovery-a8541426.html
https://www.smh.com.au/world/middle-east/ancient-sphinx-discovered-in-egypt-archaeologists-reveal-20180917-p5049h.html
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-egypt-antiquities/egyptian-archaeologists-find-sandstone-sphinx-in-temple-at-aswan-idUSKCN1LW0NO
https://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/latest-news/ancient-sandstone-sphinx-found-in-egypt/news-story/022cbf89aca6a1c0e3b5fa5bba131340
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/MAGAZINE-tiny-sphinx-from-ptolemaic-egypt-rescued-from-flooding-temple-1.6488626
https://www.novinite.com/articles/192183/Archaeologists+Discover+Ancient+Sphinx+in+Egypt+%28Photos%29
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-09/17/c_137474407.htm
https://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/article218493745.html
https://www.sciencealert.com/sphinx-statue-found-kom-ombo-ptolemais-dynasty-ancient-egypt
https://www.newsweek.com/egyptian-archeologists-unearth-sphinx-and-reliefs-king-ptolemy-v-kom-ombo-1123160
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6972-180917-egypt-aswan-sphinx

Also from Aswan comes a Late Period sarcophagus with mummy:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/311786/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/A-sarcophagus-with-a-mummy-uncovered-in-Late-Perio.aspx
https://www.livescience.com/63615-egyptian-mummy-discovered-in-sarcophagus.html
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-09/18/c_137477122.htm
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6976-180918-egypt-aswan-mummy

… and the site has produced lots of interesting things since 2014:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/57864/20-tombs-unearthed-in-Aga-Khan-site-Aswan-since-2014

Plans for the Tanis site to become an open air museum:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-09/16/c_137472191.htm

More on the tombs found at Lisht:

https://egyptianstreets.com/2018/09/18/american-egyptian-expedition-discovered-new-tombs-in-lisht-village/
https://www.egyptindependent.com/us-expedition-unearths-more-than-802-tombs-in-southern-egypt/
https://www.al.com/news/index.ssf/2018/09/expedition_led_by_uab_archaeol.html

Paleolithic sites from south of Riyadh:

https://aawsat.com/english/home/article/1398421/archaeological-sites-dating-back-thousands-years-discovered-south-saudi-capital
http://www.arabnews.com/node/1373651

A 2700 years bp grinding stone from Cavustepe:

https://www.dailysabah.com/turkey/2018/09/20/grinding-stone-dating-back-2700-years-found-in-eastern-turkey
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6982-180920-turkey-grinding-stone

Possible evidence of a 3000 years bp ‘oracle cult’ at Abel Beth Maacah:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-signs-of-3-000-year-old-oracle-cult-found-in-israel-archaeology-1.6472911

I think we mentioned this ‘archive’ of Hellenistic era seals from Tel Maresha:

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/252034
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-unique-cache-of-over-1-000-impression-seals-found-in-underground-closet-in-maresha-1.6479344
https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-sites-places/biblical-archaeology-sites/tel-maresha-caves-hellenistic-treasures/

Feature on tekhelet:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/jerusalem-museum-untangles-history-color-blue-biblical-hue-ancient-royalty-180970356/

Feature on Neolithic masks from Gobekli Tepe (and elsewhere):

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2018/09/Behind-the-Mask

An overview of the big finds in Israel in the year 5778:

https://m.jpost.com/Israel-News/Israeli-archaeological-finds-that-uncover-500000-years-of-Jewish-history-567649

Folks might be interested in Aren Maeir’s MOOC on the archaeology of Ancient Israel and Judah:

http://ancientworldonline.blogspot.com/2018/09/coming-soon-mooc-biblical-archaeology.html

Feature on the impact of the Crusades on Jerusalem:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-sites-places/jerusalem/what-were-the-crusades-and-how-did-they-impact-jerusalem/

More on the church in the lake in Izmir:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/was-council-of-nicaea-church-just-found-under-a-lake

More on 13 000 years bp beer operations:

https://www.newsweek.com/oldest-evidence-beer-brewing-13000-years-ago-unearthed-israeli-cave-1133931
http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/09/archaeologists-may-have-unearthed-world-s-oldest-brewery
https://www.livescience.com/63631-oldest-beer-brewing-evidence.html
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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Plenty of Roman finds from a Roman camp site in Portugal:

https://phys.org/news/2018-09-weapons-sandals-coins-roman-conquest.html

A Roman cemetery from North Lincolnshire:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-humber-45564334
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6980-180919-england-roman-cemetery

Roman finds from a dig in Winterton:

https://www.grimsbytelegraph.co.uk/news/local-news/skeletons-bracelets-pottery-even-leg-2017543

A looted Thracian brick tomb from Rozovo:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2018/09/23/smallest-ancient-thracian-brick-tomb-found-near-bulgarias-rozovo-thoroughly-looted-by-treasure-hunters/

Latest finds from the Segobriga site:

https://www.eldiario.es/clm/segobriga-record-visitas-patrimonio_0_810869733.html

Feature on Rome’s ‘first fire service’:

https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/ancient-romes-first-fire-service.html

Feature on a recently-restored Aphrodite in Florence’s Archaeological Museum:

https://www.broadwayworld.com/bwwart/article/Rediscovered-Aphrodite-In-Italys-National-Archeology-Museum-Restored-Thanks-To-Friends-Of-Florence-20180920

Why study Classics:

https://yaledailynews.com/blog/2018/09/17/turner-nietzsche-and-niche/

Reviewish on *The Silence of the Girls*:

https://www.npr.org/2018/09/16/639600024/homers-unwilling-women-are-no-longer-quiet-in-the-silence-of-the-girls

Reviewish of Emily Wilson’s *Odyssey* translation:

https://www.cnn.com/2018/09/20/opinions/the-odyssey-emily-wilson-reading-to-my-son-tess-taylor/index.html

More on the coin hoard from Como:

https://www.news24.com/World/News/watch-roman-gold-coins-worth-millions-discovered-in-old-theatre-20180916

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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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A pair of Bronze Age helmets from Slovakia:

https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20913941/mushroom-picker-finds-precious-helmets-from-late-bronze-age.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6977-180918-slovakia-bronze-helmets

An ‘amateur Danish archaeologist’ found some 1500 years bp jewellery:

https://www.thelocal.dk/20180917/amateur-danish-archaeologist-finds-1500-year-old-treasure
https://phys.org/news/2018-09-archaeologists-celebrate-spectacular-discovery-iron.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6973-180917-denmark-gold-treasure

A medieval bishop’s seal from a Swedish island:

https://www.thelocal.se/20180921/archaeologists-find-medieval-seal-on-biskops-arno-sweden
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6985-medieval-bishop-s-seal-found-in-sweden

Brexit fears are apparently causing archaeologists and curators to leave the UK:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2018/sep/22/archaeologists-and-curators-leaving-uk-over-brexit-fears

A sailor’s 17th century rape confession:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2018/sep/18/secret-unearthed-sailor-17th-century-journal-edward-barlow-national-maritime-museum

Searching for the site of the Siege of Derry era boom:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-foyle-west-45599513

Searching for the origins of Offa’s Dyke:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-45592682
https://www.shropshirestar.com/news/local-hubs/mid-wales/2018/09/21/offas-dyke-emerges-from-the-deep-at-castle/

Studying ice cores from a Swiss glacier:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/17/science/icecore-europe-pollen.html

On evidence of historical tsunamis in Britain:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-45541721

English Heritage is looking for Stonehenge holiday photos:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/sep/20/english-heritage-seeks-stonehenge-holiday-snaps-for-digital-album

Plans to recreate Henry VIII’s fancy tent:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2018/sep/22/henry-viii-tent-field-of-cloth-of-gold-reconstruction

Anticipating a dig in Trnava:

https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20913957/trnava-dream-city-for-archaeologists.html

More on a dog finding a Bronze Age hoard of sorts in Czechia:

https://www.sciencealert.com/bronze-age-urnfield-treasure-sickles-axes-arrows-dug-up-czechia-dog-orlicke-mountains
https://www.zmescience.com/research/discoveries/dog-archaeology-discovery-823523/
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/dog-archaeologist-czech-republic-1351412
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dog-uncovers-trove-bronze-age-relics-czech-republic-180970324/
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/very-good-doggo-finds-3000yearold-buried-treasure-while-out-on-walk/

More on the fide of Henry VII’s probable birthplace in Pembroke Castle:

https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/exact-spot-henry-viis-birthplace-15163270
https://www.westerntelegraph.co.uk/news/16887030.henry-vii-birthplace-found-during-pembroke-castle-dig/
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/sep/16/likely-birthplace-of-henry-vii-found-in-pembroke-castle
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/excavation-welsh-castle-may-shed-light-mystery-henry-viis-birthplace-180970304/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6974-180917-pembroke-castle-mansion
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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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Neolithic remains from a a Viet Nam cave:

https://vietnamnews.vn/life-style/466044/more-prehistoric-remains-found-in-volcanic-caves.html#5IY1bFbbpKT00qHk.97
https://e.vnexpress.net/news/news/ancient-skeletons-discovered-in-vietnam-cave-3811188.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6979-180919-vietnam-neolithic-remains

A new method of estimating prehistoric population growth suggests there was a boom in South East Asia population some 4000 years bp:

https://phys.org/news/2018-09-se-asian-population-boom-years.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-09/anu-rps091918.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/09/180920102132.htm

Evidence Aboriginal people lived in Australia’s desert interior some 50 000 years bp:

https://phys.org/news/2018-09-aboriginal-people-australia-interior-years.html
https://theconversation.com/aboriginal-people-lived-in-australias-desert-interior-50-000-years-ago-earlier-than-first-thought-102111

A team will be studying a ‘trove’ of statues in a Pilibhit temple:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/bareilly/asi-deputes-team-to-examine-trove-of-statues-in-pilibhit-temple/articleshow/65916679.cms

A Chola-era inscription unearthed in Pudukkottai:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/trichy/chola-era-inscription-unearthed-in-pudukkottai/articleshow/65863582.cms

Feature on the Maori monarchy:

https://theconversation.com/the-kingitanga-movement-160-years-of-maori-monarchy-102029

Feature on the politics of reconstructing grotto murals from Xinjiang:

https://frieze.com/article/politics-reconstructing-ancient-grotto-murals-xinjiang-china-today
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Southeast Asian Archaeology Newsblog:

http://www.southeastasianarchaeology.com/

New Zealand Archaeology eNews:

https://us14.campaign-archive.com/home/?u=ddab09cab5362c9613318bd92&id=b917a20ae5
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NORTH AMERICA
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Latest hype for the ‘impending’ rediscovery of the Endeavour:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/19/world/australia/captain-cook-ship-endeavour.html
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/sep/19/wreck-of-captain-cooks-hms-endeavour-discovered-off-coast-of-america
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/09/19/captain-cooks-missing-hms-endeavour-discovered-us-coast/
https://www.dw.com/en/captain-cooks-hms-endeavour-found-at-last/a-45567171
https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2018/09/20/ship-captain-cook-used-discover-australia-may-have-been-found-sunken-us-harbor/
https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/uk/researchers-closing-in-on-solving-hms-endeavour-mystery-37343151.html
https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/captain-cook-endeavour-boat-intl/index.html
https://www.stuff.co.nz/world/americas/107204775/claim-hms-endeavour-is-found-solving-one-of-the-great-maritime-mysteries
https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/hms-endeavour-found-one-of-the-greatest-maritime-mysteries-of-all-time-solved-20180919-p504lx.html
https://www.theage.com.au/world/north-america/hms-endeavour-found-one-of-the-greatest-maritime-mysteries-of-all-time-solved-20180919-p504lx.html
https://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/maritime-mystery-captain-cooks-ship-appears-to-have-been-found/news-story/3c3ed9886b66cf6a2f79e3935f60670a
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6978-180919-endeavor-james-cook

… but no, they haven’t located it for sure:

https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/04/20160504-Cook-Endeavour-shipwreck-discovery-Newport-underwater-archaeology/

… and pondering the Endeavour’s legacy:

https://theconversation.com/as-we-celebrate-the-rediscovery-of-the-endeavour-lets-acknowledge-its-complicated-legacy-103524

A wolf pup ‘mummy’ from a Yukon Gold Mine:

https://www.livescience.com/63609-ice-age-wolf-mummy.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/canadian-permafrost-yields-intact-remains-50000-year-old-caribou-calf-wolf-pup-180970301/

Feature on Salt Lake City’s Fort Douglas:

https://www.sltrib.com/news/education/2018/09/22/digging-dirt-uncovering

I think this is a canoe found in Louisiana last year:

http://www.wafb.com/2018/09/16/land-excavator-discovers-ancient-native-american-canoe-belle-rose-nearly-years-old/

Recording petroglyphs in Arizona:

https://asunow.asu.edu/20180919-discoveries-emily-fioccoprile-research-deer-valley-petroglyph-park

Interviewish with David Overstreet:

https://shepherdexpress.com/news/features/unearthing-wisconsins-lost-history/#/questions

More on those stone ‘instruments’ from Colorado:

https://www.npr.org/2018/09/16/647184207/mysterious-stones-found-in-colo-may-have-been-ancient-musical-instruments

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Ulama is making a comeback in Mexico:

https://www.npr.org/2018/09/16/646756260/an-ancient-ballgame-makes-a-comeback-in-mexico
https://www.opb.org/news/article/npr-an-ancient-ballgame-makes-a-comeback-in-mexico/
http://www.wbur.org/npr/646756260/an-ancient-ballgame-makes-a-comeback-in-mexico

More on that altar from La Corona:

https://phys.org/news/2018-09-ancient-altar-reveals-mayan-game.html

More on Mesoamericans capturing and trading wild animals:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/09/180912144430.htm

More on that mask of Pakal the Great:

http://theweek.com/speedreads/792624/archaeologists-discover-strangely-wrinkly-ancient-mayan-mask
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Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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Feature on Kole Nidre:

https://m.jpost.com/Israel-News/Culture/The-majesty-and-the-mystery-of-Kol-Nidre-567366

Pondering the art market:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/21/arts/design/elephant-graph-income-inequality.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share

Feature on the ‘oldest magic book in the world’:

https://iranian.com/2018/09/18/the-oldest-magic-book-in-the-world/

Looking for archaeological evidence of child labour:

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-06747-w
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6981-180919-child-labor-antiquity

Once again we’re hearing about ‘Pope Joan’:

https://www.livescience.com/63598-female-pope-joan-medieval-coins.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/medieval-coins-suggest-legendary-female-pope-may-have-existed-after-all-180970297/

Something about synchronous human energy consumption over the past 10 000 years:

https://phys.org/news/2018-09-synchronous-human-energy-consumption-years.html

Studying ancient globalization:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-09/uocf-iss091818.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/09/180918154825.htm

On the colour umber:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20180919-umber-the-colour-of-debauchery

A letter from an imprisoned suffragette has turned up:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-45576262

… as has a long-lost letter of Galileo:

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-06769-4

On Shakespeare’s characterization of women:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-45356908

A big argument has broken out over what marks the beginning of the Meghalayan Age:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2018/09/news-meghalayan-holocene-megadrought-archaeology/

Feature on the Lipton tea people:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-45548495

In case you want to poke around Yale’s special collections:

https://news.yale.edu/2018/09/20/online-search-tool-lifting-veil-yales-collections

An APOD of the Callanish Stones:

https://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap180923.html

Feature on the Spanish flu outbreak:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-45097068

On assorted historical ‘lies’ we believe (urban legends?):

https://elpais.com/elpais/2018/09/05/icon/1536142770_672955.html

On Archimedes’ big discovery:

https://elpais.com/elpais/2018/09/13/ciencia/1536831838_204195.html

… and other historical discoveries:

https://elpais.com/elpais/2018/09/20/ciencia/1537432139_523788.html

On what killed Caravaggio:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2018/09/19/actualidad/1537356575_463991.html

Feature on ancient pet burials:

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/crux/2018/09/17/pet-cemetery-animal-burials/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Restless Times:

https://www.dw.com/en/restless-times-exhibition-features-germanys-latest-archaeological-finds/a-45591330
https://www.dw.com/en/german-archeological-treasures-from-tomb-of-celtic-princess-on-show/a-45520264
https://phys.org/news/2018-09-ancient-treasures-germany-reveal-turbulent.html

Ho’oulu Hawai’i:

http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/39124809/never-before-seen-artifacts-from-the-kalakaua-era-on-display

Images of Egypt:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/311992/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Egypt-ambassador-to-Norway-inaugurates-ancient-Egy.aspx

Roman Frontiers:

https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/local-news/roman-past-under-spotlight-crieff-13283841

I Object:

https://blog.britishmuseum.org/ian-hislops-objecting-objects/

Snowrollers:

https://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/story/news/2018/09/17/history-space-snow-rollers-peacham/37808353/

Living with the Gods:

https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/books/living-with-the-gods-on-beliefs-and-peoples-review-1.3624114

Rome: City and Empire:

https://www.news.com.au/national/breaking-news/roman-empire-masterpieces-come-to-canberra/news-story/420911af0878d5d60dffb0bb49530d9b
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-09-20/rome-exhibition-coming-to-national-museum-of-australia/10282824
https://www.canberratimes.com.au/national/act/why-ancient-rome-is-the-civilisation-we-can-t-forget-20180920-p5050u.html
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-09/20/c_137482513.htm

Animal Vessels:

https://www.thecrimson.com/image/2018/9/18/animal-vessels/

Questioning the authenticity of a hat ascribed to Abraham Lincoln:

https://phys.org/news/2018-09-museum-abraham-lincoln-hat.html

Lisbon’s Museum of the Discoveries is causing some controversy:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/sep/17/lisbon-museum-plan-stirs-debate-over-portugals-colonial-past

Feature on the Bolton Museum’s Egyptian collection (including the Amarna princess):

https://www.thisislancashire.co.uk/news/16889743.bolton-museum-a-first-look-at-the-new-egyptian-collection/

More reflecting on the Brazil Museum fire:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/16/world/americas/brazil-museum-fire.html
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AT THE AUCTIONS
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An Assyrian relief is coming to Christie’s:

https://www.christies.com/features/5-minutes-with-a-3000-year-old-Assyrian-relief-9344-3.aspx
https://www.antiquestradegazette.com/news/2018/assyrian-relief-expected-to-raise-over-10m-at-christies-new-york/

A pile of Lincoln memorabilia is coming to auction:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/more-700-lincoln-collectibles-are-set-go-auction-180970323/
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THE TECHY SIDE
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There’s some 3d digital modelling going on at Petra:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/petra-jordan-drone-3d-scan-digital-modeling-180970310/

… and of Sheffield Castle:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-south-yorkshire-45587064

Using biomarkers to estimate ancient population sizes:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/remnants-human-poop-help-archaeologists-study-ancient-populations-180970337/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6983-180920-coprostanol-population-estimate

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Nanjing’s ‘Great Wall’:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20180919-in-china-a-great-wall-no-one-knows

Patmos:

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/patmos-island-greece/index.html

Samurai castles:

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/japan-samurai-castles/index.html

Cyrene:

https://world.greekreporter.com/2018/09/21/cyrene-the-impressive-ancient-greek-city-of-libya-video/

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PERFORMANCES
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Spartacus:

https://theconversation.com/spartacus-the-rise-and-rise-of-an-unlikely-hero-102646

Not sure about DJs performing at Stonehenge:

https://www.cnn.com/videos/entertainment/2018/09/18/dj-paul-oakenfold-stonehenge-performs-music.cnn

Marking the founding of the Paris Opera:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/18/arts/music/paris-opera-gala.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share

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CRIME BEAT
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An illegal excavation in a building in Veria (Greece):

http://www.ekathimerini.com/232765/article/ekathimerini/news/police-uncover-illegal-excavation-for-antiquities-in-northern-greece

Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2018/09/culture-crime-news-10-16-september-2018.html

conflict antiquities:

http://conflictantiquities.wordpress.com/

anonymous swiss collector:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/

Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues:

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

Looting Matters:

http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/

Illicit Cultural Property:

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

SAFE:

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

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REPATRIATION AND RECOVERY (+ NAZI LOOT)
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Egypt recovered a relief of Amenhotep I from London:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/311942/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/A-relief-of-king-Amenhotep-I-recovered-from-London.aspx
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6986-180921-egypt-repatriated-relief

I think we mentioned this latest Nazi loot case:

https://www.livescience.com/63602-nazi-looted-art-gurlitt-trove.html

Opeddish on repatriation matters:

http://www.arabnews.com/node/1373046/lifestyle
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NUMISMATICA
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Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/club_nbs_esylum_v21n37.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/club_nbs_esylum_v21n38.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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OBITUARIES
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Ehsan Yarshater:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/18/obituaries/ehsan-yarshater-dead.html

Luigi Cavalli-Sforza:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/19/obituaries/luigi-cavalli-sforza-dies.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share
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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-main-menu-cat/audio-news-list/2779-audio-news-from-archaeologica-9-september-15-september-2018
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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/

Jews and the Americas (February 2019):

https://networks.h-net.org/node/73374/announcements/1932330/jews-and-americas-68th-annual-conference-center-latin-american

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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

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/

The Book and the Spade:

http://www.radioscribe.com/bknspade.htm
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Explorator 21.21 ~ September 16, 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,
Don Buck, Richard Miller, 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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Remember that 70 000 years bp ‘hashtag’ from Blombos Cave? It’s now being touted as the oldest drawing made by humans:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-09/c-dot091018.php
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-09/uotw-mgd091118.php
https://phys.org/news/2018-09-piece-silcrete-blombos-cave-predates.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/09/180912133531.htm
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/12/science/oldest-drawing-ever-found.html
https://www.livescience.com/63565-worlds-oldest-drawing.html
http://sciencenordic.com/archaeologists-find-world%E2%80%99s-oldest-drawing
https://www.wsj.com/articles/is-this-the-worlds-oldest-hashtag-1536771601
https://www.washingtonpost.com/science/2018/09/12/archaeologists-just-found-oldest-drawing-its-year-old-hashtag/
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-45501205
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/oldest-drawing-ever-south-africa-blombos-cave-art-hashtag-rock-ochre-a8534696.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/sep/12/earliest-known-drawing-found-on-rock-in-south-african-cave
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/09/12/first-ever-drawing-man-hashtag-shows-early-humans-capable-abstract/
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/MAGAZINE-73-000-year-old-abstract-art-found-in-south-africa-s-blombos-cave-1.6468244
https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/science/2018/09/12/earliest-drawing-human-history-discovered-africa/1279611002/
http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-earliest-human-drawing-20180914-story.html
https://www.timesofisrael.com/ancient-crisscrossed-lines-called-worlds-oldest-drawing
https://globalnews.ca/news/4444358/worlds-oldest-drawing-south-africa/
https://www.dw.com/en/oldest-known-drawing-a-hashtag-found-in-south-africa/a-45469721
https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/09/the-oldest-drawing-in-the-world-was-done-with-an-ocher-crayon/
http://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-06657-x
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/?p=27003
https://www.npr.org/2018/09/12/647178335/researchers-discover-ancient-hashtag
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/south-african-cave-stone-may-bear-worlds-oldest-drawing
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2018/09/news-ancient-humans-art-hashtag-ochre-south-africa-archaeology/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6962-180912-blombos-cave-ochre

A 70 000 years bp site in Armenia:

https://armenpress.am/eng/news/947296/

Otzi’s tattoos are getting attention again:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-otzi-icemans-tattoos-reveal-about-copper-age-medical-practices-180970244/
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AFRICA
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Humans arrived on Madagascar earlier than previously thought and did bad things to megafauna:

https://phys.org/news/2018-09-ancient-bird-bones-redate-human.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-09/zsol-abb091218.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/09/180912144434.htm
https://www.livescience.com/63568-humans-killed-elephant-birds-madagascar.html
https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-45495400
http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/09/new-find-clears-madagascars-first-settlers-wiping-out-worlds-largest-bird
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6967-180913-madagascar-elephant-birds
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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All the Egyptian artifacts at the Brazil Museum were destroyed, alas:

https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/09/09/all-700-egyptian-relics-in-brazils-national-museum-destroyed-antiquities-ministry/

More on the 800 Middle Kingdom burials from that necropolis at Lisht:

https://www.newsweek.com/ancient-egypt-800-tombs-discovered-massive-grave-site-lurking-between-two-1119616
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/archaeologists-unearth-more-than-800-tombs-at-ancient-egyptian-city-of-the-dead/
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2018/09/news-800-egyptian-tombs-lisht-middle-kingdom-parcak-archaeology/

More on the tomb of Mehu opening to the public:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/ancient-egyptian-tomb-to-open-for-tourists-78-years-after-discovery/
https://www.albawaba.com/editorchoice/egypt-opens-4000-year-old-tomb-giza-public-its-discovery-1941-1183960
https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/egypt-tomb-mehu-africa/index.html
https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/45533234

Evidence from a 13 000 years bp Natufian cave suggests beer-making may have predated cereal cultivation:

https://phys.org/news/2018-09-evidence-hypothesis-beer-cultivate-cereals.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-09/e-apt091218.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/09/180912111907.htm
https://news.stanford.edu/2018/09/12/crafting-beer-lead-cereal-cultivation/
https://www.timesofisrael.com/13000-year-old-brewery-discovered-in-israel-the-oldest-in-the-world/
https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Archaeologists-uncover-13000-year-old-brewery-in-the-Carmel-567145
https://www.jns.org/archeological-evidence-finds-ancient-israel-made-craft-beer/
https://www.dw.com/en/an-early-beer-archaeologists-tap-ground-at-worlds-oldest-brewery/a-45480731
https://www.sciencealert.com/archaeologists-discover-worlds-oldest-beer-brewery
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/traces-13000-year-old-beer-found-israel-180970282/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6963-180912israel-beer-brewing

… and just to confuse matters, that 14 000 years bp bread from Jordan story returned as well:

http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/news/2018/9/14-000-year-old-bread-found-in-jordan-539848

Earleist convent in Israel at Horvat Hani?:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-earliest-convent-in-israel-built-on-site-of-miraculous-birth-1.6464875

That underwater church find in Iznik may be where the Council of Nicaea was held:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/was-council-of-nicaea-church-just-found-under-a-lake

Excavating a Seljuk-era bazaar in Alanya Castle:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/only-seljuk-era-bazaar-in-anatolia-being-unearthed-136856

Medieval finds from Gabala:

https://www.azernews.az/culture/137440.html

More on the Al Ain mosque find:

https://www.thenational.ae/opinion/comment/connecting-the-dots-how-a-1-000-year-old-mosque-uncovered-in-al-ain-anchors-the-uae-to-a-greater-flow-of-human-history-1.770075

Feature on the Aramaic DSS:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-artifacts/dead-sea-scrolls/aramaic-dead-sea-scrolls/

Feature on cuneiform fakes:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2018/06/Spot-Fake-Cueiform-Tablets
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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Plenty of excitement over the find of a hoard of gold coins in a theatre at Como:

https://www.livescience.com/63542-ancient-gold-coins-italian-cinema.html
http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2018/09/10/bonisoli-hails-roman-coins-discovery_f08a35dd-3ed3-4025-818f-5c4068081164.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2018/09/10/cache-ancient-roman-gold-was-found-by-crew-building-luxury-apartments/
https://www.newsweek.com/priceless-5th-century-gold-coins-mint-condition-unearthed-under-italian-1113125
https://www.cnn.com/2018/09/09/europe/roman-gold-coins-italy-theater-trnd/index.html
http://www.euronews.com/2018/09/09/hundreds-of-roman-gold-coins-discovered-in-italian-theatre
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/videos/2018-09-09/imperial-gold-coins-discovered-video
https://pickle.nine.com.au/2018/09/10/09/33/roman-coins-found-jug-como-italy-theatre
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-09-14/hundreds-of-roman-coins-found-in-soapstone-jar-under-theatre/10248988
https://abcnews.go.com/International/hundreds-gold-coins-dating-romes-imperial-era-found/story?id=57720521
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2018/09/11/300-rare-gold-coins-found-italy-under-cressoni-theater/1264502002/
https://www.npr.org/2018/09/10/646445359/hundreds-of-roman-gold-coins-found-in-theater-basement
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6955-180910-italy-imperial-coins

Protocycladic finds from Kythnos:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/121227/protocycladic-archaeological-discovery-on-kythnos-island-sheds-light-on-era/

A 6th century BCE Greek altar from Phanagoria:

http://tass.com/science/1020851

An altar to Tyche with an inscription from Nicopolis ad Istrum:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2018/09/15/altar-of-destiny-goddess-tyche-with-demosthenes-epigram-inscription-found-in-ancient-roman-city-nicopolis-ad-istrum-in-bulgaria/

… and a gladiator relief from the same site:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2018/09/06/gladiator-fight-relief-discovered-in-ancient-roman-city-of-nicopolis-ad-istrum-near-bulgarias-veliko-tarnovo/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6968-180913-bulgaria-gladiator-relief

I think we mentioned this mosaic find from Switzerland:

https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/culture/archaeological-hotspot_intricate-roman-mosaic-discovered-in-western-switzerland/44375732

Assorted Roman finds from Chester:

https://www.chesterchronicle.co.uk/news/chester-cheshire-news/roman-finds-chester-hq-dig-15132818

Analysis of a woman’s skeleton from Eleutherna suggests she was a ‘master ceramacist’:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/meet-female-artisan-whose-masterful-ceramics-defied-ancient-greek-gender-norms-180970288/

What they’re learning from a Roman fort find at Gwynedd:

https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/discovery-roman-fort-changing-what-15143660

Concerns for the temple of Artemis Agrotera in Athens:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/232476/article/ekathimerini/news/archaeologists-voice-alarm-over-artemis-agrotera-temple-in-athens

Pondering some eye cream in a soldier burial found at Aizanoi:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-was-eye-cream-doing-2200-year-old-aizanoi-tomb-180970266/

Zadar’s Roman forum apparently isn’t public property:

https://www.total-croatia-news.com/news/30969-zadar-s-iconic-forum-isn-t-public-property-according-to-court

Feature on the appropriation of the fasces and other Roman symbols:

https://hyperallergic.com/459504/fasces-fascism-and-how-the-alt-right-continues-to-appropriate-ancient-roman-symbols/

In Our Time this week was discussing the Iliad:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0bh5x1y

On some pre Roman cultures in Italy:

https://www.thelocal.it/20180911/four-civilizations-in-italy-that-pre-date-the-roman-empire

Mark Zuckerberg is apparently ‘fascinated’ by Augustus:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2018/09/10/mark-zuckerberg-fascinated-roman-emperor-augustus/
https://www.cnbc.com/2018/09/10/facebook-ceo-mark-zuckerbergs-love-for-augustus-may-give-insight.html
https://www.moneycontrol.com/news/business/mark-zuckerbergs-running-of-facebook-may-be-inspired-by-an-ancient-roman-emperor-2941411.html
http://www.ctpost.com/technology/businessinsider/article/Mark-Zuckerberg-has-been-fascinated-by-Augustus-13230246.php
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/hail-augustus-zuckerberg-declares-love-for-roman-emperor-nflkxjzdx

Some Oedipal humour:

https://www.arcamax.com/thefunnies/mallardfillmore/s-2122580

What we learned from Milo:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2018/09/13/what-an-ancient-greek-wrestler-taught-us-about-building-strength/

Some hype for an interesting documentary on Athens:

https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2018/sep/14/city-with-a-past-why-classical-and-modern-athens-are-at-war

Another gladiator school piece:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/family-holidays/rome-gladiator-school-grupo-storico-colosseum-review/

Another feature on unwrapping Herculaneum papyri (still no new texts!):

http://mentalfloss.com/article/540956/science-virtually-unwrapping-charred-scrolls-herculaneum

Anger over dropping Latin from the Greek school curriculum:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/232297/article/ekathimerini/news/anger-over-scrapping-of-latin-classes

What Thomas Howe is up to:

https://www.southwestern.edu/live/news/12899-preserving-the-past-for-posterity

Review of Barker, *The Silence of the Girls*:

https://www.economist.com/books-and-arts/2018/09/15/pat-barker-beautifully-fills-in-the-gaps-in-the-iliad

More on mill use in Roman times:

https://www.zmescience.com/science/roman-breadmakers-vacation-11092018/

More on Homer’s Odyssey and social network theory:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/homer-s-odyssey-into-social-networks-t0glznzl3
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Plenty of prehistoric pottery from Scotland’s Central Belt:

https://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/scotland-s-largest-haul-of-prehistoric-pottery-found-1-4798794
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6964-180912-scotland-neolithic-pottery

A first millenium BCE child burial from Novgrad:

https://www.novinite.com/articles/192059/Archaeologists+Discovered+a+Burial+of+a+Child+from+1+Millennium+BC+in+Northern+Bulgaria

A dog out on a walk with his/her owner dug up some 3000 years bp bronze artifacts in the Orlicke Mountains:

https://www.radio.cz/en/section/curraffrs/dog-discovers-bronze-age-treasure-in-kostelec
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6971-180914-bronze-age-treasure

Searching for an ancient hillfort at Cluny Hill in Forres:

https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/moray/1561331/archaeological-dig-at-moray-monument-to-discover-evidence-of-an-ancient-hillfort/

I think we’ve had bits and pieces on the Northern Emporium Project (Ribe) before:

https://phys.org/news/2018-09-thousands-scandinavia-viking-city.html
http://sciencenordic.com/thousands-objects-discovered-scandinavia%E2%80%99s-first-viking-city
https://www.thelocal.dk/20180913/thousands-of-objects-discovered-in-scandinavias-first-viking-city
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6966-180913-denmark-ribe-vikings

A medieval burial from Wartenburg (Poland):

http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news%2C30863%2Cremains-victim-lithuanian-invasion-1354-discovered-pompeii-warmia.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6957-180910-poland-warmia-skeleton

Finds from various periods from a quarry site near Sedgefield:

http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/16832816.medieval-skeletons-among-finds-at-quarry-site-near-sedgefield/

Looking for a ‘lost’ 14th century friary in Inverkeithing:

https://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/news/local/fife/721690/gardens-dug-up-in-search-for-lost-14th-century-friary-in-inverkeithing/

A 14th century ‘poor people’s quarter’ found at Peperikon:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2018/09/13/14th-century-poor-peoples-quarter-discovered-in-ancient-medieval-rock-city-perperikon-in-southern-bulgaria/

A medieval sarcophagus from Lincoln:

https://www.lincolnshirelive.co.uk/news/lincoln-news/archaeologists-make-surprise-discovery-old-1993609
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6959-180911-lincoln-medieval-sarcophagus

Henry VII’s likely birthplace has been located in Pembroke Castle:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/sep/16/likely-birthplace-of-henry-vii-found-in-pembroke-castle

This year’s finds from the Old Oswestry Hillfort site:

http://www.bordercountiesadvertizer.co.uk/news/16831879.old-oswestry-hillfort-mystery-set-to-be-unravelled/
https://www.shropshirelive.com/features/2018/09/10/hillfort-revelation-in-store-for-finale-of-oswestry-heritage-festival/

Some sort of metal detecting event in Oxfordshire:

https://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/16870133.metal-detectorists-descend-on-oxfordshire/

Pondering Germany’s colonial past in Africa:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/11/world/europe/germany-colonial-history-africa-nazi.html

I don’t think I’ve mentioned the AIA’s dig blog for the Achill Island dig this year yet:

https://www.archaeological.org/news/achillisland/29456

Seeking protection for Bosworth Field:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/09/12/bosworth-field-must-saved-nation-protect-ancient-battlefields/?WT.mc_id=tmg_share_em

Cluny’s treasures are on display to the public now:

https://fr.aleteia.org/2018/09/12/journees-du-patrimoine-le-tresor-de-cluny-enfin-expose-au-public/

More on the hidden passage at Vyborg Castle:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/medieval-game-board-unearthed-hidden-chamber-medieval-vyborg-castle-180970246/

More on that mammoth kill site in Austria:

https://www.news.com.au/technology/science/animals/gruesome-mammoth-kill-site-discovered-in-austria/news-story/da741d9b9e0bac094dc34bb468f3f872
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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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254 medieval copper coins from near the Khirki mosque:

http://www.uniindia.com/news/india/asi-discovers-254-copper-coins-belonging-to-medieval-period-in-premises-of-khirki-mosque/1349208.html
https://www.ndtv.com/delhi-news/archaeological-survey-of-india-discovers-254-medieval-era-coins-at-khirki-mosque-in-delhi-1915604
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6969-180914-india-khirki-mosque

There are also concerns for the 660 years bp Khirki mosque due to bat waste:

https://www.hindustantimes.com/delhi-news/bat-waste-causing-damage-to-660-year-old-khirki-mosque/story-zOZhtzUVbPcGTHwMj4RefK.html

A 14th century coin from Palani:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/madurai/rare-coin-dating-to-14th-century-found-near-palani/articleshow/65815432.cms

Feature on Queensland’s Native Mounted Police camps:

https://theconversation.com/how-unearthing-queenslands-native-police-camps-gives-us-a-window-onto-colonial-violence-100814

Recent finds from the Sydney Metro Harbour tunnel work:

https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/newslocal/mosman-daily/sydney-metro-harbour-tunnel-works-1850s-home-artefacts-found/news-story/a28e80a20fa6b244db9d95cfe9e39375
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Southeast Asian Archaeology Newsblog:

http://www.southeastasianarchaeology.com/

New Zealand Archaeology eNews:

https://us14.campaign-archive.com/home/?u=ddab09cab5362c9613318bd92&id=b917a20ae5
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NORTH AMERICA
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Remains of a whaling wreck from Canada’s High Arctic:

https://ucalgary.ca/utoday/issue/2018-09-13/expedition-uncovers-first-whaling-wreck-ever-found-canadas-high-arctic
http://www.chesterlestreetadvertiser.co.uk/educationzone/news/16861788.north-graduate-finds-whaling-ship-wrecked-in-arctic-in-1902/

1000 years bp human remains from somewhere in Texas:

http://www.tpr.org/post/ancient-remains-discovered-under-frio-county-bridge
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6960-180911-texas-native-american

Feature on the Adena Pipe:

http://www.dispatch.com/news/20180909/archaeology-does-adena-mound-pipe-depict-dwarf-with-goiter

Revisiting Albany’s great fire of 1848:

https://www.timesunion.com/local/article/Touring-phantoms-of-The-Great-Fire-of-1848-13220514.php

Review of *The Standing Rock Portraits*:

https://www.cnn.com/interactive/2018/09/us/standing-rock-portraits-cnnphotos/index.html
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Evidence of an extensive live animal capture/trade network in Mesoamerica:

https://phys.org/news/2018-09-wild-animals-routinely-captured-ancient.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-09/p-waw090518.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/09/180912144430.htm
https://www.livescience.com/63558-copan-bones-jaguar-captivity.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/maya-captured-traded-and-sacrificed-jaguars-and-other-large-mammals-180970271/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6965-180912-copan-animal-trade

Not sure if we’ve mentioned this 1500 years bp Maya altar from La Corona:

https://news.tulane.edu/pr/tulane-archaeologist-leads-team-major-maya-find
https://phys.org/news/2018-09-ancient-altar-reveals-mayan-game.html
http://theweek.com/speedreads/795951/archaeologists-discover-ancient-artifact-theyre-comparing-game-thrones
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6970-180914-la-corona-altar

Mexico City is sinking, and its affecting monuments:

https://www.npr.org/2018/09/14/647601623/mexico-city-keeps-sinking-as-its-water-supply-wastes-away

Plans to restore what might be the oldest house in Mexico:

https://www.timesunion.com/news/world/article/Experts-restore-what-might-be-oldest-house-in-13223663.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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Interesting feature on fake miniatures depicting Islamic science:

https://aeon.co/essays/why-fake-miniatures-depicting-islamic-science-are-everywhere

Feature on Occitan:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20180911-occitan-the-language-the-french-forbade

Feature on the restoration of the Blue Boy:

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/arts/la-ca-cm-project-blue-boy-20180914-story.html

Feature on Edinburgh’s clock tower:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20180913-scotlands-clock-thats-almost-never-on-time

On racist views of the Middle Ages:

https://www.csmonitor.com/EqualEd/2018/0912/History-lesson-Scholars-take-aim-at-racist-views-of-Middle-Ages

Feature on Artemisia Gentileschi:

https://theconversation.com/explainer-artemisia-gentileschi-a-baroque-heroine-for-the-metoo-era-100676

On evidence for historical hurricanes:

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/rockyplanet/?p=2251887

Not sure if we’ve mentioned the Mona Lisa thyroid disease theory yet:

https://www.livescience.com/63526-mona-lisa-thyroid-disease.html

Feature on assorted ancient tunnels:

https://theweeklyobserver.com/ancient-underground-tunnels-12000-years-ranging-scotland-turkey/62845/

Feature on Jeremy Bentham’s rings:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/experts-are-searching-19th-century-philosophers-strange-memorial-rings-180970273/

Marking the 150th anniversary of Little Women:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/13/books/little-women-alcott-anniversary.html?action=click&module=Editors%20Picks&pgtype=Homepage

Feature on Lady Mary Wroth:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-45433726

On early cheese and lactose intolerance:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/09/archaeologists-find-traces-of-7200-year-old-cheese-on-croatian-pottery/

France is starting up a lottery to fund heritage preservation:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-45509572

Something about 19th century trade theory:

https://news.yale.edu/2018/09/10/path-breaking-work-adapted-19th-century-trade-theory-modern-day

On Victorian ‘Magic Lanterns’:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/victorian-magic-lanterns-were-19th-century-version-netflix-180970286/

Reviewish/interviewish on the history of milk:

http://www.wamc.org/post/10000-year-history-milk
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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I Object:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/british-museum-traces-history-dissent-ancient-egypt-today-180970258/
https://www.historyextra.com/period/modern/dissent-through-the-centuries/

Medieval Monsters:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/11/arts/design/medieval-monsters-review-morgan-library.html
https://www.themorgan.org/exhibitions/medieval-monsters

Delacroix:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/13/arts/design/delacroix-review-metropolitan-museum-of-art.html
https://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2018/delacroix

The Ancient Greek Technology Museum has opened:

https://news.gtp.gr/2018/09/14/grand-opening-ancient-greek-technology-museum-kostas-kotsanas/

More items arrived at the Grand Egyptian Museum:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/311463/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Ancient-Egyptian-artefacts-from-AlBahnasa-arrives-.aspx
https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/09/12/pieces-of-three-giant-obelisks-transferred-to-gem-for-restoration/
http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/57512/Min-of-Antiquities-to-launch-promotional-campaign-for-GEM

On what survived the Brazil Museum fire:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-45463948

Related:

https://www.museumsassociation.org/museums-journal/news/13092018-picture-emerges-brazil-museum-fire

More (assorted) reactions to the Brazil Museum fire:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/13/world/americas/brazil-museum-fire-indigenous.html
http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-mccormack-brazil-museum-fire-funding-20180909-story.html
https://www.gazettenet.com/Losing-a-museum-losing-the-world-20088378

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THE TECHY SIDE
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On graphene gilding for preservation purposes:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-09/uoic-iep091118.php

Interesting application of AI to decipher medieval graffiti:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/artificial-intelligence-can-now-decipher-medieval-graffiti-180970222/

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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A single gene mutation is being connected to long distance running in humans:

https://phys.org/news/2018-09-gene-mutation-humans-optimal-long-distance.html

Using DNA to study the population movements of the Longobards:

https://phys.org/news/2018-09-6th-century-barbarian-social-migration-paleogenomics.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-09/ifas-u6b091018.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/09/180911132115.htm
https://www.newsweek.com/a-1115705
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/barbarian-dna-italy-hungary-cemeteries-ancient-rome-a8532796.html
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/dna-from-barbarians-grave-sheds-surprising-light-on-mysterious-period-of-history/
https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/09/using-medieval-dna-to-track-the-barbarian-spread-into-italy/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6958-180911-genome-barbarian-invasion

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Following Sisi across Europe:

https://www.dw.com/en/across-europe-with-empress-sisi/g-45426869

Aran Islands:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/10/travel/aran-islands-ireland-jm-synge.html

Uzbekistan shrines:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-45471033
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PERFORMANCES
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Anton Reicha:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/07/arts/music/anton-reicha-ivan-ilic-beethoven.html

On Beethoven’s Fifth:

https://www.dw.com/en/beethovens-fifth-symphony-the-truth-about-the-symphony-of-fate/a-45472113

Antigone in Ferguson:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/14/theater/antigone-in-ferguson-michael-brown.html
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CRIME BEAT
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Strange vandalism involving dabbing of artifacts with oil in Athens:

https://www.dw.com/en/bulgarian-women-on-trial-for-damaging-antiquities-in-athens/a-45434398

Stealing a very expensive ‘lunch box’ (?):

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-45492997

Another twist in the Gurlitt affair:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cornelius-wasnt-only-gurlitt-sibling-inherit-nazi-looted-art-180970270/

Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2018/09/culture-crime-news-3-9-september-2018.html

conflict antiquities:

http://conflictantiquities.wordpress.com/

anonymous swiss collector:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/

Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues:

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

Looting Matters:

http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/

Illicit Cultural Property:

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

SAFE:

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

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REPATRIATION AND RECOVERY
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A Nazi-looted Renoir was returned to relatives of the original owner:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2018/09/13/nazis-stole-a-jewish-mans-century-old-renoir-painting-in-1941-now-its-been-returned-to-his-only-living-heir/

The story behind that repatriation of a Colombus letter:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2018/09/10/actualidad/1536577909_675090.html

Sotheby’s returned an item to Greece:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2018/09/09/rare-stolen-antiquity-returns-to-greece/

OpEd on stealing back colonial era treasures:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/global-opinions/wp/2018/09/12/is-it-okay-to-steal-back-looted-colonial-era-treasures/

More on that Nataraja in Australia which was stolen from India:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-09-13/dancing-shiva-art-gallery-of-south-australia-stolen-from-india/10233036
http://www.wtva.com/content/national/493129691.html

More on Germany’s return of a Sican mask to Peru:

https://tdn.com/news/world/peru-celebrates-return-of-stolen-gold-mask-found-in-germany/article_935558ba-48e3-53e5-9580-e19906f87062.html
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NUMISMATICA
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Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/club_nbs_esylum_v21n36.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/club_nbs_esylum_v21n37.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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OBITUARIES
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Edwin P. Menes:

https://classicalstudies.org/scs-news/memoriam-edwin-p-menes

Nancy Blomberg:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/14/obituaries/nancy-blomberg-dead.html

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-main-menu-cat/audio-news-list/2777-audio-news-from-archaeologica-2-september-8-september-2018
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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/

Jews and the Americas (February 2019):

https://networks.h-net.org/node/73374/announcements/1932330/jews-and-americas-68th-annual-conference-center-latin-american

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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

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/

The Book and the Spade:

http://www.radioscribe.com/bknspade.htm
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Explorator 21.20 ~ September 9, 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,
Mata Kimasitayo, Richard Miller, Jan Bailey, 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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On homo sapiens’ early adaptation to the rain forest environment in South Asia:

https://phys.org/news/2018-09-secrets-early-human-ancestors-african.html

Some humour from the Onion:

https://www.theonion.com/evolution-definitively-proven-as-scientists-capture-fir-1828752402
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AFRICA
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More on nomadic herders’ legacy in Africa:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-wildlife-hot-spots-in-kenya-arose-where-prehistoric-nomads-camped-1.6435626
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Remains of a Neolithic village at Tell el-Samara:

https://phys.org/news/2018-09-secrets-early-human-ancestors-african.html
https://www.egyptindependent.com/oldest-neolithic-village-in-egypts-nile-delta-uncovered/
https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/09/03/rare-neolithic-era-village-discovered-in-dakahlia/
https://egyptianstreets.com/2018/09/03/older-than-pharaohs-archaeologists-unearth-5000-year-old-village/
https://www.livescience.com/63509-ancient-egyptian-village-predates-pharaohs.html
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-egypt-archaeology-discovery/archeologists-find-neolithic-remains-in-nile-delta-idUSKCN1LI0OZ
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/ancient-egyptian-village-found-nile-delta-predated-pharaohs-archaeologists-say-n905806
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/egypt-ancient-village-nile-delta-neolithic-era-pharaoh-tel-al-samara-a8519901.html
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-09/03/c_137439525.htm
https://www.news.com.au/world/breaking-news/neolithic-remains-found-in-nile-delta/news-story/d640a41dc8f40d6fb84b1ebe5406fa0f
http://www.euronews.com/2018/09/02/ancient-egyptian-village-found-nile-delta-predated-pharaohs-archaeologists-say-n905806
https://www.newsweek.com/ancient-egypt-archaeologists-unearth-neolithic-village-two-thousand-years-1101767
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6942-180904-egypt-neolithic-farming

A ‘rocky’ necropolis find at Lisht (we may have mentioned this one; dating still isn’t clear):

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/57159/Rocky-cemetery-uncovered-in-Lisht-area-Giza
https://www.egyptindependent.com/pharaonic-cemetery-found-near-of-senusert-i-pyramid/
http://www.ibtimes.sg/egypt-archaeology-stone-cemetery-discovered-near-pyramid-king-senusert-i-27291
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-09/05/c_137447506.htm
https://www.albawaba.com/editorchoice/egyptian-diggers-discover-new-pharaonic-cemetery-1182568
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6947-180905-egypt-lisht-tombs

The big news this week (of course) was the fire at the Museum in Brazil; Egypt was concerned for Egyptian artifacts there:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/310814/Egypt/Politics-/Egypt-expresses-great-sorrow-for-loss-to-world-her.aspx
http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/57068/Antiquities-Ministry-seeks-truth-on-status-of-Egyptian-artifacts-at
https://egyptianstreets.com/2018/09/03/hundreds-of-ancient-egyptian-antiquities-feared-destroyed-in-brazil-museum-fire/
https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20180904-egypt-seeks-detailed-report-on-artifacts-at-brazils-burnt-museum/
https://www.albawaba.com/editorchoice/700-egyptian-artifacts-face-uncertain-fate-after-brazil-museum-went-flames-1181324
https://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/article217918915.html
https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/09/05/egypt-concerned-over-damaged-brazil-museum-monuments-due-to-fire-offers-assistance/

… and eventually we heard some specifics:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/311017/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/UPDATED-piece-Egyptian-collection-at-Brazils-Natio.aspx
http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/57213/Preliminary-report-700-Egyptian-artifacts-destroyed-in-Brazil-museum-fire
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-09/07/c_137450404.htm

[more on the fire in the Classics section and the Museum section]

Egypt has opened a 6th dynasty tomb to tourists:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/1/57305/Egypt-opens-tomb-dating-back-to-6th-dynasty-for-tourists
http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/311129/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Egypt-inaugurates-tomb-of-sixth-dynasty-Vizier-Meh.aspx
https://egyptianstreets.com/2018/09/09/egypt-opens-old-kingdom-tomb-to-public-for-the-first-time/

Remains of a 2500 years bp Persian palace in Turkey:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2018/09/07/2500-year-old-persian-palace-found-at-turkeys-oluz-mound

A pile of Hellenistic seal impressions from Maresha:

http://huc.edu/news/2018/09/04/hundreds-hellenistic-period-seal-impressions-discovered-maresha-israel
https://www.timesofisrael.com/1020-untouched-clay-sealings-discovered-after-two-millennia-in-hidden-cave/

There’s been some underwater surveying going on off the coast of Israel in anticipation of the Leviathan pipeline project:

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-archaeology-israel-natgas/under-the-sea-antiquities-make-way-for-israels-leviathan-pipeline-idUSKCN1LM1IR
http://www.israelhayom.com/2018/09/07/underwater-antiquities-make-way-for-israels-leviathan-pipeline/
https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/israeli-archaeologists-protect-an-ancient-ports-treasures-from-pipeline-construction

Remains of a 1000 years bp mosque near Al Ain (UAE):

https://www.thenational.ae/uae/heritage/archaeologists-uncover-uae-s-earliest-mosque-at-al-ain-site-1.768052
https://www.khaleejtimes.com/news/general/photos-1000-year-old-mosque-discovered-in-uae
https://gulfnews.com/news/uae/government/uae-s-earliest-mosque-found-in-al-ain-1.2275856
http://www.gulftoday.ae/portal/96be62c1-1689-4ff6-a22f-1fa8547d133a.aspx

Feature on the pomegranate in the ANE:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-before-judaism-the-8-000-year-old-history-of-pomegranate-reverence-1.6461970

Feature on Babylonian beer:

https://cosmosmagazine.com/archaeology/new-findings-confirm-that-bronze-age-babylonians-really-loved-beer
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A farmer found a pair of Minoan burials on Crete (I think we mentioned this one):

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/greek-farmer-stumbles-3400-year-old-tomb-hidden-below-his-olive-grove-180970197/
https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2018/08/24/spectacular-skeletons-unearthed-from-bronze-age-chamber-tomb-on-crete/#67cca39d547c

An just to confuse the issue, another pair of Minoan burials were found in Siteia (also Crete):

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2018/09/02/archaeological-excavation-uncovers-two-grave-sites-from-the-middle-minoan-in-ne-crete/
http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/32419-two-rich-burials-discovered-in-excavations-at-petras-cemetery-on-crete-island.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6948-180906-crete-petras-burials

Not sure if we’ve mentioned this Minoan palace from Zorinthos:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2018/09/07/more-details-of-minoan-palace-found-in-crete-come-to-light/

Results of this year’s dig on Kythnos:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2018/09/04/greeces-new-archaeological-discovery-the-ancient-city-of-kythnos-photos/
https://www.argophilia.com/news/archaeologists-make-stunning-new-discoveries-on-kythnos/220935/
https://greekcitytimes.com/2018/09/05/stunning-new-archaeological-discovery-made-on-kythnos-island/

Interesting Roman statue head from Pleven:

https://www.novinite.com/articles/191938/Unique+Find%3A+Roman+Statue+Head+Found+at+Excavations+near+Pleven
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6941-180904-bulgaria-roman-head

A Roman mosaic from ancient Aventicum (Switzerland):

https://www.thelocal.ch/20180906/richly-decorated-roman-mosaic-uncovered-during-swiss-building-works

We’re just beginning to get word in English of this coin hoard find in the theatre of Como:

https://www.france24.com/en/20180908-roman-gold-coins-discovered-italian-theatre

A gladiator relief from Nicopolis ad Istrum:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2018/09/06/ancient-relief-with-gladiator-fight-discovered-in-roman-city-of-nicopolis-ad-istrum-near-bulgarias-veliko-tarnovo/

An interesting ‘bird basin’ from the Netherlands:

https://www.dutchnews.nl/news/2018/09/bird-basin-is-unique-find-could-change-ideas-about-romans-in-nl/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6944-180904-netherlands-roman-basin

Somewhat shocking account of the fate of a Roman fountain in Colchester:

http://www.gazette-news.co.uk/news/16690454.council-admits-disposing-of-roman-relic-12-years-on/
https://inews.co.uk/news/ancient-roman-ruin-left-to-disintegrate-by-council-who-left-it-outside/
https://www.localgov.co.uk/Council-disposed-of-ancient-Roman-artefact/45973

A set of frescoes from Pompeii were victims of the fire at the Brazil Museum:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-09-03/brazil-museum-fire-destroys-collection/10195034
https://nationalpost.com/news/world/they-survived-pompeiis-explosion-but-these-historical-treasures-are-now-feared-lost-in-rios-flames

A data base for studying Isis worship on the Iberian peninsula:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/09/180904114759.htm

We’ve heard about this Roman basilica in an Iznik lake … there might be a pagan temple beneath:

https://www.livescience.com/63498-ancient-church-hidden-in-turkey-lake.html
https://www.livescience.com/63496-ancient-basilica-turkey-photos.html
https://www.iflscience.com/environment/a-giant-artifact-from-the-ancient-world-has-been-lurking-in-this-lake-for-centuries/

Interesting study of a Roman watermill:

http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/09/ancient-roman-watermill-hides-clues-workers-took-few-months

A nice intro to Pompeii:

https://smarthistory.org/pompeii-an-introduction/

On invective in Roman politics:

https://www.livescience.com/63473-insults-politics-ancient-rome.html

On Roman soldiers’ ‘energy’ drink:

https://qz.com/quartzy/1372506/posca/

On the labyrinth not really ever existing:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/minotaur-s-labyrinth-was-always-just-a-myth-says-scholar-7rc6bgl02

On the Elgin/Parthenon marbles being ‘fake’ (I’ll be blogging on this one next week):

https://greekcitytimes.com/2018/09/06/british-art-historian-calls-stolen-parthenon-sculptures-fake/
https://eu.greekreporter.com/2018/09/06/british-historian-claims-elgin-marbles-are-fakes/

On Brexit and the Elgin/Parthenon marbles:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/long_reads/elgin-marbles-parthenon-sculptures-ancient-greece-british-museum-brexit-a8520406.html

Interview with Mary Beard:

http://time.com/5385434/mary-beard-interview-civilisations/

Applying network analysis in a hamfisted sort of way to the Odyssey:

http://theconversation.com/how-we-showed-homers-odyssey-is-not-pure-fiction-with-a-little-help-from-facebook-102302

cf: https://www.forbes.com/sites/matthewgabriele/2018/09/05/facebook-homers-odyssey/

Teaching ancient art in the #metoo era:

https://hyperallergic.com/456269/how-to-teach-ancient-art-in-the-age-of-metoo/

On how Eratosthenes figured out the world was round:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2018/09/05/how-the-greeks-knew-that-the-earth-was-round-2500-years-ago/

On some influential Roman women:

https://www.historyextra.com/period/roman/leading-women-ancient-rome-livia-octavia-agrippina-messalina/

Review of *The Silence of the Girls*:

https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/books/book-reviews/feminist-retelling-of-homers-classic-breaks-the-silence-of-troys-women-37268629.html
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-45368271
https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/books/revisiting-the-iliad-from-the-womens-perspective/2018/09/06/3e4365b8-aafd-11e8-a8d7-0f63ab8b1370_story.html

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

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http://rogueclassicism.com/
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A Paleolithic mammoth kill site from Austria:

https://metro.co.uk/2018/09/07/grisly-ancient-stone-age-woolly-mammoth-kill-site-discovered-7922563/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6954-180907-austria-mammoth-tusk

Evidence of 7200 years bp cheese from a pot from Croatia:

https://phys.org/news/2018-09-earliest-mediterranean-cheese-production-revealed.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-09/p-emc082818.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/09/180905142048.htm
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-45408848
https://www.livescience.com/63500-ancient-cheese-mediterranean.html
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/09/06/scientists-find-evidence-7000-year-old-cheese-neolithic-villages/
https://www.zmescience.com/science/archaeology/early-mediterranean-cheese-05092018/
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2018/09/news-7200-year-old-cheese-ancient-food-chemistry/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/traces-7200-year-old-cheese-found-croatia-180970224/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6946-180905-croatia-neolithic-cheese

Feature/update on the Bronze Age Varhegy site:

https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20904013/archaeological-site-reveals-life-in-the-bronze-age.html

A 14th century coin hoard from the Kaliakra Fortress:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2018/09/03/decline-of-bulgarian-byzantine-empires-before-ottoman-conquest-revealed-by-tatar-plunder-treasure-pot-from-black-sea-fortress-kaliakra/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6953-180907-bulgaria-coin-hoard

A detectorist find from 2016 has been declared treasure:

https://www.devonlive.com/news/detectorist-discovers-treasure-east-devon-1967853

Drought conditions have also revealed sites in Denmark:

http://cphpost.dk/news/warm-summer-helping-the-flying-archaeologists-to-identify-ancient-settlements.html

… and we’re still hearing from the UK on that score:

https://www.shropshirestar.com/news/local-hubs/bridgnorth/much-wenlock/2018/09/04/how-shropshires-hidden-history-has-been-uncovered-by-the-long-hot-summer/

Not sure if we mentioned this medieval board game find from a Russian castle:

https://www.newsweek.com/medieval-russia-ancient-board-game-discovered-secret-castle-chamber-1108818

Access to a 2400 years bp site in Jumilla has been improved:

https://murciatoday.com/improved-access-to-2400_year_old-archaeological-site-in-jumilla_634843-a.html

Plans to restore a gothic cellar site in Paris:

https://fr.aleteia.org/2018/09/06/a-paris-le-cellier-gothique-des-abbes-dourscamp-va-etre-restaure/

A WWI training trench from Spike Island:

https://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/ireland/spike-island-dig-uncovers-first-world-war-training-trench-867272.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6952-180907-ireland-training-trench

Remembering the sinking of the Princess Alice:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-london-44800309

Feature on Colonel Blood:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/podcasts/retropod/colonel-blood-the-scoundrel-who-tried-to-steal-great-britains-crown-jewels-1/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/retropolis/wp/2018/08/01/swedens-crown-jewel-heist-isnt-historys-craziest-ask-the-brits-about-colonel-blood/

Reviewish piece on Peter Bogucki, *Barbarians*:

https://phys.org/news/2018-09-ancient-clues-voice-silent-cultures.html

More on Sicilian amber in Europe:

https://phys.org/news/2018-08-sicilian-amber-western-europe-pre-dates.html
https://cosmosmagazine.com/archaeology/prehistoric-sicily-was-an-early-source-of-amber

What Anglo Saxon teeth reveal about modern health:

https://phys.org/news/2018-09-anglo-saxon-teeth-modern-health.html

More on hidden tunnels at Culzean Castle:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hidden-medieval-door-leading-smugglers-caves-discovered-underneath-scottish-castle-180970172/

More on ‘hunger stones’ appearing as water levels decrease:

http://mentalfloss.com/article/555669/hunger-stones-bearing-ominous-messages-have-resurfaced-drought-stricken-europe

More on Shakespearean theatres reopening:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/remains-one-first-theaters-perform-shakespeares-plays-will-open-public-after-400-years-180970188/
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http://archaeology-in-europe.blogspot.com/

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I think we mentioned this Ming Dynasty grotto from Shaanxi:

https://news.cgtn.com/news/3d3d674d3249544f79457a6333566d54/share.html

French and Afghan archaeologists are working at Ghonghola:

https://menafn.com/1097377990/Afghan-French-archeologists-doing-research-on-Ghoghola

Feature on Nur Jahan:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-45319055

Replicating a Maori sail:

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/northern-advocate/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503450&objectid=12120904

On Maori oral traditions about moas:

https://theconversation.com/dead-as-the-moa-oral-traditions-show-that-early-maori-recognised-extinction-101738
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/oral-history-suggests-maori-proverbs-bird-extinction-mirrored-fears-indigenous-groups-own-decline-180970225/

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Southeast Asian Archaeology Newsblog:

http://www.southeastasianarchaeology.com/

New Zealand Archaeology eNews:

https://us14.campaign-archive.com/home/?u=ddab09cab5362c9613318bd92&id=b917a20ae5
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NORTH AMERICA
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I think we mentioned this bone arrowhead find from the Yukon:

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/arrowhead-demster-highway-archaeologist-yukon-1.4805547
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6943-180904-canada-bone-arrowhead

On the use of turtle shells as musical instruments in the early southeastern US:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-09/fsu-tss090518.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/09/180905115706.htm
https://phys.org/news/2018-09-turtle-shells-musical-instruments-indigenous.html

… while a bunch of stone artifacts from Colorado may have been percussion instruments:

https://www.9news.com/article/news/local/stone-artifacts-could-be-colorados-oldest-percussion-instruments/73-590995639
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6945-180905-colorado-percussion-instrument

Studying 1000 years bp bones from Frio County (Texas):

https://www.kens5.com/article/news/local/txdot-archaeologists-study-thousand-year-old-human-bones/273-592006074
https://www.expressnews.com/news/local/article/Ancient-remains-discovered-in-Frio-County-13213719.php

Bones from a site in Hampton (Va) are 900 years bp:

https://www.wavy.com/news/local-news/hampton/native-american-bones-uncovered-in-hampton-date-back-to-900-ad-archaeologists-say/1426449925
https://www.virginiafirst.com/news/native-american-bones-uncovered-in-hampton-date-back-to-900-ad-archaeologists-say/1427903307

Finds from various periods from a Salem site:

https://www.statesmanjournal.com/story/news/2018/09/07/archaeology-dig-police-facility-site-uncovers-clues-early-salem/1197093002/

Hyping a dig at Nine Mile Canyon (Utah):

http://www.moabsunnews.com/news/article_4841ed9a-b1e8-11e8-9fee-633353c02a14.html

Resuming a dig at an 18th century mansion in Georgetown:

https://thedcline.org/2018/09/06/archaeologist-completes-long-stalled-excavation-at-1787-mansion-in-georgetown/

A cache of Klondike Gold Rush era coins from the Yukon:

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/dawson-city-old-coins-1.4811814
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6949-180906-klondike-gold-rush-coins

I think we mentioned this identification of a Lake Erie shipwreck as the Lake Serpent:

https://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2018/08/underwater_explorers_research.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6940-180831-lake-erie-shipwreck-excavated

Identifying (sort of) an 18th century burial at Louisbourg from three buttons:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2018/09/07/3-strange-buttons-help-archaeologists-identify-18th-century-skeleton-as-foreign-born-soldier/#73a1e48327bf

Studying strands of hair from Franklin expedition members is shedding light on lead poisoning claims:

https://phys.org/news/2018-09-strands-hair-member-franklin-clues.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-09/mu-soh090518.php

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The Americas’ oldest (probably) human remains were victims of the Brazil Museum fire:

https://www.livescience.com/63489-brazil-museum-fire-luzia.html
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/brazils-museum-fire-destroyed-americas-oldest-human-remains-dating-back-nearly-12000-years/

Evidence of human cultivation on Brazil’s coast some 4800 years bp:

https://phys.org/news/2018-09-coastal-brazil-early-farming.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-09/uoy-csi090318.php

Tauary burial urns from Brazil*:

https://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Ancient-Amazonian-Funeral-Urns-Found-in-Brazil-Archaelogists-20180902-0005.html

Making connections between Copan and El Chorro*:

https://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Copan-Excavations-In-Honduras-Reveal-Royal-Connections-20180903-0017.html

Trying to touristify evidence of slavery in Barbados:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/07/travel/barbados-slavery-history.html
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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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Latest botched art restoration:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/sep/07/mary-and-jesus-given-garish-robes-in-botched-spanish-restoration
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-45455125

I think we mentioned this discussion of the term ‘Stone Age’:

https://theconversation.com/australian-archaeologists-dropped-the-term-stone-age-decades-ago-and-so-should-you-47275
https://phys.org/news/2018-08-australian-archaeologists-term-stone-age.html

Feature on Labour Day:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/01/us/what-is-labor-day.html

Suggestion that the Mona Lisa had a thyroid issue:

https://www.cnn.com/videos/health/2018/09/07/doctor-mona-lisa-sick-mxp-vpx.hln

Some coverage of the EAA conference in Barcelona:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-09/uob-mt3090518.php

Pondering mmhmm:

https://www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/2018/08/17/606002607/ready-for-a-linguistic-controversy-say-mhmm

Pondering what Jesus looked like:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/in-a-forensic-pilgrimage-a-scholar-asks-what-did-jesus-look-like/

Feature on a collector of Napoleonic items:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/07/arts/design/french-collector-napoleon-paris-biennale.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share

On shoes in fairy tales:

https://theconversation.com/from-tech-to-fetish-shoes-in-fairy-tales-are-a-mark-of-status-93948

… and the recovery of Judy Garland’s slippers:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-45418657

Colourizing WWI photos to try to identify some nurses:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-45418762

Feature on duels:

https://theconversation.com/pistols-at-dawn-why-theres-more-to-duelling-than-whats-seen-on-our-screens-101665

Latest thoughts on Dog Domestication:

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/?p=26946
https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2018/09/dog-ritual-sacrifice-ancient-siberia/569512/

An online plant database of interest:

https://www.npr.org/2018/09/02/641310268/centuries-old-plant-collection-now-online-a-treasure-trove-for-researchers

Pondering volcanoes and Waterloo:

https://www.livescience.com/63494-napoleon-defeat-waterloo-volcano.html

Pondering archaeologists’ treatment of human remains:

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/crux/2018/09/07/when-is-it-ok-for-archaeologists-to-dig-up-the-dead/

Feature on Victorian ‘Magic Lanterns’:

https://www.livescience.com/63508-magic-lantern-victorian-netflix.html

Review of MacGregor, *Living with the Gods*:

https://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/books/living-with-the-gods-on-beliefs-and-peoples-by-neil-macgregor-review-a3929036.html
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Coverage of the Brazil Museum fire:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/02/world/americas/national-museum-brazil-fire.html
https://elpais.com/internacional/2018/09/03/america/1535935296_562657.html
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/sep/03/fire-engulfs-brazil-national-museum-rio
https://www.npr.org/2018/09/03/644284093/in-brazils-national-museum-fire-officials-fear-incalculable-loss-of-artifacts
https://www.dw.com/en/fire-at-brazil-national-museum-engulfs-200-year-old-building/a-45329013
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/inferno-wipes-out-90-of-brazil-museum-s-cultural-treasures-xb32q9jfd
https://www.cnn.com/2018/09/02/americas/brazil-national-museum-fire-intl/index.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/the_americas/firefighters-battle-fire-at-esteemed-rio-de-janeiro-museum/2018/09/02/e7a11394-af12-11e8-8b53-50116768e499_story.html
https://www.sciencealert.com/museum-fire-brazil-museu-nacional-rio-de-janeiro-200-years-history-scientific-collection
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-45392668
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/rio-museum-fire-brazil-national-video-latest-de-janiero-a8520001.html
https://www.stuff.co.nz/world/americas/106780963/firefighters-battle-massive-blaze-at-brazil-museum
https://www.yahoo.com/news/fire-engulfs-national-museum-one-brazils-oldest-031514580.html
https://apnews.com/7810839883784c838189beeec7b377b9
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2018/09/news-museu-nacional-fire-rio-de-janeiro-natural-history/

… and things lost (in general):

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/04/science/brazil-museum-fire.html
https://www.sciencealert.com/here-s-what-we-know-so-far-has-survived-the-museum-fire-in-brazil
https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2018/09/brazil-rio-de-janeiro-museum-fire/569299/
https://phys.org/news/2018-09-national-museum-rio-relics-world.html
https://phys.org/news/2018-09-survived-brazil-museum.html
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-45395774
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/sep/04/brazil-national-museum-fire-collection-destroyed-not-insured
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/sep/03/brazils-national-museum-what-could-be-lost-in-the-fire
https://elpais.com/elpais/2018/09/06/ciencia/1536224039_526308.html
https://elpais.com/internacional/2018/09/03/actualidad/1535989751_418912.html
https://www1.folha.uol.com.br/cotidiano/2018/09/acabou-tudo-diz-museologo-apos-visitar-destruido-museu-nacional-no-rio.shtml
https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-06192-9
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6951-180906-brazil-museum-fire

… and there were concerns before connected to funding cuts:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/04/world/americas/brazil-museum-fire.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/sep/03/brazilians-mourn-museums-priceless-collection-amid-anger-at-funding-cuts
https://www1.folha.uol.com.br/cotidiano/2018/09/em-1844-diretor-do-museu-nacional-ja-se-queixava-de-condicoes-precarias-e-falta-de-recursos.shtml
https://www.ft.com/content/44e65120-af92-11e8-8d14-6f049d06439c

… and at least one strange reaction scene:

https://www.timesunion.com/news/world/article/The-Latest-Brazilians-mourn-museum-destroyed-in-13201270.php

… and plenty of afterthoughts:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-are-latest-updates-brazils-devastating-national-museum-fire-180970232/
https://www.timesunion.com/news/world/article/Firefighters-battle-fire-at-esteemed-Rio-de-13200666.php
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-45404310
https://www.economist.com/leaders/2018/09/08/lessons-from-the-destruction-of-the-national-museum-of-brazil
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/crux/?p=9559
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/deadthings/?p=2863
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/artifacts-destroyed-brazil-devastating-national-museum-fire-180970194/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-are-latest-updates-brazils-devastating-national-museum-fire-180970232/
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/07/opinion/fire-brazil-national-museum.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/03/world/americas/brazil-museum-fire.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share

Animal-shaped vessels:

https://www.thehour.com/entertainment/article/Animal-themed-drinkware-shows-ancients-partied-in-13200009.php
https://www.oaoa.com/people/entertainment/article_13b18ca8-2574-58db-9d6c-ef4dfe56c736.html
https://www.recorder.com/Animal-themed-drinkware-shows-ancients-partied-in-beast-mode-19900266

Ancient Prayer:

https://m.jpost.com/Israel-News/13th-century-prayerbook-goes-on-display-for-first-time-in-30-years-566337

Tut:

https://egyptianstreets.com/2018/09/06/king-tutankhamun-exhibition-will-move-from-los-angeles-to-paris/

Vikings:

http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/the-vikings-are-coming-star-finds-to-go-on-show-in-norwich-castle-museum-s-new-exhibition-1-5684471

Tortoiseshell art:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/07/arts/gallery-tortoiseshell-art-naples.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share

Fontana and Anguissola:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/madrids-prado-museum-will-spotlight-pioneering-duo-female-renaissance-artists-180970214/

The Louvre Abu Dhabi is delaying the reveal of the Salvator Mundi:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-45403862
https://www.timesunion.com/news/world/article/Abu-Dhabi-delays-exhibition-of-da-Vinci-s-13200907.php

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AT THE AUCTIONS
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More on the auction of those Titanic items:

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-08-31/bankrupt-titanic-exhibitor-sets-biggest-sale-ever-of-ship-relics
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THE TECHY SIDE
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Identifying the bones used to make tools:

https://phys.org/news/2018-09-technology-animal-bones-ancient-tools.html

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Interesting DNA study of some Alemannic burials found in the 1960s:

https://phys.org/news/2018-09-dna-early-medieval-alemannic-warriors.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/09/180905184821.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-09/er-doe090418.php
https://www.livescience.com/63506-germanic-warrior-genetics.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/did-ancient-germanic-warriors-adopt-hostage-children-180970230/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6950-180906-germanic-warrior-dna

Studying Ashkenazic DNA:

https://phys.org/news/2018-09-ashkenazic-jews-mysterious-unravelled-scientists.html

Anxiously awaiting results of a study of DNA from some Harappan remains:

https://www.thebetterindia.com/158200/rakhigarhi-haryana-harappan-civilisation-indo-aryan-theory/

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

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

https://www.euscoop.com/en/article/diocletianopolis-ancient-roman-town-hisarya-bulgaria

Jerash:

https://www.thenational.ae/lifestyle/imperial-jerash-where-history-seeps-from-the-ancient-stones-1.767336

Shanghai:

https://www.shine.cn/feature/art-culture/1809091812/

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PERFORMANCES
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On how the Rhineland influenced Beethoven’s music:

https://www.dw.com/en/beethoven-made-in-the-rhineland/a-45380625

… in a similar veign:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/07/arts/music/anton-reicha-ivan-ilic-beethoven.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share

Gospel at Colonus:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/07/theater/gospel-at-colonus-review-delacorte.html

Peterloo (movie):

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20180906-film-review-peterloo-is-a-massacre-that-speaks-to-today

Rush:

https://www.npr.org/643764214

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CRIME BEAT
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A major/important bust in Greece:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2018/09/06/man-arrested-trying-to-sell-stolen-ancient-greek-statue/
http://www.startribune.com/greek-police-recover-aphrodite-stolen-from-island-museum/492493481/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/museums/greek-police-recover-aphrodite-stolen-from-island-museum/2018/09/05/6cb34e42-b10e-11e8-8b53-50116768e499_story.html

The FBI wants some help finding items stolen by ISIS, apparently:

https://aleteia.org/2018/09/05/fbi-asking-for-help-in-locating-cultural-artifacts-stolen-by-isis/

Pondering the implications of Operation Demetra:

https://hyperallergic.com/456942/europol-seizure-of-looted-antiquities/

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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Recovery of a couple statues from India stolen in the 1980s:

https://www.timesnownews.com/india/article/stolen-in-1980s-two-statues-belonging-to-12th-century-priced-at-a-whopping-rs-35962500-returned-to-india/281150
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/07/arts/music/anton-reicha-ivan-ilic-beethoven.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share

Germany returned some Sican masks to Peru:

https://www.dw.com/en/germany-returns-ancient-gold-funeral-mask-to-peru/a-45390968
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NUMISMATICA
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Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/club_nbs_esylum_v21n35.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/club_nbs_esylum_v21n36.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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OBITUARIES
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Melitta Bentz:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/05/obituaries/melitta-bentz-overlooked.html

Randy Weston:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/01/obituaries/randy-weston-dead.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share

Jan Ellen Lewis:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/05/obituaries/jan-ellen-lewis-expert-on-jeffersons-other-family-dies-at-69.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share

Henry Forrester Cleere:

http://whc.unesco.org/en/news/1876

MJ Long:

https://www.architectsjournal.co.uk/news/inspirational-british-library-architect-mj-long-dies-aged-79/10034833.article
https://www.bdonline.co.uk/news/mj-long-1939-2018/5095403.article

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-main-menu-cat/audio-news-list/2775-audio-news-from-archaeologica-26-august-1-september-2018
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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/

Jews and the Americas (February 2019):

https://networks.h-net.org/node/73374/announcements/1932330/jews-and-americas-68th-annual-conference-center-latin-american

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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

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/

The Book and the Spade:

http://www.radioscribe.com/bknspade.htm
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Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Hernan Astudillo,
Richard Campbell, Barbara Saylor Rodgers, Bob Heuman, David Critchley,
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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Latest theory had climate change leading to the demise of the Neanderthals:

https://phys.org/news/2018-08-cold-climate-shifts-linked-neanderthal.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-08/nu-ccc082918.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/08/180829115529.htm
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-we-didn-t-kill-the-neanderthals-climate-change-did-new-stud-1.6414271
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/modern-humans-didnt-kill-neanderthals-weather-did-180970167/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6927-180828-europe-neanderthal-disappearance

Pondering the feeding habits of Paranthropus robustus:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-08/mpif-gtt082818.php
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AFRICA
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The activities of ancient nomadic herders contributed to the biodiversity of the Serengeti:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/08/180829133234.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-08/wuis-ald082718.php
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/?p=26787
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6936-180830-serengeti-herders-biodiversity

Feature on Benin’s female warriors:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20180826-the-legend-of-benins-fearless-female-warriors
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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I think we mentioned this Ptolemaic necropolis find in Alexandria:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/310340.aspx
http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/56654/Archaeological-team-discovers-Ptolemaic-cemetery-in-Alex
https://www.egyptindependent.com/archaeological-team-uncovers-ptolemaic-cemetery-west-of-alexandria/
https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/08/27/ptolemaic-necropolis-for-poor-discovered-in-alexandria/
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-08/27/c_137420928.htm

A student in a museum course found some hitherto unseen writing on a mummy case:

https://phys.org/news/2018-08-student-pieces-ancient-egyptian-mummy.html

The survey of the Lisht necropolis is completed:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/56868/Documentation-of-archaeological-site-%E2%80%9CLisht%E2%80%9D-completed

More on translating medical papyri:

https://www.cnn.com/2018/08/31/health/ancient-egypt-medical-knowledge/index.html

Structures in the Jordan Valley are speculated to have been built by Israelites crossing into Canaan:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/MAGAZINE-have-camps-built-by-the-ancient-israelites-migrating-to-canaan-been-fo-1.6432817

Latest Israeli-child-finds-archaeological-artifact story centres on an 11 500 years bp fertility figurine from the Upper Galilee:

https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Israeli-child-unearths-rare-11500-year-old-fertility-figurine-566143
https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/8-year-old-israeli-boy-finds-11-000-year-old-fertility-figurine-1.6432552
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/251323

Hopes that Palmyra will reopen next year:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-city-palmyra-gravely-damaged-isis-may-reopen-next-year-1-180970160/

There still seems to be confusion about that chunk of the Western Wall that fell out:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/still-no-budget-for-conservation-at-western-wall-section-where-boulder-fell/

Feature on ancient perceptions of eclipses:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2018/08/Eclipses-As-Omens

Feature on Herod’s palace at Masada:

https://mosaicmagazine.com/picks/2018/08/herods-masada-pleasure-palace/

Feature on the Dar Al-Kilafa palace:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/08/medieval-artisans-built-a-glass-walled-palace-in-the-desert/

More on that 6500 years bp migration (according to DNA) into the Levant:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/ancient-cultures/ancient-israel/6500-year-old-dna-ancient-migration/
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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Coins lead to the discovery of a large Roman settlement in Yorkshire:

https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/yorkshire-excavation-reveals-first-century-roman-settlement-1-9320876
https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/coins-found-by-metal-detectorists-may-point-to-high-status-settlement-dating-back-to-founding-of-york-1-9321411
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/aug/26/silver-coins-detectorists-yorkshire-reveal-early-roman-settlement
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/silver-coins-lead-one-earliest-roman-sites-yorkshire-180970138/
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/08/25/hoard-2000-year-old-silver-roman-coins-unearthed-group-friends/
https://nypost.com/2018/08/26/treasure-hunters-find-trove-of-roman-coins-in-england/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6924-180827-yorkshire-roman-coins

A Roman coin from Ellesmere is being announced and declared treasure:

http://www.leaderlive.co.uk/news/16608055.man-finds-finds-roman-coins-on-farmland-near-ellesmere/
http://www.bordercountiesadvertizer.co.uk/news/16608054.man-finds-finds-roman-coins-on-farmland-near-ellesmere/
http://www.leaderlive.co.uk/news/16608055.wrexham-man-finds-finds-roman-coins-on-farmland-near-ellesmere/
https://www.shropshirestar.com/news/local-hubs/north-shropshire/2018/09/01/first-century-silver-roman-coin-found-in-shropshire-is-declared-treasure-trove/

I think we mentioned this huge Broughton Roman Villa site in Oxfordshire:

https://metro.co.uk/2018/08/24/roman-villa-the-size-of-buckingham-palace-discovered-in-britain-7879276/
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/ancient-roman-villa-nearly-the-size-of-buckingham-palace-discovered-on-british-farm/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6928-180828-england-oxfordshire-roman-villa

More on evidence of an imperial visit to Carlisle:

http://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/Discovery-points-to-a-Roman-emperors-visit-to-Carlisle-53d05cad-51b9-41d2-9d83-c10f2bc032ae-ds

Some stones fell off the Tarpeian Rock:

http://www.ansa.it/english/news/general_news/2018/08/31/stones-fall-off-tarpeian-rock-in-rome_59453943-924a-4192-ba7e-d7ad3dbcefda.html

Tooth analysis of some early Bronze Age skeletons near Naples suggests they were processing hemp, among other things:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2018/08/30/ancient-italian-skeletons-had-hemp-in-their-teeth-archaeologists-discover/

Plans to resume/continue the dig at ‘Odysseus’ Palace’ on Ithaca:

https://www.argophilia.com/news/odysseus-palace-archaeological-dig-on-ithaca-to-continue/220877/

Funding for Heraclea Sintica:

https://www.euscoop.com/en/2018/8/29/additional-funding-archeology

A tunnel built under Vespasian/Titus in Turkey is open to the public:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2018/08/29/ancient-roman-vespasianus-titus-tunnel-worlds-largest-man-made-tunnel-awaits-visitors-in-turkey

… and Priene is a popular tourist destination, apparently:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/pompeii-of-anatolia-becomes-more-popular-after-unesco-recognition-136270

A study suggests the ‘Minotaur’s labyrinth’ never existed in reality:

https://cosmosmagazine.com/archaeology/labyrinthine-investigation-concludes-the-minotaur-s-lair-never-existed

Feature on frescoes at Pompeii:

https://www.artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-frescoes-pompeiis-lavish-villas-reveal-fabulous-lives-ancient-romans

Feature on garum:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/foods/garum-ancient-roman-fish-sauce

Feature on the Venus de Milo:

https://www.apollo-magazine.com/in-search-of-the-venus-de-milo-on-milos-and-in-paris/

On the misuse of SPQR by white supremacist groups:

https://hyperallergic.com/457510/the-misuse-of-an-ancient-roman-acronym-by-white-nationalist-groups/

Haven’t had a gladiator school piece in a while:

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/travel/article-why-gladiator-school-is-better-than-fortnite/

Ancient Greeks ate fish:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2018/08/28/ancient-greeks-were-gourmands-with-a-preference-for-fish/

Review of Pat Barker, *The Silence of the Girls*:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/aug/26/pat-barker-silence-of-the-girls-michael-hughes-country-reviews-homer-iliad

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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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The source for Late Paleolithic amber in the Iberian peninsula was apparently Sicily:

https://phys.org/news/2018-08-sicilian-amber-western-europe-pre-dates.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-08/p-aci082318.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/08/180829143829.htm
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6935-180830-iberia-amber-trade

A 6500 years bp burial, pottery workshop, and settlement near Suvorovo (Bulgaria):

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2018/08/26/6500-year-old-skeleton-discovered-in-chalcolithic-settlement-with-pottery-workshop-near-bulgarias-suvorovo/

A 5500 years bp passage tomb from Dowth Hall:

https://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/ireland/5500-year-old-tomb-in-meath-the-find-of-a-lifetime-864747.html

A hidden medieval ‘smuggler’s door’ find at Culzean Castle:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-45361704
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hidden-medieval-door-leading-smugglers-caves-discovered-underneath-scottish-castle-180970172/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6938-180831-scotland-ayrshire-cave-door

A medieval game board find in the course of the search for the Monastery of Deer:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-unearth-medieval-game-board-during-search-lost-monastery-180970161/
https://aleteia.org/2018/08/30/medieval-board-game-unearthed-in-search-for-lost-scottish-monastery/

Plenty of medieval finds from the Queen’s residence at Holyrood:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-45355250
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6937-180830-holyrood-house-excavation

Decorated medieval tiles found beneath a Bath Abbey floor:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-somerset-45354268
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6939-180831-bath-abbey-tiles

A metal detectorist found a medieval gold rind in Southwell:

https://www.nottinghampost.com/news/local-news/rare-medieval-gold-ring-found-1956173

A 400 years bp clan leader seal from Dunyvaig Castle:

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/16601818.ancient-clan-artefact-uncovered-after-being-hidden-for-400-years/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6929-180827-scotland-islay-seal

300/400 years bp (maybe) human remains from Waterford:

https://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/ireland/human-remains-found-by-archaeologists-at-waterford-site-865442.html
http://www.thejournal.ie/archaeology-remains-found-dungarvan-waterford-4211829-Sep2018/
https://www.thesun.ie/news/3042706/human-skull-jaw-and-teeth-remains-found-waterford/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6932-180829-ireland-waterford-burials

Remains of a 16th century manor house from Bartislava:

https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20901002/archaeological-research-reveals-the-foundations-of-ruined-manor-house.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6926-180828-slovakia-manor-house-unearthed

Pondering the remains beneath a wheat field in Jerez de la Frontera:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2018/08/27/actualidad/1535364956_555400.html

The roof collapsed at the San Giuseppe dei Falegnami church in Rome:

http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2018/08/30/church-roof-collapses-in-central-rome_1268f56c-e07e-4320-baa8-4e5392b1f77c.html
http://www.ansa.it/english/news/general_news/2018/08/30/collapse-in-rome-church-no-one-hurt_3bd5132d-ec94-47f4-a6af-536c5de7306e.html
http://www.euronews.com/2018/08/30/church-roof-in-central-rome-collapses-damages-chapel-underneath
https://www.tampabay.com/roof-of-th-century-church-collapses-in-roman-forum-ap_world759d56ab9a094162a3462570bff75bb9
https://uk.news.yahoo.com/roof-400-old-church-collapses-181155748.html
http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2018/08/31/probe-opened-into-rome-church-collapse_db91bcfd-6322-4007-b8fe-0637f0032d1c.html

Feature on some of Europe’s clocks:

https://www.dw.com/en/the-most-beautiful-clocks-in-europe/g-45211089

‘The Theatre’ will soon open to the public:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2018/aug/29/wherefore-art-thou-exhibition-celebrates-shakespeares-shoreditch-origins
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/remains-one-first-theaters-perform-shakespeares-plays-will-open-public-after-400-years-180970188/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6934-180830-england-shoreditch-theatre

Feature on the Vikings:

https://www.livescience.com/32087-viking-history-facts-myths.html

Concerns for a Chalcolithic necropolis in Varna:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2018/08/27/chalcolithic-necropolis-of-worlds-oldest-gold-treasure-left-dilapidated-in-bulgarias-black-sea-city-varna/

More on ‘drought/hunger stones’ emerging from the Elbe:

https://www.livescience.com/63443-drought-stones-warning-europe.html

More on drought revealing sites:

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/europes-dry-summer-yields-an-archaeological-treasure-trove
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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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Ming Dynasty Buddhist grotto relics from Shaanxi:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-09/02/c_137438620.htm

Studying Bronze Age death and burial in the Southern Urals:

https://phys.org/news/2018-08-ancient-ural-settlement-habitants-didnt.html

Trying to figure out the date of Mahabharata:

https://www.news18.com/news/india/dating-the-mahabharata-to-2000-bc-archaeologists-shift-from-painted-grey-ware-to-ochre-coloured-pottery-1864423.html

More on that 4300 years bp settlement with step pyramid from Shimao:

https://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/pyramid-of-eyes-discovered-at-heart-of-4300yearold-city-in-northern-china/news-story/c14aca02eb9c06f620cf938d5cefddfe

More on all those teeth found during the Melbourne Metrol tunnel dig:

https://www.livescience.com/63450-1000-human-teeth-melbourne.html
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-08-28/heres-what-archaeologists-found-in-melbournes-metro-tunnel-dig/10155978
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Southeast Asian Archaeology Newsblog:

http://www.southeastasianarchaeology.com/

New Zealand Archaeology eNews:

https://us14.campaign-archive.com/home/?u=ddab09cab5362c9613318bd92&id=b917a20ae5
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NORTH AMERICA
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A 1500 years bp arrowhead from the Yukon:

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/arrowhead-demster-highway-archaeologist-yukon-1.4805547

A Native American fort site in Connecticut:

https://phys.org/news/2018-08-archaeologists-native-american-fort-connecticut.html
https://www.ctpost.com/local/article/State-kept-Native-American-site-in-Norwalk-under-13197785.php
https://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2018/0829/1600s-Native-American-fort-is-one-of-the-most-important-Northeast-finds
https://apnews.com/1903d6469b5649d5bd5d0a5b2ecae442
https://wlos.com/news/nation-world/archaeologists-dig-native-american-fort-found-in-connecticut
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6933-180829-connecticut-native-fort

A 17th century settlement site on Cape Cod:

http://chatham.wickedlocal.com/news/20180824/big-dig-in-chatham-finds-17th-century-settlement
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6925-180827-chatham-english-settlement

Feature on the dig at James Madison’s home:

https://www.breezejmu.org/news/graduate-students-excavate-james-madison-s-home/article_670851f8-abd8-11e8-9ae0-4f985d92e727.html

Feature on Folsom points:

http://www.journal-advocate.com/sterling-columnists/ci_32106513/folsom-points-and-legacies

Interesting ree modifications:

http://www.kunc.org/post/archaeologists-rush-document-mysterious-trees-its-too-late

Possible identification of a 150 years bp shipwreck in Lake Erie:

https://fox8.com/2018/08/29/archaeologists-believe-recently-discovered-shipwreck-may-be-150-year-old-vessel-lake-serpent/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6940-180831-lake-erie-shipwreck-excavated

Lead poisoning wasn’t a factor in the Franklin Expedition’s demise:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lead-poisoning-wasnt-major-factor-mysterious-demise-franklin-expedition-180970150/

A followup to that mammoth site in Wyoming from a while ago:

https://trib.com/news/state-and-regional/more-ancient-specimens-found-at-mammoth-recovery-site-near-cody/article_aedecb6e-d253-57c4-888c-7e4f0240e15e.html

… and they’re still pondering that Hurricane Irma canoe:

https://www.floridatoday.com/story/news/2018/08/30/hurricane-irma-canoe-ancient-mystery/1142863002/
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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A mask possibly depicting the Maya ruler Pakal from Palenque:

http://www.theyucatantimes.com/2018/08/mask-that-represented-the-mayan-ruler-pakal-was-found-in-palenque/
http://theweek.com/speedreads/792624/archaeologists-discover-strangely-wrinkly-ancient-mayan-mask
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6930-180829-maya-king-mask

The authenticity of the Mayan Codex has been confirmed:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/08/31/mexican-historians-prove-authenticity-looted-ancient-mayan-text/?WT.mc_id=tmg_share_em

Olmec finds from Guatemala:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2018/07/2500-year-old-olmec-monuments.html#Lr71fBldzViwdI8L.97

Feature on the Moai ‘scattered’ around the world:

https://www.apollo-magazine.com/the-easter-island-statues-now-scattered-around-the-world/

Concerns (?) for Teotihuacan:

https://elpais.com/internacional/2018/08/28/la_serpiente_emplumada/1535482237_638748.html
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Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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Pondering dropping the use of the term ‘stone age’:

https://phys.org/news/2018-08-australian-archaeologists-term-stone-age.html
https://theconversation.com/australian-archaeologists-dropped-the-term-stone-age-decades-ago-and-so-should-you-47275

Apparently woolly mammoths changed their diet shortly before going extinct:

https://phys.org/news/2018-08-eastern-european-woolly-mammoths-diet.html

On cheese and human evolution:

https://phys.org/news/2018-08-role-cheese-human-evolution.html

On the ‘bunny ears’ sign:

https://www.bbc.com/ideas/videos/the-dark-history-of-the-bunny-ears-sign/p06j3q60

Feature on Casanova:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/30/arts/design/on-the-trail-of-a-lover-boy-in-the-age-of-enlightenment.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Farts

Review of a festschrift for Oscar Muscarella:

https://oscillations.net/2018/08/28/festschrift-illustrious-archaeologist-oscar-white-muscarella/

Review of Brent Nongbri’s *God’s Library*:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/almost-everything-we-know-about-the-earliest-copies-of-the-new-testament-is-wrong

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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Water/Ways:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/29/arts/design/new-york-waterways-smithsonian.html

Ancient Animals:

https://www.apollo-magazine.com/art-diary/animal-shaped-vessels-from-the-ancient-world/

Spellbound:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2018/aug/31/spellbound-ashmolean-museum-oxford-exhibition-magic-superstition

Against the Ruins:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/120717/ancient-hellenic-spirit-revived-in-melbourne/

London’s NPG had a counting problem:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/29/arts/design/national-portrait-gallery-london-miscount.html

Feature on a Buddha at the Met:

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/08/20/arts/met-buddha-sculpture.html

A new director for the Freer and Sackler Galleries:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/21/arts/design/smithsonian-freer-sackler-galleries-chase-f-robinson.html

Interesting pottery workshop from London’s (Ontario) Museum of Archaeology:

https://lfpress.com/entertainment/local-arts/time-travelling-through-original-pottery/wcm/602a69d4-c00d-4123-9314-fa8d59c23a1e

On the opening of the Idlib Museum:

https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2018/08/did-idlib-museum-open-too-early.html
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AT THE AUCTIONS
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A very interesting watch from the Titanic:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sold-watch-titanic-adorned-hebrew-letters-180970169/
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THE TECHY SIDE
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A sanctuary from Machu Picchu has been digitized:

https://phys.org/news/2018-08-team-digitizes-historic-sanctuary-machu.html

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CLIMATE MATTERS
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On Vikings and adapting to climate change:

https://phys.org/news/2018-08-humans-climate-viking.html

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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DNA testing of remains suggests the Viking town of Sigtuna had a large immigrant population:

https://www.thelocal.se/20180825/half-of-sigtuna-swedens-first-capital-were-immigrants
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6922-180827-sweden-sigtuna-immigrants

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

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

https://thewest.com.au/travel/historical/inside-cleopatras-marbled-malls-in-ephesus-ng-b88833574z

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PERFORMANCES
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A tangent piano performance:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/31/arts/music/tangent-piano-alexei-lubimov-ecm.html

Beethovenfest:

https://www.dw.com/en/beethovenfest-composers-their-fates-their-music/a-45307432

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CRIME BEAT
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Assorted historical documents seized during a corruption trial in Chile:

https://www.latercera.com/mundo/noticia/una-carta-san-martin-ohiggins-otros-documentos-fueron-encontrados-la-casa-fernandez-tras-allanamientos/298411/

Followup to that book theft story from a couple of weeks ago:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/28/books/rare-book-theft-carnegie-library-pittsburgh.html

Trying to tie India’s looting problem to terrorism:

https://www.jpost.com/International/Indias-looted-past-and-terrorism-funding-565192

A bust in Istanbul:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/photo-smuggled-priceless-treasures-of-roman-greek-persian-islamic-civilizations-seized-by-istanbul-police-136224

… and Jiroft:

https://en.mehrnews.com/news/137323/14-antiquities-seized-from-smugglers-in-Jiroft

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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Not sure where to put this Nazi loot story about some Egon Schiele works:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/26/arts/design/nazi-art-egon-schiele-fritz-grunbaum.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/63-works-austrian-expressionist-egon-schiele-are-center-latest-nazi-looted-art-dispute-180970155/

Germany returned some human remains to Namibia:

https://www.dw.com/en/namibia-welcomes-repatriation-of-remains-of-indigenous-people-by-germany/a-45309757

Not really sure where to put this return of items to the Aboutaams:

http://theartnewspaper.com/news/swiss-prosecutor-returns-mesopotamian-terracotta-animal-made-by-dealer-s-11-year-old-daughter-along-with-5-000-other-seized-antiquities
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NUMISMATICA
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Latest issue of the e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/club_nbs_esylum_v21n34.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/club_nbs_esylum_v21n35.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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OBITUARIES
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Robin Birley:

https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/vindolanda-trust-announce-death-much-15097648

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-main-menu-cat/audio-news-list/2774-audio-news-from-archaeologica-19-august-25-august-2018
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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/

Jews and the Americas (February 2019):

https://networks.h-net.org/node/73374/announcements/1932330/jews-and-americas-68th-annual-conference-center-latin-american

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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

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/

The Book and the Spade:

http://www.radioscribe.com/bknspade.htm
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Explorator 21.18 ~ August 26, 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 Miller, 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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Much excitement over a DNA study confirming Neanderthal/Denisovan interbreeding:

https://phys.org/news/2018-08-neandertal-mother-denisovan-fathernewly-sequenced-genome.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-08/mpif-nmd082018.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/08/180822131002.htm
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/22/science/neanderthals-denisovans-hybrid.html
https://www.livescience.com/63400-neanderthals-denisovans-mated-leg-bone.html
https://www.livescience.com/63401-photos-neanderthal-denisovan-hybrid.html
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-45271644
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/neanderthal-denisovan-human-hybrid-girl-cave-discovery-ancient-humans-russia-siberia-a8503616.html
https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2018/08/22/640627452/ancient-bone-reveals-swingin-sex-lives-of-neanderthals
https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2018/08/a-neanderthal-and-a-denisovan-had-a-daughter/567967/
https://www.cnn.com/2018/08/22/health/neanderthal-denisovan-child-discovery/index.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/science/2018/08/22/mom-was-neanderthal-dad-was-something-else-entirely-meet-strangest-hybrid-human-history/
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2018/08/22/fossil-female-mom-neanderthal-dad-denisovan/1069543002/
https://www.usatoday.com/videos/tech/2018/08/22/bone-found-came-child-two-different-prehistoric-human-species/37567895/
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/meet-first-known-child-neandertal-and-denisovan?tgt=nr
https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/08/bone-fragment-belongs-to-a-girl-with-denisovan-dad-neanderthal-mom/
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/?p=26635
https://elpais.com/elpais/2018/08/24/ciencia/1535120316_186140.html
https://elpais.com/elpais/2018/08/22/ciencia/1534955666_091393.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/meet-denisova-11-first-known-interspecies-hominin-180970114/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6915-180822-denisovan-neanderthal-girl

Studying/simulating human gripping capabilities 500 000 year bp:

https://phys.org/news/2018-08-stone-tools-reveal-modern-human-like.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-08/uok-str082018.php
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/stone-age-sussex-archaeology-human-evolution-insight-intelligence-a8504766.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6920-180824-boxgrove-tools-dexterity
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AFRICA
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Very interesting 5000 (and later) years bp burial ground from around Lake Turkana in Kenya with interesting implications:

https://phys.org/news/2018-08-massive-monumental-cemetery-built-eastern.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-08/mpif-mmc081618.php
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/20/science/lake-turkana-burials-pillars.html
https://www.livescience.com/63397-kenya-ancient-cemetery-monument-lothagam.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/aug/20/kenya-burial-site-shows-community-spirit-of-herders-5000-years-ago
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/MAGAZINE-5-000-year-old-monumental-graveyard-found-in-kenya-1.6406003
https://www.washingtonpost.com/science/2018/08/21/this-ancient-burial-ground-tells-story-unity-time-climate-chaos/
https://www.sciencealert.com/archaeologists-uncovered-massive-monumental-cemetery-kenya-5-000-years-ago-turkana-lothagam
https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/08/archaeologists-explore-east-africas-ancient-monumental-cemeteries/
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2018/08/news-ancient-pillar-monument-burial-mound-africa/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6910-180821-kenya-lothagam-north
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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More on the occupants of that large granite sarcophagus that’s been in the news all summer:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/309896/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Initial-analysis-shows-skeletons-from-huge-Egyptia.aspx
https://www.egyptindependent.com/gender-age-of-alexandria-sarcophagus-remains-identified-antiquities-ministry/
http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/56274/Important-secrets-about-Alexandria-sarcophagus%E2%80%99-skeletons-revealed
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/black-sarcophagus-egypt-archaeologists-age-mummies-alexandira-waziri-sultan-a8499696.html
https://www.albawaba.com/editorchoice/egyptian-experts-determine-gender-and-age-3-skeletons-inside-sarcophagus-1175940
https://www.livescience.com/63384-black-sarcophagus-alexandria-inscriptions.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/were-learning-more-about-inhabitants-dark-sarcophagus-180970085/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6907-180820-egypt-alexandria-skeletons

More on one aspect of those Egyptian medical papyri which seem to have caught the press’ eye:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/egyptian-papyrus-reveals-old-wives-tale-very-very-old-indeed-180970066/

More on that ‘oldest cheese’:

https://www.economist.com/science-and-technology/2018/08/25/the-secret-in-the-worlds-oldest-cheese

Black Desert petroglyphs are shedding light on Neolithic animal life:

http://www.jordantimes.com/news/local/black-desert-petroglyphs-uncover-neolithic-animal-life

DNA evidence suggests an influx of blue-eyed people into the Levant some 6500 years bp:

https://www.aftau.org/news-page-archaeology?=&storyid4677=2407&ncs4677=3&erid=7462278
https://phys.org/news/2018-08-skeletons-israel-upper-galilee-reveal.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/08/180820104204.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-08/afot-dao082018.php
https://www.jpost.com//Israel-News/DNA-study-in-Israeli-cave-sheds-light-on-origins-of-Chalcolithic-culture-565293
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/MAGAZINE-mysterious-6-500-year-old-culture-in-israel-brought-by-migrants-1.6389513
https://www.timesofisrael.com/anomalous-blue-eyed-people-came-to-israel-6500-years-ago-from-iran-dna-shows/
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/blue-eyed-blondes-invaded-israel-6500-years-ago-dna-study/2018/08/21/
https://www.livescience.com/63396-ancient-israel-immigration-turkey-iran.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6919-180824-israel-chalcolithic-culture-shift

Feature on the dig at Masada:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-sites-places/biblical-archaeology-sites/masada-dig-reveals-a-pleasure-garden-at-king-herods-palace/

Reading a lot into finds of gazelle bones at Shikhin:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-ancient-judeans-wrote-torah-scrolls-on-gazelle-hide-archaeologists-fi-1.6390048

Possible Parthian burials from Agsu (Azerbaijan):

https://www.azernews.az/culture/136506.html

Evidence of 9th century glass production in Samarra:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-08/p-aef081518.php
https://phys.org/news/2018-08-archaeological-evidence-glass-industry-ninth-century.html

Islamic era underground aqueduct remains in Fayd:

http://www.arabnews.com/node/1358956/saudi-arabia

Remains of a 19th century soap factory in Jaffa:

https://www.israel21c.org/museum-builders-uncover-19th-century-soap-factory-in-jaffa/

On Sennacherib’s accounts of his siege of Lachish:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2018/08/Sennacherib-Siege-of-Lachish

That 3800 years bp ‘customer complaint’ tablet is in the news again for some reason:

https://www.newsweek.com/3800-year-old-tablet-worlds-oldest-customer-complaint-goes-viral-who-do-you-1088904
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An intact 3500 years bp Minoan burial from Crete:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2018/08/08/farmer-discovers-rare-tombstone-from-late-minoan-iii-period-on-crete-photos/
https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2018/08/24/spectacular-skeletons-unearthed-from-bronze-age-chamber-tomb-on-crete/#7e85ae29547c
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6908-180820-crete-minoan-tomb

A 1st/2nd century headless statue of a ‘magistrate’ from Heraclea Sintica:

https://www.novinite.com/articles/191762/Ancient+Roman+Statue+Found+in+Heraclea+Sintica%2C+Bulgaria+%28Video%29
https://www.euscoop.com/en/2018/8/20/ancient-roman-statue-found-heraclea-sintica-bulgaria
http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2018/08/19/roman-magistrates-statue-from-ca-100-ad-found-by-archaeologists-in-ancient-city-heraclea-sintica-in-southwest-bulgaria/

A metal detectorist has found a huge Roman villa site near Banbury (timeline of the find is a bit confusing):

https://inews.co.uk/news/uk/roman-villa-broughton-castle-banbury-excavation/
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/roman-villa-as-big-as-buckingham-palace-found-by-chance-wvr5dmjhl
https://metro.co.uk/2018/08/24/roman-villa-the-size-of-buckingham-palace-discovered-in-britain-7879276/

Elsewhere, detectorists found a hoard of silver coins in Yorkshire:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/08/25/hoard-2000-year-old-silver-roman-coins-unearthed-group-friends/

A head of Aurelian (really?) and other remains from Ulpia Oscus:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2018/08/25/statue-head-of-roman-emperor-aurelian-unknown-colonnade-found-in-ancient-romes-danube-colony-ulpia-oscus-in-north-bulgaria/

Excavations at ‘Odysseus’ Palace’ in Ithaca are set to resume:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/32358-excavations-at-odysseus-palace-in-greek-island-of-ithaca-to-resume.html

Hopes for Roman finds at a Sandy dig:

http://www.thecomet.net/news/roman-buildings-may-be-found-as-sandy-excavation-enters-final-stage-1-5657245

Feature on the Roman temple dig near Norwich:

http://www.eveningnews24.co.uk/news/archaeologists-excavate-ancient-roman-temple-at-caistor-st-edmumd-1-5658164

Studying the lost harbour of Pisa:

https://phys.org/news/2018-08-scientists-unravel-history-lost-harbour.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rising-sea-levels-changing-environment-doomed-legendary-pisan-harbor-180970132/

Pondering some buried whetstones from Gallia Belgica:

https://cosmosmagazine.com/archaeology/the-curious-case-of-the-buried-whetstones

Looking for evidence that a Roman emperor visited Carlisle:

http://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/Archaeologists-ponder-whether-Roman-emperor-visited-Carlisle-e8be94c7-48df-49d1-939f-ff3b9b4821e3-dsj
http://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/Discovery-points-to-a-Roman-emperors-visit-to-Carlisle-53d05cad-51b9-41d2-9d83-c10f2bc032ae-ds

What we’re learning from Roman poop:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2018/08/20/ancient-roman-poop-shows-rich-and-poor-were-infected-by-different-parasites/

Feature on the dig at that Roman ‘armoury’ site in Novae (Bulgaria):

https://www.eurasiareview.com/25082018-bulgaria-grand-armory-of-roman-legions-mystery-unveiled/

Rickets seems to have been a feature of Roman health issues:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/aug/20/roman-rickets-vitamin-d-deficiency
https://inews.co.uk/news/uk/rickets-roman-britain-industrial-revolution/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/many-roman-children-suffered-rickets-new-study-has-found-180970074/
https://www.cnn.com/2018/08/20/health/ancient-rome-skeletons-vitamin-d-deficiency/index.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6909-180820-italy-ostia-apartments

That head of Augustus from Meroe is featured in a British Museum exhibition in an interesting way:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2018/aug/23/bronze-head-from-emperor-augustus-statue-to-go-on-display-at-british-museum

Martin Jehne talks about invective in Roman politics:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-08/coe-iar082418.php

What Martha Nussbaum is up to:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/20/opinion/what-does-it-mean-to-be-human-dont-ask.html

What Dylan Connor is up to:

https://www.wtnh.com/on-air/connecticut-families/stratford-teacher-shares-powerful-message-after-humanitarian-mission-to-syria/1388018085

What Mary Beard is up to:

https://www.theguardian.com/media/2018/aug/23/mary-beard-returns-to-tv-with-exploration-of-nakedness
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/tv/2018/08/24/mary-beard-present-new-show-history-nudity/

What Jesse Weiner (et al) is up to:

https://www.hamilton.edu/news/story/professor-classics-jesse-weiner-co-edits-frankenstein-and-its-classics

Interview with Peter Bogucki about his *Barbarians* book:

https://www.princeton.edu/news/2018/08/23/barbarians-book-connects-ancient-clues-give-voice-silent-cultures

The Elgin/Parthenon Marbles issue is heating up again:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/greece-uk-elgin-marbles-british-museum-parthenon-acropolis-athens-a8500726.html
http://www.ekathimerini.com/231869/article/ekathimerini/life/minister-calls-for-intensification-of-talks-on-return-of-parthenon-marbles
https://greekcitytimes.com/2018/08/21/greece-requests-for-return-of-parthenon-marbles-talks-to-resume/
https://greece.greekreporter.com/2018/08/21/greece-calls-for-new-talks-on-return-of-parthenon-marbles/

A number of things of interest (mostly Minoan) went up at Smarthistory this week:

https://smarthistory.org/ancient-mediterranean/

Daisy Dunn on Catullus 64:

https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/when-a-love-poet-writes-an-epic-catulluss-poem-64/

Feature on the eruption of Vesuvius:

https://www.ibtimes.com/vesuvius-day-first-recorded-volcanic-eruption-history-2711279

Feature on Boadicea:

https://www.anglotopia.net/british-history/great-britons-boadicea/

Feature on Roman construction (Pula arena, specifically):

https://www.total-croatia-news.com/lifestyle/30549-mysteries-of-roman-construction-how-is-pula-arena-still-standing

Interesting painting find with links to Ben Hur:

http://www.theledger.com/news/20180819/chariot-race-mystery-painting-discovered-at-fsc-has-links-to-ben-hur

Review of Barker, *The Silence of the Girls*:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/aug/22/silence-of-the-girls-pat-barker-book-review-iliad

Review of Higgins, *Red Thread*:

https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/books/unravelling-ariadne-s-ball-of-red-thread-1.3598531

More on that gilded horse head from Germany:

http://www.laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=2463548&CategoryId=13003
https://www.newstimes.com/news/media/Gilded-Horse-Head-Suggests-Ancient-Romans-Had-1323115.php
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sculpted-horse-head-complicates-legendary-roman-conquest-german-barbarians-180970077/

More on rain and the fall of assorted emperors:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/how-rain-brought-down-roman-emperors-dk5xmqp6n
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Latest reviews from BMCR:

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

Visit our blog:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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A previously-unrecorded collection of artifacts from near Waterford might hint at one of Ireland’s oldest settlements:

https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/heritage/artefacts-found-in-waterford-could-reveal-10-000-years-old-settlement-1.3603628

A Class I Pictish stone find from a river near Aberdeen:

https://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/fisherman-finds-stunning-pictish-stone-in-river-1-4788591
https://www.eveningexpress.co.uk/fp/news/local/river-drought-reveals-ancient-pictish-stone/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6916-180823-scotland-pictish-stone

A possible 7th century monastery site at St Abb’s Head:

https://www.teesdalemercury.co.uk/features/town-archaeologists-go-on-the-hunt-for-lost-monastery

Latest from the excavations of the Viking fortress at Borgring:

http://sciencenordic.com/danish-viking-fortresses-were-designed-fend-other-vikings

What they’re learning from the Osknes Viking boat burial:

https://phys.org/news/2018-08-csi-tromsowhere-forensics-vikings.html

Finds from various periods on St Thomas Island (Bulgaria):

https://sofiaglobe.com/2018/08/20/archaeology-remnants-of-ancient-fortress-found-underwater-off-bulgarias-st-thomas-island/
http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2018/08/23/archaeologists-find-thracian-byzantine-settlements-medieval-monastery-on-bulgarias-st-thomas-island-in-black-sea/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6921-180824-bulgaria-black-sea-island

What they’ve learned from a development site in Bristol:

https://www.bristolpost.co.uk/news/business/amazing-historic-world-unearthed-building-1934480

Latest UK ‘drought reveal’ is an 18th century forest path:

http://www.dunmowbroadcast.co.uk/news/visitors-at-hatfield-forest-have-the-chance-to-see-a-newly-discovered-ancient-path-1-5662568
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6913-180822-england-drought-path

Low water levels have revealed a number of 17th century ‘hunger stones’ in the Elbe:

https://phys.org/news/2018-08-drought-reveals-ancient-hunger-stones.html
https://www.npr.org/2018/08/24/641331544/drought-in-central-europe-reveals-cautionary-hunger-stones-in-czech-river
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hunger-stones-emerge-drought-parched-czech-river-180970130/

Feature on the Halstatt mines (and the finds, of course):

https://phys.org/news/2018-08-salt-alps-ancient-austrian-bronze.html
https://www.france24.com/en/20180824-salt-alps-ancient-austrian-mine-holds-bronze-age-secrets
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Archaeology in Europe Blog:

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

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A 30 000 years bp frozen-preserved foal from Siberia:

https://siberiantimes.com/other/others/news/perfectly-preserved-ancient-foal-is-shown-to-the-world-for-the-first-time/
https://www.livescience.com/63431-preserved-foal.html
https://phys.org/news/2018-08-scientists-perfectly-ancient-foal-siberia.html
https://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/foal-permafrost-1.4797543
https://gizmodo.com/we-ve-got-the-meat-scientists-unearth-final-ingredient-1828587496?rev=1535145273625

Coverage of the finds (including a Neolithic step pyramid) from Shimao:

https://www.livescience.com/63406-massive-shimao-pyramid-unearthed-china.html
https://www.newsweek.com/ancient-china-lost-city-pyramid-and-human-sacrifices-rewriting-history-1090117
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6918-180823-china-step-pyramid

Remains of Cham towers from Phong Le (Viet Nam):

http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/art-entertainment/207349/vestige-of-cham-towers-unveiled-in-da-nang.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6917-180823-vietnam-cham-towers

A 9th century inscription of a Pallava king from Porkunam:

https://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-tamilnadu/stone-inscription-on-pallava-king-found/article24783148.ece

A dig at the site of a new subway station in Melbourne has uncovered a pile of artifacts, including 1000+ teeth (!):

https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/no-hidden-treasure-but-1000-teeth-found-at-swanston-street-dig-site-20180821-p4zyw3.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeological-dig-australian-metro-station-unearths-1000-human-teeth-180970100/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6911-180821-australia-melbourne-teeth

Pondering how to get missing temple idols back in India:

https://www.deccanchronicle.com/nation/current-affairs/260818/in-an-idol-world.html

Related:

https://bangaloremirror.indiatimes.com/opinion/sunday-read/my-life-as-an-idol-hunter/articleshow/65546596.cms
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Southeast Asian Archaeology Newsblog:

http://www.southeastasianarchaeology.com/

New Zealand Archaeology eNews:

https://us14.campaign-archive.com/home/?u=ddab09cab5362c9613318bd92&id=b917a20ae5
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NORTH AMERICA
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Feature on the dig at Etzanoa (Kansas):

http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-kansas-lost-city-20180819-htmlstory.html#
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/lost-native-american-city-of-etzanoa-opens-its-gates-to-tourists-pfrg87zcm
http://www.fox19.com/story/38926602/in-rural-kansas-the-lost-city-of-etzanoa-comes-to-light
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/archaeologists-discover-the-site-of-a-massive-longlost-city-in-the-us/

Feature on Fort Ticonderoga:

https://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/picture-gallery/news/2018/08/18/photos-the-storied-history-of-fort-ticonderoga/37530071/
https://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/story/news/2018/08/20/history-space-legacy-fort-ticonderoga/37529999/

Poking around Egg Mountain (Vermont):

http://digital.vpr.net/post/high-school-students-help-uncover-18th-century-mystery-egg-mountain

Latest Clovis point find in someone’s yard:

http://www.courier-tribune.com/entertainmentlife/20180819/caswell-collector-finds-holy-grail-of-arrowheads-in-front-yard

Latest on the search for the Endeavour:

https://www.heraldsun.com.au/kids-news/captain-cooks-endeavour-mystery-close-to-being-solved-250-years-after-it-sailed-to-australia/news-story/0762b55dd59ecaae8377fffbef17faf5

I think we mentioned this study suggesting Canadian Arctic peoples’ spun yarn predated European contact:

https://phys.org/news/2018-08-indigenous-canadian-arctic-people-textiles.html

The controversy over John A Macdonald is spreading:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-45275651

Concerns for 18th century burials on Cape Breton:

http://thechronicleherald.ca/capebreton/1593221-students-spend-summer-digging-up-preserving-300-year-old-human-remains-at-cape-br
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6912-180821-canada-fortress-of-louisbourg

Oil and gas concerns for sites in Pennsylvania:

https://www.npr.org/2018/08/19/639997873/oil-and-gas-drilling-could-endanger-u-s-archaeological-sites
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I think we mentioned these Ramada culture burial pits from Peru:

https://www.livescience.com/63295-trophy-heads-mummies-ancient-peru-pits.html

“Robots” helped find some new passageways and burials at Chavin de Huantar:

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-peru-archaeology/robots-help-find-new-tunnels-at-ancient-temple-in-perus-andes-idUSKCN1L621S
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2018/08/robots-help-find-new-underground.html#S1MRBRGsrKJO3XKU.97
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6914-180822-peru-chavin-de-huantar-temple

A mask of Pakal the Great (maybe) from Palenque:

https://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/palenque-mask-believed-to-represent-7th-century-mayan-ruler/
https://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Mexico-Archaeologists-Discover-Ancient-Mask-of-Mayan-Ruler–20180825-0017.html

Something about carbon reservoirs and the collapse of the Maya:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/08/180820113055.htm
https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/08/carbon-impact-of-ancient-maya-farming-may-still-be-felt/

… and something about ‘low density urbanism’ at Maya sites:

https://phys.org/news/2018-08-scale-maya-civilizations-strange.html

More on those 3800 years bp wall reliefs from Caral:

https://gizmodo.com/these-3-800-year-old-peruvian-carvings-look-like-modern-1828460770
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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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Pre Islamic poetry is gaining in popularity:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20180820-the-6th-century-poems-making-a-comeback

On old books as travel guides:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20180819-the-travel-guides-that-charted-our-world

Feature on Mayan blue:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20180816-the-rare-blue-the-mayans-invented

Why Czechs don’t speak German:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20180820-why-czechs-dont-speak-german

On ‘quietism’:

https://www.bbc.com/ideas/videos/what-is-quietism-and-why-we-all-need-a-bit-of-it/

On St Patrick’s origins:

https://www.irishcentral.com/roots/history/saint-patrick-born-scotland

On pink throughout history:

https://f5.folha.uol.com.br/voceviu/2018/08/a-curiosa-trajetoria-da-cor-rosa-ao-longo-da-historia.shtml

Review of de Courcy, *The Husband Hunters*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/21/books/review/husband-hunters-anne-de-courcy.html

Review of Hurston, *Barracoon*:

https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/public/barracoon-review-zora-neale-hurston/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Humphrey Llwyd:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-45241579

Yup’ik artifacts:

https://www.adn.com/alaska-news/rural-alaska/2018/08/19/new-cultural-center-unveils-thousands-of-yupik-artifacts-rescued-in-race-against-climate-change/

Advancing Women Artists:

https://verne.elpais.com/verne/2018/08/20/articulo/1534767978_990703.html

More on the 3d models the Uffizi has put online:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/3d-scans-put-sculptures-at-our-fingertips-5tvn72ghx

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Hopes that muon imagery can help save the dome of the Cathedral of St Mary of the Flower:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/08/cosmic-rays-could-help-unlock-the-secrets-of-brunelleschis-dome/

On the use of ‘smart’ nanotech to preserve shipwrecks (like the Mary Rose):

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-08/acs-bsw071718.php
https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/08/how-magnetic-nanoparticles-will-help-preserve-a-500-year-old-shipwreck/

Not sure if we’ve had this facial reconstruction of ‘Eve’ from Quintana Roo:

https://www.mirror.co.uk/science/scientists-reconstruct-face-woman-whose-13109728

More on the fiddling with the dating of Thera:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/new-carbon-dating-tool-could-determine-if-ancient-eruption-tied-to-exodus/

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Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

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

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/23/travel/what-to-do-in-thessaloniki.html

Malana:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20180821-malana-a-himalayan-village-shrouded-in-myth

Amsterdam finds it has to limit tourism:

http://www.spiegel.de/international/amsterdam-tries-to-limit-impact-of-tourism-a-1223505.html

Dubrovnik is overrun with Game of Thrones fans:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/19/world/europe/dubrovnik-croatia-game-of-thrones.html
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PERFORMANCES
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The Happytime Murders:

https://www.npr.org/2018/08/24/641378152/a-new-addition-to-the-long-tradition-of-puppets-behaving-badly
https://www.npr.org/2018/08/23/641241537/raunchy-but-thin-the-happytime-murders-isn-t-deeply-felt
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CRIME BEAT
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Looters hit a site in Unalaska:

http://www.thedutchharborfisherman.com/article/1834archaeological_dig_looted_in_unalaska

A coin bust in Egypt:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/56285/Tourism-and-Antiquities-Police-recover-83-ancient-coins

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 12th century Buddha will be returned to Nalanda Museum:

https://www.hindustantimes.com/patna/missing-12th-century-buddha-idol-to-be-soon-returned-to-nalanda-museum/story-PxwCcBoBd4Y9tJk8M4XpTL.html

Switzerland is returning a St George icon to Cyprus:

http://www.financialmirror.com/news-details.php?nid=35769

More on Easter Island wanting their Moai back from the British Museum:

https://www.latercera.com/nacional/noticia/gobierno-concreta-primer-paso-recuperar-moai-del-museo-britanico/289854/
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NUMISMATICA
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Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/club_nbs_esylum_v21n33.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/club_nbs_esylum_v21n34.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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OBITUARIES
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Alex Storm:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/23/obituaries/alex-storm-dead.html

Peter van Geersdaele:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/obituaries/2018/08/24/peter-van-geersdaele-made-plaster-cast-sutton-hoo-ship-obituary/

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-main-menu-cat/audio-news-list/2773-audio-news-from-archaeologica-12-august-18-august-2018
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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/

Jews and the Americas (February 2019):

https://networks.h-net.org/node/73374/announcements/1932330/jews-and-americas-68th-annual-conference-center-latin-american

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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

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/

The Book and the Spade:

http://www.radioscribe.com/bknspade.htm
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Explorator 21.17 ~ August 19, 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,
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EARLY HOMINIDS
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On the evolution of the big toe:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-45183651
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-suggest-big-toe-was-last-part-foot-evolve-180970012/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6897-180815-modern-big-toes

Bipedalism came early to hominins, apparently:

https://phys.org/news/2018-08-ancient-forefoot-joints-reveals-bipedalism.html
https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/08/the-road-to-bipedalism-wasnt-straight-and-narrow/

More on “lazy” homo erectus:

https://www.news.com.au/technology/science/evolution/laziness-killed-the-homo-erectus-anu-study-finds/news-story/2069b27b43e8d81548a11c7e428aa77e
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/laziness-may-have-contributed-downfall-homo-erectus-180969983/

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Just as we’re about to press ‘send’ comes word of analysis results of those skeletons found in that Alexandrian sarcophagus:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/309896/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Initial-analysis-shows-skeletons-from-huge-Egyptia.aspx
http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/56274/Important-secrets-about-Alexandria-sarcophagus%E2%80%99-skeletons-revealed

A pair of Ptolemaic inscriptions/reliefs from Kom Ombo:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/56113/Archaeological-mission-studies-2-ancient-pieces-discovered-in-Kom-Ombo

Research suggests that a 3600 BCE mummy thought to have been ‘naturally embalmed’ was actually made using an ’embalming recipe’:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-45175764
https://www.livescience.com/63351-mummy-older-than-pharaohs.html
https://phys.org/news/2018-08-prehistoric-mummy-reveals-ancient-egyptian.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-08/uoy-pmr081318.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/08/180815190521.htm
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2018/08/16/egyptian-mummy-embalming-pharaohs/1006187002/
https://www.dw.com/en/egyptian-mummy-in-turin-museum-proves-embalming-predates-the-pharaohs/a-45100744
https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/mummies-1-500-years-older-than-expected-says-yorkshire-expert-1-9303656
https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/08/ancient-egyptians-had-been-making-mummies-longer-than-anyone-thought/
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2018/08/news-egyptian-prehistoric-mummy-embalming-recipe/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/egyptians-created-mummies-thousand-years-earlier-thought-180970052/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6900-180816-egyptian-embalming-recipe

A substance found in the tomb of Ptahmes a few years ago turns out to be 3200 years bp cheese:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/16/science/oldest-cheese-ever-egypt-tomb.html
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-45233347
https://www.livescience.com/63356-oldest-mummy-cheese.html
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/MAGAZINE-earliest-known-real-cheese-found-in-ancient-egyptian-tomb-1.6386688
https://www.timesunion.com/news/world/article/Substance-in-dug-up-Egyptian-jar-most-ancient-13163270.php
https://www.yahoo.com/news/archaeologists-world-oldest-cheese-inside-173028692.html
https://gizmodo.com/worlds-oldest-cheese-found-in-ancient-tomb-was-also-v-1828414954
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/oldest-cheese-ever-egyptian-tomb-180970051/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6903-180817-egypt-saqqara-cheese

Plans for the Meidum pyramid site:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/55769/Ministry-of-Antiquities-launched-Meidum-Pyramid%E2%80%99s-project

More on the translation of Egyptian medical papyri in Denmark:

https://phys.org/news/2018-08-unpublished-egyptian-texts-reveal-insights.html
https://www.livescience.com/63364-ancient-egyptian-medical-texts.html
https://www.cnet.com/news/ancient-egyptian-method-for-determining-baby-gender-pee-on-barley/
http://sciencenordic.com/unpublished-egyptian-texts-reveal-new-insights-ancient-medicine
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6899-180815-egyptian-science-texts

More on the sphinx find from Luxor:

https://egyptianstreets.com/2018/08/09/new-ancient-egyptian-sphinx-discovered-in-luxor/
https://www.egyptindependent.com/second-sphinx-discovered-in-luxor/
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/egypt-sphinx-valley-of-the-kinds-ancient-second-discovered-luxor-a8487586.html

Roman-era tombs from Hebron:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/ancient-roman-era-tombs-discovered-in-west-bank-village/

More on that Hellenistic earring from the City of David:

http://mfa.gov.il/MFA/IsraelExperience/History/Pages/Rare-Hellenistic-era-golden-earring-discovered-in-Jerusalem-8-August-2018.aspx
https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Over-2000-years-later-Ancient-gold-earring-discovered-in-City-of-David-564379

Studying how folks at Catal Huyuk adapted to changing climate:

https://phys.org/news/2018-08-reveals-evidence-neolithic-people-climate.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-08/uob-nsr081018.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/08/180813160534.htm
http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/08/animal-fat-ancient-pottery-shards-reveals-nearly-catastrophic-period-human-prehistory
https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/08/archaeologists-use-ancient-dirty-dishes-to-reconstruct-climate-shifts/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/traces-animal-fat-found-clay-pottery-reveal-how-catalhoyuk-settlement-survived-extreme-drought-180969994/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6895-180814-turkey-catalhoyuk-climate

An Ottoman-era soap factory found during construction of Uri Geller’s museum in Jaffa:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/ottoman-era-soap-factory-unearthed-under-uri-gellers-jaffa-museum/
https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Ottoman-era-soap-factory-unearthed-at-site-of-Uri-Geller-museum-564820
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/MAGAZINE-uri-geller-bends-dirt-pile-finds-ottoman-era-soap-factory-in-israel-1.6382374
http://www.laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=2462996&CategoryId=13003

Big plans for Caesarea as a tourism destination:

https://www.haaretz.com/world-news/.premium.MAGAZINE-can-caesarea-become-the-acropolis-of-israeli-tourism-1.6385234

Feature on the Timna copper mines:

http://www.bibleinterp.com/articles/2018/08/amz428015.shtml

Feature on Gobekli Tepe:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/ancient-cultures/ancient-near-eastern-world/the-gobekli-tepe-ruins-and-the-origins-of-neolithic-religion/
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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Assorted finds from the sanctuary of Artemis at Amarynthos:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2018/08/14/new-finds-reveal-more-of-greek-goddess-sanctuary/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6894-180814-greece-artemis-temple

Evidence of extensive trade networks from Palaipaphos:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2018/08/17/archaeological-finds-in-palaipaphos-show-extensive-trade-networks/

Also from Palaipaphos comes word of a 5th century BCE ‘architectural complex’:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2018/08/17/researchers-find-fifth-century-bc-complex-in-cyprus/

Latest frescoes from Pompeii:

https://www.seattlepi.com/news/media/New-Frescoes-Uncovered-In-Pompeii-1320070.php

Evidence of a Roman road at Binchester:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-tees-45162034

A section of a Roman street in Philipopolis:

https://www.archaeology.org/news/6892-180813-bulgaria-philippopolis-odeon

Some results from the excavation of Pergamon’s amphitheatre:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkeys-colosseum-to-reunite-with-sun-135713

A Roman-era military tower from Turkey’s Adiyaman province:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2018/08/13/roman-era-military-observation-tower-discovered-in-southeastern-turkey

Hopes of finding some Roman dwelling remains at Sandy:

https://www.biggleswadetoday.co.uk/news/new-sandy-dig-may-reveal-roadside-roman-homes-1-8604959

Latest attempt at dating the eruption of Thera:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-08/uoa-dta080918.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/08/180815141326.htm
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/volcano-thera-eruption-santorini-egypt-turkey-greece-minoan-tree-rings-carbon-dating-a8493121.html
http://science.sciencemag.org/content/361/6403/634
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/?p=26521

Plans to excavate a Roman legionary fortress in Anatolia:

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/culture-and-art/roman-legionary-base-in-turkey-to-be-unearthed/1233653
https://menafn.com/1097312597/Turkey-to-dig-up-Roman-legionary-base

Volunteers have cleaned up the site of the Nablus hippodrome:

https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2018/08/nablus-volunteers-clean-up-roman-hipodrome.html

On naval combat in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey:

http://www.ign.com/articles/2018/08/13/assassins-creed-odyssey-naval-combat

What Boris Johnson is up to:

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2018/aug/14/classical-scholars-turn-backs-on-boris-johnson-over-burqa-comments

Review of Serres, *The Birth of Physics*:

https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/a-science-of-exceptions-on-michel-serress-the-birth-of-physics/

Review of Nixey, *The Darkening Age*:

https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/08/book-review-the-darkening-age-catherine-nixey-christians-and-antiquity/

More on that bronze/gold horse’s head from Germany:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2018/08/news-ancient-rome-statue-horse-head-germany-waldgirmes-archaeology/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6904-180817-germany-bronze-horse

More on the horse shoes from Vindolanda:

https://phys.org/news/2018-08-unearth-remarkable-horse.html

More on that Roman library in Germany:

https://www.history.com/news/ancient-roman-library-germany

More on ancient Greek music:

https://aeon.co/ideas/can-we-know-what-music-sounded-like-in-ancient-greece
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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I think we mentioned this 5000 years bp axe find from Orkney:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-45113734

Announcement of a find of a Bronze Age hoard by a metal detectorist near Amble a couple of years ago:

http://www.theambler.co.uk/2018/08/13/bronze-age-treasure-hoard-discovered-near-amble/

Another Bronze Age hoard, this time from a Norfolk field:

http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/crime/smallburgh-detectorist-david-lovett-looks-back-on-finding-bronze-age-haul-in-norfolk-field-1-5655529
http://www.northnorfolknews.co.uk/news/smallburgh-detectorist-david-lovett-looks-back-on-finding-bronze-age-haul-in-norfolk-field-1-5655529

A 3000 years bp child burial from the Ryahovets fortress site:

https://sofiaglobe.com/2018/08/14/archaeology-grave-of-child-dating-back-3000-years-found-at-bulgaria-ryahovets-fortress-site/

A Saxon malthouse from Sedgeford:

http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/sedgeford-historical-and-archaeological-research-project-2018-malthouse-1-5621854
https://www.lynnnews.co.uk/news/anglo-saxon-malthouse-discovered-at-sedgeford-dig-9004507/

Possible ‘home site’ of the ancestors of the Slavs in Belarus:

http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news%2C30579%2Carchaeologists-found-traces-cradle-slavs-belarusian-polesie.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6902-180816-belarus-slav-origins

Assorted early Christian finds from Perperikon:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2018/08/14/early-christian-bishops-residence-reliquary-cross-with-crucified-jesus-christ-found-in-bulgarias-rock-city-perperikon/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6898-180815-bulgaria-bishop-cross

Latest finds from the Rusocastro fortress site:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2018/08/18/second-bulgarian-empire-demolished-6th-century-byzantine-walls-of-rusocastro-to-build-far-more-massive-fortress-archaeologists-find/

A 14th century blacksmith’s workshop and kilns from the Tsarevets fortress site:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2018/08/16/14th-century-blacksmiths-workshop-with-kilns-found-at-tsarevets-fortress-in-bulgarias-veliko-tarnovo/

Evidence of a 17th century battle at Castle Fraser:

https://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/castle-fraser-reveals-remnants-of-17th-century-battle-1-4786027
https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/aberdeen/1543470/evidence-of-17th-century-battles-unearthed-at-aberdeenshire-castle/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6906-180817-scotland-castle-fraser

They’re digging at Sheffield Castle too:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-south-yorkshire-45169410
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/aug/15/dig-under-way-to-reveal-ruins-of-medieval-castle-in-sheffield
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/excavation-begins-sheffield-castle-one-time-prison-mary-queen-scots-180970065/

Initial finds from a development site on Castle Hill:

https://www.examiner.co.uk/news/west-yorkshire-news/archaeologists-digging-castle-hill-made-15029562

An unbaptized baby burial ground from Meath:

https://www.irishcentral.com/news/unbaptized-babies-meath

Still getting press coverage of things revealed during the UK heatwave:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/uk-weather-heatwave-archaeology-historic-england-history-a8491516.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/gallery/2018/aug/15/uk-archaeology-sites-made-visible-in-heatwave-pictures
https://phys.org/news/2018-08-air-summer-reveals-ancient-harvest.html
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-45170581
https://www.livescience.com/63347-heat-wave-reveals-cropmarks-ancient-sites.html
https://www.livescience.com/63346-heat-wave-cropmarks-ancient-sites-photos.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/15/opinion/britain-drought-cropmarks-summer.html
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/aug/17/hot-summer-archaeologists-forgotten-gems
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/aug/15/millennia-of-human-activity-heatwave-reveals-lost-uk-archaeological-sites
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-britain-weather-archeology/scorching-weather-helps-uncover-archeological-sites-around-britain-idUSKBN1L01UA?feedType=RSS&feedName=scienceNews
http://www.sthelensstar.co.uk/news/national/16418794.heatwave-reveals-hidden-archaeological-sites-across-england/
https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/incredible-images-show-how-uks-scorching-heatwave-has-reveal-lost-archaeological-sites-across-the-a3911701.html
https://elpais.com/internacional/2018/08/17/mundo_global/1534495088_474937.html

Plenty of ancient graffiti marks at Lincoln Cathedral (I think we’ve had this before):

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-england-lincolnshire-45226374/thousands-of-ancient-graffiti-carvings-at-found-at-cathedral

Feature on the Portable Antiquities Scheme:

https://www.lep.co.uk/news/finding-hidden-treasure-in-lancashire-how-special-finds-from-the-silverdale-hoard-to-rare-coins-and-jewellery-are-recorded-and-valued-through-the-portable-antiquities-scheme-1-9302453
https://www.clitheroeadvertiser.co.uk/news/is-it-treasure-trove-how-lancashire-s-special-finds-from-the-silverdale-hoard-to-rare-coins-and-jewellery-are-recorded-through-the-portable-antiquities-scheme-1-9302453

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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Remains of a Sui Dynasty kiln from Jinan:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-08/12/c_137384977.htm
https://news.cgtn.com/news/3d3d674d3151444e79457a6333566d54/share.html

Studying the role of the Silk Road in the spread of Eurasian fruits:

https://phys.org/news/2018-08-eurasian-fruits-ancient-silk-road.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-08/mpif-oas081318.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/08/180814140521.htm

Hyping that dig in Tibet which we mentioned a few weeks ago:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-08/16/c_137395867.htm

Feature on Aboriginal astronomy:

http://theconversation.com/aboriginal-traditions-describe-the-complex-motions-of-planets-the-wandering-stars-of-the-sky-97938

Feature on the Terracotta Army:

https://www.artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-chinas-first-emperor-built-buried-7-000-strong-terracotta-army
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Southeast Asian Archaeology Newsblog:

http://www.southeastasianarchaeology.com/

New Zealand Archaeology eNews:

https://us14.campaign-archive.com/home/?u=ddab09cab5362c9613318bd92&id=b917a20ae5
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NORTH AMERICA
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300 years bp cannon find off the Florida coast:

https://www.cnn.com/videos/us/2018/08/14/spanish-cannon-found-off-florida-coast-orig.cnn

Latest finds from Colonial Michillimackinac:

http://www.minews26.com/content/archaeologists-dig-up-historic-interesting-items-at-colonial-michilimackinac/
https://upnorthlive.com/news/local/acrhaeologists-find-more-signs-of-the-past-at-colonial-michilimackinac

DNA suggests there was some sort of Scarlet Macaw breeding operation in the American Southwest:

https://news.psu.edu/story/531169/2018/08/13/research/scarlet-macaw-dna-points-ancient-breeding-operation-southwest
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-08/ps-smd081318.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/08/180813160531.htm
http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/08/people-might-have-bred-tropical-macaws-desert-1000-years-ago
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2018/08/14/native-americans-were-breeding-parrots-in-new-mexico/
https://news.virginia.edu/content/study-southwestern-desert-ancient-people-bred-tropical-parrots
https://www.forbes.com/sites/grrlscientist/2018/08/13/have-we-found-the-first-parrot-breeders-in-north-america/
https://www.economist.com/science-and-technology/2018/08/18/evidence-of-early-native-american-parrot-breeding
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2018/08/news-ancient-dna-chaco-canyon-pueblo-macaws-archaeology/
https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/08/dna-reveals-ancient-parrot-breeder-supplied-us-southwest-peoples/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/macaw-breeding-center-supplied-plumage-180969982/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6896-180814-new-mexico-macaws

Feature on the Robinsons of Rokeby:

https://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/story/news/2018/08/13/history-space-robinsons-rokeby/37444869/

Interesting feature on European printmakers’ images of Colonial American cities:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/inaccurate-images-america-delighted-18th-century-europe-180969992/

Finds from the Cardy Paleo-Indian Campsite are going on display:

https://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/story/news/local/door-co/news/2018/08/14/door-county-pre-native-american-indian-tools-found-sturgeon-bay/928725002/

Nice followup piece to that African-American (slave/not slave) burial ground recently found in Texas:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/13/opinion/texas-slavery-african-american-graveyard.html

Review of Alexiou, *Devil’s Mile*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/15/books/review/alice-sparberg-alexiou-devils-mile.html

More on the latest coverage of the way folks came to the Americas:

https://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2018/0808/When-science-meets-history-Sorting-out-the-path-of-the-first-Americans
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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3800 years bp Caral wall relief from Vichama:

https://www.dw.com/en/archaeologists-unearth-3800-year-old-wall-relief-in-peru/a-45112955
http://www.ibtimes.sg/archaeology-3800-year-old-wall-relief-mysterious-structures-discovered-peru-27076
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6905-180817-peru-caral-mural

I think we mentioned these 1500 years bp ‘trophy heads’ (among others) from the Vitor Valley of Peru:

https://www.livescience.com/63295-trophy-heads-mummies-ancient-peru-pits.html

Interesting evidence of 800-900 CE Maya rituals from Belize:

https://phys.org/news/2018-08-maya-rituals-unearthed.html

A study suggests Easter Island society might not have ‘collapsed’ after all:

https://phys.org/news/2018-08-easter-island-society-collapsed.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-08/fm-eis080818.php
https://www.livescience.com/63321-easter-island-collapse-myth.html
https://www.cnn.com/2018/08/13/world/easter-island-statue-study-intl/index.html
http://pacificarchaeology.org/index.php/journal/article/view/230
https://gizmodo.com/new-evidence-contradicts-theory-that-easter-island-soci-1828307589
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6891-180813-easter-island-tools

On psychedelic toads in Mesoamerica:

https://elpais.com/internacional/2018/08/12/la_serpiente_emplumada/1534032108_084120.html

More on those human remains found in Puyil Cave:

http://www.ibtimes.sg/7000-years-old-remains-found-mexican-archaeologists-believe-these-belong-ancient-mayan-27015

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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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Remembering the beginning of the Transatlantic slave trade:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/transatlantic-slave-trade-voyages-ships-log-details-africa-america-atlantic-ocean-deaths-disease-a8494546.html

An interesting 1491 map which may have influenced Columbus:

https://www.livescience.com/63339-map-influenced-christopher-columbus.html
https://www.livescience.com/63357-photos-1491-map-christopher-columbus.html

Feature on gay royals:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/retropolis/wp/2018/08/18/the-king-and-his-husband-the-gay-history-of-british-royals/

Interesting Karl Marx souvenir:

https://www.dw.com/en/tourists-snap-up-zero-euro-bills-with-karl-marxs-image/a-45089015

The Onion’s spin on some cave paintings:

https://www.theonion.com/unearthed-cave-painting-of-wooly-mammoth-saber-tooth-t-1828258738

Citing an ancient Norman rite to protest the narrowing of a road:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/aug/14/guernsey-resident-halts-road-works-with-ancient-plea

Feature on Hebrew manuscripts at the Library of Congress:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2018/08/Hebrew-Manuscripts

Find of hundreds of poems from the UK’s ‘Cotton Famine’:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hundreds-newly-found-poems-reveal-devastation-uks-cotton-famine-180969966/

Feature on the Book of Kings:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20180810-the-book-of-kings-the-book-that-defines-iranians

Feature on human sacrifice:

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/crux/2018/08/17/human-sacrifice-archaeology/#.W3lvYdgzpfI

Feature on a woman pioneer of modern detective fiction:

http://digital.vpr.net/post/1870s-crime-writer-who-pioneered-modern-detective-fiction

On the notion of ‘race’ in the Middle Ages:

https://historynewsnetwork.org/article/169596

A Sir William Nicholson painting apparently is actually a fake:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-45162870

Studying why it’s always men who go to war:

https://phys.org/news/2018-08-war-game.html

A noble in Monaco is claiming France tricked his relatives out of the throne:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-45173493

Theory on the inspiration for the Great Gatsby:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/books/did-an-extramarital-affair-inspire-the-great-gatsby-one-book-tries-to-make-the-case/2018/08/15/b242b180-a08a-11e8-93e3-24d1703d2a7a_story.html

Pondering dog domestication:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-wolves-really-became-dogs-180970014/

Review of Greenblatt, *Tyrant*:

http://www.wamc.org/post/book-show-1569-stephen-greenblatt

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MUSEUM MATTERS
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What is Love?:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20180810-what-connects-adam-and-eve-to-tinder
https://www.kunsthalle-bremen.de/view/exhibitions/exb-page/what-is-love

Michaelina Wautier:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/antwerp-hosts-first-retrospective-dedicated-baroque-artist-michaelina-wautier-180970055/

Thomas Bock:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-08-17/tasmanian-aboriginal-portraits-return-from-british-museum/10128436
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-45217215

Feature on the Prado:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2018/08/14/actualidad/1534266076_791144.html

The Uffizi has put a bunch of things online in 3d:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/view-uffizis-ancient-treasures-afar-3d-180970007/

Syria’s Idlib museum has reopened after five years:

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2018/Aug-13/460096-antiquities-museum-reopens-in-syrias-rebel-held-idlib.ashx
http://www.euronews.com/2018/08/14/idlib-antiquities-museum-reopens-after-5-years
https://www.timesofisrael.com/antiquities-museum-reopens-in-syrias-rebel-held-idlib/

The British Museum’s ‘looting’ problem:

https://newrepublic.com/article/150642/british-museums-looting-problem

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

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

https://gulfnews.com/culture/people/a-greek-odyssey-on-kefalonia-1.2267070

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PERFORMANCES
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Feature on Rimsky-Korsakov:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/15/arts/music/rimsky-korsakov-bard-music-festival.html

Gospel at Colonus:

https://publictheater.org/Public-Theater-Season/The-Gospel-At-Colonus/?src=52207&mid=1045800690&ml=35511019

Bacchae:

https://www.bam.org/theater/2018/bacchae
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CRIME BEAT
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Nice feature on Lynda Albertson’s role in getting a bronze Buddha returned:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/buddha-statue-returned-india-57-years-after-it-was-stolen-180970019/

A bust for temple theft in Uttar Pradesh:

http://www.opindia.com/2018/08/uttar-pradesh-police-arrested-man-for-stealing-idols-and-valuables-from-shanidev-temple/

The Vijay Nanda smuggling trial in India might be worth watching:

https://indianexpress.com/article/cities/mumbai/dri-starts-prosecution-process-against-antique-smuggler-vijay-nanda-5309031/

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 Texas museum is returning a mummy to Peru:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2018/08/17/2000-year-old-mummy-leaving-texas-museum-headed-peru/1025583002/

An ancient silver flask seized at Gatwick Airport is returning to Afghanistan:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/08/11/ancient-silver-flask-seized-gatwick-revealed-first-time-ahead/

Debating the British Museum’s returns (and not):

https://elpais.com/elpais/2018/08/11/videos/1534013692_183870.html

Ethiopia wants a lock of hair taken from Tewodros II returned:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/aug/13/ethiopia-requests-emperors-lock-of-hair-back-from-london-museum

The US is returning some church bells to the Philippines:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/13/world/asia/us-philippines-bells-massacre.html

A stolen Buddha statue is being returned from the UK to India:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/aug/15/stolen-buddha-statue-return-india-found-uk

Saudi Arabia has ‘restored’ a pile of items and is digitally recording them:

http://saudigazette.com.sa/article/541199/SAUDI-ARABIA/Over-53000-archaeological-items-restored
http://www.arabnews.com/node/1356471/saudi-arabia

Easter Island/Chile wants the British Museum to return its statue:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/16/arts/design/easter-island-british-museum.html
https://www.radionz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/364347/chile-seeks-to-repatriate-rapa-nui-statue-from-london

More on British Museum returns of items to Iraq:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/10/arts/iraq-looted-objects-british-museum.html
https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2018/08/british-museum-hands-over-girsu-treasures-to-iraq.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6893-180813-iraq-repatriated-artifact

… and pondering possible implications:

https://forward.com/culture/407966/uk-repatriated-iraqi-artifacts-what-does-that-mean-for-iraqi-jewish/

More on that Bible returning to Canterbury Cathedral:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pocket-sized-bible-returns-canterbury-cathedral-after-500-years-180969949/
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NUMISMATICA
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Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/club_nbs_esylum_v21n32.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/club_nbs_esylum_v21n33.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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OBITUARIES
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Harold Gotoff:

https://www.everhere.com/us/obituary-cincinnati-harold-gotoff-7782769

Christian Habicht:

https://currentepigraphy.blogs.sas.ac.uk/2018/08/14/christian-habicht-1926-2018/

Michele Gragg:

http://oihistory.blogspot.com/2018/08/michele-gragg-may-9-1934-july-21-2018.html

Frank J. Schieppati:

https://buffalonews.com/2018/08/14/frank-j-schieppati-69-professional-archaeologist-on-more-than-400-projects/

Rick Turner:

https://www.chesterchronicle.co.uk/news/chester-cheshire-news/cheshire-archeologist-who-recovered-famous-15025142

Mary Elizabeth Norton:

https://www.bannergraphic.com/story/2543986.html

Mary Georgie Waugh:

https://www.davisenterprise.com/obits/mary-georgie-waugh/

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-main-menu-cat/audio-news-list/2771-audio-news-from-archaeologica-5-august-11-august-2018
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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/

Jews and the Americas (February 2019):

https://networks.h-net.org/node/73374/announcements/1932330/jews-and-americas-68th-annual-conference-center-latin-american

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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

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/

The Book and the Spade:

http://www.radioscribe.com/bknspade.htm
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Explorator 21.16 ~ August 12, 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,
Sebastian Hyams, Kris Curry, Ute Luise Dietz, Richard C. Griffiths, and
Ross W. Sargent for headses upses this week (as always hoping I have left no one out).

… also thanks to all who weighed in on the multiple copies (or not)
issue we had last week; it was/is possibly a yahoo issue, but doesn’t seem
to be affecting everyone. We’ll add it to the ‘keep monitoring’ list …

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Plenty of coverage of the claim that ‘laziness’ led to homo erectus’ demise:

https://phys.org/news/2018-08-laziness-extinction-homo-erectus.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-08/anu-lhl080918.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/08/180810091542.htm
https://www.livescience.com/63308-homo-erectus-laziness-extinction.html
https://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/earliest-humans-were-bludgers-to-the-death-australian-researchers-find/news-story/248c5017481c26a820c2210285b6bd1b
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-08-10/homo-erectus-too-lazy-to-survive-anu-research-finds/10104878
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6889-180810-homo-erectus-extinction

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Studying the source of Old Kingdom and Protodynastic copper and its implications:

https://phys.org/news/2018-08-rediscovering-sources-egyptian-metals.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-08/e-rts080718.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/08/180807095100.htm
https://www.upi.com/Archaeologists-identify-sources-of-ancient-Egyptian-copper/2871533657273/?rc_fifo=1

Another sphinx find from Luxor:

https://egyptianstreets.com/2018/08/09/new-ancient-egyptian-sphinx-discovered-in-luxor/
https://www.newsweek.com/ancient-egypt-new-sphinx-statue-uncovered-historic-luxor-city-1067209

Feature on the ‘unlucky mummy’:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2018/08/04/actualidad/1533408384_752727.html

More on that pair of Middle Kingdom burial chambers:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/308828/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Burial-chambers-of-two-Middle-Kingdom-officials-di.aspx
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6842-18080-middle-kingdom-burial-chambers

A Hellenistic-era/inspired gold earring from the City of David:

https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Over-2000-years-later-Ancient-gold-earring-discovered-in-City-of-David-564379
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-2-000-year-old-horned-gold-earring-found-in-jerusalem-1.6361328
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/250229
https://www.timesofisrael.com/rare-2200-year-old-earring-a-goldmine-for-scholars-of-hellenistic-era-jerusalem/
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-israel-archaeology/in-find-of-ancient-gold-earring-echoes-of-greek-rule-over-jerusalem-idUSKBN1KT18G
https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-sites-places/jerusalem/hellenistic-jewelry-discovered-jerusalem/

Neolithic remains (mostly) from Al Ain:

https://www.thenational.ae/uae/al-ain-historical-dig-throws-up-more-surprises-1.757342
https://gulfnews.com/news/uae/culture/researchers-reveal-neolithic-past-of-al-ain-1.2261962
http://www.gulftoday.ae/portal/5e6ab7a3-c2e3-4e61-a75d-62142e06ed87.aspx

Iron Age remains from northern Iran:

http://www.tehrantimes.com/news/426141/Iron-Age-remains-unearthed-in-northwest-Iran

Feature on ‘low power’ states in ancient Mesopotamia:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2018/08/Low-Power-States

Feature on the Temple Mount Sifting Project:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-sites-places/temple-at-jerusalem/temple-mount-sifting-project/

… and one on the Temple Mount floor:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-sites-places/temple-at-jerusalem/what-the-temple-mount-floor-looked-like/

More on the ceramic production site with a ‘break room’ from Gedera:

https://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-5320249,00.html
http://www.israelhayom.com/2018/08/01/1800-year-old-wine-jug-factory-found-in-central-israel/

1200 years bp mining site from Dadwadmi:

http://saudigazette.com.sa/article/540551/SAUDI-ARABIA/New-excavations-in-Dawadimi-unlock-mining-sites-dating-back-1200-years

Somewhat late to the party on that stone falling from the Western Wall:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/western-wall-is-falling-apart-after-2-000-years-tkb37bb6f

More on that mosaic at the prison at Armageddon:

http://www.euronews.com/2018/08/08/israeli-prison-to-join-armageddons-list-of-ancient-ruins

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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A late Minoan burial from Crete:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2018/08/08/farmer-discovers-rare-tombstone-from-late-minoan-iii-period-on-crete-photos/

A 2500 years bp Greek shipwreck in the Black Sea (not sure if we mentioned this one):

http://eu.greekreporter.com/2018/08/07/archaeologists-discover-ancient-greek-ship-in-black-sea/
https://www.newsweek.com/russia-finds-ancient-roman-ship-excellent-condition-bottom-sea-1061899
http://tass.com/society/1016317
https://www.sbs.com.au/news/ancient-roman-shipwreck-discovered-in-crimea

A 2400 years bp (maybe) pebble mosaic from Ambracia:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2018/08/10/4th-century-bc-mosaic-discovered-in-arta/
http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/32260-pebble-mosaic-dating-to-4th-century-bc-discovered-in-greek-city-of-arta.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6888-180810-greece-pebble-mosaic

Latest finds from Despotiko:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2018/08/07/new-mesmerizing-archaeological-finds-discovered-on-greek-island/
http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/32231-archaic-building-and-mesmerizing-finds-at-despotiko-island-s-apollo-sanctuary-in-greece.html
https://greekcitytimes.com/2018/08/07/ancient-building-discovered-at-despotiko-islands-apollo-sanctuary/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6846-180807-greece-despotiko-pottery

A ‘proedria’ grant from Plovdiv’s Odeon:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2018/08/11/inscription-granting-roman-man-front-row-seat-right-main-facade-of-antiquity-odeon-discovered-in-bulgarias-plovdiv/

A Roman and/or Romano-British structure from a dig at Caerwent:

http://www.chepstowbeacon.co.uk/article.cfm?id=112868&headline=Caerwent%20dig%20uncovers%20Roman%20history&sectionIs=news&searchyear=2018

Not sure if we’ve mentioned this Roman necropolis from Serbia:

https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1001371/Roman-necropolis-discovered-complete-22-graves-containing-ancient-skeletons

Latest finds from the environs of Binchester Roman Fort:

http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/16409808.new-discoveries-in-dig-at-bishop-auckland-roman-fort/

Remains of some Roman/Byzantine settlement on the Asian side of Istanbul:

http://www.china.org.cn/world/Off_the_Wire/2018-08/07/content_58166050.htm

Linking Roman assassinations to drought:

https://www.livescience.com/63277-roman-emperor-assassinations.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-were-roman-emperors-more-likely-be-assassinated-during-droughts-180969957/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6884-180808-roman-emperor-assassination

Linking Roman roads to modern European prosperity:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2018/08/06/how-year-old-roads-predict-modern-day-prosperity/
https://www.neweurope.eu/article/study-shows-modern-european-development-driven-by-ancient-roman-infrastructure/
http://www.philly.com/philly/business/how-2000-year-old-roads-predict-modern-day-prosperity-20180808.html

I think we mentioned these ‘horseshoes’ found at Vindolanda:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tyne-45034623
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6843-180806-vindolanda-horse-shoes

… and there’s also an interesting feature on a human shoe found ages ago in Germany:

https://mymodernmet.com/womens-shoes-ancient-rome/

… and the Vindolanda Leather Project:

http://www.vindolanda.com/_blog/thevindolandablog/post/a-guest-post—vindolanda-leather/

Six statues from Magnesia:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2018/07/28/six-2000-year-old-greek-statues-discovered-in-southwestern-turkey
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6844-180806-turkey-magnesia-statues

On Greek aphrodisiacs:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2018/08/05/here-are-5-ancient-greek-aphrodisiacs-for-you-to-try/

The annual concerns about aggressive photocosplayer types at the Colosseum:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/it-s-cops-versus-robbers-at-the-colosseum-lcp5qb9vz

Review of Emily Wilson’s Odyssey:

https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/homer-for-scalawags-emily-wilsons-odyssey/

… and hype for the upcoming reading thereof in Ireland:

https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/it-s-really-important-casting-women-in-roles-traditionally-played-by-men-1.3585618
https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/life/features/actress-imogen-stubbs-on-taking-homers-odyssey-to-a-tent-on-north-coast-beaches-37196724.html

A drone’s eye view of Pompeii was making the rounds of various places this week:

https://aleteia.org/2018/08/10/experience-the-somber-beauty-of-pompeii-from-a-drones-eye-view/

Review of Edith Hall, *Aristotle’s Way*:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/aug/09/aristotles-way-edith-hall-review

Review of Matthew Kneale’s book on the sackings of Rome:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/03/books/review/matthew-kneale-rome.html

In case you’re wondering about Gladiator sequels:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20180810-gladiator-2-was-written-and-its-mad

Another piece on ancient Greek music:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2018/08/07/rediscovering-the-music-of-the-ancient-greeks-video/

More on that library find in Cologne:

https://www.livescience.com/63256-ancient-roman-library-discovered.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2018/08/06/long-lost-roman-library-reemerges-germany-after-years-darkness/
http://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/archaeologists-unearth-massive-roman-public-library-in-heart-of-german-city/
https://bigthink.com/scotty-hendricks/2000-year-old-roman-library-discovered-in-germany

More on the frescos in the House of Jupiter at Pompeii:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2018/08/06/actualidad/1533545890_732004.html

More on that interesting gold ring from Rome:

https://www.livescience.com/63265-ancient-roman-gold-ring-found.html
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http://bmcr.brynmawr.edu/recent.html

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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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Some sort of Early Neolithic human occupation site from a lake in Finland:

https://phys.org/news/2018-08-archaeologists-submerged-stone-age-settlement.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-08/uoh-aft080718.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/08/180807095119.htm
https://yle.fi/uutiset/osasto/news/archaeologists_uncover_stone_age_kitchen_at_bottom_of_finnish_lake/10345616

5000 years bp stone axe(s) from Orkney:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-45113734
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6883-180808-orkney-neolithic-axes

Evidence of Bronze age human activity on Staffa:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-45130068
https://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/staffa-home-to-humans-3-800-years-ago-1-4781320
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6886-180809-staffa-scotland-bronze-age

Burial of an ‘unusually tall’ Bronze Age male from Bulgaria:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2018/08/07/unusually-tall-skeleton-severed-arm-found-in-4000-year-old-bronze-age-burial-mound-near-bulgarias-black-sea-coast/

A Bronze Age fortress (maybe) from Romania:

https://phys.org/news/2018-08-romanian-german-archeologists-year-old-fortress.html
https://balkaneu.com/3400-years-vast-old-citadel-discovered-in-western-romania/
http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/archaeologists-unearth-big-bronze-age-city-in-romania-08-06-2018
https://www.tristatehomepage.com/news/romanian-german-archeologists-find-3400yearold-fortress/1350795782
http://www.ibtimes.sg/archaeologists-discover-3400-year-old-fortress-romania-larger-ancient-troy-26958
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6847-180807-romania-bronze-age-fortress

An Iron Age roundhouse and farm from Lawford:

http://www.clactonandfrintongazette.co.uk/news/north_essex_news/16402009.iron-age-roundhouse-remains-found-in-dig/

Not sure if we mentioned this gold spearhead find a couple years ago:

https://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/gold-spearhead-buried-for-safekeeping-at-carnoustie-1-4780868

Floor replacement at Sithney Parish Church revealed a bunch of burials:

http://www.falmouthpacket.co.uk/news/16401776.skeletons-found-under-floor-of-sithney-parish-church/

I think we mentioned these medieval burials at a Hart Village construction site:

https://www.shieldsgazette.com/news/archeologists-investigating-up-to-100-anglo-saxon-burials-after-cemetery-found-on-hartlepool-housing-development-site-1-9287529

Different spins being put on Vikings from Greenland evidently trading walrus ivory in medieval times:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-08/uoc-lno080618.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/08/180807192842.htm
http://www.startribune.com/walrus-bones-provide-clues-to-fate-of-lost-viking-colony/490304741/
https://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/walrus-bones-provide-clues-fate-lost-viking-colony-57095950
http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/08/walrus-tusk-trinket-may-shed-light-early-days-viking-trading
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2018/08/07/vikings-greenland-colony-economy/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/greenland-vikings-got-wealthy-walrus-tusks-180969962/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6885-180809-norse-walrus-ivory

Medieval finds from Minsk:

https://www.tvr.by/eng/news/kultura/sotni_artefaktov_obnaruzheny_na_meste_drevnego_minska/

The wreck of the Delta II might be associated with Drake:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2018/08/07/actualidad/1533661350_102392.html

200 years bp ironworks remains:

https://www.thestar.co.uk/lifestyle/remains-of-200-year-old-ironworks-found-near-elsecar-and-hoyland-1-9288907

A metal detectorist found an Elizabethan gold signet ring:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-somerset-45145371

Pondering burials of horse skulls beneath Irish homes:

https://www.irishcentral.com/roots/history/horse-skulls-floors-houses-ireland

In case you’re in the market for a Victorian train station:

https://www.bbc.com/news/av/uk-england-south-yorkshire-45127453/chapeltown-s-victorian-railway-station-up-for-sale

An amateur archaeologist damage a gravesite:

https://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/news/local/dundee/701937/400-year-old-howff-grave-damaged-by-amateur-archaeologist/

Some Picassos are among a Teheran Museums hidden collection of Western art:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ten-picassos-discovered-amid-tehran-museums-hidden-collection-western-art-180969899/

On AI and the Vatican’s ‘secret archive’:

https://elfuturoesapasionante.elpais.com/el-archivo-secreto-del-vaticano-al-descubierto-gracias-a-la-inteligencia-artificial/

More on heatwave-related finds from the UK:

https://www.newyorker.com/news/letter-from-the-uk/the-british-heat-wave-and-aerial-archeology
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news-review/the-blazing-sun-coaxes-out-britains-shyest-treasures-8vjd5vrfq
https://www.meathchronicle.ie/news/roundup/articles/2018/08/11/4160194-prolonged-dry-weather-throws-up-more-hidden-treasures-/

More on the bimah at Lithuania’s synagogue:

https://www.livescience.com/63253-nazi-destroyed-synagogue-excavated.html
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/250097
https://mosaicmagazine.com/picks/2018/08/archaeologists-uncover-the-bimah-of-vilnas-great-synagogue/
https://www.haaretz.com/jewish/.premium-1.6358791

More on ‘welsh’ burials at Stonehenge:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/aug/02/revealed-stonehenge-buried-welsh?CMP=share_btn_tw
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-did-welsh-bury-their-dead-stonehenge-180969874/

More on thread from Bronze Age Britain:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/07/180726161103.htm
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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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28 000 years bp (give or take) net sinkers from South Korea:

https://phys.org/news/2018-08-world-oldest-fishing-net-sinkers.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6849-180807-korea-net-weights

Pondering when aboriginal people arrived in Australia:

https://phys.org/news/2018-08-aboriginal-people-inaustralia.html

A Neolithic site from Kurnool:

https://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-andhrapradesh/neolithic-site-discovered-in-kurnool-district/article24610716.ece

700 years bp octagon-shaped tomb from Yangquan:

https://www.livescience.com/63301-ancient-morbid-mural-tomb-china.html
https://www.livescience.com/63293-photos-ancient-mural-tomb-china.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6890-180810-china-octagon-tomb

I think we mentioned this ‘golden mummy’ from Kazakhstan:

https://www.inform.kz/en/archaeological-sensation-mummy-of-golden-young-man-found-in-e-kazakhstan_a3346360

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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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Studying Chinese mining camps in Oregon:

http://www.bluemountaineagle.com/Local_News/20180807/mystery-of-chinese-mining-revealed

The debate over how people arrived in the Americas continues:

https://phys.org/news/2018-08-current-evidence-interior-coastal-routes.html
https://www.livescience.com/63292-first-americans-route.html
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/debate-ice-free-pathway-americas-heats
https://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2018/0808/When-science-meets-history-Sorting-out-the-path-of-the-first-Americans
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/deadthings/?p=2787

Pondering drought and the disappearance of several Range Creek peoples:

https://catalystmagazine.net/beyond-shadow-drought/

Remains of a 17th century ‘Indian trading fort’ (and other finds) near Norwalk:

http://www.wnpr.org/post/dig-uncovers-ancient-artifacts-around-norwalk-walk-bridge
https://www.nancyonnorwalk.com/2018/08/conndot-finds-evidence-of-native-american-fort-pre-historic-human-artifacts-in-norwalk/
https://www.thehour.com/news/article/State-won-t-preserve-ancient-Indian-fort-found-13145306.php

Still looking for the Endeavour:

https://www.news.com.au/travel/world-travel/north-america/shipwreck-may-solve-250yearold-mystery/news-story/841298bff0fa71a8adf724f175f8d7e2
https://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/newport-harbour-hunt-for-james-cooks-ship-endeavour/news-story/7e52e2e962b14d4b3e69a3debec9e622

Feature on Hopewell ‘bladelets’:

http://www.dispatch.com/news/20180805/archaeology-hopewell-bladelets-multifunctional-from-carving-tools-to-souvenirs

A Confederate time capsule from 1913:

https://www.cnn.com/2018/08/05/us/new-orleans-beauregard-statue-time-capsule-trnd/index.html

Pondering the fate of Confederate monuments:

https://www.npr.org/633952187

Marking the Fort Laramie Peace Treaty:

https://www.theatlantic.com/photo/2018/08/a-400-mile-ride-to-mark-150-years-of-the-fort-laramie-peace-treaty/566654/

Latest on that Russian treasure ship find claim:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-45093892

On technology and the humanities:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/08/opinion/oh-the-humanities.html

On women Impressionists:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20180807-the-women-impressionists-forgotten-by-history

On the literary effect of German forests:

https://www.dw.com/en/nazis-and-fairytales-germanys-forests-are-full-of-hidden-history/a-45015360

On ancient explanations for comets and meteors:

http://theconversation.com/how-ancient-cultures-explained-comets-and-meteors-100982

Still arguing over who painted the Salvador Mundi:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/oxford-scholar-challenges-salvator-mundi-attribution-arguing-leonardos-assistant-painted-majority-work-180969948/
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2018/aug/06/leonardo-da-vinci-scholar-challenges-attribution-salvator-mundi-bernardino-luini

More on evidence of extensive trade routes in North America some 3500 years bp:

https://phys.org/news/2018-08-discovery-copper-band-native-americans.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-08/bu-doc080218.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/08/180807094924.htm
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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7000 years bp Maya remains from a Tabasco cave:

https://globalnews.ca/news/4377012/mayan-remains-archaeologists/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6887-180809-mexico-maya-cave-burial

Possible Wari remains from Huancayo:

https://andina.pe/ingles/noticia-peru-archaeological-remains-found-near-wariwillka-site-in-junin-719750.aspx

1500 years bp burials (including six ‘trophy heads’ from pits in the Vitor Valley of Peru:

https://www.livescience.com/63295-trophy-heads-mummies-ancient-peru-pits.html

NEH funding to study Maya citadels:

https://news.brown.edu/articles/2018/08/houston

More on farming in ancient Amazonia:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/07/180726090212.htm
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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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Ben Franklin on social media:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2018/08/08/the-apology-from-benjamin-franklin-that-predicted-the-fight-over-falsehood-and-hate-on-social-media/

On ‘mesmerism’ old and new:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/04/opinion/sunday/donald-trump-mesmerist.html

How they found William Blake’s burial place:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2018/aug/11/how-amateur-sleuths-finally-tracked-down-burial-place-william-blake?CMP=share_btn_fb

Review of a biography of Mary Shelley:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/03/books/review/in-search-of-mary-shelley-fiona-sampson.html

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THE TECHY SIDE
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Rethinking olive tree growth and the dating of the eruption of Santorini:

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2018/08/10/olive-branch-santorini-bronze-age/

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CLIMATE MATTERS
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Arguing over the Meghalayan period designation:

http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/08/massive-drought-or-myth-scientists-spar-over-ancient-climate-event-behind-our-new

Evidence of a climate change in the Hexi Corridor 3700 years bp:

http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1114286.shtml

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Working on the genome of Jomon and other Asian remains:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-08/ku-ppi080818.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/08/180809093427.htm

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

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

http://saudigazette.com.sa/article/540590/World/Mena/Moroccos-ancient-city-of-Volubilis-rises-again
https://www.alaraby.co.uk/english/society/2018/8/7/moroccos-ancient-city-of-volubilis-rises-again
http://www.dailystar.com.lb/Arts-and-Ent/Culture/2018/Aug-09/459567-moroccos-oldest-roman-site-rises-again.ashx
https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2018/08/251940/volubilis-moroccos-underrated-tourist-destination/

Sirmium:

https://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/tracing-emperors-footsteps-in-the-mother-of-cities–07-30-2018

Ancient Christian sites in Egypt:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-best-ancient-christian-sights-in-egypt
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PERFORMANCES
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On Henry James’ foray into theatre:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/03/books/review/henry-jamess-guy-domville.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share

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CRIME BEAT
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I think we mentioned this bust in Sebastia:

https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Three-Palestinians-caught-robbing-an-archeology-site-564309
https://www.timesofisrael.com/palestinians-jailed-for-trying-to-rob-biblical-archaeological-site/
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/250169

An icon theft … but it isn’t ancient … or is it:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/55574/Min-of-Antiquities-denies-claims-on-theft-of-ancient-icon

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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Calls for the ‘repatriation’ (sort of) of a Tudor era boat:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-45086897

Plenty of coverage of the BM’s return of looted antiquities to Iraq:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/aug/09/looted-iraqi-antiquities-return-home-after-uk-experts-crack-cold-case
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-45132517
https://www.dw.com/en/british-museum-to-return-ancient-antiquities-looted-during-2003-iraq-war/a-45024436
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/british-museum-looted-antiquities-iraq-eninnu-temple-tello-2003-invasion-a8485056.html
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/08/british-museum-hand-looted-antiquities-iraqi-embassy-180809140724223.html
https://www.pbs.org/newshour/world/british-museum-to-return-looted-antiquities-to-iraq
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/british-museum-cracks-cold-case-of-sumerian-treasures-looted-from-iraq-bndtrvfvf
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/10/arts/iraq-looted-objects-british-museum.html
https://blog.britishmuseum.org/british-museums-iraq-scheme-helps-reunite-objects-from-ancient-site-of-tello/

Easter Island is seeking the return of Moai in the British Museum:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/aug/07/easter-island-people-want-british-museum-return-moai-statue

Not quite ‘repatriation’ but a Colorado couple want the Swiss to return some artifacts they claim they own:

https://www.livescience.com/63271-rare-medieval-bible-canterbury-cathedral.html
https://www.courthousenews.com/colorado-couple-seeks-to-reclaim-artifacts-from-swiss/

Also not quite ‘repatriation’, a 700 years bp Bible returns to Canberbury Cathedral:

https://fr.aleteia.org/2018/08/08/vieille-de-700-ans-une-bible-francaise-de-retour-a-la-cathedrale-de-canterbury/

Possible loan of Benin Bronzes is still in the news:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/video/world/benin-bronzes-could-be-heading-home-on-loan/2018/08/08/d66f41d4-7495-11e8-bda1-18e53a448a14_video.html
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NUMISMATICA
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Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/club_nbs_esylum_v21n31.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/club_nbs_esylum_v21n32.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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OBITUARIES
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Patricia Hermes:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/03/obituaries/patricia-hermes-whose-childrens-books-had-serious-side-dies-at-82.html

Rick Turner:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/aug/06/rick-turner-obituary
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/obituaries/2018/08/09/rick-turner-archaeologist-obituary/

Harald Hauptmann:

News – http://www.dainst.org https://www.dainst.org/-/harald-hauptmann-1936-2018-?redirect=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.dainst.org%2Fdai%2Fmeldungen%3Fp_p_id%3D101_INSTANCE_nZcCAiLqg1db%26p_p_lifecycle%3D0%26p_p_state%3Dnormal%26p_p_mode%3Dview%26p_p_col_id%3Dcolumn-6%26p_p_col_count%3D1
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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-main-menu-cat/audio-news-list/2770-audio-news-from-archaeologica-29-july-4-august-2018

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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/

Jews and the Americas (February 2019):

https://networks.h-net.org/node/73374/announcements/1932330/jews-and-americas-68th-annual-conference-center-latin-american

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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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Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/

The Book and the Spade:

http://www.radioscribe.com/bknspade.htm
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