Explorator 20.30 ~ November 19, 2017

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

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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A brouhaha over evidence of early hominins in Europe:

http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-humans-and-stolen-bones-major-controversy-raises-doubt-about-history-709562
http://www.nature.com/news/archaeologists-say-human-evolution-study-used-stolen-bone-1.22984

The Dali skull from China is causing a rethink of the ‘Out of Africa’ theory:

http://www.newsweek.com/archaeology-skull-evolution-homo-sapiens-homo-erectus-human-710973
https://www.newscientist.com/article/2153242-ancient-skull-from-china-may-rewrite-the-origins-of-our-species/

Study suggests human development was ‘uneven and punctuated’:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-11/e-hew111617.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-11-human-evolution-uneven-punctuated.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/11/171116132657.htm
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/11/2017/neanderthals-survived-at-least-3000-years-longer-in-spain-than-previously-thought

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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A Greco Roman mummy from Deir Al Banat:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/281484/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Mummy-discovered-at-Fayoums-Deir-AlBanat.aspx
http://www.egyptindependent.com/greco-roman-mummy-discovered-in-fayoum/
http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/32500/Wooden-coffin-with-mummy-dating-Greco-Roman-Period-unearthed
https://www.timesofisrael.com/archaeologists-find-well-preserved-mummy-in-egypt/
http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-egyptian-mummy-buried-wearing-golden-sky-god-mask-discovered-long-lost-711739
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/ancient-golden-egyptian-mummy-discovered-battered-coffin-1647466
https://www.geo.tv/latest/167593-archaeologists-find-greco-roman-mummy-in-egypt?5a0b0374404ef

A Temple of Isis from Tell Atrib in Banha:

http://www.egyptindependent.com/isis-temple-unearthed-builders-banha/
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/32821/A-temple-for-Isis-dating-back-to-Ancient-Egypt-era

They’re still studying and learning from Tut’s tomb:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/44/281565/Heritage/Museums/Tutankhamuns-gold-sheets-on-display-for-first-time.aspx
https://phys.org/news/2017-11-treasures-tutankhamun-tomb.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/11/171116105129.htm
https://www.upi.com/Science_News/2017/11/17/Analysis-of-King-Tuts-treasure-shows-aesthetic-influence-of-Levant/8681510926939/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6104-171116-egypt-gold-artifacts

More on copper in Egyptian ink:

https://phys.org/news/2017-11-ink-ancient-egyptian-papyri-copper.html
https://dailynewsegypt.com/2017/11/15/ancient-egyptian-papyri-different-time-periods-geographical-regions-contain-copper/
https://www.zmescience.com/science/copper-traces-egypt-inks/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6101-171115-egypt-copper-ink

More on muons:

http://www.cnn.com/2017/11/17/opinions/move-over-indiana-jones-physicists-the-new-tomb-raiders-opinion-lincoln/index.html

8000 years bp petroglyphs of dogs from the Arabian desert (not sure about this one):

http://www.newsweek.com/saudi-arabia-8000-year-old-rock-art-first-ever-depiction-dogs-and-humans-had-715114
https://www.sciencealert.com/1000-year-old-rock-art-saudi-arabia-earliest-depiction-domestic-dogs-hunting
https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/11/ancient-dog-rock-art-arabian-desert-cliff-images-spd/
http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/11/these-may-be-world-s-first-images-dogs-and-they-re-wearing-leashes
https://www.archaeology.org/6103-171116-dog-rock-art

Remains of assorted levels of habitation from a 5000 years bp mound in Cappadocia:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ancient-settlement-found-in-cappadocia-122364
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6092-171113-turkey-cappadocia-mound

Remains of an Urartian castle in Lake Van:

https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/11/underwater-fortress-urartu-lake-van-turkey-archaeology-video-spd/
https://www.yahoo.com/news/huge-underwater-castle-ancient-fairy-095309805.html

A 1400 years bp loom from northern Iraq:

https://www.seeker.com/culture/archaeology/archaeological-treasures-in-iraq-unearthed-just-before-deadly-73-earthquake
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6100-171115-iraq-loom-weights

Assorted finds from Iraq … finds made just before the earthquake last week:

https://www.seeker.com/culture/archaeology/archaeological-treasures-in-iraq-unearthed-just-before-deadly-73-earthquake
http://www.newsweek.com/archaeology-assyria-iraq-earthquake-loom-seal-genie-griffin-excavation-713651

Wasn’t this 8th century BCE ‘toilet’ from Tel Lachish found a while ago?:

http://www.newsweek.com/toilet-discovered-middle-ancient-jerusalem-shrine-written-bible-king-hezekiah-712800
https://www.yahoo.com/news/toilet-found-3-000-old-192932972.html

Overviewish things on finds from Wabar:

http://timesofoman.com/article/122146/Oman/Heritage/Wabar-listed-on-UNESCOs-World-Cultural-and-Natural-Heritage-list-in-2000

A looted First Temple water system from Gush Etzion:

http://www.jewishpress.com/news/police-news/training-idf-soldiers-uncover-large-scale-antiquities-robbery-in-gush-etzion/2017/11/15/

Earliest evidence of eggplant seeds in Israel:

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Earliest-evidence-of-eggplant-seeds-in-Israel-unearthed-in-City-of-David-514420
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.823152
https://www.timesofisrael.com/what-was-for-dinner-in-jerusalem-1100-years-ago-a-massive-refuse-pit-tells-us/

Studying a pile of skeletons found near Qumran:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/skeletons-could-provide-clues-who-wrote-or-protected-dead-sea-scrolls
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/dead-sea-scrolls-wrote-protected-excavated-skeletons-qumran-west-bank-archaeology-a8062341.html
http://www.ibtimes.com/who-wrote-dead-sea-scrolls-33-new-skeletons-could-give-answers-2616655

What Hagith Sivan is up to:

http://today.ku.edu/2017/11/06/ku-historian-part-project-examining-complex-history-jerusalem-late-antiquity

Using inscriptions and math to pinpoint ‘lost’ cities:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/11/13/ancient-data-modern-math-and-the-hunt-for-11-lost-cities-of-the-bronze-age/
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/early-trade-accounts-used-to-pinpoint-lost-bronze-age-cities-0mqsmzgwg
https://uk.news.yahoo.com/archaeologists-unearth-ancient-clay-tablets-lead-locations-11-lost-cities-131109015.html

Latest ancient ship recreation:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-1.823439

Syrian and the Czech Republic will be working together on conservation:

http://sana.sy/en/?p=118489

A ‘rediscovered’ Anatolian-Islamic inscription:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/11/16/lost-epitaph-found-by-chance-20-years-later

More on that 4000 years bp ‘infertility tablet’:

https://www.livescience.com/60950-oldest-marriage-contract-infertility-surrogacy.html

More on those ‘stone structures’ seen from the air in Saudi Arabia:

https://www.livescience.com/60917-photos-mysterious-stone-structures-gates-saudi-arabia.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/17/science/saudi-arabia-gates.html
http://www.newsweek.com/saudi-arabia-gates-hell-new-images-reveal-secrets-ancient-mystery-structures-712300
https://www.yahoo.com/news/m/de79ccd7-d10e-3b9e-a6f6-ad1e7342fae3/ss_archaeologists-discover-400.html
https://www.yahoo.com/news/saudi-arabia-gates-hell-images-173118774.html

Plans to increase awareness of Saudi Arabian antiquities:

http://www.arabnews.com/node/1193991/saudi-arabia
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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Roman structures from Plovdiv:

http://sofiaglobe.com/2017/11/12/accidental-archaeology-roman-ruins-found-under-illegally-demolished-house-in-plovdiv2/

Roman finds from the Crimea:

http://tass.com/science/976058

Roman remains from a rescue dig in Vratsa:

http://www.focus-fen.net/news/2017/11/16/425088/vratsa-remains-of-three-buildings-from-the-roman-era-found-during-rescue-excavations.html

More on London’s Mithraeum reopening:

https://www.zmescience.com/science/london-mithraeum-museum/

Diocles the Charioteer is getting attention again:

http://bigthink.com/paul-ratner/the-highest-paid-athlete-in-history-actually-lived-in-ancient-rome

Some Antonine Wall projects:

http://www.glasgowlive.co.uk/news/glasgow-news/rediscover-ancient-roman-antonine-wall-13905867

Nice feature on Mithraism:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/mithraic-mysteries

Feature on the Picts:

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/15670151.Pict_on_by_the_Romans__our_ancient_ancestors_were_civilised_sophisticates_not_hairy_savages/

On the fall of the Republic:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/fall-roman-republic-income-inequality-and-xenophobia-threatened-its-foundations-180967249/

On camels in Roman Britain:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/drsarahbond/2017/11/17/were-there-camels-in-roman-britain-new-evidence-suggests-camels-were-common-across-the-empire/#7248780923f8

On the ancient Greek diet:

http://eu.greekreporter.com/2017/11/14/secrets-of-ancient-greek-diet-revealed-by-greek-chef-in-london/
http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/tourism-businesses/gastronomy/28203-secrets-of-ancient-greek-diet-unveiled-by-greek-chef-in-london.html

Feature on overseas research opportunities at USC:

https://news.usc.edu/131320/fellowships-like-this-archaeological-dig-in-greece-let-usc-classics-students-get-their-hands-dirty/

What Tim Whitmarsh is up to:

http://www.trinitonian.com/lion-hunting-water-and-flowers-tim-whitmarsh-lectures-on-literary-themes/

What Edith Hall is up to:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/223140/article/ekathimerini/life/diaspora-was-at-the-root-of-the-greek-miracle-says-edith-hall

What Bettany Hughes is up to:

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/nov/15/reclaim-venus-consensual-love-sexual-power-relations

What Michael Fontaine is up to:

https://news.cornell.edu/stories/2017/11/classicist-michael-fontaine-examines-mental-distress-humanities-podcast

Robert Harris’ *Imperium* is coming to the stage:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/theatre/what-to-see/have-lot-learn-ancient-rome-robert-harris-mike-poulton-bringing/

Reviews of Thomas, *Why Dylan Matters*:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/nov/17/the-harvard-professor-of-bob-dylan-studies-my-thesis-is-that-he-has-become-odysseus-richard-f-thomas
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/saturday-review/review-why-dylan-matters-by-richard-f-thomas-lz8fl6pmf

Reviews of Emily Wilson’s translation of the Odyssey:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/books/the-first-english-translation-of-the-odyssey-by-a-woman-was-worth-the-wait/2017/11/16/692cdf82-c59a-11e7-aae0-cb18a8c29c65_story.html?utm_term=.2f65625dcaa4
http://www.theintelligencer.com/entertainment/article/Book-World-The-first-English-translation-of-The-12365298.php
https://www.bustle.com/p/how-emily-wilson-the-first-woman-to-translate-the-odyssey-into-english-is-rethinking-gender-roles-in-the-greek-epic-3540304

Review of Daniel Mendelsohn’s personal Odyssey:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/17/books/review/daniel-mendelsohn-an-odyssey-memoir.html

Review of Wilson and Mendelssohn:

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2017/12/the-odyssey-and-the-other/544110/

More on that Roman coin hoard from Bulgaria:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/roman-coin-hoard-piece/

More on the acoustics of Greek theatres:

https://www.livescience.com/60906-ancient-ampitheater-acoustics-not-great.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6091-171113-greek-theater-sounds

More on that Pylos ‘combat agate’:

https://www.stuff.co.nz/science/98942695/stunning-3500yearold-masterpiece-forces-rethink-of-bronze-age-greek-art

More on that Roman road from Aachen:

http://www.aachen.de/DE/stadt_buerger/politik_verwaltung/pressemitteilungen/stadtarchaeologie.html

More on that sundial:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rare-roman-sundial-uncovered-italy-1-180967171/

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

Visit our blog:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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Evidence of 8000 years bp winemaking from Georgia:

https://phys.org/news/2017-11-earliest-evidence-winemaking-team-year-old.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-11/uot-afe110917.php
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/13/science/georgia-oldest-wine.html?partner=rss&emc=rss
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-41977709
https://www.livescience.com/60929-oldest-winemaking-dates-to-neolithic.html
https://www.independent.ie/world-news/europe/worlds-oldest-wine-discovered-by-archaeologists-in-8000yearold-jars-36317850.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/nov/13/evidence-of-worlds-earliest-winemaking-uncovered-by-archaeologists
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-science-wine/drinking-age-oldest-evidence-of-wine-making-found-near-tbilisi-idUSKBN1DD2KM
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2017/11/13/earliest-evidence-of-wine-found-in-giant-8000-year-old-jars/
https://www.timesofisrael.com/worlds-earliest-evidence-of-wine-making-found-in-georgia/
http://www.dw.com/en/oldest-evidence-of-grape-wine-making-dates-to-8000-years-ago-say-archaeologists/a-41368760
http://www.euronews.com/2017/11/14/worlds-oldest-wine-made-in-georgia
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.822538
http://www.abc.net.au/news/science/2017-11-14/oldest-wine-georgia-chemistry-neolithic-pottery-chemistry/9143874
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/deadthings/2017/11/13/new-earliest-wine/
http://nhpr.org/post/georgian-jars-hold-8000-year-old-winemaking-clues
https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/11/oldest-winemaking-grapes-georgia-archaeology/
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/11/2017/earliest-known-evidence-of-winemaking-has-been-found-in-georgia
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6094-171113-georgia-oldest-wine

A Bronze Age site beneath a Norse site in Duddon:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-cumbria-41980692
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6097-171114-bronze-age-england

A huge medieval mass burial from the Czech Republic:

http://www.newsweek.com/mass-grave-largest-europe-uncovered-714712
https://www.sciencealert.com/30-medieval-mass-graves-kutna-hora-czech-republic-1500-skeletons-middle-ages

An important medieval coin hoard find from the Abbey of Cluny:

https://phys.org/news/2017-11-medieval-treasure-unearthed-abbey-cluny.html
https://www.thelocal.fr/20171115/medieval-treasure-trove-discovered-by-archaeologists-in-france
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/cluny-abbey-hoard-05433.html
https://www.connexionfrance.com/French-news/Ancient-treasure-find-stuns-archaeologists
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6099-171115-france-medieval-treasure

Remains of a medieval farming village from Denmark:

http://sciencenordic.com/lost-medieval-village-discovered-denmark
https://www.livescience.com/60931-medieval-farming-village-near-viking-site.html
https://www.livescience.com/60930-medieval-village-denmark-photos.html

A 12th century Norman motte-and-bailey castle hidden in the trees in County Down:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-42019714

Looking at the bones in the 16th century ‘Massacre Cave’:

http://www.newsweek.com/scotland-archaeologists-identify-mysterious-bones-discovered-massacre-cave-708283

They’re digging at the castle of Sultan Qalga in the Crimea:

http://tass.com/society/975401

Possible funding to preserve the world’s first cast iron bridge:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/11/13/german-money-could-save-worldsfirst-cast-iron-bridge-shropshire/

More on that Pictish petroglyph:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pictish-carving-large-nosed-warrior-found-scotland-180967091/

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

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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Plenty of coverage of the possible find of the cremated remains of the Gautama Buddha:

https://www.livescience.com/60932-in-photos-cremated-buddha-remains-and-buddha-statues.html
http://www.newsweek.com/buddha-buddhism-archaeology-ancient-china-cremated-remains-statues-711524
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/buddha-box-remains-china-thousand-years-old-discover-siddhartha-gautama-china-a8056321.html
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/archaeologists-find-cremated-remains-buddha-ancient-chinese-box-alongside-260-statues-1647883
https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/home/science/ancient-chinese-casket-may-contain-buddhas-remains/articleshow/61681468.cms

A Buddhist monastery site:

https://www.archaeology.org/news/6098-171114-china-buddha-monks

… while Pakistan is promoting tourism with a recently-found 1700 years bp sleeping Buddha:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/nov/15/pakistan-unveils-remains-of-1700-year-old-sleeping-buddha
https://en.dailypakistan.com.pk/pakistan/1700-year-old-sleeping-buddha-statue-unearthed-in-haripur-district/
https://www.voanews.com/a/pakistan-unveils-seventeen-hundred-year-old-sleeping-buddha-evoking-diverse-heritage-/4117036.html
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/nov/15/pakistan-unveils-remains-of-1700-year-old-sleeping-buddha

Strange story of Buddhist artifacts being saved from smugglers then dumped in the trash:

http://www.newsweek.com/pakistan-ancient-buddha-statues-saved-smugglers-museum-then-dump-them-trash-714874

I think we’ve mentioned this horse and chariot burial (many) from Henan province:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-11/14/c_136749918.htm

A hundred Han Dynasty burials from Henan:

https://gbtimes.com/han-dynasty-tombs-pottery-works-and-coins-unearthed-in-henan-province

A cannonball is believed to be a clue to finding the wreck of the San Francisco off Japan:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-41965080

Finds from Shabran (which seems to have lost something in translation):

http://www.today.az/news/society/166733.html

Plenty of coverage of this ‘Murder Island’ find:

http://www.newsweek.com/human-remains-mysterious-and-brutal-island-massacre-400-years-ago-discovered-712018
http://mentalfloss.com/article/516079/archaeologists-unearth-victims-mysterious-massacre-400-years-ago-australian-island
http://bgr.com/2017/11/14/murder-island-archaeologists-discover-human-skeletons/
http://www.news.com.au/entertainment/tv/current-affairs/more-bodies-found-on-the-abrolhos-the-site-of-australias-first-mass-murder/news-story/fd0db5913e936870290d67c066090799

Conserving (sort of) a Shiva temple:

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/underground-shiva-temple-to-be-clean-and-dry-soon/article20462956.ece

Puma is accused of defacing a heritage building in India:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/nov/14/sportswear-maker-puma-accused-of-defacing-17th-century-indian-buildings
http://www.dw.com/en/puma-accused-of-defacing-indian-heritage-building-with-graffiti/a-41372174

Trying to save plenty of shipwrecks from looters:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-11-16/the-race-to-save-dozens-of-wartime-shipwrecks-from-looters/9157016
https://theconversation.com/the-race-to-save-up-to-50-shipwrecks-from-looters-in-southeast-asia-86050

Pondering the beginning of Australia’s human history:

https://phys.org/news/2017-11-australia-human-history.html

Remembering the discovery of Mungo Man:

http://www.dw.com/en/australias-ancient-mungo-man-returned-to-aboriginal-burial-ground/a-41417479
http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/the-discovery-sent-shockwaves-through-archaeology-but-the-remains-of-mungo-man-still-hold-secrets-of-first-australians/news-story/f455e05ecefd08dff3c3f13dbf431008
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/nov/14/finding-mungo-man-the-moment-australias-story-suddenly-changed

… and his remains have been returned:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-42020675
https://phys.org/news/2017-11-oldest-australian-human-year-old-grave.html

Feature on Harappa:

https://dailytimes.com.pk/138475/the-ruins-of-harappa/

Studying ancient barley in China and Tibet:

https://source.wustl.edu/2017/11/ancient-barley-took-high-road-china-changed-summer-crop-tibet/
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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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Coverage of the Ealy dig in Albany:

http://www.thisweeknews.com/news/20171113/ealy-dig-reveals-more-than-detritus

Looking at 800 years of settlements at Turquoise Bend (Alaska):

http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/11/2017/800-years-of-settlement-at-turquoise-bend-kenai-river-alaska

Women and African Americans could vote in the 18th century for a short time:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-black-people-and-women-lost-vote-new-jersey-180967186/

More on Chaco Canyon:

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/nov/08/chaco-canyon-national-park-new-mexico-drilling

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Fire has destroyed a 4000 years bp mural at Ventarron (Peru):

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-41972208
https://www.usatoday.com/videos/news/world/2017/11/14/fire-ravages-ancient-archaeological-site-peru/107671576/
http://www.cnn.com/2017/11/13/americas/ancient-peruvian-mural-destroyed-in-fire/index.html
https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/11/peru-temple-fire-ventarron-mural-moche-video-spd/
http://www.peruviantimes.com/13/fire-destroys-years-of-research-at-4500-year-old-ventarron-site/30250/
http://m.france24.com/en/20171113-peru-fire-ravages-ancient-archaeological-site?ref=tw_i
https://elpais.com/cultura/2017/11/13/actualidad/1510547109_132561.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6093-171113-peru-ventarron-fire

A hitherto unknown passage beneath Chichen Itza:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/mayan-pyramids-1.4402934
https://www.yahoo.com/news/m/06d31a9e-f2d2-3cca-9177-9d7eeaeece54/ss_a-new-sealed-route-could.html
http://www.newsweek.com/mystery-passage-discovered-near-mayan-temple-could-unlock-secrets-710397
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/mayan-temple-hidden-passageway-discovered-chichen-itza-kukulcan-guillermo-de-anda-a8054211.html
https://www.yahoo.com/news/hidden-passageway-discovered-under-ancient-114400587.html
http://www.ibtimes.com/secret-passageway-discovered-underneath-mayan-snake-god-temple-2614377

… and you can’t use drones there:

https://verne.elpais.com/verne/2017/11/15/mexico/1510785099_153111.html

A huge Orca geoglyph find near Nazca:

http://www.bradshawfoundation.com/news/index.php?id=Orca-geoglyph-rediscovered-in-Peru
http://www.newsweek.com/nazca-lines-peru-orca-geoglyph-desert-monuments-712544

Feature on the Salitre site:

https://www.hakaimagazine.com/article-short/shellfish-diplomacy

Feature on ‘Juanita’ … twenty years later:

http://www.laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=2446439&CategoryId=14095

Panama hasn’t put some important pre-Columbian gold finds made nine  years ago on display yet:

https://phys.org/news/2017-11-panama-pre-hispanic-golden-artifacts-sight.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/the_americas/panamas-pre-hispanic-golden-artifacts-stored-out-of-sight/2017/11/16/7d9716cc-caf4-11e7-b506-8a10ed11ecf5_story.html
http://www.therepublic.com/2017/11/16/lt-panama-archaeology/

—–
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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Studying the ancient roots of social inequality:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-11/tuom-ppa111717.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-11-roots-inequality-millennia.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/11/171117190702.htm
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2017/11/15/long-before-hedge-funds-cattle-drove-inequality-study-says/?utm_term=.d052de4a6b05
http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/11/how-taming-cows-and-horses-sparked-inequality-across-ancient-world
https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2017/11/15/564376795/from-cattle-to-capital-how-agriculture-bred-ancient-inequality

Feature on Abu Nuwas;

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20171113-the-arab-poet-who-worshipped-wine

Big bucks for a Van Gogh:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/13/arts/christies-fall-auction-impressionist-modern-van-gogh.html

… and even bigger bucks for DaVinci’s (maybe) Salvator Mundi:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/13/arts/design/davinci-leonardo-dicaprio-christies.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-42000696
http://www.cnn.com/style/article/da-vinci-painting-auction/index.html
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2017/nov/15/leonardo-da-vinci-masterpiece-salvator-mundi-christies
http://www.syracuse.com/us-news/index.ssf/2017/11/da_vinci_painting_of_christ_sells_at_auction_for_record-smashing_450_million.html
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2017/11/15/leonardo-da-vinci-salvator-mundi-sold/868993001/
http://www.dw.com/en/leonardo-da-vinci-painting-smashes-auction-record-at-450-million/a-41402102
https://elpais.com/cultura/2017/11/15/actualidad/1510749174_422089.html

Some previous big buck artworks:

http://www.dw.com/en/most-expensive-artworks-sold-at-auction/g-36408604

… and criticism of the price:

http://www.dw.com/en/opinion-450-million-for-christ-the-art-markets-perversion-of-a-symbol/a-41412027
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/da-vinci-painting-sells-record-breaking-450-million-180967246/

… and a feature on the painting itself:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/why-salvator-mundi-is-further-proof-of-leonardo-da-vincis-genius/2017/11/16/e0ca2118-cae4-11e7-aa96-54417592cf72_story.html
https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/technology-and-learning/why-i’m-pretty-sure-isaacson-da-vinci-book-behind-450-million-sale

Smaller bucks for a Captain Scott ‘selfie’ from Antarctica:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-41989588

… and hopes for a leaf from Napoleon’s wreath:

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-france-napoleon-auction/golden-leaf-cut-from-napoleons-crown-goes-under-hammer-in-france-idUSKBN1DF27P
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2017/11/17/leaf-french-emperor-napoleons-crown-expected-bring-300-times-its-value-gold/873623001/

… and big hopes for a photo of Billy the Kid:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/16/us/billy-the-kid-photo.html

A missing piece of a Magritte was found:

https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/11/15/564351941/80-year-old-mystery-cracked-as-final-missing-piece-of-magritte-painting-found

Feature on Rodin:

http://www.dw.com/en/a-century-on-auguste-rodins-influential-art-still-fascinates/a-41420940

A secret ‘Michelangelo room’ in Florence has opened to the public:

https://www.thelocal.it/20171114/secret-michelangelo-room-florence-open-to-public

Wooden shoes apparently weren’t so great for feet:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-11/uowo-sr111617.php

What Brian Fagan has been working on:

https://www.spectator.co.uk/2017/11/holy-mackerel-civilisation-begins-with-fishing/

On myths and stories:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/long_reads/where-do-stories-come-from-and-who-owns-a8045931.html

More on Chopin’s cause of death:

https://www.livescience.com/60953-chopin-pickled-heart-reveals-cause-of-death.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6108-171117-chopin-enlarged-heart
Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Scanning Seti:

http://www.newsweek.com/archaeology-egypt-pharaoh-seti-i-tomb-3d-printing-museum-switzerland-factum-710725
http://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/seti-i_life-sized-copy-of-pharaoh-s-tomb-displayed-in-basel/43674140?&ns_mchannel=rss&srg_evsource=rss
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/news/egyptian-tomb-3d-printer-switzerland-pharaoh-seti-i-valley-kings-factum-foundation-luxor-basel-a8052606.html

Washington’s Tent:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/15/arts/design/washingtons-tent-a-detective-story.html

Ambrogio Lorenzetti:

http://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2017/11/ambrogio-lorenzetti-exhibition-in-siena.html
http://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2017/11/more-from-lorenzetti-show-in-siena.html

Eastern Christians:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/17/arts/eastern-christians-institut-du-monde-arabe.html
https://www.imarabe.org/en/exhibitions/oriental-christians-2000-years-of-history

History of Magic:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/rare-magical-manuscripts-exhibit-180967185/

Gods in Color:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/28135-the-ancient-greek-world-at-gods-in-color-exhibition.html
http://www.blouinartinfo.com/news/story/2664137/archaic-colors-at-acropolis-museum-athens

Pompeii:

https://paradisevalleyindependent.com/events/pompeii-the-exhibition-opens-at-arizona-science-center-this-week/

Terracotta Warriors:

https://www.styleweekly.com/richmond/buried-over-two-millennia-ago-chinas-terracotta-soldiers-come-to-vmfa/Content?oid=5782197
http://www.nbc12.com/story/36854913/terracotta-army-exhibit-opens-saturday-at-vmfa
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-11/17/c_136758564.htm
http://wtvr.com/2017/11/16/terracotta-army-legacy-of-the-first-emperor-of-china-in-richmond/

The Egyptian Museum in Cairo marked its 115th anniversary with some never-before-seen Tut items:

http://www.egyptindependent.com/tutankhamuns-unseen-golden-treasures-go-public-egyptian-museum/
http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/32709/60-golden-pieces-of-Tutankhamun-at-Egyptian-Museum-for-1st
http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-egyptian-artifacts-king-tuts-tomb-shown-first-time-after-being-locked-713015
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-11/16/c_136755418.htm

Coverage of the opening of the Museum of the Bible:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/washingtons-bible-museum-wont-touch-political-hot-potatoes/
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/religion/museum-bible-gears-opening-washington-amid-propriety-questions-n821336
http://www.weeklystandard.com/museum-of-the-bible-a-first-look/article/2010511

… and questions about its collection:

https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/11/museum-of-the-bible-dead-sea-scrolls-forgeries-history-archaeology/
http://www.wbur.org/onpoint/2017/11/16/museum-of-the-bible-puts-spotlight-on-stolen-antiquities

… and its potential impact:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/museums/the-new-bible-museum-tells-a-clear-powerful-story-and-it-could-change-the-museum-business/2017/11/15/6fc76f40-c98e-11e7-8321-481fd63f174d_story.html

… and it is spawning opeds on various subjects:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-museum-of-the-bible-reflects-the-discouraging-state-of-christianity/2017/11/17/0d8d419a-cbd4-11e7-aa96-54417592cf72_story.html?utm_term=.fc4c5986e676
https://www.timesofisrael.com/judaism-is-the-star-at-a-bible-museum-built-by-hobby-lobby/
https://www.vox.com/identities/2017/11/17/16658504/bible-museum-hobby-lobby-green-controversy-antiquities

Provenance concerns at the Louvre Abu Dhabi:

https://www.albawaba.com/loop/original-louvre-abu-dhabi-stolen-iraqi-artifacts-1049458

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THE TECHY SIDE
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On dendrochronology:

https://www.sapiens.org/column/curiosities/tree-ring-dating-mesa-verde/?utm_content=bufferb3895&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Mapping shipwrecks off Western Australia:

https://phys.org/news/2017-11-volunteers-d-imaging-shipwrecks.html

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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What DNA reveals about the early population of North America:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/nov/15/no-lost-tribes-or-aliens-what-ancient-dna-reveals-about-american-prehistory

More on European hunter-gatherers interbreeding with Neolithic farmers:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/ancient-european-farmers-and-foragers-hooked-big-time
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/how-asian-nomadic-herders-built-new-bronze-age-cultures?utm_source=editorspicks111917&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Editors_Picks
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/11/2017/european-hunter-gatherers-slowly-integrated-into-neolithic-farming-communities-over-time

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/

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TOURISTY THINGS
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Assorted ancient cities:

http://www.cnn.com/travel/article/worlds-best-ancient-cities/index.html

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CRIME BEAT
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Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2017/11/culture-crime-news-6-12-november-2017.html

Mario Becchina is feeling the heat:

https://www.dailysabah.com/europe/2017/11/15/italy-police-confiscate-millions-of-euros-from-mafia-linked-art-dealer

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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That dispute over Crimean gold in the Netherlands is heating up:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/11/16/russia-threatens-cut-museum-ties-netherlands-crimea-gold/
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NUMISMATICA
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Latest e-Sylum (there’s a special edition in the Obituaries section too):

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n46.html

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Ancient Coin Collecting:

http://ancientcoincollecting.blogspot.com/

Ancient Coins:

http://classicalcoins.blogspot.com/

Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

http://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-main-menu-cat/audio-news-list/2668-audio-news-from-archaeologica-5-november-2017-11-november-2017
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OBITUARIES
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Eric P. Newman:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/16/obituaries/eric-newman-dead-leading-authority-on-coins.html
http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n47.html

Jeremy Hutchinson:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-37657545

Edward Allington:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/edward-allington-obituary-hx76vkcqf

Thomas Rinkevich:

http://www.omaha.com/obits/rinkevich-thomas-edward/article_1b4cdd74-ffb5-599b-a8e7-436e018c22ed.html

James Morwood:

https://www.theguardian.com/education/2017/nov/14/james-morwood-obituary

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

https://independent.academia.edu/ConferenceCanadabeforeConfederationEarlyMappingandExploration14981763

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

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

Theoretical Archaeology Group (Dec. 2017):

http://tag2017cardiff.org/

Hidden Cultural Heritage (April 2018):

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

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GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

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

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Ancient Digger:

http://www.ancientdigger.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Past Horizons:

http://www.pasthorizons.com/

Stonepages:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

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

Time Machine:

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

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

The Book and the Spade:

http://www.radioscribe.com/bknspade.htm
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Explorator 20.29 ~ November 12, 2017

Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Hernan Astudillo,
Barbara Saylor Rodgers, Rick Heli, 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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Apparently some evidence of early tool use might have actually been made by crocodiles (!):

https://phys.org/news/2017-11-ancient-crocs-stone-tools.html
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/crocs-take-bite-out-claims-ancient-stone-tool-use

Suggestion that height and weight evolved at different speeds as hominins developed:

https://phys.org/news/2017-11-height-weight-evolved-bodies-ancestors.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-11/uoc-haw102617.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/11/171108092241.htm
https://news.sky.com/story/ancient-humans-roaming-african-savannahs-were-tall-and-skinny-study-finds-11117898

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AFRICA
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Feature on protecting pyramids in the Sudan:

http://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-africa-41932570/protecting-sudan-s-forgotten-pyramids

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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The void in the Great Pyramid is still getting press coverage:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/secret-chamber-cosmic-rays-reveal-111500731.html
https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/11/02/561468384/scientists-say-theyve-found-hidden-space-in-great-pyramid-of-giza
https://dailynewsegypt.com/2017/11/08/newly-discovered-void-great-pyramid-draws-eyes-egypt/

… and the coverage is still being criticized:

http://www.newsweek.com/giza-pyramid-void-new-discovery-criticized-egypt-officials-702438
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/egypt-archaeologist-criticizes-pyramid-void-discovery-122003
http://artdaily.com/news/100054/Zahi-Hawass-criticises-pyramid-void–discovery-
https://www.alaraby.co.uk/english/blog/2017/11/5/egyptian-archaeologist-slams-new-pyramid-findings

… and the Ministry has announced a new investigation to come:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/31102/Ministry-announces-new-pyramid-investigation

Analysis of some 2000 years bp Egyptian papyri suggest the possibility of copper in the ink:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-11/uoc–ifa111017.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-11-ink-ancient-egyptian-papyri-copper.html
https://www.upi.com/Science_News/2017/11/10/Ancient-Egyptian-scribes-mixed-copper-in-their-ink/9011510336195/
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/11/171110113931.htm

A followup piece on what they found in that goldsmith’s tomb near Luxor last month:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/15/32021/Striking-Gold

A cuneiform tablet with an ‘infertility plan’:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/11/09/first-infertility-diagnosis-made-4000-years-ago-discovered-in-cuneiform-tablet-in-turkey
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6084-171109-turkey-surrogate-plan

A fifth century BCE Persian temple (and more) from northern Turkey:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/excavations-could-change-religious-history-of-anatolia-122065
https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/11/06/ancient-persian-temple-discovered-in-northern-turkey-could-rewrite-religious-history

A Sassanian loom from northern Iraq:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-11/guf-ein110617.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-11-excavation-northern-iraq-sasanian-loom.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/11/171106100257.htm
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/11/2017/charred-remains-of-sasanian-loom-discovered-in-northern-iraq-excavations

Overviewish thing on recent finds in Saudi Arabia:

http://www.arabnews.com/node/1191691/saudi-arabia
http://menafn.com/1096071072/Archaeological-discoveries-in-Saudi-Arabia

Feature on medicine in Ebla:

http://asorblog.org/2017/11/07/affair-herbal-medicine-special-kitchen-royal-palace-ebla/

Reaction to that solar-eclipse-in-Joshua thing last week:

https://mosaicmagazine.com/observation/2017/11/no-the-book-of-joshua-does-not-tell-of-a-rare-solar-eclipse/

… in case you missed it:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-scientists-identified-oldest-known-solar-eclipse-bible-180967135/

More on that remains-of-a-pregnant-woman in what is purported to be King Solomon’s Mines:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/rare-king-solomon-apos-mines-115300560.html

What Matthew Bogdanos is up to:

http://www.palmbeachdailynews.com/news/local/loot-from-iraq-museum-financed-terrorism-recovery-mission-leader-says/ix2EYiJh8U79Az9MWrSE9N/

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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A couple of important finds in this section this week … the first is what cleaning up a ‘seal stone’ from the Griffin Warrior tomb revealed:

https://phys.org/news/2017-11-team-rare-minoan-sealstone-treasure-laden.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-11/uoc-au110617.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/11/171107092910.htm
https://www.livescience.com/60886-battle-gemstone-found-ancient-warrior-tomb.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/06/science/greece-griffin-warrior-archaeology-homer.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2017/11/08/history-art-rewritten-archaeologists-unearth-3500-year-old-carving/
https://www.npr.org/2017/11/11/563475798/why-a-thumb-sized-stone-is-important-to-ancient-greek-art-history
http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-greece-treasure-filled-tomb-bronze-age-warrior-may-rewrite-history-703965
http://greece.greekreporter.com/2017/11/07/archaeologists-discover-masterpiece-sealstone-in-greek-tomb/
http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/pylos-combat-agate-is-a-3500yearold-masterpiece-of-ancient-art-technology/news-story/74b886dc0b87dedcf0f4581e0d421137
http://www.ibtimes.com/pylos-combat-agate-ancient-greek-seal-fine-specimen-miniature-prehistoric-art-2611420
https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/11/greek-sealstone-gemstone-combat-griffin-warrior-tomb-spd/
http://www.nationalgeographic.com.au/history/ancient-greek-masterpiece-revealed-on-thumb-size-gem.aspx
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6075-171106-greece-seal-stone
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/masterpiece-greek-art-found-griffin-warrior-tomb-180967141/
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/11/2017/discovery-of-masterpiece-sealstone-within-pylos-griffin-warrior-tomb

Another major story is the excavation of a Hellenistic gymnasium in Egypt at what was once Philoteris:

https://phys.org/news/2017-11-archeologists-ancient-gymnasium-egypt-cairo.html
http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/281045/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/First-Hellenistic-gymnasium-in-Egypt-discovered-at.aspx
https://dailynewsegypt.com/2017/11/07/remains-egypts-first-gymnasium-discovered-fayoum/
https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/11/06/german-egyptian-archaeologists-discover-ancient-gymnasium
https://www.livescience.com/60872-first-greek-gymnasium-found-in-egypt.html
http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-egypt-newly-discovered-2300-year-old-gymnasium-made-tiny-village-look-704380
http://neoskosmos.com/news/en/Ancient-ties-First-Hellenistic-gymnasium-discovered-in-Egypt
http://world.greekreporter.com/2017/11/07/ruins-of-hellenic-gymnasium-unearthed-in-egypt-oasis/
http://www.ibtimes.com/ancient-greek-gymnasium-2300-years-ago-discovered-egypt-2611940
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6074-110617-egypt-greek-gymnasium

Also high on the list is the find of a 2000 years bp sundial from a theatre site in Interamna Lirenas:

http://www.cam.ac.uk/research/news/archaeologists-uncover-rare-2000-year-old-sundial-during-roman-theatre-excavation
https://phys.org/news/2017-11-archaeologists-uncover-rare-year-old-sundial.html
https://www.livescience.com/60901-ancient-sundial-found-in-amphitheater.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-41915055
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.821742
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/cambridge-archaeologists-find-2-000-year-old-roman-sundial-b2b8rm6zt
http://www.ibtimes.com/archaeologists-find-rare-ancient-roman-sundial-still-inscribed-owners-name-2612135
http://www.newsweek.com/archaeology-ancient-rome-sundial-roman-excavation-election-latin-705656
https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/11/ancient-rome-election-victory-sundial-archaeology/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6080-171108-rome-limestone-sundial

The reconstructed temple of Mithras in London opened to the public:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/nov/08/reconstructed-roman-temple-mithras-opens-public-bloomberg-hq
https://www.ft.com/content/33fa41ea-c493-11e7-a1d2-6786f39ef675
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/11/08/reconstructed-roman-temple-opens-beneath-city-london/
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/nov/08/reconstructed-roman-temple-mithras-opens-public-bloomberg-hq
http://mentalfloss.com/article/514841/visit-temple-roman-mystery-cult-new-london-museum
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6090-171110-london-mithras-temple

… related, but behind a paywall for me:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/11/11/roman-artefacts-returned-temple-60-years-builders-handed-visitors/

Remains of a Roman road from Aachen:

https://phys.org/news/2017-11-roman-road-german-city-aachen.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/roman-road-discovered-during-digging-in-german-city-aachen/2017/11/07/2450f718-c3e2-11e7-9922-4151f5ca6168_story.html
http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/roman-road-discovered-digging-german-city-aachen-50989346
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6076-171107-germany-roman-road

I think we mentioned these finds from Tenea:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/27963-ancient-artifacts-unearthed-from-2-000-year-old-tombs-in-corinth-greece.html

A ‘lion helmet’ dating to the Punic Wars:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-1.821064

A Roman coin hoard from Mezdra (Bulgaria):

http://www.novinite.com/articles/185093/Roman+Coin+Hoard+Found+by+Chance+under+Tree+%E2%80%98Confirms%E2%80%99+Existence+of+Roman+Town+in+Bulgaria%E2%80%99s+Mezdra
http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2017/11/10/roman-coin-hoard-found-chance-tree-confirms-existence-roman-town-bulgarias-mezdra/

I’m not sure we’ve mentioned this mosaic from near the Sea of Galilee:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/who-run-the-world-sometimes-women-1600-year-old-church-mosaic-shows/

Not sure we’ve mentioned these votives from Anavlochos (Crete):

http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/11/2017/votive-figurines-discovered-at-anavlochos-massif-excavation-on-crete

Passing mention of the find of a Roman site in Wales:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-north-west-wales-41927454?intlink_from_url=&link_location=live-reporting-story
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On Emily Wilson’s translation of the Odyssey:

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/nov/05/the-guardian-view-on-translation-an-interpretative-and-creative-act
http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/28008-first-english-translation-of-homer-s-odyssey-by-a-woman.html

… and a piece by Dr. Wilson herself:

http://time.com/5008920/odyssey-translation-gender-history/

Suggestion that the Trojan Horse was really a boat:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/the-trojan-horse-a-horse-or-a-boat-122005

What Thomas Carpenter is up to:

http://www.thepostathens.com/article/2017/11/fall-commencement-thomas-carpenter

What Steven Ellis:

https://oberlinreview.org/14928/arts/on-the-record-with-steven-ellis/

Feature on Mike Duncan’s podcast:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/mike-duncan-made-ancient-rome-into-a-podcast-obsession

Plans to search for Scythian remains in Azerbaijan:

http://kazakh-tv.kz/en/view/news_kazakhstan/page_188566_

Looking for funding for the Amphipolis tomb:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/223073/article/ekathimerini/news/amphipolis-tomb-closer-to-espa-funds

Backgrounder on Knossos:

https://www.livescience.com/27955-knossos-palace-of-the-minoans.html

Feature on Caesarea:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20171106-israels-ancient-underwater-treasure

Latest oped on the Elgin/Parthenon Marbles and Brexit:

http://www.brownpoliticalreview.org/author/jflynn/

The antimony-in-Pompeii’s-pipes suggestion is making the rounds again:

https://www.livescience.com/60878-did-toxic-water-doom-pompeii.html
http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-rome-pompeii-victims-may-have-been-poisoned-being-buried-hot-ash-705705
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6082-171108-rome-water-antimony

Marking the 40th anniversary of the Vergina tombs find:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2017/11/08/tombs-of-vergina-40-years-since-andronikos-unearthed-the-macedonian-gems/

On ancient contraception:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/drsarahbond/2017/11/07/the-debate-over-contraception-has-an-ancient-history/

On Diogenes’ finger:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2017/11/04/diogenes-the-ancient-greek-philosopher-who-was-the-first-to-give-the-finger/

Feature on Phryne:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20171108-the-it-girl-of-ancient-greece

Interesting feature on the hydraulis:

http://www.classicfm.com/discover-music/water-organ/

… and one on the aulos:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-41941088

Protecting mosaics in Perge:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/iron-gates-to-protect-mosaics-in-perge-121609

Review of Prevas, *Hannibal’s Oath*:

http://www.philly.com/philly/entertainment/20171112__Hannibal_s_Oath___His_amazing_feats__his_mysterious_career.html

… and Patrick Hunt was talking about Hannibal’s route:

http://manitoumessenger.com/article/archeologist-patrick-hunt-traces-hannibals-path/

On Socrates and Trump:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/10/opinion/socrates-trump.html

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

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http://rogueclassicism.com/
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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7000 years bp remains from Sofia:

http://www.novinite.com/articles/185042/Archaeologists+Discover+First+Ever+Prehistoric+Remains+in+Downtown+of+Bulgaria%E2%80%99s+Capital+Sofia,+No+Thracian+Traces

A ca 8th century burial from Hereford cathedral:

http://www.ledburyreporter.co.uk/news/15651904.Skeleton_found_at_cathedral_dates_back_to_the_origins_of_Hereford/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6087-171110-hereford-england-skeleton

A medieval Jewish cemetery from Bologna:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.821664
http://www.newsweek.com/hundreds-long-lost-anonymous-medieval-jewish-graves-discovered-italy-706829
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6086-171109-italy-bologna-cemetery

Medieval mass graves from the Czech Republic:

http://www.radio.cz/en/section/news/archaeologists-say-czech-mass-graves-could-be-unique-in-europe
http://praguemonitor.com/2017/11/10/archaeologists-uncover-30-medieval-mass-graves-kutn%C3%A1-hora
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6088-171110-czech-medieval-graves

A 1000 years bp child’s religious bracelet from Bulgaria:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2017/11/09/1000-year-old-childs-bracelet-virgin-mary-stamp-found-momchils-fortress-southern-bulgaria/

Bones of a 15th century (give or take) teenager from a Scottish cave:

http://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/teenager-s-bones-found-at-eigg-massacre-cave-tests-confirm-1-4608279
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6085-171109-scotland-eigg-cave

Some time capsules from the former St Alban’s museum site:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-41913300

In Our Time was looking at the Picts this week:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09cvx7b

Story of the find of a 4000 years bp jawbone quite a while ago:

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/local-news/stirling-pensioner-discovered-4000-year-11500245

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

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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Possible evidence of Nanshan-era farming from China:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-11/05/c_136729373.htm
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6073-possible-evidence-of-cave-dwelling-farmers-found-in-china

A Neolithic burial on the China-Russia border:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-11/08/c_136736788.htm

2000 years bp luxury baths from Xi’an:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-11/06/c_136732167.htm
http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/culture/2017-11/10/content_34348020.htm
https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/11/10/2000-year-old-luxury-baths-uncovered-in-chinas-northwestern-xian-city
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6079-171107-china-luxury-baths

Also from Xi’an … a 5500 years bp burial ground:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-11/10/c_136742950.htm
http://www.ecns.cn/2017/11-11/280547.shtml

Remains of some 12th century glass from Heiankyo:

http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201711070006.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6081-171108-japan-suiteki-spout

Concerns for Goa’s oldest stone inscription:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/goa/goas-oldest-stone-inscription-under-threat/articleshow/61584926.cms

More on that 2400 years bp horse/chariot burial from Henan:

http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-china-100-horse-skeletons-discovered-2400-year-old-burial-pit-next-705286
http://www.novinite.com/articles/185034/Archaeologists+Found+Chariots+of+Chinese+Funeral+Procession+that+are+2400+Years+Old

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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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Remains of a 2400 years bp settlement site in Mississauga:

https://www.mississauga.com/news-story/7912684-archaeological-dig-in-mississauga-turns-up-2-400-year-old-remains/

Luxury 17th century items from near the Paul Revere house:

http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2017/11/09/north-end-archaeological-dig-finds-artifacts/gZsnNRyUMAjUIjo74ksFIL/story.html
https://boston.curbed.com/2017/11/10/16632846/north-end-archaeological-dig-paul-revere-house
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6089-171110-boson-colonial-luxury-items

Digging the homestead of Chatham’s first European homesteaders:

http://capeandislands.org/post/archaeological-dig-uncovers-homestead-chathams-earliest-white-settlers#stream/0

Tallying up the 18th century burials at a Philadelphia construction site:

http://www.durabilityanddesign.com/news/?fuseaction=view&id=17632

Concerns for Chaco Canyon:

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/nov/08/chaco-canyon-national-park-new-mexico-drilling

Princeton ponders its racial history:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/06/arts/princeton-digs-deep-into-its-fraught-racial-history.html

Identification of a burial mound in Ohio:

http://www.lancastereaglegazette.com/story/news/local/2017/11/06/locals-identify-native-american-mound-fairfield-union-local-schools-property/830615001/

Arguing over a 16th century shipwreck off Florida:

https://www.livescience.com/60859-shipwreck-excavation-awaits-court-ruling.html

More on the ‘Kelp Highway’ theory:

http://www.newsweek.com/anthropology-clovis-theory-kelp-forest-hypothesis-settlers-america-ice-free-703444
http://newscenter.sdsu.edu/sdsu_newscenter/news_story.aspx?sid=77009
http://www.gopbriefingroom.com/index.php?topic=290429.0

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Storms reveal the wreck of the Kestrel at a Brazilian resort:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/storm-exposes-the-kestrel-from-sands-of-time-hlqsxjj7l
https://www.9news.com.au/world/2017/11/09/10/03/mystery-of-missing-british-ship-uncovered-on-brazil-beach

More on the pre Columbian cave art from Mona Island:

https://www.livescience.com/60851-on-an-uninhabited-caribbean-island-a-trove-of-pre-columbian-cave-art.html
https://www.livescience.com/60850-photos-mona-island-cave-art.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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Interesting recently-found map of Australia is going on display:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-41885447

Nice collaboration between Google and English Heritage:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-41893143

An APOD of the Prague astronomical clock:

https://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap171107.html

Feature on the Russian Revolution:

http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-41885442

On Germany’s role in the Russian Revolution:

http://www.dw.com/en/how-germany-got-the-russian-revolution-off-the-ground/a-41195312

Celebrating Marie Curie’s 150th:

http://www.dw.com/en/the-two-time-nobel-prize-winner-marie-curie-was-born-150-years-ago/g-41262435

They checked out Chopin’s (pickled) heart:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/06/arts/chopin-heart-tuberculosis.html

On a statue of George Orwell:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-41886208

On a grasshopper in a Van Gogh:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/08/arts/design/grasshopper-vincent-van-gogh-painting.html
http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/visual-arts/article183088866.html
https://elpais.com/cultura/2017/11/08/actualidad/1510154425_196558.html

A ‘lost’ painting of Nelson is going on display:

http://www.sunderlandecho.com/news/national/lost-painting-of-nelson-reveals-facial-scars-and-missing-eyebrow-1-8852364

Commenting on the Valmadonna Trust Library auction:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/valmadonna-trust-library-auction-in-ny-brings-record-sales-but-who-benefits/

On the importance of ‘western civilization’:

https://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2017/11/why-everyone-should-learn-about-western-civilization/545249/

… and the benefits of the Humanities:

http://wesleyanargus.com/2017/11/09/ode-to-the-classics-the-benefits-of-the-humanities/

Plans to digitize the Gunzburg Collection:

http://www.jns.org/news-briefs/2017/11/7/israel-and-russia-team-to-digitize-famed-gnzburg-collection-of-jewish-works

Venice wants to divert some of those huge cruise ships:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/nov/08/venice-cruise-ship-traffic-restricted-amid-concerns-over-damage-to-buildings

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Living With Gods:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2017/nov/06/living-with-gods-review-art-religion-british-museum

Escape from Pompeii:

https://thewest.com.au/entertainment/escape-from-pompeii-exhibit-lands-in-wa-ng-b88652871z

Greek Science:

http://world.greekreporter.com/2017/11/10/exhibition-of-ancient-greek-innovations-in-china/

Michelangelo:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/09/arts/design/michelangelo-review-metropolitan-museum-of-art-carmen-bambach.html

How a museum in Mexico prepared for an exhibition:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2017/11/07/actualidad/1510079526_550129.html

… and I think this is the exhibition (sorry .. my Spanish isn’t working well this morning):

https://elpais.com/cultura/2017/11/08/actualidad/1510166894_389973.html

On the Sir John Soane Museum’s recreation of the tomb of Seti I:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2017/nov/05/sir-john-soane-museum-recreates-sepulchral-chamber-of-pharaoh-seti-i

Various coverage of the opening of the Louvre Abu Dhabi:

http://theartnewspaper.com/news/louvre-abu-dhabi-opening-report
http://ca.blouinartinfo.com/news/story/2649903/louvre-abu-dhabi-first-international-project-by-worlds
https://www.economist.com/news/middle-east-and-africa/21731105-abu-dhabi-tries-distinguish-itself-cultural-destination-first
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/saturday-review/the-louvre-abu-dhabi-is-beautiful-but-so-far-theres-notenough-inside-qmrr7qz3s

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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On the DNA of the filles du roi:

https://www.salon.com/2017/11/04/how-a-french-kings-legacy-revealed-a-loophole-in-evolution_partner/

Latest ‘interbreeding’ focus is on Neolithic Europeans and migrating Anatolians:

https://phys.org/news/2017-11-dna-neolithic-europeans-interbred-anatolian.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-11/mpif-nfc110917.php
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/ancient-european-farmers-and-foragers-hooked-big-time?tgt=nr

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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What archaeology reveals about climate change:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/nov/09/the-climate-has-changed-before-but-this-is-different-look-at-the-archeological-record

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TOURISTY THINGS
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Russian Revolution sites:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/resources/idt-sh/Red_October

Must see Greek monuments:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2017/11/04/unesco-every-person-must-visit-these-18-greek-monuments/

Underground Rome:

http://www.wantedinrome.com/news/guide-to-romes-underground-sites.html

Sites in Turkey:

https://www.dailysabah.com/travel/2017/11/11/guide-to-turkeys-iconic-ancient-ruins

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CRIME BEAT
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A 95 years bp real life ‘tomb raider’ was being ‘celebrated’:

https://www.inverse.com/article/38187-real-life-tomb-raider-joan-howard-thief-not-hero

A major bust in the Fayum:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/31709/464-historical-artifacts-seized-by-police-in-Fayoum

… and one in Bulgaria:

http://www.novinite.com/articles/185094/Roman+Woman%E2%80%99s+Bronze+Statuette,+300+More+Artifacts+Seized+from+Treasure+Hunters+Showcased+in+Exhibition+in+Bulgaria%E2%80%99s+Pazardzhik
http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2017/11/02/roman-womans-bronze-statuette-300-artifacts-seized-treasure-hunters-showcased-exhibition-bulgarias-pazardzhik/

Theft from a church in France:

http://www.estrepublicain.fr/edition-belfort-hericourt-montbeliard/2017/11/10/des-voleurs-s-en-prennent-a-l-eglise

A bust of a fake-amulet-on-Facebook ring in Thailand:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-11/06/c_136732530.htm

Not sure about this ‘Israel’ taking items from Hebron story:

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20171109-israel-steals-artefacts-from-roman-palace-in-hebron/

More on illicit items being sold online:

http://www.newsweek.com/amazon-ebay-archaeology-black-market-looting-artifacts-704385
http://mentalfloss.com/article/513936/dont-buy-ancient-artifacts-you-see-online%E2%80%94most-are-looted-or-fake

… and calls for Amazon et al to be more proactive:

http://www.scmp.com/tech/e-commerce/article/2118774/archaeologists-and-experts-say-amazon-and-ebay-need-be-proactive

Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2017/11/culture-crime-news-30-october-5-november-2017.html

conflict antiquities:

http://conflictantiquities.wordpress.com/

anonymous swiss collector:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/

Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues:

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

Looting Matters:

http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/

Illicit Cultural Property:

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

SAFE:

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

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REPATRIATION AND RECOVERY
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Sharjah returned a number of items to Egypt:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/280986.aspx
http://www.arabnews.com/node/1188741/offbeat
https://aawsat.com/english/home/article/1076241/sharjah-returns-over-300-smuggled-antiques-egypt

Turkey wants some items from Pergamon back:

https://www.dailysabah.com/turkey/2017/11/06/turkish-lawmakers-to-go-abroad-to-probe-smuggled-artifacts

A Pissarro was returned to its Jewish owners:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-41906302
http://www.dw.com/en/french-court-orders-return-of-wwii-looted-pissarro-painting-to-owners-family/a-41286226

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NUMISMATICA
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More on those ancient coins from a desk drawer in Kent:

http://metro.co.uk/2017/11/06/2500-year-old-coins-discovered-in-a-desk-in-kent-7057990/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n45.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n46.html

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Ancient Coin Collecting:

http://ancientcoincollecting.blogspot.com/

Ancient Coins:

http://classicalcoins.blogspot.com/

Coin Week:

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

http://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-main-menu-cat/audio-news-list/2667-audio-news-from-archaeologica-29-october-2017-5-november-2017
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OBITUARIES
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Iona Opie:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/obituaries/iona-opie-scholarly-explorer-of-the-lore-and-customs-of-childhood-dies-at-94/2017/11/04/29373164-c173-11e7-959c-fe2b598d8c00_story.html

Edward Allington:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2017/nov/06/edward-allington-obituary

Hugh Kearney:

http://www.heraldscotland.com/opinion/15644717.Obituary___Hugh_Kearney__professor_of_history_and_author/

Karl Katz:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/10/obituaries/karl-katz-museum-director-in-new-york-and-israel-dies-at-88.html

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

https://independent.academia.edu/ConferenceCanadabeforeConfederationEarlyMappingandExploration14981763

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

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

Theoretical Archaeology Group (Dec. 2017):

http://tag2017cardiff.org/

Hidden Cultural Heritage (April 2018):

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

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GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

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

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Ancient Digger:

http://www.ancientdigger.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Past Horizons:

http://www.pasthorizons.com/

Stonepages:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

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

Time Machine:

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

The Book and the Spade:

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Explorator 20.28 ~ November 5, 2017

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

A lot of ‘borderline’ archaeology coverage this week for some
reason …

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Returning to the Neanderthal-sapiens interbreeding theme:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/mating-neandertals-reintroduced-lost-dna-modern-humans

Homo sapiens “outlasted” Neanderthals, apparently:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2017/11/01/humans-didnt-outsmart-the-neanderthals-we-just-outlasted-them/
http://nationalpost.com/news/canada/humans-didnt-outsmart-the-neanderthals-we-just-outlasted-them
http://www.denverpost.com/2017/11/01/humans-didnt-outsmart-neanderthals-outlasted-them/

On early hominid tool-making:

https://www.zmescience.com/science/information-sharing-stone-age/

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Easily the big archaeology story of the week was the suggestion that cosmic rays had helped detect a ‘great void’ in the Great Pyramid:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/30637/Cosmic-ray-imaging-finds-hidden-structure-in-Egypt-s-Great
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/02/science/pyramids-giza-void.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/nov/02/archaeolgists-discover-mysterious-void-deep-within-great-pyramid-of-giza
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-41845445
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-science-pyramid/cosmic-ray-imaging-finds-hidden-structure-in-egypts-great-pyramid-idUSKBN1D21IY
https://www.stuff.co.nz/world/africa/98511341/Cosmic-rays-reveal-mysterious-void-in-Egypts-Great-Pyramid
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2017/11/02/mysterious-void-great-pyramid-giza-could-finally-reveal-pyramids/
https://www.yahoo.com/news/particle-physicists-detect-mysterious-big-120012396.html
https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/11/great-pyramid-giza-void-discovered-khufu-archaeology-science/
https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2017/11/cosmic-rays-outer-space-pyramids/544574/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2017/11/02/cosmic-rays-reveal-mysterious-void-in-egypts-great-pyramid/
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/cosmic-ray-particles-reveal-secret-chamber-in-egypts-great-pyramid/
https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/11/scientists-confirm-theres-a-mysterious-void-in-the-great-pyramid/
http://www.newsweek.com/giza-great-pyramid-ancient-egypt-secret-chamber-everything-you-need-know-700085
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/11/02/561468384/scientists-say-theyve-found-hidden-space-in-great-pyramid-of-giza?sc=17&f=1001
http://www.smh.com.au/world/cosmic-rays-reveal-mysterious-void-in-egypts-great-pyramid-20171102-gzdxqm.html
http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/future_tense/2017/11/how_scientists_discovered_a_massive_hole_in_the_great_pyramid.html
https://elpais.com/elpais/2017/11/01/ciencia/1509537816_384789.html
http://www.ibtimes.co.in/giant-void-discovered-khufus-great-pyramid-giza-help-cosmic-rays-748085

… and the Ministry wasn’t happy how it was announced:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/280880/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/ScanPyramids-mission-rushed-in-announcing-discover.aspx
http://gulfnews.com/news/mena/egypt/egypt-critical-of-hasty-pyramid-announcement-1.2118124
http://abcnews.go.com/International/great-pyramids-previously-hidden-void-hailed-scientists-dismissed/story?id=50907655

… and it was quickly pointed out that this void has long been known:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/280853/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Void-within-Great-Pyramid-of-Giza-not-a-new-discov.aspx
http://www.egyptindependent.com/newly-discovered-gap-khufu-pyramid-already-known-zahi-hawass/
https://www.yahoo.com/news/egypt-archaeologist-criticises-pyramid-void-discovery-135656899.html
https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2017/11/04/what-archaeologists-want-you-to-know-about-the-great-pyramid-void/
http://www.france24.com/en/20171104-egyptian-archaeologist-criticises-void-discovery-great-pyramid-khufu-tomb

Eight Old Kingdom burials from near Luxor (not sure if we’ve had this one yet):

https://qtelegram.com/egypt-a-tomb-of-the-pharaonic-era-reveals-eight-mummies/15946

A number of tombs, including a ‘cursed’ one, near the Pyramids have also been opened:

http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-egypt-tomb-cursed-giza-pyramid-workers-reopen-698463
https://www.albawaba.com/editorchoice/egypt-cursed-tomb-opened-public-first-time-discovery-30-years-ago-1042560
https://www.yahoo.com/news/ancient-egypt-cursed-tomb-men-163957956.html

Assorted coverage remembering the discovery of Tut’s tomb:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/30912/Today-in-history-tomb-of-king-Tutankhamun-discovered
https://www.upi.com/Top_News/2017/11/04/On-This-Day-Howard-Carter-finds-King-Tutankhamens-tomb/6971509765493/
http://www.postandcourier.com/charleston_scene/celebrate-discovery-of-tut-s-tomb-and-unlocking-of-egyptian/article_7176313a-bd7e-11e7-863b-bf290a8f2503.html

The Djoser Pyramid wll soon be inaugurated:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/30085/Djoser-Pyramid-to-be-inaugurated-in-2017

A solar eclipse mentioned in Egyptian records and the Bible (associated with Joshua) apparently has been identified (expect skepticism on this one):

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/10/171029220104.htm
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/10/30/first-solar-eclipse-ever-recorded-took-place-3000-years-ago/
https://www.cam.ac.uk/research/news/oldest-recorded-solar-eclipse-helps-date-the-egyptian-pharaohs
http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-egyptian-and-biblical-texts-reveal-oldest-known-solar-eclipse-and-695921
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Miracle-described-in-Book-of-Joshua-may-have-been-earliest-recorded-solar-eclipse-510903
https://elpais.com/elpais/2017/10/30/ciencia/1509320354_876281.html

Remains of a pregnant woman found in the purported King Solomon’s Mines:

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Archaeologists-discover-rare-remains-of-pregnant-woman-in-King-Solomons-Mines-510965
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-1.820180
http://www.ibtimes.com/archaeologists-find-pregnant-womans-skeleton-ancient-copper-mines-israel-2608677
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/archaeology-news/pregnant-egyptian-womans-remains-discovered-in-king-solomons-mines/2017/11/01/
https://www.algemeiner.com/2017/11/01/israeli-archaeologists-unearth-pregnant-womans-remains-at-king-solomons-mines/

This claim of the discovery of Naboth’s Vineyard didn’t make it into any mainstream source:

https://www.cnsnews.com/commentary/eric-metaxas/yet-another-find-biblical-proportions-naboths-vineyard-discovered

… or the so-called ‘footprints of God’ (plenty of ‘iffy’ things this week, no?):

http://www.pulse.ng/communities/religion/archaeologists-find-footprints-of-god-near-river-jordan-id7527794.html

A 1500 years bp ‘chicken’ from Kinneret:

http://www.tabletmag.com/scroll/247954/woman-goes-swimming-in-the-kinneret-stumbles-on-priceless-1500-year-old-relic

On the Bible and archaeology:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.818795

Lawrence Schiffman on the Dead Sea Scrolls:

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Culture/Seventy-years-of-the-Dead-Sea-Scrolls-510977

… and a feature on an important one:

https://www.jewishlinknj.com/features/21409-the-most-important-dead-sea-text-a-lost-paragraph-from-the-book-of-samuel

Hype for a book on ancient Israel:

http://www.uwyo.edu/uw/news/2017/10/uw-religion-today-the-ancient-israelites-through-archaeology,-history-and-text.html

Hopes for learning from renovations to the Orukaya Dam:

https://www.dailysabah.com/environment/2017/10/30/2200-year-old-dam-will-shed-light-on-climate-and-vegetation-change-in-northern-turkey

Studying copper mining in Jordan:

http://menafn.com/1096039902/Jordanian-scholar-digs-deep-into-copper-mining-in-ancient-times

Iran blocked a rally planned at the tomb of Cyrus the Great:

http://thepeninsulaqatar.com/article/29/10/2017/Iran-blocks-illegal-rally-at-ancient-king-s-tomb
https://www.yahoo.com/news/iran-blocks-illegal-rally-ancient-kings-tomb-153458425.html

… and there was some sort of ‘plot’?:

https://www.voanews.com/a/iran-foils-plot-involving-tomb-of-cyrus-the-great/4090877.html

Another feature on ISIL’s attacks on culture:

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/wall-street-journal/the-crumbling-of-a-culture-islamic-states-attack-on-antiquity/news-story/7b268c5fdb3d0db588812cb8d6b768c0

… and they’re apparently selling plenty of things on eBay, Facebook, etc.:

http://observer.com/2017/11/isis-selling-stolen-artifacts-on-ebay-amazon-facebook-whatsapp/

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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An interesting ‘lion helmet’ dating to the Punic Wars:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-1.821064

Remains of a silver Thracian wreath from Bulgaria:

https://www.archaeology.org/news/6060-171031-bulgaria-silver-wreath

Archaeologists may have found the site of the Serdica mint:

http://www.novinite.com/articles/184942/Archaeologists+May+Have+Found+Mint+of+Ancient+Roman+City+Serdica+in+Bulgaria%E2%80%99s+Capital+Sofia

Suggestion that pagans in late Roman Palestine embraced Christianity ‘quickly’:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-1.820696

Tomb finds from Roman Corinth/Tenea:

http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-greece-haul-jewels-and-golden-coins-uncovered-2000-year-old-tombs-698275
http://greece.greekreporter.com/2017/11/02/haul-of-jewels-and-gold-coins-uncovered-in-ancient-greek-city-of-tenea/
http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/27963-ancient-artifacts-unearthed-from-2-000-year-old-tombs-in-corinth-greece.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6064-171101-greece-tenea-tombs

A Roman era gold necklace from Heraclea Sintica:

http://www.novinite.com/articles/184888/Ancient+Roman+Gold+Necklace+Discovered+by+Archaeologists+in+Ancient+City+Heraclea+Sintica+in+Southwest+Bulgaria

Some Roman skeletons from Ramsgate:

http://www.kentonline.co.uk/thanet/news/roman-era-skeletons-uncovered-134703/

A sarcophagus cover from Gumushane (Turkey):

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/11/03/construction-workers-find-ancient-sarcophagus-cover-in-turkeys-gumushane

On underwater archaeology off Naxos:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/27964-underwater-search-off-naxos-island-coast-yields-rich-finds.html

There will be plenty of interest in Emily Wilson’s translation of the Odyssey:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/02/magazine/the-first-woman-to-translate-the-odyssey-into-english.html
https://boingboing.net/2017/11/04/emily-watsons-translation-of.html

Pondering the plague of Cyprian:

https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2017/11/solving-the-mystery-of-an-ancient-roman-plague/543528/

On sex and violence in ancient art:

https://qtelegram.com/violence-and-sex-the-shocking-art-of-the-ancient-remeasured/16242

On the aqueduct on Samos:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/tourism-businesses/thematic-tourism/27937-wondrous-eupalenion-aqueduct-of-samos-declared-international-landmark-of-engineering.html

Feature on Honor Frost:

https://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20171029/life-features/Honor-Frost-a-legacy-in-the-field-of-underwater-archaeology.661705

What Robert Harris is up to:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/robert-harris-author-of-the-cicero-trilogy-on-the-bloody-lessons-from-rome-ignored-by-todays-leaders-flx2brnbz

What Ann Woods is up to:

http://ucsdguardian.org/2017/10/31/professor-ann-woods-from-the-louvre-to-the-lecture-hall/

Rethinking how the Portland Vase was made:

https://newatlas.com/portland-vase-mystery-solved/51958/

On historians’ involvement in Assassin’s Creed:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/entertainment/assassins-creed-origins-historian-1.4382255

… but criticism for the portrayal of Cleopatra:

https://www.polygon.com/features/2017/11/2/16593124/assassins-creed-origins-cleopatra

On the ancient Long Jump:

https://ancientsport.wordpress.com/2017/11/01/reconstruction-of-the-ancient-long-jump/

On Greek marathons:

https://sports.yahoo.com/greek-marathons-where-runners-pit-themselves-against-history-025847609.html

On Scythian tattoos:

https://blog.britishmuseum.org/ancient-tattoos-getting-under-the-skin-of-the-scythians/

On making mosaics at the Zeugma Museum:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/11/02/learning-the-art-of-mosaic-making-at-zeugma-mosaic-museum-southeast-turkey

Concerns for Hadrian’s Wall:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2017/10/31/hadrians-wall-succumbing-foreign-invasion-nearly-2000-years/

On William V Harris:

http://gothamist.com/2017/11/01/columbia_professor_steps_down.php

More on the drinking water at Pompeii:

http://sciencenordic.com/pompeii-residents-were-screwed-volcanic-eruption

More on the Roman ‘theatre’ in Jerusalem:

http://www.entertainment-news.online/2017/11/02/archaeologists-just-exhumed-ancient-roman-theater-tell-us-jerusalem-western-wall/

Review of Harper, *The Fate of Rome*:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/review-romes-cosmic-retribution-1509133738

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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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Identifying ‘Torbrex Tam’ as Stirling’s oldest resident:

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/local-news/stirlings-oldest-resident-revealed-4000-11449217
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/bronze-age-farmer-tam-is-earliest-city-resident-r29fhm7jn

A Pictish petroglyph of a ‘big nosed warrior’ from near Perth:

http://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/rare-pictish-carving-of-big-nosed-warrior-found-near-perth-1-4602051
https://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/news/local/perth-kinross/536172/historic-pictish-stone-found-during-multi-million-pound-perth-roadworks-project/
http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/local-news/significant-pictish-stone-unearthed-road-11461229
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/retropolis/wp/2017/10/31/martin-luther-shook-the-world-500-years-ago-but-did-he-nail-anything-to-a-church-door/

They’re still not sure about skeletons buried in Halton Castle:

http://aboutmanchester.co.uk/mystery-of-the-halton-castle-skeletons-deepens/

Latest in the mapping of ‘Doggerland’:

http://www.thetelegraphandargus.co.uk/news/15640479.Mysteries_of_lost_North_Sea_kingdom_of_Doggerland_surfacing___thanks_to_Bradford_researchers/

A 13th century coin is declared treasure:

http://www.pontefractandcastlefordexpress.co.uk/news/medieval-coin-from-13th-century-france-is-declared-to-be-treasure-1-8839597

Interesting 17th century silver hawk ring:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-41763074

Options to preserve the Sutz Lattrigen neolithic site:

https://phys.org/news/2017-10-ways-neolithic-site.html

Concerns for a 2500 years bp castle near Exmouth:

http://www.exmouthjournal.co.uk/news/a-2-500-year-old-castle-near-exmouth-needs-your-help-1-5260692

Possible protection for a site associated with the Battle of Winwick/Red Bank:

http://www.warringtonguardian.co.uk/news/15632934.Field_which_played_a_major_role_in_Second_Civil_War_could_be_protected/

More on the leprotic Viking squirrels:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/drsarahbond/2017/10/31/did-the-viking-squirrel-trade-spread-leprosy/

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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Paleolithic beads from a site in Ningxia Hui:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-10/30/c_136715334.htm
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6058-171031-china-paleolithic-beads

Wells and other signs of a settlement from a site in Beijing:

http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1073062.shtml

73 tombs from Zhengzhou:

http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/culture/2017-11/02/content_34019601.htm

A 2400 years bp burial with horse and chariot from Henan (we may have mentioned this one):

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-11/01/c_136720716.htm
http://www.dnaindia.com/science/report-archaeologists-discover-2400-year-old-horse-chariot-pit-in-china-2557015
https://www.outlookindia.com/newsscroll/archaeologists-discover-2400yearold-horse-chariot-pit-in/1179315
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6063-171101-china-chariot-pit

They’re still looking for Zheng He’s lost ‘treasure ship’:

http://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/2118421/hunt-ming-dynasty-admiral-zheng-hes-lost-treasure-ship-heats

On social inequality in Tahiti 1000 years bp:

http://flathatnews.com/2017/10/31/understanding-social-inequality-1000-years-ago-dr-jennifer-kahn-gives-talk-about-culture-in-french-polynesia/

Kyrgyzstan reburied a mummy and there was major political fallout, apparently:

http://www.tol.org/client/article/27305-kyrgyzstan-archaeology-mummy-psychics-culture-ministry.html
http://nypost.com/2017/10/31/this-country-is-in-political-turmoil-over-the-reburial-of-its-only-ancient-mummy/
https://sg.news.yahoo.com/outrage-kyrgyzstan-reburies-only-ancient-mummy-041558361.html
http://thepeninsulaqatar.com/article/31/10/2017/Outrage-after-Kyrgyzstan-reburies-its-only-ancient-mummy

They’re still arguing over the purpose of the Taj Mahal:

https://www.outlookindia.com/website/story/the-claim-taj-mahal-is-tejo-mahalaya-temple-palace-is-concocted-and-self-built-c/303703

On strange things found along the Silk Road:

https://arstechnica.com/video/2017/10/the-strangest-things-archaeologists-have-found-on-the-ancient-silk-roads/

Pondering a mystery burial near Sydney Harbour found back in the 1960s:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-11-02/mystery-burial-aboriginal-woman-balls-head-sydney-curious-sydney/9069892

More on that figurine from a potato field in Siberia:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/10/30/ancient-statuette-discovered-at-potato-field-in-russia

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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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Digging a site at a Cape Cod farm:

https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/massachusetts/articles/2017-10-29/archaeologists-digging-for-ancient-artifacts-at-cape-farm

Excavating Pilgrim-related remains in Massachusetts:

http://www.patriotledger.com/news/20171024/archaeology-teams-come-up-with-interesting-finds-in-plymouth
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6055-171027-massachusetts-pilgrim-homes

Excavating a sod house near Iqaluit:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/archaeology-qaummaarviit-inookie-inuit-heritage-1.4383894
https://ca.news.yahoo.com/team-excavates-sod-house-near-111800740.html

On prehistoric hunting on a Lake Huron ridge:

http://www.toledoblade.com/local/2017/10/29/Prehistoric-people-hunted-caribou-on-ancient-Lake-Huron-ridge.html

A pile of 18th century remains in Philadelphia were apparently dumped in a landfill:

https://whyy.org/articles/archaeologist-claims-hundreds-18th-century-philly-remains-dumped-landfill/

… possibly related:

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/pennsylvania/philadelphia/bones-arch-street-construction-site-pmc-orphans-court-20171030.html

The search for the ‘route’ of the first ‘Americans’ continues to be pondered:

http://science.sciencemag.org/content/358/6363/592?rss=1
https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/11/majority-of-scientists-now-agree-that-humans-came-to-the-americas-by-boat/

… including now the ‘kelp highway’:

https://www.seeker.com/culture/archaeology/the-first-americans-may-have-migrated-along-a-coastal-kelp-highway
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/deadthings/2017/11/02/first-americans-kelp-highway/
http://science.sciencemag.org/content/358/6363/604.21

Latest from the Franklin Expedition dives:

http://www.nunatsiaqonline.ca/stories/article/65674parks_canada_releases_new_images_of_2017_franklin_dives_in_nunavut/

What Jack Ray is up to:

http://ksmu.org/post/msu-professor-returns-previous-site-continue-digging#stream/0

On life in Wyoming, 10000 years bp:

http://planetjh.com/2017/11/01/real-wyoming-natives-for-10000-years-sheepeaters-knew-how-to-live-with-nature/

Feature on Clovis points:

http://knau.org/post/earth-notes-clovis-points

Calusa artifacts revealed by Hurricane Irma are headed to a museum:

http://news.wgcu.org/post/hundreds-calusa-artifacts-unearthed-irma-be-curated-museum

Feature on Hopewell copper interests:

http://www.dispatch.com/news/20171029/archaeology-copper-was-sacred-to-hopewell-regardless-of-its-source

More on turquoise mining in the southwest:

https://uanews.arizona.edu/story/ua-research-sheds-new-light-early-turquoise-mining-southwest

Review of Wood, *Friends Divided*:

http://www.npr.org/2017/11/01/560097237/friends-divided-digs-into-the-bumpy-bonds-between-2-presidents?sc=17&f=1008

Review of Shorto, *Revolution Song*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/30/books/review/russell-shorto-revolution-song.html

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Studying pre Columbian petroglyphs from Puerto Rico’s Mona Island:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-10/uol-nro102717.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/10/171029220108.htm
http://www.newsweek.com/puerto-rico-mona-island-cave-art-early-humans-civilization-696239
http://metro.co.uk/2017/10/30/ancient-cave-paintings-were-made-by-islanders-tripping-on-drugs-7040130/
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/lost-art-tainos-culture-british-archaeologists-island-mona-caribbean-a8026321.html
https://www.yahoo.com/news/m/7f4eb5b5-fc7c-3b5f-a1d4-c683b634a24e/ss_mysterious-rock-art-uncovered.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6057-171030-taino-rock-art

Studying pre-Inka elites:

http://www.cam.ac.uk/research/features/pre-inka-elites-and-the-social-life-of-fragments
https://phys.org/news/2017-10-pre-inka-elites-social-life-fragments.html
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/this-fascinating-pre-incan-society-high-andes-lacked-social-hierarchies-1645520
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6072-171103-argentina-infant-urns

Feature on the survival of the church of Santa Prisca de Taxco:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2017/11/02/actualidad/1509650615_533672.html

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Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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On the embalming of Lenin:

https://english.alarabiya.net/en/features/2017/10/29/Learn-the-secret-behind-the-embalming-of-Vladimir-Lenin-s-body.html

An 18th century painting of Mecca is coming to auction:

https://english.alarabiya.net/en/life-style/art-and-culture/2017/10/29/Rare-1791-painting-of-Mecca-1917-Saudi-diary-up-for-auction-at-Sotheby-s.html

On the history of locks:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/home-improvement-tips/history-of-locks/

With Hallowe’en, there were a number of witch-related items this week … a facial reconstruction:

http://nypost.com/2017/10/31/scientists-recreate-face-of-scottish-witch-using-3d-wizardry/
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/10/31/face-witch-died-1704-digitally-reconstructed/

… what we’ve learned from Salem:

http://www.newsweek.com/archaeology-salem-says-were-thinking-about-witches-and-witch-hunts-all-wrong-694200

… and an overviewish sort of thing:

https://www.bustle.com/p/how-long-have-witches-existed-these-ancient-myths-about-witches-will-give-you-nightmares-3067204

There were also a number of items related to the 500th anniversary of the Reformation:

http://www.frontiersman.com/faith/the-th-anniversary-of-the-reformation/article_376582e8-be73-11e7-86f6-47976545d830.html
http://www.christianitytoday.com/edstetzer/2017/october/500th-anniversary-of-reformation.html

… and how it affected beer:

http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2017/10/31/561117731/the-other-reformation-how-martin-luther-changed-our-beer-too?sc=17&f=1008

On the Neolithic revolution and climate change:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-11/uop-ctn103117.php

Grammar changes, no matter what grammarians think:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/nov/01/resistance-to-changes-in-grammar-is-futile-say-researchers

Interesting item on the search for a lost royal Burma ruby:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-41838026
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/burmese-royal-descendant-on-mission-to-discover-fate-of-missing-ruby-q2swzn33f

John Donne did more than write poetry:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2017/nov/03/scurrilous-manuscript-that-could-have-undone-john-donne-discovered

Pondering Marvel’s Thor:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/what-smithsonian-folklorist-thinks-about-marvels-cleaned-version-thor-180967052/

Feature on Russian Revolution propaganda posters:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-41833406

Gurlitt’s collection is on display:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-41850650
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-41847096

Why a DaVinci is in a contemporary auction:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/03/arts/christies-leonardo-da-vinci-auction.html

More on that Mary, Queen of Scots portrait revealed by xrays:

https://www.archaeology.org/news/6061-171031-scotland-mary-portrait

Review of Isaacson’s biography of DaVinci:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/01/books/review-leonardo-da-vinci-biography-walter-isaacson.html

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Renaissance portfolios:

http://www.newsadvance.com/lifestyles/lynchburg-college-exhibit-features-translated-renaissance-era-folios/article_959e1af9-c181-54ba-9846-41a20530488e.html

Persepolis:

http://www.rmo.nl/english/exhibitions/fascination-with-persepolis

Nineveh:

http://www.rmo.nl/english/exhibitions/nineveh

Vikings (UK):

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/reviews/review-vikings-rediscover-legend.htm

Vikings (Canada):

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/art-and-architecture/new-rom-exhibit-challenges-common-perceptions-of-thevikings/article36829066/

Scythians:

http://www.kcwtoday.co.uk/2017/10/scythians-warriors-ancient-siberia/
https://www.thenational.ae/arts-culture/art/exhibition-review-scythians-warriors-of-ancient-siberia-1.671656

Living With Gods:

https://www.standard.co.uk/goingout/arts/living-with-gods-people-places-and-worlds-beyond-exhibition-review-full-of-surprises-a3672171.html
https://londonist.com/london/art-and-photography/the-british-museum-is-living-with-gods-in-a-religious-exhibition
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/art/what-to-see/exhibition-powerful-makes-cry-living-gods-british-museum-review/
https://www.economist.com/news/books-and-arts/21730852-why-humans-need-spiritual-dimension-their-lives-neil-macgregor-living-gods
https://www.ft.com/content/ed8d73ae-bf19-11e7-823b-ed31693349d3

Minoans:

http://brooklynrail.org/2017/11/artseen/Restoring-the-Minoans-Elizabeth-Price-and-Sir-Arthur-Evans

Terracotta Army:

http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/world/2017-10/31/content_33951442.htm

Tut:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/30657/Tutankhamen%E2%80%99s-gold-belongings-to-exhibit-soon

Emotions:

http://www.blouinartinfo.com/news/story/2637719/greek-antiquity-and-emotions-at-acropolis-museum-athens

Catal Huyuk:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/catalhoyuk-skeletons-draw-museum-visitors-121661

The British Museum won’t have a presence in Abu Dhabi:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/british-museums-deal-with-abudhabi-becomes-history-08d0cpfqv

… but the Louvre connection is getting a lot of hype:

http://gulfnews.com/news/uae/louvre-abu-dhabi/rich-history-of-louvre-paris-to-enrich-abu-dhabi-museum-1.2116379
http://gulfnews.com/news/uae/culture/peek-into-other-museums-through-louvre-abu-dhabi-1.2117037

Japan is funding a major portion of the Grand Egyptian Museum’s costs:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/30465/Japan-pays-75-of-Grand-Egyptian-Museum%E2%80%99s-costs

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THE TECHY SIDE
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Using technology to map the Mayan aquifer:

http://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/new-technology-helps-map-mayan-aquifer/

On Digital preservation:

https://news.utexas.edu/2017/10/30/preservation-for-the-digital-ages

Latest look at a child mummy:

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/3d-scan-2000-year-old-child-mummy/

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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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Morocco:

https://www.ft.com/content/41788bbc-60aa-11e7-8814-0ac7eb84e5f1

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CRIME BEAT
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An attempt to smuggle a 18th century Coptic icon was foiled:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/42/280612/Heritage/Coptic/Hurghada-airport-officials-foil-attempt-to-smuggle.aspx
https://dailynewsegypt.com/2017/10/30/authorities-seize-attempt-smuggling-copper-coptic-icon/
http://www.egyptindependent.com/coptic-artifact-seized-hurghada-airport-smuggled/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6062-171031-egypt-coptic-icon

Feature on forger Islam Akhun:

https://www.kashmirmonitor.in/Details/135443/islam-akhun-the-great-central-asian-forger

An apparently looted artifact showed up at TEFAF:

http://www.artfixdaily.com/news_feed/2017/10/29/5938-authorities-seize-ancient-artifact-at-tefaf-new-york
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/29/arts/design/ancient-limestone-relief-seized-european-fine-art-fair.html
https://news.artnet.com/market/relief-seized-tefaf-new-york-1132610
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/police-seize-dealers-persian-plunder-q02qblf3n

A number of items were stolen from Tel Al-Fara’een:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/1/30101/79-rare-antiques-stolen-from-Tel-Al-Fara-een

Feature on looted antiquities for sale online:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-online-bazaar-for-looted-antiquities-1509466087

Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime news:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2017/10/culture-crime-news-23-29-october-2017.html

More on looted antiquities at Frieze Masters:

http://eu.greekreporter.com/2017/10/23/looted-greek-antiquities-allegedly-on-sale-at-london-art-fair/

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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Pakistan has recovered a huge number of antiquities:

http://www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn&id=20329&SEO=pakistani-authorities-recover-antiquities

Egypt received eight items from France:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/29877/Egypt-retrieves-8-looted-antiquities-from-France
http://www.egyptindependent.com/egypt-recovers-8-ancient-antiquities-france/

Still not sure where to put the ongoing Persian antiquities dispute with the US:

https://financialtribune.com/articles/art-and-culture/75249/persian-antiquities-dispute-with-us-remains-unresolved

Lebanon is trying to repatriate items:

https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2017/11/lebanese-step-up-fight-to-get-their-antiquities-back.html

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NUMISMATICA
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Interesting cache of coins from Scotney Castle:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2017/nov/03/cache-of-antique-coins-found-in-drawer-at-scotney-castle
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-kent-41869587
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6071-171103-england-scotney-castles

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n44.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n45.html

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Ancient Coin Collecting:

http://ancientcoincollecting.blogspot.com/

Ancient Coins:

http://classicalcoins.blogspot.com/

Coin Week:

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

http://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-main-menu-cat/audio-news-list/2666-audio-news-from-archaeologica-22-october-2017-28-october-2017
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OBITUARIES
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Linda Nochlin:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/01/obituaries/linda-nochlin-groundbreaking-feminist-art-historian-is-dead-at-86.html

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

https://independent.academia.edu/ConferenceCanadabeforeConfederationEarlyMappingandExploration14981763

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

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

Theoretical Archaeology Group (Dec. 2017):

http://tag2017cardiff.org/

Hidden Cultural Heritage (April 2018):

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

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GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

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

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Ancient Digger:

http://www.ancientdigger.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Past Horizons:

http://www.pasthorizons.com/

Stonepages:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

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

Time Machine:

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

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

The Book and the Spade:

http://www.radioscribe.com/bknspade.htm
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Explorator 20.27 ~ October 29, 2017

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

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Evidence that an older, ‘injured’ Neanderthal was taken care of by others:

https://phys.org/news/2017-10-older-neandertal-survived-friends.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-10/wuis-ons102317.php
https://gizmodo.com/neanderthals-with-disabilities-survived-through-social-1819801216

More on Neanderthal genetic legacy:

https://phys.org/news/2017-10-neanderthals-human-genetics-crossroads-asia.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/10/171024130617.htm

Sabre-toothed cats may have been around when modern humans were around:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/saber-toothed-cats-may-have-co-existed-modern-humans-180965349/

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AFRICA
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On questioning ‘Out of Africa’:

https://phys.org/news/2017-10-theory-humans-emerged-africa-questionedthat.html

The aboriginal inhabitants of the Canary Islands originally hailed from Africa:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-10/su-tgo102617.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-10-guanches-north-africa-dna-study.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/10/171026135349.htm

What Jane Humphris is up to:

http://thepeninsulaqatar.com/article/26/10/2017/Sudan-dig-A-home-away-from-home-for-head-of-UCL-Qatar-project-archaeologist

More on that ‘antiquities awareness’ campaign in Libya:

https://www.libyaobserver.ly/inbrief/libyan-antiquities-are-subject-awareness-campaign

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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A Coptic ‘tombstone’ from the Avenue of the Sphinxes in Luxor:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/29054/New-tombstone-discovered-dating-back-to-Coptic-Era
https://dailynewsegypt.com/2017/10/23/coptic-tombstone-dates-coptic-era-discovered-luxor/
http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/42/280244/Heritage/Coptic/Coptic-tombstone-unearthed-at-Sphinxes-Avenue-in-L.aspx
https://www.livescience.com/60749-ancient-coptic-tombstone-discovered.html

… and it was for a 10-year-old girl:

https://dailynewsegypt.com/2017/10/25/luxors-coptic-tombstone-discovered-week-belongs-10-year-old-girl/
http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/280309/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Newly-discovered-Coptic-tombstone-in-Luxor-belonge.aspx

Overviewish thing of some recent finds from Luxor:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/29230/Latest-discoveries-found-in-Luxor

Feature on the ‘Coptic era’:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContentP/18/279022/Books/The-Coptic-era-The-bridge-between-the-pharaonic-an.aspx

Feature on Pelusium:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/9/29495/Ep-1-Holy-Family-in-Egypt-Pelusium-ruins-reveal-war

Those sound and light shows appear to be a major source of revenue:

https://dailynewsegypt.com/2017/10/26/sound-light-agrees-increase-antiquities-ministry-profits-20-2020/

An 8600 years bp bear statuette from Izmir:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/10/22/8600-year-old-bear-statuette-unearthed-in-turkeys-izmir

Digs shedding some light on Abu Dhabi 7000 years bp:

https://www.khaleejtimes.com/nation/abu-dhabi-archaeological-finds-shed-light-on-life-in-abu-dhabi-7000-years-ago

A cuneiform ‘archive’ from Iraqi Kurdistan:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/10/171023180303.htm
http://www.aina.org/news/20171023143436.htm
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/10/2017/archaeologists-uncover-cuneiform-archive-in-iraqs-kurdish-region
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-cuneiform-tablets-northern-iraq-180966923/

Finds from various periods from the subway construction in Istanbul:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/earliest-traces-of-turks-in-anatolia-found-in-istanbul-121444

Ongoing concerns for Bronze Age sites in Gaza:

https://phys.org/news/2017-10-gaza-bronze-age-concrete.html
https://www.timesofisrael.com/gaza-bronze-age-remains-disappearing-under-concrete/
http://artdaily.com/news/99763/Gaza-Bronze-Age-remains-disappearing-under-concrete
http://www.jordantimes.com/news/region/gaza-bronze-age-remains-disappearing-under-concrete
http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2017/10/palestine-youth-protest-tell-es-sakan-old-historic-dredging.html

… and protests:

http://www.memri.org/tv/gaza-destruction-archaeological-site-by-hamas

A shipwreck off Oman associated with Vasco da Gama has yielded the oldest known example of an astrolabe:

https://phys.org/news/2017-10-oldest-marine-tool-revealed-scanning.html
https://www.livescience.com/60761-oldest-astrolabe-navigation-tool-found.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-41724022
https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/10/24/earliest-navigation-tool-found-at-shipwreck-off-oman-coast
http://www.newsweek.com/shipwreck-discovered-oman-reveals-secrets-500-year-old-navigation-device-691280
http://nhpr.org/post/left-explorers-armada-shipwreck-yields-earliest-known-marine-astrolabe
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/10/24/559772740/left-by-explorers-armada-shipwreck-yields-earliest-known-marine-astrolabe
https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/10/navigation-tool-astrolabe-vasco-da-gama-shipwreck-esmeralda-spd/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rare-mariners-astrolabe-found-shipwreck-near-oman-2-180966980/

Eight Ottoman-era cannons from off the Antalya coast:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/10/26/ottoman-cannons-see-light-of-day-again

Studying Jordan’s ‘basalt desert’:

http://menafn.com/1095974464/Dutch-scholar-researches-entire-history-of-basalt-desert-in-Jordan

More on those ‘gates’ in Saudi Arabia:

https://phys.org/news/2017-10-google-earth-reveals-ancient-stone.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/19/science/saudi-arabia-gates-google-earth.html
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-10-24/uwa-archaeologist-google-earth-ancient-saudi-structures/9079694
https://www.timesofisrael.com/mystery-ancient-stone-structures-spotted-in-saudi-desert/

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Apparently we’ve been wrong about the Portland Vase for quite a while:

https://phys.org/news/2017-10-centuries-old-theories-roman-glass.html
https://cosmosmagazine.com/chemistry/roman-glass-theory-wrong-for-centuries

The Barberini Tomb is opening to the public:

http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2017/10/26/barberini-tomb-to-open-on-via-latina_f3aaf98e-00a3-4041-931d-9e6ba34c2d64.html

Suggestion that Classicists stay out of alt-right arguments:

https://panampost.com/editor/2017/10/27/why-classicists-should-stay-out-of-the-alt-right-propaganda-dilemma/

On the ‘statue debate’ in ancient times:

https://www.spectator.co.uk/2017/10/rewriting-history-a-brief-history/

Learning from the fall of the Republic:

https://www.thenation.com/article/what-the-us-can-learn-from-the-fall-of-the-roman-republic/

On tyrants and poetry:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20171025-why-tyrants-love-to-write-poetry

Studying how to live like a Stoic:

https://apps.carleton.edu/academics/archive/?story_id=1646310

What Bettina Bergmann is up to:

https://news.vanderbilt.edu/2017/10/27/goldberg-lecturer-to-offer-birds-eye-view-of-roman-art/

What Aaron Poochigian is up to:

http://collegian.csufresno.edu/2017/10/22/professors-mellifluous-reading-grabs-attention/

Adrienne Mayor’s Amazon book was study material for Wonder Woman actors:

https://news.stanford.edu/thedish/2017/10/26/wonder-woman-actors-inspired-by-adrienne-mayors-book-on-amazons/

Feature on Darius and the Scythians:

https://blog.britishmuseum.org/darius-herodotus-and-the-scythians/
An app to guide you through the Forum:

http://www.mikeanderson.biz/2017/10/let-me-take-you-on-tour-of-roman-forum.html

On Killing of a Sacred Deer:

http://www.vulture.com/2017/10/the-killing-of-a-sacred-deer-and-greek-myths.html

Latin is doing well in Branford:

http://www.shorelinetimes.com/news/latin-is-alive-and-well-in-branford/article_88a52326-bd03-5080-97be-54536c7676c2.html

Feature on the Aeneid:

http://theconversation.com/guide-to-the-classics-virgils-aeneid-85459

In a similar vein:

https://www.mercatornet.com/features/view/virgils-aeneid-the-most-influential-poem-ever-written/20613

Hopefully we’ll see more on this … a possible Roman ‘fort’ site in the Teutoburg Forest:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/romans-last-stand-archaeologists-find-site-of-massacre-by-german-tribes-g3klhvfmj

I think we mentioned this upcoming study of lead in the Roman Empire:

https://phys.org/news/2017-10-archaeologists-poisoning-affected-roman-empire.html
http://www.pressreleasepoint.com/deadly-lead-how-lead-poisoning-affected-roman-empire

On the therapeutic side of Greek Tragedy:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/healing-power-greek-tragedy-180965220/

Review of Rudolph, *Taste and the Ancient Senses*:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-10/uok-atb102617.php

More on finds from the Antikythera shipwreck site:

https://blog.oup.com/2017/10/antikythera-shipwreck-finds/

More on Greek theatre acoustics:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/acoustics-ancient-greek-theaters-may-no-longer-be-so-great-180965360/
https://www.thestage.co.uk/opinion/tabard/2017/diary-greek-myth-goes-dutch/

More on the Roman ‘theatre’ in Jerusalem:

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/roman-theater-discovery-near-jerusalem-s-western-wall-delights-archaeologists-n814101

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

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http://rogueclassicism.com/
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A possible Bronze Age ‘standing stone’ from Switzerland:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/prehistoric-menhir-switzerland-discover-archaeologists-bern-breitnacher-a8017701.html
https://www.thelocal.ch/20171024/bronze-age-menhir-found-near-bern
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6047-171025-switzerland-stone-monument

A 4000 years bp earring from near Lincoln:

http://www.lincolnshirelive.co.uk/news/local-news/archaeologists-find-4000-year-old-692608

What they’re learning from that 3250 years bp battlefield site in the Tollense Valley:

https://www.livescience.com/60739-europe-oldest-battlefield-yields-secrets.html
https://www.livescience.com/60756-photos-bronze-age-battlefield.html
http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-bones-3000-year-old-german-battlefield-were-fierce-warriors-trained-691791
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6040-171023-germany-tollense-valley

3000 years bp burials from Norway:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-10/23/c_136700387.htm

Evidence of some 400 Iron Age houses from a site in Denmark:

http://sciencenordic.com/archaeologists-excavate-400-iron-age-houses-denmark

Suggestion that desire for squirrel fur may have contributed to a medieval leprosy outbreak:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-10/sjcu-cst102517.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-10-squirrel-contributed-england-medieval-leprosy.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/10/171025103109.htm
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2017/10/25/viking-squirrels-may-have-brought-leprosy-britain-says-cambridge/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-41748336
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/oct/25/medieval-love-of-squirrel-fur-may-have-helped-spread-leprosy-study-reveals
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-viking-squirrels-brought-leprosy-england-180966986/

Studying items found associated with a medieval Scottish hospital:

http://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/medical-mysteries-of-scotland-s-medieval-hospital-unearthed-1-4596577

Metal detectorists have found a hoard of 13th century coins:

http://www.burnleyexpress.net/news/coins-unearthed-700-years-later-1-8820624

… while a 10 year old on a dig found a 16th century coin at Castle Fraser:

https://www.eveningexpress.co.uk/fp/news/local/north-east-schoolboy-finds-ancient-coin-at-dig-at-castle-fraser/
https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/aberdeenshire/1347002/school-boy-unearths-rare-elizabethan-coin-on-day-out/

… and they’re going to tell us the value of the Jersey Celtic hoard:

https://jerseyeveningpost.com/news/2017/10/24/coin-hoard-value-to-be-released/

Some rings found by metal detectorists have been declared treasure:

http://www.bucksfreepress.co.uk/news/15618066.Two_medieval_rings_found_by_metal_detectorists_are_treasure__inquest_finds/

Hurricane Ophelia revealed a burial in Ireland:

http://mentalfloss.com/article/509042/hurricane-ophelia-unearthed-ancient-skeleton-ireland

Concerns for assorted sites in the UK:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-41751045

… and how to save them:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-41747886

Some restoration work on Beverley Gate in Hull:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-humber-41733749

What Richard Bradley is up to:

http://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/15625454.University_to_host_lecture_on_Indiana_Jones_style_archaeologist_who_collected_tens_of_thousands_of_items_from_around_the_world/

Nice slide show of assorted megalithic monuments in Europe:

https://elviajero.elpais.com/elviajero/2017/10/20/album/1508501411_200749.html

Feature on the ‘Lion Man’:

http://www.bbc.com/news/av/science-environment-41727505/the-lion-man-an-ice-age-masterpiece

More on the Viking ‘Allah’ thing:

https://hyperallergic.com/407746/refuting-viking-allah-textiles-meaning/

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

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Suggestion that a 6000 years bp skull found decades ago in New Guinea is probably a tsunami victim:

https://phys.org/news/2017-10-aitape-skull-world-oldest-tsunami.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-10/fm-6sc102317.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/10/171025150631.htm
https://www.livescience.com/60772-ancient-skull-tsunami-victim.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/25/science/skull-tsunami-victim.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/oct/25/skull-tsunami-papua-new-guinea-oldest-victim?CMP=twt_a-science_b-gdnscience
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/10/25/ancient-papua-new-guinea-skull-oldest-known-tsunami-victim/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-41757232
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2017/10/25/first-tsunami-victim/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/skull-may-be-oldest-known-tsunami-victim-180966982/

A 5000 years bp figurine with a feathered headdress from western Siberia:

http://siberiantimes.com/science/casestudy/news/unique-5000-year-old-figurine-with-feather-headdress-found-in-old-potato-field-in-novosibirsk/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6041-171023-russia-feathered-headdress

5.6 tonnes (!) of 800 years bp coinage from Jiangxi:

http://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/2117117/mystery-over-tonnes-ancient-coins-found-buried-chinese-village

Finds from various periods from a Xinjiang site:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-10/26/c_136707693.htm

… and ‘tomb clusters’ from Chongqing:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-10/27/c_136709805.htm

A 700 years bp shipwreck associated with the descendents of Genghis Khan:

https://www.livescience.com/60753-china-shipwreck-from-mongols-era.html
http://www.newsweek.com/china-mongol-shipwreck-reveals-golden-treasure-when-descendants-genghis-khan-692511
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6044-171024-china-river-shipwreck

… and there are concerns for sites in Mongolia:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/blog/2017/oct/26/beyond-ghengis-khan-how-looting-threatens-to-erase-mongolias-history

Feature on the looting of Cambodian antiquities:

https://smarthistory.org/looting-cambodia/

Dating the Bakhshali manuscript (and zero):

https://phys.org/news/2017-10-bakhshali-manuscript-world-oldest.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-10/uoa-tbm102517.php

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http://www.southeastasianarchaeology.com/

New Zealand Archaeology eNews:

http://nzarchaeology.blogspot.co.nz/index.html
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Checking out a Native American axe head found in Washington State:

http://www.tri-cityherald.com/news/article180088371.html

Hurricane Irma may have revealed some Calusa artifacts in Florida:

http://www.naplesnews.com/story/news/environment/2017/10/25/hurricane-irma-might-have-unearthed-calusa-artifacts-marco-island-preserve/795862001/
http://naplesherald.com/2017/10/26/irma-turns-calusa-artifact-trove-marco/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6049-171026florida-calusa-artifacts

Britain is giving the Franklin wrecks to Canada:

https://phys.org/news/2017-10-britain-canada-shipwrecks-explorer-franklin.html
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/oct/23/britain-to-give-canada-recently-found-1800s-arctic-shipwrecks
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/10/23/britain-give-canada-john-franklin-expedition-shipwrecks-hms/
http://www.richmond.com/news/latest-news/ap/britain-to-give-canada-the-shipwrecks-of-explorer-franklin/article_8b1b2feb-9c02-508a-9072-f182e21661f0.html
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/10/23/559601361/u-k-offers-famed-arctic-shipwrecks-as-exceptional-gift-to-canada
http://www.therepublic.com/2017/10/23/eu-britain-canada-shipwrecks/

They’re looking at the burials in the church in Jamestown and finding interesting things:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/experts-have-uncovered-remains-at-americas-first-permanent-colony-but-whose-bones-are-they/2017/10/26/6ceaa0c4-b446-11e7-be94-fabb0f1e9ffb_story.html
http://www.fredericksburg.com/features/experts-have-uncovered-remains-at-jamstown—but-whose/article_c727bb8c-bb3d-11e7-bee7-07d741d1ca91.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6053-171027-virginia-jamestown-graves

A possible (recent) time capsule from Jamestown too:

http://www.wdbj7.com/content/news/Archaeologists-in-Jamestown-find-a-mysterious-box-from-the-past-453670893.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6050-171026-jamestown-time-capsule

Interesting finds from Plymouth:

http://www.patriotledger.com/news/20171024/archaeology-teams-come-up-with-interesting-finds-in-plymouth

A possible Revolution-era well from Boerum Hill:

https://www.brooklynpaper.com/stories/40/43/dtg-revolutionary-war-well-boerum-hill-2017-10-27-bk.html

They were exploring Boston’s Old North Church’s 200 years bp crypt in anticipation of opening it up for tourists:

http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2017/10/25/old-north-church-opens-year-old-crypt/8KmL9GteGgKkZA43JC4TYP/story.html
https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/massachusetts/articles/2017-10-26/tomb-reopened-in-citys-oldest-surviving-church
https://lasvegassun.com/news/2017/oct/26/centuries-old-tomb-linked-to-paul-reveres-ride-reo/

… and what they found:

https://www.boston.com/news/local-news/2017/10/27/heres-what-they-found-in-the-old-north-church-tomb

The potential archaeological impact of Trump’s wall:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2016/03/21/how-trumps-wall-would-trample-hundreds-of-archaeological-sites/#4b0d494655ec

On fighting over statuary:

http://politi.co/2zd1b9x

Feature on Viking settlements in and on the way to North America:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/visit-viking-settlement-sites-180965257/

More on turquoise mining in the American southwest:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-10/uoa-rsn101817.php

I think we mentioned this study of Maine middens:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/19/science/native-americans-shell-middens-maine.html
http://www.newser.com/story/250564/piles-of-old-shells-are-important-endangered-history-lesson.html

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Feature on the Chimu Culture:

https://smarthistory.org/chimu/

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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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A possible hidden, unfinished portrait of Mary, Queen of Scots:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/10/27/unfinished-mary-queen-scots-portrait-could-hidden-behind-1589/
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/mary-queen-scots-image-discovery-hidden-painting-ghostly-face-portrait-a8022316.html
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2017/oct/27/secret-portrait-of-mary-queen-of-scots-lost-for-centuries-goes-on-display

On Romanians and garlic:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20171026-why-romanians-are-obsessed-with-garlic

The seasonal Hallowe’en-related things (to be taken with the usual grains of salt):

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/weve-forgotten-about-halloweens-roots-threats-and-thrills/article36749302/
http://metro.co.uk/2017/10/26/where-did-halloween-come-from-origins-and-why-we-celebrate-on-all-hallows-eve-7028563/
https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/10/cats-rats-bats-Halloween-animal-history/

… and features on Vampire burials probably are seasonal too:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/deviant-burials-poland-open-casket-secret-lives-vampires-180966970/
http://theconversation.com/how-long-have-we-believed-in-vampires-85639

… and a piece on the first woman convicted of witchcraft (in the US):

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/26/nyregion/connecticut-witchcraft-trials.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fnyregion

… and a review of *Frankenstein: the first Two Hundred Years*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/23/books/review/christopher-frayling-frankenstein.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fbooks

On the history of mincemeat pies:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/crusades-christmas-history-mincemeat-pies-180966981/

A 16th century manuscript full of advice for Samurai:

https://www.livescience.com/60738-ancient-samurai-book-reveals-warrior-rules.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/songbook-16th-century-spells-out-samurai-customs-tactics-and-baby-names-180965361/

Folks might be interested in this Einstein autograph story:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2017/10/24/einstein-scribbled-his-theory-of-happiness-in-place-of-a-tip-it-just-sold-for-more-than-1-million/#

Feature on Luca Pacioli:

http://www.bbc.com/news/business-41582244

Feature on Renoir’s Luncheon of the Boating Party:

http://www.npr.org/2017/10/26/559515290/guess-who-renoir-was-in-love-with-in-luncheon-of-the-boating-party

Feature on assorted ‘drowned towns’:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/news/turkey-hasankeyf-ilisu-dam-underwater-ghost-towns-lost-cities/

Rome has opened an ‘Open Restoration Workshop’:

http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2017/10/25/rome-open-restoration-workshop-opens_b0d03d15-2e21-4940-99d0-ecf31d0c3fd7.html

Latest Shakespeare-was-really-someone-else thing:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2017/oct/28/william-shakespeare-buried-westminster-abbey-alexander-waugh

The Louvre is bidding on a Book of Hours that the UK really wants to keep:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/10/25/renaissance-masterpiece-lost-britain-louvre-makes-bid/
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/louvre-campaign-to-get-renaissance-book-back-from-britain-0bvdpqcgl

Who really discovered America:

https://www.zmescience.com/science/news-science/who-discovered-america-21102017/

I think we mentioned this Titanic letter which fetched a nice price at auction:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/22/world/europe/uk-titanic-letter-record.html

A manuscript documenting a 17th century witch trial is coming to auction:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/oct/26/witchcraft-rare-manuscript-of-woeful-witness-to-17th-century-trial-up-for-sale

Victor Nuovo brings his series to an end:

http://www.addisonindependent.com/201710victor-nuovo-irony-american-history

Marking Horace Walpole’s 300th birthday:

https://news.yale.edu/2017/10/24/walpolooza-celebration-marks-horace-walpoles-300th-birthday

More on the ‘nude Mona Lisa’:

http://www.cnn.com/videos/world/2017/10/22/france-nude-mona-lisa-bittermann.cnn

Review of de Hamel, *Meetings With Remarkable Manuscripts*:

https://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/the-complicated-political-lives-of-medieval-manuscripts

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Lewis Hine photos:

http://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-us-canada-41699836/lewis-hine-and-the-photos-that-changed-america

Codebreakers:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-41696274
http://www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/calendar/whatson/codebreakers-and-groundbreakers

Nineveh:

http://www.rmo.nl/english/exhibitions/nineveh

Holocaust papers:

http://www.breitbart.com/jerusalem/2017/10/25/rare-trove-papers-believed-lost-holocaust-go-display-u-s/

Burying Treasure during WWII:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2017/10/24/buried-treasure-from-wwii-photo-exhibit-at-national-archaeological-museum/

Ancient Mediterranean:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/museums/ct-ent-field-ancient-mediterranean-1019-story.html

Renaissance Folios:

http://www.newsadvance.com/lifestyles/lynchburg-college-exhibit-features-translated-renaissance-era-folios/article_959e1af9-c181-54ba-9846-41a20530488e.html

Scythians:

http://blog.britishmuseum.org/the-british-museum-membercast-the-bp-exhibition-scythians-warriors-of-ancient-siberia/

Ongoing concerns about the Museum of the Bible’s collection:

https://dc.curbed.com/2017/10/23/16520244/bible-museum-artifacts-scholars-dc

The National Museum of Korea is returning plenty of items to local museums:

http://english.donga.com/List/3/04/26/1106614/1

The National Museum of Scotland has acquired the Galloway Viking Hoard:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2017/oct/26/galloway-viking-hoard-acquired-by-national-museums-of-scotland

More hype for the Grand Egyptian Museum:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/41/280450/Heritage/GrecoRoman/Ptolemaic-crown-pillar-to-be-transported-to-the-Gr.aspx

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THE TECHY SIDE
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Feature on assorted technologies used by archaeologists:

https://phys.org/news/2017-10-hi-tech-archaeological-scientists.html
http://www.concordmonitor.com/aerial-archaeology-dartmouth-12725363

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Studying prehistoric DNA from Malawi:

http://emorywheel.com/26137-2/

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

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

http://www.jewishpress.com/sections/magdala/2017/10/23/

Guatemala:

http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/lifestyle/travel/sd-tr-guatemala-20171025-story.html

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CRIME BEAT
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In case you missed the looted antiquities at London Frieze Masters:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2017/oct/22/looted-antiquities-allegedly-on-sale-at-london-frieze-masters-art-fair
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/frieze-masters-art-fair-accused-of-selling-stolen-ancient-greek-vases-9hwgq88n2
http://eu.greekreporter.com/2017/10/23/looted-greek-antiquities-allegedly-on-sale-at-london-art-fair/
http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/society/27808-report-looted-greek-antiquities-allegedly-on-sale-at-london-art-fair.html

… and Greece is putting in a claim:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2017/10/26/greek-culture-ministry-to-claim-two-stolen-antiquities-up-for-sale-in-london/
http://news.gtp.gr/2017/10/26/greek-culture-ministry-claim-stolen-antiquities-sale-london/
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-10/26/c_136708032.htm

On theft of works from Italian churches:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/22/world/europe/italy-churches-theft.html

Three more folks sentenced for looting a Mississippi mound:

http://www.chron.com/news/crime/article/3-more-people-sentenced-for-looting-Mississippi-12301130.php

Vandals hit a statue of Roosevelt:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/26/arts/protesters-deface-roosevelt-statue-outside-natural-history-museum.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fnyregion

Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2017/10/culture-crime-news-16-22-october-2017.html

conflict antiquities:

http://conflictantiquities.wordpress.com/

anonymous swiss collector:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/

Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues:

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

Looting Matters:

http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/

Illicit Cultural Property:

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

SAFE:

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

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REPATRIATION AND RECOVERY
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France returned eight items to Egypt:

http://www.menafn.com/1095999291/France-hands-over-eight-Egyptian-antiquities-seized-from-traffickers
http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/280412/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/France-to-return–stolen-ancient-Egyptian-artefact.aspx

Colombia wants Spain to return the Quimbaya Treasure:

https://elpais.com/internacional/2017/10/19/colombia/1508439951_173982.html

In case you missed the mosaic from Caligula’s ship story:

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-italy-culture-caligula/italy-gets-back-looted-mosaic-from-emperor-caligulas-ship-idUSKBN1CP23I
https://www.thelocal.it/20171023/mosaic-found-caligulas-ship-nemi

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NUMISMATICA
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Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n43.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n44.html

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Ancient Coin Collecting:

http://ancientcoincollecting.blogspot.com/

Ancient Coins:

http://classicalcoins.blogspot.com/

Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/
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PERFORMANCES AND THEATRE-RELATED
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Oedipus el Rey:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/25/theater/theater-review-oedipus-el-rey-luis-alfaro.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Ftheater

Richard III:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/12/theater/richard-iii-review-shakespeare-brooklyn-academy-of-music.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Ftheater

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

http://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-main-menu-cat/audio-news-list/2665-audio-news-from-archaeologica-15-october-2017-21-october-2017
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OBITUARIES
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Diana Hutchins Angulo:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/22/obituaries/diana-hutchins-angulo-dead.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fobituaries

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

https://independent.academia.edu/ConferenceCanadabeforeConfederationEarlyMappingandExploration14981763

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

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

Theoretical Archaeology Group (Dec. 2017):

http://tag2017cardiff.org/

Hidden Cultural Heritage (April 2018):

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

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GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

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

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Ancient Digger:

http://www.ancientdigger.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Past Horizons:

http://www.pasthorizons.com/

Stonepages:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

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

Time Machine:

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

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

The Book and the Spade:

http://www.radioscribe.com/bknspade.htm
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Trevor Ogden, Jona Lendering, Christopher Stacy, Barbara Saylor Rodgers,
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headses upses this week (as always hoping I have left no one out).

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Some potentially interesting hominin teeth (much older than Lucy) from Germany:

http://www.dw.com/en/archaeology-fossil-teeth-discovery-in-germany-could-re-write-human-history/a-41028029

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AFRICA
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Feature on Great Zimbabwe;

http://www.herald.co.zw/unravelling-the-mystery-of-great-zimbabwe/

Libyan officials deny antiquities looting has been going on in Sultan:

https://www.libyaobserver.ly/inbrief/office-antiquities-sirte-denies-looting-ancient-city-sultan
https://www.libyaherald.com/2017/10/16/philaeni-statues-disappearance-refuted-by-antiquities-authorities/

More on that royal palace in Rwanda:

http://allafrica.com/stories/201710110018.html

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Remains of a temple of Ramses II from Abusir:

http://www.egyptindependent.com/czech-excavation-uncovers-temple-king-ramses-ii-abusir/
https://egyptianstreets.com/2017/10/16/remains-of-king-ramses-ii-temple-uncovered-in-egypts-abu-sir/
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/egyptian-lost-pharaoh-tomb-ramses-cairo-discover-archaeology-ancient-a8005466.html
http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/desert-discovery-lost-temple-of-ramses-ii-uncovered-by-archaeologists/news-story/1a55d03f3f4b8fd96348710bd10a2c26
http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-egypt-lost-temple-ramses-ii-reveals-3000-year-old-mysteries-god-king-685603
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/temple-powerful-egyptian-pharaoh-discovered-180965325/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/5989-171016-abusir-ramses-temple

I think we mentioned this find of a 4000 years bp wooden statue of Queen Ankhesenpepi II:

https://phys.org/news/2017-10-egypt-archaeologists-year-old-statue.html
http://www.egyptindependent.com/head-queen-ankhnespepy-ii-statue-unearthed-sakkara/
http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2017/Oct-19/423138-in-egypt-archaeologists-find-4000-year-old-statue.ashx
https://www.livescience.com/60714-statue-of-egyptian-queen-found.html
http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-egypt-4000-year-old-statue-pharaoh-queen-uncovered-near-great-pyramid-688307
http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/egypt-archaeologists-find-part-4000-year-statue-50553964
https://www.upi.com/Science_News/2017/10/18/Archaeologists-find-4000-year-old-wooden-statue-head-in-Egypt/6931508338487/

… or perhaps it was this pyramidion:

https://dailynewsegypt.com/2017/10/15/new-pyramidion-discovered-sakkara-necropolis/

Marking the anniversary of the discovery of Abu Simbel:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/9/28637/Antiquities-to-mark-200th-anniv-of-Abu-Simbel-discovery-in
http://www.egyptindependent.com/egypt-italy-celebrate-the-200th-anniversary-of-the-discovery-of-abu-simbel/

… and there was a solar alignment observation too:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/9/28870/3-500-tourists-watch-solar-alignment-at-Abu-Simbel-Temple

Plans to develop Salamlek Palace:

http://www.egyptindependent.com/antiquities-ministry-develop-salamlek-palace/

Review of Lehner and Hawass’ tome on recent pyramid research:

http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v550/n7676/full/550330a.html

Traces of Elamite urban remains from northern Iran:

http://www.tehrantimes.com/news/417642/Traces-of-Elamite-urban-life-detected-in-northcentral-Iran

Roughly 400 stone structures (dubbed ‘gates’) found in Saudi Arabia (didn’t we have something like this before?):

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/19/science/saudi-arabia-gates-google-earth.html
https://www.livescience.com/60698-mysterious-stone-structures-discovered-saudi-arabia.html
https://www.livescience.com/60697-photos-stone-structures-saudi-arabia.html
https://www.forbes.com/sites/trevornace/2017/10/18/400-mysterious-stone-gates-discovered-in-remote-saudi-arabia/
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/saudi-arabia-stone-structures-ancient-gates-volcanoes-lava-flows-david-kennedy-a8008156.html
https://www.yahoo.com/news/archaeologist-spots-hundreds-mysterious-ancient-stone-gates-google-earth-085944860.html
http://www.smh.com.au/technology/sci-tech/australian-archaeologist-chronicles-mysterious-stone-gates-found-in-saudi-arabias-desert-20171020-gz50ed
http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/mysterious-ancient-stone-structures-found-around-remote-saudi-lava-domes/news-story/e0c0b23b026a4cddf9fe0957dbda7191
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=11935529
https://au.news.yahoo.com/a/37533796/australian-scientist-finds-ancient-stone-structures-on-google/
http://www.ibtimes.co.in/mysterious-gates-400-ancient-stone-structures-edge-volcanoes-discovered-saudi-arabia-746161
http://www.newsweek.com/saudi-arabia-ancient-stone-structures-discovered-687568
https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/10/archaeologists-are-mystified-by-ancient-gates-in-saudi-lava-fields/

Bronze age ‘toys’ from southern Turkey (I think we mentioned these a while ago):

https://www.archaeology.org/news/6025-171017-bronze-age-toys

Wasn’t quite sure where to put this one … plenty of attention for a Roman era ‘theatre’ (odeion?) next to some newly found courses of the Western Wall:

http://www.antiquities.org.il/Article_eng.aspx?sec_id=25&subj_id=240&id=4315
https://phys.org/news/2017-10-israel-uncovers-section-western-wall.html
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/jewish-news/new-stone-courses-ancient-theater-discovered-in-western-wall-tunnels/2017/10/16/
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/236757
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Jerusalems-lost-theater-and-8-ancient-stone-courses-discovered-under-Western-Wall-507544
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-1.817500
https://www.jta.org/2017/10/16/news-opinion/israel-middle-east/ancient-roman-theater-stone-courses-discovered-in-western-wall-excavations
https://www.timesofisrael.com/massive-section-of-western-wall-and-roman-theater-uncovered-after-1700-years/
https://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-5029353,00.html
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/lost-roman-theatre-jerusalem-western-wall-archaeologists-discover-middle-east-a8003481.html
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/roman-theatre-found-at-jerusalem-s-western-wall-after-150-year-hunt-b66pmjmhc
https://www.algemeiner.com/2017/10/16/newly-discovered-portions-of-western-wall-and-roman-theater-unveiled-in-jerusalem/
https://www.livescience.com/60692-roman-amphitheater-found-under-western-wall.html
https://www.seeker.com/culture/archaeology/archaeologists-unearth-roman-structure-at-the-foot-of-jerusalems-western-wall
https://www.yahoo.com/news/israel-uncovers-buried-section-western-wall-112100227.html
http://abcnews.go.com/Lifestyle/wireStory/roman-theater-uncovered-base-jerusalems-western-wall-50504573
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/roman-theater-uncovered-at-base-of-jerusalems-western-wall/2017/10/16/faae970e-b251-11e7-9b93-b97043e57a22_story.html
http://edition.cnn.com/2017/10/16/middleeast/ancient-theater-western-wall/index.html
http://www.newsweek.com/archaeologists-just-unearthed-buried-roman-theater-western-wall-686333
http://www.ibtimes.com/archaeologists-find-ancient-roman-ruins-underneath-holy-site-jerusalem-2602121
http://www.euronews.com/2017/10/16/ancient-amphitheatre-found-in-jerusalem
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/10/ancient-roman-theater-discovery-jerusalem-video-spd/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/5988-171016-jerusalem-stone-courses

See also: http://www.foundationstone.org/

A Roman-era cave system beneath a home in Lower Galilee was plundered:

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Roman-era-cave-system-in-Lower-Galilee-plundered-by-thieves-507750
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.818044
http://www.newsweek.com/israel-biblical-roman-stables-discovered-area-where-jesus-lived-and-preached-688666

Feature on the Tel Kabri dig:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/20/dining/israel-ancient-wine-canaanite.html

A permanent home for the Lod Mosaic:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/breathtaking-lod-mosaic-to-finally-have-a-floor-to-call-home/
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/the-most-spectacular-mosaics-exposed-in-israel-to-receive-the-most-spectacular-permanent-home-in-lod/2017/10/20/

Excellent feature on a disputed papyrus fragment of Galatians owned by the Museum of the Bible:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/is-an-ancient-text-in-the-museum-of-the-bible-real-or-fake

… related review:

http://www.startribune.com/review-bible-nation-the-united-states-of-hobby-lobby-by-candida-r-moss-and-joel-s-baden/451695703/

Hasankeyf will soon be under water:

https://phys.org/news/2017-10-ancient-turkish-town-floodwaters.html
http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/9/28563/Ancient-Turkish-town-prepares-to-vanish-under-floodwaters

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Coverage of the dig at Thirassia:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2017/10/17/clues-of-early-cycladic-life-on-islet-of-thirassia-santorini-photos/
http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-greek-monument-discovered-inexplicably-abandoned-settlement-baffles-687486
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6036-171020-greece-thirassia-buildings

Another one which made me wonder where to put it … an interesting study (spun in various ways by the press) suggesting that climate effects caused by volcanic eruptions and responses thereto may have contributed to the demise of the Ptolemaic dynasty in Egypt:

https://news.yale.edu/2017/10/17/study-reshapes-understanding-climate-changes-impact-early-societies
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-10/fe-vel101317.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/10/171017124335.htm
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/17/science/volcanoes-ancient-egypt-revolts.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/oct/17/asp-or-ash-climate-historians-link-cleopatra-demise-volcanic-eruption-nile
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/volcanic-eruption-led-cleopatra-to-kill-herself-838dcpmxh
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2017/10/17/climate-change-sparked-revolts-in-ancient-egypt-study-says/
https://www.timesofisrael.com/did-a-volcanic-eruption-bring-down-cleopatra-ancient-egypts-last-ruler/
https://cosmosmagazine.com/climate/volcanoes-spurred-the-fall-of-ancient-egypt
http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-egypt-fall-volcano-eruptions-686919
https://www.stuff.co.nz/world/97991154/ancient-egypts-rulers-mishandled-climate-disasters-then-the-people-revolted
https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidbressan/2017/10/18/demise-of-ancient-egypt-linked-to-a-climate-changing-volcano/
https://www.seeker.com/earth/climate/climate-changing-volcanic-eruptions-may-have-helped-topple-cleopatra
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2017/10/17/volcanoes-egypt/
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/10/volcanoes-Nile-flood-climate-Egypt/
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/10/2017/volcanic-eruptions-connected-to-social-unrest-in-ancient-egypt
http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/10/volcanoes-may-have-triggered-riots-ancient-egypt
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-volcanic-eruptions-spurred-revolts-ancient-egypt-180965306/
https://elpais.com/elpais/2017/10/17/ciencia/1508227377_259419.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6027-171017-egypt-volcano-nile

Cf:

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-017-00957-y
https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-017-00957-y/figures/1

A study suggests ancient Greek theatres weren’t as great acoustically as touted:

https://phys.org/news/2017-10-acoustics-ancient-greek-theaters-good.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/oct/16/whisper-it-greek-amphitheatre-legendary-acoustics-myth-epidaurus
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/oct/17/greek-acoustics-at-epidaurus-seemed-pretty-magical-to-me

… but then there was reaction:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/27726-helina-guardian-article-on-epidaurus-failed-to-cross-check-the-science.html
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/greek-academics-sound-off-over-report-on-epidaurus-theatre-acoustics-7hhqd8ghf

… see also:

http://www.amna.gr/home/article/197661/

… and:

http://www.nacca.nl/2017/10/19/myth-busting-the-acoustics-of-ancient-greek-theatres-or-not/

Meanwhile, a Greek theatre was excavated in Thouria:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/222618/article/ekathimerini/news/archaeologists-unearth-ancient-theater-of-thouria-in-messinia
http://greece.greekreporter.com/2017/10/20/archaeologists-unearth-ancient-theater-of-thouria-southern-greece/
https://www.zmescience.com/science/archaeology/theater-ancient-greece/
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-10/20/c_136692291.htm

Really a repatriation story, but worth mentioning here … a piece of Roman mosaic flooring, purportedly from one of Caligula’s ships at Nemi, was found as a coffee table in New York:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/19/arts/design/a-remnant-from-caligulas-ship-once-a-coffee-table-heads-home.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/10/20/stolen-mosaic-adorned-emperor-caligulas-lavish-pleasure-barge/
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/piece-caligula-s-ship-found-new-york-apartment-n812511
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/retropolis/wp/2017/10/20/newly-discovered-a-mosaic-from-caligulas-pleasure-barge-being-used-as-a-coffee-table-in-new-york/
http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2017/10/20/caligula-ship-mosaic-returned-to-italy-2_c717679f-3645-41ba-8d31-67ef7725e6aa.html
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-italy-culture-caligula/italy-gets-back-looted-mosaic-from-emperor-caligulas-ship-idUSKBN1CP23I?feedType=RSS&feedName=lifestyleMolt
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6035-171020-italy-repatriation-mosaic

Another Roman coin hoard from a Spanish mining site:

https://www.coinworld.com/news/world-coins/2017/10/ancient-roman-coins-found-at-spanish-mining-site.all.html

… and one from Bulgaria, which is raising more questions:

http://sofiaglobe.com/2017/10/16/archaeology-187-silver-roman-imperial-coins-found-in-bulgarias-mezdra-but-were-there-more/

A 4th century sarcophagus find from Ljubljana:

https://english.sta.si/2441745/4th-century-sarcophagus-found-during-excavations-in-ljubljana

Phaselis is slowly submerging:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/27679-turkish-archaeologists-ancient-greek-roman-city-of-phaselis-slowly-submerging.html

Feature on Egyptian connections to Athens:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/27708-report-following-the-trail-of-egyptian-connections-in-athens.html

Feature on the Nika riots:

http://www.wbur.org/onlyagame/2017/10/20/nika-riots-chariot-racing

Feature on the Antikythera device:

http://asorblog.org/2017/10/17/antikythera-device-working-model-cosmos/

Feature on sunken Alexandria:

http://www.cnn.com/travel/article/wonder-list-bill-weir-egypt/index.html

Studying the traffic of Pompeii:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/drsarahbond/2017/10/16/pompeii-had-some-intense-rush-hour-traffic-too/

Feature on a bust of Livia coming to auction:

http://www.christies.com/features/5-minutes-with-a-Roman-marble-portrait-bust-of-the-Empress-Livia-8628-1.aspx?sc_lang=en

Feature on that sarcophagus found at Southwark a while back:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/roman-sarcophagus-found-southwark.htm

Another bit of Classical Dylan coverage:

http://harvardmagazine.com/2017/11/a-classicists-dylan

What Bettany Hughes is up to:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/life/bettany-hughes-generation-worked-every-hour-god-sent-todays/

What Andrea de Giorgi is up to:

http://www.utdailybeacon.com/news/campus_life/visiting-assistant-classics-professor-shares-secrets-of-ancient-city/article_5e52796c-b5bb-11e7-8472-6b2e9ca1268c.html

On some of the names in Asterix comics:

http://www.dw.com/en/5-unusual-character-names-from-the-asterix-comics-series/a-40980772

… and there’s a new comic out:

http://www.dw.com/en/asterix-and-the-chariot-race-latest-edition-of-classic-comic-series-launches/a-41032975

Comparing Trump to Hiero:

http://theconversation.com/a-hiero-in-the-white-house-trumps-resemblance-to-a-greek-tyrant-83866

Some Pythagorean humour:

http://www.theonion.com/article/new-evidence-reveals-pythagoras-wrote-dozens-unhin-57230

Brexit won’t involve the Parthenon/Elgin marbles:

http://eu.greekreporter.com/2017/10/18/eu-directives-dont-apply-to-parthenon-marbles-return-after-brexit/

More on that Roman hoard with the dog figurine/statue:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/roman-hoard-holds-unique-dog-statue.htm

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Food consumed at Stonehenge apparently came from as far away as Scotland:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-41669774
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/oct/19/stonehenge-builders-feasted-animals-scotland-feast-exhibition
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/10/19/stonehenge-builders-ate-animals-scotland-study-shows/
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/stone-age-britons-feasted-hard-while-building-stonehenge-180965324/

Possible Neolithic ‘stones’ on a construction site in St Clements:

https://jerseyeveningpost.com/news/2017/10/18/archaeologists-find-stones-of-interest-on-estate-site/

Vague item on a body “hundreds of years old” being found in Ireland (we might be hearing more about this one):

http://www.irishmirror.ie/news/irish-news/body-hundreds-years-old-found-11363065

Trying to undo the Viking impact on Iceland:

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/10/20/climate/iceland-trees-reforestation.html

A missing piece of a jewellery box associated with Harald Bluetooth may have been found:

https://www.archaeology.org/news/6026-171017-denmark-silver-box
https://www.archaeology.org/issues/162-features/top10/2791-denmark-viking-king-bluetooth-fortress

More on the reaction to ‘Allah’ in a Viking textile find:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/allah-viking-burial-fabrics-false-kufic-inscription-clothes-name-woven-myth-islam-uppsala-sweden-a8003881.html
https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/10/viking-funeral-clothes-arabic-sweden-spd/
https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2017/10/viking-couture-allah/543045/

Seeking protection for Royston’s Royse Stone:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-41570144

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

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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A ‘prehistoric labyrinth’ from east Godavari:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/andhra-pradesh/prehistoric-labyrinth-discovered-in-e-godavari/article19892482.ece

2000 years bp children’s burials from northern China (I think we mentioned this):

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-10/17/c_136686009.htm
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6029-171018-china-child-graves

A major 1000 years bp coin hoard from Jingdezhen:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-10/20/c_136693602.htm
http://www.nerve.in/news%3A2535003962274

Feature on Minakata Kumagusu:

http://www.nippon.com/en/column/g00415/

A once-banned Confucian is back in China’s good books:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/18/world/asia/china-guiyang-wang-yangming-confucian.html

A possible mass grave on the site proposed for the Tauranga Museum:

https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/97765741/Mass-grave-possibly-uncovered-in-assessment-of-land-for-Tauranga-museum

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Southeast Asian Archaeology Newsblog:

http://www.southeastasianarchaeology.com/

New Zealand Archaeology eNews:

http://nzarchaeology.blogspot.co.nz/index.html
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NORTH AMERICA
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What they found at that pre-Confederation parliament dig in Montreal:

http://montrealgazette.com/news/local-news/canadas-first-parliament-artifacts-relate-high-low-point-in-montreals-history
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/pointe-a-calliere-parliament-montreal-archeological-dig-1.4357319?cmp=rss
https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2017/10/17/archaeological-dig-at-site-of-former-parliament-in-montreal-turns-up-rare-stamps-burned-books-and-oyster-shells.html
http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/stamps-dishes-books-among-objects-retrieved-from-montreal-parliament-dig-site-1.3636451

Studying turquoise mining in the American southwest:

https://uanews.arizona.edu/story/ua-research-sheds-new-light-early-turquoise-mining-southwest
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-10/uoa-rsn101817.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-10-early-turquoise-southwest.html

Studying middens in Maine:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/19/science/native-americans-shell-middens-maine.html?partner=rss&emc=rss

More on the Irma canoe:

https://www.stuff.co.nz/world/americas/98015335/Wooden-canoe-found-in-Florida-could-date-back-to-1600s

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Pre-Columbian items from Bolivian road construction:

https://www.prlog.org/12670939-ibt-of-miami-unearths-pre-columbian-artifacts-in-bolivian-road-project.html

Some Pacopampa burials show serious injuries which had healed:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/pacopampa-peru-andes-archaeology-ritual-violence-skeletons-ancient-civilization-discovery-torture-a8011076.html
http://www.businessinsider.com/andean-civilizations-pacopampa-ritual-violence-study-2017-10
https://www.archaeology.org/news/5991-171016-peru-pacopampa-injuries

Studying sacrificial ritual in Mexico:

https://elpais.com/internacional/2017/10/17/la_serpiente_emplumada/1508203743_341649.html

What Ivan Sprajc is up to:

https://english.sta.si/2440192/archaeologist-sprajc-returns-to-yucatan-for-vital-answers-about-the-maya

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Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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On the origins of the tarantella:

http://www.npr.org/2017/10/17/553751656/the-folk-music-festival-that-started-with-a-spider-bite

Feature on Leibnitz:

http://www.dw.com/en/rooms-of-wonder-gottfried-leibniz/av-40952900

Feature on Mata Hari:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-41595828

Rethinking the impact of agriculture:

https://phys.org/news/2017-10-agriculture-greatest-blunder-human-history.html

When wealth inequality arose:

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/crux/2017/10/20/wealth-inequality-arose/

An interview with Sarah Parcak:

https://boingboing.net/2017/10/18/space-archaeology-a-conversat.html

Pondering the orb in daVinci’s Salvator Mundi:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2017/oct/19/mystery-jesus-christ-orb-leonardo-da-vinci-salvator-mundi-painting

A tourist was killed when an architectural feature fell off a Florence basilica:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-41685760
https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-italy-church-death/fragment-falls-off-florence-basilica-killing-spanish-tourist-idUKKBN1CO29K
https://in.reuters.com/article/italy-church-death/fragment-falls-off-florence-basilica-killing-spanish-tourist-idINKBN1CO2LF
https://politica.elpais.com/politica/2017/10/19/actualidad/1508425817_539172.html

A stolen Dali turned up in Lebanon:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-41677929

… and a long forgotten Rodin turned up in New Jersey:

http://www.cnn.com/2017/10/21/us/rodin-bust-in-new-jersey/index.html

In case you haven’t heard about Trump’s ‘Renoir’:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-41686623

On the history of medical quackery:

http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/10/15/557479531/quackery-chronicles-how-our-love-of-miracle-cures-leads-us-astray?sc=17&f=1007

On the importance of the ‘s bend’:

http://www.bbc.com/news/business-41188465

On the Endangered Poetry Project:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20171013-the-people-saving-lost-words

Feature on Appalachian English:

http://www.chronicle.com/blogs/linguafranca/2017/10/16/appalachian-english/
http://artsandsciences.sc.edu/appalachianenglish/

Review of Fulton, *The Butchering Art*:

http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/10/13/557367840/the-butchering-art-how-a-19th-century-physician-made-surgery-safer?sc=17&f=1007

Review of Zimmerman, *Lady Killers*:

http://www.npr.org/2017/10/14/555690824/lady-killers-cherchez-la-femme-fatale?sc=17&f=1032

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Poster Girls:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-41552276

Eleusinian Mysteries:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/27663-acropolis-museum-show-on-eleusinian-mysteries-%E2%80%9Csacred-way%E2%80%9D-in-december.html

Ancient Mediterranean:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/museums/ct-ent-field-ancient-mediterranean-1019-story.html

Rembrandt:

http://www.edp24.co.uk/going-out/see-the-brilliance-of-rembrandt-in-new-norwich-castle-museum-exhibition-1-5241077

Art of Laughter:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/21/arts/humor-17th-century-dutch-art.html

Scythians:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/review-scythians-warriors-ancient-siberia.htm

Imagining the Divine:

http://www.oxfordtimes.co.uk/leisure/art/15610333.Imagining_The_Divine_exhibition_explained_by_The_Ashmolean__39_s_expert_curators/

I think this is related to the above:

https://www.ft.com/content/baeb0bbe-b532-11e7-aa26-bb002965bce8
https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2017/oct/21/david-hepworth-radio-review

The Freer and Sackler Galleries have reopened:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/museums/reopened-after-18-months-the-freer-and-sackler-galleries-inspire/2017/10/16/14e0a40a-b284-11e7-9e58-e6288544af98_story.html

Plans for the Vatican Museums:

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/vatican-city-museums-seeing-major-change-new-director-1117547

Again we’re hearing that the Benghazi Palace might become an archaeological museum:

https://www.libyaherald.com/2017/10/18/benghazi-palace-may-become-archaeological-museum/

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THE TECHY SIDE
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Studying indigenous Australian ochre sources:

https://phys.org/news/2017-10-indigenous-australian-ochre-sources-microbial.html
http://theconversation.com/when-bacteria-tell-a-story-tracing-indigenous-australian-ochre-sources-via-microbial-fingerprinting-85455

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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40 000 years bp genome derived from Tianyuan Cave remains:

https://phys.org/news/2017-10-genome-wide-year-old-china-reveals-complicated.html

More on that study of genes and race:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/12/science/skin-color-race.html

More on Easter Island DNA:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/12/science/easter-island-dna-south-america.html

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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CRIME BEAT
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An Egyptian pot was recovered in Larnaca:

http://cyprus-mail.com/2017/10/17/larnaca-cid-seize-stolen-ancient-egyptian-pot/

An anti-smuggling operation in Istanbul bore fruit:

https://www.dailysabah.com/investigations/2017/10/18/28-historical-artifacts-seized-during-anti-smuggling-op-in-istanbul

An attempt to smuggle some 19th century items to Lebanon was foiled in Egypt:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/43/280050/Heritage/Islamic/Attempt-to-smuggle-th-century-antiques-to-Lebanon-.aspx
http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/28468/Historical-Porcelain-Pots-smuggling-attempt

A bust in Upper Egypt:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/28768/99-Artifacts-seized-by-Police-in-Upper-Egypt

Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2017/10/culture-crime-news-9-15-october-2017.html

conflict antiquities:

http://conflictantiquities.wordpress.com/

anonymous swiss collector:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/

Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues:

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

Looting Matters:

http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/

Illicit Cultural Property:

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

SAFE:

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

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REPATRIATION AND RECOVERY
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Saudi Arabia has recovered a pile of items over the years:

http://www.menafn.com/1095969353/Saudi–KSA-Reclaims-More-than-52000-Artifacts-from-Inside-and-Outside
http://www.bna.bh/portal/en/news/806863

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NUMISMATICA
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On collecting ancient coins:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/coinweek-ancient-coin-series-ancient-coins-100/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n42.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n43.html

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Ancient Coin Collecting:

http://ancientcoincollecting.blogspot.com/

Ancient Coins:

http://classicalcoins.blogspot.com/

Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/
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PERFORMANCES AND THEATRE-RELATED
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Loving Vincent:

https://www.theguardian.com/film/2017/oct/13/loving-vincent-van-gogh-painted-animation-dorota-kobiela-hugh-welchman

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

http://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-main-menu-cat/audio-news-list/2663-audio-news-from-archaeologica-8-october-2017-14-october-2017
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OBITUARIES
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Fred Willard:

http://www.dailyadvance.com/News/2017/10/22/Willard-historian-of-Lost-Colony-dies-after-fall-from-tree.html

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

https://independent.academia.edu/ConferenceCanadabeforeConfederationEarlyMappingandExploration14981763

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

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

Theoretical Archaeology Group (Dec. 2017):

http://tag2017cardiff.org/

Hidden Cultural Heritage (April 2018):

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

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GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

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

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Ancient Digger:

http://www.ancientdigger.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Past Horizons:

http://www.pasthorizons.com/

Stonepages:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

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

Time Machine:

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

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

The Book and the Spade:

http://www.radioscribe.com/bknspade.htm
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Explorator 20.25 ~ October 15, 2017

Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Hernan Astudillo,
Barbara Saylor Rodgers, Bob Heuman, David Emery, Rick Heli,
Richard C. Griffiths, and Ross W. Sargent for headses upses this week
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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Evidence of Neanderthals in western Iran:

http://ifpnews.com/exclusive/archaeologists-traces-neanderthals/

Latest fiction incorporating Neanderthals in the storyline:

http://www.cbc.ca/books/why-claire-cameron-wants-to-change-the-way-we-see-neanderthals-1.4352340

Not sure where I’ve been putting this one on ‘Stone Age’ technology development:

https://phys.org/news/2017-10-longer-home-key-stone-age.html

More on the genetic legacy of Neanderthals:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/neandertal-dna-european-asian-ancestry
http://bigthink.com/paul-ratner/you-might-be-a-neanderthal-if

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AFRICA
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Excavating a royal palace site in Rwanda:

http://www.newtimes.co.rw/section/read/221549/
http://allafrica.com/stories/201710110018.html

Study suggests the 14th century Black Death hit sub Saharan Africa as hard as it hit Europe:

http://www.wm.edu/news/stories/2017/did-the-second-plague-pandemic-reach-sub-saharan-africa.php

More on the latest climate change link to the Out of Africa hypothesis:

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2149848-cold-climate-may-have-driven-ancient-humans-move-out-of-africa/

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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An Old Kingdom pyramidion, associated possibly with Queen Ankhnespepy II from Saqqara:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/278680/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Old-Kingdom-pyramid-peak-discovered-in-Saqqara.aspx
http://www.egyptindependent.com/french-swiss-archaeological-mission-unearth-mini-pyramid-saqqara/
http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/27555/A-Small-Pyramidion-uncovered-around-Saqqara
https://dailynewsegypt.com/2017/10/15/new-pyramidion-discovered-sakkara-necropolis/
http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-egyptian-pyramidion-found-next-largest-obelisk-hints-existence-queens-684318
https://www.yahoo.com/news/ancient-egypt-pyramid-belonged-powerful-162327105.html
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/ancient-egypt-archaeologists-discover-pyramidion-clue-queen-ankhnespepy-iis-long-lost-chamber-1643171

Marking the discovery of the tomb of Seti I:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-10/12/c_136672879.htm

On cats and the ancient Egyptians:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/why-ancient-egyptians-loved-their-kitties-180965155/

Zahi Hawass is criticizing claims of an ‘underground city’ beneath the Sphinx:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-10/13/c_136677881.htm

More bits of Psamtik I’s colossal statue from Cairo:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/278505/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/The-lower-part-of-th-Dynasty-king-Psamtik-I-coloss.aspx
http://www.laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=2444454&CategoryId=13936

A 5000 years bp toy chariot from a tomb in Sogmatar:

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/stunning-5000-year-old-toy-chariot-found-tomb-ancient-turkish-city-where-moses-may-have-lived-1643180

A 4500 years bp male burial from Corum:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/10/09/4500-year-old-male-skeleton-found-in-northern-turkey

Claims of the decipherment of a lost Luwian inscription with details about the Sea Peoples and Troy (the Live Science version seems to express the appropriate skepticism):

https://phys.org/news/2017-10-luwian-hieroglyphic-inscription-bronze-age.html
https://www.livescience.com/60629-ancient-inscription-trojan-prince-sea-people.html
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/archaeologists-decipher-ancient-stone-turkey-invasion-mysterious-sea-people-luwain-hieroglyphic-a7992141.html
https://www.zmescience.com/science/history-science/stone-inscription-troy-42342/
http://www.9news.com.au/technology/2017/10/11/14/02/who-were-the-sea-peoples-hieroglyphic-inscription-turkey-solves-ancient-mystery
http://www.independent.ie/world-news/3200yearold-stone-tells-of-invasion-of-mysterious-sea-people-36217376.html
https://sputniknews.com/science/201710111058124569-archeologists-decipher-ancient-stone/
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/ancient-hieroglyphs-reveal-answers-bronze-age-archaeological-mystery-1642964
https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/10/12/one-of-the-greatest-puzzles-of-mediterranean-archaeology-deciphered-in-central-turkey
http://www.newsweek.com/mystery-lost-biblical-sea-people-revealed-ancient-hieroglyphs-uncovered-turkey-683110
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/3200-year-old-inscription-lost-language-and-lot-doubt-180965244/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/5975-171010-luwian-inscription-translated

What the IDF does in regards to archaeology:

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/236648

Karaganda archaeologists have reconstructed the Saryarka pyramid:

http://www.inform.kz/en/karaganda-archaeologists-complete-reconstruction-of-an-ancient-saryarka-pyramid_a3073011

Feature on the Erbil citadel:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/10/world/middleeast/iraq-erbil-citadel.html?partner=rss&emc=rss

What Jutta Haser is up to:

http://www.jordantimes.com/news/local/german-scholar-explores-jordan%E2%80%99s-ancient-monasteries

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Pipeline construction has revealed a Roman necropolis in Kutahya:

http://aa.com.tr/en/pg/photo-gallery/roman-burial-ground-found-in-turkeys-kutahya/0
http://vestnikkavkaza.net/news/Roman-burial-ground-discovered-in-Turkey-s-Kutahya.html

Roman mosaic find from Idyrus:

http://eu.greekreporter.com/2017/10/10/ancient-greek-mosaics-uncovered-in-southern-turkey/
http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/27612-ancient-greek-mosaics-discovered-in-southern-turkey.html

A dig in Wales unearthed a stretch of a major Roman road:

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/roman-a55-north-wales-archaeology-13742114

A Roman ring from a Jersey field:

https://jerseyeveningpost.com/news/2017/10/15/2000-year-old-roman-ring-found-in-jersey-field/

Poland will be establishing a permanent mission in Georgia to dig for remains of the Colchis kingdom:

http://agenda.ge/news/88600/eng

They’re digging at the eastern gate of Philippopolis (Plovdiv):

https://sofiaglobe.com/2017/10/13/archaeologists-start-excavations-of-eastern-gate-of-philippopolis-in-bulgarias-plovdiv/

A Roman hoard of silver from Fife is going on display:

http://www.scotsman.com/heritage/people-places/silver-treasure-spanning-1-000-years-to-sparkle-at-national-museum-1-4586294
https://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/news/local/fife/524672/historic-hoard-of-silver-found-in-fife-village-to-go-on-public-display/

Studying the transition from Iron Age to Roman in Dorset:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/iron-age-roman-transition-dorset.htm

‘Fake news’ in Roman coins:

http://www.numismaticnews.net/article/coins-identify-fake-news

A ancient counterfeit aureus came to auction:

https://www.coinworld.com/news/world-coins/2017/10/contemporary-counterfeit-ancient-aureus-sells-in-auction.all.html

Feature on Roman remains in Serbia:

http://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-europe-41516191/exploring-serbia-s-rich-and-hidden-roman-history

Feature on garum:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20171011-the-ancient-condiment-that-came-back-from-the-dead

Suggestion that the fall of Rome might have been a ‘biological affair’:

http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-harper-pandemics-rome-20171015-story.html

Feature on a Thracian chariot find from a while back that was making the rounds on social media this week:

https://www.livescience.com/60678-thracian-chariot-on-reddit-explained.html

On what the Romans did with abusive travel expense claims by officials:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/government-officials-abusing-travel-budgets-is-an-old-problem-ancient-in-fact/2017/10/09/27aaaee4-ad27-11e7-9e58-e6288544af98_story.html
https://www.news-journal.com/news/2017/oct/10/rampell-how-roman-emperors-dealt-with-government-o/

Feature on mentorship in the Odyssey:

https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2017/10/the-odyssey-mentorship/542676/

Comparing oligarchies ancient and modern:

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/oct/15/oligarchy-lessons-ancient-greece

What Cary Fulton is up to:

https://phys.org/news/2017-10-archaeologist-ancient-routes-cyprus.html
https://www.upi.com/Science_News/2017/10/09/Researchers-look-for-ancient-trade-routes-at-the-bottom-of-the-Mediterranean/4201507568124/

What Richard Saller is up to:

http://news.stanford.edu/2017/10/09/richard-saller-step-dean-humanities-sciences/

What Leopold Leeb is up to:

http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2017-10/12/content_41720206.htm

What Eric Cline and Kathy Schwab are up to:

https://www.greenwichsentinel.com/2017/10/13/two-archaeologists-reveal-how-civilizations-collapse-then-and-now-and-how-ancients-painted-their-sculptures/

An interview with Josiah Ober:

http://historynewsnetwork.org/article/166349

What Mark Mastrabgelo is up to:

https://thedickinsonian.com/opinion/2017/10/12/professor-spotlight-marc-mastrabgelo/

The Parthenon Marbles are not part of Brexit negotiations, apparently:

http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1070054.shtml

UCLA has received funding to establish a Center for Hellenic Culture:

http://www.pressreleasepoint.com/ucla-receives-5-million-establish-center-study-hellenic-culture

On what Stoicism can do for depression:

http://www.sfchronicle.com/news/article/How-the-stoicism-of-Roman-philosophers-can-help-12265085.php

Some Classical reception at Talladega:

http://www.espn.com/jayski/cup/2017/story/_/id/20956789/drivers-win-talladega-iconic-vulcan-hammer-anvil-trophies

A lesson plan for comparing ancient Rome to modern times:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/11/learning/lesson-plans/then-and-now-exploring-modern-life-amid-relics-of-the-roman-empire.html

More on the assorted finds from the Antikythera shipwreck:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/oct/10/what-mysteries-could-be-unlocked-by-new-antikythera-shipwreck-finds
https://www.zmescience.com/science/archaeology/antikythera-shipwreck-statues-bronze-11102017/

More on the Colosseum opening the upper levels to the public:

https://www.thespec.com/living-story/7622332-colosseum-opens-its-top-levels-to-public/

More on the Pantheon charging an entrance fee:

https://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/rome-pantheon-tickets-price-cost-charge-visitors-a7985311.html

More on fault lines and Greek sacred sites:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/222454/article/ekathimerini/news/fault-lines-key-to-sacred-sites-of-ancient-greeks-study-claims

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

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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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Remains of a Neolithic longhouse from Denmark:

http://cphpost.dk/general/traces-of-4000-year-old-house-discovered-in-north-zealand.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/5977-171010-denmark-neolithic-longhouse

Prehistoric burials from a Larkhill Garrison site:

http://www.salisburyjournal.co.uk/news/15593046.Prehistoric_remains_unearthed_in_Larkhill/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/5983-171012-england-larkhill-garrison

Latest find from the Lincoln Bypass construction is some massive 5000 years bp (maybe) structure of soe sort:

http://www.lincolnshirelive.co.uk/news/local-news/archaeologists-unearth-massive-5000-year-603713

Fifth century gold items found at that ‘massacre’ site at Sandy Borg (Sweden):

https://www.thelocal.se/20171011/gold-coin-sheds-new-light-on-5th-century-swedish-island-massacre
https://www.archaeology.org/news/5984-171012-gold-sandby-borg

Remains of an Anglo Saxon settlement (and other items) found during wind farm construction in Suffolk:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-suffolk-41367884
http://www.eadt.co.uk/news/windfarm-cable-archeological-dig-unearths-fascinating-clues-to-our-past-1-5226352
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-10/10/c_136667878.htm

Plenty of press attention and spins on an apparent ‘Allah’ motif found in a Viking burial:

https://www.thelocal.se/20171012/why-viking-burial-clothes-contained-inscriptions-to-allah-and-ali
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-41567391
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/allah-viking-burial-fabrics-clothes-name-woven-found-islam-uppsala-sweden-funeral-customs-a7996166.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/oct/13/viking-burial-clothes-woven-with-allah-unveiled-by-swedish-university
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/14/world/europe/vikings-allah-sweden.html?partner=rss&emc=rss
http://metro.co.uk/2017/10/12/were-vikings-muslim-new-research-finds-allah-woven-into-burial-clothes-6995713/
https://www.albawaba.com/editorchoice/islamic-script-found-10th-century-viking-garments-1033146
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/10/viking-funeral-clothes-arabic-sweden-spd/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-vikings-buried-their-dead-clothing-bearing-arabic-word-allah-180965262/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/5982-171012-viking-arabic-words

Some 10th century iron found in a stone oven in Topolcany:

https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20666921/archaeologists-discover-iron-treasure-hidden-in-oven.html

A medieval ring found during water supply work in Bulgaria:

https://sofiaglobe.com/2017/10/10/archaeology-mediaeval-ring-found-during-work-on-water-supply-in-bulgarias-assenovgrad/

A 17th century coin hoard from Poland:

http://www.numismaster.com/ta/numis/Article.jsp?ad=article&ArticleId=28720

… and a much larger one from Slovakia:

https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20671070/hundreds-of-coins-found-near-lucivna.html

Studying medieval gilding techniques:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-10/acs-tmo101117.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/10/171011120324.htm

Feature on a medieval ‘city of the dead’ in Russia:

http://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-europe-41587745/is-this-where-the-sick-went-to-die

On the use of silver in Scotland:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-41565591

Publication of an Iron Age site in Scotland found in 2010:

http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/10/2017/excavating-an-iron-age-dun-in-the-scottish-highlands

More on that copper axe being linked to Otzi:

http://www.ibtimes.com/ax-linked-otzi-iceman-found-archaeologists-switzerland-2599333
http://micetimes.asia/archeologists-made-a-unique-discovery-about-the-alpine-ice-man/

More on those Bronze Age items found in a Swiss Alpine pass:

https://www.livescience.com/60651-bronze-age-artifacts-found-in-alpine-pass.html
https://www.livescience.com/60640-4000-year-old-bronze-age-artifacts-photos.html
https://www.yahoo.com/news/swiss-alpine-pass-yields-4-103900824.html
http://micetimes.asia/in-the-alps-found-unique-artifacts/

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

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A Neolithic site near Changchun:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-10/14/c_136679540.htm

Interesting semi-subterranean dwelling remains (the dating is confusing) from Sichuan:

http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/culture/2017-10/12/content_33159270.htm

… I’m not sure if these finds are from the same site:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-10/11/c_136672631.htm

Remains of 800 years bp walls and gates from Baidi township (China):

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-10/14/c_136679226.htm
http://www.daijiworld.com/news/newsDisplay.aspx?newsID=476750
https://www.outlookindia.com/newsscroll/800yearold-pieces-of-walls-gates-excavated-in-china/1167709

Feature on some of China’s lesser-known heritage sites:

http://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/2115235/beyond-great-wall-chinas-lesser-known-world-heritage-sites

On the colours of the terracotta army:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/world/china-watch/culture/terracotta-warriors/

Feature on Chinese archaeologists working around the world:

http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1069823.shtml

A Maori stone adze find from New Zealand:

https://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/97403004/Ancient-M-ori-tool-found-on-Waikanae-golf-courses-ninth-fairway
https://www.archaeology.org/news/5987-171013-maori-stone-adze

A mass burial site from Tauranga:

http://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2017/10/surveyors-stumble-across-mass-burial-site-in-tauranga.html

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Southeast Asian Archaeology Newsblog:

http://www.southeastasianarchaeology.com/

New Zealand Archaeology eNews:

http://nzarchaeology.blogspot.co.nz/index.html
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NORTH AMERICA
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That canoe exposed by Hurricane Irma is still getting press attention:

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/florida/fl-reg-historical-canoe-hurricane-irma-20171006-story.html
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/fl-reg-historical-canoe-hurricane-irma-20171006-story.html
http://www.startribune.com/mysterious-wooden-canoe-found-in-florida-after-hurricane-may-date-to-1600s/450430843/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/hurricane-irma-cleanup-turns-up-an-ancient-canoe/2017/10/13/7856c4b0-aeab-11e7-be94-fabb0f1e9ffb_story.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/canoe-churned-irma-may-date-1600s-180965161/

Plans to dig at James Garfield’s former residence:

http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2017/10/president_james_a_garfields_fo.html

Plans to ‘dig’ at St Agnes mound:

https://www.avoyellestoday.com/news/archaeologists-plan-%E2%80%98dig%E2%80%99-st-agnes-mound

Assorted finds from pre-parkway construction on land once owned by Thomas Jefferson:

https://www.archaeology.org/news/5980-171011-jefferson-poplar-forest

Feature on Anna O. Shepard’s work:

http://www.dailycamera.com/news/ci_31358731/boulder-county-history-archaeologist-anna-shepard-pioneered-ancient?source=rss

Descendents of Black Loyalists in Nova Scotia might soon get title to their land (finally):

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-41488953

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Rice was domesticated in the Amazon some 4000 years bp:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-10/uoe-afd100817.php

Interesting wooden sculptures and other items from a Chanchan burial:

http://www.andina.com.pe/Ingles/noticia-peru-wood-sculptures-and-other-relics-found-at-ancient-chan-chan-684510.aspx

Remains of an Inca citadel from Cusco:

http://www.andina.com.pe/Ingles/noticia-peru-inca-citadel-remains-found-in-cusco-686051.aspx
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-10/12/c_136673088.htm

Evidence of ancient Sican human sacrifice:

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/pre-incan-grave-skeletons-1000-year-old-human-sacrifices-found-peru-1640974

What Olivia Navarro-Farr is up to:

https://www.ohio.com/akron/news/local/discovery-of-ancient-maya-tomb-has-direct-link-to-college-of-wooster-professor

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http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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On clouds in various cultures:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/from-cloud-nine-to-climate-change-heres-why-you-should-always-look-up/2017/10/06/7278bf64-a459-11e7-ade1-76d061d56efa_story.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/match-the-clouds-to-the-artist/031fc876-9da2-4aa1-8d85-04ad28b00c7a_quiz.html

OpEd on ‘Victoria and Abdul’:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/posteverything/wp/2017/10/09/why-does-hollywood-keep-churning-out-racist-fantasies-like-victoria-abdul/

The US and Turkey are having a spat which might impact archaeology:

http://www.cnn.com/2017/10/08/world/us-turkey-halt-visa-service/index.html

Pondering Columbus and his legacy:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/made-by-history/wp/2017/10/09/columbus-swashbuckling-hero-bootstrapping-immigrant-or-genocidal-monster/

… and his Catalan-inflected language:

http://www.chronicle.com/blogs/linguafranca/2017/10/08/christopher-columbuss-catalan-inflected-language/?cid=wb&elqTrackId=4357f9edf3fc4e63b6f6aaf92243c3d8&elq=5dd58188e2cb481c908a37445321fb00&elqaid=15967&elqat=1&elqCampaignId=6889

The Armada Portrait of Elizabeth I has been restored and returned:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/oct/13/armada-portrait-elizabeth-i-restoration-spanish-armada-london-queens-house-greenwich

On causes of death by volcano since 1500 ce:

http://www.ibtimes.com/volcano-causes-death-1500-ad-pyroclastic-flow-projectiles-tsunamis-2599093

Rethinking the origin of cities:

https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg23631462-700-the-real-roots-of-early-city-states-may-rip-up-the-textbooks/#038;%23038;%23038;campaign_id=RSS%7CNSNS-

A daVinci is coming to auction:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2017/oct/10/only-leonardo-in-private-hands-set-to-fetch-75m-at-auction
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/10/11/557183483/last-da-vinci-painting-in-private-hands-will-be-auctioned-next-month?sc=17&f=1008
https://www.voanews.com/a/da-vinci-portrait-christ-expected-fetch-one-hundred-million-dollars-at-auction/4064681.html

… and a feature on the Mona Lisa:

http://www.dw.com/en/leonardo-da-vinci-unveiled-his-enigmatic-mona-lisa-500-years-ago/a-40889784

Some Friday 13th stuff:

http://www.dw.com/en/13-cultural-references-that-made-friday-the-13th-unlucky/a-37118529

Feature on some really nice libraries:

https://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/libraries-most-beautiful-world-bibliotheca-alexandrina-national-library-of-austria-bodleian-trinity-a7992821.html

How astronomers had to deal with a supernova in 1604:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-1604-supernova-presented-challenge-astronomers-180965138/

A gold leaf from Napoleon’s crown is coming to auction too:

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/magazines/panache/gold-leaf-from-napoleons-crown-to-go-under-hammer-estimated-to-fetch-usd-177000/articleshow/61038607.cms

On keeping human skulls around the house:

https://arstechnica.com/video/2017/10/why-did-ancient-people-keep-human-skulls-around-the-house/

On the use of beeswax in various historical eras:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/europes-stone-age-fishers-used-beeswax-make-point

Studying lentils and social inequality:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/oct/11/lentils-origins-of-social-inequality

A strange possible poisoning cold case:

http://www.historytoday.com/joseph-kaifala/man-who-would-be-king-or-vicar

Victor Nuovo’s latest looks at the US Constitution:

http://www.addisonindependent.com/201710victor-nuovo-reasonableness-constitution

In light of the UNESCO change at the top this week, this item on the candidate from Qatar was interesting:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/27132/Suspicions-prevail-on-smuggled-artifacts-in-Arab-world

… related:

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-unesco-vote/frances-azoulay-wins-unesco-director-general-election-sources-idUSKBN1CI15P?feedType=RSS&feedName=topNews

Latest ‘lost masterpieces found’ story:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-south-west-wales-41594195

This year’s MacArthur Grant recipients:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/11/arts/macarthur-genius-grants.html
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/10/11/556891441/here-are-the-2017-macarthur-genius-grant-winners?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=npr&utm_medium=social&utm_term=nprnews

A German Cistercian monastery is closing due to a shortage of monks:

http://www.dw.com/en/german-monastery-to-close-its-doors-after-nearly-nine-centuries/a-40954168

On the history of hard apple cider:

https://www.bonappetit.com/test-kitchen/ingredients/article/the-history-of-hard-cider-from-the-old-testament-to-the-apple-orchard

More on the hidden figures revealed in that painting at Yale:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/four-catholic-figures-found-hidden-17th-century-painting-reformation-leaders-180965174/
http://www.nhregister.com/news/article/Yale-painting-s-secret-revealed-A-Protestant-12278655.php

Review of Fitzharris, *The Butchering Art*:

http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/10/13/557367840/the-butchering-art-how-a-19th-century-physician-made-surgery-safer

Some humour on the spread of meditation:

http://www.theonion.com/article/historians-discover-meditation-spread-ancient-chin-57197

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Bloody Gold:

http://www.dw.com/en/what-europes-most-ancient-battlefield-reveals/a-40872262

Qin and Han Dynasties:

http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/culture/2017-10/10/content_33056701.htm

Faces of China:

http://www.dw.com/en/why-chinese-portrait-painting-wasnt-only-for-the-powerful-and-famous/a-40925536

Drawn to Greatness:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/12/arts/design/a-gathering-of-greats-in-a-trove-of-drawings-at-the-morgan.html

Eleusinian Mysteries:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/27663-acropolis-museum-show-on-eleusinian-mysteries-%E2%80%9Csacred-way%E2%80%9D-in-december.html

Mata Hari:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/13/arts/mata-hari-netherlands.html

Feeding Stonehenge:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/oct/15/stonehenge-neolithic-man-sweet-pork-rich-cheese-feasts

150 years of archaeology in Spain:

http://www.epa.eu/arts-culture-and-entertainment-photos/archeology-photos/madrid-s-archaeological-museum-presents-exhibit-on-150-years-of-archaeology-in-spain-photos-53821711

The Boston MFA has been given some nice Flemish and Dutch collections:

https://www.mfa.org/give/gifts-of-art/van-otterloo-and-weatherbie-collections
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/11/arts/the-museum-of-fine-arts-boston-to-receive-two-major-donations.html

Feature on the UCD Classics Museum:

http://www.universityobserver.ie/uncategorized/lesser-spotted-ucd-classics-museum/

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THE TECHY SIDE
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On detecting forged ancient silk:

https://cen.acs.org/articles/95/i41/Forgery-ancient-silk-leaves-chemical.html

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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DNA of the Rapa Nui people suggest they were rather isolated:

https://phys.org/news/2017-10-paleogenomic-analysis-easter-island-mysteries.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-10/uoc–pas100617.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/10/171012123046.htm
https://www.livescience.com/60673-easter-island-dna-evidence.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/12/science/easter-island-dna-south-america.html
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-science-easterisland/mystery-surrounding-ancient-easter-island-people-deepens-idUSKBN1CH2EV?feedType=RSS&feedName=scienceNews
https://www.yahoo.com/news/secrets-easter-island-doomed-civilization-104225034.html
http://www.abc.net.au/news/science/2017-10-13/who-were-the-ancient-easter-islanders/9040266

A study of Beothuk DNA suggests they were actually two distinct groups:

https://phys.org/news/2017-10-newfoundland-populated-multiple-distinct-groups.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/10/171012143329.htm
https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/dna-deepens-mystery-of-newfoundlands-lost-beothuk-people/article36560469/

A study of skin colour and DNA:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/12/science/skin-color-race.html

Studying the genome of a 40 000 years bp Chinese burial:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-10/caos-gdf101317.php

Dog DNA changes parallel human DNA changes (or something like that):

http://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2017/10/13/557166894/dogs-and-people-have-more-in-common-than-you-might-think

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Lamanai, Belize:

http://blog.mysanantonio.com/travel/2017/10/the-mystery-of-the-mayas-a-visit-to-lamanai-belize/

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CRIME BEAT
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A major bust in Romania:

https://www.romania-insider.com/romanian-police-5000-artifacts-treasure-hunters/

A British national caught smuggling items from the Ukraine:

http://en.interfax.com.ua/news/general/454577.html

Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2017/10/culture-crime-news-2-8-october-2017.html

conflict antiquities:

http://conflictantiquities.wordpress.com/

anonymous swiss collector:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/

Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues:

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

Looting Matters:

http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/

Illicit Cultural Property:

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

SAFE:

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

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REPATRIATION AND RECOVERY
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Turkey is trying to get back some Zeugma mosaics from the US:

http://aa.com.tr/en/culture-and-art/turkey-attempts-to-retrieve-roman-mosaics-from-us/932512

More on the return of the ‘calf bearer’ to Lebanon:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/11/arts/design/looted-antiquity-once-at-met-museum-to-return-to-lebanon.html
http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Lebanon-News/2017/Oct-13/422549-decades-on-stolen-antiquity-to-be-returned.ashx

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NUMISMATICA
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Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n41.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n42.html

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Ancient Coin Collecting:

http://ancientcoincollecting.blogspot.com/

Ancient Coins:

http://classicalcoins.blogspot.com/

Coin Week:

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

http://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-main-menu-cat/audio-news-list/2660-audio-news-from-archaeologica-1-october-2017-7-october-2017
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OBITUARIES
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Tony Sagona:

http://www.smh.com.au/comment/obituaries/scholar-brought-the-ancient-world-to-life-20171012-gyzfb3.html

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

https://independent.academia.edu/ConferenceCanadabeforeConfederationEarlyMappingandExploration14981763

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

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

Theoretical Archaeology Group (Dec. 2017):

http://tag2017cardiff.org/

Hidden Cultural Heritage (April 2018):

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

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GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

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

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Ancient Digger:

http://www.ancientdigger.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Past Horizons:

http://www.pasthorizons.com/

Stonepages:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

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

Time Machine:

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

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

The Book and the Spade:

http://www.radioscribe.com/bknspade.htm
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Explorator 20.24 ~ October 7, 2017

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

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Latest spin/motivation for ‘Out of Africa’:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-10/uoa-ahl100417.php
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/10/2017/drying-and-cooling-climate-may-have-led-to-migration-from-africa-into-eurasia

On the origins of genital herpes:

http://www.cnn.com/2017/10/02/health/early-human-ancestor-genital-herpes/index.html

On Neanderthal genetics’ effect on us:

https://phys.org/news/2017-10-neanderthals-didnt-red-hair.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2017/10/05/struggling-get-tan-blame-neanderthal-ancestors/
http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/10/05/555592707/neanderthal-genes-help-shape-how-many-modern-humans-look
https://www.stuff.co.nz/science/97579696/roger-hanson-exploring-the-history-and-genetics-of-neanderthals-and-us
http://www.latercera.com/noticia/2-del-adn-los-seres-humanos-actuales-proviene-los-neandertales/

More on that dig by China in Kenya:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-10/01/c_136653304.htm

More on sapiens being around longer than previously thought:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/10/dna-from-old-skeleton-suggests-humanitys-been-here-longer-than-we-thought/

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Some predynastic petroglyphs from the Subeira Valley:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/278221/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Ancient-wall-markings-of-wild-animals-uncovered-in.aspx
http://www.egyptindependent.com/predynastic-graffiti-rock-dating-back-stone-age-unearthed-south-aswan/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/5966-171004-egypt-subeira-valley

A broken bit of an Old Kingdom obelisk from near Giza:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/278261/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Archaeologists-unearth-largestever-discovered-obel.aspx
http://www.egyptindependent.com/upper-part-4000-year-old-obelisk-discovered-near-giza-antiquities-ministry/
http://www.therepublic.com/2017/10/04/ml-egypt-antiquities/
http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-obelisk-fragment-uncovered-egypt-largest-ever-recovered-679628
https://www.archaeology.org/news/5971-171006-saqqara-queen-obelisk

A head from a statue of Akhenaten found in Minya:

https://dailynewsegypt.com/2017/10/02/statue-king-akhenatens-head-discovered-minya/

A Ptolemaic/Roman era pet cemetery near the Red Sea:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/26474/Biggest-Cemetery-for-Pets-in-Ancient-Egypt-unearthed
http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-egypt-pet-cemetery-1800-years-old-filled-100-skeletons-discovered-678384
https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2017/10/04/archaeologists-find-rare-pet-cemetery-in-ancient-egypt/

What it’s like to crawl into an Egyptian tomb:

http://www.abc17news.com/news/national-world/what-its-like-to-crawl-inside-a-3500yearold-egyptian-tomb/625362458

What Zahi Hawass is explaining now:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/25825/Hawass-Ancient-Egyptians-denounced-homosexuality

More on how Egyptians transported the stone to build the pyramids:

https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2017/10/06/did-egyptians-create-canal-and-port-bring-stone-great-pyramid/xtoi4NzlTz9PYRo2QnmG0M/story.html

Studying the development of agriculture and cities in northern Mesopotamia:

http://sciencenordic.com/ancient-grain-reveals-development-earliest-cities
https://www.archaeology.org/news/5961-171003-syria-tell-brak-grain

A flight ban has effectively halted a dig in Iraqi Kurdistan:

https://phys.org/news/2017-10-iraq-flight-halts-lost-ancient.html
http://www.arabnews.com/node/1172666/world

Hamas has ‘levelled’ a Canaanite site in Gaza:

https://phys.org/news/2017-10-gaza-hamas-ancient-treasure.html
https://www.timesofisrael.com/in-gaza-hamas-levels-an-ancient-archaeological-treasure/
https://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/palestinians/1.815965
http://gazette.com/in-gaza-hamas-levels-an-ancient-treasure/article/feed/499495
http://nationalpost.com/pmn/news-pmn/in-gaza-hamas-levels-an-ancient-treasure

OpEd on the politics of archaeology in Israel:

http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2017/10/israel-palestinians-west-bank-jerusalem-archaeology-netanyahu.html

… and a feature on ‘Temple Mount denial’:

http://www.jpost.com/Magazine/Disproving-Temple-Mount-denial-one-bucket-at-a-time-506539

A number of recently-sold DSS fragments are fake, apparently:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/dead-sea-scrolls-scam-dozens-of-recently-sold-fragments-are-fakes-experts-warn/
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/dead-sea-scroll-fragments-bought-100000-are-clever-fakes-written-2000-year-old-leather-1641970

The restored Lion of al-Lat is back on display in Damascus:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.815115
https://uk.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-statue/palmyra-statue-damaged-by-islamic-state-goes-on-display-in-damascus-idUKKCN1C61FA
https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/world/palmyra-lion-of-allat-statue-damaged-by-is-now-stands-proud-in-damascus-20171002-gyseh9.html
http://www.newsweek.com/syria-ancient-palmyra-lion-saved-isis-brought-back-life-damascus-677000
https://hyperallergic.com/404189/palmyra-ancient-lion-restored-isis/
https://www.stuff.co.nz/travel/news/97483064/Damaged-2000-year-old-Palmyra-statue-goes-back-on-display-in-Damascus
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-statue-damaged-isis-resurrected-damascus-180965091/

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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A bronze arm and other bits of statuary from the Antikythera shipwreck site:

https://phys.org/news/2017-10-rich-ancient-shipwreck-greece-yields.html
https://www.livescience.com/60605-bronze-arm-at-antikythera-shipwreck.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/05/science/antikythera-shipwreck-greece.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/oct/04/antikythera-shipwreck-yields-new-treasures-and-hints-of-priceless-classical-statues
http://www.newsweek.com/antikythera-shipwreck-excavation-recovers-priceless-bronze-arm-ancient-greek-677791
https://www.yahoo.com/news/antikythera-shipwreck-excavation-recovers-bronze-190539292.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/seven-bronze-statues-may-be-buried-site-antikythera-shipwreck-180965127/

… there is also mention of a ‘mysterious disk’ in some articles:

http://www.nature.com/news/antikythera-shipwreck-yields-statue-pieces-and-mystery-bronze-disc-1.22735
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/10/ancient-greek-shipwreck-statues-found-video-spd/

A section of Hadrian’s Wall has been found in Newcastle:

http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/part-hadrians-wall-been-found-13705748
http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/861773/hadrian-wall-newcastle-city-centre-new-route-discovered
https://www.archaeology.org/news/5963-171003-hadrians-wall-newcastle

A metal detectorist has found a hoard of silver denarii in Dorset:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/metal-detectorist-finds-lifetime-hoard-rare-roman-coins/

… while a ‘secret hoard’ from Lincolnshire has gone on display:

http://www.lincolnshirelive.co.uk/news/local-news/secret-hoard-1700-year-old-575512

Plenty of press coverage of the possible discovery of the tomb of St Nicholas (although the press naturally prefers to use ‘Santa Claus’):

https://phys.org/news/2017-10-archaeologists-st-nick-bones.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-41504172
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/10/04/turkish-archaeologists-believe-have-discovered-santa-clauss/
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/oct/04/santa-claus-tomb-may-have-been-uncovered-beneath-turkish-church-saint-nicholas
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/st-nicholas-remains-turkey-father-christmas-discovery-a7982796.html
http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/santas-ancient-tomb-discovered-in-turkey/news-story/0f4c89cf60a24451873e5e736c55d191
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2017/10/04/santa-dead-archaeologists-say/
http://www.newsweek.com/santa-claus-tomb-discovered-beneath-ancient-church-turkey-676598
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/santa-clauss-grave-has-been-found-by-archaeologists-st-nicholas-church-turkey-1641747
http://www.theage.com.au/world/father-christmas-traced-to-tomb-at-turkish-church-20171004-gyujz5
http://www.syracuse.com/us-news/index.ssf/2017/10/santa_claus_tomb_saint_nicholas_christmas.html
http://www.scotsman.com/news/world/archaeologists-discover-santa-claus-s-tomb-in-turkey-1-4578998
https://www.yahoo.com/news/turkish-archaeologists-believe-discovered-santa-113735606.html
https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/10/03/santa-claus-untouched-grave-may-be-beneath-church-in-turkeys-antalya-archaeologist-says
https://www.stuff.co.nz/world/97632791/Children-look-away-Father-Christmas-may-be-dead-and-buried-in-Turkey
https://www.thedailybeast.com/if-santa-is-buried-in-turkey-who-has-been-delivering-the-presents
http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/archaeologists-discovered-st-nicks-bones-50297463
http://neoskosmos.com/news/en/Ho-Ho-Oh-Archaeologists-find-tomb-of-St-Nicholas-in-Turkey
https://gizmodo.com/turkish-archeologists-think-they-may-have-discovered-th-1819136539
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/10/santa-claus-st-nicholas-tomb-archaeology-turkey-spd/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/turkey-claims-its-found-st-nicholas-crypt-180965116/

Looking for a 4th century palace in Istanbul:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/10/06/turkish-archaeologists-seek-4th-century-byzantine-palace-in-historic-istanbul-district

Nice feature on the Roman dig in Leicester:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/colourful-past-uncovering-magnificent-mosaics-heart-roman-leicester.htm

Studying the logistics of the Roman army in Wales:

http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/news/view/956393-how-to-feed-an-invading-army-thousands-of-miles-from-home
https://phys.org/news/2017-10-invading-army-thousands-miles-home.html

Studying ancient trade routes in Cyprus:

https://www.utoronto.ca/news/deep-dive-u-t-archaeologist-goes-underwater-study-ancient-trade-routes-cyprus

A study of feces from a Roman latrine at Sagalassos:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2017/10/03/archaeologists-test-feces-from-roman-latrine-find-roundworms-and-parasites/
http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-turkey-roman-poop-was-full-parasites-sewage-system-677660

Rethinking the fate of pagan temples:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/drsarahbond/2017/10/07/were-pagan-temples-all-smashed-or-just-converted-into-christian-ones/

A potentially interesting (lost) inscription with Troy references:

https://www.livescience.com/60629-ancient-inscription-trojan-prince-sea-people.html

Latest ‘benefits of Classics’ piece:

http://www.sheffieldtelegraph.co.uk/news/telegraph-view-keeping-classics-for-tomorrow-1-8788807

What Mary Beard is up to:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/art/what-to-see/mary-beard-filled-imaginary-museum-bronze-potatoes-ebay-finds/
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/cicero-would-have-loved-frieze-and-other-insights-on-art-fairs-from-classicist-mary-beard-1105910

An interview with Daniel Mendelsohn:

http://www.npr.org/2017/10/02/555075030/how-an-epic-poem-helped-transform-a-difficult-father-son-relationship

… and reviews of his recent tome:

https://newrepublic.com/article/145138/people-just-dont-like-odyssey
http://krcc.org/post/how-epic-poem-helped-transform-difficult-father-son-relationship
http://buffalonews.com/2017/10/06/professor-81-year-old-father-odyssey-reading-homer/

Plans to reconnect Ephesus to the sea:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ambitious-project-aims-to-reunite-ancient-city-of-ephesus-with-sea-118416

Finds from a site in Cyprus will be protected even though the site isn’t classified as an archaeological site any more:

http://cyprus-mail.com/2017/10/04/antiquities-department-will-protect-finds-tourist-complex/

… on the declassification:

http://cyprus-mail.com/2017/10/05/government-defends-declassification-church-plot-antiquities-site/

… and the church was apparently rather adamant:

http://cyprus-mail.com/2017/10/06/archbishop-threatened-antiquities-department-head-church-land-designation/

… so now the focus is concern for sites in northern Cyprus:

http://cyprus-mail.com/2017/10/08/ancient-sites-north-risk/

The upper levels of the Colosseum are being opened to the public:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/10/03/plebeians-eye-view-tourists-allowed-highest-level-colosseum/
http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/rome-colosseum-open-top-floors-roof-public-visitors-a7984816.html
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/top-tier-of-romes-colosseum-opens-for-first-time-in-40-years-6rfkmph9f
http://www.dw.com/en/rome-colosseum-opens-its-top-levels-to-public/a-40802664
http://www1.folha.uol.com.br/turismo/2017/10/1924258-coliseu-abre-andares-mais-altos-para-visitacao-a-partir-de-novembro.shtml
http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2017/10/04/colosseums-highest-level-to-reopen_f94e9490-7d32-4a20-89e2-96ff6842f0a9.html
https://www.thelocal.it/20171003/romes-colosseum-italy-open-its-upper-levels-to-tourists-public
http://www.latimes.com/sns-bc-eu–italy-colosseum-20171003-story.html

In case you haven’t seen the Cleopatra connection in the latest Assassin’s Creed:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/gaming/features/assassins-creed-origins-preview-not-assassins-creed-remember/

More on plans to charge admission to the Pantheon:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/italy/rome/articles/pantheon-entry-fee-introduction-/

More on Hellenikon:

http://www.reuters.com/article/eurozone-greece-hellenikon-government/greek-archaeologists-decision-clears-way-for-hellenikon-tourism-project-idUSL8N1MF0YD?feedType=RSS&feedName=rbssFinancialServicesAndRealEstateNews
http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/tourism-businesses/new-investments/27506-greek-privatization-agency-head-calls-for-publication-of-archaeologists-ruling-on-hellinikon.html

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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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A mesolithic carved antler horn from Poland:

https://phys.org/news/2017-10-ornamented-artifact-long-distance-exchange-mesolithic.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-10/p-oam092817.php
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/10/2017/antler-artefact-may-provide-evidence-of-exchange-between-mesolithic-communities

13 000 years bp evidence of use of beeswax as an adhesive:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/europes-stone-age-fishers-used-beeswax-make-point

A copper ax linked to Otzi (?) has been found in the Swiss alps:

https://www.livescience.com/60614-ax-linked-to-otzi-iceman-found.html
http://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/snow-and-arrow_crossing-the-alps-in-the-neolithic-age/43567592?&ns_mchannel=rss&srg_evsource=rss

… while these Bronze Age finds I think we’ve mentioned before:

https://www.thelocal.ch/20171004/bronze-age-equipment-found-on-swiss-mountain-pass
https://www.yahoo.com/news/4-000-old-climbing-gear-110904287.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/5965-100417-swiss-bronze-age

Unusual stone tools from a Bronze Age site in Wales:

https://www.livescience.com/60606-stone-tools-unearthed-at-bronze-age-site.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/5969-171005-wales-stone-tools

A possible Norse/Viking meeting place/parliament from Scotland:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-41485948
http://www.scotsman.com/news/viking-parliament-site-in-caithness-may-have-been-found-1-4580380
http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/15573957.Archaeologists_make_tantalising_discoveries_at_mysterious_Highland_ruins/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/5962-171003-scotland-norse-parliament

Finds from a 14th century necropolis from Bulgaria:

http://micetimes.asia/in-bulgaria-archaeologists-have-discovered-a-valuable-find/

Prussian spearheads from the battle of Grunwald:

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/600-year-old-prussian-spearheads-battle-grunwald-unearthed-1641517

Latest exhumation is of a 270 years bp headless Jacobite clan chief:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/10/05/body-headless-jacobite-clan-chief-exhumed-solve-270-year-old/

Studying leprosy in the Middle Ages:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-10/sfi-mam100317.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-10-morbidity-mortality-leprosy-middle-ages.html

Comparing the social differences between folks buried in dolmens and those buried in caves:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-10/uotb-brs100317.php

The Ely Bronze Age torc has gone on display:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-41513451
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-41365740

A mysterious 17th century mural of Cleopatra:

http://www.ipswichstar.co.uk/news/mystery-surrounds-17th-century-mural-found-in-grade-ii-listed-building-in-ipswich-1-5223078

What they’re finding at the Manea colony dig:

http://www.elystandard.co.uk/news/secrets-of-manea-colony-revealed-in-video-1-5218389

Feature on Catalonia:

http://www.dw.com/en/catalonias-independence-movement-a-brief-history/g-40819449

Latest theory on King Arthur:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/miles-russell-bournemouth-university-king-arthur-was-created-as-a-celtic-superhero-fxj680g8t
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/king-arthur-never-existed-created-11304183

Concerns for the Mary Rose:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2017/10/01/wreck-mary-rose-has-started-collapse-onto-warn-conservators/

Plans to restore a Venice palazzo:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/10/04/british-architect-chosen-lead-restoration-venice-palazzo-has/

Plans for Sutton Hoo:

http://www.eadt.co.uk/news/major-work-to-transform-sutton-hoo-into-world-heritage-attraction-to-go-ahead-thanks-to-lottery-cash-1-5219553

The Svevo Castle in Bari has (re)opened to the public:

http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2017/10/03/restored-svevo-castle-in-bari-reopens_b19166b5-fb63-4425-ae06-e836350c4605.html

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Archaeology in Europe Blog:

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

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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A 12 000 years bp site from Vavunya (Sri Lanka):

http://www.sundaytimes.lk/article/1032321/prehistoric-settlement-dating-back-12-000-years-found-in-vavuniya

Big bucks for a Song Dynasty bowl:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/oct/03/1000-year-old-china-song-dynasty-bowl-sells-for-record-377m
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-41480690

Studying Harappan remains from Uttar Pradesh:

http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-key-to-why-harappans-moved-east-lies-in-excavations-2550564

Expectations of finding Maori remains at a residential development site:

https://www.stuff.co.nz/taranaki-daily-news/news/97458458/buried-bodies-and-mori-artefacts-are-likely-to-be-found-during-residential-development

… while Maori garden remains were found at a Waikato Expressway construction site:

https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/97172399/archaeologists-uncover-ancient-kumara-garden-during-waikato-expressway-construction

Concerns arising from India’s new antiquities bill:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chennai/new-draft-antiquities-bill-will-facilitate-idol-theft-smuggling-say-activists/articleshow/60989155.cms

Feature on some Bronze Age Chinese bells:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/bronze-age-chinese-bells-tells-story-ancient-innovation-180964459/

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Southeast Asian Archaeology Newsblog:

http://www.southeastasianarchaeology.com/

New Zealand Archaeology eNews:

http://nzarchaeology.blogspot.co.nz/index.html
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NORTH AMERICA
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A 19th century flour mill from Virginia:

https://www.archaeology.org/news/5960-171003-alexandria-flower-mill-excavation

Latest on that Hurricane Irma canoe:

http://www.floridatoday.com/story/news/2017/10/05/cocoa-canoe-washed-up-hurricane-irma-may-date-1600-s/736511001/?from=global&sessionKey=&autologin=

Damage to a site by Hurricane Maria:

http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/science/sd-me-ucsd-maria-20171002-story.html

What they’ve found in a Butler Mounds dig:

http://www.pressreleasepoint.com/chickasaw-explorer-holds-two-shards-pottery-were-found-during-archeological-excavations-butler

Feature on Chaco Canyon:

https://www.livescience.com/60570-chaco-canyon-photos.html

An older statue controversy from New Mexico:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/30/us/statue-foot-new-mexico.html

More on Paul Revere’s outhouse:

https://www.livescience.com/60598-paul-revere-outhouse-excavated-in-boston.html
http://www.bostonmagazine.com/news/blog/2017/10/04/paul-revere-outhouse-excavation/

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Evidence of the role of women in Chan Chan:

https://perureports.com/2017/10/03/archaeologists-peru-women/

Studying life in Colombia 2400 years bp:

https://colombiareports.com/archaeologists-probing-life-colombia-2400-years-ago/

15th century accounts of earthquakes in Mexico:

https://elpais.com/internacional/2017/10/06/la_serpiente_emplumada/1507242256_189178.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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In the wake of Hugh Hefner’s death, a feature on nudity in art and elsewhere:

https://www.salon.com/2017/10/01/hugh-hefner-playboy-and-the-art-history-of-naked-ladies/

Interesting account of how an art ‘fraudster’ met his comeuppance:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/10/02/fraudster-tried-sell-fake-greek-bowl-foiled-poundland-notebook/
https://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=2ce8bacc-c820-4b64-8499-1cd33960c91e

Applying blockchain methods to archaeology (?):

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/oct/02/archaeology-and-blockchain-a-social-science-data-revolution

Not really sure where to put this piece on Novgorod and Russia:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20171002-the-town-that-gave-russia-its-name

On the myth of language history:

https://phys.org/news/2017-10-myth-language-history-languages.html

Digging up containers of mustard gas might not be a good idea:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-humber-41491942

Feature on assorted gold artifacts:

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/10/ancient-gold-treasure-archaeology-egypt/

… and the search for assorted artifacts/sites:

https://www.livescience.com/60628-spectacular-archaeology-mysteries.html

On the origins of the concept of ‘evil’:

http://www.cnn.com/2017/10/08/us/las-vegas-evil-debate/index.html

On the invention of zero:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/07/opinion/sunday/who-invented-zero.html

One of the Scott Expedition folks wasn’t really a team player:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-10/uons-dte100517.php

Pondering Columbus’ ships:

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/10/columbus-nina-pinta-santa-maria-shipwreck-archaeology/

Restoration reveals some hidden figures in a painting at Yale Divinity School:

https://news.yale.edu/2017/10/05/restoration-reveals-hidden-figures-div-school-reformation-painting

A Viking reenactment group:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/resources/idt-sh/viking_club_where_men_fight_their_demons

I think we mentioned this database of Jewish art:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/worlds-largest-database-jewish-art-preserves-risk-heritage-objects-180965103/

Review of Scott, *Against the Grain*:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/rise-agricultural-states-came-big-cost-new-book-argues

More on the ‘naked Mona Lisa’:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/da-vinci-had-hand-naked-mona-lisa-180965079/

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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A jar from the Plain of Jars:

http://www.startribune.com/once-secret-cia-records-reveal-gift-of-ancient-stone-jar/448830723/

Soulful Creatures:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/01/arts/design/soulful-creatures-animal-mummies-in-ancient-egyptian-brooklyn-museum.html

Gladiators:

http://www.ajc.com/entertainment/attractions/fernbank-offers-look-into-the-lives-the-gladiators/3Grr34nQbEo5elx2BR8xVI/

Scythians:

http://blog.britishmuseum.org/horses-a-scythians-best-friend/

We had hints of this a while ago … thousands of items are missing from UK museums:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/10/01/thousands-artefacts-missing-britains-top-musuems/

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THE TECHY SIDE
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3d reconstruction of the Mars site:

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/10/mars-3D-reconstruction-shipwreck-baltic-sweden-archaeology/

Virtual Athens:

https://www.digitaltrends.com/cool-tech/ancient-athens-vr/

Recreating a lost chapel at Westminster in 3d:

https://phys.org/news/2017-10-lost-chapel-westminster-palace-revealed.html

Latest facial reconstruction is on 30 000 years bp Sungir folk:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-10/vs-3os100617.php

More on aerial thermal imagery and archaeology:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-09/dc-hat092117.php

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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DNA suggests humans knew early on that inbreeding wasn’t a good thing:

https://phys.org/news/2017-10-prehistoric-humans-networks-inbreeding.html
https://phys.org/news/2017-10-incest-neanderthal-woman-genome.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-10/fos–pha100517.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/10/171005141759.htm
https://uk.news.yahoo.com/russia-prehistoric-remains-show-humans-181002451.html
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/ancient-humans-avoided-inbreeding-networking

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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CRIME BEAT
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An attempt to smuggle some Mughal-era artifacts was foiled:

https://tribune.com.pk/story/1524795/bid-smuggle-mughal-era-antiquities-foiled/

Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2017/10/culture-crime-news-26-september-1-october-2017.html

conflict antiquities:

http://conflictantiquities.wordpress.com/

anonymous swiss collector:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/

Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues:

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

Looting Matters:

http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/

Illicit Cultural Property:

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

SAFE:

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

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REPATRIATION AND RECOVERY
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StudyingGerman colonial skulls are a repatriation case in the making:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/oct/06/germany-to-investigate-1000-skulls-taken-from-african-colonies-for-racial-research
http://www.dw.com/en/german-foundation-launches-probe-into-origin-of-african-skulls/a-40826267

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NUMISMATICA
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11th century hoard is headed to a Czech museum:

http://www.radio.cz/en/section/curraffrs/rare-coin-treasure-troves-headed-for-czech-museum

Feature on a silver stater:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/apollo-reverse-incuse-silver-stater-kunker-ma-shops/

Feature on a coin of Decimus Albinus:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/ancient-coin-profile-decimus-albinus-brutus-stabbed-caesar/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n40.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n41.html

In case you missed the study linking Roman coins to Carthaginian mines:

http://www.numismaticnews.net/article/high-tech-coin-research-reveals-metal-source

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Ancient Coin Collecting:

http://ancientcoincollecting.blogspot.com/

Ancient Coins:

http://classicalcoins.blogspot.com/

Coin Week:

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

http://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-main-menu-cat/audio-news-list/2659-audio-news-from-archaeologica-24-september-2017-30-september-2017
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OBITUARIES
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James Morwood:

https://classicalstudies.org/scs-news/memoriam-james-morwood

John C. Williams:

http://caneweb.org/new/?p=3683

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

https://independent.academia.edu/ConferenceCanadabeforeConfederationEarlyMappingandExploration14981763

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

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

Theoretical Archaeology Group (Dec. 2017):

http://tag2017cardiff.org/

Hidden Cultural Heritage (April 2018):

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

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GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

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

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Ancient Digger:

http://www.ancientdigger.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Past Horizons:

http://www.pasthorizons.com/

Stonepages:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

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

Time Machine:

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

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

The Book and the Spade:

http://www.radioscribe.com/bknspade.htm
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