Explorator 20.33 ~ December 10, 2017

Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Hernan Astudillo,
David Critchley,Kris Curry, Kathleen Sharp, Don Buck, Barbara Saylor Rodgers,
Rick Heli, Bob Heuman,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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“Little Foot”, the most complete Australopithecus ever found, has finally gone on display:

https://phys.org/news/2017-12-years-australopithecus-fossil.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-12/uotw-lft120617.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/12/171206100104.htm http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-42250530
http://www.bbc.com/news/av/science-environment-42259429/a-closer-look-at-367m-year-old-skeleton
http://www.cnn.com/2017/12/06/africa/human-ancestor-little-foot-unveiled-intl/index.html
https://www.archaeology.org/6146-171206-australopithecus-little-foot

More on revising the ‘Out of Africa’ theory:

https://phys.org/news/2017-12-story-dispersal-modern-humans-eurasia.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-12/mpif-rts120117.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/12/171207141724.htm
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/deadthings/2017/12/07/human-migration-rewrite/

In case you’re wondering ‘how Neanderthal’ you are:

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2017/dec/03/how-neanderthal-are-you-and-can-you-blame-your-dna-personality-quiz

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Plenty of press attention for  pair of 3500 bp tombs — including a mummy — from Luxor:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/283041/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Two-ancient-Egyptian-New-Kingdomera-tombs-opened-a.aspx
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/36114/Two-newly-discovered-tombs-in-Luxor
https://dailynewsegypt.com/2017/12/09/two-tombs-discovered-luxor/
http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/9/35800/Exclusive-picture-from-inside-newly-discovered-tomb-in-Luxor
https://phys.org/news/2017-12-egypt-archaeologists-mummy-luxor.html
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-egypt-archaeology/egypt-reveals-artifacts-mummy-from-tombs-in-ancient-city-of-luxor-idUSKBN1E30NE?feedType=RSS&feedName=lifestyleMolt
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-42295162
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/dec/09/3500-year-old-tombs-found-at-luxor
https://uk.news.yahoo.com/mummy-discovered-unexplored-egyptian-tomb-164300190.html
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=11956777&ref=rss
https://www.timesofisrael.com/archaeologists-discover-2-ancient-tombs-in-egypts-luxor/
http://m.france24.com/en/20171209-egypt-archaeologists-discover-mummy-luxor?ref=tw_i
https://www.bostonglobe.com/news/world/2017/12/09/archeologists-discover-ancient-tombs-egypt-luxor/hv2MNbsvCqmvxxSolKtIoK/story.html
http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory/archaeologists-discover-ancient-tombs-egypts-luxor-51687983
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2017/12/09/exceptional-day-2-ancient-tombs-discovered-egypts-luxor/937510001/
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-12-10/egypt-archaeologists-discover-mummy-in-ancient-tombs-luxor/9244084
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/mummy-discovered-unexplored-tomb-ancient-egyptian-city-luxor-1650873
http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-egypt-two-mysterious-3500-year-old-tombs-reveal-mummy-and-vast-743534
https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/12/egypt-tomb-mummy-naga-archaeology-ancient/

Al Imam Al Shafie dome restoration in Cairo leads to a new discovery:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/43/282716/Heritage/Islamic/Restoration-of-Cairos-AlImam-AlShafie-Dome-leads-t.aspx
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/35504/A-new-archeological-discovery-at-Al-Imam-Al-Shafie-Dome

On personal hygiene in ancient Egypt:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/35325/Ancient-Egypt-vs-Daily-hygiene-habits

More on those Sekmet statues from Luxor:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/282656/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Statues-of-ancient-Egyptian-lioness-deity-Sekhmet-.aspx
https://dailynewsegypt.com/2017/12/04/27-statues-goddess-sekhmet-discovered-luxor/
https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/12/03/27-fragmented-statues-of-lion-goddess-found-in-southern-egypt
https://www.albawaba.com/editorchoice/27-fragmented-statues-goddess-sekhmet-uncovered-luxor-egypt-1056102
https://www.timesofisrael.com/27-fragmented-statues-of-lion-goddess-found-in-southern-egypt/
https://egyptianstreets.com/2017/12/04/27-egyptian-statues-of-lioness-goddess-discovered-in-luxor/
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/ancient-statues-lion-goddess-sekhmet-discovered-3500-year-old-egyptian-funerary-temple-1650216
http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-egyptian-statues-lion-goddess-sekhmet-uncovered-3500-year-old-burial-730201
https://www.archaeology.org/6137-171204-egypt-luxor-sekhmet

More on the copper content of Egyptian ink:

http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-egypt-papyrus-ink-metal-copper-scroll-713434

Revising the chronology of the Natufian culture:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-12/uoc–arc120417.php
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-12/wios-uvp120717.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-12-archaeologists-chronology-hunter-gatherers-east.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/12/171205091509.htm
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/New-research-challenges-origins-of-ancient-Middle-East-Natufian-culture-517349
https://www.archaeology.org/6147-171207-jordan-natufian-transition

A missing Urartian stele turns up near Lake Van:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/12/05/2800-year-old-urartian-stele-discovered-in-turkeys-eastern-van

Studying a looted Urartian site in eastern Turkey ( I think we mentioned this one):

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ancient-urartian-settlement-found-in-eastern-turkey-123606
http://www.themercury.com.au/royal-prehistoric-city-discovered-in-turkey/news-story/6b70dc68ad9955133b832a61fea2f6c3
http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-city-temple-and-burial-ground-found-turkey-740747
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6149-171207-turkey-erzurum-tombs

A menorah on early Islamic era coinage:

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Archeologists-discover-menorah-inscribed-on-Early-Islamic-period-coins-517190
https://www.timesofisrael.com/archaeologists-expose-muslim-jewish-dialogue-in-jerusalem-from-1300-years-ago/

Figuring out the structures of Temple Mount from plenty of tiny fragments:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-1.826501

On child sacrifice in ancient Israel:

http://asorblog.org/2017/12/05/child-sacrifice-ancient-israel/

On drought and the Dead Sea:

https://www.insidescience.org/news/cataclysmic-drought-part-history-dead-sea

On Qatar in the 19th century:

http://thepeninsulaqatar.com/article/07/12/2017/Qatar-was-closely-connected-to-the-world-in-early-19th-century

What Lawrence Schiffman is up to:

http://jewishweek.timesofisrael.com/bringing-life-to-study-of-the-dead-sea-scrolls/

What Moshe Bernstein is up to:

http://blogs.yu.edu/news/scholars-pay-tribute-to-bernstein-in-new-festschrift/

What Jodi Magness is up to:

https://pittnews.com/article/125281/top-stories/professor-unearths-israeli-heritage/

Latest piece on the political side of archaeology in Israel:

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Archeology-in-Israel-as-a-political-weapon-515922
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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Possible evidence of Neolithic connections between Cyprus and the Levant (maybe …  I  think we mentioned this):

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2017/12/05/excavations-in-cyprus-show-contact-with-neighbours-in-neolithic-times/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6139-171204-cyprus-engraved-stone

More than a 1000 ‘sealings’ from the site of Doliche with plenty of images of Greco-Roman divinities:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-12/coe-mt1120717.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/12/171207102508.htm
https://www.uni-muenster.de/Religion-und-Politik/en/aktuelles/2017/dez/PM_Mehr_als_1000_antike_Siegelabdruecke_entdeckt.html

Cretan wine amphorae at Pompeii:

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2017/12/cretan-wine-amphorae-discovered-at-pompeii/

For reasons unknown, the underwater remains of Baiae were being presented this week as if a new discovery in assorted news outlets:

https://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/664585/underwater-city-Roman-Baiae-Naples-Italy-diving-pictures-discovery-Julius-Caesar-Pomey
https://www.express.co.uk/life-style/life/889247/Underwater-photos-Mediterranean-Sea-Baiae-resort-Naples-Antonio-Busiello-Julius-Caesar
https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/5063862/lost-city-of-the-caesars-where-the-roman-super-rich-built-their-mansions-revealed-after-centuries-under-water/
http://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/this-sunken-city-was-once-the-playground-of-ancient-romes-rich-and-famous/

… and the opening of the Barberini tomb to the public is somewhat old news as well:

http://mentalfloss.com/article/519238/first-time-ever-romes-barberini-tomb-now-open-public
https://www.lonelyplanet.com/news/2017/12/05/ancient-tomb-rome-open/

On a portrait head of Ptolemy VIII:

http://www.christies.com/features/2017-highlight-Greek-marble-portrait-head-of-Ptolemy-VIII-8775-1.aspx?sc_lang=en

On ‘thoughts and prayers’ in Greek tragedy:

https://daily.jstor.org/thoughts-and-prayers-in-greek-tragedy/

On the revival of Latin:

https://www.the74million.org/article/50-years-after-latin-disappeared-from-high-school-classrooms-these-educators-are-bringing-it-back/

Interesting protest planned regarding the Elgin/Parthenon Marbles:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/223932/article/ekathimerini/news/greek-olympians-launch-campaign-for-return-of-parthenon-marbles
http://greece.greekreporter.com/2017/12/07/greek-olympians-plan-to-protest-the-kidnapping-of-the-greek-marbles-by-dressing-as-caryatids-inside-british-museum/
http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/28691-greek-olympians-protest-elgin-marbles-by-dressing-as-caryatids-in-british-museum.html

Plans for concerts in the Colosseum:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/12/04/roman-gods-make-way-rock-gods-new-head-colosseum-wants-hold/
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/colosseum-to-stage-spectaculars-again-without-the-blood-and-gore-sdhtwvrtv

… and plans to get rid of the ‘suk’:

https://www.thelocal.it/20171205/colosseums-new-director-pledges-to-rid-the-area-of-the-suk
http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2017/12/04/colosseum-piazza-a-suk-new-director-3_ea7b7cce-afbd-4e8f-8f8f-2b059ab3c1f2.html

Hadrian’s Wall and China’s Great Wall are cooperating:

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/dec/05/hadrians-wall-joins-forces-with-chinas-great-wall-to-promote-heritage-sites

This one is kind of strange … earlier in the week came news that Mommsen’s Nobel medal was coming to auction … but the link on the auction site itself seems to have been taken down (the grapevine suggests it was a fake or something):

https://www.finebooksmagazine.com/press/2017/12/heritage-auctions-presents-1902-nobel-prize-for-advancement-in-literature-jan-7-8-in-new-york.phtml

A different sort of honour for David Soren:

http://www.wildcat.arizona.edu/article/2017/12/n-olive-story

Honours for Richard Brilliant:

http://www.24-7pressrelease.com/press-release/marquis-whos-who-recognizes-dr-richard-brilliant-for-excellence-in-education-447591.php

What Richard Thomas is up to:

http://www.tulsaworld.com/blogs/scene/arts/harvard-scholar-to-explain-why-bob-dylan-matters-during-tulsa/article_7225258d-8d44-558e-a446-26f1baafbac3.html

What Laura Grams is up to:

http://unothegateway.com/uno-philosophy-professors-road-teaching/

More reviews of Emily Wilson’s Odyssey translation:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/05/books/review/odyssey-homer-emily-wilson-translation.html
https://www.npr.org/2017/12/02/567773373/emily-wilsons-odyssey-scrapes-the-barnacles-off-homers-hull?sc=ipad&f=1008
http://radio.wpsu.org/post/emily-wilsons-odyssey-scrapes-barnacles-homers-hull
https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/dec/08/the-odyssey-translated-emily-wilson-review

… and a piece by Dr Wilson herself:

https://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/a-translators-reckoning-with-the-women-of-the-odyssey

Review of Raaflaub, *Julius Caesar*:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/review-julius-caesar-and-the-bloody-road-to-empire-1512163652
https://www.thenational.ae/arts-culture/books/book-review-kurt-raaflaub-s-latest-tells-the-definitive-chronicle-of-julius-caesar-1.682578

Review of David Ferry’s *Aeneid* translation:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/05/books/review/aeneid-virgil-david-ferry-translation.html

Review of Mary Beard’s *Women and Power*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/05/books/review-women-power-manifesto-mary-beard.html

Review of the stage production of Robert Harris’ *Imperium*:

https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2017/dec/08/imperium-review-rsc-swan-stratford-upon-avon-robert-harriss-cicero-

More on volcanic eruptions and the demise of the Ptolemies:

http://trinitynews.ie/cleopatra-the-forces-of-nature-and-the-future-of-communication/

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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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A9 construction revealed some Iron Age pottery near Raitt’s Cave:

https://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/work-on-a9-unearths-iron-age-finds-in-highlands-1-4630762
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-42227561
http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/15700740.A9_improvement_works_uncover_Iron_Age_remains/
http://metro.co.uk/2017/12/05/archaeologists-discover-iron-age-pottery-in-raitts-cave-during-a9-construction-7132545/

Finds from an Iron Age house site near Assynt:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-42250514

A Viking era stone carved with runes from Norway:

https://www.livescience.com/61100-mysterious-rune-stone-norway.html
https://www.archaeology.org/6140-171205-norway-rune-whetstone

A mystery burial at St Alban’s Cathedral belongs to a 15th century abbot:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-42255514

A medieval burial from Plovdiv:

http://sofiaglobe.com/2017/12/08/archaeology-mediaeval-tomb-found-at-plovdivs-odeon-site/

18th century earthworks from Poland:

http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news%2C27376%2Chighest-situated-earthwork-poland-discovered-bieszczady-mountains.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6148-171207-poland-defensive-earthworks

Finds from various periods at South Hinksey:

http://www.oxfordshireguardian.co.uk/unexpected-discovery-flood-scheme/

A metal detectorist found some very valuable Anglo Saxon jewellery in a female burial in Winfarthing:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-norfolk-42220033
http://www.dissmercury.co.uk/news/anglo-saxon-treasure-found-in-norfolk-field-valued-at-145-000-1-5307547
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/discovery-of-winfarthing-woman-redraws-map-of-medieval-power-3s3bs7ljc
https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/entertainment/news/anglo-saxon-treasure-found-by-student-valued-at-145000-36377573.html
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/anglo-saxon-treasure-found-by-student-valued-at-145000-36377567.html
http://www.burytimes.co.uk/uk_national_entertainment/15700653.Anglo_Saxon_treasure_found_by_student_valued_at___145_000/

The preceding is usually connected to the record year for ‘treasure’ finds reported by the British Museum:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2017/dec/04/coin-laden-pot-pendant-british-museum-record-haul-2016-treasure-finds
http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/homenews/15701593.Jewellery_helps_put_treasure_trove_finds_at_record_level/
https://www.ft.com/content/512c31de-d905-11e7-a039-c64b1c09b482
https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/how-treasure-hunters-struck-gold-1-8892459
http://artdaily.com/news/100760/20th-anniversary-marks-record-year-for-treasure-found-by-the-public
http://www.dorsetecho.co.uk/news/15702973.Coin_hoard_found_in_Dorset_field_contributed_to_record_level_of_treasure_discoveries/

… related:

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/shortcuts/2017/dec/05/rise-of-detectorists-how-hunt-for-treasure

A Swede has been rewarded for finding a Viking hoard in Gotland back in 2012:

https://www.thelocal.se/20171206/swede-makes-thousands-after-discovering-buried-viking-treasure

A metal detectorist found a 290 years bp ring in a Nantwich field:

http://www.crewechronicle.co.uk/news/crewe-south-cheshire-news/metal-detectorist-finds-290-year-13992494

Suggestion that Stonehenge was a fertility monument of some sort:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2017/12/09/stonehenge-fertility-monument-stones-positioned-cast-phallic/
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=11957078&ref=rss

On the tradition of hiding shoes in house constructions:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-northamptonshire-41507752

Still arguing about the location of King Offa’s palace:

http://www.ledburyreporter.co.uk/news/15711439.Archaeologist_enters_debate_over_exact_site_of_King_Offa___s_Herefordshire_palace/
http://www.herefordtimes.com/news/15711439.Archaeologist_enters_debate_over_exact_site_of_King_Offa___s_Herefordshire_palace/

Studying the efficacy of 5500 years bp wooden clubs:

https://www.livescience.com/61140-prehistoric-wooden-club-weapons.html

On feeding the builders of Stonehenge:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/neolithic-food-miles.htm

They’ve created a 3d map of Scotland’s Sculptor’s Cave:

https://www.livescience.com/61099-cave-of-the-dead-revealed.html
http://www.newsweek.com/scotland-3000-year-old-cave-dead-infamous-human-sacrifice-map-735379
https://www.archaeology.org/6142-171205-scotland-sculptor-s-cave

Interesting crowdfunding of a French castle restoration:

http://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-europe-42232308/6500-people-buy-crumbling-castle

There are ‘Heritage Action Zones’  in the UK:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-42226980

Looting concerns for a site near Kouklia:

http://cyprus-mail.com/2017/12/05/state-must-step-stop-looting-near-ancient-site-kouklia-leader-says/

More on Neolithic farming and social inequality:

https://www.theguardian.com/inequality/2017/dec/05/how-neolithic-farming-sowed-the-seeds-of-modern-inequality-10000-years-ago

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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12 000 years bp fish hooks from an Indonesian burial:

http://mentalfloss.com/article/519438/these-12000-year-old-fish-hooks-are-oldest-ever-be-discovered-grave

A possible 12 000 years bp ‘mammoth tusk spear’ from a mammoth find in Russia:

http://www.newsweek.com/14-inch-tusk-spear-found-siberia-inside-woolly-mammoth-skeleton-742377
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6153-171208-mammoth-tusk-spear

Evidence of 5000 years bp water management of a section of the Yangtze:

https://phys.org/news/2017-12-earliest-large-hydraulic-enterprise-excavated.html

Neolithic remains from Sichuan:

http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/a/201712/07/WS5a28b061a310fcb6fafd2bc7.html
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-12/08/c_136811656.htm

A 3000 years bp noble burial from Ningxia:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-12/04/c_136799662.htm
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6138-171204-china-imperial-rule

Evidence of Indus Valley civilization navigation skills 2500 years BCE:

http://www.nerve.in/news%3A2535003973795

A possible Harappan Civilization analog at Patan Minara:

https://dailytimes.com.pk/153368/patan-minara-may-supported-civilisation-similar-harappa-another-harappa/

Trying to figure out how to clean the dome of the Taj Mahal:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/indias-cleaning-quandary-how-to-scale-the-taj-mahal-dome/2017/12/07/2e559e12-db20-11e7-a241-0848315642d0_story.html
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/indias-cleaning-quandary-how-to-scale-the-taj-mahal-dome/
https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/world-news/india-grapples-with-how-to-clean-delicate-taj-mahal-dome-36387423.html
http://www.india.com/travel/articles/archeologists-are-figuring-out-how-to-clean-the-taj-mahal/

Feature/reviewish on the Samurai:

https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/public/exquisite-grotesque-samurai/

More on the search for that 2000 years bp Goan port:

http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-hunt-for-2000-yr-old-port-off-goa-2562518

More on that mass grave associated with the Batavia:

https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/12/new-mass-grave-batavia-shipwreck-murder-australia-history/
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NORTH AMERICA
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Burials (including slave burials) from Delaware’s earliest settlers:

http://www.delawareonline.com/story/news/local/2017/12/06/rehoboth-burials-reveal-stories-delawares-earliest-settlers/926307001/
https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/experts-early-settlers-and-slaves-were-in-unmarked-graves/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/experts-early-settlers-and-slaves-were-in-unmarked-graves/2017/12/05/8dba4070-d9da-11e7-a241-0848315642d0_story.html?utm_term=.5ce5fcc658ac
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/retropolis/wp/2017/12/05/an-archaeological-dig-unearths-one-of-the-earliest-slave-remains-in-delaware/
http://www.heraldcourier.com/news/experts-early-settlers-and-slaves-were-in-unmarked-graves/article_2239f227-e29a-55b2-bde0-dd8236f0fcc3.html
https://www.archaeology.org/6143-171206-delaware-colonial-slavery

… and a very interesting slave burial therefrom:

http://www.fredericksburg.com/news/trending/an-archaeological-dig-unearths-one-of-the-earliest-slave-remains/article_e7114765-d8e7-5524-97ca-daa005f2ec70.html
https://www.ndtv.com/world-news/one-of-earliest-slave-remains-found-skull-shows-how-much-he-was-abused-1784198
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/remains-tell-story-delawares-earliest-slaves-180967456/

On the ‘Angela Site’ at Jamestown:

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/nbcblk/angela-site-reveals-daily-life-enslaved-african-america-n825701

Reconstructing a 17th century church bell from Jamestown:

https://wydaily.com/2017/12/05/jamestown-unearthed-reconstructing-a-17th-century-church-bell-nws/

An unexpected 19th century plantation site:

http://www.theredstonerocket.com/news/article_38201334-da92-11e7-859d-3bbf0b73c842.html

A possible mammoth butchering site from Michigan:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/more-mammoth-remains-unearthed-michigan-farm-180967398/

Finds from various periods at the Taylor-Bray farm site (Cape Cod):

http://dennis.wickedlocal.com/news/20171203/latest-dig-in-yarmouth-port-reveals-more-early-cape-cod-history

Archaeologists are uneasy after the ‘shrinking’ of Bears Ears (and elsewhere) this week:

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-017-07794-5
http://www.readingeagle.com/ap/article/trump-reduction-of-national-monuments-a-rare-move

Concerns for sites in Chaco Canyon:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/01/opinion/chaco-canyon-new-mexico-drilling.html

Not sure there is anything ‘archaeological’ about these Ice Age caves found beneath Montreal:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-42227846?ocid=socialflow_twitter

Feature on the Fort Ancient culture:

http://www.dispatch.com/news/20171203/archaeology-cultural-big-bang-helped-form-fort-ancient-society

Feature on the Shakers and their ‘design’ influence:

http://www.cnn.com/style/article/design-miami-shaker-movement-furniture/index.html

Feature on the Paleo Indians of Colorado:

http://www.rmpbs.org/coloradoexperience/early-colorado/paleo-indians/

On Civil War reenactments … during the Civil War:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/civil-war-reenactments-were-thing-even-during-civil-war-180967405/

On the history of the KKK:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/04/books/review/linda-gordon-the-second-coming-of-the-kkk.html

More on rethinking the dependence on corn in the American southwest:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-11/uoc-asf112717.php
http://azdailysun.com/news/local/ancestral-puebloans-used-fire-to-help-them-survive-south-of/article_9b4b3bbb-c178-5aac-b2a8-b0c7600a2259.html

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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A major mapping project for some petroglyphs in Venezuela:

https://phys.org/news/2017-12-venezuelan-art-unprecedented.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-12/ucl-vra120517.php
https://www.upi.com/Science_News/2017/12/07/Scientists-map-ancient-rock-art-in-Venezuela/2151512663060/
https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/12/pre-colombian-rock-art-scanned-venezuela-south-america-spd/
https://www.archaeology.org/6151-171208-venezuela-rock-art

Reviving (sort of) the Aztec/Maya ball game:

https://elpais.com/internacional/2017/12/03/la_serpiente_emplumada/1512332599_416640.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 Bronze Age use of meteoric iron in various cultures:

https://phys.org/news/2017-12-bronze-age-artifacts-meteoric-iron.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-12/c-baa120417.php
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.826890
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/bronze-age-artifacts-meteoric-iron-05498.html
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2017/12/05/iron-artifacts-bronze-age-meteor/
https://www.archaeology.org/6141-171205-bronze-age-iron

Much coverage of the carbon dating of a bone purportedly belonging to Saint Nicholas:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-12/uoo-cab120517.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-12-ancient-bones-santa-real.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/12/171205203041.htm
http://www.ox.ac.uk/news/2017-12-05-could-ancient-bones-suggest-santa-was-real
http://www.bbc.com/news/education-42239197
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bone-old-enough-be-santa-clauss-pelvis-180967444/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6145-171206-saint-nicholas-relic

… but something important was skipped over in the coverage (and research, it seems):

https://www.livescience.com/61146-origins-of-santa-claus-bone.html

… and a feature on Saint Nick:

http://www.dw.com/en/why-st-nicholas-puts-candy-in-boots-and-stole-our-hearts/a-18889948

Other Christmas-related items seem to be out early this year, e.g., on the Magi’s gifts:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/people-cultures-in-the-bible/jesus-historical-jesus/why-did-the-magi-bring-gold-frankincense-and-myrrh/

… and the date of Christmas:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-topics/new-testament/how-december-25-became-christmas/

… maybe this thing on the history of mince pies:

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20171208-the-strange-and-twisted-history-of-mince-pies

… and a ‘biography’ of Christmas:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/01/books/review/christmas-biography-judith-flanders.html

Not sure where to put this one … the US is trying to seize a ring (and other items) seized by Turkey supposedly trafficked by ISIS:

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-justice-terrorism/justice-department-seeks-warrant-to-seize-ancient-ring-trafficked-by-isis-idUSKBN1E02OV
http://www.newsweek.com/us-hunting-isis-jewels-fund-groups-terror-worldwide-740597
https://www.courthousenews.com/gold-ring-seized-by-turkey-eyed-in-forfeiture-action/
https://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-tries-to-seize-antiquities-looted-by-islamic-state-and-used-to-fund-terrorism-1512584097

… and related, on the ‘weaponizaton’ of Antiquities:

https://hyperallergic.com/415471/how-antiquities-have-been-weaponized-in-the-struggle-to-preserve-culture/

Pondering why the Salvator Mundi fetched such a high price:

https://www.livescience.com/61115-leonardo-da-vinci-trophy-auction.html

Pondering Magritte’s pipe:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20171205-magritte-and-the-subversive-power-of-his-pipe

Feature on Marie Tussaud:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-marie-tussaud-created-wax-empire-180967356/

Feature on the Nobel Banquet:

http://www.dw.com/en/nobel-banquet-a-sumptuous-serve-for-laureates-and-royals/a-41708521

On hunter-gatherer storytelling:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-12/ucl-spc120417.php
https://www.archaeology.org/6150-171208-storytelling-hunter-gatherer

UNESCO is pondering ‘intangible heritage’:

http://www.dw.com/en/intangible-heritage-from-windmills-to-traditional-horse-games/g-41630684

… not sure if this is part of the foregoing:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-42185391

A windmill drawing from a wall in Isaac Newton’s childhood home:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/dec/08/windmill-drawing-found-on-wall-of-isaac-newton-childhood-home

Feature on warrior women:

https://blog.britishmuseum.org/bettany-hughes-on-warrior-women/

On the investment opportunities provided by antiquities (grrr):

https://moneyweek.com/antiquities-a-solid-investment/
http://www.ibtimes.com.au/tales-treasures-sunken-shipwrecks-why-they-make-priceless-investments-1562538

On the greatest general:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/napoleon-wins-battle-of-the-great-generals-q05j02nn6

On the history of purple:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/09/style/purple-pantone-color-year.html

On the heroine of the Island of the Blue Dolphins:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/what-archaeologists-and-historians-are-finding-about-heroine-beloved-young-adult-novel-180967401/

Remembering Vincent Scully:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/05/opinion/vincent-scully-architecture.html

Review of a book about Giorgio Vasari:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/01/books/review/collector-of-lives-giorgio-vasari-biography-rowland-charney.html

More on the Apocalypse of James papyrus:

http://cherwell.org/2017/12/04/heretical-text-of-jesus-brother-found-in-oxford/
https://www.archaeology.org/6136-11204-greek-gnostic-document

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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India and the World:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mumbai-exhibit-tells-story-india-help-british-museum-180967370/

Adolph de Meyer:

http://www.dw.com/en/why-pioneering-photographer-adolf-de-meyer-is-the-debussy-of-the-camera/a-41595276

Cabinets of Antiquities:

http://www.thenews.pl/1/6/Artykul/338177,Cabinets-of-Antiquities-from-Greece-Rome-Egypt-open-in-Warsaw

A Ghost of an Idea:

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

Charles II:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/dec/07/charles-ii-exhibition-reveals-how-he-tackled-the-kings-evil

Hadrian and Athens:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/223889/article/ekathimerini/life/national-archaeological-museum-sheds-light-on-hadrians-world
http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/28694-national-archaeological-museum-in-athens-sheds-light-on-hadrian%E2%80%99s-world.html

Never Ending Stories:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20171204-the-ancient-symbol-that-spanned-millennia

Mummy portraits:

http://www.blockmuseum.northwestern.edu/view/exhibitions/upcoming-exhibitions/paint-the-eyes-softer.html

Perhaps not surprisingly, the Salvator Mundi is destined for the Louvre Abu Dhabi:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2017/dec/07/world-record-da-vinci-painting-to-be-exhibited-at-louvre-abu-dhabi
http://www.dw.com/en/salvator-mundi-da-vinci-painting-that-sold-for-450-million-headed-to-louvre-abu-dhabi/a-41685659
http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-42260985
http://www.cnn.com/style/article/record-breaking-da-vinci-painting-abu-dhabi-louvre/index.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2017/12/07/leonardo-da-vincis-salvator-mundi-which-sold-for-450-3-million-is-bound-for-the-louvre-abu-dhabi/
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/06/world/middleeast/salvator-mundi-da-vinci-saudi-prince-bader.html
https://elpais.com/cultura/2017/12/07/actualidad/1512617638_022215.html

The Frick has purchased its first painting in decades:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/05/arts/design/frick-buys-borghese-painting-gerard.html

The Getty is well-equipped to deal with fires:

https://www.thenationalherald.com/184144/las-getty-center-built-protect-greek-roman-antiquities-flames/
https://www.usnews.com/news/entertainment/articles/2017-12-06/las-getty-center-was-built-with-fire-protection-in-mind
http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/society/28716-la%E2%80%99s-getty-center-to-protect-its-greek-antiquities-from-flames.html

Boston’s MFA has opened a gallery for Greece and Rome:

https://www.bostonglobe.com/arts/art/2017/12/06/the-mfa-opens-classical-art-gallery/dXlvqMQ8bFK0N8AIrijoxO/story.html
http://www.mfa.org/news/daily-life-in-ancient-greece

More on the BM’s plans for new storage facilities:

https://www.apollo-magazine.com/british-museum-plans-to-open-storage-facilities-out-of-london/

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THE TECHY SIDE
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Using 3d imagery to study early butchering techniques:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-12/pu-nam120517.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-12-approach-early-human-butchering.html https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/12/171206090528.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6144-171206-butchery-mark-analysis

More on that high tech xraying of a mummy:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-42218032

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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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Plovdiv:

http://www.cnn.com/travel/article/plovdiv-bulgaria/index.html

Bath:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/united-kingdom/england/articles/visiting-the-roman-baths-everything-you-need-to-know/

Mayan Guatemala (and Honduras):

https://www.stuff.co.nz/travel/themes/adventure/99589601/Immersed-in-Guatemalas-Mayan-history
http://www.philly.com/philly/living/travel/immersed-in-the-mayan-history-of-guatemala-and-honduras-20171208.html

Andes:

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/travel/destinations/taking-the-high-road-over-theandes/article37220079/?cmpid=rss1

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CRIME BEAT
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Latest in the court case involving those Persian artifacts at the Oriental Institute:

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-court-iran/u-s-top-court-wary-over-allowing-seizure-of-ancient-persian-artifacts-idUSKBN1DY2E9
https://www.timesofisrael.com/us-justices-cast-doubt-over-hamas-bomb-victims-claim-to-iran-artifacts/
http://theartnewspaper.com/news/supreme-court-hears-arguments-in-claim-against-iranian-antiquities
https://www.chicagomaroon.com/article/2017/11/21/supreme-court-hear-case-surrounding-seizure-irania/

A sort of followup to a looting in Utah story from a while ago:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2017/12/05/pilfered-artifacts-three-suicides-and-the-struggle-over-federal-land-in-utah/

A vandalizing sites case from Arkansas:

http://www.boonevilledemocrat.com/news/20171205/two-charged-with-vandalizing-archaeological-site

A coin seizure at Cairo’s airport:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/35688/Cairo-Airport-thwarts-smuggling-of-28-historic-coins

… and another bust at the airport (not sure if this is the same as the above):

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/36129/Hurghada-Airport-thwarts-smuggling-of-102-artifacts

Looting at Vernon Lake (Louisiana):

http://www.postsouth.com/news/20171202/looting-at-lake

Feature on the trafficking of Hopi artifacts:

https://psmag.com/tag/hopi

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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Peru has recovered some books taken by the Chilean army over a century ago:

http://www.elmostrador.cl/cultura/2017/12/05/despues-136-anos-regresan-a-peru-invaluables-libros-que-fueron-sustraidos-por-el-ejercito-chileno-de-la-biblioteca-nacional-de-lima/

Some jewellery taken from Angkor ages ago was returned:

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/angkor-jewellery-returned
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NUMISMATICA
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Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n50.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n51.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/2672-audio-news-from-archaeologica-26-november-2017-2-december-2017
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OBITUARIES
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Vincent Scully:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/01/obituaries/vincent-scully-97-influential-architecture-historian-dies.html
https://news.yale.edu/2017/12/01/memoriam-vincent-scully-beloved-teacher-helped-shape-nation
http://theartnewspaper.com/news/vincent-scully-fervent-professor-of-art-of-architecture-has-died-aged-97

David Waterhouse:

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/scholar-david-waterhouse-had-a-passion-for-japanese-culture/article37188177/

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CONFERENCES
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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 20.32 ~ December 3, 2017

Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Hernan Astudillo,
David Perlmutter, D.S.H., Richard Miller,  Barbara Saylor Rodgers, Rick Heli,
Bob Heuman, David Critchley, Allan Brockway, 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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Otzi is now a movie:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/dec/03/otzi-iceman-mummy-brought-to-life-on-film

More on that 400 000 years bp ‘school’ in Israel:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/world/archaeologists-find-oldest-school-in-the-world-in-israel-dvsvtmf27

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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27 Sekhmet statues from Luxor:

http://www.egyptindependent.com/27-statues-of-goddess-sekhmet-unearthed-in-luxor/

Digging  has commenced at Bir Youssef:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/34868/Min-of-Antiquities-to-start-excavation-work-at-Bir-Youssef
http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/43/282459/Heritage/Islamic/Salah-ElDin-Citadels-Bir-Youssef-to-be-excavated-S.aspx

More on the void in the pyramid:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/34879/Hawas-reveals-Great-Pyramid-s-gap-secrets
https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/theres-a-void-in-the-great-pyramid-of-giza-but-it-may-not-be-so-mysterious
/

More artifacts from Tut’s tomb are going on tour:

https://phys.org/news/2017-11-artifacts-king-tut-tomb-international.html

3500 BCE burials found at the site of Istanbul’s new metro station:

https://www.trtworld.com/turkey/archaeologists-discover-ancient-human-remains-in-istanbul-s-new-metro-site-12827

Median artifacts from Hamedan:

http://www.tehrantimes.com/news/418879/Median-antiquities-unearthed-in-Hamedan

An Iron Age hoard from Megiddo:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/hidden-hoard-hints-how-ancient-elites-protected-family-treasures

A 2200 years bp Idumean structure/temple from near Lakhish:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/drone-survey-reveals-ancient-temple-at-israeli-military-grounds/
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/history/2200-year-old-edomite-temple-unearthed-in-lakhish-region/2017/11/30/
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Archeologists-unearth-rare-Hellenistic-era-mystery-structure-in-Negev-515670
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.825907
https://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/Flash.aspx/404449

Plenty of coverage of a 4th century date for the Church of the Holy Sepulchre tomb:

https://www.livescience.com/61043-tomb-of-jesus-excavated.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/11/28/new-tests-jesuss-presumed-tomb-back-traditional-beliefs/
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/jesus-christ-tomb-scientists-older-expected-jerusalem-church-of-holy-sepulchre-a8081521.html
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/ancient-glue-offers-new-insight-age-what-may-be-jesus-n824421
https://www.yahoo.com/news/archaeologists-confirm-tomb-christ-dates-211935953.html
http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/new-tests-reveal-the-holy-secrets-of-ancient-tomb-in-jerusalem/news-story/0aa4c98609a346833329101224e9c6f7
https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/11/jesus-tomb-archaeology-jerusalem-christianity-rome/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mortar-found-jesus-tomb-dates-constantine-era-180967345/

Overviewish thing on finds at Migdal:

https://thejewishnews.com/2017/11/28/excavation-galilee-pilgrims-guesthouse-yields-1st-century-city/

Good followup piece on that ‘castle’ in Lake Van:

https://www.livescience.com/61038-real-story-of-ancient-underwater-castle.html
https://www.livescience.com/61037-underwater-castle-photos.html

An account of a comet in Ottoman times:

https://elpais.com/elpais/2017/11/13/ciencia/1510574984_885583.html

1600 years bp mosaics from the Fatih Mosque:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/11/27/mosaics-on-mosque-floor-revealed

… and more on the 1500 years bp mosaic found at Ashdod Yam:

https://www.archaeology.org/6120-11127-ashdod-yam-mosaic

A couple of  sort of ‘state of the question’ pieces on the Dead Sea Scrolls:

http://www.jpost.com/jerusalem/Article.aspx?id=510977
http://jewishweek.timesofisrael.com/bringing-life-to-study-of-the-dead-sea-scrolls/

… and an item on Moses Shapira’s scrolls:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20171129-was-this-the-first-dead-sea-scroll

… and there’s a new translation in the works:

http://news.du.edu/alison-schofield-tackles-new-translation-of-the-dead-sea-scrolls/

More on dogs in Saudi petroglyphs:

https://phys.org/news/2017-12-insight-dog-side-years.html

… and suggestions about domestication:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.825926
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Plenty of coverage of the potential discovery of the site where Caesar’s invasion of Britain began:

https://phys.org/news/2017-11-evidence-julius-caesar-invasion-britain.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-11/uol-fef112817.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/11/171128230421.htm
https://www.livescience.com/61070-fort-where-caesar-invaded-britain-found.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-42155888
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/nov/29/caesars-invasion-of-britain-began-from-pegwell-bay-in-kent-say-archaeologists
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2017/11/29/archaeologists-find-first-evidence-julius-caesars-invasion-britain/
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/roman-spearhead-in-ebbsfleet-rewrites-history-of-caesar-s-invasion-of-britain-n80bnmb0h
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/julius-caesar-invasion-britain-uk-site-evidence-first-discovered-kent-a8081056.html
http://www.peeblesshirenews.com/news/15690128.Ditch_gives_clue_to_arrival_of_first_Roman_forces_in_Britain/
http://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/leicester-news/digging-for-britain-julius-caesar-845361
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/first-archaeological-evidence-julius-caesars-invasion-britain-discovered-1649443
https://theconversation.com/how-our-discovery-of-julius-caesars-first-landing-point-in-britain-could-change-history-88267
https://www.yahoo.com/news/possible-evidence-caesars-uk-invasion-unearthed-060517001.html
http://www.newsweek.com/first-evidence-julius-caesars-invasion-britain-could-rewrite-history-roman-725765
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-discover-where-julius-caesar-landed-britain-180967359/
https://www.archaeology.org/6126-171129-caesar-roman-invasion
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/11/2017/first-archaeological-evidence-for-julius-caesars-invasion-of-britain

Excavating a (third) Roman temple at Silchester:

http://www.getreading.co.uk/news/reading-berkshire-news/reading-archaeologists-discover-roman-temple-13932869

A 2000 years bp Roman necropolis from Kahramanmaras:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/11/26/2000-year-old-necropolis-found-in-turkeys-kahramanmaras

Fragmentary statue remains of Hygieia and Eros from Anavarza:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ancient-hygieia-new-finding-in-anavarza-123138
https://www.archaeology.org/6122-171127-turkey-anavarza-statue

A Roman ‘farmstead’ from Worcester:

http://www.worcesternews.co.uk/NEWs/15690803.Archaeologists_unearth_2_000_year_old_Roman_farmstead_in_Worcester/

I  think we mentioned this gymnasium find from Konya:

http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-rome-archaeologists-discover-gym-city-book-revelation-723512

On things the Phoenicians brought to Sicily:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.825589

On Fife’s Roman connections:

https://www.fifetoday.co.uk/news/does-fife-have-a-secret-history-of-roman-links-1-4627212

Feature on a Roman burial from Huntingdon (find was made quite a while ago):

http://www.huntspost.co.uk/news/the-roman-burial-that-offers-a-rare-glimpse-into-past-of-huntingdonshire-town-1-5301779

Very interesting feature on ancient music:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/drsarahbond/2017/11/28/five-ways-to-listen-to-the-music-of-the-ancient-world-today/#34c98da37d9d

Feature on Boudicca:

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/15698897.How_Queen_Boudica_waived_the_rules_in_Britannia/

Feature on pigeons in the Roman/Byzantine Near East:

http://asorblog.org/2017/11/28/not-just-birds-pigeons-roman-byzantine-near-east/

Feature on Scythian mummies:

https://blog.britishmuseum.org/mummies-and-log-houses-of-the-dead-scythian-life-and-death/

On the Latin Mass:

https://www.americamagazine.org/faith/2017/11/28/ex-catholic-quaker-beauty-and-danger-latin-mass

Honours for Michael Cosmopoulos:

http://canada.greekreporter.com/2017/11/30/greek-professor-michael-cosmopoulos-inducted-into-the-royal-society-of-canada/

What Craig Harvey is up to:

http://menafn.com/1096173046/Canadian-scholar-delves-into-Roman-commanders-residence-in-Humayma

And the archaeologist named to be in charge of the Colosseum is:

http://www.startribune.com/italian-archaeologist-selected-to-oversee-rome-s-colosseum/461292703/
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=11951706&ref=rss

On the effects of misreading Classical literature:

http://nationalpost.com/pmn/news-pmn/toxic-masculinity-fostered-by-misreadings-of-the-classics
https://theconversation.com/toxic-masculinity-fostered-by-misreadings-of-the-classics-88118

Corpus Christi has renamed its ‘Fraenkel room’:

http://cherwell.org/2017/11/27/corpus-votes-rename-room-after-allegations-of-sexual-misconduct/
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/oxford-votes-to-drop-name-of-sex-pest-eduard-fraenkel-gtjljk5k0
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/2017/11/28/oxford-college-rename-room-dedicated-renowned-classicist-following/

Not sure about this Tal Qadi stone thing:

https://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20171127/local/tal-qadi-stone-could-be-the-oldest-representation-of-the-zodiac.664187

Reviews of Thomas’ *Why Bob Dylan Matters*:

http://www.wbir.com/article/news/nation-now/new-book-by-harvard-professor-explains-why-bob-dylan-matters/465-1bfcdb9c-8ae4-4f77-8f2b-a773cf055df7
https://www.timeshighereducation.com/books/review-why-dylan-matters-richard-f-thomas-william-collins

Reviews of Emily Wilson’s *Odyssey* translation:

https://www.npr.org/2017/12/02/567773373/emily-wilsons-odyssey-scrapes-the-barnacles-off-homers-hull

More on Roman-era shipwrecks off Alexandria:

https://www.livescience.com/61022-3-shipwrecks-off-egypt-coast.html

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

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A 15 000 years bp ‘Venus figurine’ from Dugi Otok (Croatia):

https://www.croatiaweek.com/archaeologists-find-first-venus-figurine-in-croatia-on-dugi-otok/
https://www.total-croatia-news.com/lifestyle/23676-15-000-year-old-statuette-discovered-on-dugi-otok

This one is being spun in various ways, but ultimately it seems to be about Neolithic women being actively involved in agriculture in Europe:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-11/aaft-bsp112717.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-11-prehistoric-women-stronger-arms-today.html
https://www.livescience.com/61061-prehistoric-women-strong-arms.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-42173236
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2017/11/29/prehistoric-women-stronger-elite-cambridge-rowers-study-finds/
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/nov/29/prehistoric-womens-arms-stronger-than-those-of-todays-elite-rowers
http://www.smh.com.au/world/prehistoric-women-stronger-than-rowers-20171130-gzvw9v.html
https://www.npr.org/2017/11/30/567332015/womens-role-in-the-european-agricultural-revolution-revealed?sc=17&f=3&utm_source=iosnewsapp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=app
https://knpr.org/npr/2017-11/working-moms-have-been-thing-ancient-history
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2017/11/29/ancient-prehistoric-women-farming-strong/
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/strong-armed-women-helped-power-europes-ancient-farming-revolution?tgt=nr
https://elpais.com/elpais/2017/11/29/ciencia/1511969205_028548.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6130-171130-women-arm-strength

4000 years bp remains from Bury St Edmunds:

http://www.eadt.co.uk/news/prehistoric-remains-uncovered-by-archaeologists-in-bury-st-edmunds-1-5302606

Interesting assembly of Iron Age cauldrons and the like from Glenfield Park (Leicestershire):

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-11/uol-uma112717.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-11-unique-metal-artefacts-iron-age.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/11/171127105917.htm
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/iron-age-metal-artifacts-glenfield-park-05473.html
https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/11/uk-team-unearths-rare-iron-age-party-cauldrons-in-leicestershire/
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/amazing-iron-age-cauldron-discoveries-shed-rare-light-prehistoric-feasting-rituals-1649132
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/11-cauldrons-found-iron-age-settlement-england-180967365/
https://www.archaeology.org/6121-171127-iron-age-cauldron

Remains of a medieval road in a field in Oxford:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-42169973
http://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/15688430.Medieval_road_and_horseshoe_give_causeway_for_excitement/
http://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/yourtown/oxford/15688430.500_year_old_Medieval_road_discovered_underneath_Oxford_field/
https://www.archaeology.org/6135-17201-england-medieval-road

Excavating a medieval garbage dump in Newcastle:

http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/ancient-newcastle-city-centre-rubbish-13979885
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6133-171201-newgate-medieval-artifacts

A medieval ring from Cumbria is classified as treasure:

http://www.thewestmorlandgazette.co.uk/news/15682250.Medieval_ring_found_in_Cumbria_classified_as___39_treasure__39_/?ref=rss

On a medieval street in Lincoln:

http://www.lincolnshirelive.co.uk/news/local-news/secrets-revealed-after-hundreds-years-861058

A note hidden inside a statue of Jesus:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5129121/Note-hidden-inside-rear-end-ancient-Jesus-statue.html

Suggestion that Versailles is aligned toward the Church of the Holy Sepuchre:

https://www.valeursactuelles.com/histoire/lorientation-mysterieuse-du-chateau-de-versailles-bientot-expliquee-91021

Funding to preserved frescoes beneath Naples:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/11/30/ancient-frescoes-catacombs-beneath-naples-restored-funds-prosciutto/

More on that Norman era motte from Co Down:

https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/life/features/volunteers-storm-the-ramparts-to-unearth-co-down-norman-fort-36371485.html

More on that evidence of earliest wine production near Tbilisi:

https://penncurrent.upenn.edu/features/discovery-finds-winemaking-is-centuries-older-than-previously-believed
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-science-wine/drinking-age-oldest-evidence-of-wine-making-found-near-tbilisi-idUSKBN1DD2KM?feedType=RSS&feedName=scienceNews

More on that possible mikveh from Marseille:

http://www.jpost.com/Diaspora/Archaeologists-may-have-found-an-ancient-mikve-near-Marseille-515144
https://www.archaeology.org/6123-171128-france-jewish-mikveh

More on that Anglo Saxon coin hoard from Chelmsford:

http://www.chelmsfordweeklynews.co.uk/news/15693954.Coins_found_in_field_are_nearly1_500_years_old/

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

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An Upper Paleolithic era cave painting of a camel from the Urals:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-11/lmsu-shd112717.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-11-scientists-upper-paleolithic-cave-camel.html
https://www.archaeology.org/6127-171129-russia-cave-camel

Studying Upper Paleolithic jewellery from Sungir:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-11/lmsu-ata113017.php

5500 years bp remains from Gia Lai (Viet Nam):

https://en.vietnamplus.vn/traces-of-ancient-vietnamese-found-in-archaeological-relic-in-gia-lai/122417.vnp
http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/art-entertainment/191092/traces-of-ancient-vietnamese-found-in-archaeological-relic-in-gia-lai.html

On the now-vanished Himalayan river around which the Indus civilization grew:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/11/171128112209.htm
http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-42157402
https://cosmosmagazine.com/geoscience/in-ancient-india-a-river-didn-t-run-through-it
https://www.livescience.com/61039-ancient-indus-civilization-survived-without-rivers.html
https://www.archaeology.org/6125-171128-indus-river-paleochannel
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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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Latest from the Camp Security dig:

http://www.yorkdispatch.com/story/news/2017/11/28/camp-security-not-affected-springettsbury-sewer-line-project/891318001/?from=global&sessionKey=&autologin=
http://www.yorkdispatch.com/picture-gallery/news/local/2017/11/28/photos-archaeological-dig-at-camp-security/108093126/?from=global&sessionKey=&autologin=

Photos from the Sarpy Bison Kill site:

http://trib.com/news/state-and-regional/photos-at-this-ancient-bison-kill-site-native-hunters-left/collection_d78dc794-2865-56bc-95f4-1f42631c0e8a.html#1

Studying 400 years bp bones from St Augustine:

http://www.firstcoastnews.com/news/uf-studies-400-year-old-bones-from-st-augustine-archaeological-dig/495917155

First Nations artifacts from a Burlington quarry:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/hamilton/burlington-quarry-1.4426292?cmp=rss

Rethinking the relative importance of corn in the American Southwest:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-11/uoc-asf112717.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-11-archaeologist-idea-prehistoric-people-southwest.html
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/11/2017/fire-was-key-to-prehistoric-survival-in-arid-southwest
https://www.archaeology.org/6134-171201-grand-canyon-fire

Feature on John Brown:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/retropolis/wp/2017/12/02/unflinching-the-day-john-brown-was-hanged-for-his-raid-on-harpers-ferry/

Pondering a mutiny in Texas a hundred years ago:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-42116688

… and the 1900 Galveston hurricane:

https://www.npr.org/2017/11/30/566950355/the-tempest-at-galveston-we-knew-there-was-a-storm-coming-but-we-had-no-idea

… and the Puritan ‘war on Christmas’:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/retropolis/wp/2017/12/01/the-war-on-christmas-predates-trump-and-fox-news-by-almost-400-years/

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Feature on Guatemala’s Maya history:

http://www.miamiherald.com/living/travel/article186644858.html

Google and the British Museum are digitizing a pile of Maya-related photos:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2017/nov/29/digital-technology-maya-culture-back-to-the-future-british-museum-alfred-maudslay
https://blog.britishmuseum.org/maya-heritage-150-years-of-preservation/
https://www.ft.com/content/8cf1ee78-d501-11e7-a303-9060cb1e5f44

What Richard Hansen is up to:

http://www.weeklystandard.com/king-of-the-jungle-the-mayan-empire-of-archaeologist-richard-hansen/article/2010638

On Andean clay eating:

https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2017/11/28/564866619/the-ancient-andean-tradition-of-eating-clay-may-have-helped-to-protect-health

Urbanization threatens Peru’s sites:

https://phys.org/news/2017-11-peru-abundant-urbanization.html
https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/perus-abundant-ruins-feel-the-squeeze-of-urbanization/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/kidspost/in-peru-cultural-sites-are-dangerously-close-to-disappearing/2017/11/28/28f56006-d472-11e7-a986-d0a9770d9a3e_story.html?utm_term=.d12186977680
http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/peru-ancient-ruins-property-developers-build-lima-pre-colonial-archaeological-zones-south-america-a8082956.html

More on that Orca geoglyph in Peru:

https://www.livescience.com/61035-ancient-killer-whale-geoglyph-peru.html
https://www.livescience.com/61023-peru-orca-geoglyph-photos.html
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/2000-year-old-geoglyph-peru-desert-revealed-be-that-killer-whale-1649583
https://www.archaeology.org/6124-171128-peru-geoglyph-orca
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/check-out-orca-geoglyph-rediscovered-peru-180967338/

More on the digitized Codex Quetzalecatzin:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/you-can-now-see-400-year-old-mesoamerican-map-online-180967332/

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http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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Not sure where to put this one … a Greek bit of a papyrus known as the First Apocalypse of James:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/11/171130133824.htm
https://phys.org/news/2017-11-professors-jesus-secret-revelations-brother.html
http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/society/28559-austin-scholars-find-greek-copy-of-jesus%E2%80%99-secret-revelations-to-his-brother-james.html
http://www.newsweek.com/copy-jesus-writings-his-brother-recovered-antiquity-original-greek-727815?amp=1
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/jesus-secret-teaching-heretical-bible-james-oxford-university-archives-uta-first-apocalypse-a8086206.html
http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/apocalypse-of-james-lost-original-greek-text-of-banned-bible-book-found-at-oxford-university/news-story/6e769ce94a683d42fdbe929f67b916d7

A second ‘movie set Sphinx’ from the Guadalupe-Nipomo dunes:

https://www.livescience.com/61045-hollywood-sphinx-found-in-dunes.html
https://www.livescience.com/61047-photos-sphinx-discovered.html
http://www.keyt.com/news/santa-maria-north-county/second-sphinx-from-ten-commandments-set-discovered-in-guadalupe-nipomo-dunes/662968713
http://www.sfgate.com/weird/article/sphinx-central-california-10-commandments-demille-12392644.php
http://www.newsweek.com/fake-news-archaeologists-unearth-rare-magnificent-sphinx-head-movie-set-727198
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-california-unearth-large-sphinx-set-ten-commandments-180967376/
https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/12/02/568001580/californian-archaeologists-unearth-an-egyptian-sphinx
http://www.ibtimes.com/archaeologists-unearth-1923-ten-commandments-sphinx-california-dunes-2622917
https://www.archaeology.org/6129-171129-california-movie-sphinx

On the story of Hanukka:

http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/The-untold-story-of-Hanukka-515718
https://www.livescience.com/61073-hanukkah-history-traditions.html

Feature on Martin Luther:

http://ripr.org/post/brown-university-historian-martin-luthers-legacy-and-reformation#stream/0

Events in England have sparked a few articles on ‘Black royalty, especially Queen Charlotte:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/30/us/black-princess-meghan-markle.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smartnews-arts-culture/5-things-you-didnt-know-about-queen-charlotte-180967373/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/retropolis/wp/2017/11/27/britains-black-queen-will-meghan-markle-really-be-the-first-mixed-race-royal/

… and other family connections:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-42141518

Marking the 200th anniversary of Frankenstein:

https://www.npr.org/2017/11/25/563736769/brush-up-your-shelley-with-frankenstein-the-first-two-hundred-years

… and Jonathan Swift’s 350th:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/books/ghosthunters-grabbers-and-grifters-what-would-jonathan-swift-say-of-our-times/2017/11/28/771165fa-d319-11e7-95bf-df7c19270879_story.html

A Queen Victoria scrapbook is coming to auction:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/nov/27/scrapbook-of-queen-victorias-childhood-to-be-auctioned-in-berlin

On acoustic architecture:

http://www.lastwordonnothing.com/2017/11/21/acoustic-architecture/

Remembering Peking Man:

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/peking-man-bones-that-were-discovered-90-years-ago-went-missing-during-wwii-1649823

Philosophers of the Year:

https://blog.oup.com/2017/12/philosophers-year-2017-beauvoir-nietzsche-socrates-quiz/

Review of Isaacson, *Leonardo DaVinci*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/27/books/review/leonardo-da-vinci-biography-walter-isaacson.html

More commentary on the Salvator Mundi sale:

http://www.elmostrador.cl/cultura/2017/12/02/el-salvator-mundi-de-da-vinci-y-la-perversion-en-el-mercado-del-arte/

More on Chopin’s pickled heart:

http://www.dw.com/en/scientists-look-at-frederic-chopins-alcohol-pickled-heart-to-determine-death-from-tb/a-41534342

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Restoring the Minoans:

https://hyperallergic.com/410143/restoring-the-minoans-elizabeth-price-and-sir-arthur-evans/

Arch of Titus:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/life-size-relief-replica-stars-in-arch-of-titus-show-in-new-york/

Trajan:

http://nationalpost.com/pmn/entertainment-pmn/legacy-of-trajan-who-grew-empire-is-focus-of-rome-exhibit
http://abcnews.go.com/Travel/wireStory/legacy-trajan-grew-empire-focus-rome-exhibit-51508768

Munch:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/30/arts/design/edvard-munch-met-breuer-scandinavia-house-review.html
https://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2017/edvard-munch
http://www.scandinaviahouse.org/events/the-experimental-self/

Paint the Eyes Softer:

https://news.northwestern.edu/stories/2017/november/art-science-roman-egyptian-mummies-northwestern-exhibition/

Mexican Red:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/27/arts/design/red-dye-cochineal-treasure-mexico-city-history.html
http://www.mexicoescultura.com/actividad/181676/en/mexican-red-the-cochineal-in-art.html

Subterranean maps:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/these-maps-give-a-fascinating-look-at-what-lies-under-the-ground-we-walk-on/2017/11/24/5dc075d2-cebe-11e7-81bc-c55a220c8cbe_story.html

Buried Treasure:

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU1711/S00499/archaeology-and-the-discovery-of-lost-civilisations.htm

Codex Amiatinus Bible:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/nov/30/oldest-complete-latin-bible-set-to-return-to-uk-after-1302-years

Illuminated Manuscripts:

https://news.yale.edu/2017/11/28/illuminating-collaboration-breathes-life-medieval-manuscripts?utm_source=YNemail&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ynalumni-11-30-17

Marking the 115th anniversary of the Egyptian Museum:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/34543/Celebrating-115th-anniversary-of-the-Egyptian-museum
http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/34645/Anani-attends-ceremony-to-mark-Egyptian-museum-s-115th-anniversary
http://www.egyptindependent.com/antiquities-ministry-celebrates-115th-anniversary-egyptian-museum/
http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/44/282453/Heritage/Museums/Egyptian-Museum-in-Tahrir-celebrates-th-anniversar.aspx

The British Museum is setting up a storage facility outside Reading:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-berkshire-42185459
https://www.ft.com/content/8c3856c6-d5e1-11e7-8c9a-d9c0a5c8d5c9

There was a fire at the Pitt Rivers Museum:

http://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/15696100.Plumber_accidentally_sets_fire_to_Oxford_museum/

Ownership issues regarding the DSS is causing a kerfuffle with a German museum:

https://forward.com/fast-forward/388804/dead-sea-scrolls-may-be-palestinian-germany-says/
https://www.jta.org/2017/12/01/news-opinion/world/israel-pulls-out-of-dead-sea-scrolls-exhibit-in-germany-over-political-conflict

Some sort of museum Instagram project:

https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2017/12/01/museums-have-swapped-instagram-accounts-for-day-show-off-area-cultural-institutions/yRAJEniw4V4rBTkbpa6a8L/story.html

More on the opening of the Louvre Abu Dhabi:

http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/middle-east/louvre-abu-dhabi-highlights-opening-hours-da-vinci-picasso-warhol-ai-weiwei-a8084021.html

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THE TECHY SIDE
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Xray Scattering used on mummy for the first time:

https://phys.org/news/2017-11-first-of-its-kind-mummy-reveals-clues-girl.html
https://phys.org/news/2017-11-advanced-technology-child-mummy.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-11/nu-fms112917.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/11/171129133506.htm
http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-egypt-particle-accelerator-mummy-objects-portrait-x-ray-726139
https://www.voanews.com/a/researchers-use-advanced-technology-to-study-child-mummy-/4141312.html
https://news.northwestern.edu/stories/2017/november/mummy-portrait-research-roman-egyptian/
https://www.archaeology.org/6128-171129-mummy-particle-accelerator

Feature on multispectral imaging:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/drsarahbond/2017/11/30/what-is-multispectral-imaging-and-how-is-it-changing-archaeology-and-digital-humanities-today/#502ae58b5151

‘Dawn’ will be joining Myrtis as a reconstruction at the Acropolis Museum:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2017/11/28/dawn-a-7000-year-old-teenager-introduces-herself-in-acropolis-museum/

I  think we mentioned this app to protect Northumberland petroglyphs:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tyne-42123939

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Only DNA story this week relates to what ‘Yeti’ DNA has revealed:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2017/11/29/secret-abominable-snowman-revealed-scientists-analyse-yeti-dna/

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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Plenty of coverage of potential coastal sites (in the US) threatened by climate-change-related sea level rise:

https://phys.org/news/2017-11-sea-level-threaten-archaeological-sites-southeastern.html
https://www.livescience.com/61063-rising-seas-may-destroy-archeological-sites.html
https://www.wired.com/story/sea-level-rise-will-imperil-humanitys-future-and-its-past/
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-11/p-srp112217.php
https://www.usatoday.com/story/weather/2017/11/29/swamped-rising-seas-leave-thousands-historical-sites-southeast-underwater/905345001/
https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2017/11/29/climate-change-will-submerge-over-20000-historical-sites-within-a-century-archaeologists-say/#36874c2d71f7
https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/11/thousands-of-united-states-archaeological-sites-to-be-flooded-by-rising-seas-spd/
https://hyperallergic.com/414184/sea-level-rise-archaeological-sites/
https://www.archaeology.org/6131-171130-sea-level-rise

… and the Pilgrims apparently had to deal with climate change:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/what-the-first-thanksgiving-can-teach-us-about-adjusting-to-climate-shock/2017/11/22/ce570a2a-cdfd-11e7-81bc-c55a220c8cbe_story.html

Leaves collected by Captain Cook are revealing things about CO2 apparently:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-11/28/c_136785654.htm
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Illuminati birthplace:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20171127-the-birthplace-of-the-illuminati

Nicaragua:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/27/travel/nicaragua-dario-poet.html

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CRIME BEAT
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Looters were caught red-handed in Horvat Shemarya:

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/238653
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/5-arrested-for-searching-for-gold-treasure-in-Byzantine-era-antiquities-site-515550

Evidence of ‘nighthawkers’ at Cirencester’s Amphitheater:

http://www.wiltsglosstandard.co.uk/news/15694334.Night_hawkers_defile_Roman_amphitheatre/

Church vandalism in Manche:

https://www.lamanchelibre.fr/actualite-429703-manche-une-eglise-vandalisee

Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2017/11/culture-crime-news-13-26-november-2017.html

More on ‘Indiana Joan’:

http://www.egyptindependent.com/95-year-old-australian-probed-allegedly-looting-middle-eastern-artifacts/
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/indiana-joan-95-accused-of-looting-ancient-tombs-m6b7fgr8d
http://www.ibtimes.com/95-year-old-dubbed-real-life-tomb-raider-after-possibly-stealing-ancient-artifacts-2620673

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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Emmanuel Macron is making the return of African art a priority:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/29/arts/emmanuel-macron-africa.html

Latest Nazi loot returns:

https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/11/29/567179723/painting-stolen-by-the-nazis-is-returned-to-poland
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NUMISMATICA
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On the Gold Solidus of Rome:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/ancient-roman-gold-solidus-ma-shops/

More on that Cluny hoard:

https://www.coinworld.com/news/world-coins/2017/12/medieval-hoard-found-in-france-at-abbey-of-cluny.html

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n49.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n50.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/2671-audio-news-from-archaeologica-19-november-2017-25-november-2017
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OBITUARIES
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Dean Adcock Bailey:

https://wydaily.com/2017/11/28/obits-dean-adcock-bailey/

Norman Baker:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/01/obituaries/norman-baker-dies-at-89-crossed-the-atlantic-on-a-reed-raft.html

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CONFERENCES
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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 20.31 ~ November 26, 2017

Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Hernan Astudillo,
David Perlmutter, Ian Tompkins, Barbara Saylor Rodgers, Rick Heli, Bob Heuman,
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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Qesem Cave is now being suggested as s 400 000 years bp training centre for young hominins:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.824356

Neanderthals were in Spain earlier than we thought, apparently:

http://www.newsweek.com/our-ancient-neanderthal-relatives-went-extinct-much-later-we-thought-716370
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6113-171121-spain-neanderthal-survival

More on that homo erectus skull from China that is challenging the ‘Out of Africa’ theory:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/evolution-theory-out-of-africa-dali-skull-china-homo-erectus-sapiens-latest-a8064306.html

More on the ‘stolen bone’ controversy:

https://cosmosmagazine.com/palaeontology/stolen-bone-alleged-in-controversial-hominin-claim

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Remains of a 7000 years bp city from the Sohag region of Egypt:

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/discovery-7000-year-old-egyptian-city-could-shed-light-nile-valleys-earliest-civilisations-1648880

An 18th Dynasty carpentry workshop (and more) on the Elephantine Island:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/33862/Antiquities-Min-announces-2-archaeological-discoveries
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-11/24/c_136775049.htm

New Kingdom axes (and more) from Aswan:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/282076/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Hellenicera-block,-New-Kingdom-axes-discovered-in-.aspx

We’re reading of ‘missing antiquities’ again:

https://aawsat.com/english/home/article/1091481/minister-antiquities-33000-egyptian-artefacts-are-missing

… probably related:

https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2017/11/egypt-preserving-antiquities-354-artifacts-return-from-uae.html

Plans to look for 15th Dynasty remains at el Ghorefa:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/33387/Egyptian-mission-excavates-New-Kingdom%E2%80%99s-tombs

Zahi Hawass was chatting about assorted recent news:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/9/33476/Hawas-meets-with-US-tourism-delegation-explains-Khufu-gap

Marking the 200th anniversary of the translation of the Rosetta stone:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/33342/Egypt-celebrates-200-years-since-decoding-Rosetta-Stone

… but it can’t be repatriated:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/281853/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/International-law-prevents-recovery-of-Rosetta-Sto.aspx

More on some items from Tut’s tomb being researched for the first time:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/11/171116105129.htm
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/11/2017/gold-artefacts-from-tutankhamuns-tomb-researched-for-first-time

A 1500 years bp lioness relief from El-Araj:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.824084
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/1320-lbs-lioness-statue-discovered-near-the-kinneret/2017/11/22/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6117-171122-israel-lioness-relief

A 1500 years bp mosaic from a religious structure in Ashdod is causing lots of excitement:

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Stunning-1500-year-old-Georgian-church-mosaic-discovered-in-Israeli-Port-City-515032
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.812712
https://www.timesofisrael.com/where-maccabees-overthrew-idolatry-early-georgian-christian-mosaic-uncovered/
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/1500-year-old-colorful-mosaic-floor-with-inscription-uncovered-in-ashdod/2017/11/23/
http://www.aina.org/ata/20171123111623.htm
http://www.foxnews.com/science/2017/11/24/incredible-1500-year-old-christian-mosaic-uncovered-in-israel.html

Pondering the evidence for the united monarchy of David and Solomon:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.823580
http://www.newsweek.com/bible-david-solomon-timna-copper-mines-archaeology-717192

Feature on the orientation of Iron Age houses in Israel:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/ancient-cultures/daily-life-and-practice/israelite-cosmology-iron-age-houses/

Feature on some toilets from Israel:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/studying-old-thrones-researchers-flush-out-ancient-man-and-his-business/

Feature on conflict archaeology in Iraq:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/nov/22/is-conflict-damage-really-damage-archaeology-iran-iraq-war

On the perception of Palestine:

https://aeon.co/essays/biblical-imaginings-have-warped-our-perception-of-palestine

A Bronze Age Emirati settlement is open to the public for the first time:

https://www.thenational.ae/uae/remains-of-bronze-age-emirati-settlement-open-to-public-for-first-time-1.677043

More on burials at Qumran:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/new-skeletal-evidence-could-put-decades-old-debate-over-qumran-settlers-to-rest/
http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/the-excavation-of-33-skeletons-suggests-the-dead-sea-scrolls-belonged-to-monks-from-a-jewish-cult/news-story/780174525231ba026dbc7084c17d1562
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/skeletons-could-provide-clues-who-wrote-or-protected-dead-sea-scrolls
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6109-171120-israel-qumran-skeletons

More on remains of eggplant from Israel:

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/
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/one-thousand-year-old-eggplant-discovered-in-israel/2017/11/16/

More on those ‘dog petroglyphs’ from Saudi Arabia:

https://www.livescience.com/60982-oldest-images-of-dogs-on-leashes.html
https://phys.org/news/2017-11-wall-saudi-arabia-earliest-depiction.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/20/science/dogs-rock-art.html?partner=rss&emc=rss
http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/11/these-may-be-world-s-first-images-dogs-and-they-re-wearing-leashes
http://www.weeklystandard.com/prufrock-hunting-with-dogs-in-pre-neolithic-arabia-truman-capotes-holiday-stories-and-the-future-of-digital-media/article/2010569
https://hyperallergic.com/412866/rock-engravings-of-dogs-on-leashes-show-pre-neolithic-good-boys/
https://www.timesofisrael.com/were-israels-canaan-dogs-hunting-mans-best-friends-9000-years-ago/
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/dog-images-ancient-pre-historic-domesticated-breeds-saudi-arabia-shuwaymis-jubba-archaeology-maria-a8067411.html https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/8000-year-old-rock-carvings-may-be-earliest-depiction-domesticated-dogs-180967266/

More on that Urartian castle in Lake Van:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/castle-discovered-lake-turkey-underwater-lake-van-urartu-thousands-years-old-a8070911.html
http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/a-turkish-lake-has-given-up-its-secret-a-3000-year-old-fortress-belonging-to-a-lost-civilisation/news-story/f190f67322c4ac96293a34844cca184c
http://www.nationalgeographic.com.au/history/3000-year-old-mysterious-lost-civilisation-found-underwater.aspx
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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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A trio of Roman shipwrecks off the coast of Alexandria:

https://phys.org/news/2017-11-archeologists-roman-shipwrecks-egypt-north.html
http://www.egyptindependent.com/sunken-vessels-dating-back-roman-era-discovered-alexandria/
http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/281925/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Roman-shipwrecks-among-latest-seafloor-discoveries.aspx
http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/33697/Excavation-mission-uncovers-Roman-antiquities-in-Abu-Qir
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.824395
http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-roman-shipwrecks-full-treasure-and-royal-head-crystal-discovered-egypt-718359
http://www.fredericksburg.com/news/news-wire/archeologists-find-roman-shipwrecks-off-egypt-s-north-coast/article_aaada0c1-fff2-560c-b116-d8f8eb1cc5e9.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6115-171121-egypt-crystal-head

From Kom Ombo comes a relief with an image of Philip Arrhidaeus:

http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-egypt-kom-ombo-temple-720975

A Roman gymnasium from Turkey’s Konya province:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/11/26/ancient-roman-gymnasium-discovered-in-southwest-turkey

Remains of a Roman building where that coin hoard was found near Mezdra last week:

http://www.novinite.com/articles/185517/Archaeologists+Discover+Large+Roman+Building+under+Tree+Where+Coin+Hoard+Was+Found+in+Bulgaria’s+Mezdra
http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2017/11/22/archaeologists-discover-large-roman-building-tree-coin-hoard-found-bulgaria-mezdra-clues-barbarian-invasion/

The search is on for Amphipolis’ theatre:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2017/11/20/archaeologists-search-for-ancient-theatre-of-amphipolis-northern-macedonia-greece/

… and the Kasta tomb will open to the public in a couple years or so:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/28371-kasta-tomb-in-amphipolis-to-be-visitable-in-3-years-culture-minister-says.html
http://www.ekathimerini.com/223542/article/ekathimerini/life/amphipolis-tomb-to-be-opened-in-2020-minister-says

A Roman temple in Silchester may date back to Nero:

https://phys.org/news/2017-11-roman-temple-silchester-emperor-vanity.html

The site of Dion is covered in mud:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2017/11/20/dion-archaeological-site-in-northern-greece-covered-in-mud/

Damage to a Thracian fortress wall near Burgas:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2017/11/21/archaeologists-find-ancient-thracian-fortress-near-bulgarias-burgas-bulldozed-treasure-hunter/

Pondering the food supply at Caerleon:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/ruminations-food-supply-roman-fortress-caerleon.htm

On Roman baby potties:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2017/11/19/where-did-ancient-roman-babies-poop/#4a962e505ca3

Feature on Sardis:

https://alumni.berkeley.edu/california-magazine/just-in/2017-11-22/all-glitters-uncovering-sardis-ancient-city-gold

Feature on Suetonius:

https://theconversation.com/guide-to-the-classics-suetoniuss-the-twelve-caesars-explores-vice-and-virtue-in-ancient-rome-85608

Latest salvos in the Parthenon/Elgin Marbles brouhaha:

http://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/matthew-taylor-to-keep-hold-of-friends-in-europe-we-must-be-prepared-to-lose-our-marbles-1-4623309
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/comedian-mary-coustas-calls-for-return-of-parthenon-marbles-to-athens-as-frieze-replica-is-unveiled-at-greek-community-centre-in-cbd/news-story/e718f8bc0cc657865667597c89a86196

A debate for and against on the importance of Classics:

https://wcc-uk.blogs.sas.ac.uk/2017/10/27/against-classics/
https://medium.com/@dominobi/contra-against-classics-c760dd75ba80

… in a similar spirit:
http://irishtechnews.ie/the-value-of-learning-classical-languages-and-how-it-can-help-you-in-the-modern-world/
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/teaching-code-in-schools-is-a-waste-of-time-jd6bxc5rl

… and Socrates probably wouldn’t have been successful in today’s schools:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/why-socrates-couldnt-hack-it-in-todays-public-schools/2017/11/24/6a549974-c98a-11e7-8321-481fd63f174d_story.html?utm_term=.2001a7208531

The Koch brothers donated to Classics at UC Berkeley:

http://www.dailycal.org/2017/11/19/uc-berkeley-postdoctoral-fellow-funded-koch-brothers-donation-2016/

What Eric Cline is up to:

http://www.thejustice.org/article/2017/11/bronze-age

What Julien Aliquot is up to:

http://www.menafn.com/1096147481/French-scholar-tries-to-decipher-ancient-Greek-Latin-inscriptions-in-Jordan

What Margaret-Anne Gillis is up to:

http://www.ctvnews.ca/sci-tech/ont-teacher-leading-effort-to-build-roof-over-villa-in-ancient-pompeii-1.3685718
http://www.thebarrieexaminer.com/2017/11/24/preserving-ancient-pompeii-site-goal-of-barrie-teacher

More on Mithras in London:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-11/25/c_136777682.htm

More coverage of Emily Wilson’s Odyssey translation:

http://neoskosmos.com/news/en/Emily-Wilson-the-first-woman-to-translate-Homers-Odyssey-into-English
https://www.vox.com/identities/2017/11/20/16651634/odyssey-emily-wilson-translation-first-woman-english
http://www.thedp.com/article/2017/11/odyssey-upenn-classics-philadelphia-english-academics-college-faculty
https://www.the-tls.co.uk/a-womans-odyssey/

… and Richard Thomas’ *Why Bob Dylan Matters*:

https://www.npr.org/2017/11/21/563736161/a-classics-professor-explains-why-bob-dylan-matters
http://www.bostonglobe.com/arts/books/2017/11/23/virgil-homer-and-dylan-pop-bookstore-rockport-recalling-combat-zone/BwV0lkyLN2fT2GKiTVDCdJ/story.html

Review of Daniel Mendelsohn’s *An Odyssey*:

https://www.dallasnews.com/arts/books/2017/11/22/daniel-mendelsohn-odyssey-dallas-review

Review of Stephen Fry, *Mythos*:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/nov/22/mythos-a-retelling-of-the-myths-of-ancient-greece-by-stephen-fry-review

Review of Mary Beard’s latest:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/drsarahbond/2017/11/23/rehabilitating-medusa-powerful-women-sexism-and-reading-mary-beards-new-book/#2b16f6ec4c43

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Latest reviews from BMCR:

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

Visit our blog:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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Studying the 6000+ years bp barrow known as ‘Cat’s Brain’:

https://phys.org/news/2017-11-year-old-monument-tantalising-glimpse-britain.html
https://www.livescience.com/61007-ancient-house-of-dead-monument.html

A pair of 3000 years bp burials from Yorkshire:

https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/skeletons-found-from-3000-years-ago-in-yorkshire-1-8874747

A possible Bronze Age possible shaman burial from Slovakia:

https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20697218/archaeologists-theorize-found-body-is-shaman.html

A 9th century Viking camp from Repton:

https://uk.news.yahoo.com/archaeologists-uncover-ancient-viking-camp-870s-village-repton-104659235.html
http://www.burtonmail.co.uk/news/burton-news/viking-weaponry-more-1100-years-823485
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6118-171122-england-viking-camp

A metal detectorist has found a couple Anglo Saxon gold coins near Chelmsford:

http://www.essexlive.news/news/essex-news/ancient-1000-year-old-coins-816510
http://metro.co.uk/2017/11/24/haul-of-gold-coins-found-after-being-buried-by-anglo-saxo-king-1500-years-ago-7105000/

A possible medieval mikveh from Marseille:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/archaeologists-may-have-found-a-mikveh-near-marseille/
http://www.jpost.com/Diaspora/Archaeologists-may-have-found-an-ancient-mikve-near-Marseille-515144
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/238475
https://www.jta.org/2017/11/24/news-opinion/world/marseille-mysterious-cellar-may-have-been-a-mikvah-researchers-say

Remains of a medieval village in Denmark:

https://www.thelocal.dk/20171121/lost-medieval-village-discovered-in-denmark
http://sciencenordic.com/lost-medieval-village-discovered-denmark
http://www.newsweek.com/long-lost-nordic-village-mysteriously-abandoned-middle-ages-rediscovered-719373
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6119-171122-denmark-medieval-village

A couple of 19th century pits full of whale bones at Sanday are giving archaeologists something to think about:

http://www.newsweek.com/scotland-whale-bone-mystery-beached-shore-718919?piano_t=1

Feature on Iron Age Inverness-shire:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/investigating-iron-age-inverness-shire.htm

Feature on the Iberian Warrior Vase:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2017/11/14/actualidad/1510672886_222840.html
Feature on Madame de Pompadour:

https://elpais.com/internacional/2017/11/14/mundo_global/1510649051_579573.html

A transexual in Philip II’s Spain (?):

https://elpais.com/cultura/2017/10/30/actualidad/1509349581_209358.html

Lots of ‘treasure’ found in the UK this year:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-42079561

… related:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/11/22/detectorist-finds-rise-treasure-hunters-inspired-tv-shows/

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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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Studying how barley made its way to China:

https://phys.org/news/2017-11-ancient-barley-high-road-china.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-11/wuis-abt112017.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/11/171121095209.htm

4900 years bp burials from Xinjiang:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-11/22/c_136771500.htm
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6116-171122-polynesian-dental-plaque

Remains of 1000 years bp Confucian temples from Shangjing:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-11/24/c_136777402.htm

Interesting 800 years bp tomb of a couple from Zheijang:

https://www.livescience.com/60979-ancient-tombs-chinese-couple.html
https://www.livescience.com/60978-photos-treasures-from-ancient-china-tombs.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6111-171120-china-hu-hong

A Mughal era coin hoard from Durg:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/raipur/chhattisgarh-ancient-coins-from-mughal-era-found-in-durg/articleshow/61762092.cms

Searching for remains of a 2000 years bp port off Goa:

http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-hunt-for-2000-yr-old-port-off-goa-2562518

A mass grave found which is being associated with the wreck of the Batavia:

https://phys.org/news/2017-11-batavia-mysteries-unfold-discovery-mass.html
http://www.news.uwa.edu.au/2017112310154/research/batavias-mysteries-unfold-discovery-mass-grave
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/batavia-graveyard-on-abrolhos-islands-gives-up-secrets/news-story/e21c00b5a9dc6eb5f910a6650506b81b

Interesting origins for some Eimar Mutt silver:

http://orissadiary.com/emar-mutt-silver-hoard-origins-great-odisha-famine-1866-naanka-durbhikshya/

Feature on the Oxus treasure:

https://blog.britishmuseum.org/under-the-microscope-the-oxus-treasure-and-scythian-gold/

More on that dog sacrifice/initiation site in Russia:

http://www.newsweek.com/russia-srubnaya-dogs-wolves-werewolves-sacrifice-mythology-716836
https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/11/archaeologists-find-mysterious-4000-year-old-dog-sacrifices-in-russia/

More on when humans reached Australia:

https://phys.org/news/2017-11-australia-human-history.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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A possible 1200 years bp Hammonasset site in Connecticut:

http://wtnh.com/2017/11/23/1200-year-old-native-american-artifacts-unearthed-in-westbrook/

Searching for a mass grave of Irish potato famine refugees in Montreal:

https://www.irishcentral.com/roots/history/archaeologists-montreal-irish-famine-victims

Studying the diet of colonists at James Fort/Jamestown:

http://www.newsweek.com/thanksgiving-jamestown-turkey-diet-archaeologists-717920
https://wydaily.com/2017/11/20/jamestown-unearthed-colonists-had-a-taste-for-turkey-nws/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-did-virginias-jamestown-colonists-eat-180967301/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6112-171120-virginia-jamestown-food

Studying the hunting habits of paleoindians in New Hampshire:

http://www.berlindailysun.com/newsx/local-news/63267-early-middle-paleoindians-likely-focused-on-hunting-caribou

A shipwreck emerges from a Cape Cod beach:

http://www.capecodtimes.com/news/20171120/shipwreck-emerges-from-sand-near-nauset-beach

Feature on the folks trying to save Miami’s archaeological sites:

https://www.wired.com/story/the-archaeologists-saving-miamis-history-from-the-sea/

As expected, there were a few (assorted) items on (American) Thanksgiving history:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/retropolis/wp/2017/11/22/thanksgivings-hidden-past-plymouth-in-1621-wasnt-close-to-being-the-first-celebration/
https://news.yale.edu/2017/11/20/beineckes-archives-thanksgiving-offers-feast-collection-materials
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/21/us/thanksgiving-myths-fact-check.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pilgrims-werent-first-celebrate-thanksgiving-180967310/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-thanksgiving-parades-were-riots-180967256/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-42100105
https://phys.org/news/2017-11-thanksgiving-tribe-reclaims-language-lost.html

On metal detecting in Nova Scotia:

http://signalhfx.ca/the-legally-murky-hobby-of-metal-detecting-in-nova-scotia/

Review of a biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/20/books/review/prairie-fires-laura-ingalls-wilder-biography-caroline-fraser.html

Review of White, *A Cold Welcome*:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/climate-foiled-europeans-early-exploration-north-america?tgt=nr

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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The so-called Codex Quetzalecatzin is now available online:

https://www.livescience.com/61004-rare-mexico-map.html

Feature on the origins of the xoloitzcuintli dog:

https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/11/hairless-dog-mexico-xolo-xoloitzcuintli-Aztec/

—–
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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Funding to reveal those medieval paintings that were preserved by Shakespeare’s father:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-coventry-warwickshire-42023324

A lost Murillo was found hanging in a Welsh castle:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2017/nov/19/spanish-artists-bartolome-esteban-murillo-lost-masterpiece-found-welsh-penrhyn-castle
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-west-wales-42050228
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bartolome-esteban-murillos-17th-century-portrait-was-considered-lost-then-it-was-found-welsh-castle-180967290/

Another statue controversy:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-42051352

Feature on Voltaire:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/voltaire-enlightenment-philosopher-and-lottery-scammer-180967265/

Nice historic photographer of the year slide show:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2017/nov/21/ruined-temples-and-forgotten-places-historic-photographer-of-the-year-in-pictures

Feature on/legacy of the Hungaro-Austrian officer corps:

https://www.chronicle.com/article/Academic-Life-Isn-t-as/241785?cid=gn&elqTrackId=d88f55f6368c4af4b51193ff201c0408&elq=10c3f158e5684b2b8eede3c8770fe7c0&elqaid=16826&elqat=1&elqCampaignId=7284

A general feature on archaeology:

https://smarthistory.org/what-is-archaeology-understanding-the-archaeological-record/

More on clogs damaging Dutch farmers’ feet:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-clogs-damaged-feet-19th-century-dutch-famers-180967275/

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

More on that Billy the Kid photo:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-42089464
More reactions to the Salvator mundi sale:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2017/nov/20/artistic-license-experts-doubt-leonardo-da-vinci-painted-450m-salvator-mundi

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Hadrian and Antinous:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/28361-roman-emperor-hadrian-and-drowned-greek-lover-antinous-revisit-athens.html

…  I‘m not sure if this is the same exhibition:

http://www.lifo.gr/

Terracotta Warriors:

http://www.fredericksburg.com/entertainment/terracotta-warriors-march-into-virginia-museum-of-fine-arts/article_d3174e2e-1b62-5391-9847-636dd7eda953.html

Designing English:

http://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/yourtown/oxford/15676374.Stunning_selection_of_manuscripts_at_the_Bodleian_reveal_artistry_of_scribes/

Arch of Titus:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/life-size-relief-replica-stars-in-arch-of-titus-show-in-new-york/

Beneath Our Feet:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/new-map-exhibit-documents-evolving-views-earths-interior

Imagining the Divine:

http://www.blouinartinfo.com/news/story/2677084/the-art-of-major-world-religions-at-ashmolean-museum-oxford

More on provenance/forgery concerns at the Museum of the Bible:

https://www.livescience.com/60985-dead-sea-scroll-forgeries.html
https://hyperallergic.com/411980/as-the-new-museum-of-the-bible-opens-questions-about-its-scholarship-remain/
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/nov/21/trade-in-dead-sea-scrolls-awash-with-suspected-forgeries-experts-warn
https://www.chronicle.com/article/DC-s-Newest-Museum-Has-a/241763

… related reviews:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2017/11/20/sterile-exquisite-colonizing-scholarly-experts-offer-their-impressions-of-d-c-s-new-bible-museum/

On the Louvre’s particle accelerator:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-42094003

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THE TECHY SIDE
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3d printing of Gorm the Old’s skull reveals some interesting details, apparently:

http://sciencenordic.com/denmark%E2%80%99s-first-viking-king-printed-3d
http://www.newsweek.com/viking-gorm-old-skull-skeleton-3d-printing-archaeology-718156
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6114-171121-gorm-the-old

Feature on drones in archaeology:

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/nov/24/old-meet-new-drones-high-tech-camera-revamp-archae/
http://www.sfgate.com/nation/article/Drone-camera-advances-provide-lift-to-12381570.php

An app to preserve petroglyphs:

https://phys.org/news/2017-11-ancient-newpreserving-art-button.html

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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A genome study suggests yersinia pestis likely arrived in Europe in the Neolithic:

https://phys.org/news/2017-11-plague-stone-age-central-europe.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-11/mpif-pla111717.php
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-42083252

On the genetic legacy of the Yamnaya people:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/how-asian-nomadic-herders-built-new-bronze-age-cultures

Studying human migrations in the Pacific with DNA in tooth plaque:

https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2017/11/human-migrations-ancient-dental-plaque/546209/

Feature on Beothuk DNA:

http://www.cfjctoday.com/column/598126/mysterious-beothuk-newfoundland

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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On how early homo sapiens would view the Bonn summit:

http://www.dw.com/en/how-would-bonns-prehistoric-residents-have-seen-the-cop23-climate-summit/a-41414497

Suggestion that climate change contributed to migration to the US in the 19th century:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/11/21/did-donald-trumps-ancestors-migrate-to-america-because-of-a-changing-climate/

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CRIME BEAT
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Egypt has asked for (and is getting, apparently) an investigation into ‘Indiana Joan’s’ looting activities:

http://www.news.com.au/world/middle-east/egypt-calls-on-australia-to-investigate-95yearold-tomb-raider/news-story/16c7bb3f976d405805284ce170fba932
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-11/25/c_136778925.htm
http://www.smh.com.au/world/95yearold-australian-indiana-joan-accused-of-looting-antiquities-from-egypt-20171121-gzq5fe.html
https://www.stuff.co.nz/world/africa/99224562/Meet-Indiana-Joan-the-95-year-old-Australian-accused-of-looting-antiquities-from-Egypt
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/nov/24/indiana-joan-perth-woman-95-accused-of-looting-egypt-artefacts
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-42109046
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/tomb-raiding-95-year-old-indiana-joan-accused-looting-1m-worth-ancient-artefacts-1648794
http://abcnews.go.com/International/95-year-woman-dubbed-indiana-joan-fire-origins/story?id=51361099

A major bust in China:

http://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/2120598/tomb-raider-gangs-arrested-after-chinese-police-smash-ring-stole

A bust in Thessaloniki:

https://www.thenationalherald.com/182768/antiquities-smuggling-arrest-thessaloniki/

Some second century gold items were stolen from a site in Pakistan:

https://www.outlookindia.com/newsscroll/2nd-century-gold-antiques-stolen-in-pakistan/1191841

Indonesia has a looting problem:

https://www.vice.com/en_ca/article/zmzyva/indonesia-cant-stop-its-illegal-treasure-hunters

A trio of smugglers were arrested on Chios:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2017/11/23/three-antiquity-smugglers-arrested-in-chios-island/

Feature on Michael Bogdanos:

https://www.thenational.ae/world/the-americas/pit-bull-lawyer-and-former-marine-hunts-down-world-s-stolen-treasures-1.678704

conflict antiquities:

http://conflictantiquities.wordpress.com/

anonymous swiss collector:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/

Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues:

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

Looting Matters:

http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/

Illicit Cultural Property:

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

SAFE:

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

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REPATRIATION AND RECOVERY
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Egypt recovered some items from Israel:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/33833/Report-Egypt-retrieves-historical-artifacts-from-Israel

… and Cyprus:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/281863/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/-ancient-Egyptian-artefacts-including-amulets,-vas.aspx
http://www.egyptindependent.com/egypt-awaits-return-of-stolen-ramses-ii-ship-from-cyprus/
http://www.egyptindependent.com/egypt-retrieve-14-artifacts-cyprus/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6110-171120-cyprus-egyptian-artifacts

Greece recovered some items from Austria:

https://www.thenationalherald.com/182091/twenty-six-antiquities-repatriated-austria/
http://greece.greekreporter.com/2017/11/19/twenty-six-antiquities-to-be-repatriated-from-austria/
http://news.gtp.gr/2017/11/23/stolen-antiquities-return-greece-austria/

Some Ponca remains have been returned to the Ponca people for burial:

http://www.hastingstribune.com/news/state/remains-turned-over-to-the-ponca-tribe-for-burial/article_fdae722e-19b5-59e5-a556-71ecaeef4082.html

How Native Americans are recovering artifacts:

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/national/article186361703.html
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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on lions on ancient coins:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/lions-ancient-coins/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n48.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n49.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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Pride and Prejudice:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/19/theater/review-pride-and-prejudice-pride-cherry-lane.html

Darkest Hour:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20171117-film-review-darkest-hour
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/21/movies/darkest-hour-review-gary-oldman.html

On Nutcracker variations:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/21/arts/dance/what-makes-a-traditional-nutcracker-ballet.html

On Luther’s musical side:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/23/arts/music/reformation-martin-luther-anniversary-500.html
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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/2670-audio-news-from-archaeologica-12-november-2017-18-november-2017
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OBITUARIES
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William Mullen:

https://classicalstudies.org/scs-news/obituary-william-bill-mullen

James Morwood:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/obituaries/2017/11/20/james-morwood-classicist-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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http://www.youtube.com/user/Archaeos0up?feature=watch

The Book and the Spade:

http://www.radioscribe.com/bknspade.htm
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Explorator 20.30 ~ 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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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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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/

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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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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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Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
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(as always hoping I have left no one out).

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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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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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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
/

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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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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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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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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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 20.28 ~ 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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Latest reviews from BMCR:

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

Visit our blog:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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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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Archaeology in Europe Blog:

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

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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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http://archaeology.about.com/

Ancient Digger:

http://www.ancientdigger.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Past Horizons:

http://www.pasthorizons.com/

Stonepages:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

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

Time Machine:

http://heatherpringle.wordpress.com/
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Explorator 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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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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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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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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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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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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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://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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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Feature on the Chimu Culture:

https://smarthistory.org/chimu/

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Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

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