Explorator 19.22 ~ September 25, 2016

Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Hernan Astudillo,
Barbara Saylor Rodgers, Bob Heuman, David Emery, Kris Curry, David Critchley,
Rick Heli, Richard Campbell, Richard C. Griffiths, Rick Pettigrew,
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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Homo sapiens remains in a homo floresiensis cave:

http://www.nature.com/news/human-remains-found-in-hobbit-cave-1.20656
http://www.archaeology.org/4854-160921-modern-humans-liang-bua

Jewellery from a site in France has been confirmed as being made by Neanderthals, apparently:

http://phys.org/news/2016-09-evidence-ancient-jewelry-grotte-du.html https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/09/160920090400.htm
http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2016/09/neandertals-made-their-own-jewelry-new-method-confirms
http://science.sciencemag.org/content/353/6306/1350?rss=1

… this item on differentiating between Neanderthals and Sapiens seems related to the above:

http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/09/2016/new-method-differentiates-between-modern-humans-and-neanderthals
http://www.archaeology.org/news/4851-160920-france-neanderthal-proteins

On what Otzi sounded like:

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2016/09/22/otzi-iceman-voice-reconstruction/
http://www.sciencealert.com/this-is-what-oetzi-the-iceman-sounded-like

… and how he died:

http://www.livescience.com/56199-otzi-iceman-killed-by-sneak-attack.html

… and where the copper for his axe came from:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/09/160923140105.htm

Feature on 25 years of Otzi research:

http://phys.org/news/2016-09-stone-age-mummy-revealing-secrets.html
https://www.yahoo.com/news/stone-age-mummy-still-revealing-secrets-25-years-063902470.html
http://www.dw.com/en/25-years-of-%C3%96tzi-discovery-the-ice-mans-secrets/g-19557656
http://artdaily.com/news/90217/Stone-Age-mummy-Oetzi-still-revealing-secrets–25-years-on
http://www.latercera.com/noticia/tendencias/2016/09/659-697114-9-otzi-el-hombre-de-hielo-inagotable-fuente-de-informacion-a-25-anos-de-su.shtml
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AFRICA
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The Sidi Yahya mosque in Timbuktu has been restored:

http://www.dw.com/en/timbuktus-restored-sidi-yahya-mosque-carries-political-weight/a-19563483
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Studying assorted skin samples from Egyptian mummies:

http://phys.org/news/2016-09-dying-ancient-egyptevidence-inflammation-infection.html

A Brazilian team will be excavating in Egypt:

http://www2.anba.com.br/noticia/21872677/al-sharq/brazilians-to-excavate-tombs-in-egypt/

There’s a conference on Thebes going on right about now:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/244515/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Archaeological-conference,-second-hall-of-tomb-of-.aspx

Egypt’s Malawi Museum has reopened:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/44/244246/Heritage/Museums/Upper-Egypts-Malawi-Museum-to-reopen-Thursday.aspx

The latest Cahiers de Karnak is out:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/244229/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Egypts-fifteenth-edition-of-the-Cahier-de-Karnak-o.aspx

Review of Wilkinson, *Writings from Ancient Egypt*:

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2016/09/22/new-book-egyptian-hieroglyphics-read-translation/

Russia is going to send an archaeological team to Syria, apparently:

http://rbth.com/international/2016/09/23/russia-to-send-archaeological-expedition-to-syria_632619

Remains of a monumental garden area at Petra:

http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/archaeology/1.744119

First evidence of a Jewish presence in Abila:

http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/archaeology/1.743438

Bedouins are helping to excavate a site in the Negev:

http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=36513

An Ottoman-era fisherman’s house from Ashkelon:

http://www.livescience.com/56187-ottoman-era-fisherman-house-unearthed-israel.html
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/unprecedented-israeli-discovery-of-ottoman-era-house-provides-fascinating-glimpse-into-lives-of-a7322541.html
http://artdaily.com/news/90289/Archaeologists-find-a-fisherman-s-house-on-the-beach-in-Ashkelo-
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/fishermans-house-discovered-on-ashkelon-beach/2016/09/20/
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Article.aspx?id=468229

Feature on Dead Sea Scrolls (connected to the Ein Gedi thing in the techy section):

http://www.livescience.com/16241-dead-sea-scroll-gallery.html

Iraq is struggling with the smuggling issue:

http://www.iraqoilreport.com/daily-brief/iraq-struggles-stop-antiquities-smuggling-19798/
http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2016/09/smuggling-antiquities-iraq-babylon.html

Studying the antiquity of the sugar industry in Jordan:

http://jordantimes.com/news/local/veteran-archaeologist-explores-jordan%E2%80%99s-ancient-sugar-industry
http://world.greekreporter.com/2016/09/22/greek-archaeologist-exploring-jordans-rich-ancient-sugar-industry/
http://www.albawaba.com/business/sweet-secrets-greek-archaeologist-digs-evidence-jordans-ancient-sugar-industry-885550

A virtual reality Second Temple tour is available at the Western Wall:

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Virtual-reality-tour-of-Second-Temple-available-at-Western-Wall-complex-468226
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4855837,00.html

Nice feature on what epigraphy tells us:

http://www.jordantimes.com/news/local/ancient-texts-offer-wealth-information-archaeologists-local-epigrapher-says

Questioning the antiquity of Almaty:

http://www.eurasianet.org/node/80606

More on that female figurine from Catal Hoyuk:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/20/science/8000-year-old-statue-turkey.html
http://theartnewspaper.com/news/archeology/neolithic-female-statuette-from-8000-5500-bc-found-in-turkey/

More on tiles from Temple Mount:

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/archeologists-restore-flooring-that-adorned-the-second-temple-of-jerusalem/
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/0907/After-2-000-years-archaeologists-restore-Temple-Mount-tile-patterns

More on that inscribed scale weight:

http://hamodia.com/2016/09/19/ancient-artifacts-found-tiferes-israel-synagogue-jewish-quarter/

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Getting plenty of press attention this week was the discovery of human remains at the Antikythera shipwreck site:

http://phys.org/news/2016-09-year-old-skeleton-mediterranean-shipwreck.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/09/160919160803.htm
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/20/science/human-remains-ancient-roman-antikythera-shipwreck.html
http://www.livescience.com/56163-skeleton-found-on-antikythera-shipwreck.html
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-greece-archaeology-antikythera-idUSKCN11Q250
http://news.nationalpost.com/news/world/archaeologists-hope-2000-year-old-skull-from-shipwreck-can-be-used-to-build-ancient-mariners-dna-profile
http://greece.greekreporter.com/2016/09/20/2000-year-old-skeleton-discovered-during-second-phase-underwater-excavation-of-antikythera-shipwreck/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2016/09/20/a-skeleton-from-the-site-of-the-ancient-worlds-most-famous-shipwreck-could-reveal-creator-of-the-first-computer/
http://www.nature.com/news/human-skeleton-found-on-famed-antikythera-shipwreck-1.20632
http://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/28934/20160920/amazing-discovery-researchers-found-2000-year-old-skeleton-ancient-antikythera-shipwreck.htm
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/sep/19/antikythera-shipwreck-yields-human-bones-bringing-hope-for-dna-secrets-from-the-deep
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/antikythera-wreck-human-skeleton-discovery-secrets-worlds-most-mysterious-a7322216.html
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/ct-greek-shipwreck-skeleton-artifacts-20160921-story.html
http://www.news.com.au/world/breaking-news/ancient-greek-shipwreck-bones-found/news-story/b3d4aabc84020f7e805dae6c5ab84ba2
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-09-20/22c000-year-old-skeleton-found-at-mediterranean-shipwreck/7860072
http://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2016/09/19/ancient-sailor-found-in-mysterious-antikythera-mechanism-shipwreck/
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/0919/Antikythera-shipwreck-A-skeleton-may-yield-2-000-year-old-DNA
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/human-skeleton-found-on-famed-antikythera-shipwreck/
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/skeleton-could-unlock-new-details-about-life-aboard-antikythera-shipwreck-180960515/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/4846-160919-antikythera-human-remains

… and there’s hype for a BBC documentary related to the site:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p047wnls

Interesting burial near Dorset wherein the deceased’s feet had to be bent back to fit in the sarcophagus:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-dorset-37451012
http://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/14761148.Unearthed__skeleton_of_Roman_man_found_during_dig/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/4863-160923-roman-england-sarcophagus

Remains of a Roman oven and other items from a dig near Falkirk:

http://www.livescience.com/56168-roman-oven-discovered-in-scotland.html

Plenty of hype for the latest shoe found at Vindolanda due to it’s soccer-boot-like appearance:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/09/21/roman-sandle-found-at-hadrians-wall-looks-just-like-david-beckha/

Not sure if we mentioned this find of a Roman military base at a crematorium site:

http://www.funeralservicetimes.co.uk/6027-ancient-roman-military-base-found-at-crematorium/

I think we mentioned this cache of Roman sling bullets from Scotland:

http://www.scotsman.com/news/largest-haul-of-roman-bullets-found-in-scotland-1-4235235
http://www.itv.com/news/border/update/2016-09-20/roman-bullets-unearthed-near-ecclefechan/

On Roman mines near Kent:

http://www.kentnews.co.uk/news/how_county_provided_building_blocks_to_roman_empire_s_reign_1_4709151

Overviewish thing on finds from the Hadrian’s Villa dig this summer:

http://www.wsj.com/articles/columbia-researchers-at-hadrians-villa-uncover-new-clues-about-everyday-life-in-ancient-rome-1474483336

Thankfully, the ‘chinese skeletons in Rome’ story got scant attention, but just so you’re aware:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2016/09/23/chinese-skeletons-in-roman-britain-not-so-fast/#6c54f3f1ef9b

Interesting Bronze Age (it seems) finds by a Swedish team near Larnaca airport:

http://sciencenordic.com/swedes-uncover-rich-cypriot-graves

Excavations at Kourion reveal evidence of a massive 4th century earthquake:

http://famagusta-gazette.com/excavation-at-ancient-cypriot-city-provides-evidence-of-massive-th-century-p36242-69.htm

An interesting Roman statue has returned to Gaziantep:

http://www.dailysabah.com/history/2016/09/24/romani-bambino-statue-brought-back-home-to-gaziantep-after-85-years

Ongoing concerns for the security of sites in Cyprus:

http://in-cyprus.com/cyprus-archaeological-sites-in-disarray/

In case you missed John Kerry’s Carthage reference:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2016/09/23/the-ancient-tragedy-john-kerry-used-to-explain-syria/

A call for Latin to be taught in all UK state schools:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/education/education-news/latin-classics-taught-state-primary-school-professor-dennis-haynes-leading-academic-a7322446.html
http://schoolsweek.co.uk/academic-calls-for-return-of-the-classics-in-all-schools/

… related:

http://www.irishtimes.com/culture/heritage/mea-culpa-why-i-love-latin-1.2798639

… and on the decline of Classics:

http://www.irishtimes.com/news/education/killing-off-the-classics-elite-subjects-fall-from-prominence-1.2793506

What Cristina Carusi is up to:

http://www.dailytexanonline.com/2016/09/18/classics-professor-gives-lecture-on-upcoming-book-material

Another feature on what vomitorium really means:

http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/greatmomentsinscience/latins-most-misused-word-vomitorium/7857798

Feature on Roman gladiators:

http://blog.oup.com/2016/09/roman-gladiators-facts/

There’s a conference on the Parthenon Marbles this weekend:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/18706-international-conference-on-parthenon-marbles-this-weekend-in-athens.html

The archaeological museum of Kos has reopened:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/18645-restored-archaeological-museum-of-kos-opens-to-the-public.html

Feature on the installation of Athena Parthenos at the Met:

http://www.slate.com/articles/video/video/2016/09/watch_athena_parthenos_get_installed_in_the_metropolitan_museum_of_art_video.html

More on those statues of Aphrodite from Petra:

http://www.livescience.com/56100-aphrodite-statue-from-petra.html
http://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/education/article102733687.html

More on Turkey and Austria’s archaeological spat:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/austria-and-turkey-are-butting-heads-over-archaeological-dig-180960379/
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http://bmcr.brynmawr.edu/recent.html

Visit our blog:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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I think we mentioned this Iron Age broch found in Scotland:

http://www.shetnews.co.uk/news/13351-new-broch-site-excites-archaeologists
http://www.archaeology.org/4861-160923-scotland-iron-age-broch

… and this 5000 years bp burial from the Ukraine:

http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news,411146,scientists-reconstructed-5-thousand-years-old-elite-tomb-discovered-in-ukraine.html

Remains of an Anglo Saxon ‘palace’ near Sutton Hoo:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-suffolk-37412519
http://www.archaeology.org/4852-160920-england-rendlesham-palace

That Cochno stone that was in the news the past couple of weeks has been reburied:

http://phys.org/news/2016-09-cochno-stone-reburied.html

Sketches from a dig on Orkney:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-37416773

Feature on King Harold:

http://www.guardian-series.co.uk/news/14763335.HISTORY__The_short_reign_and_violent_death_of_King_Harold/

More on those petroglyphs from Scotland:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/amateur-archeologist-discovers-significant-amount-scotlands-known-rock-art-180960511/?no-ist
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/sep/17/rock-art-amateur-archaeologist-scotland

More on that burnt cheese from Denmark:

http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2016/09/21/494748670/3-000-year-old-cooking-fail-found-at-a-danish-dig-site
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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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23 000 years bp fish hooks from a cave near Okinawa:

http://phys.org/news/2016-09-ancient-fish-okinawa-earlier-maritime.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-37402183
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/sep/18/worlds-oldest-fish-hooks-okinawa-japan-sakitari-cave
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/0919/World-s-oldest-fish-hooks-What-they-tell-us-about-Paleolithic-Japan
http://www.cnn.com/2016/09/19/asia/japan-okinawa-worlds-oldest-fish-hooks/
http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2016/09/world-s-oldest-fishhook-found-okinawa
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/worlds-oldest-fish-hooks-discovered-okinawa-180960529/
http://www.archaeology.org/4845-160919-okinawa-fish-hooks

Remains of an 8000 years bp settlement in central Iran:

http://www.payvand.com/news/16/sep/1126.html
http://en.mehrnews.com/news/119827/8-millennial-settlement-uncovered-in-west-central-Iran

Latest on that 4200 years bp figurine ‘caught’ by a Siberian fisherman:

http://siberiantimes.com/science/casestudy/features/f0256-pagan-god-caught-in-river-by-fisherman-confirmed-as-being-up-to-4200-years-old-and-unique/

An 800 years bp head wound suggests death by boomerang:

http://phys.org/news/2016-09-wound-ancient-aborigine-boomerang.html
http://www.livescience.com/56194-boomerang-attack-archaeological-evidence.html
http://www.sciencealert.com/newly-analysed-skeletal-remains-show-how-deadly-a-boomerang-can-be
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/09/deadly-boomerang-australia-aboriginal-weapon/

A section of the Great Wall has been covered with cement:

http://edition.cnn.com/2016/09/21/asia/great-wall-china-cement-repair/index.html
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/09/22/495044250/call-it-the-great-sidewalk-chinese-officials-under-fire-for-repairs-to-great-wal

Latest hunt begins for Genghis Khan’s tomb:

http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/travel-leisure/article/2020903/why-everyones-looking-wrong-place-genghis-khans-tomb

Feature on a Chinese Jewish community in Kaifeng:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/25/world/asia/china-kaifeng-jews.html

Kerala’s former rulers are in court over some temple treasures:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/sep/24/former-maharajahs-accused-over-temple-treasures?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

Studying Jomon dog burials:

http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2016/09/prehistoric-japanese-graves-provide-best-evidence-yet-dogs-were-our-ancient-hunting
http://www.archaeology.org/4848-160919-japan-hunting-dogs

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Southeast Asian Archaeology Newsblog:

http://www.southeastasianarchaeology.com/

New Zealand Archaeology eNews:

http://nzarchaeology.blogspot.co.nz/index.html
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NORTH AMERICA
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Interesting 800 years bp burial of a disabled woman in Arizona:

http://westerndigs.org/grave-of-disabled-woman-reveals-touching-tale-of-care-in-prehistoric-arizona/

Evidence of prehistoric folks visiting glaciers 10 000+ years bp in Wyoming:

http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/artifacts-indicate-prehistoric-people-visited-glaciers

More on the find of the Terror:

http://www.livescience.com/56110-doomed-shipwreck-hms-terror-possibly-found.html
http://www.npr.org/2016/09/18/494451702/newly-found-hms-terror-could-provide-clues-to-fateful-1848-shipwreck

… and a look at the Erebus too:

http://www.thepeterboroughexaminer.com/2016/09/19/exploring-the-erebus-with-guest-archaeologist

… and a medical study of the fate of the crew:

http://phys.org/news/2016-09-insights-franklin-mystery.html

The excavation of the Tristan de Luna site in Florida continues:

http://wuwf.org/post/uwf-archaeologists-find-more-evidence-daily-life-1559-luna-settlement
http://www.archaeology.org/news/4847-160919-florida-luna-settlement

Bones found near a San Antonio hospital are likely from an historic burial ground:

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local/article/Bones-may-be-from-historic-burial-ground-9242806.php
http://www.expressnews.com/news/local/article/Remains-may-be-from-historic-cemetery-9242807.php

Plans for the Old Spanish Trail in Utah:

http://www.sltrib.com/news/4181889-155/plan-puts-new-attention-on-old?fullpage=1

Feature on documenting shipwrecks in the St Lawrence:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/quebec-research-shipwrecks-st-lawrence-river-1.3768410?cmp=rss
http://montrealgazette.com/news/local-news/researchers-work-to-document-lost-shipwrecks-of-the-st-lawrence
http://news.nationalpost.com/news/canada/finding-canadas-other-shipwrecks-group-seeks-to-document-history-hiding-underwater-across-the-country

On ‘nasty’ US election campaigns:

http://www.cnn.com/2016/09/23/politics/election-2016-personal-attacks/index.html

Feature on black Civil War soldiers:

http://www.npr.org/2016/09/21/494734329/family-heirloom-national-treasure-rare-photos-show-black-civil-war-soldiers

More on that mammoth skull from California:

http://phys.org/news/2016-09-well-preserved-rare-mammoth-skull-unearthed.html
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/0915/Did-humans-drive-California-s-mini-mammoth-to-extinction
http://www.cnn.com/2016/09/14/us/mammoth-skull-fossil-found-california

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Interesting geoglyphs from Peru:

http://www.livescience.com/56232-ancient-circular-geoglyphs-discovered-in-peru.html
http://www.livescience.com/56235-photos-ancient-circular-geoglyphs-peru.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/4862-160923-peru-quilcapampa-geoglyphs

On recovering lost/stolen manuscripts in Peru:

http://cultura.elpais.com/cultura/2016/09/22/actualidad/1474579784_002596.html

More on indigo dye use in Peru some 6000 years bp:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-09-15/oldest-known-use-of-indigo-dye-in-6000-year-old-fabric-from-peru/7847810
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/0916/Did-ancient-South-Americans-wear-blue-jeans
http://scienmag.com/6200-year-old-textile-dyed-indigo-found/
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/earliest-evidence-indigo-dye-found-ancient-peruvian-burial-site-180960477/

More on that Maya codex being genuine:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/maya-codex-once-thought-be-sketchy-real-thing-180960466/
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2016/09/08/grolier-codex-oldest-confirmed-americas/
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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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There is an Indiegogo campaign to fund the search for Amelia Earhart:

http://link.rm0002.net/go/kHXg8E_3Z4ZozdVm4yzS6g2/

On assorted popular depictions of the Middle Ages:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/5-myths-about-the-middle-ages/2016/09/22/e56c4150-7f50-11e6-9070-5c4905bf40dc_story.html

Feature on punctuation:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2016/09/24/punctuation-past-and-present-new-word-order/90422412/

Pondering the ownership of antiquities:

https://www.firstthings.com/blogs/leithart/2016/09/who-owns-antiquities

Pondering what to do with the house Hitler was born in:

http://www.dw.com/en/future-of-hitlers-birth-house-under-debate/a-19563214

Cosmopolitan misunderstands NASA:

http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-trending-37419182

They’re resuming the search for the burial place of the poet Lorca:

http://phys.org/news/2016-09-spain-resumes-poet-lorca-burial.html

In case you want to know more about the latest MacArthur fellows:

https://www.macfound.org/fellows/class/class-2016/

On Canadian accents:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20160921-where-does-canadas-accent-come-from

Feature on the first transatlantic telegraph cable:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p042ywz6

In case you couldn’t see the Harvest Moon eclipse last week:

http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap160923.html

The Tate has acquired a Carlile portrait:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-37427612

Baldness is apparently a good thing:

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20160921-the-benefits-of-going-bald

Feature on what lies beneath our feet (hard to describe this one):

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/20/science/whatever-we-dig-up-well-end-up-buried.html

Victor Nuovo continues to look at Spinoza:

http://www.addisonindependent.com/201609nuovo-spinoza-search-idea
Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Rembrandt’s First Paintings:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/20/arts/international/what-rembrandt-did-as-a-teenager-4-of-his-sense-works-are-reunited.html

Face of Britain:

http://www.npr.org/2016/09/19/494591296/the-face-of-britain-tells-a-nations-history-through-portraits

Klimt:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20160920-who-was-the-woman-in-gold

Last Days of Pompeii:

http://www.cityweekend.com.cn/shanghai/article/art-review-last-day-of-pompeii

Piranesi:

http://host.madison.com/entertainment/piranesi-exhibition-opens-in-moscow/article_e4b4dc03-06fe-5de6-9ff0-d13dd185a1da.html

Jerusalem 1000-1400:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/23/arts/design/jerusalem-as-a-place-of-desire-and-death-at-the-metropolitan-museum.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fdesign

Contraposto Studies:

http://www.newsworks.org/index.php/local/arts-culture/97366-at-philly-museum-naumans-slices-of-life-explore-classical-ideals

The National Museum of African American History opened this week:

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/09/24/495302034/national-museum-of-african-american-history-opens-its-doors
https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/lifestyle/national-museum-of-african-american-history-and-culture/guided-tour/

El Bosco:

http://cultura.elpais.com/cultura/2016/09/23/actualidad/1474623272_503948.html

Nice feature on Mexico City’s Museum of Anthropology:

http://elpais.com/elpais/2016/09/22/inenglish/1474530946_097503.html
http://www.livescience.com/56099-oldest-indigo-dyed-fabric-discovered-peru.html
http://elpais.com/elpais/2016/09/19/album/1474242200_903164.html

There’s a new museum for Kitora tomb murals:

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/09/25/national/museum-displaying-ancient-kitora-tomb-murals-opens-nara/

Cyprus is planning a new museum:

http://cyprus-mail.com/2016/09/20/competition-announced-design-new-cyprus-museum/
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THE TECHY SIDE
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Plenty of coverage of the techy ‘unrolling’ of the Ein Gedi scroll:

http://uknow.uky.edu/content/scroll-en-gedi-high-tech-recovery-mission
http://phys.org/news/2016-09-digitally-unwrapped-scroll-reveals-earliest.html
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/22/science/ancient-sea-scrolls-bible.html
http://www.livescience.com/56196-dead-sea-scroll-virtual-unwrapping.html
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2016/09/21/ancient-scroll-read-hebrew-text/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-37440597
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/sep/21/jubilation-as-scientists-use-virtual-unwrapping-to-read-burnt-ancient-scroll
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/09/computers-decipher-ancient-hebrew-ein-gedi-scroll-bible-archaeology/
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/09/22/495044358/computer-scientists-solve-mystery-of-the-ein-gedi-scroll-by-virtual-unwrapping
https://www.yahoo.com/news/1-700-old-dead-sea-scroll-virtually-unwrapped-135249419.html
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-virtually-peak-inside-ancient-biblical-charred-scrolls-180960559/
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/0922/How-University-of-Kentucky-scientists-unfurled-an-ancient-biblical-scroll
http://www.timesofisrael.com/3d-tech-proves-hebrew-bible-unchanged-for-2000-years/
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/09/2016/ein-gedi-scroll-virtually-unwrapped
http://www.archaeology.org/news/4856-160922-en-gedi-scroll

Again we’re hearing about LiDAR use in Cambodia:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/20/science/angkor-wat-cambodia-archeaology.html
http://www.theage.com.au/world/new-technology-discovers-the-secrets-of-cambodias-khmer-empire-20160920-grkqya.html
http://www.smh.com.au/world/new-technology-discovers-the-secrets-of-cambodias-khmer-empire-20160920-grkqya.html

Finding sites in the Appenines with drones:

http://www.livescience.com/56186-drones-reveal-ancient-cult-site-italy.html
http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2016/09/24/ancient-cult-site-in-rugged-mountains-revealed-with-drones.html
http://www.archaeology.org/4855-160921-italy-drone-settlement

Latest facial reconstruction is the Lord of Sipan:

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-peru-archaeology-idUSKCN11S20O?feedType=RSS&feedName=lifestyleMolt
http://akipress.com/news%3A582755/
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ON THE DNA FRONT
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DNA from Australian aborigines is suggesting a single (it’s kind of difficult to tell from all of these articles on the same study) ‘Out of Africa’ event:

http://phys.org/news/2016-09-unprecedented-aboriginal-australians-africa-migration.html
http://phys.org/news/2016-09-human-dna-tied-exodus-africa.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-37408014
http://www.livescience.com/56191-unknown-branch-of-humanity-possibly-discovered.html
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/0922/Where-did-Australia-s-aboriginals-come-from-Genomic-data-reveals-clues
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/0922/Single-migration-from-Africa-DNA-offers-clues-to-humanity-s-origins
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/deadthings/2016/09/21/human-migration-challenging-the-chronology-of-our-first-road-trip/
http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2016/09/almost-all-living-people-outside-africa-trace-back-single-migration-over-50000-years?rss=1
https://www.newscientist.com/article/2106791-the-most-detailed-look-yet-at-how-early-humans-left-africa/
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/09/22/indigenous-australians-most-ancient-civilisation-on-earth-extens/
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2016/sep/21/indigenous-australians-most-ancient-civilisation-on-earth-dna-study-confirms?subid=16450490&CMP=EMCNEWEML6619I2
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dna-tests-suggest-aboriginal-australians-have-oldest-society-planet-180960569/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/4857-160922-australians-papuans-dna
http://elpais.com/elpais/2016/09/21/ciencia/1474473625_137920.html

… but maybe there were two:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/09/160921131119.htm

What DNA tells us about cat domestication:

http://phys.org/news/2016-09-dna-hints-cat-domestication-history.html
http://www.livescience.com/56222-early-cats-travelled-with-vikings.html
http://sciencenordic.com/viking-sailors-took-their-cats-them
http://www.nature.com/news/how-cats-conquered-the-world-and-a-few-viking-ships-1.20643
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-09-23/viking-cats-travelling-high-seas-helped-felines-conquer-world/7873452
http://www.archaeology.org/news/4853-160921-cat-dna-domestication

… and there’s a study of elephant genomes too:

http://www.nature.com/news/elephant-history-rewritten-by-ancient-genomes-1.20622

More on plague DNA from London:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dna-17th-century-teeth-confirms-cause-londons-great-plague-180960405/
Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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A computer simulation is connecting ‘Out of Africa’ migrations to climate shifts (cf the DNA section, however):

http://phys.org/news/2016-09-climate-orchestrated-early-human-migration.html
http://www.livescience.com/56188-humans-left-africa-due-to-earth-wobbles.html
http://www.archaeology.org/4859-160922-milankovitch-cycles-simulation

Elsewhere, climate connections are is being connected to human migration and the Faroe Islands:

http://www.pressreleasepoint.com/umass-amherst-research-traces-past-climate-human-migration-faroe-islands

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TOURISTY THINGS
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Hyderabad tombs:

http://www.cnn.com/2016/09/18/travel/hyderabad-restored-tombs-india/index.html

Oppenheim tunnels:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/exploring-underground-tunnels-oppenheim-germany-180960147/

Basque Spain witch trial sites:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/visit-site-biggest-witch-trial-history-180959946/

Edinburgh:

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2016/09/19/travel/what-to-do-36-hours-in-edinburgh.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Ftravel

Crete/Henry Miller:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/25/travel/in-crete-henry-miller-found-his-muse-amid-the-ruins.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Ftravel
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CRIME BEAT
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The illegal antiquities trade is thriving in Bulgaria:

http://www.novinite.com/articles/176404/Der+Standard%3A+Antiquities+Traders+Have+Little+to+Fear+of+Bulgarian+Authorities

On the flow of artifacts to the US (we may have had this before):

http://www.livescience.com/56141-looting-artifacts-from-syria-to-us.html

Latest Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2016/09/culture-crime-news-12-18-september-2016.html
conflict antiquities:

http://conflictantiquities.wordpress.com/

anonymous swiss collector:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/

Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues:

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

Looting Matters:

http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/

Illicit Cultural Property:

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

SAFE:

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

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REPATRIATION AND RECOVERY
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The Gweagal Shield is the latest British Museum item at the centre of a repatriation storm:

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2016/sep/25/the-gweagal-shield-and-the-fight-to-change-the-british-museums-attitude-to-seized-artefacts

Australia’s National Gallery is returning some items to India:

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/arts/visual-arts/nga-hands-back-suspect-antiquities-to-india/news-story/ddd9844e5220168fe2751bd228d70fb8
http://www.news.com.au/national/breaking-news/gallery-returns-more-indian-antiquities/news-story/92f0cf253803122913d01310d38924df
https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2016/sep/19/national-gallery-of-australia-returns-indian-antiquities-worth-more-than-2m
http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1006999.shtml
http://www.9news.com.au/national/2016/09/19/11/38/gallery-returns-more-indian-antiquities

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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on coins of Julius Caesar:

http://www.coinweek.com/ancient-coins/coinweek-ancient-coin-series-coins-julius-caesar/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v19n38.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v19n39.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/2481-audio-news-from-archaeologica-11-september-2016-17-september-2016
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OBITUARIES
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John Mulvaney:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-09-22/professor-john-mulvaney-dies-aged-90/7867808
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/health-science/john-mulvaney-father-of-australian-archeology-dies-aged-90/news-story/930df6c0d486666a8f73bde0796a66c9
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CONFERENCES
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Maya at the Playa (September 29-October 2):

http://www.mayaattheplaya.com/registration

Dumbarton Oaks Annual Symposium (October 7-8):

http://www.doaks.org/research/pre-columbian/scholarly-activities/sacred-matter-animism-and-authority-in-the-pre-columbian-americas

6th Rye Medieval Academic Conference (October 22):

https://sussexpast.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Rye-conf-poster.pdf
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GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

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

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Ancient Digger:

http://www.ancientdigger.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Past Horizons:

http://www.pasthorizons.com/

Stonepages:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

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

Time Machine:

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

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

The Book and the Spade:

http://www.radioscribe.com/bknspade.htm
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Explorator 19.21 ~ September 18, 2016

Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Hernan Astudillo,
Bob Heuman, David Critchley, Rick Heli, Barbara Saylor Rodgers,
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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Overviewish thing on what we’re learning from Otzi:

http://m.phys.org/news/2016-09-stone-age-mummy-revealing-secrets.html
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/09/18/world/science-health-world/quarter-century-later-stone-age-mummy-otzi-still-revealing-secrets/

More on the antiquity of cancer in humans:

http://phys.org/news/2016-09-fossil-evidence-reveals-cancer-humans.html
https://theconversation.com/fossil-evidence-reveals-that-cancer-in-humans-goes-back-1-7-million-years-63430
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AFRICA
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Tools suggest humans were in Tunisia by 100 000 years b.p.:

http://phys.org/news/2016-09-tunisian-year-human-presence.html

New archaeological finds from Cape Verde’s ‘lost slave town’:

https://face2faceafrica.com/article/ribeira-grande-cape-verde
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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An 8000 years bp female figurine from Catalhoyuk:

http://phys.org/news/2016-09-year-old-female-figurine-uncovered-central.html
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/unique-female-sculpture-found-in-turkeys-catalhoyuk-.aspx?PageID=238&NID=103868&NewsCatID=375
http://www.dailysabah.com/history/2016/09/13/neolithic-figurine-over-7000-years-old-unearthed-at-turkeys-catalhoyuk
http://arstechnica.com/science/2016/09/amazing-intact-statue-of-a-woman-unearthed-at-the-neolithic-city-of-catalhoyuk-in-turkey/
http://www.miamiherald.com/entertainment/celebrities/article101996577.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/4832-160913-turkey-catalhoyuk-figurine

Some 6000 years bp fortresses from Jordan:

http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/archaeology/1.742318

A 3000 years bp Hittite seal from Tatarli Mound:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ancient-seal-found-in-tatarli-mound-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=103834&NewsCatID=375

I think we’ve mentioned this structure dubbed ‘Solomon’s Palace’ from Gezer:

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865662245/Does-this-Bible-era-archaeological-finding-back-details-in-the-Old-Testament.html?pg=all

A Second Temple priest’s engraved stone weight (found a couple years ago but just translated recently):

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Article.aspx?id=467832
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4854160,00.html
http://www.archaeology.org/4837-160914-jerusalem-scale-weight

More on that Second Temple flooring reconstruction:

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/archeologists-restore-flooring-that-adorned-the-second-temple-of-jerusalem/
https://templemount.wordpress.com/2016/09/06/1374/

… which is raising some questions:

http://www.ritmeyer.com/2016/09/12/flooring-from-the-temple-mount-in-jerusalem/

Latest on concerns raised by the Ilisu Dam (nothing new here, I think):

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/hasankeyf-turkey-flooded_us_57d2f39de4b03d2d459a3f66?section=&

Israel has opened its largest archaeological garden at Camp Rabin:

http://www.antiquities.org.il/Article_eng.aspx?sec_id=25&subj_id=240&id=4217
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Culture/Largest-archaeological-garden-in-country-opens-at-IDFs-Camp-Rabin-467638
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/Flash.aspx/369290

The Israel National Library has acquired a pile of Jewish documents from Afghanistan:

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/217792
http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.742109

More on that 1700 years b.p. Greek ‘epitaph’ of a Jewish woman:

https://news.byu.edu/news/byu-professor-translates-jewish-woman%E2%80%99s-1700-year-old-obituary

ISIL is apparently selling items it claimed to have destroyed:

http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/archaeology/.premium-1.741730

… and Israel’s antiquities market awaits ISIL-looted items, apparently:

http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/archaeology/.premium-1.741730

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Remains of a Roman road beneath a basement in a Rochester shop:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/09/13/2000-year-old-roman-road-revealed-by-building-work-in-rochester/
http://www.kentonline.co.uk/medway/news/historic-roman-highway-found-under-102181/
https://uk.news.yahoo.com/building-uncovers-2-000-old-101933625.html

A cache of sling bullets from Dumfriesshire:

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/biggest-ever-romans-ammunitions-find-8833135

A search for a stolen truck turns up a 2nd century sarcophagus in Bursa:

http://www.dailysabah.com/history/2016/09/10/police-searching-stolen-vehicle-finds-2nd-century-tomb-in-bursa
http://www.archaeology.org/news/4830-160912-turkey-marble-sarcophagus

A gold coin of Nero from Jerusalem:

http://phys.org/news/2016-09-rare-roman-gold-coin-jerusalem.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/09/160913150507.htm
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-09/uonc-rrg091316.php
http://publicrelations.uncc.edu/news-events/news-releases/rare-roman-gold-coin-found-mount-zion-archaeological-dig
http://www.livescience.com/56092-gold-coin-with-emperor-nero-face-found.html
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/217914
http://www.timesofisrael.com/gold-coin-with-face-of-young-nero-found-in-jerusalem-dated-to-soon-after-crucifixion/
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/rare-roman-gold-coin-found-in-jerusalem-dig/2016/09/16/
https://www.yahoo.com/news/rare-gold-coin-neros-face-discovered-jerusalem-120400014.html
http://www.upi.com/Science_News/2016/09/14/Rare-Roman-coin-unearthed-at-Mount-Zion-archaeological-dig/3011473795369/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/4835-160914-jerusalem-gold-coin

A couple Aphrodite statues from Petra:

http://phys.org/news/2016-09-unearth-ancient-mythological-statues-jordan.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/09/160912132735.htm
https://news.ncsu.edu/2016/09/aphrodites-in-petra-2016/
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-09/ncsu-rua091216.php
http://wunc.org/post/north-carolina-researchers-make-rare-find-ancient-city
http://www.livescience.com/56100-aphrodite-statue-from-petra.html
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/09/2016/marble-statues-of-aphrodite-discovered-during-petra-excavations
http://www.archaeology.org/news/4838-160915-petra-aphrodite-statues

A statue of Diana (maybe) from a Croatian beach:

http://www.total-croatia-news.com/item/14038-a-2nd-century-ad-statuette-washes-up-on-a-popular-zadar-beach
http://www.archaeology.org/4836-160914-croatia-diana-figurine

Pondering whether one of the Huqoq mosaics depicts Alexander:

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/09/mysterious-mosaic-alexander-the-great-israel/
http://world.greekreporter.com/2016/09/12/you-be-the-judge-is-this-mosaic-at-an-ancient-synagogue-in-israel-alexander-the-great/

Some basic Latin knowledge lacking, it seems:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/christopher-lamb/mike-pence-opposes-word-vice_b_12029434.html

On still-standing buildings on Roman coins:

http://www.coinworld.com/news/world-coins/2016/09/some-roman-coins-depict-buildings-that-still-stand.html

A Flavian-era bust acquired by the Toledo MoA:

http://www.toledoblade.com/Art/2016/09/16/Toledo-Museum-of-Art-acquires-ancient-Roman-bust.html

That bronze wing from Gloucester is going on display:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-gloucestershire-37386847

They’re going to build a new learning centre at Bath:

http://www.bathchronicle.co.uk/archway-project-at-the-roman-baths/story-29721977-detail/story.html

The latest Homer translation … with a twist of sorts:

http://flathatnews.com/2016/09/12/a-new-translation-of-homer-the-odyssey-gets-an-update-with-folk-music/

A Classics class in Taiwan:

http://yaledailynews.com/blog/2016/09/13/lee-classics-reoriented/

What W.V. Harris is up to:

http://columbiaspectator.com/news/2016/09/16/columbia-professor-chronicles-1000-years-roman-empire

What Dorota Dutsch is up to:

http://www.news.ucsb.edu/2016/017122/loss-and-community

What Jennifer Trimble is up to:

http://cornellsun.com/2016/09/15/prof-explores-representation-transformation-of-slaves-in-roman-tomb-sculptures/

What Maarten Jansen is up to:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/09/160914113553.htm

What Victoria Emma Pagan is up to:

http://www.zocalopublicsquare.org/2016/09/11/classicist-victoria-emma-pagan/personalities/in-the-green-room/

On Ovid and trigger warnings:

http://theconversation.com/guide-to-the-classics-ovids-metamorphoses-and-reading-rape-65316

Feature on some AIA lectures coming to Walla Walla:

http://www.union-bulletin.com/things_to_do/arts/la-dolce-vita-in-italy-years-ago/article_cda9e490-7abf-11e6-82c1-6fdd7212e2ad.html
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Latest reviews from BMCR:

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

Visit our blog:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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Petroglyphs from Scotland:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/sep/17/rock-art-amateur-archaeologist-scotland

An elite 5000 years bp nomadic burial from the Ukraine:

http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news,411146,scientists-reconstructed-5-thousand-years-old-elite-tomb-discovered-in-ukraine.html

A Neolithic snowshoe from the Dolomites:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/09/12/worlds-oldest-snowshoe-found-on-a-glacier-in-italys-dolomites
http://www.archaeology.org/4831-160912-italy-neolithic-snowshoe

Remains of a Bronze Age settlement found during bypass construction in Norwich:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-norfolk-37370589

Finds from various periods at a Plymouth building site:

http://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/ancient-coins-pottery-and-bone-comb-found-at-building-site/story-29710510-detail/story.html

I think we mentioned these recently-found Viking burials from Denmark:

http://sciencenordic.com/new-viking-graves-discovered-denmark

A ‘medieval pit’ beneath a Tamworth parking lot:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-stoke-staffordshire-37378188

A 3000 years bp pot with traces of burnt cheese from Denmark:

http://sciencenordic.com/burnt-cheese-casts-light-3000-year-old-family-drama
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-find-ancient-pot-traces-3000-year-old-burnt-cheese-180960475/
http://www.archaeology.org/4841-160915-denmark-pot-cheese

Recent finds from Iceland suggest it may have been settled as early as 800 CE:

http://icelandreview.com/news/2016/09/15/major-archaeological-find-iceland
http://www.archaeology.org/news/4840-160915-iceland-longhouse-settlement

They’ve found some burials in the search for Henry I’s resting place:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-berkshire-37340498
http://www.archaeology.org/news/4829-160912-reading-abbey-grave

A lime kiln associated with Henry VIII’s Beaulieu Palace (maybe):

http://www.essexlive.news/chelmsford-archaeologists-may-have-unearthed-henry-viii-8217-s-50-year-old-oven-at-beaulieu-park/story-29719399-detail/story.html
http://www.essexlive.news/henry-viii-archaeological-dig-beaulieu-developers-reveal-chelmsford-8217-s-hidden-gem-really-is/story-29721914-detail/story.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/4842-160916-new-hall-kiln

They’re digging at Lochmaben Castle:

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/local-news/new-archaeological-study-set-unlock-8818138

A 400 years bp Torah scroll from Portugal used by ‘crypto Jews’:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/portuguese-city-unveils-16th-century-torah-used-by-crypto-jews/
http://forward.com/news/breaking-news/350101/portuguese-town-unveils-400-year-old-torah-used-by-crypto-jews/

More on that Cochno Stone:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-37340378
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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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Ice Age petroglyphs from Australia’s Kimberley region:

http://www.smh.com.au/wa-news/scientists-find-ice-age-art-in-the-kimberley-20160905-gr8u2z.html

Artsakh was apparently part of the Kingdom of Van in the eighth century BCE:

http://asbarez.com/154990/archaeologists-trace-artsakhs-origins-to-7th-century-bc/

They’re mapping sites in Afghanistan:

http://phys.org/news/2016-09-archaeologists-afghanistan-cultural-heritage.html
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/archaeologists-dig-afghanistan-map-its-cultural-heritage-.aspx?pageID=238&nid=103890&NewsCatID=375

Feature on the Ganesh festival:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/16/world/asia/mumbai-india-ganesh-festival.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 mammoth skull find on a California island is raising human migration questions:

http://www.cnn.com/2016/09/14/us/mammoth-skull-fossil-found-california/index.html

A 6000 years bp ‘anvil’ and grinder from Mount Carleton:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/mount-carleton-artifacts-discovered-1.3759553?cmp=rss

The wreck of the Terror has been found in Arctic waters:

http://phys.org/news/2016-09-ancient-british-explorer-ship-canadian.html
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/hms-terror-found-1.3758400
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/14/world/americas/canada-franklin-arctic-hms-terror.html?_r=0
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/09/mysterious-mosaic-alexander-the-great-israel/shipwreck-discovered-hms-terror-franklin-arctic-canada/
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/sep/12/hms-terror-wreck-found-arctic-nearly-170-years-northwest-passage-attempt?subid=16450490&CMP=EMCNEWEML6619I2
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/09/12/wreck-of-franklins-doomed-1846-expedition-through-the-northwest/
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/09/12/493676137/second-vessel-from-doomed-franklin-expedition-found-in-the-arctic
http://www.thespec.com/news-story/6853670-inuit-hunter-s-tip-leads-to-hms-terror-second-lost-ship-of-doomed-franklin-expedition/
http://www.livescience.com/56110-doomed-shipwreck-hms-terror-possibly-found.html
http://globalnews.ca/news/2941416/looking-at-a-time-capsule-underwater-video-shows-hms-terror-shipwreck/
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/second-ship-sir-john-franklins-19th-century-expedition-found-180960437/
http://www.archaeology.org/4833-160913-canada-franklin-shipwreck

… and now there’s an argument over who controls the relics:

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/discovery-of-hms-terror-heats-up-battle-over-who-controls-artifacts/article31863146/

… and other questions:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/terror-erebus-arctic-tourism-1.3765559?cmp=rss

An 1800s shipwreck in Lake Superior:

http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/news/4114607-spectacularly-intact-two-masts-rigging-intact-119-year-old-shipwreck-near-apostle
http://www.startribune.com/missing-1800s-shipwreck-found-at-the-bottom-of-lake-superior/393489211/
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/sep/15/shipwreck-hunters-find-missing-1800s-barge-in-lake/
http://www.wpr.org/shipwreck-hunters-find-missing-1800s-barge-lake-superior

19th century finds from a Boston trash/sewage pit:

http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2016/09/12/near-old-north-church-neighborhood-history-emerges-layers-trash/yGq3mxScMvLGFHyn2ICHbI/story.html
http://www.archaeology.org/4843-160916-boston-tenement-privy

I think we’ve heard this Jack Daniels slave origins story before:

http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2016/09/15/493980358/jack-daniels-heralds-a-slaves-role-in-its-origin-story

There’s a new guidebook for the Antietam battlefield:

http://phys.org/news/2016-09-aims-people-explore-antietambattlefield.html

More on the search for Fort Howard:

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/sep/5/archaeologist-looks-for-remains-of-green-bay-milit/
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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6200 years bp indigo-dyed fabric from Peru:

http://phys.org/news/2016-09-oldest-textile-dyed-indigo-blue.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/09/160914150426.htm
http://www.livescience.com/56099-oldest-indigo-dyed-fabric-discovered-peru.html
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/09/peru-indigo-cotton-discovery-textiles-archaeology-jeans-huaca/
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/0916/Did-ancient-South-Americans-wear-blue-jeans
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/earliest-evidence-indigo-dye-found-ancient-peruvian-burial-site-180960477/?no-ist
http://www.archaeology.org/news/4839-160915-peru-cotton-indigo

1000 years bp dog sacrifice (etc.) site from Peru:

http://www.peruthisweek.com/news-animal-reminds-found-in-city-zoo-110421
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-09-14/peru-archaeologists-find-dog-sacrifice-site/7842892
http://www.archaeology.org/news/4834-160913-peru-dog-burials

… and other burials from Chotuna-Chornancap possibly suggest human sacrifice:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/sep/10/ancient-tombs-peru-human-sacrifice-chotuna-chornancap

Latest studies suggest there were various styles of government at Teotihuacan:

http://www.statepress.com/article/2016/09/spscience-rethinking-royal-ruins-asu-archaeology-team-finds-new-findings-in-teotihuacan

Interesting finds from various periods from a Chihuahua site:

http://www.inah.gob.mx/en/boletines/5391-hallan-guacamaya-momificada-en-un-contexto-arqueologico-de-chihuahua

Fire destroyed a 16th century church in Cuzco:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-37394702

More on that Maya Codex authentication:

http://www.livescience.com/56058-disputed-maya-codex-is-authentic.html
https://www.yahoo.com/news/disputed-maya-codex-authentic-scholars-135113390.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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Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Suggestion (surely this can’t be new) that Van Gogh suffered from some form of psychosis:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/16/arts/design/vincent-van-gogh-doctors-historians-weigh-in-amsterdam.html
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2016/09/17/experts-chip-away-mystery-van-goghs-breakdowns/90574058/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-37381900

A half dozen Dutch old masters paintings have now been attributed to Hercules Segers:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/17/arts/international/rijksmuseum-attributes-six-works-to-a-dutch-old-master.html

A stuffed human being in a Spanish museum:

http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-37344210

… and other strange relics:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20160915-are-these-the-strangest-relics-in-history

On the history of electronic tolls:

http://www.npr.org/sections/alltechconsidered/2016/09/15/487804992/music-spies-and-exact-change-the-strange-history-of-electronic-tolls

Hype for the forthcoming Atlas Obscura:

http://www.npr.org/sections/13.7/2016/09/15/493797964/think-youve-seen-it-all-this-atlas-might-change-your-mind

On the hobbit-like existence of archaeologists:

http://www.nationalgeographic.com.au/people/how-an-archaeologists-day-is-a-lot-like-a-hobbits.aspx
http://voices.nationalgeographic.com/2016/09/13/i-just-realized-archaeologists-are-basically-hobbits/

Just in case you’ve forgotten this side of the Amelia Earhart theorizing:

http://news.nationalpost.com/news/world/amelia-earhart-castaway-on-island-for-months-desperately-trying-to-make-radio-contact-as-searches-failed-group-says

On shopping for cars a century ago:

http://www.npr.org/2016/09/12/492841796/gas-electric-or-steam-car-shopping-100-years-ago

Archaeological therapy for injured soldiers:

http://cyprus-mail.com/2016/09/18/archaeological-therapy-injured-soldiers/

On ‘Broadside Ballads’:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-37386026

Pondering a potential Degas:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/13/arts/design/did-degas-make-this-plaster-an-expert-now-says-yes.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fdesign

The tank is 100 years old:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-37302722

Beethoven apparently snubbed the aristocracy:

http://www.dw.com/en/why-beethoven-snubbed-princes-and-put-his-music-first/a-19544501

Review of Kluger, *Indelible Ink*:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/18/books/review/indelible-ink-richard-kluger.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fbooks
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THE TECHY SIDE
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On 3d imaging and the Mary Rose:

http://www.livescience.com/56091-mary-rose-warship-3d-models.html

LiDAR is helping to reveal Tongan history:

http://www.sfu.ca/sfunews/stories/2016/using-lidar-imaging-sfu-archaeologist-sheds-more-light-on-tonga.html

MIT has developed technology to read books without opening them:

http://www.slashgear.com/mit-researchers-develop-camera-that-can-read-books-without-opening-them-11455613/

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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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Ramat Rachel:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/the-kibbutz-outside-jerusalem-built-atop-an-ancient-palace/

Bardo Museum:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/sponsored/national-bardo-museum-tunisia-worlds-largest-collection-roman-mosaics-180960204/

Kosovo Monasteries:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/18/travel/the-medieval-monasteries-of-kosovo.html
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CRIME BEAT
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A couple weeks’ worth of Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2016/09/culture-crime-news-21-august-4-september-2016.html
http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2016/09/culture-crime-news-5-11-september-2016.html
conflict antiquities:

http://conflictantiquities.wordpress.com/

anonymous swiss collector:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/

Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues:

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

Looting Matters:

http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/

Illicit Cultural Property:

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

SAFE:

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

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REPATRIATION AND RECOVERY
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The Ukraine is still trying to get its Scythian gold back:

http://uatoday.tv/society/ukraine-takes-to-court-in-a-bid-to-return-scythian-gold-745625.html

Some stolen Dutch paintings will soon be returned:

http://m.france24.com/en/20160912-stolen-dutch-masterpieces-soon-back-museum

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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on the ‘widow’s mite’:

http://www.coinweek.com/dealers-companies/ngc-dealers-companies/ngc-ancient-coins-redefining-biblical-widows-mite/

Latest on the Jersey hoard:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-jersey-37329266

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v19n37.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v19n38.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/2479-audio-news-from-archaeologica-4-september-2016-10-september-2016
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OBITUARIES
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Desmond M Clarke:

http://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/people/desmond-m-clarke-fearless-philosopher-and-distinguished-scholar-1.2793591

Florence Lister:

http://www.cortezjournal.com/article/20160906/NEWS01/160909925/0/FRONTPAGE/Florence-Lister-prominent-archaeologist-dies-at-96

Elizabeth Colson:

http://www.dailycal.org/2016/09/11/campus-anthropology-professor-emerita-elizabeth-colson-dies-99/

John Belle:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/13/nyregion/john-belle-restoring-new-york-city-landmarks.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fobituaries
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CONFERENCES
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Maya at the Playa (September 29-October 2):

http://www.mayaattheplaya.com/registration

Dumbarton Oaks Annual Symposium (October 7-8):

http://www.doaks.org/research/pre-columbian/scholarly-activities/sacred-matter-animism-and-authority-in-the-pre-columbian-americas

6th Rye Medieval Academic Conference (October 22):

https://sussexpast.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Rye-conf-poster.pdf
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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 19.19-20 ~ September 11, 2016

Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Hernan Astudillo,
Bob Heuman, David Critchley, Barbara Saylor Rodgers, Rick Pettigrew,
Luc A.A. Janssens, Richard Campbell, Richard C. Griffiths, and
Ross W. Sargent for headses upses this week (as always hoping I have
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Much coverage for a story suggesting Lucy died from a fall from a tree:

http://phys.org/news/2016-08-fall-tree-famous-human-ancestor.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/08/160829140417.htm
http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-37194764
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/deadthings/2016/08/29/lucys-demise-what-killed-the-most-famous-fossil/
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/30/science/lucy-hominid-fossils-fall.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2016/08/29/lucy-our-hominid-cousin-may-have-died-in-a-tragic-fall-from-a-tree/
https://www.yahoo.com/news/human-relative-lucy-fell-tree-died-study-suggests-152421599.html
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/0829/How-did-Lucy-the-Australopithecus-die
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/did-anthropologists-just-solve-millions-year-old-mystery-Lucy-death-180960276/
http://elpais.com/elpais/2016/08/29/ciencia/1472480909_382779.html

… but not everyone is buying it:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/08/30/did-lucy-the-famous-human-ancestor-die-after-falling-from-a-tree/
http://www.sciencealert.com/archaeologists-are-fuming-over-a-new-study-that-saying-early-hominin-lucy-fell-from-a-tree

Feature on Qesem Cave:

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4846834,00.html

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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A solar boat study shows that Egyptians were using metal in their wooden boats quite early on:

http://phys.org/news/2016-08-ancient-egyptians-metal-wooden-ships.html
http://www.dailysabah.com/history/2016/08/31/research-shows-first-time-metal-was-used-in-wooden-ships-built-by-ancient-egyptians
http://artdaily.com/news/89896/Wood-recovered-in-dig-shows-ancient-Egyptians-used-metal-in-wooden-ships
http://www.archaeology.org/4810-160901-egypt-solar-boat

… perhaps related:

http://weekly.ahram.org.eg/News/17215/47/Boat-beam-lifted.aspx
http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/242108/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Egypts-antiquities-minister-attends-lifting-of-new.aspx

Finds from various periods accidentally unearthed in Alexandria:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/41/241934/Heritage/GrecoRoman/Roman-and-Islamicera-artefacts-accidentally-uneart.aspx

Feature on Ancient Egyptians collecting fossils:

http://www.wondersandmarvels.com/2016/09/ancient-egyptians-collected-fossils.html

Feature on Ancient Egyptian identity marks (dubbed ‘emoticons’ in the headlines):

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/08/160830091625.htm

Feature on the Gebel el Silsila quarries:

http://egypttoday.com/blog/2016/08/30/archaeology-of-the-ancient-egyptian-working-man-the-gebel-el-silsila-quarries/

Maintenance/restoration at Qalawoun has been completed:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/43/243518/Heritage/Islamic/Maintenance-work-complete-at-Qalawoun-complex-afte.aspx

Revenues from archaeology in Egypt are waaaay down:

http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2016/08/egypt-rent-archaeological-sites-weddings-parties-tourism.html
http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2016/08/egypt-antiquities-minister-tourism-decline-plan-pyramids.html

Egypt is keeping its eye open for Jewish antiquities:

http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=36181
http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2016/09/egypt-document-jewish-heritage-synangogues-records.html

16 500 years bp ‘etchings’ from the Jezreel Valley may have recorded the passage of seasons:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/millennia-before-writing-ancient-holy-land-etchings-tracked-passage-of-seasons/

Evidence of sophisticated irrigation in northern Israel some 7000 years bp:

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/7000-year-old-pits-found-in-northern-Israel-suggest-sophisticated-ancient-irrigation-466414
http://www.archaeology.org/news/4800-160830-israel-olive-irrigation

A 5000 year b.p. Seal from Hacilar:

http://www.dailysabah.com/history/2016/09/07/5000-year-old-seal-found-in-hacilar-mound-excavations-shows-evidence-of-sign-language

I think we mentioned this ‘secret’ HIttite tunnel:

http://www.dailysabah.com/history/2016/09/07/rare-3300-year-old-secret-passage-first-hittite-skeleton-found-in-central-turkey
http://theweek.com/speedreads/647344/archaeologists-discover-secret-tunnel-ruins-hittite-capital

Plans to restore the ‘King Marquee’:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ancient-marquee-to-be-restored-.aspx?PageID=238&NID=103382&NewsCatID=375

Not sure if we’ve mentioned the work on the Zeus Lepsynos temple:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/zeus-temple-to-regain-its-glory-.aspx?pageID=238&nid=103434

Not sure where to put this 12th century(?) dinner set find (underwater):

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/rare-ancient-plate-set-found-underwater-.aspx?PageID=238&NID=103582&NewsCatID=375

Feature on the Canaanites:

http://www.livescience.com/56016-canaanites.html

Feature on Aleppo:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/five-times-aleppo-was-center-worlds-attention-180960390/?no-ist

A 3000 year bp seal from Abel Beth Macah:

http://www.apu.edu/media/news/release/24899/
A 1500 years bp livestock stable from Advat National Park:

http://www.antiquities.org.il/Article_eng.aspx?sec_id=25&subj_id=240&id=4213
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Article.aspx?id=467208
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/217506
http://www.timesofisrael.com/meter-of-manure-confirms-1500-year-old-stable/
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/1500-year-old-stable-exposed-in-negev-canyon/2016/09/08/
http://www.ynet.co.il/articles/0,7340,L-4852067,00.html
http://www.breakingisraelnews.com/75359/1500-year-old-stable-negev-desert-confirms-donkeys-sheep-goats-lived-ancient-israel/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/4823-160908-israel-byzantine-stable

A King Solomon-era palace from Gezer:

http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/archaeology/1.739358
https://www.yahoo.com/news/latest-archaeology-discovery-may-prove-145523827.html
http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/archaeologists-link-remains-of-destroyed-palace-to-reign-of-king-solomon/news-story/3240eb29a19f8b09e5377c72f15ab0d1

Cf: http://www.telgezer.com/

Plenty of coverage of what is believed to be Temple Mount flooring recovered from Waqf dumps:

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/217411
http://www.timesofisrael.com/floor-tiles-found-in-holy-site-rubble-said-to-be-from-second-temple/
http://www.jta.org/2016/09/07/news-opinion/israel-middle-east/archaeologists-restore-herodian-floor-tile-of-second-temple-courtyard
http://www.breakingisraelnews.com/75233/first-time-ever-undeniable-evidence-jewish-temple-discovered-photos/
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/archaeologists-restore-second-temple-courtyard-flooring-with-help-from-mathematician/2016/09/06/
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Archeologists-restore-tiles-from-Second-Temple-in-Jerusalem-467021
http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=36227
http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/archaeology/1.740548
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/0907/After-2-000-years-archaeologists-restore-Temple-Mount-floor-patterns
http://forward.com/news/breaking-news/349345/tiles-from-king-herods-second-temple-restored-by-archaeologists/

… which was all announced at a conference on the Temple Mount Sifting Project, which also had assorted coverage:

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/217537
http://hamodia.com/2016/09/05/dramatic-finds-herodian-period-exhibited-tuesday/

… and the political side of things is lurking in there, of course:

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Article.aspx?id=467343

Israel is interested in the Palestinian site of Sabathia:

http://gulfnews.com/news/mena/palestine/concern-as-israel-sets-eyes-on-palestinian-archeological-site-1.1891954

Feature on finds from Khirbet Qeiyafa:

https://www.algemeiner.com/2016/09/11/ancient-city-unearthed-where-david-battled-goliath/
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/3000-year-old-treasures-dated-to-the-time-of-King-David-unveiled-466351
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/archaeological-evidence-of-the-kingdom-of-david-in-jerusalem/2016/08/30/
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/3000-year-old-treasures-dated-to-the-time-of-King-David-unveiled-466351

… related exhibition hype::

http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=36041
http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/archaeology/.premium-1.739653

An interview with Lawrence Schiffman:

http://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/interviews-and-profiles/on-the-bookshelf-15/2016/09/09/

Feature on how Israeli archaeologists manage to study human remains:

http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.739977

Concerns for Hasankeyf due to dams on the Tigris:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/02/world/europe/turkey-hasankeyf-ilisu-dam.html

Feature on the Sea Peoples:

http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/TheAsorBlog/~3/KKxZ3P_5ALc/

Plans to germinate some 2800 years bp wheat and sesame seeds from Cavustepe Castle:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/.aspx?pageID=238&nID=103555&NewsCatID=375

… and some date seeds from Al Zubarah are going to be analyzed:

http://www.gulf-times.com/story/512267/Date-seeds-found-at-Al-Zubarah-to-be-analysed

Feature on ‘godnapping’ in the Ancient Near East:

http://asorblog.org/2016/09/09/godnapping-ancient-near-east/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TheAsorBlog+%28The+ASOR+Blog%29

Ten new Turkish sites on UNESCO’s list:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/10-new-turkish-sites-on-unesco-list-.aspx?pageID=238&nid=103724&NewsCatID=375
I think we mentioned how many antiquities coming out of Syria and Iraq are fake now:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/syria-isis-civil-war-antiquities-fakes-palmyra-a7228336.html

… and that power-station worker’s private collection which was turned over to the IAA:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/power-station-workers-private-collection-yields-bronze-age-125956661.html
http://forward.com/news/israel/348707/centuries-old-hand-grenade-unearthed-in-israel/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/4788-160824-israel-metal-artifacts

Latest feature on attempts to protect antiquities from ISIL:

http://www.smh.com.au/world/antiquities-syria-libya-seo-here-20160901-gr6mfh.html

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An Etruscan tomb find from Vulci:

http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/culture/2016/09/08/new-etruscan-tomb-found-in-vulci-necropolis_08e6f071-7c7e-4a69-9e20-d1a04e044e8f.html

Not sure where to put this one … a translation of a 1700 years bp Greek epitaph of a Jewish woman from Egypt:

http://www.cnn.com/2016/09/08/health/oldest-obituary-translation-trnd/index.html?sr=twCNN090816oldest-obituary-translation-trnd1050PMStoryLink&linkId=28540755
http://www.npr.org/2016/09/10/493399769/professor-translates-1-700-year-old-obituary-from-ancient-greek

… or a Byzantine-era inscription found during road construction in Turkey:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/byzantine-era-tablet-found-in-road-construction-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=103637&NewsCatID=375

Turkey has shut down the Austrian dig at Ephesus because of some diplomatic spat:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ephesus-excavations-canceled–.aspx?pageID=238&nID=103554&NewsCatID=375
https://www.apollo-magazine.com/turkish-government-suspends-archaeological-work-at-ephesus/
http://theartnewspaper.com/news/archeology/archaeological-work-at-ephesus-shut-down-by-turkish-government/
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/austria-and-turkey-are-butting-heads-over-archaeological-dig-180960379/?no-ist
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/turkish-authorities-halt-austrian-dig-ephesus-636866
http://en.europeonline-magazine.eu/turkey-halts-austrian-archaeological-dig-over-tensions-with-vienna_482793.html

A 2100 years bp statue of Cybele from Kuru Castle (Turkey):

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/2100-year-old-goddess-kybele-sculpture-unearthed-in-turkeys-black-sea-.aspx?PageID=238&NID=103755&NewsCatID=375
http://www.dailysabah.com/history/2016/09/09/2100-year-old-statue-of-cybele-the-anatolian-mother-goddess-unearthed-in-northwestern-turkey
http://www.archaeology.org/news/4826-160909-anatolia-cybele-statue

A Hellenistic burial from Samsun:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/burial-chamber-found-in-samsun.aspx?pageID=238&nid=103435&NewsCatID=375

A search for a stolen truck revealed a second century burial in Bursa (!):

http://www.dailysabah.com/history/2016/09/10/police-searching-stolen-vehicle-finds-2nd-century-tomb-in-bursa

A 1400 years bp mosaic from Konya:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/mosaic-in-clover-field-under-protection-in-konya.aspx?pageID=238&nID=103510&NewsCatID=375

Latest finds from Teion (Byzantine):

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ancient-tombs-church-found-in-tieion-in-northern-turkey.aspx?pageID=238&nID=103682&NewsCatID=375

… and from Chedworth Roman Villa:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-gloucestershire-37193116

Evidence of a Roman massacre at Dumfrieshire:

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/local-news/bloody-history-uncovered-archaeologists-dumfrieshires-8746733

A Walsingham ‘stud’ with connections to Boudicca:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-norfolk-37221815

Plans to dig a Roman harbour site at Dreamer’s Bay (Cyprus):

http://cyprus-mail.com/2016/09/04/unlocking-secrets-dreamers-bay/

They’ve been digging at Kaunos for fifty years:

http://www.dailysabah.com/history/2016/09/06/ancient-city-of-kaunos-continues-to-shed-light-on-history

Feature on the dig at Lake Viverone:

http://www.thetelegraphandargus.co.uk/news/14734114.University_leads_team_at_underwater_dig_in_Italy/

How London’s Great Fire revealed its Roman past:

http://www.historyextra.com/article/feature/how-great-fire-revealed-london-roman-past-vivius-marcianus

Pondering whether one of the Huqoq mosaics depicts Alexander:

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/09/mysterious-mosaic-alexander-the-great-israel/

Plans to search for Roman remains in Tayside:

https://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/news/local/angus-mearns/277668/search-lost-romans-tayside/
http://stv.tv/news/north/1365844-archaeologists-search-for-answer-to-riddle-of-roman-forts/

This ‘Recasting’ exhibition is getting some interesting attention:

https://www.artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-how-ancient-greek-and-roman-art-can-speak-to-a-digital-age
http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/the-romans-meet-rihanna-as-cambridge-museum-hosts-a-historical-culture-clash/story-29701796-detail/story.html

Interesting feature on possible ways to distinguish between infanticide and natural death:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2016/09/08/infanticide-or-natural-death-new-method-may-answer-this-ancient-question/#17fd606f72e3

Greece is looking for ways to preserve its underwater antiquities:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2016-08/29/c_135643152.htm

The Roman theatre on Delos has ‘reopened’:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/18140-ancient-theater-on-greek-island-of-delos-opens-after-2-000-years.html

The Roman dig at Littleborough has been shelved for a year:

http://www.retfordtimes.co.uk/littleborough-roman-archeology-dig-gets-shelved-for-a-year/story-29670795-detail/story.html

On ‘Greco-Roman LA’:

http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/talking-greco-roman-la-with-art-historian-peter-j-holliday/

On Greek architectural influences in the US:

http://usa.greekreporter.com/2016/09/07/how-the-united-states-was-modeled-on-ancient-greek-architecture-pics/

On ‘avant garde’ Classicism in 1808:

http://www.philly.com/philly/entertainment/20160904_Avant-garde_classicism_in_1808.html

Op ed on the Acropolis:

http://www.weeklystandard.com/the-acropolis-is-still-ruined/article/2004050

On the Allegory of the Cave:

http://www.sunstar.com.ph/davao/opinion/2016/08/29/editorial-allegory-cave-494484

What Angela Lorenz is up to:

http://www.cavalierdaily.com/article/2016/09/revealing-the-victorious-secret

What Roland R.R. Smith is up to:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/a-life-dedicated-to-aphrodisias.aspx?pageID=238&nid=103591

Interview with Marion Meyer:

http://www.ascsa.edu.gr/index.php/news/newsDetails/meet-a-member-marion-meyer

Feature on Nero’s rotating dining room:

https://news.cnrs.fr/videos/neros-rotating-dining-room

Pondering Helen:

http://theconversation.com/was-helen-really-to-blame-for-the-trojan-war-or-just-a-scapegoat-64456

On Greek education:

http://blog.oup.com/2016/09/ancient-greek-education/

Latest from Chester regarding its Roman remains:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-merseyside-37299992
http://www.chesterchronicle.co.uk/news/chester-cheshire-news/chester-amphitheatre-debate-pits-romans-11824046

I think we mentioned this Roman brick reuse at Gloucester:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/4797-160829-gloucester-roman-bricks
http://www.gloucestershirelive.co.uk/roman-flood-defences-found-under-gloucester-bus-station/story-29664217-detail/story.html

Much speculation about a Latin ‘legacy’ of Mussolini:

http://www.livescience.com/55979-mussolini-message-found-under-rome-obelisk.html
http://www.theatlantic.com/news/archive/2016/08/mussolini-obelisk/498215/

Some Ben Hur coverage:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/films/ben-hur/roman-chariot-racing-inspired-sports/?WT.mc_id=tmgspk_listfour_1468_AmjXn0NqPVPT
http://theconversation.com/ben-hur-can-be-fun-on-film-but-the-real-roman-spectacle-would-have-thrilled-anyone-64167

Developments in the Paphos Museum ‘scandal’:

http://cyprus-mail.com/2016/09/01/audit-office-raids-paphos-museum-sites/
http://in-cyprus.com/antiquities-complaints-do-not-appear-to-be-groundless/

Latest Atlantis claim:

http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/542630/atlantis-ancient-sunken-city-mystery-solved-italian-scientist

More on translating that Etruscan inscription:

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-08/smu-oot082416.php
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/first-secret-from-ancient-tablet-revealed/

Review(ish) on Tim Whitmarsh’s book on ancient atheism:

http://hellenicnews.com/gods-marginal-atheists-greco-roman-world/
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Wood from a 5000 years bp boat in Wales (we may have mentioned this):

http://www.southwales-eveningpost.co.uk/5-000-year-old-logboat-found-at-welsh-site/story-29668245-detail/story.html
http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/wood-5000-year-old-boat-11816247
http://www.archaeology.org/news/4803-160830-wales-log-boat

A stone structure beneath a Neolithic dump on Orkney:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-37154410

A 5000 years bp ‘marked rock panel’ from near Glasgow:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-37290979
http://www.thenational.scot/news/archaeologists-hope-to-unearth-secrets-of-neolithic-society.22084
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/prehistory-cochno-stone-unearthed-1965-burial-archaeology-clydebank-glasgow-a7229176.html
http://phys.org/news/2016-09-year-prehistoric-art-panel-uncovered.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/4821-160907-scotland-cochno-stone
http://www.eveningtimes.co.uk/news/14730927.First_glimpse_of_ancient_stone_laid_bare_for_first_time_in_half_a_century/

A 3000 years bp sword from Denmark:

http://www.thelocal.dk/20160831/3000-year-old-sword-found-in-denmark-and-its-still-sharp

A possible Bronze Age settlement from near Beachy Head:

http://www.theargus.co.uk/news/14730272.Experts_believe_they_could_find_a_Bronze_Age_settlement_near_Beachy_Head/

A Bronze Age sword beneath a football pitch in Argus:

http://www.archaeology.org/4827-160909-scotland-maes-howe

Evidence of a Bronze/Iron Age settlement at Carnoustie:

https://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/news/local/angus-mearns/284111/evidence-bronze-iron-age-settlement-found-carnoustie/

Viking burials from Denmark:

http://sciencenordic.com/new-viking-graves-discovered-denmark

1000 years bp Viking sword from Iceland:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-37285805
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-09-08/goose-hunters-find-millenium-old-viking-sword-in-iceland/7824928
https://www.rt.com/viral/358354-viking-sword-iceland-archaeology/

A ninth century Christian burial from Bradford on Avon:

http://www.wiltshiretimes.co.uk/news/14719626.Ancient_burials_found_in_Bradford_on_Avon_church_revamp/

Interesting medieval site from near Thrupp:

http://www.daventryexpress.co.uk/news/local/dig-shows-how-the-eviction-of-a-whole-village-near-daventry-created-refugees-in-their-own-land-1-7570150

They’re digging at Auckland Castle:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tees-37229599
http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/archaeologists-digging-deep-find-treasures-11833623

Evidence of Buchan’s ‘long lost castle’:

https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/north-east/1011158/archaeologists-uncover-evidence-of-buchans-lost-castle-at-aden-park/

… and the Castle of Dun:

http://www.scotsman.com/heritage/people-places/14th-century-castle-linked-to-john-knox-discovered-in-angus-1-4216394
http://www.archaeology.org/news/4802-160830-scotland-medieval-castle

Plenty of features relating to the anniversary of the Great Fire of London:

https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2016/aug/30/great-fire-of-london-1666-350th-anniversary-which-buildings-disappeared
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/37271612
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-37247565
http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/37253903
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07v642t

… a site with Pepys’ Diary connections is interesting:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20160902-retrace-samuel-pepys-steps-in-the-great-fire-of-london

They’re studying the wreck of the Rooswijk:

http://www.kentonline.co.uk/deal/news/divers-exploring-18th-century-ship-102055/
http://www.kentnews.co.uk/news/dutch_and_british_joint_diving_expedition_off_kent_coast_to_assess_ship_wreck_site_1_4687322

Feature on Bern’s clock tower:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20160901-the-clock-that-changed-the-meaning-of-time

Latest on the Staffordshire Hoard:

http://www.leek-news.co.uk/secrets-of-the-staffordshire-hoard-revealed-seven-years-on/story-29667219-detail/story.html

Assorted sites in Scotland are being closed due to safety concerns:

http://www.archaeology.org/4827-160909-scotland-maes-howe

Studying Iron Age settlement patterns in Scotland:

http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/09/2016/making-sense-of-iron-age-settlement-patterns-in-scotland

I think we’ve mentioned the plans to rebury the remains of prisoners from the Battle of Dunbar:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tyne-37173781
http://www.livescience.com/56021-battle-of-dunbar-soldiers-to-be-reburied.html
http://www.scotsman.com/news/no-return-to-scotland-for-1650-battle-of-dunbar-prisoners-1-4211091
http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/14702726.Campaigners_criticise_decision_to_keep_bones_of___39_Dunbar_Martyrs__39__in_England/

Medieval remains found during Lincoln bypass construction:

http://thelincolnite.co.uk/2016/08/medieval-remains-discovered-work-lincoln-eastern-bypass-forges-ahead/

They’ve restored Canterbury Cathedral’s medieval window frame:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/sep/05/canterbury-cathedral-medieval-window-frame-restored

The Mary Rose has an official website:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/sep/05/new-mary-rose-website-to-help-public-and-scientists-unravel-wrecks-mysteries

Feature on mudlarking and mudlarkers:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/photos-of-mudlarkers-searching-for-history-along-the-thames-in-london/2016/08/31/08d5c3c6-6f90-11e6-8365-b19e428a975e_gallery.html

Plans to save Garioch’s Pictish stones:

https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/aberdeenshire/1020932/campaign-lodged-to-save-gariochs-ancient-pictish-stones/

First report (it seems) of cultural damage in Italy’s earthquake:

http://www.dw.com/en/italy-surveys-cultural-damage-after-earthquake/a-19516838

A signed letter of Queen Victoria turns up in a charity shop:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-dorset-37220332

Review of Ruth Scurr, *John Aubrey*:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/09/books/review-john-aubrey-my-own-life-ruth-scurr.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/books/finally-a-biography-of-the-man-who-invented-biography/2016/09/07/da517caa-7063-11e6-9705-23e51a2f424d_story.html
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Archaeology in Europe Blog:

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

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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Megalithic tombs from the Tadvai forest:

http://www.deccanchronicle.com/lifestyle/pets-and-environment/090916/megalithic-tombs-in-tadvai-forests.html

Evidence of 9000 years bp stone houses on Rosemary Island:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/sep/05/evidence-of-9000-year-old-stone-houses-found-on-australian-island

On the people of the Tibetan plateau:

http://phys.org/news/2016-09-prehistoric-humans-occupy-tibetan-plateau.html

The first urban settlement with signs it was destroyed by a tsunami:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/archaeologists-discover-world-s-first-settlement-destroyed-by-tsunami-in-gujarat/story-Q2XEs94UfWREEosawMSmnK.html

An 800 years bp temple and Vishnu avatar from Dinajpur:

http://indianexpress.com/article/world/world-news/bangladesh-800-year-old-temple-unique-vishnu-avatar-idol-discovered-in-dinajpur-3020103/
http://www.indialivetoday.com/archaeologists-find-800-year-old-temple-in-bangladeshs-kaharol-with-unique-architecture/27629.html
http://www.dhakatribune.com/image-gallery/2016/09/07/temple-unique-goddess-idol-unearthed-dinajpur/
http://www.archaeology.org/4820-160907-bangladesh-temple-mohini

Interesting burials from the Phillipines:

http://cebudailynews.inquirer.net/104490/icelands-sword-and-philippine-archaeology

An inscription from Myanmar:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/4819-160907-amyint-taung-text

Followups to the Myanmar earthquake:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-37293499

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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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Excavating a 12 000 years bp site in Colorado:

http://www.chattanoogan.com/2016/9/5/331338/Lee-Students-Excavate-12000-Year-Old.aspx

Finds from the Thule site in Nunavut:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/thule-artifacts-recovered-pond-inlet-nunavut-1.3751264?cmp=rss

What teeth are revealing about SunWatch Village burials:

http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/science/2016/09/04/01-ancient-teeth-shed-light-on-sunwatch-village-burials.html

Feature on Hydro Quebec’s archaeologist:

http://montreal.ctvnews.ca/hydro-quebec-archaeologist-finds-history-in-unlikely-places-1.3066951

Some mysterious walls in Nova Scotia:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/bayers-lake-mystery-walls-halifax-regional-council-1.3748160

Searching for remains of Fort Howard:

http://www.wearegreenbay.com/news/local-news/green-bay-archaeologist-finds-artifacts-from-fort-howard
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/sep/5/archaeologist-looks-for-remains-of-green-bay-milit/

19th century burials from Montreal:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/4817-160906-montreal-protestant-cemetery

Feature on runaway slaves:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/deep-swamps-archaeologists-fugitive-slaves-kept-freedom-180960122/

The Dakota Access pipeline has possible archaeological implications:

http://www.seattletimes.com/business/north-dakotas-chief-archaeologist-to-inspect-pipeline-site/
http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/north-dakotas-chief-archaeologist-inspect-pipeline-site-41948460

Feature on US election campaigns:

http://www.npr.org/2016/08/28/491573748/what-should-we-call-this-kind-of-presidential-campaign-anyway
More items relating to that Georgetown slavery story:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/02/us/slaves-georgetown-university.html
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/09/01/492223040/georgetown-will-offer-an-edge-in-admissions-to-descendants-of-slaves
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/grade-point/wp/2016/09/01/georgetown-panel-urges-university-to-apologize-for-its-role-in-slavery/
http://www.cnn.com/2016/09/05/opinions/georgetowns-apology-for-sale-of-slaves-brown/index.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-37291230

More on humans on Mount Ranier some 9000 years bp:

http://www.seattleweekly.com/news/scientists-believe-humans-began-visiting-more-than-mount-rainier-9000-years-ago-what-were-they-doing-up-there/

More on early Alaskans’ fish diet:

http://phys.org/news/2016-08-isotope-fish-prominent-early-alaskans.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/08/160829163257.htm
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-08/uoaf-isd082516.php
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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The so-called Grolier Codex has been proven to be as old as was claimed:

https://news.brown.edu/articles/2016/09/mayacodex
http://phys.org/news/2016-09-13th-century-maya-codex-shrouded.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/09/160907125300.htm
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-09/bu-1cm090716.php
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2016/09/08/grolier-codex-oldest-confirmed-americas/
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/09/2016/controversial-13th-century-maya-codex-proves-genuine
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2016/09/08/once-dismissed-as-fake-maya-calendar-is-americas-oldest-manuscript-say-brown-university-scientists/
http://www.cnn.com/2016/09/08/health/maya-codex-oldest-manuscript-real-trnd/index.html?sr=twCNN090916maya-codex-oldest-manuscript-real-trnd1238AMStoryPhoto&linkId=28542905

Interesting 1000 years bp human remains from Chotuna-Chornancap (Peru):

http://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/sep/10/ancient-tombs-peru-human-sacrifice-chotuna-chornancap?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other
http://www.reuters.com/video/2016/09/07/archaeologists-discover-ancient-tombs-in?videoId=369779072
http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/entertainment/2016/09/07/evidence-child-sacrifice-found-at-centuries-old-burial-site-in-peru/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/4825-160908-peru-chornancap-burials

A ‘crocodile stone’ from Mexico:

http://phys.org/news/2016-09-scientists-unearth-centuries-old-crocodile-stone.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/09/160901125359.htm
http://www.livescience.com/55971-ancient-mexican-crocodile-carving-discovered.html
https://www.yahoo.com/news/crocodile-carving-played-ritual-role-ancient-mesoamerican-city-101909593.html
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/09/2016/crocodile-stone-key-to-revising-long-held-ideas-about-lambityeco

150 or so petroglyphs from Chile:

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/archaeologists-identify-more-than-150-rock-art-paintings-in-chile/

More on that Maya tomb from Belize:

http://knau.org/post/nau-archaeologist-jaime-awe-describes-unbelievable-find-belize
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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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Another piece of a lost Magritte has been found:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-norfolk-37299450
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/10/arts/design/rene-magritte-puzzle-piece-found-la-pose-enchantee.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Farts

Pondering the Star Spangled Banner:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/03/arts/music/colin-kaepernick-national-anthem.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fmusic

Feature on assorted digital archives:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/09/arts/design/digital-troves-providing-insights-and-reuniting-antiquities.html

Feature on the Feejee mermaid hoax:

http://www.livescience.com/56037-feejee-mermaid.html

The search for Amelia Earhart will continue:

http://niku2017.strikingly.com/

A bad novel by Napoleon Bonaparte is coming to auction:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/sep/07/napoleon-bonaparte-failed-novelist-manuscript-goes-to-auction

On London’s ‘plague pits’ and the tube:

http://www.bbc.com/autos/story/20160906-plague-pits-the-london-underground-and-crossrail

Othello as a story of domestic abuse:

http://theconversation.com/to-a-modern-audience-othello-is-simply-another-story-of-domestic-abuse-63646

Challenging Chomsky’s theory of language learning:

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/evidence-rebuts-chomsky-s-theory-of-language-learning/
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/31/books/tom-wolfes-kingdom-of-speech-takes-aim-at-darwin-and-chomsky.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Farts

Latest claims of hidden images in the Sistine Chapel:

http://phys.org/news/2016-08-michelangelo-sistine-chapel-hidden-female.html

On the history of handwriting:

https://www.insidehighered.com/views/2016/08/31/review-anne-trubek-history-and-uncertain-future-handwriting

A painting of Frederick Douglass has gone missing:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2016/08/29/famed-painting-frederick-douglass-missing-fisk/89559298/

The annual (it seems) feature on trepanation:

http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20160826-why-our-ancestors-drilled-holes-in-each-others-skulls

On the history of Yellow Fever:

http://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2016/08/28/491471697/yellow-fever-timeline-the-history-of-a-long-misunderstood-disease

Pondering the purpose of Iron Maidens:

http://www.livescience.com/55985-are-iron-maidens-torture-devices.html

On an Oscar Wilde love letter:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-37277397

Some ‘Shakespearean’ phrases weren’t coined by him, apparently:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-37285815
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/09/05/stop-saying-shakespeare-invented-so-many-phrases—he-cribbed-mo/

On the origins of Labor Day (in the US):

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2016/09/04/labor-day-history/89826440/

Statistical studies of Neolithic cities’ collapse:

http://phys.org/news/2016-08-statistical-evidence-neolithic-collapse.html

Feature on women’s clothing:

http://theconversation.com/from-bonnets-to-fez-to-burkinis-clothing-has-long-made-us-uneasy-64541

On the history of the chair:

http://www.npr.org/2016/09/03/492090626/better-sit-down-for-this-one-an-exciting-book-about-the-history-of-chairs

On the ‘new’ Beatrix Potter story:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-37265912

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Charlotte Bronte:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/09/books/she-was-no-bird-jane-eyre-manuscript-on-first-trip-to-america.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Farts

Illuminated Manuscripts:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/08/arts/international/fitzwilliam-museum-celebrates-the-birth-and-glory-of-color-manuscripts.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Farts

Icons of Modern Art:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/04/arts/design/a-bridge-from-moscow-to-paris-130-works-of-modern-art.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Farts

Taxidermy:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/02/arts/design/cats-taxidermy-morbid-anatomy-museum-brooklyn.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Farts

Plaster casts:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/02/arts/design/move-over-marble-plaster-gets-pride-of-place.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Farts

Memling:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/02/arts/design/review-hans-memling-morgan-library-museum.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fdesign

Rembrandt:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/30/arts/design/a-rarely-seen-rembrandt-is-coming-to-the-frick.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fdesign

Davinci:

https://www.thebeijinger.com/blog/2016/09/09/60-original-manuscripts-leonardo-da-vinci-will-be-exhibit-tsinghua-art-museum

Fakes:

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU1609/S00142/art-crime-fraudsters-and-fakes-revealed-in-new-exhibition.htm

Arabic and Sanskrti studies at Yale:

http://news.yale.edu/2016/09/06/yale-marks-175th-anniversary-arabic-and-sanskrit-studies-exhibit-public-events

Pompeii:

http://www.kmbz.com/Pompeii-Exhibit-comes-to-KC/22867541
http://fox4kc.com/2016/09/07/explore-daily-life-and-tragic-end-of-ancient-city-of-pompeii-at-union-stations-new-exhibit/
http://www.kshb.com/news/local-news/pompeii-exhibit-coming-to-union-station

Roman Myth and Mythmaking:

http://www.newswise.com/articles/view/659897/?sc=rsln

Scythian Heralds:

https://hellenicnews.com/trail-greece-greek-gold-russia-acropolis-museum/

American Gothic:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-37248237

Italy’s museums are seeking private sector help:

https://skift.com/2016/09/07/italys-museums-are-turning-to-private-sector-funding-to-cover-costs/
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THE TECHY SIDE
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On the importance of ‘old book smell’ for conservators:

http://phys.org/news/2016-09-video-priceless-artifacts.html

Latest dental plaque study is on the diet of Mesolithic foragers in the Balkans:

http://phys.org/news/2016-08-ancient-dental-plaque-diet-mesolithic.html
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-08/uoc-adp082616.php
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/08/2016/dental-plaque-sheds-new-light-on-diet-of-mesolithic-balkans

On digital architecture for restoration in Syria:

http://phys.org/news/2016-09-digital-architecture-rebuild-ancient-syriancities.html

Latest 3d for the web treatment are skulls from the Mary Rose:

http://phys.org/news/2016-09-3d-skulls-henry-viii-doomed.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-37245776
http://artdaily.com/news/89915/British-archaeologists-place-3D-skulls-from-Henry-VIII-s-doomed-warship-online

I think we had this mummy face recreation already:

http://www.livescience.com/55928-egyptian-mummy-face-recreated-with-3d-printing.html
http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2016/08/31/egyptian-mummys-face-recreated-with-3d-printing.html

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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DNA from some Crossrail skeletons have confirmed Yersina pestis was the cause:

http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-37287715
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/09/bubonic-plague-dna-found-london-black-death/

… and there’s something similar for Justinian’s plague (which we might have mentioned):

http://phys.org/news/2016-08-reconstructing-sixth-century-plague-victim.html
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-08/mbae-rt6082316.php
http://www.livescience.com/55939-justinianic-plague-genome-update.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/4805-160831-germany-justinian-plague
http://www.cnn.com/2016/08/30/health/ancient-plague-genome/index.html

Humans have preferred black pigs throughout history, apparently:

http://phys.org/news/2016-09-history-humans-pigs-black.html
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-09/uoo-thh090516.php
http://rsos.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/3/9/160304

I think we mentioned this KhoeSan genetics study:

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-09/gsoa-goa090616.php
http://scienmag.com/genetics-of-african-khoesan-populations-maps-to-kalahari-desert-geography/

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/

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TOURISTY THINGS
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Cambridge (Mass.):

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2016/09/08/travel/what-to-do-36-hours-in-cambridge-mass.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Ftravel

Francigena:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/11/travel/via-francigena-tuscany.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Ftravel

Assorted Greek sites:

http://www.star-telegram.com/living/travel/article100362672.html
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CRIME BEAT
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Some Bavarian crosses were vandalized:

http://www.dw.com/en/bavarian-crosses-subject-of-attacks-and-controversy/a-19529653

There’s a forged furniture scandal at Versailles:

http://www.dw.com/en/versailles-falls-foul-of-furniture-fakers/av-19530471

Plenty of vandalism at Sabastia, apparently:

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4849755,00.html
conflict antiquities:

http://conflictantiquities.wordpress.com/

anonymous swiss collector:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/

Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues:

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

Looting Matters:

http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/

Illicit Cultural Property:

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

SAFE:

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

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REPATRIATION AND RECOVERY
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A ushabti figure found in Mexico was returned to Egypt:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/243563/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Egyptian-statuette-recovered-from-Mexico-is-authen.aspx
http://www.archaeology.org/news/4822-160907-ushabti-recovered-mexico
http://www.archaeology.org/4822-160907-ushabti-recovered-mexico

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NUMISMATICA
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A twelfth-century coin hoard from Azerbaijan:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/4798-160829-azerbaijan-coin-cache

Three weeks’ worth of e-Syla:

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v19n37.html
http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v19n36.html
http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v19n35.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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Twelfth Night:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/05/theater/review-twelfth-night-anything-goes-in-love-and-shakespeare.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Ftheater

Trojan Women:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/02/theater/trojan-women-review.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Farts

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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/2478-audio-news-from-archaeologica-28-august-2016-3-september-2016
http://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-main-menu-cat/audio-news-list/2472-audio-news-from-archaeologica-21-august-2016-27-august-2016
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OBITUARIES
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Antony Jay:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/30/arts/television/antony-jay-a-machiavelli-scholar-and-a-creator-of-yes-minister-dies-at-86.html

Florence Lister:

http://www.durangoherald.com/article/20160906/NEWS01/160909750/-1/s
http://www.cortezjournal.com/article/20160906/NEWS01/160909925/-1/news&source=RSS

Kenneth R. Thompson:

http://v1.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/Deaths.20160829.93378676/BDAStory/BDA/deaths

David Trump:

http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20160901/local/maltas-archaeology-icon-dies.623743
http://www.independent.com.mt/articles/2016-09-01/local-news/Archaeologist-who-contributed-a-great-deal-to-Malta-s-history-passes-away-6736163187
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CONFERENCES
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Maya at the Playa (September 29-October 2):

http://www.mayaattheplaya.com/registration

Dumbarton Oaks Annual Symposium (October 7-8):

http://www.doaks.org/research/pre-columbian/scholarly-activities/sacred-matter-animism-and-authority-in-the-pre-columbian-americas

6th Rye Medieval Academic Conference (October 22):

https://sussexpast.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Rye-conf-poster.pdf
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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 19.18 ~ August 28, 2016

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

… apologies for taking so long to get this out this a.m….

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Rethinking/pondering the genus homo:

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-08/agi-rh-082516.php
http://scienmag.com/redefining-homo-does-our-family-tree-need-more-branches/

Hype for a book on some ‘celebrity hominid’ skeletons:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/historian-traces-rise-celebrity-hominid-fossils

More on Otzi’s clothing:

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/deadthings/2016/08/18/iceman-dressed-to-kill/
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/23/science/otzi-the-icemans-patchwork-ensemble.html
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/0818/Frozen-fashion-What-was-Oetzi-the-Iceman-wearing-when-he-died

More on 250 000 years bp butchering in Jordan:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/23/science/carving-the-meat-before-meals-250000-years-ago.html
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AFRICA
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A militant Islamicist who was involved in all the destruction in Timbuktu now regrets his actions:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-37152191
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/23/world/europe/ahmed-al-mahdi-hague-trial.html
http://www.dw.com/en/jihadi-pleads-guilt-at-iccs-timbuktu-trial/a-19491683

The New York Times reprised some coverage of the very short Anglo-Zanzibar war:

http://timesmachine.nytimes.com/timesmachine/1896/08/28/103386754.html

Concerns for the San people:

http://edition.cnn.com/2016/05/24/travel/basarwa-botswana-culture-crisis/index.html?sr=twCNN082716basarwa-botswana-culture-crisis0128AMStoryGalLink&linkId=28106579
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Not sure if we mentioned this 3300 years bp mummy with some very interesting/important tattoos:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/egypt-archaeology-mummy-tattoo-1.3730337

A Kushite Dynasty burial from Luxor’s West Bank:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/241662/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Burial-chamber-discovered-in-Asasif-on-Luxors-west.aspx
http://www.archaeology.org/news/4789-160825-luxor-granite-sarcophagus

A 4500 years bp mallet is coming to auction after being found in someone’s closet:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-derbyshire-37128788

Feature on seven finds from Egypt:

http://www.livescience.com/55898-egypt-archaeology-discoveries.html

Some ancient Egyptian texts are being translated into English for the ‘first’ time:

http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/ancient-egyptian-work-translated-into-english-for-penguin-classics/news-story/1f70a371f99db1af34b0c42938be65e4
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/aug/23/ancient-egypt-written-works-published-book-english-first-time
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-egyptian-stories-will-be-published-english-first-time-180960244/

They’re moving things to the Grand Egyptian Museum:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/44/241486/Heritage/Museums/Antiquities-ministry-starts-transportation-of-Tuta.aspx

Looks like Tut will be going on a Japanese tour:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/240451/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/AlAhram-and-antiquities-ministry-sign-protocol-for.aspx

… and Japan is helping to finance the Grand Egyptian Museum in a major way:

http://egyptianstreets.com/2016/08/22/egypt-to-receive-451-million-loan-from-japan-to-fund-grand-egyptian-museum/

A 4200 years bp toy from Acemhoyuk:

http://www.dailysabah.com/history/2016/08/26/archeologists-discover-4200-yr-old-rattle-in-central-turkey
http://www.archaeology.org/news/4794-160826-turkey-acemhoyuk-rattle

A ‘secret tunnel’ from Alacahoyuk (we may have mentioned this already):

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/.aspx?pageID=238&nid=103034&NewsCatID=375

On the origins/history of Istanbul:

http://www.dailysabah.com/feature/2016/08/25/tracing-istanbuls-roman-ottoman-roots-back-to-7-hills

Syria’s head of antiquities is forging links with Scotland:

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/14702710.Syrian_head_of_antiquities__I_need_Scottish_help_to_save_my_nation__39_s_cultural_sites_and_artifacts/

The Gath excavations are revealing affinities/connections with Cyprus:

http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/archaeology/1.738150

A first-century stone vessel factory from near Cana:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/jewish-stone-age-factory-from-time-of-jesus-surfaces-in-galilee/

A guy who inherited a pile of antiquities turned them in to the IAA:

http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=35891
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/3500-year-old-treasures-retrieved-from-the-sea-by-electric-plant-worker/2016/08/23/
http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/archaeology/.premium-1.738232
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Family-returns-3500-year-old-metal-relics-illegally-inherited-by-father-to-IAA-464828
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/216814
http://www.livescience.com/55852-worker-discovers-bronze-age-treasures-in-israel.html
http://www.algemeiner.com/2016/08/23/3500-year-old-artifacts-found-at-sea-in-hadera-given-to-israel-antiquities-authority/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/4788-160824-israel-metal-artifacts

… among which was a Crusader-era hand grenade:

http://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/27495/20160826/rare-discovery-hand-grenade-from-the-crusaders-era-baffles-archaeologists.htm
http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/archaeology/.premium-1.738232

An interview with Adam Aja about the Ashkelon dig:

http://www.bridgton.com/one-on-one-with-adam-aja-museum-curator-and-senior-staff-member-Ωf-ashkelon-dig/

A majority of artifacts seized in Lebanon and Syria are apparently fakes:

http://theartnewspaper.com/news/almost-70-of-smuggled-objects-seized-in-syria-and-lebanon-are-fakes-antiquities-chief-says/

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They’re beginning to ‘decipher’ that Etruscan inscription found at Poggio Colla a few months ago:

http://phys.org/news/2016-08-significant-etruscan-discoveries-decades-female.html
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-08/smu-oot082416.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/08/160824135508.htm
http://blog.smu.edu/research/2016/08/24/one-of-the-most-significant-etruscan-discoveries-in-decades-names-female-goddess-uni/
http://www.livescience.com/55907-etruscan-tablet-holds-lost-language.html
http://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/27488/20160826/discovery-of-uni-goddess-name-found-on-ancient-etruscan-temple-stone.htm
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/08/2016/etruscan-discovery-names-goddess-uni
http://www.archaeology.org/news/4792-160826-etruscan-stele-uni

Remains of a Roman ‘flood bank’ beneath a demolished Gloucester bus station:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-gloucestershire-37198597

Some sort of bathing structure from Metropolis:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/well-preserved–bath-structure-found.aspx?PageID=238&NID=103154&NewsCatID=375

A nice Poseidon mosaic from a bath dig at Aegae:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ancient-poseidon-mosaic-found-in-southern-turkeys-adana.aspx?pageID=238&nid=103069&NewsCatID=375
http://www.dailysabah.com/history/2016/08/23/ancient-mosaic-depicts-poseidon-hailing-bath-goers

Burnswark appears to have played an important role in the Romans’ invasion of Scotland:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-south-scotland-37194266
http://www.archaeology.org/news/4793-160826-scotland-roman-invasion

Some Roman items found near Camelon Roman fort:

http://www.culture24.org.uk/history-and-heritage/archaeology/art560751-camelon-roman-fort-falkirk-iron-age
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/08/2016/outside-the-walls-excavations-within-the-annexe-at-camelon-roman-fort
http://www.archaeology.org/news/4781-160823-roman-bolt-goad

A hypocaust was found during the dig at Lufton Roman Villa:

http://www.somersetlive.co.uk/lufton-roman-villa-dig-ends-with-amazing-surprise-discovery/story-29647032-detail/story.html

The anniversary (maybe) of the eruption of Vesuvius was marked with an ‘hour by hour’ account:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/drsarahbond/2016/08/24/august-24-79-an-hour-by-hour-account-of-vesuvius-eruption-on-the-1937th-anniversary/

… and why you would have liked living in Pompeii:

http://www.chron.com/life/article/9-reasons-you-would-have-really-liked-living-in-9179032.php

Some painted plaster from the Chedworth Roman Villa dig:

http://www.wiltsglosstandard.co.uk/news/14706841.Rare_mosaic_and_painted_plaster_uncovered_at_Chedworth_Roman_Villa_reveals_how_ancient_villa_was_decorated/

… and they’ve concluded the dig at Chedworth for the season:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-gloucestershire-37193116

A marble church floor from Stratonikeia (I can’t quite figure out the date):

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/church-floor-found-in-city-of-gladiators-in-western-turkey.aspx?pageID=238&nID=103268&NewsCatID=375

What the ancient Greek of the Iliad sounded like:

http://www.npr.org/2016/08/25/491389975/the-sound-of-ancient-greek-in-the-illiad
http://wamu.org/programs/all_things_considered/16/08/25/the_sound_of_ancient_greek_in_the_illiad

Interesting feature on a couple of Etruscan sarcophagi:

http://www.apollo-magazine.com/can-two-etruscan-sarcophagi-teach-us/?utm_source=Adestra&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20160827_Weekly_Round_Up_34

A good article on vomitoria:

http://www.livescience.com/55899-what-is-a-vomitorium.html

Feature on Greek and Roman magic, curses, and the like:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/guide-ancient-magic-180960129/?no-ist

In case you were pondering becoming a Roman gladiator:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/guides/zpc2wxs

Honours for Nanno Marinatos:

https://lcsl.uic.edu/classics-mediterranean/news/2016/08/23/classics-head-nanno-marinatos-chosen-2016-most-distinguished-greek-american-in-the-field-of-education

Remembering Elaine Fantham:

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/elaine-fantham-scholar-was-a-rock-star-of-the-classics-world/article31303986/

More on the ‘human sacrifice’ on Mount Lykaon:

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/08/28/does-a-major-discovery-show-the-greeks-secretly-sacrificed-a-teenage-boy-to-zeus.html
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/did-ancient-greeks-engage-human-sacrifice-180960111/?no-ist

More on ‘steroids’ at the ancient Greek Olympics:

http://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/opinion/83494733/fair-play-in-ancient-sport-was-divine-assistance-the-greeks-steroids

More on the harbour at Triport:

http://www.dailyecho.co.uk/NEWS/14695109.Southampton_expert_divers_make_major_discovery_at_underwater_Roman_site/
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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Neolithic/copper artifacts from Osnabruck are ‘significant’:

http://www.dw.com/en/significant-prehistoric-artifacts-found-in-northern-germany/a-19488875
http://www.archaeology.org/news/4783-160823-germany-copper-artifacts

A Neolithic (?) logboat from Monmouthshire:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-south-east-wales-37167370

A ‘mysterious’ stone structure beneath a Neolithic dump in Orkney:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-37154410
http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/14697685.Ancient_structure_discovered_on_Orkney/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/4779-160822-ness-brodgar-stones

They have to wait another year to see of more Bronze Age items turn up at Dartmoor:

http://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/year-long-wait-to-yield-more-bronze-age-finds-on-dartmoor/story-29650680-detail/story.html

Finds from various periods at a dig in Merthyr Tydfil:

http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/local-news/merthyr-dig-unearthed-items-more-11804931

A nice Anglo Saxon pendant found by a metal detectorist:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-norfolk-37186258

Metal detectorists in Finland found some 1000 years bp jewellery:

http://yle.fi/uutiset/hobbyists_stumble_across_1000_year-old_jewellery_in_western_finland/9115185

A medieval ‘baby alarm’ from the Crimea:

http://presstv.ir/Detail/2016/08/23/481256/Russia-Crimea-baby-archaeologists-

An altar piece designed by Thomas Hardy was found in a Windsor church:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-berkshire-37176636

Those Civil War Dunbar prisoners found a while ago will be reburied in Durham:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-tyne-37173781
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/aug/24/remains-of-scottish-soldiers-who-died-400-years-ago-to-be-reburied-oliver-cromwell
http://www.scotsman.com/news/no-return-to-scotland-for-1650-battle-of-dunbar-prisoners-1-4211091
http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/14701520.No_return_to_Scotland_for_bones_of_Cromwell_s_1650_Battle_of_Dunbar_prisoners/
http://www.archaeology.org/4790-160825-durham-dunbar-soldiers

Assorted coverage of the earthquake in Italy this week … haven’t seen any mention of damage to sites etc., however:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-37182824
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-37207734
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/26/world/europe/italy-earthquake-aftermath.html

Cf:

http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/why-does-italy-suffer-so-many-earthquakes-and-how-will-tourists-be-affected-a7206706.html

Queen Victoria’s wedding coronet is coming to auction (with an export ban):

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-37199222

… feature on other items with export bans:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-37207958

… and Joan of Arc’s ring is staying in France:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/aug/26/joan-of-arc-ring-stays-in-france-after-appeal-to-queen

… but it doesn’t seem to be an issue with Victoria’s stockings:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tyne-37013567

Studying what they were eating in Ireland during the Iron Age:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/4780-160822-ireland-iron-age

They’ve rebuilt Shakespeare’s last home:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-coventry-warwickshire-37142453

More on the astronomical alignment of Scottish stone circles:

http://www.livescience.com/55832-ancient-stone-circles-align-solstice-sun.html

More on the oldest tree in Europe:

http://phys.org/news/2016-08-europe-oldest-inhabitant.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/08/160819114224.htm
http://www.livescience.com/55841-europes-oldest-tree.html
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A 50 000 years bp needle from Denisova Cave:

http://siberiantimes.com/science/casestudy/news/n0711-worlds-oldest-needle-found-in-siberian-cave-that-stitches-together-human-history/

Neolithic facial ornaments from Siberia:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/4791-160825-neolithic-arctic-labret

1000 years bp temple from Dinajpur:

http://www.thedailystar.net/country/1000-yr-old-temple-excavated-1274377

An earthquake in Myanmar (which doesn’t seem to be getting as much television attention as the one in Italy) witnessed damage to several sites … assorted coverage:

http://phys.org/news/2016-08-quake-scores-myanmar-heritage-bagan.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-37183943
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/asia/other/2016/08/26/476641/Myanmar-weighs.htm
http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/quake-damages-scores-myanmars-heritage-bagan-temples-41638315
http://www.dw.com/en/ancient-buddhist-temples-damaged-as-68-earthquake-rattles-myanmar/a-19501324

Flooding has damaged petroglyphs at Helan Mountain:

http://www.china.org.cn/china/2016-08/26/content_39169375.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/news/4795-160826-china-helan-mountain-floods

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NORTH AMERICA
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Overviewish of things they’ve found on Mount Ranier over the past few years:

http://www.seattleweekly.com/news/scientists-believe-humans-began-visiting-more-than-mount-rainier-9000-years-ago-what-were-they-doing-up-there/

Digging a 3500 years bp site in Nunavut:

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

A 16th century Spanish fort on Parris Island:

http://coastalcourier.com/section/6/article/82781/

Having found the Erebus, they’re now searching for the Terror:

http://www.canadiangeographic.ca/article/archaeologists-resume-search-sir-john-franklins-hms-terror
http://motherboard.vice.com/read/deep-trekker-franklin-expedition-hms-erebus-terror-robots-parks-canada

The Huntington library is working on decoding a pile of Civil War telegrams:

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/arts/la-ca-cm-civil-war-telegrams-20160810-snap-story.html

Digging up railroad history in Ottawa:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/rail-turntable-bayview-station-lrt-excavated-1.3732809
https://kitchissippi.com/2016/08/23/old-railway-roundhouse-excavation-ottawa/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/4787-160824-ottawa-railway-wheelhouse

Feature on Shaker Songs:

http://www.npr.org/2016/08/27/490519051/the-stewards-of-a-disappearing-faith-and-10-000-songs

Feature on the evolution of the National Mall:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/lifestyle/the-evolution-of-the-national-mall/

Feature on Utah cacao finds:

https://nhmu.utah.edu/chocolate

Cf:

http://www.livescience.com/13533-prehistoric-chocolate-trade-cacao-chaco-canyon-puebloans.html
http://www.livescience.com/5293-sign-chocolate-ancient.html
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2011/03/110329-chocolate-turquoise-trade-prehistoric-peoples-archaeology/
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/04/us/04cocoa.html
http://news.sciencemag.org/2013/01/earliest-evidence-chocolate-north-america

Rethinking the dates for the importation of scarlet macaws to New Mexico;

https://gamblershouse.wordpress.com/2016/07/31/dating-the-macaws/

Cf:

http://archaeology.about.com/od/Ancestral-Puebloan-Cultures/fl/Breeding-Scarlet-Macaws-in-Prehistoric-North-America-Casas-Grandes.htm
http://www.academia.edu/12170738/Ritual_Change_and_the_Distant_Mesoamerican_Iconography_Scarlet_Macaws_and_Great_Kivas_in_the_Mimbres_Region_of_Southwestern_New_Mexico

George Washington (and others) slept here:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/26/arts/design/george-washington-really-slept-here-so-did-his-slave.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Farts

On the California ‘egg rush’:

http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2016/08/15/487644637/the-gold-hungry-forty-niners-also-plundered-something-else-eggs?sc=17&f=1001
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1100 years bp human remains from an interesting meeting site in Bolivia:

http://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Archeologists-in-Bolivia-Unearth-1100-Year-Old-Bones–20160822-0013.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/4782-160823-bolivia-tupi-guarani

150+ petroglyphs from Chile:

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/archaeologists-identify-more-than-150-rock-art-paintings-in-chile/

Feature on the pyramid at Cholulu:

http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/worlds-largest-pyramid-lay-hidden-under-a-mountain-for-centuries/news-story/2002f54306a3a2a6e3b401b6eff86e60?from=public_rss
http://www.sciencealert.com/the-world-s-largest-pyramid-is-hidden-under-a-mountain-in-mexico

Plans for a DNA study on the Lady of Cao:

http://www.peruthisweek.com/news-harvard-dna-study-on-lady-of-cao-110303

How archaeologists distinguish between bloodletting tools and normal cutlery:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ancient-maya-bloodletting-tools-or-kitchen-knives-how-archaeologists-tell-difference-1-180960232/

More on the Dresden Codex:

http://phys.org/news/2016-08-ancient-mayan-copernicus.html
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/08/maya-calendar-dresden-codex-venus-tables-archaeology-science/

More on the Maya’s issues with drought:

http://phys.org/news/2016-08-demise-maya-civilization-shortage-cultures.html
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-08/vuot-tdo082316.php

More on Sara Parcak’s plans for Peru:

http://www.bizjournals.com/birmingham/news/2016/08/23/uab-archaeologist-to-use-1-million-ted-prize-in.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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A rather pricey doll’s house:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-gloucestershire-37200007

Feature (obituary) on Nietzsche:

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2016/01/13/obituaries/nietzsche-obits.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fbooks

On how handwriting evolved:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/28/books/review/history-and-uncertain-future-of-handwriting-anne-trubek.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fbooks

How beer shaped civilization:

http://bigthink.com/paul-ratner/how-alcohol-shaped-our-civilization-according-to-a-beer-archaeologist

In case you need a dodo skeleton:

http://phys.org/news/2016-08-auction-house-composite-skeleton-dodo.html

A 15th century Chumash has been restored:

http://jewishexponent.com/headlines/2016/08/rosenbach-celebrates-restored-15th-century-chumash

Feature on mudlarkers:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/kidspost/meet-londons-mudlarkers-the-men-and-women-who-search-its-shores-for-history/2016/08/26/f9f4ad4a-6b98-11e6-99bf-f0cf3a6449a6_story.html

Feature on public archaeologists:

http://phys.org/news/2016-08-archaeologists-crews.html
https://theconversation.com/scientists-at-work-public-archaeologists-dig-before-the-construction-crews-do-58611

Victor Nuovo is looking at Spinoza now:

http://www.addisonindependent.com/?q=node/39927

Feature on 7 shipwrecks:

http://www.livescience.com/55884-science-of-famous-shipwrecks.html

… and 10 historical mysteries:

http://www.livescience.com/11361-history-overlooked-mysteries.html

How to tell what a human sacrifice looks like:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2016/08/17/what-does-ancient-human-sacrifice-look-like/

Concerns for David’s ankles:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/21/magazine/davids-ankles-how-imperfections-could-bring-down-the-worlds-most-perfect-statue.html

Feature on Michelangelo’s start in forgeries:

https://www.artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-how-michelangelo-got-his-start-by-forging-antiquities

Analyzing Bosch:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20160809-hidden-meanings-in-the-garden-of-earthly-delights

They’re planning on publishing the Voynich Manuscript:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/aug/21/tiny-spanish-publisher-wins-rights-voynich-manuscript-book-no-one-can-read
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/08/23/491033798/mysterious-encrypted-medieval-manuscript-set-to-be-published-in-replica
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2016/08/22/spanish-publisher-to-release-copies-of-voynich-manuscript-a-book-no-living-person-can-understand/

Feature on the origins of the book:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20160822-the-mysterious-ancient-origins-of-the-book

Interesting feature on the origins of dieting:

http://sciencenordic.com/19th-century-undertaker-introduced-world-dieting

Looted art apparently funds Jihadists in Europe now:

http://www.wsj.com/articles/looted-art-helps-fund-jihadists-in-europe-1472164857

The Russian spin on Pokemon Go:

http://phys.org/news/2016-08-pokemon-mad-russians-ivan-terrible-app.html

They’re again looking for that Nazi gold train:

http://phys.org/news/2016-08-resumes-nazi-gold.html
http://www.livescience.com/55780-search-for-mythical-nazi-gold-train-resumes.html
https://www.yahoo.com/news/search-mythical-nazi-gold-train-resumes-194834010.html

Review of Raboy, *Marconi*:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/21/books/review/marconi-by-marc-raboy.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fbooks
Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Della Robbia:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/19/arts/design/the-art-of-della-robbia-from-earth-and-water-pure-beauty.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fdesign

Nudes from the Prado:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/12/arts/design/now-showing-porn-fit-for-spanish-kings.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fdesign&_r=0

Fire of London:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/10/arts/international/the-great-fire-and-the-rebirth-of-london.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fdesign

Emperor’s Treasures:

http://www.wsj.com/articles/emperors-treasures-chinese-art-from-the-national-palace-museum-taipei-review-1471469258

Bosch:

http://www.dw.com/en/grotesque-demons-and-distorted-human-figures-500-years-of-hieronymus-bosch/a-19296470

18th century French Fashion:

http://www.npr.org/2016/08/09/489179987/vive-le-confort-for-corseted-courtiers-this-dress-was-a-french-revolution

They’re talking about a Gertrude Bell museum:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2016/aug/09/gertrude-of-arabia-gertrude-bell-home-museum-redcar

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THE TECHY SIDE
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A Mixtec manuscript (Codex Selden) gets the hyperspectral imaging treatment this week:

http://phys.org/news/2016-08-high-tech-imaging-reveals-precolonial-mexican.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/08/160818102601.htm
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-08/e-hir081816.php
http://www.livescience.com/55823-hidden-images-on-mexican-manuscript-revealed.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/08/22/life-in-mexico-before-the-spanish-conquest-could-be-revealed-by/
http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/aug/21/hidden-codex-reveals-secrets-of-life-in-mexico-before-spanish-conquest?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/hidden-images-mixtec-manuscript-codex-selden-04119.html
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scan-reveals-Mesoamerican-manuscript-180960218/

Plans to study ‘pigtails’ to find the original mutineers of the Bounty:

http://phys.org/news/2016-08-forensic-analysis-pigtails-mutineers-hms.html
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-08/kcl-fao081916.php

Feature on the work of restorers in a lab in Turkey:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/.aspx?pageID=238&nID=103155&NewsCatID=375

… and semi-similar at the Musee d’Orsay:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/16/arts/design/showtime-at-the-musee-dorsay-watching-varnish-dry.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fdesign

Using neutron tomography on aboriginal artifacts:

http://phys.org/news/2016-08-ancient-australian-indigenous-artefact-non-invasively.html

… and protein analysis on bog bodies:

http://sciencenordic.com/new-method-reveals-secrets-bog-bodies

What Amy Hubbard is up to:

http://phys.org/news/2016-08-professor-dead-people-teeth.html

… and some semi-related study of the dental histories of Irish famine victims:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/08/160810180646.htm
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-08/p-iao080416.php

The Jubilees Palimpsest Project has a techy aspect:

https://www.stmarytx.edu/2016/digital-archaeologist-grant/

Xrays reveal a hidden Degas:

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/08/05/488824963/x-rays-reveal-hidden-portrait-under-painting-by-edgar-degas?sc=17&f=1001

A development in dendrochronology in regards to ‘resetting’ some C14 dates:

http://www.oxfordtimes.co.uk/news/14688268.Tree_rings_could_help_us_nail_exact_dates_for_ancient_events__Oxford_archaeologist_discovers/
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/08/160817091040.htm
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-08/uoo-trs081616.php
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/aug/17/traces-of-sun-storms-locked-in-tree-rings-could-confirm-ancient-historical-dates-astrochronology
http://scienmag.com/tree-rings-reveal-secret-clocks-that-could-reset-key-dates-across-the-ancient-world/

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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Humans have been warming the planet for longer than we thought, apparently:

http://phys.org/news/2016-08-humans-climate-years.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/08/160824135035.htm
http://www.livescience.com/55878-human-driven-warming-began-200-years-ago.html
http://www.dw.com/en/humans-have-warmed-the-planet-for-180-years/a-19498234

Feature on the climate-effects of the eruption of Mount Tambora in 1815:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/capital-weather-gang/wp/2016/08/24/200-years-ago-this-week-corn-froze-on-the-stalk-in-august/

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TOURISTY THINGS
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Belgrade:

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2016/08/25/travel/what-to-do-36-hours-in-belgrade.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Ftravel

Mount Etna:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/28/travel/italy-sicily-mount-etna.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Ftravel

Dry Tortugas National Park:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/28/travel/dry-tortugas-national-park-florida-keys.html
http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20160824-a-surreal-time-lapse-of-an-exotic-sky

Mark Twain’s Heidelberg:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/21/travel/mark-twain-heidelberg-germany.html

Black Forest:

http://www.dw.com/en/step-back-in-time-in-germanys-black-forest/a-19385640
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CRIME BEAT
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Theft of assorted antiquities from a San Francisco shop:

http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Valuable-ancient-Greek-artifacts-stolen-from-SF-9184530.php
http://sfist.com/2016/08/25/antiques_heist_leads_to_50k_loss_of.php

Four charged with illegal digging near Tallahassee:

http://www.theledger.com/article/20160821/NEWS/160829925?Title=4-arrested-for-illegal-archaeological-dig
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/aug/21/4-arrested-for-illegal-archaeological-dig/

A California doctor pleaded guilty for illegal digging:

http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_30255642/california-doctor-admits-stealing-native-american-artifacts-from
http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-doctor-looting-artifacts-20160815-snap-story.html

Two weeks’ worth of Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2016/08/culture-crime-news-15-21-august-2016.html
http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2016/08/culture-crime-news-1-7-august-2016.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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Feature on Nazi-looted art:

http://newsletters.apollo-magazine.com/c/1Gtj3QzUJHeHmdIMMKY7FbW

… and speaking of which:

http://www.dw.com/en/judge-says-california-museum-can-keep-nazi-looted-art/a-19494354

Chilean filmmakers want an Easter Island moai returned:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-08-12/campaigners-demand-britain-return-easter-island-statue/7723168
http://www.apollo-magazine.com/chilean-film-makers-demand-return-of-easter-island-statue-from-uk/

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NUMISMATICA
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Some 12th century silver coins from Derbyshire were declared treasure:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-derbyshire-37109225
http://www.derbyshiretimes.co.uk/news/medieval-coins-found-in-derbyshire-confirmed-as-treasure-1-8078712

An Anglo Saxon coin find near York:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-york-north-yorkshire-37118242

The Seaton Down hoard is staying in Exeter:

http://www.exeterexpressandecho.co.uk/seaton-down-roman-coin-hoard-to-stay-in-exeter-thanks-to-donations/story-29623782-detail/story.html

Feature on Julio Claudian provincial ‘imitations’:

http://www.coinworld.com/news/world-coins/2016/08/imitations-abound-in-provinces-under-julio-claudians.html

Feature on the christianization of Roman coinage:

http://www.coinweek.com/featured-news/coinweek-ancient-coin-series-christianization-roman-coinage/

Three issues of the e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v19n35.html
http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v19n34.html
http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v19n33.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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That messed up Jesus fresco is now an opera:

http://www.theverge.com/2016/8/12/12454212/potato-jesus-ecce-homo-opera-musical-spain

Feature on Liszt:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20160817-franz-liszt-the-worlds-first-musical-superstar

Talking about Alexander Hamilton, man and musical:

http://news.yale.edu/2016/08/11/conversation-joanne-freeman-alexander-hamilton-man-and-hamilton-musical

Merchant of Venice:

http://www.npr.org/2016/07/29/487831441/new-merchant-of-venice-recasts-shylock-as-a-sympathetic-everyman?sc=17&f=1008

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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/2471-audio-news-from-archaeologica-14-aug-2016-20-aug-2016
http://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-main-menu-cat/audio-news-list/2470-audio-news-from-archaeologica-7-aug-2016-13-aug-2016

The August edition of Strata: Portraits of Humanity is out:

http://www.archaeologychannel.org/video-guide/strata-portraits-of-humanity/2468-strata-august-2016
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OBITUARIES
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Ernst Nolte:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/21/world/europe/ernst-nolte-historian-whose-views-on-hitler-caused-an-uproar-dies-at-93.html

Paul House:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/aug/23/paul-house-obituary

Edgar Peltenburg:

http://cyprus-mail.com/2016/08/19/antiquities-department-issues-condolences-death-eminent-archaeologist/

Elizabeth Spillius:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/obituaries/2016/08/08/elizabeth-spillius-social-anthropologist-and-melanie-klein-schol

Mohenjo Daro:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/15/movies/review-mohenjo-daro-depicts-a-go-to-heros-exertions-in-antiquity.html
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CONFERENCES
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Maya at the Playa (September 29-October 2):

http://www.mayaattheplaya.com/registration

Dumbarton Oaks Annual Symposium (October 7-8):

http://www.doaks.org/research/pre-columbian/scholarly-activities/sacred-matter-animism-and-authority-in-the-pre-columbian-americas

6th Rye Medieval Academic Conference (October 22):

https://sussexpast.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Rye-conf-poster.pdf
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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 19.16-17 ~ August 21, 2016

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

nb: this is a double issue that is also a half issue, oddly
enough. I’ve only compiled the first few sections because this
appears to have been an unsually busy couple of weeks and even
this half issue is HUGE (and my attention span is only so long).
I’ll augment next week’s issue with what I’ve missed this week.

nb2: I’ve also decided to stop including Daily Mail items in
favour of reinstating the rewrites from Archaeology Magazine

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Suggestion that some ‘percussive tools’ might actually have been weapons:

http://phys.org/news/2016-08-tool-weapon-stone-artifacts-ancient.html
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-08/iu-tow081816.php

What we can learn from some 250 000 years bp butchery tools from Jordan:

http://phys.org/news/2016-08-archaeology-team-world-first-tool-discovery.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/08/160808123824.htm
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-08/uov-uat080316.php
http://communications.uvic.ca/releases/release.php?display=release&id=1543
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/0809/What-can-we-learn-from-250-000-year-old-butcher-tools
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/deadthings/2016/08/09/prehistoric-stone-tools-wheres-the-beef-or-at-least-the-rhino/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2016/08/09/this-250000-year-old-tool-was-used-to-butcher-a-rhinoceros/
http://www.cnn.com/2016/08/10/health/cavemen-ancient-tools-mystery/index.html
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/250000-years-ago-ancient-humans-used-these-tools-butchery-180960102/
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/08/2016/residue-on-250000-year-old-stone-tools-reveals-wide-range-of-prey

A 90 000 years bp ‘middle finger’ bone from Saudi Arabia:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/archaeologists-dig-up-middle-easts-oldest-middle-finger/
http://www.newsweek.com/archaeologists-discover-middle-easts-oldest-bone-90000-year-old-middle-finger-491793
http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/saudi-british-archaeologists-dig-90000-year-old-bone-ancient-lake-saudi-arabia-927035952

Plenty of interest for Otzi’s stylish attire:

http://phys.org/news/2016-08-ancient-iceman-wore-hat-skin.html
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/deadthings/2016/08/18/iceman-dressed-to-kill/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-37094141
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/aug/18/it-becometh-the-iceman-otzi-clothing-study-reveals-stylish-secrets-of-leather-loving-ancient
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/the-oldest-european-mummy-ever-found-wore-a-stylish-hat-and-had-tattoos-scientists-have-said-a7199761.html
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/0818/Frozen-fashion-What-was-Oetzi-the-Iceman-wearing-when-he-died https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2016/08/18/what-was-otzi-the-iceman-wearing-when-he-died-pretty-much-an-entire-zoo/
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=11697515
https://www.newscientist.com/article/2101621-iceman-otzi-rocks-the-bear-fur-hat-and-goat-leather-coat-look/
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dna-analysis-reveals-what-otzi-iceman-wore-his-grave-180960170/
http://www.archaeology.org/4776-160819-italy-otzi-clothing

They’ve figured out who forged Piltdown Man:

http://phys.org/news/2016-08-piltdown-hoax-analysis-lone-forger.html
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-08/uoc-nph080916.php
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-37021144
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/aug/10/forensic-examination-reveals-identity-of-piltdown-hoax-prime-suspect-charles-dawson
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2016/08/11/we-finally-know-who-forged-piltdown-man-one-of-sciences-most-notorious-hoaxes/
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/0811/Piltdown-Man-Scientists-finally-get-to-the-bottom-of-notorious-scientific-forgery
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2016/08/10/piltdown-man-charles-dawson/
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/solving-the-piltdown-man-scientific-fraud/
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/notorious-‘ape-man’-fossil-hoax-pinned-one-wrongdoer

… i.e. Arthur Conan Doyle is off the hook:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2016/08/10/sir-arthur-conan-doyle-cleared-of-piltdown-man-hoax/

On the evolution of the human brain:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/08/160812074537.htm
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AFRICA
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Feature on the search for sunken ships off Africa associated with the slave trade:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/africa/the-incredible-quest-to-find-the-african-slave-ships-that-sank-in-the-atlantic/2016/08/17/25dd6080-cf5b-46e0-b896-ea0512311bdd_story.html
http://www.macon.com/news/nation-world/world/article96763287.html

Feature on Great Zimbabwe:

https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2016/aug/18/great-zimbabwe-medieval-lost-city-racism-ruins-plundering

What Cathy D’Andrea is up to in Ethiopia:

http://globalnews.ca/news/2887016/sfu-archeologist-hopes-to-help-ethiopias-future-by-uncovering-its-past/

Libya is questioning some of UNESCO’s claims of threatened monuments:

http://www.libyaobserver.ly/culture/libyas-antiquities-department-refutes-unesco-report-lepits-magna
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The Malawi Museum is reopening after renovations:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/44/239149/Heritage/Museums/Newly-restored-Malawi-Museum-in-Egypts-Minya-to-re.aspx

Egypt and China see a need to cooperate on the cultural level:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2016-08/16/c_135604283.htm

Latest update on upgrades to the site around the pyramids and other sites:

http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/sisi-meets-antiquities-minister-briefing-progress
http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/full-steam-ahead-revamp-pyramid-site-september-antiquities-ministry
http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2016/08/11/pyramids-archaeological-development-project-70-complete-scheduled-opening-years-end/
http://www.eturbonews.com/73727/egypt-tourism-pyramides-improvements-ready-end-september

On looting in Egypt:

http://www.livescience.com/55687-children-dying-in-egypt-looting.html
http://www.livescience.com/55685-photos-egypt-looting.html

On the durability of the pyramids:

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20160808-will-the-skyscrapers-outlast-the-pyramids

Anatolian hunter-gatherers started farming before they migrated to Europe, apparently:

http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/08/2016/anatolian-hunter-gatherers-began-to-farm-before-european-migration

A Bronze Age burial mound from Kazakhstan (sometimes styled a pyramid or mausoleum):

http://www.livescience.com/55796-ancient-mausoleum-not-worlds-first-pyramid.html
https://www.yahoo.com/news/no-ancient-mausoleum-not-worlds-1st-pyramid-115801111.html
http://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/26987/20160817/world-oldest-pyramid-kazakhstan.htm
http://www.laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=2418949&CategoryId=13936
http://www.archaeology.org/news/4772-160818-kazakhstan-bronze-age-mausoleum

A Hittite tunnel at Alacohuyuk:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/secret-tunnel-found-in-hittite-capital-.aspx?pageID=238&nid=103034&NewsCatID=375

Latest Hittite finds from Nerik:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/.aspx?pageID=238&nid=102780

More on fixing Mesopotamian chronology:

http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0157144

A Persian temple from Minik Mound:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ancient-temple-found-in-turkeys-nigde.aspx?pageID=238&nid=102754

An Achaemenid palace from Shamkir:

http://www.today.az/news/society/153471.html
An inscribed column of Darius I from Phanagoria:

http://eu.greekreporter.com/2016/08/12/inscribed-column-of-darius-i-found-in-ancient-greek-city-phanagoria/
http://persepolistablets.blogspot.com/2016/08/more-on-old-persian-inscription-from.html
http://theartnewspaper.com/news/russian-archaeologists-uncover-ancient-persian-stele-inscribed-with-a-message-from-king-darius-i-/

Feature on Onder Bilg’s work at Ikiztepe Mound:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/professor-dedicates-his-life-to-ancient-mound-in-turkeys-black-sea.aspx?pageID=238&nID=102648&NewsCatID=375

Remains of a synagogue from Tel Rekhesh are being tenuously connected to Jesus:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/archaeologists-in-galilee-unearth-synagogue-from-jesuss-time/
http://www.timesofisrael.com/liveblog_entry/archaeologists-find-new-galilean-synagogue-from-first-century-ce/
http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/archaeology/1.736752
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4841735,00.html
https://www.algemeiner.com/2016/08/15/second-temple-era-synagogue-unearthed-in-northern-israel/

A stone projectile from the Bar Kochba revolt:

http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=35711

Overview of the evidence for the destruction of the the First and Second Temple:

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4841735,00.html

… and Gabi Barkai on battles with the Waqf:

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/216086

Some Olympics chatter brought up the subject of ‘cupping’ in Ancient Israel:

http://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/ancient-cultures/daily-life-and-practice/ancient-cupping-in-israel/

Overview of Ancient Israel history:

http://www.livescience.com/55774-ancient-israel.html

Feature on the ‘altar of Joshua’:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/.aspx?pageID=238&nid=102780

The Museum of the Bible is hyping publication of some of its DSS fragments:

https://www.museumofthebible.org/museum-of-the-bible-releases-research-findings-unpublished-dead-sea-scrolls-fragments

More on mosaics from Huqoq:

http://gazette.com/noahs-ark-mosaic-uncovered-in-ancient-galilee-synagogue/article/1582756

Sassanid pottery in a shipwreck:

http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/08/2016/sassanid-era-pottery-clue-to-historic-shipwreck-off-bushehr-peninsula

An early mosque from Saudi Arabia:

http://english.aawsat.com/2016/08/article55356621/mosque-early-islam-discovered-saudi-arabia

A 1300 years bp burial from Stratonikeia:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/skeleton-of-ancient-woman-unearthed-in-turkeys-southwest.aspx?pageID=238&nID=102560&NewsCatID=375

An eighteenth century Ottoman settlement near Beitar:

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/216440

An ancient breakwater in Istanbul was damaged:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ancient-breakwater-in-istanbul-broken.aspx?pageID=238&nID=102704&NewsCatID=375

Feature on Babylon:

https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2016/aug/08/lost-cities-1-babylon-iraq-war-history-mankind-greatest-heritage-site
http://www.aina.org/news/20160808115903.htm

Assorted agencies are working together to protect artifacts in Iraq and Syria:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2016/08/19/smithsonian-other-agencies-protect-artifacts-in-iraq-syria/

Tel Ajaja is the latest site plundered by ISIL:

http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/archaeology/1.735889
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2016/08/09/isis-destroyed-almost-half-of-an-ancient-city-in-syria/
http://artdaily.com/news/89351/At-ancient-Syria-site–IS-discovers-then-destroys-treasures-

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Plenty of attention for the discovery of a burial on Mount Lykaion:

http://phys.org/news/2016-08-mountaintop-chilling-echo-dark-greek.html
http://www.ascsa.edu.gr/index.php/news/newsDetails/new-finds-at-mt.-lykaion
http://www.ascsa.edu.gr/index.php/news/newsDetails/david-romano-reflects-on-mt.-lykaion-discovery
http://www.livescience.com/55733-possible-human-sacrifice-to-zeus-discovered.html
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/0815/Did-ancient-Greeks-practice-ritual-murder
http://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/aug/10/skeletal-remains-confirm-ancient-greeks-engaged-in-human-sacrifice?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other
https://www.yahoo.com/news/ancient-bones-found-greek-mountaintop-153400508.html
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/0815/Did-ancient-Greeks-practice-ritual-murder
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/0812/Did-archaeologists-just-find-a-3-000-year-old-human-sacrifice-on-Zeus-altar
http://www.bostonglobe.com/news/world/2016/08/10/chilling-mountaintop-find-may-confirm-dark-greek-legend/clcyEUP3JO2lcIaQVTSFyN/story.html?s_campaign=email_BG_TodaysHeadline&s_campaign=
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2016/08/12/mystery-bones-from-ancient-greece-may-be-a-teenager-sacrificed-to-zeus/
http://www.timesofisrael.com/chilling-find-on-greek-mountain-may-confirm-dark-legend-of-human-sacrifice/
http://www.ekathimerini.com/211168/article/ekathimerini/life/ancient-teenage-skeleton-unearthed-on-mountain-top-could-confirm-darkest-greek-legend
http://greece.greekreporter.com/2016/08/11/skeleton-found-in-ancient-zeus-temple/
http://neoskosmos.com/news/en/Archaeological-proof-of-human-sacrifice-taking-place-in-ancient-Greece
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/did-ancient-greeks-engage-human-sacrifice-180960111/

An important Bronze Age burial from Cyprus:

http://phys.org/news/2016-08-sensational-grave-cypriote-bronze-age.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/08/160809122802.htm
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-08/uog-sgf081016.php
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/08/2016/archaeologists-uncover-one-of-the-richest-graves-of-bronze-age-cyprus-ever-found

A Greek ‘colonial fortress’ from the Crimea:

https://rbth.com/science_and_tech/2016/08/16/ancient-greek-colonial-fortress-found-in-crimea_621543

A Roman bath house beneath a modern mikveh in Jerusalem’s Old City (not sure where to put this one):

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/216271

A very impressive 4th century chariot race mosaic from Cyprus:

http://www.mcw.gov.cy/mcw/da/da.nsf/All/0301DD3B26AA989AC2257EBB00447C40?OpenDocument
http://cyprus-mail.com/2016/08/09/unique-mosaic-depicting-chariot-race-fully-revealed/
http://phys.org/news/2016-08-rare-4th-century-mosaic-chariot-cyprus.html
http://famagusta-gazette.com/cypriot-archaeologists-unveil-th-century-mosaic-of-multichariot-race-p35615-69.htm
http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/revealed-a-roman-day-at-the-races-tch2dfqv7
http://abcnews.go.com/International/rare-4th-century-mosaic-floor-unearthed-cyprus/story?id=41266616
http://theartnewspaper.com/news/archeology/ancient-roman-mosaics-uncovered-in-cyprus-/
http://abcnews.go.com/International/rare-4th-century-mosaic-floor-unearthed-cyprus/story?id=41266616

Recent finds at Camelon Roman fort:

http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/08/2016/outside-the-walls-excavations-within-the-annexe-at-camelon-roman-fort

The dig at Chedworth Roman Villa has resumed:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-gloucestershire-37076307
http://www.wiltsglosstandard.co.uk/news/14679496.Big_archaeological_dig_to_look_for_hidden_mosaics_at_Chedworth_Roman_Villa/

… as has the one at Parion:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/Default.aspx?pageID=238&nid=102600

A Roman villa from Duzce (Turkey):

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/roman-villa-remains-found-in-turkeys-duzce-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=102982&NewsCatID=375

A phallic pendant from Lincolnshire:

http://www.grimsbytelegraph.co.uk/phallic-shaped-roman-pendant-dug-up-in-lincolnshire-field/story-29614028-detail/story.html
http://www.lincolnshireecho.co.uk/oo-err-what-was-this-bronze-roman-phallus-dug-up-in-horncastle-used-for/story-29612754-detail/story.html

A mosaic depicting the Roman zodiac from Bursa:

http://www.dailysabah.com/history/2016/08/19/mosaic-featuring-roman-zodiac-uneathed-in-bursa

Not sure if we mentioned these gold curse tablets from Serbia:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/aug/09/mysterious-magic-spells-unearthed-archaeologists-serbia
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-serbia-archaeology-magic-idUSKCN10K10L?feedType=RSS&feedName=lifestyleMolt
http://uk.reuters.com/article/us-serbia-archaeology-magic-idUKKCN10K10L
https://www.yahoo.com/news/mystery-magic-spells-unearthed-ancient-skeletons-serbia-103626296.html
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/aug/10/archaeologists-find-2000-year-old-silver-gold-scro/
http://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/26661/20160811/ancient-black-magic-unlocked-archeologists-find-devil-invoking-spells-skeletons-in-serbian-grave.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/news/4714-160809-viminacium-curse-tablet

Archaeology reveals the Roman port at Triport (Albania) was larger than previously thought:

http://phys.org/news/2016-08-fortified-roman-port-larger-previously.html

The heating in Lufton Roman Villa was in the wrong place apparently:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-somerset-37131060
http://www.somersetlive.co.uk/lufton-roman-villa-dig-heated-room-uncovered-by-newcastle-university-team/story-29618910-detail/story.html

1800 years bp frescoes from Zippori (not sure where to put this one):

http://new.huji.ac.il/en/article/32216
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/08/160810113901.htm
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/216210
http://forward.com/news/breaking-news/347648/1-800-year-old-frescoes-tell-story-of-israels-ancient-multicultural-town/
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4840456,00.html
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Rare-fresco-fragments-dating-back-to-Roman-era-discovered-at-Zippori-National-Park-463760
http://www.pressreleasepoint.com/rare-frescoes-roman-period-discovered-zippori-galilee-hebrew-university-excavations

A 2600 bp temple from Soli Pompeiopolis:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ancient-temple-found-in-turkeys-south.aspx?pageID=517&nID=102651&NewsCatID=375
http://www.dailysabah.com/history/2016/08/11/ancient-roman-temple-unearthed-in-southern-turkey

I think we mentioned these Illyrian palaces in Montenegro:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3731233/Is-home-Illyrian-rulers-Archaeologists-discover-two-palaces-belonged-ancient-Indo-European-royalty.html

Digging has resumed at the ‘Ephesus of the Black Sea’:

http://www.dailysabah.com/history/2016/08/16/ephesus-of-the-black-sea-undergoes-archaeological-excavation

… while some mosaics at the real Ephesus have been restored:

http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/archaeology/1.736389

Feature on UNG’s dig at Alcamo:

http://ung.edu/news/articles/students-dig-into-field-work-during-italy-excavation.php

A massive Roman coin hoard from near York:

http://blog.gainesvillecoins.com/2016/08/14/hoard-of-roman-coins-found-near-york/

Feature on the dig at Lixus:

http://tntoday.utk.edu/2016/08/15/classics-students-spent-summer-seeking-archaeological-sites-morocco/

Feature on Orraon:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2016/08/12/orraon-ancient-greeces-best-preserved-settlement/

Greece has opened the ‘Tower of the Winds’ to visitors:

http://phys.org/news/2016-08-greece-ancient-clock-athens-visitors.html

An antiquities bust in Grevena:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/211122/article/ekathimerini/news/family-of-three-charged-over-possession-of-illegal-antiquities-drugs

There were plenty of features on cheating and other shenanigans at the ancient Olympics:

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/08/olympics-scandal-doping-ancient-greece-lochte/
http://theconversation.com/cheating-bribery-and-scandal-how-the-ancient-greeks-did-the-olympic-games-64048
http://www.theatlantic.com/news/archive/2016/08/cheating-at-the-olympics/495938/
http://greece.greekreporter.com/2016/08/14/olympic-games-in-ancient-greece-were-not-free-of-corruption/
http://greece.greekreporter.com/2016/08/12/doping-in-ancient-greece-olympic-games/

… while Michael Phelps’ achievements brought up Leonidas of Rhodes:

http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-37033910
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/12/sports/olympics/michael-phelps-200-im-ryan-lochte-leonidas.html
http://greece.greekreporter.com/2016/08/14/michael-phelps-breaks-2168-year-old-olympic-record-held-by-leonidas-of-rhodes/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/early-lead/wp/2016/08/12/meet-leonidas-of-rhodes-the-michael-phelps-of-the-ancient-olympics/
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/olympics/2016/08/10/rio-2016-games-michael-phelps-v-the-2168-year-old-olympic-record/
http://www.pappaspost.com/leonidas-rhodes-talks-politics-michael-phelps-record-demands-whe
aties-box-exclusive-interview/
http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/17736-phelps-breaks-ancient-olympic-record-by-greek-athlete-leonidas-of-rhodes.html

… and there was a feature on the Heraia:

http://qz.com/762320/a-mythical-olympics-for-women-shows-the-ancient-roots-of-inequality-at-the-games/

… and how athletes ‘made money’:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/drsarahbond/2016/08/10/how-athletes-have-made-money-off-the-olympics-from-ancient-athens-to-rio/

… and the Getty had a general guide to the ancient Olympics:

http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/the-getty-villa-guide-to-the-ancient-olympics/

Semi-related is a feature on the Taranto Athlete burial:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2016/08/09/this-skeleton-is-the-oldest-known-ancient-olympic-athlete/#e5880aa210d7

Feature on the epinikion:

http://www.slate.com/blogs/lexicon_valley/2016/08/11/what_the_epinikion_teaches_us_about_how_to_celebrate_olympic_heroes.html

Feature on Pherenike of Rhodes:

http://www.pappaspost.com/pherenike-rhodes-ancient-greek-mom-risked-guarantee-sons-olympic-glory/

Another feature on Rome’s trade links with Chennai:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chennai/Finding-2000-yr-old-Roman-trade-links/articleshow/53791630.cms

Feature on Thonis-Heracleion:

https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2016/aug/15/lost-cities-6-thonis-heracleion-egypt-sunken-sea

Feature on Pompeii:

https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2016/aug/11/lost-cities-4-pompeii-roman-preserved-disaster-vesuvius-volcano-second-extinction

Feature on Troy:

https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2016/aug/09/lost-cities-2-search-real-troy-hisarlik-turkey-mythology-homer-iliad

The brouhaha over antiquities in Paphos continues:

http://cyprus-mail.com/2016/08/09/spat-paphos-antiquities-continues/
http://cyprus-mail.com/2016/08/08/ministry-ask-police-investigate-allegations-missing-antiquities-made-paphos-mayor/

Suggestion that Draco’s laws weren’t ‘Draconian’:

http://www.thedailystar.net/star-weekend/dracos-laws-were-not-draconian-1271788

Studying Classics is good for your brain:

http://www.scotsman.com/news/better-for-brain-to-study-classics-than-play-video-games-1-4208011

The argument over Latin in the curriculum continues in the UK:

https://www.theguardian.com/media/mind-your-language/2016/aug/19/right-to-rome-the-debate-over-latin-on-the-curriculum

… cf Mary Beard:

http://timesonline.typepad.com/dons_life/2016/08/what-does-the-latin-actually-say.html

Mary Beard was also interviewed by NPR:

http://www.npr.org/2016/08/12/489646223/from-gladiator-duels-to-caesars-last-words-the-myths-of-ancient-rome

Feature on MSU’s Classics program:

http://www.msstate.edu/newsroom/article/2016/08/msu-program-draws-ancient-worlds-tackle-21st-century/

Interview with Paul Cartledge:

http://www.historyextra.com/article/feature/york-history-weekend-5-minutes-paul-cartledge

What Jessica Lamont is up to:

http://classics.yale.edu/jessica-lamont-joins-yale
http://classics.yale.edu/people/jessica-lamont

NPR remembers Elaine Fantham:

http://radio.wpsu.org/post/remembering-weekend-editions-classics-commentator-elaine-fantham

On Thucydides and Trump:

http://theconversation.com/can-we-learn-from-thucydides-writings-on-the-trump-of-ancient-athens-63391
Review of Patty, *Living With a Dead Language*:

http://www.wsj.com/articles/a-modern-metamorphosis-1470783170
http://www.sfgate.com/books/article/Living-With-a-Dead-Language-My-Romance-With-9125147.php
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Evidence of humans at Cnoc Coig in the late Mesolithic:

http://phys.org/news/2016-08-britain-hunter-gatherers-breakthrough-analysis-bone.html
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-08/uoy-blh081116.php
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/08/2016/bone-collagen-analysis-technique-used-to-find-britains-last-hunter-gatherers

Europe’s oldest gold artifact (so far) comes from Bulgaria:

http://www.livescience.com/55761-oldest-gold-artifact-found-in-bulgaria.html
http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/oldest-gold-artifact-1.3714734?cmp=rss
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-bulgaria-archaeology-gold-idUSKCN10L0YQ
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/oldest-gold-object-unearthed-bulgaria-180960093/

‘Superhenge’ (recently found) turns out to be a bunch of filled postholes (still impressive):

http://phys.org/news/2016-08-superhenge-giant-circle-chalk-filled-holes.html
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2016/08/16/that-superhenge-was-a-super-dud/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-wiltshire-37047010
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/08/12/huge-ritual-monument-thought-to-be-buried-near-stonehenge-doesnt/
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/revealed-remarkable-ancient-structure-found-just-two-miles-from-stonehenge-a7190476.html
http://www.sciencealert.com/a-huge-wooden-circle-used-to-stand-just-a-few-kilometres-from-stonehenge
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/so-called-superhenge-was-made-wood-not-stone-180960152/

Study of the astronomical alignment of stone circles in Scotland:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/08/160817101709.htm
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-08/uoa-ast081716.php
http://www.theleadsouthaustralia.com.au/ideas/3d-mapping-of-scottish-stone-circles-proves-alignment-theories/
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/stone-circles-secrets-research-callanish-stenness-scotland-orkney-gail-higginbottom-a7201096.html

Possible remains of a prehistoric village on Iona:

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/14692088.New_discoveries_rewrite_history_of_holy_Iona/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/4777-160819-scotland-prehistoric-village

A Bell Beaker people earthwork from Spain:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/08/160809095145.htm
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/08/2016/first-bell-beaker-earthwork-enclosure-found-in-spain

Searching for Stirling’s ‘lost’ Iron Age roundhouse:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-tayside-central-37044268

A gold brooch from near Castle Killbury is being linked to Arthur:

http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/700205/King-Arthur-brooch-discovered-Camelot-field-St-Mabyn

Not sure there’s anything new yet in the latest from the dig at Tintagel:

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/08/tintagel-arthur-knights-england-castle-medieval-royalty-merlin-archaeology/
http://www.livescience.com/55712-photos-archaeological-excavations-at-tintagel.html
http://www.livescience.com/55712-photos-archaeological-excavations-at-tintagel.html

Finds from various periods in Aylsham:

http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/more_than_5_000_finds_uncovered_at_tantalising_roman_dig_site_in_aylsham_1_4656459

Insulting a Viking wasn’t a good idea, apparently:

http://sciencenordic.com/%E2%80%99twas-dangerous-insult-viking

A 1000 year bp Viking amulet:

http://www.thelocal.dk/20160805/danish-amateur-finds-1000-year-old-viking-amulet

Dating burials in the Rothwell Bone Crypt:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-northamptonshire-36989717

Medieval burials from Kilkenny:

http://www.rte.ie/news/2016/0809/808039-medieval-skeletons-kilkenny/

A 300 years bp ‘lucky shoe’ found in a wall in Cambridge University:

http://www.livescience.com/55812-lucky-shoe-found-in-university-wall.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2016/08/19/the-strange-reason-why-this-old-shoe-was-hidden-in-a-wall-at-a-british-university/
http://www.archaeology.org/4773-160818-england-cambridge-shoe

Official protection for shipwrecks off Devon:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-devon-37059478
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/british-shipwrecks-dating-back-to-medieval-era-given-protected-status-a7190121.html
http://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/centuries-old-shipwrecks-in-devon-given-protected-status/story-29618939-detail/story.html

… this seems related:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2016/aug/15/200-year-old-shipwreck-sally-emerge-from-water-devon-beach

… and an accounting of the huge number of shipwrecks that might lie off the UK:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2016/08/14/40000-shipwrecks-waiting-to-be-found-off-british-coast-says-hist/

Concerns for the wreck of the London:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-essex-37116685

Europe’s oldest known tree is in Greece:

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-08/su-eok081916.php
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/08/2016/adonis-europes-oldest-known-tree

A water channel from the Great Basilica at Pliska:

http://www.focus-fen.net/news/2016/08/15/410290/archaeologists-find-hydro-installation-at-great-basilica-of-pliska.html

Feature on Suleiman’s tomb:

http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2016/08/hungary-unearthing-suleiman-magnificent-tomb-160814120849950.html

Some William the Conqueror revisionism (book hype):

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/aug/20/william-i-how-we-misunderstood-the-conqueror-for-950-years

A 7th century king’s charter relating to Lincoln has been authenticated:

http://phys.org/news/2016-08-rights-men-medieval-charter-king.html

A theft from a Leicestershire chapel:

http://www.visitchurches.org.uk/latestnews/2016-08-08/Irreplaceable-Tudor-stained-glass-panel-stolen-from-historic-Leicestershire-chapel/

Work has started to restore the Jorvik Viking Centre:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-york-north-yorkshire-37020655

Feature on London’s early ‘east enders’:

http://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/features/the-archaeology-of-the-olympic-park-londons-first-east-enders.htm

Magna Carta has returned to Lincoln Castle:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-lincolnshire-36983621

Restoration of Aethelflaed’s priory has commenced:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-lincolnshire-36983621
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Archaeology in Europe Blog:

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

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A 10 500 year bp camp from Ladakh:

http://www.indiatimes.com/news/india/archaeologists-discover-ancient-camping-site-in-ladakh-dating-back-10-500-years-260267.html

An ancient ‘catacomb’ from Gabala:

http://www.today.az/news/society/153517.html

Bronze Age altar from Xinjiang:

http://www.china.org.cn/china/2016-08/09/content_39054985.htm

A Bronze Age burial from Siberia:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/4775-160819-siberia-bronze-age-burial

… and another with evidence of trepanation:

http://siberiantimes.com/science/casestudy/features/f0250-reconstructing-brain-surgery-as-it-was-conducted-around-3000-years-ago/
https://www.rt.com/viral/356533-bronze-age-brain-surgery/

Some petroglyphs from Hawaii are getting a lot of attention:

http://phys.org/news/2016-08-hawaiian-petroglyphs-revealed-shifting-sands.html
http://www.livescience.com/55708-petroglyphs-revealed-hawaii-oahu-coastline.html
http://www.livescience.com/55704-petroglyphs-discovered-on-hawaii-coastline-photos.html
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/0811/Tourists-in-Hawaii-surprised-to-discover-400-year-old-petroglyphs
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tourists-hawaii-accidentally-discovered-ancient-petroglyphs-180960104/

They’re excavating at Bazira:

http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2016/08/18/entertainment/pakistan-unearths-the-city-defeated-by-alexander-the-great/

1000 year bp frescoed tombs from Inner Mongolia:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2016-08/18/c_135611265.htm

Feature on the typhoon that sank Kublai Khan’s fleet:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/aug/18/how-typhoon-sank-kublai-khan-weatherwatch

Feature on shell jewellery from East Asia:

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2101485-oldest-jewellery-in-east-asia-is-crafted-37000-year-old-shell/

Feature on some 1500 years bp jewellery found in a Chinese tomb a few years ago:

http://www.livescience.com/55790-ancient-bling-found-in-chinese-tomb.html
http://www.livescience.com/55789-photos-ancient-tomb-of-chinese-woman.html

British shipwreck found in the Russian Arctic:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/aug/09/discovery-of-the-year-sunken-british-steamship-the-thames-found-on-edge-of-arctic-circle
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/08/10/british-steamship-found-beneath-russian-arctic-after-139-years/

Feature on Angkor:

https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2016/aug/16/lost-cities-6-angkor-wat-nasa-technology-khmer-megacity

Feature on Merv:

https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2016/aug/12/lost-cities-merv-worlds-biggest-city-razed-turkmenistan

Feature on Muziris:

http://www.theguardian.com/cities/2016/aug/10/lost-cities-3-muziris-india-kerala-ancient-port-black-pepper?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

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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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Assorted stone tools found by an Oregon teacher:

http://theweek.com/speedreads/643649/oregon-teacher-discovers-14-prehistoric-tools-backyard

Native American artifacts from the Willamette Valley (same story as above, I think):

http://www.oregonlive.com/pacific-northwest-news/index.ssf/2016/08/archaeologists_find_rare_nativ.html
http://registerguard.com/rg/news/local/34693051-75/15-obsidian-pieces-found-in-willamette-valley-confirmed-to-be-native-american-artifacts.html.csp

Studying pre-European monument sites in Michigan:

http://phys.org/news/2016-08-uncover-insights-great-lakes-monuments.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/08/160809122721.htm
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/08/2016/new-insights-on-great-lakes-late-precontact-period-monuments

Assorted items of a Pike Place Market construction site:

http://www.king5.com/news/local/seattle/2000-artifacts-found-at-pike-place-marketfront-construction-site/291956877

Remains of a 16th century shipwreck off Florida:

http://www.livescience.com/55795-colonial-age-shipwrecks-found-off-florida-coast.html
http://www.livescience.com/55793-photos-colonial-age-shipwrecks-cape-canaveral.html
http://jacksonville.com/news/metro/2016-08-17/story/wreckage-found-cape-canaveral-linked-lost-french-colony-fort-caroline
http://www.foxnews.com/science/2016/08/19/16th-century-shipwrecks-found-amid-rocket-debris-off-florida-coast.html

Evidence of earlier bits of Jefferson’s Mews:

http://phys.org/news/2016-08-archaeologists-unearth-early-elements-mews.html

A dig has revealed a structure at Madison’s Montpelier:

http://www.dailyprogress.com/starexponent/news/foundation-of-last-slave-structure-uncovered-at-montpelier/article_eb0a6474-17be-5e80-8e2e-172650720de0.html
http://www.nbc29.com/story/32731424/archaeologists-uncover-structure-at-james-madisons-montpelier

Plenty of coverage of a 19th century shipwreck find in Lake Ontario (the Washington):

http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/0817/Second-oldest-Great-Lakes-shipwreck-offers-a-rare-window-into-the-past
http://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory/explorers-find-2nd-oldest-confirmed-shipwreck-great-lakes-41448483?cid=abcn_tco
http://www.syracuse.com/state/index.ssf/2016/08/upstate_ny_explorers_find_2nd-oldest_confirmed_shipwreck_in_lake_ontario.html
http://www.wsj.com/articles/retirees-find-second-oldest-confirmed-shipwreck-in-great-lakes-1471512602
http://www.forbes.com/sites/shelbycarpenter/2016/08/18/200-year-old-shipwreck-found-bottom-lake-ontario/
http://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/27041/20160818/over-200-year-old-shipwreck-found-lake-ontario.htm
http://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/27177/20160820/rare-discovery-fast-facts-about-the-lady-washington-shipwreck-found-on-lake-ontario.htm
http://www.cnn.com/videos/us/2016/08/18/rare-18th-century-shipwreck-discovered-orig-vstan-aa.cnn
http://www.archaeology.org/news/4771-160818-lake-ontario-shipwreck

There was excitement over the discovery of a sword tip at the Alamo:

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local/article/1800s-sword-tip-found-in-Alamo-Plaza-9136600.php
http://www.star-telegram.com/news/state/texas/article95169787.html
http://www.foxnews.com/science/2016/08/12/alamo-dig-archaeologists-unearth-tip-mexican-sword.html

Sort of a culminating piece on the Alamo dig:

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local/article/Digging-concluded-in-Alamo-Plaza-9173314.php
http://www.beaumontenterprise.com/news/local/article/Digging-concluded-in-Alamo-Plaza-9173314.php

They’re digging at the Bush Prairie Farm:

http://www.theolympian.com/news/local/article96295802.html

… and Isle Royale:

http://www.sctimes.com/story/news/local/2016/08/15/scsu-archaeology-student-seeks-clues-isle-royale/88630196/

The dig at Lake George has been extended:

http://phys.org/news/2016-08-site-1750s-british-american-encampments.html
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/aug/12/dig-extended-at-upstate-ny-colonial-american-milit/

… where they found remains of a possible officer’s camp:

http://www.timesunion.com/news/article/French-and-Indian-War-dig-reveals-possible-9140188.php

Finds from Alexandria:

http://www.connectionnewspapers.com/news/2016/aug/08/alexandria-youths-uncover-historic-artifacts/

The Timbisha Shoshone are concerned about ‘artifact tampering’ (wrong description):

http://www.uniondemocrat.com/localnews/4589981-151/tribe-distressed-over-artifact-tampering

What a metal detectorist in PEI has found over the years:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/prince-edward-island/rick-barton-find-artifact-european-1.3725651?cmp=rss

Feature on Cahokia:

https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2016/aug/17/lost-cities-8-mystery-ahokia-illinois-mississippians-native-americans-vanish

… and another item on the status of women at Cahokia:

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-08/priu-fla080516.php
https://www.yahoo.com/news/women-held-important-role-americas-1st-city-burial-133538533.html
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/08/2016/beaded-burial-at-cahokia-not-a-monument-to-male-power

Feature on the Cardiff Giant:

http://www.livescience.com/55787-cardiff-giant.html

Feature on the Boston molasses flood:

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20160817-the-killer-flood-made-of-molasses

Followup to the CNY plaque theft:

http://www.syracuse.com/crime/index.ssf/2016/08/pair_accused_of_stealing_scrapping_plaque_honoring_civil_war_doctor.html
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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6000 years bp human remains from Los Olivos (Peru):

http://www.peruthisweek.com/news-ancient-remains-found-in-olivos-110146

A Maya burial temple from Belize:

http://www.apollo-magazine.com/mayan-tomb-discovered-in-belize/
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rare-maya-burial-temple-discovered-belize-180960054/

A Maya burial is giving hints about the Snake dynasty (same as above, I think):

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/aug/06/maya-snake-dynasty-tomb-belize-ruins
http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/a-tomb-in-belize-offers-up-missing-pieces-of-a-long-lost-staircase-and-the-story-of-the-snake-lords-who-built-it/news-story/932155ae99046e57bdb2cd7e537092fd
http://www.breakingbelizenews.com/2016/08/06/dr-jaime-awe-finds-clues-snake-dynasty-xunantunich/

1000 years bp dog burials at at the Lima zoo:

http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2016/08/why-are-these-1000-year-old-dogs-buried-under-lima-zoo?rss=1

Evidence of rabbit breeding at Teotihuacan:

http://phys.org/news/2016-08-pre-hispanic-mexican-civilization-bred-rabbits.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/08/160817142539.htm
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-08/p-pmc081116.php
https://www.newscientist.com/article/2101551-bunnies-helped-a-great-civilisation-in-ancient-mexico-thrive/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/4774-160818-mexico-teotihuacan-rabbits

Suggestion that Teotihuacan was a centre for water worship:

http://www.wsj.com/articles/teotihuacan-mexicos-pyramid-city-worshiped-water-scholar-says-1470762228
http://www.newser.com/story/229586/archaeologist-says-shes-solved-the-mystery-of-mexicos-teotihuacan.html

Pondering some Incan trepanation:

http://www.cnn.com/2016/08/15/health/holes-in-the-head/index.html

War didn’t destroy Easter Island:

http://phys.org/news/2016-08-easter-island-war-analysis.html

Feature on the end of the Wari:

http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2016/08/waris-grisly-end-fall-south-american-empire

Rethinking the Venus Table of the Dresden Codex:

http://phys.org/news/2016-08-ancient-mayan-copernicus.html
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-08/uoc–aam081616.php
http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/reinterpretation-of-dresden-codex-produces-clues-of-unexpectedly-advanced-mayan-astronomy/news-story/4e2a446ea5afecd0d956121d7eee219f
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/08/2016/hieroglyphic-texts-reveal-maya-innovation-in-maths-and-astronomy

Feature on the pyramid at Cholula:

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20160812-the-giant-pyramid-hidden-inside-a-mountain

Feature on Chavin de Huantar:

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20160808-a-lost-temple-holds-the-secrets-to-the-origins-of-authority

Sarah Parcak is going to look for lost Incan sites:

http://altoday.com/archives/11953-uab-space-archaeologist-sarah-parcak-on-a-mission-to-unearth-worlds-hidden-treasures

A tomb raider in Costa Rica is arrested:

http://news.co.cr/suspected-tomb-raider-gets-raided-costa-rica/50028/
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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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Explorator 19.15 ~ August 7, 2016

Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Hernan Astudillo,
David Critchley, Bob Heuman, Trevor Watkins, Suzan Mazur, Robin Helweg-Larsen,
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EARLY HOMINIDS
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A couple studies on the effects of fire on human development:

http://phys.org/news/2016-08-smokeand-mutationthere-evolutionary-edge-humans.html
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-08/mbae-tge080116.php
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/09/science/fire-smoke-evolution-tuberculosis.html
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/modern-humans-beat-neanderthals-because-we-can-happily-breathe-in-toxic-smoke-from-cooking-meat-a7169531.html

Pondering Neanderthal brain development:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/4684-160728-neanderthal-brain-development

Feature on Neanderthal remains in Gibraltrar:

http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-36935232

Lack of hair apparently was an evolutionary advantage:

http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20160801-our-weird-lack-of-hair-may-be-the-key-to-our-success

More on Neanderthal demise being linked to their inability to make ‘parkas’:

http://phys.org/news/2016-08-neanderthals-failure-parkas-demise.html
http://www.livescience.com/55624-parkas-helped-early-humans-survive.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2016/07/29/how-parka-jackets-saved-early-humans-from-the-chilly-fate-of-the/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/4690-160801-furry-hooded-outfits

More on DNA suggesting there is an ‘unknown human ancestor’ from Asia somewhere along the line:

http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/archaeology/1.734451

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AFRICA
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Slide show of sites in Libya which are on the UNESCO threatened list:

http://www.cnn.com/2016/08/02/architecture/unesco-libya-sites-danger/index.html

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Work is under way to restore Menkawre’s statue:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/44/236944/Heritage/Museums/Egyptian-antiquities-experts-to-restore-King-Menka.aspx

The Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities is launching a couple of new journals:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/236469/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Two-Egyptian-archaeological-periodicals-to-be-laun.aspx

Latest from the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/44/236843/Heritage/Museums/Preparations-for-NMEC-temporary-exhibition-in-full.aspx

Hunter/gatherers were experimenting with agriculture in Turkey some 10 000 years bp:

http://phys.org/news/2016-08-hunter-gatherers-farming-turkey-migrating-europe.html
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-08/cp-hew072816.php

Feature on the Saruq al Hadid site:

http://www.thenational.ae/uae/heritage/brushing-off-sands-of-time-at-the-archaeological-site-of-saruq-al-hadid#full

… related:

http://www.thenational.ae/uae/heritage/old-is-gold-remnants-from-the-old-dubai-excavation-site-on-display

An appeal to save the Prophet Nahum’s tomb:

http://www.jpost.com/Diaspora/Kurdistan-official-launches-appeal-to-save-Jewish-tomb-462958

Sassanid-era pottery in a shipwreck off the coast of Iran:

http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/08/2016/sassanid-era-pottery-clue-to-historic-shipwreck-off-bushehr-peninsula

Drought is causing concerns at Persepolis:

http://en.mehrnews.com/news/118681/Persepolis-threatened-by-drought-land-subsidence

I think we mentioned these remains of an Egyptian official’s statue from Hazor:

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/07/31/does-this-rock-explain-why-egyptians-are-biblical-villains.html

A trio of Waqf members are apparently going to go on trial after that attack on an archaeologist last week:

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4835540,00.html
http://www.timesofisrael.com/3-waqf-officials-likely-to-stand-trial-for-attack-on-archeologists/
http://forward.com/news/breaking-news/346531/3-waqf-officials-likely-to-stand-trial-for-attacking-archaeologists-on-temp/
http://www.jta.org/2016/08/01/news-opinion/israel-middle-east/3-waqf-officials-will-stand-trial-for-attacking-archeologists-on-temple-mount
https://www.mainejewish.org/jta/1227272

… and 5 Waqf members were detained for illegally ‘renovating’ the Dome of the Rock:

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Article.aspx?id=463207

… not sure if this is the same as the preceding or not:

http://www.theyeshivaworld.com/news/headlines-breaking-stories/448699/waqf-official-questioned-on-suspicion-of-antiquities-violations-on-har-habayis.html

A while back there was a study of handwriting and its applicability to literacy during Old Testament times … the full study is now available online:

https://www.academia.edu/26600247/

More on mosaics from Huqoq:

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865659257/Noah7s-Ark-mosaic-uncovered-in-ancient-Galilee-synagogue.html?pg=all

ISIL has done some major looting at Tal Ajaja:

http://gulfnews.com/news/mena/syria/daesh-destroys-ancient-treasures-in-syria-s-tal-ajaja-1.1874889

Other ‘radicals’ have blown up a 16th century mosque in Yemen:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/islamists-blow-up-16-century-mosque-in-yemen/

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A 3500 years bp elite tomb from Hala Sultan Tekke (Cyprus):

http://www.mcw.gov.cy/mcw/da/da.nsf/All/C8FF86C38B382F40422578EA003B5BED?OpenDocument
http://cyprus-mail.com/2016/08/03/late-bronze-age-burial-site-one-grandest-ever-found-cyprus/
http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/archaeology/1.734913

Gold (!) curse tablets from Viminacium:

http://www.nbcnews.com/science/science-news/roman-curse-tablets-made-gold-discovered-viminacium-serbia-n623426
http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/groundbreaking-discovery-at-serbia-s-old-roman-city-08-05-2016

An Illiyrian palace of some sort:

http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news,410708,palace-of-illyrian-rulers-dating-back-more-than-two-thousand-years-discovered-by-polish.html

Hype for an incipient dig at a Roman villa site at Yeovil:

http://www.somersetlive.co.uk/archaeologists-begin-yeovil-excavation-to-uncover-roman-villa-and-bathhouse/story-29588864-detail/story.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-somerset-36967094

… and what they’ve already found:

http://www.somersetlive.co.uk/lufton-roman-villa-dig-historical-items-already-unearthed-by-newcastle-university-team/story-29590061-detail/story.html

Digging has resumed at Soli Pompeiopolis:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/excavations-start-at-soli-pompeiopolis-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=102393&NewsCatID=375

… and Demre:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/antalyas-demre-opens-new-excavation-season-.aspx?PageID=238&NID=102328&NewsCatID=375

… and Kurul Castle:

http://www.dailysabah.com/history/2016/07/30/archaeologists-resume-excavation-on-turkeys-black-sea-coast

Aerial photographs reveal a Roman marching camp in Dorset:

http://www.dorsetecho.co.uk/news/14653940.Rare_Roman_camp_spotted_from_the_air/

They’ve restored and ‘restaged’ some kitchens and the dry cleaner’s at Pompeii:

http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2016/08/01/kitchen-restored-in-pompeiis-fullonica_60526442-e27e-4297-80e9-a947a7c0d2bc.html
http://www.thelocal.it/20160802/refurbished-pompeii-kitchens-show-how-ancient-romans-cooked

That mass burial of shackled skeletons at Phalerum is back in the news for some reason:

http://www.reuters.com/video/2016/08/01/shackled-remains-at-ancient-greek-site-t?videoId=369447004
https://www.yahoo.com/news/shackled-remains-ancient-greek-tell-tale-intrigue-094453721.html
http://www.euronews.com/2016/08/01/ancient-mass-grave-site-in-greek-capital-could-point-to-earliest-dated-event-in
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-08-03/skeletons-shackled-at-the-wrists-found-in-athens-mass-grave/7687642
http://theweek.com/speedreads/640276/archaeologists-discover-80-shackled-skeletons-from-mysterious-ancient-greek-execution
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/08/02/world/science-health-world/shackled-skeletons-athens-cemetery-belong-supporters-nobleman-led-attempted-coup-632-b-c/#.V6Cwy6LIeM9
http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/shackled-skeletons-ancient-greece-1.3703346
http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Ancient-mass-grave-site-in-Greek-capital-could-9067157.php
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/reuters/article-3717905/Shackled-remains-ancient-Greek-site-tell-tale-intrigue.html

On recent finds from Perge:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/only-statue-of-roman-emperor-on-display-in-antalya-museum–.aspx?pageID=238&nID=102442&NewsCatID=375

Overview of recent finds in Bulgaria:

http://sofiaglobe.com/2016/07/30/archaeological-finds-in-bulgaria-july-2016-highlights/

Very interesting feature on the Throne of Midas dispute:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/suzan-mazur/the-midas-throne-row_b_11307068.html

Feature on Cannae:

http://www.history.com/news/ancient-romes-darkest-day-the-battle-of-cannae

I think we mentioned these columns from Sardis undergoing some cleaning:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/historic-columns-of-sardis-in-for-cleaning-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=100964&NewsCatID=375

An update on restoration and conservation work at Stratonikeia:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/artifacts-restored-in-ancient-stratonikeia.aspx?pageID=517&nID=102513&NewsCatID=375

Feature on the recently-reopened Tullianum:

http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/archaeology/.premium-1.735244

They’ve used 3d printing to ‘restore’ the statue of Zeus from Olympia (more in the techy section):

http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-36986434

The Greek Culture Ministry wants to declare Eliniko to be an archaeological site:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2016/08/06/greek-culture-ministry-seeks-to-declare-elliniko-as-archaeological-site/

What Kevin Dicus is up to:

http://around.uoregon.edu/content/uo-classics-professor-digs-dirt-pompeii

What Hunter Rawlings is up to:

http://www.news.cornell.edu/stories/2016/08/rawlings-engages-veterans-through-ancient-texts-war

A Festschrift for Frederick Ahl:

http://www.news.cornell.edu/stories/2016/08/new-volume-honors-classics-professor-fred-ahl

Feature on Seamus Heaney:

http://www.irishtimes.com/culture/stage/seamus-heaney-gave-us-permission-to-speak-in-our-own-voice-1.2737386

Continued arguing over the Chester Amphitheatre:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-36955733
http://www.chesterchronicle.co.uk/news/chester-cheshire-news/debate-over-chester-amphitheatre-resurfaces-11692674

An embarrassing Latin error in a monument at the University of Texas:

http://www.mystatesman.com/news/news/local/incorrect-latin-word-mars-uts-monument-to-victims-/nr9Kd/
http://www.dallasnews.com/news/state/headlines/20160804-memorial-to-1966-ut-shooting-victims-has-a-problem-set-in-stone-latin-word-is-wrong.ece

As might be expected, there were features on the ancient Olympics:

http://time.com/4431034/rio-olympics-ancient-history/
http://www.newshub.co.nz/world/ancient-olympics-a-pagan-party-of-nudity-animal-sacrifice-orgies-and-sport-2016073008

… including one on cheating:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/ancient-history-cheating-olympics-180960003/

… and ‘doping’:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p043p0wy
http://www.pri.org/stories/2016-08-05/ancient-olympics-were-dirty-violent-corrupt-affairs-there-was-even-regular-doping

… and Olympic nudity:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/drsarahbond/2016/08/04/a-brief-history-of-olympic-nudity-from-ancient-greece-to-espn/

Feature on a fossil found during Tiberius’ principate:

http://www.wondersandmarvels.com/2016/08/roman-emperor-tiberius-and-the-giant-tooth.html

Feature on the gladiator school at Xanten:

http://www.dw.com/en/follow-in-roman-gladiators-footsteps-at-germanys-xanten-park/a-19426443

Security at the Colosseum (and other sites) has been beefed up in the wake of ISIL threats:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/08/03/rome-tightens-security-at-colosseum-as-isil-threatens-to-attack/
http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/generalnews/2016/08/03/security-at-colosseum-churches-boosted-to-stop-terror_40d6d20e-a46b-4a33-99a1-3391ce61bd06.html
http://www.news.com.au/world/breaking-news/colosseum-under-maximum-security/news-story/259c101e56d4cd247d398d8089881db2

… although some German tourist managed to climb the Colosseum:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/german-tourists-scale-colosseum-in-night-time-stunt-a7166916.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-3719545/Rome-Colosseum-climbed-German-tourists-illegal-stunt.html

Review of Adrian Goldsworthy, *Pax Romana*:

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/pax-romana-war-peace-and-conquest-in-the-roman-world-by-adrian-goldsworthy-8sxz0rtq9

Review of Patty, *Living With a Dead Language*:

http://www.sfchronicle.com/books/article/Living-With-a-Dead-Language-My-Romance-With-9125147.php
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A Neolithic site from Aar (this wouldn’t connect for me this morning for some reason):

http://cphpost.dk/news/danish-archaeologists-find-mysterious-well.html

Plenty of coverage of the excavation of something palatial at Tintagel (with all the Arthurian connections, of course):

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cornwall-36967147
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/king-arthur-castle-cornwall-tintagel-dark-ages-palace-camelot-a7168761.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/08/03/royal-palace-discovered-in-area-believed-to-be-birthplace-of-kin/
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/palace-unearthed-king-arthurs-birthplace-180960035/?no-ist
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=11687340
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3721915/Has-Camelot-Royal-palace-Dark-Ages-unearthed-legendary-site-King-Arthur-s-birth.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

1000 years bp female burial from Hillsborough Castle:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/36951328
http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/life/features/was-hillsborough-castle-the-scene-of-a-grave-killing-34942506.html
http://www.culture24.org.uk/history-and-heritage/archaeology/art559811-hillsborough-castle-northern-ireland-county-down
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3723367/Mystery-1-000-year-old-skeleton-Hillsborough-Castle-Archaeologists-say-woman-shed-light-early-settlements-Northern-Ireland.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

1000 years bp burials (and more) from Iceland:

http://icelandreview.com/news/2016/07/31/archeologists-find-1000-years-skeletons-and-silver-coin

A Victorian plunge pool in an unexpected site in Northampton:

http://www.culture24.org.uk/history-and-heritage/archaeology/art559830-delapre-abbey-northampton-victorian-plunging-pool

Feature on what has been found on the wreck of the London:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-essex-36985971

France plans to restore what is dubbed Europe’s oldest Jewish building:

http://www.jta.org/2016/08/05/news-opinion/world/france-to-rescue-europes-oldest-jewish-building
http://www.timesofisrael.com/france-to-rescue-europes-oldest-jewish-building/

Piecing together a helmet from the Staffordshire Hoard:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-stoke-staffordshire-36954627

A stone from Canterbury Cathedral is coming to auction:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-kent-36964503

Seeking funds to search for an Iron Age broch in Stirling:

http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/08/2016/campaign-launched-to-help-archaeologists-search-for-an-iron-age-broch

Last week I managed to move a Danish castle to Norway, so here’s the item again:

http://sciencenordic.com/new-discovery-rewrites-history-denmark%E2%80%99s-biggest-royal-castle

Plans to dig a ‘mysterious mound’ in South Downs National Park:

http://www.theargus.co.uk/news/14653217.Dig_to_discover_history_of_mysterious_mound/

In case you’re wondering what ‘Bulgaria’s Indiana Jones’ is up to:

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-bosnia-pyramids-idUSKCN10F0UD?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews
https://www.yahoo.com/news/bosnian-indiana-jone-digs-controversy-again-park-091044901.html

More coverage of that vandalism to that 5000 years bp petroglyph in Norway by some kids who were trying to ‘improve’ it:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/norway-ski-boys-deface-5000-year-old-ancient-rock-carving-a7166851.html
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/norwegian-youth-destroys-one-earliest-images-skiing-trying-improve-it-180960013/
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=11685303
http://globalnews.ca/news/2860404/norwegian-teens-ruin-5000-year-old-stone-carving-they-tried-to-improve/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2016/08/02/it-was-done-out-of-good-intentions-treasured-5000-year-old-carving-destroyed-by-well-meaning-kids/
http://www.stuff.co.nz/world/europe/82695103/ancient-norwegian-rock-carving-damaged-forever-after-boys-attempt-to-restore-it

… and they might face charges:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/07/31/norwegian-youths-who-ruined-5000-year-old-carving-could-face-pro/
That ball of thread from ‘Britain’s Pompeii’ is getting more attention this week:

http://www.livescience.com/55654-3000-year-old-thread-found.html
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/knot-possible-3000-year-old-thread-found-in-uk/
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ball-thread-3000-years-old-180959978/
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3726980/Perfectly-preserved-3-000-year-old-pieces-thread-discovered-Bronze-Age-village-Cambridgeshire-dubbed-Pompeii-Fens.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

… and there were more general features too:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/08/01/uncovering-the-mysteries-of-britains-pompeii/

More on the facial reconstruction of Ava:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/meet-ava-bronze-age-woman-scottish-highlands-180959988/

More on the Viking ‘power couple’ burial (and the axe):

http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/viking-burial-site-in-denmark-contained-a-warrior–and-his-enormous-axe/news-story/c2c58410644f148a4fdaad5786182c59
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Geologic evidence found which appears to confirm a Chinese dynasty foundation story:

http://phys.org/news/2016-08-evidence-legendary-china-rewrite-history.html
http://feeds.sciencedaily.com/~r/sciencedaily/fossils_ruins/archaeology/~3/oZRHzA6qScg/160804152433.htm
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-08/aaft-gdp080116.php
http://www.livescience.com/55658-china-great-flood-legend-geological-evidence.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-36966274
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/05/science/china-great-flood-xia-emperor-yu.html
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/0805/Myth-meets-science-Did-researchers-just-verify-a-Chinese-legend
http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/china-ancient-flood-1.3708724?cmp=rss
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/aug/05/chinas-great-flood-tests-on-childrens-bones-support-4000-year-old-legend?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2016/08/04/legends-say-china-began-in-a-great-flood-scientists-just-found-evidence-that-the-flood-was-real/
http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/china-finds-great-flood-evidence-supporting-myth-of-first-emperors/news-story/4aa4b85724d2fc53f608f1f65f76edbc
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/08/china-yellow-river-great-flood-xia-dynasty-yu/
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/massive-flood-may-confirm-chinas-creation-myth-180960037/
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/ancient-chinese-megaflood-may-be-fact-not-fiction/
http://elpais.com/elpais/2016/08/04/ciencia/1470329898_638060.html

I think we mentioned when this ‘oldest maritime object’ from Hong Kong was found by divers a week or two ago:

http://www.livescience.com/55650-hong-kong-oldest-maritime-artifact.html
http://www.livescience.com/55649-photos-hong-kong-underwater-artifacts.html

Followup to the ‘bug poo’ situation at the Taj Mahal:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2016/08/06/judge-puts-taj-mahals-bug-poo-problem-on-state-officials-shoulders/
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http://www.southeastasianarchaeology.com/

New Zealand Archaeology eNews:

http://nzarchaeology.blogspot.co.nz/index.html
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A 12 300 years bp fire pit from Norther Utah:

http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/12300-year-fire-pit-found-northern-utah-41171805
http://madison-press.com/wire/national-wire/166822/12300-year-old-fire-pit-found-in-northern-utah-5
http://www.holmescountyherald.com/syndicated_post/12300-year-old-fire-pit-found-in-northern-utah/
A 6000 years bp (maybe) knife from a hunting camp site in Kodiak:

http://www.ktoo.org/2016/08/01/knife-discovered-kodiak-community-archaeology-site/

A site in Utah suggests a population boom preceded the development of farming some 5000 years bp:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/08/160802104526.htm
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-08/uou-pbp072816.php
http://www.archaeology.org/news/4700-160803-population-plant-domestication

Very interesting finds from mound 72 at Cahokia:

http://phys.org/news/2016-08-fresh-burials-mass-graves-story.html
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-08/uoia-fla080416.php
http://www.livescience.com/55675-cahokia-burial-women.html
A buffalo jump site in the James River valley:

http://listen.sdpb.org/post/archaeologists-probe-850-year-old-buffalo-jump-james-river-valley

They were showing off finds from the Alamo:

http://www.dallasnews.com/news/local-news/20160802-watch-alamo-archaeologists-display-new-artifacts.ece
http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Alamo-dig-yields-hundreds-of-items-reflecting-9022452.php
http://www.star-telegram.com/news/state/texas/article93188202.html

… and they may have found where the main gate was:

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local/article/Continuing-dig-reveals-possible-signs-of-the-9122582.php

Bones found in the Gaspe last week may have come from an 1847 shipwreck:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/carricks-of-whitehaven-gaspe-human-remains-shipwreck-1847-1.3705288
http://montrealgazette.com/news/parks-canada-hopes-to-link-human-remains-to-1800s-shipwreck
http://www.canada.com/news/national/parks+canada+investigating+whether+98ancient+bones+found+gaspe/12103433/story.html
http://news.nationalpost.com/news/canada/parks-canada-investigating-whether-ancient-bones-found-in-gaspe-came-from-1847-shipwreck

A dig preliminary to an electrical transmission line in New Mexico turned up 26k artifacts:

http://phys.org/news/2016-08-archaeological-excavations-26k-artifacts-mexico.html
http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/archaeological-excavations-finds-26k-artifacts-mexico-41151154
http://navajotimes.com/wires-wp/index.php?id=1679341443&kid=oJaMkM3NZxKPio2R
http://en.tempo.co/read/news/2016/08/07/310793878/Archaeological-Excavations-Finds-26K-Artifacts-in-New-Mexico
http://www.lcsun-news.com/story/news/2016/08/05/transmission-line-excavations-find-26k-artifacts-nm/88292194/

Finds from various periods from a construction site in Camden:

http://www.courierpostonline.com/story/news/2016/08/02/surprising-finds-holtec-site-camden/87734826/

… and during bridge construction in Tennessee:

http://www.wbrc.com/story/32593395/native-american-artifacts-discovered-during-bridge-construction-in-perry-co

Latest from the Hopewell earthworks:

http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/science/2016/07/31/01-archaeology-experts-find-importance-in-mysterious-hopewell-earthworks.html

Searching for palisades in Windsor revealed an historic home site:

http://www.courant.com/community/windsor/hc-wn-windsor-state-archeologists-palisades-0804-20160801-story.html

Haven’t had a time capsule opening in a while;

http://www.cbs8.com/story/32698127/la-jolla-church-opens-100-year-old-time-capsule

They’ve figured out what killed off an isolated population of mammoths in Alaska:

http://phys.org/news/2016-08-lack-extinction-isolated-alaska-mammoths.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/08/160801163858.htm
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-08/ps-spi072816.php
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/02/science/mammoths-extinction-saint-paul-island-alaska.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-36945909
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/aug/01/woolly-mammoth-st-pauls-island-demise-due-freshwater-shortage
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/articles/solving-mystery-mammoth-proportions-180959992/
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/08/2016/woolly-mammoth-extinction-accurately-dated-on-alaskan-island

An historic CUNY plaque was stolen:

http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2016/08/otisco_mystery_who_stole_plaque_honoring_civil_war_veteran.html

On the origins of the Coast Guard:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/05/nyregion/celebrating-hamilton-the-father-of-the-coast-guard.html

Marking the anniversary of the first execution by electric chair:

http://www.syracuse.com/vintage/2016/08/the_first_ever_execution_by_el.html
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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A very interesting Maya snake dynasty tomb from Belize:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/aug/06/maya-snake-dynasty-tomb-belize-ruins

Pondering whether Columbus took a somewhat different route:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-36884261

Latest on Columbia and the wreck of the San Jose:

http://internacional.elpais.com/internacional/2016/07/31/colombia/1469918008_930133.html

Tourists damaged El Candelabro in Paracas (Peru):

http://www.peruthisweek.com/news-tourist-damage-candelabro-in-paracas-110086
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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 Durer shows up at a French flea market:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-36997455
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2016/aug/05/lost-engraving-albrecht-durer-found-flea-market-maria-crowned-angel
http://www.thelocal.de/20160806/500-year-old-german-engraving-surfaces-at-french-flea-market
http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=89294

Xray fluorescence reveal a hidden portrait under a Degas:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-36970024
http://www.livescience.com/55652-edgar-degas-painting-hidden-portrait.html
http://www.livescience.com/55651-photos-edgar-degas-hidden-portrait.html
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/05/science/degas-hidden-portrait.html
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/08/05/488824963/x-rays-reveal-hidden-portrait-under-painting-by-edgar-degas
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2016/08/05/x-ray-reveals-hidden-portrait-beneath-famed-degas-painting/88295898/

A Rodin sketch turns out to be a fake:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-lincolnshire-36936702

Looking for evidence of the first chefs:

http://phys.org/news/2016-08-tracking-chefs.html
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-08/uotb-tdt080216.php

… and looking at what restaurants were like a hundred years ago:

http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2016/08/03/487372849/quiz-what-were-restaurants-like-100-years-ago

A nice restoration at the Fitzwilliam:

http://artdaily.com/news/89177/Fitzwilliam-restores-Renaissance-masterpiece-to-its-former-glory

On places that are famous and full of dead bodies:

http://www.livescience.com/55609-famous-places-with-dead-bodies.html

On some ‘barbaric’ medical treatments still in use today:

http://www.livescience.com/55667-barbaric-medical-treatments-still-used.html

A history of Fleet Street:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-36908042
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-36882573

Big bucks for Action Comics 1:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-36984574

… and Martin Luther is getting the comic book treatment:

http://www.dw.com/en/church-renegade-martin-luther-stars-in-comic-book/a-19448172

Meanwhile, Luther’s antisemitic side is also getting attention:

http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/The-great-shtadlan-Josel-of-Rosheim-takes-on-Martin-Luther-462769

Feature on the Siddis in India:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20160801-indias-forgotten-jungle-dwellers

They’ve figured out why Robert Kennicott died:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/this-smithsonian-scientist-s-death-was-a-mystery-150-years-later-his-skeleton-helped-solve-it-a7171881.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2016/08/03/this-smithsonian-scientists-death-was-a-mystery-150-years-later-his-skeleton-helped-solve-it/

There were features on the first modern Olympics this week:

http://time.com/4408161/first-modern-olympics-photos/

Documents have gone missing from the UK’s National Archives:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-36953199

A Boer War photo album has turned up:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3719664/Fascinating-rare-photographs-showing-brave-British-soldiers-Boer-War.html
Revisiting Alexander Graham Bell’s obit:

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/projects/cp/obituaries/archives/alexander-graham-bell

… and Otto Hahn:

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2016/07/28/obituaries/hahn-obits-sf.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fscience

More on Rembrandt’s use of mirrors:

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/did-rembrandt-use-mirrors-and-optical-tricks-to-create-his-paintings/

More on studying beer at the Smithsonian:

http://chronicle.com/article/The-Scholars-Who-Look-at/237319
Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Will and Jane:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/05/books/will-jane-two-literary-superheroes-united-in-pop-culture.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Farts

Baseball cards:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/07/nyregion/newcomer-to-the-old-ball-game.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Farts

Della Robbia:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/07/arts/design/in-boston-a-major-della-robbia-show.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Farts

Bosch:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/27/movies/hieronymus-bosch-touched-by-the-devil-review.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fdesign

Daily Life in Ancient Lebanon:

http://durhammagazine.co.uk/durham-news/burial-urns-cooking-pots-life-sized-chariot-new-exhibition-brings-ancient-middle-east-durham/0632/

Scott Expedition:

http://phys.org/news/2016-08-photos-tragic-scott-pole-mission.html

Syria: A Living History:

http://www.insidetoronto.com/news-story/6793892-toronto-s-aga-khan-museum-bringing-together-more-than-5-000-years-of-art-for-its-exhibit-syria-a-l/

Ancient Trebizond:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/monuments-of-forgotten-empire-trebizond-on-show.aspx?pageID=238&nID=102261&NewsCatID=385

Turner:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-36974759
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THE TECHY SIDE
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‘Restoring’ the statue of Zeus from Olympia with 3d printing technology:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-36986434
http://greece.greekreporter.com/2016/08/06/lost-ancient-greek-statue-of-zeus-recreated-through-3d-printing/

Another 3d printing project involving ancient artifacts:

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC1608/S00013/ancient-meets-hi-tech-as-uc-3d-prints-antiquities.htm

3d reconstruction of Robert the Bruce’s tomb (!):

http://www.scotsman.com/news/robert-the-bruce-s-lost-tomb-reconstructed-in-3-d-1-4192109
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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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Jewish sites in Saudi Arabia:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/in-saudi-arabia-jewish-sites-with-ancient-resonance-beckon/

Erzurum:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/georgian-monastery-in-turkeys-erzurum-awaits-more-visitors.aspx?pageID=238&nID=101640&NewsCatID=393

Roman sites in France:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/tmullen/2016/08/02/how-romans-enjoyed-luxury-in-western-france/
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CRIME BEAT
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Fines for damaging a site in Bowie:

http://www.hastingstribune.com/bowie-man-must-pay-for-damaging-archaeological-site/article_c46c70fd-9667-5441-bd9a-a0ada81a2632.html
http://www.kob.com/news/bowie-man-must-pay-8707-for-damaging-archaeological-site/4222840/?cat=500

Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2016/08/culture-crime-news-25-31-july-2016.html
conflict antiquities:

http://conflictantiquities.wordpress.com/

anonymous swiss collector:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/

Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues:

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

Looting Matters:

http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/

Illicit Cultural Property:

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

SAFE:

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

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REPATRIATION AND RECOVERY
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A repatriation in the making?:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/03/arts/design/ronald-lauder-art-restitution-neue-galerie.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Farts

Not sure if this looted art donation to Cyprus is repatriation or not:

http://cyprus-mail.com/2016/08/07/partial-return-looted-collection/

The UK returned a Cypro-Archaic artifact to Cyprus:

http://cyprus-mail.com/2016/08/05/ancient-artefact-repatriated-uk/
http://greece.greekreporter.com/2016/08/05/ancient-clay-figurine-repatriated-to-cyprus-from-uk/

The US returned some items to India (who was expecting more?):

http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/us-returned-only-8-antiquities-during-pms-visit-govt/1/731318.html
http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/us-returned-only-eight-antiquities-during-pm-narendra-modis-visit-govt-2951953/

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NUMISMATICA
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The Wold Newton hoard is generating some press:

http://www.coinworld.com/news/world-coins/2016/08/hoard-find-in-britain-excites-archaeologists.html

A 14th century gold coin turned up in the ruins of Kaliakra:

http://www.coinworld.com/news/world-coins/2016/08/hoard-find-in-britain-excites-archaeologists.html

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v19n31.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v19n32.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/2461-audio-news-from-archaeologica-24-july-2016-30-july-2016
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OBITUARIES
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Martin Bachmann:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/head-of-pergamon-excavations-dies-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=102481&NewsCatID=375

John Kerr:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/31/science/john-kerr-chronicler-of-freud-jung-rift-is-dead-at-66.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fscience

Jean Briggs:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/anthropologist-jean-briggs-dead-at-87-1.3700470
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CONFERENCES
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Maya at the Playa (September 29-October 2):

http://www.mayaattheplaya.com/registration

Dumbarton Oaks Annual Symposium (October 7-8):

http://www.doaks.org/research/pre-columbian/scholarly-activities/sacred-matter-animism-and-authority-in-the-pre-columbian-americas

6th Rye Medieval Academic Conference (October 22):

https://sussexpast.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Rye-conf-poster.pdf
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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 19.14 ~ July 31, 2016

Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, David Critchley,
Don Buck, Trevor Watkins, Alan Brockway, Richard Campbell, Richard C. Griffiths,
Rick Pettigrew, 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 of a tumour on the toe of a homo ergaster (maybe) fossil from South Africa:

http://phys.org/news/2016-07-cancer-paleo-diet-million-years.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/health-36912529
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/oldest-cancer-ever-found-discovered-in-south-africa-potentially-challenging-ideas-about-disease-a7162946.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2016/07/27/worlds-oldest-example-of-cancer-found-in-17-million-year-old-fos/
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/07/28/487775814/ancient-bone-shows-evidence-of-cancer-in-human-ancestor
http://www.cnn.com/2016/07/28/health/oldest-human-cancer-found/index.html

The demise of the Neanderthals came hot on the heels of a population peak, apparently:

http://phys.org/news/2016-07-sudden-extinction-neanderthals-population-peak.html

… while their brains apparently grew just like ours do:

http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2016/07/neandertal-baby-brains-may-have-grown-ours?rss=1

That said, they don’t appear to have been able to adapt to the cold very well:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2016/07/29/how-parka-jackets-saved-early-humans-from-the-chilly-fate-of-the/

OpEddish sort of thing criticizing media coverage of evolution matters:

http://phys.org/news/2016-07-future-human-science-case-media.html

Checking out the Australasian genome suggests there’s a ‘missing ancestor’ in there somewhere:

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2098566-mystery-ancient-human-ancestor-found-in-australasian-family-tree/

An orangutan which can mimic human speech is being studied:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tyne-36895395
http://phys.org/news/2016-07-voice-orangutan-clues-early-human.html

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AFRICA
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Feature on Cape Verde’s role in the slave trade:

http://www.cnn.com/2016/07/27/travel/cape-verde-slave-archeology/index.html

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Figuring out what some defensive structures on the Middle Nile were used for:

http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news,410546,poles-have-solved-the-riddle-of-defensive-structures-of-the-middle-nile.html

More coverage of Egypt’s putting that Khufu papyrus on display:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3692283/The-diary-pyramid-builder-Oldest-papyrus-existence-details-workers-shifted-stones-sheep-ate-reveal-secrets-inside-Great-Pyramid-Giza.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

Egypt is putting together a ‘replica tour’:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/44/236272/Heritage/Museums/AlAhram-and-antiquities-ministry-to-organise-first.aspx

… and they’ve put together a map of sites:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/236187/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/A-map-of-Egypts-archaeological-sites-to-be-launche.aspx

Overview of Egyptian history:

http://www.livescience.com/55578-egyptian-civilization.html

8000 years bp cave painting from Balikesir:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/8000-year-old-cave-paintings-found-in-turkeys-balikesir.aspx?pageID=238&nID=102139&NewsCatID=375

Excavating Pteria (Iron Age):

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/lost-city-of-pteria-finally-unearthed-in-turkeys-yozgat.aspx?pageID=238&nID=102105&NewsCatID=375
http://www.dailysabah.com/history/2016/07/27/excavation-reveals-ancient-city-in-yozgat

Remains of a Canaanite fort from the Galilee:

http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=35229
http://www.algemeiner.com/2016/07/26/israeli-teens-unearth-remains-of-3700-year-old-canaanite-fortress/

A 2200 years bp ‘dinner set’ from Manisa:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ancient-dinner-set-found-in-turkeys-manisa.aspx?pageID=517&nID=102272&NewsCatID=375

Remains of an Egyptian statue from Tel Hazor:

http://new.huji.ac.il/en/article/31994
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/07/160725090228.htm
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Historic-archeological-discovery-of-Egyptian-statue-unearthed-in-Tel-Hazor-462312
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/statue-of-egyptian-official-found-at-tel-hazor/2016/07/25/
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/Flash.aspx/365641
http://www.breakingisraelnews.com/72590/3900-year-old-egyptian-statue-discovered-northern-israel/
http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/archaeology/.premium-1.733282
http://artdaily.com/news/89000/Hebrew-University-of-Jerusalem-announces-historic-find-at-Tel-Hazor–A-statue-of-an-Egyptian-official

Lots of press coverage for Israel putting a mummy on display after undergoing an examination:

http://phys.org/news/2016-07-israel-ancient-mummy-modern-day-afflictions.html
http://www.timesofisrael.com/israels-only-mummy-gets-afterlife-spotlight-at-israel-museum/
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/07/26/487505112/mummified-egyptian-was-just-as-sedentary-and-carb-hungry-as-modern-men?sc=17&f=1001

A 1600 years bp rock hewn pottery kiln from Western Galilee:

http://www.livescience.com/55559-roman-pottery-kiln-discovered-israel.html
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Unique-1600-year-old-kiln-pottery-manufacturing-shop-discovered-in-Western-Galilee-462541
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/high-school-students-help-discover-a-unique-1600-year-old-pottery-workshop-in-the-galilee/2016/07/27/
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/215624
http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=35291
http://www.breakingisraelnews.com/72882/unique-1600-year-old-roman-pottery-workshop-discovered-galilee/
Plans to restore a Byzantine mosaic in the Jewish Quarter’s Cardo section (it’s really more than that):

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4834148,00.html
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Article.aspx?id=462329

A Bible-based sort of look at the excavations at Gath:

http://www.christianexaminer.com/article/through-the-bible-walking-in-the-footsteps-of-goliath-of-gath/50891.htm

Background piece on the Philistines:

http://www.livescience.com/55429-philistines.html

Questioning the existence of the Phoenicians (sort of):

http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/archaeology/1.733940

Transfer of an ancient library from the Rockefeller Museum in east Jerusalem has been okayed:

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Politics-And-Diplomacy/High-Court-of-Justice-okays-transfer-of-ancient-library-to-western-Jerusalem-462255

A couple of Waqf employees “attacked” an archaeologist on Temple Mount:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/israeli-archaeologist-says-he-was-attacked-on-temple-mount/
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/islamic-guards/2016/07/27/
http://forward.com/news/breaking-news/346309/2-muslim-temple-mount-officials-arrested-for-attack-on-jews/

A good article on ISIL’s role in the illicit antiquities trade:

http://www.iar-gwu.org/content/isil-and-illicit-antiquities-trade-0

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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A figurine of Ceres from Arbeia:

http://www.itv.com/news/tyne-tees/2016-07-27/mini-figure-of-roman-goddess-uncovered-at-arbeia/

Archaic finds from the Sanctuary of Apollo at Despotiko:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2016/07/22/archaeologists-at-despotikos-apollo-sanctuary-uncover-mysteries-of-archaic-era-greece/

Romano-British finds from Market Harborough:

http://www.harboroughmail.co.uk/news/mail-news/iron-age-and-roman-relics-found-in-market-harborough-1-7497101

Possible Roman burials from Burton Latimer:

http://www.northamptonchron.co.uk/news/video-ancient-skeletons-discovered-at-site-of-new-housing-development-in-burton-latimer-1-7493100

A mosaic uncovered by Mortimer Wheeler at St Alban’s is going on display:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-36922827
http://www.stalbansreview.co.uk/news/14644473.Roman_mosaic_to_be_uncovered_for_second_time_since_discovery/

Nice coverage of Duke’s digs in Italy this summer:

http://phys.org/news/2016-07-team-paths-major-archeological-summer.html
http://today.duke.edu/2016/07/italydiscoveries
http://scienceblog.com/486545/two-approaches-digging-discoveries-italy/

Interesting account of that reunification of statue body with statue head at the Getty:

http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/a-curators-keen-eye-reunites-statues-head-with-body/
https://us-mg6.mail.yahoo.com/neo/launch?.rand=67dsdo9gqjnln#9011150587

Overview of recent finds in Bulgaria:

http://sofiaglobe.com/2016/07/30/archaeological-finds-in-bulgaria-july-2016-highlights/

Interesting examination of a Roman burial from Naples:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2016/07/27/ancient-roman-man-tiptoed-through-life-from-a-hip-fracture/#4345d7095eda

A shortage of archaeological workers is complicating excavations in Cyzicus:

http://www.dailysabah.com/history/2016/07/27/shortage-of-workers-cripple-archaeological-excavation

… where they’re excavating Hadrian’s temple:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/archeologist-out-to-unearth-legendry-hadrian-temple.aspx?pageID=238&nid=102063

Renovations are under way at the Roman theatre at Iznik:

http://www.dailysabah.com/history/2016/07/25/ancient-theater-reclaims-original-identity

Apparently they won’t be excavating Chester’s amphitheatre:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-merseyside-36886970

The Yorkshire Museum is trying to raise funds to save a Roman hoard found at Wold Newton a few years ago:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-york-north-yorkshire-36883829
http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/dig-deep-to-keep-hoard-of-historic-treasure-in-yorkshire-1-8033050
http://www.culture24.org.uk/history-and-heritage/archaeology/art559195-yorkshire-museum-roman-coin-hoard-appeal

The Battle Krater from Grave Circle A has gone on display:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/17338-battle-krater-latest-unseen-exhibit-at-athens-national-archaeological-museum.html

Feature on the Piraeus lion:

http://www.historytoday.com/rhys-griffiths/grand-tour-piraeus-lion

Feature on the Celts of Britain:

http://www.kelownadailycourier.ca/opinion/article_bf765130-55dd-11e6-b8d5-8f4128cdd98b.html

Concerns for Pavlopetri:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/210812/article/ekathimerini/life/ancient-underwater-city-at-risk
http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/17431-ancient-underwater-city-of-pavlopetri-in-laconia-at-risk.html

What Jeanine Diddle Uzzi is up to:

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2016/07/29/former-professor-southern-maine-returns-provost-after-being-laid

Italy is planning to put broadband at all its World Heritage sites:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-36903603

The annual summer popular press disgust piece on garum:

http://www.vox.com/2016/7/26/12278742/roman-fish-sauce-garum-liquamen

Review of Riley, *The Edge of Empire*:

http://www.providencejournal.com/entertainmentlife/20160728/book-review-engaging-travel-guide-across-roman-empire

More on the Fourni shipwrecks:

http://neoskosmos.com/news/en/45-ancient-shipwrecks-discovered-off-Greek-islands

More on the Vatican’s digitization of an Aeneid manuscript:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/jul/28/vatican-library-digitises-1600-year-old-edition-of-virgil

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

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A Norwegian petroglyph was seriously vandalized:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3714763/Norwegian-rock-carving-skier-damaged-forver-teenager-scratched-make-clearer.html

More finds from 1066 (Battle of Fulford) from York:

http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/NEWS/14643062.More_1066_artefacts_found_in_York/

A 12th century brooch from an Irish beach:

http://www.irishcentral.com/news/American-student-finds-12th-century-Irish-brooch-on-a-Galway-Beach-PHOTOS.html

Plenty of interest of the find of a 340 years bp piece of cheese in a Swedish shipwreck:

http://www.thelocal.se/20160727/old-stinky-cheese-found-on-swedish-17th-century-ship
http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/36914162
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jul/27/divers-in-sweden-sniff-out-340-year-old-shipwrecked-cheese
http://abcnews.go.com/WNN/video/shipwreck-discovery-reveals-340-year-tin-cheese-40953834
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/gouda-find-divers-discover-340-year-old-dairy-product-in-shipwreck-180959939/
http://news.nationalpost.com/news/world/we-think-its-cheese-divers-discover-340-year-old-roquefort-in-swedish-shipwreck
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3714525/Now-S-ripe-cheese-Smelly-Roquefort-like-substance-pot-340-year-old-Swedish-shipwreck.html

Interesting study of some Baltic shipwrecks:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2016/07/27/ancient-ships-death-were-they-mission-politics-plunder/87586278/

Examination of Vordingborg Castle (Norway) is causing a bit of a rethink:

http://sciencenordic.com/new-discovery-rewrites-history-denmark%E2%80%99s-biggest-royal-castle

The Viking sunstone thing is back in the news (not sure if there’s anything new here):

http://phys.org/news/2016-07-experimentation-vikings-sunstone.html

Vikings were buried with board games:

http://www.scotsman.com/news/vikings-were-buried-with-board-games-on-orkney-1-4187676
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3711273/The-Viking-family-buried-favourite-board-games-Playing-pieces-Norse-boat-grave-thought-entertain-dead-afterlife.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

Latest from King’s Lynn:

http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/archaeologists_discover_more_about_the_lives_of_king_s_lynn_fisherfolk_1_4629760

They’ve dated Perthshire’s timber circle to 5000 years bp:

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/local-news/perthshires-ancient-timber-circle-older-8492343

A sword that was stored in a barn turns out to date from the Bronze Age:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-36878956

Some Bronze Age finds from Wales have been declared treasure:

http://www.culture24.org.uk/history-and-heritage/archaeology/art559137-three-axes-buried-field-monmouthshire-wales

… as has a pendant from a Shropshire field:

http://www.shropshirestar.com/news/2016/07/28/pendant-found-in-shropshire-field-is-declared-to-be-treasure/

A portrait of Elizabeth I was ‘saved’ through fundraising:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-36916720
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/07/28/elizabeth-i-armada-portrait-saved-for-the-nation/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-36922398

… and a painting of St Luke will also be staying:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-36892644

Feature on a prince burial (found in 1959) from Beckum:

http://www.medievalhistories.com/prince-beckum-ad-600-650/

Feature on medieval Trier:

http://www.medievalhistories.com/trier-medieval-town-crisis/

Bramall Hall has reopened after a ‘makeover’:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-36914724

Hidden Victorian waterworks on the outskirts of Glasgow:

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/14649742.Restoration_work_uncovers_secrets_of_Victorian_engineering/

Plans to dig at Congresbury Community Cross:

http://www.n-somerset.gov.uk/news/excavation-on-historic-congresbury-monument/

Plans to dig a ‘mysterious mound’ in Eastbourne:

http://www.eastbourneherald.co.uk/news/local/archaeologists-hope-to-uncover-secrets-of-eastbourne-s-mysterious-mound-1-7495516

Potential effects of Brexit on UK archaeology:

https://www.theguardian.com/news/2016/jul/30/big-issue-orkney-finds-archaeology

Pondering the origins of the Orkney vole:

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/jul/25/how-did-the-orkney-vole-arrive-from-mainland-europe

More hype for the Tintagel Castle dig:

http://www.itv.com/news/westcountry/2016-07-26/tintagel-castle-archaeologists-begin-vital-dig-to-find-out-about-historic-sites-past/

More on that 40 000 years bp rope-making tool:

http://phys.org/news/2016-07-rope-years.html
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/rope-making-tool-germany-04047.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3706824/Ice-Age-mystery-unravels-40-000-year-old-carved-mammoth-tusk-used-make-ROPE-not-musical-instrument.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/07/2016/40000-year-old-mammoth-ivory-rope-making-tool-from-hohle-fels-cave

More on water mills and the medieval salmon population:

http://www.medievalhistories.com/salmon-suffered-medieval-water-mills/

More on that piece of a human armbone found at the Ness of Brodgar:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-36854431

More on that Viking ‘power couple’ burial:

http://www.sciencealert.com/archaeologists-uncovered-one-of-the-biggest-viking-axes-ever

More on evidence for the first monastery at Lindisfarne:

http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/07/2016/evidence-found-for-first-monastery-on-lindisfarne

More on the Pompeii of the Fens (the first one focuses on a ball of yarn found there):

http://www.ecouterre.com/archaeologists-just-found-a-3000-year-old-ball-of-yarn/
http://www.livescience.com/55549-bronze-age-village-burned-by-warriors.html
http://www.livescience.com/55547-photos-must-farm-bronze-age-village.html
https://www.yahoo.com/news/prehistoric-village-likely-torched-bronze-age-warriors-135138014.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3710616/Was-Pompeii-Fens-destroyed-raid-Bronze-Age-settlement-newly-built-burned-down.html

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

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A pre-hispanic burial ground from CamSur town (Philippines):

http://lifestyle.inquirer.net/234062/pre-hispanic-burial-ground-unearthed-in-camsur-town

Concerns for the Great Wall of China:

http://www.cnn.com/2016/07/29/travel/china-great-wall-crack-down/index.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/peoplesdaily/article-3714175/The-Great-War-China-Country-vows-crack-damage-ancient-fortress-30-cent-wall-disappeared.html

Studying ancient earthquakes in the Himalayas:

http://phys.org/news/2016-07-ancient-temples-himalaya-reveal-earthquakes.html
http://www.livescience.com/55546-ancient-temples-reveal-india-earthquake-risk.html

The Forbidden City’s 600 years bp plumbing still works just fine:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2016/07/29/the-forbidden-citys-600-year-old-plumbing-keeps-it-dry-as-the-rest-of-china-floods/

Some interesting finds during repairs to Singapore’s Catholic Cathedral:

http://eglasie.mepasie.org/asie-du-sud-est/singapour/2016-07-18-les-tresors-enfouis-de-la-cathedrale-du-bon-pasteur-a-singapour

More on latrines and disease along the Silk Route:

http://www.scientificamerican.com/podcast/episode/silk-road-transported-goods-and-disease/
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/parasitic-worm-eggs-found-silk-road-latrine-artifacts
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-poop-sticks-offer-clues-spread-disease-along-silk-road-180959900/

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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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An Ice Age hunting camp from Utah:

http://westerndigs.org/ice-age-hunting-camp-replete-with-bird-bones-and-tobacco-found-in-utah-desert/

Pre-Clovis finds from Texas:

http://westerndigs.org/16000-year-old-tools-discovered-in-texas-among-the-oldest-yet-found-in-the-west/

Plenty of coverage of the discovery of the location of Fort San Marcos under a South Carolina golf course:

http://phys.org/news/2016-07-lost-spanish-fort-south-carolina.html
https://www.yahoo.com/news/remains-lost-spanish-fort-found-151507701.html
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/0727/How-archaeologists-uncovered-a-long-lost-Spanish-fort-without-lifting-a-shovel
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/jul/26/spanish-fort-found-san-marcos-south-carolina
http://savannahnow.com/news/2016-07-26/uga-archaeologist-helps-unearth-long-sought-after-spanish-fort-lowcountry
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/remains-of-lost-spanish-fort-found-on-south-carolina-coast/
https://www.rt.com/usa/353454-spanish-fort-south-carolina/
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/jul/26/remains-of-lost-spanish-fort-found-on-south-caroli/
http://www.theatlantic.com/news/archive/2016/07/san-marcos-spanish-fort/493091/

Remains of a wall from the Alamo:

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local/article/Adode-wall-found-at-Alamo-site-8408385.php
http://www.dallasnews.com/news/state/headlines/20160725-archaeologists-excited-to-discover-adobe-brick-wall-at-alamo.ece
http://foxsanantonio.com/news/local/archaeologists-make-exciting-discovery-at-the-alamo
http://www.wideopencountry.com/archaeologists-make-huge-historical-find-at-alamo-dig-site/
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3710137/Archaeologists-Texas-make-exciting-discovery-finding-ruins-adobe-brick-wall-dig-site-legendary-Alamo.html

A possible 19th century shipwreck off the coast of Nova Scotia:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/coast-guard-shipwreck-discovery-nova-scotia-1.3695456

Digging at Fort Vancouver:

http://www.columbian.com/news/2016/jul/28/digging-into-history-at-fort/

The dig at Fort George continues:

http://poststar.com/news/local/unlayering-the-earth-to-reveal-the-past/article_ea32735c-9721-5282-91ac-aa2322cabc9c.html

… as does the dig at Jamestown:

http://www.dailypress.com/features/dp-nws-jamestown-dig-update-20160731-story.html

Digging a site at Tors Cove (Newfoundland):

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/memorial-university-archeological-field-school-tors-cove-1.3691139

… while Sarah Parcak and crew are back looking for evidence of a Viking settlement in Newfoundland:

http://www.thewesternstar.com/News/Local/2016-07-25/article-4597710/Archeologist-returns-to-Codroy-Valley-to-hunt-for-evidence-of-Viking-presence/1

Digging a New Mexico Pueblo site:

http://www.lcsun-news.com/story/news/2016/07/30/nmsu-students-excavate-ancient-new-mexico-pueblo/87749290/?from=global&sessionKey=&autologin=

On Native American oyster fishing on Chesapeake Bay:

http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2016/07/28/487618421/oyster-archaeology-ancient-trash-holds-clues-to-sustainable-harvesting

Folks in Chaco Canyon appear to have had special reverence for folks with extra digits:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-ancestral-puebloans-honored-people-with-extra-digits-180959919/
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/07/chaco-canyon-pueblo-bonito-social-implications-polydactyly-extra-toes/

Concerns for coastal native sites in California’s Redwood Park:

http://www.npr.org/2016/07/26/486471614/as-storms-erode-californias-cliffs-buried-village-could-get-washed-away?sc=17&f=1001

It seems to be becoming an annual thing that wildfires in the Western US reveal archaeological sites:

http://www.wsj.com/video/wildfires-uncover-historic-treasures-for-archaeologists/31263190-90AC-48E1-9464-A44AD3327093.html

Revisiting the idea that ancient Polynesians might have made it to California:

http://m.sfgate.com/news/article/Did-ancient-Polynesians-visit-California-Maybe-2661327.php?cmpid=fb-desktop

Feature on Syracuse’s typewriter past:

http://www.syracuse.com/vintage/2016/07/typewriter_capital_of_the_worl.html

Feature on Pueblo ball courts in Arizona:

http://azdailysun.com/lifestyles/columnists/ask-a-ranger-the-ball-court-league/article_90f6cd43-ec1b-5008-a369-4466e5a5636d.html

On slave labour and the White House:

http://www.npr.org/2016/07/27/487667955/slave-labor-and-the-longer-history-of-the-white-house
http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/07/bill-oreilly-and-the-long-tradition-of-slavery-apology/493223/

On the role of coffee in assorted US conflicts:

http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2016/07/25/485227943/if-war-is-hell-then-coffee-has-offered-u-s-soldiers-some-salvation

More on efforts to preserve Bears Ears:

http://www.sierraclub.org/sierra/2016-4-july-august/green-life/fight-protect-bears-ears
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Important stelae (and other items) from a tomb at Xunantunich (Belize):

http://www.breakingbelizenews.com/2016/06/15/xunantunich-tells-archaeological-find/
http://www.sanpedrosun.com/arts-culture/2016/07/28/major-discovery-at-xunantunich-tells-an-unknown-story/
http://www.reporter.bz/general/largest-mayan-tomb-discovered-at-xunantunich/

Plenty of coverage for the discovery of a water tunnel beneath Pakal’s tomb at Palenque:

http://phys.org/news/2016-07-mexico-tunnels-pakal-tomb-palenque.html
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jul/25/palenque-mexico-pakal-underground-water-tunnel-system
http://www.reuters.com/video/2016/07/27/canal-found-under-mayan-temple-believed?videoId=369401456&feedType=VideoRSS&feedName=TopNews&videoChannel=1
http://www.euronews.com/2016/07/27/canal-discovered-beneath-mayan-temple-could-be-gateway-to-afterlife
http://globalnews.ca/news/2851415/possible-gateway-to-afterlife-found-under-mayan-temple/
http://www.stuff.co.nz/travel/news/82519636/Ancient-canals-found-under-Mayan-temple-in-Palenque-Mexico
http://www.dw.com/en/ancient-mayans-didnt-fly-to-space-they-flushed-themselves-down-a-canal-say-mexican-archaeologists/a-19427003
http://artdaily.com/news/89017/Mexican-archeologists-find-canal-under-Maya-pyramid–Gateway-to-afterlife-
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/the_americas/mexico-finds-water-tunnel-under-pakal-tomb-in-pal/2016/07/25/d48fdbde-52ce-11e6-b652-315ae5d4d4dd_story.html
http://cultura.elpais.com/cultura/2016/07/26/actualidad/1469490503_973577.html

… including what is possibly the worst-edited piece from the Daily Mail I’ve ever seen:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3707409/Mexico-finds-water-tunnels-Pakal-tomb-Palenque.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

Is there a hidden ‘treasure chamber’ beneath Machu Picchu?:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/jimdobson/2016/07/26/will-a-hidden-treasure-chamber-discovered-under-machu-picchu-finally-be-revealed/

Studying mummy hair from pre-hispanic Chile:

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/mummy-hair-points-to-a-low-stress-life-in-ancient-south-america/

Studying dental remains from Oaxaca’s Rio Verde Valley:

http://phys.org/news/2016-07-bioarchaeologist-dental-explore-ancient-people.html

Latest (such as it is) on the elongated skulls from Paracas:

http://www.peruthisweek.com/news-paracas-elongated-skulls-changing-history-110054

Feature on Maya society:

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/laying-bare-the-bones-of-ancient-maya-society/
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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 copy of David on display in Russia is causing concern:

http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-36913915

… while Renaissance nudity is still shocking, apparently:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/jonathanjonesblog/2016/jul/25/renaissance-art-nudity-cover-up-sistine-chapel-leonardo-censorship

… related in an illuminated manuscript:

http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/fitzwilliam-museum-experts-get-to-the-bottom-of-a-historical-cover-up/story-29548781-detail/story.html

Pondering the voices Joan of Arc heard:

http://www.livescience.com/55597-joan-of-arc-voices-epilepsy.html

Some neglected women of history:

http://www.livescience.com/55485-amazing-women-history-forgot.html

On the history of arsenic:

http://www.livescience.com/29522-arsenic.html

Hidden adult themes in Beatrix Potter:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20160728-the-hidden-adult-themes-in-beatrix-potter

Feature on sites we’ve lost over the past century or so:

http://www.livescience.com/55560-historical-treasures-recently-lost.html

Study tying the rise of tuberculosis to fire use:

http://phys.org/news/2016-07-early-emergence-tuberculosis.html
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-07-26/did-early-campfires-trigger-the-emergence-of-tuberculosis/7658818

Feature on Edwardian postcard use:

http://phys.org/news/2016-07-postcards-link-edwardian-social-media.html
http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/fass/projects/EVIIpc/

A ‘lost’ Charles le Brun painting has been restored:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-36882097

On ‘technopanics’ in history:

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20160701-historys-greatest-technopanics

A database of whalers:

http://phys.org/news/2016-07-ancestor-whales-museum-database-clues.html

Tracking population heights over the past century or so:

http://www.dw.com/en/study-finds-dutch-men-are-the-worlds-tallest/a-19428519
http://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2016/07/27/487391773/americans-are-shrinking-while-chinese-and-koreans-sprout-up

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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James Brindley:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-36912826

BP is cutting its sponsorship with the British Museum (a bit):

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-36916283

DaVinci’s designs:

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20160727-leon

Midas:

http://6abc.com/entertainment/penn-museum-king-midas—6abc-loves-the-arts/1447056/

Illuminated Manuscripts:

http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2016/jul/28/colour-the-art-and-science-of-illuminated-manuscripts-review-a-rainbow-of-agony-and-ecstasy?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2016/jul/28/colour-the-art-and-science-of-illuminated-manuscripts-in-pictures?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other
http://www.newsweek.com/adam-and-eve-naked-once-again-new-exhibition-483717

Seaton Down Hoard:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-devon-36875938

The curator of China’s largest private museum has gone missing:

http://www.china.org.cn/china/2016-07/29/content_38982895.htm

Allegations of ‘inside jobs’ thefts at museums in Cyprus:

http://cyprus-mail.com/2016/07/26/phedonos-lashes-antiquities-head-refuses-retract-allegations-artefact-thefts/
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THE TECHY SIDE
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Latest facial recreation is of the Bronze Age ‘Ava’:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-36923891
http://www.thedailystar.net/science/facial-reconstruction-made-bronze-age-woman-ava-1261756
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3715379/The-face-Ava-revealed-Scientists-reconstruct-head-Bronze-Age-woman-died-far-north-Scotland-3-700-years-ago.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

Feature on recent sites found from aerial photographs in the UK:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-36912891
https://www.newscientist.com/article/2099195-aerial-pictures-reveal-englands-ancient-archaeological-sites/
http://www.chichester.co.uk/news/local/remarkable-photo-of-ancient-cemetery-is-revealed-1-7499333

More on trying to digitally preserve a Mumbai cave:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-are-trying-digitally-preserve-ancient-cave-it-demolished-180959876/

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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DNA suggests Yorkshire is the most Anglo Saxon part of the UK:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/jul/28/yorkshire-is-most-anglo-saxon-region-in-the-uk-dna-analysis-suggests
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/07/28/how-british-are-you-mapped-dna-testing-shows-the-most-anglo-saxo/
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3711040/How-British-Genetic-study-reveals-Yorkshire-Anglo-Saxon-UK-East-Midlands-Scandinavian.html

DNA also suggests a variety of rice types were grown in Asia:

http://phys.org/news/2016-07-grain-rice-ancient-dna-view.html
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/0727/Scientists-probe-ancient-grains-of-rice-and-are-surprised-by-what-they-find

More on the genetic origins of the first farmers:

http://phys.org/news/2016-07-dna-analyses-reveal-genetic-identities.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/07/160725133733.htm
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-07/hms-dar072516.php
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/07/2016/ancient-dna-study-probes-origin-of-first-farmers
Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Viking school in Denmark:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/learn-be-viking-ribe-denmark-180959707/?no-ist

Turkey:

http://www.pennlive.com/life/2016/07/visiting_turkey.html
http://www.travelweekly.com/Europe-Travel/Beyond-Istanbul-antiquity

Olympia (Greece):

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/24/travel/greece-olympics-delphi-olympia.html

Hadrian’s Wall:

http://www.listener.co.nz/lifestyle/travel/hadrians-wall-united-kingdom/
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CRIME BEAT
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Strange/interesting art heist from a hotel in Madrid:

http://www.laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=2417648&CategoryId=13003

Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime news:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2016/07/culture-crime-news-18-24-july-2016.html
conflict antiquities:

http://conflictantiquities.wordpress.com/

anonymous swiss collector:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/

Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues:

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

Looting Matters:

http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/

Illicit Cultural Property:

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

SAFE:

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

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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on turtles and tortoises on ancient coins:

http://www.coinweek.com/featured-news/turtles-tortoises-ancient-coins/

High expectations for a rare British penny coin set coming to auction:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3710931/See-penny-pick-day-long-ll-115-000-Incredibly-rare-1933-British-penny-coin-set-fetch-world-record-Texas-auction.html

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v19n30.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v19n31.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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Shakeshafte:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-36897552

Benighted:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-36922793

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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/2458-audio-news-from-archaeologica-17-july-2016-23-july-2016

The July edition of Strata: Portraits of Humanity:

http://www.archaeologychannel.org/video-guide/strata-portraits-of-humanity/2444-strata-july-2016
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OBITUARIES
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Ursula Franklin:

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/canadian-scientist-educator-ursula-franklin-remembered-as-global-pioneer/article31112167/?cmpid=rss1

PV Parabrahma Sastry

http://www.telugumirchi.com/en/other-news/eminent-archaeologist-and-historian-passes-away.html

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CONFERENCES
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Maya at the Playa (September 29-October 2):

http://www.mayaattheplaya.com/registration

Dumbarton Oaks Annual Symposium (October 7-8):

http://www.doaks.org/research/pre-columbian/scholarly-activities/sacred-matter-animism-and-authority-in-the-pre-columbian-americas

6th Rye Medieval Academic Conference (October 22):

https://sussexpast.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Rye-conf-poster.pdf
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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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