Explorator 21.34 ~ December 16, 2018

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

… please note that next week’s edition might be late (or postponed)
due to travel commitments.

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Little Foot walked upright (didn’t we know that already?):

https://phys.org/news/2018-12-south-african-skeleton-humans-upright.html

Studying the diet of some early hominins:

https://phys.org/news/2018-12-tooth-enamel-analysis-early-hominin.html

A 50 000 years bp hematite ‘pencil’ from Denisova Cave:

https://siberiantimes.com/science/casestudy/news/ancient-coloured-pencil-up-to-50000-years-old-found-in-siberia/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7239-181212-denisova-cave-pencil

Neanderthal DNA is apparently still affecting our skull/brain shape:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/13/science/neanderthals-humans-brains-skulls.html
https://www.livescience.com/64296-neanderthal-dna-human-skull-shape.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/12/181213142153.htm
https://www.cnn.com/2018/12/13/health/neanderthal-skull-genes-scli-intl/index.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/neanderthal-genes-influence-contemporary-humans-skull-shape-brain-size-180971043/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7246-181214-neanderthal-skull-shape

More on Little Foot being a new species:

https://phys.org/news/2018-12-foot-species-early-human.html
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/12/identity-little-foot-fossil-stirs-controversy
https://www.livescience.com/64275-little-foot-hominin-excavated.html

More on that 50 000 years bp mammoth ivory ‘tirara’ from Denisova Cave:

https://www.livescience.com/64297-ancient-woolly-mammoth-tiara-denisova-cave.html
https://www.zmescience.com/science/anthropology/denisovan-tiara-ivory-10122018/

More on cave paintings of hands with missing fingers:

https://elpais.com/elpais/2018/12/07/ciencia/1544181593_631089.html
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AFRICA
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Debunking the ‘nearly naked’ image of the San people:

https://phys.org/news/2018-12-archaeologist-debunks-myth-naked-bushmen.html
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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A 4400 years bp tomb of a high priest from Saqqara:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/320140/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Exceptionally-wellpreserved-tomb-of-Fifth-Dynasty-.aspx
http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/61978/Well-preserved-Royal-priest-tomb-uncovered-in-Saqqara
https://egyptianstreets.com/2018/12/15/egypt-unveils-one-of-a-kind-ancient-tomb-in-saqqara/
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/12/15/egypt-unearths-tomb-ancient-high-priest/
https://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2018/dec/16/egypt-4400-year-old-tomb-of-high-priest-discovered-video-report
https://www.timesofisrael.com/exceptionally-preserved-4400-year-old-tomb-uncovered-in-egypt/
https://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/egypt/one-of-a-kind-4-400-year-old-tomb-discovered-in-egypt-1.6745894
https://www.livescience.com/64317-saqqara-tomb-hidden-shafts-discovered.html
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-46580264
https://www.france24.com/en/20181215-egypt-unearths-tomb-ancient-high-priest
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-egypt-archaeology/egypt-unveils-one-of-a-kind-ancient-tomb-expects-more-finds-idUSKBN1OE0HD
https://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/egypt-shows-off-stunning-newly-discovered-4000yearold-tomb-in-saqqara/news-story/0c6851f69fd80300af83e6f60cac7794
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-12/16/c_137677088.htm
https://www.euronews.com/2018/12/15/egypt-discovers-untouched-tomb-in-the-ancient-necropolis-of-saqqara
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/egypt-unveils-one-kind-ancient-tomb-expects-more-finds-n948371
https://www.latimes.com/world/la-fg-egypt-tomb-20181215-story.html
https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/egypt-saqqara-tomb/index.html
https://www.itv.com/news/2018-12-15/4-400-year-old-priests-tomb-uncovered-in-egypt/
https://www.dw.com/en/egypt-unearths-tomb-of-fifth-dynasty-priest-wahtye-in-saqqara/a-46758751
https://www.npr.org/2018/12/15/677068697/after-more-than-4-000-years-vibrant-egyptian-tomb-sees-the-light-of-day
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/culture/2018/12/relief-statues-discovered-priest-royal-purification-tomb-saqqara-pyramid-egypt/

An 18th dynasty tomb from Aswan:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/320034/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Swedish-mission-discovers-th-Dynasty-tomb-in-Upper.aspx
http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/61882/Pics-Cemetery-dating-back-to-18th-Dynasty-unearthed
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-12/13/c_137671964.htm
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7242-181213-kom-ombo-tomb

Some conservation work at a pair of cemeteries in Saqqara:

https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/12/12/two-cemeteries-renovated-in-saqqara/

… while restoration works in Madi village have commenced:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/61839/1st-stage-of-restoration-works-in-Madi-village-begins

Overview of finds made in in Egypt in 2018:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/15/61766/2018-The-Year-of-Archaeological-Discoveries

… in a similar spirit:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/320040/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Archaeology-Magazine-lists-Saqqara-mummy-workshop-.aspx

They’re still ‘looking into’ the inappropriate behaviour at the pyramids making the rounds of social media:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/319788/Egypt/Politics-/Prosecution-investigating-authenticity-of-video-of.aspx
https://ww.egyptindependent.com/minister-of-antiquities-asks-prosecution-to-verify-pornographic-pyramids-photo/
https://www.upi.com/Egypt-investigates-authenticity-of-nude-pyramid-video/5161544465121/

… apparently there are doubts it happened (!):

https://www.dw.com/en/egypt-casts-doubt-on-video-of-naked-danish-couple-on-pyramid/a-46669617

Meanwhile an Egyptian company will be managing the Pyramids and environs:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/1/61854/An-Egyptian-Company-to-manage-the-Pyramids-area-SCA
http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/320096/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Egypts-antiquities-council-signs-contract-with-Ora.aspx

… and a committee has been formed to manage World Heritage sites in Egypt:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/1/61957/Sisi-forms-supreme-committee-to-manage-World-Heritage-Sites-in

Feature on female pharaohs and their power (really a book reviewish sort of thing):

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/culture/2018/12/queens-egypt-pharaohs-nefertiti-cleopatra-book-talk/

That Egyptian mummification workshop made Archaeology Magazine’s top ten list:

https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/12/16/archaeology-magazine-lists-egypts-unearthed-mummification-workshop-among-top-10-discoveries-in-2018/

Remains of a Roman-era pool from Tzipori with possible Talmudic connections:

https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Discovered-Roman-era-pool-could-be-the-krona-of-Tzipori-from-Talmud-574064
https://www.timesofisrael.com/at-zippori-pool-where-judah-hanasi-may-have-bathed-a-rare-tiny-pagan-bull-found/

Nicely timed for Hannukah, the IAA announced the find of a 1500 years bp lamp wick found decades ago in Shivta:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/tiny-1500-year-old-flax-lamp-wick-illuminates-ancient-jewish-law/
https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Small-oil-lamp-wick-from-1500-years-ago-found-in-ancient-desert-town-573962
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/one-of-oldest-wicks-in-the-world-uncovered/2018/12/10/
https://www.theyeshivaworld.com/news/israel-news/1640320/photos-new-research-uncovers-a-rare-1500-year-old-wick-one-of-the-oldest-in-the-world.html
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-12/10/c_137664094.htm
https://mosaicmagazine.com/picks/2018/12/archaeologists-find-a-rare-flax-wick-from-ancient-israel/

Feature on Qumran:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2018/012/Qumran-Mediterranean-Context

6500 years bp finds from a Chalcolithic cave in the Negev have gone on display:

https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Pekiin-exhibit-to-display-treasure-from-historic-Chalcolithic-burial-cave-574090
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/media/archaeological-exhibition/2018/12/11/

cf: https://www.aftau.org/news-page-archaeology?=&storyid4677=2407&ncs4677=3&erid=7462278

A response (sort of) to Ark of the Covenant claims in the news last week:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-israeli-excavation-reveals-new-findings-about-the-ark-of-the-covenant-1.6727179

The Mirabel Crusader fortress is reopening after decades of renovation:

https://aleteia.org/2018/12/13/israel-set-to-reopen-crusader-fortress-after-30-years-of-renovation/
https://www.timesofisrael.com/after-30-years-conservation-crusader-fortress-in-central-israel-opens-to-public/

Fature on the Mar Behnam monastery (Iraq):

https://fr.aleteia.org/2018/12/09/en-irak-la-renaissance-du-sanctuaire-partage-de-mar-behnam/

Vague item on finds being made at a dig at Umm Al Quwain:

http://gulftoday.ae/portal/8f5b407a-41e7-4f7f-85f3-e0bca8769f73.aspx

I think we mentioned this 4500 years bp border dispute:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pillar-first-evidence-neighbors-behaving-badly-180970969/

More on Aren Maeir’s MOOC (which is now up and running):

https://www.timesofisrael.com/students-from-pakistan-uae-oman-join-israeli-online-biblical-archaeology-class/

More on that 4000 bp board game from Azerbaijan:

https://qz.com/1489876/one-of-the-worlds-oldest-board-games-was-played-in-azerbaijan-4000-years-ago/
https://www.livescience.com/64267-ancient-board-game-nomads-discovered.html
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-12-14/4000-year-old-board-game-bronze-age-hounds-and-jackals/10622674
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7235-181210-azerbaijan-game-pits

More (skepticism) on that Bronze Age vanilla find in Israel:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/was-vanilla-was-first-used-2500-years-earlier-and-half-world-where-we-thought-180970862/

More on that Neolithic stone mask:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/ancient-cultures/daily-life-and-practice/neolithic-stone-mask/

Revisiting the social media coverage of ISIL’s destruction of Palmyra:

https://phys.org/news/2018-12-islamic-state-destruction-ancient-palmyra.html
http://theconversation.com/how-islamic-states-destruction-of-ancient-palmyra-played-out-on-arabic-language-twitter-new-study-107257

… While looting continues in Syria:

https://sana.sy/en/?p=153156

… and Syria accuses the US (and others) of taking part in it:

http://www.china.org.cn/world/Off_the_Wire/2018-12/10/content_74256503.htm
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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Among the articles on finds by metal detectorists in the UK this year, the ‘big one’ appears to be the find of a 2000 years bp figure of Minerva a decade ago and stored in a margarine tub:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/dec/11/forgotten-statue-kept-in-a-margarine-tub-is-2000-year-old-treasure
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/roman-minerva-statue-in-margarine-tub-among-discovered-treasures-37615434.html
https://edition.cnn.com/style/article/roman-statue-margarine-tub-gbr-scli-intl/index.html
https://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/17300411.roman-goddess-statue-found-in-field-then-rescued-from-margarine-tub/
https://www.ft.com/content/65038e64-fd49-11e8-aebf-99e208d3e521
https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2018/12/12/roman-statue-found-in-margarine-tub-on-english-farm
https://www.theweek.co.uk/98457/statue-from-ancient-rome-discovered-in-margarine-tub
https://pickle.nine.com.au/2018/12/13/11/09/ancient-roman-statue-found-in-margarine-tub
https://qz.com/1492171/a-metal-detector-in-the-uk-found-a-2000-year-old-roman-statuette/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/goddess-margarine-tub-just-one-treasure-found-british-public-180971026/

A nice Roman lamp found by a mudlarker by the Thames:

https://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/i-almost-threw-roman-treasure-back-into-the-thames-says-mudlark-a4014166.html

What they’ve learned from the Mazotos shipwreck (2400 years bp) excavation so far:

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2018/12/13/world/2400-year-old-cyprus-shipwreck-reveals-ancient-boat-building-methods/#.XBZlphNKhfI
https://www.outlookindia.com/newsscroll/cyprus-shipwreck-reveals-ancient-boatbuilding-methods/1438928

Pondering the symbolism of the Parthenon:

https://theconversation.com/blowing-up-the-parthenon-the-power-of-a-symbol-100826

Analyzing some recent finds at Pompeii (paywalled … sorry):

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/pompeii-art-offers-insight-into-romans-links-to-egypt-krcsbmp68

That clay tablet with some Homeric verses on it from Olympia and that Black Sea shipwreck made Archaeology Magazine’s ‘top ten finds’ list for 2018:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2018/12/12/clay-tablet-with-homers-verses-and-ancient-shipwreck-among-top-10-discoveries-of-2018/
http://www.ekathimerini.com/235598/article/ekathimerini/news/clay-plaque-found-at-olympia-among-top-10-discoveries-of-2018
https://greekcitytimes.com/2018/12/12/ancient-greek-tablet-with-homeric-verses-listed-in-top-10-discoveries-of-2018/
https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/33730-clay-tablet-with-homer%E2%80%99s-verses-among-top-10-discoveries-of-2018.html

On Aquaman’s Classical connections:

http://theconversation.com/how-cinemas-new-aquaman-draws-on-the-mythology-of-ancient-sea-gods-105856

The Owl’s Legacy looks interesting:

https://www.economist.com/prospero/2018/12/13/the-owls-legacy-delectations-from-an-ancient-greek-palate

Feature on Ptolemaic coinage:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/coinweek-ancient-coin-series-the-ptolemies-part-iii/

Using wargames for teaching the Conquest of Gaul:

https://www.bowdoin.edu/news/2018/12/taking-on-the-romans-history-through-wargaming.html

Honours for David Wardle:

https://www.news.uct.ac.za/article/-2018-12-13-uct-book-award-for-classics-scholar

What David Quint is up to:

https://news.yale.edu/2018/12/07/yale-renaissance-scholar-takes-ancient-literary-works-21st-century

Reviews and interviews of/with Emily Wilson’s *Odyssey* translation:

https://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2018/12/emily-wilson-the-odyssey-best-book-of-2018.html
http://www.witf.org/book-club/2018/12/january-pick-of-the-month-homers-the-odyssey-translated-by-emily-wilson.php
http://www.the-college-reporter.com/2018/12/09/emily-wilson-talks-on-her-new-translation-of-the-odyssey-at-common-hour/

… and some coverage of the marathon reading in Melbourne:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/125251/homer-and-the-classics-come-to-melbourne/

Review of A.M Juster, *The Elegies of Maximianus*:

https://www.weeklystandard.com/john-talbot/a-m-justers-translation-of-maximianus-the-last-roman-poet

Review of Donna Zuckerberg, *Not All Dead White Men*:

https://eandt.theiet.org/content/articles/2018/12/book-review-not-all-dead-white-men-by-donna-zuckerberg/

More on that Apollo of Gaza movie:

https://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/palestinians/.premium-the-mysterious-fate-of-an-ancient-apollo-statue-pulled-from-gaza-s-sea-1.6743117
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http://bmcr.brynmawr.edu/recent.html

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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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8300 years bp snake head sculptures from the Ukraine:

https://www.livescience.com/64284-stone-age-snake-sculptures.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7241-181212-mesolithic-snake-heads

Cattle may have been used to pull heavy loads as early as 6000 BCE, according to finds from the Balkans:

https://uk.news.yahoo.com/stonehenge-built-cow-power-study-180000511.html?guccounter=1
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7238-181212-neolithic-cattle-traction

A very interesting Bronze Age gold bulla from Shropshire (metal detectorist):

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-shropshire-46522106
https://www.shropshirelive.com/news/2018/12/11/bronze-age-gold-bulla-discovered-in-shropshire/

Treasure status for an Anglo Saxon sword handle (pieces) and some 16th century vervels from Norfolk:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-norfolk-46530629

… and a medieval brooch from Shropshire:

https://www.shropshirestar.com/news/local-hubs/south-shropshire/2018/12/12/medieval-brooch-found-in-shropshire-hills-is-declared-treasure/

A 600 years bp gold ring from the Isle of Man (metal detectorist):

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-isle-of-man-46573324

Plenty of interesting finds from a 2000 years bp ‘Germanic’ cemetery in Poland:

http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news%2C32053%2Clubuskie-archaeologists-discovered-nearly-2000-years-old-germanic-cemetery.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7236-181211

A major medieval arsenal find in Spain (over the years?):

https://elpais.com/cultura/2018/12/04/actualidad/1543935930_944804.html

Feature on Mary, Queen of Scots:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2018/12/15/mary-queen-scots-real-life-queen-elizabeths-rival-prisoner/

Interesting study of Viking cats:

https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/12/viking-cat-skeletons-reveal-surprising-growth-size-felines-over-time

Concerns for coastal Orkney sites:

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p06t4zfk/how-orkney-s-history-is-slowly-eroding-into-the-sea

Plans to reconstruct the spire of the Saint-Denis basilica:

https://fr.aleteia.org/2018/12/13/basilique-saint-denis-decouvrez-en-video-le-chantier-du-remontage-de-la-fleche/

A record year for ‘treasure’ finds apparently (I wish they’d stop using that word):

http://www.londonlive.co.uk/news/2018-12-11/a-record-year-for-finding-treasures
https://www.antiquestradegazette.com/news/2018/metal-detecting-trend-boosts-treasure-discoveries-as-numbers-hit-a-record-for-second-year-running/
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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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A possible 7th century Buddhist temple site in Shiga (with Nara links?):

http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201812130010.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7244-181213-japan-roof-tiles

Excavations have started at Talakad:

https://starofmysore.com/excavation-begins-at-talakad-ancient-site/

“Prehistoric culture features” from a military base construction site on Guam:

https://www.postguam.com/news/local/prehistoric-cultural-features-at-military-construction-site/article_6b35f9c6-fc58-11e8-ac05-0b2ae1f8e7c1.html
https://www.saipantribune.com/index.php/prehistoric-cultural-features-found-at-guam-site/

Studying diet in Sri Lanka in various periods:

https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/12/ancient-grape-seeds-may-link-sri-lankan-trading-port-roman-world
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7240-181212-sri-lanka-mantai

Skeletal remains of Aboriginal children suggest poor health post-European contact:

http://theconversation.com/poor-health-in-aboriginal-children-after-european-colonisation-revealed-in-their-skeletal-remains-106616

Pondering Aboriginal World Heritage sites:

https://theconversation.com/australias-problem-with-aboriginal-world-heritage-82912

Interesting story behind some Aboriginal songs:

https://theconversation.com/recovered-aboriginal-songs-offer-clues-to-19th-century-mystery-of-the-shipwrecked-white-woman-108070

A 19th century shipwreck has been extracted intact from a New Zealand beach:

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12177142
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7248-181214-new-zealand-shipwreck

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Southeast Asian Archaeology Newsblog:

http://www.southeastasianarchaeology.com/

New Zealand Archaeology eNews:

https://us14.campaign-archive.com/home/?u=ddab09cab5362c9613318bd92&id=b917a20ae5
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NORTH AMERICA
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Evidence of a 1000 years bp plant virus in Puebloan corn:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/12/181213112111.htm

The remains of the Bonhomme Richard have apparently been found:

https://www.usatoday.com/videos/news/world/2018/12/11/-remains-famous-american-warship-have-been-found/38717569/

Plans to preserve the site of the Battle of Cooch’s Bridge (Delaware):

https://whyy.org/articles/site-of-delawares-only-revolutionary-war-battle-to-be-preserved/
http://www.doverpost.com/news/20181210/state-buying-coochs-bridge-revolutionary-battle-site
https://www.delawarepublic.org/post/delaware-preserve-revoluntionary-war-battle-site

Feature on the Majorville Medicine Wheel:

https://leaderpost.com/uncategorized/penner-canadas-stonehenge-older-than-many-great-spirit-sites-of-the-world/wcm/d9e87657-afaf-42fc-b53a-6b424ed3396d

Someone wrote a book on Albany street names:

https://www.timesunion.com/local/article/Grondahl-New-book-details-history-of-Albany-s-13457441.php
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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1700 years bp Moche and Lambayeque burials ‘with feet removed’ from El Chorro:

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/7952665/chilling-2000-year-old-cemetery-where-the-dead-had-their-feet-chopped-off-to-turn-them-into-necklaces-is-discovered-in-peru/
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-6483025/Sixteen-1-700-year-old-skeletons-discovered-Peru-feet-MISSING.html
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/the-downright-bizarre-reason-these-peruvian-skeletons-are-missing-their-feet/

Chavin culture ceramacists apparently used chameleon urine as a paint binder:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/culture/2018/12/ancient-paracas-pots-reptile-urine-chavin-connections/
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-6487473/Painting-urine-Ancient-Peruvian-culture-used-chameleon-waste-create-white-paint.html

Feature on the underground tombs and monoliths in Tierradentro (Colombia):

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20181209-south-americas-other-easter-island

Searching soils samples for evidence of alpaca domestication in Peru:

https://www.livescience.com/64273-poop-reveals-alpaca-domestication.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7237-181211-peru-alpaca-domestication

Petroglyphs in the Andes may be connected to llama caravans:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/thousand-year-old-rock-art-likely-served-gathering-point-llama-caravans-crossing-andes-180970982/

Learning from 3d printed reconstructions of Tiwanaku:

https://phys.org/news/2018-12-d-printed-reconstructions-clues-ancient-site.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-12/bc-3rp121018.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/12/181212200743.htm
—–
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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Apparently the marker for the ‘Anthropocene’ will be the chicken:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-12/uol-ctb121218.php
https://www.livescience.com/64280-chickens-taking-over-world.html
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2018/12/11/anthropocene-chickens-golden-spike/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7243-181213-anthropocene-chicken-bones

Feature on the ‘Slave Bible’:

https://www.npr.org/2018/12/09/674995075/slave-bible-from-the-1800s-omitted-key-passages-that-could-incite-rebellion

Feature on assorted ancient board/dice games:

https://www.livescience.com/64266-ancient-board-games.html

Reviving Victorian stereoscopic photos:

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20181213-rock-star-brian-may-revives-victorian-virtual-reality

Barry Cunliffe on the origins of trade:

https://www.einnews.com/pr_news/470728622/archeologist-sir-barry-cunliffe-on-the-origins-of-trade

On some medieval occupations that don’t exist any more:

http://www.medievalists.net/2018/12/10-medieval-jobs-that-no-longer-exist/

On the changing portrayal of Santa Claus:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/3RkR6RdkzQy4Xgyhh7Dkxdz/merry-makeovers-santa-claus-changing-style-through-the-years

Studying painting-eating microbes:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/12/whats-eating-this-400-year-old-painting-a-whole-ecosystem-of-microbes/

Feature on trepanation:

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

On ‘climacteric’ fruits (and other things):

https://www.csmonitor.com/The-Culture/In-a-Word/2018/1213/A-Renaissance-fruit-has-its-climacteric-moment
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Ancient Currencies:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/61655/Egyptian-Museum-in-Tahrir-to-display-ancient-currencies
https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/12/11/egyptian-museum-to-showcase-rare-coins-collection/

Ashurbanipal:

https://middle-east-online.com/en/british-museum-brings-ancient-assyrian-empire-life
https://thearabweekly.com/british-museum-brings-ancient-assyrian-empire-life

Hoxne Hoard:

https://www.dissmercury.co.uk/news/hoxne-hoard-treasures-on-display-in-australia-1-5818407

Ancient Teheran:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/430688/Exhibit-displaying-Tehran-archaeological-discoveries

George Washington:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2018/12/13/earliest-known-painting-george-washington-comes-home-mount-vernon/

A controversial (it appears) Leonardo exhibition:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2018/12/11/actualidad/1544514101_533609.html

The Grand Egyptian Museum will be open by 2020, apparently:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/319782/Egypt/Politics-/Grand-Egyptian-Museum-to-open-by-,-says-antiquitie.aspx

Feature on the UCL Pathology Museum:

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p06pngfl/the-medical-museum-of-the-dead

Again we hear of plans for an underwater museum in Lake Titicaca:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-46374651

The mammoth of Tultepec has a museum:

https://elpais.com/internacional/2018/12/06/la_serpiente_emplumada/1544123399_859509.html

How the Forbidden City became the Palace Museum:

https://beta.scmp.com/infographics/china/society/article/2177470/how-forbidden-city-became-palace-museum-after-chinas-qing

Followup to the Brazil Museum fire:

https://www.cnet.com/news/google-brings-fossils-and-artifacts-back-to-life-after-fire-destroys-brazilian-museum/#ftag=CAD590a51e

More on Senegal’s Museum of Black Civilizations:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sprawling-museum-black-civilizations-opens-senegal-180970976/

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THE TECHY SIDE
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A study of a pair of Chinese stalagmites might help improve C14 dating:

https://phys.org/news/2018-12-stalagmites-chinese-cave-accuracy-carbon-.html

Machine translation hopes for cuneiform documents:

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20181207-how-ai-could-help-us-with-ancient-languages-like-sumerian

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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9500 years bp human DNA extracted from some ancient ‘chewing gum’:

https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/12/8000-year-old-gum-holds-surprises-about-ancient-toolmakers
https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/why-study-ancient-gum
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7233-181210-hunter-gatherer-resin

Tracking the genetics of lighter skin pigmentation:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-12/uoc–rge121018.php

… and red hair:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-46522679

Studying population changes in Neolithic Norway:

http://sciencenordic.com/first-stone-age-farmers-norway-gave-after-short-period-time
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7245-181214-norway-late-neolithic

Rethinking corn domestication via genetic (and archaeological) evidence:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-12/s-soc120618.php
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/?p=30097

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

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

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/ancient-egypt-things-to-see/index.html

Salzburg and Silent Night:

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/silent-night-salzburg/index.html

Corvey:

https://www.dw.com/en/corvey-monastery-castle-world-heritage/g-17726659

German Castles:

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/germany-best-castles/index.html

Oweynagat cave:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20181213-in-ireland-a-taste-of-the-underworld

Petra:

https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/33718-the-impressive-greek-inspired-architecture-of-the-ancient-city-of-petra-in-jordan.html

Brighton:

https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/public/brighton-shock/

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CRIME BEAT
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A possible ‘major theft’ from the Egyptian Museum:

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20181210-antiquities-minister-reveals-major-theft-at-egyptian-museum/

Arrests/charges in theft from a shipwreck site in Michigan:

https://nbc25news.com/news/local/shipwreck-artifacts-returned-after-being-stolen-by-divers

An attempted theft of a brick from the Colosseum (again):

https://www.thelocal.it/20181211/tourist-caught-trying-to-steal-a-brick-from-romes-colosseum
https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/tourist-removed-brick-from-colosseum-as-souvenir.html
https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/world-news/33733-tourist-from-india-tries-to-steal-brick-from-rome%E2%80%99s-colosseum-and-escapes.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 US returned some bells looted from the Philippines some 117 years ago:

https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-46581573/us-returns-looted-bells-to-philippines-after-117-years

The UPenn library will be returning a couple of 9th century documents to Italy:

http://www.philly.com/arts/penn-schoenberg-theft-middle-ages-20181210.html

… while Princeton claims some manuscripts it has were not looted:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/14/arts/design/princeton-eastern-orthodox-church.html

A bronze from the Summer Palace was returned to China from the UK:

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/2177647/ancient-bronze-vessel-looted-old-summer-palace-1860-returned
https://beta.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/2177647/ancient-bronze-vessel-looted-old-summer-palace-1860-returned
https://www.antiquestradegazette.com/news/2018/rare-summer-palace-bronze-found-in-british-seaside-bungalow-returns-to-china/
http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1131519.shtml

Easter Island’s mayor seems to have a differing opinion on the return of the Moai:

https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-chile-heritage-statue/easter-island-mayor-concedes-moai-statue-might-be-better-left-in-british-museum-idUKKBN1O92IG
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/easter-island-doesn-t-want-its-statue-back-8hvwslqfp
https://www.fijitimes.com/easter-island-mayor-concedes-moai-statue-might-be-better-left-in-british-museum/

OpEds on the Getty Bronze situation:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/10/opinion/justice-department-italy-bronze-antiquities.html?action=click&module=Opinion&pgtype=Homepage
http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/talking-about-the-getty-bronze/

… and ‘colonial plunder’:

https://www.middleeasteye.net/columns/museums-should-be-accountable-promoting-colonial-legacy-1667924530
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/dec/15/yes-im-a-trustee-of-english-heritage-and-i-want-the-benin-bronzes-returned

More on the return of the ‘Gypsy Girl’:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-46495176
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7234-181210-turkey-zeugma-mosaics
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NUMISMATICA
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Assorted coins finds from Stare Czarnow (Poland) over the past few years:

https://www.numismaticnews.net/article/poland-discovery-1000-years-old

Seven coins from various periods found by a mill owner in Slovakia:

https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22002815/historical-coins-discovered-in-sobotiste.html

On the coins associated with the Pope Joan claim:

https://www.numismaticnews.net/article/pope-joan-tale-depends-on-coins

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/club_nbs_esylum_v21n49.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/club_nbs_esylum_v21n50.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:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/2794-audio-news-from-archaeologica-2-december-8-december-2018
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CONFERENCES
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Jews and the Americas (February 2019):

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

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GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

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

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Ancient Digger:

http://www.ancientdigger.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Past Horizons:

http://www.pasthorizons.com/

Stonepages:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

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

Time Machine:

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

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

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/

The Book and the Spade:

http://www.radioscribe.com/bknspade.htm
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Explorator 21.33 ~ December 9, 2018

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

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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A mammoth tusk headband/tiara from Denisova Cave:

https://siberiantimes.com/science/casestudy/news/50000-year-old-tiara-made-of-woolly-mammoth-ivory-found-in-world-famous-denisova-cave/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7187-181206-denisovan-ivory-tiara

‘Little Foot’ (found several years ago) may be a new species of Australopithecus:

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2187639-exclusive-controversial-skeleton-may-be-a-new-species-of-early-human/

Studying ‘rings’ in Neanderthal teeth:

https://phys.org/news/2018-12-teeth-environment-neanderthals.html

Pondering those ‘missing finger’ petroglyphs:

https://phys.org/news/2018-12-ritual-finger-amputation-fingers-upper.html

Rethinking some ‘ritual’ hominin interments as something quite different:

https://www.inverse.com/article/51474-did-ancient-humans-bury-their-dead

Evidence that humans have been dealing with fruit flies for quite a while:

https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2018/12/06/673271072/when-and-where-fruit-flies-first-bugged-humans

More on evidence of early humans in Algeria:

https://gizmodo.com/the-human-origin-story-has-changed-again-thanks-to-new-1830747304
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AFRICA
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A good response to the Ark of the Covenant in Ethiopia thing that’s making the rounds again:

https://www.livescience.com/64256-ark-of-the-covenant-location.html

Feature on the Queen of Sheba:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/travel/destinations/africa/ethiopia/mysterious-queen-sheba-legend-church-archaeology/
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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A trio of looted (maybe) Middle Kingdom tombs from the Fayoum:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/61557/Burial-well-dating-back-to-Middle-Kingdom-uncovered
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7189-181207-egypt-fayoum-chambers

There are 200 Italian archaeological missions at work in Egypt:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/61482/200-Italian-archaeological-missions-work-in-Egypt-Min

… and the first Chinese mission working at Mont Temple:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/61499/1st-Chinese-archaeological-mission-works-in-Mont-Temple

Ramses II’s statue will return to Luxor next year:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/61611/Ramesses-II-statue-to-return-to-Luxor-Temple-in-2019

Another case of folks taking inappropriate photos at the site of the pyramids:

https://ww.egyptindependent.com/antiquities-ministry-investigates-pornographic-film-at-pyramids/
https://www.wral.com/egypt-investigating-danish-couple-pictured-nude-on-top-of-khufu-pyramid/18048189/
https://www.cnn.com/2018/12/08/africa/egypt-pyramid-nude-picture/index.html

Interesting feature on a recently translated Sumerian cylinder/pillar in the British Museum:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pillar-first-evidence-neighbors-behaving-badly-180970969/

A cache of 11th century Crusader gold coins from Caesarea:

https://phys.org/news/2018-12-year-old-gold-coins-israel.html
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/archaeology-news/hanukah-gelt-cache-of-rare-gold-coins-discovered-at-caesarea-port/2018/12/03/
https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Cache-of-gold-coins-and-900-year-old-gold-earring-found-in-Caesarea-573401
https://www.timesofisrael.com/trove-of-11th-century-gelt-discovered-in-ancient-caesarea/
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-900-year-old-cache-of-gold-coins-found-in-ancient-israeli-city-of-caesarea-1.6705010
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/Flash.aspx/439534

A brief feature on the history of the Israel Antiquities Authority:

https://thejewishnews.com/2018/12/03/welcome-to-the-israel-antiquities-authority/

More on hopes for more DSS from some newly-discovered caves at Qumran:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/newly-discovered-caves-may-hold-more-dead-sea-scrolls/
https://www.livescience.com/64200-dead-sea-scrolls-caves-discovered.html
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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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A landslide revealed a late Roman sarcophagus in Bodrum:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/late-roman-tomb-found-after-landslide-in-turkeys-bodrum-139368

Interesting 3rd century BCE gold coin from a Celtic burial in Slovenia:

https://english.sta.si/2582339/archaeologists-hit-mother-lode-in-bela-krajina
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7186-181206-slovenia-gold-coin

Gladiator and animal holding cells from the Roman amphitheatre at Cartagena:

https://murciatoday.com/gladiator-and-animal-%E2%80%9Cprisons%E2%80%9D-found-intact-at-the-roman-amphitheatre-of-cartagena_744221-a.html

Latest Roman remains from Colchester:

https://www.gazette-news.co.uk/news/17281044.you-could-get-an-exclusive-glimpse-at-some-roman-remains/

I think we mentioned this study of Roman pollution in a Swiss lake:

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/dec/04/terrawatch-roman-records-show-lasting-effects-of-pollution
https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/sci-tech/science-saturday_how-ancient-romans-also-polluted-the-land/44587378

Feature on some recent Roman extramural finds in Cumbria:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/roman-fort-settlement-revealed-in-cumbria.htm

… and a possible Vicus in Devon:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/vicus-discovered-in-devon.htm

Plans to rebury a temple of Aphrodite in Thessaloniki:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/235427/article/ekathimerini/news/decision-made-to-bury-ruins-of-ancient-temple-in-thessaloniki

Feature on the finding of the treasure of Valsadornin back in the 1930s:

https://elpais.com/elpais/2018/12/05/inenglish/1544025909_505235.html

Feature on identifying an unusual Roman artifact (with some familiar names!):

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2018/12/07/is-this-really-an-ancient-roman-nipple-cover-archaeologists-are-unsure/

Feature on feasting in ancient Greece:

https://daily.jstor.org/feasting-tips-from-ancient-greece/

Feature on that small feature of Greek male statues:

https://www.pri.org/stories/2018-12-06/when-small-was-big

Feature on the London Mithraeum:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/london-mithraeum-reimagining-the-famous-roman-temple.htm

What Catherine Conybeare is up to:

https://www.brynmawr.edu/news/prof-catherine-conybeare-receives-visiting-fellowships-university-oxford

What Thomas Wayment is up to:

https://universe.byu.edu/2018/12/07/byu-professor-publishes-modern-translation-of-new-testament/

What Kathryn Schumaker is up to:

http://www.oudaily.com/news/ou-professor-releases-opinion-article-through-washington-post-over-controversial/article_f749c3ae-f8cd-11e8-83eb-83b05cf803e9.html

What David Quint is up to:

https://news.yale.edu/2018/12/07/yale-renaissance-scholar-takes-ancient-literary-works-21st-century

It’s Dame Mary Beard now:

https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-46485198

… and she’s offered Latin tutorials for William’s children:

https://www.expressandstar.com/news/uk-news/2018/12/07/mary-beard-offers-latin-tutorials-for-williams-children-at-palace-ceremony/

Latest claim of a Roman find from Oak Island (nope):

https://www.bostonstandard.co.uk/whats-on/arts/lincolnshire-treasure-hunter-finds-roman-artefact-on-oak-island-which-could-rewrite-history-1-8729530
https://www.monstersandcritics.com/smallscreen/weapon-found-on-the-curse-of-oak-island-could-be-roman-pilum/

Feature on the VMFA’s statue of Caligula:

https://www.richmond.com/opinion/our-opinion/editorial-caligula-really-was-a-colorful-fellow/article_137a14e1-283f-5976-ba19-68521f3dce68.html

Review of Adrienne Mayor, *Gods and Robots*:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/gods-and-robots-review-men-myths-and-machines-1544224942

Review of Edward Watts, *How Rome Fell into Tyranny*:

https://www.economist.com/books-and-arts/2018/12/08/lessons-from-the-fall-of-a-great-republic

This week’s Parthenon/Elgin Marbles coverage:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/235284/article/ekathimerini/news/president-hails-growing-international-support-for-return-of-parthenon-marbles

… including claims they were a ‘gift’:

https://eu.greekreporter.com/2018/12/04/elgin-descendant-claims-parthenon-marbles-were-a-gift/
https://www.iol.co.za/travel/world/europe/the-stolen-elgin-marbles-were-a-gift-18377353
https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/33630-elgin%E2%80%99s-descendant-claims-athens-acropolis-marbles-were-a-gift.html

In case you missed the purported Pontius Pilate ring find (in the ANE section last week):

https://www.timesofisrael.com/2000-year-old-ring-engraved-with-pilate-may-have-belonged-to-notorious-ruler/
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/30/world/middleeast/pontius-pilate-ring.html
https://www.livescience.com/64217-pontius-pilate-ring-discovered.html
https://www.thedailybeast.com/did-this-ring-belong-to-pontius-pilate
https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-artifacts/inscriptions/pontius-pilate-ring-herodium/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7180-181204-pilate-seal-ring

More on Roman finds beneath St John Lateran:

https://aleteia.org/2018/12/03/ancient-roman-history-revealed-beneath-st-john-lateran/
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Latest reviews from BMCR:

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

Visit our blog:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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A study of a 6000 years bp bowl from Germany suggests Mesolithic people ate much better than previously thought:

https://phys.org/news/2018-12-analysis-year-old-earthenware-bowl-mesolithic.html

Evidence of a 5000 years bp strain of yersina pestis from a burial in Sweden:

https://phys.org/news/2018-12-oldest-plague-falkping.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-12/cp-aas112918.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/12/181206120035.htm
https://www.thelocal.se/20181207/worlds-earliest-strain-of-plague-found-in-sweden-and-it-could-rewrite-history
https://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-plague-ancestor-strain-20181206-story.html#nws=true
https://amp.theguardian.com/science/2018/dec/06/earliest-plague-strain-found-in-sweden-holds-clue-to-stone-age-migration-from-east
https://www.livescience.com/64246-ancient-plague-swedish-tomb.html
https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2018/12/4900-year-old-case-plague-sweden/577315/
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/?p=29827
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7188-181206-sweden-neolithic-plague

A 3000 years bp leather bag full of assorted Bronze Age items from Slovakia:

https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20971362/archaeologists-found-treasure-from-the-bronze-age.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7184-slovakia-leather-pouch

I think we’ve mentioned these chariot and/or vampire burials (maybe not the latter) from Yorkshire:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/iron-age-burial-yorkshire-chariot-grave-skeleton-warrior-archaeology-dig-pocklington-a8672331.html

Jewellery from a 7th century woman’s burial in Rushcliffe has been declared treasure:

https://westbridgfordwire.com/treasure-found-rushcliffe-location/
https://www.nottinghampost.com/news/local-news/ancient-brooch-made-garnets-gold-2297513

Remains of a medieval Carmelite monastery from Kingussie (Scotland):

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-46481427
https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/highlands/1627446/archaeologists-uncover-human-remains-in-kingussie/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7191-181207-scotland-carmelite-friary

A medieval cemetery from Old Riga:

https://bnn-news.com/medieval-cemetery-found-in-old-riga-in-front-of-the-saeima-194775

Evidence of medieval horse breeding (maybe) from Mullamast (Ireland):

https://www.leinsterleader.ie/news/home/351471/archaeologists-found-site-believed-to-be-kildare-s-oldest-stud-farm.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7185-181205-ireland-hobby-horses

500 years bp skeletal remains from the Thames … still wearing thigh-high boots:

https://phys.org/news/2018-12-medieval-mystery-booted-mud.html
https://www.livescience.com/64239-thames-skeleton-with-boots-discovered.html
https://www.livescience.com/64238-thames-body-wearing-boots-photos.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/05/world/europe/uk-london-skeleton-boots.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/dec/04/tough-as-old-boots-a-thames-skeletons-durable-footwear-tideway-tunnel
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/skeleton-river-thames-leather-boots-london-bermondsey-archaeology-a8667001.html
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/culture/2018/12/skeleton-london-boots-discovery-archaeology/
https://www.cnn.com/2018/12/04/health/london-skeleton-thames-boots-scli-gbr-intl/index.html
https://www.sciencealert.com/a-medieval-skeleton-has-been-recovered-from-the-thames-still-wearing-his-thigh-high-leather-boots
https://boingboing.net/2018/12/04/archaeologist-dug-up-a-500-yea.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/found-near-thames-centuries-old-skeleton-still-wearing-thigh-high-boots-180970952/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7181-181204-london-leather-boots

Publication (65 years later!) of finds from the excavations of the Mote of Urr:

https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/17284980.how-secrets-of-12th-century-scots-castle-were-lost-in-the-mists-of-time/
https://www.scotsman.com/news/uk/castle-was-used-in-time-of-wallace-and-bruce-excavations-reveal-1-4841159
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7190-181207-scotland-mote-of-urr

Hundreds of 17th century cannonballs from a site in Stockholm:

https://www.thelocal.se/20181204/hundreds-of-17th-century-cannonballs-unearthed-in-stockholm
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7183-181205-sweden-iron-cannonballs

A study of 19th century burials at New Covent Garden suggests life was hard:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/dec/04/skeletons-found-in-london-archaeology-dig-reveal-noxious-environs
https://pickle.nine.com.au/2018/12/06/14/24/bodies-of-bare-knuckle-boxer-murdered-woman-reveal-harsh-reality-of-19th-century-london
https://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/skeletons-found-at-new-covent-garden-market-reveal-harsh-reality-of-life-in-19th-century-london-a4009391.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7182-181204-london-industrial-poor

Work on the Stonehenge tunnel has caused some serious damage, apparently:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/dec/06/ancient-platform-damaged-during-stonehenge-tunnel-work
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-wiltshire-46465258
https://www.livescience.com/64253-drill-smashes-platform-near-stonehenge.html
https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/stonehenge-ancient-platform-damaged-tunnel-gbr-scli-intl/index.html
http://www.nbc-2.com/story/39600126/workers-drill-through-6000yearold-prehistoric-platform-near-stonehenge

Feature on the conservation of the HMS Invincible:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-46466328

More details from that child cave burial from Poland mentioned last week:

https://www.sciencealert.com/the-bones-of-a-child-were-found-buried-in-a-cave-in-poland-with-the-skull-of-a-bird-in-its-mouth
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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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An Easter Zhou Dynasty ‘carriage’ from a burial in Hebei:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-12/09/c_137661667.htm

An excavation in Sri Lanka suggests 11th century links between Jaffna and China:

https://newsin.asia/chinese-archaeologists-discover-11-th-century-links-between-jaffna-and-china/

Plans to dig a site on the Pamba where some 10th-15th century terracotta sherds were found last September:

https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/pathanamthitta/2018/12/08/excavation-pamba-banks-unravel-history-ancient-terracottas.html

No evidence of a Temple under Babri Masjid:

https://www.siasat.com/news/archaeologist-says-no-evidence-temple-under-babri-masjid-just-older-mosques-1442108/
https://kashmirreader.com/2018/12/07/archaeologists-contradict-asi-claim-say-no-proof-of-temple-beneath-demolished-babri-masjid/

A medieval coin hoard from Khirki/Delhi:

https://www.thehindu.com/society/history-and-culture/treasure-in-a-clay-pot/article25688985.ece

More on when humans settled in Tibet:

https://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2018/1130/How-early-people-conquered-the-Roof-of-the-World

More on that Indus Civilization ‘toothbrush holder’:

https://www.livescience.com/64247-pottery-made-before-jesus-flea-market.html

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Southeast Asian Archaeology Newsblog:

http://www.southeastasianarchaeology.com/

New Zealand Archaeology eNews:

https://us14.campaign-archive.com/home/?u=ddab09cab5362c9613318bd92&id=b917a20ae5
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NORTH AMERICA
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Carbon dating suggests European first contact with the Iroquois was a bit later than previously thought:

http://news.cornell.edu/stories/2018/12/new-study-upends-timeline-iroquoian-history
https://phys.org/news/2018-12-upends-timeline-iroquoian-history.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-12/aaft-rth120418.php
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-12/cu-sut120718.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/12/181207144357.htm
https://www.franklin.uga.edu/news/stories/2018/new-study-upends-timeline-iroquoian-history
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2018/12/05/new-dates-change-history-of-indigenous-iroquois-first-contact-europeans/

Some revision of the history of Parris Island seems to be coming:

https://www.postandcourier.com/news/just-outside-beaufort-america-s-lost-century-is-slowly-being/article_bc5c6974-e45d-11e8-9b94-4ba3e4b74f1e.html

Looking for slave burials at Montpelier:

http://www.nbc29.com/story/39594787/archeologists-scan-montpelier-for-potential-slave-grave-sites

Feature on the Sloan site (is that what it is called?) in Arkansas:

https://talkbusiness.net/2018/12/oldest-native-american-cemetery-site-in-the-new-world-located-in-greene-county/

A new home for some of Alexander Hamilton’s documents:

https://www.timesunion.com/news/us/article/Hamilton-tax-records-other-300-year-old-docs-13449923.php

Some KKK history:

https://www.wamc.org/post/what-ebbs-and-flows-kkk-can-tell-us-about-white-supremacy-today

Feature on Charley Parkhurst:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/05/obituaries/charley-parkhurst-overlooked.html?rref=collection%2Fspotlightcollection%2Foverlooked
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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A Mochica burial ground from Chiclayo:

https://perureports.com/ancient-cemetery-from-the-mochica-culture-discovered-in-chiclayo/8752/

Feature on the Chichen Itza Underground Project:

https://www.theyucatantimes.com/2018/12/chichen-itza-underground-project-studies-ancestral-water-sources-in-the-yucatan-peninsula/

Using statistical techniques to analyze hunter-gatherer groups’ food consumption in Patagonia:

https://phys.org/news/2018-12-neotropics-world-food-production-centers.html
https://phys.org/news/2018-12-artificial-intelligence-ancient-human-populations.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/12/181203142724.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-12/fda-spt120318.php

I think we mentioned this 13th century Maya codex:

https://esciencenews.com/articles/2016/09/08/13th.century.maya.codex.long.shrouded.controversy.proves.genuine
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Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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Feature on Elizabeth I’s makeup and its effects:

https://slate.com/technology/2018/12/queen-elizabeth-makeup-margot-robbie-mary-queen-of-scots-real-story.html

Latest beer recreation has its origins in a Tasmanian shipwreck:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20181206-a-beer-brewed-from-an-old-tasmanian-shipwreck

Claim that Shakespeare was a ‘Catholic sympathizer’:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/12/02/shakespeare-catholic-sympathiser-left-coded-political-messages/

When traffic lights came to London:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/when-street-light-first-came-london-disaster-ensued-180970965/

Studying the microorganisms that degrade a 400 years bp painting:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-12/p-adl112818.php

Marking the 175th anniversary of Dickens’ *Christmas Carol*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/06/books/charles-dickens-a-christmas-carol-archives.html?nytapp=true&smid=nytcore-ios-share

Feature on the evolution of language:

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/crux/?p=10572

On the history of the ponytail:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bbcthree/article/361f113b-7edd-4589-8d2f-f1292537e1ba

Feature on assorted influential maps:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/books/a-look-at-the-maps-that-shaped-our-world/2018/12/05/de09f524-f4ce-11e8-bc79-68604ed88993_story.html

Digitally colouring some famous old photos:

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p06p9h25/the-artist-who-reveals-the-hidden-colours-of-history

Review of Miranda Seymour, *In Byron’s Wake*:

https://slate.com/culture/2018/12/lord-byron-wife-daughter-biography-review.html

More on 536 being a bad year:

https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/11/why-536-was-worst-year-be-alive
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Menorahs:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/03/dining/menorahs-museum-at-eldridge-street.html

Terracotta Warriors:

https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/chinas-ancient-terracotta-warriors-touch-down-in-wellington-exhibition

Vermeer:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/03/arts/design/meet-vermeer-google-app-mauritshuis.html

Victor Hugo Drawings:

https://www.latimes.com/entertainment/arts/la-et-cm-victor-hugo-hammer-review-20181204-story.html

Mycenean Throne Room:

https://eu.greekreporter.com/2018/12/04/mycenaean-throne-room-recreated-at-german-museum/

Mantegna:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-46462705

Ashurbanipal:

https://hyperallergic.com/473305/stories-of-an-assyrian-king-and-what-became-of-his-empire/

Last Tsar:

https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Landmark-Tsar-Nicholas-II-exhibit-in-rural-NY-13352218.php
http://www.russianhistoryfoundation.org/

A Museum of Black Civilizations has opened in Senegal:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-46467098
http://www.voice-online.co.uk/article/museum-black-civilisations-opens-senegal

Pondering ‘privileging’ original works of art:

http://theartnewspaper.com/comment/should-we-relinquish-our-insistence-on-privileging-original-works-of-art
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AT THE AUCTIONS
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Big bucks for Einstein’s ‘God letter’:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-46438116
https://m.jpost.com/Diaspora/Einsteins-God-Letter-sells-for-almost-3-million-at-Christies-573626

Interesting 17th century Chinese bamboo root carving:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-shropshire-46387052

Sotheby’s had a pile of Egyptian items at its latest auction:

https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2018/12/sothebys-auction-off-ancient-egyptian-artifacts.html

A different sort of auction story … a Dakota peace pipe is purchased … and returned to its people:

http://www.startribune.com/sacred-dakota-peace-pipe-sells-for-40-000-and-buyer-gives-it-back-to-minnesota-tribe/482107511/
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THE TECHY SIDE
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They’ve redone the facial reconstruction of 4000 years bp Ava based on recent DNA analysis:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-46289045
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/no-wait-real-ava-bronze-age-woman-scottish-highlands-180970950/
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/forensic-artist-uses-genetic-data-to-bring-a-bronze-aged-woman-back-to-life/
https://www.cnn.com/2018/12/03/health/scotland-dna-grave-scli-intl-gbr/index.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7178-181203-scotland-ava-genome

Feature on digital preservation of cultural heritage:

https://phys.org/news/2018-12-digitization-methods-technologies-cultural-heritage.html

Feature on technology and ancient manuscripts:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2018/12/modern-technology-revealing-bible-ancient-scripture/
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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Report on the ramifications of sea-level rise for assorted UNESCO heritage sites:

http://theartnewspaper.com/gallery/ancient-cities-water-level-rising-risk

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Connecting KhoeSan genetic populations to Kalahari geography:

https://esciencenews.com/articles/2016/09/06/genetics.african.khoesan.populations.maps.kalahari.desert.geography

Studying plague genomes to follow medieval trade routes:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/12/ancient-plague-genomes-may-tell-of-medieval-trade-routes/

A DNA study suggests the population history of Ibiza needs a rethink:

https://phys.org/news/2018-12-rethink-population-history-ibiza.html
https://www.otago.ac.nz/news/news/otago701364.html
http://www.voxy.co.nz/health/5/327837

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Quedlinburg (Germany):

https://www.dw.com/en/10-reasons-to-visit-quedlinburg/g-41840003

Via Francigena:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20181203-a-1000-year-old-road-lost-to-time
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PERFORMANCES
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Mary Queen of Scots:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/true-story-mary-queen-scots-and-elizabeth-i-180970960/

In case you haven’t heard about Megan Fox’s archaeology program:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/megan-foxs-archaeology-show-is-just-as-strange-as-it-sounds

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CRIME BEAT
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Latest Nazi loot trial:

https://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-nazi-art-trial-20181203-story.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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An Italian court has ruled the Getty’s ‘Victorious Youth’ has to be returned:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/04/arts/design/getty-bronze-italy-ruling.html
https://www.latimes.com/entertainment/arts/la-et-cm-getty-victorious-youth-20181205-story.html
https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/art/news/getty-museum-greek-statue-victorious-youth-bronze-ancient-italy-court-decision-return-appeal-a8668746.html
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2018/dec/05/italy-rules-getty-museum-must-return-2000-year-old-victorious-youth-statue
http://www.tribtown.com/2018/12/05/eu-italy-antiquities/
https://www.npr.org/2018/12/05/673760066/italian-court-orders-getty-museum-to-return-statue-to-italy

The Maasai want some items back from Oxtord’s Pitt Rivers Museum:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2018/dec/04/pitt-rivers-museum-oxford-maasai-colonial-artefacts

Indian items in the British Museum are on the list too:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-46405582

… and a shield associated with Captain Cook:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/250-years-on-captain-james-cook-s-foes-want-their-shield-back-mnll55r8h

The reopening of Belgium’s Africa Museum has triggered repatriation claims:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/dec/08/belgium-revamped-africa-museum-demands-congo-kabila

The museum in Senegal (mentioned above) is connected to repatriation claims too:

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/museum-of-black-civilizations-1409911

Fragments of the Gypsy Girl Mosaic were returned to Turkey and put on display:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-46495176
https://www.gulf-times.com/story/615620/Turkey-displays-pieces-of-ancient-mosaics-returned-from-US
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/gypsy-girl-roman-era-mosaics-returned-to-turkey-decades-after-being-smuggled-out/
https://www.dw.com/en/gypsy-girl-mosaics-return-to-turkey/g-46654354

OpEd on museums and repatriation:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2018/dec/02/british-museums-pressure-give-back–looted-african-art-treasures
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NUMISMATICA
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Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/club_nbs_esylum_v21n48.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/club_nbs_esylum_v21n49.html

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Ancient Coin Collecting:

http://ancientcoincollecting.blogspot.com/

Ancient Coins:

http://classicalcoins.blogspot.com/

Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/
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OBITUARIES
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Philip Levine:

https://classicalstudies.org/scs-news/memoriam-philip-levine

Wesley D. Smith:

https://classicalstudies.org/scs-news/memoriam-wesley-d-smith

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/2793-audio-news-from-archaeologica-25-november-1-december-2018
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CONFERENCES
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Jews and the Americas (February 2019):

https://networks.h-net.org/node/73374/announcements/1932330/jews-and-americas-68th-annual-conference-center-latin-american
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GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

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

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Ancient Digger:

http://www.ancientdigger.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Past Horizons:

http://www.pasthorizons.com/

Stonepages:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

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

Time Machine:

http://heatherpringle.wordpress.com/
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PODCASTS/VODCASTS
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Explorator 21.32 ~ December 2, 2018

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

… family function today so we’re earlier than usual!

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Evidence of toolmaking 2.4 million years bp from Algeria:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-11/aaft-csa112618.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/11/181129142407.htm
https://phys.org/news/2018-11-stone-tools-date-early-humans.html
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/ancient-homo-stone-tools-north-africa-arabia-early
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/11/30/24-million-year-old-tools-found-algeria-could-upend-human-origin/
https://www.cnn.com/2018/11/30/world/human-tools-north-africa-humanity-scli-intl/index.html?no-st=1543605520
https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-07570-z
https://elpais.com/elpais/2018/11/29/ciencia/1543492747_755404.html
https://www.dw.com/en/algeria-the-new-cradle-of-civilization/a-46515910
https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2018/11/we-found-rocks-in-a-hopeless-place/576967/
http://theconversation.com/human-ancestors-may-have-spread-to-north-africa-earlier-than-thought-stone-tool-discovery-suggests-107834
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/deadthings/?p=3051
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/24millionyearold-stone-tools-found-in-algeria-could-rewrite-human-origin-story/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7172-181129-north-africa-hominins

An Acheulean presence in the Arabian peninsula ca 190 000 years bp:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-11/mpif-stl112618.php
https://phys.org/news/2018-11-stone-tools-linked-ancient-human.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/11/181129100030.htm
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/deadthings/?p=3053
https://www.livescience.com/64203-ancient-hominins-saudi-arabia.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7175-181130-saudi-arabia-acheulean

Again with the human/Neanderthal interbreeding fascination:

https://phys.org/news/2018-11-multiple-instances-inter-breeding-neanderthal-early.html
https://www.livescience.com/64189-neanderthals-and-humans-interbreeding.html

Evidence of a human presence on the Tibetan plateau some 30-40 000 years bp:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-11/caos-nas112918.php
https://phys.org/news/2018-11-archaeological-site-human-habitation-timeline.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/11/181129142426.htm
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/stone-age-people-conquered-tibetan-plateau-thin-air
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2018/11/29/tibetan-plateau-human-occupation-migation/
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2018/11/earliest-evidence-stone-age-humans-tibetan-plateau-tools-found/
https://cosmosmagazine.com/archaeology/high-plains-drifters-tibetan-plateau-colonised-for-30-000-years
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7173-181129-high-altitude-tools

Paleolithic cave art from across Europe suggests ‘relatively advanced’ knowledge of astronomy:

https://phys.org/news/2018-11-prehistoric-cave-art-reveals-ancient.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-11/uoe-pca112718.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/11/181127111025.htm
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/scotland/cave-paintings-tell-complicated-stories-of-the-stars-rpcvdd8cm
https://www.zmescience.com/science/news-science/ancient-cave-paintings-astronomy-28112018/
https://www.forbes.com/sites/bridaineparnell/2018/11/28/cave-paintings-may-actually-be-sophisticated-star-maps/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7168-181128-cave-art-constellations

On Neanderthal trading relations:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-11/arsc-apf112918.php
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AFRICA
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Feature on Christianborg Castle (Accra):

https://menafn.com/1097742592/Slavers-in-the-family-what-a-castle-in-Accra-reveals-about-Ghanas-history

More on humans being off the hook for African megafauna extinctions in the past:

https://www.archaeology.org/news/7163-181126-africa-megafauna-extinction
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2018/11/human-ancestors-not-to-blame-for-ancient-mammal-extinctions-in-africa/122189
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Eight late period mummies from the Dashur necropolis:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/318090/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Eight-Late-Period-mummies-discovered-in-Dahshur-ne.aspx
http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/61104/8-coffins-uncovered-at-archaeological-area-of-Dahshour
https://egyptianstreets.com/2018/11/28/egyptian-expedition-discovers-new-burial-grounds-in-dahshour/
https://www.newsweek.com/ancient-egypt-eight-mummies-discovered-ornately-decorated-sarcophagi-1237050
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/ancient-egypt-archaeology-mummies-cairo-king-amenemhat-ii-dashur-a8659741.html
https://www.aa.com.tr/en/culture-and-art/archaeologists-in-egypt-discover-trove-of-mummies/1323249
https://www.albawaba.com/editorchoice/archaeologists-discover-eight-mummies-near-giza-1219826
https://www.philstar.com/world/2018/11/28/1872643/egypt-unearths-eight-ancient-mummies
https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Ancient-mummies-found-in-Pyramid-of-King-Amenemhat-II-573108
https://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/egyptian-mummies-dating-back-2300-years-unearthed/news-story/d296d7d2de2a8b149e4e93d78ee2cf3f
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/culture/2018/11/ancient-egypt-mummies-discovery-pyramid/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7171-181129-dashur-royal-necropolis

A Middle Kingdom tomb from Luxor “with very nice paintings”:

https://www.livescience.com/64174-mummies-in-luxor-tombs.html
https://www.livescience.com/64164-photos-mummies-luxor.html
https://www.timesofisrael.com/egypt-unveils-ancient-luxor-tomb-with-very-nice-paintings/
http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2018-11/26/content_74208343.htm
https://ww.egyptindependent.com/antiquities-minister-to-announce-new-significant-luxor-archaeological-discovery/

A Chinese delegation is excavating at Luxor’s Montu Temple:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-11/27/c_137633110.htm
http://www.china.org.cn/world/Off_the_Wire/2018-11/30/content_74223885.htm

Restoration of a Ramses II statue has started:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/61156/Restoration-of-last-statue-of-Ramses-II-begins

More on those two mummies (17th and 18th Dynasty) mentioned last week:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/mummy-egypt-found-unopened-coffin-3000-luxor-western-bank-nile-elasasef-necropolis-a8650866.html
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/nov/25/mummified-woman-dating-back-3000-years-unveiled-in-egypt
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/egypt-female-mummy-1402603
https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/egypt-mummy-woman-unveiled-intl/index.html
https://abcnews.go.com/International/13th-century-priests-tomb-discovered-egypts-luxor/story?id=59418449
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/well-preserved-female-mummy-found-elite-egyptian-necropolis-180970902/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7160-181126-egypt-luxor-sarcophagi

A 9000 years bp stone mask from the West Bank:

https://www.livescience.com/64199-rare-neolithic-stone-mask.html
https://www.timesofisrael.com/9000-year-old-mask-from-hebron-hills-sheds-light-on-the-dawn-of-agriculture/
https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/9000-year-old-stone-mask-discovered-in-southern-Hebron-Hills-573012
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/255386
https://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-5416546,00.html
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/archaeology-news/9000-year-old-stone-mask-sheds-light-on-stone-age-cottage-industry/2018/11/28/
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-archaeologists-recover-rare-9-000-year-old-mask-found-by-west-bank-settler-1.6698074
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-46376993
https://www.france24.com/en/20181128-israel-unveils-rare-ancient-mask
https://www.newsweek.com/creepy-9000-year-old-mask-linked-beginnings-agriculture-discovered-west-bank-1238887
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/incredibly-rare-9000yearold-meticulously-carved-stone-mask-discovered-in-israel/
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/culture/2018/11/neolithic-stone-mask-discovery-archaeology-forgery/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7167-181128-neolithic-stone-mask

… and some concerns:

https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2018/11/israeli-mask-discovered.html

Evidence of Canaanite trepanation at Megiddo:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-primitive-brain-surgery-3-500-years-ago-discovered-in-northern-israel-1.6699993

A 6th century BCE cuneiform record of a slave sale from Tel Mikhmoret:

https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Discovered-cuneiform-reveals-Babylonian-slave-trade-in-biblical-Samaria-573265

Archaeologists are exploring a couple ‘new’ Qumran caves:

https://www.livescience.com/64200-dead-sea-scrolls-caves-discovered.html
https://www.timesofisrael.com/newly-discovered-caves-may-hold-more-dead-sea-scrolls/

A ring found 50 years ago bears the name of Pilate (you can draw conclusions):

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/30/world/middleeast/pontius-pilate-ring.html
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/ancient-ring-crucify-jesus-pontius-pilate-roman-governor-west-bank-a8658911.html
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/11/30/bronze-ring-found-ancient-fortress-near-bethlehem-may-have-belonged/?WT.mc_id=tmg_share_em
https://www.timesofisrael.com/2000-year-old-ring-engraved-with-pilate-may-have-belonged-to-notorious-ruler/

Photo feature on Shivta:

https://www.livescience.com/64170-photos-shivta-israel-jesus.html

A Bronze Age 58 holes game from an Azerbaijan rock shelter:

https://www.zmescience.com/science/archaeology-58-holes-game-26112018/

The Royal Game of Ur is apparently making a comeback:

https://www.euronews.com/2018/11/26/royal-game-of-ur-the-ancient-boardgame-making-a-comeback-in-iraq

On the ‘cloak and dagger’ search for ancient judaeo-christian texts:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2018/12/inside-bible-collectors-search-other-original-christian-texts/

Reviving ancient Babylonian language:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/11/27/academic-revives-ancient-babylonian-2000-years-language-died/

Folks might be interested in Aren Maeir’s biblical archaeology MOOC:

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

More on vanilla at Megiddo:

https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/11/biblical-city-armageddon-signs-early-vanilla-and-elaborate-medical-care

More on meteorites near the Dead Sea 3700 years bp:

https://www.livescience.com/64179-ancient-cosmic-airburst-middle-east.html

More on that purported early depiction of Jesus:

https://www.livescience.com/64173-earliest-jesus-portrait-israel.html

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Roman-era rock-cut tombs from Hatay:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2018/11/27/19-roman-tombs-unearthed-in-southern-turkeys-antakya
https://www.aa.com.tr/en/turkey/roman-tombs-unearthed-in-southern-turkey-/1322768
https://ahvalnews.com/turkish-tourism/roman-tombs-unearthed-turkeys-antakya-province

A 1700 bp Roman burial from Tarhuna (Libya):

https://www.libyaobserver.ly/inbrief/ancient-roman-tomb-discovered-tarhuna

Heavy flooding/landslides revealed a Roman burial in Bodrum:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2018/11/30/roman-era-tomb-revealed-after-heavy-rain-triggers-landslides-in-southwestern-bodrum
https://www.yenisafak.com/en/news/late-roman-tomb-found-in-aegean-turkey-3467905

A Roman coin hoard from Berlicum:

https://nltimes.nl/2018/11/27/brothers-find-100-roman-coins-brabant-town
https://www.nu.nl/wetenschap/5595449/broers-vinden-ruim-honderd-romeinse-munten-in-berlicum.html

On the difficulty excavating some mosaics in Cyprus:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2018/11/26/excavation-of-ancient-mosaics-proving-to-be-a-herculean-task/

Feature on the archaeological finds beneath St John Lateran:

https://phys.org/news/2018-11-hidden-history-rome-revealed-world.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-11/nu-hho112718.php
https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/11/archaeologists-map-centuries-of-history-beneath-worlds-oldest-cathedral/

On evidence of Roman pollution from a Swiss lake:

https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/science-saturday_how-ancient-romans-also-polluted-the-land/44587378
https://eos.org/articles/ancient-romans-polluted-their-lakes-just-like-we-do-today

Feature on the sunken Roman port at Olbia:

https://phys.org/news/2018-11-exploring-watery-france-sunken-roman.html

Feature on Etruscan beliefs about the afterlife:

http://sciencenordic.com/how-etruscans-reached-afterlife-orgasm-blood-and-erotic-dance

Feature on the Pantheon:

https://aleteia.org/2018/11/27/romes-pantheon-a-place-of-christian-worship-for-the-past-1400-years/

On mead production along Hadrian’s Wall:

https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/drink-made-life-sweeter-romans-15481712

Feature on Plato’s interpreters:

https://caravanmagazine.in/literature/reading-plato-interpreters

Feature on mosaic preservation in the Mediterranean:

http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/a-new-chapter-in-the-effort-to-preserve-ancient-mosaics-in-the-mediterranean/

On conserving the Drunken Satyr:

http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/an-introduction-to-the-drunken-satyr-a-rare-roman-bronze-being-studied-and-conserved-at-the-getty-villa/

Feature on Boudica:

https://www.syfy.com/syfywire/boudica-queen-of-the-iceni-who-almost-beat-the-romans

Some ancient Roman forensics (sort of):

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2018/11/28/these-three-forensic-science-techniques-from-ancient-rome-reveal-shocking-gaps-in-modern-methods/

On early Christians exaggerating Roman persecution:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/did-christian-historians-exaggerate-about-persecution-by-the-romans

There’s a movie about the Apollo of Gaza:

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/apollo-gaza-1164119

Ceres has returned to the VT statehouse:

http://digital.vpr.net/post/ceres-statue-once-again-adorns-vermont-statehouses-golden-dome

Review of Emily Wilson’s *Odyssey* translation:

https://catholicherald.co.uk/magazine/the-horror-and-the-beauty-of-ancient-greece/

… and there was a marathon reading of it:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/124818/all-set-for-an-epic-reading-of-the-odyssey/

Talking about ancient robots:

https://a16z.com/2018/11/19/gods-robots-ancient-myths-technology-mayor/

Some Assassin’s Creed Odyssey appreciation:

https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2018-11-28-why-homer-would-approve-of-assassins-creed-odyssey

A graphic novel of the Odyssey:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2018/11/02/actualidad/1541178920_941913.html

Still suggesting Atlantis is in Spain:

https://www.livescience.com/64176-lost-city-atlantis-spain.html

More on the Leda and the Swan fresco from Pompeii:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/25/world/europe/pompeii-fresco-leda-swan-zeus.html
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6000 years bp evidence of caviar consumption from Germany:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/stone-age-humans-enjoyed-rich-diet-featuring-caviar-180970918/

“Stone Age” petroglyphs from Finland:

https://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-46363629

Finds from various periods during A14 construction in the UK:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/nov/26/prehistoric-remains-mammoth-tusks-woolly-rhino

A Celtic hoard from Slovakia:

https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20962892/archaeologists-found-treasure-of-silver-celtic-coins.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7162-181126-slovakia-silver-coins

An Anglo Saxon burial ground from the Lincolnshire Wolds:

https://phys.org/news/2018-11-anglo-saxon-cemetery.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-11/uos-roa112318.php
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-lincolnshire-46347307
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2018/11/27/anglo-saxon-burial-site-shows-dark-ages-enlightened-times/
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/nov/27/burial-sites-5th-6th-centuries-yield-female-treasures-lincolnshire
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/archaeologists-unearth-lavishly-dressed-anglosaxon-skeletons-surrounded-by-beads-swords-and-ivory/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7164-181127-england-anglo-saxon-cemetery

A medieval woman’s stamp/seal from Denmark:

https://www.thelocal.dk/20181127/relic-found-in-denmark-belonged-to-influential-14th-century-woman
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7166-181127-denmark-medieval-seal

Evidence of a medieval whisky still at Lindores Abbey:

https://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2018/11/lindores-abbey-discovers-medieval-whisky-still/
https://scotchwhisky.com/magazine/latest-news/21836/lindores-abbey-dig-unearths-historic-first/

Analyzing butchered bones to understand the medieval diet in Perth:

https://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/news/local/perth-kinross/772070/cat-burghers-medieval-residents-of-perth-forced-into-desperate-diets/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7161-181126-scotland-medieval-perth

Mapping murders in medieval London:

https://phys.org/news/2018-11-reveals-medieval-london-meanest-streets.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/nov/28/death-map-medieval-london-1300s
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-46355383
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/relive-medieval-londons-bloody-murders-new-interactive-death-map-180970922/

cf: https://www.vrc.crim.cam.ac.uk/

An 18th/19th century child cave burial from Poland:

http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news%2C31838%2Cmalopolskie-bird-skull-found-mouth-child-buried-cave.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7176-181130-poland-bird-skulls

Archaeologists have determined the Basilica at Palmate was sacked a couple of times:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2018/11/27/early-byzantine-city-palmate-with-huge-christian-basilica-was-pillaged-twice-by-avars-slavs-bulgarian-archaeologists-find/

A 7th century crypt in Paris might soon open to the public:

https://fr.aleteia.org/2018/11/28/la-plus-ancienne-et-secrete-crypte-de-paris-bientot-ouverte-au-public/

I think we mentioned this Ottoman hoard from Pleven:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2018/11/19/prison-inmates-find-hoard-of-7000-ottoman-silver-coins-hidden-in-2-treasure-pots-in-bulgarias-pleven/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7169-181128-bulgaria-ottoman-coins

Studying Mesolithic diet in Germany:

https://cosmosmagazine.com/archaeology/stone-age-food-was-haute-cuisine
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7174-181130-germany-mesolithic-cooking

Funding for Norwich castle:

https://www.edp24.co.uk/business/norwich-castle-gets-210-000-transformation-boost-1-5801717

Feature on the Pictish paintings in Wemyss Caves:

http://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p06sztyp/the-ancient-symbols-hidden-in-a-cave

Some revisionism coming from the underwater site of the Mars:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-archaeologists-find-lost-swedish-man-of-war-and-sink-the-hype-1.6694809

More on that Celtic chariot burial in Wales:

https://www.zmescience.com/science/chariot-discovered-archaeology-wales-26112018/

More on Vikings establishing cities:

https://www.mnn.com/lifestyle/arts-culture/blogs/vikings-may-have-raided-they-also-established-thriving-cities

Review of David Edgerton, *The Rise and Fall of the British Nation*:

https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/public/review-david-edgerton-british-nation/
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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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Board game pieces from near a looted ancient (1500+ years bp) tomb in Qingzhou City:

https://www.livescience.com/52808-ancient-board-game-found-in-china-tomb.html

The Daisen Kofun Mound in Osaka is revealing some interesting details:

https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20181123/p2g/00m/0dm/002000c
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7165-181127-japan-daisen-kofun

5th century Buddhist remains from a Guntur vilage:

https://www.thehansindia.com/posts/index/Andhra-Pradesh/2018-11-27/5th-C-Buddhist-remains-unearthed-in-Guntur-village/448310

Suggestion that some Chinese ‘pyramids’ are aligned with the cardinal points:

https://phys.org/news/2018-11-chinese-pyramids-pole-star.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-11/pdm-tp112818.php

Humans are off the hook for Siberian rhino extinctions too:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-46358789
https://theconversation.com/how-a-change-in-climate-wiped-out-the-siberian-unicorn-107365
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-climate-change-killed-siberian-unicorn-180970911/

Studying pre-European burial practices in New South Wales:

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-11-28/pre-european-burial-practices-in-rural-nsw-discovered/10559244

A 17th century scroll from the early Christian community in Japan:

https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/japanese-museum-finds-rare-scroll-from-countrys-early-christians-41863

A new ‘base’ for archaeology in the South China Sea:

http://www.china.org.cn/china/2018-11/29/content_74221006.htm

On international trade in ancient China:

https://www.scmp.com/magazines/post-magazine/short-reads/article/2173158/international-trade-ancient-china-and

Feature on the Taj Mahal:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/resources/idt-sh/twilight_of_the_taj
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Southeast Asian Archaeology Newsblog:

http://www.southeastasianarchaeology.com/

New Zealand Archaeology eNews:

https://us14.campaign-archive.com/home/?u=ddab09cab5362c9613318bd92&id=b917a20ae5
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NORTH AMERICA
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Looking at wrecks on the bottom of Lake Minnetonka:

https://www.swnewsmedia.com/lakeshore_weekly/news/local/underwater-archaeologists-identify-new-wrecks-at-bottom-of-lake-minnetonka/article_147f6ee8-0966-58db-a450-a4c444400097.html

Studying the relationship between tobacco and agricultural production:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/americas-earliest-smokers-may-have-helped-launch-agricultural-revolution-180970904/

Going through the trash of Colorado Springs’ founding father:

http://www.cpr.org/news/story/archaeologists-are-studying-colorado-springs-founding-father-by-digging-through-his-trash

Feature on Etzanoa:

https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg24032060-200-unearthed-the-missing-native-american-city-on-the-great-plains/

What Anna Prentiss is up to:

https://www.kpvi.com/news/regional_news/university-of-montana-professor-anna-prentiss-uncovers-clues-of-hunter/article_f2818f08-5568-52c2-b3d8-4a1215109078.html

Feature on Mississippi’s first black senator:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2018/11/25/mississippis-first-black-senator-was-greeted-with-applause-it-wouldnt-last
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Oldest burials ever found in Ecuador:

https://phys.org/news/2018-11-archaeologists-oldest-burials-ecuador.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-11/fefu-fah112618.php
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/archaeologists-have-discovered-the-oldest-human-burials-in-ecuador/

Interesting collaboration between disciplines studying Maya ‘shell decor’:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-11/fmon-ham112618.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/11/181126142824.htm

On Diego de Landa’s destruction of Maya writing:

http://churchandstate.org.uk/2016/11/one-catholic-priest-destroyed-the-entire-mayan-written-language/

How Incas worked without alphabetic writing:

https://aeon.co/ideas/how-the-inkas-governed-thrived-and-fell-without-alphabetic-writing
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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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Not sure where to put this one … some guy in the UK was using a 4000 years bp pot as a toothbrush holder:

https://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/toothbrush-holder-in-uk-turns-out-to-be-a-jar-from-indus-valley-civilisation/story-LQFkWkJWex50FJfdiECcJP.html
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/dads-4-toothbrush-holder-turns-13661644
https://www.thelondoneconomic.com/entertainment/jar-bought-from-car-boot-sale-for-4-used-to-keep-toothbrushes-in-is-very-old/28/11/

Michelangelo in Constantinople:

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/11/26/when-michelangelo-went-to-constantinople

There are only four Old English manuscripts in the world (!):

https://mymodernmet.com/old-english-manuscripts/

On the history of the Advent calendar:

https://www.dw.com/en/the-advent-calendars-sweet-history/g-17256886

On Waltham watches:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20181126-the-massachusetts-city-that-sold-time-to-the-world

On automata:

https://slate.com/technology/2018/11/strange-frequencies-automaton-dolls-eyes.html

On the risks of collecting antiquities:

https://www.ft.com/content/f4df95c2-cc94-11e8-8d0b-a6539b949662

On hangover cures throughout history:

https://slate.com/human-interest/2018/11/hair-of-the-dog-history-hangover-cure.html

On Newton’s ‘discovery’ of gravity (humour):

https://www.newyorker.com/humor/daily-shouts/an-oral-history-of-isaac-newton-discovering-gravity-as-told-by-his-contemporaries

On Christians and the winter solstice thing:

https://bigthink.com/culture-religion/how-christians-co-opted-the-winter-solstice

On ‘fake news’ in the era of Philip II:

https://elpais.com/elpais/2018/11/24/hechos/1543087634_866047.html

More criticism of Columbus:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2018/11/26/actualidad/1543228299_277471.html

A guide to Kahlil Gibran:

https://theconversation.com/guide-to-the-classics-the-prophet-by-kahlil-gibran-107274

A photo long thought to be of Van Gogh is actually his brother:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/29/arts/design/rare-photo-is-a-teenage-van-gogh-but-not-vincent.html
https://www.apnews.com/e8194f78395845689b2438fee8e8feca
https://www.dw.com/en/famous-vincent-van-gogh-photo-actually-of-his-brother-theo/a-46514954

On Islam and science:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/2018/11/30/what-we-lose-when-we-lose-muslim-immigrants/?wpisrc=nl_everything&wpmm=1

On Kaiser Wilhelm II:

https://www.newyorker.com/culture/culture-desk/what-happens-when-a-bad-tempered-distractible-doofus-runs-an-empire

On the end of WWI:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-46329241

Hester Pulter’s poetry is available online:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/17th-century-female-aristocrats-little-known-poems-now-available-online-180970910/

More on the Leaning Tower not leaning so much:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/22/world/europe/leaning-tower-of-pisa.html
https://phys.org/news/2018-12-straightening-tower-pisa.html

Review of a couple of books about Nietzsche:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/20/books/review/sue-prideaux-i-am-dynamite-john-kaag-hiking-with-nietzsche.html
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Hadrian and Athens:

http://www.qgazette.com/news/2018-11-28/Front_Page/On_The_Road_in_Greece_PhilHellene_Roman_Emperor_Ha.html

Tintoretto:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/15/arts/design/tintoretto-venice.html

Ashurbanipal:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/a-conqueror-with-a-taste-for-art-1543060800?mod=searchresults&page=1&pos=1

Toulouse-Lautrec:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20181123-toulouse-lautrec-poster-boy-of-the-paris-elite

Mycenean Greece:

https://www.dw.com/en/the-myths-and-mysteries-of-ancient-greece-on-show-in-germany/a-46488891
https://www.dw.com/en/the-legendary-world-of-agamemnon/g-46492992
https://eu.greekreporter.com/2018/11/29/mycenaean-treasures-travel-to-germany-for-rare-exhibition/

… related feature:

https://www.dw.com/en/heinrich-schliemann-the-man-who-discovered-troy/a-18946144

V&A Cast Courts:

http://theartnewspaper.com/news/sitting-room-only-as-v-and-a-opens-up-trajan-s-column
https://www.standard.co.uk/go/london/arts/v-and-a-cast-courts-replicas-rome-a4002336.html

Hyping the Grand Egyptian Museum:

https://www.latimes.com/world/la-fg-grand-egyptian-museum-20181126-story.html
http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContentP/4/318121/Opinion/Egyptian-Museum-reborn.aspx

… and sharing artifacts:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/61191/The-National-Museum-receives-800-artifacts

Hyping the Troy museum:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-12/01/c_137643901.htm

On Florence’s Accademia:

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/accademia-private-tour-florence-italy/index.html

Pondering how museums acquire stuff:

http://www.arabnews.com/node/1412506
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AT THE AUCTIONS
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An unrecorded John Donne manuscript recently found in Suffolk is coming to auction:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/nov/30/unknown-john-donne-manuscript-discovered-in-suffolk
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-suffolk-46398605

An original Eiffel Tower staircase is coming to auction:

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/eiffel-tower-staircase-sale/index.html

A Bible signed by Einstein:

https://m.jpost.com/Diaspora/Bible-inscribed-by-Einstein-to-be-auctioned-questions-his-religious-views-572739

Big bucks for a Dorset detectorist’s ring find:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-46343473

Big bucks for a Roman bronze foot:

https://www.antiquestradegazette.com/news/2018/roman-bronze-foot-from-monumental-statue-makes-10-times-estimate-at-bonhams-auction/
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THE TECHY SIDE
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What medieval dental plaque reveals:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/11/medieval-dental-plaque-sheds-light-on-how-our-microbiomes-have-changed/

A Denisovan facial reconstruction:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/nov/24/denisovan-neanderthal-hybrid-denny-dna-finder-project

Giving Bruegel’s creative process a high tech inspection:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/23/arts/design/bruegel-kunsthistorisches-museum-technology-layers.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-online-portal-reveals-pieter-bruegels-macabre-underdrawings-creative-process-180970889/

Using tech to protect cultural heritage:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-11/ucfv-cha112818.php

Recreating ancient Rome in VR:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/vr-experience-restores-7000-roman-buildings-monuments-their-former-glory-180970901/
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Finns and Sami folk share Siberian DNA apparently:

https://phys.org/news/2018-11-ancient-dna-smi-finns-identical.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-11/mpif-fad112618.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/11/181127092535.htm
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/11/181127092535.htm

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

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

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/15/travel/budget-leh-india-.html

Valletta:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20181129-the-last-true-knight-on-malta

Country houses of Britain:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20181127-top-country-houses-of-britain

Sicily:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/annabel/2018/11/27/discovering-a-secret-sicily/
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PERFORMANCES
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Nutcracker:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/23/arts/music/nutcracker-new-york-city-ballet-tchaikovsky.html

A Mad Love:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/28/books/review/vivien-schweitzer-mad-love-mad-scenes-heidi-waleson.html

Celebrating Offenbach’s 200th:

https://www.dw.com/en/more-than-cancan-jacques-offenbachs-200th-anniversary/a-46490669

Review of a biography of Debussy:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/19/books/review/claude-debussy-stephen-walsh-biography.html

… and a biography of Bing Crosy:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/28/books/review/gary-giddins-bing-crosby-biography.html
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CRIME BEAT
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In search of a stolen Picasso:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/19/world/europe/stolen-picasso-rotterdam-museum-romania.html

Investigating some Viking ‘dealings’ in Herefordshire:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-stoke-staffordshire-46377071

A 16-year-old art lover/thief:

https://www.dutchnews.nl/news/2018/11/16-year-old-art-lover-steals-antiquities-worth-e150000/

Vandalism in the abandoned village in Ladybower Reservoir:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-derbyshire-46316985

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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More on the BM loaning back the Benin Bronzes:

https://lifestyle.thecable.ng/stolen-benin-bronzes-return-nigeria-temporarily/
https://www.pulse.ng/lifestyle/food-travel-arts-culture/british-museum-makes-plans-to-loan-benin-bronzes-to-nigeria-id9142715.html
https://www.withinnigeria.com/2018/11/27/uk-to-loan-benin-bronzes-back-to-nigeria-after-being-looted-for-more-than-a-century-by-british-soldiers/
https://qz.com/africa/1477656/british-museum-to-return-looted-benin-bronze-artifacts/

… and Easter Island wanting their Moai back:

http://theconversation.com/easter-island-statues-international-law-is-shifting-against-british-museum-107726
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/12/01/easter-islands-moai-statue-british-museum-should-treated-like/

More on the French report regarding museum returns:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/21/arts/design/france-museums-africa-savoy-sarr-report.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fdesign

More on France’s returning looted art:

https://www.theweek.co.uk/98031/france-to-return-looted-west-african-art
https://www.forbes.com/sites/alexledsom/2018/11/27/macrons-thorny-plan-for-the-restitution-of-historical-artefacts-is-costly/
https://hyperallergic.com/473075/french-president-wants-to-return-benins-artifacts-but-will-french-law-allow-him/
https://www.ft.com/content/162c41c4-f3de-11e8-ae55-df4bf40f9d0d

… and some resistance:

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/quai-branly-president-macron-africa-restitution-report-1404364

Senegal wants items back from France:

http://www.voice-online.co.uk/article/senegal-demands-art-back-france

General feature on pressure on museums to return items:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2018/dec/02/british-museums-pressure-give-back–looted-african-art-treasures

OpEd on why museums shouldn’t return things:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2018/nov/25/benin-bronzes-why-western-museums-should-keep-treasures

Other opeds in related veins:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2018/nov/27/should-museum-artefacts-be-returned-to-the-countries-they-came-from
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/27/arts/design/macron-report-restitution-precedent.html
https://www.yahoo.com/news/art-lessons-why-france-giving-countries-back-cultural-175200143.html
https://frieze.com/article/looted-art-and-universal-museum-can-21st-century-collections-ever-escape-colonialisms
https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/46344247

… and the Parthenon Marbles are brought up again:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2018/11/27/the-acropolis-museum-is-perfectly-capable-of-housing-the-original-parthenon-sculptures-says-sunday-times/

… and it’s not just art that various people want returned:

https://news.artnet.com/market/its-not-just-art-that-indigenous-peoples-want-back-from-museums-they-want-their-ancestors-human-remains-too-1397737

More on Canada returning items to Jordan:

http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/generalnews/2018/11/28/jordan-retrieves-ancient-artifacts-from-canada_49cada55-bdc3-4c98-a858-8870ac2e3852.html
https://www.albawaba.com/business/jordan-retains-plethora-trafficked-artefacts-canada-1219650
https://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/18/11/r12751086/the-government-of-canada-announces-the-return-of-58-antiquities-to-jor
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NUMISMATICA
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Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/club_nbs_esylum_v21n47.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/club_nbs_esylum_v21n48.html

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Ancient Coin Collecting:

http://ancientcoincollecting.blogspot.com/

Ancient Coins:

http://classicalcoins.blogspot.com/

Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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James H. Billington:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/21/obituaries/james-billington-dead.html

Donald White:

http://www2.philly.com/philly/obituaries/donald-white-83-internationally-known-archaeologist-and-penn-museum-curator-20181126.html
https://www.thedp.com/article/2018/11/donald-white-upenn-professor-penn-museum-archaeologist-died

Olivia Hooker:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/23/obituaries/olivia-hooker-dead.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-46332474

Georg Nicolaus Knauer:

https://classicalstudies.org/scs-news/memoriam-georg-nicolaus-knauer

Randolph Braham:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/28/obituaries/randolph-braham-dead.html
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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-main-menu-cat/audio-news-list/2792-audio-news-from-archaeologica-18-november-24-november-2018
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CONFERENCES
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Jews and the Americas (February 2019):

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

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GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

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

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Ancient Digger:

http://www.ancientdigger.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Past Horizons:

http://www.pasthorizons.com/

Stonepages:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

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

Time Machine:

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

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

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/

The Book and the Spade:

http://www.radioscribe.com/bknspade.htm
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Explorator 21.31 ~ November 25, 2018

Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Hernan Astudillo,
Richard Campbell, Barbara Saylor Rodgers, Bob Heuman, David Critchley,
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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Study suggests 170 000- 80 000 bp tools found in China were made there, not brought:

https://phys.org/news/2018-11-stone-tools-analysis-theories-human.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/11/181119160256.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-11/uow-ta111518.php
https://www.zmescience.com/science/anthropology/swiss-army-knife-anthropology-19112018/
http://www.ecns.cn/news/2018-11-20/detail-ifyzwcft9470897.shtml
https://theconversation.com/new-dates-for-ancient-stone-tools-in-china-point-to-local-invention-of-complex-technology-106914
https://cosmosmagazine.com/archaeology/china-s-missing-stone-age-technique-found
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/?p=29353
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7154-181119-china-levallois-technique

On Uranium-Lead dating in the Cradle of Humankind (South Africa):

https://phys.org/news/2018-11-evolution-south-africa-hominin-fair-weather.html
https://phys.org/news/2018-11-age-caves-cradle-humankindand.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/11/181121142446.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-11/uoct-esa112018.php
https://theconversation.com/how-we-calculated-the-age-of-caves-in-the-cradle-of-humankind-and-why-it-matters-104856

Comparing Denisovans and Neanderthals:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/nov/24/denisovan-neanderthal-hybrid-denny-dna-finder-project

Nice feature on human evolution:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/19/science/human-evolution-hominins.html
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Humans are not to blame (apparently) for ancient mammal extinctions in Africa:

https://phys.org/news/2018-11-human-ancestors-blame-ancient-mammal.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-11/uou-han112018.php
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-11/asu-eha111818.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/11/181123135011.htm
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-46306622
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[I confess the coverage of finds from Egypt this week is confusing … first two items may or may not overlap!]

A pair of finds from Luxor were revealed together this week — a 3000 years bp female mummy sarcophagus and a tomb of a mummification overseer (which I think was reported before):

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/11/24/egyptian-archaeologists-unveil-newly-discovered-luxor-tombs/
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-46329051
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/nov/25/mummified-woman-dating-back-3000-years-unveiled-in-egypt
https://www.timesofisrael.com/egypt-unveils-ancient-luxor-tomb-with-very-nice-paintings/
http://www.arabnews.com/node/1410386/art-culture
https://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/egypt/egypt-unveils-over-3-000-year-old-female-mummy-in-unopened-coffin-1.6680462
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-11/25/c_137629002.htm

… and there was a find of a tomb of a priest and his wife (I think this is different than the above):

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/317846/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/In-Photos–th-Dynasty-sarcophagus-reveals-wellpres.aspx
https://ww.egyptindependent.com/new-pharaonic-tomb-uncovered-in-luxor-antiquities-minister/
https://phys.org/news/2018-11-egypt-unveils-pharaonic-tomb-luxor.html
http://www.arabtimesonline.com/news/pharaonic-tomb-discoverd-in-luxor/

Stone blocks from Matariya bear the name of one of Ramses II’s engineers:

https://phys.org/news/2018-11-blocks-egypt-famed-pharaoh-builder.html
https://ww.egyptindependent.com/new-discoveries-in-raa-monastery-antiquities-ministry/
http://www.tribtown.com/2018/11/21/ml-egypt-antiquities-5/
https://www.thestar.com/news/world/2018/11/21/blocks-discovered-in-egypt-bear-name-of-famed-pharaohs-engineer.html

Opeddish sort of thing on possible tombs-to-be-found in Egypt:

https://inews.co.uk/culture/ancient-egypt-undiscovered-tombs-chris-naunton/

Feature on conservation work at the Ipet temple in Karnak:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/317818/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Conservation-work-at-Ipet-temple-in-Luxor-continue.aspx

Arguing over ‘modern use’ of ancient monuments in Egypt:

https://english.alarabiya.net/en/features/2018/11/18/Ancient-Egyptian-temples-Historic-monuments-or-wedding-halls-.html

Remains of a large Neolithic settlement in southern Jordan:

http://jordantimes.com/news/local/polish-archaeologists-unveil-large-neolithic-settlement-southern-jordan

A burial is suggesting human occupation of Tehran some 7000 years bp:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/429636/Evidence-may-push-back-history-of-Tehran-by-6-600-years

A Bronze Age game board from Azerbaijan:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/bronze-age-game-found-chiseled-stone-azerbaijan

A new chunk of the Epic of Gilgamesh has been translated:

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/nov/20/sex-epic-trump-gilgamesh
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/ancient-sex-saga-now-twice-as-epic-ng03tblxh

Suggestion that a meteor blast destroyed settlements in the Dead Sea region some 3700 years bp:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/exploding-meteor-may-have-wiped-out-ancient-dead-sea-communities
https://www.timesofisrael.com/evidence-of-sodom-meteor-blast-cause-of-biblical-destruction-say-scientists/
https://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/how-an-asteroid-destroyed-sodom/news-story/7034528b5e51ee8cbd706acd2afab9e2
https://www.newsweek.com/biblical-city-sodom-was-blasted-smithereens-massive-asteroid-explosion-1227339

… see also (for the ASOR abstract … perhaps):

https://www.hou.usra.edu/meetings/metsoc2017/pdf/6001.pdf

… the paper *might* still be available at:

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/286450259

Analysis of 3600 years bp tomb offerings at a Canaanite burial at Megiddo suggest vanilla was being used:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/residue-found-in-3600-year-old-holy-land-tomb-rewrites-the-history-of-vanilla/
https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/11/israeli-tomb-contains-a-tasty-surprise-vanilla-extract/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/vanilla-was-first-used-2500-years-earlier-and-half-world-where-we-thought-180970862/
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/bronze-age-tomb-israel-reveals-earliest-known-use-vanilla
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7153-181119-israel-megiddo-vanilla

A 3000 years bp ‘beka’ weight from Jerusalem:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/straight-from-the-bible-tiny-first-temple-stone-weight-unearthed-in-jerusalem/
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/MAGAZINE-second-first-temple-weight-this-one-with-mirror-writing-found-in-jerusalem-sifting-1.6676037
https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Half-shekel-from-First-Temple-era-unearthed-near-City-of-David-572423
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/Album.aspx/5/124104
https://www.jta.org/2018/11/22/news-opinion/stone-weight-likely-used-first-temple-uncovered
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/jerusalem/first-temple-beka-weight-unearthed-in-jerusalem-sifting-project/2018/11/21/
http://www.cityofdavid.org.il/en/news/new-discovery-3000-year-old-%E2%80%9Cbeka%E2%80%9D-weight

A very large ‘ceremonial hall’ beneath a Crusader Castle at Montfort:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-massive-unknown-hall-discovered-in-crusader-castle-in-northern-israel-1.6677324

Ongoing concerns for the site of ancient Babylon:

https://www.npr.org/2018/11/24/669272204/in-iraq-a-race-to-protect-the-crumbling-bricks-of-ancient-babylon

Feature on the British School of Archaeology in Iraq:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2018/11/British-School-of-Archaeology-Iraq

Feature on spices mentioned in the Bible:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/ancient-cultures/daily-life-and-practice/bible-herbs-spices/

Syrians and Kurds are arguing over protection of ‘national antiquities’:

http://www.kurdistan24.net/en/news/31018573-d804-4689-a7b6-5468f80ba5d5

Lawrence Schiffman on how the MoB’s DSS were exposed as fakes:

http://lawrenceschiffman.com/buyer-beware-how-forged-dead-sea-scrolls-were-exposed-by-high-tech-tests/

Haven’t had a Noah’s Ark claim in a long time:

https://en.mehrnews.com/news/139776/Archaeologists-raise-possibility-of-Noah-s-Ark-landing-in-Iran

More coverage of the latest Huqoq mosaic finds:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/newly-revealed-5th-century-mosaics-a-kaleidoscope-of-jewish-and-secular-imagery/
https://aleteia.org/2018/11/19/see-the-freshly-unearthed-mosaics-from-a-5th-century-israeli-synagogue/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7158-181121-israel-huqoq-mosaics

More on that purported image of a young Jesus in a desert monastery:

https://www.jpost.com//Israel-News/New-depiction-of-young-Jesus-discovered-in-ancient-desert-monastery-572445

More on Egyptian astronomers knowing about variable stars:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kionasmith/2018/11/21/ancient-egypt-discovered-variable-stars-a-thousand-years-before-european-astronomers/

More on that 3700 years bp woman+fetus burial:

https://www.livescience.com/64126-egypt-skeletons-pregnant-woman-fetus.html
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Plenty of coverage (and plenty of spins) on the discovery of a fresco depicting Leda and the Swan:

https://phys.org/news/2018-11-sensual-goddess-fresco-ancient-pompeii.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/25/world/europe/pompeii-fresco-leda-swan-zeus.html
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/nov/19/take-me-to-your-leda-sensual-pompeii-bedroom-art-uncovered
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/11/21/could-learn-thing-two-pompeiis-saucy-murals/
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-46265708
https://www.dw.com/en/mythical-sex-scene-fresco-discovered-in-pompeii/a-46369815
https://www.standard.co.uk/news/world/amazing-fresco-of-woman-and-swan-discovered-in-ruins-in-pompeii-a3994306.html
http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2018/11/19/sensual-fresco-found-in-pompeii_4514e3a7-f970-451f-8434-4e7d84018c52.html
http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2018/11/19/erotic-fresco-uncovered-in-pompeii_3de7e297-4cf4-46fa-b2b9-587010709224.html
https://www.thelocal.it/20181120/erotic-fresco-pompeii-leda-and-the-swan
https://eu.greekreporter.com/2018/11/20/sensual-fresco-of-spartan-queen-discovered-in-pompeii/
https://www.timesunion.com/entertainment/article/Sensual-goddess-fresco-discovered-in-ancient-13404690.php
https://metro.co.uk/2018/11/20/woman-looks-directly-at-you-as-she-has-sex-with-a-swan-in-newly-found-pompeii-art-8157642/
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/MAGAZINE-stunning-fresco-of-leda-and-the-swan-sex-scene-found-in-pompeii-1.6662327
https://www.independent.ie/world-news/archaeologists-in-pompeii-find-sensual-fresco-of-queen-and-a-swan-37543660.html
https://www.coventrytelegraph.net/news/uk-world-news/sensual-fresco-pompeii-15439655
https://www.standard.co.uk/comment/comment/leda-and-the-swan-shows-where-power-lay-in-pompeii-a3996121.html
https://uk.news.yahoo.com/ancient-apos-sensual-apos-painting-145000152.html
https://nationalpost.com/news/world/sensual-goddess-fresco-discovered-in-ancient-pompeii-bedroom
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-11/20/c_137618205.htm
https://www.newsweek.com/pompeii-archaeologists-discover-fresco-painting-roman-myth-leda-swan-1221959
https://www.apollo-magazine.com/fresco-of-leda-and-the-swan-discovered-in-pompeii/
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/ancient-bedroom-erotica-unearthed-in-pompeii/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7152-181119-pompeii-leda-swan

… and an analysis:

https://qz.com/quartzy/1470123/a-pompeii-fresco-depicting-the-rape-of-leda-has-been-discovered/

A Roman coin hoard (from 2016) from Leintwardine:

https://www.herefordtimes.com/news/17233713.roman-coin-hoard-discovered-in-north-herefordshire/

A very interesting Greek inscription from Antandros:

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/culture-and-art/2-200-year-old-inscription-found-in-northwestern-turkey/1315384

… and one found by a fisherman in Slovenia (I think):

https://english.sta.si/2577948/fisherman-discovers-roman-tombstone-in-river

The site of Limnai has been found (we may have mentioned this):

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2018/11/21/archaeologists-discover-2700-year-old-ancient-city-on-turkeys-west-coast

Finds from Trikala:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2018/11/23/ancient-trikala-settlement-reveals-amazing-bronz-age-artifacts/

Evidence of a Roman site under a football pitch in Hull:

https://www.hulldailymail.co.uk/news/history/ancient-town-been-hiding-under-2252275

I think we mentioned this ‘lost’ Roman town found in East Yorkshire:

https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/lost-roman-town-discovered-in-east-yorkshire-1-9458129

Feature on finds from Doliche (especially the Roman baths):

https://www.zmescience.com/science/archaeology/roman-bath-syria-05112018/

Feature on the Caelian Hill and archaeology:

https://www.world-archaeology.com/features/under-the-lateran/

Plenty of Greek shipwrecks off the coast of Albania … are being looted:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2018/11/20/dozens-of-ancient-greek-shipwrecks-found-looted-off-albanian-coast/
https://phys.org/news/2018-11-looters-plunder-albania-sunken-treasures.html

There’s a major fight going on over the Villa Torlonia sculptures:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/11/22/italian-aristocratic-family-inheritance-feud-worlds-largest/
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/romans-go-to-war-over-ancient-art-5kll99qqj

Feature on the Nike of Samothrace:

https://mymodernmet.com/winged-victory-of-samothrace/

Rethinking Roman persecution of Christians:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/did-christian-historians-exaggerate-about-persecution-by-the-romans?source=articles&via=rss

A guide to Euripides:

https://theconversation.com/guide-to-the-classics-euripides-medea-and-her-terrible-revenge-against-the-patriarchy-106151

On Ptolemaic incest:

https://www.avclub.com/move-over-lannisters-no-one-did-incest-and-murder-lik-1830399087

Feature on Jim Mellas’ efforts to have the Parthenon Marbles returned to Athens:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2018/11/20/bringing-them-home-one-mans-mission-to-return-the-parthenon-marbles/

Latest virtual reality treatment for Rome:

https://www.france24.com/en/20181121-virtual-reality-resurrects-ancient-rome-bit-bit
https://www.ctvnews.ca/sci-tech/virtual-reality-resurrects-ancient-rome-bit-by-bit-1.4187595
http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2018/11/22/rome-reborn-a-previously-unseen-city_eb9e3bfb-c63f-4ccd-b9fd-16ac2aee37e7.html

They’ve recreated the helmet from the Staffordshire hoard:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2018/nov/23/ornate-gold-helmet-from-staffordshire-hoard-recreated
https://www.expressandstar.com/news/local-hubs/staffordshire/2018/11/23/fit-for-a-king-staffordshire-hoard-helmet-recreated-pictures-and-video/

A Herculean art project:

http://news.cornell.edu/stories/2018/11/classics-students-turn-hercules-statue-art-installation

Pondering what we owe Rome:

https://www.jotdown.es/2018/11/que-le-debemos-a-roma/

More on the find of Tenea:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/22/opinion/a-city-lost-and-found.html

More on Roman bathroom humour:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/sexual-puns-found-decorating-ancient-ruins-in-turkey
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http://bmcr.brynmawr.edu/recent.html

Visit our blog:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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A possible Celtic chariot burial (!) from Wales:

https://www.tivysideadvertiser.co.uk/news/pembrokeshire_news/17235386.the-first-ever-celtic-chariot-burial-in-wales-has-been-found-in-a-pembrokeshire-field/
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-46294000
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7159-181121-wales-chariot-burial

Excavations in Ribe (Denmark) suggest Vikings were sophisticated urban planning folk:

https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2018/nov/20/artefacts-reveal-vikings-were-more-urban-pioneers-than-violent-raiders-ribe

Remains of a ‘handless monk’ were found near that porpoise burial mentioned a while ago:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/nov/21/body-of-handless-monk-discovered-by-site-of-buried-porpoise-chapelle-dom-hue-near-guernsey

A 13th century solid gold reliquary from a medieval church site in the Trapesitsa Fort:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2018/11/14/world-first-medieval-gold-cross-reliquary-with-holy-cross-particle-discovered-in-trapesitsa-fortress-in-bulgarias-veliko-tarnovo/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7156-181120-bulgaria-gold-reliquary

More HS2 archaeology hype:

https://www.coventrytelegraph.net/news/coventry-news/amazing-long-lost-roman-settlement-15329660

A large Ottoman hoard discovered by prisoners in Pleven (Bulgaria):

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2018/11/19/prison-inmates-find-hoard-of-7000-ottoman-silver-coins-hidden-in-2-treasure-pots-in-bulgarias-pleven/

Assorted Ottoman-era finds from near the Slovakia-Hungary border:

https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20955176/archaeological-research-in-filakovo-brought-discoveries-of-european-importance.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7155-181120-slovakia-clay-disc

They’ve been straightening the Leaning Tower of Pisa:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-46300789
https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/leaning-tower-of-pisa-tilt-scli-intl/index.html

More on rethinking the composition of the Domesday book:

https://phys.org/news/2018-11-historian-story-england-venerated-domesday.html
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http://archaeology-in-europe.blogspot.com/

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Not sure if we mentioned these Han Dynasty bamboo slips from a burial in Shanxi:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-11/20/c_137619707.htm

Western Han tombs from Fuzhou:

http://www.china.org.cn/china/2018-11/22/content_74198525.htm

Kushan era coins from a site in Baghpat:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/meerut/kushan-period-coins-discovered-in-baghpat/articleshow/66672322.cms

Excavating a 19th century cottage in Arrowtown:

https://www.odt.co.nz/news/the-south-today/archaeologists-unearth-arrowtown-cottage

Feature on Woollarawarre Bennelong:

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/nov/19/bennelongs-grave-how-history-betrayed-australias-first-diplomat
https://theconversation.com/why-we-should-remember-boorong-bennelongs-third-wife-who-is-buried-beside-him-107280

Colonial Australia was concerned about deaths of Aborigines in prison:

https://theconversation.com/colonial-australia-was-surprisingly-concerned-about-aboriginal-deaths-in-custody-107268

Bringing in drones to help save the Great Wall:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-46015900

Feature on Nanjing’s ‘Great Wall’:

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p06jpl8v/The-other-Great-Wall-no–one-knows

Feature on Jomon ceramics:

https://www.apollo-magazine.com/precocious-potters-ancient-japan-jomon/

Feature on the Sentinelese people and their history:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/22/world/asia/andaman-sentinelese-missionary.html

More on that ‘money tree’ in a Sichuan tomb:

http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2018-11/18/content_73376751.htm
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http://www.southeastasianarchaeology.com/

New Zealand Archaeology eNews:

https://us14.campaign-archive.com/home/?u=ddab09cab5362c9613318bd92&id=b917a20ae5
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Archaeology is helping the Rappahannock people reclaim their status/heritage:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/virginia-politics/the-indians-were-right-the-english-were-wrong-a-virginia-tribe-reclaims-its-past/2018/11/21/2380f92c-e8f4-11e8-bbdb-72fdbf9d4fed_story.html

Archaeology renews an argument over the oldest town in Connecticut:

https://phys.org/news/2018-11-resurrects-feud-town-state-oldest.html
http://www.tribtown.com/2018/11/18/us-first-town-feud/
https://whdh.com/news/dig-resurrects-a-feud-over-which-town-is-connecticuts-oldest/
https://pictorial.jezebel.com/archaeologists-stir-the-pot-in-long-running-feud-betwee-1830534733
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/newly-discovered-artifact-reignite-feud-over-connecticuts-oldest-towns–180970876/

… related:

https://www.courant.com/community/wethersfield/hc-we-wethersfield-archaeological-dig-1115-20181114-story.html

More items retrieved from the wreck of the Whydah:

https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2018/11/23/more-artifacts-recovered-from-whydah-shipwreck-site/BSVrA0fknId49Gg3MQ3kCO/story.html

Feature on the dig at Princeton Battlefield State Park:

https://www.njtvonline.org/news/video/excavating-history-underneath-princeton-battlefield/

A Jim Crow era mass grave in Texas may get in the way of school construction:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2018/11/19/mass-grave-chilling-secrets-jim-crow-era-may-halt-texas-schools-construction/

An archaeological assessment at a train station site in Barrie is taking longer than expected:

https://www.barrietoday.com/local-news/archaeological-assessment-at-allandale-station-taking-longer-than-expected-1130674

A Utah mining company has decided to leave some petroglyphs in place rather than moving them:

https://www.ksl.com/article/46431557/company-to-alter-plan-to-leave-historic-petroglyphs-in-place

On the fate of the Anacostans:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2018/11/22/native-american-tribe-once-called-dc-home-its-had-no-living-members-centuries/

What modern society can learn from the Hopewell:

https://www.dispatch.com/news/20181118/archaeology-modern-society-can-learn-from-how-hopewell-conducted-themselves

On Lincoln and American Thanksgiving:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2018/11/20/we-celebrate-thanksgiving-because-this-poignant-proclamation-abraham-lincoln/

On Benjamin Franklin and his non-connection to turkey:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2018/11/21/ben-franklin-didnt-champion-turkeys-fact-they-never-survived-encounters-with-him/

Plenty of Thanksgiving revisionism in this one:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/21/us/thanksgiving-myths-fact-check.html

… and here:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/culture/2018/11/first-thanksgiving-berkeley-virginia-pilgrim-archaeology/

How/why the Pilgrims survived:

https://www.livescience.com/64154-why-the-pilgrims-survived.html

The Pilgrims apparently had massive debt:

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/economy/what-you-didnt-know-about-the-pilgrims-they-had-massive-debt

The story of Stephen Hopkins may cause a ‘pilgrim story’ rethink:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/21/opinion/thanksgiving-pilgrims-puritans-democracy-.html

Review of W.F. Brundage, *Civilizing Torture*:

https://www.latimes.com/books/la-ca-jc-civilizing-torture-20181122-story.html
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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First human remains from Joya de Ceren:

http://www.arabnews.com/node/1409636/offbeat
https://news.mb.com.ph/2018/11/23/first-human-remains-found-in-el-salvadors-mayan-pompeii/

Feature on the excavations at Pachacamac:

https://www.world-archaeology.com/features/pachacamac-pilgrimages-and-power-in-ancient-peru/

Feature on the economic activities of the coastal Maya in Belize:

https://www.hakaimagazine.com/features/hidden-coastal-culture-of-the-ancient-maya/
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Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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Not sure where to put this one on Egypt and ancient Sicily:

http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/generalnews/2018/11/19/egypt-and-its-many-relations-with-ancient-sicily_a3061e24-0380-4f43-9508-09d21b722f2a.html

On Blackbeard and other pirates as heroes of democracy (!):

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/22/opinion/blackbeard-pirate-golden-age-.html

Pondering Kaiser Wilhelm:

https://www.newyorker.com/culture/culture-desk/what-happens-when-a-bad-tempered-distractible-doofus-runs-an-empire

Feature on the first hot air balloon:

https://www.dw.com/en/the-montgolfi%C3%A8re-the-worlds-first-hot-air-balloon/g-46391500

Pondering a meteor strike’s possible impact on humans:

http://science.sciencemag.org/content/362/6416/738?rss=1

Feature on Matisse’s Odalisques:

https://daily.jstor.org/the-colonialist-gaze-of-matisses-odalisques/

On the UK’s newest ‘Monuments Men/Man”:

http://theartnewspaper.com/news/the-uk-revives-its-monuments-men

Feature on a pile of ancient engineers:

https://interestingengineering.com/13-engineers-from-antiquity-and-their-marvels

Feature on ochre:

https://www.livescience.com/64138-ochre.html

On the racy side of Shakespeare:

https://theconversation.com/friday-essay-50-shades-of-shakespeare-how-the-bard-sexed-things-up-106783

Rodin’s ‘The Kiss’ is in Ipswich:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-suffolk-46321887
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-46320666

Latest 18th century schoolboy doodles find:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/nov/20/eighteenth-century-schoolboys-doodles-uncovered-as-library-is-restored

On ‘drawing’ history:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/19/opinion/how-would-you-draw-history.html

A Michelangelo ‘what if’ novel:

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/11/26/when-michelangelo-went-to-constantinople

Feature on Voltaire:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-voltaire-went-bastille-prisoner-famous-playwright-180970854/

Hype for an archaeology conference at Paestum:

http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/regions/campania/2018/11/19/four-archaeological-sites-featured-at-paestum-conference_3ebad7bf-b79e-4946-a35a-08f39edaff88.html

More on the identification of some bronzes as being done by Michelangelo (based on abs and toes!):

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sculptures-chiseled-abs-unusual-toes-convince-experts-they-were-crafted-michelangelo-180970839/

More on the worst year in history to be a human:

https://www.livescience.com/64132-worst-year-ever-536.html
https://www.cnn.com/2018/11/20/health/worst-year-536-scli-intl/index.html
https://www.wtva.com/content/national/500927992.html
http://science.sciencemag.org/content/362/6416/733?rss=1
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7151-181116-volcano-ice-core
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Gainsborough:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2018/nov/21/gainsboroughs-family-album-review

Crete: Emerging Cities:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/33448-three-ancient-cretan-cities-come-alive-at-the-museum-of-cycladic-art-in-athens.html

Monumentality:

http://www.artfixdaily.com/artwire/release/9688-with-works-spanning-antiquity-to-present-day-monumentality-opens-

Middle Ages in 50 Objects:

http://www2.philly.com/philly/entertainment/arts/the-middle-ages-in-50-objects-a-cavalcade-of-astonishing-things-with-stories-to-tell-20181123.html

Ashurbanipal:

https://aleteia.org/2018/11/23/the-horrible-history-of-the-biblical-assyrians-comes-to-life/
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2018/nov/23/ashurnasirpal-ii-shoots-a-wounded-lion-a-dangerous-predator-or-human-enemy

Marking the anniversary of the Egyptian Museum in Cairo:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/egyptian-museum-celebrates-its-116th-anniversary/
https://aawsat.com/english/home/article/1472221/egyptian-museum-cairo-maintains-status-mecca-antiquity-lovers
http://www.arabnews.com/node/1408146/middle-east

On pop up museums in Libya:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2018/11/Pop-Up-Museums

Some museum acquisition humour:

https://local.theonion.com/metropolitan-museum-acquires-another-vase-1830499658

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THE TECHY SIDE
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John Bellingham is the latest facial reconstruction getting press attention:

https://phys.org/news/2018-11-revealing-infamous-19th-century-british.html

Applying facial recognition software to Civil War photos:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/facial-recognition-software-helping-identify-unknown-figures-civil-war-photographs-180970863/

Applying proteomics to art, manuscripts, and the like:

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/11/26/do-proteins-hold-the-key-to-the-past

The Inside Bruegel project:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/23/arts/design/bruegel-kunsthistorisches-museum-technology-layers.html
http://tourism.khm.at/en/explore-experience/exhibition-highlights/2018-bruegel/

Ice cores suggest the transition from gold to silver coinage in Europe happened 25 years earlier than previously thought:

https://phys.org/news/2018-11-laser-technology-uncovers-medieval-secrets.html
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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Climate change theatens historic lighthouses around the US:

https://phys.org/news/2018-11-sea-threatening-historic-lighthouses.html

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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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Birthplace of the modern apple:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20181120-the-birthplace-of-the-modern-apple

Leon:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2018/11/15/actualidad/1542273230_485714.html

Belize:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20181118-belizes-thriving-afro-caribbean-community
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PERFORMANCES
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Feature on Fanny Mendelssohn:

https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-46261010/the-unsung-life-of-the-composer-fanny-mendelssohn

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CRIME BEAT
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I think we mentioned this stolen Byzantine mosaic (from Cyprus) being found:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-46252520

… and its return:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/looted-st-mark-mosaic-returns-home-cyprus-004609752.html
http://www.financialmirror.com/news-details.php?nid=36145
https://www.wsbradio.com/entertainment/repatriated-6th-century-mosaic-help-reconstitute-apse/6XZC0J0UxX26Z9AIbpCyzM/
https://fr.aleteia.org/2018/11/22/chypre-le-grand-retour-du-visage-de-saint-marc/

A bust in Igoumenitsa:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/234881/article/ekathimerini/news/man-arrested-in-western-greece-for-possession-of-ancient-coins

… and Famagusta:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2018/11/23/man-arrested-after-drugs-antiquities-found-at-his-home/

Overviewish thing on looting of sides in the western Mediterranean:

https://www.livescience.com/64130-middle-east-looters-spirit-possession.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 report suggests that France should return a pile of items to Africa:

https://www.franceculture.fr/droit-justice/restitutions-doeuvres-dart-un-rapport-suggere-un-accord-entre-la-france-et-des-pays?#Echobox=1542865805
https://www.france24.com/en/20181123-report-calls-france-return-african-art-taken-during-colonial-period
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/nov/21/france-urged-to-return-looted-african-art-treasures-macron
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/21/arts/design/france-museums-africa-savoy-sarr-report.html
https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/art/news/france-museums-art-looted-africa-colonial-heritage-law-macron-report-a8646611.html
https://qz.com/africa/1473023/france-should-return-looted-african-artifacts-says-report/
https://www.dw.com/en/french-art-dealers-angry-after-report-urges-african-treasures-be-returned/a-46410445
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-africa-france-art/french-commission-to-urge-return-of-looted-african-art-idUSKCN1NS1GH
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/french-report-recommends-full-restitution-looted-african-artworks-180970872/

… related feature on things looted from Africa:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-45406557
http://www.eurasiatimes.org/en/23/11/2018/europe-addresses-looted-treasures-in-museums/

… and the Quai Branley Museum is returning some Benin Bronzes:

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-11-24/france-returns-26-artefacts-to-benin-as-report-urges-restitution/10551402
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-46324174
https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/france-to-return-looted-artefacts-to-benin-20181124-p50i4o.html
https://fox40.com/2018/11/24/france-to-return-26-stolen-artifacts-to-benin/

Latest on the Rapa Nui’s appeal to the British Museum:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/nov/20/easter-island-british-museum-return-moai-statue
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-46222276
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/11/20/easter-island-make-emotional-plea-british-museum-return-spiritual/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/british-museum-hosts-rapa-nui-representatives-discuss-repatriation-easter-island-statue-180970878/
https://www.latercera.com/nacional/noticia/evaluan-prestamo-largo-plazo-traer-moai-desde-londres-chile/410603/
https://www.latercera.com/nacional/noticia/emocionante-encuentro-londres-pascuense-moai-quiere-llevar-vuelta-la-isla/409294/
https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/easter-island-governor-pleads-with-british-museum-to-give-back-statue-a3996376.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/british-museum-hosts-rapa-nui-representatives-discuss-repatriation-easter-island-statue-180970878/

… related opeds:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/11/21/would-morally-nonsensical-cultural-disaster-british-museum-gave/
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/nov/24/easter-island-statue-britain-museum

The British Museum is returning a number of Benin Bronzes to Nigeria:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/british-museum-sends-benin-bronzes-back-to-nigeria-nspwdgnq0

The missing pieces of the Gypsy Girl mosaic have been returned to Turkey:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/gypsy-girl-mosaic-fragments-returned-to-turkey-v3s27wgkp
https://www.sent-trib.com/news/mosaics-on-the-move-bgsu-gives-pieces-back-to-turkey/article_c8fe31aa-ed0c-11e8-a31a-7ffd671411f3.html
https://www.albawaba.com/editorchoice/missing-pieces-famed-gypsy-girl-mosaic-be-returned-turkey-1215644
https://ahvalnews.com/gypsy-girl/missing-pieces-famous-gypsy-girl-mosaic-coming-turkey

Switzerland returned a number of items to Egypt:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/switzerland-hands-over-26-artifacts-to-egypt/
http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/60815/Egypt%E2%80%99s-ambassador-in-Switzerland-recovers-26-ancient-artifacts

Some opeds:

http://theconversation.com/returning-looted-artefacts-will-finally-restore-heritage-to-the-brilliant-cultures-that-made-them-107479
https://www.expatica.com/fr/news/country-news/France-Africa-art-museums-Germany-Belgium-Britain_2229911.html

Canada appears to be returning some items to Jordan:

https://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/18/11/r12745952/media-advisory-andy-fillmore-parliamentary-secretary-to-the-minister-o
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NUMISMATICA
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Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/club_nbs_esylum_v21n46.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/club_nbs_esylum_v21n47.html

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Ancient Coin Collecting:

http://ancientcoincollecting.blogspot.com/

Ancient Coins:

http://classicalcoins.blogspot.com/

Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/
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OBITUARIES
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Clara Hallett:

http://www.royalgazette.com/news/article/20181122/clara-keggie-hallett-1926-2018

Michael Metcalf:

https://www.theguardian.com/education/2018/nov/19/michael-metcalf-obituary

Karl Baipakov:

https://www.inform.kz/en/outstanding-kazakhstani-archaeologist-karl-baipakov-passed-away_a3463877

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-main-menu-cat/audio-news-list/2791-audio-news-from-archaeologica-11-november-17-november-2018
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CONFERENCES
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Jews and the Americas (February 2019):

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

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GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

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

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Ancient Digger:

http://www.ancientdigger.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Past Horizons:

http://www.pasthorizons.com/

Stonepages:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

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

Time Machine:

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

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

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/

The Book and the Spade:

http://www.radioscribe.com/bknspade.htm
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Explorator 21.30 ~ November 18, 2018

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

Remember …
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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Rethinking the purportedly high rate of Neanderthal head injuries (and their implications):

https://phys.org/news/2018-11-neanderthals-ancestors.html
https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2018/11/myth-traumatized-neanderthal/575776/
https://www.npr.org/2018/11/14/667818915/maybe-neanderthals-werent-quite-so-nasty-and-brutish
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/?p=29099
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/skull-damage-suggests-neandertals-led-no-more-violent-lives-humans
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7147-181115-neanderthal-head-injuries

More on that Neanderthal thorax reconstruction:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-11/uotb-nvr111418.php
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AFRICA
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More on community connections being made via stone tools in Mesolithic South Africa:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/11/181109101438.htm
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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3500 years bp burial of a near-end-of-term-pregnancy woman at Kom Ombo:

https://www.newsweek.com/ancient-egypt-skeleton-heavily-pregnant-woman-broken-pelvis-fetus-discovered-1215095
http://www.arabnews.com/node/1406026/middle-east
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/culture/2018/11/ancient-egypt-pregnant-woman-burial-archaeology/
https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2018/11/16/skeletons-of-pregnant-egyptian-woman-and-fetus-found-by-archaeologists-suggest-death-in-childbirth/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7145-181115-egypt-pregnant-woman

Egyptian astronomers apparently knew about the variability of the Algol star system:

https://phys.org/news/2018-11-ancient-egyptians-algol-variability-years.html

More on those tombs from Saqqarah with cat mummies and other assorted items:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/60265/Seven-tombs-with-mummified-cats-discovered-at-Saqqara-necropolis
https://www.egyptindependent.com/three-pharaonic-cemeteries-discovered-in-sakkara-minister/
http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/316079/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Seven-new-tomb-discoveries-in-Saqqara-Egypts-minis.aspx
https://phys.org/news/2018-11-egypt-newly-tombs-mummies-animal.html
https://www.livescience.com/64065-photos-cat-mummies-saqqara-egypt.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/nov/11/dozens-of-cat-mummies-found-in-6000-year-old-tombs-in-egypt
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/cat-necropolis-found-near-pyramids-of-giza-93nfmnrlk
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/ancient-egypt-cat-mummies-scarab-tomb-saqqara-cairo-archaeology-a8628886.html
https://www.theweek.co.uk/97722/cat-mummies-found-in-6000-year-old-tombs-in-egypt
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2018/11/11/archaeologists-have-discovered-dozens-cat-mummies-an-ancient-egyptian-tomb/?utm_term=.92eb88b51072
https://www.npr.org/2018/11/11/666704847/archaeologists-discover-dozens-of-cat-mummies-100-cat-statues-in-ancient-tomb
https://www.yahoo.com/news/tens-cat-mummies-100-cat-162652792.html
https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/11/dozens-of-cat-mummies-discovered-in-egyptian-tombs/
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/dozens-of-mummied-cats-and-hundreds-of-cat-statues-unearthed-in-egypt-/
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/MAGAZINE-archaeologists-find-mummified-sacred-beetles-and-cats-in-ancient-egyptian-tombs-1.6638330
https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/ancient-cultures/ancient-near-eastern-world/saqqara-tombs-animal-mummies/
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2018/11/16/cat-mummy-discovered-egypt/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tomb-full-cats-and-scarab-found-egypt-180970786/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7137-181112-egypt-cats-scarabs

Opeddish sort of thing on that ‘cursed sarcophagus’ from a while back:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/the-cursed-sarcophagus-in-alexandria/

Latest coverage of the Huqoq mosaics:

https://www.foxnews.com/science/stunning-biblical-mosaics-revealed-in-detail-for-the-first-time
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/culture/2018/11/jonah-tower-babel-huqoq-ancient-synagogue-mosaic/

… project website:

http://huqoq.web.unc.edu/

Claims of a 6th century image of Jesus in the remains of a Byzantine church in the Negev:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/jesus-image-hidden-in-plain-sight-at-negev-church-is-one-of-earliest-in-israel/

More on those ship ‘etchings’ (as they seem to be designated this week) in a cistern in Be’er Sheva:

https://www.livescience.com/64078-biblical-era-ship-etchings-israel.html
https://www.livescience.com/64077-photos-ancient-israel-cistern-carvings.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7144-181114-israel-cistern-etchings

Report on damage to sites in Yemen:

https://phys.org/news/2018-11-ancient-yemeni-archaeological-sites.html

Feature on Wilhelm Froehner and the Nazareth inscription:

https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/the-emperor-and-the-empty-tomb-an-ancient-inscription-an-eccentric-scholar-and-the-human-need-to-touch-the-past/#!

Pondering the existence of domesticated camels in biblical times:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/ancient-cultures/ancient-near-eastern-world/did-camels-exist-in-biblical-times/

ASOR is thinking about changing its name, apparently:

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-07396-9
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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Plenty of press attention for the apparent find of the site of Tenea:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/124073/lost-ancient-city-of-tenea-located-say-greek-authorities/
https://greekcitytimes.com/2018/11/14/huge-discovery-made-as-ancient-tenea-finally-comes-to-light-in-corinth/
http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/33359-ancient-city-of-tenea-unearthed-in-greece-its-prosperity-to-roman-times-confirmed.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/18/world/europe/ancient-greece-city-tenea.html
https://www.livescience.com/64090-ancient-greek-city-uncovered.html
https://phys.org/news/2018-11-greek-authorities-lost-ancient-city.html
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-greece-archaeology/greece-unearths-remnants-of-ancient-city-of-tenea-idUSKCN1NI25N
https://www.apnews.com/7b2b6670f29145bb85253a098abd7326
https://www.dw.com/en/greek-archaeologists-locate-lost-ancient-city-of-tenea/a-46284553
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-46205607
https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2018/11/13/lost-ancient-city-built-by-trojan-war-captives-has-been-found-greek-officials-say/
https://edition.cnn.com/style/article/tenea-archeology-greece-scli-intl/index.html
http://time.com/5453498/greece-tenea-found/
https://www.latercera.com/tendencias/noticia/arqueologos-encuentran-la-antigua-ciudad-griega-tenea/399876/
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-11-15/ancient-greek-city–of-tenea-uncovered-by-archeologists/10499064
https://www.stuff.co.nz/world/europe/108582643/lost-ancient-city-of-teneas-remains-found
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/coins-buildings-and-two-fetuses-found-ancient-greek-city-180970830/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7141-181113-greece-city-tenea

A necropolis find at Hierapolis/Pamakkule is pushing the history of the settlement back by a few centuries:

https://www.yenisafak.com/en/news/turkeys-hierapolis-discovery-a-new-chapter-to-history-3466330

Remains of a Roman fort in western Romania:

http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news%2C31667%2Cromania-scientists-have-determined-layout-roman-fort-pojejena.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7139-181112-roman-fort-romania

Interesting Roman signet ring from Antalya:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/unique-roman-signet-ring-engraved-with-horses-found-in-antalya-138797

Roman pottery from a development site in Henley:

https://www.henleystandard.co.uk/news/clubs-and-associations/132962/roman-pottery-fragment-found-at-development-site.html

A find from a year ago was brought up again for reasons unknown as a possible piece of the Antikythera Mechanism:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2018/11/15/has-a-missing-piece-of-the-ancient-antikythera-mechanism-been-found/
https://neoskosmos.com/en/124135/archaeologists-find-missing-piece-of-2200-year-old-antikythera-mechanism/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7140-181113-greece-antikythera-bull

… responses:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/has-a-piece-of-the-antikythera-mechanism-the-worlds-oldest-computer-been-found
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/no-archaeologists-probably-did-not-find-new-piece-antikythera-mechanism-180970821/

Crowdfunded archaeology in Yorkshire:

http://www.numismaticnews.net/article/roman-dig-crowd-funded-on-website

Trying to replicate an ancient wrestling move:

https://news.virginia.edu/content/tag-team-uva-art-professor-and-wrestling-coach-tackle-ancient-mystery

Remains of a Greek/Bosporan Kingdom site in the Crimea:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/33320-russian-archaeologists-unearthed-ancient-greek-settlement-in-crimea-peninsula.html

Feature on a Clodius Macer denarius:

https://www.coinworld.com/news/world-coins/2018/11/roman-silver-denarius-of-usurper-clodius-macer.html

Rome has banned the ‘centurions’ around the Colosseum again:

https://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/rome-ban-drinking-alcohol-pub-crawl-centurions-fountain-bathing-virginia-raggi-italy-a8636746.html

In Our Time this week was chatting about Horace:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m00014jt

On Plato and Facebook:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/16/opinion/facebook-zuckerberg-investigation-election.html?action=click&module=Opinion&pgtype=Homepage

On Turnus’ ‘magic spear’ in Aeneid 12:

https://medium.com/in-medias-res/the-magic-spear-theory-of-aeneid-12-516c8075129e

On phallic imagery in Roman times:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2018/nov/14/romans-invent-dick-pic-young-man-penis-roman-toilet-turkey

… in case you missed the mosaics from Antiochia ad Cragum:

http://www.dailynebraskan.com/news/team-led-by-unl-researchers-discovers-ancient-humorous-mosaic-in/article_bf8e5730-e6e5-11e8-b1fd-63d610d8beba.html

In case you’re wondering what the Campi Flegrei are up to:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/14/science/volcano-eruption-italy.html
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/rockyplanet/?p=2251972

They’re still making claims about Atlantis in Spain:

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/7749522/ancient-flooded-ruins-off-spanish-coast-are-lost-city-of-atlantis-satellite-experts-claim/
https://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/the-search-for-atlantis-now-they-say-it-was-built-on-a-spanish-beach/news-story/a1810dc80322457d9a39d405b59ff405

On how Greeks selected their government officials:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/podcasts/retropod/how-the-greeks-once-used-a-lottery-system-to-select-government-officials/

A marathon reading of Emily Wilson’s translation of the Odyssey is coming to Melbourne:

https://aussietheatre.com.au/features/stork-theatre-journeys-through-the-odyssey-with-12-hour-staged-reading
https://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/wayne-johnston-got-lost-in-the-odyssey-12hour-reading-offers-your-chance-20181109-h17ptn.html

Looking at the portrayal of women in the Iliad and Mahabharata:

https://feminisminindia.com/2018/11/15/iliad-mahabharata-women-war/

Again we’re hearing about Brexit and the Parthenon Marbles:

https://www.pri.org/stories/2018-11-14/greece-hopes-brexit-will-stir-renewed-debate-over-parthenon-marbles

Another Ceres statue is going up in Vermont:

http://digital.vpr.net/post/artist-crafts-ceres-statue-will-soon-top-statehouse-dome

Reviews of Adrienne Mayor, *Gods and Robots*:

https://www.weeklystandard.com/william-a-wilson/robots-ai-and-ancient-mythology-acts-of-creation

Review of A.E.Stallings’ translation of Hesiod:

http://www.oxonianreview.org/wp/the-profit-in-asphodel/

Reviews of Donna Zuckerberg’s *Not All Dead White Men*

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/nov/11/donna-zuckerberg-social-media-misoyny-violence-classical-antiquity-not-all-dead-white-men
https://home.nzcity.co.nz/news/article.aspx?id=279640&cat=1032&fm=newsmain%2Cnarts

More on Gauls preserving the heads of their enemies:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/its-true-ancient-gauls-embalmed-severed-heads-their-enemies-180970762/

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Latest reviews from BMCR:

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

Visit our blog:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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12 000 years bp cave art from the Grottes d’Agneux (France):

https://www.livescience.com/64099-cave-art-under-graffiti.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7148-181115-france-cave-graffiti

An 8000 years bp figurine of some sort from Bulgaria:

https://www.euronews.com/2018/11/12/statue-found-in-bulgaria-could-push-back-europe-s-neolithic-era

Latest evidence from Doggerland:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-norfolk-46219230
https://www.edp24.co.uk/news/environment/lost-landmass-doggerland-secrets-to-be-revealed-1-5781297

A 12th century reliquary from Veliko Tarnovo:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2018/11/14/world-first-medieval-gold-cross-reliquary-with-holy-cross-particle-discovered-in-trapesitsa-fortress-in-bulgarias-veliko-tarnovo/

Rethinking the Domesday Book:

https://news.illinois.edu/view/6367/716942?rn=1113T104332
https://phys.org/news/2018-11-historian-story-england-venerated-domesday.html

Possible medieval monk skeletal remains from Guernsey:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-guernsey-46243932
https://www.itv.com/news/channel/2018-11-17/archaeologists-uncover-skeletal-remains-in-guernsey/

Danish researchers have located the wreck of the Printz Friederich:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-46144717

Documenting abandoned schoolhouses in Ireland:

https://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/lifestyle/features/learning-valuable-lessons-from-the-past-885664.html

Plans to look for Boston’s 14th century Hanseatic warehouse:

https://lincolnshiretoday.net/mag/help-uncover-bostons-14th-century-past-in-archaeological-dig/

Concerns for (possible) Templar carvings in Royston Cave:

https://www.bbc.com/news/av/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-46202885/royston-cave-knights-templar-carvings-at-risk

Feature on the Vikings:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-46194699

More HS2 hype:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/excavation-planned-rail-line-yields-trove-archaeological-treasures-spanning-10000-years-british-history-180970739/
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Archaeology in Europe Blog:

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

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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A 2100 years bp miniature terracotta army from a pit in Zibo City (?):

https://www.livescience.com/64071-mini-terracotta-army-discovered-china.html
https://www.livescience.com/64064-photos-mini-terracotta-army.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mini-terracotta-army-discovered-china-180970831/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7142-181113-china-mini-terracotta-army

Remains of a (looted) ‘money tree’ from a Han Dynasty tomb in Sichuan:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-11/17/c_137613579.htm

A 19th century wooden boat found during metro construction in Sydney:

https://www.9news.com.au/2018/11/15/16/30/sydney-metro-historic-1830s-boat-uncovered-in-excavations-at-barangaroo
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7150-181116-australia-wooden-boat

Historic Worcestershire sauce bottles from Tauranga:

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/bay-of-plenty-times/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503343&objectid=12161283

A study of fishing in Indonesia:

https://phys.org/news/2018-11-fishing-history.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-11/anu-asc111118.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/11/181112095942.htm

More on 2000 years bp rice wine from a tomb in China:

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/2172126/good-vintage-ancient-bronze-vessel-found-china-may-have-held-2000
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Southeast Asian Archaeology Newsblog:

http://www.southeastasianarchaeology.com/

New Zealand Archaeology eNews:

https://us14.campaign-archive.com/home/?u=ddab09cab5362c9613318bd92&id=b917a20ae5
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NORTH AMERICA
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Evidence of a battle fought by de Coronado in northern New Mexico:

https://www.krqe.com/news/albuquerque-metro/discovery-at-coronado-historic-site-rewrites-local-history/1592135684
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7143-181114-coronado-new-mexico

A 200 years bp cannon find from a Key Largo reef:

https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/florida/articles/2018-11-17/cannon-shipwreck-found-in-the-waters-off-the-florida-keys

Interesting dig going on in Chatham:

http://www.capeandislands.org/post/new-discoveries-and-new-questions-chatham-archaeological-dig-site#stream/0

Feature on the Garden of the Gods dig in Colorado Springs:

https://www.fox21news.com/news/local/historic-dig-happening-right-now-at-garden-of-the-gods/1600655291
https://koaa.com/news/2018/11/15/archaeological-dig-uncovers-new-clues-about-colorado-springs-founder/
https://www.krdo.com/news/digging-up-william-palmer-s-artifacts-at-garden-of-the-gods/867223130
https://gazette.com/premium/trash-heaps-unearthed-in-garden-of-the-gods-provide-glimpse/article_1207a748-e90f-11e8-87ab-9fa2850aaf82.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7149-181116-colorado-palmer-trash

More on bulldozing of sites by the Arizona State Parks and Trails people:

https://www.islandpacket.com/news/business/article221535515.html

… and the director has been fired:

https://www.thestate.com/news/politics-government/national-politics/article221799105.html

A potential source for finding Halifax’s early defenses:

https://www.halifaxtoday.ca/local-news/how-a-french-spys-map-could-help-archaeologists-find-halifaxs-early-defences-1121070

An historic New York mansion was saved from demolition:

https://dailygazette.com/article/2018/11/12/town-restoring-a-historic-glenville-mansion

Plans for a ‘veterans dig’ in Saratoga National Historical Park:

https://www.saratogian.com/news/local-news/archaeology-project-planned-for-battlefield/article_1b15aae0-e6b4-11e8-b703-9bf2f
https://www.sfchronicle.com/news/article/US-veterans-to-conduct-NY-battlefield-archaeology-13382188.php

More on that 9000 years bp baby tooth from Alaska:

https://www.ktuu.com/content/news/A-9000-year-old-baby-tooth-reveals-details-of-ancient-Alaska-humans-500306751.html

More on the Spirit Cave Mummy:

https://www.livescience.com/64072-north-america-oldest-mummy.html
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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500 years bp Inca burials from a Bolivian quarry:

https://phys.org/news/2018-11-excavators-tombs-bolivia-years.html
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/bolivia-tombs-discovered-human-remains-inca-artefacts-500-years-ago-archaeologists-a8638946.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7146-181115-bolivia-tomb-pacajes

More on those structures in the Atacama Desert:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-6369315/Massive-stone-structures-middle-Atacama-Desert-Chile-used-ceremonial-purposes.html

More on adaptations to ife in the Andes:

https://www.livescience.com/64052-ancient-dna-andes-survival.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7138-181112-harsh-environment-adaptations
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Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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Some sculptures have been confirmed as Michelangelo’s only surviving bronzes:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-46207904

Rethinking the start of WWI:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/2018/11/12/what-everyone-gets-wrong-about-start-world-war-i/

Feature on the ‘English Sweat’:

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20181101-the-mystery-viruses-far-worse-than-flu

Latest shipwreck beer recreation:

https://news.sky.com/story/beer-found-in-australian-shipwreck-returns-to-glasgow-brewery-after-150-years-11555553

Blackbeard revisionism:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/three-centuries-after-his-beheading-kinder-gentler-blackbeard-emerges-180970782/

On the history of the hamburger:

https://www.bbc.com/ideas/videos/the-ancient-history-of-the-modern-hamburger/p06r9ynr

A lost Disney Oswald film turns up in Japan:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-46224545

On Al-Farabi and Plato:

https://aeon.co/ideas/how-al-farabi-drew-on-plato-to-argue-for-censorship-in-islam

Feature on Vesalius:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/a-close-up-look-at-the-most-influential-medical-book-of-the-16th-century

Was 536 the worst year ever?:

https://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/what-was-the-worst-year-to-be-alive-ever-ad536-when-winter-came-for-real/news-story/2899fe1ad79088851af0b6955ff018b2

Feature on Sophia Jex-Blake:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-46180368

On astronomical influences for the Ragnarok myth:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/11/wolfs-jaw-star-cluster-may-have-inspired-parts-of-ragnarok-myth/

Archaeologists are still striking in Ireland:

http://www.thejournal.ie/archaeologists-4331915-Nov2018/

Coins that saved a soldier in WWI:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-46186430

Feature on Violet Nicolson:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-46069119

On the history of chocolate:

https://www.bbc.com/ideas/videos/chocolate-an-orgy-filled-history/p06r9csh

On Mark Twain’s typewriter:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2018/11/16/mark-twains-typewriter-full-defects-devilish-ones-nearly-drove-him-bonkers/

A hidden joke (?) in an Odoni painting:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20181114-the-puerile-joke-hidden-in-a-16th-century-painting

Feature on barbed wire:

https://slate.com/technology/2018/11/concertina-barbed-wire-border-trump-troops-history.html

On ‘the city on the hill’:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/2018/11/13/what-we-get-wrong-about-city-hill/

Feature on Matrera:

https://elpais.com/politica/2018/10/13/diario_de_espana/1539384492_016878.html

Feature on velvet in Renaissance Europe:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/gallery/20181113-the-last-velvet-merchant-of-venice

Pondering the legacy of Colon/Columbus:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2018/11/12/actualidad/1542050820_331031.html
https://elpais.com/internacional/2018/11/11/actualidad/1541951100_644365.html
https://elpais.com/cultura/2018/11/17/actualidad/1542478396_014426.html

‘Recycling’ old masters:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2018/nov/17/recycling-the-old-masters-in-pictures-suzanne-jongmans

On the rethinking of the kilogram:

https://www.newyorker.com/science/elements/the-kilograms-long-slow-climb-to-harmony
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/16/science/kilogram-physics-measurement.html?action=click&module=News&pgtype=Homepage

Feature on Hermann Hesse:

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/11/19/hermann-hesses-arrested-development

Catching up with the Kalasha people:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/an-ancient-community-in-pakistan-fades-as-conversions-to-islam-take-a-toll/2018/11/11/a5187be6-dd22-11e8-8bac-bfe01fcdc3a6_story.html
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Greek Musical Instruments:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/124153/what-did-ancient-greek-musical-instruments-look-like/

Pacific Encounters:

https://www.maoritelevision.com/news/regional/taonga-tell-accurate-history-cook-encounters

Alexander Hamilton:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/family-heirlooms-form-core-philadelphia-exhibition-exploring-alexander-hamiltons-life-legacy-180970794/
https://www.npr.org/2018/11/12/667189302/alexander-hamilton-s-heirlooms-loaned-to-philadelphia-museum
https://www.amrevmuseum.org/exhibits/special-exhibits/hamilton-was-here

Castilla La Mancha Documents:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2018/11/11/actualidad/1541936717_122993.html

Pompeii:

https://abc7.com/pompeii-the-exhibition-is-now-open-at-the-ronald-reagan-presidential-library/4681196/

Ashurbanipal:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2018/11/07/actualidad/1541597377_286320.html

Feature on Russia’s Zoological Museum:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/12/science/zoological-museum-st-petersburg-russia.html

A ‘Tintoretto Tour’:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/15/arts/design/tintoretto-venice.html

Celebrating the Egyptian Museum’s 116th anniversary:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/60481/Min-of-Antiquities-to-celebrate-116th-anniversary-of-Egyptian-Museum

How the Pergamon Museum is dealing with renovations:

https://www.dw.com/en/new-pergamon-museum-the-panorama-opens-in-berlin/a-46304668

More on the British Museum’s Islamic gallery:

https://www.prospectmagazine.co.uk/arts-and-books/object-lessons-how-a-new-exhibition-challenges-old-cliches-about-islamic-art-and-people
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AT THE AUCTIONS
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In case you were wondering how Marie Antoinette’s jewels fared at auction:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-46199276
https://www.dw.com/en/marie-antoinette-jewels-fetch-millions-at-record-auction/a-46300982
https://www.dw.com/en/record-prices-for-antoinettes-jewelry/av-46303878
https://www.dw.com/en/marie-antoinettes-jewels-up-for-auction/g-45962831

An Einstein letter on the impending rise of the Nazi party is coming to auction:

https://m.jpost.com/Israel-News/Einsteins-handwritten-letter-predicting-rise-of-Nazi-party-up-for-auction-571496
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THE TECHY SIDE
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A new technique can determine sex of remains from a single tooth:

https://phys.org/news/2018-11-tooth-method-biological-sex.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/11/181112095931.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-11/uoc–twt110918.php

A heavy fish diet can apparently affect C14 results:

http://www.histecho.com/archaeologists-discovered-mass-grave-viking-great-heathen-army-derbyshire-england/

Latest Alpine ice core revelations:

https://phys.org/news/2018-11-laser-technology-uncovers-medieval-secrets.html
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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Connecting the demise of the Indus Valley civilization to climate change:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/11/181114234855.htm

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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What DNA reveals about Australia’s Aboriginal people:

https://www.vice.com/en_au/article/5gq3vd/dna-shows-aboriginal-australians-are-the-most-ancient-culture-in-the-world

More on what DNA has revealed about the peopling of the Americas:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/jenniferraff/2018/11/13/ancient-dna-reveals-yet-more-complicated-histories-in-the-americas/

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

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

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/castle-roccascalegna-italy/index.html

Samos:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/14/travel/samos-greece-migrants-refugees-tourists.html

Nimrod:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-topics/post-biblical-period/nimrod/

Tenochitlan:

https://elpais.com/internacional/2018/11/08/la_serpiente_emplumada/1541637787_348081.html

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PERFORMANCES
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At Eternity’s Gate:

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/11/19/why-do-filmmakers-love-van-gogh

Puccini:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/16/arts/music/puccini-il-trittico-metropolitan-opera.html

Augustus Tolton:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2018/11/17/slavery-possible-sainthood-story-americas-first-black-priest/

Recognition for Florence Price:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/15/arts/music/florence-price-music-publisher-schirmer.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Farts

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CRIME BEAT
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A bust in Grevena (Macedonia):

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2018/11/15/one-arrest-made-as-ancient-artifacts-found-in-house-in-grevena/

Authorities have recovered three Moundville artifacts stolen back in 1980:

https://www.timesdaily.com/news/state/ancient-artifacts-stolen-years-ago-in-alabama-recovered/article_c74ba18b-f131-5b70-82f5-f03caacaceb6.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/authorities-recover-three-native-american-artifacts-stolen-alabama-nearly-40-years-ago-180970835/
https://www.mrt.com/news/crime/article/Ancient-artifacts-stolen-40-years-ago-in-Alabama-13387518.php
https://www.gadsdentimes.com/news/20181115/our-view-major-break-in-stolen-antiquities-case

Another arrest in that fake antiquities case in Paphos:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2018/11/15/fourth-person-arrested-for-sale-of-fake-antiquities/

Calls for an investigation into Israeli theft of Palestinian antiquities:

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20181112-pa-calls-for-probe-into-israel-theft-of-palestinian-antiquities/

Underwater sites in Albania are being looted:

https://phys.org/news/2018-11-looters-plunder-albania-sunken-treasures.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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Tanzania wants Germany to return the skull of Mangi Meli, but it’s missing:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-45916150

The US returned some church bells to the Philippines:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2018/11/15/after-century-us-returns-pillaged-philippine-church-bells/

The UK has put export restrictions on a painting up for sale:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/unique-18th-century-watercolour-painting-at-risk-of-export
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-11/17/c_137612393.htm

More on Easter Island wanting its statue back from the British Museum:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/nov/16/maoi-easter-island-statue-british-museum-talks-return
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/easter-island-statue-british-museum-return-moai-uk-london-chile-a8636911.html
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-46222276
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-chile-heritage-statue/easter-island-delegation-heads-to-british-museum-to-lobby-for-statue-return-idUSKCN1NL1AF
http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/6/60615/Easter-Island-delegation-heads-to-British-Museum-to-lobby-for
https://hyperallergic.com/471701/easter-islanders-are-visiting-british-museum-to-request-repatriation-of-ancestral-heritage/

More on Egypt wanting the Rosetta Stone back:

https://menafn.com/1097689069/Egypt-urges-Rosetta-Stone-return-from-British-Museum
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NUMISMATICA
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Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/club_nbs_esylum_v21n45.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/club_nbs_esylum_v21n46.html

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Ancient Coin Collecting:

http://ancientcoincollecting.blogspot.com/

Ancient Coins:

http://classicalcoins.blogspot.com/

Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/
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OBITUARIES
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Mario Pellicciaro:

https://columns.wlu.edu/mario-pellicciaro-associate-professor-of-classics-emeritus-dies-at-89/
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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-main-menu-cat/audio-news-list/2789-audio-news-from-archaeologica-4-november-10-november-2018

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CONFERENCES
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Jews and the Americas (February 2019):

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

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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

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

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Ancient Digger:

http://www.ancientdigger.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Past Horizons:

http://www.pasthorizons.com/

Stonepages:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

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

Time Machine:

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

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/

The Book and the Spade:

http://www.radioscribe.com/bknspade.htm
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Explorator 21.29 ~ November 11, 2018

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

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Inbreeding is being blamed for skeletal deformities dating to 200 000 years bp:

https://phys.org/news/2018-11-anthropologist-high-developmental-anomalies-pleistocene.html
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/11/frequent-inbreeding-may-have-caused-skeletal-abnormalities-early-humans
https://cosmosmagazine.com/biology/huge-numbers-of-deformities-found-in-ancient-human-remains
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/?p=28679
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rampant-inbreeding-may-have-contributed-early-humans-high-rate-skeletal-abnormalities-180970733/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7127-181106-early-human-inbreeding

40 000 years bp animal petroglyph from Borneo:

https://phys.org/news/2018-11-oldest-animal-remote-indonesian-cave.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/07/science/oldest-cave-art-borneo.html
https://www.livescience.com/64034-oldest-figurative-cave-art.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-46114423
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/oldest-figurative-painting-borneo-cave-art-cows-banteng-prehistoric-a8622256.html
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/11/frequent-inbreeding-may-have-caused-skeletal-abnormalities-early-humans
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/nov/07/worlds-oldest-figurative-painting-discovered-in-borneo-cave
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2018/11/07/worlds-oldest-drawing-animal-found-cave-borneo-dating-52000/
https://www.dw.com/en/oldest-known-figurative-art-found-in-borneo-cave/a-46202523
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/MAGAZINE-world-s-earliest-figurative-art-wasn-t-in-europe-archaeologists-reveal-1.6631600
https://finance.yahoo.com/news/oldest-known-animal-drawing-found-remote-indonesian-cave-180318778.html
https://www.npr.org/2018/11/07/664850289/indonesian-caves-hold-oldest-figurative-paintings-ever-found-scientists-say
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2018/11/news-oldest-animal-drawing-borneo-cave-art-human-origins/
https://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=12156995
https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/11/the-worlds-oldest-figurative-drawing-depicts-a-wounded-animal/
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/?p=28740
https://elpais.com/elpais/2018/11/07/ciencia/1541590089_251564.html
https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/science/2018/11/07/cave-art-worlds-oldest-paintings-animals-discovered-borneo/1922195002/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/worlds-oldest-known-figurative-paintings-discovered-borneo-cave-180970747/
https://theconversation.com/borneo-cave-discovery-is-the-worlds-oldest-rock-art-in-southeast-asia-106252
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7128-181107-indonesia-rock-art

The ongoing discussion about Neanderthal language:

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/crux/?p=10260
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AFRICA
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Stone tools from Mesolithic South Africa suggest connections between communities:

https://phys.org/news/2018-11-experts-stone-tools.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-11/uotw-eft110918.php

Feature on Tegenu Gossa Aredo’s work in Ethiopia (and Africa at large):

https://www.dw.com/en/tegenu-gossa-aredo-studying-prehistoric-african-archaeology/a-45187540
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A 4500 years bp ramp system from Hatnub is another ‘solving the mystery of the pyramids’ moment, apparently:

https://phys.org/news/2018-11-ancient-quarry-ramp-workers-egypt.html
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/nov/06/new-discovery-throws-light-on-mystery-of-pyramids-construction
https://www.newsweek.com/ancient-egypt-how-i-discovered-ramp-might-have-been-used-build-gizas-great-1207432
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/11/08/ancient-ramps-may-explain-egyptians-built-pyramids/
https://www.timesofisrael.com/staircases-and-postholes-new-finds-offer-insight-on-how-egypt-build-pyramids/

… interesting background to the study:

http://theconversation.com/great-pyramid-how-my-research-on-ancient-egyptian-poetry-led-to-an-amazing-discovery-106561

Mummified scarab beetles (!) from a Fifth Dynasty tomb at Saqqara:

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-egypt-archaeology-discovery/ancient-egyptian-tombs-yield-rare-find-of-mummified-scarab-beetles-idUSKCN1NF0KY

… later reports add statuary and plenty of cat mummies (this seems to be the same site) from other tomgs in the area:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/316079/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Seven-new-tomb-discoveries-in-Saqqara-Egypts-minis.aspx
http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/60265/Seven-tombs-with-mummified-cats-discovered-at-Saqqara-necropolis
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/nov/11/dozens-of-cat-mummies-found-in-6000-year-old-tombs-in-egypt
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-46167334
https://www.dw.com/en/mummies-of-cats-scarabs-found-in-newly-discovered-egyptian-tombs/a-46243315
https://phys.org/news/2018-11-egypt-newly-tombs-mummies-animal.html
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-11/11/c_137597881.htm
https://www.france24.com/en/20181110-cat-mummies-animal-statues-discovered-egypt-sarcophagi

Finds from various periods (12th, 20th dynasties, Third Intermediate, Late) from Matariya:

https://phys.org/news/2018-11-egypt-archaeologists-artifacts-cairo.html
https://egyptianstreets.com/2018/11/07/egyptian-german-expedition-discovers-inscriptions-at-temple-of-the-sun/
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/11/egypt-archaeologists-discover-artifacts-dating-4000-years-181106161135907.html
https://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/egypt-archaeologists-found-artifacts-cairo-dig-58995475
https://www.ctvnews.ca/sci-tech/egypt-says-archeologists-found-more-artifacts-at-cairo-dig-1.4165107
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7131-181108-egypt-ancient-inscriptions

An 18th dynasty sandstone panel and a ‘wooden ark’ from Luxor:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/sandstone-panel-ark-unearthed-in-luxor-archaeologist/
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-11/08/c_137592841.htm

Talking about how Tut became tut:

https://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2018/11/scholar-speaks-at-harvard-on-how-images-helped-shaped-legend-of-king-tut/

A 7000 years bp temple site from Kuwait:

http://www.thenews.pl/1/11/Artykul/391501,Polish-archaeologists-uncover-oldest-temple-in-Persian-Gulf-region

Very interesting ‘ship graffiti’ from a Roman era cistern in Beersheba:

https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Ancient-engravings-of-ships-and-animals-uncovered-in-Beersheba-571282
https://www.timesofisrael.com/hold-the-camels-2000-year-old-cistern-in-beersheba-engraved-with-sea-vessels/
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/MAGAZINE-graffiti-of-ships-and-animals-found-in-2-000-year-old-cistern-in-israeli-desert-city-1.6633364
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/ancient-beersheba-desert-cistern-reveals-engravings-of-ships/2018/11/07/
http://www.china.org.cn/world/Off_the_Wire/2018-11/08/content_70889890.htm

Nice feature on the people doing the actual digging at Hattusha:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/making-a-living-in-an-ancient-city-in-anatolia-138593

On an innovation in growing trees in the Negev, 1000 years bp:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-desert-farmers-in-israel-invented-unique-farming-method-1-000-years-ago-1.6617810

On the restoration of the Lion of Al-lat:

https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ancient-lion-of-al-lat-stands-proud-again-after-being-restored-by-polish-archaeologists-3081

What Kara Cooney is up to:

https://dailybruin.com/2018/11/06/professor-unearths-lost-legacies-of-female-pharaohs-parallels-with-women-today/

I think we’ve had this item on Brian Rose and Midas:

http://www.dailycardinal.com/article/2018/11/professor-of-archaeology-sheds-light-on-the-myth-of-king-midass-golden-touch
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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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I think we mentioned this kouroi find from Atalanti:

https://www.apnews.com/495c51b51dfe4d80b55a983301be245b
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7122-181105-greece-limestone-statues

Latest from the Mycenean site at Gla:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/33292-%E2%80%9Creviving%E2%80%9D-of-mycenaean-acropolis-of-gla-in-viotia-area-of-central-greece.html

This year’s finds from Vindolanda include remains of a dog with fur intact:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tyne-46126499

Russian archaeologists have found remains of a Greek settlement in the Crimea:

https://eu.greekreporter.com/2018/11/10/russian-archaeologists-discover-ancient-greek-settlement-in-crimea/

An extensive study in France suggests tales of Gauls embalming the heads of their enemies might have been true:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/nov/07/the-gauls-really-did-embalm-the-severed-heads-of-enemies-research-shows
https://www.livescience.com/64030-embalmed-heads-ancient-celts.html
https://www.sciencealert.com/ancient-gauls-did-embalm-heads-conifer-resin-over-2-000-years-ago
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/ancient-gauls-embalmed-the-severed-heads-of-their-enemies-in-grisly-death-rituals/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7129-181107-france-embalmed-heads

A possible Roman site in Sheffield is in the way of development:

https://www.thestar.co.uk/news/hundreds-oppose-new-homes-planned-on-rumoured-site-of-roman-ridge-in-sheffield-1-9432381

Feature on Caligula’s ships at Nemi:

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/crux/?p=10218

Feature on Boudicca:

https://aeon.co/essays/boudica-how-a-widowed-queen-became-a-rebellious-woman-warrior

This find of a schoolhouse in Egypt with ‘Odyssey is reported as new, but I think it’s a couple years old:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2018/11/09/1700-year-old-school-in-ancient-egypt-features-greek-text-on-the-wall/

Marking the rediscovery of Philip II’s tomb:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2018/11/08/the-anniversary-of-the-discovery-of-king-philip-iis-tomb/

Review of Adrienne Mayor, *Gods and Robots*:

https://www.spectator.co.uk/2018/11/the-ancient-greeks-would-have-loved-alexa/

In case you missed the Toulouse ‘minotaur’:

https://www.thisiscolossal.com/2018/11/46-foot-tall-minotaur-by-la-machine/

Latest US is Rome piece (sort of):

https://www.spectator.co.uk/2018/11/decline-and-fall-why-america-always-thinks-its-going-the-way-of-rome/

… and lessons from the fall of the Republic:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/lessons-decline-democracy-from-ruined-roman-republic-180970711/

More protests in Greece over privatization of archaeological sites:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2018/11/06/greek-municipalities-sue-over-privatization-of-archaeological-sites/

More on those ‘dirty jokes’ mosaics from a Roman latrine at Antiochia ad Cragum:

https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/dirty-jokes-in-2000yearold-bathroom-mosaics-reveal-we-havent-changed-since-roman-times/
https://metro.co.uk/2018/11/07/roman-mens-toilet-was-full-of-penis-jokes-archaeologists-find-8112991/
http://www.papermag.com/ancient-roman-dick-pic-2618780190.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/roman-latrine-was-full-dirty-jokes-180970705/
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A 2000 years bp wooden bowl from Orkney found a few months ago show signs of repairs:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-46124211
https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/islands/1605407/orkneys-old-bowl-ed-and-beautiful-find/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7132-181108-orkney-wooden-bowl

Studying the remains of a Byzantine fort in Chrisosotira:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2018/11/06/slavs-avars-burned-down-byzantine-city-chrisosotira-in-early-7th-century-digs-on-bulgarias-black-sea-coast-reveal/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7134-181109-bulgaria-byzantine-fortress

A 1300 years bp Visigothic church from Chipiona:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2018/11/06/actualidad/1541507013_041787.html

Remains of a possible 12th century structure in Edinburgh:

https://www.theedinburghreporter.co.uk/2018/11/archaeologists-believe-this-is-where-edinburgh-began/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7135-181109-medieval-scotland-edinburgh

A study of a medieval skeleton suggests that a fern plant may have been used for medicinal purposes:

https://phys.org/news/2018-11-fern-infusion-doctor-medieval-europe.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-11/uoy-fpi110218.php
https://www.forbes.com/sites/fionamcmillan/2018/11/09/new-evidence-ferns-were-used-as-medicine-in-medieval-europe/

A 400 years bp gold ring from North Staffordshire has been declared treasure:

https://www.stokesentinel.co.uk/news/stoke-on-trent-news/post-medieval-ring-found-north-2202801

Assorted restoration/reopening news from Bulgaria:

https://sofiaglobe.com/2018/11/09/fourteenth-century-church-in-bulgarias-nessebur-re-opened-after-us-funded-restoration/

A 150 years bp Torah from Lodz:

https://m.jpost.com/Diaspora/Rare-150-year-old-Torah-scroll-found-in-Lodz-Jewish-Ghetto-house-571171

Remembering the discovery of ‘Seahenge’ a couple decades ago (in the early days of Explorator!):

https://www.edp24.co.uk/news/king-s-lynn-norfolk-s-seahenge-20-years-on-1-5773351

Latest on the Norwich Castle Keep project:

https://www.eveningnews24.co.uk/news/politics/norwich-castle-keep-project-gets-go-ahead-1-5769934
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-norfolk-46143069

Feature on Viking Chess:

https://www.hakaimagazine.com/news/viking-chess-with-whale-bones/

Feature on Sicilian mummies:

https://www.bbc.com/reel/playlist/the-beautiful-dead

On buildings saved by Historic England:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-46103643

More on HS2 digs about to happen:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/excavation-planned-rail-line-yields-trove-archaeological-treasures-spanning-10000-years-british-history-180970739/

More on Viking use of Tar:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/tar-very-much-archaeologist-finds-secret-of-vikings-seafaring-success-lkndvhb6r
https://www.zmescience.com/science/archaeology/vikings-tar-europe-03112018/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7121-181105-sweden-viking-tar
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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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‘Dairying’ arrived in Mongolia ca 1300 BCE via cultural transmission, apparently:

https://phys.org/news/2018-11-oldest-evidence-dairying-east-asian.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-11/mpif-oeo110118.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/11/181105160857.htm

Evidence of ‘craniotomy’ from a pair of 3000 years bp ckulss from Henan:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-11/10/c_137596710.htm

Possible 2000 years bp rice wine from a Han Dynasty tomb in Henan:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-11/06/c_137586472.htm
https://www.newsweek.com/ancient-china-rice-wine-discovered-sprawling-2000-year-old-tomb-1203849
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7125-181106-china-ancient-wine

Remains of a timber vessel dating to the 1830s from a New South Wales beach:

https://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/latest-news/nsws-oldest-boat-uncovered-during-works/news-story/144e28b531fbf804e8373c1b06d90100?nk=aeee3840af8423675e5a3fffae1ae87f-1541948160
https://www.miragenews.com/nsw-s-oldest-boat-uncovered-at-barangaroo/

Recreating a Maori sail:

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12154864
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Southeast Asian Archaeology Newsblog:

http://www.southeastasianarchaeology.com/

New Zealand Archaeology eNews:

https://us14.campaign-archive.com/home/?u=ddab09cab5362c9613318bd92&id=b917a20ae5
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NORTH AMERICA
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[lots more in the DNA section]

Remains of some of Quebec City’s earliest fortifications were dug up:

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/archeologists-quebec-city-325-year-old-wooden-fortifications-1.4893781
https://globalnews.ca/news/4634417/quebec-city-archaeological-find/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7130-181107-quebec-french-fortification

Evidnece of a Jesuit plantation in Maryland:

https://aleteia.org/2018/11/05/jesuit-plantation-among-sites-discovered-on-navy-lands-in-maryland/

Searching for a War of 1812 boatyard in Akron:

https://www.ohio.com/news/20181109/is-there-war-of-1812-boatyard-in-akron-archaeologists-working-to-find-out

On early copper mining in Michigan:

http://lansingcitypulse.com/article-16657-Copper-mining-history-unearthed-by-Michigan-state-archaeologist.html

A ‘mystery tunnel’ beneath Fredericksburg (VA):

https://www.greensboro.com/news/trending/there-s-a-mystery-tunnel-running-under-a-virginia-city/article_4e769492-9d87-5d8a-8f1d-b54aa7dbb5b3.html

More on the Arizona Parks Department destroying sites:

http://www.grandcanyonnews.com/news/2018/nov/06/archaeologists-say-state-parks-department-destroye/

More on that 6000 years bp axe head from Mount Vernon:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2018/10/31/students-discover-year-old-stone-ax-mount-vernon/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7126-181106-virginia-prehistoric-ax

More on that spearpoint from Texas:

https://www.wacotrib.com/news/environment/baylor-helps-date-central-texas-spear-points-to-years-ago/article_ee716c4a-b0e0-5f20-bde9-c230dc533f9f.html
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Rethinking stone complexes in the Atacama Desert:

https://phys.org/news/2018-11-reinterpretation-tuln-excavation-social-complexity.html
https://www.livescience.com/64025-ancient-ceremonial-complexes-atacama.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7133-181108-chile-atacama-desert

Finds from a 14th century Lucayan site on the Turks and Caicos:

http://tcweeklynews.com/ancient-artefacts-uncovered-p9158-149.htm
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7120-181105-turks-caicos-flooring

Not sure if we mentioned these Chan Chan sculptures from Peru:

https://www.livescience.com/63940-wooden-idols-peru-archaeology.html
https://gritdaily.com/ancient-sculptures-peru/

Preserving a 17th century church in Peru:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/03/science/adobe-peru-restoration.html

Trying to save the birthplace of General Artigas:

https://www.elobservador.com.uy/nota/intendencia-busca-expropiar-casa-en-la-que-nacio-artigas-que-esta-abandonada-201811619112

Mapping the tunnel beneath the Pyramid of the Moon:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidbressan/2018/11/07/geologists-map-secret-tunnel-and-chamber-found-beneath-aztec-pyramid/

Feature on the Inca empire:

https://www.livescience.com/41346-the-incas-history-of-andean-empire.html

Feature on Zelia Nuttall:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/archaeologist-who-helped-mexico-find-glory-its-past-180970700/
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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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Plenty of items marking the centennial of the armistice in various ways:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-46098878 (postcards)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-45641166 (armistice parties)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-46092004 (Wilfrid Owen)
https://news.yale.edu/2018/11/06/beinecke-displays-world-war-i-writings-siegfried-sassoon-owen-johnson (Sassoon, Johnson)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-46144319 (on Germany remembering the wars)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-46124467 (Muslim soldiers)
https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/features/remembrance-day-2018-ww1-war-poetry-wilfred-owen-siegfried-sassoon-carol-ann-duffy-a8622996.html (War Poetry)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-46138764 (negotiations)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-46136544 (effects on journalism)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-46157508 (They Shall Not Grow Old)
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/09/world/europe/armistice-day-100th-anniversary-photos.html (Photos)
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/10/science/chemical-weapons-world-war-1-armistice.html (Chemical weapons)

On the history of wallpaper:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20181106-the-surprising-story-of-wallpaper

A new Spanish translation of Dante:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2018/11/08/actualidad/1541705081_775313.html

On the history of vibrators:

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20181107-the-history-of-the-vibrator

On the soaring value of the Salvator Mundi:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/09/arts/design/leonardo-da-vinci-tajan-paris-renaissance-.html

Remembering Kristallnacht:

https://www.dw.com/en/what-the-nazis-stole-from-synagogues-during-the-november-1938-pogrom/a-46215426
https://www.dw.com/en/80-years-ago-the-nazi-night-of-broken-glass-pogrom/g-46064246

On the history of collective nouns:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20181108-why-a-group-of-hippos-is-called-a-bloat

On the history of pearls as jewellery:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20181109-when-men-wore-pearls

On the colour silver:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20181102-silver-the-colour-of-betrayal

An Ancient World Project on Paul in Athens:

https://paul-in-athens.nes.lsa.umich.edu/news-release

A restored Smethwick Engine:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-birmingham-46103113

On the history of the placebo effect:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/07/magazine/placebo-effect-medicine.html

On losing German identity in New York in WWI:

https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Die-Deutschen-Who-Disappeared-What-happened-to-13362244.php

Tracing the history of the Dama de Elche:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2018/10/17/actualidad/1539790920_448962.html

On Old English poetry:

https://newrepublic.com/article/152111/oldest-books-say-us

On salt and pepper coming together:

https://www.bbc.com/ideas/videos/match-made-in-heaven-how-salt-met-pepper/p06r4ttd

On T.S. Eliot:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/09/books/review/ts-eliot-waste-land.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Farts

Archaeologists trying to get into the US might have some difficulties:

https://www.inverse.com/article/50481-archeology-katie-manning-black-listed-us

Review of a biography of Nietzsche:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/01/books/review-i-am-dynamite-life-of-nietzsche-sue-prideaux.html
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Ashurbanipal:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2018/nov/06/i-am-ashurbanipal-review-british-museum
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/art/what-to-see/ashurbanipal-british-museum-review-gripping-fusion-beauty-brutality/
https://www.standard.co.uk/go/london/arts/ashurbanipal-british-museum-exhibition-review-a3981641.html
https://londonist.com/london/ashurbanipal
http://theartnewspaper.com/preview/assyrian-warrior-king-rides-into-town-with-his-library-in-tow
https://www.euronews.com/2018/11/07/watch-assyrian-king-of-the-world-on-dispaly-in-london
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/magazine/culture/art-review-i-am-ashurbanipal-king-of-the-world-king-of-assyria-british-museum-z9kbb9bsk

Romanovs:

https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-46133180

Alfonso XIII:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2018/11/06/actualidad/1541517435_674442.html

Renaissance Nude:

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/arts/la-et-cm-renaissance-nude-20181108-htmlstory.html
http://www.getty.edu/art/exhibitions/renaissance_nude/

Obscene Books:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-46131472

Radicals and Reformers:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-46124677

Broken Faces:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-bristol-46118653

Rome: City and Empire:

https://www.theaustralian.com.au/arts/review/rome-city-and-empire-exhibition-traces-the-growth-of-an-epoch/news-story/f3f08704a080e0c1c1ce0b0dcf257976

Underworld:

http://guardianlv.com/2018/11/getty-explores-underworld-and-ancient-greek-beliefs-about-afterlife/

Fort Laramie Treaty:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/1868-two-nations-made-treaty-us-broke-it-and-plains-indian-tribes-are-still-seeking-justice-180970741/

Revolutionary Artifacts:

https://www.timesunion.com/local/article/Fort-Ticonderoga-shows-Revolutionary-artifacts-13360842.php

Kristalnacht:

https://m.jpost.com/Israel-News/Yad-Vashem-launches-Kristalnacht-exhibition-for-pogroms-80th-anniversary-571277

Feature on the UCL Pathology Museum:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-45969368

Feature on some royalty at the BM:

https://www.standard.co.uk/go/london/arts/british-museum-london-kings-queens-a3982406.html
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AT THE AUCTIONS
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A Baudelaire letter fetched a huge price:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-46091078
http://www.latimes.com/books/la-et-jc-beaudelaire-20181106-story.html
https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/nov/05/baudelaire-suicide-letter-fetches-three-times-estimated-price-at-auction

Followup fears from that Assyrian sale last week:

https://www.npr.org/2018/11/04/663372633/record-setting-sale-of-an-ancient-assyrian-stone-relief-sparks-looting-fears-in
http://www.knau.org/post/record-setting-sale-ancient-assyrian-stone-relief-sparks-looting-fears-iraq
https://www.opb.org/news/article/npr-record-setting-sale-of-an-ancient-assyrian-stone-relief-sparks-looting-fears-in-iraq/
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THE TECHY SIDE
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The READ project:

https://read.transkribus.eu/

What Christophe Schuwey is up to:

https://news.yale.edu/2018/11/08/digital-humanist-schuwey-rebooting-400-year-old-french-facebook

Recreating the past sounds of the Cordoba Mosque:

https://phys.org/news/2018-11-recreating-islamic-mosque-cordoba.html

On isotopic analysis of Neolithic/Iron Age teeth:

https://phys.org/news/2018-11-prehistoric-teeth-secrets.html

What qualitative 3d analysis of bone wear patterns reveals:

https://phys.org/news/2018-11-quantitative-d-analysis-bone-tools.html

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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There were a pile of genomic type studies relating to the peopling of the Americas; the easiest way to read the findings seems to be collectively (these were difficult to sort):

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/week-has-offered-slew-insights-western-hemispheres-first-humans-180970768/
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/ancient-dna-fossils-south-america-populated
https://gizmodo.com/three-new-dna-studies-are-shaking-up-the-history-of-hum-1830313369

Analysis of the Spirit Cave remains demonstrate links to Native American peoples:

https://phys.org/news/2018-11-dna-world-oldest-natural-mummy.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/11/181108142340.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-11/sjcu-dow110618.php
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/08/science/prehistoric-migration-americas.html
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/sprit-cave-mummy-ice-age-ancient-humans-native-americans-genetics-a8624881.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/nov/08/scientists-prove-10000-year-old-mummy-is-native-american-ancestor
https://www.livescience.com/64048-ancient-dna-first-americas.html
https://elpais.com/elpais/2018/11/08/ciencia/1541698702_366020.html

Focus on a child’s tooth from Alaska:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-11/uoaf-act110218.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/11/181108142216.htm

On evidence for two (or more) migrations:

https://phys.org/news/2018-11-ancient-dna-analysis-yields-unexpected.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-11/cp-ade110118.php
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-11/uonm-ahp110818.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/11/181108142421.htm
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2018/11/08/americas-clovis-migration-south-america/
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2018/11/ancient-dna-reveals-complex-migrations-first-americans/
http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/11/ancient-dna-confirms-native-americans-deep-roots-north-and-south-america
http://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-07374-1
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2018/11/08/first-americans-leap-frogged-across-continents/#.W-hA1HpKhn4
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/?p=28732
https://gizmodo.com/three-new-dna-studies-are-shaking-up-the-history-of-hum-1830313369
https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2018/11/what-happened-after-people-first-arrived-americas/575335/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7136-181109-new-world-migrations

On Clovis connections to South America:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-11/fda-tnf110918.php
https://phys.org/news/2018-11-ancient-dna-analysis-yields-unexpected.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/11/181109155524.htm

There was also a piece on genetic adaptation to the Andean highlands (which we may have mentioned):

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-11/uocm-hoe110218.php
https://phys.org/news/2018-11-history-early-settlement-survival-andean.html
https://www.livescience.com/64052-ancient-dna-andes-survival.html
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/11/how-people-andes-evolved-live-high-altitudes

… and a related one on adapting to a starchy diet there too:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-11/ehs-gr110718.php

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Paros and Delos:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/travel/destinations/europe/greece/things-to-do-cyclades-greek-islands-marble/

Faroe Islands:

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p06d9m5n/a-500-year-old-fight-to-save-a-language

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PERFORMANCES
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The Watsons:

https://nyti.ms/2yVZCef?smid=nytcore-ios-share

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CRIME BEAT
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Latest selfie-taker-damages-art story:

https://www.cnn.com/2018/11/03/europe/russian-women-damage-artwork/index.html

A smuggler was caught at the Gaza border with some ancient coins:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/smuggler-caught-at-gaza-border-with-coins-from-time-of-alexander-the-great/

… and another trying smuggle coins into Israel from Jordan:

http://www.jewishpress.com/news/archaeology-news/palestinian-arab-caught-attempting-to-smuggling-ancient-coins-from-jordan-into-israel/2018/11/05/

A bust in Yemen:

https://www.albawaba.com/editorchoice/yemeni-police-stop-smuggle-rare-ancient-statues-marib-1210298

Someone stole some archaeological remains from a car on Halloween down the street from me in Hamilton:

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/toronto/article-police-search-for-human-remains-stolen-from-archaeologists-car-on/
https://www.woodstocksentinelreview.com/news/local-news/police-recover-19th-century-bones-stolen-from-archaeologists

… but they were recovered:

https://globalnews.ca/news/4645032/hamilton-police-recover-stolen-human-remains/

OpEd on looted antiquities at art fairs:

https://observer.com/2018/11/looted-antiquities-sold-art-fairs-who-to-blame/

Latest Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2018/11/culture-crime-news-29-october-4-november-2018.html

conflict antiquities:

http://conflictantiquities.wordpress.com/

anonymous swiss collector:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/

Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues:

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

Looting Matters:

http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/

Illicit Cultural Property:

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

SAFE:

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

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REPATRIATION AND RECOVERY
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China is trying to buy back some of its lost heritage:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/09/arts/design/chinese-antiques-london.html

Egypt is renewing its calls for the return of the Rosetta Stone:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/egypt-calls-on-uk-to-return-rosetta-stone/
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/11/06/egyptian-museum-calls-rosetta-stone-returned-uk-200-years/
https://www.standard.co.uk/go/london/arts/british-museum-rosetta-stone-egypt-a3981736.html

Thailand is seeking some returns from the US:

https://qz.com/1459165/thailand-demands-us-museums-return-its-art/

More on Chile’s efforts to get various things back from various museums:

https://phys.org/news/2018-11-chile-british-museum-extinct-mammal.html

Feature on Akinola Davies Jr:

https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/439ypb/akinola-davies-jr-african-treasures-stolen-white-colonizers

Italy marked the repatriation of some antiquities with a tougher law:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/11/04/italys-populist-government-brings-new-laws-crack-artefact-trafficking/
https://windsorstar.com/news/world/italy-marks-return-of-stolen-antiquities-with-tougher-law/wcm/ae0fdaaa-a968-4b2a-954d-cf03af7abe49
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NUMISMATICA
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Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/club_nbs_esylum_v21n44.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/club_nbs_esylum_v21n45.html

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Ancient Coin Collecting:

http://ancientcoincollecting.blogspot.com/

Ancient Coins:

http://classicalcoins.blogspot.com/

Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/
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OBITUARIES
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John Race:

https://www.witneygazette.co.uk/news/17210286.obituary-john-race-was-familiar-sight-flying-model-planes-by-river/

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

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CONFERENCES
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CBA Wessex 60th Anniversary Conference (November 2018):

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

Jews and the Americas (February 2019):

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

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GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

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

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Ancient Digger:

http://www.ancientdigger.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Past Horizons:

http://www.pasthorizons.com/

Stonepages:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

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

Time Machine:

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

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

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/

The Book and the Spade:

http://www.radioscribe.com/bknspade.htm
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Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Hernan Astudillo,
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EARLY HOMINIDS
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A bit of Out of Africa stuff … 300 000 years bp stone tools from Ti’s al Ghadah:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/10/181029130948.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-10/mpif-ehm102518.php
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/02/science/arabian-peninsula-green.html
https://newsroom.unsw.edu.au/news/science-tech/scientists-find-evidence-earliest-hominins-arabian-peninsula-0
https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/10/archaeologists-find-300000-year-old-stone-tools-in-saudi-arabia/
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/fossils-hint-hominids-migrated-through-green-arabia-300000-years-ago
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7115-181101-green-saudi-arabia

Reconstructing a Neanderthal ribcage:

https://phys.org/news/2018-10-reconstructs-neandertal-ribcage-clues-ancient.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-10/uow-srn102518.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/10/181030121921.htm
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/neanderthal-breathing-technique-skeleton-chest-ribcage-fossils-bones-a8609256.html
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2018/10/30/neanderthals-upright-individuals-skeleton-proves/
https://www.cnn.com/2018/10/30/health/neanderthal-thorax-breathing-ribcage-study/index.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7110-181031-neanderthal-breathing-capacity

A study of Neanderthal teeth suggests they were exposed to lead and other things (there might be two studies here):

https://phys.org/news/2018-10-earliest-exposure-year-old-neanderthal-teeth.html
https://phys.org/news/2018-11-teeth-environments-ancient-humans-neanderthals.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/10/181031141423.htm
https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/10/neanderthal-teeth-reveal-lead-exposure-and-difficult-winters/
https://theconversation.com/what-teeth-can-tell-about-the-lives-and-environments-of-ancient-humans-and-neanderthals-104923
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/?p=28456
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7116-181101-neanderthal-child-tooth

Linking HPV to Neanderthals:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/11/181102083428.htm
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/?p=28510
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AFRICA
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On ritual cemeteries for animals across Africa:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ritual-cemeteries-cows-humans-pastoralist-expansion-across-africa-180970683/

Feature on medieval remains in Ethiopia:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2018/11/03/how-ethiopias-medieval-ruins-inform-its-modern-day-ethnic-strife/
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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The remains of a 4500 years bp ramp system in an Eastern Desert quarry is bringing out the pyramid-mystery-finally-solved crowd:

https://www.sciencealert.com/ancient-egyptian-ramp-reveals-how-giant-stones-were-transported-out-of-quarries-pyramids
https://www.newsweek.com/how-were-pyramids-built-scientists-discover-how-ancient-egyptians-moved-huge-1195783
https://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=12152805
https://www.livescience.com/63978-great-pyramid-ramp-discovered.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7109-181031-egypt-quarry-ramp

Marking the 96th anniversary of the discovery of Tut:

https://egyptindependent.com/luxor-celebrates-the-96th-anniversary-of-discovering-the-tomb-of-tutankhamun/

China and Egypt have signed some sort of archaeological MOU:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/315261/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/China-signs-its-first-MoU-with-Egypt-in-the-archae.aspx

More on that ‘pharoah’s booth’ find:

http://www.arabnews.com/node/1393861/middle-east

Finds from biblical Dan suggest worship of idols and Yahweh:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-israelites-in-biblical-dan-worshipped-idols-and-yahweh-too-1.6612851

In the wake of the Museum of the Bible’s confession, a feature on DSS fakes:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-dead-sea-scroll-fakes-abound-and-scholars-admit-they-share-the-blame-1.6600900

… and related:

https://www.salon.com/2018/10/29/lessons-from-the-museum-of-the-bibles-fake-dead-sea-scrolls-how-not-to-buy-looted-antiquities/

Feature on the Hasmonean rulers:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/people-cultures-in-the-bible/people-in-the-bible/hasmonean-rulers/

Feature on the meeting place of the Council of Nicaea:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-sites-places/biblical-archaeology-sites/nicea-church-council-of-nicea/

Prehistoric finds and petroglyphs from northwest Iran:

http://www.tehrantimes.com/news/429201/Prehistoric-relics-petroglyphs-discovered-in-northwest-Iran

Remains of a medieval water supply network at Alamut castle:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/429203/Centuries-old-water-supply-system-found-in-Alamut-castle

On politics v archaeology in Iraq:

http://www.brownpoliticalreview.org/2018/10/still-recording-syria-future-journalism-assad-regime-2/

More on the Canaan-Egypt fish trade:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/ancient-cultures/daily-life-and-practice/canaan-and-egypt-ancient-fish-trade/
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Cyclopean walls in Bulgaria are being linked to the Myceneans:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2018/10/24/3200-year-old-cyclopean-masonry-fortress-found-in-south-bulgaria-shows-ancient-thrace-was-part-of-mycenaean-civilization/

Remains of a couple of archaic kouroi from Atalanti:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/234328/gallery/ekathimerini/in-images/archaeologists-unearth-ancient-statues-in-atalanti-region

Vague item on the find of a ‘Roman imperial hall’ from Smyrna (?):

https://www.dailysabah.com/turkey/2018/10/26/roman-imperial-hall-found-at-construction-site

A metallurgical site from Apollonia/Sozopol:

https://www.novinite.com/articles/192719/Unique+Discovery%3A+Archaeologists+Found+the+Oldest+Metallurgical+Plant+in+Bulgaria

Second century CE roman latrine mosaics from Antiochia ad Cragum:

https://www.livescience.com/64000-dirty-jokes-mosaics-discovered.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7119-181102-turkey-latrine-mosaic

A number of strigils were among the finds from burials in Assos:

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/culture-and-art/2-000-year-old-athletes-tools-unearthed-in-nw-turkey/1297924

Assorted sculptures from the Roman baths site in Jerash:

https://www.albawaba.com/editorchoice/french-diggers-excavate-aphrodite-zeus-sculptures-jerash-1207702

Latest from the University of Cyprus’ excavations at the Laona tumulus:

https://www.pio.gov.cy/en/press-releases-article.html?id=4365#flat

Latest finds from the Abermagwr Roman villa in Ceredigion:

http://www.cambrian-news.co.uk/article.cfm?id=124594&headline=Wealth%20at%20empire%E2%80%99s%20edge&sectionIs=news&searchyear=2018
https://www.aol.co.uk/news/2018/10/22/excavations-reveal-details-about-1-800-year-old-roman-villa-in-w/

Possible Roman remains at a Hurworth housing development:

https://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/local/darlington/16995696.roman-remains-found-at-controversial-hurworth-housing-development/

Hopes of Roman finds from a school construction site in Yatton:

http://www.thewestonmercury.co.uk/news/archaeological-dig-at-north-end-in-yatton-1-5753675

Surveying underwater Bronze Age sites off the coast of Croatia:

https://www.croatiaweek.com/archaeologists-discover-oldest-olive-groves-in-croatia-dating-3500-years/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7091-181023-bronze-age-croatia

Feature on the history of digs at Sardis:

https://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2018/10/harvard-archaeologists-probe-the-secrets-of-sardis/

… and Antioch:

https://www.princeton.edu/news/2018/11/01/uncovering-antioch

… and the bathing complex at Doliche:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-10/coe-wts103018.php

Feature on beasties mentioned in Caesar’s Gallic Wars:

https://cosmosmagazine.com/biology/identifying-the-beasts-in-caesar-s-forest

On efforts to preserve archaeological relics at Aidonia:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/234203/interactive/ekathimerini/special-report/a-land-strewn-with-antiquities

The Nymphaeum Archaeological park in Amman has reopened to the public:

http://www.jordantimes.com/news/local/rehabilitated-downtown-nymphaeum-archaeological-park-opens-public

Restoration of the mosaics of the Ayia Triada Basilica (Cyprus) has been completed:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2018/10/30/ancient-karpas-mosaics-restored/

A 3d model reconstruction of ancient Narona:

https://www.total-croatia-news.com/lifestyle/32103-ancient-narona

On evidence of soldiers from North Africa on the Antonine Wall:

https://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/black-history-month-did-african-soldiers-patrol-scotland-in-the-roman-era-1-4819936

On ancient Greeks and AI:

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/audio/2018/nov/02/the-ancient-greeks-warned-us-about-ai-chips-with-everything-podcast

On the ancient origins of werewolves:

http://theconversation.com/the-ancient-origins-of-werewolves-104775

On zombies and Julius Caesar:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2018/10/29/how-a-zombie-predicted-the-death-of-julius-caesar/

Restoration plans for the Thracian tomb of Sveshtari:

https://www.novinite.com/articles/192728/Thracian+Tomb+of+Sveshtari+will+Undergo+Restoration+and+Preservation

The latest fiddling with the date of the eruption of Santorini:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/32992-olive-tree-piece-found-on-thirasia-changes-santorini-island-volcano-explosion-dates.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7086-181022-greece-thirasia-wood

Pondering modern versions of ancient cures:

https://theconversation.com/goop-a-classicists-take-on-the-power-of-ancient-remedies-105331

Pagan views of Christianity/Judaism:

https://aeon.co/essays/why-would-apollo-make-positive-statements-about-judaism

What Michael McCormick is up to:

http://www.iowastatedaily.com/news/academics/michael-mccormick-iowa-state-human-history/article_f60f4530-d66e-11e8-b79d-5be72b075e26.html

What Barbara Burrell is up to:

http://www.newsrecord.org/news/classics-professor-digs-into-archeological-history/article_447f51d8-d9fd-11e8-8388-17b3e5ebd3ec.html

What Tim Winters and his students are up to:

http://www.clarksvilleonline.com/2018/10/23/apsu-classics-students-sacrifice-golden-eagle-during-homecoming-ceremony/

What Dan-el Padilla Peralta is up to:

https://kenyoncollegian.com/news/2018/11/faculty-lecturer-reflects-on-classics-his-upbringing-american-politics/

Interview with Paul Cartledge:

https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/democracy-the-best-of-the-worst-a-conversation-with-paul-cartledge/

Nice coverage of an Ancient Science conference at Lawrence University:

http://www.lawrentian.com/archives/1013705

Another feature on polychromy of ancient statuary:

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/10/29/the-myth-of-whiteness-in-classical-sculpture
https://www.albawaba.com/editorchoice/whtewashing-classical-arts-way-western-supremacy-experts-argue-1203478

… so Assassin’s Creed gets that part right:

https://hyperallergic.com/465938/a-video-game-shows-the-true-colors-of-ancient-greece/

On the appeal of Stoicism:

https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/almost-too-sober-on-the-appeal-of-stoicism/

Latest group embracing Homer:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/guess-whos-championing-homer-radical-online-conservatives/2018/11/02/af3a49f6-dd40-11e8-85df-7a6b4d25cfbb_story.html

… and in a similar vein:

https://qz.com/1434878/red-pill-misogynists-see-themselves-as-heirs-to-greek-and-roman-philosophy/

On casting Aphrodite as a feminist role model:

https://hyperallergic.com/467808/patricia-cronin-aphrodite-tampa-museum-of-art/

More on that intact Greek shipwreck in the Black Sea:

https://www.zmescience.com/science/oldest-shipwreck-black-sea-28102018/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7089-181023-black-sea-shipwreck

… and reaction from Natalie Haynes:

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/oct/27/i-can-see-odysseus-lashed-to-the-mast-of-this-ship-sirens-song

More on the eruption of Vesuvius date:

http://www.cnn.com/style/article/pompeii-eruption-inscription-date-intl/

Review of *An Odyssey*:

https://www.postandcourier.com/features/review-an-odyssey-rings-true-for-father-and-son/article_351d4664-d615-11e8-a7c4-17ee4baecb96.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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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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An 8000 years bp ‘mother goddess’ figurine from Bulgaria:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2018/10/27/discovery-of-8000-year-old-veiled-mother-goddess-near-bulgaria-vidin-pushes-back-neolithic-revolution-in-europe/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7117-181102-bulgaria-mother-goddess

A seed has pushed back the establishment of agriculture in the Genoa region to the sixth millennium BCE:

https://cosmosmagazine.com/archaeology/seed-find-pushes-the-start-of-genoa-back-700-years

Linking Viking success to tar production:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/nov/04/viking-longboat-industrial-tar-pits-dominance-seas
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/vikings-secret-weapon-was-industrial-scale-tar-180970651/

A medieval corridor from the Cicva Castle site:

https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20940699/archaeological-research-at-cicva-castle-revealed-connecting-corridor.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7104-181029-slovakia-castle-corridor

Medieval finds near Ruardean Castle:

http://www.rossgazette.com/article.cfm?id=115010&headline=Medieval%20finds%20at%20castle%20near%20Ross&sectionIs=news&searchyear=2018

Studying a medieval castle in Poland:

http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news%2C31509%2Cmazowieckie-medieval-castle-discovered-zelechow.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7118-181102-poland-medieval-castle

Evidence that West Cork was a 16th century ‘trading hub’:

https://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/ireland/west-cork-was-16th-century-global-trading-hub-pottery-find-reveals-882197.html

Evidence of lamprey consumption from a medieval London cesspit:

https://phys.org/news/2018-10-lamprey-teeth-london-archaeological.html
https://www.livescience.com/63952-vampire-fish-lamprey-teeth-london.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7106-181030-london-lamprey-teeth

An attempted ATM theft in Dedham a while back revealed a medieval site under a convenience store:

https://www.livescience.com/63955-atm-robbery-reveals-tudor-treasures.html

They’re still pondering that medieval porpoise burial in Guernsey:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-guernsey-46037369

Interesting silver ingot find by a diver in Spain:

https://elpais.com/politica/2018/10/27/diario_de_espana/1540629614_057492.html

Storm Ali revealed an 18th century well (maybe) in Dumbarton:

http://www.dumbartonreporter.co.uk/news/17189327.18th-century-well-found-in-park-thanks-to-storm-ali-damage/

In case you missed the vampire child burial (it was in the Classics section last week):

https://www.thedailybeast.com/how-to-bury-a-medieval-child-vampire

Feature on Stonehenge:

https://blog.britishmuseum.org/the-british-museum-membercast-stonehenge/

More on smoking and Irish Famine victims:

https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/republic-of-ireland/too-much-smoking-left-great-famine-victims-with-rotten-teeth-study-suggests-37454421.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7102-181029-irish-famine-teeth

More on finds from Amsterdam found during subway construction:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/24/arts/amsterdam-trash.html

More on redating Pictish writing:

https://www.zmescience.com/science/archaeology/pict-writing-system-04233/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7105-181029-scotland-pict-carvings

More on the HS2 dig commencing:

https://abcnews.go.com/International/archaeologists-start-europes-largest-dig-spanning-10000-years/story?id=58925000

… and a vague item on the first finds:

https://www.bucksfreepress.co.uk/news/17189390.start-of-major-hs2-roadworks-delayed-in-great-missenden-after-archaeological-discovery-on-site/
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-46042814
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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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Latest suggestion for Aboriginal arrival in Australia involves island hopping:

https://phys.org/news/2018-10-route-humans-australia.html
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/oct/31/first-humans-to-reach-australia-likely-island-hopped-to-new-guinea-then-walked-study

8000 years bp village sites from the Inner Mongolia Autonomous region:

https://www.devdiscourse.com/Article/lifestyle/237250-chinese-archaeologists-discover-8000-year-old-village-sites

Some megalithic statuary from Papua:

https://en.antaranews.com/news/120059/archaeologist-finds-megalithic-statue-in-srobu-site-papua
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7112-181031-indonesia-megalithic-statues

A major section of the Silk road route was occupied by mountain herder types some 4000 years bp:

https://phys.org/news/2018-10-major-corridor-silk-road-home.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-10/mpif-mco102918.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/10/181031141445.htm
https://theconversation.com/how-eurasias-tianshan-mountains-set-a-stage-that-changed-the-world-102772

Bronze Age finds from China’s Jilin province:

https://www.devdiscourse.com/Article/headlines/233464-chinese-archaeologists-finds-bronze-age-ruins-in-jilin-province
https://www.sentinelassam.com/news/team-of-archaeologists-find-bronze-age-ruins-in-china/
The wreck of the Benares has been found off Okinawa:

https://www.todayonline.com/world/ship-sailed-hong-kong-1872-found-okinawa-waters

Latest on finds from Fort Canning:

https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/exhibition-site-of-fort-canning-archaeological-dig-to-be-refreshed-for-first-time-in-17
https://www.todayonline.com/singapore/digging-fort-canning-park-refreshed-archaeological-site-restored-gardens-open-june-2019

Feature on the petroglyphs in Tamgaly (Kazakhstan):

https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-asia-45801506/exploring-kazakhstan-s-5000-petroglyphs

China is touristifying Confucianism:

https://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/travel-leisure/article/2169824/how-china-leveraging-confucianism-boost-cultural-tourism
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Southeast Asian Archaeology Newsblog:

http://www.southeastasianarchaeology.com/

New Zealand Archaeology eNews:

https://us14.campaign-archive.com/home/?u=ddab09cab5362c9613318bd92&id=b917a20ae5
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NORTH AMERICA
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A 6000 years bp stone ax from Mount Vernon:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2018/10/31/students-discover-year-old-stone-ax-mount-vernon/?utm_term=.9c77324c1f55
http://grandforksherald.com/news/science-and-nature/4522348-students-discover-6000-year-old-stone-ax-mount-vernon
https://pilotonline.com/news/nation-world/national/article_ece852fd-4393-5286-9178-d1879bdf3fad.html
https://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=12152676
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/students-unearth-6000-year-old-stone-axe-mount-vernon-180970684/

Evidence the Nez Perce people were using tobacco at least 1200 years bp:

https://phys.org/news/2018-10-interior-northwest-indians-tobacco-european.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-10/wsu-ini102318.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/10/181029150934.htm
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2018/10/29/northwestern-native-americans-smoked-tobacco-long-before-europeans-arrived/
https://www.geekwire.com/2018/tobacco-smoking-habits-ancient-tribes/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7107-181030-pacific-northwest-smoking

Digging an early English settlement site in Wethersfield, Connecticut:

http://www.wshu.org/post/archaeologists-discover-earliest-evidence-english-settlers-connecticut
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7111-181031-english-connecticut-colony

Report on finds from the Berry site (NC):

https://news.tulane.edu/pr/tulane-archaeologist-coauthors-first-details-remains-450-year-old-spanish-fort
https://www.newswise.com/articles/tulane-archaeologist-coauthors-first-details-on-remains-of-450-year-old-spanish-fort

Latest from the shipwreck finds at Robinson Landing:

http://www.alexandrianews.org/2018/10/update-on-historic-ship-discoveries-at-robinson-landing/
https://patch.com/virginia/oldtownalexandria/work-continues-historic-ship-discoveries-alexandria

Arguing about development near an Underground Railroad ‘stop’ in Philadelphia:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/developers-and-preservationists-clash-over-underground-railroad-stop-180970643/

Feature on a couple of ghost towns in Vermont:

https://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/story/news/2018/10/29/history-space-tale-two-vt-ghost-towns/38202243/

Feature on the Fort Pillow Massacre:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2018/10/28/civil-war-massacre-that-left-nearly-black-soldiers-murdered/

On yellow fever in 19th century New Orleans:

https://www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/2018/10/31/415535913/how-yellow-fever-turned-new-orleans-into-the-city-of-the-dead

Conservation of some Spanish armour retrieved from a shipwreck off Florida in 1996:

https://www.pnj.com/story/news/local/2018/10/31/uwf-archaeologists-make-new-emanuel-point-artifact-discoveries/1818306002/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7114-181101-florida-spanish-breastplate

More on the bulldozing of sites by State Parks folks in Arizona:

https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/politics/arizona/2018/10/29/ex-parks-archaeologist-boss-sue-black-threatened-me-over-preservation-efforts/1663285002/
https://www.12news.com/article/news/local/arizona/archaeologist-claims-arizonas-state-parks-disregarding-native-sites/75-609225741
https://www.abc15.com/news/region-phoenix-metro/central-phoenix/archaeologist-claims-arizona-state-parks-disregarding-native-sites
https://www.kgun9.com/news/local-news/tribe-responds-to-allegations-of-damage-at-native-sites

… and opeddish on same:

https://www.azcentral.com/story/opinion/op-ed/lindavaldez/2018/10/29/arizona-state-parks-archaeology-sue-black-funding/1807592002/

Review of a biography of Frederick Douglass:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/oct/28/david-blight-on-frederick-douglass-i-call-him-beautifully-human
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Evidence of cacao domestication in South America some 1500 years earlier than previously thought:

https://phys.org/news/2018-10-sweet-discovery-chocolate.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/10/181029130945.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-10/uobc-sdn102618.php
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-46024189
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-science-chocolate/ecuadorean-discovery-pushes-back-the-origins-of-chocolate-idUSKCN1N32DE?feedType=RSS&feedName=scienceNews
https://www.sciencealert.com/forgotten-origins-chocolate-mesoamerica-ecuador-theobroma-cacao-santa-ana-la-florida-ancient-mayo-chinchipe-culture
https://cosmosmagazine.com/biology/chocolate-domesticated-much-earlier-and-further-south-than-thought
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/deadthings/?p=3004
https://www.abc.net.au/news/science/2018-10-30/origins-of-chocolate-rewritten-by-archaeology-find-in-ecuador/10434798
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/ancient-south-americans-tasted-chocolate-1500-years-anyone-else
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/10/world-s-oldest-chocolate-was-made-5300-years-ago-south-american-rainforest
https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2018/10/31/archaeologists-discover-that-chocolate-is-as-american-as-halloween/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cacao-was-first-cultivated-south-america-not-mexico-and-central-america-180970663/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7103-181029-ecuador-cacao-seeds

New finds, including ‘cookie cutter suburbs’ from the Izapa kingdom area:

https://www.livescience.com/63935-ancient-izapa-towns-discovered.html
https://www.livescience.com/63930-photos-izapa-kingdom.html

A hidden chamber and ‘passage to the underworld’ beneath the Pyramid of the Moon:

https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/hidden-chamber-and-passage-to-the-underworld-found-beneath-mexicos-pyramid-of-the-moon/
https://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/secret-passage-to-the-underworld-tunnel-discovered-beneath-mexican-pyramid/news-story/9d65e23f41c2b2f7dc71df9ab0ef2a05
https://www.sciencealert.com/scientists-uncover-hidden-passage-underworld-beneath-mysterious-mexican-pyramid-moon-teotihuacan

Feature on Simon Rodriguez:

https://elpais.com/internacional/2018/10/28/america/1540732409_091457.html
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Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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On waking up before alarm clocks were around:

https://www.livescience.com/64002-how-wake-up-before-alarm-clocks.html

Feature on Yuval Noah Harari and his Sapiens book:

https://slate.com/culture/2018/11/yuval-noah-harari-sapiens-facebook-silicon-valley-hollywood.html

A pile of hype for the find of a red silk velvet bag that may have once held Sir Walter Raleigh’s head:

https://www.theguardian.com/education/2018/oct/28/walter-raleigh-bag-severed-head-gory-mystery
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/sir-walter-raleigh-head-red-velvet-bag-attic-surrey-west-horsley-place-a8605646.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bag-held-sir-walter-raleighs-mummified-head-180970656/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7108-181030-england-red-bag

Revisiting Samuel Morton’s skull studies:

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/crux/2018/10/31/morton-skulls-brain-size-controversy/#.W98Ks3pKhn4

On the veracity of ancient stories:

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/crux/2018/10/23/ancient-stories-more-fact-than-fiction/#.W971U3pKhn4

On keeping witches away:

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/crux/2018/10/29/how-to-scare-away-witches-this-halloween/

A history of monsters:

https://aeon.co/essays/there-be-monsters-from-cabinets-of-curiosity-to-demons-within

On Halloween traditions in Wales:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-46019969

On the modern history of vampires:

https://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/are-vampires-cancelled

Feature on some famous dead folk’s body parts:

https://www.livescience.com/63973-photos-famous-people-body-parts.html

Pondering human remains in museums:

https://www.sapiens.org/column/curiosities/natural-history-museum-human-remains/

The Norse World medieval Scandinavian literature database is online:

https://phys.org/news/2018-11-access-database-medieval-literature.html

Feature on the last days of WWI:

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/11/05/a-hundred-years-after-the-armistice

On Henry Worsley’s exploration of Antarctica:

https://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/retracing-the-antarctic-journey-of-henry-worsley

On the history of gerrymandering:

https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-us-canada-46062154/think-the-us-election-s-fixed-blame-him

Feature/interview with Elaine Pagels:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/01/books/review/elaine-pagels-by-the-book.html
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Lawrence of Oxford:

https://www.ft.com/content/4c583380-d3df-11e8-a9f2-7574db66bcd5

Reverent Beauty:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/25/arts/design/armenia-exhibition-review-metropolitan-museum-of-art.html

Underworld: Imagining the Afterlife:

http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/golden-tickets-to-the-underworld/

Roman Gaul:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/devotion-and-decadence-the-berthouville-treasure-and-roman-luxury-from-the-bibliotheque-nationale-de-france-review-shining-silver-from-an-untarnished-trove-1541016746?mod=searchresults&page=1&pos=1

Royal Voluntary Service:

https://www.bbc.com/news/in-pictures-45957783

Ashurbanipal:

https://www.apollo-magazine.com/art-diary/i-am-ashurbanipal-king-of-the-world-king-of-assyria/
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/exhibition-i-am-ashurbanipal-at-the-british-museum-everything-you-need-to-know-xdzxrtwjv

Sunken Cities:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/egypt-opens-sunken-cities-exhibit-in-minneapolis-us/
http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/59653/Second-Egyptian-Exhibition-Inaugurated-in-USA
https://www.twincities.com/2018/11/01/sink-into-history-at-egypts-sunken-cities-exhibit-at-mia/
https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2018/11/03/egypt-sunken-cities-mia/

Much coverage of the reopening of the Damascus museum:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-46009833
http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/315263.aspx
https://www.egyptindependent.com/syrias-national-museum-reopens-doors-in-war-scarred-damascus/
https://www.france24.com/en/20181028-damascus-museum-reopens-with-millennia-old-lion-garden
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-10/28/c_137564823.htm
https://www.thenational.ae/arts-culture/art/syria-s-ancient-heritage-on-show-again-national-museum-of-damascus-reopens-doors-1.785427
https://www.yahoo.com/news/syria-reopens-damascus-antiquities-museum-132712692.html
http://www.dailystar.com.lb/Arts-and-Ent/Culture/2018/Oct-29/467749-syrias-national-museum-reopens-doors-in-damascus.ashx
https://www.abc.net.au/radio/programs/worldtoday/precious-antiquities-back-on-display-in-syria/10441442

Feature on the Grand Egyptian Museum:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20181101-in-egypt-the-worlds-largest-archaeology-museum

Feature on Jaipur’s Gyan Museum:

https://www.scmp.com/magazines/post-magazine/travel/article/2169947/jaipurs-new-gyan-museum-provides-another-reason-visit

Feature on fakes in museums:

https://lighthouse.mq.edu.au/article/october/Unearthing-museum-fakes-critical-for-setting-the-historical-record-straight

More on the BM’s new Islamic galleries:

https://www.nst.com.my/opinion/letters/2018/10/426104/proud-islamic-gallery-uk-museum
https://www.apollo-magazine.com/rethinking-islamic-art-at-the-british-museum/
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/the-albukhary-foundation-gallery-of-the-islamic-world

The Vatican Museum is pondering limiting visitors:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/nov/02/vatican-considers-limit-on-museum-visitors-amid-safety-fears
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AT THE AUCTIONS
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Early New York maps:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/31/arts/design/new-york-maps-exhibition.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fdesign

An Assyrian relief sold at Christies for a huge price:

https://hyperallergic.com/469108/31-million-sale-of-3000-year-old-assyrian-relief/
https://www.thenational.ae/world/mena/assyrian-sculpture-claimed-by-iraq-sells-for-31-million-in-new-york-1.786676
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/10/30/3000-year-old-assyrian-palace-artifact-goes-sale-auction-new/
http://www.aina.org/news/20181030182213.htm

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THE TECHY SIDE
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An interview with Sarah Parcak:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/10/ars-lunch-break-spying-out-ancient-ruins-on-earth-from-space/
https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/11/ars-on-your-lunch-break-finding-pharoah-and-spotting-looters-from-orbit/

Scanning Civil War-era skeletons:

https://phys.org/news/2018-11-lab-d-scans-human-skeletal.html

I think we mentioned this facial reconstruction of the ‘real’ Elizabeth:

https://www.bbc.com/reel/playlist/hidden-histories?vpid=p06npby7

… and this AI-assisted reading of medieval texts:

https://www.euronews.com/2018/10/29/transkribus-system-makes-breakthrough-in-understanding-ancient-texts
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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Looking to archaeology for responses to climate change in the past:

https://news.wsu.edu/2018/10/31/history-offers-insights-into-climate-change-strategies/
https://phys.org/news/2018-10-climate.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-10/uoc–whi103018.php

Some coverage of Venice’s latest challenge:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2018/10/31/italy-flooding-climate-change-venice/1831116002/
https://www.elmostrador.cl/noticias/multimedia/2018/10/30/venecia-se-inunda-por-marea-alta/
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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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Salamanca:

https://elpais.com/elpais/2018/10/26/inenglish/1540554903_326526.html

Olympia:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2018/11/02/exploring-ancient-olympia-one-of-the-worlds-most-well-known-historical-sites/

Southern Germany:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/29/travel/family-road-trip-in-germany.html

Sherlock Holmes’ London:

http://www.latimes.com/travel/la-tr-london-sherlock-holmes-20181030-story.html

Hedeby and Danevirke:

https://www.dw.com/en/the-viking-age-sites-hedeby-and-danevirke/av-44443360

Azerbaijan:

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/yanar-dag-azerbaijan-land-of-fire/index.html

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PERFORMANCES
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Feature on Claude Debussy:

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/10/29/the-velvet-revolution-of-claude-debussy

Midsummer Night’s Dream:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/02/theater/midsummer-nights-dream-review.html

In favour of Classical music:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/02/arts/music/anthony-tommasini-classical-music.html

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CRIME BEAT
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Fixtures were stolen from the door of a Fayoum mosque:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/43/315303/Heritage/Islamic/Bronze-decorations-stolen-from-Fayoum-mosque-door-.aspx

Egyptian police foiled an attempt to sell a stolen sarcophagus:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/315362/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Egypt-police-foil-attempt-to-sell-stolen-sarcophag.aspx
http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/1/59690/Saqqara-police-arrests-4-people-attempting-to-sell-ancient-coffin
https://www.egyptindependent.com/egypt-arrests-4-attempting-to-sell-an-antique-casket-in-saqqara/

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 the OI’s role in returning a stolen relief from Persepolis:

https://news.uchicago.edu/story/oriental-institute-helps-return-stolen-persepolis-artifact-iran

A call for the ‘West’ to repatriate looted antiquities:

https://www.thenational.ae/opinion/editorial/the-west-must-repatriate-the-looted-treasures-of-antiquity-1.786628

Remember that Buddha with a monk inside? China wants it back:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/nov/01/our-spiritual-leader-chinese-villagers-appeal-for-return-of-1000-year-old-monk

Egypt wants an obelisk in London back:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/will-the-london-obelisk-return-to-egypt/
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NUMISMATICA
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An Ottoman/European hoard from Ahtopol:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2018/10/28/hoard-of-18th-century-ottoman-western-european-coins-found-in-treasure-pot-in-bulgarias-black-sea-town-ahtopol/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/club_nbs_esylum_v21n43.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/club_nbs_esylum_v21n44.html

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Ancient Coin Collecting:

http://ancientcoincollecting.blogspot.com/

Ancient Coins:

http://classicalcoins.blogspot.com/

Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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Milton Gendel:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/02/obituaries/milton-gendel-dead.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fobituaries

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-main-menu-cat/audio-news-list/2787-audio-news-from-archaeologica-21-october-27-october-2018
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CONFERENCES
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CBA Wessex 60th Anniversary Conference (November 2018):

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

Jews and the Americas (February 2019):

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

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GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

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

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Ancient Digger:

http://www.ancientdigger.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Past Horizons:

http://www.pasthorizons.com/

Stonepages:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

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

Time Machine:

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

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

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/

The Book and the Spade:

http://www.radioscribe.com/bknspade.htm
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