Explorator 21.52 ~ April 21, 2019

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, Kris Curry, Laurel Carey, Jack Keller,
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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General feature on Neanderthals:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/new-research-redefining-what-we-thought-about-neanderthals-180971918/

Pondering a 7000 year gap of occupation of a cave in Spain:

https://elpais.com/elpais/2019/04/10/ciencia/1554882478_999653.html

On the evolution of the human face:

https://phys.org/news/2019-04-social-skills-modern-human.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-04/uoy-nfs041219.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/04/190415113813.htm

In case you missed the 34 000 years bp cave paintings found in Croatia:

http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/romualdova-pecina-figurative-cave-paintings-07097.html
https://www.zmescience.com/science/figurative-cave-painting-balkans-13042019/

… and the homo luzonensis find:

https://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2019/0411/How-a-new-human-species-challenges-textbook-histories

… and the multiple-branches of the Denisovan tree:

https://cosmosmagazine.com/palaeontology/dna-remnants-of-three-separate-denisovan-populations-found-in-human-genomes

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Using urine salts at Asikli Huyuk to mark the transition between hunting/gathering to herding:

https://phys.org/news/2019-04-herding-ancient-pee.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-04/eiac-sfh041219.php
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-04/aaft-usp041719.php
https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2019/04/10000-year-old-urine-holds-clues-domestication/587260/
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/pee-stain-urine-salt-early-human-herding-neolithic-a8874576.html
https://www.history.com/news/agricultural-revolution-discovery-pee-study
https://cosmosmagazine.com/archaeology/researchers-find-the-sands-of-time-are-soaked-in-urine
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-urine-reveals-timeline-turkeys-agricultural-revolution-180971990/
https://www.sciencealert.com/two-spectacular-egyptian-tombs-still-look-freshly-painted-after-thousands-of-years
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7594-190418-turkey-herding-urine

A 3500 years bp ‘saff’ tomb from Luxor:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/330259/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Egypt-unveils-newly-discovered-saff-tomb-in-Luxor.aspx
https://egyptianstreets.com/2019/04/19/biggest-saff-tomb-discovered-in-luxor/
http://english.alarabiya.net/en/life-style/2019/04/19/Expansive-New-Kingdom-tomb-unveiled-in-Egypt-s-Luxor.html
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/world/egypt-reveals-huge-ancient-tomb-in-luxor-vfrvlwn99
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-04/18/c_137988620.htm

… I *think* this is the same as the above, but maybe not:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/68489/Egypt-announces-tomb-discovery-at-Luxor%E2%80%99s-Draa-Abul-Naga-necropolis

Zahi Hawass has apparently confirmed the existence of tunnels in the Sphinx:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/68568/Hawass-affirmed-the-presence-of-three-tunnels-inside-Sphinx

The newly-restored Opet Temple in Luxor was officially inaugurated:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/minister-of-antiquities-opens-opet-temple-in-luxor/
http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/68534/Egypt-inaugurates-newly-restored-Opet-Temple-in-Luxor
http://www.china.org.cn/world/Off_the_Wire/2019-04/19/content_74701340.htm

A restored statue of Ramses II was unveiled:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/68512/In-Pics-Egypt-unveils-Ramses-II-statue-at-Luxor-Temple
https://www.egyptindependent.com/egypts-king-ramses-ii-unveiled-on-world-heritage-day/
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-04/19/c_137988866.htm

Feature on women rulers in Egypt:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/kidspost/who-ruled-the-world-in-ancient-egypt-often-times-it-was-a-woman/2019/04/15/0773963a-5628-11e9-814f-e2f46684196e_story.html

Feature on mummy portraits:

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/egyptian-mummy-portraits/index.html
https://www.artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-unraveling-mysteries-ancient-egypts-spellbinding-mummy-portraits

There seems to be a scandal of sorts brewing over possible ‘official’ sales of Egyptian items at Christie’s:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/idsc-denies-sale-of-egyptian-antiquities-in-us/
http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/1/68399/Cabinet-denies-selling-artifacts-in-Christie-s-Auction-Hall-in

More on that Fifth Dynasty ‘colourful’ tomb of Khuwy:

https://www.newsweek.com/4300-ancient-egyptian-tomb-incredible-colorful-artworks-vast-burial-ground-1396284
https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/egyptian-tomb-dating-back-4300-years-reveal-new-details-mysterious-fifth-dynasty-111912203.html
http://www.jordantimes.com/news/region/egypt-unveils-colourful-fifth-dynasty-tomb
https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/egypt-paintings-color-scli-intl/index.html
https://menafn.com/1098395296/Egypt-unveils-colourful-Fifth-Dynasty-tomb

A recently-discovered inscription suggests Sargon II had big plans for Karkemish:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-04/uocp-mks041819.php
https://phys.org/news/2019-04-mesopotamian-king-sargon-ii-envisioned.html

I think we mentioned this First Temple eggshell find (actually a decade old):

https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/First-Temple-era-eggshells-offer-crack-at-historical-eating-habits-586827
https://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/jerusalem/israeli-scientist-reveals-first-temple-period-eggs-differ-little-than-todays-fare-on-the-passover-plates-of-jerusalem-residents/2019/04/14/
https://www.timesofisrael.com/2600-year-old-chicken-egg-shells-from-jerusalem-first-evidence-of-use-in-diet/

Suggestion that the efforts of Shishak may have contributed to the creation of Israel:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-move-over-moses-a-pharaoh-may-have-created-the-ancient-kingdom-of-israel-1.7114102

Feature on the Exodus:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-for-you-were-not-slaves-in-egypt-the-memories-behind-the-exodus-myth-1.7138961

Feature on David:

https://www.livescience.com/65241-king-david.html

Latest kids-on-a-field-trip-find-an-artifact story has a group finding a gold coin of Theodosius II in Galilee:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/1600-year-old-gold-coin-of-emperor-who-abolished-sanhedrin-discovered-by-pupils/
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/262080
https://www.jewishpress.com/news/archaeology-news/israeli-kids-discover-1600-year-old-gold-coin-in-galilee/2019/04/16/
https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Group-of-schoolchildren-find-1600-year-old-gold-coin-in-the-Galilee-587014
https://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-5495895,00.html

Feature on archaeology and the City of David:

https://mosaicmagazine.com/picks/israel-zionism/2019/04/archaeology-the-city-of-david-and-the-future-of-jerusalem/

Feature on Megiddo:

https://english.tau.ac.il/news/match_meggido

Feature on Phoenician/Punic masks:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2019/04/Phoenician-and-Punic-Masks

Italian plans for the restoration of Persepolis:

https://iranian.com/2019/04/16/italian-archaeologists-to-partially-restore-persepolis/

Honours for Jodi Magness:

https://religion.unc.edu/professor-jodi-magness-elected-to-the-american-academy-of-arts-and-sciences/

There’s a new vistor center in Yokneam:

https://m.jpost.com/Israel-News/New-archaeological-visitor-center-opens-in-Yokneam-586983

Not sure where to put this item on 220 sites being found in Larestan:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/434729/220-historical-sites-objects-found-in-Larestan

More on that Nathan-Melek seal from the City of David:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-artifacts/artifacts-and-the-bible/nathan-melek-servant-of-the-king/
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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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A study of a pre-Roman Italian Celtic burial ground near Verona:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-04/p-fcd041019.php
https://phys.org/news/2019-04-funerary-customs-diet-social-behavior.html

A statuette of Aprodite from the Thessaloniki metro construction:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/239612/article/ekathimerini/life/goddess-of-love-rises-out-of-metro-excavation

A shipwrecked fleet of 11 Hellenistic (or so) ships off the coast of Lebanon:

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Lebanon-News/2019/Apr-17/481315-underwater-find-points-to-fleet-of-ancient-greek-ships.ashx
https://www.albawaba.com/editors-choice/wreckage-11-ancient-greek-ships-found-lebanese-coast-1280454
http://www.arabnews.com/node/1484711/middle-east

… and a 1st century CE shipwreck off Croatia (we may have mentioned this one):

https://www.croatiaweek.com/1st-century-ad-shipwreck-found-off-croatias-molat-island/

Advances in artifact testing provide evidence of at least one rabbit in Britain during Roman times (1st century CE):

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-47963324
https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2019/apr/18/ben-fur-romans-brought-rabbits-to-britain-experts-discover
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/04/17/britains-first-pet-rabbits-kept-romans-new-historic-england2/
https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/bones-of-britians-oldest-rabbit-discovered-in-roman-palace-a4120851.html
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/rabbit-skeleton-roman-remains-arrival-species-invasive-fishbourne-palace-a8874376.html
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/roman-rabbit-find-is-one-giant-hop-for-archaeology-dn0dhtfk8
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7596-190418-england-roman-rabbit

A Roman kiln in Trastevere:

https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/rome-unearths-ancient-roman-kiln-in-trastevere.html

Pondering the logistics of cremation in ancient Greece:

https://cosmosmagazine.com/social-sciences/burning-questions-the-awkward-logistics-of-cremation-in-ancient-greece

Athens put up a statue of Alexander the Great:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/239642/gallery/ekathimerini/news/statue-of-alexander-the-great-installed-in-athens
https://greece.greekreporter.com/2019/04/17/first-and-only-statue-of-alexander-the-great-in-athens-to-be-unveiled/
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-04/18/c_137985623.htm
https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/tornos/city-breaks/35279-statue-of-alexander-the-great-placed-in-athens-30-years-after-its-purchase.html

A Roman coin hoard will be staying in Warwickshire:

https://leamingtonobserver.co.uk/news/roman-coin-hoard-will-be-staying-in-warwickshire-12474/
https://www.banburyguardian.co.uk/news/campaign-to-bring-home-rare-roman-coins-found-near-edge-hill-hits-target-1-8893047
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-coventry-warwickshire-47963547
https://www.coventrytelegraph.net/news/coventry-news/roman-coins-warwickshire-archeology-16143114

Cyprus was thinking about fires at sites this week:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2019/04/17/antiquities-department-working-to-minimise-fire-hazards-at-ancient-sites/

More on that Bronze Age shipwreck full of copper ingots off the coast of Turkey:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/ancient-cultures/ancient-near-eastern-world/copper-ingots-ancient-shipwreck-turkish-coast/
https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidanderson/2019/04/19/bronze-age-shipwreck-discovered-off-the-coast-of-turkey/

What Cornel West is up to:

https://ndsmcobserver.com/2019/04/west-lectures-on-education/

What Thomas Martin and Jeremiah O’Connor are up to:

https://news.holycross.edu/blog/2019/04/17/diverse-voices-are-key-to-a-healthy-democracy-holy-cross-professor-writes-in-the-washington-post/

What Emily Anhalt is up to:

https://workplaceinsight.net/ancient-greek-wisdom-for-the-leadership-crisis-of-the-21st-century/

A marathon reading of the Odyssey is coming up at Cornell:

http://news.cornell.edu/stories/2019/04/daylong-odyssey-event-feature-community-campus-readers

… and UIowa just had one:

https://classicalstudies.org/scs-blog/rosemary-moore/blog-connecting-community-university-iowas-homerathon

Learning typing via ancient Greek punishments:

https://indiegamesplus.com/2019/04/increase-your-wpm-through-ancient-greek-punishments-with-this-typing-game

Review of Mary Norris, *Greek to Me*:

https://www.thetelegraph.com/entertainment/article/Book-World-A-grammar-queen-s-Greek-odyssey-13781068.php
https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/a-grammar-queens-greek-odyssey/2019/04/19/ad6d7762-475b-11e9-8aab-95b8d80a1e4f_story.html

Reviewish of Simon Critchley, *Tragedy, the Greeks, and Us*:

https://www.npr.org/2019/04/18/714586951/tragedy-the-greeks-and-us-examines-how-classical-philosophers-saw-early-dramas

Reviewish of Donald Robertson, *How to Think Like a Roman Emperor*:

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/article-is-ancient-philosophy-the-future/

Interview with Madeline Miller:

https://www.bustle.com/p/circe-author-madeline-miller-on-why-readers-are-drawn-to-retellings-you-get-the-best-of-both-worlds-17031861

Feature on assorted books which are ‘rad’ retellings of Classical tales:

https://www.autostraddle.com/18-books-that-are-queer-feminist-or-otherwise-rad-retellings-of-classics/

Feature on the French Revolutio and Neoclassical revivalism:

https://hyperallergic.com/495416/how-artists-of-the-french-revolution-embraced-neoclassical-revivalism/

What Socrates can teach us about social media:

https://qz.com/1599699/socrates-shows-why-moral-posturing-on-social-media-is-so-annoying/

On an interesting use of simulations at Bowdoin:

https://bowdoinorient.com/2019/04/19/the-presidential-equation-reform-and-fundraising-2/

The Domus Aurea has a VR feature:

https://www.euronews.com/2019/04/15/watch-visit-emperor-nero-s-palace-via-virtual-reality

… as does the Colosseum:

https://www.wantedinrome.com/whatson/see-the-colosseum-come-to-life-with-a-3d-virtual-reality-tour.html

Pondering German intellectuals’ fascination with Athens:

https://mosaicmagazine.com/picks/history-ideas/2019/04/german-intellectuals-dangerous-choice-of-athens-over-jerusalem/

Pondering the relevancy of Classics:

https://www.thewilkesbeacon.com/opinion/2019/04/16/is-antiquity-losing-its-relevancy-in-todays-modern-society/

An Ode to Classics:

https://thriveglobal.com/stories/an-ode-to-classics/

Pondering paper still having a purpose:

http://harvardmagazine.com/2019/05/paper-persists

Coverage of the Exelauno Day Latin Oratory competition:

https://canton.wickedlocal.com/news/20190416/strongcanton-holbrook-students-perform-in-latin-and-greek-oratorical-competitionstrong
http://hingham.wickedlocal.com/news/20190416/hingham-students-perform-in-latin-and-greek-oratorical-competition

Coverage of the NEAHC spring meeting:

https://www.brown.edu/academics/classics/news/2019/04/brown-classics-participates-neahc-spring-2019

Coverage of the Eta Sigma Phi competition:

https://news.uark.edu/articles/47865/u-of-a-classical-studies-students-triumph-at-national-convention

Feature on Flavius Scorpus the charioteer:

https://www.livescience.com/65258-ancient-rome-chariot-superstar.html

Feature on crucifixion:

https://www.livescience.com/65283-crucifixion-history.html
More/ongoing calls for the return of the Parthenon Marbles by various folks:

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-britain-greece-marbles/greece-free-our-marbles-from-british-museums-murky-prison-idUSKCN1RR17S
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/04/15/greek-president-brands-british-museum-murky-prison-elgin-marbles/
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-04/16/c_137979614.htm
https://greekcitytimes.com/2019/04/16/greeces-president-calls-for-return-of-parthenon-sculptures-from-murky-prison/
http://famagusta-gazette.com/2019/04/16/greece-again-calls-for-return-of-parthenon-sculptures-from-uk-museum/
https://news.gtp.gr/2019/04/18/greek-culture-minister-says-return-parthenon-marbles-only-option/

… and more on the ‘non-firman’:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/239586/article/ekathimerini/life/case-for-parthenon-marbles-return-boosted
https://www.thenationalherald.com/239810/acropolis-museum-director-says-parthenon-marbles-stolen-by-lord-elgin/
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http://bmcr.brynmawr.edu/recent.html

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Really a DNA sort of study but with the suggestion that megalithic tombs were ‘stone age’ family graves:

https://phys.org/news/2019-04-megalith-tombs-family-graves-european.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-04/uu-mtw041119.php
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/04/were-europe-s-megalithic-societies-patrilineal
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/stone-circles-avebury-may-have-surrounded-house-neolithic-one-percent-180971974/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7592-190417-megalithic-tomb-kinship

… and with a patrilineal spin:

https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/04/were-europe-s-megalithic-societies-patrilineal

17 Piliny culture cremation burials from Slovakia:

https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22099293/archaeological-research-uncovered-17-cremation-graves.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7591-190417-slovakia-cremation-burials

Iron Age (and Roman) remains found during waterworks in Oxfordshire feature some ‘ritual’ burials (maybe human sacrifice):

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-47934361
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2019/04/14/iron-age-skeletons-may-have-victims-ritual-human-sacrifice/
https://www.livescience.com/65245-26-skeletons-unearthed-by-water-company.html
https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/incredibly-wellpreserved-iron-age-and-roman-remains-found-in-stream-in-oxfordshire-a4117566.html
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/victims-of-human-sacrifice-oxfordshire-united-kingdom-thames-water-pipes/
https://news.sky.com/story/iron-age-settlement-and-3000-year-old-skeletons-discovered-during-work-to-lay-water-pipes-11693810
https://gizmodo.com/utility-workers-in-england-stumble-upon-grisly-graves-o-1834056214
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/victims-of-human-sacrifice-found-by-water-crew-at-3000yearold-burial-site/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/uk-construction-unearths-neolithic-skeletons-may-have-belonged-victims-human-sacrifice-180971976/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7590-190416-england-pit-burials

I think we mentioned these 2000 years bp woman’s remains from a cliff burial in Poland being analyzed:

http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news%2C33623%2Czachodniopomorskie-womans-remains-fell-out-cliff-bagicz-are-2-thousand-years-old
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/ancient-skeleton-that-fell-out-of-a-cliff-may-belong-to-a-princess/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7593-190417-poland-bagicz-burial

A huge section of a Pictish fort wall from Burghead:

https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/moray/1726465/archaeological-dig-at-north-east-pictish-fort-unearths-huge-section-of-wall-still-standing-after-1000-years/

A ‘sonar anomaly’ leads to the discovery of a 500 years bp shipwreck in the North Sea:

https://www.livescience.com/65276-16th-century-shipwreck-copper-cargo.html

A ‘call’ for folks who have found ‘witch bottles’ during their renovation activities and the like:

https://phys.org/news/2019-04-17th-century-witch-bottles.html

… and a feature on ‘witches’ marks’:

https://www.ft.com/content/98ab77e2-579c-11e9-91f9-b6515a54c5b1

A metal detectorist found a hatpin possibly owned by Edward IV:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/metal-detectorist-unearths-gold-hat-pin-potentially-owned-edward-iv-180971956/

An Anglo Saxon silver mount find is declared treasure:

https://www.shropshirestar.com/news/local-hubs/south-shropshire/2019/04/16/anglo-saxon-silver-mount-found-in-south-shropshire-is-treasure/
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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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17 000 years bp pottery fragments from Guangdong:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-04/15/c_137979077.htm

Interesting 13 500 years bp ‘squatting woman’ burial from Guangdong:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-04/16/c_137982200.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7595-190418-china-prehistoric-burial

Also from Guangdong comes evidence of what folks were eating 25 000 – 10 000 years bp:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-04/19/c_137990891.htm

Construction in Xi’an keeps running into sites, apparently:

http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1146293.shtml

A weekly overviewish thing on finds from China:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-04/20/c_137992487.htm

Feature on puppy sacrifices found in some Shang Dynasty tombs:

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/?p=33811

Feature on the private lives of Chinese empresses:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/new-scholarship-revealing-private-lives-chinas-empresses-180971958/

Hundreds of petroglyphs on Kaimear Island:

https://en.antaranews.com/news/123786/numerous-motifs-discovered-in-rock-art-site-on-kaimear-island

Feature on ‘rebuilding’ some Buddhas destroyed by the Taliban in Afghanistan:

https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-asia-47954950/once-destroyed-by-the-taliban-the-buddha-statues-live-again

In case you need a primer on Australian history:

https://theconversation.com/australias-epic-story-a-tale-of-amazing-people-amazing-creatures-and-rising-seas-115701
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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 possible historic log cabin find in Kentucky:

https://www.wkyt.com/content/news/Crews-discovers-possible-historic-log-cabin-while-demolishing-Lincoln-Co-home-508699561.html

Feature on copper use by Hopewell (and other) people in Ohio:

http://news.jrn.msu.edu/2019/04/copper-culture-shapes-ancient-history/

Assorted finds from various periods at a dig at a church in Roxbury (MA):

https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2019/04/19/pieces-history-unearthed-archaeological-dig-first-church-roxbury/uu0hAj2ktiClBUBbj5OzxI/story.html

Monitoring possible Tsawout sites during trailer park construction on reserve land:

https://www.goldstreamgazette.com/news/archaeologist-monitoring-building-work-on-tsawout-first-nation-amid-burial-ground-concerns/

There are issues with protecting sites in Chaco Canyon:

https://www.knau.org/post/checkerboard-chaco-canyon-complicates-effort-protect-sacred-sites

On the ‘mental rigours’ of being US president:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-47671986

More on those Cherokee cave inscriptions:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/newly-translated-cherokee-cave-writings-reveal-sacred-messages
https://www.zmescience.com/science/archaeology/cherokee-cave-inscriptions-13042019/
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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A pre-Columbian text on a painted vase brom Belize gives some insight into the breakdown of Maya society:

https://www.baylor.edu/mediacommunications/news.php?action=story&story=208875

A Maya ‘figurine factory’ from Guatemala:

https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/04/archaeologists-unearth-largest-mayan-figurine-factory-date
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7597-190419-guatemala-maya-figurines

Interesting study of an ancient Peruvian brewery:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-04/fm-tst041219.php
https://phys.org/news/2019-04-secret-stable-society-steady-beer.html
https://www.insidescience.org/news/how-first-empire-andes-ensured-steady-beer-supply
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/culture/2019/04/beer-diplomacy-dying-days-wari-empire/

I think we mentioned these ‘imperial’ items found at the site of Brazil’s zoo:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/rio-de-janeiro-s-national-museum-to-receive-archaeological-pieces-discovered-beneath-zoo
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/trove-30000-artifacts-found-rio-zoo-be-given-fire-ravaged-national-museum-180971994/

A graphic novel of the conquest of the Aztec Empire:

https://verne.elpais.com/verne/2019/04/16/mexico/1555372290_724009.html

More on those sacrificed guinea pigs from Peru:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2019/04/ritually-sacrificed-guinea-pigs-adorned.html#fCliP18D3Qzg3xfk.97

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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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Photo features on Notre Dame before the fire:

https://www.npr.org/2019/04/15/713571132/images-notre-dame-cathedral
https://www.newyorker.com/news/dispatch/on-the-roof-of-notre-dame-before-it-burned
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-47967759

… and the history of the cathedral:

https://www.livescience.com/65240-notre-dame-cathedral-history.html
https://www.npr.org/713822050
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-47971044
https://www.newyorker.com/news/daily-comment/notre-dame-in-the-french-imagination?utm_brand=tny&utm_mailing=TNY_Humor_041719&bxid=5be9cac024c17c6adf39b8ec&user_id=17854151&esrc=auto_captionentrants

Then there was the coverage during the fire:

https://www.cnn.com/world/live-news/notre-dame-fire/index.html
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-the-papers-47942947
https://www.livescience.com/65237-notre-dame-cathedral-on-fire.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/pariss-notre-cathedral-is-on-fire/2019/04/15/c487906e-5fa1-11e9-bf24-db4b9fb62aa2_story.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/15/world/europe/notre-dame-fire.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/19/world/europe/notre-dame-cathedral-fire.html
https://elpais.com/cultura/2019/04/15/actualidad/1555351385_404402.html

The ‘crucial half hour’ in which Notre Dame was saved:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-47953795
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/19/world/europe/notre-dame-fire-safety.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share

… and the first photos of the aftermath:

https://www.standard.co.uk/news/world/notre-dame-fire-shocking-picture-of-inside-charred-shell-of-iconic-cathedral-shows-altar-still-a4118736.html
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/notre-dame-cathedral-fire-paris-damage-photos-before-after-a8871846.html
https://www.newsweek.com/pictures-notre-dame-cathedral-interior-show-altar-giant-cross-survived-fierce-1397580

… and there were concerns for the sacred items there:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/crown-of-thorns-notre-dame-cathedral-fire-jesus-relic-destroy-damage-interior-a8871581.html
https://sg.news.yahoo.com/treasures-notre-dame-102822207.html
https://www.thelocal.fr/20190416/what-happened-to-the-treasures-of-notre-dame-during-the-blaze
https://www.thenational.ae/arts-culture/art/the-priceless-art-and-artefacts-housed-inside-the-notre-dame-cathedral-in-pictures-1.849696
https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/art-destroyed-in-fire-notre-dame-paris-artifacts-13769096.php

… and on the crown of thorns:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/opinion/2019/04/20/sacred-mysteries-french-kings-ransom-crown-thorns/

… and the rose windows:

https://www.cnn.com/2019/04/15/europe/notre-dame-artifacts/index.html

… and the magnitude of the damage in general:

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/notre-dame-architecture-cultural-loss/index.html
https://www.pbs.org/newshour/world/which-notre-dame-treasures-survived-the-fire
https://fr.aleteia.org/2019/04/16/incendie-de-notre-dame-ce-qui-a-ete-epargne-les-oeuvres-qui-sont-perdues/
https://au.news.yahoo.com/treasures-notre-dame-102822931–spt.html
https://www.thelocal.fr/20190416/how-bad-is-the-damage-to-notre-dame
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/notre-dame-cathedral-fire-what-was-saved-lost-crown-of-thorns-tunic-windows/
https://www.wsj.com/articles/what-was-saved-in-the-notre-dame-cathedral-fire-11555514066
https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/2019/04/15/notre-dame-paris-burning-irreplaceable-artworks-inside-may-gone/3476611002/
https://elpais.com/cultura/2019/04/16/actualidad/1555412193_499224.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fire-ravages-historic-notre-dame-cathedral-180971967/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/five-things-weve-learned-aftermath-notre-dame-fire-180971998/

… on why it was a ‘tinderbox’:

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/04/17/world/europe/notre-dame-cathedral-3d.html

… and the plans to rebuild:

https://phys.org/news/2019-04-rebuilding-notre-dame-fraught-expensive.html
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-47952055
https://www.technologyreview.com/the-download/613314/this-digital-scan-of-notre-dame-offers-hope-for-its-restoration-after/
https://phys.org/news/2019-04-american-hard-accurate-d-notre-dame.html

… a curious oped:

https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2019/04/do-not-rebuild-notre-dame.html

Feature on the 1837 fire that destroyed Russia’s Winter Palace:

https://theconversation.com/in-notre-dame-fire-echoes-of-the-1837-blaze-that-destroyed-russias-winter-palace-115546

… and other famous buildings destroyed by fire:

https://m.jpost.com/International/Notre-Dame-tragedy-Fire-has-gutted-important-buildings-around-the-world-586936

We should also mention there was a fire at a building associated with the Al-Aqsa Mosque at almost the same time:

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/art-industry-news-april-16-stories-1518343
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/small-fire-broke-out-jerusalems-al-aqsa-mosque-flames-ravaged-notre-dame-180971983/

A new technique for studying textiles:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-04/mh-nss041719.php
https://phys.org/news/2019-04-people-natural-dyes-thousands-years.html

Feature on the development of the codex:

https://aeon.co/ideas/the-birth-of-the-book-on-christians-romans-and-the-codex

A sample of Charlotte Bronte’s hair turned up on the Antiques Road Show:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/apr/17/charlotte-bronte-hair-ring-antiques-roadshow-bronte-society-braid-1855

Pondering Robinson Crusoe:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/apr/19/robinson-crusoe-at-300-its-time-to-let-go-of-this-toxic-colonial-fairytale

The Life of Brian is 40:

https://theconversation.com/life-of-brian-at-40-an-assertion-of-individual-freedom-that-still-resonates-114743

Feature on the ‘Holy Stairs’:

https://www.livescience.com/65244-holy-stairs-jesus.html
https://www.yahoo.com/news/holy-stairs-opened-1st-time-131000986.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/marble-holy-steps-have-been-uncovered-first-time-300-years-180971984/

On the history of dentistry:

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2019/05/the-trouble-with-dentistry/586039/

On faking texts in the 19th century:

https://www.finebooksmagazine.com/fine_books_blog/2019/04/faking-it.phtml

On the dates of Easter and Passover:

https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2019/04/why-dont-easter-and-passover-always-line/587572/

Why Good Friday was dangerous for Jews in the Middle Ages:

https://www.livescience.com/65274-good-friday-middle-ages-jews.html

On the history of charoset:

https://www.thejc.com/lifestyle/food/the-history-of-charoset-1.483220

Some Guggenheim recipients:

http://www.dailycal.org/2019/04/14/5-uc-berkeley-faculty-members-receive-2019-guggenheim-fellowship/
http://www1.cuny.edu/mu/forum/2019/04/10/two-cuny-arts-and-humanities-professors-awarded-guggenheim-fellowships/
https://yaledailynews.com/blog/2019/04/18/five-faculty-win-guggenheim-fellowship/

Suggestion there are still human remains on the Titanic:

https://www.irishcentral.com/news/human-remains-on-titanic

On the evolution of religion:

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20190418-how-and-why-did-religion-evolve

On the spread of superstition:

https://penntoday.upenn.edu/news/how-superstitions-spread

Using 9th century techniques to construct a monastery in Germany:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/worlds-weirdest-architectural-feat-building-cathedral-ninth-century-tools-180971909/

Pondering heaven:

https://theconversation.com/what-and-where-is-heaven-the-answers-are-at-the-heart-of-the-easter-story-115451

… and hell:

https://theconversation.com/what-is-hell-exactly-we-might-joke-its-other-people-but-the-bible-has-a-more-complicated-answer-113732

An archaeology video game that is actually about archaeology:

https://www.polygon.com/reviews/2019/4/16/18311381/heavens-vault-review-ps4-steam-inkle

Mona Lisa didn’t have a thyroid issue:

https://www.theweek.in/news/health/2019/04/19/mona-lisa-didnt-suffer-from-thyroid-problem-study.html
https://www.newsnation.in/lifestyle/health-and-fitness/mona-lisa-did-not-suffer-from-thyroid-problem-study-article-221210.html

Feature on the political power of women:

https://phys.org/news/2019-04-acknowledging-royal-women-political-power.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-04/sfi-ala041619.php

On memories of megafauna surviving in art:

https://theconversation.com/of-bunyips-and-other-beasts-living-memories-of-long-extinct-creatures-in-art-and-stories-113031

On being near-sighted before the invention of glasses:

https://www.livescience.com/65229-nearsighted-people-before-glasses-invented.html

Interesting feature on the ‘whirling speculum’:

https://www.bbc.com/news/business-47161370

A full-size sculpture of the Sutton Hoo ship has gone on show:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-suffolk-47976309

Latest professional organization having a #metoo sort of controversy was the SAA:

https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/04/metoo-controversy-erupts-archaeology-meeting
https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2019/04/15/archaeology-group-faces-backlash-over-how-it-handled-known-harassers-attendance
https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/northwest/group-apologizes-after-appearance-by-banned-alaska-professor/
https://www.the-scientist.com/news-opinion/archaeologists-ask-society-for-harassment-policy-change-65745
https://hyperallergic.com/495500/2000-archaeologists-and-scholars-ask-society-for-american-archaeology-to-review-sexual-harassment-policy/

More on DaVinci being ambidextrous:

https://www.livescience.com/65225-da-vinci-ambidextrous.html
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Early photos of Athens:

https://usa.greekreporter.com/2019/04/15/stunning-exhibition-of-first-known-photographs-of-athens-metropolitan-museum/

Picasso and antiquity:

https://www.thenationalherald.com/239674/picasso-and-antiquity-line-and-clay-at-museum-of-cycladic-art/

Tintoretto:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-47870742

Hammershi:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20190417-why-hammershi-is-europes-great-painter-of-loneliness

Hoards:

https://www.buxtonadvertiser.co.uk/whats-on/rare-chance-to-see-historic-treasures-at-buxton-museum-art-gallery-1-9716646

Tuna el-Gebel:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/68320/Why-Tuna-el-Gebel-exhibition-in-Egyptian-museum-will-be

The Michael C Carlos Museum has acquired some of the Senruset II collection:

https://news.emory.edu/features/2019/04/carlos-ancient-art/

Not sure where to put this item on Marie Antoinette’s Versailles apartments being on display:

https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-europe-47928976/marie-antoinette-s-versailles-apartments-on-display

There are issues about a planned Le Corbusier museum:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/controversy-over-le-corbusier-museum-grows-amid-reports-architects-fascist-past-180971949/

Hyping the new museum in Giza:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/africa/egypt/articles/inside-the-grand-egyptian-museum/
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AT THE AUCTIONS
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Big bucks for a rare Australian penny:

https://www.coinworld.com/news/world-coins/2019/04/australian-penny-rarity-tops-1-million-australian-dollars.html
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THE TECHY SIDE
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In case you missed the Orkney dog facial reconstruction:

https://www.livescience.com/65262-neolithic-dog-looked-like-wolf.html
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/apr/13/neolithic-dog-reveals-tales-behind-orkney-monuments
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/thanks-facial-reconstruction-you-can-now-look-eyes-neolithic-dog-180971961/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7587-190416-scotland-orkney-dog

More on declassified U2 spyplane photos and archaeology:

https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/04/declassified-u-2-spy-plane-photos-are-boon-aerial-archaeology
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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Climate change is putting UNESCO Heritage sites at risk of flooding:

http://discovermagazine.com/2019/may/future-flooding-of-our-past

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Spinning the genetic legacy of Crusaders via a mass burial pit in Lebanon:

https://phys.org/news/2019-04-history-crusades-told-crusaders-dna.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/04/190418131410.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-04/wtsi-cml041719.php
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-04/cp-aho041119.php
https://www.cnn.com/2019/04/18/world/crusaders-dna-discovery-scn/index.html
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/crusades-genes-white-europeans-population-dna-lebanon-a8876411.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7599-190419-crusader-burial-pit

… there was an interesting ‘isolated skull’ found near the skeletons mentioned above:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2019/04/18/crusader-skull-used-spread-disease-slash-morale-discovered-archaeologists/

More on ‘Greek farmers’ replacing hunter-gatherers in Britain ca 8500 years BCE:

https://phys.org/news/2019-04-aegean-farmers-hunters-ancient-britain.html
https://eu.greekreporter.com/2019/04/17/ancient-greeks-were-britains-first-farmers/
https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/35255-study-aegean-farmers-replaced-hunters-of-ancient-britain-6-000-years-ago.html
https://www.apnews.com/a711c89f6fc8471ba0a117b2b315eacf
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7588-190416-britain-early-farmers

… and the Anatolian ‘origins’ of the folks who built Stonhenge (sort of … seems to be the same story as above):

https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-47938188
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/stone-henge-builders-origin-dna-migrant-farmers-a8872336.html
https://news.sky.com/story/stonehenge-built-by-descendants-of-early-immigrants-study-finds-11695281

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Coptic Antinopolis:

http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2019/04/16/splendors-of-coptic-antinopolis_b6e8f31f-2d79-4f15-8d6a-b23c5fd7db5c.html

Walled cities of Spain:

https://elpais.com/elpais/2019/04/16/paco_nadal/1555410282_765094.html
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PERFORMANCES
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Socrates:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/16/theater/socrates-public-theater-review.html
https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/socrates-theater-review-1202339
https://www.newsweek.com/tim-blake-nelson-1398692

Bacchae:

https://www.thejustice.org/article/2019/04/bacchae
http://www.lansingcitypulse.com/stories/a-stylish-translation-of-euripides,12667

Hadestown:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/theater_dance/hadestown-arrives-on-broadway-and-well-it-all-goes-to-you-know-where/2019/04/17/ed83afa8-6112-11e9-9ff2-abc984dc9eec_story.html

Oresteia (in Mosul):

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/17/theater/orestes-in-mosul-milo-rau.html

Semele:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/15/arts/music/english-concert-semele-review.html

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CRIME BEAT
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Three arrested in Kyparissia for illegal possession of antiquities:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/239717/article/ekathimerini/news/three-arrests-in-southern-greece-over-illegal-possession-of-antiquities

Looters did some damage at Lewis and Clark National Historical Park:

https://www.dailyastorian.com/news/local/looters-hit-lewis-and-clark-national-historical-park/article_7150c982-61e6-11e9-8ab3-63856463b6fe.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 statue owned by Roberto Benigni that was stolen a few years ago was recovered:

http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2019/04/16/art-cops-recover-benignis-roman-statue_51bfefe9-f9e3-4d02-a7f6-65f2ac88a7d4.html
https://roma.fanpage.it/ritrovata-una-preziosa-statua-rubata-dalla-villa-romana-di-roberto-benigni/

More on that stone axe head being returned to an Irish museum:

https://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/letters/returning-the-axe-to-rural-ireland-1.3858825

More on that Egyptian fragment being returned from Australia:

https://cosmosmagazine.com/archaeology/stolen-tomb-fragment-returned-to-egypt

More on that Bonn library recovering 600 books looted after WWII:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bonn-library-receives-600-valuable-books-looted-after-world-war-ii-180971955/
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NUMISMATICA
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Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v22/club_nbs_esylum_v22n15.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v22/club_nbs_esylum_v22n16.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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Jayne Wrightsman:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/20/obituaries/jayne-wrightsman-dead.html

Jerry Clack:

https://www.post-gazette.com/news/obituaries/2019/04/20/Obituary-Jerry-Clack-Duquesne-Classics-professor-Pittsburgh-Festival-Opera/stories/201904180136

Eugene Bondar:

https://buffalonews.com/2019/04/13/eugene-bondar-95-retired-professor-of-archaeology-and-anthropology/

David Brion Davis:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/15/obituaries/david-brion-davis-dead.html
https://news.yale.edu/2019/04/15/david-brion-davis-pulitzer-prize-winner-and-renowned-historian-slavery
https://www.npr.org/2019/04/16/713925992/david-brion-davis-who-helped-remake-the-study-of-slavery-dies-at-92

Jayne Wrightsman:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/20/obituaries/jayne-wrightsman-dead.html

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/2844-audio-news-from-archaeologica-7-april-13-april-2019
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CONFERENCES
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European Association of Biblical Studies Annual Conference (August 2019):

https://www.eabs.net/EABS/Conferences/Warsaw_2019/EABS/Abstract_system/Call_for_papers_Warsaw.aspx

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GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

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

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Ancient Digger:

http://www.ancientdigger.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Past Horizons:

http://www.pasthorizons.com/

Stonepages:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

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

Time Machine:

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

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

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/

The Book and the Spade:

http://www.radioscribe.com/bknspade.htm
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Explorator 21.51 ~ April 14, 2019

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, Kris Curry, Rick Heli, 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 new species (maybe) of hominin from the Philippines dubbed homo luzonensis:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-04/anu-nso040919.php
https://phys.org/news/2019-04-species-early-human-philippines.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/04/190410141825.htm
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/10/science/homo-luzonensis-philippines-evolution.html
https://www.livescience.com/65201-newfound-ancient-human-relative-homo-luzonensis.html
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-47873072
https://www.livescience.com/65194-photos-human-relative-homo-luzonensis.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/apr/10/new-species-of-ancient-human-homo-luzonensis-discovered-in-philippines-cave
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/old-bones-offer-a-twist-in-epic-tale-of-mankind-q0qhvpg9c
https://www.wsj.com/articles/evidence-of-new-human-species-found-in-philippines-11554915601
https://www.cnn.com/2019/04/10/world/new-hominin-discovery-philippines-scn/index.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/science/2019/04/10/bones-discovered-an-island-cave-may-be-new-human-species/?wpisrc=al_news__alert-hse–alert-national&wpmk=1
https://www.abc.net.au/news/science/2019-04-11/new-species-of-early-human-found-in-a-cave-on-the-philippines/10985676
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-04/11/c_137969272.htm
https://amp.france24.com/en/20190411-new-early-species-human-found-philippines-homo-luzonensis?__twitter_impression=true
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2019/04/10/new-human-species-discovered-cave-philippines/3424227002/
https://www.dw.com/en/new-early-human-species-discovered-in-the-philippines/a-48281840
https://www.sciencealert.com/new-hominin-species-suggests-we-once-lived-alongside-several-types-of-humans
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/new-hominid-species-homo-luzonensis-philippines
https://theconversation.com/how-much-evidence-is-enough-to-declare-a-new-species-of-human-from-a-philippines-cave-site-115139
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2019/04/new-species-ancient-human-discovered-luzon-philippines-homo-luzonensis/
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2019/04/10/new-human-species-homo-luzonensis-philippines/
https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-01019-7
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/04/new-species-ancient-human-unearthed-philippines
https://elpais.com/elpais/2019/04/10/ciencia/1554913422_860525.html
https://www.newsweek.com/homo-luzonensis-new-species-early-human-1391822
https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2019/04/10/710278943/ancient-bones-and-teeth-found-in-a-philippines-cave-may-rewrite-human-history
https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/04/meet-your-long-lost-distant-cousin-homo-luzonensis/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/paleontologists-unearth-fossils-belonging-previously-unknown-species-ancient-human-180971941/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7580-190411-philippines-homo-luzonensis

… and more digs are planned in the area where the fossils were found:

https://phys.org/news/2019-04-filipinos-human-species.html
https://www.sfchronicle.com/news/science/article/Filipinos-plan-more-diggings-where-new-human-13758713.php

… and the question about how much evidence is required to declare a ‘new species’ has been raised:

https://phys.org/news/2019-04-evidence-declare-species-human.html
https://www.stuff.co.nz/science/111955061/how-much-evidence-is-enough-to-declare-a-new-species-of-human-from-a-philippines-cave-site

Feature on the various species in the homo family tree:

 

34 000 years bp pictorial cave art from the Croatia:

https://phys.org/news/2019-04-archaeologists-prehistoric-figurative-cave-art.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-04/uos-aif041019.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/04/190410120604.htm
https://www.livescience.com/65209-cave-paintings-discovered-croatia.html
https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/antiquity/article/expanding-the-horizons-of-palaeolithic-rock-art-the-site-of-romualdova-pecina/738597492507013D73EA8FDFB521A59F
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7581-190411-croatia-cave-art

Really a DNA story …. Neanderthals and woolly mammoths are said to have ‘shared genetic material’:

https://www.aftau.org/news-page-archaeology?=&storyid4677=2445&ncs4677=3&erid=7836507
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-04/afot-wma040819.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/04/190408123240.htm
https://www.jpost.com/HEALTH-SCIENCE/Neanderthals-and-mammoths-shared-genetic-material-say-Tel-Aviv-researchers-586091

Another DNA type story suggests there were two distinct ‘lineages’ of Denisovans in Southeast Asia:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-04/mpif-mda041119.php
https://phys.org/news/2019-04-ancient-dna-reveals-denisovan-family.html
https://www.livescience.com/65213-new-human-lineage-interbred-modern-humans.html
https://www.upi.com/Science_News/2019/04/11/New-branches-of-the-Denisovan-family-tree-discovered-in-Indonesia/3661555000243/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hominins-weve-been-calling-denisovans-are-more-diverse-previously-thought-180971952/
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/?p=33570

How we evolved to run marathons:

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/crux/2019/04/12/boston-marathon-and-human-evolution/
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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A Fifth Dynasty dignitary burial at the Saqqara necropolis:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/68261/In-pic-All-what-you-need-to-know-about-the
http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/329952/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Egyptian-antiquities-minister-takes-ambassadors-to.aspx
https://www.livescience.com/65155-mummy-of-pharaoh-official-discovered.html
https://www.france24.com/en/20190413-egypt-unveils-colourful-fifth-dynasty-tomb
https://news.yahoo.com/egypt-unveils-colourful-fifth-dynasty-tomb-164453897.html
https://www.timesofisrael.com/egypt-unveils-tomb-still-bursting-with-color-after-4300-years/
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-04/14/c_137974683.htm
https://timesofoman.com/article/1133296/World/Africa/Egypt-opens-pharaonic-tomb-near-Giza-pyramids
http://english.alarabiya.net/en/life-style/art-and-culture/2019/04/13/Egypt-unveils-colorful-Fifth-Dynasty-tomb.html
https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2019/04/13/egypt-unveils-colorful-tomb-of-fifth-dynasty-which-ruled-about-4300-years-ago

The live-on-TV opening of a 26th dynasty priestly-burial sarcophagus (and two others) went well:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/68094/A-2-500-year-old-mummy-unveiled-in-Minya
https://phys.org/news/2019-04-thousands-year-old-egyptian-sarcophagus-tv.html
https://nypost.com/2019/04/08/egypt-unveils-2500-year-old-mummy-at-ancient-cemetery/
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-egypt-archaeology/egypt-unveils-2500-year-old-mummy-at-forgotten-cemetery-idUSKCN1RK1DJ
https://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Egypt-unveils-2500-year-old-mummy-at-forgotten-cemetery-586111
https://www.newsweek.com/ancient-egypt-sarcophagus-opened-discovery-1388555
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/check-out-what-was-inside-the-egyptian-sarcophagus-they-opened-on-live-tv/
https://nerdist.com/article/archaeologists-opened-ancient-tomb-live-tv-mummy/

I think we mentioned this study of an Egyptian woman’s teeth revealing her profession a while ago:

https://www.sciencealert.com/this-ancient-egyptian-woman-s-teeth-suggests-women-could-be-craftspeople-too
https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2019/04/11/archaeologists-discover-a-new-profession-in-an-ancient-egyptian-womans-teeth/#71e2b5e33098

Not sure if we mentioned this identification and return of a fragment from an Egyptian tomb:

https://lighthouse.mq.edu.au/article/april-2019/Mystery-of-stolen-Egyptian-artefact-cracked-by-hieroglyphs

More on that musician burial along with plenty of mummified mice:

https://www.livescience.com/65192-mouse-mummies-tomb-egypt.html
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/world/musician-buried-with-50-mummified-pets-frx7ww87b
https://www.tolonews.com/arts-culture/mummified-mice%C2%A0falcons-found-newly-unveiled-egyptian-tomb

Vague item on finds from Ur:

http://www.china.org.cn/world/Off_the_Wire/2019-04/11/content_74667733.htm

More on that menorah image find at Beer Sheva:

https://mosaicmagazine.com/picks/history-ideas/2019/04/an-ancient-depiction-of-a-nine-branched-menorah-discovered-in-the-negev/
https://www.israel21c.org/second-temple-era-settlement-unearthed-in-southern-israel/

More on the looting of that Second Temple era burial cave:

https://www.jerusalemonline.com/second-temple-burial-cave-ravaged/

More on the resumption of the Temple Mount Sifting Project:

http://tmsifting.org/en/2019/04/07/two-important-announcements/

Feature on Layla Salih’s efforts to recover Mosul’s lost heritage:

https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2019/04/layla-salih-archaeologist-of-mosul.html

I think we mentioned this newly-identified ‘gilgamesh tablet’:

https://www.ancient.eu/article/1360/the-newly-discovered-tablet-ii-of-the-epic-of-gilg/

Paywalled, but seems to be of interest (something about chickens):

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-2-600-year-old-jerusalem-discovery-leaves-archaeologists-shell-shocked-1.7112934

… this is probably the same story:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/2600-year-old-chicken-egg-shells-from-jerusalem-first-evidence-of-use-in-diet/

On the wage gap in ancient Mesopotamia:

https://theconversation.com/en-la-antigua-mesopotamia-ya-habia-brecha-salarial-114697

In case you missed the story of declassified U2 spy plane images revealing sites in the ‘Middle East’:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-04/uop-dus040819.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/04/190408161617.htm
https://phys.org/news/2019-04-declassified-u2-spy-plane-images.html
https://www.newsweek.com/mystery-8000-year-old-abandoned-structure-discovered-declassified-images-cold-1390064
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/04/declassified-u-2-spy-plane-photos-are-boon-aerial-archaeology
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/u-2-spy-plane-images-reveal-ancient-archaeological-sites-middle-east-180971934/
https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/04/declassified-photos-from-u2-planes-are-helping-archaeologists-unlock-the-past/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7533-190409-middle-east-u-2-images
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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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A 3600 years bp (!) shipwreck full of copper ‘bullion’ off the shores of Antalya:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2019/04/08/turkish-archaeologists-discover-worlds-oldest-bronze-age-shipwreck-off-antalya-coast
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/worlds-oldest-shipwreck-found-in-mediterranean-say-officials-142544

A metal detectorist found a gold coin of Allectus in a field in Kent:

https://www.kentonline.co.uk/dover/news/unique-find-of-roman-coin-202568/

A ceramic container full of eggs from Pompeii (this might be part of the thermopolium find):

https://uk.news.yahoo.com/ceramic-container-full-eggs-found-092600053.html

Roman (and other period) remains from a dig in York:

https://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/17561793.roman-relics-found-during-work-near-york-city-walls/

Plans to re-excavate a ‘hidden’ Roman bath at Bath:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-somerset-47898052

The Domus Transitoria opened to the public this week:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/04/12/fifty-communal-toilets-slaves-could-chat-unearthed-neros-palace/
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-04/12/c_137972546.htm
https://news.cgtn.com/news/3d3d414e7a6b544f33457a6333566d54/index.html
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/world/rome-opens-door-to-the-underworld-of-nero-s-ruined-palace-qmdwtrt2z

A Late Roman trade vessel is on display:

http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/culture/2019/04/10/ancient-roman-trade-ship-on-show-in-marsala_ff2e645b-f824-4c6e-aaa2-d91b97beb1b9.html

A British tourist in Pompeii was accused of stealing tiles from a mosaic:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-47854399
https://www.thelocal.it/20190408/british-tourist-arrested-for-stealing-pompeii-mosaic-tiles
http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2019/04/08/tourist-steals-pompeii-pieces-of-mosaic_e5baa76e-2a4c-4bdf-8822-e1737e8aa955.html
https://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/woman-pompeii-mosaic-tiles-italy-detained-a8860386.html
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/police-catch-british-holidaymaker-trying-to-steal-mosaic-from-pompeii-zl73htcll
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/tourist-branded-mosaic-thief-by-police-at-pompeii-c8w2306dn
https://elpais.com/internacional/2019/04/09/mundo_global/1554808527_341586.html
https://www.stuff.co.nz/travel/travel-troubles/111890792/uk-tourist-caught-with-pompeii-mosaic-tiles
https://metro.co.uk/2019/04/09/british-woman-arrested-for-stealing-pompeii-mosaic-tiles-as-souvenirs-9136290/
https://www.kentlive.news/news/kent-news/tunbridge-wells-tourist-21-accused-2738710
https://www.kentonline.co.uk/tunbridge-wells/news/tourist-arrested-after-removing-tiles-from-pompeii-202339/

… but she’s protesting her innocence:

https://www.kentonline.co.uk/tunbridge-wells/news/student-vows-to-clear-name-over-pompeii-mosaic-theft-202532/
https://www.kentlive.news/news/kent-news/ive-done-nothing-wrong-student-2748905
https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/8837329/student-tile-steal-pompeii/

What Sinclair Bell is up to:

https://www.niutoday.info/2019/04/10/art-history-professor-sinclair-bell-lead-presenter-in-smithsonian-channels-romes-chariot-superstar/

What Sarah Bond is up to:

https://www.sunjournal.com/2019/04/11/museum-to-host-talk-on-politics-of-museum-displays/

What Barry Strauss is up to:

https://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/article/what-ceos-can-learn-from-roman-emperors/

Feature on Wally Englert:

https://www.reed.edu/reed-magazine/articles/2019/last-lecture-wally-englert.html

Plans for a shipwreck off Alonissos to become an ‘underwater museum’:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/239363/gallery/ekathimerini/in-images/fifth-century-wreck-opened-to-the-public
https://news.gtp.gr/2019/04/08/peristera-shipwreck-alonissos-become-underwater-museum/
https://phys.org/news/2019-04-ancient-shipwreck-accessible-divers-greece.html
https://abcnews.go.com/Lifestyle/wireStory/ancient-shipwreck-made-accessible-divers-greece-62266315

… this seems related:

https://www.france24.com/en/20190409-greece-develop-first-undersea-archaeology-sites-ministry

Vandals hit the Pnyx:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/239400/article/ekathimerini/news/vandals-target-citys-pnyx-hill

Feature on the ‘bloodiest’ Roman emperors:

https://www.historyextra.com/period/roman/worst-bloodiest-emperors-history-tiberius-nero-commodus-caligula-domitian/

Feature on ancient Roman cures for ‘panic attacks’ (Stoicism):

https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/blog/word-less/201904/the-ancient-roman-cure-panic-attacks-part-1
https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/blog/word-less/201904/the-ancient-roman-cure-panic-attacks-redux

Feature on Vercingetorix:

http://en.rfi.fr/france/20190410-where-legend-vercingetorix-was-born

In case you wondered how Utica (NY) was named:

https://www.uticaod.com/news/20190411/mayors-series-before-taking-office-clark-gave-utica-its-name

On what the Odyssey teaches us about mentoring:

https://dailyiowan.com/2019/04/07/guest-opinion-what-the-odyssey-teaches-us-about-good-undergraduate-research-mentoring/

Coverage of Holy Cross’ Classics Day:

https://news.holycross.edu/blog/2019/04/09/photos-holy-cross-students-host-classics-day-to-share-passion-for-ancient-world/

On Brexit and Sparta:

http://theconversation.com/brexiteers-are-right-to-compare-themselves-to-spartans-but-not-for-the-reasons-they-think-115037

A free online course on the Arch of Titus:

https://aleteia.org/2019/04/10/take-this-free-online-course-on-romes-arch-of-titus-which-commemorated-romes-occupation-of-the-holy-land/

The Roman Empire version of Game of Thrones:

https://theconversation.com/juego-de-tronos-y-el-imperio-romano-115160

More on the recently-found thermopolium at Pompeii:

https://hyperallergic.com/493893/archaeologists-discovered-an-ancient-fast-food-counter-in-pompeii/

More on the restoration of the Largo di Torre Argentina:

https://www.lagazzettaitaliana.com/news-from-italy/9056-rome-s-ancient-largo-di-torre-argentina-will-be-restored

More on the graphic novel Iliad:

https://www.adventuresinpoortaste.com/2019/04/08/the-iliad-review-a-labor-of-love/

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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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A Bronze Age axe head found by illegal metal detectoring in Limerick:

https://www.rte.ie/news/ireland/2019/0408/1041305-bronze-age-axe-find/
https://www.ilovelimerick.ie/bronze-age-axe/
https://extra.ie/2019/04/08/news/irish-news/axe-returned-national-museum

A possible Bronze Age site in Knocklyon (south Dublin):

https://www.herald.ie/news/site-around-cosgraves-bungalow-a-potential-major-bronze-age-find-37992213.html

Avebury Stone Circle is being associated with an ‘elite’ Neolithic house:

https://phys.org/news/2019-04-avebury-monument-single-family-home.html
https://www.livescience.com/65195-ancient-home-in-avebury-stone-circle.html
https://www.history.com/news/stonehenge-avebury-elite-neolithic-house-discovery
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7535-190410-avebury-neolithic-monument

A study of the Tumulus des Sables mound in France suggests it was older than previously thought, along with other new findings:

https://cosmosmagazine.com/archaeology/two-millennia-pile-on-at-burial-mound
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7531-190408-france-le-tumulus-des-sables

Medieval (and some earlier) finds during excavations at the port of Mykonos:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2019/04/07/centuries-old-traces-of-mykonos-now-brought-to-light/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7532-190409-mykonos-port-excavation

Medieval burials next to Down Cathedral (Ireland):

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-47895990
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7585-10412-medieval-northern-ireland

Remains of a 14th century castle from Orkney:

https://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/remains-of-14th-century-castle-uncovered-in-orkney-1-4904303

Excavations are underway at a distilling site in Blackmiddens:

https://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/secrets-of-whisky-smuggling-country-to-be-revealed-at-site-of-ancient-distillery-1-4904996
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-47879386
https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/17565072.archaeological-dig-to-try-to-find-the-fabled-secrets-of-illicit-whisky-trade/

… and at Draper’s Hall in Coventry:

https://www.coventrytelegraph.net/news/coventry-news/coventry-news-archaeological-dig-castle-16119497

Excavations of ‘The Old Brig’ near Whitstable are also underway:

https://www.kentonline.co.uk/whitstable/news/archaeologists-uncover-secrets-of-extremely-rare-shipwreck-202635/

High hopes for a dig near bypass construction near Caernarfon:

https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/speculation-mounts-over-possible-major-16106246

Feature on a Visigothic letter from Spain:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2019/04/09/actualidad/1554837441_579595.html

Feature on restoring Notre Dame:

https://www.lesalonbeige.fr/restauration-exceptionnelle-a-notre-dame-de-paris/

The Dig Burley project looks kind of interesting:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-hampshire-47895412

Vandalism at the Ring of Brodgar stone circle:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/apr/11/world-renowned-ring-of-brodgar-stone-circle-vandalised-orkney
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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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Excavation of a pit containing horses and chariots beside a tomb in Shaanxi has resumed:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-04/10/c_137965744.htm

Six 1st-5th century CE burials from a village in Cambodia:

https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/archaeologists-unearth-ancient-funan-burial-site-prey-veng-town
https://www.aa.com.tr/en/world/cambodia-discovers-ancient-graves/1445293
https://menafn.com/1098359899/6-ancient-graves-discovered-in-Cambodia
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7529-190408-cambodia-ancient-graves

Plenty of finds from an Iron site at Khok Phutsa (Thailand):

https://www.bangkokpost.com/lifestyle/social-and-lifestyle/1658436/past-lives
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7530-190408-thailand-iron-age

Indigenous seafaring trade around Australia was going on for far longer than previously thought:

https://phys.org/news/2019-04-archaeology-unravelling-stories-indigenous-seagoing.html
https://theconversation.com/archaeology-is-unravelling-new-stories-about-indigenous-seagoing-trade-on-australias-doorstep-111528

Evidence of taro being grown in Maori gardens in the 15th century:

https://phys.org/news/2019-04-fossil-evidence-discovery-taro-maori.html

Feature on the Gyan Prakash Massacre:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/13/opinion/1919-amrtisar-british-empire-india.html?action=click&module=Opinion&pgtype=Homepage
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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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Woodland period pottery found during sewer construction in Annapolis:

https://www.capitalgazette.com/news/annapolis/ac-cn-green-street-dig-20190412-story.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7584-190412-maryland-trash-pit

A study of Cherokee writing in an Alabama cave:

https://phys.org/news/2019-04-cherokee-inscriptions-alabama-cave.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-04/uota-ric041019.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/04/190410120016.htm
https://www.livescience.com/65198-cherokee-messages-in-alabama-cave.html
https://www.sfgate.com/news/us/article/Cherokee-tribal-writing-inside-Alabama-cave-13758684.php
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/04/first-cherokee-cave-inscriptions-commemorate-ancient-lacrosselike-game
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/cave-markings-tell-cherokee-life-years-indian-removal-180971928/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7536-190410-alabama-cherokee-inscriptions

Applying ‘natural selection’ to industrialization in early Quebec:

https://www.brown.edu/news/2019-04-04/fertility

A student found a projectile point at Montezuma Well while on a field trip:

https://www.verdenews.com/news/2019/apr/09/hectors-big-find-camp-verde-student-digs-rare-arro/

Some boys in BC found a ‘stone age’ blade of some sort in Alouette Lake:

https://www.mapleridgenews.com/news/boys-find-ancient-stone-tool-at-alouette-lake/
https://www.terracestandard.com/news/young-boys-find-ancient-stone-tool-at-b-c-lake/

Concerns for underwater sites off Nova Scotia:

https://www.timescolonist.com/looters-likely-scouring-sunken-treasures-off-nova-scotia-experts-warn-1.23784972
https://nationalpost.com/news/canada/looters-likely-scouring-sunken-treasures-off-nova-scotia-experts-warn
https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-looters-likely-scouring-sunken-treasures-off-nova-scotia-experts-warn-2/
https://globalnews.ca/news/5145170/treasure-hunters-nova-scotia/
https://www.ctvnews.ca/sci-tech/looters-likely-scouring-sunken-treasures-off-nova-scotia-experts-warn-1.4371713

What Carl Drexler is up to:

https://www.camdenarknews.com/news/2019/apr/12/archaeologist-talks-about-civil-war-discoveries/

Studying the Chinese labourers who built Stanford:

https://news.stanford.edu/2019/04/11/uncovering-lives-chinese-workers-built-stanford/

Not sure this is legit archaeology:

http://www.newstrib.com/news/bricks-bones-a-peek-inside-th-century-privies/article_b4b2e010-5ad0-11e9-a2fb-43614050415e.html
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Very interesting 400 years bp guinea pig sacrifices from Peru:

https://gizmodo.com/400-year-old-sacrificed-guinea-pigs-wearing-colorful-ea-1834006876

Plenty of 19th century finds associate with Brazil’s ‘Empire’ at a dig in Rio:

https://riotimesonline.com/brazil-news/rio-politics/workers-in-rio-find-30000-artifacts-dating-back-to-brazils-empire/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7586-190412-brazil-imperial-artifacts

More on evidence of extensive Maya crop cultivation in the Yucatan:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-03/uoc-urf032919.php

More on the finds in Lake Titicaca:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/apr/01/archaeologists-discover-exceptional-site-at-lake-titicaca
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-6874655/Archaeologists-discover-ancient-religious-offerings-Lake-Titicaca.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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Interesting features on the first women professors at Bowdoin:

https://bowdoinorient.com/2019/04/12/first-female-professors-complicate-the-classroom/

On technology and reading classical literature:

https://www.nationalreview.com/2019/04/classical-literature-study-homer-the-iliad-modern-technology/

An historian has identified Shakespeare’s London home:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-47907984
https://www.cnn.com/style/article/william-shakespeare-london-home-gbr-scli-intl/index.html

Marking Catherine de Medici’s 500th:

https://www.dw.com/en/500th-birthday-of-catherine-de-medici-behind-florences-most-powerful-dynasty/a-48291607

Identifying an unknown Velazquez:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2019/04/09/actualidad/1554815297_642718.html

Replicating a 2000 years bp diaphanous Chinese gown:

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/3004668/2000-year-old-see-through-chinese-gown-worlds-lightest-silk

A statistical type study suggests Beowulf was the work of a single author:

https://phys.org/news/2019-04-beowulf-statistical-technique-evidence-english.amp
https://www.livescience.com/65189-beowulf-single-author.html
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/the-times-view-on-beowulf-epic-discovery-7jjsrj3d5
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/computer-analysis-says-beowulf-work-single-author-180971925/

Suggestion that Leonardo was amibdextrous:

https://www.artsy.net/news/artsy-editorial-leonardo-da-vinci-ambidextrous-new-study-uffizi-gallery

Feature on Ibn Tufayl:

https://aeon.co/ideas/ibn-tufayl-and-the-story-of-the-feral-child-of-philosophy

Feature on some recent underwater finds (around the world):

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2019/apr/07/the-five-underwater-discoveries-archaeology-ancient-civilisations-lost-worlds

On medieval hygiene:

https://aeon.co/essays/medieval-people-were-surprisingly-clean-apart-from-the-clergy

On European colonialism and the Little Ice Age:

https://aeon.co/ideas/did-european-colonisation-precipitate-the-little-ice-age

On the history of dragons:

https://www.livescience.com/25559-dragons.html

An interview with Hayden White on the humanities:

https://www.chronicle.com/article/We-re-Here-to-Discuss-the/246047?cid=wb&cid=wb

Hyping the SAA conference (just concluding):

https://www.krqe.com/news/mornings/society-for-american-archaeology-host-one-of-the-cities-largest-conventions/1908885219
https://www.krqe.com/news/albuquerque-metro/thousands-of-archaeologists-coming-to-albuquerque-to-explore-present-research/1910700843

… and it’s dealing (poorly) with a #metoo situation:

https://www.the-scientist.com/news-opinion/an-archaeology-meeting-finds-itself-in-the-middle-of–metoostem-65737

A book of lost books found in a Danish archive:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/book-lost-books-was-discovered-danish-archive-180971943/

Some Guggenheim fellows for 2019:

https://news.yale.edu/2019/04/10/five-distinguished-yale-faculty-members-named-2019-guggenheim-fellows

Latest humans-not-off-the-hook-for-megafaunal-extinctions piece:

https://phys.org/news/2019-04-humans-extinctions-large-herbivores.html

Latest animal-abuse-at-touristy-places thing comes from Egypt:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/13/world/middleeast/egypt-pyramids-animal-abuse.html

On unicorns and Scotland:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20190408-what-unicorns-mean-to-scottish-identity

Feature on Joseph Duveen:

https://www.artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-enduring-legacy-joseph-duveen-americas-first-mega-dealer

On fighting back against pseudoarchaeological claims:

https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/04/believe-atlantis-these-archaeologists-want-win-you-back-science

On the antiquity of the Hebrew Bible:

http://blog.yalebooks.com/2019/03/19/how-old-is-the-hebrew-bible/

More on the suggestion that Casimir Pulaski was a woman or intersex:

https://www.livescience.com/65183-general-pulaski-female-skeleton.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/07/science/casimir-pulaski-intersex.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/was-revolutionary-war-hero-casimir-pulaski-intersex-180971907/

… and some other examples:

https://theconversation.com/adventurous-identities-intersex-soldiers-and-cross-dressing-women-at-war-115126
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Munch:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/art-review-edvard-munch-love-and-angst-british-museum-8n8rvrgpf
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/apr/08/primal-screams-edvard-munch-british-museum-norway
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/art/reviews/edvard-munch-love-angstbritish-museum-review-munchs-prints/
http://theartnewspaper.com/preview/there-is-more-to-munch-than-the-scream
https://www.standard.co.uk/go/london/arts/edvard-munch-love-angst-review-british-museum-a4112751.html
https://londonist.com/london/art-and-photography/edvard-munch-the-scream-at-british-museum
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/apr/14/edvard-munch-love-and-angst-british-museum-review

Claudius:

https://www.wantedinrome.com/whatson/rome-celebrates-emperor-claudius-with-exhibition.html

Snettisham Hoard:

https://www.edp24.co.uk/news/gold-torcs-at-lynn-museum-1-5983277

Gladiators:

https://www.falkirkherald.co.uk/news/gladiator-mystery-makes-its-scottish-debut-at-callendar-house-1-4907141

Silk Road:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-04/11/c_137969424.htm

Women in Imperial China:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/museums/this-provocative-show-reveals-the-power-of-women-in-imperial-china/2019/04/11/61f9172a-5bc2-11e9-842d-7d3ed7eb3957_story.html

On the cause of the Brazil Museum fire:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/faulty-air-conditioning-unit-sparked-devastating-brazil-national-museum-fire-180971903/

Feature on the Capitoline Museums:

https://www.wantedinrome.com/yellowpage/capitoline-museums-in-rome-worlds-oldest-museum.html
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AT THE AUCTIONS
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Egyptian items coming to Christie’s at the end of the month:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/68072/Ancient-Egyptian-statue-held-for-sale-in-Christie%E2%80%99s-on-April
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/68118/Ancient-Egyptian-basalt-statue-to-be-auctioned-in-Christie%E2%80%99s-on

Christie’s is also auctioning some Islamic items:

http://www.arabnews.com/node/1480691/rare-finds-christies-auctions-art-islamic-and-indian-worlds

Egypt is denying it sold items in US auctions:

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20190411-egypt-denies-selling-17-artefacts-in-us-auctions/
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THE TECHY SIDE
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Latest ‘facial’ reconstruction is a neolithic dog (!) from Orkney:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/apr/13/neolithic-dog-reveals-tales-behind-orkney-monuments

Just in time for Easter we hear of 3d imaging enhancement at the ‘Cenacle’ in Jerusalem:

https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Last-Supper-site-recreated-digitally-by-archaeologists-586537
https://af.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idAFKCN1RN1JM

Feature on assorted use of tech in archaeology:

https://www.insidescience.org/news/tech-allows-archaeologists-uncover-without-destruction

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CLIMATE MATTERS
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Spinning the finds at Elusa with climate change:

https://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2019/0328/Out-of-history-s-trash-heap-clues-to-climate-s-role-in-ancient-collapse

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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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Ngarigo:

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/apr/14/ngarigo-australias-people-of-the-snow-a-photo-essay

Prince Albert:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/11/travel/prince-albert-south-africa-artist-colony.html

Camino de Santiago:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20190411-the-camino-de-santiagos-ancient-secret

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PERFORMANCES
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Socrates:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/11/theater/socrates-democracy-public-theater.html
https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2019/04/15/tim-blake-nelson-classics-nerd-brings-socrates-to-the-stage

Mary Magdalene:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/11/movies/mary-magdalene-review.html

Reconstruction:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/09/arts/television/review-reconstruction-pbs.html

Norma Jeane Baker of Troy:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/10/theater/norma-jeane-baker-of-troy-review.html

King Lear:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/04/theater/king-lear-review-glenda-jackson.html
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CRIME BEAT
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A Roman-era sculpture (maybe … looks iffy to me) recovered by police in Denizli:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/roman-era-sculpture-seized-142489

A Nevada man sentenced for destroying sites:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2019/02/27/man-sentenced-destroying-washoe-archaeological-sites/3012378002/

A strange turn in that Terracotta Warrior stolen thumb trial:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-47896762

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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Germany has commenced the ‘largest’ return of Aboriginal remains to Australia:

https://phys.org/news/2019-04-germany-largest-aborigine.html
https://www.dw.com/en/german-museum-returns-indigenous-remains-to-australia/a-48260199

The US returned some items to Mexico:

https://yucatanexpatlife.com/u-s-returns-2-pre-hispanic-artifacts-to-mexico/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7583-190412-mexico-artifacts-repatriated

A library in Bonn has received some 600 volumes that had been missing since WWII:

https://sothebys.gcs-web.com/static-files/422a89d1-079a-420f-b325-b3acc93afeb4

More on Norway repatriating plenty of items to Easter Island:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/norway-will-repatriate-thousands-artifacts-taken-easter-island-180971846/
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NUMISMATICA
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The Tyrants of the Tiber exhibit looks interesting:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/30-million-tyrants-of-the-tiber-exhibit-of-roman-coins-at-june-long-beach-expo/
http://www.coinnews.net/2019/04/08/30-million-tyrants-of-the-tiber-exhibit-of-superb-roman-coins-at-june-long-beach-expo/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v22/club_nbs_esylum_v22n14.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v22/club_nbs_esylum_v22n15.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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Geoffrey Tassie:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/apr/10/geoffrey-tassie-obituary

Sydel Silverman:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/05/obituaries/sydel-silverman-dead.html

James Winn:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/12/obituaries/james-winn-dead.html

Ralph Solecki:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/11/obituaries/ralph-solecki-dead.html
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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

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CONFERENCES
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European Association of Biblical Studies Annual Conference (August 2019):

https://www.eabs.net/EABS/Conferences/Warsaw_2019/EABS/Abstract_system/Call_for_papers_Warsaw.aspx

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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 21.50 ~ April 7, 2019

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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I think we need to have more details on these 800 000 years bp (or so) finds from An Khe (Viet Nam):

https://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/art-entertainment/221348/evidence-of-early-humans-unearthed.html

Some 200 000 years bp teeth from China identified as homo erectus might be an entirely new species:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2019/04/ancient-teeth-hint-at-mysterious-human-relative/
https://phys.org/news/2019-04-tongzi-hominids-potentially-human-ancestor.html

Not sure if we mentioned these Denisovan skull fragments yet:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/first-fossil-denisovan-skull-cave-siberia
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7521-190403-denisovan-skull-fragments

The fascination with ‘interbreeding’ continues, this time with Denisovans and homo sapiens:

https://phys.org/news/2019-04-evidence-denisovans-interbreeding-humans-southeast.html

Questioning infanticide among Neanderthals:

https://elpais.com/elpais/2019/03/29/ciencia/1553858996_080843.html

I think we’ve had this ‘pitted teeth’ genetic condition in Paranthropus before:

https://phys.org/news/2019-04-earliest-common-genetic-condition-human.html

More on Neanderthal cannibalism:

https://www.livescience.com/65133-neanderthals-cannibalism-climate-change.html
https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/03/climate-change-may-have-driven-a-band-of-neanderthals-to-cannibalism/
https://www.sciencealert.com/climate-change-forced-neanderthals-to-become-cannibals-new-findings-suggest
https://www.newsweek.com/climate-change-neanderthals-cannibalism-1383342
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AFRICA
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Humans are on the hook for megafaunal demise on Madagascar:

https://phys.org/news/2019-04-giants-madagascar-megafauna-thousand-years.html
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Egypt announced that they were going to announce three big finds:

https://ww.egyptindependent.com/antiquities-ministry-to-announce-3-significant-archaeological-discoveries/

The first announcement appears to be a Ptolemaic-era limestone coffin with two mummies inside from the Quesna quarries:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/329231/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Limestone-sarcophagus-containing-two-mummies-disco.aspx
https://ww.egyptindependent.com/photos-pharaonic-limestone-coffin-uncovered-in-monufiya-governorate/
https://www.newsweek.com/ancient-egyptian-stone-coffin-two-mummies-top-each-other-discovered-5000-year-1381903
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-04/01/c_137941316.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7515-190401-egypt-menoufiya-sarcophagus

Next came a fifth dynasty tomb of a dignitary named Khuwy from Saqqara:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/329288/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Fifth-Dynasty-tomb-and-name-of-a-new-queen-discove.aspx
https://egyptianstreets.com/2019/04/02/retaining-detailed-reliefs-fifth-dynasty-tomb-uncovered-in-saqqara/
https://www.livescience.com/65155-mummy-of-pharaoh-official-discovered.html
https://abcnews.go.com/Lifestyle/wireStory/nobles-tomb-found-egypt-dates-back-early-pharaohs-62113190
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-04/03/c_137944469.htm
https://www.jpost.com/OMG/Archaeologists-find-4300-old-Egyptian-nobleman-in-tomb-near-Cairo-585842
https://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/article228724939.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7524-190404-egypt-south-saqqara

The last of Egypt’s big announcements this week was a Ptolemaic-era tomb featuring mummified mice and falcons:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/329501/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/In-Photos-Ptolemaicera-tomb-discovered-in-Upper-Eg.aspx
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/67960/Exclusive-to-ET-the-discovery-of-Tuta-Tomb-in-Sohag
http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/67992/In-pics-Toutou-tomb-uncovered-in-Sohag
https://phys.org/news/2019-04-mummified-mice-latest-egyptian-tomb.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/06/world/middleeast/mummified-mice-egypt.html
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/apr/06/mummified-mice-found-in-beautiful-colourful-egyptian-tomb
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-47838077
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-04-07/finely-painted-ptolemaic-tomb-unveiled-in-egypt/10979126
https://www.timesofisrael.com/mummified-mice-cats-uncovered-in-ancient-egyptian-tomb/
https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2019/04/05/mummified-mice-cats-and-falcons-in-latest-egyptian-tomb-discovery
http://www.arabnews.com/node/1478741/middle-east
https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20190406-finely-painted-ptolemaic-tomb-unveiled-in-egypt/amp/
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/mummified-mice-and-falcons-found-in-ancient-egyptian-tomb/
https://www.yahoo.com/news/mummified-mice-more-latest-egyptian-tomb-discovery-185501135.html
https://www.npr.org/2019/04/06/710634646/mummified-mice-and-falcons-found-in-newly-unveiled-egyptian-tomb
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7527-190405-egypt-sohag-tomb

A bit of the hype for plans to open a recently-found sarcophagus live on television:

https://ww.egyptindependent.com/discovery-channel-will-broadcast-live-while-exploring-network-of-ancient-egyptian-coffins/
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/9/67903/Discovery-Channel-to-air-opening-of-Egyptian-sarcophagus-on-April
https://www.yahoo.com/news/thousands-old-egypt-sarcophagus-opened-live-tv-174605361.html
https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/news/discovery-channel-egypt-ancient-sarcophagus-expedition-unknown-josh-gates-a8850331.html
https://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/ancient-egyptian-mummys-sarcophagus-to-be-opened-live-on-tv-in-a-world-first/news-story/f6cd125698868321ad4a9cbd609adea4
https://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/ny-ancient-egyptian-sarcophagus-to-be-opened-on-live-tv-20190406-ruralw33ijhtheo6tqgbloudci-story.html
https://www.timesofisrael.com/ancient-egyptian-sarcophagus-to-be-opened-on-live-tv/

Hype(ish) for another program on the mass burial in the Tomb of the Warriors at Deir el Bahari:

https://www.livescience.com/65158-mass-grave-ancient-egypt-soldiers.html

Some rethinking of the Hyskos ‘invasion’:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/mysterious-hyksos-dynasty-conquered-ancient-egypt-marriage
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7517-190402-egypt-hyksos-rulers

Feature on three Egyptian obelisks that aren’t in Egypt:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/cleopatra-napoleon-queen-victoria-and-a-vanderbilt-how-three-ancient-egyptian-obelisks-ended-up-halfway-across-the-world-in-new-york-city-paris-and-london

Feature on an Egyptian mummy in Swansea and how it got there:

https://www.walesonline.co.uk/whats-on/arts-culture-news/swansea-egyptian-mummy-16063020

Interview with Jamie Fraser and the identification of Maer-Neith-it-es’ mummy:

https://www.abc.net.au/radio/programs/conversations/jamie-fraser/10942894

Feature on a papyrus restoration lab in Cairo:

http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/culture/2019/04/05/restoration-lab-in-cairo-saves-papyri-thanks-to-italy_1af66112-491a-410d-9c84-14aee5e3e458.html

More on the Ramesses II temple at Sohag:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/ramses-ii-temple-palace-uncovered-in-upper-egypts-sohag/

… and on the restoration of the statue:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-04/06/c_137954924.htm

A letter of King Nabonidus found earlier this year is being dubbed the ‘earliest breakup letter’:

https://hyperallergic.com/492730/archaeologists-discover-worlds-oldest-break-up-letter-at-neo-babylonian-site/

A 2600 years bp stone sealing and a seal from the City of David:

https://mfa.gov.il/MFA/IsraelExperience/History/Pages/Rare-seal-bearing-biblical-name-found-in-City-of-David-excavation-31-March-2019.aspx
https://www.timesofisrael.com/two-tiny-first-temple-inscriptions-vastly-enlarge-picture-of-ancient-jerusalem/
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/261165
https://www.jns.org/rare-ancient-seal-of-jewish-kings-officer-discovered-in-city-of-david-in-jerusalem/
https://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-5488666,00.html
https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/2600-year-old-seal-discovered-in-City-of-David-585321
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-seal-with-biblical-name-found-in-jerusalem-house-destroyed-by-babylonians-2-600y-ago-1.7068047
https://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/jerusalem/seal-bearing-name-of-king-josiahs-court-official-uncovered-in-city-of-david/2019/03/31/
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/30/opinion/sunday/bible-josiah-david-seal.html
https://mosaicmagazine.com/picks/2019/04/a-newly-discovered-clay-seal-may-have-belonged-to-a-minor-biblical-character/
https://www.algemeiner.com/2019/04/01/rare-ancient-seal-of-jewish-kings-officer-discovered-in-city-of-david-in-jerusalem/
http://www.china.org.cn/world/Off_the_Wire/2019-04/01/content_74631756.htm

Evidence of a 2000 years bp Jewish settlement at Beersheba (including an image of an menorah):

https://mfa.gov.il/MFA/IsraelExperience/History/Pages/2000-year-old-Jewish-settlement-uncovered-in-Beer-Sheva-4-April-2019.aspx
https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Archaeologists-discover-earliest-appearances-of-a-menorah-in-art-585729
https://www.jewishpress.com/news/archaeology-news/2000-year-old-jewish-settlement-unearthed-in-beer-sheva/2019/04/04/
https://www.timesofisrael.com/2000-year-old-image-of-9-stem-menorah-found-in-rare-jewish-site-in-beersheba/
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/261386
https://www.jerusalemonline.com/underground-corridor-of-jewish-rebels-unearthed/
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-ancient-jewish-town-found-in-be-er-sheva-solves-decades-old-mystery-1.7086763
http://www.israeltoday.co.il/Default.aspx?tabid=178&nid=36364
https://www.algemeiner.com/2019/04/05/remains-of-jewish-settlement-dating-from-second-temple-period-found-in-beersheva/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7525-190404-israel-menorah-image

Claims of the discovery of the site of Ai:

https://aleteia.org/2019/04/03/archaeologists-believe-they-have-discoverd-the-old-testament-city-of-ai/

Some preservation at the Western Wall:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/with-its-ancient-stones-corroding-western-wall-gets-preservation-treatment/

On the politics of archaeology in Jordan (and/or Israel):

https://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/.premium-vengeful-expansionist-false-jordan-finds-ancient-roots-for-hostility-to-israel-1.7048617

… while the Israeli press accuses ‘Jericho Arabs’ of routinely looting sites:

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/261295
https://www.jns.org/arab-residents-of-jericho-loot-ancient-tombs-defile-graves/
https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Hasmonean-era-burial-caves-near-Jericho-allegedly-looted-by-local-Arabs-585610

The Temple Mount Sifting Project is resuming this summer:

https://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/jerusalem/come-and-sift-it-temple-mount-sifting-project-resuming-activity-this-summer/2019/04/07/

8000 years bp finds from Abu Dhabi (on Marawah Island):

https://www.thenational.ae/uae/heritage/new-archaeological-discoveries-at-abu-dhabi-s-earliest-village-1.844130
http://www.adwonline.ae/what-these-new-archaeological-finds-reveal-about-abu-dhabis-past/

15 more 1st century CE burials from Umm Al Qaiwain:

https://www.emirates247.com/news/emirates/fifteen-tombs-artefacts-uncovered-in-umm-al-qaiwain-2019-03-31-1.681825

Flooding in Shiraz reached Cyrus’ tomb:

https://en.mehrnews.com/news/143640/Video-Flash-flood-touches-Cyrus-the-Great-tomb-in-Shiraz

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A metal detectorist found a coin of Allectus (dubbed ‘the first brexiteer’):

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/metal-detector-discovers-golden-roman-coin-1509847

Sewer construction revealed a ‘vast necropolis’ at Laranca:

https://in-cyprus.com/sewerage-construction-unearths-vast-necropolis-under-larnaca/
https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/35145-vast-necropolis-discovered-from-rescue-excavations-at-ancient-larnaca-site.html

I think we mentioned this incredible statue of Trajan find from Laodicea:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/unique-roman-emperor-statue-revealed-in-denizli-142263
https://uk.news.yahoo.com/archaeologists-unearth-1-900-old-080200590.html
https://www.newsweek.com/ancient-rome-turkey-emperor-trajan-statue-archaeology-1386012
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7522-190403-turkey-trajan-statue

A Roman puteal from Ostia is now on display at the Met:

https://www.webwire.com/ViewPressRel.asp?aId=238576

… while a ‘reconstructed’ statue of Aphrodite is on display for the first time at the NAM in Athens:

https://www.thenationalherald.com/238245/new-perfumes-and-a-reconstructed-version-of-praxiteles-aphrodite-added-to-nams-exhibition-on-beauty/
http://www.ekathimerini.com/239249/gallery/ekathimerini/in-images/aphrodite-statue-on-display-for-the-first-time

Plans for better management of Paphos mosaics:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2019/04/05/getty-collaboration-to-improve-management-of-paphos-mosaics/
http://www.financialmirror.com/news-details.php?nid=36781

Alonissos is promoting its underwater antiquities:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/239236/article/ekathimerini/business/alonissos-to-showcase-underwater-antiquities

Nice coverage of a student-curated exhibit on wine in the ancient world:

https://www.niagarathisweek.com/community-story/9266128-brock-university-student-explores-the-wine-routes-of-the-ancient-world/

Some development plans in the Piraeus were blocked:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/239181/article/ekathimerini/business/kas-blocks-cosco-plans-in-piraeus

Feature on Empedocles:

https://www.sciencenews.org/blog/context/greek-philosopher-had-right-idea-just-too-few-elements

Feature on how ancient Greeks trained for war:

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p0757qbx/how-ancient-greeks-trained-for-war

Feature on a Roman army ‘pay slip’:

https://taskandpurpose.com/roman-soldier-payslip-green-weenie

Feature on Schliemann pre-Troy:

https://www.thenationalherald.com/237694/homer-schliemann-and-the-american-connection/

More from Armand D’Angour on Socrates:

https://aeon.co/ideas/was-the-real-socrates-more-worldly-and-amorous-than-we-knew

Feature on Latin, Classics-based curriculum, and all that:

https://www.lenconnect.com/opinion/20190402/secret-lives-of-words-ben-hur-harrius-potter-and-classics

Feature on ‘alternative’ translations:

https://blog.oup.com/2019/04/why-forgotten-alternative-translations-classical-literature-matter/

Not sure if we’ve mentioned this series on the Greco-Persian wars:

https://www.dailywire.com/news/45413/schaeffer-greco-persian-wars-part-four-treachery-brad-schaeffer

France is asking for Greek and Latin to be put on UNESCO’s ‘intangible cultural heritage’ list:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/133689/france-asks-for-greek-and-latin-to-be-included-in-unescos-intangible-cultural-heritage-list/

Pondering Brexit and Greek comedy:

https://www.spectator.co.uk/2019/04/can-ancient-greek-comedians-tell-us-how-to-leave-the-eu/

Feature on the restoration of Bath:

https://www.countrylife.co.uk/architecture/roman-baths-tale-two-architects-heated-competition-fascinating-restoration-194561

A Mellon for James Uden:

http://www.bu.edu/today/2019/james-uden-modern-inspiration-from-ancient-texts/

A talk on Wonder Woman and Greek ideas of a hero:

http://now.etown.edu/index.php/2019/04/02/defining-a-hero-an-exploration-of-greek-mythologies-and-wonder-woman/

Barry Strauss on Roman immigration:

https://www.history.com/news/ancient-rome-immigration-slavery

Reviewish thing on Emily Wilson’s Odyssey translation:

https://news.columbia.edu/news/epic-new-journey-odyssey

… and an interview with Dr Wilson:

https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/emily-wilson-on-porous-boundaries-and-the-world-of-homer/

An interview with James O’Donnell about his Gallic Wars translation:

https://asunow.asu.edu/20190402-translating-caesars-gaul-aka-best-bad-mans-book-ever-written

Donald Robertson on Marcus Aurelius’ ‘psychotherapy’:

http://hnn.us/article/171614

What Jesse Weiner is up to:

https://www.hamilton.edu/news/story/jesse-weiner-classics-presents-papers

What Michael Poliakoff is up to:

http://hillsdalecollegian.com/2019/04/former-hillsdale-professor-assists-crafting-south-dakota-free-speech-law/

What Mary Beard is up to:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/trigger-warning-for-mary-beards-roman-rape-lecture-j2kmxsbmm

What Donna Zuckerberg is up to:

https://www.statepress.com/article/2019/03/spartcult-how-some-alt-right-groups-appropriate-classic-texts-to-progress-their-rhetorics

Review of Gareth Hinds’ graphic novel version of the Iliad:

https://www.latimes.com/books/la-ca-jc-fob-gareth-hinds-iliad-review-20190405-story.html

More on the recently-revealed thermopolium from Pompeii:

https://www.livescience.com/65146-ancient-pompeii-fast-food.html
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/pompeii-dig-serves-up-a-snack-bar-with-style-9krqgwkgd
http://www.dailystar.com.lb/Arts-and-Ent/Culture/2019/Apr-02/480177-pompeii-offers-new-glimpses-of-life-before-calamity.ashx
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/romans-loved-fast-food-much-we-do-180971845/

… and someone mentioned there was one in Worcester too:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/mar/31/we-have-roman-fast-food-in-worcester-too

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

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Possible evidence of barley farming in Finland, 5000 years bp:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-04/uoh-a5b040319.php
https://phys.org/news/2019-04-year-old-barley-grain-finland-livelihoods.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/04/190403113931.htm

Possible remains of the 14th century Kirkwall Castle found during repaving works:

https://www.orcadian.co.uk/archaeological-discovery-uncovered-by-roadworks/

A medieval helmet from Belarus:

https://eng.belta.by/society/view/unique-1000-year-old-helmet-discovered-in-bobruisk-river-port-120061-2019/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7528-190405-belarus-medieval-helmet

Remains of a 16th century Dutch shipwreck in the North Sea:

https://nltimes.nl/2019/04/03/16th-century-dutch-shipwreck-found-shipping-accident-cleanup
https://www.dutchnews.nl/news/2019/04/north-sea-container-clean-up-bonus-the-wreck-of-a-16th-century-ship/
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-47799292
https://www.9news.com.au/world/news-europe-shipwreck-netherlands-dutch-waters-medieval/6453ab16-f8b0-4021-8f7f-cfa60b7b4b27
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7520-190403-netherlands-copper-shipwreck

Some sort of medieval structure found during church renovations in Devon:

https://www.devonlive.com/news/devon-news/incredible-medieval-remains-discovered-devon-2721170
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7526-190405-devon-medieval-walls

Possible find of the tomb of St Vincent Ferrier:

https://fr.aleteia.org/2019/04/04/a-vannes-le-tombeau-de-saint-vincent-ferrier-bientot-retrouve/

Nottingham’s ‘catacombs’ are open to the public:

https://www.nottinghampost.com/news/nottinghams-hidden-catacombs-thrown-open-2729142

Feature on the Vasa shipwreck:

https://www.bbc.com/news/av/stories-47791179/finding-the-ship-lost-for-more-than-300-years

Feature on Charlamagne:

https://www.historyextra.com/period/medieval/charlemagne-myth-legend-facts-history-who-was-he-why-hundred-years-war-england-france/

On raising funds to save Notre Dame:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20190404-the-massive-cost-of-saving-notre-dame

Latest on the Stonehenge tunnel plans:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/apr/02/concerns-grow-as-plans-for-a303-road-tunnel-past-stonehenge-enters-new-phase
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-04-07/the-battle-over-a-3-billion-dollar-stonehenge-tunnel/10927450

More on that schoolboy finding the ‘lost’ Govan stones:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-47748026
https://www.livescience.com/65128-teen-discovers-lost-medieval-gravestones.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/14-year-old-boy-finds-lost-medieval-gravestones-scotland-180971873/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7513-190401-scotland-govan-gravestones
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http://archaeology-in-europe.blogspot.com/

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4000 years bp ‘dancer’ petroglyphs from Inner Mongolia:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-04/02/c_137943824.htm
https://www.newsweek.com/rock-art-ancient-china-tribe-painting-archaeology-1383276
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7519-190403-mongolia-rock-art

Interesting preservation aspect of the Terracotta Army:

https://phys.org/news/2019-04-scientists-mystery-terracotta-army-weapons.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-04/ucl-ssl040219.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/04/190404094839.htm
https://www.newsweek.com/terracotta-army-weapons-preservation-mystery-1386027
https://cosmosmagazine.com/archaeology/terracotta-warriors-did-not-receive-anti-rust-treatment
https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/04/heres-the-real-reason-why-terracotta-army-weapons-are-so-well-preserved/
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/?p=33365
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7523-190404-china-bronze-preservation

A fallen boulder in New South Wales have revealed some Aboriginal handprints:

https://www.sbs.com.au/nitv/nitv-news/article/2019/04/02/railway-workers-unearth-aboriginal-rock-art-under-boulder-blue-mountains
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7518-190402-australia-aboriginal-handprints

Carbon dating puts an Adichanallur site to 905-696 BCE:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Madurai/adichanallur-site-belongs-to-a-period-between-905-and-696-bc-madurai-high-court/article26737779.ece
https://www.thenewsminute.com/article/carbon-dating-proves-adichanallur-relics-905-696-bc-madras-hc-slams-asi-99557

Some 6th century ‘swastika-shaped’ stupas from Singrauli:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/bhopal/madhya-pradesh-swastika-shaped-6th-century-stupas-found-in-singrauli/articleshow/68664009.cms

Some Mughal-era gardins in Agra have been restored:

https://www.thehindu.com/society/history-and-culture/mehtab-bagh-and-the-baby-taj-mahal-mughal-gardens-in-agra-restored/article26676680.ece
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7514-190401-india-agra-garden-restoration

Feature on Indian chariots:

https://www.thehindu.com/entertainment/art/antiquity-of-indian-chariot/article26733989.ece

Feature on the Siege of Baler:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2019/04/03/actualidad/1554292298_014487.html

Feature on naming of Japanese imperial eras:

https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20190401/p2a/00m/0na/008000c
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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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Studying an attack on Puritan colonists in 1637 at Wethersfield, Connecticut:

https://www.livescience.com/65144-17th-century-massacre-in-connecticut-jamestown.html

I think we mentioned this accidental find of one of Philadelphia’s first cemeteries:

https://www.livescience.com/65139-colonial-cemetery-philadelphia.html
https://www.livescience.com/65142-photos-colonial-philadelphia-cemetery.html

An 18th century ‘ice house’ find from Cloverfields (Maryland):

https://www.cloverfieldspreservationfoundation.org/newsletters/historic-preservation-newsletter-kimmel-ice-house

Remains of a Confederate Civil War prison from Salisbury (NC):

https://www.salisburypost.com/2019/03/30/ground-truthing-excavations-give-supporting-evidence-of-confederate-prisons-location/%20report
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7512-190401-north-carolina-confederate-prison

They’ve identified the last known survivor of the transatlantic slave ships:

https://www.bbc.com/news/education-47791828
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/03/us/transatlantic-slave-trade-last-survivor.html
https://www.al.com/news/2019/04/last-african-slave-brought-to-us-now-thought-to-be-woman-who-lived-in-alabama.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researcher-identifies-last-american-woman-survive-african-slave-trade-180971879/

Studying 19th century Chinese migrants:

https://news.stanford.edu/2019/04/02/digging-clues-lives-19th-century-chinese-migrants/

Searching for some Beothuk burial sites:

http://ntv.ca/archaeologists-to-look-for-original-grave-sites-of-beothuk-remains/

… and plans to study the ‘birthplace’ of the Seminole nation:

https://www.abcactionnews.com/news/region-citrus-hernando/archaeological-study-planned-for-the-birthplace-of-the-seminole-nation

On Inuit knowledge and the Franklin shipwreck find:

https://nunatsiaq.com/stories/article/after-165-years-inuit-knowledge-leads-to-franklins-wrecks/

Feature on the Battle of Wabash:

https://www.dispatch.com/news/20190407/archaeology-indians-capitalized-on-armys-blunder-to-win-battle-of-wabash-in-1791

Feature on 18th century American trade secrets piracy:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/courts_law/us-to-china-dont-steal-trade-secrets-the-way-we-used-to-do/2019/03/28/7a46b1e8-516d-11e9-bdb7-44f948cc0605_story.html

Review of H.L. Gates, *Stony the Road*:

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2019/04/08/how-the-south-won-the-civil-war
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/28/books/review/by-the-book-henry-louis-gates-jr.html
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Plenty of coverage of pre-Inca underwater ritual offering type things in Lake Titicaca:

https://phys.org/news/2019-04-religion-pre-dates-incas-lake-titicaca.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-04/ps-ror040119.php
https://www.livescience.com/65126-lake-titicaca-offerings.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/apr/01/archaeologists-discover-exceptional-site-at-lake-titicaca
https://www.newsweek.com/lake-titicaca-ancient-ritual-treasure-sunken-1381800
https://elpais.com/cultura/2019/04/03/actualidad/1554306842_677646.html
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/culture/2019/04/evidence-ancient-religion-discovered-lake-titicaca/
https://cosmosmagazine.com/archaeology/lake-titicaca-before-the-inca-the-tiwanaku-worshipped
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2019/04/02/lake-titicaca-underwater-archaeology/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/before-inca-ruled-south-america-tiwanaku-left-mark-andes-180971844/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7516-190402-lake-titicaca-offerings

Evidence of extensive Maya farming in the Yucatan peninsula:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/03/190329130158.htm

What tree rings reveal about human occupation of Central Amazonia:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-04/mpif-hht032819.php
https://phys.org/news/2019-04-human-history-tree-trees-amazonia.html

Concerns for assorted sites in Mexico:

https://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/mexicos-forgotten-archaeological-sites/
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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 some underwater archaeology finds around the world:

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2019/apr/07/the-five-underwater-discoveries-archaeology-ancient-civilisations-lost-worlds

Not sure where I should put this feature on Sarah Parcak’s work:

http://www.publicradiotulsa.org/post/indiana-jones-space-real-life-adventures-sarah-parcak

On the history of seasonal allergies:

https://qz.com/quartzy/1586549/with-pollen-counts-on-the-rise-heres-how-to-survive-allergy-season/

On the origins of April Fools’ Day:

https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/uk-news/how-april-fools-start-few-16056106

Still wondering where the Salvator Mundi went:

https://www.elobservador.com.uy/nota/desaparecio-salvator-mundi-la-pintura-mas-cara-del-mundo-2019331154240
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/30/arts/design/salvator-mundi-louvre-abu-dhabi.html

A Polish general who fought with Washington may have been a woman (or intersex):

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/apr/06/casimir-pulaski-polish-general-woman-intersex

On Leonardo as ‘environmentalist’:

https://theconversation.com/leonardo-da-vinci-revisited-was-he-an-environmentalist-ahead-of-his-time-112404

… and a feature on his anatomical drawings:

https://theconversation.com/leonardo-da-vinci-revisited-how-a-15th-century-artist-dissected-the-human-machine-112399

… and his ‘killing machines’:

https://theconversation.com/how-leonardo-da-vinci-made-a-living-from-killing-machines-112402

… and work with hydraulics:

https://theconversation.com/how-leonardo-da-vinci-master-of-water-explored-the-power-and-beauty-of-its-flow-112401

Feature on Muhammad in the Enlightenment:

https://aeon.co/ideas/muhammad-an-anticlerical-hero-of-the-european-enlightenment

Pondering the origins of agriculture:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-04/uoc-fft040219.php
https://phys.org/news/2019-04-food-thought-farming.html

On fairy tales:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20190402-is-it-time-to-rewrite-fairy-tales

On early scientists and the slave trade:

https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/04/historians-expose-early-scientists-debt-slave-trade

Why a humanities degree is a good thing:

http://www.bbc.com/capital/story/20190401-why-worthless-humanities-degrees-may-set-you-up-for-life

The LOC has digitized a number of Persian texts:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/library-congress-has-digitized-155-persian-texts-dating-back-13th-century-180971881/

Feature on Venetian ‘beaten gold’:

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p075cntd/the-last-venetian-master-of-gold

Feature on ‘legendary swords’:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20190403-the-enduring-fascination-with-legendary-swords

Feature on cholera:

https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2019/04/02/707994461/cholera-101-why-this-ancient-disease-is-making-headlines-in-2019

Evidence of a Nazi massacre of Jews in Belarus:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-47732043

The 150 year old heart of a French priest is on tour in the US:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2019/04/06/priests-heart-display-nyc-st-patricks-cathedral/3387702002/

Feature on four ‘lost cities’:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/el-dorado-to-baiae-four-of-the-greatest-lost-cities-remain-unfound-where-could-they-be

Marking the Eiffel Tower’s 130th birthday:

https://www.dw.com/en/happy-birthday-eiffel-tower/g-48119815

I think we mentioned this ‘quest’ to identify some women archaeologists in a photo:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/internet-sleuths-help-uncover-names-female-archaeologists-20th-century-photographs-180971828/

Plans for a statue of Jane Austen:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-somerset-47785148

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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Ancient Mesopotamia Speaks:

https://news.yale.edu/2019/04/02/material-glory-yale-babylonian-collection-comes-alive-new-exhibit

Mesopotamia:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-04/05/c_137952638.htm

Munch:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/apr/07/edvard-munch-portrait-fiance-british-museum
https://www.apollo-magazine.com/art-diary/edvard-munch-love-and-angst/

Maternita:

https://www.wantedinrome.com/whatson/maeternita-exhibition-at-villa-giulia-in-rome.html

Culture Under Attack:

https://www.standard.co.uk/futurelondon/culturecity/imperial-war-museum-looks-at-how-war-eradicates-culture-a4108641.html

Andes Textiles:

https://www.artic.edu/exhibitions/9122/super-natural-textiles-of-the-andes

Khipus:

https://www.doaks.org/visit/museum/exhibitions/written-in-knots

Wari and Inca Tunics:

https://www.doaks.org/visit/museum/exhibitions/beyond-knotting-wari-and-inka-tunics-from-the-collection

Art of Native North America:

http://pcsny.org/2018-2019-lectures/event/exhibition-opening-art-of-native-north-america-the-met/

Paradise Found:

https://themihs.info/keymarcoartifacts/

Beasts of London:

https://www.bbc.com/news/av/uk-england-london-47814771/medieval-london-s-exotic-beasts-put-back-on-display

More on reaction to the Sacklers:

https://www.cbc.ca/news/entertainment/sackler-galleries-donation-1.5083221

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AT THE AUCTIONS
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Interview with Christies’ G. Max Bernheimer:

https://www.christies.com/features/G-Max-Bernheimer-what-Ive-learned-9792-1.aspx

Big bucks for some Napoleon love letters:

https://www.dw.com/en/napoleon-love-letters-fetch-over-half-a-million-euros-at-paris-auction/a-48229114
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THE TECHY SIDE
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Declassified U2 spy plane photos are proving useful for archaeological purposes:

https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/04/declassified-u-2-spy-plane-photos-are-boon-aerial-archaeology

Feature on using xray fluorescence spectroscopy to study petroglyphs in Texas:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-04/acs-uts022219.php
https://phys.org/news/2019-04-uncovering-secrets-ancient-art-x-ray.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/04/190401075146.htm

On 3d printing and cultural heritage:

https://phys.org/news/2019-04-3d-relationship-cultural-heritage.html

… in a similar vein:

http://bcnm.berkeley.edu/events/109/special-events/3097/dh-fair-3d-printed-replicas-of-ancient-egyptian-antiquities

A Peruvian mummy in a Pennsylvania museum is the latest to get the xray treatment:

https://www.livescience.com/65121-teenage-peruvian-mummy-scanned.html

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Something about ‘ancient DNA signals’ and population movements in South Asia:

https://phys.org/news/2019-04-ancient-modern-human-genomes.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/04/190405183901.htm

More on DNA from a clay pipe:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/04/dna-in-a-clay-pipe-sheds-light-on-an-enslaved-womans-life/

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

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

https://www.dailysabah.com/travel/2019/04/01/german-town-of-trier-a-passage-through-roman-europe

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CRIME BEAT
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The Castellani jewels stolen from the Etruscan National Museum six years ago were recovered:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/02/world/europe/rome-jewels-etruscan-museum.html

A stolen Armenian king’s tombstone was found during an antismuggling operation in Turkey:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2019/04/03/police-recover-ancient-armenian-kings-tombstone-in-antismuggling-op-in-turkeys-balikesir

Turkish security seized a Roman-era (doesn’t look like it) ‘gladiator’ statuette:

https://www.dailysabah.com/turkey/2019/04/05/turkish-security-forces-seize-roman-era-gladiator-statuette-in-western-denizli-province

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 Bristol Museum return a pair of skulls to the descendents of the Tongva people:

https://www.bristolpost.co.uk/news/bristol-news/two-human-skulls-returned-remote-2707513

The Center of Southwest Studies is returning a number of items to various Native American groups:

https://the-journal.com/articles/133909

Latest Tsirogiannis-related returns:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/239239/article/ekathimerini/life/repatriating-two-rare-ancient-vessels

The US returned 1000+ items to Saudi Arabia:

http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/article/562674/SAUDI-ARABIA/Saudi-Arabia-retrieves-1000-artifacts-from-US
https://aawsat.com/english/home/article/1664701/saudi-arabia-brings-back-1127-historic-relics-home
https://gulfnews.com/world/gulf/saudi/saudi-historical-artifacts-repatriated-from-us-1.1554365351470

More on Norway returning Rapa Nui artifacts:

https://www.radionz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/386075/norway-agrees-to-hand-back-rapa-nui-artefacts

Latest on returning items to Africa:

http://theartnewspaper.com/comment/museums-in-the-changing-world-order-restitution-to-africa-reaches-tipping-point
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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on Seleucid coins:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/coinweek-ancient-coin-series-the-seleucids-and-their-coins-part-iv/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v22/club_nbs_esylum_v22n13.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v22/club_nbs_esylum_v22n14.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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Dean A Miller:

https://www.rochester.edu/newscenter/colleagues-remember-history-professor-emeritus-dean-a-miller-367262/

Sydel Silverman:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/05/obituaries/sydel-silverman-dead.html

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

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CONFERENCES
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European Association of Biblical Studies Annual Conference (August 2019):

https://www.eabs.net/EABS/Conferences/Warsaw_2019/EABS/Abstract_system/Call_for_papers_Warsaw.aspx

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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 21.49 ~ March 31, 2019

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, Kris Curry, Rick Heli, Mark Horton, Patrick Swan,
Richard C. Griffiths, and Ross W. Sargent for headses upses this week
(as always hoping I have left no one out).

We’re still sort of in catchup mode (especially ‘items of interest’), so some
links might be a little ‘stale’.

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Suggestion that climate change drove Neanderthals to cannibalism:

https://cosmosmagazine.com/archaeology/warm-weather-pushed-neanderthals-into-cannibalism
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7507-190328-france-neanderthal-cannibalism

A DNA sort of study suggests there was diversity among Denisovan groups:

https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/03/our-mysterious-cousins-denisovans-may-have-mated-modern-humans-recently-15000-years-ago

An interview with Richard Wrangham on evolutionary matters:

http://www.spiegel.de/international/interview-with-anthropologist-richard-wrangham-a-1259252.html

I think we mentioned this DNA study identifying the migration of humans from South Africa:

https://phys.org/news/2019-03-modern-humans.html
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AFRICA
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Feature on the finds from Sibudu Cave (in anticipation of a talk on same):

https://northcoastcourier.co.za/128553/exploring-life-70-000-years-ago-sibudu-cave-tongaat/

More on North Africans being the ones who first settled the Canary Islands:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/21/science/canary-islands-indigenous-dna.html
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Archaeologists have unearthed the ‘lobby’ of Ramses II’s palace at Abydos:

https://ww.egyptindependent.com/archaeologists-unearth-lobby-of-temple-of-ramses-ii/
http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/329050/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/New-temple-palace-discovered-at-Ramses-IIs-temple-.aspx
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/67622/In-Pics-Min-of-antiquities-announces-discovery-of-Ramses-II
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-03/29/c_137931540.htm
https://www.newsweek.com/ancient-egypt-palace-ramesses-ii-archaeology-1378627
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7509-190329-egypt-ramesses-ii-temple

Remains of a 3000 years bp port near Gebel el-Silsila:

https://phys.org/news/2019-03-egypt-ancient-port-temple-builders.html
http://www.startribune.com/egypt-discovers-ancient-port-used-by-temple-builders/507668632/
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-03/26/c_137925401.htm
https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2019/03/26/3000-year-old-port-used-by-temple-builders-found-in-egypt
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/260953

Plenty of inscriptions found at an amethyst mining site at Wadi el-Hudi:

https://www.livescience.com/65068-ancient-egyptian-inscriptions-amethyst-mine.html
https://www.livescience.com/64794-photos-ancient-egypt-amethyst-mine.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7500-190326-egypt-amethyst-mine

This seems to be late coverage of the finds at Tuna el Gebel a while back:

https://www.theepochtimes.com/new-egyptian-tomb-discovered-in-minya-holds-dozens-of-mummies-artifacts_2845898.html

Feature on the Pan-Grave nomadic culture:

http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/culture/2019/03/26/italian-archeaologist-sheds-light-on-nomads-in-upper-egypt_7737d1e9-f026-4677-9168-948c095349aa.html

Reviewish/hypish thing for Ada Nifosi’s *Becoming a Woman and Mother in Greco-Roman Egypt*:

https://phys.org/news/2019-03-woman-ancient-egypt-hidden-history.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-03/uok-baw032819.php

Feature on the ‘Fifty-eight Holes’ game:

https://www.newyorker.com/culture/culture-desk/what-we-learn-from-one-of-the-worlds-oldest-board-games

Features on Tut’s tomb:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/tutankhamuns-treasure-gold-and-mystery-142142
https://www.thenational.ae/arts-culture/why-howard-carter-s-discovery-of-king-tut-s-tomb-will-never-be-forgotten-1.842543

Feature on Egyptian statuary with broken noses:

https://www.livescience.com/65071-why-egyptian-statues-have-broken-noses.html

Discovery TV is going to be doing a ‘live opening’ of an Egyptian sarcophagus apparently:

http://www.canindia.com/egyptian-coffin-to-be-opened-live-on-discovery-tv/

Feature on assorted obelisks outside of Egypt:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/cleopatra-napoleon-queen-victoria-and-a-vanderbilt-how-three-ancient-egyptian-obelisks-ended-up-halfway-across-the-world-in-new-york-city-paris-and-london?source=articles&via=rss

Remains of a 4000 years bp ‘lost city’ at Kunara (Kurdistan):

https://www.newsweek.com/lost-city-iraq-kurdistan-mesopotamia-archaeology-1375710

A 4000 years bp burial of a pet macaque from the Burnt City:

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-00889-1
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7503-190327-iran-monkey-burial

A lump of processed iron found in Anatolia dating to 2500 years bp or so may have ‘been brought from a distant land’:

http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201903250064.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7495-190325-anatolia-iron-smelting

Latest 2000 years bp finds from the ed-Dur site:

https://www.khaleejtimes.com/nation/umm-al-quwain/2000-year-old-tombs-discovered-in-uae-desert-1
https://www.thenational.ae/uae/heritage/tombs-and-artefacts-dating-back-2-000-years-uncovered-in-umm-al-quwain-1.843041
https://gulfnews.com/uae/15-tombs-artefacts-uncovered-in-umm-al-quwain-1.63012208
https://gulftoday.ae/news/2019/03/30/fifteen-tombs-artefacts-uncovered-in-umm-al-quwain

More from Elusa … this time, studying the city’s dumps to postulate climate-related reasons why it ‘collapsed’ some 1500 years bp:

https://phys.org/news/2019-03-ancient-trash-mounds-climate-hastened.html
https://www.livescience.com/65069-byzantine-trash-heaps.html
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/culture/2019/03/ancient-garbage-dump-elusa-reveals-surprising-city-collapse/
https://www.newsweek.com/ancient-trash-mounds-byzantine-empire-reveal-how-disease-and-climate-change-1374932
https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/article/trash-piles-byzantine-collapse/
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-analysis-of-6th-century-garbage-clears-muslims-of-trashing-negev-towns-1.7061181
https://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-5484945,00.html
https://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2019/0328/Out-of-history-s-trash-heap-clues-to-climate-s-role-in-ancient-collapse
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-03/27/c_137927194.htm
https://www.insidescience.org/news/past-climate-change-may-have-weakened-byzantine-empire
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2019/03/26/isns-climate-change-byzantine-empire/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7498-190326-elusa-byzantine-collapse

A fragment of a Persian-era Bes vessel (likely) from the City of David:

https://www.livescience.com/65109-ancient-dwarf-deity-pottery.html
https://www.timesofisrael.com/2600-years-ago-in-jerusalem-this-fat-jokester-dwarf-laughed-evil-spirits-away/
https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Dwarf-God-Bes-was-laughing-in-first-Temple-Beit-Shemesh-exhibition-shows-584193
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7493-190325-jerusalem-bes-vessel

Also from the City of David, a 2600 years bp seal:

https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/2600-year-old-seal-discovered-in-City-of-David-585321
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/261165
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/30/opinion/sunday/bible-josiah-david-seal.html

This seems to be about the political site of the City of David dig (paywall):

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/03/30/opinion/sunday/jerusalem-city-of-david-israel-dig.html

Remains of a large Hasmonean-era agricultural village in Jerusalem’s Sharafat neighbourhood:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/large-hasmonean-era-agricultural-village-found-under-jerusalem-arab-neighborhood/
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/260988
https://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/jerusalem/hasmonean-period-burial-estate-olive-press-ritual-baths-birdhouse-discovered-in-eastern-jerusalem/2019/03/27/
https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Impressive-Jewish-artifacts-found-in-Arab-neighborhood-of-Jerusalem-584865
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-this-is-where-jerusalem-s-rich-suburbia-was-buried-2-000-years-ago-1.7065968
http://www.china.org.cn/world/Off_the_Wire/2019-03/27/content_74618546.htm
https://www.upi.com/Science_News/2019/03/27/Extravagant-burial-estate-ancient-village-discovered-in-Jerusalem/6731553690758/?ts_=19

Feature on Tel Shiloh:

https://phys.org/news/2019-03-ancient-west-bank-site-christians.html
https://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-5485200,00.html

Feature on Julia Berenike:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/people-cultures-in-the-bible/people-in-the-bible/women-of-the-ancient-near-east-julia-berenice/

Feature on the ‘real’ David:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-meet-the-real-king-david-the-one-the-bible-didn-t-want-you-to-know-about-1.7062754

Feature on some looted biblical sites:

https://www.livescience.com/65082-biblical-archaeological-sites-looted.html

Feature on the Golan Heights:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/328962/World/Region/The-story-of-the-Golan-Heights-.aspx

Feature on some cuneiform tablets that survived 9/11:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2019/03/From-Nippur-to-Ground-Zero

Feature on Yhwh:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2019/03/Where-Does-Yhwh-Come-From

more on Beit Shemesh:

https://mosaicmagazine.com/picks/2019/03/a-new-discovery-may-solve-a-mystery-about-israel-in-the-7th-century-bce/

More on that shipwreck find which confirms a description in Herodotus:

https://ww.egyptindependent.com/boat-described-by-herodotus-2500-years-ago-found-in-alexandria/
https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/03/shipwreck-on-nile-vindicates-greek-historians-account-after-2500-years/
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Remains of an Etruscan tomb (it appears) on Corsica:

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-france-archaeology-corsica/etruscan-tomb-in-corsica-may-yield-secrets-on-civilizations-decline-idUSKCN1R81EY
https://news.cgtn.com/news/3d3d674e77636a4e33457a6333566d54/index.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7501-190327-corsica-etruscan-tomb

What the monument at Nicopolis reveals about Cleopatra’s warships:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/roman-empire-cleopatra-octavian-ceasar-egypt-battle-sea-nicopolis-history-archaeology-a8843886.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7505-190328-nicopolis-actium-monument

Another big story of the week appears to be the reveal of a Thermopolium (and other things) from Regio V in Pompeii:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/mar/27/city-fast-food-bar-unearthed-in-pompeii-after-2000-years
https://www.euronews.com/2019/03/28/fast-food-s-2-000-year-old-ancestor-unearthed-in-pompeii
https://nypost.com/2019/03/29/italys-pompeii-offers-new-glimpses-of-life-before-calamity/
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-italy-pompeii/italys-pompeii-offers-new-glimpses-of-life-before-calamity-idUSKCN1RA1BZ
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-03/29/c_137934825.htm
https://www.newsweek.com/pompeii-ancient-rome-fast-food-snack-bar-archaeology-volcano-1380327
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-03-30/buildings-paintings-discovered-at-pompeii/10955240?section=world
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7510-190329-italy-pompeii-thermopolium

… in semi-related news, plans for a ferris wheel at Pompeii were shot down:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/03/28/italian-minister-pours-cold-water-proposal-build-london-eye/
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/pompeii-ferris-wheel-plan-unveiled-cw3n95nwl
http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2019/03/28/bonisoli-rules-out-pompeii-ferris-wheel_1dc49c2e-fc62-497e-8c80-0cf4a7b6568a.html

An impressive statue of Trajan from Laodicea:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/unique-roman-emperor-statue-revealed-in-denizli-142263

Feature on the Mercury Theatre dig in Colchester (seems overviewish):

https://www.gazette-news.co.uk/news/17521334.mercury-theatre-dig-exposes-snippets-of-life-in-roman-colchester/

Not sure if we mentioned this find of Odessa’s city gate:

https://www.novinite.com/articles/196028/Significant+Archaeological+Discovery+Found+in+Varna

A study of the origin of mosaic tiles at Pompeii:

https://eic.rsc.org/science-research/chemical-analysis-reveals-origin-of-pompeian-mosaic-tiles/3010310.article

Feature on a 1900 years bp Roman ‘payslip’:

https://taskandpurpose.com/roman-soldier-payslip-green-weenie

A production of the Suppliants at the Sorbonne featured the use of ‘blackface’ with the predictable reaction:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/mar/28/sorbonne-at-centre-of-racism-row-after-alleged-blackface-in-theatre-show
https://www.thenationalherald.com/237084/france-faces-blackface-debate-after-greek-play-aeschylus-blockaded/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/theater_dance/stage-makeup-brings-paris-sorbonne-into-blackface-debate/2019/03/28/dbdebb5e-51b2-11e9-bdb7-44f948cc0605_story.html
https://eu.greekreporter.com/2019/03/29/adaptation-of-ancient-greek-tragedy-dubbed-racist-in-france/
https://www.france24.com/en/20190328-france-blackface-racism-sorbonne-theatre

Feature on the Aristonothos Krater:

https://www.ancientworldmagazine.com/articles/noble-bastard-globalizing-world/

Feature on Epiacum Roman fort:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/mar/29/country-diary-where-roman-britain-reveals-its-secrets

Feature on ancient Greek music:

https://www.abc.net.au/radio/sydney/programs/myf-warhurst/ancient-greek-music/10941596
https://aeon.co/videos/music-was-ubiquitous-in-ancient-greece-now-we-can-hear-how-it-actually-sounded

Feature on Roman midwives:

https://www.historyextra.com/period/roman/childbirth-ancient-rome-empire-mothers-midwives-how-babies-born/

Feature on Pontius Pilate:

https://www.livescience.com/65064-pontius-pilate.html

… and Judas Iscariot:

https://www.livescience.com/65114-judas-iscariot.html

Feature on some of Herodotus’ more bizarre descriptions:

http://mentalfloss.com/article/571789/herodotus-histories

Another high school Latin program in peril:

https://www.pjstar.com/news/20190324/monmouth-roseville-latin-program-on-life-support

On the popularity of Stoicism in Silicon Valley:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/26/style/silicon-valley-stoics.html

Haven’t had a Thucydides trap thing for a while:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-47613416

… and now someone thinks Polybius might be a better paradigm:

https://warontherocks.com/2019/03/polybius-applied-history-and-grand-strategy-in-an-interstitial-age/

… and someone else Rome’s battles with Persia:

https://qz.com/1582066/the-us-china-trade-war-could-use-some-pointers-from-ancient-rome/

Greek literati will be gracing some Greek stamps:

https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/society/35048-new-stamp-series-by-elta-post-service-mark-ancient-greek-literature.html
https://www.thenationalherald.com/237096/new-stamp-series-by-elta-celebrate-ancient-greek-literature/

Latest in the Parthenon Marbles saga:

https://www.thenationalherald.com/236864/maloney-bilirakis-and-payne-jr-reintroduce-resolution-calling-for-return-of-parthenon-marbles-to-greece/

UI had a Homerathon:

https://dailyiowan.com/2019/03/27/uis-homerathon-brings-ancient-greek-traditions-to-iowa-city/

Pondering Beto O’Rourke’s love of the Odyssey:

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2019/3/28/18284158/beto-orourke-odyssey-emily-wilson-2020-buttigieg

John Malkovich will be playing Seneca:

https://www.screendaily.com/news/john-malkovich-to-star-as-roman-philosopher-seneca-exclusive-/5138069.article

Review of Simon Critchley’s work on tragedy (paywall):

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/magazine/culture/tragedy-the-greeks-and-us-by-simon-critchley-review-modern-lessons-from-the-ancients-sh9rx8bfr

Review of Armand D’Angour, *Socrates in Love*:

https://www.spectator.co.uk/2019/03/socrates-the-romantic-hero/

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

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http://rogueclassicism.com/
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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Digging a mesolithic site in Deeside:

https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/aberdeen/1706436/hold-sun4mon-archaeologists-dig-deep-into-deeside-prehistory/

Interesting skull reuse from Neolithic site in Spain:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2019/03/27/skinned-carved-and-boiled-skull-cup-reveals-cannibalism-in-neolithic-spain/#60cfaf344567

A burial of uncertain date found during electrical work in Split:

https://www.total-croatia-news.com/lifestyle/34925-split-pjaca

A possible Viking ship burial from Vestfold county in Norway:

https://phys.org/news/2019-03-archeologists-norway-rare-viking-ship.html
https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidnikel/2019/03/25/historic-day-viking-ship-found-in-norways-oslofjord-region/#72a00e9d4664
https://www.newsweek.com/viking-ship-burial-ancient-archaeology-norway-1374266
https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/travel/world/europe/viking-warship-discovered-in-hidden-burial-site-in-norway/news-story/cf1b24a3ddec6fdc384934b3ca2a956e
https://news.yahoo.com/archeologists-believe-norway-rare-viking-ship-burial-171417739.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7504-190327-viking-ship-burial

Studying the implications of fur in Finnish burials:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-03/uoh-fdi032819.php

A teenager helped to find some lost medieval gravestones on a dig in Glasgow:

https://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/national/17536509.teenager-helps-uncover-gravestones-from-middle-ages-in-archaeology-dig-at-church/
https://www.eveningtimes.co.uk/news/17537278.teenagers-graveyard-discovery-described-as-most-exciting-in-20-years-by-archaeologists/
https://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/lost-medieval-carvings-from-ancient-kingdom-discovered-by-glasgow-schoolboy-1-4898049
https://www.glasgowlive.co.uk/news/glasgow-news/glasgow-schoolboy-finds-lost-piece-16049848

A 14th century baby bootie from Jura:

https://www.thelocal.ch/20190328/extremely-rare-650-year-old-baby-boot-found-in-switzerland-archaeology
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7511-190328-switzerland-toddler-boot

Some Bronze Age finds from Cumbria have been declared treasure:

http://www.cwherald.com/a/stories/bronze-age-finds-in-upper-eden-declared-treasure.498753.html

Metal detectorists don’t like the new Treasure Act, apparently:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/03/31/metal-detectorists-claim-new-treasure-act-will-see-shortchanged/

I think we mentioned this ‘coffin birth’ story a while ago:

https://www.sciencealert.com/archaeologists-find-evidence-of-a-ghastly-coffin-birth-in-a-medieval-grave

A Royal Charter issued by King John found in a Bristol University archive:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-tyne-47698594
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/819-year-old-royal-charter-issued-king-john-found-university-archives-180971826/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7497-190326-medieval-royal-charter

Not sure there’s anything new in this piece on Matthew Flinders’ burial site:

https://milbankmonitor.com/body-of-british-explorer-who-named-australia-uncovered-in-archaeological-dig/29/03/2019/

Followup to concerns for the Chrysospiliotissa cave church on Cyprus:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2019/03/30/state-pledges-to-protect-cave-church/

Another feature on that Viking warrior woman burial:

https://cosmosmagazine.com/archaeology/the-surprisingly-contentious-viking-warrior-woman-of-birko

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

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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A Neolithic jade workshop from Zhejiang:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-03/25/c_137922673.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7494-190325-china-jade-workshop

2500 years bp eggs from a burial in Jiangsu:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-03/26/c_137924976.htm
http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1143465.shtml
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7502-190327-china-ancient-eggs

Another ‘top ten’ list of finds from China in 2018:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-03/30/c_137934902.htm
https://news.cgtn.com/news/3d3d774d31417a4e33457a6333566d54/index.html
http://www.ecns.cn/news/2019-03-30/detail-ifzfwnmy4089840.shtml
http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1144015.shtml

Suggestion that the ‘maritime silk road’ had reached western Europe about 500 years earlier than previously thought:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-03/28/c_137931434.htm

A ‘foreign face’ on a 6th century Vishnu temple is raising questions:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/mysterious-foreign-face-discovered-in-6th-cent-vishnu-temple-in-mp/articleshow/68570741.cms

On ancient robots in Hindu epics:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/home/sunday-times/all-that-matters/hindu-epics-are-full-of-ai-robots-legend-has-it-that-they-guarded-buddhas-relics/articleshow/68648962.cms

Fragments of Latte period ceramics from a site in Guam:

https://www.guampdn.com/story/news/local/2019/03/27/latte-period-ceramic-fragments-found-future-marine-live-fire-range/3285476002/

Feature on Polynesian navigation:

https://phys.org/news/2019-03-history-mystery-polynesian.html

Semi related would be a feature on Weitchymumble’s journey (contemporaneous with Cook):

https://theconversation.com/when-we-celebrate-captain-cooks-voyage-lets-mark-the-epic-journey-of-a-wati-wati-man-also-112692

Arguing over recent claims about the peopling of Australia:

https://cosmosmagazine.com/archaeology/claim-that-australia-was-settled-60-000-years-earlier-than-thought-disputed

Feature on Hong Kong’s ‘protected women’:

https://www.scmp.com/magazines/post-magazine/long-reads/article/2189144/hong-kongs-protected-women-forgotten-females

… and one ond Forbidden City concubines:

https://www.scmp.com/video/arts-culture/2189217/forbidden-city-concubines-imperial-china-beauty-was-more-curse-blessing

More on that ancient Polynesian ‘tattoo kit’:

https://cosmosmagazine.com/archaeology/polynesian-tools-some-made-from-human-bone-discovered
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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 colonial-era cemetery rediscovered in Philadelphia:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/25/science/colonial-cemetery-philadelphia-archaeology.html
http://archstbones.org/

A possible African American cemetery at a school construction site in Columbus:

https://radio.wosu.org/post/african-american-cemetery-may-still-sit-below-upper-arlington-high-school#stream/0

An update on that grad student’s search for the original Fort Vancouver:

https://www.columbian.com/news/2019/mar/26/archaeology-student-searches-for-first-fort-vancouver/
https://www.columbian.com/news/2019/mar/27/was-first-fort-vancouver-built-in-edgewood-park-neighborhood/

Latest on the Franklin Expedition ‘dig’:

https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/franklin-erebus-terror-parks-canada-arctic-dive-artifacts-ice-gjoa-haven-1.5072435

Feature on Frederick Douglass:

https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/public/self-made-man-frederick-douglass/#Echobox=1553514342

Historic manuscripts were saved from a St Louis fire:

https://www.npr.org/707290611

A ‘bureaucratic nightmare’ when indigenous remains are found on a home development site in British Columbia:

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/national-burial-mounds-property-dispute-chilliwack-bc-1.4979118

More on things beneath Alcatraz prison:

https://www.nbcnews.com/mach/science/scientists-find-civil-war-era-fortifications-buried-under-alcatraz-prison-ncna988031
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Hopes that a deposit of Aztec war sacrifices in Mexico City might point to a royal burial:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-47692525
https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/reuters/aztec-war-sacrifices-found-in-mexico-may-point-to-elusive-royal-tomb/44847686
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-6846405/Aztec-war-sacrifices-Mexico-point-elusive-royal-tomb.htm
https://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/could-an-emperors-tomb-be-next/
https://elpais.com/cultura/2019/03/25/actualidad/1553542494_434708.html
https://www.theyucatantimes.com/2019/03/finding-in-the-great-temple-opens-expectation-to-find-the-tomb-of-an-emperor/
https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-mexico-archaeology-aztecs-exclusive/exclusive-aztec-war-sacrifices-found-in-mexico-may-point-to-elusive-royal-tomb-idUKKCN1R60FT
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7496-190325-mexico-templo-mayor

Children may have helped with the ‘grocery shopping’ in the Caribbean ca 400 CE:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-03/fmon-acc032619.php
https://phys.org/news/2019-03-ancient-caribbean-children-grocery-ad.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/03/190326132715.htm

Evidence of Maya fars in Mexican wetlands:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-03/uoc-urf032919.php
https://phys.org/news/2019-03-ancient-maya-farms-mexican-wetlands.html

Hype for a documentary on the Maya:

https://www.theyucatantimes.com/2019/03/secrets-of-the-mayas-the-most-amazing-moments/

More on the purpose of the Moai:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/03/scientists-think-theyve-solved-one-mystery-of-easter-islands-statues/
http://mentalfloss.com/article/578005/why-easter-island-statues-positioned-along-coast
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http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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Feature on memorable mothers in history:

https://www.historyextra.com/period/ancient-egypt/history-memorable-mums-josephine-baker-caroline-ansbach-victoria-cleopatra-diana-eleanor-aquitaine/

Feature on the search for the world’s oldest wine:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/in-search-of-the-worlds-oldest-wine-11553865699

On a medieval Irish translation of an arabic medical text:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/medieval-arabic-medical-text-was-translated-irish-discovery-shows-180971669/

On how ‘tiny tools’ make us human:

https://phys.org/news/2019-03-stone-age-chips-microchips-tiny.html

Feature on Chaucer:

https://aeon.co/ideas/chaucer-was-more-than-english-he-was-a-great-european-poet

A lost portrait of Dickens:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/mar/14/lost-margaret-gillies-portrait-charles-dickens-to-be-displayed-at-writers-former-home

There was a major brouhaha over the ‘treasure hunting’ side of a Cadbury promotion:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-bristol-47601886
https://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/news/local-news/cadburys-treasure-hunt-accused-inciting-2656357
https://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/news/uk-world-news/cadburys-slammed-experts-over-illegal-15990299
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/18/business/cadbury-candy-treasures.html
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/cadbury-treasure-hunt-freddo-advert-campaign-archaeology-a8828426.html
http://theconversation.com/as-archaeologists-it-was-our-duty-to-take-on-cadbury-over-ads-encouraging-kids-to-dig-up-treasure-and-we-won-113937

… and Cadbury is having a rethink:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/47621958
https://www.theguardian.com/business/2019/mar/18/cadbury-vows-to-change-freddo-campaign-that-advocates-looting-metal-detectors
https://metro.co.uk/2019/03/18/cadbury-pulls-intensely-stupid-ad-that-encouraged-kids-to-break-the-law-8934479/
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/cadbury-sorry-for-telling-children-to-dig-for-treasure-at-ancient-sites-qn9cjxspf

A study of the development of ‘big gods’ in religions:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-03/cshv-csg032019.php
https://phys.org/news/2019-03-complex-societies-gave-birth-big.html
https://www.livescience.com/65039-punishing-gods-rise-with-complex-societies.html
https://elpais.com/elpais/2019/03/20/ciencia/1553072411_333560.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/which-came-first-vengeful-gods-or-complex-civilizations-180971781/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7491-190322-civilization-moralizing-gods

A history-related lawsuit against Harvard:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-47656230
https://www.chronicle.com/article/A-Harvard-Scientist/245939
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/woman-sues-harvard-over-earliest-images-enslaved-americans-180971772/
https://apnews.com/1105a521e969423b8f5a64609b804621

On the history of cryptocurrency (sort of):

https://insights.som.yale.edu/insights/is-cryptocurrency-really-new-idea

Study suggests a change to softer foods enabled humans to create ‘f’ and ‘v’ sounds:

https://phys.org/news/2019-03-softer-foods-ancient-humans-spoke.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-03/uoz-dcf030719.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/03/190314151605.htm
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/mar/14/soft-foods-helped-humans-form-f-and-v-sounds-research
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/03/ancient-switch-soft-food-gave-us-overbite-and-ability-pronounce-f-s-and-v-s
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/?p=32722
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7476-190315-diet-bite-language

I think we’ve mentioned daVinci’s ‘only surviving sculpture’:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-little-figures-could-be-leonardo-da-vincis-only-known-sculpture-180971678/
https://qz.com/quartzy/1569706/leonardo-da-vincis-only-surviving-sculpture-unveiled-in-italy/

An archaeologist weighs in on various conspiracy theory type things:

https://phys.org/news/2019-03-archaeologist-debunks-alien-conspiracy-theories.html

Feature on the Slave Voyages database:

https://phys.org/news/2019-03-intra-american-journeys-slave-voyages-database.html

Another ‘maybe’ identified as a Leonardo original:

https://www.elobservador.com.uy/nota/el-detalle-que-confirmo-que-leonardo-da-vinci-era-el-autor-de-un-cuadro-misterioso-2019320105812
https://www.latercera.com/la-tercera-pm/noticia/la-mona-lisa-desnuda-expertos-sostienen-que-seria-obra-de-leonardo/566604/

Meanwhile, the Salvator Mundi is no longer on display (?):

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/30/arts/design/salvator-mundi-louvre-abu-dhabi.html

Feature on Leonardo’s scientific heritage:

https://www.latercera.com/que-pasa/noticia/la-herencia-cientifica-leonardo/584704/

On tin and humanity:

https://theconversation.com/from-the-bronze-age-to-food-cans-heres-how-tin-changed-humanity-114195

Feature on the restoration of Raphael’s ‘School of Athens’:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/26/arts/design/raphael-cartoon-milan-school-of-athens.html

A fake Botticelli is now deemed authentic:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-47726017
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/mar/28/botticelli-copy-found-to-be-rare-original-from-artists-workshop
https://www.cnn.com/style/article/fake-botticelli-real-gbr-scli-intl/index.html

… and a disputed Van Gogh is no longer in dispute either:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/24/arts/design/van-gogh-painting-authentic.html

Apparently the ‘Scream’ isn’t really screaming:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/03/20/edvard-munchs-scream-isnt-screaming-says-british-museum/
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/saturday-review/hes-munch-more-than-the-scream-7wx8ktzvm

Feature on the oldest medieval map:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/gallery/20190324-the-worlds-oldest-medieval-map

Feature on Turgenev:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/11/world/europe/russia-turgenev.html

Feature on branding in a Manet:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20190311-a-bar-at-the-folies-bergere-a-symbol-planted-in-cleavage

Feature on tracing a ‘lost Gutenberg’:

https://www.npr.org/705069743

Feature on Queen Victoria’s Small Coronet:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/22/fashion/jewelry-victoria-and-albert-museum-london.html?em_pos=medium&nl_art=3&te=1&nl=travel-dispatch&emc=edit_tl_20190323

On the moon in art:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20190326-the-moon-one-of-the-earliest-human-symbols

Suggestion Jack the Ripper was Jewish:

https://m.jpost.com/Diaspora/Was-Jack-the-Ripper-Jewish-584260

Interesting feature on how they ship artworks to various museums:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/mar/21/how-to-move-a-masterpiece-secret-business-shipping-priceless-artworks-art-handling

Not sure where to put this ‘renaissance artisanal mortar’ piece:

https://phys.org/news/2019-03-renaissance-artisanal-mortar.html

Feature on fingerprints on various ancient artworks:

https://hyperallergic.com/491765/what-can-fingerprints-tell-us-about-ancient-artisans/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Queens of Egypt:

https://www.fredericksburg.com/entertainment/arts/explore-ancient-egypt-in-new-exhibit-at-national-geographic-museum/article_10aa594b-06d3-5217-9061-453510dfcd38.html

Van Gogh:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/26/arts/design/van-gogh-tate-britain.html
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-47707895

Munch:

https://lifestyle.inquirer.net/329181/rare-exhibition-of-munchs-prints-to-open-at-british-museum/

Canova:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/preview/antiquity-made-flesh-as-natural-as-life-itself
http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2019/03/29/canova-exhibit-opens-in-naples_10e2c6d4-3337-467c-b471-4f596f8373c1.html

Black Models:

https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-47705284

Tut:

https://dailynewsegypt.com/2019/03/18/paris-dresses-up-for-ancient-egypts-young-king/
http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/67380/Tutankhamen-exhibition-to-be-opened-for-public-on-Mar-23

Immortal Dead:

http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2019/03/27/ancient-china-meets-roman-empire_ee53492f-b3a0-48fb-8a22-8eef4edc31f3.html

Feature on the Qatar National Museum:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/28/arts/qatar-national-museum-jean-nouvel.html?rref=collection%252Fsectioncollection%252Farts

Assorted items related to the Sacklers and museums:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/21/arts/design/tate-modern-sackler-britain-opioid-art.html
https://www.economist.com/international/2019/03/30/how-sackler-cash-made-museums-a-target-for-protests
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-47690735
https://www.npr.org/2019/03/20/705057043/sackler-familys-donation-to-british-museum-is-quashed-over-opioid-fallout
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/the_americas/tate-galleries-wont-accept-donations-from-sackler-family/2019/03/22/35f4e75a-4c93-11e9-8cfc-2c5d0999c21e_story.html

… related:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/03/29/better-or-worse-our-greatest-museums-are-built-backs-billionaires/

Pondering whether museums should return things:

https://www.historyextra.com/period/modern/debate-should-museums-return-artefacts-treasures/
https://www.economist.com/international/2019/03/30/the-clamour-to-return-artefacts-taken-by-colonialists
https://hyperallergic.com/491725/how-not-to-decolonize-your-museum/

https://www.prospectmagazine.co.uk/arts-and-books/repatriation-museum-colonial-art-parthenon-marbles-easter-island
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AT THE AUCTIONS
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Sometimes auctions are needed to pay the taxes:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-47702475

Some Einstein letters are coming to auction:

https://www.livescience.com/65077-eight-einstein-letters-auctioned.html
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THE TECHY SIDE
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Using imaging techniques to save the text of a Torah scroll:

https://phys.org/news/2019-03-lost-text-torah-scroll.html

A 3d rendering of the 15th century Ali Atar’s Nasrid sword:

https://phys.org/news/2019-03-sword-hispano-muslim-warlord-digitized-d.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-03/f-sf-tso032719.php
https://www.livescience.com/65098-fearsome-15th-century-warlords-sword-3d.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7504-190327-viking-ship-burial

I think we mentioned how agricultural lime messes up Strontium isotope studies:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-03/au-sim030819.php
https://phys.org/news/2019-03-strontium-isotope-disturbed-agricultural-lime.html
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ON THE DNA FRONT
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More on DNA from a Maryland pipe being linked to Sierra Leone:

https://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2019/03/25/slave-dna-maryland-belvoir/
https://patch.com/maryland/annapolis/md-slaves-200-year-old-dna-pulled-tobacco-pipe

I think we’ve had this story on the origin of the Yamnaya, but with a different spin:

https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg24132230-200-story-of-most-murderous-people-of-all-time-revealed-in-ancient-dna/

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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PERFORMANCES
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Feature on Bach:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2019/03/21/actualidad/1553148804_091725.html

Mary (not Mark) Queen of Scots:

https://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/entertainment/article/2189546/mary-queen-scots-film-review-saoirse-ronan-margot-robbie

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CRIME BEAT
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A judge has dismissed that defamation lawsuit brought by Hicham Aboutaam:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/26/arts/design/judge-dismisses-libel-suit-over-wall-street-journal-article.html
https://www.artsy.net/news/artsy-editorial-antiquities-dealers-libel-lawsuit-wall-street-journals-publisher-dismissed

A Picasso stolen thirty years ago was recovered in Amsterdam:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/26/arts/design/stolen-picasso-dora-maar-amsterdam.html
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-47704194

Arrests after an illegal dig in Serres:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/238900/article/ekathimerini/news/eight-arrested-over-illegal-antiquity-dig-in-serres

Charges over an illegal shipwreck search off Cyprus:

https://in-cyprus.com/two-men-fined-for-illegal-shipwreck-search/

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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Italy returned a number of looted objects to China:

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/italy-china-cultural-relics-intl/index.html
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/3003044/italy-agrees-return-nearly-800-chinese-cultural-relics
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7499-190326-italy-china-repatriation

Norway is returning items to Chile taken by Thor Heyerdahl:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-47745112https://www.thelocal.no/20190330/norways-kon-tiki-museum-agrees-to-return-easter-island-items
https://www.latercera.com/que-pasa/noticia/hijo-thor-heyerdahl-llega-chile-devolver-piezas-arqueologicas-extraidas-rapa-nui-padre/589052/
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/03/norway-museum-return-thousands-easter-island-artefacts-190329162403598.html
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/norway-to-hand-back-easter-island-skulls-and-bones-taken-by-thor-heyerdahl-hqqf53mqv

I think we mentioned this Babylonian stone seized at Heathrow being returned:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2019/mar/10/babylonian-treasure-seized-at-heathrow-to-be-returned-to-iraq
https://www.thenational.ae/world/europe/smuggled-babylonian-relic-to-be-handed-back-to-iraq-1.835405

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NUMISMATICA
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Latest e-Sylum:

https://www.coinbooks.org/v22/club_nbs_esylum_v22n12.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

https://www.coinbooks.org/v22/club_nbs_esylum_v22n13.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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Genevieve Oswald:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/29/obituaries/genevieve-oswald-dead.html

J.H. Kwabena Nketia:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/19/obituaries/jh-kwabena-nketia-dead.html

Ann Kendall:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/ann-kendall-obituary-lvsk60trq

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/2839-audio-news-from-archaeologica-17-march-23-march-2019
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CONFERENCES
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Berkshire Archaeology Day (April 6, 2019)

European Association of Biblical Studies Annual Conference (August 2019):

https://www.eabs.net/EABS/Conferences/Warsaw_2019/EABS/Abstract_system/Call_for_papers_Warsaw.aspx

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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 21.47-48 ~ March 24, 2019

 

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, Kris Curry, Jennifer Cosham, mata kimasitayo, David Perlmutter,
Jona Lendering, Jack Keller, Richard C. Griffiths, and Ross W. Sargent for headses
upses this week (as always hoping I have left no one out).

… the giant catch up issue; it’s actually incomplete but we just hit our sixth hour (!)of compilation here … more catching up next week

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Trying to figure out when homo sapiens became ‘modern’ humans:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-03/uoh-nrs032019.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/03/190320101957.htm
https://phys.org/news/2019-03-modern-humans.html

Pondering Neanderthal intelligence:

https://www.livescience.com/65003-how-smart-were-neanderthals.html

Studying diet of Neanderthals and early modern humans:

https://phys.org/news/2019-03-patterns-diet-mobility-neandertals-modern.html

Plenty of 52 000 years bp stone tools from a cave in Sindhudurg:

https://mumbaimirror.indiatimes.com/mumbai/other/52000-yr-old-stone-tools-found-in-cave/articleshow/68530956.cms

Arguing that it isn’t tool-making, but miniaturization of tools that distinguishes humans from animals:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/03/190312123733.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-03/ehs-fsa031219.php
https://phys.org/news/2019-03-stone-age-chips-microchips-tiny.html

Homo floresiensis had to deal with a lot of (growing) rats:

https://phys.org/news/2019-03-rat-size-reveal-habitat-hobbit.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-03/ehs-cir031319.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/03/190313114754.htm
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2019/03/hobbit-humans-story-gets-twist-from-thousands-of-rat-bones/

A sort of general feature on Neanderthals:

https://aeon.co/essays/to-know-ourselves-we-must-first-know-the-neanderthals

More on that Denisovan skull find:

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/?p=32836

More on brain size and bone marrow scavenging in australopithecines:

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/?p=32879

More on that Neanderthal ‘flint workshop’ in Poland:

http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news%2C33186%2Carchaeologists-discovered-flintstone-workshop-neanderthals-southern-poland-it
https://www.history.com/news/neanderthal-tools-workshop-discovery-poland
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7478-190318-neanderthal-tool-workshop
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AFRICA
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Really a DNA story but it appears North Africans were the first to colonize the Canary Islands:

https://phys.org/news/2019-03-north-africans-colonize-canary-islands.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/03/190320141027.htm
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/21/science/canary-islands-indigenous-dna.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7492-190322-canary-island-population

Hyping a conference on medieval sub-Saharan Africa:

https://news.northwestern.edu/stories/2019/03/archaeologists-gather-at-northwestern-to-share-latest-discoveries-about-medieval-saharan-africa/
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-03/nu-aga031319.php

Ongoing concerns for smuggling of antiquities in Libya:

https://www.libyaobserver.ly/inbrief/interior-ministry-calls-increased-attention-address-smuggling-antiquities

More on Mansa Musa:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-47379458
https://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/NewsArchive/Mansa-Musa-The-richest-man-who-ever-lived-729378
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Plenty of coverage of the find of a sunken ‘baris’ vessel which conforms to Herodotus’ description at Thonis-Heracleion:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/mar/17/nile-shipwreck-herodotus-archaeologists-thonis-heraclion
https://www.livescience.com/65028-herodotus-ship-discovered.html
https://neoskosmos.com/en/132085/herodotus-proved-right-in-nile-shipwreck-discovery/
https://greekcitytimes.com/2019/03/18/new-shipwreck-discovery-proves-greek-historian-herodotus-right-2469-years-later/
https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/34891-new-shipwreck-discovery-proves-greek-historian-herodotus-right-after-2-500-years.html
https://world.greekreporter.com/2019/03/18/egyptian-shipwreck-proves-greek-historian-herodotus-right-after-2500-years/
https://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/strange-2500yearold-wreck-discovered-in-nile-ship-graveyard-the-one-herodotus-described/news-story/9f056ebd325fe607c2b339b8200f1ea5
https://www.sciencealert.com/a-stunning-nile-shipwreck-provides-the-first-archaeological-evidence-of-a-boat-described-by-herodotus
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/wreck-unusual-ship-described-herodotus-recovered-nile-delta-180971762/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7479-190318-egypt-baris-herodotus

Hellenistic anchors from Marsa Matrouh:

https://ww.egyptindependent.com/anchors-dating-to-hellenistic-era-uncovered-near-marsa-matrouh/

Not sure if we’ve mentioned the finds from the Amenenhet Project (digging at Luxor):

https://menafn.com/1098273382/Brazilians-unearth-unheardof-tomb-in-Egypt

Plans for displaying the finds from Tuna el-Gebel:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/67302/Tuna-el-Gebel-excavation-findings-to-be-displayed-in-the

Pondering the broken noses of Egyptian statuary:

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/egyptian-statues-broken-noses-artsy/index.html

Feature on powerful Egyptian women:

https://phys.org/news/2019-03-parallels-female-power-ancient-egypt.html

Possible downplaying of smuggling problems in Egypt:

https://ww.egyptindependent.com/cabinet-denies-32-of-egypts-artifacts-were-smuggled-abroad/
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/1/66951/Government-denies-smuggling-32-of-Egyptian-monuments-abroad

Upgrades at the Philae temple complex:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/328334/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Facilities-upgraded-at-Egypts-Philae-temple-comple.aspx

Really a DNA story: the first Anatolian farmers were apparently direct descendants of local hunter-gatherers:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-03/mpif-faf031419.php
https://phys.org/news/2019-03-anatolian-farmers-local-hunter-gatherers-agriculture.html

Achaemenid/Parthian era burials from Hamedan (Iran):

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/433865/Pre-historic-human-remains-coffins-potteries-unearthed-in-Hamedan

A 2600 years bp fragment of a Bes vessel from Jerusalem (being tied to Purim, of course):

https://www.timesofisrael.com/2600-years-ago-in-jerusalem-this-fat-jokester-dwarf-laughed-evil-spirits-away/
https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Ancient-Persian-era-jar-fragment-found-in-City-of-David-584008
https://www.jns.org/fragment-of-persian-era-clay-jar-depicting-human-face-discovered-in-jerusalem/
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/MAGAZINE-found-in-jerusalem-s-city-of-david-egyptian-god-bes-1.7042407
http://thejewishvoice.com/2019/03/22/a-fragment-of-a-clay-jar-depicting-a-human-face-from-the-persian-period-was-discovered-in-the-city-of-david-and-released-to-the-public-in-honor-of-purim/
http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2019-03/21/content_74595911.htm

… and speaking of Purim, the Romans tried to ban Purim parties:

https://www.jta.org/2019/03/12/opinion/the-romans-tried-to-ban-wild-purim-parties-in-408-ce-for-a-very-good-reason
https://mosaicmagazine.com/picks/2019/03/why-the-roman-empire-tried-to-crack-down-on-wild-purim-celebrations/

… and a feature on memorable Purims:

https://m.jpost.com/Diaspora/Top-Five-Forgotten-Purims-of-Yesteryear-584121

A 1700 years bp Greek inscription firmly identifies the site of Elusa (Halutza) in the Negev:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/unique-1700-year-old-greek-inscription-unearthed-at-incense-route-city-in-negev/
https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/1700-year-old-inscription-found-at-Negev-Excavation-583370
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/MAGAZINE-1-700-year-old-inscription-identifies-great-city-of-elusa-1.7021537
https://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/archaeological-excavations-reveal-1700-year-old-inscription-of-city-named-elusa-halutza-in-the-negev/2019/03/13/
https://world.greekreporter.com/2019/03/14/ancient-greek-inscription-unearthed-in-israels-negev-desert-video/
https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/34889-ancient-greek-inscription-found-in-israel%E2%80%99s-negev-desert-video.html
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-03/14/c_137892771.htm
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7471-190314-israel-negev-elusa

I’m not sure if these ‘Byzantine remains’ are from the same site as the above:

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/260473

I think we mentioned this 5th century CE ‘Samaritan estate’ find from the Sharon Plain:

https://www.israel21c.org/israeli-archaeologists-unearth-ancient-samaritan-estate/

A ‘Talmudic era’ winepress and mosaic floor from a site in Korazim National Park:

https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Ancient-wine-press-with-incredible-mosaic-floor-discovered-in-Galillee-583800
https://www.jewishpress.com/news/archaeology-news/winepress-mosaic-floor-from-talmudic-period-discovered-in-korazim-national-park/2019/03/18/
https://mosaicmagazine.com/picks/2019/03/archaeologists-discover-a-rare-talmudic-era-mosaic-in-the-galilee/
http://www.china.org.cn/world/Off_the_Wire/2019-03/19/content_74585905.htm
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-03/19/c_137905409.htm

Tunnelling under Old City walls is raising concerns from an Early Islamic building:

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-tunnel-under-old-city-walls-would-dismantle-early-islamic-building-1.7041577

The Nea Church in Jerusalem may soon open to the public:

https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2019/03/jerusalem-nea-church-petition.html

Reading Megillat Esther alongside Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure:

https://jewishreviewofbooks.com/uncategorized/5143/hidden-faces-and-dark-corners-megillat-esther-and-measure-for-measure/

Feature on Herod:

https://www.livescience.com/64962-king-herod.html

Feature on Berenice:

https://mosaicmagazine.com/picks/2019/03/a-judean-queens-romance-with-the-roman-emperor-who-destroyed-the-second-temple/

Feature on Jerusalem’s Golden Gate:

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-for-over-1-000-years-j-lem-s-golden-gate-has-been-at-center-of-religious-conflicts-1.7046254

Feature on Gabriel Barkai’s work in Susa:

https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Digging-up-queen-Esther-The-Israeli-archaeologist-who-excavated-in-Iran-584327

A 2000 years bp Sabaean inscription to an unknown divinity in Yemen:

https://www.livescience.com/65024-ancient-inscription-lost-temple-yemen.html

The Machaerus fortress has been restored:

https://menafn.com/1098263745/Jordan-Lost-biblical-fortress-of-Machaerus-restored-after-50-years-of-excavations

More on the highway vs Beit Shemesh thing:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/in-beit-shemesh-new-highway-collides-with-surprise-biblical-era-settlement/
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A Roman burial ground in Strasbourg:

https://www.connexionfrance.com/French-news/roman-cemetery-uncovered-on-site-of-tram-extension-in-city-in-northeastern-france

Roman remains at a medieval dig in West Cumbria:

https://www.cumbriacrack.com/2019/03/19/grisly-discovery-as-archaeological-dig-sheds-new-light-on-cumbrias-roman-past/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7486-190320-england-roman-tile-factory

A Roman site in Tripoli:

https://www.libyanexpress.com/roman-era-archaeological-site-unearthed-in-libyas-tripoli/

Some recent finds from the Netherlands related to the campaign of 53 BCE:

https://www.nrc.nl/nieuws/2019/03/15/limburgse-muntenschat-verstopt-geld-van-kelten-die-bang-waren-voor-caesar-a3953380
https://mainzerbeobachter.com/2019/03/15/caesar-in-zuid-limburg/

Applying AI to Greek texts:

https://venturebeat.com/2019/03/14/ai-uses-genres-to-track-the-evolution-of-ancient-greek-text/

Latest on the attempt to raise money to purchase the Warkwickshire hoard:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-coventry-warwickshire-47531633
https://www.banburyguardian.co.uk/news/big-push-needed-to-bring-rare-roman-coins-found-near-edge-hill-home-1-8844551

A 4th century fountain found during metro construction in Thessaloniki is opening to the public:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/238579/article/ekathimerini/life/fourth-century-fountain-to-return-to-public-view

I think we mentioned Athens’ plans to uncover the Illissos River:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/03/10/athens-hatches-ambitious-plan-uncover-fabled-river-haunt-socrates/
https://neoskosmos.com/en/132206/athens-anaplasis-the-beautification-of-greeces-capital/

Russia is planning to look for more Scythian burials:

http://tass.com/society/1049298

Gucci will be funding the restoration of the Tarpeian Rock:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/03/16/fashion-house-gucci-sponsor-restoration-roman-cliff-traitors/
https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/gucci-sponsors-restoration-of-romes-tarpeian-rock.html

A Roman shipwreck off Croatia will be getting its own website:

https://www.total-croatia-news.com/lifestyle/34809-pag

Some Ides of March-related features:

https://www.news24.com/MyNews24/beware-the-ides-of-march-20190315-2
http://fortune.com/2019/03/15/what-does-beware-ides-of-march-mean/
https://www.countryliving.com/life/a26635681/what-is-the-ides-of-march/

… and some misconceptions about Julius Caesar:

https://www.nydailynews.com/featured/sns-julius-caesar-misconceptions-20190313-photogallery.html

… and his assassination:

https://www.historyextra.com/period/roman/death-julius-caesar-what-we-know-ides-of-march-brutus-cassius-et-tu/

Feature on the Oracle of Delphi:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/archaeology-and-history/magazine/2019/march-april/ancient-greece-ruins-of-delphi/

Feature on Scylla and Charybdis:

https://thebigsmoke.com.au/2019/03/23/know-who-youre-slaying-charybdis-and-scylla-scylla/

Feature on wealthy women in Homer:

https://blog.oup.com/2019/03/women-homeric-epic/

On Greek myth in KPop:

https://www.soompi.com/article/1308251wpp/11-legendary-times-k-pop-borrowed-from-greek-mythology

Feature on Herodotus:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidbahr1/2019/03/15/herodotus-is-a-big-fat-liar-and-better-than-any-historian-you-have-ever-read/

Feature on intaglios:

https://www.christies.com/features/Guide-to-collecting-engraved-classical-gems-9749-1.aspx?sc_lang=en

Feature on Socrates:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/culture/people/reference/socrates/

Feature on Hadrian’s Wall:

https://www.historyextra.com/period/roman/hadrians-wall-romans-facts-archaeology-tourism-game-of-thrones-jon-snow-watcher-english-heritage/

Feature on Tacitus:

http://theconversation.com/guide-to-the-classics-tacitus-annals-and-its-enduring-portrait-of-monarchical-power-107277

Feature on the Greek alphabet:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2019/03/Greek-Alphabet-Older-Than-You-Think

Feature on Eleusis and what went on there:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/13/opinion/ancient-greece-ritual-mystery-eleusis.html

On plans for Rome’s upcoming birthday:

https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/rome-celebrates-2772nd-birthday-on-21-april-2019.html
https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/romes-2772nd-birthday-festivities-at-risk-as-city-axes-funding.html

Feature on *Home from War* at UVM:

https://www.uvm.edu/uvmnews/news/home-war

A Latin program in peril:

https://www.galesburg.com/news/20190311/monmouth-roseville-latin-program-on-life-support

On teaching the Odyssey:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/21/learning/lesson-plans/epic-explorations-teaching-the-odyssey-with-the-new-york-times.html

Feature on some ancient dramas:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/14/theater/greek-tragedy-germany.html

On gossip in ancient Greece:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2019/03/20/gossip-as-a-powerful-tool-for-the-powerless-in-ancient-greece/

Harry Potter as Homeric hero:

https://news.hamlethub.com/brewster/life/9603-homer-and-harry-potter-harry-as-homeric-hero-part-i

Interesting feature on a group of Canosa statuary at the Getty:

http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/science-reveals-new-clues-about-mysterious-ancient-greek-sculptures-of-mourning-women/

Another feature on the sound of ancient music:

https://aeon.co/videos/music-was-ubiquitous-in-ancient-greece-now-we-can-hear-how-it-actually-sounded

There’s a graphic novel version of the Iliad:

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/iliad-graphic-novel-read-an-preview-1193447
https://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2019/03/rediscover-the-iliad-in-gareth-hindss-rousing-grap.html

What Marion Durand is up to:

http://classics.utoronto.ca/durand_oxford/

Mike Lippman is trying to get business types to take Greek:

http://www.dailynebraskan.com/news/unl-classics-professor-encourages-aspiring-entrepreneurs-to-study-greek/article_015bb416-445e-11e9-b293-33fcb39acd91.html

Tourists caught flying a drone over the Colosseum:

https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/tourists-caught-flying-drone-over-colosseum.html

Latest voices in the Parthenon Marbles saga:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/238718/article/ekathimerini/news/parthenon-marbles-focus-of-meeting-between-greek-president-us-rights-advocate
https://greece.greekreporter.com/2019/03/19/human-rights-advocate-kerry-kennedy-calls-for-return-of-parthenon-marbles/
https://greekcitytimes.com/2019/03/20/john-f-kennedys-daughter-expresses-support-for-return-of-parthenon-sculptures/
https://www.thenationalherald.com/235937/greek-president-makes-push-for-parthenon-marbles-return/

… related:

http://theartnewspaper.com/comment/what-s-in-a-title-it-s-time-to-reframe-the-parthenon-marbles-debate

Review of Rose Mary Sheldon, *Kill Caesar*:

https://techstockstandard.com/book-review-kill-caesar-by-rose-mary-sheldon/36155/

Review of Barry Strauss’ *Ten Caesars*:

https://www.csmonitor.com/Books/Book-Reviews/2019/0322/Ten-Caesars-demystifies-the-past

Review of Tony Spawforth, *Story of Greece and Rome*:

https://www.philly.com/arts/books/tony-spawforth-story-greece-rome-20190322.html

Review of N.G. Moore, *Goodbye Horses*:

https://www.winnipegfreepress.com/arts-and-life/entertainment/books/lusty-roman-ruffian-recast-507555152.html

More on Roman graffiti near Hadrian’s Wall:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/hadrians-wall-is-adorned-with-ancient-dick-pics

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12 500 years bp petroglyphs featuring humans and birds from a Spanish site:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/03/190311125215.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-03/uob-rfa031119.php
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/birds-and-people-mingle-rare-piece-rock-art-180971690/

Plans to dig at a 5500 years bp ‘mortuary’ in Aberdeenshire:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-47626652

4000 years bp burial found during building work in Wooler:

https://www.northumberlandgazette.co.uk/news/4-000-year-old-human-bones-found-in-wooler-1-9660925
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-tyne-47636200
https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/human-remains-dating-back-bronze-16012680
https://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/news/4027991/bronze-age-iphone-found-buried-with-4000-year-old-remains-of-woman-in-ancient-grave-under-pub/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7487-190321-england-bronze-age-cist

A 3000 years bp bronze ring from Vitez:

http://www.sarajevotimes.com/ring-made-of-ring-3000-years-old-found-in-vitez/

Bronze Age jewellery find from Norfolk:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-norfolk-47644527

The 7th century monastery of Princess Aebbe may have been found:

https://www.livescience.com/64961-monastery-7th-century-scottish-princess-excavated.html
https://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/lost-home-of-7th-century-princess-found-in-the-borders-1-4888019
https://aleteia.org/2019/03/13/uk-archaeologists-believe-theyve-found-the-monastery-of-a-key-figure-in-spread-of-christianity/

Redating the antiquity of Irish bog butter:

https://www.thejournal.ie/irish-bog-butter-study-4541342-Mar2019/
https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/03/study-finds-people-in-ireland-and-scotland-made-bog-butter-for-millennia/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/irish-bog-butter-actually-made-dairy-study-finds-180971724/
https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2019/03/15/i-cant-believe-its-3000-year-old-butter/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7474-190314-ireland-bog-butter

Interesting study of the origins of the food folks brought to Stonehenge:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-03/cu-pbr030619.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/03/190313140553.htm
https://phys.org/news/2019-03-prehistoric-britons-rack-food-miles.html
https://www.livescience.com/64983-ancient-pig-feast-at-stonehenge.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/mar/13/ancient-britons-travelled-hundreds-of-miles-to-stone-circle-feasts
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-wiltshire-47554926
https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/03/feasts-near-stonehenge-drew-people-from-the-far-corners-of-britain/
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2019/03/13/stonehenge-pig-feasts-were-all-rage-4-500-years-ago/3154153002/
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/MAGAZINE-prehistoric-britons-transported-pigs-hundreds-of-kilometers-for-feasts-at-stonehenge-1.7019685
https://www.thedailybeast.com/stonehenge-builders-will-these-pig-bones-solve-the-mystery
https://www.newsweek.com/stonehenge-pig-party-ancient-feast-1361455
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/stonehenge-pig-roasts-drew-people-all-over-neolithic-britain-180971709/
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/?p=32688
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7472-190314-pig-bones-henge

Medieval remains from Gloucester:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-gloucestershire-47552370

A medieval burial in Lismore is causing excitement:

https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/islands/1700863/major-breakthrough-in-lismore-history-following-archaeological-find/

Searching for Whitefriars monastery in Gloucester:

https://www.gloucestershirelive.co.uk/news/gloucester-news/building-significant-national-importance-could-2645527

Skeletal/DNA evidence suggest the Mary Rose had an ethnically-diverse crew:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/mar/14/mary-rose-crew-might-have-included-sailors-african-heritage
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-47572089
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dna-shows-crew-henry-viiis-flagship-was-ethnically-diverse-180971720/

The Melting Pot project is looking at Viking diet:

https://www.yorkshirelife.co.uk/food-drink/the-melting-pot-project-1-5931197

Feature on Viking homes:

http://theconversation.com/viking-homes-were-stranger-than-fiction-portals-to-the-dead-magical-artefacts-and-slaves-112548

Bodies of enslaved Africans found in a Portuguese dump in Lagos (Portugal):

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2019/03/22/archaeologists-find-bound-bodies-of-enslaved-africans-in-portuguese-trash-dump/

Oldest ship’s bell and astrolabe from a Portuguese shipwreck off Oman:

https://phys.org/news/2019-03-earliest-mariner-astrolabe-published-today.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-03/uow-ekm031519.php
https://www.livescience.com/65032-oldest-mariners-astrolabe.html
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/03/18/worlds-oldest-ships-bell-astrolabe-discovered-516-year-old-portuguese/
https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/03/this-medieval-astrolabe-is-officially-worlds-oldest-known-such-instrument/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mariners-astrolabe-recovered-shipwreck-worlds-oldest-180971761/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mariners-astrolabe-recovered-shipwreck-worlds-oldest-180971761/

A recent anchor find is causing excitement because of the ship it’s linked with:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2019/03/10/el-dorado-seas-anchor-found-wheres-gold-silver/3098247002/

Historians think they might have figured out the purpose of the ‘Old Brig’ shipwreck in the Thames:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/mar/23/thames-shipwreck-secrets-old-brig-seasalter-kent

Traces of York’s first railway station have been found during building work:

https://www.minsterfm.com/news/local/2831408/archaeologists-discover-part-of-yorks-old-railway/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7485-190320-york-railway-station

Plans to find ‘missing holy wells’ in Co Sligo:

https://www.rte.ie/news/connacht/2019/0319/1037392-holy-wells-sligo/

An Saxon brooch from Shropshire has been declared treasure:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-shropshire-47557140

… has has an Anglo-Saxon pendant from Norfolk:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-norfolk-47435954

Archaeologists are watching as Dublin’s port is undergoing dredging:

https://www.dublininquirer.com/2019/03/13/as-dublin-port-dredges-an-archaeologist-watches-for-treasures

Recently-discovered letters are causing a rethink of Mark, Queen of Scots:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/newly-discovered-letters-show-different-side-mary-queen-scots-180971684/

Feature on some Skara Brae women archaeologists:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-47639736
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Traces of human activity (broadly dated 38 000 – 4000 years bp) from Guizhou:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-03/12/c_137889413.htm

Some 3000 years bp stone ‘architecture’ from near Urumqi:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-03/21/c_137913406.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7489-190321-china-stone-platform

‘Chess’ rules on bamboo slips from the tomb of the Marquis of Haihun:

https://news.cgtn.com/news/3d3d774d3567444e33457a6333566d54/index.html
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-03/13/c_137892029.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7470-190313-china-game-rules

Remains of a Northern Wei Dynasty imperial palace gate:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-03/21/c_137913692.htm
http://www.china.org.cn/china/2019-03/22/content_74599939.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7490-190321-china-imperial-gate

Plenty of finds from a Song Dynasty shipwreck:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-03/20/c_137910380.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7484-190320-china-trade-vessel

A Jin Dynasty monk burial from Henan:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-03/12/c_137888872.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7467-190312-china-monks-tomb

Ming/Qing dynasty mercury mine sites in Ghizhou:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-03/13/c_137892022.htm

A Ming dynasty lacquer coffin find, also from Ghizhou:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-03/11/c_137886651.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7462-190311-ming-dynasty-coffin

Yayoi Pottery is identifying a Tokushima site as Japan’s oldest mine:

http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201903170011.html

A 5000 years bp burial from Kutch (Harappan):

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/kerala/excavations-in-kutch-shed-light-on-early-harappan-custom/article26499706.ece
https://ahmedabadmirror.indiatimes.com/ahmedabad/others/5000-year-old-human-skeleton-found-in-kutch-dates-back-to-harappan-civilisation/articleshow/68373303.cms
https://www.deccanherald.com/science-and-environment/5000-year-old-skeleton-unearthed-in-kutch-723171.html

… and this suggests there might be more:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/experts-discover-harappan-trove/articleshow/68366282.cms
https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/kerala/excavations-in-kutch-shed-light-on-early-harappan-custom/article26499706.ece
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7468-190313-india-harappan-cemetery

Rice cultivation in India began some 4000 years bp, apparently:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/vadodara/rice-cultivation-started-4000-yrs-ago/articleshow/68504952.cms

Damage to some Iron Age dolmens in Vijayawada:

https://www.deccanchronicle.com/nation/current-affairs/140319/vijayawada-iron-age-dolmens-damaged.html

Karnataka has lost the most idols to theft, apparently:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/bangalore/karnataka-has-most-number-of-stolen-artefacts/article26528757.ece

On efforts to save Bangalore’s historic markers:

https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2019/mar/18/romancing-the-stones-the-race-to-save-bangalore-bengaluru-historic-markers

Humans may have inhabited Australia for twice as long as originally thought:

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/postcolonial-blog/2019/mar/11/a-big-jump-people-might-have-lived-in-australia-twice-as-long-as-we-thought

Using hep B to figure out human population movements in Australia:

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-03-19/hepititis-b-study-aboriginal-australians-northern-territory/10914184
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/03/190318132652.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-03/uom-hbv031719.php
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7481-190319-australia-hepatitis-b
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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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Colonial Williamsburg is investigating a Virginia colonial garden connected to Martha Washington (distantly):

https://www.vagazette.com/news/va-vg-colonial-williamsburg-custis-site-0320-story.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7483-190319-virginia-williamsburg-custis

A Civil War era log cabin was found in Detroit, and demolished (!):

https://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/detroit-city/2019/03/11/log-cabin-detroit-land-bank-hamtramck/3007983002/
https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/michigan/articles/2019-03-11/detroit-land-bank-demolishes-civil-war-era-log-cabin

… and now archaeologists are looking at the site:

http://www.fox2detroit.com/news/local-news/archaeologists-excavate-site-of-demolished-civil-war-era-log-cabin-in-detroit

On women in ancient Cahokia:

https://source.wustl.edu/2019/03/feedingcahokia/
https://phys.org/news/2019-03-women-cuisine-culture-ancient-cahokia.html

Arguing over First Nations finds connected to a pipeline site in British Columbia:

https://theprovince.com/news/local-news/b-c-pipeline-site-not-original-location-of-indigenous-artifacts-regulator/wcm/67cff66f-165e-4eb0-bdcb-00b116561261
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/oil-and-gas-commission-report-artifacts-found-1.5050965

Concerns for documenting Native American wooden shelters in Colorado:

https://durangoherald.com/articles/267717

Something about ‘Connecticut’s Jamestown’ (can’t connect to this one):

http://www.connecticutmag.com/the-connecticut-story/connecticut-s-jamestown-an-incident-in-wethersfield-nearly-four-centuries/article_23470b4e-45a7-11e9-a081-e75a6b99c142.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7488-190321-connecticut-old-wethersfield

What Matthew Reilly is up to:

https://www.ccny.cuny.edu/news/colin-powell-school-professor-receives-national-geographic-society-grant

What Dana Chandler is up to:

https://www.valleytimes-news.com/2019/03/archaeology-professor-enjoys-work-with-students/

Feature on Anna Murray Douglass:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/hidden-history-anna-murray-douglass-180968324/

Review of Carrie Gibson, *El Norte*:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/mar/16/el-norte-review-carrie-gibson-epic-history-hispanic-north-america

More on things spotted at Alcatraz:

https://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/alcatraz-prison-buildings-radar-study-13664148.php
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Plenty of finds from Tamaulipas:

https://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/5000-artifacts-have-been-uncovered/

More on the moai:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/03/scientists-think-theyve-solved-one-mystery-of-easter-islands-statues/

More on the Maya finds from that cave at Chichen Itza:

https://www.wbur.org/npr/701987098/new-trove-of-maya-artifacts-discovered-in-mexico
https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/kidspost/near-perfect-1000-year-old-ceramics-found-in-mayan-ruins/2019/03/11/adbcafca-440f-11e9-90f0-0ccfeec87a61_story.html
https://www.theyucatantimes.com/2019/03/hundreds-of-intact-pieces-were-found-in-balamku-recently-discovered-chichen-itza-cave/
https://www.npr.org/2019/03/10/702017075/archaeologists-find-trove-of-maya-artifacts-dating-back-1-000-years
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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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Postulating a change in diet leading to the ability for humans to make ‘f’ and ‘v’ sounds:

https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/03/ancient-switch-soft-food-gave-us-overbite-and-ability-pronounce-f-s-and-v-s
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/rise-farming-altered-our-bite-and-changed-how-people-talk
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/14/science/language-origins-agriculture.html

Some Pi Day-related coverage:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/14/science/pi-math-geometry-infinity.html

Feature on dogs in various cultures:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com.au/history/see-how-dogs-were-celebrated-in-the-ancient-world.aspx

[more to come next week]
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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World Between Empires:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/14/arts/design/world-between-empires-review-metropolitan-museum-of-art.html

Hadrian and Athens:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/238489/article/ekathimerini/whats-on/hadrian-and-athens–athens–to-november-29

Oracle of Zeus:

http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/culture/2019/03/14/greece-italy-link-through-zeuss-oracle-exhibit-in-calabria_91081bdb-a3a1-47cb-8357-cb7ceb49102c.html

Tutankhamun:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/328659/Egypt/Politics-/In-Photos-Egypt,-French-ministers-open-landmark-Pa.aspx

Feature on the Prado:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/18/travel/prado-bicenntenial.html?action=click&module=Well&pgtype=Homepage&section=Travel

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AT THE AUCTIONS
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Nice price for Luna’s ‘Death of Cleopatra’:

https://news.abs-cbn.com/life/03/10/19/lunas-death-of-cleopatra-boceto-sold-for-more-than-p9m

A Mamluk Qu’ran coming to auction with little provenance mentioned:

https://www.finebooksmagazine.com/press/2019/03/christies-displays-a-magnificent-royal-mamluk-quran-in-dubai-ahead-of-auction.phtml
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THE TECHY SIDE
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Modern use of lime in farms has messed up studies based on strontium analysis:

https://www.livescience.com/65017-priestess-probably-not-world-traveler.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7480-190318-denmark-isotopes-farming

[more to come next week]

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CLIMATE MATTERS
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Feature on the Younger Dryas climate event:

https://www.upi.com/Science_News/2019/03/13/Ancient-comet-impact-triggered-fires-climate-change/9121552507749/?sl=2

… and te response:

https://slate.com/technology/2019/03/humans-love-hot-weather-global-warming-apathy.html

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Interesting study connects DNA from a 200 years bp pipe found in a slave barracks in Maryland to Mende people in present-day Sierra Leone:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/mar/16/maryland-archaeology-study-slave-woman-dna-pipe-sierra-leone
https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2019/03/15/dna-ancient-tobacco-pipe-links-maryland-slave-site-west-africa/
https://www.capitalgazette.com/lifestyle/ac-cn-pipes-dna-0314-story.html
https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2019/03/dna-inside-tobacco-pipe-maryland-plantation-traced-africa/585133/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dna-200-year-old-pipe-links-enslaved-woman-sierra-leone-180971729/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7477-190315-maryland-tobacco-pipe

DNA study of population changes on the Iberian peninsula starting 13 00 years bp:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-03/mpif-udo031119.php
https://phys.org/news/2019-03-ancient-dna-spotlight-iberia.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/03/190314151551.htm
https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-47540792
https://www.cnn.com/2019/03/14/world/ancient-dna-iberia-study-scn/index.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/14/science/iberia-prehistory-dna.html
http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/03/men-who-lived-spain-4500-years-ago-left-almost-no-descendants-alive-today
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/?p=32760
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2019/03/ancient-iberians-dna-from-steppe-men-spain/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7475-190315-spain-ancient-genomes

… this appears to be the same story:

https://phys.org/news/2019-03-europe-hunter-gatherers-diverse-thought-dna.html

On archaeologists and geneticists working together:

https://phys.org/news/2019-03-ancient-dna-powerful-tool-archaeologists.html

On DNA and museum artifacts:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/testing-dna-museum-artifacts-unlock-natural-history-worth-potential-damage-180971697/

Identifying descendents of a Moravian nobleman:

https://www.radio.cz/en/section/in-focus/dna-test-traces-direct-descendants-of-great-moravian-noblemen
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7482-190319-czech-republic-noblemen

Supposedly Jack the Ripper’s DNA has been found:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2019/03/18/dna-evidence-reveals-identity-jack-ripper-scientists-claim/3206856002/
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/03/does-new-genetic-analysis-finally-reveal-identity-jack-ripper

… but there is much skepticism:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2019/03/18/archaeological-geneticists-call-jack-the-ripper-dna-study-unpublishable-nonsense/#7ded3233b900
https://www.livescience.com/65034-jack-the-ripper-shawl-evidence.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/jack-rippers-dna-collected-shawl-though-doubts-linger-180971726/

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

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

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/15/t-magazine/nimes-france-travel-guide.html?action=click&module=Well&pgtype=Homepage&section=T%20Magazine

Zerzevan Castle:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2019/03/23/roman-military-religious-life-comes-back-to-life-at-zerzevan-castle

Thuringia:

https://www.dw.com/en/germanys-16-states-thuringia/a-45260059
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CRIME BEAT
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Thieves stole a Breughel copy set up to trap them (they weren’t caught):

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-47568323
https://www.npr.org/704257951

A Hebrew manuscript was recovered from smugglers in Turkey:

https://www.dailysabah.com/investigations/2019/03/12/hebrew-manuscript-recovered-from-smugglers-in-central-turkey
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkish-police-seize-ancient-manuscript-stolen-from-syrian-museum-141839

On money laundering and the global antiquities market:

https://www.artlyst.com/news/art-money-laundering-global-art-market-needs-regulation/

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 Babylonian inscribed stone seized at Heathrow this week will be returned to Iraq:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2019/mar/10/babylonian-treasure-seized-at-heathrow-to-be-returned-to-iraq
https://www.scottishlegal.com/article/and-finally-stone-me

[more to come next week]
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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on the latest findings about the Le Catillon II hoard:

https://jerseyeveningpost.com/news/2019/03/24/coin-hoard-reveals-its-latest-secret–it-was-two-collections/

Really big bucks for Australia’s most valuable coin:

https://www.miragenews.com/australia-s-most-valuable-coin-changes-hands-for-115-million/
https://au.finance.yahoo.com/news/rare-australian-penny-sells-1-15-million-013123624.html

Three weeks’ worth of the e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v22/club_nbs_esylum_v22n10.html
http://www.coinbooks.org/v22/club_nbs_esylum_v22n11.html
http://www.coinbooks.org/v22/club_nbs_esylum_v22n12.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 Richardson:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/12/obituaries/john-richardson-dead.html

Roger Mercer:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/professor-roger-mercer-obituary-lzx5rcrm0

Speros Vryonis:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/238516/article/ekathimerini/community/speros-vryonis-greek-american-historian-dead-at-90

George Stade:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/obituaries/george-stade-pop-minded-literary-scholar-and-satirical-novelist-dies-at-85/2019/03/10/814490d8-433e-11e9-90f0-0ccfeec87a61_story.html

Lamia al Gallani:

http://theartnewspaper.com/news/lamia-al-gailani

Sebastiano Tusa:

http://theartnewspaper.com/news/italian-marine-archaeologist-sebastiano-tusa-among-victims-of-the-ethiopian-airlines-plane-crash
https://palermo.repubblica.it/cronaca/2019/03/10/news/tusa_una_vita_per_l_archeologia_la_sua_ultima_sfida_la_politica_ma_come_tecnico-221176634/

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/2836-audio-news-from-archaeologica-3-march-9-march-2019
https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/2838-audio-news-from-archaeologica-10-march-16-march-2019

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CONFERENCES
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Berkshire Archaeology Day (April 6, 2019)

European Association of Biblical Studies Annual Conference (August 2019):

https://www.eabs.net/EABS/Conferences/Warsaw_2019/EABS/Abstract_system/Call_for_papers_Warsaw.aspx

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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 21.46 ~ March 10, 2019

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, Kris Curry, Richard C. Griffiths, and Ross W. Sargent for headses
upses this week (as always hoping I have left no one out).

The groggy ‘why do we still do daylight savings time’ edition ….
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EARLY HOMINIDS
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We can add ‘small game’ to the Neanderthal (and other early humans in Europe) diet:

https://phys.org/news/2019-03-early-europeans-hard-to-catch-small-game.html
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/hominids-hunt-rabbits-stone-age
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-neanderthals-and-early-humans-ate-fast-food-archaeologists-shocked-to-discover-1.6998866
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7458-190307-rabbits-hares-hunting

Suggestion that Paranthropus robustus had a tooth disorder:

https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/03/disorder-left-ancient-human-relative-teeth-pocked-golf-balls
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7461-190308-paranthropus-robustus-teeth

Feature on the Denisovans:

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-00672-2

Feature on Dorothy Garrod:

https://www.varsity.co.uk/science/17268

Not sure about the date of this find … a Neanderthal flint workshop in Poland:

https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/its-the-flintstones-archaeologists-find-60000-year-old-neanderthal-workshop-with-17000-flint-objects-5014
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AFRICA
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Pondering the impact of the Black Death on 14th century sub-Saharan Africa:

https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/03/black-death-may-have-transformed-medieval-societies-sub-saharan-africa
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7457-190307-africa-black-death

Art from various periods reveals Kongo visual culture:

https://news.yale.edu/2019/03/05/art-historian-cecile-fromont-uncovers-kongos-christian-visual-culture

Another feature on Mansa Musa:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-47379458
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Some missing pieces of a model boat buried with Tut have been rediscovered in storage:

https://www.livescience.com/64922-lost-king-tut-boat-found.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7455-190306-egypt-tutankhamun-boat

More on Egypt’s restoration of the Kom el-Shuqafa catacombs:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/326562/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Egypt-completes-groundwater-lowering-project-at-Al.aspx
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-egypt-antiquities/egypt-completes-restoration-of-ancient-kom-el-shuqafa-catacombs-idUSKCN1QK0LF
https://www.france24.com/en/20190303-egypt-rescues-2000-year-old-catacombs-rising-water
https://wsau.com/news/articles/2019/mar/03/egypt-completes-restoration-of-ancient-kom-el-shuqafa-catacombs/
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-03/04/c_137866426.htm

More on Calliope Limneos-Papakosta’s work in Alexandria:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2019/03/04/greek-archaeologist-discovers-new-clues-that-could-lead-to-alexander-the-greats-long-lost-tomb/
https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/34747-greek-archaeologist-finds-new-clues-on-alexander-the-great%E2%80%99s-lost-tomb.html
https://world.greekreporter.com/2019/03/06/the-greek-archaeologist-in-search-of-alexander-the-greats-tomb/

Egypt continues to work on archaeological cooperation with China:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/66543/Egypt-optimistic-about-fruitful-cooperation-with-China-in-field-of
https://news.cgtn.com/news/3d3d774e3367444d33457a6333566d54/index.html

Feature on a Babylonian inscription and other finds at Sela:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2019/03/New-Discoveries-at-Sela

Feature on the ark of the Covenant:

https://www.livescience.com/64932-the-ark-of-the-covenant.html

Feature on some ‘lost’ Biblical artifacts that will probably never be found:

https://www.livescience.com/64881-lost-biblical-artifacts.html

Graffiti (not ancient) at an 1800 years bp synagogue site in northern Israel:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/graffiti-spray-painted-on-1800-year-old-synagogue-on-galilees-mount-meron/
https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Almost-2000-year-old-synagogue-vandalized-in-northern-Israel-582400
https://hamodia.com/2019/03/04/graffiti-discovered-ancient-mount-meron-synagogue/

Finds from various periods from a necropolis site in Salut (Oman):

https://muscatdaily.com/Archive/Oman/Excavations-in-Salut-find-cemetery-5ddi

A Umayyad era settlement site from Qatar:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2019/03/06/earliest-islamic-site-discovered-in-qatar-desert
https://www.gulf-times.com/story/624071/QM-UCL-Qatar-discover-the-earliest-Islamic-site-in
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7454-190306-qatar-islamic-settlement

Smuggling concerns continue in Yemen:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/06/arts/design/yemen-united-states-looted-artifacts.html
https://aawsat.com/english/home/article/1619556/yemeni-government-raises-alarm-houthi-smuggling-national-relics
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Excavations show the Paphos agora was much larger than previously thought:

https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/34777-pafos-excavations-show-agora-was-much-larger-than-previously-assumed.html

Mapping the Odyssey:

https://www.laphamsquarterly.org/roundtable/geography-odyssey

Studying the impact of Hadrian’s Wall:

https://www.newsguardian.co.uk/news/new-report-looks-at-impact-of-hadrian-s-wall-1-9638512

Suggestion that Alexandria (in Egypt) wasn’t founded by Alexander:

https://www.thesun.co.uk/tech/8573489/alexander-the-great-didnt-found-alexandria/

A service at the oldest known site of Christian worship in the UK (Lullingstone Roman Villa):

https://www.churchtimes.co.uk/articles/2019/8-march/news/uk/worship-resumes-on-ancient-roman-site

Archaeological remains are being used to try and prevent canal development in Malta:

https://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20190305/local/last-ditch-call-to-save-manoel-island.703634

Feature on determining baby gender in ancient Greece:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/can-food-determine-baby-gender

Feature on Roman fish tanks:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/fish-tanks-added-to-list-of-things-the-romans-did-for-us-tf896sqkf

Feature on Hannibal:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/culture/people/reference/hannibal/

Feature on ancient robots and the like:

https://phys.org/news/2019-03-ancient-myths-reveal-early-fantasies.html

Feature on three of Rome’s ‘wildest’ women:

https://www.thelocal.it/20190306/women-rome-history

Feature on the Villa of the Mysteries:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/villa-dei-misteri

Feature on Roman dogs:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/culture/2019/03/how-dogs-celebrated-ancient-world/

On looking for women in the archaeological record:

https://pursuit.unimelb.edu.au/articles/uncovering-the-invisible-women-of-history

Reviews of Armand D’Angour’s *Socrates in Love*:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/books/what-to-read/socratess-mistress-erased-history/
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/socrates-in-love-the-making-of-a-philosopher-by-armand-dangour-review-today-hed-be-a-twitter-bore-hbswt25rt

… and a feature by Dr D’Angour on same:

https://theconversation.com/socrates-in-love-how-the-ideas-of-this-woman-are-at-the-root-of-western-philosophy-109593

Not sure why a review of Finley’s *World of Odysseus* was making the rounds of various sites:

http://www.kwbu.org/post/likely-stories-world-odysseus-mi-finley

Latest piece comparing Trump to assorted emperors:

https://www.prospectmagazine.co.uk/magazine/ask-a-classicist-donald-trump-more-of-a-caligula-or-a-nero

… and assorted demagogues like Cleon:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/yes-trump-is-undignified-demagogues-have-to-be/2019/03/08/bd8d8d9c-4109-11e9-a0d3-1210e58a94cf_story.html?wpisrc=nl_everything&wpmm=1

What Victor Davis Hanson has been up to:

https://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/a-classicist-makes-the-case-for-trump-victor-davis-hanson/
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/05/books/review/victor-davis-hanson-case-for-trump.html

Latest Parthenon Marbles features/opeds:

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/greece-seeks-to-bring-back-ancient-sculptures-from-the-uk
https://greekcitytimes.com/2019/03/04/experts-say-lord-elgin-stole-parthenon-sculptures-without-sultans-permission/

… and one on Melina Mercouri:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/w3cswsmc

In case you missed the hype about the Rotten Romans movie:

https://www.hmv.com/video/teaser-trailer-for-the-horrible-histories-movie-rotten-romans-unveiled

More on the folks who survived Vesuvius:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/03/last-days-of-pompeii-survivors-likely-fled-north-to-escape-a-fiery-fate/

More on Largo Argentina opening to the public:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/site-where-julius-caesar-was-stabbed-will-finally-open-public-180971613/
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/italy/rome/articles/site-of-julius-caesar-assassination-to-be-restored-rome/

More on that scary facial reconstruction of Nero:

https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/is-this-the-real-face-of-nero-romes-most-villainous-emperor/

More on the Mount Vettore fault system and the Colosseum:

https://phys.org/news/2019-03-seemingly-dormant-geologic-fault-famous.html
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/03/06/scientists-discover-fault-line-thought-behind-earthquake-damaged/
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Latest reviews from BMCR:

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

Visit our blog:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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Searching for Mesolithic remains in Deeside:

https://www.donsidepiper.co.uk/news/environment/in-search-of-deeside-s-earliest-settlers-1-4886498
https://www.eveningexpress.co.uk/fp/news/local/archaeologists-examining-historic-deeside-site/

A 6500 years bp burial (dubbed ‘Fred’) from Bavaria:

https://www.urdupoint.com/en/world/german-archaeologists-found-6500-year-old-hu-566515.html

3400 years bp burial sites at a school construction site in Colchester:

https://www.halsteadgazette.co.uk/news/north_essex_news/17484527.3400-year-old-human-remains-at-schools-site/
https://www.gazette-news.co.uk/news/17484527.3400-year-old-human-remains-at-schools-site/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7459-190308-england-bronze-age

Hyping the impending dig at a site (various periods) at Holwick:

https://www.teesdalemercury.co.uk/news/work-to-uncover-secrets-of-lost-teesdale-village

I think we mentioned this find of remains from Edinburgh’s port of Leith:

https://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/napoleonic-war-defences-discovered-beneath-site-of-new-leith-waterfront-development-1-4882200
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7448-190304-scotland-edinburgh-docks

Concerns for the cave Church of Panagia Chrysospilotissa (near Nicosia):

https://in-cyprus.com/chrysospiliotissa-cave-in-danger-of-collapse-priest-warns/
https://cyprus-mail.com/2019/03/08/work-on-petrol-station-puts-cave-church-at-risk/

Damage to the organ in the St Denis basilica:

http://www.leparisien.fr/seine-saint-denis-93/saint-denis-l-orgue-de-la-basilique-degrade-apres-une-intrusion-05-03-2019-8025483.php

Feature on Viking warrior women:

https://www.historyextra.com/period/viking/birka-warrior-woman-vikings-female-argument-judith-jesch/

The 10 000 years BCE version of Brexit:

https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg24132200-200-brexit-10000-bc-the-untold-story-of-how-britain-first-left-europe/

More on megalith origins in Europe:

https://www.france24.com/en/20190307-perspective-bettina-schulz-paulsson-stone-megaliths-france-origins-prehistory-archaeology
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Archaeology in Europe Blog:

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

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I think we mentioned this copper workshop find from Henan:

https://news.cgtn.com/news/3d3d514d774d544d33457a6333566d54/index.html

Another ‘found in storage’ find: 2700 years bp Polynesian tattoo kit with ‘needles’ made of human bone:

https://phys.org/news/2019-03-world-oldest-tattooist-toolkit-tonga.html
https://www.livescience.com/64947-tonga-tattoo-combs-discovered.html
https://www.npr.org/2019/03/08/700486740/making-a-mark-ancient-tonga-tattoo-tools-may-illustrate-birth-of-polynesian-body
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-03-05/worlds-oldest-tattoo-kit-human-bones-tonga-archaeology/10872926
http://theconversation.com/worlds-oldest-tattooists-toolkit-found-in-tonga-contains-implements-made-of-human-bone-109427
https://www.newsweek.com/ancient-tattooing-kit-human-bones-oldest-discovered-1351853
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7452-190305-polynesia-tattoo-bone

2000 years bp (give or take) ‘ritual burial’ from Solapur:

https://www.dnaindia.com/mumbai/report-maharashtra-solapur-excavation-of-human-skeleton-sheds-light-on-ritual-burial-practices-2726114

Foundations of an 11th century pagoda from Viet Nam:

https://vietnamnews.vn/life-style/506304/remnants-of-10th-century-pagoda-unearthed.html#x8RSUuTZdwKV0sUS.97
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7450-190305-vietnam-pagoda-foundations

Assorted medieval items found during construction in Phnom Penh:

https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/several-ancient-artefacts-discovered-near-wat-phnom
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7447-190304-cambodia-medieval-artifacts

More on that 2000 years bp ‘elixir of immortality’ from a Chinese tomb:

https://www.sciencealert.com/archaeologists-discover-elixir-of-immortality-in-ancient-chinese-tomb?perpetual=yes&limitstart=1
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-03/01/c_137861094.htm
https://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/763210/elixir-of-immortality-chinese-tomb-everlasting-life-han-dynasty-henan-province
https://nypost.com/2019/03/04/elixir-of-immortality-unearthed-in-ancient-chinese-tomb/
https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2019/03/05/chinese-archaeologists-find-immortality-potion-in-bronze-jug-in-ancient-tomb
https://metro.co.uk/2019/03/05/archaeologists-discover-elixir-immortality-ancient-chinese-tomb-8821049/
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/archaeologists-discover-elixir-of-immortality-in-ancient-chinese-tomb/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7446-190301-china-elixir-of-life

A mass grave in Sri Lanka, dating back to the 1400s:

http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Bodies-found-in-Mannar-mass-grave-date-back-to-the-1400s-46455.html

Looting concerns at a Harappan site at Rakhigarhi:

https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/haryana/harappan-site-marauded-by-treasure-hunters/738186.html

Concerns about sales of fake ancient coins:

https://punemirror.indiatimes.com/pune/civic/state-archaeologists-warn-about-fake-coins/articleshow/68261262.cms

Feature on the dig (largely directed by women) at Vadnagar:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/ahmedabad/explorers-of-vadnagar/articleshow/68310833.cms

OpEd on Pakistan’s ‘crumbling cultural heritage’:

https://thediplomat.com/2019/01/pakistans-crumbling-cultural-heritage/

Review of Sudipta Sen, *Ganges*:

https://www.csmonitor.com/Books/Book-Reviews/2019/0220/Glittering-currents-of-the-Ganges-River

More on rethinking the decline of Angkor:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/ancient-angkor-mysterious-decline-slow-not-sudden
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7443-190301-cambodia-angkor-elites

More on whalers’ petroglyphs in Australia:

https://www.livescience.com/64906-american-whalers-inscriptions-australia.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7449-190304-australia-whaling-inscription
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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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Explaining Archaeological Impact Assessments in a British Columbia context:

https://www.kamloopsthisweek.com/community/dig-it-the-archeological-impact-assessment-explained-1.23652852

Feature on slavery in Saratoga County:

https://www.saratogian.com/news/local-news/slavery-was-once-common-in-early-saratoga-county/article_8e046c98-3b97-11e9-b80d-bb4980ebdc4e.html

Review of Jeffrey Girard, *The Caddos and Their Ancestors*:

https://www.shreveporttimes.com/story/life/2019/03/07/caddos-and-their-ancestors-traces-native-american-habitation-northwest-louisiana/39154385/

The University of Kentucky is making cuts to the Kentucky Archaeological Survey:

http://www.messenger-inquirer.com/news/local/uk-to-cut-kentucky-archaeological-survey/article_960ad96f-f9cc-5bb4-bb3f-7f287c8c3b38.html

More on what fecal remains reveal about the demise of Cahokia:

https://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/human-fecal-particles-show-extreme-weather-may-have-led-ancient-cahokias-demise

More on that tattoo ‘needle’ (also found in storage) from the Turkey Pen site:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/oldest-tattoo-tool-western-north-america
https://www.ksl.com/article/46506537/washington-archaeologists-find-evidence-of-earliest-known-tribal-tattooing-in-utah
https://www.sltrib.com/news/2019/03/06/artifact-bears-ears/
http://dnews.com/local/wsu-student-discovers–year-old-tattoo-tool/article_979383f4-8764-56d5-83b6-14288d70b085.html
https://dailyevergreen.com/51175/news/wsu-graduate-student-discovers-2000-year-old-artifact/
https://boingboing.net/2019/03/04/from-bears-ears-region-a-200.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-2000-year-old-tattoo-needles-are-oldest-found-western-north-america-180971602/

More on the ‘clam gardens’ of British Columbia:

https://www.cbc.ca/radio/quirks/clam-gardens-have-been-cultivated-by-indigenous-people-for-millennia-1.5047148

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Humans are again being blamed for the demise of megafauna in late Pleistocene Argentina:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-03/aaft-efh030419.php

Plenty of coverage for the revelation that the child sacrifice site at Huanchaquito-Las Llamas was connected to a climate change event:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-03/p-hoc022719.php
https://phys.org/news/2019-03-hundreds-children-llamas-sacrificed-ritual.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/03/190306142902.htm
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/06/science/peru-child-sacrifice.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/science/2019/03/06/historys-largest-child-sacrifice-was-response-devastating-weather-archaeologists-say/
https://www.livescience.com/64924-children-llamas-sacrificed-ancient-peru.html
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/children-sacrifice-peru-ritual-llamas-ancient-south-america-a8810976.html
https://www.theweek.co.uk/100057/more-than-100-children-s-bodies-found-at-peru-human-sacrifice-site
https://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/space/go-for-launch/la-sci-sn-child-sacrifice-hearts-peru-20190306-story.html
https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2019/03/06/mass-sacrifice-of-children-and-llamas-in-ancient-peru-reflects-trauma-over-climate-change/
https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/article/what-prompted-mass-sacrifice-hundreds-children-and-llamas-ancient-peru/
https://www.newsweek.com/biggist-child-sacrifice-peru-ritual-1353532
https://gizmodo.com/ritual-sacrifice-of-137-children-found-at-15th-century-1833094386
https://www.stuff.co.nz/world/americas/111093111/weather-event-behind-perus-600yearold-mass-child-sacrifice
https://www.zmescience.com/science/ritual-sacrifice-children-llama06032019/
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/?p=32474
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7456-190307-peru-children-llamas

A cave full of Maya ritual offerings found at Chichen Itza:

https://phys.org/news/2019-03-mexican-experts-cave-chichen-itza.html
https://www.livescience.com/64917-lost-mayan-treasure-cave-rediscovered.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/06/science/chichen-itza-mexico-mayan.html
https://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/treasure-trove-of-hundreds-of-mayan-artifacts-discovered/
https://www.theyucatantimes.com/2019/03/archaeologists-discover-cave-under-chichen-itza-with-hundreds-of-mayan-objects/
https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/mayan-cave-archeologists-vessels-1.5042658
https://montrealgazette.com/news/world/archaeologists-find-cave-offerings-at-chichen-itza/wcm/9c7cd4e0-c17a-4568-90f0-5e7dc97350c2
https://metro.co.uk/2019/03/06/mysterious-mayan-ritual-cave-chichen-itza-finally-unsealed-8840028/
https://www.france24.com/en/20190305-cave-relics-found-under-mayan-ruins-chichen-itza
https://elpais.com/internacional/2019/03/05/la_serpiente_emplumada/1551815912_460191.html
https://www.euronews.com/2019/03/05/incredible-archaeological-treasure-trove-discovered-in-cave-under-chichen-itza
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/mexico-mayan-cave-ceramics-chichen-itza-archaeology-a8808536.html
https://www.newsweek.com/ancient-maya-city-ritual-cave-discovered-1351866
http://www.therepublic.com/2019/03/04/lt-mexico-archaeology/
https://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/nation-world/world/article227098474.html
https://www.9news.com.au/2019/03/06/12/03/news-world-ancient-mayan-ritual-cave-discovered-in-secret-tunnel-system
https://www.latercera.com/tendencias/noticia/tesoro-vasijas-chichen-itza/554411/
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/culture/2019/03/maya-ritual-balamku-cave-stuns-archaeologists/
https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidbressan/2019/03/06/maya-sanctuary-untouched-for-a-1000-years-discovered-in-cave-beneath-chichen-itza/
https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-00799-2
https://www.sciencealert.com/hidden-jaguar-god-cave-reveals-hundreds-of-ancient-undisturbed-maya-artefacts
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cave-full-untouched-maya-artifacts-found-chichen-itza-180971622/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7451-190305-mexico-balamku-vessels

Feature on the La Silla petroglyphs:

https://cosmosmagazine.com/archaeology/chile-petroglyphs-point-to-1700-year-old-star-gazing-site

Latest on the wreck of the San Jose (off Colombia):

https://elpais.com/cultura/2019/03/04/actualidad/1551699267_365243.html
https://elpais.com/elpais/2019/03/07/album/1551979176_069278.html
https://elpais.com/cultura/2019/03/08/actualidad/1552046266_028162.html

Recreating a Rapa Nui voyage:

https://www.latercera.com/nacional/noticia/la-travesia-maritima-mas-3-600-kilometros-del-kuini-analola-llegar-rapa-nui/557930/

Review of Juan Guillermo Prado, *The Senate of the New Fatherland* (trans):

https://www.latercera.com/que-pasa/noticia/quienes-fueron-los-primeros-parlamentarios-chilenos-libro-relata-los-200-anos-del-senado-el-quinto-mas-antiguo-del-mundo/557386/

More on the recent Maya finds from Peten:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2019/03/07/actualidad/1551921121_901326.html

More on Spain creating a database of New World shipwrecks:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/mar/01/spain-logs-shipwrecks-maritime-past-weather-pirates
http://www.maritimeherald.com/2019/681-sunken-ships-are-located-in-the-caribbean/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7445-190301-spain-shipwreck-list
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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 the Late Antique Little Ice Age and tree evidence:

https://www.cam.ac.uk/silentwitnesses

… related review of a book by Philipp Blom:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/05/books/review/philipp-blom-natures-mutiny.html

Feature on experimental archaeology involving stone tools:

https://www.nbcdfw.com/contact-us/community/Stone-Tools-Rediscovering-Prehistoric-Technology-506722321.html

I think we had this ‘naked bushmen debunking’ a while ago:

https://phys.org/news/2019-03-debunking-colonial-myth-naked-bushman.html

On problems with Biblical translation:

https://aeon.co/ideas/how-translation-obscured-the-music-and-wordplay-of-the-bible

Feature on Mary, Queen of Scots from a #metoo perspective:

https://theconversation.com/mary-queen-of-scots-is-newly-relevant-in-the-age-of-metoo-111604

Pondering a name change for the Cook Islands:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-47468181
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/mar/05/cook-islands-considers-name-change-to-reflect-true-polynesian-nature

… and the Philippines too, it seems:

https://verne.elpais.com/verne/2019/03/04/articulo/1551710803_859505.html

Hebrew University of Jerusalem has acquired a number of Einstein documents:

https://www.jpost.com/Diaspora/110-of-Albert-Einsteins-documents-newly-unveiled-for-140th-birthday-582602
https://www.livescience.com/64931-lost-einstein-everything-note.html

On the legend of ‘flying Africans’:

https://www.newyorker.com/culture/culture-desk/revisiting-the-legend-of-flying-africans

Dispute arising over ‘nursery rhyme tiles’ at Bedford Hospital:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-47470263

Xrays reveal a Gentileschi ‘self portrait’:

https://www.voanews.com/a/uffizi-x-ray-reveals-hidden-artemisia-gentileschi-painting/4814584.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/x-ray-analysis-reveals-self-portrait-hidden-under-artemisia-gentileschi-painting-180971653/

Feature on Cyrano de Bergerac:

https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/public/cyrano-de-bergerac-anniversary/?utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Facebook#Echobox=1551961304

Feature on Eric Hobsbawm:

https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/public/historical-cosmonaut-eric-hobsbawm/

Feature on the Paris Grand Guignol:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20190304-why-the-grand-guignol-was-so-shocking

In case you were wondering about the origins of modern beer yeast:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/03/190305153648.htm

… or the handshake:

https://www.bbc.com/ideas/videos/the-ancient-story-of-the-modern-handshake/p072n8wn

On the fate of the remains of ‘El Negro’:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/mar/10/final-indignity-for-man-stuffed-as-a-museum-exhibit-el-negro-botswana

Leonardo’s ‘only surviving sculpture’ revealed:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/mar/09/italian-scholars-unveil-leonardo-da-vincis-only-surviving-sculpture
https://www.npr.org/2019/03/09/701890033/mystery-sculpture-thought-to-be-the-work-of-leonardo-da-vinci-is-unveiled-in-ita
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/mar/09/the-virgin-with-the-laughing-child-playfulness-leonardo-da-vinci

What a Victorian worker’s house was like:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2019/mar/10/life-and-art-in-a-victorian-workers-house-in-pictures

The Bancroft Prize for History wen to two scholars:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/07/arts/bancroft-prize-history-awarded.html

Feature on Julia Morgan:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/06/obituaries/julia-morgan-overlooked.html

Feature on the ‘trailblazing women of Kew’:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-47463053

The Pope is opening up the WWII Vatican archives:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/pope-francis-to-open-world-war-ii-era-vatican-archives-to-scrutiny/2019/03/04/2908ff80-3e75-11e9-9361-301ffb5bd5e6_story.html

Review of Toby Green, *A Fistful of Shells*:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/mar/08/fistful-of-shells-west-africa-rise-of-slave-trade-toby-green-review

Review of Carrie Gibson, *El Norte*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/06/books/review/carrie-gibson-el-norte.html

Review of a book on Jack the Ripper’s victims:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-book-chronicles-lives-jack-rippers-victims-180971646/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Early Rubens:

http://www.artfixdaily.com/artwire/release/4915-a-survey-of-early-rubens-traces-his-career-rise-to-fame-through-a

Miniature Books:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/07/books/tiny-books-grolier-club.html
https://www.grolierclub.org/

Agincourt:

https://www.bbc.com/news/business-47427608

100 years Trebenishte:

https://www.novinite.com/articles/195618/Sofia+and+Skopje+with+a+Joint+Exhibition+of+Archaeological+Discoveries

Queens of Egypt:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/goingoutguide/museums/cleopatra-and-nefertiti-you-know-but-the-queens-of-egypt-exhibition-will-blow-you-away-with-someone-youve-never-heard-of/2019/03/07/59679fca-3cf8-11e9-aaae-69364b2ed137_story.html

William Hunter and the Anatomy of the Modern Museum:

https://news.yale.edu/2019/03/06/collection-reveals-how-art-informed-science-science-informed-art

Work on the Greco-Roman museum in Alexandria proceeds:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/44/326564/Heritage/Museums/Egypts-antiquities-minister-inspects-renovation-wo.aspx

A new Roman museum at Nimes:

https://www.apollo-magazine.com/musee-de-la-romanite-nimes/

Feature on how the British Museum safeguarded things in WWII:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2019/mar/05/the-british-museum-in-wartime-archive-1921
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AT THE AUCTIONS
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Drue Heinz’s art collection is coming to auction:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/08/arts/design/drue-heinz-christies-auction.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Farts

OpEd on those Hitler paintings recently at auction:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/06/arts/design/hitler-paintings-fake.html
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THE TECHY SIDE
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More on GPR finding Civil War era buildings and tunnels on Alcatraz:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-47475564
https://www.livescience.com/64907-military-structure-under-alcatraz.html
https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/alcatraz-tunnels-1.5045926
https://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/alcatraz-prison-buildings-radar-study-13664148.php
https://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2019/03/05/civil-war-buildings-found-under-alcatraz/
https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/article/ground-penetrating-radar-reveals-military-structures-buried-beneath-alcatraz-penitentiary/
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/hightech-lasers-reveal-hidden-military-structures-buried-below-alcatraz-island/
https://www.sciencealert.com/archaeologists-have-found-civil-war-tunnels-under-alcatraz-prison
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/radar-scans-reveal-19th-century-fort-beneath-alcatraz-180971665/

On use of micro air abrasion to clean antiquities:

https://www.heraldgoa.in/Goa/Goa-first-state-to-use-micro-air-abrasion-to-clean-%E2%80%98Archaeological-Antiquities%E2%80%99-/143574.html

On 3d imaging use at archaeological sites:

https://phys.org/news/2019-03-d.html

On recreating ancient artifacts:

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/why-recreating-ancient-artifacts-may-be-the-future-of-archaeology

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CLIMATE MATTERS
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Tracking climate fluctuations via laser imaging of mollusk shells:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-03/mpif-vro030419.php

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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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Luxor:

https://gulfnews.com/world/mena/ancient-egyptian-city-of-luxor-gets-fresh-lease-of-life-1.62490739

St Augustine:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/07/travel/what-to-do-in-st-augustine-florida.html

Caledonian Canal:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-47496621

Herculaneum:

https://www.coastreporter.net/community/features/herculaneum-the-other-pompeii-1.23656627

Alexandria:

https://www.deccanherald.com/archives/sunday-herald-travel/pearl-of-mediterranean-722181.html

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PERFORMANCES
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Clemency of Titus:

https://www.peoplesworld.org/article/the-clemency-of-titus-mozarts-morality-play-about-the-enlightened-leader/

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CRIME BEAT
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5000 Roman coins were seized in a bust in Kutahya (Turkey):

https://www.dailysabah.com/turkey/2019/03/08/5000-roman-coins-seized-in-anti-smuggling-operation

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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Plenty of coverage of the BM’s return of a lock of Tewodros II’s hair to Ethiopia:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-47441042
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/british-museum-ethiopian-emperors-hair-tewodros-ii-a8806906.html
https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2019/mar/04/uk-museum-agrees-to-return-ethiopian-emperors-hair
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/03/04/britain-return-two-locks-hair-taken-corpse-19th-century-ethiopian/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/africa/british-museum-agrees-to-return-emperors-hair-to-ethiopia/2019/03/04/ddfd6f68-3e64-11e9-85ad-779ef05fd9d8_story.html
https://af.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idAFKCN1QL1N6
https://allafrica.com/stories/201903050185.html
https://face2faceafrica.com/article/uk-to-return-ethiopian-emperors-stolen-hair-but-not-remains-of-his-son-buried-in-windsor-castle

… an oped arising therefrom:

https://www.express.co.uk/news/history/1097098/museums-britain-marbles-treasures-british-museum

A Dutch Museum is returning 139 Benin bronzes to Nigeria:

http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/2019/03/dutch-museum-to-return-139-benin-bronzes.html

Italy returned 600 (give or take) stolen paintings to Mexico:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2019/03/07/actualidad/1551946216_660790.html

Interview with Sara Ferracutti regarding repatriation issues for museums:

https://www.elmostrador.cl/cultura/2019/03/04/museo-aleman-se-cuestiona-como-proceder-con-objetos-sustraidos-en-la-epoca-colonial/

Still not sure where to put this repatriated hawaiian sculpture authenticity item:

https://www.art-critique.com/en/2019/03/repatriation-meet-authentication-how-a-hawaiian-sculpture-is-raising-curiosity/
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NUMISMATICA
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Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v22/club_nbs_esylum_v22n09.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v22/club_nbs_esylum_v22n10.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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Li Xueqin:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/mar/05/li-xueqin-obituary

Pamela Willetts:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/pamela-willetts-obituary-2vg2k6z6j

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/2834-audio-news-from-archaeologica-24-february-2-march-2019

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CONFERENCES
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Berkshire Archaeology Day (April 6, 2019)

European Association of Biblical Studies Annual Conference (August 2019):

https://www.eabs.net/EABS/Conferences/Warsaw_2019/EABS/Abstract_system/Call_for_papers_Warsaw.aspx

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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 21.45 ~ March 3, 2019

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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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 new study suggests ardipithecus was capable of bipedalism:

https://phys.org/news/2019-02-upright-human-ancestors.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/02/190228113554.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-02/cwru-nfs022819.php

… and Neanderthals apparently had an upright ‘balanced’ stance as well:

https://phys.org/news/2019-02-neanderthals-upright-humans-today.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-02/uoz-nwu022519.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/02/190225170236.htm
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/neanderthals-humans-posture-straight-spine-ancient-skeleton-anatomy-a8796391.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7433-190226-neanderthal-pelvis-spine

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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A ‘sandstone workshop’ find in Aswan:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/65291/Sandstone-workshop-uncovered-at-Gebel-El-Silsila-Aswan
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-02/26/c_137852140.htm
http://luxortimes.com/2019/02/new-kingdom-workshop-uncovered-in-gebel-el-silsila/

… with some articles focusing on the statue of a criosphinx found inside:

https://www.livescience.com/64870-ram-headed-sphinx-egypt.html
https://www.livescience.com/64869-photos-ram-headed-sphinx.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7439-190227-egypt-aswan-criosphinx

Feature on the rope that was used to seal Tut’s tomb:

https://www.mnn.com/lifestyle/arts-culture/blogs/remarkable-3245-year-old-rope-sealed-king-tuts-tomb

Feature on the pharaoh’s curse:

https://www.historyextra.com/period/ancient-egypt/howard-carter-discovery-tutankhamun-tomb-lord-carnarvon-pharaoh-curse/

Hyping a project to study royal mummies:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/66445/National-project-to-study-royal-mummies-to-kick-off-next

A 1600 years bp estate of a wealthy Samaritan from Zur Natan:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/5th-century-greek-inscription-found-at-site-of-ancient-samaritan-rebellion/
https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Archaeologists-uncover-1600-year-old-estate-in-Tzur-Natan-581993
https://www.algemeiner.com/2019/02/28/israeli-archaeologists-uncover-1600-year-old-estate-of-affluent-samaritan/
https://mosaicmagazine.com/picks/2019/03/archaeologists-discover-a-wealthy-samaritans-winepress/
https://www.clevelandjewishnews.com/jns/israeli-archaeologists-uncover–year-old-estate-of-affluent-samaritan/article_9cf3cdb0-9eff-5dc3-bbf3-25e0bf752d1f.html
https://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/israel/2019/february/israeli-archaeologists-uncover-1-600-year-old-estate-of-samaritan-man-with-rare-inscription
https://www.jns.org/israeli-archaeologists-uncover-1600-year-old-estate-of-affluent-samaritan/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7436-1790227-israel-samaritan-winepress

Feature on DSS that have been found since 2002:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2019/02/Post-2002-Fragments-Dead-Sea-Scrolls

Arguing over a forgotten Byzantine church in Jerusalem:

https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/NGO-fights-to-open-forgotten-Byzantine-church-in-Jerusalems-Jewish-Quarter-582155

Building stones with ‘mason signatures’ from a site near Tehran dating to the time of Cyrus:

http://www.tehrantimes.com/news/433586/Engraved-signatures-of-prehistoric-masons-found-in-Iran

Eckart Frahm is studying Babylonian astronomy texts:

https://news.yale.edu/2019/02/22/yale-assyriologist-decodes-writing-heavens-ancient-stargazers
http://www.aina.org/ata/20190226174026.htm

In case you were wondering about the Temple Mount saga:

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/Articles/Article.aspx/23503

More on protecting Yemen antiquities:

https://aawsat.com/english/home/article/1614681/yemeni-us-partnership-agreement-protect-antiquities

More on recreating ancient Israel iron smelting:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-how-was-iron-smelted-in-ancient-israel-researchers-build-kilns-to-find-out-1.6942156

More on that trilingual inscription from near Darius’ tomb:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/ancient-cultures/ancient-near-eastern-world/trilingual-inscription-iran/
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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Archaeology suggests the Minoans were rather more warlike than they have been portrayed in the past:

https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/34666-archaeological-evidence-shows-minoans-used-violence-and-prepared-for-war.html

A looted Roman-era mausoleum from Kayseri (Turkey):

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2019/03/01/roman-era-grave-found-inside-hill-raided-by-treasure-hunters-in-turkeys-kayseri

Plans to 3d record the 3rd century CE Roman graffiti at the Written Rock of Gelt near Hadrian’s Wall:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/02/27/hadrians-wall-archaeologists-discover-rude-graffiti-pictures/
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/feb/27/written-rock-gelt-roman-graffiti-cumbria-quarry-wall-to-be-photogrammed
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/feb/28/roman-britain-phalluses-hadrians-wall
https://inews.co.uk/news/uk/phallus-graffiti-found-near-hadrians-wall-offers-new-insight-into-roman-britain/
https://edition.cnn.com/2019/02/27/uk/uk-hadrians-wall-graffiti-scli-gbr-intl/index.html
https://pickle.nine.com.au/2019/02/28/13/01/news-uk-roman-graffiti-explicit-hadrians-wall
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-02/28/c_137857035.htm
https://uk.news.yahoo.com/rude-graffiti-roman-soldiers-near-hadrians-wall-shows-nothing-ever-changes-112115625.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/graffiti-left-roman-soldiers-repairing-hadrians-wall-will-be-immortalized-3-d-180971596/
https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/roman-graffiti-distant-past-being-15889009
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7437-190227-roman-quarry-graffiti

Athens plans to ‘open up’ the River Ilisos:

https://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-47385140

Concerns for Roman remains prior to canal work on Malta:

https://www.maltatoday.com.mt/news/national/93316/roman_remains_face_destruction_if_manoel_island_project_goes_through_archeologist_warns#.XHvULs9KhfI
https://www.maltatoday.com.mt/environment/townscapes/93351/gzira_resident_comes_forward_with_roman_remains_from_manoel_island_canal

The relief of Eurysaces the baker has been restored:

https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/rome-restores-funerary-relief-of-eurysaces-the-baker.html

Top finds in Greece in 2018:

https://www.thenationalherald.com/232970/greeces-top-2018-archaeological-finds-lost-city-tombs-homers-tablet/

Feature on things found during Rome’s metro construction (paywall):

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/world/rome-s-new-metro-not-built-in-a-day-as-line-weaves-under-ancient-ruins-k3lvxq76v

Feature on Calliope Limneos-Papakosta’s work in Alexandria:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/culture/2019/02/lost-tomb-alexander-great/
https://neoskosmos.com/en/130764/a-greek-archaeologist-close-to-finding-the-tomb-of-alexander-the-great/

What Eric Poehler is up to (Pompeii Artistic Landscape Project):

https://dailycollegian.com/2019/02/umass-professor-receives-245000-to-bring-ancient-art-of-pompeii-to-the-internet-of-today/

Mary Beard visited Nero’s Golden House:

https://www.the-tls.co.uk/neros-golden-house/

What Adrienne Mayor is up to:

https://phys.org/news/2019-03-ancient-myths-reveal-early-fantasies.html

Feature on ancient Pergamon:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-sites-places/biblical-archaeology-sites/pergamon-2/

There’s a graphic novel version of the Iliad out:

https://www.stltoday.com/gareth-hinds-the-iliad/article_9e483474-f061-52c1-a4fd-486e3ef045e2.html

Boston College has created a minor in Ancient Greek:

https://usa.greekreporter.com/2019/02/27/boston-college-creates-minor-in-ancient-greek/

Nice feature on the Lycurgus Cup:

https://cen.acs.org/materials/nanomaterials/Chemistry-Pictures-Lycurgus-cup/97/web/2019/02

Nice ‘living history’ thing at Loyola:

https://thegreyhound.org/site/2019/02/28/the-classics-department-hosts-the-roman-soldier-as-living-history-lecture/

Another study of Roman concrete:

https://news.stanford.edu/2019/02/26/students-explore-interplay-volcanoes-ancient-materials-technology-italy/

Tracing the ‘big show’ to the Romans:

https://theconversation.com/the-cursed-child-is-the-latest-in-a-line-of-big-shows-that-date-back-to-the-romans-112394

A ‘hyperrealistic bust’ of Nero (and others) is getting some press atttention:

https://www.sciencealert.com/this-spanish-artist-made-a-life-like-sculpture-of-nero-and-it-s-just-how-you-d-imagine
https://mashable.com/video/realistic-bust-roman-emperor-nero-nerd/

On some weirdness in Herodotus:

http://mentalfloss.com/article/571789/herodotus-histories

On the ancient Romans approach to the ‘Middle East’:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/long_reads/middle-east-diplomacy-how-solve-roman-empire-us-trump-globalisation-west-a8778061.html

Applying lessons of the Caudine Forks to the UK:

https://www.politico.eu/article/britain-brexit-greece-needs-a-last-minute-greek-lesson/
https://smallwarsjournal.com/jrnl/art/beware-lesson-caudine-forks

Latest in the Parthenon Marbles saga is a denial of the existence of the firman:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/130376/parthenon-marbles-were-looted-experts-say-there-was-no-ottoman-edict-for-lord-elgin-to-remove-them/

More on where survivors of Vesuvius went:

https://www.livescience.com/64854-where-pompeii-refugees-fled.html
https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/where-did-pompeii-refugees-go
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7435-190226-pompeii-herculaneum-survivors
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Latest reviews from BMCR:

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

Visit our blog:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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I think we mentioned these Neolithic burials near Barcelona which included humans and dogs:

https://phys.org/news/2019-02-prehistoric-humans-dogs-death.html
https://phys.org/news/2019-02-prehistoric-humans-dogs-death.html
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2019/03/01/world/science-health-world/neolithic-humans-loved-dogs-death-burial-sites-near-barcelona-reveal/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7444-19301-neolithic-dog-burials

Possible mesolithic finds from a Deeside dig:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-47386160
https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/aberdeenshire/1685185/archaeologists-unearth-interesting-finds-on-deeside-dig/

A possible Henry VIII cannon find from Hull:

https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/archaeologists-find-in-yorkshire-could-be-henry-v111-cannon-1-9623402

Finds from various periods from a pre-development dig in Southampton:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-hampshire-47368219

Remains of Napoleonic War era sea defenses at Edinburgh’s port:

https://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/napoleonic-war-defences-discovered-beneath-site-of-new-leith-waterfront-development-1-4882200

Arguing over plans to ‘restore’ a crossing at Tintagel Castle which never existed (maybe):

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2019/02/25/english-heritage-defends-plans-restore-crossing-tintagel-castle/
https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/plan-restore-king-arthurs-bridge-never-existed-122656544.html

Funding to investigate a ‘deserted’ medieval site in Teesdale:

https://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/local/southdurham/17470882.teesdale-medieval-site-awarded-funding-for-archaeological-project/

Plans to study a late antiquity church found during road construction in Bulgaria:

https://sofiaglobe.com/2019/03/01/bulgaria-road-agency-calls-tender-for-archaeological-study-of-late-antiquity-church-found-on-gabrovo-bypass-route/

Plans to regulate wreck-diving in Malta:

https://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20190225/local/wreck-diving-to-be-regulated-with-new-laws-protecting-underwater.702792

Plans for study and conservation work at the Sedlec Ossuary:

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-czech-ossuary/czechs-clean-thousands-of-human-bones-in-ossuary-renovation-idUSKCN1Q92CD
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7430-190225-czech-ossuary-cleaned

HS2 construction raising concerns related to 800 years bp burials:

https://www.bucksherald.co.uk/news/bucks-archaeological-society-voice-concerns-about-hs2-archaeologists-excavation-of-800-year-old-bodies-1-8825165

Restoring a Quaker graveyard in Westbury (I think):

http://www.whitehorsenews.co.uk/blog/2019/02/26/history-restored-at-quakers-graveyard/

A WWII mass grave in Belarus:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nazi-era-mass-grave-found-former-jewish-ghetto-belarus-180971587/

More on the source of Stonehenge’s bluestones:

https://www.cnn.com/2019/02/27/uk/stonehenge-rock-origins-trnd/index.html
https://www.9news.com.au/2019/02/28/12/16/uk-news-where-stonehenge-rocks-came-from-how-moved
http://mentalfloss.com/article/575561/ancient-stonehenge-mystery-solved-where-rocks-came-from
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/secrets-stonehenge-found-quarries-180-miles-away-180971562/

… and a feature on Stonehenge’s future:

https://www.theguardian.com/news/audio/2019/feb/25/the-battle-for-the-future-of-stonehenge-podcast
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Archaeology in Europe Blog:

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

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Something about a paleolithic settlement find from near Zhengzhou (I can’t get it to open this a.m.):

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-02/27/c_137854975.htm

A bronze pot with ‘elixir of life’ from a Western Han dynasty tomb in Henan:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-03/01/c_137861094.htm
https://news.cgtn.com/news/3d3d414f3551444d33457a6333566d54/index.html

Shang Dynasty ‘ritual objects’ from a site in Henan:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-02/25/c_137849549.htm

Some sort of 2000 years bp metal object from the Sugu site:

http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201902260051.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7438-190227-japan-sugu-trade

Latest study suggests Angkor’s collapse was more gradual, rather than ‘abrupt’:

https://phys.org/news/2019-02-angkor-collapse.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/02/190225192144.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-02/uos-nrc022519.php
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/ancient-angkor-mysterious-decline-slow-not-sudden
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7443-190301cambodia-angkor-elites

2500 years bp ‘crop seeds’ from a site in Bangladesh:

https://www.thedailystar.net/frontpage/news/2500-year-old-crop-seeds-discovered-1709425
https://elevenmyanmar.com/news/2500-year-old-crop-seeds-discovered-asianewsnetwork

Remains of a temple with some 9th century idols from U’Khand:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/dehradun/ruins-of-ancient-temple-9th-century-idols-found-in-ukhand/articleshow/68159092.cms

Connecting a sixth century flood with the decline of the Gupta Empire:

https://www.telegraphindia.com/india/deluge-drowned-mighty-guptas-study/cid/1685500

China wants more underwater archaeology:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-02/25/c_137849362.htm

Something about job vacancies and carbon testing in Tamil Nadu (I don’t understand the connection):

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/tamil-nadu/adichanallur-samples-sent-for-carbon-dating-asi-tells-hc/article26369217.ece
https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/madurai/adichanallur-samples-sent-for-carbon-dating-asi/articleshow/68160102.cms

Studying the archaeological evidence for foot binding:

https://www.livescience.com/64849-foot-bound-skeletons-china.html

Studying Siberian mammoth ivory for tool-making suitability:

https://phys.org/news/2019-02-mechanical-properties-mammoth-ivory-siberian.html

Feature on India’s kos minars:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/these-were-the-google-maps-of-16th-century-now-theyre-lost-in-time/articleshow/68227157.cms

More on trade in the Neolithic/Mesolithic high Arctic in Siberia:

https://phys.org/news/2019-02-ancient-people-high-latitude-arctic-well-developed.html
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/MAGAZINE-prehistoric-siberians-may-have-traveled-1-500-kilometers-by-dogsled-1.6964489
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7429-190225-arctic-mesolithic-obsidian

More on whalers graffiti/petroglyphs in Australia:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/culture/2019/03/american-whalers-record-voyages-Australian-rock-art/
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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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A mysterious underground vault found near Nova Scotia’s legislature:

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/province-house-grounds-artifacts-archaeologists-dig-archaeology-1.5026834
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7431-190225-nova-scotia-chamber

I think we mentioned these unmarked African-American burials in Delaware:

https://www.delmarvanow.com/story/news/local/delaware/2019/02/25/experts-officials-credit-oral-history-unmarked-grave-discovery/2937681002/
https://news.delaware.gov/2019/02/26/site-of-purported-african-american-cemetery-discovered/
https://www.delaware1059.com/news/archaeologists-discover-african-american-burial-site-on-housing-development-land/article_479e0fca-3a20-11e9-8220-734d28873282.html
http://www.thecourierexpress.com/news/state/archaeologists-discover-african-american-burial-site-on-housing-development-land/article_da480782-0e96-5a75-a867-bc8134e49078.html

Suggestion that ‘Indian Ridge’ is connected to the Lost Colony:

https://www.dailypress.com/features/history/dp-nws-lost-colony-indian-ridge-0226-story.html

More on that Revolutionary War era burial site at Lake George:

https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Revolutionary-War-remains-found-at-work-site-13645808.php
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/26/nyregion/lake-george-bones-found.html

A study suggests that ‘clam gardens’ have been around off the coast of British Columbia for at least 3500 years:

https://phys.org/news/2019-02-years-shellfish-farming-indigenous-peoples.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-02/p-3yo022019.php
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7440-190228-canada-shellfish-garden

Researchers have identified an object in storage at WSU as a 2000 years bp tattoo needle used by the ancestral Pueblo people:

https://news.wsu.edu/2019/02/28/oldest-tattoo-tool-western-north-america-discovered/
https://phys.org/news/2019-02-oldest-tattoo-tool-western-north.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-02/wsu-wrd022719.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/02/190228093612.htm
https://www.livescience.com/64883-oldest-tattoo-tool-western-north-america.html
https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidanderson/2019/03/01/2000-year-old-tattooing-instrument-identified-from-bears-ears-region/
https://www.sciencealert.com/an-amazing-archaeological-find-shows-how-ancient-americans-decorated-their-bodies
https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/02/a-2000-year-old-tattoo-needle-still-has-ink-on-the-tip/
https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/found-the-oldest-tattoo-needles-in-western-north-america
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/culture/2019/02/ancient-tattoo-needle-southwest-archaeology/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7441-190228-utah-tattoo-pen

Studying feces suggests climate change contributed to the decline of Cahokia:

https://phys.org/news/2019-02-ancient-poop-climate-contributed-fall.html
https://eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-02/uow-aph022219.php
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/climate-change-native-american-city-cahokia-archaeology-mississippi-a8796201.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lake-sediment-and-ancient-poop-track-environmental-changes-cahokia-180971577/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7434-190226-cahokia-population-climate

Oil and gas drilling threaten assorted sites:

https://www.sierraclub.org/sierra/2019-2-march-april/protect/oil-and-gas-drilling-threaten-indigenous-cultural-sites

Marking the Grand Canyon’s centennial:

https://www.npr.org/2019/02/24/697028570/overcoming-a-long-bitter-relationship-grand-canyon-and-tribes-mark-centennial

Reviewish of *Emilie Davis’s Civil War*:

http://www.gridphilly.com/grid-magazine/2019/2/18/rare-firsthand-accounts-give-insight-into-the-daily-lives-of-civil-war-era-black-women

More on that Revolutionary War hand grenade found in storage in Richmond:

https://www.navytimes.com/news/your-navy/2019/02/24/this-is-what-happened-after-mislabeled-revolutionary-war-grenades-sat-on-on-museum-shelves-for-decades/

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On the search for Cortes’ ships:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/02/archaeologists-search-yucatan-coast-for-hernan-cortes-lost-ships/

… related:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2019/02/08/actualidad/1549647993_688293.html
https://elpais.com/cultura/2019/02/24/actualidad/1551001376_954329.html

Not sure if we’ve mentioned these Maya ‘war ruins’ made be LiDAR in Guatemala:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/culture/2019/03/lasers-reveal-maya-war-ruins/

Concerns for ‘leprosy’ on Easter Island statues:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/mar/01/easter-island-statues-leprosy
https://www.reuters.com/article/chile-easterisland-statue/corrected-feature-easter-islanders-seek-outside-help-for-iconic-statues-leprosy-idUSL1N20O0OV
https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2019-03-01/easter-islanders-seek-outside-help-for-iconic-statues-leprosy
https://www.euronews.com/2019/03/01/easter-islanders-seek-outside-help-for-iconic-statues-leprosy

More on those Mayan artifacts from a ‘sacred lake’ in Guatemala:

https://www.livescience.com/64880-sunken-mayan-artifacts-sacred-lake.html

More on that Inca ‘ritual bath’ site at Chachabamba (Peru):

https://www.livescience.com/64845-inca-ceremonial-baths-archaeology.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7432-190225-peru-inca-baths
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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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Dickens apparently tried to put his wife in an asylum:

https://www.livescience.com/64860-letters-dickens-wife-asylum.html

Spain has a project to log a pile of shipwrecks:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/mar/01/spain-logs-shipwrecks-maritime-past-weather-pirates
https://elpais.com/cultura/2019/02/21/actualidad/1550773962_736429.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7445-190301-spain-shipwreck-list

Pondering an attribution of a Caravaggio:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/28/arts/design/caravaggio-judith-holofernes.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share

… and the identity of Titian’s ‘Lady in White’:

https://www.npr.org/693912245

Feature on ancient mummies:

https://theconversation.com/curious-kids-who-was-the-first-ancient-mummy-110436

How the NYPL chooses books:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/02/nyregion/new-york-library-books.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share

A history of concrete:

https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2019/feb/25/a-brief-history-of-concrete-from-10000bc-to-3d-printed-houses

Recreating ‘plague water’:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/21/dining/drinks/medieval-drinks-alcohol.html

Why Rembrandt matters:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/27/arts/design/rembrandt-death-anniversary.html

Related:

http://theartnewspaper.com/podcast/rembrandt-special-the-complete-artist

Pondering the authenticity of an item in a Hawaii museum:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/27/arts/design/hawaii-sculpture-bishop-museum-marc-benioff.html

On the Translation Initiative at Yale:

https://news.yale.edu/2019/02/26/translation-initiative-aims-attract-iron-filings-un-discipline

On honeybees and mathematics over the centuries:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/annapowers/2019/02/28/honeybees-and-mathematics-enigma-of-millenia/

Feature on the Armenian genocide:

https://hyperallergic.com/482353/a-regime-conceals-its-erasure-of-indigenous-armenian-culture/

Feature on medieval midwifery:

https://slate.com/human-interest/2019/02/medieval-pregnancy-advice-midwifery-manuals-history.html
https://scholarscompass.vcu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=6778&context=etd

Feature on the origins of writing:

https://blog.britishmuseum.org/the-british-museum-membercast-the-origins-of-writing/

On Verona’s gnocchi:

https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2019/02/27/697700334/wherefore-art-there-gnocchi-o-fair-verona-has-another-enduring-love-story

More on in fimo:

https://www.dailytarheel.com/article/2019/02/scientific-poop-name-0226

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Fabulous World of Agamemnon:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/exhibits-events/the-fabulous-world-of-agamemnon/

Egypt:

http://www.artfixdaily.com/artwire/release/6758-penn-museum-exhibits-200-egyptian-artifacts-in-dazzling-new-displ

Grimani Collection:

http://theartnewspaper.com/news/cardinal-grimani-s-collection-comes-home-after-four-centuries

Rembrandt:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/27/magazine/rembrandt-jan-six.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-47261624

Through the Eyes of an Archaeologist:

https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2019-03-01-exhibition-through-the-eyes-of-an-archaeologist/

Alexander Romance:

https://www.jacksonvilleprogress.com/opinion/mysteries-at-your-museum-alexander-s-romance/article_a8233eda-3c7b-11e9-8e28-7778419e55c4.html

Moroni:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/museums/first-moroni-exhibition-in-north-america-features-one-of-the-most-celebrated-portraits-of-the-renaissance/2019/02/27/ec94f3a2-3955-11e9-aaae-69364b2ed137_story.html

Maritime Secrets:

https://borneobulletin.com.bn/underwater-archaeology-leads-way-to-old-civilisations/

Cultural Landscape Syria:

https://advisor.museumsandheritage.com/news/pergamon-museum-launches-exhibition-showcasing-work-preserving-syrian-culture/
https://www.dw.com/en/syrias-cultural-landscape-lives-on-in-berlin/a-47723576

Raffles in Southeast Asia:

https://www.albawaba.com/editorchoice/founder-singapore-brit-his-name-raffles-adventure-imperialist-19th-century-exhibit-1259

Feature on Jerusalem’s Terra Sancta Museum:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20190224-a-2000-year-old-biblical-treasure
https://www.terrasanctamuseum.org/en/

Feature on the revamp of the National Museum of Scotland:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-national-museum-of-scotland-completes-a-perfect-revamp-11551218876

Marking the Natural History Museum’s 150th anniversary:

https://phys.org/news/2019-02-natural-history-museum-150th-anniversary.html
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AT THE AUCTIONS
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Big bucks for a Monet:

https://www.antiquestradegazette.com/news/2019/claude-monet-view-of-the-doge-s-palace-in-venice-sells-for-24m-at-sotheby-s/

An original copy of the ‘Mandate of Palestine’ white paper is coming to auction:

https://m.jpost.com/Diaspora/Original-copy-of-infamous-1939-British-White-Paper-to-be-auctioned-581824

A bronze Buddha is coming to auction (we might hear more about this):

https://www.blouinartinfo.com/news/story/3568295/a-bronze-figure-of-buddha-is-set-to-be-featured-at-christies

Some Bonnie and Clyde poetry is coming to auction:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/notebook-poetry-penned-bonnie-and-clyde-set-go-auction-180971588/
https://www.npr.org/699309005

That ‘lost Caravaggio’ is coming to auction too:

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/france-rediscovered-caravaggio-auction-intl-scli/index.html
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THE TECHY SIDE
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Laser scans have revealed some military installations on Alcatraz:

https://phys.org/news/2019-02-high-tech-laser-scans-uncover-hidden.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-02/bu-hls022119.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/02/190227092337.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7442-190228-california-alcatraz-island

A project to digitize a pile of sculptures in the UK:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/art-uk-will-make-150000-sculptures-viewable-online-2020-180971561/

Using drones to trace looting of Jordan tombs:

http://advancedimagingpro.com/an-archaeologist-is-utilizing-drones-to-trace-looting-of-historic-jordan-tombs-mashable/

Using facial recognition software to identify Civil War soldiers:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/02/190227155756.htm
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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Adding climate change to the list of things linked to migrations in the past:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/culture/topics/reference/migration/

On climate change and Arctic sites:

https://www.cnn.com/2019/02/26/world/climate-change-threatens-archaeology-intl/index.html

Climate change might be affecting the ‘forest of violins’ in Italy:

https://www.elmostrador.cl/cultura/2019/02/26/esta-el-cambio-climatico-amenazando-el-famoso-bosque-de-los-violines-de-italia/

Opeddish thing on history and climate change:

https://theconversation.com/climate-change-narrate-a-history-beyond-the-triumph-of-humanity-to-find-imaginative-solutions-109819
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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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Peru (paywall):

https://www.economist.com/the-americas/2019/03/02/uncovering-perus-neglected-splendours

Davelis Cave (Athens):

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20190228-athens-bizarre-underground-phenomenon
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PERFORMANCES
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The Price of Thomas Scott:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/01/theater/the-price-of-thomas-scott-review.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share

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CRIME BEAT
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Mummy parts hidden in stereo speakers found at the Cairo airport:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/26/science/mummies-smuggling-speaker.html
http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/65190/Ancient-skeletal-parts-confiscated-in-Cairo-International-Airport
https://www.livescience.com/64851-mummy-parts-recovered-airport.html
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/egyptian-customs-finds-smuggled-mummy-remains-stuffed-in-the-most-bizarre-place/

In the aftermath of a case for 2014, a HUGE number of archaeological and human remains from a collector in Indiana:

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/fbi-speaks-out-on-seizing-artifacts-from-indiana-home-staggering-discovery-of-human-bones/
https://www.ajc.com/news/national/fbi-finds-000-human-bones-among-antiquities-seized-from-man-home/Rn4q7nBrW83i8cVLdWWxcJ/
https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/fbi-art-crime-indiana-donald-miller-artifacts-13646290.php
https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2019/02/27/fbi-raided-year-old-missionarys-home-found-thousands-stolen-native-american-bones/
https://www.indystar.com/story/entertainment/arts/2019/02/27/after-fbi-seizure-don-miller-artifacts-human-bones-its-looking-owners-indiana/2983562002/
https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/midwest/ct-fbi-indiana-raid-rare-cultural-artifacts-20190228-story.html
https://www.livescience.com/64891-indigenous-artifacts-recovered-fbi.html

A south Tahoe man with a meth problem sentenced for looting sites in California:

https://www.mercurynews.com/2019/02/26/nor-cal-man-sentenced-for-looting-native-american-sites/
https://www.rgj.com/story/life/outdoors/2019/02/27/tahoe-man-sentenced-destroying-washoe-archaeological-sites/3006281002/
https://sacramento.cbslocal.com/2019/02/28/native-american-artifacts-prison-tahoe/

Thieves stole the head from an 800 years bp mummy in Dublin:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/26/world/europe/ireland-church-crusader-mummy.html
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/mummy-head-stolen-dublin-st-michan-church-crypt-a8796651.html
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-47364081
https://www.npr.org/2019/02/26/698097024/vandals-steal-head-of-800-year-old-mummy-in-ireland
https://www.livescience.com/64865-crusader-mummy-loses-head.html

Latest IDF arrest on the West Bank:

https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/IDF-arrest-West-Bank-six-antiquities-thieves-581944

A couple of unrelated busts in Israel:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/antiquities-thieves-arrested-at-herodian-fortress-and-iron-age-site/

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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This week’s repatriation-related op-eds:

https://aeon.co/ideas/african-art-in-western-museums-its-patrimony-not-heritage
https://verne.elpais.com/verne/2019/02/21/mexico/1550724974_272914.html
https://www.worldpoliticsreview.com/articles/27516/how-a-global-debate-over-who-owns-african-art-is-playing-out-in-nigeria
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NUMISMATICA
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Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v22/club_nbs_esylum_v22n08.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v22/club_nbs_esylum_v22n09.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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Donald Keene:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/24/obituaries/donald-keene-dead-at-96.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/obituaries/donald-keene-dean-of-japanese-literature-scholars-dies-at-96/2019/02/24/5117aaa6-3846-11e9-a2cd-307b06d0257b_story.html?utm_term=.443485159c5c

John C Traupman:

https://classicalstudies.org/scs-news/memoriam-john-c-traupman

Li Xueqin:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/01/obituaries/li-xueqin-dead.html
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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/2833-audio-news-from-archaeologica-17-february-23-february-2019-2
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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

Land and Spirituality in Rabbinic Literature (March 3, 2019):

https://www.yu.edu/cis/news-events

Current Archaeology Live (March 8-9, 2019):

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/live/ca-live-2018

Berkshire Archaeology Day (April 6, 2019)

European Association of Biblical Studies Annual Conference (August 2019):

https://www.eabs.net/EABS/Conferences/Warsaw_2019/EABS/Abstract_system/Call_for_papers_Warsaw.aspx

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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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