Explorator 21.04 ~ May 20, 2018

Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Hernan Astudillo,
Richard Campbell, Barbara Saylor Rodgers, Bob Heuman, David Critchley,
Kris Curry, 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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Not sure about the journalistic spin on ‘autistic traits’ and Ice Age cave paintings:

https://phys.org/news/2018-05-ancestors-autistic-traits-revolution-ice.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-05/uoy-hoa051418.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/05/180514095522.htm
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/prehistoric-autism-cave-paintings-barry-wright-penny-spikins-university-of-york-a8351751.html

More on Homo naledi’s brain:

https://phys.org/news/2018-05-hominid-brains-size-doesnt.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-05/uotw-whb051118.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/05/180514151931.htm
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/14/science/homo-naledi-brain.html
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/ancient-humans-homo-naledi-brains-intelligence-evolution-behaviour-a8351451.html
https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/05/homo-naledis-brain-was-surprisingly-humanlike-despite-its-small-size/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6620-180515-homo-naledi-brains

More on 85 000 years bp footprints from Saudi Arabia:

https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/05/ancient-saudi-arabia-footprint-human-migration-science-spd/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6621-180515-saudi-arabia-footprints

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Possible earliest evidence of a mnemonic for ABCs … 3400 years bp from Egypt:

https://www.livescience.com/62580-earliest-alphabet-discovered.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6627-18051-egypt-abc-sequence

Using burial texts to learn about ancient Egyptian social life:

http://dailybruin.com/2018/05/14/graduate-student-unearths-ancient-egyptian-life-stories-from-burial-texts/

Feature on Hatshepsut:

https://www.livescience.com/62614-hatshepsut.html

Neolithic petroglyphs from Mount Latmos:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/new-rock-paintings-discovered-in-latmos-131913

From Gath comes 4700 years bp evidence of bridle use on a donkey:

https://phys.org/news/2018-05-archaeologists-uncover-earliest-evidence-equid.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-05/bu-aue051418.php
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-05/p-eeo050918.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/05/180516144626.htm
https://www.timesofisrael.com/earliest-evidence-of-bridle-use-found-on-4700-year-old-donkey-from-bibles-gath/
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/MAGAZINE-sacrificed-donkeys-in-ancient-gath-reveal-canaanite-trade-secrets-1.6096898
http://www.latercera.com/tendencias/noticia/los-humanos-empezaron-domar-burros-mas-4-mil-anos/167455/
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/donkeys-ancient-middle-near-east-archaeology-horses-bit-wear-tell-essafi-israel-a8354511.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6626-180517-donkey-metal-bit

More on the United Monarchy claims being associated with Tel Eton:

https://www1.biu.ac.il/indexE.php?id=33&pt=20&pid=117&level=2&cPath=33&type=1&news=3141
https://phys.org/news/2018-05-evidence-pertaining-expansion-kingdom-david.html
https://www.timesofisrael.com/proof-of-king-david-not-yet-but-riveting-site-shores-up-roots-of-israelite-era/
https://www.livescience.com/62472-lost-biblical-kingdom-remains.html

OpEddish sort of thing on Eilat Mazar’s research and its implications:

https://www.jpost.com/Jerusalem-Report/Archeology-is-changing-the-surface-of-Jerusalem-556571

Marduk, the scribes and a king:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2018/05/Marduk-Scribes-Neo-Assyrian

Lawrence Schiffman on the Jewish connection to Jerusalem:

http://lawrenceschiffman.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/jewish-connection-jerusalem.pdf

The Temple Mount Sifting Project is making a comeback of sorts:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/archaeologist-for-a-day-find-temple-mount-treasures-at-a-school-near-you/
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/jerusalem/temple-mount-sifting-making-a-comeback-with-sift-at-home-project/2018/05/17/
http://tmsifting.org/en/2018/05/17/restarting-the-sifting/

1000 years bp claimed evidence of Bedouin blood vengeance practices from a cave near Jerusalem:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-05/p-eeo050918.php
https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Earliest-evidence-of-ancient-blood-vengeance-discovered-in-Jerusalem-hills-556573
https://www.timesofisrael.com/and-there-was-blood-earliest-evidence-of-ritual-vengeance-found-near-jerusalem/
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/246056
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/MAGAZINE-earliest-physical-evidence-of-blood-vengeance-found-by-jerusalem-1.6094293
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/researchers-discover-earliest-evidence-of-blood-vengeance/2018/05/16/
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-05/16/c_137183829.htm

Grant for a project to digitally preserve clay tablets from Syria:

https://news.brown.edu/articles/2018/05/rutz

More on the identification of the ‘lost’ city of Mardaman in Iraq:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-discover-theyve-been-excavating-lost-assyrian-city-180969076/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6615-180514-iraq-mardaman-identified

More on high tech imaging being applied to the DSS:

http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/dead-sea-scroll-hidden-texts-point-to-existence-of-lost-manuscript/news-story/6b9e52214457e7419655ceba55fd34fa
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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Some significant finds from Pompeii this past week … first, a horse and stable (we mentioned some early coverage last week):

https://www.livescience.com/62595-pompeii-horse-found.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2018/05/18/ancient-horse-found-in-pompeii-ashes-another-testament-to-cataclysmic-eruption/
http://www.bostonglobe.com/news/science/2018/05/18/ancient-horse-found-pompeii-ashes-another-testament-cataclysmic-eruption/HN1Xid2rRnogTFwCn8O19N/story.html
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/pompeii-tomb-discovery-secret-tunnels-ancient-horse-vesuvius-naples-a8352411.html
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-05/18/c_137188520.htm
https://www.ibtimes.co.in/2000-year-old-horse-discovered-pompeii-how-was-animal-different-modern-ones-769489
http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/05/2000-year-old-horse-discovered-pompeii-s-volcanic-rubble
https://www.sciencealert.com/pompeii-vesuvius-horse-discovered-civita-giuliana-looters

… then a ‘street/alley of balconies’:

http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2018/05/17/alley-of-balconies-found-in-pompeii-2_ec6df024-df77-409d-a35b-4d5d62ab728a.html
http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/culture/2018/05/17/street-of-balconies-comes-to-light-in-pompeii_10f6c582-ddc2-41fc-8045-2c1f4e44079a.html
https://www.thelocal.it/20180517/pompeii-archaeologists-balconies-houses-colours
http://www.dw.com/en/street-of-balconies-discovered-in-italys-pompeii/a-43831799
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-05/18/c_137187233.htm
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6628-180517-italy-pompeii-balconies

A sort of ‘overviewish’ piece on recent finds:

https://abcnews.go.com/International/extraordinary-discovery-archaeological-site-pompeii/story?id=55237858

… and a feature on the bombs that hit Pompeii in WWII:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2018/02/09/actualidad/1518206022_346366.html

The Naples Museum is showcasing some textiles from Pompeii:

http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2018/05/16/ancient-pompeii-textiles-previewed_cf5e83a7-fbe4-43f4-8231-980626e6a7e2.html

Archaeology Magazine’s ‘Interactive Dig’ on Pompeii has an item on the preliminary survey from 2017:

https://www.archaeological.org/news/pompeii/28067

Surprisingly little coverage of the identification of Seneca the Elder’s Histories among the papyri at Herculaneum:

http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2018/05/18/seneca-the-elderss-histories-found-3_642cc0b3-1da6-4c6d-ab37-d8c954c0985b.html

I think we mentioned these 4th century BC remains of a Greek breastplate found in Slovakia:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2018/05/15/oldest-ancient-greek-relic-in-slovakia-bronze-breastplace-from-italys-taranto-discovered-at-celtic-sacrificial-site/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6617-180514-slovakia-bronze-breastplate

Feature on curse tablets from Turkey:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/MAGAZINE-jews-tried-to-hex-chariot-races-in-turkey-1-500-years-ago-1.6095003

A tortoise shell from a 3rd century Roman burial in Plovdiv:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2018/05/13/second-tortoise-found-in-roman-tomb-in-bulgarias-plovdiv-deemed-linked-with-god-hermes-ancient-afterlife-beliefs/

Some burnt skeletons from Plovdiv are thought to be victims of a 3rd century Goth invasion:

https://sofiaglobe.com/2018/05/14/archaeology-three-burnt-skeletons-found-in-plovdiv-may-be-of-victims-of-third-century-goth-invasion/

The Great Basilica of Plovdiv was apparently built on the site of an older Roman temple:

http://www.novinite.com/articles/190093/The+Great+Basilica+of+Plovdiv+was+Built+on+an+Older+Temple

Not sure if we mentioned these remains of a 3rd/4th century Roman villa from near Ulpia Augusta Traiana:

https://www.archaeology.org/news/6623-180516-bulgaria-roman-villa

… but I’m pretty sure we mentioned these remains of a triumphal arch:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/6619-180515-bulgaria-triumphal-arch

A Roman ring from a Cumbrian beach:

http://www.timesandstar.co.uk/news/Rare-Roman-ring-found-on-Cumbrian-beach-d3bfc6e1-995a-4952-9054-60944cecad23-ds
http://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/Rare-Roman-ring-found-on-Cumbrian-beach-d3bfc6e1-995a-4952-9054-60944cecad23-ds

Roman burials from Cadiz:

http://www.speroforum.com/a/FAALPSTSLI56/83357-Mysterious-Roman-skeletons-found-in-unmarked-graves#.WwFy1FOUtfI

I think we mentioned this dig at a Romano-British cemetery at Ludgershall:

http://www.andoveradvertiser.co.uk/news/16237407.Ancient_graves_discovered_at_former_army_barracks/

Suggestion that drought ended the Mycenean era:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/228594/article/ekathimerini/life/drought-ended-mycenean-era-research-shows

Feature on how the Romans didn’t quite conquer Scotland under Septimius Severus:

https://www.sundaypost.com/fp/the-honest-truth-how-the-romans-came-close-but-ultimately-failed-to-conquer-scotland-under-septimius-severus/

… but they did leave things behind:

https://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/10-amazing-relics-the-romans-left-behind-in-scotland-1-4741699

Feature on items found while WWI soldiers dug trenches in Greece:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2018/05/13/wwi-troops-found-ancient-greek-treasures-while-digging-trenches/

What Ingrid Rossellini is up to:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/14/opinion/greece-rome-predjudice-war.html

What Dan-el Padilla Peralta is up to:

http://www.classics.ucsb.edu/2018/05/14/dan-el-padilla-peralta-author-of-undocumented-a-dominican-boys-odyssey-from-homeless-shelter-to-the-ivy-league-and-assistant-professor-of-classics-at-princeton-university-in-conversation-with-cl/

What Lina Neidhardt is up to:

http://www.reed.edu/reed-magazine/articles/2018/class-of-21-award.html

Latin teacher Claire Bishop did well on the Jeopardy teachers’ tournament:

http://www.kentucky.com/entertainment/ent-columns-blogs/copious-notes/article211214624.html

Plans to revive the Blackstone Chair competition at the University of Glasgow:

https://www.scotsman.com/news/education/glasgow-students-to-revive-university-s-historic-latin-contest-1-4739397

Applying Plato’s cave to the homeless:

https://www.aspendailynews.com/opinion/columnists/plato-s-cave-and-the-homeless/article_c3bb677a-58b1-11e8-8d12-dbdbfc6ba91d.html

On the Aeneid as ‘fake news’:

https://www.bustle.com/p/the-aeneid-by-virgil-is-basically-fake-news-but-the-ending-proves-that-resistance-is-possible-9045887

In case you didn’t know Asterix is Jewish:

https://www.thejc.com/culture/features/asterix-s-creator-rene-goscinny-exhibition-at-london-jewish-museum-1.464306

… and gladiator reenactments will be returning to the Colosseum:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/thumbs-up-for-return-of-colosseum-gladiators-mhhw3rdg5
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/bread-and-circuses-5tbpttznn

Review of Madeline Miller’s *Circe*:

https://www.metro.news/book-chat-greek-myth-retold-for-the-metoo-era/1056258/

Interviews and reviews of Emily Wilson’s *Odyssey* translation:

http://honisoit.com/2018/05/emily-wilson-on-translating-the-odyssey/

Bargylia is still for sale, it seems:

https://www.stuff.co.nz/travel/themes/luxury/103973942/Ancient-city-of-Bargylia-for-sale-in-modern-day-Turkey
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/turkey/articles/bargylia-city-for-sale/

More on those Roman military fittings found in Poland:

https://www.archaeology.org/news/6618-180515-poland-roman-army
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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An intact 4 000 years bp cremation burial mound from Cornwall:

https://phys.org/news/2018-05-ancient-human-unearthed-archaeologist.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-05/anu-ahr051718.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/05/180517102246.htm
https://www.cornwalllive.com/news/cornwall-news/ancient-discovery-cornish-farm-sparked-1583382
http://www.pressreleasepoint.com/ancient-human-remains-unearthed-anu-archaeologist
http://www.abc.net.au/radio/canberra/programs/drive/anu-archaelogist-discovers-cornwall-burial-mound/9770686
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6631-180518-cornwall-barrow-burial

Evidence of Iron Age farming in Yorkshire:

https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/nidderdale-excavations-reveal-secrets-of-iron-age-farming-1-9165724
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6629-180517-england-early-farmers

A 17th century noble burial in Poland may have been built on a medieval hill fort:

http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news%2C29453%2Coldest-polish-pyramid-stands-place-early-medieval-hill-fort.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6622-180516-poland-arian-tower

Promising finds in the search for Scotland’s 16th century royal dockyards in Airth:

https://www.falkirkherald.co.uk/news/environment/airth-archaeological-dig-sheds-more-light-on-royal-dockyards-connection-1-4740727
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6633-180518-scotland-royal-dockyards

On the reburial of Battle of Dunbar prisoner remains:

http://www.thisiswiltshire.co.uk/news/national/16232408.scottish-soldiers-remains-to-be-reburied-in-17th-century-service/

More on the possible European origins for leprosy:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/did-leprosy-originate-europe-180969061/
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http://archaeology-in-europe.blogspot.com/

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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Peach pits found at Makimuku have been date to the 2nd/3rd century CE:

http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201805140056.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6616-180514-japan-peach-pits

More than a 100 “ancient” burials from Lhasa (date?):

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/china/over-100-ancient-tombs-discovered-in-lhasa/articleshow/64210282.cms

Origins of a 13th century (maybe older) shipwreck helped by a ‘made in China’ label:

https://phys.org/news/2018-05-shipwreck-year-old-china-reveal-lost.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-05/fm-asa051018.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/05/180516101437.htm
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-05/16/c_137184310.htm
http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/shipwreck-mystery-solved-thanks-to-800yearold-made-in-china-label/news-story/f2d155ae186d36cf4977aa171fbd87b9
https://www.livescience.com/62588-ancient-shipwreck-made-in-china.html
https://www.livescience.com/62586-java-sea-shipwreck-photos.html
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-science-shipwreck/made-in-china-label-sheds-light-on-old-java-sea-shipwreck-idUSKCN1II2RF?feedType=RSS&feedName=scienceNews
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/ancient-made-china-label-archaeologists-mystery-shipwreck-origins-a8354916.html
https://www.zmescience.com/science/archaeology/made-china-label-archaeology-15052018/
https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/05/an-800-year-old-label-may-rewrite-the-history-of-a-java-sea-shipwreck/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/800-year-old-shipwreck-helps-archaeologists-piece-together-fragments-asias-maritime-trade-180969110/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6625-18051-china-trade-ceramic

Plans to excavate the remains of Raigad:

http://indianexpress.com/article/cities/pune/on-top-of-a-mountain-buried-under-years-of-history-secrets-of-raigad-are-unearthed-5179945/

10th century burials from Rajasthan:

https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/science/skeletons-found-at-10th-century-rajasthan-excavation-site-sent-for-dating/articleshow/64171202.cms

A Koryo period temple from North Korea (!):

https://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/world-news/702849/North-Korea-lost-temple-Kim-Jong-un-treasure

Feature on the Panchatantra:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20180517-the-panchatantra-the-ancient-viral-memes-still-with-us

Discovery of some 19th century Khmer language documents:

https://news.yale.edu/2018/05/16/yale-scholar-cambodia-uncovers-19th-century-khmer-language-documents

I think we mentioned this 19th century Bass Strait shipwreck:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-05-17/shipwreck-identified-in-bass-strait-carlisle/9770058

More on that shigur idol:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/may/20/shigur-idol-shatters-expert-views-birth-of-ritual-art-hunter-gatherers
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NORTH AMERICA
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A hiker found a Late Pueblo II pot at the Arizona Strip:

http://m.kdminer.com/news/2018/may/18/hiker-colorado-finds-mug-750-950-years-old-arizona/

This seems to be a growing concern … the BLM blocked a number of archaeologists from speaking at the SAA:

https://www.sltrib.com/news/environment/2018/05/11/feds-blocks-government-archaeologists-from-speaking-at-a-major-science-conference/

An oil drilling boom is raising concerns for sites in New Mexico:

http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/05/drilling-boom-threatens-web-ancient-roads-southwest
http://science.sciencemag.org/content/360/6390/693?rss=1

On the vernal equinox at V Bar V:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20180516-arizonas-mysterious-clock-of-ancient-times

More on that ‘oldest tattoo kit’ from Tennessee:

https://hyperallergic.com/438579/worlds-oldest-tattoo-kit-fernvale-native-american/
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Interesting child/fetus burial site from Huaca Amarilla (I think we mentioned this):

https://news.cnrs.fr/articles/unique-funerary-site-discovered-in-peru

Find of a possible 17th century pirate ship off Bermuda:

https://www.wral.com/ecu-archaeologists-may-have-found-400-year-old-pirate-ship/17561986/
http://www.bellinghamherald.com/news/nation-world/world/article211392604.html

Studying the relationship between settlement and burial sites in the Andes:

https://phys.org/news/2018-05-andean-concepts-death-renewal.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-05/dg-uac051518.php

Critically endangered forests in South America were apparently man made (!):

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-05/uoe-csa051618.php
https://phys.org/news/2018-05-critically-endangered-south-american-forests.html
https://www.independent.co.uk/environment/south-america-forest-indigenous-people-chile-brazil-argentina-a8356501.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6630-180518-monkey-puzzle-trees

Evidence of a Spanish-Colonial trade route from Mexico City to Santa Fe:

http://www.newswise.com/articles/view/694465/?sc=rssn

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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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This study of economic rise and falls based on Greenland ice cores is given a Roman emphasis by the headlines, but it is much broader:

https://phys.org/news/2018-05-pollution-greenland-ice-fall-ancient.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-05/dri-lpi050918.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/05/180514151913.htm
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/14/science/ice-core-lead-roman-empire.html
https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2018/05/scientists-reclaim-the-long-lost-economic-history-of-rome/560339/
https://www.independent.co.uk/environment/lead-pollution-arctic-ancient-civilisations-roman-greek-middle-ages-greenland-a8351056.html
http://www.newsweek.com/lead-pollution-trapped-greenland-ice-shows-rise-and-fall-ancient-societies-925221
http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/05/rise-and-fall-roman-empire-exposed-greenland-ice-samples
https://www.economist.com/news/science-and-technology/21742687-core-values-arctic-ice-brings-understanding-ancient-europes-economy
https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/05/greenland-ice-cores-track-roman-lead-pollution-in-year-by-year-detail/
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2018/05/16/lead-ice-core-silver-roman-empire/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/greenlands-ice-provides-year-year-account-roman-economy-180969089/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6624-180516-roman-lead-pollution

Making adjustments to the Mona Lisa:

https://elpais.com/elpais/2018/05/17/videos/1526551260_438901.html

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Roman Dead:

https://www.ft.com/content/ffe053b8-59c0-11e8-bdb7-f6677d2e1ce8

Rodin/Parthenon Marbles:

http://camdennewjournal.com/article/rodin-greeces-role-in-stone

The Hearst Museum has digitized its collection:

http://news.berkeley.edu/2018/05/15/hearst-museum-digital-portal/

The ‘Gallic Wars’ hoard found near Chiddingstone Castle has gone on display:

https://blog.gainesvillecoins.com/2018/05/13/museum-edenbridge-acquires-gold-coin-hoard-gallic-wars/

A pair of exhibitions coming to Cambridge:

http://museumofarchaeologyandanthropology.cmail19.com/t/ViewEmail/t/50E96F0FE53ADFD6/3E65ACBA802E5544EBAD456BEB5F1DD6

Hype for a documentary about the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation’s collection:

http://www.dw.com/en/berlins-treasure-trove-revealed-in-dw-documentary/a-43721259

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THE TECHY SIDE
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Feature on “high definition archaeology”:

http://sciencenordic.com/high-definition-archaeology-reveals-secrets-earliest-cities
https://phys.org/news/2018-05-high-definition-archaeology-reveals-secrets-earliest.html

Feature on chemical analysis of bones:

https://cen.acs.org/analyticalChemistry/artArtifacts/Chemical-analysis-bones-fills-gaps/96/i21

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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A major genome anaysis of DNA from Southeast Asia is sheddling light on migrations and more:

https://phys.org/news/2018-05-scientists-ancient-human-dna-southeast.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-05/hms-saf051618.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/05/180517142601.htm
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/deadthings/2018/05/17/southeast-asia-ancient-dna/

… with some emphasis on the spread of rice farming:

http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/05/how-rice-farming-may-have-spread-across-ancient-world
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/ancient-chinese-farmers-sowed-literal-seeds-change-southeast-asia

… and an overviewish piece on recent revelations from DNA:

http://sciencenordic.com/bumper-crop-ancient-dna-solves-key-mysteries-ancient-human-societies

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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CRIME BEAT
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Another tourist busted for stealing artefacts from Pompeii:

https://www.thelocal.it/20180514/tourist-fined-for-stealing-artefacts-from-pompeii

This week’s bust at the Cairo Airport involved an attempted manuscript smuggling:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/299394/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Cairo-International-Airport-officials-foil-attempt.aspx
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/49957/Attempt-to-smuggle-historic-books-manuscripts-failed

I think we mentioned this major bust of a pair of unnamed Italian businessmen in the Lazio region:

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/italian-police-seize-1-million-worth-ancient-objects-roman-businessmen-1285142

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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BGSU is returning some mosaics it purchased back in the 1960s to Turkey:

http://www.toledoblade.com/local/2018/05/14/BGSU-to-return-ancient-mosaics-to-Turkey.html
https://www.dailysabah.com/turkey/2018/05/16/turkey-wins-battle-for-return-of-artifacts-from-ohio

Berlin’s Ethnological Museum is returning some looted items to Alaska:

https://www.chron.com/news/crime/article/German-museum-returning-looted-items-to-12918257.php
https://phys.org/news/2018-05-germany-grave-plundered-artefacts-alaska.html

Sotheby’s Asia head is trying to return artifacts to China (to collectors?):

http://www.scmp.com/business/money/wealth/article/2145688/grandpa-brought-chinese-antiques-abroad-now-sothebys-new-asia
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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on ancient coins on modern coins:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/ancient-coins-on-modern-coins/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/club_nbs_esylum_v21n19.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/club_nbs_esylum_v21n20.html
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Ancient Coin Collecting:

http://ancientcoincollecting.blogspot.com/

Ancient Coins:

http://classicalcoins.blogspot.com/

Coin Week:

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

http://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-main-menu-cat/audio-news-list/2739-audio-news-from-archaeologica-6-may-12-may-2018
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OBITUARIES
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Ann Bergren:

https://classicalstudies.org/scs-news/memoriam-ann-bergren

Norvin Hein:

https://divinity.yale.edu/news/norvin-hein-46-bd-1914-2018

Zhao Kangmin:

http://artdaily.com/news/104750/Chinese-Terracotta-Warriors-archaeologist-dies-aged-82#.WwGFQlOUtfI

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GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

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

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Ancient Digger:

http://www.ancientdigger.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Past Horizons:

http://www.pasthorizons.com/

Stonepages:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

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

Time Machine:

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

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

The Book and the Spade:

http://www.radioscribe.com/bknspade.htm
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Explorator 21.03 ~ May 13, 2018

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

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers and mother-figures out there!

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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85 000 years bp human footprints from Saudi Arabia:

https://aawsat.com/english/home/article/1266051/saudi-prehistoric-human-footprints-discovered-tabuk
http://www.arabnews.com/node/1301611/saudi-arabia
http://www.panorientnews.com/en/news.php?k=2669
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AFRICA
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More on that 78 000 years bp continuously-occupied cave in Kenya:

https://phys.org/news/2018-05-year-cave-east-africa-early.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-05/mpif-7yc050718.php
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-05/anu-kcs050918.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/05/180509081956.htm
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/MAGAZINE-people-have-lived-in-this-cave-in-kenya-for-78-000-years-1.6073006
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-05-10/ancient-cave-kenya-stone-age-technological-innovation/9745724
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2018/05/09/stone-age-tools/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/people-lived-cave-78000-years-180969051/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6606-180509-kenya-occupied-cave
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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A royal priest’s statue from Marariya (date not given):

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/49619/New-archaeological-discovery-in-Matariya
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6605-180509-egypt-heliopolis-statue

A New Kingdom burial of Ramses II’s general Iwrkhy at Saqqara:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/299113/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Egypt-uncovers-tomb-of-great-Ramesses-II-era-gener.aspx
http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/49630/Tomb-of-Army-General-during-King-Ramsses-II-reign-uncovered
https://www.livescience.com/62512-saqqara-egypt-tomb.html
https://www.livescience.com/62514-ancient-general-tomb-saqqara.html
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2018/05/08/egypt-discovers-tomb-ancient-pharaonic-general-near-cairo.html
http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-egypt-3300-year-old-tomb-great-army-general-discovered-saqqara-917816
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6604-180509-egypt-saqqara-tomb

In case you missed it … there is (again) no evidence of hidden chambers in Tut’s tomb:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/298932/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/New-survey-confirms-no-hidden-Nefertiti-chamber-in.aspx
http://www.egyptindependent.com/no-hidden-room-in-tutankhamun-burial-chamber/
https://egyptianstreets.com/2018/05/06/tutankhamuns-burial-chamber-hidden-room-mystery-solved/
https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/05/06/no-hidden-chamber-exists-inside-tutankhamuns-tomb-study/
https://phys.org/news/2018-05-hidden-tutankhamun-chambers-ministry.html
http://www.dw.com/en/egypt-radar-scans-at-tutankhamuns-tomb-reveal-no-secret-chamber/a-43677432
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-egypt-archaeology-tutankhamen/no-secret-chambers-behind-ancient-egypts-young-king-tutankhamen-research-idUSKBN1I70QM
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/may/06/no-hidden-rooms-in-tutankhamun-burial-chamber-says-egypt
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/tutankhamun-secret-chambers-king-tut-tomb-nefertiti-egypt-a8339546.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-44026087
https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/kidspost/king-tuts-tomb-has-no-hidden-rooms-despite-earlier-theories/2018/05/07/0615bbb0-5205-11e8-a551-5b648abe29ef_story.html
http://www.latimes.com/world/la-fg-king-tuts-tomb-20180506-story.html
http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-egypt-no-trace-lost-tomb-nefertiti-king-tutankhamuns-burial-site-912406
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-05/07/c_137159958.htm
https://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/No-hidden-room-in-King-Tuts-tomb-researchers-say-553696
https://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/egypt/no-hidden-rooms-in-king-tut-s-tomb-after-all-egypt-says-1.6062708
https://www.yahoo.com/news/no-secret-chambers-behind-ancient-egypts-young-king-174942076.html
https://www.smh.com.au/world/middle-east/mystery-of-hidden-rooms-in-tutankhamun-s-burial-chamber-solved-20180507-p4zdqf.html
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-05-07/mystery-of-hidden-room-in-king-tutankhamuns-tomb-put-to-rest/9735144
https://www.ibtimes.co.in/king-tutankhamens-ancient-tomb-has-no-secret-chambers-lost-treasures-inside-768573
https://knpr.org/npr/2018-05/hope-hidden-chambers-king-tuts-tomb-crushed-science
http://nhpr.org/post/hope-hidden-chambers-king-tuts-tomb-crushed-science
https://www.stuff.co.nz/world/middle-east/103721581/Theres-no-secret-chamber-in-King-Tuts-tomb-after-all-researchers-conclude
http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/egypt-has-announced-there-are-no-hidden-rooms-in-king-tuts-tomb-after-all/news-story/92b6169023f73d3c0b70f9af89b0ab4e
https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/05/king-tut-tutankhamun-tomb-radar-results-science/
https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg23831772-500-there-is-no-secret-burial-chamber-in-tutankhamuns-tomb/#038;%23038;%23038;%23038;campaign_id=RSS%7CNSNS-news
http://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/archaeologists-searched-for-hidden-chambers-in-tutankhamuns-tomb-heres-what-they-found/
https://elpais.com/internacional/2018/05/07/mundo_global/1525694971_410456.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sorry-there-are-no-secret-chambers-king-tuts-tomb-180968978/
https://boingboing.net/2018/05/07/the-secret-chamber-in-king.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6598-180507tutankhamun-tomb-study

Egypt plans to restore the Hosh al-Pasha site:

http://menafn.com/1096836979/Ministry-of-Antiquities-to-restore-Hosh-alPasha-archaeological-site

The ‘lost city’ of Mardaman in northern Iraq has been located:

https://www.livescience.com/62545-lost-city-of-mardaman-discovered.html

Feature on the business dealings of a second millennium BCE copper trader from Ur:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2018/05/11/meet-the-worst-businessman-of-the-18th-century/#7da71d5c2d5d

Feature on ancient Syrian music:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20180424-did-syria-create-the-worlds-first-song

Feature on ‘alchemy’ in Mesopotamia:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2018/05/Alchemy-Between-Two-Rivers

I think we mentioned this 4th century AD subterranean ‘church’ find at a former ISIL base in Syria:

https://fr.aleteia.org/2018/05/08/leglise-que-nont-pu-detruire-ni-lempire-romain-ni-daesh/
http://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/israel/2018/may/this-place-is-so-special-secret-hiding-place-for-ancient-christians-discovered-in-syria
http://www.gospelherald.com/articles/71825/20180508/secret-passage-found-syria-hiding-place-christians-evading-roman-persecution.htm

Funding for digs and preservation in Jerusalem:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/culture-ministry-earmarks-nis-60m-for-jerusalem-archaeology-digs-preservation/

More on high tech scans of DSS fragments:

http://atlantajewishtimes.timesofisrael.com/high-tech-scan-reveals-hidden-dead-sea-text/

More on the latest claims for evidence of the kingdom of David:

http://www.turkeytelegraph.com/life-style/the-end-of-the-myth-of-the-kingdom-of-david-h17565.html
https://elpais.com/cultura/2018/05/07/actualidad/1525672359_152532.html

More on Bargylia being up for sale:

http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-43990343#
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-05/12/c_137173032.htm
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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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New digs at Pompeii revealed a horse this week (yes, they made a cast):

http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2018/05/10/horse-found-at-pompeii_6b6399d4-cc30-41fd-9e07-e62f817de7ae.html
https://www.thelocal.it/20180511/pompeii-horse
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/05/11/remains-ancient-roman-horse-found-pompeii-dig-started-tomb-raiders/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/pompeii-dig-finds-trace-of-ancient-thoroughbred-racehorse/2018/05/11/3041c96c-5537-11e8-a6d4-ca1d035642ce_story.html
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/pompeiis-first-horse-rises-from-ashes-mf0zg03sk
https://www.irishnews.com/magazine/science/2018/05/11/news/pompeii-dig-finds-trace-of-ancient-racehorse-1328275/
https://www.independent.ie/world-news/pompeii-dig-finds-trace-of-ancient-racehorse-36898173.html
https://www.theage.com.au/world/europe/pompeii-dig-unearths-ancient-racehorse-20180512-p4zeyu.html
https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/pompeii-dig-unearths-ancient-racehorse-20180512-p4zeyu.html
https://www.thedailybeast.com/complete-remains-of-ancient-horse-discovered-at-pompeii-7
https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2018/05/11/complete-remains-of-racehorse-unearthed-in-pompeii-excavation
http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-rome-first-ever-horse-found-lost-pompeii-villa-tomb-921532
https://www.yahoo.com/news/pompeii-excavation-finds-ancient-thoroughbred-racehorse-005402548.html
https://www.yahoo.com/news/ancient-rome-first-ever-horse-125630636.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6611-180511-italy-pompeii-horse

First evidence of Roman legionaries being in Poland:

http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news%2C29414%2Carchaeologist-we-have-evidence-presence-roman-legionaries-poland.html

Oldest Greek relic ever found in Slovakia:

https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20822300/archaeologists-find-oldest-greek-relic-in-slovak-area.html

Remains of a 1st century CE Roman triumphal arch in Plovdiv:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2018/05/07/archaeologists-find-1st-century-ad-roman-triumphal-arch-from-ancient-philipopolis-in-bulgarias-plovdiv/

Roman burials at a modern barracks site in Ludgershall:

http://www.thisiswiltshire.co.uk/news/16220509.Ancient_graves_discovered_at_army_barracks/

Suggestion that there might be a “new Pompeii” under the Oppian Hill:

http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2018/05/07/new-pompeii-under-romes-oppian-hill-2_f54b9bd1-3918-43b4-9e11-97bf5c9d7158.html
https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/new-pompeii-hidden-beneath-romes-colle-oppio.html

Really a DNA story, but a burial site in Colchester has been proven to be a ‘family plot’:

http://www.gazette-news.co.uk/news/16206503.Scientists_discover_ancient_Roman_family_burial_site/
https://www.metro.news/ancient-roman-family-burial-site-discovered-in-essex/1049127/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6597-180507-colchester-family-burials

A few weeks ago we had reports of a statue of Marcus Aurelius from Siwa; now the story seems to
be repeating with a focus on the Roman temple dating to Antoninus Pius and Greek inscriptions:

https://phys.org/news/2018-05-archaeologists-roman-era-temple-egypt.html
https://egyptianstreets.com/2018/05/11/roman-temple-remains-dating-to-emperor-antoninus-pius-unearthed-near-siwa/
http://www.egyptindependent.com/roman-era-temple-unearthed-siwa/
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/49805/Remains-of-Roman-era-temple-unearthed-in-Siwa
http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/31254-roman-era-temple-and-painting-bearing-greek-inscriptions-unveiled-in-egypt.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/archaeologists-find-remains-of-roman-era-temple-in-egypt/2018/05/10/f377d622-5444-11e8-a6d4-ca1d035642ce_story.html
http://thecourier.com/national-news/2018/05/10/archaeologists-find-remains-of-roman-era-temple-in-egypt/
http://nationalpost.com/pmn/news-pmn/archaeologists-find-remains-of-roman-era-temple-in-egypt

A Roman villa find near the ancient site of Augusta Traiana:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2018/05/09/archaeologists-find-rich-roman-mansion-near-bulgarias-gurkovo-close-to-ancient-city-augusta-traiana-in-stara-zagora/

Feature on pets in ancient Rome:

http://eaglesanddragonspublishing.com/ancient-everyday-pets-in-ancient-rome/

Feature/hype on the Romans in Yorkshire:

http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/16220176.What_did_the_Romans_ever_do_for_Yorkshire__Historian_Rob_has_the_answers___/

Interesting ‘what to do with a Classics degree’ life story:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/obituaries/doreen-simmons-british-born-authority-on-sumo-wrestling-dies-at-85/2018/05/11/de3ad084-5534-11e8-a551-5b648abe29ef_story.html

The Rodin exhibition at the BM has spawned an opEd suggesting the Parthenon Marbles need to stay in the UK:

https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/elgin-marbles-british-museum-rodin-exhibition-uk-return-parthenon-greece-a8339661.html

… while Greece’s President brought the matter up with Prince Charles:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/228499/article/ekathimerini/news/president-broaches-issue-of-parthenon-marbles-at-dinner-for-prince-charles

Celebrating Asterix:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2018/may/10/the-ancient-brit-with-bags-of-grit-how-anglicised-asterix-first-came-to-uk?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Outlook
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/art/artists/asterix-freedom-fighter-conquered-world/

Feature on Priam’s treasure:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/feature/lost-art-homer-s-troy-and-priam-s-treasure

On portrayals of Cleopatra:

https://www.artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-millennia-cleopatra-portrayals-reveal-evolving-perceptions-sex-women-race

On Greeks and the history of drunkenness:

https://www.salon.com/2018/05/06/the-pivotal-place-of-the-ancient-greeks-in-the-history-of-drunkenness/

On the economic importance of Roman roads:

https://aleteia.org/2018/05/07/ancient-roman-roads-continue-to-contribute-to-economic-growth/

What Matt Simonton is up to:

https://asunow.asu.edu/20180511-asu-classics-professors-book-short-list-major-award

What Walter Scheidel is up to:

https://coinweek.com/education/american-numismatic-society-announces-walter-scheidel-as-2018-fowler-memorial-lecturer/

Feature on Days of Antiquity at Pula:

https://www.total-croatia-news.com/travel/28213-days-of-antiquity-2018-meet-the-ancient-romans-in-pula

Reviews (and interviews) of Madeline Miller’s *Circe*:

http://www.benningtonbanner.com/stories/bookshop-buzz-circe-by-madeline-miller,539207
https://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/books/madeline-miller-my-obsession-with-classical-greek-poetry-and-myths-20180501-h0zgxh.html

More on the painting of the Antonine Wall:

https://www.livescience.com/62510-painted-roman-stone-walls.html
https://www.falkirkherald.co.uk/news/falkirk-s-gory-roman-wall-art-was-in-technicolour-1-4735523
https://www.zmescience.com/science/antonine-wall-distance-stones-7255363/
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Latest reviews from BMCR:

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

Visit our blog:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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Evidence of some 150 settlements around an Oslo fjord between 8000 and 2000 BCE:

http://sciencenordic.com/life-was-good-stone-age-norwegians-along-oslo-fjord
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6609-180510-stone-age-norway

Latest from the dig at Hyde Abbey:

http://www.hampshirechronicle.co.uk/news/16208085.PHOTOS__Dig___39_completely_changes_understanding__39__of_historic_site/

Plans to search for a ‘lost’ castle in South Ayrshire:

https://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/archaeologists-search-for-lost-castle-at-former-royal-retreat-1-4737452

On why the Leaning Tower of Pisa hasn’t fallen over:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2018/05/10/leaning-tower-pisa-why-still-standing/598673002/

On Ottoman graves in Bosnia’s oldest cemetery:

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/culture-and-art/bosnias-oldest-cemetery-holds-ottoman-graves/1143159
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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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115 000 years bp bone hammers from Xuchang City:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-05/08/c_137163857.htm
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6601-180508-china-bone-tools

Eastern Han Dynasty (and later) cliff tombs from Sichuan:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-05/07/c_137161851.htm

A ‘rock carving’ of a Jiaozi from Chongqing:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-05/11/c_137172448.htm
https://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2018/05/12/archaeologists-discover-rock-carving-of-worlds-oldest-paper-currency-in-china/

Shang Dynasty finds from the Shimen Pagoda site:

http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/a/201805/10/WS5af3be19a3105cdcf651d1d4.html

Finds dating to 400 BCE from Erode:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/erode/objects-from-400bc-unearthed-in-erode/articleshow/64119667.cms

A 12th century zodiac panel from the Panchalaraya temple in Sayampet Haveli:

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-andhrapradesh/12th-century-zodiac-panel-discovered-in-temple/article23844661.ece

Vague account of plenty of finds from a site in Kheezadi:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/tamil-nadu/1200-more-artefacts-unearthed-in-keezhadi/article23829818.ece

They’re still working on that Waka find:

https://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/local-news/rodney-times/103714389/work-continues-to-recover-partially-complete-waka-at-puhoi

More on those 19th century shipwrecks found off Australia during the search for Flight MH370:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/two-19th-century-shipwrecks-discovered-during-search-flight-mh370-180969046/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6599-180507-australia-coal-ships

More on the Taj Mahal turning green:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/09/world/asia/india-taj-mahal-preservation.html

More on early humans in the Philippines:

https://www.inverse.com/article/44571-rhino-discovery-early-humans-philippines
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Southeast Asian Archaeology Newsblog:

http://www.southeastasianarchaeology.com/

New Zealand Archaeology eNews:

http://nzarchaeology.blogspot.co.nz/index.html
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NORTH AMERICA
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Thousands of finds from various periods during pre-road-construction at a site in Arkansas:

http://5newsonline.com/2018/05/08/more-than-80000-historic-artifacts-found-during-rupple-road-archaeological-dig/

A 3000 years bp axe from a Vermont lakeshore:

http://www.recorder.com/Native-Insight-Northfield-man-finds-3-000-year-old-axe-on-Vermont-lakeshore-17386011

An aerial survey in Alaska revealed an Alutiiq fish trap (and other sites):

https://www.ktoo.org/2018/05/10/archaeologist-finds-fish-trap-defensive-sites-on-afognak-island/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6610-180510-alaska-fish-trap

Searching for evidence of the first Africans in Jamestown:

http://www.dailypress.com/features/history/dp-nws-jamestown-african-dig-20180430-story.html

A shipwreck off North Carolina is the steamship Pulaski:

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/national/article210609289.html

Preserving a Jewish cemetery in the Hudson Valley:

http://www.syracuse.com/state/index.ssf/2018/05/caring_for_forgotten_cemetery_a_sacred_obligation_in_hudson_valley.html

Really a DNA story but a genetic study suggests some 250 people were in that first group thatcrossed the Bering Strait 15 000 years bp:

https://www.livescience.com/62531-native-american-founder-population.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6612-180511-new-world-migration

A hiker in Arizona found some Puebloan pottery:

https://www.thespectrum.com/story/news/2018/05/07/hiker-finds-ancestral-puebloan-anasazi-pot-archaeology/587147002/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6603-180508-arizona-ancestral-puebloan

Arguing over Native American remains in Idaho:

https://boingboing.net/2018/05/07/native-american-tribes-vie-for.html

Plans for an interpretive centre at the Bear River Massacre site:

https://www.sltrib.com/news/2018/05/09/its-almost-like-youre-walking-into-the-earth-shoshone-tribe-utah-architects-design-an-interpretive-center-for-the-site-of-the-bear-river-massacre/#gallery-carousel-1464157

Feature on a 400 years bp church in Virginia:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2018/05/09/this-400-year-old-church-is-older-than-almost-any-institution-in-america/

More on those recently-unearthed shipwrecks from Virginia:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/06/science/ships-archaeology-alexandria.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/three-newly-discovered-18th-century-ships-found-buried-alexandria-virginia-180969033/
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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On the Jesuit legacy in Bolivia:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/08/world/americas/bolivia-baroque-music.html

Funding to restore Oaxaca’s Monte Alban site:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archeological-site-oaxaca-receives-funds-restoration-after-earthquake-180969054/
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Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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Some medieval combat for you:

http://www.bbc.com/news/av/uk-44091680/welcome-to-medieval-fight-club

Latest shipwreck beer recreation:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/australian-brewers-are-making-beer-yeast-found-shipwreck-180968973/

OpEd on profiting from stolen art:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/preventing-profit-from-plunder-z6pp2rlz8

… in a similar vein:

http://www.dazeddigital.com/art-photography/article/39974/1/what-should-be-done-with-stolen-artworks-ethiopia-nigeria-v-and-a-museum-debate

On olive branches as symbols of peace:

http://www.theweek.co.uk/93461/why-does-an-olive-branch-mean-peace

On Galileo’s finger:

https://elpais.com/elpais/2018/05/02/ciencia/1525252006_953052.html

Murals of Tibet seems to be an interesting publication:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/may/06/photographs-ancient-tibetan-murals-revealed

Christopher Columbus’ illegitimate son put together an impressive library:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/may/11/christopher-columbus-son-worlds-first-search-engine-hernando-colon

Review of Jonathan Miles, *St Petersburg*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/11/books/review/jonathan-miles-st-petersburg.html

I think we mentioned this modern diagnosis of Saladin’s death as due to typhoid:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/legendary-sultan-saladin-was-likely-killed-typhoid-180968995/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6600-180507-saladin-symptoms-analyzed

Stories behind some of the Met Gala fashion:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-44038086

Pondering changing tastes of art collectors:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/11/arts/christies-rockefeller-auction.html

On the risk of moving artworks:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/11/arts/design/bernini-sculpture-broken-finger.html

On robots throughout history:

https://interestingengineering.com/the-history-of-robots-from-the-400-bc-archytas-to-the-boston-dynamics-robot-dog

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Expanded Interiors:

https://www.apollo-magazine.com/art-diary/expanded-interiors-at-herculaneum-and-pompeii/

Painted in Mexico:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/10/arts/design/review-painted-in-mexico-metropolitan-museum-of-art-.html
https://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2018/pinxit-mexici

Heavenly Bodies:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/09/arts/design/heavenly-bodies-met-costumes.html

Thracian gold:

http://www.novinite.com/view_news.php?id=189969

Antikythera Wreck:

http://world.greekreporter.com/2018/05/09/antikythera-wreck-artifacts-travel-to-china-for-beijing-exhibition/

Tut’s chariot has moved to the GEM:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/king-tutankhamun-chariot-moved-national-military-museum-grand-egyptian-museum-a8337951.html

Pondering how to ‘decolonize’ the Brooklyn Museum:

https://psmag.com/social-justice/how-might-we-decolonize-the-brooklyn-museum

On the Mardin (Turkey) Biennial:

https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2018/05/mardin-biennial-brings-turkeys-art-scene-to-southeast.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

On ‘honest history’ museums:

https://slate.com/human-interest/2018/05/black-tourism-alabamas-lynching-museum-the-smithsonian-african-american-museum-and-other-honest-tourist-attractions.html

More general GEM hype:

http://www.egyptindependent.com/more-than-43-thousand-artefacts-transferred-to-grand-egyptian-museum-so-far-minister-of-antiquities/
http://menafn.com/1096820875/Egypt-transfers-43-thousand-artifacts-to-Grand-Museum

More of the ongoing discussion of dealing with human remains in museums:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-43927157
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THE TECHY SIDE
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On measuring population changes through fecal analysis:

https://phys.org/news/2018-05-scientists-population-chemicals-feces.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-05/bu-scm050818.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/05/180508130841.htm

Digitally reconstructing some lost masterpieces:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/seven-masterpieces-destroyed-last-century-re-created-180968971/
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ON THE DNA FRONT
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The big picture version of this story covers three studies, looking at the spread of language, Hep B, and horse domestication across Eurasia:

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/deadthings/2018/05/09/eurasian-steppes/

… and how the horse changed the ‘ethnic profile’ of Eurasia:

https://phys.org/news/2018-05-horse-riding-eurasia-ethnic-profile.html
https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/05/tracing-how-horse-domestication-turned-the-eurasian-steppe-into-a-highway/

… with some focus on the spread of Indo European languages:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/05/180509185446.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-05/uoc–nrs050918.php

… and then we get this 4500 years bp evidence of Hep B from a Beaker Culture burial in Germany:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/09/science/ancient-dna-bones-hepatitis.html
https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/scientists-discover-oldest-human-virus-hepatitis-b-in-4500yearold-bronze-age-skeleton-a3834751.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6607-180510-bronze-age-hbv

… and one labelled ‘Neolithic’ (which seems to be the same study as the above):

https://phys.org/news/2018-05-stone-age-hepatitis-virus-decoded.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-05/mpif-sah050918.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/05/180510081546.htm

… and then we get Genghis Khan spreading it:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/05/genghis-khans-mongol-horde-probably-had-rampant-hepatitis-b/

… and the suggestion that the Huns may have been behind the spread of the ‘Justinian Plague’:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-44046031
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6608-180510-genome-justinian-plague

Elsewhere, we’re reading about strains of leprosy in medieval Europe:

https://phys.org/news/2018-05-dna-reveals-previously-unknown-diversity.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-05/mpif-aeo050718.php
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6613-180511-europe-oldest-leprosy

… and red squirrels bringing it to Britain:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-essex-44082764

… then just a focus on horse domestication:

https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/05/horse-domestication-dna-indo-european-science/

We’ll bring this confusing coverage to a close with plans to grow Neanderthal ‘mini brains’ which seems science fictionish:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/may/11/scientists-to-grow-mini-brains-using-neanderthal-dna

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/

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TOURISTY THINGS
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Catania:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/11/travel/catania-sicily-budget-frugal.html

Mainz and Gutenberg:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20180507-how-a-german-city-changed-how-we-read

Neot Kedumim:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20180508-israels-millennia-old-biblical-diet
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CRIME BEAT
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A Greek restaurant owner was arrested over some ancient decorations:

https://www.wral.com/greek-restaurant-owner-arrested-over-antique-decorations/17538802/
http://www.therepublic.com/2018/05/08/eu-greece-antiquities/

A bust in Minya:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/49731/18-artifacts-seized-in-Minya

A couple of tourists were arrested trying to steal artifacts from Pompeii:

http://www.ansa.it/english/news/general_news/2018/05/11/2-tourists-nabbed-for-stealing-pompeii_66b3677b-5bda-400e-856e-4e656790611e.html

conflict antiquities:

http://conflictantiquities.wordpress.com/

anonymous swiss collector:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/

Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues:

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

Looting Matters:

http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/

Illicit Cultural Property:

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

SAFE:

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

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NUMISMATICA
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An 18th century ‘thieve’s coin’ from Moscow:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-44088275
https://en.crimerussia.com/gromkie-dela/moscow-archaeologists-find-thieves-coin-of-18th-century/

Feature on the 1933 Double Eagle coin:

https://coinweek.com/us-coins/the-1933-double-eagle-americas-most-notorious-coin/

Rutgers has digitized its Roman coin collection:

http://btn.com/2018/05/11/rutgers-roman-coins-go-digital-btn-livebig/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/club_nbs_esylum_v21n18.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/club_nbs_esylum_v21n19.html

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Ancient Coin Collecting:

http://ancientcoincollecting.blogspot.com/

Ancient Coins:

http://classicalcoins.blogspot.com/

Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/
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PERFORMANCES AND THEATRE-RELATED
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Little Women:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/11/arts/television/little-women-review-pbs-masterpiece.html

In case you haven’t heard about Megan Fox’s impending tv show:

http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/when-a-celebrity-retells-history-whats-the-harm/news-story/393894919c4d02dee7ce6ffc6b0e4521
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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

http://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-main-menu-cat/audio-news-list/2737-audio-news-from-archaeologica-29-april-5-may-2018
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OBITUARIES
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Edwin Burrows:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/obituaries/edwin-burrows-pulitzer-prize-winning-historian-of-new-york-city-dies-at-74/2018/05/07/1bbfc79c-51fd-11e8-abd8-265bd07a9859_story.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/07/obituaries/edwin-burrows-historian-and-co-author-of-gotham-dies-at-74.html

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GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

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

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Ancient Digger:

http://www.ancientdigger.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Past Horizons:

http://www.pasthorizons.com/

Stonepages:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

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

Time Machine:

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

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

The Book and the Spade:

http://www.radioscribe.com/bknspade.htm
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Explorator 21.02 ~ May 6, 2018

Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Hernan Astudillo,
Richard Campbell, David Critchley, mata kimasitayo, Bob Heuman,
Barbara Saylor Rodgers, Richard C. Griffiths, and Ross W. Sargent for
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EARLY HOMINIDS
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A rhino butchery site suggests a hominid presence in the Philipines some 700 000 years bp:

https://phys.org/news/2018-05-early-humans-philippines-years.html
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/discovery-suggests-humans-lived-philippines-much-earlier-believed-n870916
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/early-humans-crossed-ocean-on-floating-islands-ql3bwrqqw
https://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/the-times/early-humans-crossed-ocean-on-floating-islands/news-story/1f0456f559814d51c2a0c264547da83a
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/may/04/butchered-rhino-suggests-humans-were-in-the-philippines-700000-years-ago
https://www.seeker.com/culture/butchered-rhino-suggests-humans-lived-in-the-philippines-700000-years-ago
https://www.cnn.com/2018/05/02/world/early-humans-philippine-islands/index.html
http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/05/ancient-humans-settled-philippines-700000-years-ago-new-fossils-reveal
https://www.zmescience.com/science/early-hominids-bones-03052018/
https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/05/stone-tools-rhinoceros-luzon-philippines-ancient-hominins-science/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6590-180503-philippines-hominin-occupation

A middle Paleolithic flake from the Crimea is being used as evidence of Neanderthal use of symbolism:

https://phys.org/news/2018-05-engraved-crimean-stone-artifact-neanderthal.html
https://www.livescience.com/62484-neanderthals-scratched-messages.html
https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/05/markings-on-this-flint-flake-had-symbolic-meaning-for-neanderthals/
https://cosmosmagazine.com/archaeology/neanderthals-produced-symbolic-art-research-suggests
https://www.europeanscientist.com/en/research/neanderthal-culture-included-symbolic-art-study-says/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6589-180502-neanderthal-symbolic-art

For comparison, perhaps, we have notching on gazelle scapulae from the Galilee:

https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Archeological-study-reveals-unique-34000-year-old-culture-553232
https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/05/notched-gazelle-bones-may-be-the-signature-of-a-paleolithic-culture/

On how humans first began to depict animals:

https://phys.org/news/2018-05-signshow-early-humans-began-animals.html
https://www.upi.com/Science_News/2018/05/04/Study-considers-how-humans-first-depicted-animals-in-cave-paintings/1081525451166/

The ‘Out of Africa’ thing seems (?) to be being connected to migraines here:

http://www.dw.com/en/migraines-ancestral-emigration-from-africa-to-europe-linked-to-severe-headaches/a-43639174

Brain shape (as opposed to size) is suggested now as the reason sapiens outlasted neanderthals:

https://phys.org/news/2018-04-size-ancestors-brains-outlast-neanderthals.html

More on seafaring Neanderthals:

https://www.scientificamerican.com/podcast/episode/archaeologist-makes-case-for-seafaring-neanderthals/
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More on that horse burial in the Sudan:

https://cosmosmagazine.com/archaeology/excavations-reveal-3000-year-old-horse

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A pair of inscribed limestone blocks found near the pyramid of Amenemhat I at Lisht:

https://www.livescience.com/62468-massive-carvings-rescued-egypt-looting.html

A ‘Royal celebration hall’ from the Ramses II era at Matariya:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/49020/Royal-celebration-hall-from-Ramses-II-era-discovered

There is apparently no hidden chamber in Tut’s tomb:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/298932/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/New-survey-confirms-no-hidden-Nefertiti-chamber-in.aspx

Feature on the French missions in Egypt:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/49293/Meet-the-representatives-of-French-archaeological-missions-in-Egypt

… and the numerous other ones as well:

https://traveltradedaily.com/africa-indian-ocean-news/item/4413-egypt-witnessing-230-archaeological-missions

[n.b. Grand Egyptian Museum news will now appear in the Museums section]

Concerns for Egyptian sites from an Ethiopian dam:

https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2018/04/egypt-academic-warns-risks-of-ethiopia-dam.html

More on the restoration of the colossal statue of Ramses II:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/48957/Restoration-of-Ramses-ll-is-complete

Feature on Papyrus Amherst 63:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2018/05/Three-Israelite-Psalms-Ancient-Egypt

Remains of a 3000 years bp structure at Tel Eton is the latest item being used as evidence for the ‘United Monarchy’:

https://phys.org/news/2018-05-evidence-pertaining-expansion-kingdom-david.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-05/bu-nep050118.php
https://www.livescience.com/62472-lost-biblical-kingdom-remains.html
http://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/archaeologists-may-have-found-the-lost-biblical-city-of-king-david/

Imaging technology has revealed hitherto unseen text on some DSS fragments:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/dead-sea-scroll-fragment-unveiled-in-israel-may-point-to-an-unknown-manuscript/
https://www.livescience.com/62467-hidden-text-dead-sea-scrolls.html
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/dead-sea-scrolls-fragments-contain-writing-invisible-naked-eye-n870651
https://abcnews.go.com/International/nasa-technology-reveals-hidden-script-dead-sea-scrolls/story?id=54893185
http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/dead-sea-scrolls-discovery-tech-reveals-hidden-script/news-story/d70f973c125685bb84f8b554cd607d8e
https://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-5250108,00.html
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/MAGAZINE-nasa-technology-reveals-existence-of-missing-dead-sea-scroll-1.6050952
https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-artifacts/dead-sea-scrolls/advanced-technology-dead-sea-scrolls/
https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Culture/Ancient-Hebrew-unearthed-using-space-age-technology-553260
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/archaeology-news/hidden-script-uncovered-in-fragments-of-dead-sea-scrolls/2018/05/01/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6591-180503-scroll-fragments-infrared

Much being read into a Bar Kochba revolt coin find:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/unearthed-bar-kochba-coin-harkens-to-when-jewish-rebels-tried-to-stamp-out-rome/
https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Rare-coin-from-ancient-Jewish-Bar-Kokhba-revolt-discovered-in-cave-553384
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/discovery-of-bar-kochba-era-coin-declared-at-lag-bomer/2018/05/04/

Suggestion that many of the tablets Hobby Lobby has to return to Iraq (see ‘Repatriation’) bome from the ‘missing’ Sumerian site of Irisagrig (based on?):

https://www.livescience.com/62437-stolen-sumerian-tablets-from-lost-city.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/artifacts-seized-hobby-lobby-may-come-lost-sumerian-city-180968931/
https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/paxnqn/ancient-artifacts-smuggled-by-hobby-lobby-traced-to-mysterious-sumerian-city-irisagrig-mesopotamian

Interviews with Eilat Mazar:

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/245185
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/archaeology-news/rejuvenation-the-lady-who-digs-jerusalem-audio/2018/04/30/

Arguing over some stolen Samaritan Torahs:

https://www.npr.org/2018/04/29/602836507/who-stole-the-torahs
http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-samaritans-can-t-get-back-torah-scroll-they-live-in-pa-territory-1.6035221

Not a lot of coverage of this 1700 years bp Christian site found on a former ISIL base:

https://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/world-news/699835/ancient-christian-site-found-former-isis-territory-syria-manbij-islamic-state-3rd-century
http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/ancient-christian-ruins-discovered-under-former-isisheld-territory/news-story/374cacfd986b12453d19103388d0122f

Coverage of the DSS 70 years symposium in Jerusalem last week:

https://baltimorejewishlife.com/news/print.php?ARTICLE_ID=102407

More on that Bible/Quran palimpsest that was sold at Christies:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/apr/25/passages-from-the-bible-discovered-behind-quran-manuscript-christies
http://coptot.manuscriptroom.com/blog/-/blogs/sahidic-biblical-text-found-behind-qur-an-palimpsest

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A Diocletianic inscription from Plovdiv:

https://sofiaglobe.com/2018/05/01/archaeology-stone-with-inscription-praising-roman-emperor-diocletian-found-in-bulgarias-plovdiv/
http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2018/05/01/303-ad-inscription-dedicated-to-emperor-diocletian-over-tetrarchy-in-roman-empire-discovered-by-archaeologists-in-bulgarias-plovdiv/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6584-180501-roman-diocletian-engraving

Possible evidence of Civilis’ revolt at Gelduba:

https://www.thelocal.de/20180502/roman-relics-found-in-rhein-region-show-evidence-of-bloody-uprising
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6587-180502-german-tribes-battle

Remains of a Roman road from Wigan to Warrington:

http://www.wigantoday.net/news/environment/archaeologists-find-roman-road-from-wigan-to-warrington-1-9146164

Very interesting recreation of a Bronze Age saw which might have been used by the Myceneans:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/how-backyard-pendulum-saw-sliced-bronze-age-mystery
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6588-180502-bronze-age-saw

Feature on Greek and Roman glass:

http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/the-beauty-of-greek-and-roman-glass/

Lessons from the Iliad:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20180428-what-homers-iliad-can-tell-us-about-worship-and-war

On transgenderism and the Iliad:

https://www.spectator.co.uk/2018/05/transgenderism-and-the-iliad/

Feature on Antinous:

http://sfbaytimes.com/great-emperor-last-god-romans/

Feature on a Villanovan situla at the Getty:

http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/a-new-look-at-an-ancient-bucket/

Feature on the Flaminian obelisk:

http://theconversation.com/romes-flaminian-obelisk-an-epic-journey-from-divine-egyptian-symbol-to-tourist-attraction-95968
https://www.thelocal.it/20180504/from-ancient-egyptian-symbol-to-tourist-attraction-the-epic-journey-of-romes-flaminian-obelisk

In case you want to buy a 2500 years bp Greek town outside Halicarnassus:

http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-43990343
https://neoskosmos.com/en/114878/ancient-greek-town-in-turkey-being-sold/
http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/31174-ancient-greek-city-of-bargylia-in-turkey-on-sale.html

Some NLE coverage:

https://patch.com/pennsylvania/lansdale/71-north-penn-latin-students-earn-awards-excellence
https://mountvernonnews.com/article/2018/05/02/latin-students-ace-national-test/

What Nina Papathanasopoulou is up to:

http://thecollegevoice.org/2018/05/05/from-the-east-to-the-west-an-odyssey/

What Kate Gilhuly is up to:

http://thewellesleynews.com/2018/05/02/professor-kate-gilhuly-pursues-interest-in-literature-through-research-in-classics/

What Dan Davis is up to:

https://www.lutherchips.com/5488/news/davis-leads-archaeological-digs-in-israel-greece/

What Deborah Kamen is up to:

https://oberlinreview.org/16315/arts/deborah-kamen-associate-professor-of-classics/

Review of Edith Hall, *Aristotle’s Way”:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/aristotle-s-way-how-ancient-wisdom-can-change-your-life-by-edith-hall-review-s9tl0g6sh

Review of Emily Wilson’s *Odyssey* translation:

https://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/books/the-odyssey-review-emily-wilsons-translation-brings-the-epic-closer-to-home-20180426-h0z9ac.html

Reviews of Madeline Miller’s *Circe*:

https://www.aspendailynews.com/arts_and_entertainment/basalt-library-staff-pick-circe-by-madeline-miller/article_6b486d8c-4e51-11e8-93a9-13273ff820b2.html
https://www.theaustralian.com.au/arts/review/circe-by-madeline-miller-fleshes-out-odyssey-sorceress/news-story/e189331f74f3ae2f1f6e54fd4d531435

More on that wall from Mytilene:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/31101-ancient-defensive-wall-emerges-during-salvage-excavation-on-lesvos-island.html
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Latest reviews from BMCR:

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

Visit our blog:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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Evidence of a possible 7000 years bp settlement in the middle of Copenhagen:

http://cphpost.dk/news/stone-age-settlement-found-in-the-middle-of-copenhagen.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6593-180504-mesolithic-copenhagen-settlement

A 7000 years bp settlement from the Kozareva Mogila Mound (Bulgaria):

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2018/04/27/5th-millenium-bc-prehistoric-settlement-near-bulgarias-pomorie-was-much-larger-than-known-settlement-mound-archaeologists-find/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6579-180430-kozareva-moglia-mound

Studying Neolithic light sources in Poland:

http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news%2C29227%2Cnew-light-sources-appeared-europe-development-agriculture.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6582-180430-poland-early-lamps

A possible Lusatian figurine found during construction of a Czech highway:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-05/04/c_137154356.htm
https://www.devdiscourse.com/Article/6204-archaeologists-finds-a-unique-prehistoric-figure-at-czech-republic/Europe%20and%20Central%20Asia
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6592-180503-czech-prague-statuette

A medieval site in downtown Prague:

http://www.radio.cz/en/section/curraffrs/prague-archaeologists-shed-light-on-medieval-city
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6592-180503-czech-prague-statuette

They’ve figured out how the stones at Dun Deardail ‘melted’ together:

https://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/archaeologists-solve-ancient-mystery-of-melted-iron-age-fort-1-4732710
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6585-180501-hill-fort-vitrification

Details of the finds from that Yeovil construction site:

https://www.somersetlive.co.uk/news/somerset-news/details-archaeological-discovery-yeovil-housing-1531213

Studying the survivors of the Battle of Dunbar:

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/16194712.Fresh_light_cast_on_the_brave_Scots_who_survived_the_bloody_Battle_of_Dunbar/

Not sure where to put this one … a feature on underwater archaeology in Cyprus:

http://cyprus-mail.com/2018/05/01/cyprus-is-a-hotbed-of-maritime-history/

The battle to save Sir John Betjeman’s favourite Church has succeeded:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/05/02/thirty-year-battle-save-sir-john-betjemans-favourite-church/

Feature on the Jewish history of the Tower of London:

https://m.jpost.com/Diaspora/The-Tower-of-London-and-its-Jewish-history-553296

The Stonehenge tunnel saga continues:

http://www.salisburyjournal.co.uk/news/16202367.Stonehenge_tunnel_plan___39_severely_flawed__39__say_heritage_chiefs/

I think we’ve mentioned the concerns for Westminster before:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/world/wp/2018/04/25/feature/westminster-home-of-british-democracy-is-rotting-from-within/

More on Copenhagen’s oldest church:

https://www.thelocal.dk/20180503/archaeologists-think-they-have-found-copenhagens-oldest-church

More on that massacre site in Sweden:

https://www.inverse.com/article/44345-ancient-massacre-shows-human-violence
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/1500-year-old-massacre-unearthed-sweden-180968904/
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Archaeology in Europe Blog:

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

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40 000 years bp stone tools from southeastern Australia:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-05-04/aboriginal-stone-tools-found-in-gippsland-during-sewer-dig/9722718
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6594-180504-australia-stone-tools

An unfinish waka (canoe) find from New Zealand:

https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/te-manu-korihi/356257/road-workers-uncover-10-metre-long-waka
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK1804/S00700/possible-unfinished-waka-is-uncovered-on-puhoi-motorway.htm
https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/103480134/partially-complete-10-metrelong-waka-found-during-north-auckland-motorway-construction
https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/auckland-waka-discovery-nzta-veteran-excited-over-buried-maori-artefact-never-found-anything-like
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6581-180430-new-zealand-waka

… and a feature on the origin of the waka:

https://www.stuff.co.nz/nelson-mail/103624371/inspired-trip-exploring-the-tahitian-origins-of-the-anaweka-waka

Latest finds from Mizoram:

https://thenortheasttoday.com/mizoram-archaeological-survey-of-india-finds-human-remains-of-lost-civilization-in-the-state/

The search for flight 370 has turned up a couple of 19th century shipwrecks off Western Australia:

https://phys.org/news/2018-05-historians-indian-ocean-19th-century.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-43998983
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/may/03/mh370-search-offers-clues-for-19th-century-shipwreck-mysteries
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/australasia/mh370-flight-search-latest-missing-ships-found-malaysia-airlines-investigation-indian-ocean-a8334916.html
https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/05/04/608423565/failed-mh370-search-may-have-solved-mystery-of-19th-century-shipwrecks
https://www.ctpost.com/news/science/article/Historians-name-2-Indian-Ocean-19th-century-12884101.php

Latest (colour) concerns for the Taj Mahal:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-43967685
https://www.theage.com.au/world/asia/the-taj-mahal-is-turning-green-because-of-pollution-20180503-p4zd0a.html
https://elpais.com/cultura/2018/05/02/actualidad/1525273808_715605.html

On the wheat/rice divide in China:

https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2018/04/30/606111526/so-a-rice-grower-and-a-wheat-grower-walk-into-a-coffee-shop

More on that 11 000 years bp Shigir idol:

http://www.newsweek.com/archaeology-evil-spirit-demons-ancient-man-908855
http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/shigir-idol-found-to-be-11600-years-old-it-was-made-by-the-survivors-of-the-last-great-ice-age/news-story/5bb378f5b6978eff0cd088e8f20639cb
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Southeast Asian Archaeology Newsblog:

http://www.southeastasianarchaeology.com/

New Zealand Archaeology eNews:

http://nzarchaeology.blogspot.co.nz/index.html
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A possible 3600 years bp tattoo kit from Tennessee:

https://hyperallergic.com/438579/worlds-oldest-tattoo-kit-fernvale-native-american/
https://boingboing.net/2018/05/03/3600-year-old-tattoo-kit-foun.html

Hoping to find Oneota artifacts at a Midewin site:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/daily-southtown/news/ct-sta-will-county-archaeology-st-0504-story.html

Archaeology is being worked into the grade school curriculum in Michigan:

http://www.ledger-enquirer.com/news/business/article210133559.html
http://wwmt.com/news/state/new-michigan-curriculum-developed-from-archaeological-sites-04-30-2018
https://www.wral.com/new-michigan-curriculum-developed-from-archaeological-sites/17520475/

Erosion is exposing burials on Hart Island:

https://phys.org/news/2018-05-erosion-unearths-bones-york-island.html
https://www.livescience.com/62471-bones-exposed-hart-island.html
http://auburnpub.com/news/local/erosion-unearths-bones-on-new-york-s-island-of-the/article_b03d8a55-871c-5a78-9e7c-5c2c513e020b.html
http://www.niagara-gazette.com/news/erosion-unearths-bones-on-island-of-the-dead/article_77cabbb7-9def-5082-ae67-03047899ef88.html

First results of a study of the hull of a shipwreck that washed ashore in Florida a couple months ago:

https://www.firstcoastnews.com/article/news/local/historic-shipwreck-in-ponte-vedra-reveals-more-secrets/77-547420568
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6583-180501-florida-wooden-hull

Concerns for a Hopi site in Arizona:

http://www.journalaz.com/news/cottonwood/24537-concerns-raised-over-construction-on-hopi-site-by-89a.html

An Ice Age horse find from a Utah back yard:

https://www.inquisitr.com/4886878/utah-family-unearths-ice-age-horse-fossil-in-their-backyard/

Looking for the site of the original Fort Vancouver:

http://www.columbian.com/news/2018/may/02/graduate-student-embarks-on-project-to-pinpoint-site-of-original-fort-vancouver/

A pile of Lakota drawings have been digitized:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/20th-century-collection-drawings-sioux-tribe-have-been-digitized-180968953/

Feature on the first people in Oregon:

http://www.dailyastorian.com/CBG/news/20180502/the-first-people-in-oregon

Where is Captain Molly buried?:

https://apnews.com/efb1d1f15cfc4e23a2392943c6207a77

More on the UK giving the Franklin wrecks to Canada:

https://navaltoday.com/2018/04/27/uk-gifts-franklin-wrecks-to-canada/?uid=257

More on the Alexandria shipwrecks:

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/old-buried-ships-unearth-this-citys-seafaring-past

More on sloth hunting in New Mexico:

https://apnews.com/a8e4855765ea42c39cec1676f4ce2f21
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More on that child sacrifice site in Peru:

https://phys.org/news/2018-04-archaeologists-ancient-mass-child-sacrifice.html
https://www.livescience.com/62434-massive-child-sacrifice-ancient-peru.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/site-child-sacrifice-uncovered-peru-180968927/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6580-180430-peru-children-llamas

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Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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On the human need for stories:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20180503-our-fiction-addiction-why-humans-need-stories

Not sure where to put this one on the importance of ‘exchanges’ in central Asia over time:

https://thediplomat.com/2018/04/how-ancient-exchanges-in-central-asia-shaped-the-modern-world/

WWI soldier burials found in Wijtschate:

http://www.brusselstimes.com/belgium/11158/the-remains-of-over-40-soldiers-found-during-archaeological-digs-in-wijtschate

Apparently a French guy translated the King James Bible:

https://phys.org/news/2018-05-sources-frenchman-king-james-bible.html

On the impact of Das Kapital:

https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/public/blind-outrage-das-kapital/

… and Marx in general:

http://www.dw.com/en/karl-marx-at-200-what-remains-of-his-legacy/a-43625183
https://www.npr.org/2018/05/05/608807029/as-karl-marx-turns-200-visitors-pay-respect-and-a-fee-at-disputed-tomb-site

Feature on JCF Gauss:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/johann-carl-friedrich-gauss-mathematics-number-theory-germany-google-doodle-a8328836.html
https://www.inverse.com/article/44309-johann-carl-friedrich-gauss-math-statistics-accomplishments

A ‘reidentified’ Reubens is coming to auction:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/05/01/rubens-painting-written-met-museum-now-set-make-millions/
https://www.antiquestradegazette.com/news/2018/copy-of-rubens-sold-by-met-museum-now-offered-at-christie-s-after-attribution-upgraded/

A purported relic from St Clement was saved from the trash heap:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/may/01/relic-claimed-to-be-bone-from-st-clement-rescued-from-the-bin
http://camdennewjournal.com/article/weve-found-a-bit-of-pope-clement

… or maybe not:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bone-saint-clement-found-londons-trash-180968954/

On the illness that killed Saladin (maybe):

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-05/uoms-edd050118.php

… and others:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/may/05/what-killed-historys-most-famous-people-medical-sleuths-gather-to-investigate

On use of the term ‘darwinism’:

https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/on-darwinism/

Viktor Wynd has an interesting collection:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20180502-the-man-with-an-infectious-disease-for-collecting

Latest beer recreation:

http://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/brewers-use-yeast-found-on-shipwreck-to-bring-220yearold-beer-back-to-life/

Studying the evidence of diet from assorted latrines:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dna-ancient-latrines-reveal-what-people-ate-centuries-ago-180968947/
http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0195481

Big bucks for a Jack the Ripper postcard:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-43955441

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Golden Kingdoms:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/03/arts/design/golden-kingdoms-metropolitan-museum-of-art.html
https://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2018/golden-kingdoms

Teotihuacan:

http://www.chattanoogan.com/2018/5/5/368194/Art-Of-The-Ancient-Mexican-City-Of.aspx

Peace:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.ca/2018/04/peace-from-antiquity-to-present-day-at.html#kw7u3ZZ9uXubTMYR.97

Bavarian Legend:

http://www.dw.com/en/bavarian-myths-in-focus-at-ettal-abbey/a-43620767

Pompeii:

https://paradisevalleyindependent.com/events/pompeii-exhibition-returns-to-italy-may-28/

Rodin and the Art of Ancient Greece:

https://theartsdesk.com/visual-arts/rodin-and-art-ancient-greece-british-museum-review-magnificence-form-across-millennia
https://www.ft.com/content/4b783c28-4d37-11e8-97e4-13afc22d86d4

Just as we were sending out Explorator last week, there was a fire at the Grand Egyptian Museum:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-04/30/c_137145937.htm

… but there was no damage:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/44/298547/Heritage/Museums/Firefighters-extinguish-blaze-on-scaffolding-at-Gr.aspx
http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/298579/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/No-one-hurt,-no-artefacts-damaged-in-scaffolding-f.aspx
http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/44/298906/Heritage/Museums/Egyptian-antiquities-minister-assures-that-last-we.aspx

… but it seems to have prompted more hype about the impending completion of the museum:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/49367/No-museum-will-parallel-to-GEM-Hawass
http://www.arabnews.com/node/1296686
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/49365/Grand-Egyptian-Museum-will-dazzle-the-world-Minister-of-Antiquities
https://egyptianstreets.com/2018/05/05/minister-of-antiquities-grand-egyptian-museum-more-than-70-complete/

… especially the arrival of Tut’s chariot:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/44/298900/Heritage/Museums/Last-chariot-of-the-boy-king-Tutankhamun-arrives-s.aspx
http://theprovince.com/pmn/news-pmn/egypt-moves-last-chariot-of-king-tut-to-new-museum/wcm/82ff49bf-3fde-430d-8ff5-b9c06f78146b
http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20180505/news/305059949/
http://www.news.com.au/world/breaking-news/last-chariot-of-king-tut-moves-to-new-home/news-story/c6c300ab05cc8df1afc5061df4553d56
https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/05/05/tutankhamuns-last-chariot-arrives-grand-egyptian-museum/

… and the GEM Tut Conference:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/298897/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Egypts-antiquities-minister-opens-Tutankhamun-conf.aspx

… and an investigation:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/298604/Egypt/Politics-/Egypt-prosecutor-orders-probe-into-fire-at-Grand-E.aspx
http://www.egyptindependent.com/investigations-still-under-way-into-grand-egyptian-museums-fire/

Feature on the new Middle East Galleries at the Penn Museum:

https://hyperallergic.com/439440/penn-museum-unveils-its-new-middle-east-galleries/

Human remains policy at Australian museums:

https://phys.org/news/2018-04-australian-museums-human.html

cf: http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-43927157

More on fakes in a French museum:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2018/04/28/actualidad/1524924890_046569.html
https://www.npr.org/606919098
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THE TECHY SIDE
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On the guys behind the recreations of various ancient ancestors:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/may/05/meet-the-ancestors-two-brothers-lifelike-figures-early-man-adrie-and-alfons-kennis

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Interesting recovery of DNA from 12 000 years bp ‘quids’ from the Mule Spring Rockshelter site in Nevada:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-04/dri-aqr042718.php
https://phys.org/news/2018-04-ancient-quids-reveal-clues-genetic.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/04/180430102511.htm

DNA suggests a population of 250 made up the ‘founding’ Native American group:

https://phys.org/news/2018-05-dna-sequences-people-native-american.html

What we’re learning from the Tsimshian genome:

https://phys.org/news/2018-04-ancient-genomes-tsimshian-indigenous-people.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/04/180430160424.htm

On the genetic origins of South Asians:

https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/04/south-asians-are-descended-mix-farmers-herders-and-hunter-gatherers-ancient-dna-reveals

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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On climate change and the outcome of a Roman war with the Goths:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2018/05/04/how-climate-change-affected-the-outcome-of-the-romans-first-gothic-war/
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Peru away from Machu Picchu:

http://www.theweek.co.uk/travel/93373/away-from-machu-picchu-peru-s-other-archaeological-wonders

Romania’s ‘Rug Route’:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/04/travel/romania-rugs-road-trip.html

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CRIME BEAT
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The BM and Scotland Yard launched a database to track looted Egyptian artifacts:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/scotland-yard-joins-global-crackdown-on-looted-pharaonic-antiquities
https://www.antiquestradegazette.com/news/2018/british-museum-launches-egyptian-antiquities-database-to-track-looted-artefacts/

… while a database of Nazi-looted items is bearing fruit already:

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts-culture/2018/05/02/new-database-on-nazi-looted-art-findings-shows-first-results

A looting attempt at a site associated with Judas Iscariot was foiled:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/attempted-antiquities-looting-at-site-linked-to-blood-money-of-judas-iscariot/

Thieves were caught in Istanbul with thousands of ancient coins:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/istanbul-detain-two-over-artifact-smuggling-131097
https://www.albawaba.com/editorchoice/turkish-police-arrest-ancient-treasure-smugglers-istanbul-1124164

A bust in Igoumenitsa:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/228201/article/ekathimerini/news/illegal-antiquities-confiscated-in-igoumenitsa

High tech detection of art forgeries:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/02/arts/art-forgeries-sothebys.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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Big news this week was the Hobby Lobby’s return of the piles of artifacts they had smuggled from Iraq:

https://phys.org/news/2018-05-ancient-artifacts-seized-hobby-lobby.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/02/us/politics/iraq-artifacts-hobby-lobby-ice.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/ancient-artifacts-seized-from-hobby-lobby-returned-to-iraq/2018/05/02/4c926c2c-4e37-11e8-85c1-9326c4511033_story.html
https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-returns-thousands-ancient-artifacts-seized-hobby-lobby-iraq
http://www.newsweek.com/hobby-lobby-will-return-thousands-ancient-artifacts-smuggled-out-iraq-907906
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/iraq-hobby-lobby-smuggler-artifacts-arts-crafts-museum-bible-a8333646.html
https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/05/01/607582135/hobby-lobbys-smuggled-artifacts-will-be-returned-to-iraq
https://knpr.org/npr/2018-05/hobby-lobbys-smuggled-artifacts-will-be-returned-iraq
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-iraq-artifacts/u-s-to-return-thousands-of-smuggled-ancient-artifacts-to-iraq-idUSKBN1I326R
https://www.inverse.com/article/44412-hobby-lobby-stolen-iraq-artifacts-returned
https://boingboing.net/2018/05/02/stolen-antiquities-returned-fr.html
https://www.pri.org/stories/2018-05-03/thousands-iraqi-artifacts-were-once-smuggled-hobby-lobby-now-they-re-going-home

Cyprus returned 14 artifacts that had been smuggled to Cyprus:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/49165/Egypt-restores-14-smuggled-artifacts-from-Cyprus
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/1/49252/Cypriot-President-delegation-returns-14-smuggled-artifacts-to-Egypt
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-05/02/c_137149691.htm
http://menafn.com/1096802342/Egypt-receives-14-smuggled-artifacts
https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2018/05/02/cyprus-returns-stolen-ancient-artifacts-to-egypt
https://egyptianstreets.com/2018/05/02/cyprus-returns-stolen-egyptian-artifacts/

Pondering the BM and the Benin Bronzes:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/will-british-museum-lend-back-the-benin-bronzes
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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on an Iron Age hoard found in the UK a couple years ago:

https://www.coinworld.com/news/world-coins/2018/05/tiny-hoard-causes-huge-excitement-in-great-britain.all.html

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/club_nbs_esylum_v21n17.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/club_nbs_esylum_v21n18.html
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Ancient Coin Collecting:

http://ancientcoincollecting.blogspot.com/

Ancient Coins:

http://classicalcoins.blogspot.com/

Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/
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PERFORMANCES AND THEATRE-RELATED
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Last Days of Anne Boleyn:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-london-44017236
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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

http://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-main-menu-cat/audio-news-list/2735-audio-news-from-archaeologica-22-april-28-april-2018
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OBITUARIES
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Everett Fahy:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/01/obituaries/everett-fahy-authority-on-european-painting-is-dead-at-77.html

Steven Marcus:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/30/obituaries/steven-marcus-columbia-scholar-and-literary-critic-dies-at-89.html

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GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

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

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Ancient Digger:

http://www.ancientdigger.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Past Horizons:

http://www.pasthorizons.com/

Stonepages:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

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

Time Machine:

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

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

The Book and the Spade:

http://www.radioscribe.com/bknspade.htm
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Explorator 21.01 ~ April 29, 2018

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

… wow … we’ve been doing this for over 21 years now! As always, thanks to my
numerous correspondents over the years for making the eask easier!

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Human-like walking mechanics pre-date genus homo:

https://phys.org/news/2018-04-human-like-mechanics-evolved-genus-homo.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2018/04/23/3-6-million-year-old-footprints-suggest-early-human-ancestors-were-excellent-walkers/
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/04/180423085443.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-04/eb2-hwm041218.php

… this Australopithecus focus seems related:

https://www.archaeology.org/6565-180423-upright-bipedal-walking

I think we’ve heard mentioned of the possibility of seafaring Neanderthals before:

http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/04/neandertals-stone-age-people-may-have-voyaged-mediterranean

Creating virtual models of Neanderthal brains:

https://phys.org/news/2018-04-scientists-eyes-neanderthal-brain.html
http://m.france24.com/en/20180426-scientists-set-eyes-virtual-neanderthal-brain
https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-018-24331-0
https://www.archaeology.org/6578-180427-brains-computational-neuroanatomy

… related:

http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-neanderthal-human-brains-20180427-story.html#nws=true

Remembering the discovery of homo floresiensis:

http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/article/2142681/aha-moment-when-hobbit-fossil-was-dug-indonesian-archaeologist-stunning

Feature on Naledi:

http://www.latercera.com/la-tercera-tv/noticia/homo-naledi-misterioso-eslabon-podria-reescribir-la-historia-del-hombre/142398/

More on that finger bone from Saudi Arabia that’s causing a bit of a rethink of Out of Africa:

http://www.startribune.com/a-tiny-finger-bone-upends-the-story-of-human-migration-out-of-africa/480817841/

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AFRICA
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Analyzing a 61 000 years bp arrowhead from South Africa:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/MAGAZINE-earliest-bone-arrowhead-61-700-years-old-found-in-south-africa-1.6029711
https://www.archaeology.org/6576-180427-south-africa-arrow

Archaeologists have reopened the burial chambers of a pyramid in the Meroe region of Sudan:

https://phys.org/news/2018-04-archeologists-burial-chambers-sudanese-pyramid.html
http://www.therepublic.com/2018/04/24/ml-sudan-antiquities/
https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/archeologists-open-burial-chambers-in-sudanese-pyramid/

… and apparently there will be some DNA testing on the bones therein:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/sudan-unearths-bones-pyramid-dna-testing-191311514.html
http://www.enca.com/africa/sudan-unearths-bones-from-pyramid-for-dna-testing

Also from the Sudan comes news of a 3000 years b.p. horse burial near Tombos:

https://phys.org/news/2018-04-archaeologists-ancient-horse-nile-river.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-04/pu-pao042018.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/04/180425093823.htm
https://www.livescience.com/62419-ancient-horse-burial-tombos.html
http://www.purdue.edu/newsroom/releases/2018/Q2/purdue-archaeologists-part-of-ancient-horse-find-in-nile-river-valley.html
https://www.zmescience.com/science/archaeology-horse-burial-25042018/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6577-180427-tombos-chariot-horse

More on those ‘hashtages’ from Blombos Cave:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/100000-year-old-etchings-were-decorations-not-symbols-researchers-say-180968878/
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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A temple of Osiris find (and other things) at Kom Ombo:

http://www.egyptindependent.com/antiquities-ministry-uncovers-remains-of-osiris-compartment-in-luxor/
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/48467/Discovery-of-Emperor-Marcus-Aurelius%E2%80%99-head-Osirian-temple
http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/298146/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Rare-Oririan-temple-and-marble-head-of-Marcus-Aure.aspx
https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2018/04/22/archeologists-find-roman-emperor-bust-ancient-shrine-in-egypt
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-04/23/c_137129169.htm
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/archaeologists-find-bust-of-roman-emperor-in-egypt/2018/04/22/ab861d8a-462d-11e8-8082-105a446d19b8_story.html
https://www.seattlepi.com/news/world/article/Archaeologists-find-bust-of-Roman-emperor-in-Egypt-12854850.php
http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-egypt-marcus-aurelius-temple-kom-ombo-896631
http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/archaeologists-find-bust-roman-emperor-egypt-54644507
http://www.ibtimes.sg/archeologists-discover-bust-roman-emperor-marcus-aurelius-southern-egypt-26078
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6563-180423-egypt-shrine-sculpture

Finds from various periods at Ras al-Jinz:

http://timesofoman.com/article/133090/Oman/Heritage/Significant-finds-unearthed-at-Ras-al-Jinz-archaeological-site

Looking at sexuality in ancient Mesopotamia:

https://phys.org/news/2018-04-ancient-mesopotamia-sex-gods-shook.html
https://theconversation.com/in-ancient-mesopotamia-sex-among-the-gods-shook-heaven-and-earth-87858
http://menafn.com/1096757636/In-ancient-Mesopotamia-sex-among-the-gods-shook-heaven-and-earth

More on that restored colossal statue of Ramses II:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/48381/Unveiling-restored-King-Ramses-II-colossus

More on Egypt’s new antiquities laws:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/2/48513/Draft-law-intensifying-penalties-for-antiquities-related-crime-approved
http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/2/48513/New-law-intensifies-penalties-for-antiquity-related-crimes

On the world’s oldest peace treaty:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-04/coe-wto042318.php

Feature on the UM Papyrology collection:

http://wemu.org/post/hidden-plain-sight-u-m-papyrology-collection

Brown students reenacted the Battle of Kadesh (!):

http://www.providencejournal.com/news/20180422/brown-archaeology-students-to-reenact-egyptian-battle-of-kadesh

Studying and scanning Haft-Tappeh relics:

http://www.tehrantimes.com/news/423077/Haft-Tappeh-relics-being-documented-getting-3D-scans

Pondering the Phoenicians:

https://aeon.co/essays/phoenicia-an-imaginary-friend-to-nations-in-need-of-ancestors

More on Saudi rock inscriptions:

https://english.alarabiya.net/en/variety/2018/04/27/PICTURES-Saudi-rock-inscriptions-highlight-prehistoric-process-of-civilizations.html
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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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In case you missed the news of a find of a bust of Marcus Aurelius in Luxor (story was
just breaking as we sent this out last week):

https://phys.org/news/2018-04-archaeologists-roman-emperor-egypt.html
https://www.livescience.com/62400-stone-head-emperor-marcus-aurelius.html
http://www.egyptindependent.com/antiquities-ministry-uncovers-remains-of-osiris-compartment-in-luxor/
https://egyptianstreets.com/2018/04/25/marble-head-of-roman-emperor-discovered-in-egypts-aswan/
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/48467/Discovery-of-Emperor-Marcus-Aurelius%E2%80%99-head-Osirian-temple
http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/298146/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Rare-Oririan-temple-and-marble-head-of-Marcus-Aure.aspx
https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2018/04/22/archeologists-find-roman-emperor-bust-ancient-shrine-in-egypt
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-04/23/c_137129169.htm
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/archaeologists-find-bust-of-roman-emperor-in-egypt/2018/04/22/ab861d8a-462d-11e8-8082-105a446d19b8_story.html
https://www.seattlepi.com/news/world/article/Archaeologists-find-bust-of-Roman-emperor-in-Egypt-12854850.php
http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-egypt-marcus-aurelius-temple-kom-ombo-896631
http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/archaeologists-find-bust-roman-emperor-egypt-54644507
http://www.ibtimes.sg/archeologists-discover-bust-roman-emperor-marcus-aurelius-southern-egypt-26078
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6563-180423-egypt-shrine-sculpture

Plenty of press attention for the find of a child skeleton at Pompeii’s baths:

https://phys.org/news/2018-04-ancient-skeleton-child-pompeii.html
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/04/25/skeleton-child-trying-shelter-vesuvius-eruption-uncovered-pompeii/
https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2018/04/25/archaeologists-discover-child-skeleton-in-ancient-city-of-pompeii
http://www.newsweek.com/pompeii-skeleton-vesuvius-ancient-city-volcano-900900
https://www.thelocal.it/20180426/child-skeleton-discovered-pompeii
https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/ancient-skeleton-of-child-found-in-ruins-of-pompeiis-bath/
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=12039652
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6570-180425-pompeii-child-skeleton

Plenty of Roman burials found at the site of a former hotel in York:

http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/16180926.Dozens_of_Roman_graves_found_under_York_hotel_swimming_pool/
https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/6153689/more-than-70-skeletons-of-roman-soldiers-and-their-families-found-in-old-burial-ground-underneath-hotel-pool/
http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/16186039.Dozens_of_Roman_bodies_found_under_former_hotel/
https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/sixty-roman-skeletons-found-beneath-hotel-swimming-pool-in-york-1-9138183

Remains of an ancient defensive wall at Mytilene:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2018/04/27/ancient-seaside-fortification-wall-found-on-lesvos-island/
http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/31101-ancient-defensive-wall-emerges-during-salvage-excavation-on-lesvos-island.html
https://neoskosmos.com/en/114585/ancient-wall-revealed-in-lesvos/

Latest finds from the Thessaloniki subway dig:

https://phys.org/news/2018-04-thessaloniki-subway-unearths-secrets-city.html
http://artdaily.com/news/104245/Thessaloniki-subway-dig-unearths-secrets-of–city-under-the-city–

A 2000 years bp amphora from the Neretva River:

https://www.total-croatia-news.com/lifestyle/27806-2000-year-old-amphorae-discovered-in-river-neretva

A detailed LiDAR survey of the Antonine Wall:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/meticulous-metric-survey-of-the-antonine-wall.htm

Burial urns from around Hadrian’s Wall are going on display:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/apr/27/hadrians-wall-roman-cremation-urns-display-perfume-vase-women
http://home.bt.com/news/uk-news/burial-urns-show-hadrians-wall-was-home-to-families-as-well-as-fighters-11364267057289
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-43915429
https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/roman-artefacts-unearthed-hadrians-wall-14587441
http://www.itv.com/news/tyne-tees/2018-04-27/unseen-roman-exhibits-unveiled-at-hadrians-wall/

Suggestion that Mycenean palaces were destroyed by violence, not earthquakes:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-mycenae-wasn-t-destroyed-by-quake-but-by-violence-new-study-shows-1.6029193

Feature on the Ancient Graffiti Project:

https://news.olemiss.edu/ancient-graffiti-project-offers-door-past-um-professor/
https://www.clarionledger.com/story/news/2018/04/28/ancient-graffiti-preserved-lava-researching-depression-uk-campus-briefs/560115002/

Interesting feature on a kantharos at the Getty:

http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/we-shook-an-ancient-ceramic-and-lived-to-tell-the-tale/

Locals have big hopes for finds in ‘Albanopolis’:

https://exit.al/en/2018/04/28/archaeological-finds-in-albanopolis-rekindle-the-locals-hopes-for-government-attention/

Similar hopes in Driebes (Spain):

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/23/world/europe/driebes-vanishing-spanish-village.html

What Adriana Brook is up to:

http://www.lawrentian.com/archives/1012780

What Mary Beard is up to:

http://www.radiotimes.com/news/tv/2018-04-27/mary-beard-front-row-late/

What Aaron Johnson is up to:

http://www.chattanoogan.com/2018/4/27/367732/Johnson-Receives-Grants-For-Research.aspx

2018 is the ‘year of Troy’ apparently:

https://www.trtworld.com/magazine/celebrating-2018-as-the-year-of-troy-16998

Interviews and reviews of Madeline Miller, *Circe*:

https://www.economist.com/news/books-and-arts/21741129-madeline-miller-latest-author-rework-his-epics-address-contemporary-themes
http://www.thejakartapost.com/life/2018/04/25/interview-madeline-miller-turning-the-camera-to-female-in-classics.html
http://www.thehindu.com/books/circe-by-madeline-miller-with-hair-streaked-like-a-lynx/article23693474.ece
https://www.dallasnews.com/arts/books/2018/04/17/madeline-miller-circe-review

… and Emily Wilson’s *Odyssey* translation:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/114552/meet-the-first-woman-to-translate-the-odyssey-into-english/
http://www.themillbrookindependent.com/content/adventures-homer

Feature on Socrates:

http://bigthink.com/scotty-hendricks/who-was-socrates-philosophys-greatest-mystery-explained

Some Tennessee JCL convention coverage:

https://brentwoodhomepage.com/latin-students-triumph-with-an-ancient-language-and-a-chariot/

Coverage of the Annual Parilla undergrad Classics conference:

https://www.hamilton.edu/news/story/classics-students-present-at-annual-parilia-conference-1

Princeton has chosen their Salutatorian:

http://www.dailyprincetonian.com/article/2018/04/valedictorian-salutatorian-share-advice-for-underclassmen

An interview with Ceres in Vermont:

http://www.stowetoday.com/waterbury_record/opinion/letters_to_the_editor/ceres-on-the-ground-finally-has-her-say/article_70dfc8c4-4985-11e8-b843-3b4650d21332.html

More on evidence of paint on the Antonine Wall:

https://phys.org/news/2018-04-archaeologist-red-yellow-antonine-wall.html
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http://bmcr.brynmawr.edu/recent.html

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http://rogueclassicism.com/
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Traces of early grains in Bronze Age nomad burial sites in the Caucasus:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-04/lmsu-msf042518.php#
https://phys.org/news/2018-04-scientists-seeds-domestic-burial-sites.html

Possible evidence of the fire that destroyed the hillfort at Dun Deardail 2500 years bp:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-43813824

Archaeology confirms a Reedham church is built on the site of a Roman fortlet:

http://www.greatyarmouthmercury.co.uk/news/reading-archaeologists-find-st-john-baptist-church-built-on-fortlet-1-5490859

Plenty of coverage of evidence of a 1500 years bp massacre at Sandby Bord (Sweden):

https://www.livescience.com/62403-ancient-massacre-discovered.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/25/science/massacre-sweden-archaeology.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/apr/25/swedish-archaeologists-uncover-brutal-5th-century-massacre
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-43899393
https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2018/04/25/two-dozen-people-massacred-at-ancient-swedish-fort-archaeologists-report/
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/clues-iron-age-massacre-lie-what-assailants-left-behind
https://gizmodo.com/this-recently-discovered-fifth-century-massacre-in-swed-1825526799
https://www.sciencealert.com/sandby-borg-massacre-excavated-sweden-5th-century-village-murdered
http://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/swedish-archaeologists-uncover-brutal-5thcentury-massacre/

A possible 1500 years bp bishop’s residence from Kyustendil (Bulgaria):

https://sofiaglobe.com/2018/04/26/archaeology-building-believed-to-have-been-bishops-residence-in-roman-era-pautalia-uncovered-in-bulgarias-kyustendil/

Remains of a Civil War era moat around Newark Castle turned up during sewer construction:

http://newarkadvertiser.co.uk/news/2018/04/25/civil-war-moat-to-protect-newark-castle-found-during-sewer-works

Latest from the Norwich Castle dig:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-norfolk-43840546

Studying the settlements associated with the Glencoe Massacre:

https://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/lost-settlements-of-glencoe-studied-for-first-time-1-4730433

Digging has resumed at a Norse long house site in Furness:

http://www.thewestmorlandgazette.co.uk/news/16182310.Duddon_Valley_archaeologists_dig_for_Norse_history/

… as has the search for Norman structures in Winchester:

http://www.basingstokegazette.co.uk/news/16184132.Hunt_for_Winchester__39_s_Norman_structures_continues/?ref=rss

Interesting account of a Harvard study in the 1930s in search of the ‘true Celt’ (sort of a book review):

https://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/celtic-spotlight-an-irishman-s-diary-about-the-harvard-archaeological-mission-to-1930s-ireland-1.3475581
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/books/skulls-a-nazi-director-and-the-quest-for-the-true-celt-36849001.html

Modelling Bronze Age hoards mathematically:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/mathematically-modelling-bronze-age-hoards.htm

Studying excrement from assorted sites in northern Europe:

https://phys.org/news/2018-04-parasite-eggs-ancient-latrines-hint.html
https://wamu.org/story/18/04/25/dna-analysis-of-ancient-excrement-reveals-the-diets-of-centuries-past/
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2018/04/25/ancient-latrines-parasites-archaeology/#.WuXQuVOUs1I
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6574-180426-waste-dna-analysis

Some 400 years bp silver coins have been declared treasure:

https://www.stokesentinel.co.uk/news/local-news/400-year-old-silver-coins-1490975
https://www.shropshirestar.com/news/local-hubs/oswestry/2018/04/27/medieval-coins-found-near-oswestry-are-declared-treasure/

Latest in the Stonehenge tunnel saga:

http://www.dailyecho.co.uk/news/national/16176619.Experts_unite_to_condemn_plans_for_road_tunnel_past_Stonehenge/
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-wiltshire-43837307
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-wiltshire-43904626
https://www.metro.news/archaeologists-dig-heels-in-over-stonehenge-tunnel/1027727/

Concerns for Clifford’s Tower:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2018/apr/27/english-heritage-visitor-centre-cliffords-tower-in-york

On the Neolithic Revolution:

https://elpais.com/elpais/2018/04/20/ciencia/1524219983_369281.html

On the original Windsor Castle:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/windsor-castle-original-size-reconstruction-medieval-fortress-a8321766.html

More on the henge at Raunds:

https://www.northamptonchron.co.uk/news/excavations-will-reveal-more-about-ancient-henge-unearthed-in-raunds-1-8472802
https://www.northantstelegraph.co.uk/news/group-s-concerns-over-future-of-ancient-henge-uncovered-in-raunds-1-8473557

More on identifying the source of the Carambolo Treasure:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-04/uotb-gai042518.php
https://phys.org/news/2018-04-geologists-mystery-gold-treasure.html

More on Roman-influenced burials in Denmark:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/6567-180424-denmark-roman-goose

More on that Cornish barrow site:

https://phys.org/news/2018-04-archaeologists-cornish-barrow-site.html

More on the work at Rousay, Orkney:

https://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/secrets-of-orkney-s-egypt-of-the-north-to-be-unlocked-1-4728887

More on Cophenhagen’s earliest church:

http://sciencenordic.com/archaeologists-think-they-have-found-copenhagen%E2%80%99s-oldest-church

More on that possibly-trepanated cow:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/hole-ancient-cow-skull-could-have-been-surgery-practice
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/was-prehistoric-brain-surgeon-practicing-cow-5000-years-ago-180968875/
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http://archaeology-in-europe.blogspot.com/

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Plenty of coverage of the dating of a Russian Shigir idol to 11 000 years bp:

https://phys.org/news/2018-04-wooden-shigir-idol-egyptian-pyramids.html
https://www.livescience.com/62404-shigir-idol-age-and-new-face.html
https://www.salon.com/2018/04/28/shigir-idol-could-be-oldest-piece-of-monumental-art-study/
https://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/world-news/698555/ice-age-statue-siberia-shigir-idol-art-turkey-Yekaterinburg-archaeology-monument-devil
http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/04/11000-year-old-statue-unearthed-siberia-may-reveal-ancient-views-taboos-and-demons
https://www.sciencealert.com/ancient-carving-could-be-first-representation-of-evil-forces
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/statue-found-late-1890s-likely-dates-back-more-11000-years-180968895/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6571-180425-russia-shigir-idol

Evidence of a Neolithic society on Vietnam’s islands:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-04-24/vietnamese-ancient-society-discovered-by-accident/9680128

Over 300 burials from various periods from a site in Sichuan:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-04/29/c_137145345.htm

Studying New Guinea thigh bone daggers:

https://phys.org/news/2018-04-guinea-human-thigh-bone-daggers.html
https://www.livescience.com/62399-human-cassowary-bone-daggers.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6573-180426-thigh-bone-daggers

Evidence of ‘persistent forest reliance’ by indigenous peoples in Sri Lanka:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-04/mpif-efp042618.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/04/180426102648.htm
Major funding to restore a 14th century educational complex in Iran/Azerbaijan:

http://www.tehrantimes.com/news/422944/12m-channeled-to-restore-14th-century-educational-complex

Feature on the Terracotta Warriors:

https://mymodernmet.com/terracotta-warriors/
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Southeast Asian Archaeology Newsblog:

http://www.southeastasianarchaeology.com/

New Zealand Archaeology eNews:

http://nzarchaeology.blogspot.co.nz/index.html
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11 000 years bp giant sloth footprints in New Mexico are implicating humans in their extinction:

https://phys.org/news/2018-04-giant-slothaccording-ancient-humanfootprints.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2018/04/25/humans-stalked-giant-sloths-ancient-footprints-at-white-sands-national-monument-show/
https://www.newyorker.com/elements/lab-notes/our-early-ancestors-stalked-terrifying-eight-foot-tall-sloths
http://www.dw.com/en/scientists-find-evidence-of-prehistoric-man-vs-giant-sloth-battle/a-43540033?maca=en-newsletter_en_bulletin-2097-html-newsletter
https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/04/humans-once-hunted-giant-sloths-at-white-sands/
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/footprints-prove-humans-hunted-giant-sloths-during-ice-age?tgt=nr
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6575-180426-footprints-sloth-hunt

Suggestion that the last Ice Age affected breastfeeding in Native Americans (!):

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/04/180423155057.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-04/uoc–dli041918.php
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6568-180424-breastfeeding-genetic-mutation

Find of possibly the oldest shipwreck in Lake Erie:

http://www.toledoblade.com/local/2018/04/23/Researcher-says-new-shipwreck-most-important-Lake-Erie-discovery-to-date.html
http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2018/04/lost_for_189_years_has_the_lak.html
http://www.13abc.com/content/news/Shipwreck-believed-to-be-oldest-in-Lake-Erie-found-excavation-planned-480603781.html
http://www.journalgazette.net/news/worth-a-click/20180423/shipwreck-found-in-lake-erie-could-be-nearly-200-years-old

89 19th century burials from Texas:

http://www.abc17news.com/news/national-world/texas-archaeologists-find-89-graves/735400790
http://www.kyma.com/news/national-world/texas-archaeologists-find-89-graves/735400833

A Pawnee tipi ring find:

http://www.pressreleasepoint.com/nearly-pristine-pawnee-tipi-ring-site-preserved-more-century

Not sure where to put this one … on guidelines for dealing with indigenous human remains:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-04/uoia-ria042318.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/04/180426141528.htm

Studying an Arkansa Caddo Village burial site with plenty of skulls but no bodies:

http://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2018/apr/22/researcher-digs-into-ancient-caddo-myst-1/?f=news-arkansas

What Lee Newsom is up to:

http://www.gainesville.com/news/20180424/renowned-expert-uf-grad-helping-with-florida-shipwrecks
http://www.dailycommercial.com/news/20180425/renowned-expert-helping-with-florida-shipwrecks

What LiDAR reveals about Montpelier’s slave population:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-map-james-madisons-home-signs-paths-created-slaves-180968730/

A land deal has preserved a site possibly associated with the Lost Colony:

http://thecourier.com/national-news/2018/04/28/land-deal-will-preserve-site-linked-to-lost-colony-mystery/
http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/land-deal-preserve-site-linked-lost-colony-mystery-54800234
https://m.ctpost.com/news/us/article/Land-deal-will-preserve-site-linked-to-Lost-12871447.php

Britain is formally given the Franklin shipwrecks to Canada and the Inuit:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/franklin-expedition-hms-erebus-terror-1.4636222?cmp=rss
https://www.reddeeradvocate.com/news/britain-gifts-long-lost-franklin-expedition-ships-to-canada-inuit/

Funding concerns for Edna St. Vincent Millay’s house:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/24/arts/edna-st-vincent-millays-farmhouse-steepletop-faces-closure.html
More on the mammoth bones from Wyoming:

https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/wyoming/articles/2018-04-26/mammoth-bones-extracted-from-wyoming-reservoir-site
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The story that broke the internet this week was easily the find of a massive child sacrifice site in Peru:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/28/world/americas/child-sacrifice-peru.html?partner=rss&emc=rss
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-43928277
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/apr/28/largest-known-child-sacrifice-site-discovered-in-peru
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/04/28/mass-child-sacrifice-site-peru-may-largest-history/
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/skeletons-of-140-child-sacrifice-victims-found-in-peru-23sxg0q05
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/biggest-child-sacrifice-evidence-archaeologists-national-geographic-peru-chimu/
http://www.dw.com/en/archaeologists-in-peru-discover-mass-child-sacrifice-site/a-43573912
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2018/04/27/remains-of-140-children-found-in-peru-pointing-to-worlds-largest-ancient-child-sacrifice/
https://perureports.com/2018/04/26/worlds-largest-child-sacrifice-site-believed-to-be-uncovered-in-peru/
https://www.yahoo.com/news/ancient-child-sacrifice-discovered-peru-121300049.html
http://www.latimes.com/world/mexico-americas/la-fg-peru-sacrifice-20180427-story.html
http://nhpr.org/post/remains-found-more-140-children-who-were-sacrificed-peru
https://knpr.org/npr/2018-04/remains-more-140-children-who-were-sacrificed-found-peru
https://www.cnn.com/2018/04/27/americas/peru-largest-child-sacrifice/index.html
https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/04/27/606372522/remains-found-of-more-than-140-children-who-were-sacrificed-in-peru
https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Remains-of-140-children-found-in-Peru-pointing-12868720.php
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-04-28/140-children-killed-in-ancient-child-sacrifice-in-peru/9706926
http://nationalpost.com/news/world/remains-of-more-140-children-found-in-peru-possibly-point-to-worlds-largest-ancient-child-sacrifice
http://www.newsweek.com/peru-child-sacrifice-llama-chimu-empire-children-flooding-902906
https://www.theage.com.au/world/south-america/remains-of-140-children-found-in-peru-pointing-to-world-s-largest-ancient-child-sacrifice-20180428-p4zc62.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/world/americas/article/2143614/national-geographic-uncovers-hellish-scene-peru-where-140
https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/04/mass-child-human-animal-sacrifice-peru-chimu-science/
https://www.sciencenews.org/blog/science-ticker/mass-sacrifice-children-peru

1300 years bp burial from Lima, Peru:

https://perureports.com/2018/04/24/more-remains-found-from-ancient-indigenous-civilization-in-modern-day-lima/
https://www.nbcnews.com/video/archaeologists-find-1-300-year-old-bones-at-burial-site-in-lima-peru-1217876547507

No archaeological evidence for Carib people being cannibals, as claimed in colonial reports:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/apr/24/archeology-caribbean-carib-people-cannibalism-colonial-history-wrong
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6566-180424-carib-diet-cannibalism

Evidence that ‘ancient Amazonians’ lived sustainably:

https://phys.org/news/2018-04-ancient-amazonians-sustainably-today.html
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http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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Continuing the ancient craft of sculpting camel bones:

https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2018/04/camelbone-carvers-try-to-maintain-their-niche-1.html

I think we mentioned the graffiti made by Australian soldiers in France during WWI:

http://www.abc.net.au/radio/programs/am/2000-australian-soldiers-signatures-found-on-western-front-caves/9686472
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2018-04-23/anzac-graffiti-from-the-end-of-the-world-unearthed-in-ancient-french-cave-city/1751412

Some info about Rodin:

https://www.standard.co.uk/go/london/arts/auguste-rodin-facts-5-things-you-didnt-know-ahead-of-british-museum-exhibition-a3821221.html
http://www.anothermag.com/art-photography/10794/ten-things-you-might-not-know-about-rodin

How story-telling has ‘shaped the world’:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20180423-how-stories-have-shaped-the-world

On what the Mona Lisa tells us:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/27/arts/design/mona-lisa-instagram-art.html

Spain is trying to change the image of the Inquisition:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/apr/29/spain-black-legend-inquisition-conquistadors

A museum’s elephant bird egg turns out to be real after all:

https://phys.org/news/2018-04-museum-rare-elephant-bird-egg.html

An Islamic/Christian palimpsest is coming to auction:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/apr/25/passages-from-the-bible-discovered-behind-quran-manuscript-christies

… as is a Battle of Trafalgar’s ship’s biscuit:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-43923110

… and an antisemitic letter by Wagner:

http://m.jpost.com/Israel-News/Culture/Antisemitic-letter-by-composer-Wagner-to-be-auctioned-in-Israel-552513?utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter&utm_campaign=23-4-2018&utm_content=Antisemitic-letter-by-composer-Wagner-to-be-auctioned-in-Israel-552513

On the origin of the ampersand:

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-in-school/what-is-the-origin-of-the-ampersand/article23652027.ece

On the Indoeuropeans:

https://elpais.com/elpais/2018/04/20/ciencia/1524222446_048363.html

Studying 19th century portraits for dermatology purposes:

https://news.yale.edu/2018/04/10/19th-century-portraits-provide-dermatology-residents-lesson-looking

On Pius IX:

https://www.npr.org/605252936

On the colour pink:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20180419-the-shady-past-of-the-colour-pink

In case you need a Templar fix:

https://elpais.com/elpais/2018/04/18/ciencia/1524068386_743855.html

On the Birds Festival:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/26/arts/birds-festival-inspired-by-aristophanes-onassis-cultural-center.html

Review of a biography of Sabine Baring-Gold:

http://theweek.com/articles/763465/last-man-who-knew-everything

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Beyond the Nile:

http://www.scpr.org/programs/take-two/2018/04/24/62611/getty-museum-to-cleopatra-it-s-not-all-about-you/

Rodin and the Art of Ancient Greece:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2018/apr/24/rodin-and-the-art-of-ancient-greece-british-museum-london-review-parthenon-marbles
https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/art/reviews/rodin-art-of-ancient-greece-review-british-museum-elgin-marbles-parthenon-a8319851.html
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/exhibition-review-rodin-and-the-art-of-ancient-greece-at-the-british-museum-8j8hllmcw
http://londonist.com/london/art-and-photography/rodin-gives-us-thoughtful-and-kissable-sculpture-at-the-british-museum
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/art/artists/rodin-art-ancient-greece-british-museum-review-sculpture-superstars/
https://www.standard.co.uk/go/london/arts/rodin-and-the-art-of-ancient-greece-review-the-master-sculptor-meets-the-greek-greats-at-the-british-a3821731.html
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/preview/gods-of-the-parthenon-set-out-rodin-s-debt-to-the-past
http://www.laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=2455243&CategoryId=13003
http://www.euronews.com/2018/04/25/rodin-and-the-art-of-ancient-greece-exhibition-in-the-british-museum
https://www.spectator.co.uk/2018/04/how-rodin-made-a-parthenon-above-paris/
https://www.wsj.com/articles/rodin-and-the-art-of-ancient-greece-review-recasting-history-1524913200

James Cook:

http://newsletters.apollo-magazine.com/c/1gYyaDPyBZp7aM1zsvNfg0fA

Fort Orange:

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/apr/24/new-museum-exhibit-details-citys-400-year-old-dutc/
https://www.northcountrypublicradio.org/news/story/36071/20180424/new-museum-exhibit-details-albany-apos-s-400-year-old-dutch-roots

I think we’ve had this story of all the fakes in a French museum before:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-43933530
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/04/28/french-museum-discovers-half-collection-fakes/

On issues with labelling in museums:

https://sarahemilybond.com/2018/04/26/labeling-ancient-and-modern-slavery-within-museums/

More on the Penn Museum’s Middle East galleries:

http://artdaily.com/news/104114/Penn-Museum-opens-new-Middle-East-Galleries

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THE TECHY SIDE
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Dating Paleolithic cave art:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/science-notes-palaeolithic-cave-art-and-uranium-thorium-dating.htm

Virtually reconstructing that Psamtik colossal statue:

https://www.cnn.com/2018/04/20/world/psamtik-colossus-cairo/index.html

More on Google/Cyark and at-risk heritage sites:

https://hyperallergic.com/438821/google-arts-culture-open-heritage/

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Another genomic study from Africa (Western and Central):

https://phys.org/news/2018-04-genomics-africademographic-history-deleterious-mutations.html

On the genetic history of the Tsimshian:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/mapping-history-first-nations-people-through-their-genes-180968899/

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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More on humans surviving/thriving in South Africa during a ‘volcanic winter’ 74 000 years bp:

https://phys.org/news/2018-04-early-humans-volcanic-winter.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-04/uota-urp042518.php
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Aphrodisias:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/aphrodisias-awaits-record-high-visitors-130696

Leeuwarden:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20180423-the-dutch-city-with-a-constantly-changing-name

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CRIME BEAT
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Nice feature on Christos Tsirogiannis’ work spotting illicit antiquities coming to auction:

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/christies-antiquities-sale-tsirogiannis-1270004

Egypt foiled an attempt to smuggle some Islamic artifacts to Lebanon:

http://www.egyptindependent.com/egypt-foils-smuggling-attempt-8-ancient-islamic-artefacts-lebanon/

Iranian police busted someone selling antiquities online:

http://www.tehrantimes.com/news/422917/Online-ad-discloses-antiquities
http://ifpnews.com/exclusive/antiquities-advertised-for-online-sale-seized-in-iran/

Marshall University was fined for its handling of American Indian remains:

https://www.seattlepi.com/news/us/article/Marshall-fined-for-violating-federal-law-over-12866723.php

Police recovered the stolen heart of Dublin’s patron saint:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/apr/26/dublin-patron-saint-preserved-heart-recovered-by-police

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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Switzerland returned a number of ancient coins to Serbia:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/6569-180424-ancient-coins-repatriated

Ethiopia wants the BM to permanently return artifacts, not lend them:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/ethiopia-artefacts-uk-victoria-albert-museum-tristram-hunt-battle-of-maqdala-a8320121.html
http://www.arabnews.com/node/1290126/world
https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2018/04/24/ethiopia-urges-british-museum-to-permanently-return-its-artifacts
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-ethiopia-history-artefacts/ethiopia-says-british-museum-must-permanently-return-its-artifacts-idUSKBN1HU2M2
https://hyperallergic.com/439456/ethiopia-repatriation-victoria-albert-museum-london-looted-objects/

… background:

http://www.dw.com/en/ethiopias-looted-ancient-artifacts/g-43481788

A ceremony to welcome back a mosaic to Cyprus:

http://cyprus-mail.com/2018/04/23/one-last-two-pieces-looted-kanakaria-mosaics-back-cyprus/
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NUMISMATICA
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A California gold rush coin turns out to be genuine:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/coin-once-believed-be-fake-million-dollar-find-180968893/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/club_nbs_esylum_v21n16.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/club_nbs_esylum_v21n17.html

More on that Bluetooth coin hoard:

https://coinweek.com/coins/treasure-2/metal-detectorists-find-silver-coin-treasure-hoard-linked-to-king-bluetooth/

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Ancient Coin Collecting:

http://ancientcoincollecting.blogspot.com/

Ancient Coins:

http://classicalcoins.blogspot.com/

Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/
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PERFORMANCES AND THEATRE-RELATED
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Hecuba:

https://paw.princeton.edu/article/majel-connery-01-classics-rock
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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

http://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-main-menu-cat/audio-news-list/2734-audio-news-from-archaeologica-15-april-21-april-2018
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OBITUARIES
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Ruth Kirk:

http://www.theolympian.com/news/local/article209632914.html

Richard Oldenburg:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/20/obituaries/richard-oldenburg-who-led-momas-expansion-and-drew-crowds-dies-at-84.html

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CONFERENCES
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Dead Sea Scrolls at Seventy (today!):

http://orion.mscc.huji.ac.il/symposiums/upcoming.shtml

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GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

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

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Ancient Digger:

http://www.ancientdigger.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Past Horizons:

http://www.pasthorizons.com/

Stonepages:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

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

Time Machine:

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

The Book and the Spade:

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Explorator 20.52 ~ April 22, 2018

Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Hernan Astudillo,
Bob Heuman, David Critchley, Barbara Saylor Rodgers, mata kimasitayo,
Richard C. Griffiths, and Ross W. Sargent for headses upses this week
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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Again humans are being implicated in large-mammal extinctions some 100 000 years bp or so:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-04/uon-uwo041918.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/04/180419141536.htm
https://www.zmescience.com/science/news-science/humans-responsible-large-mammal-die-off-0432423/
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2018/04/19/humans-have-killed-off-most-earths-big-mammals/533199002/
https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/04/19/604031141/new-study-says-ancient-humans-hunted-big-mammals-to-extinction

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AFRICA
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Some markings on sites in South Africa might be the first use of symbols by humans:

http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/04/100000-year-old-hashtag-first-human-symbol-or-just-pretty-decoration
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6562-180420-markings-symbols-ochre

More on those Merotic inscriptions from Sudan:

http://languagehat.com/meroitic-inscriptions-found/
https://face2faceafrica.com/article/one-of-africas-oldest-written-languages-discovered-in-sudan
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Studying mummy tattoos:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/science/2018-04-21/ancient-tattoos-egyptian-mummies-archaeology/9671920
http://www.ibtimes.sg/archaeologist-shocked-find-hidden-tattoos-5500-year-old-egyptian-mummy-infrared-cameras-26047

Latest from the Avenue of Sphinxes:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/9/47995/Antiquities-min-reviews-progress-of-Avenue-of-Sphinxes

The restored colossal statue of Ramses II at Luxor was unveiled:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/48381/Unveiling-restored-King-Ramses-II-colossus
http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/298060/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Ramses-II-colossus-revealed-in-Egypts-Luxor-after-.aspx

Translation of a 1500 years bp magical papyrus is very interesting:

https://www.livescience.com/62324-ancient-egyptian-papyrus-biblical-human-sacrifice.html
http://www.newsweek.com/1500-year-old-ancient-egyptian-papyrus-contains-stories-biblical-human-891667
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6552-180418-coptic-papyrus-sacrifice

Zahi Hawass is not happy about claims about Tut’s death:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/48122/Rumors-about-King-Tut%E2%80%99s-death-anger-Zahi-Hawass

What Nico Staring is up to:

https://phys.org/news/2018-04-years-human-square-metres.html

More on the 4500 additional fragments of that Psamtik I statue:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fragments-pharaoh-statue-deliberately-destroyed-found-egypt-180968789/

More on that image of Hatshepsut at Swansea:

https://phys.org/news/2018-04-team-mysterious-pharaoh.html

A survey of mole rat burrows at Tel Eton is supporting claims of David’s united monarchy, apparently:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.molerat-archaeology-supports-united-monarchy-theory-says-new-study-1.6007916
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-molerat-archaeology-supports-united-monarchy-theory-says-new-study-1.6007916

Students preparing the ‘Sanhedrin Trail’ came across a 1400 years bp lamp:

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/244477
https://www.timesofisrael.com/1400-year-old-menorah-rare-gold-coin-found-as-kids-dig-trail-for-israels-70th/
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/new-interactive-sanhedrin-trail-yields-ancient-oil-lamp-adorned-with-menorah/2018/04/16/

Excavations at the St Hilarion Monastery have commenced in Palestine:

https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2018/04/st-hilarion-to-be-restored.html

How mice may have saved Jerusalem from the Assyrians:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.how-mice-may-have-saved-jerusalem-2-700-years-ago-from-the-assyrians-1.6011735

Pondering the most important finds in Israeli archaeology:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/toi-asks-the-experts-what-are-the-most-important-finds-of-israeli-archaeology/

Features on the Masada siege:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-sites-places/biblical-archaeology-sites/the-masada-siege/
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/04/16/day-ad-73roman-soldiers-breach-fearsome-masada-fortress-shocked/

On murex blue and Israeli heritage (or something like that):

http://jewishweek.timesofisrael.com/blue-heaven-2/

Feature on the ‘honeycomb houses’ at Catal Huyuk:

http://www.abc.net.au/radio/programs/conversations/serena-love/9652074

Feature on Tell Khaiber:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2018/04/Tell-Khaiber-Castle-Sealand-Kings

Pondering narcotics use in the ancient Near East:

http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/04/did-ancient-mesopotamians-get-high-near-eastern-rituals-may-have-included-opium

We’re just learning of destruction by ISIL at the site of Mari:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/apr/19/destruction-at-the-ancient-site-of-mari-in-syria
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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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A bust of Marcus Aurelius (maybe) from Aswan:

Rare Oririan temple and marble head of Marcus Aurelius unearthed in Luxor and Aswan – Ancient Egypt – Heritage – Ahram Online
http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/298146.aspx
http://www.tampabay.com/archaeologists-find-bust-of-roman-emperor-in-egypt-ap_worldd62d84eb436c4ebca7da5252f219c1ef

Evidence that parts of the Antonine Wall were painted in bright colours:

https://phys.org/news/2018-04-archaeologist-red-yellow-antonine-wall.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-43838792
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/how-romans-painted-the-town-red-in-ancient-propaganda-wars-gnf2lxdvl
https://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/original-colour-scheme-of-antonine-wall-revealed-1-4726470
http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/16171696.Grisly_secrets_of_the_Roman_s_Antonine_wall_revealed_through_science/
https://www.glasgowlive.co.uk/news/glasgow-news/glasgow-researcher-discovered-antonine-wall-14555698
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6556-180419-scotland-distance-stone

Digging the Roman port at RAF Akrotiri:

https://www.forces.net/news/ancient-artefacts-unearthed-raf-akrotiri

Criticism of some mosaic cleaning at Kato Paphos:

http://cyprus-mail.com/2018/04/19/antiquities-department-sorry-mosaic-cleaning-blunder/

Roman wheat farming advice apparently was correct:

http://www.news.uwa.edu.au/2018041910553/research/modern-science-shows-roman-wheat-farming-advice-was-highly-accurate
https://phys.org/news/2018-04-modern-science-roman-wheat-farming.html

The Youth of Mantineia is on display again:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/30987-athens-national-museum-brings-the-youth-of-mantineia-out-of-storage.html

A Roman tomb will be incorporated into a shopping mall in Malta:

http://www.maltatoday.com.mt/environment/townscapes/86139/roman_tomb_to_be_integrated_in_massive_qormi_diy_centre

Not really ‘ancient’ but an interesting feature on the Silver Caesars:

https://www.apollo-magazine.com/solving-the-mystery-of-the-silver-caesars/

Coverage of Classics Day at Holy Cross:

https://news.holycross.edu/blog/2018/04/16/photos-holy-cross-students-share-their-passion-for-all-things-ancient-greek-and-roman-on-classics-day/

… and Classics Week at LU:

http://www.lawrentian.com/archives/1012726

The Roman Games at Nimes are becoming a major thing:

https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2018/apr/17/nimes-france-great-roman-games-re-enactment-spectacular-gladiators-spartacus

A statue coverup is getting press attention:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/04/17/covering-half-naked-warrior-statue-islamic-conference-italy/

What Guy Rogers is up to:

https://thewellesleynews.com/2018/04/18/professor-guy-rogers-develops-lifelong-interest-in-alexander-the-great/

Assorted students having success with Homeric Greek:

http://www.capecodtoday.com/article/2018/04/17/238803-Sandwich-Student-Homeric-Greek-Scholar
http://braintree.wickedlocal.com/news/20180417/braintree-student-performs-homers-odyssey
http://easton.wickedlocal.com/news/20180419/stephen-recupero-completes-greek-course

UNL had a Homerathon:

http://www.dailynebraskan.com/arts_and_entertainment/unl-s-homerathon-intertwines-marathon-reading-of-homer-s-iliad/article_37f76646-436f-11e8-9202-87256f2ea2a8.html
http://journalstar.com/news/local/education/a-marathon-reading-of-the-classics—-we/article_d9cb3ed5-192e-5e5e-a96d-106a80715c82.html
http://www.dailynebraskan.com/arts_and_entertainment/unl-students-gather-for-reading-of-iliad-at-homerathon/article_5d76bae4-4436-11e8-9845-87518e4a8315.html

Reviews of Madeline Miller, *Circe*:

https://www.npr.org/2018/04/15/602605359/circe-gets-a-new-motivation
http://wkms.org/post/circe-gets-new-motivation
http://www.straitstimes.com/lifestyle/arts/falling-under-a-witchs-spell
https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/reviews/circe-madeline-miller-book-review-the-odyssey-feminist-rewrite-female-empowerment-greek-mythology-a8310691.html
https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/apr/21/circe-by-madeline-miller-review

Review of three recent Odyssey translations:

https://www.lrb.co.uk/v40/n08/colin-burrow/light-through-the-fog

Interview with Daniel Mendelsohn:

http://radiowest.kuer.org/post/odyssey

More on that Greco-Roman temple from Egypt’s Western Desert:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/31016-remains-of-rare-2-200-year-old-greco-roman-temple-discovered-in-egypt.html

More on brewing Greco-Roman beer:

http://theconversation.com/we-brewed-an-ancient-graeco-roman-beer-and-heres-how-it-tastes-94362
http://nationalpost.com/pmn/news-pmn/we-brewed-an-ancient-graeco-roman-beer-and-heres-how-it-tastes
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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A possibly-trepanned 10 000 years bp (dating varies) cow skull is raising questions:

https://phys.org/news/2018-04-holey-cow-evidence-stone-age.html
https://www.livescience.com/62352-ancient-cow-brain-surgery-trepanation.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/apr/19/did-neolithic-man-practice-trepanning-on-cows
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6557-180419-neolithic-cow-trepanation

A Bronze Age pot from Cornwall:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-cornwall-43787497
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6551-180418-england-cornish-barrow

… and a Cornish barrow site:

https://phys.org/news/2018-04-archaeologists-cornish-barrow-site.html

Palstave axes found near Kent a while ago were subject to an inquest:

https://www.kentlive.news/news/kent-news/rare-treasure-thousands-years-old-1474041

A henge originally spotted in the 1970s has been exposed prior to a construction project in Raunds:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-northamptonshire-43814448
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-england-northamptonshire-43814450/ancient-henge-is-unearthed-in-raunds-by-archaeologists
https://www.northantstelegraph.co.uk/news/henge-discovered-in-raunds-is-not-new-according-to-experts-1-8464712
https://www.northantstelegraph.co.uk/news/mp-calls-for-more-details-and-reassurance-over-ancient-henge-found-in-raunds-1-8468082
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6561-180420-england-cotton-henge

Finds from various periods from Five Mile Lane road expansion:

http://www.barryanddistrictnews.co.uk/news/16163151.Ancient_artifacts_from_3500BC_discovered_at_Five_Mile_Lane/

A 13-year-old (and others) have found a significant trove associated with Harald Bluetooth, apparently:

https://phys.org/news/2018-04-archaeologists-silver-treasure-german-baltic.html
https://www.livescience.com/62323-king-bluetooth-treasure-found.html
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/king-haral-bluetooth-buried-treasure/
https://www.thelocal.de/20180416/viking-age-treasures-connected-to-legendary-danish-king-found-on-rgen
http://cphpost.dk/news/unique-silver-treasure-found-by-schoolboy-with-metal-detector.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-43786129
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/04/16/boy-unearths-legendary-danish-king-bluetooths-trove-germany/
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/apr/16/treasure-of-legendary-danish-king-bluetooth-unearthed-in-germany
https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/archaeologists-uncover-silver-treasure-on-german-island/2018/04/16/1c238c46-415e-11e8-b2dc-b0a403e4720a_story.html
http://www.news.com.au/world/breaking-news/10th-century-danish-king-treasure-found/news-story/d16a9fd674d4b47fb9b521cfcf18d527
https://www.yahoo.com/news/boy-unearths-legendary-danish-kings-trove-germany-100259907.html
http://www.ibtimes.com/1000-year-old-king-bluetooths-treasure-discovered-13-year-old-boy-2672663
https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/04/16/602904998/amateur-archaeologist-and-13-year-old-student-discover-trove-tied-to-danish-king
http://www.dw.com/en/bluetooth-treasure-found-on-german-baltic-sea-island/a-43403908
https://elpais.com/elpais/2018/04/16/album/1523893050_693658.html
https://elpais.com/cultura/2018/04/16/actualidad/1523881638_211194.html
http://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/an-amateur-archaeologist-and-a-13yearold-boy-discover-cache-of-medieval-viking-treasure/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/thirteen-year-old-finds-viking-treasure-germany-180968817/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6550-180417-germany-bluetooth-coins

Possible remains of Cophenhagen’s oldest church:

http://cphpost.dk/news/archaeologists-may-have-found-copenhagens-oldest-church.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6547-180417-medieval-copenhagen-church

Some medieval Egyptian pottery from Plovdiv:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2018/04/13/archeologists-find-rare-12th-century-lusterware-pottery-from-medieval-egypt-in-building-with-rich-murals-reveal-medieval-streets-in-bulgarias-plovdiv/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6549-180417-bulgaria-medieval-murals

Assorted medieval finds from Loch Shiel:

https://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/medieval-handbell-among-treasures-found-on-highland-island-1-4724939

A mass grave of Jacobites (it appears) from near Culloden:

https://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/mass-grave-of-jacobites-found-near-culloden-1-4724495

A survey has commenced on Rousay:

http://www.thenational.scot/news/16171515.Archaeologists_search_for_answers_in__Egypt_of_the_North_/

Oldest gold in Britain was from a car boot sale, apparently:

http://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/16175039.__39_Oldest_gold_in_Britain__39__bought_at_an_Oxfordshire_car_boot_sale/

Police have recovered the reliquary containing the heart of Anne de Bretagne:

http://m.presseocean.fr/actualite/exclusif-le-reliquaire-du-coeur-danne-de-bretagne-retrouve-a-saint-nazaire-21-04-2018-268983

France prevented the sale of a manuscript:

https://fr.aleteia.org/2018/04/20/letat-suspend-une-vente-aux-encheres-et-revendique-des-manuscrits-du-mont-saint-michel/

I think we mentioned the badger trouble at Craignethan Castle:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-43808574

More on that ‘medieval’ burial with the knife prosthesis:

https://www.livescience.com/62330-italy-knife-hand-skeleton-amputation.html
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-04-18/medieval-italian-man-replaced-amputated-hand-with-knife/9671596
http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/he-was-buried-among-his-kind-warriors-of-dark-ages-italy-but-what-replaced-his-severed-hand-sets-him-apart/news-story/42308eb4ae3dd9fab1b0f8a9fbfa270f
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/medieval-man-used-knife-prosthetic-limb-180968837/

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Archaeology in Europe Blog:

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

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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A Han Dynasty iron smelting waste dump from Henan province:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-04/16/c_137115460.htm

Deep sea archaeology off Beijiao:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-04/18/c_137119636.htm
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-04/18/c_137119949.htm

This appears to be an underwater dig near Chengdou:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-04/20/c_137125459.htm

Dragon tiles from Hanoi:

http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/art-entertainment/199303/thang-long-imperial-city-excavation-reveals-large-structures.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6559-180420vietnam-imperial-citadel

Remains of a 3500 years bp or so settlement from Uttar Pradesh:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/lucknow/archaeologists-discover-settlement-dating-back-to-3500-4000-years-near-ups-bhadohi/articleshow/63786480.cms

24 sites identified in Assam:

http://indianexpress.com/article/north-east-india/assam/move-to-protect-assams-heritage-24-archaeological-sites-identified-5142487/

Remains of a centuries-old (?) mosque from northeast Iran:

http://www.tehrantimes.com/news/422683/Remains-of-centuries-old-mosque-unearthed-in-Fariman

A Zoroastrian-era panel from Uzbekistan (paywall, but the ‘photo’ is there):

https://akipress.com/news:605108/

Digging has resumed at Mes Aynak:

https://www.tolonews.com/afghanistan/archaeological-dig-resumes-mes-aynak

More on food in Silk Road cities:

https://phys.org/news/2018-04-nomadic-silk-road-cities-urban.html
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Southeast Asian Archaeology Newsblog:

http://www.southeastasianarchaeology.com/

New Zealand Archaeology eNews:

http://nzarchaeology.blogspot.co.nz/index.html
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NORTH AMERICA
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Earliest evidence of dogs in North America, some 10 000 years bp:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/dogs-lived-and-died-humans-10000-years-ago-americas
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6560-180420-north-america-dogs

Searching for Calusa artifacts on Marco Island:

https://www.naplesnews.com/videos/news/2018/04/21/archaeologists-look-calusa-indian-artifacts-post-irma-marco-island/107002734/

A survey has found possible remains of Cornwallis’ scuttled fleet in the York River:

http://www.gazettejournal.net/index.php/news/news_article/underwater_survey_finds_wrecks_believed_to_be_from_cornwallis_fleet

Questioning claims of rampant suicide among Custer’s men:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/suicide-custer-little-big-horn-soldiers-may-be-overblown?tgt=nr
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6548-180417-little-bighorn-suicides

Feature on petroglyphs in Utah:

https://www.ksl.com/?nid=148&sid=46302727

A controlled burn at the site of the Battle of Manassas:

https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/04/20/604431862/controlled-burn-held-at-manassas-battlefield-park-to-restore-civil-war-landscape

A mammoth find from Wyoming:

http://www.heraldcourier.com/news/mammoth-remains-found-in-northern-wyoming/article_4399c252-cb44-5712-8b27-30d34a2aa6fd.html
http://billingsgazette.com/news/state-and-regional/wyoming/mammoth-bones-uncovered-near-wyoming-s-buffalo-bill-reservoir/article_17dc0899-cadd-5ae8-88ad-fe8340e32950.html
http://www.gillettenewsrecord.com/news/wyoming/article_bf7948e3-7bfe-55bc-81b5-8f40c2895007.html
http://billingsgazette.com/news/state-and-regional/wyoming/federal-law-enforcement-investigating-potential-theft-of-mammoth-bones-in/article_17dc0899-cadd-5ae8-88ad-fe8340e32950.html

Concerns for coastal sites in New Hampshire:

http://digital.vpr.net/post/archaeologists-find-eroding-coastlines-threaten-past-much-present?#stream/0

The ‘lost city’ of Etzanoa site is open to the public:

http://www.kansas.com/news/state/article208617349.html

Trying to solve the mystery of Crenshaw:

http://www.nwaonline.com/news/2018/apr/22/researcher-digs-into-ancient-caddo-myst-1/
http://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2018/apr/22/researcher-digs-into-ancient-caddo-myst-1/?f=news-arkansas

Evidence of family planning in 19th century New York:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2018/04/20/aborted-fetus-and-pill-bottle-in-19th-century-new-york-outhouse-reveal-history-of-family-planning/

Digitizing Benjamin Franklin’s manuscripts:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/benjamin-franklins-paper-go-digital-180968848/

More on shipwrecks from an Alexandria construction site:

https://alexandrialivingmagazine.com/news/robinson-landing-townhomes-ready-for-move-in-this-summer/
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Evidence of a ‘medicinal garden’ from Uxmal:

http://www.theyucatantimes.com/2018/04/inah-discovers-medicinal-plants-in-archaeological-zone-of-uxmal-yucatan/

Similarities between Chinese and Maya civilizations at Copan:

http://www.ecns.cn/2018/04-17/299412.shtml
http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1098175.shtml

On the spread of the Kaanul rulers:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/ancient-maya-city-snake-king-dynasty-la-corona-archaeology
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6553-180418-maya-la-corona-guatemala

Feature on the ‘man who saved Havana’:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/man-who-saved-havana-180968735/
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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 hiding art during WWII:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20180413-the-art-hidden-from-nazi-bombs

On Swiss Milchsuppe:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20180416-in-switzerland-the-soup-quarrelling-politicians-share

On collaboration between scientists and archaeologists:

http://www.dispatch.com/news/20180422/collaboration-makes-science-and-scientists-stronger

Analyzing speeches of the French Revolution:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/04/180417130050.htm
https://phys.org/news/2018-04-multidisciplinary-insights-french-revolution.html

An eighteenth century version of a currently-popular meme?:

https://verne.elpais.com/verne/2018/04/18/mexico/1524074163_316533.html

What Napoleon thought of Caesar:

http://nationalinterest.org/blog/the-buzz/what-napoleon-thought-caesar-25387

On how dictators exploit ancient sites:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20180419-saddam-disney-for-a-despot-how-dictators-exploit-ruins

On inspirations for the Avengers’ Infinity Stones:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20180416-avengers-infinity-war-and-the-allure-of-mystic-stones

On *Late Fame*:

https://www.newyorker.com/culture/cultural-comment/brilliant-1895-novel-on-the-emptiness-of-literary-fame

On the colour pink:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20180419-the-shady-past-of-the-colour-pink

On aerial photography by pigeons:

https://www.newyorker.com/culture/photo-booth/the-turn-of-the-century-pigeons-that-photographed-earth-from-above

On Bajau ‘spleen evolution’:

http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-43823885

Renaissance tapestries are becoming popular again:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/20/arts/art-collecting-tapestries.html

Feature on the Palio:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/16/travel/siena-italy-palio-di-siena.html

More on the search for Shackleton’s lost ship:

https://www.livescience.com/62337-search-for-shackleton-endurance-shipwreck.html
https://www.livescience.com/62334-shackleton-endurance-shipwreck-photos.html

More on Coleridge’s remains being found:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/poet-samuel-taylor-coleridges-casket-rediscovered-former-wine-cellar-180968811/

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Iran: Cradle of Civilization:

https://financialtribune.com/articles/travel/84407/iranian-relics-on-show-in-britain-netherland

Palmyra portraits:

http://artdaily.com/news/103968/Getty-Villa-exhibition-examines-aancient-Palmyran-funerary-portraits

Teotihuacan:

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/arts/la-et-cm-teotihuacan-lacma-20180418-htmlstory.html

The Penn Museum has opened its revamped Middle East galleries:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2018/apr/19/middle-east-artifacts-penn-museum-unveiled
https://penntoday.upenn.edu/news/revealing-penn-museums-middle-east-treasures

On the importance of museum independence:

https://www.museumsassociation.org/museums-journal/news/18042018-icom-warns-threats-museum-independence

Coverage of the revamped Getty Villa:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/getty-villa-renovation
https://www.wsj.com/articles/art-history-refreshed-at-the-getty-1524308401

… and something’s missing:

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/arts/la-et-cm-getty-villa-reinstalled-20180419-htmlstory.html

Construction near the Frist has occasioned the closing of a Roman exhibit early:

https://www.nashvillepost.com/business/tourism/article/21001066/frist-prematurely-closes-roman-exhibit-due-to-blasting

Pondering deaccessioning of a Chagall:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/chagall-sale-galleries-selling-art-uk-1.4620281

A culinary tour at the Met:

https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2018/03/27/596154249/a-feast-for-the-eyes-an-art-inspired-food-tour-at-the-met

More on Ptolemaic items at the Egyptian Museum:

http://www.egyptindependent.com/temporary-exhibition-demonstrates-300-artifacts-for-the-first-time-at-egyptian-museum/
https://egyptianstreets.com/2018/04/19/300-artifacts-on-display-at-the-egyptian-museum-for-the-first-time-in-temporary-exhibition/
http://www.latimes.com/nation/sns-bc-ml–egypt-antiquities-20180419-story.html
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THE TECHY SIDE
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Chinese satellite technology helped spot some Roman sites in Tunisia:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-04/20/c_137124541.htm
http://www.ecns.cn/visual/hd/2018/04-20/159514.shtml

Cyark and Google are digitally recording assorted sites:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-43797836
http://www.wired.co.uk/article/google-arts-culture-cyark-open-heritage-chichen-itza-bagan
https://www.ft.com/content/b27a1006-4187-11e8-93cf-67ac3a6482fd
https://www.yahoo.com/news/google-digitally-preserving-historic-sites-182539974.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/project-launches-digitally-preserve-risk-heritage-sites-around-world-180968799/

An interesting (?) facial reconstruction of Hannibal:

http://kapitalis.com/tunisie/2018/04/19/le-visage-dhannibal-reconstitue-par-loffice-allemand-de-la-police-criminelle/
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ON THE DNA FRONT
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DNA testing on remains from a 5000 years bp cemetery in Shaanxi suggest a male-dominated community:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-04/19/c_137122939.htm

A comparative genome study of some African populations:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/04/180420122833.htm

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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How early humans dealt with climate change:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-04/uom-scc041318.php
https://phys.org/news/2018-04-surviving-climate.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/04/180416085917.htm
https://www.independent.co.uk/environment/climate-change-first-europeans-survived-volcano-eruption-work-together-italy-liguria-a8306911.html
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Timna National Park:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20180419-the-israeli-park-with-a-valuable-secret

Places in Spain that seem to be somewhere else:

https://elpais.com/elpais/2018/04/20/paco_nadal/1524216740_305099.html

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CRIME BEAT
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The final chapter in the Raphael Golb case:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/strange-case-of-online-impersonation-in-dead-sea-scrolls-feud-set-to-end/

… and the punishment is probation:

https://wtop.com/national/2018/04/will-case-of-dead-sea-scrolls-online-aliases-end-with-jail-2/

Not sure if this Bahamian ‘blockchain’ effort is actually a threat to underwater archaeology or not:

https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/po8-the-first-bahamian-blockchain-project-aims-to-disrupt-the-marine-archaeology-industry-300631449.html

Theft of some historic bells from a church in Libya:

https://aawsat.com/english/home/article/1239126/two-thieves-steal-bells-historic-church-libya

Chinese items stolen from a museum in Bath:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-somerset-43806941
http://theartnewspaper.com/news/chinese-antiquities-stolen-in-raid-on-bath-museum

Charges in a case of looted Dacian artifacts:

https://www.romania-insider.com/german-court-dacian-artifacts/

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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Austria has returned a number of items to Romania:

https://phys.org/news/2018-04-ancient-coins-bracelets-looted-romania.html
https://www.romania-insider.com/dacian-artifacts-return-romania-2018/
https://www.wftv.com/news/national-news/ap-top-news/ancient-coins-bracelets-looted-from-romania-return-home/734568790
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6558-180419-romania-repatriation-artifacts

Ethiopia wants full restitution of the Maqdala treasures:

http://theartnewspaper.com/news/ethiopia-toughens-position-on-maqdala-treasures-calling-for-full-restitution
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NUMISMATICA
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Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/club_nbs_esylum_v21n15.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/club_nbs_esylum_v21n16.html

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Ancient Coin Collecting:

http://ancientcoincollecting.blogspot.com/

Ancient Coins:

http://classicalcoins.blogspot.com/

Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/
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PERFORMANCES AND THEATRE-RELATED
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Cello concerto inspired by a painting:

https://nyti.ms/2JdYMMB

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

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OBITUARIES
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William Biers:

https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/columbia-mo/william-biers-7821687

Alexander Welsh:

https://news.yale.edu/2018/04/12/alexander-welsh-preeminent-scholar-british-prose

Vincent Rosivach:

http://fairfieldmirror.com/news/longtime-fairfield-professor-passes-away/
https://classicalstudies.org/scs-news/memoriam-vincent-j-rosivach

Richard Oldenburg:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/20/obituaries/richard-oldenburg-who-led-momas-expansion-and-drew-crowds-dies-at-84.html
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CONFERENCES
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Aerial Archaeology AARG Conference (September 2018):

http://www.unive.it/aarg2018

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GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

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

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Ancient Digger:

http://www.ancientdigger.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Past Horizons:

http://www.pasthorizons.com/

Stonepages:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

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

Time Machine:

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

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

The Book and the Spade:

http://www.radioscribe.com/bknspade.htm
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Explorator 20.51 ~ April 15, 2018

Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Hernan Astudillo,
Bob Heuman, Barbarda Saylor Rodgers, Kris Curry, Mata Kimasitayo,
David Emery, David Critchley, Richard Campbell, 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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An 85 000 years bp finger bone from Saudi Arabia is causing a bit of an Out of Africa rethink:

https://phys.org/news/2018-04-human-migration-africa-geographically-widespread.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-04/mpif-fhm040418.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/04/180409112551.htm
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/09/science/a-fossilized-finger-bone-may-be-from-the-earliest-humans-on-the-arabian-peninsula.html
https://www.livescience.com/62256-ancient-human-finger-in-arabia.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-43700703?intlink_from_url=http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/topics/c1038wnxyy0t/archaeology&link_location=live-reporting-story
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/apr/09/finger-fossil-shows-humans-went-east-of-africa-earlier-than-thought
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/finger-arabian-desert-secrets-human-migration-homo-sapiens-archaeology-a8294991.html
http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-human-finger-fossil-20180409-story.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2018/04/10/an-85000-year-old-finger-fossil-may-challenge-theories-about-how-early-humans-migrated-from-africa/
http://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/world/article208342749.html
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2018/04/09/earliest-human-fossil-saudi-arabia-discovered-migration/499222002/
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/MAGAZINE-85-000-year-old-homo-sapiens-bone-found-in-saudi-arabia-1.5980752
https://www.stuff.co.nz/world/middle-east/102999501/A-finger-bone-from-an-unexpected-place-and-time-upends-the-story-of-human-migration-out-of-Africa
http://www.newsweek.com/early-human-migrations-arabian-peninsula-fossil-finger-877609
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/deadthings/2018/04/09/fossil-arabian-desert/
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/finger-fossil-puts-people-arabia-least-86000-years-ago
https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/04/saudi-arabian-fossil-find-puts-finger-on-the-story-of-human-dispersal/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/rare-85000-year-old-finger-bone-could-complicate-our-understanding-african-migration-180968720/
https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/04/saudi-arabia-finger-human-migration-homo/
https://www.archaeology.org/6499-early-migrants-may-have-traveled-beyond-the-levant

Pondering the evolutionary advantage of expressive eyebrows:

https://phys.org/news/2018-04-evolutionary-advantage-eyebrows.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-04/uoy-web040618.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/04/180409112554.htm
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/13/science/eyebrow-evolution-expression.html
https://www.archaeology.org/6502-180409-homo-heidelbergensis-skull

Interview with David Reigh about Neanderthal humanity:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/apr/07/ever-evolving-story-humanity-david-reich-interview-neanderthals-denisovans-genome

More on the oldest wooden Neanderthal tools found in Spain:

https://www.sciencealert.com/neanderthal-wooden-tools-iberian-peninsula-spain-90-000-years-old
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AFRICA
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a huge cache of Meroitic inscriptions from the Sudan is causing a lot of excitement:

https://www.livescience.com/62272-oldest-meroe-inscriptions-sudan-africa.html
http://www.newsweek.com/sub-saharan-african-empires-nubia-meroitic-napata-kush-kingdom-883813
http://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/tablets-inscribed-with-mysterious-extinct-language-unearthed-at-ancient-african-city-of-the-dead/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cache-ancient-inscriptions-africas-oldest-written-languages-180968786/
https://www.sciencealert.com/nubian-funerary-artefacts-meroitic-texts-found-in-sedeinga-sudan
https://www.archaeology.org/6539-180411-sudan-meroitic-texts
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Archaeologists have found some 4500 ‘new’ fragments of a colossal statue of Psamtik I in Cairo:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/297399/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/New-discovery-in-Matariya-sheds-light-on-the-shape.aspx
http://www.egyptindependent.com/4500-artifacts-belonging-to-king-psamtek-i-statue-discovered-in-matariya/
http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/47474/Large-fragments-of-massive-Psamtek-I-s-Matariya-colossus-uncovered
https://www.albawaba.com/editorchoice/german-egyptian-excavation-unveiled-4500-relics-belonging-pharaoh-kings-1116416
http://www.laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=2454446&CategoryId=13936
https://www.archaeology.org/6537-180411-king-psamtek-i-colossus

The tomb of Tut’s wife may have been found … or not:

https://www.livescience.com/62264-search-king-tut-wife-tomb.html

Feature on how Howard Carter almost missed Tut’s tomb:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/archaeology-and-history/magazine/2018/03-04/findingkingtutstomb/

Hype for a tv programme about restoring Khufu’s boats:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/world-africa-43643197/rebuilding-history-restoring-a-pharaoh-s-ancient-boat

A papyrus record of an early case of sexual assault:

http://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/ancient-text-talks-about-a-powerful-man-being-called-out-for-sexual-assault/
https://qz.com/1249141/metoo-sexual-assault-possibly-led-to-the-firing-of-a-powerful-man-in-ancient-egypt/

Feature on aging in ancient Egypt:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2018/04/Getting-Old-In-Ancient+Egypt

Feature on what the Israelites were doing in Egypt:

https://thetorah.com/what-kind-of-construction-did-the-israelites-do-in-egypt/

More on the FBI helping identify a mummy:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/fbi-solves-mummy-identity-egypt-deit-el-bersha-djehutynakht-wife-a8293771.html
https://www.yahoo.com/news/mystery-over-identity-4-000-164019342.html

Schoolkids on a dig in the West Bank dug up an oil lamp:

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Elementary-school-pupils-dig-up-a-piece-of-Jewish-history-549170
https://www.timesofisrael.com/pupils-reconstruct-1500-year-old-holy-land-life-in-school-archaeological-dig/

Suggestion that Yahweh originated as the Canaanite ‘Vulcan’:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-jewish-god-yahweh-originated-in-canaanite-vulcan-says-new-theory-1.5992072

Years later, thousands of artifacts are still missing from the National Museum in Iraq:

http://www.aina.org/news/20180409184251.htm
http://menafn.com/1096715659/Fifteen-years-after-looting-thousands-of-artefacts-are-still-missing-from-Iraqs-national-museum

Concerns for sites arising from war in Yemen and Iraq:

http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/04/war-savages-ancient-sites-yemen-and-iraq-destroying-archaeological-record

Feature on the site of Al-Ula:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/9/47471/Saudi-archaeological-treasure-of-Al-Ula-to-open-to-tourists
https://sg.news.yahoo.com/desert-ruins-al-ula-saudis-revive-forgotten-past-102521792.html
http://gulfnews.com/news/gulf/saudi-arabia/al-ula-ruins-saudis-revive-forgotten-past-1.2203380
http://english.alarabiya.net/en/features/2018/04/10/WATCH-Chinese-Saudi-archeologists-unearth-cultural-relics-in-Saudi-Arabia.html
https://www.yahoo.com/news/desert-ruins-al-ula-saudis-revive-forgotten-past-102521440.html

What Marta D’Andrea is up to:

http://www.jordantimes.com/news/local/italian-scholar-researches-crisis-reformation-near-east%E2%80%99s-early-urban-societies

More on China-Saudi dig cooperation:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/features/2018/04/10/WATCH-Chinese-Saudi-archeologists-unearth-cultural-relics-in-Saudi-Arabia.html

Feature on the history of French digs in Saudi Arabia:

http://www.arabnews.com/node/1281826
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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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A red figure krater from Apollonia Pontica:

http://www.novinite.com/articles/189388/Red-Figure+Krater+Unearthed+in+Bulgaria
http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2018/04/10/archaeologists-find-6th-century-bc-home-red-figure-pottery-krater-depicting-oedipus-and-the-sphinx-from-apollonia-pontica-in-bulgarias-sozopol/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6536-180410-bulgaria-sozopol-krater

… related:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/113833/ancient-greek-dwelling-unearthed-in-bulgaria/
http://eu.greekreporter.com/2018/04/13/experts-find-ancient-greek-heritage-in-bulgarian-black-sea-coast/

A ‘Classical’ ‘meeting ground’ from Myra:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ancient-myra-meeting-ground-unearthed-130219

I think we mentioned this cherub fresco:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/MAGAZINE-rare-art-unearthed-in-nero-era-mansion-and-bath-by-rome-1.5956969

TV hypish thing on the identification of the pass where Hannibal crossed the Alps:

https://www.livescience.com/62265-hannibal-alps-crossing-mystery.html

Latest theory on the collapse of Mycenean civilization:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/30911-new-study-mycenaean-civilization-might-have-collapsed-due-to-uprising-or-invasion.html

We’re beginning to read of new finds from Pompeii:

https://www.ilmattino.it/napoli/cultura/pompei_regio_v_dagli_scavi_corso_affiora_la_finestra_di_casa_la_grata_ferro-3667217.html

In case you missed the ‘Greco Roman’ Temple find in Siwa last week:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/113691/remains-of-rare-greco-roman-temple-unearthed-in-egypt/
https://www.zmescience.com/science/news-science/temple-ancient-egypt-08042018/
http://greekreporter.com/egyptian-experts-find-ancient-greco-roman-temple/

Feature on Roman anchors in Malta and religion:

https://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20180411/community/Roman-anchors-in-Malta-and-ancient-maritime-religion.676007

Feature on Ingres’ painting depicting Virgil reading from the Aeneid:

https://www.christies.com/features/Deconstructed-Ingres-Virgil-reading-from-the-Aeneid-9121-1.aspx

Feature on Gismondi’s Rome model:

https://www.archdaily.com/892031/explore-this-1-250-model-of-ancient-rome-which-took-38-years-to-construct
http://www.news.com.au/travel/world-travel/europe/the-incredible-model-city-that-took-38-years-to-create/news-story/cc87d6d0054f625ed43fe021d50bcb3a

Feature on coloured statuary:

https://www.artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-people-classical-sculptures-meant-white

Looking at Greek vases:

http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/10-ways-to-look-at-ancient-greek-vases/

Feature on medicine in antiquity:

https://phys.org/news/2018-04-medicine-antiquityfrom-ancient-temples-roman.html
http://sciencenordic.com/medicine-antiquity

cf:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/ancient-cultures/daily-life-and-practice/medicine-in-the-ancient-world/

Feature on Phrygian caps:

https://sarahemilybond.com/2018/04/09/before-maga-mithras-phrygian-caps-and-the-politics-of-headwear/

Feature on Rome and the Jews:

https://www.spectator.co.uk/2018/04/rome-and-the-jews/

Feature on some artifacts found in Bulgaria:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2018/04/12/6-amazing-artifacts-with-ancient-greek-mythology-scenes-discovered-in-bulgaria/

Feature on an early Greek yoyo depiction:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2018/04/08/the-ancient-greek-boy-and-his-yo-yo/

Again pondering Carthaginian childe sacrifice:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/ancient-cultures/did-the-carthaginians-really-practice-infant-sacrifice/

On the benefits of learning Latin:

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/why-learning-latin-stays-with-you-forever
https://www.pbs.org/newshour/arts/opinion-study-latin-if-you-want-to-talk-like-a-supervillain

What Kate Birney is up to:

http://newsletter.blogs.wesleyan.edu/2018/04/09/birney-receives-mellon-fellowship-to-pursue-role-of-scents-in-antiquity/

What Brendan McGlone is up to:

http://wesleyanargus.com/2018/04/09/mcglone-18-selected-as-humanistic-study-fellow-for-the-paideia-institute/

Some Eta Sigma Phi convention coverage:

http://uknow.uky.edu/student-and-academic-life/classics-students-receive-recognition-national-convention
http://www.baylor.edu/mediacommunications/news.php?action=story&story=197953

Reviews of Madeline Miller’s *Circe*:

https://www.npr.org/2018/04/11/599831473/circe-gives-the-witch-of-the-odyssey-a-new-life
https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/books/the-original-nasty-woman-is-a-goddess-for-our-times/2018/04/09/742c54d0-3b88-11e8-974f-aacd97698cef_story.html
https://www.theintelligencer.com/entertainment/article/Book-World-The-original-nasty-woman-is-a-goddess-12818886.php
https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/apr/08/circe-madeline-miller-homer-odyssey-retelling-review
http://www.thecrimson.com/article/2018/4/10/circe-review/
https://www.bustle.com/p/circe-by-madeline-miller-is-a-love-letter-to-the-first-witch-in-literature-8707797
https://www.refinery29.com/2018/04/195530/madeline-miller-circe-author-interview-women-mythology
http://dailytexanonline.com/2018/04/12/circe-stuns-as-the-retelling-of-an-old-classic

Pondering why women authors are working on Greek myths right now:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/many-women-writers-ancient-myths-troy-fall-of-a-city-pat-barker-k9rz7lrv0

They keep finding things in Larnaca:

http://cyprus-mail.com/2018/04/11/antiquity-finds-increasing-costs-larnaca-square-revamp/

More on the Russell Crowe ‘divorce auction’ results:

https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/news/russell-crowe-divorce-auction-australia-film-props-bid-gladiator-millions-a8294561.html
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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11 000 years bp cave art from Crete:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2018/04/11/amazing-greek-cave-art-found-to-be-over-11000-years-old/

Searching for/mapping a ‘stone age’ site in the North Sea:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-43711762

Some of the stones at Stonehenge were on the Salisbury plain long before humans were:

https://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/the-times/stonehenge-rocks-were-there-long-before-humans/news-story/6f934150b230e592b8c2303c71b6b59a
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=12029278&ref=rss
http://www.theweek.co.uk/92795/stonehenge-rocks-in-place-millions-of-years-before-humans
https://news.sky.com/story/some-stonehenge-rocks-were-at-salisbury-plain-long-before-humans-11323822
https://uk.news.yahoo.com/stonehenge-pillars-already-place-humans-arrived-expert-claims-112103143.html
https://www.forbes.com/sites/trevornace/2018/04/10/parts-of-stonehenge-were-in-place-long-before-humans-archaeologists-find/

Remains of a 1500 years bp onion from Sweden:

https://www.thelocal.se/20180411/ancient-onion-reveals-roman-links-with-swedens-pompeii
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6538-180411-sweden-ancient-onion

An interesting ‘medieval’ burial of a man with a ‘knife prosthetic’ arm (maybe):

https://www.sciencealert.com/medieval-lombard-man-amputated-arm-knife-prosthesis
https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2018/04/12/archaeologists-find-ancient-knife-hand-prosthesis-on-medieval-warrior/
http://www.ibtimes.sg/archaeologists-puzzled-find-knife-attached-mans-hand-ancient-period-25931
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6545-180413-italy-amputation-prosthesis

Some 600 years bp ‘loaded dice’ from Norway:

https://www.livescience.com/62273-cheating-medieval-dice-norway.html
https://www.cnet.com/news/cheating-dice-medieval-con-artist-norway/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6541-180412-norway-gambling-dice

Excavating a 19th century slaughterhouse in Scotland:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/6501-180409-scotland-edinburgh-slaughterhouse

Studying the skeletons of Napoleonic-era soldiers who died in the Battle of Aspern:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2018/04/13/skeletons-from-napoleonic-battlefield-shed-light-on-soldiers-health/#21bc18a3227e

Plans to dig a deserted medieval settlement site in Teesdale:

https://www.teesdalemercury.co.uk/features/remember-when-more-work-to-uncover-secrets-of-lost-dale-village
http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/local/southdurham/barnardcastle/16145715.Teesdale_medieval_settlement_to_be_explored_in_archaeological_dig/

Apparently there are ‘Islamic Conquest of the Iberian peninsula’ deniers:

https://elpais.com/elpais/2018/04/06/hechos/1523043230_705992.html

They’ve figured out the origins of the Carambolo treasure:

https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/04/carambolo-treasure-tartessos-gold-atlantis-spain-archaeology/

More on Neolithic Scandinavians eating fish:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/6500-180409-scandinavia-fish-diets

More on Viking sunstones:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/simulation-suggest-legendary-viking-sunstones-could-have-worked-180968710/

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

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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The Leang Burung 2 site in Indonesia was occupied by humans some 50 000 years bp, apparently:

https://phys.org/news/2018-04-humans-occupied-indonesian-site-leang.html
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-04/12/c_137106145.htm
http://theconversation.com/ancient-stone-tools-found-on-sulawesi-but-who-made-them-remains-a-mystery-92277
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6542-180412-sulawesi-hominin-tools

Interesting finds from a 3500 years bp site in Bengal:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/other-states/proto-historic-settlement-of-artisans-unearthed/article23474828.ece

3000 years bp burials from Tibet:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-04/09/c_137098567.htm
http://www.nerve.in/news%3A2535004175930

A possible royal palace site from Cambodia:

http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/breakingnews/30342792
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/breakingnews/30342819
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6535-180410-cambodia-jayavarman-palace

Fifth century Japanese burials in Korea:

http://english.donga.com/Home/3/all/26/1282272/1

Concerns for a megalithic burial site in Andhra Pradesh:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/andhra-pradesh/megalithic-burial-site-in-a-state-of-neglect/article23476045.ece

Remains of a 4000 years bp settlement in Uttar Pradesh:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/settlement-dating-back-almost-4000-years-found-in-up/articleshow/63694412.cms

Digging pre-gold rush sites in Melbourne:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-04-12/melbourne-metro-tunnel-archaeological-dig/9642282

Digging a 19th century cemetery in Otago:

https://phys.org/news/2018-04-reveal-history-exhumation-otago-graves.html
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC1804/S00012/researchers-reveal-history-with-exhumation-of-otago-graves.htm
https://www.stuff.co.nz/southland-times/news/103030698/exhumation-at-old-lawrence-cemetery-reveals-surprising-finds
http://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2018/04/archaeologists-dig-up-otago-graves-to-piece-together-history.html
https://www.otago.ac.nz/news/news/otago683078.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6543-180412-gold-rush-cemetery

Again we’re getting a top ten list of archaeological finds from China last year:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-04/11/c_137101160.htm
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-04/11/c_137103911.htm
http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1097296.shtml
http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/a/201804/11/WS5acd4780a3105cdcf65176a2.html
http://www.ecns.cn/2018/04-11/298681.shtml

The Taj Mahal’s minarets were damaged in a thunderstorm:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-43735757
https://www.thedailystar.net/world/asia/thunderstorm-destroys-taj-mahal-minarets-1561963
https://www.yahoo.com/news/violent-winds-topple-stone-pillars-taj-mahal-complex-135718932.html

Studying the spread of rice cultivation in the Neolithic:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-04/12/c_137106623.htm

Feature on Humayun’s tomb:

https://www.thedailystar.net/in-focus/humayuns-tomb-1560025

More on CaoCao’s tomb:

http://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/2140732/one-down-two-go-discovery-cao-caos-tomb-turns-focus-search
http://www.scmp.com/magazines/post-magazine/short-reads/article/2141303/finding-cao-cao-discovery-remains-will-help-put
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http://www.southeastasianarchaeology.com/

New Zealand Archaeology eNews:

http://nzarchaeology.blogspot.co.nz/index.html
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NORTH AMERICA
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The Vikings made it to Canada by mistake, apparently (this is another spin on sunstones):

https://www.livescience.com/62284-how-vikings-reached-canada.html

They found another shipwreck in downtown Alexandria:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/virginia-politics/three-ships-from-the-1700s-found-on-one-block-in-old-town-alexandria/2018/04/12/98ba1c8c-3da0-11e8-8d53-eba0ed2371cc_story.html
https://wtop.com/alexandria/2018/04/historic-3rd-ship-uncovered-by-archaeologists-in-alexandria/
http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Three-ships-from-the-1700s-found-on-one-block-in-12829706.php
http://www.wusa9.com/article/news/local/alexandria/discovery-of-third-ship-at-alexandria-construction-site/65-537655436

Tracing Wabanaki canoe routes in New Brunswick:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-mapping-first-nations-ancient-canoe-routes-new-brunswick-180968678/

Old Vero Man is not as old as originally thought:

https://www.tcpalm.com/story/news/local/indian-river-county/2018/04/09/old-vero-man-not-old-originally-thought-after-archaeologists-analyze-artifacts/498388002/

Concerns for eroding coastline sites:

http://nhpr.org/post/archaeologists-find-eroding-coastlines-threaten-past-much-present

Plans to 3d scan that recently-exposed shipwreck in Florida:

https://www.abcactionnews.com/news/region-tampa/usf-archaeologists-to-3d-map-florida-shipwreck

Plans to dig Fort Clarence:

https://greatlakesledger.com/2018/04/13/fort-clarence-military-fortification-to-be-excavated/

Arizona might put minimally-trained people in charge of identifying sites:

http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/news/arizona-bill-minimal-training-archaeological-sites-state-land-10290379

Concerns for sites on the Alkali Ridge:

https://www.sltrib.com/news/environment/2018/04/07/in-utah-canyons-where-an-ancient-civilization-once-flourished-the-feds-are-now-inviting-oil-and-gas-drilling/

Not sure about this ‘peopling of the Americas’ theory:

http://www.fairfaxtimes.com/articles/did-north-america-s-first-humans-cross-the-chesapeake-to/article_6c3b7540-3f51-11e8-b0b9-f7f08a10e811.html

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Interesting 1900 years bp burial of some shark fishermen in Peru:

https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/04/peru-viru-ancient-shark-fishermen-archaeology/

Studying a pre-Hispanic village site in the Sonoran desert:

https://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/binational-project-explores-altar-valley/

More on recently-found Nazca geoglyphs:

https://hyperallergic.com/436618/new-nazca-lines-discovered-using-drones/
http://dailycaller.com/2018/04/09/archaeologists-drones-peru/
http://www.peruviantimes.com/09/drones-help-discover-desert-drawings-in-palpa-near-nazca/30594/
http://www.dw.com/en/mysterious-geoglyphs-discovered-in-peru/g-43353009
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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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Pondering ancient astronomy:

https://elpais.com/elpais/2018/03/19/ciencia/1521477253_818672.html

An interesting 1000 years bp shirt:

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/04/12/style/thousand-year-old-shirt-sothebys.html

Pondering how to make Old Masters more engaging:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/comment/old-master-disco-lives-in-kasse

On the history of tea making in Sri Lanka:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-43629707

Digital recreations of 7 ancient ‘iconic’ buildings:

http://www.thisisinsider.com/ancient-ruins-reconstructed-2018-4

Pondering whether anthropologists should be judgemental:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/13/books/review/katherine-verdery-my-life-as-a-spy.html

On Friday the 13th:

http://www.dw.com/en/13-cultural-references-that-made-friday-the-13th-unlucky/a-37118529

Samuel Coleridge’s remains were found again:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/apr/12/samuel-taylor-coleridge-poet-remains-rediscovered-wine-cellar
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6544-180413-samuel-taylor-coleridge

Plans to search for Shackleton’s lost ship:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-43703723
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/04/10/british-scientists-race-find-lost-shipwreck-ernest-shackletons/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/antarctic-research-ship-will-search-wreck-shackletons-endurance-180968780/

Some Arabic science manuscripts are coming to auction:

http://robbreport.com/shelter/auctions/important-scientific-manuscripts-at-sothebys-2787913/

On transcribing documents:

https://www.csmonitor.com/The-Culture/2018/0406/Wanted-Volunteers-who-like-history-and-can-read-cursive

Iceland’s first black citizen?:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/14/world/europe/denmark-iceland-slavery-hans-jonathan.html

On old sleeping patterns:

http://bigthink.com/robby-berman/for-1000s-of-years-we-went-to-bed-twice-a-night-2

Feature on Mary Magdalene:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-biggest-myths-about-mary-magdalene

Review of *An Atlas of Rare and Familiar Colour*:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20180328-the-pigment-made-of-human-remains-and-more-surprising-hues

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Sunken Cities:

http://www.columbiatribune.com/news/20180413/venture-bound-lost-worlds-of-egypts-sunken-cities

Rodin and the Art of Ancient Greece:

http://ca.blouinartinfo.com/news/story/2968131/rodin-and-the-art-of-ancient-greece-at-the-british-museum

Iran: Cradle of Civilization:

https://financialtribune.com/articles/travel/84407/iranian-relics-on-show-in-britain-netherland
http://menafn.com/1096726244/Iran-loan-exhibits-to-be-shown-in-England-Netherlands

Delacroix:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/museums/in-paris-a-major-delacroix-exhibition-that-continues-to-explore-his-genius/2018/04/12/0d754b62-3d6c-11e8-8d53-eba0ed2371cc_story.html

The Horse in Ancient Greek Art:

http://www.richmond.com/entertainment/museums/take-the-reins-of-vmfa-s-the-horse-in-ancient/article_6379d64e-253c-5901-a4dc-61fcd472b85c.html

Coverage of the Reinstalled Getty Villa Galleries:

http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/new-to-explore-in-the-reinstalled-getty-villa-galleries/
https://news.artnet.com/exhibitions/doubling-art-historical-emphasis-getty-villa-unveils-newly-reinstalled-collection-month-1265057

The BC Royal Museum has launched a grant to repatriate First Nations artifacts:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/royal-b-c-museum-repatriation-grant-first-nations-1.4614836

… while a Mellon Grant is being used to document and reorganize the Haffenreffer collections:

https://news.brown.edu/articles/2018/04/engagingamericas

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Plans to further investigate the Roman genetic legacy in the UK:

http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-43712587
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2018/04/11/did-romans-leave-genetic-legacy-britain/
https://uk.news.yahoo.com/people-south-england-might-descended-romans-123258653.html
http://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/the-romans-may-have-left-a-genetic-legacy-in-the-people-living-in-southeast-britain/

A DNA study in Mexico reveals some Asian connections:

http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/04/latin-america-s-lost-histories-revealed-modern-dna
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6546-180413-mexico-asia-dna

Pondering the ethics of extracting ancient DNA:

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/scientists-must-unravel-a-thorny-mummy-controversy/

Studying sweet potato DNA is causing a bit of a rethink of human migration theories:

https://phys.org/news/2018-04-people-sweet-potatoes.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/04/180412140845.htm
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/12/science/sweet-potato-pacific-dna.html
https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/04/polynesians-may-not-have-gone-grocery-shopping-in-south-america/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6540-180412-sweet-potato-origins

General feature on what we’re learning from DNA:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-43701630

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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On a mid-sixth century cold spell:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-04/uoh-ucd041118.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/04/180411111049.htm
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Stairway to Heaven:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/gallery/20180412-the-philippines-2000-year-old-engineering-feat

Santorini:

https://www.usatoday.com/picture-gallery/travel/destinations/2018/04/14/the-magical-island-of-santorini-greece/33830003/

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CRIME BEAT
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A smuggling attempt in Jordan thwarted:

http://www.jordantimes.com/news/local/23-smuggled-ivory-ornaments-confiscated-south-amman-rest-station

A major (it seems) bust in Delhi:

https://www.indiatoday.in/fyi/story/cbi-delhi-recover-81-antiquities-artifact-crores-east-kailash-patel-nagar-1210093-2018-04-11
https://www.mid-day.com/articles/cbi-seizes-81-antique-artefacts-from-delhi-registers-case-under-antiquities-law/19309173

A Chagall stolen 30 years ago is being returned:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-43747630

Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2018/04/culture-crime-news-26-march-8-april-2018.html

conflict antiquities:

http://conflictantiquities.wordpress.com/

anonymous swiss collector:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/

Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues:

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

Looting Matters:

http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/

Illicit Cultural Property:

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

SAFE:

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

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REPATRIATION AND RECOVERY
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Egypt has recovered some items smuggled to the US in the 1920s:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/1/47460/Egypt-reclaims-mummified-hands-head-smuggled-in-1927-from-NY
http://www.egyptindependent.com/egypt-retrieves-remnants-of-mummy-smuggled-to-us-in-1927/
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/1/47460/Egypt-reclaims-mummified-hands-head-smuggled-in-1927-from-NY

More on lending Ethiopia their previously-plundered artifacts:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/london-museum-says-it-willing-return-looted-ethiopian-artifacts-long-term-loan-180968699/
http://www.reuters.tv/v/jcG/2018/04/10/london-museum-may-return-ethiopian-loot-on-loan
http://allafrica.com/stories/201804100712.html

… related:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/apr/15/ethiopians-urge-britain-return-bones-of-stolen-prince-and-loot

… and the opeds that follow:

http://www.turkeytelegraph.com/life-style/ethiopia-reopens-debate-on-colonial-plunder-h17042.html
https://www.ft.com/content/0f48fa90-3cc9-11e8-b7e0-52972418fec4
http://www.politicsweb.co.za/opinion/should-africas-looted-art-be-returned

More on Turkey seeking returns of various artifacts:

https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/turkey-demands-return-plundered-ancient-artefacts-180408133736710.html
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NUMISMATICA
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Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/club_nbs_esylum_v21n14.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/club_nbs_esylum_v21n15.html

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Ancient Coin Collecting:

http://ancientcoincollecting.blogspot.com/

Ancient Coins:

http://classicalcoins.blogspot.com/

Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/
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PERFORMANCES AND THEATRE-RELATED
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A folk opera based on the Odyssey:

http://www.idsnews.com/article/2018/04/entfolkopera040918
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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

http://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-main-menu-cat/audio-news-list/2730-audio-news-from-archaeologica-1-april-7-april-2018
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OBITUARIES
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Robert T. Buck:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/12/obituaries/robert-t-buck-who-revitalized-brooklyn-museum-dies-at-79.html

Ivor Guest:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/09/obituaries/ivor-guest-97-dies-transformed-study-of-dance-history.html

John Wesley Robb:

http://dornsife.usc.edu/news/stories/2785/in-memoriam-john-wesley-robb-98/
https://news.usc.edu/140815/in-memoriam-john-wesley-robb-98/
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CONFERENCES
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Hidden Cultural Heritage (April 2018):

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

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GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

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

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Ancient Digger:

http://www.ancientdigger.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Past Horizons:

http://www.pasthorizons.com/

Stonepages:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

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

Time Machine:

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

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

The Book and the Spade:

http://www.radioscribe.com/bknspade.htm
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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Oldest Neanderthal-made wooden tools from the Iberian peninsula:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/04/180403090050.htm
https://phys.org/news/2018-04-oldest-neanderthal-wooden-tools-iberian.html

Studying Neanderthal nasal passages:

https://phys.org/news/2018-04-neanderthal-nose.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/apr/04/new-research-sheds-light-on-neanderthals-distinctive-features
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6492-180404-neanderthal-inhale-exhale

More on ‘compassionate’ behaviour among Neanderthals:

https://phys.org/news/2018-04-neanderthals-survived-age.html

Related (sort of) interview with David Reich:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/apr/07/ever-evolving-story-humanity-david-reich-interview-neanderthals-denisovans-genome

Walking and climbing apparently did not interfere with each other in early hominin development:

https://phys.org/news/2018-04-anatomy-easier-muscles-climbing-early.html
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/human-ancestors-walking-earlier-previously-thought-ardipithecus-early-man-chimpanzees-a8287211.html

Using an earbone to track ‘Out of Africa’:

https://phys.org/news/2018-04-human-bony-labyrinth-indicator-dispersal.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-04/uoz-iep040318.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/04/180403140345.htm

Using ‘machine learning’ to decide whether homo naledi burials demonstrate ritual behaviour:

https://phys.org/news/2018-04-machine-algorithm-ancient-hominin-ritualistic.html
https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/04/machine-learning-says-homo-naledi-may-not-have-buried-its-dead/
https://elpais.com/elpais/2018/04/05/ciencia/1522948095_388069.html

Another instance of sapiens and neanderthalis ‘coexisting’:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2018/04/05/latest-finds-in-paleolithic-bacho-kiro-cave-in-central-bulgaria-imply-coexistence-of-early-homo-sapiens-and-neanderthals/

Early humans contributed to the demise of the cave bear, apparently:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/04/180405100145.htm
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AFRICA
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A chronology of the mesolithic in Africa (abstract):

http://science.sciencemag.org/content/360/6384/95?rss=1

6 000 years bp infant burials in the Sudan:

http://www.thenews.pl/1/11/Artykul/356895,Poles-uncover-6000yearold-tombs-of-babies-in-Sudan-report
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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A Greco-Roman temple near the Siwa Oasis:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/41/295033/Heritage/GrecoRoman/Remains-of-GraecoRoman-temple-discovered-near-Siwa.aspx
http://www.egyptindependent.com/ministry-of-antiquities-reveals-discovery-of-greco-roman-temple-near-siwa/
https://egyptianstreets.com/2018/04/05/egyptian-archaeological-mission-discovers-a-graeco-roman-temple-near-siwa/
http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/47180/A-Graeco-Roman-temple-was-uncovered-in-Al-Salam-archaeological
https://phys.org/news/2018-04-archaeologists-greco-roman-temple-egypt.html
https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2018/04/05/archaeologists-unearth-remains-of-greco-roman-temple-in-egypt
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/archaeologists-find-remains-of-greco-roman-temple-in-egypt/2018/04/05/cb60141a-38d3-11e8-af3c-2123715f78df_story.html
https://www.detroitnews.com/story/tech/science/2018/04/05/egypt-antiquities-roman-temple-discovered/33567183/
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=12027023
https://www.sciencealert.com/rare-greco-roman-temple-ruins-uncovered-in-egypt
https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/04/greco-roman-temple-egypt-spd/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6491-180404-graeco-roman-temple

On the hidden chamber in the Great Pyramid:

http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/great-pyramids-hidden-chamber-may-be-a-trick-of-perspective-egyptologist-warns/news-story/d02e9021caf6233a265c0d84b7277812

Really a crime story … Egypt has charged 72 with looting a site and turning it into a parking lot:

http://www.egyptindependent.com/72-officials-charged-with-theft-after-turning-ancient-archaeological-site-into-parking-lot/
https://english.alarabiya.net/en/life-style/art-and-culture/2018/04/04/72-Egyptian-officials-charged-for-looting-archaeological-area.html

What the Egyptian Antiquities Ministry is up to:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/46872/Antiquities-Ministry-gears-up-for-new-projects-across-the-country

More on the successful extraction of DNA from a 4 000 years bp mummy in the Boston MoFA:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/02/science/mummy-head-fbi-dna.html
https://www.livescience.com/62194-decapitated-mummy-ancient-dna.html
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/dna-solves-mystery-of-ancient-mummy-from-ransacked-tomb/
http://nationalpost.com/news/world/the-mystery-of-the-mummys-head-how-the-fbi-helped-crack-a-4000-year-old-case
https://www.usnews.com/news/national-news/articles/2018-04-03/fbi-identifies-4-000-year-old-mummified-head
https://www.yahoo.com/news/4-000-old-mummy-just-200900259.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-fbi-helped-museum-learn-identify-4000-year-old-severed-head-180968674/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6486-180402-egyptian-mummy-dna

Feature on Caroline Ransom Williams:

http://www.newswise.com/articles/view/692389/?sc=rsln

Studying land use in the Jordan Valley:

https://phys.org/news/2018-04-geographers-ancient-jordan-valley.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-04/uoe-tit040418.php

The ‘picture of God’ from Kuntillet Ajrud is getting press attention again:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.thou-shalt-have-how-many-gods-exactly-1.5973328
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-thou-shalt-have-how-many-gods-exactly-1.5973328
https://forward.com/culture/398291/a-drawing-found-in-sinai-desert-might-provide-evidence-of-judaisms/
https://www.thedailybeast.com/did-god-have-a-wifeand-a-tail?source=articles&via=rss

Archaeologists are weighing in on the latest plan for the Kotel:

https://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/243906
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/jerusalem/archaeologist-suing-to-remove-kotel-egalitarian-platform-over-damage-to-artifacts/2018/04/03/

Archaeology at Sebastia seems to be part of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict now:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-04/04/c_137088447.htm

… and elsewhere:

https://en.qantara.de/content/gazas-cultural-heritage-the-palestinians-vanishing-legacy

More on UK archaeologists helping Iraq restore their heritage:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/apr/01/uk-archaeologists-help-iraqis-restore-their-isis-ravaged-heritage
http://www.aina.org/news/20180401144550.htm

… and the BM training Iraqi women archaeologists:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/british-museum-trains-iraqi-women-to-save-world-s-oldest-bridge-in-girsu-9hxxch9wk

The Jordan Antiquities Ministry has officially declared those ‘lead codices’ fake:

http://www.jordantimes.com/news/local/jordan-codices%E2%80%99-proven-fake-%E2%80%94-doa

More on those Jewish Revolt ‘freedom coins’:

https://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/243632
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Coins-symbolically-discovered-from-great-revolt-before-Passover-547128

More on China-Saudi Arabia cooperation in archaeology:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-04/07/c_137093699.htm
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A Roman tomb in the courtyard of Plovdiv’s Medical University:

http://www.novinite.com/articles/189281/Archaeologists+Have+Discovered+a+Roman+Tomb+in+the+Courtyard+of+the+Medical+University+in+Plovdiv
https://sofiaglobe.com/2018/04/04/archaeology-roman-tomb-found-in-the-grounds-of-medical-university-in-plovdiv/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6495-180405-bulgaria-roman-tomb

… not sure if this is the same burial:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2018/04/03/ancient-tortoise-shell-discovered-in-roman-burial-chambers-in-bulgaria

Feature on a German-Bulgarian dig at Novgrad:

https://www.euscoop.com/en/2018/4/6/archaeologists-revealing-roman-ruins-near-novgrad

A hoard of 1500 years bp coins from a collapsed building near the harbour of Corinth:

https://www.livescience.com/62192-ancient-coin-stash-leaves-mystery.html
https://neoskosmos.com/en/113367/1500-year-old-bronze-coins-found-at-greek-harbour/
http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-coins-roman-empire-corinth-excavation-868534
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6487-180402-greece-corinth-coins

Trying to recreate a Roman ‘refrigerator’ in Switzerland:

https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/sci-tech/cold-hole_basel-scientists-attempt-to-recreate-roman-fridge/44015658
https://www.thelocal.ch/20180403/swiss-researchers-try-to-get-ancient-roman-fridge-working-again-history
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6488-180403-switzerland-roman-refrigerator

Latest hype for the Herculaneum papyri:

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/herculaneum-scrolls-can-technology-unravel-the-secrets-sealed-by-mt-vesuvius-2000-years-ago/
https://www.christianpost.com/news/archaeological-discovery-ancient-charred-scroll-could-contain-historic-christian-writings-222363/

… related:

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/the-day-vesuvius-blew-its-top-pompeii-herculaneum/

The S. Giovanni Metro C station is opening soon:

https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/romes-metro-c-station-at-s-giovanni-to-open-soon.html

Feature on Sirens:

https://www.bustle.com/p/the-sirens-in-the-odyssey-werent-sexy-for-the-reason-you-think-according-to-the-epics-first-women-translator-8616105

We need to be more Bacchic:

https://inews.co.uk/culture/arts/bettany-hughes-ancient-greeks-bacchus/

On the Caesarian section:

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/why-is-it-called-a-cesarean-section-anyway_us_5ac24885e4b055e50acf55bc

Nero v Caligula:

https://www.courthousenews.com/nero-or-caligula/

On Rome’s ‘fault’:

http://www.iflscience.com/environment/romes-fault-helped-make-it-a-great-power/

Why ancient literature still matters:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/books/why-the-literature-of-antiquity-still-matters/2018/04/03/371c38ac-374c-11e8-9c0a-85d477d9a226_story.html?utm_term=.7ccf33aa1962

The Stoic approach to tyranny:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/02/opinion/stoicism-political-tyrants.html

Looking at poisoning in ancient Roman times:

https://daily.jstor.org/poisoning-like-the-romans/

Feature on Gismondi’s model of Rome:

https://mymodernmet.com/scale-model-ancient-rome/

On the Ludi Romani at Utah State:

https://www.usu.edu/today/index.cfm?id=57572

In Our Time this week was looking at Roman slavery:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09xnl51

The BBC will get access to shoot their program at Sounion after all:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2018/04/03/greek-archaeologists-reverse-film-ban-decision/
https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/entertainment/film-tv/news/bbc-spy-show-granted-access-to-ancient-greek-temple-as-filming-decision-reversed-36770809.html
http://www.kctv5.com/story/37868226/after-spat-bbc-spy-show-gets-access-to-ancient-greek-temple
https://www.wpxi.com/entertainment/after-spat-bbc-spy-show-gets-access-to-ancient-greek-temple/726262501
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/entertainment/news/article.cfm?c_id=1501119&objectid=12025491&ref=rss

Interview with Adrienne Mayor:

https://classicalstudies.org/scs-blog/adrienne-mayor/blog-interview-adrienne-mayor

What Lee Fratantuono and R. Alden Smith are up to:

https://www.owu.edu/news-media/details/an-epic-undertaking/

What Jean Macintosh Turfa is up to:

http://www.union-bulletin.com/things_to_do/arts/ancient-fortunes-and-misfortunes-revealed-in-lectures/article_a4312a0a-3851-11e8-a852-fb75c9a5022d.html

What Roberta Stewart is up to:

http://www.thedartmouth.com/article/2018/04/program-connects-veteran-experiences-with-homers-works

Peter Jones’ latest in the Spectator:

https://www.spectator.co.uk/2018/04/putins-diseased-ideology/

Translating lyrics into Latin (paywall):

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/desiste-in-nomine-amoris-how-well-do-you-know-your-lyrics-in-latin-27hnrcp0k

Reviews of Madeline Miller, *Circe*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/06/books/madeline-miller-circe-novel.html
https://www.popmatters.com/the-pragmatic-sorcery-of-madeline-millers-circe-2554023146.html

… and Miller has a piece on Penelope too:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/books/classic-books/wily-wife-homers-patient-faithful-penelope-cunning-odysseus/

Reviewish on Mary Beard’s *Women and Power*:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/audio/2018/apr/03/mary-beard-on-women-and-power-books-podcast
http://theconversation.com/mary-beard-and-the-long-tradition-of-women-being-told-to-shut-up-94285
http://menafn.com/1096696268/Mary-Beard-and-the-long-tradition-of-women-being-told-to-shut-up

Review of a couple of recent Odyssey translations:

http://www.weeklystandard.com/speak-goddess/article/2012207

Latest in the quest to repatriate the Parthenon Marbles:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/society/30822-cultural-tourism-350-young-greeks-20-countries-one-campaign-bringthemarbleshome.html

There’s a new Ceres in Vermont:

http://digital.vpr.net/post/slayton-new-ceres?#stream/0

Folks might be interested in the results of the Russell Crowe divorce auction:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-04-07/russell-crowe-divorce-auction/9630220
http://www.bordermail.com.au/story/5328961/staggering-sums-at-russell-crowe-auction/

More on recreating ancient beer at UWinnipeg:

https://www.winnipegfreepress.com/our-communities/metro/Recipe-for-the-ages-478552873.html

More on the hydraulis at the Acropolis Museum:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2018/03/30/ancient-greek-water-organ-sounds-again-at-acropolis-museum/

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Latest reviews from BMCR:

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

Visit our blog:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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Plenty of coverage of a computer simulation suggesting Viking sunstone navigation could work:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/06/science/vikings-navigation-sunstones.html
https://phys.org/news/2018-04-simulations-viking-sunstone-accurate.html
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/world-history/viking-history-crystals-sailing-northern-seas-sunstone-a8293401.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2018/04/04/vikings-may-have-used-crystals-to-navigate-across-the-atlantic/
https://www.zmescience.com/science/history-science/vikings-may-used-crystals-navigate-cloudy-weather/
https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/04/mysterious-sunstones-in-medieval-viking-texts-could-really-have-worked/
https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidbressan/2018/04/07/crystals-may-have-helped-the-vikings-cross-the-seas/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6494-180405-viking-sunstone-navigation

A 19th century slaughterhouse site in Edinburgh:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-43670339

Pondering a 19th century walrus burial:

https://londonist.com/london/secret/why-was-a-walrus-found-buried-next-to-a-human-body-beneath-king-s-cross

Plans for a heritage lottery type thing in France:

https://fr.aleteia.org/2018/03/29/stephane-bern-devoile-250-chefs-doeuvre-du-patrimoine-a-restaurer-en-urgence/

Plans to search for the St Aebbe monastery:

https://www.berwickshirenews.co.uk/news/lost-monastery-of-st-bbe-in-berwickshire-1-4718158

You can visit a medieval charnel house online now:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/apr/01/rare-english-charnel-house-can-now-be-seen-online

Erosion concerns for coastal sites in Denmark:

http://cphpost.dk/news/coastal-erosion-is-gradually-expunging-denmarks-cultural-heritage.html

Funding concerns for a cave dig in Armenia:

https://news.am/eng/news/444024.html

More on a 5000 years bp shoe in a Swiss lake:

https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/business/archaeological-find-_divers-discover-5-000-year-old-shoe-in-swiss-lake–/44003700

More on that Cornish barrow site:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/03/180329095418.htm

More on LiDAR revealing a Bronze Age site in Wales:

http://metro.co.uk/2018/04/02/hidden-bronze-age-community-discovered-on-british-island-7434642/
http://www.iflscience.com/technology/laser-tech-reveals-lost-bronze-age-island-civilization/

More on that medieval coffin birth:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rare-case-coffin-birth-seen-medieval-grave-180968612/
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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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Petroglyphs from Lhasa:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-04/02/c_137083199.htm

Dolmens found in Jangaon:

https://telanganatoday.com/archaeologists-spot-dolmens-in-jangaon

Digging the capital of the Vakataka kingdom:

http://www.dnaindia.com/mumbai/report-excavations-throw-light-on-capital-of-vakataka-kingdom-2600121

Evidence of 17th century wine and opium production in Japan:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-04/ku-4yd040218.php
https://phys.org/news/2018-04-year-old-documents-reveal-evidence-japanese.html

A Maori “ceremonial comb” find:

https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/102803195/A-M-ori-ceremonial-comb-has-been-discovered-in-Huntly-roadworks
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6490-180404-maori-wooden-comb

Ayutthaya-era pottery from a site in Thailand:

https://www.bangkokpost.com/news/general/1441479/old-pottery-discovery-causes-stir-in-trang
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6496-180406-thailand-pottery-found

Concerns for a medieval temple complex in Andhra Pradesh:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/vijayawada/andhra-pradesh-medieval-temple-complex-stands-in-neglect/articleshow/63659641.cms
http://www.thehansindia.com/posts/index/Andhra-Pradesh/2018-04-07/Medieval-temples-in-dilapidated-condition/372554

Plans to search for China’s ‘other two’ warlords:

http://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/2140732/one-down-two-go-discovery-cao-caos-tomb-turns-focus-search

Pondering a skull from India’s 1857 mutiny:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-43616597

Feature on Angkor Wat:

https://www.livescience.com/23841-angkor-wat.html

More on Aboriginal tools being made from British ship materials:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-43551015
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6485-180402-australia-flint-artifacts
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Southeast Asian Archaeology Newsblog:

http://www.southeastasianarchaeology.com/

New Zealand Archaeology eNews:

http://nzarchaeology.blogspot.co.nz/index.html
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NORTH AMERICA
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Studying spear points to tract the Ice Age peopling of the Americas:

https://phys.org/news/2018-04-spear-early-inhabitants.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-04/tau-spp040218.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/04/180402160610.htm

Studying canoe routes in Canada:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/wabanaki-canoe-routes-mapping-1.4601748
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6484-180402-wabanaki-canoe-routes

What LiDAR is revealing about slave life at Montpelier:

http://www.nbc29.com/story/37890379/montpelier-archaeologists-employ-new-technology-to-reveal-slave-experience
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6497-18040-madison-montpelier-lidar

Trying to protect petroglyph sites in Utah:

https://www.heraldextra.com/news/local/north/eagle-mountain/rock-art-activists-are-sitting-on-shooting-sites-to-protect/article_b3ba37ff-464b-59bb-83ae-737ad5707a52.html

A Civil War era steamer off the coast of North Carolina:

https://www.wwaytv3.com/2018/04/02/drone-captures-civil-war-era-shipwreck-off-brunswick-co-coast/

Canada has exonerated six First Nations chiefs hanged in 1864:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/canada-exonerates-six-indigenous-chiefs-hanged-1864-180968606/

What J. Michael Francis is up to:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2018/04/03/actualidad/1522711143_932020.html

More on those BC footprints:

http://www.macleans.ca/society/north-americas-oldest-human-footprints-are-in-b-c-and-older-than-anyone-thought/

More on that shipwreck that washed ashore near St. Augustine:

http://www.staugustine.com/news/20180407/its-really-captured-peoples-imagination-researchers-still-studying-shipwreck-as-others-work-to-move-preserve-it
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/200-year-old-shipwreck-washes-florida-180968629/
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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More than 50 news geoglyphs/’Nazca lines’ found by drones in Peru:

https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/04/new-nasca-nazca-lines-discovery-peru-archaeology/
https://www.livescience.com/62238-new-nazca-lines-discovered.html
https://www.sciencealert.com/over-50-new-nazca-lines-peru-desert-paracas-topara
https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/massive-ancient-drawings-found-in-peruvian-desert/ar-AAvvXJd
http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/50-lost-nazca-stone-line-images-uncovered-by-peruvian-drone-survey-are-among-oldest-found/news-story/cfa8e737809e6d62bcc9499cbb98f2bf
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-use-drones-capture-images-ancient-drawings-peru-180968716/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6498-180406-peru-paracas-glyphs

… related:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2018/04/05/a-protest-damaged-ancient-monuments-in-peru-the-repair-effort-led-to-the-discovery-of-even-more/

Women had high status in ancient Peru, apparently:

https://mg.co.za/article/2018-04-04-women-ran-things-in-ancient-peru-a-new-study-argues/
http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/leisure/2018/04/04/women-ran-things-in-ancient-peru-a-new-study-argues/

On the ‘commoners’ at Teotihuacan:

https://slate.com/technology/2018/04/teotihuacn-the-ancient-city-upending-archaeologists-assumptions-about-wealth-inequality.html

On the obsession with El Dorado:

https://phys.org/news/2018-04-lost-amazonian-tribeswhy-west-obsession.html

Restoring a looted Maya temple facade:

https://elpais.com/internacional/2018/04/06/la_serpiente_emplumada/1523042975_396958.html

More on the finds off Yucatan:

http://www.theyucatantimes.com/2018/04/archaeologists-are-trying-to-find-the-maya-underworld/

More on 81 sites in the Amazon:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/satellite-images-reveal-81-pre-hispanic-settlements-amazon-180968626/
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Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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A different sort of Lamassu restoration in London:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-statue-destroyed-isis-resurrected-londons-trafalgar-square-twist-180968636/

How Alfonso X chose a counsellor:

https://elpais.com/elpais/2018/04/05/ciencia/1522939200_466971.html

Studying fake archaeology news:

http://news.emory.edu/stories/2018/04/er_archaeology_blakely/campus.html

On finds by amateurs and the role of the press:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chennai/why-amateur-finds-need-to-reach-pundits-before-press/articleshow/63633360.cms

The importance of French in France:

https://www.chronicle.com/blogs/linguafranca/2018/04/01/how-the-french-are-celebrating-their-language/

Some POW letters from WWI are online:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-43662682

On the colonialism of a couple of well-known screen archaeologists:

https://hyperallergic.com/436285/casual-colonialism-lara-croft-indiana-jones/

Record results for Buddhist manuscript auctions:

http://www.blouinartinfo.com/news/story/2968217/sothebys-hong-kong-achieves-new-auction-record-for-buddhist

Plans to put some fossils collected by Darwin online:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/apr/06/charles-darwin-lost-fossils-including-a-sloth-the-size-of-a-car-to-be-made-public

Review of a biography of Leonard DaVinci:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2018/04/04/actualidad/1522859670_276270.html

Review of Kerrigan, *Shakespeare’s Originality*:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/apr/04/shakespeares-originality-john-kerrigan-review

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Golden Kingdoms:

http://news.ku.edu/2018/03/28/ancient-peoples-latin-america-fashioned-status-objects-gold-jade-shell

Rome: City and Empire:

https://www.tennessean.com/story/life/arts/2018/04/01/splendor-influence-ancient-rome-view-frist-center/459976002/

Capturing Egypt on Glass:

http://menafn.com/1096692351/Capturing-Egypt-on-glass-Egyptian-history-through-negatives-and-timeworn-photographs

Living With Gods:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/227410/opinion/ekathimerini/comment/the-lion-and-the-crucifix

The Golden Fleece:

https://www.newsanyway.com/2018/04/06/unique-world-never-shown-antiques-retell-ancient-greek-myths/

OpEd on things in museums:

https://www.thenational.ae/opinion/comment/looted-is-a-loaded-word-but-shouldn-t-the-cultural-wonders-of-the-ancient-world-be-admired-in-their-country-of-origin-1.719078

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THE TECHY SIDE
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Using drones to find sites in the Negev:

http://www.thenews.pl/1/10/Artykul/357530,Drone-helps-Poles-explore-ancient-cities-in-desert

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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OpEddish on the DNA of the Bell Beaker folk:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/prehistoric-pop-culture-deciphering-the-dna-of-the-bell-beaker-complex.htm

On the ethics of DNA collection from skeletons:

https://phys.org/news/2018-04-rights-dead-clash-scientists-dna.html

… related:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/28/science/atacama-mummy-chile.html

Tracing the genetic legacy of the Inca:

https://phys.org/news/2018-04-genetics-modern-heirs-inca-lineages.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-04/udsm-got040518.php

More on the dna of that Atacama mummy:

https://www.livescience.com/62240-atacama-mummy-dna-debate.html

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

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

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/travel/destinations/asia/israel/masada-unesco-world-heritage-site/

Vandalism of some 19th century paintings in Eye Town Hall:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-suffolk-43627173

A German couple in Greece have been charged with smuggling and ‘producing unauthorized replicas’:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/227360/article/ekathimerini/news/german-couple-nabbed-with-antiquities-replica-workshop

A Santa Fe antiquities couple on the lam were arrested in Maine:

http://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/local_news/wanted-santa-fe-couple-nabbed-in-maine/article_eb427d70-096f-5e76-ac2c-d7feb56096f4.html

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CRIME BEAT
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War crimes trial coming up for one of those Timbuktu jihadi types:

http://www.dw.com/en/mali-alleged-timbuktu-destroyer-to-appear-at-international-criminal-court/a-43212936

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 Apsara statue will be returned to India:

http://www.dailypioneer.com/todays-newspaper/1000-year-old-apsara-to-return-home-from-us.html
https://littleindia.com/u-s-to-return-1000-year-old-stolen-apsara-sculpture-to-india/

The Met is returning some idols to Nepal:

http://artdaily.com/news/103728/New-York-s-Metropolitan-Museum-of-Art-returns-stolen-idols-to-Nepal
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6493-180405-nepal-sculptures-repatriated

The V&A is giving Ethiopia a long-term loan of looted artifacts:

https://www.artforum.com/news/ethiopia-receives-long-term-loan-of-looted-artifacts-from-london-s-victoria-and-albert-museum-74885

… related:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-43642265

On the return of human remains:

http://www.dw.com/en/skulls-and-bones-a-dark-secret-of-german-colonialism/a-43279594
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2018/apr/03/looted-ethiopian-treasures-in-uk-return-loan-victoria-albert-museum
https://inews.co.uk/news/the-victoria-and-albert-museum-has-offered-to-return-ethiopian-treasures-looted-by-british-troops-during-one-of-the-most-controversial-episodes-in-the-nations-military-history/
https://jerseyeveningpost.com/news/uk-news/2018/04/04/va-offers-ethiopia-long-term-loan-of-looted-magdala-artefacts/
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/04/ethiopia-hopes-london-museum-returns-looted-treasures-180404113036817.html
https://www.ft.com/content/0719ea8e-3966-11e8-8b98-2f31af407cc8

… and there is pressure being put on other museums:

http://theartnewspaper.com/news/ethiopia-calls-on-uk-museums-to-return-maqdala-treasures-on-long-term-loan
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A medieval Chinese coin found in Cheshire:

http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/mystery-of-a-medieval-chinese-coin-found-in-cheshire-england/news-story/aca5a44837314abd7be7a4d69dd6e487

Feature on coinage of 9th century Europe:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/coinweek-ancient-coin-series-the-terrible-ninth-century/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/club_nbs_esylum_v21n13.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/club_nbs_esylum_v21n14.html
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Ancient Coin Collecting:

http://ancientcoincollecting.blogspot.com/

Ancient Coins:

http://classicalcoins.blogspot.com/

Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/
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PERFORMANCES AND THEATRE-RELATED
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An Iliad:

https://www.odt.co.nz/entertainment/theatre/homers-classic-tale-retold

Setting up for a sequel to Troy: Fall of a City:

https://www.bustle.com/p/will-troy-a-fall-of-a-city-return-for-season-2-on-netflix-theres-a-natural-choice-for-the-storys-sequel-8673614′
http://www.digitalspy.com/tv/news/a854146/troy-fall-of-a-city-season-2-odyssey/

Civilisations:

https://theartsdesk.com/tv/civilisations-first-contact-bbc-two-review-david-olusoga-goes-gold
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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

http://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-main-menu-cat/audio-news-list/2729-audio-news-from-archaeologica-25-march-31-march-2018
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OBITUARIES
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James F Strange:

http://www.tbo.com/news/obituaries/Epilogue-USF-professor-was-a-real-life-Indiana-Jones_166944516

Antonia Syson:

https://classicalstudies.org/scs-news/memoriam-antonia-syson

Alfred Crosby:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/obituaries/alfred-crosby-environmental-historian-of-columbian-exchange-dies-at-87/2018/04/05/d16963e2-38de-11e8-9c0a-85d477d9a226_story.html

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CONFERENCES
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Hidden Cultural Heritage (April 2018):

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

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GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

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

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Ancient Digger:

http://www.ancientdigger.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Past Horizons:

http://www.pasthorizons.com/

Stonepages:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

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

Time Machine:

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

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

The Book and the Spade:

http://www.radioscribe.com/bknspade.htm
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