Explorator 19.31 ~ November 27, 2016

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

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Feature on the hominins from Dmanisi:

http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2016/11/meet-frail-small-brained-people-who-first-trekked-out-africa

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AFRICA
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Evidence of a Slavic presence in Morocco in the Middle Ages:

http://www.thenews.pl/1/11/Artykul/281615,Slavs-lived-in-Morocco-in-Middle-Ages-archaeologists-say

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Remains of a First Dynasty city and necropolis from Sohag:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/250686/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Metropolis-discovered-in-Abydos-in-the-Upper-Egypt.aspx
http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/ancient-residential-city-cemetery-discovered-abydos
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-38084391
http://egyptianstreets.com/2016/11/24/egyptian-archaeologists-unearth-ancient-egyptian-city-in-upper-egypt/
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/nov/23/egypt-unearths-lost-city-first-dynasty-sohag-province
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/egypt-lost-city-found-luxor-a7435206.html
http://www.dw.com/en/archaeologists-find-previously-undiscovered-ancient-egyptian-city/a-36499226
http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/ancient-egyptian-city-and-graveyard-dating-back-more-than-7000-years-uncovered-by-archaeologists/news-story/2b6bf593c84f2a9e1c6b2007b7f3f707
http://www.lemonde.fr/archeologie/article/2016/11/24/une-cite-et-une-necropole-vieilles-de-7-000-ans-decouvertes-en-egypte_5036855_1650751.html
http://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/32731/20161124/historic-discovery-archaeologists-unearth-secret-ancient-egyptian-city-cemetery.htm
https://www.yahoo.com/news/7-300-old-city-excavated-122737225.html
http://www.newsweek.com/egypt-unearths-7000-year-old-city-524785
http://phys.org/news/2016-11-egyptian-archaeologists-uncover-pharaonic-village.html
http://www.lemonde.fr/archeologie/article/2016/11/24/une-cite-et-une-necropole-vieilles-de-7-000-ans-decouvertes-en-egypte_5036855_1650751.html
http://www.archaeology.org/5037-161123-egypt-abydos-cemetery

Evidence of a 4600 years bp harbour on the Red Sea:

http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/archaeology/1.754616

Suggestion that glass-making may have started in Egypt before Mesopotamia:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/glassmaking-may-have-begun-egypt-not-mesopotamia

More concerns for some Egyptian items coming to auction at Christie’s:

http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/egyptian-antiquities-again-offered-sale-london

… haven’t heard anything about Bonham’s:

https://www.antiquestradegazette.com/news/2016/london-antiquities-sales-set-sail-with-bonhams-offering-ancient-egyptian-model-boat/

In case you missed the crocodile-mummy-full-of-baby-crocodiles story:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/crocodile-mummy-found-packed-dozens-smaller-crocodile-mummies-180961172/
http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-38026363
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/11/crocodile-mummy-ancient-egypt-discovery/
http://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/32641/20161123/surprise-dozens-mummified-baby-crocodiles-discovered-inside-ancient-egyptian-mummy.htm

What they’ve been learning from the Philistine cemetery at Ashkelon:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/ancient-cemetery-provides-peek-philistines-lives-health

Searching for the original location of Byblos’ harbour:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/213862/article/ekathimerini/life/patra-university-experts-helping-establish-location-of-ancient-byblos-harbor

2000 years bp petroglyphs suggest Jordan’s Black Desert was once rather different:

http://www.livescience.com/56944-ancient-inscriptions-found-in-black-desert.html
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/ancient-inscriptions-show-life-once-flourished-in-jordans-black-desert/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5030-161121-jordan-desert-rock-art

A 4000 years bp ‘Thinker’ figure from Yehud:

http://www.antiquities.org.il/Article_eng.aspx?sec_id=25&subj_id=240&id=4232
http://www.livescience.com/56986-ancient-thinker-sculpture-uncovered-in-israel.html
http://www.livescience.com/56982-photos-rare-figurine-israel.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-38080041
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Article.aspx?id=473441
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4883342,00.html
http://www.timesofisrael.com/clay-figurine-is-bronze-age-ancestor-of-rodins-thinker/
http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/archaeology/1.754822
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/220720
http://forward.com/culture/355267/move-over-rodin-4-000-year-old-thinker-discovered-in-israel/
http://www.dw.com/en/archaeologists-hail-discovery-of-bronze-age-thinker-figurine-in-israel/a-36496499
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-israel-archaeology-idUSKBN13I14C?feedType=RSS&feedName=lifestyleMolt
http://passeurdesciences.blog.lemonde.fr/2016/11/24/un-penseur-de-4-000-ans-decouvert-en-israel/
http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=91894
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5039-161123-israel-thinker-figurine
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/11/2016/unique-3800-year-old-ceramic-vessel-discovered-in-israel
Pondering the evidence for the Kingdom of David:

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/220583

Feature on Mesopotamia:

http://www.dw.com/overlay/media/en/mesopotamia-where-history-got-its-start/36483608/36496499

Feature on Arslantepe:

http://web.hurriyetdailynews.com/arslantepe-cradle-of-civilizations-in-anatolia-.aspx?PageID=238&NID=106412&NewsCatID=375

Feature on the Shapira strips:

http://forward.com/culture/355232/fascinating-archaeological-matter-reminds-us-that-archaeology-used-to-matte/

Latest in prayer-at-the-Western-Wall saga:

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Article.aspx?id=473363
http://www.timesofisrael.com/archaeologists-say-pluralistic-western-wall-prayer-area-harms-historical-site/
http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.754679
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/220689

… and Israel digs on the West Bank:

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/220723
http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.754934
http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.754447

More on the goings on at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre:

http://cultura.elpais.com/cultura/2016/11/24/actualidad/1480003988_822260.html

More on that pharaonic boat burial:

http://archeo.blog.lemonde.fr/2016/11/26/le-bateau-du-pharaon-et-les-120-dessins/

More on Hebrew as the oldest alphabet:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/oldest-alphabet-identified-hebrew

More on the digitization of the DSS:

http://www.jpost.com//International/Dead-Sea-Scrolls-Go-Digital-472292

More on the damage at Nimrud:

http://www.npr.org/2016/11/26/503275429
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/11/iraq-mosul-isis-nimrud-khorsabad-archaeology/
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/nov/24/piecing-back-together-iraqi-archeological-gem-blown-sky-high-by-isis

… and elsewhere:

http://www.jpost.com/Christian-News/Christian-heritage-site-found-ransacked-after-monastery-retaken-from-ISIS-473320

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Not sure if we mentioned this Hellenistic tomb from Beit Ras (Jordan):

http://www.travelbizmonitor.com/Top-Stories/ancient-tomb-discovered-in-jordan-32040
http://www.breakingtravelnews.com/news/article/jordan-reveals-latest-archaeological-wonder-at-beit-ras/
http://www.financialexpress.com/lifestyle/travel-tourism/jordan-gets-newly-discovered-archaeological-attraction/452547/

… or if this one, which may have been lost in translation:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/burial-chamber-discovered-in-turkeys-kastamonu-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=106432&NewsCatID=375
http://www.dailysabah.com/history/2016/11/23/2400-year-old-burial-chamber-103-artifacts-unearthed-in-turkey
http://www.dailysabah.com/d/national/2016/11/24/archaeological-excavation-uncovers-cemetery

Illyrian burials from Korcula:

http://www.croatiaweek.com/archaeological-sensation-on-the-island-of-korcula/

A Roman-era cistern from Mardin:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ancient-cistern-found-under-barn-in-turkeys-mardin.aspx?PageID=238&NID=106366&NewsCatID=375

Suggestion that there might be another monument buried at Amphipolis:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2016/11/24/greek-archaeologist-another-monument-might-be-buried-at-amphipolis/

I think we mentioned these Roman finds from what was once Dalmatia:

http://www.archaeology.org/5031-161121-roman-road-dalmatia

What John Yardley is up to:

http://www.insidehalton.com/whatson-story/6978152-retired-university-professor-keeps-busy-translating-ancient-works/

What Jerry Toner is up to:

https://theconversation.com/profiles/jerry-toner-317456

On social mobility in Rome:

http://phys.org/news/2016-11-climb-social-ladder-ancient-rome.html
http://theconversation.com/how-to-climb-the-social-ladder-in-ancient-rome-69166

Rethinking the throwing-Christians-to-the-lions thing:

https://theconversation.com/mythbusting-ancient-rome-throwing-christians-to-the-lions-67365

Feature on ostracism:

http://theconversation.com/lessons-from-ancient-athens-the-art-of-exiling-your-enemies-68983

Related to the Terracotta Army controversy (see more in the Asia section), there’s this backgrounder on Athens as the place where east and west met:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2016-11/11/c_135820578.htm

The myths behind Harry Potter:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20161122-the-myths-and-folktales-behind-harry-potter

A call for Classicists to not allow their subject matter to be hijacked for political purposes:

https://eidolon.pub/how-to-be-a-good-classicist-under-a-bad-emperor-6b848df6e54a

On Socrates and Trump, fwiw:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/politics/what-socrates-aristotle-and-leo-strauss-can-teach-us-about-donald-trump-a7420546.html

In a similar vein:

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2016/11/22/dealing-emperor-trump-field-notes-ancient-rome

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

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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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Finds from various periods found prior to road construction in Scotland:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-38049966
http://www.archaeology.org/5035-161122-scotland-burnt-mound

The shrine for Olaf Haraldsson has been located:

http://www.livescience.com/56972-shrine-of-viking-king-discovered.html
http://www.archaeology.org/5040-161123-norway-olaf-reburial

Restoration of some medieval murals covered over by Shakespeare’s father:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3964086/Stunning-medieval-murals-painted-Shakespeare-s-father-orders-Henry-VIII-revealed-time-450-years.html

Russian archaeologists have found a number of lead seals dating to 1812:

http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2016/11/25/495082/Russian-archaeologists-discover-lead-seals

Metal detectorists have damaged the Cissbury Ring site:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-sussex-38101813
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/rogue-metal-detectorists-raid-5000-9335128
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/11/25/illegal-treasure-hunters-damage-ancient-hill-fort-south-downs/

Latest from Pembroke Castle:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-38121852

On doing archaeology in Greenland:

http://science.sciencemag.org/content/354/6313/700?rss=1

… and I think we had this item on early whale hunting therefrom as well:

http://knpr.org/npr/2016-11/ancient-trash-heaps-whale-hunting-puzzle-emerges

Reburial for some Anglo Saxon remains from Redcar:

http://www.gazettelive.co.uk/news/teesside-news/anglo-saxon-christians-reburied-redcar-12218102

More on those Anglo Saxon burials from Norfolk:

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-britain-archaeology-anglo-saxons-idUSKBN13I2GL

More on Viking raid motivations:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/real-reason-viking-raids-shortage-163100971.html

More on that ‘religious complex’ found near Stonehenge:

http://www.salisburyjournal.co.uk/news/14918697.Neolithic_structure_found_near_Stonehenge__transforms_our_understanding__of_prehistoric_Wiltshire/
http://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/32515/20161122/stonehenge-mystery-solved-huge-religious-complex-found-near-prehistoric-monument.htm
http://newobserveronline.com/major-new-find-stonehenge/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5034-161122-stonehenge-landscape-larkhill

More on that Danish bishop’s feces:

http://phys.org/news/2016-11-danish-bishop-year-old-poo-whiff.html

More on those Italian false teeth:

http://www.thelocal.it/20161117/italian-archaeologists-find-worlds-oldest-dentures-archaeology-history
http://www.livescience.com/56938-400-year-old-false-teeth-found-in-italian-burial.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/11/21/400-year-old-dentures-made-human-teeth-unearthed-archaeologists/

More on the Curtain Theatre dig:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5007-161110-theater-money-box-finials

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

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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Rice farming in India is much older than previously thought (and possibly independent of China influence):

http://www.cam.ac.uk/research/news/rice-farming-in-india-much-older-than-thought-used-as-summer-crop-by-indus-civilisation
http://phys.org/news/2016-11-rice-farming-india-older-thought.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-11/uoc-rfi111816.php
http://www.telegraphindia.com/1161121/jsp/nation/story_120452.jsp
http://www.archaeology.org/5029-161121-indus-domesticated-rice
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/11/2016/rice-farming-in-india-older-than-thought

An 80km long wall in India (!):

http://pragativadi.com/archaeologists-find-80-km-long-great-wall-india/

1000 years bp Chola temple in a paddy field:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chennai/1000-year-old-Chola-temple-found-half-buried-in-paddy-field/articleshow/55532799.cms

1000 years bp structures from Haifeng:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/Archaeologists-unearth-1000-year-old-ruins-in-China/article16660626.ece
http://www.archaeology.org/5033-161122-china-porcelain-salt

The Greek-influence-on-the-Terracotta-Warriors story still has legs:

http://www.livescience.com/56939-china-terracotta-warriors-stir-controversy.html
http://www.scienceworldreport.com/articles/52924/20161126/terracotta-army-sparks-controversy-allegedly-inspired-greek-art.htm
http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Why-there-s-so-much-backlash-to-the-theory-that-10622165.php

… possibly related:

http://spectator.sme.sk/c/20391879/slovak-archaeologists-want-to-research-on-terracotta-army-in-china.html

Plans to dig a Harrapan site in Fatehabad:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chandigarh/Haryana-to-undertake-excavation-of-Harappan-era-heritage-site-in-Fatehabad/articleshow/55546919.cms

More on Australia’s oldest ‘ornament’ (or jewellery):

http://phys.org/news/2016-11-australia-oldest-ornament-kimberley-region.html

More on that ‘stonehenge’ sort of thing from Kazakhstan:

http://bigthink.com/robby-berman/archeologists-have-a-huge-new-stonehenge-to-figure-out

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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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Evidence of turkey domestication from Tennessee (cf the South America section):

http://phys.org/news/2016-11-turkey-native-americans-classic-holiday.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-11/fsu-frt111816.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/11/161121111328.htm
http://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2016/11/21/earliest-archaeological-evidence-of-turkey-domestication-found-in-tennessee/

… and the Pueblo people were apparently doing things with turkeys 200 BCE:

http://phys.org/news/2016-11-turkeys-major-ancestral-pueblo-life.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-11/wsu-twa112216.php

Evidence of the first 1620 settlement at Plymouth:

https://www.umb.edu/news/detail/umass_boston_researchers_find_evidence_of_original_1620_plymouth_settlement
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/11/161125083037.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/5038-161123-plymouth-pilgrim-settlement
http://www.heraldcourier.com/news/archaeologists-think-they-found-original-pilgrim-settlement/article_529db0bd-79f7-5418-a45b-c91a8e5b6d9f.html
http://www.pressherald.com/2016/11/23/archaeologists-believe-theyve-found-pilgrims-original-settlement/

… semi-related on New England’s first colonies:

http://phys.org/news/2016-11-men-derailed-england-colonies.html

On the first ‘immigrant Thanksgiving’:

https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2016-11-24/the-first-immigrant-thanksgiving

… and what the Pilgrim’s would have heard:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/documentary-theater-program-brings-back-sacred-sounds-pilgrims-and-native-americans-180961164/

They’ve located the site of Montreal’s first European settlement:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/fort-ville-marie-17th-century-found-1.3866996?cmp=rss
http://montrealgazette.com/news/local-news/montreal-museum-confirms-location-of-citys-first-european-settlement
http://globalnews.ca/news/3087190/fort-ville-marie-montreal-museum-confirms-location-of-citys-first-european-settlement/
http://www.timescolonist.com/montreal-museum-confirms-location-of-city-s-first-european-settlement-1.3175086

An 1872 shipwreck from Lake Ontario:

http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/1126/Unusual-Lake-Ontario-1872-shipwreck-identified-as-Black-Duck
http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/NY-explorers-find-1872-shipwreck-of-rare-Great-10635390.php
http://www.toledoblade.com/Nation/2016/11/25/Great-Lakes-museum-funded-explorers-discover-1872-shipwreck.html
http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2016/11/lake_ontario_shipwreck_identif.html
http://www.syracuse.com/state/index.ssf/2016/11/ny_explorers_find_1872_shipwreck_of_rare_great_lakes_vessel.html

On Iroquois women and the vote:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2016/11/24/millions-of-women-voted-for-hillary-clinton-they-have-the-iroquois-to-thank/

More on the Dakota Access Pipeline archaeological review:

http://www.timesunion.com/news/article/How-the-archaeological-review-behind-the-Dakota-10626858.php

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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First domestication of turkeys apparently was in Oaxaca some 1500 years bp:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-11/fm-aeu112116.php
http://www.livescience.com/56966-turkey-domestication-archaeological-evidence.html
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/23/science/turkey-domestication-mexico.html
http://www.archaeology.org/5036-161122-mexico-zapotec-turkey
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2016/11/22/domesticated-turkeys-thanksgiving/
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/1123/Were-native-Americans-raising-turkeys-long-before-the-first-Thanksgiving
http://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/32564/20161122/thanksgiving-2016-archeologists-unearth-evidence-turkey-domestication-mexico.htm

On potato origins in the Andes:

http://www.watertowndailytimes.com/national/who-first-farmed-potatoes-archaeologists-in-andes-find-new-evidence-20161120

… related:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-the-potato-changed-the-world-108470605/

More on the pyramid at Chichen Itza:

http://phys.org/news/2016-11-mexican-experts-pyramid-chichen-itza.html
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/21/world/americas/22obs-pyramid.html

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http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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On a bit of technology that spurred on Martin Luther:

http://www.npr.org/2016/11/20/502437123/how-technology-helped-martin-luther-change-christianity

On origins of some Thanksgiving-associated food:

http://www.cnn.com/2015/11/24/health/gourds-saved-by-ancient-ancestors/index.html

… and heritage turkeys:

http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2016/11/23/502929415/heritage-turkeys-make-a-comeback-but-to-save-them-we-must-eat-them

I think we’ve had this 220 years bp beer recreation:

http://www.livescience.com/56814-oldest-beer-recreated-from-shipwreck-yeast.html
http://www.livescience.com/56773-photos-recreating-220-year-old-beer.html

Feature on some famous corpses:

http://phys.org/news/2016-11-body-politics-famous-corpses.html

On the spread of ragweed:

http://phys.org/news/2016-11-ragweeda-highly-allergenic-plantbeen-quickly.html

On traditional German rules of etiquette:

http://www.dw.com/en/traditional-german-rules-of-etiquette-to-survive-a-fancy-event/a-36505246

On theatres and political protest:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-38085908

Marking the 100th anniversary of Jack London’s death:

http://www.dw.com/en/100-years-after-his-death-a-new-look-at-author-jack-london/a-36469374
http://www.npr.org/2016/11/26/502608299/100-years-after-jack-londons-death-hearing-his-call

On the Victorian beard craze:

http://phys.org/news/2016-11-victorian-beard-craze-false-mechanical.html

A nice APOD over a Thai site:

http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap161121.html

Some revisionism in comic form:

http://maximumble.thebookofbiff.com/comics/2016-11-16-1446.png

Latest Victor Nuovo on Spinoza:

http://www.addisonindependent.com/201611spinoza-being-human

Overviewish of Italy’s earthquake zone:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/20/world/europe/italy-earthquake-zone.html

On the popularity of a certain bit of Indian literature:

http://www.economist.com/news/books-and-arts/21710781-how-indian-publishing-discovered-its-game-thrones-and-created-literary-phenomenon

In case you’re wondering how that dodo skeleton auction turned out:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-sussex-38068828
http://www.usatoday.com/videos/news/nation/2016/11/22/94289996/

A French heir found a pile of gold in a house he inherited:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-38072135

Possibly earliest evidence of C-section survival:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/23/world/what-in-the-world/a-breakthrough-in-c-section-history-beatrice-of-bourbons-survival-in-1337.html

Questioning a score purportedly by Beethoven and coming to auction:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-38084091

More on Neolithic ‘dairying’ along the Mediterranean:

http://phys.org/news/2016-11-widespread-evidence-prehistoric-dairying-mediterranean.html
http://www.livescience.com/56904-ancient-people-consumed-dairy.html
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/11/2016/neolithic-dairying-widespread-on-the-mediterranean-coast

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Chinese Scholars:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2016-11/21/c_135844672.htm

Egyptian Mummies:

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/newslocal/central-sydney/mummy-exhibition-at-powerhouse-museum-gives-insight-into-ancient-lives/news-story/0f99aa093959a3c6c0dc483332f850e5

Jerusalem 1000-1400:

http://www.blouinartinfo.com/news/story/1729343/jerusalem-1000-1400-every-people-under-heaven-at-the

South Africa: Art of a Nation:

http://uk.reuters.com/article/us-britain-art-safrica-idUKKBN13K1YT

Brides:

http://cyprus-mail.com/2016/11/26/historical-look-brides/

Feature on the David(s) Collection of Islamic art:

https://www.apollo-magazine.com/making-one-greatest-islamic-art-museums-world/

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THE TECHY SIDE
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I think we mentioned this tracking-movement-with-teeth story:

http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/11/2016/new-stories-from-old-teeth
http://phys.org/news/2016-11-teeth-stories-archaeologist-prehistoric-gps.html

The latest facial reconstruction:

http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201611250003.html

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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More on DNA and maize domestication:

http://www.archaeology.org/5032-161121-mexico-domesticated-maize

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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Some logbooks suggest summer sea ice around Antarctica really hasn’t changed much:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-38085147

… while Captain Cook’s records confirm warming in the Arctic:

http://phys.org/news/2016-11-captain-cook-global-today-arctic.html

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TOURISTY THINGS
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Anasazi ruins:

http://www.miamiherald.com/living/travel/article116142468.html
http://www.bostonherald.com/lifestyle/travel/2016/11/ancient_anasazi_ruins_open_up_a_remarkable_endangered_landscape_in_southern

Etruscan sites:

http://www.dw.com/en/on-the-road-in-tuscia-italy/a-36483686

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CRIME BEAT
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Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2016/11/culture-crime-news-14-20-november-2016.html

A call to create a Culture Crime Prosecution team:

http://culturalheritagelawyer.blogspot.ca/2016/11/forming-cultural-heritage-crimes.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+blogspot/qFDyf+(Cultural+Heritage+Lawyer+Rick+St.+Hilaire)

conflict antiquities:

http://conflictantiquities.wordpress.com/

anonymous swiss collector:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/

Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues:

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

Looting Matters:

http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/

Illicit Cultural Property:

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

SAFE:

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

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REPATRIATION AND RECOVERY
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A repatriation situation involving Tanzanian skulls in Berlin:

http://www.dw.com/en/over-1000-skulls-from-germanys-colonies-still-sitting-in-berlin/a-36488751
http://www.dw.com/overlay/media/en/racist-ruthless-cruel-germanys-colonial-history/36059930/36488751
http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=91885

Cyprus continues its repatriation efforts:

http://cyprus-mail.com/2016/11/24/ancient-stolen-artefact-repatriated/

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NUMISMATICA
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A hoard of Islamic coins from Sweden:

http://irisharchaeology.ie/2016/11/hoard-of-islamic-silver-coins-found-in-sweden/

A couple of Viking coins from Northern Ireland:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3971912/How-did-Two-rare-Viking-coins-Northern-Ireland-time.html

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v19n47.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v19n48.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/2519-audio-news-from-archaeologica-13-november-2016-19-november-2016
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OBITUARIES
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Jackie Pigeaud:

http://medicineancientandmodern.com/in-memory-of-jackie-pigeaud-1937-2016/

Peter Huggins:

http://www.guardian-series.co.uk/news/14918706.Town_to_remember_archaeologist_and___39_pillar__39__of_historical_society/

Richard Hope-Simpson:

https://www.canadianobituaries.com/kingston/45297-richard-dick-hope-simpson-november-11-2016

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CONFERENCES
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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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Explorator 19.30 ~ November 20, 2016

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

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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On the diet of early Paranthropus hominins:

http://phys.org/news/2016-11-tooth-patterns-paranthropus-early-hominins.html

Somewhat strange item focussing on the link between autism and evolutionary success:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-11/uoy-aah111516.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/11/161116144701.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/5020-161116-autism-evolution-survival

More on the benefits of inbreeding for early humans:

http://www.archaeology.org/5011-161111-dna-hominin-interbreeding

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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A royal servant (maybe) mummy from Luxor dating to ca 1075-664 BCE:

https://egyptianstreets.com/2016/11/14/spanish-archaeologists-discover-2500-year-old-mummy-in-egypts-luxor/
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/nov/13/ancient-egyptian-mummy-discovered-very-good-condition-luxor
http://www.livescience.com/56871-3000-year-old-mummy-found-in-egyptian-tomb.html
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/1115/Luxor-mummy-Archaeologists-unearth-3-000-year-old-sarcophagus
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/1115/Why-an-undamaged-mummy-uncovered-in-Luxor-will-stay-in-Egypt
http://www.timesofisrael.com/millennia-old-mummy-found-in-egypt-tomb
http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/archaeologists-discover-3200yearold-mummy-in-egyptian-tomb/news-story/1841da8e35dcb17600f6e90e70055466
http://www.dailystar.com.lb//News/Middle-East/2016/Nov-13/381043-millennia-old-mummy-found-in-egypt-tomb.ashx
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/11/millennia-mummy-egypt-tomb-161113163116153.html
http://www.archaeology.org/5012-161114-egypt-mummy-amenrenef

I think we mentioned this causeway at Aswan:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5001-161108-aswan-necropolis-causeway

Finds from various periods at Melid:

http://www.dailysabah.com/history/2016/11/18/archaeologists-dig-out-pieces-of-ancient-anatolian-city-state-of-melid

Interesting Bronze Age (not quite Canaanite) finds from Khirbet al-Batrawy:

http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/archaeology/1.752808

Cf: http://www.lasapienzatojordan.it/

Canaanite and Egyptian finds from Tel Gezer:

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Politics-And-Diplomacy/Ancient-trove-of-gold-and-silver-discovered-Israeli-archeological-site-472560
http://www.timesofisrael.com/rare-canaanite-era-trove-of-gold-and-silver-unearthed-in-central-israel/
http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/archaeology/1.753136
http://www.i24news.tv/en/news/israel/130113-161114-rare-canaanite-hidden-treasure-trove-discovered-in-israel
http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=37991
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/3600-year-old-jewels-found-in-judean-foothills/2016/11/15/
http://www.archaeology.org/5016-161115-israel-tel-gezer-cache

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

Arguing over which culture fortified Jerusalem:

http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/archaeology/.premium-1.753858

They’ve started poking around Aya Tekla:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/old-christian-center-to-be-unearthed-in-turkeys-south.aspx?pageID=238&nid=106283&NewsCatID=375

The so-called Ghassulian Star has gone on display:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/mysterious-6000-year-old-star-mural-sees-first-daylight-in-jerusalem/
http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.753414

Suggestion that Hebrew has the oldest alphabet:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/oldest-alphabet-identified-hebrew

Suspected arson in the area of the Tomb of Absalom:

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4878533,00.html
http://www.timesofisrael.com/ancient-jerusalem-tombs-damaged-in-suspected-arson/
http://www.jta.org/2016/11/14/news-opinion/israel-middle-east/second-temple-era-archaeological-site-damaged-by-alleged-arson

A project to depict life in Israel some 2000 years bp:

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Article.aspx?id=472806

… while this Byzantine arch reveal seems related to the above:

http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=38083

Bulldozing threat to a Byzantine site in Jordan (?):

http://www.jordantimes.com/news/local/antiquities-agency-defensive-ancient-church-bulldozed%E2%80%99

Latest Temple Mount-associated controversy:

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4880687,00.html

More on plans to return to digging at Masada:

http://www.i24news.tv/en/news/israel/society/129388-161105-israeli-archaeologist-announces-return-to-masada-after-ten-year-absence

More on Israel’s plans to seek out more Dead Sea Scrolls:

http://phys.org/news/2016-11-israel-major-dead-sea-scrolls.html
http://news.nationalpost.com/news/world/israel-middle-east/israel-launches-major-expedition-to-find-more-dead-sea-scrolls-the-crown-jewel-of-israeli-antiquities
http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/israel-launch-expedition-find-more-dead-sea-scrolls

More on that ‘Jerusalem papyrus’:

https://theconversation.com/how-a-2-700-year-old-piece-of-papyrus-super-charged-the-debate-over-unesco-and-jerusalem-68376

More on the restoration of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre (photos):

http://www.nationalgeographic.com/photography/proof/2016/11/oded-balilty-qa/?

More on the capture of Nimrud:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/nov/13/iraqi-troops-capture-nimrud-ancient-assyrian-city-isis
http://www.timesofisrael.com/iraq-military-says-it-recaptured-nimrud-home-to-ancient-city/
http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/iraq-mosul-nimrud-1.3848921?cmp=rss

… and the damage to monuments and antiquities:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-37997644
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-37992394
http://www.dw.com/en/ancient-city-of-nimrud-lies-in-ruins-after-is-occupation/a-36406825
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/isis-has-destroyed-nearly-3000-year-old-assyrian-ziggurat-180961101/?no-ist
http://www.timesofisrael.com/heartbroken-iraqis-reveal-islamic-state-ruin-of-ancient-nimrud/
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/the-times/isis-fighters-destroy-ancient-wonders-of-nimrud/news-story/b7bbaa4b80a3ce6fc518a1a29be66297
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/the-times/devastation-greets-liberators-of-nimruds-3000yearold-antiquities/news-story/ae061aa2ffd81a2045cbc20ae54c6a41
http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/ancient-assyrian-capital-of-nimrud-and-its-famous-ziggurat-bulldozed-by-retreating-islamic-state/news-story/d99a959bc5686b825a690d653f0a0248

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Big news this week was the ‘reveal’ of finds from the Circus Maximus excavations of the past six years:

http://phys.org/news/2016-11-ancient-latrines-lucky-horse-circus.html
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-italy-circus-maximus-idUSKBN13B250?feedType=RSS&feedName=lifestyleMolt
http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/circus-maximus-was-the-biggest-shopping-mall-in-antiquity-qrk5b9bbn
http://www.dw.com/en/circus-maxismus-in-rome-reopened/a-36421375 https://www.yahoo.com/news/circus-maximus-reopening-rome-frets-over-vandals-175740628.html
http://www.startribune.com/ancient-latrines-a-lucky-horse-new-finds-at-circus-maximus/401500795/
http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/11/20/the-dirty-secret-about-ancient-bathrooms.html

A very interesting ‘lamp deposit’ find from Vindonissa:

http://www.thelocal.ch/20161115/mysterious-roman-remains-uncovered-in-swiss-town
http://www.tio.ch/News/Svizzera/Cronaca/1116191/Un-enigmatica-scoperta-archeologica-a-Windisch
http://www.archaeology.org/5018-161115-switzerland-roman-pot

Roman remains from Whitchurch:

http://www.shropshirelive.com/2016/11/16/archaeological-remains-shed-new-light-on-roman-whitchurch/

2000 years bp mosaics from Sanliurfa:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ancient-mosaics-comes-to-light-in-turkeys-sanliurfa.aspx?pageID=238&nid=106098&NewsCatID=375
http://www.archaeology.org/5015-161115-turkey-tomb-mosaic

A 2200 years bp Paphlagonian burial:

http://www.dailysabah.com/history/2016/11/19/2200-year-old-paphlogonian-burial-chamber-discovered-in-turkey

A survey of sites in Bosnia-Herzegovina:

http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news,412031,archaeologists-explore-the-mecca-of-roman-veterans-in-bosnia-and-herzegovina.html

Looking for Roman roads in Lycia and Pamphylia:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/research-uncovers-lycian-roads-in-antalya-monument-.aspx?pageID=238&nid=106144&NewsCatID=375

Feature on some Roman (it seems) shipwrecks off Sapienza:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2016-11/12/c_135824773.htm

Evidence of an intestinal parasite from a Roman burial:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2016/11/14/intestinal-worm-discovered-in-ancient-roman-coffin/#7a57a0295169

Doubts about the latest claims regarding reading Herculaneum papyri:

https://www.thestar.com/news/insight/2016/11/11/unscrolling-an-ancient-mystery.html

Interesting feature on how Elgin ‘lost his marbles’:

http://www.thenational.scot/culture/scotland-back-in-the-day-the-complex-tale-behind-how-elgin-lost-his-marbles.24760

How Hadrian’s Wall was built:

http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/how-hadrians-wall-built-stands-12200388

Feature on a temple at Philae:

http://currentinwestfield.com/2016/column-philae-a-temple-a-bed-and-a-comet/

Feature on Silbannacus:

http://www.historyextra.com/article/bbc-history-magazine/silbannacus-roman-emperor-time-forgot

Followup to the brouhaha over a performance put on in the Salamis theatre:

http://cyprus-mail.com/2016/11/16/antiquities-department-no-power-act-salamis-case-auditor-general-rules/

Followup to that lead ingot find a few months ago:

http://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/rare-roman-ingot-found-by-plymothian-to-sell-for-tens-of-thousands/story-29913186-detail/story.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-38027798

Followup to the Greek influence on the Terracotta Army thing:

http://www.rawstory.com/2016/11/why-theres-so-much-backlash-to-the-theory-that-greek-art-inspired-chinas-terracotta-army/

What Danielle Allen is up to:

http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2016/11/danielle-allen-named-university-professor/

What Mary Beard is up to:

http://yaledailynews.com/blog/2016/11/15/renowned-classicist-mary-beard-engages-yale-colloquium/

What Eliot Wirshbo is up to:

http://ucsdguardian.org/2016/11/14/eliot-wirshbo-ucsds-latin-teacher/

Honours for Demetrios Michaelides:

http://famagusta-gazette.com/italy-honours-cypriot-archaeologist-p37194-69.htm

What Thucydides would think of Donald Trump:

http://www.spectator.co.uk/2016/11/what-thucydides-would-have-thought-of-donald-trump/

… in a similar vein:

http://www.bbc.com/news/video_and_audio/headlines/38030352

More on concerns for the Colosseum:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/colosseum-waits-funding-critical-repairs-fight-over-romes-subway-system-180961082/

More on plans for underwater museums, etc., at Epidaurus:

http://famagusta-gazette.com/greek-ancient-city-opts-for-urban-facelift-with-projection-of-underwater-an-p37139-69.htm
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2016-11/09/c_135815641.htm
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2016-11/16/c_135832033.htm

More on that Pandora operation to hunt down purloined antiquities:

http://cyprus-mail.com/2016/11/12/cyprus-police-coordinated-europe-wide-pandora-operation-hunt-missing-antiquities/

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A few years ago a ‘fish trap’ was found off Sweden and has now been revealed to be a major underwater Mesolithic site:

http://phys.org/news/2016-11-underwater-stone-age-settlement.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-11/lu-usa111416.php
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/11/2016/mesolithic-settlement-in-the-baltic-sea-mapped-out
http://www.archaeology.org/5019-161116-sweden-mesolithic-settlement

Evidence of a 5600 years bp ‘religious centre’ near Stonehenge:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/stonehenge-prehistoric-religious-ceremonial-centre-discovered-archaeologists-a7425346.html

Early Christian/Anglo Saxon burials from Norfolk:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-norfolk-37940012
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/nov/16/anglo-saxon-graves-in-norfolk-thought-to-be-oldest-found-in-uk
http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/substandard-coffins-dark-ages-dead-great-ryburgh-a7419806.html
http://www.livescience.com/56892-anglo-saxon-cemetery-england.html
http://www.livescience.com/56895-photos-rare-anglo-saxon-cemetery.html
https://www.ft.com/content/116bc1fc-ab2c-11e6-9cb3-bb8207902122
http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/dramatic_discovery_of_early_christian_cemetery_at_great_ryburgh_sheds_light_on_first_days_of_new_religion_in_norfolk_1_4777893
http://www.culture24.org.uk/history-and-heritage/archaeology/art565333-Archaeologists-uncover-remarkably-preserved-Middle-Saxon-cemetery-with-wooden-coffins
http://www.lynnnews.co.uk/news/archaeological-sensation-uncovered-near-fakenham-1-7683037
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-britain-archaeology-anglo-saxons-idUSKBN13B29P?feedType=RSS&feedName=lifestyleMolt
http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/landowner_trying_to_save_great_ryburgh_from_flooding_stumbled_upon_rare_anglo_saxon_graves_1_4779747
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-11-17/anglo-saxon-coffins-found-in-great-ryburgh-dig/8032560
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/11/2016/anglo-saxon-plank-lined-graves-and-tree-trunk-coffins-excavated
http://www.archaeology.org/5022-161116-england-christian-cemetery

A Danish bishop’s faeces find:

http://phys.org/news/2016-11-danish-bishop-year-old-poo-whiff.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-38012609

A 14th-17th century set of dentures from Tuscany:

http://www.thelocal.it/20161117/italian-archaeologists-find-worlds-oldest-dentures-archaeology-history
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5024-161117-italy-prosthesis-denture

Some coins buried during the Civil War:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-lincolnshire-38003071

Questioning the value of the Alton hoard:

http://www.altonherald.com/article.cfm?id=114672&headline=Hoard%E2%80%99s%20value%20%E2%80%98too%20low%E2%80%99&sectionIs=news&searchyear=2016

Some guy proposed tearing down Versailles … with predictable reactions:

https://francais.rt.com/france/28878-journaliste-jean-michel-apathie-propose-raser-versailles

More on those monks’ burials at Fountains Abbey in Yorkshire:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/nov/13/fountains-abbey-study-reveals-scale-of-monks-burial-site
http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/14885383.EXPERTS_DISCOVER_500_GRAVES_AT_MONASTIC_RUINS_IN_NORTH_YORKSHIRE/
http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/14884779.500_monks__graves_discovered_in_North_Yorkshire/
http://www.darlingtonandstocktontimes.co.uk/news/14912389.Radar_reveals_abbey___s_unusual_burial_rituals/
http://www.archaeology.org/5013-161114-fountains-abbey-graves

More on the Curtain Theatre dig:

http://www.livescience.com/56901-shakespeare-curtain-theater-excavations.html

More on those Black Sea shipwrecks:

http://www.livescience.com/56865-40-shipwrecks-discovered-in-black-sea.html
http://www.livescience.com/56862-photos-black-sea-shipwrecks.html
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/over-40-ancient-ships-discovered-bottom-black-sea-180961128/
http://www.corriere.it/scienze/16_novembre_16/relitti-mar-nero-venezia-navi-743de7b2-ab7a-11e6-ba61-2e866e9865d0.shtml
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/12/science/shipwrecks-black-sea-archaeology.html

More on reasons for Viking raids:

http://www.livescience.com/56786-vikings-raided-to-find-love.html

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Archaeology in Europe Blog:

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

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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Bronze Age items from Gangwon:

http://english.donga.com/Home/3/all/26/782907/1

Jin/Yuan era structures from Hebei:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2016-11/20/c_135844159.htm

Possibly Hun-associated, 1500 years bp stone structures/monuments near the Caspian Sea:

http://www.livescience.com/56855-ancient-stone-monuments-discovered-along-caspian.html
http://www.livescience.com/56853-photos-massive-stone-complex-kazakhstan.html
http://www.archaeology.org/5014-161114-kazakhstan-stone-structures

Interesting study of a Neolithic amulet from Pakistan:

http://www.archaeology.org/5017-161115-lost-wax-casting
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/1115/Is-this-mysterious-ancient-amulet-a-snapshot-of-cultural-innovation
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2016/11/15/this-6000-year-old-amulet-is-the-oldest-example-of-a-technology-still-used-by-nasa/

The Aboriginal petroglyphs known as ‘Moon Rock’ have been protected:

http://www.sbs.com.au/nitv/the-point-with-stan-grant/article/2016/11/14/ancient-moon-rock-engravings-protected-proof-aboriginal-astronomy

Australia’s oldest piece of jewellery:

http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/11/2016/kangaroo-bone-ornament-is-australias-oldest-known-piece-of-jewellery
http://www.latercera.com/noticia/identifican-amuleto-metalico-mas-antiguo-del-mundo-6-mil-anos-antiguedad/
http://www.archaeology.org/5028-161118-australia-nose-bone

Pondering how some Louis XIV coins made it to Siberia:

http://siberiantimes.com/science/others/news/n0789-stash-of-sun-kings-valuables-found-close-to-arctic-in-siberia/

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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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George Washington drank here (apparently):

http://www.abc2news.com/news/in-focus/highway-project-unearths-history-in-bush-reveal-tavern-that-george-washington-visited111816

Feature on Hopewell (non)violence:

http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/science/2016/11/13/01-archaeology-hopewell-show-culture-can-make-humans-less-violent.html

What Sissel Schroeder is up to:

http://www.niutoday.info/2016/11/15/archaeologist-explores-the-function-of-early-native-american-architecture/

More on that shipwreck in Lake Superior:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/perfectly-preserved-shipwreck-found-lake-superior-180961070/

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Archaeologists have found remains of what may be the ‘original pyramid at Chichen Itza:

http://phys.org/news/2016-11-mexican-experts-pyramid-chichen-itza.html
http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2016/11/16/world/americas/ap-lt-mexico-archaeology.html
http://www.dw.com/en/mayan-pyramid-hides-two-more-in-chichen-itza/a-36421464
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=11749866
http://cultura.elpais.com/cultura/2016/11/17/actualidad/1479349376_340277.html
http://www.archaeology.org/5025-161117-kukulkan-third-temple

… and the pyramid seems to have been built like a ‘Russian nesting doll’:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/nov/17/mexican-pyramid-has-two-more-inside-scientists-discover
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-38008546
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/11/17/mexico/
http://www.cnn.com/2016/11/17/americas/chichen-itza-pyramid-discovery/index.html?sr=twCNN111716chichen-itza-pyramid-discovery0751PMStoryPhoto&linkId=31284065
http://artdaily.com/news/91716/Archaeologists-discover-that-Mexican-pyramid-built-like-a–Russian-nesting-doll-

On who first grew potatoes:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/19/science/potato-domestication-andes.html?_r=0

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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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This one seems to cross categories, so I’ll put it here … widespread evidence of ‘prehistoric dairying’ around the Mediterranean:

http://phys.org/news/2016-11-widespread-evidence-prehistoric-dairying-mediterranean.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-11/uob-weo111516.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/11/161115120204.htm
http://www.livescience.com/56904-ancient-people-consumed-dairy.html
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/got-milk-people-living-9000-years-ago-did-ceramics-pots-show/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5023-161117-neolithic-dairy-herds

Lots of coverage of the price fetched for that copy of the Ten Commandments we mentioned a week or two ago:

http://phys.org/news/2016-11-ancient-ten-tablet-sold-auction.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/11/17/thou-shalt-not-covet-earliest-known-chiselled-inscription-of-ten/
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-38011205
http://www.dw.com/en/ancient-ten-commandments-tablet-auctioned/a-36420081
http://wtop.com/entertainment/2016/11/ancient-ten-commandments-tablet-sold-at-auction-for-850000/
http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory/ancient-ten-commandments-tablet-sold-auction-850000-43597184
http://artdaily.com/news/91700/World-s-earliest-10-Commandments-tablet-sold-for–850-000-by-Heritage-Auctions

Cuneiform cookies:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/15/science/cuneiform-tablet-cookies.html

Feature on ‘misrepresentative maps’:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/gallery/2016/nov/16/the-lie-of-the-land-when-map-makers-get-it-wrong-edward-brooke-hitching-in-pictures

Feature on the search for Amelia Earhart:

http://kval.com/news/local/amelia-earhart-expedition-2017-rick-pettigrew-archaeological-legacy-institute

Arguing over the authenticity of a recently discovered Van Gogh notebook:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-37989885
http://www.dw.com/en/original-or-fake-experts-disagree-on-authenticity-of-new-van-gogh-sketches/a-36405960
http://www.usatoday.com/videos/news/world/2016/11/16/93949544/
http://www.cnn.com/2016/11/16/world/van-gogh-sketches-fake-or-authentic/index.html

Feature on Flaming June:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20161115-the-erotic-masterpiece-we-nearly-lost
https://www.rbkc.gov.uk/subsites/museums/leightonhousemuseum/flamingjune/flaming.aspx

Remains of Gauguin’s father have been found off Antarctica (actually, in Chile):

http://theartnewspaper.com/news/news/remains-of-paul-gauguin-s-father-found-off-antarctica/

Medieval city dwellers weren’t any worse off than their more rural counterparts, apparently:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/11/161111120729.htm

What we can learn from Leibniz:

http://www.dw.com/en/300-years-after-the-death-of-leibniz-what-can-we-still-learn-from-him-today/a-36387419

Big bucks for a Chinese lamp originally from a ‘boot sale’:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-37986885

Big bucks for a Munch:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-37907046

… and a Monet haystack:

http://www.usatoday.com/videos/news/nation/2016/11/17/monet-haystack-painting-takes-record-$81.4-million/94012308/
http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=91696

A ‘lost’ Kahlo is coming to auction:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-37998514

… as is a dodo skeleton:

http://phys.org/news/2016-11-composite-skeleton-dodo-bird-auctioned.html

A dictionary of surnames reveals info on the origins of assorted names in the UK and Ireland:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/nov/17/dictionary-of-50000-surnames-and-their-origins-published
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-38003201

Feature on ochre:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20161111-paint-from-ochre-rocks-in-staithes-north-yorkshire-england

More on Shakespeare writing Henry V for a specific theatre:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/shakespeare-may-have-tailored-henry-v-specific-theater-180961077/

More on that Brueghel the Younger painting found in a store:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-37897723

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Berthouville Treasure:

http://www.houstonpress.com/arts/ancient-roman-silver-unearthed-by-19th-century-french-farmer-on-view-at-mfah-8934668

Egyptian cats:

http://www.blouinartinfo.com/news/story/1693081/divine-felines-cats-of-ancient-egypt-at-dallas-museum-of-art

Qin and Han Dynasty treasures:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2016-11/16/c_135831979.htm

World of a Chinese Scholar:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2016-11/20/c_135843163.htm

Tut:

http://www.npr.org/sections/parallels/2016/11/15/501036846/fit-for-a-king-grand-museum-will-showcase-tut-and-egypts-ancient-culture

Conserving the Collection:

http://indianexpress.com/article/lifestyle/art-and-culture/art-exhibitions-in-mumbai-conservation-of-art-custodians-of-history-4379375/

I think we mentioned the Harvard Museum’s plans to bring some items out of storage:

http://www.readingeagle.com/life/article/exhibit-harvard-museum-to-dust-off-curiosities-long-kept-in-storage

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THE TECHY SIDE
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Another isotope-based method for tracking ancient humans:

http://phys.org/news/2016-11-teeth-stories-archaeologist-prehistoric-gps.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/11/161118153511.htm

LiDAR use in Devon:

https://www.gim-international.com/content/news/lidar-surveys-reveal-devon-s-hidden-archaeological-studies

I think we mentioned this mummy scan that revealed a baby:

http://www.kentnews.co.uk/news/stunning_secrets_revealed_after_scientists_conduct_scan_on_mummy_on_display_in_maidstone_museum_1_4780975

Another mummy scan revealed a pile of baby crocodiles:

http://www.dutchnews.nl/news/archives/2016/11/egyptian-crocodile-is-a-mummy-in-more-ways-than-one-as-scan-reveals-47-babies/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-38026363

A ‘virtual autopsy’ at the BM:

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/bad-teeth-and-a-broken-nose-meet-man-from-7-500bc-tcxsqrmcd

Feature on Sarah Parcak’s work:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/space-archaeologist-sarah-parcak-winner-smithsonians-history-ingenuity-award-180961120/

Feature on assorted tech used by archaeologists:

http://news.psu.edu/story/438317/2016/11/17/research/penn-state-archaeologists-use-it-help-uncover-past

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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DNA shows the effect of European contact on west coast First Nations people:

http://phys.org/news/2016-11-nations-people-effects-european-contact.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-11/uoia-ffn111116.php
http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2016/11/european-diseases-left-genetic-mark-native-americans
http://www.archaeology.org/5021-161116-canada-european-contact

On the origins of the Druze:

http://phys.org/news/2016-11-year-old-mystery-druze-people-genetic.html

DNA reveals fishing habits in Madagascar:

http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v539/n7629/full/539333f.html

Maize DNA tells an interesting story:

http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-37999506

More on what DNA reveals about the colonization of Pacific islands:

http://cultura.elpais.com/cultura/2016/11/12/actualidad/1478959382_298788.html

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/

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CRIME BEAT
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A Bernini elephant in Rome was vandalized:

https://www.apollo-magazine.com/berninis-elephant-and-obelisk-vandalised-in-rome/
http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=91656

Charges against a Spanish national who destroyed a Neolithic cave site:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/11/13/spaniard-jailed-for-destroying-neolithic-cave-to-make-an-animal/

A warning to collectors about Asian antiquities:

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/arts/visual-arts/professor-issues-a-caveat-emptor-alert-over-asian-art-antiquities/news-story/919613bf8de7a95605ae31d848281a01

Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2016/11/culture-crime-news-7-13-november-2016.html

conflict antiquities:

http://conflictantiquities.wordpress.com/

anonymous swiss collector:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/

Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues:

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

Looting Matters:

http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/

Illicit Cultural Property:

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

SAFE:

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

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REPATRIATION AND RECOVERY
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Switzerland returned a stolen stela to Egypt:

http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/egypt-retrieves-stolen-artifact-switzerland-0
http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=91631
https://africatimes.com/2016/11/14/antiquities-mystery-solved-swiss-return-stolen-artifact-to-egypt/

OpEd on repatriation:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/columns/why-retrieved-antiquities-should-be-sent-back-to-pace-of-origin/story-ic9LIm7SGSAIHsSIIciRuI.html

A debate on repatriation of Arab antiqutiies:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/250146/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Oxford-Union-hosts-debate-on-repatriation-of-Arab-.aspx

More on the Aboriginal shield in the BM:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-11-17/legal-challenge-to-return-gweagal-shield-from-british-museum/8034808

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NUMISMATICA
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Guidelines for documenting ancient coin finds:

http://www.numismaster.com/ta/numis/Article.jsp?ad=article&ArticleId=28372

Feature on coinage of Marcus Aurelius:

http://www.coinweek.com/ancient-coins/philosopher-king-the-coinage-of-marcus-aurelius/

Feature on a coin of Caligula:

http://www.coinworld.com/news/world-coins/2016/11/son-honors-his-mother-on-ancient-coins-on-the-block.html

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v19n46.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v19n47.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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Victoria:

http://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/public/drama-queen/
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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/2514-audio-news-from-archaeologica-6-november-2016-12-november-2016

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CONFERENCES
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GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

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

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Ancient Digger:

http://www.ancientdigger.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Past Horizons:

http://www.pasthorizons.com/

Stonepages:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

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

Time Machine:

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

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

The Book and the Spade:

http://www.radioscribe.com/bknspade.htm
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Explorator 19.29 ~ November 13, 2016

Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Bob Heuman,
David Critchley, Hernan Astudillo, Rick Heli, Barbara Saylor Rodgers,
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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Pondering what happened to Neanderthal genes:

http://phys.org/news/2016-11-humans-neanderthals-interbred-neanderthal-genes.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-11/p-epm110316.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/11/161108145257.htm
https://www.newscientist.com/article/2112037-humans-have-purged-the-bad-genes-from-our-neanderthal-hook-ups/
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/09/science/neanderthal-dna-natural-selection.html
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/study-reveals-why-humans-dont-have-more-neanderthal-dna-180961047/
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/1108/Why-don-t-humans-have-more-Neanderthal-DNA
http://www.archaeology.org/5006-161109-neanderthal-natural-selection

… and the benefits of the ‘interbreeding’:

http://phys.org/news/2016-11-neanderthal-inheritance-humans-life-africa.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/11/161110153149.htm
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2016/11/10/early-mans-love-triangle-neighbors-helped-us-survive/93587214/

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AFRICA
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Interesting finds from a Tanzanian peat bog:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/11/161108130459.htm

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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From Aswan come remains of a causeway associated with Sarenput I:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/248580/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Causeway-discovered-in-ancient-Aswan-tomb-.aspx
http://www.archaeology.org/5001-161108-aswan-necropolis-causeway

More on that 3800 years bp funeral boat from Abydos:

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/11/royal-burial-boat-ancient-egypt-found/
http://www.nationalgeographic.com.au/history/ancient-royal-boat-tomb-uncovered-in-egypt.aspx
https://www.yahoo.com/news/3-800-old-boat-tomb-172438664.html
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/pharaonic-boat-burial-abydos-egypt-04350.html

We’re hearing more about the ‘significant’ Bronze Age city found in Northern Iraq:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/11/161104102136.htm
http://www.scienceworldreport.com/articles/51798/20161107/massive-bronze-age-city-unearthed-northern-iraq.htm
http://www.foxnews.com/science/2016/11/07/remnants-significant-bronze-age-city-discovered-in-iraq.html
http://www.cnn.com/2016/11/11/middleeast/bronze-age-city-iraq/index.html
https://www.yahoo.com/news/archaeologists-just-discovered-bronze-age-194651442.html
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/11/2016/bronze-age-city-discovered-in-northern-iraq

Hopes/plans for a dig at Mesotimolos:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/mesotimolos-waits-to-be-discovered-.aspx?pageID=238&nid=105919&NewsCatID=375
http://www.dailysabah.com/history/2016/11/11/ancient-lydian-city-in-turkey-needs-meticulous-study

The Ghassulian Star is on display:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/mysterious-6000-year-old-star-mural-sees-first-daylight-in-jerusalem/

Hierapolis (Pamukkale) is a tourism success this year:

http://www.dailysabah.com/history/2016/11/10/pamukkales-ancient-city-of-hierapolis-turkeys-most-visited-archaeological-site

An Iron Age site from Dubai:

http://gulfnews.com/news/uae/culture/know-the-uae-archaeological-site-found-south-of-dubai-shows-key-aspects-of-life-in-iron-age-arabia-1.1924218

Ottoman era remains from the city of Van:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/public-buildings-unearthed-in-vans-old-city-.aspx?pageID=238&nid=105795&NewsCatID=375

On the Palestinian claim to the DSS:

http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=37747

… and a feature on digitizing the DSS:

http://www.jpost.com//International/Dead-Sea-Scrolls-Go-Digital-472292

More on the work at the Church of the Holy Sepuchre:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/oct/27/jesus-tomb-jerusalem-restoration-church-of-the-holy-sepulchre-christ-christianity

Earlier this week we were reading the battle for Mosul was nearing Nimrud:

http://m.france24.com/en/20161110-battle-mosul-nears-ancient-nimrud

… this am we read that Iraqi forces have retaken Nimrud:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-37966657
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/nov/13/iraqi-troops-capture-nimrud-ancient-assyrian-city-isis

… and there’s quite a bit of damage to sites in the area:

http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/ancient-assyrian-capital-of-nimrud-and-its-famous-ziggurat-bulldozed-by-retreating-islamic-state/news-story/d99a959bc5686b825a690d653f0a0248
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/11/iraq-mosul-isis-nimrud-khorsabad-archaeology/
http://www.aina.org/news/20161110204408.htm

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Looking for a Roman temple beneath Leicester Cathedral:

http://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/archeologists-dig-to-discover-more-about-roman-temple-under-leicester-cathedral/story-29873793-detail/story.html

Roman fortress remains from Chester:

http://www.so-cheshire.co.uk/heritage-1/12605/exciting-archaeological-remains-found-in-chester

A Gallo-Roman villa from Brittany:

http://www.connexionfrance.com/roman-villa-gallo-cotes-damor-brittany-archaeologists-housing-development-view-article.html

Very interesting shackled Etruscan burial:

http://www.seeker.com/skeleton-bound-by-shackles-found-in-etruscan-burial-2085230024.html
http://www.archaeology.org/5005-161109-italy-etruscan-shackles

Greek ‘squares’ from Agrigento:

http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/culture/2016/11/08/system-of-ancient-greek-squares-uncovered-in-agrigento_ef5ec6a7-4a08-49f3-aa8e-f00a73c81699.html

On ancient Roman ‘lawn signs’:

https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/anthropology-in-practice/the-ancient-romans-had-a-version-of-lawn-signs-too/

… on other Pompeian graffiti:

http://www.jotdown.es/2016/11/hic-futui-pornografia-pompeyana/

Possible Roman gold in Spain:

http://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/31531/20161110/cathedral-s-beach-golden-beach-beach-made-of-gold-roman-era-roman-occupation-in-spain-spain-spain-travel-spain-beaches.htm

A Roman shipwreck from Girona:

http://spanishnewstoday.com/2000_year_old-roman-shipwreck-discovered-in-girona_82301-a.html

I think we’ve mentioned this Roman bath from Plovdiv:

http://www.novinite.com/articles/177329/%D0%90rchaeologists+Discover+4th+Century+Roman+Bath+in+Bulgaria’s+Plovdiv

This seems to be the most recent item on the Herculaneum Papyri:

https://www.thestar.com/news/insight/2016/11/11/unscrolling-an-ancient-mystery.html

Another bust in Limassol:

http://cyprus-mail.com/2016/11/09/antiquities-seized/
http://cyprus-mail.com/2016/11/11/paphos-mayor-says-feel-vindicated-following-archaeology-arrests/

Pondering the origins of the tsunami which hit Santorini:

http://www.livescience.com/56791-santorini-tsunamis-caused-by-volcanic-flow.html
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/10/science/santorini-akrotiri-tsunami.html
http://www.nature.com/articles/ncomms13332

Plenty about Epidaurus in the Chinese news this week and their plans for an underwater museum:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2016-11/09/c_135815642.htm
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2016-11/09/c_135815641.htm
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2016-11/09/c_135815653.htm

… and Athens too:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2016-11/11/c_135820578.htm
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2016-11/10/c_135820515.htm

… and restoration work on the Acropolis:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2016-11/10/c_135820558.htm

Some Roman military diplomas (not ‘plates’) are on display at BYU:

http://byuiscroll.org/roman-plates-come-byu/

Some Roman finds from Tiruvallur are going on display:

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-tamilnadu/ancient-roman-artefacts-unearthed-in-tiruvallur-district-to-be-on-display/article9322512.ece

Arguing about the Colosseum took another turn:

http://www.thelocal.it/20161110/rome-metro-row-raises-new-fears-for-colosseum

On the man behind ‘Theatre of War’:

http://kenyoncollegian.com/2016/11/10/classics-alum-helps-soldiers-heal-through-ancient-drama/

Honours for Shelley Haley:

http://www.hamilton.edu/news/story/haley-honored-at-caas-meeting

What Amanda Watlington is up to:

http://classics.unc.edu/about-us-2/tabulae-archive/tabulae-2014-2015-2/from-classics-to-technology/

What Julia Wilker is up to:

https://penncurrent.upenn.edu/features/classical-studies-professor-gives-voice-to-the-voiceless-in-ancient-texts

What Jared Benton is up to:

http://mountainx.com/blogwire/unc-asheville-hosts-talk-on-ancient-roman-craftsmen/

More on the Gozo shipwreck:

http://www.9news.com.au/world/2016/11/11/14/36/ancient-shipwreck-sheds-light-on-mediterraneans-early-trade-routes

Review of Wright, *Lost Plays of Greek Tragedy*:

https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2016/nov/10/the-one-where-medea-saves-her-kids-lost-classics-of-greek-tragedy

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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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Not sure if we mentioned all these 6700 years bp ‘Venus’ figurines from Trnava:

http://spectator.sme.sk/c/20379104/venuses-from-trnava-6700-year-old.html?piano_d=1

Europe’s oldest ‘polished axe’ comes from Ireland:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/europes-oldest-polished-axe-found-ireland-180961043/
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/stone-adze-points-ancient-burial-rituals-ireland

Suggestion that Viking raids were in search of wives:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/11/05/viking-raiders-were-only-trying-to-win-their-future-wives-hearts/
http://www.livescience.com/56786-vikings-raided-to-find-love.html
http://www.archaeology.org/4998-161107-viking-raids-wives

… but the larger study appears to have been about hostage taking:

http://sciencenordic.com/why-did-vikings-take-hostages

… and there’s a new suggestion about why tthey left Greenland:

http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2016/11/why-did-greenland-s-vikings-disappear
http://www.archaeology.org/5008-161110-greenland-norse-settlements
http://science.sciencemag.org/content/354/6313/700
http://www.feedspot.com/?dadi=1#feed/f_22979/article/3537984630?dd=43115062536421

On matters calendrical in Norway:

http://sciencenordic.com/counting-years-viking-way

Middens suggest early inhabitants of Greenland were hunting whales:

http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2016/11/10/501209509/in-ancient-trash-heaps-a-whale-hunting-puzzle-emerges
http://knpr.org/npr/2016-11/ancient-trash-heaps-whale-hunting-puzzle-emerges
http://www.archaeology.org/5003-161109-greenland-whale-hunting

… and there was a study of what was on the menu in Doggerland too:

http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/11/2016/ancient-doggerland-diet-discovered

A pile of Cistercian monk burials from North Yorkshire:

http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/uk/experts-discover-500-graves-at-monastic-ruins-in-north-yorkshire-35211162.html
http://www.stalbansreview.co.uk/news/national/14884557.Experts_discover_500_graves_at_monastic_ruins_in_North_Yorkshire/

Interesting feature on the Eyam plague response:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-35064071

Interesting suggestions coming out of the Curtain Theatre dig:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2016/nov/10/shakespeare-write-henry-v-suit-london-theatre-the-curtain-odd-shape
http://www.archaeology.org/5007-161110-theater-money-box-finials
http://artdaily.com/news/91581/Archaeologists-throw-new-light-on-Shakespeare-after-uncovering-the-stage-at-The-Curtain-Theatre

More on that Viking ‘toolbox’ find:

http://sciencenordic.com/archaeologists-discover-viking-toolbox
http://www.archaeology.org/5002-161108-denmark-viking-tools

More on Ireland’s ‘oldest grave’:

http://www.livescience.com/56771-oldest-burial-in-ireland-analyzed.html
https://www.yahoo.com/news/inside-irelands-oldest-grave-exceptional-164000941.html

More on that ‘cursed well’:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cursed-english-well-has-been-rediscovered-180961019/

More on the search for witches’ marks across the UK:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2016/oct/31/witches-marks-historic-england-evil-spirits

More on shipwrecks in the Black Sea:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/12/science/shipwrecks-black-sea-archaeology.html

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Archaeology in Europe Blog:

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

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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A pair of Pandaya era temples from Ramanathapuram:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/tamil-nadu/two-pandya-era-temples-discovered-in-ramanathapuram/article9313386.ece
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/madurai/Excavate-ancient-Shiva-temples-buried-under-sand/articleshow/55267890.cms

Interesting 5th century BCE ‘eagle huntress’ on a central Asian gold ring:

http://www.wondersandmarvels.com/2016/11/eagle-huntress-discovered-on-ancient-gold-ring.html

Some 1000 years bp petroglyphs from southern India:

http://www.archaeology.org/4999-161108-india-warrior-art

A medieval archer burial from Altai:

http://siberiantimes.com/science/others/news/n0782-burial-site-of-siberian-robin-hood-unearthed-in-altai-republic/
http://www.archaeology.org/5010-161111-warrior-quiver-arrows

An early 19th century well find is slowing work in Oxford (NZ):

http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/north-canterbury/85883487/mysterious-well-slows-work-in-oxford

Studying what early inhabitants of Western Australia were eating:

http://phys.org/news/2016-11-bulk-bone-metabarcoding-uncover-early.html

Not sure we mentioned these petroglyphs from a Hawaiian beach:

https://www.thevintagenews.com/2016/11/02/shifting-sands-expose-unseen-ancient-petroglyphs-on-an-hawaii-beach/

More on the arrival of humans in Australia’s interior:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/nov/02/humans-arrived-in-australian-interior-49000-years-ago-archaeologists-believe-flinders-ranges
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/1102/Humans-first-settled-in-Australia-much-earlier-than-previous-estimates?cmpid=TW

More on cannabis in a Chinese burial:

http://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/31507/20161110/2500-years-old-well-preserved-cannabis-plant-found-in-desert-oasis.htm

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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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3000 years bp artifacts found during school construction in Binghamton:

https://www.bupipedream.com/news/74432/auto-draft-145/

Feature on the desecration of a Native American burial ground in Indiana:

http://www.indystar.com/story/news/local/hamilton-county/2016/11/05/native-american-graves-strawtown/91913202/

A possible Creek Indian nation site from Westville:

http://www.ledger-enquirer.com/news/local/article113970148.html
http://www.ledger-enquirer.com/news/local/article113954063.html

Metal detectors are turning up finds at Montpelier:

http://www.nbc29.com/story/33682264/archaeologists-uncover-old-artifacts-with-out-of-state-metal-detectors

A 19th century shipwreck from Lake Superior:

http://www.9and10news.com/story/33680862/forgotten-lake-superior-shipwreck-found-after-132-years
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/perfectly-preserved-shipwreck-found-lake-superior-180961070/

Plans to dive the Franklin shipwrecks:

http://globalnews.ca/news/3052010/canadian-dive-team-prepares-to-search-franklin-shipwrecks/

Interesting study of a Maryland site suggesting Ezekiel’s wheel was connected to the religious conversion of slaves:

http://phys.org/news/2016-11-archaeologists-ezekiel-wheel-african-americans.html
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/08/science/ezekiels-wheel-ties-african-spiritual-traditions-to-christianity.html
http://www.archaeology.org/5000-161108-maryland-religious-symbols

More on that Mastodon from Michigan:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/09/science/mastodon-michigan-teeth.html

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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A royal Maya site from Becujal (Guatemala):

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2016/11/03/ancient-maya-king-had-luxury-pleasure-palace-outside-city-he-ruled/93215340/

They’re using LiDAR at Copan:

https://www.gim-international.com/content/article/lidar-survey-over-ancient-maya-city

Latest from Nazca and Machu Picchu:

http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news,411900,researchers-want-to-unravel-the-mystery-of-machu-picchu-and-the-nazca-geoglyphs.html

Reviewish of Schwaller, *Géneros de Gente in Early Colonial Mexico*

http://phys.org/news/2016-11-explores-racial-early-colonial-spain.html

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http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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Feature on time zones:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/06/opinion/sunday/time-to-dump-time-zones.html

On Italian dialects:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/08/world/what-in-the-world/italy-dialects.html

On the Aberdeen Bestiary (which has been digitized):

http://www.livescience.com/56769-medieval-book-seized-by-king-henry-viii.html
http://www.livescience.com/56768-photos-aberdeen-bestiary.html
http://www.abdn.ac.uk/bestiary/

On why humans began making art (we may have mentioned this one):

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/jonathanjonesblog/2016/nov/03/on-the-origins-of-art-exhibition-tasmania-why-did-humans-start-making-art-comment

A Brueghel the Younger turns up in museum storage:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-37897723

… and a possible Raphael find:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2016/11/06/forgotten-oil-painting-could-be-lost-raphael-as-scientists-date/

A disputed Caravaggio is on display:

http://www.dw.com/en/disputed-caravaggio-to-go-on-display-in-milan-museum/a-36331284
http://theartnewspaper.com/news/news/caravaggio-found-in-french-attic-unveiled-in-milan/

The Louvre has restored ‘John the Baptist’:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/the-louvre-has-restored-st-john-baptist-180961037/

… and Vasari’s ‘Last Supper’ is restored and back on display too:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/major-renaissance-painting-restored-50-years-after-it-was-covered-flood-waters-180961028/

On language use in medieval Islam:

http://phys.org/news/2016-11-power-language-medieval-western-islam.html

Feature on the Cambridge Yiddish Codex:

http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/this-day-in-jewish-history/1.751846

Feature on the 15 most powerful women in history:

http://bigthink.com/paul-ratner/top-15-most-powerful-women-in-history

Feature on Alfred Wallace:

http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20161104-the-other-person-that-discovered-evolution-besides-darwin

How the Milky Way got its name:

http://www.livescience.com/56756-milky-way-name-origin.html

Feature on Casanova:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20161108-how-casanovas-x-rated-memoir-created-a-legend

More on Marlowe and Henry VI:

http://theconversation.com/ignore-the-doubters-heres-why-christopher-marlowe-co-wrote-shakespeares-henry-vi-68229

Not sure if we mentioned this recreation of a 220 years bp shipwreck beer:

http://www.livescience.com/56814-oldest-beer-recreated-from-shipwreck-yeast.html
http://www.livescience.com/56773-photos-recreating-220-year-old-beer.html
http://www.archaeology.org/5009-161110-shipwreck-yeast-beer

Latest Victor Nuovo piece on Spinoza:

http://www.addisonindependent.com/201611nuovo-spinoza-inventing-morality

Feature on how the Ten Commandments were changed over time:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-11/coe-wja110416.php
https://www.uni-muenster.de/Religion-und-Politik/en/aktuelles/2016/nov/PM_Als_Juden_und_Christen_die_Zehn_Gebote_veraenderten.html

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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History of the World in 100 Objects:

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/arts/review/history-of-the-world-in-100-objects-on-show-at-national-museum-canberra/news-story/2b02ffada1d226aa43b652e460087a43

A Feast for the Senses:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/museums/medieval-europeans-had-noses-eyes-and-ears–and-they-used-them/2016/11/11/89d23d5c-a5ef-11e6-8fc0-7be8f848c492_story.html

Sunken Cities:

http://www.madamasr.com/en/2016/11/12/feature/culture/sunken-cities-the-lure-of-underwater-worlds-and-a-critique-of-a-blockbuster-exhibition/

Golem:

http://www.wsj.com/articles/the-eerie-golem-gets-its-own-exhibition-1478882653

Renovations to the Pergamon Museum are way over budget and late:

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/pergamon-museum-berlin-renovation-739196

… resulting in some temporary exhibition type things:

http://www.dw.com/en/berlins-pergamon-museum-will-spend-next-eight-years-without-its-famous-altar/a-36337653
http://www.dw.com/en/pergamon-museum-to-move-to-interim-home/a-36338914
http://www.apollo-magazine.com/pergamon-museum-move-exhibits-temporary-transition-hall/

Athens’ National Archaeology Museum is marking its 150th:

http://www.maysville-online.com/news/world/photos-these-ancient-greek-artifacts-are-finally-seeing-the-light/collection_10db4a22-973a-51d8-bd56-f598a044808f.html

More coverage of the Toledo MoA brouhaha:

http://theartnewspaper.com/news/museums/outcry-after-toledo-museum-of-art-sells-ancient-greek-and-egyptian-objects-at-auction/

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THE TECHY SIDE
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We may have mentioned this item on dating methods:

https://cosmosmagazine.com/archaeology/how-radiometric-dating-and-stratigraphy-reveal-an-object-s-age

On LiDAR use in Michigan:

http://greatlakesecho.org/2016/11/10/remote-sensing-technology-improves-small-scale-archaeology/

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Latest DNA study related to dog domestication:

http://phys.org/news/2016-11-dna-analysis-ancient-teeth-dogs.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-37913860
http://www.archaeology.org/5004-161109-dogs-starch-digestion

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

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

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/travel/news/article.cfm?c_id=7&objectid=11744227

Chichen Itza:

http://www.startribune.com/how-to-see-chichen-itza-without-the-crowds/400764261/

Easter Island:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/13/travel/rapa-nui-easter-island-north-coast.html

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CRIME BEAT
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Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2016/11/culture-crime-news-31-october-6-november-2016.html

conflict antiquities:

http://conflictantiquities.wordpress.com/

anonymous swiss collector:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/

Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues:

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

Looting Matters:

http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/

Illicit Cultural Property:

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

SAFE:

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

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REPATRIATION AND RECOVERY
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More on Aboriginal demands for the return of a shield taken by Captain Cook:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2016/nov/08/indigenous-australians-demand-gweagal-shield-captain-cook

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NUMISMATICA
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Some strange silver and bronze-coated Roman coins from Spain:

http://www.travelerstoday.com/articles/25906/20161108/silver-bronze-coated-roman-coins-discovered-spain.htm

Feature on currency in various ancient cultures:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/money-money-money-whos-the-common-denominator-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=105996&NewsCatID=375

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v19n45.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v19n46.html

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http://ancientcoincollecting.blogspot.com/

Ancient Coins:

http://classicalcoins.blogspot.com/

Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

http://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-main-menu-cat/audio-news-list/2511-audio-news-from-archaeologica-30-october-2016-5-november-2016

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About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

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http://www.ancientdigger.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Past Horizons:

http://www.pasthorizons.com/

Stonepages:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

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

Time Machine:

http://heatherpringle.wordpress.com/
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Explorator 19.28 ~ November 6, 2016

Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Hernan Astudillo,
Bob Heuman, David Critchley, Rick Heli, Barbara Saylor Rodgers, Allan Brockway,
Richard Campbell, Richard C. Griffiths, Rick Pettigrew, and
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EARLY HOMINIDS
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This seems to be a growing story … Melanesians carry DNA which comes (apparently) from an unknown, extinct hominid:

http://phys.org/news/2016-11-people-melanesia-genetic-evidence-previously.html

Ostrich eggshell beads in the Denisova Cave:

http://siberiantimes.com/other/others/news/n0789-paleolithic-jewellery-still-eye-catching-after-50000-years/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/4981-161101-denisova-cave-beads

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AFRICA
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Evidence of mesolithic ochre processing in Ethiopia/East Africa:

http://phys.org/news/2016-11-middle-stone-age-ochre-tools.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/11/161102143618.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-11/p-msa102616.php
http://www.archaeology.org/4989-161103-ethiopia-tools-ochre

How domesticated chickens made their way to Africa:

http://phys.org/news/2016-11-africa-oldest-domestic-chicken-bones.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/11/161103091312.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-11/wuis-htc110216.php
http://www.newswise.com/articles/view/664136/?sc=rssn

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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A 3800 years bp ‘tableau’ of Egyptian boats from Abydos:

http://www.livescience.com/56695-ancient-egypt-boat-tableau-discovered.html
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/ancient-images-egyptian-pharaohs-tomb/
https://www.yahoo.com/news/3-800-old-tableau-egyptian-114700069.html
http://www.archaeology.org/4979-161031-egypt-boat-images

In the wake of those auctions, Egypt is seeking sanctions against the Toledo MoA:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/246958/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Egypt-urges-sanctions-on-Toledo-museum-of-Art.aspx

… and has cut ties therewith as well:

http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/antiquities-ministry-breaks-contact-toledo-museum-over-auction-sales
https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20161101-egypt-bans-cooperation-with-toledo-museum-over-antiquities-sale/

… background, in case you missed it:

http://theartnewspaper.com/news/museums/outcry-after-toledo-museum-of-art-sells-ancient-greek-and-egyptian-objects-at-auction/

Alexandria hosted an underwater antiquities conference:

http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/archaeologists-descend-alexandria-celebration-egypt-s-underwater-heritage
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2016-11/01/c_135795176.htm
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2016-11/03/c_135801413.htm

Remains of a Bronze Age city in northern Iraq:

http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/11/2016/bronze-age-city-discovered-in-northern-iraq

Evidence of Baldwin III’s 12th century attack on his mother:

http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/archaeology/1.748810

The press in Israel loves when kids find artifacts … this time, it’s a 1200 years bp coin from the Galilee:

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Teenagers-discover-1200-year-old-coin-in-the-Galilee-471424
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/rare-1200-year-old-gold-coin-discovered-in-lower-galilee/2016/11/01/
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/219640
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4873812,00.html

Some followups to the opening of the traditionally-identified site of Jesus’ tomb in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre:

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/10/jesus-christ-tomb-burial-church-holy-sepulchre/
http://www.livescience.com/56700-original-bedrock-of-jesus-tomb-revealed.html
http://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/30941/20161101/heres-what-experts-discovered-opening-jesus-christs-burial-tomb.htm
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/walls-jesus-tomb-exposed-first-time-centuries-180960953/
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/jesus-christ-tomb-discovery-jerusalem-israel-scientists-uncover-marble-rock-a7384206.html
http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=91220
http://www.timesofisrael.com/original-limestone-bed-on-which-jesus-was-buried-said-uncovered/
http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/news/2016/10/31/jesuss-tomb-exposed-for-the-first-time-in-centuries/
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/1101/Jesus-Tomb-opened-What-did-we-learn-so-far
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/10/jesus-tomb-opened-church-holy-sepulchre/

Plans to resume digging at Masada:

http://www.i24news.tv/en/news/israel/society/129388-161105-israeli-archaeologist-announces-return-to-masada-after-ten-year-absence

Arguing over the authenticity of that ‘Jerusalem Papyrus’ continues:

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/11/06/is-israel-s-big-new-find-a-hoax.html
http://www.livescience.com/56653-hebrew-papyrus-seized-from-looters.html
http://www.livescience.com/56646-photos-hebrew-papyrus-judean-desert.html
https://www.yahoo.com/news/ancient-hebrew-papyrus-seized-looters-140100407.html
http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865666077/Scholars-say-papyrus-mentioning-Jerusalem-based-kingdom-may-be-fake.html?pg=all
http://forward.com/news/breaking-news/352646/does-ancient-scroll-prove-jewish-tie-to-jerusalem-and-refute-modern-day-une/

… while the IAA continues to maintain it is genuine, of course:

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/IAA-refutes-authenticity-accusations-of-Jerusalem-papyrus-inscription-471239
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-israel-archaeology-idUSKCN12Q1SO?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews

Meanwhile, Palestine is set to lay claim to the DSS:

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Article.aspx?id=471781

Another piece on the politics of archaeology in Israel:

http://www.wsj.com/articles/how-archaeology-became-an-israeli-palestinian-battleground-1478267201

On early changes to the Decalogue:

http://scienmag.com/when-jews-and-christians-changed-the-ten-commandments/

Sixty percent of sites in Iraq have been looted, apparently:

http://www.nrttv.com/en/Details.aspx?Jimare=10773

More on that “Muslim” inscription which proves Jewish ties to Temple Mount:

http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=37507
http://www.timesofisrael.com/centuries-before-trying-to-deny-it-muslims-carved-jewish-link-to-jerusalem-into-mosque/

More on Jerusalem’s new Archaeology Campus:

http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.749679

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A massive Gallo Roman villa find from Brittany:

http://www.connexionfrance.com/roman-villa-gallo-cotes-damor-brittany-archaeologists-housing-development-view-article.html

They’re back looking at that Phoenician shipwreck off Gozo:

http://www.archaeology.org/4977-161031-malta-phoenician-shipwreck

… and the shipwreck that was carrying the Parthenon/Elgin Marbles:

http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/archaeology/1.750272

Greece is planning (again?) an underwater museum:

http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2016-11/01/content_39618423.htm

A coin is causing a rethink of the date of the Segovia aqueduct:

http://elpais.com/elpais/2016/11/01/inenglish/1477997248_304960.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/4988-161102-segovia-aqueduct-coin

Plans for Roman style food at Pompeii:

http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2016/11/02/roman-style-meal-to-be-served-at-pompeii_be3c2519-079e-4ca3-b7b5-93e2518d905f.html

Concerns for the Colosseum after the earthquake:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/10/31/italy-fears-for-colosseum-as-cracks-get-bigger-after-each-quake/
http://news.nationalpost.com/news/world/massive-earthquake-in-italy-has-added-worrisome-cracks-to-2000-year-old-colosseum-experts-warn
http://www.apollo-magazine.com/italy-earthquakes-damage-to-heritage-sites-in-rome-confirmed/

… and the volcano is mentioned again:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/rome-volcano-slowly-reawakening-scientists-italy-earthquake-a7391016.html

Interview with Anne Carson:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/oct/30/anne-carson-do-not-believe-art-therapy-interview-float

What C Brian Rose is up to:

http://www.the-college-reporter.com/2016/10/30/c-brian-rose-talks-preserving-historical-artifacts-culture-at-common-hour/

Honours for Jack Davis and Sharon Stocker:

http://www.uc.edu/profiles/profile.asp?id=24259
… and Steven Lattimore:

http://satprnews.com/2016/11/04/dr-steven-lattimore-celebrated-for-work-as-an-educator-classicist/

Latest in the Parthenon Marbles saga:

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/14834725.Government_urged_to_return_Elgin_Marbles_to_Greece/

On use of high tech analysis at Volterra:

http://triblive.com/news/allegheny/11402789-74/volterra-models-scanning

More on the Cyprus side of that Toledo MoA thing:

http://www.toledoblade.com/Art/2016/10/25/Cyprus-demands-auction-be-stopped-Ambassador-wants-artifacts-displayed-in-Toledo-museum.html
http://cnsnews.com/news/article/ohio-museum-sells-pieces-despite-protests-cyprus-egypt
http://theartnewspaper.com/news/museums/outcry-after-toledo-museum-of-art-sells-ancient-greek-and-egyptian-objects-at-auction/

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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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Studying a 9000 years bp burial in Ireland:

http://www.archaeology.org/4992-161103-ireland-polished-adze

Bronze Age burials and pottery from a Gwynedd quarry:

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/graves-discovered-gwynedd-quarry-dig-12106228
http://www.archaeology.org/news/4983-161101-wales-intact-pottery

A Viking ‘toolbox’ find:

http://sciencenordic.com/archaeologists-discover-viking-toolbox

An Anglo Saxon hoard from Louth:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/11/05/anglo-saxon-treasure-trove-discovered-in-potato-field/

Work at the Kremlin revealed some medieval remains:

http://phys.org/news/2016-11-kremlin-makeover-exposes-mediaeval-mysteries.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/world/russia-central-asia/article/2042629/mysteries-kremlin-are-revealed-archaeologists-dig

The ‘cursed’ St Anne’s Well has been found near Liverpool:

http://www.livescience.com/56737-cursed-medieval-well-found-in-england.html
http://www.sciencealert.com/archaeologists-have-uncovered-a-cursed-well-in-england
http://www.archaeology.org/4994-161104-england-st-anne-s-well

Concerns for wetland sites:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-37826894
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/11/161102143426.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-10/uoy-aea102716.php
http://www.archaeology.org/4982-161101-star-carr-preservation

Feature on the Watlington Hoard:

http://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/14839409.Medieval_Viking_treasure_trove___the_history_of_the_Watlington_Hoard_unearthed/

They’re excavating at Sittaford Stone Circle:

http://www.tavistock-today.co.uk/article.cfm?id=416866&headline=Dartmoor%20stone%20circle%20undisturbed%20for%20hundreds%20of%20years%20being%20excavated&sectionIs=news&searchyear=2016

Another theory on the origin of Stonehenge’s stones:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2016/10/28/massive-25-ton-stones-of-stonehenge-may-have-come-from-further-a/

A project to find witches marks all over the UK:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-37817785
https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2016/oct/31/witches-marks-historic-england-evil-spirits

A 19th century shipwreck from the Baltic:

http://www.archaeology.org/4987-161102-finland-shipwreck-bottles

Latest from the Scottish Soldiers Archaeology Project:

http://www.archaeology.org/4984-161101-scottish-soldiers-survivors

The bones of Sophia Dorothea may have been found:

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/dorothea-code-could-300-year-old-bones-solve-royal-mystery-n675421

Using experimental archaeology to figure out Viking fighting styles:

http://sciencenordic.com/archaeologist-discovers-new-style-viking-combat
http://cphpost.dk/news/danish-archaeologist-discovers-new-viking-fighting-style.html

Pondering the Aberdeen Bestiary:

http://www.archaeology.org/4986-161102-aberdeen-bestiary-images

Feature on the Rothwell Charnel Chapel:

http://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/features/rothwell-charnel-chapel-the-nameless-dead.htm

Feature on Otzi:

http://elpais.com/elpais/2016/10/27/ciencia/1477580868_703313.html

Repairs are under way at Lindisfarne Castle:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tyne-37815977

Pondering the ‘sinking’ of Venice:

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/nov/02/when-will-venice-sink-google

More earthquake damage coverage:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/oct/30/san-benedetto-basilica-norcia-destroyed-italy-earthquake
http://www.cortezjournal.com/article/20161030/AP/310309897/Latest-Italian-earthquake-devastates-medieval-sites

More on those ‘scratched stones’ from Denmark which might be a map:

http://www.livescience.com/56719-scratched-stones-worlds-oldest-maps.html
http://www.livescience.com/56709-photos-scratched-stones-ancient-maps.html
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/ancient-scratched-stones-worlds-earliest-maps-or-magic-artifacts/

More on humans decorating with cave lion pelts:

http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/1026/Ancient-interior-decorators-Did-early-humans-line-caves-with-lion-pelts?cmpid=TW
http://www.archaeology.org/news/4969-161026-cave-lion-extinction

More on the fresco fragment from the Plovdiv Basilica:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/4964-161024-bulgaria-basilica-philippopolis

More on Black Sea shipwrecks:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/perfectly-preserved-ancient-shipwrecks-found-in-depths-of-black-sea.aspx?pageID=238&nid=105345&NewsCatID=375

More on finds from the Hellfire Club:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/4995-161104-hellfire-club-carving

Just for the record, we’re watching this ‘pyramid in Spain’ story with a skeptical eye:

http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/556318/Ancient-Pyramids-Europe-Spain-Discovered-Canete-Rewrite-History-Mystery-Valley

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

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Evidence of human habitation of Australia’s interior some 49 000 years bp:

http://phys.org/news/2016-11-humans-earlier-australia-remote-outback.html
http://phys.org/news/2016-11-aboriginal-people-inhabited-wa-midwest.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-37854246
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/nov/02/humans-arrived-in-australian-interior-49000-years-ago-archaeologists-believe-flinders-ranges
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/people-settled-australia%E2%80%99s-rugged-interior-surprisingly-early
http://www.abc.net.au/am/content/2016/s4568130.htm
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/1102/What-happened-when-humans-first-arrived-in-Australia
http://www.smh.com.au/technology/sci-tech/astounding-archaeology-discovery-places-inland-human-occupation-of-australia-at-49000-years-20161102-gsg4ox.html
http://www.archaeology.org/4990-161103-australia-megafauna-rock-shelter
http://www.archaeology.org/news/4993-161104-australia-yellabidde-cave

… and some focussed on how the evidence was found:

http://www.stuff.co.nz/world/australia/86056456/Man-searching-for-toilet-in-Australias-outback-makes-astounding-discovery-of-49-000-year-old-human-settlement
http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Discovery-of-49-000-year-old-human-settlement-10592531.php

Studying Maori social systems:

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU1611/S00063/maori-social-systems-focus-of-novel-research-collaboration.htm

Evidence of the earliest use of coal in Xinjiang:

http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/culture/2016-11/02/content_27251296.htm

Rethinking Yunnan’s Bronze Age:

http://www.gokunming.com/en/blog/item/3835/archaeological_find_changing_understanding_of_yunnans_bronze_age

Identifying sites in Islamabad:

http://dailytimes.com.pk/islamabad/02-Nov-16/eight-archaeological-sites-identified-in-capital

I think we mentioned this child’s rattle from Siberia:

http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2016/11/01/491624/ancient-toy-discovered-in-Russia
http://www.archaeology.org/news/4962-161024-siberia-bear-rattle

More on the Marquis of Haihun’s tomb excavation:

http://english.cctv.com/2016/10/30/VIDEGDyQGdgZenxylKxGy0DD161030.shtml

More on the role of climate in the colonization of the Pacific:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/02/science/south-pacific-islands-migration.html
http://www.archaeology.org/4991-161103-oceania-climate-simulation
http://scienmag.com/early-pacific-seafarers-likely-latched-onto-el-nino-and-other-climate-patterns/

More on that ‘cannabis burial’:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/2-500-old-burial-hints-140900556.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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In case you’re wondering about that Dakota Pipeline dispute:

http://kfor.com/2016/11/01/the-sacred-land-at-the-center-of-the-dakota-pipeline-dispute/
http://www.montereyherald.com/business/20161102/the-latest-new-standoff-in-protest-over-dakota-pipeline/1

… apparently artifacts were found:

http://www.thegazette.com/subject/news/nation-and-world/before-protest-conflict-pipeline-builder-found-artifacts-20161101
http://www.columbian.com/news/2016/nov/02/regulator-pipeline-company-too-late-in-reporting-artifacts/
http://www.ksdk.com/news/artifacts-found-on-north-dakota-pipeline-route-not-reported-for-10-days/346282809
http://www.kristv.com/story/33603355/the-latest-pipeline-builder-could-be-fined-in-north-dakota

… but:

http://lancasteronline.com/insider/officials-say-no-native-american-burial-sites-found-yet-in/article_62594330-a205-11e6-afc3-4fa7f3ca60ac.html

Fire-scarred trees on Hecate Island apparently were of human origin:

http://phys.org/news/2016-11-british-columbia-island-historical-human.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-11/uoo-oaw110216.php

A possible high altitude buffalo jump in Wyoming:

http://www.archaeology.org/4985-161102-wyoming-buffalo-jump

On voting on Tuesdays in the US:

http://www.npr.org/2016/11/01/500208500/why-do-we-vote-on-tuesdays

More on those Michigan Mammoth bones from a while back:

http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/1101/What-Michigan-mammoth-bones-say-about-early-North-American-settlers

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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I think we mentioned this child burial and mummified macaw from the Chihuahuan desert a few weeks ago:

http://westerndigs.org/mummified-bird-baby-found-in-cave-shed-light-on-earliest-desert-farmers/

Searching for Cuba’s pre-Columbian roots:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/taino-indigenous-culture-columbus-archaeology-cuban-identity-cultural-travel-180960975/

I think we mentioned how some Chilean mummies are turning to slime:

http://www.sciencealert.com/the-oldest-mummies-in-the-world-are-turning-into-black-slime

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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 more Halloween-related items … first on Halloween apples:

http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2013/10/30/241924745/the-secret-steamy-history-of-halloween-apples

… and a halloween-related (apparently) reenactment of a mummy unwrapping:

https://www.bu.edu/today/2016/mummy-ritual-reenactment/

… and real-life vampire diseases:

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20161031-the-real-life-disease-that-spread-the-vampire-myth
https://www.insidehighered.com/audio/2016/10/31/vampires-and-tuberculosis

… and revisiting a Venetian ‘vampire burial’:

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/seriouslyscience/2016/10/31/halloween-flashback-strange-case-vampire-burial-venice/

… and more generally on Halloween history:

http://www.dw.com/en/halloween-and-the-souls-trapped-in-purgatory/a-36214983

Pondering the swastika:

http://www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/2016/10/28/499475248/diwali-dilemma-my-complicated-relationship-with-the-swastika

I think we’ve mentioned Lawrence of Arabia and how his claims have been backed up by archaeology recently:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-nottinghamshire-37803035

Why van Gogh really sliced off his ear:

http://www.cnn.com/2016/10/31/world/van-gogh-ear-slash-motive-trnd/index.html

Marking the 500th anniversary of Utopia:

https://www.insidehighered.com/views/2016/11/02/essay-500th-anniversary-thomas-mores-utopia

On the survival of France’s aristocracy:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-37655777

The Monarch of the Glen is coming to auction:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-37847020

For the cat aficionados out there:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/02/arts/television/review-in-the-story-of-cats-on-pbs-a-look-at-evolutionary-masters.html

Recreating an Iron Age German ‘beer’:

http://www.livescience.com/56731-iron-age-beer-recipe-recreated.html
http://wksu.org/post/2500-years-ago-brew-was-buried-dead-brewery-has-revived-it

Revisiting the floods of Florence:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/books/waters-rising-a-tale-of-the-man-who-helped-saved-florences-cultural-treasures/2016/11/02/524cdd12-9d0f-11e6-b3c9-f662adaa0048_story.html

… and Vasari’s ‘Last Supper’ has been restored:

http://www.dw.com/en/16th-century-last-supper-masterpiece-restored-50-years-after-epic-flood/a-36272784

On how cooking began:

https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg23230980-600-what-was-the-first-cooked-meal/

On cholera:

http://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2016/11/04/500664156/cholera-101-why-an-ancient-disease-keeps-on-haunting-us

Latest on Amelia Earhart has her dying as a castaway:

http://phys.org/news/2016-11-amelia-earhart-died-castaway.html
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-photo-amelia-earharts-arms-could-uncover-her-fate-1-180960995/
http://www.archaeology.org/4996-161104-amelia-earhart-arms

On children’s names:

http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-37854247

More on the Pope opening Castel Gandolfo to the public:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pope-francis-isnt-using-his-summer-house-so-vatican-letting-public-in-180960883/

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Michigan Mammoth:

http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/1101/What-will-we-learn-from-mammoth-exhibit-at-Univ.-of-Michigan

Origins of Art:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/jonathanjonesblog/2016/nov/03/on-the-origins-of-art-exhibition-tasmania-why-did-humans-start-making-art-comment

Goldfinch:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-37845639

Khirbet Qeiyafa:

http://www.haaretz.com/haaretz-labels/1.750309
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4872064,00.html

Again we’re hearing that the Louvre might house threatened objects from Syria, Iraq, etc.:

http://www.artdaily.org/index. asp?int_sec=11&int_new=91272

Feature on Basra’s Museum of Antiquities:

https://www.ft.com/content/0d91282c-8bb2-11e6-8cb7-e7ada1d123b1

More delays for the Louvre Abu Dhabi:

http://www.zawya.com/mena/en/story/Louvre_Abu_Dhabi_opening_further_delayed_to_2017__sources-TR20161104nL8N1D433XX2/

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THE TECHY SIDE
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Feature on digitizing manuscripts:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-experts-are-digitizing-ancient-manuscripts-180960685/

On some non C14 dating methods:

https://cosmosmagazine.com/archaeology/beyond-carbon-dating-how-archaeologists-find-the-age-of-an-object

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Armenian Wine:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/armenia-wine-travel-tourism-viticulture-vineyards-180959986/

German Beer:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20161027-how-pure-is-the-beer-in-germany

Assorted German touristy stuff:

http://www.dw.com/en/what-do-tourists-want-to-see-in-germany/a-18768578

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CRIME BEAT
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Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2016/10/culture-crime-news-24-30-october-2016.html

Switzerland is denying Jihadists are storing loot there:

http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=91274

A bust in assorted places in Attica:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/213347/article/ekathimerini/news/four-arrested-for-illegal-antiquities-trading

Mexico doesn’t recover a lot of stolen artifacts, apparently:

http://www.insightcrime.org/news-analysis/only-a-fraction-of-mexico-s-stolen-cultural-antiquities-are-recovered

China is toughening its stand on purloined antiquties:

http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2016-11/03/content_27260446.htm

Feature on why ISIL destroys antiquities:

http://www.kabc.com/2016/10/25/isis-destruction-of-antiquities-explained/
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/nationworld/la-fg-iraq-islamic-state-antiquities-snap-story.html

A stolen manuscript turns up on an internet auction site:

http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-37801421

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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Australia is seeking an aboriginal shield from the British Museum:

http://www.cbc.ca/radio/asithappens/as-it-happens-wednesday-edition-1.3832953/they-ve-got-no-claim-indigenous-australian-demands-british-museum-return-ancestral-shield-1.3832962

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NUMISMATICA
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A ‘Racketeer Nickel’ from Deadwood:

http://rapidcityjournal.com/news/local/eureka-moment-arises-as-experts-discover-rare-coin-in-deadwood/article_2b9d6c1d-f31c-5c07-a853-5280c406428a.html
http://www.archaeology.org/4978-161031-deadwood-racketeer-nickel

Big bucks for a silver tetradrachm:

http://www.coinworld.com/news/world-coins/2016/11/whopping-six-hundred-thirteen-thousand-nine-hundred-ninety-nine-us-realized-for-460-bc-silver-tetradrachm.html

Raising funds for the Boldre Hoard:

http://www.dailyecho.co.uk/news/14842035.Campaigners_raise_more_than___10_000_for_Roman_coin_exhibition/

Latest eSylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v19n44.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v19n45.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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Two Class Acts:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/29/theater/review-what-would-sophocles-do-pucker-up-perhaps.html

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

http://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-main-menu-cat/audio-news-list/2507-audio-news-from-archaeologica-23-october-2016-29-october-2016
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CONFERENCES
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

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

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Ancient Digger:

http://www.ancientdigger.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Past Horizons:

http://www.pasthorizons.com/

Stonepages:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

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

Time Machine:

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

The Book and the Spade:

http://www.radioscribe.com/bknspade.htm
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Explorator 19.27 ~ October 30, 2016

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

… mostly repeats this week

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Neanderthals ate more vegetation than previously thought:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/10/161027094135.htm

Studying early hominid teeth:

http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2016/10/25/497094756/dental-detectives-what-fossil-teeth-reveal-about-ancestral-human-diets

More on human ancestry being more complex than previously thought:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/10/161020142642.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/4970-161026-genetics-interbreeding-relationship

More on ‘tool making’ monkeys:

http://www.nature.com/news/monkey-tools-raise-questions-over-human-archaeological-record-1.20816

More on right-handed homo habilis:

http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/1020/Scientists-say-they-have-found-the-oldest-right-handed-human

More on early evidence of heating stone prior to flaking:

http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/10/2016/early-evidence-of-heating-stone-to-enhance-flaking-qualities

More on the ‘good side’ of hominid interbreeding:

http://scienmag.com/new-tools-identify-key-evolutionary-advantages-from-ancient-hominid-interbreeding/

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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The Toledo Museum of Art put some Egyptian antiquities up for auction, despite Egypt’s protests and Zahi Hawass is trying to get sanctions put on the Museum:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/246760/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Zahi-Hawass-to-try-to-put-sanctions-on-Toledo-Muse.aspx
http://www.toledoblade.com/Art/2016/10/29/Egypt-wants-sanctions-against-museum-for-selling-antiquities.html

Feature on the plundering of Egyptian relics:

http://www.middleeasteye.net/columns/corruption-central-egypts-antiquities-1838534106

Egypt put a pile of seized antiquities on display:

http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1013681.shtml

More on ‘additional chambers’ being detected in the Great Pyramid:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2016-10/19/c_135764315.htm

In case you’re missing the Tutankhamen miniseries going on in the UK:

http://www.radiotimes.com/news/2016-10-23/did-tutankhamuns-howard-carter-and-evelyn-carnarvon-really-have-a-romantic-relationship

A 10 000 years bp site in the Tabuk region of Saudi Arabia:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/variety/2016/10/24/Archaeologists-examine-Saudi-site-aged-10000-years-.html

A Parthian era tunnel in a Mikal village:

http://en.mehrnews.com/news/120816/Parthian-era-tunnel-turns-page-in-Mikal-history

A Byzantine inn complex from Assos:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ancient-inn-complex-unearthed-in-assos-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=105381&NewsCatID=375
http://www.archaeology.org/4972-161027-turkey-assos-theater

I think we mentioned evidence of a hitherto unknown Canaanite revolt against Egypt in Jaffa:

http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/archaeology/1.748579

Much coverage of the opening of the traditional site of Jesus’ tomb in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre:

http://phys.org/news/2016-10-experts-uncover-hidden-layers-jesus.html
http://www.livescience.com/56672-jesus-tomb-opened-first-time-in-centuries.html
http://www.livescience.com/56675-photos-church-of-holy-sepulchre-jesus-tomb.html
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/oct/27/jesus-tomb-jerusalem-restoration-church-of-the-holy-sepulchre-christ-christianity
http://www.jpost.com/Christian-News/Report-Final-burial-place-of-Jesus-revealed-after-hundreds-of-years-471017
http://www.timesofisrael.com/scientists-expose-original-stone-of-jesuss-jerusalem-tomb/
http://www.timesofisrael.com/at-the-holiest-spot-in-christendom-delving-for-jesuss-resting-place/
http://forward.com/news/breaking-news/352919/burial-slab-of-jesus-uncovered-for-first-time-in-centuries/
http://www.csmonitor.com/World/2016/1028/Researchers-open-what-they-think-may-have-been-Jesus-tomb
http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/restoration-workers-peel-back-ancient-layers-surrounding-cave-said-to-be-jesus-tomb-in-jerusalem/news-story/1a94bd93252f2f2f825deeac9c5d42ed
http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/06/25/what-the-hell-is-going-on-in-jesus-tomb.html
https://www.yahoo.com/news/jesus-tomb-opened-first-time-160800494.html
http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/christs-burial-slab-uncovered-for-the-first-time-in-centuries-74831/
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/archaeologist-at-jesus-tomb-site-what-was-found-is-astonishing/
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/10/jesus-tomb-opened-church-holy-sepulchre/
http://cultura.elpais.com/cultura/2016/10/28/actualidad/1477671780_437738.html

More on that oldest Hebrew papyrus mentioning Jerusalem:

http://www.antiquities.org.il/article_eng.aspx?sec_id=25&subj_id=240
http://phys.org/news/2016-10-important-ancient-papyrus-seized-looters.html
http://www.timesofisrael.com/oldest-hebrew-mention-of-jerusalem-found-on-rare-papyrus-from-7th-century-bce/
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/first-temple-era-document-mentioning-jerusalem-exposed/2016/10/26/
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-israel-archaeology-idUSKCN12Q1SO?il=0
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/219379
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Ancient-papyrus-scroll-found-with-earliest-Hebrew-mention-of-Jerusalem-470898
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4870938,00.html
http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/archaeology/.premium-1.749357
http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=37415
http://forward.com/news/breaking-news/352646/does-ancient-scroll-prove-jewish-tie-to-jerusalem-and-refute-modern-day-une/

… while scholars are having doubts about the authenticity of that ‘Jerusalem papyrus’:

http://www.livescience.com/56653-hebrew-papyrus-seized-from-looters.html
http://www.livescience.com/56646-photos-hebrew-papyrus-judean-desert.html
http://www.rollstonepigraphy.com/?p=715
https://facesandvoices.wordpress.com/2016/10/22/new-judean-desert-papyrus-sold-by-an-anonymous-antiquities-dealer/
https://gath.wordpress.com/2016/10/28/my-take-on-the-jerusalem-papyrus/
http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/archaeology/.premium-1.749603
http://www.timesofisrael.com/archaeologists-question-oldest-hebrew-mention-of-jerusalem/
http://blogs.timesofisrael.com/dont-politicize-archaeology-and-dont-historicize-politics-on-the-new-jerusalem-papyrus/
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/27/world/middleeast/israel-unesco-holy-site.html

Israel was displaying some First Temple era pottery from Temple Mount too:

http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/archaeology/1.749337
http://www.timesofisrael.com/archaeologists-reveal-first-solomons-temple-era-artifacts-ever-found-on-temple-mount/

UNESCO is under pressure (it seems) to rethink its decision about Jewish presence on Temple Mount:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/us-lawmakers-urge-unesco-panel-to-reject-text-erasing-jewish-ties-to-temple-mount/
http://www.breitbart.com/jerusalem/2016/10/26/temple-mount-archaeologist-unesco-resolution-disgrace/
https://www.algemeiner.com/2016/10/26/the-jewish-connection-to-jerusalem-is-undeniable/
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/27/world/middleeast/israel-unesco-holy-site.html
http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=37447

A “muslim” inscription confirming Jewish presence was also mentioned this week:

http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/ancient-muslim-inscription-confirms-dome-of-the-rocks-jewish-temple-origin/2016/10/28/

Some DSS fragments are coming to auction:

http://www.hamhigh.co.uk/news/dead_sea_scrolls_fragments_put_on_sale_for_first_time_by_hampstead_dealer_1_4751216

… as is the earliest ‘copy’ of the Ten Commandments:

http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/earliest-ten-commandments-tablet-on-auction-in-beverly-hills/2016/10/25/

Syria is complaining about digs by Israel … in Syria:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/at-unesco-syria-complains-of-israeli-archaeological-digs-inside-syria/

Israel denies digging inside Syria:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/liveblog_entry/israel-says-no-archaeological-digs-in-syria-village/

Feature on the Assyrians:

http://www.livescience.com/56659-assyrians-history.html

More on Israel’s National Archaeology Campus:

http://www.haaretz.co.il/gallery/architecture/.premium-1.3103968
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/israels-effort-to-get-a-gadget-obsessed-generation-to-look-at-old-stuff/2016/10/25/aa85c324-9a29-11e6-b3c9-f662adaa0048_story.html

More on where Titus breached Jerusalem’s third wall:

http://jewishstandard.timesofisrael.com/scientists-discover-where-titus-breached-jerusalem-walls/

More on 1300 years bp antidepressants from Istanbul:

http://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/30587/20161025/1300-year-old-antidepressant-drugs-unearthed-in-istanbul.htm

More on that short-time mosaic carpet reveal:

http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/archaeology/.premium-1.749520

Op Ed on Aleppo, then and now:

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/Opinion/2016/10/24/A-tale-of-two-Aleppos-Ancient-city-in-ruins-with-poor-on-front-lines/8381477321949/

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Cyprus was also protesting the Toledo Museum’s sale of antiquities:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2016/10/26/antiquities-for-sale-ohios-toledo-museum-of-art-sells-ancient-artifacts-cyprus-and-egypt-protest/
http://www.toledoblade.com/Art/2016/10/25/Cyprus-demands-auction-be-stopped-Ambassador-wants-artifacts-displayed-in-Toledo-museum.html
http://in-cyprus.com/ohio-museum-sells-pieces-despite-protests-from-cyprus/
… as was Joan Connelly:

http://www.toledoblade.com/Art/2016/10/24/Art-expert-slams-Toledo-museum-nbsp-sale-of-nbsp-antiquities.html

… while a clumsy caterer knocked a thumb off a statue in the British Museum:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/10/26/hapless-caterer-knocks-thumb-off-roman-statue-in-british-museum/
http://theartnewspaper.com/news/conservation/british-museum-gives-venus-the-finger-back/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-37786103
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/28/arts/design/british-museum-townley-venus-thumb-repaired.html

Remains of a Roman military camp in Burley-in-Wharfedale:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-bradford-west-yorkshire-37727136

Roman-era windmills from Missis:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/windmills-of-misis-comes-to-light-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=105166&NewsCatID=375

A kingdom of Osroene floor mosaic:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ancient-edessa-floor-mosaic-unearthed-.aspx?pageID=238&nid=105425&NewsCatID=375

In case you didn’t hear about the earthquake which was felt in Rome:

http://www.irishmirror.ie/news/earthquake-hits-italy-shaking-romes-9131896

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

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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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Evidence that humans were hunting and skinning cave lions some 16 000 years bp:

http://phys.org/news/2016-10-upper-paleolithic-humans-cave-lions.html
http://www.livescience.com/56654-humans-hunted-cave-lions-for-pelts.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/oct/26/prehistoric-humans-may-have-hunted-cave-lions-to-extinction-fossils-indicate
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/humans-may-have-hunted-cave-lions-extinction-throw-rugs-180960915/
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/27/science/cave-lion-pelts-caverns.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/4969-161026-cave-lion-extinction

An 8th century Pictish carved stone from Orkney:

http://www.scotsman.com/news/8th-century-pictish-carved-stone-discovered-in-orkney-cliff-1-4272055
http://www.archaeology.org/news/4974-161028-orkney-pictish-cross

A fresco fragment from the Great Basilica in Plovdiv:

http://www.archaeology.org/4964-161024-bulgaria-basilica-philippopolis

I think we mentioned these ‘unusual’ medieval graves from Poland:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/4951-161018-poland-boulder-graves

… while another cemetery in Poland may have victims of a 17th century epidemic:

http://www.archaeology.org/4976-161028-poland-cholera-burials

A lost ship from the Battle of Trafalgar (I think):

http://elpais.com/elpais/2016/10/24/ciencia/1477297638_714700.html

The Trust has taken over Snodhill Castle:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hereford-worcester-37744260

Plans to revamp St Mary’s in Melton Mowbray:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leicestershire-37678335

Jorvik Viking Centre will reopen in April:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-york-north-yorkshire-37749443

The Pope is opening Castel Gandolpho to the public:

http://cultura.elpais.com/cultura/2016/10/22/actualidad/1477125342_987623.html

Feature on medieval Lund:

http://www.medievalhistories.com/the-medieval-city-of-lund/

On efforts to save art in earthquake-damaged parts of Italy:

http://www.apollo-magazine.com/effort-save-italys-earthquake-damaged-art-architecture/?utm_source=Adestra&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20161029_Weekly_Round_Up_43

More on all those shipwrecks found in the Black Sea:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/shipwrecks-discovery-black-sea-bulgaria-thousands-years-old-a7379691.html
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/10/black-sea-shipwreck-discovery/
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-10-25/ancient-shipwrecks-found-accidentally-during-black-sea-mapping/7962270
http://www.universityherald.com/articles/46285/20161028/41-shipwrecks-down-the-black-sea-discovered-university-of-southampton-academics-believe-3d-tech-has-far-to-go-video.htm
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/perfectly-preserved-ancient-shipwrecks-found-in-depths-of-black-sea.aspx?pageID=238&nid=105345&NewsCatID=375
http://www.archaeology.org/news/4965-161025-black-sea-shipwrecks

More on medieval finds from Newton Abbot:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/4949-161018-newtown-abbot-millstone

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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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12 000 years bp cave art from East Timor:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-37764195

Life in southern China some 3400 years bp:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2016-10/29/c_135789763.htm

Sixth century swords from a Kyushu tomb:

http://www.archaeology.org/4966-161015-japan-ray-skin

Song/Ming/Qing dynasty wells from Changsha:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2016-10/27/c_135785662.htm

Latest from the work at the tomb of the Marquis of Haihun:

http://english.cctv.com/2016/10/30/VIDEGDyQGdgZenxylKxGy0DD161030.shtml

Korean scientists have figured out how metal plating worked some 1400 years ago:

http://m.yna.co.kr/mob2/en/contents_en.jsp?cid=AEN20161024005600320&site=0200000000&mobile

Two months after the earthquake, a couple of temples in Bagan have collapsed:

http://www.irrawaddy.com/culture/two-temples-in-bagan-collapse-two-months-after-earthquake.html

Feature on how Aboriginal peoples fermented things:

http://phys.org/news/2016-10-revealing-science-aboriginal-fermentation.html

I think we’ve had this thing on the colonization of Poly/Micronesia/Oceania before:

http://phys.org/news/2016-10-currents-geography-people-settledoceania.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-10/uoo-eps102716.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/10/161028113828.htm

On the antiquity (maybe) of the caste system in India:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/mumbai/caste-system-in-india-existed-since-harappan-times-says-archaeologist/article9283807.ece

More on that 2500 years bp ‘cannabis burial’:

http://www.livescience.com/56596-cannabis-shroud-found-in-ancient-grave.html
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/ancient-tomb-suggests-cannabis-use-is-nothing-new/
http://www.archaeology.org/4963-161024-china-burial-cannabis

More on that child’s rattle from Siberia:

http://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/30652/20161026/childs-4000-year-old-rattle-unearthed-in-siberia.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/4962-161024-siberia-bear-rattle

More on purported Greek influence on Qin’s terracotta army:

http://www.laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=2423752&CategoryId=13003
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/foreign-forces-row-over-chinas-terracotta-warriors-.aspx?PageID=238&NID=105493&NewsCatID=375

… and the Roman coins in a Japanese castle story is still making the rounds:

http://www.columbian.com/news/2016/oct/27/roman-coins-in-japanese-ruins-baffle-archaeologists/

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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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I think we mentioned this pre-Clovis ‘horse’ evidence from Paisley Cave:

http://westerndigs.org/early-northwesterners-lived-among-extinct-stout-legged-horses-oregon-fossils-show/

Interesting study of some Sonora burials suggests violent deaths and ‘blood feuds’:

http://phys.org/news/2016-10-ancient-burials-blood-feuds.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-10/uoa-abs102416.php
http://www.upi.com/Science_News/2016/10/24/Ancient-graves-offer-evidence-of-blood-feuds-researchers-say/3001477334850/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2016/10/25/ancient-burials-suggest-a-history-of-blood-feuds-brutality-and-revenge/
http://news.nationalpost.com/news/world/ancient-burials-suggest-a-history-of-blood-feuds-brutality-and-revenge
http://scienmag.com/ancient-burials-suggestive-of-blood-feuds/
http://www.archaeology.org/4967-161025-sonoran-desert-burials
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/10/2016/ancient-burials-suggestive-of-blood-feuds

A pair of 1800s era shipwrecks from Lake Huron:

http://www.13newsnow.com/news/local/two-shipwrecks-in-lake-huron-lost-since-the-1800s-have-been-found-identified/343102962
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2016/10/27/lake-huron-shipwrecks/92807338/

Tracking down (attempting) a lost statue of John Calhoun:

http://www.wmbfnews.com/story/33426039/archaeologist-historian-try-to-solve-mystery-of-statue-missing-154-years
http://www.live5news.com/story/33426039/archaeologist-historian-try-to-solve-mystery-of-statue-missing-154-years

On the Statue of Liberty:

http://www.usatoday.com/videos/news/2016/10/25/92743792/

More on that 300 years bp baby remains connected to an early Maryland governor:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/dna-testing-links-300-year-old-remains-of-a-baby-to-a-colonial-md-governor/2016/10/16/43ed3446-84d8-11e6-92c2-14b64f3d453f_story.html

More on that find of a third shipwreck from the Luna fleet:

http://www.pnj.com/story/news/local/pensacola/2016/10/21/third-shipwreck-luna-fleet-uncovered/92487848/

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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A very interesting 2000 years bp (maybe) cave burial from Chihuahua:

http://westerndigs.org/mummified-bird-baby-found-in-cave-shed-light-on-earliest-desert-farmers/
http://www.archaeology.org/4975-161028-mexico-scarlet-macaw

Feature on some Chilean mummies:

http://www.elmostrador.cl/cultura/2016/10/24/momias-chilenas-mas-antiguas-del-mundo-buscan-ser-patrimonio-de-la-humanidad/

It was a good tourist year for the Chan Chan archaeological zone:

http://www.andina.com.pe/Ingles/noticia-peru-chan-chan-archaeological-zone-welcomes-over-30000-foreign-visitors-637268.aspx

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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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Hands on teaching with artifacts the UMich:

http://lsa.umich.edu/lsa/news-events/all-news/search-news/the-future-of-the-past.html

Suggestion that Christopher Marlowe was one of Shakespeare’s ‘co writers’:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2016/oct/23/christopher-marlowe-credited-as-one-of-shakespeares-co-writers
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/10/24/499144368/christopher-marlowe-officially-credited-as-co-author-of-3-shakespeare-plays
https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/oxford-says-shakespeare-will-share-credit-for-henry-vi/2016/10/24/69912bea-99db-11e6-b552-b1f85e484086_story.html
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/25/books/shakespeare-christopher-marlowe-henry-vi.html
https://www.yahoo.com/news/big-data-reveals-mixed-authorship-17-shakespeare-plays-182319088.html
http://www.dw.com/en/big-data-reveals-shakespeare-co-authored-17-of-his-plays/a-36145979
http://cultura.elpais.com/cultura/2016/10/24/actualidad/1477311194_853346.html

Recreating a 2500 years bp beer from Germany:

http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2016/10/24/498863394/2-500-years-ago-this-brew-was-buried-with-the-dead-a-brewery-has-revived-it

On the Lipton ‘tea empire’:

http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2016/10/25/498863411/-from-tea-garden-to-teapot-how-lipton-became-an-empire?sc=17&f=1008

A nice APOD of Whitby Abbey:

http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap161029.html

Marking the 500th anniversary of Luther’s hammering activities:

http://www.dw.com/en/why-martin-luther-was-an-unsuspecting-revolutionary/a-36161020
http://www.dw.com/en/whats-changed-in-the-new-luther-bible-and-how-the-scorpions-contributed/a-36088313

Latest Victor Nuovo installment on Spinoza:

http://www.addisonindependent.com/?q=node/41398

Feature on Antony von Leeuwenhoek:
http://elpais.com/elpais/2016/10/24/ciencia/1477260258_805231.html

Just in time for Halloween … a pile of “grisly” archaeological discoveries:

http://www.livescience.com/13637-8-grisly-archaeological-discoveries.html

… and ‘spirit photos’:

http://www.cnn.com/2016/10/27/arts/gallery/tbt-spirit-photography-william-hope/index.html

… and debunking the Salem Witch trials:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/five-myths-about-the-salem-witch-trials/2016/10/27/62abd0cc-9ad1-11e6-9980-50913d68eacb_story.html

There was also a feature on a pile of not-so-grisly archaeological discoveries:

http://www.livescience.com/29594-earths-most-mysterious-archeological-discoveries-.html

A lost AA Milne poem turns up:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-dorset-37772420

On some circumnavigation pioneers:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/16/travel/pioneers-in-circumnavigation-around-the-world.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Ftravel

Interesting feature on ‘landscape spotting’ in Britain:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/10/29/landscape-spotting-how-to-decode-britains-ancient-past/

On the spread of the brown rat:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/28/science/brown-rat-new-york-city.html

Feature on assorted religious orders, then and now:

http://www.bbc.com/news/business-37727458

Review of O’Neill, *Unmentionable*:

http://www.npr.org/2016/10/26/498726754/i-shall-faint-unmentionable-unpacks-victorian-womanhood

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Renoir:

http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=91047

Rodin:

http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=91069

Martin Luther:

http://www.startribune.com/life-of-martin-luther-on-display-in-rare-mia-exhibit/399168641/
http://artdaily.com/news/91197/First-exhibition-marking-500th-anniversary-of-Martin-Luther-s–Ninety-Five-Theses–opens

Quran:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-37793031

Paint the Revolution:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/28/arts/design/review-paint-the-revolution-offers-mexican-muralist-muscle-and-delicate-beauty.html

Turner:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/26/books/review-turner-a-portrait-of-a-most-dazzling-and-disagreeable-artist.html

Jewish Exodus:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/28/arts/design/a-jewish-exodus-to-a-new-nation.html

Time and Cosmos in Greco Roman Antiquity:

http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/isawnews/~3/NrPJYM-xFjA/timeandcosmosreviewedinnyt
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/25/science/time-ancient-rome-greece.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_sc_20161024&nl=science-times&nl_art=8&nlid=19675441&te=1

19th century Shanghai:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-37762842

Saving antiquities in WWII Athens:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/213213/article/ekathimerini/life/show-sheds-light-on-wwii-efforts-to-salvage-priceless-antiquities

That auction of items from the Toledo Museum of Art went on anyway, of course:

http://www.toledoblade.com/Art/2016/10/27/Controversial-auctioning-of-Toledo-Museum-of-Art-artifacts-ends.html

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THE TECHY SIDE
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High tech examination of mummy cartonnage:

https://www.wired.com/2016/10/x-rays-revealing-mysterious-writings-mummy-coffins/?mbid=nl_102616_p4&CNDID=18932725
http://www.sciencealert.com/archaeologists-are-using-x-rays-to-read-inside-mummy-coffins
http://www.archaeology.org/4973-161027-imaging-techniques-cartonnage

More on 3d recreations of a Pompeii villa:

http://www.euronews.com/2016/10/26/ancient-meets-modern-in-3d-reconstruction-of-pompeii-home

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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I think we’ve had this story in some form or another already … Melanesians carry the DNA of an unknown hominid predecessor:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/dna-data-offer-evidence-unknown-extinct-human-relative

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/

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TOURISTY THINGS
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George Washington’s still:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/capital-weather-gang/wp/2016/10/17/apple-brandy-the-surprising-fall-spirit-flowing-from-the-stills-at-mt-vernon/

St John (NB):

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/30/travel/st-john-new-brunswick-canada-legacy-of-british-loyalists.html

St Kilda:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20161019-the-eeriest-island-in-the-world

Fontainebleau:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/02/travel/fontainebleau-france-architecture.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Ftravel

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CRIME BEAT
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A couple weeks’ worth of Culture Crime news … I think I missed one:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2016/10/culture-crime-news-17-23-october-2016.html
http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2016/10/culture-crime-news-10-16-october-2016.html

conflict antiquities:

http://conflictantiquities.wordpress.com/

anonymous swiss collector:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/

Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues:

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

Looting Matters:

http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/

Illicit Cultural Property:

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

SAFE:

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

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REPATRIATION AND RECOVERY
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Libya halted the auction of a purloined statue in Paris:

http://www.libyaobserver.ly/culture/libyas-department-antiquity-halts-sale-stolen-ancient-statue-france

A repatriation case in the making? Another Benin bronze on the market:

http://theartnewspaper.com/market/benin-bronze-sold-off-by-british-museum-in-1950-returns-to-market/

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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on ‘alternative currencies’ in the Roman world:

http://www.historyextra.com/article/bbc-history-magazine/history-alternative-currencies-bes-bitcoin

An Edward VIII coin is going on display:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-south-east-wales-37776690

Latest eSylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v19n43.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v19n44.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 huge Mozart box set:

http://www.npr.org/sections/deceptivecadence/2016/10/27/498681317/240-hours-22-pounds-a-mammoth-mozart-box-set-aims-at-more-than-complete?sc=17&f=1039

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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/2502-audio-news-from-archaeologica-16-october-2016-22-october-2016

Latest Strata: Portraits of Humanity:

http://www.archaeologychannel.org/video-guide/strata-portraits-of-humanity/2499-strata-october-2016

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OBITUARIES
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Brian Robinson:

http://bangordailynews.com/2016/10/28/news/bangor/renowned-umaine-archaeologist-brian-robinson-dies-at-63/

Ernie Haerinck:

http://www.thenational.ae/opinion/comment/remembering-ernie-haerinck-the-archaeologist-who-helped-reveal-uaes-ancient-secrets

Edgar Munhall:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/20/arts/design/edgar-munhall-first-curator-of-the-frick-collection-dies-at-83.html

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CONFERENCES
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GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

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

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Ancient Digger:

http://www.ancientdigger.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Past Horizons:

http://www.pasthorizons.com/

Stonepages:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

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

Time Machine:

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

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

The Book and the Spade:

http://www.radioscribe.com/bknspade.htm
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Explorator 19.25-26 ~ October 23, 2016

Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Hernan Astudillo,
Bob Heuman, David Critchley, Hernan Astudillo, Rick Heli,
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EARLY HOMINIDS
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A new focus of the ‘interbreeding’ of Neanderthal and sapiens story is the ‘evolutionary advantage’ it created:

http://phys.org/news/2016-10-tools-key-evolutionary-advantages-ancient.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-10/mbae-nti101616.php
http://www.nature.com/news/neanderthal-dna-affects-ethnic-differences-in-immune-response-1.20854
http://scienmag.com/europeans-and-africans-have-different-immune-systems-and-neanderthals-are-partly-to-thank/

… but it’s also being blamed for some STIs:

http://phys.org/news/2016-10-ancient-hominid-hanky-panky-stis.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-10/mbae-ah101416.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/10/161017110334.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/4944-161017-hpv-virus-infection
http://arstechnica.com/science/2016/10/todays-genital-warts-came-from-trysts-between-neanderthals-and-early-humans/

I think we mentioned the right-handed homo habilis study:

http://phys.org/news/2016-10-earliest-evidence-fossil-right-handedness.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-10/uok-sfe101816.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/10/161020163704.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/4959-161021-homo-habilis-teeth
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/10/2016/earliest-evidence-found-for-right-handedness-in-the-fossil-record
http://www.irishtimes.com/news/science/humans-right-handed-bias-could-be-nearly-2m-years-old-1.2838631

It started with a study suggesting apes were more ‘like us’ than we thought:

http://www.npr.org/sections/13.7/2016/10/14/497910044/apes-may-be-more-like-us-than-we-thought?sc=17&f=1007

… which suddenly was claiming (via headlines) that monkeys were purposely making sharp tools (which isn’t what the study actually observed):

http://phys.org/news/2016-10-monkeys-stone-flakes-humans-unique.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-10/uoo-mas101816.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/10/161019154851.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/4956-161020-capuchin-monkey-chopper
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/20/science/monkeys-stone-flakes-tools.html
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/deadthings/2016/10/19/monkey-see-monkey-smash-are-monkeys-making-stone-tools/
http://www.livescience.com/56543-monkeys-accidentally-make-stone-tools.html
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/10/19/498421284/those-ancient-stone-tools-did-humans-make-them-or-was-it-really-monkeys
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/monkeys-stone-tools-throw-spanner-human-evolution-accidentally-nature-study-a7370161.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/oct/19/monkeys-smash-theory-that-only-humans-can-make-sharp-stone-tools
http://www.nature.com/news/monkey-tools-raise-questions-over-human-archaeological-record-1.20816
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/1019/Monkeys-suggest-that-making-stone-flakes-is-not-unique-to-humans

Cf: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/wild-monkeys-unintentionally-make-stone-age-tools-180960837/

Not sure where to put this one … the impact of volcanic eruptions on early hominid migrations:

http://phys.org/news/2016-10-volcanic-role-early-human-evolution.html
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AFRICA
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Evidence of Mesolithic use of high heat in tool making in South Africa:

http://phys.org/news/2016-10-extensive-treatment-middle-stone-age.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/10/161020092107.htm
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/10/2016/early-evidence-of-heating-stone-to-enhance-flaking-qualities

19 000 years bp footprints from Tanzania:

http://www.archaeology.org/4908-161013-tanzania-homo-sapiens-footprints
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2016/10/12/scientists-discover-hundreds-of-footprints-left-at-the-dawn-of-modern-humanity/
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/10/ancient-human-footprints-africa-volcano-science/
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/1013/What-do-these-prehistoric-footprints-tell-us-about-our-ancestors
http://www.pulseheadlines.com/400-human-footprints-tanzania/52723/
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/ct-africa-ancient-footprints-20161012-story.html
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/science/news/article.cfm?c_id=82&objectid=11728435
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Claims that two unexplored chambers have been detected in the Great Pyramid are being questioned:

http://www.livescience.com/56512-great-pyramid-chambers-may-not-exist.html
http://www.livescience.com/56510-photos-inside-great-pyramid-giza.html
http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/antiquities-ministry-slams-hasty-report-khufu-pyramid-cavities
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-detect-two-previously-unknown-cavities-beneath-gizas-great-pyramid-180960809/
https://egyptianstreets.com/2016/10/18/scans-uncover-cavities-in-egypts-great-pyramid/
http://www.cnn.com/videos/world/2016/10/18/great-pyramid-giza-unknown-void-chamber-zworig.cnn
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2016/10/18/scientists-discover-two-mysterious-chambers-in-the-great-pyramid/
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/egypt-giza-pyramid-great-discovery-two-rooms-cavities-a7366966.html
http://www.timesofisrael.com/experts-discover-cavities-in-egypts-great-pyramid/
http://sports.yahoo.com/news/experts-discover-cavities-egypts-great-pyramid-135048029.html
http://tech.firstpost.com/news-analysis/muography-scanning-of-the-great-pyramid-of-giza-reveals-two-previously-unknown-cavities-341277.html
http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/mysterious-ancient-anomalies-possibly-new-rooms-spotted-inside-great-pyramid-of-giza/news-story/58f4b665803ef8ee73d4714c7b9ad03d

… while the ‘scan pyramids project’ seeks an extension:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/245727/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Scan-Pyramids-project-requests-year-extension-.aspx

Some Late Period tombs from Aswan:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/246263/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Two-Late-Period-tombs-discovered-in-Aswan.aspx

They’ve restored the barque shrine of Tuthmosis III:

http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/culture/2016/10/10/archaeology-barque-shrine-of-king-tuthmosis-iii-restored_9443b91e-9d02-4780-9bb7-f4e1a5573954.html

Egypt is trying to prevent an auction of some antiquities:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/44/246249/Heritage/Museums/Antiquities-ministry-trying-to-stop-sale-of-Egypti.aspx

They’re still wondering about that Sekhemka statue:

http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/arcablog/~3/3qGEw6fefl8/who-bought-northamptons-sekhemka-at.html

Feature on the search for Tut:

http://www.radiotimes.com/news/2016-10-16/who-was-tutankhamun-the-true-story-of-howard-carter-and-lord-carnarvons-search-for-the-boy-king
http://www.walesonline.co.uk/lifestyle/tv/tutankhamun-true-story-howard-carter-12035142

On what drove ‘neolithization’ in Jordan:

http://phys.org/news/2016-10-resilient-risky-and-reliable-strategy-driven-neolithization.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-10/p-rp101316.php
https://www.newscientist.com/article/2109821-our-ancestors-chose-reeds-over-grain-when-quitting-nomadic-life/

5000 years bp grape seeds from Izmir:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ancient-grape-seeds-found-in-izmir-.aspx?pageID=238&nid=104803&NewsCatID=375
http://www.dailysabah.com/history/2016/10/09/5000-year-old-grape-seeds-found-in-izmir-archaeological-site

A study suggests Tel Megiddo was destroyed some 3000 years bp by a rather fast-moving fire:

http://www.livescience.com/56445-ancient-israel-city-burned-in-hours.html
http://www.archaeology.org/4902-161011-burned-mud-bricks
https://www.yahoo.com/news/rapid-fire-ancient-blaze-leveled-145200846.html

Evidence of some previously-unknown Canaanite revolt against Egypt from Jaffa:

http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/archaeology/1.748579

A late Bronze Age shipyard from Dana Island:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/huge-ancient-shipyard-unearthed-on-turkeys-dana-island.aspx?pageID=238&nid=105120&NewsCatID=375

Evidence (maybe) of where Rome breached Jerusalem’s ‘third wall’:

http://www.antiquities.org.il/Article_eng.aspx?sec_id=25&subj_id=240&id=4225
http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.748449
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/219155
http://www.timesofisrael.com/archaeologists-find-battle-site-where-romans-breached-jerusalem-walls/
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/excavation-reveals-spot-where-romans-breached-jerusalems-wall-2000-years-ago/2016/10/20/
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Evidence-unearthed-of-Jerusalems-protective-Third-Wall-from-Second-Temple-period-470545
http://forward.com/news/352380/ancient-jerusalem-city-wall-tells-tale-of-jewish-revolts-defeat-and-second/
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4868873,00.html
http://www.livescience.com/56580-ancient-roman-battlefield-uncovered-in-jerusalem.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/oct/20/israeli-archeologists-discover-titus-breached-jerusalem-walls
https://www.algemeiner.com/2016/10/21/excavation-uncovers-evidence-of-third-wall-of-jerusalems-old-city-breached-by-romans-2000-years-ago/
http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=37301
http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865665341/Site-where-Romans-breached-Jerusalem-walls-is-pinpointed.html?pg=all
http://www.archaeology.org/4957-161020-jerusalem-third-wall

A 2700 years bp papyrus mentioning Jerusalem (in Hebrew):

http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/discovery-jerusalem-on-hebrew-papyrus/2016/10/21/
Finds from various periods on Giresun Island:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/excavations-reveal-religious-history-of-giresun-island.aspx?pageID=238&nid=104830

A destroyed 12th century church from Pisidia:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/destroyed-church-finally-unearthed-in-pisidia.aspx?pageID=238&nid=104925&NewsCatID=375
http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/19406-ancient-church-unearthed-in-pisidia-turkey-after-3-years-of-work.html

Some ‘ancient antidepressants’ from Istanbul:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ancient-antidepressants-found-in-excavations-.aspx?pageID=238&nid=105079&NewsCatID=375

Latest finds from the caliphate palace at Khirbat al Minya:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-10/jgum-nfo102116.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/10/161021120422.htm

Feature on Michal Gawlikowski’s work in Palmyra:

http://theartnewspaper.com/news/conservation/the-man-who-spent-40-years-preserving-palmyra-s-past/

Feature on the women of Petra:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/smithsonian-channel/important-women-of-petra/
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/what-these-mysterious-scrolls-tell-us-about/

Suggestion that ancient Assyrians were rather ‘homely’:

http://www.aina.org/ata/20161022030724.htm

Feature on Mosul through the ages:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2016/10/21/the-history-of-mosul-in-five-maps/

Another feature on Gertrude Bell:

http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.747490

Feature on Jordan’s ‘airborne monuments men’:

http://phys.org/news/2016-10-jordan-airborne-monuments-men-sites.html
http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2016/10/12/world/middleeast/ap-ml-jordan-aerial-archaeology.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/jordans-airborne-monuments-men-discover-protect-sites/2016/10/12/d13d8ee6-904e-11e6-bc00-1a9756d4111b_story.html
http://www.thenational.ae/world/middle-east/archaeologists-take-flight-over-jordans-ancient-wonders
http://abcnews.go.com/International/photos/photographs-document-changing-archaeological-sites-jordan-42781642

Some ‘new’ Dead Sea Scrolls are being touted … and questioned:

http://www.livescience.com/56428-25-new-dead-sea-scrolls-revealed.html
http://www.livescience.com/56430-photos-dead-sea-scrolls-revealed.html
http://www.newsweek.com/2016/10/28/dead-sea-scroll-fragments-fake-experts-suspect-511224.html
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/dozens-of-dead-sea-scroll-fragments-may-have-been-discovered/

Feature on the Copper Scroll:

http://www.ncregister.com/blog/tmcdonald/the-mystery-of-the-copper-scroll

A carpet mosaic at Hisham Palace was briefly uncovered:

http://phys.org/news/2016-10-massive-carpet-mosaic-briefly-uncovered.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/10/20/archaeologists-uncover-one-of-middle-easts-biggest-carpet-mosaic/
http://www.timesofisrael.com/breathtaking-carpet-mosaic-uncovered-near-jericho-for-one-day/
UNESCO put out a declaration denying Jewish ties to Temple Mount with expected reaction (varies):

http://www.timesofisrael.com/unescos-executive-board-adopts-jerusalem-resolution/
http://www.livescience.com/56517-did-unesco-deny-temple-mount-jewish-temples.html
http://www.timesofisrael.com/unesco-to-vote-on-text-describing-temple-mt-western-wall-as-muslim-holy-sites/
http://www.timesofisrael.com/netanyahu-leads-angry-denunciations-of-absurd-unesco-decision/
https://www.algemeiner.com/2016/10/14/unescos-jerusalem-disgrace/
http://blogs.timesofisrael.com/the-sidesplitting-humor-of-unesco-and-the-palestinians/
http://blogs.timesofisrael.com/archaeology-101-jews-and-the-temple-mount/
http://www.timesofisrael.com/unescos-jerusalem-resolution-ignores-christian-roots-too/

… and then it went a bit further:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/antiquities-chief-compares-unesco-to-islamic-state/
http://www.i24news.tv/en/news/israel/diplomacy-defense/128125-161020-israel-s-antiquities-chief-likens-unesco-to-islamic-state

… probably related:

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20161013-israeli-archaeologist-denies-jewish-ties-to-al-aqsa-mosque/

More on that ‘goddess’ figurine from Catal Huyuk:

http://www.livescience.com/56515-neolithic-goddess-figurine-uncovered.html
http://www.stanforddaily.com/2016/10/10/archaeology-dig-uncovers-marble-figurines/
https://www.yahoo.com/news/rare-neolithic-goddess-figurine-discovered-140400668.html

More on ‘Hezekiah’s toilet’:

http://forward.com/news/israel/351122/was-ancient-stone-toilet-placed-in-biblical-shrine-to-destroy-it/
http://blog.oup.com/2016/10/toilet-iron-age-shrine-lachish/

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Untouched Hellenistic burials from Mugla:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/untouched-ancient-burial-chamber-found-in-turkeys-mugla-.aspx?pageID=517&nID=104790&NewsCatID=375

Evidence of a Roman settlement outside Rugby:

http://rugbyobserver.co.uk/news/ancient-roman-settlement-unearthed-outskirts-rugby/
http://www.archaeology.org/4907-161013-england-rugby-kiln

Looking for a Roman villa near Eastbourne:

http://www.eastbourneherald.co.uk/news/four-day-quest-to-find-roman-villa-remains-in-eastbourne-1-7630187
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-sussex-37673673
http://www.theargus.co.uk/news/14807520.Experts_to_dig_deep_at_seafront_gardens_in_search_for_Roman_building/?commentSort=oldest

A Roman villa find near Florence:

http://www.newsgram.com/archaeologists-unearth-luxurious-ancient-roman-villa-near-florence-in-italy/

They’ve found a pile of shoes at Vindolanda this year:

http://www.itv.com/news/tyne-tees/2016-10-10/roman-shoe-hoard-found-in-northumberland/
http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/ancient-shoe-romans-version-adidas-12001376
http://www.archaeology.org/4901-161011-england-vindolanda-shoes

… and one was getting special attention:

http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/ancient-shoe-romans-version-adidas-12001376

Five Roman shipwrecks off Ventotene (this might be an old story?):

http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/story?id=8170309

A pensioner’s bird bath turns out to be a Roman mortar and pestle:

http://www.redditchadvertiser.co.uk/news/14792357.Pensioner_discovers_his_bird_bath_is_2_000_year_old_Roman_pestle_and_mortar/

They’re finding interesting things when they xray Greek pottery:

http://m.phys.org/news/2016-10-x-rays-uncover-techniques-creation-art.html
http://www.archaeology.org/4911-161014-greek-vase-colors

Interesting aspect of Indo-Roman trade:

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/science/indians-used-own-cooking-pots-in-egypt-during-ancient-indo-roman-trade/articleshow/54911877.cms
http://www.freepressjournal.in/webspecial/indians-used-own-cooking-pots-in-egypt-during-ancient-indo-roman-trade/956537

I think we mentioned this gold coin of Nero find a while back:

http://www.numismaticnews.net/article/roman-gold-coin-helps-date-site

I think we mentioned this ‘crossword puzzle’ from Smyrna:

https://www.theguardian.com/crosswords/crossword-blog/2016/oct/17/crossword-blog-is-this-ancient-greek-graffito-a-crossword
http://www.archaeology.org/4900-161011-turkey-smyrna-agora
http://www.dailysabah.com/history/2016/10/11/ancient-crossword-discovered-on-wall-of-basilica-in-smyrna

… and this gymnasium rental agreement:

http://arstechnica.co.uk/science/2016/10/2200-years-ago-in-turkey-this-insane-rental-agreement-was-inscribed-in-stone/

Some thoughts on those Roman coins in Japan:

https://www.karwansaraypublishers.com/pw/ancient-history-magazine/blog/fact-check-romans-in-japan/

… in case you missed it:

http://phys.org/news/2016-10-roman-coins-idd-japanese-baffles.html
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/japan-castle-okinawa-katsuren-roman-ottoman-archaeology-a7367071.html
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/10/21/national/history/scientists-stumped-find-okinawa-castle-roman-ottoman-coins-dating-centuries-apart/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/roman-coins-idd-in-japanese-ruins-but-their-origin-baffles/2016/10/18/73708bc0-94f8-11e6-9cae-2a3574e296a6_story.html
http://www.columbian.com/news/2016/oct/18/roman-coins-identified-in-japanese-ruins-but-their-origin-baffles/
http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/roman-coins-idd-japanese-ruins-origin-baffles-42873021
http://www.fredericksburg.com/news/news-wire/roman-coins-id-d-in-japanese-ruins-but-their-origin/article_4f1adf58-032c-5961-a425-61633b26cfbe.html

Feature on the Antikythera shipwreck:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/212670/article/ekathimerini/life/diving-down-to-the-antikythera-shipwreck

Feature on birds of ancient Rome:

http://www.thedailystar.net/city/birds-rome-1298896

Feature on suggestions of Christianity at Pompeii:

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/10/16/the-christian-myth-still-haunting-pompeii.html

Feature on Roman curses in sporting contexts:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/drsarahbond/2016/10/10/bind-his-hands-how-ancient-charioteers-cursed-their-enemies-during-the-postseason/#5be969bad94e

Feature on Hannibal:

http://www.weeklystandard.com/hannibals-heel/article/2004863

Feature on ancient jewellery:

http://www.christies.com/features/Ancient-jewellery-A-window-onto-ancient-techniques-7757-3.aspx

Cornell had a Classics Festival:

http://www.news.cornell.edu/stories/2016/10/festival-celebrates-ancient-worlds-impact-today

Plans for Fingal Roman Fort:

http://www.herald.ie/news/fingal-roman-fort-could-become-as-big-an-attraction-as-newgrange-35128941.html

That Hatay Mosaic is headed to Paris:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/famous-hatay-mosaic-to-be-promoted-in-paris-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=105153&NewsCatID=375
http://www.dailysabah.com/history/2016/10/21/famous-be-cheerful-enjoy-your-life-mosaic-to-make-its-debut-in-paris

What Josiah Ober is up to:

http://wesleyanargus.com/2016/10/10/josiah-ober-lectures-on-demopolis-political-participation-in-the-modern-and-ancient/

What James May is up to:

http://www.manitoumessenger.com/article/faculty-in-focus-professor-james-may/

Honours for David Yates:

http://www.millsaps.edu/major-happenings/major-news/posts/2016-classics-professor-receives-humanities-award.html

What Anne Carson is up to:

http://www.santafenewmexican.com/pasatiempo/books/readings_signings/antiquated-love-author-anne-carson-on-genre-bending-and-what/article_f60a33c2-998f-5e76-bcdd-dd7befd67698.html

Many of the articles mentioning Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize played up the Classical angle:

http://www.wsj.com/articles/nobel-prize-in-literature-awarded-to-bob-dylan-1476356723
http://www.csmonitor.com/Books/2016/1013/Bob-Dylan-becomes-first-songwriter-to-win-a-Nobel-Prize
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/arts/music/bob-dylans-nobel-literature-prize-for-his-words/news-story/919081420a164a572f995ac2167077bd
http://www.cnn.com/2016/10/13/world/nobel-prize-literature/index.html
http://theconversation.com/explainer-are-bob-dylans-songs-literature-67061
http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/american-singer-songwriter-bob-dylan-wins-nobel-prize-literature/

… and Richard Thomas’ Dylan course:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/15/arts/music/bob-dylan-101-a-harvard-professor-has-the-coolest-class-on-campus.html

Some hype for the CAES conference:

https://www.union.edu/news/stories/2016/10/latin-lovers-unite-classical-association-members-meet-for-two-day-conference.php

In case you want to get in on the latest Trojan Horse:

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/give-the-horse-power-the-trojan-horse-project–2#/

A VR project for Roman Reading:

http://www.getreading.co.uk/news/reading-berkshire-news/reading-archaeologists-create-virtual-reality-12059443

Review of Sofroniew, *Household Gods*:

http://theartnewspaper.com/comment/reviews/books/poop-and-pray-on-domestic-devotion-in-ancient-greece-and-rome/

More on the Griffin Warrior:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/the-griffin-warrior.aspx?pageID=238&nid=104767&NewsCatID=422
http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/cambridge-audience-hears-how-archaeologists-uncovered-the-lost-tomb-of-the-griffin-warrior/story-29794672-detail/story.html
http://www.wcpo.com/news/insider/a-big-deal-indeed-greece-celebrates-historical-treasure-unearthed-by-uc-archaeologists

More on the virtual reconstruction of Caecilius Iucundus’ villa in Pompeii:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/2-000-old-pompeii-home-142300027.html

http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/researchers-release-3d-replica-of-ancient-mansion-in-pompeii/news-story/a7c5d93b877e2bb3a8ee299693804e75

More on Roman sling bullets from Scotland:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/roman-bullets-tell-story-1-123100617.html

More on beer drinking in Cyprus:

http://in-cyprus.com/ancient-people-of-paphos-enjoyed-a-pint/
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http://bmcr.brynmawr.edu/recent.html

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14 000 years bp petroglyphs from a Spanish resort town:

http://phys.org/news/2016-10-year-old-spanish-resort-town.html
http://www.archaeology.org/4910-161014-spain-lekeitio-rock-art
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-37654544?ocid=socialflow_twitter
http://www1.folha.uol.com.br/ciencia/2016/10/1822591-gravuras-rupestres-de-14-mil-anos-sao-achadas-na-espanha.shtml

… while DNA studies may have figured out the so-called ‘Higgs Bison’ mystery:

http://phys.org/news/2016-10-higgs-bisonmystery-species-hidden-cave.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-10/uoa-thb101416.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/10/161018133142.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/4948-161018-europe-bison-hybrid
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/10/2016/mystery-species-of-bison-hidden-in-european-cave-art
http://www.livescience.com/56533-european-bison-hybrid-discovered.html
http://www.livescience.com/56527-photos-bison-hybrid-cave-paintings.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-37649597
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/10/18/498281083/higgs-bison-is-the-missing-link-in-european-bison-ancestral-tree
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/1018/How-cave-art-and-ancient-DNA-may-have-uncovered-the-Higgs-bison
http://gizmodo.com/mysterious-hybrid-animal-discovered-in-18-000-year-old-1787919651
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2016/10/18/the-higgs-bison-mystery-is-solved-with-the-help-of-ancient-cave-paintings/

Possible cannibalism in Ice Age Britain:

http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20161011-the-people-who-ate-each-other

A 5000 years bp etched stone from Denmark might be some sort of map:

http://cphpost.dk/news/spectacular-archaeological-find-in-denmark.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/4955-161019-denmark-engraved-stone

Rodents were apparently on the menu at Skara Brae some 5000 years bp:

http://phys.org/news/2016-10-years-rodents-apparently-food-europe.html
http://www.archaeology.org/4954-161019-orkney-vole-food
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-37699357
http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-37690206
http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-rodents-as-food-20161018-snap-story.html

A badger unearths a 4200 years bp burial in Ireland:

http://www.archaeology.org/4909-161014-ireland-badger-tomb

Iron Age remains found during an electricity project in Suffolk/Essex:

http://www.eadt.co.uk/news/iron_age_remains_found_during_electricity_project_in_south_suffolk_and_north_essex_1_4729609

A warrior burial from Poland’s Roman period:

http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news,411676,west-pomerania-discovery-of-a-warrior-tomb-from-the-roman-period.html

… and a medieval Polish ‘giantess’ burial:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2016/10/19/skeleton-of-medieval-giantess-unearthed-from-polish-cemetery/#18349e80413b

A missing Viking rune stone is found near Uppsala:

https://www.thelocal.se/20161005/missing-viking-rune-stone-turns-up-near-uppsala

Pondering what colours the Viking painted their houses:

http://sciencenordic.com/what-colour-did-vikings-paint-their-houses

Medieval burials from Poland with a Neolithic look:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/4951-161018-poland-boulder-graves

Plenty of medieval finds from the first season at Dzwonowo:

http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news,411517,thousands-of-artefacts-discovered-during-excavations-in-the-lost-city.html

A medieval ‘love ring’ found by a metal detectorist is expected to fetch a good price:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-york-north-yorkshire-37655676

Medieval remains beneath a Lincoln bus station:

http://thelincolnite.co.uk/2016/10/pictures-medieval-artefacts-discovered-lincoln-bus-station/
http://www.lincolnshireecho.co.uk/archaeologists-uncover-a-second-lincoln-castle-under-bus-station/story-29805600-detail/story.html
http://www.lincolnshireecho.co.uk/erere/story-29811316-detail/story.html

Medieval finds from Newtown Abbot:

http://www.archaeology.org/4949-161018-newtown-abbot-millstone
http://www.archaeology.org/news/4949-161018-newtown-abbot-millstone

Study suggests medieval cities were not so different from their modern counterparts:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/10/161011131243.htm

Some potato famine burials:

http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/news/human-bones-of-several-individuals-dating-back-to-famine-times-found-during-house-renovations-near-city-centre-35149726.html

I think we mentioned this ‘passage tomb’ beneath Dublin’s Hellfire Club:

http://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/ancient-passage-tomb-found-beneath-dublin-s-hellfire-club-1.2835325

Shipwrecks from various periods found in the Black Sea:

http://phys.org/news/2016-10-maritime-archaeology-black-sea.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/10/161007123411.htm
https://www.newscientist.com/article/2109843-dozens-of-ancient-shipwrecks-spotted-deep-beneath-the-black-sea/

Feature on Italy’s art police:

http://www.npr.org/sections/parallels/2016/10/22/498293234/when-cultural-heritage-is-at-risk-italys-art-police-come-to-the-rescue

On King John’s dysentery:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-nottinghamshire-37641202

Feature on the tomb of Suleiman the Magnificent:

http://www.die-erde.org/index.php/die-erde/article/view/233

Features on some Battle of Hastings commemorations:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2016/10/15/britons-mark-950th-anniversary-of-battle-of-hastings/92151794/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-37656473

Feature on Edgar the Aetheling:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-36701131

Feature on how the Church shaped Europe:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-10/uoe-itn102016.php

Feature on bog bodies:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20161014-a-2000-year-old-unsolved-mystery

Feature on a 300 years bp German murder mystery that might be solved now:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/10/161014101802.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/4947-161017-dna-murder-mystery
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Archaeology in Europe Blog:

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

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The big story of the past two weeks was actually hype for a BBC documentary suggesting Greek ‘influence’ in the making of the Terracotta Warriors (although ‘influence’ was spun in various ways):

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-37624943
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/10/12/famed-chinese-terracotta-warriors-could-have-been-made-with-the/
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/china-terracotta-army-ancient-greek-sculptors-alexander-the-great-marco-polo-a7357606.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/oct/12/ancient-greeks-may-have-inspired-china-terracotta-army-sculptors-ancient-dna
http://www.archaeology.org/4903-161012-xian-terracotta-warriors
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/10/china-first-emperor-terra-cotta-warriors-tomb/
http://www.nationalgeographic.com.au/history/new-discovery-rewrites-chinese-history.aspx
http://world.greekreporter.com/2016/10/12/did-ancient-greeks-help-create-famous-chinese-terracotta-warriors/
http://english.cri.cn/12394/2016/10/13/3821s942485.htm
http://news.nationalpost.com/news/world/greeks-travelled-to-china-1500-years-before-marco-polo-and-may-have-built-terracotta-army-researchers
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/1013/Did-ancient-Greeks-help-build-China-s-Terracotta-Army
http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/19376-chinese-archaeologist-traces-link-between-terracotta-warriors-and-greece.html
http://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/30096/20161014/terracotta-army-shocking-new-discovery-rewrite-chinese-history.htm
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/did-greeks-help-sculpt-chinas-terracotta-warriors-180960771/

… not everyone was buying it, though:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2016-10/18/c_135763397.htm
http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1011343.shtml
http://www.mb.com.ph/chinese-archaeologist-refutes-bbc-report-on-terracotta-warriors/
http://www.thejakartapost.com/life/2016/10/19/archaeologist-denies-bbc-report-on-terracotta-army.html

On the expansion of agriculture in Neolithic China:

http://phys.org/news/2016-10-agriculture-imprints-environmental-neolithic-age.html

Excavation of the Haihunhou tomb is almost complete:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2016-10/10/c_135743851.htm

A 700 years bp Ming dynasty banknote inside a Chinese sculpture:

http://www.cnn.com/2016/10/19/luxury/ming-dynasty-found-note-inside-sculpture/index.html

On a possible 11 000 years bp astronomical observatory type thing in Australia:

http://www.archaeology.org/4906-161013-australia-wurdi-youang
http://www.mnn.com/lifestyle/arts-culture/blogs/mysterious-ancient-stone-formation-australia-likely-worlds-oldest-observatory

Evidence of island-under-a-single-ruler at Nan Madol in an ancient Polynesian tomb:

http://phys.org/news/2016-10-evidence-chief-pacific-islanders-society.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-10/smu-ao1101816.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/10/161018132620.htm
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/10/2016/pacific-islanders-invented-new-kind-of-society-at-nan-madol
http://www.archaeology.org/4961-161021-pohnpei-nan-madol

A 4000 years bp child’s rattle from a Siberian burial:

http://siberiantimes.com/science/others/news/n0780-4000-year-old-childrens-rattle-beautifully-crafted-as-bear-cubs-head-and-it-still-rattles/

A 2400 years bp Siberian idol apparently underwent ‘racial realignment’ in the Middle Ages:

http://siberiantimes.com/other/others/features/f0264-siberias-stone-idols/

More on 1000 years bp Japan being more ‘cosmopolitan’ than previously thought:

http://artdaily.com/news/90741/Ancient-Japan–more-cosmopolitan–than-thought–researchers
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/10/05/national/history/research-uncovers-evidence-ancient-japan-cosmopolitan-previously-thought/

More on the origins of Polynesians:

http://www.livescience.com/56382-original-polynesians-hailed-from-taiwan.html

More on death-by-boomerang:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/18/science/first-boomerang-victim-australia.html
https://www.yahoo.com/news/man-killed-brutal-boomerang-blow-121500400.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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Hurricane Matthew revealed some Civil War era cannonballs on a South Carolina beach:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-37611586
http://www.livescience.com/56458-hurricane-matthew-uncovers-civil-war-cannonballs.html
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/civil-war-era-cannonballs-unearthed-hurricane-matthew-180960737/
http://www.newsmax.com/US/hurricane-matthew-south-carolina-beach-cannonballs/2016/10/10/id/752652/

A 19th century distillery on the Kentucky River:

http://www.kentucky.com/news/state/article108222782.html

A handwritten Lincoln letter is coming to auction:

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/10/10/handwritten-letter-from-abraham-lincoln-for-sale.html

On the ‘worst president ever’:

http://www.npr.org/2016/10/15/498056608/-worst-president-ever-one-author-says-this-title-goes-to-james-buchanan?sc=17&f=1032

Pondering a Columbus Day myth:

http://www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/2016/10/10/496060711/on-columbus-day-a-look-at-the-myth-that-all-the-real-indians-died-off?sc=17&f=1032

They announced the find of the de Luna settlement in Florida:

http://pulsegulfcoast.com/2016/10/uwf-announce-new-archaeological-discovery
http://www.pnj.com/story/news/local/pensacola/2016/10/21/luna-sites-galvanize-public-archaeology/92517436/

… and a third de Luna shipwreck:

http://www.pnj.com/story/news/local/pensacola/2016/10/21/third-shipwreck-luna-fleet-uncovered/92487848/
http://www.archaeology.org/4960-161021-third-luna-ship

Latest from the Castillo de San Marcos dig:

http://www.actionnewsjax.com/news/local/archeologists-finding-artifacts-near-castillo-de-san-marcos/459168888

There’s a new Wyandotte Nations centre:

http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/science/2016/10/09/01-archaeology-wyandotte-nations-new-center-aims-to-restore-lost-culture.html

On damage to the Declaration of Independence:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/was-the-declaration-of-independence-defaced-experts-say-yes/2016/10/21/5bb6efaa-96d9-11e6-bb29-bf2701dbe0a3_story.html

On the first woman to run for president:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/elections/2016/10/18/victoria-woodhull-hillary-clinton-first-woman/92051476/

Rethinking a misunderstood aspect of the American Revolution:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2016/10/20/what-we-can-learn-from-one-of-the-biggest-mysteries-and-misunderstandings-of-the-american-revolution/?wpisrc=nl_az_most

More on salt at Chaco Canyon:

http://phys.org/news/2016-10-salt-secret-success-ancient-chaco.html

More on that buried ‘bison feast’ from Alberta:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/1600-year-old-untouched-feast-unearthed-alberta-180960738/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/4892-161005-buffalo-jump-roasting-pit

More on that mastodon skeleton from Michigan:

http://phys.org/news/2016-10-team-recovers-michigan-mastodon-skeleton.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/10/161018081948.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/4950-161018-michigan-mastodon-skeleton
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An 8000 years bp ‘cache’ of animal bones from Mexico:

http://www.archaeology.org/4958-161020-mexico-bison-remains

Evidence of ancient dog sacrifice beneath a zoo in Peru:

http://phys.org/news/2016-10-beneath-peru-zoo-ancient-dog.html
http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=90836
http://www.scienceworldreport.com/articles/49839/20161014/animal-sacrifices-dogs-buried-1-000-years-ago-found-peru.htm

Overviewish thing on the dig at El Pilar:

http://phys.org/news/2016-10-archaeology-canopy.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-10/uoc–aut101316.php

On the effects of the ‘rubber boom’ on animal life in South America:

http://phys.org/news/2016-10-documents-staggering-loss-wildlife-amazon.html

16th century Chinese porcelain in Acapulco:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2016-10/15/c_135755647.htm
http://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/ming-dynasty-china-found-in-acapulco/
http://www.archaeology.org/4943-161017-mexico-chinese-porcelain
http://internacional.elpais.com/internacional/2016/10/20/mexico/1476919222_200786.html

Feature on the latest finds from Cahuachi:

http://www.agi.it/cultura/2016/10/07/news/scoperta_italiana_aggiunge_enigma_ai_misteri_di_nazca-1145250/

Feature on the discovery (a while back) of Naia:

http://voices.nationalgeographic.com/2016/10/19/see-the-underwater-crypt-thats-home-to-americas-oldest-human-skeleton/

More on the tombs from Homul:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/oct/14/mayan-tombs-snake-kings-holmul-guatemala
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http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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Interesting finds about Frankincense (spun various ways):

http://m.phys.org/news/2016-10-veil-queen-sheba-perfume.html
http://www.livescience.com/56506-chemistry-of-frankincense-revealed.html
http://www.archaeology.org/4942-161017-frankincense-olibanic-acids

On assorted celebrated codices:

http://www.livescience.com/56507-mysterious-ancient-codices.html

On the history of the pencil:

http://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2016/10/11/492999969/origin-of-pencil-lead

On Marcantonio Raimondi’s dubious distinction:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/jonathanjonesblog/2016/oct/13/marcantonio-raimondi-renaissance-printer-i-modi-the-positions-porn-europe

How ancient ‘spear throwers’ work:

http://boingboing.net/2016/10/10/primitive-technology-making-a.html

They’ve raised Roald Amundsen’s ship:

http://www.livescience.com/56477-roald-amundsen-ship-the-maud-raised.html

Plenty of umbrage as art history a-levels were axed in the UK:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-37642722

… and archaeology:

http://www.bbc.com/news/education-37632700
http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/archaeology-a-level-is-next-specialist-arts-subject-to-be-killed-off-62dm3t7pv
https://www.tes.com/news/school-news/breaking-news/axing-archaeology-a-level-damaging-future-infrastructure-projects
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/2016/10/18/tony-robinson-backs-petition-to-stop-a-level-archeology-from-bei/
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/men/thinking-man/sir-tony-robinson-scrapping-archaeology-a-level-is-an-assault-on/

… and Classics:

https://www.theguardian.com/education/2016/oct/17/scrapping-archeology-classics-a-levels-barbaric-tony-robinson
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/oct/18/the-guardian-view-on-a-level-changes-loss-of-civilisation

Feature on scary clowns:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/16/opinion/sunday/what-do-the-scary-clowns-want.html

Some pre-Halloween stuff:

http://www.archaeology.org/issues/232-1611/features/4940-ireland-halloween-roots
http://www.livescience.com/56285-halloween-guide.html

Latest crossing-the-Pacific-in-a-reed-boat attempt:

http://phys.org/news/2016-10-american-pacific-reed-boat-australia.html
http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/lifestyle/2016/10/22/american-to-cross-pacific-ocean-to-australia-in-reed-boat-built-by-bolivian/

Arguing about some Renaissance terra cottas:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/21/arts/design/donatello-st-lawrence-terra-cotta-sculpture-florence.html

Pondering Ossian’s works (and claims thereof):

http://phys.org/news/2016-10-science-year-old-literary-controversy.html
http://www.livescience.com/56578-scottish-epic-ossian-tied-to-irish-mythology.html

Pressure on the antiquities trade:

https://www.ft.com/content/1b176496-9622-11e6-a1dc-bdf38d484582

Exorcisms are too scary for young priests apparently:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-37676977

Shakespeare and the US election:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/09/opinion/sunday/shakespeare-explains-the-2016-election.html

Big bucks for a Titanic locker key:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-37738643

Latest Victor Nuovo on Spinoza (not sure if it still works):

http://www.addisonindependent.com/201610nuovo-spinoza-freedom-and-determination

On the trafficking of body parts in the past:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/18/opinion/nat-turners-skull-and-my-students-purse-of-skin.html

Pondering an art history riddle:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2016/oct/17/hannah-gadsby-why-i-love-the-arnolfini-portrait-one-of-art-historys-greatest-riddles
Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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Valentin de Boulogne:

http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=90709

Caravaggio’s heirs:

http://www.prnewswire.co.uk/news-releases/caravaggios-heirs—baroque-in-naples–first-comprehensive-exhibition-of-masterpieces-of-neapolitan-baroque-painting-596620711.html

.. similar:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20161010-why-caravaggio-was-a-shocking-as-his-paintings
https://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/beyond-caravaggio

Van Gogh:

http://www.wcpo.com/news/insider/cincinnati-art-museums-new-van-gogh-exhibit-peers-into-mind-of-revered-artist

Once there was a house:

https://www.bostonglobe.com/arts/2016/10/12/years-later-evoking-terrible-moment-time/bc609izxrywsVFrWWlCyWO/story.html

Botticelli:

http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20161014005335/en/Botticelli-Search-Divine-Florentine-Painting-Medici-Bonfires
http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=90912

Quran:

http://aa.com.tr/en/americas/first-major-quran-exhibition-in-us-set-to-open-/668502
http://www.dailysabah.com/religion/2016/10/20/first-major-quran-exhibition-in-us-set-to-open
https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2016/10/199572/quran-exposition-opens-washington-dc/

History of the World in 100 Objects:

http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/art-and-design/history-of-the-world-in-100-objects-at-national-museum-of-australian-in-canberra-clocks-50000-visitors-20161020-gs6kaz.html

Daubigny, Monet, Van Gogh:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/20/arts/design/van-gogh-museum-traces-daubigny-influence.html
https://www.vangoghmuseum.nl/en/whats-on/exhibitions/daubigny-monet-van-gogh

Mugal India:

http://www.blouinartinfo.com/news/story/1641877/mughal-india-at-the-cleveland-museum-of-art

Oscar Wilde’s Cell (etc):

http://www.npr.org/2016/10/20/498715561/reading-gaol-where-oscar-wilde-was-imprisoned-unlocks-its-gates-for-art

Damnatio Memoriae:

http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=90957

Bouts:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tees-37673250

Medieval Jerusalem:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/met-exhibition-on-medieval-jerusalem-has-lots-of-harmony-not-so-much-judaism/

Lives Bound Together:

http://www.npr.org/2016/10/16/496770465/records-descendants-help-weave-stories-of-george-washingtons-slaves

Matisse:
http://www.henleystandard.co.uk/entertainment/story.php?id=269800

Istanbul’s archaeology museums are celebrating 125 years:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/istanbul-archaeology-museums-celebrate-125-years-of-housing-civilizations.aspx?PageID=238&NID=104882&NewsCatID=375

Harvard’s Peabody Museum is bringing a pile of stuff out of storage:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/harvard-museum-to-dust-off-curiosities-long-kept-in-storage/2016/10/17/d53717b8-9424-11e6-9cae-2a3574e296a6_story.html
https://www.bostonglobe.com/arts/art/2016/10/13/indiana-jones-had-favorite-museum/5HcqX0arGdWrNoRjH1IOPJ/story.html
http://www.sentinelandenterprise.com/police/ci_30477069/harvard-dust-off-hundreds-unique-museum-items
http://www.kxxv.com/story/33403372/harvard-museum-to-dust-off-curiosities-long-kept-in-storage
http://kron4.com/ap/harvard-museum-to-dust-off-curiosities-long-kept-in-storage/

The NG of Australia is wondering about a bunch of its items now:

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/arts/explainer-the-nga-looted-antiquities-scandal/news-story/046e1789adacfa68f391afc68b3fdfa4

On mummy portraits coming to auction:

http://www.apollo-magazine.com/the-faces-of-antiquity-in-the-sale-rooms-of-new-york/

On neglected women artists:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20161019-the-great-women-artists-that-history-forgot

The Nero exhibition in Trier has been quite the success:

http://www.wort.lu/en/panorama/trier-more-than-250-000-visitors-at-nero-exhibition-58045e6d5061e01abe83a737
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THE TECHY SIDE
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Drones and VR shed light on the Plain of Jars:

http://phys.org/news/2016-10-laos-plain-jars-recreated-virtual.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-10/anu-aud101916.php
http://www.archaeology.org/news/4953-161019-drone-laos-jars
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-10-18/vr-and-drones-could-unlock-secrets-about-the-plain-of-jars-laos/7938520
http://www.theage.com.au/act-news/anu-archaeologists-using-virtual-technology-in-laos-20161019-gs5w6j.html

Drones are being used inaccessible parts of the Caribbean too:

http://phys.org/news/2016-10-drones-history-caribbean.html

Studying ancient art with 3D printing:

http://artdaily.com/news/90913/University-of-Virginia-faculty-and-staff-use-3-D-printing-to-take-a-fresh-look-at-ancient-art

Using lasers to study Isle of Man graves:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-isle-of-man-37703921

More on unlocking ‘unreadable’ scrolls:

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/scientist-to-unlock-unreadable-scrolls-9323z67wg
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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Mapping the genome of the African diaspora in the Americas:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-10/uoca-smg101016.php

Using DNA to map where the first farmers lived:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/18/science/ancient-farmers-archaeology-dna.html

Ancient human relations are rather more complex, according to DNA:

http://phys.org/news/2016-10-ancient-human-history-complex-previously.html

DNA of a 300 years bp baby remains connect it with an early Maryland governor:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/dna-testing-links-300-year-old-remains-of-a-baby-to-a-colonial-md-governor/2016/10/16/43ed3446-84d8-11e6-92c2-14b64f3d453f_story.html
Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

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

http://www.dailysabah.com/travel/2016/10/22/city-of-pergamon-once-the-biggest-metropolis-awaits-history-lovers

Underground Naples:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20161011-an-ancient-world-concealed-underground

Paphos:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20161017-it-was-an-ancient-form-of-sex-tourism

Dracula’s Castle:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2016/10/18/you-can-now-compete-to-spend-one-terrifying-night-in-draculas-castle/

Siberian Cradle of Humanity:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/20/world/europe/siberian-town-stakes-a-claim-as-humanitys-cradle.html

European Castles:

http://www.dw.com/en/fortresses-and-castles-in-europe/a-36109955
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CRIME BEAT
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Story about the ‘mafia’ supplying ISIL with weapons in exchange for antiquities (lots of skepticism about this one):

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/the-times/mafia-sells-rifles-to-jihadists-in-exchange-for-libyan-artefacts/news-story/679cd7b5eee03404a6ab897870873e4e
http://www.libyanexpress.com/italian-mafia-is-providing-libyas-is-with-weapons-in-return-of-ancient-artefacts/
http://www.dailysabah.com/europe/2016/10/17/italian-mafia-cooperates-with-daesh-sells-libyan-antiquities
http://theartnewspaper.com/news/news/italian-mafia-trading-weapons-for-libyan-artefacts-plundered-by-isil-italian-newspaper-claims-/
http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2016/10/17/Italian-mob-sells-weapons-to-ISIS-in-Libya-in-exchange-for-looted-antiquities-.html
http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/10/18/italian-mob-trades-weapons-with-looted-art-from-isis-in-libya.html
http://www.apollo-magazine.com/mafia-factions-allegedly-providing-guns-to-terrorists-in-exchange-for-antiquities/
https://news.artnet.com/market/italian-mafia-arms-isis-trading-art-707582

Another bust in Greece:

http://www.amna.gr/english/article/15426/Police-presents-priceless-loot-of-antiquities-smuggling-ring-bust
http://greece.greekreporter.com/2016/10/11/police-unveil-priceless-artifacts-and-religious-icons-from-antiquities-smuggling-ring-bust/
http://info-europa.com/uncategorized/trucker-nabbed-smuggling-antiquities-from-patra-port/44792

… and in the UAE:

http://gulftoday.ae/portal/a1809932-e883-4f5c-92dc-f32cecdab445.aspx
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/emirati-police-holding-3-foreigners-trying-to-sell-artifacts/2016/10/18/9975ad8e-950f-11e6-9cae-2a3574e296a6_story.html
http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2016/10/18/world/middleeast/ap-ml-emirates-antiquities-bust.html

Criticism of Bavaria’s efforts in regards to looted art:

http://www.dw.com/en/critics-say-bavaria-not-doing-enough-on-looted-art/a-36034558

Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2016/10/culture-crime-news-3-9-october-2016.html
conflict antiquities:

http://conflictantiquities.wordpress.com/

anonymous swiss collector:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/

Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues:

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

Looting Matters:

http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/

Illicit Cultural Property:

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

SAFE:

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

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REPATRIATION AND RECOVERY
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Australia’s senate is joining in seeking repatriation of items from the BM:

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2016/oct/11/australian-senate-joins-push-to-repatriate-indigenous-artefacts-from-british-museum

… while the provenance of a Maya item at the NGA is being questioned:

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/arts/visual-arts/mayan-vase-subject-of-latest-provenance-inquiry-at-nga/news-story/2bd592eecd07e8e6d3acff6313ca9216

Remains of a number of Aboriginals were returned to Australia:

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/indigenous/remains-of-13-aboriginals-will-be-returned-to-australia/news-story/f099cb9d25ca56caaea792f8a8fbeaa5
http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=90943

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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on Bactrian coins:

http://www.coinweek.com/ancient-coins/ngc-ancients-unusual-bactrian-portraits/

Feature on the Theban Silver Stater:

http://www.coinweek.com/coins/coin-profiles/ancient-coins-coin-profiles/ancient-coin-profiles-greece-theban-silver-stater/

Trying to keep the Boldre Hoard together:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-37708385

An Iron Age hoard from Ightham:

http://www.kentlive.news/a-hoard-of-gold-coins-more-than-2-000-years-old-was-found-in-ightham/story-29823491-detail/story.html

Plenty of e-Syla to work through:

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v19n41.html
http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v19n42.html
http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v19n43.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 Bronte rock musical:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-37717671

An Iliad:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/in-an-iliad-the-epic-glory-and-terror-of-war/2016/10/11/cba722d0-8fd1-11e6-bc00-1a9756d4111b_story.html

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

http://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-main-menu-cat/audio-news-list/2500-audio-news-from-archaeologica-9-october-2016-15-october-2016
http://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-main-menu-cat/audio-news-list/2495-audio-news-from-archaeologica-2-october-2016-8-october-2016
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OBITUARIES
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Jacob Neusner:

http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/scholar-jacob-neusner-dead-at-84/2016/10/09/
http://www.christianorigins.div.ed.ac.uk/2016/10/16/remembering-jacob-neusner/

Ernie Haerinck:

http://www.thenational.ae/opinion/comment/archaeologist-shone-a-light-on-the-secrets-of-our-past
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CONFERENCES
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6th Rye Medieval Academic Conference (October 22):

http://www.ryemuseum.co.uk/
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GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

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

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Ancient Digger:

http://www.ancientdigger.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Past Horizons:

http://www.pasthorizons.com/

Stonepages:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

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

Time Machine:

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

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

The Book and the Spade:

http://www.radioscribe.com/bknspade.htm
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Explorator 19.24 ~ October 9, 2016

Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Hernan Astudillo,
Barbara Saylor Rodgers, Bob Heuman, David Critchley, Rick Heli, Richard Campbell,
Richard C. Griffiths, Rick Pettigrew, and Ross W. Sargent for headses
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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Looking for more clues of neanderthal-sapiens interbreeding:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/animal-hybrids-may-hold-clues-neandertal-human-interbreeding

More on Otzi’s voice:

http://phys.org/news/2016-10-science-voice-mummies-otzi-iceman.html
http://www.irishexaminer.com/lifestyle/outdoors/richard-collins/this-icemans-voice-was-reconstructed-and-heard-again-5000-years-after-his-death-423823.html
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hear-recreated-voice-otzi-iceman-180960570/

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AFRICA
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Rice enjoyed by the ‘Suriname Maroons’ originally came from Africa;

http://phys.org/news/2016-10-ancestor-rice-suriname-maroons-african.html
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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A French citizen returned a golden mummy mask to Egypt:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/245300/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Antiquities-ministry-receives-golden-mummy-mask-fr.aspx
https://egyptianstreets.com/2016/10/06/french-egyptian-citizen-returns-golden-mummy-mask-to-egypt/
http://english.alarabiya.net/en/variety/2016/10/07/The-mummy-returns-Egypt-recieves-golden-mummy-mask-from-loyal-citizen.html

Repatriation is not as easy as it might seem, apparently:

http://newsweekme.com/egypts-repatriation-antiquities-proves-mammoth-task/

Egypt is signing a MoU with the Aga Khan Trust:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/43/245067/Heritage/Islamic/Egyptian-antiquities-ministry-to-sign-MoU-with-Can.aspx

Feature on Tut’s burial chamber:

http://egypttoday.com/blog/2016/10/02/unraveling-the-private-lives-of-mummies/

They’re still talking about that Sekhemka statue:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-northamptonshire-37338390

Excavating a ‘lost city’ near Erbil:

http://rudaw.net/english/culture/071020161

Evidence of an early (?) Christian community in Kazakhstan:

http://www.christiandaily.com/article/archaeologists-discover-first-evidence-of-ancient-christian-community-in-kazakhstan/57614.htm

More on 6000 years bp forts in Jordan:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-10-05/archaeologists-find-6,000-year-old-fort-in-jordanian-desert/7903358

More on that First Temple period Gate/Shrine:

http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/large-first-temple-period-gate-shrine-excavated-in-central-israel/2016/09/28/

More on the Ein Gedi Scroll:

http://www.euronews.com/2016/10/05/piece-of-coal-deciphered-as-ancient-biblical-text

More on the toilet from Tel Lachish:

http://forward.com/news/israel/351122/was-ancient-stone-toilet-placed-in-biblical-shrine-to-destroy-it/

What Cynthia Shafer-Elliott is up to:

http://www.auburnjournal.com/article/10/05/16/auburn-archaeologist-leads-annual-digs-israel

Feature on Gertrude Bell:

http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/TheAsorBlog/~3/KEvAP_ExHc0/

Concerns for Topkapi Palace:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/topkapi-palace-risk-of-collapse-the-result-of-years-of-neglect-of-historical-heritage.aspx?PageID=238&NID=104509&NewsCatID=375

ISIS’s looting activities are getting attention … first, at Kirkuk:

http://www.iraqinews.com/iraq-war/isis-destroys-steals-archaeological-sites-near-kirkuk/

… and there’s bribery of Russian soldiers going on at Palmyra according to some reports:

http://news.nationalpost.com/news/world/looters-bribing-russian-soldiers-to-turn-a-blind-eye-to-the-plundering-of-palmyra-archaeologists-say

… related OpEd:

http://news.nationalpost.com/full-comment/robert-fulford-isils-assault-on-history

… while a number of items destroyed by them have been replicated and put on display in Rome:

http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=90649
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/07/world/europe/rome-artifact-reconstruction-isis.html
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/oct/06/bull-nimrud-destroyed-isis-recreated-rome-colosseum
https://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2016/Oct-07/375477-reconstituted-iraqi-syrian-treasures-in-rome.ashx
http://www.dailysabah.com/life/2016/10/06/replicas-of-monuments-destroyed-by-daish-terrorist-group-on-show-at-colosseum

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Plenty of interest in latest finds from the ‘Griffin Warrior’ tomb from Pylos:

http://phys.org/news/2016-10-lord-rare-discovery-bronze-age.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/10/161003214021.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-10/uoc-lot100316.php
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/04/science/greece-archaeology-pylos-griffin-warrior.html
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/gold-rings-found-warriors-tomb-connect-two-ancient-greek-cultures-180960680/
http://greece.greekreporter.com/2016/10/04/greeces-griffin-warrior-tomb-from-1450-b-c-reveals-rings-of-power-mirror-and-combs/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/4886-161004-greece-griffin-warrior

Remains of a possible 3500 years bp ‘brewery’ from Paphos:

http://in-cyprus.com/ancient-people-of-paphos-enjoyed-a-pint/

A 3d reconstruction of the House of Caecilius Iucundus:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/10/161004103319.htm
http://www.livescience.com/56419-ancient-pompeii-home-reconstructed-in-3d.html
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/check-out-3d-tour-villa-ancient-pompeii-180960698/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/4890-161005-pompeii-virtual-reconstruction

Latest finds from Viminacium:

http://www.balcanicaucaso.org/eng/Areas/Serbia/Serbia-the-Babylonian-spirits-of-Viminacium-174373

Latest from Knidos:

http://hurriyetdailynews.com/new-findings-unearthed-at-knidos-in-western-turkey.aspx?pageID=238&nID=104594&NewsCatID=375

I think we mentioned this 2200 years bp ‘rental contract’ from Teos:

http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/archaeology/1.746064
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/centuries-old-rental-agreement-unearthed-in-turkeys-izmir.aspx?PageID=238&NID=104520&NewsCatID=375
http://www.archaeology.org/news/4887-161004-turkey-teos-inscription

A ‘birdbath’ from Alcester turns out to be a Roman mortarium:

http://redditchstandard.co.uk/news/alcester-bird-bath-turns-roman-artifact/
http://www.archaeology.org/4897-161007-england-roman-mortarium

An ancient ‘crossword puzzle’ from Smyrna:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ancient-crossword-puzzle-found-in-smyrna–.aspx?pageID=238&nID=104716&NewsCatID=375

A Roman lead ingot from a Rio Tinto silver mine:

http://spanishnewstoday.com/roman-lead-ingot-discovered-in-rio-tinto-silver-mines_80840-a.html

Pondering whether Romans were making pottery at Stoke-on-Trent:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-stoke-staffordshire-37495715

Revisiting that Hatay skeleton mosaic:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/a-different-view-on-hatays-skeleton-mosaic.aspx?pageID=238&nid=104739&NewsCatID=375

Earthquakes have caused a Hierapolis pool to collapse:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ancient-hierapolis-pool-collapses-after-two-earthquakes-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=104690&NewsCatID=375

A major smuggling ring in Greece was busted:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/greek-police-break-up-gang-that-excavated-sold-antiquities/2016/10/05/d614fa8e-8b1d-11e6-8cdc-4fbb1973b506_story.html http://theartnewspaper.com/news/archeology/police-in-greece-arrest-26-in-bust-of-alleged-antiquities-smuggling-ring/
https://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/World/2016/Oct-05/375267-greek-police-break-gang-that-sold-thousands-of-antiquities.ashx
http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=90623
https://www.yahoo.com/news/greek-police-break-gang-sold-thousands-antiquities-151235984.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/4894-161006-greece-antiquities-smuggling

Studying the limes of Romania:

http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news,411441,poles-on-the-border-of-the-roman-empire—limes-studies-in-romania.html

On ancient graffiti:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2016/10/04/scatological-graffiti-was-the-ancient-roman-version-of-yelp-and-twitter/

What Richard Hunter is up to:

http://www.fosters.com/news/20161003/world-renowned-classicist-to-speak-about-homer-at-unh
http://tnhdigital.com/6923/news/richard-hunter-speaks-to-students-about-subliminity-of-greek-literature/

What Ann Olga Koloski-Ostrow is up to:

https://www.greenwichsentinel.com/2016/10/08/archaeologist-discusses-newest-research-from-pompeii/

Conference paper presentation on documenting Etruscan tomb facades:

https://youtu.be/VY5FWHjBEEw

Hype for Christie’s upcoming antiquities auction:

http://www.christies.com/features/Decoding-the-mythology-behind-ancient-treasures-7740-1.aspx

More on Roman sling bullets from a Scottish fort:

http://www.livescience.com/56365-roman-attack-on-scottish-fort-archaeology.html
http://www.livescience.com/56350-photos-roman-raid-scotland-hill-fort.html
http://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/29842/20161008/a-1-800-year-old-battle-uncover-by-discovery-of-roman-bullets.htm

More on Roman coins in a Japanese castle:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/04/science/japan-archaeology-roman-coins.html
http://english.ryukyushimpo.jp/2016/10/03/25830/
https://www.apollo-magazine.com/roman-coins-discovered-in-ruins-of-castle-in-okinawa/
http://theartnewspaper.com/news/archeology/roman-coins-found-in-okinawa-castle-point-to-early-links-between-japan-and-the-west/
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Latest reviews from BMCR:

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

Visit our blog:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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Plenty of interest in a 7500 years bp dog tooth from near Stonehenge:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-wiltshire-37574881
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/oct/07/archaelogists-evidence-earliest-known-journey-uk-history-stonehenge-wilsthire-mesolithic-man-dog
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/10/06/mans-best-friend-for-7000-years-experts-discover-tooth-of-one-of/
http://www.salisburyjournal.co.uk/news/14788644.Prehistoric_man_s_best_friend_was_his_dog__experts_claim__after_7_000_year_old_tooth_found_near_Stonehenge/
http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/dogs-tooth-test-north-east-11995374
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/10/2016/mesolithic-long-distance-journey-with-pet-dog
http://www.archaeology.org/news/4896-161007-blick-mead-dog-tooth

Meanwhile, human teeth from Britain suggest plenty of human mobility some 4000 years bp:

http://phys.org/news/2016-10-ancient-britons-teeth-reveal-people.html

The mound at Skipsea Castle is 2500 years bp:

http://phys.org/news/2016-10-year-old-yorkshire-mound.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-humber-37539792
http://www.getreading.co.uk/news/reading-berkshire-news/reading-scientists-make-huge-prehistoric-11973944
http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/archaeologists-uncover-iron-age-monument-in-yorkshire-1-8160612
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/10/03/some-british-local-history-may-be-wrong-says-expert-who-found-mo/
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/oct/03/skipsea-castle-yorkshire-built-on-iron-age-mound
http://www.archaeology.org/news/4883-161003-yorkshire-skipsea-castle

A 2500 years bp structure from Spain:

http://cultura.elpais.com/cultura/2016/10/07/actualidad/1475849094_781764.html

Remains of an Iron Age fort in Fingle Woods:

http://www.tavistock-today.co.uk/article.cfm?id=416547&headline=Work%20at%20Fingle%20Woods%20to%20reveal%20Iron%20Age%20hill%20fort%20hidden%20for%202,000%20years&sectionIs=news&searchyear=2016

They’re digging at the Hellfire Club:

http://www.thejournal.ie/archaeological-gig-hellfire-club-3010161-Oct2016/

Followup to that Viking burial in Iceland that’s been in and out of the news for the past few weeks:

http://icelandreview.com/news/2016/10/03/viking-left-home-without-id
http://icelandreview.com/news/2016/10/03/no-idea-who-viking-without-id

Apparently large Viking clans picked on smaller ones:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/big-viking-families-nurtured-murder

A long-lost Viking rune stone turns up near a church in Sweden:

https://www.thelocal.se/20161005/missing-viking-rune-stone-turns-up-near-uppsala
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/mysterious-rune-stone-viking-ages-re-emerges-after-two-centuries-1585310?yptr=yahoo
http://www.archaeology.org/news/4893-161006-sweden-rune-stone

Lithuanian archaeologists believe they found the site of Klaipeda Castle:

http://en.delfi.lt/lithuania/culture/archaeologists-reveal-mystery-of-klaipeda-castle.d?id=72494628

A menhir from Trinkatar:

http://armenpress.am/eng/news/862911/archaeologists-discover-ancient-%E2%80%9Cvishapakar%E2%80%9D-menhir-in-tirinkatar.html

A possible medieval chapel floor from Sonning Common:

http://www.henleystandard.co.uk/news/news.php?id=263205

An ‘ancient’ church in Freeby is reopening:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leicestershire-37525011

… and Luther’s church is reopening after renovations:

http://www.dw.com/en/german-church-of-luther-fame-reopens-ahead-of-milestone-anniversary/a-35943374

Finds from various periods at a housing development in Godmanchester:

http://www.huntspost.co.uk/news/archaeology_team_uncovers_wealth_of_finds_in_godmanchester_dig_1_4721958

Digging a 19th century ‘utopia’ at Manea Fen:

http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/cambridge-university-archaeologists-are-uncovering-a-lost-utopia-in-the-cambridgeshire-fens/story-29778239-detail/story.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/4891-161005-utopia-manea-fen

A database of folks who fought in the 100 Years War:

http://phys.org/news/2016-10-database-reveals-ancestor-veterans-years.html
http://feeds.sciencedaily.com/~r/sciencedaily/fossils_ruins/archaeology/~3/TV2PR6yTVm8/161006115957.htm

Medieval cities were not so different from modern ones, apparently:

http://phys.org/news/2016-10-medieval-cities-modern-european.html

Recreating an Iron Age Roundhouse:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-south-scotland-37584360

Recreating the sound of 18th century Paris:

https://news.cnrs.fr/articles/sound-18th-century-paris
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-18th-century-paris-sounded-180960724/

Overviewish thing on a project mapping shipwrecks in the Black Sea:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/10/161007123411.htm

Latest in the search for the remains of Lorca:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/10/07/archaeologists-hopeful-of-finding-lorca-remains-after-unearthing/

More on those Scottish petroglyphs:

http://www.livescience.com/56287-ancient-cochno-stone-reburied.html
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Archaeology in Europe Blog:

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

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Plenty of interest in a 2800 years bp (or so) burial from Turpan which featured a large number of complete cannabis plants:

http://phys.org/news/2016-10-ancient-skeleton-cannabis-shroud-unearthed.html
https://www.yahoo.com/news/ancient-chinese-grave-contains-burial-165152306.html
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2016/10/06/ancient-corpse-was-buried-in-a-cannabis-shroud/
http://www.capitalberg.com/archaeologists-find-weed/210161/
http://knpr.org/npr/2016-10/trove-cannabis-plants-found-ancient-tomb-china
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/10/06/496879368/trove-of-cannabis-plants-found-in-ancient-tomb-in-china
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/10/marijuana-cannabis-pot-weed-burial-shroud-china-ancient-discovery-scythians-turpan-archaeology-botany/

A major 2000 years bp burial complex from Hebei:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2016-10/07/c_135736442.htm

Feature on what some tomb raiders in ancient China decided not to take:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/arts-culture/why-tomb-raiders-treated-this-priceless-gem/?no-ist

Evidence of a Persian official living in Japan 1000 years bp is suggesting it was more ‘cosmopolitan’ than previously thought:

http://phys.org/news/2016-10-ancient-japan-cosmopolitan-thought_1.html
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/10/05/national/history/research-uncovers-evidence-ancient-japan-cosmopolitan-previously-thought/#.V_X2lJN97bR

Ancient Chinese texts and Donald Trump:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2016/10/04/an-ancient-chinese-military-classic-warned-us-about-the-seven-harms-of-donald-trump/

More Australian petroglyphs recorded:

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2016/oct/03/kimberleys-hidden-world-of-indigenous-rock-art-revealed-by-researchers
http://www.archaeology.org/news/4885-161003-australia-rock-art

More on the terrible repair job on the Great Wall:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/people-really-hate-newly-repaired-stretch-great-wall-china-180960627/

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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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Latest on what flood erosion along the Bow River near Calgary is revealing:

http://www.torontosun.com/2016/10/07/flood-erosion-along-bow-river-gives-new-look-into-first-nations-past
http://globalnews.ca/news/2990740/discovery-of-bison-bones-near-calgary-offers-glimpse-into-how-people-lived-centuries-ago/
http://calgaryherald.com/news/local-news/flood-erosion-opens-new-archaeological-window-into-first-nations-past

A 1600 years bp roasting pit find from the Head-Smashed-In buffalo jump site:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/1-600-year-old-meal-unearthed-at-head-smashed-in-buffalo-jump-1.3794056?cmp=rss
http://calgaryherald.com/news/local-news/southern-alberta-archeologists-excavate-ancient-feast-at-head-smashed-in-buffalo-jump
http://www.calgarysun.com/2016/10/05/alberta-archaeologists-unearth-ancient-feast-at-head-smashed-in-buffalo-jump
http://www.pinchercreekecho.com/2016/10/04/archaeologists-uncover-1600-year-old-artifact-at-head-smashed-in
http://www.archaeology.org/news/4892-161005-buffalo-jump-roasting-pit

They’re studying soil salinity at Chaco Canyon:

http://phys.org/news/2016-10-salt-secret-success-ancient-chaco.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-10/uoc-sss100316.php
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/10/2016/ancestral-puebloans-didnt-abandon-chaco-canyon-due-to-salt-pollution
http://www.archaeology.org/news/4889-161005-chaco-canyon-salts

Barry Clifford believes he’s located the Whydah’s treasure:

http://www.southcoasttoday.com/news/20161007/explorer-claims-hes-located-famous-pirate-ships-treasure
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/whydah-gally-pirate-ship-barry-clifford-claims-hes-located-treasure-cape-cod/
http://www.syracuse.com/us-news/index.ssf/2016/10/explorer_claims_hes_located_famous_pirate_ships_treasure_off_cape_cod.html
http://www.timesunion.com/news/us/article/Explorer-claims-he-s-located-famous-pirate-ship-s-9901625.php

Looking for evidence of mid-eighteenth century Saginaw history:

http://www.mlive.com/news/saginaw/index.ssf/2016/10/archaeological_dig_looking_for.html

New York City has launched an archaeological repository/digital archive:

http://phys.org/news/2016-10-nyc-archaeological-repository-digital-archive.html
http://www.seattlepi.com/news/article/NYC-launches-archaeological-repository-and-9772075.php
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/oct/5/nyc-launches-archaeological-repository-and-digital/
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/05/nyregion/new-york-landmarks-commission-archaeological-collection.html?ribbon-ad-idx=6&rref=nyregion&module=Ribbon&version=context&region=Header&action=click&contentCollection=N.Y.%20%2F%20Region&pgtype=article

Pondering whether Vikings brought cats with them to Newfoundland:

http://www.thetelegram.com/Living/2016-09-26/article-4650275/Did-cats-come-to-Newfoundland-with-the-Vikings%3F/1

The pipeline dispute in North Dakota continues:

http://bismarcktribune.com/news/state-and-regional/tribe-disputes-state-archaeologist-s-report/article_32a28953-6487-591d-b7aa-489f29e93784.html

Pondering the Hamilton-Burr duel:

http://www.cnn.com/2016/10/06/politics/alexander-hamilton-aaron-burr-duel-missed/index.html

Honouring one of Yale’s early black students:

http://news.yale.edu/2016/09/30/shadows-no-more-divinity-school-honors-minister-james-wc-pennington

More on the Terror:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/hms-terror-confirmed-1.3779127?cmp=rss
http://www.archaeology.org/news/4870-160927-canada-franklin-terror

More on ancient trade between Alaska and Asia:

http://westerndigs.org/asian-metal-found-in-alaska-reveals-trade-centuries-before-european-contact/
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-06/pu-owm060716.php
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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I think we mentioned these Maya burials from Honduras:

http://www.caribbeannewsnow.com/headline-Eye-opening-discovery-in-Honduras-reveals-new-information-about-Mayan-civilization-31959.html

More on humans in Argentina some 14 000 years bp:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/campsite-suggests-humans-argentina-14000-years-ago-180960667/

More on the facial reconstruction of the Lord of Sipan:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/4858-160922-peru-sipan-reconstruction
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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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How Sotheby’s figured out a Hals was a forgery:

http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Global-News/2016/1007/How-Sotheby-s-discovered-a-10.8-million-forgery-of-a-Dutch-artist
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-37574411

A Raphael turns up in a Scottish Manor house:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/25-million-raphael-painting-discovered-scottish-manor-house-180960678/
http://www.cnn.com/2016/10/03/arts/painting-bought-for-25-dollars-could-be-an-original-raphael/index.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-37539959

… and a followup to that discovery of a Flemish masterpiece in the Swansea Museum’s storeroom:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-south-west-wales-37565833

Some stolen Dutch art has been found:

http://www.cnn.com/2016/10/05/arts/stolen-dutch-artworks-westfries-museum/index.html

Some Stormont art treasures may be missing:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-37574411

The mathematics of music history:

http://phys.org/news/2016-10-mathematics-music-history.html

Iraq’s transport minister has an, er, interesting view of history:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/iraq-spaceships-transport-minister-kazem-finjan-iraqi-sumerians-space-travel-7000-years-ago-a7340966.html

I think we mentioned this Brown project developed by students regarding archaeology recording etc.:

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2016/09/29/brown-student-developed-module-speeds-archaeological-analysis.aspx

Libby’s lab had been declared a landmark:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/10/161006092310.htm

Skeletal evidence suggests foraging was healthier than agriculture:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2016/10/07/ancient-skeletons-suggest-foraging-was-healthier-than-agriculture/#2c72827a7b24

That Crimean gold dispute is still going on:

http://www.dw.com/en/treasures-of-the-black-sea-turn-into-political-hostages/a-35972925

Some extinct plague locust specimens were found:

http://phys.org/news/2016-10-student-extinct-plague-locust-specimens.html

… and a 400 years bp Bible:

http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/national-international/Student-Finds-400-Year_Old-Bible_Dallas-Fort-Worth-395854961.html

On the idea of Utopia:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20160920-how-utopia-shaped-the-world

A couple more conference paper presentations on preserving petroglyphs:

https://youtu.be/nJb6xgO0ce8
https://youtu.be/ie4D8LJ3mNo

On the origins of Satan:

http://www.livescience.com/56341-where-did-satan-come-from.html

On left-handedness:

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20160930-the-mystery-of-why-left-handers-are-so-much-rarer

They’ve restored the earliest example of computer music:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-37507707

On pre-Nobel rewards for science:

http://www.livescience.com/56366-gifts-reigned-as-early-science-nobels.html
Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Defacing the Past:

http://www.britishmuseum.org/whats_on/exhibitions/defacing_the_past.aspx?spMailingID=52433436&spUserID=NjMwNDUzODI0NjcS1&spJobID=1020086467&spReportId=MTAyMDA4NjQ2NwS2

Mystery of the Mayan Medallion:

http://www.kswo.com/story/33304521/mystery-of-the-mayan-medallion-comes-to-sam-noble-museum

On the closure of the Bronte museum:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leeds-37546721

Feature on the Museum of London’s skeleton repository:

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20160923-the-lab-that-contains-20000-skeletons
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THE TECHY SIDE
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Latest mummy CT scan:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/ct-scans-show-first-x-rayed-mummy-new-light

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Major project to genetically map 1000 ‘prehistoric individuals’:

http://phys.org/news/2016-10-prehistoric-individuals-genetically.html

What Polynesian DNA tells us about population migration:

http://phys.org/news/2016-10-reveals-asian-ancestry-pacific-islanders.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/10/161003130908.htm
http://www.livescience.com/56382-original-polynesians-hailed-from-taiwan.html
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-10-04/dna-reveals-lapita-ancestors-of-pacific-islanders-came-from-asia/7893100
https://www.yahoo.com/news/first-people-settle-polynesia-came-184800878.html
http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2016/10/game-changing-study-suggests-first-polynesians-voyaged-all-way-east-asia
http://arstechnica.com/science/2016/10/ancient-polynesian-dna-gives-evidence-of-widespread-population-exchanges/
http://www.stuff.co.nz/science/84928283/New-research-on-ancient-Pacific-skeletons-reveals-Maori-ancestors
http://www.archaeology.org/4884-161003-polynesian-genome-sequenced

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Machu Picchu:

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/life/2016/10/08/travel/hiking-machu-picchu-past-sacred-inca-peaks/

Roosevelt’s Sagamore Hill estate:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/travel/theodore-roosevelts-long-island-estate-speaks-volumes–literally–about-his-character/2016/10/04/48af16b4-842b-11e6-ac72-a29979381495_story.html
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CRIME BEAT
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A couple weeks’ worth of Culture Crime News (I think I missed one):

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2016/09/4199.html
http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2016/10/culture-crime-news-26-september-2-october-2016.html
conflict antiquities:

http://conflictantiquities.wordpress.com/

anonymous swiss collector:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/

Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues:

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

Looting Matters:

http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/

Illicit Cultural Property:

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

SAFE:

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

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REPATRIATION AND RECOVERY
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Pressure to return the Benin cockerel:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/10/08/cambridge-under-pressure-to-return-looted-benin-bronze/

Britain is returning a 12th century Indian sculpture:

http://indiagbnews.com/culture-sport/art-detectives-track-stolen-12th-century-indian-sculpture-2/

The US is returning four items to Egypt:

http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/egypt-retrieves-4-pharaonic-artifacts-us

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NUMISMATICA
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Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v19n40.html

.. and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v19n41.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/2490-audio-news-from-archaeologica-25-september-2016-1-october-2016
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OBITUARIES
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John Mulvaney:

http://www.scotsman.com/news/obituaries/obituary-john-mulvaney-archaeologist-1-4251829?
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CONFERENCES
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Maya at the Playa (September 29-October 2):

http://www.mayaattheplaya.com/registration

Dumbarton Oaks Annual Symposium (October 7-8):

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

6th Rye Medieval Academic Conference (October 22):

http://www.ryemuseum.co.uk/
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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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