Explorator 21.43 ~February 17, 2019

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

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Possible Neanderthal footprints from Gibraltar:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-02/uos-fnf021319.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/02/190213100452.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7410-190214-gibraltar-hominin-footprint
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AFRICA
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Interesting study of some Bankoni figurines from Mali:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-02/taio-aio021419.php
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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A burial (of uncertain date?) of a teenage girl near the base of the Meidum pyramid:

https://www.livescience.com/64747-teen-skeleton-buried-mysterious-pyramid.html
https://www.livescience.com/64745-teen-skeleton-meidum-pyramid.html
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/skeleton-of-ancient-egyptian-teenage-girl-unearthed-at-base-of-4600yearold-pyramid/
https://aawsat.com/english/home/article/1589116/scotland-insists-legal-right-keep-pyramid-stone-egypt-awaits-documents
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7403-190212-meidum-pyramid-cemetery

Evidence of a Ptolemaic-era shipbuilding/repairing workshop from the Sinai:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/41/325517/Heritage/GrecoRoman/Ancient-workshop-for-construction-of-boats-uncover.aspx
https://ww.egyptindependent.com/archaeologists-in-north-sinai-unearth-remains-of-ptolemaic-workshop-for-ship-repairs/
https://menafn.com/1098111874/Egypt-RomanPtolemaic-maintenance-workshop-unearthed-in-North-Sinai
http://www.israelhayom.com/2019/02/13/archaeologists-discover-ancient-workshop-in-egypts-sinai/
https://phys.org/news/2019-02-archaeologists-ancient-workshop-egypt-sinai.html
https://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/world/2019/02/12/archaeologists-discover-ancient-workshop-egypt/39045345/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7405-190213-egypt-ship-workshop

A water leak contributed to a wall collapse at the Temple of Esna:

https://ww.egyptindependent.com/temple-of-esna-western-wall-collapses-due-to-water-leak/

Crediting ancient Egyptians with developing some technologies rather than ‘adopting’ them:

https://ahotcupofjoe.net/2019/02/technology-once-thought-adopted-by-egyptians-may-have-been-innovated-by-them-instead/

Feature on Akhenaten and Aten:

https://aeon.co/essays/why-did-an-ancient-egyptian-king-erase-all-gods-but-aten

Zahi Hawass is calling for the return of a pile of Egyptian artifacts:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/64704/Zahi-Hawass-demands-retrieval-of-Egypt%E2%80%99s-looted-artifacts

Another teenage girl burial dating to 3000-5000 years bp from northern Iran:

http://www.tehrantimes.com/news/433021/Ancient-teenage-girl-s-skeleton-discovered-in-northern-Iran

A Bar Kochba-era coin found by hikers in Lachish:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/rains-unearth-rare-bar-kochba-era-coin-hailing-freedom-of-israel/
https://hamodia.com/2019/02/11/bar-kochba-coin-found-lachish/

I think we mentioned the controversy arising from this tunnel being dug in the Wadi Hilweh area:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/long_reads/palestine-jerusalem-dig-ancient-road-arab-wadi-hilweh-a8746521.html

Feature on the Dome of the Rock and why it was built:

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium.MAGAZINE-the-little-known-story-behind-jerusalem-s-most-iconic-and-controversial-site-1.6938420

Haven’t had a ‘Palestinian private museum’ story in a while:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-02/13/c_137818770.htm

A project to trace Italian archaeology participation in Amman (I think):

https://www.albawaba.com/editorchoice/rome-digger-retraces-italian-archaeological-work-jordan-1253338

Jodi Magness was talking about the Huqoq excavations:

https://www.wuwf.org/post/archaeologist-unveils-mosaic-art-hidden-ancient-israel-synagogue

Feature on Enheduanna:

http://theconversation.com/hidden-women-of-history-enheduanna-princess-priestess-and-the-worlds-first-known-author-109185

Concerns for sites in Yemen continues:

https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2019/02/yemen-war-devastating-for-countrys-heritage.html
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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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The big find this week appears to be an amazing fresco of Narcissus from Pompeii:

http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2019/02/14/stunning-narcissus-fresco-at-pompeii_f41d7086-efff-4461-af0e-8267f9d504a8.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/14/world/europe/pompeii-narcissus-fresco.html
https://phys.org/news/2019-02-pompeii-uncovers-narcissus-fresco-ancient.html
https://www.livescience.com/64775-pompeii-fresco-narcissus-found.html
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-47244338
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/feb/14/stunningly-preserved-fresco-of-narcissus-discovered-in-pompeii
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/narcissus-is-found-posing-in-pompeii-m92m6kktj
https://www.apnews.com/2f7567c00433435db2d8c4a9119125de
http://www.startribune.com/pompeii-dig-uncovers-narcissus-fresco-in-ancient-atrium/505825652/
https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/ct-pompeii-narcissus-fresco-20190214-story.html
https://www.dispatch.com/entertainment/20190214/pompeii-dig-uncovers-ancient-roman-fresco-of-mythologys-narcissus
http://www.china.org.cn/world/Off_the_Wire/2019-02/15/content_74466508.htm
http://famagusta-gazette.com/2019/02/15/more-secrets-emerge-from-rubble-of-pompeii/
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-02/15/c_137822269.htm
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7409-190214-pompeii-narcissus-fresco

… or the big find might be artifacts from the battle of the Aegates Islands which suggest Carthaginians may have used capture Roman warships:

https://www.livescience.com/64734-underwater-rome-carthage-battle-artifacts.html
https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/ancient-roman-naval-battle-archaeology
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7400-190211-rome-carthage-battle

Underwater Roman finds from Wookey Hole:

https://www.yeovilexpress.co.uk/news/17438926.roman-artefacts-discovered-at-wookey-hole/

There’s a reenactment of a Roman funeral in Malta today (connected to a book release):

https://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20190213/community/mortem-roman-funeral-to-be-reenacted-on-sunday.701880
https://www.timesofmalta.com/mobile/articles/view/20190216/arts-entertainment/a-romans-last-journey.702094
https://www.newsbook.com.mt/artikli/2019/02/14/mortem-a-romans-last-journey/?lang=en
https://lovinmalta.com/lifestyle/things-to-do/calling-all-history-buffs-take-part-in-an-ancient-roman-funeral-this-sunday-in-malta

Really a techy sort of thing on the origins of Pompeian mosaic tiles:

https://www.chemistryworld.com/news/chemical-analysis-reveals-origin-of-pompeian-mosaic-tiles/3010127.article

Feature on how Romans dealt with ‘barbarians at the gate’:

http://theconversation.com/immigration-how-ancient-rome-dealt-with-the-barbarians-at-the-gate-109933
https://www.idahopress.com/opinion/conversation/immigration-how-ancient-rome-dealt-with-the-barbarians-at-the/article_d28486dd-45e5-5832-925c-060579a67e7d.html
https://wtop.com/national/2019/02/how-ancient-rome-dealt-with-the-barbarians-at-the-gate/
https://menafn.com/1098113590/How-ancient-Rome-dealt-with-the-Barbarians-at-the-gate

A ‘top ten ancient finds’ from Greece thing:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2019/02/17/greeces-top-ten-ancient-finds-of-the-last-decade/

Feature on Antony and Cleopatra’s ‘affair’:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com.au/history/inside-the-decadent-love-affair-of-cleopatra-and-mark-antony.aspx

Feature on the Romans in Germany:

https://www.thesouthafrican.com/germanysromanpast/

Feature on the Lupercalia:

https://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/the-rites-and-wrongs-of-spring-frank-mcnally-on-lupercalia-1.3791534

On Greek mythology in kpop:

https://www.allkpop.com/article/2019/02/kpop-going-greek

Feature on sirens:

https://broadly.vice.com/en_us/article/43zaxd/sirens-greek-mythology-women-death

Feature on lions in ancient Greece:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2019/02/15/the-lions-den-when-big-cats-roamed-greece-video/

What Barry Strauss is up to:

http://news.cornell.edu/stories/2019/02/caesars-death-and-life-explored-antiquitas-podcast

What Tom Sienkewicz is up to:

https://www.reviewatlas.com/news/20190214/sienkewicz-to-present-monmouth-colleges-fox-lecture-on-hercules

What Theodore Harwood is up to:

http://www.troubonline.com/new-professor-strives-for-truth-and-meaning-through-classics/

An interview with Mary Beard:

https://scroll.in/article/913494/mary-beard-interview-being-a-popular-writer-helps-you-say-the-unpopular

Interview with Richard Buxton:

http://catalystnewspaper.com/listen/chase-for-the-impossible-interview-with-richard-buxton/

Parthenon/Elgin Marbles editorials are getting stranger:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/feb/15/the-parthenon-marbles-debate-british-museum-acropolis-athens-elgin-marbles

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

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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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A study suggests megalithic monuments/henges originated in northern France and spread out in a few ‘waves’:

https://phys.org/news/2019-02-stonehenge-mystery-prehistoric-french-european.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/11/science/megaliths-archaeology-tombs.html
https://www.livescience.com/64746-stonehenge-megalith-common-origin.html
https://www.irishcentral.com/news/archaeologist-traces-newgrange-origins-mainland-europe
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2019/02/11/stonehenge-other-megaliths-may-have-originated-northwest-france/2841267002/
http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/02/stonehenge-other-ancient-rock-structures-may-trace-their-origins-monuments
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/europe-neolithic-stone-monuments-origin-france
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/articles/europe-megalithic-monuments-france-sea-routes-mediterranean-180971467/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7404-190212-model-megalith-spread

Evidence of use of cattle in the Neolithic period in Europe:

https://aeon.co/ideas/how-we-discovered-that-europeans-used-cattle-8000-years-ago?

Traces of 6000 years bp longhouses from Canoustie (Scotland):

https://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/britain-s-largest-neolithic-house-built-in-scotland-1-4873921
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7412-190215-scotland-neolithic-halls

On ritual dog burials in the Neolithic Iberian Peninsula:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-02/uob-dba021419.php
https://phys.org/news/2019-02-dog-burial-common-ritual-neolithic.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/people-buried-their-dogs-them-4000-years-ago-180971502/

Remains of a 2000 years bp settlement site in Poland’s Tuchola Forest:

http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news%2C32802%2Carchaeologists-trail-completely-preserved-almost-2000-years-old-settlement.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7411-190214-poland-tuchola-forest

A sixth century terracotta sculpture fragment from a monastery site near Varna is being touted as a Roman emperor depiction:

https://sofiaglobe.com/2019/02/12/archaeology-sixth-century-terracotta-mask-of-emperor-found-in-bulgarias-varna/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7402-190212-varna-emperor-face

A major Viking site (including at least one ship burial) from Halden (Norway):

https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidnikel/2019/02/16/archaeologists-make-very-special-viking-era-discovery-in-norway/#3ed5bd6c335e

Finds from Stoo are raising questions about the settlement of Iceland:

https://now.guidetoiceland.is/2019/02/12/culture/history-and-folklore/not-only-vikings-new-archaeology-find-sheds-light-on-icelands-first-settlers/

Latest find from the medieval Veliko Turnovo dig is an infant burial (clay pot):

https://sofiaglobe.com/2019/02/12/archaeology-baby-found-buried-in-clay-pot-at-bulgarias-mediaeval-turnovo-trapezitsa-site/

A medieval ‘three seater’ toiler seat from London is going on display:

https://www.livescience.com/64783-triple-toilet-let-three-go-number-two.html
https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2019/feb/13/helles-toilet-12th-century-three-person-loo-seat-goes-on-display
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7414-190215-london-wooden-seat

A huge collection of ‘witches’ marks’ from Creswell Crags:

https://www.livescience.com/64791-witches-marks-ice-age-cave-creswell-crags.html
https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2019/feb/15/nottinghamshire-cave-carvings-marks-scare-witches
https://www.wirralglobe.co.uk/news/national/17434433.uks-largest-collection-of-witches-marks-discovered-in-caves/

Finds from various periods beneath a police station in Wallingford:

https://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/17428577.entire-buildings-keys-and-bones-under-wallingford-police-station/

Recent finds from the Minera limeworks site:

https://www.leaderlive.co.uk/news/17430517.clearance-work-reveals-200-year-old-secrets-of-mineras-victorian-limeworks-picture-gallery/

Feature on the wreck of the HMS Victory:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-47044932

Plans to search for the ‘lost’ Collyweston Palace’:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-northamptonshire-47209859

Plans to restore a recently-collapsed 10th century church on Cyprus:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2019/02/13/restoration-work-to-start-on-collapsed-church/

Concerns over bypass construction near a plague cemetery:

https://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/news/3876393/building-road-stirling-bypass-plague-cemetery-dr-murray-cook/

On Brexit and the misuse of archaeology:

https://theconversation.com/archaeologists-must-avoid-prehistoric-brexit-parallels-they-encourage-twisted-readings-of-the-past-109037

More on that medieval sword from a Danish sewer:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/medieval-sword-its-blade-still-sharp-pulled-sewer-denmark-180971469/
https://inews.co.uk/news/world/medieval-sword-found-denmark-sewer-aalborg-archaeology/
http://mentalfloss.com/article/573928/medieval-sword-pulled-from-sewer-in-aalborg-denmark

More on Celts keeping the decapitated heads of their enemies:

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/?p=31787
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http://archaeology-in-europe.blogspot.com/

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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Western Han Dynasty painted terracottas from Shandong:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2019/02/13/2000-year-old-painted-terracotta-figures-found-in-eastern-china

Neolithic tools from Vangchhia:

https://www.telegraphindia.com/states/north-east/neolithic-tools-found-at-dig/cid/1684354

Seventh century remains of ‘a historic kingdom’ near Alichinga Tengani:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/guwahati/7th-century-ruins-found-in-golaghat/articleshow/68015424.cms

High hopes for finds from the Keeladi site:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/madurai/keeladi-could-rewrite-history-of-india-says-researcher/articleshow/67934780.cms

Concerns for the Ashoka Pillar in Buddha’s birthplace:

http://kathmandupost.ekantipur.com/news/2019-02-12/ashoka-pillar-losing-its-shine-amidst-negligence.html

A Jomon period clay statue was reunited with its leg after 90 years:

http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201902120057.html

Petroglyphs made by 19th century whalers in Australia:

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-02-17/ancient-rock-art-carvings-of-american-sailors-found-in-wa/10807596

Something about the effects of the fires of the Martu people in Australia:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/08/science/australia-aboriginal-fires-martu.html?em_pos=medium&nl_art=5&te=1&nl=science-times&emc=edit_sc_20190212

Might want to file this one about the archaeological (and other) claims made by some Hindu nationalists:

https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/02/hindu-nationalists-claim-ancient-indians-had-airplanes-stem-cell-technology-and

… and we’re keeping an eye on this story about the arrest of Pakistans director of archaeology and museums:

https://dailytimes.com.pk/355508/pm-khan-takes-notice-of-disgraceful-arrest-of-archaeology-director/
https://arynews.tv/en/abdul-samad-initial-investigations/

More on what a high tech approach revealed about a 12th century shipwreck off the coast of Java (more in the techy section):

https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/02/shipwreck-reveals-ancient-market-for-knock-off-consumer-goods/

cf: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/02/190208124708.htm
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Southeast Asian Archaeology Newsblog:

http://www.southeastasianarchaeology.com/

New Zealand Archaeology eNews:

https://us14.campaign-archive.com/home/?u=ddab09cab5362c9613318bd92&id=b917a20ae5
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NORTH AMERICA
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Finds of First Nations artifacts have halted pipeline construction in northern British Columbia:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-02/uoc–mcs021419.php

On indigenous residents of Marin County surviving colonization:

https://www.citynews1130.com/2019/02/16/northern-b-c-first-nation-clan-says-ancient-tools-found-at-pipeline-work-site/
https://globalnews.ca/news/4969367/gas-pipeline-artifacts/

A Revolutionary War burial site from Albany:

https://www.sacbee.com/sports/article226158130.html

Archaeologists are poking around Cape Canaveral:

https://www.floridatoday.com/story/tech/science/space/2019/02/14/at-floridas-gateway-to-space-archaeologists-are-in-a-race-against-time/2849364002/
https://www.wftv.com/weather/space/archaeologists-race-to-preserve-cape-canaveral-air-force-station-s-past/918458991
http://spacecoastdaily.com/2019/02/archaeologists-digging-at-cape-canaveral-air-force-station-find-ancient-artifacts/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7407-190213-cape-canaveral-erosion

I think we mentioned bones being found at a Lake George construction site:

https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Revolutionary-War-burial-site-uncovered-during-13610919.php
https://www.wcax.com/content/news/Human-bones-found-on-North-Country-construction-site-505825061.html
https://poststar.com/news/local/more-remains-buttons-at-construction-site-may-date-from-revolutionary/article_d68ddfca-8d23-5024-80d4-85edabd0ae0f.html
https://www.news10.com/news/local-news/revolutionary-war-artifacts-found-at-lake-george-burial-site/1779747747
https://wnyt.com/news/bones-of-10-12-people-and-pewter-buttons-found-at-lake-george-construction-site-have-archaeologists-and-historians-thinking-revolutionary-war-soldiers/5245558/

Bones found in Aurora (Colorado) might be 1000 (or 100?) years old:

https://www.denverpost.com/2019/02/14/human-bones-aurora-construction-site/
https://www.9news.com/article/news/local/police-human-bones-found-in-southeast-aurora-could-be-1000-years-old/73-6220209f-fc9a-4b69-bcda-caf14bf79eb5
https://kdvr.com/2019/02/14/human-bones-found-at-aurora-construction-site-may-be-1000-years-old/
https://denver.cbslocal.com/2019/02/14/aurora-human-bones-found-construction/
https://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/trending/human-remains-found-in-southeast-aurora-could-be-a-thousand-years-old
https://koaa.com/ap-colorado-news/2019/02/15/bones-found-at-construction-site-are-at-least-100-years-old/

A digital map of what the Bering Strait may have looked like back in the ‘crossing’ days:

https://www.livescience.com/64786-beringia-map-during-ice-age.html

Plans to continue a dig on the Norwalk River:

https://www.stamfordadvocate.com/politics/article/Dig-will-continue-at-Native-American-fort-in-13617998.php

What Dr Whitney Battle-Baptiste is up to:

https://diverseeducation.com/article/138202/

Feature on the first Africans in British North America:

https://wjla.com/news/local/400-years-ago-first-africans-british-north-america-arrived-virginia

Review of a biography of Wild Bill Hickok:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/14/books/review/tom-clavin-wild-bill-biography-james-butler-hickok.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share

Review of a biography of Sarah Polk:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/14/books/review/lady-first-amy-greenberg.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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A possible elite Inca burial from Mata Indio (Lambayeque):

https://phys.org/news/2019-02-archaeologists-incan-tomb-peru.html
https://www.france24.com/en/20190216-archaeologists-discover-incan-tomb-peru

Feature on Vera Tiesler’s work on Maya burials:

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-00517-y

‘Biocolonizer’ concerns at Macchu Pichu:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-02/uotb-bsa021419.php

Pondering Hernan Cortes’ legacy in Mexico:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2019/02/08/actualidad/1549647993_688293.html
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Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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On the history of the turban:

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/turbans-tales-history/index.html

Latest Shroud of Turin ‘experiment’:

https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/02/researchers-hung-men-cross-and-added-blood-bid-prove-turin-shroud-real

The broke through the ice in search of Shackleton’s ship:

https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-47192952

… but they found nothing and have decided to give up:

https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-47227657
https://www.livescience.com/64777-lost-shackleton-wreck-search-abandoned-antarctica.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7413-190215-shackleton-endurance-search

Latest beer recreation attempt hails from an 1866 shipwreck:

https://dailygazette.com/article/2019/02/15/suny-cobleskill-lab-site-of-effort-to-re-create-beer-from-1886-shipwreck

The annual Valentine’s Day origins/history pieces:

https://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/news/yep-says/a-word-from-the-editor-valentine-s-day-isn-t-always-a-garden-of-roses-its-origins-in-ancient-rome-are-far-less-pleasant-than-hearts-and-flowers-1-9586386
https://mymodernmet.com/valentines-day-the-origins-of-the-worlds-most-romantic-holiday/
https://dakotastudent.com/12599/opinion/the-origin-of-valentines-day/
https://www.historyextra.com/period/roman/valentine-day-history-saint-who-real-story-cured/
https://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/real-life/valentines-day-how-a-day-known-for-beheadings-animal-sacrifices-and-criminal-activity-became-a-lovers-holiday/news-story/42bd81638e44cae2ef4441f500e2bc2c
http://time.com/5516579/history-cupid-valentines-day/
http://time.com/5527298/valentines-day-lottery/
http://time.com/5527259/valentines-day-lupercalia/
https://www.omaha.com/sarpy/bellevue/saints-and-goat-skins-the-tangled-origins-of-valentine-s/article_ef5750cc-f4f9-5662-ae10-2cc32ff2e82a.html
https://www.ocregister.com/2019/02/14/heres-what-animal-sacrifices-in-rome-have-to-do-with-valentines-day/

… and one on Valentine’s Day cards:

https://www.historyextra.com/period/modern/a-brief-history-of-valentines-day-cards/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-47203715

… in a similar spirit:

https://www.vpr.org/post/after-90-years-hidden-floor-couples-love-letters-resurface-west-lebanon#stream/0

Interesting story of a medieval nun who faked her own death to get out of the convent:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/feb/11/archive-shows-medieval-nun-faked-her-own-death-to-escape-convent
https://www.livescience.com/64772-medieval-nun-faked-death.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smartnews-arts-culture/medieval-nun-wanted-escape-her-conventso-she-faked-her-death-180971477/

Interesting study of past maternal mortality rates:

https://phys.org/news/2019-02-mystery-maternal-mortality.html

On an error in the 1631 King James Bible:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/podcasts/retropod/the-wicked-bible/

The New York Times reprinted Frederick Douglass’ obituary:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/14/obituaries/frederick-douglass-dead-1895.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share

On the history of bonds:

https://www.npr.org/2019/02/14/694635007/planet-moneys-podcast-the-indicator-tackles-history-of-bonds

On the history of the pomegranate:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2019/02/Golden-Pome

Reviewish/hypish thing of Lauren Johnson, *Shadow King: The Life and Death of Henry VI*:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/feb/17/henry-vi-medieval-mystery-margaret-of-anjou-marriage-bed-historian-lauren-johnson

Feature on the Night Watch:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20190214-does-rembrandts-the-night-watch-reveal-a-murder-plot
https://www.rijksmuseum.nl/en/restoration-nightwatch

Pondering Titian’s Lady in White:

https://www.npr.org/2019/02/15/693912245/who-was-the-lady-in-white-titian-painted-a-mystery-masterpiece

Feature on Eugene V Debs:

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2019/02/18/eugene-v-debs-and-the-endurance-of-socialism

Marking the 500th anniversary of Leonardo’s death:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/12/travel/leonardo-da-vinci-travel-tours-museums.html

… and the 250th of von Humboldt’s birth:

https://www.dw.com/en/german-president-steinmeier-we-only-have-this-one-planet/a-47517468

… and the 500th anniversary of Magellan’s voyage:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2019/02/09/actualidad/1549742195_593918.html
https://www.latercera.com/que-pasa/noticia/legado-hernando-magallanes-sale-nuevamente-flote/520331/

More on Henry VII’s marriage bed:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/henry-viis-marriage-bed-may-have-spent-15-years-british-hotels-honeymoon-suite-180971485/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Victorian mugshots:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-47211731

Tolkien’s World:

https://nyti.ms/2UZ5I6g?smid=nytcore-ios-share

The Grey Nuns of Montreal have plans for a museum (and more):

https://aleteia.org/2019/02/14/the-grey-nuns-of-montreal-to-turn-their-mother-house-into-an-arcaheological-haven/

Feature on Persian artifacts in museums around the world:

http://www.tehrantimes.com/news/432818/Persian-antiquities-found-in-almost-all-museums-worldwide

Finds from Bulgaria’s Struma Motorway construction are going on display:

https://sofiaglobe.com/2019/02/14/archaeological-finds-from-bulgarias-struma-motorway-construction-go-on-display/

Latest followups on restoration efforts after the fire at the Brazil museum:

https://phys.org/news/2019-02-slow-going-fire-gutted-brazilian-museum.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/around-2000-artifacts-have-been-saved-ruins-brazils-national-museum-fire-180971510/

Feature on weird artifacts in London Museums:

https://www.standard.co.uk/go/london/arts/london-museum-artefacts-fascinating-roman-ancient-relics-a4067356.html

Not sure if we can call the Scotland Museum’s pyramid stone dispute a repatriation thing yet:

https://aawsat.com/english/home/article/1589116/scotland-insists-legal-right-keep-pyramid-stone-egypt-awaits-documents

I think we need to keep our eye out on fallout from the Sackler opioid thing:

https://www.varsity.co.uk/news/17079

Folks are still protesting BP sponsorship of the BM:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2019/feb/16/campaigners-protest-against-bp-sponsorship-of-british-museum
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/british-museum-bp-sponsorship-protest-iraq-kurds-assyria-a8783021.html
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AT THE AUCTIONS
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Some paintings purportedly by Adolph Hitlet failed to sell:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-47189155
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THE TECHY SIDE
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More on analyzing 800 years bp pottery from a shipwreck off Java:

https://www.livescience.com/64731-x-ray-gun-shipwreck-ceramics.html
https://cosmosmagazine.com/archaeology/scientists-crack-mystery-of-ancient-chinese-pottery-found-in-shipwreck
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-use-ray-gun-find-origin-ancient-chinese-porcelain-180971476/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7401-190212-porcelain-cargo-analyzed

Feature on LiDAR use at various Maya sites:

http://discovermagazine.com/2019/mar/a-lost-world-emerges

Using AI to finish Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony:

https://theconversation.com/composers-are-under-no-threat-from-ai-if-huaweis-finished-schubert-symphony-is-a-guide-111630

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CLIMATE MATTERS
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I think we mentioned this study of climate changes via Japanese tree stumps:

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20190205-does-the-climate-shape-social-change

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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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Acharnes (Crete):

https://www.thenationalherald.com/230325/archanes-center-of-minoan-culture/

Al Sogara:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/gallery/20190213-a-hidden-village-carved-into-a-cliff

Salt extraction in Chile:

https://www.latercera.com/pulso/noticia/turistas-pueden-aprender-chile-oficio-500-anos-antiguedad/523478/

Solothurn:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20190211-the-swiss-town-obsessed-with-the-number-11

Baden-Wurttemberg:

https://www.dw.com/en/germanys-16-states-baden-w%C3%BCrttemberg/a-45148057

Evora:

https://www.heraldnet.com/life/peeling-back-layers-of-portuguese-history-in-evora/
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PERFORMANCES
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A Winter’s Tale:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-47152108

War and Peace:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/15/movies/war-and-peace-bondarchuk-lincoln-center.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share

Not sure where to put this effort by Saudi Arabia to ‘lure tourists’ with a music festival near ancient tombs:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/11/world/middleeast/saudi-arabia-tourism-music-festival.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share

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CRIME BEAT
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A former minister’s brother in Egypt charged with smuggling antiquities:

https://ww.egyptindependent.com/former-ministers-brother-arrested-for-smuggled-antiquities/

Karl Marx’s memorial in London was vandalized again:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/feb/16/karl-marxs-london-memorial-vandalised-for-second-time
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/karl-marx-grave-vandalised-highgate-cemetery-london-memorial-a8782746.html

conflict antiquities:

http://conflictantiquities.wordpress.com/

anonymous swiss collector:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/

Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues:

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

Looting Matters:

http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/

Illicit Cultural Property:

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

SAFE:

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

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REPATRIATION AND RECOVERY
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The Netherlands returned a bust smuggled in the 1990s to Egypt:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/325376/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Egyptian-officials-recover-ancient-limestone-bust-.aspx
https://egyptianstreets.com/2019/02/13/stolen-ancient-egyptian-artifact-retrieved-at-amsterdam/
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-02/12/c_137813982.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7399-190211-egypt-repatriated-statue

Christie’s returned eight looted antiquities to Italy:

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/italy-looted-art-scli-intl/index.html
https://fox2now.com/2019/02/14/ancient-looted-artworks-returned-to-italy-by-christies-auction-house/
https://uk.news.yahoo.com/ancient-looted-artwork-returned-italy-christies-auction-house-220200274.html
https://www.antiquestradegazette.com/news/2019/christie-s-voluntarily-returns-group-of-eight-looted-antiquities-to-italy/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7406-190213-artifacts-repatriated-italy

The Met will be returning a gilded ancient sarcophagus to Egypt:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/325703/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Egypt-recovers-gilded-coffin-from-Metropolitan-Mus.aspx
http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/64832/In-pics-Egypt-to-recover-gilded-coffin-from-Met-museum
https://www.france24.com/en/20190216-ny-museum-says-ancient-coffin-was-looted-will-go-back-egypt
https://nyti.ms/2V60BBn?smid=nytcore-ios-share
https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2019/feb/15/met-museum-says-its-returning-stolen-coffin-to-egy/
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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on late Roman coin obverses:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/ngc-ancients-late-roman-coin-obverse-types/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v22/club_nbs_esylum_v22n06.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v22/club_nbs_esylum_v22n07.html

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Ancient Coin Collecting:

http://ancientcoincollecting.blogspot.com/

Ancient Coins:

http://classicalcoins.blogspot.com/

Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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Nancy B. Reich:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/11/obituaries/nancy-b-reich-dead.html

Jack Taylor:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/15/obituaries/jack-taylor-dead.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share

Andrew Ranard:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/obituaries/andrew-ranard-chronicler-of-the-history-of-burmese-painting-dies-at-69/2019/02/14/26e42250-306c-11e9-813a-0ab2f17e305b_story.html

Anne Firor Scott:

https://nyti.ms/2UVUW0w?smid=nytcore-ios-share
https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/obituaries/anne-firor-scott-historian-who-illuminated-lives-of-southern-women-dies-at-97/2019/02/13/0043d522-2f37-11e9-813a-0ab2f17e305b_story.html

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

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CONFERENCES
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Jews and the Americas (February 2019):

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

Current Archaeology Live (March 8-9, 2019):

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/live/ca-live-2018

Berkshire Archaeology Day (April 6, 2019)

The Fourteenth International Conference on Jewish Names (June 3, 2019)

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GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

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

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Ancient Digger:

http://www.ancientdigger.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Past Horizons:

http://www.pasthorizons.com/

Stonepages:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

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

Time Machine:

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

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

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/

The Book and the Spade:

http://www.radioscribe.com/bknspade.htm
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Explorator 21.42 ~ February 10, 2019

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

*apologies to Kris Curry, whose contribution wasn’t acknowledged last week

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Apparently early hominins were ‘collectors’:

https://phys.org/news/2019-02-million-year-obsession.html

Connecting ‘a taste for fat’ with human brain development:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-02/yu-atf020519.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/02/190205161420.htm

Review of Clive Fnlayson, *The Smart Neanderthal*:

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-00445-x

More on AI detecting a Neanderthal/Denisovan hybrid in Siberia:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/artificial-intelligence-study-human-genome-finds-unknown-human-ancestor-species-180971436/

More on those three recently-found hand images at Altamira:

https://elpais.com/elpais/2019/01/30/inenglish/1548850297_888022.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7343-190201-spain-altamira-hands
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AFRICA
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Vague reports of stone structures of generally uncertain date found during surveys of the Western Sahara:

https://www.livescience.com/64677-stone-structures-discovered-western-sahara.html
https://www.livescience.com/64674-photos-western-sahara-stone-structures.html
https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2019/02/265192/archeologists-dmysterious-stones-western-sahara/
https://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/shedding-new-light-on-the-lost-civilisations-of-the-sahara/news-story/ea5d2380d4eedeeef61dfdee1bf2325d
http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/nations/morocco/2019/02/07/mysterious-10000-year-old-stones-discovered-in-morocco_04cb7833-4302-43df-a0d4-2146a4759872.html
https://www.iflscience.com/environment/the-western-sahara-is-covered-with-mysterious-ancient-stone-monuments/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7350-190205-western-sahara-stones

More on LiDAR revealing the site of Kweneng in South Africa:

https://www.livescience.com/64694-lost-african-city-lidar.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7353-190206-southern-africa-kweneng
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Nine Old Kingdom tombs from Qubbet el-Hawa:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/322441/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Nine-Old-Kingdom-tombs-discovered-in-Upper-Egypts-.aspx
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7345-190201-old-kingdom-tombs

Illegal excavations beneath a house in Giza revealed a tomb of some sort:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/64218/Ancient-tomb-unearthed-near-Pyramids-of-Giza
http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/1/64297/Citizen-excavating-for-antiquities-near-Pyramids-arrested

The Guardian was recalling the discovery of the tomb of Imhotep in 1969:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/feb/08/the-mystery-of-a-gods-tomb-archive-1969

Hyping finds made in Egypt over the past couple of years:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-02/07/c_137803439.htm
http://www.china.org.cn/world/2019-02/07/content_74445156.htm

Another Ramses II statue (this one in Akhmim) will be restored:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/64407/Min-of-Antiquities-starts-restoring-Ramses-II-statue-in-Akhmim

Questioning Egypt’s plans to restore Jewish sites:

https://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Egypts-alleged-plan-to-fund-Jewish-site-restoration-may-be-propaganda-ploy-579954

Review of John Gaudet, *The Pharaoh’s Treasure*:

https://www.spectator.co.uk/2019/02/treasures-from-ancient-egypts-wastepaper-baskets/

Slideshow of obelisks from Heliopolis:

http://www.archaeology.org/slideshow/7396-heliopolis-egypt-obelisks

More on the Ptolemaic-era ‘family tomb’ from Tuna el-Gebel:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/04/arts/mummies-discovered-egypt.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share
http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/64250/All-you-need-to-know-about-cemeteries-uncovered-in-Tuna
http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/324859/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Egypts-first-antiquities-discovery-of–Mummyfilled.aspx
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/feb/02/tomb-containing-50-mummies-uncovered-in-egypt
http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/nations/egypt/2019/02/04/egypt-invests-in-archaeology-40-mummies-newly-discovered_797dc52e-b320-4f29-8d3b-a714433eb372.html
https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/article/over-40-mummies-found-newly-discovered-egyptian-burial-site/
https://world.greekreporter.com/2019/02/03/more-than-40-ancient-greek-mummies-unearthed-in-egypt/
https://neoskosmos.com/en/128556/50-mummies-from-ptolemaic-era-when-ancient-greeks-ruled-in-egypt/
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2019/02/04/egyptian-officials-discover-40-ancient-mummies/2765850002/
https://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/egypt-unveils-more-than-40-ancient-mummies-in-underground-tomb/news-story/c79397f515233951d31016c8dd104fd2
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/egypt-reveals-vast-family-tomb-containing-50-mummies/
https://www.livescience.com/64688-maze-of-tombs-mummies-egypt.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7346-190204-egypt-minya-tombs

A trilingual inscription from near the tomb of Darius in Naqshe-Rustam:

http://languagehat.com/new-trilingual-inscription-discovered/

Interesting study of the material culture in the Jordan Valley and Transjordanian Highlands:

https://menafn.com/1098072568/Wadis-connecting-Jordan-Valley-Transjordanian-Highlands-heavily-used-for-thousands-of-yearsarchaeologist

Keven Bubriski’s photos from Syria in 2003 are turning out to be incredibly important (possibly paywalled):

https://www.washingtonpost.com/photography/2019/02/08/unaware-they-would-be-ravaged-by-war-this-photographer-documented-syrias-ancient-monuments/

A dispute over development (it seems) at Nabi Samuel:

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/258690
https://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/israeli-arabs/illegal-arab-construction-threatening-sacred-archaeological-site-near-jerusalem/2019/02/06/

Questioning ownership of some West Bank antiquities:

https://www.baptiststandard.com/news/world/ownership-of-west-bank-antiquities-disputed/

Saudi Arabia is trying to cash in on the (haunted!?) site of Al Ula:

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-saudi-tourism-alula/saudi-antiquities-site-long-seen-as-haunted-tries-to-woo-visitors-idUSKCN1PT1CK
https://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/MAGAZINE-saudis-invest-billions-to-make-haunted-antiquities-site-a-tourist-draw-1.6917894
http://www.jordantimes.com/news/region/saudi-antiquities-site-long-seen-haunted-tries-woo-visitors
https://menafn.com/1098078426/Jordan-Saudi-antiquities-site-long-seen-as-haunted-tries-to-woo-visitors
https://www.zawya.com/mena/en/story/Saudi_antiquities_site_long_seen_as_haunted_tries_to_woo_visitors-TR20190204nL5N1ZY0B5X1/

Jordan is seeking US import restrictions to protect heritage:

http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/blogspot/qFDyf/~3/F50RbRPANcY/jordan-import-restrictions-cultural-heritage.html

Latest Heritage for Peace newsletter documenting damage in Syria:

http://www.heritageforpeace.org/syria-culture-and-heritage/damage-to-cultural-heritage/previous-damage-newsletters/damage-to-syrias-heritage-04-february-2019/
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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Hopefully we’ll hear more about plans to search for the ‘sarcophagus of Romulus’:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/02/09/archeologists-embark-quest-long-lost-sarcophagus-romulus-legendary/

I think this item on evidence of Iron Age Celts embalming the severed heads of their enemies was making the rounds a few weeks ago:

https://phys.org/news/2019-02-skull-fragments-iron-age-celts.html
https://www.insidescience.org/news/new-evidence-found-celtic-decapitation-and-embalming-practices-2300-years-ago

I think we mentioned this find of three ancient Greek quarries on Euboea:

https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/34271-three-ancient-quarries-discovered-in-karystos-south-evia-during-installation-of-wind-parks.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7342-190201-greece-euboea-quarries

A quarry was also found at the new Gozo Museum site:

https://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20190204/local/ancient-quarry-discovered-at-new-gozo-museum-site.700939

The Mount Vettore fault is apparently the source of a number of earthquakes which affected Rome and environs:

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-00480-8
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7387-190208-italy-monte-vettore

Overviewish thing on finds made during subway construction in Rome:

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/modern-construction-in-rome-yields-ancient-discoveries

Concerns about the construction of a visitor centre near the Colosseum:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/colosseum-battle-over-bid-to-build-on-ancient-temple-site-b72dhg07j

Definitely not sure where to put this item on Roman coins from a Florida (!) beach:

http://www.fox13news.com/news/local-news/treasure-hunter-finds-possible-roman-coins-on-bay-area-beach

On the state of Plato’s Academy:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/06/opinion/athens-plato-academy.html

Nine contemporary novels and their Classical sources:

https://news.hamlethub.com/brewster/life/9280-9-contemporary-novels-and-one-poem-and-their-classical-sources

The Roman amphitheatre in Cartagena should be ready for visitors in four years:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/colosseum-battle-over-bid-to-build-on-ancient-temple-site-b72dhg07j

Feature on the Roman theatre at Amman:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/roman-amphitheater

On the origin of Chyrons:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/07/style/chyrons-are-named-after-a-centaur.html

Feature on the Pyrrhic Victory metaphor:

https://daily.jstor.org/how-pyrrhic-victory-became-a-go-to-metaphor/

On Greeks and ‘nothing’:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/128576/the-greeks-and-nothing-a-philosophical-perspective/

Classics (and other humanities) is threatened at UVM:

https://vtdigger.org/2019/02/07/uvm-faculty-upset-cutbacks-college-arts-sciences/

Honours for Brad Cook:

https://news.olemiss.edu/classics-professor-named-humanities-teacher-year/
https://hottytoddy.com/2019/02/09/um-classics-professor-named-humanities-teacher-of-the-year/

Mary Beard looks at Trump via Roman emperors:

https://www.the-tls.co.uk/donald-trump-roman-emperors/

Latest varying coverage on the Parthenon Marbles dispute:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/237542/article/ekathimerini/news/marbles-yearn-for-attic-light
https://www.thenationalherald.com/230157/parthenon-marbles-need-atticas-sun-says-dame-janet-suzman/
https://www.neweurope.eu/article/miller-bring-the-marbles-back-or-send-the-parthenon-to-britain/
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/feb/03/the-parthenon-marbles-had-a-time-and-a-rightful-place-for-keats

More on that recent theory on the death of Alexander the Great:

https://www.livescience.com/64676-alexander-the-great-declared-dead-prematurely.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/was-alexander-great-pronounced-dead-prematurely-180971419/
http://mentalfloss.com/article/573370/alexander-great-declared-dead-prematurely
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7347-190204-death-of-alexander

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Latest reviews from BMCR:

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

Visit our blog:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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A 4500 years bp arrowhead from Cork:

https://www.breakingnews.ie/ireland/couple-find-4500-year-old-arrowhead-on-trail-in-cork-902634.html

A notched wooden thing from Loch Tay is believed to be a 2500 years bp musical instrument of some sort:

https://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/news/local/perth-kinross/822165/remains-of-ancient-instrument-will-shine-light-on-scotlands-prehistoric-culture/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7354-190206-scotland-wooden-instrument

A medieval sword from a Danish street:

https://www.thelocal.dk/20190206/danes-pull-medieval-sword-from-ground-in-aalborg-street
https://www.livescience.com/64726-medieval-sword-discovered-denmark.html
https://gizmodo.com/danish-workers-unearth-still-sharp-medieval-sword-while-1832465793
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7355-190206-denmark-medieval-sword

A Medieval thimble found in Bridgnorth was declared treasure:

https://www.expressandstar.com/news/2019/02/04/medieval-thimble-found-in-bridgnorth-declared-as-treasure/
https://www.shropshirestar.com/news/local-hubs/bridgnorth/2019/02/04/medieval-thimble-found-in-bridgnorth-declared-as-treasure/

A 13th century Carmelite monastery might be under a Gloucester bus station:

https://aleteia.org/2019/02/03/archaeologists-look-for-missing-monastery-under-english-bus-station/
https://dailycaller.com/2019/02/03/lost-monastery-english-bus-station/

250 post-medieval burials from Gibraltar:

http://vox.gi/cms/local/11882-university-funded-research-uncovers-250-post-medieval-skeletons.html

Very interesting mass-mercury-poisoning priestly (maybe) buria at the Tholos de Montelirio:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2019/02/06/actualidad/1549449614_194949.html

Remains of a foundation at Captain Cook’s Memorial Garden:

https://www.whitbygazette.co.uk/news/foundations-found-at-captain-cook-garden-1-9578099

Feature/OpEd on the ongoing Stonehenge saga:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/feb/08/the-battle-for-the-future-of-stonehenge

In case you were wondering about that Magna Carta that underwent a hammer attack a few months ago:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/feb/04/magna-carta-experts-parchment-hammer-attack-salisbury-cathedral

More on Wales first chariot burial:

https://www.milfordmercury.co.uk/news/pembrokeshire_news/17408415.the-man-who-could-have-a-six-figure-reward-for-wales-first-chariot-burial/

More on oldest evidence of British beer:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/oldest-evidence-british-beer-found-highway-dig-180971403/

More on that drone survey of the Scottish Islands:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/drones-captures-thousands-years-archaeology-remote-scottish-islands-180971430/
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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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Tracing the earliest domestic pigs in China to 9000 years bp:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-02/04/c_137798974.htm

Using genetic and archaeological evidence to study interactions between various populations in the Caucasus:

https://phys.org/news/2019-02-caucasus-complex-interplay-genes-cultures.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/02/190204085933.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-02/mpif-tcc020119.php
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/dna-mating-asian-herders-european-farmers
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7349-190205-caucasus-gene-flow

A 2200 years bp turquoise mining site from Xinjiang:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-02/08/c_137807347.htm
http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2019-02/09/content_74449544.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7358-190208-china-turquoise-mines

As usually seems to happen … Olympic venue construction in Kyoto is revealing sites and artifacts:

https://www.npr.org/2019/02/06/689931917/ahead-of-2020-winter-olympics-a-building-boom-in-kyoto-is-yielding-ancient-artif

A pre-Harappan (maybe) site from Kutch:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/rajkot/archaeologists-find-remains-of-another-pre-harappan-site-in-kutch/articleshow/67858503.cms
https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/kerala/ku-team-unearths-early-harappan-artefacts/article26207613.ece
https://www.opindia.com/2019/02/archaeologists-discover-pre-harappan-site-ruins-in-kutch/
https://www.timesnownews.com/mirror-now/in-focus/article/modern-day-mohenjo-daro-archaeologists-unearth-pre-harappan-site-ruins-in-bhuj/361773
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7356-190207-india-gujarat-settlement

Concerns for a 12th century pillar inscription in Guntur:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/andhra-pradesh/12th-century-inscription-buried-amid-houses-faces-neglect/article26208173.ece
https://www.thehansindia.com/posts/index/Andhra-Pradesh/2019-02-07/12th-century-inscription-pillar-cries-for-attention-/490231

Coverage of a major archaeological conference in India:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/patna/18-experts-highlight-recent-excavations/articleshow/67888936.cms
https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/patna/three-day-archaeological-conference-concludes/articleshow/67905798.cms

A Bactrian (maybe) fortification ‘system’:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-02/arsc-afr010619.php

On the Treaty of Waitangi:

https://theconversation.com/explainer-the-significance-of-the-treaty-of-waitangi-110982
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Southeast Asian Archaeology Newsblog:

http://www.southeastasianarchaeology.com/

New Zealand Archaeology eNews:

https://us14.campaign-archive.com/home/?u=ddab09cab5362c9613318bd92&id=b917a20ae5
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NORTH AMERICA
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A site in Colorado is suggesting there has been human habitation in the Rockies for at least 9000 years:

https://www.kunc.org/post/archaeologists-find-evidence-human-habitation-rockies-stretching-back-9000-years

Remains of a 1400 years bp canal from Alabama:

https://www.al.com/news/2019/02/ancient-native-american-canal-discovered-in-gulf-shores.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7352-190206-alabama-ancient-canal

Feature on sites/artifacts found by BC Hydro over the past while:

https://www.energeticcity.ca/2019/02/bc-hydros-archaeology-finds-under-the-site-c-heritage-program/

Human remains from near Fort William Henry:

https://wnyt.com/news/human-bones-found-courtland-street-lake-george-warren-county/5239266/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7360-190208-fort-william-henry

Remembering the Shoshone massacre at Bear River:

http://www.kuer.org/post/forgotten-shoshone-massacre-story-will-soon-be-told-grand-scale#stream/0

Bones found at a Lake George construction site are believed to be old:

http://www.oleantimesherald.com/news/state/human-bones-discovered-at-lake-george-construction-site/article_2a74d5d7-9e3b-5948-84d9-885c7c24c86b.html

Feature on the first Africans at Jamestown:

https://journaltimes.com/news/national/govt-and-politics/researchers-seek-fuller-picture-of-first-africans-in-america/article_88a62347-6cbf-5b95-8162-fb0eeeb17310.html

Pondering when the African slave trade began in the English colonies:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/investigations/2019/02/08/1619-african-arrival-virginia/2740468002/

They’re still looking for a copy of the Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions:

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/02/09/nyregion/declaration-of-sentiments-and-resolution-feminism.html

Plans to conserve a site on the Columbia River associated with Lewis and Clark:

https://lmtribune.com/flashback/lewis-and-clark-site-to-be-preserved/article_f6b70725-aee2-5a3c-9382-2672e8fed4f7.html

Vandalism concerns at assorted sites in Utah:

https://universe.byu.edu/2019/02/04/looting-vandalism-disrespects-culture-erases-context-1/
https://universe.byu.edu/2019/02/04/education-involvement-key-to-site-protection1-1/

… and concerns arising from oil and gas leases:

https://www.deseretnews.com/article/900054400/group-says-oil-and-gas-leases-will-ruin-ancient-cultural-artifacts-in-utah.html

Review of David Treuer, *The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee*:

https://www.newyorker.com/books/under-review/david-treuers-rebellious-new-history-of-native-american-life

More on Native American deaths and planetary cooling:

https://www.livescience.com/64723-great-dying-little-ice-age.html
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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A Moche ceremonial site (plus burials) dating to 600/700 CE at Ucupe:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com.au/history/ancient-throne-and-ceremonial-hall-unearthed-in-peru.aspx
https://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/757960/moche-peru-skeletons-graves-south-america-ancient-civilisation-graves
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/graves-elite-moche-people-dating-13957051

I think we mentioned these Maya finds from Lake Peten Itza:

http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news%2C32650%2Cguatemala-polish-archaeologists-discovered-several-hundred-artefacts-holy-lake-maya
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7344-190201-guatemala-maya-nojpeten

Overviewish thing on Maya finds in Guatemala over the past few years:

http://discovermagazine.com/2019/mar/a-lost-world-emerges

Airport construction is causing concerns for sites in Chinchero:

https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/02/airport-construction-threatens-unexplored-archaeological-sites-peru

Concerns for Virgin Islands’ artifacts ‘going missing’:

https://stjohnsource.com/2019/02/06/priceless-v-i-art-antiquities-have-gone-missing-but-not-recently/
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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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Study on the ‘globalization’ of assorted cereal crops over three millennia:

https://phys.org/news/2019-02-prehistoric-food-globalization-spanned-millennia.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-02/wuis-pfg020519.php

Another ‘finds of 2018’ feature:

https://www.boredpanda.com/biggest-best-archaeology-finds-2018-history/

Feature on calendars, lunar and otherwise:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/05/science/chinese-new-year-lunar-calendar.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share

Feature on Adelaide Labille-Guiard:

https://theconversation.com/hidden-women-of-history-adela-de-labille-guiard-prodigiously-talented-painter-107801

On humans being more peaceful than chimpanzees:

https://elpais.com/elpais/2019/01/30/ciencia/1548845865_560003.html

The usual Valentine’s Day origins coverage:

https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/love-sex/valentines-day-origins-history-meaning-ancient-romans-catholic-church-saint-a8765926.html

A WWI grenade (from France) turns up in a shipment of potatoes to a Hong Kong factory:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-47107609

Feature on trial by ordeal:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-45799443

On the British Library’s Private Case Collection:

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/feb/10/psst-want-to-see-some-dirty-books-try-the-british-library

… and Catherine the Great’s ‘Erotic Cabinet’:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-mystery-of-catherine-the-greats-erotic-cabinet?source=articles&via=rss

Padua as the birthplace of modern medicine:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20190203-the-birthplace-of-modern-medicine

Studying the realities of Downton Abbey:

https://phys.org/news/2019-02-veil-historical-portrayal-downton-abbey.html

On the history of assorted herbs:

https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-47074993

Feature on John Ruskin:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20190207-was-ruskin-the-most-important-man-of-the-last-200-years

Pondering the *House of Mirth*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/06/books/review/house-mirth-edith-wharton.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share

Henry VII’s marriage bed has been used in a hotel for the past 15 years apparently:

https://www.livescience.com/64718-henry-vii-marriage-bed.html

Studying the benefits of living near your grandmother:

https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2019/02/07/692088371/living-near-your-grandmother-has-evolutionary-benefits

Feature on phrenology:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/2019/02/08/dangers-facial-recognition-software/

On Hokusai’s ‘Great Wave’:

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/hokusai-great-wave-ukiyo-e-woodblock/index.html

A Dublin archaeologist is attempting to recreate medieval bread:

https://www.dublininquirer.com/2019/02/06/a-dublin-archeologist-tries-to-recreate-medieval-bread

Feature on various border walls in history:

https://thefederalist.com/2019/02/07/history-shows-big-beautiful-border-walls-work-extremely-well/

More on that ‘Merlin manuscript’:

https://www.livescience.com/64666-forgotten-manuscript-merlin-king-arthur.html

More on Rembrandt’s impasto recipe:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/02/scientists-solve-the-mystery-of-rembrandts-impasto-paint-recipe/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Syria Lost:

http://www.murraybridgegallery.com.au/current-exhibitions/2018/12/21/syria-lost-sandra-elms-and-tony-kearney

Golden Spike:

https://www.sltrib.com/artsliving/2019/02/03/centennial/

Mummies of the World:

https://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/arts/arizona-science-center-unwraps-mummies-of-the-world-exhibit-11186727

Rembrandt:

http://www.londonlive.co.uk/news/2019-02-06/priceless-drawings-by-rembrandt-go-on-display

Children’s games:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/museums/kids-used-to-make-up-their-own-games-now-the-games-play-them/2019/02/07/d439b42e-2883-11e9-b2fc-721718903bfc_story.html
https://britishart.yale.edu/exhibitions/instruction-and-delight-childrens-games-ellen-and-arthur-liman-collection
https://www.albertina.at/en/exhibitions/helen-levitt/

Ashurbanipal:

https://www.apollo-magazine.com/ashurbanipal-british-museum/

Mansa Musa:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/richest-man-who-ever-lived-180971409/

Lawrence of Oxford:

https://www.oxfordstudent.com/2019/02/07/lawrence-of-oxford-exhibition-an-in-depth-insight-into-a-fascinating-life/

Edward Burne-Jones:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20190204-edward-burne-jones-a-victorian-painter-of-gender-fluidity
https://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-britain/exhibition/edward-burne-jones

The Museum of Scotland is reasserting that its pyramid stone is not stolen:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2019/feb/06/museum-of-scotland-says-egyptian-pyramid-stone-is-not-stolen

Hyping the new National Museum of Scotland:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-47129600
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-47149979

A nice leather sandals acquisition for the UNE Museum of Antiquities:

https://www.guyraargus.com.au/story/5891480/unes-museum-of-antiquities-reveals-60th-birthday-acquisition-and-its-a-shoe-in/?cs=12
https://www.armidaleexpress.com.au/story/5891480/unes-museum-of-antiquities-reveals-60th-birthday-acquisition-and-its-a-shoe-in/

Funding to catalog and move the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology:

https://news.brown.edu/articles/2019/02/mellon

Funding for the Baltimore MoA:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/08/arts/design/baltimore-museum-of-art-gift.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share

OpEd on colonialism and museums:

https://broadly.vice.com/en_us/article/nexemx/moma-new-york-closing

I think we need to start following fallout from the Sackler controversy:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/09/arts/protesters-guggenheim-sackler.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share
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THE TECHY SIDE
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Duplicating medieval inks for heritage conservation purposes:

https://phys.org/news/2019-02-medieval-inks-heritage.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/02/190205102547.htm

Using an ‘xray gun’ to determine the origin of pottery in a Java Sea shipwreck:

https://phys.org/news/2019-02-x-ray-gun-pottery-ancient-shipwreck.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-02/fm-gh020419.php

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CLIMATE MATTERS
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Studying cliimate and social change via Japan’s hinoki trees:

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20190205-does-the-climate-shape-social-change

Viking-era Greenland appears to have been warmer than previously thought:

https://phys.org/news/2019-02-vikings-warmer-greenland.html
https://wattsupwiththat.com/2019/02/07/study-shows-that-vikings-enjoyed-a-warmer-greenland/
https://www.cnn.com/2019/02/06/world/viking-greenland-climate-study/index.html
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ON THE DNA FRONT
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The latest finds in African DNA:

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/crux/2019/02/08/ancient-human-dna-africa/#.XGAeCs9KhfI

Using DNA to trace movements on the Iberian peninsula (we may have had this already):

https://phys.org/news/2019-02-centuries-old-population-movements-revealed-fine-scale.html

They’ve identified 800 or so ‘genome regions’ relating to human evolution:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/02/190205090536.htm

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Mount Athos:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2019/02/05/the-byzantine-antiquity-of-mount-athos-and-orthodoxy/

Early American towns:

https://www.usatoday.com/picture-gallery/travel/destinations/2019/02/06/100-american-towns-founded-before-american-revolution/2770231002/

Athens’ Plaka:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2019/02/04/spending-a-day-in-athens-plaka-district/

Nimes:

https://www.irishnews.com/lifestyle/2019/02/09/news/travel-easy-going-sunny-historic-ni-mes-is-a-sublime-place-for-a-weekend-break-1543241/

Roam like the Romans:

https://www.lonelyplanet.com/news/2019/02/04/interactive-ancient-rome-map-italy-road-trip/

Beijing’s restored Forbidden City will open in 2020:

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/beijing-forbidden-city-restored-buildings/index.html

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PERFORMANCES
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On the ‘real’ Downton Abbey:

https://phys.org/news/2019-02-veil-historical-portrayal-downton-abbey.html

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CRIME BEAT
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A (looks fake to me) 1200 years bp Bible smuggling attempt foiled in Turkey:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/ancient-bible-smuggled-turkey-seized-diyarbakir-syria-war-a8765876.html

An anti-smuggling operation in Turkey turned up plenty of Roman/Byzantine coins:

https://www.dailysabah.com/turkey/2019/02/08/turkish-security-forces-nab-hundreds-of-roman-and-byzantine-era-coins-in-anti-smuggling-op

Egypt foiled an attempt to smuggle a pile of items into Turkey:

https://aawsat.com/english/home/article/1575906/egypt-foils-attempt-smuggle-egyptian-antiquities-turkey

Police in Peshawar foiled an attempt to smuggle and 800 years bp statue:

https://arynews.tv/en/peshawar-police-foil-bid-to-smuggle-antiquities/

The Lebanese army “closed” a number of illegal crossing sites with Syria to deal with smuggling:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-02/07/c_137803353.htm

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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Nigeria is seeking some objects from the British Museum:

https://allafrica.com/stories/201902040090.html
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/lander-stool-1455775
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/nigerian-culture-officials-seize-initiative-in-restitution-debate

A Spanish art dealer has returned some reliefs to Jordan:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/nabatean-goddess
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7357-10207-jordan-carvings-repatriation
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NUMISMATICA
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Latest e-Sylum:

https://www.coinbooks.org/v22/club_nbs_esylum_v22n05.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

https://www.coinbooks.org/v22/club_nbs_esylum_v22n06.html

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Ancient Coin Collecting:

http://ancientcoincollecting.blogspot.com/

Ancient Coins:

http://classicalcoins.blogspot.com/

Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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Theodore Rabb:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/obituaries/theodore-rabb-renaissance-scholar-who-championed-western-culture-dies-at-81/2019/02/05/36f87932-2966-11e9-b2fc-721718903bfc_story.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/04/obituaries/theodore-rabb-dead.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share

William Van Alstyne:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/05/obituaries/william-van-alstyne-dead.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share

Izzy Young:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/05/obituaries/izzy-young-dead.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share
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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/2829-audio-news-from-archaeologica-27-january-2-february-2019

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CONFERENCES
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Jews and the Americas (February 2019):

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

Current Archaeology Live (March 8-9, 2019):

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/live/ca-live-2018

Berkshire Archaeology Day (April 6, 2019)

The Fourteenth International Conference on Jewish Names (June 3, 2019)

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GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

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

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Ancient Digger:

http://www.ancientdigger.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Past Horizons:

http://www.pasthorizons.com/

Stonepages:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

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

Time Machine:

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

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/

The Book and the Spade:

http://www.radioscribe.com/bknspade.htm
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Explorator 21.41 ~ February 3, 2019

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

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Studying the movement and adaptations of hominins into southeast Asia during the Pleistocene:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-01/mpif-hcd012819.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/01/190128122236.htm
https://phys.org/news/2019-01-humans-colonized-diverse-environments-southeast.html

This mongolian skull find seems connected with the above study:

https://phys.org/news/2019-01-ancient-mongolian-skull-earliest-modern.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-01/uoo-am012919.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/01/190130075729.htm
https://www.upi.com/Ancient-skull-provides-earliest-evidence-of-modern-humans-in-Mongolia/7261548865224/

Rethinking the occupation of Denisova Cave by various groups:

https://www.livescience.com/64653-neanderthals-denisovans-shared-siberia-cave.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/30/science/neanderthals-denisovans-humans.html
https://www.cnn.com/2019/01/30/world/denisova-cave-archaic-humans/index.html
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/cave-that-housed-neandertals-and-denisovans-challenges-view-of-cultural-evolution/
https://www.zmescience.com/science/archaeologists-uncover-timeline-of-denisova-cave-occupation/
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/new-dates-narrow-down-when-denisovans-and-neandertals-crossed-paths
https://theconversation.com/fresh-clues-to-the-life-and-times-of-the-denisovans-a-little-known-ancient-group-of-humans-110504
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/deadthings/?p=3234
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7337-scientists-develop-new-dates-for-russia-s-denisova-cave

This seems related to the above:

https://phys.org/news/2019-01-reveal-deep-history-archaic-humans.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-01/uoo-nsr012919.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/01/190130133032.htm

A 300 000 years bp collection of ‘shiny pebbles’ in Qesem Cave:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-useless-pretty-stones-collected-300-000y-ago-indicate-early-love-of-beauty-1.6871071

Neanderthals were sprinters, not long distance runners apparently:

https://phys.org/news/2019-01-neanderthals-sprinters-distance-runners-surprisingly.html
https://theconversation.com/neanderthals-were-sprinters-rather-than-distance-runners-our-study-surprisingly-suggests-110761

Three previously-unrecorded handprints were identified in Altamira Cave:

https://elpais.com/elpais/2019/01/30/inenglish/1548850297_888022.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7343-190201-spain-altamira-hands

Not sure about this ‘self taming humans’ theory:

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2019/03/how-humans-tamed-themselves/580447/

More on modern humans replacing Neanderthals in Spain 44 000 years bp:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-01/uoc-mhr013019.php

More on Neanderthals hurling spears and hunting at a distance:

https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/01/neanderthals-could-have-been-long-distance-killers
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/neanderthals-used-spears-hunt-targets-afar-180971357/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7330-190128-neanderthal-spear-hunting
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AFRICA
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Studying how ancient African cultures responded to fossils:

https://phys.org/news/2019-01-ancient-african-people-valued-fossils.html

Feature on Mali’s Mansa Musa and his wealth:

https://www.livescience.com/64641-medieval-map-richest-man-africa.html
https://www.livescience.com/64630-photos-medieval-africa-riches.html

Feature on the wealthy signares of Senegal:

https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2019/02/02/660636686/senegals-stunning-gold-jewelry-and-the-controversial-women-who-wore-it

Interesting interviewish thing with Merrick Posnansky:

http://hnn.us/article/170638

More on LiDAR and the ‘rediscovery’ (as it is now dubbed) of Kweneng:

https://www.thesouthafrican.com/archaeologists-uncover-south-africas-lost-city-kweneng/
http://www.africanews.com/2019/01/29/archaeologists-in-south-africa-discover-lost-city-using-laser-technology/
https://www.sciencealert.com/archaelogists-re-discover-an-ancient-city-in-south-africa-lost-for-hundreds-of-years
https://au.news.yahoo.com/4199900-061447888.html
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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A ‘family tomb’ with 50 mummies from the Ptolemaic era from Tuna el-Gebel (Minya):

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/324859/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Egypts-first-antiquities-discovery-of–mummyfilled.aspx
http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/63937/Exclusive-to-Egypt-Today-A-cemetery-housing-40-mummies-uncovered
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/64164/In-pics-Two-cemeteries-uncovered-in-Tuna-el-Gebel
https://egyptianstreets.com/2019/02/03/first-discovery-of-2019-50-mummies-found-in-minya-tombs/
https://ww.egyptindependent.com/egyptian-antiquities-ministry-announces-new-archeological-discovery-in-minya/
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/egypt-tomb-mummies-archaeology-minya-cairo-ancient-children-a8760136.html
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/02/02/egypt-unveils-pharaonic-tomb-containing-50-mummies/
https://uk.news.yahoo.com/ancient-desert-tomb-reveals-50-183324630.html
https://www.dw.com/en/mummies-discovered-in-ancient-egyptian-burial-chambers/a-47337162
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/feb/02/tomb-containing-50-mummies-uncovered-in-egypt
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-47103114
https://www.timesofisrael.com/egypt-discovers-40-mummies-in-ancient-chambers-in-minya/
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/in-photos-egypt-unveils-pharaonic-tomb-with-50-mummies-1.6898362
http://www.arabnews.com/node/1445956/lifestyle
https://www.france24.com/en/20190202-egypt-unveils-more-40-ancient-greek-mummies
https://www.dw.com/en/mummies-discovered-in-ancient-egyptian-burial-chambers/a-47337162
https://www.euronews.com/2019/02/02/egyptian-archaeologists-discover-50-unidentified-mummies
https://neoskosmos.com/en/128556/50-mummies-from-ptolemaic-era-when-ancient-greeks-ruled-in-egypt/
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-02-03/archaeologists-discover-50-mummies-at-burial-site/10774576
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-02/02/c_137795582.htm
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-02/02/c_137795571.htm

A Roman-era winery complex (plus some earlier things) from the Nile Delta:

https://www.livescience.com/64613-ancient-winery-egypt.html
https://ww.egyptindependent.com/ancient-wine-press-and-other-artifacts-discovered-in-beheira/
https://dailynewsegypt.com/2019/01/28/ancient-wine-press-factory-unearthed-in-beheira/
https://egyptianstreets.com/2019/01/29/archeologists-discover-ancient-wine-cellar-in-nile-delta/
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/egypt-archeology-wine-pyramids-sphinx-giza-a8750911.html
https://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/article225174580.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7334-190129-egypt-winery-complex

Feature on what the pyramids of Giza looked like back when they were made:

https://www.apollo-magazine.com/great-pyramid-giza-egypt-casing-stone/

Feature on ‘women who love mummies’ (UK):

https://www.bbc.com/news/stories-47093041

More on the completion of the restoration of Tut’s tomb after nine or so years:

https://egyptianstreets.com/2019/02/01/iconic-king-tutankhamun-tomb-unveiled-to-public-after-restoration/
https://phys.org/news/2019-01-tomb-savers-conservationists-unveil-tutankhamun.html
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-47077663
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/king-tuts-tomb-unveiled-after-being-restored-to-its-ancient-splendor/
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/king-tut-conservation-getty-1450801
https://www.france24.com/en/20190131-tomb-savers-conservationists-unveil-work-tutankhamun-grave
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-egypt-archaeology-tutankhamun/tutankhamuns-tomb-shines-after-decade-of-renovations-idUSKCN1PP2WM
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/king-tuts-face-and-feet-take-central-stage-in-new-photos-from-his-restored-tomb/
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-02-01/tutankhamans-tomb-to-restored-after-years-of-damage/10770272
https://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/king-tuts-tomb-restored-reopened-after-nineyear-project/news-story/e449ada660837c773681e380baa3b1a8

More on Zahi Hawass denying any Cleopatra tomb find:

https://dailynewsegypt.com/2019/01/26/hawas-denies-detecting-cleopatras-burial-chamber/

Studying the markings on some Chalcolithic stone bowls from around the Levant:

https://www.haifa.ac.il/index.php/he/2012-12-16-11-30-04/2015-01-25-11-22-48/3497-2019-01-31-14-05-33.html
https://www.timesofisrael.com/haifa-u-archaeologists-uncover-mysterious-6500-year-old-triangle-code
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7339-190131-israel-basalt-bowl-marks

Not sure if we mentioned this Bronze Age burial from northern Iran:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/432584/Bronze-Age-skeleton-objects-unearthed

Vague item on Chinese ceramic shards from the al-Nudud site (UAE):

https://tvcnews.tv/large-amount-of-chinese-ceramics-shards-unearthed-by-archaeologists/

Among the items on display at that somewhat controversial Hecht Museum exhibition are items from Shivta that were once thought lost in a fire:

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-after-being-lost-in-a-fire-a-1938-letter-yields-up-secrets-from-ancient-shivta-1.6876872

More on that Agrippa coin find:

https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Rare-coin-from-Second-Temple-period-discovered-in-West-Bank-578791
https://www.jewishpress.com/news/archaeology-news/student-discovers-rare-2000-year-old-coin-near-shiloh/2019/01/27/
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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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A wind farm project revealed three ancient quarries on Evia:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2019/01/30/ancient-quarries-discovered-at-wind-turbine-sites-on-evia/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7342-190201-greece-euboea-quarries

A Roman-era burial chamber from Sanliurfa:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/roman-era-burial-chamber-found-in-sanliurfa-140887

Hellenistic and Roman finds from Kition:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/128434/hellenistic-and-roman-treasures-uncovered-at-ancient-kition-site-in-cyprus/
https://greekcitytimes.com/2019/02/02/new-hellenistic-and-roman-era-discoveries-shed-light-on-cyprus-history/

Not sure where to put this one on apparent trade between India and Rome:

https://www.thehindu.com/society/history-and-culture/finding-an-amphora-in-arikamedu/article26148454.ece

Some Antikythera Mechanism revisionism:

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41599-018-0210-9

Overviewish thing on finds from Pompeii this year:

https://www.apollo-magazine.com/great-pompeii-project-spectacular-finds/

Figuring out when Turin was founded:

https://www.thelocal.it/20190130/happy-birthday-turin-how-researchers-discovered-the-exact-day-the-city-was-founded

Feature on Roman remains at Arles:

https://www.apollo-magazine.com/art-diary/caesar-rhone-ancient-masterpieces-arles/

How the Romans wrote about love:

https://www.prospectmagazine.co.uk/magazine/revenge-porn-slut-shaming-and-jealousy-how-the-ancient-romans-wrote-about-love

On Gandhi and Socrates:

https://www.thehindu.com/opinion/op-ed/gandhi-and-the-socratic-art-of-dying/article26122856.ece

On some classical reception in the Austrian Parliament:

https://eu.greekreporter.com/2019/01/28/the-austrian-parliament-and-the-story-behind-its-unique-greek-character/

Feature on Lupercalia:

http://mentalfloss.com/article/572191/lupercalia-ancient-roman-festival-facts

Feature on Philoxenia:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2019/01/31/philoxenia-the-roots-of-greek-hospitality/

On the return of Latin in Fylde coast schools:

https://www.blackpoolgazette.co.uk/news/education/how-latin-is-making-a-comeback-in-fylde-coast-schools-1-9564970

The big news this week was the director of the British Museum saying the taking of the Parthenon Marbles was a “creative act”:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/jan/28/british-museum-chief-taking-the-parthenon-marbles-was-creative
https://www.rt.com/uk/450275-parthenon-marbles-british-museum/

… with expected reactions on the return side:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/128306/the-british-museum-and-the-creative-displacement-of-the-parthenon-marbles/
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/jan/31/reuniting-the-parthenon-marbles-is-nothing-to-do-with-nationalism
https://neoskosmos.com/en/128440/is-the-displacement-of-the-parthenon-marbles-really-a-creative-ac/

… and the other:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/jan/29/british-museum-director-is-right-the-parthenon-marbles-belong-to-us-all

… and the Acropolis Museum director shot back that the BM doesn’t own them:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/237178/article/ekathimerini/news/acropolis-museum-director-british-museum-is-not-owner-of-parthenon-marbles
https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/34337-acropolis-museum-director-greece-owns-parthenon-marbles.html
https://news.gtp.gr/2019/01/31/acropolis-museum-head-says-return-of-parthenon-marbles-only-solution/

… and we’re back where we started:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/128031/british-museum-director-rules-out-negotiation-on-parthenon-marbles/
https://greekcitytimes.com/2019/01/27/director-of-british-museum-says-parthenon-sculptures-do-not-belong-to-greece/

A feature on the ‘Elgin Marbles’:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2019/01/27/the-history-of-the-so-called-elgin-marbles-parthenon-sculptures/

Feature on the ‘art of memory’:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/30/opinion/athens-memory.html

What Emily Wilson is up to:

http://www.thedartmouth.com/article/2019/01/hoffman-lecture-features-emily-wilson

What Barry Strauss is up to:

http://barrystrauss.com/5-things-you-should-know-about-roman-emperors/

What Patrick Hunt is up to:

http://www.independentnews.com/news/talk-set-on-hannibal-military-genius-who-threatened-rome/article_aaaabd5e-24de-11e9-95ae-935130978ecf.html

John Melville-Jones waded in on the Macedonia thing:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/128534/opinion-the-myth-of-modern-macedonia/

Feature on some recent retellings of ancient tales:

https://studybreaks.com/culture/reads/4-story-re-tellings-revive-female-characters/

More on the latest theory about Alexander’s death:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/was-alexander-the-great-buried-alive
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/alexander-the-great-died-an-even-more-horrible-death-than-thought-according-to-new-theory/
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A Bronze Age bulla from the Shropshire Marches is being touted as one of the most important finds in the UK:

https://www.bordercountiesadvertizer.co.uk/news/17399426.shropshire-marches-role-in-internationally-important-bulla-find/
https://www.shropshirelive.com/news/2019/01/31/rare-bronze-age-gold-bulla-discovered-in-shropshire-officially-declared-treasure/
https://www.shropshirestar.com/news/2019/01/31/historic-pendant-find-in-shropshire-is-one-of-uks-most-significant-ever/

… and plans to keep it from being sold:

https://www.shropshirestar.com/news/2019/02/01/pledge-to-keep-historic-shropshire-gold-pendant-find-in-public-domain/

A Tudor-era ring from Shropshire was also declared treasure:

https://www.shropshirestar.com/news/2019/02/02/decorated-tudor-ring-found-in-shropshire-declared-treasure/
https://www.bordercountiesadvertizer.co.uk/news/17399535.treasure-found-at-st-martins-near-oswestry/

Big news this week appears to be evidence of beer brewing 400 BCE in Cambridgeshire:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/earliest-evidence-of-beer-making-found-on-major-uk-road-scheme
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-47042127
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/jan/31/early-pint-evidence-of-first-british-beer-found-in-cambridgeshire
https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/christmas/food-drink/first-beer-brewed-uk-found-cambridgeshire-roadworks-a8755881.html
https://www.bristolpost.co.uk/news/uk-world-news/britains-first-beer-brewery-found-2488709
https://www.peterboroughtoday.co.uk/news/evidence-of-first-beer-brewed-more-over-2-000-years-ago-found-by-archaeologists-working-on-a14-road-widening-in-cambridgeshire-1-8791239
http://www.china.org.cn/world/Off_the_Wire/2019-02/01/content_74430642.htm
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/oldest-evidence-british-beer-found-highway-dig-180971403/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7338-190131-england-beer-brewing

Interesting medieval ‘cold case’ from Piazza Armerina:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2019/01/31/why-was-this-medieval-sicilian-stabbed-in-the-back-and-buried-face-down/#2b2ac70758f6

Suggestion that the Folkton drums were measuring devices with a possible Stonehenge connection:

https://www.livescience.com/64603-ancient-carved-drums-measure-stonehenge.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7329-190128-neolithic-measuring-device

Hopes of finding Gloucester’s Whitefriar’s monastery:

http://www.gloucesterreview.co.uk/article.cfm?id=102760&headline=Will%20monastery%20be%20rediscovered?&sectionIs=news&searchyear=2019

Feature on the first medieval skyscraper:

https://elpais.com/elpais/2019/01/29/inenglish/1548751265_273108.html

That Pembrokeshire chariot burial has been ruled treasure:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-47072503

Lottery funding to preserve Iron Age hillforts in Dorset and Wiltshire:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2019/jan/31/iron-age-hillforts-west-country-england-rejuvenated-dorset-wiltshire

Concerns for a medieval cathedral in Coimbra because of spreading fungus:

https://www.livescience.com/64624-new-fungus-threatens-unesco-cathedral.html

Evidence of an earlier Christian presence in Denmark:

https://sputniknews.com/europe/201809201068191917-denmark-vikings-christianity/

Interesting feature on the ‘Treasure of Guarrazar’:

https://elpais.com/elpais/2019/01/17/inenglish/1547728988_158224.html

Feature on the Broighter Hoard:

https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/heritage/how-ireland-won-the-broighter-hoard-back-from-britain-1.3766635

More on finding Matthew Flinders’ grave:

https://www.livescience.com/64634-lost-grave-of-english-explorer.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/jan/25/grave-of-matthew-flinders-discovered-after-200-years-under-london-station
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7328-190128-flinders-remains-london

More on confirmation of Gallic preservation of enemies’ severed heads:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/01/how-to-display-the-severed-heads-of-your-enemies-the-iron-age-way/
https://boingboing.net/2019/01/30/celtic-justice.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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More finds from that Copper/Bronze Age chariot burial site in Sinauli:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/meerut/human-skeleton-potteries-found-during-excavation-at-baghpats-sinauli/articleshow/67714955.cms

‘Prehistoric items’ and items from the late 1800s get in the way of military construction on Guam:

https://phys.org/news/2019-01-artifacts-discovery-halts-marine-base.html
https://www.thestate.com/news/politics-government/national-politics/article225171380.html

Arguing over a structure in Emperor Akbar’s living quarters:

https://tribune.com.pk/story/1900629/1-officials-archaeologists-butt-heads-royal-bath/

4000 years bp artifacts from near Khanpur:

https://tribune.com.pk/story/1901323/1-uncovering-history-4000-year-old-artefacts-found-near-khanpur/

Evidence of 3rd century BCE fortifications from Bactria:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-02/arsc-afr010619.php

Feature on a 17th century slave woman in Manila:

https://theconversation.com/hidden-women-of-history-maria-a-slave-in-manila-who-resisted-sexual-exploitation-110182

Feature on war elephants:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chennai/tracing-the-invisible-war-elephants/articleshow/67769304.cms

Studying the art of medieval India:

https://news.yale.edu/2019/01/22/art-historian-studies-makers-medieval-india

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Southeast Asian Archaeology Newsblog:

http://www.southeastasianarchaeology.com/

New Zealand Archaeology eNews:

https://us14.campaign-archive.com/home/?u=ddab09cab5362c9613318bd92&id=b917a20ae5
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NORTH AMERICA
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The ‘missing’ wall of the church at Jamestown has been located:

https://www.dailypress.com/features/history/jamestown/dp-nws-jamestown-church-tower-20190124-story.html
https://www.13newsnow.com/article/news/local/peninsulanow/jamestown-archaeologists-find-missing-piece-of-400-year-old-church/291-a79b83f2-83a9-46d4-813a-d163c1ab85b5
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7341-190131-jamestown-church-foundations

Remains of Jefferson’s ‘Carriage Turnaround’ have been exposed at Poplar Forest:

https://www.newsadvance.com/news/local/excavation-reveals-original-cobblestones-at-poplar-forest-carriage-circle/article_8e38b3f0-4519-552a-9aab-f04f86087c03.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7332-190129-virginia-poplar-forest

LiDAR reveals what is possibly the old European graveyard in Canada (NS):

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-radar-images-show-evidence-of-what-could-be-one-of-canadas-oldest/

Suggestion that so many indigenous people died as a result of European Colonization of the Americas that global cooling resulted:

https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-47063973
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/jan/31/european-colonization-of-americas-helped-cause-climate-change
https://www.juancole.com/2019/02/european-colonisation-population.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7340-190131-european-colonization-climate-change

Feature on assorted weird tales associated with mounds in Ohio:

https://www.dispatch.com/news/20190127/archaeology-were-ancient-writings-giants-pulled-from-ohio-burial-mounds-ummm-no

Feature on Providence’s Chinatown:

https://news.brown.edu/articles/2019/01/yearofthecity

Feature on digitally restored some petroglyphs in Wyoming:

https://www.gillettenewsrecord.com/news/wyoming/article_56a1b7aa-23a8-527a-8b1a-f5b547c628b7.html

The Golden Spike is visiting ‘relatives’ in Utah:

https://www.sltrib.com/artsliving/2019/01/31/golden-spike-is-back/

On the Northwest Angle dispute:

https://elpais.com/internacional/2019/01/28/mundo_global/1548715439_423256.html

Feature on what a skull from Tennessee reveals about syphilis in the New World:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2019/01/29/what-does-this-ancient-skull-from-tennessee-tell-archaeologists-about-the-evolution-of-syphilis/

Feature on Plessy v Ferguson:

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2019/02/04/the-supreme-court-case-that-enshrined-white-supremacy-in-law

More on the Lake Babine First Nation village find in northern BC:

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/lake-babine-archeology-1.4991792
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7333-190129-first-nation-village
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Somewhat vague item on recent finds from Chiclayo (Peru):

https://www.rt.com/news/450425-ancient-peru-tombs-artifacts/

Plenty of Maya artifacts fished out of Lake Peten Itza:

http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news%2C32650%2Cguatemala-polish-archaeologists-discovered-several-hundred-artefacts-holy-lake-maya
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7344-190201-guatemala-maya-nojpeten

Feature on Los Guachimontones:

https://mexiconewsdaily.com/mexicolife/western-mexicos-circular-pyramids/

Using Google Earth to find Maya sites:

https://phys.org/news/2019-01-mayan-laptop.html

The Inca Trail is closed for a while:

https://www.elmostrador.cl/generacion-m/2019/01/31/el-camino-inca-hacia-machu-picchu-se-mantendra-cerrado-durante-todo-febrero/

Overviewish exhibition accompaniment piece on three decades of excavations at Caracol:

https://www.unlv.edu/news/release/archaeological-research-ancient-maya-site-spans-three-decades
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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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Marking the 350th anniversary of Rembrandt’s death:

https://www.dw.com/en/rembrandts-social-network-centuries-before-facebook/a-47322497
https://www.dw.com/en/friends-and-family-rembrandts-social-network/g-47327535

The ongoing struggle for pretenders to the French throne:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jan/25/death-of-count-of-paris-sparks-pretend-game-of-thrones-in-france-jean-dorleans

Some Black History month biographical things:

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/obituaries/black-history-month-overlooked.html?action=click&module=Top%20Stories&pgtype=Homepage

Someone has figured out Andrew Fuller’s shorthand:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-47028244

Trying to avoid another ‘ecce homo’ restoration:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2019/01/11/actualidad/1547206544_333868.html

On Sir Stamford Raffles and his statue:

https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/society/article/2183714/raffles-who-200-years-british-colonialist-singapore-would-rather

Feature on the use of nitrous oxide as a pain killer:

http://www.wshu.org/post/there-shall-be-no-pain

Feature on WH Auden:

http://www.mainlinetoday.com/Main-Line-Today/February-2019/The-Legacy-of-Poet-WH-Auden-Lives-on-at-the-Blue-Ball-Inn/

Feature on the Travellers Club:

https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/public/travellers-club-modernity-an-wilson/#Echobox=1548673322

Latest on the search for Amelia Earhart:

https://www.livescience.com/64637-possible-amelia-earhart-plane-wreck-found.html

Feature on forgotten female artists of Vienna:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/belvedere-recognizes-unheralded-female-artists-early-20th-century-vienna-180971361/

Some recently found manuscript fragments seem to refer to Merlin leading some sort of battle charge:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-bristol-47062919
https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/uk-news/hidden-fragments-ancient-manuscript-telling-15755305
https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2019/jan/30/undiscovered-merlin-tale-fragments-found-in-bristol-archives
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fragments-early-arthurian-legend-found-16th-century-book-180971392/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7336-190130-merlin-manuscript-pages

Suggestion that a 15th century portrait is actually from the 1960s:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/feb/02/st-ivo-portrait-rogier-van-der-weyden-master-forger-eric-hebborn-national-gallery

Studying the last meals of ancient sacrificial victims:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2019/01/30/inside-the-last-meals-of-ancient-victims-of-sacrifice-and-murder/

On the attempt to kill Spinoza (maybe):

https://jewishreviewofbooks.com/articles/4991/who-tried-to-kill-spinoza/

Excitement over what might be Leonardo’s thumbprint:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/jan/28/leonardos-thumbprint-stars-in-anniversary-display-of-drawings
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/art-industry-news-january-29-2019-1451110

Bees apparently can distinguish between styles of art:

https://theconversation.com/bees-can-learn-the-difference-between-european-and-australian-indigenous-art-styles-in-a-single-afternoon-110494

The UK is working on redefining ‘treasure’ officially:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/02/01/definition-treasure-redefined-include-artifacts-worth-10000/
https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2019/feb/01/golden-rule-plan-to-redefine-treasure-to-help-uk-museums-buy-finds

An unknown van Hemessen painting of Jesus found:

https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1080150/jesus-painting-hidden-renaissance-christian-news-Jan-Sanders-van-Hemessen-sothebys-art

More on the search for Shackleton’s lost ship:

https://www.livescience.com/64608-shackleton-lost-ship-expedition.html
https://www.eastbourneherald.co.uk/news/brit-explorer-is-searching-for-wreckage-of-ernest-shackleton-s-ship-the-endurance-in-antarctica-1-8792571
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Wolf in Myth and Fairy Tales:

https://www.dw.com/en/the-wolf-in-myths-and-fairy-tales/g-47315769
https://www.dw.com/en/wolves-and-humans-a-difficult-relationship/a-47322822

19th century photography:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/31/arts/design/photography-girault-de-prangey-met-museum.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Farts
https://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2019/monumental-journey-girault-de-prangey-daguerreotypes

Pompeii Photos:

http://www.cavalierdaily.com/article/2019/01/time-lost-in-william-wylies-pompeii-archive

German colonialism:

https://www.dw.com/en/berlin-museum-stirs-debate-with-plans-for-colonial-era-remembrance-room/a-47282724

Ashurbanipal:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/ancient-cultures/ancient-near-eastern-world/i-am-ashurbanipal-at-the-british-museum/

Cahokia:

http://www.chronicletimes.com/story/2583818.html

Pierre Puvis de Chavannes:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/31/arts/design/french-painter-puvis-de-chavannes-michael-werner-gallery.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Farts

The Prado is celebrating a bicentennial:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/28/arts/design/prado-museum-madrid-200-anniversary.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Farts
https://www.museodelprado.es/en/whats-on/exhibition/museo-del-prado-1819-2019-a-place-of-memory/6df80b37-1c62-a301-8718-8348f7a81de6

The Mosul Museum has partly reopened:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-47050606

Relabelling colonial artifacts at British museums:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/uk/british-museums-to-be-transparent-about-colonial-artefacts/articleshow/67714722.cms

Yale Museums have a mobile app:

https://news.yale.edu/2019/01/28/new-mobile-apps-guide-visitors-through-yales-art-museums

The Louvre and BM are helping to fund the renovation of the Egyptian Museum:

http://cairoscene.com/Buzz/louvre-british-museum-to-assist-in-egyptian-museum-renovation
http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2019/01/29/egyptian-museum-taken-as-model-for-cairo_12e67185-d06a-485f-b382-3bd452377d9f.html
https://www.artsy.net/news/artsy-editorial-european-museums-leading-31-million-effort-revamp-cairos-egyptian-museum

Review of *Ancient Mesopotamia Speaks*:

https://news.yale.edu/2019/01/25/ancient-mesopotamia-speaks-highlights-yale-babylonian-collection
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AT THE AUCTIONS
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Not sure if this actually involved an auction, but the sale of some Assyrian relief panels isn’t going over well:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/tory-peer-involved-in-controversial-sale-of-iraqi-antiquities

A recently-identified Gentileschi painting is comine to auction:

https://news.artnet.com/market/sothebys-rediscovered-late-artemisia-gentileschi-masterpiece-old-master-sale-1451794
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THE TECHY SIDE
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A technique for determining the sex of cremated remains:

https://phys.org/news/2019-01-sexing-ancient-cremated-human-skeletal.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-01/p-sac012319.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/01/190130161654.htm
https://www.livescience.com/64636-cremated-bones-sex.html
https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/article/archaeologists-find-new-way-determine-sex-cremated-individuals/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7335-190130-cremains-bone-measurements

Facial reconstructions of assorted ‘ancient Europeans’:

https://www.livescience.com/64620-ancient-britons-facial-reconstruction.html
https://www.livescience.com/64614-ancient-briton-faces-photos.html

… and a French soldier who was killed in Russia in 1812:

https://www.livescience.com/64589-french-soldier-napoleon-war-digital-face.html

Not sure where to put this one on using facial recognition technology to identify coins:

https://phys.org/news/2019-02-facial-recognition-coins.html
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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Using DNA to figure out when humans crossed the Straits of Gibraltar:

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2191607-africans-may-have-crossed-the-strait-of-gibraltar-4000-years-ago/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7331-190129-dna-africa-spain

Henry Louis Gates was talking DNA in relation to his latest TV series:

https://www.npr.org/2019/01/21/686531998/historian-henry-louis-gates-jr-on-dna-testing-and-finding-his-own-roots

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Qhapaq Nan:

https://www.elobservador.com.uy/nota/el-turismo-comunitario-20191295055

Opera Houses:

https://www.dw.com/en/opera-houses-of-world-renown/g-47322708

Magellan’s voyage:

https://elpais.com/elpais/2019/01/30/paco_nadal/1548853030_533702.html

Up Helly Aa:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-47034640

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PERFORMANCES
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Criticizing period dramas in China:

https://beta.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/2183885/yanxi-palace-drama-chinese-state-media-declares-war-period-shows

A Jane Eyre film is in the works:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leeds-47055539

More on Verdi manuscripts:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2019/01/27/actualidad/1548599221_361317.html

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CRIME BEAT
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Bizarre brazen theft from a Moscow Museum:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/28/arts/design/russia-painting-stolen-tretyakov.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-47034859

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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Latest worries about repatriation:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/29/arts/museums-africa-colonialism-tribal-art.html
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NUMISMATICA
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Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v22/club_nbs_esylum_v22n04.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v22/club_nbs_esylum_v22n05.html

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Ancient Coin Collecting:

http://ancientcoincollecting.blogspot.com/

Ancient Coins:

http://classicalcoins.blogspot.com/

Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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Leonard Dinnerstein:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/31/obituaries/leonard-dinnerstein-84-dies.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/obituaries/leonard-dinnerstein-distinguished-historian-of-anti-semitism-in-america-dies-at-84/2019/02/01/06c29680-25d8-11e9-90cd-dedb0c92dc17_story.html

Barbara Tsakirgis:

https://news.vanderbilt.edu/2019/01/30/scholar-who-pioneered-vanderbilts-curriculum-in-classical-antiquity-dies/

Miguel Civil:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/obituaries/miguel-civil-preeminent-scholar-of-worlds-oldest-written-language-dies-at-92/2019/01/30/f5626e94-24a4-11e9-90cd-dedb0c92dc17_story.html

Lamia Al-Gailani:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/obituaries/2019/01/31/lamia-al-gailani-archaeologist-helped-restore-national-museum/
https://wamu.org/story/19/02/02/remembering-lamia-al-gailani-pioneering-iraqi-archaeologist/
https://www.npr.org/2019/02/02/689933122/remembering-lamia-al-gailani-pioneering-iraqi-archaeologist

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/2828-audio-news-from-archaeologica-20-january-26-january-2019
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CONFERENCES
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Jews and the Americas (February 2019):

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

Current Archaeology Live (March 8-9, 2019):

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/live/ca-live-2018

Berkshire Archaeology Day (April 6, 2019)

The Fourteenth International Conference on Jewish Names (June 3, 2019)

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GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

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

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Ancient Digger:

http://www.ancientdigger.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Past Horizons:

http://www.pasthorizons.com/

Stonepages:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

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

Time Machine:

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

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

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/

The Book and the Spade:

http://www.radioscribe.com/bknspade.htm
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Explorator 21.40 ~ January 27, 2019

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

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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‘New’ Neanderthal remains from Shanidar Cave:

https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/01/new-remains-discovered-site-famous-neanderthal-flower-burial

Neanderthal spear technology was capable of ‘killing at a distance’:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-01/ucl-nhs012319.php
https://phys.org/news/2019-01-neanderthal-spears-distance.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/01/190125084048.htm
https://elpais.com/elpais/2019/01/25/ciencia/1548409022_155021.html
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2019/01/25/neanderthals-had-brains-hunt-long-distance-spears-archaeologists/

A study suggest that modern humans replaced Neanderthals in Spain some 44 000 years bp:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-01/uos-ase012119.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/01/190122104601.htm
https://www.newscientist.com/article/2191368-the-last-neanderthals-may-have-died-out-much-earlier-than-we-thought/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7325-190124-spain-last-neanderthals

… and Neanderthals were much more sociable than we are, apparently:

https://elpais.com/elpais/2019/01/24/ciencia/1548355820_636546.html

I think we mentioned this study suggesting a pair of skeletons from South Africa are both sediba:

https://phys.org/news/2019-01-australopithecus-sediba-link.html
https://www.cnn.com/2019/01/19/health/australopithecus-sediba-human-history-scli-intl/index.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7312-190122-a-sediba-fossils

Feature on homo erectus:

https://phys.org/news/2019-01-snapshot-mysterious-ancestor-homo-erectus.html
http://theconversation.com/a-snapshot-of-our-mysterious-ancestor-homo-erectus-101122

Latest ‘we need to rethink the Neanderthals’ piece:

https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-46988399

Feature on Upper Paleolithic sewing needles from various places:

https://www.sapiens.org/archaeology/fashion-history-sewing-needles/
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AFRICA
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Feature on Timket celebrations in Ethiopia:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-46937383
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Naqada II and Second Intermediate Period tombs from Kom Al-Khelgan:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/322326/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Ancient-tombs-and-prehistoric-burials-found-in-Nil.aspx
https://ww.egyptindependent.com/ancient-tombs-discovered-in-nile-delta/
https://egyptianstreets.com/2019/01/24/supreme-council-of-antiquities-expedition-discovers-a-number-of-tombs-and-burial-sites-in-koum-al-khalajan/
https://phys.org/news/2019-01-egypt-archaeologists-ancient-tombs-nile.html
https://www.thechronicleherald.ca/living/archeologists-uncover-ancient-tombs-in-egypts-nile-delta-278831/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7326-190124-nile-delta-tombs

Six (or maybe nine) Old Kingdom tombs from Aswan:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/322441/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Nine-Old-Kingdom-tombs-discovered-in-Upper-Egypts-.aspx
http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/63675/Six-tombs-dating-back-to-the-Old-Kingdom-uncovered-in
https://egyptianstreets.com/2019/01/21/six-tombs-dating-back-to-old-kingdom-discovered-in-hawa-dome-in-aswan/

The ten-year project to restore the tomb of Tut is complete:

https://ww.egyptindependent.com/largest-restoration-project-for-tomb-of-king-tutankhamun-concludes-in-luxor/
http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/video-saving-tutankhamen-tomb/
https://www.livescience.com/64566-king-tut-tomb-restored.html
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-tomb-of-tutankhamun-rescued-from-its-fans-1.6868719
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/decade-long-restoration-tutankhamuns-tomb-finally-concludes-180971339/
https://www.blouinartinfo.com/news/story/3507788/getty-conservation-institute-announces-the-completion-of
https://hyperallergic.com/481301/the-restoration-of-the-tomb-of-tutankhamen-is-complete/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7323-190123-tutankhamun-tomb-restored

Egypt was inventorying 34 of its antiquities warehouses:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/322196/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Antiquities-ministry-starts-inventory-of-artefact-.aspx
http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/63728/34-antiquities-warehouses-nationwide-inventoried-ministry

The Aga Khan Foundation is getting involved in restoration works in Cairo:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/63796/Min-of-Antiquities-cooperates-with-Agha-Khan-Foundation-to-restore

Concerns about the vehicles transporting things to the new Egyptian Museum:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/63719/Min-of-antiquities-denies-rumors-about-inappropriate-transfer-of-antiquities

As mentioned, the tomb of Antony and Cleopatra has NOT been found:

https://www.livescience.com/64556-tomb-of-antony-and-cleopatra.html
https://www.yahoo.com/news/no-archaeologists-not-found-tomb-165100267.html

… and Zahi Hawass is vehemently denying any connection to the claim:

https://ww.egyptindependent.com/italian-news-about-cleopatra-tomb-false-zahi-hawas/

… but it’s still out there, to a greater or lesser degree:

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/antony-cleopatras-long-lost-tomb-13886561
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/the-lost-tomb-of-antony-and-cleopatra-might-soon-be-found/

Evidence that places in Iraq may have had too much water some 6500 years bp:

https://sciencetrends.com/too-much-water-may-have-been-a-problem-for-ancient-iraq/

Arguing/discussing the fate of the Tomb of the Kings in Jerusalem:

https://phys.org/news/2019-01-underground-jerusalem-rare-ancient-tomb.html

The rains at Beit Shean revealed a couple of 2800/2200 years bp horse figurines (in separate locations):

https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Two-ancient-horse-figurines-found-in-north-after-winter-rains-578249
https://www.jewishpress.com/news/archaeology-news/heavy-rains-unearth-ancient-horse-figurines-in-northern-israel/2019/01/22/
https://www.timesofisrael.com/driving-rain-uncovers-2-rare-horse-statues-in-north-of-israel/
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-storms-in-israel-unearth-ancient-horse-figurines-1.6867255
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7320-190122-israel-horse-figurines

Touristy plans for a Byzantine cistern in Jerusalem:

https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/1500-years-old-cistern-in-Jerusalem-could-become-the-newest-attraction-578351
https://www.timesofisrael.com/subterranean-1500-year-old-cistern-complex-hidden-under-jerusalem-playground/

Route 38 construction which threatened Hezekiah’s tomb have been altered:

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium.MAGAZINE-victory-for-archaeologists-road-expansion-cut-in-bid-to-save-ancient-treasures-1.6854372

More on the search for more Dead Sea Scrolls in Qumran caves:

https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/A-new-generation-takes-up-the-hunt-for-Dead-Sea-Scrolls-578269
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/experts-racing-against-antiquities-robbers-in-hunt-for-dead-sea-scrolls-1.6867469

More on those two busts revealed because of rain at Beit Shean:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-sites-places/biblical-archaeology-sites/funerary-busts-beth-shean-israel/

Hyping sites in Saudi Arabia:

http://www.arabnews.com/node/1441401/saudi-arabia

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The British Museum has (again) ruled out lending the Parthenon Marbles to Greece:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/elgin-marbles-british-museum-return-greece-parthenon-acropolis-controversy-corbyn-a8748296.html
https://greece.greekreporter.com/2019/01/26/british-museum-director-says-greece-is-not-legal-owner-of-parthenon-marbles/
http://www.ekathimerini.com/237054/article/ekathimerini/news/british-museum-rules-out-loaning-parthenon-marbles-to-greece
https://www.news.com.au/world/breaking-news/uk-museum-rules-out-elgin-marbles-return/news-story/b32b83cb8a2ebfb28a9958cb003f4540

Restaurant expansion in Lisbon revealed a 2000 years bp Roman necropolis:

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-portugal-archaeology-cemetery/roman-remains-unearthed-near-famous-lisbon-restaurant-idUSKCN1PJ1SN
https://www.euronews.com/2019/01/25/roman-remains-unearthed-near-famous-lisbon-restaurant
https://en.prothomalo.com/lifestyle/news/190285/Roman-remains-unearthed

A ‘sacred’ Roman road in East Jerusalem (paywalled):

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/israel-unearths-a-sacred-roman-road-in-east-jerusalem-unsettling-a-palestinian-neighborhood/2019/01/24/8918dfa0-19ac-11e9-b8e6-567190c2fd08_story.html

Barracks remains in Colchester near the Mercury Theatre:

https://www.gazette-news.co.uk/news/17368852.more-evidence-of-roman-fortress-found-in-colchester/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7315-190121-england-colchester-barracks

Recalling how a pair of metal detectorists came across a Roman coin hoard in Berlicum:

https://phys.org/news/2019-01-metal-detectorists-roman-treasure.html

Latest theory on the cause of Alexander the Great’s death:

https://phys.org/news/2019-01-zealand-academic-explanation-alexander-great.html
http://www.newser.com/story/270323/theory-alexander-the-great-alive-for-6-days-after-death.html
http://www.voxy.co.nz/national/5/330372

Greece removed a pile of ancient sites from its ‘development list’:

https://phys.org/news/2019-01-greece-ancient-sites-museums.html
https://neoskosmos.com/en/127688/greece-removes-2330-ancient-sites-and-museums-from-bailout-fund-list/
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-greece-archaeology-bailout/greece-removes-historic-sites-from-fund-list-after-privatization-protests-idUSKCN1PG26Q
https://www.iol.co.za/travel/world/europe/greece-removes-ancient-archaeological-sites-from-its-development-list-18946461
https://greekcitytimes.com/2019/01/23/greek-government-removes-historic-sites-from-state-fund-list-after-protests/

… but the idea to do so still held up in court:

https://news.gtp.gr/2019/01/22/decision-transfer-greeces-archaeological-sites-private-use-upheld/

Another piece on the antiquity of robotics:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/our-fascination-robots-goes-all-way-back-antiquity

Feature on items found in a Thracian mound in Bulgaria a few years ago:

https://www.horsetalk.co.nz/2019/01/23/golden-horse-bling-2200-years/

Feature on the diet of gladiators:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/ancient-cultures/daily-life-and-practice/what-did-gladiators-eat/

A 115 years bp Latin document from a Jefferson City time capsule:

https://www.komu.com/news/115-year-old-latin-document-found-at-st-mary-s-hospital-site

Feature on a gold aureus of Faustina the Elder:

https://coinweek.com/coins/coin-profiles/ancient-coins-coin-profiles/ancient-coin-profile-faustina-the-elder-roman-imperial-gold-aureus/

Feature on the Pythia:

https://theconversation.com/hidden-women-of-history-the-priestess-pythia-at-the-delphic-oracle-who-spoke-truth-to-power-108401

Socrates v Marie Kondo:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/22/opinion/marie-kondo-socrates.html

Archaeology v Marie Kondo:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidanderson/2019/01/25/ancient-sparks-of-joy-archaeology-and-marie-kondos-tidying-up/

What Colin Harding is up to:

https://www.thisislancashire.co.uk/news/17376458.boltons-oldest-archaeologist-celebrates-60-years/

What Stephen Miller is up to:

https://www.neweurope.eu/article/millers-macedonian-connection-to-the-ancient-nemean-games/

David Wheeler-Reed is talking about his *Regulating Sex in the Roman Empire*:

https://yaledailynews.com/blog/2019/01/25/wheeler-reed-talks-sex-in-the-roman-empire/

What Adriana Brook is up to:

http://www.lawrentian.com/archives/1014046

Best Pre-PhD paper honours from the AIA:

https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/34206-thesis-on-ancient-greek-sculptures-clinches-u-s-national-archaeological-award.html

Review of Edward Watt, *Mortal Republic*:

http://www.thetribunepapers.com/2019/01/20/discourses-after-livy/

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

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/23/books/review/edith-hall-aristotles-way.html

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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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10 000 years bp (give or take) lakeside dwelling from Norway:

http://sciencenordic.com/norwegian-lake-hold-several-thousand-year-old-secret
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7321-190122-norway-stone-age

Plenty of evidence of Neolithic/Early Bronze Age defense works in Poland:

http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news%2C32484%2Carchaeologist-prehistoric-defensive-settlements-were-more-common-expected.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7324-190123-poland-prehistoric-defenses

Finds from various periods during construction of the Bratislava Zero Bypass:

https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22030553/precious-roman-coins-found-during-construction-of-bratislava-bypass.html

Evidence of atherosclerosis in 16th century Greenland mummies:

https://www.livescience.com/64594-greenland-mummies-heart-disease.html
https://phys.org/news/2019-01-evidence-atherosclerosis-16th-century-mummies-greenland.html

The HS2 project revealed the grave of Matthew Flinders:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-london-46974247
https://phys.org/news/2019-01-explorer-rounded-australia-uk.html
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/remains-of-captain-matthew-flinders-discovered-at-hs2-site-in-euston
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/jan/25/grave-of-matthew-flinders-discovered-after-200-years-under-london-stationv
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/hs2-railway-excavation-australia-history-dig-matthew-flinders-burial-london-euston-a8744491.html
https://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/remains-of-captain-matthew-flinders-discovered-by-archaeologists/news-story/b17ebd722262274d8c10c4ba2d8a81fe
https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2019/01/25/explorer-who-literally-put-australia-map-is-found-buried-beneath-london-train-station/
https://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/remains-of-matthew-flinders-found-at-london-train-station/news-story/f659e961b82e24b9c54ace7f17392276
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-01-25/matthew-flinders-remains-discovered-london/10748938
https://www.euronews.com/2019/01/25/remains-of-explorer-matthew-flinders-discovered-near-london-station
https://www.npr.org/2019/01/25/688769145/bones-of-famed-british-explorer-found-during-construction-of-u-k-train-line
https://www.wamc.org/post/bones-famed-british-explorer-found-during-construction-uk-train-line
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/culture/2019/01/captain-matthew-flinders-remains-discovered/

I think we mentioned these finds from various periods (mostly medieval)from Veliko Tarnovoa (including a child burial):

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2019/01/20/baby-burial-in-clay-pot-found-in-1330s-church-in-trapesitsa-fortress-in-bulgarias-veliko-tarnovo/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7322-190123-bulgaria-child-burial\

A very interesting 17th century painting turns up in an interior wall in Paris:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/21/fashion/the-treasure-behind-the-wall.html

Turns out an ‘ancient’ stone circle recently found in Scotland was created in the 1990s:

https://www.livescience.com/64555-ancient-stone-circle-is-modern-replica.html
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/jan/21/ancient-scottish-stone-circle-was-built-in-1990s
https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/scottish-stone-circle-90s-replica-gbr-intl-scli/index.html
https://www.cnet.com/news/prehistoric-stone-circle-in-scotland-dupes-archaeologists/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/oops-4500-year-old-stone-circle-turns-out-be-1990s-replica-180971320/
https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/01/scottish-stone-circle-isnt-so-ancient-after-all-archaeologists-say/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7317-190121-scotland-stone-circle-replica

Digging a site associated with a 19th century workhouse in Northern Ireland:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-46813077

Car park work in Nottingham has exposed some 19th century (maybe) bones:

https://www.nottinghampost.com/news/nottingham-news/nottingham-archaeologist-investigates-discovery-human-2469196

Feature on Switzerland’s oldest cookbook:

https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/culture/dish-it-up-like-it-s-1559_switzerland-s-oldest-cookbook-whets-modern-appetites/44684772

Feature on Spanish Romanesque architecture:

https://elpais.com/elpais/2019/01/15/album/1547551620_727780.html

More on that submerged prehistoric ‘butchery site’ in the Western Islands:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-46890793
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Two Chinese archaeologists were beaten over some sort of dispute at a site in Sangshujiao:

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/2183211/chinese-archaeologists-beaten-dispute-over-historic-site

Those Liao Dynasty tombs we mentioned last week had a built-in drainage system:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-01/22/c_137764922.htm
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7319-190122-china-tomb-drainage

A possible Sena dynasty palace site from Munshiganj:

https://www.dhakatribune.com/bangladesh/2019/01/24/another-archaeological-site-unearthed-in-munshiganj

More on those Mauryan/Kusan finds from the Asurgarh fort in Odisha:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/other-states/asi-finds-2300-year-old-artefacts-in-odisha/article26044456.ece
https://www.thebetterindia.com/170300/odisha-excavations-ruins-ancient-lost-civilisation-uncovered/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7316-190121-india-asurgarh-fort

Feature on the Inscription Stones of Bangalore project:

https://bangaloremirror.indiatimes.com/bangalore/others/inscriptions-show-hebbal-is-among-citys-oldest-locality/articleshow/67614807.cms

Concerns for negligence of Mohenjo Daro:

https://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2019/01/26/80-per-cent-wall-bricks-of-mohenjo-daro-damaged-due-to-govt-negligence/

Plenty of bones (of undetermined date) from a Maketu beach:

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/bay-of-plenty-times/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503343&objectid=12195604

Feature on Bungaree, who helped Matthew Flinders get around Australia:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-47000518

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Southeast Asian Archaeology Newsblog:

http://www.southeastasianarchaeology.com/

New Zealand Archaeology eNews:

https://us14.campaign-archive.com/home/?u=ddab09cab5362c9613318bd92&id=b917a20ae5
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NORTH AMERICA
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Archaeologists still aren’t sure of the origin and purpose of some walls at Bayers Lake (NS):

https://globalnews.ca/news/4876121/bayers-lake-mystery-walls/

A possible 18th century Peruvian artifact from Melbourne Beach (Florida):

https://www.floridatoday.com/story/news/2019/01/22/treasure-hunter-discovers-possible-ancient-artifact-near-melbourne-beach/2575075002/

Review/hype for *Revealing Greater Cahokia, North America’s First Native City*:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-01/uoia-gc012219.php
https://phys.org/news/2019-01-revealing-greater-cahokia-ancient-north.html

Debunking claims of a pre-Columbian Irish presence in West Virginia:

https://wvexplorer.com/2019/01/22/ancient-carvings-in-west-virginia-of-native-origin-not-irish/

Feature on the effect of European arrival on the Abenaki:

https://vtdigger.org/2019/01/20/europeans-claimed-vermont-plagues-poxes-decimated-native-abenaki/

Feature on Chaco Canyon over the years:

https://www.colorado.edu/today/2019/01/22/modern-look-chaco-canyons-ancient-past

Feature on Revolution-era British forts on Long Island:

https://www.newsday.com/long-island/li-life/discovering-long-islands-revolutionary-era-british-forts-1.26281907

More on that 3 000 years bp quinoa from an Ontario site:

https://thevarsity.ca/2019/01/26/u-of-t-researchers-discover-domesticated-quinoa-from-ancient-ontario/
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/hamilton/quinoa-trading-brantford-1.4980974
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/3000-year-old-quinoa-found-ontario-180971330/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7327-191024-canada-ancient-quinoa

Feature on Native American health care:

http://cdispatch.com/opinions/article.asp?aid=71237

Feature on various Native American groups in Kentucky:

https://theconversation.com/maga-teenagers-how-the-midwest-was-built-on-violence-against-native-americans-110208
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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More on the mass child sacrifice site at Huanchaco:

https://www.timesunion.com/technology/businessinsider/article/Ancient-graves-hid-the-skeletons-of-269-children-13554955.php
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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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Switzerland was honouring Ulrich Zwingli:

https://www.dw.com/en/switzerland-remembers-protestant-reformation-leader-ulrich-zwingli/a-47160004

Feature on the King’s Wardrobe, which was destroyed in the Great Fire of London:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-great-fire-of-london-destroyed-the-secret-wardrobe-that-held-400-years-of-royal-fashion

Plans for Walt Whitman’s 200th birthday:

https://whyy.org/articles/for-walt-whitmans-200th-birthday-philadelphia-will-contain-multitudes/

Interesting feature on some (mostly Victorian) household hazards:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-leeds-46988509

Folks are looking for Shackleton’s lost ship again:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-47000896

Feature on the origins of the handshake:

https://daily.jstor.org/when-was-first-handshake/

Nice APOD of a lunar eclipse over Cologne Cathedral:

https://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap190122.html

Feature on reading sacred texts (reviwish):

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2019/01/28/how-to-read-the-good-books

On Wikipedia and Academia:

https://www.timeshighereducation.com/cn/blog/how-wikipedia-infiltrated-academia

Feature on Mabel Stark:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/23/obituaries/mabel-stark-overlooked.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Farts

On the Qwerty keyboard:

https://www.bbc.com/ideas/videos/why-do-we-use-a-qwerty-keyboard-anyway/p06yh0r3

This year’s Getty Medal recipients:

http://www.artfixdaily.com/artwire/release/5997-getty-medal-to-go-to-visual-artists-lorna-simpson-ed-ruscha-and-c
https://mynewsla.com/hollywood/2019/01/24/artists-lorna-simpson-ed-ruscha-among-three-j-paul-getty-medal-recipients/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Lefkandi:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2019/01/25/magnificent-fabric-from-greek-dark-ages-on-display-in-athens/

Anglo Saxon Kingdoms:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20190118-how-migration-formed-the-english-language
https://www.bl.uk/events/anglo-saxon-kingdoms

Herblock:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/23/arts/design/herblock-library-of-congress-political-art.html

Shuten-doji Picture Scroll:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20190121-yorimitsu-and-shuten-dji-the-drunken-demon-of-kyoto

Archimedes:

https://www.eastidahonews.com/2019/01/eureka-museum-of-idaho-exhibits-archimedes-innovations/

John Harrison clocks:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-humber-46924560

Scream:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/32ytpvFgnLxtZNynYJYWbP6/the-original-emoji-why-the-scream-is-still-an-icon-for-today
https://www.britishmuseum.org/whats_on/exhibitions/munch.aspx

City of Women:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-46992369

Facial Reconstructions:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/culture/2019/01/facial-reconstruction-history-england-uk/

Ashurbanipal:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/review-i-am-ashurbanipal.htm

Sold! (the antiques trade):

https://www.leeds.ac.uk/news/article/4356/sold_the_antiques_trade_gets_its_first_museum_exhibition
https://www.teesdalemercury.co.uk/art-and-leisure/pioneering-exhibition-into-the-antiques-trade

A major Egyptian exhibition is coming to Scotland:

https://ww.egyptindependent.com/national-museum-of-scotland-set-to-display-7000-egyptian-artifacts-as-egypt-requests-legal-documentation/

The Crow Museum collection is moving to the University of Texas at Dallas:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/24/arts/design/university-of-texas-at-dallas-crow-museum-of-asian-art.html

They’re opening a pile of museums in China:

https://beta.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/2182876/china-ordered-thousands-new-museums-they-were-built-exhibits-and

I think we mentioned this argument over a Taiwan museum lending a calligraphy piece to Japan:

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/2182220/outcry-mainland-china-taiwan-museum-lends-priceless-calligraphy

Some relabelling will be going on at British museums, apparently:

https://www.telegraphindia.com/world/british-museums-to-relabel-colonial-treasures/cid/1682545

The Met is reviewing its donation policy in the wake of the Sackler’s lawsuit difficulties:

https://hyperallergic.com/481065/after-sacklers-named-in-opioid-lawsuit-met-museum-says-it-will-review-its-donation-policy/
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AT THE AUCTIONS
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Paintings by Adolf Hitler ‘have no artistic value’ but are still expected to fetch a major price:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-46991969
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THE TECHY SIDE
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Feature on virtual tours of assorted sites:

https://elpais.com/tecnologia/2019/01/10/actualidad/1547142972_598926.html

A VR version of Hamlet?:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/25/theater/hamlet-virtual-reality-google.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Farts

More on high tech approaches to reassembling things:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/ais-answer-to-indiana-jones-can-reassemble-broken-treasures-brsmqlcmb
https://techxplore.com/news/2019-01-algorithm-archaeological-puzzles.html

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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A purported DNA link from Kennewick Man to a modern Kennewick man:

https://www.nbcrightnow.com/check-it-out/unexpected-dna-link-a-kennewick-man-shares-paternal-lineage-with/article_0d1dd9d8-192e-11e9-a8d2-fb6538151077.html

A study of genetic variations associated with skin colour:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/01/190121103338.htm
https://medicalxpress.com/news/2019-01-genetic-insights-evolution-skin.html
http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/01/surprising-reason-why-some-latin-americans-have-light-skin

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

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

https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2019/jan/20/milan-art-tour-fresco-heaven-without-the-crowds

Flensburg:

https://www.dw.com/en/strong-drink-in-the-far-north-how-rum-came-to-flensburg/a-47164766

Casa de los Carrera:

http://culto.latercera.com/2019/01/20/casa-carrera-monte-revive/

Liechtenstein:

https://www.dw.com/en/liechtensteins-300th-anniversary-big-bash-in-a-small-country/a-47168944

Antigua (Guatemala):

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/21/t-magazine/antigua-guatemala-travel-guide.html

Boosting tourism in Scotland:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-south-scotland-46972992
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PERFORMANCES
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The Favourite:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20190122-the-favourites-bold-sexual-politics-are-rewriting-history

A pile of Verdi’s drafts are going to be made public:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/25/arts/music/verdi-papers-italy.html

Fire In My Mouth:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/25/arts/music/review-new-york-philharmonic-julia-wolfe.html

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CRIME BEAT
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A major antiquities bust in Laconia:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/236871/article/ekathimerini/news/laconia-police-stop-600000-euro-illegal-antiquities-deal
https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/nation/greek-police-seize-big-hoard-of-allegedly-looted-antiquities/
https://greece.greekreporter.com/2019/01/22/suspect-arrested-for-illegal-possession-of-antiquities-in-southern-greece/

A guilty plea for stealing from the BYU library:

https://universe.byu.edu/2019/01/24/man-pleads-guilty-to-stealing-from-byu-library-1/

Not really sure where to put this stolen (in 2004) medieval church reliefs story:

https://www.livescience.com/64591-priceless-visigoth-art-rotted-in-english-garden.html

Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2019/01/culture-crime-news-14-20-january-2019.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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Cyprus received some stolen fresco fragments back:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2019/01/25/stolen-fresco-fragments-welcomed-home/
http://www.financialmirror.com/news-details.php?nid=36456

Op Ed on repatriation issues:

https://www.dw.com/en/colonial-art-restitution-the-desire-is-not-to-wipe-museums-clean/a-47194605
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NUMISMATICA
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Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v22/club_nbs_esylum_v22n03.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v22/club_nbs_esylum_v22n04.html

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Ancient Coin Collecting:

http://ancientcoincollecting.blogspot.com/

Ancient Coins:

http://classicalcoins.blogspot.com/

Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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Lamia al-Gailani Werr:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/25/obituaries/lamia-al-gailani-werr-80-dies-archaeologist-rescued-iraqi-art.html
https://phys.org/news/2019-01-iraqi-archaeologist-museums-champion-dies.html
http://www.tribtown.com/2019/01/20/ml-iraq-obit-gailani/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/iraqi-archaeologist-museums-champion-dies-at-80/2019/01/20/5168b10c-1ccc-11e9-a759-2b8541bbbe20_story.html
https://www.rferl.org/a/iraq-mourns-death-of-archaelogist-who-restored-looted-national-museum/29721860.html
https://thearabweekly.com/iraq-bids-farewell-archaeologist-lamia-al-gailani
http://www.jordantimes.com/opinion/michael-jansen/lamia-al-gailani-werr-archaeologist-warrior-who-preserved-arab-history

Thomas Habinek:

https://dornsife.usc.edu/news/stories/2941/thomas-habinek-of-usc-dornsife-classics-obit/
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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/2826-audio-news-from-archaeologica-13-january-19-january-2019
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CONFERENCES
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Jews and the Americas (February 2019):

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

Current Archaeology Live (March 8-9, 2019):

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/live/ca-live-2018

Berkshire Archaeology Day (April 6, 2019)
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GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

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

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Ancient Digger:

http://www.ancientdigger.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Past Horizons:

http://www.pasthorizons.com/

Stonepages:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

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

Time Machine:

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

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

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/

The Book and the Spade:

http://www.radioscribe.com/bknspade.htm
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Explorator 21.39 ~ January 20, 2019

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

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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The so-called Xujiayao juvenile fossil shows dental development similar to modern children:

https://phys.org/news/2019-01-ancient-relative-humans-surprisingly-modern.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-01/osu-aar011019.php
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-01/caos-dso011619.php
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/ancient-child-fossil-jaw-east-asia-grew-teeth-modern-human
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7309-190117-china-child-teeth

Using AI to identify an unknown hominin ancestor (I don’t quite get this one):

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-01/cfgr-aia011619.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/01/190116122650.htm

A pair of skeletons from South Africa turn out to be from the same species (sediba):

https://phys.org/news/2019-01-scientists-pair-skeletons-early-hominin.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-01/nyu-scp011719.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/01/190117110830.htm

Feature on sediba:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-01/dc-uoe011719.php
https://www.cnn.com/2019/01/19/health/australopithecus-sediba-human-history-scli-intl/index.html

Not quite sure where to put this item with upper Paleolithic finds from Azerbaijan:

https://www.azernews.az/nation/144108.html
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AFRICA
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Feature on Algeria’s pyramid tombs:

https://phys.org/news/2019-01-algeria-ancient-pyramid-tombs-shrouded.html
https://www.france24.com/en/20190114-algerias-ancient-pyramid-tombs-still-shrouded-mystery
http://www.dailystar.com.lb/Arts-and-Ent/Culture/2019/Jan-15/474033-algerias-pyramid-tombs-still-shrouded-in-mystery.ashx
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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A relief from Tell Edfu which was damaged some 3500 years bp:

https://www.livescience.com/64514-ancient-egyptian-carving-afterlife.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7310-190117-tell-edfu-sculpture

A pair of Roman-era tombs from the Dakhla Oasis:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/321792/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Roman-tombs-discovered-in-Egypts-Dakhla-Oasis.aspx
http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/63551/Pictures-Several-discoveries-found-in-Al-Amriyah
https://egyptianstreets.com/2019/01/16/egyptian-expedition-uncovers-two-tombs-from-roman-period/
https://www.livescience.com/64512-ancient-tombs-egypt-daklha.html
https://phys.org/news/2019-01-archaeologists-rome-era-tombs-egypt-western.html
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-01/16/c_137746585.htm
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7305-190115-egypt-mud-brick-tombs

Plans for the Dendera temples complex to become an ‘open air museum’:

http://cairoscene.com/Buzz/dendera-temple-to-be-turned-into-open-air-museum
https://egyptianstreets.com/2019/01/15/magnificent-dendera-temple-to-be-turned-into-an-open-air-museum/
http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/63433/Dendera-Temple-to-be-converted-into-an-open-museum

Honours for Zahi Hawass:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/5/1188/321823/Arts–Culture/City-Lights/Ancient-Sicilian-city-of-Noto-honours-Zahi-Hawass-.aspx

… even though he’s hyping finding Cleopatra’s tomb and hasn’t:

https://www.ilmessaggero.it/mondo/cleopatra_tomba-4227052.html
http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/63389/Tomb-of-Antony-and-Cleopatra-to-be-uncovered-soon

More on the mummy of the pharoah’s eye doctor:

https://www.livescience.com/64513-pharaohs-eye-doctor-leaves-cool-mummy.html

Evidence from Jordan ca 11 500 years bp suggests humans were using dogs for hunting purposes:

https://phys.org/news/2019-01-year-old-animal-bones-jordan-early.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-01/uoc–1ab011519.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/01/190115132904.htm
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-prehistoric-people-hunted-with-dogs-in-jordan-archaeologists-conclude-1.6848935
http://cphpost.dk/news/dogs-mans-best-friend-since-the-stone-age.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/humans-and-dogs-may-have-hunted-together-prehistoric-jordan-180971291/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7308-190117-jordan-dogs-hunting

Feature on recent finds (with drones and other tech) in Petra:

https://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/14/science/petra-platform-sarah-parcak.html

Op-Eddish on the search for more Dead Sea Scrolls (paywalled, maybe):

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-the-race-for-the-next-dead-sea-scrolls-and-why-we-may-lose-it-1.6846311

Recent finds from Al Ain seem to be overshadowed by a prince visiting them:

https://www.urdupoint.com/en/middle-east/new-archaeological-discoveries-in-al-ain-refl-533321.html

Feature on the Al Ula site, which is being set up for tourism purposes:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/world/wp/2019/01/14/feature/unlocking-a-kingdoms-long-hidden-treasures/?utm_term=.c7707a9aa466

Feature on the dig at Tel Abel Beth Maacah:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2019/01/Northern-Exposure-Tel-Abel-Beth-Maacah

More on the finds at Kiriath-Jearim which the press is connecting to the Ark of the Covenant for some reason:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/biblical-site-tied-to-ark-of-the-covenant-unearthed-at-convent-in-central-israel/
https://mosaicmagazine.com/picks/2019/01/discovered-in-israel-a-biblical-shrine-for-the-ark-of-the-covenant/?print

This one is paywalled, but seems to be about seeds found at various sites in Israel:

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium.MAGAZINE-what-you-d-find-in-pantries-in-the-land-of-israel-6-000-years-ago-1.6845384

More on that Beit Shemesh road construction from a month or so ago:

https://www.jpost.com/In-Jerusalem/Ancient-city-arouses-controversy-in-Beit-Shemesh-577633

More on that inscription with the traditional spelling of ‘Jerusalem’:

https://mosaicmagazine.com/picks/2019/01/an-ancient-hebrew-inscription-supports-the-traditional-spelling-of-jerusalem/
https://members.bib-arch.org/biblical-archaeology-review/45/1/10

A 3000 years bp ‘warrior grave’ from northern Iran:

https://ifpnews.com/exclusive/grave-belonging-to-iron-age-warrior-discovered-in-northern-iran/

Evidence of an Ayyubid era copper production site in Jordan:

http://www.jordantimes.com/news/local/archaeologists-find-clues-%E2%80%98important%E2%80%99-ayyubid-settlement
https://www.albawaba.com/editorchoice/jordan-has-ayyubid-copper-production-site-dating-12-century-us-archaeologist-1238412
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7301-190114-jordan-ayyubid-site

Concerns for sites in Iraq:

https://thearabweekly.com/iraqs-archaeological-sites-face-looting-urbanisation-threats

Concerns for monuments in Jordan:

https://menafn.com/1097981014/India-Jordans-monuments-threatened-by-population-growth-theft

More on Persians recognizing at least three genders:

https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/ancient-persians-recognized-at-least-three-genders/
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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Thracian and Roman finds from the Nebet Tepe Fortress site (Bulgaria):

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2019/01/08/wooden-buildings-from-ancient-thrace-colorful-roman-building-discovered-at-nebet-tepe-fortress-in-bulgarias-plovdiv/

Greek and Roman artifacts from Alexandria:

https://aawsat.com/english/home/article/1552481/greek-roman-artifacts-discovered-alexandria

A Roman road in Lancashire:

http://aboutmanchester.co.uk/roman-road-m6-unearthed-by-salford-archaeologists/

A Roman-era tomb accidentally found in Tripoli:

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

Interesting feature on excavating mosaics in Larnaca and Akaki:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2019/01/13/uncovering-mosaics-a-painstaking-process/

Overviewish thing on what’s happening at Herculaneum:

http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2019/01/16/new-developments-at-herculaneum_790d0b69-8484-4721-927f-f7695ea7dabc.html

I think we mentioned these Roman-era residences from Plovdiv/Philipopolis:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2019/01/11/6-luxury-quarters-with-brothel-like-pompeiis-lupanar-formed-heart-of-roman-city-philipopolis-in-bulgarias-plovdiv-archaeologists-reveal/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7302-190115-bulgaria-luxurious-structures

… and Hellenistic Philipopolis was larger than previously thought:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2019/01/03/hellenistic-age-philipopolis-was-larger-than-known-archaeologists-find-in-eastern-gate-digs-in-bulgarias-plovdiv/

A ‘Thracian Mound’ in Bulgaria turns out to be a ‘tower tomb’ and is being associated with Philip the Arab:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2019/01/16/bulgarias-largest-thracian-mound-proves-to-be-tower-tomb-like-in-petra-palmyra-likely-of-roman-emperor-philip-i-the-arab/

… but funding has been cut to investigate it:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2019/01/18/funding-cut-mars-research-of-middle-eastern-tower-tomb-found-under-thracian-mound-near-bulgarias-plovdiv/

Plenty of Roman finds along the River Soar in Leicester:

https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/remarkable-things-archaeologists-uncovered-alongside-2420742
https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/leicester-news/gallery/latest-pictures-new-archaeological-dig-2424381

Hopes for more Roman remains at a Cuerden housing development site:

https://www.lep.co.uk/your-lancashire/south-ribble/more-roman-remains-could-be-found-under-cuerden-site-earmarked-for-housing-1-9545138

Ongoing concerns for privatization of sites in Greece:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/236778/article/ekathimerini/news/archaeologists-seek-rescue-of-monuments-from-fund

Starting them young on Latin in Sheffield:

https://www.thestar.co.uk/news/pupils-take-on-latin-from-10-years-of-age-1-9544963

Pondering women in the Odyssey:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/stephaniedenning/2019/01/16/the-invisible-hand-of-women/#71ff148e3b86

Feature on Xenophon:

https://aeon.co/essays/the-ancient-greek-rebel-leader-who-saw-socrates-solo-dancing

Feature on Antinous:

https://www.apollo-magazine.com/the-most-beautiful-boy-in-the-roman-empire/

In case you missed Dan-el Padilla Peralta’s response to racist events at the AIA/SCA:

https://www.chronicle.com/article/My-MeritMy-Blackness/245462

What Michael Hoff has been doing in Antioch:

http://www.dailynebraskan.com/culture/unl-professor-makes-surprising-archeological-discovery-in-antioch/article_de449738-1936-11e9-8f71-0b6771ee4948.html

Leslie Kurke was reading Sappho:

http://www.dailyuw.com/arts_and_leisure/article_9c6daa14-17a3-11e9-950f-afb2b33e5d89.html

Bruce Thornton was riffing on Vespasian:

https://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/272514/money-doesnt-stink-bruce-thornton

Michael Roberts’ Roman poetry analysis is being revisited:

http://newsletter.blogs.wesleyan.edu/2019/01/14/robertss-book-revisited-by-society-for-classical-studies/

Karen Klaiber Hersch was talking about mythical beasties:

https://liberalarts.temple.edu/news/beastly-classics-professor-discusses-mythical-creatures-origins

Honours for Sharon Gerstel:

https://usa.greekreporter.com/2019/01/17/hellenic-society-of-constantinople-to-honor-ucla-hellenic-studies-director/

Chelsea Gardner’s paper was honoured by the AIA/SCS:

https://www.hawaii.edu/news/2019/01/18/gardner-ancient-greek-figurines-national-award/

Feature on SDSU’s 3d digital library project:

http://thedailyaztec.com/92689/news/3d-greek-digital-photographic-library-allows-researches-to-piece-together-remnants-of-the-past/

In case you missed Zahi Hawass’ claims to have found Cleopatra’s tomb:

https://www.ilmessaggero.it/mondo/cleopatra_tomba-4227052.html
http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/63389/Tomb-of-Antony-and-Cleopatra-to-be-uncovered-soon

Weighing in on the debate who should play Cleopatra:

https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/cleopatra-film-sony-black-actor-lady-gaga-angelina-jolie-whitewashing-a8728721.html

How the Romans would deal with Twitter:

https://chicago.suntimes.com/news/ancient-romans-handle-social-media-better-twitter-wars/

Using Aesop to analyze the US:

https://thehill.com/opinion/finance/425125-aesops-american-fable-too-many-grasshoppers-not-enough-ants

Parallels between the Gracchi and Brexit:

https://www.spectator.co.uk/2019/01/the-rejection-of-the-peoples-mandate-then-and-now/

Review of Edward Watts, *Mortal Republic*:

https://freebeacon.com/culture/discourses-after-livy/

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Latest reviews from BMCR:

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

Visit our blog:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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Evidence of mammoth hunting 25 000 years bp from Poland:

https://www.livescience.com/64540-ice-age-hunters-spear-mammoth.html

Studying pottery residues to see what people in southeastern Europe were eating some 11 500 years bp:

https://phys.org/news/2019-01-insights-neolithic-people-ate-southeastern.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-01/uob-nii011519.php

Evidence of salmon consumption 5600 years bp in northern Scandinavia:

https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/University-of-Haifa-researchers-identify-5600-year-old-Scandinavian-salmon-577612

A very interesting submerged Neolithic forest site off of Scotland’s Western Isles:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-46890793
https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/islands/1655060/archaeologists-find-evidence-of-incredibly-rare-early-human-activity-in-a-submerged-western-isles-forest/
https://www.thenational.scot/news/17363296.archaeologists-make-extra-special-discoveries-at-prehistoric-site/
http://www.ibtimes.sg/archaeologists-find-sub-fossilized-prehistoric-forest-scotland-28984
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7307-190116-scotland-prehistoric-forest

A Bronze Age cremation pit from Cupar (Scotland):

https://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/news/local/fife/806837/bronze-age-find-in-cupar-hailed-of-national-importance/
https://www.fifetoday.co.uk/news/bones-discovered-at-fife-hill-with-a-history-of-violence-1-4858856
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7304-190115-scotland-cremation-pit

Studying life in the Urals, some 4000 years bp:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-01/guf-wh4011719.php

A Welsh farmstead is actually a medeival hall house (I think we mentioned this one):

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/jan/13/welsh-farmstead-is-in-fact-rare-medieval-hall-house-experts-confirm

Overviewish on a possible Carmelite friary site in Kingussie:

https://www.strathspey-herald.co.uk/News/Water-terrific-find-made-in-Kingussie-17012019.htm

Studying the remains of the Esquilache Mutiny:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2019/01/18/actualidad/1547816912_714547.html

Perth City Hall might be sitting on a vast cemetery:

https://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/news/local/perth-kinross/808897/major-excavation-could-unearth-remains-of-subterranean-cemetery-beneath-perth-city-hall/

Some 19th century chess pieces from Burgh le Marsh:

https://www.skegnessstandard.co.uk/news/historic-amulets-used-to-ward-off-evil-are-found-near-skegness-1-8768475
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-were-two-victorian-chess-pieces-hidden-barn-180971307/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7298-190114-england-chess-pieces

Latest HS2 finds from Birmingham come from a 19th century cemetery:

https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/first-look-inside-hs2-tents-15699807

Feature on Viking religious beliefs:

https://www.livescience.com/64529-vikings-gods-watching-them.html

Feature on the UK’s ‘forgotten footpaths’:

https://www.newyorker.com/news/letter-from-the-uk/the-search-for-englands-forgotten-footpaths

On the influence of Victorian newspapers:

https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/design/how-victorian-newspapers-changed-the-look-of-british-towns-and-cities-a8720786.html

Campaigning to save the Holy Well near Wotton:

https://www.gazetteseries.co.uk/news/17364609.archaeologists-back-campaign-to-save-holy-well/
https://www.gazetteseries.co.uk/news/17364609.should-two-houses-be-built-on-holy-well/

Feature on the St Magnus Catheral graffiti project:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/scotland/st-magnus-cathedral-graffiti-project-will-show-that-archaeologists-woz-ere-fkgx70cb3

Hyping the HS2 project for ‘trainee archaeologists’:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/hs2-unearths-new-opportunities-for-trainee-archaeologists

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Archaeology in Europe Blog:

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

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A large Neolithic settlement site from Hunan:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-01/14/c_137742635.htm

Evidence of a 2000 years bp ‘coin factory’ near Nanyang, found a year or so ago:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-01/18/c_137755389.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7311-190118-china-copper-coins

A Tang/Song dynasty era settlement from Shaanxi:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-01/17/c_137751622.htm

Liao Dyansty tombs (including a ‘ground-painting’ in one) from Jinzhou:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-01/16/c_137748712.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7306-190116-china-painted-tomb

A possible Mauryan site at Asurgarh:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/bhubaneswar/remnants-of-mouryan-period-found-at-asurgarh-in-odisha/articleshow/67576244.cms
http://www.orissapost.com/excavations-at-asurgarh-unearth-cultural-treasures/

A 4th/5th century Buddha site (including a statue head) from near Taranga:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/ahmedabad/new-buddhist-footprints-discovered-in-north-gujarat/articleshow/67518278.cms
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7300-190114-india-buddha-head

Flooding in Kerala has revealed plenty of terracottas (date?):

https://www.thehindu.com/society/how-the-kerala-floods-unearthed-a-site-filled-with-ancient-terracotta-figures/article26026694.ece
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7314-190118-india-terracotta-figurines

A medieval inscription from Amaravati:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/amaravati/13th-century-inscription-found-in-amaravati/articleshow/67528388.cms
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7299-190114-india-inscription-discovered

What is possibly the oldest clove (900-1100 CE) comes from Sri Lanka:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-01/18/c_137755389.htm
http://theconversation.com/worlds-oldest-clove-heres-what-our-find-in-sri-lanka-says-about-the-early-spice-trade-109686
https://qz.com/india/1525237/what-the-worlds-oldest-clove-says-about-spice-wars-in-sri-lanka/

Evidence of ‘wandering Polynesians’ from a 700 years bp site on Moturua Island:

https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/te-manu-korihi/380369/moturua-island-archaeological-dig-unearths-tools-structures

Some 1200 years bp calligraphy from China is causing a major row:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-46887545

Computer modelling applied to Beijing’s Old Summer Palace:

https://www.scmp.com/magazines/post-magazine/long-reads/article/2181613/beijings-old-summer-palace-computer-modelling
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Southeast Asian Archaeology Newsblog:

http://www.southeastasianarchaeology.com/

New Zealand Archaeology eNews:

https://us14.campaign-archive.com/home/?u=ddab09cab5362c9613318bd92&id=b917a20ae5
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NORTH AMERICA
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Interesting finds from a ‘submerged mastodon’ site in Wakulla Springs:

https://www.tallahassee.com/story/news/2019/01/16/submerged-mastodon-may-provide-clues-ancient-mysteries/2575989002/

Evidence of quinoa use from a site in Ontario, 3 000 years bp (!):

https://phys.org/news/2019-01-year-old-eastern-north-american-quinoa.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/01/190115111930.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-01/uot-3en011419.php

Latest on why the Hunley sank:

https://www.postandcourier.com/news/a-broken-pipe-may-have-sunk-the-confederate-hunley-submarine/article_d32afc02-15df-11e9-b117-23642fbd6b25.html
https://www.heraldcourier.com/news/national/researchers-find-new-clues-on-sinking-of-confederate-submarine-off/article_db0323f9-b8b6-53a2-bee5-455631e5dbe0.html
https://www.counton2.com/news/local-news/new-clue-may-reveal-what-led-to-sinking-of-the-hl-hunley/1701294354
http://walterborolive.com/2019/01/researchers-discover-new-clue-that-may-help-explain-hunleys-loss/

Marking the tenth anniversary of the discovery of the Las Capas irrigation canals:

https://www.tucsonlocalmedia.com/marana/article_1a0a7962-18fc-11e9-9e08-a74bfe469e3e.html

Feature on a ‘bog body’ from Florida, found in the 80s:

http://nbbd.com/godo/history/windover/

Concerns for a Mi’kmaq burial site near Bras d’Or Lake:

https://www.capebretonpost.com/news/local/ancient-burial-grounds-along-the-bras-dor-lake-under-threat-275422/

Plenty of items (but no garrison) found during a Sanford dig:

https://www.journaltribune.com/articles/front-page/sanford-dig-spurs-interest-turns-up-artifacts/

Feature on the 17th century Utrecht Reformed Church:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/11/nyregion/new-utrecht-reformed-church.html

Feature on the San Juan pueblos:

http://www.santafenewmexican.com/pasatiempo/books/old-school-millennials-unearthing-life-in-the-middle-san-juan/article_8c841404-acc4-599e-81d6-712fb7f6fb04.html

Interesting feature on discovering slave-owning ancestors:

http://www.cpr.org/news/story/after-these-white-colorado-women-unearthed-their-slave-owning-ancestors-past-they-turned

In a similar spirit:

https://www.binghamtonhomepage.com/news/local-news/hidden-history-slave-cemetery-uncovered/1708425190

Remembering some famous New York blizzards:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/18/nyregion/vintage-new-york-blizzards-photos.html

Marking the centennial of the Great Molasses Flood in Boston:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2019/01/13/oh-my-god-run-day-deadly-wave-molasses-tore-through-boston/?utm_term=.bfe9082c2a52

More on finds made along the Detroit River:

https://m.metrotimes.com/news-hits/archives/2019/01/11/archeological-dig-along-detroit-river-unearths-30000-indigenous-artifacts
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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I think we mentioned this Chimu child sacrifice site from northern Peru:

https://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2019/01/15/Remains-of-132-sacrificed-Chimu-children-found-in-north-Peru/5241547570495/?ts_tn_int=5
https://www.albawaba.com/editorchoice/archaeologists-find-remains-132-children-perus-ancient-chimu-civilization-1239708

Heather Richards-Rissetto uses VR to study the Maya:

http://www.dailynebraskan.com/culture/unl-assistant-professor-uses-virtual-reality-to-look-at-past/article_c931066c-1934-11e9-aec0-bf691dc8b54d.html

Feature on ‘chocolatiers’ in the Amazon:

https://www.archaeology.org/issues/325-1901/trenches/7219-trenches-ecuador-cacao-seeds

Feature on Xipe Totec (who’s been in the news the past couple of weeks):

https://daily.jstor.org/the-festival-of-the-flayed-god/

More on that Maya ‘steam bath’ from Guatemala:

https://www.livescience.com/64495-ancient-maya-steam-bath.html
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/most-intact-ancient-steam-bath-used-in-mayan-rituals-discovered-in-guatemala/
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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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The oldest copy of a ‘poster’ version of the periodic table has been found during a cleanup at the St Andrews School of Chemistry:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/jan/17/st-andrews-mldest-surviving-wall-chart-of-periodic-table-university
https://www.livescience.com/64545-oldest-periodic-table-elements-poster.html
https://www.scotsman.com/news/education/world-s-oldest-classroom-periodic-table-found-at-st-andrews-university-1-4858091
https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/1073639/periodic-table-picture-oldest-ever
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7313-190118-scotland-periodic-table

Pondering the idea of Hell:

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2019/01/21/how-the-idea-of-hell-has-shaped-the-way-we-think

What we can learn from teeth at archaeological sites:

https://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/20/science/teeth-vitamin-d-deficiency-archaeology.html

Not sure where to put this one on the ‘Latin East’:

https://aeon.co/ideas/how-the-latin-east-contributed-to-a-unique-cultural-world

Feature on democracy/women’s suffrage in the Weimar Republic:

https://www.dw.com/en/weimar-1919-birth-of-germanys-first-democracy/a-47143440
https://www.dw.com/en/100-years-of-womens-right-to-vote-in-germany/av-47119107

Marking the centennial of Bauhuas:

https://www.bbc.com/news/in-pictures-46863364
https://www.dw.com/en/10-essential-facts-about-bauhaus/g-41278123
https://www.bauhausfestival.de/

Feature on the ‘roots’ of the garden:

https://theconversation.com/heaven-on-earth-the-ancient-roots-of-your-backyard-garden-108682

Feature on digitizing medieval manuscripts:

https://phys.org/news/2019-01-medieval-literature-digital-age.html

On ‘whitewashing’ of black women in art:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20190114-how-black-women-were-whitewashed-by-art

Feature on the Grolier Club:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/17/arts/design/book-lovers-grolier-club.html?action=click&module=Features&pgtype=Homepage

Feature on Rosa Luxemburg:

https://www.dw.com/en/rosa-luxemburg-guiding-light-and-controversial-figure-of-the-left/a-47079366
https://www.dw.com/en/red-rosa-luxemburg-and-the-making-of-a-revolutionary-icon/a-47006610

Was Aladdin Chinese?:

https://beta.scmp.com/culture/books/article/2182653/aladdin-really-chinese-how-hollywood-invented-tales-middle-eastern

The browsing habits of 14th century readers:

https://phys.org/news/2013-05-strangely-familiar-browsing-habits-14th-century.html

Digitizing an Arabic slave narrative in the US:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/only-surviving-arabic-slave-narrative-united-statesdigitized-library-congress-180971298/

Latest ‘experimental ancient boats’ fleet news:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2019/01/15/bulgarian-archaeologist-joins-prehistoric-black-sea-mediterranean-voyage-with-reed-boat-built-by-uru-from-lake-titicaca/

Preserving arabic calligraphy:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-berkshire-46814018

Arguing over the coins in the Trevi fountain:

https://www.dw.com/en/trevi-fountain-church-and-rome-battle-over-tourist-coins/a-47071769

On what we can learn from empathetic humanities:

https://aeon.co/ideas/the-empathetic-humanities-have-much-to-teach-our-adversarial-culture

Studying Rembrandt’s impasto technique:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-01/esrf-tst011419.php

Artwork found beneath Picasso’s works:

http://discovermagazine.com/2019/jan/light-show

More on Mona Lisa’s eyes:

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/?p=30867

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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Nadars:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20190114-flix-nadar-the-worlds-first-celebrity-photographer
http://www.bnf.fr/en/cultural_events/anx_exhibitions/f.nadar_legende_photographique_eng.html

Gauguin:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/museums/the-de-young-museum-tries-and-fails-to-trace-paul-gauguins-spiritual-journey/2019/01/18/0b306360-18df-11e9-8813-cb9dec761e73_story.html

Hornton Hoard:

https://www.banburyguardian.co.uk/news/hornton-hoard-to-be-displayed-for-the-first-time-1-8773665

Hoards:

https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/treasure-trove-goes-on-show-at-ulster-museum-37722996.html
https://www.irishnews.com/news/northernirelandnews/2019/01/18/news/hidden-treasures-unveiled-at-new-ulster-museum-exhibition-1530609/

Jim Crow:

https://news.yale.edu/2019/01/14/beinecke-exhibit-explores-how-professors-jim-crow-book-influenced-mlk

Slate Kings and Queens:

https://blog.timesunion.com/history/slate-kings-and-queens-an-upcoming-exhibit/3004/

Bibliomania:

https://news.yale.edu/2019/01/15/beinecke-library-exhibition-invites-bibliomaniacs-go-mad-books

Africa’s Pre-Colonial Crown Jewels:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/africa-s-pre-colonial-crown-jewels-get-a-new-home

Finds Gone Astray:

http://www.themedialine.org/news/for-the-first-time-looted-antiquities-found-in-west-bank-go-on-display-with-video/

… and some commentary on the ethics thereof:

https://hyperallergic.com/479466/jerusalem-bible-lands-museum-finds-gone-astray/

Pondering the Met’s antiquities:

http://theartnewspaper.com/comment/the-met-s-antiquated-views-of-antiquities-need-updating

Feature on the Egyptian Museum:

https://www.thedailystar.net/star-weekend/travelogue/news/the-treasure-vault-ancient-egypt-1688944

A looted ‘cannibal bowl’ will not be making the trip to the Quai Branly:

http://theartnewspaper.com/news/looted-cannibal-bowl-will-not-travel-to-quai-branly-in-paris

Funding for Tahrir’s Egyptian Museum:

https://menafn.com/1097972274/International-grant-worth-3m-to-rehabilitate-Tahrirs-Egyptian-Museum
https://egyptianstreets.com/2019/01/13/egyptian-museum-receives-e-3m-grant-to-undergo-renovation/

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THE TECHY SIDE
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Using ‘organoid tech’ to learn about Neanderthal brains:

http://discovermagazine.com/2019/jan/ancient-brains

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CLIMATE MATTERS
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Evidence of a ‘climatic event’ in south Asia 5400 to 3000 years bp:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-01/uoc-dsa011519.php

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Defining ‘Ancient Ancestry Informative Markers’:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/01/190114082850.htm

OpEd on some sweeping claims about the past being made with DNA:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/17/magazine/ancient-dna-paleogenomics.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/17/magazine/ancient-dna-research.html

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Kloster Andechs:

https://www.dw.com/en/kloster-andechs-winter-beer-on-the-holy-mountain/a-18951965

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PERFORMANCES
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Questioning ‘Hamilton’:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/13/nyregion/hamilton-lin-manuel-miranda-the-haunting.html

Weightless:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/13/theater/weightless-review-under-the-radar.html

The Poor Man of Nippur (in Babylonian!):

https://www.alumni.cam.ac.uk/news/ancient-language-of-babylonia-is-brought-back-to-life

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CRIME BEAT
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Feature on how the Van Meegeren forger was found out:

https://elpais.com/elpais/2019/01/15/ciencia/1547544948_999165.html

A ‘lost Michelangelo’ has now gone missing from a Belgian church:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jan/14/lost-michelangelo-goes-missing-from-belgian-church

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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Assorted Thai antiquities returned from assorted US collections:

http://www.khaosodenglish.com/news/2019/01/17/millennia-old-thai-antiquities-returned-from-us-collections/
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NUMISMATICA
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Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/club_nbs_esylum_v22n02.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/club_nbs_esylum_v22n03.html

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Ancient Coin Collecting:

http://ancientcoincollecting.blogspot.com/

Ancient Coins:

http://classicalcoins.blogspot.com/

Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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Lamin Sanneh:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/obituaries/lamin-sanneh-pioneering-historian-who-studied-christianitys-spread-dies-at-76/2019/01/13/9974781c-1747-11e9-8813-cb9dec761e73_story.html

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/2824-audio-news-from-archaeologica-6-january-12-january-2019
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CONFERENCES
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Jews and the Americas (February 2019):

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

Current Archaeology Live (March 8-9, 2019):

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/live/ca-live-2018

Berkshire Archaeology Day (April 6, 2019)
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

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

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Ancient Digger:

http://www.ancientdigger.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Past Horizons:

http://www.pasthorizons.com/

Stonepages:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

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

Time Machine:

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

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

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/

The Book and the Spade:

http://www.radioscribe.com/bknspade.htm
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Explorator 21.38 ~ January 13, 2019

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

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Studying Little Foot’s inner ear:

https://phys.org/news/2019-01-foot-ear-movement-behaviour.amp
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/detailed-scans-ancient-human-skull-reveal-structure-brain-and-inner-ear-180971199/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7294-190110-little-foot-ears

Stone tools on Mt Kenya are prompting a search for ‘skeletons’:

https://www.nation.co.ke/news/Search-on-for-early-man-skeletons-in-Mt-Kenya-begins/1056-4902808-cqstit/index.html
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AFRICA
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It looks like they’re using LiDAR at the site of Kweneng (but are afraid to use the term):

https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2019/jan/08/laser-technology-shines-light-on-south-african-lost-city-of-kweneng
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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A hieroglyphic inscription from Saudi Arabia with Ramses III connections:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/63386/Hieroglyphic-inscriptions-discovered-in-Saudi-Arabia

A New Kingdom ‘urban villa’ from Tell Edfu featuring an ancestral shrine (inter alia):

https://phys.org/news/2019-01-ancient-urban-villa-shrine-ancestor.html

A project to document inscriptions in various languages in the Sinai:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/63246/Min-of-Antiquities-launched-second-phase-of-documenting-inscriptions-in

Vague item on finds from various periods (up to 8000 years bp) at a site in Kurdistan:

http://www.rudaw.net/english/middleeast/iran/07012019

I think we mentioned this possible Persian military base site at Tel Keisan:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-archaeologists-may-have-found-2-500-year-old-persian-military-base-in-northern-israe-1.6765220
cf: https://www.archaeology.org/news/7265-181223-israel-acre-persian-encampment

More strange headlines about the Ark of the Covenant:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/biblical-site-tied-to-ark-of-the-covenant-unearthed-at-convent-in-central-israel/
https://mosaicmagazine.com/picks/2019/01/discovered-in-israel-a-biblical-shrine-for-the-ark-of-the-covenant/

Remains of a medievalish era water system in Nushabad:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/431762/Centuries-old-water-supply-system-discovered-in-Iran

Feature on analyzing old ‘spy satellite’ images to find and compare sites:

https://www.livescience.com/64404-unbending-classified-spy-satellite-photos.html

Feature on technology used at the site of Thaj (Saudi Arabia):

https://eos.org/articles/magnetic-surveying-reveals-hidden-ancient-buildings-and-streets

Feature on an Islamic site in Israel (paywalled):

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-1-200-year-old-islamic-period-town-found-in-israel-but-you-will-never-see-it-1.6810206

Feature on restoring Palmyra artifacts in the Damascus Museum:

https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-mideast-crisis-syria-antiquities/archaeologists-restore-ancient-palmyra-artefacts-in-damascus-museum-idUKKCN1P41NZ
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-antiquities/archaeologists-restore-ancient-palmyra-artifacts-in-damascus-museum-idUSKCN1P41NR
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/archaeologists-restore-ancient-palmyra-artefacts-in-damascus-museum-140441
https://cyprus-mail.com/2019/01/10/archaeologists-restore-ancient-artefacts-in-damascus/

Hyping an upcoming heritage conference in Jordan:

https://www.al-fanarmedia.org/2019/01/in-jordan-antiquities-sites-enlist-nearby-communities-as-partners/

More concerns for sites in Yemen:

https://www.npr.org/2019/01/06/682532244/yemens-loss-of-antiquities-is-robbing-them-of-their-future
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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Plenty of attention for the excavation of a Roman burial ground in Great Wheltenham featuring plenty of decapitations:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-suffolk-46763020
https://www.livescience.com/64462-decapitated-skeletons-roman-cemetery.html
https://www.livescience.com/64460-roman-cemetery-decapitation-photos.html
https://www.eadt.co.uk/news/decapitated-skeletons-found-at-dig-in-suffolk-village-1-5842252
https://www.buryfreepress.co.uk/news/decapitated-skeletons-found-at-roman-burial-ground-in-great-whelnetham-9058557/
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2019/01/08/newly-discovered-burial-ground-shows-superstitious-romans-decapitated/
https://www.sciencealert.com/a-whole-bunch-of-decapitated-roman-era-skeletons-have-been-unearthed-in-england
https://www.thedailybeast.com/englands-strange-case-of-decapitated-bodies
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7284-190107-england-roman-cemetery

A section of Roman road found in Lancashire:

https://www.lep.co.uk/news/roman-road-remains-under-cuerden-site-are-the-most-significant-find-in-lancashire-for-50-years-1-9533302
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7297-190111-england-roman-road

‘Luxury Quarters’ and a brothel from Plovdiv:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2019/01/11/6-luxury-quarters-with-brothel-like-pompeiis-lupanar-formed-heart-of-roman-city-philipopolis-in-bulgarias-plovdiv-archaeologists-reveal/

Finds from various periods (latest found seem Roman) from the Nebet Tepe site in Plovdiv:

https://sofiaglobe.com/2019/01/07/archaeology-traces-of-buildings-dating-back-more-than-2000-years-found-at-plovdivs-nebet-tepe-site/

Photos of those Roman remains found near the Mercury Theatre in Colcester:

https://www.gazette-news.co.uk/news/17336255.last-chance-to-glimpse-at-roman-remains/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7287-190108-england-roman-colchester

Feature on an 1800 years bp ancient Greek ‘homework lesson’ from Egypt:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/egyptian-schoolboys-1800-year-old-lesson-go-display-180971234/
https://www.livescience.com/64458-ancient-egyptian-homework.html

… and a feature on learning ancient Greek in a more modern context:

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2019/01/14/greek-to-me

A very interesting statue restoration piece:

https://hyperallergic.com/479203/college-basketballer-poses-to-lend-an-ancient-roman-statue-an-arm/
https://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2019/01/08/NC-basketball-player-lends-arm-to-restore-statue/1161546985232/

Feature on the conservation of the Drunken Satyr at the Getty:

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

Plans to repair a (possibly) Roman bridge in Gaziantep:

https://www.dailysabah.com/turkey/2019/01/09/2000-year-old-roman-bridge-to-be-repaired-in-southern-turkeys-gaziantep

In case you didn’t read/hear about the racist incidents at the SCS a week or so ago:

http://www.dailyprincetonian.com/article/2019/01/racist-comments-at-classics-prof
https://www.chronicle.com/article/After-Racist-Incidents-Mire-a/245430

… and Dan-el Peralta did respond:

https://medium.com/@danelpadillaperalta/some-thoughts-on-aia-scs-2019-d6a480a1812a
https://www.insidehighered.com/quicktakes/2019/01/08/targeted-classicist-speaks-out

… some reflecting:

https://www.chronicle.com/article/After-Racist-Incidents-Mire-a/245430

Feature on Juvenal:

https://theconversation.com/guide-to-the-classics-juvenal-the-true-satirist-of-rome-106156

Some classical reception in tapestry form:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/tomteicholz/2019/01/10/woven-women-helen-and-dido-tapestries-at-the-norton-simon/#1d14c1be29c5

Feature on Roman London:

https://www.spectator.co.uk/2019/01/what-did-the-romans-ever-do-for-london/

The Owl’s Legacy looks interesting:

https://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/the-owls-legacy-chris-marker/Content?oid=66225776

On Trump, Game of Thrones, and Hadrian’s Wall:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2019/01/08/an-ancient-border-wall-inspired-game-thrones-barrier-trumps-meme-does-it-hold-any-lessons/?utm_term=.12f2e9388b32

Snow in Athens:

https://www.elobservador.com.uy/nota/una-rareza-la-acropolis-de-atenas-quedo-cubierta-bajo-nieve-201918162020

Review/interview with Stephanie Frampton about her *Roman Letters* book:

http://news.mit.edu/2019/empire-letters-writing-technology-stephanie-frampton-0108
https://phys.org/news/2019-01-technology-classical.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-01/miot-hwt010819.php

Interview with Edward Watts about his *Mortal Republic*:

https://www.wbur.org/onpoint/2019/01/11/rome-america-edward-watts-mortal-republic
https://www.wbur.org/onpoint/2019/01/11/america-rome-republic-lessons

More on the restoration of the ‘gladiator house’ at Pompeii:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/01/12/restoration-gladiator-house-pompeii-becomes-emblem-sites-renaissance/

More on a 2500 years bp necropolis at Antalya becoming a cultural centre:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/necropolis-area-in-antalya-becomes-cultural-center-140328
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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Evidence of a ‘flint weapon’ in a 25 000 years bp mammoth rib excavated in Poland:

http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news%2C32358%2Ckrakow-first-evidence-europe-man-was-hunting-mammoths-discovered.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7282-190107-poland-mammoth-hunting

A hoard of 6500 years bp copper axes and ‘hammers’from a site in Bulgaria:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2019/01/09/europes-largest-hoard-of-copper-age-axes-ax-hammers-discovered-in-northeast-bulgaria/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7292-190110-bulgaria-copper-tools

A 4500 years bp ‘Stonehenge-like’ monument from Scotland:

https://www.livescience.com/64449-ancient-stone-circle-scotland.html
Plenty of coverage of interesting dental evidence of a woman being involved in medieval manuscript production:

https://phys.org/news/2019-01-lapis-lazuli-hidden-ancient-teeth.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-01/mpif-iwr123118.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/01/190109142616.htm
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-46783610
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/09/science/10-archaeology-teeth-painting.html
https://www.livescience.com/64450-ultramarine-in-medieval-teeth.html
https://elpais.com/elpais/2019/01/09/ciencia/1547023988_185800.html
https://www.cnn.com/2019/01/09/health/medieval-woman-ultramarine-teeth-study/index.html
https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidbressan/2019/01/12/blue-pigment-preserved-on-womans-jaw-sheds-new-light-on-her-role-in-medieval-society/#6d0739611b67
http://www.tribtown.com/2019/01/09/us-sci-medieval-artist-mystery/
http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/01/these-1000-year-old-teeth-belonged-skilled-female-artist-pigment-remains-reveal
http://www.newscientist.com/article/2189990-medieval-dental-plaque-suggests-women-played-important-role-as-scribes/
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/dental-tartar-identify-woman-medieval-book-painter
https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2019/01/the-woman-with-lapis-lazuli-in-her-teeth/579760/
https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2019/01/09/683283982/a-blue-clue-in-medieval-teeth-may-bespeak-a-womans-artistry-circa-1-000-a-d
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/culture/2019/01/female-medieval-master-artist-revealed-dental-calculus/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/blue-pigments-medieval-womans-teeth-suggest-she-was-highly-skilled-artist-180971232/
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/?p=30686
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7291-190109-monk-lapis-lazuli

A Welsh farmstead is being identified as a medieval hall house now:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/jan/13/welsh-farmstead-is-in-fact-rare-medieval-hall-house-experts-confirm

Overviewish sort of thing on finds from (and of) Slovak castles in 2018:

https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22020423/research-of-slovak-castles-brought-about-interesting-discoveries-a-new-castle-for-example.html

On the Elsyng Palace dig:

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/8173886/where-is-elsyng-palace-what-has-the-dig-turned-up-so-far-and-did-henry-viiis-live-there/

Concerns for a 5000 years bp Co Sligo cairn:

https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/heritage/hikers-putting-5-000-year-old-co-sligo-cairn-at-risk-1.3756379

Feature on Caterina Cornaro:

https://theconversation.com/hidden-women-of-history-caterina-cornaro-the-last-queen-of-cyprus-108495

Feature on Queen Anne:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-46783180

Arguing over a bust of Oliver Cromwell:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-british-lawmakers-are-fighting-over-bust-oliver-cromwell-180971193/

More on remains of that ‘ice house’ in London:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-46760121
https://www.mnn.com/lifestyle/arts-culture/blogs/massive-centuries-old-ice-house-rediscovered-under-london

More on the origins of the ‘Green Man’:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20190104-the-surprising-roots-of-the-mysterious-green-man
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http://archaeology-in-europe.blogspot.com/

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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The first definite ‘couple burial’ from a Harappan site has been analyzed:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-46806084
https://www.india.com/news/india/haryana-first-couple-grave-discovered-in-excavation-on-harappan-site-by-punes-deccan-college-deemed-university-3517372/
https://www.indiatimes.com/news/india/5000-year-old-harappan-era-skeletons-found-at-the-biggest-excavation-site-in-haryana-360065.html
https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/pune/in-first-such-finding-couples-grave-excavated-at-harappan-site/articleshow/67445140.cms
https://www.opindia.com/2019/01/in-a-first-archaeologists-discovered-a-couple-grave-in-a-harappan-cemetery/
https://edition.cnn.com/2019/01/10/health/harappa-grave-couple-india-scli-intl/index.html
https://www.nbc-2.com/story/39763972/ancient-lovers-found-in-indian-burial-site-mystify-archaeologists
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7289-190109-india-harappan-burial

A dozen 1500 years bp burials from Shaanxi:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-01/11/c_137736614.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7295-190111-china-tomb-cluster

Looks like they’ll be having a dig on the campus of Sun Yat-sen University:

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/2181340/chinese-archaeology-students-discover-topic-next-class-has-been
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-01/07/c_137726430.htm

Plenty of interesting finds at a 3600 years bp Jartai Pass site:

http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1135331.shtml

13th century Buddhist sculptures from the Monmyoji Temple have been ascribed to a certain artist:

http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201901080001.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7286-190108-japan-sculpture-triad

Interesting study of human remains from 25 burials from Mongolia (3000 years bp, give or take):

https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/01/ancient-mongolia-was-good-place-live-if-you-could-survive-horse-falls
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7296-190111-bronze-age-mongolia

On the origin of Indians (two parts):

https://thediplomat.com/2019/01/unraveled-where-indians-come-from-part-1/
https://thediplomat.com/2019/01/where-indians-come-from-part-2-dravidians-and-aryans/

Excavations of pioneer graves in Otago has provided more opportunities for the archaeologists involved:

https://www.stuff.co.nz/southland-times/109887166/otago-exhumations-lead-to-international-digs-for-archaeologists

Overviewish thing on assorted finds from the former ‘Soviet Asia’:

http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Archaeological-discoveries-in-former-Soviet-Asia-45951.html
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Southeast Asian Archaeology Newsblog:

http://www.southeastasianarchaeology.com/

New Zealand Archaeology eNews:

https://us14.campaign-archive.com/home/?u=ddab09cab5362c9613318bd92&id=b917a20ae5
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NORTH AMERICA
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Plenty of finds from various periods found during Ambassador Bridge preliminaries:

https://www.fox47news.com/news/nearly-30-000-artifacts-unearthed-along-detroit-river-near-ambassador-bridge
https://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2019/01/11/detroit-river-artifacts-ambassador-bridge/2545900002/

Evidence of a 1908 race riot in Springfield (Illinois):

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/land-lincoln-long-buried-traces-race-riot-come-surface-180971036/

On things found at the site of the future Obama Center in Chicago:

http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/January-2019/Whats-With-Those-Artifacts-Beneath-the-Future-Obama-Center/

Feature on the Ohlone people:

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2019/jan/08/silicon-valley-history-society-book-ohlone-native-americans

Funding for a dig at Hell Gap:

https://www.laramieboomerang.com/news/local_news/uw-receives-grant-for-research-at-hell-gap-archaeological-site/article_ce43310c-f170-5449-884c-cdbf3fcc1f5b.html

I think we mentioned this possible alternative explanation for the Salem witch trials:

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20181221-can-an-auto-immune-illness-explain-the-salem-witch-trials

Pondering George Washington:

https://www.cnn.com/2019/01/08/opinions/george-washington-model-in-humility-meltzer-mensch/index.html

On evidence of an early human presence in Alaska:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/jenniferraff/2019/01/12/fire-and-feces-may-reveal-an-early-human-presence-in-alaska/#1d02903f762c

Feature on petroglyphs (once?) found in West Virginia:

https://wvexplorer.com/2019/01/12/strange-carvings-greeted-west-virginia-explorers/

Feature on Carter Harrison:

https://yalealumnimagazine.com/articles/4811-carter-harrison

Geronimo spoke Spanish:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2019/01/08/actualidad/1546958387_643634.html

On Ulysses S. Grant’s failed attempt to grant citizenship to Native Americans:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/ulysses-grants-failed-attempt-to-grant-native-americans-citizenship-180971198/

On dealing with immigration during the 1901 smallpox outbreak:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-new-york-separated-immigrant-families-smallpox-outbreak-1901-180971211/

Feature on the Calusa people:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/hand-carved-panther-statuette-embodies-lost-civilizations-harmony-nature-180969711/
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Tracking the rise and fall of the Inca Empire via llama feces (no, really!):

https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/01/mites-feed-llama-poop-may-track-rise-and-fall-incan-empire
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-llama-poop-eating-mites-tell-us-about-rise-and-fall-inca-empire-180971206/

The Rapa Nui’s monuments are now thought to be connected to sources of fresh water:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-01/bu-sta010819.php
https://phys.org/news/2019-01-ancient-mysteries-easter-island.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/jan/10/mystery-of-location-of-easter-island-statues-revealed
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/easter-island-statues-may-have-marked-sources-fresh-water-180971244/

An ethnoarchaeological approach to Mexico’s ancient cultures:

https://mexiconewsdaily.com/mexicolife/archaeologist-uses-new-approach/

I think we mentioned this Maya ‘steam bath’ from Nakum:

http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news%2C32359%2Cpolish-archaeologists-discover-unique-mayan-bath-guatemala.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7293-190110-maya-steam-bath

More on that temple to Xipe Totec:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/01/archaeologists-discover-first-known-temple-to-flayed-god-xipe-totec/
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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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Ancient methods of recycling:

https://phys.org/news/2019-01-circular-economy-ancient-populations-idea.html

Feature on alchemy and the Ripley Scroll:

https://yalealumnimagazine.com/articles/4822-ripley-scroll

Rethinking the ‘Mona Lisa effect’:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/01/190108125427.htm
https://www.cnn.com/style/article/mona-lisa-eyes-scli-intl/index.html
https://www.livescience.com/64463-mona-lisa-eyes-not-following-you.html

Feature on Thomas Hobbes:

https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/public/thomas-hobbes-footnotes-to-plato/

On archaeology as ‘academic liturgy’:

https://www.americamagazine.org/faith/2019/01/09/archaeology-academic-liturgy

On some of the things which inspired J.K. Rowling’s ‘magical ideas’:

https://www.livescience.com/64427-harry-potter-history-of-magic-photos.html

Questioning exhuming human remains for research:

https://elpais.com/elpais/2018/12/25/ciencia/1545756823_325261.html

On stadiums throughout history:

https://phys.org/news/2019-01-stadiums-fated-disrepair-disuse-history.html
http://theconversation.com/stadiums-arent-fated-to-disrepair-and-disuse-history-shows-they-can-change-with-the-city-109076

On some hidden details in some well-known artworks:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20190103-eight-odd-details-hidden-in-masterpieces

On the use of the ‘right lighting’ to save old paintings:

https://theconversation.com/how-the-right-lighting-could-save-the-mona-lisa-95938

Trying to replicate Shunga art techniques:

http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201812260007.html

Feature on Edvard Munch:

https://blog.britishmuseum.org/who-was-edvard-munch/

A late item on the Magi:

https://elpais.com/elpais/2018/12/27/eps/1545932850_762596.html

… and frankincense and myrrh:

https://aeon.co/essays/frankincense-and-myrrh-were-not-only-holy-but-heretical-too

On the development of the periodic table (it’s 150 years old!):

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/periodic-table-history-chemical-elements-150-anniversary
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/periodic-table-elements-chemistry-fun-facts-history

On Machiavelli in the Trump era:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/books/machiavellis-the-prince-is-looking-pretty-good-in-the-trump-era/2019/01/09/b78be016-1444-11e9-b6ad-9cfd62dbb0a8_story.html

On the ‘blind spots’ of great literature of the past:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/08/books/review/edith-wharton-house-of-mirth-anti-semitism.html

Feature on the trial of John Jasper:

https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/public/who-killed-edwin-drood/

Feature on the efficacy of walls in history:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/2019/01/10/trump-says-medieval-walls-worked-they-didnt/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/walls-are-the-foundation-of-civilization-but-do-they-work/2019/01/09/4d9e3662-12b5-11e9-90a8-136fa44b80ba_story.html

On wheels and walls:

https://www.esquire.com/uk/latest-news/a25854256/trump-vs-history-wheels-walls-and-every-time-hes-got-the-past-wrong/
https://www.indy100.com/article/trump-wheel-border-wall-speech-archaeologist-mexico-twitter-8722461

Another feature on the UK’s ‘monuments men’ unit:

https://thenewsrep.com/112518/indiana-jones-and-monuments-men-meet-the-british-armys-newest-special-unit/
https://www.portsmouth.co.uk/news/defence/british-army-turns-its-eyes-to-portsmouth-for-to-recruit-specialist-team-of-treasure-hunters-1-8762422
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Ancient Color:

https://www.clickondetroit.com/all-about-ann-arbor/explore-ancient-color-at-the-kelsey-museum-of-archaeology-of-ann-arbor-starting-feb-8

Munch:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/jan/08/edvard-munch-the-scream-comes-to-british-library
http://theartnewspaper.com/news/munch-british-museum
http://www.irishnews.com/magazine/entertainment/2019/01/08/news/the-scream-artist-edvard-munch-s-lessons-for-the-modern-world-hailed-by-curators-1523697/
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/british-museum-to-host-largest-edvard-munch-display-for-more-than-a-decade-37691374.html
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/edvart-munch-s-prints-of-darkness-in-british-museum-exhibition-tpc6gvnhn

19th century China photos:

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/china-photos-19th-century-loewentheil-collection/index.html

Inside Pompeii:

https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2019/01/07/inside-pompeii-at-the-reagan-library/

The problem of crowds at museums lately:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2019/01/08/actualidad/1546973821_790482.html

Islamabad needs a museum:

https://www.urdupoint.com/en/miscellaneous/islamabad-needs-museum-to-house-thousands-of-523465.html
https://nation.com.pk/07-Jan-2019/islamabad-in-need-of-a-museum-to-house-thousands-of-antiquities

Tut’s treasures are going on tour ‘for the last time’:

https://dailynewsegypt.com/2019/01/08/tutankhamuns-belongings-wonders-seven-foreign-countries-in-2019/
https://egyptianstreets.com/2019/01/06/king-tut-exhibit-to-tour-seven-european-countries/
https://wdef.com/2019/01/06/the-treasures-of-king-tut-on-tour-for-the-last-time/

More arguing over that pyramid stone in the Museum of Scotland:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jan/10/pyramid-stone-giza-row-egypt-asks-museum-of-scotland-for-papers
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-46802323
https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/17349570.national-museum-of-scotland-insists-it-legally-owns-stone-from-great-pyramid/
https://www.thenational.scot/news/17346720.national-museum-of-scotland-in-giza-pyramid-stone-feud/
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AT THE AUCTIONS
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A nice price for a letter written by George III:

https://www.livescience.com/64481-king-george-note-auctioned.html
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THE TECHY SIDE
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A new (?) algorithm for re-assembling archaeological fragments:

https://techxplore.com/news/2019-01-algorithm-archaeological-puzzles.html

Feature on LiDAR:

https://www.spar3d.com/blogs/the-other-dimension/32494-2/

More on CT scans of the mummy of Nespamedu:

https://elpais.com/elpais/2019/01/07/inenglish/1546880586_334568.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7290-190109-egypt-mummy-nespamedu
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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Another piece on sites threatened by rising seas:

https://www.sciencenewsforstudents.org/article/rising-seas-threaten-thousands-world-cultural-sites

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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In case you missed it, DNA suggests that ‘almost all’ the horses in some Viking burials in Iceland were male:

https://www.livescience.com/64432-vikings-buried-with-stallions.html
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/dnatesting-reveals-icelandic-viking-warriors-were-buried-alongside-sacrificial-stallions/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/burials-show-icelandic-vikings-had-thing-stallions-180971195/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7283-190107-iceland-viking-horses

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Castles in Portugal:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/travel/overexposed-the-castles-of-sintra-portugal-underappreciated-the-walled-city-of-evora/2019/01/10/d89151ea-1045-11e9-8938-5898adc28fa2_story.html

Titanic:

https://www.dw.com/en/submarine-trip-to-the-titanic-booking-soon-for-those-with-deep-pockets/a-47001755
https://www.dw.com/en/submarine-expeditions-theres-nothing-even-close-to-the-titanic/a-47030746

More on too many tourists in Venice:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jan/06/venice-losing-fight-with-tourism-and-flooding
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PERFORMANCES
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Not sure where to put this item on Black Cowboys:

https://www.npr.org/2019/01/05/682318409/dom-flemons-presents-a-new-image-of-the-american-cowboy

… or this item on the Casa Verdi:

https://www.npr.org/sections/deceptivecadence/2019/01/10/684086663/casa-verdi-opera-singers-life-after-retirement
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CRIME BEAT
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Interesting feature on Vjeran Tomic:

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2019/01/14/the-french-burglar-who-pulled-off-his-generations-biggest-art-heist

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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Pondering whether there’s political will to return plundered artifacts:

https://www.dw.com/en/looted-colonial-art-is-there-the-political-will-to-return-pilfered-artifacts/a-46961670

More on Egypt’s recovery of an item from a UK auction:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-46804806
http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/63211/Ministry-of-Antiquities-managed-to-restore-stolen-artifact
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/01/09/egypt-repatriates-smuggled-artifact-uk/
https://www.france24.com/en/20190109-egypt-says-stolen-pharaonic-tablet-repatriated-uk
http://www.jordantimes.com/news/region/egypt%C2%A0says-stolen-pharaonic-tablet-repatriated-uk
https://inews.co.uk/news/world/ancient-egypt-relic-smuggled-uk-returned-to-country/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7288-190109-egypt-repatriated-artifact
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NUMISMATICA
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Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/club_nbs_esylum_v22n01.html

…. and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/club_nbs_esylum_v22n02.html

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Ancient Coin Collecting:

http://ancientcoincollecting.blogspot.com/

Ancient Coins:

http://classicalcoins.blogspot.com/

Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/
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OBITUARIES
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Eugeniu Iordachescu:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/11/obituaries/eugeniu-iordachescu-dead.html

Roger Mercer:

https://www.heraldscotland.com/opinion/17344467.obituary-roger-mercer-archaeologist-who-led-groundbreaking-excavations-in-scotland/

Georgi Ginev:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2019/01/12/bulgarian-archaeologist-georgi-ginev-discoverer-of-ancient-thracian-kralevo-gold-treasure-has-passed-away/

Stanley Insler:

https://news.yale.edu/2019/01/09/stanley-insler-long-serving-faculty-member-and-scholar-sanskrit

Lamin Sanneh:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/11/obituaries/lamin-sanneh-dead.html

Major Geoffrey Langlands:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-46757125

Nancy Grace Roman:

https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/obituaries/ct-met-nancy-grace-roman-obituary-20190107-story.html

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/2822-audio-news-from-archaeologica-30-december-5-january-2019
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CONFERENCES
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Jews and the Americas (February 2019):

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

Current Archaeology Live (March 8-9, 2019):

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/live/ca-live-2018

Berkshire Archaeology Day (April 6, 2019):

http://www.berksarch.co.uk/index.php/2018/12/saturday-6th-april-2019-bas-day-school/
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GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

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

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Ancient Digger:

http://www.ancientdigger.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Past Horizons:

http://www.pasthorizons.com/

Stonepages:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

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

Time Machine:

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

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

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/

The Book and the Spade:

http://www.radioscribe.com/bknspade.htm
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Explorator 21.37 ~ January 6, 2019

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

Happy New Year! (a bit of a slow week)

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Latest analysis of Neanderthal food choices:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/scientist-watches-meat-rot-decipher-neandertal-diet
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7273-190102-neanderthals-rotting-meat

Evidence of human adaptation to life in the Azraq Basin (Jordan) some 250 000 years bp:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-01/buso-ady010319.php
https://phys.org/news/2019-01-archeological-discovery-yields-clues-ancestors.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/01/190103110620.htm

I think we’ve mentioned this 800 000 years bp tool making site in Jordan:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-archaeology-site-in-israel-helps-show-how-the-human-brain-exploded-in-power-1.6804305

A 2018 human origins roundup:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/what-we-learned-about-our-human-origins-2018-180971129/

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Some Roman-era clay sarcophagi and assorted other items from Tel el-Deir in Damietta:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/41/320938/Heritage/GrecoRoman/Roman-sarcophagi-discovered-in-Egypts-Damietta.aspx
http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/62805/Clay-coffins-dating-back-to-Roman-era-uncovered-in-Damietta
https://egyptianstreets.com/2018/12/31/roman-era-sarcophagi-unearthed-in-damietta/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7269-181231-roman-egypt-sarcophagi

A major Ptolemaic-era fortress from Berenike with some connection to war elephants:

https://www.livescience.com/64407-ancient-egypt-fortress-war-elephants.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7278-190103-egypt-fort-elephants

Alexandria’s Jewish cemeteries will be recognized as antiquities:

https://egyptianstreets.com/2018/12/30/alexandrias-famed-jewish-cemeteries-to-be-registered-as-antiquities/

An update (of sorts) on the Djoser Pyramid restoration efforts:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/9/62940/PM-directs-to-quickly-finish-renovation-of-Djoser-Pyramid

Additions to the 2018 finds stories:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/62796/Part-two-2018-The-year-of-archaeological-discoveries

Indus Valley civilization pottery (!) from a site in Oman:

https://beta.timesofoman.com/article/675610/Oman/Indus-Valley-civilisation-pottery-discovered-at-Ras-Al-Hadd-in-Oman

Evidence of recognition of transgender people in Iran some 3000 years bp:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-ancient-civilization-in-iran-recognized-transgender-people-study-suggests-1.6790205

Archaeologists are poking around a 3000 years bp fortress at Sela (Jordan):

http://www.jordantimes.com/news/local/archaeologists-explore-history-mysterious-mountain-stronghold-%E2%80%98sela%E2%80%99-southwest-jordan

A woman walking at the Beit She’an site spotted a couple of Roman busts apparently revealed by rain:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/two-rare-1700-year-old-funerary-busts-unearthed-in-beit-shean-cemetery/
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/256895
https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Two-unique-Roman-statues-discovered-near-burial-site-in-ancient-Beit-Shean-575792
https://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-5440294,00.html
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-heavy-rain-in-israel-exposes-1-700-year-old-busts-in-roman-era-cemetery-1.6789818
https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2018/12/30/israeli-woman-discovers-ancient-roman-busts-in-beit-shean
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/israeli-woman-stumbles-upon-roman-busts-140145
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-12/30/c_137709350.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7270-181231israel-beit-she-an-busts

Searching for evidence of the Phoenicians in Lisbon:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2018/12/24/actualidad/1545649263_657380.html

Concerns for antiquities in Yemen:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-us-art-market-for-stolen-antiquities-from-yemen-must-be-shut-down/2019/01/01/c3df44aa-db9d-11e8-85df-7a6b4d25cfbb_story.html
https://www.thetimesnews.com/opinion/20190102/column-us-must-help-save-yemens-art
https://gulfnews.com/opinion/op-eds/yemen-needs-help-to-save-its-history-1.61209025
https://www.iol.co.za/pretoria-news/stop-the-plunder-of-yemeni-treasures-18673308

More on Israel displaying items looted from the West Bank:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-magic-bowls-model-temple-among-items-looted-in-west-bank-on-display-1.6791180
https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Exhibit-reveals-never-seen-artifacts-rescued-from-archaeological-thieves-575777
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/archaeology-news/exhibition-displays/2018/12/31/

Trying to confirm evidence of an 8th century earthquake mentioned in the Bible:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-fact-checking-the-book-of-amos-there-was-a-huge-quake-in-eighth-century-b-c-e-1.6807298

Comparing Trump to Cyrus:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/31/opinion/trump-evangelicals-cyrus-king.html

Funding for UPenn to do preservation work in Northern Iraq:

https://penntoday.upenn.edu/news/state-department-awards-penn-2-million-preserve-cultural-heritage-northern-iraq
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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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A 2600 years bp ‘ancient health center’ site from Apollonia ad Ryndacum:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2019/01/03/archaeologists-find-2600-year-old-health-center-in-turkeys-golyazi

Evidence of a Roman settlement near Colchester’s theatre:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-essex-46757299

An update on finds from Philippopolis (Bulgaria) this year:

https://sofiaglobe.com/2019/01/03/archaeology-new-studies-rewrite-the-history-of-ancient-philippopolis-report/

A statue head of a woman dating to the first century or so from Heraclea Sintica:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2018/12/30/blond-roman-womans-statue-head-found-in-ancient-heraclea-sintica-in-southwest-bulgaria-hints-at-building-ritual/

The restored ‘School of the Gladiators’ at Pompeii reopened to the public:

http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2019/01/03/pompeii-gladiator-school-reopens_abd1ed5e-1df9-427c-a88f-b6225c1429b6.html
http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/culture/2019/01/03/pompeii-schola-armaturarum-route-opens-as-collapses-over_c8b9fca9-f7c9-4f9a-939e-e3773325bbb8.html
https://phys.org/news/2019-01-pompeii-gladiator.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/restored-pompeii-gladiator-building-open-to-public/2019/01/03/0b4ee1b8-0f62-11e9-8f0c-6f878a26288a_story.html
https://www.thelocal.it/20190103/pompeiis-school-of-gladiators-opens-after-restoration
http://www.startribune.com/restored-pompeii-gladiator-building-open-to-public/503845042/
https://www.bostonherald.com/2019/01/03/restored-pompeii-gladiator-building-open-to-public/
https://www.stuff.co.nz/travel/news/109726236/restored-pompeii-gladiator-building-open-to-public-in-italy

… and overviewish on finds at Pompeii this year:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/dec/31/new-discoveries-at-pompeii-come-amid-renaissance-at-site

… and another piece on that recently-found Leda and the Swan fresco:

https://edition.cnn.com/style/article/leda-and-the-swan-pompeii-mural/index.html

Plans to turn Antalya’s necropolis into a museum:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2019/01/05/ancient-necropolis-in-turkeys-antalya-to-be-turned-into-museum-by-march

A Classicist was called in to come up with a word for the experimental examination of excrement:

https://medicalxpress.com/news/2019-01-fimo-experimental-excrement.html
https://www.feedstuffs.com/nutrition-health/name-proposed-experimental-examination-feces
https://www.technologynetworks.com/analysis/news/in-fimo-we-trust-313511

What Jesse Weiner is up to:

https://www.hamilton.edu/news/story/professor-classics-jesse-weiner-s-article-published-in-eugesta

Honours for Daniel Leon:

https://slcl.illinois.edu/news/2019-01-03/professor-daniel-leon-classics-wins-prestigious-arnold-o-beckman-research-award

Feature on the Iliad:

https://thefederalist.com/2019/01/02/make-2019-year-read-illiad-kids/

Feature on the Atlantis story:

https://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/special-features/in-depth/the-legend-of-atlantis-has-a-dark-terrible-history/news-story/f1271c561661a8937faafed6e4f6f452
https://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/the-legend-of-atlantis-has-a-dark-terrible-history/news-story/f1271c561661a8937faafed6e4f6f452

How Romans dealt with anxiety:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/how-the-ancient-romans-dealt-with-anxiety

Classical influences in the Sopranos:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/tv/2019/01/05/livia-sopranos-may/2490290002/

What’s going on near the ‘Palace of Nestor’:

https://www.scotsman.com/news/world-s-most-beautiful-bay-has-new-palace-to-rival-homeric-past-ian-johnston-1-4850446

Lessons for the US from the fall of the Roman Republic:

https://www.vox.com/2019/1/1/18139787/rome-decline-america-edward-watts-mortal-republic

Feature on assorted apophthegmata from Delphi:

https://aeon.co/ideas/more-than-know-thyself-on-all-the-other-delphic-maxims

Feature on why Augustus wasn’t such a good guy:

https://theconversation.com/mark-zuckerbergs-admiration-for-emperor-augustus-is-misplaced-heres-why-108172

… similar:

https://pursuit.unimelb.edu.au/articles/rome-s-augustus-and-the-allure-of-the-strongman

Making connections between the UK and Antigone:

https://www.bbc.com/ideas/videos/opinion-an-ancient-betrayal-that-still-resonates-t/p06wn6dw

Feature on the Spartans:

http://theconversation.com/curious-kids-who-were-the-spartans-108606

Once again, Rome has banned ‘centurions’ from the Colosseum area:

https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/rome-bans-centurions-from-citys-historic-centre.html

Latest reiteration on the ‘truth’ of Homer:

https://elpais.com/elpais/2019/01/01/ciencia/1546338015_883794.html

Review of David Stuttard, *Nemesis*:

https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/erotic-tyranny/

More on that Nikouria inscription from Amorgos:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2018/12/30/missing-ancient-artifact-stone-of-nikouria-rediscovered-on-amorgos/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7272-181231-greece-resolution-of-nikouria

More on that Roman lamp from the banks of the Thames:

https://www.bbc.com/news/av/uk-england-london-46753547/roman-era-treasure-found-on-banks-of-river-thames

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

Visit our blog:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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A stone possibly fired from a trebuchet in the 13th century found near Edinburgh Castle:

https://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/catapult-ball-fired-at-edinburgh-castle-in-13th-century-siege-discovered-in-hotel-site-dig-1-4849752
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/edinburgh-castle-catapult-ball-flings-archaeologists-back-to-1296-nkn5vjlts
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7271-181231-scotland-siege-trebuchet

Some medieval fishing baskets from Wales:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-46730571
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7274-190102-wales-fishing-baskets

Assorted 15th/16th century finds from ore miners burials near Sofia:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2018/12/31/weird-15th-century-miners-burials-venetian-theriac-cap-found-in-bulgarias-kremikovtsi-monastery-near-sofia/

A 17th century pirate ship wreck off the coast of Cornwall:

https://www.livescience.com/64395-sunken-17th-century-pirate-ship-discovered.html
https://www.livescience.com/64349-pirate-shipwreck-photos.html

Questioning the existence of the Cathars:

https://www.latimes.com/world/europe/la-fg-france-cathars-20181231-story.html

Slovakia’s top ten archaeological finds for 2018:

https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22018610/slovakias-top-10-archaeological-findings-in-2018.html

Feature on the Traprain Treasure:

https://www.heraldscotland.com/life_style/17337028.piecing-together-the-mysterious-past-of-the-traprain-treasure/

A letter from the last private owner of Stonehenge has turned up:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-wiltshire-46720499

On the roots of the ‘Green Man’:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20190104-the-surprising-roots-of-the-mysterious-green-man

Studying Madrid’s Arab past:

https://elpais.com/ccaa/2018/10/03/madrid/1538583855_122656.html

More hype/expection of finds from the HS2-associated digs:

https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg24132110-300-biggest-archaeological-dig-in-europe-will-uncover-uks-buried-history/

More on that London ‘ice house’:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/london-archaeologists-unearth-subterranean-georgian-ice-store-180971146/

I think we mentioned this ‘murder map’ of London a while ago:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/01/addictive-interactive-murder-map-lets-you-explore-medieval-london-crime/

Similarly, with the Domesday Book being compiled later than previously thought:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/01/study-famed-domesday-book-was-completed-later-than-historians-thought/
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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 4000 years bp cave site from the Tibetan plateau:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-01/03/c_137717453.htm
http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1134607.shtml

Designs from at a 4000 years bp site at Shimao are being linked to similar Shang and Zhou designs:

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/2180389/chinas-beastly-bronze-designs-found-stone-carvings-prehistoric

Evidence of a 3000 years bp settlement of some sort in Shaanxi:

https://www.cnn.com/2019/01/03/asia/china-guangdong-tsunami-study-intl/index.html

Plenty of pottery from a 2000 years bp tomb in Shandong:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-01/03/c_137717391.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7280-190104-china-han-dynasty-tombs

Evidence of a tsunami hitting southern China in 1076 or so:

https://www.cnn.com/2019/01/03/asia/china-guangdong-tsunami-study-intl/index.html
https://beta.scmp.com/news/china/science/article/2180448/scientists-say-tsunami-hit-china-1000-years-ago-and-its-risk
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7276-190103-southern-china-tsunami

Petroglyphs from Andhra Pradesh are suggesting links between Neolithic pastoralists and modern populations:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/andhra-pradesh/aps-second-largest-treasury-of-rock-art-in-kurnool/article25913937.ece

A pair of 16th century red sandstone sculpture from Veerlapalem:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/vijayawada/sculptures-dating-back-to-16th-century-found-in-veerlapalem/articleshow/67340624.cms

Plans to rebury (for time capsule purposes) the Kazakh ‘Golden Man’:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-46757349

Struggling to figure out Maori populations at the time of Captain Cook:

https://theconversation.com/250-years-after-captain-cooks-arrival-we-still-cant-be-sure-how-many-maori-lived-in-aotearoa-at-the-time-107707

On the politics of archaeology in India:

https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/opinion/article/2162694/why-4500-year-old-skull-key-politics-indias-hindu-muslim-divide

Mammoth tusks from Siberia are apparently in demand in China right now:

https://phys.org/news/2019-01-siberia-chinese-demand-prehistoric-tusks.html

… which makes an ivory seizure in Cambodia interesting:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/woolly-mammoth-dna-ivory-illegal-discovery-cambodia-wildlife-conservation-a8711241.html

Feature/TV hype about Empress Fucha (and others):

https://www.scmp.com/magazines/post-magazine/short-reads/article/2164033/how-one-concubine-rose-become-empress-using

On wealthy Asians in Imperial China:

https://www.scmp.com/magazines/post-magazine/short-reads/article/2162825/when-being-crazy-rich-asian-could-be-dangerous

Review of David Gilmour, *British in India*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/28/books/review/david-gilmour-the-british-in-india.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fbook-review
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Southeast Asian Archaeology Newsblog:

http://www.southeastasianarchaeology.com/

New Zealand Archaeology eNews:

https://us14.campaign-archive.com/home/?u=ddab09cab5362c9613318bd92&id=b917a20ae5
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NORTH AMERICA
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Searching for an Acadian cemetery in Nova Scotia:

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/national-historic-site-fort-anne-acadian-1.4952098
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7275-190102-canada-acadian-cemetery

A site associated with the ‘Lost Colony’ is now part of a North Carolina nature preserve:

https://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/article223879475.html
https://www.journalnow.com/news/state_region/a-site-thought-to-be-linked-to-the-lost-colony/article_569d3c47-83fc-537a-a3a9-85de7e6b03a0.html

Feature on mounds in Wisconsin:

https://www.wiscnews.com/bdc/news/local/in-depth-authors-strive-to-decode-meaning-of-ancient-mounds/article_5a094624-2521-5076-a2bd-5941ad5a4ad6.html

What C. Dean Wilson is up to:

http://www.santafenewmexican.com/pasatiempo/decoding-the-clay-archaeologist-c-dean-wilson/article_1aee9ec3-997e-53f4-9a0e-c23d0833b95b.html

Another explanation for Salem ‘witch hysteria’:

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20181221-can-an-auto-immune-illness-explain-the-salem-witch-trials

Review of Delcanco, *The War Before the War*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/02/books/review/andrew-delbanco-war-before-the-war.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Farts
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Three burials from Loma Atahualpa are the oldest human remains from Ecuador to date:

https://phys.org/news/2018-11-archaeologists-oldest-burials-ecuador.html

A 5900 years bp burial of a ‘muscular’ woman from Nicaragua:

https://www.livescience.com/64403-oldest-human-burial-in-lower-central-america.html
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/the-oldest-known-human-burial-was-just-discovered-in-lower-central-america/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-identify-oldest-known-human-burial-lower-central-america-180971166/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7277-190103-nicaragua-ancient-remains

A 2500 years bp Mayan ‘bathhouse’ from Nakum (Guatemala):

https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-archaeologists-discover-unique-mayan-bathhouse-in-guatemala-4007

Plenty of coverage of the discovery of a temple to the ‘Flayed Lord’ (Xipe Totec) in Popoloca:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/03/world/americas/xipe-totec-flayed-lord.html
https://www.inah.gob.mx/boletines/7883-descubren-el-primer-templo-dedicado-a-xipe-totec-en-la-zona-arqueologica-de-ndachjian-tehuacan
https://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/archaeologists-uncover-temple-of-the-flayed-lord/
https://www.livescience.com/64418-flayed-god-temple-mexico.html
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-46746842
https://phys.org/news/2019-01-archaeologists-mexico-temple-god-skinning.html
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jan/02/mexico-flayed-lord-temple-fertility-god-skinned-human-corpse
https://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/gruesome-flayed-god-xipe-totec-temple-excavated-in-mexico/news-story/e884b1cc793fc063b89d4a055fd72fff
https://www.stuff.co.nz/world/americas/109712112/mexicos-temple-of-the-flayed-lord-discovered
https://www.npr.org/2019/01/02/681799426/mexican-archaeologists-discover-pre-hispanic-temple-of-the-flayed-lord
https://www.france24.com/en/20190103-archaeologists-find-mexico-temple-god-skinning-sacrifices
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/first-temple-discovered-of-ancient-mexican-god-whose-priests-skinned-humans-for-sacrifice/
https://www.newsweek.com/pre-hispanic-mexico-our-lord-flayed-one-temple-xipe-totec-mesoamerica-puebla-1278495
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/temple-flayed-lord-found-mexico-180971165/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7279-190103-xipe-totec-statues

More on ear bones from Panamanian burials:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/bony-growths-ear-canal-plagued-pre-columbian-divers-panama-180971164/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7281-190104-panama-surfers-ear
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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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Celebrating Victoria’s bicentennial:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/04/travel/celebrating-the-200th-anniversary-of-queen-victoria.html

On the ‘heretical’ aspect of frankincense and myrrh:

https://aeon.co/essays/frankincense-and-myrrh-were-not-only-holy-but-heretical-too

Nice feature on what archaeologists actually do:

https://theconversation.com/why-archaeology-is-so-much-more-than-just-digging-108679
https://phys.org/news/2019-01-archaeology.html

On learning Old English:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/04/magazine/letter-of-recommendation-old-english.html

On the concept of zero:

https://www.popsci.com/concept-of-zero-invented

On modern technology and the Vedanta:

https://aeon.co/ideas/modern-technology-is-akin-to-the-metaphysics-of-vedanta

Feature on the development of writing:

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/crux/?p=10752

… and why we still can’t read Indus Civilization writing:

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/crux/2019/01/04/undeciphered-script-of-the-indus-civilization/

On Ptolemy as the earliest plagiarist:

https://elpais.com/elpais/2018/12/25/ciencia/1545728197_722721.html

On the origin of cats:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2019/01/Where-Do-Cats-Come-From

Feature on Petronella Oortman and her giant doll house:

https://theconversation.com/hidden-women-of-history-petronella-oortman-and-her-giant-dolls-house-108248

Feature on Elsie Masson:

https://theconversation.com/hidden-women-of-history-elsie-masson-photographer-writer-intrepid-traveller-107808

2018’s ‘most fascinating skeletons’:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2018/12/31/the-7-most-fascinating-skeletons-of-2018/

The ‘wackiest’ archaeology finds of 2018:

https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/the-wackiest-and-most-bizarre-archaeological-discoveries-of-2018/

Arthur Conan Doyle’s spiritual side:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/28/books/review/arthur-conan-doyle.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fbook-review

Pondering the effects the Spanish flu had on Peace Treaty talks:

https://theconversation.com/the-importance-of-watching-the-health-of-a-u-s-president-the-spanish-flu-and-a-flawed-peace-treaty-109062

… and how a ‘queen exchange’ was foiled by smallpox in the 18th century:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2018/12/28/actualidad/1546013680_691722.html

An interesting Greek New Year’s ritual I wasn’t aware of:

https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/tourism-businesses/thematic-tourism/33960-folk-tourism-why-greeks-smash-a-pomegranate-on-new-year%E2%80%99s-day.html

Looking ahead to potential archaeological finds in 2019:

https://www.livescience.com/64385-archaeology-to-watch-2019.html

More on the television approach to archaeology:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/2018/12/28/how-tv-shows-use-serious-archaeology-promote-bogus-history/
https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidanderson/2018/12/31/mysterious-ancient-mysteries-and-the-problems-with-archaeology-made-for-tv/

More on the ‘Slave Bible’:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heavily-abridged-slave-bible-removed-passages-might-encourage-uprisings-180970989/

Review of a couple of books on the origins of Islam:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/26/books/review/illuminating-islams-peaceful-origins.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fbook-review
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Renaissance Nude:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/museums/getty-exhibition-shows-how-the-naked-body-became-a-subject-for-art/2019/01/03/4137bafc-0ec7-11e9-831f-3aa2c2be4cbd_story.html

Moser:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20181228-the-image-that-sums-up-our-anxieties
https://www.mak.at/en_kolomanmoser

Ashurbanipal:

http://www.kcwtoday.co.uk/2019/01/ashurbanipal-king-world-british-museum/

A Scottish museum is putting a purported pyramid stone on display:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-46694316

… and Egypt is looking into it:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/321137/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Egypt-to-send-official-inquiry-over-alleged-pyrami.aspx

Feature on the Bibliotheca Alexandrina Antiquities Museum:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/321141/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Masterpieces-of-the-Bibliotheca-Alexandrina-Antiqu.aspx

The British Museum apparently displayed King Gishakidu of Umma’s macehead upside down (i.e. as a vase):

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/british-museum-daftly-displayed-warrior-king-s-relic-as-an-upside-down-vase-60v8x5ttz

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THE TECHY SIDE
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Feature on using old spy satellite photos to ‘reconstruct’ archaeological sites in the Middle East:

https://www.livescience.com/64404-unbending-classified-spy-satellite-photos.html

Latest CT scan of a mummy is of Ptolemy II’s eye doctor:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2019/01/04/actualidad/1546597801_919162.html

The Chinchorro mummies get the 3d recreation treatment:

https://www.latercera.com/que-pasa/noticia/quienes-estan-detras-de-las-momias-chinchorro/468132/
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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Connecting the collapse of the Akkadian Empire to climate change:

https://phys.org/news/2019-01-climate-world-empire-collapse.html
http://theconversation.com/how-climate-change-caused-the-worlds-first-ever-empire-to-collapse-109060
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ON THE DNA FRONT
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DNA is causing a rethink of the Aryan invasions of India theory:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-46616574

Analyzing horse DNA from some Icelandic Viking burials:

https://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/viking-horses-burials-iceland-1.4966126

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Buckingham Palace:

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p06lhy0y/take-a-look-around-buckingham-palace

Venice will have an admission fee (!):

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-46721456
https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/venice-tourist-tax-day-trippers/index.html

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CRIME BEAT
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A Roman-era alabaster statue confiscated at Salloum (apparently stolen?):

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/62862/Roman-era-statue-confiscated-in-port-of-Salloum

More on those thieves caught at Huqoq:

https://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-5434579,00.html

conflict antiquities:

http://conflictantiquities.wordpress.com/

anonymous swiss collector:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/

Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues:

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

Looting Matters:

http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/

Illicit Cultural Property:

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

SAFE:

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

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REPATRIATION AND RECOVERY
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The Uffizi wants some Nazi loot returned:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/02/world/europe/nazi-stolen-painting-uffizi-gallery.html

The Isle of Man (sort of) wants the Manx Chronicles returned:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-isle-of-man-46724338

The Louvre is returning some Benin bronzes:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/2019/01/02/louvre-is-returning-sculptures-west-africa-heres-how-why-emmanuel-macron-made-it-happen/

UK Museums are ‘tasking staff’ with identifying stolen colonial items:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/01/01/uk-museums-task-staff-identifying-stolen-colonial-collections/

OpEd on the return of African artifacts:

https://www.apollo-magazine.com/rethinking-restitution-african-heritage/

… and French antiquities dealers aren’t happy:

http://theartnewspaper.com/news/french-antiquities-dealers-slam-shocking-report-on-restituting-african-art

More on returns to Jordan from Canada:

https://jordantimes.com/news/local/retrieved-jordanian-antiquities-return-home
https://aawsat.com/english/home/article/1528966/jordan-retrieves-58-smuggled-antiquities-canada
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NUMISMATICA
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Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/club_nbs_esylum_v21n52.html

(not sure what the issue for today will be designated as)

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Ancient Coin Collecting:

http://ancientcoincollecting.blogspot.com/

Ancient Coins:

http://classicalcoins.blogspot.com/

Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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Rosalyn Terborg-Penn:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/04/obituaries/rosalyn-terborg-penn-dead.html

Nancy Grace Roman:

https://www.npr.org/2018/12/30/680994535/nancy-grace-roman-mother-of-hubble-space-telescope-has-died
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/jan/04/nancy-roman-obituary

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/2821-audio-news-from-archaeologica-23-december-29-december-2018
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CONFERENCES
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Sonoran Desert Food and Lifeways (January 8):

https://www.archaeologysouthwest.org/event/sonoran-desert-food-and-lifeways-past-and-present/

Jews and the Americas (February 2019):

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

Current Archaeology Live (March 8-9, 2019):

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/live/ca-live-2018

Berkshire Archaeology Day (April 6, 2019)
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GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

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

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Ancient Digger:

http://www.ancientdigger.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Past Horizons:

http://www.pasthorizons.com/

Stonepages:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

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

Time Machine:

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

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

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/

The Book and the Spade:

http://www.radioscribe.com/bknspade.htm
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