Explorator 19.16-17 ~ August 21, 2016

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

nb: this is a double issue that is also a half issue, oddly
enough. I’ve only compiled the first few sections because this
appears to have been an unsually busy couple of weeks and even
this half issue is HUGE (and my attention span is only so long).
I’ll augment next week’s issue with what I’ve missed this week.

nb2: I’ve also decided to stop including Daily Mail items in
favour of reinstating the rewrites from Archaeology Magazine

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Suggestion that some ‘percussive tools’ might actually have been weapons:

http://phys.org/news/2016-08-tool-weapon-stone-artifacts-ancient.html
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-08/iu-tow081816.php

What we can learn from some 250 000 years bp butchery tools from Jordan:

http://phys.org/news/2016-08-archaeology-team-world-first-tool-discovery.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/08/160808123824.htm
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-08/uov-uat080316.php
http://communications.uvic.ca/releases/release.php?display=release&id=1543
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/0809/What-can-we-learn-from-250-000-year-old-butcher-tools
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/deadthings/2016/08/09/prehistoric-stone-tools-wheres-the-beef-or-at-least-the-rhino/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2016/08/09/this-250000-year-old-tool-was-used-to-butcher-a-rhinoceros/
http://www.cnn.com/2016/08/10/health/cavemen-ancient-tools-mystery/index.html
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/250000-years-ago-ancient-humans-used-these-tools-butchery-180960102/
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/08/2016/residue-on-250000-year-old-stone-tools-reveals-wide-range-of-prey

A 90 000 years bp ‘middle finger’ bone from Saudi Arabia:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/archaeologists-dig-up-middle-easts-oldest-middle-finger/
http://www.newsweek.com/archaeologists-discover-middle-easts-oldest-bone-90000-year-old-middle-finger-491793
http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/saudi-british-archaeologists-dig-90000-year-old-bone-ancient-lake-saudi-arabia-927035952

Plenty of interest for Otzi’s stylish attire:

http://phys.org/news/2016-08-ancient-iceman-wore-hat-skin.html
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/deadthings/2016/08/18/iceman-dressed-to-kill/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-37094141
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/aug/18/it-becometh-the-iceman-otzi-clothing-study-reveals-stylish-secrets-of-leather-loving-ancient
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/the-oldest-european-mummy-ever-found-wore-a-stylish-hat-and-had-tattoos-scientists-have-said-a7199761.html
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/0818/Frozen-fashion-What-was-Oetzi-the-Iceman-wearing-when-he-died https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2016/08/18/what-was-otzi-the-iceman-wearing-when-he-died-pretty-much-an-entire-zoo/
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=11697515
https://www.newscientist.com/article/2101621-iceman-otzi-rocks-the-bear-fur-hat-and-goat-leather-coat-look/
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dna-analysis-reveals-what-otzi-iceman-wore-his-grave-180960170/
http://www.archaeology.org/4776-160819-italy-otzi-clothing

They’ve figured out who forged Piltdown Man:

http://phys.org/news/2016-08-piltdown-hoax-analysis-lone-forger.html
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-08/uoc-nph080916.php
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-37021144
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/aug/10/forensic-examination-reveals-identity-of-piltdown-hoax-prime-suspect-charles-dawson
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2016/08/11/we-finally-know-who-forged-piltdown-man-one-of-sciences-most-notorious-hoaxes/
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/0811/Piltdown-Man-Scientists-finally-get-to-the-bottom-of-notorious-scientific-forgery
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2016/08/10/piltdown-man-charles-dawson/
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/solving-the-piltdown-man-scientific-fraud/
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/notorious-‘ape-man’-fossil-hoax-pinned-one-wrongdoer

… i.e. Arthur Conan Doyle is off the hook:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2016/08/10/sir-arthur-conan-doyle-cleared-of-piltdown-man-hoax/

On the evolution of the human brain:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/08/160812074537.htm
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AFRICA
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Feature on the search for sunken ships off Africa associated with the slave trade:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/africa/the-incredible-quest-to-find-the-african-slave-ships-that-sank-in-the-atlantic/2016/08/17/25dd6080-cf5b-46e0-b896-ea0512311bdd_story.html
http://www.macon.com/news/nation-world/world/article96763287.html

Feature on Great Zimbabwe:

https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2016/aug/18/great-zimbabwe-medieval-lost-city-racism-ruins-plundering

What Cathy D’Andrea is up to in Ethiopia:

http://globalnews.ca/news/2887016/sfu-archeologist-hopes-to-help-ethiopias-future-by-uncovering-its-past/

Libya is questioning some of UNESCO’s claims of threatened monuments:

http://www.libyaobserver.ly/culture/libyas-antiquities-department-refutes-unesco-report-lepits-magna
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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The Malawi Museum is reopening after renovations:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/44/239149/Heritage/Museums/Newly-restored-Malawi-Museum-in-Egypts-Minya-to-re.aspx

Egypt and China see a need to cooperate on the cultural level:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2016-08/16/c_135604283.htm

Latest update on upgrades to the site around the pyramids and other sites:

http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/sisi-meets-antiquities-minister-briefing-progress
http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/full-steam-ahead-revamp-pyramid-site-september-antiquities-ministry
http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2016/08/11/pyramids-archaeological-development-project-70-complete-scheduled-opening-years-end/
http://www.eturbonews.com/73727/egypt-tourism-pyramides-improvements-ready-end-september

On looting in Egypt:

http://www.livescience.com/55687-children-dying-in-egypt-looting.html
http://www.livescience.com/55685-photos-egypt-looting.html

On the durability of the pyramids:

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20160808-will-the-skyscrapers-outlast-the-pyramids

Anatolian hunter-gatherers started farming before they migrated to Europe, apparently:

http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/08/2016/anatolian-hunter-gatherers-began-to-farm-before-european-migration

A Bronze Age burial mound from Kazakhstan (sometimes styled a pyramid or mausoleum):

http://www.livescience.com/55796-ancient-mausoleum-not-worlds-first-pyramid.html
https://www.yahoo.com/news/no-ancient-mausoleum-not-worlds-1st-pyramid-115801111.html
http://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/26987/20160817/world-oldest-pyramid-kazakhstan.htm
http://www.laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=2418949&CategoryId=13936
http://www.archaeology.org/news/4772-160818-kazakhstan-bronze-age-mausoleum

A Hittite tunnel at Alacohuyuk:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/secret-tunnel-found-in-hittite-capital-.aspx?pageID=238&nid=103034&NewsCatID=375

Latest Hittite finds from Nerik:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/.aspx?pageID=238&nid=102780

More on fixing Mesopotamian chronology:

http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0157144

A Persian temple from Minik Mound:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ancient-temple-found-in-turkeys-nigde.aspx?pageID=238&nid=102754

An Achaemenid palace from Shamkir:

http://www.today.az/news/society/153471.html
An inscribed column of Darius I from Phanagoria:

http://eu.greekreporter.com/2016/08/12/inscribed-column-of-darius-i-found-in-ancient-greek-city-phanagoria/
http://persepolistablets.blogspot.com/2016/08/more-on-old-persian-inscription-from.html
http://theartnewspaper.com/news/russian-archaeologists-uncover-ancient-persian-stele-inscribed-with-a-message-from-king-darius-i-/

Feature on Onder Bilg’s work at Ikiztepe Mound:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/professor-dedicates-his-life-to-ancient-mound-in-turkeys-black-sea.aspx?pageID=238&nID=102648&NewsCatID=375

Remains of a synagogue from Tel Rekhesh are being tenuously connected to Jesus:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/archaeologists-in-galilee-unearth-synagogue-from-jesuss-time/
http://www.timesofisrael.com/liveblog_entry/archaeologists-find-new-galilean-synagogue-from-first-century-ce/
http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/archaeology/1.736752
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4841735,00.html
https://www.algemeiner.com/2016/08/15/second-temple-era-synagogue-unearthed-in-northern-israel/

A stone projectile from the Bar Kochba revolt:

http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=35711

Overview of the evidence for the destruction of the the First and Second Temple:

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4841735,00.html

… and Gabi Barkai on battles with the Waqf:

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/216086

Some Olympics chatter brought up the subject of ‘cupping’ in Ancient Israel:

http://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/ancient-cultures/daily-life-and-practice/ancient-cupping-in-israel/

Overview of Ancient Israel history:

http://www.livescience.com/55774-ancient-israel.html

Feature on the ‘altar of Joshua’:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/.aspx?pageID=238&nid=102780

The Museum of the Bible is hyping publication of some of its DSS fragments:

https://www.museumofthebible.org/museum-of-the-bible-releases-research-findings-unpublished-dead-sea-scrolls-fragments

More on mosaics from Huqoq:

http://gazette.com/noahs-ark-mosaic-uncovered-in-ancient-galilee-synagogue/article/1582756

Sassanid pottery in a shipwreck:

http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/08/2016/sassanid-era-pottery-clue-to-historic-shipwreck-off-bushehr-peninsula

An early mosque from Saudi Arabia:

http://english.aawsat.com/2016/08/article55356621/mosque-early-islam-discovered-saudi-arabia

A 1300 years bp burial from Stratonikeia:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/skeleton-of-ancient-woman-unearthed-in-turkeys-southwest.aspx?pageID=238&nID=102560&NewsCatID=375

An eighteenth century Ottoman settlement near Beitar:

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/216440

An ancient breakwater in Istanbul was damaged:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ancient-breakwater-in-istanbul-broken.aspx?pageID=238&nID=102704&NewsCatID=375

Feature on Babylon:

https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2016/aug/08/lost-cities-1-babylon-iraq-war-history-mankind-greatest-heritage-site
http://www.aina.org/news/20160808115903.htm

Assorted agencies are working together to protect artifacts in Iraq and Syria:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2016/08/19/smithsonian-other-agencies-protect-artifacts-in-iraq-syria/

Tel Ajaja is the latest site plundered by ISIL:

http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/archaeology/1.735889
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2016/08/09/isis-destroyed-almost-half-of-an-ancient-city-in-syria/
http://artdaily.com/news/89351/At-ancient-Syria-site–IS-discovers-then-destroys-treasures-

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Plenty of attention for the discovery of a burial on Mount Lykaion:

http://phys.org/news/2016-08-mountaintop-chilling-echo-dark-greek.html
http://www.ascsa.edu.gr/index.php/news/newsDetails/new-finds-at-mt.-lykaion
http://www.ascsa.edu.gr/index.php/news/newsDetails/david-romano-reflects-on-mt.-lykaion-discovery
http://www.livescience.com/55733-possible-human-sacrifice-to-zeus-discovered.html
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/0815/Did-ancient-Greeks-practice-ritual-murder
http://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/aug/10/skeletal-remains-confirm-ancient-greeks-engaged-in-human-sacrifice?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other
https://www.yahoo.com/news/ancient-bones-found-greek-mountaintop-153400508.html
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/0815/Did-ancient-Greeks-practice-ritual-murder
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/0812/Did-archaeologists-just-find-a-3-000-year-old-human-sacrifice-on-Zeus-altar
http://www.bostonglobe.com/news/world/2016/08/10/chilling-mountaintop-find-may-confirm-dark-greek-legend/clcyEUP3JO2lcIaQVTSFyN/story.html?s_campaign=email_BG_TodaysHeadline&s_campaign=
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2016/08/12/mystery-bones-from-ancient-greece-may-be-a-teenager-sacrificed-to-zeus/
http://www.timesofisrael.com/chilling-find-on-greek-mountain-may-confirm-dark-legend-of-human-sacrifice/
http://www.ekathimerini.com/211168/article/ekathimerini/life/ancient-teenage-skeleton-unearthed-on-mountain-top-could-confirm-darkest-greek-legend
http://greece.greekreporter.com/2016/08/11/skeleton-found-in-ancient-zeus-temple/
http://neoskosmos.com/news/en/Archaeological-proof-of-human-sacrifice-taking-place-in-ancient-Greece
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/did-ancient-greeks-engage-human-sacrifice-180960111/

An important Bronze Age burial from Cyprus:

http://phys.org/news/2016-08-sensational-grave-cypriote-bronze-age.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/08/160809122802.htm
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-08/uog-sgf081016.php
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/08/2016/archaeologists-uncover-one-of-the-richest-graves-of-bronze-age-cyprus-ever-found

A Greek ‘colonial fortress’ from the Crimea:

https://rbth.com/science_and_tech/2016/08/16/ancient-greek-colonial-fortress-found-in-crimea_621543

A Roman bath house beneath a modern mikveh in Jerusalem’s Old City (not sure where to put this one):

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/216271

A very impressive 4th century chariot race mosaic from Cyprus:

http://www.mcw.gov.cy/mcw/da/da.nsf/All/0301DD3B26AA989AC2257EBB00447C40?OpenDocument
http://cyprus-mail.com/2016/08/09/unique-mosaic-depicting-chariot-race-fully-revealed/
http://phys.org/news/2016-08-rare-4th-century-mosaic-chariot-cyprus.html
http://famagusta-gazette.com/cypriot-archaeologists-unveil-th-century-mosaic-of-multichariot-race-p35615-69.htm
http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/revealed-a-roman-day-at-the-races-tch2dfqv7
http://abcnews.go.com/International/rare-4th-century-mosaic-floor-unearthed-cyprus/story?id=41266616
http://theartnewspaper.com/news/archeology/ancient-roman-mosaics-uncovered-in-cyprus-/
http://abcnews.go.com/International/rare-4th-century-mosaic-floor-unearthed-cyprus/story?id=41266616

Recent finds at Camelon Roman fort:

http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/08/2016/outside-the-walls-excavations-within-the-annexe-at-camelon-roman-fort

The dig at Chedworth Roman Villa has resumed:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-gloucestershire-37076307
http://www.wiltsglosstandard.co.uk/news/14679496.Big_archaeological_dig_to_look_for_hidden_mosaics_at_Chedworth_Roman_Villa/

… as has the one at Parion:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/Default.aspx?pageID=238&nid=102600

A Roman villa from Duzce (Turkey):

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/roman-villa-remains-found-in-turkeys-duzce-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=102982&NewsCatID=375

A phallic pendant from Lincolnshire:

http://www.grimsbytelegraph.co.uk/phallic-shaped-roman-pendant-dug-up-in-lincolnshire-field/story-29614028-detail/story.html
http://www.lincolnshireecho.co.uk/oo-err-what-was-this-bronze-roman-phallus-dug-up-in-horncastle-used-for/story-29612754-detail/story.html

A mosaic depicting the Roman zodiac from Bursa:

http://www.dailysabah.com/history/2016/08/19/mosaic-featuring-roman-zodiac-uneathed-in-bursa

Not sure if we mentioned these gold curse tablets from Serbia:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/aug/09/mysterious-magic-spells-unearthed-archaeologists-serbia
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-serbia-archaeology-magic-idUSKCN10K10L?feedType=RSS&feedName=lifestyleMolt
http://uk.reuters.com/article/us-serbia-archaeology-magic-idUKKCN10K10L
https://www.yahoo.com/news/mystery-magic-spells-unearthed-ancient-skeletons-serbia-103626296.html
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/aug/10/archaeologists-find-2000-year-old-silver-gold-scro/
http://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/26661/20160811/ancient-black-magic-unlocked-archeologists-find-devil-invoking-spells-skeletons-in-serbian-grave.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/news/4714-160809-viminacium-curse-tablet

Archaeology reveals the Roman port at Triport (Albania) was larger than previously thought:

http://phys.org/news/2016-08-fortified-roman-port-larger-previously.html

The heating in Lufton Roman Villa was in the wrong place apparently:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-somerset-37131060
http://www.somersetlive.co.uk/lufton-roman-villa-dig-heated-room-uncovered-by-newcastle-university-team/story-29618910-detail/story.html

1800 years bp frescoes from Zippori (not sure where to put this one):

http://new.huji.ac.il/en/article/32216
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/08/160810113901.htm
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/216210
http://forward.com/news/breaking-news/347648/1-800-year-old-frescoes-tell-story-of-israels-ancient-multicultural-town/
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4840456,00.html
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Rare-fresco-fragments-dating-back-to-Roman-era-discovered-at-Zippori-National-Park-463760
http://www.pressreleasepoint.com/rare-frescoes-roman-period-discovered-zippori-galilee-hebrew-university-excavations

A 2600 bp temple from Soli Pompeiopolis:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ancient-temple-found-in-turkeys-south.aspx?pageID=517&nID=102651&NewsCatID=375
http://www.dailysabah.com/history/2016/08/11/ancient-roman-temple-unearthed-in-southern-turkey

I think we mentioned these Illyrian palaces in Montenegro:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3731233/Is-home-Illyrian-rulers-Archaeologists-discover-two-palaces-belonged-ancient-Indo-European-royalty.html

Digging has resumed at the ‘Ephesus of the Black Sea’:

http://www.dailysabah.com/history/2016/08/16/ephesus-of-the-black-sea-undergoes-archaeological-excavation

… while some mosaics at the real Ephesus have been restored:

http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/archaeology/1.736389

Feature on UNG’s dig at Alcamo:

http://ung.edu/news/articles/students-dig-into-field-work-during-italy-excavation.php

A massive Roman coin hoard from near York:

http://blog.gainesvillecoins.com/2016/08/14/hoard-of-roman-coins-found-near-york/

Feature on the dig at Lixus:

http://tntoday.utk.edu/2016/08/15/classics-students-spent-summer-seeking-archaeological-sites-morocco/

Feature on Orraon:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2016/08/12/orraon-ancient-greeces-best-preserved-settlement/

Greece has opened the ‘Tower of the Winds’ to visitors:

http://phys.org/news/2016-08-greece-ancient-clock-athens-visitors.html

An antiquities bust in Grevena:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/211122/article/ekathimerini/news/family-of-three-charged-over-possession-of-illegal-antiquities-drugs

There were plenty of features on cheating and other shenanigans at the ancient Olympics:

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/08/olympics-scandal-doping-ancient-greece-lochte/
http://theconversation.com/cheating-bribery-and-scandal-how-the-ancient-greeks-did-the-olympic-games-64048
http://www.theatlantic.com/news/archive/2016/08/cheating-at-the-olympics/495938/
http://greece.greekreporter.com/2016/08/14/olympic-games-in-ancient-greece-were-not-free-of-corruption/
http://greece.greekreporter.com/2016/08/12/doping-in-ancient-greece-olympic-games/

… while Michael Phelps’ achievements brought up Leonidas of Rhodes:

http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-37033910
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/12/sports/olympics/michael-phelps-200-im-ryan-lochte-leonidas.html
http://greece.greekreporter.com/2016/08/14/michael-phelps-breaks-2168-year-old-olympic-record-held-by-leonidas-of-rhodes/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/early-lead/wp/2016/08/12/meet-leonidas-of-rhodes-the-michael-phelps-of-the-ancient-olympics/
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/olympics/2016/08/10/rio-2016-games-michael-phelps-v-the-2168-year-old-olympic-record/
http://www.pappaspost.com/leonidas-rhodes-talks-politics-michael-phelps-record-demands-whe
aties-box-exclusive-interview/
http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/17736-phelps-breaks-ancient-olympic-record-by-greek-athlete-leonidas-of-rhodes.html

… and there was a feature on the Heraia:

http://qz.com/762320/a-mythical-olympics-for-women-shows-the-ancient-roots-of-inequality-at-the-games/

… and how athletes ‘made money’:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/drsarahbond/2016/08/10/how-athletes-have-made-money-off-the-olympics-from-ancient-athens-to-rio/

… and the Getty had a general guide to the ancient Olympics:

http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/the-getty-villa-guide-to-the-ancient-olympics/

Semi-related is a feature on the Taranto Athlete burial:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2016/08/09/this-skeleton-is-the-oldest-known-ancient-olympic-athlete/#e5880aa210d7

Feature on the epinikion:

http://www.slate.com/blogs/lexicon_valley/2016/08/11/what_the_epinikion_teaches_us_about_how_to_celebrate_olympic_heroes.html

Feature on Pherenike of Rhodes:

http://www.pappaspost.com/pherenike-rhodes-ancient-greek-mom-risked-guarantee-sons-olympic-glory/

Another feature on Rome’s trade links with Chennai:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chennai/Finding-2000-yr-old-Roman-trade-links/articleshow/53791630.cms

Feature on Thonis-Heracleion:

https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2016/aug/15/lost-cities-6-thonis-heracleion-egypt-sunken-sea

Feature on Pompeii:

https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2016/aug/11/lost-cities-4-pompeii-roman-preserved-disaster-vesuvius-volcano-second-extinction

Feature on Troy:

https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2016/aug/09/lost-cities-2-search-real-troy-hisarlik-turkey-mythology-homer-iliad

The brouhaha over antiquities in Paphos continues:

http://cyprus-mail.com/2016/08/09/spat-paphos-antiquities-continues/
http://cyprus-mail.com/2016/08/08/ministry-ask-police-investigate-allegations-missing-antiquities-made-paphos-mayor/

Suggestion that Draco’s laws weren’t ‘Draconian’:

http://www.thedailystar.net/star-weekend/dracos-laws-were-not-draconian-1271788

Studying Classics is good for your brain:

http://www.scotsman.com/news/better-for-brain-to-study-classics-than-play-video-games-1-4208011

The argument over Latin in the curriculum continues in the UK:

https://www.theguardian.com/media/mind-your-language/2016/aug/19/right-to-rome-the-debate-over-latin-on-the-curriculum

… cf Mary Beard:

http://timesonline.typepad.com/dons_life/2016/08/what-does-the-latin-actually-say.html

Mary Beard was also interviewed by NPR:

http://www.npr.org/2016/08/12/489646223/from-gladiator-duels-to-caesars-last-words-the-myths-of-ancient-rome

Feature on MSU’s Classics program:

http://www.msstate.edu/newsroom/article/2016/08/msu-program-draws-ancient-worlds-tackle-21st-century/

Interview with Paul Cartledge:

http://www.historyextra.com/article/feature/york-history-weekend-5-minutes-paul-cartledge

What Jessica Lamont is up to:

http://classics.yale.edu/jessica-lamont-joins-yale
http://classics.yale.edu/people/jessica-lamont

NPR remembers Elaine Fantham:

http://radio.wpsu.org/post/remembering-weekend-editions-classics-commentator-elaine-fantham

On Thucydides and Trump:

http://theconversation.com/can-we-learn-from-thucydides-writings-on-the-trump-of-ancient-athens-63391
Review of Patty, *Living With a Dead Language*:

http://www.wsj.com/articles/a-modern-metamorphosis-1470783170
http://www.sfgate.com/books/article/Living-With-a-Dead-Language-My-Romance-With-9125147.php
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http://bmcr.brynmawr.edu/recent.html

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http://rogueclassicism.com/
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Evidence of humans at Cnoc Coig in the late Mesolithic:

http://phys.org/news/2016-08-britain-hunter-gatherers-breakthrough-analysis-bone.html
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-08/uoy-blh081116.php
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/08/2016/bone-collagen-analysis-technique-used-to-find-britains-last-hunter-gatherers

Europe’s oldest gold artifact (so far) comes from Bulgaria:

http://www.livescience.com/55761-oldest-gold-artifact-found-in-bulgaria.html
http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/oldest-gold-artifact-1.3714734?cmp=rss
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-bulgaria-archaeology-gold-idUSKCN10L0YQ
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/oldest-gold-object-unearthed-bulgaria-180960093/

‘Superhenge’ (recently found) turns out to be a bunch of filled postholes (still impressive):

http://phys.org/news/2016-08-superhenge-giant-circle-chalk-filled-holes.html
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2016/08/16/that-superhenge-was-a-super-dud/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-wiltshire-37047010
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/08/12/huge-ritual-monument-thought-to-be-buried-near-stonehenge-doesnt/
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/revealed-remarkable-ancient-structure-found-just-two-miles-from-stonehenge-a7190476.html
http://www.sciencealert.com/a-huge-wooden-circle-used-to-stand-just-a-few-kilometres-from-stonehenge
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/so-called-superhenge-was-made-wood-not-stone-180960152/

Study of the astronomical alignment of stone circles in Scotland:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/08/160817101709.htm
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-08/uoa-ast081716.php
http://www.theleadsouthaustralia.com.au/ideas/3d-mapping-of-scottish-stone-circles-proves-alignment-theories/
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/stone-circles-secrets-research-callanish-stenness-scotland-orkney-gail-higginbottom-a7201096.html

Possible remains of a prehistoric village on Iona:

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/14692088.New_discoveries_rewrite_history_of_holy_Iona/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/4777-160819-scotland-prehistoric-village

A Bell Beaker people earthwork from Spain:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/08/160809095145.htm
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/08/2016/first-bell-beaker-earthwork-enclosure-found-in-spain

Searching for Stirling’s ‘lost’ Iron Age roundhouse:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-tayside-central-37044268

A gold brooch from near Castle Killbury is being linked to Arthur:

http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/700205/King-Arthur-brooch-discovered-Camelot-field-St-Mabyn

Not sure there’s anything new yet in the latest from the dig at Tintagel:

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/08/tintagel-arthur-knights-england-castle-medieval-royalty-merlin-archaeology/
http://www.livescience.com/55712-photos-archaeological-excavations-at-tintagel.html
http://www.livescience.com/55712-photos-archaeological-excavations-at-tintagel.html

Finds from various periods in Aylsham:

http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/more_than_5_000_finds_uncovered_at_tantalising_roman_dig_site_in_aylsham_1_4656459

Insulting a Viking wasn’t a good idea, apparently:

http://sciencenordic.com/%E2%80%99twas-dangerous-insult-viking

A 1000 year bp Viking amulet:

http://www.thelocal.dk/20160805/danish-amateur-finds-1000-year-old-viking-amulet

Dating burials in the Rothwell Bone Crypt:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-northamptonshire-36989717

Medieval burials from Kilkenny:

http://www.rte.ie/news/2016/0809/808039-medieval-skeletons-kilkenny/

A 300 years bp ‘lucky shoe’ found in a wall in Cambridge University:

http://www.livescience.com/55812-lucky-shoe-found-in-university-wall.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2016/08/19/the-strange-reason-why-this-old-shoe-was-hidden-in-a-wall-at-a-british-university/
http://www.archaeology.org/4773-160818-england-cambridge-shoe

Official protection for shipwrecks off Devon:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-devon-37059478
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/british-shipwrecks-dating-back-to-medieval-era-given-protected-status-a7190121.html
http://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/centuries-old-shipwrecks-in-devon-given-protected-status/story-29618939-detail/story.html

… this seems related:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2016/aug/15/200-year-old-shipwreck-sally-emerge-from-water-devon-beach

… and an accounting of the huge number of shipwrecks that might lie off the UK:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2016/08/14/40000-shipwrecks-waiting-to-be-found-off-british-coast-says-hist/

Concerns for the wreck of the London:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-essex-37116685

Europe’s oldest known tree is in Greece:

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-08/su-eok081916.php
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/08/2016/adonis-europes-oldest-known-tree

A water channel from the Great Basilica at Pliska:

http://www.focus-fen.net/news/2016/08/15/410290/archaeologists-find-hydro-installation-at-great-basilica-of-pliska.html

Feature on Suleiman’s tomb:

http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2016/08/hungary-unearthing-suleiman-magnificent-tomb-160814120849950.html

Some William the Conqueror revisionism (book hype):

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/aug/20/william-i-how-we-misunderstood-the-conqueror-for-950-years

A 7th century king’s charter relating to Lincoln has been authenticated:

http://phys.org/news/2016-08-rights-men-medieval-charter-king.html

A theft from a Leicestershire chapel:

http://www.visitchurches.org.uk/latestnews/2016-08-08/Irreplaceable-Tudor-stained-glass-panel-stolen-from-historic-Leicestershire-chapel/

Work has started to restore the Jorvik Viking Centre:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-york-north-yorkshire-37020655

Feature on London’s early ‘east enders’:

http://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/features/the-archaeology-of-the-olympic-park-londons-first-east-enders.htm

Magna Carta has returned to Lincoln Castle:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-lincolnshire-36983621

Restoration of Aethelflaed’s priory has commenced:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-lincolnshire-36983621
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http://archaeology-in-europe.blogspot.com/

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A 10 500 year bp camp from Ladakh:

http://www.indiatimes.com/news/india/archaeologists-discover-ancient-camping-site-in-ladakh-dating-back-10-500-years-260267.html

An ancient ‘catacomb’ from Gabala:

http://www.today.az/news/society/153517.html

Bronze Age altar from Xinjiang:

http://www.china.org.cn/china/2016-08/09/content_39054985.htm

A Bronze Age burial from Siberia:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/4775-160819-siberia-bronze-age-burial

… and another with evidence of trepanation:

http://siberiantimes.com/science/casestudy/features/f0250-reconstructing-brain-surgery-as-it-was-conducted-around-3000-years-ago/
https://www.rt.com/viral/356533-bronze-age-brain-surgery/

Some petroglyphs from Hawaii are getting a lot of attention:

http://phys.org/news/2016-08-hawaiian-petroglyphs-revealed-shifting-sands.html
http://www.livescience.com/55708-petroglyphs-revealed-hawaii-oahu-coastline.html
http://www.livescience.com/55704-petroglyphs-discovered-on-hawaii-coastline-photos.html
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/0811/Tourists-in-Hawaii-surprised-to-discover-400-year-old-petroglyphs
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tourists-hawaii-accidentally-discovered-ancient-petroglyphs-180960104/

They’re excavating at Bazira:

http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2016/08/18/entertainment/pakistan-unearths-the-city-defeated-by-alexander-the-great/

1000 year bp frescoed tombs from Inner Mongolia:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2016-08/18/c_135611265.htm

Feature on the typhoon that sank Kublai Khan’s fleet:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/aug/18/how-typhoon-sank-kublai-khan-weatherwatch

Feature on shell jewellery from East Asia:

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2101485-oldest-jewellery-in-east-asia-is-crafted-37000-year-old-shell/

Feature on some 1500 years bp jewellery found in a Chinese tomb a few years ago:

http://www.livescience.com/55790-ancient-bling-found-in-chinese-tomb.html
http://www.livescience.com/55789-photos-ancient-tomb-of-chinese-woman.html

British shipwreck found in the Russian Arctic:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/aug/09/discovery-of-the-year-sunken-british-steamship-the-thames-found-on-edge-of-arctic-circle
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/08/10/british-steamship-found-beneath-russian-arctic-after-139-years/

Feature on Angkor:

https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2016/aug/16/lost-cities-6-angkor-wat-nasa-technology-khmer-megacity

Feature on Merv:

https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2016/aug/12/lost-cities-merv-worlds-biggest-city-razed-turkmenistan

Feature on Muziris:

http://www.theguardian.com/cities/2016/aug/10/lost-cities-3-muziris-india-kerala-ancient-port-black-pepper?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

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http://www.southeastasianarchaeology.com/

New Zealand Archaeology eNews:

http://nzarchaeology.blogspot.co.nz/index.html
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Assorted stone tools found by an Oregon teacher:

http://theweek.com/speedreads/643649/oregon-teacher-discovers-14-prehistoric-tools-backyard

Native American artifacts from the Willamette Valley (same story as above, I think):

http://www.oregonlive.com/pacific-northwest-news/index.ssf/2016/08/archaeologists_find_rare_nativ.html
http://registerguard.com/rg/news/local/34693051-75/15-obsidian-pieces-found-in-willamette-valley-confirmed-to-be-native-american-artifacts.html.csp

Studying pre-European monument sites in Michigan:

http://phys.org/news/2016-08-uncover-insights-great-lakes-monuments.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/08/160809122721.htm
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/08/2016/new-insights-on-great-lakes-late-precontact-period-monuments

Assorted items of a Pike Place Market construction site:

http://www.king5.com/news/local/seattle/2000-artifacts-found-at-pike-place-marketfront-construction-site/291956877

Remains of a 16th century shipwreck off Florida:

http://www.livescience.com/55795-colonial-age-shipwrecks-found-off-florida-coast.html
http://www.livescience.com/55793-photos-colonial-age-shipwrecks-cape-canaveral.html
http://jacksonville.com/news/metro/2016-08-17/story/wreckage-found-cape-canaveral-linked-lost-french-colony-fort-caroline
http://www.foxnews.com/science/2016/08/19/16th-century-shipwrecks-found-amid-rocket-debris-off-florida-coast.html

Evidence of earlier bits of Jefferson’s Mews:

http://phys.org/news/2016-08-archaeologists-unearth-early-elements-mews.html

A dig has revealed a structure at Madison’s Montpelier:

http://www.dailyprogress.com/starexponent/news/foundation-of-last-slave-structure-uncovered-at-montpelier/article_eb0a6474-17be-5e80-8e2e-172650720de0.html
http://www.nbc29.com/story/32731424/archaeologists-uncover-structure-at-james-madisons-montpelier

Plenty of coverage of a 19th century shipwreck find in Lake Ontario (the Washington):

http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/0817/Second-oldest-Great-Lakes-shipwreck-offers-a-rare-window-into-the-past
http://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory/explorers-find-2nd-oldest-confirmed-shipwreck-great-lakes-41448483?cid=abcn_tco
http://www.syracuse.com/state/index.ssf/2016/08/upstate_ny_explorers_find_2nd-oldest_confirmed_shipwreck_in_lake_ontario.html
http://www.wsj.com/articles/retirees-find-second-oldest-confirmed-shipwreck-in-great-lakes-1471512602
http://www.forbes.com/sites/shelbycarpenter/2016/08/18/200-year-old-shipwreck-found-bottom-lake-ontario/
http://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/27041/20160818/over-200-year-old-shipwreck-found-lake-ontario.htm
http://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/27177/20160820/rare-discovery-fast-facts-about-the-lady-washington-shipwreck-found-on-lake-ontario.htm
http://www.cnn.com/videos/us/2016/08/18/rare-18th-century-shipwreck-discovered-orig-vstan-aa.cnn
http://www.archaeology.org/news/4771-160818-lake-ontario-shipwreck

There was excitement over the discovery of a sword tip at the Alamo:

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local/article/1800s-sword-tip-found-in-Alamo-Plaza-9136600.php
http://www.star-telegram.com/news/state/texas/article95169787.html
http://www.foxnews.com/science/2016/08/12/alamo-dig-archaeologists-unearth-tip-mexican-sword.html

Sort of a culminating piece on the Alamo dig:

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local/article/Digging-concluded-in-Alamo-Plaza-9173314.php
http://www.beaumontenterprise.com/news/local/article/Digging-concluded-in-Alamo-Plaza-9173314.php

They’re digging at the Bush Prairie Farm:

http://www.theolympian.com/news/local/article96295802.html

… and Isle Royale:

http://www.sctimes.com/story/news/local/2016/08/15/scsu-archaeology-student-seeks-clues-isle-royale/88630196/

The dig at Lake George has been extended:

http://phys.org/news/2016-08-site-1750s-british-american-encampments.html
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/aug/12/dig-extended-at-upstate-ny-colonial-american-milit/

… where they found remains of a possible officer’s camp:

http://www.timesunion.com/news/article/French-and-Indian-War-dig-reveals-possible-9140188.php

Finds from Alexandria:

http://www.connectionnewspapers.com/news/2016/aug/08/alexandria-youths-uncover-historic-artifacts/

The Timbisha Shoshone are concerned about ‘artifact tampering’ (wrong description):

http://www.uniondemocrat.com/localnews/4589981-151/tribe-distressed-over-artifact-tampering

What a metal detectorist in PEI has found over the years:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/prince-edward-island/rick-barton-find-artifact-european-1.3725651?cmp=rss

Feature on Cahokia:

https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2016/aug/17/lost-cities-8-mystery-ahokia-illinois-mississippians-native-americans-vanish

… and another item on the status of women at Cahokia:

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-08/priu-fla080516.php
https://www.yahoo.com/news/women-held-important-role-americas-1st-city-burial-133538533.html
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/08/2016/beaded-burial-at-cahokia-not-a-monument-to-male-power

Feature on the Cardiff Giant:

http://www.livescience.com/55787-cardiff-giant.html

Feature on the Boston molasses flood:

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20160817-the-killer-flood-made-of-molasses

Followup to the CNY plaque theft:

http://www.syracuse.com/crime/index.ssf/2016/08/pair_accused_of_stealing_scrapping_plaque_honoring_civil_war_doctor.html
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6000 years bp human remains from Los Olivos (Peru):

http://www.peruthisweek.com/news-ancient-remains-found-in-olivos-110146

A Maya burial temple from Belize:

http://www.apollo-magazine.com/mayan-tomb-discovered-in-belize/
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rare-maya-burial-temple-discovered-belize-180960054/

A Maya burial is giving hints about the Snake dynasty (same as above, I think):

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/aug/06/maya-snake-dynasty-tomb-belize-ruins
http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/a-tomb-in-belize-offers-up-missing-pieces-of-a-long-lost-staircase-and-the-story-of-the-snake-lords-who-built-it/news-story/932155ae99046e57bdb2cd7e537092fd
http://www.breakingbelizenews.com/2016/08/06/dr-jaime-awe-finds-clues-snake-dynasty-xunantunich/

1000 years bp dog burials at at the Lima zoo:

http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2016/08/why-are-these-1000-year-old-dogs-buried-under-lima-zoo?rss=1

Evidence of rabbit breeding at Teotihuacan:

http://phys.org/news/2016-08-pre-hispanic-mexican-civilization-bred-rabbits.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/08/160817142539.htm
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-08/p-pmc081116.php
https://www.newscientist.com/article/2101551-bunnies-helped-a-great-civilisation-in-ancient-mexico-thrive/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/4774-160818-mexico-teotihuacan-rabbits

Suggestion that Teotihuacan was a centre for water worship:

http://www.wsj.com/articles/teotihuacan-mexicos-pyramid-city-worshiped-water-scholar-says-1470762228
http://www.newser.com/story/229586/archaeologist-says-shes-solved-the-mystery-of-mexicos-teotihuacan.html

Pondering some Incan trepanation:

http://www.cnn.com/2016/08/15/health/holes-in-the-head/index.html

War didn’t destroy Easter Island:

http://phys.org/news/2016-08-easter-island-war-analysis.html

Feature on the end of the Wari:

http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2016/08/waris-grisly-end-fall-south-american-empire

Rethinking the Venus Table of the Dresden Codex:

http://phys.org/news/2016-08-ancient-mayan-copernicus.html
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-08/uoc–aam081616.php
http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/reinterpretation-of-dresden-codex-produces-clues-of-unexpectedly-advanced-mayan-astronomy/news-story/4e2a446ea5afecd0d956121d7eee219f
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/08/2016/hieroglyphic-texts-reveal-maya-innovation-in-maths-and-astronomy

Feature on the pyramid at Cholula:

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20160812-the-giant-pyramid-hidden-inside-a-mountain

Feature on Chavin de Huantar:

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20160808-a-lost-temple-holds-the-secrets-to-the-origins-of-authority

Sarah Parcak is going to look for lost Incan sites:

http://altoday.com/archives/11953-uab-space-archaeologist-sarah-parcak-on-a-mission-to-unearth-worlds-hidden-treasures

A tomb raider in Costa Rica is arrested:

http://news.co.cr/suspected-tomb-raider-gets-raided-costa-rica/50028/
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Explorator 19.15 ~ August 7, 2016

Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Hernan Astudillo,
David Critchley, Bob Heuman, Trevor Watkins, Suzan Mazur, Robin Helweg-Larsen,
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A couple studies on the effects of fire on human development:

http://phys.org/news/2016-08-smokeand-mutationthere-evolutionary-edge-humans.html
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-08/mbae-tge080116.php
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/09/science/fire-smoke-evolution-tuberculosis.html
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/modern-humans-beat-neanderthals-because-we-can-happily-breathe-in-toxic-smoke-from-cooking-meat-a7169531.html

Pondering Neanderthal brain development:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/4684-160728-neanderthal-brain-development

Feature on Neanderthal remains in Gibraltrar:

http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-36935232

Lack of hair apparently was an evolutionary advantage:

http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20160801-our-weird-lack-of-hair-may-be-the-key-to-our-success

More on Neanderthal demise being linked to their inability to make ‘parkas’:

http://phys.org/news/2016-08-neanderthals-failure-parkas-demise.html
http://www.livescience.com/55624-parkas-helped-early-humans-survive.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2016/07/29/how-parka-jackets-saved-early-humans-from-the-chilly-fate-of-the/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/4690-160801-furry-hooded-outfits

More on DNA suggesting there is an ‘unknown human ancestor’ from Asia somewhere along the line:

http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/archaeology/1.734451

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AFRICA
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Slide show of sites in Libya which are on the UNESCO threatened list:

http://www.cnn.com/2016/08/02/architecture/unesco-libya-sites-danger/index.html

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Work is under way to restore Menkawre’s statue:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/44/236944/Heritage/Museums/Egyptian-antiquities-experts-to-restore-King-Menka.aspx

The Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities is launching a couple of new journals:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/236469/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Two-Egyptian-archaeological-periodicals-to-be-laun.aspx

Latest from the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/44/236843/Heritage/Museums/Preparations-for-NMEC-temporary-exhibition-in-full.aspx

Hunter/gatherers were experimenting with agriculture in Turkey some 10 000 years bp:

http://phys.org/news/2016-08-hunter-gatherers-farming-turkey-migrating-europe.html
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-08/cp-hew072816.php

Feature on the Saruq al Hadid site:

http://www.thenational.ae/uae/heritage/brushing-off-sands-of-time-at-the-archaeological-site-of-saruq-al-hadid#full

… related:

http://www.thenational.ae/uae/heritage/old-is-gold-remnants-from-the-old-dubai-excavation-site-on-display

An appeal to save the Prophet Nahum’s tomb:

http://www.jpost.com/Diaspora/Kurdistan-official-launches-appeal-to-save-Jewish-tomb-462958

Sassanid-era pottery in a shipwreck off the coast of Iran:

http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/08/2016/sassanid-era-pottery-clue-to-historic-shipwreck-off-bushehr-peninsula

Drought is causing concerns at Persepolis:

http://en.mehrnews.com/news/118681/Persepolis-threatened-by-drought-land-subsidence

I think we mentioned these remains of an Egyptian official’s statue from Hazor:

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/07/31/does-this-rock-explain-why-egyptians-are-biblical-villains.html

A trio of Waqf members are apparently going to go on trial after that attack on an archaeologist last week:

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4835540,00.html
http://www.timesofisrael.com/3-waqf-officials-likely-to-stand-trial-for-attack-on-archeologists/
http://forward.com/news/breaking-news/346531/3-waqf-officials-likely-to-stand-trial-for-attacking-archaeologists-on-temp/
http://www.jta.org/2016/08/01/news-opinion/israel-middle-east/3-waqf-officials-will-stand-trial-for-attacking-archeologists-on-temple-mount
https://www.mainejewish.org/jta/1227272

… and 5 Waqf members were detained for illegally ‘renovating’ the Dome of the Rock:

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Article.aspx?id=463207

… not sure if this is the same as the preceding or not:

http://www.theyeshivaworld.com/news/headlines-breaking-stories/448699/waqf-official-questioned-on-suspicion-of-antiquities-violations-on-har-habayis.html

A while back there was a study of handwriting and its applicability to literacy during Old Testament times … the full study is now available online:

https://www.academia.edu/26600247/

More on mosaics from Huqoq:

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865659257/Noah7s-Ark-mosaic-uncovered-in-ancient-Galilee-synagogue.html?pg=all

ISIL has done some major looting at Tal Ajaja:

http://gulfnews.com/news/mena/syria/daesh-destroys-ancient-treasures-in-syria-s-tal-ajaja-1.1874889

Other ‘radicals’ have blown up a 16th century mosque in Yemen:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/islamists-blow-up-16-century-mosque-in-yemen/

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A 3500 years bp elite tomb from Hala Sultan Tekke (Cyprus):

http://www.mcw.gov.cy/mcw/da/da.nsf/All/C8FF86C38B382F40422578EA003B5BED?OpenDocument
http://cyprus-mail.com/2016/08/03/late-bronze-age-burial-site-one-grandest-ever-found-cyprus/
http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/archaeology/1.734913

Gold (!) curse tablets from Viminacium:

http://www.nbcnews.com/science/science-news/roman-curse-tablets-made-gold-discovered-viminacium-serbia-n623426
http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/groundbreaking-discovery-at-serbia-s-old-roman-city-08-05-2016

An Illiyrian palace of some sort:

http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news,410708,palace-of-illyrian-rulers-dating-back-more-than-two-thousand-years-discovered-by-polish.html

Hype for an incipient dig at a Roman villa site at Yeovil:

http://www.somersetlive.co.uk/archaeologists-begin-yeovil-excavation-to-uncover-roman-villa-and-bathhouse/story-29588864-detail/story.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-somerset-36967094

… and what they’ve already found:

http://www.somersetlive.co.uk/lufton-roman-villa-dig-historical-items-already-unearthed-by-newcastle-university-team/story-29590061-detail/story.html

Digging has resumed at Soli Pompeiopolis:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/excavations-start-at-soli-pompeiopolis-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=102393&NewsCatID=375

… and Demre:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/antalyas-demre-opens-new-excavation-season-.aspx?PageID=238&NID=102328&NewsCatID=375

… and Kurul Castle:

http://www.dailysabah.com/history/2016/07/30/archaeologists-resume-excavation-on-turkeys-black-sea-coast

Aerial photographs reveal a Roman marching camp in Dorset:

http://www.dorsetecho.co.uk/news/14653940.Rare_Roman_camp_spotted_from_the_air/

They’ve restored and ‘restaged’ some kitchens and the dry cleaner’s at Pompeii:

http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2016/08/01/kitchen-restored-in-pompeiis-fullonica_60526442-e27e-4297-80e9-a947a7c0d2bc.html
http://www.thelocal.it/20160802/refurbished-pompeii-kitchens-show-how-ancient-romans-cooked

That mass burial of shackled skeletons at Phalerum is back in the news for some reason:

http://www.reuters.com/video/2016/08/01/shackled-remains-at-ancient-greek-site-t?videoId=369447004
https://www.yahoo.com/news/shackled-remains-ancient-greek-tell-tale-intrigue-094453721.html
http://www.euronews.com/2016/08/01/ancient-mass-grave-site-in-greek-capital-could-point-to-earliest-dated-event-in
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-08-03/skeletons-shackled-at-the-wrists-found-in-athens-mass-grave/7687642
http://theweek.com/speedreads/640276/archaeologists-discover-80-shackled-skeletons-from-mysterious-ancient-greek-execution
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/08/02/world/science-health-world/shackled-skeletons-athens-cemetery-belong-supporters-nobleman-led-attempted-coup-632-b-c/#.V6Cwy6LIeM9
http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/shackled-skeletons-ancient-greece-1.3703346
http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Ancient-mass-grave-site-in-Greek-capital-could-9067157.php
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/reuters/article-3717905/Shackled-remains-ancient-Greek-site-tell-tale-intrigue.html

On recent finds from Perge:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/only-statue-of-roman-emperor-on-display-in-antalya-museum–.aspx?pageID=238&nID=102442&NewsCatID=375

Overview of recent finds in Bulgaria:

http://sofiaglobe.com/2016/07/30/archaeological-finds-in-bulgaria-july-2016-highlights/

Very interesting feature on the Throne of Midas dispute:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/suzan-mazur/the-midas-throne-row_b_11307068.html

Feature on Cannae:

http://www.history.com/news/ancient-romes-darkest-day-the-battle-of-cannae

I think we mentioned these columns from Sardis undergoing some cleaning:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/historic-columns-of-sardis-in-for-cleaning-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=100964&NewsCatID=375

An update on restoration and conservation work at Stratonikeia:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/artifacts-restored-in-ancient-stratonikeia.aspx?pageID=517&nID=102513&NewsCatID=375

Feature on the recently-reopened Tullianum:

http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/archaeology/.premium-1.735244

They’ve used 3d printing to ‘restore’ the statue of Zeus from Olympia (more in the techy section):

http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-36986434

The Greek Culture Ministry wants to declare Eliniko to be an archaeological site:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2016/08/06/greek-culture-ministry-seeks-to-declare-elliniko-as-archaeological-site/

What Kevin Dicus is up to:

http://around.uoregon.edu/content/uo-classics-professor-digs-dirt-pompeii

What Hunter Rawlings is up to:

http://www.news.cornell.edu/stories/2016/08/rawlings-engages-veterans-through-ancient-texts-war

A Festschrift for Frederick Ahl:

http://www.news.cornell.edu/stories/2016/08/new-volume-honors-classics-professor-fred-ahl

Feature on Seamus Heaney:

http://www.irishtimes.com/culture/stage/seamus-heaney-gave-us-permission-to-speak-in-our-own-voice-1.2737386

Continued arguing over the Chester Amphitheatre:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-36955733
http://www.chesterchronicle.co.uk/news/chester-cheshire-news/debate-over-chester-amphitheatre-resurfaces-11692674

An embarrassing Latin error in a monument at the University of Texas:

http://www.mystatesman.com/news/news/local/incorrect-latin-word-mars-uts-monument-to-victims-/nr9Kd/
http://www.dallasnews.com/news/state/headlines/20160804-memorial-to-1966-ut-shooting-victims-has-a-problem-set-in-stone-latin-word-is-wrong.ece

As might be expected, there were features on the ancient Olympics:

http://time.com/4431034/rio-olympics-ancient-history/
http://www.newshub.co.nz/world/ancient-olympics-a-pagan-party-of-nudity-animal-sacrifice-orgies-and-sport-2016073008

… including one on cheating:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/ancient-history-cheating-olympics-180960003/

… and ‘doping’:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p043p0wy
http://www.pri.org/stories/2016-08-05/ancient-olympics-were-dirty-violent-corrupt-affairs-there-was-even-regular-doping

… and Olympic nudity:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/drsarahbond/2016/08/04/a-brief-history-of-olympic-nudity-from-ancient-greece-to-espn/

Feature on a fossil found during Tiberius’ principate:

http://www.wondersandmarvels.com/2016/08/roman-emperor-tiberius-and-the-giant-tooth.html

Feature on the gladiator school at Xanten:

http://www.dw.com/en/follow-in-roman-gladiators-footsteps-at-germanys-xanten-park/a-19426443

Security at the Colosseum (and other sites) has been beefed up in the wake of ISIL threats:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/08/03/rome-tightens-security-at-colosseum-as-isil-threatens-to-attack/
http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/generalnews/2016/08/03/security-at-colosseum-churches-boosted-to-stop-terror_40d6d20e-a46b-4a33-99a1-3391ce61bd06.html
http://www.news.com.au/world/breaking-news/colosseum-under-maximum-security/news-story/259c101e56d4cd247d398d8089881db2

… although some German tourist managed to climb the Colosseum:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/german-tourists-scale-colosseum-in-night-time-stunt-a7166916.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-3719545/Rome-Colosseum-climbed-German-tourists-illegal-stunt.html

Review of Adrian Goldsworthy, *Pax Romana*:

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/pax-romana-war-peace-and-conquest-in-the-roman-world-by-adrian-goldsworthy-8sxz0rtq9

Review of Patty, *Living With a Dead Language*:

http://www.sfchronicle.com/books/article/Living-With-a-Dead-Language-My-Romance-With-9125147.php
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A Neolithic site from Aar (this wouldn’t connect for me this morning for some reason):

http://cphpost.dk/news/danish-archaeologists-find-mysterious-well.html

Plenty of coverage of the excavation of something palatial at Tintagel (with all the Arthurian connections, of course):

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cornwall-36967147
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/king-arthur-castle-cornwall-tintagel-dark-ages-palace-camelot-a7168761.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/08/03/royal-palace-discovered-in-area-believed-to-be-birthplace-of-kin/
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/palace-unearthed-king-arthurs-birthplace-180960035/?no-ist
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=11687340
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3721915/Has-Camelot-Royal-palace-Dark-Ages-unearthed-legendary-site-King-Arthur-s-birth.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

1000 years bp female burial from Hillsborough Castle:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/36951328
http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/life/features/was-hillsborough-castle-the-scene-of-a-grave-killing-34942506.html
http://www.culture24.org.uk/history-and-heritage/archaeology/art559811-hillsborough-castle-northern-ireland-county-down
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3723367/Mystery-1-000-year-old-skeleton-Hillsborough-Castle-Archaeologists-say-woman-shed-light-early-settlements-Northern-Ireland.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

1000 years bp burials (and more) from Iceland:

http://icelandreview.com/news/2016/07/31/archeologists-find-1000-years-skeletons-and-silver-coin

A Victorian plunge pool in an unexpected site in Northampton:

http://www.culture24.org.uk/history-and-heritage/archaeology/art559830-delapre-abbey-northampton-victorian-plunging-pool

Feature on what has been found on the wreck of the London:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-essex-36985971

France plans to restore what is dubbed Europe’s oldest Jewish building:

http://www.jta.org/2016/08/05/news-opinion/world/france-to-rescue-europes-oldest-jewish-building
http://www.timesofisrael.com/france-to-rescue-europes-oldest-jewish-building/

Piecing together a helmet from the Staffordshire Hoard:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-stoke-staffordshire-36954627

A stone from Canterbury Cathedral is coming to auction:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-kent-36964503

Seeking funds to search for an Iron Age broch in Stirling:

http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/08/2016/campaign-launched-to-help-archaeologists-search-for-an-iron-age-broch

Last week I managed to move a Danish castle to Norway, so here’s the item again:

http://sciencenordic.com/new-discovery-rewrites-history-denmark%E2%80%99s-biggest-royal-castle

Plans to dig a ‘mysterious mound’ in South Downs National Park:

http://www.theargus.co.uk/news/14653217.Dig_to_discover_history_of_mysterious_mound/

In case you’re wondering what ‘Bulgaria’s Indiana Jones’ is up to:

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-bosnia-pyramids-idUSKCN10F0UD?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews
https://www.yahoo.com/news/bosnian-indiana-jone-digs-controversy-again-park-091044901.html

More coverage of that vandalism to that 5000 years bp petroglyph in Norway by some kids who were trying to ‘improve’ it:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/norway-ski-boys-deface-5000-year-old-ancient-rock-carving-a7166851.html
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/norwegian-youth-destroys-one-earliest-images-skiing-trying-improve-it-180960013/
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=11685303
http://globalnews.ca/news/2860404/norwegian-teens-ruin-5000-year-old-stone-carving-they-tried-to-improve/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2016/08/02/it-was-done-out-of-good-intentions-treasured-5000-year-old-carving-destroyed-by-well-meaning-kids/
http://www.stuff.co.nz/world/europe/82695103/ancient-norwegian-rock-carving-damaged-forever-after-boys-attempt-to-restore-it

… and they might face charges:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/07/31/norwegian-youths-who-ruined-5000-year-old-carving-could-face-pro/
That ball of thread from ‘Britain’s Pompeii’ is getting more attention this week:

http://www.livescience.com/55654-3000-year-old-thread-found.html
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/knot-possible-3000-year-old-thread-found-in-uk/
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ball-thread-3000-years-old-180959978/
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3726980/Perfectly-preserved-3-000-year-old-pieces-thread-discovered-Bronze-Age-village-Cambridgeshire-dubbed-Pompeii-Fens.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

… and there were more general features too:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/08/01/uncovering-the-mysteries-of-britains-pompeii/

More on the facial reconstruction of Ava:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/meet-ava-bronze-age-woman-scottish-highlands-180959988/

More on the Viking ‘power couple’ burial (and the axe):

http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/viking-burial-site-in-denmark-contained-a-warrior–and-his-enormous-axe/news-story/c2c58410644f148a4fdaad5786182c59
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Geologic evidence found which appears to confirm a Chinese dynasty foundation story:

http://phys.org/news/2016-08-evidence-legendary-china-rewrite-history.html
http://feeds.sciencedaily.com/~r/sciencedaily/fossils_ruins/archaeology/~3/oZRHzA6qScg/160804152433.htm
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-08/aaft-gdp080116.php
http://www.livescience.com/55658-china-great-flood-legend-geological-evidence.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-36966274
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/05/science/china-great-flood-xia-emperor-yu.html
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/0805/Myth-meets-science-Did-researchers-just-verify-a-Chinese-legend
http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/china-ancient-flood-1.3708724?cmp=rss
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/aug/05/chinas-great-flood-tests-on-childrens-bones-support-4000-year-old-legend?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2016/08/04/legends-say-china-began-in-a-great-flood-scientists-just-found-evidence-that-the-flood-was-real/
http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/china-finds-great-flood-evidence-supporting-myth-of-first-emperors/news-story/4aa4b85724d2fc53f608f1f65f76edbc
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/08/china-yellow-river-great-flood-xia-dynasty-yu/
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/massive-flood-may-confirm-chinas-creation-myth-180960037/
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/ancient-chinese-megaflood-may-be-fact-not-fiction/
http://elpais.com/elpais/2016/08/04/ciencia/1470329898_638060.html

I think we mentioned when this ‘oldest maritime object’ from Hong Kong was found by divers a week or two ago:

http://www.livescience.com/55650-hong-kong-oldest-maritime-artifact.html
http://www.livescience.com/55649-photos-hong-kong-underwater-artifacts.html

Followup to the ‘bug poo’ situation at the Taj Mahal:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2016/08/06/judge-puts-taj-mahals-bug-poo-problem-on-state-officials-shoulders/
—–

Southeast Asian Archaeology Newsblog:

http://www.southeastasianarchaeology.com/

New Zealand Archaeology eNews:

http://nzarchaeology.blogspot.co.nz/index.html
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NORTH AMERICA
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A 12 300 years bp fire pit from Norther Utah:

http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/12300-year-fire-pit-found-northern-utah-41171805
http://madison-press.com/wire/national-wire/166822/12300-year-old-fire-pit-found-in-northern-utah-5
http://www.holmescountyherald.com/syndicated_post/12300-year-old-fire-pit-found-in-northern-utah/
A 6000 years bp (maybe) knife from a hunting camp site in Kodiak:

http://www.ktoo.org/2016/08/01/knife-discovered-kodiak-community-archaeology-site/

A site in Utah suggests a population boom preceded the development of farming some 5000 years bp:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/08/160802104526.htm
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-08/uou-pbp072816.php
http://www.archaeology.org/news/4700-160803-population-plant-domestication

Very interesting finds from mound 72 at Cahokia:

http://phys.org/news/2016-08-fresh-burials-mass-graves-story.html
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-08/uoia-fla080416.php
http://www.livescience.com/55675-cahokia-burial-women.html
A buffalo jump site in the James River valley:

http://listen.sdpb.org/post/archaeologists-probe-850-year-old-buffalo-jump-james-river-valley

They were showing off finds from the Alamo:

http://www.dallasnews.com/news/local-news/20160802-watch-alamo-archaeologists-display-new-artifacts.ece
http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Alamo-dig-yields-hundreds-of-items-reflecting-9022452.php
http://www.star-telegram.com/news/state/texas/article93188202.html

… and they may have found where the main gate was:

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local/article/Continuing-dig-reveals-possible-signs-of-the-9122582.php

Bones found in the Gaspe last week may have come from an 1847 shipwreck:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/carricks-of-whitehaven-gaspe-human-remains-shipwreck-1847-1.3705288
http://montrealgazette.com/news/parks-canada-hopes-to-link-human-remains-to-1800s-shipwreck
http://www.canada.com/news/national/parks+canada+investigating+whether+98ancient+bones+found+gaspe/12103433/story.html
http://news.nationalpost.com/news/canada/parks-canada-investigating-whether-ancient-bones-found-in-gaspe-came-from-1847-shipwreck

A dig preliminary to an electrical transmission line in New Mexico turned up 26k artifacts:

http://phys.org/news/2016-08-archaeological-excavations-26k-artifacts-mexico.html
http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/archaeological-excavations-finds-26k-artifacts-mexico-41151154
http://navajotimes.com/wires-wp/index.php?id=1679341443&kid=oJaMkM3NZxKPio2R
http://en.tempo.co/read/news/2016/08/07/310793878/Archaeological-Excavations-Finds-26K-Artifacts-in-New-Mexico
http://www.lcsun-news.com/story/news/2016/08/05/transmission-line-excavations-find-26k-artifacts-nm/88292194/

Finds from various periods from a construction site in Camden:

http://www.courierpostonline.com/story/news/2016/08/02/surprising-finds-holtec-site-camden/87734826/

… and during bridge construction in Tennessee:

http://www.wbrc.com/story/32593395/native-american-artifacts-discovered-during-bridge-construction-in-perry-co

Latest from the Hopewell earthworks:

http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/science/2016/07/31/01-archaeology-experts-find-importance-in-mysterious-hopewell-earthworks.html

Searching for palisades in Windsor revealed an historic home site:

http://www.courant.com/community/windsor/hc-wn-windsor-state-archeologists-palisades-0804-20160801-story.html

Haven’t had a time capsule opening in a while;

http://www.cbs8.com/story/32698127/la-jolla-church-opens-100-year-old-time-capsule

They’ve figured out what killed off an isolated population of mammoths in Alaska:

http://phys.org/news/2016-08-lack-extinction-isolated-alaska-mammoths.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/08/160801163858.htm
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-08/ps-spi072816.php
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/02/science/mammoths-extinction-saint-paul-island-alaska.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-36945909
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/aug/01/woolly-mammoth-st-pauls-island-demise-due-freshwater-shortage
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/articles/solving-mystery-mammoth-proportions-180959992/
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/08/2016/woolly-mammoth-extinction-accurately-dated-on-alaskan-island

An historic CUNY plaque was stolen:

http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2016/08/otisco_mystery_who_stole_plaque_honoring_civil_war_veteran.html

On the origins of the Coast Guard:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/05/nyregion/celebrating-hamilton-the-father-of-the-coast-guard.html

Marking the anniversary of the first execution by electric chair:

http://www.syracuse.com/vintage/2016/08/the_first_ever_execution_by_el.html
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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A very interesting Maya snake dynasty tomb from Belize:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/aug/06/maya-snake-dynasty-tomb-belize-ruins

Pondering whether Columbus took a somewhat different route:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-36884261

Latest on Columbia and the wreck of the San Jose:

http://internacional.elpais.com/internacional/2016/07/31/colombia/1469918008_930133.html

Tourists damaged El Candelabro in Paracas (Peru):

http://www.peruthisweek.com/news-tourist-damage-candelabro-in-paracas-110086
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Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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A Durer shows up at a French flea market:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-36997455
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2016/aug/05/lost-engraving-albrecht-durer-found-flea-market-maria-crowned-angel
http://www.thelocal.de/20160806/500-year-old-german-engraving-surfaces-at-french-flea-market
http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=89294

Xray fluorescence reveal a hidden portrait under a Degas:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-36970024
http://www.livescience.com/55652-edgar-degas-painting-hidden-portrait.html
http://www.livescience.com/55651-photos-edgar-degas-hidden-portrait.html
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/05/science/degas-hidden-portrait.html
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/08/05/488824963/x-rays-reveal-hidden-portrait-under-painting-by-edgar-degas
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2016/08/05/x-ray-reveals-hidden-portrait-beneath-famed-degas-painting/88295898/

A Rodin sketch turns out to be a fake:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-lincolnshire-36936702

Looking for evidence of the first chefs:

http://phys.org/news/2016-08-tracking-chefs.html
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-08/uotb-tdt080216.php

… and looking at what restaurants were like a hundred years ago:

http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2016/08/03/487372849/quiz-what-were-restaurants-like-100-years-ago

A nice restoration at the Fitzwilliam:

http://artdaily.com/news/89177/Fitzwilliam-restores-Renaissance-masterpiece-to-its-former-glory

On places that are famous and full of dead bodies:

http://www.livescience.com/55609-famous-places-with-dead-bodies.html

On some ‘barbaric’ medical treatments still in use today:

http://www.livescience.com/55667-barbaric-medical-treatments-still-used.html

A history of Fleet Street:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-36908042
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-36882573

Big bucks for Action Comics 1:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-36984574

… and Martin Luther is getting the comic book treatment:

http://www.dw.com/en/church-renegade-martin-luther-stars-in-comic-book/a-19448172

Meanwhile, Luther’s antisemitic side is also getting attention:

http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/The-great-shtadlan-Josel-of-Rosheim-takes-on-Martin-Luther-462769

Feature on the Siddis in India:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20160801-indias-forgotten-jungle-dwellers

They’ve figured out why Robert Kennicott died:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/this-smithsonian-scientist-s-death-was-a-mystery-150-years-later-his-skeleton-helped-solve-it-a7171881.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2016/08/03/this-smithsonian-scientists-death-was-a-mystery-150-years-later-his-skeleton-helped-solve-it/

There were features on the first modern Olympics this week:

http://time.com/4408161/first-modern-olympics-photos/

Documents have gone missing from the UK’s National Archives:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-36953199

A Boer War photo album has turned up:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3719664/Fascinating-rare-photographs-showing-brave-British-soldiers-Boer-War.html
Revisiting Alexander Graham Bell’s obit:

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/projects/cp/obituaries/archives/alexander-graham-bell

… and Otto Hahn:

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2016/07/28/obituaries/hahn-obits-sf.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fscience

More on Rembrandt’s use of mirrors:

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/did-rembrandt-use-mirrors-and-optical-tricks-to-create-his-paintings/

More on studying beer at the Smithsonian:

http://chronicle.com/article/The-Scholars-Who-Look-at/237319
Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Will and Jane:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/05/books/will-jane-two-literary-superheroes-united-in-pop-culture.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Farts

Baseball cards:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/07/nyregion/newcomer-to-the-old-ball-game.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Farts

Della Robbia:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/07/arts/design/in-boston-a-major-della-robbia-show.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Farts

Bosch:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/27/movies/hieronymus-bosch-touched-by-the-devil-review.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fdesign

Daily Life in Ancient Lebanon:

http://durhammagazine.co.uk/durham-news/burial-urns-cooking-pots-life-sized-chariot-new-exhibition-brings-ancient-middle-east-durham/0632/

Scott Expedition:

http://phys.org/news/2016-08-photos-tragic-scott-pole-mission.html

Syria: A Living History:

http://www.insidetoronto.com/news-story/6793892-toronto-s-aga-khan-museum-bringing-together-more-than-5-000-years-of-art-for-its-exhibit-syria-a-l/

Ancient Trebizond:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/monuments-of-forgotten-empire-trebizond-on-show.aspx?pageID=238&nID=102261&NewsCatID=385

Turner:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-36974759
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THE TECHY SIDE
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‘Restoring’ the statue of Zeus from Olympia with 3d printing technology:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-36986434
http://greece.greekreporter.com/2016/08/06/lost-ancient-greek-statue-of-zeus-recreated-through-3d-printing/

Another 3d printing project involving ancient artifacts:

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC1608/S00013/ancient-meets-hi-tech-as-uc-3d-prints-antiquities.htm

3d reconstruction of Robert the Bruce’s tomb (!):

http://www.scotsman.com/news/robert-the-bruce-s-lost-tomb-reconstructed-in-3-d-1-4192109
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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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Jewish sites in Saudi Arabia:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/in-saudi-arabia-jewish-sites-with-ancient-resonance-beckon/

Erzurum:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/georgian-monastery-in-turkeys-erzurum-awaits-more-visitors.aspx?pageID=238&nID=101640&NewsCatID=393

Roman sites in France:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/tmullen/2016/08/02/how-romans-enjoyed-luxury-in-western-france/
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CRIME BEAT
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Fines for damaging a site in Bowie:

http://www.hastingstribune.com/bowie-man-must-pay-for-damaging-archaeological-site/article_c46c70fd-9667-5441-bd9a-a0ada81a2632.html
http://www.kob.com/news/bowie-man-must-pay-8707-for-damaging-archaeological-site/4222840/?cat=500

Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2016/08/culture-crime-news-25-31-july-2016.html
conflict antiquities:

http://conflictantiquities.wordpress.com/

anonymous swiss collector:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/

Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues:

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

Looting Matters:

http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/

Illicit Cultural Property:

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

SAFE:

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

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REPATRIATION AND RECOVERY
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A repatriation in the making?:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/03/arts/design/ronald-lauder-art-restitution-neue-galerie.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Farts

Not sure if this looted art donation to Cyprus is repatriation or not:

http://cyprus-mail.com/2016/08/07/partial-return-looted-collection/

The UK returned a Cypro-Archaic artifact to Cyprus:

http://cyprus-mail.com/2016/08/05/ancient-artefact-repatriated-uk/
http://greece.greekreporter.com/2016/08/05/ancient-clay-figurine-repatriated-to-cyprus-from-uk/

The US returned some items to India (who was expecting more?):

http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/us-returned-only-8-antiquities-during-pms-visit-govt/1/731318.html
http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/us-returned-only-eight-antiquities-during-pm-narendra-modis-visit-govt-2951953/

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NUMISMATICA
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The Wold Newton hoard is generating some press:

http://www.coinworld.com/news/world-coins/2016/08/hoard-find-in-britain-excites-archaeologists.html

A 14th century gold coin turned up in the ruins of Kaliakra:

http://www.coinworld.com/news/world-coins/2016/08/hoard-find-in-britain-excites-archaeologists.html

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v19n31.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v19n32.html

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Ancient Coin Collecting:

http://ancientcoincollecting.blogspot.com/

Ancient Coins:

http://classicalcoins.blogspot.com/

Coin Week:

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

http://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-main-menu-cat/audio-news-list/2461-audio-news-from-archaeologica-24-july-2016-30-july-2016
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OBITUARIES
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Martin Bachmann:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/head-of-pergamon-excavations-dies-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=102481&NewsCatID=375

John Kerr:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/31/science/john-kerr-chronicler-of-freud-jung-rift-is-dead-at-66.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fscience

Jean Briggs:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/anthropologist-jean-briggs-dead-at-87-1.3700470
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CONFERENCES
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Maya at the Playa (September 29-October 2):

http://www.mayaattheplaya.com/registration

Dumbarton Oaks Annual Symposium (October 7-8):

http://www.doaks.org/research/pre-columbian/scholarly-activities/sacred-matter-animism-and-authority-in-the-pre-columbian-americas

6th Rye Medieval Academic Conference (October 22):

https://sussexpast.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Rye-conf-poster.pdf
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GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

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

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Ancient Digger:

http://www.ancientdigger.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Past Horizons:

http://www.pasthorizons.com/

Stonepages:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

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

Time Machine:

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

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

The Book and the Spade:

http://www.radioscribe.com/bknspade.htm
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Explorator 19.14 ~ July 31, 2016

Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, David Critchley,
Don Buck, Trevor Watkins, Alan Brockway, Richard Campbell, Richard C. Griffiths,
Rick Pettigrew, and Ross W. Sargent for headses upses this week
(as always hoping I have left no one out).

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Evidence of a tumour on the toe of a homo ergaster (maybe) fossil from South Africa:

http://phys.org/news/2016-07-cancer-paleo-diet-million-years.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/health-36912529
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/oldest-cancer-ever-found-discovered-in-south-africa-potentially-challenging-ideas-about-disease-a7162946.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2016/07/27/worlds-oldest-example-of-cancer-found-in-17-million-year-old-fos/
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/07/28/487775814/ancient-bone-shows-evidence-of-cancer-in-human-ancestor
http://www.cnn.com/2016/07/28/health/oldest-human-cancer-found/index.html

The demise of the Neanderthals came hot on the heels of a population peak, apparently:

http://phys.org/news/2016-07-sudden-extinction-neanderthals-population-peak.html

… while their brains apparently grew just like ours do:

http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2016/07/neandertal-baby-brains-may-have-grown-ours?rss=1

That said, they don’t appear to have been able to adapt to the cold very well:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2016/07/29/how-parka-jackets-saved-early-humans-from-the-chilly-fate-of-the/

OpEddish sort of thing criticizing media coverage of evolution matters:

http://phys.org/news/2016-07-future-human-science-case-media.html

Checking out the Australasian genome suggests there’s a ‘missing ancestor’ in there somewhere:

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2098566-mystery-ancient-human-ancestor-found-in-australasian-family-tree/

An orangutan which can mimic human speech is being studied:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tyne-36895395
http://phys.org/news/2016-07-voice-orangutan-clues-early-human.html

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AFRICA
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Feature on Cape Verde’s role in the slave trade:

http://www.cnn.com/2016/07/27/travel/cape-verde-slave-archeology/index.html

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Figuring out what some defensive structures on the Middle Nile were used for:

http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news,410546,poles-have-solved-the-riddle-of-defensive-structures-of-the-middle-nile.html

More coverage of Egypt’s putting that Khufu papyrus on display:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3692283/The-diary-pyramid-builder-Oldest-papyrus-existence-details-workers-shifted-stones-sheep-ate-reveal-secrets-inside-Great-Pyramid-Giza.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

Egypt is putting together a ‘replica tour’:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/44/236272/Heritage/Museums/AlAhram-and-antiquities-ministry-to-organise-first.aspx

… and they’ve put together a map of sites:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/236187/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/A-map-of-Egypts-archaeological-sites-to-be-launche.aspx

Overview of Egyptian history:

http://www.livescience.com/55578-egyptian-civilization.html

8000 years bp cave painting from Balikesir:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/8000-year-old-cave-paintings-found-in-turkeys-balikesir.aspx?pageID=238&nID=102139&NewsCatID=375

Excavating Pteria (Iron Age):

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/lost-city-of-pteria-finally-unearthed-in-turkeys-yozgat.aspx?pageID=238&nID=102105&NewsCatID=375
http://www.dailysabah.com/history/2016/07/27/excavation-reveals-ancient-city-in-yozgat

Remains of a Canaanite fort from the Galilee:

http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=35229
http://www.algemeiner.com/2016/07/26/israeli-teens-unearth-remains-of-3700-year-old-canaanite-fortress/

A 2200 years bp ‘dinner set’ from Manisa:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ancient-dinner-set-found-in-turkeys-manisa.aspx?pageID=517&nID=102272&NewsCatID=375

Remains of an Egyptian statue from Tel Hazor:

http://new.huji.ac.il/en/article/31994
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/07/160725090228.htm
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Historic-archeological-discovery-of-Egyptian-statue-unearthed-in-Tel-Hazor-462312
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/statue-of-egyptian-official-found-at-tel-hazor/2016/07/25/
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/Flash.aspx/365641
http://www.breakingisraelnews.com/72590/3900-year-old-egyptian-statue-discovered-northern-israel/
http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/archaeology/.premium-1.733282
http://artdaily.com/news/89000/Hebrew-University-of-Jerusalem-announces-historic-find-at-Tel-Hazor–A-statue-of-an-Egyptian-official

Lots of press coverage for Israel putting a mummy on display after undergoing an examination:

http://phys.org/news/2016-07-israel-ancient-mummy-modern-day-afflictions.html
http://www.timesofisrael.com/israels-only-mummy-gets-afterlife-spotlight-at-israel-museum/
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/07/26/487505112/mummified-egyptian-was-just-as-sedentary-and-carb-hungry-as-modern-men?sc=17&f=1001

A 1600 years bp rock hewn pottery kiln from Western Galilee:

http://www.livescience.com/55559-roman-pottery-kiln-discovered-israel.html
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Unique-1600-year-old-kiln-pottery-manufacturing-shop-discovered-in-Western-Galilee-462541
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/high-school-students-help-discover-a-unique-1600-year-old-pottery-workshop-in-the-galilee/2016/07/27/
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/215624
http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=35291
http://www.breakingisraelnews.com/72882/unique-1600-year-old-roman-pottery-workshop-discovered-galilee/
Plans to restore a Byzantine mosaic in the Jewish Quarter’s Cardo section (it’s really more than that):

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4834148,00.html
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Article.aspx?id=462329

A Bible-based sort of look at the excavations at Gath:

http://www.christianexaminer.com/article/through-the-bible-walking-in-the-footsteps-of-goliath-of-gath/50891.htm

Background piece on the Philistines:

http://www.livescience.com/55429-philistines.html

Questioning the existence of the Phoenicians (sort of):

http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/archaeology/1.733940

Transfer of an ancient library from the Rockefeller Museum in east Jerusalem has been okayed:

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Politics-And-Diplomacy/High-Court-of-Justice-okays-transfer-of-ancient-library-to-western-Jerusalem-462255

A couple of Waqf employees “attacked” an archaeologist on Temple Mount:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/israeli-archaeologist-says-he-was-attacked-on-temple-mount/
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/islamic-guards/2016/07/27/
http://forward.com/news/breaking-news/346309/2-muslim-temple-mount-officials-arrested-for-attack-on-jews/

A good article on ISIL’s role in the illicit antiquities trade:

http://www.iar-gwu.org/content/isil-and-illicit-antiquities-trade-0

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A figurine of Ceres from Arbeia:

http://www.itv.com/news/tyne-tees/2016-07-27/mini-figure-of-roman-goddess-uncovered-at-arbeia/

Archaic finds from the Sanctuary of Apollo at Despotiko:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2016/07/22/archaeologists-at-despotikos-apollo-sanctuary-uncover-mysteries-of-archaic-era-greece/

Romano-British finds from Market Harborough:

http://www.harboroughmail.co.uk/news/mail-news/iron-age-and-roman-relics-found-in-market-harborough-1-7497101

Possible Roman burials from Burton Latimer:

http://www.northamptonchron.co.uk/news/video-ancient-skeletons-discovered-at-site-of-new-housing-development-in-burton-latimer-1-7493100

A mosaic uncovered by Mortimer Wheeler at St Alban’s is going on display:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-36922827
http://www.stalbansreview.co.uk/news/14644473.Roman_mosaic_to_be_uncovered_for_second_time_since_discovery/

Nice coverage of Duke’s digs in Italy this summer:

http://phys.org/news/2016-07-team-paths-major-archeological-summer.html
http://today.duke.edu/2016/07/italydiscoveries
http://scienceblog.com/486545/two-approaches-digging-discoveries-italy/

Interesting account of that reunification of statue body with statue head at the Getty:

http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/a-curators-keen-eye-reunites-statues-head-with-body/
https://us-mg6.mail.yahoo.com/neo/launch?.rand=67dsdo9gqjnln#9011150587

Overview of recent finds in Bulgaria:

http://sofiaglobe.com/2016/07/30/archaeological-finds-in-bulgaria-july-2016-highlights/

Interesting examination of a Roman burial from Naples:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2016/07/27/ancient-roman-man-tiptoed-through-life-from-a-hip-fracture/#4345d7095eda

A shortage of archaeological workers is complicating excavations in Cyzicus:

http://www.dailysabah.com/history/2016/07/27/shortage-of-workers-cripple-archaeological-excavation

… where they’re excavating Hadrian’s temple:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/archeologist-out-to-unearth-legendry-hadrian-temple.aspx?pageID=238&nid=102063

Renovations are under way at the Roman theatre at Iznik:

http://www.dailysabah.com/history/2016/07/25/ancient-theater-reclaims-original-identity

Apparently they won’t be excavating Chester’s amphitheatre:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-merseyside-36886970

The Yorkshire Museum is trying to raise funds to save a Roman hoard found at Wold Newton a few years ago:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-york-north-yorkshire-36883829
http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/dig-deep-to-keep-hoard-of-historic-treasure-in-yorkshire-1-8033050
http://www.culture24.org.uk/history-and-heritage/archaeology/art559195-yorkshire-museum-roman-coin-hoard-appeal

The Battle Krater from Grave Circle A has gone on display:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/17338-battle-krater-latest-unseen-exhibit-at-athens-national-archaeological-museum.html

Feature on the Piraeus lion:

http://www.historytoday.com/rhys-griffiths/grand-tour-piraeus-lion

Feature on the Celts of Britain:

http://www.kelownadailycourier.ca/opinion/article_bf765130-55dd-11e6-b8d5-8f4128cdd98b.html

Concerns for Pavlopetri:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/210812/article/ekathimerini/life/ancient-underwater-city-at-risk
http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/17431-ancient-underwater-city-of-pavlopetri-in-laconia-at-risk.html

What Jeanine Diddle Uzzi is up to:

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2016/07/29/former-professor-southern-maine-returns-provost-after-being-laid

Italy is planning to put broadband at all its World Heritage sites:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-36903603

The annual summer popular press disgust piece on garum:

http://www.vox.com/2016/7/26/12278742/roman-fish-sauce-garum-liquamen

Review of Riley, *The Edge of Empire*:

http://www.providencejournal.com/entertainmentlife/20160728/book-review-engaging-travel-guide-across-roman-empire

More on the Fourni shipwrecks:

http://neoskosmos.com/news/en/45-ancient-shipwrecks-discovered-off-Greek-islands

More on the Vatican’s digitization of an Aeneid manuscript:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/jul/28/vatican-library-digitises-1600-year-old-edition-of-virgil

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

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A Norwegian petroglyph was seriously vandalized:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3714763/Norwegian-rock-carving-skier-damaged-forver-teenager-scratched-make-clearer.html

More finds from 1066 (Battle of Fulford) from York:

http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/NEWS/14643062.More_1066_artefacts_found_in_York/

A 12th century brooch from an Irish beach:

http://www.irishcentral.com/news/American-student-finds-12th-century-Irish-brooch-on-a-Galway-Beach-PHOTOS.html

Plenty of interest of the find of a 340 years bp piece of cheese in a Swedish shipwreck:

http://www.thelocal.se/20160727/old-stinky-cheese-found-on-swedish-17th-century-ship
http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/36914162
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jul/27/divers-in-sweden-sniff-out-340-year-old-shipwrecked-cheese
http://abcnews.go.com/WNN/video/shipwreck-discovery-reveals-340-year-tin-cheese-40953834
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/gouda-find-divers-discover-340-year-old-dairy-product-in-shipwreck-180959939/
http://news.nationalpost.com/news/world/we-think-its-cheese-divers-discover-340-year-old-roquefort-in-swedish-shipwreck
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3714525/Now-S-ripe-cheese-Smelly-Roquefort-like-substance-pot-340-year-old-Swedish-shipwreck.html

Interesting study of some Baltic shipwrecks:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2016/07/27/ancient-ships-death-were-they-mission-politics-plunder/87586278/

Examination of Vordingborg Castle (Norway) is causing a bit of a rethink:

http://sciencenordic.com/new-discovery-rewrites-history-denmark%E2%80%99s-biggest-royal-castle

The Viking sunstone thing is back in the news (not sure if there’s anything new here):

http://phys.org/news/2016-07-experimentation-vikings-sunstone.html

Vikings were buried with board games:

http://www.scotsman.com/news/vikings-were-buried-with-board-games-on-orkney-1-4187676
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3711273/The-Viking-family-buried-favourite-board-games-Playing-pieces-Norse-boat-grave-thought-entertain-dead-afterlife.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

Latest from King’s Lynn:

http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/archaeologists_discover_more_about_the_lives_of_king_s_lynn_fisherfolk_1_4629760

They’ve dated Perthshire’s timber circle to 5000 years bp:

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/local-news/perthshires-ancient-timber-circle-older-8492343

A sword that was stored in a barn turns out to date from the Bronze Age:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-36878956

Some Bronze Age finds from Wales have been declared treasure:

http://www.culture24.org.uk/history-and-heritage/archaeology/art559137-three-axes-buried-field-monmouthshire-wales

… as has a pendant from a Shropshire field:

http://www.shropshirestar.com/news/2016/07/28/pendant-found-in-shropshire-field-is-declared-to-be-treasure/

A portrait of Elizabeth I was ‘saved’ through fundraising:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-36916720
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/07/28/elizabeth-i-armada-portrait-saved-for-the-nation/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-36922398

… and a painting of St Luke will also be staying:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-36892644

Feature on a prince burial (found in 1959) from Beckum:

http://www.medievalhistories.com/prince-beckum-ad-600-650/

Feature on medieval Trier:

http://www.medievalhistories.com/trier-medieval-town-crisis/

Bramall Hall has reopened after a ‘makeover’:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-36914724

Hidden Victorian waterworks on the outskirts of Glasgow:

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/14649742.Restoration_work_uncovers_secrets_of_Victorian_engineering/

Plans to dig at Congresbury Community Cross:

http://www.n-somerset.gov.uk/news/excavation-on-historic-congresbury-monument/

Plans to dig a ‘mysterious mound’ in Eastbourne:

http://www.eastbourneherald.co.uk/news/local/archaeologists-hope-to-uncover-secrets-of-eastbourne-s-mysterious-mound-1-7495516

Potential effects of Brexit on UK archaeology:

https://www.theguardian.com/news/2016/jul/30/big-issue-orkney-finds-archaeology

Pondering the origins of the Orkney vole:

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/jul/25/how-did-the-orkney-vole-arrive-from-mainland-europe

More hype for the Tintagel Castle dig:

http://www.itv.com/news/westcountry/2016-07-26/tintagel-castle-archaeologists-begin-vital-dig-to-find-out-about-historic-sites-past/

More on that 40 000 years bp rope-making tool:

http://phys.org/news/2016-07-rope-years.html
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/rope-making-tool-germany-04047.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3706824/Ice-Age-mystery-unravels-40-000-year-old-carved-mammoth-tusk-used-make-ROPE-not-musical-instrument.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/07/2016/40000-year-old-mammoth-ivory-rope-making-tool-from-hohle-fels-cave

More on water mills and the medieval salmon population:

http://www.medievalhistories.com/salmon-suffered-medieval-water-mills/

More on that piece of a human armbone found at the Ness of Brodgar:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-36854431

More on that Viking ‘power couple’ burial:

http://www.sciencealert.com/archaeologists-uncovered-one-of-the-biggest-viking-axes-ever

More on evidence for the first monastery at Lindisfarne:

http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/07/2016/evidence-found-for-first-monastery-on-lindisfarne

More on the Pompeii of the Fens (the first one focuses on a ball of yarn found there):

http://www.ecouterre.com/archaeologists-just-found-a-3000-year-old-ball-of-yarn/
http://www.livescience.com/55549-bronze-age-village-burned-by-warriors.html
http://www.livescience.com/55547-photos-must-farm-bronze-age-village.html
https://www.yahoo.com/news/prehistoric-village-likely-torched-bronze-age-warriors-135138014.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3710616/Was-Pompeii-Fens-destroyed-raid-Bronze-Age-settlement-newly-built-burned-down.html

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

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A pre-hispanic burial ground from CamSur town (Philippines):

http://lifestyle.inquirer.net/234062/pre-hispanic-burial-ground-unearthed-in-camsur-town

Concerns for the Great Wall of China:

http://www.cnn.com/2016/07/29/travel/china-great-wall-crack-down/index.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/peoplesdaily/article-3714175/The-Great-War-China-Country-vows-crack-damage-ancient-fortress-30-cent-wall-disappeared.html

Studying ancient earthquakes in the Himalayas:

http://phys.org/news/2016-07-ancient-temples-himalaya-reveal-earthquakes.html
http://www.livescience.com/55546-ancient-temples-reveal-india-earthquake-risk.html

The Forbidden City’s 600 years bp plumbing still works just fine:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2016/07/29/the-forbidden-citys-600-year-old-plumbing-keeps-it-dry-as-the-rest-of-china-floods/

Some interesting finds during repairs to Singapore’s Catholic Cathedral:

http://eglasie.mepasie.org/asie-du-sud-est/singapour/2016-07-18-les-tresors-enfouis-de-la-cathedrale-du-bon-pasteur-a-singapour

More on latrines and disease along the Silk Route:

http://www.scientificamerican.com/podcast/episode/silk-road-transported-goods-and-disease/
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/parasitic-worm-eggs-found-silk-road-latrine-artifacts
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-poop-sticks-offer-clues-spread-disease-along-silk-road-180959900/

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Southeast Asian Archaeology Newsblog:

http://www.southeastasianarchaeology.com/

New Zealand Archaeology eNews:

http://nzarchaeology.blogspot.co.nz/index.html
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An Ice Age hunting camp from Utah:

http://westerndigs.org/ice-age-hunting-camp-replete-with-bird-bones-and-tobacco-found-in-utah-desert/

Pre-Clovis finds from Texas:

http://westerndigs.org/16000-year-old-tools-discovered-in-texas-among-the-oldest-yet-found-in-the-west/

Plenty of coverage of the discovery of the location of Fort San Marcos under a South Carolina golf course:

http://phys.org/news/2016-07-lost-spanish-fort-south-carolina.html
https://www.yahoo.com/news/remains-lost-spanish-fort-found-151507701.html
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/0727/How-archaeologists-uncovered-a-long-lost-Spanish-fort-without-lifting-a-shovel
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/jul/26/spanish-fort-found-san-marcos-south-carolina
http://savannahnow.com/news/2016-07-26/uga-archaeologist-helps-unearth-long-sought-after-spanish-fort-lowcountry
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/remains-of-lost-spanish-fort-found-on-south-carolina-coast/
https://www.rt.com/usa/353454-spanish-fort-south-carolina/
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/jul/26/remains-of-lost-spanish-fort-found-on-south-caroli/
http://www.theatlantic.com/news/archive/2016/07/san-marcos-spanish-fort/493091/

Remains of a wall from the Alamo:

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local/article/Adode-wall-found-at-Alamo-site-8408385.php
http://www.dallasnews.com/news/state/headlines/20160725-archaeologists-excited-to-discover-adobe-brick-wall-at-alamo.ece
http://foxsanantonio.com/news/local/archaeologists-make-exciting-discovery-at-the-alamo
http://www.wideopencountry.com/archaeologists-make-huge-historical-find-at-alamo-dig-site/
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3710137/Archaeologists-Texas-make-exciting-discovery-finding-ruins-adobe-brick-wall-dig-site-legendary-Alamo.html

A possible 19th century shipwreck off the coast of Nova Scotia:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/coast-guard-shipwreck-discovery-nova-scotia-1.3695456

Digging at Fort Vancouver:

http://www.columbian.com/news/2016/jul/28/digging-into-history-at-fort/

The dig at Fort George continues:

http://poststar.com/news/local/unlayering-the-earth-to-reveal-the-past/article_ea32735c-9721-5282-91ac-aa2322cabc9c.html

… as does the dig at Jamestown:

http://www.dailypress.com/features/dp-nws-jamestown-dig-update-20160731-story.html

Digging a site at Tors Cove (Newfoundland):

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/memorial-university-archeological-field-school-tors-cove-1.3691139

… while Sarah Parcak and crew are back looking for evidence of a Viking settlement in Newfoundland:

http://www.thewesternstar.com/News/Local/2016-07-25/article-4597710/Archeologist-returns-to-Codroy-Valley-to-hunt-for-evidence-of-Viking-presence/1

Digging a New Mexico Pueblo site:

http://www.lcsun-news.com/story/news/2016/07/30/nmsu-students-excavate-ancient-new-mexico-pueblo/87749290/?from=global&sessionKey=&autologin=

On Native American oyster fishing on Chesapeake Bay:

http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2016/07/28/487618421/oyster-archaeology-ancient-trash-holds-clues-to-sustainable-harvesting

Folks in Chaco Canyon appear to have had special reverence for folks with extra digits:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-ancestral-puebloans-honored-people-with-extra-digits-180959919/
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/07/chaco-canyon-pueblo-bonito-social-implications-polydactyly-extra-toes/

Concerns for coastal native sites in California’s Redwood Park:

http://www.npr.org/2016/07/26/486471614/as-storms-erode-californias-cliffs-buried-village-could-get-washed-away?sc=17&f=1001

It seems to be becoming an annual thing that wildfires in the Western US reveal archaeological sites:

http://www.wsj.com/video/wildfires-uncover-historic-treasures-for-archaeologists/31263190-90AC-48E1-9464-A44AD3327093.html

Revisiting the idea that ancient Polynesians might have made it to California:

http://m.sfgate.com/news/article/Did-ancient-Polynesians-visit-California-Maybe-2661327.php?cmpid=fb-desktop

Feature on Syracuse’s typewriter past:

http://www.syracuse.com/vintage/2016/07/typewriter_capital_of_the_worl.html

Feature on Pueblo ball courts in Arizona:

http://azdailysun.com/lifestyles/columnists/ask-a-ranger-the-ball-court-league/article_90f6cd43-ec1b-5008-a369-4466e5a5636d.html

On slave labour and the White House:

http://www.npr.org/2016/07/27/487667955/slave-labor-and-the-longer-history-of-the-white-house
http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/07/bill-oreilly-and-the-long-tradition-of-slavery-apology/493223/

On the role of coffee in assorted US conflicts:

http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2016/07/25/485227943/if-war-is-hell-then-coffee-has-offered-u-s-soldiers-some-salvation

More on efforts to preserve Bears Ears:

http://www.sierraclub.org/sierra/2016-4-july-august/green-life/fight-protect-bears-ears
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Important stelae (and other items) from a tomb at Xunantunich (Belize):

http://www.breakingbelizenews.com/2016/06/15/xunantunich-tells-archaeological-find/
http://www.sanpedrosun.com/arts-culture/2016/07/28/major-discovery-at-xunantunich-tells-an-unknown-story/
http://www.reporter.bz/general/largest-mayan-tomb-discovered-at-xunantunich/

Plenty of coverage for the discovery of a water tunnel beneath Pakal’s tomb at Palenque:

http://phys.org/news/2016-07-mexico-tunnels-pakal-tomb-palenque.html
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jul/25/palenque-mexico-pakal-underground-water-tunnel-system
http://www.reuters.com/video/2016/07/27/canal-found-under-mayan-temple-believed?videoId=369401456&feedType=VideoRSS&feedName=TopNews&videoChannel=1
http://www.euronews.com/2016/07/27/canal-discovered-beneath-mayan-temple-could-be-gateway-to-afterlife
http://globalnews.ca/news/2851415/possible-gateway-to-afterlife-found-under-mayan-temple/
http://www.stuff.co.nz/travel/news/82519636/Ancient-canals-found-under-Mayan-temple-in-Palenque-Mexico
http://www.dw.com/en/ancient-mayans-didnt-fly-to-space-they-flushed-themselves-down-a-canal-say-mexican-archaeologists/a-19427003
http://artdaily.com/news/89017/Mexican-archeologists-find-canal-under-Maya-pyramid–Gateway-to-afterlife-
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/the_americas/mexico-finds-water-tunnel-under-pakal-tomb-in-pal/2016/07/25/d48fdbde-52ce-11e6-b652-315ae5d4d4dd_story.html
http://cultura.elpais.com/cultura/2016/07/26/actualidad/1469490503_973577.html

… including what is possibly the worst-edited piece from the Daily Mail I’ve ever seen:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3707409/Mexico-finds-water-tunnels-Pakal-tomb-Palenque.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

Is there a hidden ‘treasure chamber’ beneath Machu Picchu?:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/jimdobson/2016/07/26/will-a-hidden-treasure-chamber-discovered-under-machu-picchu-finally-be-revealed/

Studying mummy hair from pre-hispanic Chile:

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/mummy-hair-points-to-a-low-stress-life-in-ancient-south-america/

Studying dental remains from Oaxaca’s Rio Verde Valley:

http://phys.org/news/2016-07-bioarchaeologist-dental-explore-ancient-people.html

Latest (such as it is) on the elongated skulls from Paracas:

http://www.peruthisweek.com/news-paracas-elongated-skulls-changing-history-110054

Feature on Maya society:

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/laying-bare-the-bones-of-ancient-maya-society/
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Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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A copy of David on display in Russia is causing concern:

http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-36913915

… while Renaissance nudity is still shocking, apparently:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/jonathanjonesblog/2016/jul/25/renaissance-art-nudity-cover-up-sistine-chapel-leonardo-censorship

… related in an illuminated manuscript:

http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/fitzwilliam-museum-experts-get-to-the-bottom-of-a-historical-cover-up/story-29548781-detail/story.html

Pondering the voices Joan of Arc heard:

http://www.livescience.com/55597-joan-of-arc-voices-epilepsy.html

Some neglected women of history:

http://www.livescience.com/55485-amazing-women-history-forgot.html

On the history of arsenic:

http://www.livescience.com/29522-arsenic.html

Hidden adult themes in Beatrix Potter:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20160728-the-hidden-adult-themes-in-beatrix-potter

Feature on sites we’ve lost over the past century or so:

http://www.livescience.com/55560-historical-treasures-recently-lost.html

Study tying the rise of tuberculosis to fire use:

http://phys.org/news/2016-07-early-emergence-tuberculosis.html
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-07-26/did-early-campfires-trigger-the-emergence-of-tuberculosis/7658818

Feature on Edwardian postcard use:

http://phys.org/news/2016-07-postcards-link-edwardian-social-media.html
http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/fass/projects/EVIIpc/

A ‘lost’ Charles le Brun painting has been restored:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-36882097

On ‘technopanics’ in history:

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20160701-historys-greatest-technopanics

A database of whalers:

http://phys.org/news/2016-07-ancestor-whales-museum-database-clues.html

Tracking population heights over the past century or so:

http://www.dw.com/en/study-finds-dutch-men-are-the-worlds-tallest/a-19428519
http://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2016/07/27/487391773/americans-are-shrinking-while-chinese-and-koreans-sprout-up

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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James Brindley:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-36912826

BP is cutting its sponsorship with the British Museum (a bit):

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-36916283

DaVinci’s designs:

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20160727-leon

Midas:

http://6abc.com/entertainment/penn-museum-king-midas—6abc-loves-the-arts/1447056/

Illuminated Manuscripts:

http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2016/jul/28/colour-the-art-and-science-of-illuminated-manuscripts-review-a-rainbow-of-agony-and-ecstasy?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2016/jul/28/colour-the-art-and-science-of-illuminated-manuscripts-in-pictures?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other
http://www.newsweek.com/adam-and-eve-naked-once-again-new-exhibition-483717

Seaton Down Hoard:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-devon-36875938

The curator of China’s largest private museum has gone missing:

http://www.china.org.cn/china/2016-07/29/content_38982895.htm

Allegations of ‘inside jobs’ thefts at museums in Cyprus:

http://cyprus-mail.com/2016/07/26/phedonos-lashes-antiquities-head-refuses-retract-allegations-artefact-thefts/
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THE TECHY SIDE
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Latest facial recreation is of the Bronze Age ‘Ava’:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-36923891
http://www.thedailystar.net/science/facial-reconstruction-made-bronze-age-woman-ava-1261756
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3715379/The-face-Ava-revealed-Scientists-reconstruct-head-Bronze-Age-woman-died-far-north-Scotland-3-700-years-ago.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

Feature on recent sites found from aerial photographs in the UK:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-36912891
https://www.newscientist.com/article/2099195-aerial-pictures-reveal-englands-ancient-archaeological-sites/
http://www.chichester.co.uk/news/local/remarkable-photo-of-ancient-cemetery-is-revealed-1-7499333

More on trying to digitally preserve a Mumbai cave:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-are-trying-digitally-preserve-ancient-cave-it-demolished-180959876/

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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DNA suggests Yorkshire is the most Anglo Saxon part of the UK:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/jul/28/yorkshire-is-most-anglo-saxon-region-in-the-uk-dna-analysis-suggests
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/07/28/how-british-are-you-mapped-dna-testing-shows-the-most-anglo-saxo/
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3711040/How-British-Genetic-study-reveals-Yorkshire-Anglo-Saxon-UK-East-Midlands-Scandinavian.html

DNA also suggests a variety of rice types were grown in Asia:

http://phys.org/news/2016-07-grain-rice-ancient-dna-view.html
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/0727/Scientists-probe-ancient-grains-of-rice-and-are-surprised-by-what-they-find

More on the genetic origins of the first farmers:

http://phys.org/news/2016-07-dna-analyses-reveal-genetic-identities.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/07/160725133733.htm
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-07/hms-dar072516.php
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/07/2016/ancient-dna-study-probes-origin-of-first-farmers
Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Viking school in Denmark:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/learn-be-viking-ribe-denmark-180959707/?no-ist

Turkey:

http://www.pennlive.com/life/2016/07/visiting_turkey.html
http://www.travelweekly.com/Europe-Travel/Beyond-Istanbul-antiquity

Olympia (Greece):

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/24/travel/greece-olympics-delphi-olympia.html

Hadrian’s Wall:

http://www.listener.co.nz/lifestyle/travel/hadrians-wall-united-kingdom/
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CRIME BEAT
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Strange/interesting art heist from a hotel in Madrid:

http://www.laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=2417648&CategoryId=13003

Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime news:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2016/07/culture-crime-news-18-24-july-2016.html
conflict antiquities:

http://conflictantiquities.wordpress.com/

anonymous swiss collector:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/

Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues:

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

Looting Matters:

http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/

Illicit Cultural Property:

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

SAFE:

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

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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on turtles and tortoises on ancient coins:

http://www.coinweek.com/featured-news/turtles-tortoises-ancient-coins/

High expectations for a rare British penny coin set coming to auction:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3710931/See-penny-pick-day-long-ll-115-000-Incredibly-rare-1933-British-penny-coin-set-fetch-world-record-Texas-auction.html

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v19n30.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v19n31.html
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Ancient Coin Collecting:

http://ancientcoincollecting.blogspot.com/

Ancient Coins:

http://classicalcoins.blogspot.com/

Coin Week:

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

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-36897552

Benighted:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-36922793

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

http://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-main-menu-cat/audio-news-list/2458-audio-news-from-archaeologica-17-july-2016-23-july-2016

The July edition of Strata: Portraits of Humanity:

http://www.archaeologychannel.org/video-guide/strata-portraits-of-humanity/2444-strata-july-2016
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OBITUARIES
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Ursula Franklin:

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/canadian-scientist-educator-ursula-franklin-remembered-as-global-pioneer/article31112167/?cmpid=rss1

PV Parabrahma Sastry

http://www.telugumirchi.com/en/other-news/eminent-archaeologist-and-historian-passes-away.html

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CONFERENCES
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Maya at the Playa (September 29-October 2):

http://www.mayaattheplaya.com/registration

Dumbarton Oaks Annual Symposium (October 7-8):

http://www.doaks.org/research/pre-columbian/scholarly-activities/sacred-matter-animism-and-authority-in-the-pre-columbian-americas

6th Rye Medieval Academic Conference (October 22):

https://sussexpast.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Rye-conf-poster.pdf
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GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

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

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Ancient Digger:

http://www.ancientdigger.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Past Horizons:

http://www.pasthorizons.com/

Stonepages:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

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

Time Machine:

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

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

The Book and the Spade:

http://www.radioscribe.com/bknspade.htm
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Explorator 19.13 ~ July 24, 2016

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

… one of the slowest weeks ever …
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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Another piece on what you can blame Neanderthal DNA for:

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/crux/2016/07/13/blame-your-subpar-fitness-on-that-neanderthal-dna/

Documenting Neanderthal populations in Germany:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/07/160721105511.htm
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AFRICA
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Digging to find why historical droughts did not lead to famine in Ghana:

http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2016/07/20/486670144/an-archaeological-mystery-in-ghana-why-didn-t-past-droughts-spell-famine

Concerns for rock art across Africa:

http://www.cnn.com/2016/07/19/africa/rock-art-activism-david-coulson/index.html

More on the possible identification of the lost city of Rhapta:

http://www.timeslive.co.za/thetimes/2016/07/20/The-Big-Read-Is-this-the-lost-city-of-Rhapta

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Another piece on Egypt relying on antiquities to solve its economic woes:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2016-07/23/c_135535042.htm

More on that pyramid workers papyrus going on display:

http://www.livescience.com/55439-ancient-logbook-on-great-pyramid-unveiled.html

More on the ‘traps’ in the Great Pyramid:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3697208/Forget-boobytraps-Ancient-Egyptian-builders-used-granite-blocks-create-primitive-machine-defend-tomb.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

Parthian burials in Amlash:

http://en.mehrnews.com/news/118172/Archaeologists-discover-graves-belonging-to-Parthian-era-in-Amlash

Feature on the dig at Lagash:

http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2016/07/lagash-sumerian-iraq-babylon.html

Fortifications found suggest Geshur was more powerful than previously thought:

http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/archaeology/1.732284

Assorted ‘after coverage’ of that Philistine necropolis found in Ashkelon:

http://www.alabamanews.net/2016/07/22/troy-archaeological-students-uncover-ancient-past-overseas/
http://www.wandtv.com/story/32506582/troy-archaeological-students-uncover-ancient-past-overseas
http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20160722/news/307229935/

More on dendrochronological adjustments to the Mesopotamian timeline:

http://feeds.sciencedaily.com/~r/sciencedaily/fossils_ruins/archaeology/~3/PjTh8fE7gK8/160719161657.htm

Folks might be following that long legal case regarding compensatory claims being made on Persepolis Fortification Tablets at the OI:

http://www.chicagolawbulletin.com/Articles/2016/07/20/Museum-Persian-artifacts-7-20-16.aspx
http://persepolistablets.blogspot.ca/2016/07/the-us-7th-circuit-court-of-appeals.html

I think we mentioned this piece on the early history of cannabis in the Bronze Age:

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2096440-founders-of-western-civilisation-were-prehistoric-dope-dealers/

Some of the damage at Palmyra will require almost a ‘new rebuild’:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/new-materials-needed–to-rebuild-palmyra-monuments-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=101958&NewsCatID=375

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Archaic finds from Despotiko:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2016/07/22/archaeologists-at-despotikos-apollo-sanctuary-uncover-mysteries-of-archaic-era-greece/

A Roman silver coin hoard from Empuries:

http://www.catalannewsagency.com/culture/item/200-silver-denarius-discovered-in-empuries-largest-treasure-found-so-far-in-the-roman-site

The European Court of Human Rights at the Hague threw out the legal case seeking the repatriation of the Elgin/Parthenon Marbles:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/elgin-marbles-return-greece-legal-bid-thrown-out-eu-court-human-rights-a7145216.html
http://www.miragenews.com/elgin-marbles-wont-be-returned-to-greece-as-euro-court-throws-out-first-ever-legal-bid/

… and now there’s some strategy connected to Brexit which I don’t quite understand:

http://cultura.elpais.com/cultura/2016/07/18/actualidad/1468855660_159195.html
Sponsors have reacted negatively to the discovery of a Greek brothel during a dig in Side:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/Default.aspx?pageID=238&nid=101916
http://english.alarabiya.net/en/variety/2016/07/22/Sponsors-pull-out-after-Turkish-dig-team-finds-ancient-Greek-brothel.html

Restoration of a Roman bath house at Segedunum is almost complete:

http://www.newsguardian.co.uk/news/local/work-nearing-end-on-restoring-historic-roman-bath-house-1-8026698

Hype for ‘The Greeks’ exhibition … now in Washington:

http://www.npr.org/2016/07/22/486598958/to-rebrand-itself-greece-digs-deep-into-its-cultural-dna

They’re planning an underwater museum for that Iznik basilica found a few years ago:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/underwater-basilica-in-iznik-to-shed-light-on-roman-era.aspx?pageID=238&nID=101921&NewsCatID=375

What other disciplines can learn from Classics professors:

http://chronicle.com/article/What-Classics-Professors-Can/237129/

Mary Beard on the sex lives of the ancient Romans:

http://bigthink.com/videos/mary-beard-on-sexual-practices-of-ancient-romans

What Briney Kyle is up to:

http://www.greeleytribune.com/news/23029628-113/unc-researcher-has-spent-nearly-a-decade-studying

Honours for Simon Keay:

http://www.dailyecho.co.uk/heritage/archives/14628444.Honour_for_expert_on_Roman_ports/

Another feature on Roman toilets:

http://wnpr.org/post/ancient-toilets-sewer-systems-provide-treasure-trove-researchers

Feature on the Delphic Oracle:

http://theconversation.com/friday-essay-secrets-of-the-delphic-oracle-and-how-it-speaks-to-us-today-61738

Feature on Classics at Stanford:

http://125.stanford.edu/the-case-for-classics/

Another feature on the Antikythera mechanism:

http://phys.org/news/2016-07-world-oldest-ancient-greeks-view.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3699630/Does-Antikythera-mechanism-hidden-purpose-Experts-say-world-s-oldest-computer-not-just-navigational-aid-all.html

Italy is seeking help from China now to fund restoration of monuments:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/07/21/cash-strapped-italy-looks-to-china-to-fund-the-restoration-of-it/

Once again the ‘fake gladiators’ around the Colosseum have been kicked out:

http://www.thelocal.it/20160720/romes-new-mayor-banishes-photo-gladiators
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/07/20/romes-fake-centurions-and-legionaries-accused-of-touching-up-you/

A commemorative webpage for Elaine Fantham:

https://classicalstudies.org/scs-news/commemorative-website-founded-elaine-fantham

More on those shipwrecks found off Fourni:

http://phys.org/news/2016-07-shipwrecks-greece.html

More on that late Roman bronze belt find from Leicester:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/ancient-roman-soldier-ornate-belt-discovered-uk-grave-154603629.html
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/ancient-roman-grave-artifacts-unearthed-in-england/
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3696585/Crouching-dogs-diving-dolphins-Remarkable-belt-Roman-soldier-discovered-Leicester-grave.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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A 40 000 years bp rope making toll from Hohle Fels Cave:

http://phys.org/news/2016-07-rope-years.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/07/160722093459.htm
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/07/2016/40000-year-old-mammoth-ivory-rope-making-tool-from-hohle-fels-cave

Interesting 11 000 years bp finds from Cyprus’ oldest village:

http://phys.org/news/2016-07-uncover-cyprus-year-old-village.html

5000 years bp finds from Chlorakas-Palloures:

http://cyprus-mail.com/2016/07/19/new-finds-chlorakas-palloures/

An arm bone from the Ness of Brodgar dig:

http://www.thenational.scot/news/archaeologists-find-arm-bone-on-dig.20287
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-36854431

Neolithic finds from Seevic College:

http://www.echo-news.co.uk/news/14626880.College_students__39__archaeological_dig_proves_there_was_life_on_campus_5_000_years_ago_/
http://www.halsteadgazette.co.uk/news/south_essex_news/14626880.College_students__39__archaeological_dig_proves_there_was_life_on_campus_5_000_years_ago_/

Bronze Age flanged axe hoard from Cwmbran:

http://www.southwalesargus.co.uk/NEWS/14634994._Priceless__Bronze_Age_treasure_found_in_Cwmbran/

Bronze Age finds from Gwent (might be the same as above?):

http://www.southwalesargus.co.uk/news/14634994.Treasured_Bronze_Age_artefacts_discovered_in_Gwent/

Bronze Age barrows and an Anglo Saxon cemetery from Leicestershire:

http://feeds.sciencedaily.com/~r/sciencedaily/fossils_ruins/archaeology/~3/IzBc8RL_TIk/160721072831.htm
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/07/2016/neolithic-to-anglo-saxon-activity-at-site-in-leicestershire

Digging an Anglo Saxon (and Roman?) site at Long Melford:

http://www.suffolkfreepress.co.uk/news/latest-news/pupils-dig-deep-for-anglo-saxon-artefacts-1-7490319

A medieval ‘power couple’ burial from Denmark:

http://www.livescience.com/55490-mighty-ax-discovered-in-viking-tomb.html
http://www.livescience.com/55487-photos-viking-tomb-in-denmark.html

Amateur ‘bounty hunters’ have found plenty in Denmark:

http://cphpost.dk/news/record-number-of-archaeological-treasures-found-in-denmark.html

Vikings didn’t treat their slaves well, apparently:

http://sciencenordic.com/vikings-abused-and-beheaded-their-slaves

A Scottish chapel apparently had a medieval ‘witch prison’:

http://www.livescience.com/55452-witch-prison-revealed-in-scottish-chapel.html
http://www.livescience.com/55451-photos-scottish-church-imprisoned-witches.html

Students dig a medieval site in Stone:

http://www.bucksherald.co.uk/news/more-news/stone-school-pupils-unearth-ancient-artefacts-1-7488736

Digging Skallvik Castle:

http://scienceblogs.com/aardvarchaeology/2016/07/18/first-week-of-2016-excavations-at-skallvik-castle/

Studying the effect of medieval water mills on the salmon population in western Europe:

http://phys.org/news/2016-07-medieval-power-collapse-salmon-stocks.html
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/07/2016/medieval-water-mills-caused-salmon-decline-in-north-western-europe

(Re)finds from various periods at Chateulherault:

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/local-news/historic-new-finds-chatelherault-reflect-8464580

Interesting graffiti from Lincoln Cathedral:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-lincolnshire-36857607
http://thelincolnite.co.uk/2016/07/ancient-burials-and-artefacts-unearthed-in-lincoln-cathedral-dig/
http://www.culture24.org.uk/history-and-heritage/archaeology/art559083-lincoln-cathedral-medieval-graffiti-connected-restoration

Remains of the Great Synagogue of Vilnius (17th century) found:

http://www.breakingisraelnews.com/72135/excavations-vilnius-uncover-remains-17th-century-great-synagogue/
http://jewishnews.timesofisrael.com/world-news-roundup-archaeologists-find-great-synagogue-of-vilnius/

Digging a Victorian site in Haworth:

http://www.keighleynews.co.uk/news/14632947.Domestic_secrets_of_Victorian_Haworth_discovered_in_church_dig/

Pondering some reburials in Fraserburgh:

https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/north-east/fraserburgh/978097/skeletons/

The results of the Mary Rose makeover:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-36802829
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-36830168

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2016/jul/19/mary-rose-newly-decked-out-reopens-5m-makeover
http://www.cnn.com/2016/07/19/europe/mary-rose-tudor-ship/index.html

… and they’ve found the ship emblem:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/07/19/the-real-rose-mary-rose-ship-emblem-discovered-500-years-on/

The original Bramley apple tree is dying:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-nottinghamshire-36826038

Sites in Famagusta are going to get some attention:

http://cyprus-mail.com/2016/07/17/fixing-famagusta/

A very good overview piece on the Must Farm finds:

http://www.cnn.com/2016/07/20/architecture/britain-pompeii-bronze-age-discovery/index.html
http://www.livescience.com/55433-bronze-age-textiles-found-britain-pompeii.html

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Archaeology in Europe Blog:

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

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A 2000 years bp mural from a Mongolian tomb:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2016-07/19/c_135524309.htm

Interesting study of feces from Silk Road latrines:

http://phys.org/news/2016-07-ancient-feces-earliest-evidence-infectious.html
http://feeds.sciencedaily.com/~r/sciencedaily/fossils_ruins/archaeology/~3/uErBEJOaSCo/160721194021.htm
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-07/uoc-afp071916.php
http://www.cam.ac.uk/research/news/ancient-faeces-provides-earliest-evidence-of-infectious-disease-being-carried-on-silk-road
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/jul/22/ancient-bottom-wipers-yield-evidence-of-diseases-silk-road-chinese-liver-fluke
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/07/22/secrets-of-the-silk-road-emerge-from-ancient-latrine-pit-in-chin/
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3701610/Life-toilet-roll-Hygiene-wands-2-000-year-old-toilet-reveal-disease-spread-Silk-Road.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

… and they’re looking for where the Maritime Silk road began:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2016-07/18/c_135522510.htm

Remains of a canal at a Yinxu oracle site:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2016-07/21/c_135530934.htm

Tantalizing underwater finds by a diving group near Hong Kong:

http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/education-community/article/1991821/hong-kongs-sunken-treasure-ancient-anchor-and

A fragment of a long lost (and tallest) pagoda (maybe):

http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201607090039.html

Remains of a 9th century Jain temple:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/tamil-nadu/amateur-archaeologists-find-9th-century-jain-temple/article8867900.ece

“Pre-historic” tools from Mumbai:

http://www.deccanherald.com/content/558741/pre-historic-tools-found-mumbai.html

A shortage of archaeologists in Peshawar:

http://dailytimes.com.pk/pakistan/24-Jul-16/archaeological-treasures-stay-hidden-in-khyber-pakhtunkhwa

An anchor and other items from Wellington Harbour:

http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/82419972/archaeologists-lift-old-anchor-and-notsoold-purse-from-wellington-harbour

Digging for evidence of colonial history in Western Australia:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-07-22/unearthing-wa-history-greenough-archaeology/7653922

Feature on the Koh Sdech shipwreck:

https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/115802-115802/

Concerns for the Mogao Grottoes:

http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/culture/2016-07/23/content_26193405.htm

Recreating a Japanese migration (to Taiwan) theory:

http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-36828655

A Canadian (!) shipwreck in Tasmania:

http://www.themercury.com.au/news/tasmania/shipwreck-uncovered-in-tasmanian-storms-revealed-to-be-160yo-canadian-vessel/news-story/c51808c8ce70aeb48129e545a468447d

I think we mentioned these SIberian dog burials last week:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/2-000-old-dog-graveyard-discovered-siberia-132020975.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3699805/Ancient-dog-graveyard-discovered-2-000-years-ago-Siberians-used-hounds-hunting-sledding-feasted-them.html

Honours for Peter Bellwood:

http://www.pressreleasepoint.com/anu-archaeologist-inducted-british-academy

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Southeast Asian Archaeology Newsblog:

http://www.southeastasianarchaeology.com/

New Zealand Archaeology eNews:

http://nzarchaeology.blogspot.co.nz/index.html
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NORTH AMERICA
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16 000 years bp tools from Texas:

http://westerndigs.org/16000-year-old-tools-discovered-in-texas-among-the-oldest-yet-found-in-the-west/

An archaeology camp in upstate New York found some 6000 years bp items:

http://www.syracuse.com/state/index.ssf/2016/07/upstate_ny_summer_camp_students_dig_up_ancient_artifactup_to_6000_years_old.html
http://www.whec.com/news/gradeschool-archaeologists-dig-up-ancient-dart-head-suny-geneseo/4207344/?cat=565
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3702671/New-York-summer-camp-students-dig-ancient-artifact.html

1000 years bp finds from Verdun:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/verdun-archeological-dig-1.3682114?cmp=rss
http://montreal.ctvnews.ca/verdun-archaeological-dig-a-historically-rich-site-1.2990691

Interesting finds from a dig in Montevideo (Iowa):

http://www.wctrib.com/news/region/4078191-archaeological-dig-montevideo-proves-information-rich

Finds from various periods at a Coon Valley (WI) site:

http://www.wxow.com/story/32501223/2016/07/21/mvac-archaeologists-find-artifacts-at-noskedalen-heritage-farm

Remains of an old railway project in St Augustine:

http://jacksonville.com/news/metro/2016-07-21/story/old-logs-linked-st-augustine-rail

Digging at the Alamo has resumed:

http://uk.reuters.com/article/us-texas-alamo-idUKKCN1002S9
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-texas-alamo-idUSKCN1002S9?feedType=RSS&feedName=lifestyleMolt
http://www.fox7austin.com/news/local-news/177277970-story
http://www.expressnews.com/news/local/article/Digs-may-unearth-Alamo-s-multilayered-history-8399418.php
http://news4sanantonio.com/news/local/archeologists-dig-into-history-in-the-heart-of-san-antonio

Finds from various periods at a construction site in Fredericton:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/19th-century-artifacts-uncovered-at-downtown-fredericton-construction-site-1.3691340?cmp=rss

The Inuit are claiming co ownership of the Franklin artifacts:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/franklin-hms-erebus-inuit-parks-canada-hms-terror-1.3689503?cmp=rss

Toronto is running out of places to store artifacts:

http://www.metronews.ca/news/toronto/2016/07/20/toronto-archaeological-treasures-languish-in-basements-.html

Latest from the Miami Circle:

http://www.miamitodaynews.com/2016/07/19/display-miami-circle-properly-fund-long-term-operations/

That site where possible remains of the Lost Colony were found might be saved from development:

http://news.nationalpost.com/news/world/what-happened-to-the-lost-colony-u-s-developer-wants-millions-to-save-land-that-might-hold-clues
http://www.northaugustastar.com/20160723/160729812/site-with-clues-to-fate-of-fabled-lost-colony-may-be-saved&source=RSS
http://www.richmond.com/news/latest-news-ap/article_5fee8a42-49d3-5a3a-a69e-e6abe0113075.html

Feature on the Glenwood culture:

http://montreal.ctvnews.ca/verdun-archaeological-dig-a-historically-rich-site-1.2990691

On Cassius Clay’s namesake:

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/projects/cp/obituaries/archives/cassius-clay-muhammad-ali
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Plenty of coverage of Spanish/Taino graffiti in a cave on Mona Island:

http://phys.org/news/2016-07-cave-discoveries-native-european-religious.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/07/160719091631.htm
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-07/uol-cds071816.php
http://www.livescience.com/55467-pre-columbian-cave-art-discovered.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/jul/19/evidence-religious-dialogue-europeans-native-americans-caribbean-cave-mona
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2016/07/21/more-nuanced-than-mere-oppression-colonist-and-native-puerto-rican-cave-art-shows-respect-archeologists-say/
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/ist/?next=/smart-news/cave-graffiti-shows-natives-and-europeans-had-early-dialogue-caribbean-180959857/
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/07/cave-art-caribbean-mona-island-first-contact-archaeology/

Studying slave shipwrecks off St Croix:

http://stcroixsource.com/content/news/local-news/2016/07/21/slave-wrecks-project-unearths-more-5000-artifacts

Followup to the find of Moche princess/priestess burials back in 2013:

http://phys.org/news/2016-07-excavated-tombs-peru-moche-priestesses.html
http://scienceblog.com/486192/where-women-once-ruled/

The media village for the Olympics is built on a mass slave grave site:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/media-village-rio-olympics-built-mass-grave-slaves-180959873/

What Maya bones reveal about daily life:

http://www.wctrib.com/news/region/4078191-archaeological-dig-montevideo-proves-information-rich
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Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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A Viking ship recreation is having regulatory issues in the Great Lakes:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/22/us/viking-ship-draken-harald-harfagre-great-lakes.html

A sound-based method of ‘recovering’ proto Indo European language:

http://phys.org/news/2016-07-mother-tongue.html

An ‘irrelevant note’ in a DaVinci notebook apparently isn’t irrelevant:

http://phys.org/news/2016-07-reveals-leonardo-da-vinci-irrelevant.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/07/19/irrelevant-note-in-leonardo-da-vinci-sketchbook-holds-key-to-the/

While some scribblings in medieval manuscripts were probably made by children:

http://www.livescience.com/55489-doodles-found-in-medieval-manuscript.html

What hunter-gatherers tell us about social networks:

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-07/cp-whc071316.php

A shipwreck hunter feature:

http://voices.nationalgeographic.com/2016/07/21/best-job-ever-shipwreck-hunter-unearths-lost-history-and-treasures/

A handy guide to dating old maps:

http://xkcd.com/1688/

Pondering Rembrandt’s self portraits:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/did-rembrandt-have-help-180959809/

Assorted ‘lost’ mysteries:

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/07/amelia-earhart-famous-lost-city-shipwreck-plane-nefertiti/

On Louis XVI’s flight from Paris:

http://www.historytoday.com/richard-cavendish/louis-xvis-flight-paris

Feature on ‘bezoars’:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3702274/The-human-pearls-Balls-ingested-food-worn-charms-Persian-doctors-Kings-Queens-revealed.html

Concerns for Carrara marble:

http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-36865396

The history of ‘food porn’:

http://www.livescience.com/55522-food-porn-is-actually-centuries-old.html

Some Bronte material is returning home:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leeds-36844945

On the history of war and food:

http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2016/07/19/485827670/quiz-how-much-do-you-know-about-war-and-food

Folks will probably be interested in this bookstore:

http://www.jpost.com/Not-Just-News/Snack-Bites/100-Year-Old-Theater-Converted-Into-Stunning-Bookstore-460622

On collecting antiquities:

http://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/amazon-exhibition_the-changing-attitude-to-collecting-artefacts-/42306856?&ns_mchannel=rss&srg_evsource=rss

On assorted ‘forgotten’ cultures:

http://www.livescience.com/55430-bizarre-ancient-cultures.html

More on the sites which have just received heritage status:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-are-unescos-new-world-heritage-sites-180959822/

More on van Gogh’s ear:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-36848666
Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Age of Velazquez:

http://www.dw.com/en/the-age-of-vel%C3%A1zquez/a-19407426

Dresden Antiquities collection:

http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=88870

Garden Palace:

http://theconversation.com/lighting-spotfires-under-a-palace-of-colonial-power-62620

Treasures of Versailles:

http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=88829
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THE TECHY SIDE
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Studying teeth for evidence of ancient vitamin deficiencies (etc.):

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/20/science/teeth-vitamin-d-deficiency-archaeology.html
http://phys.org/news/2016-07-hundreds-years-teeth-story-people.html
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-07/mu-hoy071116.php
http://thechronicleherald.ca/canada/1381604-teeth-from-as-far-back-as-1200s-show-signs-of-vitamin-d-deficiency-mcmaster

Restoring Buddhist cave sites with 3d scanning:

https://3dprint.com/142812/tianlongshan-buddhist-caves/

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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This week, it’s the domesticated barley genome that is getting attention:

http://phys.org/news/2016-07-genome-year-old-barley-grains-sequenced.html
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-07/bu-go6071816.php
http://www.timesofisrael.com/6-millennia-old-but-almost-fresh-masada-seeds-unravel-barleys-origins/
http://www.jpost.com/Business-and-Innovation/Health-and-Science/Israelis-part-of-gene-sequencers-of-6000-year-old-barley-grains-460774
http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/archaeology/1.731807
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-36805233
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/after-6000-years-farming-barley-still-more-or-less-same-180959838/?no-ist
http://www.breitbart.com/jerusalem/2016/07/20/in-a-first-6000-year-old-fresh-barley-genome-sequenced/

Studying the DNA of late Iron Age horses from Switzerland:

http://www.horsetalk.co.nz/2016/07/19/bone-detective-work-late-iron-age-horses-in-switzerland/

Identifying Albert I’s blood … messing with conspiracy theories about his death:

http://www.livescience.com/55512-king-albert-bloody-leaves-are-authentic.html
http://scienmag.com/blood-of-king-albert-i-identified-after-80-years/

More on the origins of early farmers:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-36788165
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/0717/What-did-the-first-farmers-look-like

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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More on climate not affecting human technological response:

http://scienmag.com/technological-and-cultural-innovations-amongst-early-humans-not-sparked-by-climate-change/

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TOURISTY THINGS
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Olympus:

http://www.tntmagazine.com/travel/big-trip/olympus-more-than-just-a-mountain
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CRIME BEAT
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Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2016/07/culture-crime-news-11-17-july-2016.html
conflict antiquities:

http://conflictantiquities.wordpress.com/

anonymous swiss collector:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/

Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues:

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

Looting Matters:

http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/

Illicit Cultural Property:

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

SAFE:

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

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REPATRIATION AND RECOVERY
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The US returned some Maya artifacts to Guatemala:

http://www.reuters.com/video/2016/07/23/fbi-returns-ancient-mayan-artifacts-to-g?videoId=369364623&feedType=VideoRSS&feedName=LatestVideosUS&videoChannel=1
http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/FBI-Returns-Ancient-Mayan-Artifacts-to-Guatemala–387993552.html

Another case in Australia in the making:

http://www.indialivetoday.com/antiquity-trafficker-sells-1800-year-old-buddha-statue-to-national-gallery-of-australia-awaits-return-to-india/14602.html
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/ngas-stolen-buddha-slowly-homing-in-on-return-to-india/news-story/a6289912e44664c5ce1ce7deb3b4a305

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NUMISMATICA
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Some Jewish War coins came to auction:

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/215092

… results:

https://winners-auctions.com/en/content/silver-shekel-fourth-year-jewish-war-against-rome
https://winners-auctions.com/en/content/silver-shekel-second-year-jewish-war-against-rome-1

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v19n29.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v19n30.html
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Ancient Coin Collecting:

http://ancientcoincollecting.blogspot.com/

Ancient Coins:

http://classicalcoins.blogspot.com/

Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/
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PERFORMANCES AND THEATRE-RELATED
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Backgrounder for the Wagner festival:

http://www.dw.com/en/11-things-to-know-about-wagner-and-bayeuth/a-19420956

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

http://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-main-menu-cat/audio-news-list/2447-audio-news-from-archaeologica-10-july-2016-16-july-2016

The July edition of Strata: Portraits of Humanity:

http://www.archaeologychannel.org/video-guide/strata-portraits-of-humanity/2444-strata-july-2016
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OBITUARIES
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Christine Mahany:

http://www.stamfordmercury.co.uk/news/local/well-known-stamford-archaeologist-dies-1-7491074

Jack Rogers:

http://www.drjackrogers.com/

John Lidstrom:

http://www.gjsentinel.com/news/articles/renowned-gj-archaeologist-dies-at-age-67
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CONFERENCES
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6th Rye Medieval Academic Conference (October 22):

https://sussexpast.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Rye-conf-poster.pdf
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GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

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

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Ancient Digger:

http://www.ancientdigger.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Past Horizons:

http://www.pasthorizons.com/

Stonepages:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

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

Time Machine:

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

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

The Book and the Spade:

http://www.radioscribe.com/bknspade.htm
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Explorator 19.12 ~ July 17, 2016

Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Hernan Astudillo,
Jona Lendering, Trevor Watkins, Roger Gelder, Richard Campbell,
Richard C. Griffiths,and Ross W. Sargent for headses
upses this week (as always hoping I have left no one out).

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Footprints found back in 2009 suggest homo erectus walked just like us:

http://phys.org/news/2016-07-homo-erectus.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/07/160712110444.htm
http://www.livescience.com/55388-homo-erectus-walked-like-humans.html
http://www.foxnews.com/science/2016/07/15/1-5-million-year-old-footprints-reveal-human-ancestor-walked-like-us.html
http://elpais.com/elpais/2016/07/12/ciencia/1468321871_495105.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3687338/Homo-Erectus-walked-worked-Analysis-1-5-million-year-old-footprints-reveal-human-like-gait-social-behaviours.html

… and another set of footprints is found in Tanzania:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2016-07/10/c_135502439.htm

How fossil finds from China are causing a rethink about human development:

http://phys.org/news/2016-07-fossil-china-ideas-evolution-modern.html
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/how-china-is-rewriting-the-book-on-human-origins/
http://www.nature.com/news/how-china-is-rewriting-the-book-on-human-origins-1.20231

Hype for a documentary about Neanderthals:

http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20160711-the-last-neanderthal

More on evidence of Neanderthal cannibalism at Goyet:

http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2016/07/14/485682145/neanderthal-dinner-reindeer-with-a-side-of-cannibalism

We don’t usually mention monkeys in Explorator, but this item on monkeys using stone tools for some 700 years (in Brazil) is somewhat interesting:
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-07/uoo-mib070116.php
http://www.livescience.com/55350-monkeys-used-rocks-as-tools.html
http://www.livescience.com/55298-stone-monkeys-gallery.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/36773966
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/36767373
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/monkeys-capuchins-cashew-nuts-stone-tools-brazil-a7130881.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/animalia/wp/2016/07/11/in-brazil-scientists-unearth-a-trove-of-ancient-stone-tools-used-by-monkeys/
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/0711/These-monkeys-have-been-using-tools-for-centuries-say-archaeologists
http://www.berkshireeagle.com/news/ci_30116029/scientists-unearth-trove-ancient-stone-tools-used-by
http://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/14612975.Monkeys_have_been_using_stone_tools_for_centuries__Oxford_University_scientists_claim/
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/07/capuchins-monkeys-stone-tools-archaeology/
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3684616/Did-humans-learn-use-tools-MONKEYS-Primates-Brazil-used-stones-crack-nuts-700-years-Americans-copied-them.html

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Mud City in Mali has been added to UNESCO’s endangered sites list:

http://time.com/4405706/mali-unesco-site-endangered-instability/

… while Libya’s sites are the ‘most endangered’:

https://www.libyaherald.com/2016/07/14/libyas-archaeological-heritage-among-the-worlds-most-endangered/
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Egypt has put some pyramid-builder era papyrus on display:

http://phys.org/news/2016-07-egypt-oldest-papyrus-accounts-pyramid-builders.html
http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2016/07/14/world/middleeast/ap-ml-egypt-antiquities.html
http://www.columbian.com/news/2016/jul/15/egypt-put-oldest-papyri-on-show/
http://www.timesofisrael.com/oldest-egyptian-writing-on-papyrus-displayed-for-first-time/
http://www.timesofisrael.com/liveblog_entry/egypt-unveils-papyri-showing-daily-life-of-pyramid-builders/
http://bigstory.ap.org/e0243fd7cecc43d38ab4a3034a5c1857

They’ve recreated the Great Pyramid’s ‘security system’:

http://www.livescience.com/55347-primitive-machine-in-great-pyramid-protected-pharaoh.html

More on that mummified foetus first reported a few weeks back:

http://www.columbian.com/news/2016/jul/07/fetus-the-youngest-ancient-egyptian-mummy-found/

Dendrochronology has fixed some ‘iffy’ parts of the Mesopotamian timeline:

http://www.news.cornell.edu/stories/2016/07/cornell-led-research-resolves-long-debated-mesopotamia-timeline
http://www.aina.org/ata/20160715161148.htm
http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0157144

Brief/vague item on tombs found in a necropolis near Urfa Castle:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/worlds-largest-necropolis-in-turkeys-southeast.aspx?pageID=238&nID=101419&NewsCatID=375

Latest finds from Umm Al Quwain:

http://gulfnews.com/news/uae/government/new-archaeological-treasures-found-in-umm-al-quwain-1.1862748

The Mount Zion dig continues to find evidence of a priestly quarter in Jerusalem:

http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/archaeology/.premium-1.730486

There’s more coverage of the Philistine necropolis at Ashkelon:

http://phys.org/news/2016-07-israel-mystery-biblical-philistines.html
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/11/science/possible-philistine-cemetery-discovered.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-36759340
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/ancient-philistine-cemetery-in-israel-could-solve-one-of-the-bible-s-biggest-mysteries-a7129601.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/07/10/first-philistine-cemetery-discovered-in-israel-after-30-year-sea/
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/07/10/485469088/long-buried-by-bad-reputation-philistines-get-new-life-with-archaeological-find?sc=17&f=1007
http://www.npr.org/2016/07/14/485982293/archeological-dig-may-counter-bible-s-version-of-the-philistines
http://www.euronews.com/2016/07/14/cultured-philistines-surprise-discovery-could-unlock-ancient-mysteries/
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Bones-unearthed-in-Ashkelon-at-only-known-Philistine-cemetery-may-reveal-ancient-mystery-459973
http://www.timesofisrael.com/philistine-cemetery-find-offers-glimpse-of-deaths-and-lives-of-biblical-enemy/
http://forward.com/news/breaking-news/344635/philistines-were-more-sophisticated-than-given-credit-for-say-archaeologist/
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/214741
http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/archaeology/1.729879
http://www.algemeiner.com/2016/07/11/israeli-archaeologists-discover-ancient-philistine-cemetery/
http://www.dw.com/en/who-were-goliaths-relatives-archaeologists-closer-to-uncovering-secrets-of-the-philistines/a-19392151
http://www.jweekly.com/article/full/78009/big-archaeological-find-a-philistine-cemetery-in-israel/
http://religionnews.com/2016/07/11/archaeologists-dig-up-philistine-artifacts-where-goliath-may-have-walked/
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/philistines-werent-such-philistines-new-dig-shows-180959757/
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/0711/The-Philistines-weren-t-such-philistines-after-all-say-archaeologists
http://www.latercera.com/noticia/tendencias/2016/07/659-688271-9-a-tres-mil-anos-de-la-pelea-con-david-excavan-la-ciudad-de-goliat.shtml

… and some scholarly reaction/criticism:

http://www.livescience.com/55402-first-philistine-cemetery-draws-criticism.html

… and some background pieces on the Philistines:

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/07/17/in-defense-of-the-philistines.html
http://www.livescience.com/55429-philistines.html

More on the mosaics found at Huqoq:

http://www.livescience.com/55318-bible-mosaic-found-ancient-israel-synagogue.html

A bust at a Palestinian-owned shop in Jerusalem:

http://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=772181

… and one in Istanbul:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/police-seize-priceless-2000-year-old-aphrodite-statue-in-istanbul.aspx?pageID=238&nID=101515&NewsCatID=509
http://vestnikkavkaza.net/news/2000-year-old-Aphrodite-statue-seized-in-Istanbul.html

Concerns for sites in Jordan:

http://www.jordantimes.com/news/local/looters-robbing-jordan%E2%80%99s-cultural-heritage-expert-warns

Feature on Tell Gezer:

http://www.christianexaminer.com/article/50868.htm

Feature on Masada:

http://www.jpost.com/Blogs/Student-Life/Masada-the-history-the-legend-the-archaeology-459944

On the DSS and origins of modern worship:

http://news.psu.edu/story/417058/2016/07/12/research/genesis-prayer

Feature on Manasseh:

http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/The-evil-king-Manasseh-Idolatry-and-politics-460115

Pondering how to deal with artifacts after the research is complete:

http://asorblog.org/2016/07/06/the-present-and-future-of-curating-the-past/

On (re)mapping the Ottoman Middle East:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/remapping-the-ottoman-middle-east.aspx?pageID=238&nID=101559&NewsCatID=474

There’s a cuneiform conference type thing going on in Philadelphia:

http://www.newsworks.org/index.php/local/arts-culture/95304-experts-on-ancient-tablets-gather-in-philly-with-a-mission

More on restoration at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre:

http://phys.org/news/2016-07-hidden-angel-mosaic-bethlehem-shrine.html

More on Jewish catacombs in Rome:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/inside-the-catacombs-buried-history-ties-jews-to-ancient-rome/

Polish archaeologists have returned to Palmyra:

http://www.warsawvoice.pl/WVpage/pages/article.php/28471/article

… and there’s an overviewish thing about what ISIL did there:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/isis-syria-palmrya-russia-forces-journey-down-roman-road-to-barbarity-a7129406.html

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23 more ancient shipwrecks found off the Fourni archipelago:
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/07/160714100408.htm
http://www.livescience.com/55375-45-shipwrecks-greek-island-fourni.html
http://www.livescience.com/55372-photos-45-greek-shipwrecks-discovered.html
http://www.lex18.com/story/32449493/transy-professor-studies-shipwrecks-in-the-mediterranean-sea
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-discoveries-double-size-ancient-greek-ship-graveyard-180959787/
http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/ancient-fourni-archipelago-ship-graveyard-reveals-45-wrecks-spanning-thousands-of-years/news-story/fcba6829835b8eb2e9b8609da02de3dc
http://greece.greekreporter.com/2016/07/12/23-ancient-shipwrecks-located-near-greek-island-of-ikaria/
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/07/greece-shipwrecks-discovery-fourni-ancient-diving-archaeology/

Interesting Hercules mosaic from Larnaca (not sure if we mentioned this already):

http://cyprus-mail.com/2016/07/13/mosaic-sheds-important-light-roman-larnaca/
http://in-cyprus.com/invaluable-mosaic-discovered-in-larnaca/
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-07-15/rare-roman-mosaic-uncovered-in-cyprus/7631368
http://www.usnews.com/news/entertainment/articles/2016-07-14/unique-roman-era-mosaic-of-hercules-labors-to-go-to-museum

Roman baths and burials found during construction of an Orthodox church in Rome:

http://www.thelocal.it/20160711/ancient-roman-baths-and-tombs-found-as-rome-suburb-builds-church

A Punic site in Zejtun:

http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20160712/local/uncovering-punic-remains-in-zejtun.618552

LiDAR reveals a missing Roman road in South Downs:

http://www.prnewswire.co.uk/news-releases/mysterious-prehistoric-farmers-and-missing-roman-road-revealed-586419991.html

The Mamertine Prison has reopened to the public:

http://www.dw.com/en/roman-prison-with-holy-inmates-reopens/a-19399883
http://www.thelocal.it/20160714/ancient-prison-which-housed-st-peter-re-opens-in-rome
http://artdaily.com/news/88713/Roman-prison-with-holy-inmates-reopens-to-public
https://www.yahoo.com/news/roman-prison-holy-inmates-reopens-public-185705870.html
http://m.france24.com/en/20160713-roman-prison-with-holy-inmates-reopens-public

First season that the ‘La Villa’ site in Castiglione del Lago:

http://www.depauw.edu/news-media/latest-news/details/32464/

Followup to the Colosseum restoration … there’s a new entrance:

http://www.thelocal.it/20160712/new-colosseum-door-to-offer-visitors-the-gladiator-experience

UK MPs introduced a bill seeking the return of the Elgin/Parthenon Marbles to Greece:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/elgin-marbles-parthenon-sculptures-athens-greece-mps-bill-return-reunification-british-museum-a7129801.html
http://www.ekathimerini.com/210316/article/ekathimerini/news/british-mps-to-unveil-bill-seeking-return-of-parthenon-marbles-to-greece
http://www.ekathimerini.com/210339/article/ekathimerini/news/uk-mps-back-bid-for-return-of-parthenon-marbles
http://eu.greekreporter.com/2016/07/11/mps-introduce-bill-to-return-elgin-marbles-to-greece-video/
http://observer.com/2016/07/uk-parliament-pushes-bill-to-return-elgin-marbles-to-greece/
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/britains-most-famous-plundered-art-could-finally-go-home-180959792/
http://www.apollo-magazine.com/mps-call-return-elgin-marbles/

The folks at UMiss found an old Greek dictionary in their collection:

http://classics.olemiss.edu/historic-dictionary-discovered/

David Gilmour played Pompeii and it also spawned this really nice photo essay:

http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/ng-interactive/2016/jul/14/david-gilmour-live-at-pompeii-a-photo-essay

A volcano near Rome is apparently going to erupt in the next 1000 years or so:

http://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/25253/20160714/volcano-waking-up-beside-rome.htm
http://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2016/07/13/dormant-volcano-poised-to-destroy-rome-in-1000-years/
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/0716/After-36-000-years-a-massive-volcano-near-Rome-rumbles-to-life

… while they think they know what’s going on at the Phlegraean Fields:

http://phys.org/news/2016-07-gas-ground-bay-naples-volcano.html

What Tim Winters is up to:

http://www.theleafchronicle.com/story/news/local/clarksville/2016/07/16/classics-professor-apsu-moonlights-deputy/87138926/

Academic Minute on gender in Rome:

https://www.insidehighered.com/quicktakes/2016/07/12/academic-minute-gender-rome

A couple of items from the Pergamon exhibition at the Met will stick around for a while:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/14/arts/design/two-old-visitors-to-the-metropolitan-museum-will-stay-a-while.html
http://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Two-Hellenistic-Treasures-from-Pergamon-Museum-Extend-Stay-at-The-Met-20160713

A visitor to the MMFA Pompeii exhibit damaged one of the plaster casts:

http://www.cjad.com/cjad-news-human-interest/2016/07/13/visitor-damaged-display-at-mmfas-pompeii-exhibit

OpEd on using sites in Cyprus:

http://cyprus-mail.com/2016/07/16/view-state-consider-renting-archaeological-sites/

Review of Michael Scott, *Ancient Worlds*:

http://www.spectator.co.uk/2016/07/yes-classicists-ignore-the-east-this-books-shows-why/
More on that late Roman burial featuring a very ornate belt:

http://phys.org/news/2016-07-rare-discovery-late-roman-leicester.html
http://www.livescience.com/55346-roman-solider-grave-found.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/07/160707101031.htm
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http://bmcr.brynmawr.edu/recent.html

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http://rogueclassicism.com/
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An 11 000 years bp settlement in Cyprus:

http://phys.org/news/2016-07-uncover-cyprus-year-old-village.html
http://cyprus-mail.com/2016/07/12/remains-20-ancient-circular-buildings-uncovered-cyprus-oldest-village/
http://greece.greekreporter.com/2016/07/15/archaeologists-excavate-11000-year-old-settlement-in-cyprus/
http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/digs-uncover-buildings-cyprus-11000-year-village-40517252

A flint arrowhead from Marden Henge:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3684605/A-deadly-beautiful-jigsaw-Delicate-5-000-year-old-flint-arrowhead-work-Stone-Age-master-craftsman.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

In addition to a Roman road, LiDAR revealed evidence of a ‘large scale pre Roman farming collective’ at South Downs:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-sussex-36771564
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/video/news/video-1308199/Laser-scans-reveal-extensive-farming-South-Downs-Romans.html

Nice account of the ‘Duropolis’ dig:

http://www.dorsetecho.co.uk/news/14603875.Skeletons_and_roundhouses__Dorset_slowly_gives_up_its_prehistoric_secrets/

Nine Iron Age burials from Winterborne Kingston:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-dorset-36781509

Most of the press coverage this week was about what has been found at ‘Britain’s Pompeii’ (the latest one, anyway)/Must Farm:

http://phys.org/news/2016-07-latest-archaeological-farm-vivid-picture.html
http://www.cam.ac.uk/research/news/latest-archaeological-finds-at-must-farm-provide-a-vivid-picture-of-everyday-life-in-the-bronze-age
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-36778820
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/jul/14/uks-best-bronze-age-site-must-farm-dig-ends-analyis-continue-years
http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/secrets-of-bronze-age-life-revealed-as-excavation-work-ends-at-cambridgeshire-s-pompeii/story-29509918-detail/story.html
http://www.peterboroughtoday.co.uk/news/dig-ends-as-history-making-bronze-age-finds-revealed-at-whittlesey-s-must-farm-1-7476663
http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/bronze_age_find_at_fenland_quarry_out_pompeiis_pompeii_1_4616891
https://inews.co.uk/essentials/news/uk/britains-pompeii-perfectly-preserved-bronze-age-settlement-lifting-lid-3000-years-history/
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3688341/Was-Pompeii-Fens-hub-international-trade-Finds-3-000-year-old-settlement-reveal-treasures-Middle-East.html

… and the site will be backfilled after a 10 month investigation:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-36793052

… some of the coverage focused on the textiles found at the site:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/vast-treasure-trove-of-fine-textiles-shows-importance-of-fashion-to-bronze-age-britons-a7135786.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/07/14/treasure-trove-proves-we-have-been-keeping-up-with-the-joneses-s/

Evidence of the largest Anglo-Saxon building in Scotland:

http://www.eastlothiancourier.com/news/14620182.Archaeologists_find_evidence_of___39_largest_Anglo_Saxon_building_in_Scotland__39__in_East_Lothian/

Rethinking the history of a Danish royal castle:

http://www.thelocal.dk/20160711/history-of-danish-royal-castle-to-be-rewritten

Some significant buildings found at Lindisfarne:

http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/lindisfarne-dig-reveals-evidence-significant-11617891

They’ve found St Cuthbert’s tower:

http://www.berwick-advertiser.co.uk/news/local-news/all-news/archaeologists-find-st-cuthbert-s-tower-1-4175447
http://www.northumberlandgazette.co.uk/news/local-news/archaeologists-hunt-for-st-cuthbert-s-watchtower-on-holy-island-1-8009918

A major dig going on at the Wylfa Newydd site:

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/massive-archaeology-operation-site-planned-11618950

Hype for the upcoming dig at Tintagel:

http://www.westbriton.co.uk/archaeologists-get-set-for-new-excavations-at-tintagel-legendary-home-of-king-arthur/story-29512549-detail/story.html

I think we mentioned this oldest street in Yerewan:

http://arka.am/en/news/society/archaeologists_discover_oldest_street_in_yerevan/

The moved the marker marking (ouch) where King Harold is said to have died:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-sussex-36784485
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/07/13/king-harolds-death-place-moved-after-battle-of-hastings-experts/
https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2016/jul/14/battle-of-hastings-memorial-stone-moved-1066

Catherine of Aragon’s home in Ludlow is up for sale:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-shropshire-36768834

The Dig Diary at the Ness of Brodgar is interesting:

http://www.orkneyjar.com/archaeology/nessofbrodgar/
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http://archaeology-in-europe.blogspot.com/

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Interesting 5 000 years bp ‘couple burial’ from near Lake Baikal:

http://siberiantimes.com/science/casestudy/news/n0672-holding-hands-for-5000-years-a-couple-with-mysterious-jade-rings-and-dagger/
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3687859/Hand-hand-5-000-years-Bronze-Age-dignitary-younger-concubine-discovered-buried-Siberia.html

2 000 years bp dog burials from Siberia:

http://www.livescience.com/55415-ancient-dog-graveyard-discovered.html
http://www.livescience.com/55414-photos-prehistoric-dog-graveyard-siberia.html

Remains of Megalithic structures in Meghalaya:

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/megaliths-indicate-khasis-presence-in-meghalaya-since-1200-bc-2906317/

A farmer’s find of Harrappan items has triggered a ‘gold rush’ in Bijnor:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/meerut/Farmer-finds-Harappan-treasure-triggers-gold-rush/articleshow/53244594.cms

Part of a 7th century padlock from a site in Nara:

http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201607140047.html

Interesting feature on a study of an 800 years bp child mummy from Siberia:

http://siberiantimes.com/science/casestudy/features/f0240-up-close-laboratory-pictures-of-ancient-mummy-as-scientists-recreate-his-life-and-times/
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3691745/Who-mysterious-child-mummy-Siberia-Dissecting-ancient-organs-reveal-clues-800-year-old-boy-lived.html

More on Pacific islanders using obsidian tools for tattoo purposes:

http://phys.org/news/2016-07-south-pacific-islanders-obsidian-years.html
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/did-ancient-pacific-islanders-use-obsidian-make-their-tattoos-180959791/

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Southeast Asian Archaeology Newsblog:

http://www.southeastasianarchaeology.com/

New Zealand Archaeology eNews:

http://nzarchaeology.blogspot.co.nz/index.html
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NORTH AMERICA
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Vandalism on a Civil War tombstone in Oswego:

http://www.syracuse.com/crime/index.ssf/2016/07/fort_ontario_cemetery_vandalized.html

Latest from the Bears Ears site:

http://www.cortezjournal.com/article/20160715/NEWS01/160719899/Archaeological-center-calls-for-protection-for-Bears-Ears

Feature/obituary on Billy the Kid:

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/projects/cp/obituaries/archives/billy-the-kid
More on possible Lost Colony artifacts from Bertie County NC:

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/jul/16/artifacts-possibly-from-lost-colony-found-in-berti/
http://www.thetimesnews.com/news/20160716/possible-lost-colony-artifacts-found-in-bertie-county
http://www.hickoryrecord.com/entertainment/artifacts-possibly-from-lost-colony-found-in-bertie-county/article_26914c16-4299-5cf4-a705-742563fe02f0.html

More on finds from toilets in Philadelphia:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2016/07/07/treasures-from-american-history-found-covered-in-300-year-old-human-poop-in-an-old-brothel/

More on what’s being found at the Alamo:

http://austin.blog.statesman.com/2016/07/07/heres-what-archaeologists-digging-around-the-alamo-are-hoping-to-find/
http://news4sanantonio.com/news/local/archaeologists-digging-for-evidence-of-alamos-west-wall-mapping-underneath-compound

More on Georgetown’s slavery connections:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/11/us/intent-on-a-reckoning-with-georgetowns-slavery-stained-past.html
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Feature on Maya society:

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/laying-bare-the-bones-of-ancient-maya-society/

My Spanish isn’t working this morning but this seems to be about the Inca in pre-conquest Chile:

http://www.latercera.com/noticia/cultura/2016/07/1453-688858-9-la-ciudad-inca-en-santiago-que-pedro-de-valdivia-ignoro.shtml

More on that long-occupied Brazilian pit house:

http://phys.org/news/2016-07-ancient-brazilian-pit-house-occupied.html
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-07/p-abp071416.php

More on that 1600 years bp female burial from Teotihuacan:

http://cultura.elpais.com/cultura/2016/07/15/actualidad/1468554286_006371.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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UNESCO has announced 9 (or maybe four) new heritage sites:

http://phys.org/news/2016-07-unesco-world-heritage-sites.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-3691893/UNESCO-announces-4-new-World-Heritage-Sites.html
http://whc.unesco.org/en/news/1524
http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=54463
https://www.yahoo.com/news/unesco-adds-four-sites-world-heritage-list-131145475.html
http://www.thestandard.com.hk/breaking-news.php?id=77183

… and comments on cultural heritage destruction and threatened:

http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=54458
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/attacks-on-world-heritage-sites-a-war-crime-unesco.aspx?pageID=238&nID=101469&NewsCatID=375

On chastity belts:

http://www.livescience.com/55390-what-are-chastity-belts.html

Interesting study of Rembrandt’s self portraits:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/14/science/rembrandt-old-master-optics-mirrors.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Farts&_r=0

Feature on Arthur Conan Doyle’s spiritualist side (obituary reprint):

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2016/06/30/obituaries/nf-doyle.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fbooks

Pondering the origin of Biriyani:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-36423412

Going along with the exhibition mentioned elsewhere, Van Gogh apparently sliced off his whole ear:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-36772253
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/13/arts/international/van-gogh-ear-amsterdam.html
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/jonathanjonesblog/2016/jul/12/vincent-van-gogh-truth-about-ear-exhibition-on-verge-of-insanity-amsterdam
http://abcnews.go.com/Travel/wireStory/sketch-offers-evidence-van-gogh-cut-off-ear-40546823

… related animation project looks interesting:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/10/movies/animating-life-of-vincent-van-gogh-in-loving-vincent.html
http://www.dw.com/en/painted-animation-loving-vincent/av-19387330
http://join.lovingvincent.com/

What happened on the original Bastille Day:

http://time.com/4402553/bastille-day-history-july-14/?xid=fbshare

A 100 years bp ‘jaws’ tale:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20160713-the-true-story-of-jaws

On ‘untranslatable’ words:

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/the-magic-of-untranslatable-words/

On the history of clear sodas:

http://www.livescience.com/55354-crystal-pepsi-weird-history-of-clear-soda.html

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Charlotte Bronte:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/15/arts/design/a-bronte-exhibition-complete-with-a-jane-eyre-manuscript.html

Divine Pleasures:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/15/arts/design/divine-pleasures-celebrates-the-colors-of-desire-in-indian-paintings.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Farts

Watteau:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/15/arts/design/watteaus-peacefully-bittersweet-war-scenes.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Farts

Buddhist Art Treasures from China:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/17/arts/design/replicas-illuminate-remote-buddhist-art-treasures-from-china.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Farts

Pergamon:

https://www.apollo-magazine.com/the-art-of-power-in-ancient-pergamon/

Matisse:

http://www.npr.org/2016/07/10/485432448/oklahoma-city-unveils-exclusive-north-american-matisse-exhibition

Van Gogh:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/13/arts/international/van-gogh-ear-amsterdam.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Farts
http://www.dutchnews.nl/news/archives/2016/07/9the-gun-used-by-van-gogh-to-kill-himself-is-on-show-at-exhibition-about-his-madness/

The Louvre has a new app:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/13/arts/international/lost-at-the-louvre-theres-an-app-for-that.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Farts
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THE TECHY SIDE
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Using 3d printing to recreate and date human ancestors:

http://phys.org/news/2016-07-student-d-printers-recreate-date.html

The turret of the USS Monitor is undergoing some 3d scanning:

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/jul/16/uss-monitor-gun-turret-undergoes-3-d-scanning/

Not sure if we mentioned this use of mass spectrometry on an ancient Greek vase:

http://www.spectroscopynow.com/details/news/155daa08ded/Mass-spectrometry-reveals-contents-of-ancient-Greek-vase.html

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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DNA suggests a genetically diverse group was involved in spreading farming from the Fertile Crescent (different spins on the varied genetics):

http://phys.org/news/2016-07-federal-stone-age-farming.html
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-07/jgum-gfz071416.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/07/160714151201.htm
http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-first-farmers-dna-20160714-snap-story.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-36788165
http://science.sciencemag.org/content/early/2016/07/13/science.aaf7943.full
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/07/2016/europeans-have-different-neolithic-ancestry-than-south-asians
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3690448/Does-farming-multiple-roots-DNA-reveals-communities-began-growing-crops-10-000-years-ago-spreading.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

… related:

http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2016/07/15/485722228/where-did-agriculture-begin-oh-boy-its-complicated

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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More on climate change not affecting humans’ technological development:

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-07/uotw-tac071216.php
http://feeds.sciencedaily.com/~r/sciencedaily/fossils_ruins/archaeology/~3/1oD9DZu6i5Q/160713101202.htm

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TOURISTY THINGS
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Alsace:

http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2016/07/10/travel/exploring-the-alsace-region-of-europe.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Ftravel

Hasankeyf:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/hasankeyf-city-of-rocks-castles-bridges-minarets.aspx?pageID=238&nID=101613&NewsCatID=379

Home of the Hittites:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/home-of-the-hittites-awaits-visitors-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=101456&NewsCatID=375

Karnak:

http://egypttoday.com/blog/2016/07/10/the-most-famous-ancient-egyptian-site-you-have-never-heard-of/
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CRIME BEAT
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Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2016/07/culture-crime-news-4-10-july-2016.html
conflict antiquities:

http://conflictantiquities.wordpress.com/

anonymous swiss collector:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/

Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues:

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

Looting Matters:

http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/

Illicit Cultural Property:

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

SAFE:

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

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REPATRIATION AND RECOVERY
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A different sort of Nazi art repatriation:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/16/arts/design/nazi-art-loot-returned-to-nazis.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=second-column-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news

More on Danish returns of Etruscan artifacts:

http://theartnewspaper.com/news/museums/danish-museum-returns-looted-antiquities-to-italy/

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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on coins of Pergamum:

http://www.coinweek.com/ancient-coins/coinweek-ancient-coin-series-coinage-pergamon/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v19n28.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v19n29.html
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Ancient Coin Collecting:

http://ancientcoincollecting.blogspot.com/

Ancient Coins:

http://classicalcoins.blogspot.com/

Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/
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PERFORMANCES AND THEATRE-RELATED
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A couple of Noh dramas:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/15/theater/review-at-lincoln-center-festival-timeless-japanese-noh-dramas.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Farts

Troilus and Cressida:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/17/theater/troilus-and-cressida-brings-love-and-war-to-central-park.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Farts

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

http://archaeologychannel.org/audio-main-menu-cat/audio-news-list/2443-audio-news-from-archaeologica-3-july-2016-9-july-2016
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OBITUARIES
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Elaine Fantham:

http://www.princeton.edu/main/news/archive/S46/86/01E38/?section=topstories
https://classicalstudies.org/scs-news/tribute-r-elaine-fantham

Beatrice de Cardi:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/jul/14/beatrice-de-cardi-obituary

Dimitris Maronitis:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2016/07/12/greek-academic-dimitris-maronitis-passes-away-at-87/
http://www.ekathimerini.com/210349/article/ekathimerini/life/acclaimed-scholar-translator-dimitris-maronitis-dies

J. Michael Holquist:

http://news.yale.edu/2016/07/12/memoriam-j-michael-holquist-scholar-slavic-language-and-literature

William H. McNeill:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/13/books/william-h-mcneill-professor-and-prolific-author-dies-at-98.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fbooks
http://phys.org/news/2016-07-william-mcneill-prize-winning-world-historian.html
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CONFERENCES
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6th Rye Medieval Academic Conference (October 22):

https://sussexpast.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Rye-conf-poster.pdf
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GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

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

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Ancient Digger:

http://www.ancientdigger.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Past Horizons:

http://www.pasthorizons.com/

Stonepages:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

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

Time Machine:

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

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

The Book and the Spade:

http://www.radioscribe.com/bknspade.htm
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Explorator 19.11 ~ July 10, 2016

Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Hernan Astudillo,
Hernan Astudillo, David Critchley, Towse Harrison, Rick Heli,
Richard Campbell, Richard C. Griffiths,and Ross W. Sargent for headses
upses this week (as always hoping I have left no one out).
… a bit of a slow week …

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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First evidence of Neanderthal cannibalism in northern Europe:

http://phys.org/news/2016-07-evidence-neanderthal-cannibalism-northern-europe.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/07/160706092806.htm
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-07/uotb-tfe070716.php
http://www.uni-tuebingen.de/newsfullview-landingpage/article/kannibalismus-unter-den-spaeten-neandertalern-im-noerdlichen-europa.html
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/07/2016/neanderthal-bones-from-goyet-show-signs-of-butchering
http://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/jul/06/belgian-neanderthals-were-eating-each-other-40000-years-ago?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

More on new dating for naledi:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/new-dating-suggests-younger-age-homo-naledi

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AFRICA
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More on Somalia’s petroglyphs:

http://www.ctvnews.ca/sci-tech/rocky-future-for-somalia-s-ancient-cave-art-1.2962595

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Excavating a necropolis in the Temple of Hatshepsut:

http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news,410366,polish-archaeologists-studied-a-unique-necropolis-in-egypt.html

Update on that 12 000 years bp female shaman burial from Galilee found a few years ago … now focusing on evidence of a ritual meal:

http://phys.org/news/2016-07-reconstruction-year-funeral-feast-ancient.html
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-07/thuo-ro1070516.php
http://new.huji.ac.il/en/article/31675
http://www.livescience.com/55295-female-shaman-burial-reconstructed.html
http://forward.com/news/breaking-news/344235/12-000-year-old-grave-of-female-shaman-uncovered-in-galilee/
http://www.timesofisrael.com/12000-year-old-grave-of-shaman-woman-unearthed-in-galilee/
http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/archaeology/1.728880
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3678881/Israeli-shaman-burial-reveals-lavish-funeral-practices-Natufian-period.html
https://www.yahoo.com/news/12-000-old-shamans-elaborate-funeral-had-6-151006656.html
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/07/2016/reconstruction-of-12000-year-old-funeral-feast

Plenty of excitement over the find of a Philistine burial ground at Ashkelon:

http://phys.org/news/2016-07-israel-mystery-biblical-philistines.html
http://www.timesofisrael.com/philistine-cemetery-find-offers-glimpse-of-deaths-and-lives-of-biblical-enemy/
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Bones-unearthed-in-Ashkelon-at-only-known-Philistine-cemetery-may-reveal-ancient-mystery-459973
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/11/science/possible-philistine-cemetery-discovered.html?_r=0
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-israel-archaeology-idUSKCN0ZQ0DG
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/07/bible-philistine-israelite-israel-ashkelon-discovery-burial-archaeology-sea-peoples/
http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/israel-find-solve-mystery-biblical-philistines-40469390
http://www.euronews.com/newswires/3218180-philistines-were-more-sophisticated-than-given-credit-for-say-archaeologists/

Remains of a 2700 years bp street from Yerevan:

http://arka.am/en/news/society/archaeologists_discover_oldest_street_in_yerevan/

They’ve found more interesting mosaics at Huqoq:

http://uncnews.unc.edu/2016/07/05/new-mosaics-discovered-synagogue-excavations-galilee-2/
http://www.timesofisrael.com/noahs-ark-splitting-of-red-sea-appear-in-newfound-mosaic-at-ancient-synagogue/
http://newswise.com/articles/baylor-university-scholar-and-students-help-unearth-ancient-mosaics-and-coins-in-synagogue-ruins-in-israel
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/07/mosaic-synagogue-huqoq-israel-magness-archaeology/
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3681609/Ancient-mosaics-Red-Sea-parting-Noah-s-Ark-discovered-5th-century-synagogue-Israel.html

On some DSS research in Norway:

http://sciencenordic.com/dead-sea-scrolls-still-conceal-many-stories

An antiquities bust near Yeroham:

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/Flash.aspx/363712

Robinson’s Arch and the Western Wall saga:

http://www.jpost.com/Magazine/Secrets-uncovered-near-Robinsons-Arch-456448

On the origins of the Star of David:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-did-the-six-pointed-star-become-associated-with-judaism-180959693/?no-ist

More on restoration work in the Church of the Nativity:

http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/news/2016/07/08/italians-restore-900-year-old-mosaics-at-bethlehem-church/

ISIL release a video about its activities in Palmyra:

https://www.rt.com/news/349806-isis-palmyra-antiquities-destruction-video/

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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They’ve digitized the Vatican Vergil:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/innovations/wp/2016/07/08/the-vatican-just-digitized-this-1600-year-old-epic/

Interesting bronze Roman belt buckle from Leicester:

http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/07/2016/decorated-roman-bronze-belt-found-in-leicester-excavations

Feature on Arthur Evans:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/only-in-britain/archaeologist-adventurer-arthur-evans-born/

Feature on that Roman gladiator school found in Austria:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/discovery-roman-gladiator-school-brings-famed-fighters-to-life-180959489/?no-ist

Interesting project looking at gladiator-fan graffiti:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/drsarahbond/2016/07/04/new-project-uncovers-ancient-games-and-gladiators-through-the-graffiti-of-the-fans/

A biologist weighs in on a scene on a Greek pot:

http://www.knox.edu/news/news-archive/knox-biology-professor-uses-her-expertise-to-explain-ancient-greek-art

On evidence of Rome’s trade links with Chennai:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/chennai/chennais-ancient-trade-link-with-rome-unearthed/article8805464.ece

On the physics of Roman buildings:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/chadorzel/2016/07/07/what-ancient-roman-buildings-teach-us-about-science-and-engineering/

More restoration of the Colosseum is on the way:

http://www.thestandard.com.hk/breaking-news.php?id=76688

Philippi is seeking UNESCO heritage status:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/210249/article/ekathimerini/life/philippi-hoping-for-unesco-listing
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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Evidence of farming in Scotland some 10 000 years bp:

http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/07/2016/archaeologists-uncover-earliest-farming-activity-recorded-in-scotland-so-far

A Neolithic flint axe found by a drain digger in Denmark:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-36736161

Digging has commenced at an ‘untouched’ Bronze Age burial in Lancashire:

http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-36756107

Interesting human jawbone (and a whalebone) ‘burial’ in Orkney:

http://www.culture24.org.uk/history-and-heritage/archaeology/art558332-prehistoric-cairn-whalebone-teeth-orkney-island

2500 years bp axe fragments from a dig in Herefordshire:

http://www.herefordtimes.com/news/14602105.Axe_fragments_from_more_than_2_500_years_ago_discovered_at_south_Herefordshire_farmland/

What Viking burials from Ribe are revealing:

http://sciencenordic.com/danish-viking-grave-reveals-archaeological-mysteries

Possible evidence of the location of the Lindisfarne Monastery:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-tyne-36712209

Finds from various periods in a dig in Kilkenny:

http://www.kilkennypeople.ie/news/home/210657/in-vino-veri-cas–ancient.html

They’re fixing Big Ben:

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20160704-the-big-ben-renovation-and-how-the-clock-works

Rethinking how mobile knights were in medieval armour:

http://gizmodo.com/new-study-busts-the-myth-that-knights-couldnt-move-well-1783051334
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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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Brief item on Iron/Megalithic Age finds from Peraiyur taluk :

http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Madurai/antiquities-unearthed/article8817793.ece

Evidence that Bazira is the oldest settlement in Swat:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/1137203/ancient-relics-bazira-treasure-trove-antiquity/

A pair of 9th/10th century Buddha idols from a temple tank (?) from Prakasam:

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-andhrapradesh/buddha-idols-found-in-temple-tank-debris/article8830033.ece

Studying tattooing methods in the South Pacific:

http://www.livescience.com/55289-prehistoric-tattoos-made-with-glass-tools.html

Tracking Polynesian sailors’ movements:

http://phys.org/news/2016-07-sailors-ancient-fingerprints-polynesia.html

Plenty of artifacts from a Melbourne pub site:

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/archaeological-dig-uncovers-250000-artefacts-at-mistletoe-hotel-site-former-melbourne-gold-rush-pub/news-story/7c25843e46d6ce3e2e579e0827c78e53
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3674501/Major-archaeological-dig-unearths-seedy-underbelly-Melbourne-150-years-ago.html

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Southeast Asian Archaeology Newsblog:

http://www.southeastasianarchaeology.com/

New Zealand Archaeology eNews:

http://nzarchaeology.blogspot.co.nz/index.html
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NORTH AMERICA
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Bison bones found in a cache pit being excavated at Prehistoric Indian Village:

http://www.mitchellrepublic.com/news/local/4067204-1000-year-old-bison-skeleton-uncovered-prehistoric-indian-village

They’ve located the site of the Battle of Port Royal Island:

http://www.blufftontoday.com/beaufort/2016-07-05/lowcountry-battlefield-where-declaration-independence-signers-fought-discovered

Latest from the Alamo:

http://austin.blog.statesman.com/2016/07/07/heres-what-archaeologists-digging-around-the-alamo-are-hoping-to-find/

Trying to identify an 18th century shipwreck in the St Lawrence:

http://www.ctvnews.ca/sci-tech/it-s-like-a-puzzle-students-working-to-identify-ancient-shipwreck-found-off-quebec-1.2973039

A 1990 bone theft of Native American remains was more extensive than previously thought, apparently:

http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2016/07/04/iowa-bone-theft-park-service/

On Mary Todd Lincoln’s health issues:

http://www.cnn.com/2016/07/06/health/mary-todd-lincoln-pernicious-anemia/index.html

On Ben Franklin’s health ideas:

http://www.livescience.com/55279-benjamin-franklin-health-ideas.html
http://theconversation.com/dr-franklin-i-presume-the-founder-who-could-have-been-our-founding-physician-60754

Feature on the Star Spangled Banner:

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2016/jul/04/star-spangled-banner-national-anthem-british-origins

A Jefferson letter found in an attic has gone on sale:

http://www.cnn.com/2016/07/06/politics/thomas-jefferson-rare-letter-for-sale-discovered-attic/index.html

Review of a couple of books on the impact of the US Postal Service:

http://mobile.nytimes.com/2016/07/10/books/review/neither-snow-nor-rain-and-how-the-post-office-created-america.html

More on things found in 300 years bp toilets in Philadelphia:

http://www.livescience.com/55301-toilets-from-old-philadelphia.html
http://www.livescience.com/55288-photos-artifacts-from-philadelphia-toilets.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2016/07/07/treasures-from-american-history-found-covered-in-300-year-old-human-poop-in-an-old-brothel/
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tens-thousands-artifacts-recovered-colonial-philadelphia-toilets-180959687/

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Pre-Hispanic petroglyphs from near Machu Picchu:

http://www.peruthisweek.com/news-paintings-discovered-near-machu-picchu-109890

Interesting female burial featuring ‘stone encrusted teeth’ from Teotihuacan:

http://phys.org/news/2016-07-skeleton-stone-encrusted-teeth-mexico-ancient.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3680474/1-600-year-old-woman-jewels-teeth-discovered-ancient-Mexican-burial-ground.html

Evidence that the pit house dwellers of Brazil lived in the same houses for centuries:

http://phys.org/news/2016-07-ancient-brazilians-occupied-homes-centuries.html
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-07/uoe-abo070416.php
http://www.upi.com/Science_News/2016/07/06/Ancient-Brazilians-occupied-the-same-houses-for-centuries/5031467834703/

On the Jewish pirates of Jamaica:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/forgotten-jewish-pirates-jamaica-180959252/

On Britain’s forgotten colony in Suriname:

http://www.historytoday.com/matthew-parker/britains-forgotten-south-american-colony

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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 D-PLACE database might be useful:

http://phys.org/news/2016-07-massive-open-access-database-human-cultures.html

On lessons of history for the US (don’t quite get this one):

http://www.historytoday.com/peter-frankopan/victims-their-own-success

Recreating a 16th century Basque whaling boat:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/theres-lot-more-basque-boat-meets-eye-180959675/

Poking around Shakespeare documents finds some interesting things:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researcher-unearths-trove-new-shakespeare-documents-180959673/

On the early history of the cannabis trade:

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2096440-founders-of-western-civilisation-were-prehistoric-dope-dealers/

The New York Times reprinted the obit for Sir Arthur Conan Doyla:

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/projects/cp/obituaries/archives/arthur-conan-doyle-sherlock-holmes
http://timesmachine.nytimes.com/timesmachine/1930/07/08/129130552.html

On what nearsighted people did before glasses were invented:

http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2016/07/07/484835077/what-did-nearsighted-humans-do-before-glasses

Another Noah’s Ark replica … this time, in Kentucky:

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jul/06/noahs-ark-encounter-kentucky-replica-unveiled?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

Feature on the Enlightenment:

http://www.livescience.com/55327-the-enlightenment.html

Marking the 100th anniversary of Dada:

http://mobile.nytimes.com/2016/07/10/arts/dada-100-years-later.html

Feature on the Tunguska meteorite impact:

http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20160706-in-siberia-in-1908-a-huge-explosion-came-out-of-nowhere
Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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David Ligare:

http://www.metroactive.com/arts/David-Ligare-Exhibit-Triton-Museum-Santa-Clara-Classicism.html

The Ptolemaic Galleries at the Met got a bit of a facelift:

http://theartnewspaper.com/news/museums/ptolemaic-galleries-at-the-metropolitan-museum-of-art-get-a-facelift/
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THE TECHY SIDE
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They’ve figured out why the Codex purpereus is purple:

http://www.livescience.com/55310-urine-dye-found-in-ancient-gospel.html

Looking inside a Greek amphora with mass spectrometry:

http://phys.org/news/2016-07-scientists-mass-spectrometry-ancient-greek.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/07/160706174403.htm
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-07/miop-sum070616.php
http://eu.greekreporter.com/2016/07/07/scientists-use-mass-spectrometry-to-analyze-an-ancient-greek-amphora/

Using 3d scanning techniques to recreate the ‘brain’ of a 17 000 years bp child from Italy:

http://www.thelocal.it/20160708/17000-year-old-italian-skull-reveals-hunter-gatherer-brain

Not sure where to put this one … tracking the human skeleton trade with instagram:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2016/07/06/this-archaeologist-uses-instagram-to-track-the-human-skeleton-trade/#c81ecdd30b10
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ON THE DNA FRONT
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On the genetic history of Madagascar:

http://phys.org/news/2016-07-island-history-human-genetic-ancestry.html

DNA from some Inca mummies is suggesting they had ‘antibiotic resistance’:

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2096495-antibiotic-resistance-discovered-in-the-guts-of-ancient-mummies/
Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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On evidence for Arabia once being wetter:

https://www.insidescience.org/content/what-ancient-rock-art-reveals-about-wetter-arabia/4071

Archaeology suggests there’s no link between climate change and human innovation:

http://phys.org/news/2016-07-archaeology-link-climate-early-human.html
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-07/p-asn063016.php

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CRIME BEAT
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Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2016/07/culture-crime-news-27-june-3-july-2016.html
conflict antiquities:

http://conflictantiquities.wordpress.com/

anonymous swiss collector:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/

Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues:

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

Looting Matters:

http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/

Illicit Cultural Property:

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

SAFE:

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

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REPATRIATION AND RECOVERY
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Italy recovered some important items from Denmark:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/06/arts/design/those-italian-artifacts-actually-were-looted-danish-museum-now-says.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Farts
http://www.thelocal.it/20160706/italy-gets-back-stolen-gold-cart-of-etruscan-prince-from-denmark
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/arcablog/~3/ktHZSelSDjc/mediation-over-litigation-looted.html

… which seems to have resulted in an important agreement:

http://artdaily.com/news/88605/Historic-agreement-between-Italy-and-the-Ny-Carlsberg-Glyptotek

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NUMISMATICA
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I think we mentioned this major Roman coin hoard find last year:

http://www.knutsfordguardian.co.uk/news/14604242.Almost_8_000_Roman_coins_were_unearthed_in_a_field_in_Peover_Superior/

More on those Roman coins found in a wreck off Caesarea:

http://www.numismaster.com/ta/numis/Article.jsp?ad=article&ArticleId=28277

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v19n27.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v19n28.html
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Ancient Coin Collecting:

http://ancientcoincollecting.blogspot.com/

Ancient Coins:

http://classicalcoins.blogspot.com/

Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/
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PERFORMANCES AND THEATRE-RELATED
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Midsummer Night’s Dream:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/06/theater/review-a-midsummer-nights-dream-for-a-nimble-audience.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Farts

Taming of the Shrew:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/10/books/review/touch-up-your-shakespeare-anne-tyler-recasts-the-taming-of-the-shrew-for-our-time.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fbooks

Richard III:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-36707086

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

http://archaeologychannel.org/audio-main-menu-cat/audio-news-list/2442-audio-news-from-archaeologica-26-june-2016-2-july-2016

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OBITUARIES
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John Lindstrom:

http://www.gjsentinel.com/news/articles/renowned-gj-archaeologist-dies-at-age-67

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CONFERENCES
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6th Rye Medieval Academic Conference (October 22):

https://sussexpast.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Rye-conf-poster.pdf
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GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

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

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Ancient Digger:

http://www.ancientdigger.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Past Horizons:

http://www.pasthorizons.com/

Stonepages:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

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

Time Machine:

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

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

The Book and the Spade:

http://www.radioscribe.com/bknspade.htm
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Explorator 19.10 ~ July 4, 2016

Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Hernan Astudillo,
David Critchley,Bob Heuman, David Critchley, Frank MacKay,
Richard Campbell, Richard C. Griffiths,and Ross W. Sargent for headses
upses this week (as always hoping I have left no one out).
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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Naledi might date to less than 1 million years b.p.:

http://www.livescience.com/55226-homo-naledi-lived-recently.html

The arrival of modern humans may have contributed to the demise of floresiensis:

http://phys.org/news/2016-06-discovery-hobbit-demise.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/06/160629165910.htm
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-06/uow-fds062716.php
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/humans-did-wipe-out-real-life-hobbits-say-scientists-a7111246.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3666215/Did-modern-humans-kill-Hobbits-Remains-fires-Flores-suggests-Homo-sapiens-arrived-earlier-believed.html
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AFRICA
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Feature on the Khoisan:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-36649794

More on concerns for Somalit petroglyphs:

http://www.ctvnews.ca/sci-tech/rocky-future-for-somalia-s-ancient-cave-art-1.2962595
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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The Egyptian Museum’s ‘artifact of the month’:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/44/232240/Heritage/Museums/Childbirth-stelae-picked-as-Egyptian-Museums-July-.aspx

More on who was in KV55:

http://weekly.ahram.org.eg/News/16740/47/Tomb-mystery-solved-.aspx

An interesting mummy restoration:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-36545779

A 40 000 years bp ‘grinding stone’ (!) from a Western Galilee cave:

http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=34625

A pair of interesting structures have been found at the Usakli Mound:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/structures-at-usakli-mound-may-be-ancient-zippalanda-.aspx?pageID=238&nid=100977

A cuneiform tablet shows ancient Mesopotamian workers may have been paid in beer:

https://ca.finance.yahoo.com/blogs/insight/5-000-year-old-tablet-shows-mesopotamian-workers-paid-in-beer-165528011.html

On how Romans and Jews ‘invented’ trash collection:

http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/archaeology/.premium-1.727585

Jogging on the beach has revealed a 900 years bp oil lamp:

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/214303
http://forward.com/news/breaking-news/344002/lifeguard-discovers-900-year-old-oil-lamp-on-israeli-beach/
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/israeli-lifeguard-discovers-900-year-old-candle-during-beach-run/2016/06/27/

A very nice mosaic was revealed at the Church of the Nativity:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-36591434

Archaeology season has ‘opened’ in Antalya:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/archaeology-season-opens-in-antalya-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=101096&NewsCatID=375

First call to prayer at Hagia Sophia in 85 or so years:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/first-call-to-prayer-inside-istanbuls-hagia-sophia-in-85-years.aspx?pageID=238&nID=101161&NewsCatID=341

Concerns for the Lion of Babylon:

http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2016/06/iraq-babylon-culture-heritage.html

How ISIL’s ‘trap’ at Palmyra was foiled:

https://consortiumnews.com/2016/06/30/how-isiss-palmyra-erase-trap-was-foiled/

More on ISIL’s destruction of the Temple of Nabu:

http://theartnewspaper.com/news/news/isil-rampage-continues-with-destruction-of-the-temple-of-nabu-in-northern-iraq/

Revisiting the suggestion that Palmyra was being looted by Russian and/or Syrian troops:

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/06/29/about-the-accusation-that-syrian-and-russian-troops-are-looting-palmyra/

Documenting the ‘trail of destruction’ of antiquities in the Middle East:

http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2016/06/egypt-cultural-heritage-destruction-antiquities-digital-map.html

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Some gold coins are adding to the evidence of the site of Varus’ disaster:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3670663/Eight-gold-coins-discovered-Germany-mark-site-ancient-Roman-massacre-archaeologists-say.html

Remains of four more victims in a shop in Pompeii:

http://www.livescience.com/55212-ancient-vesuvius-victims-found-near-pompeii.html
http://www.thelocal.it/20160627/pompeii-digs-unearth-skeletons-of-fugitives-in-back-of-shop
http://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/24467/20160629/remains-vesuvius-eruption-victims-discovered-ancient-pompeii-shop.htm
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/ancient-skeletons-found-in-ransacked-shop-near-pompeii/
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3658790/Skeletons-coins-dig-ancient-Pompeii-shop.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

… in case you need a refresher on Pompeii:

http://www.livescience.com/27871-mount-vesuvius-pompeii.html

Followup to the find of a mask of Pan at Hippos a couple years ago:

http://www.livescience.com/55201-gateway-to-greek-god-sanctuary-discovered.html
http://www.algemeiner.com/2016/06/29/ancient-sanctuary-of-greek-god-pan-unearthed-in-northern-israel-discovery-sheds-light-on-other-major-finds-in-area/#
http://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/24461/20160629/ancient-sanctuary-greek-god-uncovered-israel.htm
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Roman-gate-discovered-in-ancient-city-of-Hippos-may-solve-mystery-of-mask-of-Pan-457886
http://newswise.com/articles/a-gateway-to-pan-exposed-at-hippos
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3664906/Have-archaeologists-Pan-s-lair-Roman-mask-hints-newly-room-sanctuary-god.html

A Roman mosaic from Kinkkale:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/roman-mosaic-unearthed-in-wheat-field-in-turkeys-kirikkale.aspx?pageID=238&nid=101019&NewsCatID=375

I think we mentioned this Roman dig in Sheffield:

http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/forgotten-frontier-of-roman-empire-unearthed-in-sheffield-1-7991388

Evidence of a ‘chariot cooling system’ at Carthage’s circus (hmmm):

http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/archaeology/1.727849

Not sure where to put this item on the discovery of an Indo-Greek city in Swat:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1267322/archaeologists-discover-layers-of-indo-greek-city-in-swat
http://www.plenglish.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=5011831&Itemid=1

The dig at Akrotiri has resumed:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/210027/article/ekathimerini/life/akrotiri-excavations-on-santorini-start-up-again-with-funding-injection-from-eugene-kaspersky

Vague item on Roman remains being found in Congresbury:

http://www.northsomersettimes.co.uk/news/roman_remains_found_in_congresbury_1_4599168

Remains of a Roman building in Meonstoke:

http://www.hampshirechronicle.co.uk/news/14583834.Rare_Roman_building_revealed_in_dig_in_the_Meon_Valley/

Feature on the necropolis at Orthi Petra:

http://www.euronews.com/2016/06/28/the-necropolis-of-orthi-petra-opens-a-window-to-the-homeric-world/

Rome was showing off the ‘Colosseum makeover’:

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-italy-art-colosseum-idUSKCN0ZH579
http://www.thelocal.it/20160701/romes-colosseum-gets-multi-million-euro-face-lift
http://www.euronews.com/2016/07/01/colosseum-makeover-gets-the-thumbs-up-from-italian-pm-renzi/
http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory/romes-colosseum-cleaner-magnate-funded-restoration-40271985
http://www.stuff.co.nz/travel/destinations/europe/italy/81720071/Rome-shows-off-cleaned-up-Colosseum

… and there are plans to include a floor:

http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/culture/2016/07/01/colosseum-to-have-floor-by-2018-franceschini_96519718-5614-46b9-9cf9-c13d67f31a22.html

Another pensioner busted with antiquities in Athens:

http://info-europa.com/uncategorized/police-arrest-athens-man-for-antiquities-smuggling/374

On ancient fossil hunting:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/drsarahbond/2016/06/29/roman-emperors-monster-bones-and-the-early-history-of-fossil-hunting/#200defeb417a

Feature on ancient bathing:

https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg23130800-600-ancient-rome-the-empire-that-cleaned-up/

Suggestion that the Antikythera Mechanism was a ‘STEM’ project:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/brucedorminey/2016/06/30/antikythera-mechanism-may-have-been-worlds-first-stem-project/

More on that ‘dolphin’ weapon found in the Antikythera wreck:

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/06/28/483115572/ancient-shipwreck-off-greek-island-yields-a-different-sort-of-treasure

More Antikythera Mechanism coverage:

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/ancient-greek-computer-came-with-a-user-guide/

More on the possible find of the city of Rhapta:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3664442/Has-2-000-year-old-lost-city-Rhapta-Ancient-ruins-coast-Tanzania-Roman-market-town.html

Review of *Harry Mount’s Odyssey*:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/jun/28/harry-mount-s-odyssey-review-homer
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Latest reviews from BMCR:

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

Visit our blog:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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Suggestion that Neolithic tombs were used for calendrical/observational purposes (overspinning galore):

http://phys.org/news/2016-06-prehistoric-tombs-astronomical-viewing.html
http://www.livescience.com/55248-prehistoric-tombs-were-first-telescopes.html
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/0701/How-did-ancient-people-peer-at-the-stars-before-the-telescope
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-ancient-tombs-may-have-been-both-grave-observatory-180959668/
http://news.nationalpost.com/news/world/stargazers-may-have-used-ancient-stone-tombs-to-set-calendars-thousands-of-years-before-galileo
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2016/06/29/neolithic-tombs-were-telescopes-to-view-the-stars/
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/jun/30/the-prehistoric-tombs-that-may-have-been-used-as-telescopes
https://www.newscientist.com/article/2095597-prehistoric-tombs-may-have-doubled-as-star-gazing-observatories/
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3666210/Were-ancient-tombs-telescopes-6-000-year-old-structures-focused-light-clearer-view-stars-set-calenders.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

A Viking burial from Denmark (found in 2012?):

http://sciencenordic.com/unique-viking-tomb-contains-remains-noble-couple
http://arstechnica.co.uk/science/2016/07/rare-viking-death-house-discovered-in-denmark/
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3669918/Rare-Viking-Death-House-unearthed-Couple-buried-1-000-years-ago-foreign-coins-reveal-Norse-nobles-travelled-world.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

The fire at Harold Bluetooth’s castle may have been deliberately set:

http://cphpost.dk/news/danish-cops-now-on-a-1000-year-old-case.html

Some sixth century burials in Wales are being connected to St David:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-south-west-wales-36682520
http://www.westerntelegraph.co.uk/news/14592895.Pembrokeshire_dig_uncovers_possible_contemporaries_of_St_David/

On the popularity of infant corpses among 19th century anatomists:

http://phys.org/news/2016-06-infant-bodies-prized-19th-century.html
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-06/uoc-ibw062916.php
http://www.cam.ac.uk/research/news/infant-bodies-were-prized-by-19th-century-anatomists-study-suggests
http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/children-s-skulls-were-highly-prized-by-cambridge-university-medics-new-study-reveals/story-29465844-detail/story.html
http://www.livescience.com/55257-infant-cadavers-prized-by-anatomists.html
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2016/06/30/baby-cadavers-were-prized-by-victorian-anatomists/
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/jul/01/anatomy-specimens-reveal-story-of-infanticide-stillbirth-and-poverty

They looked for, but didn’t find, King Alfred’s Ditch:

http://www.thisiswiltshire.co.uk/news/headlines/14592579.Excavation_fails_to_find_King_Alfred__39_s_ditch/

Feature on some medieval punishments:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-36641921

… while one town in the UK wants to bring one back:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-36638698

Plans to dig at Ipswich Cornhill:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-suffolk-36681949

We’ll put the coverage of the Gaulcross hoard here this week:

http://www.usatoday.com/picture-gallery/news/2016/06/28/ancient-trove-of-silver-unearthed-in-scotland/86474536/
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2016/06/28/ancient-trove-silver-unearthed-scotland/86454862/
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3664282/Jewellery-crafted-Scottish-barbarians-unearthed-1500-year-old-trove-100-silver-pieces-discovered-Roman-era-stone-circle.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Archaeology in Europe Blog:

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

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A new study of Borneo’s ‘Deep Skull’:

http://phys.org/news/2016-06-ancient-deep-skull-borneo-full.html
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-06/uons-as062416.php
http://theconversation.com/ancient-deep-skull-still-holds-big-surprises-60-years-after-it-was-unearthed-61572
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/06/2016/analysis-of-borneo-skull-overturns-long-held-views-on-early-history-of-region

A 3000 years bp mound from Azerbaijan:

http://news.az/articles/society/109567

Studying ancient baby teeth from Polynesia:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2016/06/27/ancient-baby-teeth-reveal-secrets-of-a-polynesian-empire/

Interesting boat remains from Angkor Wat (don’t think we mentioned this):

http://www.startribune.com/cambodia-says-tests-confirm-angkor-boat-8-centuries-old/384533041/

A medieval weapons-making foundry on the shores of Lake Baikal:

http://siberiantimes.com/science/casestudy/news/n0686-medieval-weapon-making-foundry-discovered-on-shore-of-lake-baikal/

An ancient shrine possibly containing a fragment of the Buddha’s skull:

http://www.livescience.com/55243-buddha-skull-bone-found-in-crypt.html
http://www.livescience.com/55242-photos-model-stupa-holding-buddha.html
https://www.yahoo.com/news/ancient-shrine-may-hold-buddhas-skull-bone-found-133135045.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3670075/Have-archaeologists-discovered-Buddha-s-remains-Skull-bone-1-000-year-old-shrine-belong-enlightened-one.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

More on the origins of rice:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/06/160622164324.htm

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Southeast Asian Archaeology Newsblog:

http://www.southeastasianarchaeology.com/

New Zealand Archaeology eNews:

http://nzarchaeology.blogspot.co.nz/index.html
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NORTH AMERICA
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Plenty of items dating back to the American Revolution found during a dig at some Philadelphia toilets:

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2016/07/01/toilets-philadelphia-artifacts-archaeologists/
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/07/america-revolution-independence-philadelphia-colony-archaeology-garbage-history/
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3671833/Dirty-work-Archaeologists-unearth-87-000-artifacts-dating-American-Revolution-digging-250-year-old-toilets-Philadelphia.html

Digging a midden on Hilton Head:

http://www.wfxg.com/story/32357398/archaeological-dig-on-native-american-shell-ring-in-hilton-head

A 19th century schooner from Lake Ontario:

http://phys.org/news/2016-06-ny-based-explorers-schooner-lake-ontario.html
http://www.syracuse.com/state/index.ssf/2016/06/upstate_ny_explorers_find_1868_schooner_wreck_in_lake_ontario.html
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/19th-century-old-sunken-schooner-uncovered-lake-ontario-180959657/
http://www.toledoblade.com/local/2016/06/30/Schooner-sunk-en-route-to-area-in-1868-is-found.html
http://www.thespec.com/news-story/6745652-explorers-find-1868-schooner-wreck-in-lake-ontario/

Interesting feature on Central NY has a hub of wooden roads:

http://www.syracuse.com/empire/index.ssf/2016/06/central_ny_was_the_center_of_the_wooden_roads_boom_in_the_us_until_they_rotted.html

Feature on Teddy Roosevelt:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/on-leadership/wp/2016/06/27/how-theodore-roosevelt-created-the-modern-american-presidency/

Feature on Mount Rushmore:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20160704-mount-rushmore-at-75-how-did-it-come-to-be

On slavery in New England:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/03/books/review/new-england-bound-by-wendy-warren.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fbooks

More on that 12 000 years bp campsite in New Brunswick:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/route-8-artifacts-12000-years-1.3648907
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Feature on trepanation amongst the Inca:

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/06/what-is-trepanation-skull-surgery-peru-inca-archaeology-science/

An Otomi religious site in Mexico was damaged:

http://madison-press.com/wire/national-wire/139637/ancient-temple-of-mexican-otomi-indians-damaged-2
http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/ancient-temple-mexican-otomi-indians-damaged-40192685

A German tourist fell to his death at Machu Picchu:

http://www.bostonglobe.com/news/world/2016/07/02/german-falls-death-posing-for-photo-machu-picchu/1iwheNscLJeB6YihJhQR6J/story.html
http://www.newsday.com/news/world/at-machu-picchu-man-falls-to-death-while-posing-for-photo-peru-officials-say-1.11997306

More on those mammoth remains found near Mexico City:

http://phys.org/news/2016-06-mammoth-uncovered-mexico.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-36631474
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Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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Plenty of items related to the centennial of the Battle of the Somme (all different):

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-36680052
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-36690510
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-36149839
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-36585199
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-36652140
http://www.bbc.com/news/video_and_audio/headlines/36670644
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-36656300
http://www.bbc.co.uk/timelines/ztngxsg
http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20160630-images-from-the-battle-of-the-somme
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/03/opinion/sunday/how-jrr-tolkien-found-mordor-on-the-western-front.html (for Tolkien fans)
http://www.newsandstar.co.uk/Recalling-Britains-bloodiest-battle-1ff01ca8-b0cf-4569-b58c-3dd61948c70e-ds
http://theconversation.com/friday-essay-the-battle-of-the-somme-and-the-death-of-martial-glory-61681
https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/global-opinions/a-battle-that-continues-to-haunt-europe/2016/06/29/51556a50-3d56-11e6-84e8-1580c7db5275_story.html

Franz Ferdinand’s obituary: (+)

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/projects/cp/obituaries/archives/archduke-franz-ferdinand-world-war
http://timesmachine.nytimes.com/timesmachine/1914/06/29/100676432.html

Feature on the Sefer Ha Zohar:

https://www.bostonglobe.com/ideas/2016/06/25/glinter-kabbalah/cz5YaC9jDc3ZVwTB6L7e7L/story.html

Interesting feature on the conservation of a ‘stone age’ arrowhead:

http://www.getreading.co.uk/news/reading-berkshire-news/watch-university-reading-archaeologists-piece-11521261

Feature on some sunken cities:

http://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/24492/20160629/5-incredible-underwater-ancient-cities-will-blow-away.htm

On social climbing Shakespeare:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/30/theater/shakespeare-coat-of-arms.html

Marking the bicentennial of the Brothers Grimm:

http://www.dw.com/en/grimms-german-legends/a-19364025

Big bucks for Churchill’s campaign car:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-36682562

On ancient wheat:

http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2016/06/27/483278049/nothing-says-hip-like-ancient-wheat

Rethinking human pigmentation:

http://phys.org/news/2016-06-paper-current-gain-loss-heavy.html

On the origins of assorted foods:

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20160624-the-unlikely-and-disgusting-origin-of-our-favourite-foods

On the history of going to the beach:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/inventing-beach-unnatural-history-natural-place-180959538/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2016/07/03/the-weird-origins-of-going-to-the-beach/

On the apple pie in history:

http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2016/07/03/482854462/as-chinese-iranian-and-indonesian-as-apple-pie

On why the wealthy moved to cities in the 18th century:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2016/06/29/what-the-1880s-tell-us-about-why-the-rich-are-moving-to-cities-today/

Feature on the first public historian:

http://www.historytoday.com/eleanor-parker/first-public-historian

Feature on the plague in various times:

http://www.livescience.com/55259-the-plague.html

Feature on the Renaissance:

http://www.livescience.com/55224-the-renaissance-the-rebirth-of-science-culture.html

Audio feature on Colin Renfrew:

http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/audio-colin-renfrew-on-a-life-in-archaeology/

On the effects of castration on a 19th century opera singer:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2016/06/28/how-castration-and-opera-changed-the-skeleton-of-19th-century-singer-pacchierotti/#1be50c42c783

Plenty of coverage of the find of a Jewish escape tunnel near Vilnius:

http://www.npr.org/2016/06/30/484215874/archaeologists-discover-tunnel-dug-by-jews-to-escape-nazis-in-lithuania
http://www.livescience.com/55232-ponar-jewish-escape-tunnel-found.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-36664806
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/29/science/holocaust-ponar-tunnel-lithuania.html
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/secret-tunnel-second-world-war-nazi-massacre-lithuania-a7111561.html
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4821917,00.html
http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=34663
http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.727829
http://www.timesofisrael.com/watch-jewish-prisoners-escaped-nazis-through-this-secret-tunnel/
http://calgaryherald.com/news/local-news/calgary-geophysicists-help-uncover-world-war-ii-escape-tunnel
http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2016/06/30/archaeologists_used_technology_to_uncover_a_tunnel_dug_by_jewish_prisoners.html
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/next/military/vilnius-tunnel/
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3665779/Passage-hell-Tunnel-dug-using-spoons-hands-Jewish-prisoners-escape-Nazi-death-squads-rediscovered.html

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Rembrandt:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/02/arts/international/its-the-rijksmuseums-turn-to-host-rembrandt-portraits.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Farts

Chinese Emperors’ Treasures:

http://english.cctv.com/2016/07/02/VIDEdpyvUz6mJKOmQDumWekn160702.shtml

Alexander Hamilton:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/01/arts/design/the-many-faces-of-alexander-hamilton.html
http://www.syracuse.com/state/index.ssf/2016/06/alexander_hamiltons_ties_to_albany_highlighted_in_tours_exhibit.html

Spain’s Golden Age;

http://www.dw.com/en/spains-golden-age-on-dw-news/a-19369819

Battle of the Somme:

http://www.sladmorecontemporary.com/zero-hour

William Merritt Chase:

http://www.npr.org/2016/06/28/483231216/meet-william-merritt-chase-the-man-who-taught-americas-masters

Hubert Robert:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/museums/a-painter-for-the-dont-go-there-live-there-crowd/2016/06/27/d20b9f12-394f-11e6-8f7c-d4c723a2becb_story.html

Lewis Chessmen:

http://www.stornowaygazette.co.uk/news/local-headlines/chessmen-on-display-at-new-museum-in-july-1-4163578

Treasures from the Sicilian Sea:

http://www.oxfordtimes.co.uk/news/14580703.Sunken_treasures_come_to_light_at_the_Ashmolean/

Greeks: Agamemnon to Alexander:

http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/arts/museums-galleries/blog/20827012/the-greeks-agamemnon-to-alexander-the-great-at-the-national-geographic-museum-reviewed
https://www.washingtonpost.com/goingoutguide/museums/journey-through-5000-years-of-greek-culture-at-national-geographic-museum/2016/06/30/3caa2a40-3c80-11e6-a66f-aa6c1883b6b1_story.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/goingoutguide/museums/journey-through-5000-years-of-greek-culture-at-national-geographic-museum/2016/06/30/3caa2a40-3c80-11e6-a66f-aa6c1883b6b1_story.html

An Urartian museum is opening in Turkey:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/largest-urartian-museum-to-open-in-turkeys-east.aspx?pageID=238&nid=100975&NewsCatID=375
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THE TECHY SIDE
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Hidden texts in the DSS:

http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.727615

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Latest genome to get press attention is the olive:

http://phys.org/news/2016-07-decoding-genome-mediterranean-emblematic-treethe.html

DNA identifies the remains of an extinct species of tilapia in a 7th century shipwreck:

http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/archaeology/.premium-1.726236
Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Vermeer’s hometown:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/03/travel/vermeer-hometown-delft.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Ftravel

Mainland Greece:

http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/europe/greece-mainland-travel-guide-islands-beaches-cheap-holidays-hiking-ancient-sites-tourist-attractions-a7113396.html

Herrenhausen Gardens:

http://www.dw.com/en/a-natural-jewel-the-herrenhausen-gardens/a-19359031
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CRIME BEAT
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Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2016/06/culture-crime-news-20-26-june-2016.html

On Germany’s new antiquities law:

http://theartnewspaper.com/market/art-market-news/what-germany-s-tough-new-law-could-mean-for-the-antiquities-market-/
conflict antiquities:

http://conflictantiquities.wordpress.com/

anonymous swiss collector:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/

Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues:

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

Looting Matters:

http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/

Illicit Cultural Property:

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

SAFE:

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

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REPATRIATION AND RECOVERY
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Australia’s National Gallery might have a couple more items to return to India:

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/canberra-life/two-more-antiquities-may-have-to-be-returned-by-the-national-gallery-of-australia-to-india-20160704-gpxyr4.html
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-07-04/national-gallery-sculptures-could-have-been-looted/7566486

Egypt recovered a stela from France:

http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/egypt-retrieves-pharaonic-stone-tablet-france
http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/232393/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/A-relief-of-King-Nectanebo-II-recovered-to-Egypt-f.aspx

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NUMISMATICA
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A couple weeks’ worth of the e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v19n26.html
http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v19n27.html
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Ancient Coin Collecting:

http://ancientcoincollecting.blogspot.com/

Ancient Coins:

http://classicalcoins.blogspot.com/

Coin Week:

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

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/04/arts/music/review-il-trionfo-and-pelleas-at-the-aix-en-provence-festival.html

Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/03/nyregion/review-two-shakespeare-plays-but-with-fewer-deep-voices.html

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

http://archaeologychannel.org/audio-main-menu-cat/audio-news-list/2441-audio-news-from-archaeologica-19-june-2016-25-june-2016
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OBITUARIES
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Fred C. Cook:

http://jacksonville.com/news/georgia/2016-07-01/story/brunswick-archaeologist-fred-c-cook-dead-74

Douglas Scwartz:

http://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/local_news/douglas-schwartz-a-towering-figure-in-archaeology-dies/article_e4c21653-07e7-5f16-9026-7ee7d75e1f2f.html
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CONFERENCES
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6th Rye Medieval Academic Conference (October 22):

https://sussexpast.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Rye-conf-poster.pdf
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GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

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

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Ancient Digger:

http://www.ancientdigger.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Past Horizons:

http://www.pasthorizons.com/

Stonepages:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

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

Time Machine:

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

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

The Book and the Spade:

http://www.radioscribe.com/bknspade.htm
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