Explorator 17.50

================================================================ explorator 17.50 April 5, 2015 ================================================================ Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis, John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Hernan Astudillo, Bob Heuman, Kris Curry, Allan Brockway, Richard Campbell,Richard C. Griffiths, Feral Boy, and Ross W. Sargent for headses upses this week (as always hoping I have left no one out). ================================================================ EARLY HOMINIDS ================================================================

The Australopithecine ‘Little Foot’ might be older than Lucy: http://phys.org/news347107271.html http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/04/150401133228.htm http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2015-04/pu-nid040115.php http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/07/science/new-age-for-the-human-ancestor-little-foot-puts-him-closer-to-lucy.html?partner=rssnyt&emc=rss http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/11510646/Meet-Little-Foot-the-3.7-million-year-old-human-ancestor.html http://www.livescience.com/50336-little-foot-human-ancestor-dated.html http://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/13832/20150402/little-foot-and-lucy-two-human-ancestors-may-have-co-existed.htm http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2015/0402/Early-human-relative-Little-Foot-may-have-co-existed-with-Lucy-say-scientists http://www.sci-news.com/othersciences/anthropology/science-little-foot-australopithecus-prometheus-sterkfontein-cave-south-africa-02656.html http://elpais.com/elpais/2015/04/01/ciencia/1427902426_988530.html http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/04/2015/little-foot-given-new-age-of-3-67-million-years 300 000 years b.p. eggshells from a site in Germany are revealing much about the Paleolithic environment: http://phys.org/news/2015-03-year-eggshells-reveal-environment-paleolithic.html What they’re learning from Altamura Man: http://phys.org/news/2015-04-altamura-yields-oldest-neanderthal-dna.html http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3024859/Oldest-samples-Neanderthal-DNA-discovered-Altamura-Man-shed-light-early-history-ancient-cousins.html Questioning the ‘oldest musical instrument’: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/03/150331-neanderthals-music-oldest-instrument-bones-flutes-archaeology-science/ http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3022922/Was-earliest-musical-instrument-just-chewed-bone-Neanderthal-flutes-hyenas-study-claims.html More on humans butchering elephants, some 500 000 years b.p.: http://news.yahoo.com/humans-butchered-elephants-500-000-years-ago-ancient-114443463.html More on 2 million years b.p. playgrounds in China: http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/technology/science-research/article/1746869/lost-and-found-two-million-year-old-playground ================================================================ AFRICA ================================================================ Ongoing concerns for Libya’s antiquities: http://news.yahoo.com/libya-fears-treasures-now-jihadist-sights-184901544.html http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=77553 http://en-maktoob.news.yahoo.com/libya-fears-treasures-now-jihadist-sights-184915615.html http://www.middle-east-online.com/english/?id=70751 ================================================================ ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT ================================================================ Suggestion that the Meidum Geese painting might be fake: http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/126823/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Egypts-famous-Meidum-Geese-tomb-painting-may-be-fa.aspx http://www.livescience.com/50309-egyptian-mona-lisa-may-be-fake.html http://news.discovery.com/history/art-history/egypts-mona-lisa-may-be-a-fake-150401.htm#mkcpgn=rssnws1 Two Old Kingdom tombs from near Saqqara: http://luxortimesmagazine.blogspot.ca/2015/04/french-archaeologists-unearth-two-old.html http://www.thecairopost.com/news/144901/topnews/two-well-preserved-ancient-egyptian-tombs-unearthed-near-sakkara An export ban for that Sekhemka statue: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-northamptonshire-32117427 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-northamptonshire-32132849 http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3019164/Ancient-Egyptian-statue-sold-16million-banned-leaving-country-British-buyers-time-stump-money.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490 Putting a ‘Passover spin’ on some recent Egyptian finds from Israel: http://www.livescience.com/50335-egyptian-artifacts-salvaged-from-robbed-tomb.html https://news.artnet.com/art-world/israel-archeology-egypt-passover-284341 http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=77586 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/193503 http://www.timesofisrael.com/newfound-scarabs-tell-story-of-canaan-under-the-pharaohs/ http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Egyptian-culture-influenced-ancient-Israel-before-Exodus-unearthed-antiquities-reveal-395874 More on the Egyptian brewery items found in Israel: http://www.livescience.com/50300-egyptians-brewed-beer-in-tel-aviv.html http://news.yahoo.com/egyptians-brewed-beer-tel-aviv-5-000-years-181310852.html http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2015/03/30/archaeologists-discover-evidence-of-an-ancient-egyptian-brewery-in-a-totally-unexpected-location/#038;%23038;%23038 http://news.discovery.com/history/ancient-egypt/ancient-egyptian-beer-making-vessels-found-in-israel-150330.htm#mkcpgn=rssnws1 http://www.haaretz.com/news/national/.premium-1.649480 http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/03/29/us-israel-egypt-beer-idUSKBN0MP0ET20150329?feedType=RSS&feedName=lifestyleMolt Feature on Neolithic sites in the Negev: http://www.haaretz.com/life/archaeology/.premium-1.650028 The annual pondering over who was the pharaoh of the Exodus: http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Article.aspx?id=395885 Some pondering over the vocabulary of Passover: http://www.haaretz.com/jewish-world/jewish-world-features/.premium-1.649763 … and possibly Canaanite origins therefor: http://www.haaretz.com/jewish-world/jewish-world-features/.premium-1.650005 And of course, we need some questioning about the route of the via Dolorosa procession (respinning something from a few months ago): http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/following-jesuss-steps-millions-christians-via-dolorosa-walking-wrong-way/ … and suggesting that Mary Magdalene bankrolled Jesus: http://www.cnn.com/2015/03/31/living/funding-jesus-ministry/index.html … and the James Ossuary just won’t go away: http://www.post-gazette.com/news/world/2015/04/05/Debate-continues-in-Jerusalem-over-cave-ossuary-linked-to-Jesus/stories/201504050183 http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/05/world/middleeast/findings-reignite-debate-on-claim-of-jesus-bones.html Drones in Jordan are giving us an idea of looting going on there: http://phys.org/news/2015-04-jordan-site-drone-glimpse-antiquities.html http://www.timesofisrael.com/at-jordan-site-drone-offers-glimpse-of-antiquities-looting/ http://www.heraldstandard.com/tech_ap/at-jordan-site-drone-offers-glimpse-of-antiquities-looting/article_c2a6b90b-6608-5844-8698-b4cfdf57edcd.html http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/future_tense/2015/03/satellite_images_show_isis_other_groups_destroying_archaeological_sites.html We now how some video of what ISIL did at Hatra: http://www.timesofisrael.com/is-video-shows-destruction-of-ancient-iraqi-city/ http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Global-News/2015/0404/Video-shows-Islamic-State-smashing-ancient-Iraq-city.-Real-or-fake http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/apr/05/isis-video-confirms-destruction-at-unesco-world-heritage-site-on-hatra http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/isis-smashes-ancient-relics-in-iraqi-city-of-hatra-1.3021232?cmp=rss http://www.thestar.com/news/world/2015/04/04/islamic-state-video-appears-to-show-militants-destroying-ancient-city-of-hatra.html … and there are opEds / interviews still happening (prior to the video): http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/31/arts/design/islamic-state-destruction-renews-debate-over-repatriation-of-antiquities.html?emc=edit_th_20150331&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=22998201 http://www.brandeis.edu/now/2015/april/abusch-isis-deestruction.html http://jewishvoiceny.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=10562:georgetown-university-professor-blames-the-west-for-isis-attack-on-antiquities&catid=102:education&Itemid=285 … and we’re hearing of concerns for antiquities in Idlib: http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/04/03/us-mideast-crisis-syria-antiquities-idUSKBN0MU0YC20150403 More on the Methuselah date palm: http://www.haaretz.com/life/archaeology/.premium-1.649823 http://blogs.forward.com/sisterhood-blog/217752/wanted-female-date-tree-to-save–year-old-spe/ ================================================================ ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS) ================================================================ A pre-etruscan burial near Volterra: http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2015/04/02/pre-etruscan-tomb-discovery_e9c36c20-58a7-4bcd-a17f-0e58b3464079.html A major Roman villa site from Yorkshire: http://www.culture24.org.uk/history-and-heritage/archaeology/art522400-heated-dining-rooms-and-butchery-the-robbed-roman-villa-found-by-archaeologists-in-yorkshire Vague item on Roman finds from Ruskin Square: http://www.croydonguardian.co.uk/news/12863837.Ruskin_Square_development_halted_after_Roman_ruins_discovered/ Wasn’t sure where to put this looted Libyan statue story: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/law-and-order/11503807/Court-sits-at-British-Museum-for-first-time-as-judge-studies-looted-Libyan-sculpture.html http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3018716/The-2m-smuggled-treasure-passed-garden-statue-Judge-goes-day-trip-British-Museum-himself.html http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/2million-statue-looted-unesco-site-5415883 Iran is lending a statue of Penelope to Italy: http://tehrantimes.com/arts-and-culture/122734-iran-to-lend-statue-of-penelope-to-italian-exhibition … and it’s the time of year when we read about crucifixion: http://www.newsweek.com/how-romans-used-crucifixion-including-jesus-political-weapon-318934 … and the source of persecution: http://today.ku.edu/2015/03/19/ku-research-finds-most-early-christian-persecution-was-mobs-not-roman-leaders They’re digging/restoring the theatre at Knidos: http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/Default.aspx?pageID=238&nid=80454&NewsCatID=375 They’ve concluded the Binchester Roman Fort project: http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/roman-treasures-remain-unearthed-pompeii-8882768 Soldiers are helping to dig at Vindolanda: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tyne-32099681 Latest suggestion in the Elgin/Parthenon Marbles saga: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/british-museum-offers-to-lend-elgin-marbles-back-to-greece-10140267.html http://www.artlyst.com/articles/trustees-at-the-british-museum-state-clear-position-on-parthenon-sculptures What Naomi Norman is up to: http://alumnews.blogs.brynmawr.edu/2015/04/03/naomi-j-norman-75-gains-new-appointment-at-the-university-of-georgia/ What Vassiliki Panoussi is up to: http://www.saratogian.com/general-news/20150403/scholar-to-deliver-inaugural-lecture-on-tuesday Harry Mount didn’t quite get the reaction he received from his ‘Greek’ piece last week: http://www.spectator.co.uk/the-week/diary/9481472/harry-mounts-diary-class-war-with-classicists-and-wisdom-from-brian-sewell/ Some CAMWS coverage: http://www.diamondbackonline.com/news/article_5236dafc-d73c-11e4-86da-177764ea655f.html Latest Atlantis claims: http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/history/2015/04/i_met_with_the_world_s_leading_atlantis_expert_will_we_ever_locate_plato.html http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/culture/2015/03/31/archaeology-book-says-atlantis-in-morocco_4a879847-7dd0-42f6-867d-8995822e494a.html Review of Wilson, *Seneca*: http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/apr/04/seneca-life-emily-wilson-review-rome Review of Edith Hall, *Introducing the Ancient Greeks*: http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/reviews/introducing-the-ancient-greeks-by-edith-hall-book-review-what-gave-greeks-their-greekness-10151822.html —– Latest reviews from BMCR: http://bmcr.brynmawr.edu/recent.html Visit our blog: http://rogueclassicism.com/ ================================================================ EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland) ================================================================ A 7 000 years b.p. cave from Puglia with evidence of defleshing of the dead: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3017982/Did-Stone-Age-humans-DEFLESH-dead-Marks-7-000-year-old-human-bones-hint-ritual-burial.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490 Not sure if we mentioned these third century B.C. fortified sites from Poland: http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news,404381,archaeologists-discovered-previously-unknown-fortified-settlements-in-mazury.html An eighth century underground passage from Kerry: http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/news/workers-stumble-across-eighthcentury-underground-passage-in-kerry-31116736.html Plenty of coverage of a medieval cemetery at Cambridge: http://www.livescience.com/50358-medieval-graveyard-cambridge-photos.html http://news.discovery.com/history/archaeology/hundreds-scholars-remains-found-under-cambridge-university-150401.htm#mkcpgn=rssnws1 http://www.cam.ac.uk/research/news/archaeologists-unearth-medieval-graveyard-beneath-cambridge-college http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/400-human-skeletons-discovered-hidden-cemetery/story-26262107-detail/story.html http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-32131379#sa-ns_mchannel=rss&ns_source=PublicRSS20-sa http://www.theguardian.com/science/2015/apr/01/medieval-hospital-cemetery-poor-scholars-found-under-cambridge-university http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/earth/environment/archaeology/11507042/Lost-medieval-cemetery-found-under-Cambridge-University.html http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/04/2015/unearthing-a-medieval-graveyard-beneath-cambridge-college … and much excitement over an Ottoman ‘war camel’ burial from Austria: http://phys.org/news347117611.html http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/04/150401140755.htm http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2015-04/uovm-ccs033115.php http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-32145248 http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2015/0402/What-was-this-camel-doing-in-17th-century-Austria http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/science-ottoman-war-camel-tulln-austria-02659.html http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/04/2015/17th-century-hybrid-camel-skeleton-unearthed-in-austria A Spanish Armada cannonball turns up on an Irish beach: http://www.thejournal.ie/spanish-armada-cannonball-2022878-Mar2015/ https://uk.news.yahoo.com/spanish-armada-cannonball-just-showed-irish-beach-132950195.html A medieval devotional panel found by the Thames is going on display: http://www.culture24.org.uk/history-and-heritage/archaeology/art522182-devotional-panel-of-beheaded-rebel-14th-century-martyr-surfaces-on-shore-of-river-thames http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=77522 http://londonist.com/2015/03/rare-medieval-propaganda-uncovered-in-thames-goes-on-display.php http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/03/2015/rare-medieval-devotional-panel-found-by-river-thames-goes-on-show Plenty of sites in a survey of Wales: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-32145512 Plans to study an elephant’s tooth found in the moat of Penrith Castle in 1921: http://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/elephant-s-tooth-found-in-cumbrian-castle-moat-90-years-ago-to-be-analysed-1.1202840 They’re poking around the crypts of Rochester Cathedral: http://www.kentonline.co.uk/medway/news/uncovering-crypts-treasures-34536/ On Yorkshire’s first secret election: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leeds-31630588 Some interesting WWI graffiti has turned up in France: http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/wwi-graffiti-sheds-light-on-soldiers-experience/2015/04/05/f419a242-db73-11e4-b6d7-b9bc8acf16f7_story.htmlhttp://www.ctvnews.ca/world/wwi-inscriptions-uncovered-in-french-quarry-revive-wartime-experience-1.2312462 More on the ‘Red Lady’: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3021243/Mystery-Red-Lady-El-Mir-n-19-000-year-old-bones-stained-sparkling-blood-like-paint-baffle-archaeologists.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490 —– Archaeology in Europe Blog: http://archaeology-in-europe.blogspot.com/ ================================================================ ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC ================================================================ A burial found in Pahiyangala in 2012 is 10 000 years b.p.: http://www.dailynews.lk/?q=local/pahiyangala-skeleton-belongs-woman-who-lived-10000-years-ago The Southern Lights in aboriginal traditions: http://phys.org/news/2015-04-southern-indigenous-oral-traditions.html —– East Asian Archaeology: http://eastasiablog.wordpress.com/ Southeast Asian Archaeology Newsblog: http://www.southeastasianarchaeology.com/ New Zealand Archaeology eNews: http://nzarchaeology.blogspot.co.nz/index.html ================================================================ NORTH AMERICA ================================================================ A pile of stone tools from Utah: http://westerndigs.org/over-1000-ancient-stone-tools-left-by-great-basin-hunters-found-in-utah-desert/ Concerns for potential sites at an NFL stadium site in St Louis: http://www.ksdk.com/story/news/local/2015/04/02/artifacts-could-be-buried-at-stadium-site/70870736/ Pondering Serpent Mound: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2015/04/05/serpent-mound-continues-to-confound.html A follow-up to Tommy Thompson’s escapades: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2015/04/04/treasure-hunter-to-forfeit-425000.html On the Choctaw Nation and the Irish Potato Famine: http://nativeheritageproject.com/2014/01/16/choctaw-nation-in-1847-provides-relief-to-irish-famine-victims/ A project to digitize info from Salmon Pueblo: http://www.archaeologysouthwest.org/2015/03/29/national-endowment-for-the-humanities-provides-grant-to-digitize-and-preserve-data-from-salmon-pueblo/ http://journalstar.com/news/local/education/k-grant-will-help-unl-researcher-digitize-archaeological-records/article_257d06c3-269d-5999-890c-a618baccff89.html On the importance of the slave trade to the early US: http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/04/03/how-the-slave-trade-built-america/ Feature on Thomas Drummond: http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/04/01/the-editor-who-went-to-war/?_r=1 Revisiting San Francisco’s first murder case: http://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/Anger-arising-from-S-F-s-1st-murder-case-6178052.php Revisiting Lee’s surrender to Grant: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/f191576672e4412cae8186a8985d0e5e/ap-was-there-150-years-ago-lee-surrenders-grant Revisiting Joe Hill: http://phys.org/news/2015-03-utah-student-case-labor-activist.html ================================================================ CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA ================================================================ An underground pyramid from Tihuanaco: http://theweek.com/speedreads/547220/archaeologists-discover-underground-pyramid-bolivia http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/entertainment/2015/03/27/bolivia-detects-buried-pyramid-at-tiahuanaco-site/ What Carl Wendt is up to: http://www.ocregister.com/articles/site-656321-wendt-olmec.html —– Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News: http://goo.gl/1VdeA Ancient MesoAmerica News: http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/ ================================================================ OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST ================================================================ Feature on early maps: http://www.historytoday.com/gallery/fantasy-worlds-gallery-mythical-maps … and some April Fool’s day hoaxes: http://www.theweek.co.uk/57930/april-fools-day-pranks-the-competition On the development of speech: http://phys.org/news/2015-03-paper-speech-now-familiar.html … and the origins of languages: http://www.universityworldnews.com/article.php?story=20150303151009767 On using obsidian in modern surgery: http://edition.cnn.com/2015/04/02/health/surgery-scalpels-obsidian/index.html They’ve restored a Michelangelo damaged during the Spanish Civil War: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/apr/02/michelangelo-work-destroyed-in-spains-civil-war-unveiled-after-restoration http://cultura.elpais.com/cultura/2015/03/30/actualidad/1427731776_937979.html On why pig-borne diseases jumped to humans: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/03/150331074343.htm? A medieval cure for a modern ‘superbug’?: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-nottinghamshire-32117815 http://www.cnn.com/2015/03/31/health/anglo-saxon-potion-mrsa/index.html Feature on Paul Durand-Ruel: http://cultura.elpais.com/cultura/2015/04/01/actualidad/1427887833_278073.html On a Hitler assassination attempt: http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-32160816 Why Friday was “Good Friday’: http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2014/04/18/why_is_good_friday_called_good_friday_the_etymology_and_origins_of_the_holiday.html On the revival of ‘lamb ham’: http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2015/03/31/396588498/the-resurrection-of-lamb-ham-a-colonial-tradition-revived Marking the 200th anniversary of the Tambora eruption: http://phys.org/news/2015-03-200th-anniversary-tambora-eruption-volcanic.html More on that medieval parasite-filled latrine from Jerusalem: http://news.yahoo.com/medieval-parasite-filled-poop-found-jerusalem-latrine-114618131.html ================================================================ MUSEUM MATTERS ================================================================ Illuminated Manuscripts: http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=77629 Thracian Kings: http://www.louvre.fr/en/expositions/saga-thracian-kingsarchaeological-discoveries-bulgaria Battle of Waterloo: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-32167860 Neolithic Orkney: https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/islands/orkney/538700/finds-from-worlds-most-spectacular-neolithic-dig-to-go-on-show-in-orkney/?piano_d=1 WWI Propaganda: http://newsdaily.com/2015/03/turkish-exhibit-shows-world-war-one-propaganda-was-part-of-the-everyday/ Portraits of Lincoln: http://news.yale.edu/2015/03/30/portraits-lincoln-among-jewels-newly-acquired-photography-collection http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/30/arts/design/yales-beinecke-library-buys-vast-collection-of-lincoln-photos.html Early Van Gogh: http://newsdaily.com/2015/03/digging-deep-belgian-coalfield-shows-where-van-gogh-emerged/ Dickens’ Desk: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-32101255 The Turin Museum has renovated: http://phys.org/news/2015-03-turin-egyptian-museum-overhaul-pharaonic.html http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=77578 http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory/turin-egyptian-museum-overhaul-pharaonic-proportions-30033719 ================================================================ THE TECHY SIDE ================================================================ A new radiocarbon dating method might speed up things: http://finchannel.com/index.php/society/business-education/item/42359-new-radio-carbon-dating-technique-will-revolutionise-field-archaeology http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/in-your-area/runcorn-medieval-marvel-heart-pioneering-8957966 Applying UV light to the Black Book of Carmarthen is revealing things: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-32133243 http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/04/2015/ultraviolet-light-reveals-erased-poetry-in-13th-century-black-book-of-carmarthen A new laser technique to examine art: http://phys.org/news/2015-03-precious-art-analysed-laser-technique.html ================================================================ ON THE DNA FRONT ================================================================ Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog: http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/ ================================================================ CLIMATE MATTERS ================================================================ Using an Australian cave to track a couple millennia worth of flood and rain events: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/03/150330162429.htm ================================================================ TOURISTY THINGS ================================================================ Easter Island: http://www.dw.de/the-mystique-of-easter-island/av-18335205 Civil War Battlefields: http://parkadvocate.org/9-civil-war-battlefields-you-helped-save/ Petra: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/31471b4f2933412da3631854570a90e5/ancient-petra-sees-few-visitors-jordan-tourism-declines ================================================================ CRIME BEAT ================================================================ Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News: http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2015/03/culture-crime-news-23-29-march-2015.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/ ================================================================ REPATRIATION AND RECOVERY ================================================================ A Honolulu Museum is returning seven purloined items to India: http://www.ndtv.com/india-news/american-museum-to-return-7-stolen-antiquities-to-india-751686 http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3022130/Antiquities-looted-India-end-Honolulu-museum.html Pondering whether items smuggled from Syria should be repatriated: http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL1504/S00020/should-syrias-smuggled-antiquities-be-repatriated.htm The Dutch Royal family is returning some nazi-looted items: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-32135127 ================================================================ NUMISMATICA ================================================================ Latest e-Sylum: http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v18n13.html … and the one which should appear later today: http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v18n14.html ———————— Ancient Coin Collecting: http://ancientcoincollecting.blogspot.com/ Ancient Coins: http://classicalcoins.blogspot.com/ Coin Week: http://www.coinweek.com/ ================================================================ PERFORMANCES AND THEATRE-RELATED ================================================================ Mousetrap: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-nottinghamshire-32088562 ================================================================ OBITUARIES ================================================================ William W. Hallo: http://news.yale.edu/2015/03/30/memoriam-william-w-hallo-expert-ancient-near-east https://networks.h-net.org/node/28655/discussions/65846/obituary-prof-william-w-hallo Thomas Transtromer: http://www.menafn.com/1094145338/Transtromer-dead-at-83?src=RSS ================================================================ AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS ================================================================ Audio News from Archaeologica: http://www.archaeologychannel.org/news-from-tac/audio-news-from-archaeologica/2195-audio-news-from-archaeologica-22-mar-28-mar-2016 ================================================================ UPCOMING CONFERENCES ================================================================ UK Archaeological Science Conference 2015: https://www.dur.ac.uk/archaeology/conferences/current/ukas/ ================================================================ GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS ================================================================ 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/ ================================================================ PODCASTS/VODCASTS ================================================================ Archaeosoup: http://www.youtube.com/user/Archaeos0up?feature=watch The Book and the Spade: http://www.radioscribe.com/bknspade.htm ================================================================ EXPLORATOR is a free weekly newsletter bringing you the latest news of archaeological finds, historical research and the like. 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