Explorator 17.52

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explorator 17.52 April 19, 2015
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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Interesting suggestion that Neanderthals ‘manipulated’ the bones of the dead:

http://phys.org/news/2015-04-neanderthals-bodies-adults-children-shortly.html
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/04/150414085317.htm
http://www.agenciasinc.es/en/News/Neanderthals-manipulated-the-bodies-of-adults-and-children-shortly-after-death
http://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/14078/20150414/neanderthals-beat-up-their-deceased-brethren-study.htm
http://theweek.com/speedreads/549853/archaeologists-discover-strangely-mutilated-neanderthal-remains
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/04/2015/shortly-after-death-neanderthals-manipulated-bones-of-adults-and-children

Neanderthals also might have been the first to cook with herbs:

http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg22630174.600-neanderthal-chefs-may-have-spiced-up-menus-with-wild-herbs.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3041423/Move-Gordon-Ramsay-Tooth-analysis-reveals-Neanderthals-created-gourmet-meals-flavouring-food-herbs.html

… and dental evidence suggests mushrooms were being eaten as early as the Upper Palaeolithic:

http://phys.org/news/2015-04-dental-calculus-analysis-reveals-mushrooms.html

Footprints suggest Homo erectus was a sophisticated hunter:

http://www.nature.com/news/homo-erectus-footprints-hint-at-ancient-hunting-party-1.17346
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3043866/Did-ancestors-hunt-PACKS-1-5-million-year-old-Homo-erectus-footprints-hint-prehistoric-hunting-parties.html

Pondering the Magdalenian in Iberia:

http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/04/2015/understanding-the-diet-of-the-upper-palaeolithic-magdalenian-phase

Evidence of cannibalism (maybe) in the Upper Paleolithic:

http://phys.org/news/2015-04-palaeolithic-cannibalistic-habits-human-ancestors.html http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/04/150416093928.htm
http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20150416-our-ancestors-were-cannibals
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/somerset-cannibals-early-britons-ate-each-others-remains-and-turned-their-skulls-into-cups-10184028.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3041986/Stone-Age-man-CANNIBAL-Flesh-cut-chewed-dead-gruesome-rituals-bones-reveal.html
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/04/2015/skull-cups-and-ritual-cannibalism-at-goughs-cave-14700-years-ago

Possible oldest example of tool use comes from Kenya, some 800 000 years older than previous specimens:

http://phys.org/news/2015-04-archeologists-oldest-tool.html
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/news/tools-found-near-lake-turkana-in-kenya-are-worlds-oldest-10180148.html
http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/2015/04/15/archaeologists-take-wrong-turn-find-worlds-oldest-stone-tools/
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3039695/World-s-oldest-tools-discovered-Stone-flakes-human-ancestor-3-3-million-year-ago-rewrite-evolutionary-history.html
http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2015/04/15/399937433/new-discovery-of-worlds-oldest-tools

Studying the brain power needed to produce an Acheulean hand axe:

http://phys.org/news348297833.html
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/04/150415155324.htm
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2015-04/ehs-ccs041315.php
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/04/2015/study-shows-that-making-an-acheulean-hand-axe-requires-complex-brain-activity

Pondering why humans have chins:

http://phys.org/news/2015-04-chins-contend-chin-evolution-mechanical.html
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/04/150413183745.htm
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/Science-Notebook/2015/0416/Why-do-humans-have-chins
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/04/2015/our-chins-developed-when-we-started-to-build-social-networks

Suggestion that humans migrated to Europe some 1.4 million years b.p. due to climate:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3038219/How-global-warming-HELPED-man-Earliest-humans-migrated-Europe-1-4-million-years-ago-thanks-rising-temperatures.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

More on the replica Chauvet Cave:

http://cultura.elpais.com/cultura/2015/04/17/actualidad/1429291983_323976.html

… and pondering Altamira:

http://cultura.elpais.com/cultura/2015/04/17/actualidad/1429273326_399161.html

… and one on Altamura Man:

http://elpais.com/elpais/2015/04/17/ciencia/1429270548_991794.html
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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A chapel associated with Nectanebo I:

http://phys.org/news/2015-04-egypt-archaeologists-pharaoh-chapel.html
http://www.thecairopost.com/news/146170/culture/ancient-egyptian-shrine-bust-unearthed-under-modern-cairo
http://news.yahoo.com/egypt-archaeologists-pharaoh-chapel-183713851.html

Questioning the Sea Peoples theory:

http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/04/2015/researcher-casts-doubt-on-sea-peoples-theory

A Byzantine necropolis from Beyoglu:

http://www.dailysabah.com/history/2015/04/15/byzantine-necropolis-found-under-beyoglu-streets
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/necropolis-unearthed-beneath-istanbuls-pera.aspx?pageID=238&nid=81095

A ‘grand walkway’ at Herodium:

http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=24893

Nice feature on Tel Burna:

http://www.bibleinterp.com/articles/2015/04/mck398002.shtml

Temple Mount seems to be heating up again:

http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=24813
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/193992
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/police-allow-muslim-officials-to-damage-holy-floor-of-temple-mount-rock-video/2015/04/17/

Ottoman cannon balls from Konya:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/sultans-cannonballs-unearthed-in-konya.aspx?pageID=238&nID=81135&NewsCatID=375

As expected, the events at Nimrud by ISIL spawned some opEds:

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/04/150414-why-islamic-state-destroyed-assyrian-palace-nimrud-iraq-video-isis-isil-archaeology/
http://www.aina.org/news/20150418051817.htm
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-32329681#sa-ns_mchannel=rss&ns_source=PublicRSS20-sa
http://www.cbc.ca/news/arts/as-isis-smashes-history-curators-battle-to-save-threatened-antiquities-1.3032019?cmp=rss

… and the ‘antiquities market’ is ‘on the alert’ for Syrian spoils:

http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=77990
http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.con&contentid=20150418240784
http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2015/Apr-18/294895-european-authorities-on-alert-for-looted-syrian-antiquities.ashx
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/antiquities-market-on-alert-for-looted-syrian-spoils-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=81180&NewsCatID=375
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/194185

What Jodi Magness is up to:

http://www.wncn.com/story/28778429/unc-professor-works-to-unearth-israels-past

Feature on Sham el Nessim:

http://www.thecairopost.com/news/145955/culture/sham-el-nessim-a-4500-year-old-egyptian-feast

Review(ish) of Eric Cline, *1177 B.C.*:

http://www.haaretz.com/life/archaeology/.premium-1.651529
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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Interesting Roman finds by a metal detectorist in Kelshall:

http://www.livescience.com/50510-grave-artifacts-roman-england.html
http://www.livescience.com/50503-photos-roman-england-artifacts.html
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/man-with-metal-detector-finds-roman-era-grave/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-32260914

A ‘rising damp’ problem in Lecce led to a major find of artifacts from various periods (but plenty seem to be Roman and/or Greek):

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/rising-damp-excavation-at-cafe-in-lecce-unearths-2500-years-of-italian-history-in-3000-incredible-objects-10186065.html
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/15/world/europe/centuries-of-italian-history-are-unearthed-in-quest-to-fix-toilet.html

A Punic coin find in the UK:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-bristol-32289791

Recent finds from Larnaca:

http://in-cyprus.com/lecture-reveals-archaeological-finds/

Studying Latin in Roman Hispania through graffiti and pottery:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/04/150416084202.htm

The plan to put the floor back in the Colosseum is apparently a go:

http://www.gazzettadelsud.it/news/english/137967/Colosseum-restoration-promises-tv-rights-cash–Franceschini.html

A Russian tycoon is funding the restoration of the Basilica Ulpia:

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/04/14/us-italy-art-usmanov-idUSKBN0N51Q120150414

Penn Museum was celebrating Rome’s birthday a bit early:

http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2015/04/18/penn-museum-celebrates-romes-birthday-with-gladiators/

… and a preview of what will be happening in Rome this week:

http://www.wantedinrome.com/news/rome-to-celebrate-2768th-birthday/

Pondering ancient female statuary:

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/apr/13/absent-female-genitals-art-repeated

Latest from Alauna Roman Fort:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-tyne-32282443
http://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/bid-re-launched-to-turn-former-roman-fort-into-international-attraction-1.1204955

More on Julius Caesar suffering from strokes, not epilepsy:

http://phys.org/news/2015-04-julius-caesar-mini-strokes.html
http://news.discovery.com/history/julius-caesar-may-have-suffered-mini-strokes-not-epilepsy-150416.htm
http://news.yahoo.com/julius-caesar-may-suffered-mini-strokes-study-150008689.html
http://elpais.com/elpais/2015/04/10/ciencia/1428658327_819718.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3039158/Julius-Caesar-s-strange-behaviour-caused-MINI-STROKES-Military-leader-s-symptoms-misdiagnosed-says-study.html
http://www.theguardian.com/science/2015/apr/14/julius-caesar-may-have-suffered-mini-strokes-say-doctors

Review of J. O’Donnell, *Pagans*:

http://www.cleveland.com/books/index.ssf/2015/04/james_j_odonnells_pagans_is_th.html

Review(ish) of Davies, *The Theban Epics*:

http://artdaily.com/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=77859#.VTOc_BebM2c

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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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Evidence of cremation in Britain some 7600 years b.p.:

http://www.culture24.org.uk/history-and-heritage/archaeology/art523965-archaeologists-find-britain-oldest-human-cremation-at-mesolithic-pit-in-essex
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3039646/Oldest-evidence-human-cremation-Britain-unearthed-Stone-Age-men-placed-bodies-funeral-pyres-7-600-years-ago.html
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/04/2015/mesolithic-cremated-human-bone-discovery-is-a-first-for-britain

A Pictish fort find off the coast of Aberdeen:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-32325310
http://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/heritage/significant-fort-found-on-remote-scottish-sea-stack-1-3746511

Redating a man-made cave on Iceland:

http://icelandreview.com/news/2015/04/17/south-iceland-cave-made-settlement

An 18th century sex toy from Poland:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3040676/Sex-toy-18th-Century-discovered-archaeologists-ancient-Polish-training-arena-swordsmen.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

They’re back digging at Wark Castle:

http://www.berwick-advertiser.co.uk/archaeologists-ready-for-new-dig-at-wark-castle-1-3741084

Plans to dig at St Anns Allotments:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-nottinghamshire-32318773

400 years. b.p. pottery from a Dorset building site:

http://www.dorsetecho.co.uk/news/12893122.400_year_old_pottery_discovered_at_Dorset_building_site/

I think we mentioned this medieval knight burial with evidence of jousting injuries:

http://www.livescience.com/50459-medieval-knight-discovered-hereford.html
http://news.discovery.com/history/archaeology/battered-remains-of-medieval-knight-found-in-uk-cathedral-150414.htm
http://news.yahoo.com/battered-remains-medieval-knight-discovered-uk-cathedral-111204173.html
http://www.foxnews.com/science/2015/04/14/battered-remains-medieval-knight-discovered-in-uk-cathedral/

Still pondering Richard III’s scoliosis:

http://phys.org/news/2015-04-richard-iii-scoliosis-secret-death.html
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2015-04/uol-dri041315.php

Medieval paintings at Chalgrove St Mary’s church have been restored:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-32275362

Some British warships sunk during the 1917 October Revolution were found off the coast of Estonia:

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2010/aug/23/british-warships-cassandra-myrtle-gentian-estonia

More on the slow (in places) adoption of farming in Europe:

http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/04/2015/ornaments-provide-clues-to-european-shift-from-foraging-to-farming

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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Archaeologists have found more sections of the Great Wall:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2015-04/15/c_134153248.htm
http://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/archeology/154423/
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/peoplesdaily/article-3041972/It-s-greater-thought-Archaeologists-discovered-NINE-new-sections-Great-Wall-China.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
http://europe.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2015-04/15/content_20441162.htm

Interesting finds from a dig in Singapore:

http://news.asiaone.com/news/singapore/dig-shines-new-light-ancient-singapore
http://www.straitstimes.com/news/singapore/more-singapore-stories/story/empress-place-dig-turns-proof-suggesting-ancient-temasek
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/empress-place-dig-yields/1787534.html

Harrappan burials from northern India:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/11540011/Bronze-age-skeletons-found-in-India-show-civilisation-believed-in-reincarnation.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-32313702#sa-ns_mchannel=rss&ns_source=PublicRSS20-sa
http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=77954
http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/haryana/community/four-harappan-era-skeletons-found-near-hisar/67080.html
http://www.hindustantimes.com/haryana/archaeologists-find-5-000-yr-old-skeletons-at-rakhigarhi-in-hisar/article1-1337371.aspx

Chamorro burials from Garapan:

http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/75798-archaeologists-find-pre-contact-period-settlement-in-garapan

Finds from Hobart’s earliest European settlers:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-04-16/artefacts-dating-back-to-first-european-tasmania-settlers-found/6397514

Archaeologists are off to excavate a shipwreck in the Xisha archipelago:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2015-04/13/c_134146356.htm
http://www.ecns.cn/2015/04-13/161525.shtml

More on that Silla Dynasty burial from Korea with evidence of human sacrifice:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3036859/Tomb-noblewoman-lover-unearthed-Ancient-grave-hints-man-sacrificed-lie-eternity.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

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NORTH AMERICA
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Pre-Clovis evidence from Wally’s Beach (Alberta):

http://calgaryherald.com/news/local-news/q-a-with-brian-kooyman-on-the-wallys-beach-site

Evidence of pre-Columbian trade in Alaska:

http://www.livescience.com/50506-artifacts-reveal-pre-columbus-trade.html
http://news.yahoo.com/evidence-pre-columbus-trade-found-alaska-house-143857561.html

A pile of Meskwaki artifacts from an Iowa farm:

http://www.kdlt.com/news/local-news/Meskwaki-Village-Artifacts-Uncovered-In-Iowa-Farm-Field/32338278
http://www.kcrg.com/subject/news/archaeologists-find-nearly-1000-artifacts-near-south-amana-20150413
http://www.siouxlandmatters.com/story/d/story/1000-artifacts-found-in-south-amana-farm-land/33077/JknjnsuYQkS6UsOfVBwxlg

Interesting items from Parliament Hill (in Ottawa):

http://ca.news.yahoo.com/parliament-hill-unearthed-artifacts-tell-pre-confederation-story-194618292.html
http://news.nationalpost.com/news/canada/canadian-politics/parliament-hills-booze-filled-history-revealed-as-archeologists-unearth-thousands-of-19th-century-artifacts
http://www.bclocalnews.com/national/299513661.html
http://www.vancouversun.com/news/national/Parliament+Hill+booze+filled+history+revealed/10966226/story.html
http://www.thestarphoenix.com/technology/Digs+reveal+Parliament+Hill+history/10967243/story.html

There was a video tour of the HMS Erebus this week:

http://www.macleans.ca/society/divers-toured-the-lost-franklin-expedition-heres-the-video-evidence/
https://ca.news.yahoo.com/blogs/dailybrew/dive-crew-exploring-franklin-wreck-184205296.html
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/franklin-shipwreck-divers-offer-live-video-tour-of-hms-erebus-1.3035545
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/canada/11543736/Video-from-beneath-Arctic-ice-reveals-secrets-of-HMS-Erebus-170-years-after-ill-fated-Franklin-expedition.html

… and other news from the Erebus:

http://www.insidehalton.com/community-story/5563816-burlington-s-scott-youngblut-recounts-franklin-shipwreck-discovery/

A mysterious photo of the CSS Georgia turns out to be an admitted fake/hoax:

http://www.watertowndailytimes.com/curr/man-says-mysterious-civil-war-photo-was-really-teenage-hoax-20150419
http://www.newstopic.net/news/local/x926853502/Lenoir-man-says-he-fakes-photo-of-Confederate-ship
http://www.ctvnews.ca/world/man-claims-mysterious-civil-war-photo-was-a-teenage-hoax-1.2324513
http://www.myrtlebeachonline.com/entertainment/article18375770.html

On Yale’s Civil War collection:

http://news.yale.edu/2015/04/08/yale-collections-capture-memories-music-and-mayhem-civil-war

A sort of vague item on early Kentucky:

http://phys.org/news/2015-04-ancient-species-survived-died-kentucky.html

Surveying a possible Acadian burial site in Louisiana:

http://theadvocate.com/news/12145320-123/ul-lafayette-students-on-hunt-for

Connecticut has entered the ‘first in flight’ argument now:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/18/nyregion/where-was-modern-flight-invented-connecticut-believes-it-holds-the-answer.html?_r=0

The anniversary of Lincoln’s assassination led to plenty of coverage, first on what he looked like:

http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-32292217?ocid=socialflow_twitter

… and on the pending digitization of his papers:

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2015/04/15/document-company-to-develop-digital-archive-for-lincoln-papers/

… and revisiting the assassination:

http://www.npr.org/2015/04/14/399516179/revisiting-the-night-abraham-lincoln-was-shot-150-years-ago?sc=17?f=3

… and global reaction:

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2015/04/15/399813809/documents-show-global-outpouring-of-grief-over-lincolns-assassination

… and on John Wilkes Booth:

http://www.npr.org/2015/04/15/399579416/historian-john-wilkes-booth-not-a-deranged-lone-madman?sc=17?f=3

… and one of the last surviving witnesses:

http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/04/17/the-man-who-carried-lincolns-torch/

… and what Lincoln left behind:

http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/04/14/what-lincoln-left-behind/?ref=opinion

… and Lincoln’s religious beliefs:

http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/1998/february9/8t2064.html?share=GcNwk5OSRqsOG8u%2BacO1KmZ2gaxEk5G7

… and theatre proclivities:

http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/04/13/lincoln-on-stage/

… and other aspects of his personality:

http://www.npr.org/blogs/npr-history-dept/2015/04/14/399495324/lincolns-private-side-friend-poet-jokester

… and opEds pondering his legacy:

http://news.yale.edu/2015/04/15/conversation-steven-b-smith-importance-abraham-lincoln-then-and-now

… and plans to test a bedspread to see if it does have Lincoln’s blood:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2015/04/14/abraham-lincoln-blanket-deathbed/25757709/

New York is going to acknowledge its role as a slave market:

http://www.wnyc.org/story/nyc-acknowledge-its-slave-market-more-50-years/?utm_content=buffer47a05&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&utm_campaign=wnyc-facebook
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-32340683

Something about Old Glory and Fort Sumter (too many popups from the NYT today!):

http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/04/16/when-old-glory-returned-to-fort-sumter/

On female spies during the Civil War:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/women-spies-of-the-civil-war-162202679/

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Strange item on a Peruvian mummy being saved from the trash:

http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/lifestyle/2015/04/16/mummy-found-in-cardboard-box-by-cleaners-in-peru/
http://www.reuters.com/video/2015/04/16/cleaners-find-ancient-peru-mummy?videoId=363873418&feedType=VideoRSS&feedName=WorldNews&videoChannel=117760

A 600 years b.p. geoglyph in Peru was destroyed by “archaeological invaders”:

http://www.peruthisweek.com/news-600-year-old-geoglyph-destroyed-in-trujillo-105873

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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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An interview with Edward Harris:

http://www.mediterraneoantiguo.com/2015/04/interview-with-edward-harris.html

On digital humanities at UPenn:

http://www.newsworks.org/index.php/local//item/80693-a-digital-reboot-of-humanities-at-u-of-penn/

… and Yale:

http://gsas.yale.edu/news/new-approach-research-teaching-learning

Dining like early Dutch settlers in Brooklyn:

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2015/04/18/400511243/brooklyn-brewery-dares-diners-to-eat-like-dutch-settlers

The Shroud of Turin is on view again:

http://www.dw.de/shroud-of-turin-returns-for-public-viewing/a-18392084

Conserving a clove boat:

http://blog.britishmuseum.org/2015/04/17/conservation-of-a-clove-boat/

Feature on the Ethiopian Jews:

http://www.npr.org/blogs/parallels/2015/04/16/398834693/they-speak-hebrew-and-keep-kosher-the-left-behind-ethiopian-jews?sc=17?f=1001

This Yoda-in-a-medieval manuscript has been kicking around the net for a while:

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2015/04/16/400152888/yoda-is-it-thou-figure-in-14th-century-manuscript-looks-familiar?sc=17?f=1008

A Giacometti sculpture is coming to auction:

http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/04/14/christies-predicts-giacometti-sculpture-will-draw-high-price/

… as is a Titanic deck chair:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-wiltshire-32257193

… and some Water Lilies:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-32251912

On women in Shakespeare:

http://www.npr.org/2015/04/12/398571514/from-harpies-to-heroines-how-shakespeares-women-evolved?sc=17?f=1008

On the evolution of tea sets:

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2015/04/14/398833059/tea-tuesdays-the-evolution-of-tea-sets-from-ancient-legend-to-modern-biometrics?sc=17?f=1008

… and how tea became popular in Britain:

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2015/04/07/396664685/tea-tuesdays-how-tea-sugar-reshaped-the-british-empire

Feature on the Magna Carta:

http://www.npr.org/2015/04/13/399401438/at-800-and-aging-well-the-magna-carta-is-still-a-big-draw?sc=17?f=1001

Review/interview of Lieberman, *Shrinks*:

http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2015/03/14/392798128/from-freud-to-possession-a-doctor-faces-psychiatrys-demons?sc=17?f=1032

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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Poussin:

http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=77938

Ancient Thrace:

http://www.wsj.com/articles/louvre-showcases-treasures-of-ancient-thrace-1429195647?mod=WSJ_article_EditorsPicks
http://eu.greekreporter.com/2015/04/15/louvre-museum-exhibition-on-ancient-thracian-culture/
http://sofiaglobe.com/2015/04/14/exhibition-the-saga-of-the-thracian-kings-archaeological-discoveries-in-bulgaria-to-open-at-the-louvre/
http://www.novinite.com/articles/167872/Exhibition+of+Thracian+Treasures+from+Bulgaria+to+Open+in+Louvre

DaVinci:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/12/arts/design/beauty-in-the-hand-of-leonardo.html

The Ashmolean’s Nimrud artifacts were gaining attention (for obvious reasons):

http://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/12894046.Ashmolean___s_reminder_of_Iraq___s_shattered_treasures/

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THE TECHY SIDE
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I think we’ve mentioned this non-invasive examination technique for paintings:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/04/150413110657.htm
http://phys.org/news/2015-04-science-rembrandt-eye.html
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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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CRIME BEAT
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Christie’s had some questionable items on the auction block:

http://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/arts/news/christie-s-artefacts-linked-to-organised-crime-1-3743913
http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/scots-expert-helps-bust-organised-5520478

Latest in the Kapoor case:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/15/nyregion/stolen-artifacts-recovered-in-new-york-are-worth-over-100-million-officials-say.html
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/major-us-seizure-included-cambodian-artifacts-82038/
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/11539852/Biggest-US-antiquities-seizure-finds-100m-trove-of-Asian-antiquities-in-New-York-storage-rooms.html
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/apr/15/nyc-prosecutors-seek-custody-of-stolen-artifacts/
http://www.newindianexpress.com/nation/Custody-of-100-mn-Artifacts-Smuggled-by-Subhash-Kapoor-Sought/2015/04/15/article2765617.ece

… and the Cleveland MoA is discussing returning some Kapoor-related items to Cambodia:

http://www.cleveland.com/arts/index.ssf/2015/04/cleveland_museum_of_art_says_i.html

… and other fallout:

http://www.thestar.com/news/world/2015/04/13/return-of-smuggled-antiquities-wins-museum-praise.html

Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2015/04/culture-crime-news-6-12-april-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/

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REPATRIATION AND RECOVERY
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An 11th century icon was returned to Georgia:

http://www.johnsanidopoulos.com/2015/04/lost-11th-century-okoni-triptych-icon.html#more

VU students and faculty have arranged for the return of some long-purloined inscriptions to be returned to Turkey:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/post-tribune/news/ct-ptb-brauer-tablets-st-0418-20150417-story.html

Canada is returning the ‘Parrot Lady’ to India:

http://www.newkerala.com/news/2015/fullnews-45321.html

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NUMISMATICA
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Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v18n15.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v18n16.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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Akhenaten:

http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2015/04/14/akhenaten-to-take-the-pharaohs-to-broadway/

Something Rotten:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/19/theater/in-something-rotten-if-music-be-the-food-of-farce-play-on.html

Wolf Hall:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-32247496
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OBITUARIES
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Robert Hine:

http://ucrtoday.ucr.edu/28628

Margaret Rule:

http://feeds.theguardian.com/c/34708/f/664018/s/45753f46/sc/14/l/0L0Stheguardian0N0Cscience0C20A150Capr0C160Cmargaret0Erule/story01.htm
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/54c32816-e448-11e4-9039-00144feab7de.html

Henrieta Todorova:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2015/04/15/renowned-bulgarian-archaeologist-prof-henrieta-todorova-passes-away-at-82/

Harry Hoffner:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/obituaries/ct-harry-hoffner-obituary-met-20150414-story.html

Jin Youzhi:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/14/world/asia/jin-youzhi-sibling-of-chinas-last-emperor-dies-at-96.html

Barbara Bergmann:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/12/business/barbara-bergmann-trailblazer-for-study-of-gender-in-economics-is-dead-at-87.html
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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

http://www.archaeologychannel.org/news-from-tac/audio-news-from-archaeologica/2199-audio-news-from-archaeologica-5-apr-11-apr-2015
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UPCOMING CONFERENCES
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UK Archaeological Science Conference 2015:

https://www.dur.ac.uk/archaeology/conferences/current/ukas/
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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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