Explorator 18.03-04

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explorator 18.03-04 May 17, 2015
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Hernan Astudillo, Frank MacKay, Bob Heuman, Kris Curry,
Feral Boy, David Critchley, 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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The oldest stone bracelet ever found (from Siberia)?

http://siberiantimes.com/science/casestudy/features/f0100-stone-bracelet-is-oldest-ever-found-in-the-world/

More evidence of human-Neanderthal interbreeding:

http://phys.org/news/2015-05-analysis-bones-romania-evidence-human.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3081861/Neanderthals-humans-DID-interbreed-40-000-year-old-jawbone-Romania-suggests-species-mingled-Europe.html

Red blood cells from Otzi:

http://phys.org/news/2015-05-iceman-reveals-oldest-red-blood.html

The Red Lady may have been buried with flowers:

http://phys.org/news/2015-05-palaeolithic-tomb.html
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/05/150508091527.htm
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2015-05/uotb-tof050815.php
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/science/11596312/Stone-Age-mourners-placed-flowers-on-graves.html
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/05/2015/traces-of-flowers-found-on-the-tomb-of-the-red-lady-at-el-miron

Some hominid humour:

http://www.theonion.com/r/50324

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AFRICA
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Feature on horse domestication in Africa;

http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/tetrapod-zoology/domestic-horses-of-africa/

A group is claiming to have found a wreck associated with Captain Kidd off Madagascar:

http://phys.org/news350295465.html
http://news.discovery.com/history/archaeology/possible-captain-kidd-treasure-found-off-madagascar-150508.htm
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/11588969/Captain-Kidds-treasure-found-in-Madagascar.html
http://news.yahoo.com/pirate-captain-kidds-treasure-found-madagascar-152504395.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3072056/Is-bar-silver-lost-treasure-Captain-Kidd-Ingot-weighing-50kg-legendary-British-pirate-s-booty-say-archaeologists-discovering-coast-Madagascar.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/World/2015/May-08/297254-madagascar-divers-find-silver-believed-part-of-pirate-stash.ashx
http://www.stamfordadvocate.com/news/crime/article/Madagascar-divers-find-silver-believed-part-of-6250531.php

… UNESCO is sending investigators:

http://www.newser.com/story/206852/un-horns-in-on-explorers-captain-kidd-claim.html
http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/africa/unesco-to-investigate-pirate-treasure-hunt-in-madagascar/2015/05/14/6cf43838-fa20-11e4-a47c-e56f4db884ed_story.html

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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New Kingdom army headquarters in the Sinai:

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2015/05/06/egyptian-dig-uncovers-3000-year-old-piece-of-history/

Not sure if we mentioned this find of a 4400 years b.p. statue of Sahure:

http://www.thecairopost.com/news/149428/topnews/4400-year-old-statue-of-egyptian-pharaoh-unearthed-south-of-luxor
http://www.timesofisrael.com/4400-year-old-statue-of-egyptian-pharaoh-found/

An awful lot of animal mummies appear to be fakes from antiquity:

http://news.discovery.com/history/archaeology/ancient-egyptian-animal-mummy-scandal-revealed-150512.htm
http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-32685945
http://www.haaretz.com/life/archaeology/1.656094

Suggestion that the height of pharaohs supports suggestions of incest among royal Egyptians:

http://news.discovery.com/history/ancient-egypt/mummies-height-reveals-incest-150511.htm

There was a conference in Cairo focussing on heritage destruction:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/130143/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/UN,-Egypt-launch-conference-against-heritage-destr.aspx
http://www.bostonherald.com/news_opinion/international/middle_east/2015/05/un_says_destruction_of_mideast_historical_sites_war

A project to rebuild the lighthouse of Alexandria:

http://www.thecairopost.com/news/149009/culture/alexandria-lighthouse-to-be-reassembled-in-original-location
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-32595767
http://egyptianstreets.com/2015/05/07/egypt-to-rebuild-the-lighthouse-of-alexandria-one-of-the-seven-ancient-world-wonders/

Interesting finds from the Hosn Niha site (Lebanon):

http://www.livescience.com/50739-roman-ruins-lebanon.html
http://www.livescience.com/50733-photos-lebanon-roman-ruins.html
http://news.discovery.com/history/archaeology/ransacked-roman-temple-has-hidden-medieval-secrets-150508.htm

… and Lebanon is fighting looting:

https://www.dailystar.com.lb/Arts-and-Ent/Culture/2015/May-08/297209-lebanon-wages-war-on-antiquities-smuggling.ashx

A small statue is causing a rethink of prehistoric Israel:

http://www.haaretz.com/life/archaeology/.premium-1.655240

A bust at a ‘Roman catacomb’ site in the Galilee:

http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/israeli-antiquities-squad-stops-wannabe-tomb-raiders-at-ancient-roman-catacomb/2015/05/10/

Vandals hit a Roman-era synagogue:

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4654983,00.html

On why Jerusalem is called Jerusalem:

http://www.haaretz.com/jewish-world/jewish-world-features/.premium-1.656704

A Lag B’Omer tradition:

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/195149#.VVhznxebM2c
http://www.haaretz.com/jewish-world/jewish-world-features/.premium-1.655052

Marking the find of the Bar Kochba letters:

http://www.haaretz.com/news/features/this-day-in-jewish-history/1.655964

I think we had this find from Khirbet Qeiyafa which is suggested as evidence for the Temple before:

http://www.algemeiner.com/2015/05/15/surprising-discovery-may-prove-existence-of-the-jewish-temple/

In case you missed the ‘facial reconstruction’ of a young (European looking) Jesus done by Italian police:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/italian-police-reveal-what-jesus-looked-like-as-a-young-boy-10223989.html
http://national.deseretnews.com/article/4343/New-image-of-what-Jesus-may-have-looked-like-as-a-boy-surfaces-in-Italy.html
http://eu.greekreporter.com/2015/05/05/italian-police-creates-picture-of-child-jesus/

What Mark Schuler is up to:

http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/TheAsorBlog/~3/xJvvJsbkNV0/

This week, ISIL is threatening Palmyra:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-32756301
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-32735677
http://theweek.com/speedreads/555219/antiquities-director-warns-that-isis-could-destroy-ancient-city-palmyra-syria
http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=50864
http://m.csmonitor.com/World/Middle-East/2015/0514/Antiquities-at-risk-Islamic-State-surrounds-ancient-ruins-of-Palmyra
http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/05/14/us-mideast-crisis-syria-idUSKBN0NZ1FA20150514
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/Flash.aspx/326215
http://elpais.com/m/internacional/2015/05/16/actualidad/1431795680_988437.html
http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/isis-terror/isis-looting-destroying-ancient-syrian-sites-industrial-scale-n359461
http://europe.newsweek.com/syrias-ancient-town-palmyra-threatened-by-isis-advance-327296
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/syria/11605065/Islamic-State-threatens-ruins-of-ancient-site-of-Palmyra.html
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2015/05/15/406999772/u-n-appeals-to-syrias-warring-groups-to-spare-ancient-city-of-palmyra

… an oped:

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/may/17/destruction-palmyra-history-worst-cultural-atrocity

Early word today is that they’ve been pushed back:

http://news.yahoo.com/dozens-dead-fighting-ancient-syrian-city-palmyra-082617643.html
http://www.timesofisrael.com/syrian-army-pushes-back-islamists-from-ancient-palmyra/

… and ISIL’s destruction of sites is apparently designed to cover up looting:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/iraq-is-demolishes-ruins-to-cover-up-looting/
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/05/12/isis-demolishes-ruins-looting_n_7264792.html

Also threatened is a Christian museum in Mosul:

http://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2015/05/05/isis-threatens-to-destroy-30000-christian-artifacts-in-mosul-museum/

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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A Thracian artifact is being dubbed the ‘oldest toy’ ever found in Europe:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3076716/Is-oldest-toy-Europe-3-500-year-old-bronze-silver-stork-tilts-head-drink-water.html

A Roman coin hoard from a UK school site:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-berkshire-32691332#sa-ns_mchannel=rss&ns_source=PublicRSS20-sa

Roman finds from Gozo:

http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20150507/local/ancient-roman-structures-rediscovered-in-gozo.567180

Study suggests Roman urban dwellers lived longer than their country cousins:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3073964/City-slickers-easy-Roman-Britain-Urban-dwellers-lived-longer-rural-cousins-worse-teeth.html
http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn27483-city-living-in-roman-britain-meant-longer-lives-but-worse-teeth.html?cmpid=RSS%7CNSNS%7C2012-GLOBAL%7Conline-news

Expectations of Roman remains at a York stadium building site:

http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/12952722.Bid_to_uncover_Roman_secrets_at_community_stadium_site/

Remains dating back to the 4th century B.C. at a Sinop necropolis site:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ancient-necropolis-found-during-construction-.aspx?pageID=238&nid=82250

A botched restoration job on some mosaics in Hatay:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/ancient-roman-mosaics-ruined-in-botched-restoration-job-10227408.html
http://www.todayszaman.com/national_roman-mosaics-in-hatay-sustain-damage-during-restoration_379785.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-32582162

… although it’s being denied by Turkey’s culture minister:

http://www.todayszaman.com/anasayfa_turkeys-culture-minister-denies-ancient-mosaics-damaged_380146.html
http://www.ctvnews.ca/sci-tech/turkish-officials-deny-reports-of-damaged-ancient-roman-mosaics-1.2364784

Greece has decided not to take advice regarding taking legal action over the Elgin/Parthenon Marbles:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/15/world/europe/greece-british-museum-elgin-marbles.html
http://www.scotsman.com/news/uk/greece-rules-out-elgin-marbles-legal-action-1-3773695
http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/generalnews/2015/05/14/parthenon-marbles-athens-opts-for-diplomacy-over-courts_83830fa3-d0ed-4bcd-9cfa-e43fe6fe70a7.html
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2015/05/14/406752226/greece-says-it-wont-take-u-k-to-court-for-return-of-elgin-marbles
http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/jonathanjonesblog/2015/may/14/parthenon-sculptures-elgin-marbles-greece-nationalism-british-museum
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/greece-drops-legal-case-to-reclaim-the-elgin-marbles-from-the-british-museum-minister-says-10250462.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/greece/11604991/Greece-knows-there-is-no-legal-right-to-the-Elgin-Marbles-thats-why-it-wont-sue-the-UK.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/greece/11604881/Greece-snubs-Amal-Clooney-over-Elgin-Marbles.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-32735410
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3080922/Greeks-retreat-Elgin-Marbles-Country-backs-challenge-regain-sculptures-rejecting-advice-Amal-Clooney.html

… opeds:

http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2015/may/13/parthenon-marbles-miracles-sculpture-symbolic-of-greece-british-museum

Pondering the Venus de Milo’s arms has brought up the suggestion she was a prostitute (!):

http://www.catholic.org/news/international/europe/story.php?id=60417
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3076885/Was-Venus-Milo-PROSTITUTE-3D-printed-model-suggests-Aphrodite-spun-thread-like-ancient-Greek-sex-slave.html
http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/shortcuts/2015/may/11/venus-de-milo-arms-reconstruction-spinning-prostitute-sculpture
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/secret-behind-the-venus-de-milo-unveiled/story-fnb64oi6-1227350535424
http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/art/news/just-what-was-the-venus-de-milo-doing-with-her-arms-10237376.html

What’s happening at Selinunte:

http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/generalnews/2015/05/06/archaeology-temples-caged-against-time-in-selinunte_f2787f25-bb08-44d0-8b7d-55f99826c67a.html

Not sure where to put this one … plans for an underwater survey off Bulgaria:

http://www.novinite.com/articles/168574/British+Experts+to+Conduct+Underwater+Archaeological+Studies+in+Bulgaria

Pondering those beheaded Crossrail Romans:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2015/05/07/london-crossrail-dig-hits-beheaded-romans/

Feature on Amazons:

https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/2015-05-06/warrior-women

The theatre at Margasus is opening for performances (I assume this is a file photo):

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ancient-theater-of-magarsus-ready-to-open-curtains.aspx?pageID=238&nID=81981&NewsCatID=375

More on the suggestion that Caesar was dealing with strokes, not epilepsy:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2015/05/15/julius-caesars-health-debate-reignited/

Latest on whether Philip II was buried at Vergina or not:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2015/05/12/alexander-the-greats-father-found-in-tomb-with-foreign-princess/
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3079640/Alexander-Great-s-father-buried-Vergina-Bone-analysis-suggests-Philip-II-buried-tomb-foreign-princess.html

Honours for the French excavations at Salamis (Cyprus):

http://cyprus-mail.com/2015/05/14/cyprus-honours-french-archaeologists-for-ancient-salamis-work/

Interesting class studying Greek pottery production:

http://hub.jhu.edu/gazette/2015/may-june/datebook-ksas-archaeology-project

The Virginia MoFA has acquired an interesting piece related to Africans in ancient art:

http://wvtf.org/post/ancient-race-relations-explained-through-art

… and in a similar vein:

http://www.theroot.com/articles/history/2015/05/blacks_in_western_art_why_greek_goddesses_appear_as_black_women.html

A Penelope from Iran is on display:

http://www.tehrantimes.com/index_View.asp?code=246701

Comparing early Rome and Naples (from a geological perspective … sort of):

http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/05/2015/106194

Hadrian’s Wall is on Google Maps/Street View:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-32736667

What Christopher Long is up to:

http://msutoday.msu.edu/news/2015/christopher-p-long-recommended-as-new-dean-of-college-of-arts-and-letters/

What Kristin Czarnecki is up to:

http://www.georgetowncollege.edu/news/2015/05/english-professor-kristin-czarnecki-chosen-for-selective-seminar-on-ancient-greece/

What Stanley Lombardo is up to:

http://miscellanynews.org/2015/05/06/arts/lombardo-chronicles-recites-epic-poetry/

Classics v Computer Science:

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/cb0bf694-b084-11e4-92b6-00144feab7de.html

Marking 50 years of Polish excavations at Paphos:

http://famagusta-gazette.com/cyprus-marks-years-of-polish-excavations-in-paphos-p28217-69.htm

Politicizing (more) Amphipolis:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2015/05/12/greek-academic-amphipolis-was-a-ploy-to-distract-greeks-from-harsh-measures/

… while the site is in peril:

http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/enormous-tomb-complex-at-amphipolis-being-buried-by-mud-austerity-measures/story-fnjwl1aw-1227350816604?from=public_rss

Spike Lee’s latest has a classical bent:

http://www.avclub.com/article/spike-lees-new-movie-chiraq-musical-comedy-version-219242

A nice endowment at Loyola:

http://www.loyno.edu/news/story/2015/5/7/3610
http://www.nola.com/education/index.ssf/2015/05/loyola_bienvenu_classical_stud.html
http://neoskosmos.com/news/en/Classics-studies-boost-from-Greek-alumni

Revisiting Ben Hur:

http://www.independent.ie/entertainment/film-ben-hur-the-epic-that-broke-the-mould-31197828.html

Lindsey Davis’ top ten books about ancient Rome:

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/may/06/lindsey-daviss-top-10-books-about-ancient-rome#img-1

Classics/Ovid apparently needs a ‘trigger warning’ (lots of silliness here if you missed it):

http://columbiaspectator.com/opinion/2015/04/30/our-identities-matter-core-classrooms
http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2015/05/14/columbia-students-claim-greek-mythology-needs-a-trigger-warning/?tid=hp_mm
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/may/13/columbia-op-ed-trigger-warnings-needed-for-classic/

Review of *Remembering Parthenope*:

http://www.the-tls.co.uk/tls/public/article1555487.ece

Review of Edith Hall, *Introducing the Ancient Greeks*:

http://www.literaryreview.co.uk/mayor_05_15.php

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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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Excavating a massive Bronze Age stone circle at Dartmoor:

http://www.theguardian.com/science/2015/may/11/highest-stone-circle-in-southern-england-found-on-dartmoor
http://mainenewsonline.com/content/15054013-archaeologists-unearth-massive-bronze-age-ancient-stone-circle
http://www.culture24.org.uk/history-and-heritage/archaeology/art526527-first-dartmoor-stone-circle-discovery-in-more-than-a-century-fits-prehistoric-pattern-say-archaeologists
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/05/2015/stone-circle-recently-discovered-on-dartmoor

Studying the earliest case of leprosy in the Britain suggests it originate in Scandinavia:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-32728448
http://phys.org/news/2015-05-ancient-skeleton-leprosy-britain-scandinavia.html
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2015-05/uos-ass051215.php
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/05/2015/earliest-case-of-leprosy-found-in-uk-examined

… while Scandinavian trade triggered the Viking Age:

http://phys.org/news/2015-05-scandinavian-triggered-viking-age.html
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2015-05/uoy-st050715.php

A ‘lost cloister’ from Iceland:

http://icelandreview.com/news/2015/05/07/archaeologists-believe-they-have-found-lost-cloister
http://icelandreview.com/news/2015/05/14/archaeologists-believe-monks-did-not-share-churches

Plenty of burials near Kassam Stadium:

http://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/12943739.Excavation_unearths_remains_of_92_people_near_to_Kassam/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-32706059

A 15th century shipwreck off Finland:

http://news.discovery.com/history/archaeology/treasure-filled-wreck-found-in-finland-150505.htm
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/05/08/shipwreck-treasure-finnish-coast_n_7224232.html

An Ottoman-era child burial in Plovdiv:

http://sofiaglobe.com/2015/05/06/archaeologists-find-ottoman-era-childs-grave-in-central-plovdiv/

Latest from that medieval mass grave beneath a Paris supermarket:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/12/world/europe/medieval-mass-grave-under-a-paris-supermarket-shines-a-light-on-citys-past.html?_r=0
http://news.nationalpost.com/news/world/grisly-relic-from-frances-medieval-past-found-beneath-paris-supermarket

I think we mentioned this medieval ‘witch girl’ burial:

http://news.discovery.com/history/archaeology/medieval-witch-girl-likely-just-suffered-from-scurvy-150502.htm

A ‘mystery’ child burial near Hereford Cathedral:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-hereford-worcester-32702798

The therapeutic side of the Waterloo dig:

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/waterloo-battlefield-dig-aims-help-suffering-soldiers-archeology/

Plans to poke around Gloucester Cathedral:

http://www.gloucestercitizen.co.uk/lies-beneath-Gloucester-Cathedral/story-26449233-detail/story.html

A buckle from Shropshire has been ruled to be treasure:

http://www.shropshirestar.com/news/2015/05/14/coroner-rules-silver-buckle-found-in-shropshire-field-to-be-treasure/

Nice feature on Magna Carta:

http://www.historytoday.com/gallery/pictures-magna-carta-embroidery-british-library

Not bad auction results for a coat of arms from a Hanwell cottage:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-32750247

They’re restoring the wallpaper at Blenheim Palace:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-32722158

Review of a bunch of books about Waterloo:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/17/books/review/waterloo.html

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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Lady Mei’s tomb from Nanjing is very interesting:

http://www.livescience.com/50820-ming-dynasty-tomb-treasures-photos.html
http://www.foxnews.com/science/2015/05/14/gold-filled-tomb-chinese-survivor-mom-discovered/

… as is the tomb of a director of an ancient medical school:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2015-05/06/c_134214977.htm

2400-2800 years b.p. polo balls from China:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2015-05/11/c_134229505.htm

I think we mentioned the search for more Terracotta Warriors:

http://www.independent.ie/world-news/more-terracotta-warriors-unearthed-31205736.html
http://www.seattlepi.com/news/article/China-excavating-at-tomb-to-reveal-more-Terra-6250869.php
http://www.stuff.co.nz/travel/destinations/asia/68443232/China-excavating-at-tomb-to-reveal-more-Terracotta-Warriors
http://www.news.com.au/travel/travel-updates/excavations-reveal-new-terracotta-army-at-ancient-emperors-tomb/story-e6frfq80-1227334856593

The Taj Mahal (and assorted other monuments) have been deemed undamaged after the Nepal quake:

http://zeenews.india.com/news/india/asi-declares-taj-mahal-other-monuments-safe-after-nepal-quake_1592028.html

… while other structures in Nepal itself have suffered:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/videos/c88fdae1856122ce680b45cda44a37dd.htm
http://www.wnyc.org/story/in-nepal-efforts-underway-to-salvage-ancient-sites-damaged-by-quake/

Concerns for assorted Buddhist sites in India:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/patna/Buddhist-sites-in-a-shambles/articleshow/47153896.cms

More Harrappan finds from Haryana:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1180023

The search for that missing aircraft turned up a 19th century shipwreck:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/14/world/asia/malaysia-airlines-mh370-search-shipwreck-seabed-ocean-find.html
https://ca.news.yahoo.com/mh370-search-team-mysterious-discovery-111425926.html
http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2015/05/13/world/asia/ap-as-malaysia-missing-plane-shipwreck.html?_r=0

—–
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
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NORTH AMERICA
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A 12 000 years b.p. (maybe) pendant from Alaska:

http://www.newsminer.com/features/sundays/alaska_science_forum/alaska-researchers-turn-up–year-old-artwork/article_3b944bf4-f69a-11e4-a5be-6f5b528e8843.html
http://www.adn.com/article/20150509/alaska-dig-unearths-what-may-be-north-americas-oldest-artwork
http://www.sitnews.us/0515News/050715/050715_ak_science.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3079743/Is-oldest-artwork-America-12-300-year-old-bone-pendant-unearthed-Alaska.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

8000 – 6000 years b.p. relics from a building site in Canton (KY):

http://www.sitnews.us/0515News/050715/050715_ak_science.html
http://www.paducahsun.com/news/local/050815_PS_Archaeology

Latest from Moorhead Circle:

http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/science/2015/05/03/1-author-examines-ceremonial-heart-of-earthworks.html

A possible native site in Crystal Cave (Pennsylvania?):

http://www.mcall.com/opinion/white/mc-bw-indian-artifacts-20150516-column.html

The Herring Run archaeological project is finding evidence of early Baltimore:

http://thedailyrecord.com/2015/05/12/digging-up-history-archaeologists-unearth-early-baltimore-artifacts/

Slave artifacts from a Hume Plantation site (South Carolina):

http://phys.org/news/2015-05-unearthing-slave-artifacts-south-carolina.html
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/05/150508153031.htm

A pre-Civil War shipwreck near Boston:

http://boston.cbslocal.com/2015/05/10/pre-civil-war-era-ship-wreck-found-at-nantasket-beach/

Bridge construction in Edmonton reveal some items from its early days as a fort:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/glass-beads-ring-pipe-offer-clues-to-fort-edmonton-history-1.3075179

Excavating an old canal system in Dartmouth (NS):

http://www.trurodaily.com/section/2015-05-14/article-4146411/City-project-unearths-%27heart%27-of-Dartmouth%3A-canal-dating-from-1800s-being-excavated/1
http://globalnews.ca/news/1991911/dartmouth-history-unearthed-in-archaeological-dig-for-canal-project/

Laser scanning around Fort Vancouver:

http://www.amerisurv.com/content/view/13810/

An Owen Sound shipwreck ‘mystery’ has been solved:

http://barrie.ctvnews.ca/investigators-solve-mystery-surrounding-shipwreck-in-owen-sound-1.2373028

Feature on Fort Whoop Up:

http://lethbridgeherald.com/news/local-news/2015/05/12/the-unearthing-of-fort-whoop-up/

Latest from the Camp Security dig:

http://www.ydr.com/local/ci_28118185/new-camp-security-site-has-boxy-anomalies-dig

Overviewish on Alaskan origins:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2015/05/13/how-native-alaskans-spurred-archaeologists-research-origins/

Overviewish on people in the American Southwest:

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/05/150506-archaeology-ngbooktalk-pueblo-fremont-pictographs-anasazi-art/

A 19th century schooner turns up in a condo development site in Toronto:

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/toronto/archeologists-dig-up-19th-century-ship-in-torontos-downtown-cityplace/article24323618/?cmpid=rss1
http://www.thestar.com/news/crime/2015/05/07/early-19th-century-schooner-discovered-in-condo-development-site.html
http://newsmaine.net/23387-archeologists-find-19th-century-ship-toronto-s-downtown-cityplace

Pondering floods at Cahokia:

http://www.news.wisc.edu/23735
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/05/150504154946.htm
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2015-05/uow-atr043015.php
http://westerndigs.org/megafloods-spurred-collapse-of-ancient-city-of-cahokia-new-study-finds/

Charges in a burial mound looting case:

http://djournal.com/news/five-face-federal-charges-in-burial-mound-case/

Latest on the Erebus:

http://www.newswire.ca/en/story/1536367/harper-government-unveils-pieces-of-history-from-hms-erebus

Pondering ColumbiaU’s connections to slavery:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/14/books/columbia-examines-its-long-ago-links-to-slavery.html

More on clam farming in the Pacific Northwest:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/aboriginal-past-as-simple-foragers-questioned-in-new-study-1.3068709?cmp=rss
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/05/2015/clam-gardens-point-to-ancient-marine-management

More on that pit house from near Salt Lake City:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-pit-home-unearthed-salt-lake-city-suburb-180955198/
http://www.ksl.com/index.php?sid=34458881&nid=148&title=archaeologists-discover-centuries-old-pit-house-in-sandy-park&s_cid=queue-18
http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865627685/Archaeologists-discover-centuries-old-pit-house-in-Sandy-park.html

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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53 Ychsma culture burials from Peru:

http://www.andina.com.pe/agencia/noticia-mas-medio-centenar-entierros-prehispanicos-encuentran-huaca-mateo-salado-555904.aspx

Another pyramid — this time Mayan — bulldozed by construction types:

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/may/14/mayan-pyramid-bulldozed-road-construction

Studying bones from La Quemada:

http://phys.org/news/2015-05-bone-analysis-reveals-violent-history.html

More pondering of the settlement of the Americas:

http://www.peruthisweek.com/news-long-before-columbus-did-people-settle-the-americas-once-or-many-times-106084

A shipwreck off Panama has been identified as Nuestra Senora de Encarnacion (didn’t we already know that?):

http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/texas/article/1681-Spanish-shipwreck-holds-intrigue-for-Texas-6256147.php
http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/lifestyle/2015/05/14/in-search-for-capt-morgan-fleet-archaeologists-find-rare-spanish-shipwreck/
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/05/150512-shipwreck-panama-spain-merchant-ship-encarnacion-ocean-archaeology/

Feature on Teotihuacan:

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/05/09/the-mysteries-of-teotihuacan.html

Suggestion that more than one culture may have made the lines at Nazca:

http://www.livescience.com/50699-nasca-lines-ritual-procession.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3068508/Were-Nazca-Lines-two-DIFFERENT-cultures-Mystery-geoglyphs-used-pilgrimage-one-group-religious-rituals-another.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

More on climate change and Chilean mummies:

http://www.stuff.co.nz/world/americas/68430479/Chiles-quest-to-save-melting-mummies
http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1792338/chile-rushing-save-mummies-melting-due-climate-change
http://www.elmostrador.cl/cultura/2015/05/06/campana-busca-reunir-30-mil-firmas-para-que-momias-chinchorro-sean-patrimonio-de-humanidad/

—–
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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Pondering ‘egalitarianism’ in hunter-gatherer societies:

http://phys.org/news/2015-05-unique-social-hunter-gatherers.html
http://www.theguardian.com/science/2015/may/14/early-men-women-equal-scientists
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/05/2015/new-research-challenges-the-view-of-an-egalitarian-neolithic-society

The search for first editions of Shakespeare:

http://www.npr.org/2015/05/14/406470976/a-fortune-in-folios-one-man-s-hunt-for-shakespeare-s-first-editions?sc=17&f=1032

Some ‘lost lines’ of Shakespeare:

http://www.livescience.com/50735-lost-lines-shakespeare-play-rediscovered.html

Recreating a 100-mile ‘morris dance’:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-norfolk-32556930

Feature on Martin Luther:

http://www.dw.de/the-life-of-martin-luther-in-pictures/g-18446039

Big, big bucks for a Picasso:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-32700575

… making a van Gogh look cheap:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-32607082

A 9th century Gospel is coming to auction:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/religion/11581810/Pristine-9th-century-gospel-oldest-of-its-kind-in-private-hands-to-be-sold-for-up-to-10m.html

Interesting ‘health’ tips in physicians’ letters from the 18th century:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/health/11595737/Physicians-letters-reveal-the-health-and-diet-secrets-of-the-1780s-and-it-is-not-pretty.html

Some hockey history/trivia:

http://www.npr.org/2015/05/09/405303396/a-cups-adventures-and-oddities-on-ice-140-years-of-hockey-trivia

Shapewear through the ages:

http://www.npr.org/2015/05/09/405029054/shake-what-your-mama-didnt-give-you-shapewear-through-the-ages

Latest fallout from the Gurlitt case:

http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=78599

How Indiana Jones changes archaeology:

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/05/150514-indiana-jones-archaeology-exhibit-national-geographic-museum/

Nice list of history-related apps:

http://time.com/3857112/history-apps/

Pondering cannibalism:

http://news.discovery.com/history/cannibalism-a-history-of-people-who-eat-people-150513.htm

What Simon Armitage is up to:

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/may/11/simon-armitage-joins-field-for-oxford-professor-of-poetry

On the inventor of the piano:

http://www.csmonitor.com/Technology/2015/0504/How-Bartolomeo-Cristofori-who-invented-the-piano-changed-music

On the ‘evolution’ of child rearing:

http://phys.org/news/2015-05-explores-moment-ancient-societies-began.html
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/05/2015/ancient-to-modern-exploring-the-evolution-of-child-rearing

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Luther and the Princes:

http://www.dw.de/national-exhibition-in-torgau-to-mark-anniversary-of-the-reformation/a-18448571

Monsters:

http://www.dw.de/monsters-in-the-museum/g-18438592

Karl Wilhelm:

http://www.dw.de/exhibition-on-the-founder-of-karlsruhe/a-18439725

Ten Commandments:

http://www.theguardian.com/culture/2015/may/06/ten-commandments-dead-sea-scroll-to-go-on-display-for-two-weeks-in-israel
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4654194,00.html

Nova Scotia History:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/nova-scotia-history-explained-in-50-objects-1.3062189

Waterloo Eagles:

http://www.culture24.org.uk/history-and-heritage/military-history/pre-20th-century-conflict/art526961-french-eagles-captured-at-waterloo-reunited-at-the-national-museum-of-scotland

Vikings:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3072495/The-Vikings-FASHION-victims-Nordic-raiders-wore-colourful-clothing-pleated-skirts-delicate-jewellery-trends-changed.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

Why Neil MacGregor is going to Berlin:

http://www.dw.de/why-british-museum-director-neil-macgregor-is-going-to-berlin/av-18430620

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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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Innisfree and environs:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/19/travel/in-ireland-chasing-the-wandering-soul-of-yeats.html

Dorset and environs:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/10/travel/on-englands-coast-thomas-hardy-made-his-world.html

Cambodia:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/17/travel/in-cambodia-along-the-path-to-something-profound.html

Timisoara:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20150416-an-ancient-ottoman-capital-surfaces

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CRIME BEAT
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A gag on a smuggling case in Egypt:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/129379/Egypt/Politics-/Egypts-prosecution-orders-media-gag-on-antiquities.aspx
http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2015/05/04/judicial-officials-suspected-of-antiquities-smuggling/
http://www.thecairopost.com/news/148902/news/media-gag-imposed-on-probes-into-antiquities-smuggling

Another idiot self-taker:

https://news.artnet.com/in-brief/tourists-smash-italian-statue-while-taking-selfie-294167

Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2015/05/culture-crime-news-4-10-may-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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China wants their mummy back:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/04/world/asia/chinese-village-pursues-mummy-that-turned-up-in-hungary.html?partner=rssnyt&emc=rss&_r=0

The Cleveland MoA returned a statue to Cambodia:

http://www.cleveland.com/arts/index.ssf/2015/05/cleveland_museum_of_arts_retur.html
http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=78486

Switzerland is returning items to Egypt:

http://www.sis.gov.eg/En/Templates/Articles/tmpArticleNews.aspx?ArtID=92441

Syria has recovered/confiscated a pile of artifacts:

http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2015/05/09/410142/Syria-Antiquities-Militants-GDMA-Deeb-Iraq-Museums-UNESCO-UN
http://www.timesofisrael.com/syrian-authorities-seize-6000-looted-antiquities/
http://news.yahoo.com/syrian-authorities-confiscate-6-000-looted-antiquities-144930470.html

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NUMISMATICA
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A siege coin sold at auction:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-york-north-yorkshire-32727251

A couple of weeks of the e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v18n18.html
http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v18n19.html

… and the one which will appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v18n20.html

————————
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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Life of Galileo:

http://news.stanford.edu/news/2015/may/galileo-brecht-reading-051415.html

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OBITUARIES
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William Zinsser:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/13/arts/william-zinsser-author-of-on-writing-well-dies-at-92.html

Peter Gay:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/13/arts/peter-gay-historian-who-explored-social-history-of-ideas-dies-at-91.html
http://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/books/peter-gay-historian-who-wrote-about-freud-and-the-enlightenment-dies-at-91/2015/05/12/71a72360-f8d9-11e4-a13c-193b1241d51a_story.html
http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory/peter-gay-intellectual-historian-dead-age-91-30988308

Karl Maurer:

http://udallas.edu/news/2015/in-memoriam-karl-maurer.html

Margaret Rule:

http://www.chichester.co.uk/news/further-tributes-to-margaret-rule-1-6727796

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica (two weeks’ worth):

http://www.archaeologychannel.org/news-from-tac/audio-news-from-archaeologica/2210-audio-news-from-archaeologica-26-apr-2-may-2015
http://www.archaeologychannel.org/news-from-tac/audio-news-from-archaeologica/2220-audio-news-from-archaeologica-3-may-9-may-2015
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UPCOMING CONFERENCES
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GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

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

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Ancient Digger:

http://www.ancientdigger.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Past Horizons:

http://www.pasthorizons.com/

Stonepages:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

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

Time Machine:

http://heatherpringle.wordpress.com/
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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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