Explorator 18.05

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explorator 18.05 May 24, 2015
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Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri,
Hernan Astudillo, Bob Heuman, Patrick Swan, Jona Lendering,
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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Stone tools from Kenya date to 3.3. million years b.p.:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/21/science/stone-tools-from-kenya-are-oldest-yet-discovered.html
http://phys.org/news/2015-05-oldest-known-stone-tools-pre-date-homo.html
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2015-05/teia-sdw051815.php
http://www.livescience.com/50908-oldest-stone-tools-predate-humans.html
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/05/150520-oldest-stone-tools-discovery-harmand-archaeology/
http://www.theguardian.com/science/2015/may/20/stone-tool-discovery-pushes-back-dawn-of-culture-by-700000-years
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/new-beginning-to-the-known-archaeological-record-as-oldest-stone-tools-ever-discovered-found-in-kenya-10264779.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-32804177
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2015/0520/Stone-tools-found-in-Kenya-pre-date-humans-by-half-a-million-years
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/earth/environment/archaeology/11618321/Ancient-tool-discovery-shows-our-ancestors-were-smarter-than-previously-thought.html
http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/sciencefair/2015/05/20/oldest-stone-tools-kenya-africa/27645405/
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/05/2015/scientists-announce-the-discovery-of-the-worlds-oldest-stone-tools
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2015/0521/Oldest-known-stone-tools-made-by-unknown-species
http://www.npr.org/2015/05/20/407968529/chipping-away-at-the-mystery-of-the-oldest-tools-ever-found
http://elpais.com/elpais/2015/05/20/ciencia/1432137026_404972.html

What ‘cavemen’ really did with caves:

http://nautil.us/issue/24/error/the-cavemans-home-was-not-a-cave-rp

Predator wounds on Neanderthal bones from Spain:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3089404/Neanderthal-hunters-hunted-Fossils-puncture-wounds-suggest-attacked-carnivores.html

More on flowers being left at the Red Lady’s burial:

http://www.livescience.com/50897-red-lady-grave-flowers.html
http://elpais.com/elpais/2015/05/10/ciencia/1431271583_210613.html

More on interbreeding:

http://www.nature.com/news/early-european-may-have-had-neanderthal-great-great-grandparent-1.17534

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AFRICA
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No evidence of ancient Indonesian dogs on Madagascar:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/05/150520083308.htm

On bees in African petroglyphs:

http://blog.britishmuseum.org/2015/05/23/a-taste-for-honey-bees-in-african-rock-art/

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Remains of a ‘lost’ New Kingdom temple near Aswan:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/130463/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/New-discovery-Gabal-AlSelsila-quarries-were-a-sacr.aspx
http://news.discovery.com/history/archaeology/long-lost-egyptian-temple-found-150517.htm#mkcpgn=rssnws1
http://news.discovery.com/history/ancient-egypt/lost-egyptian-temple-ruins-unearthed-photos-150517.htm#mkcpgn=rssnws1
http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2015/05/19/swedish-team-accidently-discovers-temple-remains-at-quarry-near-aswan/

The fallout/saga continues in regards to that Hellenistic theatre site in Alexandria being destroyed:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/130672/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Egypt-antiquities-ministry-responds-to-accusations.aspx
http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/130608/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Activists-accuse-antiquities-minister-of-destroyin.aspx
http://egyptianstreets.com/2015/05/19/2300-year-old-historic-site-to-be-replaced-with-an-apartment-block-in-egypt/

Feature on the bust of Nefertiti:

http://www.thecairopost.com/news/151791/topnews/bust-of-queen-nefertiti-egypts-most-fascinating-artifact-after-tuts-mask

Concerns for Hadrian’s Apis Bull were apparently unfounded:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/41/130748/Heritage/GrecoRoman/Apis-Bull-of-Hadrian-is-safe-and-sound-antiquities.aspx

Luwian remains from Troy?:

http://www.dailysabah.com/history/2015/05/21/another-long-forgotten-anatolian-civilization-rising-from-shadows

A group of 13-year-olds (give or take) excavated a 1400 years b.p. wine press site they came across in Jerusalem (!):

http://www.haaretz.com/life/archaeology/.premium-1.656975
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/Flash.aspx/326399
http://www.i24news.tv/en/news/israel/society/71632-150518-israel-boy-unearths-1-400-year-old-wine-press-in-jerusalem
http://www.jns.org/news-briefs/2015/5/18/1400-year-old-wine-press-unearthed-by-israeli-teen-archaeology-buffs
http://www.algemeiner.com/2015/05/18/1400-year-old-wine-press-unearthed-by-israeli-teen-archaeology-buffs/
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/1400-year-old-wine-press-mysteriously-appears-in-jerusalem/2015/05/17/

A section of Jerusalem’s ‘Lower Aqueduct’ was found this week:

http://www.livescience.com/50951-ancient-jerusalem-aqueduct-uncovered.html?cmpid=514645
http://news.discovery.com/history/archaeology/ancient-aqueduct-unearthed-in-jerusalem-150522.htm
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/section-of-ancient-jerusalems-lower-aqueduct-discovered/2015/05/21/
http://www.timesofisrael.com/section-of-ancient-jerusalem-aqueduct-uncovered/

Pondering the Babylonian exile:

http://asorblog.org/2015/05/11/new-sources-and-insights-on-judeans-in-the-babylonian-exile/

There’s a new dig at Nigin (Iraq):

http://asorblog.org/2015/05/13/working-in-sumer-the-new-italian-archaeological-expedition-at-nigin-southern-iraq/

Feature on Lady Hester Stanhope:

http://www.haaretz.com/news/israel/.premium-1.657675

Plans to republish Agatha Christie’s Syrian memoirs:

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/may/20/agatha-christie-syrian-memoir-to-be-republished

How an Iraqi friar saved a pile of Christian manuscripts from ISIL:

http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=78784

And now … Palmyra … at the beginning of the week we heard militants had been pushed back:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/syrian-army-pushes-back-islamists-from-ancient-palmyra/
https://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2015/May-17/298251-76-dead-in-fighting-for-syrias-palmyra.ashx

… and we heard that ‘monuments men’ had hidden/taken to safety plenty of artifacts:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3085089/Syria-s-Monuments-Men-hide-2-000-year-old-artefacts-ISIS-advance-Palmyra.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
http://www.albawaba.com/editorchoice/palmyra%E2%80%99s-%E2%80%98monuments-men%E2%80%99-stash-ancient-relics-daesh-can-destroy-them-695850

… and folks were saying the world had to save Palmyra:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/islamic-state/11611500/We-must-save-Palmyra-or-the-maniacs-will-raze-civilisation.html
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/boris-johnson-isis-militants-would-blow-up-the-pyramids-10257108.html

… and remembering what had happened at Nimrud and elsewhere:

http://blog.oup.com/2015/05/destruction-assyrian-palace/
http://www.timesofisrael.com/from-nineveh-to-mosul-the-wrecked-relics-under-is-control/

… and the money that comes from looting:

http://www.bloombergview.com/articles/2015-05-18/islamic-state-s-war-on-art-turns-a-profit

Later in the week, Palmyra did fall to ISIL:

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/may/20/syrian-city-of-palmyra-falls-under-control-of-isis
http://news.discovery.com/history/archaeology/fears-for-syrias-palmyra-as-isis-seizes-historic-city-150521.htm
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3089267/Islamic-State-seizes-parts-Syrias-Palmyra-city-monitor.html
http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/05/20/us-mideast-crisis-syria-northeast-idUSKBN0O50PB20150520
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/21/world/middleeast/syria-isis-fighters-enter-ancient-city-of-palmyra.html
http://www.cnn.com/2015/05/20/middleeast/isis-syria-iraq/index.html?sr=twtsr052015isisruins4pstoryphoto
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/syria/11619384/Palmyra-ruins-unguarded-as-Islamic-State-storms-town.html
http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Ruins-of-Palmyra-comes-under-threat-as-Islamic-State-battles-government-forces-for-city-403671
http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Foreign-Policy/2015/0521/Islamic-State-takes-over-ancient-Syrian-cultural-site.-Destruction-ahead-video

… and the antiquities minister assured us that statues and the like had been moved for safekeeping:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/reuters/article-3089451/Syrian-antiquities-chief-says-statues-moved-Palmyra.html

… although there were/are concerns (usually in the form of photosets about what was threatened; not sure how much of this was moved):

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/21/world/middleeast/concern-about-palmyras-ancient-riches.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3089240/The-ancient-wonders-inside-Palmyra-ISIS-destroy-sell-millions-black-market-fund-evil-empire.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
http://news.discovery.com/history/ancient-palmyra-treasures-at-risk-from-isis-photos-150521.htm
http://www.dw.de/islamic-state-in-charge-palmyra-unesco-sites-at-risk/a-18464539?maca=en-rss-en-cul-2090-rdf
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/arts/miranda/la-et-cam-five-reasons-why-palmyra-matters-as-archaeological-ruins-site-20150520-column.html
http://www.latimes.com/world/middleeast/la-fg-syria-palmyra-20150522-story.html

… and ISIL definitely is in control of Palmyra’s museum:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/isis-fighters-enter-palmyra-museum-but-artifacts-reportedly-safe-1.3085038?cmp=rss
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-32859347#sa-ns_mchannel=rss&ns_source=PublicRSS20-sa
http://thepeninsulaqatar.com/news/middle-east/339834/is-enters-palmyra-museum-syria-antiquities-chief

… and Syria’s antiquities chief appealed for help:

http://news.yahoo.com/syria-antiquities-chief-urges-world-save-palmyra-152903822.html

… and the UN voiced their concerns:

http://time.com/3892274/u-n-palmyra-isis/

… and plenty of opEds:

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/418704/fall-palmyra-strategic-historical-and-human-loss-tom-rogan
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/may/24/palmyra-syria-isis-destruction-of-treasures-feared
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/24/opinion/sunday/the-ancient-ruins-terror-cant-destroy.html
http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2015/05/palmyras-importance-goes-beyond-its-antiquities/393956/
http://www.businessinsider.com/isis-will-make-money-from-antiquities-in-palmyra-syria-2015-5

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Plans to dig the Acropolis of Peperikon:

http://www.novinite.com/articles/168751/Bulgarian+Archaeologists+to+Work+on+Uncovering+Acropolis+of+Perperikon

A Roman villa site along the Struma highway:

http://sofiaglobe.com/2015/05/21/archaeology-bulgarian-dig-at-motorway-construction-site-finds-roma-villa-from-time-of-constantine-the-great/

Latest on that Bodicacia tombstone from a while back:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-gloucestershire-32858163
http://www.wiltsglosstandard.co.uk/news/12965052.Roman_tombstone_to_be_given_to_the_people_of_Cirencester/

There were a few features on a project to restore the body casts from Pompeii:

http://metro.co.uk/2015/05/21/pompeii-restoration-reveals-tragic-scene-of-scared-boy-on-his-mothers-lap-5208313/
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/weird-news/terrified-mother-childs-final-moments-5733991
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3089659/Who-petrified-child-Pompeii-Restoration-work-begins-body-boy-House-Golden-Bracelet.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

Feature on the Birleys and Vindolanda:

http://www.npr.org/sections/parallels/2015/05/19/407760021/an-english-family-business-dedicated-to-a-2-000-year-old-roman-fort
http://radio.wpsu.org/post/english-family-business-dedicated-2000-year-old-roman-fort

… where a water tank was recently found:

http://www.culture24.org.uk/history-and-heritage/archaeology/art527022-archaeologists-put-roman-gateway-on-wishlist-after-finding-ancient-water-tank-at-vindolanda-fort

Looks like the Roman baths at Exeter Cathedral won’t be excavated any time soon:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-devon-32802005

A medieval Latin translation project at Purdue:

http://www.purdueexponent.org/features/article_516dd9b4-ffd1-11e4-9e28-c7cb80dd4c9d.html

Feature on the rock-cut necropolises (necropoleis?) of Myra:

http://www.slate.com/blogs/atlas_obscura/2015/05/18/the_myra_ruins_in_turkey_are_necropolises_from_the_fourth_century_bce.html

Roman dentists were good at extractions:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2015/05/21/ancient-roman-dentists-skilled-extraction/

Suggestion that the Romans invented burgers:

http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/yorkshire-living/food-drink/pubs-restaurants-wine-recipes/i-ll-have-a-isicia-omentata-and-hold-the-pickle-how-romans-invented-the-burger-1-7267502
http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/hadrians-wall-birdoswald-roman-fort-9293073
http://www.culture24.org.uk/history-and-heritage/archaeology/art527224-the-1500-year-old-recipe-that-shows-how-romans-invented-the-beef-burger

On the smells of ancient Rome:

http://blog.ctnews.com/realtime/2015/05/19/discovering-the-smells-of-ancient-rome/

Concerns for Italy’s cultural heritage:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/italys-cultural-heritage-at-risk-amid-neglectand-bad-management–with-private-sponsors-brought-in-to-help-protect-iconic-landmarks-10256659.html

Feature on Pavlopetri:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2015/05/17/pavlopetri-the-ancient-greek-underwater-city/

The Hunger Games folks are working on a screen adapation of the Odyssey (and maybe the Iliad):

http://variety.com/2015/film/news/hunger-games-team-multiple-odyssey-movies-lionsgate-1201503572/

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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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Interesting study of the Egtved girl’s travels:

http://phys.org/news/2015-05-bronze-age-egtved-girl-denmark.html
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/05/150521082458.htm
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2015-05/uoc–tba052015.php
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/05/2015/bronze-age-egtved-girl-found-in-denmark-came-from-the-black-forest
http://news.sciencemag.org/archaeology/2015/05/coffin-remains-tell-life-story-ancient-sun-worshiping-priestess
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-32835804
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/05/150521-bronze-age-woman-egtved-modern-archaeology/
http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-bronze-age-girl-denmark-travels-20150521-story.html

Evidence of 8000 years b.p. two-storey houses from Bulgaria:

http://sofiaglobe.com/2015/05/19/archaeology-bulgarian-dig-finds-8000-year-old-double-storey-houses/

A major Funnel Beaker Culture burial ground from Dalfsen (no English coverage yet):

http://www.volkskrant.nl/wetenschap/sensationeel-groot-grafveld-uit-steentijd-blootgelegd-in-dalfsen~a4035522/
http://www.nu.nl/wetenschap/4051660/groot-grafveld-van-hunebedbouwers-gevonden-in-dalfsen.html
http://www.destentor.nl/regio/dalfsen/grootste-grafveld-hunebedbouwers-gevonden-in-dalfsen-1.4932948

A Saxon butter churn lid from Norton Bridge:

http://www.staffordshirenewsletter.co.uk/Archaeological-Norton-Bridge-turns-Saxon-period/story-26547490-detail/story.html

Medieval ‘tax exile’ burials at Hereford Cathedral?:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/hay-festival/11626292/Archaeologists-discover-earliest-tax-exiles-in-history-in-Hereford.html

Latest from the Gloucester Cathedral dig:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-gloucestershire-32843365

… not sure we mentioned this:

http://www.gloucestercitizen.co.uk/Human-remains-17th-Century-gravestone-Gloucester/story-26465721-detail/story.html

Plenty of finds from various periods from a Derbyshire garden:

http://www.derbytelegraph.co.uk/Dig-Derbyshire-man-unearths-thousands-items-Saxon/story-26555153-detail/story.html

Plans to look for Big Ben’s ‘daddy’:

http://www.theguardian.com/science/2015/may/23/westminster-dig-big-ben-forerunner

They’re thinking Henry I might be under a carpark now:

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/may/22/king-henry-i-lies-under-reading-car-park-uk-archaeologists
http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/05/22/us-britain-king-carpark-idUSKBN0O70X620150522?feedType=RSS&feedName=lifestyleMolt
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/earth/environment/archaeology/11622151/Hunt-for-the-grave-of-a-medieval-king-first-check-the-car-park.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3092246/Could-Henry-second-car-park-King-Team-discovered-Richard-III-launch-search-Reading-monarch-buried-abbey-destroyed-1539.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

… and what Richard III’s reburial cost:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leicestershire-32800211

Persistent use of runes:

http://sciencenordic.com/isolated-people-sweden-only-stopped-using-runes-100-years-ago

Vikings engaged in trade before they took up plundering:

http://www.livescience.com/50860-vikings-trade-antler-combs.html

On the restoration of the Bothmer Palace:

http://www.dw.de/new-splendor-for-an-old-castle-the-baroque-bothmer-palace-complex/a-18464826

Some medieval panels stolen from a Devon church have been recovered:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-devon-32803044

More on that huge medieval burial site under a Paris supermarket:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-investigate-medieval-mass-grave-under-french-supermarket-180955248/

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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Plenty of evidence of plenty of dynasties in the Girija Valley:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/pune/Archaeologists-dig-up-evidence-of-dynasties-settlements-in-45-villages/articleshow/47401604.cms

Pandya-era (and evidence of western trade) from Madurai:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/madurai/Excavation-near-Madurai-reveals-Pandya-era-artefacts/articleshow/47401059.cms

An ancient Hindu temple from Bangladesh:

http://www.mid-day.com/articles/millennium-old-hindu-temple-discovered-in-bangladesh/16215173

On early Malay civilization (not sure about this):

http://phys.org/news/2015-05-malays-earliest-farming-sundaland.html

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NORTH AMERICA
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They’re back digging at what appears to be a major site with finds from various periods in Alabama:

http://www.al.com/news/anniston-gadsden/index.ssf/2015/05/jsu_students_finding_the_past.html

Latest from the Camp Security dig:

http://www.ydr.com/local/ci_28169779/york-gettysburg-colleges-helping-camp-security-archaeological-dig
http://www.ydr.com/local/ci_28141946/spear-part-pottery-found-first-day-camp-security

Remains of a slave ship off the Florida Keys:

http://keysnews.com/node/66906

‘Dice’ and game pieces from a Utah cave:

http://westerndigs.org/dice-gaming-utah-cave-prehistoric-gambling/

Preserving a site in southern Utah:

http://www.thespectrum.com/story/news/local/2015/05/17/developer-agrees-preserve-archaeological-site-dammeron-valley/27509731/

Plans to raise the CSS Georgia:

http://www.13newsnow.com/story/news/military/2015/05/20/navy-divers-prepare-to-raise-civil-war-ironclad/27640357/

On the early US military telegraph service:

http://www.civilwarsignals.org/pages/tele/telegreely/telegreely.html

How Kentucky became a Confederate state:

http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/05/22/how-kentucky-became-a-confederate-state/

Slate is running a history of American slavery:

http://www.slate.com/articles/life/the_history_of_american_slavery/2015/05/abolitionist_john_riland_s_account_of_the_slave_ship.html

The effect of the Civil War elsewhere in the world:

http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/05/19/how-the-civil-war-changed-the-world/

On Cahokia’s connection to Mississippi flooding:

http://www.pnas.org/content/112/20/6319.abstract.html?etoc

… while floods of the Cumberland River have created dig opportunities in Tennessee:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2015/05/19/how-devastating-floods-created-opportunities-for-tennessee-archaeology/

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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An above-ground pre-Inca tomb from Chimbote:

http://www.peruthisweek.com/news-new-pre-inca-tomb-discovered-106319

A small Moche temple from the Mata Indio region of Peru:

http://www.andina.com.pe/Ingles/noticia-archeological-site-in-zana-built-before-moche-sanctuaries-556836.aspx
http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/entertainment/2015/05/18/archaeologists-seek-to-unveil-mysteries-peru-mochica-culture/
http://www.peruthisweek.com/news-lambayeque-temple-found-in-cerro-mato-indio-106252

Interesting ‘treatment’ of pre-Columbian skulls in Wata Wata (Bolivia):

http://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2015/05/17/gruesome-evidence-of-political-torture-found-on-precolumbian-skulls/

Human bones from Tlatlcomila (Mexico) were apparently ‘seasoned’:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3090876/Ancient-cannibals-used-chillies-spices-marinate-victims-exotic-ingredients-stained-human-BONES.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
http://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2015/05/20/ancient-mesoamerican-recipe-for-cooking-human-flesh-stuns-archaeologists/
http://gizmodo.com/ancient-cannibals-smothered-their-meals-in-bone-stainin-1705909687

Plans to ‘expand’ the site of Machu Picchu:

http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/lifestyle/2015/05/22/machu-picchu-site-to-be-expanded-peru-says-5-more-inca-trails-to-be-opened/?

More on the Nuestra Senora de Encaracion:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mysterious-spanish-shipwreck-reveals-how-they-built-their-boats-180955310/

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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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Latest on dog domestication:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/22/science/family-tree-of-dogs-and-wolves-is-found-to-split-earlier-than-thought.html
http://www.livescience.com/50928-wolf-genome-dog-ancient-ancestor.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-32691843
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/05/150521133626.htm
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2015/0521/Dogs-have-been-with-us-longer-than-we-thought-say-scientists
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2015/05/22/408784216/who-let-the-dogs-in-we-did-about-30-000-years-ago

The shift to agriculture apparently made our bones lighter:

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2015-05/jhm-adm051315.php
http://phys.org/news/2015-05-agriculture-declining-mobility-drove-humans.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3086398/Farming-Neolithic-food-production-caused-legs-weak.html

Feature/book hype on eternal flames:

http://phys.org/news/2015-05-eternal-flames-ancient-modern-geologists.html
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2015-05/s-fo051815.php

Plans to put the barons who opposed King John on trial:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/culturenews/11610060/Treason-Magna-Carta-barons-face-trial-800-years-on.html

They’ve found some of Martin Luther’s notes:

http://bbc.com/news/world-europe-32833955

Questioning claims about the find of the ‘earliest portrait’ of Shakespeare:

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/theatre-dance/news/william-shakespeare-experts-deeply-unconvinced-by-claims-that-the-earliest-portrait-of-the-bard-has-been-discovered-10261921.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-32782267?ocid=socialflow_twitter
http://www.euronews.com/2015/05/20/botanist-discovers-portrait-of-shakespeare-as-a-young-man/
http://cultura.elpais.com/cultura/2015/05/19/actualidad/1432049727_551640.html

Hyping a medical journal’s ‘mummy issue’:

http://phys.org/news/2015-05-dozen-articles-insights-mummies.html
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2015-05/w-mtt051815.php
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/05/2015/ancient-mummies-meet-modern-medicine

On the cultural side of acoustics:

http://phys.org/news/2015-05-reverberating-chaos-concert-halls-good.html

On the language of science:

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2015/05/22/author-discusses-his-new-book-rise-english-dominant-language-science

Folks have given Dickens’ unfinished last novel an ending:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3087802/The-Mystery-Edwin-Drood-solved-Dickens-unfinished-novel-finally-gets-ending.html
Another item from the Gurlitt thing is coming to auction:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-32843721

On the ‘devolution’ (? … my description) of the swimsuit:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-32817686

On the wonders of chromium:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-32809173

More on egalitarian early human societies:

http://phys.org/news/2015-05-ancestors-gender-equal.html

Review of Foster, *The Book of Yokai*:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/24/arts/design/reviving-japans-dreaded-and-beloved-ghosts.html

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Indigenous Australia:

http://blog.britishmuseum.org/2015/05/22/indigenous-australia-multi-sensory-engagement-for-families/
http://blog.britishmuseum.org/2015/05/19/making-histories-captain-cook-and-indigenous-australia/

Body Beautiful:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/18/arts/design/the-body-beautiful-the-classical-ideal-in-ancient-greek-art.html

Ten Commandments:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/fdd001bb-7d43-4777-aa46-931a18a51798_story.html

Food for Thought:

http://www.gloucestershireecho.co.uk/Exhibition-Roman-eating-habits-Cirencester-museum/story-26548828-detail/story.html

Indiana Jones:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/kidspost/indiana-jones-makes-science-cool-at-the-national-geographic-museum/2015/05/19/a6177cc2-fb17-11e4-9030-b4732caefe81_story.html

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THE TECHY SIDE
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Feature on photogrammetry:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/05/150522131531.htm

On finding sites with Google Earth:

https://asunews.asu.edu/20150520-satellite-archaeology

Feature on LiDAR:

http://www.wired.com/2015/05/lidar-archaeology/

On using ‘Cyber archaeology’ to restore lost art:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-32742622#sa-ns_mchannel=rss&ns_source=PublicRSS20-sa

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Most European men are descended from a handful of Bronze Age men:

http://phys.org/news351412256.html
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/05/150519121901.htm
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2015-05/uol-mem051815.php
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2015/0522/How-a-few-Bronze-Age-forefathers-gave-rise-to-most-of-Europe-s-men
http://rt.com/news/260469-bronze-age-ancestors-dna/

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/

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TOURISTY THINGS
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Izmir:

http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/tourism/2015/05/22/izmir-the-ancient-town-vying-to-become-global-destination_1d452407-9232-49b5-bd7b-8ca5302b005c.html

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CRIME BEAT
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Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2015/05/culture-crime-news-11-17-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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Egypt wants Israel to return a bunch of things:

http://www.thecairopost.com/news/152347/topnews/egypt-sues-israel-to-restore-126-smuggled-artifacts

Pondering repatriations in Asia:

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/post-weekend/experts-disagree-over-antiquity-repatriations

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NUMISMATICA
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Latest e-Sylum:

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

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v18n21.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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Oresteia:

http://www.theguardian.com/stage/2015/may/22/blood-oresteia-aeschylus-tragedy-almeida-globe-home-theatre

Texas Rising:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/23/arts/television/review-texas-rising-a-mini-series-on-alamo-aftermath-with-dialogue-to-forget.html

Madame Bovary:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/24/movies/madame-bovary-and-gemma-bovery-revive-and-refract-a-heroine.html

The Handel and Haydn society are celebrating:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/24/arts/music/handel-and-haydn-society-celebrates-200-years.html

Don Juan:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/18/theater/review-a-moliere-born-cad-for-the-ages-in-don-juan.html

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OBITUARIES
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Lloyd Pierson:

http://www.moabsunnews.com/news/article_fff5b536-ffce-11e4-9b91-df6080679ec6.html

Peter Gay:

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/books-and-media/peter-gay-renowned-historian-and-freud-biographer-dies-at-91/article24479337/

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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/2223-audio-news-from-archaeologica-10-may-16-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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