Explorator 18.06

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explorator 18.06 May 31, 2015
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EARLY HOMINIDS
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A possible new hominin species which lived alongside Lucy:

http://phys.org/news/2015-05-human-ancestor-species-ethiopia-lucy.html
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2015-05/cmon-nha052615.php
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/02/science/adding-branches-to-the-human-family-tree.html?partner=rssnyt&emc=rss&_r=0
http://www.nature.com/news/new-human-ancestor-discovered-near-fossil-of-lucy-1.17644
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/05/150527-australopithecine-lucy-afarensis-deyiremeda-hominin-human-evolution
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/scientists-unearth-new-species-of-human-ancestor-in-ethiopia-10280495.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-32906836

Based on DNA, the latest out-of-Africa theory has humans leaving via Egypt:

http://phys.org/news/2015-05-humans-migrated-north-south-main.html
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2015/0528/Early-humans-left-Africa-through-Egypt-study-says
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3101197/The-Egyptian-modern-humans-spread-Africa-Europe-Asia-Sinai-peninsula.html
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/05/2015/genetic-study-points-to-northern-route-out-of-africa-through-egypt

Plenty of interest in what is being dubbed the ‘first murder’ in human history:

http://phys.org/news351949404.html
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/02/science/ancient-skull-suggests-an-early-murder.html
http://www.livescience.com/50991-oldest-murder-victim-found.html
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2015/05/27/410122685/scientists-discover-evidence-of-a-435-000-year-old-murder?sc=17&f=1007
http://www.scotsman.com/news/world/archaeologists-uncover-world-s-first-murder-1-3785412
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-32890697
http://www.theguardian.com/science/2015/may/27/prehistoric-skull-puncture-wounds-murder-spain-neanderthal
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/earth/environment/archaeology/11633455/Was-this-the-worlds-first-murder-victim.html
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2015/0528/Have-archaeologists-stumbled-upon-a-430-000-year-old-murder-mystery
http://phenomena.nationalgeographic.com/2015/05/28/worlds-oldest-murder-mystery-was-430000-years-in-the-making/
http://www.trinitynewsdaily.com/archeologists-solve-what-may-be-the-oldest-murder-case-in-human-history/2251/
http://abcnews.go.com/Health/csi-pleistocene-scientists-discover-earliest-evidence-murder-human/story?id=31368364

… and the spins keep coming on the interspecies breeding thing:

http://phys.org/news/2015-05-interspecies-love-ins-offbeat-history-species.html

More on animal bites on Neanderthal bones:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-carnivores-had-taste-neanderthal-180955390/
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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A fragment of a relief was hacked out of an Egyptian tomb:

http://www.thecairopost.com/news/152711/culture/colorful-fragment-hacked-out-from-ancient-egyptian-tomb-excavators-say

It apparently wasn’t such a great life for ‘elite pets’ in Egypt:

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/05/150525-ancient-egypt-zoo-pets-hierakonpolis-baboons-archaeology/

Egypt’s antiquities chief comments on recent claims about assorted antiquities ‘scandals’ in Egypt:

http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2015/05/egypt-cairo-antiquities-heritage-mamdouh-damati-museum-mask.html#

The Smithsonian is testing mummification techniques:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-mummify-human-leg-test-ancient-egyptian-techniques-180955439/

A 5000 years b.p. potsherd might have the earliest depiction of a musical performance in Israel:

http://mfa.gov.il/mfa/israelexperience/history/pages/earliest-known-depiction-of-music-scene-in-israel-26-may-2015.aspx
http://www.livescience.com/50968-ancient-seal-depicts-musical-performance.html
http://www.nbcnews.com/science/science-news/clay-seal-may-be-oldest-depiction-music-revelry-israel-n366916
http://www.haaretz.com/life/archaeology/1.658010
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Earliest-depiction-of-music-scene-ever-discovered-found-in-Western-Galilee-404108
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/5000-year-old-seal-in-galilee-may-depict-first-known-music-scene/2015/05/26/0/

Evidence of Philistine ‘drug’ use from artifacts excavated a while ago at Yavneh:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/sex-drugs-and-philistines-a-biblical-psychedelic-scene/
http://www.haaretz.com/life/archaeology/.premium-1.658404

The Israeli version of the Burning Man festival apparently also burned a rather vaguely identified prehistoric site:

http://phys.org/news/2015-05-israeli-festival-torches-ancient.html
http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=25801
http://www.timesofisrael.com/ancient-artifacts-burned-at-israels-burning-man/
http://www.haaretz.com/news/israel/.premium-1.658399
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3100844/Oops-Israeli-Burning-Man-festival-torches-ancient-remains.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

Feature on conserving the DSS:

http://www.jewishindependent.ca/conserving-restoring-sharing-dead-sea-scrolls/

Latest on the Kedem Centre:

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Article.aspx?id=404422

Latest on Temple Mount:

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/195859

More on the find of a piece of the Lower Aqueduct:

http://www.foxnews.com/science/2015/05/26/2000-year-old-water-supply-systemuncovered-injerusalem/

Not sure where to put this one .. Bronze Age mounds from Iran:

http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2015/05/27/413138/Iran-Kerman-mounds-Bronze-Age-Faryab-Tubingen-University-Jiroft-Mesopotamia

A UN resolution on the protection of antiquities doesn’t include Syria:

http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=50992
http://www.timesofisrael.com/un-resolution-on-protecting-iraqi-antiquities-excludes-syria/
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/29/world/middleeast/un-resolves-to-combat-plundering-of-antiquities-by-isis.html
http://www.aina.org/news/20150529124645.htm

… and there seems to be some ongoing ‘meeting’ in Bahrain on this sort of thing:

http://www.gulf-daily-news.com/NewsDetails.aspx?storyid=402688

Latest from ISIL has them setting up a ‘ministry of antiquities’ to coordinate the sales of what they pillage:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/islamic-state/11640670/Islamic-State-sets-up-ministry-of-antiquities-to-reap-the-profits-of-pillaging.html

… and they have no plans to destroy Palmyra, so it is claimed:

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/may/27/isis-releases-footage-of-palmyra-ruins-intact
http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/palmyras-ancient-ruins-unharmed-for-now-syria-antiquities-chief/ar-BBkfSBI
http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2015/May-26/299319-palmyra-ruins-unharmed-for-now-syria-antiquities-chief.ashx
http://newsdaily.com/2015/05/islamic-state-photos-purport-to-show-unharmed-palmyra-ruins/

… although:

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/syria-isis-palmyra-demolition-has-begun-ancient-god-lion-statue-destroyed-1503192

… and there is concern for some Jewish artifacts:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/hebrew-inscriptions-jewels-of-palmyras-jewish-past-may-be-lost-forever/
http://nypost.com/2015/05/26/jewish-artifacts-in-isiss-hands-after-capture-of-ancient-city/

… and a very interesting OpEd on the looted antiquities trade:

https://foreignpolicy.com/2015/05/28/a-how-to-guide-to-buying-artifacts-looted-by-the-islamic-state/

… and a ‘secret organization’ is apparently tracking artifacts:

http://www.thenational.ae/world/middle-east/mystery-men-hunt-cultural-past-stolen-by-isil?
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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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From the Circus Maximus comes remains of an arch of Titus:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/italy/11638975/Massive-triumphal-marble-arch-built-by-Romans-to-honour-Emperor-Titus-discovered.html

Still sensationalizing heads found by the Crossrail project:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/tvandradio/11637065/Did-headhunters-stalk-Roman-Britain.html

… and adding to the ‘mystery’ of that ‘Bodica’ tombstone:

http://news.discovery.com/history/archaeology/mystery-deepens-over-rare-roman-tombstone-150528.htm
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3102222/Mystery-Bodica-tombstone-deepens-Skeleton-beneath-MALE-inscribed-stone-recycled.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

Arrests in Crete for attempts to sell a Minoan-era statuette:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2015/05/29/four-arrested-in-crete-for-attempting-to-illegally-sell-priceless-minoan-era-statuette/

Interesting ritual vessels from a Scythian tomb:

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/05/150522-scythians-marijuana-bastard-wars-kurgan-archaeology/
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/archaeologists-discover-2400yearold-gold-bongs-in-russia-10285876.html

Plenty of coverage this week of the US returning a number of purloined items to Italy, including some frescoes taken from Pompeii in the 1950s:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/italy/11630624/Three-frescoes-stolen-from-Pompeii-more-than-50-years-ago-retrieved-by-Italy.html
http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2015/05/26/three-stolen-pompeii-frescoes-found_f89fe14b-a47a-46a2-b351-7abdf4f5745a.html
http://uk.reuters.com/article/2015/05/26/uk-italy-art-usa-idUKKBN0OB27H20150526
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-32882169
http://www.thelocal.it/20150526/us-finds-pompeii-frescoes-robbed-in-1950s
http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/05/27/the-case-of-italy-s-stolen-1-800-year-old-sarcophagus-lid.html
http://www.italoamericano.org/story/2015-5-27/frescoes-pompeii
http://www.gazzettadelsud.it/news/english/143778/Three-stolen-Pompeii-frescoes-recovered-in-U-S-.html
http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2015/may/26/us-returns-25-looted-artifacts-to-italy-vases/
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/27/arts/design/25-looted-artifacts-return-to-italy.html

Plans for the Acropolis of Peperikon:

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

This fake nose collection might be of interest:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/museum-keeps-fake-noses-replaced-those-missing-ancient-sculptures-180955420/

The UVa has acquired its first piece of papyrus (but doesn’t say from where):

http://www.news.virginia.edu/content/uva-acquires-its-first-original-papyrus-manuscript-ancient-world

On Romeyka and ancient Greek:

https://www.cam.ac.uk/research/news/against-all-odds-archaic-greek-in-a-modern-world

What Ann Olga Koloski-Ostrow is up to:

http://www.greenwichtime.com/local/article/Professor-presents-a-unique-take-on-ancient-Rome-6295015.php

What Virginia Anderson is up to:

http://www.conncoll.edu/news/news-archive/2015/professor-virginia-anderson-to-participate-in-selective-seminar-on-ancient-greece.html

What Katherine Schwab is up to:

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/history/the-rachel-haircut-of-2015-hairdos-of-the-ancient-greeks-brought-to-life-10277384.html

Feature on Mary Renault:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/hay-festival/11606132/Mary-Renaults-hardcore-classicism.html

Lightning injured some tourists at Knossos:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/4dcgi/_w_articles_wsite1_1_29/05/2015_550513

… while at the Heraklion Museum, some clumsy tourist knocked over and smashed a pot:

https://news.artnet.com/in-brief/4000-year-old-greek-vase-smashed-302563
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3099464/Falling-museum-visitor-grabs-smashes-ancient-Greek-vase.html
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2015/05/27/falling-museum-visitor-grabs-at-smashes-ancient-greek-vase/
http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory/falling-museum-visitor-grabs-smashes-ancient-greek-vase-31335411

Pondering the dropping of Latin from school curricula in France:

http://www.npr.org/sections/parallels/2015/05/28/410017058/does-less-latin-mean-dumbing-down-france-debates-school-reform

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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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A pile of interesting burials at a church site, but the press seems most focussed on an apparently disgraced nun:

http://news.discovery.com/history/archaeology/dark-side-of-medieval-convent-life-revealed-150526.htm

Finds from various periods from Flint:

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/flint-archaeological-dig-unearths-800-9355289

Hopes of finding Killiecrankie battle remains during road construction:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-tayside-central-32897145

Dredging in Genoa turns up some British anchors and cannons:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/italy/11636137/British-cannons-and-anchors-dredged-up-in-Genoa.html

I think we mentioned plans to search for Big Ben’s ‘daddy’:

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

More on looking beneath car parks for Henry I:

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/may/22/king-henry-i-lies-under-reading-car-park-uk-archaeologists

A Staffordshire Hoard funding appeal:

http://www.staffordshirenewsletter.co.uk/Secrets-Staffordshire-Hoard-revealed-new-120-000/story-26573130-detail/story.html

… while they have reconstructed a helmet and sword therefrom:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/32880447#sa-ns_mchannel=rss&ns_source=PublicRSS20-sa
http://www.malverngazette.co.uk/news/national/12970414.Staffs_Hoard_helmet_pieced_together/
http://www.theguardian.com/culture/2015/may/26/staffordshire-hoard-warrior-helmet-reconstructed

Plans to dig in the Ararat Valley of Armenia:

http://armenpress.am/eng/news/806594/japanese-archaeologists-to-conduct-joint-excavations-in-armenia.html

On Hereford Cathedral and the Mappa Mundi:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hereford-worcester-32900232

Celebrating Leipzig’s millennium:

http://www.dw.de/1000-years-of-leipzig-happy-birthday/g-18479309
http://www.dw.de/leipzig-celebrates-with-an-exhibition/a-18463285

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

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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A major bust at a Neolthic site in China:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-32894903#sa-ns_mchannel=rss&ns_source=PublicRSS20-sa
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/1810048/tomb-raiders-caught-pillaging-chinese-stone-age-archaeological
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/1810106/scores-looters-caught-chinese-stone-age-archaeological-site
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/may/27/china-rounds-up-ancient-tomb-raiders
http://sinosphere.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/05/27/chinese-tomb-robbers-used-fengshui-high-tech-probes-to-steal-antiquities/
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/afp/article-3097782/China-arrests-175-recovers-80m-antiquities-state-media.html

4000 years b.p. burials from Mogou (China) with evidence of human sacrifice:

http://www.livescience.com/50979-sacrificed-humans-discovered-in-prehistoric-cemetery.html
http://www.livescience.com/50978-prehistoric-cemetery-in-china-photos.html
http://news.discovery.com/history/archaeology/sacrificed-humans-discovered-among-prehistoric-tombs-150528.htm#mkcpgn=rssnws1

A ca 2200 years b.p. bronze mirror mold from Japan:

http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/social_affairs/AJ201505280061

Remains of some dragon sculpture heads from Xanadu:

http://www.livescience.com/51012-xanadu-dragon-heads-discovered.html
http://www.livescience.com/51013-xanadu-dragon-heads-photos.html

Megalthic remains from Karbi Anglong:

http://www.assamtribune.com/scripts/detailsnew.asp?id=may2415/state050

An Iron Age (maybe) burial from Talagada (India):

http://www.telegraphindia.com/1150528/jsp/odisha/story_22452.jsp#.VWr7_-ebM2c

Latest Indus Valley Civilization finds:

http://www.thenational.ae/world/south-asia/archaeological-findings-in-indus-valley-could-rewrite-indian-identity

Returning to dig a Buddhist site in Nepal:

http://www.nepalnews.com/index.php/news/43675-fourth-round-excavation-on-in-lord-gautam-buddha-s-maternal-uncle-s-hometown

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http://eastasiablog.wordpress.com/

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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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Surveying the Larder site near Las Vegas:

http://phys.org/news/2015-05-subsurface-prehistoric-archaeological-site.html

A grass fire in Montana has revealed some interesting sites:

http://westerndigs.org/fire-reveals-human-stone-effigy-bison-kill-site-in-montana/

Latest from Camp Security:

http://www.yorkdispatch.com/breaking/ci_28181217/archaeologist-digging-clues-camp-security

Latest from Colonial Williamsburg:

http://www.vagazette.com/news/va-vg-tour-cw-update-0523-20150522,0,7652572.story

They’re bringing up items from the CSS Georgia:

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2015/05/24/navy-divers-to-help-raise-confederate-warship-artifacts/

Latest from the Erebus:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/hms-erebus-dive-just-scratching-the-surface-of-franklin-expedition-mystery-1.3086476
http://communications.uvic.ca/releases/release.php?display=release&id=1472

Spinoff from the search for Le Griffon (did they actually find it?) involving Confederate gold:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2015/05/28/treasure-hunters-find-shipwreck-in-lake-michigan/28044245/
http://www.outdoorhub.com/news/2015/05/28/treasure-hunters-lake-michigan-shipwreck-lead-lost-confederate-gold/

On the revival of Pinkster:

http://newsdaily.com/2015/05/old-african-american-celebration-given-second-life-in-new-york/

Moving a lighthouse on Martha’s Vineyard:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-32921654

On Penn Station and New York architectural history:

http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-32890011
More on flooding and Cahokia:

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/05/150518-cahokia-ancient-America-prehistoric-floods-mystery-Mississippi/

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Evidence of trepanation on some skulls from Lake Titicaca:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2015/05/25/surviving-trauma-cranial-surgery-titicaca/

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http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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A mysterious map possibly connected with Columbus:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/did-this-map-guide-columbus-180955295/?no-ist

… and looking at early maps in general:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/05/150526140524.htm

On social media and archaeology:

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2015-05/dgo-sm052715.php
http://phys.org/news351942783.html
http://phys.org/news351942783.html

cf. Intarch’s latest online issue:

http://intarch.ac.uk/journal/issue39/index.html

The oldest tea in the UK turns up:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/11633828/Fancy-a-300-year-old-cuppa-Researchers-uncover-the-oldest-tea-in-Britain.html

… and an old book on tea:

http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2015/05/26/409746944/sip-it-slow-and-other-lessons-from-the-oldest-tea-book-in-the-world

On some of the health effects of the industrial revolution:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2015/05/20/industrial-revolution-caused-rise-cancer-obesity-arthritis/

Some of Mozart’s hair is coming to auction:

http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=78797

More on dog domestication:

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2015/05/22/408784216/who-let-the-dogs-in-we-did-about-30-000-years-ago?sc=17&f=1001

The National Gallery purchased the Jolly Flatboatmen:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/29/arts/design/national-gallery-buys-george-caleb-binghams-the-jolly-flatboatmen.html

Reviving interest in Henry Grant Plumb:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/29/arts/design/an-1800s-painter-steps-out-of-the-shadows.html

Interview with David McCollough:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/31/books/review/david-mccullough-by-the-book.html

An interesting stroke and its effects:

http://publichealth.yale.edu/news/archive/article.aspx?id=9316

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Ancient Jewellery:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/millennia-old-jewels-go-on-display-.aspx?PageID=238&NID=83060&NewsCatID=375

Lutheriana:

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/art/arts/2015/05/31/437267/Luther-artifacts.htm

Tut:

http://www.iol.co.za/scitech/science/discovery/tutankhamun-treasures-on-exhibition-1.1865153

Glories of Greece:

http://ottawacitizen.com/entertainment/local-arts/exhibition-offers-spectacular-journey-through-5000-years-of-greek-history
http://ottawacitizen.com/entertainment/local-arts/10-things-you-shouldnt-miss-at-the-greek-exhibition

Aztecs:

http://www.pacmusee.qc.ca/en/exhibitions/the-aztecs-people-of-the-sun

Gold of the Ancient Americas:

http://thewalters.org/events/event.aspx?e=3998

Defining Beauty:

http://gulfnews.com/culture/arts/body-of-truth-pride-and-societal-mores-1.1522759

Pompeii Casts:

http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2015/05/27/stolen-from-death-pompeii-show_c4e83e98-cf0d-4b6c-bdb9-a288bb322392.html

Prehistoric People:

http://www.thebowesmuseum.org.uk/en-us/visitus/whatson/prehistoricpeople.aspx

Indiana Jones:

http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=78811

Van Gogh:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/22/arts/design/review-van-gogh-irises-and-roses-sheds-light-on-a-disappearing-red-hue.html

Blackstone’s Commentaries:

http://calendar.yale.edu/cal/opa/day/20150528/All/CAL-2c9cb3cd-4b13e980-014b-5f433dd7-000033f7bedework@yale.edu/

Magna Carta:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-32851197

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THE TECHY SIDE
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This graphene scanner project seems like it could be incredibly useful:

http://digventures.com/2015/05/26/this-new-graphene-scanner-will-give-archaeologists-something-even-better-than-x-ray-vision/

On RTI:

http://asorblog.org/2015/05/28/rediscovery-with-reflectance-transformation-imaging-annual-meeting-poster-video/

Feature on drones:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/take-drone-tour-ancient-history-180955413/

More on photogrammetry:

http://phys.org/news/2015-05-technology-archaeologists-easily-excavation-sites.html
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/05/150522131531.htm
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ON THE DNA FRONT
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What we can learn about ancient environments from DNA:

http://phys.org/news/2015-05-ancient-dna-clues-environments-affected.html
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/05/150528124515.htm
Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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On items emerging from glaciers:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/glaciers-retreat-they-give-mummies-and-artifacts-they-swallowed-180955399/

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TOURISTY THINGS
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Assorted sewers:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/five-fascinating-sewer-tours-180955201/

Varazdin:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/31/travel/in-varazdin-a-thriving-arts-scene-emerges.html

Sardinia:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/27/travel/a-tour-of-sardinia-full-of-discoveries.html

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CRIME BEAT
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Egypt foiled an attempt to smuggle a pile of Islamic artifacts:

http://www.thecairopost.com/news/153283/news/egypt-foils-attempt-to-smuggle-135-islamic-artifacts

Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2015/05/culture-crime-news-18-24-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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Major repatriation item in the Classics section above …

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NUMISMATICA
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A Mauryan hoard:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/489-coins-dating-back-to-Mauryan-era-found-in-Bhiwani-village/articleshow/47477749.cms

Big bucks for the St Alban’s Roman hoard:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-32844648

Latest e-Sylum:

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

… and the one which chould appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v18n22.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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Feature on Creole music:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/29/us/mystery-and-discovery-on-the-trail-of-amede-ardoin-creole-music-pioneer.html

On the return of Bel Canto:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/27/arts/international/bel-canto-opera-reclaims-its-subtlety.html

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OBITUARIES
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Anthony Yu:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/29/arts/anthony-c-yu-translator-of-the-saga-of-a-chinese-pilgrimage-dies-at-76.html

Hugh Ambrose:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/28/books/hugh-ambrose-historian-who-wrote-the-pacific-dies-at-48.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/2225-audio-news-from-archaeologica-17-may-23-may-2015

Latest edition of Strata:

http://www.archaeologychannel.org/video-guide/strata-portraits-of-humanity/2221-strata-may-2015

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UPCOMING CONFERENCES
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(send in your notices!)
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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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