Explorator 18.19

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explorator 18.19 August 30, 2015
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EARLY HOMINIDS
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I think we mentioned this group going on an ‘Otzi walk’:

http://www.dw.com/en/%C3%B6tzi-walk-hike-like-in-the-stone-age/a-18678346

Neanderthals may have had a thing for hot water:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3213949/Neanderthals-liked-creature-comforts-Spanish-cave-suggests-ancient-cousins-HOT-WATER-one-bedroom.html

Rethinking the genus homo:

http://phys.org/news/2015-08-genus-homo.html

On the ecological impact of early humans:

http://phys.org/news/2015-08-prehistoric-humans-today-ecosystems.html

More on that 2 million year old pinkie:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-just-identified-pinkie-s-almost-2-million-years-old-180956335/

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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A 26th Dynasty vizier’s tomb from Luxor:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/139265/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/The-tomb-of-the-th-dynasty-ruler-of-Upper-Egypt-un.aspx

Some remains in a canopic jar appear to be the earliest evidence of heart failure:

http://news.discovery.com/history/archaeology/oldest-case-of-heart-failure-found-in-ancient-mummy-150828.htm

The Sekhema statue saga continues:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/139175/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Is-the-Sekhemka-statue-lost-for-good.aspx
http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/44/138824/Heritage/Museums/Egyptian-government-cannot-halt-Semenkha-statue-sa.aspx
http://english.alarabiya.net/en/perspective/features/2015/08/29/The-controversial-Sekhemka-Egyptian-statue-stirs-debate.html
http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/44/138641/Heritage/Museums/Egyptian-archaeologist-Hawass-to-launch-petition-a.aspx

Egyptians forced mummy’s mouths open during mummification:

http://news.discovery.com/history/archaeology/ancient-egyptians-forcefully-opened-mouths-during-mummification-150827.htm

Plans to keep Tut’s mummy in the Valley of the Kings:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/138853/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Mummy-of-boy-king-Tutankhamun-to-remain-in-Valley-.aspx

Egyptian blue used in Roman-era mummy portraits:

http://phys.org/news/2015-08-unusual-blue-pigment-ancient-mummy.html
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/08/150826144116.htm
http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=81018

Three brothers died while excavating some antiquities in Egypt:

http://www.thecairopost.com/news/165053/news/3-brothers-die-excavating-antiquities-in-menoufia

Concerns for the site of Sebastia:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/at-ancient-israels-capital-politics-and-neglect-squelch-historical-resonance/

Interesting study suggests the Philistines introduced cumin, sycamore, and the opium poppy to Israel:

http://phys.org/news/2015-08-philistines-sycamore-cumin-opium-poppy.html
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2015-08/bu-pis082815.php
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/08/150828112741.htm
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/08/2015/philistines-introduced-cumin-opium-poppy-and-sycamore-into-israel

Apparently more tests are coming for the ‘gospel of Jesus’ wife’:

http://www.livescience.com/51954-gospel-of-jesus-wife-origins.html
http://www.timesofisrael.com/new-study-may-prove-authenticity-of-gospel-of-jesuss-wife/
http://www.newser.com/story/211814/gospel-of-jesus-wife-mystery-has-new-twist.html

OpEd on the utility of Greek tragedy:

http://theconversation.com/antigone-now-greek-tragedy-is-the-debate-we-have-to-have-46136

Review of Stoneman, *Xerxes*:

https://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/books/review-xerxes-a-persian-life-richard-stoneman-yale-university-press

This week, ISIL appears to have destroyed (partially) the Temple of Bel in Palmyra:

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/08/isil-blows-part-bel-temple-syria-palmyra-150830195420900.html
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2015-08/31/c_134570845.htm
http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2015/08/30/islamic-state-explosion-severely-damages-ancient-temple-of-bel-in-syria-activists-say/
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3216360/ISIS-blow-2-000-year-old-Temple-Bel-Palmyra-Syria.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/08/30/us-mideast-crisis-syria-bel-idUSKCN0QZ0XK20150830?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews
http://elpais.com/m/internacional/2015/08/28/actualidad/1440797497_736763.html
http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/ISIS-Threat/ISIS-documents-destruction-of-ancient-Roman-temple-in-Syria-413203

… and the Temple of Baal Shamin (which I think is different from the above, but I might be wrong; photos accompanying articles are confusing):

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-34051870
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/24/world/middleeast/islamic-state-blows-up-ancient-temple-at-syrias-palmyra-ruins.html?partner=rssnyt&emc=rss
http://news.discovery.com/history/archaeology/is-blows-up-temple-in-syrias-palmyra-150824.htm
http://www.timesofisrael.com/is-publishes-images-of-palmyra-temple-destruction/
http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/08/25/us-mideast-crisis-syria-palmyra-idUSKCN0QU1CL20150825?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/arts/miranda/la-et-cam-photos-show-islamic-militants-detonating-ancient-ruins-at-palmyra-20150825-column.html
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/isis-in-palmyra-british-museum-deeply-distressed-by-destruction-of-baalshamin-temple-10469463.html
http://www.apollo-magazine.com/isis-destroys-ancient-temple-baalshamin-palmyra/?utm_source=Adestra&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20150827_Weekly_Round_Up_35

… a satellite view of the site, before and after (again, Baal Shamin … same temple or different from above?):

http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-34090536
http://www.timesofisrael.com/satellite-images-confirm-palmyra-temple-razing/
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3215148/Satellite-images-confirm-ISIS-extremists-destroyed-2-000-year-old-Syrian-temple-Baal-Shamin-amid-fears-raze-Palmyra-s-treasures-ground.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

… and the UN condemned it, of course:

http://whc.unesco.org/en/news/1339
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/un-calls-islamic-states-destruction-of-ancient-syrian-temple-a-war-crime/article26087232/?cmpid=rss1&service=mobile

… various opEds:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/26/opinion/the-crimes-of-palmyra.html?partner=rssnyt&emc=rss
http://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2015/08/25/nyt-isis-irreversible-destruction-of-antiquities-has-reached-staggering-levels/
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/aug/30/palmyra-isis-syria-history-influence-mourn
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3211296/Will-ISIS-siege-Palmyra-end-total-destruction-Experts-warn-Syria-s-glories-Ancient-World-blasted-one-one.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/aug/25/palmyra-tolerant-multicultural-isis-ancient-city-migrants-savagery
http://theconversation.com/against-isis-destruction-of-heritage-and-for-curators-as-the-cure-of-souls-46601
http://www.theguardian.com/culture/2015/aug/24/razing-palmyra-mass-murder-isis
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/isis-in-palmyra-after-destruction-of-the-temple-of-baalshamin-what-is-left-of-the-ancient-city-10469385.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-34043676#sa-ns_mchannel=rss&ns_source=PublicRSS20-sa

… and the FBI is warning people not to by artifacts from ISIL:

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/08/27/us-usa-fbi-antiquities-idUSKCN0QW0O420150827
http://www.haaretz.com/news/world/1.673191
https://www.fbi.gov/homepage-images/isil-antiquities-trafficking/view
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/aug/27/fbi-warns-art-dealers-of-antiquities-looted-by-isl/
http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2015/08/fbi-dont-accidentally-buy-artifacts-stolen-by-isis/
https://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2015/Aug-28/313064-fbi-warns-art-dealers-about-looted-antiquities.ashx

… and nice features on ancient Palmyra:

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/08/150826-syria-palmyra-islamic-state-isis-archaeology-history/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-32824052

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Big news this week is the discovery of a Mycenean Palace (with Linear B inscriptions) near Sparta:

http://phys.org/news/2015-08-archaeologists-unearth-ancient-greek-palace.html
http://www.livescience.com/51984-ancient-spartan-palace-unearthed.html
http://news.discovery.com/history/archaeology/archaeologists-unearth-ancient-greek-palace-near-sparta-150826.htm
http://neoskosmos.com/news/en/greece-archaeological-discovery-sparta-palace-Mycenaean-Age
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/aug/26/ancient-greek-palace-unearthed-near-sparta-dates-back-to-17th-century-bc
http://www.rawstory.com/2015/08/archaeologists-unearth-ancient-greek-palace-near-sparta/
http://news.yahoo.com/archaeologists-unearth-ancient-greek-palace-near-sparta-164752652.html
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2015/0826/Could-scientists-have-just-discovered-the-lost-palace-of-Sparta
http://www.foxnews.com/science/2015/08/28/lost-palace-sparta-possibly-uncovered/
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3214211/Has-lost-palace-Sparta-Magical-objects-clay-tablets-suggest-ruins-belong-Ancient-Greece-s-famous-civilisation.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
http://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2015/08/26/the-most-interesting-thing-about-that-ancient-spartan-palace-isnt-the-palace-its-the-language/
http://www.ekathimerini.com/200878/article/ekathimerini/news/archaeologists-making-exciting-discoveries-in-laconia

Another find, with coverage of questionable quality, of remains of a submerged Greek city some 4 or 5000 years b.p. in the Argolic Gulf:

http://www.nbcnews.com/science/science-news/submerged-greek-village-archaeologists-paradise-not-atlantis-n417986
https://uk.news.yahoo.com/huge-lost-ancient-greek-city-is-found-sunk-beneath-the-sea-080950075.html#28TICzw

Interesting water law inscription from Laodicea:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ancient-water-law-unearthed-in-laodicea-.aspx?pageID=238&nid=87259

A well apparently used for hydromancy from Athens:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2015/08/30/ancient-greek-well-used-for-hydromancy-discovered-in-athens/

Interesting finds near the Porta Nola (Pompeii):

http://www.culturekiosque.com/art/news/necropolis_porta_nola938.html
http://www.ansa.it/sito/notizie/topnews/2015/08/26/pompei-scoperta-sepoltura-infantile_cb5b1a88-f0f4-4004-98d5-b126f1f8a1f1.html

A Roman era mass grave from a farmer’s field in Turkey:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2015/08/24/roman-era-mass-grave-discovered-in-farmers-field-in-turkey/

Latest from the Roman Maryport dig:

http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/newcastle-university-student-uncovers-rare-9911721

Still looking for Colchester’s amphitheatre:

http://www.gazette-news.co.uk/news/13631372.Two_Graves_found_but_no_amphitheatre/

Cambridge wasn’t a backwater in Roman times:

http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/Hidden-Roman-villa-reveals-Cambridgeshire/story-27690409-detail/story.html

Missed this one a month ago: they found more stuff on the shipwreck that carried the Elgin Marbles:

http://news.discovery.com/history/archaeology/antiquities-found-on-shipwreck-that-carried-elgin-marbles-150728.htm

Deer prints on roof tiles:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-gloucestershire-34050603

Back to Antikythera:

http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/second-expedition-to-antikythera-seeks-more-mechanism-remains/story-fnjwl1aw-1227497703179?from=public_rss

Another interesting Scythian burial from Altai:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3211842/Warrior-king-ancient-Russian-tomb-Scythian-ruler-buried-riches-weapons-HORSE.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

… and a Scythian town (apparently) at the bottom of a lake:

http://www.akipress.com/news%3A564201/

A couple were caught looting a site in Catalonia:

https://news.artnet.com/in-brief/french-nationals-arrested-looting-spain-327140
http://eu.greekreporter.com/2015/08/24/spain-french-couple-caught-looting-ancient-greek-and-roman-ruins/

Pondering the magnitude of Pompeii’s destruction:

http://news.yahoo.com/video/pompeii-worst-volcanic-disaster-ever-210000059.html

… and a feature on Pompeii:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/davidbressan/2015/08/25/the-enduring-mysteries-of-mount-vesuvius-and-the-destruction-of-pompeii/

… and fresco restoration:

http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news,406207,poles-preserve-paintings-in-the-villa-buried-by-the-ashes-of-vesuvius.html

Recreating a Neolithic pit oven on Cyprus:

http://cyprus-mail.com/2015/08/26/ancient-pit-oven-fed-up-to-200-guests/

Interesting study of a female burial from Pydna:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2015/08/28/how-a-pregnant-womans-love-of-dogs-led-to-death-by-parasite-in-ancient-greece/

Feature on the Temple of Apollo at Didyma:

http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2015/08/turkey-temple-of-apollo-may-decode-grey-mysteries.html#

Not sure where to put this one … a feature on bathing through the ages at Ankara:

http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2015/08/turkey-ancient-roman-history-awaits-to-be-discovered.html

A guide to collecting ‘ancient marbles’:

http://www.christies.com/features/Collecting-Guide-Ancient-Marbles-6422-1.aspx

Some digitization projects at Cornell:

http://www.news.cornell.edu/stories/2015/08/hidden-cornell-treasures-be-digitized

Hugh Jackman is being touted as the next Odysseus:

http://neoskosmos.com/news/en/Hugh-Jackman-to-play-Odysseus

Colorizing the Temple of Jupiter at Agrigento:

http://www.lasicilia.it/articolo/ecco-come-doveva-apparire-agli-akragantini-il-maestoso-ed-enorme-tempio-di-giove

… while they’ve starting tearing down a pile of illegal buildings in the Valley of the Temples:

http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/generalnews/2015/08/24/demolition-starts-of-valley-of-temples-illegal-building_eb09021f-deb7-418f-9597-6795a0a1552f.html

Feature on the Etruscans:

http://elviajero.elpais.com/elviajero/2015/08/20/actualidad/1440085411_791576.html

Semi-touristy thing on some popular ‘exile’ islands:

http://www.news.com.au/travel/world-travel/the-stunning-italian-islands-where-wicked-roman-emperors-sent-lustful-women/story-e6frfqbr-1227504252742

Big Classics meeting on Malta coming up:

http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20150823/education/Malta-to-host-international-conference-of-Classics-educators.581627

Josiah Ober and the ancient Greek economy:

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/arts/review/josiah-ober-rates-classical-greece-highly-for-its-economics/story-fn9n8gph-1227500149304

Review of Tom Holland, *Dynasty*:

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/arts/books/non-fiction/article4537761.ece

… and an interesting interview:

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/aug/28/tom-holland-interview-caligula-vampires-coping-with-death-threats

More on looting on the rise in Greece:

http://neoskosmos.com/news/en/Illegal-excavations-on-the-rise

I think we mentioned this feature on Lucretius in the Renaissance last week:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/monkey-cage/wp/2015/08/22/the-rediscovery-of-this-writer-in-the-renaissance-opened-the-way-to-the-modern-world-and-more-importantly-the-invention-of-political-science/

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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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Weird story of the week (and sad) … a Neolithic tomb in Spain was destroyed to make way for a picnic table:

https://uk.news.yahoo.com/spain-workers-replace-6-000-150134195.html
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2015/08/27/435203455/ancient-tomb-in-spain-destroyed-and-replaced-with-a-picnic-table
http://www.thelocal.es/20150826/fury-as-spanish-town-plonks-picnic-bench-on-ancient-archeological-site

A Bronze Age cremation burial from Staffordshire:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3214600/Bronze-Age-urn-cremated-bones-inside-discovered-moorland-footpath-nature-reserve.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
http://www.leek-news.co.uk/Pot-containing-human-remains-3-500-years-old/story-27680909-detail/story.html
http://www.ashbournenewstelegraph.co.uk/Buried-treasure-3-500-year-old-urn-buried-Peak/story-27680949-detail/story.html

… and Bronze Age bones turn up during septic tank work in West Dorset:

http://www.bridportnews.co.uk/news/13627065.Rare_find_of_ancient_bones_in_west_Dorset/
http://www.dorsetecho.co.uk/news/13629807.Ancient_bones_found_in_West_Dorset_dig_are__significant_find_/

A ‘long lost’ Scottish monastery may have been found:

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/homenews/13631786.Long_lost_Book_of_Deer_monastery__quot_may_have_been_found_quot_/

Medieval bones near Hertford Castle:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3209319/Medieval-bones-discovered-road-close-historic-castle-captured-rebellion-against-King-John.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

Latest on Rhynie Man:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3212596/Who-Scotland-s-Rhynie-Man-Dig-aims-finally-identify-mysterious-1-500-year-old-axe-wielding-Pict-immortalised-stone.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

Latest on Nuestra Senora de las Mercedes:

http://www.ctvnews.ca/sci-tech/spain-recovers-bronze-cannon-silver-items-from-19th-century-wreck-1.2533848

Feature on toys found during digs in Lincolnshire:

http://www.lincolnshireecho.co.uk/Archaeologist-reveals-exciting-children-s-toys/story-27683035-detail/story.html

Feature on the Lewis Chessmen:

http://www.economist.com/news/books-and-arts/21662487-bones-contention

Restoration corruption in Romania:

http://www.dw.com/en/eu-funds-spent-on-brutal-revamp-of-romanias-saxon-churches/a-18668690

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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A 2000 year-old egg from China:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/peoplesdaily/article-3212692/2-000-year-old-egg-discovered-archaeologists-China.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

A Joseon Dynasty shipwreck:

http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/Article.aspx?aid=3008406
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20150826000416

Feature on the search for Muziris:

http://www.ndtv.com/india-news/in-search-of-muziris-indias-biggest-archaeological-dig-1212328

Concerns for a pair of temples in Tamil Nadu:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/tamil-nadu/13th-century-ramanathapuram-temples-choultry-in-ruins/article7592617.ece

The Shigir idol is older than previously thought:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3212829/World-s-oldest-wooden-statue-TWICE-old-pyramids-New-analysis-reveals-Shigir-Idol-ancient-thought.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

Fighting to save sites in Kolkata:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-33902003

Not sure if we mentioned this particular mummified child burial from Altai:

http://siberiantimes.com/science/casestudy/news/n0375-mummified-new-born-baby-protected-in-leather-shroud-for-1500-years-ago-found-in-altai-mountains/
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3211366/Remains-newborn-mummified-ACCIDENT-1-500-years-ago-solve-mysteries-ancient-Siberian-people.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
http://www.themoscowtimes.com/news/news/article/mummified-baby-unearthed-in-altai/528611.html

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NORTH AMERICA
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A very interesting Yup’ik mask from a rescue dig in Alaska:

http://theweek.com/speedreads/573528/archaeologists-uncover-amazingly-lifelike-halfhuman-halfwalrus-shaman-mask-disappearing-alaskan-village

Plenty of (local) coverage of a shipwreck find in the Nanticoke River:

http://www.baltimoresun.com/health/maryland-health/bs-hs-nanticoke-shipwreck-20150826-story.html
http://www.delmarvanow.com/story/news/local/maryland/2015/08/28/shipwreck-vienna-lucky-find/71308492/
http://m.somdnews.com/article/20150828/NEWS/150829653/1075/mac-lab-conserves-oldest-maryland-shipwreck-discovered&template=southernMarylandMobile
http://smnewsnet.com/archives/388693/eighteenth-century-shipwreck-discovered-in-the-nanticoke-river/
http://www.delmarvanow.com/story/news/local/maryland/2015/08/24/ship-wreck-found/32285713/

Latest from the Lake George dig (I’m not sure there’s anything we haven’t seen already):

http://www.post-gazette.com/life/travel/2015/08/30/New-York-dig-unearths-stone-walls-of-an-old-British-fort/stories/201508230030

Latest from Jamestown:

http://wydaily.com/2015/08/28/local-news-jamestown-unearthed-recycled-breastplate-stoneware-found-in-probable-cellar/

Looking for remains of the first private school in the US:

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/unearthing-the-school-of-the-founding-fathers/

They’re back at the Franklin Expedition site:

http://www.edmontonjournal.com/news/insight/Divers+expect+more+secrets+surface+from+Franklin/11325134/story.html

… and plans to declare it a historic site:

http://www.nunatsiaqonline.ca/stories/article/65674parks_canada_eyes_national_historic_site_for_downed_Franklin_sh/

Plans to return to Fort Rock Cave (Oregon):

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/08/26/us-usa-oregon-cave-idUSKCN0QV00720150826?feedType=RSS&feedName=lifestyleMolt

Victims of human sacrifice at Cahokia were apparently locals:

http://westerndigs.org/victims-of-human-sacrifice-at-cahokia-were-locals-not-captives-study-finds/

Dam construction in BC is causing concerns for First Nations burial sites:

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/british-columbia/site-c/article26154330/?cmpid=rss1

Another looter caught:

http://www.suffieldtimes.com/us/lake-county-man-suspected-of-looting-archaeological-sites/56583/
http://www.pressdemocrat.com/news/4392942-181/lake-county-man-suspected-of

More on the CSS Georgia recovery:

http://www.usace.army.mil/Media/NewsArchive/StoryArticleView/tabid/232/Article/614935/a-wreck-reborn-recovering-the-civil-war-ironclad-css-georgia-from-the-savannah.aspx
http://www.al.com/news/index.ssf/2015/08/css_georgia_salvage_team_worki.html

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Feature on the Inca Road:

http://www.npr.org/sections/parallels/2015/08/29/435480149/for-inca-road-builders-extreme-terrain-was-no-obstacle

More on that ‘skull rack’ from the Templo Mayor:

http://www.nbcnews.com/science/science-news/archaeologists-find-aztec-sacrificial-temples-main-skull-rack-n413411

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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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Recreating Natufian bread:

http://phys.org/news/2015-08-bread-began-ancient-tools-reconstructand.html
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2015-08/bu-wbb082515.php
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/08/150826101653.htm
http://www.newkerala.com/news/2015/fullnews-110239.html

Feature on redheads:

https://www.spectator.co.uk/books/9615942/the-dangerous-red-headed-league/

How the eruption of Mount Tambora in 1815 affected art:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/25/science/mount-tambora-volcano-eruption-1815.html?_r=0

Feature on Leon Trotsky:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-33909385

Marking Ludwig’s birthday:

http://www.dw.com/en/happy-birthday-ludwig/a-18669085

Pondering periodization:

https://www.insidehighered.com/views/2015/08/26/review-jacques-le-goff-must-we-divide-history-periods

On pepper and imperialism:

https://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/2015/08/22/blame-pepper-for-imperialism-bananas-for-misery/E6NCTP029zr0inxtAWKzUM/story.html

On the beginnings of women’s history:

http://phys.org/news/2015-08-women-history-began-earlier-assumed.html

On the changing art market:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/23/arts/design/soaring-art-market-attracts-a-new-breed-of-advisers-for-collectors.html

Interesting feature on ‘execution ballads’:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/execution-ballads-once-spread-news-punishment-public-180956397

Keeping our eye on that ‘Nazi gold train’ story:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-34072660

A medieval sanctuary seeks a hermit:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-34075945

More on Marion True:

http://www.vnews.com/lifetimes/18274343-95/curator-who-vanished-now-wants-to-tell-her-story

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Faith After the Pharaohs:

http://www.britishmuseum.org/whats_on/exhibitions/faith_after_the_pharaohs.aspx

Codex Sinaiticus:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/oldest-complete-new-testament-to-go-on-display-at-british-museum/
http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/news/worlds-oldest-bible-codex-sinaiticus-to-go-on-display-at-british-museum-10473944.html
http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2015/08/30/phenomenal-the-worlds-oldest-christian-bible-dating-back-to-the-4th-century-is-going-on-display/

Gladiators:

http://ottawacitizen.com/news/national/defence-watch/less-than-two-weeks-left-to-see-gladiators-exhibit-at-war-museum

Piranesi’s Paestum:

http://www.sfgate.com/entertainment/article/Piranesi-s-Paestum-at-Stanford-s-Cantor-6451431.php

The Grand Egyptian Museum will have a different management model:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/138869/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Grand-Egyptian-Museum-to-be-managed-internationall.aspx
http://news.yahoo.com/grand-egyptian-museum-managed-internationally-132254435.html

A girl accidentally broke a Roman era glass vase at the British Museum:

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2015/08/26/young-visitor-accidentally-breaks-ancient-glass-artifact-at-israel-leading/

… or did she?:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/israel-museum-changes-account-on-broken-artifact/

… while another young person tripped and put their fist through a 17th century painting in Taipei:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-34049062
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2015/08/25/434565176/video-12-year-old-boy-trips-rips-hole-in-1-5-million-painting?sc=17&f=1001
http://national.suntimes.com/national-world-news/7/72/1704811/watch-boy-trips-falls-350-year-old-painting-punches-huge-hole

… which might turn out to be fake:

http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=81012

Here’s a roundup of some recent museum accidents (including the above):

http://www.apollo-magazine.com/museum-trips-five-works-of-art-broken-by-clumsy-gallery-goers/?utm_source=Adestra&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20150827_Weekly_Round_Up_35

… and the costliest ones:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-34059664

Another museum director in hot water:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/27/arts/design/director-at-uzbekistan-museum-is-dismissed-and-accused-of-crimes.html

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THE TECHY SIDE
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A mummy in a Florence museum is the latest to get the facial reconstruction treatment:

http://phys.org/news/2015-08-oldest-pharaonic-mummy-museum-florence.html

Project involving 3d cameras to document sites in Syria and elsewhere which are threatened:

http://www.cnn.com/2015/08/28/middleeast/3d-mapping-ancient-monuments/
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/islamic-state/11829761/Archaeologists-plan-to-use-3D-imagery-to-preserve-antiquities-under-threat-from-Islamic-State.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3213765/Digital-plan-save-ancient-sites-ISIS-ruin-Monuments-men-believe-3D-printers-recreate-treasures-destroyed-jihadists-Middle-East.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

On drone use at Irish sites:

http://www.slu.edu/nl-finan_irish_summer-817

They’ve opened up a ‘bone lab’ at Ephesus:

http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/08/2015/archaeozoologists-open-bone-lab-at-ephesus

On the importance of digitization:

http://www.npr.org/sections/npr-history-dept/2015/08/28/435144667/holding-on-tight-to-old-new-york

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Using dog DNA to solve a shipwreck mystery:

http://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/500-year-old-dog-s-DNA-solve-mystery-Plymouth-s/story-27703912-detail/story.html

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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On climate change and megafauna demise (maybe) again:

http://www.rt.com/news/312556-mammoths-extinction-humans-climate/

Several folks mentioned an incorrect link last week on climate change and the evolution of dogs (thanks!) … here’s the correct one:

http://phys.org/news/2015-08-fossil-dogs-evolved-climate.html

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TOURISTY THINGS
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Walled cities:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20150827-living-in-the-worlds-greatest-walled-cities

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CRIME BEAT
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Getting a bit ahead, here are a couple of Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime Newses:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2015/08/culture-crime-news-17-23-august-2015.html
http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2015/08/culture-crime-news-24-30-august-2015.html

… and the editrix of that newsletter was in the news!:

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/13635178.Scotland_s_elite_archaeologists_target_global_tomb_raiders/

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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Germany returned a number of items to Cyprus:

http://cyprus-mail.com/2015/08/28/stolen-artefacts-repatriated/

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NUMISMATICA
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On the Fetter Lane hoard:

http://blog.britishmuseum.org/2015/08/27/the-mystery-of-the-fetter-lane-hoard/

A hoard of Viking coins is declared treasure:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-west-wales-34067126#sa-ns_mchannel=rss&ns_source=PublicRSS20-sa
http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/viking-treasure-coins-llandwrog-caernarfon–9937411
http://www.bucksherald.co.uk/news/more-news/pledge-campaign-launched-for-hoard-of-unique-coins-1-6923721

The Lenborough hoard is going on display:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-33987628

A couple of e-Syla:

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v18n34.html
http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v18n35.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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The Wake:

http://www.npr.org/2015/08/27/434970724/the-wake-is-an-unlikely-hit-in-an-imaginary-language

Hamlet:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-33973058

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OBITUARIES
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Khaled al Asaad:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/khaled-alasaad-authority-on-the-antiquities-of-the-syrian-city-of-palmyra-who-was-devoted-to-studying-and-protecting-its-treasures-10464467.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/2277-audio-news-from-archaeologica-16-aug-22-aug-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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