Explorator 18.20

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explorator 18.20 September 6, 2015
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Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
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Hernan Astudillo, Bob Heuman, William Gebhardt, Allan Brockway,
Richard Campbell,Richard C. Griffiths,and Ross W. Sargent for
headses upses this week (as always hoping I have
left no one out).
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EARLY HOMINIDS
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The human body has apparently undergone four stages of evolution:

http://phys.org/news/2015-08-reveals-human-body-stages-evolution.html
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2015-08/bu-srh083115.php
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3217556/The-human-body-gone-four-stages-evolution-430-000-year-old-fossil-collection-reveals-transformation-man.html
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/09/2015/the-human-body-has-undergone-four-main-stages-of-evolution

On the legacy of early human diets:

http://phys.org/news/2015-08-early-human-diet-habits.html

More on Neanderthals having a thing for hot water:

https://uk.news.yahoo.com/neanderthals-had-homes-with-hot-water–researcher-says-070927113.html
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/neanderthals-had-houses-hot-water-180956438/?no-ist

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Evidence of bird (kestrel) breeding in Egypt:

http://phys.org/news/2015-09-greedy-kestrel-proof-bird-ancient.html
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2015-09/e-gk090315.php
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/09/150903081757.htm
http://news.discovery.com/animals/kestrel-mummy-hints-at-raptor-breeding-in-ancient-egypt-150903.htm
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3221547/Ancient-Egyptians-falconers-Mummified-kestrel-reveals-birds-prey-bred-preserved-huge-numbers-offering-gods.html

I think we mentioned this 26th Dynasty tomb find:

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

Plans to restore Tut’s gold mask:

http://allafrica.com/stories/201509041369.html

Concerns for Iskander Palace:

http://www.thecairopost.com/news/165958/news/archaeologists-voice-concern-over-sale-of-antique-palace

What Zahi Hawass is up to:

http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/generalnews/2015/09/04/egypt-safe-but-greater-boldness-needed-says-hawass_f7ad482c-942b-4e7d-9bf4-a84b939c9e71.html

On mummies and heart disease:

http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2015/aug/31/mummies-pharaohs-heart-disease-arteries-egyptians

An interesting 2000 years b.p. podium from Jerusalem:

http://www.antiquities.org.il/Article_eng.aspx?sec_id=25&subj_id=240&id=4144
http://mfa.gov.il/MFA/IsraelExperience/History/Pages/2000-year-old-podium-in-City-of-David-31-Aug-2015.aspx
http://www.livescience.com/52039-ancient-jerusalem-podium-unearthed.html
http://news.discovery.com/history/archaeology/mysterious-2000-year-old-podium-found-in-jerusalem-150901.htm
http://www.timesofisrael.com/scientists-ponder-purpose-of-stepped-podium-in-ancient-jerusalem/
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Culture/Mysterious-2000-year-old-podium-found-near-Temple-Mount-in-City-of-David-413790
http://www.haaretz.com/life/archaeology/1.673744
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4696252,00.html
http://www.israelnationalnews. com/News/News.aspx/200120
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/second-temple-era-podium-may-be-discovery-in-city-of-david/2015/08/31/
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3218236/Is-lost-property-office-2-000-year-old-stone-podium-Jerusalem-s-Stone-Claims-unearthed.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

A roundup of recent finds at Magdala:

http://www.magdala.org/2015/08/another-successful-archaeological-excavation-season-concludes/

A mysterious ‘shaft’ being dug in East Jerusalem:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/police-probe-mysterious-deep-shaft-dug-in-east-jerusalem/
http://www.haaretz.com/news/israel/.premium-1.673799
http://www.algemeiner.com/2015/09/01/police-tunnel-to-jerusalem-archaeology-museum-could-be-built-by-thieves/

On sinkholes near the Dead Sea:

http://www.jpost.com/Magazine/A-Sinking-feeling-411312

Feature on archaeology in Istanbul:

http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/08/31/the-big-dig

More on the Philistines and cumin, opium, etc.:

http://phys.org/news/2015-08-philistines-sycamore-cumin-opium-poppy.html
http://www.sciencerecorder.com/news/2015/08/30/opium-cumin-sycamore-brought-ancient-israel-sea-peoples/
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3216953/Not-Philistines-Ancient-culture-introduced-cumin-bay-leaves-opium-poppies-Middle-Eastern-diet.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

What Michael Danti is up to:

http://www.npr.org/2015/08/31/436377457/archaeologist-works-to-track-the-islamic-states-war-on-culture

It was confirmed that ISIL destroyed the Temple of Bel:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-34111092
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/syria/11835876/Syrias-Palmyra-UN-satellite-images-confirm-destruction-of-famed-temple.html
http://www.dw.com/en/un-confirms-destruction-of-ancient-temple-of-bel-in-palmyra-syria/a-18684819
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2015/08/31/temple-bel-palmyra-syria/71497448/
http://news.discovery.com/history/archaeology/isis-blows-up-largest-pre-christian-temple-in-palmyra-150831.htm#mkcpgn=rssnws1

… despite earlier reports:

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/aug/31/ancient-temple-bel-still-standing-syria-antiquities-chief
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/31/world/middleeast/isis-damages-a-temple-in-palmyra.html?partner=rssnyt&emc=rss
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-34107395
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/aug/31/palmyra-temple-damage-syria-remains-unclear-antiqu/
http://www.todayszaman.com/anasayfa_syria-amount-of-damage-at-palmyra-temple-unclear_397900.html

… and later in the week 3 (or possibly all 7) Roman funerary towers:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/05/world/middleeast/syria-more-antiquities-destroyed-by-isis-in-ancient-city-of-palmyra.html?partner=rssnyt&emc=rss
http://uk.reuters.com/article/2015/09/04/uk-mideast-crisis-syria-palmyra-idUKKCN0R40QN20150904
http://www.dw.com/en/islamic-state-blows-up-tower-tombs-at-syrias-palmyra/a-18693395
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-34150
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/isis-blows-up-three-ancient-tower-tombs-as-destruction-in-palmyra-continues-10486314.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/09/isil-blows-ancient-tower-tombs-syria-palmyra-150904165833493.html
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4697616,00.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3222123/ISIS-launches-attack-civilisation-Jihadis-blow-three-ancient-tower-tombs-Palmyra-just-days-destroying-two-Roman-temples-city.html

… more opEds:

http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Middle-East/2015/0831/Why-Islamic-State-set-off-explosives-at-Syria-s-ancient-Bel-temple
http://feeds.theguardian.com/c/34708/f/664018/s/497a105b/sc/6/l/0L0Stheguardian0N0Ccommentisfree0C20A150Csep0C0A10Ctemple0Ebel0Epalmyra0Eisis0Eyria/story01.htm
http://www.npr.org/sections/parallels/2015/09/05/437616132/as-isis-destroys-artifacts-could-some-antiquities-have-been-saved
http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/isis-profits-from-destruction-of-antiquities-by-selling-relics-to-dealers–and-then-blowing-up-the-buildings-they-come-from-to-conceal-the-evidence-of-looting-10483421.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3220738/How-ISIS-profits-wiping-history-Jihadis-drive-price-artefacts-sparking-outcry-destruction-cashing-notoriety.html
http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/ap-interview-rescuer-world-protect-antiquities-33483664
http://www.thenational.ae/world/middle-east/can-and-should-isils-destruction-at-palmyra-be-undone
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/sep/01/isis-is-systematically-destroying-palmyra-top-antiquities-official-says
http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Middle-East/2015/0831/Why-Islamic-State-set-off-explosives-at-Syria-s-ancient-Bel-temple

… a roundup of what ISIL has destroyed:

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/09/150901-isis-destruction-looting-ancient-sites-iraq-syria-archaeology/
http://www.newswise.com/articles/view/639330/?sc=rsln

… and ARCA is looking for memories of Palmyra (etc.):

http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/arcablog/~3/cSxfAyC26uc/in-memoriam-heritage-community-speaks.html

… and some sort of attempt to tie ISIL’s activities to Temple Mount:

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/200308

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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A Roman-era sarcophagus from Ashkelon (seems more appropriate in this section):

http://mfa.gov.il/MFA/IsraelExperience/History/Pages/Rare-sarcophagus-exposed-in-Ashkelon-building-site-3-Sep-2015.aspx http://phys.org/news/2015-09-israel-unveils-year-old-sarcophagus.html
http://www.livescience.com/52079-rare-roman-era-sarcophagus-discovered.html
http://news.discovery.com/history/archaeology/rare-1800-year-old-sarcophagus-recovered-in-israel-150903.htm
http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2015/09/04/irreparable-damage-caused-to-rare-1800-year-old-artifact-discovered-in-israeli-construction-site/
http://www.aptn.com/80256FE9003EF444/(httpStories)/E322CA4AD1F4A8A880257EB5005AE859?OpenDocument&day=4&month=9&year=2015&feed=horizons&viewtype=day&section=horizons
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Culture/Rare-1800-year-old-sarcophagus-discovered-in-Ashkelon-415076
http://www.haaretz.com/news/israel/.premium-1.674481
http://www.timesofisrael.com/israel-recovers-ancient-sarcophagus-hidden-by-builders/
http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=28075
http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=81202
http://www.jta.org/2015/09/03/news-opinion/israel-middle-east/ancient-sarcophagus-discovered-at-ashkelon-construction-site

Claims of a ‘first church’ find in Turkey:

http://arts-entertainment.bgnnews.com/roman-christians-first-church-found-in-diyarbakir-southeast-turkey-haberi/9153

A ‘town hall’ from Heraclea Sintica (Bulgaria):

http://www.novinite.com/articles/170621/Bulgarian+Archaeologists+Discover+Ancient+Town+Hall+near+Petrich

A statue from Libya was smuggled to the UK:

http://eu.greekreporter.com/2015/09/02/ancient-greek-statue-illegally-taken-from-libya-to-the-uk/
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/15m-ancient-greek-statue-looted-from-libyan-heritage-site-must-be-returned-10481937.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/earth/environment/archaeology/11837886/Ancient-Greek-relic-looted-from-Libya-to-be-returned.html

A major Roman coin hoard from Sofia:

http://sofiaglobe.com/2015/09/04/bulgarian-archaeologists-find-nearly-3000-coins-in-clay-pot-at-sofia-dig/
http://www.novinite.com/articles/170691/Bulgarian+Archaeologists+Discover+Roman+Coin+Hoard+in+Downtown+Sofia

They’re back digging at Eliaussa Sebaste:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/excavation-season-begins-at-ancient-site-of-elaiussa-sebaste.aspx?pageID=238&nid=87881

I think we mentioned this Greek well for hydromancy:

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

… and this submerged Bronze Age Greek city in the Argolic Gulf:

http://www.nbcnews.com/science/science-news/submerged-greek-village-archaeologists-paradise-not-atlantis-n417986

Plans for a rescue dig on Cyprus:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leicestershire-34153880#sa-ns_mchannel=rss&ns_source=PublicRSS20-sa
http://cyprus-mail.com/2015/09/02/rescue-excavation-at-threatened-cypriot-archaeological-site/
http://www.alphagalileo.org/ViewItem.aspx?ItemId=155988&CultureCode=en

Feature on Roman Ribchester:

http://www.longridgenews.co.uk/news/revealing-roman-ribchester-1-7438199

Possibility of restoring the tomb at Amphipolis:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2015/09/01/archaeological-restoration-of-greece-amphipolis-tomb-a-possibility/

The big news continues to be the find of a major Mycenean site in Sparta/Laconia:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/this-greek-ruin-might-be-from-long-lost-culture-that-inspired-the-odyssey/2015/08/31/7c63797c-4cc4-11e5-84df-923b3ef1a64b_story.html

Feature on some bad Roman emperors:
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/sep/04/henry-viii-worst-monarch-in-history-tudor-king-rome-emperors

Laser scanning the Lapis Niger:

http://m.ilmessaggero.it/m/messaggero/articolo/spettacoli/1445875#

Dragon Blade looks like it might spark some class discussions:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/04/movies/review-dragon-blade-features-jackie-chan-romans-and-a-lot-of-mayhem.html
http://io9.com/that-ancient-romans-vs-chinese-movie-is-a-total-so-ba-1728660272

More on Egyptian Blue in Roman era Fayum mummy portraits:

http://www.livescience.com/52066-egyptian-blue-mummy-portraits.html

Review of Bleicken, *Augustus*:

https://www.spectator.co.uk/books/9621122/augustus-here-was-a-caesar-or-at-least-his-great-nephew/

Review of Tom Holland, *Dynasty*:

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/sep/06/dynasty-house-of-caesar-tom-holland-book-review-nick-cohen

Review(ish) of Josiah Ober’s tome:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/monkey-cage/wp/2015/09/03/classical-greece-was-incredibly-innovative-politically-speaking-why-did-it-rise-and-then-fall/

More on recreating a Neolthic ‘barbecue’ on Cyprus:

http://www.livescience.com/52059-stone-age-pit-roast-recreated.html

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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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Very interesting inscriptions from (Russian) Georgia:

http://languagemagazine.com/?p=124335

Plans to study a Mesolithic house on Skye:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-34127171

A Neolithic (?) hunting camp from County Durham:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-tees-34125387
http://www.darlingtonandstocktontimes.co.uk/news/13638970.Stone_Age_campsite_unearthed_in_County_Durham_countryside/

A mass burial from Durham Palace Green appears to be the 17th century remains of Scottish prisoners of war:

http://phys.org/news/2015-09-skeletons-mass-graves-17th-century.html
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2015-09/du-sfi090215.php
http://www.theguardian.com/science/2015/sep/02/skeletons-durham-cathedral-oliver-cromwell-prisoners
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/skeletons-of-scottish-prisoners-provide-evidence-of-child-soldiers-in-english-civil-war-10482793.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-tyne-34116842
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-tyne-25166771
http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/archaeologists-durham-castle-say-solved-9977660
http://www.scotsman.com/news/scotland/top-stories/scots-soldiers-unearthed-in-england-400-years-on-1-3875651
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3219504/Skeletons-mass-grave-belong-Scottish-prisoners-war-Durham-remains-belong-17th-century-defeated-Royalists.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

Looking for an Anglo-Saxon abbey wall at Peterborough Castle:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-34085916

On Liverpool’s lost tunnels:

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20150902-the-lost-tunnels-of-liverpool

Low water levels are revealing artifacts in the Vistula River:

http://phys.org/news/2015-09-river-reveals-17th-century-secrets.html
http://news.yahoo.com/longest-polish-river-reveals-secrets-amid-drought-032717339.html

Vague item on some early churches in Bulgaria:

http://www.novinite.com/articles/170661/Excavations+Unveil+One+of+Five+Most+Important+Temples+for+Bulgarian+Archaeology

Looking for Spanish Armada burials near Dunluce Castle:

http://www.irishnews.com/news/northernirelandnews/2015/09/01/news/archaeologists-in-bid-to-unearth-armada-graves–248322/
http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/archaeologists-to-probe-armada-graveyard-plot-near-dunluce-castle-31495420.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3218462/Do-Spanish-Armada-s-lost-sailors-lie-buried-cemetery-Unmarked-plot-Northern-Ireland-mass-grave.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

Interesting 400 years b.p. graffiti from Newark:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-nottinghamshire-34112451

Interesting feature on the plague in London:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-plague-swept-through-london-180956475/

Apparently Denmark’s earliest kings were also pirates:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/denmarks-earliest-kings-were-also-pirates-180956439/

Seeking funding for Reading Abbey ruins:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-berkshire-34117996

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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3000 years b.p. pottery from New Guinea:

http://phys.org/news/2015-09-ancient-guinea-pot-makers.html
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2015-09/anu-ang090215.php
http://www.abc.net.au/science/articles/2015/09/03/4304756.htm?topic=ancient

Ancient shipwrecks from the Sungai Batu site:

http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/ancient-ships-discovered-at-sungai-batu-archaeological-site
https://uk.news.yahoo.com/malaysia-archaeologists-ancient-shipwrecks-could-043434962.html

21 more burials from South Gyeongsang Province:

http://english.donga.com/srv/service.php3?biid=2015090440398

Locating the Ergenikon epic in the Altay mountains (I think this goes here):

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/evidence-of-ergenekon-epic-found-in-altay-mountains-.aspx?PageID=238&NID=87669&NewsCatID=375

They’re still talking about Mes Aynak:

http://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2015/08/30/435570591/whats-better-for-afghanistans-future-buddha-tours-or-a-copper-mine

More on the redating of the Shigir idol:

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/09/01/the-russian-idol-three-times-as-old-as-the-pyramids.html
http://siberiantimes.com/other/others/news/n0376-shigir-idol-is-oldest-wooden-sculpture-monument-in-the-world-say-scientists/
http://budapestreport.com/science-27/shigir-idol-the-world-s-oldest-wooden-statue-explored-302.html
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/shigir-idol_55e3e761e4b0aec9f353b08d
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2015/09/01/worlds-oldest-wooden-statue-twice-old-pyramids/71508904/

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NORTH AMERICA
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Melting ice in Yellowstone is revealing artifacts ‘too quickly’:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/melting-ice-yellowstone-revealing-ancient-artifacts-180956488/

Looking for the site of the Bear River Massacre:

http://www.foxnews.com/science/2015/09/01/archaeologists-are-hunting-for-site-largest-native-american-massacre/
http://www.newser.com/story/212113/scientists-study-lost-site-of-largest-native-american-massacre.html

Remains of an 18th century village found during road construction in Quebec will not be preserved:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/18th-century-village-ruins-discovered-during-turcot-construction-to-be-destroyed-1.3213696?cmp=rss

A Rhode Island church is looking into its role in the slave trade:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/24/us/rhode-island-church-taking-unusual-step-to-illuminate-its-slavery-role.html?mwrsm=Facebook

Interesting feature on ‘wine bricks’ during Prohibition:

http://vinepair.com/wine-blog/how-wine-bricks-saved-the-u-s-wine-industry-during-prohibition/?utm_source=Atlas&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=facebook-partnerships

Feature on the Urban Archaeology Corps:

http://www.npr.org/2015/09/05/437768166/teens-dig-into-black-history-as-urban-archeologists?sc=17&f=1003

Feature on the ‘black cowboys’ of Florida:

http://www.npr.org/sections/npr-history-dept/2015/09/01/432225353/the-black-cowboys-of-florida

… and ‘Indian cowboys’ too:

http://www.npr.org/sections/npr-history-dept/2015/09/03/433194190/the-indian-cowboys-of-florida

Plans for the Alamo:

http://newsdaily.com/2015/09/texas-says-renovate-the-alamo-the-plaza-and-the-building/

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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On the environmental impact of the Maya:

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2015-09/uota-cfa090315.php
http://phys.org/news/2015-09-clues-ancient-maya-reveal-impact.html

More on the builders of the Inca Road:

http://www.npr.org/sections/parallels/2015/08/29/435480149/for-inca-road-builders-extreme-terrain-was-no-obstacle?sc=17&f=7

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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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On fishermen and fine art:

http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2015/08/30/435248291/how-fishermen-s-bragging-rights-gave-birth-to-fine-art

Handwriting analysis reveals an unknown Magna Carta scribe:

http://phys.org/news/2015-09-analysis-scholar-unknown-magna-carta.html

On archaeologists and pseudo archaeology:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2015/09/03/what-archaeologists-really-think-about-ancient-aliens-lost-colonies-and-fingerprints-of-the-gods/

A manuscript of the song that inspired ‘happy birthday’:

http://newsdaily.com/2015/08/college-finds-manuscript-of-song-that-inspired-happy-birthday/
http://www.dw.com/en/manuscript-that-inspired-happy-birthday-discovered-in-us-library/a-18691044

Counting trees (and human impact thereon):

http://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2015/09/02/436919052/tree-counter-is-astonished-by-how-many-trees-there-are

On Tolkien’s obsession (sort of) with Finland:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-34063157

A Titanic menu is coming to auction:

http://time.com/4017262/titanic-lunch-menu-auction-2/

On the destruction of a ‘demon statue’ in Russia (not sure where to put this one):

http://www.dw.com/en/uproar-in-st-petersburg-after-demon-statue-destroyed/a-18682863
http://www.dw.com/en/russia-returns-to-the-dark-ages/a-18693317

On the connection between language and the Persian Walnut:

http://phys.org/news/2015-09-ancient-walnut-forests-linked-languages.html

On reading tea leaves:

http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2015/09/01/434621010/for-centuries-people-have-searched-for-answers-in-the-bottom-of-a-tea-cup

More on that oldest Quran fragment:

http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/news/latest/2015/07/quran-manuscript-22-07-15.aspx
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/fragments-of-worlds-oldest-koran-unlikely-to-predate-prophet-mohamed-says-expert-10481728.html
http://csmonitor.com/World/2015/0901/Could-this-Quran-fragment-really-be-older-than-Muhammed
http://www.foxnews.com/science/2015/09/01/carbon-dating-suggests-fragments-world-oldest-korean-may-predate-muhammad/

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Catherine the Great:

http://theconversation.com/masterpieces-from-the-hermitage-puts-the-great-in-catherine-the-great-review-45435
http://theconversation.com/why-catherine-the-greats-greatness-doesnt-grate-46925

Immortales:

http://www.oudaily.com/l_and_a/rome-lives-again-through-immortales-exhibit/article_f42d0e1a-50dd-11e5-9bac-8fcccce01435.html

Update on those items from the Crimea:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/18/arts/international/artifacts-from-crimean-museums-are-held-hostage-by-politics.html?partner=rssnyt&emc=rss

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THE TECHY SIDE
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CT scanning a 7000 years b.p. skeleton from Stuttgart reveals what might be the oldest example of leukemia:

http://phys.org/news/2015-08-oldest-case-leukemia-discoveredprehistoric-female.html
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/08/150831085609.htm
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3218171/Oldest-known-case-LEUKAEMIA-unearthed-7-000-year-old-skeleton-belonging-40-year-old-woman-bears-scars-blood-cancer.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

Plans to digitally reconstruct ‘Doggerland’:

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2015-09/uob-apt090115.php
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/earth/environment/archaeology/11836627/British-Atlantis-archaeologists-begin-exploring-lost-world-of-Doggerland.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-mid-wales-34159114#sa-ns_mchannel=rss&ns_source=PublicRSS20-sa
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/britains-atlantis-scientific-study-beneath-north-sea-could-revolutionise-how-we-see-the-past-10480279.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3218074/Who-lived-Britain-s-Atlantis-Scientists-set-uncover-secrets-Doggerland-huge-North-Sea-island-lost-waves-7-500-years-ago.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
http://www.iol.co.za/scitech/science/discovery/searching-for-lost-tribes-of-prehistoric-britain-1.1908842
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/09/2015/archaeologists-will-digitally-re-construct-doggerland

3d printing of a weapon has revealed that it was actually a musical instrument:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/09/150902102317.htm
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2015-09/anu-3pr090215.php
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-09-01/ancient-artefact-thought-to-be-a-weapon-sheds-light-on-music/6740352
http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/canberra-life/archaeologists-hunch-and-a-3d-printer-brings-bronze-age-music-to-life-20150901-gjcagk.html

A solar-powered device to preserve texts:

http://www.livescience.com/52054-solar-device-to-preserve-disappearing-texts.html

Use of technology to identify artifacts from Jamestown:

http://www.news.cornell.edu/stories/2015/08/cornell-technology-identifies-artifacts-jamestown-graves
http://phys.org/news/2015-09-scanning-technology-artifacts-jamestown-graves.html

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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First ancient genome from the Mediterranean:

http://phys.org/news/2015-09-ancient-genome-recovered-mediterranean-area.html
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/09/150902191352.htm

What the genetic history of sheep tells us about domestication:

http://phys.org/news/2015-09-rewrites-genetic-history-sheep.html

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/

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TOURISTY THINGS
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Assorted ancient sites:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20150821-six-lesser-known-wonders-of-the-ancient-world

Pergamon:

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/travel/destinations/city-of-pergamons-ancient-appeal-spans-millennia/article26166682/

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CRIME BEAT
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Jail time for plundering a 17th century shipwreck:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/law-and-order/11845404/Diver-jailed-for-plundering-sunken-ships-historical-artefacts.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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Canada returned a Phoenician item to Lebanon:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/phoenician-artifact-to-lebanon-glass-pendant-1.3213339

Switzerland is returning an ancient coin to Greece:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2015/09/03/ancient-greek-coin-to-be-sent-back-to-greece-from-switzerland/

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NUMISMATICA
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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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OBITUARIES
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John Bard McNulty:

http://www.courant.com/hc-mcnulty-obituary-0905-20150904-story.html

Khaled al-Asaad:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/11839626/Khaled-al-Asaad-curator-obituary.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/2280-audio-news-from-archaeologica-23-aug-29-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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