Explorator 18.24 ~ October 4, 2015

Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri,
Hernan Astudillo, David Perlmutter, Barbara Saylor Rogers,
Bob Heuman, Kris Curry, Feral Boy, Jessica Fitzpatrick,
Adrienne Mayor, Marice Rose, 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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Pondering why homo sapiens is the only homo that has survived:

http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20150929-why-are-we-the-only-human-species-still-alive

Archaeologists have returned to Shanidar:

http://www.nature.com/news/archaeologists-ousted-by-isis-return-to-ancient-iraqi-cave-1.18487

More homo naledi skepticism:

http://alumni.berkeley.edu/california-magazine/just-in/2015-10-01/bones-contention-why-cal-paleo-expert-so-skeptical-homo

More on early hominin hearing:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/29/science/the-world-heard-by-hominins.html

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AFRICA
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Feature on Kongo civilization and art:

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2015/10/01/arts/design/kongo-power-figure-mangaaka-met-museum.html?_r=0

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Scans suggest there are hidden rooms in Tut’s tomb:

http://phys.org/news/2015-09-egypt-king-tut-tomb-hidden.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-34410720
http://news.discovery.com/history/ancient-egypt/king-tuts-tomb-reveals-two-secret-chambers-150929.htm#mkcpgn=rssnws1
http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/10/02/us-egypt-nefertiti-idUSKCN0RV46G20151002?feedType=RSS&feedName=scienceNews
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/egypt/11906040/Scans-suggest-Queen-Nefertiti-may-lie-concealed-in-King-Tuts-tomb.html
http://www.reuters.com/video/2015/10/02/egyptian-tomb-reveals-hidden-chambers?videoId=365802478&feedType=VideoRSS&feedName=WorldNews&videoChannel=117760
https://uk.yahoo.com/digest/20151001/british-archaeologist-reveal-details-quest-find-queen-nefertitis-tomb-00166458
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/09/150928-king-tut-tomb-door-nefertiti-archaeology-egypt/

… but they really haven’t found anything yet (and folks are skeptical):

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2015/10/01/egypt-queen-nefertiti-king-tutankhamen/73153332/

… despite Egypt’s hopes:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/queen-nefertiti-tomb-egypt-hopes-big-discovery-from-the-past-can-boost-its-flagging-tourism-industry-a6675986.html

… an important interview with Egypt’s antiquities minister on same:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/151933/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/INTERVIEW-Egypts-antiquities-minister-speaks-on-se.aspx

… and related items (which are mostly repeats):

http://phys.org/news/2015-09-british-archaeologist-aims-nefertiti-tomb.html
http://www.abc.net.au/worldtoday/content/2015/s4324047.htm
http://phys.org/news/2015-10-egypt-pledges-fast-nefertiti-tomb.html
http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2015/10/01/a-mystery-inside-king-tuts-tomb-has-nefertiti-been-hiding-there-for-3000-years/
http://www.timesofisrael.com/british-archaeologist-aims-to-pinpoint-nefertitis-tomb-2/
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2015/0930/Does-King-Tut-s-tomb-have-hidden-chambers
http://www.theguardian.com/culture/2015/sep/29/british-archaeologist-aims-to-uncover-queen-nefertiti-tomb
http://news.nationalpost.com/news/king-tuts-tomb-could-have-hidden-chambers-boosting-theory-theres-a-queen-buried-in-mausoleum-walls
http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/new-king-tut-s-tomb-search-can-start-soon-egypt-pledges-1.3252097?cmp=rss

Feature on Egyptian animal mummies:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/02/arts/design/animal-mummies-unwrapped.html

I think we had this one on the world’s oldest papyrus:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/ancient-egypt-shipping-mining-farming-economy-pyramids-180956619/

The Sekhemka statue saga continues:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-northamptonshire-34428993

A 3000 years b.p. dog burial from the kingdom of Urartu:

http://www.dailysabah.com/history/2015/09/29/dog-skeleton-dating-back-3000-years-discovered

Interesting Kiryat Gat mosaic in Israel depicts an ancient Egyptian city:

http://www.livescience.com/52336-byzantine-mosaic-shows-egyptian-settlement.html
http://www.livescience.com/52335-photos-ancient-church-mosaic.html
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2015/0930/Why-a-rare-Egyptian-mosaic-is-going-on-display-in-an-industrial-park-in-Israel
http://mfa.gov.il/MFA/IsraelExperience/History/Pages/Rare-Byzantine-period-mosaic-discovered-30-September-2015.aspx
http://www.antiquities.org.il/article_eng.aspx?sec_id=25&subj_id=240&id=4149
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4705146,00.html
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Culture/Rare-1500-year-old-old-mosaic-discovered-depicting-streets-buildings-of-ancient-Egypt-419384
http://www.haaretz.com/life/archaeology/1.677993
http://www.timesofisrael.com/byzantine-era-mosaic-to-be-displayed-in-southern-israel/
http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2015/09/29/1500-year-old-mosaic-found-on-church-floor-in-israel-depicts-rare-scene-from-neighboring-ancient-christian-community/#038;%23038;%23038

Vandals hit a Bar Kochba-era site:

http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=28637
http://www.algemeiner.com/2015/10/02/bar-kokhba-era-antiquities-site-razed-by-palestinian-vandals/

I think we mentioned this new bit of the Epic of Gilgamesh:

http://news.discovery.com/history/art-history/new-gilgamesh-verse-is-epic-15100.htm#mkcpgn=rssnws1

Not sure if this discovery-of-Sodom/ Tall el Hammam story is really news:

http://theweek.com/speedreads/580159/archaeologists-discover-possible-ruins-ancient-sodom-holy-land

Seliuk-era finds in Tokat:

http://www.dailysabah.com/history/2015/09/29/seljuk-era-archeological-findings-uncovered-in-ancient-greek-city

An Iraqi historian claims a ‘Jewish mafia’ is behind antiquities thefts in the Middle East:

http://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/Iraqi-historian-claims-Jewish-mafia-behind-antiquities-theft-in-Middle-East-419513
http://www.albawaba.com/editorchoice/iraqi-archaeologist-warns-%E2%80%98international-jewish-mafia%E2%80%99-stealing-arab-artifacts-749454
http://www.timesofisrael.com/jewish-mafia-looting-mideast-antiquities/

Marina Rustow is one of this year’s MacArthur Grant recipients:

http://www.npr.org/2015/09/29/444527433/out-of-cairo-trove-genius-grant-winner-mines-details-of-ancient-life
http://news.yale.edu/2015/09/29/two-yale-alumni-win-macarthur-foundation-grants

The US has offered a reward to get ISIS to stop plundering antiquities:

http://thehill.com/policy/defense/255442-us-offers-5-million-reward-to-stop-isis-from-plundering-antiquities

While a raid on an ISIS stronghold netted a pile of ancient artifacts, apparently:

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/09/30/isis-raid-netted-stolen-treasure-trove-of-ancient-artifacts.html

We’re still getting the articles about their antiquities sale/funding activities:

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/isis-relying-on-smuggling-antiquities-to-fund-terror/

… and there was a conference on same:

http://thewellesleynews.com/2015/10/03/daeshs-destruction-of-antiquities-sparks-interdisciplinary-conference/
http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/10/02/confronting-looting-to-order-and-cultural-racketeering-in-syria/

Nice feature on the folks now defending Syria’s heritage from ISIS:

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/sep/29/they-are-barbarians-meet-the-man-maamoun-abdulkarim-defending-syrias-heritage-from-isis

Not sure if we mentioned the suggestion that museums provide a ‘safe haven’ for Syrian antiquities (for now):

http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/10/01/museum-directors-release-plan-to-help-provide-safe-havens-for-endangered-antiquties/?module=BlogPost-Title&version=Blog%20Main&contentCollection=Arts&action=Click&pgtype=Blogs&region=Body
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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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The big news this week is the announcement that the Amphipolis tomb was actually a heroon for Hephaestus (plenty of misleading headlines weeded out):

http://phys.org/news/2015-09-excavator-ancient-grave-greece-honored.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/greece/11906037/Ancient-Greek-grave-for-Alexander-the-Greats-friend-Hephaestion.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-34417796
http://news.discovery.com/history/archaeology/seal-hints-alexander-the-greats-beloved-friend-at-tomb-151001.htm
http://www.ekathimerini.com/202104/article/ekathimerini/news/amphipolis-tomb-may-have-been-dedicated-to-alexanders-companion-hephaestion
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3255495/Massive-underground-complex-Greece-WASN-T-Alexander-Great-s-tomb-Huge-monument-tribute-closest-friend-trusted-general.html
http://artdaily.com/news/81919/Mystery-Greek-tomb-was-dedicated-to-companion-of-Alexander-the-Great–Experts
http://in-cyprus.com/light-shed-on-amphipolis-mystery/
http://neoskosmos.com/news/en/Grave-in-Greece-honours-Alexander-the-Greats-best-friend-amphipolis-Hephaestion
http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/excavator-ancient-grave-greece-honored-alexanders-pal-34159668
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/excavator-ancient-grave-in-greece-honored-alexanders-pal/2015/09/30/5a38700c-67b1-11e5-bdb6-6861f4521205_story.html

… but some disagree:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2015/10/02/greek-archaeologist-amphipolis-tomb-not-constructed-for-alexander-the-greats-pal/

CT scans were done on a bunch of Pompeii casts:

http://www.thelocal.it/20150929/scans-of-petrified-victims-show-pompeii-in-gold-health
https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/new-scans-reveal-how-victims-of-ancient-pompeii-eruption-lived/2015/09/29/5dbb2ade-66c7-11e5-9223-70cb36460919_gallery.html
http://www.thelocal.it/20150929/scans-of-petrified-victims-show-pompeii-in-gold-health

… and there were features (again) about how great ancient Roman teeth were:

http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2015/10/how-the-people-of-pompeii-really-died/408454/
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/italy/11902097/Ancient-Romans-had-perfect-teeth-thanks-to-healthy-low-sugar-diet.html
http://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2015/09/30/ancient-pompeiians-had-good-dental-health-but-were-not-necessarily-vegetarians/
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/for-perfect-teeth-and-waistline-follow-the-pompeii-diet/story-fnb64oi6-1227552936831

… and they’re working at the Republican baths at Pompeii:

http://www.gazzettadelsud.it/news/english/160709/New-technology-helps-Pompeii-thermal-baths-excavation.html
http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2015/10/01/new-project-studies-pompeii-baths_51f367d2-8c60-4e34-8356-01f96ce9018c.html

We were also hearing more about what they’ve found on the Antikythera shipwreck:

http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2015/0930/2-000-year-old-Greek-shipwreck-yields-amazing-treasures
http://www.livescience.com/52331-antikythera-shipwreck-treasures.html
http://news.discovery.com/history/archaeology/wreck-yields-treasures-of-ancient-greeces-1-percent-150928.htm#mkcpgn=rssnws1
https://uk.news.yahoo.com/antikythera-shipwreck-treasures-reveals-top-165933718.html
http://www.nbcnews.com/science/science-news/antikythera-shipwreck-artifacts-shed-light-ancient-greeces-1-percent-n435811
http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/09/30/2-000-year-old-shipwreck-keeps-yielding-treasure.html
http://blogs.nature.com/aviewfromthebridge/2015/09/29/beyond-the-antikythera-mechanism/
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/antikythera-shipwreck-yields-new-cache-ancient-treasures-180956775/
http://www.whoi.edu/news-release/antikythera-shipwreck-excavation
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/10/2015/antikythera-shipwreck-excavated-by-marine-archaeologists

Finds from ancient Soli:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/excavations-end-at-ancient-soli-.aspx?pageID=238&nid=89308&NewsCatID=375

I think we mentioned the work being done at the Minoan site at Sissi:

http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/09/2015/new-archaeological-work-at-sissi-examines-minoan-complex

Complaints about the marble used in restorations at Aspendos:

http://arts-entertainment.bgnnews.com/kitchen-grade-marble-used-in-the-restoration-of-ancient-city-of-aspendos-haberi/9791

… and the ministry defended its decision:

http://www.todayszaman.com/national_ministry-stands-by-white-marble-used-in-ancient-theaters-restoration-says-it-will-turn-darker-in-time_400139.html

… and the archaeologist who complained about it was reassigned:

http://national.bgnnews.com/archeologist-who-revealed-botched-restoration-of-aspendos-reassigned-haberi/9918

… while Aspendos was ‘left to its fate’:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ankaras-aspendos-left-to-its-fate-.aspx?pageID=238&nid=89247

… and there are plenty of botched restorations in Turkey, apparently:

http://www.todayszaman.com/national_turkey-now-home-to-vast-number-of-botched-renovations_400382.html

Another tourist caught carving their initials into the Colosseum:

http://www.thelocal.it/20150922/another-tourists-carves-into-the-colosseum

A section of Hadrian’s wall was repaired:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tyne-34424053

Feature on ‘blaming the victim’ at Pompeii:

http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2015/10/did-the-people-at-pompeii-get-what-they-deserved/408586/

… and a slideshow of Pompeii today:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/scenes-of-pompeii/2014/04/17/bda7865a-c645-11e3-bf7a-be01a9b69cf1_gallery.html

Interesting/strange discovery of a bit of Solon’s Prayer to the Muses:

http://mentalfloss.com/article/69326/oops-ancient-greek-poem-accidentally-printed-vessel-2000-years-ago

Dmitri Nakassis is getting at MacArthur Grant:

http://www.news.utoronto.ca/macarthur-fellowship-goes-u-t-archaeologist
https://www.michigandaily.com/section/news/university-alum-receives-macarthur-fellowship
http://www.pappaspost.com/university-of-toronto-classics-professor-researching-ancient-greece-wins-625000-macarthur-fellowship-known-as-genius-grant/

What William Childs is up to:

http://www.lawrentian.com/archives/1006357

What Padilla Peralta is up to:

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/latino/despite-immigration-hurdles-path-ivy-league-professor-n437411

Some classical nomenclature on Ceres:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/ceres-mountains-and-craters-named-food

Pondering Cicero:

http://www.thesundaytimes.co.uk/sto/newsreview/features/article1614804.ece?CMP=OTH-gnws-standard-2015_10_03

BBC’s History Extra magazine had a pile of features on ancient Rome this week … the 8 bloodiest Roman emperors:

http://www.historyextra.com/article/international-history/8-bloodiest-roman-emperors-history

… Roman Roads:

http://www.historyextra.com/article/international-history/why-did-romans-build-straight-roads

… Roman religion:

http://www.historyextra.com/article/international-history/religion-ancient-rome-what-did-they-believe

… shopping in ancient Rome:

http://www.historyextra.com/article/romans/shopping-ancient-rome

… Roman elections:

http://www.historyextra.com/article/romans/elections-late-roman-republic-how-did-they-work

… gladiators:

http://www.historyextra.com/article/feature/gladiators-facts-ancient-rome

… street life (and danger):

http://www.historyextra.com/article/romans/dangerous-streets-ancient-rome

… the rise of Augustus:

http://www.historyextra.com/article/premium/bloody-rise-augustus

… a couple things about Pompeii:

http://www.historyextra.com/feature/z-life-pompeii
http://www.historyextra.com/article/international-history/5-facts-about-pompeii

… foundation of Rome:

http://www.historyextra.com/feature/romans/who-founded-ancient-rome

Classics is threatened at Calvin College:

http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2015/09/calvin_college_recommends_elim.html

Pondering Aesop’s Fables:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/04/magazine/letter-of-recommendationaesops-fables.html

Review of Tom Holland, *Dynasty*:

http://www.ilkleygazette.co.uk/news/13801779.Thrilling_look_at_the_age_of_Caesars/

Review(ish) of Robert Harris, *Dictator*:

http://new.spectator.co.uk/blog/2015/10/dictator-the-last-in-robert-harris-trilogy-on-ancient-rome-focuses-on-cicero-and-his-secretary-tiro/

Review of Rush, *Penelope’s Web*:

http://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/books/book-review-penelope-s-web-by-christopher-rush-1-3898169

Review of Adrienne Mayor, *Amazons*:

http://archaeology.about.com/od/booksandbooklists/fl/The-Amazons-Lives-and-Legends-of-Warrior-Women-A-Review.htm

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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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Ancient Britons mummified their dead, apparently:

http://phys.org/news/2015-09-mummification-commonplace-bronze-age-britain.html
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2015-09/uos-mwc092515.php
http://www.livescience.com/52349-bronze-age-britain-mummies.html
http://www.theguardian.com/science/2015/oct/01/preservation-society-how-bronze-age-britons-mummified-the-dead
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/earth/environment/archaeology/11903395/Bronze-Age-Britons-mummifed-their-dead-scientists-say.html
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2015/1002/Were-Bronze-Age-Brits-making-mummies
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/bronze-age-britons-mummified-their-dead/
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/10/2015/evidence-for-mummification-in-bronze-age-britain
http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-mummies-britian-20150930-story.html

Evidence of Mesolithic hunter-gatherers on Skye:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-34413699

A Bronze Age boat from Kent:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-kent-34377640
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/09/2015/bronze-age-log-boat-discovered-in-kent

A Bronze Age hoard from Transylvania:

http://www.livescience.com/52329-ancient-booty-discovered-in-transylvania.html
http://www.livescience.com/52330-photos-ancient-bronze-weapons-transylvania.html (photo)
http://news.discovery.com/history/archaeology/draculas-booty-discovered-in-transylvania-150930.htm

A Bronze Age ‘sauna’ from Orkney:

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/13791467.Orkney_s_Bronze_Age_sauna/
http://www.burnhamandhighbridgeweeklynews.co.uk/news/national/13791274.Bronze_Age__sauna__unearthed_on_Orkney/
http://www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/index/news/news_article.htm?articleid=47237
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/09/2015/archaeologists-uncover-bronze-age-sauna-house-at-links-of-notland

Walrus bones from Iceland might hint at the origins of the Lewis Chessmen:

http://icelandmag.visir.is/article/2200-year-old-walrus-bones-suggest-most-famous-medieval-chess-set-might-be-icelandic-origin
Nice feature on Viking prestige items:

http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/09/2015/viking-symbols-of-travel-prestige-and-adventure

50 medieval burials near Lichfield Cathedral:

http://www.livescience.com/52346-medieval-graves-saint-pilgrimage.html
http://www.livescience.com/52343-photos-medieval-skeletons-lichfield-cathedral.html (photos)

Opening a 1000 years b.p. bishop’s coffin:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/earth/environment/archaeology/11900082/Hair-raising-moment-archaeologists-open-a-1000-year-old-coffin.html

Evidence that medieval Hungarian warriors were good archers:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2015/09/30/brawny-bones-reveal-10th-century-hungarian-warriors-were-accomplished-archers/

Plans to dig at a Teesdale ‘shrunken village’:

http://www.darlingtonandstocktontimes.co.uk/news/13788590.Archaeology_dig_of_Teesdale_medieval__quot_shrunken_village_quot_/

Feature on Thor Ballylee:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/04/arts/design/the-tower-that-enchanted-yeats.html

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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A Bronze Age burial from Omsk:

http://siberiantimes.com/science/casestudy/news/n0430-builders-in-omsk-stumble-across-bronze-age-burial-site/

Arakan inscriptions found at Kyaukta (Burma):

http://www.burmanet.org/news/2015/09/29/narinjara-ancient-inscribed-tablets-found-in-kyauktaw/

The ASI is done digging a Sangam site in Keezhadi:

http://www.newindianexpress.com/states/tamil_nadu/ASI-Ends-Mission-at-2500-yr-old-Village-in-Keezhadi-Onsite-Museum-in-Pipeline/2015/09/28/article3050856.ece

A Mataram Hindu temple excavation:

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2015/09/30/archeologists-unearth-ancient-mataram-hindu-temple.html

An 800 years b.p. turtle-shaped brick tomb from Shanxi:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2015-10/04/c_134683662.htm

They’re excavating Dandong No. 1 again:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2015-09/29/c_134672127.htm
http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/culture/2015-10/04/content_22076391.htm

Feature on Aboriginal petroglyphs:

http://phys.org/news/2015-10-video-highlights-aboriginal-art.html

On restoring the Taj Mahal:

http://phys.org/news/2015-09-taj-mahal-nine-year-mud-tackle.html
http://timesofoman.com/article/68497/World/India/Archaeologists-said-the-lengthy-period-was-needed-to-properly-and-safely-clean-particles-from-the-four-minarets-and-the-main-dome-of-the-famed-Taj-Mahal

—–

Southeast Asian Archaeology Newsblog:

http://www.southeastasianarchaeology.com/

New Zealand Archaeology eNews:

http://nzarchaeology.blogspot.co.nz/index.html
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NORTH AMERICA
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A Wooly Mammoth excavation in Michigan:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/02/science/under-a-farmers-field-a-woolly-mammoth-in-michigan.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fscience

Very interesting 1150 years b.p. mass grave from California:

http://westerndigs.org/mass-grave-found-in-california-reveals-prehistoric-violence-against-outsiders/

Human remains of unspecified date from near Haines (Alaska):

http://www.alaskapublic.org/2015/10/01/human-remains-found-in-dirt-pile-in-haines/

Flooding a couple years ago revealed some amazing sites (including a buffalo jump) now being excavated at the FM Ranch near Calgary:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/alberta-flood-buffalo-jump-1.3253110?cmp=rss
http://www.metronews.ca/news/calgary/2015/10/01/calgary-students-assess-flood-impact-on-historical-site.html
http://globalnews.ca/news/2253978/archaeologists-dig-at-gem-of-a-find-along-bow-river-southeast-of-calgary/

Latest from the Franklin Expedition dig (still looking for the Terror):

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/erebus-terror-artifacts-1.3244303
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/franklin-expedition-erebus-artifact-1.3254273

Working out what happened at the Parker’s Revenge battle site:

http://phys.org/news/2015-09-archeologists-uncover-secrets-revolutionary-war.html
http://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/archaeologists-uncover-secrets-of-revolutionary-war-site/#038;%23038

An indoor well near Fort Williamsburg:

http://wydaily.com/2015/09/30/local-news-jamestown-unearthed-archaeologists-confirm-indoor-well-found-near-fort/

Three Civil War cannons from the Pee Dee River:

http://phys.org/news/2015-09-archaeologists-pluck-civil-war-cannons.html
http://www.livescience.com/52347-civil-war-cannons-recovered.html http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/national_world/2015/09/29/civil-war-cannons-recovered-from-river.html
http://news.yahoo.com/blast-past-3-civil-war-cannons-pulled-river-131630576.html
http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Archaeologists-to-pluck-3-Civil-War-cannons-from-6536405.php
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/30/us/south-carolina-civil-war-cannons-pulled-from-150-year-bath.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fscience

Latest from the CSS Georgia:

http://savannahnow.com/exchange/2015-09-29/css-georgia-still-yielding-surprises

Studying the outhouses of the American Southwest:

http://www.startribune.com/professor-historic-outhouses-underappreciated-in-southwest/330434011/

Feature on Hinckley Mounds near Provo:

https://www.ksl.com/?sid=36690256&nid=1012&title=provos-hinckley-mounds-reveal-details-about-fremont-indians

On the SITLA Cave Towers Stewardship Project:

http://trustlands.utah.gov/sitla-cave-towers-stewardship-project/
http://www.friendsofcedarmesa.org/volunteers-work-with-state-on-improvements-at-cave-towers-site/

Mapping Native American sites in Minnesota:

http://nativetimes.com/index.php/culture/history/12180-msu-team-mapping-minnesota-s-native-american-sites

How Green’s Fork got its name (maybe):

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2015/09/28/indiana-town-greens-fork-killer/72978202/

A 367 years b.p. ‘water bond’ is still paying:

http://news.yale.edu/2015/09/22/living-artifact-dutch-golden-age-yale-s-367-year-old-water-bond-still-pays-interest

Pondering Church’s *Aurora Borealis*:

http://www.usgs.gov/blogs/features/usgs_science_pick/aurora-borealis-painting-pays-tribute-to-civil-wars-end/

More on evidence of salmon fishing in ancient Alaska:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/09/150921182109.htm
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/22/science/oldest-find-of-salmon-remains-in-north-america.html

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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DNA and Machu Picchu:

http://phys.org/news/2015-10-ancient-dna-unravel-mystery-machu.html
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2015-09/gwu-uad092915.php

—–
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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An ancestor of the Black Death, preserved in amber:

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2015-09/osu-bia092815.php
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/09/150928152503.htm
http://news.discovery.com/animals/insects/black-death-bacteria-found-on-frozen-in-time-flea-150929.htm

Evidence of a 73 000 years b.p. megatsunami:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2015/10/02/scientists-say-an-ancient-megatsunami-flung-boulders-nearly-as-high-as-the-eiffel-tower/?tid=sm_tw

Marking the 150th anniversary of Alice in Wonderland:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/02/arts/design/feting-alice-forever-young-at-150.html

On Australian circuses:

http://theconversation.com/circus-and-politics-a-very-australian-mix-48320

Feature on Henri Rousseau:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20151002-henri-rousseau-the-untrained-godfather-of-modern-art

Some humour:

http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/ucomics.com/crstr150924.gif

Some archaeologist graffiti on Mount Ida:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/british-archaeologists-19th-century-engraving-found-on-turkeys-mount-ida.aspx?pageID=238&nid=89252

What maps say about us:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20150917-what-maps-reveal-about-ourselves

All the MacArthur Grant recipients:

https://www.macfound.org/fellows/class/2015/

cf:
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/29/arts/macarthur-genius-grant-winners-for-2015-are-announced.html

On the history of horses:

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/the-secret-lives-of-horses/

On blurbs:

http://www.npr.org/2015/09/27/429723002/forget-the-book-have-you-read-this-irresistible-story-on-blurbs
Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Celts:

http://www.theguardian.com/science/2015/oct/04/celts-great-torque-snettisham-hoard-british-museum-alice-roberts
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3256881/Warriors-art-slaughter-fearsome-brutal-ancestors-thrilling-exhibition-British-Museum-shows-Celts-created-weapons-beautiful-bloodsoaked.html

The Athens of Travellers:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/202170/article/ekathimerini/life/athens-museum-sheds-light-on-two-19th-century-lovers-of-antiquity

Hair in the Classical World:

http://fairfield.edu/lassochannel/press/pr_index/index.lasso?id=4386

Penelope:

http://www.tehrantimes.com/index_View.asp?code=249743

Berlin Metropolis:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/02/arts/design/hope-and-dread-are-infused-in-berlin-metropolis.html

Myth and Nature:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/01/arts/international/a-greco-roman-tour-of-myth-and-nature.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Ftravel

Hemingway:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/25/books/review-hemingway-man-of-few-words-and-many-mementos-at-the-morgan.html

Oller:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/27/arts/design/francisco-oller-exhibition-explores-impressionism-and-the-caribbean.html

Ganesha:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-34377460

Garstang’s Archive:

http://www.dailysabah.com/events/2015/09/28/archaeologist-john-garstangs-archive-on-display-at-rcac

Philippine Gold:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/25/arts/design/review-philippine-gold-treasures-of-forgotten-kingdoms.html

Peggy Guggenheim’s kin don’t like how her collection is being displayed:

http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/09/23/peggy-guggenheims-kin-lose-bid-to-challenge-how-her-collection-is-displayed/

Pondering Marion True:

http://hyperallergic.com/241632/marion-true-does-not-deserve-our-sympathy/

More on the new head of the BM:

http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/09/25/hartwig-fischer-to-lead-british-museum/
http://news.yahoo.com/british-museums-german-head-workaholic-man-action-140451175.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/art/london-culture/hartwig-fischer-named-british-museum-director/
http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-34389372
http://www.salon.com/2015/09/29/german_appointed_director_of_british_museum/

… related:

http://www.apollo-magazine.com/tinker-tailor-soldier-curator-is-there-a-mole-at-the-british-museum/

The Detroit Institute of Arts has a new director:

http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/09/16/detroit-institute-of-arts-names-new-director-salvador-salort-pons/

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THE TECHY SIDE
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A Dark Age royal (maybe) family’s remains are the latest to get the facial reconstruction treatment:

http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/news/article/1943/could_cramond_hold_the_secret_of_scotland_during_dark_ages
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3256581/Are-faces-murdered-Scottish-royal-family-Reconstructions-Dark-Age-bodies-shed-light-mysterious-mass-grave.html
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/skeletons-found-in-edinburgh-car-park-could-be-noble-family-from-the-dark-ages-a6675311.html

What we can learn about unsolved murders by digging up bodies:

http://phys.org/news/2015-09-year-old-bodies-unsolved.html
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ON THE DNA FRONT
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DNA and Machu Picchu:

http://phys.org/news/2015-10-ancient-dna-unravel-mystery-machu.html
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2015-09/gwu-uad092915.php

Plans for DNA testing on some Dena’ina remains:

http://www.alaskajournal.com/2015-09-30/kenaitze-tribe-allows-dna-testing-dena%E2%80%99ina-remains

DNA has been used to identify the remains of Thomas Kent:

http://phys.org/news/2015-09-dna-analysis-long-lost-rebel-thomas.html

On using DNA to track human migrations:

http://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2015/09/dna-genetics-migration-study/405955/

… in a similar vein (I think):

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2015-09/cp-cde091015.php

More on ancient horse DNA:

http://phys.org/news/2015-09-years-captivity-world-wild-horses.html

More on Basque DNA:

http://phys.org/news/2015-09-ancient-genomes-link-early-farmers.html

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Dunhuang:

http://www.bbc.com/news/in-pictures-34276009

Athens:

https://www.bostonglobe.com/lifestyle/travel/2015/10/03/athens-not-ignored/jejul0yHj9KgKe9kjNixbJ/story.html

Volterra:

http://www.sfgate.com/travel/article/Volterra-Hill-town-rises-above-being-a-tourist-6544139.php

Assorted ancient sites:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/activityandadventure/11896249/Ancient-sites-readers-tips-advice-and-recommendations.html

Nineveh, Antioch, Lepcis Magna:

http://theconversation.com/three-ancient-cities-to-rival-london-paris-and-new-york-48107

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CRIME BEAT
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Very interesting (maybe) murder of an art thief story:

http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/arcablog/~3/M7Wo93x8W3A/mystery-surrounding-murder-of-art-thief.html

More on the first person brought to the Hague Court on heritage crime charges:

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/islamic-militant-becomes-first-person-ever-charged-with-destruction-of-heritage-sites-a6674931.html
http://www.jpost.com/International/Suspected-Islamist-rebel-faces-ICC-for-destruction-of-Timbuktu-Muslim-heritage-sites-419490

Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2015/09/culture-crime-news-21-27-september-2015.html

conflict antiquities:

http://conflictantiquities.wordpress.com/

anonymous swiss collector:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/

Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues:

http://paul-barford.blogspot.ca/

Looting Matters:

http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/

Illicit Cultural Property:

http://illicit-cultural-property.blogspot.com/

SAFE:

http://www.savingantiquities.org/blog/

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REPATRIATION AND RECOVERY
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Egypt has recovered a stolen Seti I relief from London:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/152042/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Egypt-recovers-Stolen-relief-of-King-Seti-I-from-L.aspx

… and an item from France:

http://www.thecairopost.com/news/169727/topnews/looted-egyptian-figurine-arrives-from-france

The Toledo MoA is returning a bunch of items to India:

http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-us-museum-will-return-over-100-stolen-antiques-to-india-2130848
http://artforum.com/news/id=55176

Another Nazi war loot return:

http://www.syracuse.com/us-news/index.ssf/2015/09/polish_painting_looted_nazis_found_ohio.html

Some stolen Picassos are being returned … with a backstory:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/24/arts/design/the-billionaire-the-picassos-and-a-30-million-gift-to-shame-a-middleman.html

Not sure if this is a repatriation issue (yet):

http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/09/21/getty-museum-and-armenian-church-reach-agreement-over-13th-century-manuscript/
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NUMISMATICA
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Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v18n39.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v18n40.html

————————
Ancient Coin Collecting:

http://ancientcoincollecting.blogspot.com/

Ancient Coins:

http://classicalcoins.blogspot.com/

Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/
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PERFORMANCES AND THEATRE-RELATED
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Binoche in Antigone:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/01/theater/in-performance-juliette-binoche-of-antigone.html

The Daughter of Dawn:

http://www.npr.org/sections/npr-history-dept/2015/10/02/442317667/rare-film-is-glimpse-of-a-distant-america

Review of a tome on the greatest plays:

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/reviews/the-101-greatest-plays-from-antiquity-to-the-present-by-michael-billington-book-review-a6675456.html

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OBITUARIES
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Yuri Afanasyev:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/02/world/europe/yuri-n-afanasyev-historian-who-repudiated-communism-dies-at-81.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/2294-audio-news-from-archaeologica-20-sep-26-sep-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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