Explorator 18.28 ~ November 1, 2015

Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri,
Don Buck, Hernan Astudillo, Rick Heli, Bob Heuman, Kris Curry,
Barbara Saylor Rodgers, 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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Latest ‘common ancestor’ candidate is Pliobates cataloniae:

http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2015/1030/Was-the-common-ancestor-of-all-apes-actually-petite-video

Hopes of finding more homo floresiensis remains:

https://www.newscientist.com/article/dn28413-frodos-basement-secret-chamber-found-where-hobbit-humans-lived/
http://www.thedailystar.net/science/secret-crypt-found-where-hobbit-humans-lived-164746

Podcast pondering the east African origins of humans:

http://www.theguardian.com/science/audio/2015/oct/26/anthropology

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AFRICA
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In Our Time this week discussed the empire of Mali (direct link to the audio):

http://open.live.bbc.co.uk/mediaselector/5/redir/version/2.0/mediaset/audio-nondrm-download/proto/http/vpid/p036jnft.mp3

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Not sure if we mentioned that a Polish team found a hitherto unknown temple of Hatshepsut:

http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news,407046,polish-archaeologists-discovered-an-unknown-temple-of-hatshepsut.html

Three tombs in Luxor are being ‘inaugurated’:

http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/antiquities-minister-inaugurate-3-tombs-luxor
http://www.thecairopost.com/news/174128/news/tomb-of-tutankhamens-viceroy-in-luxor-opens-after-renovation-completed

… and the Hibis Temple in the Kharga Oasis is too:

http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/hibis-temple-be-reopened-thursday
http://www.thecairopost.com/news/173944/news/tourism-minister-to-inaugurate-hibis-temple

Preservation plans at Karanis:

http://www.thecairopost.com/news/173817/news/press-release-us-and-egypt-help-preserve-ancient-site-in-karanis

Laying blame in some vandalism in Heliopolis:

http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2015/10/egypt-heliopolis-city-vandalism-excavation-archaeology.html

We’re getting more details on plans to ‘scan’ the pyramids:

http://phys.org/news/2015-10-experts-unravel-secrets-pyramids.html
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/pyramids-of-giza-technology-may-unlock-secrets-of-egypt-s-wonder-of-the-ancient-world-a6708451.html
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-want-scan-egypts-pyramids-secrets-180957074/
http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/161858/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/%E2%80%98ScanPyramids%E2%80%99-project-hopes-to-decipher-ancient-s.aspx
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3290584/Cosmic-rays-unravel-Egypt-s-secrets-Advanced-imaging-discover-Queen-Nefertiti-s-tomb-finally-reveal-pyramids-built.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
http://www.foxnews.com/science/2015/10/26/scientists-to-get-inside-4-pyramids-without-touching-them.html

Dr Hawass revealed something interesting about ‘Chasing Mummies’:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/style-blog/wp/2015/10/29/egypts-indiana-jones-comes-clean-about-zoe-peed-in-the-great-pyramid-episode-of-his-reality-show/

More on that oldest ‘abc’s primer’:

http://news.discovery.com/history/archaeology/oldest-abcs-primer-found-on-ancient-egyptian-pottery-151026.htm#mkcpgn=rssnws1

A storm exposed a 1500 years b.p. wine press in Israel’s Sharon Plain region:

http://www.jpost.com/Not-Just-News/Article.aspx?id=430087
http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2015/10/27/tools-flew-in-the-air-strong-storm-unearths-ancient-find-in-israel/

Folks are still trying to understand how a Judean seal ended up in a Sarmatian burial:

http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/archaeology/.premium-1.682980

Nice feature on Tell es-Safi:

http://blogs.yu.edu/news/the-gates-of-gath/

Feature on cuneiform:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/what-heck-cuneiform-anyway-180956999/

The British Museum is training Iraqi archaeologists in reconstruction:

http://www.museumsassociation.org/museums-journal/news/29102015-bm-to-help-iraq-reconstruct-archaeological-sites
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-34654633
http://www.theguardian.com/culture/2015/oct/28/british-museum-to-train-iraqi-curators-in-heritage-protection
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/british-museum-to-train-iraqi-archaeologists-.aspx?pageID=238&nid=90540&NewsCatID=375

A couple of monasteries associated with St Photios:

http://orthodoxia.co/two-monasteries-associated-with-st-photios-recently-discovered/

Temple denial continues:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/jerusalem-mufti-denies-temple-mount-ever-housed-jewish-shrine/

cf: a very interesting photo essay:

http://jcpa.org/secrets-under-the-al-aqsa-mosque-a-photographic-essay/

Continued concerns for sites in Yemen:

http://www.historytoday.com/sarah-rijziger/yemen%E2%80%99s-endangered-treasures

Not sure where to put this one … The Hobby Lobby/Museum of the Bible people are being investigated ostensibly over the shipment of some cuneiform tablets back in 2011 (although that seems to be only part of the story):
http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/10/26/exclusive-feds-investigate-hobby-lobby-boss-for-illicit-artifacts.html?via=twitter_page
http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/10/27/hey-hobby-lobby-boss-thou-shalt-not-steal.html
http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/oct/28/hobby-lobby-investigated-ancient-artifacts-iraq
http://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/museums/160473/
http://www.newser.com/story/215098/hobby-lobby-clan-suspected-of-looting-iraq-antiquities.html

… and so now there’s speculation that the Museum of the Bible may have funded ISIL indirectly:

http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2015/10/hobby-lobby-ceo-antiquities-terrorism
http://www.newrepublic.com/article/123262/between-hobby-lobby-and-isis-battle-iraqs-antiquities

Meanwhile, ISIL was blowing up columns in Palmyra with people attached:

http://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/1.682549
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3291217/ISIS-executes-three-people-binding-columns-ancient-city-Palmyra-blowing-up.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2015/10/27/ISIS-blows-up-ancient-columns-in-Syria-s-Palmyra-monitor.html
http://www.mideasttime.com/islamic-state-blows-up-both-prisoners-and-antiquities/587546/
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/oct/27/islamic-state-straps-prisoners-to-ancient-palmyra-/
http://www.cnn.com/2015/10/26/middleeast/isis-pillar-executions-palmyra-syria/index.html

… and we read of Tess Davis’ work trying to deal with ISIL’s looting:

http://www.nola.com/crime/index.ssf/2015/10/stolen_artifacts_isis_money_and_a_new_orleanian_on_the_case.html

… and the US Senate has a bill proposed related to ISIL’s smuggling activities:

http://thehill.com/policy/defense/258559-senator-pushes-bill-targeting-isis-antiquities-smuggling

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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There were a couple of major finds this week … the first was an intact (more or less) 3500 years b.p. burial from Pylos:

http://phys.org/news/2015-10-ancient-warrior-tomb-huge-treasure.html
http://phys.org/news/2015-10-uc-team-rare-warrior-tomb.html
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/10/151026172105.htm
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2015-10/uoc-utd102615.php
http://magazine.uc.edu/editors_picks/recent_features/warrior_tomb.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/greece/11958381/3500-year-old-warrior-prince-tomb-is-most-exciting-Ancient-Greek-find-for-decades.html
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/27/science/a-warriors-grave-at-pylos-greece-could-be-a-gateway-to-civilizations.html
http://www.livescience.com/52599-ancient-greek-warrior-tomb-discovered.html
http://news.discovery.com/history/archaeology/treasure-filled-3500-year-old-warriors-grave-found-151027.htm
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/10/151027-pylos-greece-warrior-grave-mycenaean-archaeology/
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/oct/26/skeleton-ancient-warrior-treasure-found-greece-tomb
http://www.dw.com/en/bronze-age-warriors-tomb-unearthed-in-spectacular-find-in-southern-greece/a-18807272
http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/10/26/greece-archaeology-tomb-idUSL8N12Q3SZ20151026?feedType=RSS&feedName=basicMaterialsSector
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2015/1027/Archaeologists-in-Greece-unearth-magnificent-3-500-year-old-tomb
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/10/151027-pylos-greece-warrior-grave-mycenaean-archaeology/
http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/10/28/is-this-the-ancestor-of-a-homeric-hero.html
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heres-what-was-inside-griffin-warriors-grave-180957063/
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3291134/Ancient-warrior-s-tomb-laid-untouched-3-500-years-discovered-Greece-alongside-huge-hoard-treasure-including-gold-jewellery-signet-rings.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
http://greece.greekreporter.com/2015/10/27/warrior-tomb-treasure-intact-for-3500-years-unearthed-in-greece/
http://neoskosmos.com/news/en/Unlooted-tomb-in-Pylos-a-stunning-discovery-griffin-warrior
http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2015/10/27/excavated-warrior-tomb-with-unparalleled-riches-prompts-new-consideration-of-ancient-greek-history/
http://www.latimes.com/world/europe/la-fg-warriors-grave-greece-20151026-htmlstory.html

… and hot on the heels of that the announcement of the find of 22 ancient (for the most part) shipwrecks off the coast of Fourni:

http://www.livescience.com/52604-22-ancient-shipwrecks-near-greek-island.html
http://news.discovery.com/history/archaeology/22-shipwrecks-found-in-single-greek-location-in-greece-151028.htm
http://greece.greekreporter.com/2015/10/29/22-shipwrecks-discovered-in-greek-archipelago/
http://news.yahoo.com/22-ancient-shipwrecks-discovered-near-greek-island-093121931.html
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/shipwreck-graveyard-has-been-found-greek-archipelago-180957091/
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-3298012/Now-S-hidden-treasure-haul-22-shipwrecks-discovered-one-spot-coast-Greece.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2015/10/30/amazing-discovery-of-22-shipwrecks-off-greece-offers-wondrous-of-ancient-life/?tid=pm_national_pop_b

Roman/Byzantine warehouse remains at Dreamer’s Bay (Cyprus):

http://cyprus-mail.com/2015/10/30/dreamers-bay-dig-finds-ancient-harbour-warehouse/
http://famagusta-gazette.com/team-of-archaeologists-work-at-ancient-harbour-in-cyprus-p30501-69.htm

The Southwell ‘Roman Villa’ site was saved from development:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-nottinghamshire-34668362

What James Bradley Wells is up to:

http://www.depauw.edu/news-media/latest-news/details/31995/

What Peter Meineck is up to:

http://thecollegevoice.org/2015/10/28/classics-scholar-brings-ancient-theater-forming-connections-between-neuroscience-history-and-theater/

What Debbie Felton is up to:

http://www.umass.edu/newsoffice/article/spooks-monsters-killers-umass-amherst

What Joan Breton Connelly is up to:

http://samfordcrimson.com/?p=7459

Honours for Tara Welch:

http://news.ku.edu/2015/10/24/tara-welch-receives-hope-award

The Dallas Museum of Art acquired a Herakles head:

http://www.artfixdaily.com/artwire/release/5161-dallas-museum-of-art-acquires-1st-century-roman-head-of-herakles

Lessons from some dead Romans:

http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/commentandblogs/2015/10/27/ten-ancient-romans-we-could-all-learn-from/
Pondering Plato:

http://addisonindependent.com/201509plato-justice-and-perfecting-soul

Grand Valley State University had a Homerathon:

http://www.lanthorn.com/article/2015/10/keeping-homer-alive

In case you missed ABBA songs in ancient Greek:

http://au.greekreporter.com/2015/10/28/new-zealand-students-sing-abba-in-ancient-greek-video/

Reviews of Tom Holland, *Dynasty*:

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/e9bea9ee-7c97-11e5-98fb-5a6d4728f74e.html
http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/oct/29/dynasty-tom-holland-rome-review

Reviews of Robert Harris, *Dictator*:

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/oct/29/dictator-by-robert-harris-review-finale

Interviewish with Mary Beard about SPQR:

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/features/professor-mary-beard-talks-about-her-new-history-of-ancient-rome-book-a6706337.html

… and review:

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/oct/28/spqr-history-ancient-rome-mary-beard

More on Pompeii needing some sort of spending push:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/italy/11955699/Pompeii-in-race-against-time-to-spend-EU-funds-after-years-of-mismanagement.html
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/pompeii-must-spend-remainder-of-105m-renovation-fund-by-end-of-year-or-lose-access-to-the-money-a6708331.html
http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/10/25/us-italy-pompeii-idUSKCN0SJ07B20151025?feedType=RSS&feedName=lifestyleMolt

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http://bmcr.brynmawr.edu/recent.html

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http://rogueclassicism.com/
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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A 6000 years b.p. ‘eco home’ near Stonehenge:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-wiltshire-34659000
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/prehistoric-eco-house-1300-years-older-than-stonehenge-discovered-by-archaeologists-a6712716.html
http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/oct/29/archaeologists-discover-mesolithic-eco-home-near-stonehenge

… and they’re still talking about the Stonehenge tunnel plan:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-wiltshire-34648523

… and I think we mentioned these Stonehenge ‘barbecues’:

http://www.livescience.com/52596-stonehenge-builders-hosted-barbecues.html

There was also some Neolithic feasting going on at Drumclog:

http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/10/2015/early-neolithic-feasting-rituals

Saxon finds from near Leighton Buzzard:

http://www.leightonbuzzardonline.co.uk/news/local-news/excavation-unearths-rare-saxon-finds-1-7034455

A Danish metal detectorist came across some Viking items:

http://cphpost.dk/news/amateur-archaeologist-finds-viking-treasure-on-danish-island.html
http://theweek.com/speedreads/585999/amateur-archaeologist-discovers-viking-treasure-buried-sand

A 700 years b.p. (maybe) ring find:

http://www.gazetteherald.co.uk/news/13900624.Gold_ring_discovered_in_Ryedale_could_be_700_years_old/

Latest finds from Hereford Cathedral:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hereford-worcester-34641594

Feature on France’s royal deaths:

http://www.dw.com/en/adieu-louis-frances-royal-deaths/g-18807590

Very interesting house for sale:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/earth/environment/conservation/11963955/Yours-for-2.1m-9th-century-manor-house-that-is-fit-for-a-king-or-several.html

More on hikers finding a Viking sword in Norway:

http://theartnewspaper.com/news/conservation/160823/
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/oct/28/hiker-stumbles-upon-extraordinary-millenia-old-viking-sword

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Archaeology in Europe Blog:

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

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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Earthworks in Kazakhstan were back in the news (and very badly reported on … expect some better coverage next week):

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/03/science/nasa-adds-to-evidence-of-mysterious-ancient-earthworks.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3297282/Mystery-ancient-patterns-Kazakhstan-Space-images-reveal-remarkable-structures-including-cross-swastika.html
http://www.popularmechanics.com/science/a18019/nasa-contributes-satellite-images-to-help-study-ancient-earthworks/

Strange headline on a report of a 2500 years b.p. female warrior burial find in Siberia:

http://siberiantimes.com/science/casestudy/features/f0175-2500-year-old-female-siberian-warrior-is-beheaded-by-excavator/

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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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Mississippian influence on the Fort Ancient culture:

http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/science/2015/10/25/1-did-missionaries-influence-earliest-ohioans.html

Very interesting structures from Homolovi State Park:

http://www.paysonroundup.com/news/2015/oct/28/mystery-wrapped-enigma/

Evidence of human sacrifice from Wisconsin (!):

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/in-wisconsin-evidence-of-human-sacrifice/

A bison kill site in South Dakota:

http://www.capjournal.com/news/archaeologist-ree-heights-bone-site-marks-ancient-hunters-bison-kill/article_ed36549c-7c5a-11e5-8c64-3bb058d7bab3.html

Also from South Dakota … a rescue dig finds assorted Native American items:

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/nov/1/archaeologists-excavate-campground-before-road-con/

Looking for Acadian sites in Grand Pre:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/acadian-church-1.3290859

Confederate graves in Kentucky:

http://www.newschannel5.com/news/local-news/archeological-dig-finds-dozens-of-confederate-graves

19th century remains from a dig in Fredericton:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/carleton-park-archeological-find-1.3294933?cmp=rss

Talking about preserving/restoring the Alamo:

http://newsdaily.com/2015/10/remember-the-alamo-because-its-getting-a-facelift/

Interesting photo of Ulysses S. Grant:

http://www.npr.org/sections/npr-history-dept/2015/10/27/452089384/a-very-weird-photo-of-ulysses-s-grant

Feature on the houses of ‘other presidents’:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/01/arts/design/beyond-monticello-and-mount-vernon-the-other-presidents-houses.html

A native American language (Chocktaw) project:

http://ygsna.sites.yale.edu/news/native-american-language-project-expands-indigenous-language-instruction

Review of Schiff, *Witches of Salem*:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/01/books/review/the-witches-salem-1692-by-stacy-schiff.html
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/26/books/stacy-schiffs-the-witches-shines-a-torch-on-salem-trials.html

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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I think we mentioned this Inca child sacrifice site:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3289698/The-Inca-shrine-CHILDREN-sacrificed-Human-remains-caves-offerings-gods-times-extreme-weather.html

More Inca finds from Cuzco:

http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/entertainment/2015/10/27/archaeologists-make-new-discoveries-at-site-in-peru/

What we’re learning about the Maya working class:

http://phys.org/news/2015-10-temples-ancient-bones-reveal-mayan.html
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2015-10/uof-btt102915.php
http://feeds.sciencedaily.com/~r/sciencedaily/fossils_ruins/archaeology/~3/us01HbDdDpY/151029141225.htm

Amazonian natives had little impact on the land, apparently:

http://phys.org/news/2015-10-amazonian-natives-impact.html

Feature on the Nazca lines:

http://www.latimes.com/travel/la-tr-d-nazca-lines-main-20151101-story.html

… and Maria Reiche’s work there:

http://www.latimes.com/travel/la-tr-d-nazca-lines-reiche-20151101-story.html

On Mexico’s Day of the Dead:

http://blog.britishmuseum.org/2015/10/30/the-spirit-of-mexicos-day-of-the-dead/

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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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Now we’re blaming megafauna (especially mammoth) extinction on a mineral deficiency:

http://phys.org/news/2015-10-mammoths-declined-due-mineral-starvation.html

… then again:

http://phys.org/news/2015-10-human-role-extinction-mammoths-mammals.html
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2015-10/uow-rbh102315.php
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/10/2015/humans-played-major-role-in-demise-of-ancient-mammals

Rethinking the development of agriculture:

https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg22830450-700-the-real-first-farmers-how-agriculture-was-a-global-invention/

On manipulative auction house strategies:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/01/arts/design/how-auction-houses-orchestrate-sales-for-maximum-drama.html

On Strauss’ mountain climb:

http://www.npr.org/sections/deceptivecadence/2015/10/28/452581472/richard-strauss-musical-mountain-climb

Delaware’s tax laws seem amenable to collectors:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/26/arts/design/art-collectors-find-safe-harbor-in-delawares-tax-laws.html

On the history of gossip:

http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2015/10/27/452051265/gossip-girls-tea-parties-and-the-sexist-slang-they-inspired

On hunter-gatherers:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/27/science/nothing-simple-about-hunter-gatherer-societies.html

… and eating red meat (response to the UN’s thing last week):

http://news.discovery.com/human/evolution/didnt-our-ancestors-eat-red-meat-151026.htm

Russia is now planning to exhume Nicholas:

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/oct/27/russia-to-exhume-murdered-tsars-father-to-solve-riddle-of-slain-royal-children

Some 800 years b.p. seeds sprouted:

http://www.mnn.com/your-home/organic-farming-gardening/blogs/students-revive-extinct-squash-800-year-old-seeds

On Dresden’s Church of Our Lady:

http://www.dw.com/en/turbulent-history-dresdens-church-of-our-lady/a-18814528

Russian and the UK are going to do some portrait swapping:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3296341/Shakespeare-Dickens-Chekhov-Dostoevsky-UK-Russia-swap-portraits-cultural-heavyweights-unprecedented-cultural-exchange.html
http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/art/news/chekhov-and-dostoevsky-portraits-to-be-displayed-in-uk-in-unprecedented-cultural-exchange-with-a6714086.html

The place where the Black Death ended (maybe):

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20151026-the-sleepy-village-that-stopped-the-black-death

On evil old women in fairy tales:

http://www.npr.org/2015/10/28/450657717/why-are-old-women-often-the-face-of-evil-in-fairy-tales-and-folklore

Assorted Hallowe’en related items:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2015/10/31/how-the-romans-gave-us-bones-of-the-dead-cookies-for-halloween/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/guides/zpbq6fr
http://www.livescience.com/52648-mythical-halloween-monsters-origins.html
http://www.npr.org/sections/npr-history-dept/2015/10/30/453135085/halloweens-past-wacky-pranks-with-wagons

Interview with Stacy Schiff:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/25/books/review/stacy-schiff-by-the-book.html

Archaeology Podcast Network:

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

http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2015/oct/27/egypt-faith-after-the-pharaohs-review-british-museum
http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2015/oct/30/ancient-egypt-faith-after-the-pharaohs
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/art/what-to-see/egypt-faith-after-the-pharoahs–british-museum-review/
http://www.artdaily.org/index. asp?int_sec=11&int_new=82506
http://news.yahoo.com/worlds-oldest-bible-show-british-museum-tracks-egypts-115557579.html

… nice backgrounder:

http://www.thenational.ae/arts-life/the-review/solomon-schechter-and-the-lost-years-of-egypt

Ancient Egypt Transformed:

http://www.apollo-magazine.com/the-metropolitan-museum-wants-to-transform-our-view-of-ancient-egypt/

Mummymania:

http://theconversation.com/mummies-have-had-a-bad-wrap-its-time-for-a-reassessment-48729

Celts:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/27/arts/international/cultures-of-the-celts-revisited.html
http://blog.britishmuseum.org/2015/10/27/discovering-hidden-celtic-creatures/

Pozzuoli:

http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/culture/2015/10/26/exhibition-brings-ancient-pozzuoli-near-naples-to-life_8489386f-7f3b-42c2-a095-086adfed3924.html

Ed-Dur:

https://en-maktoob.news.yahoo.com/two-ancient-uae-towns-linked-global-trade-043613114.html

Class Distinctions:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/01/arts/design/class-distinctions-a-boston-show-highlights-social-divisions-in-17th-century-dutch-life.html

Food in the Middle Ages and Renaissance:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/01/arts/design/at-the-getty-museum-outrageous-menus-of-centuries-past.html

Vermeer:

http://www.npr.org/2015/10/29/448890125/vermeers-woman-in-blue-returns-to-d-c-hoping-for-better-luck-this-time

The British Museum is planning to charge foreign tourists:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3298813/Cash-strapped-British-Museum-plans-new-entry-fee-foreign-tour-groups.html

They’re renovating the Rodin Museum:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/31/arts/design/recasting-rodins-life-and-work.html

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THE TECHY SIDE
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The synchrotron looks like it will have positive applications:

http://eandt.theiet.org/news/2015/oct/synchrotron-archaeology.cfm

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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DNA from some 11 500 years b.p. child burials from Alaska is revealing things about the peopling of the Americas:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/27/science/dna-of-ancient-children-offers-clues-on-how-people-settled-the-americas.html?_r=0
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2015/1027/What-ancient-babies-reveal-about-ice-age-Americans-travels
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/10/2015/ancient-dna-from-alaskan-babies-provides-clues-to-peopling-of-americas
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3290710/First-humans-Northern-North-America-11-500-year-old-baby-fossils-humans-paused-spread-globe.html
http://feeds.sciencedaily.com/~r/sciencedaily/fossils_ruins/archaeology/~3/Fs71U-ZmSnw/151026171748.htm
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2015-10/uou-abb102015.php
http://phys.org/news/2015-10-ancient-babies-boost-bering-bridge.html
http://www.sltrib.com/home/3095008-155/utah-genetics-research-links-ancient-babies?fullpage=1

DNA suggests some interesting breeding of cattle by Neolithic farmer types:

http://phys.org/news/2015-10-ancient-wild-ox-genome-reveals.html

More on DNA telling us about the antiquity of the plague:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/23/science/in-ancient-dna-evidence-of-plague-much-earlier-than-previously-known.html
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/10/2015/ancestral-plague-predominantly-spread-by-human-to-human-contact
http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=82487

More on DNA and the Shroud of Turin:

http://www.livescience.com/52567-shroud-of-turin-dna.html

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Sedlec Ossuary:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20151027-the-church-of-40000-corpses

Berlin cemeteries:

http://www.dw.com/en/rip-berlin-face-your-ghosts-and-tour-the-citys-cemeteries/a-18758516

Ancient Ireland:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20151026-discover-irelands-most-ancient-secrets

Roman sites:

https://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/travel/a/29891710/ancient-roman-empires-essence/

Hadrian’s Wall:

http://www.cumbriacrack.com/2015/10/26/discover-hadrians-wall-this-winter/

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CRIME BEAT
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Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2015/10/culture-crime-news-19-25-october-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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NUMISMATICA
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Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v18n43.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v18n44.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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Therese Raquin:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/30/theater/review-in-therese-raquin-keira-knightley-as-a-baleful-adulteress.html

Heneral Luna:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/30/movies/review-heneral-luna-is-a-patriotic-biopic-that-aspires-to-epicness.html

Witches of America:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/01/books/review/witches-of-america-by-alex-mar.html

Hamilton:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/27/theater/students-will-get-tickets-to-hamilton-with-its-hip-hop-infused-history.html

Heretical Angels:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/27/arts/music/review-katarina-livljanics-heretical-angels-contemplates-mortality.html

Art of Fugue:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/30/arts/music/review-angela-hewitt-decodes-bachs-the-art-of-fugue.html

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OBITUARIES
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Lisa Jardine:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/11955153/Lisa-Jardine-historian-obituary.html
http://www.thesundaytimes.co.uk/sto/newsreview/theweek/obituaries/article1626459.ece?CMP=OTH-gnws-standard-2015_10_31

J.K. Anderson:

http://www.classics.berkeley.edu/about/news/memoriam-j-k-anderson-jan-3-1924-oct-13-2015

V.N. Misra:

http://indianexpress.com/article/cities/pune/world-renowned-archaeologist-prof-vn-misra-passes-away/
http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/other-states/archaeologist-virendra-nath-misra-passes-away/article7827537.ece

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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/2314-audio-news-from-archaeologica-18-oct-24-oct-2015
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UPCOMING CONFERENCES
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(send in your notices!)
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GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Ancient Digger:

http://www.ancientdigger.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Past Horizons:

http://www.pasthorizons.com/

Stonepages:

http://www.stonepages.com/news/

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

http://planet.atlantides.org/taygete/

Time Machine:

http://heatherpringle.wordpress.com/
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PODCASTS/VODCASTS
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Archaeosoup:

http://www.youtube.com/user/Archaeos0up?feature=watch

The Book and the Spade:

http://www.radioscribe.com/bknspade.htm
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