Explorator 18.30 ~ November 15, 2015

Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri,
Hernan Astudillo, Barbara Saylor Rodgers, Rick Heli, Bob Heuman,
Magnus Fiskesjo, 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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Some 40 000 years b.p., humans were hunting dog-sized rats on Timor:

http://www.newswise.com/articles/view/642822/?sc=c52
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2015/11/06/these-ancient-rats-were-the-size-of-lap-dogs/?wpmm=1&wpisrc=nl_science
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2015/1109/Why-did-those-giant-rats-go-extinct-And-could-they-come-back

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AFRICA
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More on that church-associated-with-the-slave-trade on an island off the coast of Africa:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/11/151109084317.htm
http://phys.org/news/2015-11-earliest-church-tropics-unearthed-heart.html

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Much coverage of an ‘anomaly’ found during scans of the Great Pyramid (didn’t they find an anomaly a decade ago too?):

http://phys.org/news/2015-11-egypt-anomaly-giza-pyramids.html
http://phys.org/news/2015-11-high-tech-scans-unravel-mysteries-egypt.html
http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/164151/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Thermal-scans-of-Egypts-Great-Pyramid-reveal-anoma.aspx
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/nov/09/thermal-scanning-giza-pyramids-anomalies-egypt
http://www.livescience.com/52780-great-pyramid-may-hide-undiscovered-tomb.html
http://news.discovery.com/history/ancient-egypt/striking-anomaly-found-in-great-pyramid-151109.htm
http://news.yahoo.com/anomalies-found-thermal-scanning-egypt-pyramids-220500264.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-34773856
http://www.dw.com/en/mysterious-anomalies-discovered-in-giza-pyramids/a-18840613
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/egyptian-pyramids-have-strange-heat-spots-inside-of-them-experts-say-a6728366.html
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/12/science/great-pyramid-giza-possible-undiscovered-tomb.html
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2015/1110/Mysterious-anomaly-revealed-in-Great-Pyramid-by-thermal-scan
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/11/151111-egypt-pyramid-scan-secret-chamber-tourism/

… and some photos of the interior of the pyramid of Khufu:

http://www.livescience.com/52788-egypt-great-pyramid-of-khufu-photos.html

… and Ben Carson’s pyramid claims led to a nice feature on nutty pyramid claims:

http://www.livescience.com/52740-ben-carson-why-pyramids-were-built.html

… in case you missed the Carson kerfuffle:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/egyptian-officials-scoff-at-carson-pyramid-claims/
http://news.yahoo.com/egypt-antiquities-officials-scoff-carson-pyramid-claims-234414612.html

More on scans suggesting there is more to Tut’s tomb:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-scans-show-there-might-be-hidden-room-king-tuts-tomb-180957248/
http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/162906/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Infrared-thermography-study-suggests-other-chamber.aspx

Nice ASOR podcast discussing Tut:

http://asorblog.org/2015/11/06/king-tut-what-we-do-and-dont-know-with-marianne-eaton-krauss-podcast/

… and they’re keeping Nefertiti connections in the news too:

http://www.theguardian.com/culture/2015/nov/08/king-tut-tomb-infrared-scans-queen-nefertiti

Feature on Carter’s ‘Tut diary’:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/uncovering-tutankhamuns-tomb-180957168/

Evidence of use of bee products in Anatolia (and North Africa) some 7000 years b.p.:

http://phys.org/news/2015-11-early-farmers-exploited-beehive-products.html
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2015-11/uotb-tfh111315.php
http://www.bristol.ac.uk/news/2015/november/honeybees-and-neolithic-farmers.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-34749846
http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/archaeology/1.685445
http://www.nature.com/news/early-farmers-minded-their-own-beeswax-1.18771
http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2015/11/11/455333696/farmers-have-been-enjoying-the-fruits-of-bee-labor-for-9-000-years
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3313914/Would-bee-lieve-Stone-Age-farmers-feasted-honey-used-wax-waterproof-pots-9-000-years-ago.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

Feature on the ‘Wheel of Giants’ in the Golan Heights:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/stonehenge-middle-east-1.3313796?cmp=rss
http://www.jpost.com/Not-Just-News/Prehistoric-Stonehenge-monument-in-Golan-Heights-fuels-mystery-432708
http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/11/11/archaeology-golanheights-idUSL8N1361Q820151111
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/wheel-of-giants_56443006e4b08cda348780fb
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4724327,00.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3313626/Prehistoric-Stonehenge-monument-Golan-Heights-fuels-mystery.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

A 4000 years b.p. mass grave found at Haft Tappeh:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3313750/Were-residents-Haft-Tappeh-slaughtered-Hundreds-skeletons-piled-wall-Bronze-Age-grave.html

Interesting Hellenistic-era duck-head incense shovel from Khirbet el-Eika:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/if-it-looks-like-a-duck-quacks-like-a-duck-is-it-a-clue-to-the-rise-of-jewish-galilee/

Recent finds beneath the Western Wall (I think we’ve covered most of these):

https://www.breakingisraelnews.com/53521/new-ancient-discoveries-under-opinion/

I think we’ve had this feature on Nafez Abed’s restoration efforts before:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/a-treasure-trove-of-ancient-archaeology-tucked-away-in-gaza.aspx?PageID=238&NID=91033&NewsCatID=375
http://uk.reuters.com/article/2015/11/10/us-palestinians-archaeology-idUKKCN0SZ18720151110
http://www.dailysabah.com/history/2015/11/11/amateur-archaeologist-restores-history-of-gaza-strip

Feature on Christopher Marinello’s work trying to save Syria’s antiquities:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-34732945

… and more on US bills proposed to protect Syrian antiquities:

http://www.aaas.org/news/expert-panel-urges-passage-bill-protecting-syrian-antiquities

I think we mentioned the UN was pondering ‘monuments men’:

http://thinkprogress.org/world/2015/11/13/3721808/unesco-monuments-men/

Feature on the Maccabees Project:

http://www.bc.edu/publications/chronicle/FeaturesNewsTopstories/2015/features/bc-theologian-co-leading-project-on-the-legacy-of-ancient-judais.html

More on the possible find of the Akra:

http://neoskosmos.com/news/en/Greek-citadel-discovered-in-Israel
http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Global-News/2015/1104/Spectacular-archaeological-find-adds-to-Temple-Mount-s-contested-history

Fears that everything in Palmyra will be gone in six months:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/palmyra-will-be-flattened-by-isis-within-six-months-warns-antiquities-director-a6730891.html

What we know about ISIL’s ‘antiquities department’:

http://www.albawaba.com/loop/here%E2%80%99s-what-we-know-about-daesh%E2%80%99s-antiquities-department-765406

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Possible remains of an amphitheatre from Tuscany:

http://news.discovery.com/history/archaeology/gladiator-colosseum-found-in-tuscany-151111.htm
http://theweek.com/speedreads/588457/archaeologists-discover-imposing-roman-gladiator-colosseum-tuscany

A 2300 years b.p. theatre from Cyprus (scant reporting on this one):

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ancient-theater-the-first-of-its–kind-discovered-on-cyprus-.aspx?pageID=238&nid=90930
http://playbill.com/news/article/archaeologists-unearth-2300-year-old-theatre-371125

We’ll probably be hearing more from Selinunte:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/selinunte-site-of-ancient-massacre-yields-the-secrets-of-a-lost-greek-city-a6726496.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3310146/Unravelling-mysteries-Greek-Pompeii-Half-eaten-meals-abandoned-pots-reveal-clues-terrifying-attack-ancient-city-Selinunte.html
http://theweek.com/speedreads/587763/archaeologists-uncover-massive-greek-city-abandoned-ancient-massacre

They’ve located the ‘lost island’ where the city of Kane was (and off of which was the Battle of Arginusae):

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/lost-ancient-island-found-in-the-aegean.aspx?pageID=238&nID=91073&NewsCatID=375
http://www.todayszaman.com/national_missing-land-mentioned-in-ancient-books-discovered-by-archeologists-in-i-zmir_404012.html

Two piece of a Roman ‘building sign’ from Silchester found a 100 years apart were reunited:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-34799148
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/11/2015/fragments-of-roman-building-sign-discovered-at-silchester

Looking for the presence of ancient Greeks in the Ukraine:

http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news,407262,the-ancient-greeks-in-ukraine.html

Really museum-hype, but an interesting story of a ‘flat pack church’ found off the coast of Sicily a while back:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-34793091
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/11991906/Flat-pack-church-lost-in-shipwreck-to-be-built-after-1500-years.html
http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/art/news/byzantine-flat-pack-church-to-be-reconstructed-in-oxford-after-spending-1000-years-on-the-seabed-a6732376.html

Excellent item on using digital techniques to read Herculaneum papyri:

http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/11/16/the-invisible-library

Rethinking how much water flowed into Rome (we had something like this a while back):

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2015-11/agi-etb111315.php

Applying photogrammetry to a Medusa head:

http://3dprint.com/105411/3d-photogrammetry-medusa/

Things you can learn from a Roman skeleton:

http://www.theguardian.com/membership/2015/nov/13/five-things-you-can-learn-from-a-roman-skeleton

The big ‘Classics event’ of the week was surely the Almeida theatre’s live performance of the Odyssey:

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/nov/13/12-hour-odyssey-culture-long-homer-wagner
http://www.theupcoming.co.uk/2015/11/14/on-the-trail-of-the-odyssey-the-almeidas-greek-series-concludes-with-london-wide-readings/

Rome is fighting with the gladiator tourist vultures again:

http://www.thelocal.it/20151112/rome-declares-war-on-12k-a-month-gladiators

Feature on Boudicca:

http://www.tamworthherald.co.uk/Bold-Boudica-s-bloody-rebellion/story-28114618-detail/story.html

On ancient fashion:

http://www.utdailybeacon.com/news/article_fa7da53a-88e2-11e5-937d-3303f04ef083.html

… related, but not connected:

http://www.historyextra.com/article/romans/what-did-they-wear-ancient-rome

An interesting daguerreotype of the Acropolis came to auction:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/203327/gallery/ekathimerini/in-images/daguerreotype-of-acropolis-auctioned-in-paris

Something Lucretian:

http://www.udel.edu/udaily/2016/nov/lucretius-greenblatt-111015.html

Michael Longley’s lectures might be of interest:

http://www.irishtimes.com/culture/books/on-wide-expanse-review-notes-from-a-lapsed-classicist-1.2427224

Scott Allen on the teaching of Latin:

http://www.ajc.com/news/news/local-education/five-questions-for-atlantas-top-teacher/npMdz/

What Michael Griffin is up to:

http://www.vancourier.com/community/wisdom-of-the-ancients-can-help-people-live-better-lives-1.2108041

What Rosanna Lauriola is up to:

http://www.rmc.edu/news-and-calendar/current-news/2015/11/12/r-mc-classics-professor-contributes-chapters-to-book

Review of the *Cambridge History of Painting in the Classical World*:

http://theartnewspaper.com/comment/reviews/books/160672/

Review(ish) of Rippon, *The Fields of Britannia*:

http://phys.org/news/2015-11-countryside-legacy-roman-britain.html
http://www.westernmorningnews.co.uk/did-Romans/story-28170147-detail/story.html

Review of Robin Lane Fox, *Augustine*:

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/reviews/augustine-conversions-and-confessions-by-robin-lane-fox-book-review-a6732221.html

Review of Beard, *SPQR*:

http://www.newrepublic.com/article/123219/citizens-united
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/what-you-dont-know-about-ancient-rome-could-fill-book-mary-beard-wrote-book-180957218/

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Latest reviews from BMCR:

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 5000 years b.p. (maybe) tomb on Sligo:

http://www.irishtimes.com/news/science/tomb-thought-to-be-more-than-5-000-years-old-discovered-1.2422061

Mining in the Alps goes back to the Middle Bronze Age, apparently:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/11/151109092015.htm
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2015-11/guf-bfm110915.php

One I missed … looking for Mesolithic remains in the North Sea:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/britains-atlantis-scientific-study-beneath-north-sea-could-revolutionise-how-we-see-the-past-10480279.html

Finds from various periods at a site in Flint:

http://leaderlive.co.uk/news/154602/archaeologists-discover-900-years-of-history-at-flint-dig-site.aspx

They’re still learning from Stonehenge:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/10/science/stonehenge-begins-to-yield-its-secrets.html

… and the bluestone-from-Wales theory is being questioned:

http://www.westerntelegraph.co.uk/news/14030126.New_research_undermines_Welsh_bluestone_quarry_theory/

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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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Very interesting smoke-absorbing lamps the Jiangxi:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2015-11/12/c_134810032.htm
http://europe.chinadaily.com.cn/culture/2015-11/13/content_22447425.htm
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/peoplesdaily/article-3316872/Forget-dimmer-Incredible-2-000-year-old-lantern-boasts-ADJUSTABLE-lighting-s-environmentally-friendly.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

Ming dynasty edicts from Hebei:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2015-11/10/c_134802701.htm

… while a Ming Dynasty jade figure shows up for auction:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-dorset-34787945

Interesting finds in the Qutb Shahi gardens:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Hyderabad/archaeological-site-a-mathematical-marvel/article7860043.ece

Roadwork reveals a possible Maori pa site:

http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/regional/289655/roadworks-unearth-possible-pa-site

Racing to preserve petroglyphs in Borneo:

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/11/151110-borneo-indonesia-karst-archaeology-caves-rock-art/

More on those ‘complete’ 2200 years b.p. tombs we mentioned last week:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2015-11/09/c_134797738.htm
http://pic.people.com.cn/n/2015/1105/c1016-27778834.html
http://pic.people.com.cn/NMediaFile/2015/1105/MAIN201511050807000456334145881.jpg
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q5hy3D2rK3I
http://www.shanghaidaily.com/national/Archeologists-discover-sacrificed-horses-in-tomb/shdaily.shtml
More on those ‘geoglyphs’ from Kazakhstan:

http://news.yahoo.com/mysterious-symbols-kazakhstan-old-really-115853622.html
http://elpais.com/elpais/2015/11/10/ciencia/1447148240_155173.html

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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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Latest from Danger Cave (Utah):

http://www.sltrib.com/news/3169857-155/photo-gallery-utahns-offered-rare-peek
http://www.sltrib.com/news/3169857-155/utahns-offered-rare-peek-inside-danger

Still pondering the Mountain Meadows Massacre site:

http://www.stgeorgeutah.com/news/archive/2015/11/12/hsr-mountain-meadows-mystery-have-mass-grave-sites-been-found/

Arguing over the site of Champlain’s battle in 1615:

http://www.syracusenewtimes.com/history-tested/

Arguing over the site of Fort Caroline:

http://staugustine.com/florida/2015-11-08/archaeologist-disputes-site-1564-french-settlement

Possible remains of the HMS John washed ashore in North Carolina:

http://www.pilotonline.com/news/shipwreck-found-along-the-outer-banks-could-be-s-british/article_4f4dd9d7-1ff7-5459-9424-7da60a8d06b3.html

I think we mentioned the finding of the remains of the Hydrus in Lake Huron:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2015/11/09/lake-huron-shipwreck-found-after-more-than-100-years/75450018/

Meanwhile, remains of a possibly 150 years b.p. shipwreck washed up on the shores of Lake Ontario just down the road from me:

http://www.therecord.com/news-story/6087260-major-new-historical-attraction-washes-up/
http://www.thespec.com/news-story/6087250-major-new-historical-attraction-washes-up-in-hamilton/

… and I think we mentioned this search for Nez Perce Trail sites:

http://billingsgazette.com/news/state-and-regional/wyoming/defining-the-nez-perce-trail-archaeologist-seeks-artifacts-from-army/article_204703fc-e44a-50b9-abee-7ce8c6bed93b.html

19th century American humor:

http://www.npr.org/sections/npr-history-dept/2015/11/10/455415340/6-jokes-from-19th-century-america?sc=ipad&f=1001

Texas ‘history’ textbooks:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/06/us/publisher-promises-revisions-after-textbook-refers-to-african-slaves-as-workers.html

What Carol Reardon is up to:

http://standardspeaker.com/news/military-historian-tells-why-she-studies-war-1.1969657

More on those burials beneath Greenwich Village:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/new-york-bones-two-centuries-old-found-manhattan-work-crew-180957183/

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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1500 years b.p. frieze with human figures from Huaca de la Luna:

http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=82800
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/art/arts/2015/11/10/450500/1500-year-old-frieze.htm

… and the spin being put on it:

http://perureports.com/2015/11/09/mural-bolsters-case-for-private-investment-in-perus-archaeology/

Applying the lessons of Caral:

http://phys.org/news/2015-11-peru-ancient-city-caral-modern.html
http://artdaily.com/news/82839/Peru-s-ancient-city-Caral-inspires-modern-architects

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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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Very interesting trunk full of unopened mail from the 17th century:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/world-history/300-year-old-letters-found-in-leather-trunk-shed-light-on-life-in-the-17th-century-a6726736.html
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/trunk-stuffed-17th-century-letters-historians-dream-find-180957216
http://gizmodo.com/this-rediscovered-leather-trunk-contains-thousands-of-l-1741726647

Pondering the conditions necessary for the rise of agriculture:

http://phys.org/news/2015-11-parameters-societies-agriculture.html

On the influence of Aldus Manutius:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/aldus-manutius-printing-typeface-typography-italics-venice-180956855/?no-ist

Some unpublished works by Charlotte Bronte:

http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/11/13/unpublished-charlotte-bront-works-discovered/
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/11992225/Lost-unseen-Bronte-treasure-recovered-for-the-nation.html

In case you missed all the news about Modigliani:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/10/arts/with-170-4-million-sale-at-auction-modigliani-work-joins-rarefied-nine-figure-club.html
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/13/arts/design/the-rise-of-modiglianis-profile-and-the-asking-prices-for-his-works.html

… and more from that auction:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/13/arts/design/christies-auctions-solid-bids.html

The Bodleian has acquired a poem by Shelley:

http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/11/11/shelley-poem-200-years-later-returns-to-oxford/
http://timescolumns.typepad.com/stothard/2015/11/shelleys-poetical-essay-goes-back-to-oxford.html

Queen Victoria wasn’t amused by a certain biography:

http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/10/23/queen-victoria-really-didnt-like-that-biography/

Interesting baby rattle coming to auction:

http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/10/19/edith-whartons-silver-baby-rattle-up-for-sale/

Seven famous Monets:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20151113-your-7-favourite-claude-monet-paintings

On the oldest known song:

http://www.historyextra.com/article/art/what-oldest-known-song

Pondering Harvard Law’s seal:

http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2015/11/10/student-group-opposes-harvard-law-seal-citing-slavery-ties/esUi7LUfqCS2oXSfUwuaNP/story.html

Origin of the Species has been voted ‘most influential academic book’:

http://www.livescience.com/52756-darwins-book-most-influential.html

Really interesting insurance ad:

http://www.npr.org/sections/npr-history-dept/2015/11/12/455024029/civil-war-leaders-in-an-1880s-insurance-ad

Review of Stacy Schiff, *The Witches*:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/13/books/review-stacy-schiffs-the-witches-a-reign-of-terror-in-17th-century-salem.html

Archaeology Podcast Network:

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

http://theconversation.com/feeling-blue-get-acquainted-with-the-history-of-a-colour-49884

Gods and Scholars:

http://news.cornell.edu/stories/2015/11/gods-and-scholars-brings-religious-artifacts-light

Picasso Sculptures:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/15/arts/design/drinking-in-the-beauty-of-picassos-sculptures-at-moma.html

Masterpieces of Japanese Art:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/13/arts/design/masterpieces-of-japanese-art-at-the-met.html

Plenty of coverage of the British Museum getting the Google Streetview treatment:

http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/there-s-more-to-the-british-museum-than-the-elgin-marbles-in-digital-form-a6733786.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/11991488/British-Museum-opens-to-whole-world-after-262-years-as-it-invites-Street-View-indoors.html
http://www.culture24.org.uk/history-and-heritage/art541180-british-museum-of-the-world-google-cultural-institute
http://www.museumsassociation.org/museums-journal/news/13112015-british-museum-unveils-google-partnership
http://londonist.com/2015/11/british-museum-now-in-street-view
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/a06377d2-893c-11e5-90de-f44762bf9896.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3315865/Journey-ages-Google-Street-View-Internet-giant-teams-British-Museum-public-tour-treasures.html
http://blog.britishmuseum.org/2015/11/12/the-british-museum-a-museum-for-the-world/

The Rodin Museum has reopened:

http://www.dw.com/en/rodins-sculptures-in-a-new-light/a-18845184

The Barnes Foundation has a new curator:

http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/11/05/barnes-foundation-names-new-chief-curator/

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THE TECHY SIDE
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This seems to be the right place for the coverage of Sarah Parcak’s winning of a Ted award:

http://phys.org/news/2015-11-real-world-indiana-jones-coveted-ted.html
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/sarah-parcak-real-life-indiana-jones-announced-as-2016-ted-prize-winner-a6730901.html
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/09/arts/international/ted-grant-goes-to-archaeologist-who-combats-looting-with-satellite-technology.html
http://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2015/11/09/archaeologist-sarah-parcak-wins-1-million-ted-prize-will-work-to-find-and-preserve-ancient-sites/
http://news.yahoo.com/real-world-indiana-jones-wins-ted-prize-tracking-113813237.html
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2015/1110/Space-archaeologist-wins-1-million-prize-for-spotting-Middle-East-looters
http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2015-11/10/ted-prize-sarah-parcak-egypt-looting
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologist-uses-satellites-track-looters-180957254/

… and what she does:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2015/11/12/meet-sarah-parcak-a-high-tech-indiana-jones-who-just-won-1-million-for-tracking-down-antiquities-looters/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p037v3xd

Applying neutron beams to bones to reestablish their original size:

http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-34779136

Facial recognition software in use:

http://phys.org/news/2015-11-facial-recognition-software-gaskell-silhouette.html

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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DNA from an Inca boy sacrificed 500 years ago is shedding light on the peopling of the Americas:

http://phys.org/news/2015-11-dna-inca-boy-sacrificed-years.html
http://www.livescience.com/52783-incan-child-mummy-genome.html
http://elpais.com/elpais/2015/11/12/ciencia/1447335272_720597.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-34798810
http://www.theguardian.com/science/2015/nov/15/sacrificed-incan-boy-genome-lineage-diversity?CMP=twt_a-science_b-gdnscience?CMP=twt_a-science_b-gdnscience
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3315445/Identity-Inca-child-mummy-revealed-DNA-shows-young-boy-sacrificed-gods-mysterious-group-Palaeo-Indians.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

DNA has confirmed remains dug up belong to the last Tsar of Russia:

http://phys.org/news/2015-11-dna-tsar.html

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Machu Picchu (sort of):

http://www.independent.ie/life/travel/world/five-things-to-see-and-do-at-machu-picchu-besides-machu-picchu-34197806.html

Assorted ancient places:

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/life/travel/pompeii-acropolis-delphi-assos-jerash-and-the-joy-of-ancient-ruins/story-e6frg8rf-1227602009273

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CRIME BEAT
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A Florida dealer pleads guilty to smuggling artifacts from Pakistan:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/public-safety/fla-dealer-pleads-guilty-to-smuggling-artifacts-from-grave-sites-in-pakistan/2015/11/13/fc886cda-89a9-11e5-9a07-453018f9a0ec_story.html

Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2015/11/culture-crime-news-2-8-november-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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A group in India is trying to get the Koh-i-Noor diamand back:

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/nov/11/returning-treasures-kohinoor-diamond-india-british-museum
http://rapidnewsnetwork.com/india-agitating-for-return-of-koh-i-noor-diamond/272708/
http://neurope.eu/article/indian-lobby-group-claims-back-british-crown-gem/
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/uk/Indians-sue-UK-Queen-for-return-of-stolen-100m-Kohinoor-diamond/articleshow/49720905.cms

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NUMISMATICA
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Life of a Judean Coin:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9qE8F4Lc-vs&feature=youtu.be

A pile of coins from China (this is old news, no?):

http://www.coinworld.com/news/world-coins/2015/11/chinese-archaeologists-unearth-ten-tons-ancient-coins.html

The Leeds Anglo Saxon hoard is going on display:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leeds-34759796

Hype for the Warsaw Coin Symposium:

http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news,407176,the-worlds-largest-numismatic-symposium-will-be-held-in-warsaw.html

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v18n45.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v18n46.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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OBITUARIES
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Rene Girard:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/11/arts/international/rene-girard-french-theorist-of-the-social-sciences-dies-at-91.html

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

http://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-main-menu-cat/audio-news-list/2321-audio-news-from-archaeologica-1-nov-7-nov-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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