Explorator 18.32 ~ November 29, 2015

Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri,
Hernan Astudillo, Adrienne Mayor, Mark Allen, Rick Heli,
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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A Paleolithic elephant butchering site from Greece:

http://phys.org/news/2015-11-paleolithic-elephant-butchering-site-greece.html
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/11/151125083934.htm

Dating homo naledi:

http://allafrica.com/stories/201511251738.html

There was much talk about Lucy this week:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/who-is-lucy-the-australopithecus-and-how-did-she-get-her-name-a6746526.html
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/who-is-lucy-the-australopithecus-afarensis-google-doodle-darwin-evolution-ascent-of-man-march-of-a6746361.html
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/lucy-the-australopithecus-how-related-are-we-to-this-32-million-year-old-hominid-a6745801.html
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/who-is-lucy-the-australopithecus-afarensis-google-doodle-discovery-a6745696.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/google/google-doodle/12012134/lucy-google-doodle.html
http://time.com/4126011/lucy-australopithecus-discovery/
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lucy-australopithecus-turns-41-180957384/
http://elpais.com/elpais/2015/11/24/ciencia/1448321781_117811.html
http://www.newsy.com/videos/google-doodle-celebrates-lucy-the-australopithecus/
http://elpais.com/elpais/2015/11/24/ciencia/1448321781_117811.html

Interesting theory on ‘betrayals of trust’ and the spread of humans:

http://phys.org/news/2015-11-betrayals-rapid-human-species-world.html
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2015-11/uoy-hnd112415.php

Studying how human evolution and tool making are connected:

http://phys.org/news/2015-11-biologists-human-impacts-tool-evolution.html

Studying early human endurance:

http://www.npr.org/2015/11/20/455904655/how-did-endurance-help-early-humans-survive

Not sure if this early human migration to China story is old news or a new spin on something:

http://phys.org/news/2015-11-earliest-modern-humans-southern-china.html

Not sure where to put this one … humans killing Mastodons was apparently good for gourds:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/11/151123202817.htm
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2015-11/ps-lom112315.php

A new species of anthropoid primate from Libya:

http://phys.org/news/2015-11-species-early-anthropoid-primate-libyan.html
I think we had this Denisovan DNA story:

http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2015/1117/Two-ancient-teeth-reveal-clues-about-humanity-s-mysterious-cousins

More on that homo erectus skull from China:

http://phys.org/news/2015-11-well-preserved-homo-erectus-skull-eastern.html
http://www.upi.com/Science_News/2015/11/25/Fossilized-Homo-erectus-skull-found-in-China/2771448466851/

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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A lengthy Middle Kingdom wall/fence from Avaris:

http://phys.org/news/2015-11-egypt-ancient-dating-years.html
http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/171636.aspx
http://www.ctvnews.ca/sci-tech/3-500-year-old-fence-found-in-egypt-1.2673576
http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2015/11/24/world/middleeast/ap-ml-egypt-antiquities.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/egypt-discovers-ancient-fence-dating-back-over-3500-years/2015/11/24/9ef99f38-92cf-11e5-befa-99ceebcbb272_story.html

A 22nd Dynasty tomb of a priest of Amun from Luxor:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/171837/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/%E2%80%98Wellpreserved%E2%80%99-sarcophagus-of-nd-dynasty-nobleman.aspx
http://thecairopost.youm7.com/news/179349/news/2700-yr-old-sarcophagus-of-high-priest-of-god-amun-unearthed-in-luxor
http://www.elmostrador.cl/noticias/vida-en-linea/2015/11/26/un-sarcofago-faraonico-de-3-mil-anos-aflora-intacto-en-luxor/

Plenty of hype happening in relation to radar scans and hidden chambers in Tut’s tomb:

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/nov/28/egypt-90-sure-there-are-hidden-chambers-in-king-tuts-tomb
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/king-tutankhamun-officials-90-sure-there-is-a-secret-chamber-ancient-egyptian-tomb-a6752586.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/34953207
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-34952947
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2015/11/28/457680483/high-chance-that-2-rooms-are-hidden-behind-king-tut-s-tomb-egypt-says
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/11/151128-tut-tomb-scans-hidden-chambers/
http://phys.org/news/2015-11-egypt-percent-chance-hidden-rooms.html
http://news.yahoo.com/scans-king-tut-tomb-suggest-90-chance-hidden-101949181.html

… and suggestions his mask was made for Nefertiti:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/tutankhamun-great-golden-face-mask-was-actually-made-for-his-mother-nefertiti-research-reveals-a6753156.html
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/king-tutankhamun-new-evidence-suggests-ancient-egyptian-gold-death-mask-was-made-for-heretic-queen-a6751776.html

… and continuing suggestions that Nefertiti is in one of the hidden chambers:

http://www.dw.com/en/experts-confident-secret-chamber-in-king-tuts-tomb-belongs-to-nefertiti/a-18881590
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/egypt/12022571/Archaeologists-believe-they-are-a-step-closer-to-finding-Queen-Nefertitis-tomb.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/king-tuts-tomb-may-also-house-final-resting-place-of-queen-nefertiti/2015/11/28/16cd1b02-9609-11e5-a2d6-f57908580b1f_story.html
http://www.cnn.com/2015/11/28/africa/possible-clue-nefertiti-tomb-egypt/index.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3337567/Is-lost-Queen-Nefertiti-hiding-Tutankhamun-s-tomb-New-hi-tech-radar-images-point-hidden-passages-walls-boy-king-s-chamber.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/11/151126-nefertiti-tomb-tut-egypt-archaeology/

… and a feature on Tut:

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/11/151124-tut-biography-egypt-tomb-archaeology/

On the early cultivation of fava beans in the Levant:

http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2015/11/25/457375600/some-ancient-farmers-grew-fava-beans-before-they-grew-grains?sc=17&f=1001
http://www.antiquities.org.il/Article_eng.aspx?sec_id=25&subj_id=240&id=4160
http://mfa.gov.il/MFA/IsraelExperience/History/Pages/Prehistoric-man-in-Galilee-preferred-legumes-23-Nov-2015.aspx
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Article.aspx?id=435072
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/203811
http://artdaily.com/news/83134/Seeds-discovered-in-excavations-indicate-prehistoric-man-living-in-the-southern-near-east

An eight-year-old found the head of a First Temple statuette of a fertility goddess at Beit Shemesh:

http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=29979
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4730877,00.html
http://www.timesofisrael.com/8-year-old-stumbles-on-first-temple-era-archaeological-find/
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Culture/8-year-old-Indiana-Jones-makes-First-Temple-era-archaeological-find-in-Beit-Shemesh-435329
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/203912

There’s more to the underground city in Cappadocia than meets the eye:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ancient-underground-city-in-cappadocia-will-rewrite-history.aspx?pageID=238&nID=91554&NewsCatID=375

A very nice overview of the Gospel of Jesus Wife thing:

https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2015/11/28/the-case-gospel-jesus-wife-still-isn-closed/gJo7KfDFywXEJ8dLFFjdrK/story.html

More on that Gospel of John fragment that was on eBay:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2015/11/23/rare-christian-papyrus-ebay-99-dollars/76254312/
https://uk.news.yahoo.com/ancient-papyrus-early-christian-text-141123027.html
Review of Spiro, *Captivity*:

http://www.wsj.com/articles/zelig-in-jerusalem-1448490313

Hamas seized a pile of gold coins found in Gaza:

http://www.algemeiner.com/2015/11/23/hamas-seizes-chest-of-ancient-gold-coins-accidentally-discovered-in-gaza/

War is a bigger threat to Syrian antiquities than ISIL:

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/11/151125-isis-syria-satellite-images-looting-archaeology/

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Remains of an unknown Greek town on Mount Pindos:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2015/11/25/ruins-of-ancient-greek-city-found-on-mount-pindos/

Workers came across remains of a Roman villa near the site of the Horti Lamiani:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/italy/12016473/Road-workers-discover-2000-year-old-Roman-villa.html
http://www.thelocal.it/20151124/italy-roadworks-unearth-frescoed-roman-room

DNA analysis of four Roman-era Londoners suggest a multi-ethnic mix:

http://phys.org/news/2015-11-londoners-multi-ethnic-museum.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-34809804
http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/nov/23/exotic-origins-of-roman-londoners-revealed-by-dna-analysis-of-bones
http://news.yahoo.com/first-londoners-were-multi-ethnic-mix-museum-214516727.html

… criticism:

http://www.breitbart.com/london/2015/11/24/bbc-claims-london-always-multi-cultural-based-incomplete-study-just-four-people/

A 1700 years b.p. intaglio ring depicting Cupid:

http://www.livescience.com/52884-ancient-ring-depicts-nude-cupid.html

Interesting 6th/7th century mosaic from Adana:

http://www.dailysabah.com/arts-culture/2015/07/15/mosaic-with-bible-inscription-found-in-adana

You can now tour Petra via Google maps:

http://www.usatoday.com/picture-gallery/travel/destinations/2015/11/23/discover-petra-with-google-maps/76272752/

Roman remains beneath a Dorchester car park:

http://www.dorsetecho.co.uk/news/14094084.What_did_the_Romans_do_for_us___Roman_road_unearthed_under_Dorchester_car_park/

… and a Chester bus station:

http://www.chesterchronicle.co.uk/news/chester-cheshire-news/chester-bus-station-site-once-10514191

Concerns for ancient Phocaea:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/izmir-sewage-construction-project-poses-risk-to-the-ancient-phocaea.aspx?pageID=238&nid=91794

More on that warrior grave from Messenia:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/203796/gallery/ekathimerini/life/discovery-of-ancient-warriors-grave-hides-bonds-of-friendship

They’re still digging at Paphos’ agora:

http://cyprus-mail.com/2015/11/27/polish-archaeot-paphos-agora/

Pondering/hyping Cycladic figures:

https://uk.news.yahoo.com/ancient-papyrus-early-christian-text-141123027.html

Chatting about poison in history:

http://blogs.abc.net.au/queensland/2015/11/poisons-from-arsenic-to-the-ancient-greeks.html

Feature/hype about Agrippina:

http://www.thelocal.de/20151126/the-life-of-the-murderous-mother-of-cologne

Hyping Christie’s upcoming antiquities auction:

http://www.christies.com/features/Greek-and-Roman-sculpture-Legs-arms-hands-and-feet-6859-1.aspx

Italy was showcasing some recovered stolen frescoes from Paestum:

http://www.thelocal.it/20151127/stolen-pre-roman-frescoes-displayed-for-first-time
http://uk.reuters.com/article/2015/11/26/uk-italy-art-theft-frescoes-idUKKBN0TF1QS20151126

Feature on the Roman games:

http://www.historyextra.com/article/romans/timeline-rise-and-fall-roman-games

We’ve already mentioned these gladiator graves in Mugla:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/3000-year-old-gladiator-graves-on-display-in-turkeys-mugla.aspx?pageID=238&nID=91508&NewsCatID=375

Plans to dig the site of Segelocum:

http://www.retfordtimes.co.uk/Project-unearth-fascinating-Roman-secrets/story-28226678-detail/story.html

… and this Roman hoard of coins from a Welsh field:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/earth/environment/archaeology/12020410/Hoard-of-Roman-silver-coins-found-buried-in-Welsh-field.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3334908/Significant-hoard-Roman-coins-discovered-Wales-Silver-money-issued-Marc-Antony-2-000-years-ago.html

… and the Swiss hoard:

http://news.discovery.com/history/archaeology/trove-of-antique-roman-coins-found-in-swiss-orchard-151120.htm

Interesting protest of changes to rules at the Colosseum:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/italy/12021773/Man-scales-Colosseum-to-protest-Rome-Holy-Year-crackdown.html
http://uk.reuters.com/article/2015/11/27/us-pope-holyyear-colosseum-protest-idUKKBN0TG1EM20151127
http://www.thelocal.it/20151127/irate-travel-agent-climbs-colosseum-in-protest

… related:

http://www.stuff.co.nz/travel/destinations/europe/italy/74485806/rome-banishes-centurion-impersonators
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/italy/12018471/Rome-cracks-down-on-fake-centurions-who-charge-tourists-exorbitant-sums-for-photographs.html

Interview with Mary Beard about SPQR:

http://www.salon.com/2015/11/28/we_still_think_like_ancient_romans_the_clash_between_the_demands_of_homeland_security_and_rights_of_the_individual_we_havent_solved_that/

Review of Beard, *Laughter in Ancient Rome*:

http://www.newcriterion.com/articles.cfm/There-s-an-old-joke-8250

Review of Robin Lane Fox, *Augustine*:

http://www.economist.com/news/books-and-arts/21679165-british-historian-offers-fresh-take-best-known-life-ancient-world-o-come

Review of Robert Harris, *Dictator*:

http://www.newstatesman.com/culture/books/2015/11/end-orator-ancient-roman-machinations-robert-harriss-dictator

More on lost islands found:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2015/11/25/lost-ancient-greek-island-has-been-found/
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/11/151119-lost-island-aegean-kane-sparta-athens-archaeology/

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

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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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A Mesolithic site on the University of Lincoln campus:

http://www.lincolnshireecho.co.uk/secrets-huge-hole-University-Lincoln-revealed/story-28241984-detail/story.html#1

A medieval ring from Derbyshire:

http://www.derbytelegraph.co.uk/Metal-detector-fan-unearths-800-year-old-Medieval/story-28222678-detail/story.html

Interesting bit of medieval ‘recycling’:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/12014969/Rarest-medieval-panel-painting-saved-by-recycling.html
http://phys.org/news/2015-11-reformation-recycling-rare-destruction.html

Latest from the dig at Shakespeare’s place:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-coventry-warwickshire-34936744
http://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Archeologists-Uncover-New-Details-Of-Shakespeares-Stratford-Mansion-20151127

Interesting suggestion that medieval monks made up Glastonbury legends for fundraising purposes:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/12013336/Glastonbury-legend-was-fabricated-by-12th-century-monks-desperate-to-raise-cash.html
http://www.culture24.org.uk/history-and-heritage/archaeology/art541934-glastonbury-abbey-king-arthur-reading-university
http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/breakingnews/offbeat/monks-made-up-myths-to-help-finance-glastonbury-abbey-34229333.html
http://www.theguardian.com/science/2015/nov/23/glastonbury-myths-made-up-by-12th-century-monks
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/how-glastonbury-abbeys-myths-were-invented-by-medieval-monks-on-the-make-a6746051.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/religion/archaeologists-monks-made-up-legends-about-king-arthurs-burial-site/2015/11/25/2bb36d92-93ba-11e5-befa-99ceebcbb272_story.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3331634/How-medieval-monks-Glastonbury-legends-Stories-Jesus-King-Arthur-doctored-raise-money-abbey-destroyed-devastating-fire.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

They’ve figured out how medieval parchment was made:

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2015-11/uoy-gut112315.php
http://phys.org/news/2015-11-skin-medieval-mystery.html
http://www.theguardian.com/science/2015/nov/23/scientists-get-under-skin-13th-century-mystery-vellum-vulgate-bible
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/medieval-europes-first-large-scale-publishing-industry-revealed-a6745981.html
http://artdaily.com/news/83194/International-team-of-bioarchaeologists-get-under-the-skin-of-a-Medieval-mystery

Research suggests Columbus didn’t bring syphilis back to Europe:

http://www.thelocal.it/20151123/colombus-didnt-bring-syphilis-to-europe-research-shows

Feature on Britain’s Bronze Age mummies:

http://theconversation.com/solved-the-mystery-of-britains-bronze-age-mummies-48475

Someone stole the plaques from Woodhenge:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-wiltshire-34953047

Review of Kirkpatrick, *From the Penny Dreadful …”

http://www.the-tls.co.uk/tls/public/article1350770.ece

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

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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Mauryan (and earlier) remains from Annupur:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/bhopal/remains-of-5-000-year-old-civilisation-discovered-in-mp-s-anuppur/story-NVlNbitqUTjkXSn3GHBxmO.html

Concerns for heritage temples in Chennai:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chennai/Ancient-temples-face-razing-as-superstition-rules-the-roost/articleshow/49965170.cms

A 9th century poem written on wood might help figure out the development of kanji:

http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/social_affairs/AJ201511270069

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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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How ancient Floridians dealt with variations in sea levels:

http://www.tampabay.com/news/environment/globalwarming/ancient-floridians-knew-how-to-cope-with-rising-seas-archaeologists-find/2255732

Native American remains found along the Napa River:

http://napavalleyregister.com/news/local/native-american-remains-found-along-river-restoration-project/article_211e2610-4346-537e-af73-3fe30c24b0ed.html

Pondering the pilgrims:

http://www.npr.org/2015/11/26/457246585/reconsidering-the-pilgrims-piety-and-americas-founding-principles?sc=17&f=1001

… and Pocahontas:

http://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2015/11/25/457256340/despite-similarities-pocahontas-gets-love-malinche-gets-hate-why?sc=17&f=1001

… and American Thanksgiving in general:

http://www.bbcamerica.com/anglophenia/2015/11/watch-thanksgiving-myth-vs-fact/
http://www.npr.org/sections/npr-history-dept/2015/11/25/456357684/the-peculiar-parade-of-thanksgiving-traditions
http://www.npr.org/sections/npr-history-dept/2015/11/24/456786946/masking-memories-thanksgiving-in-disguise

Suggestion that a pile of Civil War cannon might be buried at Fort Taber:

http://www.southcoasttoday.com/article/20151126/NEWS/151129592/-1/RSS777

Questioning claims of ‘The River of Blood’:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/25/us/politics/in-renovation-of-golf-club-donald-trump-also-dressed-up-history.html?smid=tw-nytpolitics&smtyp=cur&_r=0

On the history of fighting forest fires:

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/11/151122-wildfire-forest-service-firefighting-history-pyne-climate-ngbooktalk/

Pondering Woodrow Wilson’s legacy:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/24/opinion/what-woodrow-wilson-cost-my-grandfather.html?_r=0
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/25/opinion/the-case-against-woodrow-wilson-at-princeton.html?smid=nytcore-iphone-share&smprod=nytcore-iphone

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Four Ichma burials from Lima:

http://phys.org/news/2015-11-pre-inca-tombs-peru-lima.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/southamerica/peru/12019985/Pre-hispanic-mummies-from-1000-AD-discovered-in-Peru.html
http://perureports.com/2015/11/27/peru-centuries-old-tombs-found-at-lima-archaeological-site/
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3336096/Mystery-SITTING-mummies-1-000-year-old-bodies-pre-Incan-civilisation-buried-looking-sea.html
http://artdaily.com/news/83236/Four-pre-Inca-tombs-found-in-the-middle-of-a-residential-neighborhood-in-Lima
http://www.lbc.co.uk/pre-hispanic-mummies-remains-found-in-peru-120506
http://www.dawn.com/news/1222796

What Eric Dyrdahl is up to:

http://www.southernminn.com/the_kenyon_leader/community/article_c9685759-6dce-5cf0-a9a7-48869abc6142.html

More on when people first arrived in South America:

http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2015/1120/When-did-people-first-arrive-in-South-America

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http://goo.gl/1VdeA

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http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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Arguing about the world’s oldest tattoos:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2015/11/23/chilean-chinchorro-or-alpine-otzi-archaeologists-settle-debate-over-worlds-oldest-tattoos/

On the history of taxis:

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/how-taxis-went-from-ancient-roman-sedan-chairs-to-uber/story-fnpoi7cy-1227620070618

On food shaping history:

http://news.yale.edu/2015/03/04/columbus-celebrity-chefs-how-food-helped-shape-history

An extinct squash was ‘revived’ from some 850 year old seeds:

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/extinct-squash-revived-370727

On ‘here be dragons’:

http://www.npr.org/2015/11/22/456370910/black-dragon-river-charts-history-along-the-amur?sc=17&f=1032

On the appeal of Sherlock Holmes:

http://theconversation.com/the-case-of-the-immortal-detective-sherlock-holmes-and-his-enduring-appeal-50597

Marking the centennial of the theory of relativity:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/24/science/a-century-ago-einsteins-theory-of-relativity-changed-everything.html
http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2015/11/23/science/albert-einstein-general-relativity.html?rref=collection/sectioncollection/science

Book hype (it seems) on the history of human use of plants:

http://phys.org/news/2015-11-what-have-plants-ever-done.html

Already getting piece on Hannukah:

http://blogs.timesofisrael.com/stuff-you-most-likely-didnt-know-about-channuka/

… and Santa:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/27/arts/design/mama-says-that-santa-claus-does-not-come-to-poor-people.html

I think we mentioned this reshaping skulls thing:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/parents-have-been-reshaping-their-kids-skulls-45000-years-180957343/

Some scholars pick out the ‘books of the year’:

http://www.the-tls.co.uk/tls/public/article1637188.ece

Lawsuit over a Modigliani:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/25/arts/design/estate-sues-nahmad-gallery-network-for-modigliani-portrait.html

Reuniting some Heades:

http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/11/19/with-sothebys-sale-minnesota-museum-reunites-martin-johnson-heade-paintings/

Archaeology Podcast Network:

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

http://www.iomtoday.co.im/what-s-on/manx-entertainment-news/new-viking-exhibition-to-open-at-manx-museum-1-7591587

Cook artifacts:

http://www.sbs.com.au/nitv/article/2015/11/26/aboriginal-artefacts-taken-captain-cook-feature-national-gallery
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/arts/visual-arts/captured-by-cook-artefacts-travel-from-botany-to-uk-and-back/story-fn9d3avm-1227624564591?sv=9ae383501fe7081dc096cad364592898

Edward Curtis photos:

http://www.cnn.com/2015/11/24/us/cnnphotos-curtis-masterworks-native-americans/index.html

Greeks:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/museums/ct-greeks-field-museum-ent-1125-20151124-column.html

The Greats:

http://theconversation.com/masterpieces-from-scotland-is-easily-the-greatest-exhibition-of-old-master-works-to-visit-sydney-51038

Pepys:

http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-34786023

Hoards:

http://www.culture24.org.uk/history-and-heritage/archaeology/art542002-british-museum-hidden-history-ancient-britain

Feature on the Herakleidon Museum:

http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/culture/2015/11/27/greek-pride-in-the-rooms-of-the-small-herakleidon-museum_72583db6-f0ad-4531-88b0-7f986e685282.html

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THE TECHY SIDE
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Xraying Victorian skeletons from the Crossrail excavations:

http://phys.org/news/2015-11-radiography-academics-x-ray-victorian-skeletons.html

More on those unopened 17th century letters:

http://www.livescience.com/52871-sealed-17th-century-letters-photos.html

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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On how DNA changed with the development of agriculture:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/24/science/agriculture-linked-to-dna-changes-in-ancient-europe.html
http://phys.org/news/2015-11-tracks-gene-introduction-farming-europe.html
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2015-11/hms-agr112015.php
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/11/151123202631.htm
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2015/11/23/ancient-dna-shows-stone-age-humans-evolved-quickly-as-they-took-up-farming/
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2015/1125/When-humans-became-farmers-how-did-genes-change
http://arstechnica.com/science/2015/11/how-evolution-took-us-from-neolithic-farmers-to-modern-europeans/

Searching for DNA in Doggerland:

http://www.wired.com/2015/11/hunting-for-dna-in-doggerland-an-ancient-land-beneath-the-north-sea/

More on that ‘fourth strand’ of European DNA:

http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-34883225

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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CRIME BEAT
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A legit antiquities dealer in Israel was busted with a pile of ancient coins:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/cops-bust-antiquities-dealer-with-over-3000-ancient-coins/
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Man-arrested-for-attempting-to-sell-3000-stolen-ancient-coins-on-black-market-435497

If you’re illegally excavating, you probably don’t want to blab about it on Instagram:

http://5newsonline.com/2015/11/23/u-s-forest-service-man-shared-photos-of-illegal-artifact-excavation-on-instagram/

Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2015/11/culture-crime-news-16-22-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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An Olmec figure will be returning to Mexico from Germany:

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/E/EU_GERMANY_MEXICO_ART_DEALER?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2015-11-27-08-08-09

I think we mentioned the return of Mungo Man to Australia:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/australiaandthepacific/australia/11979442/University-returns-40000-year-old-Mungo-Man-to-Australias-Aborigines.html

Austria is returning a 26th dynasty piece to Egypt:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/170403/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Egypt-recovers-th-dynasty-faience-statuette-in-Aus.aspx
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NUMISMATICA
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Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v18n47.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v18n48.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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Yoram Tsafrir:

http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.687891

John Peel:

http://www.theguardian.com/science/2015/nov/20/john-peel
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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/2327-audio-news-from-archaeologica-15-nov-21-nov-2015

Latest episode of Strata:

http://www.archaeologychannel.org/video-guide/strata-portraits-of-humanity/2322-strata-november-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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