Explorator 18.33 ~ December 6, 2015

Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri,
Bob Heuman, Barbara Saylor Rodgers, Hernan Astudillo, 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).

Happy Hanukkah to those celebrating …
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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Pondering whether early humans killed a sabre-toothed feline:

http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-34944560

More on the age of homo naledi:

http://phys.org/news/2015-11-homo-naledi-million-years.html

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Natufians were making something akin to bread, apparently:

http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/archaeology/.premium-1.689130

Latest mummy CT scan has found that a mummy had a head full of stuff:

http://www.livescience.com/52981-egyptian-mummy-has-dirt-in-skull.html
http://www.livescience.com/52972-3200-year-old-egyptian-mummy-ct-scanned-by-radiologists-video.html
http://phys.org/news/2015-12-radiologists-woman-died-egypt-years.html

Still speculating about hidden chambers in Tut’s tomb:

http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/jonathanjonesblog/2015/dec/01/egyptian-explorers-discovered-new-treasures-tutankhamun-egypt
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/30/world/middleeast/hope-for-nefertitis-tomb-and-egypts-economy.html
http://www.dw.com/en/hidden-chamber-in-the-valley-of-kings-queen-nefertitis-resting-place/g-18884354

… while the newsies revisited the discovery of Tut’s tomb:

http://www.theguardian.com/culture/2015/dec/01/tutankhamun-valley-of-the-kings-egypt-howard-carter-1922
http://mashable.com/2015/11/30/king-tutankhamun-tomb-deconstruction/
Mapping trade routes between Bronze Age Iran and Mesopotamia:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/12/151203082704.htm
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/12/2015/archaeologists-uncover-bronze-age-trade-routes-between-iran-and-mesopotamia

Interesting lead ‘wand’ from Anatolia:

http://www.livescience.com/52984-oldest-lead-artifact-in-levant.html

They’re still trying to figure out geometric structures in the Arabian desert:

http://www.livescience.com/52944-huge-geometric-shapes-in-middle-east-revealed.html
http://news.discovery.com/history/huge-shapes-in-middle-east-may-be-prehistoric-151202.htm#mkcpgn=rssnws1
http://www.algemeiner.com/2015/12/02/1300-year-old-olive-press-unearthed-at-israeli-archaeological-park/

This seal impression, apparently of King Hezekiah, was actually found five years or so ago but is back in the news:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-34988649
http://www.livescience.com/52969-biblical-king-royal-seal-unearthed.html
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2015-12/thuo-iok120215.php
http://phys.org/news/2015-12-israelite-judean-king-exposed-situ.html
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Culture/First-ever-seal-impression-of-an-Israelite-or-Judean-king-exposed-near-Temple-Mount-436061
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/204294#.Vl8SRNirQhd
http://www.timesofisrael.com/seal-bearing-name-of-judean-king-found-in-jerusalem/
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/king-hezekiahs-seal-discovered-in-jerusalem/2015/12/02/
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-israel-archaeology-jerusalem-idUSKBN0TL1AB20151203
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3344295/A-mark-power-Tiny-2-700-year-old-royal-seal-Judah-s-greatest-king-discovered-ancient-rubbish-dump-Jerusalem.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
http://www.algemeiner.com/2015/12/02/israeli-archaeologists-uncover-seal-bearing-name-of-judean-king-in-jerusalem-excavations/
http://english.alarabiya.net/en/life-style/art-and-culture/2015/12/02/Rare-mark-from-biblical-king-s-seal-found-in-Jerusalem.html
http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/archaeology/.premium-1.689594
http://www.westernjournalism.com/watch-israeli-archaeologists-bring-the-bible-to-life-with-new-stunning-discovery/
http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/12/03/archaeologist-says-the-bible-s-king-hezekiah-is-real.html
http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_opinion.php?id=14545

Not sure if we mentioned this olive press find from Tel Shiloh:

http://www.algemeiner.com/2015/12/02/1300-year-old-olive-press-unearthed-at-israeli-archaeological-park/

Remembering, and plans growing out of, the Mount Carmel fire fives years ago:

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/204138

Feature on Tiberius Julius Alexander:

http://www.jpost.com/Blogs/Past-Imperfect-Confronting-Jewish-History/Tiberius-Julius-Alexander-The-Jew-Who-Destroyed-Jerusalem-436073

Plans to recreate ancient wines of Israel:

http://news.nationalpost.com/news/world/israel-middle-east/israel-aims-to-recreate-wines-drunk-by-king-david-and-jesus-and-the-latest-attempt-is-pleasant-and-easy-to-drink

Arguing over control of the Jerusalem Archaeology Center:

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/State-to-appeal-against-Elad-control-of-Jerusalem-archaeology-center-436418

One we missed (I think): interesting Byzantine gold medallion/Torah scroll ornament:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/exceptional-gold-medallion-goes-on-display-at-israel-museum/
ISIL is apparently selling antiquities to western collectors:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/france/12034421/Isil-antiques-sold-to-western-collectors-warns-French-finance-minister.html

… while folks still try to calculate how much money they’re making:

http://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/the-real-value-of-the-isis-antiquities-trade

Syria’s antiquities head says they need help:

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/12/151201-syria-cultural-heritage-antiquities-isis-palmyra-dgam-assad/

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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An intact Etruscan tomb from near Perugia:

http://news.discovery.com/history/archaeology/intact-packed-etruscan-tomb-found-151204.htm

Overviewish sort of thing on the Ayios Giorgios Hill excavations in Nicosia:

http://cyprus-mail.com/2015/12/06/nicosia-excavagdom-of-ledroi/

Digging a Roman villa site at Otford:

http://www.culture24.org.uk/history-and-heritage/archaeology/art542382-kent-roman-villa-otford-abandoned-river

Nice piece of Roman glass:

http://www.glassonweb.com/news/index/28020/

Suggestion that the temples in the Valley of the Temples were aligned to the moon:

http://news.discovery.com/history/archaeology/ancient-greek-temple-aligned-to-full-moon-151130.htm

Work has started at that underwater basilica site in Lake Iznik:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/underwater-work-begins-in-ancient-basilica-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=92084&NewsCatID=375

Concerns for Gumushane:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/historical-city-in-gumushane-facing-landslide-threat.aspx?pageID=238&nid=92033

Nice slideshow of Pompeii casts:

http://www.archaeology.org/slideshow/3928-casts-of-pompeii-slideshow

Boris v Mary on Greece v Rome:

http://www.newstatesman.com/culture/observations/2015/12/clash-titans-when-boris-johnson-met-mary-beard

An app for the Appian Way:

http://news.discovery.com/history/archaeology/ancient-rome-history-comes-alive-with-new-app-151203.htm

Trying to raise funds at the Colchester Circus:

http://www.gazette-news.co.uk/news/14122546.Public_appeal_to_help_Roman_circus/

A bunch of Greek sites and Museums are getting free wifi:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2015/12/04/free-wi-fi-in-19-major-greek-archaeological-sites-and-museums/

Feature on Epaminondas:

http://hellenicnews.com/epaminondas-savior-of-greece/

Questionable redirection of Classics funds at Yale:

http://yaledailynews.com/blog/2015/12/03/classics-dept-decries-admin-raid-on-funds/

What Verity Harte is up to:

http://news.yale.edu/2015/11/30/verity-harte-appointed-saden-professor-philosophy-and-classics

Nice Latin course:

http://dailyprincetonian.com/street/2015/12/magic-school-trips-lat-333-in-italy/

On hip hop and epic:

http://news.sfsu.edu/news-story/infusing-ancient-lit-hip-hop-create-epic-mashup

We mentioned Rome banished the centurion poseurs:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rome-just-banned-centurions-180957410/

Reviewish/interviewish with Mary Beard about SPQR:

http://www.kunc.org/post/gladiator-duels-caesars-last-words-myths-ancient-rome

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Latest reviews from BMCR:

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

Visit our blog:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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Plenty of coverage of a 13 800 years b.p. petroglyph which might be a ‘snapshot’ of a human habitation:

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2015-12/p-ess112615.php
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/earth/environment/archaeology/12028973/13000-year-old-rock-art-shows-prehistoric-settlement-frozen-in-time.html
http://news.discovery.com/history/prehistoric-home-sketch-found-photos-151202.htm#mkcpgn=rssnws1
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/prehistoric-rock-carvings-were-humanitys-first-ever-architectural-plans-a6759361.html
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2015/1203/What-was-life-like-for-hunter-gatherers-13-800-year-old-sketch-offers-clues
http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-human-campsite-paleolithic-20151202-story.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3342973/Is-world-s-oldest-picture-home-13-800-year-old-drawing-prehistoric-campsite-discovered-carved-rock.html
https://www.newscientist.com/article/dn28616-stone-age-picasso-made-oldest-known-drawing-of-human-settlement/

A significant Mesolithic site from Lincoln continues to get attention:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-lincolnshire-35008564

Vikings were ‘warned to avoid Scotland’ apparently:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/travelnews/6212823/Vikings-were-warned-to-avoid-Scotland.html

Studying how Cromwell’s men treated Scottish soldiers:

http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/durham-university-discover-how-scottish-10530934

Nice way to incorporate recent finds into education:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-sussex-35009304

A major research project has figured out what a Celtic Carnyx sounded like:

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2015-12/uoh-am120315.php

That latter-day Druid is bringing up the question of proper treatment of Stonehenge remains again:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-wiltshire-34944768

The skeleton of a Viking woman has gone on display:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-york-north-yorkshire-34981566
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/12/2015/rare-wooden-coffin-and-skeleton-from-time-of-king-canute-goes-on-display

Feature on MJ O’Kelly:

http://www.meathchronicle.ie/news/roundup/articles/2015/12/02/4110608-centenary-of-man-who-discovered-newgrange-light-box/

Feature on Notre Dame de Reims:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/06/travel/paris-notre-dame-reims.html

Plans for a footbridge at Tintagel Castle:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-cornwall-34994617

Pondering assimilation in France:

http://theconversation.com/the-long-troubled-history-of-assimilation-in-france-51530

On the last king of Ireland:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20151123-the-last-king-of-ireland

More on Glastonbury Abbey:

http://www.westerndailypress.co.uk/Exploring-myths-legends-historic-abbey/story-28264499-detail/story.html
http://www.theguardian.com/science/2015/dec/03/a-myth-busting-study-of-glastonbury-abbey-that-should-not-be-dismissed

More on parchment:

http://phys.org/news/2015-12-skin-deepresearchers-mystery-parchment.html

More on Shakespeare’s home:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/culturenews/12022298/Shakespeares-kitchen-discovered-in-dig.html
http://playbill.com/news/article/archaeological-dig-unearths-new-parts-of-shakespeares-home-373444

Review of Purnell, *Clementine*:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/06/books/review/clementine-the-life-of-mrs-winston-churchill-by-sonia-purnell.html

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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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A Luhun kingdom tomb from China’s Henan province:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/ancient-chinese-tomb-dating-back-2500-years-uncovered-to-shed-light-on-obscure-kingdom-a6762261.html
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2015-12/06/c_134889880.htm
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/peoplesdaily/article-3345983/Did-carriages-belong-Emperor-Chinese-experts-believe-2-500-year-old-tomb-horse-skeletons-chariots-hold-key-little-known-ancient-kingdom.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

A 5000 years b.p. site along the Kousika River:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Coimbatore/ancient-habitation-sites-found/article7943282.ece

Some Koryo-era metal from Kaesong:

http://english.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2015/12/01/2015120101417.html

A medieval Mongolian (maybe) burial:

http://siberiantimes.com/science/casestudy/features/f0189-we-dug-up-a-medieval-mongolian-noblewoman-in-our-compost-pit/

Pondering how cats got to Australia:

http://phys.org/news/2015-12-australian-cats.html

Arguing about ownership of the Taj Mahal:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-34971759

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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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11 000 years b.p. tools at the University of Lincoln:

http://thelincolnite.co.uk/2015/12/151196/

As might be expected, drought in California is exposing sites:

http://www.nwaonline.com/news/2015/dec/06/california-drought-exposes-relics-20151/
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/02/us/receding-waters-in-california-expose-artifacts-to-plunder.html

They’re digging at Minute Man Historical Park:

http://www.npr.org/2015/11/29/457756732/archaeologists-dig-to-complete-revolutionary-war-history

Feature on the Battle of Wabash:

http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/science/2015/11/29/01-scientists-work-to-tell-story-of-battle-of-wabash.html

Feature on the Ancient Ohio Trail:

http://www.daytondailynews.com/news/travel/ancient-ohio-trail-connects-american-indian-sites/npWf5/

Feature on Chicago’s stockyards:

http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2015/12/03/458314767/how-chicago-s-slaughterhouse-spectacles-paved-the-way-for-big-meat

Studying ancient ‘kitchens’ in Arizona:

http://www.wildcat.arizona.edu/article/2015/12/ua-anthropologists-study-ancient-peoples-through-their-kitchens

Concerns for a Red Paint burial site:

http://weeklypacket.com/news/2015/nov/30/fate-of-prehistoric-red-paint-burial-site-a-concer/

Searching for Civil War artifacts at Algiers Point:

http://www.nola.com/outdoors/index.ssf/2015/12/shane_mears_algiers_archaeolog.html

Trying to work out the Pea Ridge battle lines:

http://www.nwaonline.com/news/2015/dec/06/technology-to-help-pinpoint-1862-pea-ri/
http://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2015/dec/06/technology-to-help-pinpoint-1862-pea-ri/?f=news-arkansas

Interesting 18th century obituary of a free black Philadelphian:

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20151203_Newfound_obituary_revivifies_an_18th-century_free-black_Philadelphian.html

Suing over Queen Anne’s Revenge videos:

http://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/article47647130.html
http://www.fayobserver.com/news/local/fayetteville-company-sues-state-officials-over-blackbeard-shipwreck-videos-and/article_bc9beb53-ce09-577d-b1d1-78b57f0464e2.html

How Jefferson learned architecture:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/03/arts/international/how-jefferson-learned-architecture.html?_r=0

Review of Fraser, *The Washingtons*:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/06/books/review/the-washingtons-by-flora-fraser.html

Review of Tipton-Martin, *The Jemima Code*:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/06/books/review/the-jemima-code-by-toni-tipton-martin.html

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Plenty of coverage of the discovery of the wreck of the San Jose off Colombia:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-35014600
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/colombias-president-juan-manuel-santos-claims-galleon-shipwreck-with-1bn-treasure-found-a6761471.html
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/dec/05/spanish-galleon-with-rumoured-1bn-treasure-hoard-found-says-colombias-president
http://news.yahoo.com/colombia-finds-treasure-galleon-ending-300-mystery-230419797.html
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2015/12/05/458586878/wreck-of-legendary-spanish-galleon-is-found-colombia-says
http://www.dw.com/en/spanish-galleon-san-jose-discovered-laden-with-treasure-off-colombia/a-18896955
http://newsdaily.com/2015/12/colombia-says-it-has-found-spanish-treasure-galleon-san-jose/

Hype for hidden chambers in Tut’s tomb is being mirrored by the hype for hidden chambers in the Templo Mayor:

http://www.mexiconews.net/index.php/sid/239054055
http://www.inah.gob.mx/es/boletines/4948-revelan-hallazgos-durante-la-primera-mesa-redonda-de-tenochtitlan
http://www.usnews.com/news/science/news/articles/2015/12/01/mexico-experts-passageway-may-lead-to-aztec-rulers-tomb
http://phys.org/news/2015-12-mexico-experts-passageway-aztec-ruler.html
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/dec/01/aztec-rulers-tombs-mexico-tenochtitlan-sealed-chambers
http://www.statesman.com/ap/ap/top-news/mexico-experts-passageway-may-lead-to-aztec-rulers/npZJ2/
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/12/02/world/science-health-world/passageway-may-lead-remains-aztec-rulers/
http://www.skynews.com.au/news/world/sthamerica/2015/12/02/underground-passage-could-lead-to-aztec-kings.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3341290/Mexico-experts-passageway-lead-Aztec-rulers-tomb.html
http://www.cp24.com/mobile/world/mexico-experts-find-passageway-that-may-lead-to-aztec-ruler-s-tomb-1.2682359

Tiwanaku artifacts along the La Paz:

http://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Bolivian-Archaeologists-Dig-For-Rare-Artefacts-20151130-0030.html

How pre-Colombian cultures adapted to El Nino:

http://www.peruthisweek.com/news-archaeologist-reveals-how-pre-colombian-cultures-adapted-to-nino-108274

Feature on some pre-Columbian statuary from Nicaragua:

http://insidecostarica.com/2015/11/30/precision-nicaraguas-pre-columbian-artifacts-surprises-experts/

Machu Picchu is on Google Street View:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/visit-machu-picchu-google-street-view-180957445/

More on folks being in South America some 18 500 years b.p.:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/people-roamed-tip-south-america-18500-years-ago

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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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Out of our period of interest, but the antiquity of peaches might be of interest:

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2015-12/ps-eap120115.php
http://news.discovery.com/history/archaeology/oldest-peach-pits-found-in-china-151201.htm
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2015/1202/Paleo-peach-Was-the-sweet-juicy-fruit-in-China-before-humans
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3343073/World-s-oldest-peach-pit-reveals-juicy-secrets-2-5-million-year-old-fruit-originated-China-arrival-humans.html
http://www.livescience.com/52952-oldest-peach-fossils-discovered.html

Some Hanukkah-related items:

http://www.cjnews.com/perspectives/opinions/chanukah-hanukka-hanukkah-hows-that-again
https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/five-myths-about-hanukkah/2015/12/02/2ea6fc3c-93ae-11e5-8aa0-5d0946560a97_story.html

Latest Nazi-looted art story:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/03/world/europe/germany-nazi-looted-art-cornelius-gurlitt.html

On the math-art connection:

http://www.theguardian.com/science/alexs-adventures-in-numberland/2015/dec/02/why-the-history-of-maths-is-also-the-history-of-art

Another Rembrandt at Queen’s University:

http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/12/01/queens-university-in-canada-gets-a-third-rembrandt-from-alfred-and-isabel-bader/

A first edition King James Bible turned up at Drew University:

http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/12/04/rare-king-james-bible-first-edition-discovered-at-drew-university/

Studying facial hair:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/06/books/review/of-beards-and-men-and-true-style.html

Yale acquired some scattered medieval pages:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/04/arts/design/yale-buys-collection-of-scattered-medieval-pages.html

On increasing arguments over shipwreck ownership:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/01/us/with-shipwreck-treasure-easier-to-reach-a-duel-is-on.html?partner=rssnyt&emc=rss

On ‘smoking’ corpses:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20151130-one-of-most-bizarre-rituals-of-the-ancient-world

Missed the sale of Michelangelo’s Tuscan Villa:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/where-we-live/wp/2015/12/01/michelangelos-tuscany-villa-lists-for-7-944-million/

What Alice Kelly is up to:

http://news.yale.edu/2015/11/19/recovering-lost-edith-wharton-story-qa-visiting-scholar-alice-kelly

Review of Hammer, *Map: Exploring the World*:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/06/books/review/map-exploring-the-world-the-curious-map-book-and-more.html

Archaeology Podcast Network:

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

http://artdaily.com/news/83415/-Hoards–The-Hidden-History-of-Ancient-Britain–opens-at-the-British-Museum-in-London

Lod Mosaic:

http://brusselstimes.com/art-culture/4636/roman-mosaic-floor-from-lod-on-view-in-venice

Bardo Treasures:

http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2015/12/03/bardo-treasures-to-go-on-show-in-italy_5397baf8-a6f0-4c98-ae17-97e22440fdb1.html

Prometheus Eternal:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/04/arts/design/prometheus-eternal-a-comic-book-anthology-in-the-company-of-masterpieces.html

Sunken Cities:

http://www.theguardian.com/science/2015/nov/30/british-museum-egpyt-sunken-treasures
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/12025843/PLS-PIC-and-PUB-Secrets-of-lost-cities-under-the-sea-revealed-from-tax-rules-to-goddesses.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-34963834
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3340730/Splendours-Egypt-s-Atlantis-Lost-treasures-sunken-cities-1-000-years-submerged-waters-Nile-delta.html
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/british-museum-underwater-pompeii-comes-to-london-as-egypt-s-sunken-cities-are-rediscovered-a6754926.html
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/dec/03/sunken-cities-british-museum-exhibition-climate-change-flood
http://www.culture24.org.uk/history-and-heritage/archaeology/art542366-ancient-egypt-sunken-cities-british-museum

Immortales:

http://www.oudaily.com/a_and_e/ou-s-temporary-roman-bust-exhibit-extending-its-stay/article_354de08a-993c-11e5-b264-136f3f0e5ba9.html

Greeks:

http://chicagoist.com/2015/11/30/greeking_out_at_the_field_museum-_n.php

Philippine Gold:

http://etc.ancient.eu/2015/12/02/gold-artifacts-from-the-ancient-philippines/

Egypt is opening a museum at the Cairo airport:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/egypt/12032179/Egypt-to-open-museum-at-Cairo-airport-to-boost-tourism.html

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THE TECHY SIDE
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Examining some preserved human hearts from Rennes reveals evidence of heart disease:

http://phys.org/news/2015-12-radiologists-woman-died-egypt-years.html
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2015-12/rson-iye112315.php
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3343408/Modern-science-detects-disease-400-year-old-embalmed-hearts.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/12/02/us-science-hearts-idUSKBN0TL2PN20151202?feedType=RSS&feedName=healthNews
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/12/2015/imaging-reveals-evidence-of-disease-in-400-year-old-french-hearts

Feature on one archeologist’s use of 3d laser imaging:

http://www.stuff.co.nz/taranaki-daily-news/news/74350703/new-plymouth-archaeologist-daniel-mccurdy-replaces-spade-with-laser

Laser mapping Lincoln cathedral:

http://phys.org/news/2015-12-laser-lincoln-cathedral-uncover-architectural.html

Interesting study of 19th century purple dye:

http://phys.org/news/2015-12-state-of-the-art-science-reveals-secrets-19th.html
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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Big coverage that the ‘Siberian Ice Maiden’ was actually a male, or transgender, or something along those lines:

http://siberiantimes.com/science/casestudy/news/n0506-female-amazon-warrior-buried-2500-years-ago-in-altai-mountains-was-male/
http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/12/05/siberian-gender-bending-warrior-princess.html

…. but the story was in haste:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2015/12/01/no-the-siberian-ice-maiden-is-not-a-man/

DNA suggests Europeans only started digesting dairy about 4000 years b.p.:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/europeans-only-started-digesting-dairy-4000-years-ago-180957424/?no-ist

Viste Boy is being sent for DNA analysis:

http://phys.org/news/2015-12-year-old-viste-boy-dna-analysis.html

There’s a ‘grandparenting gene’ apparently:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/science/science-news/12025521/Grandparent-genes-discovered-by-scientists.html
Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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Vikings apparently didn’t leave Greenland because of climate change:

http://phys.org/news/2015-12-undercuts-idea-medieval-period-global.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2015/12/04/climate-change-may-not-have-driven-the-vikings-from-greenland-after-all/

Adding logs from whaling ships to the climate data:

http://phys.org/news/2015-12-citizen-science-climate-historic-arctic-whaling.html

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TOURISTY THINGS
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Korcula:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/korcula-venice-empire-italy-tradition-old-world-charm-180956870/

Iran:

http://www.asianage.com/travel/iran-and-its-veiled-beauty-425

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CRIME BEAT
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A stolen 1612 map has been recovered:

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/boston-library-recovers-stolen-map-created-in-1612/

Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2015/11/culture-crime-news-23-29-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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NUMISMATICA
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Big bucks for a Saxon coin from Wiltshire:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-wiltshire-34994318

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v18n48.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v18n49.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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Already apologizing for ‘Gods of Egypt’:

http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/11/30/gods-of-egypt-casting-prompts-apologies-from-director-and-lionsgate/

Steel Hammer:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/04/theater/review-in-steel-hammer-a-man-and-a-train-in-a-race-and-a-legend.html

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OBITUARIES
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Paul Bernard:

http://www.aibl.fr/membres/academiciens-depuis-1663/article/bernard-paul?lang=fr

Fatima Mernissi:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-34968022

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-main-menu-cat/audio-news-list/2330-audio-news-from-archaeologica-22-nov-28-nov-2015
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UPCOMING CONFERENCES
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GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

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

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Ancient Digger:

http://www.ancientdigger.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Past Horizons:

http://www.pasthorizons.com/

Stonepages:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

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

Time Machine:

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

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

The Book and the Spade:

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