Explorator 18.34 ~ December 13, 2015

 

Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri,
Feral Boy, Barbara Saylor Rodgers, David Critchley, Jona Lendering,
Bob Heuman, Hernan Astudillo, Richard Campbell, Richard C. Griffiths,
and Ross W. Sargent for headses upses this week (as always hoping
I have left no one out).

Please note that Explorator may or may not appear next week; I’m
not sure what my Internet access will be on a brief road trip
… if none next week, expect a double issue to follow!
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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Pondering facial difference between Neanderthals and modern humans:

http://phys.org/news/2015-12-neanderthals-intriguing-difference.html
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2015-12/nyu-nrd120715.php
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3348997/Why-FLAT-face-delicate-features-oddity-caused-loss-bone-explains-don-t-big-noses-skulls-Neanderthals.html

The ‘defining a human’ debate continues:

http://www.livescience.com/53010-debate-surrounds-human-family-tree.html

Feature on Mary Leakey:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/08/opinion/animated-life-mary-leakey.html

Feature on Lake Turkana:

http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20151207-the-remote-lake-that-tells-the-story-of-humanitys-birth

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AFRICA
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Sadly, we’re now watching to see ISIL’s activities in Sabratha:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/islamic-state/12045883/Islamic-State-seizes-Unesco-heritage-site-in-Libya.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3355497/ISIS-fanatics-raze-ancient-city-Fears-ancient-Roman-site-Libya-fanatics-storm-town-three-militants-captured.html
http://www.timesofisrael.com/concern-for-libya-unesco-site-after-islamic-state-said-to-take-over/

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Tut’s mask is returning to the Egyptian Museum:

http://egyptianstreets.com/2015/12/10/king-tut-mask-to-return-to-egyptian-museum-next-week-following-restoration/

… and what we’ve learned:

http://www.dw.com/en/what-the-world-might-discover-from-the-king-tut-mask-restoration/a-18902096

Feature on a crocodile mummy from Kom Ombo:

http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20151214-inside-an-ancient-crocodile-mummy
http://www.culture24.org.uk/history-and-heritage/archaeology/art542752-object-of-the-week-sobek-a-2500-year-old-mummified-nile-crocodile

Interesting Canaanite text from Lachish:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/at-biblical-site-researchers-discover-abcs-of-how-alphabet-came-to-be/

Feature on the Magdala Stone:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/09/world/middleeast/magdala-stone-israel-judaism.html?_r=0

Beit Shemesh has scrapped plans for a housing development near the archaeological site:

http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.691036

A potsherd from the Temple Mount Sifting Project (is that date right?) might end the debate on the original menorah design:

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Byzantine-era-potsherd-from-Temple-Mount-may-contain-engraving-of-holy-sites-menorah-436965
http://www.breakingisraelnews.com/55896/ancient-engraving-menorah-found-temple-mount-ended-centuries-debate-jerusalem/

… but this one says it’s not a menorah?:

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2015/12/09/ancient-relic-found-at-jerusalem-holy-site-has-archaeologists-stumped-we-welcome-your-suggestions/

Students on a dig found some Hasmonean-era coins:

http://www.algemeiner.com/2015/12/10/on-hanukkah-dig-israeli-high-school-students-thrilled-to-find-hasmonean-era-coins/

Arutz Sheva has a nice series on Maccabbees-related items/sites:

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/Tag.aspx/40342

… and there was an ‘interview’:

http://www.breakingisraelnews.com/55710/judah-maccabee-goes-viral-jewish-rebel-leader-grants-exclusive-interview-opinion/

… and a reflective sort of thing:

http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Overlooking-the-Mount-436477

An interesting Byzantine inscription being spun:

http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/archaeology/.premium-1.691515

Feature on the only archaeological evidence of crucifixion:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2015/12/08/this-one-bone-provides-the-only-skeletal-evidence-for-crucifixion-in-the-ancient-world/

Parts of the largest private Judaica collection is coming to auction under controversy:

http://forward.com/news/326534/breaking-up-the-worlds-largest-collection-of-judaica-is-hard-to-do/

More on that lead-handled ‘wand’ from Anatolia/the Negev:

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4736736,00.html
http://www.timesofisrael.com/6000-year-old-artifact-from-negev-may-be-worlds-oldest-smelted-lead-object/
http://www.foxnews.com/science/2015/12/07/ancient-wand-may-be-oldest-example-lead-work-in-levant.html

More on that Hezekiah seal impression:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/12/151202132519.htm
https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/seal-of-a-biblical-king-is-found-in-a-trash-heap-in-jerusalem/2015/12/07/c30a7366-99e6-11e5-b499-76cbec161973_story.html

More on trade routes between Iran and Mesopotamia:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/12/151203082704.htm

More on a mummy with a head full of dirt:

http://news.discovery.com/history/ancient-egypt/mysterious-egyptian-mummy-has-head-full-of-dirt-151206.htm#mkcpgn=rssnws1
We’re back (it seems) to focusing on ISIL’s purported levels of sales-of-antiquities:

http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=30315

… and European states are seeking to shut down the trade:

http://news.yahoo.com/european-states-urge-action-against-antiquities-dealing-160152942.html
http://www.thelocal.it/20151208/european-states-urge-action-against-isis-antiquities-dealing

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Big news this week is the discovery of a site in the Netherlands which seems associated with a major massacre by Julius Caesar:

http://www.dutchnews.nl/news/archives/2015/12/dutch-archaeologists-find-proof-of-julius-caesar-led-massacre-in-the-netherlands/
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/dec/11/julius-caesar-battlefield-unearthed-southern-netherlands-dutch-archaeologists
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3356684/Caesar-decimated-Dutch-Archaeologists-pinpoint-site-battle-destroyed-two-tribes-left-150-000-dead.html
http://artdaily.com/news/83584/Archaeologists-say-Julius-Caesar-came–saw-and-conquered-on-Dutch-soil-in-55-BC
http://news.yahoo.com/caesar-came-saw-conquered-dutch-soil-55-bc-170301559.html
http://www.foxnews.com/science/2015/12/11/archaeologists-find-remnants-massacre-led-by-caesar.html
http://www.karwansaraypublishers.com/pw/ancient-warfare/blog/the-massacre-of-the-usipetes-and-tencteri/
http://www.nu.nl/wetenschap/4179896/plek-historische-veldslag-caesar-ontdekt-bij-kessel.html
http://www.volkskrant.nl/wetenschap/caesar-was-vrijwel-zeker-in-nederland~a4204745/

Also big news is the discovery of a shipwreck which was making a major shipment of garum:

http://news.discovery.com/history/archaeology/wreck-full-of-ancient-roman-ketchup-found-151211.htm
http://www.thelocal.it/20151211/sunken-haul-of-roman-fish-sauce-found-off-italy

Evidence of a Bronze Age ‘intercultural party’ at Roca:

http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/12/2015/the-first-inter-cultural-party-in-europe

Something about an ‘Agamemnon throne’ controversy:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/204104/article/ekathimerini/life/archaeological-society-denies-claims-of-agamemnon-throne-discovery

A Roman burial ground in Lincoln:

http://thelincolnite.co.uk/2015/12/archaeologists-stumble-upon/

Pondering cart ruts on Malta:

http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20151210/local/aiming-to-solve-the-secret-of-our-mysterious-cart-ruts.595173

… while an Iznik municipality covered a Roman mosaic with a road:

http://www.todayszaman.com/national_municipality-covers-parts-of-ancient-roman-mosaic-with-asphalt-road_406324.html

… but now seem to have removed the asphalt:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/asphalt-over-roman-mosaic-removed.aspx?pageID=238&nID=92342&NewsCatID=375

On Nero’s persecution of Christians:

http://cultura.elpais.com/cultura/2015/12/11/actualidad/1449837567_576654.html

Concerns for an ancient Lambousa site:

http://in-cyprus.com/ancient-lambousa-site-at-risk/

A gardener in Cyprus found a burial in his garden (seems old enough):

http://in-cyprus.com/ancient-grave-found-in-mans-garden/

Greece seems to be putting the legal action on the Parthenon Marbles on hold:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/204151/article/ekathimerini/news/greek-govt-changes-course-on-parthenon-marbles
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/amal-clooney-dropped-from-elgin-marbles-390455

On Janet Stephens and Roman hairdressing:

http://nymag.com/thecut/2015/12/ancient-roman-hair-janet-stephens.html

What Frank Langley is up to:

http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/loyal-band-of-latin-lovers-says-vale-to-their-leader-20151209-glhymt.html
What Mary Beard is up to:

http://blogs.wsj.com/speakeasy/2015/12/09/scholar-mary-beard-discusses-ancient-rome-spartacus-and-gladiator-podcast/

What Julie Hruby is up to:

http://classics.dartmouth.edu/news/professors-win-teaching-award-new-course

Feature on Michael Rostovtzeff:

http://yaledailynews.com/blog/2015/12/08/theiss-rostovtzeff-at-yale/

A project to return items from Knidos to their original site:

http://www.dailysabah.com/history/2015/12/10/new-project-aims-to-bring-treasures-of-knidos-back-to-their-original-site

I think we mentioned this Roman Cupid ring:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-hampshire-35062637

More on that ‘frescoed room’ found in Rome a couple weeks ago:

http://www.thelocal.it/20151124/italy-roadworks-unearth-frescoed-roman-room

More on that intact Etruscan tomb:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/etruscan-tomb-found_56650848e4b08e945fefe486?ncid=txtlnkusaolp00000592

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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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Suggestion that Stonehenge was originally erected in Wales, then moved (this story seems to have various spins):

http://phys.org/news/2015-12-stonehenge-bluestone-quarries-miles-wales.html
http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/dec/07/stonehenge-first-erected-in-wales-secondhand-monument
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-south-west-wales-35025346
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/stonehenge-was-built-in-wales-and-dragged-off-to-wiltshire-500-years-later-study-suggests-a6762916.html
http://www.thisiswiltshire.co.uk/news/headlines/14129670.Stonehenge_stones__recycled___says_new_study/
http://www.livescience.com/53065-stonehenge-bluestones-quarry.html
http://news.discovery.com/history/archaeology/stonehenge-first-built-in-wales-study-claims-151207.htm#mkcpgn=rssnws1
http://www.cnn.com/2015/12/07/travel/the-stonehenge-ikea-monument/index.html
http://www.nbcnews.com/tech/tech-news/stonehenge-rocks-might-have-come-other-monuments-n476406
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2015/1208/Was-Stonehenge-built-somewhere-else-and-then-moved
http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/nation-now/2015/12/08/stonehenge-may-have-been-first-erected-wales-study-finds/76969150/
http://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2015/12/07/welsh-stones-helped-make-stonehenge-a-monument-to-deceased-ancestors-archaeologists-say/
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3349053/Stonehenge-built-Wales.html
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/12/151207-stonehenge-bluestone-discovery-archaeology/

… and it wasn’t the first ‘secondhand monument’:

http://phys.org/news/2015-12-stonehenge-isnt-prehistoric-monument-unique.html
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/crux/2015/12/11/stonehenge-wasnt-the-first-second-hand-prehistoric-monument/

… and we’re getting a rehash of the ‘feasts’ story from a while too:

http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2015/12/08/458846536/party-like-its-2-500-bc-feasts-at-stonehenge-were-epic-barbecues

Much coverage of the Watlington Hoard of Viking silver and stuff found by a metal detectorist:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-35061303
http://www.theguardian.com/science/2015/dec/10/watlington-hoard-viking-silver-coins-alfred-the-great
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/watlington-hoard-reveals-alfred-the-greats-stalin-style-airbrushing-of-history-a6768716.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/earth/environment/archaeology/12043749/British-Museum-unveils-unique-hoard-of-Viking-coins.html
http://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-britain-treasure-viking-idUKKBN0TT1HW20151210
http://newsdaily.com/2015/12/metal-detectorist-finds-viking-treasure-in-britain/
https://uk.news.yahoo.com/hoard-viking-coins-jewellery-found-oxfordshire-161048677.html
http://www.culture24.org.uk/history-and-heritage/archaeology/art542878-Significant-viking-hoard-revealed-at-the-british-museum-for-launch-of-annual-treasure-report

A metal detectorist also found a nice example of a ‘Wild Man’:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-suffolk-35050026

… and what they’ve found in Oxfordshire:

http://www.banburycake.co.uk/news/14140983.Treasure_trove__Treasured_finds_that_just_keep_on_coming_from_detectorists/

… a top five finds list:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/earth/environment/archaeology/12044823/Top-five-amazing-treasure-finds-by-amateur-UK-archaeologists.html

Evidence of a Bronze Age settlement on Orkney:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-35049323
http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/14133567.Bronze_age_settlement_found_in_Orkney_sand/
http://www.lep.co.uk/news/education/university-of-central-lancashire-expert-makes-amazing-bronze-age-find-1-7620056

British gun flints from a Scottish island:

http://www.culture24.org.uk/history-and-heritage/archaeology/art542730-clan-gun-flints-dun-eistean-hebrides

Interesting images on the Gulval Stone:

http://news.discovery.com/history/art-history/medieval-monument-depicts-animal-headed-saints-photos-151209.htm

Remains of a Medieval castle beneath Prison Gloucester:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3351160/Is-rival-Tower-London-Huge-medieval-castle-discovered-buried-beneath-prison-s-BASKETBALL-court.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

Finds from various periods at Leicester:

http://www.alphagalileo.org/ViewItem.aspx?ItemId=159263&CultureCode=en
http://feeds.sciencedaily.com/~r/sciencedaily/fossils_ruins/archaeology/~3/xHN4AHjrl-8/151210092855.htm

Excitement that the location of Suleiman the Magnificent’s heart and organs may have been located in Hungary:

http://www.livescience.com/53045-lost-tomb-of-suleiman-the-magnificent-possibly-unearthed.html
http://news.discovery.com/history/archaeology/tomb-of-suleiman-the-magnificent-possibly-found-151210.htm#mkcpgn=rssnws1
http://pte.hu/english/news/tomb_sultan_suleiman_szigetvar
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3356520/Lost-tomb-Suleiman-Magnificent-one-greatest-rulers-Ottoman-Empire-unearthed-southern-Hungary-contains-ORGANS.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=83537
http://www.theguardian.com/science/2015/dec/09/suleiman-the-magnificent-tomb-hungary

More on those urns with human hearts:

http://www.star2.com/living/science-technology/2015/12/11/modern-science-detects-disease-in-400-year-old-embalmed-hearts/
http://news.discovery.com/history/archaeology/embalmed-hearts-found-under-french-convent-151207.htm#mkcpgn=rssnws1

… cf:

https://bonesdontlie.wordpress.com/2015/12/09/why-didnt-it-decompose-embalmed-hearts-and-bog-bodies/

Review of Shapiro, *The Year of Lear*:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/13/books/review/the-year-of-lear-shakespeare-in-1606-by-james-shapiro.html

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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Not sure if this 2000 years b.p. Chinese tomb is one of the ones we’ve mentioned in the past couple of weeks:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2015-12/09/c_134900046.htm

200 burials from Central China:

http://www.techtimes.com/articles/113855/20151208/archaeologists-find-more-than-200-ancient-tombs-in-central-china.htm

Racing to save mummies from climate change in the Altai mountains:

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/projects/cp/climate/2015-paris-climate-talks/what-climate-change-looks-likea-race-to-save-frozen-mummies

A set of gold-plated teeth, possibly seventh century, from Nalanda:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Gold-plated-teeth-recovered-from-Nalanda-archaeological-site/articleshow/50125133.cms
http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/other-states/goldplated-teeth-recovered-from-nalanda-archaeological-site/article7972954.ece

Thousands of 16th century (maybe) cannon balls from a Kannur castle:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/kochi/4000-cannon-balls-found-ammo-for-scholars/articleshow/50147887.cms
http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/kerala/4000-cannon-balls-unearthed/article7979083.ece
http://news.webindia123.com/news/Articles/India/20151212/2746620.html

Latest from Angkor Wat:

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2015-12/uos-ndr120815.php
http://phys.org/news/2015-12-discoveries-redefine-angkor-wat-history.html
http://sydney.edu.au/news-opinion/news/2015/12/09/new-discoveries-redefine-angkor-wat-s-history.html
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/discoveries-reveal-lost-angkor-history
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3354857/What-buried-buildings-Angkor-Wat-Researchers-discover-ancient-temple-surrounded-1-mile-long-mysterious-structure-towers-giant-SPIRAL-sand.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
http://www.livescience.com/53035-angkor-wat-yields-buried-towers-spiral-structure.html
http://news.yahoo.com/angkor-wat-yields-astounding-buried-towers-spiral-structure-150353280.html

Pondering Aboriginal heritage:

http://theconversation.com/separate-but-unequal-the-sad-fate-of-aboriginal-heritage-in-western-australia-51561

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http://www.southeastasianarchaeology.com/

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http://nzarchaeology.blogspot.co.nz/index.html
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NORTH AMERICA
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Feature on ‘America’s Stonehenge’:

http://www.concordmonitor.com/home/19842752-95/americas-stonehenge-steeped-in-history-but-no-ones-sure-what-kind

How the founding fathers defended Muslim rights:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2015/12/11/how-thomas-jefferson-and-other-founding-fathers-defended-muslim-rights/

Something about Goths and New England:

https://www.bostonglobe.com/ideas/2015/10/24/the-goths-our-family-tree/3OK4SWR8hfalBPtomusmBJ/story.html

On some trees that were important in Colonial times:

https://www.bostonglobe.com/ideas/2015/12/06/new-england-symbolic-trees/B5Y6LbiDGjOBwVn8UKaqVN/story.html

Rethinking some Civil War battles in Missouri:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/house-divided/wp/2015/12/10/archaeology-changes-understanding-of-missouri-battle/

Evidence of pre-earthquake Chinatown in Sanf Francisco:

http://www.sfexaminer.com/archaeologists-unearth-slice-of-pre-1906-earthquake-chinatown-amid-central-subway-construction/

Concerns for coastal sites in Florida:

http://www.floridatoday.com/story/news/local/2015/12/09/group-meets-to-discuss-sea-level-rise-impacts-in-florida/77067274/

More on the wood sources for Chaco Canyon houses:

http://phys.org/news/2015-12-unexpected-wood-source-chaco-canyon.html
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2015-12/uoa-uws120315.php
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/12/2015/unexpected-wood-source-for-chaco-canyon-great-houses

Review of Sedgwick, *The War of Two*:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/13/books/review/john-sedgwicks-war-of-two-alexander-hamilton-aaron-burr-and-the-duel-that-stunned-the-nation.html

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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More on the San Jose shipwreck:

http://www.livescience.com/53027-sunken-treasure-ship-found.html
http://www.livescience.com/53026-photos-treasure-ship-san-jose.html
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/colombia-discovers-legendary-shipwreck-lost-more-300-years-180957469/
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2015/1206/Shipwreck-mystery-Colombia-finds-biggest-sunken-treasure-ever
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/dec/06/wreck-spanish-galleon-treasure-haul?subid=16450490&CMP=EMCNEWEML6619I2
http://news.yahoo.com/sunken-treasure-ship-worth-billions-possibly-found-300-174802952.html
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/12/151209-spanish-shipwreck-billion-treasure-archaeology/

… and there is an ownership dispute, of course:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/southamerica/colombia/12040708/Colombia-states-artifacts-from-1708-Spanish-shipwreck-belong-to-them-not-Spain.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/reuters/article-3351765/Artifacts-1708-Spanish-shipwreck-Colombian-heritage-president.html
http://cultura.elpais.com/cultura/2015/12/11/actualidad/1449864673_384056.html
http://cultura.elpais.com/cultura/2015/12/11/actualidad/1449850081_170937.html

Pondering Mexican migration:

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/12/151206-immigration-border-migrant-mexico-desert-ngbooktalk/

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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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On the history of bathing:

http://www.medicaldaily.com/brief-history-bathing-importance-hygiene-ancient-romes-sophisticated-showers-modern-364826

On the importance of the ‘icebox’:

https://www.bostonglobe.com/ideas/2014/12/19/how-massachusetts-man-invented-global-ice-market/aoJjlHGR4Kj53Z62ZQrhrJ/story.html?p1=Article_Related_Box_Article_More

Haven’t had a Mona Lisa theory in a while:

http://www.apollo-magazine.com/the-missing-mona-lisa/?utm_source=Adestra&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20151210_Weekly_Round_Up_50
http://www.livescience.com/53038-hidden-painting-real-mona-lisa.html
http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=83527
http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-35031997
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/art/artists/mona-lisa-discovery-scientist-claims-secret-second-portrait-of-r/
http://www.cnn.com/2015/12/08/world/mona-lisa-hidden-portrait/index.html?sr=twCNN120815world/mona-lisa-hidden-portrait/index.html,world/mona-lisa-hidden-portrait/index.html%200521PMStoryLink&linkId=19413212
http://news.yahoo.com/mona-lisa-secret-smile-hidden-portrait-found-085534186.html

The 18th century version of the human body:

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2015-12/uoe-tba121015.php

On Shakespeare’s inspirations for Lady Macbeth:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3358177/The-two-ruthless-Roman-queens-academics-believes-REAL-inspiration-Shakespeare-s-Lady-Macbeth.html

On the greatness of Middlemarch:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20151204-why-middlemarch-is-the-greatest-british-novel

… and the 25 greatest British novels:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20151204-the-25-greatest-british-novels

… here’s the top 100:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20151204-the-100-greatest-british-novels

Rethinking Victorian ‘civility’:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/12/151207082449.htm

A new religion in Iceland:

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2015/12/08/458928720/icelanders-opposed-to-government-support-for-religion-form-a-religion-of-their-o

Christmas-related items have begun to appear:

https://www.insidehighered.com/views/2015/12/09/puritan-war-christmas-essay
http://www.npr.org/sections/npr-history-dept/2015/12/08/458398926/12-pranks-of-christmas-past
http://phys.org/news/2015-12-victorians-exposed-fine-art-christmas.html

… and we’re still getting Hannukkah:

http://columbiaspectator.com/spectrum/2015/12/08/spectrum-summaries-story-hanukkah

Review of Williams, *The Horse*:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/13/books/review/the-horse-by-wendy-williams.html
Archaeology Podcast Network:

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

http://www.merinews.com/article/worlds-largest-museum-and-research-complex-smithsonian-exhibiting-devi-the-great-goddess/15911898.shtml

19th Century Persia Photos:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/06/arts/design/historical-photos-of-persia-through-the-eyes-of-a-shah.html

Art After Alexander:

http://freebeacon.com/culture/art-after-alexander-at-the-national-gallery/

Ancient Greek Inventions:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/204220/article/ekathimerini/life/the-technological-wonders-of-the-ancient-greeks

Agamemnon to Alexander:

http://www.nybooks.com/daily/2015/12/10/greeks-splendors-of-the-dead/
http://artdaily.com/news/83465/More-than-500-Greek-artifacts–from-the-collections-of-21-museums-exhibited-at-the-Field-Museum

Celts:

http://www.wsj.com/articles/celts-art-and-identity-review-a-cultural-conundrum-1449526809

Mummies of the World:

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865643308/The-mummies-return-45-arrive-in-Salt-Lake-for-new-exhibit.html?pg=all

Royal Taste:

http://www.tampabay.com/things-to-do/visualarts/review-exhibition-offers-a-glimpse-of-princely-life-in-ming-dynasty-era/2257062

A piece bringing assorted UK exhibitions together:

http://www.theguardian.com/culture/2015/dec/13/art-and-empire-british-identity-patchwork-culture

Renovations at the Musee Unterlinden:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/10/t-magazine/travel/colmar-france-museum-makeover.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Ftravel

The Rijksmuseum is fiddling with some of its descriptions:

http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/12/10/rijksmuseum-removing-racially-charged-terms-from-artworks-titles-and-descriptions/

Egypt has opened a museum at the Cairo airport:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/172899/Egypt/Politics-/Egypts-Aviation-and-Antiquities-ministries-inaugur.aspx

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THE TECHY SIDE
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The U-CAT underwater robot might prove useful:

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/dec/9/estonian-turtle-robot-searches-for-shipwrecks-and-/

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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DNA tests on a horse from a 2000 years b.p. Chinese burial suggest it was a Palomino:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2015-12/10/c_134904597.htm

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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Feature on climate and the rise and fall of civilizations:

http://feeds.sciencedaily.com/~r/sciencedaily/fossils_ruins/archaeology/~3/yAmXjlOKWuE/151204145919.htm
http://theconversation.com/climate-and-the-rise-and-fall-of-civilizations-a-lesson-from-the-past-51907

More on climate and the Vikings in Greenland:

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2015-12/teia-sui120115.php
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/12/2015/study-says-climate-was-already-cold-when-the-norse-arrived-in-greenland
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Machu Picchu:

http://www.news.com.au/travel/world-travel/south-america/machu-picchus-secrets-uncovered/news-story/b6e1c5ec8e62ddfd92c758910162cd5e?from=public_rss

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CRIME BEAT
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A retired National Parks Service official is charged with stealing artifacts:

http://phys.org/news/2015-12-ancient.html
http://www.sfgate.com/news/crime/article/Retired-US-official-charged-with-stealing-ancient-6688885.php

Christie’s withdrew a potentially-looted dagger from auction:

https://news.artnet.com/market/christies-antiquities-sale-looted-dagger-389456

An antiquities dealer faces more charges:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/09/arts/design/antiquities-dealer-leonardo-patterson-faces-new-criminal-charges.html?partner=rssnyt&emc=rss

How they’re coping with a stolen Caravaggio:

http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/12/11/with-stolen-caravaggio-still-missing-a-digital-substitute/

Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2015/12/culture-crime-news-30-november-6-december-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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Syria is accusing Turkey of not returning looted art:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/173242/World/Region/Syrian-antiquities-chief-says-Turkey-refuses-to-re.aspx
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-antiquities-idUSKBN0TU19420151211
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/reuters/article-3355834/Syrian-antiquities-chief-says-Turkey-refuses-return-looted-art.html

The US returned assorted items to China:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/video/2015-12/12/c_134909573.htm

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NUMISMATICA
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Features on coins of Severus (and others):

http://www.coinworld.com/news/world-coins/2015/12/year-of-five-emperors-two-rivals-challenge-septimius-severus.html
http://www.coinworld.com/news/world-coins/2015/12/year-of-five-emperors-septimius-severus-follows-low-point.html
Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v18n49.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v18n50.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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On the history of jazz:

http://theconversation.com/explainer-the-history-of-jazz-51729

Young Charles Dickens:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/12/theater/review-young-charles-dickens-musically-mixes-fact-and-fiction.html

Sancho: An Act of Remembrance:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/12/theater/paterson-joseph-brings-charles-ignatius-sancho-to-life-at-bam-fisher.html

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OBITUARIES
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Charles Moffett:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/12/arts/charles-s-moffett-curator-who-focused-on-impressionists-dies-at-70.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/2333-audio-news-from-archaeologica-29-nov-5-dec-2015
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UPCOMING CONFERENCES
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PEF and Early Exploration of the Holy Land:

https://www.academia.edu/19220185/PEF_and_the_Early_Exploration_of_the_Holy_Land
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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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