Explorator 18.38 ~ January 17, 2016

 

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

Belated holiday wishes to folks celebrating and/or who have
celebrated a pile of seasonal holidays over the past couple of
weeks …

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Some interesting tool finds on Sulawesi are pushing back human presence on that island by some 60 000 years:

http://phys.org/news/2016-01-stone-age-tools-wielded.html
http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=84405
http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/homo-sapiens-would-have-encountered-species-when-they-arrived-on-sulawesi-1.3403849
https://www.newscientist.com/article/dn28765-tool-find-hints-java-man-and-hobbit-had-early-human-neighbour/
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-01-14/stone-tools-date-earliest-occupations-of-humans-on-sulawesi/7086308
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/01/160113-stone-tool-sulawesi-hobbit-flores-archaeology/

… and some are thinking it was homo floresiensis:

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jan/14/sulawesi-find-118000-year-old-stone-tools-point-to-archaic-group-of-humans
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/reuters/article-3398219/Ancient-tools-mysterious-humans-occupied-Indonesian-island.html
http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2016/01/ancient-tools-may-shed-light-mysterious-hobbit
http://news.discovery.com/history/archaeology/ancient-stone-tool-find-suggests-mystery-human-species-160114.htm#mkcpgn=rssnws1
http://www.livescience.com/53361-mysterious-hobbit-relative-found.html
http://www.livescience.com/25415-hobbit-homo-floresiensis.html
http://www.universityherald.com/articles/27781/20160114/the-hobbit-an-ancient-human-relative-lived-on-indonesian-island-sulawesi.htm

Suggestion that a painting in Chauvet Cave might depict a volcanic eruption:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/chauvet-cave-paintings-a-volcanic-eruption-from-36000-years-ago-as-captured-by-prehistoric-man-a6805001.html
http://www.weather.com/science/news/oldest-images-volcanic-eruption-chauvet-caves?cm_ven=T_SCI_AN_11416_16

Pondering whether Neanderthals are humans:

http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20160111-what-is-it-that-makes-you-a-human-and-not-something-else

More on Oetzi’s gut bacteria:

http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=84357

More on Neanderthals and modern allergies etc.:

http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v529/n7585/full/529131c.html
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/sex-with-neanderthals-cause-of-allergies-a6806676.html
http://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/jan/07/human-neanderthal-relationships-may-be-at-root-of-modern-allergies

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AFRICA
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We’re getting more features on antiquities which might be threatened in Libya:

https://www.apollo-magazine.com/libyas-threatened-ancient-history-and-why-it-is-significant/

Recent finds from the Sudan:

http://www.agi.it/international/2016/01/11/news/italian-russian_archeologists_make_major_discovery_in_sudan-408847/

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Egypt has put a bunch of repatriated antiquities on display:

http://phys.org/news/2016-01-egypt-repatriated-antiquities.html
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-egypt-returned-antiquities-idUSKCN0US2Z420160114
http://www.reuters.com/video/2016/01/14/egypt-exhibits-repatriated-antiquities?videoId=367044891
http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/180801/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Antiquities-minister-set-to-inaugurate-exhibition-.aspx
http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/exhibition-recovered-antiquities-be-held-egyptian-museum

Concerns for sites/artifacts associated with Egypt’s Jewish communities:

http://www.jpost.com/Diaspora/Egyptian-Jewish-antiquities-uncared-for-as-community-dwindles-438736

More on that ‘power couple’ ‘shrine’:

http://news.discovery.com/history/archaeology/egyptian-statues-revealed-in-ancient-shrines-151228.htm#mkcpgn=rssnws1
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3394498/The-mystery-round-faced-big-eared-power-couple-Archaeologists-shrines-2-000-year-old-Egyptian-family-say-Brangelina-time.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

Very interesting Bronze Age burial from Bahrain:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2016/01/12/young-woman-with-disabilities-found-in-artifact-packed-bronze-age-burial/#4c748da32bba2f571fa2bba6

Pondering abandoned cities in the Negev:

http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/archaeology/.premium-1.697540

Japanese archaeologists are searching for the remains of the Biblical city of Anaharath:

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/01/12/national/history/japanese-archaeologists-in-israel-hunting-for-biblical-city-of-anaharath/

Latest in the Temple Mount saga:

http://www.algemeiner.com/2016/01/11/muslims-carrying-out-unauthorized-excavations-on-temple-mount-claim-they-are-repairing-water-leakage/
https://templemount.wordpress.com/2016/01/10/awaqf-casting-concrete-into-ancient-sewage-tunnel/

Another feature on how ISIS makes money from antiquities:

https://www.thecipherbrief.com/article/trafficking-antiquities

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Horse burials from an 8th century necropolis in Athens:

http://www.amna.gr/english/article/12498/Intact-horse-skeleton-discovered-in-ancient-cemetery-in-southern-coastal-Athens
http://horsetalk.co.nz/2016/01/16/horse-skeletons-ancient-greek-cemetery/#axzz3xVa3dQu4

Plenty of evidence found during A1 construction suggests the Romans were in Yorkshire a decade earlier than previously thought:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-york-north-yorkshire-35314396
http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/our-yorkshire/heritage/spectacular-discoveries-could-put-romans-in-yorkshire-a-decade-before-they-settled-in-york-1-7676043
http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/14205317.display/
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3401618/Treasure-trove-Roman-artefacts-A1-Pots-beads-jewellery-177-000-pieces-unearthed-roadworks.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

Remains of a Bronze Age village near Aquileia:

http://www.thelocal.it/20160113/bronze-age-village-found-near-ancient-roman-city

Nice feature on some Greek pots at Yale:

https://yalealumnimagazine.com/articles/4177/at-home-in-ancient-athens

Bice Peruzzi is studying burial practices in Central Apulia:

http://www.uc.edu/news/NR.aspx?id=22681
http://phys.org/news/2016-01-ancient-burial-rituals-lot.html
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-01/uoc-abr011116.php
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/01/2016/the-changing-burials-rites-in-pre-roman-central-apulian-region

That Bodicacia inscription is now in the Corinium Museum:

http://www.wiltsglosstandard.co.uk/news/14204968.UPDATE__Bodicacia_tombstone_arrives_at_Corinium_Museum/

Studying/recreating Greek pottery:

http://www.baltimoresun.com/health/bs-hs-greek-vases-20160117-story.html

Feature on the Battle of Watling street and other Boudiccan things:

http://www.birminghampost.co.uk/lifestyle/nostalgia/west-midlands-location-britains-bloodiest-10739813

Roman London was a pretty cosmopolitan place:

http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/01/2016/roman-londons-cosmopolitan-history-revealed

Lessons from the Iliad:

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/01/160110-homer-iliad-ancient-world-alexander-ngbooktalk/

They drained the Great Bath at Bath:

http://www.bathchronicle.co.uk/Great-Bath-Roman-Baths/story-28511353-detail/story.html

On black Classicists:

http://www.bu.edu/today/2016/black-classics-scholars-an-untold-story/

Review of Holland, *Dynasty*:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/08/books/review-dynasty-tom-hollands-chronicle-of-the-first-five-emperors-who-ruled-ancient-rome.html

More on Knossos being larger than previously thought:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-city-was-three-times-bigger-archaeologists-suspected-180957759/

More on Roman toilets and parasites:

http://www.scientificamerican.com/podcast/episode/roman-sanitation-didn-t-stop-roaming-parasites/?WT.mc_id=SA_syn_RDFRS

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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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Plenty of coverage is being given to the discovery of what is being dubbed a ‘Bronze Age Pompeii’ near Peterborough (note that many outlets have given multiple articles with varying spins):

http://phys.org/news/2016-01-britain-pompeii-reveals-clues-life.html
http://news.discovery.com/history/archaeology/britains-pompeii-found-at-bronze-age-settlement-160112.htm
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-35280290
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-35296062
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-35290978
http://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/jan/12/a-bronze-age-pompeii-archaeologists-hail-discovery-of-peterborough-site
http://www.theguardian.com/science/video/2016/jan/12/bronze-age-site-in-cambridgeshire-revealed-by-archaeologists-video
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/jan/12/britains-pompeii-bronze-age
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/earth/environment/archaeology/12093895/Bronze-Age-settlement-dubbed-Peterborough-Pompeii-due-to-amazing-preservation.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/earth/environment/archaeology/12096040/Why-these-Bronze-Age-relics-make-me-jump-for-joy.html
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/a6806786.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2016/01/13/a-bronze-age-fire-yields-unparalleled-artifacts-preserved-for-3000-years/
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/01/12/462809406/everyday-life-in-a-bronze-age-village-emerges-in-u-k-excavation
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/0113/Britain-s-little-Pompeii-found-preserved-in-river-silt
https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg22930563-600-peterborough-pompeii-rises-from-the-ashes-after-3000-years/
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3396219/Pompeii-Fens-best-preserved-Bronze-age-home-Britain-Experts-astonished-dwelling-s-condition-unearth-treasures-3-000-year-old-rugs-jewellery-human-remains.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3394932/Stepping-inside-Peterborough-Pompeii.html
http://mashable.com/2016/01/12/british-pompeii-bronze-age-house/#VFZc9iI8MuqP

… and there was a bit of pre-dig (?) hype:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/pa/article-3395154/Archaeologists-hope-discover-secrets-Bronze-Age-time-capsule-dig.html
http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/uk/archaeologists-hope-to-discover-secrets-of-the-bronze-age-at-time-capsule-dig-34355897.html

… while another possible Bronze Age site seems to have been missed because of the previous coverage:

http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/prehistoric-bronze-age-village-been-10720790
A 6000 years b.p. pit from France full of severed human limbs:

http://www.livescience.com/53341-pit-of-arms-uncovered.html
http://www.livescience.com/53339-photos-gruesome-pit-of-limbs.html

A 1500 years b.p. prosthetic foot from Austria:

http://phys.org/news/2016-01-year-old-wooden-foot-austria.html
http://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/jan/14/sixth-century-wooden-foot-oldest-prosthetic-implant-austria-archaeologist
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2016/01/15/1500-year-old-skeleton-with-prosthetic-foot-found-in-austria/
http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=84363
http://news.yahoo.com/1-500-old-wooden-foot-found-austria-003609449.html

A pile of shoes in an excavation at Quarry Bank:

http://www.so-cheshire.co.uk/heritage-1/10942/historic-discovery-amongst-the-ashes-at-quarry-bank

The Plague may have lingered rather longer than previously thought:

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-01/p-pmh010716.php
http://www.livescience.com/53360-plague-bacteria-hidden-reservoir-europe.html
Plans/hopes for more digs at Cambuskenneth Abbey:

http://www.scotsman.com/heritage/people-places/much-still-to-discover-on-cambuskenneth-abbey-digs-1-4002368
http://www.scotsman.com/heritage/people-places/more-digs-planned-at-home-of-scottish-king-1-4002368

Feature on a couple of Danish finds in the past year:

http://sciencenordic.com/two-danish-discoveries-among-2015s-best-archaeology

Review of Crowley, *Conquerors*:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/17/books/review/conquerors-how-portugal-forged-the-first-global-empire-by-roger-crowley.html?smid=nytcore-iphone-share&smprod=nytcore-iphone

Review of Green, *The Love of Strangers*:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/17/books/review/the-love-of-strangers-by-nile-green.html

More on that ‘pirate’ burial in Scotland:

http://www.livescience.com/53324-16th-century-pirate-excavated.html

More on villages underneath Norwegian airports:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/theres-1500-year-old-farming-village-beneath-norwegian-airport-180957764/

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

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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A butchered mammoth suggests a human presence in the Siberian Arctic some 45 000 years b.p.:

http://phys.org/news/2016-01-bones-mammoth-early-human-presence.html
http://www.livescience.com/53397-mammoth-human-hunters.html?cmpid=514645
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/humans-visited-arctic-earlier-thought?tgt=nr
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-35320938
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/earth/environment/archaeology/12101037/Mammoth-carcass-suggests-humans-inhabited-Arctic-10000-years-earlier-than-thought.html
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/technology/science/mammoth-bones-point-to-early-human-conquest-of-arctic/article28203983/?cmpid=rss1
https://www.newscientist.com/article/dn28774-we-reached-americas-doorstep-10000-years-earlier-than-thought/

Oldest tea comes from a Han Dynasty tomb:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2016-01/14/c_135009738.htm
http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/culture/2016-01/15/content_23108149.htm
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/archaeologists-discover-worlds-oldest-tea-buried-with-ancient-chinese-emperor-a6805171.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3393715/That-s-brewing-long-time-2-150-year-old-tea-leaves-treasures-buried-Chinese-emperor-provide-earliest-evidence-Silk-Road-trade-route.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

… and a very interesting prosthetic leg with a hoofed foot:

http://www.livescience.com/53321-ancient-prosthetic-leg-with-hoofed-foot-discovered.html
http://news.yahoo.com/prosthetic-leg-hoofed-foot-discovered-ancient-chinese-tomb-120733916.html

Some tomb raiders in China messed up in a big way:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/peoplesdaily/article-3401407/Grave-robbing-gone-wrong-Chinese-tomb-raiders-SUFFOCATE-setting-dynamite-trying-break-ancient-burial-site.html?ito=social-twitter_mailonline

The ongoing search for that missing Malaysian airplane has turned up a 19th century shipwreck:

http://news.discovery.com/history/archaeology/malaysia-aircraft-search-turns-up-1800s-shipwreck-160104.htm
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3398722/Shipwreck-mistaken-MH370-wreckage-believed-Peruvian-built-ship.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/mh370-search-team-unearth-19th-century-shipwreck-in-hunt-for-missing-malaysia-airlines-plane-in-a6809871.html
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/01/13/462925264/extended-search-for-mh370-finds-a-19th-century-shipwreck

On the ‘survival’ of the Manchu language:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/12/world/asia/china-xinjiang-manchu-xibe-language.html?smprod=nytcore-iphone&smid=nytcore-iphone-share&_r=0

Repondering Aboriginal fires in Australia:

http://phys.org/news/2016-01-fast-thought.html

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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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A Revolutionary War era ship in the Potomac:

http://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/19306/20160112/revolutionary-war-era-ship-found-potomac-river.htm

They’ve figured out the exact spot where the Salem Witches were given their demise:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/17/us/researchers-confirm-exact-site-of-hangings-from-1692-salem-witch-trials.html?partner=rssnyt&emc=rss
http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2016/01/12/researchers-confirm-site-salem-hangings/ReOusTREuXUo8RdxARGLNI/story.html
http://patch.com/massachusetts/salem/salem-witch-hangings-happened-eerie-proctors-ledge-scholars-0
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2016/01/14/the-site-where-salems-witches-were-executed-is-now-next-to-a-walgreens/
http://www.salemnews.com/content/tncms/live/

Touting the Bertie site for the Lost Colony:

http://www.dailyadvance.com/node/3109043

Remains of the first Spanish settlement in Florida:

http://www.laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=2403524&CategoryId=13936

Florida is giving dig permits to practically anyone and there’s some reaction from archaeologists:

http://staugustine.com/opinions/2016-01-16/editorial-citizen-dig-program-needs-quick-burial
http://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2016/01/13/florida-archaeologists-condemn-proposed-citizen-archaeology-permit/#2715e4857a0b33a9e05e58fc

Auctioning off a presidential (maybe) powder horn:

http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory/powder-horn-believed-owned-alexander-hamilton-bid-36214436

Concerns for Ohio sites:

http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2016/01/11/ancient-ohio-sites-lack-protection.html

Pondering the Reconstruction:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/17/opinion/sunday/when-anger-trumped-progress.html

… and the Slocum Massacre:

http://www.npr.org/2016/01/15/463224198/slocum-massacre-highlights-historical-double-standard-in-the-south

That ‘militia’ in Oregon is also in possession of a pile of Paiute artifacts:

http://phys.org/news/2016-01-artifacts-oregon-refuge-held-armed.html
http://www.texarkanagazette.com/news/national/story/2016/jan/16/4000-artifacts-stored-oregon-refuge-held-armed-group/413340/
http://www.pressherald.com/2016/01/15/armed-protesters-hold-key-to-rare-oregon-artifacts/
http://www.chroniclejournal.com/news/world/artifacts-stored-at-oregon-refuge-held-by-armed-group/article_336ee441-43bd-56a5-a635-801159489831.html

… and the Paiute people are concerned:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2016/01/16/who-knows-what-theyre-stomping-on/

More on those Alaskan shipwrecks:

http://www.adn.com/article/20160106/wreckage-lost-whaling-ships-discovered-alaskas-arctic-coast
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/archaeologists-wrecks-19th-centry-whaling-ships-1.3397180
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/01/160108-whaling-shipwrecks-alaska-1871-global-warming/
https://www.adn.com/article/20160114/archaeologists-believe-theyve-found-artifacts-alaskas-cursed-warship-neva

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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First we had hype for the upcoming dig of Honduras’ legendary ‘White City’/‘City of the Monkey God’:

http://news.yahoo.com/legendary-lost-city-of-the-monkey-god-to-be-122946961.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/centralamericaandthecaribbean/honduras/12102984/Excavation-begins-at-what-could-be-site-of-lost-Honduran-White-City.html
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/01/160112-honduras-lost-city-archaeology/
… then we heard of ceramics being found:

http://phys.org/news/2016-01-honduran-team-unearths-ceramics-white.html
http://www.observer-reporter.com/20160115/honduran_team_unearths_ceramics_at_x2018white_cityx2019_site
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/the_americas/honduran-team-unearths-ceramics-at-white-city-site/2016/01/15/a613f4f4-bbe6-11e5-85cd-5ad59bc19432_story.html
http://www.laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=2403454&CategoryId=23558
http://www.reuters.com/video/2016/01/13/ancient-artifacts-removed-from-jungle?videoId=367027705&feedType=VideoRSS&feedName=Lifestyle&videoChannel=1004
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/01/160113-honduran-lost-city-archaeology/

… but there are still doubts:

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jan/17/honduras-lost-city-president-hernandez-doubts-archaeology
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2016/01/11/the-very-real-search-for-an-ancient-city-that-probably-doesnt-exist/

… and cf this coverage from last March:

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/03/150302-honduras-lost-city-monkey-god-maya-ancient-archaeology/

Nice feature on Caral:

http://www.andina.com.pe/ingles/noticia-caral-surprises-the-world-for-advanced-knowledge-and-technology-593667.aspx

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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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Some of Marie Antoinette’s letters are gossip worthy:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/france/12096119/Marie-Antoinettes-torrid-affair-with-Swedish-count-revealed-in-decoded-letters.html

Feature on assorted sunken cities:

http://www.hakaimagazine.com/article-short/real-sunken-cities

… semi similar:

http://www.dailystar.co.uk/travel-news-cheap-uk-holidays-luxury-breaks-more-daily-star/487595/Underwater-city-best-diving-spot-China-Shi-Cheng-Lion-City

Nice opEd on antiquities trafficking:

http://asiasociety.org/blog/asia/new-york-times-broken-system-allows-art-trafficking

On the antiquity of air pollution:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/air-pollution-goes-back-way-further-you-think-180957716/?no-ist

On Dickens and … Powerball:

http://www.npr.org/2016/01/13/462923346/great-expectations-dickens-and-the-powerball

Interesting ‘Google Earth’ sighting turns out to be non-archaological:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3399907/What-strange-alien-circles-near-Las-Vegas-Scientist-say-patterns-seen-space-caused-ANTS.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

The last known survivor of the 1906 San Francisco quake has died:

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/01/12/462771935/last-known-survivor-of-1906-san-francisco-earthquake-has-died

On the electric light bulb:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/12/science/the-arrival-of-electric-light.html

Philosophizing about philosophy:

http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2016/01/11/when-philosophy-lost-its-way/
Arguing over a Picasso:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/13/arts/design/picasso-sculpture-subject-of-lawsuit-by-major-art-world-players.html

Not sure where to put this one … very interesting Aftrican slavery-associated photos from Qajar:

http://www.theguardian.com/world/iran-blog/2016/jan/14/african-slavery-in-qajar-iran-in-photos

The Patriarchal Collection of Manuscripts:

http://syriacpatriarchate.org/st-aphrem-theological-seminary/patriarchal-collection-manuscripts/

More on likely archaeological discoveries this coming year:

http://news.discovery.com/history/archaeology/top-archaeological-finds-expected-in-2016-160113.htm

… and a ‘Top 6’ list:

http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/culture/2016-01/13/content_23071840.htm

Digitizing a 17th century medical pop up book:

http://www.cnet.com/news/17th-century-flap-book-details-the-wonders-of-anatomy/

Latest on the ‘Gurlitt Trove’:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/15/world/europe/gurlitt-art-collection-germany.html

Interesting Atlas find … via Reddit:

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/01/15/463209833/norways-national-library-discovers-rare-atlas-with-a-little-help-from-reddit

Interesting ‘Jingle Bells’ connection:

https://yalealumnimagazine.com/articles/4198/writing-on-the-wall

More on the Anthropocene:

http://phys.org/news/2016-01-anthropocene-hard-evidence-human-driven-earth.html
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/jan/07/human-impact-has-pushed-earth-into-the-anthropocene-scientists-say
http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2016/01/11/science/anthropocene-epoch-definition.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fscience

More on medieval wax seals:

http://www.popsci.com/scientists-are-lifting-fingerprints-left-by-people-hundreds-years-ago
Archaeology Podcast Network:

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

http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=84398

Matthias Buchinger:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/15/arts/design/astounding-feats-in-pen-ink-and-magnifying-glass.html

Julia Cameron photos:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20160112-when-mistakes-make-the-art

Ellis Island Immigrants:

http://www.cbsnews.com/pictures/ellis-island-melting-pot-immigrant-portraits/?ftag=ACQ449302a&vndid=1844662863&ttag=cbsn-fb-954&nan_pid=1844662863

Hindu Masks:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/10/arts/design/hindu-heroes-savored-through-fantastical-masks-at-the-met.html

Feature on the new director at the Frick:

http://www.brownalumnimagazine.com/content/view/4088/28/

Nice donation to the Detroit Institute for the Arts:

http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2016/01/13/retired-art-teacher-leaves-1-7-million-to-the-detroit-institute-of-arts/

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THE TECHY SIDE
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Scanning petroglyphs from various periods in Italy:

http://www.culture24.org.uk/history-and-heritage/archaeology/art544743-brescia-valley-rock-art-film-cambridge
http://www.cam.ac.uk/research/news/meet-the-archaeologists-making-ancient-rock-art-into-3d-reality

Feature on 3d scanning of Egyptian artifacts:

http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2016-01/11/isis-nefertiti-archaeology-3d-scanning

… and the related (I think) PRESIOUS project:

http://cordis.europa.eu/news/rcn/124540_en.html
http://www.presious.eu/

… cf: http://phys.org/news/2016-01-digital-tools-cultural-heritage.html
http://phys.org/news/2016-01-success-edge-cultural-artefact-imaging.html

Sarah Parcak was making the rounds again:

http://www.wsj.com/articles/sarah-parcak-space-archaeologist-1452887899
More on LiDAR revealing Roman roads in Britain:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3381432/Long-lost-Roman-roads-discovered-flood-maps-Hi-tech-Lidar-data-reveals-route-2-000-year-old-highways-Britain.html

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Oetzi’s DNA suggest some rather interesting things about his parents:

http://phys.org/news/2016-01-discoveries-otzi-genetic-history.html
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-01/eaob-nd011316.php
http://news.discovery.com/history/archaeology/oetzi-has-no-living-female-relatives-160114.htm
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3399005/The-mystery-Otzi-s-wandering-father-Famous-iceman-s-parents-came-two-different-parts-Europe-fling-Alps.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

Genetic evidence suggests there were no Transatlantic (as opposed to originating in Siberia) migrations to North America:

http://phys.org/news/2016-01-genetic-ancient-trans-atlantic-migration-professor.html

On tracking human migration with genetics:

http://phys.org/news/2016-01-genetics-history-human-migration.html
Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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On climate change and those Alaskan shipwrecks:

http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/0111/How-global-warming-is-uncovering-old-Alaska-shipwrecks

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TOURISTY THINGS
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Nippur:

http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2015/12/iraq-ancient-city-nippur-ruins-government-neglect.html

Bay of Naples:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/escorted-tours/12095758/Pompeii-Capri-and-the-Bay-of-Naples-tour-Riviera-review.html

Roman Africa:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/africaandindianocean/12094512/17-beautiful-Roman-sites-in-north-Africa.html

Meroe pyramids:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20160104-the-pyramids-few-tourists-have-seen

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CRIME BEAT
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Still not hearing much about that Odyssey Explorer ship seized by Cyprus:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/odyssey-explorer-cyprus-to-examine-suspect-cargo-of-antiquities-from-offshore-supply-ship-a6816691.html

Attempted smuggling of an 800 years b.p. Bible (look how they display it!!!!):

http://www.dailysabah.com/nation/2016/01/15/800-year-old-bible-recovered-in-western-turkey-after-smugglers-try-to-sell-it

Not sure where to put this one … the BBC promotes treasure hunting in England:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-34930450

Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2016/01/culture-crime-news-4-10-january-2016.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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Switzerland returned a pile of Etruscan items to Italy:

http://artdaily.com/news/84409/Switzerland-returns-looted-archaeological-treasures-stolen-during-illegal-excavations-to-Italy
http://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/illicit-artefacts_switzerland-returns-stolen-etruscan-treasures-to-italy/41895888
http://www.thelocal.it/20160114/switzerland-returns-looted-etruscan-treasures-to-italy

A Sioux Pipe bag was recovered years after its theft:

http://savingantiquities.org/sioux-pipe-bag-recovered-13-years-after-theft/
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NUMISMATICA
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A museum story which is really about Anatolian coins:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/kayhan-museums-should-become-centers-of-attraction.aspx?pageID=238&nID=93607&NewsCatID=375

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v19n02.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v19n03.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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Sylvan Barnet:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/14/arts/sylvan-barnet-scholar-is-dead-at-89-edited-signet-shakespeare-paperbacks.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fobituaries

Brian Bedford:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/14/theater/brian-bedford-master-stage-actor-dies-at-80.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fobituaries

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OBITUARIES
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Jacobean Tragedy:

http://news.yale.edu/2016/01/07/hope-infused-jacobean-tragedy-school-drama-s-next-production

King Lear:

http://shakespeareandbeyond.folger.edu/2016/01/08/sweetly-writ-king-lear-and-the-first-folio-in-oregon/

Hamilton:

http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2016/january-web-only/how-hamilton-made-american-history-cool-again.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/2347-audio-news-from-archaeologica-3-jan-9-jan-2016
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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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