Explorator 18.40 ~ January 31, 2016

Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri,
Barbara Saylor Rodgers, Frank MacKay, 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).
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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Feature on the implications of finds in Blombos Cave (mostly):

http://allafrica.com/stories/201601281630.html

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AFRICA
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Hype for an impending Purdue dig in the Sudan:

http://www.wbiw.com/state/archive/2016/01/purdue-archaeologist-returning-to-africa-to-resume-excavating-ancient-tombs.php
http://www.greenfieldreporter.com/view/story/3deb9d5d742f4a8abe829e6eb6a4576d/IN–Purdue-Tomb-Excavations

More on that site in Kenya which might suggest the earliest example of human warfare:

http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/0125/Is-this-the-earliest-evidence-of-human-warfare

… and a related oped:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/24/opinion/sunday/is-warfare-in-our-bones.html
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Plenty more coverage of the eight folks being sent to ‘trial’ for the botched Tutanhamen mask thing:

http://phys.org/news/2016-01-egypt-king-tut-mask-trial.html
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/25/world/middleeast/egypt-museum-king-tutankhamen-mask.html?_r=0
http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Global-News/2016/0124/Eight-Egyptian-museum-officials-face-trial-over-King-Tut-s-broken-beard
http://www.thestar.com/news/world/2016/01/24/egypt-charges-8-over-botched-king-tut-mask-repair.html
http://artdaily.com/news/84597/Egypt-museum-staff-to-face-disciplinary-hearing-over-botched-repair-of-Tutankhamun-mask
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/01/160125-tut-mask-repair-egypt-trial/
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3414350/Museum-staff-charged-negligence-trying-reattach-King-Tutankhamun-s-beard-GLUE.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

A Chinese team will be digging in Egypt for the first time:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2016-01/25/c_135044027.htm
http://www.ecns.cn/2016/01-26/197077.shtml

They’re not going to restore the Baron Empain Palace, apparently:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/43/185983/Heritage/Islamic/Egypts-ministry-of-Antiquities-denies-investigatio.aspx

More hype for a proposed undersea museum in Alexandria:

http://www.ctvnews.ca/sci-tech/french-architect-designs-undersea-museum-for-ruins-of-alexandria-1.2749931

More on particles and the Bent Pyramid:

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/8161487dca054db79b63b4be01a7d049/

The big news this week is that the Babylonians apparently used some sort of calculation to track Jupiter, although the headline writers aren’t sure which branch of mathematics is involved:

http://phys.org/news/2016-01-babylonian-astronomers-position-jupiter-geometric.html
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-01/aaft-abu012616.php
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/29/science/babylonians-clay-tablets-geometry-astronomy-jupiter.html
http://www.livescience.com/53518-babylonians-tracked-jupiter-with-fancy-math.html
http://news.discovery.com/history/ancient-babylonian-used-calculus-to-find-jupiter-16012.htm#mkcpgn=rssnws1
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-35431974
http://science.sciencemag.org/content/351/6272/482
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/0128/Were-ancient-Babylonian-astronomers-math-whizzes
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/ancient-babylonians-used-early-calculus-to-track-path-of-jupiter-study-finds-a6840146.html
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ancient-babylonians-were-using-geometry-centuries-earlier-thought-180957965/
http://news.yahoo.com/knowing-angles-ancient-babylonians-used-tricky-geometry-225029191.html
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/01/28/464447490/track-jupiters-path-like-an-ancient-babylonian?sc=17&f=1001
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/reuters/article-3421844/Knowing-angles-Ancient-Babylonians-used-tricky-geometry.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3421190/Babylonians-used-geometry-track-Jupiter-long-Europeans-Stone-tablets-reveal-ancient-astronomers-used-calculations-1-700-years-earlier.html
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2016/01/28/ancient-babylonian-astronomers-were-way-ahead-of-their-time/
http://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2016-01-29/ancient-babylonian-text-earliest-use-of-calculus-for-astronomy/7121548
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/01/160128-math-geometry-babylon-jupiter-astronomy-space/
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/babylonians-used-geometry-track-jupiter%E2%80%99s-movements
http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/archaeology/1.700031
http://elpais.com/elpais/2016/01/28/ciencia/1454005761_424627.html

Very interesting early church find from Cappadocia:

http://www.aina.org/news/20160126181625.htm
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/historic-church-discovered-in-turkeys-nevsehir-could-change-history-of-orthodoxy.aspx?PageID=238&NID=94309&NewsCatID=375

Aramaic and Greek inscriptions from a tomb at Zippori:

http://www.livescience.com/53504-rabbi-tomb-inscriptions-discovered.html
http://mfa.gov.il/MFA/IsraelExperience/History/Pages/1,700-year-old-funerary-inscriptions-exposed-in-Zippori-cemetery-27-Jan-2016.aspx
http://www.antiquities.org.il/Article_eng.aspx?sec_id=25&subj_id=240&id=4176
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/1700-year-old-inscriptions-linked-to-rabbis-unearthed-in-Galilee-442924
http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.699872
http://www.timesofisrael.com/1700-year-old-rabbis-tombstones-reflect-jewish-life-in-galilean-city/

Inscriptions suggest the Oman kingdom existed from at least the third century B.C.E.:

http://www.thenational.ae/uae/inscriptions-on-sharjah-tomb-prove-oman-kingdom-existed-in-third-century-bc

Not sure where to put this one … pondering whether this is actually the oldest image of the Virgin Mary:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/31/opinion/sunday/is-this-the-oldest-image-of-the-virgin-mary.html

The Saudi Kingdom has put in place some new antiquities laws:

http://www.menafn.com/1094552691/Saudi-New-laws-to-curb-antiques-trade
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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Hope we’ll hear more about this Minoan shipwreck find:

http://www.dailysabah.com/nation/2016/01/30/4000-year-old-shipwreck-belonging-to-minoans-found-in-turkey

Some statues of Artemis and Apollo were found at a Roman villa dig at Aptera:

http://www.livescience.com/53505-statues-of-greek-gods-unearthed-in-crete.html
http://news.discovery.com/history/archaeology/statues-of-greek-gods-unearthed-in-crete-160127.htm
http://www.ekathimerini.com/205425/article/ekathimerini/life/archaeologists-make-exciting-discovery-at-aptera-in-crete
http://greece.greekreporter.com/2016/01/26/excavation-reveals-significant-statuettes-at-archaeological-site-of-aptera/

A huge hoard of Roman coins from Yeovil:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3421222/Hoard-3-000-Roman-coins-unearthed-Rare-monies-buried-270AD-bear-image-various-emperors-elephant-hippo-worth-175-000.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/earth/environment/archaeology/12127566/Digger-driver-wins-share-of-3339-Roman-coins-he-found-levelling-a-hockey-pitch.html

Somewhat vague item on Roman catacombs being used for illegal dumping:

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-italy-ruins-illegal-dump-idUSKCN0V32NX
http://www.thelocal.it/20160128/italy-illegaly-filled-an-ancient-roman-catacomb-with-harmful-waste
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jan/26/illegal-dumping-in-roman-catacombs-leaves-precious-ancient-site-polluted

Roman/Byzantine burials from Istanbul:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/roman-byzantine-grave-unearthed-on-istanbuls-istiklal-avenue.aspx?pageID=238&nid=94245

Feature on Ostia:

http://www.wsj.com/articles/in-ostia-a-search-for-the-secrets-of-romes-port-1454089086

Feature on naumachiae:

http://www.slate.com/articles/life/history/2016/01/the_roman_naumachiae_water_battles_that_forced_prisoners_to_re_enact_naval.html

On Roman use of makeup and the like:

http://www.historytoday.com/susan-stewart/how-vain-were-romans

… and from vanity, we move to ‘raunchy’:

http://www.newstalk.com/Just-how-raunchy-were-the-Ancient-Romans

Redefining Classics at Harvard:

http://www.thecrimson.com/article/2016/1/28/karnam-sanskrit-classical-language/

Nice cover of Bastille’s ‘Pompeii’ in Latin:

http://www.bustle.com/articles/138276-girl-covers-bastilles-pompeii-in-latin-the-actual-language-of-pompeii-video

I’m starting to think that horse burial in an ancient Greek cemetery might not be ancient itself:

http://neoskosmos.com/news/en/Preserved%20horse%20skeleton%20discovered%20on%20ancient%20site

Plans for another ‘big dig’ at Lancaster Castle:

http://www.thevisitor.co.uk/news/local/fingers-crossed-for-second-big-dig-in-lancaster-1-7700647

More on that column collapse at Pompeii:

http://www.dw.com/en/italy-pompeii-entrance-temporarily-closed/a-19002472

More on the origins of the York ‘gladiators’:

http://www.livescience.com/53512-decapitated-roman-gladiators-revealed.html
http://www.livescience.com/53469-photos-headless-roman-gladiators-identified.html
http://news.yahoo.com/decapitated-gladiators-reveal-roman-empires-genetic-influence-124229005.html

More on the Roman winery at Vagnari:

http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/01/2016/discovering-a-roman-imperial-winery-at-vagnari-italy

More on that Bodicacia tombstone:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-gloucestershire-35401177

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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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They’re digging up a lot of bodies in Blackburn in anticipation of road construction:

http://www.theweek.co.uk/68972/bodies-of-800-children-unearthed-in-blackburn
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-lancashire-35408967
http://www.lancashiretelegraph.co.uk/news/14227214.Clearance_work_for_new_Blackburn_road_reveals_2_000_bodies_and_a_treasure_trove_of_goods/

I think we mentioned this child burial from Bristol Cathedral:

http://www.bristolpost.co.uk/Archaeologists-uncover-surprising-secret-Bristol/story-28593821-detail/story.html

Latest theory about Stonehenge’s purpose:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3422517/Was-Stonehenge-ancient-NIGHTCLUB-Architect-believes-monument-two-storey-venue-used-drinking-dancing.html
http://www.salisburyjournal.co.uk/news/14231503.Once_a__majestic_roundhouse____architect_believes_she_s_solved_Stonehenge_s_mysterious_origin/

Gregor MacGregor ran an interesting scam:

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20160127-the-conman-who-pulled-off-historys-most-audacious-scam

Feature on how modern day Paris came about:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20160126-how-a-modern-city-was-born

A ‘lost map’ of Cornwall has turned up in a collection:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cornwall-35443760

Thomas Becket’s casket is on display:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-somerset-35443574

Feature on Peter the Great’s cabin:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cabin-could-be-worlds-smallest-palace-180957918/?no-ist

In case you wondered how to put on a torc:

http://blog.britishmuseum.org/2016/01/29/how-do-you-put-on-a-torc/

More on that ‘Bronze Age Pompeii’:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-35428554
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/28/world/europe/england-must-farm-archaeology.html
http://www.apollo-magazine.com/unearthing-the-secrets-of-east-anglias-bronze-age-settlers/

More on that Neolithic tomb in Spain:

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-01/uob-nmt012116.php
http://phys.org/news/2016-01-neolithic-tomb-reveals-death.html

More on plague lingering for longer than previously thought:

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-01/mu-dob012516.php

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

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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Humans are being blamed for the extinction of a giant bird in Australia:

http://phys.org/news/2016-01-ancient-extinction-giant-australian-bird.html
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/0129/Humans-appetite-for-huge-eggs-led-to-extinction-of-500-pound-bird
http://theconversation.com/new-analysis-finds-no-evidence-that-climate-wiped-out-australias-megafauna-53821

Domesticated cats in China some 5500 years b.p.:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/01/160125100118.htm
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/0127/Were-cats-domesticated-twice
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3417182/China-breed-domesticated-cat-5-500-years-ago-Study-proves-pet-felines-arose-naturally-Asia-weren-t-imported-West.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

Gold and other precious artifacts from the Sanxingdui Ruins:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2016-01/28/c_135054936.htm

What was in some ancient Chinese cosmetics:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2016-01/28/c_135054872.htm

Concerns for some sections of the Great Wall:

http://www.npr.org/sections/parallels/2016/01/27/464421353/chinas-great-wall-is-crumbling-in-many-places-can-it-be-saved?sc=17&f=1001

16 Buddhist stupas from Nateshwar:

http://www.thedailystar.net/backpage/16-buddhist-stupas-found-nateshwar-209926

… and an important (maybe) Buddhist post hole found near Nigrodharam:

http://kathmandupost.ekantipur.com/news/2016-01-31/buddha-post-hole-found-in-nigrodharam-area.html

Pondering the origins of Austronesian languages:

http://phys.org/news/2016-01-austronesian-languages.html
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/01/160128122004.htm
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-01/uoh-nri012816.php

A ‘Fujizuka’ mound is being dated to the Edo period:

http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/social_affairs/AJ201601290004

More on the world’s oldest tea:

http://phys.org/news/2016-01-world-oldest-tea-chinese-emperor.html
http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2016/01/26/464437173/worlds-oldest-tea-discovered-in-an-ancient-chinese-emperors-tomb?sc=ipad&f=1001

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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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Interesting 2500 years b.p. family footprints from Arizona:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3417808/A-2-500-year-old-family-stroll-frozen-time-Footprints-left-Native-American-farmers-children-DOG-unearthed-Arizona.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
http://www.abc15.com/news/region-central-southern-az/tucson/ancient-human-footprints-uncovered-near-i-10-in-pima-county

Pondering the impact of Native American depopulation post-1492:

http://phys.org/news/2016-01-aftermath-native-american-depopulation-impacted.html
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-01/smu-smt012616.php
http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2016/01/new-mexicos-american-indian-population-crashed-100-years-after-europeans-arrived

18th century finds from Fort Lawrence:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/fort-lawrence-beausejour-charles-burke-1.3421687

Revolutionary War finds near a New Jersey church:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2016/01/26/revolutionary-war-treasure-unearthed-nj-church/79332906/

More bones are turning up during road work in St Augustine:

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/article57577638.html
http://www.firstcoastnews.com/news/local/st-augustine/historic-burials-found-in-archeaological-dig-in-st-augustine/23243615

Mammoth (and other) bones from OSU’s football field:

http://phys.org/news/2016-01-mammoth-bones-unearthed-oregon-state.html

Studying how the Komoks people fished:

http://www.comoxvalleyecho.com/news/366202521.html

More folks are weighing in on Florida’s proposed ‘citizen archaeology’ bill:

http://www.browardpalmbeach.com/news/indigenous-leaders-fight-archaeology-bill-that-would-let-anyone-keep-historical-artifacts-7548304

Feature on American political ‘swag’ over the years:

http://www.npr.org/2016/01/30/464862396/from-axes-to-flip-flops-a-peek-at-200-years-worth-of-american-political-schwag

Amherst College has dumped its mascot:

http://www.npr.org/2016/01/27/464533011/amherst-college-give-unofficial-mascot-lord-jeff-the-boot?sc=17&f=3

More on that Harlem burial ground:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/28/nyregion/discovery-of-burial-ground-backs-a-less-conventional-version-of-harlems-history.html?partner=rssnyt&emc=rss

More on finds in the wake of melting Arctic ice:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/arctic-erodes-archaeologists-are-racing-protect-ancient-treasures-180957933/?no-ist

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Report on what has been found at the El Paraiso site:

http://www.laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=2404121&CategoryId=14095

A 1200 years b.p. ‘sacrifice chamber’ beneath a temple in Peru:

http://www.peruthisweek.com/news-researchers-discover-1200-year-old-temple-evidence-of-female-sacrifice-108674
http://theweek.com/speedreads/601096/archaeologists-discover-remains-young-women-sacrificed-1000-years-ago
http://www.jpost.com/Breaking-News/Archaeologists-find-remains-of-women-sacrificed-1000-years-ago-in-Peru-442504
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3417699/Secret-sacrifice-chamber-beneath-1-200-year-old-temple-Contorted-skeletons-women-believed-offered-pre-Incan-gods-bloodthirsty-rituals-unearthed-Peru.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

I think we mentioned this ‘weaver burial’ from Lima:

http://www.peruthisweek.com/news-lima-remains-of-presumed-weaver-dating-back-to-3500-years-ago-found-in-huaca-108654

Pondering who the Aztecs were sacrificing at Tenochtitlan:

http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/entertainment/2016/01/25/study-overturns-prevailing-ideas-about-sacrifices-at-tenochtitlan/
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3417150/Did-Aztec-rulers-sacrifice-STAFF-Bones-reveals-victims-served-elite-killed-Great-Temple-Tenochtitl-n.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

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Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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Flat earth theories were kicking around again, with predictable reponses:

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/01/26/464474518/neil-degrasse-tyson-gets-into-a-rap-battle-with-b-o-b-over-flat-earth-theory
http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20160126-how-we-know-earth-is-round
http://news.discovery.com/space/history-of-space/no-earth-isnt-flat-heres-how-ancients-proved-it-160128.htm
http://phys.org/news/2016-01-flat-wrong-misunderstood-history-earth.html

I think we mentioned Napoleon’s marriage contract was coming to auction:

http://www.livescience.com/53521-marriage-contract-signed-by-napoleon-sale.html

Iceland is building temples to Norse gods:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/iceland/11385603/Iceland-to-build-first-temple-to-Norse-gods-in-1000-years.html

Feature on historical treatments/rituals for infertility:

http://phys.org/news/2016-01-remedies-infertility-rituals-early-medical.html

Latest on dog domestication/evolution:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/innovations/wp/2016/01/29/dogs-may-have-evolved-to-handle-our-bad-tempers/

On the Open Syllabus Project:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/24/opinion/sunday/what-a-million-syllabuses-can-teach-us.html

In case you missed the ‘Italian coverup’:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/28/world/europe/hassan-rouhani-italy-visit-nude-statues-capitoline-museums.html?partner=rssnyt&emc=rss
http://www.forbes.com/sites/ceciliarodriguez/2016/01/27/should-nude-statues-be-covered-when-muslim-dignitaries-visit-italy-did/
http://www.dw.com/en/nude-statue-diplomacy-angers-italian-social-media/a-19007106
http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=84646
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2016/01/26/italy-covers-up-nude-marble-statues-for-iranian-presidents-visit/

… and the related comparanda:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2016/01/27/americans-get-offended-by-statues-of-naked-people-too/

Beatrix Potter’s ‘latest’:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/27/books/beatrix-potter-manuscript-about-a-cat-with-a-double-life-is-found.html
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/01/26/464433143/100-years-later-beatrix-potter-tale-of-sharply-dressed-feline-to-be-published?sc=ipad&f=1008

On the origins of fun house mirrors:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/31/nyregion/peter-stuyvesant-and-the-fun-house-mirrors.html

Great writers apparently are dealing with fractals:

http://phys.org/news/2016-01-world-greatest-literature-reveals-multifractals.html

Pondering who to put on Scottish money:

http://newsdaily.com/2016/01/three-scientists-on-shortlist-to-appear-on-new-scottish-banknote/

Followups to the Cecil Rhodes statue brouhaha:

http://www.dw.com/en/oxford-decision-to-keep-rhodes-statue-sparks-twitter-debate/a-19011753
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/29/opinion/must-rhodes-fall.html

… related:

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2016/01/29/education/college-symbol-controversies.html

The Getty acquired Danae:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/30/arts/design/getty-museum-acquires-danae-a-17th-century-work-at-sothebys.html

Marking the first English edition of War and Peace:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/29/arts/television/130-years-ago-war-and-peace-finally-published-in-english.html
Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Children in the Past:

http://www.cam.ac.uk/research/news/the-archaeology-of-childhood

Maya: Lords of Time:

http://mcclungmuseum.utk.edu/exhibits/maya-lords-of-time/

Transforming the Body in Ancient Egypt:

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/art/features/new-exhibition-transforming-the-body-in-ancient-egypt-looks-beyond-the-pharaohs-and-shines-a-light-a6828166.html

Ancient /Norman Sicily:

http://www.theguardian.com/culture/2016/jan/28/sicily-the-superpower-british-museum-revisits-islands-golden-ages
http://www.broadwayworld.com/bwwart/article/The-British-Museum-Opens-SICILY-CULTURE-AND-CONQUEST-April-21-20160129

Beyond Beauty:

http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2016/jan/29/roman-egyptian-mummy-mask-display-museum-treasures-london-temple-place

Pompeii:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/pompeii-exhibit-mmfa-1.3421106

Hellenistic Bronzes:

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/vestiges-of-an-ancient-greek-art-form-preserved-by-catastrophe/

Bosch:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/31/travel/a-bosch-retrospective.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Ftravel

Monet to Matisse:

http://www.dw.com/en/monet-to-matisse-in-tate-modern-art-in-transition/a-19011086
Blooks:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/29/books/a-secret-in-every-tome-no-text-required.html

Art of Prehistoric Times:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/29/arts/design/berlin-show-features-german-ethnologists-copies-of-art-from-prehistoric-times.html

OpEd pondering ‘Founding Myths’:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/alexandre-stipanovich/should-darth-vader-sit-at_b_9074056.html

Latest fallout from the Sekhema statue thing:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-northamptonshire-35431852

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THE TECHY SIDE
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I think we mentioned that some Elephantine scrolls were getting the xray treatment:

http://europe.newsweek.com/X-RAYS-REVEAL-SECRETS-EGYPTIAN-SCROLLS-PAPYRUS-416719

Using drones at Hadrian’s Villa:

http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2016/01/28/drones-to-help-protect-hadrians-villa_80c281b7-a46b-4642-964e-49874e0b121c.html

More on digitally preserving ancient monuments:

http://phys.org/news/2016-01-preservationists-capture-cultural-monuments-3d.html
http://www.livescience.com/53520-can-3d-scans-save-cultural-sites-from-war.html
http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/guest-blog/3d-scanners-race-to-monuments-before-terrorists-blow-them-up/
http://phys.org/news/2016-01-preservationists-capture-cultural-monuments-3d.html

… and 3d printing of artifacts:

http://neoskosmos.com/news/en/Hundreds-of-Greek-artefacts-to-be-preserved

A NASA image of the Mediterranean (seems to be mostly southwest Europe) might be of interest:

http://phys.org/news/2016-01-nasa-image-space-station-flyover.html

… and of the Nazca lines:

https://www.nasa.gov/feature/jpl/nasa-radar-brings-a-new-view-of-world-heritage-site
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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Repatriation of some Native American remains gets in the way (apparently) of DNA studies:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/02/science/tribes-win-in-fight-for-la-jolla-bones-clouds-hopes-for-dna-studies.html

Haven’t mentioned genetic claims of the Liqian people lately:

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/gnxp/2010/11/no-romans-needed-to-explain-chinese-blondes/#.Vq4kYDYrJn6

More on the Anglo-Saxon component of the English population:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/01/160119151252.htm
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/0120/Where-did-the-British-come-from-Ancient-DNA-holds-clues
Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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Nice overview of climate shifts over the past couple millennia:

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/jan/29/modern-european-summers-are-warmest-since-roman-times-study-finds
http://www.newsweek.com/summer-ancient-rome-europe-global-warming-420917
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3421362/Europe-warmest-s-Roman-times-Tree-rings-temperatures-highest-2-000-years.html
More on the impact of agriculture:

http://phys.org/news/2016-01-mounting-evidence-early-agriculture-staved.html
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Greece:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/article-3423972/The-romance-Greece-ancient-glory-past-present-dreamy-historic-Peloponnese.html

A Siberian Prison:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20160129-see-inside-a-notorious-siberian-prison

Most Beautiful Towns in Europe:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/travelnews/12129402/The-30-most-beautiful-towns-in-Europe.html

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CRIME BEAT
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Roman coins were stolen from the Chelmsford Museum:

http://www.essexchronicle.co.uk/museum/story-28631650-detail/story.html

Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2016/01/culture-crime-news-18-24-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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The Getty returned a head of Hades to Italy:

https://www.rt.com/usa/330590-looted-statue-head-getty/
http://www.thelocal.it/20160129/us-museum-gives-italy-back-looted-head-of-greek-statue
http://www.euronews.com/newswires/3137399-italy-welcomes-back-ancient-head-of-hades-dug-up-illegally-in-1970s/

More on Switzerland returning Etruscan items to Italy:

http://www.italiantribune.com/looted-etruscan-treasures-returned-to-italy/
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NUMISMATICA
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Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v19n04.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v19n05.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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Recreating old methods of ‘special effects’:

http://www.npr.org/2016/01/24/464102357/british-theater-showcases-special-effects-from-the-18th-century

Ring:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/29/arts/music/review-in-wagners-ring-forging-an-epic-valkyries-on-their-first-flight.html

Nat Turner biopic:

http://www.npr.org/2016/01/27/464533039/biopic-about-nat-turner-is-a-success-at-sundance-film-festival?sc=17&f=3

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

http://archaeologychannel.org/audio-main-menu-cat/audio-news-list/2352-audio-news-from-archaeologica-17-jan-2016-23-jan-2016

Latest edition of Strata:

http://archaeologychannel.org/video-guide/strata-portraits-of-humanity/2337-strata-january-2016
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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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