Explorator 18.43 ~ February 21, 2016

Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri,
Hernan Astudillo, Bob Heuman, Barbara Saylor Rodgers, David Critchley,
Laurel Carey, 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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Latest suggestion is that homo floresiensis isn’t ‘human’:

http://phys.org/news/2016-02-mystery-hobbits-humans.html
http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20160217-ancient-hobbit-was-not-human
http://news.discovery.com/human/evolution/mystery-hobbits-not-human-study-says-160216.htm
http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/researchers-say-they-now-know-flores-man-was-not-homo-sapien/news-story/a8d620b49ad64eadc75320b94d8f8646
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/02/16/hobbit_heads_arent_human_says_bone_boffin/
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-02-16/hobbits-on-flores-island-not-humans-like-us/7172446

… related … on the various species sharing the planet at one point:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-02-17/27planet-of-the-apes273a-human-species-one-of-many/7175906

They’re still obsessing over that sapiens-Neanderthal interbreeding thing … now it happened earlier than previously thought:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-35595661
http://phys.org/news/2016-02-neanderthals-modern-humans-earlier-previously.html
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-02/snrc-nam021516.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/02/160217140302.htm
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2016/02/17/humans-and-neanderthals-may-have-interbred-50000-years-earlier-than-previously-thought/
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/0217/Interbreeding-Neanderthals-and-modern-humans-mated-50-000-years-before-we-thought
https://www.newscientist.com/article/2077805-our-first-sex-with-neanderthals-happened-100000-years-ago/
http://www.nature.com/news/evidence-mounts-for-interbreeding-bonanza-in-ancient-human-species-1.19394
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/humans-may-have-had-romantic-rendezvous-neanderthals-100000-years-ago-180958164/
http://elpais.com/elpais/2016/02/16/ciencia/1455633230_824000.html

… and possibly in the ‘fertile crescent’:

http://www.livescience.com/53750-neanderthals-and-humans-interbred-in-mideast.html

How that interbreeding may have affected Neanderthals:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/23/science/ancient-humans-may-have-left-a-genetic-mark-on-neanderthals.html

… and more on the vice versa situation:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/bits-of-neanderthal-dna-may-raise-risk-of-depression-tobacco-addiction/2016/02/12/8fb88aa2-d0f5-11e5-88cd-753e80cd29ad_story.html

… and ‘Caveman diet’ related:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2016/02/17/what-actual-caveman-dna-says-about-the-paleo-movement/?tid=pm_business_pop_b

Recreating Otzi:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/artist-creates-detailed-replica-otzi-5300-year-old-iceman-180958151/

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AFRICA
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Apparently 1000 years b.p. humans arrived on Madagascar and started a lot of fires:

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-02/miot-hss021816.php
https://scienmag.com/humans-settled-set-fire-to-madagascars-forests-1000-years-ago/

The annual ‘Ark of Ethiopia’ piece:

http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/features/1.703466

Pondering what Africa would have been like if European colonization never happened:

http://bigthink.com/strange-maps/africa-uncolonized

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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A burial of a pre-Dyanstic infant shows signs of scurvy:

http://weekly.ahram.org.eg/News/15519/47/Ancient-scurvy-sufferer-found.aspx

That the Tarkhan Dress is the world’s oldest dress has been confirmed:

https://www.ucl.ac.uk/news/news-articles/0216/150216-tarkhan-dress
http://news.discovery.com/history/ancient-egypt/oldest-known-dress-made-more-than-5000-years-ago-160218.htm
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/02/160218-oldest-dress-egypt-tarkhan-archaeology/
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3453364.html
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/02/2016/tarkhan-dress-is-worlds-oldest-known-woven-garment

Some ancient Egyptian fingerprints found on an ancient Egyptian coffin:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-35606137

… related item on Egyptians recycling coffins:

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/feb/20/egyptians-were-buried-in-recycled-coffins-research-reveals

Feature/podcast on Egyptian punishment:

http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/TheAsorBlog/~3/Vv8Ka8Pw4dk/

Hype for the latest Tut documentary:

http://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2016/feb/19/the-secrets-of-king-tuts-tomb-nefertiti

More on mummy portraits:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/new-clues-illuminate-mysteries-ancient-egyptian-portraits
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3447805/Secrets-2-000-year-old-Egyptian-mummy-paintings-revealed-Forensic-experts-trace-pigments-spread-Europe.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
http://feeds.sciencedaily.com/~r/sciencedaily/fossils_ruins/archaeology/~3/nm5CUhSuBHo/160214201302.htm

Marking the jubilee of the Abu Simbel temple rescue:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/187762/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Egypt-celebrates-golden-jubilee-of-Abu-Simbel-temp.aspx

A 12 000 years b.p. Natufian settlement in the Jordan Valley:

http://phys.org/news/2016-02-prehistoric-village-links-stone-ages.html
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-02/thuo-pvl021816.php
http://www.timesofisrael.com/12000-year-old-village-discovered-in-jordan-valley/
http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/archaeology/.premium-1.703820
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/208176
http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0146647
http://new.huji.ac.il/en/taxonomy/term/134
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/jordan-valley-prehistoric-village-discovered/2016/02/17/
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/natufian-village-jordan-valley-03644.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3454359/Were-world-s-farmers-Stone-Age-village-dating-12-000-years-uncovered-Sea-Galilee.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/02/2016/village-in-the-jordan-valley-shows-characteristics-of-both-palaeolithic-and-neolithic

Evidence of human occupation of the site of Jerusalem some 7000 years b.p.:

http://mfa.gov.il/MFA/IsraelExperience/History/Pages/Remains-of-fifth-millennium-BCE-settlement-found-in-Jerusalem-17-February-2016.aspx
http://phys.org/news/2016-02-israeli-archaeologists-year-old-settlement.html
http://www.timesofisrael.com/jerusalem-was-inhabited-as-far-back-as-7000-years-ago-archaeologists-find/
http://www.jns.org/news-briefs/2016/2/18/archaeological-evidence-of-7000-year-old-human-village-found-in-jerusalem
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/208176
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Article.aspx?id=445206
http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/archaeology/.premium-1.703852
http://www.dw.com/en/israeli-archaeologists-discover-7000-year-old-settlement-in-jerusalem/a-19054932
https://www.algemeiner.com/2016/02/18/archaeological-evidence-of-7000-year-old-settlement-discovered-in-jerusalem/
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4767837,00.html
http://news.yahoo.com/israeli-archaeologists-discover-7-000-old-settlement-142900613.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3450801/Are-Jerusalem-s-homes-Ruins-unearthed-Holy-City-thriving-settlement-7-000-years-ago.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
A mysterious 93-mile long wall (dating uncertain) in Jordan:

http://www.livescience.com/53762-ancient-wall-in-jordan-puzzles-archaeologists.html
http://www.livescience.com/53761-photos-ruins-of-mysterious-wall-jordan.html

Feature on the discovery of Cyrus’ tomb:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-german-archaeologist-rediscovered-tomb-cyrus-180958142/

Pondering Persepolis:

http://www.npr.org/sections/parallels/2016/02/19/467205019/at-persepolis-irans-grand-past-overshadows-its-frustrating-present

A ‘centuries old’ icon found in the Church of the Nativity:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/centuries-old-icon-uncovered-in-bethlehem-church/

What Owen Chesnut is up to:

http://www.petoskeynews.com/article_d965c2ba-432c-5e71-b3c2-9d8bdfbc3fee.html

Follow up on that ‘oldest Torah Scroll’ find from a few months ago:

http://www.jewishpress.com/news/oldest-torah-scroll-proves-yemenite-chabad-versions-right/2016/02/13/

KU students are documenting damage to Syrian sites:

http://news.ku.edu/2016/02/09/ku-class-documents-destruction-ancient-syrian-sites

A map of ISIL’s cultural destruction:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/perspective/features/2016/02/21/This-map-reveals-the-full-extent-of-ISIS-s-cultural-destruction-.html

Racing to save antiquities in Syria:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/race-save-syrias-archaeological-treasures-180958097/?no-ist

On ISIL’s roots … in case you were wondering:

http://theconversation.com/understanding-islamic-state-where-does-it-come-from-and-what-does-it-want-52155
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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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A Roman ‘restaurant’ from France:

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/1st-century-bar-archaeological-find-in-france-offers-glimpse-into-ancient-tavern/ar-BBpCZh8?srcref=rss
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2016/02/17/ancient-tavern-found-in-france/80506030/

Interesting ‘Siberian’ burial with all sorts of Herodotean connections:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3449075/The-mystery-murdered-Siberian-queen-Woman-buried-ancient-ruler-poisoned-macabre-burial-ritual-2-600-years-ago.html

Some fishermen pulled up a huge pithos:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/Default.aspx?pageID=238&nid=95220&NewsCatID=375

Lead poisoning and the Fall of Rome just won’t go away:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2016/02/17/lead-poisoning-and-the-fall-of-rome/

Feature on Rome’s lower classes:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2016/02/18/ancient-roman-lifestyles-of-the-poor-and-infamous/

On ancient technology (maybe):

http://phys.org/news/2016-02-ancients-modern-world.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3450959/Did-Romans-invent-washing-machine-Illustrations-suggest-kitchen-appliances-computers-Nasa-invented-thousands-years-ago.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
https://theconversation.com/from-washing-machines-to-computers-how-the-ancients-invented-the-modern-world-53147

What Lee Fratantuono is up to:

https://www.owu.edu/news-media/details/ohio-wesleyan-classics-professor-releases-first-book-in-new-trilogy/

What Sinclair Bell is up to:

http://www.niutoday.info/2016/02/16/art-history-professor-co-edits-new-book-on-ancient-etruscans/

What Philip Freeman is up to:

https://www.luther.edu/headlines/?story_id=678127

On Achilles as hero:

http://www.theguardian.com/books/booksblog/2016/feb/16/achilles-homer-iliad-brutal-vain-pitiless-hero

Meandering feature mostly about Sappho papyri from Oxyrhynchus:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/petros-koublis/the-bittersweet-oblivion-_b_9217196.html

Rome’s Olympic bid includes uses for the Colosseum and Circus Maximus:

http://www.dw.com/en/rome-launches-bid-for-2024-summer-olympics/a-19054265
http://www.usnews.com/news/sports/articles/2016-02-17/rome-2024-bid-will-put-colosseum-circus-maximus-to-use

Reviews and commentary on Whitmarsh, *Battling the Gods*:

http://phys.org/news/2016-02-disbelieve-ancient-history-atheism-natural.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/religion/12157896/In-the-beginning…-was-atheism.html
http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/reviews/battling-the-gods-atheism-in-the-ancient-world-by-tim-whitmarsh-book-review-a6881636.html
http://news.nationalpost.com/news/religion/atheism-older-than-christianity
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/02/2016/history-shows-that-atheism-is-as-natural-to-humans-as-religion

Review of Heaney’s translation of Book VI of the Aeneid:

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/reviews/aeneid-book-vi-by-seamus-heaney-book-review-powers-of-the-underworld-a6881811.html

More on that Roman mural from London:

http://news.discovery.com/history/archaeology/rare-wall-mural-from-roman-era-uncovered-in-london-160216.htm#mkcpgn=rssnws1

More on that Greek silver mine:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/02/160210110630.htm
http://www.kitco.com/news/2016-02-15/How-A-Greek-Silver-Mine-Discovery-Is-Rewriting-History.html
http://www.mining.com/ancient-greek-silver-mine-discovered/

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

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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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An upright Mesolithic burial from Germany (we may have mentioned this):

http://www.livescience.com/53736-ancient-man-buried-upright.html

Much coverage of an intact (pretty much) Bronze Age wheel from that Must Farm in Cambridgeshire:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-35598578
http://phys.org/news/2016-02-bronze-age-wheel-date-farm.html
http://www.livescience.com/53784-bronze-age-wooden-wheel-discovered.html
http://www.culture24.org.uk/history-and-heritage/archaeology/art547377-archaeology-must-farm-wheel-pompeii-peterborough
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/0219/Remarkably-preserved-Bronze-Age-wheel-discovered-in-Britain-s-Pompeii
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/feb/19/archaeologists-excavate-bronze-age-wheel-cambridgeshire
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/earth/environment/archaeology/12163234/First-complete-Bronze-Age-wheel-ever-found-in-Britain.html
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/prehistoric-britain-discovery-of-bronze-age-wheel-archaeology-a6882671.html
http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/British-Pompeii-reveals-hidden-treasures/story-28763426-detail/story.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3453250/Britain-s-oldest-WHEEL-unearthed-Pompeii-Fens-reveals-clues-Bronze-Age-farmers-travelled-3-000-years-ago.html
http://news.yahoo.com/the-3000-year-old-wheel-unearthed-atbritains-095244213.html
http://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/20067/20160219/ancient-bronze-age-wheel-discovered-uks-pompeii-near-peterborough.htm
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-uncovered-perfect-bronze-age-wheel-180958179/

A ‘mysterious’ Anglo Saxon gold mount:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-norfolk-35556202

Medieval burials from Aberdeen:

http://www.scotsman.com/heritage/people-places/medieval-skeletons-found-during-aberdeen-art-gallery-revamp-1-4030883

Archaeologists have found the bones (maybe) of Martha Brown:

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/feb/19/thomas-hardy-tess-of-the-durbervilles-bones-found-at-prison
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/earth/environment/archaeology/12165017/Tess-of-the-Durbervilles-skeleton-at-centre-of-row-over-digging-up-prison-grave.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3454503/Remains-real-life-Tess-D-Urbevilles-uncovered-160-years-young-Thomas-Hardy-saw-hanged-murder.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

Studying Tudor hygiene:

https://newrepublic.com/article/129828/getting-clean-tudor-way

Evidence of a toxic algae bloom in Poland in the 17th century:

http://phys.org/news/2016-02-algal-blooms-reveal-poisonous.html

Evidence of the storms which destroyed ‘Britain’s Atlantis’:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-suffolk-35549952

Latest from Oswestry Hill Fort:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-shropshire-35573856

Feature on the Vikings in Denmark:

http://www.radiotimes.com/offers/travel/news/2016-02-19/on-the-trail-of-vikings-in-denmark
I think we’ve had this ‘massacre at an Iron Age fort in Sweden’ story before:

http://arstechnica.co.uk/science/2016/02/remains-at-iron-age-fort-tell-a-story-of-a-horrible-massacre/

Stonehenge bits on eBay:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/12164042/Stonehenge-tourist-bosses-demand-visitors-stop-chipping-stones-and-selling-them-on-eBay.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3452886/Stop-stealing-Stonehenge-rocks-Tourist-bosses-plea-visitors-refrain-chipping-stones-selling-eBay.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

Big concerns for a Swabian castle in Sicily:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/italy/12161407/Sicilys-Swabian-castle-seized-by-the-state-after-accusations-of-neglect.html

An historica Somerset prison is being used for weddings now:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-somerset-35569592

More on a medieval ship being raised from a Dutch river:

http://news.discovery.com/history/archaeology/medieval-shipwreck-hauled-from-the-deep-160218.htm#mkcpgn=rssnws1
http://www.livescience.com/53734-dutch-shipwreck-hauled-from-water.html
http://www.livescience.com/53744-photos-medieval-dutch-shipwreck.html
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/medieval-trading-ship-raised-to-surface-almost-intact-after-500-years-on-riverbed-in-netherlands-a6870221.html
http://www.cnn.com/videos/world/2016/02/14/shipwreck-netherlands-merchant-ship-orig-vstan-dlewis.cnn

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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Some Australian petroglyphs may be among the oldest in the world:

http://www.theage.com.au/national/australian-rock-may-be-among-the-oldest-in-the-world-according-to-new-research-20160219-gmyaw1.html

Some prehistoric ‘Venus figurines’ from Siberia turn out not to be ‘Venuses’, on closer examination:

http://siberiantimes.com/science/casestudy/features/f0213-world-famous-ancient-siberian-venus-figurines-are-not-venuses-after-all/
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3454786/Ancient-Siberian-venus-statues-naked-women-turn-clothed-actually-men.html

On the history of Christianity in India:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/how-christianity-came-to-india-kerala-180958117/

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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 ‘lost’ Spanish settlement found in Florida:

http://phys.org/news/2016-02-sleuth-lost-spanish-settlement-florida.html
http://www.ctvnews.ca/sci-tech/sleuth-finds-a-lost-spanish-settlement-in-florida-panhandle-1.2781268
http://www.thestar.com/news/world/2016/02/17/spanish-pottery-shards-lead-amateur-archeologist-to-16th-century-florida-settlement.html
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=11591468
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3450709/Sleuth-finds-lost-Spanish-settlement-Florida-Panhandle.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
http://www.foxnews.com/science/2016/02/17/amateur-archaeologist-discovers-lost-spanish-settlement-in-florida-panhandle.html

On the hunting/gathering behaviours of the Sanak Aleuts:

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-02/sfi-hhp021716.php

Digging Farmville’s past:

http://www.farmvilleherald.com/2016/02/drama-unfolds-beneath-theater-archaeologists-uncover-evidence-of-farmvilles-past/

Concerns for a North Fork Native American burial site:

http://www.newsday.com/long-island/suffolk/jamesport-residents-protect-indian-site-1.11493873

On the history of the American family dinner:

http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2016/02/16/459693979/no-place-for-discontent-a-history-of-the-family-dinner-in-america

Arguing about revolutionary parks in Princeton:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/17/nyregion/in-princeton-a-campuss-future-clashes-with-a-parks-revolutionary-war-past.html

On the origins of the word ‘president’:

http://www.npr.org/2016/02/15/466848438/why-president-how-the-u-s-named-its-leader

Coroner’s inquests in South Carolina:

https://csidixie.org/

The aftermath of that Oregon ‘standoff’ or whatever it’s called this week:

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/oregon-occupiers-apparently-dug-trenches-near-artifact-sites-feds-say-n520431

Interesting feature on an African-American doctor:

http://www.ithacajournal.com/story/news/local/2016/02/18/african-american-medical-pioneer-had-roots-danby/80561152/

The perpetual argument over the cause of megafaunal demise in North America:

http://discovermagazine.com/2016/march/6-what-killed-americas-behemoths

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Rethinking obsidian points and the demise of the Rapa Nui:

http://phys.org/news/2016-02-easter-island-war-analysis-spear.html
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-02/bu-ein021116.php
http://www.vancouversun.com/news/world/shards+glass+sign+enigmatic+easter+islanders+their+demise/11730491/story.html
http://news.nationalpost.com/news/world/in-shards-of-glass-a-new-sign-of-how-the-enigmatic-easter-islanders-met-their-demise
http://www.theage.com.au/world/a-new-clue-in-the-mystery-of-how-easter-islanders-met-their-demise-20160217-gmwy9t
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3448212/Easter-Islanders-NOT-wiped-warfare-Spear-heads-used-farming-not-fighting-did-cause-population-collapse.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/0217/Rapa-Nui-mystery-What-really-happened-on-Easter-Island
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2016/02/17/in-shards-of-glass-a-new-sign-of-how-the-enigmatic-easter-islanders-met-their-demise/?tid=pm_national_pop_b
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/02/2016/easter-islanders-did-not-indulge-in-interpersonal-violence-prior-to-collapse

Finds from the Red House site on Trinidad:

http://www.trinidadexpress.com/20160215/features/colonial-finds-recovered-from-red-house-archaeological-site

The annual look at crystal skulls:

http://blog.chron.com/lavoz/2016/02/a-look-at-latin-americas-mysterious-crystal-skulls/

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Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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Studying hunter/gather migration:

http://phys.org/news/2016-02-hunter-gatherers-groups-migrate.html

On the origins of tipping:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2016/02/18/i-dare-you-to-read-this-and-still-feel-ok-about-tipping-in-the-united-states/

On Coptic prayers on vellum:

http://www.metmuseum.org/about-the-museum/museum-departments/curatorial-departments/islamic-art/ruminations/2016/coptic-prayers-on-venetian-paper

Rethinking some Bernini sculptures:

http://phys.org/news/2016-02-bernini-animas-meant-mythological-religious.html
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-02/uog-bw021916.php

Studying ancient medical texts:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/what-secrets-do-ancient-medical-texts-hold-1630771/#9i5DYg4mQAlrvLef.01

Italy (and UNESCO) is creating a Cultural Peacekeepers task force:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/arts/italy-unesco-task-force-cultural-protectors-1.3452239?cmp=rss
http://theartnewspaper.com/news/italy-sets-up-taskforce-with-unesco-to-protect-antiquities-in-conflict-areas/
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/arcablog/~3/Io3Peu-_Hgc/the-uns-blue-helmets-for-culture.html

Beatrix Potter’s scientific side:

http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20160215-beatrix-potter-pioneering-scientist-or-passionate-amateur

On some early female astronomers:

http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-35413738

On the evolution of love in the animal kingdom:

http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20160212-the-unexpected-origin-of-love

On the role of mosquitoes in history:

http://www.cnn.com/2016/02/15/health/mosquitoes-that-changed-history/index.html

Digitizing Van Gogh’s bedroom:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-35576268

On the history of sieges:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/sieges-used-throughout-history-by-warring-armies/2016/02/17/67d75e72-d53d-11e5-a65b-587e721fb231_story.html

Interesting ‘balloon’ letter sent from 1870s Paris:

http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2016/feb/16/mystery-1870-letter-besieged-paris-balloon

More on that ‘earliest image of Mary’ at Yale:

http://news.yale.edu/2016/02/12/yale-art-gallery-painting-might-be-oldest-known-image-virgin-mary
Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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A couple of exhibitions about ancient Egypt:

http://www.apollo-magazine.com/the-importance-of-death-in-everyday-egyptian-life/

Munch:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/19/arts/design/review-the-darkness-and-light-of-edvard-munchs-work.html

Bosch:

http://www.cnn.com/2016/02/17/arts/hieronymus-bosch-exhibition-2016/index.html

Midas:

http://weeklypress.com/ancient-treasures-from-the-republic-of-turkey-p5820-95.htm

Hadrian:

http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Hadrian-returns-to-Jerusalem-444995

Mochica Culture:

http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/entertainment/2016/02/20/peru-exhibition-digs-deep-into-myths-mochica-culture/

They were unboxing Terracotta Warriors at the Field Museum:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/museums/ct-terracotta-warriors-unboxing-field-ent-0223-20160222-column.html

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THE TECHY SIDE
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Plenty of interest in what Sarah Parcak wants to do with her TED prize:

http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2016/02/16/sarah-parcak-to-use-ted-prize-money-for-crowdsourcing-on-archaeological-sites/
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/british-columbia/space-archaeologist-aims-to-crowdsource-protection-of-heritage-sites/article28778225/?cmpid=rss1
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/0217/Real-life-Indiana-Jones-recruits-you-to-help-save-the-world-s-antiquities
http://www.npr.org/sections/alltechconsidered/2016/02/17/467104127/space-archaeologist-wants-your-help-to-find-ancient-sites
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/02/160216-ted-prize-sarah-parcak-satellite-archaeology/
http://nhpr.org/post/space-archaeologist-wants-your-help-find-ancient-sites
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-35591727#sa-ns_mchannel=rss&ns_source=PublicRSS20-sa
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-35591727
http://phys.org/news/2016-02-modern-indiana-jones-mission-antiquities.html

… because of what her research shows, of course:

http://www.livescience.com/53752-egypt-looting-satellite-archaeology.html
Generally, on tech in archaeology:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2016/02/19/21st-century-archaeology-is-something-out-of-sci-fi/#426de4c9e65b

… and cyberarchaeology:

http://phys.org/news/2016-02-cyber-archaeology-big-threatened-cultural-heritage.html

Project Mosul:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/heroic-effort-digitally-reconstruct-lost-monuments-180958098/

On drone use in to monitor sites in Jordan:

http://www.newswise.com/articles/view/647998/?sc=rsla
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/02/2016/monitoring-looting-in-jordan-using-drones
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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Revising the study of genetic evidence for Eurasian migration to Africa:

http://phys.org/news/2016-02-scientists-eurasian-migration-africa.html

The slave trade spread bilharzia to the Caribbean:

http://phys.org/news/2016-02-slavery-bilharzia-parasites-west-africa.html

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/

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CRIME BEAT
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Latest Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2016/02/culture-crime-news-8-15-february-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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Germany will be returning some items to Egypt:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/187566/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Egypt-to-recover-two-stolen-artefacts-from-Germany.aspx
http://egyptianstreets.com/2016/02/15/egypt-to-receive-stolen-ancient-artifacts-seized-in-germany/

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NUMISMATICA
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A Chinese museum wants some help with coin inscriptions:

http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-35595138

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v19n07.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v19n08.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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A Mozart-Salieri collaboration:

http://www.dw.com/en/composition-by-mozart-and-rival-salieri-played-in-prague-after-200-years/a-19052745

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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/2361-audio-news-from-archaeologica-7-feb-2016-13-feb-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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