Explorator 18.45 ~ March 6, 2016

 

Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri,
Barbara Saylor Rodgers, Hernan Astudillo, Bob Heuman, Kris Curry,
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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Neanderthals may have used manganese dioxide to help start fires:

http://phys.org/news/2016-03-neanderthals-deliberately-sourced-manganese-dioxide.html
http://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/news/2016/02/neanderthals-collected-manganese-dioxide-to-make-fire
http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2016/02/neandertals-may-have-used-chemistry-start-fires

Feature on naledi:

http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20160301-is-this-the-earliest-human

Something about early human diets (a.k.a. how not to write for a popular audience):

http://phys.org/news/2016-03-biomarker-evidence-ancestral-human-lifestyle.html

Paleo diets and ‘Venus’ figurines:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2016/03/03/what-these-ancient-statuettes-of-obese-people-say-about-paleo-diets/

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AFRICA
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A Nubian tomb from the Sudan, with all sorts of Egyptian connections (I think we mentioned this last week):

http://phys.org/news/2016-03-identity-unearthed-excavations-sudan-reveal.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/03/160301131316.htm
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-03/uoc–iu030116.php
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3477611/Ancient-grave-shows-Nubian-woman-buried-Egyptian-style-Incredible-pinpoints-moment-two-cultures-one.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

Latest on the damage at Timbuktu and subsequent trial:

http://www.euronews.com/2016/03/01/mali-irreparable-cultural-damage-caused-by-ahmad-al-mahdi-al-faqi-icc/

… it’s a war crime trial in the Hague, if you missed it:

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/03/01/468683861/demolition-of-timbuktus-cultural-sites-spurs-war-crimes-trial-at-the-hague

Handprints in a Sahara cave might actually belong to reptiles:

http://www.livescience.com/53944-prehistoric-rock-art-nonhuman-hands.html
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/02/160225-sahara-rock-art-stencils-egypt-caves-reptiles/
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/baby-hands-rock-paintings-were-probably-lizard-prints-instead-180958254/?no-ist
http://www.express.co.uk/news/science/649230/Tiny-ancient-handprints-discovered-in-Egypt-did-NOT-belong-to-humans
http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/sahara-desert-handprint-mystery-solved-wadisuraii-prints-not-human/news-story/031f9332c13b09c90d88d48cbaa23eca

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Plans/hype for more scans of Tut’s tomb in April:

http://www.livescience.com/53881-scans-of-king-tut-tomb-hidden-chambers.html
http://www.foxnews.com/science/2016/03/01/new-scans-king-tuts-tomb-may-reveal-hidden-burial-chamber.html

… and a feature on his (great) grandparents:

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/03/160303-king-tut-tomb-treasures-yuya-tuyu/

A robot camera has located some Islamic structures beneath a mosque in Cairo:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/43/189997/Heritage/Islamic/Robot-camera-discovers-old-Islamic-structures-bene.aspx

Four Egyptian sites are trying to get on UNESCO’s Heritage List:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/190050/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Egypt-prepares-put-four-archaological-sites-on-UNE.aspx

More on the Tarkhan dress:

http://antiquity.ac.uk/projgall/stevenson349

That ‘baffling’ wall in Jordan is pre-Roman:

http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/archaeology/.premium-1.706066

A Canaanite winery from tel Khabri:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/03/160303094322.htm

A Bronze Age (and beyond) necropolis from near Bethlehem:

http://www.livescience.com/53939-ancient-burial-ground-found-near-bethlehem.html
http://www.livescience.com/53938-photos-ancient-burial-ground-near-bethlehem.html
http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/archaeology/.premium-1.707191

Interesting feature on Katharine Woolley:

http://www.penn.museum/blog/museum/adventure-calls-the-life-of-a-woman-adventurer/

BBC Magazine had a series called ‘Museum of Lost Objects’ with a number of features of interest on destroyed sites in Syria, such as the Temple of Bel:

http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-35688943

… Tell Qarqur:

http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-35696798

… Aleppo’s Minaret:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-35707634

… Winged Bull of Nineveh:

http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-35669056

… the Lion of al Lat:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-35720366

Useful digital atlas of the Holy Land:

http://ancientworldonline.blogspot.ca/2011/08/digital-archaeological-atlas-of-holy.html

Feature on Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/istanbuls-grand-bazaar-getting-makeover-180958263/

Feature on conserving a copper pot from Ur:

http://blog.britishmuseum.org/2016/03/03/corroded-ruin-or-hidden-treasure-an-early-dynastic-copper-alloy-cauldron-from-ur/

Really not sure where to put this thing about Sumerian statues being found in a Slovenian refugee camp and subsequently put in a museum for safekeeping:

http://www.greenfieldreporter.com/view/story/2114313c0ad945e3b459ecb4c84b6899/EU–Slovenia-Statuettes
http://cnsnews.com/news/article/latest-slovenia-museum-caring-ancient-statuettes
http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=85543

More on that 12 000 years b.p. village in the Jordan Valley:

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4768567,00.html

More on those fabrics from Timna:

http://www.jweekly.com/article/full/77041/swatches-point-to-fabric-of-ancient-life/
More on illicit ISIL digs in Syria etc.:

http://theartnewspaper.com/news/news/what-do-we-really-know-about-islamic-state-s-role-in-illicit-antiquities-trade/
https://networks.h-net.org/node/7636/discussions/113788/resource-bbc-radio-4-destruction-syrian-and-iraqi-antiquities

… and opEds on same:

http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2016/feb/26/western-art-funding-terrorism-isis-middle-east
http://www.newsweek.com/there-way-save-syrias-cultural-artifacts-431111

… and how ISIL ‘isn’t alone’:

http://www.artsjournal.com/2016/03/illegal-trade-in-antiquities-from-syria-is-not-only-isiss-fault.html

… although we hear of some success in recovery of stolen items in Syria:

http://www.plenglish.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=4652421&Itemid=1

… and people taking great risks to save cultural heritage in Syria:

http://www.npr.org/2016/02/28/468475094/some-take-massive-risks-to-save-syrias-cultural-heritage
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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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A 10th Legion bathhouse/manor house and winery found on a former army base in Jerusalem (I flipped a coin on whether to put this in ANE or Classics):

http://mfa.gov.il/MFA/IsraelExperience/History/Pages/Surprising-finds-in-Jerusalem-Schneller-Compound-2-Mar-2016.aspx
http://www.antiquities.org.il/Article_eng.aspx?sec_id=25&subj_id=240&id=4184
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Well-preserved-1600-year-old-winery-and-a-Roman-bathhouse-unearthed-in-Jerusalem-446667
http://www.timesofisrael.com/1600-year-old-wine-press-found-in-old-jerusalem-army-base/
http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/archaeology/.premium-1.706591
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/large-ancient-winery-roman-bathhouse-unearthed-in-jerusalem/2016/03/02/
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/208781
http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=32209
http://www.cbn.com/cbnnews/insideisrael/2016/March/Archaeologists-Uncover-Impressive-Winery-and-Roman-Bathhouse/
http://www.christianpost.com/news/archaeology-discovery-rare-artifacts-jesus-orphanage-jerusalem-158919/
http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2016/03/02/archaeologists-astonished-to-find-artifacts-possibly-dating-to-jesus-time-under-historic-jerusalem-orphanage-and-army-base/#038;%23038;%23038
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/video/sciencetech/video-1270709/Archaeologist-reveals-s-Schneller-Compound.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3473193/Roman-leisure-complex-unearthed-Jerusalem-Bathhouse-rural-estate-wine-press-used-invading-soldiers-Tenth-Legion-1-600-years-ago.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

Some interesting inscriptions etc. from Amphipolis:

http://news.discovery.com/history/inscription-spurs-debate-over-mysterious-greek-tomb-160302.htm

… and the speculation continues:

http://neoskosmos.com/news/en/Who-lies-within-the-walls-of-the-Amphipolis-tomb-lecture

Still rather scant coverage of the latest piece of the Forma Urbis:

http://news.discovery.com/history/archaeology/ancient-roman-puzzle-gets-new-piece-160304.htm

Latest from the dig at Hadrian’s Villa:

http://www.newswise.com/articles/excavation-at-hadrian-s-villa-uncovers-the-art-of-ordinary-spaces

Plans to excavate an ‘underground city’ in Izmit:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ancient-underground-city-in-izmit-excites-archaeology-world-.aspx?PageID=238&NID=96000&NewsCatID=375

More (and better) coverage of what they’ve recently found among the Oxyrhynchus Papyri:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/ancient-egypt-citizen-scientists-reveal-tales-of-tragedy-unearthed-from-centuries-old-rubbish-dump-a6905541.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3472392/The-original-Ten-Commandments-Ancient-papyrus-reveals-play-Moses-performed-2-000-years-Charlton-Heston-s-classic-movie.html
http://www.sciencealert.com/thousands-of-ancient-egyptian-texts-have-just-been-deciphered-revealing-hangover-cures-and-death-notes

Hype/coverage/reviews of Mary Beard’s latest Pompeii doco:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/tv/2016/03/03/pompeii-new-secrets-revealed-with-mary-beard-goes-beyond-the-cli/
http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/Cambridge-s-Mary-Beard-goes-face-face-victims/story-28830052-detail/story.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-3475449/Phew-Professor-Mary-s-romp-ruins-gets-little-steamy-CHRISTOPHER-STEVENS-reviews-night-s-TV.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

… and a feature on Albrecht Matthaei’s work there:

http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Making-a-difference/2016/0303/Albrecht-Matthaei-fell-in-love-with-Pompeii.-Now-he-works-to-preserve-it

What Susan Martin is up to:

http://tntoday.utk.edu/2016/03/03/provost-susan-martin-announces-return-faculty/

What Sean Harrigan is up to:

http://www.theknoxstudent.com/news/2016/03/02/harrigan-starts-from-the-beginning/

What Philip Freeman is up to:

http://www.lutherchips.com/1437/features/freeman-publishes-again/
https://www.timeshighereducation.com/books/review-searching-for-sappho-philip-freeman-w-w-norton

They’re still scrapping at Yale over misdirected Classics funds:

http://yaledailynews.com/blog/2016/03/03/profs-admins-clash-over-budgeting/

Plans for Leicester’s Roman Jewry Wall:

http://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/New-archeological-investigation-1-5m-museum/story-28861455-detail/story.html

Nice feature on Danae:

http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/the-metamorphoses-of-danae/

On the utility of Latin:

http://www.stthomas.edu/news/people-still-study-latin/

Feature on Roman spa treatments:

http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2016/03/roman-spas-in-antiquity/471399/

… while the Roman baths at Castleford have been given National Monument status:

http://www.pontefractandcastlefordexpress.co.uk/news/local-news/roman-baths-recognised-as-a-national-monument-1-7774882

Concerns for the Roman site at the Vale of Glamorgan:

http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/important-roman-site-being-destroyed-10977264

There was a ‘rat emergency’ at assorted sites in Rome:

http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2016/03/02/ancient-roman-sites-face-rat-emergency_b3574687-d9c2-4a49-a4dc-1c8879d86b4b.html

… and much excitement that Elton John would be playing the Roman theatre at Pompeii:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/5/159/190252/Arts–Culture/Entertainment/Elton-John-to-rock-ancient-Roman-theatre-in-Pompei.aspx
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/reuters/article-3476544/Elton-John-rock-ancient-Roman-theatre-Pompeii.html
http://www.thelocal.it/20160304/elton-john-to-play-concert-in-pompeiis-roman-theatre

Cologne is celebrating its Roman heritage:

http://www.thelocal.de/20160304/oldest-stone-structure-in-germany-reopens-in-cologne

Useful digital map of the Roman Empire:

http://ancientworldonline.blogspot.ca/2012/09/a-digital-base-map-of-greco-roman-world.html

A 3d reconstruction of Rome:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/rome-reborn-watch-what-ancient-rome-looked-like-in-320-ad-thanks-to-3d-reconstruction-a6903566.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3468773/What-Ancient-Rome-REALLY-looked-like-Amazing-3D-reconstruction-city-puts-shoes-visitor-320-AD.html

Review of Beard, *SPQR*:

http://www.yakimaherald.com/entertainment/book-scene-spqr-is-a-masterful-study-of-roman-history/article_5df1aa48-e0af-11e5-9ef4-abde8df7001a.html

Excerpt from Heaney’s translation of Aeneid VI:

http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/03/07/from-the-aeneid-book-vi

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

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http://rogueclassicism.com/
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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A ‘Middle Saxon’ island site near Lincolnshire:

http://phys.org/news/2016-03-mystery-marsh-newly-anglo-saxon-island.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/03/160302083603.htm
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-03/uos-mot030216.php
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-35707690
http://news.discovery.com/history/archaeology/anglo-saxon-island-discovered-in-english-village-160302.htm#mkcpgn=rssnws1
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/mar/01/anglo-saxon-island-remains-discovered-lincolnshire-little-carlton-sheffield-university
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/0303/Middle-Saxon-site-unearthed-in-eastern-Britain

A 350 years b.p. seal find by a metal detectorist (no photo):

http://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/Treasure-inquest-held-350-year-old-silver-seal/story-28865507-detail/story.html

Shakespeare’s father is credited with saving some paintings:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-coventry-warwickshire-35724908

A metal detecting survey found plenty associated with the Battle of Killiecrankie:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/a9-archaeologists-discover-artefacts-linked-to-battle-of-killiecrankie-during-road-construction-a6909816.html
http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/local-news/perthshire-metal-detecting-survey-unearths-7491009

Fragments of Henry VIII’s royal residence at Chelsea Place have turned up in a country church:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/henry-viii-fragments-of-kings-tudor-royal-residence-found-in-english-country-church-a6913046.html

Crowdfunding to excavate an Iron Age hillfort in Spain:

http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/03/2016/exploring-spains-celtic-connection-help-excavate-an-iron-age-hillfort

… and to find the Lindisfarne monastery site:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/mar/04/archaeologists-crowdfunded-search-lindisfarne-monastery-excavation

Searching for Henry VII’s birthplace:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-south-west-wales-35681592

Feature on post-Norman Conquest England:

https://www.historytoday.com/eleanor-parker/after-norman-conquest

Pondering whether Viking Rollo was Danish or Norwegian:

http://www.thelocal.dk/20160302/was-viking-ruler-rollo-danish-or-norwegian

Bede’s World won’t close after all:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tyne-35707970

Jackdaws have damaged a historic thatched roof:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3473955/Jackdaws-wreck-100-000-thatched-roof-historic-barn-just-fun.html

More on those oldest Muslim burials:

http://www.livescience.com/53913-medieval-muslim-graves-in-france.html
http://news.yahoo.com/oldest-muslim-graves-france-discovered-132615249.html

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Archaeology in Europe Blog:

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

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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Paleolithic bone tools from Ma’anshan Cave:

http://phys.org/news/2016-03-paleolithic-bone-tools-south-china.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3474601/Hunting-weapons-BONES-Chinese-cave-35-000-year-old-harpoons-oldest-outside-Africa.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

I think we’ve mentioned the Marquis of Haihun’s tomb:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2016-03/02/c_135147099.htm
http://www.thestar.com.my/news/regional/2016/03/03/marquis-of-haihuns-tomb-found/
http://zeenews.india.com/news/world/remains-of-controversial-chinese-emperor-liu-he-found_1861525.html
http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/culture/2016-03/02/content_23710974.htm

Interesting shark image on an bronze Japanese sword:

http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/social_affairs/AJ201602260038

A Chinese farmer found a huge hoard of coins ‘dating from the time of Jesus’:

http://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/1919024/chinese-farmer-digs-half-tonne-hoard-ancient-coins-while

Damage to a 1000 years b.p. boulder covered with Buddha images in southern China:

http://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/1921669/relic-1000-buddhas-slowly-destroyed-vandalism-weather-and

On 5000 years of migrations and the impact on Maori and Pasifika health:

http://phys.org/news/2016-03-years-migration-significant-implications-mori.html

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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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Plans to further study an 1813 Sitka shipwreck:

http://juneauempire.com/state/2016-03-06/researchers-plan-further-study-1813-shipwreck-near-sitka
http://www.newsminer.com/news/alaska_news/researchers-plan-further-study-of-shipwreck-near-sitka/article_c4acdffc-e233-11e5-8a5b-d3a7dc08e88c.html

A possible bison kill site found at the bottom of an Alexandria lake (!):

http://www.startribune.com/bison-bones-found-at-lake-bottom-tell-few-tales/371006891/

Feature on 17th century trading posts along the Kennebec:

http://bangordailynews.com/community/17th-century-trading-posts-on-the-kennebec/

Concerns for coastal sites in Louisiana:

http://wwno.org/post/louisianas-disappearing-coast-takes-ancient-history-it

Some funding for the Poverty Point dig:

http://www.hannapub.com/franklinsun/community/poverty-point-group-receives-donation-from-at-t/article_93c13bf2-e168-11e5-9619-9facc93c80cf.html

Honouring Edward Bouchet:

http://news.yale.edu/2016/02/29/honoring-edward-bouchet-and-original-sloane-laboratory-where-he-studied

Review of a couple of books about Constance Fenimore Woolson:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/06/books/review/constance-fenimore-woolson-and-miss-grief-and-other-stories.html

Review of Showalter, *The Civil Wars of Julia Ward Howe*:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/06/books/review/the-civil-wars-of-julia-ward-howe-by-elaine-showalter.html?smid=nytcore-iphone-share&smprod=nytcore-iphone

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Interesting site in Chihuahua may have connections to the first farmers in the Americas:

http://westerndigs.org/grave-teenage-girl-southwest-earliest-farmers/

Pre-columbian humans blaimed for hunting a Panamanian island deer to extinction:

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-03/stri-tid030316.php

More people being arrested for being naked at Machu Picchu:

http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/lifestyle/2016/03/04/two-men-arrested-for-stripping-naked-at-machu-picchu/

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http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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On (very) early dentistry:

http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20160229-how-our-ancestors-drilled-rotten-teeth

Shakespeare’s Stratford home has been opened to the public:

http://www.theguardian.com/culture/2016/mar/02/william-shakespeare-stratford-home-new-place-site-open

… and they’ve traced his roots:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-gloucestershire-35438785

… and scanned his grave:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-35688546

… and a new portrait is going on display:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-coventry-warwickshire-35671311

A ring purportedly belonging to Joan of Arc has returned to France after an auction:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-35728604
http://telegraph.feedsportal.com/c/32726/f/571445/s/4e0e6721/sc/13/l/0L0Stelegraph0O0Cnews0Cworldnews0Ceurope0Cfrance0C121846760CJoan0Eof0EArc0Ering0Ereturned0Eto0EFrance0Bhtml/story01.htm

David got a high tech scrubbing:

http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=85469

An export ban on a painting of a Henry VIII castle:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-35699837

The Duchess of Devonshire’s stuff is coming to auction:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-derbyshire-35697432

A project to map every battle ever fought:

http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-35685889

Naples v the Catholic Church arguing over relics associated with San Gennaro:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/italy/12184929/Saints-treasure-sparks-battle-between-Naples-and-Church.html

Comparing Trump and Charlemagne:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2016/02/22/before-donald-trump-the-sad-history-of-when-christians-anointed-another-political-bully/

Jeb Bush as Achilles:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/dear-jeb-bush-help-america-stop-trump/2016/03/02/2985c7cc-e09f-11e5-8d98-4b3d9215ade1_story.html

On Louis XIV and Oscar fashion:

http://theconversation.com/why-louis-xiv-would-approve-of-fashion-at-the-oscars-54917

On the history of pets:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/animalia/wp/2016/03/03/why-we-love-dogs-and-cats-but-not-bats-or-rats/

… and human/dog relations:

http://phys.org/news/2016-03-explores-prehistoric-relationship-humans-dogs.html

Pondering the historical concept of the ‘ideal man’:

http://theconversation.com/from-jousting-to-football-the-ideal-man-hasnt-changed-much-since-medieval-times-54920

A cache of very old Ty Cobb baseball cards:

http://www.syracuse.com/sports/index.ssf/2016/03/ty_cobb_baseball_cards_found_million.html

No one was interested in a Darwin letter that came to auction:

http://www.livescience.com/53869-charles-darwin-letter-auction.html
http://natedsanders.com/Important_Charles_Darwin_Autograph_Letter_Signed_F-LOT42247.aspx

Folks aren’t happy with a Sanskrit translation project operating out of Harvard:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2016/03/02/american-scholar-under-attack-in-india-for-his-stance-on-free-speech/

Interesting feature on some buildings that took forever to build:

http://www.dw.com/en/5-buildings-you-probably-didnt-know-took-more-than-500-years-to-construct/a-19093840

Not sure if this ‘bone patterns’ study will have uses in archaeology:

http://phys.org/news/2016-03-patterns-bones-left-ground-surfaces.html

More Leap Year/Leap Day items:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/happy-leap-day-brought-to-you-by-Julius-Caesar-180958242/
http://news.discovery.com/history/leap-year-why-you-can-thank-julius-caesar-160229.htm#mkcpgn=rssnws1
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/12177017/Leap-Year-2016-Why-does-February-have-29-days-every-four-years.html
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/0229/Why-is-there-a-leap-day-Is-there-an-alternative
Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Death on the Nile:

https://www.historytoday.com/garry-shaw/afterlife-ancient-egypt

Celts:

http://www.scotsman.com/heritage/people-places/what-celtic-treasures-reveal-about-their-existence-in-iron-age-and-medieval-europe-1-4044596

The Wonder of Will:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/museums/the-playwrights-the-thing/2016/03/03/6c86c576-df00-11e5-846c-10191d1fc4ec_story.html?hpid=hp_hp-cards_hp-card-arts%3Ahomepage%2Fcard

Cranach:

http://www.dw.com/en/reunited-in-moscow-cranach-paintings-tell-tale-of-soviet-looted-art/a-19089994

The Scream:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20160303-what-is-the-meaning-of-the-scream
http://www.neuegalerie.org/content/munch-and-expressionism-0

Bosch:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-bristol-35639196
http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2016/03/05/arts/design/hieronymus-bosch-hell.html
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/05/arts/design/for-hieronymus-bosch-one-hell-of-a-homecoming.html

Etruscans:

http://www.theflorentine.net/news/2016/03/60266/

Drawings of 18th century Palmyra:

http://www.dw.com/en/resurrecting-palmyras-legendary-architecture/a-19081664

Power of Textiles in Late Antiquity:

http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=85448

Botticelli Reimagined:

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/lifestyle/botticelli-reimagined-lo/2570504.html
http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2016/mar/02/botticelli-reimagined-review-vanda-venus

Terracotta Warriors:

http://www.chicagoreader.com/Bleader/archives/2016/03/02/ancient-chinese-warriors-invade-the-field-museum
http://chicago.suntimes.com/news/terracotta-warriors-arrive-at-field-museum/

4000 years of Greek Treasures;

http://world.greekreporter.com/2016/03/02/%CE%B1-journey-to-the-land-of-immortals-4000-years-of-greek-treasures/

Samurai:

http://denver.cbslocal.com/2016/03/05/samurai-exhibit/

The director of the Israel Museum in Jerusalem has stepped down:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/director-of-the-israel-museum-in-jerusalem-steps-aside/

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THE TECHY SIDE
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Technological advances (and/or DNA) is looking at the causes of foxing etc. in assorted Leonardo (and other) works:

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/the-extremo-files/2016/02/27/meet-microbial-vandals-destroying-leonardo-da-vincis-priceless-renaissance-work/

They’ve Google Streetviewed (pardon the verbification) some walks in England and Wales:

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/mar/05/google-street-view-england-wales-national-trails?CMP=twt_a-technology_b-gdntech

Feature on digitizing things in archaeology:

http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2016/03/digital-material-worlds/471858/

Feature on technology being used to protect underwater sites:

http://phys.org/news/2016-03-technologies-tools-underwater-treasures.html

More on scanning Nefertiti:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/02/arts/design/other-nefertiti-3d-printer.html

More on DSS digitization:

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4769931,00.html
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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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Climate change is (again) being implicated in Angkor’s fall:

http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/climate_change_helped_trigger_ancient_angkors_fall_20160304

… and precipitating the genetic turnover in Europe 14 000 years b.p. or so (we’ve had this before in the DNA section):

http://www.livescience.com/53883-ancient-europeans-vanished-after-ice-age.html
http://news.yahoo.com/why-did-ancient-europeans-just-disappear-14-500-162246814.html

Reconstructing drought in the eastern Mediterranean:

http://phys.org/news/2016-03-nasa-drought-eastern-mediterranean-worst.html
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Saudi Arabia:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/06/travel/saudi-arabia-tourism.html?_r=0

Onondaga County:

http://www.syracuse.com/empire/index.ssf/2016/02/onondaga_county_centuries_old_building_still_in_use_for_their_original_purpose.html

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CRIME BEAT
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A crime ring that was stealing from UK museums and auction houses:

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/mar/01/gang-antiquities-chinese-market-fitzwilliam-oriental-museum
http://theartnewspaper.com/news/museums/criminal-gang-convicted-of-stealing-antiquities-and-rhino-horn-from-uk-museums/
http://artforum.com/archive/id=58491

A major bust in Romania:

http://phys.org/news/2016-02-romanian-police-seize-stolen-archaeological.html
http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=85468

Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2016/02/culture-crime-news-22-28-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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Another call for the return of statuary from Benin:

http://www.universityworldnews.com/article.php?story=20160226213627917

UOklahoma will be returning some Nazi loot:

http://www.universityworldnews.com/article.php?story=2016022621314897

A stolen Abraham Barachin cup has been returned to Hull:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-humber-35717289

Some Kodiak ancestral remains have been returned:

http://www.kmxt.org/content/view/7075/2/

The US returned some historic Russian documents to Moscow:

http://www.npr.org/sections/parallels/2016/03/05/469202458/u-s-returns-historical-documents-stolen-from-russia-in-chaotic-90s

Switzerland returned an Egyptian relief:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/190094/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Egyptian-Seven-Sacred-Oils-relief-recovered-from-S.aspx
http://en.ammonnews.net/article.aspx?articleno=30562
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/ancient-egypt-tablet-back-after-collector-notified-officials/2016/03/03/2d8871ac-e159-11e5-8c00-8aa03741dced_story.html
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NUMISMATICA
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On the Watlington hoard:

http://www.henleystandard.co.uk/news/news.php?id=41925

Feature on Phoenician coins:

http://www.coinweek.com/featured-news/coinweek-ancient-coin-series-coinage-of-the-phoenicians/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v19n09.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v19n10.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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OBITUARIES
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Delmer Berg:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/03/us/delmer-berg-last-survivor-of-abraham-lincoln-brigade-dies-at-100.html

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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/2396-audio-news-from-archaeologica-21-feb-2016-27-feb-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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