Explorator 18.47 ~ March 20, 2016

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

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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What they’ve learned from Denisovan DNA:

http://phys.org/news/2016-03-denisovan-dna-future-humanity.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/03/160317150805.htm
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-35835126
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/0317/Denisovans-Mysterious-ancient-humans-reveal-clues-to-our-history
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/pacific-islanders-got-double-whammy-stone-age-dna

… and again there is an ‘interbreeding’ spin put on things:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/22/science/neanderthals-interbred-with-humans-denisovans.html

… and a ‘helped survival’ spin:

http://www.livescience.com/54084-denisovan-dna-helped-modern-humans-survive.html?cmpid=514645

They’ve been checking out Neanderthal DNA in Spain too:

https://www.mpg.de/10364707/hominins-sima-de-los-huesos
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/0315/Where-do-Neanderthals-come-from-Oldest-DNA-reveals-clues
http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-35806992
http://phys.org/news/2016-03-year-old-fossils-spain-earliest-genetic.html
https://www.newscientist.com/article/2080549-oldest-ever-human-genome-sequence-may-rewrite-human-history/
http://www.nature.com/news/oldest-ancient-human-dna-details-dawn-of-neanderthals-1.19557

… and isoptopic analysis is helping to figure out what they were eating:

http://phys.org/news/2016-03-isotope-habits-neanderthals.html
http://news.discovery.com/human/neanderthal-diet-80-meat-20-fruit-veggiest-160314.htm

More on homo erectus slicing food and its effects:

http://www.npr.org/sections/13.7/2016/03/17/470784072/cooking-or-slicing-food-what-drove-early-human-evolution
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/h-erectus-cut-chewed-way-through-evolution

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AFRICA
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Feature on Benin City:

http://www.theguardian.com/cities/2016/mar/18/story-of-cities-5-benin-city-edo-nigeria-mighty-medieval-capital-lost-without-trace

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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In case you somehow missed the hype about the confirmation of there likely being more rooms in Tut’s tomb:

http://phys.org/news/2016-03-egypt-scan-king-tut-burial.html
http://www.livescience.com/54081-king-tut-hidden-chambers-seen-radar-scans.html
http://www.livescience.com/42296-king-tut-photos.html
http://egyptianstreets.com/2016/03/17/hidden-chambers-discovered-by-scans-in-king-tutankhamuns-tomb/
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-evidence-shows-king-tut-tomb-may-have-its-own-chamber-secrets-180958470/
http://www.cnn.com/videos/world/2015/08/11/nefertiti-tomb-tutankhamun-orig-mg.cnn
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/03/17/470823945/king-tuts-tomb-may-have-hidden-spaces-containing-organic-metallic-materials
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/egypt/12196508/Scans-of-King-Tuts-burial-chamber-show-hidden-rooms-that-could-contain-organic-material.html
http://www.timesofisrael.com/secret-rooms-almost-certainly-lurking-in-king-tuts-tomb-egypt-says/
http://www.ctvnews.ca/sci-tech/egypt-says-scan-of-king-tut-s-burial-tomb-shows-hidden-rooms-1.2820877
http://cyprus-mail.com/2016/03/17/egypt-finds-new-clues-that-queen-nefertiti-may-lie-buried-behind-tuts-tomb/
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/0317/Evidence-mounts-in-search-for-King-Tut-s-roommate-Queen-Nefertiti
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/mar/17/hidden-rooms-tutankhamun-tomb-new-treasures-queen-nefertiti
http://www.dw.com/en/scans-suggest-hidden-chambers-inside-king-tuts-tomb/a-19122016
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/03/160317-king-tut-tomb-hidden-chambers-radar-egypt-archaeology/
http://news.yahoo.com/scans-show-90-chance-hidden-chambers-tutankhamun-tomb-092631296.html

… with related features/spins on Nefertiti (just in case, of course):

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/tutankhamun-tomb-has-numerous-secret-chambers-egyptian-official-says-after-japanese-study-that-could-a6936156.html
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/nefertiti-queen-king-tutankhamun-tomb-mystery-ancient-egypt-a6939261.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-35831025
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/18/world/middleeast/nefertiti-tutankhamen-tomb-egypt.html

… and features on Tut’s tomb:

http://phys.org/news/2016-03-facts-tutankhamun-tomb.html

Lost in the hype were that some 3300 years bp statues of Sekhmet were found:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3495044/A-roarsome-Statues-lion-headed-goddess-discovered-Egypt-6ft-ancient-masterpieces-wear-wig-tight-dress.html

… and more divine statuary found at Dakahliya:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/190768/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Statuettes-of-ancient-Egyptian-gods-unearthed-in-D.aspx

Predynastic graffiti from Aswan:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/193114/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Holy-predynastic-graffiti-uncovered-in-Aswan.aspx

Egypt is putting the pyramids under military protection:

http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2016/03/egypt-pyramid-military-tourism-complaints-project.html

Plans to ‘revive’ Memphis:

http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/03/2016/ancient-memphis-site-to-undergo-regeneration

Latest news from the Grand Egyptian Museum:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/44/191003/Heritage/Museums/Late-Period-papyrus-and-Tutankhamuns-arrows-restor.aspx

Questioning the veracity of the Maandana:

https://newrepublic.com/article/130814/israeli-national-symbol-fake
http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/archaeology/.premium-1.709481

A sort of preliminary report from the dig at Khirbet Arai:

https://lukechandler.wordpress.com/2016/03/16/new-dig-at-khirbet-arai-may-reveal-philistines-kingdom-of-judah/

When Saudi Arabia was a Jewish kingdom:

http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/archaeology/.premium-1.709010
http://jewishrefugees.blogspot.co.uk/2016/03/newfound-engravings-highlight-arabias.html
http://mosaicmagazine.com/picks/2016/03/saudi-arabias-forgotten-jewish-past/

Feature on Baghdad:

http://www.theguardian.com/cities/2016/mar/16/story-cities-day-3-baghdad-iraq-world-civilisation

Feature on Alexandria:

http://www.theguardian.com/cities/2016/mar/14/story-cities-day-1-alexandria-egypt-history-urbanisation-foundations-modern-world

Feature on Ur:

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/03/160311-ur-iraq-trade-royal-cemetery-woolley-archaeology/

Not sure where this one goes … major find of a shipwreck associated with Vasco da Gama in the Gulf of Oman:

http://phys.org/news/2016-03-site-shipwreck-tied-vasco-da.html
http://news.discovery.com/history/archaeology/explorer-vasco-da-gamas-shipwreck-found-160315.htm
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/oman/12195216/Shipwreck-off-Oman-is-believed-to-be-from-Vasco-Da-Gamas-fleet.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/mar/15/marine-archaeologists-discover-rare-artefacts-at-1503-shipwreck-site
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/world-history/portuguese-shipwreck-discovered-oman-vasco-da-gamas-esmeralda-a6932836.html
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/0316/Vasco-de-Gama-s-ship-rich-in-treasure-and-history-is-found-near-Oman
http://timesofoman.com/article/79485/Oman/Heritage/Ancient-Portuguese-ship-wreck-discovered-at-island-off-the-coast-of-Oman
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2016/03/16/at-the-bottom-of-the-arabian-sea-a-500-year-old-shipwreck-from-the-fleet-of-vasco-da-gama/
http://www.syracuse.com/us-news/index.ssf/2016/03/site_of_1503_shipwreck_tied_to_vasco_da_gama_discovered_off_oman.html
http://www.cbc.ca/radio/asithappens/as-it-happens-thursday-edition-1.3495913/from-coins-to-cannonballs-a-shipwreck-s-incredible-500-year-old-treasure-1.3495918
http://www.news.com.au/travel/world-travel/middle-east/site-of-1503-shipwreck-tied-to-vasco-da-gama-found-off-oman/news-story/da4677428f197fa1c943c62edd0e1e82
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/03/20160314-oman-shipwreck-explorer-vasco-da-gama-age-of-exploration-india-route/
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/found-500-year-old-protugese-shipwreck-from-famed-explorers-fleet-180958425/

Feature on conserving buildings in Israel:

http://www.jpost.com/Business-and-Innovation/Environment/History-in-Action-Conserving-historic-buildings-for-posterity-and-safety-447917#xtor=EPR-1-%5BNewsletter%5D

Latest in the Western Wall saga:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/western-wall-deal-nixed-deri-said-to-tell-associates/

Feature on medieval pilgrimages to Jerusalem:

http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.708509

3d images of Syrian artifacts/buildings have gone online:

http://phys.org/news/2016-03-3d-images-syria-archaeological-treasures.html

Good feature on the ‘war on looting’ in Syria:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/12/arts/international/escalating-the-war-on-looting.html?_r=0
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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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A hiker in Israel found a very interesting coin of Trajan struck to honour Augustus:

http://www.antiquities.org.il/Article_eng.aspx?sec_id=25&subj_id=240&id=4188
http://mfa.gov.il/MFA/IsraelExperience/History/Pages/Israeli-hiker-finds-rare-2000-year-old-gold-coin-14-Mar-2016.aspx
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-35801246
http://www.cbc.ca/radio/asithappens/as-it-happens-monday-edition-1.3490566/hiker-finds-rare-2-000-year-old-roman-coin-turns-it-over-to-authorities-1.3490571
http://news.discovery.com/history/archaeology/israeli-hiker-finds-rare-ancient-roman-gold-coin-160314.htm
http://www.jewishnews.co.uk/israeli-hiker-finds-2000-year-old-gold-coin/
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/12193887/Hiker-stumbles-upon-extremely-rare-2000-year-old-ancient-gold-coin.html
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Hiker-finds-rare-2000-year-old-gold-coin-in-northern-Israel-447848
http://www.breakingisraelnews.com/63695/ancient-rare-gold-coin-discovered-hiker-galilee-region-jewish-world/
http://www.jta.org/2016/03/15/news-opinion/israel-middle-east/kibbutznik-discovers-rare-roman-era-gold-coin-in-galilee
http://www.timesofisrael.com/hiker-finds-2000-year-old-gold-coin-in-northern-israel/
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/03/14/470395022/thats-no-bottlecap-hiker-in-israel-finds-rare-gold-coin
http://artdaily.com/news/85799/A-hiker-finds-an-extremely-rare-gold-coin-that-bears-the-image-of-Emperor-Augustus
http://www.cnn.com/2016/03/14/middleeast/israel-gold-coin-found/index.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3491387/Did-ancient-Rome-issue-commemorative-coins-Gold-piece-unearthed-Israel-time-Trajan-bears-bust-Augustus-tribute-Rome-s-emperor.html

Monumental piers found in the sunken bits of Corinth:

http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/archaeology/1.708631

A Roman necropolis near Damascus:

http://www.syriaonline.sy/?f=Details&catid=22&pageid=21450&g=1

Plenty of Roman finds from Derby:

http://www.derbytelegraph.co.uk/Look-s-Roman-army-fort-settlement-Derby-s-biggest/story-28873998-detail/story.html

On Fano’s forgotten Roman theatre:

http://www.thelocal.it/20160318/italian-town-forgets-roman-theatre-found-under-derelict-factory

Spectral imaging turns up a chunk of Dexippus:

http://www.livescience.com/54092-goth-greek-battle-revealed-in-ancient-text.html

Nice feature on that warrior burial in Pylos:

http://magazine.uc.edu/issues/0316/pay_dirt.html

The Torlonia collection is being made public:

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/art/news/torlonia-collection-roman-treasures-to-go-on-show-after-four-decades-in-storage-a6932901.html
http://www.thelocal.it/20160317/hidden-treasures-of-ancient-rome-to-get-first-showing
http://www.news24.com/Green/News/hidden-treasures-of-ancient-rome-to-get-first-showing-20160316

More houses are opening to the public at Pompeii:

http://www.euronews.com/2016/03/17/visitors-get-to-see-more-ancient-homes-at-pompeii/
http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2016/03/15/pompeii-to-unveil-five-restored-houses_9639eb3c-063f-4ca4-8247-954f1b79d1dc.html

Alaric apparently succumbed to malaria:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2016/03/14/warlord-who-caused-the-fall-of-rome-was-killed-by-malaria-new-research-shows/

On the location of Greek myths:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2016/03/20/fact-or-fiction-hunting-for-the-real-locations-behind-greek-myths/

Recreating ancient warfare at Knox:

http://www.knox.edu/news/news-archive/students-of-ancient-warfare-greek-roman-celtic

Pondering the elitist connection to translation:

https://www.timeshighereducation.com/comment/classics-elitism-should-be-lost-in-translation

Assorted Ides of March features:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/history/12193529/The-Ides-of-March-The-assassination-of-Julius-Caesar-and-how-it-changed-the-world.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/books/authors/julius-caesars-assassination-10-facts-about-the-ides-of-march-mu/
http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/when-the-knives-are-out-for-politicians-it-can-mean-figurative–or-literal–death/news-story/f02a7e79d7f582c4c200d30284233356
http://www.studentnewspaper.org/this-week-in-history-assassination-of-julius-caesar/
http://www.redlandsdailyfacts.com/social-affairs/20160316/professing-faith-if-julius-caesar-had-been-more-religious-he-might-have-survived
http://www.berlindailysun.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=57190:bound-542-words&catid=74:columns&Itemid=429
http://www.wsj.com/articles/an-inconclusive-ides-of-march-1458147881
http://hollywoodlife.com/2016/03/15/ides-of-march-memes-caesar-assassination-murder-tweets/

Latest in the Parthenon/Elgin Marbles saga:

http://www.buryfreepress.co.uk/news/local/latest-news/school-girl-s-impassioned-argument-on-future-of-historic-greek-sculptures-sways-bury-mp-1-7272067

Feature on Lucretius:

http://www.addisonindependent.com/201603victor-nuovo-lucretius-how-and-why-things

Feature on Hadrian’s Wall:

http://www.historyextra.com/article/romans/brief-history-hadrians-wall

Questioning how Jesus was crucified:

http://theconversation.com/was-jesus-really-nailed-to-the-cross-56321
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3498373/Was-Jesus-really-nailed-cross-Ancient-artefacts-suggest-tales-crucifixion-myth-tradition.html

How Arabs preserved Greek civilization:

http://www.arabnews.com/saudi-arabia/news/893866

In case you’ve missed the Latin version of Adele’s ‘Hello’:

http://www.dailyrecord.com/story/news/local/morris-county/2016/03/15/roxbury-man-covers-adeles-hello-latin/81759552/

Suggestion that Plutarch may have been the first vegetarian:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2016/03/16/ancient-greek-historian-plutarch-might-have-been-the-first-vegetarian/

The Ben Hur remake trailer is out:

http://www.themovienetwork.com/article/first-ben-hur-trailer-gives-gladiator-vibe

Chatting about Thucydides:

http://www.nctv17.com/the-history-of-the-peloponnesian-war/

More on that Roman taberna in Lattara (France):

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/2100-year-old-roman-tavern-uncovered-empty-cups-and-all-180958395/

Review of Peter McDonald’s translation of the Homeric Hymns:

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/mar/18/homeric-hymns-herne-hunter-peter-mcdonald-review

More Seamus Heaney Aeneid VI reviews:

http://www.spectator.co.uk/2016/03/gifts-from-beyond-the-grave-from-virgil-and-seamus-heaney/
http://www.irishnews.com/arts/books/2016/03/17/news/book-reviews-aeneid-a-reminder-of-heaney-s-poetic-power-453001/
http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/books/aeneid-book-vi-translated-by-seamus-heaney-review-a3200596.html
http://www.rte.ie/ten/reviews/books/2016/0316/775401-seamus-heaney-aeneid-book-vi/

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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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Aurignacian sites found prior to Bergerac bypass construction:

http://artdaily.com/news/85829/In-preventive-excavation-realized-by-INRAP–a-bird-found-to-be-among-the-earliest-art-

An untouched Bronze Age barrow site from Lancashire:

http://www.culture24.org.uk/history-and-heritage/archaeology/art548868-Archaeological-dig-planned-as-metal-detectorist-discovers-untouched-Bronze-Age-burial-mound
http://www.leylandguardian.co.uk/news/local/bronze-age-site-uncovered-in-lancashire-1-7795032
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/12192968/Metal-detector-buffs-find-untouched-Bronze-Age-burial-site.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/mar/13/bronze-age-burial-site-undisturbed-millennia-metal-detectors
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-lancashire-35800891
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3490686/Bronze-Age-burial-ground-discovered-Two-metal-detector-enthusiasts-site-unearthing-rare-artefacts-Lancashire-field.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

A 2500 years bp ‘warrior king’ burial from Pocklington:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/mar/17/warrior-king-uncovered-yorkshire-iron-age-settlement
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/earth/environment/archaeology/12197083/Iron-Age-man-found-buried-with-spears-sticking-out-of-him-like-a-hedgehog.html

… other finds from the same site:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/pocklington-iron-age-burial-ground-archaeology-yorkshire-a6936591.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/mar/17/hugely-important-iron-age-remains-found-yorkshire-site
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-humber-35823401
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3495506/Iron-Age-settlement-2-500-year-old-migrant-camp-Discovery-site-Yorkshire-international-significance.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
http://www.southendstandard.co.uk/news/national/14348851.Iron_Age_settlement_find_in_East_Yorkshire__of_international_importance_/
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/rare-iron-age-settlement-dating-7572567

Finds from various periods in Argyll:

http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/03/2016/charcoal-burning-platforms-of-the-atlantic-woods-of-scotland

A Danish metal detectorist turned up an 1100 years bp gold crucifix:

http://www.thelocal.dk/20160316/1100-year-old-denmark-crucifix-may-change-history
http://cphpost.dk/news/amateur-archaeologist-finds-denmarks-oldest-crucifix.html
http://news.discovery.com/history/archaeology/rare-viking-crucifix-found-with-metal-detector-160318.htm
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/amateur-metal-detector-finds-crucifix-which-may-change-historical-record-a6936301.html

Shedding light on medieval Erik:

http://phys.org/news/2016-03-science-life-death-medieval-king.html
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-03/uu-ssn031616.php

Traces of Suffolk’s ‘lost city’:

http://www.eadt.co.uk/news/archaeological_dig_uncovers_a_gift_from_the_past_of_world_importance_at_dunwich_1_4460406

Interesting Reformation-related notes in a Henry VIII Bible:

http://www.qmul.ac.uk/media/news/items/hss/172297.html
http://phys.org/news/2016-03-historian-uncovers-secrets-reformation-hidden.html
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-03/qmuo-hus031516.php
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3496565/Holy-moly-Hidden-annotations-England-s-printed-Bible-include-notes-Reformation-debt-owed-thief.html

Santa Maria Antiqua has reopened to the public:

http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2016/03/17/early-christian-church-in-rome-reopens-to-public/

In Our Time on Bedlam:

http://open.live.bbc.co.uk/mediaselector/5/redir/version/2.0/mediaset/audio-nondrm-download/proto/http/vpid/p03n0nz6.mp3

Repair funding for Devon medieval priory:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-devon-35832404

A fire at Wythenshawe hall:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-manchester-35809417

Feature on Franz Joseph:

http://www.dw.com/en/the-long-rule-of-emperor-franz-joseph/g-19117063

Feature on the once-powerful city of Ani:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20160309-the-empire-the-world-forgot

Arguing about a carving of Merlin at Tintagel Castle:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-cornwall-35837271
http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/mar/18/this-is-not-disneyland-its-cornwall-battle-tintagel-castle

300 years bp silver from West Berkshire has been declared treasure:

http://www.getreading.co.uk/news/reading-berkshire-news/300-year-old-west-berkshire-11051489

On some of the women involved in the Easter Rising:

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2016/03/16/opinion/eight-women-of-irelands-1916-easter-rising.html

More on that 11 000 years bp ‘pendant’ from Star Carr:

http://www.culture24.org.uk/history-and-heritage/archaeology/art549254-star-carr-pendant-tom-bell-archaeology

More on Egyptian beads in Denmark:

http://cphpost.dk/news/startling-king-tut-discovery-in-denmark.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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A 12 000+ years bp ‘puppy burial’ from Siberia (or thereabouts):

http://siberiantimes.com/science/casestudy/news/n0613-ancient-puppys-brain-is-well-preservedas-dog-bares-its-teeth-after-12400-years/
http://news.discovery.com/animals/pets/pleistocene-puppy-found-frozen-in-russian-permafrost-160316.htm

First person account of the destruction of the Bamiyan Buddhas:

http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-35673213

Feature on Beijing:

http://www.theguardian.com/cities/2016/mar/17/story-cities-beijing-earliest-planning-document-history

Another branch of the Silk Road has been found:

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/archaeologists-uncover-another-branch-of-the-silk-road/

Latest impact of humans on megafauna in Australia study:

http://phys.org/news/2016-03-early-human-impacts-biodiversity.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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Studying human presence in what would be New Mexico 9000 – 13000 years bp:

http://phys.org/news/2016-03-uncovering-mystery-early-humans-mexico.html

A 1000 year bp rock shelter site in Albuquerque:

http://krqe.com/2016/03/13/archaeologists-find-remnants-of-1000-year-old-shelter-at-albuquerque-park/

How rocks shaped the Civil War:

http://phys.org/news/2016-03-civil-war.html

Artifacts from various periods from a Sable Island site:

http://thechronicleherald.ca/novascotia/1349830-archeological-dig-discovers-lost-lives-of-sable-island

On the Hopewell approach to mound-building:

http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/science/2016/03/13/1-archaeology-hopewell-used-cross-cultural-approach-to-build-great-monuments.html

Pondering whether the Hopewell tracked equinoxes:

http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2016/03/13/from-the-stump-did-ancient-ohioans-track-the-spring-fall-equinoxes.html

The SITLA Spirit Railroad project:

http://trustlands.utah.gov/sitla-spirit-railroad-project/

A top ten list of sites in the US:

http://www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-archaeological-site/?CMPID=USAT-Cards

Review of Buckley, *The Black Calhouns*:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/20/books/review/the-black-calhouns-by-gail-lumet-buckley.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fbooks&_r=0

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

http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2016/03/16/470444422/battle-hymn-at-the-dining-table-a-famous-feminist-subjugated-through-food

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Chatty sort of thing on hopes of finding the tomb of an Aztec ruler:

http://www.mexidata.info/id4293.html

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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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Some Shakespeare folios are coming to auction:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/history/12197158/Holy-Grail-of-Shakespeares-first-Four-Folios-set-to-go-on-sale-in-London.html
http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=85863

… while some writing in his own hand was causing a stir:

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/03/16/470729477/only-script-in-shakespeares-handwriting-urges-compassion-for-migrants?sc=17&f=1001
http://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/mar/15/william-shakespeare-handwritten-plea-for-refugees-online-sir-thomas-more-script-play-british-library-exhibition

… and is being digitized and questioned:

http://www.techtimes.com/articles/141302/20160315/shakespeares-handwriting-will-be-digitized-by-the-british-museum-but-is-it-actually-shakespeares.htm

The reemergence of Whig history:

https://www.sciencenews.org/blog/context/physicists-story-science-breaks-historians-rules?tgt=more

In case you were interested in the archaeology at Solibor:

http://www.spiegel.de/international/zeitgeist/the-archeological-excavations-that-led-to-the-gas-chambers-of-sobibor-a-993733.html

Some Nazi art resurfaces:

http://www.spiegel.de/international/zeitgeist/long-lost-sculptures-from-hitler-chancellery-in-berlin-found-a-1035251.html

Some pi day items:

http://scienceline.org/2016/03/the-surprising-history-of-%CF%80/
http://phys.org/news/2016-03-farm-boy-wales-gave-world.html

On how Darwin’s kiddies influenced his theory:

http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20160315-did-charles-darwin-use-his-children-for-science

Something about smart people being better off with fewer friends:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2016/03/18/why-smart-people-are-better-off-with-fewer-friends/

Latest on that attempt to recreate the Kon Tiki voyage:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-35838732

Virtual graffiti at Florence’s Duomo:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/17/world/europe/florence-tackles-duomo-defacement-with-a-new-tool-virtual-graffiti.html

Figuring out what St Patrick ate:

http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2016/03/17/470730700/feast-like-its-399-the-maybe-true-culinary-adventures-of-st-patrick

Interesting feature on conserving a Durer:

http://blog.britishmuseum.org/2016/03/15/conserving-durers-triumphal-arch-coming-apart-at-the-seams/

… and one on a JMW Turner piece:

http://westcampus.yale.edu/news/yale-partnership-highlights-dazzling-story-behind-j-m-w-turner?refresh=2

… and Whistler’s Mother:

http://theconversation.com/heres-looking-at-whistlers-mother-54334

A Swedish nursery is teaching an old Viking-era language:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-35831359

Eminem apparently traces his roots to Welsh royalty:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/articles/35830291

On the ten most beautiful ceilings:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20160317-the-10-most-beautiful-ceilings-in-the-world

Pondering collecting, museums, ownership, etc.:

http://www.edp24.co.uk/business/tourism/when_it_comes_to_ancient_treasures_are_we_owners_thieves_or_caretakers_1_4459438

Now we get a Peruvian beer recreation:

http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2016/03/chicago-brewery-recreates-ancient-peruvian-beer/

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Late antiquity textiles:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/15/science/roman-empire-textiles-archaeology-late-antiquity.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fscience
http://www.wsj.com/articles/designing-identity-the-power-of-textiles-in-late-antiquity-review-1458077369

Pharaoh in Canaan:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/the-canaanites-who-loved-pharaoh-on-display-at-the-israel-museum/

Myths and Nature:

http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/nations/italy/2016/03/16/pompeii-and-naples-museum-team-up-for-myths-and-nature_e96d001d-365e-4620-b5b9-76f0a6f280ea.html

Roman Mosaics:

http://www.getty.edu/publications/romanmosaics/

Da Vinci:

http://www.cincinnati.com/story/entertainment/arts/2016/03/15/da-vinci-comes-cincinnati-museum-center/81771668/

Algiers:

http://allafrica.com/stories/201603161409.html

Cave Temples of Dunhuang:

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/arts/la-ca-cm-cave-temples-getty-20160320-story.html

The British Museum is opening a ‘stand alone’ department for scientific research:

http://theartnewspaper.com/news/archeology/british-museum-s-collection-to-go-under-the-microscope/

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THE TECHY SIDE
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Learning things from the plaque on skeletons’ teeth:

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/03/160315-tooth-plaque-dna-archaeology/

A project to transcribe handwritten documents from Norfolk County:

http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/regionals/north/2016/03/18/turning-hard-read-cursive-into-computer-type/i1BZEB3fCmFxjlKJmHuJiK/story.html?s_campaign=email_BG_TodaysHeadline

The Early Canadian Periodicals project:

http://www.canadiana.ca/en/architecture-urban-history-2016

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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DNA extraction from a South African mummy (not sure about the date):

http://phys.org/news/2016-03-successful-ancient-dna-southern-african.html
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-03/uotw-fse031616.php
http://theconversation.com/scans-and-dna-tests-reveal-the-secrets-of-a-rare-african-mummy-56156
DNA from the ancestors of the Irish:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/man-s-discovery-of-bones-under-his-pub-could-forever-change-what-we-know-about-the-irish-a6936991.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2016/03/17/a-mans-discovery-of-bones-under-his-pub-could-forever-change-what-we-know-about-the-irish/

Some of those Denisovan DNA studies (above) focus on the genetic influence they still have:

http://phys.org/news/2016-03-ancient-dna-modern-day-humans.html
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-03/bu-rfa031716.php

On genetic variants from the Stone Age or something like that:

http://phys.org/news/2016-03-stone-age-hunters-contributed-variants.html
Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Okunoin cemetery:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20160308-an-eerie-night-with-200000-dead-monks

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CRIME BEAT
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Thefts and subsequent arrests at a Verona Museum:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-35826739
http://art-crime.blogspot.ca/2016/03/13-arrests-in-verona-museum-theft.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+arcablog+%28ARCAblog%29
http://art-crime.blogspot.ca/2016/03/was-verona-museum-theft-commissioned.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+arcablog+%28ARCAblog%29

Plenty of things being seized during Asia Week:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/16/arts/design/federal-agents-seize-what-they-called-an-illicit-antiquity-headed-for-asia-week.html?_r=0
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/19/arts/design/another-gallery-is-raided-in-antiquities-case.html
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/18/arts/design/law-enforcement-focuses-on-asia-week-in-inquiry-of-antiquities-smuggling.html
http://www.artfixdaily.com/artwire/release/6742-feds-seize-2nd-century-bodhisattva-head-prior-to-auction-during-n

An apparent manuscript investment scam:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-35802891

Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2016/03/culture-crime-news-7-13-march-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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NUMISMATICA
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Nantwich Museum has acquired a Roman hoard:

http://thenantwichnews.co.uk/2016/03/17/roman-coin-hoard-found-acton-acquired-nantwich-museum/

Explaining why a US silver dollar is so valuable:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-35821154

Coins of the Twelve Caesars:

http://www.coinweek.com/ancient-coins/coinweek-ancient-coin-series-coins-twelve-caesars/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v19n11.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v19n12.htm

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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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Richard II:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/20/theater/david-tennant-a-former-doctor-who-dons-a-monarchs-crown.html

Poliuto:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/17/arts/music/review-poliuto-exposes-a-love-triangle-most-tragic.html

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OBITUARIES
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Elwyn Simons:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/17/science/elwyn-l-simons-primate-specialist-who-discovered-early-human-forebears-dies-at-85.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/2400-audio-news-from-archaeologica-6-mar-2016-12-mar-2016

March edition of Strata:

http://archaeologychannel.org/video-guide/strata-portraits-of-humanity/2401-strata-march-2016
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UPCOMING CONFERENCES
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42nd Archaeological Congress in Israel

https://gath.wordpress.com/2016/03/06/detailed-schedule-for-upcoming-archaeological-congress/
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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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