Explorator 18.48 ~ March 27, 2016

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

Happy Easter to those celebrating … belated Happy Purim to those
who celebrated …

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Latest Australopithecine fossils are from Kenya:

http://phys.org/news/2016-03-australopithecus-fossils-east-great-rift.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/03/160324082828.htm
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-03/ku-aff032316.php
http://scienmag.com/australopithecus-fossils-found-east-of-the-great-rift-valley/
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/mar/23/fossils-kenya-louis-leakey-1962
On early hominid nasal faculties:

http://phys.org/news/2016-03-human-ancestors-explored-africa-impaired.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/03/160324145330.htm
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-03/p-hae031616.php

More on interbreeding and Denisovan DNA lurking in modern humans:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/22/science/neanderthals-interbred-with-humans-denisovans.html
http://elpais.com/elpais/2016/03/25/ciencia/1458906491_911456.html
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-study-details-interbreeding-ancient-humans-evolutionary-cousins-180958486/
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/0317/Denisovans-Mysterious-ancient-humans-reveal-clues-to-our-history
http://elpais.com/elpais/2016/03/18/ciencia/1458309148_984668.html

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AFRICA
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Production of shea butter goes back further than previously thought:

http://phys.org/news/2016-03-production-butter-shea-trees-west.html
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-03/uoo-pob032116.php

Feature on a survey revealing potential sites in the Sudan:

http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news,408929,when-vineyards-bloomed-in-sudan.html

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Latest findings from that Abusir boat discovery a while back:

http://weekly.ahram.org.eg/News/15777/47/Boat-discovery-sheds-light.aspx

Latest examination of Ramses III’s mummy suggests he was murdered by multiple assailants:

http://www.livescience.com/54100-pharaoh-ramesses-iii-killed-by-multiple-assailants-egyptologists-say.html
http://news.discovery.com/history/ancient-egypt/pharaoh-ramesses-iii-killed-by-multiple-assailants-160322.htm#mkcpgn=rssnws1
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ct-scan-shows-pharoah-Ramesses-iii-was-murdered-multiple-assassins-180958559/

Egypt’s new antiquities minister was checking things out:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/195726/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Newly-appointed-Minister-of-Antiquities-Khaled-ElE.aspx
http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/197931/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/ElEnany-inspects-the-Giza-Plateau-project.aspx

A new visitors’ centre in Minya:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/44/193451/Heritage/Museums/Tel-AlAmarna-Visitors-Centre-in-Minya-opens.aspx

Feature on Bes:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/art/artists/a-thirst-for-art-bes-the-egyptian-god-of-boozing/

Concerns for sites in Alexandria:

http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/alexandria-s-ancient-sites-face-extinction-due-stalled-renovation

More Grand Egyptian Museum hype:

http://www.newser.com/story/222343/egypts-grand-museum-gets-influx-of-artifacts.html

More hype for Tut’s tomb:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/18/world/middleeast/nefertiti-tutankhamen-tomb-egypt.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/whats-hiding-in-the-sealed-up-space-in-king-tuts-tomb/2016/03/18/452be262-ec62-11e5-b0fd-073d5930a7b7_story.html
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/queen-nefertiti-tomb-egypt-king-tutankhamun-have-we-found-secret-lost-burial-a6942696.html
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-evidence-shows-king-tut-tomb-may-have-its-own-chamber-secrets-180958470/

More on those statues of Sekhmet from near Luxor:

http://www.livescience.com/54108-lion-headed-goddess-statues-discovered.html

7500 years bp remains from Abu Dhabi:

http://www.thenational.ae/uae/heritage/ancient-house-for-the-dead-unearthed-on-uaes-marawah-island
http://www.khaleejtimes.com/nation/general/7500-year-old-house-skeleton-found-in-abu-dhabi

Protection for a Temple site on Mount Latmos:

http://www.christianpost.com/news/archaeology-ancient-zeus-temple-turkey-159798/

Trying to rescue (?) a Torah scroll from Yemen:

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/209868

It’s news when it rains in Petra:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/perspective/2016/03/24/Serenity-Now-History-revealed-in-Little-Petra-in-the-rain.html

UPenn has a nice digital image collection of Holy Land sites:

http://dla.library.upenn.edu/dla/holyland/index.html

More on that Vasco da Gama shipwreck:

http://www.livescience.com/54142-shipwreck-from-vasco-da-gama-fleet-discovered.html
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/03/160321-vasco-da-gama-shipwreck-underwater-archaeology-video/
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/found-500-year-old-protugese-shipwreck-from-famed-explorers-fleet-180958425/
http://www1.folha.uol.com.br/ciencia/2016/03/1750307-embaracao-do-seculo-16-encontrada-pode-ter-sido-de-vasco-da-gama.shtml

More on those ‘mini’ weapons from Oman:

http://www.livescience.com/54118-mini-weapons-were-offerings-to-gods.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3504651/Ancient-mini-weapons-Gods-Tiny-2-900-year-old-bows-arrows-daggers-Oman-shed-light-mysterious-religious-practices.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

Latest from Syria is that Palmyra has been retaken:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/isis-palmyra-syrian-state-forces-driven-out-of-retake-complete-control-of-ancient-city-a6954771.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-35906568#sa-ns_mchannel=rss&ns_source=PublicRSS20-sa
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2016/03/27/syrian-government-forces-recapture-palmyra-from-isis-activists-say.html

… although reports over the past couple of days have been somewhat inconsistent:

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/syrian-army-retakes-palmyra-citadel-from-islamic-state/article29390879/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-35881571
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/afp/article-3506192/Regime-forces-descend-Palmyra-Syria-peace-talks-final-push.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3507616/Syrian-army-enters-historic-city-Palmyra-ISIS-warned-crushed-feet-Assad-s-forces.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/03/syrian-army-close-capturing-isil-held-palmyra-160323162004011.html

We’re getting some pictures of what remains:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3510336/Drone-footage-shows-blood-stained-ruins-Palmyra-Assad-s-Syrian-army-recaptures-ancient-Roman-city-ISIS.html

… and vows that it will be rebuilt:

https://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2016/Mar-25/343999-syria-antiquities-chief-vows-to-rebuild-palmyra.ashx

Sites are feared to have been booby trapped:

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/mar/24/syrian-forces-enter-palmyra-isis-says-state-tv

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A very interesting ‘apartment’ on the Hadrian’s Villa site:

http://www.livescience.com/54173-emperor-hadrian-villa-yields-posh-apartment.html

Plans to study the shackled burials of Phalero:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2016/03/24/archaeologists-to-study-shackled-skeletons-from-ancient-greece-to-understand-rise-of-athens/
http://greece.greekreporter.com/2016/03/26/shackled-skeletons-might-tell-story-of-rise-of-ancient-athens/

Interesting finds from a Thracian site in Turkey:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/northwestern-city-sheds-light-on-thracian-mystery-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=96866&NewsCatID=375

Plans to excavate Bulgaria’s largest Thracian mound:

http://www.novinite.com/articles/173679/Excavation+of+Bulgaria’s+Largest+Thracian+Mound+to+Begin+in+May

Much press coverage of the discovery of lead in the ink in Herculaneum papyri:

http://phys.org/news/2016-03-ink-scrolls-eruption-mount-vesuvius.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/03/160325132046.htm
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-35865470
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2016/03/22/herculaneum-scroll-ancient-inks/
https://www.newscientist.com/article/2081832-lead-ink-from-scrolls-may-unlock-library-destroyed-by-vesuvius/
http://www.rsc.org/chemistryworld/2016/03/ancient-scrolls-herculaneum-papyrus-x-ray-fluorescence-ink
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/0322/Could-scholars-soon-be-reading-from-libraries-destroyed-by-Mt.-Vesuvius
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/mar/21/herculaneum-scrolls-buried-by-vesuvius-yield-another-secret-metallic-ink
http://www.karwansaraypublishers.com/pw/ancient-history-magazine/blog/ancient-ink-modern-exaggeration/
http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2016/03/ancient-romans-wrote-metallic-ink
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3503046/Peeling-layers-Herculaneum-scrolls-reveals-papyri-ink-contained-METAL-centuries-earlier-thought.html
http://news.discovery.com/history/archaeology/metallic-ink-revealed-in-burned-vesuvius-scrolls-160321.htm
https://www.newscientist.com/article/2081832-lead-ink-from-scrolls-may-unlock-library-destroyed-by-vesuvius/

Efforts to save Pompeii from ‘corruption’:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/italy/12204491/Pompeii-seeking-army-of-spies-in-Deep-Throat-operation-to-root-out-Mafia-crime-and-corruption.html
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/pompeii-recruits-army-of-spies-to-root-out-mafia-corruption-and-shoddy-renovation-work-at-the-a6951071.html

… and restoration proceeds apace:

http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2016/03/24/pompeii-restoration-moves-ahead_26c42dad-1cc0-4949-bdfa-7bf210b8757d.html

Latest facial reconstruction is of Leasowe Man:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-merseyside-35892795

The Fenwick Treasure/Hoard has gone on display:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3507594/Hoard-Roman-jewellery-hidden-clutches-queen-Boudicca-2-000-years-ago-goes-public-display-time.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/earth/environment/archaeology/12202566/Fenwick-Treasure-Hoard-of-Roman-jewellery-buried-to-save-it-from-Boudicca-goes-on-display-in-Colchester.html

Latin is alive and well:

http://news.cornell.edu/stories/2016/03/mortua-lingua-discipulorum-auxilio-reviviscit

Some Greek pottery has arrived at UNB:

http://thebruns.ca/2016/03/23/ancient-greek-pottery-makes-long-trip-to-unb/

An ongoing series on Lucretius:

http://www.addisonindependent.com/201603lucretius-nature-things-religion-and-peace
http://www.addisonindependent.com/201603victor-nuovo-lucretius-how-and-why-things
http://www.addisonindependent.com/201603lucretius-what-it-means-say-nothing-comes-be-nothing

Feature on the symposium:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/art/artists/a-thirst-for-art-the-ancient-greece-symposium/

Reviews of Seamus Heaney’s Aeneid VI:

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/3215e4d2-ef7a-11e5-9f20-c3a047354386.html

More on Santa Maria Antiqua opening to the public:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/italy/12202354/Sistine-Chapel-of-the-Early-Middle-Ages-buried-for-a-millenium-by-an-earthquake-reopens.html

More on that Dexippus palimpsest:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2016/03/22/ancient-text-reveals-epic-battle-between-greeks-and-goths-at-thermopylae/
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3503550/The-SECOND-battle-Thermopylae-Fragments-reveal-Roman-fight-against-invading-Goths-pass-Spartans-fought-300-battle.html

More on the Torlonia Collection opening to the public:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/16/arts/design/statues-in-torlonia-collection-long-out-of-sight-will-soon-be-on-public-display.html

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

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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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A bear bone from a cave is pushing back human presence in Ireland by 2500 years:

http://phys.org/news/2016-03-bone-discovery-re-writes-human-history.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-35863186
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/mar/21/human-history-in-ireland-rewritten-as-scientists-get-down-to-bear-bones
http://news.discovery.com/human/butchered-bear-bone-rewrites-human-history-in-ireland-160321.htm#mkcpgn=rssnws1
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/0321/When-did-humans-arrive-in-Ireland-Fossilized-bear-knee-resets-the-clock
http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/news/bear-bone-stored-in-cardboard-box-for-over-a-century-rewrites-irish-history-by-2500-years-34557727.html
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/butchered-bear-bone-reveals-human-history-in-ireland-began-2500-years-earlier-than-thought-a6943986.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3502544/Bear-fossils-rewrite-Ireland-s-history-Butchered-remains-suggest-humans-arrived-isle-2-500-years-earlier-thought.html
http://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/bear-bone-opens-new-chapter-in-ireland-s-archaeology-1.2581144
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bear-bone-adds-2500-years-history-humans-ireland-180958520/

Evidence of a major battle near the Baltic Sea some 3200 years bp:

http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2016/03/slaughter-bridge-uncovering-colossal-bronze-age-battle

You have to squint a lot to see these as pyramids in Poland:

http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/501971/Megalithic-tombs-pyramids-Poland-found-Bosnia-Europe-ancient-Egypt-discovery-archaeologist

Finds from various periods from a Bridlington pub site:

http://www.bridlingtonfreepress.co.uk/news/local/significant-remains-are-found-at-pub-1-7813481

Similarly from the ‘lost village of Cadzow’, found during a road project:

http://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/what-s-on/lost-village-of-cadzow-under-m74-reveals-its-secrets-1-4058525

A lost medieval castle (actually a pair of them) is found in Glasgow:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-35866663
http://www.culture24.org.uk/history-and-heritage/archaeology/art549664-partick-castle-glasgow-archaeology-industrial-history
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/03/2016/discovering-the-lost-medieval-castle-of-partick
http://www.scotsman.com/news/ancient-castles-unearthed-in-glasgow-during-waterworks-project-1-4078995
http://www.thenational.scot/news/legendary-glasgow-castle-is-unearthed-by-archaeologists.15397
http://www.eveningtimes.co.uk/news/14375838.800_year_old_castle_found_in_Partick/
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3505922/Ruins-TWO-medieval-castles-uncovered-Glasgow-Remains-mystery-13th-century-fort-17th-century-Partick-Castle-banks-River-Clyde.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

Interesting origins for a bronze belt buckle from a Danish burial:

http://www.thenational.scot/news/danish-buckle-may-have-scots-roots.15309
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3507646/A-product-plundering-Bronze-Viking-buckle-originally-decoration-religious-box-UK-looted.html

Feature on the Galloway Hoard:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-south-scotland-35871538
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/03/160323-vikings-galloway-hoard-treasure-scotland-archaeology/
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3506320/A-potted-history-Brooches-beads-gold-rings-stashed-Viking-vessel-1-000-years-ago-revealed-time.html
http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/14379492.In_pictures__Contents_of_Viking_hoard_discovered_in_Galloway_revealed_for_first_time/

… and the Stewartry Hoard:

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/local-news/stewartry-viking-hoard-containing-gold-7619489

Feature on Crusaders from Norway:

http://sciencenordic.com/who-were-first-norwegian-crusaders

… and the first Muslims in England:

http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-35843991

Some recent metal detectorist finds:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/blokes-metal-detectors-uncover-pieces-british-history-180958462/

Plans for Venice’s Jewish ghetto:

http://theartnewspaper.com/news/conservation/project-will-preserve-venice-s-jewish-heritage/

Feature on St Petersburg:

http://www.theguardian.com/cities/2016/mar/23/story-of-cities-8-st-petersburg-city-built-on-bones-starting-to-crumble

Feature on Erik the Lawgiver:

http://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/the-gruesome-legend-of-swedish-king-might-actually-be-true

An export bar on a Robert the Bruce seal:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/scottish-independence/12201730/Export-bar-placed-on-Robert-the-Bruce-seal-to-prevent-sale-to-a-foreign-buyer.html

… and they’re arguing over a Joan of Arc ring:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/france/12200145/Come-and-get-it-French-refuse-to-hand-Joan-of-Arcs-ring-back-to-Britain.html
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/french-theme-park-battles-british-keep-joan-arcs-ring-180958556/
http://theartnewspaper.com/news/french-buyer-refuses-to-return-joan-of-arc-ring-to-uk/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2016/03/26/why-the-british-and-french-are-feuding-over-a-medieval-ring/

On paper use in medieval England:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-35834249
Italy seems to be still having heritage issues:

http://www.thelocal.it/20160324/cash-before-culture-sees-italy-bury-its-archaeological-treasures

More on Arthur’s grave being a hoax created for medieval fundraising:

http://boingboing.net/2016/03/26/king-arthurs-grave-was-a-hoa.html
http://arstechnica.com/science/2016/03/medieval-monks-used-king-arthurs-grave-as-an-attraction-to-raise-money/
http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/jonathanjonesblog/2016/mar/23/king-arthur-tintagel-english-heritage

More on that 11th century gold crucifix from Denmark:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/crucifix-suggests-christianity-may-have-come-earlier-to-the-vikings-180958516/?no-ist

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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12 000 years bp frozen mother’s milk (maybe)?:

http://siberiantimes.com/science/casestudy/news/n0618-scientists-may-have-discovered-12000-year-old-mothersmilk-frozen-in-permafrost/

Archaeologists in Pakistan want to excavate at Hund village:

http://www.thestatesman.com/news/world/excavation-sought-in-pak-s-hund-capital-of-hindu-shahi-dynasty/132574.html
http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/national/26-Mar-2016/hund-village-needs-more-excavation-archeologists
http://nation.com.pk/national/26-Mar-2016/hund-archaeological-site-needs-more-excavation

… related:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/1073407/heritage-students-briefed-on-significance-of-hund/

Interesting feature on an Angkor Wat precursor (maybe):

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/lost-city-cambodia-180958508/

A burial ground found at the Plain of Jars:

http://phys.org/news/2016-03-ancient-burial-ground-plain-jars.html
http://www.voanews.com/content/new-findings-on-lao-plain-of-jars-help-unravel-ancient-mysteries/3247010.html

We may have missed this item on village finds in the Sanxingdui ruins:

http://www.ecns.cn/visual/hd/2016/01-29/85933.shtml

More on new branches of the Silk Road being discovered in Tibet:

http://www.livescience.com/54180-archaeologists-uncover-another-branch-of-the-silk-road.html

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http://www.southeastasianarchaeology.com/

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http://nzarchaeology.blogspot.co.nz/index.html
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NORTH AMERICA
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A bison kill site from Arizona:

http://westerndigs.org/unexpected-3000-year-old-bison-hunting-site-discovered-in-southern-arizona/

On the origins of the cannons on display at Fort William Henry:

http://phys.org/news/2016-03-ny-fort-guns-florida.html
http://www.timesunion.com/local/article/9-Fort-William-Henry-cannons-came-from-Florida-7083688.php

… while a 300 years bp cannon was dug up in Wilmington:

http://www.jdnews.com/news/20160323/expert-cannon-dug-up-in-wilmington-is-about-300-years-old
http://www.shorelinemedia.net/expert-cannon-dug-up-in-wilmington-is-about-years-old/article_f95df7a8-b233-5dba-a84e-97a452354172.html
http://www.wect.com/story/31540231/construction-crews-uncover-apparent-cannon-in-downtown-wilmington

Remains of a corduroy road in Waterloo:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/kitchener-waterloo/waterloo-corduroy-road-found-king-street-lrt-construction-1.3502375

A Civil War ship off North Carolina:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/house-divided/wp/2016/03/23/mystery-of-the-north-carolina-civil-war-shipwreck-solved/
http://www.dailytarheel.com/article/2016/03/confederate-ship-wreckage-found

They’ve located the remains of the USS Conestoga:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-35887893
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/03/23/471659448/ship-that-vanished-95-years-ago-is-found
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/discovery-uss-conestoga-researchers-have-solved-naval-mystery-was-nearly-100-years-old-180958538/
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/26/us/discovery-of-shipwreck-solves-95-year-old-mystery.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fscience

Concerns (a petition) for artifacts on San Nicolas island:

http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-petition-artifacts-navy-20160324-story.html

Latest from the Franklin Expedition ‘dig’:

http://globalnews.ca/news/2596635/watch-video-interactive-exhibit-takes-you-inside-doomed-franklin-expedition-ship/
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/franklin-exploration-exhibit-1.3504103

Studying trade history through beads:

http://www.martinsvillebulletin.com/accent/studying-trade-history-through-beads/article_4f73f2a6-e7d9-11e5-9e9f-6b14d728cf42.html

Feature on Anasazi houses:

http://newsok.com/anasazi-dwellings-defy-gravity-invaders/article/5486499?custom_click=rss

Why the Scots-Irish came to North America:

http://www.newenglandhistoricalsociety.com/how-the-scots-irish-came-to-america-and-what-they-brought-with-them/

Review of Brinkley, *Rightful Heritage*:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/27/books/review/rightful-heritage-franklin-d-roosevelt-and-the-land-of-america-by-douglas-brinkley.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fbooks

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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12 000 years bp sites from Costa Rica:

http://news.co.cr/ancient-12000-year-old-human-settlements-discovered-in-costa-rica-are-regions-oldest/45598/

Overviewish thing on what we’ve learned about Caral:

http://www.andina.com.pe/ingles/noticia-twodecade-research-reveals-new-information-about-caral-civilization-604481.aspx

Feature on Kingston (Jamaica):

http://www.theguardian.com/cities/2016/mar/24/story-cities-9-kingston-jamaica-richest-wickedest-city-world

—–
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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Much excitement over a scan suggesting Shakespeare’s skull is missing from his grave:

http://artdaily.com/news/86040/Archaeologists-use-ground-penetrating-radar-scan-to-discover-signs-of-tampering-of-Shakespeare-s-tomb-
http://news.discovery.com/history/art-history/radar-scan-stokes-mystery-over-shakespeares-missing-skull-160324.htm#mkcpgn=rssnws1
http://www.syracuse.com/us-news/index.ssf/2016/03/shakespeare_skull_missing_yorick.html
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/scientists-say-shakespeares-skull-may-be-missing-from-grave/article29378008/?cmpid=rss1
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/tv/2016/03/24/shakespeares-tomb—review/
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/tv/2016/03/23/shakespeares-skull-may-have-been-removed-from-grave-documentary/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-35890730
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/scientists-say-shakespeares-skull-may-be-missing-from-grave/article29378008/?cmpid=rss1
http://www.npr.org/2016/03/25/471817302/is-shakespeares-skull-missing-or-no
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/25/theater/alas-poor-william-shakespeare-where-does-his-skull-rest.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fscience
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/did-shakespeare-lose-his-head-180958572/

… and a Shakespearean ‘book tour’:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/26/theater/shakespeare-the-book-tour.html

… other famous stolen body parts:

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/03/160325-shakespeare-skull-stolen-missing-history-mystery/

Pondering the increase in pottery production after the last Ice Age:

http://phys.org/news/2016-03-insights-pottery-production-significantly-ice.html
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-03/uoy-wdw032116.php
http://www.science20.com/news_articles/why_did_we_invent_pottery-168599

Newton’s recipe for the ‘philosopher’s stone’:

http://www.livescience.com/54162-newton-recipe-for-philosophers-stone-rediscovered.html

… a biography of him:

http://www.livescience.com/20296-isaac-newton.html

… and a proposed centotaph for him:

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20160318-the-memorial-to-newton-that-would-have-eclipsed-the-pyramids

Barron’s was giving tips on investing in antiquities(!):

http://blogs.barrons.com/penta/2016/03/26/antiquities-buying-tips/
http://www.barrons.com/articles/mixing-modern-art-with-antiquities-1458967055

Marking the Easter Rising:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-35898320
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/25/opinion/inventing-the-irish-easter-rising.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-35882166

On the date of Easter:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-35880795

… assorted other Easter-related items:

http://news.discovery.com/history/religion/was-jesus-really-nailed-to-the-cross-160325.htm#mkcpgn=rssnws1
http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2016/03/22/biblical-scholar-wonders-was-jesus-really-nailed-to-the-cross/
http://news.discovery.com/history/religion/last-supper-menu-stew-lamb-wine-of-course-more150402.htm
http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20160324-the-500-year-old-hidden-easter-egg
http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20160324-the-worlds-most-expensive-easter-egg-hunt

Plans to reopen Norton Conyers Jane Eyre house:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-york-north-yorkshire-35842601

Feature on the history of perfume:

http://www.collectorsweekly.com/articles/our-pungent-history/

Interesting Red Baron story:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-35807062

On an ancient memory technique:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/24/upshot/an-ancient-and-proven-way-to-improve-memory-go-ahead-and-try-it.html

On the origins of Okay:

http://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/its-the-177th-birthday-of-okay

Sled dogs have been around for a while:

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/03/20160318-ancient-sled-dogs-archaeology-Iditarod-Arctic-Siberia/

More on marginalia in a Henry VIII-era Bible:

http://www.livescience.com/54137-hidden-text-in-oldest-printed-bible.html
Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Strange New Beauty:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/25/arts/design/the-moderndegas-you-havent-seen.html

Bosch:

http://www.newyorker.com/culture/culture-desk/hieronymus-boschs-five-hundredth-anniversary-homecoming

Gods and Immortals at Olympus:

http://theartnewspaper.com/news/museums/walk-among-olympic-gods-in-new-york/

Maya:

http://www.broadwayworld.com/bwwart/article/Traveling-Exhibition-About-Maya-Civilization-Makes-Texas-Premiere-20160325

DaVinci:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-35844347

Late Antiquity Textiles:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/15/science/roman-empire-textiles-archaeology-late-antiquity.html

Interesting items at the new Harley Gallery in Nottinghamshire:

http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-35830877

Renovation changes coming to the Frick:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/25/arts/design/frick-collection-will-revise-renovation-to-preserve-garden.html

… while the British Museum has to do some renovations to accommodate some Egyptian statuary:

http://www.theguardian.com/culture/2016/mar/26/egyptian-statues-lost-city-tall-order-british-museum

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THE TECHY SIDE
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Plenty of hype for a 3d interactive reconstruction of Richard III’s grave:

http://phys.org/news/2016-03-archaeologists-d-interactive-digital-reconstruction.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/03/160322082152.htm
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-03/uol-ac3031816.php
http://news.discovery.com/history/archaeology/king-richard-iiis-grave-recreated-in-3-d-160322.htm#mkcpgn=rssnws1
http://www.livescience.com/54117-new-3d-model-of-richard-iii-grave.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/mar/22/armchair-archaeologists-can-explore-richard-iiis-grave-in-online-model
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/visit-richard-iii-gravesite-bone-chilling-3d-model-180958531/
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/a-new-3d-view-of-richard-iii-s-humble-grave/
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3502752/Peer-inside-grave-Richard-III-Interactive-3D-model-lets-virtually-climb-final-resting-place-Plantagenet-king-carelessly-buried-1485.html

3d printing some Chinese oracle bones:

http://phys.org/news/2016-03-year-old-chinese-oracle-bones-d.html

Nice overview of tech in archaeology:

http://phys.org/news/2016-03-stonehenge-nefertitihow-high-tech-archaeology-view.html

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Overviewish sort of thing on how far we’ve come with DNA studies:

http://phys.org/news/2016-03-golden-age-ancient-dna-science.html

DNA from an 18th century Hungarian mummy points to colon cancer:

http://www.livescience.com/54177-colon-cancer-found-in-hungarian-mummy.html

Tracking dysentery:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/03/160321123654.htm

… and malaria:

http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20160324-how-our-deadliest-disease-infected-us
Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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How climate change is posing challenges for archaeologists:

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/crux/2016/03/22/climate-change-arctic-archaeology/

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TOURISTY THINGS
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Bolivia:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/27/travel/bolivia-mountains-trekking.html

Luxor:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/27/travel/nicholas-reeves-king-tut-egypt.html
Amman:

https://www.bostonglobe.com/lifestyle/travel/2016/03/24/being-indiana-jones-for-day/hH5hL1dCZhUWUqX3mxoN4O/story.html

Weimar:

http://www.dw.com/en/on-world-poetry-day-visit-weimar-home-to-germanys-most-famous-poets/a-19130679

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CRIME BEAT
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More on items which were stolen from London’s museums:

http://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/revealed-the-items-stolen-from-londons-most-popular-museums-a3211351.html

More on Asia week arrests:

http://www.thedailychappaqua.com/2016/03/22/antique-dealer-arrested-for-smuggling-ancient-sculpture/

Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2016/03/culture-crime-news-14-21-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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REPATRIATION AND RECOVERY
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More on Syme-associated material being returned to Italy:

http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2016/03/22/hundreds-of-looted-ancient-artifacts-are-returned-to-italy/
http://artdaily.com/news/85986/Looted-artefacts-stashed-by-British-art-thief-recovered-by-Italian-and-Swiss-police
http://www.ansa.it/english/news/general_news/2016/03/22/etruscan-treasures-returning-to-italy_7c0033d0-28eb-4bb5-a743-fcaadafe3c38.html
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/mar/22/stolen-artefacts-stashed-british-art-dealer-returned-italy
http://www.thelocal.it/20160322/looted-artefacts-stashed-by-british-art-thief-restored-to-italy

An Egyptian statue is being returned from Belgium:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/193635/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Stolen-ancient-Egyptian-statue-on-its-way-back-fro.aspx
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NUMISMATICA
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Latest e-Sylum:

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

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v19n13.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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Pericles:

http://www.newyorker.com/culture/culture-desk/the-continual-riddle-of-shakespeares-pericles?mbid=social_twitter
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OBITUARIES
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Geoffrey Hartman:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/19/books/geoffrey-h-hartman-literary-critic-dies-at-86.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fbooks

Stanley South:

http://www.journalnow.com/news/local/archaeologist-who-made-first-excavations-at-bethabara-dead-at-age/article_d2673ea9-777a-52dd-b2aa-ed2e5a381fc7.html
http://www.starnewsonline.com/article/20160321/NEWS/160329947

Elwin 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/2403-audio-news-from-archaeologica-13-mar-2016-19-mar-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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