Explorator 18.49 ~ April 3, 2016

 

Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri,
Hernan Astudillo, Bob Heuman, Katherine Schwab, 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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Floresiensis disappeared earlier than previously thought:

http://phys.org/news/2016-03-indonesian-hobbits-died-sooner-thought.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/03/160330135304.htm
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-03/gu-im032916.php
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-35930979
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/homo-florensiensis-hobbits-living-on-indonesian-island-were-wiped-out-far-earlier-than-previously-a6961196.html
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-science-hobbit-idUSKCN0WW2EH?feedType=RSS&feedName=scienceNews
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/0330/Did-hobbit-people-go-extinct-earlier-than-we-thought
http://artdaily.com/news/86221/New-evidence-pushes-back-the-time-of-disappearance-of-the-Indonesian–Hobbits-
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3515863/What-wiped-Hobbit-Mysterious-species-human-vanished-Indonesia-38-000-years-earlier-thought.html
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/hobbits-disappeared-much-earlier-previously-thought-180958600/

… and, of course, modern humans may have had a part in floresiensis’ demise:

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/did-humans-drive-hobbit-species-to-extinction/
http://www.nature.com/news/did-humans-drive-hobbit-species-to-extinction-1.19651
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2016/03/30/hobbits-died-off-earlier-than-wed-thought-and-we-may-have-killed-them/
http://elpais.com/elpais/2016/03/30/ciencia/1459357261_263356.html

Excavation of a ‘hobbit cave’:

http://news.discovery.com/human/evolution/excavation-of-a-hobbit-cave-photos-160330.htm

Studying how diet shaped human evolution:

http://phys.org/news/2016-03-reveals-diet-human-evolution.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/03/160329132245.htm
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-03/afot-tau032916.php

Still sorting out Denisovan DNA and the like:

http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/0328/Mysterious-archaic-humans-left-clues-in-a-surprising-place
http://phys.org/news/2016-03-world-neanderthal-denisovan-ancestry-modern.html
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/27/opinion/international/the-neanderthals-the-denisovans-and-us.html
http://www.cnn.com/2016/03/28/health/cave-man-neanderthal-dna/index.html

… which is, of course, the outgrowth of the obsessing with ‘interbreeding’:

http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2016/03/our-ancestors-may-have-mated-more-once-mysterious-ancient-humans?rss=1

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AFRICA
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Somewhat vague item on diamond miners damaging site(s) in South Africa:

http://www.bdlive.co.za/business/mining/2016/03/30/diamond-miner-halted-after-digging-on-ancient-archaeological-site

Concerns for sites in Ghana:

http://www.dw.com/en/ghana-government-called-upon-to-save-historical-sites/a-19135526

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Doubts continue to be voiced about possible hidden chambers in Tut’s tomb:

http://www.livescience.com/54218-experts-doubt-hidden-chambers-king-tut-tomb.html
http://www.livescience.com/54263-hidden-king-tut-chambers-may-not-exist.html
http://news.discovery.com/history/archaeology/secret-rooms-in-king-tuts-tomb-radar-uncertain-160401.htm
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/experts-doubt-claims-of-hidden-chambers-in-king-tut-s-tomb/
http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/king-tuts-tomb-doubts-raised-over-what-radar-scans-reveal-as-second-scan-scheduled/news-story/932cfc61d0be15f5e621d060f2f3e225
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3514551/Does-King-Tutankhamun-s-tomb-hold-Queen-Nefertiti-s-remains-Radar-experts-cast-new-doubts-discovery-hidden-chambers.html

… and there were to be more scans this past week:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/198310/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Second-radar-survey-of-Tutankhamuns-tomb-to-be-con.aspx
http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/198386/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Tutankhamun-reexploration-project-needs-further-st.aspx
http://www.theguardian.com/culture/2016/mar/31/tutankhamun-tomb-further-analysis-needed-hidden-chambers
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/afp/article-3519299/Egypt-minister-says-scans-needed-King-Tuts-hidden-chamber.html
http://phys.org/news/2016-04-egyptians-scans-secret-rooms-tut.html
http://www.sis.gov.eg/En/Templates/Articles/tmpArticleNews.aspx?ArtID=103285

… which were being analyzed:

http://www.stuff.co.nz/world/africa/78496849/Egyptologists-pore-over-new-data-on-secret-King-Tut-chamber
http://www.reuters.com/video/2016/04/01/hidden-room-behind-king-tuts-tomb?videoId=367963595&feedType=VideoRSS&feedName=MostPopular&videoChannel=2602
http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2016/04/01/world/middleeast/ap-ml-egypt-antiquities.html

… and some recalling of other ‘mysteries’ of Tut’s tomb:

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/5-unsolved-mysteries-of-king-tut-s-tomb/

… and Nefertiti’s:

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2016/04/01/nefertiti-tomb-egyptology-king-tut/
Meanwhile, others were pondering some ‘mysterious’ 3400 years bp tombs from Aswan:

http://www.livescience.com/54252-egypt-silsila-newly-discovered-tombs.html
http://www.livescience.com/54246-photos-upper-egypt-tombs.html
http://news.discovery.com/history/archaeology/3400-year-old-necropolis-found-in-egypt-160330.htm
http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/ancient-pharaonic-cemetery-unearthed-aswan
http://egyptianstreets.com/2016/03/31/archaeologists-discover-3400-year-old-ancient-cemetery-in-egypts-aswan/
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3517169/The-mystery-elaborate-Aswan-tombs-3-400-year-old-necropolis-shrine-belonged-unknown-group-wealthy-Egyptians.html
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/3400-year-old-necropolis-hints-ancient-egyptian-life-180958625/
http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/archaeology/.premium-1.712024

Elsewhere at Aswan, there’s a kerfuffle over a couple of Star of David inscriptions which have appeared (?) on a Roman temple:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/197939/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Brouhaha-over-block-engraving-on-Egypts-Elephantin.asp
http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Star-of-David-found-engraved-into-an-ancient-Temple-arouses-bustle-in-Egypt-450074

More on the murder of Rameses III:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ct-scan-shows-pharoah-Ramesses-iii-was-murdered-multiple-assassins-180958559/?no-ist

Egypt’s new antiquities minister was making the rounds:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/44/198222/Heritage/Museums/Egypts-antiquities-minister-inspects-major-Cairo-m.aspx

More on those Assyrian burials with tortoise shells:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/ancient-assyrians-buried-their-dead-turtles

Some rethinking of the 2700 years bp fortress at Tel Qudadi:

http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/archaeology/.premium-1.711266

Latest from Gath continues to cause a rethink of the Philistines:

http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/archaeology/.premium-1.711506

An analysis of the impact of the Kaizer hilltop quarry:

http://phys.org/news/2016-03-ancient-quarry-human-impact-landscape.html
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-03/thuo-aqp032916.php

Nice Byzantine mosaic in a church at Gush Etzion:

http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/colorful-mosaic-uncovered-in-unique-byzantine-church-in-gush-etzion/2016/03/25/

An interview with Jodi Magness:

http://www.dailytarheel.com/article/2016/03/qa-with-galilee-archeology-expert-jodi-magness

Plenty of looting going on in Iraq, apparently:

http://www.iraqoilreport.com/daily-brief/unemployed-iraqis-join-looting-antiquities-18450/

The Al Aqsa Mosque saga continues:

http://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/Propaganda-film-claiming-Israel-digging-tunnels-under-al-Aksa-threatens-to-further-inflame-tensions-449716

… as does the kinnor on the half-shekel coin saga:

http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/archaeology/.premium-1.709481

The retaking of Palmyra generated massive press coverage, with some assessment of damage being positive:

http://tass.ru/en/world/865764
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/mar/28/palmyra-ruins-syria-recapture-isis-antiquities
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/extent-of-damage-to-palmyra-becomes-clear-a6957021.html
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/palmyra-pictures-after-recapture-from-isis-show-city-in-good-shape-antiquities-expert-says-a6956051.html
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/syrian-troops-find-palmyras-ancient-ruins-in-better-shape-than-expected-180958588/?no-ist
http://www.newsweek.com/new-images-show-isiss-destruction-palmyra-also-city-preserved-441630
http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/first-look-at-ancient-ruins-after-syrian-forces-retake-palmyra/
http://www.latimes.com/world/middleeast/la-fg-syria-palmyra-20160328-story.html
http://foreignpolicy.com/2016/03/28/the-islamic-state-didnt-do-as-much-damage-to-palmyra-as-we-feared/
http://www.cnn.com/2016/03/28/middleeast/isis-palmyra-treasures-destroyed/index.html
http://www.timesofisrael.com/palmyra-ruins-mostly-intact-syria-antiquities-chief-reports/

… others, not so much:

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/apr/01/isis-destruction-of-palmyra-antiquities-revealed-in-new-pictures
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-35937240
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-35909456
http://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/1.712248
http://wnpr.org/post/long-road-rebuild-damage-palmyra-says-yale-cultural-heritage-expert
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/29/world/middleeast/scenes-from-palmyra-indicate-isis-slowed-assault-on-treasures.html
http://www.scotsman.com/news/world/syrian-experts-begin-poring-through-palmyra-rubble-1-4084578
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/03/28/472143732/isis-pulls-out-of-palmyra-leaves-destruction-in-its-wake
http://www.npr.org/2016/03/28/472176301/in-the-ruins-of-palmyra-how-many-of-the-syrian-citys-antiquities-remain
http://elpais.com/elpais/2016/03/28/album/1459140306_112874.html#1459140306_112874_1459141781

… and many of the sites seem to have mines:

http://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/syria-150-mines-removed-so-far-in-palmyras-ancient-site/
http://www.ctvnews.ca/world/syrian-army-removing-mines-after-taking-palmyra-from-isis-1.2834379
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/isis-left-150-mines-dotted-around-the-ancient-site-of-palymra-a6957771.html

… but there are ongoing beliefs that all can be rebuilt within a few years:

http://www.dw.com/en/syrias-palmyra-can-be-restored-in-five-years-says-antiquities-chief/a-19146716
http://www.wsj.com/articles/syrias-palmyra-can-be-repaired-in-five-years-1459176051
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-palmyra-idUSKCN0WX1Z3?feedType=RSS&feedName=lifestyleMolt
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/mar/29/palmyra-message-isis-islamic-state-jihadis-orgy-destruction-heritage-restored

… using robots and 3d tech if need be:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/29/world/middleeast/3d-models-robots-rebuild-syrian-sites.html
http://phys.org/news/2016-03-3d-palmyra.html

… [not sure about this Temple of Baa in Times Square]:

http://www.breakingisraelnews.com/64582/temple-baal-ancient-idol-worshiped-biblical-times-will-stand-times-square-biblical-zionism/

… while Assad was appealing for international help in the effort:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2016-03/30/c_135237505.htm

… and Boris Johnson suggesting British archaeologists should be sent in:

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/mar/27/british-archaeologists-should-help-rebuild-palmyra-says-boris-johnson
http://www.heraldscotland.com/politics/political_news/14387662.Boris_Johnson__Britain_should_send_top_archaeologists_to_help_restore_ancient_city_of_Palmyra/

… but the most shocking damage was at the museum:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/liveblog_entry/syrian-experts-shocked-by-damage-inside-palmyras-museum/
http://www.denverpost.com/nationworld/ci_29696229/after-taking-palmyra-syria-finds-more-shattered-antiquities
http://www.independent.ie/world-news/middle-east/experts-left-in-shock-as-isil-destroys-palmyras-museum-34579856.html
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/mar/28/syrian-experts-shocked-by-damage-inside-palmyras-m/
http://www.deseretnews.com/article/765685239/Retaking-Syrias-Palmyra-reveals-more-shattered-antiquities.html?pg=all

… although much had been removed before:

http://www.npr.org/2016/03/31/472577684/syrians-take-drastic-measures-to-hide-antiquities-amid-isis-takeover
http://chronicle.northcoastnow.com/2016/03/31/293528/

There were also items speculating why things were not as bad as feared:

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2015/06/29/world/middleeast/isis-historic-sites-control.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3513495/Majority-Palmyra-s-ancient-treasures-held-ISIS-preserved-secret-deal-Syrian-government-terror-group-minister-reveals.html
http://news.nationalpost.com/news/world/syria-secretly-worked-to-convince-isil-against-destroying-all-of-palmyras-ancient-ruins

… and memories of Al-Assaad:

http://www.middle-east-online.com/english/?id=76084

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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A very interesting Etruscan stele find:

http://www.poggiocolla.org/15_PC_48_Turley.html
http://phys.org/news/2016-03-text-lost-language-reveal-god.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/03/160329112847.htm
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-03/smu-til032916.php
http://www.livescience.com/54262-religious-text-in-lost-etruscan-language.html
http://news.discovery.com/history/archaeology/etruscan-inscription-offers-rare-clue-to-mysterious-people-160331.htm#mkcpgn=rssnws1
http://www.foxnews.com/science/2016/03/31/2500-year-old-slab-unearthed-offers-glimpse-into-ancient-etruscan-world.html
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/monument-could-help-crack-mysterious-etruscan-language-180958610/
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/0330/2-500-year-old-slab-offers-window-into-ancient-Etruscan-faith
http://blog.smu.edu/research/2016/03/28/text-in-lost-language-may-reveal-god-or-goddess-worshipped-by-etruscans-at-ancient-temple/
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3514204/Sacred-text-Italy-unlock-secrets-Etruscan-religion-Rare-6th-century-slab-inscribed-lost-language-contain-names-ancient-gods.html

A piece of (non-stick) Cumanae ware from a dump near Naples:

http://news.discovery.com/history/archaeology/ancient-non-stick-frying-pan-factory-found-in-italy-160328.htm
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3515952/Sorry-Tefal-Romans-used-non-stick-cookware-2-000-years-ago-Cumanae-testae-slippery-coating-stop-stews-sticking.html

Latest in the search for evidence of Hannibal in the Alps:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/apr/03/where-muck-hannibals-elephants-alps-italy-bill-mahaney-york-university-toronto

Academics call for the excavation of the Villa of the Papyri:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3515386/Like-digging-20-new-Shakespeare-plays-Academics-urge-Italian-authorities-excavate-library-buried-Vesuvius-believe-packed-priceless-historic-texts.html

Roman burials from a housing site in Winchester:

http://www.andoveradvertiser.co.uk/news/regional/winchester/14390200.Graves_from_Roman_period_discovered_at_new_housing_site_in_Winchester/

A piece of Roman pottery with hints of an early Christianity connection from London:

http://www.culture24.org.uk/history-and-heritage/archaeology/art549792-christian-symbol-roman-britain-greek-christ
http://www.christiantoday.com/article/ancient.roman.pottery.discovery.reveals.rare.insight.into.christian.history.of.london/82910.htm

The nachleben of Pontius Pilate:

https://www.historytoday.com/kevin-butcher/strange-afterlife-pontius-pilate

Trump as Tiberius Gracchus?:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/andrew-chase/the-ancient-roman-donald_b_9595948.html

Roman food recreation in Philadelphia:

https://www.brynmawr.edu/news/food-truck-owners-who-studied-bryn-mawr-bring-ancient-roman-cooking-back-life

Rick LaFleur on canines, cats, and Cleopatra:

http://www.apalachtimes.com/news/20160330/toasting-canines-cats-and-cleopatra

A nice Roman coin find by a Wiltshire metal detectorist:

http://www.salisburyjournal.co.uk/news/14394877.Detectorist_uncovers_rare_Roman_silver_coin/

Pondering sortition in Greek democracy:

http://blog.oup.com/2016/03/sortition-ancient-greece-democracy/

In Our Time was looking at Agrippina the Younger:

http://open.live.bbc.co.uk/mediaselector/5/redir/version/2.0/mediaset/audio-nondrm-download/proto/http/vpid/p03pl833.mp3

Feature on the Ancient Graffiti Project:

http://ancientgraffiti.wlu.edu/2016/03/29/the-ancient-graffiti-project-in-the-atlantic/

Feature on ‘animal traffickers’ of ancient Rome:

http://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2016/03/exotic-animals-ancient-rome/475704/

What Brent Seales is up to:

http://baylorlariat.com/2016/03/31/professor-speaks-on-preserving-past-using-technology/

What Rita Copeland is up to:

http://www.upenn.edu/pennnews/current/2016-03-31/latest-news/penn-professor-edits-new-book-classical-reception-english-literature

What Christ Pelling is up to:

http://www.lycoming.edu/news/stories/2016/03/Chris-Pelling-Oxford-Professor.aspx

Next Homerathon is at UGA:

http://www.franklin.uga.edu/events/homerathon

… and on the relevance of Homer:

http://flagpole.com/news/pub-notes/2016/03/30/fighting-monsters-homer-s-themes-are-still-relevant-wherever-you-look
Learning from Wonder Woman:

http://www.iowastatedaily.com/opinion/article_3b8b7af4-f5e7-11e5-b84e-6f2e85ea3483.html

An NEH fellowship for Gary Reger:

http://www.trincoll.edu/NewsEvents/NewsArticles/pages/GaryRegerNEHFellowshipSpring2016.aspx

An ASCSA fellowship for Maria Papaioannou:

https://classics.ufl.edu/2016/03/30/congratulations/

Funding for the Roman Legion Museum in Caerleon:

http://www.southwalesargus.co.uk/news/14390504.Roman_Legion_Museum_handed___10_000_for_improvements/

Reviewish of Tim Whitmarsh, *Battling the Gods*:

http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/Think-atheism-modern-phenomenon-Think-says/story-29021960-detail/story.html

Reviewish of Heaney’s Aeneid VI:

http://www.cherwell.org/culture/art-and-books/2016/03/27/heaneys-aeneid-when-is-a-translation-not-a-translation

Review of Rahe, *The Grand Strategy of Classical Sparta*:

http://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2016/03/an-ancient-clash-of-civilizations

More on that ‘posh’ apartment at the Hadrian’s Villa site:

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

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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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Next on the find-the-king’s-burial-place list: Henry I:

http://www.getreading.co.uk/news/reading-berkshire-news/reading-abbey-search-king-henry-11126936

Analysis suggests a ‘whip’ found at Rufford Abbey a few years ago was used by self-flagellating monks:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-nottinghamshire-35929731
http://www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/pressreleases/show/black-death-and-self-punishment-remains-of-medieval-whip-found-at-rufford-abbey
http://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/news/national/14399377.Whip_used_by_self_flagellating_monks_in_bid_to_ward_off_Black_Death/
http://www.andoveradvertiser.co.uk/uk_national_news/14399377.Whip_used_by_self_flagellating_monks_in_bid_to_ward_off_Black_Death/

A medieval ‘seat’ from Fife:

http://www.scotsman.com/news/medieval-seat-found-during-archaeological-dig-in-fife-1-4085069

Reevaluating King John:

http://www.historytoday.com/samuel-kickin/what’s-score-magna-cartas-musical-interlude

Relics of Saint Erik might be genuine:

http://www.livescience.com/54237-saint-erik-relic-bones-may-be-authentic.html

Funding for a Bronze Age Circles project:

http://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/Project-studying-Early-Bronze-Age-stone-circles/story-29026877-detail/story.html

Plans to restore Scotland’s oldest windmill:

http://www.scotsman.com/news/scotland-s-oldest-windmill-to-be-restored-1-4087189

A medieval pavement in Somerset has gone on display:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-somerset-35916759

Feature on Paris:

http://www.theguardian.com/cities/2016/mar/31/story-cities-12-paris-baron-haussmann-france-urban-planner-napoleon

Arguing about colonial street names in Berlin:

http://www.dw.com/en/battle-over-colonial-era-street-names-in-berlin/a-19136108

Fire damaged Wythenshawe Hall:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-35900538

I think we mentioned this Hungarian mummy with colon cancer:

http://news.discovery.com/history/colon-cancer-found-in-18th-century-hungarian-mummy-160329.htm

More on that Bronze Age battle site in Germany:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/dig-reveals-an-event-so-violent-that-its-participants-must-have-been-civilized/2016/03/31/64cc6968-f6ba-11e5-9804-537defcc3cf6_story.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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Sites found during Sydney light rail transit construction:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3514950/Massive-indigenous-artefacts-prompts-calls-government-halt-construction-Sydney-light-rail-line.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/call-to-halt-sydney-light-rail-after-massive-indigenous-artefact-find-20160329-gnsxr4.html#ixzz44QAZggq1

… and a pre-European skull find during construction in Waikato:

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/78376523/historic-skull-found-at-major-waikato-expressway-project.html

Pollution concerns for India’s Golden Temple:

http://phys.org/news/2016-03-india-once-gleaming-golden-temple-dulled.html

A flaw in the Taj Mahal?:

http://www.telegraphindia.com/1160328/jsp/frontpage/story_76860.jsp

Did Cook discover Australia?:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-35927405
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-35922858
http://theconversation.com/of-course-australia-was-invaded-massacres-happened-here-less-than-90-years-ago-55377

More on peaceful Japanese hunter/gatherers:

http://phys.org/news/2016-03-ancient-japanese-hunter-gatherers-warfare-inherent.html
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2016/03/30/jomon-origins-of-violence-warfare/
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3517026/Humans-haven-t-violent-warmongers-Japanese-hunter-gatherers-lived-peacefully-5-000-years.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

More on Nepali textiles revealing another branch of the Silk Road:

http://phys.org/news/2016-04-nepali-textile-silk-road-south.html
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-04/uoc-ntf040116.php

More on Siberian puppy remains:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/mar/28/bark-future-ice-age-puppies-may-reveal-canine-evolution-yakutia-russia
http://phys.org/news/2016-03-caveman-friends-ice-age-puppies.html
http://news.yahoo.com/cavemans-best-friends-preserved-ice-age-puppies-awe-052035084.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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Big news this week is that Sarah Parcak and crew may have located another Viking settlement site in Newfoundland:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/04/160401222056.htm
http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-35935725
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/01/science/vikings-archaeology-north-america-newfoundland.html?_r=0
http://news.discovery.com/history/archaeology/viking-site-in-canada-hinted-by-satellite-data-160402.htm
http://www.al.com/news/birmingham/index.ssf/2016/04/did_alabama_space_archaeologis.html
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/0401/Did-space-archaeologists-find-a-second-Viking-settlement-in-America
http://news.nationalpost.com/news/canada/satellite-images-lead-to-possible-discovery-of-unknown-viking-settlement-in-n-l
http://www.cnn.com/2016/04/01/world/vikings-site-space-irpt/index.html
http://www.canada.com/news/national/satellite+images+lead+possible+discovery+unknown+viking/11824712/story.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/video/national/health-science/this-archaeologist-may-have-discovered-a-viking-site-in-north-america–from-space/2016/04/01/7987ec72-f838-11e5-958d-d038dac6e718_video.html
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-spy-new-viking-settlement-from-space-180958641/
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/03/160331-viking-discovery-north-america-canada-archaeology/
http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2016/04/02/iron-newfoundland-puts-another-nail-coffin-columbus-myth-164003

… related:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/03/31/how-vikings-made-the-new-world-their-own/

… semirelated:

http://voices.nationalgeographic.com/2016/03/31/putting-ted2016s-biggest-ideas-to-work-for-archaeology/

Thousands of petroglyphs and a solar calendar from Arizona:

http://westerndigs.org/thousands-of-ancient-petroglyphs-including-dramatic-solar-calendar-found-in-northern-arizona/

Latest from the Old Vero Man site:

http://www.tcpalm.com/news/indian-river-county/archaeologist-to-detail-new-finds-from-old-vero-man-site–2f338b6d-3bdc-2f14-e053-0100007fbf64-374054191.html

… and the Calico (California) site:

http://www.reviewjournal.com/opinion/columns-blogs/trip-the-week/diggers-search-signs-early-man-calico-site

Plans to check out the sea floor off San Diego for Native American sites:

http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/2016/apr/01/SDSU-firstamericans-archaeology/

Checking out an Afton Park (MN) area for burial sites prior to a wastewater treatment plant construction project:

http://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/29/archaeologists-scan-for-ancient-burial-grounds-at-afton-park
http://www.hastingstribune.com/archeologists-scan-for-ancient-burial-grounds-at-afton-park/article_01b6c3fc-e2d5-515b-a55d-21e61d0cd4fa.html

A new Colorado state historian:

http://yale.us8.list-manage.com/track/click?u=72ffedfd50af961efc4493394&id=3204d42654&e=120107fa25

Nunavut’s fomer MP may have found remains of the HMS Terror:

http://theturtleislandnews.com/index.php/2016/04/01/former-nunavut-mp-leona-aglukkaq-may-found-second-franklin-shipwreck/

A DNA study confirms the (devastating) impact of European arrival in the Americas:

http://phys.org/news/2016-04-ancient-dna-european-wipe-out-early.html
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-04/uoa-ads032916.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/04/160401144502.htm
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3519372/Were-early-Americans-wiped-diseased-European-migrants-DNA-mummies-shows-native-genes-vanished-Spanish-arrived-15th-century.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/0402/DNA-research-suggests-large-scale-collapse-of-Native-American-ancestors

I think we had this Southwest boom-and-bust story a few months ago?:

http://phys.org/news/2016-04-ancient-southwest-periods-boom.html
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-04/wsu-asm032916.php

Feature on the ancestors of the Inupiat:

http://www.adn.com/article/20160402/ancestors-inupiat-were-technological-pioneers

Some documents signed by Andrew Jackson have turned up:

http://radio.foxnews.com/2016/03/31/electrician-in-north-carolina-discovers-historic-documents-signed-by-andrew-jackson-and-martin-van-buren/

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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On Maya influence on colonial architecture:

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-03/uog-cra033116.php

Nice feature on preColumbian sites found during road construction in Chile:

http://www.vidalatinasd.com/news/2016/mar/28/archaeological-finds-enrich-understanding-of-pre/

In case you’ve been wondering about that ‘lost city’ in Honduras:

https://news.vice.com/article/honduras-rainforest-controversy-white-city-lost-civilization

What David Stuart is up to:

http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20160328005755/en/World%E2%80%99s-Leading-Authority-Mayan-Hieroglyphs-Public-Appearance

Reviewish of Smith, *At Home with the Aztecs*:

https://asunow.asu.edu/20160329-global-engagement-archaeologist-new-book-life-among-aztecs

—–
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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On the mysteries of pendulum synchronization:

http://www.livescience.com/54265-pendulum-clocks-sync-up-vibrations.html

In the spirit of April Fool’s day, some historical hoaxes:

http://www.history.com/news/history-lists/7-historical-hoaxes

… and some newspaper attempts (I think):

http://egyptianstreets.com/2016/04/01/signs-of-extraterrestrial-activity-discovered-in-king-tutankhamuns-tomb/
http://greece.greekreporter.com/2016/04/01/april-fools-declared-public-holiday-in-greece/

… and on the origins of the day:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2016/03/31/a-brief-totally-sincere-history-of-april-fools-day/
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/03/31/april-fools-day-where-did-the-tradition-and-pranks-come-from/

On the origins of Baked Alaska:

http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2016/03/29/469957638/baked-alaska-a-creation-story-shrouded-in-mystery

Feature on Victorian Easter Cards:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-35361381

Feature on grave goods of various cultures:

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/03/160331-afterlife-religion-beliefs-treasures-archaeology0/

Rethinking the last Ice Age:

http://phys.org/news/2016-03-picture-ice-age.html

Some ‘fake’ Shakespeare plays in the BL:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/12205349/Fake-Shakespeare-plays-revealed-at-British-Library.html

They’ve (re)found the patent for the Wright Brothers’ plane:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/lost-plans-for-wright-brothers-flying-machine-found-after-36-years/2016/04/02/e526fd56-f6b2-11e5-9804-537defcc3cf6_story.html

More on Shakespeare’s (possibly missing) skull:

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/shakespeare-s-skull-may-have-been-stolen-by-grave-robbers/
http://news.discovery.com/history/archaeology/why-would-someone-steal-shakespeares-head-160329.htm#mkcpgn=rssnws1
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/0327/Did-thieves-steal-Shakespeare-s-skull
Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Sicily:

http://www.theguardian.com/culture/2016/apr/03/ancient-sicily-british-museum-greek-statues-epic-blockbusters

Agamemnon to Alexander:

https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/04/02/theg-a02.html

Empress of art:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/museums/10-things-you-may-not-know-about-catherine-the-great/2016/03/31/d5a6bce2-f29b-11e5-85a6-2132cf446d0a_story.html

Woven Gold:

http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/three-reasons-to-visit-woven-gold-at-the-getty/

Noir:

http://www.npr.org/2016/03/30/470578816/for-19th-century-french-artists-noir-was-the-new-black

Patriots and Pirates:

http://www.phillyvoice.com/patriots–pirates-exhibit-to-open-at-independence-seaport-museum/

Archaeologist’s Eye:

http://timkenmuseum.org/exhibitions/archaeologists-eye

Dion:

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

Tattoos:

http://www.thestar.com/entertainment/2016/03/31/rom-explores-ancient-art-of-tattoos-in-new-show.html

Joseph Wright:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-derbyshire-35923483
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THE TECHY SIDE
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Looks like ‘collagen fingerprinting’ might have archaeological applications:

http://phys.org/news/2016-03-collagen-fingerprinting-neanderthal-bone-fragments.html

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Dental calculus is the latest source of DNA extraction:

http://phys.org/news/2016-03-anthropologists-reconstruct-mitogenomes-prehistoric-dental.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/03/160329113314.htm
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-03/uoo-oar032816.php

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/

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TOURISTY THINGS
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Inca Trail/Machu PIcchu:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20160311-the-lesser-known-incan-trail

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CRIME BEAT
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Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2016/03/culture-crime-news-22-27-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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A German doctor has returned a coin he took from Israel years ago:

http://www.jns.org/news-briefs/2016/3/30/german-doctor-returns-ancient-coin-he-took-from-israel-25-years-ago
http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=32735
http://www.algemeiner.com/2016/03/31/german-doctor-returns-ancient-coin-he-took-from-israel-25-years-ago/

The US returned a statue to Cambodia:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35909798
http://www.dw.com/en/us-art-museum-returns-plundered-statue-to-cambodia/a-19146312
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/more-looted-antiquities-welcomed-home

Cook’s cape is back in Hawaii:

http://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2016-04-01/feather-cape-and-helmet-given-to-captain-cook-returned-to-hawaii/7293628

Calls for the BM to return an aboriginal shield:

http://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2016-03-29/calls-for-british-museum-to-surrender-gweagal-shield/7280532
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NUMISMATICA
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On building a 12 Caesars collection:

http://www.coinworld.com/news/world-coins/2016/03/how-to-build-a-set-of-the-twelve-caesars-coins.html
http://www.coinworld.com/news/world-coins/2016/03/twelve-caesars-coins-some-tougher-than-others.html

Latest e-Sylum:

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

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v19n14.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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Zaha Hadid:

https://www.apollo-magazine.com/architect-zaha-hadid-has-died-at-the-age-of-65/

James Robinson:

http://cst.edu/in-memoriam-professor-emeritus-james-robinson/
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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/2406-audio-news-from-archaeologica-20-mar-2016-26-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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