Explorator 18.50 ~ April 10, 2016

 

Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri,
David Critchley, Hernan Astudillo, Bob Heuman, Patrick Swan,
Adrienne Mayor, 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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Homo erectus artifacts from Gia Lai (Viet Nam):

http://www.thanhniennews.com/arts-culture/traces-of-ancient-humans-found-in-vietnams-biggest-archaeological-discovery-60898.html

On naledi’s diet:

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/by-land-or-by-sea-how-did-early-humans-access-key-brain-building-nutrients/

Now they’re saying there was a DNA ‘breeding barrier’ between Neanderthals and Sapiens (it’s rather bizarre how there seems to be some sort of underlying ‘romantic’ assumption):

http://phys.org/news/2016-04-modern-men-lack-chromosome-genes.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-35992612
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/0407/Researchers-find-no-trace-of-Neanderthal-Y-chromosomes-in-modern-humans
http://www.france24.com/en/20160408-study-neanderthal-y-chromosome-hints-fertility-problems
http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2016/04/modern-human-females-and-male-neandertals-had-trouble-making-babies-here-s-why
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/humans-and-neanderthals-may-have-had-trouble-making-male-babies-180958701/
http://elpais.com/elpais/2016/04/07/ciencia/1460038928_584158.html

More on floresiensis being older than previously thought (and vanishing earlier too):

http://phys.org/news/2016-04-hobbit-older-science-wiser.html
http://www.asianpacificpost.com/article/7435-asian-hobbit-people-vanished-earlier-previously-known.html
http://www1.folha.uol.com.br/ciencia/2016/03/1755772-hobbits-foram-extintos-antes-do-que-se-pensava-e-a-culpa-nao-e-do-homem.shtml
http://theconversation.com/the-hobbit-gets-a-little-older-and-science-a-little-wiser-57268

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AFRICA
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On humans and the extinction of the dodo:

http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20160408-how-humanity-first-killed-the-dodo-then-lost-it-as-well

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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I think we mentioned these rock-cut tombs from Gebel el-Silsila:

http://www.foxnews.com/science/2016/04/07/42-tombs-and-shrine-discovered-in-egypt.html

Latest in the Sekhemka statue saga:

http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/say-goodbye-ancient-egyptian-statue-sekhemka
http://www.apollo-magazine.com/sekhemka-granted-export-licence/

Zahi Hawass wades in on the hidden room in Tut’s tomb thing:

http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2016-04-05/egypts-indiana-jones-says-new-theory-on-king-tuts-tomb-is-wrong
http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2016/04/egypt-pyramids-archaeology-zahi-hawwas-king-tut-smuggling.html

More on the kerfuffle being raised over some star of David engravings on a Roman temple in Aswan:

http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Star-of-David-found-engraved-into-an-ancient-Temple-arouses-bustle-in-Egypt-450074#article=6017RjBENzhDNzhFMjk5ODE5NkQyRTREOERDNTdGQzZGNkQ=
http://www.breakingisraelnews.com/65013/egypt-up-in-arms-after-star-of-david-engraving-discovered-in-ancient-temple-middle-east/

Feature on Woolley’s 11th season at Ur:

http://www.penn.museum/blog/museum/ancient-ur-and-historic-iraq-woolleys-11th-season/

Feature on Cuneiform:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/what-heck-cuneiform-anyway-180956999/?no-ist

Plenty of attention for a bronze incense shovel find (didn’t we have this a month or so ago) and other items from a synagogue site in Migdal:

http://mfa.gov.il/MFA/IsraelExperience/History/Pages/Second-Temple-period-bronze-implements-discovered-in-Magdala-excavations-5-April-2016.aspx
http://www.antiquities.org.il/Article_eng.aspx?sec_id=25&subj_id=240&id=4190
http://www.livescience.com/54315-bronze-shovel-for-jewish-rituals-discovered.html
http://www.livescience.com/54314-photos-ritual-bronze-shovel.html
http://news.discovery.com/history/archaeology/rare-bronze-incense-shovel-found-in-israel-160406.htm#mkcpgn=rssnws1
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/210361#.VwUq5KQrIz4
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4788196,00.html
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Jewish-settlement-synagogue-from-Second-Temple-era-unearthed-on-Sea-of-Galilee-shore-450302#article=6017NDZDMjNFNTU4MjZFNzYxODNERUZGM0E5MDM1NTVEQjU=
http://www.jns.org/news-briefs/2016/4/5/special-bronze-incense-shovel-uncovered-at-second-temple-era-site-in-galilee
http://www.timesofisrael.com/2200-year-old-bronze-artifacts-found-at-biblical-site/
http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/archaeology/1.712879
http://www.breakingisraelnews.com/65094/2000-year-old-temple-artifacts-discovered-near-sea-galilee-jewish-world/\
https://www.algemeiner.com/2016/04/06/special-bronze-incense-shovel-uncovered-at-second-temple-era-site-in-galilee/
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3524527/Biblical-incense-shovel-unearthed-shores-Sea-Galilee-2-000-year-old-tool-alongside-jug-birthplace-Mary-Magdalane.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

Roman influence on Jewish ritual slaughter:

http://www.jns.org/news-briefs/2016/4/5/unholy-cow-archaeologist-claims-romans-influenced-jewish-ritual-slaughter
http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/archaeology/.premium-1.712746

Remains of a Byzantine church in Gaza:

http://phys.org/news/2016-04-gaza-workers-ancient-church.html
http://www.timesofisrael.com/remains-of-1500-year-old-church-uncovered-in-gaza/
http://www.france24.com/en/20160405-ancient-church-unearthed-gaza-building-site
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/builders-find-remnants-from-byzantine-period-in-gaza.aspx?pageID=238&nID=97330&NewsCatID=375
http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/archaeology/1.712764
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/afp/article-3525101/Ancient-church-unearthed-Gaza-building-site.html

… which Hamas apparently wanted to bulldoze:

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/210387

… and archaeologists were protesting:

http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/gaza-church-archaeologists-616890669

… the story seems rather ‘murky’:

http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Palestinian-Christians-bitter-over-destruction-of-church-ruins-in-Gaza-450521

Concerns for the Church of the Holy Sepulchre:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/07/world/middleeast/jerusalem-christians-jesus-tomb.html?_r=0
http://reinformation.tv/terre-sainte-restauration-tombeau-christ-le-luc-52897-2/

Possible evidence that Lawrence of Arabia wasn’t exaggerating about an ambush:

http://phys.org/news/2016-04-bullet-lawrence-arabia-liar.html
http://www.livescience.com/54321-lawrence-of-arabia-bullet-found.html
http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/archaeology/1.713171

Pondering why hikers in Israel keep finding stuff:

http://www.israel21c.org/why-do-hikers-in-israel-keep-stumbling-upon-ancient-relics/

… and finds are up in Israel, apparently:

http://jpupdates.com/2016/04/06/israel-sees-boost-in-archaeological-discoveries/

Latest on proposed Kotel plans:

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/210507

Interesting feature on Jesus as security risk:

http://asorblog.org/2016/04/07/jesus-as-a-security-risk-intelligence-and-repression-in-the-roman-empire/

The Arab League drafted a resolution to protect antiquities:

http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/arab-league-draft-resolution-protect-arab-antiquities-araby

More on Neolithic quarrying in Israel:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/neolithic-people-were-also-strip-miners-180958668/?no-ist

Review of Tigay, *The Lost Book of Moses*:

http://www.jweekly.com/article/full/77280/intrigue-aplenty-in-sfsu-profs-new-book-about-infamous-biblical-forgery

The relics of St Elian were found amid the rubble of his ISIL-destroyed church:

http://news.discovery.com/history/religion/saints-bones-unearthed-in-isis-destroyed-monastery-160406.htm
http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/news/2016/04/05/bones-of-saint-found-in-ruins-of-monastery-destroyed-by-isis/
http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/news/2016/04/06/discovery-of-relics-in-syria-confirmed-as-st-elians/

Other ISIL news focussed on how much money they were making from antiquities selling them online and smuggling them through Turkey , according to a Russian politician:

http://www.stuff.co.nz/world/78732790/Isis-nets-millions-selling-plundered-antiquities-online
http://www.smh.com.au/world/islamic-state-nets-millions-selling-plundered-antiquities-online-20160408-go1ebj.html
http://www.newsweek.com/isis-syria-antiquities-millions-profit-money-russia-islamic-state-palmyra-444805
https://www.rt.com/news/338705-turkey-syria-artifacts-trade-churkin/
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/reuters/article-3527244/Islamic-State-nets-millions-antiquities-Russia.html

… claims of which were deemed politically-motivated, and prompted investigation by Turkey:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkey-probes-russias-politically-motivated-claims-on-smuggled-syrian-antiquities.aspx?pageID=238&nID=97510&NewsCatID=510
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-antiquities-turkey-idUSKCN0X42K9
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/reuters/article-3528874/Turkey-investigating-Russian-claims-smuggled-Syrian-antiquities.html

… and questioned in regards to value:

http://www.antiquestradegazette.com/news/2016/doubt-over-isis-sales-of-looted-items/

… although collectors were also blamed for the activity:

http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2016/04/syria-egypt-yemen-antiquities-smuggling-illegal-collectors.html

… and a smuggler was interviewed by the press:

http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/isis-terror/smuggler-stolen-artifacts-palmyra-speaks-out-about-isis-illicit-operation-n551806

A somewhat more balanced look at the traffic:

http://www.livescience.com/54343-are-antiques-imported-from-syria-funding-terrorists.html

A strange opEd:

http://montrealgazette.com/news/local-news/josh-freed-a-syrian-trip-grave-robbing-and-how-i-could-have-saved-a-tiny-piece-of-history

Features on Palmyra after ISIL left:

http://www.theguardian.com/world/ng-interactive/2016/apr/08/palmyra-after-islamic-state-isis-visual-guide
http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2016/04/palmyra-archeaologists-tally-losses-after-islamic-state-retreats
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/05/world/middleeast/palmyra-syria-isis.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3521855/Smashed-sculptures-decapitated-statues-defaced-figures-Devastation-inside-Palmyra-s-national-museum-ISIS-destroyed-priceless-artefacts.html

… and the Hermitage wants to help with the restoration:

http://artdaily.com/news/86304/Russia-s-Hermitage-Museum-offers-help-to-restore-ancient-Syrian-city-of-Palmyra

On the importance of the Iraqi Museum in the wake of ISIL:

http://phys.org/news/2016-04-iraqi-museum-refuge-relics.html

Again on recreating the Arch in London:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/04/08/why-the-arch-of-triumph-of-palmyra-is-being-recreated-in-london/
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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Lead curse tablets from an Athenian burial:

http://www.livescience.com/54285-curse-tablets-uncovered-in-greece.html
http://news.discovery.com/history/archaeology/curse-tablets-discovered-in-2400-year-old-grave-160405.htm
http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/culture/2016/04/05/archaeology-curse-tablets-found-in-ancient-greek-tomb_e6707739-8868-49af-8b3c-0061cab1bd32.html

Possible evidence for Hannibal’s route through the Alps:

http://www.qub.ac.uk/home/ceao/News/Title,631613,en.html
http://phys.org/news/2016-04-ancient-horse-dung-bacteria-team-hannibal.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/04/160404134205.htm
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-04/qub-qum040416.php
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-35969107
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/apr/03/where-muck-hannibals-elephants-alps-italy-bill-mahaney-york-university-toronto
http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/hannibal-horse-poo-alps-1.3523863?cmp=rss
http://www.forbes.com/sites/paulrodgers/2016/04/05/dung-points-to-hannibals-path-across-the-alps/
http://scienmag.com/queens-university-microbiologists-unmask-the-hannibal-route-enigma/
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/0405/Where-did-Hannibal-cross-the-Alps-Ancient-dung-may-hold-clues
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/horse-poo-helps-unravel-mystery-hannibals-route-through-alps-180958660/
http://www.foxnews.com/science/2016/04/05/ancient-poop-helps-scientists-unlock-hannibal-mystery.html?intcmp=hpffo&intcmp=obnetwork
https://theconversation.com/how-ancient-horse-dung-bacteria-is-helping-our-team-locate-where-hannibal-crossed-the-alps-57135

Roman remains from a York housing site:

http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/14401025.Roman_remains_found_at_York_housing_site/

On wealthy Romans’ attraction to beachfront property:

http://www.hakaimagazine.com/article-long/how-ancient-romes-1-hijacked-beach

In case you missed it in the ANE section … Roman influence on Jewish ritual slaughter:

http://www.jns.org/news-briefs/2016/4/5/unholy-cow-archaeologist-claims-romans-influenced-jewish-ritual-slaughter

On Socrates, Cynics, and other philosophical schools:

http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2016/04/04/of-socrates-cynics-and-flat-nailed-featherless-bipeds/

Interesting ‘penis pot’ rediscovery:

http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/Cambridge-museum-talking-sex-ancient-Roman-Penis/story-29077239-detail/story.html

On an ancient foot fetishist:

http://www.wondersandmarvels.com/2016/04/who-was-the-first-foot-fetishist.html

Latest Homerathon:

http://onlineathens.com/mobile/2016-04-04/volunteers-reading-odyssey-aloud-homerathon-uga-main-library

How the Romans contributed to a multicultural Britain:

http://www.historytoday.com/garry-shaw/migration-roman-britain

What Emily Allen-Hornblower is up to:

http://news.rutgers.edu/feature/state-prison-rutgers-professor-teaches-classics-and-inspires-convicts/20160407

Remembering David Porter:

http://skidmorenews.com/new-blog/2016/4/8/remembering-david-h-porter

Honours for Mary Beard:

http://www.classics.cam.ac.uk/news/professor-mary-beard-awarded-bodley-medal

… and she’s not concerned if tourists damage Pompeii:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/04/06/mary-beard-it-doesnt-really-matter-if-tourists-damage-pompeii/

APSU’s Classicists are getting assorted honours:

http://www.theallstate.org/2016/04/08/classics-department-reigns-in-awards/

On Lincoln and Euclid:

http://northernpublicradio.org/post/mathematical-secret-abe-lincolns-speeches

In case you’ve never checked out the Panoply Vase animation site:

http://panoplyclassicsandanimation.blogspot.com/2016/04/new-look-website.html

More on that slab with Etruscan writing on it:

http://theartnewspaper.com/news/news/archaeologists-discover-2-500-year-old-stone-slab-in-italy-that-could-shed-light-on-the-etruscans/
http://www.iol.co.za/scitech/science/discovery/etruscan-secrets-found-on-ancient-slab-2005885

Reviewish of Freeman, *How to Grow Old*:

https://www.luther.edu/headlines/?story_id=686352

Review of A Mayor, *Amazons*:

http://www.worldfinancialreview.com/?cat=24

Review of Taylor, *Antiochus the Great*:

http://www.strategypage.com/bookreviews/1307.asp

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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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Apparently humans brought deer to Scotland:

http://phys.org/news/2016-04-stone-age-humans-brought-deer.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-35970195
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/04/05/stone-age-humans-brought-deer-to-scotland-by-sea/
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3526046/Stone-age-humans-transported-deer-sea-DNA-reveals-herbivores-Scottish-islands-introduced-boat-far-away.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

Anglo Saxon burials at a Hildersham Church:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-35984957

Storm Katie may have exposed a Dutch shipwreck in Dorset:

http://www.dorsetecho.co.uk/news/14401806.Shiver_me_timbers__Ancient_wreck_revealed_by_Storm_Katie/

A dig at a museum turns up a medieval Arabic chess piece:

http://www.oxfordtimes.co.uk/NEWS/14406792.Rare_chess_piece_found_in_back_yard_of_museum/

Cremation pits at a Vale of Glamorgan site:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-south-east-wales-35996934

Maybe the lost village of Cadzow is still lost:

http://www.motherwelltimes.co.uk/news/local-headlines/lost-village-of-cadzow-remains-lost-1-4090347

Plans to dig Shakespeare’s Curtain Theatre before developers move in:

http://hackneycitizen.co.uk/2016/04/08/families-dig-shakespeares-curtain-theatre-developers-move/

… and now they’re talking where Shakespeare’s skull might have been reburied:

http://www.eveshamjournal.co.uk/news/regional/14404634.Is_William_Shakespeare_s_skull_buried_in_Redditch_/

On Iron Age jewellery choices:

http://sciencenordic.com/why-some-iron-age-women-chose-exotic-jewellery

Pondering the Battle of Culloden:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3528248/Battered-skull-gives-glimpse-brutality-Battle-Culloden-3D-model-soldier-s-remains-shows-shot-head-1745.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

Plans (maybe) for Beverley Gate:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-humber-35959294

Renovations at the Queen’s residences:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-berkshire-35958283

Not only does Bosnia have pyramids (ahem) now it has spheres (ahem):

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3527997/Is-rock-proof-lost-European-civilisation-Archaeologist-claims-spherical-boulder-world-s-oldest-man-sphere-used-healing.html

More on that medieval self-flagellation whip:

http://www.livescience.com/54316-medieval-metal-whip-discovered.html
http://news.discovery.com/history/archaeology/medieval-whip-used-by-self-flagellating-monks-found160404.htm
http://www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/pressreleases/show/black-death-and-self-punishment-remains-of-medieval-whip-found-at-rufford-abbey

That Bronze Age battle in Germany still has legs:

http://www.vancouversun.com/news/world/unearths+2c000+bones+battle+violent+that+bronze+participants/11834497/story.html

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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An Eastern Han dynasty burial from Guangxi Zhang:

http://www.nerve.in/news%3A2535002786498

A 1500 years bp mummy from Mongolia:

http://siberiantimes.com/science/casestudy/news/n0638-archeologists-find-ancient-mummy-approximately-1500-years-old-in-mongolia/

A 1000 years bp ‘sunken town’ off Tamil Nadu:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Millennium-old-sunken-town-found-off-Tamil-Nadu/articleshow/51465600.cms

Evidence of ancient cannibalism in Cambodia:

https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/111059-111059/

On how dingoes got to Australia:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3527475/Archaeologists-reveal-research-answer-question-dingoes-Australia.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

Some ancient Thai manuscripts are being digitized:

http://phys.org/news/2016-04-digital-library-ancient-thai-manuscripts.html
http://lannamanuscripts.net/en

Those mysterious burials on the Plain of Jars continue to get attention:

http://phys.org/news/2016-04-ancient-burials-revealed-mysterious-plain.html
http://www.livescience.com/54319-burial-site-discovered-at-plain-of-jars.html
http://www.livescience.com/54303-plain-of-jars-archaeology-photos.html
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/0405/Researchers-begin-to-crack-the-mystery-of-Laos-s-Plain-of-Jars
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/1933555/ancient-human-remains-found-plain-jars-laos-scientists
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3522526/Ancient-burials-revealed-mysterious-Plain-Jars-Laos.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
http://artdaily.com/news/86301/Ancient-burials-revealed-at-mysterious-Plain-of-Jars-in-Laos
http://www.thanhniennews.com/education-youth/ancient-burials-revealed-at-mysterious-plain-of-jars-in-laos-60913.html
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-crack-open-mysterious-plain-jars-180958675/

… as is the ‘new’ branch of the Silk Road:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3524713/Did-Silk-Road-stretch-thought-Cloth-funerary-mask-Nepal-materials-India-China-1-600-years-ago.html

More on that frozen Siberian puppy:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/this-puppy-was-frozen-for-12400-years-and-its-body-is-nearly-intact-fur-and-all-a6965906.html

More on Japanese hunter/gatherers:

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2016/03/30/jomon-origins-of-violence-warfare/

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http://nzarchaeology.blogspot.co.nz/index.html
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NORTH AMERICA
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Interesting finds from a War of 1812 mass grave:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2016/04/04/mass-grave-from-war-of-1812-gives-archaeologists-first-evidence-of-buckshot-injuries/#777074013986

Fire in Malta (Montana) has revealed plenty of Native American sites:

http://www.heraldcourier.com/news/fire-reveals-archaeological-sites-hundreds-of-years-old/article_e631943f-117e-52ab-b222-3a0af13363fa.html
http://www.deseretnews.com/article/765685503/Fire-reveals-archaeological-sites-hundreds-of-years-old.html?pg=all
http://billingsgazette.com/lifestyles/recreation/archaeological-site-near-malta-broadens-understanding-of-ancient-people/article_bdf47b4f-8b10-5d4e-b8a2-53fbfe9621a5.html

Digging a Glidden Homestead barn site:

http://www.hastingstribune.com/archaeologist-excavating-barn-at-glidden-homestead/article_cc33c9fc-7b73-5698-9fb7-f31570720784.html

They’ll be digging at Lake George again this summer:

http://www.wcax.com/story/31664056/archaeology-dig-returning-to-ny-battlefield-this-summer
http://www.ctpost.com/news/article/Archaeology-dig-returning-to-NY-battlefield-this-7233547.php

More details on first Americans arriving via the Channel Islands (maybe):

http://www.latimes.com/science/la-me-early-californians-20160406-story.html

On presidents and ‘Southern Honor’:

http://news.yale.edu/2016/04/06/us-presidents-south-more-likely-use-force-military-disputes

On Adolph Ochs and Tennessee:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/04/insider/1878-adolph-ochss-first-times-the-one-in-chattanooga.html

Another Discovery Channel dig gone wrong … this time in Virginia:

http://www.seattlepi.com/news/crime/article/Virginia-archaeologists-slam-plantation-dig-for-7239533.php
http://pilotonline.com/news/nation-world/virginia/virginia-archaeologists-slam-plantation-dig-for-tv-series/article_ed079b81-2df7-544b-8c87-ebe1d22b05fa.html
http://www.hastingstribune.com/virginia-archaeologists-slam-plantation-dig-for-tv-series/article_f6b53c62-8cbc-5f18-80a6-450ffc80725f.html

Something about tree rings and Pueblo populist uprisings:

http://phys.org/news/2016-04-prehistoric-pueblo-populist-revolutions-presage.html
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/04/2016/boom-and-bust-in-the-pre-hispanic-pueblo-southwest

On getting the youth vote in 19th century US:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/10/opinion/campaign-stops/virgins-booze-and-american-elections.html

On the Wendels:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/10/realestate/before-the-trumps-there-were-the-wendels.html?contentCollection=weekendreads

A copy of the US constitution is coming to auction:

http://www.nhregister.com/general-news/20160408/historic-new-haven-newspaper-printing-of-us-constitution-up-for-auction

On the history of Muslims in the US:

https://sojo.net/articles/think-muslims-hate-us-heres-proof-they-are-us

Saving sites in Emery County:

http://www.ecprogress.com/index.php?tier=1&article_id=18806
http://trustlands.utah.gov/sitla-spirit-railroad-project/

Trying to save a Princeton battlefield:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/a-battle-to-save-the-princeton-battlefield/2016/04/08/3d40e344-fce4-11e5-9140-e61d062438bb_story.html

More on the potential Viking site find in Newfoundland:

http://phys.org/news/2016-04-viking-site-north-america.html
http://cphpost.dk/news/vikings-may-have-been-to-north-america-much-earlier-than-believed.html

More on the genetic evidence for the influx of Europeans:

http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2016/04/mummy-genomes-reveal-just-how-catastrophic-european-contact-was-new-world
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/world-history/discovery-vikings-newfoundland-canada-history-norse-point-rosee-l-anse-aux-meadows-a6965126.html
http://popular-archaeology.com/issue/spring-2016/article/ancient-dna-sheds-new-light-on-early-americans

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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LiDAR reveals Maya water conservation techniques:

http://phys.org/news/2016-04-discoveries-ancient-civilization.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/04/160408132503.htm
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-04/uoc-ndi040816.php

Still pondering what really happened on Easter Island:

http://phys.org/news/2016-04-easter-island.html
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-04/f-wrh040716.php

Early humans in South America were like ‘an invasive species’:

http://phys.org/news/2016-04-populations-early-human-settlers-grew.html

… this seems related:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3526723/Did-humans-conquer-South-America-waves-Prehistoric-settlers-spread-area-two-occasions-8-000-years-apart.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

On the battle between archaeology and development in the Yucatan:

http://phys.org/news/2016-04-yucatan-archaeology.html
http://www.theyucatantimes.com/2016/04/to-preserve-maya-sites-archaeologists-struggle-with-meridas-rapid-growth/
http://www.salon.com/2016/04/05/yucatan_archaeology_races_to_keep_up_with_development/

—–
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 history of subscription libraries in the UK:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-nottinghamshire-35831853

The Panama Papers thing might help settle a Modigliani ownership dispute:

http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-35986035

… and a history of ‘leaks’:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-35998720

… and tax evasion:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-35997919

A Newton alchemy manuscript is being put online:

http://phys.org/news/2016-04-newly-newton-alchemy-manuscript-online.html

Recreating the sound of ancient instruments:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/09/arts/international/bringing-ancient-sounds-back-to-life.html

A Shakespeare first folio turns up on a Scottish island:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-35990101
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-copy-shakespeares-first-folio-was-found-scottish-library-180958694/
http://www.cnbc.com/2016/04/07/one-of-worlds-most-valuable-books-found.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3527736/Extremely-rare-copy-Shakespeare-s-Folio-1623-discovered-stately-home-remote-Isle-Bute-languished-library-century.html

… while another is on tour:

https://news.brown.edu/articles/2016/04/first-folio

… and someone is suggesting that he was actually a dark-haired Jewish woman:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3521589/Book-claims-Bard-s-greatest-works-written-Jewish-woman-family-Venetian-musicans-living-London.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

… more conventional treatment:

https://www.poets.org/poetsorg/shakespeare-400

Pondering the connection between human sacrifice and social stratification:

http://phys.org/news/2016-04-ritual-human-sacrifice-unequal-societies.html
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/05/science/ritual-human-sacrifice.html
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/0404/Did-human-sacrifice-create-our-social-hierarchies
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/the-darker-link-between-ancient-human-sacrifice-and-our-modern-world-a6969846.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2016/04/05/the-darker-link-between-ancient-human-sacrifice-and-our-modern-world/
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/apr/04/study-shows-human-sacrifice-was-less-likely-in-more-equal-societies

On the social context of ancient writing systems:

http://phys.org/news/2016-04-easy-alep-gimel-cambridge-explores.html
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-04/uoc-eaa040416.php
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3525478/Easy-Alep-Bet-Gimel-Researchers-uncover-roots-English-alphabet.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
http://www.csah.cam.ac.uk/news/easy-as-alep-bet-gimel-cambridge-research-ancient-writing

On reading Dante in the 21st century:

https://theamericanscholar.org/how-to-read-dante-in-the-21st-century/

On the history of lead:

http://www.npr.org/2016/04/06/473268312/before-it-was-dangerous-lead-was-the-miracle-metal-that-we-loved
http://kcur.org/post/lead-still-deadly-miracle-metal-ancients-now-better-contained

Poland and Russia are arguing about monuments:

http://www.ansa.it/nuova_europa/en/news/sections/news/2016/04/06/poland-dispute-with-moscow-over-removal-of-soviet-monuments_6cd1fd41-52bf-4614-842f-a4fdbd211e49.html

Aboriginal star maps apparently influenced highway routes in Australia:

http://phys.org/news/2016-04-ancient-aboriginal-star-australia-highway.html

On the development of wheat used in pasta:

http://phys.org/news/2016-04-lesson-wheat-evolution-wild-spaghetti.html

Testing whether sperm whales could ram ships:

http://www.livescience.com/54302-could-sperm-whales-sink-ships.html
http://phys.org/news/2016-04-hard-whale-shipsor.html

The medieval roots of the modern university:

http://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2016/04/05/472139919/wax-tablets-chicken-rustling-and-the-medieval-roots-of-the-modern-university

Pondering rats:

http://www.dw.com/en/rats-dangerous-vermin-or-useful-members-of-society/a-19161314
Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Eagle Hunters:

http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=86379

Cf: http://www.ancient-origins.net/news-history-archaeology/eagle-huntress-ancient-traditions-and-evidence-women-eagle-hunters-part-i-020797
Rembrandt:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-35963287

Moving Earth:

http://britishart.yale.edu/featured-story/31/3261

Sicily:

http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2016/apr/08/sicily-golden-years-british-museum-exhibition
http://www.spectator.co.uk/2016/04/norman-sicily-was-a-multicultural-paradise-but-it-didnt-last-long/

Reliquary Project:

http://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/event/Reliquary-Project/event-28781580-detail/whatson/event.html

Petroglyphs:

http://www.sunad.com/news/2016/03/rock-stars/

Oneiroi:

https://www.broadsheet.com.au/melbourne/art-and-design/article/bill-hensons-oneiroi-imagining-lost-past

National Poo Museum:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/35973024
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-35957829
http://www.local10.com/news/poo-museum-opens-in-britain

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THE TECHY SIDE
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Optical carbon dating could be useful:

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-04/tos-oao040116.php

A techy study of Egyptian funerary portraits:

http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/unlocking-the-secrets-of-ancient-egyptian-funerary-portraits-through-modern-technology/

Interesting use of bone weathering information:

http://phys.org/news/2016-04-bone-weathering-death.html

3d printing a Rembrandt:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-35926705

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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CLIMATE MATTERS
================================================================
On variations in precipitation over the past millennia:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/04/160406133628.htm

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TOURISTY THINGS
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Istria:

http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/europe/historic-istria-do-as-the-romans-do-in-croatia-a6972751.html

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CRIME BEAT
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Not sure how smuggled antiquities fit into this one:

http://rapidcityjournal.com/news/local/eb–suspect-bollen-s-love-of-ancient-artifacts-part/article_969001e2-aa17-59b7-91c8-1d9c299f2ef5.html

We’ll probably hear more about this murder of an art dealer:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-36005557

Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2016/04/culture-crime-news-28-march-3-april-2016.html

More on that gang busted in the UK:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-35941797

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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Returning some Nazi-looted art:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/vienna-museum-returns-two-works-of-art-stolen-nazis-180958705/

… semi-related:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/10/arts/design/does-my-family-own-a-painting-looted-by-nazis.html

Pondering repatriation of human remains:

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/04/160407-archaeology-religion-repatriation-bones-skeletons/

… and ‘the other side’ of the repatriation argument:

http://www.spectator.co.uk/2016/04/give-thanks-for-the-imperialist-tomb-raiders/

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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on the Watlington Viking hoard:

http://www.coinworld.com/news/world-coins/2016/04/british-viking-coin-hoard-intrigues.html

Latest e-Sylum:
… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v19n14.html

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v19n15.html

————————
Ancient Coin Collecting:

http://ancientcoincollecting.blogspot.com/

Ancient Coins:

http://classicalcoins.blogspot.com/

Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/
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PERFORMANCES AND THEATRE-RELATED
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A pile of musical scores for Leed Central Library:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leeds-35977832

Preserving composers’ voices at Yale:

http://news.yale.edu/2016/03/30/composers-voices-preserved-perpetuity-yale

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OBITUARIES
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Charles Thomas:

http://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/Cornwall-mourns-greatest-historian/story-29077122-detail/story.html

Joe Medicine Crow:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2016/04/04/joe-medicine-crow-a-war-chief-historian-and-the-last-link-to-the-battle-of-little-big-horn-dies-at-102/
http://billingsgazette.com/news/local/joe-medicine-crow-dies-in-billings-sunday-morning/article_4463195c-d8c2-5a36-ae68-bf86f99b5d52.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-35956842

Rachel Johnson:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-35985243

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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/2410-audio-news-from-archaeologica-27-mar-2016-2-apr-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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http://www.youtube.com/user/Archaeos0up?feature=watch

The Book and the Spade:

http://www.radioscribe.com/bknspade.htm
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