Explorator 18.52 ~ April 24, 2016

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

… the issue which was going to be early, then I hit all the
Shakespeare anniversary stuff …

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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What Neanderthal teeth tell us (variation on the toothpick story):

http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20160419-what-neanderthals-teeth-tell-us-about-their-minds

They’re still trying to figure out how those naledi fossils ended up where they did:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/pieces-homo-naledi-story-continue-puzzle

On the role of increasing brain size in hominid evolution:

http://phys.org/news/2016-04-bigger-brains-bodies-ancestors.html
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-04/amon-bbl041816.php
http://scienmag.com/bigger-brains-led-to-bigger-bodies-in-our-ancestors/

We’ve mentioned this ‘collagen fingerprinting’ technique for identifying early hominid bones before:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/04/160422120733.htm

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AFRICA
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More on Tibuktu’s ‘badass librarians’:

http://www.npr.org/2016/04/23/475420855/timbuktus-badass-librarians-checking-out-books-under-al-qaidas-nose

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Remains of a building associated with Hateshepsut’s early career as pharaoh:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/201870/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Decorative-blocks-from-sacred-barques-way-station-.aspx
http://www.livescience.com/54476-building-for-queen-hatshepsut-discovered.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/a-new-discovery-sheds-light-on-ancient-egypts-most-successful-female-pharaoh/2016/04/23/946b7976-0983-11e6-a12f-ea5aed7958dc_story.html
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/new-discovery-tells-us-more-about-egypts-first-female-pharaoh/
http://news.nationalpost.com/news/world/new-discovery-sheds-light-on-egypts-most-successful-female-pharaoh-who-was-almost-erased-from-history
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3545596/Carved-blocks-reveal-ancient-Egyptian-Pharaoh-Queen-Hatshepsut-looked-image-changed-man-s.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

Oldest depiction of ancient Egyptian demons:

http://www.livescience.com/54482-oldest-depiction-of-ancient-egyptian-demons-found.html

Studying ‘sacred shrew’ mummies:

http://insider.si.edu/2016/04/sacred-shrew-mummies-reveal-species-distribution-ancient-egypt/

The French president was touring around Egypt:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/203944/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/French-president-visits-historical-sites-and-museu.aspx

5000 years bp kilns from Sistan:

http://www.payvand.com/news/16/apr/1063.html
http://www.payvand.com/news/16/apr/1063.html

Revisiting some finds from a couple years ago from the Ophel excavations:

http://www.breakingisraelnews.com/66068/menorah-treasure-discovered-heart-jerusalem/

A 17th/18th century BCE scarab find from near Haifa:

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/211349
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/A-timely-reminder-of-the-Exodus-Ancient-Egyptian-scarab-seal-found-near-Haifa-452158

Revisiting/followup to that find of a Thutmosis III amulet in the Temple Mount Sifting Project:

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2016/04/19/world/middleeast/ap-ml-israel-ancient-amulet.html?_r=0
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Culture/Rare-Egyptian-amulet-bearing-ancient-pharaohs-name-discovered-in-Jerusalem-451688
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/egyptian-amulet-bearing-name-of-pharaoh-found-in-soil-from-temple-mount/2016/04/19/
http://m.jpost.com/Israel-News/Culture/Rare-Egyptian-amulet-bearing-ancient-pharaohs-name-discovered-in-Jerusalem-451688#article=10362N0E5NTBFOUE1QTE1MTBDRjJDN0MyMDc4MzY0NjA2QTI=
http://www.cityofdavid.org.il/en/news/rare-egyptian-amulet-bearing-name-ancient-pharaoh-found
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2016/04/19/a-12-year-old-kid-just-unearthed-an-ancient-egyptian-relic-in-israel/
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/ap/article-3547591/12-year-old-Israeli-girl-discovers-ancient-Egyptian-amulet.html
https://templemount.wordpress.com/2016/04/19/rare-egyptian-amulet-bearing-name-of-ancient-pharaoh-found-in-earth-discarded-from-temple-mount/

Overviewish thing on what’s been found at Huqoq so far:

http://atlantajewishtimes.com/2016/04/ancient-shul-reveals-secrets/

It’s that time of year when folks ponder whether the Exodus did happen:

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4795318,00.html
http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/The-victory-of-the-Exodus-narrative-451884

The possible find of remains of the Acra in Jerusalem is making the rounds again:

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/04/160422-israel-jerusalem-hellenistic-archaeology-passover-hanukkah/
http://www.pappaspost.com/photos-jerusalem-dig-uncovers-massive-ancient-greek-citadel/

I think we mentioned the search for Mimar Sinan’s skull:

http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2016/04/turkey-search-for-missing-skull-of-ottoman-architect.html

I think we also mentioned this digitizing of an early Qu’ran by the British Library:

http://hyperallergic.com/291436/british-library-digitizes-one-of-the-worlds-oldest-quran-manuscripts

On the Turkish origins of most modern-day Jewish people:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/scientists-reveal-jewish-historys-forgotten-turkish-roots-a6992076.html

A followup to that Biblical handwriting analysis story from last week:

http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Letters-to-the-Editor-No-fantasy-451520
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/04/2016/high-level-of-literacy-in-kingdom-of-judah-before-its-fall

Review of Tigay, *Lost Book of Moses*:

http://www.csmonitor.com/Books/Book-Reviews/2016/0422/The-Lost-Book-of-Moses-is-a-mystery-of-biblical-proportions

Feature on the OCHRE database:

https://rcc.uchicago.edu/ancient-civilizations-modern-computation

They’ve cleared all the mines from Palmyra, apparently:

http://www.dw.com/en/russia-declares-syrias-palmyra-free-of-landmines/a-19206756

A Polish team is working to restore the Lion statue:

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/world/943597/polish-experts-return-to-syrias-palmyra-to-restore-famed-lion-statue

The politics associated with rebuilding monuments:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2016/04/20/the-problem-with-rebuilding-a-roman-ruin-destroyed-by-isis-does-it-simply-help-assad/

… but again, we’re reading optimistic spins:

http://tass.ru/en/world/870612

… and negative:

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/apr/16/experts-give-new-details-of-is-destruction-of-syri/

A nice photo essay of what Palmyra is like now:

http://www.bostonglobe.com/news/bigpicture/2016/04/15/return-palmyra/tx7F30f9KA3dvppyshnDFI/story.html

More on the US ban on the import of Syrian antiquities:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/14/world/middleeast/senate-votes-to-ban-imports-of-syrian-art-and-antiquities.html

More on Turkey’s intolerance for smuggling of items from Syria:

http://www.dailysabah.com/nation/2016/04/18/turkish-culture-minister-no-tolerance-for-antiquity-smuggling-from-syria

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Much attention for a ‘skeleton mosaic’ find in Turkey:

http://phys.org/news/2016-04-ancient-mosaic-featuring-skeleton-turkey.html
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/archaeologists-discover-ancient-mosaic-with-message-be-cheerful-enjoy-your-life-a6998346.html
http://www.dailysabah.com/nation/2016/04/22/2400-year-old-mosaic-found-in-southern-turkey-says-be-cheerful-enjoy-your-life
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/be-cheerful-live-your-life-ancient-mosaic-meme-found-in-turkeys-south.aspx?pageID=238&nid=98201&NewsCatID=375
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3553906/Ancient-mosaic-featuring-cheerful-skeleton-Turkey.html

Latest from the ongoing dig at Bath:

http://www.bathchronicle.co.uk/Roman-Baths-excavation-Archaeologists-seek/story-29136337-detail/story.html

Not sure if we’ve mentioned this Roman shipwreck in the Red Sea find:

http://www.arabnews.com/saudi-arabia/news/912136

Questioning how money is being spent at Pompeii:

http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/jonathanjonesblog/2016/apr/19/pompeii-restoration-is-the-best-they-can-do

I think we mentioned this research into who was making wine at Vagnari:

http://phys.org/news/2016-04-roman-imperial-leaders-wine-empire.html

Remains of a Roman wall and finds from various periods from a site in Bulgaria:

http://www.newhistorian.com/new-section-ancient-roman-wall-found-bulgaria/6342/

Feature on Varna:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/varna-bulgaria-gold-graves-social-hierarchy-prehistoric-archaelogy-smithsonian-journeys-travel-quarterly-180958733/?no-ist

The site of Serdica is open to the public:

http://sofiaglobe.com/2016/04/20/sofias-ancient-serdica-archaeological-complex-opens/
http://www.novinite.com/articles/174122/Sofia’s+Restored+Ancient+Roman+Complex+to+be+Unveiled+on+Wednesday

Evidence that the Greeks were in Split long before Diocletian made the place popular:

http://www.total-croatia-news.com/lifestyle/11470-new-archaeological-discovery-proves-greeks-were-in-split-long-before-diocletian

What AE Stallings is up to:

http://womensvoicesforchange.org/poetry-sunday-variations-on-an-old-standard-by-a-e-stallings.htm

What C.L. Max Nikias is up to:

http://www.latimes.com/local/education/la-me-nikias-class-20160419-story.html

Victor Nuovo’s latest look at Lucretius:

http://www.addisonindependent.com/201604victory-nuovo-lucretius-dreaming-and-waking-doubt-and-certainty

More on what Emily Allen-Hornblower is up to:

http://www.dailytargum.com/article/2016/04/prisoners-study-classics-with-rutgers-professor

An unearthed, re-covered, then unearthed again bit of Hadrian’s wall is on display at Segedunum Roman fort:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-tyne-36120237

… along with things folks lost in the bath house:

http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/bathers-who-turned-out-losers-11224644

On wearing veils in the ancient Greek world:

http://neoskosmos.com/news/en/%CE%A0%CE%95%CE%A0%CE%9B%CE%9F%CE%9D-veil-symbol-west-east

On the origins of the Etruscans:

http://www.pri.org/stories/2016-04-15/where-did-etruscan-people-come-we-still-dont-know-linguistic-and-genetic-clues

In case you missed the lighting of the Olympic torch:

http://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/other-sports/79163625/olympics-torch-back-up-flame-for-rio-lit-in-ancient-greek-ceremony-at-olympia
http://www.cbc.ca/sports/olympics/summer/rio-olympics-flame-ceremony-rehearsal-1.3544487

… and the Hitler connection is brought up again:

http://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/other-sports/79069108/Nazi-dictator-Adolf-Hitlers-fingers-on-Olympic-torch-relay

Hype for the Eboracum Roman Festival:

http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/14447202.Romans_gather_in_York_to_launch_big_new_festival/

Hype for a documentary about those Crossrail Skulls found a few years ago:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-3552433/The-Mystery-Crossrail-Skulls-TV-explores-human-remains-dug-London-building-work-new-train-line.html

More on that Roman villa find in Wiltshire:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/18/world/europe/under-english-garden-unparalleled-remains-of-roman-villa.html
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/man-accidentally-discovers-perfectly-preserved-roman-villa-in-his-backyard-a6987901.html
http://www.livescience.com/54466-ancient-roman-villa-unearthed-in-britain.html
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/massive-roman-villa-found-british-backyard-180958821/
http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/apr/17/amazing-find-roman-villa
http://www.culture24.org.uk/history-and-heritage/archaeology/art552331-roman-villa-wiltshire-luke-irwin-rug
https://www.yahoo.com/news/extraordinary-ancient-roman-villa-unearthed-britain-140228878.html
http://www.thisiswiltshire.co.uk/news/headlines/14434111.Rug_designer_finds_Roman_villa_of__enormous_importance__underneath_Warminster_home/
http://www.thisiswiltshire.co.uk/news/headlines/14434175.Roman_villa_found_as_home_owner_lays_electric_cables/
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/41705

More on those Athenian burials possibly connected with Cylon:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/shackled-skeletons-unearthed-in-greece-could-be-remains-of-slaughtered-rebels-180958812/
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3540584/Have-murdered-followers-Cylon-Skeletons-80-ancient-men-hands-bound-heads-belong-7th-Century-Greek-rebels.html

More on the Hannibal route thing:

http://www.torontosun.com/2016/04/18/on-the-trail-of-hannibal-barca

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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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A 5000 years bp burial from Prahova (Romania):

http://www.romania-insider.com/archaeologists-find-5000-year-old-tomb-in-romanias-prahova-county/169040/
http://www.antena3.ro/actualitate/trei-morminte-vechi-de-5000-de-ani-descoperite-in-prahova-352340.html

A Neolithic well from near Prague:

http://praguemonitor.com/2016/04/18/archaeologists-reveal-stone-age-well-near-prague

Suggestion that petroglyphs in Norway may have been practical rather than ‘artistic’:

http://sciencenordic.com/stone-age-artists-used-rock-art-billboard

Evidence for ‘high alpine dairying’ some 3000 years bp:

http://phys.org/news/2016-04-high-alpine-dairying-begun-years.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/04/160421141507.htm
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-04/p-had042216.php
https://scienmag.com/high-alpine-dairying-may-have-begun-over-3000-years-ago/
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/04/2016/alpine-cheese-making-in-the-iron-age

They’re digging at Scotland’s oldest Pictish fort:

http://www.scotsman.com/heritage/people-places/dig-underway-at-dunnicaer-scotland-s-oldest-pictish-fort-1-4104970

Finds from various periods at a Magherafelt Bypass construction site:

http://www.midulstermail.co.uk/news/features/archaeology-dig-reveals-magherafelt-was-an-attractive-location-in-prehistoric-times-1-7339769

Finds from various periods at a dig in Irvine (Scotland):

http://www.culture24.org.uk/history-and-heritage/archaeology/art551942-town-house-irvine-scotland-archaeology-rathmell

Fragments of an Anglo Saxon cross in a Louth rectory garden:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-lincolnshire-36070551

Evidence of a 17th century Jewish ‘slum’ in Amsterdam:

http://www.jpost.com/Diaspora/17th-century-Jewish-slum-unearthed-in-Amsterdam-452161
http://www.timesofisrael.com/liveblog_entry/17th-century-jewish-slum-found-in-amsterdam/
http://www.mainejewish.org/jta/1180464

A 17th century dress (and other items) from a Dutch (?) shipwreck:

http://www.dutchnews.nl/news/archives/2016/04/88823-2/
http://www.livescience.com/54511-royal-wardrobe-uncovered-in-shipwreck.html
http://www.livescience.com/54512-photos-opulent-royal-booty-unearthed-from-a-17th-century-shipwreck.html
http://feeds.sciencedaily.com/~r/sciencedaily/fossils_ruins/archaeology/~3/cHqILbGbG4I/160418121155.htm
http://artdaily.com/news/86720/-Perfect–17th-century-dress-rescued-from-sea-on-view-at-the-Kaap-Skil-museum
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/apr/21/400-year-old-dress-found-in-shipwreck-sheds-light-on-plot-to-pawn-crown-jewels
http://news.nationalpost.com/news/world/dutch-divers-discover-intact-silk-dress-forgotten-400-years-ago-on-the-bottom-of-the-ocean
http://www.sciencealert.com/this-royal-dress-is-one-of-the-most-significant-shipwreck-treasures-ever-found
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dutch-divers-found-17th-century-dress-buried-under-the-sea-180958843/
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3547510/Rags-bottom-North-Sea-belonged-member-Charles-s-household.html

Interesting study of the Great Orme copper mines (various periods):

http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20160420-the-ancient-copper-mines-dug-by-bronze-age-children

Studying a shaman costume from the Star Carr site:

http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/04/2016/first-scientific-analysis-of-oldest-known-shamanic-costume-in-europe

I think we’ve mentioned this oldest Danish crucifix:

http://www.livescience.com/54485-oldest-danish-crucifix-found.html

Latest theory that Stonehenge was a ‘cemetery’:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3553530/Was-Stonehenge-CEMETERY-3-000-year-old-bones-suggest-site-used-cremating-burying-neolithic-dead.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3545796/The-Anglo-Saxon-cemetery-near-Stonehenge-Graves-reveal-curious-work-box-fertility-shells-site-used-5-000-years.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

Cf: https://bonesdontlie.wordpress.com/2016/04/21/death-comes-to-stonehenge-the-burned-remains/

Feature on the St John’s Square site in Perth:

http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/04/2016/brief-encounters-watching-medieval-archaeology-emerge-from-the-heart-of-perth

Arguing over relocating burials in Reykjavik:

http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-36110869

Hype for a dig at Furness Castle:

http://www.thewestmorlandgazette.co.uk/news/14446441.Team_aims_to_unearth_lost_secrets_at_Furness_castle/

… and one near King Alfred’s ‘last known resting place’:

http://www.hampshirechronicle.co.uk/news/14436364.Archaeological_dig_at_site_of_King_Alfred_s_last_known_resting_place/

Suggestion the Vikings may have conquered more of England than previously thought:

https://theconversation.com/viking-invaders-struck-deep-into-the-west-of-england-and-may-have-stuck-around-57598

Gawthorpe Hall will soon reopen:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-lancashire-36024128

More on high-tech approaches to studying the Battle of Culloden:

http://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/news/entertainment/new-hi-tech-survey-to-uncover-secrets-of-culloden-battle-1-4100207

More attention for that Bosnian sphere:

http://phys.org/news/2016-04-archaeologist-bosnia-stone-sphere-massive.html

Review of Cesarani, *Disraeli*:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/24/books/review/disraeli-the-novel-politician-by-david-cesarani.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fbooks

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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They’ve found some teeth in the Marquis of Haihun tomb:

http://europe.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2016-04/19/content_24667258.htm

I think we mentioned these 4500 years bp burials from Sichuan:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2016-04/17/c_135287267.htm

Searching for an Irish settlement in Australia:

http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/04/2016/looking-for-an-irish-settlement-in-australia

Feature on Mongolian eagle hunters:

http://bust.com/feminism/16147-the-untold-history-of-the-eagle-huntress.html

Feature on William Kikuchi’s work:

http://thegardenisland.com/lifestyles/island_history/kauai-archaeologist-william-kenji-pila-kikuchi/article_04c2d0ec-7bdc-5875-b4d3-84b760619537.html

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NORTH AMERICA
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Possible remains from deSoto’s cross in Arkansas:

http://www.texarkanagazette.com/news/arkansas/story/2016/apr/24/arkansas-wood-believed-be-spanish-explorers-cross/421708/
http://www.dailyjournal.net/view/story/0877612a394b422897196f8a35f12af0/AR–Spanish-Explorer-Arkansas
http://www.ccenterdispatch.com/news/state/article_d7d238fa-d17a-5d2b-ab4f-a08e633f2d29.html

Digging at Malcolm X’s childhood home has revealed a 1700s era settlement:

http://phys.org/news/2016-04-malcolm-home-evidence-1700s-settlement.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/dig-at-malcolm-xs-boyhood-home-finds-suprising-artifacts–of-1700s-settlement/2016/04/21/3e1264da-0731-11e6-b283-e79d81c63c1b_story.html
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/apr/20/dig-at-malcolm-x-home-turns-up-evidence-of-1700s-s/
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3549081/Dig-Malcolm-X-home-turns-evidence-1700s-settlement.html

Looking for burials associated with Fort Larned:

http://navajotimes.com/wires-wp/index.php?id=1660713720&kid=mwYMIolVXgSWTcvb
http://www.hutchnews.com/news/local_state_news/archaeologists-search-for-location-of-fort-larned-graves/article_99b20204-acb9-5d42-bf01-a8e47133b6a7.html
http://cjonline.com/news/2016-04-19/archaeologists-search-location-fort-larned-graves-western-kansas
http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/278df428b1c54c4696291b62bdc0cdb8/KS–Fort-Larned-Archaeological-Exploration

Finds from various periods from the Troup Factory site (GA):

http://lagrangenews.com/news/11296/archaeologists-unearth-troups-history
http://www.heraldcourier.com/news/scientists-search-for-signs-of-georgia-s-earliest-settlers/article_15cb2dde-a816-5706-a511-2bb26902a349.html
http://www.ccenterdispatch.com/news/state/article_f73cad41-120d-57c0-a99c-1442ad569a54.html

On three possible new Viking sites in Canada:

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/vikings-uncovered-3-possible-sites-found-in-canada/
http://www.livescience.com/54439-three-possible-viking-outposts-discovered.html

Pondering why the Dorset people made so many tiny polar bears:

http://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/ottawa-researcher-probes-tiny-polar-bear-mystery

… possibly related:

http://community.bowdoin.edu/news/2016/04/bowdoin-archaeologist-headed-to-greenland-to-investigate-ancient-arctic-mystery/

Feature on Napi figures:

http://billingsgazette.com/lifestyles/recreation/prehistoric-montana-stone-figures-related-to-others-blackfoot-legend/article_9edd0458-55d3-5448-a16d-b9b0c06e1ceb.html
http://elkodaily.com/lifestyles/prehistoric-stone-figures-related-to-blackfoot-legend/article_a43f259a-93bf-5444-8f2e-7a0e01a0a59d.html

Studying an ‘Eastern War Bonnet’:

http://www.penn.museum/blog/museum/eastern-turkey-feather-headdress/

… similar:

http://www.penn.museum/blog/museum/considering-the-feather-headdress/

Followup to that Oak Hill Plantation dig/treasure hunt:

http://www.martinsvillebulletin.com/news/lynchburg-firm-conducts-archaeological-work-on-plantation-deemed-a-threatened/article_38cc316c-7994-5eb1-9fff-ad76d6a08829.html

Plans to remove that corduroy road found in Waterloo:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/kitchener-waterloo/corduroy-road-found-under-king-street-in-waterloo-to-be-removed-1.3545309

Feature on someone’s arrowhead finds/collection:

http://www.pennlive.com/perry-county-times/index.ssf/2016/04/arrowhead_finds_set_hunters_a-.html

Finds from various periods found during a pre-construction dig in Tucson:

http://www.tucsonnewsnow.com/story/31800327/new-pacc-shelter-site-on-archaeological-land-archaeologists-already-finding-multiple-artifacts

Hype for potential finds at a Carolina Beach (NC) Park:

http://www.wect.com/story/31794735/park-coming-to-carolina-beach-holds-history

Construction at the University of Utah turned up some bones:

http://www.ksl.com/?sid=39437216&nid=148

What Bob Mierendorf is up to:

http://skyvalleychronicle.com/BREAKING-NEWS/THE-MAN-WHO-FOUND-THAT-PREHISTORIC-PEOPLE-WERE-HIKING-CASCADE-MOUNTAIN-PASSES-IN-WASH-STATE-10-000-YEARS-AGO-2472003

On Harriet Tubman:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/five-myths-about-harriet-tubman/2016/04/22/b9f3a270-07f0-11e6-b283-e79d81c63c1b_story.html

In case you were wondering why I was questioning use of the word ‘eskimo’ last week:

http://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2016/04/24/475129558/why-you-probably-shouldnt-say-eskimo

Feature on James Garfield:

http://www.christianitytoday.com/local-church/2016/april/singular-humility-of-americas-only-ordained-president.html

… and Alexander Hamilton:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/22/opinion/in-hamiltons-debt.html

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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A 4500 years bp female mummy find from Peru:

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/apr/23/peru-mummy-woman-ancient-civilization
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-peru-discovery-mummy-idUSKCN0XI2TZ?feedType=RSS&feedName=lifestyleMolt
http://www.reuters.com/video/2016/04/21/ancient-mummy-unearthed-in-peru?videoId=368220036&feedType=VideoRSS&feedName=LatestVideosUS&videoChannel=4
http://www.andina.com.pe/Ingles/noticia-high-status-female-found-buried-at-aspero-archaeological-site-in-peru-609012.aspx
http://elpais.com/elpais/2016/04/21/ciencia/1461254686_354398.html

Some 15th century burials may be the last remains of pre-Incan Chimu people:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3554027/Are-survivors-pre-Incan-Chimu-culture-500-year-old-skeletons-unearthed-15-tombs-near-coast-Peru.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

A pre-Hispanic cemetery in Trujillo:

http://www.peruthisweek.com/news-prehispanic-cemetery-excavated-in-trujillo-109367

Evidence of large-scale Maya child sacrifice from Belize:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/belize-cave-was-maya-child-sacrifice-site?tgt=nr

An Inca wall was destroyed in Cusco:

http://www.peruthisweek.com/news-cusco-sacsayhuaman-109354

Pondering puquios in Peru:

http://phys.org/news/2016-04-uncovered-purpose-puquios-nasca.html
http://www.space.com/32604-ancient-peruvian-mystery-solved-from-space.html
http://www.thedailystar.net/science/space-science/the-ancient-peruvian-mystery-solved-space-1211098
http://elpais.com/elpais/2016/04/19/ciencia/1461050591_166201.html

Suggestion that an eruption of the El Chichon volcano in the 6th century may have had some impact on the Maya:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-36086096

—–
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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Feature on the ancient artifact market:

http://www.spiegel.de/international/business/the-dubious-market-for-ancient-artifacts-a-1086597.html

Pondering Cervantes’ capture by pirates (coverage of his 400th is clearly overshadowed by Shakespeare’s … see below):

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20160421-when-cervantes-was-captured-by-pirates
http://cultura.elpais.com/cultura/2016/04/13/babelia/1460547672_146769.html

… and tweeting Don Quixote:

http://phys.org/news/2016-04-spanish-classic-don-quixote-published.html

Charlotte Bronte gets a bit of attention on her 200th:

https://theconversation.com/why-charlotte-bronte-still-speaks-to-us-200-years-after-her-birth-57802

Audubon made up some stuff:

http://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/audubon-made-up-at-least-28-fake-species-to-prank-a-rival

On ballooning in Victorian times:

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20160419-the-victorians-who-flew-as-high-as-jets

A head of hair found in a coffin in Romsey Abbey has some folks scratching their heads:

http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-36094897

… as has a mummified lung, the mystery of which has apparently been solved:

http://www.livescience.com/54459-mystery-of-mummified-lung-solved.html
http://news.discovery.com/history/archaeology/mystery-of-mummified-lung-solved.htm

Oldest message in a bottle ever found:

http://www.livescience.com/54503-oldest-message-in-a-bottle-found.html
http://news.discovery.com/history/oldest-message-in-a-bottle-discovered-160420.htm#mkcpgn=rssnws1
http://www.dw.com/en/century-old-message-in-a-bottle-makes-guiness-world-records/a-19203189
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/0420/108-year-old-message-in-a-bottle-oldest-ever-found

Interesting colour photos of pre-Revolution Russia:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/in-sight/wp/2016/04/19/what-russia-looked-like-before-1914-in-color/

Another one on why men grow beards:

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20160418-the-real-reason-men-grow-beards

The Palmyra Arch is recreated in London:

http://phys.org/news/2016-04-syria-palmyra-arch-recreated-london.html
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/20/arts/international/replica-of-palmyra-arch-is-unveiled-in-trafalgar-square.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-36070721
http://www.theguardian.com/culture/2016/apr/19/palmyras-triumphal-arch-recreated-in-trafalgar-square
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/palmyra-arch-destroyed-isis-rises-again-central-london-180958848/

Interesting WWI graffiti in tunnels near the Somme:

http://www.riverinaleader.com.au/story/3867026/graffiti-in-test-of-time/

We’ve mentioned the 500th anniversary of the German beer purity law:

http://www.dw.com/en/a-hoppy-anniversary-for-the-reinheitsgebot/a-19202011
http://www.dw.com/en/merkel-toasts-500-years-of-beer-purity-law/a-19209236
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/celebrating-500-years-germans-beer-purity-law-180958878/
http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/german-reinheitsgebot-beer-purity-law-turns-500-a-1086681.html

… and on Germany as the ‘source’ for many drugs:

http://www.dw.com/en/germany-the-original-drug-lab/g-19183507

On the evolution of human speech:

http://www.wired.co.uk/magazine/archive/2016/05/rd/human-speech-evolved-walking-on-two-feet
http://www.npr.org/2016/04/18/474725527/ethiopian-monkey-study-offers-clues-into-how-human-speech-evolved?sc=17&f=1007

On the origin of Yiddish:

http://phys.org/news/2016-04-dna-sat-nav-uncovers-ancient.html

In Our Time on the eruption of Mount Tambora and its effects:

http://open.live.bbc.co.uk/mediaselector/5/redir/version/2.0/mediaset/audio-nondrm-download/proto/http/vpid/p03rq5bl.mp3

On the antiquity of some fairy tales:

http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2016/04/some-fairy-tales-may-be-6000-years-old

The anniversary of Shakespeare’s death spawned a pile of coverage, including a feature on the first folio:

http://www.culture24.org.uk/history-and-heritage/literary-history/art552638-death-william-shakespeare-weston-library-oxford

… things you need to know about Shakespeare:

http://www.tri-cityherald.com/entertainment/celebrities/article73509567.html
http://www.sfgate.com/entertainment/article/Things-to-know-about-Shakespeare-400-years-after-7305239.php

… and his characters:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-david-jaffee/shakespeares-heroes–hero_b_9743824.html

… and his influences:

http://theconversation.com/marx-freud-hitler-mandela-greer-shakespeare-influenced-them-all-57872

… an imagined obituary:

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2016/04/23/arts/shakespeare-obituary.html

… on use of poison in his plays:

http://www.livescience.com/54520-shakespeare-poison-pen.html

… and hunger in Shakespeare’s day:

http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2016/04/23/475291416/in-shakespeares-day-hunger-tore-through-england-his-plays-tell-the-tale?sc=17&f=1008

… and what the audiences actually were eating:

http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2016/04/21/475128109/snacking-in-shakespeares-time-what-theatregoers-ate-at-the-bards-plays?sc=17&f=1008
http://www.kpbs.org/news/2016/apr/21/snacking-in-shakespeares-time-what-theatregoers/

… and other food mentions in Shakespeare:

http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2016/04/20/475000625/cooking-with-the-bard-we-suss-out-shakespeares-forgotten-foods?sc=17&f=1008
http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2016/04/18/474409705/in-shakespeare-s-plays-mealtimes-were-a-recipe-for-drama

… and his ‘racy’ use of food:

http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2016/04/19/474716940/50-shades-of-shakespeare-how-the-bard-used-food-as-racy-code

… what they’ve found in his classroom:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-36084844
http://www.theguardian.com/culture/2016/apr/20/shakespeares-school-to-open-to-visitors-to-celebrate-400th-anniversary

… on his use of the supernatural in his plays:

http://theconversation.com/suppd-full-with-horrors-400-years-of-shakespearean-supernaturalism-57129

… and philosophy:

http://www.theguardian.com/culture/2016/apr/20/shakespeare-thinking-philosophy-jonanthan-bate

… on the importance of a name:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-36035748

… and some timely advice from his characters:

http://www.standardmedia.co.ke/article/2000199266/400-years-after-the-bard-s-death-here-are-dozen-shakespearean-rules-for-living

… and why his writing is so great:

http://www.npr.org/2016/04/23/475146489/shakespeare-saw-360-degrees-of-humanity-and-that-s-why-he-endures?sc=17&f=1008
http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-36114485

… and why he’s more popular than Cervantes:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-36083495
http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-36055236

… and words/phrases he invented:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20160422-spot-the-real-shakespeare-words-and-the-fakes

… his economic legacy:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-36084631

… and what he’d think of Brexit:

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/apr/21/how-love-eu-count-william-shakespeare-remain-brexit

… and whether the Merchant of Venice is anti Semitic:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/why-scholars-still-debate-whether-or-not-shakespeares-merchant-venice-anti-semitic-180958867/

… what happened on the 300th anniversary:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/22/theater/shakespeare-dead.html

… and other miscellaneous observations (all different):

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-36101455
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/04/23/475392480/worldwide-celebrations-on-the-400th-anniversary-of-shakespeares-death?sc=17&f=1001
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-36111591
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-36120772
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/apr/21/russia-celebrates-shakespeare-british-literature-400-anniversary

… bringing Shakespeare to Compton:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-36085018

… and, of course, an app has to be mentioned:

http://phys.org/news/2016-04-app-aims-shakespeare.html

… and if you read all that, this quiz should be easy:

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2016/04/20/theater/shakespeare-quiz.html

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/24/sicily-culture-and-conquest-review-british-museum
http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/culture/2016/04/20/british-museum-opens-sicily-culture-and-conquest-show_e669c616-3d7b-463b-91cd-10a9fd58725f.html

Pergamon:

http://www.newyorker.com/culture/culture-desk/a-show-about-the-hellenistic-one-per-cent

Modigliani:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-36082551

Ancient Egypt:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/204212/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/The-art-of-the-pyramidbuilders-on-display-in-Senda.aspx

Egypt in Pompeii:

http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/nations/italy/2016/04/19/a-voyage-into-egyptian-splendour-at-pompeii_a77af99a-42d7-487d-8a01-31fd49546440.html

Underwear:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/19/fashion/fashion-underwear-victoria-and-albert-museum.html

Disguise:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/24/arts/design/disguise-of-masks-and-global-african-art.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fdesign

Flemish Tapestry:

http://www.telegram.com/article/20160422/entertainmentlife/160429773

Job cuts coming to the Met:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/22/arts/design/metropolitan-museum-of-art-plans-job-cuts-andrestructuring.html

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THE TECHY SIDE
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Latest 3d printing project was Oetzi:

http://phys.org/news/2016-04-replica-year-old-iceman-3d-printer.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3550737/Otzi-iceman-comes-life-Incredibly-accurate-3D-printed-models-5-000-year-old-mummy-set-tour-US.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
http://m.france24.com/en/20160420-replica-5000-year-old-iceman-made-3d-printer

More on scanning the pyramids:

http://www.space.com/32606-cosmic-ray-tech-may-unlock-pyramids-secrets.html?cmpid=514648

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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A project to check out the Beringia Standstill Hypothesis:

http://phys.org/news/2016-04-team-americans-descendants-modern-humans.html
Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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What Craig Lee is up to:

http://www.bozemandailychronicle.com/news/montana_state_university/msu-archaeologist-to-lecture-on-global-warming-s-threat-to/article_aea9c0b5-6d1d-5408-99b2-78718f3367e9.html

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TOURISTY THINGS
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In the footsteps of Gertrude Bell:

http://www.theguardian.com/travel/2016/apr/22/turkey-istanbul-gertrude-bell-pat-yale-why-i-love

Ascension Island:

http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-36076411

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CRIME BEAT
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A statue of Lord Byron was stolen:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-kent-36119892

Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2016/04/culture-crime-news-11-17-april-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 family is trying to reclaim the Bird’s Head Haggada:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2016/04/21/jewish-family-claims-prized-passover-manuscript/83325494/
http://phys.org/news/2016-04-jewish-family-prized-passover-manuscript.html

France returned some items to China:

https://www.iiconservation.org/node/6333

Some Nazi-looted paintings were recovered in Milan:

http://cyprus-mail.com/2016/04/18/italian-police-recover-nazi-looted-paintings-in-milan/

The BM offered to lend the Gweagal (not sure how that should be spelled) warrior items back to his descendents (they didn’t like it, obviously):

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/gweagle-warriors-descendants-insulted-british-museum-refuses-to-return-shield-20160422-gocp56.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3553879/Family-disgusted-British-Museum-offered-loan-Aboriginal-artefacts.html

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NUMISMATICA
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Harriet Tubman will replace Andrew Jackson on the American 20 dollar bill:

http://www.dw.com/en/harriet-tubman-to-replace-andrew-jackson-on-20-bill/a-19202169
http://www.bbc.com/news/business-36096151
http://internacional.elpais.com/internacional/2016/04/20/actualidad/1461172106_807682.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-36099448
http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2016/04/harriet_tubman_on_the_20_bill_auburn_welcomes_the_news.html

… for comparanda, maybe:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-36111975
http://newsdaily.com/2016/04/bank-of-england-picks-artist-turner-to-feature-on-new-banknote/

Big expectations for a 1933 penny at auction:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3554776/Yours-50-000-1933-penny-Rare-coin-set-fetch-record-price-auction.html

Feature on the history of money:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-36056401

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v19n16.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v19n17.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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A medieval plainsong discovery:

http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/rare_medieval_plainsong_is_discovered_in_norfolk_1_4498650?utm_content=buffercc867&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Richard III (in China):

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-36080236

A world tour of Hamlet is heading home:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-36111225

Reconstructing a medieval tune:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3554539/The-song-not-heard-1-000-years-Listen-Middle-Ages-melody-reconstructed-using-stolen-manuscript-lost-142-years.html

A Dickens series didn’t quite work out:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-36101651

York Theatre Royal reopens:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-york-north-yorkshire-36104463

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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/2415-audio-news-from-archaeologica-10-apr-2016-16-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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is only right that I be made aware of public fora which are
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