Explorator 19.01 ~ May 1, 2016

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

Another year of Explorator is in the books and we begin with
apologies for last week’s issue apparently not being sent out by
Yahoo!

Never mind that, as is my wont, I being a new volume of Explorator
by extending my thanks to my many correspondents who lighten my
workload a bit (some of them have been around almost since the
beginning!) and to all of you who faithfully wait for and read
Explorator every week!

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Hominins as prey some 500 000 years bp:

http://phys.org/news/2016-04-hominins-food-carnivores-years.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/04/160427164128.htm
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-04/p-hmh042216.php
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2016/04/28/ancient-human-bones-show-evidence-of-a-hungry-hyena-encounter/
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/04/2016/500000-years-ago-hominins-may-have-been-food-for-carnivores

A homo erectus skull from Sangiran:

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2016/04/27/ancient-human-skull-discovered-in-sangiran.html

Neanderthals weren’t picky eaters:

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-04/p-nau042216.php
http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2016/04/29/476032883/neanderthals-were-less-picky-eaters-than-early-humans?sc=17&f=1001

Studying early footprints:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/prehistoric-ape-men-walked-like-humans-according-to-groundbreaking-research-a7000781.html

They did a facial reconstruction on Altamura Man:

http://news.discovery.com/history/face-of-neanderthal-altamura-man-recreated-160427.htm
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AFRICA
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That cosmic ray analysis method that was mentioned a while back (and in today’s Techy section) has confirmed the existence of another chamber in a Dashur pyramid:

http://www.latercera.com/noticia/tendencias/2016/04/659-678340-9-confirman-existencia-de-una-camara-en-la-piramide-de-dahshur.shtml
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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The Director General of Luxor’s antiquities is suggesting that the pharaoh of the Exodus wasn’t Egyptian:

http://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/Senior-Egyptian-archaeologist-Israeli-claim-that-Pharaoh-was-Egyptian-is-a-lie-452379
http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=33373
http://www.jns.org/news-briefs/2016/4/26/setg6klyy9pdk0hf1g6b12h4mzdzq2
http://www.breakingisraelnews.com/66589/egyptian-archaeologist-claims-passover-storys-pharaoh-not-egyptian/
https://www.algemeiner.com/2016/04/27/egyptian-archaeologist-claims-passover-storys-pharaoh-was-not-an-egyptian/

Cf: http://paleojudaica.blogspot.co.il/2016_04_24_archive.html#3413140831864057864

Feature on obelisks (wsj … may or may not work for you):

http://www.wsj.com/articles/obscure-obelisks-of-desire-1461965487

Things you might find in a pharaoh’s tomb:

http://www.theguardian.com/childrens-books-site/gallery/2016/may/01/pharoahs-tomb-ancient-egypt

Remains of a sixth millennium BCE village in Kurdistan:

http://en.mehrnews.com/news/115674/Relics-of-ancient-six-millennia-old-village-uncovered

A birdwatcher at Tel Dor found a 3700 years bp scarab:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/3700-year-old-scarab-seal-found-by-birdwatcher-near-haifa/

Some idiot high school students vandalized the citadel of Ashod:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/teens-vandalize-ancient-citadel-for-holiday-paint-party/
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4796943,00.html
http://www.antiquities.org.il/Article_heb.aspx?sec_id=25&subj_id=240&id=4195

Feature on assorted Jewish diaspora kingdoms:

http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/A-Jewish-kingdom-in-ancient-Babylon-452113

Latest in the Temple Mount saga:

http://www.breitbart.com/jerusalem/2016/04/25/exclusive-islam-scholar-claims-jews-fabricated-ties-temple-mount/

Studying ibn Sina’s record of a possible supernova in 1006:

http://phys.org/news/2016-04-ancient-text-reveals-ibn-sina.html
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-arabic-text-shines-light-massive-supernova-180958942/

Plans to restore Akkale:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ancient-akkale-to-be-restored-.aspx?pageID=238&nid=98425

Feature on how the Bible was written:

http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/archaeology/.premium-1.716368

A possible Persian side to ‘Game of Thrones’:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2016/04/24/the-ancient-persian-god-that-may-be-at-the-heart-of-game-of-thrones/

Palmyra is apparently 30% damaged:

http://syriadirect.org/news/syrian-antiquities-expert-on-palmyra-visit-site-is-%E2%80%9830-damaged%E2%80%99/

The UN/UNESCO folk tell us Palmyra is still “authentic”:

http://artdaily.com/news/86848/Despite-damage-Palmyra-retains–authenticity—UNESCO
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/unesco-dont-worry-palmyra-still-authentic-180958944/
http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=53796
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-04-27/despite-damage-palmyra-retains-authenticity-unesco/7365314

More hope for restoration:

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/apr/27/despite-isis-destruction-ancient-palmyra-in-syria-/?page=all

More on the destruction of the gates of Nineveh:

http://www.artforum.com/news/id=59809

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Big news this week is the discovery of a massive Roman coin hoard in Spain:

http://phys.org/news/2016-04-citizen-scientists-rare-ice-industrial.html
http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2016/04/29/world/europe/ap-eu-spain-roman-trove-.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-36172538
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/apr/29/massive-haul-ancient-roman-coins-unearthed-spain
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/04/29/construction-workers-unearth-over-half-a-tonne-of-roman-coins-in/
http://www.canindia.com/roman-treasure-worth-millions-of-euros-found/
http://news.nationalpost.com/news/construction-workers-in-spain-unearth-an-ancient-roman-fortune-600-kilograms-of-pristine-coins
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3565350/Spain-Park-workers-hit-huge-Roman-coin-trove-accident.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2016/04/29/construction-workers-in-spain-unearth-huge-trove-of-ancient-roman-coins/
https://www.rt.com/news/341324-roman-coins-spain-tons/
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-04-29/roman-coin-cache-found-in-southern-spain/7369272
http://www.cnn.com/2016/04/29/europe/spain-roman-coins-found/index.html
http://www.thelocal.es/20160428/building-work-unearths-600kg-of-roman-coins-in-spain
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/spanish-ditch-diggers-unearth-1300-pounds-roman-coins-180958958/
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/spanish-ditch-diggers-unearth-1300-pounds-roman-coins-180958958/

Remains of a potentially major Roman military site at Exeter:

http://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/Discovered-massive-Roman-base-conquered-West/story-29198417-detail/story.html

Roman kilns from Congresbury:

http://www.bristolpost.co.uk/rare-Roman-archaeology-threaten-Congresbury/story-29186928-detail/story.html

Interesting statue from Long Melford:

http://www.eadt.co.uk/news/rare_statue_could_help_unearth_secrets_of_long_melford_s_roman_past_1_4509701

Injured veterans are digging at Malton Roman fort:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-york-north-yorkshire-36144601

Plenty of press coverage for a mistranslated mosaic (we may have mentioned this):

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/rare-mosaic-in-turkeys-south-arouses-interest-.aspx?pageID=238&nid=98357
http://eu.greekreporter.com/2016/04/25/archaeologists-in-turkey-discover-ancient-mosaic-with-greek-message/
http://www.sciencealert.com/archaeologists-have-discovered-an-ancient-mosaic-skeleton-that-says-enjoy-your-life?perpetual=yes&limitstart=1
http://www.timesofisrael.com/skeleton-on-ancient-mosaic-yolo/
https://www.inverse.com/article/14868-archaeologists-discover-ancient-skeleton-meme-mural-saying-be-cheerful-and-live-your-life

… and even when someone notices it is wrong, they get it wrong too:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/Default.aspx?pageID=238&nid=98401&NewsCatID=375

Rushing to record finds stored in Teesdale:

http://www.teesdalemercury.co.uk/Articles/archaeologists-race-against-time-to-record-roman-relics

I think we mentioned this ‘lost’ bit of Hadrian’s wall at Segedunum:

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

Feature on Franck Goddio:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/art/what-to-see/sunken-cities-the-man-who-found-atlantis/

Plato and Trump (sorry):

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/plato-would-have-predicted–and-been-horrified-by–trumps-rise/2016/04/26/3805cb80-0bec-11e6-a6b6-2e6de3695b0e_story.html

Goings on in the Nimes amphitheatre:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3558241/Roman-gladiators-return-Nimes-France-complete-bloodthirsty-battles-slave-girls-Julius-Caesar-fantastic-enactment-Nimes.html

Reviews of Mary Beard’s *Ultimate Rome* doc:

http://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2016/apr/28/mary-beards-ultimate-rome-review-busting-myths-in-silver-hi-tops
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/tv/2016/04/27/mary-beards-ultimate-rome-empire-without-limit—through-beard-w/
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/tv/2016/04/27/mary-beard-romans-were-as-xenophobic-and-ethnocentric-as-any-peo/
http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/entertainment/14454351.Mary_Beard_s_Roman_holiday/

More on the Jewish catacombs in Rome opening to the public:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-3561697/They-not-secret-anymore-ancient-Jewish-catacombs-Rome-limits-decades-finally-open-public.html

More on that Roman villa find:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/massive-roman-villa-found-british-backyard-180958821/

More on the Phaleron burials:

https://asunow.asu.edu/20160426-discoveries-asu-bioarchaeologist-greece-grave-project

More on that Etruscan inscription:

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-italy-art-etruscan-idUSKCN0XM0VC
http://uk.reuters.com/video/2016/04/25/discovery-illuminates-etruscan-society?videoId=368261035
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Latest reviews from BMCR:

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

Visit our blog:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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Neolithic flint axes from a Danish bog:

http://cphpost.dk/news/historic-flint-axes-found-in-denmark.html

Pondering a 3000 years bp site on Turlough Hill:

http://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/mystery-surrounds-burren-settlement-excavated-by-archaeologists-1.2629951

They’ve found remains of the church where William Wallace was made Guardian of Scotland:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-south-scotland-36158808#sa-ns_mchannel=rss&ns_source=PublicRSS20-sa
http://www.scotsman.com/regions/dumfries-borders/site-where-wallace-made-scots-guardian-uncovered-in-selkirk-1-4114154
http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/homenews/14462075.Archaeologists_find_church_where_William_Wallace_was_made_Guardian_of_Scotland/
http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/ancient-church-william-wallace-named-7859207

Excavating the Curtain Theatre site:

http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/04/2016/the-curtain-takes-centre-stage-as-excavation-of-shakespearean-theatre-begins
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3558639/Archaeologists-begin-unearthing-site-played-host-earliest-performance-Shakespeare-s-Romeo-Juliet.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/04/25/archaeological-dig-to-prove-shakespeare-was-a-shoreditch-boy/

Two more 17th century shipwrecks have been found in Stockholm:

http://www.thelocal.se/20160429/two-historic-shipwrecks-found-in-central-stockholm

First direct evidence of a c-section done on a deceased mother comes from an 18th century Hungarian mummy:

http://news.discovery.com/history/first-c-section-evidence-found-on-hungarian-mummy-160425.htm

A Haslington church statue was vandalized:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-36141878

Concerns for York’s lost Franciscan friary:

http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/14448724.Fire_station_revamp_could_destroy_ancient_relics_from_York_s_lost_Franciscan_Friary__say_experts/

More on that Jewish ‘slum’ in Amsterdam:

http://www.jta.org/2016/04/24/news-opinion/world/17th-century-jewish-slum-unearthed-in-amsterdam

More on that clump of Anglo Saxon hair:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3559858/Did-Anglo-Saxons-use-hairspray-Mysterious-plaited-hair-discovered-coffin-covered-exotic-pine-resin.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

More on the Vikings penetrating deeper into England than previously thought:

http://sciencenordic.com/viking-invaders-struck-deep-west-england-and-may-have-stuck-around

More on the antiquity of ‘Swiss’ cheese:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/swiss-have-made-cheese-iron-age-180958952/
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Archaeology in Europe Blog:

http://archaeology-in-europe.blogspot.com/

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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A 4800 years bp burial of a mother and child from Taiwan:

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/apr/27/taiwans-oldest-human-fossil-mother-and-baby-from-4800-years-ago
http://www.reuters.com/video/2016/04/26/prehistoric-mother-and-child-discovered?videoId=368275246&feedType=VideoRSS&feedName=OddlyEnough&videoChannel=4
http://www.australianetworknews.com/4800-year-old-mummy-mother-holding-infant-unearthed/
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/4800-year-old-fossil-of-mother-cradling-baby-discovered/
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3562291/Incredible-4-800-year-old-fossil-mother-cradling-looking-lovingly-baby-Taiwan.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
http://www.latercera.com/noticia/tendencias/2016/04/659-678336-9-encuentran-fosil-de-4800-anos-de-una-madre-abrazando-a-su-hijo.shtml

1700 years bp Buddhist sculptures from a dig in Bazira (Pakistan):

http://www.livescience.com/54599-buddha-sculptures-discovered-in-ancient-shrine.html

Clumsy archaeologists found smelting works at Angkor:

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/post-weekend/little-luck-archaeologists-stumble-forges-angkor

Archaeological evidence of a Chinese presence on South China islands:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2016-04/22/c_135304215.htm

What Matt Carter is up to:

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/hawkes-bay-today/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503462&objectid=11628661

Preserving the Wiradjuri language:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/09/world/asia/australia-aboriginal-tribe-wiradjuri.html

Revisiting Nepal, a year after the earthquake:

http://www.apollo-magazine.com/one-year-on-an-update-from-nepals-earthquake-damaged-heritage-sites/
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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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Some 2000 years bp spear points from California:

http://phys.org/news/2016-04-geography-student-year-old-native-american.html

Latest from the Erebus:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/parks-canada-erebus-wreck-exploration-1.3549005

Plans to dig an early industrial site of some sort in Edmonton:

http://www.edmontonexaminer.com/2016/04/27/phd-student-conducting-archaeological-dig-in-mill-creek-ravine-this-summer

A possible grill find from Jamestown:

http://wydaily.com/2016/04/29/local-news-jamestown-unearthed-common-cooking-grill-a-rare-find-for-archaeologists/

Some major rethinking going on at the site of James Monroe’s home:

http://www.wm.edu/news/stories/2016/science-rewrites-history-at-the-home-of-president-james-monroe.php
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/education/wp/2016/04/28/at-virginia-home-of-president-monroe-a-sizable-revision-of-history/?hpid=hp_hp-top-table-main_monroe-610a%3Ahomepage%2Fstory
https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/home-long-thought-to-be-monroes-turns-out-to-be-guest-house/2016/04/28/6687f130-0d19-11e6-bc53-db634ca94a2a_story.html
http://bigstory.ap.org/article/e899960f1f414c4cb369f4a50c1a171a/home-long-thought-be-monroes-turns-out-be-guest-house

Finds from a tavern site in St Augustine:

http://staugustine.com/news/local-news/2016-04-27/ancient-tortoise-shell-found-milltop-site

Back when Explorator began, Kennewick Man was the big controversy … seems they’ve finally decided he’s a Native American:

http://phys.org/news/2016-04-corps-kennewick-native-american.html
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/0428/At-9-000-years-old-Kennewick-Man-can-now-get-native-American-burial
http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/corps-determines-kennewick-man-native-american-38709022
http://www.courthousenews.com/2016/04/28/kennewick-man-was-native-american-after-all.htm
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/over-9000-years-later-kennewick-man-will-be-given-native-american-burial-180958947/

Studying middens made by the Calusa people:

http://phys.org/news/2016-04-shells-interdisciplinary-unraveling-mysteries-calusa.html
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-04/uog-bos042816.php
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/04/2016/shell-islands-of-the-calusa-kingdom

Remembering the Circleville Massacre:

http://www.good4utah.com/news/local-news/circleville-massacre-remembered-with-monument-dedication?m

A burial ground dispute in Utah:

http://www.sltrib.com/news/3796302-155/no-new-utah-school-near-ancient?fullpage=1

Reconstructing Native American history from 19th century ledger books:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/22/arts/design/american-indian-narratives-in-picture-form.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fdesign&_r=0

Feature on the first map to mention America:

http://www.historytoday.com/dean-nicholas/putting-america-map

A Taft letter coming to auction:

http://m.jpost.com/International/Under-the-hammer-Tafts-1916-letter-against-pick-of-1st-Jewish-Supreme-Court-justice-Brandeis-452258#article=6017OTAyQzdDMjVDMzI3QTE3REQ0RTBFMERFMzg5QzY2OTA=

Yale is resisting renaming Calhoun College:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/28/nyregion/yale-defies-calls-to-rename-calhoun-college.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fnyregion
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/30/opinion/at-yale-a-right-that-doesnt-outweigh-a-wrong.html
http://www.nhregister.com/general-news/20160429/yale-students-hold-calhoun-college-renaming-ceremony-to-end-legacy-of-slavery

On preserving historic murals in Hyannis:

http://www.capecodtimes.com/news/20160428/collaborative-effort-preserves-historic-murals-in-hyannis

More on the possible pieces of DeSoto’s cross find in Arkansas:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3557071/Arkansas-archaeologists-believe-remains-Spanish-conquistador-s-Christian-cross-erected-1541-Native-American-village.html
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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A 4500 years bp mummy find from Peru:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/4500-year-old-female-mummy-discovered-in-peru-a6999051.html

Studying some mysterious holes in Peru’s Pisco Valley:

http://www.peruthisweek.com/news-archaeology-overlooked-inca-wonder-109386
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3559440/Did-Inca-use-mysterious-line-holes-collect-TAX-Ancient-empire-used-6-000-pits-store-count-tributes.html?ITO=applenews
http://arstechnica.com/science/2016/04/investigation-of-mysterious-inca-holes-gives-insight-into-ancient-economy/

On ‘authoritarian structures’ among Peru’s Chavin people:

https://news.stanford.edu/2016/04/25/stanford-archaeologist-traces-origins-authority-andes-peru/
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3563252/Ancient-priests-used-DRUGS-control-followers-3-000-years-ago-Evidence-suggests-Peru-s-Chav-n-culture-civilisation-ruled-authority.html

On pre-Columbian water storage in Amazonia:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/04/160428103155.htm
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-04/uog-wsm042816.php
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/04/2016/water-storage-made-prehistoric-settlement-expansion-possible-in-amazonia

Funding to study a Maya port at Quintana Roo:

http://www.imperialvalleynews.com/index.php/news/latest-news/8937-nsf-awards-232k-to-study-environmental-impacts-on-ancient-maya-port.html

More on child sacrifice among the Maya:

http://thescienceexplorer.com/humanity/grim-discoveries-point-child-sacrifice-and-human-trafficking-ancient-maya-civilization
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Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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Feature on how the Black Death spread:

http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2016/04/how-europe-exported-black-death

Nice feature on how to promote your dig:

http://asorblog.org/2016/04/27/11828/

… but folks might want to be aware of this aspect of digs too:

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/apr/25/secret-life-archaeologist-soil-sandwiches-sexism-sites

On assorted mythical beasties:

http://phys.org/news/2016-04-myth-reality-fabled-beasts-real-life.html

Justus Rosenberg is an interesting guy:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/01/nyregion/professor-justus-rosenberg-has-a-past.html

… as was Hertha Marks Ayrton:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2016/04/27/hertha-marks-ayrton-the-english-pioneer-who-blazed-a-trail-for-w/
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/hertha-marks-ayrton-s-162nd-birthday-5-facts-about-the-british-mathematician-engineer-physicist-and-a7004556.html

Another one from the early days of Explorator … seems the Book of Kells was always being brought up … it’s back in the news:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20160425-the-book-of-kells-medieval-europes-greatest-treasure

On the history of cosmetic surgery:

http://theconversation.com/friday-essay-the-ugly-history-of-cosmetic-surgery-56500

Self help advice from Walt Whitman:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/30/books/walt-whitman-promoted-a-paleo-diet-who-knew.html
http://www.npr.org/2016/04/30/476029449/song-of-my-self-help-walt-whitman-also-wrote-a-manly-health-advice-column?sc=17&f=7

Questioning the identity of Shakespeare:

http://www.npr.org/2016/04/25/475551898/2-shakespearean-actors-revive-debate-over-the-bard-s-identity

On Shakespeare’s influence:

http://www.nytimes.com/video/theater/100000004351406/there-is-no-escaping-shakespeare.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fbooks
http://news.yale.edu/2016/04/22/conversation-david-scott-kastan-enduring-legacy-william-shakespeare

A Cervantes autograph manuscript:

http://ccaa.elpais.com/ccaa/2016/04/29/andalucia/1461941658_272714.html

Not sure where to put this one on art along the Tiber:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/27/world/europe/tiber-river-rome-cleanup.html

Big bucks for the founding rules of baseball:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/25/sports/baseball/founding-rules-of-baseball-sell-for-3-million-in-auction.html

Latest ancient beer recreation:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/israeli-brewery-recreated-2000-year-old-beer-180958883/

… and Noah’s ark will apparently sail again:

http://www.cnn.com/videos/world/2016/04/27/ark-of-noah-replica-to-travel-to-brazil-sdg-orig.cnn

A history of suits:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-36173491

… and leopard skin prints:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/29/arts/design/dressed-to-kill-the-power-ofleopard-prints.html

More on the history of the potato:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2016/04/25/the-secret-ancient-history-of-the-potato-that-could-change-the-story-of-civilization/

More on Germany’s beer purity law:

http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2016/04/29/475138367/germanys-beer-purity-law-is-500-years-old-is-it-past-its-sell-by-date?sc=17&f=1001

More on the antiquity of some fairy tales:

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/tale-as-old-as-time-some-fairy-tales-may-be-6000-years-old/
Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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This is a Voice:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/for-the-first-time-see-two-early-medieval-books-written-by-women-on-display-together-180958884/

Origin of the Alphabet:

http://egyptianstreets.com/2016/04/27/exhibition-on-origin-of-the-alphabet-in-sinai-kicks-off-at-egyptian-museum/
http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/44/204496/Heritage/Museums/Sinai-The-Origin-of-the-Alphabet-exhibit-on-displa.aspx

Roman Mosaics:

http://www.dailydemocrat.com/general-news/20160425/decorative-mosaics-from-the-roman-empire-on-view-at-las-getty-villa/1

Sicily:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/event/article-3563242/Sicily-s-debt-Norman-wisdom-4-000-years-island-s-history-Greeks-Normans-brought-vividly-life-British-Museum.html

Pompeii:

http://english.cctv.com/2016/04/30/VIDESBC9W9H18mGxjIe3pYIh160430.shtml

Power and Pathos:

http://theartnewspaper.com/comment/reviews/books/vision-virtuosity-versatility/

Pergamon:

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/2a395b7a-089f-11e6-a623-b84d06a39ec2.html

Yale’s Babylonian Collection has been given some nice seals:

http://news.yale.edu/2016/04/18/yale-babylonian-collection-receives-gift-rare-ancient-art
There was a fire at New Delhi’s Museum of Natural History:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fire-devastates-new-delhis-national-museum-natural-history-180958914/
http://foreignpolicy.com/2016/04/27/in-new-delhi-a-nations-treasures-consumed-by-fire/

Latest look at the Museum of the Bible:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/as-priceless-israeli-artifacts-head-to-a-controversial-dc-bible-museum-some-wonder-why/

More on cuts at the Met:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/22/arts/design/metropolitan-museum-of-art-plans-job-cuts-andrestructuring.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fdesign
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THE TECHY SIDE
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Angkor Wat was given the LiDAR treatment:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/lasers-unveil-secrets-and-mysteries-angkor-wat

Lots of attention for a robot used to explore a French shipwreck:

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/apr/30/diving-robot-ocean-one-wreck-sunken-treasure-louis-xiv
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/04/30/stanford-universitys-robo-mermaid-can-help-researchers-feel-unde/
http://www.mercurynews.com/science/ci_29822078/how-did-stanford-designed-humanoid-discover-vase-from
http://www.engadget.com/2016/04/27/stanford-humanoid-robotic-diver-oceanone/

Using crime software to analyse ancient footprints:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/04/160426092130.htm

Feature on a new technique for conserving mummies:

http://www.ndtv.com/hyderabad-news/in-a-first-experts-conserve-2-000-year-old-mummy-with-advance-techniques-1400199

More on cosmic rays and pyramid exploration:

http://www.livescience.com/54596-pyramid-interior-revealed-using-cosmic-rays.html
http://news.discovery.com/history/ancient-egypt/pyramid-interior-revealed-using-cosmic-rays-160427.htm
http://www.cortezjournal.com/article/20160424/NEWS01/160429933/0/news/Archaeologists-use-high-tech-to-unlock-pyramid%E2%80%99s-mystery

More on Sarah Parcak’s work:

http://www.pri.org/stories/2016-04-26/space-archaeologists-and-activists-are-using-satellites-unearth-history
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ON THE DNA FRONT
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DNA suggests that half of western European males descend from one Bronze Age king (not sure how DNA shows rank):

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2016/04/25/half-of-british-men-descended-from-one-bronze-age-king/

… this seems to be the same story, less sensationalized:

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-04/wtsi-mdr042216.php
http://arstechnica.com/science/2016/04/y-chromosomes-history-shows-links-to-migration-tech-developments/

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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Studying the data from inland ice records:

http://phys.org/news/2016-04-citizen-scientists-rare-ice-industrial.html
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/japanese-priests-collected-almost-seven-centuries-climate-data-180958929/

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TOURISTY THINGS
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Bosch’s home town:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/01/travel/hieronymus-bosch-netherlands.html

Athens:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/01/travel/athenswas-hotel-review.html
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CRIME BEAT
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What Donna Yates is up to:

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/14449101.The_expert_aiming_to_make_antiquities_collecting_socially_unacceptable______like_having_a_gigantic_elephant_tusk_on_your_mantle_quot_/

Here’s the latest edition of her Culture Crime News newsletter:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2016/04/culture-crime-news-18-24-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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The US returned some Buddhist art was returned to Pakistan:

https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/04/us-returns-stolen-ancient-buddhist-sculpture-to-pakistan/
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/apr/27/ancient-buddhist-sculpture-returned-to-pakistani-g/
http://www.usatoday.com/videos/news/nation/2016/04/28/83637388/

Assorted repatriations from assorted countries to India:

http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/18-antiquities-recovered-from-foreign-countries-govt/1/651150.html

These ‘saved items’ might be called prepatriation, I guess:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-36153842

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NUMISMATICA
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On the history of the Nickel:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/brief-history-nickel-180958941/

On ANS loans to assorted place:

http://www.coinworld.com/news/world-coins/2016/04/ancient-coins-big-market-museums.html

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v19n17.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v19n18.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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School for Scandal:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/28/theater/review-the-school-for-scandal-is-full-throated-satire.html

The Man Who Knew Infinity:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/29/movies/the-man-who-knew-infinity-review.html

More on performing ‘lost’ medieval music:

http://phys.org/news/2016-04-years-lost-songs-middle-ages.html
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lost-medieval-music-performed-first-time-1000-years-180958892/

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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/2417-audio-news-from-archaeologica-17-apr-2016-23-apr-2016

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OBITIUARIES
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Jane Kelley:

http://www.ucalgary.ca/facultyandstaff/memoriam/kelley

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:
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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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