Explorator 19.04 ~ May 22, 2016

Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Bob Heuman,
Hernan Astudillo, Virginia Knight, Adrienne Mayor, Kris Curry,
Frank MacKay, 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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Had this a while ago in the DNA section … suggestion that some homo sapiens returned to Africa after leaving:

https://www.sciencenews.org/blog/science-ticker/some-stone-age-humans-returned-africa

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AFRICA
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Burials in the Sudan suggest Nubians and Egyptians created “integrated communities”:

http://phys.org/news/2016-05-burial-sites-nubians-egyptians-thousands.html
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-05/pu-bss051816.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/05/160518165301.htm

On restoring a library in Morocco:

http://www.npr.org/sections/parallels/2016/05/21/476045944/the-delicate-task-of-restoring-one-of-the-worlds-oldest-libraries

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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A Nilometer from Thmuis:

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/05/160517-nilometer-discovered-ancient-egypt-nile-river-archaeology/

No hidden chambers in Tut’s tomb (not sure when this was written or derived):

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3585251/New-scans-King-Tut-s-tomb-NO-hidden-chambers-Experts-dash-hopes-Queen-Nefertiti-s-grave-lies-walls.html

Feature on Oxford’s involvement at Heracleion and Canopus:

http://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/14498438.Oxford_researchers_help_uncover_remains_of_Egypt_s_lost_cities/

Egypt was celebrating Conservator Day:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/44/216970/Heritage/Museums/Celebrating-conservators%E2%80%99-day.aspx
http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/egyptian-conservator-day-celebrates-unknown-soldiers-antiquities-sector

More on that mummified foetus:

http://phys.org/news/2016-05-youngest-ancient-egyptian-human-foetus.html
http://news.discovery.com/history/ancient-egypt/youngest-mummy-from-ancient-egypt-found-160512.htm#mkcpgn=rssnws1
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3585380/The-world-s-youngest-mummy-Incredibly-preserved-foetus-discovered-tiny-Egyptian-coffin-stored-British-museum.html

A 5000 years bp kurgan style tumulus from Istanbul:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/tomb-in-istanbuls-silivri-years-biggest-archaeological-discovery-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=99235&NewsCatID=375
http://www.dailysabah.com/istanbul/2016/05/16/rare-5000-year-old-kurgan-type-tumulus-from-the-bronze-age-unearthed-in-istanbul

Tel el-Ajjul appears to have been a major trading hub for quite a while:

http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/archaeology/.premium-1.720387

Israel is cracking down on antiquities thieves (and dealers):

http://www.timesofisrael.com/in-new-crackdown-antiquities-authorities-tighten-noose-around-dealers-thieves/

Nice feature on the Oriental Institute’s work regarding Persia:

http://www.uchicago.edu/features/preserving_persias_glorious_past/

They’re working at restoring Jesus’ Tomb in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre:

http://phys.org/news/2016-05-jesus-tomb-jerusalem.html
http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/works-launched-restore-jesus-tomb-jerusalem-39253306

Another feature on Gertrude Bell:

http://www.dailysabah.com/cinema/2016/05/18/gertrude-bell-archaeologist-secret-agent-anti-suffragette-femme-fatale

Another one on ‘World War Zero’ claims:

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2087924-world-war-zero-brought-down-mystery-civilisation-of-sea-people/

More on Sykes-Picot:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-36300224

ISIL is claiming destruction of the Mashki Gate in Mosul:

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-05-15/islamic-state-says-it-destroyed-ancient-gate-in-iraq-s-mosul

The Church of St Simeon Stylites was damaged:

http://www.apollo-magazine.com/while-the-world-watches-palmyra-another-of-syrias-heritage-sites-risks-destruction-st-simeon/

Haven’t heard of the Lost Tribe from Togo in decades:

http://forward.com/news/340915/lost-tribe-king-from-togo-embraced-by-orthodox-rabbis-in-israel/

Russia now has a military presence in Palmyra:

http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Middle-East/2016/0517/Russians-step-in-to-protect-UNESCO-site-Palmyra-from-ISIS
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/19/world/middleeast/palmyra-russia-ancient-ruins.html?_r=0

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Some pretty major finds this week … first, some sort of 2000 years bp military camp type thing (maybe) at the site of a new Metro C station in Rome:

http://phys.org/news/2016-05-rome-metro-line-roman-barracks.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-36311156
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-36317135#sa-ns_mchannel=rss&ns_source=PublicRSS20-sa
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/05/17/human-skeletons-and-2000-year-old-barracks-found-during-construc/
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/may/20/next-stop-on-romes-new-underground-hadrians-barracks
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/ancient-roman-barracks-discovered-during-rome-metro-excavation-a7034236.html
http://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/22535/20160519/creepy-construction-workers-unearth-2-000-year-old-army-barracks-with-burial-ground.htm
http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Europe/2016/0518/Roman-subway-project-unearths-2-000-year-old-army-barracks
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/praetorian-guards-stand-in-the-way-of-romes-new-subway-line/news-story/c0a1cb620e65f548647af3909650e920
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3597632/The-station-Ancient-Rome-Archaeological-site-incorporated-subway-station-2-000-year-old-barracks-discovered-30ft-underground-building-metro-line.html
http://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2016/05/16/this-mass-grave-may-hold-clues-to-ancient-romes-praetorian-guard/#504a45c4210c

Then there was a major 1600 years bp or so Roman shipwreck full of bronze off Caesarea:

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-israel-antique-idUSKCN0Y71N1
http://www.antiquities.org.il/Article_eng.aspx?sec_id=25&subj_id=240&id=4197
http://phys.org/news/2016-05-israeli-divers-uncover-trove-shipwrecked.html
http://www.livescience.com/54757-divers-discover-roman-era-shipwreck.html
http://www.livescience.com/54758-photos-treasures-of-roman-era-shipwreck.html
http://news.discovery.com/history/archaeology/hoard-of-coins-and-bronze-statues-found-off-israel-160516.htm
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/spectacular-discovery-of-ancient-shipwreck-in-caesarea-a7033881.html
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/may/16/underwater-treasure-amateur-divers-israel-caesarea
https://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2016/may/17/roman-treasures-discovered-caesarea-israel-video
http://www.independent.ie/world-news/middle-east/divers-chance-discovery-uncovers-massive-find-of-underwater-romanera-artefacts-around-1600-years-old-in-israel-34720376.html
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/amateur-divers-find-huge-cache-bronze-artifacts-israel-national-park-180959143/
http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/divers-find-ancient-roman-shipwreck-and-its-treasure-off-israels-coast/
http://www.jta.org/2016/05/16/news-opinion/israel-middle-east/divers-discover-israels-largest-underwater-ancient-artifact-trove-found-in-decades
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Culture/Ancient-Roman-treasure-trove-found-off-coast-of-Caesarea-454096
http://www.timesofisrael.com/divers-find-huge-trove-of-statues-coins-in-1600-year-old-shipwreck/
http://www.jns.org/news-briefs/2016/5/16/roman-treasure-found-in-cargo-of-sunk-ancient-ship-near-caesarea
http://forward.com/news/breaking-news/340726/1-600-year-old-statues-of-gods-found-in-rare-shipwreck-find-off-israel-coas/
http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/roman-shipwreck-1.3585867?cmp=rss
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2016/05/17/two-divers-discover-1700-year-old-roman-shipwreck-and-priceless-treasures-off-of-israels-coast/
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/divers-israel-find-roman-era-shipwreck-with-treasure-trove-of-artifacts/
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/the-times/ancient-shipwreck-off-israel-yields-cargo-of-roman-treasures/news-story/17acbab9c8c45babaee072f78667059b
http://www.nbcnews.com/video/1-600-year-old-shipwreck-reveals-roman-secrets-687041603832
http://theartnewspaper.com/news/archeology/divers-discover-1-600-year-old-shipwreck-in-israel-/
https://www.algemeiner.com/2016/05/16/roman-treasure-discovered-in-cargo-of-sunken-ancient-ship-off-israels-coast-video/
http://www.stuff.co.nz/world/middle-east/80069406/Ancient-Roman-artifacts-found-off-coast-of-Israel
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3592759/Israel-divers-ancient-marine-cargo-Mediterranean.html
http://cultura.elpais.com/cultura/2016/05/16/actualidad/1463416901_137909.html

Examination of lead istopes is revealing things about Naples’ water supply post Vesuvian eruption:

http://phys.org/news/2016-05-sediments-gulf-naples-reveal-impact.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/05/160516181334.htm
http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2016/05/roman-plumbing-wrote-record-mount-vesuvius-s-eruption
http://www.rdmag.com/articles/2016/05/mount-vesuvius-eruption-traceable-ancient-water-system

Remains of a major Roman fort in London:

http://www.culture24.org.uk/history-and-heritage/archaeology/art554626-fenchurch-street-fort-museum-london-archaeology
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/how-london-became-britains-capital-has-been-revealed-for-the-first-time-a7028191.html
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/05/2016/discovery-of-roman-fort-built-after-boudican-revolt

Traces of red paint on the walls at Bath:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-somerset-36315524
http://www.bathchronicle.co.uk/Roman-Baths-dig-uncovers-paint-wall-Great-Bath/story-29289715-detail/story.html

Searching for a Roman temple on the outskirts of Henley:

http://www.henleystandard.co.uk/news/news.php?id=207108

Roman items found during A1 construction in North Yorkshire have gone on display:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-york-north-yorkshire-36300986

I think we mentioned this Aphrodite statue from Jerash:

http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/culture/2016/05/13/archaeology-jordan-aphrodite-statue-discovered-in-jerash_f063d589-114d-4f7a-9f3a-efc01c8168fc.html

Nice feature on some magical papyri:

http://www.livescience.com/54819-ancient-egyptian-magic-spells-deciphered.html

Reviving a restored ancient kiln from Kornos:

http://cyprus-mail.com/2016/05/15/ancient-kiln-brought-back-life/

Big bucks for a Roman hoard find:

http://www.westerndailypress.co.uk/Detectorist-shocked-Roman-treasure-hoard/story-29299307-detail/story.html

On the rights of Roman women:

http://phys.org/news/2016-05-roman-women-independent-previously-thought.html

In Our Time this week was looking at the Muses:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07bft7v

Feature on the Antikythera Mechanism:

http://www.livescience.com/54782-antikythera-mechanism.html

What Stephen Dyson is up to:

http://www.buffalo.edu/ubreporter/stories/2016/05/suny-distinguished-profs.html

What we can learn from the Greeks on immortality and replicating life:

https://aeon.co/essays/replicants-and-robots-what-can-the-ancient-greeks-teach-us

On Donald Trump’s use of epithets:

http://takingnote.blogs.nytimes.com/2016/05/16/donald-trumps-epithets/

What we can learn from the Spartans:

http://www.weeklystandard.com/the-spartan-example/article/2002464

Review of Riley, *The Edge of Empire*:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/22/books/review/the-edge-of-the-empire-by-bronwen-riley.html?_r=0

Review of Bissell, *Apostle*:

http://www.kansas.com/entertainment/books/article78711922.html

Review of a few books on Augustine:

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/may/19/augustine-rowan-williams-robert-lane-fox-review

More on dating Sappho’s ‘Midnight Poem’:

http://phys.org/news/2016-05-scientists-planetarium-advanced-astronomical-software.html
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/sappho-midnight-poem-dated-stars-sky-astronomy-ancient-greece-a7032256.html
http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/scientists-solved-the-mystery-of-an-ancient-greek-poem-using-nothing-but-software_uk_5739f6d8e4b0b11a329f4e40

… but cf (especially the comments from astronomers):

https://rogueclassicism.com/2016/05/16/problems-with-the-scientific-dating-of-sapphos-midnight-poem/
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http://bmcr.brynmawr.edu/recent.html

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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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I”m sure we’ve had this 7000 years bp footprints (etc.) from Doggerland before:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3593219/North-sea-reveals-7-000-year-old-human-footprints-ancient-forest-Woodland-stretched-Denmark-covered-ocean.html

1500 years bp burials on Anglesey:

http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/nationally-important-medieval-graveyard-been-11352104
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3600664/Medieval-time-capsule-unearthed-Wales-1-500-year-old-graves-clues-Britain-s-days-Roman-occupation.html
http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/first-images-bodies-found-anglesey-11352348
http://www.northwaleschronicle.co.uk/news/162180/more-bodies-found-on-nationally-important-llangefni-link-road-archaeological-site.aspx

Assorted medieval finds from a dig in Ipswich:

http://www.eadt.co.uk/news/medieval_soils_oyster_shells_and_tools_found_by_archaeologists_digging_close_to_wolsey_s_gate_in_ipswich_1_4542450

Medieval burials at a Cambridge college site (I think we mentioned this before):

http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/Medieval-cemetery-discovered-Cambridge-college/story-29284883-detail/story.html

Remains of a medieval kitchen from Suffolk:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3589370/Stirring-past-Remains-medieval-kitchen-served-pilgrims-complete-storage-jars-discovered-Suffolk.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

A Medieval castle find in Gwynned:

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/archaeologists-gwynedd-discover-medieval-castle-11343627

A mysterious hut (and other items) on Greenland:

http://cphpost.dk/news/archaeological-find-in-greenland-shrouded-in-mystery.html

Plenty of coverage of finds from the Curtain Theatre dig:

http://www.theguardian.com/culture/2016/may/17/curtain-excavation-early-shakespeare-theatre-rectangular-shoreditch
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/experts-stunned-to-discover-early-shakespearian-theatre-was-rectangular-a7033701.html
http://phys.org/news/2016-05-theater-shakespeare-uncovers.html
http://artdaily.com/news/87390/Secrets-of-early-Shakespeare-theatre-dug-up-in-London
http://www.lowellsun.com/entertainment/ci_29912659/one-shakespeare-theater-was-rectangle?source=rss
http://www.berkshireeagle.com/theaterreviews/ci_29903167/unexpected-find-at-shakespeare-dig-london?source=rss
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3594788/Dig-theater-Shakespeare-worked-uncovers-surprise.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
http://www.npr.org/2016/05/21/478962867/archaeologists-find-early-shakespeare-theater-was-rectangular

… and just in case you miss mention of the bird whistle found there:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-london-36304627
http://londonist.com/2016/05/archaeologists-find-ancient-sound-effects-at-shakespeare-s-curtain-theatre

The palace of Prince Volodymyr the Great has been found in Kiev:

http://uatoday.tv/society/palace-of-prince-volodymyr-the-great-found-in-central-kyiv-650504.html

More 400 years bp burials have been found in that Edinburgh schoolyard:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-36332254
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/news/400-year-old-graves-discovered-in-scottish-school-playground-dig-a7037586.html
http://www.scotsman.com/news/coffins-from-17th-century-uncovered-under-edinburgh-school-1-4131822
http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/14503937.Graves_found_in_Edinburgh_school_playground_dig/
http://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/coffins-from-17th-century-uncovered-under-edinburgh-school-1-4131822
http://www.culture24.org.uk/history-and-heritage/archaeology/art554924-edinburgh-school-playground-coffins-medieval-archaeology

An altar cloth in Herefordshire may be the remnants of one of Elizabeth I’s dresses:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-hereford-worcester-36301188

Mass graves dating the the 17th century on Durham University campus:

http://www.livescience.com/54828-mass-graves-battle-of-dunbar-prisoners.html

Latest claims in regards to where Arthur is buried:

http://www.bordercountiesadvertizer.co.uk/news/162141/is-king-arthur-buried-under-road-in-baschurch-.aspx
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3594601/Is-King-Arthur-buried-field-Shropshire-Historian-claims-tomb-legendary-British-ruler-lies-near-sixth-century-village.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

Feature on Celtic hillforts in Wales:

http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20160518-why-prehistoric-welsh-people-built-so-many-forts-on-hills

Italy isn’t making good use of its EU restoration grants:

http://theartnewspaper.com/news/conservation/italy-squanders-hundreds-of-millions-in-eu-grants/

More on the Rok Runestone:

http://sciencenordic.com/what-secrets-are-hiding-these-runes

More on Swedish axes being made from Cypriot copper:

http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/archaeology/1.719125

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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Discovery of a 40 000 years bp site in Western Australia is putting mine development on hold:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-05-19/pilbara-archeological-artefacts-heralded-as-very-significant/7428800

Damage to a jade-working site in Taipei:

http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/taiwan/archives/2016/05/21/2003646778

Concerns for Buddhist grottoes in China:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/chinas-ancient-buddhist-grottoes-face-a-new-threat–tourists/2016/05/16/4f31b68e-184e-11e6-8329-f3767b06317f_story.html

Cf: http://www.getty.edu/research/exhibitions_events/exhibitions/cave_temples_dunhuang/index.html

Frozen Scythian stallions are providing info about horse domestication:

http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2016/05/frozen-scythian-stallions-unravel-mysteries-horse-domestication

Feature on the Tarim Basin:

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/tarim-basin-life-before-the-silk-road-gone-but-not-forgotten-video/

China has come out with a top ten list of finds for 2015:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2016-05/17/c_135366443.htm
http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/culture/2016-05/18/content_25333564.htm
http://www.thestar.com.my/news/regional/2016/05/19/top-10-archaeological-discoveries-named/

Followup to that axe story … now they’re questioning whether it was hafted a all:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3586662/World-s-oldest-hafted-axe-not-handle-Archaeologists-admit-no-evidence-claim-believe-likelihood-high.html
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/0510/Did-archaeologists-find-the-world-s-oldest-hatchet-in-the-wilds-of-Australia

… in case you missed the original:

http://www.livescience.com/54722-ax-blade-may-be-worlds-oldest.html
http://www.livescience.com/54714-worlds-oldest-ax-photos.html

A dig in Port Arthur is revealing what convicts did to pass the time:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-05-18/convict-pastimes-uncovered-in-port-arthur-archaeological-dig/7424230

Big bucks for some Chinese calligraphy:

http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-36303036

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http://www.southeastasianarchaeology.com/

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http://nzarchaeology.blogspot.co.nz/index.html
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NORTH AMERICA
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A ceremonial site of some sort from Ohio:

http://www.livescience.com/54750-prehistoric-native-american-ceremonial-site.html
http://www.livescience.com/54738-photos-ancient-ceremonial-site-in-ohio.html
http://www.foxnews.com/science/2016/05/13/unusual-native-american-ceremonial-site-unearthed-in-ohio.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/4459-160513-early-woodland-site-ohio

Plans to look for an early homestead site on Cape Cod:

http://www.capenews.net/sandwich/news/archaeologists-to-search-for-settler-s-homestead/article_37e7b14a-da98-5503-b0c7-372f6671a05f.html

Archaeologists revealed a pair of predecessor sites to the Alamo:

http://news4sanantonio.com/news/local/archaeologists-reveal-probable-sites-of-two-missions-that-predate-the-alamo

Plans to expand the Greenfield Plantation dig:

http://www.martinsvillebulletin.com/news/dig-to-recover-artifacts-from-greenfield-site-to-expand/article_61010e01-8863-5e37-94f5-fe2d38126691.html

A reward offered to catch looters in SE Utah:

http://www.cortezjournal.com/article/20160517/NEWS01/160519883/Reward-offered-to-catch-looters-in-SE-Utah

… while elsewhere in Utah, volunteers are ‘patrolling’ petroglyphs:

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865654415/Volunteers-to-go-on-patrol-for-Utah-petroglyphs.html

Looking at some mass graves in NYC:

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2016/05/15/nyregion/new-york-mass-graves-hart-island.html

Searching for the graves of the ‘Bear Flag’ rebels:

http://www.pressdemocrat.com/news/5604205-181/grave-search-underway-in-santa?artslide=0

Digging is about to resume at the site of Malcolm X’s home in Boston:

http://phys.org/news/2016-05-archaeological-resume-malcolm-home-boston.html
http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/archaeological-dig-set-resume-malcolm-home-boston-39125321
http://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/archaeological-dig-set-to-resume-at-malcolm-x-home-in-boston/

A possible Native American site might delay pipeline construction in Iowa:

http://www.startribune.com/construction-underway-in-3-states-on-3-8b-oil-pipeline/380244141/

A mystery ship (maybe) in Halifax harbour:

https://ca.news.yahoo.com/mystery-ship-halifax-harbour-070000819.html

Feature on Curtis’ Native American photos:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archive-native-americans-portraits-taken-century-ago-spurs-further-exploration-180959167/?no-ist

We’re getting more pieces on the Kennewick reburial, along with reflections on the whole saga:

http://phys.org/news/2016-05-kennewick-reburied-quandaries-human-wont.html
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/burying-bones-of-contention-native-americans-close-to-getting-ancestral-skeleton-back/
http://time.com/4342990/the-long-history-behind-the-reburial-of-kennewick-man/
https://theconversation.com/kennewick-man-will-be-reburied-but-quandaries-around-human-remains-wont-59219

Concerns for the preservation of a lot of bones found at an Unalaska site in 2003:

http://www.thebristolbaytimes.com/article/1620aleutian_animal_bones_may_end_up_in_canadian

Interesting animated map showing a couple of centuries of American immigration:

http://boingboing.net/2016/05/17/animated-map-shows-two-centuri.html

More on Georgetown’s slavery connections:

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2016/05/20/us/-descendants-of-slaves-sold-to-aid-georgetown.html

Review of Resendez, *The Other Slavery*:

http://www.latimes.com/books/jacketcopy/la-ca-jc-native-american-slavery-20160505-snap-story.html

More on the Page-Ladson site:

http://phys.org/news/2016-05-evidence-humans-southeastern-earlier-previously.html
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/deadthings/2016/05/13/first-americans-underwater-butchering-site-dices-timeline/
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/fl-oldest-site-in-florida-20160519-story.html
http://jacksonville.com/news/metro/2016-05-20/story/sinkhole-near-tallahassee-ancient-evidence-first-americans
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/underwater-archaeologists-find-ancient-butchering-site-in-florida/
http://artdaily.com/news/87303/Stone-knife–tusk-reveals-early-evidence-of-people-in-America
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/0516/Florida-sinkhole-turns-back-the-clock-for-first-Americans
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/florida-sinkhole-discovery-suggests-humans-lived-in-americas-1500-years-earlier-than-previously-a7031736.html
http://www.nature.com/news/underwater-archaeologists-unearth-ancient-butchering-site-1.19913
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/05/2016/florida-pre-clovis-site-is-now-oldest-known-in-southeastern-united-states
http://news.fsu.edu/Top-Stories/FSU-researcher-finds-clues-to-early-civilization-in-southeastern-U.S
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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An Olmec style feline bas relief from Chalcatzingo:

http://www.inah.gob.mx/es/boletines/5261-descubren-en-chalcatzingo-morelos-un-bajorrelieve-con-la-representacion-de-un-felino

Feature on the use of human mandibles as jewellery at a Oaxaca Valley site:

http://www.livescience.com/54783-painted-human-jawbones-used-as-ancient-jewelry.html

The ‘secret tunnel’ under Teotihuacan is back in the news, but I’m not sure why:

http://news.nationalpost.com/news/world/secret-tunnel-discovered-in-mexico-may-finally-reveal-the-mysteries-of-teotihuacan
http://www.vancouversun.com/news/world/secret+tunnel+discovered+mexico+finally+reveal+mysteries/11933419/story.html
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/discovery-secret-tunnel-mexico-solve-mysteries-teotihuacan-180959070/

More reflections on the (non) discovery of a Maya city by a Canadian teen:

http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-mulder-maya-lost-city-20160519-snap-story.html
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/0511/How-Canadian-teen-used-space-archaeology-in-hunt-for-lost-Mayan-city

—–
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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Turns out fire hardened spear aren’t that great:

http://arstechnica.com/science/2016/05/turns-out-fire-hardened-spears-arent-as-badass-as-we-thought/

Compendium piece on assorted vampire/zombie type burials:

http://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2016/05/zombie-archaeology/483195/

The remains of a Canadian soldier killed in WWI in Belgium have been identified:

http://www.chilliwacktimes.com/national/379692881.html

Pondering Nathan Drake and other video game archaeologists:

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/may/16/uncharted-4-looter-adventurer-character-cultural-appropriation

Pondering whether farmers or nomads had their language spread more:

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/farmers-vs-nomads-whose-lingo-spread-the-farthest/

Implications of an archaeologist shortage in the UK:

https://inews.co.uk/essentials/news/uk/lack-archaeologists-will-bring-uk-halt/

The nature v nurture debate renewed:

http://phys.org/news/2016-05-nature-nurture-important-anthropologist.html

On the evolution of the human nose:

http://www.livescience.com/54801-genes-for-nose-shape-identified.html

Assorted ‘ruins’ photos:

http://www.bbc.com/news/in-pictures-36316942

Seeking stories from the Battle of Jutland:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-36350334

Feature on a 10 year restoration of a Renaissance piece at the Fitzwilliam:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-36310280

When Dickens met Dostoevsky:

http://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/public/when-dickens-met-dostoevsky/

Review of Montefiore, *The Romanovs*:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/22/books/review/the-romanovs-1613-1918-by-simon-sebag-montefiore.html
Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Sunken Cities:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/217074/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/The-Sunken-Cities-Egypts-Lost-Worlds-exhibition-in.aspx
http://www.historyextra.com/article/ancient-egypt/sunken-cities-gallery
http://londonist.com/2016/05/treasures-from-sunken-cities-at-the-british-museum-reviewed
http://artdaily.com/news/87402/British-Museum-launches-first-major-exhibition-of-underwater-archaeology
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3595708/Treasures-Egypt-s-Atlantis-Raised-deep-1-300-years-dazzling-British-Museum.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3594759/Cities-deep-Wonders-ancient-Egypt-time-spending-thousands-years-submerged-beneath-Mediterranean.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
http://www.wsj.com/articles/the-silent-world-of-sunken-cities-1463505046
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/art/what-to-see/british-museum-explores-extraordinary-lost-cities/
http://theartnewspaper.com/news/conservation/british-museum-dips-its-toes-into-world-of-underwater-archaeology-/
http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2016/may/17/british-museum-sunken-cities-review-archaeology-indiana-jones-hyperbole
http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2016/may/15/drowned-worlds-egypts-sunken-cities

Nero:

http://www.euronews.com/2016/05/16/finding-nero-rhineland-state-museum-looks-to-rehabilitate-emperor/

Gods and Men:

http://www.oxfordeagle.com/2016/05/22/new-university-museum-exhibit-highlights-antiquities-collection/

The Other Dickens:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20160519-the-forgotten-wife-of-charles-dickens
http://dickensmuseum.com/blogs/exhibitions/100668038-the-other-dickens-discovering-catherine-dickens

Fayum Mummy Mask:

https://www.bostonglobe.com/arts/theater-art/2016/05/19/rare-ancient-egyptian-mummy-portrait-view/tinsGcgMfmcDPCRUtrDzaI/story.html

Crustumerium:

http://artdaily.com/news/87377/-Crustumerium–Death-and-Afterlife-at-the-Gates-of-Rome–opens-at-the-Ny-Carlsberg-Glyptotek

The Palestinian Museum opened … but it doesn’t have anything in it:

http://theartnewspaper.com/news/museums/palestinian-museum-to-open-without-established-director-or-collection/
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/afp/article-3595120/Palestinian-museum-set-open–without-exhibition.html
http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2016/may/17/palestine-museum-review-ramallah-west-bank-israel
http://gulfnews.com/news/mena/palestine/palestinian-museum-prepares-to-open-minus-exhibits-1.1829463

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Studying how Britain has changed since the Romans were there:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3596536/Humans-evolving-Huge-DNA-study-tracks-British-changed-Romans-charge.html

What Eske Willerslev is up to:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/17/science/eske-willerslev-ancient-dna-scientist.html

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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Pondering whether Vikings were on Greenland during the Medieval Warm period:

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-05/agi-edt051616.php

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TOURISTY THINGS
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Remote UK:

http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/uk/remotest-islands-britain-uk-british-isles-most-remote-st-kilda-scilly-a7022801.html

Top ten landmarks to visit:

http://www.cnn.com/2016/05/17/travel/tripadvisor-top-world-landmarks/index.html
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CRIME BEAT
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(Oft made) suggestion that collectors are driving plundering activities:

http://voices.nationalgeographic.com/2016/05/19/lust-for-loot-collecting-antiquities-looting-egypt/

A Greek police officer is targeting antiquities thieves:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/208797/article/ekathimerini/community/greek-police-officer-goes-after-antiquities-thieves

An Evansville archaeologist is seeking the return of some stolen artifacts:

http://www.wave3.com/story/32010710/evansville-archaeologist-wants-stolen-artifacts-returned
http://www.14news.com/story/32010710/evansville-archaeologist-wants-stolen-artifacts-returned

An art heist bust in Somerset:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-somerset-36345656

Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2016/05/culture-crime-news-9-15-may-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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Some Maori skulls are going to be repatriated:

http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-36277445

How Christie’s was involved in returning a looted item to Afghanistan:

http://www.christies.com/features/A-looted-Safavid-bowl-returned-to-the-National-Museum-of-Afghanistan-7388-1.aspx

A letter of Columbus was returned to Italy:

http://www.livescience.com/54799-stolen-christopher-columbus-letter-returned-to-italy.html
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/05/18/478580542/stolen-letter-from-columbus-found-in-the-library-of-congress-and-returned-to-ita
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/may/18/stolen-christopher-columbus-letter-discovery-new-world-returned-italy-library-congress
http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2016/05/20/world/europe/ap-eu-italy-columbus-letter.html
http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2016/05/18/us/ap-us-christopher-columbus-letter.html
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/19/world/europe/us-returns-a-stolen-christopher-columbus-letter-but-mystery-remains.html

Israel is returning four sarcophagus lids to Egypt:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/after-4-years-rare-sarcophagi-smuggled-into-israel-to-be-returned-to-egypt/
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Israel-to-return-stolen-ancient-sarcophagi-to-Egypt-454336

France returned a pile of items to Egypt:

http://egyptianstreets.com/2016/05/17/egypt-repatriates-44-stolen-archaeological-objects-from-france/

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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on shekels of Tyre:

http://www.coinworld.com/news/world-coins/2016/05/the-shekels-of-tyre-ancient-today.html

More on that Roman hoard from Spain:

http://www.coinworld.com/news/world-coins/2016/05/recent-ancient-roman-coin-hoard.html

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v19n20.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v19n21.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 ‘lost’ Hamlet opera turns out to have a couple of happy endings:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/music/a-lost-hamlet-operas-revival-offers-two-happy-endings/2016/05/15/57655fb4-1aa5-11e6-b6e0-c53b7ef63b45_story.html

My Paris:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/14/theater/review-my-paris-a-portrait-of-toulouse-lautrec-in-song-and-dance.html

1599:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/19/theater/review-1599-a-mini-marathon-devoted-to-shakespeares-work-that-year.html

The forgotten women of Classical music:

http://www.npr.org/sections/deceptivecadence/2016/05/22/478734604/sounds-and-sweet-airs-remembers-the-forgotten-women-of-classical-music

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OBITIUARIES
===============================================================
Fritz Stern:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/19/books/fritz-stern-a-leading-historian-on-modern-germany-dies-at-90.html

Robert W. Gutman:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/19/books/robert-w-gutman-biographer-of-wagner-and-mozart-dies-at-90.html?smid=nytcore-iphone-share&smprod=nytcore-iphone

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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/2422-audio-news-from-archaeologica-8-may-2016-14-may-2016
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CONFERENCES
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45th Conference of The Israel Society for the Promotion of Classical Studies (June 1-2)

http://www.israel-classics.org/?page_id=17

6th Rye Medieval Academic Conference (October 22):

https://sussexpast.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Rye-conf-poster.pdf

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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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