Explorator 19.05 ~ May 29, 2016

Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Hernan Astudillo,
Bob Heuman, Frank MacKay, Kris Curry, David Critchley,
Barbara Saylor Rodgers, Warrior Chef, 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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Ring structures possibly created by Neanderthals in Bruniquel Cave (France) are causing much excitement:

http://phys.org/news/2016-05-scientists-underground-stone-neanderthals.html
http://www.livescience.com/54906-neanderthals-built-bizarre-underground-ring-structures.html
http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-neanderthals-cave-structures-20160525-snap-story.html
http://www.nature.com/news/neanderthals-built-cave-structures-and-no-one-knows-why-1.19975
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-36381786
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/neanderthals-built-mysterious-structures-that-could-completely-change-understanding-of-humanity-s-a7050736.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2016/05/26/neanderthals-built-strange-round-enclosures-deep-in-caves-archae/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2016/05/26/170000-years-before-stonehenge-neanderthals-built-their-own-incredible-structure/
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/05/26/479505786/mysterious-cave-rings-show-neanderthals-liked-to-build
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/may/25/neanderthals-built-mysterious-cave-structures-175000-years-ago
http://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2016/05/the-astonishing-age-of-a-neanderthal-cave-construction-site/484070/
http://www.nbcnews.com/science/science-news/stalagmite-rings-made-neanderthals-study-finds-n580446
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2016/05/25/neanderthals-built-mysterious-rings/84911136/
https://www.yahoo.com/news/inventive-neanderthals-may-first-cave-dwellers-study-171435695.html
http://www.dw.com/en/stone-rings-found-in-french-cave-could-change-view-of-neanderthals/a-19283258
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/neanderthals-built-cave-structures-and-no-one-knows-why/
http://m.france24.com/en/20160525-france-neanderthals-believed-have-built-stone-rings-cave
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/05/neanderthals-caves-rings-building-france-archaeology/

Suggestion that Neanderthals were stocky from birth:

http://phys.org/news/2016-05-neanderthals-stocky-birth.html

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AFRICA
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The ‘lost city’ of Rhapta may have been found:

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-05-26/the-lost-city-of-rhapta-may-have-been-discovered-near-thanda-island

More on the ‘back migration’ into Africa:

http://phys.org/news/2016-05-migration-africa-palaeolithic.html
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-05/uotb-mbt052616.php
https://www.sciencenews.org/blog/science-ticker/some-stone-age-humans-returned-africa
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/05/2016/back-migration-to-africa-from-eurasia-at-start-of-upper-palaeolithic

More on the find of the Bom Jesus off Namibia:

http://www.wtsp.com/news/ancient-ship-found-in-desert-with-gold-aboard/213624502
http://blog.gainesvillecoins.com/2016/05/22/treasure-shipwreck-found-off-namibia/

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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A 3800 years bp mummy of a ‘powerful woman’ from southeastern Egypt:

http://news.discovery.com/history/archaeology/mummy-of-egyptian-noblewoman-found-160524.htm
http://egyptianstreets.com/2016/05/25/3800-year-old-remains-of-noblewoman-unearthed-by-spanish-archaeologists-in-aswan/
http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/spanish-mission-discovers-mummy-aswan-s-tombs-nobles
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3608648/3-800-year-old-mummy-Lady-Sattjeni-discovered-Egypt.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/3800-year-old-mummy-unearthed-necropolis-southeastern-egypt-505298

The pyramid of Unas has reopened to the public:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/217699/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/One-of-Egypts-oldest-pyramids-King-Unas-reopens-af.aspx

More on tattoos found on a 3000 year bp Egyptian mummy:

http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/researchers-find-intricate-tattoos-3000-year-egyptian-woman/story?id=39396562
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2016/05/26/researchers-find-unprecedented-cow-tattoos-on-3000-year-old-remains-of-egyptian-woman/

Feature on Catal Huyuk:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/catalhoyuk-drawing-worlds-attention-to-anatolia.aspx?PageID=238&NID=99742&NewsCatID=375

Searching for more DSS in the Cave of the Skulls:

http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/archaeology/.premium-1.721838

Related to the above is a renewed effort to save remaining scrolls from the Judean desert from looters:

http://www.antiquities.org.il/Article_eng.aspx?sec_id=25&subj_id=240&id=4200
http://mfa.gov.il/MFA/IsraelExperience/History/Pages/National-plan-to-excavate-Judean-Desert-caves-25-May-2016.aspx
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4807846,00.html
http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=33893
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/iaa-plans-to-excavate-judean-desert-caves-save-scrolls-from-robbers/2016/05/25/
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/212763
http://www.algemeiner.com/2016/05/25/israel-digs-against-clock-to-save-judean-desert-scrolls-from-looters/
http://www.breakingisraelnews.com/68422/iaa-plans-to-excavate-judean-desert-caves-save-scrolls-from-robbers-05-16/

Restoration work on the Church of the Nativity revealed a nice mosaic:

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/05/Greeks-Geographic-exhibit-ancient-treasure-Agamemnon-Alexander-archaeology-museum/church-of-nativity-bethlehem-restoration-mosaics-angel/
Feature/tour of assorted sites in Jerusalem:

http://www.haaretz.com/st/c/prod/eng/2016/05/jeruz/01/

Still arguing over the origins of Yiddish:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/why-scientists-are-fighting-about-the-origins-of-yiddish-and-the-jews

Feature on the Aleppo Codex:

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

The latest twist in the Temple Mount saga:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/liveblog_entry/israel-sues-waqf-over-restroom-built-at-archaeological-site/

A medieval hermitage in Egypt:

http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news,409794,polish-archaeologists-discover-a-medieval-hermitage-in-egypt.html

Pondering Sultan Mehmet II:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2016/05/28/in-1453-this-ottoman-sultan-ended-christian-rule-in-constantinople-but-was-he-a-good-muslim/

… marking the conquest of Constantinople (and pressuring to turn Hagia Sophia back into a mosque):

http://www.yenisafak.com/en/news/thousands-perform-conquest-prayer-in-front-of-hagia-sophia-2472687
http://www.straitstimes.com/world/middle-east/muslims-in-turkey-demand-right-to-pray-at-hagia-sophia

More on claims about World War Zero:

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

More on that Natufian tortoise burial thing from a few weeks back:

http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20160520-secrets-of-the-worlds-oldest-funeral-feast

France is helping Syrian archaeologists:

http://www.thestar.com.my/news/world/2016/05/26/france-helps-syrian-archaeologists-fill-in-the-cracks/

UNESCO keeps saying stuff:

http://www.newsweek.com/targeting-cultural-antiquities-destroys-heritage-464604

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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The press was all over claims suggesting the tomb of Aristotle had been found:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/27/world/europe/greece-aristotle-tomb.html
http://www.dw.com/en/archaeologist-claims-discovery-of-aristotles-tomb/a-19285326
http://phys.org/news/2016-05-greek-archaeologist-tomb-aristotle.html
http://news.nationalpost.com/news/world/greek-archaeologist-believes-he-unearthed-aristotles-ancient-tomb-as-certain-as-one-can-be
http://www.cnn.com/2016/05/27/europe/greece-aristotle-tomb/index.html
http://www.dw.com/en/archaeologist-claims-discovery-of-aristotles-tomb/a-19285326
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/aristotles-tomb-discovered-by-archaeologist-a7051416.html
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/may/26/aristotle-burial-place-stagira-macedonia-greece
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/05/26/has-this-greek-archaeologist-found-the-tomb-of-aristotle/
http://greece.greekreporter.com/2016/05/26/how-archaeologists-found-the-tomb-of-greek-philosopher-aristotle-video/
http://www.newser.com/story/225727/aristotles-tomb-may-have-finally-been-discovered.html
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/greek-archaeologist-claims-hes-found-the-tomb-of-aristotle/
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3610960/Have-archaeologists-discovered-tomb-Aristotle-2-400-year-old-tomb-ancient-Greek-philosopher-uncovered-Stagira.html

… but there was some skepticism:

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/05/28/aristotle-s-tomb-or-just-a-tourist-site.html

A first century Roman necropolis from Croatia:

http://www.total-croatia-news.com/item/12037-private-construction-works-uncover-a-1st-century-roman-necropolis-in-trogir

Recent Roman finds from Derby:

http://www.derbytelegraph.co.uk/11-amazing-Roman-finds-Derby-month/story-29331705-detail/story.html

A very interesting Roman lead pig find from Somerset:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-somerset-36388781
http://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/Plymouth-detectorist-causes-frenzy-rare-Roman/story-29319393-detail/story.html

A wing from a bronze Roman eagle in Gloucester:

http://www.gloucestercitizen.co.uk/Extremely-rare-wing-Roman-bronze-eagle-Gloucester/story-29324504-detail/story.html

Questionable claims about a ‘Hellenistic’ crown from beneath a pensioner’s bed:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3610916/Incredibly-rare-2-300-year-old-Ancient-Greek-gold-crown-worth-100-000-kept-decades-tatty-box-old-newspapers-bed-owner-no-idea-was.html
http://www.dorsetecho.co.uk/news/14522739.Found_in_a_tatty_box_under_a_bed_____the_Greek_crown_worth___100k/?commentSort=score
http://www.torontosun.com/2016/05/26/ancient-greek-gold-crown-found-in-ratty-box-at-english-cottage

Study of the lifespan and ailments of the ‘average Roman worker’:

http://www.thelocal.it/20160527/groundbreaking-study-reveals-brutal-realities-of-life-in-ancient-rome
http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2016/05/26/arthrosis-brought-romans-to-their-knees_0f0a7f72-692f-4344-8d5c-f868935d683c.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3613830/Grim-reality-life-ancient-Rome-revealed-Average-worker-DEAD-30-having-riddled-arthritis-crippled-broken-bones.html

Feature on Homer’s poetic legacy:

http://www.historyextra.com/article/culture/%E2%80%9Cwe-are-all-trojans%E2%80%A6%E2%80%9D-homer%E2%80%99s-poetic-legacy

Latin is alive and well in Loudoun schools:

http://loudounnow.com/2016/05/26/the-undead-language-latin-is-hot-in-loudoun-schools/

What Elizabeth Fisher is up to:

http://www.herald-progress.com/randolph-macon-professor-imparts-knowledge-from-ashland-to-aksum/

You can digitally explore the Pergamon Altar:

http://www.dw.com/en/pergamon-altar-makes-digital-debut/a-19281931

… or stay in a Trojan Horse Hotel:

http://www.dw.com/en/europes-quirkiest-hotels-staying-inside-a-trojan-horse/a-19281783

Interesting hype for York’s Roman Festival:

http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/14522080.This_is_what_happens_when_Egyptian_gods_meet_Roman_York___/

I think we’ve mentioned Italy’s campaign to get sponsors for its many monuments:

http://phys.org/news/2016-05-friends-romans-rome-monuments.html
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/may/25/rome-calls-on-companies-and-the-rich-to-adopt-crumbling-ancient-sites
http://www.newsday.com/news/world/friends-romans-help-restore-rome-s-ruins-monuments-1.11834157
http://www.newsweek.com/rome-asks-money-restore-ancient-heritage-sites-463502
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-3606805/Friends-Romans-help-restore-Romes-ruins-monuments.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

Victor Nuovo’s latest Lucretius columns:

http://www.addisonindependent.com/201605nuovo-lucretius-and-epicurean-virtue
http://www.addisonindependent.com/201605nuovo-lucretius-plague-heart

A guide of sorts to Herodotus:

http://theconversation.com/guide-to-the-classics-the-histories-by-herodotus-53748

On ‘anti trade nativism’ and the downfall of ‘the Greeks’:

http://www.wsj.com/articles/how-anti-trade-nativism-wrecked-the-ancient-greeks-1463950445

On Boudicca and Brexit:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/29/opinion/sunday/when-the-barbarous-brits-first-quit-europe.html

Another review of Heaney’s Aeneid VI:

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/arts/review/seamus-heaneys-virgil-aeneid-book-vi-brings-a-classic-to-life/news-story/27b1ac3e3a5674f452b0b4933d4f35cf

More on that shipwreck full of bronzes off Caesarea:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2016/may/17/roman-treasures-discovered-caesarea-israel-video

More on those finds at the Metro C station site in Rome:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/may/20/next-stop-on-romes-new-underground-hadrians-barracks

More criticism of the Sappho dating thing:

http://dhayton.haverford.edu/blog/2016/05/20/astronomers-do-not-date-sapphos-midnight-poem/#fn:26775
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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Nice paleolithic cave art from Axturra Cave in Spain:

http://phys.org/news/2016-05-spain-cave-art-trove-feet.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/may/27/spanish-archaeologists-discover-cave-art-axturra-paleolithic
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/may/27/spanish-archaeologists-discover-cave-art-axturra-paleolithic
http://www.thelocal.es/20160526/ancient-art-gallery-discovered-in-basque-country-atxurra-cave-paintings

… and high altitude cave art (and other finds from various periods) from the Abri Faravel site in France:

http://phys.org/news/2016-05-high-altitude-archaeology-prehistoric-revealed.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/05/160525220033.htm
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-05/uoy-haa052516.php
http://www.livescience.com/54889-highest-altitude-prehistoric-rock-art-revealed.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3609202/Is-prehistoric-graffiti-art-Laser-scans-shed-new-light-5-000-year-old-cave-paintings-hidden-high-French-Alps.html
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/05/2016/studying-abri-faravel-rock-shelter-paintings-in-the-southern-french-alps

On the mobility of German Corded Ware women (I think we first heard of this a few months back):

http://phys.org/news/2016-05-women-southern-germany-corded-ware.html
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-05/p-wis051916.php
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/05/2016/study-indicates-corded-ware-culture-women-married-outside-social-group
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3609736/When-women-abandon-friends-travel-hundreds-miles-marry-Graves-reveal-early-German-culture.html

Latest finds from the Pontrefact Castle dig:

http://www.hemsworthandsouthelmsallexpress.co.uk/news/local-news/350-year-old-relics-unearthed-in-castle-dig-1-7933004

They’re digging at the Arthur-associated Beckery Chapel:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/excavations-of-medieval-chapel-at-site-linked-to-king-arthur-a7042811.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-somerset-36344363

Mapping the impact of the Black Death on England:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/05/160523131941.htm
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/may/23/eye-watering-scale-of-black-deaths-impact-on-england-revealed
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/05/2016/14th-century-black-death-population-decline-revealed-through-test-pitting-project
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3608462/Pottery-used-estimate-Black-Death-effect-rural-populations-East-England.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2016/05/24/broken-pottery-reveals-the-sheer-devastation-caused-by-the-black-death/

… and the history of the British Isles in maps:

https://www.llgc.org.uk/blog/?p=11447
… and a map of sites in London:

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2089210-explore-a-map-of-londons-extraordinary-archaeological-finds/

Damage to a statue of Merlin at Tintagel:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cornwall-36395640

Martha Brown’s remains have been saved from development threats:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3612610/Remains-hanged-woman-inspired-Thomas-Hardy-write-Tess-D-Urbervilles-saved-property-developer-s-diggers.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

Plans to exhume human remains at Dorchester Prison:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-dorset-36377236

Moles are the latest threat to Stonehenge:

http://www.thisiswiltshire.co.uk/news/14520684.More_moles_threaten_Stonehenge__say_climate_change_experts/

… and Stonehenge apparently wasn’t so difficult to build after all:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2016/05/23/stonehenge-wasnt-so-hard-to-build-after-all-archaeologists-disco/
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3605225/How-people-did-build-Stonehenge-Volunteers-drag-ONE-TONNE-concrete-slab-recreate-stone-age-effort.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

Efforts being made to save the Armada Portrait of Elizabeth I:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/24/arts/design/campaign-underway-to-save-a-queen-elizabeth-portrait.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/05/23/britain-has-two-months-to-raise-10m-to-save-most-famous-armada-p/

They’re digging at Lancaster Castle Hill:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-lancashire-36360176

In case you’re in the market for a Tudor Manor house:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/05/23/tudor-manor-house-once-home-to-man-who-helped-henry-viii-become/

Latest suggestion/effort to ‘save Venice’:

http://www.dw.com/en/saving-venice/av-19277948

Interesting feature on London’s ‘urban archaeology warehouse’:

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2088968-behind-the-scenes-at-londons-urban-archaeology-warehouse/

The Bristol Old Vic is celebrating 250 years:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-36401571

Marking the centennial of Verdun:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-36407564

More on the excavation of the Curtain Theatre:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2016/may/17/curtain-excavation-early-shakespeare-theatre-rectangular-shoreditch

More on remains of prisoners from the Battle of Dunbar:

http://www.livescience.com/54828-mass-graves-battle-of-dunbar-prisoners.html
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/mysterious-mass-graves-hold-prisoners-of-17th-century-battle/
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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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Plenty of attention for a 5000 years bp beer recipe/kit from China:

http://phys.org/news/2016-05-ancient-chinese-pottery-reveals-yr-old.html
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/26/world/asia/china-beer-history.html
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2016-05/24/c_135382454.htm
http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/food-drink/article/1952450/ancient-chinese-pottery-shows-5000-year-old-beer-brew
http://www.livescience.com/54834-ancient-chinese-beer-recipe-reconstructed.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/may/23/cask-from-the-past-archaeologists-discover-5000-year-old-beer-recipe
http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2016/05/23/479186257/5-000-year-old-chinese-beer-recipe-revealed?sc=17&f=1007
http://blogs.wsj.com/chinarealtime/2016/05/26/chinas-5000-year-old-beer-recipe-qa-with-archaeologist-jiajing-wang/
http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-beer-ancient-china-20160525-snap-story.html
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/gan-bei-chinese-brewed-beer-5000-years-ago-180959218/
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/5000-year-old-chinese-beer-recipe-had-secret-ingredient
https://www.newscientist.com/article/2089633-5000-year-old-beer-brewing-kit-found-in-china/
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3605153/You-ll-barley-believe-5-000-year-old-Chinese-funnels-pots-stoves-reveal-clues-world-s-oldest-BEER-recipe-flavoured-lilies-yam.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2016/05/23/one-of-the-worlds-oldest-beer-recipes-unearthed-in-china/

Drought has revealed an Angkorian Temple site:

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/drought-exposes-angkorian-temple-site

A 1500 years bp burial from Khon Kaen:

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/general/984981/ancient-skeleton-found-in-khon-kaen

Evidence that the Indus Civilization might be 8000 years bp at least:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Indus-era-8000-years-old-not-5500-ended-because-of-weaker-monsoon/articleshow/52485332.cms

Feature on using predictive modelling to locate likely Buddhist sites:

http://phys.org/news/2016-05-archaeologists-geographers-team-ancient-buddhist.html

Feature on the Sungai Batu complex:

http://www.bernama.com/bernama/v8/newsindex.php?id=1248542

Insect poop is the latest threat to the Taj Mahal apparently:

http://phys.org/news/2016-05-insects-pose-threat-india-taj.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-36366733

—–

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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The latest from the Topper site is suggesting it’s really old:

http://www.postandcourier.com/20160521/160529887/topper-site-find-reveals-people-were-here-long-before-previously-thought

Plenty of excitement about a 19th century shipwreck find during construction in Boston:

http://phys.org/news/2016-05-shipwreck-1800s-uncovered-boston-seaport.html
http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2016/05/26/century-shipwreck-discovered-seaport-construction-site/RZY8yTSyUWMIJIShqnpY0L/story.html?p1=BGMenu_Article
http://www.wsj.com/video/19th-century-shipwreck-found-at-boston-work-site/7E8AE6A1-CAA1-4A91-85EE-F45BC09FA898.html
http://abcnews.go.com/US/construction-workers-stumble-incredibly-rare-19th-century-shipwreck/story?id=39395385
http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/may/26/boston-19th-century-ship-found-archaeologists
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/shipwreck-from-1800s-found-buried-in-boston/
http://www.cnn.com/2016/05/25/us/shipwreck-found-boston-irpt/
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3610404/Construction-delayed-Boston-office-block-shipwreck-1800s-foundations.html

Plenty of finds from the Museum of the American Revolution construction site:

http://philly.curbed.com/2016/5/24/11759822/museum-of-american-revolution-archeology-dig
http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2016/05/24/american-revolution-museum-construction-unearths-artifacts/
http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/American-Revolution-Old-City-Archaeologist-380528721.html

I think we mentioned the find of the site of the Bear River Massacre:

http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/science-technology/article79284517.html
http://www.idahostatesman.com/news/state/idaho/article79284517.html

Latest from the dig at Malcolm X’s childhood home:

http://www.livescience.com/54863-malcolm-x-home-archaeological-dig.html

A survey reveals some more sites in the Florida Keys:

http://keysnews.com/node/75192

Looting at Petersburg National Battlefield:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2016/05/28/an-affront-to-the-memory-of-people-who-fought-looters-dig-up-a-civil-war-battlefield/
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2016/05/27/park-service-probes-looting-civil-war-battlefield/85064658/

On the role of fire in the peopling of the Americas:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/05/160523084058.htm

Feature on Yellowstone Park:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-36362634

On the history of Memorial Day:

http://www.syracuse.com/vintage/2016/05/waterloo_celebrates_its_150th.html
http://www.livescience.com/54919-true-story-behind-first-memorial-day.html

Alexander Hamilton warns today’s voters:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-partisan/wp/2016/05/22/the-modern-populist-mutiny/

More on earlier incarnations of the Alamo:

http://tpr.org/post/archaeologists-may-have-found-first-location-alamo

More on sites in Iowa delaying pipeline construction:

http://www.mercurynews.com/ci_29920269/possible-burial-site-delays-dig?source=rss
https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/energy-environment/iowa-indian-burial-site-claim-prompts-oil-pipeline-halt/2016/05/27/e7f129fe-244c-11e6-b944-52f7b1793dae_story.html

More on the Florida Page-Ladson site:

http://www.livescience.com/54735-mastodon-remains-in-underwater-site.html
http://www.livescience.com/54737-mastodon-tusk-photos.html
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/0513/Underwater-archeological-site-recasts-peopling-of-the-Americas-narrative
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/05/160513-first-americans-clovis-mastodon-florida-page-ladson/
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3589074/Did-humans-conquer-America-1-500-YEARS-earlier-thought-Stone-tools-Florida-sinkhole-suggest-continent-s-settlers-arrived-12-500BC.html
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Pondering masked skulls from the Templo Mayor:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2016/05/26/mystery-of-morbid-aztec-skull-masks-solved-by-archaeologists/#61e203a50f1c
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3611545/Mystery-gruesome-Aztec-skull-masks-solved-Decorated-remains-outside-Mexican-temple-belong-slain-warriors.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

Plans to study Senora de Cao:

http://www.peruthisweek.com/news-senora-cao-to-be-investigated-by-harvard-experts-109589

—–
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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Pondering the Anthropocene:

http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/science/2016/05/22/01-is-it-time-for-human-era-to-be-named-maybe.html

On Shakespeare and Germaine Greer:

http://theconversation.com/friday-essay-how-shakespeare-helped-shape-germaine-greers-feminist-masterpiece-59880

On the history of walls:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/28/upshot/what-history-teaches-us-about-walls.html

On Lascaux and the origins of writing:

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/05/cave-art-ice-age-paleolithic-writing-first-signs/

On humans and fire:

http://phys.org/news/2016-05-crucial-interaction-mankind-explored.html

On the evolution of the ‘Victorian pastime’ of running:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2016/05/27/how-running-went-from-victorian-pastime-to-the-most-popular-activity-on-earth/

A ‘previously unrecorded’ Shakespeare First Folio fetches a good price:

http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=87555
http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2016/may/25/shakespeare-first-folio-fetches-275-million-at-auc/

Native Americans are protesting an auction in France:

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/05/25/479455188/native-americans-protest-planned-auction-of-sacred-objects-in-france

A call for more diversity in archaeology:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture-professionals-network/2016/may/23/archaeology-must-open-up-become-more-diverse

Feature on assorted ‘cultural protection’ heroes:

http://www.neatorama.com/2016/05/24/Heroes-Who-Died-Protecting-Precious-Knowledge/

Training refugees to preserve antiquities:

http://www.worldcrunch.com/migrant-lives/in-italy-training-war-refugees-to-preserve-antiquities/c17s21146/

A bunch of looted WWII art has turned up in a Moscow Museum:

http://news.nationalpost.com/arts/antiquities-looted-during-world-war-ii-have-been-mysteriously-discovered-in-moscow

Trying to revive Irish storytelling:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20160502-how-the-irish-lost-their-words

Toilet history:

http://www.nature.com/news/the-secret-history-of-ancient-toilets-1.19960

Interesting 200 year old anatomical models:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20160526-why-these-anatomical-models-are-not-disgusting

Latest 19th century beer recreation:

http://www.livescience.com/54916-carlsberg-recreates-historic-beer.html
http://www.livescience.com/54914-carlsberg-recreates-old-beer-recipe-photos.html

Pondering medieval murderous rabbits in manuscripts:

http://boingboing.net/2016/05/25/why-medieval-monks-filled-manu.html

Pondering the ban of women from Mount Athos:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-36378690

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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HMS Namur:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/05/25/remains-of-legendary-18th-century-warship-hms-namur-revealed-to/

Sunken Cities:

http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v533/n7604/full/533466a.html
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2016/may/15/drowned-worlds-egypts-sunken-cities
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2016/may/17/british-museum-sunken-cities-review-archaeology-indiana-jones-hyperbole

Gertrude Bell:

http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/14516237.Life_and_times_of_Gertrude_Bell_brought_to_life_in_new_exhibition/

Greeks ~ Agamemnon to Alexander:

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/05/Greeks-Geographic-exhibit-ancient-treasure-Agamemnon-Alexander-archaeology-museum/

Lives Bound Together:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2016/may/17/british-museum-sunken-cities-review-archaeology-indiana-jones-hyperbole

Nile in Pompeii:

http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/culture/2016/05/24/shows-1000-visitors-a-day-for-nile-in-pompeii_1de4f106-c5e7-4aec-9109-48f77446305a.html

More on the (empty) Palestinian Museum:

http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/culture/.premium-1.721510

A cooperation deal between the Louvre and the Cairo Museums:

http://theartnewspaper.com/news/museums/louvre-and-cairo-museum-strike-antiquities-co-operation-deal/
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THE TECHY SIDE
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A pair of underwater shipwreck sites off Sutherland are being recreated using 3d technology:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-36357542
https://3dprint.com/135652/wessex-archaeology-shipwreck/

Project to digitize Uffizi sculptures:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/27/arts/design/uffizi-with-indiana-university-will-digitize-ancient-sculptures.html
http://artdaily.com/news/87553/Indiana-University-and-Uffizi-Gallery-partner-to-digitize-collection-in-3-D-

Suggestion for Malaysia to become a carbon dating hub for the region:

http://www.nst.com.my/news/2016/05/147231/msia-can-be-hub-carbon-dating-analysis-asean-region-experts
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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Interesting results from a DNA test of some Phoenician remains:

http://phys.org/news/2016-05-ancient-dna-phoenician-carthage-european.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/05/160525161342.htm
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-05/uoo-ads051916.php
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/dna-sequencing-of-ancient-phoenician-remains-could-make-us-reconsider-the-history-of-human-movement-a7048046.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3611457/Ancient-DNA-study-finds-Phoenician-Carthage-European-ancestry.html
http://m.france24.com/en/20160526-first-dna-ancient-phoenician-shows-europe-ancestry
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/05/2016/dna-from-phoenician-male-shows-european-ancestry

Interesting study of African American DNA:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/28/science/african-american-dna.html
Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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The role of climate in the Mongols’ withdrawal from Hungary in 1242:

http://phys.org/news/2016-05-bad-weather-mongols-sudden-retreat.html
http://www.livescience.com/54902-mystery-of-mongol-retreat-solved.html
http://www.businessinsider.com/climate-change-stopped-khan-european-invasion-2016-5
http://www.nature.com/articles/srep25606
https://www.newscientist.com/article/2090335-mongol-hordes-gave-up-on-conquering-europe-due-to-wet-weather/

Feature on the effects of the eruption of Mount Tambora in 1816:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/weather/2016/05/26/year-without-a-summer-1816-mount-tambora/84855694/

Concerns for sites in Scotland:

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/14518999.Climate_threat_to_world_heritage_sites/

… and Easter Island sculptures:

http://www.cnn.com/2016/05/28/world/un-climate-easter-island/index.html

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TOURISTY THINGS
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Tiger Cave (Malaysia):

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20160518-malaysias-11000-year-old-treasure-trove

Tunisia:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-36366647

St Michael’s Mount:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20160523-a-medieval-castle-that-floats

Pontine Islands:

http://www.theguardian.com/travel/2016/may/23/italy-pontine-islands-ponza-ventotene

Noto:

http://www.cntraveler.com/galleries/2016-05-19/why-noto-sicily-is-our-italy-destination-of-the-summer
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CRIME BEAT
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On the ‘booming trade’ in illegal antiquities:

http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/the-booming-illegal-trade-in-antiquities/
https://www.msn.com/en-us/video/news/the-booming-illegal-trade-in-antiquities/vi-BBtAw3L

… and how collecting is driving the market:

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

… and EU plans to deal with it with some sort of licensing plan:

http://www.standard.co.uk/news/politics/eu-licences-plan-could-hit-london-art-market-a3258326.html

Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2016/05/culture-crime-news-16-22-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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Becket’s elbow will be returning to England:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/26/world/europe/thomas-becket-archbishop-of-canterbury-bone-relic-hungary.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-36356997

Pondering Mungo Man:

http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/awaye/why-has-it-taken-so-to-repatriate-mungo-man/7447434

We mentioned Christie’s involvement in returning a bowl to Afghanistan:

http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=87483
http://www.afanews.com/home/item/6448-a-looted-17th-century-bowl-returns-to-the-national-museum-of-afghanistan
http://www.museumsassociation.org/museums-journal/news/240520156-afghan-bowl-british-museum

Some Kansas peoples recovered some items from local historical societies:

http://navajotimes.com/wires-wp/index.php?id=1666432800&kid=KIniu6f1vOPjJ7vG

Cyprus recovered some items from a German auction house:

http://cyprus-mail.com/2016/05/24/church-secures-two-relics-german-auction-house/

More on Israel returning items to Egypt:

http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=87490
http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=33845
http://www.cnn.com/2016/05/22/travel/egyptian-sarcophagus-returned/index.html
http://www.timesofisrael.com/israel-returns-looted-ancient-relics-to-egypt/
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/212641
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Politics-And-Diplomacy/Israeli-official-Return-of-ancient-relics-to-Egypt-shows-warming-relations-454673

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NUMISMATICA
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I think we mentioned this Roman coin hoard auction:

http://blog.gainesvillecoins.com/2016/05/28/big-sale-of-roman-coin-hoard/

An Offa penny find:

http://www.andoveradvertiser.co.uk/news/14511049.Lucky_builder_set_for___5_000_pay_out_after_discovering_rare_coin_in_a_field_near_Stockbridge/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v19n21.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v19n22.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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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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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-15-may-2016-21-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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