Explorator 19.06 ~ June 5, 2016

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

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Evidence of fire making in Europe some 800 000 years bp:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/earliest-evidence-fire-making-europe-found
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/06/2016/a-spanish-cave-guards-the-earliest-fire-of-stone-age-europe

I think we mentioned the mapping of naledi’s cave chamber:

http://phys.org/news/2016-05-high-tech-3d-homo-naledi-dinaledi.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/05/160531104221.htm
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/06/2016/space-age-exploration-for-pre-historic-bones

Linking the paleo diet to the demise of the Neanderthals:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/did-neanderthals-die-out-because-paleo-diet-180959066/

More on those Neanderthal ring structures in a French cave:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/06/160601083926.htm
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/31/science/neanderthals-cave-rings-france.html
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/neanderthals-built-cave-structures-and-no-one-knows-why/
http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-neanderthals-cave-structures-20160525-snap-story.html
http://blog.23andme.com/ancestry/neanderthals-were-more-advanced-than-once-believed/
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/neanderthals-built-mysterious-stalagmite-semicircles-180959257/
http://bigthink.com/robby-berman/a-cave-in-france-changes-what-we-thought-we-knew-about-neanderthals
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/0525/Mysterious-cave-edifice-suggests-Neanderthals-were-complex-cavemen

More on Neanderthals being stocky from birth:

http://phys.org/news/2016-05-neanderthals-stocky-birth.html
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AFRICA
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Quite a bit of attention for a piece on the peopling of Madagascar:

http://phys.org/news/2016-05-ancient-crops-clue-madagascar.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/05/160530153254.htm
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-06/uob-arm060116.php
https://www.uq.edu.au/news/article/2016/05/ancient-crops-provide-clue-madagascar%E2%80%99s-past
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2016/06/01/signs-of-madagascars-first-settlers-discovered-and-they-came-from-3000-miles-away/
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3616671/Did-humans-sail-3-700-miles-Asia-Madagascar-1-000-years-ago-Island-colonised-Austronesians.html
http://elpais.com/elpais/2016/06/02/ciencia/1464861973_807993.html

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Major press attention for the suggestion that Tut’s dagger appears to be made of meteoric iron:

http://phys.org/news/2016-06-geochemical-analysis-reveals-meteoritic-tutankhamun.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-36432635
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/tutankhuman-king-tut-dagger-meteor-space-iron-metal-earth-egypt-a7061751.html
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jun/01/dagger-king-tut-tomb-iron-meteorite-egypt-mummy
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/06/01/tutankhamuns-blade-made-from-meteorite-study-reveals/
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/03/world/middleeast/king-tuts-dagger-made-of-iron-from-the-sky-researchers-say.html
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2016/06/01/king-tut-dagger-space-meteor/
http://www.breakingisraelnews.com/69082/scientists-look-heavens-solve-mystery-king-tuts-golden-dagger/
http://www.timesofisrael.com/extraterrestrial-dagger-found-in-king-tuts-tomb/
http://www.csmonitor.com/World/2016/0601/King-Tut-s-dagger-may-have-come-from-outer-space-say-scientists
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/0601/King-Tut-a-ruler-swathed-in-mystery-also-wielded-a-cosmic-dagger
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2016/06/02/king-tut-had-a-dagger-made-from-metal-of-extraterrestrial-origin/
http://news.nationalpost.com/news/king-tuts-iron-dagger-long-puzzled-scientists-now-a-study-says-its-metal-came-from-a-meteorite
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/king-tuts-dagger-was-made-meteorite-180959294/
http://www.nature.com/news/iron-in-egyptian-relics-came-from-space-1.13091
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3619841/Tutankhamun-space-dagger-Blade-ancient-Egyptian-boy-king-s-mummy-METEORITE.html
http://cultura.elpais.com/cultura/2016/06/02/actualidad/1464853244_376762.html

Lots of attention for the scanning of the Great Pyramid too:

http://phys.org/news/2016-06-egypt-world-famous-archaeologist-field.html
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/0604/Peering-at-Great-Pyramid-How-high-tech-scanners-change-archaeology
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3623671/What-hiding-wonder-world-Scans-using-cosmic-particles-reveal-secrets-Great-Pyramid-Giza.html

… and Zahi Hawass is part of the project now:

http://phys.org/news/2016-06-egypt-world-famous-archaeologist-field.html
http://www.businessinsider.com/ap-egypts-world-famous-archaeologist-back-in-the-field-2016-6?IR=T
http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/egypts-world-famous-archaeologist-back-field-39550673
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/ap/article-3621592/Egypts-world-famous-archaeologist-field.html

More pyramid news:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/219142/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Giza-Pyramids-development-project-to-be-completed-.aspx

Egypt’s ‘Repatriation Committee’ is back at work:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/219055/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Egypt%E2%80%99s-National-Committee-for-the-Repatriation-of.aspx

More on the find of Sattjeni’s burial:

http://www.livescience.com/54955-sattjeni-tomb-reveals-ancient-egyptian-elite.html
http://www.livescience.com/54952-photos-egyptian-coffin-holds-lady-sattjeni.html

A Hittite stela found last March has gone missing:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/Default.aspx?pageID=238&nID=100010&NewsCatID=375

Some high school girls on a field trip in Galilee came across an Egyptian scarab:

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4810406,00.html
http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=34039
http://www.breakingisraelnews.com/68914/3300-year-old-egyptian-amulet-discovered-in-galilee-06-16/

The press in Israel is on that story of ANE beads showing up in a Scandinavian burial:

http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/archaeology/1.722765

More coverage of all the ‘rescue digging’ going on in and around the Cave of the Skulls:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/in-bar-kochba-rebels-caves-salvaging-what-the-thieves-left-behind/
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Archaeologists-vs-robbers-in-Israels-race-to-find-ancient-scrolls-455871
http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/archaeology/.premium-1.721838
http://forward.com/news/341763/packing-pistols-israeli-archeologists-battle-dust-and-looters-in-race-to-un/
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/212763
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/iaa-plans-to-excavate-judean-desert-caves-save-scrolls-from-robbers/2016/05/25/
http://www.jewishjournal.com/israel/article/archaeologists_vs_robbers_in_israels_race_to_find_ancient_scrolls
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-israel-archaeology-idUSKCN0YO17J
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/israel-wards-off-antiquity-looters-high-above-the-dead-sea-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=100053&NewsCatID=375
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/afp/article-3621617/Israel-wards-looters-antiquity-high-Dead-Sea.html

Feature on Agrippa I:

http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/King-Agrippa-I-The-last-Maccabee-455481

What Michael Eisenberg is up to:

http://www.newswise.com/articles/view/654555/?sc=rsln

Toilet construction is the latest thing in the Temple Mount saga:

http://www.jpost.com/Blogs/Window-on-Israel/Again-the-Temple-Mount-455875
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/213127
http://www.timesofisrael.com/jerusalem-city-hall-orders-halt-to-illegal-waqf-construction-on-temple-mount/

Other items associated with the Temple Mount saga:

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/213261

A digital Talmud app:

http://www.jpost.com/Business-and-Innovation/Tech/Digitized-Talmud-and-mobile-app-to-be-launched-455357

Palmyra won’t be ‘disneyfied’:

http://www.dw.com/en/unescos-francesco-bandarin-palmyra-is-in-no-danger-of-disneyfication/a-19304099

Again pondering how much ISIL is making off antiquities:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2016/06/03/how-much-money-has-isis-made-selling-antiquities-more-than-enough-to-fund-its-attacks/
https://theconversation.com/how-much-money-is-isis-actually-making-from-looted-art-59287

Another historic mosque damaged in Syria:

http://syriadirect.org/news/syria%E2%80%99s-third-oldest-mosque-damaged-by-airstrike-%E2%80%98a-violation-of-historical-sites%E2%80%99/

Now we’re being told Syrian troops are looting in Palmyra:

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jun/01/syrian-troops-looting-ancient-city-palmyra-says-archaeologist
http://artdaily.com/news/87732/Syrian-regime-troops-looting-Palmyra–Leading-German-cultural-heritage-expert
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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Plenty of coverage of a pile of wooden writing tablets (found a couple of years ago) from the London mud being ‘deciphered’:

http://phys.org/news/2016-06-year-old-handwritten-documents-london-mud.html
http://www.culture24.org.uk/history-and-heritage/archaeology/art555992-museum-london-bloomberg-wax-tablets-nine
http://www.london24.com/news/pictures_unearthed_ancient_wax_tablets_show_roman_londoners_cared_about_alcohol_and_money_too_1_4559106
http://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/14532278.Earliest_handwritten_documents_in_Britain_deciphered__by_Oxford_University_expert/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-36415563
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/ancient-roman-texts-first-londoners-uk-most-important-ever-archaeological-discoveries-a7059271.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/06/01/britains-oldest-handwritten-documents-detail-roman-life-in-londo/
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/jun/03/the-guardian-view-on-roman-londons-earliest-voices-postcards-from-the-edge
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/video/2016/jun/01/2000-year-old-handwritten-tablets-go-on-display-in-london-video
http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/jun/01/tablets-unearthed-city-glimpse-roman-london-bloomberg
http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/2000-year-old-roman-tablet-found-london-1.3612563
https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/oldest-handwritten-record-ever-found-in-britain-is-revealed–and-its-an-iou/2016/06/03/1662da74-28d2-11e6-b989-4e5479715b54_story.html
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/06/02/480407904/hello-from-londinium-oldest-handwritten-documents-in-british-history-discovered
https://www.thestar.com/news/world/2016/06/01/archeologists-find-2000-year-old-handwritten-roman-tablets-in-london.html
https://www.yahoo.com/news/roman-writing-tablets-reveal-early-london-life-005948317.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3620788/The-City-s-IOU-2-000-year-old-letters-reveal-daily-life-trade-debts-Roman-London.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
http://www.breitbart.com/news/handwritten-ancient-roman-letters-found-in-london-archaeological-dig/
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/05/ancient-rome-London-Londinum-Bloomberg-archaeology-Boudicca-archaeology/
http://www.lepoint.fr/monde/des-tablettes-de-cire-de-l-ere-romaine-retrouvees-au-coeur-de-londres-01-06-2016-2043758_24.php
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/06/2016/roman-waxed-writing-tablets-research-published

Suggestions of a sunken city off Zakynthos has been laid to rest:

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-06/uoea-uc060216.php
http://www.livescience.com/54965-zakynthos-underwater-city-formed-by-geology.html
http://www.livescience.com/54966-photos-underwater-lost-city-formed-by-geology.html
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/03/science/ancient-civilization-of-microbes-not-greeks-built-lost-city.html
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jun/02/greece-sunken-city-ruins-bacteria-colony-concretion
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/lost-city-found-off-greek-coast-was-formed-by-natural-phenomenon-a7063296.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/school-sport/2016/06/02/underwater-lost-city-in-greece-is-actually-the-aftermath-of-a-ga/
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/0603/Underwater-Greek-city-isn-t-a-city-after-all
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3622148/The-lost-city-never-Ancient-underwater-Greek-ruins-created-bacteria-feeding-prehistoric-gas-leak.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

A Greco-Roman period tomb from Paphos:

http://in-cyprus.com/ancient-tomb-unearthed-paphos/
http://cyprus-mail.com/2016/06/02/two-ancient-tombs-uncovered-kato-paphos/

Digging is almost done at Safranbolu and the mayor is saying silly things:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/Default.aspx?pageID=238&nid=99851&NewsCatID=375

Interesting study of life at the Roman fort at Bearsden:

http://www.scotsman.com/news/environment/glasgow-romans-ate-porridge-but-suffered-worms-and-fleas-1-4145049
http://www.eveningtimes.co.uk/news/14533794.Pasta__braziers__poppies__figs__coriander_and_bread__How_the_Romans_lived_in_Bearsden__nearly_2000_years_ago/

More on the Roman fort from Lancaster:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-lancashire-36424694
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-36423937
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3622194/A-huge-Roman-fort-unearthed-Lancaster-key-defences-Britain-s-west-coast.html

Honours for John Camp II:

http://www.rmc.edu/news-and-calendar/current-news/2016/06/01/classics-professor-john-camp-ii-receives-athens-prize

Honours for Froma Zeitlin:

https://www.princeton.edu/main/news/archive/S46/46/29Q40/?section=topstories

Pondering evidence of Christianity at Pompeii:

https://cruxsolablog.com/2016/06/02/interview-bruce-w-longenecker-on-pompeii-gupta/

Italy is seeking directors for some of its high profile ancient sites:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/05/30/italy-launches-global-search-for-new-directors-to-revive-museums/

They’re finally putting a museum at Eleutherna:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/209260/article/ekathimerini/life/after-decades-of-excavations-finally-a-museum-for-the-site-of-eleutherna

On Rome and Brexit:

http://www.standard.co.uk/comment/comment/boris-johnson-loves-his-romans-but-they-re-models-for-the-remain-camp-a3262321.html

… in a semi similar vein:

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

On Trump and Caligula:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/jun/01/donald-trump-has-fascinating-parallels-with-caligula-says-historian
http://theweek.com/speedreads/627502/what-donald-trump-learned-from-caligula

Feature on Jugurtha:

http://www.jotdown.es/2016/06/la-guerra-yugurta-i-peor-amigo-roma/

An excellent talk on Heinrich Schliemann as archaeologist:

http://www.ascsa.edu.gr/index.php/news/newsDetails/videocast-was-heinrich-schliemann-a-good-archaeologist-what-his-books-revea

More skepticism about purported Aristotle tomb finds:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/209156/opinion/ekathimerini/comment/so-its-true-aristotle-did-exist
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3619777/Aristotle-s-tomb-NOT-Archaeologists-doubt-claims-philosopher-s-final-resting-place-discovered-Greec.html
http://www.livescience.com/54923-archaeologists-doubt-aristotle-tomb-discovery.html

More on that lead pig from Somerset:

http://www.somersetlive.co.uk/Rare-Roman-artefact-worth-300K-farm-near-Wells/story-29345822-detail/story.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3615213/Metal-detector-enthusiast-unearths-2-000-year-old-Roman-ingot-worth-250-000-Somerset-farm.html

More on finds on Rome’s Metro C line:

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/rome-to-build-first-archaeological-station-after-artifacts-unearthed-in-subway-construction-site/
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We’ve had this ‘flatpack’ interpretation of Stonehenge before:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3625888/Was-Stonehenge-really-flatpack-Professor-says-stone-circle-moved-Welsh-tribes-went-east-took-possessions-them.html

A followup of sorts … bones found a year ago on the Isle of Wight at 2000 years bp:

http://onthewight.com/2016/05/31/2000-year-old-body-of-woman-found-in-isle-of-wight-bay/
http://www.iwcp.co.uk/news/news/remains-found-on-isle-of-wight-beach-belong-to-iron-age-woman-95078.aspx
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3620951/Case-closed-Police-shut-investigation-mystery-skeleton-discovered-beach-brothers-tests-showed-bones-2-000-years-old.html

Latest ‘vampire’ burials:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2016/06/01/healthy-vampires-emerge-from-graves-in-medieval-polish-cemetery/#9876e9249581

A 1000 years bp Danish fortress has ‘reopened’:

http://www.thelocal.dk/20160531/after-1000-years-forgotten-viking-fortress-unveiled-in-denmark

A 200 years bp canal barge from Devon:

http://www.exeterexpressandecho.co.uk/200-year-old-canal-barge-unearthed-archaeologists/story-29337978-detail/story.html
http://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/200-year-old-canal-barge-unearthed-archaeologists/story-29337727-detail/story.html

WWI training trenches found in Ballykinler:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-36433333

Marking the centennial of the Battle of Jutland:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-36390168
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-36387603

Studying some Black Death burials:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-36346478

Studying Victorian garbage:

http://www.npr.org/sections/parallels/2016/06/01/480268469/digging-up-the-roots-of-modern-waste-in-victorian-era-rubbish

Grant for a primary school to build a replica Iron Age roundhouse:

http://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/14531623.Primary_school_wins___8_500_grant_to_build_replica_Iron_Age_roundhouse/

Henry VII was apparently a real clothes horse:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2016/06/01/miserly-henry-vii-was-actually-a-shopaholic-who-spent-3-million/

Pondering the ‘Dark Ages’ and Tintagel:

https://www.historytoday.com/edwin-hustwit/dark-ages-tintagel-problem

Feature on Pocahontas in England:

https://www.historytoday.com/jane-dismore/pocahontas-england

There’s a shortage of archaeologists in Scotland:

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/homenews/14524073.Archaeologists_in_demand/
http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/14524073.More_archaeologists__desperately_needed__to_avoid_construction_delays_on_major_projects/
http://www.heraldscotland.com/opinion/14523889.Herald_View__Let__39_s_protect_the_past_by_recruiting_more_archaeologists/

Oakham Castle has reopened after renovations:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leicestershire-36389001

Some restoration work at the Old Vic:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-bristol-36392663

… and marking an anniversary:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-bristol-36370411

More on the Curtain Theatre dig:

http://londonist.com/2016/06/video-inside-the-archaeological-dig-at-the-curtain-theatre

More on those Abri Faravel petroglyphs:

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

More on those Atxurra cave paintings:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3607693/The-art-gallery-Archaeologists-discover-large-collection-14-500-year-old-animal-paintings-Spanish-cave.html

More on cave paintings and connections to writing:

https://heatherpringle.com/2016/06/03/could-mysterious-cave-markings-in-europe-offer-clues-to-writing-origins/

More on the movement of Corded Ware women:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3609736/When-women-abandon-friends-travel-hundreds-miles-marry-Graves-reveal-early-German-culture.html
http://phys.org/news/2016-05-women-southern-germany-corded-ware.html

More on the devastation caused by the Black Death:

http://phys.org/news/2016-05-unique-devastation-black-death-medieval.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2016/05/24/broken-pottery-reveals-the-sheer-devastation-caused-by-the-black-death/
http://www.livescience.com/54940-archaeologists-map-black-death-impact.html

More on those fifty skeletons found on a Welsh beach:

http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/excavations-carried-out-after-50-11259593
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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 guy in Kazakhstan found a 2200 years bp warrior burial in his basement:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3623644/The-man-really-DID-skeleton-closet-Home-owner-discovers-bones-2-200-year-old-warrior-basement.html

That tattooed ‘Ice Princess’ found ages ago is finally going on display:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3623874/Siberia-s-tattooed-princess-revealed-2-500-year-old-mummy-public-display-draped-fur-hide-modesty.html

A 1400 years bp statue from Kashmir:

http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-statue-dating-back-to-1400-years-found-in-kashmir-2219731

Concerns for Aboriginal burial sites:

http://www.abc.net.au/pm/content/2016/s4474398.htm

Plenty of sites found during Kapiti highway construction:

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/80598103/Road-workers-on-the-Kapiti-expressway-discover-over-200-archaeological-sites

The political side of claims to Buddha’s childhood home:

http://www.ocregister.com/articles/buddha-717899-india-nepal.html

A followup of sorts … ages ago we mentioned a mammoth skeleton from Siberia with spear marks:

http://siberiantimes.com/science/casestudy/features/f233-the-smoking-gun-proving-ancient-man-killed-woolly-mammoth-45000-years-ago/

Not sure if we mentioned this 4000 years bp figurine netted by a Siberian fisherman:

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/siberian-fisherman-accidentally-nets-4-000-year-old-pagan-god-article-1.1808627

Feature on Dogen and his philosophy:

http://www.npr.org/sections/13.7/2016/05/31/480110889/the-greatest-philosopher-you-ve-never-heard-of

More on Irish horns in India:

http://www.livescience.com/54937-ancient-irish-horns-resemble-indian-instruments.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3621821/Did-Irish-bring-horns-India-2-000-years-ago-Suprising-evidence-Bronze-Age-instruments-traditional-Indian-music.html

More on drought exposing an Angkor temple site:

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

More on the purported antiquity of the Indus Valley civilization:

http://swarajyamag.com/culture/indus-civilisation-site-in-tamil-naduthe-keeladi-discovery-shouldnt-fall-prey-to-false-history
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/madurai/Harappa-like-site-surfaces-in-Tamil-Nadu/articleshow/52495353.cms
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3621622/Indus-Valley-civilisation-pre-date-Egypt-s-pharoahs-Ancient-society-2-500-years-older-thought.html

More on Chinese beer:

http://fox40.com/2016/05/31/5000-year-old-brewery-discovered-in-china/

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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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Mysterious horse skeleton from the Yukon’s Carcross Desert:

https://www.rt.com/viral/345167-horse-skeleton-head-stolen/

Latest finds from the dig at Malcolm X’s house:

http://www.livescience.com/54859-malcolm-x-home-dig-photos.html

Looking for artifacts during freeway construction in Arizona:

http://www.abc15.com/news/region-phoenix-metro/ahwatukee/crews-digging-for-artifacts-near-future-south-mountain-freeway

Native American artifacts in the way of pipeline construction in Virginia:

http://navajotimes.com/wires-wp/index.php?id=1668274560&kid=8neK9hhADoXHLmr7
http://www.roanoke.com/news/local/franklin_county/archaeologists-uncover-artifacts-in-mountain-valley-pipeine-s-path/article_7e5590c4-fa42-52a3-96d3-603a1dcdcb88.html

Looting at a Virginia battlefield:

http://www.newsday.com/news/crime-scene-declared-after-looting-at-virginia-battlefield-1.11852980

Pondering a well from Jamestown:

http://wydaily.com/2016/05/31/jamestown-unearthed-well-excavation-answers-some-questions-raises-others/

Rhode Island has claimed the Endeavour … if it has been found:

http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2016/05/31/captain-cook-ship-found-whose-rhode-island/1WdO8iNyTvDs6qQAfkdF5M/story.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/may/31/captain-cooks-ship-endeavour-claimed-by-rhode-island-as-search-goes-on

A 19th century garden near the White House is aligned to the Solstice:

http://www.livescience.com/54951-white-house-garden-aligns-with-solstice-sun.html

What tree rings tell us about the demise of a pre-Columbian people in Illinois:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/can-tree-rings-explain-demise-of-lost-civilization/?no-ist

Another controversial auction on the way:

http://www.omaha.com/news/nation/planned-auction-of-items-from-reservations-raises-questions/article_d27cc82b-a254-5986-a720-a9d037874f3c.html

Feature on Audrey Munson:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-36420700

On use of fire to reveal sites:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-archaeologists-are-setting-spiritually-important-early-american-sites-fire-180959259/?no-ist

More on those 12 000 years bp finds on the Channel Islands:

http://westerndigs.org/ancient-seafarers-tool-sites-up-to-12000-years-old-discovered-on-california-island/

Review of Madley, *An American Genocide*:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/29/books/review/an-american-genocide-by-benja.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fbooks
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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2000 years bp burials from Itaqui (Colombia):

http://artdaily.com/news/87817/Pre-Hispanic-tombs-found-in-Colombia-are-over-2-000-years-old
https://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/31763118/pre-hispanic-tombs-found-in-colombia-are-over-2-000-years-old/
http://m.france24.com/en/20160603-pre-hispanic-tombs-found-colombia-are-over-2000-years-old

Hikers on Montserrat found some petroglyphs:

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jun/03/montserrat-petroglyphs-ancient-stone-carvings-hikers

Inca ruins from Choquequirao:

http://www.peruviantimes.com/03/new-inca-ruins-charted-near-choquequirao/26814/

The Maya observatory at Acanceh also tracked the movements of Venus:

http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/lifestyle/2016/06/02/ancient-mayan-observatory-was-used-to-track-sun-and-venus-researchers-find/

On Wari imperialism:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/06/160601151927.htm
http://phys.org/news/2016-06-ancient-wari-empire-large-shifts.html
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-06/p-awe052716.php

On the Maya response to the eruption of Ilpango:

http://phys.org/news/2016-06-southeastern-mayan-people-overcame-catastrophic.html
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-06/nu-hsm060116.php

Feature on the Maya:

http://www.economist.com/blogs/prospero/2016/06/archaeology-and-art?fsrc=rss

That Canadian teen who claimed to have discovered a lost Maya settlement appears to be using up any goodwill he might have previously had about the unlikelihood of his find:

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/06/lost-maya-city-mexico-william-gadoury-satellite-discovery-archaeology/

Cf: http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20160526-how-we-unravelled-mayan-secrets-from-the-air

Lima isn’t going to guard historic sites any more (!):

http://www.peruthisweek.com/news-municipality-of-lima-to-stop-monitoring-huacas-109636
More on Aztec skull masks:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3611545/Mystery-gruesome-Aztec-skull-masks-solved-Decorated-remains-outside-Mexican-temple-belong-slain-warriors.html
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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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Lots of attention for a study suggesting dogs were domesticated independently on two occasions:

http://phys.org/news/2016-06-dogs-domesticated-world.html
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-06/uoo-dwd052516.php
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/jun/02/dogs-are-twice-as-friendly-to-humankind-as-previously-thought-suggests-study
http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/ancient-dog-dna-discovered-at-newgrange-leads-to-new-theory-about-origins-of-mans-best-friend-34769130.html
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/03/science/dogs-domestication-dna-study.html
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/0602/Were-there-two-first-Fidos-Researchers-propose-a-new-origin-story-for-dogs
http://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2016-06-03/dogs-may-have-been-domesticated-in-both-europe-and-asia/7475326
http://www.nbcnews.com/science/science-news/was-first-dog-domesticated-asia-or-europe-yes-n585006
http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-dogs-domesticated-twice-20160602-snap-story.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3621957/Dogs-domesticated-TWICE-Canines-man-s-best-friend-Europe-Central-Asia-12-000-years-ago.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/06/2016/research-suggests-dual-origin-of-domestic-dogs
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mans-best-friend-may-have-been-domesticated-twice-180959297/

Agriculture apparently ‘saved’ males:

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-06/scp-mws060316.php

Pondering the world wide effects of potato blight:

http://phys.org/news/2016-06-potato-disease-world.html

A Viking ship recreation:

http://sciencenordic.com/replica-viking-ship-will-recreate-norse-voyages-greenland

The changing view of the universe:

http://phys.org/news/2016-05-copernicus-revolution-galileo-vision-view.html

On hidden messages in Alice in Wonderland:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20160527-alice-in-wonderlands-hidden-messages

… while a rare copy of the story is coming to auction:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2016/05/31/rare-copy-of-alices-adventures-in-wonderland-expected-to-fetch-2-million-at-auction/

A WWII German encryption device turns up on eBay:

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/05/29/479943359/museum-finds-piece-of-wwii-history-for-sale-on-ebay
http://www.timesofisrael.com/german-wwii-coding-machine-found-on-ebay/

… of related interest:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-36446422

Podcast on Shakespeare and religion:

http://www.folger.edu/shakespeare-unlimited-episode-49

Latest really ancient beer recreation:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20160526-a-beer-older-than-the-bible

Interesting feature on Geneva warehouses and what’s in them:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/29/arts/design/one-of-the-worlds-greatest-art-collections-hides-behind-this-fence.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Farts

OpEd on the importance of historians:

http://www.historytoday.com/charles-west/sorry-vice-chancellor-we-need-more-historians-sixth-century

Big bucks for a Ming cup:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-stoke-staffordshire-36419623

What coral can tell us about human history:

http://phys.org/news/2016-06-scientists-coral-history.html

On ‘death photography’ in Victorian England:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-36389581
Review of Thompson, *Possession*:

http://www.npr.org/2016/06/01/479728899/possession-charts-the-tangled-paths-of-art-and-antiquities

Using a computer to fake a Rembrandt:

http://www.dw.com/en/computer-fakes-a-work-by-rembrandt/a-19297687

I think we had this Shakespeare and Germaine Greer piece before:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/05/31/shakespeare-brought-erotic-poetry-to-housewives-germaine-greer-s
Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Greeks: Alexander to Agamemnon:

http://freebeacon.com/culture/greek-gifts/

Shakespeare Folio:

http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/california/400-Year-Old-Shakespeare-Book-on-Display-in-San-Diego–381685331.html

Pharaoh:

http://wksu.org/post/cleveland-museum-art-reveals-truths-pharaohs

Rembrandt’s Judas:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/29/arts/design/rembrandts-first-masterwork-on-display-at-the-morgan-library.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Farts

Brothers Le Nain:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/22/arts/design/le-nain-brothers-prescient-work-at-kimbell-art-museum.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fdesign

Sunken Cities:

http://www.spectator.co.uk/2016/06/the-treasures-of-alexandria-revealed-british-museums-sunken-cities-reviewed/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-36430779

Latest damage to an artifact by a museum visitor:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/36441540

Rievaulx Abbey has a new museum:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2016/jun/01/rievaulx-abbey-riches-from-dissolution-come-to-light-in-new-museum?CMP=twt_gu
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/06/01/revealed-the-monastic-treasures-henry-viiis-men-missed/

Flooding caused the Louvre (and other museums) to close this week:

http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Global-News/2016/0603/In-Paris-the-Louvre-closes-as-the-Seine-rises
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/04/world/europe/eerily-empty-louvre-what-its-like-when-floods-keep-tourists-away.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-36441322
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THE TECHY SIDE
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Latest piece on LiDAR:

http://www.staffordshirenewsletter.co.uk/Cannock-Chase-s-hidden-history-unearthed-digging/story-29337835-detail/story.html

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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I think we’ve had this study of African-American DNA before:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/05/160527190352.htm

More on Phoenician DNA:

http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/0529/Ancient-Phoenician-DNA-suggests-a-new-model-of-human-migration
http://phys.org/news/2016-05-ancient-dna-phoenician-carthage-european.html
Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Sites associated with Aristotle:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/greece/articles/greece-on-the-trail-of-aristotle/

Cornish Tunnels:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20160531-the-mystery-of-englands-ancient-tunnels
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CRIME BEAT
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Nice feature on one of the US government’s art crime experts:

http://www.wptz.com/politics/the-feds-reallife-indiana-jones/39882218

Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2016/05/culture-crime-news-23-29-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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Egypt recovered some Abbasid era pieces from London:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/43/218995/Heritage/Islamic/Egypt-retrieves-stolen-Abbasid-era-decorative-plaq.aspx

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NUMISMATICA
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An interesting Syracusan coin coming to auction:

http://www.coinworld.com/news/world-coins/2016/05/spink-auction-offers-hastily-issued-siege-coin-from-sicily.html

More on that Offa penny:

https://www.dnw.co.uk/auctions/catalogue/lot.php?auction_id=434&lot_id=2046

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v19n22.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v19n23.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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Roots:

http://www.npr.org/2016/05/26/479494123/in-its-retelling-roots-is-powerful-must-see-television?sc=17&f=1008
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/30/arts/television/review-roots-for-a-black-lives-matter-era.html

Peer Gynt:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/26/theater/review-a-minimalist-version-of-peer-gynt-still-provokes.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Farts

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OBITUARIES
===============================================================
Eddie O’Hara:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-merseyside-36418137

Jane Fawcett:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/30/obituaries/jane-fawcett-british-decoder-who-helped-doom-the-bismarck-dies-at-95.html

Yang Jiang:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/27/books/yang-jiang-chinese-author-and-translator-dies-at-104.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Farts

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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/2426-audio-news-from-archaeologica-22-may-2016-28-may-2016

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CONFERENCES
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Marbeh Hokhmah:

http://mass.bgu.ac.il/npdf.php?fn=0-0fc2b8974161634872740.pdf

Conference on Cultural Heritage Media (CFP):

http://archaeologychannel.org/events-guide/tac-conference-on-cultural-heritage-media

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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