Explorator 19.07 ~ June 12, 2016

Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Hernan Astudillo,
Bob Heuman, David Critchley, Kris Curry, Feral Boy, 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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Latest finds related to homo floresiensis lead to the suggestion the species was actually an isolated population of homo erectus:

http://phys.org/news/2016-06-homo-floresiensis-tools-shrank-island.html
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-06/gu-nfs060816.php
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/09/science/hobbit-fossils-flores.html
http://www.livescience.com/55014-miniature-hobbit-ancestors-discovered.html
http://www.livescience.com/55012-photos-hobbit-ancestor-discovered.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-36463668
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/06/08/481263190/fossils-suggest-that-island-life-shrank-our-hobbit-relatives?sc=17&f=3
http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/hobbit-flores-ancestor-1.3622484
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/jun/09/bones-long-search-earliest-inhabitants-hobbits-flores
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/deadthings/2016/06/08/return-to-flores-hobbit-hominin-ancestor-discovered/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2016/06/08/ancient-teeth-and-bone-point-to-the-origin-of-our-mysterious-hobbit-cousins/
http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-small-hominin-fossils-20160608-snap-htmlstory.html
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/0608/Who-were-those-mysterious-hobbits-700-000-year-old-fossils-hold-clues-video
https://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/31800211/discovery-provides-new-clues-on-hobbit/
http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/australianled-team-unlocked-new-questions-about-human-evolution-and-the-history-of-thehobbit/news-story/805f0b17eb49171294efd54ed2233e2e
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/06/hobbits-humans-older-ancestors-island-fossils-archaeology/
http://www.nature.com/news/hobbit-relatives-found-after-ten-year-hunt-1.20045?WT.ec_id=NATURE-20160609&spMailingID=51562085&spUserID=MjA1NzQ4NDU4NwS2&spJobID=941139164&spReportId=OTQxMTM5MTY0S0

… and a couple of items focus on rejecting the ‘Down Syndrome’ theory that was poking around a while back:

http://phys.org/news/2016-06-counters-hobbit-syndrome.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/06/160608154037.htm

Feature on the Dmanisi site:

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/deadthings/2016/06/10/visiting-dmanisi-earliest-hominin-site-beyond-africa/

General feature on human ancestry:

http://phys.org/news/2016-06-humanity-roots.html

Grassland was an important aspect of human development (this seems similar to the previous item):

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-06/teia-nsf060216.php
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/06/2016/grasslands-a-key-element-in-human-evolution

Feature on ‘Lucy’s neighbours’:

http://phys.org/news/2016-06-lucy-neighbors-african-fossils.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/06/160606154911.htm
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-06/cmon-lhn060616.php
http://scienmag.com/lucy-had-neighbors-a-review-of-african-fossils/

The ‘genetic burden’ of Neanderthals:

http://phys.org/news/2016-06-inbred-neanderthals-left-humans-genetic.html
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-06/gsoa-inl060316.php

More on evidence of fire use in Europe some 800 000 years bp:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3627269/Spanish-cave-offers-earliest-evidence-fire-making-Europe-Charred-bone-rock-date-800-000-years-ago.html

More on the use of tech to map the ‘Dinaledi chamber’:

http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/06/2016/space-age-exploration-for-pre-historic-bones
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AFRICA
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Plenty (more) attention for that shipwreck find in Namibia:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/miners-find-500-year-old-shipwreck-filled-with-gold-coins-in-namibian-desert-a7072221.html
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/0611/Shipwreck-miners-hit-gold-and-something-more-exciting
http://news.nationalpost.com/news/world/details-emerge-about-discovery-of-long-lost-shipwreck-loaded-with-16-5-million-in-gold-coins
http://www.dailysabah.com/history/2016/06/10/500-year-old-shipwreck-loaded-with-gold-worth-13-million-discovered-in-namibia
http://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/23525/20160609/miners-discover-500-year-old-shipwreck-full-gold-namibian-desert.htm
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3630429/Diamond-miners-500-year-old-shipwreck-loaded-9m-gold.html
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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The tombs of Nefertari and Seti I are reopening to the public:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/222595/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Tombs-of-Nefertari-and-Seti-I-in-Egypts-Luxor-to-r.aspx

Some ICOM best practice awards for Egyptian projects:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/219311/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Khufu-boat,-MIA,-Wadi-Hittan-museum-win-ICOM-Best-.aspx

More on Tut’s meteoric iron dagger:

http://www.csmonitor.com/World/2016/0601/King-Tut-s-dagger-may-have-come-from-outer-space-say-scientists
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/03/world/middleeast/king-tuts-dagger-made-of-iron-from-the-sky-researchers-say.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fscience

Plenty of press coverage for a ‘massive monument’ at Petra using ‘space archaeology’ (although the thing appears to have been previously known?):

http://phys.org/news/2016-06-archaeologist-hidden-monument-jordan-petra.html
http://www.al.com/news/birmingham/index.ssf/2016/06/sarah_parcak_uabs_space_archae.html
http://www.timesofisrael.com/archaeologist-points-to-hidden-monument-in-jordans-petra/
http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/archaeology/1.724417
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-36498234
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jun/09/petra-buried-monument-discovered-jordan
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/06/10/hiding-in-plain-sight-massive-monument-discovered-at-petra-by-mo/
http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/researchers-find-hidden-site-in-the-ancient-jordanian-city-of-petra/
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/06/10/481532275/massive-structure-found-hiding-in-plain-sight-at-ancient-site-of-petra
http://www.npr.org/2016/06/10/481590386/drones-lead-archaeologists-to-new-discovery-in-petra-jordan
http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2016/06/11/Archaeologist-points-to-hidden-monument-in-Jordan-s-Petra.html
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/0610/New-technology-reveals-enormous-hidden-monument-in-Petra-Jordan
http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/archaeologist-points-hidden-monument-jordans-petra-39777109
http://www.cnn.com/2016/06/09/travel/petra-jordan-massive-new-monument-discovery/index.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3634008/Can-spot-massive-ceremonial-platform-twice-wide-Olympic-swimming-pool-Incredible-structure-hidden-plain-sight-Petra.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
http://news.nationalpost.com/news/world/archaeologists-use-satellites-to-discover-enormous-monument-hidden-in-plain-sight-at-ancient-city-of-petra
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/06/space-archaeology-satellite-petra-ancient-city-discovery-jordan-monument/
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-found-gigantic-ancient-monument-jordan-180959368/

An interesting little hoard of Hasmonean era coins from Modi’in is also getting a lot of attention:

http://mfa.gov.il/MFA/IsraelExperience/History/Pages/Rare-cache-of-Hasmonean-Period-coins-discovered-in-Modiin-7-June-2016.aspx
http://www.antiquities.org.il/Article_eng.aspx?sec_id=25&subj_id=240&id=4202
http://www.livescience.com/55009-rare-silver-coins-photos.html
http://www.dw.com/en/archaeologists-discover-rare-2000-year-old-silver-coins-in-central-israel/a-19312610
http://www.timesofisrael.com/cache-of-hasmonean-era-silver-coins-uncovered-in-modiin/
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/213378
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Rare-2000-year-old-silver-coins-discovered-in-central-Israel-456158
http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=34213
http://www.breakingisraelnews.com/69386/2100-year-old-coins-bearing-names-maccabean-kings-unearthed-israel/
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/rare-cache-of-silver-coins-dating-to-hasmonean-period-discovered-in-modiin/2016/06/07/
http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/archaeology/1.723643
http://theyeshivaworld.com/news/headlines-breaking-stories/427963/photos-a-rare-cache-of-silver-coins-dating-to-the-hasmonean-period-was-discovered-in-modiin.html
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/2000-year-old-coin-collection-unearthed-in-israel/
http://artdaily.com/news/87953/A-rare-cache-of-silver-coins-dating-to-the-Hasmonean-Period-was-discovered-in-Modi-in

On Griffins at Catal Huyuk:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2016/06/09/griffon-vultures-defleshed-corpses-to-create-headless-burials-in-ancient-anatolia/#4e65c59c2705

Interesting feature on the Al Aqsa mosque with photos from 1927:

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/213261#.V1XIPpB4WK0

A driver for the Norwegian embassy was caught trying to smuggle antiquities from the West Bank:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/norwegian-embassy-driver-busted-with-10-kilos-of-antiquities/
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Driver-for-Norwegian-Embassy-caught-smuggling-antiquities-456079
http://www.breakingisraelnews.com/69242/customs-authorities-stop-apparent-attempt-smuggle-antiquities-country/
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/213323
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4813040,00.html

… and Norway is looking into it:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/norway-launches-probe-after-driver-busted-smuggling-artifacts-from-jordan/

Honours for Rina Talgam:

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-06/thuo-eom060816.php

Latest in the Hagia Sophia saga:

http://www.pappaspost.com/turkey-responds-to-greek-protests-over-hagia-sophia-prayers/
http://www.keeptalkinggreece.com/2016/06/06/turkish-govt-allows-koran-recitations-in-hagia-sophia-and-shocks-orthodox-christians/

… and the Temple Mount saga:

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/213127
More on the ongoing renovations/restorations at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-36464410
http://news.nationalpost.com/news/religion/christians-renovate-jesuss-tomb-together-overcoming-centuries-old-religious-rivalries
http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/news/2016/06/07/religious-rivalries-put-to-one-side-as-work-begins-to-renovate-christs-tomb/

More on the Cave of Skulls dig:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/222595/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Tombs-of-Nefertari-and-Seti-I-in-Egypts-Luxor-to-r.aspx
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/israeli-archaeologists-rush-to-dig-at-cave-of-skulls-before-looters-take-everything/2016/06/08/7f0e0e6a-281c-11e6-8329-6104954928d2_story.html
http://blogs.reuters.com/faithworld/2016/06/06/archaeologists-vs-robbers-in-israels-race-to-find-ancient-scrolls-the-wider-image/

More on what’s being dubbed the ‘glass road’ trade route between Mesopotamia and Scandinavia:

http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/06/2016/tracking-the-glass-road

ISIL appears to have blown up the Temple of Nabu in northern Iraq:

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-iraq-archaeology-idUSKCN0YV16O?feedType=RSS&feedName=lifestyleMolt

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Punic burials from Malta:

http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20160608/local/more-ancient-tombs-found-during-bahrija-road-works.614735

Some tourists found a Roman child burial in an Italian cave:

http://www.thelocal.it/20160608/tourists-find-skeleton-of-roman-child-inside-italian-cave

That guy who found a Roman Villa in his garden has written an interesting piece:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/news/the-day-i-stumbled-on-a-roman-villa-in-my-back-garden/

Another spin on that ‘wing’ found in Gloucester:

http://www.culture24.org.uk/history-and-heritage/archaeology/art556252-cotswold-gloucester-roman-wing-statuette-victory

They’ve found some more info on the Antikythera Mechanism:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/antikythera-mechanism-1.3628648
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-greece-archaeology-antikythera-mechan-idUSKCN0YW0XQ
http://finance.yahoo.com/news/mapping-eclipses-worlds-first-computer-104147768.html
http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20160610/NEWS02/160619917/Ancient-Greek–astronomy-computer-deciphered-
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/scientists-may-have-discovered-worlds-oldest-mechanical-computer/?ftag=CNM-00-10aab7e&linkId=25395916
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonianmag/worlds-first-computer-may-have-been-used-tell-fortunes-180959335/

It was the 200th anniversary of the British Government’s acquisition of the Elgin Marbles:

http://www.livescience.com/54990-who-owns-parthenon-elgin-marbles.html
https://theconversation.com/britain-has-kept-the-elgin-marbles-for-200-years-now-its-time-to-pass-them-on-55912

Latest on the dig from the Roman fort at Tibiscum in Romania:

http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news,409962,more-information-on-the-facilities-of-the-roman-fort-tibiscum-in-romania.html

The Palace of Nestor is opening to the public:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/16532-palace-of-nestor-in-pylos-peloponnese-reopens-after-3-years-of-restoration.html

They’re redoing the Nemean games again:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2016/06/11/ancient-nemean-games-revived-for-three-days-video/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/ahead-of-rio-runners-re-enact-ancient-games/2016/06/11/27b5fb78-2fc9-11e6-b9d5-3c3063f8332c_story.html
http://www.ekathimerini.com/209524/article/ekathimerini/sports/athletes-from-around-the-world-re-enact-ancient-games-in-nemea

Plans to rebury remains from three cremation urns found at Leintwardine:

http://www.herefordtimes.com/news/14540935.Remains_of_Roman_cremation_urns_to_be_re_buried_in_Leintwardine_next_week/

For some reason, Ha’aretz was publishing some old finds as if they were new … first, an oracle of Apollo well site in Athens:

http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/archaeology/1.723632

… and naval bases in the Piraeus:

http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/archaeology/1.723784

Plenty of Classcon in Montesquieu’s thinking:

http://www.wsj.com/articles/in-montesquieu-a-historian-blended-with-a-political-philosopher-1465578784

Pondering how the Romans would have solved London’s housing crisis:

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/efb7f574-2d83-11e6-bf8d-26294ad519fc.html

In case you haven’t heard about plans to eliminate ancient Greek in Greek schools:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2016/06/07/education-minister-on-a-mission-to-abolish-ancient-greek-lessons-in-greek-high-schools/
http://www.ekathimerini.com/209366/article/ekathimerini/news/ministers-bid-to-scrap-ancient-greek-in-schools-fuels-debate

An (ongoing?) Paphos antiquities bust:

http://cyprus-mail.com/2016/06/09/third-suspect-arrested-paphos-antiquities-case/
http://cyprus-mail.com/2016/06/07/remands-illegal-antiquities-seized/
http://in-cyprus.com/antiquities/

More on the purported find of Rhapta (not sure about this one):

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/africas-atlantis-lost-roman-city-rhapta-discovered-off-tanzanias-mafia-island-believes-1564843

Review of Heaney’s Aeneid VI:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/12/books/review/aeneid-book-vi-by-seamus-heaney.html

More on those wooden tablets from London:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-06-02/britains-oldest-hand-dated-document-found-in-roman-trove/7469254
http://www.timesofisrael.com/2000-year-old-roman-documents-found-in-london-mud/
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

More on those ‘non-ruins’ off Zakynthos:

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/lost-underwater-city-revealed-as-natural-geological-formation/
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/03/science/ancient-civilization-of-microbes-not-greeks-built-lost-city.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fscience

More on the ‘Roman lifestyle’ near the Antonine Wall:

http://www.culture24.org.uk/history-and-heritage/archaeology/art556223-porridge-pasta-worms-fleas-dumbartonshire-glasgow
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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Evidence of a 6000 years bp massacre in France:

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jun/07/french-archaeologists-unearth-bones-6000-year-old-neolithic-massacre
http://artdaily.com/news/87889/French-archaeologists-unearth-bones-from-6-000-year-old-massacre
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3629557/Amazing-discovery-mutilated-remains-ten-people-6-000-year-old-Neolithic-massacre-grave-reveals-violent-past.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2016/06/08/ancient-french-warriors-took-limbs-as-trophies-in-6000-year-old-massacre-researcher-believes/

5000 years bp livestock pens from Spain:

http://phys.org/news/2016-06-livestock-pens-approximately-years-spain.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/06/160608112928.htm
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-06/uotb-lpa060816.php
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/06/2016/researchers-study-prehistoric-animal-enclosures-within-rock-shelters

Interesting defleshing practices in Neolithic burials on Orkney:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3633135/Grisly-Stone-Age-pits-Orkney-islanders-chopped-dead-relatives-mixing-mass-graves.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

Viking era (?) body in an abandoned well in Norway:

http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/06/2016/body-in-well-confirms-viking-saga

Not a heck of a lot found at a Viking fort site in Denmark:

http://sciencenordic.com/viking-fortress-denmark-stumps-archaeologists

Latest ‘bog butter’ find:

http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/republic-of-ireland/turf-cutters-unearth-prehistoric-lump-of-bog-butter-34786716.html

Searching for the Welsh burial ground whence Stonehenge stones came:

http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/archaeologists-dig-welsh-burial-ground-11438966
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2016/06/05/original-stonehenge-was-dismantled-in-wales-and-moved-to-wiltshi/
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/stonehenge-was-dismantled-in-wales-and-moved-to-wiltshire-ucl-and-university-of-leicester-scientists-a7066456.html

Studying childhood diet in medieval Italy:

http://phys.org/news/2016-06-link-diet-surviving-childhood-medieval.html

Searching for a lost Buchan monastery:

https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/north-east/938313/aden-dig/

Digging has resumed at Bradgate Park (‘Ice Age’ site):

http://www.culture24.org.uk/history-and-heritage/archaeology/art556381-bradgate-park-leicester-ice-age-hunters

Concerns for the Heritage Status of Liverpool:

http://phys.org/news/2016-06-common-ground-liverpool-palmyra-world.html

Suggestion that medieval armies didn’t use ‘fire arrows’:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3636014/Medieval-armies-DIDN-T-use-fire-arrows-Researchers-claims-not-practical-open-battle.html

York Walls are being restored:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-york-north-yorkshire-36490734
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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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Neolithic sites in the Gobi Desert:

http://www.thenews.pl/1/11/Artykul/256377,Polish-archeologists-uncover-Stone-Age-settlements-in-Gobi-desert

Foundations of a Ming Dynasty palace in Beijing:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/photo/2016-06/12/c_135430417.htm
http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/culture/2016-06/12/content_25678913.htm
http://www.newser.com/story/226417/palace-marco-polo-called-greatest-ever-may-have-been-found.html

LiDAR reveals remains of medieval cities in Angkor:

http://phys.org/news/2016-06-lasers-uncover-hidden-secrets-cambodia.html
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/archaeologists-cambodia-medieval-cities-hidden-rainforest-angkor-wat-lidar-laser-a7076326.html
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jun/11/lost-city-medieval-discovered-hidden-beneath-cambodian-jungle?subid=16450490&CMP=EMCNEWEML6619I2
https://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2016/jun/11/new-technology-reveals-lost-cities-in-the-angkor-region-video
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/afp/article-3636956/Secrets-lost-Cambodian-cities-revealed-report.html
http://artdaily.com/news/88028/Secrets-of-lost-Cambodian-cities-to-be-revealed–report
https://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/31818622/secrets-of-lost-cambodian-cities-to-be-revealed-report/

On what the guys who made the Terracotta Army were eating:

http://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/1969934/craftsmen-who-built-chinas-terracotta-army-ate-dogs-study

On the British role in an Indian famine:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-36339524

Another case of vandalism to an Aboriginal petroglyph site:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/vandals-destroyed-8000-year-old-aboriginal-artworks-in-tasmania-180959328/?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=socialmedia

More on that Siberian Ice Princess going on display:

http://siberiantimes.com/other/others/news/n0675-2500-year-old-tattooed-ice-princess-wears-fur-to-go-on-public-display-at-next-new-moon/

—–

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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Working out when the ‘ice free corridor’ was open with evidence of bison remains:

http://phys.org/news/2016-06-ice-age-bison-fossils-early.html
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-06/uoc–iab060116.php
http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/bison-fossils-people-1.3619065
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jun/06/bison-migration-ancient-america-archaeology
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/06/2016/ice-age-bison-fossils-shed-light-on-early-human-migrations
http://gu.com/p/4k9dq?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jun/06/bison-migration-ancient-america-archaeology
http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2016/06/humans-didn-t-wait-melting-ice-settle-americas
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2016/06/07/how-did-the-first-people-migrate-to-the-americas-bison-fossils-could-help-settle-the-debate/
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/0608/What-can-bison-fossils-teach-us-about-the-original-American-migrants

Evidence of Old World trade of metals with ‘Alaskans’ prior to European contact:

http://phys.org/news/2016-06-world-metals-alaska-coast-hundreds.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/06/160608095556.htm
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-06/pu-owm060716.php

Latest from the Camp Security dig:

http://www.ydr.com/story/news/local/2016/06/07/artifacts-found-hunt-revolutionary-war-prison-camp-security/85321898/?from=global&sessionKey=&autologin=
http://www.ydr.com/videos/news/2016/06/06/85527298/?from=global&sessionKey=&autologin=
http://www.yorkdispatch.com/picture-gallery/news/2016/06/08/photos-security-camp-dig/85611282/?from=global&sessionKey=&autologin=

Utah’s building a nice archaeological database:

http://www.ksl.com/?sid=40078893&nid=1296&title=utah-archaeological-database-has-nearly-120k-records-online
http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865655985/Utah-archaeological-database-has-nearly-120K-records-online.html?pg=all
http://www.thespectrum.com/story/news/2016/06/05/state-archaeology-records-go-digital/85450076/

… while Ontario is messing up their archaeological heritage handling:

https://www.thestar.com/opinion/commentary/2016/06/10/ontarios-hidden-archaeological-scandal.html

Plans for the Beaubassin Acadian Village site:

http://www.sackvilletribunepost.com/news/2016/6/9/parks-canada-to-put-park-at-beaubassin-acadian-village-site.html
That Iowa pipeline thing is turning into a saga:

http://www.kdlt.com/news/local-news/Iowa-Official-Says-Pipeline-Should-Avoid-Burial-Site/39920068
http://bismarcktribune.com/bakken/dakota-access-disputes-archaeologist-over-tribal-land/article_34672629-cdd5-5b4a-a0bf-e008052cd9e3.html

Interesting ‘hobo graffiti’:

http://www.npr.org/2016/06/11/481695146/anthropologist-discovers-100-year-old-graffiti-by-americas-most-famous-hobo

Feature on the Brandeis court:

http://www.npr.org/2016/06/07/481076322/revisiting-the-tenure-of-supreme-court-justice-louis-brandeis-the-jewish-jeffers?sc=17&f=1008

Plans to remove Confederate Flags from the Washington National Cathedral stained glass:

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/06/09/481360313/national-cathedral-will-remove-confederate-flag-stained-glass-windows?sc=17&f=1001

Feature on Audrey Munson:

http://www.cnn.com/2016/06/08/opinions/audrey-munson-monument-model-opinion-james-bone/index.html
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Feature on Hiram Bingham:

http://www.peruthisweek.com/news-hiram-bingham-remembered-60-years-since-passing-109688

More on those petroglyphs from Montserrat:

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jun/03/montserrat-petroglyphs-ancient-stone-carvings-hikers
—–
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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A Sistine Chapel replication in Mexico:

http://wdtprs.com/blog/2016/06/viva-cristo-rey-sistine-chapel-replicated-in-mexico-over-the-tomb-of-plutarco-elias-calles/

Assorted lost ‘underwater worlds’:

http://www.mnn.com/lifestyle/eco-tourism/stories/7-lost-underwater-worlds

Assorted meteoric iron artifacts:

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/from-king-tut-to-kitchen-knives-meteorite-made-relics-span-centuries/

The Shlomo Moussaieff glass collection is coming to auction … here’s the catalog:

http://www.christies.com/zmags/?ZmagsPublishID=4cd752a3&SaleTitle=&SaleId=0&GUID=&JumptoLot

The adventures of that Noah’s Ark recreation:

http://gu.com/p/4kqc2?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

A call for the burial of the Elephant Man’s remains:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/jun/09/elephant-man-skeleton-should-be-given-christian-burial-say-campaigners

A database of human reproductive habits or something like that:

http://phys.org/news/2016-06-centuries-old-database-reveals-clues-human.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/06/160608154505.htm

Latest identification of the strain of plague:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/06/160608142540.htm

Mapping 6000 years of human settlements:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/06/160607093505.htm
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-06/ysof-yrm060316.php

Searching/finding property belonging to Holocaust victims:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/thousands-of-items-belonging-to-auschwitz-victims-newly-uncovered
http://www.newser.com/story/226338/16k-items-that-vanished-from-auschwitz-are-found.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3631444/Lost-possessions-Holocaust-victims-taken-sent-gas-chamber-Forgotten-items-snatched-Jews-Nazis-discovered-Poland.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

Some humour:

http://assets.amuniversal.com/95290c700a91013463a7005056a9545d

Feature on restoring Da Vinci’s ‘Last Supper’:

http://www.bbc.com/news/video_and_audio/features/magazine-36466835/36466835

… and one on restoring Piombro’s ‘Adoration of the Shepherds’:

http://www.itv.com/news/anglia/2016-06-08/decade-long-restoration-of-masterpiece-is-complete/

On cross dressing in Victorian England:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20160608-the-cross-dressing-gents-of-victorian-england

Feature on how humans have affected the planet over the millennia:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/06/160606154851.htm

On the history of antiquities collectors:

http://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2016/06/marble-mad-and-very-extravagant/485666/

Xrays reveal hidden text in bookbindings:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/jun/04/x-rays-reveal-medieval-manuscripts
http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/06/12/are-your-books-secretly-worth-millions.html

On the decline of humanities jobs:

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2016/06/06/new-study-documents-long-term-losses-new-humanities-faculty-jobs
https://www.insidehighered.com/views/2016/06/06/responding-state-humanities-today-essay

Australia’s English sparrows didn’t come from England:

http://theconversation.com/city-sparrows-came-to-australia-via-india-59730

A Shakespearean twitter war:

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2016/06/09/two-scholars-engage-debate-twitter-and-elsewhere-over-king-lear

Feature on Rembrandt’s first masterpiece:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/03/arts/design/rembrandts-first-masterpiece-a-portrait-of-a-biblical-betrayal.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fdesign

Interesting ‘love letters’ coming to auction:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/03/arts/design/letters-from-a-secret-courtship-in-19th-century-brooklyn-evoke-a-jane-austen-plot.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fdesign&_r=0

Feature on ‘death photography’:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-36389581

More on dog domestication:

http://www.npr.org/sections/13.7/2016/06/10/481501974/did-man-make-his-best-friend-twice
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/03/science/dogs-domestication-dna-study.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fscience

Review of a bunch of books about Shakespeare:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/05/books/review/shakespeare-in-full.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fbooks

Archaeology Podcast Network:

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

http://theartnewspaper.com/comment/reviews/exhibitions/the-greeks-in-egypt-on-sunken-cities-at-the-british-museum/

Odysseys:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/16566-greek-national-archaeological-museum-150th-anniversary-exhibition-odysseys-to-open-in-october.html

Black Shackle:

http://news.brown.edu/articles/2016/06/black-shackle

Feature on the Penn Museum’s artifact lab:

https://penncurrent.upenn.edu/features/penn-museum-s-artifact-lab-gives-close-up-view-of-ancient-objects

Paris Museums have reopened after the flood:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/ap/article-3625899/Paris-museum-reopens-French-floods-slowly-ease.html
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/03/travel/floods-close-several-tourist-attractions-in-paris.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Ftravel
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THE TECHY SIDE
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On the tech being used to ‘undo’ ISIL’s damage:

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/next/ancient/digital-preservation-syria/

Latest mummy scans:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3629432/Peering-beneath-bandages-3D-scans-four-mummies-reveal-new-insights-lives-deaths.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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ON THE DNA FRONT
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DNA suggests that Aboriginal peoples were the first to inhabit Australia:

http://phys.org/news/2016-06-conflicting-theories-mungo-debunked-aboriginal.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/06/160606154905.htm
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-06/gu-rpa060516.php
http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/stone-age-aegean-sea-migrants-brought-agriculture-europe-39648787
… and it also suggests farming spread across Europe via people from the Aegean:

http://phys.org/news/2016-06-farming-europe-people-modern-day-greece.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/06/160606154907.htm
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3627746/The-origins-European-farming-revealed-Genetic-data-shows-people-Greece-Turkey-spread-agriculture-continent.html
Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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On the role of climate change in human evolution:

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/did-ancient-climate-change-ignite-human-evolution/

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TOURISTY THINGS
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Cornwall Tunnels:

http://www.news.com.au/travel/travel-ideas/adventure/the-strange-tunnels-to-nowhere-that-hold-a-3000yearold-secret/news-story/2079b477fe7afa9344eddd03955e5631

Underground London:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/travel/the-other-london-underground-see-the-ancient-city-that-lies-beneath-the-modern-metropolis/2016/06/09/96712be2-115a-11e6-8967-7ac733c56f12_story.html

Sicily:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/05/travel/sicily-family-holidays.html

Tintagel:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20160602-the-wild-island-shaped-by-legend
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CRIME BEAT
================================================================
Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2016/06/culture-crime-news-30-may-5-june-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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Features on India’s repatriation efforts:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/business/how-indian-sleuths-tracked-2000-year-old-artifacts-in-us/story-fqqvVkHk8vcPYDFZxTBP6I.html
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/PM-Modis-quest-to-bring-back-cultural-artefacts-started-in-2003/articleshow/52652090.cms

… and the US is returning a pile of stuff to India as a result:

http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2016/06/07/469424/US-artifacts-India-Loretta-Lynch-Narendra-Modi
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/art/arts/2016/06/08/468622/United-States.htm
http://abcnews.go.com/US/us-returns-200-stolen-artifacts-india-federal-investigation/story?id=39648637

… and a UK museum might be returning something too:

http://www.assamtribune.com/scripts/detailsnew.asp?id=jun0916/state052

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NUMISMATICA
================================================================
Digital Iconographic Atlas of Numismatics in Antquity:

http://ww2.unime.it/diana/?q=node/14

Lenborough Anglo Saxon hoard is pretty pricey:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-36475046

Latest e-Sylum:

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

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v19n24.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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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

http://archaeologychannel.org/audio-main-menu-cat/audio-news-list/2434-audio-news-from-archaeologica-29-may-2016-4-jun-2016

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OBITUARIES
===============================================================
Aileen Ward:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/08/books/aileen-ward-scholar-and-biographer-dies-at-97.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Farts

Hugh Honour:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/05/books/hugh-honour-art-historian-and-author-dies-at-88.html

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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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