Explorator 19.08 ~ June 19, 2016

Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Hernan Astudillo,
Bob Heuman, Barbara Saylor Rodgers, Dan Verderosa, 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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Possible million year old (!) tools from Tarragona:

http://www.catalannewsagency.com/society-science/item/tools-that-may-be-a-million-years-old-discovered-near-tarragona

On the effect supernovae 2 million years ago may have had on human behaviour:

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2093270-supernovae-2-million-years-ago-may-have-changed-human-behaviour/

Earliest (so far) homo erectus footprints from Eritrea:

http://www.thelocal.it/20160615/italian-team-unearths-800k-year-old-homo-erectus-footprint
http://www.ansa.it/english/news/science_tecnology/2016/06/15/homo-erectus-footprints-found-3_6c1d22b8-4e95-4e9f-8ac5-c82c198beec3.html

Suggestion that homo floresiensis was ‘barbecuing mini elephants’:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2016/06/14/hobbits-probably-barbecued-mini-elephants-indonesian-island-globalpost/85857614/

Rethinking human evolution (sort of):

http://phys.org/news/2016-06-giant-mankind-weve-human-evolution.html

More on homo floresiensis ancestry:

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/deadthings/2016/06/08/return-to-flores-hobbit-hominin-ancestor-discovered/
http://artdaily.com/news/88034/Likely-ancestor-of-mystery–hobbit–found
http://www.latercera.com/noticia/tendencias/2016/06/659-684202-9-descubren-restos-de-supuestos-antepasados-del-hobbit-de-indonesia.shtml
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AFRICA
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Interesting feature on wartime archaeology in Libya:

http://blog.nationalarchives.gov.uk/blog/archaeology-libya-second-world-war/

More on that Namibian shipwreck:

http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/0611/Shipwreck-miners-hit-gold-and-something-more-exciting
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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A study of KV55 is in the works:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/223041/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Study-aims-to-uncover-mystery-of-Luxors-tomb-KV-.aspx

Interesting photos of excavations in Egypt in the 1910s:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2016/jun/15/sands-of-time-ancient-egypt-excavated-in-pictures

What Alex Loktionov is up to with Egyptian legal texts:

http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/baboon-tax-collectors-phd-student-alex-loktionov/story-29400908-detail/story.html

Feature on how the pyramids were built (sort of):

http://www.livescience.com/32616-how-were-the-egyptian-pyramids-built-.html

Plans to restore the Mohammed Ali Palace:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/43/222834/Heritage/Islamic/Egypts-Antiquities-Minister-gives-goahead-for-Moha.aspx

Yigma Tepe might be the burial ground for Attalid royalty:

http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/archaeology/1.725089

Recent finds from Tel Rumeida in Hebron:

http://www.breakingisraelnews.com/70054/archaeologists-battle-historical-political-right-excavate-hebron-neighborhood/
http://www.i24news.tv/en/news/israel/politics/116773-160615-science-meets-politics-as-second-temple-era-artifacts-found-in-west-bank

Plenty of coverage of the bust of a shop in an upscale Jerusalem Mall which was selling antiquities without the new permit:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/shop-in-upscale-jerusalem-mall-busted-for-antiquities-sales/
http://www.antiquities.org.il/Article_eng.aspx?sec_id=25&subj_id=240&id=4205
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Hundreds-of-illegally-traded-artifacts-seized-by-Antiquities-Authority-in-Jerusalem-456828
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/213665
http://www.ynet.co.il/articles/0,7340,L-4816014,00.html
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/illegal-antiquities-trader-busted-in-jerusalem-raid/2016/06/15/
http://artdaily.com/news/88135/Hundreds-of-ancient-Artifacts-that-were-traded-without-a-license-were-seized-during-a-raid

A very interesting followup to the Gospel of Jesus Wife story (it’s very long, but worth reading):

http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2016/07/the-unbelievable-tale-of-jesus-wife/485573/

… and Karen King’s response:

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/06/karen-king-responds-to-the-unbelievable-tale-of-jesus-wife/487484/

… and summary and commentary pieces:

http://www.livescience.com/55110-gospel-of-jesus-wife-a-fake.html
https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2016/06/17/the-gospel-jesus-wife-fake/qvl3Vf3EXY8cJ31pqTQoOJ/story.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3646515/Gospel-Jesus-historian-admits-s-probably-forgery.html

St Mercurius underground city (Cappadocia) is opening to visitors:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/st-mercurius-underground-city-in-turkeys-cappadocia-ready-for-visitors.aspx?pageID=238&nID=100420&NewsCatID=375

… while Gobekli Tepe is closing:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/gobeklitepe-to-be-closed-to-visitors-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=100389&NewsCatID=375

Concerns for the Dead Sea:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-36477284

More on that find of a massive platform in Petra:

http://phys.org/news/2016-06-archaeologist-hidden-monument-jordan-petra.html
http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/06/19/did-this-ancient-site-just-get-more-mysterious.html
http://www.livescience.com/55055-hidden-petra-structure-found.html
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/14/science/petra-platform-sarah-parcak.html
http://www.stuff.co.nz/travel/destinations/middle-east/81171070/Huge-ancient-monument-found-hiding-in-plain-sight-in-Petra-Jordan
vhttp://www.breakingisraelnews.com/69905/city-biblical-desolation-yields-one-mysterious-ancient-discovery/
http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/petra-platform-satellites-1.3632606?cmp=rss
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-found-gigantic-ancient-monument-jordan-180959368/

More on ISIL’s destruction of the Temple of Nabu:

http://www.apollo-magazine.com/centre-learning-destroyed-isis/

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Plenty of interest in Roman sling bullets found at a Scottish site which apparently would whistle when hurled:

http://www.livescience.com/55050-whistling-sling-bullets-from-roman-battle-found.html
http://www.livescience.com/55049-photos-ancient-roman-battle-sling-bullets.html
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/whistling-sling-bullets-were-roman-troops-secret-weapon/
http://boingboing.net/2016/06/14/iron-age-sling-bullets-seem-de.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3642795/Roman-Empire-s-secret-terror-weapon-revealed-Whistling-sling-bullets-used-wage-psychological-warefare-enemies.html

Also from Scotland … a hoard of Roman silver:

http://www.livescience.com/55058-gaulcross-hoard-scotland.html
http://www.livescience.com/55060-photos-gaulcross-hoard.html
http://www.thenational.scot/news/discovery-of-silver-hoard-opens-door-to-secrets-of-the-picts.18861
http://www.archaeology.org/news/4568-160613-scotland-silver-hoard

Claims of a Mycenean throne find:

http://phys.org/news/2016-06-archaeologist-ancient-greek-kings-throne.html
http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/archaeologist-claims-found-ancient-greek-kings-throne-39848544
http://news.nationalpost.com/news/world/archaeologist-says-he-found-chunk-of-throne-from-ancient-greece-officials-think-its-part-of-a-stone-basin
http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/throne-of-homers-hero-is-unearthed-7dd0mn07j
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3643276/Is-lost-throne-Mycenae-Archaeologist-claims-uncovered-stone-Trojan-War.html

Remains of a Roman temple in Izmit:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/stairs-from-roman-temple-found-in-turkeys-izmit.aspx?pageID=238&nID=100584&NewsCatID=375

In case you missed it in the ANE section, a possible site for the burial of Attalid rulers:

http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/archaeology/1.725089

Weapons bans in ancient Rome:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/drsarahbond/2016/06/16/even-the-ancient-romans-had-fierce-debates-over-banning-assault-weapons/

Interesting reinterpretation of Laocoon:

http://www.wharf.co.uk/whats-on/arts-culture-news/how-robotics-re-interpreted-classic-11476840

Interesting class task reconstructing ancient scrolls:

http://classics.dartmouth.edu/news/students-construct-ancient-scrolls-clst-10

Pompeii’s director wants refugees and asylum seekers working at sites:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/06/14/put-refugees-and-asylum-seekers-to-work-at-italys-archaeological/
http://www.thelocal.it/20160613/let-asylum-seekers-look-after-pompeii-archaeologist-says

Why Classics is unique:

https://gazette.mun.ca/student-life/unique-discipline/

A Latin teacher in Ireland advises students to abandon the subject:

http://www.irishtimes.com/news/education/leaving-cert-latin-teacher-tells-students-to-abandon-subject-1.2689538

First American to win the Certamen Ovidianum:

http://onlineathens.com/mobile/2016-06-15/athens-student-becomes-first-american-win-international-latin-competition

Victor Nuovo’s latest on Lucretius:

http://www.addisonindependent.com/201606victor-nuovo-lucretius-and-meaning-it-all

What Kay Gabriel is up to:

http://www.princeton.edu/main/news/archive/S46/54/87Q74/index.xml?section=featured

What Martha Nussbaum is up to:

https://news.uchicago.edu/article/2016/06/17/prof-martha-nussbaum-wins-kyoto-prize

Honours for Robin Lane Fox:

http://www.thebookseller.com/news/wachsmann-and-fox-win-30k-wolfson-history-prize-335561

Studying ancient brothels:

http://eriemedia.ca/brock-prof-pens-new-book-exploring-old-brothels/

On the revival of ancient Greek religion:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2016/06/13/more-greeks-turn-to-worship-of-ancient-gods/

Auction house feature on Roman glass:

http://www.christies.com/features/Roman-glass-an-expert-introduction-7512-3.aspx

Gladiator reenactments at Carnuntum:

http://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-austria-gladiator-idUKKCN0YY0IT
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-austria-gladiator-idUSKCN0YY0J1?feedType=RSS&feedName=lifestyleMolt

On sexuality in Ancient Greece:

http://www.historyextra.com/article/ancient-greece/brief-history-sex-and-sexuality-ancient-greece

On Dylan and Plato:

http://daily.jstor.org/how-plato-anticipated-bob-dylan/

Funding for the Roman remains at Caistor St Edmund:

http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/funding_will_help_archaeologists_shed_light_on_roman_town_at_caistor_st_edmund_1_4583060

They’ve ‘fixed up’ the old Paphos Gate:

http://cyprus-mail.com/2016/06/12/light-shines-dark-paphos-gate/

More arguments about Hagia Sophia:

http://internacional.elpais.com/internacional/2016/06/14/actualidad/1465935524_559190.html

Reviews of Seamus Heaney’s Aeneid VI:

http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/books/the-aeneid-review-seamus-heaneys-translation-of-virgil-in-a-heroic-mode-20160609-gpfh2f.html
http://harvardmagazine.com/2016/07/with-seamus-heaney-in-elysium

More on (old) finds of a naval base at Athens:

http://cphpost.dk/news/danish-archaeologist-finds-remains-of-ancient-naval-base-in-athens.html
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonianmag/archaeologists-uncover-massive-naval-bases-ancient-athenians-180959452/
More on the latest on the Antikythera Mechanism:

http://phys.org/news/2016-06-greece-survey-ancient-cog.html
http://greece.greekreporter.com/2016/06/15/modern-technology-uncovers-new-findings-ancient-greek-analog-computer-was-a-textbook-of-astronomy/
http://greece.greekreporter.com/2016/06/16/return-to-antikythera-shipwreck-yields-another-60-treasures/
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2016/06/13/worlds-oldest-computer-from-60bc-predicted-future-new-study-says/
http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2016/06/14/science/14obs-antikythera.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2016/06/14/the-worlds-oldest-computer-is-still-revealing-its-secrets/
http://greece.greekreporter.com/2016/06/15/modern-technology-uncovers-new-findings-ancient-greek-analog-computer-was-a-textbook-of-astronomy/
http://www.ekathimerini.com/209648/article/ekathimerini/news/wreck-survey-fails-to-find-more-parts-of-ancient-cog
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/worlds-first-computer-may-have-been-used-tell-fortunes-180959335/
More on the Nemean Games revival:

http://www.euronews.com/2016/06/14/ancient-sporting-values-are-revived-in-nemean-games-in-greece/
http://www.irishexaminer.com/video/sport/check-out-the-revival-of-the-ancient-nemean-games-404888.html
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Latest reviews from BMCR:

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

Visit our blog:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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Interesting 5000 years bp figurine from Skara Brae (sort of):

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/homenews/14559492.Historian_discovers_5_000_year_old_whalebone_figurine_from_Skara_Brae_in_a_box/
http://www.orcadian.co.uk/2016/06/rediscovered-5000-year-old-human-figurine-skara-brae/

Evidence of ritual use of wine in Georgia, some 5000 years bp:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/06/160614083839.htm

A Mesolithic site from Pembrokshire:

http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/went-looking-flemishand-found-evidence-11466205

Archaeologists are returning to a submerged prehistoric site off the Isle of Wight:

http://www.culture24.org.uk/history-and-heritage/archaeology/art556558-gary-momber-digventures-isle-wight-solent

Not sure if we mentioned this 2000 years bp bog butter find last week:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/articles/36539065
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2016/06/14/man-finds-22-pound-chunk-of-butter-estimated-to-be-more-than-2000-years-old-in-irish-bog/
http://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2016-06-15/butter-unearthed-in-bog-estimated-to-be-2000-years-old/7514782
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/Science-Notebook/2016/0615/Why-ancient-butter-keeps-turning-up-in-Irish-bogs
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/a-brief-history-of-bog-butter-180959384/

Amateur archaeologists found a huge hoard of VIking gold in Denmark:

http://cphpost.dk/news/amateur-archaeologists-find-historic-viking-treasure.html
http://www.enca.com/life/amateur-archaeologists-discover-viking-gold-in-denmark
http://theweek.com/speedreads/630635/amateur-archaeologists-stumble-upon-largest-trove-viking-gold-ever-found-denmark

Evidence of Nordic biological warfare:

https://grapevine.is/news/2016/06/15/archaeologists-find-evidence-of-nordic-biological-warfare/

Latest search for royalty in parking lots is Henry I:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-berkshire-36510595
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/jun/13/archaeologists-reading-garden-king-henry-i-remains-bones
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/06/12/archaeologists-begin-hunt-for-remains-of-henry-i/
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/14/world/europe/king-henry-i-buried-parking-richard-iii.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3638563/Hunt-begins-SECOND-King-car-park-Richard-III-surveyors-scan-signs-Henry-school-Reading.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

Feature on beasties in medieval manuscripts:

http://www.cnn.com/2016/06/14/arts/medieval-subversive-art/index.html

Yorkshire had a lot of witches in 1600:

http://phys.org/news/2016-06-witch-1600yorkshire.html

Feature on Sylvia Pankhurst:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-36322972

Funding for Coniston Copper Mine:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cumbria-36510748

A medieval bridge in Rochdale is reopening:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-36520198

Feature on Potsdam’s Sanssouci Palace:

http://www.dw.com/en/sanssouci-a-palace-of-timeless-beautiful/av-19322719

Trying to figure out why a parish has two castles:

http://www.ledburyreporter.co.uk/news/14563513.Project_aims_to_unearth_the_mystery_of_two_castles_in_one_parish/

The UK is launching a Marine Antiquities Scheme:

http://www.sportdiver.co.uk/News/Latest-News/Marine-Antiquities-Scheme-to-launch-on-21-July

Reconstructing Glastonbury Abbey church:

http://artdaily.com/news/88185/University-of-York-academics-reconstruct-Glastonbury-Abbey-church

More on that 6000 years bp massacre site in France:

http://artdaily.com/news/87889/French-archaeologists-unearth-bones-from-6-000-year-old-massacre

More on the search for the Welsh burial ground that eventually became Stonehenge (sort of):

http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/archaeologists-dig-welsh-burial-ground-11438966

More on those 14 000 years bp petroglyphs from a Spanish cave:

http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/lifestyle/2016/06/14/archaeologists-discover-14000-year-old-paintings-deep-down-in-spanish-cave/?intcmp=hpbt4
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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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Bronze Age petroglyphs from Russia:

https://www.rt.com/viral/347305-novosibirsk-archaeologists-alkin-petroglyph/

A 9th century Jain relief from Chennai:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chennai/9th-century-Jain-bas-relief-found-near-Chennai/articleshow/52755270.cms

More is being found in Cambodia by LiDAR … here’s one piece (more in the techy section):

http://www.livescience.com/55068-mysterious-earthen-mounds-discovered-cambodia.html

Checking to see if some Tamil Nadu idols match stolen ones:

http://www.india.com/news/india/tamil-nadu-temple-officials-see-if-seized-idols-match-stolen-ones-1268529/

What Julia Clark is up to:

http://theubpost.mn/2016/06/16/archaeologist-dr-julia-clark-discusses-decade-long-career-in-mongolia/

Feature on William Barak:

http://theconversation.com/explainer-the-importance-of-william-baraks-ceremony-60846

More on remains of a Ming dynasty palace in the Forbidden City:

http://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/1973821/ruins-found-beijings-forbidden-city-may-be-part-lost-ming-palace
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3639332/Ming-Dynasty-ruins-China-s-Forbidden-City-590-year-old-wooden-earth-foundations-lost-palace-uncovered.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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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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Petroglyphs from Minnesota:

http://www.postbulletin.com/news/local/petroglyphs-visible-at-historic-site/article_053bc186-02b7-52ba-a2d8-8dd0627a0262.html

I think we mentioned this evidence of pre-Columbian trade between Asia and North America last week:

http://www.alaskapublic.org/2016/06/16/first-evidence-of-ancient-trade-with-asia-uncovered-in-northwest-alaska/

Amateur archaeologists find a 2000 years bp (or so) site in Iowa:

http://www.stormlakepilottribune.com/story/2314133.html

Latest from Camp Security (not sure there’s anything new here):

http://www.ydr.com/story/news/local/2016/06/07/artifacts-found-hunt-revolutionary-war-prison-camp-security/85321898/?from=global&sessionKey=&autologin=

A team from the University of Indiana were checking out ‘the grave in the road’:

http://www.dailyjournal.net/view/local_story/Seven-sets-of-bones-found-at-l_1465962994

Archaeologists have returned to an 18th century ‘homestead fort’ in Buffalo County (California):

http://www.observer-reporter.com/20160614/cal_u_anthropologists_explore_buffalo_township_land
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2016/06/14/archaeologists-7-bodies-indianas-grave-middle-road/85876944/

They’re digging at the Don Tristan de Luna site (Florida) again (warning: page has one of those embedded videos that starts very loudly):

http://www.pnj.com/story/news/local/2016/06/13/uwf-team-unearths-more-than-just-luna-artifacts/85820466/

On the role of the mosquito in American independence:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-lowly-mosquito-helped-america-win-independence-180959411/

Feature on the restoration of La Belle:

http://www.valleymorningstar.com/news/state/article_4c09409a-beff-5e60-8894-e863c860e392.html
http://www.ctvnews.ca/world/300-year-old-french-shipwreck-gets-a-facelift-1.2951444

Followup to that feature on Georgetown’s slave-owning past revelation a few weeks ago:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/15/us/moving-to-make-amends-georgetown-president-meets-with-descendant-of-slaves.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&c
More on tracking the peopling of North America via bison fossils:

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/
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Some ‘aesthetic’ work at Ventanilla:

http://www.peruthisweek.com/news-archaeological-site-gets-makeover-in-ventanilla-109744

More on secret tunnels at Teotihuacan:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/discovery-secret-tunnel-mexico-solve-mysteries-teotihuacan-180959070/

More on recreating the Sistine Chapel in Mexico:

http://www.dw.com/en/sistine-chapel-recreated-in-mexico/a-19318489
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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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Interesting feature on the spread of cities over 5000 years or so:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/history-of-cities-urbanization-map_us_576433f3e4b0fbbc8bea3eda?section

Feature on an antique guitar:

http://www.bostonglobe.com/arts/theater-art/2016/06/17/after-three-centuries-precious-guitar-finally-visits-doctor/ipOCMnqoCEJIYF5qxWrYRN/story.html?s_campaign=email_BG_TodaysHeadline&s_campaign=

Why maps have north at the top:

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20160614-maps-have-north-at-the-top-but-it-couldve-been-different

A summer reading list for fans of archaeology:

http://voices.nationalgeographic.com/2016/06/17/an-archaeology-summer-reading-list/

A sort of overviewish thing on archaeology:

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/crux/2016/06/16/where-are-all-the-prehistoric-women-and-children/

Pondering when long hair for women became popular:

http://time.com/4348252/history-long-hair/

A comprehensive, digital edition of the Bible:

http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=34347

On the history of the apricot:

http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2016/06/14/481932829/moon-of-the-faith-a-history-of-the-apricot-and-its-many-pleasures

… and celery:

http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2016/06/13/481617408/celery-why

… and Trappist cheese:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20160608-the-elusive-cheese-with-no-recipe

Feature on death rituals:

http://phys.org/news/2016-06-mummification-sky-burialswhy-deathrituals.html

Haven’t heard about the Amber Room in a while:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/11/world/what-in-the-world/could-long-lost-amber-room-be-stashed-under-a-nazi-bunker-in-poland.html

Latest shipwreck beer recreation (we may have had this one):

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-06-14/worlds-oldest-beer-brought-back-to-life-scientists-claim/7496532

More on Auschwitz victims’ belongings:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/thousands-of-items-belonging-to-auschwitz-victims-newly-uncovered/
http://artdaily.com/news/87903/Auschwitz-museum-tracks-down-long-lost-inmate-belongings

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Theodore Rousseau:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/19/arts/design/theodore-rousseau-gets-his-due-at-the-getty-museum.html?src=recg

Made in Rome:

http://www.ottawacommunitynews.com/news-story/6726076-exhibit-explores-ancient-roman-designer-labels-trademarks/
http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory/exhibit-explores-ancient-roman-designer-labels-trademarks-39897337
http://www.sfchronicle.com/entertainment/article/Exhibit-explores-ancient-Roman-designer-labels-8230659.php

Treasures of Ancient Greece:

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/culture/2016/06/14/arts/openings-in-tokyo/journey-land-immortals-treasures-ancient-greece/

Feature on Google’s ‘Digital Museum’:

http://www.wired.co.uk/article/google-cultural-institute-art-museums

The Smithsonian and the V&A will be sharing exhibition space:

http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-36521649
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/15/arts/international/smithsonian-institution-victoria-and-albert-olympicopolis.html
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/6d35818c-3181-11e6-bda0-04585c31b153.html
https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2016/jun/13/smithsonian-v-and-a-museum-london-2012-olympics-site

The Louvre continued to top ‘most popular museum’ voting:

http://www.cnn.com/2016/06/15/travel/world-top-10-museums-2016/index.html
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THE TECHY SIDE
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Use of LiDAR to find Roman sites in Melford:

http://www.suffolkfreepress.co.uk/news/latest-news/melford-using-radar-to-find-roman-homes-1-7434636

Digitally modelling Ireland’s Trim Castle:

http://www.ithaca.edu/news/releases/mapping-the-medieval:-professor-building-digital-model-of-irish-castle-41766/#.V2LLb7srKUk

A feature on LiDAR:

http://phys.org/news/2016-06-lidar-amazing-laser-technology-archaeologists.html
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/meet-lidar-the-amazing-laser-technology-that-s-helping-archaeologists-discover-lost-cities/
http://theconversation.com/meet-lidar-the-amazing-laser-technology-thats-helping-archaeologists-discover-lost-cities-60915

More on LiDAR finds in Cambodia:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jun/11/lost-city-medieval-discovered-hidden-beneath-cambodian-jungle
http://www.livescience.com/55068-mysterious-earthen-mounds-discovered-cambodia.html
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2016/06/17/an-entirely-new-city-is-revealed-beneath-the-cambodian-jungle/
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/laser-scans-reveal-massive-khmer-cities-hidden-cambodian-jungle-180959395/
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/0613/Archaeologists-uncover-hidden-medieval-cities-in-Cambodia
http://news.nationalpost.com/news/world/lasers-reveal-ancient-cambodian-cities-archaeologists-had-given-up-on-ever-finding
http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/world-news/ancient-urban-networks-around-angkor-wat-discovered-34796361.html
https://www.apollo-magazine.com/lost-cities-discovered-beneath-cambodian-jungle/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2016/06/13/new-technology-reveals-cities-hidden-in-cambodian-vegetation-for-thousands-of-years/
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/0613/Archaeologists-uncover-hidden-medieval-cities-in-Cambodia
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3638649/The-vast-ancient-cities-hidden-Cambodia-s-jungle-Lasers-reveal-1-400-year-old-buildings-Khmer-Empire.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/research-may-alter-accepted-history-of-angkors-end-113999/
https://www.yahoo.com/tech/archaeologists-uncovered-lost-cambodian-city-121545975.html
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ON THE DNA FRONT
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DNA is shedding light on the origin of domestic goats:

http://phys.org/news/2016-06-ancient-dna-analysis-domestic-goats.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/06/160613090635.htm
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-06/nu-ada061316.php
http://www.livescience.com/55060-photos-gaulcross-hoard.html
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/06/2016/tracing-goat-domestication-through-ancient-dna

Not really sure how DNA is involved in this study of the demise of megafauna in Patagonia:

http://phys.org/news/2016-06-ancient-dna-storm-felled-ice.html
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/0617/Ice-Age-mystery-What-killed-off-the-mastodons-mammoths-and-giant-sloths
Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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Another piece on concerns for sites when climate change is going on:

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2093905-race-to-save-hidden-treasures-under-threat-from-climate-change/

… in a similar vein:

http://www.princegeorgecitizen.com/arctic-archaeologists-race-to-save-ancient-sites-from-encroaching-ocean-1.2277524
http://www.metronews.ca/news/canada/2016/06/14/arctic-archaeologists-race-to-save-ancient-sites-from-encroaching-ocean.html
http://thechronicleherald.ca/canada/1372244-arctic-archaeologists-race-to-save-ancient-sites-from-encroaching-ocean

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TOURISTY THINGS
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Versailles:

http://www.themalaymailonline.com/travel/article/discover-versailles-home-to-marie-antoinettes-fabulous-palace

Underground Rome:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/articles/underground-secrets-of-rome/

Rome on a Vespa:

http://www.dw.com/en/touring-rome-on-a-vespa/av-19327853
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CRIME BEAT
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Criticism of the Cultural Property bill:

https://www.antiquestradegazette.com/news/2016/vital-changes-needed-to-looted-art-bill-as-dealers-says-definition-of-cultural-property-is-too-vague/

Assorted relics and fakes confiscated in Malaga:

http://spanishnewstoday.com/genuine-and-fake-archaeological-relics-confiscated-in-malaga_76075-a.html

Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2016/06/culture-crime-news-6-12-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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Belgium returned a stolen head of Octavian to Italy:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/videos/5db924e842e2bbc79c8e8602fb65ab16.htm
http://cyprus-mail.com/2016/06/14/stolen-marble-head-romes-first-emperor-returns-italy/

Seeking the return of ‘hundreds’ of Bihar antiquities:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/patna/Hundreds-of-Bihar-antiquities-are-still-in-foreign-museums/articleshow/52749762.cms

More on Israel returning sarcophagus lids to Egypt:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/223183/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Two-sarcophagis-lids-recovered-by-Egypt-from-Israe.aspx

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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on some recent ancient hoard finds:

http://www.coinweek.com/education/numismatic-history/hordes-hoards-recent-classic-finds-ancient-coins/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v19n24.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v19n25.html

More on that ‘collector’s hoard’ from Israel:

http://www.coinweek.com/ancient-coins/israeli-coin-hoard-possibly-ancient-coin-collection/
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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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Taming of the Shrew:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/14/theater/review-petruchio-is-a-woman-and-courtship-is-a-beauty-pageant-in-this-taming-of-the-shrew.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/2438-audio-news-from-archaeologica-5-june-2016-11-june-2016

June edition of Stata: Portraits of Humanity:

http://archaeologychannel.org/video-guide/strata-portraits-of-humanity/2435-strata-june-2016

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OBITUARIES
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Gillett Griffin:

http://www.princeton.edu/main/news/archive/S46/59/99Q97/?section=topstories
http://mercerspace.com/news/princeton-university-art-museum-curator-gillett-griffin-dies-at-87/

Bekmukhanbet Nurmuhanbetov

http://www.kazakh-tv.kz/en/view/news_kazakhstan/page_162355_

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CONFERENCES
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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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