Explorator 19.09 ~ June 26, 2016

Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Hernan Astudillo,
Bob Heuman, Frank MacKay, Mark Allen, 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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800 000 years bp homo erectus footprints from Eritrea:

http://www.australianetworknews.com/800000-year-old-footprints-discovered-eritrea-africa/
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3650497/That-really-tracking-prey-Footprints-left-Homo-erectus-hunting-party-800-000-years-ago-discovered-Eritrean-desert.html

Overviewish features about Lucy:

http://allafrica.com/stories/201606250020.html
http://www.news24.com/Green/News/meet-3-million-year-old-lucy-shell-tell-you-a-lot-about-modern-african-heritage-20160622-2
https://theconversation.com/meet-3-million-year-old-lucy-shell-tell-you-a-lot-about-modern-african-heritage-61312

Pondering hobbits and homo floresiensis:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/20/insider/are-hobbits-real.html

Not sure where to put this one … early humans liked to eat elephant heads apparently:

http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20160614-the-people-who-ate-elephant-heads
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AFRICA
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Tracking migrations in sub Saharan Africa over the past 4000 years:

http://phys.org/news/2016-06-scientists-reveal-sub-saharan-africa-year.html

On use of poison arrow technology in Eastern Africa:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/06/160617113639.htm

Concerns for cave art in Somalia:

http://www.news24.com/Africa/News/rocky-future-for-somalias-ancient-cave-art-20160626
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/afp/article-3660468/Rocky-future-Somalias-ancient-cave-art.html

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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The base of the Great Pyramid isn’t as ‘exact’ as we’re often told:

http://www.livescience.com/55118-great-pyramid-giza-is-slightly-lopsided.html
http://news.nationalpost.com/news/world/yes-a-new-study-reveals-the-great-pyramid-of-giza-isnt-a-perfect-square-but-its-still-a-structural-marvel
http://finance.yahoo.com/news/something-off-egypt-oldest-largest-141820381.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3650650/The-leaning-tower-Giza-Engineers-discover-Great-Pyramid-wonky.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
http://www.latercera.com/noticia/tendencias/2016/06/659-686098-9-investigadores-descubren-un-error-en-la-construccion-de-la-gran-piramide-de-giza.shtml

… and a feature on how pyramids were built:

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

Latest from KV55:

http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/new-clues-may-unmask-mystery-pharaoh/news-story/99bd327424462415d4ce3469bc7b4002
http://www.cairnspost.com.au/news/world/new-clues-may-unmask-mystery-pharaoh/news-story/99bd327424462415d4ce3469bc7b4002

Photos from the Valley of the Kings:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/africa/egypt/articles/inside-the-valley-of-the-kings/

Book reviewish thing on urban planning in ancient Egypt:

http://phys.org/news/2016-06-chronicles-urban-ancient-egypt.html
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-06/uoc-bcr062016.php

Interesting finds from Iraqi Kurdistan relating to the evolution of cities in Mesopotamia:

http://phys.org/news/2016-06-iraqi-kurdistan-site-reveals-evolution.html
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-06/uadb-iks062116.php
http://www.uab.cat/web/newsroom/news-detail/x-1345668003610.html?noticiaid=1345706063964

A pair of Israeli researchers are trying to force a rethink of domestication of agriculture in the area:

http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/archaeology/.premium-1.725932

… while another study suggests farming was invented twice in the region:

http://www.nature.com/news/farming-invented-twice-in-middle-east-genomes-study-reveals-1.20119

The harbour of ancient Byblos may have been located … but it’s complicated:

http://www.al-fanarmedia.org/2016/06/new-battle-in-one-of-the-worlds-oldest-cities/

Latest from Gath suggests Canaanites were sacrificing animals from Egypt:

http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/archaeology/1.726027
http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0157650

Plans to dig at Turkey’s ‘little Venice’ (Apollonia):

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/excavations-start-at-turkeys-little-venice.aspx?PageID=238&NID=100684&NewsCatID=375

Suggestion that Izmit might become Turkey’s ‘Second Ephesus’:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/Default.aspx?pageID=238&nid=100683

Remains of a monastery have been found in that underground city from Cappadocia (which was found in 2014):

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/monastery-new-discovery-in-underground-city-in-cappadocia.aspx?pageID=238&nID=100762&NewsCatID=375

Possible Roman-era burial from a dig in Yemiskapani:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/skeleton-pieces-found-in-yemiskapani-excavations-.aspx?pageID=238&nid=100846&NewsCatID=375

Plenty of coverage of the beginning of the restoration of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre (focus varies in these):

http://www.dw.com/en/restoring-the-holy-sepulcher/g-19345259
http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/urgent-work-has-begun-to-stablise-the-tomb-of-christ-inside-jerusalems-holy-sepulchre/news-story/1f253ff9af1c325e602133df83642493
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/workers-will-soon-enter-the-tomb-of-jesus–and-repair-the-holy-stone-with-titanium-bolts/2016/06/20/f945a0b8-309a-11e6-ab9d-1da2b0f24f93_story.html
http://news.nationalpost.com/news/world/for-the-first-time-in-200-years-scientists-will-enter-jerusalems-holy-rock-said-to-be-christs-tomb
http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/06/25/what-the-hell-is-going-on-in-jesus-tomb.html
http://www.stuff.co.nz/world/middle-east/81336386/The-tomb-of-Jesus-to-be-restored

Egypt and Saudi Arabia signed an agreement regarding antiquities:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/223385/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Egypt-to-sign-archaeological-cooperation-agreement.aspx
http://www.sis.gov.eg/En/Templates/Articles/tmpArticleNews.aspx?ArtID=105430

Feature on Palmyra:

http://www.historytoday.com/raoul-mclaughlin/when-all-roads-led-palmyra

Feature on Geza Vermes:

http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/this-day-in-jewish-history/1.726221

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Excavation of a shop in Pompeii has revealed skeletons and coins:

http://phys.org/news/2016-06-skeletons-coins-ancient-pompeii.html
http://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2016/06/24/four-human-skeletons-appear-in-ancient-shop-near-pompeii/
http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/skeletons-coins-found-dig-ancient-pompeii-shop-40109656
http://globalnews.ca/news/2785544/archaeologists-discover-skeletons-coins-in-ancient-pompeii-shop/

They’ve found more Roman-associated finds at a dig at Ipplepen which is causing a bit of a rethink of the extent of Roman influence:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-devon-36596636
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/roman-coins-unearthed-in-devon-redraw-map-of-the-empire-a7097206.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3656485/Romans-powerful-Britain-thought-Discovery-coins-pottery-Devon-redraws-map-empire.html
http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/romans-gave-devon-a-taste-for-the-exotic-kkr6tll6r
http://www.culture24.org.uk/history-and-heritage/archaeology/art557183-ipplepen-exeter-roman-archaeology-mediterranean-diet
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/jun/22/roman-coins-devon-map-empire-ipplepen
http://www.torquayheraldexpress.co.uk/new-archaeological-finds-uncovered-at-village-roman-settlement/story-29427016-detail/story.html
http://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/what-did-the-romans-ever-do-for-devon-built-a-motorway-2-000-years-ago/story-29427412-detail/story.html

A Roman cemetery, including child burials, is revealed in Lincoln:

http://www.lincolnshireecho.co.uk/roman-cemetery-discovered-in-lincoln-remains-of-babies-an-adult-and-ashes-revealed-so-far/story-29430705-detail/story.html
http://www.lincolnshireecho.co.uk/pictures-emerge-of-roman-burial-ground-finds-as-dig-could-end-without-uncovering-hundreds/story-29432552-detail/story.html
http://thelincolnite.co.uk/2016/06/roman-skeletons-discovered-university-lincoln-building-site/
http://www.culture24.org.uk/history-and-heritage/archaeology/art557244-lincoln-roman-skeleton-cemetery-river-witham
More on what high tech scanning has revealed about the Antikythera Mechanism:

http://www.livescience.com/55168-antikythera-mechanism-had-user-manual.html
http://www.livescience.com/55143-antikythera-mechanism-inscriptions-photos.html
http://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/24208/20160624/2000-year-old-computer-used-tell-future.htm
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/isawnews/~3/Sc0OsgGrVsk/professor-alexander-jones-research-on-the-antikythera-mechanism-published-in-journal-almagest

… and more on recent finds from the associated shipwreck:

http://phys.org/news/2016-06-artifacts-antikythera-shipwreck.html
http://www.newser.com/story/227026/among-antikythera-shipwreck-finds-an-odd-item.html
http://www.capecod.com/newscenter/whoi-researchers-help-to-uncover-more-artifacts-from-ancient-shipwreck/

New concerns for the Villa of the Mysteries:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/06/19/pompeiis-villa-of-mysteries-at-risk-of-collapse/

Feature on Hadrian and Antinous:

http://www.ebar.com/arts/art_article.php?sec=books&article=1047

What Frank Sear is up to:

http://neoskosmos.com/news/en/Professor-Frank-Sear-takes-us-back-to-the-glory-Greece-was

A Latin Immersion weekend:

http://chronicle.com/blogs/linguafranca/2016/06/21/living-in-latin/

Feature on the Sleeping Hermaphrodite:

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2016/06/27/arts/design/statue-hermaphrodite.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Farts

On Britain’s first ‘Brexit’:

http://keranews.org/post/britain-s-first-brexit-286-ad

Feature on an ancient poetic device:

http://chronicle.com/blogs/linguafranca/2016/06/16/an-ancient-poetic-device-called/

On some Classical influence on the latest ‘Game of Thrones’ episode:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2016/06/21/game-of-thrones-the-actual-historical-roots-of-the-enormous-battle-of-the-bastards/
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/tv/2016/06/21/game-of-thrones-battle-of-the-bastards-facts/
http://time.com/4374748/battle-of-cannae-game-of-thrones/?xid=time_socialflow_facebook

A model of a Roman burial from Watton is on display:

http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/model_of_roman_skeleton_discovered_on_watton_building_site_is_unveiled_1_4590376

More on naval bases in the Piraeus:

http://www.livescience.com/55142-ancient-greek-naval-base-found.html

More on that ‘bronze wing’:

http://www.livescience.com/55108-bronze-wing-roman-sculpture-found.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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A 1400 years bp ‘sledge’ from a Norwegian glacier:

http://glacierhub.org/2016/06/21/1400-year-old-sledge-thawed-out-of-norwegian-glacier/

Hype for an upcoming dig at a VIking/’Gaelic’ site in the Outer Hebrides:

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-06/lu-dtg062216.php

A medieval hunting lodge from New Forest:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-hampshire-36570647

Studying a 17th century Dutch shipwreck off Iceland:

http://icelandmonitor.mbl.is/news/culture_and_living/2016/06/19/divers_explore_17th_century_dutch_shipwreck_in_icel/

Remains of a mosque-like structure near a shrine to Suleiman in Hungary:

http://aa.com.tr/en/culture-and-art/mosque-ruins-hint-at-sultan-suleiman-shrine-in-hungary-/595976
http://www.dailysabah.com/history/2016/06/22/hungarian-archaeologists-find-mosque-ruins-hinting-at-sultan-suleiman-shrine

Assorted metal detectorist finds:

http://www.keighleynews.co.uk/news/14575095.Another_rare_discovery_for_metal_detector_enthusiast/

Plans for a survey at Old Scatness:

http://www.shetlandtimes.co.uk/2016/06/21/new-survey-could-reveal-more-about-ancient-archaeological-sites

Strange one: Britain is running out of space to store archaeological finds:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/06/25/britain-may-lose-historical-heritage-as-archaeologists-admit-the/

On kings and carparks in Reading:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/shortcuts/2016/jun/13/kings-and-carparks-is-reading-the-new-leicester

Restoration of a 17th century fire engine associated with the Great Fire of London suggests it wasn’t very effective:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/06/21/crude-great-fire-of-london-engines-could-only-squirt-six-pints-o/
https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2016/jun/21/17th-century-fire-engine-restored-for-great-fire-of-london-exhibition

Latest attempt at figuring out how Stonehenge was built:

http://www.livescience.com/55106-stonehenge-experiment-how-massive-stones-were-moved.html
http://www.livescience.com/55103-photos-investigating-how-stonehenge-was-built.html

Feature on the ‘dancing mania’ in Aachen some 642 years bp:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/strange-case-dancing-mania-struck-germany-six-centuries-ago-today-180959549/?no-ist

Feature on Grace O’Malley:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20160615-the-pirate-queen-of-county-mayo

Reburial for some 1400 years bp Bamburgh skeletons:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tyne-36610112

More on the development of wine in Georgia:

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/deadthings/2016/06/17/was-georgia-the-cradle-of-wine-who-cares-lets-drink/
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/ancient-europeans-may-have-been-first-wine-makers
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/06/2016/wine-used-for-ceremonial-purposes-in-georgia-5000-years-ago

More on that 5000 years bp figurine from Skara Brae:

http://www.livescience.com/55141-lost-neolithic-figurine-rediscovered-in-scotland.html
http://www.livescience.com/55132-photos-skara-brae-neolithic-figurine.html
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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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Oldest evidence of domesticated rice dates to 9000 years bp:

http://phys.org/news/2016-06-team-farmed-rice.html
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-06/uot-uot062216.php

A 14th century hangi from Wairu Bar (NZ):

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/81276771/Ancient-cooking-oven-re-excavated-at-early-capital-city-in-Marlborough

A Silla culture burial’s ‘long head’ is getting some attention:

http://www.livescience.com/55137-ancient-woman-with-long-head-korea.html
http://www.foxnews.com/science/2016/06/22/bizarre-long-headed-woman-from-ancient-kingdom-revealed.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3652698/Why-long-face-Bizarre-elongated-skull-woman-ancient-Silla-culture-discovered-Korea.html

Studying Palawan burials:

http://phys.org/news/2016-06-exploring-prehistory-palawan-island-human.html
http://feeds.sciencedaily.com/~r/sciencedaily/fossils_ruins/archaeology/~3/YnLSOTHRn8M/160624140609.htm

Remains of a possible Buddhist monastery at Vadnagar:

http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-gujarat-likely-remains-of-buddhist-monastery-found-in-vadnagar-2225741
http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/asi-unearths-remains-of-buddhist-monastery-in-vadnagar-gujarat-2864317/

Pondering the antiquity of Chennai:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chennai/Whats-Chennais-true-age-Over-2000-years-say-records/articleshow/52894565.cms

China and Uzbekistan are cooperating on a dig:

http://english.cctv.com/2016/06/21/VIDEE3HKGf1EIckYfkE19wm8160621.shtml

The political side of Chinese archaeology:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-36562116

More on LiDAR at Angkor Wat:

http://www.businessinsider.com/angkor-wat-cambodia-archaeologists-lidar-2016-6

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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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A 12 000 years bp campsite near a New Brunswick Highway:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/route-8-artifacts-12000-years-1.3648907
http://www.ctvnews.ca/sci-tech/12-000-year-old-campsite-found-near-n-b-highway-1.2959412
http://atlantic.ctvnews.ca/ancient-artifacts-discovered-in-new-brunswick-1.2959317
http://globalnews.ca/news/2782411/12000-year-old-marysville-artifacts-give-indigenous-people-glimpse-of-the-past/

A pre-contact campsite near Kamloops:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/construction-site-near-kamloops-uncovers-proof-of-pre-contact-indigenous-habitation-1.3650111

Digging a portage site near the Lachine rapids:

http://publications.mcgill.ca/reporter/2016/06/mcgill-leading-archaeological-field-work-in-verdun/

Digging a Mississipian culture site near Beardstown (IL):

http://myjournalcourier.com/news/96916/group-uncovering-the-past
http://foxillinois.com/news/local/ancient-village-found-in-central-illinois-corn-field-06-24-2016

Looking for the first farmers in the Red River Valley:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/anthropolgy-students-lockport-farmers-1.3644247?cmp=rss

Latest artifacts with a possible connection to the Lost Colony:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2016/06/23/small-artifacts-north-carolina-lost-colony/86277914/
http://www.nbc12.com/story/32290868/archaeologists-find-artifacts-of-lost-colony-in-nc
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3654132/Artifacts-linked-Lost-Colony.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
http://www.foxnews.com/science/2016/06/22/artifacts-found-in-north-carolina-may-have-link-to-lost-colony.html
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/north-carolina-artifacts-lost-colony/
http://www.richmond.com/news/latest-news-ap/article_c060e2ab-0b05-5c86-aa0a-de42494c29ee.html
http://www.sfchronicle.com/news/us/article/Artifacts-found-that-could-be-linked-to-Lost-8317074.php

Revolutionary War items near Sandy Hook lighthouse:

http://newjersey.news12.com/news/revolutionary-war-era-artifacts-found-by-sandy-hook-lighthouse-1.11948799

Hidden burials from one of Houston’s earliest cemeteries:

http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/article/UH-project-uncovers-hidden-burial-sites-in-one-of-8311770.php#item-38488

Looking for secret tunnels beneath a South Bend church:

http://wsbt.com/news/local/secret-tunnels-under-a-south-bend-church-archaeology-student-digs-into-studebaker-past
http://wsbt.com/news/local/archaeology-student-looks-into-secret-tunnels-at-old-local-church

On reconstructing ancient houses:

http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/science/2016/06/26/01-reconstructing-ancient-cultures-houses-part-art-part-science.html

There’s a Huron village buried in the heart of Toronto:

http://torontoist.com/2016/06/the-buried-huron-village-in-the-heart-of-toronto/

Revisiting the Calcium site for Native American artifacts:

http://www.watertowndailytimes.com/news03/archaeologists-reviewing-calcium-site-for-native-american-artifacts-20160621

Followup to the discovery of plenty of sites after floods in Alberta a few years ago:

http://www.highrivertimes.com/2016/06/20/post-flood-archaeological-discoveries-an-ironic-beauty-to-a-devastating-event

Studying middens and the like in the Pacific Northwest:

http://around.uoregon.edu/content/ancient-fish-bones-shed-light-early-pacific-northwest-life

The slavery connection to Jack Daniels:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/26/dining/jack-daniels-whiskey-nearis-green-slave.html

Reburial of some slave remains:

http://phys.org/news/2016-06-long-forgotten-slave-reburied-ny-ceremony.html

I think we had this story of ‘saving the squash’ a few months ago, but now there’s a bee connection too:
http://phys.org/news/2016-06-agriculture-bees-pre-columbian-north-america.html
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-06/ncsu-hsa061516.php
http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2016/06/23/483147072/how-native-american-tribes-saved-a-giant-ancient-squash-from-oblivion

Georgetown’s slave-owning history:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/inspired-life/wp/2016/06/17/georgetowns-priests-sold-her-ancestors-into-slavery-heres-how-she-cracked-the-mystery/

Latest in that Iowa pipeline dispute:

http://kicdam.com/news/170071-pipeline-through-burial-site-approved/

More on Michigan petroglyphs:

http://navajotimes.com/wires-wp/index.php?id=1671931800&kid=K62bPR5w4QZ27rfq

More on that 17th century shipwreck conservation thing in Texas:

http://phys.org/news/2016-06-vessel-sank-years.html
http://www.livescience.com/55160-la-belle-shipwreck-restoration.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/jun/21/la-belle-france-ship-restored-texas-colony
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Remains of a mammoth (butchered by humans) from Mexico:

http://phys.org/news/2016-06-mammoth-uncovered-mexico.html

… and again, humans (plus other factors) are being blamed for the demise of megafauna in South America:

http://phys.org/news/2016-06-ancient-dna-storm-felled-ice.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/06/160617160350.htm
http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/laelaps/what-killed-south-america-s-megamammals/
http://www.elmostrador.cl/cultura/2016/06/20/la-accion-humana-la-piedra-rosetta-de-la-muerte-de-especies-gigantes-en-la-edad-de-hielo/

A 200 years bp mikveh from Venezuela has been authenticated:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/venezuelan-jews-authenticate-19th-century-mikveh/
http://forward.com/news/breaking-news/343421/venezuela-jews-certify-200-year-old-mikveh/
—–
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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On the development of cubism:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/25/arts/design/two-views-of-cubism.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Farts
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/24/arts/design/before-he-was-a-cubist-picasso-was-an-invertebrate.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fdesign

… while a Picasso fetched big bucks at auction:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/23/arts/design/picassos-femme-assise-sells-for-63-7-million-an-auction-high-for-cubism.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fdesign

Some Bloomsday-associated items:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/16/travel/bloomsday-james-joyce-dublin-paris-london.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Ftravel
http://www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/2016/06/19/482509752/food-to-celebrate-freedom-tea-cakes-for-juneteenth

… and Solstice:

http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/0621/Summer-solstice-celebrated-this-year-with-the-arrival-of-a-strawberry-moon

On Manet and Degas:

http://theconversation.com/friday-essay-when-manet-met-degas-61081

Love letters from the Somme:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-36600646

Feature on Michelangelo’s ‘Creation of Adam’:

http://www.dw.com/en/a-masterpiece-the-creation-of-adam/a-19347559

… and Raphael’s Sistine Madonna:

http://www.dw.com/en/masterpieces-revisited-the-sistine-madonna/a-19344833

… and a Degas with a really long title:

http://theconversation.com/heres-looking-at-edgar-degas-woman-seated-on-the-edge-of-the-bath-sponging-her-neck-61196

On Henry VIII as a Brexit pioneer:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/21/world/europe/a-british-divorce-from-europe-henry-viii-blazed-the-trail.html

All about Rosie the Riveter:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20160602-the-truth-about-rosie-the-riveter

A ‘secret agent’ bought paintings to return them home:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-derbyshire-36584086

Feature on assorted sea monsters:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20160620-the-monsters-hidden-beneath-the-sea

On the history of the university:

https://www.insidehighered.com/views/2016/06/20/historian-evaluates-universities-beginning-until-now-essay

On Emily Dickenson’s gardens:

http://www.npr.org/2016/06/18/482478311/nevermind-the-white-dress-turns-out-emily-dickinson-had-a-green-thumb

On Muhammad Ali’s original name:

http://news.yale.edu/2016/06/09/muhammad-ali-originally-named-ardent-abolitionist-and-yale-alumnus-cassius-clay

More on maps with north pointing up:

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

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Dadaglobe Reconstructed:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/17/arts/design/a-plan-to-spread-dada-worldwide-revisited-at-moma.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fdesign

Sicilian treasures:

http://artdaily.com/news/88354/-Storms–War-and-Shipwrecks–Treasures-from-the-Sicilian-Seas–on-view-at-the-Ashmolean-Museum
http://www.bicesteradvertiser.net/news/bicester/14580703.Sunken_treasures_come_to_light_at_the_Ashmolean/

Quran:

http://www.theintelligencer.net/news/national-news/2016/06/smithsonian-to-host-first-major-u-s-quran-exhibit/
http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/2016/0621/Smithsonian-will-mount-first-ever-major-US-Quran-exhibit

Japanese Masks:

http://www.firstpost.com/fwire/paris-exhibition-displays-chirac-like-18th-century-japanese-masks-reuters-2846188.html

More indications of financial troubles at the Met:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/20/arts/design/3-leaders-at-the-metropolitan-museum-of-art-step-down.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fdesign
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THE TECHY SIDE
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Feature on some librarians’ skills at book restoration:

http://chronicle.com/article/3-Librarians-Bring-Skills-in/236835

Using LiDAR to map beer caves in Iowa:

http://clas.uiowa.edu/geography/resources/news/iowa-city-beer-caves-lidar-scanning-project
http://www.press-citizen.com/story/news/local/2016/06/20/mapping-iowa-citys-beer-caves/86150532/
http://www.thegazette.com/subject/news/government/iowa-city-mapping-beer-caves-with-new-technology-20160620

Xraying cat mummies:

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/06/cat-mummies-egypt-scans-atomic-imaging-archaeology-science/

Scanning some mummies in Spain:

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

Looking for sites with Cold War spy photos:

http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2016/06/among-the-remnants/488279/

3d printing a 17th century shipwreck from Scotland:

http://www.livescience.com/55097-shipwrecks-recreated-with-3d-printing.html

More on LiDAR in Cambodia:

http://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/24093/20160623/lasers-reveal-ancient-hidden-cities-in-cambodia.htm
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/06/19/mysterious-earth-mounds-discovered-by-lasers-at-reveal-hidden-ca/

More on monumental platforms at Petra found with satellite technology:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/14/science/petra-platform-sarah-parcak.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fscience
http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/06/19/did-this-ancient-site-just-get-more-mysterious.html
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ON THE DNA FRONT
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DNA reveals an East Asian origin for Himalayan popuolations:

http://phys.org/news/2016-06-highland-east-asian-prehistoric-himalayan.html
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-06/uoo-rfh062016.php

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Koblenz:

http://www.dw.com/en/a-taste-of-riverside-culture-in-koblenz/a-19342512

Cervante’s Spain:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/explore-miguel-de-cervantes-spain-180959013/
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CRIME BEAT
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A major bust in Kerala:

http://www.newsgram.com/antiquity-theft-police-seizes-a-house-full-of-treasure-trove-in-kerala/

… and Spain:

http://www.artsjournal.com/2016/06/police-in-spain-seize-10000-stolen-artworks-and-antiquities.html

Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2016/06/culture-crime-news-13-19-june-2016.html

Questioning the provenance of Bible Museum items (already):

http://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/2016/06/23/provenance-christian-antiquities-questioned/85480398/

The BM seems to have tax problems:

http://www.museumsassociation.org/museums-journal/news/22062016-bm-legal-dispute-720000-tax-bill
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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Returning a long-lost war medal to a family:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-south-east-wales-36597103

Peru recovered a number of items from various countries this week:

http://www.peruthisweek.com/news-peruvian-antiques-returned-109817
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/first-nations-artifacts-1.3648570?cmp=rss
http://www.timescolonist.com/opinion/editorials/editorial-artifacts-return-vital-to-cultures-1.2285303

Bolivia recovered some items from Germany:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2016-06/22/c_135455568.htm

On the cost of returning First Nations heritage:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/first-nations-artifacts-1.3648570

Seeking the return of an Aboriginal shield:

http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/breakfast/descendant-of-warrior-demands-british-museum-return-shield/7538310

… and another auction halted related to a different shield:

http://www.fultonsun.com/news/national/story/2016/jun/22/tribes-hail-shields-halted-sale-collectors-ask-whats-next/628505/

More on Israel returning sarcophagi lids to Egypt:

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2016/06/21/world/middleeast/ap-ml-egypt-antiquities.html

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NUMISMATICA
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Henry VIII coins from a Nottinghamshire village:

http://www.nottinghampost.com/8203-silver-coins-from-henry-viii-s-reign-found-in-nottinghamshire-village/story-29426582-detail/story.html

Raising funds for an Anglo Saxon hoard:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-36516752

Latest e-Sylum:

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

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v19n26.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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Tale of Tales:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-36477847
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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
================================================================
Audio News from Archaeologica:

http://archaeologychannel.org/audio-main-menu-cat/audio-news-list/2440-audio-news-from-archaeologica-12-june-2016-18-june-2016

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OBITUARIES
===============================================================
Ralph Stanley:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/24/arts/music/ralph-stanley-whose-mountain-music-gave-rise-to-bluegrass-dies-at-89.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Farts

Lorna Kelly:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/21/nyregion/lorna-kelly-dies-at-70-left-the-sothebys-rostrum-to-help-the-poor.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fdesign

David Jonathan Thatcher:

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/06/22/one-two-remaining-airmen-who-flew-in-world-war-ii-doolittle-raid-dies.html

James Campbell:

http://timescolumns.typepad.com/stothard/2016/06/remembering-professor-james-campbell.html
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CONFERENCES
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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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