Explorator 19.11 ~ July 10, 2016

Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Hernan Astudillo,
Hernan Astudillo, David Critchley, Towse Harrison, Rick Heli,
Richard Campbell, Richard C. Griffiths,and Ross W. Sargent for headses
upses this week (as always hoping I have left no one out).
… a bit of a slow week …

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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First evidence of Neanderthal cannibalism in northern Europe:

http://phys.org/news/2016-07-evidence-neanderthal-cannibalism-northern-europe.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/07/160706092806.htm
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-07/uotb-tfe070716.php
http://www.uni-tuebingen.de/newsfullview-landingpage/article/kannibalismus-unter-den-spaeten-neandertalern-im-noerdlichen-europa.html
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/07/2016/neanderthal-bones-from-goyet-show-signs-of-butchering
http://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/jul/06/belgian-neanderthals-were-eating-each-other-40000-years-ago?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

More on new dating for naledi:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/new-dating-suggests-younger-age-homo-naledi

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AFRICA
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More on Somalia’s petroglyphs:

http://www.ctvnews.ca/sci-tech/rocky-future-for-somalia-s-ancient-cave-art-1.2962595

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Excavating a necropolis in the Temple of Hatshepsut:

http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news,410366,polish-archaeologists-studied-a-unique-necropolis-in-egypt.html

Update on that 12 000 years bp female shaman burial from Galilee found a few years ago … now focusing on evidence of a ritual meal:

http://phys.org/news/2016-07-reconstruction-year-funeral-feast-ancient.html
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-07/thuo-ro1070516.php
http://new.huji.ac.il/en/article/31675
http://www.livescience.com/55295-female-shaman-burial-reconstructed.html
http://forward.com/news/breaking-news/344235/12-000-year-old-grave-of-female-shaman-uncovered-in-galilee/
http://www.timesofisrael.com/12000-year-old-grave-of-shaman-woman-unearthed-in-galilee/
http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/archaeology/1.728880
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3678881/Israeli-shaman-burial-reveals-lavish-funeral-practices-Natufian-period.html
https://www.yahoo.com/news/12-000-old-shamans-elaborate-funeral-had-6-151006656.html
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/07/2016/reconstruction-of-12000-year-old-funeral-feast

Plenty of excitement over the find of a Philistine burial ground at Ashkelon:

http://phys.org/news/2016-07-israel-mystery-biblical-philistines.html
http://www.timesofisrael.com/philistine-cemetery-find-offers-glimpse-of-deaths-and-lives-of-biblical-enemy/
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Bones-unearthed-in-Ashkelon-at-only-known-Philistine-cemetery-may-reveal-ancient-mystery-459973

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-israel-archaeology-idUSKCN0ZQ0DG
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/07/bible-philistine-israelite-israel-ashkelon-discovery-burial-archaeology-sea-peoples/
http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/israel-find-solve-mystery-biblical-philistines-40469390
http://www.euronews.com/newswires/3218180-philistines-were-more-sophisticated-than-given-credit-for-say-archaeologists/

Remains of a 2700 years bp street from Yerevan:

http://arka.am/en/news/society/archaeologists_discover_oldest_street_in_yerevan/

They’ve found more interesting mosaics at Huqoq:

New mosaics discovered in synagogue excavations in Galilee

http://www.timesofisrael.com/noahs-ark-splitting-of-red-sea-appear-in-newfound-mosaic-at-ancient-synagogue/
http://newswise.com/articles/baylor-university-scholar-and-students-help-unearth-ancient-mosaics-and-coins-in-synagogue-ruins-in-israel
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/07/mosaic-synagogue-huqoq-israel-magness-archaeology/
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3681609/Ancient-mosaics-Red-Sea-parting-Noah-s-Ark-discovered-5th-century-synagogue-Israel.html

On some DSS research in Norway:

http://sciencenordic.com/dead-sea-scrolls-still-conceal-many-stories

An antiquities bust near Yeroham:

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/Flash.aspx/363712

Robinson’s Arch and the Western Wall saga:

http://www.jpost.com/Magazine/Secrets-uncovered-near-Robinsons-Arch-456448

On the origins of the Star of David:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-did-the-six-pointed-star-become-associated-with-judaism-180959693/?no-ist

More on restoration work in the Church of the Nativity:

http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/news/2016/07/08/italians-restore-900-year-old-mosaics-at-bethlehem-church/

ISIL release a video about its activities in Palmyra:

https://www.rt.com/news/349806-isis-palmyra-antiquities-destruction-video/

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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They’ve digitized the Vatican Vergil:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/innovations/wp/2016/07/08/the-vatican-just-digitized-this-1600-year-old-epic/

Interesting bronze Roman belt buckle from Leicester:

http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/07/2016/decorated-roman-bronze-belt-found-in-leicester-excavations

Feature on Arthur Evans:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/only-in-britain/archaeologist-adventurer-arthur-evans-born/

Feature on that Roman gladiator school found in Austria:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/discovery-roman-gladiator-school-brings-famed-fighters-to-life-180959489/?no-ist

Interesting project looking at gladiator-fan graffiti:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/drsarahbond/2016/07/04/new-project-uncovers-ancient-games-and-gladiators-through-the-graffiti-of-the-fans/

A biologist weighs in on a scene on a Greek pot:

http://www.knox.edu/news/news-archive/knox-biology-professor-uses-her-expertise-to-explain-ancient-greek-art

On evidence of Rome’s trade links with Chennai:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/chennai/chennais-ancient-trade-link-with-rome-unearthed/article8805464.ece

On the physics of Roman buildings:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/chadorzel/2016/07/07/what-ancient-roman-buildings-teach-us-about-science-and-engineering/

More restoration of the Colosseum is on the way:

http://www.thestandard.com.hk/breaking-news.php?id=76688

Philippi is seeking UNESCO heritage status:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/210249/article/ekathimerini/life/philippi-hoping-for-unesco-listing
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http://bmcr.brynmawr.edu/recent.html

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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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Evidence of farming in Scotland some 10 000 years bp:

http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/07/2016/archaeologists-uncover-earliest-farming-activity-recorded-in-scotland-so-far

A Neolithic flint axe found by a drain digger in Denmark:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-36736161

Digging has commenced at an ‘untouched’ Bronze Age burial in Lancashire:

http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-36756107

Interesting human jawbone (and a whalebone) ‘burial’ in Orkney:

http://www.culture24.org.uk/history-and-heritage/archaeology/art558332-prehistoric-cairn-whalebone-teeth-orkney-island

2500 years bp axe fragments from a dig in Herefordshire:

http://www.herefordtimes.com/news/14602105.Axe_fragments_from_more_than_2_500_years_ago_discovered_at_south_Herefordshire_farmland/

What Viking burials from Ribe are revealing:

http://sciencenordic.com/danish-viking-grave-reveals-archaeological-mysteries

Possible evidence of the location of the Lindisfarne Monastery:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-tyne-36712209

Finds from various periods in a dig in Kilkenny:

http://www.kilkennypeople.ie/news/home/210657/in-vino-veri-cas–ancient.html

They’re fixing Big Ben:

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20160704-the-big-ben-renovation-and-how-the-clock-works

Rethinking how mobile knights were in medieval armour:

http://gizmodo.com/new-study-busts-the-myth-that-knights-couldnt-move-well-1783051334
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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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Brief item on Iron/Megalithic Age finds from Peraiyur taluk :

http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Madurai/antiquities-unearthed/article8817793.ece

Evidence that Bazira is the oldest settlement in Swat:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/1137203/ancient-relics-bazira-treasure-trove-antiquity/

A pair of 9th/10th century Buddha idols from a temple tank (?) from Prakasam:

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-andhrapradesh/buddha-idols-found-in-temple-tank-debris/article8830033.ece

Studying tattooing methods in the South Pacific:

http://www.livescience.com/55289-prehistoric-tattoos-made-with-glass-tools.html

Tracking Polynesian sailors’ movements:

http://phys.org/news/2016-07-sailors-ancient-fingerprints-polynesia.html

Plenty of artifacts from a Melbourne pub site:

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/archaeological-dig-uncovers-250000-artefacts-at-mistletoe-hotel-site-former-melbourne-gold-rush-pub/news-story/7c25843e46d6ce3e2e579e0827c78e53
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3674501/Major-archaeological-dig-unearths-seedy-underbelly-Melbourne-150-years-ago.html

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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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Bison bones found in a cache pit being excavated at Prehistoric Indian Village:

http://www.mitchellrepublic.com/news/local/4067204-1000-year-old-bison-skeleton-uncovered-prehistoric-indian-village

They’ve located the site of the Battle of Port Royal Island:

http://www.blufftontoday.com/beaufort/2016-07-05/lowcountry-battlefield-where-declaration-independence-signers-fought-discovered

Latest from the Alamo:

Here’s what archaeologists digging around the Alamo are hoping to find

Trying to identify an 18th century shipwreck in the St Lawrence:

http://www.ctvnews.ca/sci-tech/it-s-like-a-puzzle-students-working-to-identify-ancient-shipwreck-found-off-quebec-1.2973039

A 1990 bone theft of Native American remains was more extensive than previously thought, apparently:

Ancient Bone Theft In Iowa ‘Debacle’ For Park Service

On Mary Todd Lincoln’s health issues:

http://www.cnn.com/2016/07/06/health/mary-todd-lincoln-pernicious-anemia/index.html

On Ben Franklin’s health ideas:

http://www.livescience.com/55279-benjamin-franklin-health-ideas.html
http://theconversation.com/dr-franklin-i-presume-the-founder-who-could-have-been-our-founding-physician-60754

Feature on the Star Spangled Banner:

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2016/jul/04/star-spangled-banner-national-anthem-british-origins

A Jefferson letter found in an attic has gone on sale:

http://www.cnn.com/2016/07/06/politics/thomas-jefferson-rare-letter-for-sale-discovered-attic/index.html

Review of a couple of books on the impact of the US Postal Service:

http://mobile.nytimes.com/2016/07/10/books/review/neither-snow-nor-rain-and-how-the-post-office-created-america.html

More on things found in 300 years bp toilets in Philadelphia:

http://www.livescience.com/55301-toilets-from-old-philadelphia.html
http://www.livescience.com/55288-photos-artifacts-from-philadelphia-toilets.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2016/07/07/treasures-from-american-history-found-covered-in-300-year-old-human-poop-in-an-old-brothel/
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tens-thousands-artifacts-recovered-colonial-philadelphia-toilets-180959687/

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Pre-Hispanic petroglyphs from near Machu Picchu:

http://www.peruthisweek.com/news-paintings-discovered-near-machu-picchu-109890

Interesting female burial featuring ‘stone encrusted teeth’ from Teotihuacan:

http://phys.org/news/2016-07-skeleton-stone-encrusted-teeth-mexico-ancient.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3680474/1-600-year-old-woman-jewels-teeth-discovered-ancient-Mexican-burial-ground.html

Evidence that the pit house dwellers of Brazil lived in the same houses for centuries:

http://phys.org/news/2016-07-ancient-brazilians-occupied-homes-centuries.html
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-07/uoe-abo070416.php
http://www.upi.com/Science_News/2016/07/06/Ancient-Brazilians-occupied-the-same-houses-for-centuries/5031467834703/

On the Jewish pirates of Jamaica:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/forgotten-jewish-pirates-jamaica-180959252/

On Britain’s forgotten colony in Suriname:

http://www.historytoday.com/matthew-parker/britains-forgotten-south-american-colony

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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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The D-PLACE database might be useful:

http://phys.org/news/2016-07-massive-open-access-database-human-cultures.html

On lessons of history for the US (don’t quite get this one):

http://www.historytoday.com/peter-frankopan/victims-their-own-success

Recreating a 16th century Basque whaling boat:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/theres-lot-more-basque-boat-meets-eye-180959675/

Poking around Shakespeare documents finds some interesting things:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researcher-unearths-trove-new-shakespeare-documents-180959673/

On the early history of the cannabis trade:

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2096440-founders-of-western-civilisation-were-prehistoric-dope-dealers/

The New York Times reprinted the obit for Sir Arthur Conan Doyla:

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/projects/cp/obituaries/archives/arthur-conan-doyle-sherlock-holmes
http://timesmachine.nytimes.com/timesmachine/1930/07/08/129130552.html

On what nearsighted people did before glasses were invented:

http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2016/07/07/484835077/what-did-nearsighted-humans-do-before-glasses

Another Noah’s Ark replica … this time, in Kentucky:

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jul/06/noahs-ark-encounter-kentucky-replica-unveiled?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

Feature on the Enlightenment:

http://www.livescience.com/55327-the-enlightenment.html

Marking the 100th anniversary of Dada:

http://mobile.nytimes.com/2016/07/10/arts/dada-100-years-later.html

Feature on the Tunguska meteorite impact:

http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20160706-in-siberia-in-1908-a-huge-explosion-came-out-of-nowhere
Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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David Ligare:

http://www.metroactive.com/arts/David-Ligare-Exhibit-Triton-Museum-Santa-Clara-Classicism.html

The Ptolemaic Galleries at the Met got a bit of a facelift:

http://theartnewspaper.com/news/museums/ptolemaic-galleries-at-the-metropolitan-museum-of-art-get-a-facelift/
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THE TECHY SIDE
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They’ve figured out why the Codex purpereus is purple:

http://www.livescience.com/55310-urine-dye-found-in-ancient-gospel.html

Looking inside a Greek amphora with mass spectrometry:

http://phys.org/news/2016-07-scientists-mass-spectrometry-ancient-greek.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/07/160706174403.htm
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-07/miop-sum070616.php

Scientists Use Mass Spectrometry to Analyze an Ancient Greek Amphora

Using 3d scanning techniques to recreate the ‘brain’ of a 17 000 years bp child from Italy:

http://www.thelocal.it/20160708/17000-year-old-italian-skull-reveals-hunter-gatherer-brain

Not sure where to put this one … tracking the human skeleton trade with instagram:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2016/07/06/this-archaeologist-uses-instagram-to-track-the-human-skeleton-trade/#c81ecdd30b10
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ON THE DNA FRONT
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On the genetic history of Madagascar:

http://phys.org/news/2016-07-island-history-human-genetic-ancestry.html

DNA from some Inca mummies is suggesting they had ‘antibiotic resistance’:

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2096495-antibiotic-resistance-discovered-in-the-guts-of-ancient-mummies/
Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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On evidence for Arabia once being wetter:

https://www.insidescience.org/content/what-ancient-rock-art-reveals-about-wetter-arabia/4071

Archaeology suggests there’s no link between climate change and human innovation:

http://phys.org/news/2016-07-archaeology-link-climate-early-human.html
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-07/p-asn063016.php

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CRIME BEAT
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Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

Culture crime news 27 June–3 July 2016

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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Italy recovered some important items from Denmark:

http://www.thelocal.it/20160706/italy-gets-back-stolen-gold-cart-of-etruscan-prince-from-denmark
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/arcablog/~3/ktHZSelSDjc/mediation-over-litigation-looted.html

… which seems to have resulted in an important agreement:

http://artdaily.com/news/88605/Historic-agreement-between-Italy-and-the-Ny-Carlsberg-Glyptotek

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NUMISMATICA
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I think we mentioned this major Roman coin hoard find last year:

http://www.knutsfordguardian.co.uk/news/14604242.Almost_8_000_Roman_coins_were_unearthed_in_a_field_in_Peover_Superior/

More on those Roman coins found in a wreck off Caesarea:

http://www.numismaster.com/ta/numis/Article.jsp?ad=article&ArticleId=28277

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v19n27.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v19n28.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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Midsummer Night’s Dream:

Taming of the Shrew:

Richard III:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-36707086

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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/2442-audio-news-from-archaeologica-26-june-2016-2-july-2016

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OBITUARIES
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John Lindstrom:

http://www.gjsentinel.com/news/articles/renowned-gj-archaeologist-dies-at-age-67

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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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