Explorator 19.12 ~ July 17, 2016

Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Hernan Astudillo,
Jona Lendering, Trevor Watkins, Roger Gelder, 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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Footprints found back in 2009 suggest homo erectus walked just like us:

http://phys.org/news/2016-07-homo-erectus.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/07/160712110444.htm
http://www.livescience.com/55388-homo-erectus-walked-like-humans.html
http://www.foxnews.com/science/2016/07/15/1-5-million-year-old-footprints-reveal-human-ancestor-walked-like-us.html
http://elpais.com/elpais/2016/07/12/ciencia/1468321871_495105.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3687338/Homo-Erectus-walked-worked-Analysis-1-5-million-year-old-footprints-reveal-human-like-gait-social-behaviours.html

… and another set of footprints is found in Tanzania:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2016-07/10/c_135502439.htm

How fossil finds from China are causing a rethink about human development:

http://phys.org/news/2016-07-fossil-china-ideas-evolution-modern.html
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/how-china-is-rewriting-the-book-on-human-origins/
http://www.nature.com/news/how-china-is-rewriting-the-book-on-human-origins-1.20231

Hype for a documentary about Neanderthals:

http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20160711-the-last-neanderthal

More on evidence of Neanderthal cannibalism at Goyet:

http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2016/07/14/485682145/neanderthal-dinner-reindeer-with-a-side-of-cannibalism

We don’t usually mention monkeys in Explorator, but this item on monkeys using stone tools for some 700 years (in Brazil) is somewhat interesting:
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-07/uoo-mib070116.php
http://www.livescience.com/55350-monkeys-used-rocks-as-tools.html
http://www.livescience.com/55298-stone-monkeys-gallery.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/36773966
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/36767373
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/monkeys-capuchins-cashew-nuts-stone-tools-brazil-a7130881.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/animalia/wp/2016/07/11/in-brazil-scientists-unearth-a-trove-of-ancient-stone-tools-used-by-monkeys/
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/0711/These-monkeys-have-been-using-tools-for-centuries-say-archaeologists
http://www.berkshireeagle.com/news/ci_30116029/scientists-unearth-trove-ancient-stone-tools-used-by
http://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/14612975.Monkeys_have_been_using_stone_tools_for_centuries__Oxford_University_scientists_claim/
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/07/capuchins-monkeys-stone-tools-archaeology/
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3684616/Did-humans-learn-use-tools-MONKEYS-Primates-Brazil-used-stones-crack-nuts-700-years-Americans-copied-them.html

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AFRICA
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Mud City in Mali has been added to UNESCO’s endangered sites list:

http://time.com/4405706/mali-unesco-site-endangered-instability/

… while Libya’s sites are the ‘most endangered’:

https://www.libyaherald.com/2016/07/14/libyas-archaeological-heritage-among-the-worlds-most-endangered/
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Egypt has put some pyramid-builder era papyrus on display:

http://phys.org/news/2016-07-egypt-oldest-papyrus-accounts-pyramid-builders.html
http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2016/07/14/world/middleeast/ap-ml-egypt-antiquities.html
http://www.columbian.com/news/2016/jul/15/egypt-put-oldest-papyri-on-show/
http://www.timesofisrael.com/oldest-egyptian-writing-on-papyrus-displayed-for-first-time/
http://www.timesofisrael.com/liveblog_entry/egypt-unveils-papyri-showing-daily-life-of-pyramid-builders/
http://bigstory.ap.org/e0243fd7cecc43d38ab4a3034a5c1857

They’ve recreated the Great Pyramid’s ‘security system’:

http://www.livescience.com/55347-primitive-machine-in-great-pyramid-protected-pharaoh.html

More on that mummified foetus first reported a few weeks back:

http://www.columbian.com/news/2016/jul/07/fetus-the-youngest-ancient-egyptian-mummy-found/

Dendrochronology has fixed some ‘iffy’ parts of the Mesopotamian timeline:

http://www.news.cornell.edu/stories/2016/07/cornell-led-research-resolves-long-debated-mesopotamia-timeline
http://www.aina.org/ata/20160715161148.htm
http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0157144

Brief/vague item on tombs found in a necropolis near Urfa Castle:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/worlds-largest-necropolis-in-turkeys-southeast.aspx?pageID=238&nID=101419&NewsCatID=375

Latest finds from Umm Al Quwain:

http://gulfnews.com/news/uae/government/new-archaeological-treasures-found-in-umm-al-quwain-1.1862748

The Mount Zion dig continues to find evidence of a priestly quarter in Jerusalem:

http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/archaeology/.premium-1.730486

There’s more coverage of the Philistine necropolis at Ashkelon:

http://phys.org/news/2016-07-israel-mystery-biblical-philistines.html
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/11/science/possible-philistine-cemetery-discovered.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-36759340
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/ancient-philistine-cemetery-in-israel-could-solve-one-of-the-bible-s-biggest-mysteries-a7129601.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/07/10/first-philistine-cemetery-discovered-in-israel-after-30-year-sea/
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/07/10/485469088/long-buried-by-bad-reputation-philistines-get-new-life-with-archaeological-find?sc=17&f=1007
http://www.npr.org/2016/07/14/485982293/archeological-dig-may-counter-bible-s-version-of-the-philistines
http://www.euronews.com/2016/07/14/cultured-philistines-surprise-discovery-could-unlock-ancient-mysteries/
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Bones-unearthed-in-Ashkelon-at-only-known-Philistine-cemetery-may-reveal-ancient-mystery-459973
http://www.timesofisrael.com/philistine-cemetery-find-offers-glimpse-of-deaths-and-lives-of-biblical-enemy/
http://forward.com/news/breaking-news/344635/philistines-were-more-sophisticated-than-given-credit-for-say-archaeologist/
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/214741
http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/archaeology/1.729879
http://www.algemeiner.com/2016/07/11/israeli-archaeologists-discover-ancient-philistine-cemetery/
http://www.dw.com/en/who-were-goliaths-relatives-archaeologists-closer-to-uncovering-secrets-of-the-philistines/a-19392151
http://www.jweekly.com/article/full/78009/big-archaeological-find-a-philistine-cemetery-in-israel/
http://religionnews.com/2016/07/11/archaeologists-dig-up-philistine-artifacts-where-goliath-may-have-walked/
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/philistines-werent-such-philistines-new-dig-shows-180959757/
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/0711/The-Philistines-weren-t-such-philistines-after-all-say-archaeologists
http://www.latercera.com/noticia/tendencias/2016/07/659-688271-9-a-tres-mil-anos-de-la-pelea-con-david-excavan-la-ciudad-de-goliat.shtml

… and some scholarly reaction/criticism:

http://www.livescience.com/55402-first-philistine-cemetery-draws-criticism.html

… and some background pieces on the Philistines:

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/07/17/in-defense-of-the-philistines.html
http://www.livescience.com/55429-philistines.html

More on the mosaics found at Huqoq:

http://www.livescience.com/55318-bible-mosaic-found-ancient-israel-synagogue.html

A bust at a Palestinian-owned shop in Jerusalem:

http://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=772181

… and one in Istanbul:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/police-seize-priceless-2000-year-old-aphrodite-statue-in-istanbul.aspx?pageID=238&nID=101515&NewsCatID=509
http://vestnikkavkaza.net/news/2000-year-old-Aphrodite-statue-seized-in-Istanbul.html

Concerns for sites in Jordan:

http://www.jordantimes.com/news/local/looters-robbing-jordan%E2%80%99s-cultural-heritage-expert-warns

Feature on Tell Gezer:

http://www.christianexaminer.com/article/50868.htm

Feature on Masada:

http://www.jpost.com/Blogs/Student-Life/Masada-the-history-the-legend-the-archaeology-459944

On the DSS and origins of modern worship:

http://news.psu.edu/story/417058/2016/07/12/research/genesis-prayer

Feature on Manasseh:

http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/The-evil-king-Manasseh-Idolatry-and-politics-460115

Pondering how to deal with artifacts after the research is complete:

http://asorblog.org/2016/07/06/the-present-and-future-of-curating-the-past/

On (re)mapping the Ottoman Middle East:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/remapping-the-ottoman-middle-east.aspx?pageID=238&nID=101559&NewsCatID=474

There’s a cuneiform conference type thing going on in Philadelphia:

http://www.newsworks.org/index.php/local/arts-culture/95304-experts-on-ancient-tablets-gather-in-philly-with-a-mission

More on restoration at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre:

http://phys.org/news/2016-07-hidden-angel-mosaic-bethlehem-shrine.html

More on Jewish catacombs in Rome:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/inside-the-catacombs-buried-history-ties-jews-to-ancient-rome/

Polish archaeologists have returned to Palmyra:

http://www.warsawvoice.pl/WVpage/pages/article.php/28471/article

… and there’s an overviewish thing about what ISIL did there:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/isis-syria-palmrya-russia-forces-journey-down-roman-road-to-barbarity-a7129406.html

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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23 more ancient shipwrecks found off the Fourni archipelago:
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/07/160714100408.htm
http://www.livescience.com/55375-45-shipwrecks-greek-island-fourni.html
http://www.livescience.com/55372-photos-45-greek-shipwrecks-discovered.html
http://www.lex18.com/story/32449493/transy-professor-studies-shipwrecks-in-the-mediterranean-sea
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-discoveries-double-size-ancient-greek-ship-graveyard-180959787/
http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/ancient-fourni-archipelago-ship-graveyard-reveals-45-wrecks-spanning-thousands-of-years/news-story/fcba6829835b8eb2e9b8609da02de3dc
http://greece.greekreporter.com/2016/07/12/23-ancient-shipwrecks-located-near-greek-island-of-ikaria/
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/07/greece-shipwrecks-discovery-fourni-ancient-diving-archaeology/

Interesting Hercules mosaic from Larnaca (not sure if we mentioned this already):

http://cyprus-mail.com/2016/07/13/mosaic-sheds-important-light-roman-larnaca/
http://in-cyprus.com/invaluable-mosaic-discovered-in-larnaca/
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-07-15/rare-roman-mosaic-uncovered-in-cyprus/7631368
http://www.usnews.com/news/entertainment/articles/2016-07-14/unique-roman-era-mosaic-of-hercules-labors-to-go-to-museum

Roman baths and burials found during construction of an Orthodox church in Rome:

http://www.thelocal.it/20160711/ancient-roman-baths-and-tombs-found-as-rome-suburb-builds-church

A Punic site in Zejtun:

http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20160712/local/uncovering-punic-remains-in-zejtun.618552

LiDAR reveals a missing Roman road in South Downs:

http://www.prnewswire.co.uk/news-releases/mysterious-prehistoric-farmers-and-missing-roman-road-revealed-586419991.html

The Mamertine Prison has reopened to the public:

http://www.dw.com/en/roman-prison-with-holy-inmates-reopens/a-19399883
http://www.thelocal.it/20160714/ancient-prison-which-housed-st-peter-re-opens-in-rome
http://artdaily.com/news/88713/Roman-prison-with-holy-inmates-reopens-to-public
https://www.yahoo.com/news/roman-prison-holy-inmates-reopens-public-185705870.html
http://m.france24.com/en/20160713-roman-prison-with-holy-inmates-reopens-public

First season that the ‘La Villa’ site in Castiglione del Lago:

http://www.depauw.edu/news-media/latest-news/details/32464/

Followup to the Colosseum restoration … there’s a new entrance:

http://www.thelocal.it/20160712/new-colosseum-door-to-offer-visitors-the-gladiator-experience

UK MPs introduced a bill seeking the return of the Elgin/Parthenon Marbles to Greece:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/elgin-marbles-parthenon-sculptures-athens-greece-mps-bill-return-reunification-british-museum-a7129801.html
http://www.ekathimerini.com/210316/article/ekathimerini/news/british-mps-to-unveil-bill-seeking-return-of-parthenon-marbles-to-greece
http://www.ekathimerini.com/210339/article/ekathimerini/news/uk-mps-back-bid-for-return-of-parthenon-marbles
http://eu.greekreporter.com/2016/07/11/mps-introduce-bill-to-return-elgin-marbles-to-greece-video/
http://observer.com/2016/07/uk-parliament-pushes-bill-to-return-elgin-marbles-to-greece/
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/britains-most-famous-plundered-art-could-finally-go-home-180959792/
http://www.apollo-magazine.com/mps-call-return-elgin-marbles/

The folks at UMiss found an old Greek dictionary in their collection:

http://classics.olemiss.edu/historic-dictionary-discovered/

David Gilmour played Pompeii and it also spawned this really nice photo essay:

http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/ng-interactive/2016/jul/14/david-gilmour-live-at-pompeii-a-photo-essay

A volcano near Rome is apparently going to erupt in the next 1000 years or so:

http://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/25253/20160714/volcano-waking-up-beside-rome.htm
http://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2016/07/13/dormant-volcano-poised-to-destroy-rome-in-1000-years/
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/0716/After-36-000-years-a-massive-volcano-near-Rome-rumbles-to-life

… while they think they know what’s going on at the Phlegraean Fields:

http://phys.org/news/2016-07-gas-ground-bay-naples-volcano.html

What Tim Winters is up to:

http://www.theleafchronicle.com/story/news/local/clarksville/2016/07/16/classics-professor-apsu-moonlights-deputy/87138926/

Academic Minute on gender in Rome:

https://www.insidehighered.com/quicktakes/2016/07/12/academic-minute-gender-rome

A couple of items from the Pergamon exhibition at the Met will stick around for a while:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/14/arts/design/two-old-visitors-to-the-metropolitan-museum-will-stay-a-while.html
http://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Two-Hellenistic-Treasures-from-Pergamon-Museum-Extend-Stay-at-The-Met-20160713

A visitor to the MMFA Pompeii exhibit damaged one of the plaster casts:

http://www.cjad.com/cjad-news-human-interest/2016/07/13/visitor-damaged-display-at-mmfas-pompeii-exhibit

OpEd on using sites in Cyprus:

http://cyprus-mail.com/2016/07/16/view-state-consider-renting-archaeological-sites/

Review of Michael Scott, *Ancient Worlds*:

http://www.spectator.co.uk/2016/07/yes-classicists-ignore-the-east-this-books-shows-why/
More on that late Roman burial featuring a very ornate belt:

http://phys.org/news/2016-07-rare-discovery-late-roman-leicester.html
http://www.livescience.com/55346-roman-solider-grave-found.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/07/160707101031.htm
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http://bmcr.brynmawr.edu/recent.html

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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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An 11 000 years bp settlement in Cyprus:

http://phys.org/news/2016-07-uncover-cyprus-year-old-village.html
http://cyprus-mail.com/2016/07/12/remains-20-ancient-circular-buildings-uncovered-cyprus-oldest-village/
http://greece.greekreporter.com/2016/07/15/archaeologists-excavate-11000-year-old-settlement-in-cyprus/
http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/digs-uncover-buildings-cyprus-11000-year-village-40517252

A flint arrowhead from Marden Henge:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3684605/A-deadly-beautiful-jigsaw-Delicate-5-000-year-old-flint-arrowhead-work-Stone-Age-master-craftsman.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

In addition to a Roman road, LiDAR revealed evidence of a ‘large scale pre Roman farming collective’ at South Downs:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-sussex-36771564
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/video/news/video-1308199/Laser-scans-reveal-extensive-farming-South-Downs-Romans.html

Nice account of the ‘Duropolis’ dig:

http://www.dorsetecho.co.uk/news/14603875.Skeletons_and_roundhouses__Dorset_slowly_gives_up_its_prehistoric_secrets/

Nine Iron Age burials from Winterborne Kingston:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-dorset-36781509

Most of the press coverage this week was about what has been found at ‘Britain’s Pompeii’ (the latest one, anyway)/Must Farm:

http://phys.org/news/2016-07-latest-archaeological-farm-vivid-picture.html
http://www.cam.ac.uk/research/news/latest-archaeological-finds-at-must-farm-provide-a-vivid-picture-of-everyday-life-in-the-bronze-age
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-36778820
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/jul/14/uks-best-bronze-age-site-must-farm-dig-ends-analyis-continue-years
http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/secrets-of-bronze-age-life-revealed-as-excavation-work-ends-at-cambridgeshire-s-pompeii/story-29509918-detail/story.html
http://www.peterboroughtoday.co.uk/news/dig-ends-as-history-making-bronze-age-finds-revealed-at-whittlesey-s-must-farm-1-7476663
http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/bronze_age_find_at_fenland_quarry_out_pompeiis_pompeii_1_4616891
https://inews.co.uk/essentials/news/uk/britains-pompeii-perfectly-preserved-bronze-age-settlement-lifting-lid-3000-years-history/
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3688341/Was-Pompeii-Fens-hub-international-trade-Finds-3-000-year-old-settlement-reveal-treasures-Middle-East.html

… and the site will be backfilled after a 10 month investigation:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-36793052

… some of the coverage focused on the textiles found at the site:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/vast-treasure-trove-of-fine-textiles-shows-importance-of-fashion-to-bronze-age-britons-a7135786.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/07/14/treasure-trove-proves-we-have-been-keeping-up-with-the-joneses-s/

Evidence of the largest Anglo-Saxon building in Scotland:

http://www.eastlothiancourier.com/news/14620182.Archaeologists_find_evidence_of___39_largest_Anglo_Saxon_building_in_Scotland__39__in_East_Lothian/

Rethinking the history of a Danish royal castle:

http://www.thelocal.dk/20160711/history-of-danish-royal-castle-to-be-rewritten

Some significant buildings found at Lindisfarne:

http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/lindisfarne-dig-reveals-evidence-significant-11617891

They’ve found St Cuthbert’s tower:

http://www.berwick-advertiser.co.uk/news/local-news/all-news/archaeologists-find-st-cuthbert-s-tower-1-4175447
http://www.northumberlandgazette.co.uk/news/local-news/archaeologists-hunt-for-st-cuthbert-s-watchtower-on-holy-island-1-8009918

A major dig going on at the Wylfa Newydd site:

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/massive-archaeology-operation-site-planned-11618950

Hype for the upcoming dig at Tintagel:

http://www.westbriton.co.uk/archaeologists-get-set-for-new-excavations-at-tintagel-legendary-home-of-king-arthur/story-29512549-detail/story.html

I think we mentioned this oldest street in Yerewan:

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

The moved the marker marking (ouch) where King Harold is said to have died:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-sussex-36784485
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/07/13/king-harolds-death-place-moved-after-battle-of-hastings-experts/
https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2016/jul/14/battle-of-hastings-memorial-stone-moved-1066

Catherine of Aragon’s home in Ludlow is up for sale:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-shropshire-36768834

The Dig Diary at the Ness of Brodgar is interesting:

http://www.orkneyjar.com/archaeology/nessofbrodgar/
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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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Interesting 5 000 years bp ‘couple burial’ from near Lake Baikal:

http://siberiantimes.com/science/casestudy/news/n0672-holding-hands-for-5000-years-a-couple-with-mysterious-jade-rings-and-dagger/
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3687859/Hand-hand-5-000-years-Bronze-Age-dignitary-younger-concubine-discovered-buried-Siberia.html

2 000 years bp dog burials from Siberia:

http://www.livescience.com/55415-ancient-dog-graveyard-discovered.html
http://www.livescience.com/55414-photos-prehistoric-dog-graveyard-siberia.html

Remains of Megalithic structures in Meghalaya:

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/megaliths-indicate-khasis-presence-in-meghalaya-since-1200-bc-2906317/

A farmer’s find of Harrappan items has triggered a ‘gold rush’ in Bijnor:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/meerut/Farmer-finds-Harappan-treasure-triggers-gold-rush/articleshow/53244594.cms

Part of a 7th century padlock from a site in Nara:

http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201607140047.html

Interesting feature on a study of an 800 years bp child mummy from Siberia:

http://siberiantimes.com/science/casestudy/features/f0240-up-close-laboratory-pictures-of-ancient-mummy-as-scientists-recreate-his-life-and-times/
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3691745/Who-mysterious-child-mummy-Siberia-Dissecting-ancient-organs-reveal-clues-800-year-old-boy-lived.html

More on Pacific islanders using obsidian tools for tattoo purposes:

http://phys.org/news/2016-07-south-pacific-islanders-obsidian-years.html
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/did-ancient-pacific-islanders-use-obsidian-make-their-tattoos-180959791/

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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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Vandalism on a Civil War tombstone in Oswego:

http://www.syracuse.com/crime/index.ssf/2016/07/fort_ontario_cemetery_vandalized.html

Latest from the Bears Ears site:

http://www.cortezjournal.com/article/20160715/NEWS01/160719899/Archaeological-center-calls-for-protection-for-Bears-Ears

Feature/obituary on Billy the Kid:

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/projects/cp/obituaries/archives/billy-the-kid
More on possible Lost Colony artifacts from Bertie County NC:

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/jul/16/artifacts-possibly-from-lost-colony-found-in-berti/
http://www.thetimesnews.com/news/20160716/possible-lost-colony-artifacts-found-in-bertie-county
http://www.hickoryrecord.com/entertainment/artifacts-possibly-from-lost-colony-found-in-bertie-county/article_26914c16-4299-5cf4-a705-742563fe02f0.html

More on finds from toilets in Philadelphia:

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/

More on what’s being found at the Alamo:

http://austin.blog.statesman.com/2016/07/07/heres-what-archaeologists-digging-around-the-alamo-are-hoping-to-find/
http://news4sanantonio.com/news/local/archaeologists-digging-for-evidence-of-alamos-west-wall-mapping-underneath-compound

More on Georgetown’s slavery connections:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/11/us/intent-on-a-reckoning-with-georgetowns-slavery-stained-past.html
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Feature on Maya society:

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/laying-bare-the-bones-of-ancient-maya-society/

My Spanish isn’t working this morning but this seems to be about the Inca in pre-conquest Chile:

http://www.latercera.com/noticia/cultura/2016/07/1453-688858-9-la-ciudad-inca-en-santiago-que-pedro-de-valdivia-ignoro.shtml

More on that long-occupied Brazilian pit house:

http://phys.org/news/2016-07-ancient-brazilian-pit-house-occupied.html
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-07/p-abp071416.php

More on that 1600 years bp female burial from Teotihuacan:

http://cultura.elpais.com/cultura/2016/07/15/actualidad/1468554286_006371.html
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Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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UNESCO has announced 9 (or maybe four) new heritage sites:

http://phys.org/news/2016-07-unesco-world-heritage-sites.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-3691893/UNESCO-announces-4-new-World-Heritage-Sites.html
http://whc.unesco.org/en/news/1524
http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=54463
https://www.yahoo.com/news/unesco-adds-four-sites-world-heritage-list-131145475.html
http://www.thestandard.com.hk/breaking-news.php?id=77183

… and comments on cultural heritage destruction and threatened:

http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=54458
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/attacks-on-world-heritage-sites-a-war-crime-unesco.aspx?pageID=238&nID=101469&NewsCatID=375

On chastity belts:

http://www.livescience.com/55390-what-are-chastity-belts.html

Interesting study of Rembrandt’s self portraits:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/14/science/rembrandt-old-master-optics-mirrors.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Farts&_r=0

Feature on Arthur Conan Doyle’s spiritualist side (obituary reprint):

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2016/06/30/obituaries/nf-doyle.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fbooks

Pondering the origin of Biriyani:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-36423412

Going along with the exhibition mentioned elsewhere, Van Gogh apparently sliced off his whole ear:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-36772253
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/13/arts/international/van-gogh-ear-amsterdam.html
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/jonathanjonesblog/2016/jul/12/vincent-van-gogh-truth-about-ear-exhibition-on-verge-of-insanity-amsterdam
http://abcnews.go.com/Travel/wireStory/sketch-offers-evidence-van-gogh-cut-off-ear-40546823

… related animation project looks interesting:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/10/movies/animating-life-of-vincent-van-gogh-in-loving-vincent.html
http://www.dw.com/en/painted-animation-loving-vincent/av-19387330
http://join.lovingvincent.com/

What happened on the original Bastille Day:

http://time.com/4402553/bastille-day-history-july-14/?xid=fbshare

A 100 years bp ‘jaws’ tale:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20160713-the-true-story-of-jaws

On ‘untranslatable’ words:

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/the-magic-of-untranslatable-words/

On the history of clear sodas:

http://www.livescience.com/55354-crystal-pepsi-weird-history-of-clear-soda.html

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Charlotte Bronte:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/15/arts/design/a-bronte-exhibition-complete-with-a-jane-eyre-manuscript.html

Divine Pleasures:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/15/arts/design/divine-pleasures-celebrates-the-colors-of-desire-in-indian-paintings.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Farts

Watteau:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/15/arts/design/watteaus-peacefully-bittersweet-war-scenes.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Farts

Buddhist Art Treasures from China:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/17/arts/design/replicas-illuminate-remote-buddhist-art-treasures-from-china.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Farts

Pergamon:

https://www.apollo-magazine.com/the-art-of-power-in-ancient-pergamon/

Matisse:

http://www.npr.org/2016/07/10/485432448/oklahoma-city-unveils-exclusive-north-american-matisse-exhibition

Van Gogh:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/13/arts/international/van-gogh-ear-amsterdam.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Farts
http://www.dutchnews.nl/news/archives/2016/07/9the-gun-used-by-van-gogh-to-kill-himself-is-on-show-at-exhibition-about-his-madness/

The Louvre has a new app:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/13/arts/international/lost-at-the-louvre-theres-an-app-for-that.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Farts
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THE TECHY SIDE
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Using 3d printing to recreate and date human ancestors:

http://phys.org/news/2016-07-student-d-printers-recreate-date.html

The turret of the USS Monitor is undergoing some 3d scanning:

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/jul/16/uss-monitor-gun-turret-undergoes-3-d-scanning/

Not sure if we mentioned this use of mass spectrometry on an ancient Greek vase:

http://www.spectroscopynow.com/details/news/155daa08ded/Mass-spectrometry-reveals-contents-of-ancient-Greek-vase.html

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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DNA suggests a genetically diverse group was involved in spreading farming from the Fertile Crescent (different spins on the varied genetics):

http://phys.org/news/2016-07-federal-stone-age-farming.html
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-07/jgum-gfz071416.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/07/160714151201.htm
http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-first-farmers-dna-20160714-snap-story.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-36788165
http://science.sciencemag.org/content/early/2016/07/13/science.aaf7943.full
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/07/2016/europeans-have-different-neolithic-ancestry-than-south-asians
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3690448/Does-farming-multiple-roots-DNA-reveals-communities-began-growing-crops-10-000-years-ago-spreading.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

… related:

http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2016/07/15/485722228/where-did-agriculture-begin-oh-boy-its-complicated

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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More on climate change not affecting humans’ technological development:

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-07/uotw-tac071216.php
http://feeds.sciencedaily.com/~r/sciencedaily/fossils_ruins/archaeology/~3/1oD9DZu6i5Q/160713101202.htm

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TOURISTY THINGS
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Alsace:

http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2016/07/10/travel/exploring-the-alsace-region-of-europe.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Ftravel

Hasankeyf:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/hasankeyf-city-of-rocks-castles-bridges-minarets.aspx?pageID=238&nID=101613&NewsCatID=379

Home of the Hittites:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/home-of-the-hittites-awaits-visitors-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=101456&NewsCatID=375

Karnak:

http://egypttoday.com/blog/2016/07/10/the-most-famous-ancient-egyptian-site-you-have-never-heard-of/
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CRIME BEAT
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Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2016/07/culture-crime-news-4-10-july-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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A different sort of Nazi art repatriation:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/16/arts/design/nazi-art-loot-returned-to-nazis.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=second-column-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news

More on Danish returns of Etruscan artifacts:

http://theartnewspaper.com/news/museums/danish-museum-returns-looted-antiquities-to-italy/

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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on coins of Pergamum:

http://www.coinweek.com/ancient-coins/coinweek-ancient-coin-series-coinage-pergamon/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v19n28.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v19n29.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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A couple of Noh dramas:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/15/theater/review-at-lincoln-center-festival-timeless-japanese-noh-dramas.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Farts

Troilus and Cressida:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/17/theater/troilus-and-cressida-brings-love-and-war-to-central-park.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/2443-audio-news-from-archaeologica-3-july-2016-9-july-2016
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OBITUARIES
===============================================================
Elaine Fantham:

http://www.princeton.edu/main/news/archive/S46/86/01E38/?section=topstories
https://classicalstudies.org/scs-news/tribute-r-elaine-fantham

Beatrice de Cardi:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/jul/14/beatrice-de-cardi-obituary

Dimitris Maronitis:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2016/07/12/greek-academic-dimitris-maronitis-passes-away-at-87/
http://www.ekathimerini.com/210349/article/ekathimerini/life/acclaimed-scholar-translator-dimitris-maronitis-dies

J. Michael Holquist:

http://news.yale.edu/2016/07/12/memoriam-j-michael-holquist-scholar-slavic-language-and-literature

William H. McNeill:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/13/books/william-h-mcneill-professor-and-prolific-author-dies-at-98.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fbooks
http://phys.org/news/2016-07-william-mcneill-prize-winning-world-historian.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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