Explorator 19.13 ~ July 24, 2016

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

… one of the slowest weeks ever …
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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Another piece on what you can blame Neanderthal DNA for:

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/crux/2016/07/13/blame-your-subpar-fitness-on-that-neanderthal-dna/

Documenting Neanderthal populations in Germany:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/07/160721105511.htm
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AFRICA
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Digging to find why historical droughts did not lead to famine in Ghana:

http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2016/07/20/486670144/an-archaeological-mystery-in-ghana-why-didn-t-past-droughts-spell-famine

Concerns for rock art across Africa:

http://www.cnn.com/2016/07/19/africa/rock-art-activism-david-coulson/index.html

More on the possible identification of the lost city of Rhapta:

http://www.timeslive.co.za/thetimes/2016/07/20/The-Big-Read-Is-this-the-lost-city-of-Rhapta

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Another piece on Egypt relying on antiquities to solve its economic woes:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2016-07/23/c_135535042.htm

More on that pyramid workers papyrus going on display:

http://www.livescience.com/55439-ancient-logbook-on-great-pyramid-unveiled.html

More on the ‘traps’ in the Great Pyramid:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3697208/Forget-boobytraps-Ancient-Egyptian-builders-used-granite-blocks-create-primitive-machine-defend-tomb.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

Parthian burials in Amlash:

http://en.mehrnews.com/news/118172/Archaeologists-discover-graves-belonging-to-Parthian-era-in-Amlash

Feature on the dig at Lagash:

http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2016/07/lagash-sumerian-iraq-babylon.html

Fortifications found suggest Geshur was more powerful than previously thought:

http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/archaeology/1.732284

Assorted ‘after coverage’ of that Philistine necropolis found in Ashkelon:

http://www.alabamanews.net/2016/07/22/troy-archaeological-students-uncover-ancient-past-overseas/
http://www.wandtv.com/story/32506582/troy-archaeological-students-uncover-ancient-past-overseas
http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20160722/news/307229935/

More on dendrochronological adjustments to the Mesopotamian timeline:

http://feeds.sciencedaily.com/~r/sciencedaily/fossils_ruins/archaeology/~3/PjTh8fE7gK8/160719161657.htm

Folks might be following that long legal case regarding compensatory claims being made on Persepolis Fortification Tablets at the OI:

http://www.chicagolawbulletin.com/Articles/2016/07/20/Museum-Persian-artifacts-7-20-16.aspx
http://persepolistablets.blogspot.ca/2016/07/the-us-7th-circuit-court-of-appeals.html

I think we mentioned this piece on the early history of cannabis in the Bronze Age:

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

Some of the damage at Palmyra will require almost a ‘new rebuild’:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/new-materials-needed–to-rebuild-palmyra-monuments-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=101958&NewsCatID=375

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Archaic finds from Despotiko:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2016/07/22/archaeologists-at-despotikos-apollo-sanctuary-uncover-mysteries-of-archaic-era-greece/

A Roman silver coin hoard from Empuries:

http://www.catalannewsagency.com/culture/item/200-silver-denarius-discovered-in-empuries-largest-treasure-found-so-far-in-the-roman-site

The European Court of Human Rights at the Hague threw out the legal case seeking the repatriation of the Elgin/Parthenon Marbles:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/elgin-marbles-return-greece-legal-bid-thrown-out-eu-court-human-rights-a7145216.html
http://www.miragenews.com/elgin-marbles-wont-be-returned-to-greece-as-euro-court-throws-out-first-ever-legal-bid/

… and now there’s some strategy connected to Brexit which I don’t quite understand:

http://cultura.elpais.com/cultura/2016/07/18/actualidad/1468855660_159195.html
Sponsors have reacted negatively to the discovery of a Greek brothel during a dig in Side:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/Default.aspx?pageID=238&nid=101916
http://english.alarabiya.net/en/variety/2016/07/22/Sponsors-pull-out-after-Turkish-dig-team-finds-ancient-Greek-brothel.html

Restoration of a Roman bath house at Segedunum is almost complete:

http://www.newsguardian.co.uk/news/local/work-nearing-end-on-restoring-historic-roman-bath-house-1-8026698

Hype for ‘The Greeks’ exhibition … now in Washington:

http://www.npr.org/2016/07/22/486598958/to-rebrand-itself-greece-digs-deep-into-its-cultural-dna

They’re planning an underwater museum for that Iznik basilica found a few years ago:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/underwater-basilica-in-iznik-to-shed-light-on-roman-era.aspx?pageID=238&nID=101921&NewsCatID=375

What other disciplines can learn from Classics professors:

http://chronicle.com/article/What-Classics-Professors-Can/237129/

Mary Beard on the sex lives of the ancient Romans:

http://bigthink.com/videos/mary-beard-on-sexual-practices-of-ancient-romans

What Briney Kyle is up to:

http://www.greeleytribune.com/news/23029628-113/unc-researcher-has-spent-nearly-a-decade-studying

Honours for Simon Keay:

http://www.dailyecho.co.uk/heritage/archives/14628444.Honour_for_expert_on_Roman_ports/

Another feature on Roman toilets:

http://wnpr.org/post/ancient-toilets-sewer-systems-provide-treasure-trove-researchers

Feature on the Delphic Oracle:

http://theconversation.com/friday-essay-secrets-of-the-delphic-oracle-and-how-it-speaks-to-us-today-61738

Feature on Classics at Stanford:

http://125.stanford.edu/the-case-for-classics/

Another feature on the Antikythera mechanism:

http://phys.org/news/2016-07-world-oldest-ancient-greeks-view.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3699630/Does-Antikythera-mechanism-hidden-purpose-Experts-say-world-s-oldest-computer-not-just-navigational-aid-all.html

Italy is seeking help from China now to fund restoration of monuments:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/07/21/cash-strapped-italy-looks-to-china-to-fund-the-restoration-of-it/

Once again the ‘fake gladiators’ around the Colosseum have been kicked out:

http://www.thelocal.it/20160720/romes-new-mayor-banishes-photo-gladiators
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/07/20/romes-fake-centurions-and-legionaries-accused-of-touching-up-you/

A commemorative webpage for Elaine Fantham:

https://classicalstudies.org/scs-news/commemorative-website-founded-elaine-fantham

More on those shipwrecks found off Fourni:

http://phys.org/news/2016-07-shipwrecks-greece.html

More on that late Roman bronze belt find from Leicester:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/ancient-roman-soldier-ornate-belt-discovered-uk-grave-154603629.html
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/ancient-roman-grave-artifacts-unearthed-in-england/
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3696585/Crouching-dogs-diving-dolphins-Remarkable-belt-Roman-soldier-discovered-Leicester-grave.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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http://bmcr.brynmawr.edu/recent.html

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http://rogueclassicism.com/
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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A 40 000 years bp rope making toll from Hohle Fels Cave:

http://phys.org/news/2016-07-rope-years.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/07/160722093459.htm
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/07/2016/40000-year-old-mammoth-ivory-rope-making-tool-from-hohle-fels-cave

Interesting 11 000 years bp finds from Cyprus’ oldest village:

http://phys.org/news/2016-07-uncover-cyprus-year-old-village.html

5000 years bp finds from Chlorakas-Palloures:

http://cyprus-mail.com/2016/07/19/new-finds-chlorakas-palloures/

An arm bone from the Ness of Brodgar dig:

http://www.thenational.scot/news/archaeologists-find-arm-bone-on-dig.20287
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-36854431

Neolithic finds from Seevic College:

http://www.echo-news.co.uk/news/14626880.College_students__39__archaeological_dig_proves_there_was_life_on_campus_5_000_years_ago_/
http://www.halsteadgazette.co.uk/news/south_essex_news/14626880.College_students__39__archaeological_dig_proves_there_was_life_on_campus_5_000_years_ago_/

Bronze Age flanged axe hoard from Cwmbran:

http://www.southwalesargus.co.uk/NEWS/14634994._Priceless__Bronze_Age_treasure_found_in_Cwmbran/

Bronze Age finds from Gwent (might be the same as above?):

http://www.southwalesargus.co.uk/news/14634994.Treasured_Bronze_Age_artefacts_discovered_in_Gwent/

Bronze Age barrows and an Anglo Saxon cemetery from Leicestershire:

http://feeds.sciencedaily.com/~r/sciencedaily/fossils_ruins/archaeology/~3/IzBc8RL_TIk/160721072831.htm
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/07/2016/neolithic-to-anglo-saxon-activity-at-site-in-leicestershire

Digging an Anglo Saxon (and Roman?) site at Long Melford:

http://www.suffolkfreepress.co.uk/news/latest-news/pupils-dig-deep-for-anglo-saxon-artefacts-1-7490319

A medieval ‘power couple’ burial from Denmark:

http://www.livescience.com/55490-mighty-ax-discovered-in-viking-tomb.html
http://www.livescience.com/55487-photos-viking-tomb-in-denmark.html

Amateur ‘bounty hunters’ have found plenty in Denmark:

http://cphpost.dk/news/record-number-of-archaeological-treasures-found-in-denmark.html

Vikings didn’t treat their slaves well, apparently:

http://sciencenordic.com/vikings-abused-and-beheaded-their-slaves

A Scottish chapel apparently had a medieval ‘witch prison’:

http://www.livescience.com/55452-witch-prison-revealed-in-scottish-chapel.html
http://www.livescience.com/55451-photos-scottish-church-imprisoned-witches.html

Students dig a medieval site in Stone:

http://www.bucksherald.co.uk/news/more-news/stone-school-pupils-unearth-ancient-artefacts-1-7488736

Digging Skallvik Castle:

http://scienceblogs.com/aardvarchaeology/2016/07/18/first-week-of-2016-excavations-at-skallvik-castle/

Studying the effect of medieval water mills on the salmon population in western Europe:

http://phys.org/news/2016-07-medieval-power-collapse-salmon-stocks.html
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/07/2016/medieval-water-mills-caused-salmon-decline-in-north-western-europe

(Re)finds from various periods at Chateulherault:

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/local-news/historic-new-finds-chatelherault-reflect-8464580

Interesting graffiti from Lincoln Cathedral:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-lincolnshire-36857607
http://thelincolnite.co.uk/2016/07/ancient-burials-and-artefacts-unearthed-in-lincoln-cathedral-dig/
http://www.culture24.org.uk/history-and-heritage/archaeology/art559083-lincoln-cathedral-medieval-graffiti-connected-restoration

Remains of the Great Synagogue of Vilnius (17th century) found:

http://www.breakingisraelnews.com/72135/excavations-vilnius-uncover-remains-17th-century-great-synagogue/
http://jewishnews.timesofisrael.com/world-news-roundup-archaeologists-find-great-synagogue-of-vilnius/

Digging a Victorian site in Haworth:

http://www.keighleynews.co.uk/news/14632947.Domestic_secrets_of_Victorian_Haworth_discovered_in_church_dig/

Pondering some reburials in Fraserburgh:

https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/north-east/fraserburgh/978097/skeletons/

The results of the Mary Rose makeover:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-36802829
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-36830168

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2016/jul/19/mary-rose-newly-decked-out-reopens-5m-makeover
http://www.cnn.com/2016/07/19/europe/mary-rose-tudor-ship/index.html

… and they’ve found the ship emblem:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/07/19/the-real-rose-mary-rose-ship-emblem-discovered-500-years-on/

The original Bramley apple tree is dying:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-nottinghamshire-36826038

Sites in Famagusta are going to get some attention:

http://cyprus-mail.com/2016/07/17/fixing-famagusta/

A very good overview piece on the Must Farm finds:

http://www.cnn.com/2016/07/20/architecture/britain-pompeii-bronze-age-discovery/index.html
http://www.livescience.com/55433-bronze-age-textiles-found-britain-pompeii.html

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http://archaeology-in-europe.blogspot.com/

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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A 2000 years bp mural from a Mongolian tomb:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2016-07/19/c_135524309.htm

Interesting study of feces from Silk Road latrines:

http://phys.org/news/2016-07-ancient-feces-earliest-evidence-infectious.html
http://feeds.sciencedaily.com/~r/sciencedaily/fossils_ruins/archaeology/~3/uErBEJOaSCo/160721194021.htm
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-07/uoc-afp071916.php
http://www.cam.ac.uk/research/news/ancient-faeces-provides-earliest-evidence-of-infectious-disease-being-carried-on-silk-road
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/jul/22/ancient-bottom-wipers-yield-evidence-of-diseases-silk-road-chinese-liver-fluke
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/07/22/secrets-of-the-silk-road-emerge-from-ancient-latrine-pit-in-chin/
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3701610/Life-toilet-roll-Hygiene-wands-2-000-year-old-toilet-reveal-disease-spread-Silk-Road.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

… and they’re looking for where the Maritime Silk road began:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2016-07/18/c_135522510.htm

Remains of a canal at a Yinxu oracle site:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2016-07/21/c_135530934.htm

Tantalizing underwater finds by a diving group near Hong Kong:

http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/education-community/article/1991821/hong-kongs-sunken-treasure-ancient-anchor-and

A fragment of a long lost (and tallest) pagoda (maybe):

http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201607090039.html

Remains of a 9th century Jain temple:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/tamil-nadu/amateur-archaeologists-find-9th-century-jain-temple/article8867900.ece

“Pre-historic” tools from Mumbai:

http://www.deccanherald.com/content/558741/pre-historic-tools-found-mumbai.html

A shortage of archaeologists in Peshawar:

http://dailytimes.com.pk/pakistan/24-Jul-16/archaeological-treasures-stay-hidden-in-khyber-pakhtunkhwa

An anchor and other items from Wellington Harbour:

http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/82419972/archaeologists-lift-old-anchor-and-notsoold-purse-from-wellington-harbour

Digging for evidence of colonial history in Western Australia:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-07-22/unearthing-wa-history-greenough-archaeology/7653922

Feature on the Koh Sdech shipwreck:

https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/115802-115802/

Concerns for the Mogao Grottoes:

http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/culture/2016-07/23/content_26193405.htm

Recreating a Japanese migration (to Taiwan) theory:

http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-36828655

A Canadian (!) shipwreck in Tasmania:

http://www.themercury.com.au/news/tasmania/shipwreck-uncovered-in-tasmanian-storms-revealed-to-be-160yo-canadian-vessel/news-story/c51808c8ce70aeb48129e545a468447d

I think we mentioned these SIberian dog burials last week:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/2-000-old-dog-graveyard-discovered-siberia-132020975.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3699805/Ancient-dog-graveyard-discovered-2-000-years-ago-Siberians-used-hounds-hunting-sledding-feasted-them.html

Honours for Peter Bellwood:

http://www.pressreleasepoint.com/anu-archaeologist-inducted-british-academy

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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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16 000 years bp tools from Texas:

http://westerndigs.org/16000-year-old-tools-discovered-in-texas-among-the-oldest-yet-found-in-the-west/

An archaeology camp in upstate New York found some 6000 years bp items:

http://www.syracuse.com/state/index.ssf/2016/07/upstate_ny_summer_camp_students_dig_up_ancient_artifactup_to_6000_years_old.html
http://www.whec.com/news/gradeschool-archaeologists-dig-up-ancient-dart-head-suny-geneseo/4207344/?cat=565
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3702671/New-York-summer-camp-students-dig-ancient-artifact.html

1000 years bp finds from Verdun:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/verdun-archeological-dig-1.3682114?cmp=rss
http://montreal.ctvnews.ca/verdun-archaeological-dig-a-historically-rich-site-1.2990691

Interesting finds from a dig in Montevideo (Iowa):

http://www.wctrib.com/news/region/4078191-archaeological-dig-montevideo-proves-information-rich

Finds from various periods at a Coon Valley (WI) site:

http://www.wxow.com/story/32501223/2016/07/21/mvac-archaeologists-find-artifacts-at-noskedalen-heritage-farm

Remains of an old railway project in St Augustine:

http://jacksonville.com/news/metro/2016-07-21/story/old-logs-linked-st-augustine-rail

Digging at the Alamo has resumed:

http://uk.reuters.com/article/us-texas-alamo-idUKKCN1002S9
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-texas-alamo-idUSKCN1002S9?feedType=RSS&feedName=lifestyleMolt
http://www.fox7austin.com/news/local-news/177277970-story
http://www.expressnews.com/news/local/article/Digs-may-unearth-Alamo-s-multilayered-history-8399418.php
http://news4sanantonio.com/news/local/archeologists-dig-into-history-in-the-heart-of-san-antonio

Finds from various periods at a construction site in Fredericton:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/19th-century-artifacts-uncovered-at-downtown-fredericton-construction-site-1.3691340?cmp=rss

The Inuit are claiming co ownership of the Franklin artifacts:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/franklin-hms-erebus-inuit-parks-canada-hms-terror-1.3689503?cmp=rss

Toronto is running out of places to store artifacts:

http://www.metronews.ca/news/toronto/2016/07/20/toronto-archaeological-treasures-languish-in-basements-.html

Latest from the Miami Circle:

http://www.miamitodaynews.com/2016/07/19/display-miami-circle-properly-fund-long-term-operations/

That site where possible remains of the Lost Colony were found might be saved from development:

http://news.nationalpost.com/news/world/what-happened-to-the-lost-colony-u-s-developer-wants-millions-to-save-land-that-might-hold-clues
http://www.northaugustastar.com/20160723/160729812/site-with-clues-to-fate-of-fabled-lost-colony-may-be-saved&source=RSS
http://www.richmond.com/news/latest-news-ap/article_5fee8a42-49d3-5a3a-a69e-e6abe0113075.html

Feature on the Glenwood culture:

http://montreal.ctvnews.ca/verdun-archaeological-dig-a-historically-rich-site-1.2990691

On Cassius Clay’s namesake:

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/projects/cp/obituaries/archives/cassius-clay-muhammad-ali
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Plenty of coverage of Spanish/Taino graffiti in a cave on Mona Island:

http://phys.org/news/2016-07-cave-discoveries-native-european-religious.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/07/160719091631.htm
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-07/uol-cds071816.php
http://www.livescience.com/55467-pre-columbian-cave-art-discovered.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/jul/19/evidence-religious-dialogue-europeans-native-americans-caribbean-cave-mona
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2016/07/21/more-nuanced-than-mere-oppression-colonist-and-native-puerto-rican-cave-art-shows-respect-archeologists-say/
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/ist/?next=/smart-news/cave-graffiti-shows-natives-and-europeans-had-early-dialogue-caribbean-180959857/
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/07/cave-art-caribbean-mona-island-first-contact-archaeology/

Studying slave shipwrecks off St Croix:

http://stcroixsource.com/content/news/local-news/2016/07/21/slave-wrecks-project-unearths-more-5000-artifacts

Followup to the find of Moche princess/priestess burials back in 2013:

http://phys.org/news/2016-07-excavated-tombs-peru-moche-priestesses.html
http://scienceblog.com/486192/where-women-once-ruled/

The media village for the Olympics is built on a mass slave grave site:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/media-village-rio-olympics-built-mass-grave-slaves-180959873/

What Maya bones reveal about daily life:

http://www.wctrib.com/news/region/4078191-archaeological-dig-montevideo-proves-information-rich
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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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A Viking ship recreation is having regulatory issues in the Great Lakes:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/22/us/viking-ship-draken-harald-harfagre-great-lakes.html

A sound-based method of ‘recovering’ proto Indo European language:

http://phys.org/news/2016-07-mother-tongue.html

An ‘irrelevant note’ in a DaVinci notebook apparently isn’t irrelevant:

http://phys.org/news/2016-07-reveals-leonardo-da-vinci-irrelevant.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/07/19/irrelevant-note-in-leonardo-da-vinci-sketchbook-holds-key-to-the/

While some scribblings in medieval manuscripts were probably made by children:

http://www.livescience.com/55489-doodles-found-in-medieval-manuscript.html

What hunter-gatherers tell us about social networks:

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-07/cp-whc071316.php

A shipwreck hunter feature:

http://voices.nationalgeographic.com/2016/07/21/best-job-ever-shipwreck-hunter-unearths-lost-history-and-treasures/

A handy guide to dating old maps:

http://xkcd.com/1688/

Pondering Rembrandt’s self portraits:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/did-rembrandt-have-help-180959809/

Assorted ‘lost’ mysteries:

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/07/amelia-earhart-famous-lost-city-shipwreck-plane-nefertiti/

On Louis XVI’s flight from Paris:

http://www.historytoday.com/richard-cavendish/louis-xvis-flight-paris

Feature on ‘bezoars’:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3702274/The-human-pearls-Balls-ingested-food-worn-charms-Persian-doctors-Kings-Queens-revealed.html

Concerns for Carrara marble:

http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-36865396

The history of ‘food porn’:

http://www.livescience.com/55522-food-porn-is-actually-centuries-old.html

Some Bronte material is returning home:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leeds-36844945

On the history of war and food:

http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2016/07/19/485827670/quiz-how-much-do-you-know-about-war-and-food

Folks will probably be interested in this bookstore:

http://www.jpost.com/Not-Just-News/Snack-Bites/100-Year-Old-Theater-Converted-Into-Stunning-Bookstore-460622

On collecting antiquities:

http://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/amazon-exhibition_the-changing-attitude-to-collecting-artefacts-/42306856?&ns_mchannel=rss&srg_evsource=rss

On assorted ‘forgotten’ cultures:

http://www.livescience.com/55430-bizarre-ancient-cultures.html

More on the sites which have just received heritage status:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-are-unescos-new-world-heritage-sites-180959822/

More on van Gogh’s ear:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-36848666
Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Age of Velazquez:

http://www.dw.com/en/the-age-of-vel%C3%A1zquez/a-19407426

Dresden Antiquities collection:

http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=88870

Garden Palace:

http://theconversation.com/lighting-spotfires-under-a-palace-of-colonial-power-62620

Treasures of Versailles:

http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=88829
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THE TECHY SIDE
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Studying teeth for evidence of ancient vitamin deficiencies (etc.):

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/20/science/teeth-vitamin-d-deficiency-archaeology.html
http://phys.org/news/2016-07-hundreds-years-teeth-story-people.html
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-07/mu-hoy071116.php
http://thechronicleherald.ca/canada/1381604-teeth-from-as-far-back-as-1200s-show-signs-of-vitamin-d-deficiency-mcmaster

Restoring Buddhist cave sites with 3d scanning:

https://3dprint.com/142812/tianlongshan-buddhist-caves/

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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This week, it’s the domesticated barley genome that is getting attention:

http://phys.org/news/2016-07-genome-year-old-barley-grains-sequenced.html
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-07/bu-go6071816.php
http://www.timesofisrael.com/6-millennia-old-but-almost-fresh-masada-seeds-unravel-barleys-origins/
http://www.jpost.com/Business-and-Innovation/Health-and-Science/Israelis-part-of-gene-sequencers-of-6000-year-old-barley-grains-460774
http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/archaeology/1.731807
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-36805233
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/after-6000-years-farming-barley-still-more-or-less-same-180959838/?no-ist
http://www.breitbart.com/jerusalem/2016/07/20/in-a-first-6000-year-old-fresh-barley-genome-sequenced/

Studying the DNA of late Iron Age horses from Switzerland:

http://www.horsetalk.co.nz/2016/07/19/bone-detective-work-late-iron-age-horses-in-switzerland/

Identifying Albert I’s blood … messing with conspiracy theories about his death:

http://www.livescience.com/55512-king-albert-bloody-leaves-are-authentic.html
http://scienmag.com/blood-of-king-albert-i-identified-after-80-years/

More on the origins of early farmers:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-36788165
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/0717/What-did-the-first-farmers-look-like

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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More on climate not affecting human technological response:

http://scienmag.com/technological-and-cultural-innovations-amongst-early-humans-not-sparked-by-climate-change/

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TOURISTY THINGS
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Olympus:

http://www.tntmagazine.com/travel/big-trip/olympus-more-than-just-a-mountain
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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-11-17-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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The US returned some Maya artifacts to Guatemala:

http://www.reuters.com/video/2016/07/23/fbi-returns-ancient-mayan-artifacts-to-g?videoId=369364623&feedType=VideoRSS&feedName=LatestVideosUS&videoChannel=1
http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/FBI-Returns-Ancient-Mayan-Artifacts-to-Guatemala–387993552.html

Another case in Australia in the making:

http://www.indialivetoday.com/antiquity-trafficker-sells-1800-year-old-buddha-statue-to-national-gallery-of-australia-awaits-return-to-india/14602.html
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/ngas-stolen-buddha-slowly-homing-in-on-return-to-india/news-story/a6289912e44664c5ce1ce7deb3b4a305

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NUMISMATICA
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Some Jewish War coins came to auction:

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/215092

… results:

https://winners-auctions.com/en/content/silver-shekel-fourth-year-jewish-war-against-rome
https://winners-auctions.com/en/content/silver-shekel-second-year-jewish-war-against-rome-1

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v19n29.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v19n30.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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Backgrounder for the Wagner festival:

http://www.dw.com/en/11-things-to-know-about-wagner-and-bayeuth/a-19420956

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

http://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-main-menu-cat/audio-news-list/2447-audio-news-from-archaeologica-10-july-2016-16-july-2016

The July edition of Strata: Portraits of Humanity:

http://www.archaeologychannel.org/video-guide/strata-portraits-of-humanity/2444-strata-july-2016
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OBITUARIES
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Christine Mahany:

http://www.stamfordmercury.co.uk/news/local/well-known-stamford-archaeologist-dies-1-7491074

Jack Rogers:

http://www.drjackrogers.com/

John Lidstrom:

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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