Explorator 19.15 ~ August 7, 2016

Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Hernan Astudillo,
David Critchley, Bob Heuman, Trevor Watkins, Suzan Mazur, Robin Helweg-Larsen,
Allan Brockway, Barbara Saylor Rogers, 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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A couple studies on the effects of fire on human development:

http://phys.org/news/2016-08-smokeand-mutationthere-evolutionary-edge-humans.html
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-08/mbae-tge080116.php
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/09/science/fire-smoke-evolution-tuberculosis.html
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/modern-humans-beat-neanderthals-because-we-can-happily-breathe-in-toxic-smoke-from-cooking-meat-a7169531.html

Pondering Neanderthal brain development:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/4684-160728-neanderthal-brain-development

Feature on Neanderthal remains in Gibraltrar:

http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-36935232

Lack of hair apparently was an evolutionary advantage:

http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20160801-our-weird-lack-of-hair-may-be-the-key-to-our-success

More on Neanderthal demise being linked to their inability to make ‘parkas’:

http://phys.org/news/2016-08-neanderthals-failure-parkas-demise.html
http://www.livescience.com/55624-parkas-helped-early-humans-survive.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2016/07/29/how-parka-jackets-saved-early-humans-from-the-chilly-fate-of-the/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/4690-160801-furry-hooded-outfits

More on DNA suggesting there is an ‘unknown human ancestor’ from Asia somewhere along the line:

http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/archaeology/1.734451

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AFRICA
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Slide show of sites in Libya which are on the UNESCO threatened list:

http://www.cnn.com/2016/08/02/architecture/unesco-libya-sites-danger/index.html

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Work is under way to restore Menkawre’s statue:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/44/236944/Heritage/Museums/Egyptian-antiquities-experts-to-restore-King-Menka.aspx

The Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities is launching a couple of new journals:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/236469/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Two-Egyptian-archaeological-periodicals-to-be-laun.aspx

Latest from the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/44/236843/Heritage/Museums/Preparations-for-NMEC-temporary-exhibition-in-full.aspx

Hunter/gatherers were experimenting with agriculture in Turkey some 10 000 years bp:

http://phys.org/news/2016-08-hunter-gatherers-farming-turkey-migrating-europe.html
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-08/cp-hew072816.php

Feature on the Saruq al Hadid site:

http://www.thenational.ae/uae/heritage/brushing-off-sands-of-time-at-the-archaeological-site-of-saruq-al-hadid#full

… related:

http://www.thenational.ae/uae/heritage/old-is-gold-remnants-from-the-old-dubai-excavation-site-on-display

An appeal to save the Prophet Nahum’s tomb:

http://www.jpost.com/Diaspora/Kurdistan-official-launches-appeal-to-save-Jewish-tomb-462958

Sassanid-era pottery in a shipwreck off the coast of Iran:

http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/08/2016/sassanid-era-pottery-clue-to-historic-shipwreck-off-bushehr-peninsula

Drought is causing concerns at Persepolis:

http://en.mehrnews.com/news/118681/Persepolis-threatened-by-drought-land-subsidence

I think we mentioned these remains of an Egyptian official’s statue from Hazor:

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/07/31/does-this-rock-explain-why-egyptians-are-biblical-villains.html

A trio of Waqf members are apparently going to go on trial after that attack on an archaeologist last week:

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4835540,00.html
http://www.timesofisrael.com/3-waqf-officials-likely-to-stand-trial-for-attack-on-archeologists/
http://forward.com/news/breaking-news/346531/3-waqf-officials-likely-to-stand-trial-for-attacking-archaeologists-on-temp/
http://www.jta.org/2016/08/01/news-opinion/israel-middle-east/3-waqf-officials-will-stand-trial-for-attacking-archeologists-on-temple-mount
https://www.mainejewish.org/jta/1227272

… and 5 Waqf members were detained for illegally ‘renovating’ the Dome of the Rock:

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Article.aspx?id=463207

… not sure if this is the same as the preceding or not:

http://www.theyeshivaworld.com/news/headlines-breaking-stories/448699/waqf-official-questioned-on-suspicion-of-antiquities-violations-on-har-habayis.html

A while back there was a study of handwriting and its applicability to literacy during Old Testament times … the full study is now available online:

https://www.academia.edu/26600247/

More on mosaics from Huqoq:

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865659257/Noah7s-Ark-mosaic-uncovered-in-ancient-Galilee-synagogue.html?pg=all

ISIL has done some major looting at Tal Ajaja:

http://gulfnews.com/news/mena/syria/daesh-destroys-ancient-treasures-in-syria-s-tal-ajaja-1.1874889

Other ‘radicals’ have blown up a 16th century mosque in Yemen:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/islamists-blow-up-16-century-mosque-in-yemen/

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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A 3500 years bp elite tomb from Hala Sultan Tekke (Cyprus):

http://www.mcw.gov.cy/mcw/da/da.nsf/All/C8FF86C38B382F40422578EA003B5BED?OpenDocument
http://cyprus-mail.com/2016/08/03/late-bronze-age-burial-site-one-grandest-ever-found-cyprus/
http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/archaeology/1.734913

Gold (!) curse tablets from Viminacium:

http://www.nbcnews.com/science/science-news/roman-curse-tablets-made-gold-discovered-viminacium-serbia-n623426
http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/groundbreaking-discovery-at-serbia-s-old-roman-city-08-05-2016

An Illiyrian palace of some sort:

http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news,410708,palace-of-illyrian-rulers-dating-back-more-than-two-thousand-years-discovered-by-polish.html

Hype for an incipient dig at a Roman villa site at Yeovil:

http://www.somersetlive.co.uk/archaeologists-begin-yeovil-excavation-to-uncover-roman-villa-and-bathhouse/story-29588864-detail/story.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-somerset-36967094

… and what they’ve already found:

http://www.somersetlive.co.uk/lufton-roman-villa-dig-historical-items-already-unearthed-by-newcastle-university-team/story-29590061-detail/story.html

Digging has resumed at Soli Pompeiopolis:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/excavations-start-at-soli-pompeiopolis-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=102393&NewsCatID=375

… and Demre:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/antalyas-demre-opens-new-excavation-season-.aspx?PageID=238&NID=102328&NewsCatID=375

… and Kurul Castle:

http://www.dailysabah.com/history/2016/07/30/archaeologists-resume-excavation-on-turkeys-black-sea-coast

Aerial photographs reveal a Roman marching camp in Dorset:

http://www.dorsetecho.co.uk/news/14653940.Rare_Roman_camp_spotted_from_the_air/

They’ve restored and ‘restaged’ some kitchens and the dry cleaner’s at Pompeii:

http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2016/08/01/kitchen-restored-in-pompeiis-fullonica_60526442-e27e-4297-80e9-a947a7c0d2bc.html
http://www.thelocal.it/20160802/refurbished-pompeii-kitchens-show-how-ancient-romans-cooked

That mass burial of shackled skeletons at Phalerum is back in the news for some reason:

http://www.reuters.com/video/2016/08/01/shackled-remains-at-ancient-greek-site-t?videoId=369447004
https://www.yahoo.com/news/shackled-remains-ancient-greek-tell-tale-intrigue-094453721.html
http://www.euronews.com/2016/08/01/ancient-mass-grave-site-in-greek-capital-could-point-to-earliest-dated-event-in
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-08-03/skeletons-shackled-at-the-wrists-found-in-athens-mass-grave/7687642
http://theweek.com/speedreads/640276/archaeologists-discover-80-shackled-skeletons-from-mysterious-ancient-greek-execution
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/08/02/world/science-health-world/shackled-skeletons-athens-cemetery-belong-supporters-nobleman-led-attempted-coup-632-b-c/#.V6Cwy6LIeM9
http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/shackled-skeletons-ancient-greece-1.3703346
http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Ancient-mass-grave-site-in-Greek-capital-could-9067157.php
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/reuters/article-3717905/Shackled-remains-ancient-Greek-site-tell-tale-intrigue.html

On recent finds from Perge:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/only-statue-of-roman-emperor-on-display-in-antalya-museum–.aspx?pageID=238&nID=102442&NewsCatID=375

Overview of recent finds in Bulgaria:

http://sofiaglobe.com/2016/07/30/archaeological-finds-in-bulgaria-july-2016-highlights/

Very interesting feature on the Throne of Midas dispute:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/suzan-mazur/the-midas-throne-row_b_11307068.html

Feature on Cannae:

http://www.history.com/news/ancient-romes-darkest-day-the-battle-of-cannae

I think we mentioned these columns from Sardis undergoing some cleaning:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/historic-columns-of-sardis-in-for-cleaning-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=100964&NewsCatID=375

An update on restoration and conservation work at Stratonikeia:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/artifacts-restored-in-ancient-stratonikeia.aspx?pageID=517&nID=102513&NewsCatID=375

Feature on the recently-reopened Tullianum:

http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/archaeology/.premium-1.735244

They’ve used 3d printing to ‘restore’ the statue of Zeus from Olympia (more in the techy section):

http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-36986434

The Greek Culture Ministry wants to declare Eliniko to be an archaeological site:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2016/08/06/greek-culture-ministry-seeks-to-declare-elliniko-as-archaeological-site/

What Kevin Dicus is up to:

http://around.uoregon.edu/content/uo-classics-professor-digs-dirt-pompeii

What Hunter Rawlings is up to:

http://www.news.cornell.edu/stories/2016/08/rawlings-engages-veterans-through-ancient-texts-war

A Festschrift for Frederick Ahl:

http://www.news.cornell.edu/stories/2016/08/new-volume-honors-classics-professor-fred-ahl

Feature on Seamus Heaney:

http://www.irishtimes.com/culture/stage/seamus-heaney-gave-us-permission-to-speak-in-our-own-voice-1.2737386

Continued arguing over the Chester Amphitheatre:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-36955733
http://www.chesterchronicle.co.uk/news/chester-cheshire-news/debate-over-chester-amphitheatre-resurfaces-11692674

An embarrassing Latin error in a monument at the University of Texas:

http://www.mystatesman.com/news/news/local/incorrect-latin-word-mars-uts-monument-to-victims-/nr9Kd/
http://www.dallasnews.com/news/state/headlines/20160804-memorial-to-1966-ut-shooting-victims-has-a-problem-set-in-stone-latin-word-is-wrong.ece

As might be expected, there were features on the ancient Olympics:

http://time.com/4431034/rio-olympics-ancient-history/
http://www.newshub.co.nz/world/ancient-olympics-a-pagan-party-of-nudity-animal-sacrifice-orgies-and-sport-2016073008

… including one on cheating:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/ancient-history-cheating-olympics-180960003/

… and ‘doping’:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p043p0wy
http://www.pri.org/stories/2016-08-05/ancient-olympics-were-dirty-violent-corrupt-affairs-there-was-even-regular-doping

… and Olympic nudity:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/drsarahbond/2016/08/04/a-brief-history-of-olympic-nudity-from-ancient-greece-to-espn/

Feature on a fossil found during Tiberius’ principate:

http://www.wondersandmarvels.com/2016/08/roman-emperor-tiberius-and-the-giant-tooth.html

Feature on the gladiator school at Xanten:

http://www.dw.com/en/follow-in-roman-gladiators-footsteps-at-germanys-xanten-park/a-19426443

Security at the Colosseum (and other sites) has been beefed up in the wake of ISIL threats:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/08/03/rome-tightens-security-at-colosseum-as-isil-threatens-to-attack/
http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/generalnews/2016/08/03/security-at-colosseum-churches-boosted-to-stop-terror_40d6d20e-a46b-4a33-99a1-3391ce61bd06.html
http://www.news.com.au/world/breaking-news/colosseum-under-maximum-security/news-story/259c101e56d4cd247d398d8089881db2

… although some German tourist managed to climb the Colosseum:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/german-tourists-scale-colosseum-in-night-time-stunt-a7166916.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-3719545/Rome-Colosseum-climbed-German-tourists-illegal-stunt.html

Review of Adrian Goldsworthy, *Pax Romana*:

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/pax-romana-war-peace-and-conquest-in-the-roman-world-by-adrian-goldsworthy-8sxz0rtq9

Review of Patty, *Living With a Dead Language*:

http://www.sfchronicle.com/books/article/Living-With-a-Dead-Language-My-Romance-With-9125147.php
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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A Neolithic site from Aar (this wouldn’t connect for me this morning for some reason):

http://cphpost.dk/news/danish-archaeologists-find-mysterious-well.html

Plenty of coverage of the excavation of something palatial at Tintagel (with all the Arthurian connections, of course):

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cornwall-36967147
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/king-arthur-castle-cornwall-tintagel-dark-ages-palace-camelot-a7168761.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/08/03/royal-palace-discovered-in-area-believed-to-be-birthplace-of-kin/
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/palace-unearthed-king-arthurs-birthplace-180960035/?no-ist
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=11687340
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3721915/Has-Camelot-Royal-palace-Dark-Ages-unearthed-legendary-site-King-Arthur-s-birth.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

1000 years bp female burial from Hillsborough Castle:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/36951328
http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/life/features/was-hillsborough-castle-the-scene-of-a-grave-killing-34942506.html
http://www.culture24.org.uk/history-and-heritage/archaeology/art559811-hillsborough-castle-northern-ireland-county-down
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3723367/Mystery-1-000-year-old-skeleton-Hillsborough-Castle-Archaeologists-say-woman-shed-light-early-settlements-Northern-Ireland.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

1000 years bp burials (and more) from Iceland:

http://icelandreview.com/news/2016/07/31/archeologists-find-1000-years-skeletons-and-silver-coin

A Victorian plunge pool in an unexpected site in Northampton:

http://www.culture24.org.uk/history-and-heritage/archaeology/art559830-delapre-abbey-northampton-victorian-plunging-pool

Feature on what has been found on the wreck of the London:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-essex-36985971

France plans to restore what is dubbed Europe’s oldest Jewish building:

http://www.jta.org/2016/08/05/news-opinion/world/france-to-rescue-europes-oldest-jewish-building
http://www.timesofisrael.com/france-to-rescue-europes-oldest-jewish-building/

Piecing together a helmet from the Staffordshire Hoard:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-stoke-staffordshire-36954627

A stone from Canterbury Cathedral is coming to auction:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-kent-36964503

Seeking funds to search for an Iron Age broch in Stirling:

http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/08/2016/campaign-launched-to-help-archaeologists-search-for-an-iron-age-broch

Last week I managed to move a Danish castle to Norway, so here’s the item again:

http://sciencenordic.com/new-discovery-rewrites-history-denmark%E2%80%99s-biggest-royal-castle

Plans to dig a ‘mysterious mound’ in South Downs National Park:

http://www.theargus.co.uk/news/14653217.Dig_to_discover_history_of_mysterious_mound/

In case you’re wondering what ‘Bulgaria’s Indiana Jones’ is up to:

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-bosnia-pyramids-idUSKCN10F0UD?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews
https://www.yahoo.com/news/bosnian-indiana-jone-digs-controversy-again-park-091044901.html

More coverage of that vandalism to that 5000 years bp petroglyph in Norway by some kids who were trying to ‘improve’ it:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/norway-ski-boys-deface-5000-year-old-ancient-rock-carving-a7166851.html
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/norwegian-youth-destroys-one-earliest-images-skiing-trying-improve-it-180960013/
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=11685303
http://globalnews.ca/news/2860404/norwegian-teens-ruin-5000-year-old-stone-carving-they-tried-to-improve/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2016/08/02/it-was-done-out-of-good-intentions-treasured-5000-year-old-carving-destroyed-by-well-meaning-kids/
http://www.stuff.co.nz/world/europe/82695103/ancient-norwegian-rock-carving-damaged-forever-after-boys-attempt-to-restore-it

… and they might face charges:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/07/31/norwegian-youths-who-ruined-5000-year-old-carving-could-face-pro/
That ball of thread from ‘Britain’s Pompeii’ is getting more attention this week:

http://www.livescience.com/55654-3000-year-old-thread-found.html
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/knot-possible-3000-year-old-thread-found-in-uk/
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ball-thread-3000-years-old-180959978/
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3726980/Perfectly-preserved-3-000-year-old-pieces-thread-discovered-Bronze-Age-village-Cambridgeshire-dubbed-Pompeii-Fens.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

… and there were more general features too:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/08/01/uncovering-the-mysteries-of-britains-pompeii/

More on the facial reconstruction of Ava:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/meet-ava-bronze-age-woman-scottish-highlands-180959988/

More on the Viking ‘power couple’ burial (and the axe):

http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/viking-burial-site-in-denmark-contained-a-warrior–and-his-enormous-axe/news-story/c2c58410644f148a4fdaad5786182c59
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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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Geologic evidence found which appears to confirm a Chinese dynasty foundation story:

http://phys.org/news/2016-08-evidence-legendary-china-rewrite-history.html
http://feeds.sciencedaily.com/~r/sciencedaily/fossils_ruins/archaeology/~3/oZRHzA6qScg/160804152433.htm
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-08/aaft-gdp080116.php
http://www.livescience.com/55658-china-great-flood-legend-geological-evidence.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-36966274
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/05/science/china-great-flood-xia-emperor-yu.html
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/0805/Myth-meets-science-Did-researchers-just-verify-a-Chinese-legend
http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/china-ancient-flood-1.3708724?cmp=rss
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/aug/05/chinas-great-flood-tests-on-childrens-bones-support-4000-year-old-legend?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2016/08/04/legends-say-china-began-in-a-great-flood-scientists-just-found-evidence-that-the-flood-was-real/
http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/china-finds-great-flood-evidence-supporting-myth-of-first-emperors/news-story/4aa4b85724d2fc53f608f1f65f76edbc
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/08/china-yellow-river-great-flood-xia-dynasty-yu/
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/massive-flood-may-confirm-chinas-creation-myth-180960037/
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/ancient-chinese-megaflood-may-be-fact-not-fiction/
http://elpais.com/elpais/2016/08/04/ciencia/1470329898_638060.html

I think we mentioned when this ‘oldest maritime object’ from Hong Kong was found by divers a week or two ago:

http://www.livescience.com/55650-hong-kong-oldest-maritime-artifact.html
http://www.livescience.com/55649-photos-hong-kong-underwater-artifacts.html

Followup to the ‘bug poo’ situation at the Taj Mahal:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2016/08/06/judge-puts-taj-mahals-bug-poo-problem-on-state-officials-shoulders/
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NORTH AMERICA
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A 12 300 years bp fire pit from Norther Utah:

http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/12300-year-fire-pit-found-northern-utah-41171805
http://madison-press.com/wire/national-wire/166822/12300-year-old-fire-pit-found-in-northern-utah-5
http://www.holmescountyherald.com/syndicated_post/12300-year-old-fire-pit-found-in-northern-utah/
A 6000 years bp (maybe) knife from a hunting camp site in Kodiak:

http://www.ktoo.org/2016/08/01/knife-discovered-kodiak-community-archaeology-site/

A site in Utah suggests a population boom preceded the development of farming some 5000 years bp:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/08/160802104526.htm
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-08/uou-pbp072816.php
http://www.archaeology.org/news/4700-160803-population-plant-domestication

Very interesting finds from mound 72 at Cahokia:

http://phys.org/news/2016-08-fresh-burials-mass-graves-story.html
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-08/uoia-fla080416.php
http://www.livescience.com/55675-cahokia-burial-women.html
A buffalo jump site in the James River valley:

http://listen.sdpb.org/post/archaeologists-probe-850-year-old-buffalo-jump-james-river-valley

They were showing off finds from the Alamo:

http://www.dallasnews.com/news/local-news/20160802-watch-alamo-archaeologists-display-new-artifacts.ece
http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Alamo-dig-yields-hundreds-of-items-reflecting-9022452.php
http://www.star-telegram.com/news/state/texas/article93188202.html

… and they may have found where the main gate was:

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local/article/Continuing-dig-reveals-possible-signs-of-the-9122582.php

Bones found in the Gaspe last week may have come from an 1847 shipwreck:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/carricks-of-whitehaven-gaspe-human-remains-shipwreck-1847-1.3705288
http://montrealgazette.com/news/parks-canada-hopes-to-link-human-remains-to-1800s-shipwreck
http://www.canada.com/news/national/parks+canada+investigating+whether+98ancient+bones+found+gaspe/12103433/story.html
http://news.nationalpost.com/news/canada/parks-canada-investigating-whether-ancient-bones-found-in-gaspe-came-from-1847-shipwreck

A dig preliminary to an electrical transmission line in New Mexico turned up 26k artifacts:

http://phys.org/news/2016-08-archaeological-excavations-26k-artifacts-mexico.html
http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/archaeological-excavations-finds-26k-artifacts-mexico-41151154
http://navajotimes.com/wires-wp/index.php?id=1679341443&kid=oJaMkM3NZxKPio2R
http://en.tempo.co/read/news/2016/08/07/310793878/Archaeological-Excavations-Finds-26K-Artifacts-in-New-Mexico
http://www.lcsun-news.com/story/news/2016/08/05/transmission-line-excavations-find-26k-artifacts-nm/88292194/

Finds from various periods from a construction site in Camden:

http://www.courierpostonline.com/story/news/2016/08/02/surprising-finds-holtec-site-camden/87734826/

… and during bridge construction in Tennessee:

http://www.wbrc.com/story/32593395/native-american-artifacts-discovered-during-bridge-construction-in-perry-co

Latest from the Hopewell earthworks:

http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/science/2016/07/31/01-archaeology-experts-find-importance-in-mysterious-hopewell-earthworks.html

Searching for palisades in Windsor revealed an historic home site:

http://www.courant.com/community/windsor/hc-wn-windsor-state-archeologists-palisades-0804-20160801-story.html

Haven’t had a time capsule opening in a while;

http://www.cbs8.com/story/32698127/la-jolla-church-opens-100-year-old-time-capsule

They’ve figured out what killed off an isolated population of mammoths in Alaska:

http://phys.org/news/2016-08-lack-extinction-isolated-alaska-mammoths.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/08/160801163858.htm
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-08/ps-spi072816.php
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/02/science/mammoths-extinction-saint-paul-island-alaska.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-36945909
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/aug/01/woolly-mammoth-st-pauls-island-demise-due-freshwater-shortage
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/articles/solving-mystery-mammoth-proportions-180959992/
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/08/2016/woolly-mammoth-extinction-accurately-dated-on-alaskan-island

An historic CUNY plaque was stolen:

http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2016/08/otisco_mystery_who_stole_plaque_honoring_civil_war_veteran.html

On the origins of the Coast Guard:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/05/nyregion/celebrating-hamilton-the-father-of-the-coast-guard.html

Marking the anniversary of the first execution by electric chair:

http://www.syracuse.com/vintage/2016/08/the_first_ever_execution_by_el.html
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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A very interesting Maya snake dynasty tomb from Belize:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/aug/06/maya-snake-dynasty-tomb-belize-ruins

Pondering whether Columbus took a somewhat different route:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-36884261

Latest on Columbia and the wreck of the San Jose:

http://internacional.elpais.com/internacional/2016/07/31/colombia/1469918008_930133.html

Tourists damaged El Candelabro in Paracas (Peru):

http://www.peruthisweek.com/news-tourist-damage-candelabro-in-paracas-110086
—–
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 Durer shows up at a French flea market:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-36997455
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2016/aug/05/lost-engraving-albrecht-durer-found-flea-market-maria-crowned-angel
http://www.thelocal.de/20160806/500-year-old-german-engraving-surfaces-at-french-flea-market
http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=89294

Xray fluorescence reveal a hidden portrait under a Degas:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-36970024
http://www.livescience.com/55652-edgar-degas-painting-hidden-portrait.html
http://www.livescience.com/55651-photos-edgar-degas-hidden-portrait.html
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/05/science/degas-hidden-portrait.html
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/08/05/488824963/x-rays-reveal-hidden-portrait-under-painting-by-edgar-degas
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2016/08/05/x-ray-reveals-hidden-portrait-beneath-famed-degas-painting/88295898/

A Rodin sketch turns out to be a fake:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-lincolnshire-36936702

Looking for evidence of the first chefs:

http://phys.org/news/2016-08-tracking-chefs.html
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-08/uotb-tdt080216.php

… and looking at what restaurants were like a hundred years ago:

http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2016/08/03/487372849/quiz-what-were-restaurants-like-100-years-ago

A nice restoration at the Fitzwilliam:

http://artdaily.com/news/89177/Fitzwilliam-restores-Renaissance-masterpiece-to-its-former-glory

On places that are famous and full of dead bodies:

http://www.livescience.com/55609-famous-places-with-dead-bodies.html

On some ‘barbaric’ medical treatments still in use today:

http://www.livescience.com/55667-barbaric-medical-treatments-still-used.html

A history of Fleet Street:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-36908042
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-36882573

Big bucks for Action Comics 1:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-36984574

… and Martin Luther is getting the comic book treatment:

http://www.dw.com/en/church-renegade-martin-luther-stars-in-comic-book/a-19448172

Meanwhile, Luther’s antisemitic side is also getting attention:

http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/The-great-shtadlan-Josel-of-Rosheim-takes-on-Martin-Luther-462769

Feature on the Siddis in India:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20160801-indias-forgotten-jungle-dwellers

They’ve figured out why Robert Kennicott died:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/this-smithsonian-scientist-s-death-was-a-mystery-150-years-later-his-skeleton-helped-solve-it-a7171881.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2016/08/03/this-smithsonian-scientists-death-was-a-mystery-150-years-later-his-skeleton-helped-solve-it/

There were features on the first modern Olympics this week:

http://time.com/4408161/first-modern-olympics-photos/

Documents have gone missing from the UK’s National Archives:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-36953199

A Boer War photo album has turned up:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3719664/Fascinating-rare-photographs-showing-brave-British-soldiers-Boer-War.html
Revisiting Alexander Graham Bell’s obit:

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/projects/cp/obituaries/archives/alexander-graham-bell

… and Otto Hahn:

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2016/07/28/obituaries/hahn-obits-sf.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fscience

More on Rembrandt’s use of mirrors:

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/did-rembrandt-use-mirrors-and-optical-tricks-to-create-his-paintings/

More on studying beer at the Smithsonian:

http://chronicle.com/article/The-Scholars-Who-Look-at/237319
Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Will and Jane:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/05/books/will-jane-two-literary-superheroes-united-in-pop-culture.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Farts

Baseball cards:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/07/nyregion/newcomer-to-the-old-ball-game.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Farts

Della Robbia:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/07/arts/design/in-boston-a-major-della-robbia-show.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Farts

Bosch:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/27/movies/hieronymus-bosch-touched-by-the-devil-review.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fdesign

Daily Life in Ancient Lebanon:

http://durhammagazine.co.uk/durham-news/burial-urns-cooking-pots-life-sized-chariot-new-exhibition-brings-ancient-middle-east-durham/0632/

Scott Expedition:

http://phys.org/news/2016-08-photos-tragic-scott-pole-mission.html

Syria: A Living History:

http://www.insidetoronto.com/news-story/6793892-toronto-s-aga-khan-museum-bringing-together-more-than-5-000-years-of-art-for-its-exhibit-syria-a-l/

Ancient Trebizond:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/monuments-of-forgotten-empire-trebizond-on-show.aspx?pageID=238&nID=102261&NewsCatID=385

Turner:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-36974759
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THE TECHY SIDE
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‘Restoring’ the statue of Zeus from Olympia with 3d printing technology:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-36986434
http://greece.greekreporter.com/2016/08/06/lost-ancient-greek-statue-of-zeus-recreated-through-3d-printing/

Another 3d printing project involving ancient artifacts:

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC1608/S00013/ancient-meets-hi-tech-as-uc-3d-prints-antiquities.htm

3d reconstruction of Robert the Bruce’s tomb (!):

http://www.scotsman.com/news/robert-the-bruce-s-lost-tomb-reconstructed-in-3-d-1-4192109
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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Jewish sites in Saudi Arabia:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/in-saudi-arabia-jewish-sites-with-ancient-resonance-beckon/

Erzurum:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/georgian-monastery-in-turkeys-erzurum-awaits-more-visitors.aspx?pageID=238&nID=101640&NewsCatID=393

Roman sites in France:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/tmullen/2016/08/02/how-romans-enjoyed-luxury-in-western-france/
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CRIME BEAT
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Fines for damaging a site in Bowie:

http://www.hastingstribune.com/bowie-man-must-pay-for-damaging-archaeological-site/article_c46c70fd-9667-5441-bd9a-a0ada81a2632.html
http://www.kob.com/news/bowie-man-must-pay-8707-for-damaging-archaeological-site/4222840/?cat=500

Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2016/08/culture-crime-news-25-31-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 repatriation in the making?:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/03/arts/design/ronald-lauder-art-restitution-neue-galerie.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Farts

Not sure if this looted art donation to Cyprus is repatriation or not:

http://cyprus-mail.com/2016/08/07/partial-return-looted-collection/

The UK returned a Cypro-Archaic artifact to Cyprus:

http://cyprus-mail.com/2016/08/05/ancient-artefact-repatriated-uk/
http://greece.greekreporter.com/2016/08/05/ancient-clay-figurine-repatriated-to-cyprus-from-uk/

The US returned some items to India (who was expecting more?):

http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/us-returned-only-8-antiquities-during-pms-visit-govt/1/731318.html
http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/us-returned-only-eight-antiquities-during-pm-narendra-modis-visit-govt-2951953/

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NUMISMATICA
================================================================
The Wold Newton hoard is generating some press:

http://www.coinworld.com/news/world-coins/2016/08/hoard-find-in-britain-excites-archaeologists.html

A 14th century gold coin turned up in the ruins of Kaliakra:

http://www.coinworld.com/news/world-coins/2016/08/hoard-find-in-britain-excites-archaeologists.html

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v19n31.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v19n32.html

————————
Ancient Coin Collecting:

http://ancientcoincollecting.blogspot.com/

Ancient Coins:

http://classicalcoins.blogspot.com/

Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/
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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/2461-audio-news-from-archaeologica-24-july-2016-30-july-2016
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OBITUARIES
===============================================================
Martin Bachmann:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/head-of-pergamon-excavations-dies-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=102481&NewsCatID=375

John Kerr:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/31/science/john-kerr-chronicler-of-freud-jung-rift-is-dead-at-66.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fscience

Jean Briggs:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/anthropologist-jean-briggs-dead-at-87-1.3700470
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CONFERENCES
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Maya at the Playa (September 29-October 2):

http://www.mayaattheplaya.com/registration

Dumbarton Oaks Annual Symposium (October 7-8):

http://www.doaks.org/research/pre-columbian/scholarly-activities/sacred-matter-animism-and-authority-in-the-pre-columbian-americas

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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