Explorator 19.16-17 ~ August 21, 2016

Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri,
Hernan Astudillo, Barbara Saylor Rodgers, Jona Lendering, Bob Heuman,
Sandie B, David Critchley, Don Buck, Rick Heli, Jim Plouffe,
Richard Campbell, Richard C. Griffiths, Rick Pettigrew, and
Ross W. Sargent for headses upses this week (as always hoping
I have left no one out).

nb: this is a double issue that is also a half issue, oddly
enough. I’ve only compiled the first few sections because this
appears to have been an unsually busy couple of weeks and even
this half issue is HUGE (and my attention span is only so long).
I’ll augment next week’s issue with what I’ve missed this week.

nb2: I’ve also decided to stop including Daily Mail items in
favour of reinstating the rewrites from Archaeology Magazine

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Suggestion that some ‘percussive tools’ might actually have been weapons:

http://phys.org/news/2016-08-tool-weapon-stone-artifacts-ancient.html
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-08/iu-tow081816.php

What we can learn from some 250 000 years bp butchery tools from Jordan:

http://phys.org/news/2016-08-archaeology-team-world-first-tool-discovery.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/08/160808123824.htm
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-08/uov-uat080316.php
http://communications.uvic.ca/releases/release.php?display=release&id=1543
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/0809/What-can-we-learn-from-250-000-year-old-butcher-tools
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/deadthings/2016/08/09/prehistoric-stone-tools-wheres-the-beef-or-at-least-the-rhino/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2016/08/09/this-250000-year-old-tool-was-used-to-butcher-a-rhinoceros/
http://www.cnn.com/2016/08/10/health/cavemen-ancient-tools-mystery/index.html
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/250000-years-ago-ancient-humans-used-these-tools-butchery-180960102/
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/08/2016/residue-on-250000-year-old-stone-tools-reveals-wide-range-of-prey

A 90 000 years bp ‘middle finger’ bone from Saudi Arabia:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/archaeologists-dig-up-middle-easts-oldest-middle-finger/
http://www.newsweek.com/archaeologists-discover-middle-easts-oldest-bone-90000-year-old-middle-finger-491793
http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/saudi-british-archaeologists-dig-90000-year-old-bone-ancient-lake-saudi-arabia-927035952

Plenty of interest for Otzi’s stylish attire:

http://phys.org/news/2016-08-ancient-iceman-wore-hat-skin.html
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/deadthings/2016/08/18/iceman-dressed-to-kill/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-37094141
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/aug/18/it-becometh-the-iceman-otzi-clothing-study-reveals-stylish-secrets-of-leather-loving-ancient
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/the-oldest-european-mummy-ever-found-wore-a-stylish-hat-and-had-tattoos-scientists-have-said-a7199761.html
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/0818/Frozen-fashion-What-was-Oetzi-the-Iceman-wearing-when-he-died https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2016/08/18/what-was-otzi-the-iceman-wearing-when-he-died-pretty-much-an-entire-zoo/
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=11697515
https://www.newscientist.com/article/2101621-iceman-otzi-rocks-the-bear-fur-hat-and-goat-leather-coat-look/
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dna-analysis-reveals-what-otzi-iceman-wore-his-grave-180960170/
http://www.archaeology.org/4776-160819-italy-otzi-clothing

They’ve figured out who forged Piltdown Man:

http://phys.org/news/2016-08-piltdown-hoax-analysis-lone-forger.html
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-08/uoc-nph080916.php
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-37021144
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/aug/10/forensic-examination-reveals-identity-of-piltdown-hoax-prime-suspect-charles-dawson
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2016/08/11/we-finally-know-who-forged-piltdown-man-one-of-sciences-most-notorious-hoaxes/
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/0811/Piltdown-Man-Scientists-finally-get-to-the-bottom-of-notorious-scientific-forgery
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2016/08/10/piltdown-man-charles-dawson/
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/solving-the-piltdown-man-scientific-fraud/
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/notorious-‘ape-man’-fossil-hoax-pinned-one-wrongdoer

… i.e. Arthur Conan Doyle is off the hook:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2016/08/10/sir-arthur-conan-doyle-cleared-of-piltdown-man-hoax/

On the evolution of the human brain:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/08/160812074537.htm
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AFRICA
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Feature on the search for sunken ships off Africa associated with the slave trade:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/africa/the-incredible-quest-to-find-the-african-slave-ships-that-sank-in-the-atlantic/2016/08/17/25dd6080-cf5b-46e0-b896-ea0512311bdd_story.html
http://www.macon.com/news/nation-world/world/article96763287.html

Feature on Great Zimbabwe:

https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2016/aug/18/great-zimbabwe-medieval-lost-city-racism-ruins-plundering

What Cathy D’Andrea is up to in Ethiopia:

http://globalnews.ca/news/2887016/sfu-archeologist-hopes-to-help-ethiopias-future-by-uncovering-its-past/

Libya is questioning some of UNESCO’s claims of threatened monuments:

http://www.libyaobserver.ly/culture/libyas-antiquities-department-refutes-unesco-report-lepits-magna
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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The Malawi Museum is reopening after renovations:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/44/239149/Heritage/Museums/Newly-restored-Malawi-Museum-in-Egypts-Minya-to-re.aspx

Egypt and China see a need to cooperate on the cultural level:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2016-08/16/c_135604283.htm

Latest update on upgrades to the site around the pyramids and other sites:

http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/sisi-meets-antiquities-minister-briefing-progress
http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/full-steam-ahead-revamp-pyramid-site-september-antiquities-ministry
http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2016/08/11/pyramids-archaeological-development-project-70-complete-scheduled-opening-years-end/
http://www.eturbonews.com/73727/egypt-tourism-pyramides-improvements-ready-end-september

On looting in Egypt:

http://www.livescience.com/55687-children-dying-in-egypt-looting.html
http://www.livescience.com/55685-photos-egypt-looting.html

On the durability of the pyramids:

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20160808-will-the-skyscrapers-outlast-the-pyramids

Anatolian hunter-gatherers started farming before they migrated to Europe, apparently:

http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/08/2016/anatolian-hunter-gatherers-began-to-farm-before-european-migration

A Bronze Age burial mound from Kazakhstan (sometimes styled a pyramid or mausoleum):

http://www.livescience.com/55796-ancient-mausoleum-not-worlds-first-pyramid.html
https://www.yahoo.com/news/no-ancient-mausoleum-not-worlds-1st-pyramid-115801111.html
http://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/26987/20160817/world-oldest-pyramid-kazakhstan.htm
http://www.laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=2418949&CategoryId=13936
http://www.archaeology.org/news/4772-160818-kazakhstan-bronze-age-mausoleum

A Hittite tunnel at Alacohuyuk:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/secret-tunnel-found-in-hittite-capital-.aspx?pageID=238&nid=103034&NewsCatID=375

Latest Hittite finds from Nerik:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/.aspx?pageID=238&nid=102780

More on fixing Mesopotamian chronology:

http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0157144

A Persian temple from Minik Mound:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ancient-temple-found-in-turkeys-nigde.aspx?pageID=238&nid=102754

An Achaemenid palace from Shamkir:

http://www.today.az/news/society/153471.html
An inscribed column of Darius I from Phanagoria:

http://eu.greekreporter.com/2016/08/12/inscribed-column-of-darius-i-found-in-ancient-greek-city-phanagoria/
http://persepolistablets.blogspot.com/2016/08/more-on-old-persian-inscription-from.html
http://theartnewspaper.com/news/russian-archaeologists-uncover-ancient-persian-stele-inscribed-with-a-message-from-king-darius-i-/

Feature on Onder Bilg’s work at Ikiztepe Mound:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/professor-dedicates-his-life-to-ancient-mound-in-turkeys-black-sea.aspx?pageID=238&nID=102648&NewsCatID=375

Remains of a synagogue from Tel Rekhesh are being tenuously connected to Jesus:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/archaeologists-in-galilee-unearth-synagogue-from-jesuss-time/
http://www.timesofisrael.com/liveblog_entry/archaeologists-find-new-galilean-synagogue-from-first-century-ce/
http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/archaeology/1.736752
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4841735,00.html
https://www.algemeiner.com/2016/08/15/second-temple-era-synagogue-unearthed-in-northern-israel/

A stone projectile from the Bar Kochba revolt:

http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=35711

Overview of the evidence for the destruction of the the First and Second Temple:

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4841735,00.html

… and Gabi Barkai on battles with the Waqf:

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/216086

Some Olympics chatter brought up the subject of ‘cupping’ in Ancient Israel:

http://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/ancient-cultures/daily-life-and-practice/ancient-cupping-in-israel/

Overview of Ancient Israel history:

http://www.livescience.com/55774-ancient-israel.html

Feature on the ‘altar of Joshua’:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/.aspx?pageID=238&nid=102780

The Museum of the Bible is hyping publication of some of its DSS fragments:

https://www.museumofthebible.org/museum-of-the-bible-releases-research-findings-unpublished-dead-sea-scrolls-fragments

More on mosaics from Huqoq:

http://gazette.com/noahs-ark-mosaic-uncovered-in-ancient-galilee-synagogue/article/1582756

Sassanid pottery in a shipwreck:

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

An early mosque from Saudi Arabia:

http://english.aawsat.com/2016/08/article55356621/mosque-early-islam-discovered-saudi-arabia

A 1300 years bp burial from Stratonikeia:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/skeleton-of-ancient-woman-unearthed-in-turkeys-southwest.aspx?pageID=238&nID=102560&NewsCatID=375

An eighteenth century Ottoman settlement near Beitar:

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/216440

An ancient breakwater in Istanbul was damaged:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ancient-breakwater-in-istanbul-broken.aspx?pageID=238&nID=102704&NewsCatID=375

Feature on Babylon:

https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2016/aug/08/lost-cities-1-babylon-iraq-war-history-mankind-greatest-heritage-site
http://www.aina.org/news/20160808115903.htm

Assorted agencies are working together to protect artifacts in Iraq and Syria:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2016/08/19/smithsonian-other-agencies-protect-artifacts-in-iraq-syria/

Tel Ajaja is the latest site plundered by ISIL:

http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/archaeology/1.735889
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2016/08/09/isis-destroyed-almost-half-of-an-ancient-city-in-syria/
http://artdaily.com/news/89351/At-ancient-Syria-site–IS-discovers-then-destroys-treasures-

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Plenty of attention for the discovery of a burial on Mount Lykaion:

http://phys.org/news/2016-08-mountaintop-chilling-echo-dark-greek.html
http://www.ascsa.edu.gr/index.php/news/newsDetails/new-finds-at-mt.-lykaion
http://www.ascsa.edu.gr/index.php/news/newsDetails/david-romano-reflects-on-mt.-lykaion-discovery
http://www.livescience.com/55733-possible-human-sacrifice-to-zeus-discovered.html
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/0815/Did-ancient-Greeks-practice-ritual-murder
http://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/aug/10/skeletal-remains-confirm-ancient-greeks-engaged-in-human-sacrifice?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other
https://www.yahoo.com/news/ancient-bones-found-greek-mountaintop-153400508.html
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/0815/Did-ancient-Greeks-practice-ritual-murder
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/0812/Did-archaeologists-just-find-a-3-000-year-old-human-sacrifice-on-Zeus-altar
http://www.bostonglobe.com/news/world/2016/08/10/chilling-mountaintop-find-may-confirm-dark-greek-legend/clcyEUP3JO2lcIaQVTSFyN/story.html?s_campaign=email_BG_TodaysHeadline&s_campaign=
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2016/08/12/mystery-bones-from-ancient-greece-may-be-a-teenager-sacrificed-to-zeus/
http://www.timesofisrael.com/chilling-find-on-greek-mountain-may-confirm-dark-legend-of-human-sacrifice/
http://www.ekathimerini.com/211168/article/ekathimerini/life/ancient-teenage-skeleton-unearthed-on-mountain-top-could-confirm-darkest-greek-legend
http://greece.greekreporter.com/2016/08/11/skeleton-found-in-ancient-zeus-temple/
http://neoskosmos.com/news/en/Archaeological-proof-of-human-sacrifice-taking-place-in-ancient-Greece
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/did-ancient-greeks-engage-human-sacrifice-180960111/

An important Bronze Age burial from Cyprus:

http://phys.org/news/2016-08-sensational-grave-cypriote-bronze-age.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/08/160809122802.htm
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-08/uog-sgf081016.php
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/08/2016/archaeologists-uncover-one-of-the-richest-graves-of-bronze-age-cyprus-ever-found

A Greek ‘colonial fortress’ from the Crimea:

https://rbth.com/science_and_tech/2016/08/16/ancient-greek-colonial-fortress-found-in-crimea_621543

A Roman bath house beneath a modern mikveh in Jerusalem’s Old City (not sure where to put this one):

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/216271

A very impressive 4th century chariot race mosaic from Cyprus:

http://www.mcw.gov.cy/mcw/da/da.nsf/All/0301DD3B26AA989AC2257EBB00447C40?OpenDocument
http://cyprus-mail.com/2016/08/09/unique-mosaic-depicting-chariot-race-fully-revealed/
http://phys.org/news/2016-08-rare-4th-century-mosaic-chariot-cyprus.html
http://famagusta-gazette.com/cypriot-archaeologists-unveil-th-century-mosaic-of-multichariot-race-p35615-69.htm
http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/revealed-a-roman-day-at-the-races-tch2dfqv7
http://abcnews.go.com/International/rare-4th-century-mosaic-floor-unearthed-cyprus/story?id=41266616
http://theartnewspaper.com/news/archeology/ancient-roman-mosaics-uncovered-in-cyprus-/
http://abcnews.go.com/International/rare-4th-century-mosaic-floor-unearthed-cyprus/story?id=41266616

Recent finds at Camelon Roman fort:

http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/08/2016/outside-the-walls-excavations-within-the-annexe-at-camelon-roman-fort

The dig at Chedworth Roman Villa has resumed:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-gloucestershire-37076307
http://www.wiltsglosstandard.co.uk/news/14679496.Big_archaeological_dig_to_look_for_hidden_mosaics_at_Chedworth_Roman_Villa/

… as has the one at Parion:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/Default.aspx?pageID=238&nid=102600

A Roman villa from Duzce (Turkey):

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/roman-villa-remains-found-in-turkeys-duzce-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=102982&NewsCatID=375

A phallic pendant from Lincolnshire:

http://www.grimsbytelegraph.co.uk/phallic-shaped-roman-pendant-dug-up-in-lincolnshire-field/story-29614028-detail/story.html
http://www.lincolnshireecho.co.uk/oo-err-what-was-this-bronze-roman-phallus-dug-up-in-horncastle-used-for/story-29612754-detail/story.html

A mosaic depicting the Roman zodiac from Bursa:

http://www.dailysabah.com/history/2016/08/19/mosaic-featuring-roman-zodiac-uneathed-in-bursa

Not sure if we mentioned these gold curse tablets from Serbia:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/aug/09/mysterious-magic-spells-unearthed-archaeologists-serbia
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-serbia-archaeology-magic-idUSKCN10K10L?feedType=RSS&feedName=lifestyleMolt
http://uk.reuters.com/article/us-serbia-archaeology-magic-idUKKCN10K10L
https://www.yahoo.com/news/mystery-magic-spells-unearthed-ancient-skeletons-serbia-103626296.html
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/aug/10/archaeologists-find-2000-year-old-silver-gold-scro/
http://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/26661/20160811/ancient-black-magic-unlocked-archeologists-find-devil-invoking-spells-skeletons-in-serbian-grave.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/news/4714-160809-viminacium-curse-tablet

Archaeology reveals the Roman port at Triport (Albania) was larger than previously thought:

http://phys.org/news/2016-08-fortified-roman-port-larger-previously.html

The heating in Lufton Roman Villa was in the wrong place apparently:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-somerset-37131060
http://www.somersetlive.co.uk/lufton-roman-villa-dig-heated-room-uncovered-by-newcastle-university-team/story-29618910-detail/story.html

1800 years bp frescoes from Zippori (not sure where to put this one):

http://new.huji.ac.il/en/article/32216
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/08/160810113901.htm
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/216210
http://forward.com/news/breaking-news/347648/1-800-year-old-frescoes-tell-story-of-israels-ancient-multicultural-town/
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4840456,00.html
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Rare-fresco-fragments-dating-back-to-Roman-era-discovered-at-Zippori-National-Park-463760
http://www.pressreleasepoint.com/rare-frescoes-roman-period-discovered-zippori-galilee-hebrew-university-excavations

A 2600 bp temple from Soli Pompeiopolis:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ancient-temple-found-in-turkeys-south.aspx?pageID=517&nID=102651&NewsCatID=375
http://www.dailysabah.com/history/2016/08/11/ancient-roman-temple-unearthed-in-southern-turkey

I think we mentioned these Illyrian palaces in Montenegro:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3731233/Is-home-Illyrian-rulers-Archaeologists-discover-two-palaces-belonged-ancient-Indo-European-royalty.html

Digging has resumed at the ‘Ephesus of the Black Sea’:

http://www.dailysabah.com/history/2016/08/16/ephesus-of-the-black-sea-undergoes-archaeological-excavation

… while some mosaics at the real Ephesus have been restored:

http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/archaeology/1.736389

Feature on UNG’s dig at Alcamo:

http://ung.edu/news/articles/students-dig-into-field-work-during-italy-excavation.php

A massive Roman coin hoard from near York:

http://blog.gainesvillecoins.com/2016/08/14/hoard-of-roman-coins-found-near-york/

Feature on the dig at Lixus:

http://tntoday.utk.edu/2016/08/15/classics-students-spent-summer-seeking-archaeological-sites-morocco/

Feature on Orraon:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2016/08/12/orraon-ancient-greeces-best-preserved-settlement/

Greece has opened the ‘Tower of the Winds’ to visitors:

http://phys.org/news/2016-08-greece-ancient-clock-athens-visitors.html

An antiquities bust in Grevena:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/211122/article/ekathimerini/news/family-of-three-charged-over-possession-of-illegal-antiquities-drugs

There were plenty of features on cheating and other shenanigans at the ancient Olympics:

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/08/olympics-scandal-doping-ancient-greece-lochte/
http://theconversation.com/cheating-bribery-and-scandal-how-the-ancient-greeks-did-the-olympic-games-64048
http://www.theatlantic.com/news/archive/2016/08/cheating-at-the-olympics/495938/
http://greece.greekreporter.com/2016/08/14/olympic-games-in-ancient-greece-were-not-free-of-corruption/
http://greece.greekreporter.com/2016/08/12/doping-in-ancient-greece-olympic-games/

… while Michael Phelps’ achievements brought up Leonidas of Rhodes:

http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-37033910
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/12/sports/olympics/michael-phelps-200-im-ryan-lochte-leonidas.html
http://greece.greekreporter.com/2016/08/14/michael-phelps-breaks-2168-year-old-olympic-record-held-by-leonidas-of-rhodes/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/early-lead/wp/2016/08/12/meet-leonidas-of-rhodes-the-michael-phelps-of-the-ancient-olympics/
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/olympics/2016/08/10/rio-2016-games-michael-phelps-v-the-2168-year-old-olympic-record/
http://www.pappaspost.com/leonidas-rhodes-talks-politics-michael-phelps-record-demands-whe
aties-box-exclusive-interview/
http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/17736-phelps-breaks-ancient-olympic-record-by-greek-athlete-leonidas-of-rhodes.html

… and there was a feature on the Heraia:

http://qz.com/762320/a-mythical-olympics-for-women-shows-the-ancient-roots-of-inequality-at-the-games/

… and how athletes ‘made money’:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/drsarahbond/2016/08/10/how-athletes-have-made-money-off-the-olympics-from-ancient-athens-to-rio/

… and the Getty had a general guide to the ancient Olympics:

http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/the-getty-villa-guide-to-the-ancient-olympics/

Semi-related is a feature on the Taranto Athlete burial:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2016/08/09/this-skeleton-is-the-oldest-known-ancient-olympic-athlete/#e5880aa210d7

Feature on the epinikion:

http://www.slate.com/blogs/lexicon_valley/2016/08/11/what_the_epinikion_teaches_us_about_how_to_celebrate_olympic_heroes.html

Feature on Pherenike of Rhodes:

http://www.pappaspost.com/pherenike-rhodes-ancient-greek-mom-risked-guarantee-sons-olympic-glory/

Another feature on Rome’s trade links with Chennai:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chennai/Finding-2000-yr-old-Roman-trade-links/articleshow/53791630.cms

Feature on Thonis-Heracleion:

https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2016/aug/15/lost-cities-6-thonis-heracleion-egypt-sunken-sea

Feature on Pompeii:

https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2016/aug/11/lost-cities-4-pompeii-roman-preserved-disaster-vesuvius-volcano-second-extinction

Feature on Troy:

https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2016/aug/09/lost-cities-2-search-real-troy-hisarlik-turkey-mythology-homer-iliad

The brouhaha over antiquities in Paphos continues:

http://cyprus-mail.com/2016/08/09/spat-paphos-antiquities-continues/
http://cyprus-mail.com/2016/08/08/ministry-ask-police-investigate-allegations-missing-antiquities-made-paphos-mayor/

Suggestion that Draco’s laws weren’t ‘Draconian’:

http://www.thedailystar.net/star-weekend/dracos-laws-were-not-draconian-1271788

Studying Classics is good for your brain:

http://www.scotsman.com/news/better-for-brain-to-study-classics-than-play-video-games-1-4208011

The argument over Latin in the curriculum continues in the UK:

https://www.theguardian.com/media/mind-your-language/2016/aug/19/right-to-rome-the-debate-over-latin-on-the-curriculum

… cf Mary Beard:

http://timesonline.typepad.com/dons_life/2016/08/what-does-the-latin-actually-say.html

Mary Beard was also interviewed by NPR:

http://www.npr.org/2016/08/12/489646223/from-gladiator-duels-to-caesars-last-words-the-myths-of-ancient-rome

Feature on MSU’s Classics program:

http://www.msstate.edu/newsroom/article/2016/08/msu-program-draws-ancient-worlds-tackle-21st-century/

Interview with Paul Cartledge:

http://www.historyextra.com/article/feature/york-history-weekend-5-minutes-paul-cartledge

What Jessica Lamont is up to:

http://classics.yale.edu/jessica-lamont-joins-yale
http://classics.yale.edu/people/jessica-lamont

NPR remembers Elaine Fantham:

http://radio.wpsu.org/post/remembering-weekend-editions-classics-commentator-elaine-fantham

On Thucydides and Trump:

http://theconversation.com/can-we-learn-from-thucydides-writings-on-the-trump-of-ancient-athens-63391
Review of Patty, *Living With a Dead Language*:

http://www.wsj.com/articles/a-modern-metamorphosis-1470783170
http://www.sfgate.com/books/article/Living-With-a-Dead-Language-My-Romance-With-9125147.php
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http://bmcr.brynmawr.edu/recent.html

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http://rogueclassicism.com/
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Evidence of humans at Cnoc Coig in the late Mesolithic:

http://phys.org/news/2016-08-britain-hunter-gatherers-breakthrough-analysis-bone.html
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-08/uoy-blh081116.php
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/08/2016/bone-collagen-analysis-technique-used-to-find-britains-last-hunter-gatherers

Europe’s oldest gold artifact (so far) comes from Bulgaria:

http://www.livescience.com/55761-oldest-gold-artifact-found-in-bulgaria.html
http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/oldest-gold-artifact-1.3714734?cmp=rss
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-bulgaria-archaeology-gold-idUSKCN10L0YQ
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/oldest-gold-object-unearthed-bulgaria-180960093/

‘Superhenge’ (recently found) turns out to be a bunch of filled postholes (still impressive):

http://phys.org/news/2016-08-superhenge-giant-circle-chalk-filled-holes.html
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2016/08/16/that-superhenge-was-a-super-dud/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-wiltshire-37047010
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/08/12/huge-ritual-monument-thought-to-be-buried-near-stonehenge-doesnt/
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/revealed-remarkable-ancient-structure-found-just-two-miles-from-stonehenge-a7190476.html
http://www.sciencealert.com/a-huge-wooden-circle-used-to-stand-just-a-few-kilometres-from-stonehenge
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/so-called-superhenge-was-made-wood-not-stone-180960152/

Study of the astronomical alignment of stone circles in Scotland:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/08/160817101709.htm
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-08/uoa-ast081716.php
http://www.theleadsouthaustralia.com.au/ideas/3d-mapping-of-scottish-stone-circles-proves-alignment-theories/
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/stone-circles-secrets-research-callanish-stenness-scotland-orkney-gail-higginbottom-a7201096.html

Possible remains of a prehistoric village on Iona:

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/14692088.New_discoveries_rewrite_history_of_holy_Iona/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/4777-160819-scotland-prehistoric-village

A Bell Beaker people earthwork from Spain:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/08/160809095145.htm
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/08/2016/first-bell-beaker-earthwork-enclosure-found-in-spain

Searching for Stirling’s ‘lost’ Iron Age roundhouse:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-tayside-central-37044268

A gold brooch from near Castle Killbury is being linked to Arthur:

http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/700205/King-Arthur-brooch-discovered-Camelot-field-St-Mabyn

Not sure there’s anything new yet in the latest from the dig at Tintagel:

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/08/tintagel-arthur-knights-england-castle-medieval-royalty-merlin-archaeology/
http://www.livescience.com/55712-photos-archaeological-excavations-at-tintagel.html
http://www.livescience.com/55712-photos-archaeological-excavations-at-tintagel.html

Finds from various periods in Aylsham:

http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/more_than_5_000_finds_uncovered_at_tantalising_roman_dig_site_in_aylsham_1_4656459

Insulting a Viking wasn’t a good idea, apparently:

http://sciencenordic.com/%E2%80%99twas-dangerous-insult-viking

A 1000 year bp Viking amulet:

http://www.thelocal.dk/20160805/danish-amateur-finds-1000-year-old-viking-amulet

Dating burials in the Rothwell Bone Crypt:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-northamptonshire-36989717

Medieval burials from Kilkenny:

http://www.rte.ie/news/2016/0809/808039-medieval-skeletons-kilkenny/

A 300 years bp ‘lucky shoe’ found in a wall in Cambridge University:

http://www.livescience.com/55812-lucky-shoe-found-in-university-wall.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2016/08/19/the-strange-reason-why-this-old-shoe-was-hidden-in-a-wall-at-a-british-university/
http://www.archaeology.org/4773-160818-england-cambridge-shoe

Official protection for shipwrecks off Devon:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-devon-37059478
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/british-shipwrecks-dating-back-to-medieval-era-given-protected-status-a7190121.html
http://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/centuries-old-shipwrecks-in-devon-given-protected-status/story-29618939-detail/story.html

… this seems related:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2016/aug/15/200-year-old-shipwreck-sally-emerge-from-water-devon-beach

… and an accounting of the huge number of shipwrecks that might lie off the UK:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2016/08/14/40000-shipwrecks-waiting-to-be-found-off-british-coast-says-hist/

Concerns for the wreck of the London:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-essex-37116685

Europe’s oldest known tree is in Greece:

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-08/su-eok081916.php
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/08/2016/adonis-europes-oldest-known-tree

A water channel from the Great Basilica at Pliska:

http://www.focus-fen.net/news/2016/08/15/410290/archaeologists-find-hydro-installation-at-great-basilica-of-pliska.html

Feature on Suleiman’s tomb:

http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2016/08/hungary-unearthing-suleiman-magnificent-tomb-160814120849950.html

Some William the Conqueror revisionism (book hype):

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/aug/20/william-i-how-we-misunderstood-the-conqueror-for-950-years

A 7th century king’s charter relating to Lincoln has been authenticated:

http://phys.org/news/2016-08-rights-men-medieval-charter-king.html

A theft from a Leicestershire chapel:

http://www.visitchurches.org.uk/latestnews/2016-08-08/Irreplaceable-Tudor-stained-glass-panel-stolen-from-historic-Leicestershire-chapel/

Work has started to restore the Jorvik Viking Centre:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-york-north-yorkshire-37020655

Feature on London’s early ‘east enders’:

http://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/features/the-archaeology-of-the-olympic-park-londons-first-east-enders.htm

Magna Carta has returned to Lincoln Castle:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-lincolnshire-36983621

Restoration of Aethelflaed’s priory has commenced:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-lincolnshire-36983621
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http://archaeology-in-europe.blogspot.com/

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A 10 500 year bp camp from Ladakh:

http://www.indiatimes.com/news/india/archaeologists-discover-ancient-camping-site-in-ladakh-dating-back-10-500-years-260267.html

An ancient ‘catacomb’ from Gabala:

http://www.today.az/news/society/153517.html

Bronze Age altar from Xinjiang:

http://www.china.org.cn/china/2016-08/09/content_39054985.htm

A Bronze Age burial from Siberia:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/4775-160819-siberia-bronze-age-burial

… and another with evidence of trepanation:

http://siberiantimes.com/science/casestudy/features/f0250-reconstructing-brain-surgery-as-it-was-conducted-around-3000-years-ago/
https://www.rt.com/viral/356533-bronze-age-brain-surgery/

Some petroglyphs from Hawaii are getting a lot of attention:

http://phys.org/news/2016-08-hawaiian-petroglyphs-revealed-shifting-sands.html
http://www.livescience.com/55708-petroglyphs-revealed-hawaii-oahu-coastline.html
http://www.livescience.com/55704-petroglyphs-discovered-on-hawaii-coastline-photos.html
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/0811/Tourists-in-Hawaii-surprised-to-discover-400-year-old-petroglyphs
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tourists-hawaii-accidentally-discovered-ancient-petroglyphs-180960104/

They’re excavating at Bazira:

http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2016/08/18/entertainment/pakistan-unearths-the-city-defeated-by-alexander-the-great/

1000 year bp frescoed tombs from Inner Mongolia:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2016-08/18/c_135611265.htm

Feature on the typhoon that sank Kublai Khan’s fleet:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/aug/18/how-typhoon-sank-kublai-khan-weatherwatch

Feature on shell jewellery from East Asia:

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2101485-oldest-jewellery-in-east-asia-is-crafted-37000-year-old-shell/

Feature on some 1500 years bp jewellery found in a Chinese tomb a few years ago:

http://www.livescience.com/55790-ancient-bling-found-in-chinese-tomb.html
http://www.livescience.com/55789-photos-ancient-tomb-of-chinese-woman.html

British shipwreck found in the Russian Arctic:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/aug/09/discovery-of-the-year-sunken-british-steamship-the-thames-found-on-edge-of-arctic-circle
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/08/10/british-steamship-found-beneath-russian-arctic-after-139-years/

Feature on Angkor:

https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2016/aug/16/lost-cities-6-angkor-wat-nasa-technology-khmer-megacity

Feature on Merv:

https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2016/aug/12/lost-cities-merv-worlds-biggest-city-razed-turkmenistan

Feature on Muziris:

http://www.theguardian.com/cities/2016/aug/10/lost-cities-3-muziris-india-kerala-ancient-port-black-pepper?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

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http://www.southeastasianarchaeology.com/

New Zealand Archaeology eNews:

http://nzarchaeology.blogspot.co.nz/index.html
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Assorted stone tools found by an Oregon teacher:

http://theweek.com/speedreads/643649/oregon-teacher-discovers-14-prehistoric-tools-backyard

Native American artifacts from the Willamette Valley (same story as above, I think):

http://www.oregonlive.com/pacific-northwest-news/index.ssf/2016/08/archaeologists_find_rare_nativ.html
http://registerguard.com/rg/news/local/34693051-75/15-obsidian-pieces-found-in-willamette-valley-confirmed-to-be-native-american-artifacts.html.csp

Studying pre-European monument sites in Michigan:

http://phys.org/news/2016-08-uncover-insights-great-lakes-monuments.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/08/160809122721.htm
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/08/2016/new-insights-on-great-lakes-late-precontact-period-monuments

Assorted items of a Pike Place Market construction site:

http://www.king5.com/news/local/seattle/2000-artifacts-found-at-pike-place-marketfront-construction-site/291956877

Remains of a 16th century shipwreck off Florida:

http://www.livescience.com/55795-colonial-age-shipwrecks-found-off-florida-coast.html
http://www.livescience.com/55793-photos-colonial-age-shipwrecks-cape-canaveral.html
http://jacksonville.com/news/metro/2016-08-17/story/wreckage-found-cape-canaveral-linked-lost-french-colony-fort-caroline
http://www.foxnews.com/science/2016/08/19/16th-century-shipwrecks-found-amid-rocket-debris-off-florida-coast.html

Evidence of earlier bits of Jefferson’s Mews:

http://phys.org/news/2016-08-archaeologists-unearth-early-elements-mews.html

A dig has revealed a structure at Madison’s Montpelier:

http://www.dailyprogress.com/starexponent/news/foundation-of-last-slave-structure-uncovered-at-montpelier/article_eb0a6474-17be-5e80-8e2e-172650720de0.html
http://www.nbc29.com/story/32731424/archaeologists-uncover-structure-at-james-madisons-montpelier

Plenty of coverage of a 19th century shipwreck find in Lake Ontario (the Washington):

http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/0817/Second-oldest-Great-Lakes-shipwreck-offers-a-rare-window-into-the-past
http://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory/explorers-find-2nd-oldest-confirmed-shipwreck-great-lakes-41448483?cid=abcn_tco
http://www.syracuse.com/state/index.ssf/2016/08/upstate_ny_explorers_find_2nd-oldest_confirmed_shipwreck_in_lake_ontario.html
http://www.wsj.com/articles/retirees-find-second-oldest-confirmed-shipwreck-in-great-lakes-1471512602
http://www.forbes.com/sites/shelbycarpenter/2016/08/18/200-year-old-shipwreck-found-bottom-lake-ontario/
http://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/27041/20160818/over-200-year-old-shipwreck-found-lake-ontario.htm
http://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/27177/20160820/rare-discovery-fast-facts-about-the-lady-washington-shipwreck-found-on-lake-ontario.htm
http://www.cnn.com/videos/us/2016/08/18/rare-18th-century-shipwreck-discovered-orig-vstan-aa.cnn
http://www.archaeology.org/news/4771-160818-lake-ontario-shipwreck

There was excitement over the discovery of a sword tip at the Alamo:

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local/article/1800s-sword-tip-found-in-Alamo-Plaza-9136600.php
http://www.star-telegram.com/news/state/texas/article95169787.html
http://www.foxnews.com/science/2016/08/12/alamo-dig-archaeologists-unearth-tip-mexican-sword.html

Sort of a culminating piece on the Alamo dig:

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local/article/Digging-concluded-in-Alamo-Plaza-9173314.php
http://www.beaumontenterprise.com/news/local/article/Digging-concluded-in-Alamo-Plaza-9173314.php

They’re digging at the Bush Prairie Farm:

http://www.theolympian.com/news/local/article96295802.html

… and Isle Royale:

http://www.sctimes.com/story/news/local/2016/08/15/scsu-archaeology-student-seeks-clues-isle-royale/88630196/

The dig at Lake George has been extended:

http://phys.org/news/2016-08-site-1750s-british-american-encampments.html
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/aug/12/dig-extended-at-upstate-ny-colonial-american-milit/

… where they found remains of a possible officer’s camp:

http://www.timesunion.com/news/article/French-and-Indian-War-dig-reveals-possible-9140188.php

Finds from Alexandria:

http://www.connectionnewspapers.com/news/2016/aug/08/alexandria-youths-uncover-historic-artifacts/

The Timbisha Shoshone are concerned about ‘artifact tampering’ (wrong description):

http://www.uniondemocrat.com/localnews/4589981-151/tribe-distressed-over-artifact-tampering

What a metal detectorist in PEI has found over the years:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/prince-edward-island/rick-barton-find-artifact-european-1.3725651?cmp=rss

Feature on Cahokia:

https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2016/aug/17/lost-cities-8-mystery-ahokia-illinois-mississippians-native-americans-vanish

… and another item on the status of women at Cahokia:

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-08/priu-fla080516.php
https://www.yahoo.com/news/women-held-important-role-americas-1st-city-burial-133538533.html
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/08/2016/beaded-burial-at-cahokia-not-a-monument-to-male-power

Feature on the Cardiff Giant:

http://www.livescience.com/55787-cardiff-giant.html

Feature on the Boston molasses flood:

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20160817-the-killer-flood-made-of-molasses

Followup to the CNY plaque theft:

http://www.syracuse.com/crime/index.ssf/2016/08/pair_accused_of_stealing_scrapping_plaque_honoring_civil_war_doctor.html
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6000 years bp human remains from Los Olivos (Peru):

http://www.peruthisweek.com/news-ancient-remains-found-in-olivos-110146

A Maya burial temple from Belize:

http://www.apollo-magazine.com/mayan-tomb-discovered-in-belize/
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rare-maya-burial-temple-discovered-belize-180960054/

A Maya burial is giving hints about the Snake dynasty (same as above, I think):

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/aug/06/maya-snake-dynasty-tomb-belize-ruins
http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/a-tomb-in-belize-offers-up-missing-pieces-of-a-long-lost-staircase-and-the-story-of-the-snake-lords-who-built-it/news-story/932155ae99046e57bdb2cd7e537092fd
http://www.breakingbelizenews.com/2016/08/06/dr-jaime-awe-finds-clues-snake-dynasty-xunantunich/

1000 years bp dog burials at at the Lima zoo:

http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2016/08/why-are-these-1000-year-old-dogs-buried-under-lima-zoo?rss=1

Evidence of rabbit breeding at Teotihuacan:

http://phys.org/news/2016-08-pre-hispanic-mexican-civilization-bred-rabbits.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/08/160817142539.htm
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-08/p-pmc081116.php
https://www.newscientist.com/article/2101551-bunnies-helped-a-great-civilisation-in-ancient-mexico-thrive/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/4774-160818-mexico-teotihuacan-rabbits

Suggestion that Teotihuacan was a centre for water worship:

http://www.wsj.com/articles/teotihuacan-mexicos-pyramid-city-worshiped-water-scholar-says-1470762228
http://www.newser.com/story/229586/archaeologist-says-shes-solved-the-mystery-of-mexicos-teotihuacan.html

Pondering some Incan trepanation:

http://www.cnn.com/2016/08/15/health/holes-in-the-head/index.html

War didn’t destroy Easter Island:

http://phys.org/news/2016-08-easter-island-war-analysis.html

Feature on the end of the Wari:

http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2016/08/waris-grisly-end-fall-south-american-empire

Rethinking the Venus Table of the Dresden Codex:

http://phys.org/news/2016-08-ancient-mayan-copernicus.html
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-08/uoc–aam081616.php
http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/reinterpretation-of-dresden-codex-produces-clues-of-unexpectedly-advanced-mayan-astronomy/news-story/4e2a446ea5afecd0d956121d7eee219f
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/08/2016/hieroglyphic-texts-reveal-maya-innovation-in-maths-and-astronomy

Feature on the pyramid at Cholula:

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20160812-the-giant-pyramid-hidden-inside-a-mountain

Feature on Chavin de Huantar:

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20160808-a-lost-temple-holds-the-secrets-to-the-origins-of-authority

Sarah Parcak is going to look for lost Incan sites:

http://altoday.com/archives/11953-uab-space-archaeologist-sarah-parcak-on-a-mission-to-unearth-worlds-hidden-treasures

A tomb raider in Costa Rica is arrested:

http://news.co.cr/suspected-tomb-raider-gets-raided-costa-rica/50028/
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Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

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