Explorator 19.18 ~ August 28, 2016

Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Hernan Astudillo,
Bob Heuman, Rick Heli, David Critchley, Barbara Saylor Rodgers,
Jim Plouffe, Feral Boy, Luc Jannsens, 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).

… apologies for taking so long to get this out this a.m….

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Rethinking/pondering the genus homo:

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-08/agi-rh-082516.php
http://scienmag.com/redefining-homo-does-our-family-tree-need-more-branches/

Hype for a book on some ‘celebrity hominid’ skeletons:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/historian-traces-rise-celebrity-hominid-fossils

More on Otzi’s clothing:

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/deadthings/2016/08/18/iceman-dressed-to-kill/
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/23/science/otzi-the-icemans-patchwork-ensemble.html
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/0818/Frozen-fashion-What-was-Oetzi-the-Iceman-wearing-when-he-died

More on 250 000 years bp butchering in Jordan:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/23/science/carving-the-meat-before-meals-250000-years-ago.html
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AFRICA
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A militant Islamicist who was involved in all the destruction in Timbuktu now regrets his actions:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-37152191
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/23/world/europe/ahmed-al-mahdi-hague-trial.html
http://www.dw.com/en/jihadi-pleads-guilt-at-iccs-timbuktu-trial/a-19491683

The New York Times reprised some coverage of the very short Anglo-Zanzibar war:

http://timesmachine.nytimes.com/timesmachine/1896/08/28/103386754.html

Concerns for the San people:

http://edition.cnn.com/2016/05/24/travel/basarwa-botswana-culture-crisis/index.html?sr=twCNN082716basarwa-botswana-culture-crisis0128AMStoryGalLink&linkId=28106579
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Not sure if we mentioned this 3300 years bp mummy with some very interesting/important tattoos:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/egypt-archaeology-mummy-tattoo-1.3730337

A Kushite Dynasty burial from Luxor’s West Bank:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/241662/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Burial-chamber-discovered-in-Asasif-on-Luxors-west.aspx
http://www.archaeology.org/news/4789-160825-luxor-granite-sarcophagus

A 4500 years bp mallet is coming to auction after being found in someone’s closet:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-derbyshire-37128788

Feature on seven finds from Egypt:

http://www.livescience.com/55898-egypt-archaeology-discoveries.html

Some ancient Egyptian texts are being translated into English for the ‘first’ time:

http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/ancient-egyptian-work-translated-into-english-for-penguin-classics/news-story/1f70a371f99db1af34b0c42938be65e4
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/aug/23/ancient-egypt-written-works-published-book-english-first-time
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-egyptian-stories-will-be-published-english-first-time-180960244/

They’re moving things to the Grand Egyptian Museum:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/44/241486/Heritage/Museums/Antiquities-ministry-starts-transportation-of-Tuta.aspx

Looks like Tut will be going on a Japanese tour:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/240451/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/AlAhram-and-antiquities-ministry-sign-protocol-for.aspx

… and Japan is helping to finance the Grand Egyptian Museum in a major way:

http://egyptianstreets.com/2016/08/22/egypt-to-receive-451-million-loan-from-japan-to-fund-grand-egyptian-museum/

A 4200 years bp toy from Acemhoyuk:

http://www.dailysabah.com/history/2016/08/26/archeologists-discover-4200-yr-old-rattle-in-central-turkey
http://www.archaeology.org/news/4794-160826-turkey-acemhoyuk-rattle

A ‘secret tunnel’ from Alacahoyuk (we may have mentioned this already):

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/.aspx?pageID=238&nid=103034&NewsCatID=375

On the origins/history of Istanbul:

http://www.dailysabah.com/feature/2016/08/25/tracing-istanbuls-roman-ottoman-roots-back-to-7-hills

Syria’s head of antiquities is forging links with Scotland:

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/14702710.Syrian_head_of_antiquities__I_need_Scottish_help_to_save_my_nation__39_s_cultural_sites_and_artifacts/

The Gath excavations are revealing affinities/connections with Cyprus:

http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/archaeology/1.738150

A first-century stone vessel factory from near Cana:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/jewish-stone-age-factory-from-time-of-jesus-surfaces-in-galilee/

A guy who inherited a pile of antiquities turned them in to the IAA:

http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=35891
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/3500-year-old-treasures-retrieved-from-the-sea-by-electric-plant-worker/2016/08/23/
http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/archaeology/.premium-1.738232
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Family-returns-3500-year-old-metal-relics-illegally-inherited-by-father-to-IAA-464828
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/216814
http://www.livescience.com/55852-worker-discovers-bronze-age-treasures-in-israel.html
http://www.algemeiner.com/2016/08/23/3500-year-old-artifacts-found-at-sea-in-hadera-given-to-israel-antiquities-authority/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/4788-160824-israel-metal-artifacts

… among which was a Crusader-era hand grenade:

http://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/27495/20160826/rare-discovery-hand-grenade-from-the-crusaders-era-baffles-archaeologists.htm
http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/archaeology/.premium-1.738232

An interview with Adam Aja about the Ashkelon dig:

http://www.bridgton.com/one-on-one-with-adam-aja-museum-curator-and-senior-staff-member-Ωf-ashkelon-dig/

A majority of artifacts seized in Lebanon and Syria are apparently fakes:

http://theartnewspaper.com/news/almost-70-of-smuggled-objects-seized-in-syria-and-lebanon-are-fakes-antiquities-chief-says/

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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They’re beginning to ‘decipher’ that Etruscan inscription found at Poggio Colla a few months ago:

http://phys.org/news/2016-08-significant-etruscan-discoveries-decades-female.html
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-08/smu-oot082416.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/08/160824135508.htm
http://blog.smu.edu/research/2016/08/24/one-of-the-most-significant-etruscan-discoveries-in-decades-names-female-goddess-uni/
http://www.livescience.com/55907-etruscan-tablet-holds-lost-language.html
http://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/27488/20160826/discovery-of-uni-goddess-name-found-on-ancient-etruscan-temple-stone.htm
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/08/2016/etruscan-discovery-names-goddess-uni
http://www.archaeology.org/news/4792-160826-etruscan-stele-uni

Remains of a Roman ‘flood bank’ beneath a demolished Gloucester bus station:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-gloucestershire-37198597

Some sort of bathing structure from Metropolis:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/well-preserved–bath-structure-found.aspx?PageID=238&NID=103154&NewsCatID=375

A nice Poseidon mosaic from a bath dig at Aegae:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ancient-poseidon-mosaic-found-in-southern-turkeys-adana.aspx?pageID=238&nid=103069&NewsCatID=375
http://www.dailysabah.com/history/2016/08/23/ancient-mosaic-depicts-poseidon-hailing-bath-goers

Burnswark appears to have played an important role in the Romans’ invasion of Scotland:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-south-scotland-37194266
http://www.archaeology.org/news/4793-160826-scotland-roman-invasion

Some Roman items found near Camelon Roman fort:

http://www.culture24.org.uk/history-and-heritage/archaeology/art560751-camelon-roman-fort-falkirk-iron-age
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/08/2016/outside-the-walls-excavations-within-the-annexe-at-camelon-roman-fort
http://www.archaeology.org/news/4781-160823-roman-bolt-goad

A hypocaust was found during the dig at Lufton Roman Villa:

http://www.somersetlive.co.uk/lufton-roman-villa-dig-ends-with-amazing-surprise-discovery/story-29647032-detail/story.html

The anniversary (maybe) of the eruption of Vesuvius was marked with an ‘hour by hour’ account:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/drsarahbond/2016/08/24/august-24-79-an-hour-by-hour-account-of-vesuvius-eruption-on-the-1937th-anniversary/

… and why you would have liked living in Pompeii:

http://www.chron.com/life/article/9-reasons-you-would-have-really-liked-living-in-9179032.php

Some painted plaster from the Chedworth Roman Villa dig:

http://www.wiltsglosstandard.co.uk/news/14706841.Rare_mosaic_and_painted_plaster_uncovered_at_Chedworth_Roman_Villa_reveals_how_ancient_villa_was_decorated/

… and they’ve concluded the dig at Chedworth for the season:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-gloucestershire-37193116

A marble church floor from Stratonikeia (I can’t quite figure out the date):

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/church-floor-found-in-city-of-gladiators-in-western-turkey.aspx?pageID=238&nID=103268&NewsCatID=375

What the ancient Greek of the Iliad sounded like:

http://www.npr.org/2016/08/25/491389975/the-sound-of-ancient-greek-in-the-illiad
http://wamu.org/programs/all_things_considered/16/08/25/the_sound_of_ancient_greek_in_the_illiad

Interesting feature on a couple of Etruscan sarcophagi:

http://www.apollo-magazine.com/can-two-etruscan-sarcophagi-teach-us/?utm_source=Adestra&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20160827_Weekly_Round_Up_34

A good article on vomitoria:

http://www.livescience.com/55899-what-is-a-vomitorium.html

Feature on Greek and Roman magic, curses, and the like:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/guide-ancient-magic-180960129/?no-ist

In case you were pondering becoming a Roman gladiator:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/guides/zpc2wxs

Honours for Nanno Marinatos:

https://lcsl.uic.edu/classics-mediterranean/news/2016/08/23/classics-head-nanno-marinatos-chosen-2016-most-distinguished-greek-american-in-the-field-of-education

Remembering Elaine Fantham:

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/elaine-fantham-scholar-was-a-rock-star-of-the-classics-world/article31303986/

More on the ‘human sacrifice’ on Mount Lykaon:

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/08/28/does-a-major-discovery-show-the-greeks-secretly-sacrificed-a-teenage-boy-to-zeus.html
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/did-ancient-greeks-engage-human-sacrifice-180960111/?no-ist

More on ‘steroids’ at the ancient Greek Olympics:

http://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/opinion/83494733/fair-play-in-ancient-sport-was-divine-assistance-the-greeks-steroids

More on the harbour at Triport:

http://www.dailyecho.co.uk/NEWS/14695109.Southampton_expert_divers_make_major_discovery_at_underwater_Roman_site/
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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Neolithic/copper artifacts from Osnabruck are ‘significant’:

http://www.dw.com/en/significant-prehistoric-artifacts-found-in-northern-germany/a-19488875
http://www.archaeology.org/news/4783-160823-germany-copper-artifacts

A Neolithic (?) logboat from Monmouthshire:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-south-east-wales-37167370

A ‘mysterious’ stone structure beneath a Neolithic dump in Orkney:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-37154410
http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/14697685.Ancient_structure_discovered_on_Orkney/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/4779-160822-ness-brodgar-stones

They have to wait another year to see of more Bronze Age items turn up at Dartmoor:

http://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/year-long-wait-to-yield-more-bronze-age-finds-on-dartmoor/story-29650680-detail/story.html

Finds from various periods at a dig in Merthyr Tydfil:

http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/local-news/merthyr-dig-unearthed-items-more-11804931

A nice Anglo Saxon pendant found by a metal detectorist:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-norfolk-37186258

Metal detectorists in Finland found some 1000 years bp jewellery:

http://yle.fi/uutiset/hobbyists_stumble_across_1000_year-old_jewellery_in_western_finland/9115185

A medieval ‘baby alarm’ from the Crimea:

http://presstv.ir/Detail/2016/08/23/481256/Russia-Crimea-baby-archaeologists-

An altar piece designed by Thomas Hardy was found in a Windsor church:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-berkshire-37176636

Those Civil War Dunbar prisoners found a while ago will be reburied in Durham:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-tyne-37173781
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/aug/24/remains-of-scottish-soldiers-who-died-400-years-ago-to-be-reburied-oliver-cromwell
http://www.scotsman.com/news/no-return-to-scotland-for-1650-battle-of-dunbar-prisoners-1-4211091
http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/14701520.No_return_to_Scotland_for_bones_of_Cromwell_s_1650_Battle_of_Dunbar_prisoners/
http://www.archaeology.org/4790-160825-durham-dunbar-soldiers

Assorted coverage of the earthquake in Italy this week … haven’t seen any mention of damage to sites etc., however:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-37182824
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-37207734
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/26/world/europe/italy-earthquake-aftermath.html

Cf:

http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/why-does-italy-suffer-so-many-earthquakes-and-how-will-tourists-be-affected-a7206706.html

Queen Victoria’s wedding coronet is coming to auction (with an export ban):

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-37199222

… feature on other items with export bans:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-37207958

… and Joan of Arc’s ring is staying in France:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/aug/26/joan-of-arc-ring-stays-in-france-after-appeal-to-queen

… but it doesn’t seem to be an issue with Victoria’s stockings:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tyne-37013567

Studying what they were eating in Ireland during the Iron Age:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/4780-160822-ireland-iron-age

They’ve rebuilt Shakespeare’s last home:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-coventry-warwickshire-37142453

More on the astronomical alignment of Scottish stone circles:

http://www.livescience.com/55832-ancient-stone-circles-align-solstice-sun.html

More on the oldest tree in Europe:

http://phys.org/news/2016-08-europe-oldest-inhabitant.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/08/160819114224.htm
http://www.livescience.com/55841-europes-oldest-tree.html
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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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A 50 000 years bp needle from Denisova Cave:

http://siberiantimes.com/science/casestudy/news/n0711-worlds-oldest-needle-found-in-siberian-cave-that-stitches-together-human-history/

Neolithic facial ornaments from Siberia:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/4791-160825-neolithic-arctic-labret

1000 years bp temple from Dinajpur:

http://www.thedailystar.net/country/1000-yr-old-temple-excavated-1274377

An earthquake in Myanmar (which doesn’t seem to be getting as much television attention as the one in Italy) witnessed damage to several sites … assorted coverage:

http://phys.org/news/2016-08-quake-scores-myanmar-heritage-bagan.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-37183943
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/asia/other/2016/08/26/476641/Myanmar-weighs.htm
http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/quake-damages-scores-myanmars-heritage-bagan-temples-41638315
http://www.dw.com/en/ancient-buddhist-temples-damaged-as-68-earthquake-rattles-myanmar/a-19501324

Flooding has damaged petroglyphs at Helan Mountain:

http://www.china.org.cn/china/2016-08/26/content_39169375.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/news/4795-160826-china-helan-mountain-floods

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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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Overviewish of things they’ve found on Mount Ranier over the past few years:

http://www.seattleweekly.com/news/scientists-believe-humans-began-visiting-more-than-mount-rainier-9000-years-ago-what-were-they-doing-up-there/

Digging a 3500 years bp site in Nunavut:

http://www.nunatsiaqonline.ca/stories/article/65674scientists_piece_together_ancient_historical_site_in_nunavut/

A 16th century Spanish fort on Parris Island:

http://coastalcourier.com/section/6/article/82781/

Having found the Erebus, they’re now searching for the Terror:

http://www.canadiangeographic.ca/article/archaeologists-resume-search-sir-john-franklins-hms-terror
http://motherboard.vice.com/read/deep-trekker-franklin-expedition-hms-erebus-terror-robots-parks-canada

The Huntington library is working on decoding a pile of Civil War telegrams:

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/arts/la-ca-cm-civil-war-telegrams-20160810-snap-story.html

Digging up railroad history in Ottawa:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/rail-turntable-bayview-station-lrt-excavated-1.3732809
https://kitchissippi.com/2016/08/23/old-railway-roundhouse-excavation-ottawa/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/4787-160824-ottawa-railway-wheelhouse

Feature on Shaker Songs:

http://www.npr.org/2016/08/27/490519051/the-stewards-of-a-disappearing-faith-and-10-000-songs

Feature on the evolution of the National Mall:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/lifestyle/the-evolution-of-the-national-mall/

Feature on Utah cacao finds:

https://nhmu.utah.edu/chocolate

Cf:

http://www.livescience.com/13533-prehistoric-chocolate-trade-cacao-chaco-canyon-puebloans.html
http://www.livescience.com/5293-sign-chocolate-ancient.html
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2011/03/110329-chocolate-turquoise-trade-prehistoric-peoples-archaeology/
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/04/us/04cocoa.html
http://news.sciencemag.org/2013/01/earliest-evidence-chocolate-north-america

Rethinking the dates for the importation of scarlet macaws to New Mexico;

https://gamblershouse.wordpress.com/2016/07/31/dating-the-macaws/

Cf:

http://archaeology.about.com/od/Ancestral-Puebloan-Cultures/fl/Breeding-Scarlet-Macaws-in-Prehistoric-North-America-Casas-Grandes.htm
http://www.academia.edu/12170738/Ritual_Change_and_the_Distant_Mesoamerican_Iconography_Scarlet_Macaws_and_Great_Kivas_in_the_Mimbres_Region_of_Southwestern_New_Mexico

George Washington (and others) slept here:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/26/arts/design/george-washington-really-slept-here-so-did-his-slave.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Farts

On the California ‘egg rush’:

http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2016/08/15/487644637/the-gold-hungry-forty-niners-also-plundered-something-else-eggs?sc=17&f=1001
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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1100 years bp human remains from an interesting meeting site in Bolivia:

http://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Archeologists-in-Bolivia-Unearth-1100-Year-Old-Bones–20160822-0013.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/4782-160823-bolivia-tupi-guarani

150+ petroglyphs from Chile:

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/archaeologists-identify-more-than-150-rock-art-paintings-in-chile/

Feature on the pyramid at Cholulu:

http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/worlds-largest-pyramid-lay-hidden-under-a-mountain-for-centuries/news-story/2002f54306a3a2a6e3b401b6eff86e60?from=public_rss
http://www.sciencealert.com/the-world-s-largest-pyramid-is-hidden-under-a-mountain-in-mexico

Plans for a DNA study on the Lady of Cao:

http://www.peruthisweek.com/news-harvard-dna-study-on-lady-of-cao-110303

How archaeologists distinguish between bloodletting tools and normal cutlery:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ancient-maya-bloodletting-tools-or-kitchen-knives-how-archaeologists-tell-difference-1-180960232/

More on the Dresden Codex:

http://phys.org/news/2016-08-ancient-mayan-copernicus.html
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/08/maya-calendar-dresden-codex-venus-tables-archaeology-science/

More on the Maya’s issues with drought:

http://phys.org/news/2016-08-demise-maya-civilization-shortage-cultures.html
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-08/vuot-tdo082316.php

More on Sara Parcak’s plans for Peru:

http://www.bizjournals.com/birmingham/news/2016/08/23/uab-archaeologist-to-use-1-million-ted-prize-in.html
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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A rather pricey doll’s house:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-gloucestershire-37200007

Feature (obituary) on Nietzsche:

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2016/01/13/obituaries/nietzsche-obits.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fbooks

On how handwriting evolved:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/28/books/review/history-and-uncertain-future-of-handwriting-anne-trubek.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fbooks

How beer shaped civilization:

http://bigthink.com/paul-ratner/how-alcohol-shaped-our-civilization-according-to-a-beer-archaeologist

In case you need a dodo skeleton:

http://phys.org/news/2016-08-auction-house-composite-skeleton-dodo.html

A 15th century Chumash has been restored:

http://jewishexponent.com/headlines/2016/08/rosenbach-celebrates-restored-15th-century-chumash

Feature on mudlarkers:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/kidspost/meet-londons-mudlarkers-the-men-and-women-who-search-its-shores-for-history/2016/08/26/f9f4ad4a-6b98-11e6-99bf-f0cf3a6449a6_story.html

Feature on public archaeologists:

http://phys.org/news/2016-08-archaeologists-crews.html
https://theconversation.com/scientists-at-work-public-archaeologists-dig-before-the-construction-crews-do-58611

Victor Nuovo is looking at Spinoza now:

http://www.addisonindependent.com/?q=node/39927

Feature on 7 shipwrecks:

http://www.livescience.com/55884-science-of-famous-shipwrecks.html

… and 10 historical mysteries:

http://www.livescience.com/11361-history-overlooked-mysteries.html

How to tell what a human sacrifice looks like:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2016/08/17/what-does-ancient-human-sacrifice-look-like/

Concerns for David’s ankles:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/21/magazine/davids-ankles-how-imperfections-could-bring-down-the-worlds-most-perfect-statue.html

Feature on Michelangelo’s start in forgeries:

https://www.artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-how-michelangelo-got-his-start-by-forging-antiquities

Analyzing Bosch:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20160809-hidden-meanings-in-the-garden-of-earthly-delights

They’re planning on publishing the Voynich Manuscript:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/aug/21/tiny-spanish-publisher-wins-rights-voynich-manuscript-book-no-one-can-read
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/08/23/491033798/mysterious-encrypted-medieval-manuscript-set-to-be-published-in-replica
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2016/08/22/spanish-publisher-to-release-copies-of-voynich-manuscript-a-book-no-living-person-can-understand/

Feature on the origins of the book:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20160822-the-mysterious-ancient-origins-of-the-book

Interesting feature on the origins of dieting:

http://sciencenordic.com/19th-century-undertaker-introduced-world-dieting

Looted art apparently funds Jihadists in Europe now:

http://www.wsj.com/articles/looted-art-helps-fund-jihadists-in-europe-1472164857

The Russian spin on Pokemon Go:

http://phys.org/news/2016-08-pokemon-mad-russians-ivan-terrible-app.html

They’re again looking for that Nazi gold train:

http://phys.org/news/2016-08-resumes-nazi-gold.html
http://www.livescience.com/55780-search-for-mythical-nazi-gold-train-resumes.html
https://www.yahoo.com/news/search-mythical-nazi-gold-train-resumes-194834010.html

Review of Raboy, *Marconi*:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/21/books/review/marconi-by-marc-raboy.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fbooks
Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Della Robbia:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/19/arts/design/the-art-of-della-robbia-from-earth-and-water-pure-beauty.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fdesign

Nudes from the Prado:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/12/arts/design/now-showing-porn-fit-for-spanish-kings.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fdesign&_r=0

Fire of London:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/10/arts/international/the-great-fire-and-the-rebirth-of-london.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fdesign

Emperor’s Treasures:

http://www.wsj.com/articles/emperors-treasures-chinese-art-from-the-national-palace-museum-taipei-review-1471469258

Bosch:

http://www.dw.com/en/grotesque-demons-and-distorted-human-figures-500-years-of-hieronymus-bosch/a-19296470

18th century French Fashion:

http://www.npr.org/2016/08/09/489179987/vive-le-confort-for-corseted-courtiers-this-dress-was-a-french-revolution

They’re talking about a Gertrude Bell museum:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2016/aug/09/gertrude-of-arabia-gertrude-bell-home-museum-redcar

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THE TECHY SIDE
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A Mixtec manuscript (Codex Selden) gets the hyperspectral imaging treatment this week:

http://phys.org/news/2016-08-high-tech-imaging-reveals-precolonial-mexican.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/08/160818102601.htm
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-08/e-hir081816.php
http://www.livescience.com/55823-hidden-images-on-mexican-manuscript-revealed.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/08/22/life-in-mexico-before-the-spanish-conquest-could-be-revealed-by/
http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/aug/21/hidden-codex-reveals-secrets-of-life-in-mexico-before-spanish-conquest?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/hidden-images-mixtec-manuscript-codex-selden-04119.html
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scan-reveals-Mesoamerican-manuscript-180960218/

Plans to study ‘pigtails’ to find the original mutineers of the Bounty:

http://phys.org/news/2016-08-forensic-analysis-pigtails-mutineers-hms.html
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-08/kcl-fao081916.php

Feature on the work of restorers in a lab in Turkey:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/.aspx?pageID=238&nID=103155&NewsCatID=375

… and semi-similar at the Musee d’Orsay:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/16/arts/design/showtime-at-the-musee-dorsay-watching-varnish-dry.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fdesign

Using neutron tomography on aboriginal artifacts:

http://phys.org/news/2016-08-ancient-australian-indigenous-artefact-non-invasively.html

… and protein analysis on bog bodies:

http://sciencenordic.com/new-method-reveals-secrets-bog-bodies

What Amy Hubbard is up to:

http://phys.org/news/2016-08-professor-dead-people-teeth.html

… and some semi-related study of the dental histories of Irish famine victims:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/08/160810180646.htm
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-08/p-iao080416.php

The Jubilees Palimpsest Project has a techy aspect:

https://www.stmarytx.edu/2016/digital-archaeologist-grant/

Xrays reveal a hidden Degas:

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/08/05/488824963/x-rays-reveal-hidden-portrait-under-painting-by-edgar-degas?sc=17&f=1001

A development in dendrochronology in regards to ‘resetting’ some C14 dates:

http://www.oxfordtimes.co.uk/news/14688268.Tree_rings_could_help_us_nail_exact_dates_for_ancient_events__Oxford_archaeologist_discovers/
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/08/160817091040.htm
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-08/uoo-trs081616.php
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/aug/17/traces-of-sun-storms-locked-in-tree-rings-could-confirm-ancient-historical-dates-astrochronology
http://scienmag.com/tree-rings-reveal-secret-clocks-that-could-reset-key-dates-across-the-ancient-world/

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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Humans have been warming the planet for longer than we thought, apparently:

http://phys.org/news/2016-08-humans-climate-years.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/08/160824135035.htm
http://www.livescience.com/55878-human-driven-warming-began-200-years-ago.html
http://www.dw.com/en/humans-have-warmed-the-planet-for-180-years/a-19498234

Feature on the climate-effects of the eruption of Mount Tambora in 1815:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/capital-weather-gang/wp/2016/08/24/200-years-ago-this-week-corn-froze-on-the-stalk-in-august/

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TOURISTY THINGS
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Belgrade:

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2016/08/25/travel/what-to-do-36-hours-in-belgrade.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Ftravel

Mount Etna:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/28/travel/italy-sicily-mount-etna.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Ftravel

Dry Tortugas National Park:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/28/travel/dry-tortugas-national-park-florida-keys.html
http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20160824-a-surreal-time-lapse-of-an-exotic-sky

Mark Twain’s Heidelberg:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/21/travel/mark-twain-heidelberg-germany.html

Black Forest:

http://www.dw.com/en/step-back-in-time-in-germanys-black-forest/a-19385640
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CRIME BEAT
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Theft of assorted antiquities from a San Francisco shop:

http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Valuable-ancient-Greek-artifacts-stolen-from-SF-9184530.php
http://sfist.com/2016/08/25/antiques_heist_leads_to_50k_loss_of.php

Four charged with illegal digging near Tallahassee:

http://www.theledger.com/article/20160821/NEWS/160829925?Title=4-arrested-for-illegal-archaeological-dig
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/aug/21/4-arrested-for-illegal-archaeological-dig/

A California doctor pleaded guilty for illegal digging:

http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_30255642/california-doctor-admits-stealing-native-american-artifacts-from
http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-doctor-looting-artifacts-20160815-snap-story.html

Two weeks’ worth of Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2016/08/culture-crime-news-15-21-august-2016.html
http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2016/08/culture-crime-news-1-7-august-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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Feature on Nazi-looted art:

http://newsletters.apollo-magazine.com/c/1Gtj3QzUJHeHmdIMMKY7FbW

… and speaking of which:

http://www.dw.com/en/judge-says-california-museum-can-keep-nazi-looted-art/a-19494354

Chilean filmmakers want an Easter Island moai returned:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-08-12/campaigners-demand-britain-return-easter-island-statue/7723168
http://www.apollo-magazine.com/chilean-film-makers-demand-return-of-easter-island-statue-from-uk/

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NUMISMATICA
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Some 12th century silver coins from Derbyshire were declared treasure:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-derbyshire-37109225
http://www.derbyshiretimes.co.uk/news/medieval-coins-found-in-derbyshire-confirmed-as-treasure-1-8078712

An Anglo Saxon coin find near York:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-york-north-yorkshire-37118242

The Seaton Down hoard is staying in Exeter:

http://www.exeterexpressandecho.co.uk/seaton-down-roman-coin-hoard-to-stay-in-exeter-thanks-to-donations/story-29623782-detail/story.html

Feature on Julio Claudian provincial ‘imitations’:

http://www.coinworld.com/news/world-coins/2016/08/imitations-abound-in-provinces-under-julio-claudians.html

Feature on the christianization of Roman coinage:

http://www.coinweek.com/featured-news/coinweek-ancient-coin-series-christianization-roman-coinage/

Three issues of the e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v19n35.html
http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v19n34.html
http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v19n33.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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That messed up Jesus fresco is now an opera:

http://www.theverge.com/2016/8/12/12454212/potato-jesus-ecce-homo-opera-musical-spain

Feature on Liszt:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20160817-franz-liszt-the-worlds-first-musical-superstar

Talking about Alexander Hamilton, man and musical:

http://news.yale.edu/2016/08/11/conversation-joanne-freeman-alexander-hamilton-man-and-hamilton-musical

Merchant of Venice:

http://www.npr.org/2016/07/29/487831441/new-merchant-of-venice-recasts-shylock-as-a-sympathetic-everyman?sc=17&f=1008

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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/2471-audio-news-from-archaeologica-14-aug-2016-20-aug-2016
http://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-main-menu-cat/audio-news-list/2470-audio-news-from-archaeologica-7-aug-2016-13-aug-2016

The August edition of Strata: Portraits of Humanity is out:

http://www.archaeologychannel.org/video-guide/strata-portraits-of-humanity/2468-strata-august-2016
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OBITUARIES
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Ernst Nolte:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/21/world/europe/ernst-nolte-historian-whose-views-on-hitler-caused-an-uproar-dies-at-93.html

Paul House:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/aug/23/paul-house-obituary

Edgar Peltenburg:

http://cyprus-mail.com/2016/08/19/antiquities-department-issues-condolences-death-eminent-archaeologist/

Elizabeth Spillius:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/obituaries/2016/08/08/elizabeth-spillius-social-anthropologist-and-melanie-klein-schol

Mohenjo Daro:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/15/movies/review-mohenjo-daro-depicts-a-go-to-heros-exertions-in-antiquity.html
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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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