Explorator 19.22 ~ September 25, 2016

Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Hernan Astudillo,
Barbara Saylor Rodgers, Bob Heuman, David Emery, Kris Curry, David Critchley,
Rick Heli, 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).

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Homo sapiens remains in a homo floresiensis cave:

http://www.nature.com/news/human-remains-found-in-hobbit-cave-1.20656
http://www.archaeology.org/4854-160921-modern-humans-liang-bua

Jewellery from a site in France has been confirmed as being made by Neanderthals, apparently:

http://phys.org/news/2016-09-evidence-ancient-jewelry-grotte-du.html https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/09/160920090400.htm
http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2016/09/neandertals-made-their-own-jewelry-new-method-confirms
http://science.sciencemag.org/content/353/6306/1350?rss=1

… this item on differentiating between Neanderthals and Sapiens seems related to the above:

http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/09/2016/new-method-differentiates-between-modern-humans-and-neanderthals
http://www.archaeology.org/news/4851-160920-france-neanderthal-proteins

On what Otzi sounded like:

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2016/09/22/otzi-iceman-voice-reconstruction/
http://www.sciencealert.com/this-is-what-oetzi-the-iceman-sounded-like

… and how he died:

http://www.livescience.com/56199-otzi-iceman-killed-by-sneak-attack.html

… and where the copper for his axe came from:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/09/160923140105.htm

Feature on 25 years of Otzi research:

http://phys.org/news/2016-09-stone-age-mummy-revealing-secrets.html
https://www.yahoo.com/news/stone-age-mummy-still-revealing-secrets-25-years-063902470.html
http://www.dw.com/en/25-years-of-%C3%96tzi-discovery-the-ice-mans-secrets/g-19557656
http://artdaily.com/news/90217/Stone-Age-mummy-Oetzi-still-revealing-secrets–25-years-on
http://www.latercera.com/noticia/tendencias/2016/09/659-697114-9-otzi-el-hombre-de-hielo-inagotable-fuente-de-informacion-a-25-anos-de-su.shtml
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AFRICA
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The Sidi Yahya mosque in Timbuktu has been restored:

http://www.dw.com/en/timbuktus-restored-sidi-yahya-mosque-carries-political-weight/a-19563483
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Studying assorted skin samples from Egyptian mummies:

http://phys.org/news/2016-09-dying-ancient-egyptevidence-inflammation-infection.html

A Brazilian team will be excavating in Egypt:

http://www2.anba.com.br/noticia/21872677/al-sharq/brazilians-to-excavate-tombs-in-egypt/

There’s a conference on Thebes going on right about now:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/244515/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Archaeological-conference,-second-hall-of-tomb-of-.aspx

Egypt’s Malawi Museum has reopened:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/44/244246/Heritage/Museums/Upper-Egypts-Malawi-Museum-to-reopen-Thursday.aspx

The latest Cahiers de Karnak is out:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/244229/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Egypts-fifteenth-edition-of-the-Cahier-de-Karnak-o.aspx

Review of Wilkinson, *Writings from Ancient Egypt*:

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2016/09/22/new-book-egyptian-hieroglyphics-read-translation/

Russia is going to send an archaeological team to Syria, apparently:

http://rbth.com/international/2016/09/23/russia-to-send-archaeological-expedition-to-syria_632619

Remains of a monumental garden area at Petra:

http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/archaeology/1.744119

First evidence of a Jewish presence in Abila:

http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/archaeology/1.743438

Bedouins are helping to excavate a site in the Negev:

http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=36513

An Ottoman-era fisherman’s house from Ashkelon:

http://www.livescience.com/56187-ottoman-era-fisherman-house-unearthed-israel.html
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/unprecedented-israeli-discovery-of-ottoman-era-house-provides-fascinating-glimpse-into-lives-of-a7322541.html
http://artdaily.com/news/90289/Archaeologists-find-a-fisherman-s-house-on-the-beach-in-Ashkelo-
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/fishermans-house-discovered-on-ashkelon-beach/2016/09/20/
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Article.aspx?id=468229

Feature on Dead Sea Scrolls (connected to the Ein Gedi thing in the techy section):

http://www.livescience.com/16241-dead-sea-scroll-gallery.html

Iraq is struggling with the smuggling issue:

http://www.iraqoilreport.com/daily-brief/iraq-struggles-stop-antiquities-smuggling-19798/
http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2016/09/smuggling-antiquities-iraq-babylon.html

Studying the antiquity of the sugar industry in Jordan:

http://jordantimes.com/news/local/veteran-archaeologist-explores-jordan%E2%80%99s-ancient-sugar-industry
http://world.greekreporter.com/2016/09/22/greek-archaeologist-exploring-jordans-rich-ancient-sugar-industry/
http://www.albawaba.com/business/sweet-secrets-greek-archaeologist-digs-evidence-jordans-ancient-sugar-industry-885550

A virtual reality Second Temple tour is available at the Western Wall:

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Virtual-reality-tour-of-Second-Temple-available-at-Western-Wall-complex-468226
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4855837,00.html

Nice feature on what epigraphy tells us:

http://www.jordantimes.com/news/local/ancient-texts-offer-wealth-information-archaeologists-local-epigrapher-says

Questioning the antiquity of Almaty:

http://www.eurasianet.org/node/80606

More on that female figurine from Catal Hoyuk:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/20/science/8000-year-old-statue-turkey.html
http://theartnewspaper.com/news/archeology/neolithic-female-statuette-from-8000-5500-bc-found-in-turkey/

More on tiles from Temple Mount:

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/archeologists-restore-flooring-that-adorned-the-second-temple-of-jerusalem/
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/0907/After-2-000-years-archaeologists-restore-Temple-Mount-tile-patterns

More on that inscribed scale weight:

http://hamodia.com/2016/09/19/ancient-artifacts-found-tiferes-israel-synagogue-jewish-quarter/

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Getting plenty of press attention this week was the discovery of human remains at the Antikythera shipwreck site:

http://phys.org/news/2016-09-year-old-skeleton-mediterranean-shipwreck.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/09/160919160803.htm
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/20/science/human-remains-ancient-roman-antikythera-shipwreck.html
http://www.livescience.com/56163-skeleton-found-on-antikythera-shipwreck.html
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-greece-archaeology-antikythera-idUSKCN11Q250
http://news.nationalpost.com/news/world/archaeologists-hope-2000-year-old-skull-from-shipwreck-can-be-used-to-build-ancient-mariners-dna-profile
http://greece.greekreporter.com/2016/09/20/2000-year-old-skeleton-discovered-during-second-phase-underwater-excavation-of-antikythera-shipwreck/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2016/09/20/a-skeleton-from-the-site-of-the-ancient-worlds-most-famous-shipwreck-could-reveal-creator-of-the-first-computer/
http://www.nature.com/news/human-skeleton-found-on-famed-antikythera-shipwreck-1.20632
http://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/28934/20160920/amazing-discovery-researchers-found-2000-year-old-skeleton-ancient-antikythera-shipwreck.htm
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/sep/19/antikythera-shipwreck-yields-human-bones-bringing-hope-for-dna-secrets-from-the-deep
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/antikythera-wreck-human-skeleton-discovery-secrets-worlds-most-mysterious-a7322216.html
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/ct-greek-shipwreck-skeleton-artifacts-20160921-story.html
http://www.news.com.au/world/breaking-news/ancient-greek-shipwreck-bones-found/news-story/b3d4aabc84020f7e805dae6c5ab84ba2
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-09-20/22c000-year-old-skeleton-found-at-mediterranean-shipwreck/7860072
http://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2016/09/19/ancient-sailor-found-in-mysterious-antikythera-mechanism-shipwreck/
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/0919/Antikythera-shipwreck-A-skeleton-may-yield-2-000-year-old-DNA
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/human-skeleton-found-on-famed-antikythera-shipwreck/
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/skeleton-could-unlock-new-details-about-life-aboard-antikythera-shipwreck-180960515/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/4846-160919-antikythera-human-remains

… and there’s hype for a BBC documentary related to the site:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p047wnls

Interesting burial near Dorset wherein the deceased’s feet had to be bent back to fit in the sarcophagus:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-dorset-37451012
http://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/14761148.Unearthed__skeleton_of_Roman_man_found_during_dig/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/4863-160923-roman-england-sarcophagus

Remains of a Roman oven and other items from a dig near Falkirk:

http://www.livescience.com/56168-roman-oven-discovered-in-scotland.html

Plenty of hype for the latest shoe found at Vindolanda due to it’s soccer-boot-like appearance:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/09/21/roman-sandle-found-at-hadrians-wall-looks-just-like-david-beckha/

Not sure if we mentioned this find of a Roman military base at a crematorium site:

http://www.funeralservicetimes.co.uk/6027-ancient-roman-military-base-found-at-crematorium/

I think we mentioned this cache of Roman sling bullets from Scotland:

http://www.scotsman.com/news/largest-haul-of-roman-bullets-found-in-scotland-1-4235235
http://www.itv.com/news/border/update/2016-09-20/roman-bullets-unearthed-near-ecclefechan/

On Roman mines near Kent:

http://www.kentnews.co.uk/news/how_county_provided_building_blocks_to_roman_empire_s_reign_1_4709151

Overviewish thing on finds from the Hadrian’s Villa dig this summer:

http://www.wsj.com/articles/columbia-researchers-at-hadrians-villa-uncover-new-clues-about-everyday-life-in-ancient-rome-1474483336

Thankfully, the ‘chinese skeletons in Rome’ story got scant attention, but just so you’re aware:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2016/09/23/chinese-skeletons-in-roman-britain-not-so-fast/#6c54f3f1ef9b

Interesting Bronze Age (it seems) finds by a Swedish team near Larnaca airport:

http://sciencenordic.com/swedes-uncover-rich-cypriot-graves

Excavations at Kourion reveal evidence of a massive 4th century earthquake:

http://famagusta-gazette.com/excavation-at-ancient-cypriot-city-provides-evidence-of-massive-th-century-p36242-69.htm

An interesting Roman statue has returned to Gaziantep:

http://www.dailysabah.com/history/2016/09/24/romani-bambino-statue-brought-back-home-to-gaziantep-after-85-years

Ongoing concerns for the security of sites in Cyprus:

http://in-cyprus.com/cyprus-archaeological-sites-in-disarray/

In case you missed John Kerry’s Carthage reference:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2016/09/23/the-ancient-tragedy-john-kerry-used-to-explain-syria/

A call for Latin to be taught in all UK state schools:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/education/education-news/latin-classics-taught-state-primary-school-professor-dennis-haynes-leading-academic-a7322446.html
http://schoolsweek.co.uk/academic-calls-for-return-of-the-classics-in-all-schools/

… related:

http://www.irishtimes.com/culture/heritage/mea-culpa-why-i-love-latin-1.2798639

… and on the decline of Classics:

http://www.irishtimes.com/news/education/killing-off-the-classics-elite-subjects-fall-from-prominence-1.2793506

What Cristina Carusi is up to:

http://www.dailytexanonline.com/2016/09/18/classics-professor-gives-lecture-on-upcoming-book-material

Another feature on what vomitorium really means:

http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/greatmomentsinscience/latins-most-misused-word-vomitorium/7857798

Feature on Roman gladiators:

http://blog.oup.com/2016/09/roman-gladiators-facts/

There’s a conference on the Parthenon Marbles this weekend:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/18706-international-conference-on-parthenon-marbles-this-weekend-in-athens.html

The archaeological museum of Kos has reopened:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/18645-restored-archaeological-museum-of-kos-opens-to-the-public.html

Feature on the installation of Athena Parthenos at the Met:

http://www.slate.com/articles/video/video/2016/09/watch_athena_parthenos_get_installed_in_the_metropolitan_museum_of_art_video.html

More on those statues of Aphrodite from Petra:

http://www.livescience.com/56100-aphrodite-statue-from-petra.html
http://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/education/article102733687.html

More on Turkey and Austria’s archaeological spat:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/austria-and-turkey-are-butting-heads-over-archaeological-dig-180960379/
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http://bmcr.brynmawr.edu/recent.html

Visit our blog:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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I think we mentioned this Iron Age broch found in Scotland:

http://www.shetnews.co.uk/news/13351-new-broch-site-excites-archaeologists
http://www.archaeology.org/4861-160923-scotland-iron-age-broch

… and this 5000 years bp burial from the Ukraine:

http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news,411146,scientists-reconstructed-5-thousand-years-old-elite-tomb-discovered-in-ukraine.html

Remains of an Anglo Saxon ‘palace’ near Sutton Hoo:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-suffolk-37412519
http://www.archaeology.org/4852-160920-england-rendlesham-palace

That Cochno stone that was in the news the past couple of weeks has been reburied:

http://phys.org/news/2016-09-cochno-stone-reburied.html

Sketches from a dig on Orkney:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-37416773

Feature on King Harold:

http://www.guardian-series.co.uk/news/14763335.HISTORY__The_short_reign_and_violent_death_of_King_Harold/

More on those petroglyphs from Scotland:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/amateur-archeologist-discovers-significant-amount-scotlands-known-rock-art-180960511/?no-ist
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/sep/17/rock-art-amateur-archaeologist-scotland

More on that burnt cheese from Denmark:

http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2016/09/21/494748670/3-000-year-old-cooking-fail-found-at-a-danish-dig-site
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Archaeology in Europe Blog:

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

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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23 000 years bp fish hooks from a cave near Okinawa:

http://phys.org/news/2016-09-ancient-fish-okinawa-earlier-maritime.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-37402183
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/sep/18/worlds-oldest-fish-hooks-okinawa-japan-sakitari-cave
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/0919/World-s-oldest-fish-hooks-What-they-tell-us-about-Paleolithic-Japan
http://www.cnn.com/2016/09/19/asia/japan-okinawa-worlds-oldest-fish-hooks/
http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2016/09/world-s-oldest-fishhook-found-okinawa
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/worlds-oldest-fish-hooks-discovered-okinawa-180960529/
http://www.archaeology.org/4845-160919-okinawa-fish-hooks

Remains of an 8000 years bp settlement in central Iran:

http://www.payvand.com/news/16/sep/1126.html
http://en.mehrnews.com/news/119827/8-millennial-settlement-uncovered-in-west-central-Iran

Latest on that 4200 years bp figurine ‘caught’ by a Siberian fisherman:

http://siberiantimes.com/science/casestudy/features/f0256-pagan-god-caught-in-river-by-fisherman-confirmed-as-being-up-to-4200-years-old-and-unique/

An 800 years bp head wound suggests death by boomerang:

http://phys.org/news/2016-09-wound-ancient-aborigine-boomerang.html
http://www.livescience.com/56194-boomerang-attack-archaeological-evidence.html
http://www.sciencealert.com/newly-analysed-skeletal-remains-show-how-deadly-a-boomerang-can-be
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/09/deadly-boomerang-australia-aboriginal-weapon/

A section of the Great Wall has been covered with cement:

http://edition.cnn.com/2016/09/21/asia/great-wall-china-cement-repair/index.html
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/09/22/495044250/call-it-the-great-sidewalk-chinese-officials-under-fire-for-repairs-to-great-wal

Latest hunt begins for Genghis Khan’s tomb:

http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/travel-leisure/article/2020903/why-everyones-looking-wrong-place-genghis-khans-tomb

Feature on a Chinese Jewish community in Kaifeng:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/25/world/asia/china-kaifeng-jews.html

Kerala’s former rulers are in court over some temple treasures:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/sep/24/former-maharajahs-accused-over-temple-treasures?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

Studying Jomon dog burials:

http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2016/09/prehistoric-japanese-graves-provide-best-evidence-yet-dogs-were-our-ancient-hunting
http://www.archaeology.org/4848-160919-japan-hunting-dogs

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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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Interesting 800 years bp burial of a disabled woman in Arizona:

http://westerndigs.org/grave-of-disabled-woman-reveals-touching-tale-of-care-in-prehistoric-arizona/

Evidence of prehistoric folks visiting glaciers 10 000+ years bp in Wyoming:

http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/artifacts-indicate-prehistoric-people-visited-glaciers

More on the find of the Terror:

http://www.livescience.com/56110-doomed-shipwreck-hms-terror-possibly-found.html
http://www.npr.org/2016/09/18/494451702/newly-found-hms-terror-could-provide-clues-to-fateful-1848-shipwreck

… and a look at the Erebus too:

http://www.thepeterboroughexaminer.com/2016/09/19/exploring-the-erebus-with-guest-archaeologist

… and a medical study of the fate of the crew:

http://phys.org/news/2016-09-insights-franklin-mystery.html

The excavation of the Tristan de Luna site in Florida continues:

http://wuwf.org/post/uwf-archaeologists-find-more-evidence-daily-life-1559-luna-settlement
http://www.archaeology.org/news/4847-160919-florida-luna-settlement

Bones found near a San Antonio hospital are likely from an historic burial ground:

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local/article/Bones-may-be-from-historic-burial-ground-9242806.php
http://www.expressnews.com/news/local/article/Remains-may-be-from-historic-cemetery-9242807.php

Plans for the Old Spanish Trail in Utah:

http://www.sltrib.com/news/4181889-155/plan-puts-new-attention-on-old?fullpage=1

Feature on documenting shipwrecks in the St Lawrence:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/quebec-research-shipwrecks-st-lawrence-river-1.3768410?cmp=rss
http://montrealgazette.com/news/local-news/researchers-work-to-document-lost-shipwrecks-of-the-st-lawrence
http://news.nationalpost.com/news/canada/finding-canadas-other-shipwrecks-group-seeks-to-document-history-hiding-underwater-across-the-country

On ‘nasty’ US election campaigns:

http://www.cnn.com/2016/09/23/politics/election-2016-personal-attacks/index.html

Feature on black Civil War soldiers:

http://www.npr.org/2016/09/21/494734329/family-heirloom-national-treasure-rare-photos-show-black-civil-war-soldiers

More on that mammoth skull from California:

http://phys.org/news/2016-09-well-preserved-rare-mammoth-skull-unearthed.html
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/0915/Did-humans-drive-California-s-mini-mammoth-to-extinction
http://www.cnn.com/2016/09/14/us/mammoth-skull-fossil-found-california

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Interesting geoglyphs from Peru:

http://www.livescience.com/56232-ancient-circular-geoglyphs-discovered-in-peru.html
http://www.livescience.com/56235-photos-ancient-circular-geoglyphs-peru.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/4862-160923-peru-quilcapampa-geoglyphs

On recovering lost/stolen manuscripts in Peru:

http://cultura.elpais.com/cultura/2016/09/22/actualidad/1474579784_002596.html

More on indigo dye use in Peru some 6000 years bp:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-09-15/oldest-known-use-of-indigo-dye-in-6000-year-old-fabric-from-peru/7847810
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/0916/Did-ancient-South-Americans-wear-blue-jeans
http://scienmag.com/6200-year-old-textile-dyed-indigo-found/
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/earliest-evidence-indigo-dye-found-ancient-peruvian-burial-site-180960477/

More on that Maya codex being genuine:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/maya-codex-once-thought-be-sketchy-real-thing-180960466/
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2016/09/08/grolier-codex-oldest-confirmed-americas/
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Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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There is an Indiegogo campaign to fund the search for Amelia Earhart:

http://link.rm0002.net/go/kHXg8E_3Z4ZozdVm4yzS6g2/

On assorted popular depictions of the Middle Ages:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/5-myths-about-the-middle-ages/2016/09/22/e56c4150-7f50-11e6-9070-5c4905bf40dc_story.html

Feature on punctuation:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2016/09/24/punctuation-past-and-present-new-word-order/90422412/

Pondering the ownership of antiquities:

https://www.firstthings.com/blogs/leithart/2016/09/who-owns-antiquities

Pondering what to do with the house Hitler was born in:

http://www.dw.com/en/future-of-hitlers-birth-house-under-debate/a-19563214

Cosmopolitan misunderstands NASA:

http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-trending-37419182

They’re resuming the search for the burial place of the poet Lorca:

http://phys.org/news/2016-09-spain-resumes-poet-lorca-burial.html

In case you want to know more about the latest MacArthur fellows:

https://www.macfound.org/fellows/class/class-2016/

On Canadian accents:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20160921-where-does-canadas-accent-come-from

Feature on the first transatlantic telegraph cable:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p042ywz6

In case you couldn’t see the Harvest Moon eclipse last week:

http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap160923.html

The Tate has acquired a Carlile portrait:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-37427612

Baldness is apparently a good thing:

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20160921-the-benefits-of-going-bald

Feature on what lies beneath our feet (hard to describe this one):

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/20/science/whatever-we-dig-up-well-end-up-buried.html

Victor Nuovo continues to look at Spinoza:

http://www.addisonindependent.com/201609nuovo-spinoza-search-idea
Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Rembrandt’s First Paintings:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/20/arts/international/what-rembrandt-did-as-a-teenager-4-of-his-sense-works-are-reunited.html

Face of Britain:

http://www.npr.org/2016/09/19/494591296/the-face-of-britain-tells-a-nations-history-through-portraits

Klimt:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20160920-who-was-the-woman-in-gold

Last Days of Pompeii:

http://www.cityweekend.com.cn/shanghai/article/art-review-last-day-of-pompeii

Piranesi:

http://host.madison.com/entertainment/piranesi-exhibition-opens-in-moscow/article_e4b4dc03-06fe-5de6-9ff0-d13dd185a1da.html

Jerusalem 1000-1400:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/23/arts/design/jerusalem-as-a-place-of-desire-and-death-at-the-metropolitan-museum.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fdesign

Contraposto Studies:

http://www.newsworks.org/index.php/local/arts-culture/97366-at-philly-museum-naumans-slices-of-life-explore-classical-ideals

The National Museum of African American History opened this week:

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/09/24/495302034/national-museum-of-african-american-history-opens-its-doors
https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/lifestyle/national-museum-of-african-american-history-and-culture/guided-tour/

El Bosco:

http://cultura.elpais.com/cultura/2016/09/23/actualidad/1474623272_503948.html

Nice feature on Mexico City’s Museum of Anthropology:

http://elpais.com/elpais/2016/09/22/inenglish/1474530946_097503.html
http://www.livescience.com/56099-oldest-indigo-dyed-fabric-discovered-peru.html
http://elpais.com/elpais/2016/09/19/album/1474242200_903164.html

There’s a new museum for Kitora tomb murals:

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/09/25/national/museum-displaying-ancient-kitora-tomb-murals-opens-nara/

Cyprus is planning a new museum:

http://cyprus-mail.com/2016/09/20/competition-announced-design-new-cyprus-museum/
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THE TECHY SIDE
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Plenty of coverage of the techy ‘unrolling’ of the Ein Gedi scroll:

http://uknow.uky.edu/content/scroll-en-gedi-high-tech-recovery-mission
http://phys.org/news/2016-09-digitally-unwrapped-scroll-reveals-earliest.html
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/22/science/ancient-sea-scrolls-bible.html
http://www.livescience.com/56196-dead-sea-scroll-virtual-unwrapping.html
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2016/09/21/ancient-scroll-read-hebrew-text/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-37440597
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/sep/21/jubilation-as-scientists-use-virtual-unwrapping-to-read-burnt-ancient-scroll
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/09/computers-decipher-ancient-hebrew-ein-gedi-scroll-bible-archaeology/
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/09/22/495044358/computer-scientists-solve-mystery-of-the-ein-gedi-scroll-by-virtual-unwrapping
https://www.yahoo.com/news/1-700-old-dead-sea-scroll-virtually-unwrapped-135249419.html
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-virtually-peak-inside-ancient-biblical-charred-scrolls-180960559/
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/0922/How-University-of-Kentucky-scientists-unfurled-an-ancient-biblical-scroll
http://www.timesofisrael.com/3d-tech-proves-hebrew-bible-unchanged-for-2000-years/
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/09/2016/ein-gedi-scroll-virtually-unwrapped
http://www.archaeology.org/news/4856-160922-en-gedi-scroll

Again we’re hearing about LiDAR use in Cambodia:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/20/science/angkor-wat-cambodia-archeaology.html
http://www.theage.com.au/world/new-technology-discovers-the-secrets-of-cambodias-khmer-empire-20160920-grkqya.html
http://www.smh.com.au/world/new-technology-discovers-the-secrets-of-cambodias-khmer-empire-20160920-grkqya.html

Finding sites in the Appenines with drones:

http://www.livescience.com/56186-drones-reveal-ancient-cult-site-italy.html
http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2016/09/24/ancient-cult-site-in-rugged-mountains-revealed-with-drones.html
http://www.archaeology.org/4855-160921-italy-drone-settlement

Latest facial reconstruction is the Lord of Sipan:

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-peru-archaeology-idUSKCN11S20O?feedType=RSS&feedName=lifestyleMolt
http://akipress.com/news%3A582755/
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ON THE DNA FRONT
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DNA from Australian aborigines is suggesting a single (it’s kind of difficult to tell from all of these articles on the same study) ‘Out of Africa’ event:

http://phys.org/news/2016-09-unprecedented-aboriginal-australians-africa-migration.html
http://phys.org/news/2016-09-human-dna-tied-exodus-africa.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-37408014
http://www.livescience.com/56191-unknown-branch-of-humanity-possibly-discovered.html
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/0922/Where-did-Australia-s-aboriginals-come-from-Genomic-data-reveals-clues
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/0922/Single-migration-from-Africa-DNA-offers-clues-to-humanity-s-origins
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/deadthings/2016/09/21/human-migration-challenging-the-chronology-of-our-first-road-trip/
http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2016/09/almost-all-living-people-outside-africa-trace-back-single-migration-over-50000-years?rss=1
https://www.newscientist.com/article/2106791-the-most-detailed-look-yet-at-how-early-humans-left-africa/
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/09/22/indigenous-australians-most-ancient-civilisation-on-earth-extens/
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2016/sep/21/indigenous-australians-most-ancient-civilisation-on-earth-dna-study-confirms?subid=16450490&CMP=EMCNEWEML6619I2
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dna-tests-suggest-aboriginal-australians-have-oldest-society-planet-180960569/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/4857-160922-australians-papuans-dna
http://elpais.com/elpais/2016/09/21/ciencia/1474473625_137920.html

… but maybe there were two:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/09/160921131119.htm

What DNA tells us about cat domestication:

http://phys.org/news/2016-09-dna-hints-cat-domestication-history.html
http://www.livescience.com/56222-early-cats-travelled-with-vikings.html
http://sciencenordic.com/viking-sailors-took-their-cats-them
http://www.nature.com/news/how-cats-conquered-the-world-and-a-few-viking-ships-1.20643
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-09-23/viking-cats-travelling-high-seas-helped-felines-conquer-world/7873452
http://www.archaeology.org/news/4853-160921-cat-dna-domestication

… and there’s a study of elephant genomes too:

http://www.nature.com/news/elephant-history-rewritten-by-ancient-genomes-1.20622

More on plague DNA from London:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dna-17th-century-teeth-confirms-cause-londons-great-plague-180960405/
Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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A computer simulation is connecting ‘Out of Africa’ migrations to climate shifts (cf the DNA section, however):

http://phys.org/news/2016-09-climate-orchestrated-early-human-migration.html
http://www.livescience.com/56188-humans-left-africa-due-to-earth-wobbles.html
http://www.archaeology.org/4859-160922-milankovitch-cycles-simulation

Elsewhere, climate connections are is being connected to human migration and the Faroe Islands:

http://www.pressreleasepoint.com/umass-amherst-research-traces-past-climate-human-migration-faroe-islands

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TOURISTY THINGS
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Hyderabad tombs:

http://www.cnn.com/2016/09/18/travel/hyderabad-restored-tombs-india/index.html

Oppenheim tunnels:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/exploring-underground-tunnels-oppenheim-germany-180960147/

Basque Spain witch trial sites:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/visit-site-biggest-witch-trial-history-180959946/

Edinburgh:

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2016/09/19/travel/what-to-do-36-hours-in-edinburgh.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Ftravel

Crete/Henry Miller:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/25/travel/in-crete-henry-miller-found-his-muse-amid-the-ruins.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Ftravel
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CRIME BEAT
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The illegal antiquities trade is thriving in Bulgaria:

http://www.novinite.com/articles/176404/Der+Standard%3A+Antiquities+Traders+Have+Little+to+Fear+of+Bulgarian+Authorities

On the flow of artifacts to the US (we may have had this before):

http://www.livescience.com/56141-looting-artifacts-from-syria-to-us.html

Latest Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2016/09/culture-crime-news-12-18-september-2016.html
conflict antiquities:

http://conflictantiquities.wordpress.com/

anonymous swiss collector:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/

Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues:

http://paul-barford.blogspot.ca/

Looting Matters:

http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/

Illicit Cultural Property:

http://illicit-cultural-property.blogspot.com/

SAFE:

http://www.savingantiquities.org/blog/

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REPATRIATION AND RECOVERY
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The Gweagal Shield is the latest British Museum item at the centre of a repatriation storm:

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2016/sep/25/the-gweagal-shield-and-the-fight-to-change-the-british-museums-attitude-to-seized-artefacts

Australia’s National Gallery is returning some items to India:

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/arts/visual-arts/nga-hands-back-suspect-antiquities-to-india/news-story/ddd9844e5220168fe2751bd228d70fb8
http://www.news.com.au/national/breaking-news/gallery-returns-more-indian-antiquities/news-story/92f0cf253803122913d01310d38924df
https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2016/sep/19/national-gallery-of-australia-returns-indian-antiquities-worth-more-than-2m
http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1006999.shtml
http://www.9news.com.au/national/2016/09/19/11/38/gallery-returns-more-indian-antiquities

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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on coins of Julius Caesar:

http://www.coinweek.com/ancient-coins/coinweek-ancient-coin-series-coins-julius-caesar/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v19n38.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v19n39.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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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

http://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-main-menu-cat/audio-news-list/2481-audio-news-from-archaeologica-11-september-2016-17-september-2016
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OBITUARIES
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John Mulvaney:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-09-22/professor-john-mulvaney-dies-aged-90/7867808
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/health-science/john-mulvaney-father-of-australian-archeology-dies-aged-90/news-story/930df6c0d486666a8f73bde0796a66c9
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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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