Explorator 19.24 ~ October 9, 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 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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Looking for more clues of neanderthal-sapiens interbreeding:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/animal-hybrids-may-hold-clues-neandertal-human-interbreeding

More on Otzi’s voice:

http://phys.org/news/2016-10-science-voice-mummies-otzi-iceman.html
http://www.irishexaminer.com/lifestyle/outdoors/richard-collins/this-icemans-voice-was-reconstructed-and-heard-again-5000-years-after-his-death-423823.html
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hear-recreated-voice-otzi-iceman-180960570/

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AFRICA
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Rice enjoyed by the ‘Suriname Maroons’ originally came from Africa;

http://phys.org/news/2016-10-ancestor-rice-suriname-maroons-african.html
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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A French citizen returned a golden mummy mask to Egypt:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/245300/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Antiquities-ministry-receives-golden-mummy-mask-fr.aspx
https://egyptianstreets.com/2016/10/06/french-egyptian-citizen-returns-golden-mummy-mask-to-egypt/
http://english.alarabiya.net/en/variety/2016/10/07/The-mummy-returns-Egypt-recieves-golden-mummy-mask-from-loyal-citizen.html

Repatriation is not as easy as it might seem, apparently:

http://newsweekme.com/egypts-repatriation-antiquities-proves-mammoth-task/

Egypt is signing a MoU with the Aga Khan Trust:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/43/245067/Heritage/Islamic/Egyptian-antiquities-ministry-to-sign-MoU-with-Can.aspx

Feature on Tut’s burial chamber:

http://egypttoday.com/blog/2016/10/02/unraveling-the-private-lives-of-mummies/

They’re still talking about that Sekhemka statue:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-northamptonshire-37338390

Excavating a ‘lost city’ near Erbil:

http://rudaw.net/english/culture/071020161

Evidence of an early (?) Christian community in Kazakhstan:

http://www.christiandaily.com/article/archaeologists-discover-first-evidence-of-ancient-christian-community-in-kazakhstan/57614.htm

More on 6000 years bp forts in Jordan:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-10-05/archaeologists-find-6,000-year-old-fort-in-jordanian-desert/7903358

More on that First Temple period Gate/Shrine:

http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/large-first-temple-period-gate-shrine-excavated-in-central-israel/2016/09/28/

More on the Ein Gedi Scroll:

http://www.euronews.com/2016/10/05/piece-of-coal-deciphered-as-ancient-biblical-text

More on the toilet from Tel Lachish:

http://forward.com/news/israel/351122/was-ancient-stone-toilet-placed-in-biblical-shrine-to-destroy-it/

What Cynthia Shafer-Elliott is up to:

http://www.auburnjournal.com/article/10/05/16/auburn-archaeologist-leads-annual-digs-israel

Feature on Gertrude Bell:

http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/TheAsorBlog/~3/KEvAP_ExHc0/

Concerns for Topkapi Palace:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/topkapi-palace-risk-of-collapse-the-result-of-years-of-neglect-of-historical-heritage.aspx?PageID=238&NID=104509&NewsCatID=375

ISIS’s looting activities are getting attention … first, at Kirkuk:

http://www.iraqinews.com/iraq-war/isis-destroys-steals-archaeological-sites-near-kirkuk/

… and there’s bribery of Russian soldiers going on at Palmyra according to some reports:

http://news.nationalpost.com/news/world/looters-bribing-russian-soldiers-to-turn-a-blind-eye-to-the-plundering-of-palmyra-archaeologists-say

… related OpEd:

http://news.nationalpost.com/full-comment/robert-fulford-isils-assault-on-history

… while a number of items destroyed by them have been replicated and put on display in Rome:

http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=90649
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/07/world/europe/rome-artifact-reconstruction-isis.html
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/oct/06/bull-nimrud-destroyed-isis-recreated-rome-colosseum
https://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2016/Oct-07/375477-reconstituted-iraqi-syrian-treasures-in-rome.ashx
http://www.dailysabah.com/life/2016/10/06/replicas-of-monuments-destroyed-by-daish-terrorist-group-on-show-at-colosseum

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Plenty of interest in latest finds from the ‘Griffin Warrior’ tomb from Pylos:

http://phys.org/news/2016-10-lord-rare-discovery-bronze-age.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/10/161003214021.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-10/uoc-lot100316.php
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/04/science/greece-archaeology-pylos-griffin-warrior.html
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/gold-rings-found-warriors-tomb-connect-two-ancient-greek-cultures-180960680/
http://greece.greekreporter.com/2016/10/04/greeces-griffin-warrior-tomb-from-1450-b-c-reveals-rings-of-power-mirror-and-combs/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/4886-161004-greece-griffin-warrior

Remains of a possible 3500 years bp ‘brewery’ from Paphos:

http://in-cyprus.com/ancient-people-of-paphos-enjoyed-a-pint/

A 3d reconstruction of the House of Caecilius Iucundus:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/10/161004103319.htm
http://www.livescience.com/56419-ancient-pompeii-home-reconstructed-in-3d.html
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/check-out-3d-tour-villa-ancient-pompeii-180960698/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/4890-161005-pompeii-virtual-reconstruction

Latest finds from Viminacium:

http://www.balcanicaucaso.org/eng/Areas/Serbia/Serbia-the-Babylonian-spirits-of-Viminacium-174373

Latest from Knidos:

http://hurriyetdailynews.com/new-findings-unearthed-at-knidos-in-western-turkey.aspx?pageID=238&nID=104594&NewsCatID=375

I think we mentioned this 2200 years bp ‘rental contract’ from Teos:

http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/archaeology/1.746064
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/centuries-old-rental-agreement-unearthed-in-turkeys-izmir.aspx?PageID=238&NID=104520&NewsCatID=375
http://www.archaeology.org/news/4887-161004-turkey-teos-inscription

A ‘birdbath’ from Alcester turns out to be a Roman mortarium:

http://redditchstandard.co.uk/news/alcester-bird-bath-turns-roman-artifact/
http://www.archaeology.org/4897-161007-england-roman-mortarium

An ancient ‘crossword puzzle’ from Smyrna:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ancient-crossword-puzzle-found-in-smyrna–.aspx?pageID=238&nID=104716&NewsCatID=375

A Roman lead ingot from a Rio Tinto silver mine:

http://spanishnewstoday.com/roman-lead-ingot-discovered-in-rio-tinto-silver-mines_80840-a.html

Pondering whether Romans were making pottery at Stoke-on-Trent:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-stoke-staffordshire-37495715

Revisiting that Hatay skeleton mosaic:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/a-different-view-on-hatays-skeleton-mosaic.aspx?pageID=238&nid=104739&NewsCatID=375

Earthquakes have caused a Hierapolis pool to collapse:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ancient-hierapolis-pool-collapses-after-two-earthquakes-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=104690&NewsCatID=375

A major smuggling ring in Greece was busted:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/greek-police-break-up-gang-that-excavated-sold-antiquities/2016/10/05/d614fa8e-8b1d-11e6-8cdc-4fbb1973b506_story.html http://theartnewspaper.com/news/archeology/police-in-greece-arrest-26-in-bust-of-alleged-antiquities-smuggling-ring/
https://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/World/2016/Oct-05/375267-greek-police-break-gang-that-sold-thousands-of-antiquities.ashx
http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=90623
https://www.yahoo.com/news/greek-police-break-gang-sold-thousands-antiquities-151235984.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/4894-161006-greece-antiquities-smuggling

Studying the limes of Romania:

http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news,411441,poles-on-the-border-of-the-roman-empire—limes-studies-in-romania.html

On ancient graffiti:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2016/10/04/scatological-graffiti-was-the-ancient-roman-version-of-yelp-and-twitter/

What Richard Hunter is up to:

http://www.fosters.com/news/20161003/world-renowned-classicist-to-speak-about-homer-at-unh
http://tnhdigital.com/6923/news/richard-hunter-speaks-to-students-about-subliminity-of-greek-literature/

What Ann Olga Koloski-Ostrow is up to:

https://www.greenwichsentinel.com/2016/10/08/archaeologist-discusses-newest-research-from-pompeii/

Conference paper presentation on documenting Etruscan tomb facades:

https://youtu.be/VY5FWHjBEEw

Hype for Christie’s upcoming antiquities auction:

http://www.christies.com/features/Decoding-the-mythology-behind-ancient-treasures-7740-1.aspx

More on Roman sling bullets from a Scottish fort:

http://www.livescience.com/56365-roman-attack-on-scottish-fort-archaeology.html
http://www.livescience.com/56350-photos-roman-raid-scotland-hill-fort.html
http://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/29842/20161008/a-1-800-year-old-battle-uncover-by-discovery-of-roman-bullets.htm

More on Roman coins in a Japanese castle:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/04/science/japan-archaeology-roman-coins.html
http://english.ryukyushimpo.jp/2016/10/03/25830/
https://www.apollo-magazine.com/roman-coins-discovered-in-ruins-of-castle-in-okinawa/
http://theartnewspaper.com/news/archeology/roman-coins-found-in-okinawa-castle-point-to-early-links-between-japan-and-the-west/
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http://bmcr.brynmawr.edu/recent.html

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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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Plenty of interest in a 7500 years bp dog tooth from near Stonehenge:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-wiltshire-37574881
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/oct/07/archaelogists-evidence-earliest-known-journey-uk-history-stonehenge-wilsthire-mesolithic-man-dog
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/10/06/mans-best-friend-for-7000-years-experts-discover-tooth-of-one-of/
http://www.salisburyjournal.co.uk/news/14788644.Prehistoric_man_s_best_friend_was_his_dog__experts_claim__after_7_000_year_old_tooth_found_near_Stonehenge/
http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/dogs-tooth-test-north-east-11995374
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/10/2016/mesolithic-long-distance-journey-with-pet-dog
http://www.archaeology.org/news/4896-161007-blick-mead-dog-tooth

Meanwhile, human teeth from Britain suggest plenty of human mobility some 4000 years bp:

http://phys.org/news/2016-10-ancient-britons-teeth-reveal-people.html

The mound at Skipsea Castle is 2500 years bp:

http://phys.org/news/2016-10-year-old-yorkshire-mound.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-humber-37539792
http://www.getreading.co.uk/news/reading-berkshire-news/reading-scientists-make-huge-prehistoric-11973944
http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/archaeologists-uncover-iron-age-monument-in-yorkshire-1-8160612
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/10/03/some-british-local-history-may-be-wrong-says-expert-who-found-mo/
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/oct/03/skipsea-castle-yorkshire-built-on-iron-age-mound
http://www.archaeology.org/news/4883-161003-yorkshire-skipsea-castle

A 2500 years bp structure from Spain:

http://cultura.elpais.com/cultura/2016/10/07/actualidad/1475849094_781764.html

Remains of an Iron Age fort in Fingle Woods:

http://www.tavistock-today.co.uk/article.cfm?id=416547&headline=Work%20at%20Fingle%20Woods%20to%20reveal%20Iron%20Age%20hill%20fort%20hidden%20for%202,000%20years&sectionIs=news&searchyear=2016

They’re digging at the Hellfire Club:

http://www.thejournal.ie/archaeological-gig-hellfire-club-3010161-Oct2016/

Followup to that Viking burial in Iceland that’s been in and out of the news for the past few weeks:

http://icelandreview.com/news/2016/10/03/viking-left-home-without-id
http://icelandreview.com/news/2016/10/03/no-idea-who-viking-without-id

Apparently large Viking clans picked on smaller ones:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/big-viking-families-nurtured-murder

A long-lost Viking rune stone turns up near a church in Sweden:

https://www.thelocal.se/20161005/missing-viking-rune-stone-turns-up-near-uppsala
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/mysterious-rune-stone-viking-ages-re-emerges-after-two-centuries-1585310?yptr=yahoo
http://www.archaeology.org/news/4893-161006-sweden-rune-stone

Lithuanian archaeologists believe they found the site of Klaipeda Castle:

http://en.delfi.lt/lithuania/culture/archaeologists-reveal-mystery-of-klaipeda-castle.d?id=72494628

A menhir from Trinkatar:

http://armenpress.am/eng/news/862911/archaeologists-discover-ancient-%E2%80%9Cvishapakar%E2%80%9D-menhir-in-tirinkatar.html

A possible medieval chapel floor from Sonning Common:

http://www.henleystandard.co.uk/news/news.php?id=263205

An ‘ancient’ church in Freeby is reopening:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leicestershire-37525011

… and Luther’s church is reopening after renovations:

http://www.dw.com/en/german-church-of-luther-fame-reopens-ahead-of-milestone-anniversary/a-35943374

Finds from various periods at a housing development in Godmanchester:

http://www.huntspost.co.uk/news/archaeology_team_uncovers_wealth_of_finds_in_godmanchester_dig_1_4721958

Digging a 19th century ‘utopia’ at Manea Fen:

http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/cambridge-university-archaeologists-are-uncovering-a-lost-utopia-in-the-cambridgeshire-fens/story-29778239-detail/story.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/4891-161005-utopia-manea-fen

A database of folks who fought in the 100 Years War:

http://phys.org/news/2016-10-database-reveals-ancestor-veterans-years.html
http://feeds.sciencedaily.com/~r/sciencedaily/fossils_ruins/archaeology/~3/TV2PR6yTVm8/161006115957.htm

Medieval cities were not so different from modern ones, apparently:

http://phys.org/news/2016-10-medieval-cities-modern-european.html

Recreating an Iron Age Roundhouse:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-south-scotland-37584360

Recreating the sound of 18th century Paris:

https://news.cnrs.fr/articles/sound-18th-century-paris
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-18th-century-paris-sounded-180960724/

Overviewish thing on a project mapping shipwrecks in the Black Sea:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/10/161007123411.htm

Latest in the search for the remains of Lorca:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/10/07/archaeologists-hopeful-of-finding-lorca-remains-after-unearthing/

More on those Scottish petroglyphs:

http://www.livescience.com/56287-ancient-cochno-stone-reburied.html
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http://archaeology-in-europe.blogspot.com/

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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Plenty of interest in a 2800 years bp (or so) burial from Turpan which featured a large number of complete cannabis plants:

http://phys.org/news/2016-10-ancient-skeleton-cannabis-shroud-unearthed.html
https://www.yahoo.com/news/ancient-chinese-grave-contains-burial-165152306.html
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2016/10/06/ancient-corpse-was-buried-in-a-cannabis-shroud/
http://www.capitalberg.com/archaeologists-find-weed/210161/
http://knpr.org/npr/2016-10/trove-cannabis-plants-found-ancient-tomb-china
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/10/06/496879368/trove-of-cannabis-plants-found-in-ancient-tomb-in-china
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/10/marijuana-cannabis-pot-weed-burial-shroud-china-ancient-discovery-scythians-turpan-archaeology-botany/

A major 2000 years bp burial complex from Hebei:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2016-10/07/c_135736442.htm

Feature on what some tomb raiders in ancient China decided not to take:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/arts-culture/why-tomb-raiders-treated-this-priceless-gem/?no-ist

Evidence of a Persian official living in Japan 1000 years bp is suggesting it was more ‘cosmopolitan’ than previously thought:

http://phys.org/news/2016-10-ancient-japan-cosmopolitan-thought_1.html
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/10/05/national/history/research-uncovers-evidence-ancient-japan-cosmopolitan-previously-thought/#.V_X2lJN97bR

Ancient Chinese texts and Donald Trump:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2016/10/04/an-ancient-chinese-military-classic-warned-us-about-the-seven-harms-of-donald-trump/

More Australian petroglyphs recorded:

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2016/oct/03/kimberleys-hidden-world-of-indigenous-rock-art-revealed-by-researchers
http://www.archaeology.org/news/4885-161003-australia-rock-art

More on the terrible repair job on the Great Wall:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/people-really-hate-newly-repaired-stretch-great-wall-china-180960627/

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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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Latest on what flood erosion along the Bow River near Calgary is revealing:

http://www.torontosun.com/2016/10/07/flood-erosion-along-bow-river-gives-new-look-into-first-nations-past
http://globalnews.ca/news/2990740/discovery-of-bison-bones-near-calgary-offers-glimpse-into-how-people-lived-centuries-ago/
http://calgaryherald.com/news/local-news/flood-erosion-opens-new-archaeological-window-into-first-nations-past

A 1600 years bp roasting pit find from the Head-Smashed-In buffalo jump site:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/1-600-year-old-meal-unearthed-at-head-smashed-in-buffalo-jump-1.3794056?cmp=rss
http://calgaryherald.com/news/local-news/southern-alberta-archeologists-excavate-ancient-feast-at-head-smashed-in-buffalo-jump
http://www.calgarysun.com/2016/10/05/alberta-archaeologists-unearth-ancient-feast-at-head-smashed-in-buffalo-jump
http://www.pinchercreekecho.com/2016/10/04/archaeologists-uncover-1600-year-old-artifact-at-head-smashed-in
http://www.archaeology.org/news/4892-161005-buffalo-jump-roasting-pit

They’re studying soil salinity at Chaco Canyon:

http://phys.org/news/2016-10-salt-secret-success-ancient-chaco.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-10/uoc-sss100316.php
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/10/2016/ancestral-puebloans-didnt-abandon-chaco-canyon-due-to-salt-pollution
http://www.archaeology.org/news/4889-161005-chaco-canyon-salts

Barry Clifford believes he’s located the Whydah’s treasure:

http://www.southcoasttoday.com/news/20161007/explorer-claims-hes-located-famous-pirate-ships-treasure
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/whydah-gally-pirate-ship-barry-clifford-claims-hes-located-treasure-cape-cod/
http://www.syracuse.com/us-news/index.ssf/2016/10/explorer_claims_hes_located_famous_pirate_ships_treasure_off_cape_cod.html
http://www.timesunion.com/news/us/article/Explorer-claims-he-s-located-famous-pirate-ship-s-9901625.php

Looking for evidence of mid-eighteenth century Saginaw history:

http://www.mlive.com/news/saginaw/index.ssf/2016/10/archaeological_dig_looking_for.html

New York City has launched an archaeological repository/digital archive:

http://phys.org/news/2016-10-nyc-archaeological-repository-digital-archive.html
http://www.seattlepi.com/news/article/NYC-launches-archaeological-repository-and-9772075.php
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/oct/5/nyc-launches-archaeological-repository-and-digital/
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/05/nyregion/new-york-landmarks-commission-archaeological-collection.html?ribbon-ad-idx=6&rref=nyregion&module=Ribbon&version=context&region=Header&action=click&contentCollection=N.Y.%20%2F%20Region&pgtype=article

Pondering whether Vikings brought cats with them to Newfoundland:

http://www.thetelegram.com/Living/2016-09-26/article-4650275/Did-cats-come-to-Newfoundland-with-the-Vikings%3F/1

The pipeline dispute in North Dakota continues:

http://bismarcktribune.com/news/state-and-regional/tribe-disputes-state-archaeologist-s-report/article_32a28953-6487-591d-b7aa-489f29e93784.html

Pondering the Hamilton-Burr duel:

http://www.cnn.com/2016/10/06/politics/alexander-hamilton-aaron-burr-duel-missed/index.html

Honouring one of Yale’s early black students:

http://news.yale.edu/2016/09/30/shadows-no-more-divinity-school-honors-minister-james-wc-pennington

More on the Terror:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/hms-terror-confirmed-1.3779127?cmp=rss
http://www.archaeology.org/news/4870-160927-canada-franklin-terror

More on ancient trade between Alaska and Asia:

http://westerndigs.org/asian-metal-found-in-alaska-reveals-trade-centuries-before-european-contact/
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-06/pu-owm060716.php
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I think we mentioned these Maya burials from Honduras:

http://www.caribbeannewsnow.com/headline-Eye-opening-discovery-in-Honduras-reveals-new-information-about-Mayan-civilization-31959.html

More on humans in Argentina some 14 000 years bp:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/campsite-suggests-humans-argentina-14000-years-ago-180960667/

More on the facial reconstruction of the Lord of Sipan:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/4858-160922-peru-sipan-reconstruction
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Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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How Sotheby’s figured out a Hals was a forgery:

http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Global-News/2016/1007/How-Sotheby-s-discovered-a-10.8-million-forgery-of-a-Dutch-artist
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-37574411

A Raphael turns up in a Scottish Manor house:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/25-million-raphael-painting-discovered-scottish-manor-house-180960678/
http://www.cnn.com/2016/10/03/arts/painting-bought-for-25-dollars-could-be-an-original-raphael/index.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-37539959

… and a followup to that discovery of a Flemish masterpiece in the Swansea Museum’s storeroom:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-south-west-wales-37565833

Some stolen Dutch art has been found:

http://www.cnn.com/2016/10/05/arts/stolen-dutch-artworks-westfries-museum/index.html

Some Stormont art treasures may be missing:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-37574411

The mathematics of music history:

http://phys.org/news/2016-10-mathematics-music-history.html

Iraq’s transport minister has an, er, interesting view of history:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/iraq-spaceships-transport-minister-kazem-finjan-iraqi-sumerians-space-travel-7000-years-ago-a7340966.html

I think we mentioned this Brown project developed by students regarding archaeology recording etc.:

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2016/09/29/brown-student-developed-module-speeds-archaeological-analysis.aspx

Libby’s lab had been declared a landmark:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/10/161006092310.htm

Skeletal evidence suggests foraging was healthier than agriculture:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2016/10/07/ancient-skeletons-suggest-foraging-was-healthier-than-agriculture/#2c72827a7b24

That Crimean gold dispute is still going on:

http://www.dw.com/en/treasures-of-the-black-sea-turn-into-political-hostages/a-35972925

Some extinct plague locust specimens were found:

http://phys.org/news/2016-10-student-extinct-plague-locust-specimens.html

… and a 400 years bp Bible:

http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/national-international/Student-Finds-400-Year_Old-Bible_Dallas-Fort-Worth-395854961.html

On the idea of Utopia:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20160920-how-utopia-shaped-the-world

A couple more conference paper presentations on preserving petroglyphs:

https://youtu.be/nJb6xgO0ce8
https://youtu.be/ie4D8LJ3mNo

On the origins of Satan:

http://www.livescience.com/56341-where-did-satan-come-from.html

On left-handedness:

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20160930-the-mystery-of-why-left-handers-are-so-much-rarer

They’ve restored the earliest example of computer music:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-37507707

On pre-Nobel rewards for science:

http://www.livescience.com/56366-gifts-reigned-as-early-science-nobels.html
Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Defacing the Past:

http://www.britishmuseum.org/whats_on/exhibitions/defacing_the_past.aspx?spMailingID=52433436&spUserID=NjMwNDUzODI0NjcS1&spJobID=1020086467&spReportId=MTAyMDA4NjQ2NwS2

Mystery of the Mayan Medallion:

http://www.kswo.com/story/33304521/mystery-of-the-mayan-medallion-comes-to-sam-noble-museum

On the closure of the Bronte museum:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leeds-37546721

Feature on the Museum of London’s skeleton repository:

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20160923-the-lab-that-contains-20000-skeletons
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THE TECHY SIDE
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Latest mummy CT scan:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/ct-scans-show-first-x-rayed-mummy-new-light

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Major project to genetically map 1000 ‘prehistoric individuals’:

http://phys.org/news/2016-10-prehistoric-individuals-genetically.html

What Polynesian DNA tells us about population migration:

http://phys.org/news/2016-10-reveals-asian-ancestry-pacific-islanders.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/10/161003130908.htm
http://www.livescience.com/56382-original-polynesians-hailed-from-taiwan.html
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-10-04/dna-reveals-lapita-ancestors-of-pacific-islanders-came-from-asia/7893100
https://www.yahoo.com/news/first-people-settle-polynesia-came-184800878.html
http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2016/10/game-changing-study-suggests-first-polynesians-voyaged-all-way-east-asia
http://arstechnica.com/science/2016/10/ancient-polynesian-dna-gives-evidence-of-widespread-population-exchanges/
http://www.stuff.co.nz/science/84928283/New-research-on-ancient-Pacific-skeletons-reveals-Maori-ancestors
http://www.archaeology.org/4884-161003-polynesian-genome-sequenced

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Machu Picchu:

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/life/2016/10/08/travel/hiking-machu-picchu-past-sacred-inca-peaks/

Roosevelt’s Sagamore Hill estate:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/travel/theodore-roosevelts-long-island-estate-speaks-volumes–literally–about-his-character/2016/10/04/48af16b4-842b-11e6-ac72-a29979381495_story.html
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CRIME BEAT
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A couple weeks’ worth of Culture Crime News (I think I missed one):

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2016/09/4199.html
http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2016/10/culture-crime-news-26-september-2-october-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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Pressure to return the Benin cockerel:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/10/08/cambridge-under-pressure-to-return-looted-benin-bronze/

Britain is returning a 12th century Indian sculpture:

http://indiagbnews.com/culture-sport/art-detectives-track-stolen-12th-century-indian-sculpture-2/

The US is returning four items to Egypt:

http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/egypt-retrieves-4-pharaonic-artifacts-us

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NUMISMATICA
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Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v19n40.html

.. and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v19n41.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/2490-audio-news-from-archaeologica-25-september-2016-1-october-2016
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OBITUARIES
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John Mulvaney:

http://www.scotsman.com/news/obituaries/obituary-john-mulvaney-archaeologist-1-4251829?
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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):

http://www.ryemuseum.co.uk/
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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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