Explorator 19.25-26 ~ October 23, 2016

Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Hernan Astudillo,
Bob Heuman, David Critchley, Hernan Astudillo, Rick Heli,
Barbara Saylor Rodgers,Jona Lendering, Laurel Carey, Mata Kimasitayo
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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A new focus of the ‘interbreeding’ of Neanderthal and sapiens story is the ‘evolutionary advantage’ it created:

http://phys.org/news/2016-10-tools-key-evolutionary-advantages-ancient.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-10/mbae-nti101616.php
http://www.nature.com/news/neanderthal-dna-affects-ethnic-differences-in-immune-response-1.20854
http://scienmag.com/europeans-and-africans-have-different-immune-systems-and-neanderthals-are-partly-to-thank/

… but it’s also being blamed for some STIs:

http://phys.org/news/2016-10-ancient-hominid-hanky-panky-stis.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-10/mbae-ah101416.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/10/161017110334.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/4944-161017-hpv-virus-infection
http://arstechnica.com/science/2016/10/todays-genital-warts-came-from-trysts-between-neanderthals-and-early-humans/

I think we mentioned the right-handed homo habilis study:

http://phys.org/news/2016-10-earliest-evidence-fossil-right-handedness.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-10/uok-sfe101816.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/10/161020163704.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/4959-161021-homo-habilis-teeth
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/10/2016/earliest-evidence-found-for-right-handedness-in-the-fossil-record
http://www.irishtimes.com/news/science/humans-right-handed-bias-could-be-nearly-2m-years-old-1.2838631

It started with a study suggesting apes were more ‘like us’ than we thought:

http://www.npr.org/sections/13.7/2016/10/14/497910044/apes-may-be-more-like-us-than-we-thought?sc=17&f=1007

… which suddenly was claiming (via headlines) that monkeys were purposely making sharp tools (which isn’t what the study actually observed):

http://phys.org/news/2016-10-monkeys-stone-flakes-humans-unique.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-10/uoo-mas101816.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/10/161019154851.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/4956-161020-capuchin-monkey-chopper
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/20/science/monkeys-stone-flakes-tools.html
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/deadthings/2016/10/19/monkey-see-monkey-smash-are-monkeys-making-stone-tools/
http://www.livescience.com/56543-monkeys-accidentally-make-stone-tools.html
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/10/19/498421284/those-ancient-stone-tools-did-humans-make-them-or-was-it-really-monkeys
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/monkeys-stone-tools-throw-spanner-human-evolution-accidentally-nature-study-a7370161.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/oct/19/monkeys-smash-theory-that-only-humans-can-make-sharp-stone-tools
http://www.nature.com/news/monkey-tools-raise-questions-over-human-archaeological-record-1.20816
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/1019/Monkeys-suggest-that-making-stone-flakes-is-not-unique-to-humans

Cf: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/wild-monkeys-unintentionally-make-stone-age-tools-180960837/

Not sure where to put this one … the impact of volcanic eruptions on early hominid migrations:

http://phys.org/news/2016-10-volcanic-role-early-human-evolution.html
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AFRICA
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Evidence of Mesolithic use of high heat in tool making in South Africa:

http://phys.org/news/2016-10-extensive-treatment-middle-stone-age.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/10/161020092107.htm
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/10/2016/early-evidence-of-heating-stone-to-enhance-flaking-qualities

19 000 years bp footprints from Tanzania:

http://www.archaeology.org/4908-161013-tanzania-homo-sapiens-footprints
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2016/10/12/scientists-discover-hundreds-of-footprints-left-at-the-dawn-of-modern-humanity/
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/10/ancient-human-footprints-africa-volcano-science/
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/1013/What-do-these-prehistoric-footprints-tell-us-about-our-ancestors
http://www.pulseheadlines.com/400-human-footprints-tanzania/52723/
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/ct-africa-ancient-footprints-20161012-story.html
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/science/news/article.cfm?c_id=82&objectid=11728435
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Claims that two unexplored chambers have been detected in the Great Pyramid are being questioned:

http://www.livescience.com/56512-great-pyramid-chambers-may-not-exist.html
http://www.livescience.com/56510-photos-inside-great-pyramid-giza.html
http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/antiquities-ministry-slams-hasty-report-khufu-pyramid-cavities
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-detect-two-previously-unknown-cavities-beneath-gizas-great-pyramid-180960809/
https://egyptianstreets.com/2016/10/18/scans-uncover-cavities-in-egypts-great-pyramid/
http://www.cnn.com/videos/world/2016/10/18/great-pyramid-giza-unknown-void-chamber-zworig.cnn
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2016/10/18/scientists-discover-two-mysterious-chambers-in-the-great-pyramid/
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/egypt-giza-pyramid-great-discovery-two-rooms-cavities-a7366966.html
http://www.timesofisrael.com/experts-discover-cavities-in-egypts-great-pyramid/
http://sports.yahoo.com/news/experts-discover-cavities-egypts-great-pyramid-135048029.html
http://tech.firstpost.com/news-analysis/muography-scanning-of-the-great-pyramid-of-giza-reveals-two-previously-unknown-cavities-341277.html
http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/mysterious-ancient-anomalies-possibly-new-rooms-spotted-inside-great-pyramid-of-giza/news-story/58f4b665803ef8ee73d4714c7b9ad03d

… while the ‘scan pyramids project’ seeks an extension:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/245727/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Scan-Pyramids-project-requests-year-extension-.aspx

Some Late Period tombs from Aswan:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/246263/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Two-Late-Period-tombs-discovered-in-Aswan.aspx

They’ve restored the barque shrine of Tuthmosis III:

http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/culture/2016/10/10/archaeology-barque-shrine-of-king-tuthmosis-iii-restored_9443b91e-9d02-4780-9bb7-f4e1a5573954.html

Egypt is trying to prevent an auction of some antiquities:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/44/246249/Heritage/Museums/Antiquities-ministry-trying-to-stop-sale-of-Egypti.aspx

They’re still wondering about that Sekhemka statue:

http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/arcablog/~3/3qGEw6fefl8/who-bought-northamptons-sekhemka-at.html

Feature on the search for Tut:

http://www.radiotimes.com/news/2016-10-16/who-was-tutankhamun-the-true-story-of-howard-carter-and-lord-carnarvons-search-for-the-boy-king
http://www.walesonline.co.uk/lifestyle/tv/tutankhamun-true-story-howard-carter-12035142

On what drove ‘neolithization’ in Jordan:

http://phys.org/news/2016-10-resilient-risky-and-reliable-strategy-driven-neolithization.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-10/p-rp101316.php
https://www.newscientist.com/article/2109821-our-ancestors-chose-reeds-over-grain-when-quitting-nomadic-life/

5000 years bp grape seeds from Izmir:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ancient-grape-seeds-found-in-izmir-.aspx?pageID=238&nid=104803&NewsCatID=375
http://www.dailysabah.com/history/2016/10/09/5000-year-old-grape-seeds-found-in-izmir-archaeological-site

A study suggests Tel Megiddo was destroyed some 3000 years bp by a rather fast-moving fire:

http://www.livescience.com/56445-ancient-israel-city-burned-in-hours.html
http://www.archaeology.org/4902-161011-burned-mud-bricks
https://www.yahoo.com/news/rapid-fire-ancient-blaze-leveled-145200846.html

Evidence of some previously-unknown Canaanite revolt against Egypt from Jaffa:

http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/archaeology/1.748579

A late Bronze Age shipyard from Dana Island:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/huge-ancient-shipyard-unearthed-on-turkeys-dana-island.aspx?pageID=238&nid=105120&NewsCatID=375

Evidence (maybe) of where Rome breached Jerusalem’s ‘third wall’:

http://www.antiquities.org.il/Article_eng.aspx?sec_id=25&subj_id=240&id=4225
http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.748449
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/219155
http://www.timesofisrael.com/archaeologists-find-battle-site-where-romans-breached-jerusalem-walls/
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/excavation-reveals-spot-where-romans-breached-jerusalems-wall-2000-years-ago/2016/10/20/
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Evidence-unearthed-of-Jerusalems-protective-Third-Wall-from-Second-Temple-period-470545
http://forward.com/news/352380/ancient-jerusalem-city-wall-tells-tale-of-jewish-revolts-defeat-and-second/
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4868873,00.html
http://www.livescience.com/56580-ancient-roman-battlefield-uncovered-in-jerusalem.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/oct/20/israeli-archeologists-discover-titus-breached-jerusalem-walls
https://www.algemeiner.com/2016/10/21/excavation-uncovers-evidence-of-third-wall-of-jerusalems-old-city-breached-by-romans-2000-years-ago/
http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=37301
http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865665341/Site-where-Romans-breached-Jerusalem-walls-is-pinpointed.html?pg=all
http://www.archaeology.org/4957-161020-jerusalem-third-wall

A 2700 years bp papyrus mentioning Jerusalem (in Hebrew):

http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/discovery-jerusalem-on-hebrew-papyrus/2016/10/21/
Finds from various periods on Giresun Island:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/excavations-reveal-religious-history-of-giresun-island.aspx?pageID=238&nid=104830

A destroyed 12th century church from Pisidia:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/destroyed-church-finally-unearthed-in-pisidia.aspx?pageID=238&nid=104925&NewsCatID=375
http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/19406-ancient-church-unearthed-in-pisidia-turkey-after-3-years-of-work.html

Some ‘ancient antidepressants’ from Istanbul:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ancient-antidepressants-found-in-excavations-.aspx?pageID=238&nid=105079&NewsCatID=375

Latest finds from the caliphate palace at Khirbat al Minya:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-10/jgum-nfo102116.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/10/161021120422.htm

Feature on Michal Gawlikowski’s work in Palmyra:

http://theartnewspaper.com/news/conservation/the-man-who-spent-40-years-preserving-palmyra-s-past/

Feature on the women of Petra:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/smithsonian-channel/important-women-of-petra/
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/what-these-mysterious-scrolls-tell-us-about/

Suggestion that ancient Assyrians were rather ‘homely’:

http://www.aina.org/ata/20161022030724.htm

Feature on Mosul through the ages:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2016/10/21/the-history-of-mosul-in-five-maps/

Another feature on Gertrude Bell:

http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.747490

Feature on Jordan’s ‘airborne monuments men’:

http://phys.org/news/2016-10-jordan-airborne-monuments-men-sites.html
http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2016/10/12/world/middleeast/ap-ml-jordan-aerial-archaeology.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/jordans-airborne-monuments-men-discover-protect-sites/2016/10/12/d13d8ee6-904e-11e6-bc00-1a9756d4111b_story.html
http://www.thenational.ae/world/middle-east/archaeologists-take-flight-over-jordans-ancient-wonders
http://abcnews.go.com/International/photos/photographs-document-changing-archaeological-sites-jordan-42781642

Some ‘new’ Dead Sea Scrolls are being touted … and questioned:

http://www.livescience.com/56428-25-new-dead-sea-scrolls-revealed.html
http://www.livescience.com/56430-photos-dead-sea-scrolls-revealed.html
http://www.newsweek.com/2016/10/28/dead-sea-scroll-fragments-fake-experts-suspect-511224.html
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/dozens-of-dead-sea-scroll-fragments-may-have-been-discovered/

Feature on the Copper Scroll:

http://www.ncregister.com/blog/tmcdonald/the-mystery-of-the-copper-scroll

A carpet mosaic at Hisham Palace was briefly uncovered:

http://phys.org/news/2016-10-massive-carpet-mosaic-briefly-uncovered.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/10/20/archaeologists-uncover-one-of-middle-easts-biggest-carpet-mosaic/
http://www.timesofisrael.com/breathtaking-carpet-mosaic-uncovered-near-jericho-for-one-day/
UNESCO put out a declaration denying Jewish ties to Temple Mount with expected reaction (varies):

http://www.timesofisrael.com/unescos-executive-board-adopts-jerusalem-resolution/
http://www.livescience.com/56517-did-unesco-deny-temple-mount-jewish-temples.html
http://www.timesofisrael.com/unesco-to-vote-on-text-describing-temple-mt-western-wall-as-muslim-holy-sites/
http://www.timesofisrael.com/netanyahu-leads-angry-denunciations-of-absurd-unesco-decision/
https://www.algemeiner.com/2016/10/14/unescos-jerusalem-disgrace/
http://blogs.timesofisrael.com/the-sidesplitting-humor-of-unesco-and-the-palestinians/
http://blogs.timesofisrael.com/archaeology-101-jews-and-the-temple-mount/
http://www.timesofisrael.com/unescos-jerusalem-resolution-ignores-christian-roots-too/

… and then it went a bit further:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/antiquities-chief-compares-unesco-to-islamic-state/
http://www.i24news.tv/en/news/israel/diplomacy-defense/128125-161020-israel-s-antiquities-chief-likens-unesco-to-islamic-state

… probably related:

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20161013-israeli-archaeologist-denies-jewish-ties-to-al-aqsa-mosque/

More on that ‘goddess’ figurine from Catal Huyuk:

http://www.livescience.com/56515-neolithic-goddess-figurine-uncovered.html
http://www.stanforddaily.com/2016/10/10/archaeology-dig-uncovers-marble-figurines/
https://www.yahoo.com/news/rare-neolithic-goddess-figurine-discovered-140400668.html

More on ‘Hezekiah’s toilet’:

http://forward.com/news/israel/351122/was-ancient-stone-toilet-placed-in-biblical-shrine-to-destroy-it/
http://blog.oup.com/2016/10/toilet-iron-age-shrine-lachish/

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Untouched Hellenistic burials from Mugla:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/untouched-ancient-burial-chamber-found-in-turkeys-mugla-.aspx?pageID=517&nID=104790&NewsCatID=375

Evidence of a Roman settlement outside Rugby:

http://rugbyobserver.co.uk/news/ancient-roman-settlement-unearthed-outskirts-rugby/
http://www.archaeology.org/4907-161013-england-rugby-kiln

Looking for a Roman villa near Eastbourne:

http://www.eastbourneherald.co.uk/news/four-day-quest-to-find-roman-villa-remains-in-eastbourne-1-7630187
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-sussex-37673673
http://www.theargus.co.uk/news/14807520.Experts_to_dig_deep_at_seafront_gardens_in_search_for_Roman_building/?commentSort=oldest

A Roman villa find near Florence:

http://www.newsgram.com/archaeologists-unearth-luxurious-ancient-roman-villa-near-florence-in-italy/

They’ve found a pile of shoes at Vindolanda this year:

http://www.itv.com/news/tyne-tees/2016-10-10/roman-shoe-hoard-found-in-northumberland/
http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/ancient-shoe-romans-version-adidas-12001376
http://www.archaeology.org/4901-161011-england-vindolanda-shoes

… and one was getting special attention:

http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/ancient-shoe-romans-version-adidas-12001376

Five Roman shipwrecks off Ventotene (this might be an old story?):

http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/story?id=8170309

A pensioner’s bird bath turns out to be a Roman mortar and pestle:

http://www.redditchadvertiser.co.uk/news/14792357.Pensioner_discovers_his_bird_bath_is_2_000_year_old_Roman_pestle_and_mortar/

They’re finding interesting things when they xray Greek pottery:

http://m.phys.org/news/2016-10-x-rays-uncover-techniques-creation-art.html
http://www.archaeology.org/4911-161014-greek-vase-colors

Interesting aspect of Indo-Roman trade:

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/science/indians-used-own-cooking-pots-in-egypt-during-ancient-indo-roman-trade/articleshow/54911877.cms
http://www.freepressjournal.in/webspecial/indians-used-own-cooking-pots-in-egypt-during-ancient-indo-roman-trade/956537

I think we mentioned this gold coin of Nero find a while back:

http://www.numismaticnews.net/article/roman-gold-coin-helps-date-site

I think we mentioned this ‘crossword puzzle’ from Smyrna:

https://www.theguardian.com/crosswords/crossword-blog/2016/oct/17/crossword-blog-is-this-ancient-greek-graffito-a-crossword
http://www.archaeology.org/4900-161011-turkey-smyrna-agora
http://www.dailysabah.com/history/2016/10/11/ancient-crossword-discovered-on-wall-of-basilica-in-smyrna

… and this gymnasium rental agreement:

http://arstechnica.co.uk/science/2016/10/2200-years-ago-in-turkey-this-insane-rental-agreement-was-inscribed-in-stone/

Some thoughts on those Roman coins in Japan:

https://www.karwansaraypublishers.com/pw/ancient-history-magazine/blog/fact-check-romans-in-japan/

… in case you missed it:

http://phys.org/news/2016-10-roman-coins-idd-japanese-baffles.html
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/japan-castle-okinawa-katsuren-roman-ottoman-archaeology-a7367071.html
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/10/21/national/history/scientists-stumped-find-okinawa-castle-roman-ottoman-coins-dating-centuries-apart/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/roman-coins-idd-in-japanese-ruins-but-their-origin-baffles/2016/10/18/73708bc0-94f8-11e6-9cae-2a3574e296a6_story.html
http://www.columbian.com/news/2016/oct/18/roman-coins-identified-in-japanese-ruins-but-their-origin-baffles/
http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/roman-coins-idd-japanese-ruins-origin-baffles-42873021
http://www.fredericksburg.com/news/news-wire/roman-coins-id-d-in-japanese-ruins-but-their-origin/article_4f1adf58-032c-5961-a425-61633b26cfbe.html

Feature on the Antikythera shipwreck:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/212670/article/ekathimerini/life/diving-down-to-the-antikythera-shipwreck

Feature on birds of ancient Rome:

http://www.thedailystar.net/city/birds-rome-1298896

Feature on suggestions of Christianity at Pompeii:

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/10/16/the-christian-myth-still-haunting-pompeii.html

Feature on Roman curses in sporting contexts:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/drsarahbond/2016/10/10/bind-his-hands-how-ancient-charioteers-cursed-their-enemies-during-the-postseason/#5be969bad94e

Feature on Hannibal:

http://www.weeklystandard.com/hannibals-heel/article/2004863

Feature on ancient jewellery:

http://www.christies.com/features/Ancient-jewellery-A-window-onto-ancient-techniques-7757-3.aspx

Cornell had a Classics Festival:

http://www.news.cornell.edu/stories/2016/10/festival-celebrates-ancient-worlds-impact-today

Plans for Fingal Roman Fort:

http://www.herald.ie/news/fingal-roman-fort-could-become-as-big-an-attraction-as-newgrange-35128941.html

That Hatay Mosaic is headed to Paris:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/famous-hatay-mosaic-to-be-promoted-in-paris-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=105153&NewsCatID=375
http://www.dailysabah.com/history/2016/10/21/famous-be-cheerful-enjoy-your-life-mosaic-to-make-its-debut-in-paris

What Josiah Ober is up to:

http://wesleyanargus.com/2016/10/10/josiah-ober-lectures-on-demopolis-political-participation-in-the-modern-and-ancient/

What James May is up to:

http://www.manitoumessenger.com/article/faculty-in-focus-professor-james-may/

Honours for David Yates:

http://www.millsaps.edu/major-happenings/major-news/posts/2016-classics-professor-receives-humanities-award.html

What Anne Carson is up to:

http://www.santafenewmexican.com/pasatiempo/books/readings_signings/antiquated-love-author-anne-carson-on-genre-bending-and-what/article_f60a33c2-998f-5e76-bcdd-dd7befd67698.html

Many of the articles mentioning Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize played up the Classical angle:

http://www.wsj.com/articles/nobel-prize-in-literature-awarded-to-bob-dylan-1476356723
http://www.csmonitor.com/Books/2016/1013/Bob-Dylan-becomes-first-songwriter-to-win-a-Nobel-Prize
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/arts/music/bob-dylans-nobel-literature-prize-for-his-words/news-story/919081420a164a572f995ac2167077bd
http://www.cnn.com/2016/10/13/world/nobel-prize-literature/index.html
http://theconversation.com/explainer-are-bob-dylans-songs-literature-67061
http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/american-singer-songwriter-bob-dylan-wins-nobel-prize-literature/

… and Richard Thomas’ Dylan course:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/15/arts/music/bob-dylan-101-a-harvard-professor-has-the-coolest-class-on-campus.html

Some hype for the CAES conference:

https://www.union.edu/news/stories/2016/10/latin-lovers-unite-classical-association-members-meet-for-two-day-conference.php

In case you want to get in on the latest Trojan Horse:

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/give-the-horse-power-the-trojan-horse-project–2#/

A VR project for Roman Reading:

http://www.getreading.co.uk/news/reading-berkshire-news/reading-archaeologists-create-virtual-reality-12059443

Review of Sofroniew, *Household Gods*:

http://theartnewspaper.com/comment/reviews/books/poop-and-pray-on-domestic-devotion-in-ancient-greece-and-rome/

More on the Griffin Warrior:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/the-griffin-warrior.aspx?pageID=238&nid=104767&NewsCatID=422
http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/cambridge-audience-hears-how-archaeologists-uncovered-the-lost-tomb-of-the-griffin-warrior/story-29794672-detail/story.html
http://www.wcpo.com/news/insider/a-big-deal-indeed-greece-celebrates-historical-treasure-unearthed-by-uc-archaeologists

More on the virtual reconstruction of Caecilius Iucundus’ villa in Pompeii:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/2-000-old-pompeii-home-142300027.html

http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/researchers-release-3d-replica-of-ancient-mansion-in-pompeii/news-story/a7c5d93b877e2bb3a8ee299693804e75

More on Roman sling bullets from Scotland:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/roman-bullets-tell-story-1-123100617.html

More on beer drinking in Cyprus:

http://in-cyprus.com/ancient-people-of-paphos-enjoyed-a-pint/
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http://bmcr.brynmawr.edu/recent.html

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14 000 years bp petroglyphs from a Spanish resort town:

http://phys.org/news/2016-10-year-old-spanish-resort-town.html
http://www.archaeology.org/4910-161014-spain-lekeitio-rock-art
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-37654544?ocid=socialflow_twitter
http://www1.folha.uol.com.br/ciencia/2016/10/1822591-gravuras-rupestres-de-14-mil-anos-sao-achadas-na-espanha.shtml

… while DNA studies may have figured out the so-called ‘Higgs Bison’ mystery:

http://phys.org/news/2016-10-higgs-bisonmystery-species-hidden-cave.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-10/uoa-thb101416.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/10/161018133142.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/4948-161018-europe-bison-hybrid
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/10/2016/mystery-species-of-bison-hidden-in-european-cave-art
http://www.livescience.com/56533-european-bison-hybrid-discovered.html
http://www.livescience.com/56527-photos-bison-hybrid-cave-paintings.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-37649597
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/10/18/498281083/higgs-bison-is-the-missing-link-in-european-bison-ancestral-tree
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/1018/How-cave-art-and-ancient-DNA-may-have-uncovered-the-Higgs-bison
http://gizmodo.com/mysterious-hybrid-animal-discovered-in-18-000-year-old-1787919651
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2016/10/18/the-higgs-bison-mystery-is-solved-with-the-help-of-ancient-cave-paintings/

Possible cannibalism in Ice Age Britain:

http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20161011-the-people-who-ate-each-other

A 5000 years bp etched stone from Denmark might be some sort of map:

http://cphpost.dk/news/spectacular-archaeological-find-in-denmark.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/4955-161019-denmark-engraved-stone

Rodents were apparently on the menu at Skara Brae some 5000 years bp:

http://phys.org/news/2016-10-years-rodents-apparently-food-europe.html
http://www.archaeology.org/4954-161019-orkney-vole-food
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-37699357
http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-37690206
http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-rodents-as-food-20161018-snap-story.html

A badger unearths a 4200 years bp burial in Ireland:

http://www.archaeology.org/4909-161014-ireland-badger-tomb

Iron Age remains found during an electricity project in Suffolk/Essex:

http://www.eadt.co.uk/news/iron_age_remains_found_during_electricity_project_in_south_suffolk_and_north_essex_1_4729609

A warrior burial from Poland’s Roman period:

http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news,411676,west-pomerania-discovery-of-a-warrior-tomb-from-the-roman-period.html

… and a medieval Polish ‘giantess’ burial:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2016/10/19/skeleton-of-medieval-giantess-unearthed-from-polish-cemetery/#18349e80413b

A missing Viking rune stone is found near Uppsala:

https://www.thelocal.se/20161005/missing-viking-rune-stone-turns-up-near-uppsala

Pondering what colours the Viking painted their houses:

http://sciencenordic.com/what-colour-did-vikings-paint-their-houses

Medieval burials from Poland with a Neolithic look:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/4951-161018-poland-boulder-graves

Plenty of medieval finds from the first season at Dzwonowo:

http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news,411517,thousands-of-artefacts-discovered-during-excavations-in-the-lost-city.html

A medieval ‘love ring’ found by a metal detectorist is expected to fetch a good price:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-york-north-yorkshire-37655676

Medieval remains beneath a Lincoln bus station:

http://thelincolnite.co.uk/2016/10/pictures-medieval-artefacts-discovered-lincoln-bus-station/
http://www.lincolnshireecho.co.uk/archaeologists-uncover-a-second-lincoln-castle-under-bus-station/story-29805600-detail/story.html
http://www.lincolnshireecho.co.uk/erere/story-29811316-detail/story.html

Medieval finds from Newtown Abbot:

http://www.archaeology.org/4949-161018-newtown-abbot-millstone
http://www.archaeology.org/news/4949-161018-newtown-abbot-millstone

Study suggests medieval cities were not so different from their modern counterparts:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/10/161011131243.htm

Some potato famine burials:

http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/news/human-bones-of-several-individuals-dating-back-to-famine-times-found-during-house-renovations-near-city-centre-35149726.html

I think we mentioned this ‘passage tomb’ beneath Dublin’s Hellfire Club:

http://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/ancient-passage-tomb-found-beneath-dublin-s-hellfire-club-1.2835325

Shipwrecks from various periods found in the Black Sea:

http://phys.org/news/2016-10-maritime-archaeology-black-sea.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/10/161007123411.htm
https://www.newscientist.com/article/2109843-dozens-of-ancient-shipwrecks-spotted-deep-beneath-the-black-sea/

Feature on Italy’s art police:

http://www.npr.org/sections/parallels/2016/10/22/498293234/when-cultural-heritage-is-at-risk-italys-art-police-come-to-the-rescue

On King John’s dysentery:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-nottinghamshire-37641202

Feature on the tomb of Suleiman the Magnificent:

http://www.die-erde.org/index.php/die-erde/article/view/233

Features on some Battle of Hastings commemorations:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2016/10/15/britons-mark-950th-anniversary-of-battle-of-hastings/92151794/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-37656473

Feature on Edgar the Aetheling:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-36701131

Feature on how the Church shaped Europe:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-10/uoe-itn102016.php

Feature on bog bodies:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20161014-a-2000-year-old-unsolved-mystery

Feature on a 300 years bp German murder mystery that might be solved now:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/10/161014101802.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/4947-161017-dna-murder-mystery
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http://archaeology-in-europe.blogspot.com/

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The big story of the past two weeks was actually hype for a BBC documentary suggesting Greek ‘influence’ in the making of the Terracotta Warriors (although ‘influence’ was spun in various ways):

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-37624943
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/10/12/famed-chinese-terracotta-warriors-could-have-been-made-with-the/
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/china-terracotta-army-ancient-greek-sculptors-alexander-the-great-marco-polo-a7357606.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/oct/12/ancient-greeks-may-have-inspired-china-terracotta-army-sculptors-ancient-dna
http://www.archaeology.org/4903-161012-xian-terracotta-warriors
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/10/china-first-emperor-terra-cotta-warriors-tomb/
http://www.nationalgeographic.com.au/history/new-discovery-rewrites-chinese-history.aspx
http://world.greekreporter.com/2016/10/12/did-ancient-greeks-help-create-famous-chinese-terracotta-warriors/
http://english.cri.cn/12394/2016/10/13/3821s942485.htm
http://news.nationalpost.com/news/world/greeks-travelled-to-china-1500-years-before-marco-polo-and-may-have-built-terracotta-army-researchers
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/1013/Did-ancient-Greeks-help-build-China-s-Terracotta-Army
http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/19376-chinese-archaeologist-traces-link-between-terracotta-warriors-and-greece.html
http://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/30096/20161014/terracotta-army-shocking-new-discovery-rewrite-chinese-history.htm
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/did-greeks-help-sculpt-chinas-terracotta-warriors-180960771/

… not everyone was buying it, though:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2016-10/18/c_135763397.htm
http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1011343.shtml
http://www.mb.com.ph/chinese-archaeologist-refutes-bbc-report-on-terracotta-warriors/
http://www.thejakartapost.com/life/2016/10/19/archaeologist-denies-bbc-report-on-terracotta-army.html

On the expansion of agriculture in Neolithic China:

http://phys.org/news/2016-10-agriculture-imprints-environmental-neolithic-age.html

Excavation of the Haihunhou tomb is almost complete:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2016-10/10/c_135743851.htm

A 700 years bp Ming dynasty banknote inside a Chinese sculpture:

http://www.cnn.com/2016/10/19/luxury/ming-dynasty-found-note-inside-sculpture/index.html

On a possible 11 000 years bp astronomical observatory type thing in Australia:

http://www.archaeology.org/4906-161013-australia-wurdi-youang
http://www.mnn.com/lifestyle/arts-culture/blogs/mysterious-ancient-stone-formation-australia-likely-worlds-oldest-observatory

Evidence of island-under-a-single-ruler at Nan Madol in an ancient Polynesian tomb:

http://phys.org/news/2016-10-evidence-chief-pacific-islanders-society.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-10/smu-ao1101816.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/10/161018132620.htm
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/10/2016/pacific-islanders-invented-new-kind-of-society-at-nan-madol
http://www.archaeology.org/4961-161021-pohnpei-nan-madol

A 4000 years bp child’s rattle from a Siberian burial:

http://siberiantimes.com/science/others/news/n0780-4000-year-old-childrens-rattle-beautifully-crafted-as-bear-cubs-head-and-it-still-rattles/

A 2400 years bp Siberian idol apparently underwent ‘racial realignment’ in the Middle Ages:

http://siberiantimes.com/other/others/features/f0264-siberias-stone-idols/

More on 1000 years bp Japan being more ‘cosmopolitan’ than previously thought:

http://artdaily.com/news/90741/Ancient-Japan–more-cosmopolitan–than-thought–researchers
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/10/05/national/history/research-uncovers-evidence-ancient-japan-cosmopolitan-previously-thought/

More on the origins of Polynesians:

http://www.livescience.com/56382-original-polynesians-hailed-from-taiwan.html

More on death-by-boomerang:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/18/science/first-boomerang-victim-australia.html
https://www.yahoo.com/news/man-killed-brutal-boomerang-blow-121500400.html

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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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Hurricane Matthew revealed some Civil War era cannonballs on a South Carolina beach:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-37611586
http://www.livescience.com/56458-hurricane-matthew-uncovers-civil-war-cannonballs.html
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/civil-war-era-cannonballs-unearthed-hurricane-matthew-180960737/
http://www.newsmax.com/US/hurricane-matthew-south-carolina-beach-cannonballs/2016/10/10/id/752652/

A 19th century distillery on the Kentucky River:

http://www.kentucky.com/news/state/article108222782.html

A handwritten Lincoln letter is coming to auction:

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/10/10/handwritten-letter-from-abraham-lincoln-for-sale.html

On the ‘worst president ever’:

http://www.npr.org/2016/10/15/498056608/-worst-president-ever-one-author-says-this-title-goes-to-james-buchanan?sc=17&f=1032

Pondering a Columbus Day myth:

http://www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/2016/10/10/496060711/on-columbus-day-a-look-at-the-myth-that-all-the-real-indians-died-off?sc=17&f=1032

They announced the find of the de Luna settlement in Florida:

http://pulsegulfcoast.com/2016/10/uwf-announce-new-archaeological-discovery
http://www.pnj.com/story/news/local/pensacola/2016/10/21/luna-sites-galvanize-public-archaeology/92517436/

… and a third de Luna shipwreck:

http://www.pnj.com/story/news/local/pensacola/2016/10/21/third-shipwreck-luna-fleet-uncovered/92487848/
http://www.archaeology.org/4960-161021-third-luna-ship

Latest from the Castillo de San Marcos dig:

http://www.actionnewsjax.com/news/local/archeologists-finding-artifacts-near-castillo-de-san-marcos/459168888

There’s a new Wyandotte Nations centre:

http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/science/2016/10/09/01-archaeology-wyandotte-nations-new-center-aims-to-restore-lost-culture.html

On damage to the Declaration of Independence:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/was-the-declaration-of-independence-defaced-experts-say-yes/2016/10/21/5bb6efaa-96d9-11e6-bb29-bf2701dbe0a3_story.html

On the first woman to run for president:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/elections/2016/10/18/victoria-woodhull-hillary-clinton-first-woman/92051476/

Rethinking a misunderstood aspect of the American Revolution:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2016/10/20/what-we-can-learn-from-one-of-the-biggest-mysteries-and-misunderstandings-of-the-american-revolution/?wpisrc=nl_az_most

More on salt at Chaco Canyon:

http://phys.org/news/2016-10-salt-secret-success-ancient-chaco.html

More on that buried ‘bison feast’ from Alberta:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/1600-year-old-untouched-feast-unearthed-alberta-180960738/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/4892-161005-buffalo-jump-roasting-pit

More on that mastodon skeleton from Michigan:

http://phys.org/news/2016-10-team-recovers-michigan-mastodon-skeleton.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/10/161018081948.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/4950-161018-michigan-mastodon-skeleton
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An 8000 years bp ‘cache’ of animal bones from Mexico:

http://www.archaeology.org/4958-161020-mexico-bison-remains

Evidence of ancient dog sacrifice beneath a zoo in Peru:

http://phys.org/news/2016-10-beneath-peru-zoo-ancient-dog.html
http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=90836
http://www.scienceworldreport.com/articles/49839/20161014/animal-sacrifices-dogs-buried-1-000-years-ago-found-peru.htm

Overviewish thing on the dig at El Pilar:

http://phys.org/news/2016-10-archaeology-canopy.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-10/uoc–aut101316.php

On the effects of the ‘rubber boom’ on animal life in South America:

http://phys.org/news/2016-10-documents-staggering-loss-wildlife-amazon.html

16th century Chinese porcelain in Acapulco:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2016-10/15/c_135755647.htm
http://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/ming-dynasty-china-found-in-acapulco/
http://www.archaeology.org/4943-161017-mexico-chinese-porcelain
http://internacional.elpais.com/internacional/2016/10/20/mexico/1476919222_200786.html

Feature on the latest finds from Cahuachi:

http://www.agi.it/cultura/2016/10/07/news/scoperta_italiana_aggiunge_enigma_ai_misteri_di_nazca-1145250/

Feature on the discovery (a while back) of Naia:

http://voices.nationalgeographic.com/2016/10/19/see-the-underwater-crypt-thats-home-to-americas-oldest-human-skeleton/

More on the tombs from Homul:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/oct/14/mayan-tombs-snake-kings-holmul-guatemala
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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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Interesting finds about Frankincense (spun various ways):

http://m.phys.org/news/2016-10-veil-queen-sheba-perfume.html
http://www.livescience.com/56506-chemistry-of-frankincense-revealed.html
http://www.archaeology.org/4942-161017-frankincense-olibanic-acids

On assorted celebrated codices:

http://www.livescience.com/56507-mysterious-ancient-codices.html

On the history of the pencil:

http://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2016/10/11/492999969/origin-of-pencil-lead

On Marcantonio Raimondi’s dubious distinction:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/jonathanjonesblog/2016/oct/13/marcantonio-raimondi-renaissance-printer-i-modi-the-positions-porn-europe

How ancient ‘spear throwers’ work:

http://boingboing.net/2016/10/10/primitive-technology-making-a.html

They’ve raised Roald Amundsen’s ship:

http://www.livescience.com/56477-roald-amundsen-ship-the-maud-raised.html

Plenty of umbrage as art history a-levels were axed in the UK:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-37642722

… and archaeology:

http://www.bbc.com/news/education-37632700
http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/archaeology-a-level-is-next-specialist-arts-subject-to-be-killed-off-62dm3t7pv
https://www.tes.com/news/school-news/breaking-news/axing-archaeology-a-level-damaging-future-infrastructure-projects
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/2016/10/18/tony-robinson-backs-petition-to-stop-a-level-archeology-from-bei/
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/men/thinking-man/sir-tony-robinson-scrapping-archaeology-a-level-is-an-assault-on/

… and Classics:

https://www.theguardian.com/education/2016/oct/17/scrapping-archeology-classics-a-levels-barbaric-tony-robinson
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/oct/18/the-guardian-view-on-a-level-changes-loss-of-civilisation

Feature on scary clowns:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/16/opinion/sunday/what-do-the-scary-clowns-want.html

Some pre-Halloween stuff:

http://www.archaeology.org/issues/232-1611/features/4940-ireland-halloween-roots
http://www.livescience.com/56285-halloween-guide.html

Latest crossing-the-Pacific-in-a-reed-boat attempt:

http://phys.org/news/2016-10-american-pacific-reed-boat-australia.html
http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/lifestyle/2016/10/22/american-to-cross-pacific-ocean-to-australia-in-reed-boat-built-by-bolivian/

Arguing about some Renaissance terra cottas:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/21/arts/design/donatello-st-lawrence-terra-cotta-sculpture-florence.html

Pondering Ossian’s works (and claims thereof):

http://phys.org/news/2016-10-science-year-old-literary-controversy.html
http://www.livescience.com/56578-scottish-epic-ossian-tied-to-irish-mythology.html

Pressure on the antiquities trade:

https://www.ft.com/content/1b176496-9622-11e6-a1dc-bdf38d484582

Exorcisms are too scary for young priests apparently:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-37676977

Shakespeare and the US election:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/09/opinion/sunday/shakespeare-explains-the-2016-election.html

Big bucks for a Titanic locker key:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-37738643

Latest Victor Nuovo on Spinoza (not sure if it still works):

http://www.addisonindependent.com/201610nuovo-spinoza-freedom-and-determination

On the trafficking of body parts in the past:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/18/opinion/nat-turners-skull-and-my-students-purse-of-skin.html

Pondering an art history riddle:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2016/oct/17/hannah-gadsby-why-i-love-the-arnolfini-portrait-one-of-art-historys-greatest-riddles
Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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Valentin de Boulogne:

http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=90709

Caravaggio’s heirs:

http://www.prnewswire.co.uk/news-releases/caravaggios-heirs—baroque-in-naples–first-comprehensive-exhibition-of-masterpieces-of-neapolitan-baroque-painting-596620711.html

.. similar:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20161010-why-caravaggio-was-a-shocking-as-his-paintings
https://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/beyond-caravaggio

Van Gogh:

http://www.wcpo.com/news/insider/cincinnati-art-museums-new-van-gogh-exhibit-peers-into-mind-of-revered-artist

Once there was a house:

https://www.bostonglobe.com/arts/2016/10/12/years-later-evoking-terrible-moment-time/bc609izxrywsVFrWWlCyWO/story.html

Botticelli:

http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20161014005335/en/Botticelli-Search-Divine-Florentine-Painting-Medici-Bonfires
http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=90912

Quran:

http://aa.com.tr/en/americas/first-major-quran-exhibition-in-us-set-to-open-/668502
http://www.dailysabah.com/religion/2016/10/20/first-major-quran-exhibition-in-us-set-to-open
https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2016/10/199572/quran-exposition-opens-washington-dc/

History of the World in 100 Objects:

http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/art-and-design/history-of-the-world-in-100-objects-at-national-museum-of-australian-in-canberra-clocks-50000-visitors-20161020-gs6kaz.html

Daubigny, Monet, Van Gogh:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/20/arts/design/van-gogh-museum-traces-daubigny-influence.html
https://www.vangoghmuseum.nl/en/whats-on/exhibitions/daubigny-monet-van-gogh

Mugal India:

http://www.blouinartinfo.com/news/story/1641877/mughal-india-at-the-cleveland-museum-of-art

Oscar Wilde’s Cell (etc):

http://www.npr.org/2016/10/20/498715561/reading-gaol-where-oscar-wilde-was-imprisoned-unlocks-its-gates-for-art

Damnatio Memoriae:

http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=90957

Bouts:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tees-37673250

Medieval Jerusalem:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/met-exhibition-on-medieval-jerusalem-has-lots-of-harmony-not-so-much-judaism/

Lives Bound Together:

http://www.npr.org/2016/10/16/496770465/records-descendants-help-weave-stories-of-george-washingtons-slaves

Matisse:
http://www.henleystandard.co.uk/entertainment/story.php?id=269800

Istanbul’s archaeology museums are celebrating 125 years:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/istanbul-archaeology-museums-celebrate-125-years-of-housing-civilizations.aspx?PageID=238&NID=104882&NewsCatID=375

Harvard’s Peabody Museum is bringing a pile of stuff out of storage:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/harvard-museum-to-dust-off-curiosities-long-kept-in-storage/2016/10/17/d53717b8-9424-11e6-9cae-2a3574e296a6_story.html
https://www.bostonglobe.com/arts/art/2016/10/13/indiana-jones-had-favorite-museum/5HcqX0arGdWrNoRjH1IOPJ/story.html
http://www.sentinelandenterprise.com/police/ci_30477069/harvard-dust-off-hundreds-unique-museum-items
http://www.kxxv.com/story/33403372/harvard-museum-to-dust-off-curiosities-long-kept-in-storage
http://kron4.com/ap/harvard-museum-to-dust-off-curiosities-long-kept-in-storage/

The NG of Australia is wondering about a bunch of its items now:

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/arts/explainer-the-nga-looted-antiquities-scandal/news-story/046e1789adacfa68f391afc68b3fdfa4

On mummy portraits coming to auction:

http://www.apollo-magazine.com/the-faces-of-antiquity-in-the-sale-rooms-of-new-york/

On neglected women artists:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20161019-the-great-women-artists-that-history-forgot

The Nero exhibition in Trier has been quite the success:

http://www.wort.lu/en/panorama/trier-more-than-250-000-visitors-at-nero-exhibition-58045e6d5061e01abe83a737
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THE TECHY SIDE
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Drones and VR shed light on the Plain of Jars:

http://phys.org/news/2016-10-laos-plain-jars-recreated-virtual.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-10/anu-aud101916.php
http://www.archaeology.org/news/4953-161019-drone-laos-jars
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-10-18/vr-and-drones-could-unlock-secrets-about-the-plain-of-jars-laos/7938520
http://www.theage.com.au/act-news/anu-archaeologists-using-virtual-technology-in-laos-20161019-gs5w6j.html

Drones are being used inaccessible parts of the Caribbean too:

http://phys.org/news/2016-10-drones-history-caribbean.html

Studying ancient art with 3D printing:

http://artdaily.com/news/90913/University-of-Virginia-faculty-and-staff-use-3-D-printing-to-take-a-fresh-look-at-ancient-art

Using lasers to study Isle of Man graves:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-isle-of-man-37703921

More on unlocking ‘unreadable’ scrolls:

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/scientist-to-unlock-unreadable-scrolls-9323z67wg
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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Mapping the genome of the African diaspora in the Americas:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-10/uoca-smg101016.php

Using DNA to map where the first farmers lived:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/18/science/ancient-farmers-archaeology-dna.html

Ancient human relations are rather more complex, according to DNA:

http://phys.org/news/2016-10-ancient-human-history-complex-previously.html

DNA of a 300 years bp baby remains connect it with an early Maryland governor:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/dna-testing-links-300-year-old-remains-of-a-baby-to-a-colonial-md-governor/2016/10/16/43ed3446-84d8-11e6-92c2-14b64f3d453f_story.html
Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Pergamon:

http://www.dailysabah.com/travel/2016/10/22/city-of-pergamon-once-the-biggest-metropolis-awaits-history-lovers

Underground Naples:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20161011-an-ancient-world-concealed-underground

Paphos:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20161017-it-was-an-ancient-form-of-sex-tourism

Dracula’s Castle:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2016/10/18/you-can-now-compete-to-spend-one-terrifying-night-in-draculas-castle/

Siberian Cradle of Humanity:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/20/world/europe/siberian-town-stakes-a-claim-as-humanitys-cradle.html

European Castles:

http://www.dw.com/en/fortresses-and-castles-in-europe/a-36109955
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CRIME BEAT
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Story about the ‘mafia’ supplying ISIL with weapons in exchange for antiquities (lots of skepticism about this one):

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/the-times/mafia-sells-rifles-to-jihadists-in-exchange-for-libyan-artefacts/news-story/679cd7b5eee03404a6ab897870873e4e
http://www.libyanexpress.com/italian-mafia-is-providing-libyas-is-with-weapons-in-return-of-ancient-artefacts/
http://www.dailysabah.com/europe/2016/10/17/italian-mafia-cooperates-with-daesh-sells-libyan-antiquities
http://theartnewspaper.com/news/news/italian-mafia-trading-weapons-for-libyan-artefacts-plundered-by-isil-italian-newspaper-claims-/
http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2016/10/17/Italian-mob-sells-weapons-to-ISIS-in-Libya-in-exchange-for-looted-antiquities-.html
http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/10/18/italian-mob-trades-weapons-with-looted-art-from-isis-in-libya.html
http://www.apollo-magazine.com/mafia-factions-allegedly-providing-guns-to-terrorists-in-exchange-for-antiquities/
https://news.artnet.com/market/italian-mafia-arms-isis-trading-art-707582

Another bust in Greece:

http://www.amna.gr/english/article/15426/Police-presents-priceless-loot-of-antiquities-smuggling-ring-bust
http://greece.greekreporter.com/2016/10/11/police-unveil-priceless-artifacts-and-religious-icons-from-antiquities-smuggling-ring-bust/
http://info-europa.com/uncategorized/trucker-nabbed-smuggling-antiquities-from-patra-port/44792

… and in the UAE:

http://gulftoday.ae/portal/a1809932-e883-4f5c-92dc-f32cecdab445.aspx
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/emirati-police-holding-3-foreigners-trying-to-sell-artifacts/2016/10/18/9975ad8e-950f-11e6-9cae-2a3574e296a6_story.html
http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2016/10/18/world/middleeast/ap-ml-emirates-antiquities-bust.html

Criticism of Bavaria’s efforts in regards to looted art:

http://www.dw.com/en/critics-say-bavaria-not-doing-enough-on-looted-art/a-36034558

Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2016/10/culture-crime-news-3-9-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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Australia’s senate is joining in seeking repatriation of items from the BM:

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2016/oct/11/australian-senate-joins-push-to-repatriate-indigenous-artefacts-from-british-museum

… while the provenance of a Maya item at the NGA is being questioned:

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/arts/visual-arts/mayan-vase-subject-of-latest-provenance-inquiry-at-nga/news-story/2bd592eecd07e8e6d3acff6313ca9216

Remains of a number of Aboriginals were returned to Australia:

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/indigenous/remains-of-13-aboriginals-will-be-returned-to-australia/news-story/f099cb9d25ca56caaea792f8a8fbeaa5
http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=90943

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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on Bactrian coins:

http://www.coinweek.com/ancient-coins/ngc-ancients-unusual-bactrian-portraits/

Feature on the Theban Silver Stater:

http://www.coinweek.com/coins/coin-profiles/ancient-coins-coin-profiles/ancient-coin-profiles-greece-theban-silver-stater/

Trying to keep the Boldre Hoard together:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-37708385

An Iron Age hoard from Ightham:

http://www.kentlive.news/a-hoard-of-gold-coins-more-than-2-000-years-old-was-found-in-ightham/story-29823491-detail/story.html

Plenty of e-Syla to work through:

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v19n41.html
http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v19n42.html
http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v19n43.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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A Bronte rock musical:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-37717671

An Iliad:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/in-an-iliad-the-epic-glory-and-terror-of-war/2016/10/11/cba722d0-8fd1-11e6-bc00-1a9756d4111b_story.html

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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/2500-audio-news-from-archaeologica-9-october-2016-15-october-2016
http://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-main-menu-cat/audio-news-list/2495-audio-news-from-archaeologica-2-october-2016-8-october-2016
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OBITUARIES
===============================================================
Jacob Neusner:

http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/scholar-jacob-neusner-dead-at-84/2016/10/09/
http://www.christianorigins.div.ed.ac.uk/2016/10/16/remembering-jacob-neusner/

Ernie Haerinck:

http://www.thenational.ae/opinion/comment/archaeologist-shone-a-light-on-the-secrets-of-our-past
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CONFERENCES
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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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