Explorator 19.28 ~ November 6, 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, Rick Heli, Barbara Saylor Rodgers, Allan Brockway,
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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This seems to be a growing story … Melanesians carry DNA which comes (apparently) from an unknown, extinct hominid:

http://phys.org/news/2016-11-people-melanesia-genetic-evidence-previously.html

Ostrich eggshell beads in the Denisova Cave:

http://siberiantimes.com/other/others/news/n0789-paleolithic-jewellery-still-eye-catching-after-50000-years/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/4981-161101-denisova-cave-beads

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AFRICA
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Evidence of mesolithic ochre processing in Ethiopia/East Africa:

http://phys.org/news/2016-11-middle-stone-age-ochre-tools.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/11/161102143618.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-11/p-msa102616.php
http://www.archaeology.org/4989-161103-ethiopia-tools-ochre

How domesticated chickens made their way to Africa:

http://phys.org/news/2016-11-africa-oldest-domestic-chicken-bones.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/11/161103091312.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-11/wuis-htc110216.php
http://www.newswise.com/articles/view/664136/?sc=rssn

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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A 3800 years bp ‘tableau’ of Egyptian boats from Abydos:

http://www.livescience.com/56695-ancient-egypt-boat-tableau-discovered.html
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/ancient-images-egyptian-pharaohs-tomb/
https://www.yahoo.com/news/3-800-old-tableau-egyptian-114700069.html
http://www.archaeology.org/4979-161031-egypt-boat-images

In the wake of those auctions, Egypt is seeking sanctions against the Toledo MoA:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/246958/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Egypt-urges-sanctions-on-Toledo-museum-of-Art.aspx

… and has cut ties therewith as well:

http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/antiquities-ministry-breaks-contact-toledo-museum-over-auction-sales
https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20161101-egypt-bans-cooperation-with-toledo-museum-over-antiquities-sale/

… background, in case you missed it:

http://theartnewspaper.com/news/museums/outcry-after-toledo-museum-of-art-sells-ancient-greek-and-egyptian-objects-at-auction/

Alexandria hosted an underwater antiquities conference:

http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/archaeologists-descend-alexandria-celebration-egypt-s-underwater-heritage
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2016-11/01/c_135795176.htm
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2016-11/03/c_135801413.htm

Remains of a Bronze Age city in northern Iraq:

http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/11/2016/bronze-age-city-discovered-in-northern-iraq

Evidence of Baldwin III’s 12th century attack on his mother:

http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/archaeology/1.748810

The press in Israel loves when kids find artifacts … this time, it’s a 1200 years bp coin from the Galilee:

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Teenagers-discover-1200-year-old-coin-in-the-Galilee-471424
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/rare-1200-year-old-gold-coin-discovered-in-lower-galilee/2016/11/01/
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/219640
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4873812,00.html

Some followups to the opening of the traditionally-identified site of Jesus’ tomb in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre:

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/10/jesus-christ-tomb-burial-church-holy-sepulchre/
http://www.livescience.com/56700-original-bedrock-of-jesus-tomb-revealed.html
http://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/30941/20161101/heres-what-experts-discovered-opening-jesus-christs-burial-tomb.htm
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/walls-jesus-tomb-exposed-first-time-centuries-180960953/
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/jesus-christ-tomb-discovery-jerusalem-israel-scientists-uncover-marble-rock-a7384206.html
http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=91220
http://www.timesofisrael.com/original-limestone-bed-on-which-jesus-was-buried-said-uncovered/
http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/news/2016/10/31/jesuss-tomb-exposed-for-the-first-time-in-centuries/
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/1101/Jesus-Tomb-opened-What-did-we-learn-so-far
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/10/jesus-tomb-opened-church-holy-sepulchre/

Plans to resume digging at Masada:

http://www.i24news.tv/en/news/israel/society/129388-161105-israeli-archaeologist-announces-return-to-masada-after-ten-year-absence

Arguing over the authenticity of that ‘Jerusalem Papyrus’ continues:

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/11/06/is-israel-s-big-new-find-a-hoax.html
http://www.livescience.com/56653-hebrew-papyrus-seized-from-looters.html
http://www.livescience.com/56646-photos-hebrew-papyrus-judean-desert.html
https://www.yahoo.com/news/ancient-hebrew-papyrus-seized-looters-140100407.html
http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865666077/Scholars-say-papyrus-mentioning-Jerusalem-based-kingdom-may-be-fake.html?pg=all
http://forward.com/news/breaking-news/352646/does-ancient-scroll-prove-jewish-tie-to-jerusalem-and-refute-modern-day-une/

… while the IAA continues to maintain it is genuine, of course:

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/IAA-refutes-authenticity-accusations-of-Jerusalem-papyrus-inscription-471239
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-israel-archaeology-idUSKCN12Q1SO?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews

Meanwhile, Palestine is set to lay claim to the DSS:

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Article.aspx?id=471781

Another piece on the politics of archaeology in Israel:

http://www.wsj.com/articles/how-archaeology-became-an-israeli-palestinian-battleground-1478267201

On early changes to the Decalogue:

http://scienmag.com/when-jews-and-christians-changed-the-ten-commandments/

Sixty percent of sites in Iraq have been looted, apparently:

http://www.nrttv.com/en/Details.aspx?Jimare=10773

More on that “Muslim” inscription which proves Jewish ties to Temple Mount:

http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=37507
http://www.timesofisrael.com/centuries-before-trying-to-deny-it-muslims-carved-jewish-link-to-jerusalem-into-mosque/

More on Jerusalem’s new Archaeology Campus:

http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.749679

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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A massive Gallo Roman villa find from Brittany:

http://www.connexionfrance.com/roman-villa-gallo-cotes-damor-brittany-archaeologists-housing-development-view-article.html

They’re back looking at that Phoenician shipwreck off Gozo:

http://www.archaeology.org/4977-161031-malta-phoenician-shipwreck

… and the shipwreck that was carrying the Parthenon/Elgin Marbles:

http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/archaeology/1.750272

Greece is planning (again?) an underwater museum:

http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2016-11/01/content_39618423.htm

A coin is causing a rethink of the date of the Segovia aqueduct:

http://elpais.com/elpais/2016/11/01/inenglish/1477997248_304960.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/4988-161102-segovia-aqueduct-coin

Plans for Roman style food at Pompeii:

http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2016/11/02/roman-style-meal-to-be-served-at-pompeii_be3c2519-079e-4ca3-b7b5-93e2518d905f.html

Concerns for the Colosseum after the earthquake:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/10/31/italy-fears-for-colosseum-as-cracks-get-bigger-after-each-quake/
http://news.nationalpost.com/news/world/massive-earthquake-in-italy-has-added-worrisome-cracks-to-2000-year-old-colosseum-experts-warn
http://www.apollo-magazine.com/italy-earthquakes-damage-to-heritage-sites-in-rome-confirmed/

… and the volcano is mentioned again:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/rome-volcano-slowly-reawakening-scientists-italy-earthquake-a7391016.html

Interview with Anne Carson:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/oct/30/anne-carson-do-not-believe-art-therapy-interview-float

What C Brian Rose is up to:

http://www.the-college-reporter.com/2016/10/30/c-brian-rose-talks-preserving-historical-artifacts-culture-at-common-hour/

Honours for Jack Davis and Sharon Stocker:

http://www.uc.edu/profiles/profile.asp?id=24259
… and Steven Lattimore:

http://satprnews.com/2016/11/04/dr-steven-lattimore-celebrated-for-work-as-an-educator-classicist/

Latest in the Parthenon Marbles saga:

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/14834725.Government_urged_to_return_Elgin_Marbles_to_Greece/

On use of high tech analysis at Volterra:

http://triblive.com/news/allegheny/11402789-74/volterra-models-scanning

More on the Cyprus side of that Toledo MoA thing:

http://www.toledoblade.com/Art/2016/10/25/Cyprus-demands-auction-be-stopped-Ambassador-wants-artifacts-displayed-in-Toledo-museum.html
http://cnsnews.com/news/article/ohio-museum-sells-pieces-despite-protests-cyprus-egypt
http://theartnewspaper.com/news/museums/outcry-after-toledo-museum-of-art-sells-ancient-greek-and-egyptian-objects-at-auction/

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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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Studying a 9000 years bp burial in Ireland:

http://www.archaeology.org/4992-161103-ireland-polished-adze

Bronze Age burials and pottery from a Gwynedd quarry:

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/graves-discovered-gwynedd-quarry-dig-12106228
http://www.archaeology.org/news/4983-161101-wales-intact-pottery

A Viking ‘toolbox’ find:

http://sciencenordic.com/archaeologists-discover-viking-toolbox

An Anglo Saxon hoard from Louth:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/11/05/anglo-saxon-treasure-trove-discovered-in-potato-field/

Work at the Kremlin revealed some medieval remains:

http://phys.org/news/2016-11-kremlin-makeover-exposes-mediaeval-mysteries.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/world/russia-central-asia/article/2042629/mysteries-kremlin-are-revealed-archaeologists-dig

The ‘cursed’ St Anne’s Well has been found near Liverpool:

http://www.livescience.com/56737-cursed-medieval-well-found-in-england.html
http://www.sciencealert.com/archaeologists-have-uncovered-a-cursed-well-in-england
http://www.archaeology.org/4994-161104-england-st-anne-s-well

Concerns for wetland sites:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-37826894
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/11/161102143426.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-10/uoy-aea102716.php
http://www.archaeology.org/4982-161101-star-carr-preservation

Feature on the Watlington Hoard:

http://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/14839409.Medieval_Viking_treasure_trove___the_history_of_the_Watlington_Hoard_unearthed/

They’re excavating at Sittaford Stone Circle:

http://www.tavistock-today.co.uk/article.cfm?id=416866&headline=Dartmoor%20stone%20circle%20undisturbed%20for%20hundreds%20of%20years%20being%20excavated&sectionIs=news&searchyear=2016

Another theory on the origin of Stonehenge’s stones:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2016/10/28/massive-25-ton-stones-of-stonehenge-may-have-come-from-further-a/

A project to find witches marks all over the UK:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-37817785
https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2016/oct/31/witches-marks-historic-england-evil-spirits

A 19th century shipwreck from the Baltic:

http://www.archaeology.org/4987-161102-finland-shipwreck-bottles

Latest from the Scottish Soldiers Archaeology Project:

http://www.archaeology.org/4984-161101-scottish-soldiers-survivors

The bones of Sophia Dorothea may have been found:

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/dorothea-code-could-300-year-old-bones-solve-royal-mystery-n675421

Using experimental archaeology to figure out Viking fighting styles:

http://sciencenordic.com/archaeologist-discovers-new-style-viking-combat
http://cphpost.dk/news/danish-archaeologist-discovers-new-viking-fighting-style.html

Pondering the Aberdeen Bestiary:

http://www.archaeology.org/4986-161102-aberdeen-bestiary-images

Feature on the Rothwell Charnel Chapel:

http://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/features/rothwell-charnel-chapel-the-nameless-dead.htm

Feature on Otzi:

http://elpais.com/elpais/2016/10/27/ciencia/1477580868_703313.html

Repairs are under way at Lindisfarne Castle:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tyne-37815977

Pondering the ‘sinking’ of Venice:

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/nov/02/when-will-venice-sink-google

More earthquake damage coverage:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/oct/30/san-benedetto-basilica-norcia-destroyed-italy-earthquake
http://www.cortezjournal.com/article/20161030/AP/310309897/Latest-Italian-earthquake-devastates-medieval-sites

More on those ‘scratched stones’ from Denmark which might be a map:

http://www.livescience.com/56719-scratched-stones-worlds-oldest-maps.html
http://www.livescience.com/56709-photos-scratched-stones-ancient-maps.html
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/ancient-scratched-stones-worlds-earliest-maps-or-magic-artifacts/

More on humans decorating with cave lion pelts:

http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/1026/Ancient-interior-decorators-Did-early-humans-line-caves-with-lion-pelts?cmpid=TW
http://www.archaeology.org/news/4969-161026-cave-lion-extinction

More on the fresco fragment from the Plovdiv Basilica:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/4964-161024-bulgaria-basilica-philippopolis

More on Black Sea shipwrecks:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/perfectly-preserved-ancient-shipwrecks-found-in-depths-of-black-sea.aspx?pageID=238&nid=105345&NewsCatID=375

More on finds from the Hellfire Club:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/4995-161104-hellfire-club-carving

Just for the record, we’re watching this ‘pyramid in Spain’ story with a skeptical eye:

http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/556318/Ancient-Pyramids-Europe-Spain-Discovered-Canete-Rewrite-History-Mystery-Valley

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

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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Evidence of human habitation of Australia’s interior some 49 000 years bp:

http://phys.org/news/2016-11-humans-earlier-australia-remote-outback.html
http://phys.org/news/2016-11-aboriginal-people-inhabited-wa-midwest.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-37854246
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/nov/02/humans-arrived-in-australian-interior-49000-years-ago-archaeologists-believe-flinders-ranges
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/people-settled-australia%E2%80%99s-rugged-interior-surprisingly-early
http://www.abc.net.au/am/content/2016/s4568130.htm
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/1102/What-happened-when-humans-first-arrived-in-Australia
http://www.smh.com.au/technology/sci-tech/astounding-archaeology-discovery-places-inland-human-occupation-of-australia-at-49000-years-20161102-gsg4ox.html
http://www.archaeology.org/4990-161103-australia-megafauna-rock-shelter
http://www.archaeology.org/news/4993-161104-australia-yellabidde-cave

… and some focussed on how the evidence was found:

http://www.stuff.co.nz/world/australia/86056456/Man-searching-for-toilet-in-Australias-outback-makes-astounding-discovery-of-49-000-year-old-human-settlement
http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Discovery-of-49-000-year-old-human-settlement-10592531.php

Studying Maori social systems:

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU1611/S00063/maori-social-systems-focus-of-novel-research-collaboration.htm

Evidence of the earliest use of coal in Xinjiang:

http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/culture/2016-11/02/content_27251296.htm

Rethinking Yunnan’s Bronze Age:

http://www.gokunming.com/en/blog/item/3835/archaeological_find_changing_understanding_of_yunnans_bronze_age

Identifying sites in Islamabad:

http://dailytimes.com.pk/islamabad/02-Nov-16/eight-archaeological-sites-identified-in-capital

I think we mentioned this child’s rattle from Siberia:

http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2016/11/01/491624/ancient-toy-discovered-in-Russia
http://www.archaeology.org/news/4962-161024-siberia-bear-rattle

More on the Marquis of Haihun’s tomb excavation:

http://english.cctv.com/2016/10/30/VIDEGDyQGdgZenxylKxGy0DD161030.shtml

More on the role of climate in the colonization of the Pacific:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/02/science/south-pacific-islands-migration.html
http://www.archaeology.org/4991-161103-oceania-climate-simulation
http://scienmag.com/early-pacific-seafarers-likely-latched-onto-el-nino-and-other-climate-patterns/

More on that ‘cannabis burial’:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/2-500-old-burial-hints-140900556.html

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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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In case you’re wondering about that Dakota Pipeline dispute:

http://kfor.com/2016/11/01/the-sacred-land-at-the-center-of-the-dakota-pipeline-dispute/
http://www.montereyherald.com/business/20161102/the-latest-new-standoff-in-protest-over-dakota-pipeline/1

… apparently artifacts were found:

http://www.thegazette.com/subject/news/nation-and-world/before-protest-conflict-pipeline-builder-found-artifacts-20161101
http://www.columbian.com/news/2016/nov/02/regulator-pipeline-company-too-late-in-reporting-artifacts/
http://www.ksdk.com/news/artifacts-found-on-north-dakota-pipeline-route-not-reported-for-10-days/346282809
http://www.kristv.com/story/33603355/the-latest-pipeline-builder-could-be-fined-in-north-dakota

… but:

http://lancasteronline.com/insider/officials-say-no-native-american-burial-sites-found-yet-in/article_62594330-a205-11e6-afc3-4fa7f3ca60ac.html

Fire-scarred trees on Hecate Island apparently were of human origin:

http://phys.org/news/2016-11-british-columbia-island-historical-human.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-11/uoo-oaw110216.php

A possible high altitude buffalo jump in Wyoming:

http://www.archaeology.org/4985-161102-wyoming-buffalo-jump

On voting on Tuesdays in the US:

http://www.npr.org/2016/11/01/500208500/why-do-we-vote-on-tuesdays

More on those Michigan Mammoth bones from a while back:

http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/1101/What-Michigan-mammoth-bones-say-about-early-North-American-settlers

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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I think we mentioned this child burial and mummified macaw from the Chihuahuan desert a few weeks ago:

http://westerndigs.org/mummified-bird-baby-found-in-cave-shed-light-on-earliest-desert-farmers/

Searching for Cuba’s pre-Columbian roots:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/taino-indigenous-culture-columbus-archaeology-cuban-identity-cultural-travel-180960975/

I think we mentioned how some Chilean mummies are turning to slime:

http://www.sciencealert.com/the-oldest-mummies-in-the-world-are-turning-into-black-slime

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http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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Some more Halloween-related items … first on Halloween apples:

http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2013/10/30/241924745/the-secret-steamy-history-of-halloween-apples

… and a halloween-related (apparently) reenactment of a mummy unwrapping:

https://www.bu.edu/today/2016/mummy-ritual-reenactment/

… and real-life vampire diseases:

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20161031-the-real-life-disease-that-spread-the-vampire-myth
https://www.insidehighered.com/audio/2016/10/31/vampires-and-tuberculosis

… and revisiting a Venetian ‘vampire burial’:

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/seriouslyscience/2016/10/31/halloween-flashback-strange-case-vampire-burial-venice/

… and more generally on Halloween history:

http://www.dw.com/en/halloween-and-the-souls-trapped-in-purgatory/a-36214983

Pondering the swastika:

http://www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/2016/10/28/499475248/diwali-dilemma-my-complicated-relationship-with-the-swastika

I think we’ve mentioned Lawrence of Arabia and how his claims have been backed up by archaeology recently:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-nottinghamshire-37803035

Why van Gogh really sliced off his ear:

http://www.cnn.com/2016/10/31/world/van-gogh-ear-slash-motive-trnd/index.html

Marking the 500th anniversary of Utopia:

https://www.insidehighered.com/views/2016/11/02/essay-500th-anniversary-thomas-mores-utopia

On the survival of France’s aristocracy:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-37655777

The Monarch of the Glen is coming to auction:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-37847020

For the cat aficionados out there:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/02/arts/television/review-in-the-story-of-cats-on-pbs-a-look-at-evolutionary-masters.html

Recreating an Iron Age German ‘beer’:

http://www.livescience.com/56731-iron-age-beer-recipe-recreated.html
http://wksu.org/post/2500-years-ago-brew-was-buried-dead-brewery-has-revived-it

Revisiting the floods of Florence:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/books/waters-rising-a-tale-of-the-man-who-helped-saved-florences-cultural-treasures/2016/11/02/524cdd12-9d0f-11e6-b3c9-f662adaa0048_story.html

… and Vasari’s ‘Last Supper’ has been restored:

http://www.dw.com/en/16th-century-last-supper-masterpiece-restored-50-years-after-epic-flood/a-36272784

On how cooking began:

https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg23230980-600-what-was-the-first-cooked-meal/

On cholera:

http://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2016/11/04/500664156/cholera-101-why-an-ancient-disease-keeps-on-haunting-us

Latest on Amelia Earhart has her dying as a castaway:

http://phys.org/news/2016-11-amelia-earhart-died-castaway.html
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-photo-amelia-earharts-arms-could-uncover-her-fate-1-180960995/
http://www.archaeology.org/4996-161104-amelia-earhart-arms

On children’s names:

http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-37854247

More on the Pope opening Castel Gandolfo to the public:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pope-francis-isnt-using-his-summer-house-so-vatican-letting-public-in-180960883/

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Michigan Mammoth:

http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/1101/What-will-we-learn-from-mammoth-exhibit-at-Univ.-of-Michigan

Origins of Art:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/jonathanjonesblog/2016/nov/03/on-the-origins-of-art-exhibition-tasmania-why-did-humans-start-making-art-comment

Goldfinch:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-37845639

Khirbet Qeiyafa:

http://www.haaretz.com/haaretz-labels/1.750309
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4872064,00.html

Again we’re hearing that the Louvre might house threatened objects from Syria, Iraq, etc.:

http://www.artdaily.org/index. asp?int_sec=11&int_new=91272

Feature on Basra’s Museum of Antiquities:

https://www.ft.com/content/0d91282c-8bb2-11e6-8cb7-e7ada1d123b1

More delays for the Louvre Abu Dhabi:

http://www.zawya.com/mena/en/story/Louvre_Abu_Dhabi_opening_further_delayed_to_2017__sources-TR20161104nL8N1D433XX2/

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THE TECHY SIDE
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Feature on digitizing manuscripts:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-experts-are-digitizing-ancient-manuscripts-180960685/

On some non C14 dating methods:

https://cosmosmagazine.com/archaeology/beyond-carbon-dating-how-archaeologists-find-the-age-of-an-object

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Armenian Wine:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/armenia-wine-travel-tourism-viticulture-vineyards-180959986/

German Beer:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20161027-how-pure-is-the-beer-in-germany

Assorted German touristy stuff:

http://www.dw.com/en/what-do-tourists-want-to-see-in-germany/a-18768578

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CRIME BEAT
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Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2016/10/culture-crime-news-24-30-october-2016.html

Switzerland is denying Jihadists are storing loot there:

http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=91274

A bust in assorted places in Attica:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/213347/article/ekathimerini/news/four-arrested-for-illegal-antiquities-trading

Mexico doesn’t recover a lot of stolen artifacts, apparently:

http://www.insightcrime.org/news-analysis/only-a-fraction-of-mexico-s-stolen-cultural-antiquities-are-recovered

China is toughening its stand on purloined antiquties:

http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2016-11/03/content_27260446.htm

Feature on why ISIL destroys antiquities:

http://www.kabc.com/2016/10/25/isis-destruction-of-antiquities-explained/
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/nationworld/la-fg-iraq-islamic-state-antiquities-snap-story.html

A stolen manuscript turns up on an internet auction site:

http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-37801421

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 is seeking an aboriginal shield from the British Museum:

http://www.cbc.ca/radio/asithappens/as-it-happens-wednesday-edition-1.3832953/they-ve-got-no-claim-indigenous-australian-demands-british-museum-return-ancestral-shield-1.3832962

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NUMISMATICA
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A ‘Racketeer Nickel’ from Deadwood:

http://rapidcityjournal.com/news/local/eureka-moment-arises-as-experts-discover-rare-coin-in-deadwood/article_2b9d6c1d-f31c-5c07-a853-5280c406428a.html
http://www.archaeology.org/4978-161031-deadwood-racketeer-nickel

Big bucks for a silver tetradrachm:

http://www.coinworld.com/news/world-coins/2016/11/whopping-six-hundred-thirteen-thousand-nine-hundred-ninety-nine-us-realized-for-460-bc-silver-tetradrachm.html

Raising funds for the Boldre Hoard:

http://www.dailyecho.co.uk/news/14842035.Campaigners_raise_more_than___10_000_for_Roman_coin_exhibition/

Latest eSylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v19n44.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v19n45.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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Two Class Acts:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/29/theater/review-what-would-sophocles-do-pucker-up-perhaps.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/2507-audio-news-from-archaeologica-23-october-2016-29-october-2016
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CONFERENCES
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(send in your notices!)
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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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