Explorator 19.30 ~ November 20, 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,
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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On the diet of early Paranthropus hominins:

http://phys.org/news/2016-11-tooth-patterns-paranthropus-early-hominins.html

Somewhat strange item focussing on the link between autism and evolutionary success:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-11/uoy-aah111516.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/11/161116144701.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/5020-161116-autism-evolution-survival

More on the benefits of inbreeding for early humans:

http://www.archaeology.org/5011-161111-dna-hominin-interbreeding

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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A royal servant (maybe) mummy from Luxor dating to ca 1075-664 BCE:

https://egyptianstreets.com/2016/11/14/spanish-archaeologists-discover-2500-year-old-mummy-in-egypts-luxor/
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/nov/13/ancient-egyptian-mummy-discovered-very-good-condition-luxor
http://www.livescience.com/56871-3000-year-old-mummy-found-in-egyptian-tomb.html
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/1115/Luxor-mummy-Archaeologists-unearth-3-000-year-old-sarcophagus
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/1115/Why-an-undamaged-mummy-uncovered-in-Luxor-will-stay-in-Egypt
http://www.timesofisrael.com/millennia-old-mummy-found-in-egypt-tomb
http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/archaeologists-discover-3200yearold-mummy-in-egyptian-tomb/news-story/1841da8e35dcb17600f6e90e70055466
http://www.dailystar.com.lb//News/Middle-East/2016/Nov-13/381043-millennia-old-mummy-found-in-egypt-tomb.ashx
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/11/millennia-mummy-egypt-tomb-161113163116153.html
http://www.archaeology.org/5012-161114-egypt-mummy-amenrenef

I think we mentioned this causeway at Aswan:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5001-161108-aswan-necropolis-causeway

Finds from various periods at Melid:

http://www.dailysabah.com/history/2016/11/18/archaeologists-dig-out-pieces-of-ancient-anatolian-city-state-of-melid

Interesting Bronze Age (not quite Canaanite) finds from Khirbet al-Batrawy:

http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/archaeology/1.752808

Cf: http://www.lasapienzatojordan.it/

Canaanite and Egyptian finds from Tel Gezer:

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Politics-And-Diplomacy/Ancient-trove-of-gold-and-silver-discovered-Israeli-archeological-site-472560
http://www.timesofisrael.com/rare-canaanite-era-trove-of-gold-and-silver-unearthed-in-central-israel/
http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/archaeology/1.753136
http://www.i24news.tv/en/news/israel/130113-161114-rare-canaanite-hidden-treasure-trove-discovered-in-israel
http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=37991
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/3600-year-old-jewels-found-in-judean-foothills/2016/11/15/
http://www.archaeology.org/5016-161115-israel-tel-gezer-cache

Cf: http://www.telgezer.com/

Arguing over which culture fortified Jerusalem:

http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/archaeology/.premium-1.753858

They’ve started poking around Aya Tekla:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/old-christian-center-to-be-unearthed-in-turkeys-south.aspx?pageID=238&nid=106283&NewsCatID=375

The so-called Ghassulian Star has gone on display:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/mysterious-6000-year-old-star-mural-sees-first-daylight-in-jerusalem/
http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.753414

Suggestion that Hebrew has the oldest alphabet:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/oldest-alphabet-identified-hebrew

Suspected arson in the area of the Tomb of Absalom:

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4878533,00.html
http://www.timesofisrael.com/ancient-jerusalem-tombs-damaged-in-suspected-arson/
http://www.jta.org/2016/11/14/news-opinion/israel-middle-east/second-temple-era-archaeological-site-damaged-by-alleged-arson

A project to depict life in Israel some 2000 years bp:

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Article.aspx?id=472806

… while this Byzantine arch reveal seems related to the above:

http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=38083

Bulldozing threat to a Byzantine site in Jordan (?):

http://www.jordantimes.com/news/local/antiquities-agency-defensive-ancient-church-bulldozed%E2%80%99

Latest Temple Mount-associated controversy:

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4880687,00.html

More on plans to return to digging at Masada:

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

More on Israel’s plans to seek out more Dead Sea Scrolls:

http://phys.org/news/2016-11-israel-major-dead-sea-scrolls.html
http://news.nationalpost.com/news/world/israel-middle-east/israel-launches-major-expedition-to-find-more-dead-sea-scrolls-the-crown-jewel-of-israeli-antiquities
http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/israel-launch-expedition-find-more-dead-sea-scrolls

More on that ‘Jerusalem papyrus’:

https://theconversation.com/how-a-2-700-year-old-piece-of-papyrus-super-charged-the-debate-over-unesco-and-jerusalem-68376

More on the restoration of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre (photos):

http://www.nationalgeographic.com/photography/proof/2016/11/oded-balilty-qa/?

More on the capture of Nimrud:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/nov/13/iraqi-troops-capture-nimrud-ancient-assyrian-city-isis
http://www.timesofisrael.com/iraq-military-says-it-recaptured-nimrud-home-to-ancient-city/
http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/iraq-mosul-nimrud-1.3848921?cmp=rss

… and the damage to monuments and antiquities:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-37997644
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-37992394
http://www.dw.com/en/ancient-city-of-nimrud-lies-in-ruins-after-is-occupation/a-36406825
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/isis-has-destroyed-nearly-3000-year-old-assyrian-ziggurat-180961101/?no-ist
http://www.timesofisrael.com/heartbroken-iraqis-reveal-islamic-state-ruin-of-ancient-nimrud/
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/the-times/isis-fighters-destroy-ancient-wonders-of-nimrud/news-story/b7bbaa4b80a3ce6fc518a1a29be66297
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/the-times/devastation-greets-liberators-of-nimruds-3000yearold-antiquities/news-story/ae061aa2ffd81a2045cbc20ae54c6a41
http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/ancient-assyrian-capital-of-nimrud-and-its-famous-ziggurat-bulldozed-by-retreating-islamic-state/news-story/d99a959bc5686b825a690d653f0a0248

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Big news this week was the ‘reveal’ of finds from the Circus Maximus excavations of the past six years:

http://phys.org/news/2016-11-ancient-latrines-lucky-horse-circus.html
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-italy-circus-maximus-idUSKBN13B250?feedType=RSS&feedName=lifestyleMolt
http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/circus-maximus-was-the-biggest-shopping-mall-in-antiquity-qrk5b9bbn
http://www.dw.com/en/circus-maxismus-in-rome-reopened/a-36421375 https://www.yahoo.com/news/circus-maximus-reopening-rome-frets-over-vandals-175740628.html
http://www.startribune.com/ancient-latrines-a-lucky-horse-new-finds-at-circus-maximus/401500795/
http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/11/20/the-dirty-secret-about-ancient-bathrooms.html

A very interesting ‘lamp deposit’ find from Vindonissa:

http://www.thelocal.ch/20161115/mysterious-roman-remains-uncovered-in-swiss-town
http://www.tio.ch/News/Svizzera/Cronaca/1116191/Un-enigmatica-scoperta-archeologica-a-Windisch
http://www.archaeology.org/5018-161115-switzerland-roman-pot

Roman remains from Whitchurch:

http://www.shropshirelive.com/2016/11/16/archaeological-remains-shed-new-light-on-roman-whitchurch/

2000 years bp mosaics from Sanliurfa:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ancient-mosaics-comes-to-light-in-turkeys-sanliurfa.aspx?pageID=238&nid=106098&NewsCatID=375
http://www.archaeology.org/5015-161115-turkey-tomb-mosaic

A 2200 years bp Paphlagonian burial:

http://www.dailysabah.com/history/2016/11/19/2200-year-old-paphlogonian-burial-chamber-discovered-in-turkey

A survey of sites in Bosnia-Herzegovina:

http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news,412031,archaeologists-explore-the-mecca-of-roman-veterans-in-bosnia-and-herzegovina.html

Looking for Roman roads in Lycia and Pamphylia:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/research-uncovers-lycian-roads-in-antalya-monument-.aspx?pageID=238&nid=106144&NewsCatID=375

Feature on some Roman (it seems) shipwrecks off Sapienza:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2016-11/12/c_135824773.htm

Evidence of an intestinal parasite from a Roman burial:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2016/11/14/intestinal-worm-discovered-in-ancient-roman-coffin/#7a57a0295169

Doubts about the latest claims regarding reading Herculaneum papyri:

https://www.thestar.com/news/insight/2016/11/11/unscrolling-an-ancient-mystery.html

Interesting feature on how Elgin ‘lost his marbles’:

http://www.thenational.scot/culture/scotland-back-in-the-day-the-complex-tale-behind-how-elgin-lost-his-marbles.24760

How Hadrian’s Wall was built:

http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/how-hadrians-wall-built-stands-12200388

Feature on a temple at Philae:

http://currentinwestfield.com/2016/column-philae-a-temple-a-bed-and-a-comet/

Feature on Silbannacus:

http://www.historyextra.com/article/bbc-history-magazine/silbannacus-roman-emperor-time-forgot

Followup to the brouhaha over a performance put on in the Salamis theatre:

http://cyprus-mail.com/2016/11/16/antiquities-department-no-power-act-salamis-case-auditor-general-rules/

Followup to that lead ingot find a few months ago:

http://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/rare-roman-ingot-found-by-plymothian-to-sell-for-tens-of-thousands/story-29913186-detail/story.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-38027798

Followup to the Greek influence on the Terracotta Army thing:

http://www.rawstory.com/2016/11/why-theres-so-much-backlash-to-the-theory-that-greek-art-inspired-chinas-terracotta-army/

What Danielle Allen is up to:

http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2016/11/danielle-allen-named-university-professor/

What Mary Beard is up to:

http://yaledailynews.com/blog/2016/11/15/renowned-classicist-mary-beard-engages-yale-colloquium/

What Eliot Wirshbo is up to:

http://ucsdguardian.org/2016/11/14/eliot-wirshbo-ucsds-latin-teacher/

Honours for Demetrios Michaelides:

http://famagusta-gazette.com/italy-honours-cypriot-archaeologist-p37194-69.htm

What Thucydides would think of Donald Trump:

http://www.spectator.co.uk/2016/11/what-thucydides-would-have-thought-of-donald-trump/

… in a similar vein:

http://www.bbc.com/news/video_and_audio/headlines/38030352

More on concerns for the Colosseum:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/colosseum-waits-funding-critical-repairs-fight-over-romes-subway-system-180961082/

More on plans for underwater museums, etc., at Epidaurus:

http://famagusta-gazette.com/greek-ancient-city-opts-for-urban-facelift-with-projection-of-underwater-an-p37139-69.htm
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2016-11/09/c_135815641.htm
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2016-11/16/c_135832033.htm

More on that Pandora operation to hunt down purloined antiquities:

http://cyprus-mail.com/2016/11/12/cyprus-police-coordinated-europe-wide-pandora-operation-hunt-missing-antiquities/

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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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A few years ago a ‘fish trap’ was found off Sweden and has now been revealed to be a major underwater Mesolithic site:

http://phys.org/news/2016-11-underwater-stone-age-settlement.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-11/lu-usa111416.php
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/11/2016/mesolithic-settlement-in-the-baltic-sea-mapped-out
http://www.archaeology.org/5019-161116-sweden-mesolithic-settlement

Evidence of a 5600 years bp ‘religious centre’ near Stonehenge:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/stonehenge-prehistoric-religious-ceremonial-centre-discovered-archaeologists-a7425346.html

Early Christian/Anglo Saxon burials from Norfolk:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-norfolk-37940012
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/nov/16/anglo-saxon-graves-in-norfolk-thought-to-be-oldest-found-in-uk
http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/substandard-coffins-dark-ages-dead-great-ryburgh-a7419806.html
http://www.livescience.com/56892-anglo-saxon-cemetery-england.html
http://www.livescience.com/56895-photos-rare-anglo-saxon-cemetery.html
https://www.ft.com/content/116bc1fc-ab2c-11e6-9cb3-bb8207902122
http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/dramatic_discovery_of_early_christian_cemetery_at_great_ryburgh_sheds_light_on_first_days_of_new_religion_in_norfolk_1_4777893
http://www.culture24.org.uk/history-and-heritage/archaeology/art565333-Archaeologists-uncover-remarkably-preserved-Middle-Saxon-cemetery-with-wooden-coffins
http://www.lynnnews.co.uk/news/archaeological-sensation-uncovered-near-fakenham-1-7683037
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-britain-archaeology-anglo-saxons-idUSKBN13B29P?feedType=RSS&feedName=lifestyleMolt
http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/landowner_trying_to_save_great_ryburgh_from_flooding_stumbled_upon_rare_anglo_saxon_graves_1_4779747
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-11-17/anglo-saxon-coffins-found-in-great-ryburgh-dig/8032560
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/11/2016/anglo-saxon-plank-lined-graves-and-tree-trunk-coffins-excavated
http://www.archaeology.org/5022-161116-england-christian-cemetery

A Danish bishop’s faeces find:

http://phys.org/news/2016-11-danish-bishop-year-old-poo-whiff.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-38012609

A 14th-17th century set of dentures from Tuscany:

http://www.thelocal.it/20161117/italian-archaeologists-find-worlds-oldest-dentures-archaeology-history
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5024-161117-italy-prosthesis-denture

Some coins buried during the Civil War:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-lincolnshire-38003071

Questioning the value of the Alton hoard:

http://www.altonherald.com/article.cfm?id=114672&headline=Hoard%E2%80%99s%20value%20%E2%80%98too%20low%E2%80%99&sectionIs=news&searchyear=2016

Some guy proposed tearing down Versailles … with predictable reactions:

https://francais.rt.com/france/28878-journaliste-jean-michel-apathie-propose-raser-versailles

More on those monks’ burials at Fountains Abbey in Yorkshire:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/nov/13/fountains-abbey-study-reveals-scale-of-monks-burial-site
http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/14885383.EXPERTS_DISCOVER_500_GRAVES_AT_MONASTIC_RUINS_IN_NORTH_YORKSHIRE/
http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/14884779.500_monks__graves_discovered_in_North_Yorkshire/
http://www.darlingtonandstocktontimes.co.uk/news/14912389.Radar_reveals_abbey___s_unusual_burial_rituals/
http://www.archaeology.org/5013-161114-fountains-abbey-graves

More on the Curtain Theatre dig:

http://www.livescience.com/56901-shakespeare-curtain-theater-excavations.html

More on those Black Sea shipwrecks:

http://www.livescience.com/56865-40-shipwrecks-discovered-in-black-sea.html
http://www.livescience.com/56862-photos-black-sea-shipwrecks.html
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/over-40-ancient-ships-discovered-bottom-black-sea-180961128/
http://www.corriere.it/scienze/16_novembre_16/relitti-mar-nero-venezia-navi-743de7b2-ab7a-11e6-ba61-2e866e9865d0.shtml
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/12/science/shipwrecks-black-sea-archaeology.html

More on reasons for Viking raids:

http://www.livescience.com/56786-vikings-raided-to-find-love.html

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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Bronze Age items from Gangwon:

http://english.donga.com/Home/3/all/26/782907/1

Jin/Yuan era structures from Hebei:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2016-11/20/c_135844159.htm

Possibly Hun-associated, 1500 years bp stone structures/monuments near the Caspian Sea:

http://www.livescience.com/56855-ancient-stone-monuments-discovered-along-caspian.html
http://www.livescience.com/56853-photos-massive-stone-complex-kazakhstan.html
http://www.archaeology.org/5014-161114-kazakhstan-stone-structures

Interesting study of a Neolithic amulet from Pakistan:

http://www.archaeology.org/5017-161115-lost-wax-casting
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/1115/Is-this-mysterious-ancient-amulet-a-snapshot-of-cultural-innovation
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2016/11/15/this-6000-year-old-amulet-is-the-oldest-example-of-a-technology-still-used-by-nasa/

The Aboriginal petroglyphs known as ‘Moon Rock’ have been protected:

http://www.sbs.com.au/nitv/the-point-with-stan-grant/article/2016/11/14/ancient-moon-rock-engravings-protected-proof-aboriginal-astronomy

Australia’s oldest piece of jewellery:

http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/11/2016/kangaroo-bone-ornament-is-australias-oldest-known-piece-of-jewellery
http://www.latercera.com/noticia/identifican-amuleto-metalico-mas-antiguo-del-mundo-6-mil-anos-antiguedad/
http://www.archaeology.org/5028-161118-australia-nose-bone

Pondering how some Louis XIV coins made it to Siberia:

http://siberiantimes.com/science/others/news/n0789-stash-of-sun-kings-valuables-found-close-to-arctic-in-siberia/

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NORTH AMERICA
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George Washington drank here (apparently):

http://www.abc2news.com/news/in-focus/highway-project-unearths-history-in-bush-reveal-tavern-that-george-washington-visited111816

Feature on Hopewell (non)violence:

http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/science/2016/11/13/01-archaeology-hopewell-show-culture-can-make-humans-less-violent.html

What Sissel Schroeder is up to:

http://www.niutoday.info/2016/11/15/archaeologist-explores-the-function-of-early-native-american-architecture/

More on that shipwreck in Lake Superior:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/perfectly-preserved-shipwreck-found-lake-superior-180961070/

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Archaeologists have found remains of what may be the ‘original pyramid at Chichen Itza:

http://phys.org/news/2016-11-mexican-experts-pyramid-chichen-itza.html
http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2016/11/16/world/americas/ap-lt-mexico-archaeology.html
http://www.dw.com/en/mayan-pyramid-hides-two-more-in-chichen-itza/a-36421464
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=11749866
http://cultura.elpais.com/cultura/2016/11/17/actualidad/1479349376_340277.html
http://www.archaeology.org/5025-161117-kukulkan-third-temple

… and the pyramid seems to have been built like a ‘Russian nesting doll’:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/nov/17/mexican-pyramid-has-two-more-inside-scientists-discover
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-38008546
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/11/17/mexico/
http://www.cnn.com/2016/11/17/americas/chichen-itza-pyramid-discovery/index.html?sr=twCNN111716chichen-itza-pyramid-discovery0751PMStoryPhoto&linkId=31284065
http://artdaily.com/news/91716/Archaeologists-discover-that-Mexican-pyramid-built-like-a–Russian-nesting-doll-

On who first grew potatoes:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/19/science/potato-domestication-andes.html?_r=0

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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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This one seems to cross categories, so I’ll put it here … widespread evidence of ‘prehistoric dairying’ around the Mediterranean:

http://phys.org/news/2016-11-widespread-evidence-prehistoric-dairying-mediterranean.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-11/uob-weo111516.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/11/161115120204.htm
http://www.livescience.com/56904-ancient-people-consumed-dairy.html
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/got-milk-people-living-9000-years-ago-did-ceramics-pots-show/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5023-161117-neolithic-dairy-herds

Lots of coverage of the price fetched for that copy of the Ten Commandments we mentioned a week or two ago:

http://phys.org/news/2016-11-ancient-ten-tablet-sold-auction.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/11/17/thou-shalt-not-covet-earliest-known-chiselled-inscription-of-ten/
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-38011205
http://www.dw.com/en/ancient-ten-commandments-tablet-auctioned/a-36420081
http://wtop.com/entertainment/2016/11/ancient-ten-commandments-tablet-sold-at-auction-for-850000/
http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory/ancient-ten-commandments-tablet-sold-auction-850000-43597184
http://artdaily.com/news/91700/World-s-earliest-10-Commandments-tablet-sold-for–850-000-by-Heritage-Auctions

Cuneiform cookies:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/15/science/cuneiform-tablet-cookies.html

Feature on ‘misrepresentative maps’:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/gallery/2016/nov/16/the-lie-of-the-land-when-map-makers-get-it-wrong-edward-brooke-hitching-in-pictures

Feature on the search for Amelia Earhart:

http://kval.com/news/local/amelia-earhart-expedition-2017-rick-pettigrew-archaeological-legacy-institute

Arguing over the authenticity of a recently discovered Van Gogh notebook:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-37989885
http://www.dw.com/en/original-or-fake-experts-disagree-on-authenticity-of-new-van-gogh-sketches/a-36405960
http://www.usatoday.com/videos/news/world/2016/11/16/93949544/
http://www.cnn.com/2016/11/16/world/van-gogh-sketches-fake-or-authentic/index.html

Feature on Flaming June:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20161115-the-erotic-masterpiece-we-nearly-lost
https://www.rbkc.gov.uk/subsites/museums/leightonhousemuseum/flamingjune/flaming.aspx

Remains of Gauguin’s father have been found off Antarctica (actually, in Chile):

http://theartnewspaper.com/news/news/remains-of-paul-gauguin-s-father-found-off-antarctica/

Medieval city dwellers weren’t any worse off than their more rural counterparts, apparently:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/11/161111120729.htm

What we can learn from Leibniz:

http://www.dw.com/en/300-years-after-the-death-of-leibniz-what-can-we-still-learn-from-him-today/a-36387419

Big bucks for a Chinese lamp originally from a ‘boot sale’:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-37986885

Big bucks for a Munch:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-37907046

… and a Monet haystack:

http://www.usatoday.com/videos/news/nation/2016/11/17/monet-haystack-painting-takes-record-$81.4-million/94012308/
http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=91696

A ‘lost’ Kahlo is coming to auction:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-37998514

… as is a dodo skeleton:

http://phys.org/news/2016-11-composite-skeleton-dodo-bird-auctioned.html

A dictionary of surnames reveals info on the origins of assorted names in the UK and Ireland:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/nov/17/dictionary-of-50000-surnames-and-their-origins-published
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-38003201

Feature on ochre:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20161111-paint-from-ochre-rocks-in-staithes-north-yorkshire-england

More on Shakespeare writing Henry V for a specific theatre:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/shakespeare-may-have-tailored-henry-v-specific-theater-180961077/

More on that Brueghel the Younger painting found in a store:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-37897723

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Berthouville Treasure:

http://www.houstonpress.com/arts/ancient-roman-silver-unearthed-by-19th-century-french-farmer-on-view-at-mfah-8934668

Egyptian cats:

http://www.blouinartinfo.com/news/story/1693081/divine-felines-cats-of-ancient-egypt-at-dallas-museum-of-art

Qin and Han Dynasty treasures:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2016-11/16/c_135831979.htm

World of a Chinese Scholar:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2016-11/20/c_135843163.htm

Tut:

http://www.npr.org/sections/parallels/2016/11/15/501036846/fit-for-a-king-grand-museum-will-showcase-tut-and-egypts-ancient-culture

Conserving the Collection:

http://indianexpress.com/article/lifestyle/art-and-culture/art-exhibitions-in-mumbai-conservation-of-art-custodians-of-history-4379375/

I think we mentioned the Harvard Museum’s plans to bring some items out of storage:

http://www.readingeagle.com/life/article/exhibit-harvard-museum-to-dust-off-curiosities-long-kept-in-storage

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THE TECHY SIDE
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Another isotope-based method for tracking ancient humans:

http://phys.org/news/2016-11-teeth-stories-archaeologist-prehistoric-gps.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/11/161118153511.htm

LiDAR use in Devon:

https://www.gim-international.com/content/news/lidar-surveys-reveal-devon-s-hidden-archaeological-studies

I think we mentioned this mummy scan that revealed a baby:

http://www.kentnews.co.uk/news/stunning_secrets_revealed_after_scientists_conduct_scan_on_mummy_on_display_in_maidstone_museum_1_4780975

Another mummy scan revealed a pile of baby crocodiles:

http://www.dutchnews.nl/news/archives/2016/11/egyptian-crocodile-is-a-mummy-in-more-ways-than-one-as-scan-reveals-47-babies/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-38026363

A ‘virtual autopsy’ at the BM:

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/bad-teeth-and-a-broken-nose-meet-man-from-7-500bc-tcxsqrmcd

Feature on Sarah Parcak’s work:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/space-archaeologist-sarah-parcak-winner-smithsonians-history-ingenuity-award-180961120/

Feature on assorted tech used by archaeologists:

http://news.psu.edu/story/438317/2016/11/17/research/penn-state-archaeologists-use-it-help-uncover-past

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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DNA shows the effect of European contact on west coast First Nations people:

http://phys.org/news/2016-11-nations-people-effects-european-contact.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-11/uoia-ffn111116.php
http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2016/11/european-diseases-left-genetic-mark-native-americans
http://www.archaeology.org/5021-161116-canada-european-contact

On the origins of the Druze:

http://phys.org/news/2016-11-year-old-mystery-druze-people-genetic.html

DNA reveals fishing habits in Madagascar:

http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v539/n7629/full/539333f.html

Maize DNA tells an interesting story:

http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-37999506

More on what DNA reveals about the colonization of Pacific islands:

http://cultura.elpais.com/cultura/2016/11/12/actualidad/1478959382_298788.html

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/

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CRIME BEAT
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A Bernini elephant in Rome was vandalized:

https://www.apollo-magazine.com/berninis-elephant-and-obelisk-vandalised-in-rome/
http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=91656

Charges against a Spanish national who destroyed a Neolithic cave site:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/11/13/spaniard-jailed-for-destroying-neolithic-cave-to-make-an-animal/

A warning to collectors about Asian antiquities:

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/arts/visual-arts/professor-issues-a-caveat-emptor-alert-over-asian-art-antiquities/news-story/919613bf8de7a95605ae31d848281a01

Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2016/11/culture-crime-news-7-13-november-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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Switzerland returned a stolen stela to Egypt:

http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/egypt-retrieves-stolen-artifact-switzerland-0
http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=91631
https://africatimes.com/2016/11/14/antiquities-mystery-solved-swiss-return-stolen-artifact-to-egypt/

OpEd on repatriation:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/columns/why-retrieved-antiquities-should-be-sent-back-to-pace-of-origin/story-ic9LIm7SGSAIHsSIIciRuI.html

A debate on repatriation of Arab antiqutiies:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/250146/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Oxford-Union-hosts-debate-on-repatriation-of-Arab-.aspx

More on the Aboriginal shield in the BM:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-11-17/legal-challenge-to-return-gweagal-shield-from-british-museum/8034808

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NUMISMATICA
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Guidelines for documenting ancient coin finds:

http://www.numismaster.com/ta/numis/Article.jsp?ad=article&ArticleId=28372

Feature on coinage of Marcus Aurelius:

http://www.coinweek.com/ancient-coins/philosopher-king-the-coinage-of-marcus-aurelius/

Feature on a coin of Caligula:

http://www.coinworld.com/news/world-coins/2016/11/son-honors-his-mother-on-ancient-coins-on-the-block.html

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v19n46.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v19n47.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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Victoria:

http://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/public/drama-queen/
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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/2514-audio-news-from-archaeologica-6-november-2016-12-november-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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