Explorator 19.32 ~ December 4, 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,
David Emery, Jona Lendering, Bill Kennedy, Kris Curry, 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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Again we’re hearing how Lucy liked to climb trees:

http://m.phys.org/news/2016-11-human-ancestor-lucy-tree-climber.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-11/p-bss112316.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/11/161130144004.htm
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/30/science/lucy-bones-trees.html
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/1130/Was-Lucy-the-Australopithecus-a-frequent-tree-climber
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2016/11/30/new-evidence-that-lucy-our-most-famous-ancestor-had-super-strong-arms/
http://www.archaeology.org/5059-161201-lucy-strong-arms

I think we’ve had this item on Neanderthal adaptability in a different context:

http://phys.org/news/2016-11-prehistoric-humans-survival-strategies.html
http://www.science20.com/news_articles/neanderthals_not_so_dumb-180738

Evidence of human presence in the Arabian peninsula some 300 000 years bp:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/features/2016/12/03/Oldest-humans-in-Asia-may-have-lived-in-the-Arabian-Peninsula-.html

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AFRICA
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On all the pyramids in the Sudan:

http://www.sciencealert.com/sorry-egypt-but-sudan-is-the-pyramid-capital-of-the-world

Feature on the Makapansgat pebble:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/5/25/250926/Arts–Culture/Visual-Art/Earliest-piece-of-found-art-South-African-cave-peb.aspx

More on the use of ochre in Ethiopia, some 40 000 years bp:

http://arstechnica.com/science/2016/11/incredible-discovery-of-40000-year-old-tools-for-art-and-engineering/

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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A 2000 years bp ‘pet cemetery’ from Berenike:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2016/12/01/dogs-monkeys-cats-2000-year-old-pet-cemetery-uncovered-egypt/94746128/
http://www.archaeology.org/5061-161202-berenike-pet-cemetery

Suggestion that a pair of mummified legs in a Turin museum may have come from Nefertari:

http://www.livescience.com/57054-mummy-legs-of-queen-nefertari-identified.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/dec/02/mummified-knees-are-queen-nefertaris-archaeologists-conclude
http://www.archaeology.org/5051-161130-nefertari-mummified-legs

A bird mummy turns up in an Aachen museum basement:

http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/egyptian-mummy-found-german-museum-basement

Rumours of damage to some artifacts heading to the National Museum are unfounded, apparently:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/44/251030/Heritage/Museums/Transported-porcelain-artefacts-are-not-damaged-as.aspx

The US and Egypt signed an MOU regarding importation of Egyptian antiquities:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/251140/Egypt/Politics-/Egypt-FM-signs-antiquities-property-agreement-with.aspx
http://www.livescience.com/57027-us-restricts-egyptian-artifacts-imports.html
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/12/antiquities-egypt-agreement-repatriation-mummy-artifacts/
http://www.laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=2426401&CategoryId=13003

Egypt is giving Ecuador a replica Ramses II statue:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/251063/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Egypt-gifts–metre-tall-replica-of-Ramses-II-statu.aspx

More on that 5000 years bp (not 7000) city found near Abydos:

http://www.livescience.com/57003-ancient-egyptian-city-unearthed.html
http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/ancient-residential-city-cemetery-discovered-abydos
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-38084391
http://observer.com/2016/11/egyptian-archaeologists-just-discovered-a-7000-year-old-lost-city-along-the-nile/
https://www.yahoo.com/news/remains-5-000-old-egyptian-124300624.html
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/newly-uncovered-ruins-reveal-70000-year-old-city-in-egypt-180961235/

More on the suggestion that glassmaking began in Egypt:

http://www.archaeology.org/5046-161129-egypt-mesopotamia-glass
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/glassmaking-may-have-begun-egypt-not-mesopotamia

More on that crocodile mummy:

http://elpais.com/elpais/2016/11/28/ciencia/1480331921_862621.html

Feature on Mugla:

http://www.dailysabah.com/travel/2016/11/30/muglas-6000-years-of-history-mirrored-in-its-ancient-ruins

Evidence of Bronze Age pollution in a Jordanian river:

http://phys.org/news/2016-12-polluted-river-bronze-age.html

Controversial (very) suggestion that the Tribe of Dan may have been Greek mercenaries:

http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/archaeology/1.756385

An inscription from Tel Dor’s harbour provides the name of the Roman governor (maybe) at the time of Bar Kochba:

http://www.haifa.ac.il/index.php/en/home-page3/2025
http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=38437
http://www.timesofisrael.com/rare-find-reveals-previously-unknown-roman-ruler-in-judea/
http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/archaeology/1.756193
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Maritime-archeologists-uncover-the-name-of-ancient-Judean-procurator-474074
http://www.jns.org/news-briefs/2016/11/30/israeli-researchers-decipher-rare-roman-era-artifact-found-underwater
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4887231,00.html
http://www.archaeology.org/5062-161202-tel-dor-inscription

Another vandalism incident at the Herodium in Samaria National Park:

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4887488,00.html

More on that 4000 years bp ‘Thinker’ figure from Israel:

http://www.livescience.com/56986-ancient-thinker-sculpture-uncovered-in-israel.html
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/29/science/rodin-thinker-statue-israel.html
http://www.jta.org/2016/11/30/news-opinion/israel-middle-east/israeli-archaeologists-find-3800-year-old-artifact-resembling-rodins-thinker
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/11/2016/unique-3800-year-old-ceramic-vessel-discovered-in-israel

More on the Church of the Holy Sepulchre:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/jesus-christ-tomb-church-of-the-holy-sepulchre-jerusalem-opened-for-first-time-500-years-a7453876.html

More on ISIL’s destruction of Nimrud:

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/11/isil-destroyed-iraq-nimrud-161129125401265.html
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/nov/24/piecing-back-together-iraqi-archeological-gem-blown-sky-high-by-isis

… and a related OpEd piece:

http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/syria-aleppo-destruction-room-pergamon-museum-berlin-a7449406.html

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Some Roman burials from Leicester seem to have an African connection:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leicestershire-38172433
http://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/why-roman-skeletons-could-be-first-evidence-of-leicester-s-african-population/story-29953169-detail/story.html

A Roman villa turns up beneath a rugby pitch in Bristol:

http://www.bristolpost.co.uk/roman-villa-discovered-under-rugby-pitch-in-bristol/story-29943555-detail/story.html

They’re digging at what is believed to have been Augustus’ ‘last villa’ near Somma Vesuviana:

http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2016/12/01/emperor-augustus-last-villa-inspected_b4ff4e58-b8b0-4c3c-a91b-f3e32bd70c1c.html

An inscription from Tel Dor’s harbour provides the name of the Roman governor (maybe) at the time of Bar Kochba:

http://www.haifa.ac.il/index.php/en/home-page3/2025
http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=38437
http://www.timesofisrael.com/rare-find-reveals-previously-unknown-roman-ruler-in-judea/
http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/archaeology/1.756193
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Maritime-archeologists-uncover-the-name-of-ancient-Judean-procurator-474074
http://www.jns.org/news-briefs/2016/11/30/israeli-researchers-decipher-rare-roman-era-artifact-found-underwater
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4887231,00.html
http://www.archaeology.org/5062-161202-tel-dor-inscription

Feature on the dig at Hadrianopolis:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ancient-pilgrimage-center-unearthed-.aspx?PageID=238&NID=106644&NewsCatID=375

Studying Iron Age mediterranean trade via ceramics:

http://phys.org/news/2016-11-analysis-iron-age-ceramics-complex.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-11/p-aoi112316.php

A fair bit of coverage of the recovery of a head of Julia Domna, stolen from Tivoli a few years ago:

http://phys.org/news/2016-12-dutch-looted-2nd-century-marble-italy.html
http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory/dutch-return-looted-2nd-century-marble-head-italy-43923786
http://www.kansas.com/entertainment/celebrities/article118398528.html
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/dec/2/dutch-return-looted-2nd-century-marble-head-to-ita/
http://www.nu.nl/cultuur-overig/4359496/nederlanders-opgepakt-aanbieden-gestolen-italiaans-beeld.html
http://www.archaeology.org/5063-161202-hadrian-s-villa-looting

Latest on those “deviant” burials at Faliro:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/214222/article/ekathimerini/life/american-school-of-classical-studies-investigating-deviant-burials-at-faliro

Latest formal repatriation claim: the Venus de Milo:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2016/12/01/greeks-make-formal-request-to-louvre-return-venus-de-milo/
http://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/world/give-us-back-the-venus-de-milo-greeks-tell-louvre-sr0fvtlt0

What Anise Strong is up to:

http://wmuk.org/post/wsw-ancient-rome-women-and-lessons-history

What Kyle Khellaf is up to:

http://gsas.yale.edu/news/seeking-alternative-voices-analyze-classics

Myths on the ‘fall of Rome’:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/five-myths-about-the-decline-and-fall-of-rome/2016/12/02/1c06ee5a-b682-11e6-a677-b608fbb3aaf6_story.html

OpEd on Colchester’s future:

http://www.chelmsfordweeklynews.co.uk/news/colchester/14936960._The_greatest_Roman_archaeological_discovery_in_Britain_deserves_to_be_a_national_tourist_destination_/
http://www.gazette-news.co.uk/news/14936960._The_greatest_Roman_archaeological_discovery_in_Britain_deserves_to_be_a_national_tourist_destination_/

Feature on Thracian wine:

http://www.focus-fen.net/news/2016/12/03/413810/prof-ivan-marazov-the-thracian-wine-was-highly-valued-in-the-ancient-times.html

On population control in ancient Greece:

http://listverse.com/2016/11/30/10-interesting-facts-about-population-control-in-ancient-greece/

Pompeii is now more accessible:

http://www.dw.com/en/pompeii-without-barriers/a-36613392

More on redating Plovdiv’s theatre:

http://www.archaeology.org/5043-161128-bulgaria-plovdiv-theater

More on the reopening of the Circus Maximus:

http://www.i24news.tv/en/news/international/europe/130326-161116-circus-maximus-reopening-as-rome-frets-over-vandals

More on Beit Ras:

http://www.traveldailymedia.com/244264/jordan-unearths-new-ancient-tourism-attraction/

More on that lamp (and coin) hoard from Switzerland:

http://www.coinweek.com/dealers-companies/gainesville/ancient-coin-news-2000-year-old-roman-bronze-coins-found-switzerland/

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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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On Ice Age hunters deliberately burning forests:

http://phys.org/news/2016-12-ice-age-hunters-forests-europe.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/12/161201092823.htm
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/12/2016/ice-age-hunters-may-have-deliberately-cleared-forests-using-fire

A Neolithic axe head from Tiddington:

http://www.stratford-herald.com/62183-neolithic-axe-head-found-tiddington.html

A massive Bronze Age gold torc from a Cambridgeshire field:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/nov/28/spectacular-bronze-age-gold-torc-unearthed-cambridgeshire-field
https://inews.co.uk/essentials/culture/uks-spectacular-bronze-age-bling-necklace-found-metal-detectors/
http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/celtic-golden-torc-found-in-farmers-field-heads-list-of-2016-british-treasure-finds/news-story/731493b56f1b80486d842e30936c8df4
http://www.archaeology.org/5045-161129-england-gold-torque

… which was among many items being highlighted by the PAS folks:

http://home.bt.com/news/uk-news/treasure-among-82000-archaeological-finds-made-by-members-of-public-11364116723152
http://www.museumsassociation.org/museums-journal/news/30112016-treasure-finds-double-decade?dm_i=2VBX,CRSY,27NQE4,19KXI,1
http://artdaily.com/news/92024/New-archaeological-discoveries-enlighten-Britain-s-past
http://www.worthingherald.co.uk/news/rare-littlehampton-artefact-among-best-national-finds-1-7708279

… while some Anglo Saxon items from Norfolk have been declared treasure:

http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/anglo_saxon_artefacts_found_in_norfolk_declared_as_treasure_1_4796430

A burnt Iron Age structure from Denmark:

http://sciencenordic.com/burnt-down-iron-age-house-discovered-denmark

The Sutton Hoo boat burial contains pieces of bitumen that have been traced to Syria:

http://phys.org/news/2016-12-scientists-material-sutton-hoo-ship.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-12/p-bfm112316.php
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-suffolk-38171657
http://www.livescience.com/57036-anglo-saxon-ship-traded-with-middle-east.html
http://theconversation.com/ancient-syrian-bitumen-discovered-in-anglo-saxon-boat-at-sutton-hoo-69521
http://arstechnica.com/science/2016/12/scientific-analysis-reveals-origin-of-odd-lumps-in-anglo-saxon-grave/
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/12/2016/bitumen-from-middle-east-in-7th-century-sutton-hoo-ship-burial
http://www.archaeology.org/5053-161201-sutton-hoo-bitumen

A ‘Black Death burial pit’ with remains for 48 persons at a medieval abbey site in Lincolnshire:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-humber-38146468
http://phys.org/news/2016-12-black-death-plague-pit-14th-century.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/11/161130104143.htm
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/nov/30/black-death-mass-burial-pit-abbey-lincolnshire-skeletons-dna-plague
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/plague-pit-black-death-skeletons-lincolnshire-children-thornton-abbey-a7446556.html
http://www.independent.ie/world-news/europe/britain/skeletons-of-27-children-found-in-extremely-rare-black-death-burial-pit-35256408.html
http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/rare-plague-pit-find-made-by-sheffield-archaeologists-1-8264816
http://artdaily.com/news/92082/Black-Death-burial-pit-found-by-archaeologists-at-English-14th-century-abbey
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/english-mass-grave-sheds-new-light-black-death-180961268/
http://www.archaeology.org/5048-161130-england-black-death

Scans of the ‘Gunpowder plot’ house reveal a ‘hiding hole’ used by 17th century Catholic priests:

http://phys.org/news/2016-11-scans-historic-secret-room-walls.html
http://www.redditchadvertiser.co.uk/news/14943794.Scans_reveal_first_look_at_17th_Century___39_priest_hole__39__at_Coughton_Court/
http://www.archaeology.org/5049-161130-england-priest-hole

A 17th century map found in a chimney has been restored:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rare-17th-century-map-found-shoved-chimney-restored-180961217/

Big bucks for a medieval ring from Derbyshire:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-derbyshire-38143860

On the history of beer in Britain:

http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20161130-why-the-stone-age-could-be-when-brits-first-brewed-beer

On the industrial revolution and the ‘east end’ of many European cities:

http://phys.org/news/2016-11-industrial-revolution-east-major-cities.html

Feature on the Lascaux Cave replica:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/dec/03/hi-tech-lascaux-caves-prehistoric-sistine-chapel

A battle of Austerlitz reenactment:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-38199738

Review of Fenby, *France*:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/25/books/review/france-jonathan-fenby.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fbooks

More on that site in Norway associated with Olaf Haraldsson:

http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/altar-of-viking-saintking-discovered-in-norway/news-story/f44a14c8774cbd6e0ac003690f37c57d

More on Danish bishop’s feces:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-trace-300-year-old-lump-poo-danish-bishop-180961195/

More on the recent survey at Pembroke Castle:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-38121852
http://www.archaeology.org/5042-161128-wales-pembroke-castle

More on those Anglo Saxon burials from Great Ryburgh:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/surprise-more-80-anglo-saxon-124000752.html

More on Shakespeare’s father covering murals:

https://theconversation.com/why-did-shakespeares-father-paint-over-iconic-medieval-murals-69537

More on that submerged Neolithic settlement off Sweden:

http://www.livescience.com/57048-underwater-stone-age-settlement-mapped.html

More on that ‘Viking toolbox’ find from Denmark:

http://www.livescience.com/57063-viking-tools-found-at-mysterious-fortress.html

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A 6000 years bp ‘pentagon house’ from Shanxi:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2016-11/28/c_135864254.htm
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/culture/2016-11/30/content_27524061.htm
http://www.nerve.in/news%3A2535003391637

Warring States burials from south of Beijing:

http://english.cctv.com/2016/11/29/ARTIRJGgnbwOiQ7hc3bNChhC161129.shtml

Latest finds from Qin’s tomb:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/china/2016-11/28/c_135863600.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/5041-161128-qinshihuang-mausoleum-animals

… and a Terracotta Warriors backgrounder:

http://www.livescience.com/25510-terracotta-warriors.html

Suggestion that Chinese paper making is older than previously thought:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2016-11/29/c_135866866.htm

Feature on the mummy of the Lady of Dai:

http://metro.co.uk/2016/12/02/worlds-best-preserved-mummy-still-has-own-hair-and-teeth-at-2100-years-old-6297252/

Evidence of seventh century fortifications on Kyushu:

http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201611290062.html
http://www.archaeology.org/5044-161129-japan-fortified-wall

Damage to Kotia’s Ashoka pillar:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/delhi/Kotlas-Ashoka-pillar-over-2000-years-old-suffers-heavy-damage/articleshow/55763120.cms

Arguing over whether to reconstruct the Bamiyan Buddhas:

https://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/33368293/rebuilding-history-debate-rages-over-lost-afghan-buddhas/
http://artdaily.com/news/92081/Rebuilding-history–Debate-rages-over-lost-Afghan-Buddhas

More on that MIng dynasty banknote-in-a-sculpture find:

http://www.livescience.com/57026-ming-dynasty-banknote-found-inside-sculpture.html
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/rare-ming-dynasty-banknote-found-inside-sculpture/
https://www.yahoo.com/news/stashed-cash-rare-ming-dynasty-152100655.html

More on sites found in Islamabad:

http://www.brecorder.com/arts-a-leisure/arts/330533-survey-identifies-15-ancient-archaeological-sites-in-capital.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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Pondering some 3000 years bp clay figurines found near Tucson a while ago:

http://westerndigs.org/earliest-known-clay-figurines-in-the-southwest-may-be-fertility-symbols-study-says/
http://www.archaeology.org/5047-161129-arizona-clay-figurine

They’re poking around the Bear River Massacre site in Idaho:

http://www.standard.net/News/2016/11/25/Utah-State-University-Bear-River-Massacre-researchers-dig-deeper-at-site-without-lifting-a-shovel.html

Latest from the Terror and Erebus:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/mysterious-lost-ships-hms-terror-and-erebus-reveal-new-layer-of-clues-in-arctic/2016/11/22/55a1a6de-9628-11e6-bb29-bf2701dbe0a3_story.html

I think we mentioned this dig at the Buffalo Trace distillery in Kentucky:

http://www.wkyt.com/content/news/Rennovations-at-Buffalo-Trace-uncover-rare-find-403436876.html

On going to the theatre in 1850s U.S.:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/22/theater/hamilton-and-history.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Ftheater

Review of *Herbert Hoover: A Life*:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/25/books/review/herbert-hoover-a-life-glen-jeansonne.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fbooks

More on the original Plymouth settlement:

http://phys.org/news/2016-11-evidence-plymouth-settlement.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/11/161125083037.htm
http://www.livescience.com/57006-artifacts-found-at-original-plymouth-settlement.html

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Interesting 9000 years bp evidence of a ritual decapitation (a.k.a. Funerary rituals) from Brazil:

http://phys.org/news/2016-11-year-old-funerary-rituals-involving-reduction.html
http://www.livescience.com/52278-oldest-human-decapitation-in-new-world.html
http://www.livescience.com/57017-ancient-mutilated-skeletons-found-in-brazil.html
http://www.archaeology.org/5050-161130-brazil-mutilated-bones

A circular temple to the wind god beneath a Mexican supermarket:

http://phys.org/news/2016-11-circular-temple-god-uncovered-mexico.html
http://www.dw.com/en/god-of-wind-pre-columbian-temple-discovered-in-mexico-city/a-36597462
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/nov/30/mexico-temple-wind-god-archaeology-supermarket
http://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/650-year-old-temple-found-near-tlatelolco/
http://www.ctvnews.ca/sci-tech/mexican-archeologists-discover-650-year-old-temple-to-god-of-wind-1.3184218
https://www.theyucatantimes.com/2016/12/demolished-supermarket-reveals-ancient-pre-hispanic-temple-in-mexico-city/
http://www.archaeology.org/5054-161201-tlatelolco-wind-temple

What Jessica Munson is up to:

http://www.lycoming.edu/news/stories/2016/11/guatemala-archaeological-dig-site.aspx

More on evidence of ‘high altitude potato cultivation/consumption’ in the Andes:

http://www.ucmerced.edu/news/2016/high-altitude-archaeology-uncovers-earliest-evidence-potato-consumption
http://phys.org/news/2016-11-roots-potato-farming-andes.html

More on the Chichen Itza pyramid:

http://www.livescience.com/57004-ancient-pyramid-found-inside-chichen-itza.html
https://www.yahoo.com/news/nesting-doll-pyramid-ancient-mayan-143300579.html
http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/12/04/mexico-is-hiding-the-world-s-largest-pyramid.html

—–
Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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(re)Pondering Chomsky:

https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/guest-blog/chomsky-s-theory-of-language-learning-dead-not-so-fast/

Tycho Brahe had a thing for gold, apparently:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-12/uosd-rat120116.php

Some medieval monks had hearing issues, but it didn’t matter:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/some-early-monks-impaired-hearing-amplified-sounds-silence

Victor Nuovo’s latest on Spinoza:

http://www.addisonindependent.com/201612nuovo-spinoza-religion

Concerns for a number of Heritage sites:

http://www.nationmultimedia.com/news/breakingnews/30301296
http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=92135

The Star of Bethlehem stuff has come a bit early this year:

http://phys.org/news/2016-12-bethlehem-star.html

Feature on French archaeological missions:

http://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/french-foreign-policy/scientific-diplomacy/archaeology-humanities-and-social-sciences/french-archaeological-missions-are-key-actors-in-international-scientific/

… and France has created a fund to prevent ISIL-style destruction:

http://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/1.756737

… and the UAE seems to be pushing for something too:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-38182581

Some Edison items are coming to auction:

http://phys.org/news/2016-12-thomas-edison-lab-door-key.html

Big bucks for a Mahler manuscript:

http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-38142482

Feature on the Voynich Manuscript:

https://www.insidehighered.com/views/2016/11/30/review-yale-university-press-edition-voynich-manuscript-essay

The gun that wounded Rimbaud came to auction last week:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-38164277

Feature on Mevlana’s poetry:

http://www.cnn.com/2016/11/30/travel/rumi-revival/index.html

The UN has a list of ‘cultural intangibles’:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-38170872

Feature on the Siemens company:

http://www.dw.com/en/siemens-from-the-telegraph-to-the-internet/g-36599228

Some Marshall Scholarship recipients:

https://news.brown.edu/articles/2016/11/marshall

Feature on the Geneva free port’s ‘collection’:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-38167501

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Perge Sculptures:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/perge-sculptures-open-to-visitors.aspx?PageID=238&NID=106656&NewsCatID=375

Cataractonium:

http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/theres-more-meets-eye-gold-12219794

Gods and Heroes of the Ancient Greeks:

http://eu.greekreporter.com/2016/12/01/gods-and-heroes-of-ancient-greeks-exhibition-in-moscow-displays-ancient-treasures/

Remnants of Rome:

http://www.inlander.com/spokane/remnants-of-rome/Content?oid=2958899

Sargent:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2016/dec/02/john-singer-sargent-watercolours-dulwich-picture-gallery

Little Red Riding Hood:

http://www.dw.com/en/why-little-red-riding-hood-is-caught-between-innocence-and-sexuality/a-36559200

Nudes in Art:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20161129-why-the-nude-still-shocks

Clara Peeters:

http://www.npr.org/sections/parallels/2016/11/30/503129505/in-a-first-spains-prado-museum-puts-the-spotlight-on-a-woman-artist

Quran:

http://www.npr.org/2016/12/02/503640678/quran-exhibition-shines-a-light-on-the-holy-books-dedicated-artists

Gentileschi:

http://tucson.com/entertainment/rome-show-explores-painter-artemisia-gentileschi-s-art-life/article_acf47ba1-7cd7-51bb-a79e-2cc1f96fed00.html

Egyptian Mummies:

http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/technology-takes-the-sting-out-of-the-ancient-curse-of-the-mummy-new-powerhouse-museum-exhibition/news-story/894f1b10cebfd87bb4c9f9af9b19b554
http://egyptianstreets.com/2016/12/01/egyptian-mummies-exploring-ancient-lives-reveals-secrets-of-mummies-like-never-before/

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THE TECHY SIDE
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How a NASA asteroid probe satellite has helped locate sites:

http://dailycaller.com/2016/11/28/nasa-asteroid-probe-locates-10500-year-old-ruins/
https://www.newsledge.com/nasa-tech-lidar-helps-archaeologists/

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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Feature on the effects of a ‘medieval cold snap’:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2016/12/01/medieval-cold-snap-that-caused-famine-and-death-reveals-danger-of-climate-change/#2b908c8145f7
http://phys.org/news/2016-12-coldest-decade-millennium-cold-1430s.html

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TOURISTY THINGS
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Rome:

http://www.whig.com/article/20161202/ARTICLE/161209992

Church of the Holy Sepulchre:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20161121-a-1000-year-old-promise-of-peace

Underground Cadiz:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20161121-a-portal-to-a-subterranean-realm

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CRIME BEAT
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Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2016/11/culture-crime-news-21-27-november-2016.html

A pile of Islamic books destined for Doha seized at the Cairo airport:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/43/251047/Heritage/Islamic/Dozens-of-rare-Islamic-books-seized-at-Cairo-Airpo.aspx

Swiss authorities seized a number of items from Palmyra/Libya found in a Geneva freeport:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/swiss-seize-artefacts-looted-from-syrias-palmyra/
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/dec/03/looted-palmyra-relics-seized-by-swiss-authorities-at-geneva-ports
http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=92148
http://artdaily.com/news/92148/Swiss-seize-artefacts-looted-from-Syria-s-Palmyra-

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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Feature on the pace of repatriation of human remains:

https://theconversation.com/museums-are-returning-indigenous-human-remains-but-progress-on-repatriating-objects-is-slow-67378

The US returned items to Egypt:

https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-returns-ancient-artifacts-egypt
http://www.archaeology.org/5060-161202-usa-repatriation-egypt

… including this mummy hand:

http://www.livescience.com/57076-stolen-mummy-hand-returned-to-egypt.html

Cf: http://www.livescience.com/57075-operation-mummy-curse-photos.html

France returned a Nazi-looted piece to descendents of some folks:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/28/arts/design/france-returns-16th-century-portrait-to-descendants-of-jewish-couple.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fdesign

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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on the Staffordshire hoard:

http://staffslive.co.uk/2016/12/roman-finds-deemed-treasure/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v19n48.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v19n49.html

More on challenges to the value of the Alton Hoard:

http://www.coinweek.com/dealers-companies/gainesville/metal-detectorist-challenges-alton-hoard-value/

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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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Feature on female Classical music composers:

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2016/12/02/arts/music/01womencomposers.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/2521-audio-news-from-archaeologica-20-november-2016-26-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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