Explorator 19.33 ~ December 11, 2016

Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Bob Heuman,
David Critchley, Hernan Astudillo, Rick Heli, Barbara Saylor Rodgers,
David Emery, Allan Brockway, Richard Campbell, Richard C. Griffiths,
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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Pondering whether Neanderthals were ‘religious’:

http://www.npr.org/sections/13.7/2016/12/07/504650215/were-neanderthals-religious

Of course they’re putting a ‘paleo diet’ spin on this study of Acheulian diet from a site in northern Israel:

http://phys.org/news/2016-12-secrets-paleo-diet-discovery-reveals.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-12/thuo-sot120516.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/12/161205164935.htm
http://www.timesofisrael.com/traces-of-true-paleo-diet-emerge-from-muck-in-northern-israel/
https://www.newscientist.com/article/2115127-ancient-leftovers-show-the-real-paleo-diet-was-a-veggie-feast/
http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.757109
http://www.archaeology.org/5068-161206-paleolithic-plant-diet

More on Lucy in the trees:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/30/science/lucy-bones-trees.html
http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=92195

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AFRICA
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Review of McKenzie and Watson, *The Garima Gospels: Early Illuminated Gospel Books from Ethiopia*:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/opinion/2016/12/10/sacred-mysteries-ancient-ethiopian-echoes-roman-antiquity/

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Some statues of Sekhmet from Luxor:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/251690/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Statues-of-lioness-goddess-Sekhmet-unearthed-in-Lu.aspx
http://www.archaeology.org/5081-lion-headed-goddess-statues-unearthed-in-luxor

Comparing Trump to Rameses II (!):

https://www.theguardian.com/science/blog/2016/dec/05/ramesses-ii-victor-of-kadesh-a-kindred-spirit-of-trump

More on that boat from Abydos:

https://penncurrent.upenn.edu/news/penn-archaeologist-discovers-ancient-egyptian-boat-in-middle-of-desert
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3905742/3-800-year-old-Egyptian-tableau-depict-funerary-boats-carried-Pharaoh-Senusret-III-tomb.html
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/pharaonic-boat-burial-abydos-egypt-04350.html

More on Nefertari’s knees in Turin:

http://phys.org/news/2016-12-mummified-egyptian-queen-nefertari.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-12/uoy-mri120216.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/12/161202094342.htm
https://www.yahoo.com/news/mystery-mummy-legs-belonged-egyptian-145300400.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/dec/02/mummified-knees-are-queen-nefertaris-archaeologists-conclude
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/12/05/504449966/researchers-confident-mysterious-pair-of-mummified-knees-belonged-to-queen-nefer
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/1206/Queen-Nefertari-s-knees-Egyptologists-confirm-mysterious-find
http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2016/12/06/queen-nefertari-mummy-found-at-turin-3_c22c8ff3-951f-461d-9049-f19f55db65d5.html
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/12/2016/mummified-legs-may-belong-to-egyptian-queen-nefertari

More on that 2000 years bp ‘pet cemetery’:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archeologists-discover-ancient-pet-cemetery-egypt-180961292/

More on the MOU between Egypt and the US:

http://www.nationalgeographic.com.au/people/us-egypt-sign-agreement-to-thwart-trade-in-illegal-antiquities.aspx

Last week we had this plant domestication story in the Asia section; it also applies here:

http://phys.org/news/2016-12-prehistoric-highlight-diverse-cereal-domestication.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-12/uoc–ppr120116.php
http://www.archaeology.org/5075-161207-neolithic-staple-crops

… while this week we’re hearing plant domestication began in Syria:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-12/snrc-nsw120216.php
http://scienmag.com/neolithic-syrians-were-first-to-domesticate-cereals/
http://elpais.com/elpais/2016/12/05/ciencia/1480954076_447391.html

Stained glass from Bathonea:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/stained-glass-evidence-of-high-living-standards-in-ancient-bathonea.aspx?pageID=238&nID=106990&NewsCatID=375

Gobeklitepe is getting Heritage Status:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/gobeklitepe-to-soon-enter-unesco-list.aspx?pageID=238&nid=106917&NewsCatID=375

An item from the Safeguarding Endangered Cultural Heritage Summit in Abu Dhabi:

http://www.thenational.ae/opinion/editorial/cutting-the-lines-of-smugglers

Feature/interview on the black market in antiquities in Syria:

http://syriadirect.org/news/how-the-antiquities-black-market-thrives-on-syria-%E2%80%98we-have-the-collapse-of-state-institutions-and-the-society-holding-them-all-together%E2%80%99/
http://syriadirect.org/news/artifact-trafficking-and-the-battle-to-stop-it-its-open-season/

Some heritage sheep have returned to Israel:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/biblical-sheep-in-israel-for-first-time-in-millennia/
http://www.timesofisrael.com/baa-baa-biblical-sheep-have-you-an-israeli-passport/

Feature on Mesopotamia:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-ancient-chinese-surgeons-opened-skulls-and-minds-180961286/

More on Hebrew as the first alphabet:

http://phys.org/news/2016-12-archeologist-proof-hebrew-written-alphabet.html

,,, but cf:

http://www.rollstonepigraphy.com/?p=779

More on evidence of Bronze Age water pollution in Jordan:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-12/uow-rmh120216.php
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/kitchener-waterloo/polluted-river-southern-jordan-smelting-copper-waterloo-1.3882242
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/12/2016/river-polluted-with-copper-in-late-neolithic-jordan
http://www.archaeology.org/5069-161206-wadi-faynan-pollution

More on vandalism at the Herodion at Sebastia:

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

Some sites have been recovered in the Mosul offensive:

http://www.livescience.com/57135-historic-iraq-sites-reclaimed-in-mosul-offensive.html

Some significant inscriptions survived at Nimrud:

http://www.livescience.com/57161-ancient-inscriptions-survive-isil-attacks.html

As the week ended, we heard that ISIL was back in Palmyra:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/isis-is-back-in-the-ancient-syrian-city-of-palmyra/2016/12/10/d60523b3-21c5-4db7-883c-6f89305c1b25_story.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-38275905

… but this a.m. we get word that Russian bombing has driven them out again:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/isis-pulls-out-of-ancient-palmyra-after-heavy-russian-bombing-a7467996.html
http://www.dw.com/en/heavy-russian-air-raids-drive-islamic-state-out-of-syrias-palmyra-monitor/a-36725282
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-38280283

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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A Bronze Age burial featuring a crown from Pieria:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/21270-rare-late-bronze-age-crown-found-in-pieria-northern-greece.html

Interesting study of evidence for malaria in the Italian peninsula during Roman times:

http://phys.org/news/2016-12-overwhelming-evidence-malaria-years.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-12/mu-rfo113016.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/12/161206111728.htm
http://www.livescience.com/57108-malaria-found-in-ancient-roman-skeletons.html
http://www.archaeology.org/5066-161205-italy-malaria-parasite

Evidence of frankincense used in Roman burials:

http://phys.org/news/2014-12-dirt-insight-roman-burials.html

Erotic frescoes from Pompeii were in the news this week:

http://www.news.com.au/travel/travel-ideas/weird-and-wacky/raunchy-paintings-from-pompeii-show-2000-year-old-porn/news-story/9c49235169cd475f24916acacbe12c19
http://metro.co.uk/2016/12/08/up-pompeii-erotic-paintings-reveal-sex-lives-of-ancient-romans-6308999/

… as were some other villas that opened after restoration:

http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/culture/2016/12/09/pompeii-marvels-on-display-after-restoration_16355762-2a88-4fe0-8a4e-e101b69bc276.html

Feature on the Roman monetary system:

http://www.coinworld.com/news/world-coins/2016/12/sestertius-was-cornerstone-in-roman-monetary-system.all.html

On today’s version of Stoicism:

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/stoicism-2016-ryan-holiday-how-the-2300-year-old-philosophy-has-been-re-branded-for-modern-life-a7461386.html

The Romans-had-perfect-teeth thing is back again:

http://www.sfgate.com/technology/businessinsider/article/Scientists-studied-ancient-Romans-and-found-that-10786173.php

A Roman tombstone — lost in a fire — turns up in New York:

http://www.fox5ny.com/news/222013725-story
http://www.sciencealert.com/construction-workers-have-found-an-ancient-roman-tombstone-in-new-york

What Mary Beard was up to this week:

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/ukip-arron-banks-mary-beard-rome_uk_5845c2d5e4b07ac7244927f6
http://www.express.co.uk/comment/columnists/jennifer-selway/741991/romans-twitter-row-Ukip-Arron-Banks-Mary-Beard-historian

What’s happening to Latin teachers:

http://www.stamfordadvocate.com/local/article/Latin-enthusiasts-lament-language-s-decline-10787810.php

More on the ‘gladiator’ ban in Rome:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/rome-gladiators-ban-rickshaws-italy-tourist-photographs-a7455386.html

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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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A pair of burials from a neolithic/Bronze Age site in Anglesey are causing a bit of a rethink of the origins of agriculture in North Wales:

http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/human-remains-found-internationally-important-12274261
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/12/2016/early-neolithic-houses-found-at-site-in-wales
http://www.archaeology.org/5065-161205-wales-llanfaethlu-remains

Reassessment of some Bronze Age remains excavated on the Isle of Man in 1947 have revealed assorted bone objects:

http://www.archaeology.org/5067-161205-bone-knife-pommel

A pile of 2000+ years bp bloomeries from Poland:

http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news,412267,mazowieckie-more-than-70-bloomeries-from-2-thousand-years-ago-discovered-in-kanie.html

Gleanings from an Iron Age site on Orkney:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-38207134
http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/homenews/14948934.Iron_age_man_gets_his_teeth_into_his_work/
http://www.archaeology.org/5071-161206-orkney-broch-jaw

Evidence of a deadly virus from pottery from an Iron Age hillfort in Germany:

http://www.archaeology.org/5080-161209-pottery-organs-virus

Burials of monks at a site near Glastonbury are the oldest in the UK:

http://www.livescience.com/57114-earliest-monastery-in-britain.html
https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2016/dec/05/somerset-skeletons-are-oldest-evidence-of-monks-found-in-uk
http://www.thisisthewestcountry.co.uk/news/14946279.Archaeologists_uncover_remains_of_Britain_s_oldest_monastery_in_Somerset/
http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/14948527.EARLIEST_KNOWN_MONKS_IN_BRITISH_ISLES_UNCOVERED_IN_SOMERSET/
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/oldest-community-monks-uk-discovered-180961327/
http://www.archaeology.org/5064-161205-england-earliest-monastery

… not sure why they’re bringing up an Arthur connection:

http://www.livescience.com/57114-earliest-monastery-in-britain.html

Plenty of horsebits from a 9th century (or so) site in Russia:

http://www.horsetalk.co.nz/2016/12/08/dozens-1300-year-old-horse-bits-russian-archaeological/#axzz4SXOsvpn9

Viking gold found in Denmark … live on TV:

http://www.thelocal.dk/20161205/viking-gold-discovered-in-denmark-on-live-tv

An ‘Odin amulet’ from Denmark:

http://www.thelocal.dk/20161209/rare-1500-year-old-odin-amulet-found-in-denmark

Finds from various periods during road construction in Cork:

https://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland/treasure-trove-of-artifacts-found-under-cork-street-434599.html

Studying a deserted 19th century village on Achill Island:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5070-161206-ireland-deserted-village

A painting of Henry VIII’s Nonsuch Palace has been ‘saved’ from export:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-surrey-38274938

Looking closer at some of those Black Sea shipwrecks:

http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/569340/crimea-shipwreck-british-gold-barrels-divers-nazi-hitler-crimean-war

On Versailles:

http://theconversation.com/friday-essay-what-is-it-about-versailles-69559

More on that submerged Neolithic settlement off Sweden:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/underwater-stone-age-fishermans-paradise-145600502.html

More on that Viking toolbox find:

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

More on that ‘plague pit’:

http://www.livescience.com/57092-black-death-burial-pit-discovered.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-humber-38146468
http://www.independent.ie/world-news/europe/britain/skeletons-of-27-children-found-in-extremely-rare-black-death-burial-pit-35256408.html
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/black-death-plague-pit-with-48-skeletons-is-extremely-rare-find/
https://www.yahoo.com/news/black-death-plague-pit-48-183900740.html
http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/rare-plague-pit-find-made-by-sheffield-archaeologists-1-8264816

More on the Lascaux replica:

http://phys.org/news/2016-12-france-lascaux-prehistoric-art-cave.html

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

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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Plans to excavate the tomb of the wife of Liu He:

http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/culture/2016-12/06/content_27576213.htm

Not sure if we mentioned the excavation of the Yongshan Blood Pool in Shaanxi:

http://www.ecns.cn/2016/12-07/236745.shtml
http://www.archaeology.org/5073-161207-china-imperial-sacrifice

Plenty of porcelain from various dynasties at a site in Qingdong:

http://www.archaeology.org/5078-161208-shanghai-silk-road

Archaeology and the future of nomads in Mongolia:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/blog/2016/dec/07/archaeology-sheds-light-on-mongolias-uncertain-nomadic-future

I think we mentioned these 110 sites (30 000 years bp) from Pakistan:

http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/30000-year-old-relics-discovered-in-pakistan/1/830357.html
https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/170761-110-archaeological-sites-discovered-in-Jamrud
http://tribune.com.pk/story/1257694/30000-year-old-rock-art-110-heritage-sites-discovered-khyber-agency/
http://www.newsnation.in/article/153550-archaeologists-discover-110-sites-in-pakistan-that-are-30000-year-old.html

1000 years bp temple remains from Raisen:

http://www.freepressjournal.in/bhopal/bhopal-1000-year-old-temples-discovered-in-raisen/985072

On trepanation in ancient China:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-ancient-chinese-surgeons-opened-skulls-and-minds-180961286/

On Flinders’ encounters with the Aborigines:

http://theconversation.com/the-limits-of-empathy-matthew-flinders-encounters-with-indigenous-australians-69345

More on that 6000 years bp pentagon house from Shanxi:

http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/culture/2016-11/30/content_27524061.htm

More on Han Dynasty (and earlier) burials from the suburbs of Beijing:

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/diggers-find-ancient-tombs-beijing-suburb-44078567
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/12/09/asia-pacific/science-health-asia-pacific/diggers-find-ancient-tombs-beijing-suburb/

More on that sculpture with a Ming dynasty banknote inside:

http://www.livescience.com/57026-ming-dynasty-banknote-found-inside-sculpture.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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Studying a 2200 years bp site on the Exploits River:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/archaeologists-uncover-artifacts-old-grand-falls-windsor-groswater-1.3884429?cmp=rss

Archaeology suggests a violent end at Arizona’s Montezuma Castle:

http://westerndigs.org/new-evidence-reveals-violent-final-days-at-arizonas-montezuma-castle/
http://www.archaeology.org/5082-161209-arizona-montezuma-castle

… while some clay figurines from Arizona may be fertility figures:

http://westerndigs.org/earliest-known-clay-figurines-in-the-southwest-may-be-fertility-symbols-study-says/

Lack of zinc is implicated in the death of a Franklin Expedition crew member:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/franklin-expedition-toenail-research-1.3885268
http://www.nunatsiaqonline.ca/stories/article/65674fingernail-toenail_study_offers_insights_into_why_franklin_crew_died/
http://www.nature.com/news/fingernail-absolves-lead-poisoning-in-death-of-arctic-explorer-1.21128
http://www.archaeology.org/5079-161209-beechey-island-graves

Latest about Kennewick Man:

http://www.tri-cityherald.com/news/local/article119088553.html
http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2016/dec/06/kennewick-man-skeleton-closer-to-tribal-return/

Studying a ‘tsunami of molasses’ in 1919:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/26/science/boston-molasses-flood-science.html

They’re rethinking the naming of Calhoun College at Yale:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/02/arts/design/yale-calhoun-college-slavery-debate-policy.html
http://www.nhregister.com/general-news/20161202/yale-to-consider-changing-calhoun-colleges-name-based-on-renaming-report

On the electoral college:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2016/12/11/the-electoral-college-is-a-medieval-relic-only-the-u-s-still-has-one/

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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The ancient Maya brought shark teeth to the jungle, apparently:

http://arstechnica.com/science/2016/12/how-the-ancient-maya-brought-sharks-to-the-jungle/

Latest theory on the people of Easter Island:

http://www.elmostrador.cl/vida-en-linea/2016/12/05/expertos-presentan-renovadas-teorias-sobre-el-origen-de-la-poblacion-de-isla-de-pascua/

More on ancient funerary mutilation in Brazil:

http://www.livescience.com/57017-ancient-mutilated-skeletons-found-in-brazil.html
https://www.yahoo.com/news/ancient-americans-mutilated-corpses-funeral-150000626.html

More on that temple to the god of the winds:

http://cultura.elpais.com/cultura/2016/12/06/actualidad/1481039126_026921.html

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Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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A copy of Isaac Newton’s Principia is coming to auction:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/dec/05/principia-sir-isaac-newton-first-edition-auction-christies-new-york

Assorted Indiana Jonesish people:

http://www.neatorama.com/2016/12/09/5-People-Who-Were-Basically-Indiana-Jones/

On the origins of apple cider:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-origins-apple-cider-180960662/

The influence of maps on Shakespeare:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-maps-shaped-shakespeare-180961194/

The British Library has put a pile of Hebrew manuscripts online:

http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=92343

All about Krampus:

http://www.dw.com/en/krampus-santas-terrifying-companion/g-36637461

On zero:

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20161206-we-couldnt-live-without-zero-but-we-once-had-to

This stolen Klimt story is interesting:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-38242917
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-38222277

The Belle Epoque wasn’t always so belle:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20161207-the-dark-side-of-the-belle-epoque

An overview of the Arthurian legend:

http://theconversation.com/guide-to-the-classics-the-arthurian-legend-64289

I think we’ve mentioned this Swabian beer recreation:

http://www.zmescience.com/science/news-science/iron-age-drink/

Review of Fine, *The Menorah*:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/02/books/review/a-history-of-the-menorah.html?_r=0

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Virtually unwrapped mummies:

http://phys.org/news/2016-12-egyptian-mummies-virtually-unwrapped-australia.html
http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/breakfast/learning-what-lays-inside-the-wrappings-of-a-mummy/8102602
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-12-08/egyptian-mummies-laid-bare-by-21st-technology/8103526
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-12-08/egyptian-mummies-virtually-unwrapped-for-first-time-in-thousands-of-years/1638360

Hadrian’s Cavalry:

http://www.northumberlandgazette.co.uk/whats-on/arts/major-roman-cavalry-exhibition-announced-along-hadrian-s-wall-1-8275259
http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/whats-on/whats-on-news/hadrians-wall-world-heritage-site-12273223

Royal Treasures of the Nguyen Dynasty:

http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/what-s-on/168108/exhibition-on-royal-treasures-opens-in-hue.html

Terracotta Warriors:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/dec/07/chinas-terracotta-warriors-to-return-to-uk-for-first-time-in-nearly-a-decade
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-merseyside-38229560
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/12/07/terracotta-warriors-return-britain/
http://www.apollo-magazine.com/chinas-terracotta-army-is-coming-to-liverpool/

The antiquities at the Getty are returning:

http://dallasartdealers.org/j-paul-getty-museum-begins-reinstallation-of-antiquities-collection-at-the-getty-villa/

Quran:

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/exhibit-illuminates-divine-art-quran/

Time and Cosmos in Greco Roman Antiquity:

http://hyperallergic.com/331494/time-and-cosmos-institute-study-ancient-world/

A Virgin and Child sculpture is back on view at the BM:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2016/dec/10/british-museum-medieval-virgin-child-statue

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THE TECHY SIDE
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Developments in dating aboriginal petroglyphs:

http://phys.org/news/2016-12-techniques-date-australian-aboriginal-art.html

We mentioned this map restoration last week … here’s the process:

http://sploid.gizmodo.com/watch-a-destroyed-17th-century-map-get-painstakingly-re-1789490980

Adjusting dating methods because of the impact of fossil fuel emissions:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-12/awih-iam120516.php
http://www.awi.de/nc/en/about-us/service/press/press-release/identifying-age-measurements-distorted-by-fossil-fuel-emissions.html

Xraying a portrait at the Charles Dickens Museum:

http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=92267

Robert the Bruce got the facial reconstruction treatment:

http://phys.org/news/2016-12-digitally-reconstructed-skull-reveal-robert.html
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/dec/08/sprucing-up-robert-the-bruce-scottish-kings-face-gets-3d-treatment
http://www.archaeology.org/5076-161208-robert-the-bruce

… as did the Neolithic Jericho skull guy:

http://www.sciencealert.com/this-is-the-reconstructed-face-of-9-500-year-old-neolithic-man

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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What DNA reveals about freed slaves on St Helena:

http://www.nature.com/news/what-dna-reveals-about-st-helena-s-freed-slaves-1.21096
http://www.archaeology.org/5074-161207-genome-transatlantic-trade

The genome analysis of the Spirit Cave Mummy is done:

http://www.nature.com/news/what-dna-reveals-about-st-helena-s-freed-slaves-1.21096

DNA suggests smallpox may have emerged more recently than previously thought:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-12/mu-sot120216.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/12/161208141635.htm
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-38243108
http://www.archaeology.org/5077-161208-lithuania-smallpox-virus
http://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2016/12/08/504618235/a-mummys-dna-may-help-solve-the-mystery-of-the-origins-of-smallpox
http://elpais.com/elpais/2016/12/08/ciencia/1481196001_087293.html

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/================================================================
TOURISTY THINGS
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Assorted Roman sites:

http://elviajero.elpais.com/elviajero/2016/12/07/actualidad/1481122643_428300.html

Ostia:

http://www.italoamericano.org/story/2016-12-8/ostia-italy

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CRIME BEAT
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That gate stolen from Dachau a while back turned up in Norway:

http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=92196

More on antiquities from Palmyra turning up in Geneva:

http://theartnewspaper.com/news/news/palmyra-antiquities-seized-at-geneva-free-port-/
https://www.artforum.com/news/id=65155
http://www.timesofisrael.com/swiss-seize-artefacts-looted-from-syrias-palmyra/

Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2016/12/culture-crime-news-28-november-4-december-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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Returns to Egypt from various countries:

http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/egypt-recovers-7-artifacts-us-switzerland-and-uae
http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/251519/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Fruitful-week-for-repatriation-of-Egyptian-antiqui.aspx

… and it’s been a good year for repatriation of Egyptian items:

http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/egypt-retrieved-over-500-smuggled-artifacts-2016official

Bolivia recovered some items from Argentina:

http://www.laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=2426874&CategoryId=14919

Remains of some Tasmanian Aborigines have been returned:

http://www.abc.net.au/pm/content/2016/s4587935.htm
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-12-06/aboriginal-remains-return-to-tasmania/8095502

More on the return of that mummy hand:

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

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NUMISMATICA
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Latest e-Sylum:

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

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v19n50.html

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Ancient Coin Collecting:

http://ancientcoincollecting.blogspot.com/

Ancient Coins:

http://classicalcoins.blogspot.com/

Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

http://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-main-menu-cat/audio-news-list/2524-audio-news-from-archaeologica-27-november-2016-3-december-2016
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OBITUARIES
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[it appears the rate of deaths among archaeologists is inversely proportional to the rate of deaths among celebrities this year]

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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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