Explorator 19.35-36 ~ January 1, 2017

Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Hernan Astudillo,
Bob Heuman, David Critchley, Barbara Saylor Rodgers, David Emery, Feral Boy,
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).

Happy New Year to those following whatever calendar it is that rolled over to 2017 today ….

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Learning about diet 1.2 million years bp from dental plaque from Atapuerca:

http://www.livescience.com/57278-early-humans-ate-raw-meat.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2016/12/19/a-researcher-discovered-how-cave-men-cleaned-their-teeth-it-will-make-you-want-to-brush-yours/
http://news.nationalpost.com/news/world/a-researcher-discovered-how-cave-men-cleaned-their-teeth-it-will-make-you-want-to-brush-yours
http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/world/researcher+discovered+cave+cleaned+their+teeth+will+make+want+brush/12560611/story.html
http://phys.org/news/2016-12-cavemen-toothpicks.html

Suggestion that Neanderthals were cannibals arises again:

http://phys.org/news/2016-12-caves-neanderthals-cannibals.html
http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/world/deep+belgian+caves+researchers+find+neanderthals+feasted/12614839/story.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/world/1171649/the-caves-that-prove-neanderthals-were-cannibals

Suggestion that Neanderthals made boats:

https://www.thestar.com/news/world/2016/12/27/neanderthals-in-a-boat-not-such-a-far-fetched-notion-after-all.html

What we can learn from footprints:

http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/1214/How-much-can-we-learn-about-a-human-ancestor-from-one-footprint
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fossil-footprints-show-movements-our-earliest-ancestors-180961471/

Overviewish on where we are in evolutionary studies:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/blog/2016/dec/22/why-were-closer-than-ever-to-a-timeline-for-human-evolution

Another modern ailment blamed on evolution:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-38251031

More on Chatelperronian items being made by Neanderthals:

http://www.archaeology.org/issues/242-1701/trenches/5099-trenches-neanderthal-proteins

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AFRICA
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Earliest evidence of plants being cooked in pottery comes from the Libyan Sahara, 10 000 years bp:

http://phys.org/news/2016-12-earliest-evidence-cooked-ancient-pottery.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-12/uob-eed121616.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/12/161219134457.htm
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-38366109
http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-1.761442
http://www.archaeology.org/5146-161219-hunter-gatherer-cooking
http://www.latercera.com/noticia/descubren-neolitico-ya-se-cocinaban-plantas-vasijas-barro/
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/12/2016/earliest-evidence-discovered-of-plants-cooked-in-ancient-pottery

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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A 5000 years bp petroglyph from the Egyptian Sahara was getting some press attention:

http://www.livescience.com/57311-5000-year-old-nativity-scene-found.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5162-161223-sahara-birth-painting
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4063638/Egyptian-Nativity-scene-predates-Jesus-3-000-years.html

A 3000 years bp ‘stone’ (column drum?) turns up in an Egyptian meat shop:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/life-style/art-and-culture/2016/12/21/3-000-year-old-stone-discovered-in-Egypt-butcher-shop.html

Chinese archaeologists want to excavate in Egypt:

http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1026260.shtml

Finds from Qubbet al Hawa (including a retaining wall of some sort) suggest there are more tombs to be found there:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/253556/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Archaeologists-find-compelling-evidence-for-new-to.aspx
http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/pharaonic-tomb-aged-over-4200-years-discovered-aswan
http://phys.org/news/2016-12-ancient-tombs-qubbet-el-hawa-aswan.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/12/161222094925.htm
http://www.pressreleasepoint.com/university-birmingham-researchers-discover-new-ancient-tombs
http://www.latinpost.com/articles/129395/20161226/archeologists-unearth-new-ancient-egyptian-tombs-belonging-unknown-pharaohs.htm
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/12/2016/compelling-evidence-for-future-tomb-discoveries-at-qubbet-el-hawa-in-aswan
http://www.archaeology.org/5154-161221-egypt-qubbet-al-hawa-wall

Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities and Ministry of Tourism seem to be getting along:

http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2016/12/29/607223/

Feature on the Lydian Kingdom’s ‘culinary culture’:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/lydian-kingdoms-culinary-culture-revealed-in-excavations-.aspx?pageID=238&nid=107479&NewsCatID=375

4000 years bp (maybe) remains from Kuwait:

http://news.kuwaittimes.net/website/ancient-remains-found-subbiya/
http://www.zawya.com/mena/en/story/Ancient_remains_found_in_North_Kuwait-ZAWYA20161219051016/

More DSS fragments are turning up:

http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.760249
http://forward.com/fast-forward/357916/archaeologists-discover-new-dead-sea-scroll-fragments-in-remote-cave-hideou/

Plenty of attention for a coin of Antiochus in Jerusalem:

http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=38875
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Rare-coin-from-King-Antiochuss-rule-discovered-in-Jerusalem-475963
http://www.timesofisrael.com/coin-struck-by-vilified-king-from-hanukkah-story-found-in-jerusalem/

… and for a bowl fragment with the name Hyrcanus on it:

http://www.antiquities.org.il/Article_eng.aspx?sec_id=25&subj_id=240&id=4240
http://www.livescience.com/57332-ancient-stone-bowl-hebrew-engraving.html
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Article.aspx?id=476164
http://www.timesofisrael.com/archaeologists-unearth-name-linked-to-hasmonean-kings-etched-on-jerusalem-stone/
http://artdaily.com/news/92682/Archaeologists-discover-a-stone-bowl-engraved-with-a-rare-Hebrew-inscription
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5159-161222-jerusalem-engraved-bowl

Feature on oldest images of Hanukkah menorahs:

http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-1.760257

… related:

http://www.wsj.com/articles/why-does-the-hanukkah-menorah-have-nine-branches-1481897288
http://forward.com/culture/356906/everything-you-wanted-to-know-about-menorahs-but-were-afraid-to-ask/
http://www.timesofisrael.com/7-facts-about-menorahs-the-most-enduring-symbol-of-the-jewish-people/

A First Temple era wall at Tel Dan collapsed because of heavy rain this week:

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Article.aspx?id=476662
http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.761615
http://www.timesofisrael.com/biblical-era-tel-dan-wall-collapses-as-storms-hit-northern-israel/
http://www.archaeology.org/5166-161228-israel-tel-dan-wall

Feature on plastered skulls from various places:

http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-1.760597

Restoring synagogues in Cairo’s Jewish quarter:

http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2016/12/egypt-cairo-jewish-quarter-synagogues.html

Pondering ‘Jesus sites’ in Jerusalem:

http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-1.760614

… and some tiles are being given a Jesus connection:

http://www.worldreligionnews.com/religion-news/christianity/archaeologists-unearth-floor-tiles-jesus-may-walked

Feature on Lifta:

http://www.haaretz.com/1.760207

… and Khirbet Qeiyafa:

http://www.jpost.com/Magazine/Two-gates-at-least-two-opinions-473553

Not sure if we mentioned this Ancient Jerusalem app:

http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=39189

Feature on Assurnasirpal’s palace:

http://www.aina.org/ata/20161231030004.htm

Connecting Hanukkah and Trump:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2016/12/23/what-the-hanukkah-story-teaches-us-about-the-trump-administration/

More on the restoration of an Ottoman-era clock tower in Jaffa:

http://www.archaeology.org/5152-161220-jaffa-ottoman-clock-tower

More on ancient polluted rivers in Jordan:

http://www.livescience.com/57168-earliest-polluted-river-found-jordan.html

A plan to save sites/artifacts in the Middle East:

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/14995969.Experts_to_draw_up_plans_on_how__to_save_treasures_in_Middle_East/

Latest on Aleppo:

http://www.nwaonline.com/news/2016/dec/25/ruin-in-once-vital-aleppo-soars-into-bi/

Latest on looting in Iraq:

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=11775287
http://www.fredericksburg.com/news/news-wire/turning-iraq-history-to-rubble-leaving-the-mess-to-looters/article_ac7cb75c-2d9e-544e-a26b-8ca3bb71a540.html
http://www.timesofisrael.com/is-turned-iraqs-history-to-rubble-now-the-mess-has-been-left-to-looters/

On Agatha Christie at Nimrud:

http://www.independent.ie/world-news/agatha-christie-had-littleknown-role-in-ancient-nimrud-35332060.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/agatha-christie-had-little-known-role-in-ancient-nimrud/2016/12/31/cdc49caa-cf2d-11e6-85cd-e66532e35a44_story.html
http://www.timesofisrael.com/agatha-christie-had-little-known-role-in-ancient-nimrud/

.. and Nimrud today:

http://thecourier.com/world-news/2016/12/31/3000-years-ago-it-ruled-the-mideast-now-blown-to-pieces/
http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/3000-years-ago-ruled-mideast-now-blown-pieces-44483868
http://rudaw.net/mobile/english/middleeast/iraq/19122016

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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They’re still finding things at Knossos:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/21698-minoan-civilization-capital-knossos-to-reveal-more-treasures.html

Assorted interesting Hellenistic finds from Nea Paphos:

http://cyprus-mail.com/2016/12/19/skeleton-well-ancient-surgery-among-paphos-archaeological-finds/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5149-161219-cyprus-nea-paphos-medical

… and Palaepaphos:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/21516-80-meter-classical-period-wall-discovered-unearthed-at-palaepaphos-in-cyprus.html

2000 years bp Roman burials from Kutahya:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/roman-era-tombs-found-in-kutahya-.aspx?pageID=238&nid=107653&NewsCatID=375
http://www.dailysabah.com/history/2016/12/22/2000-year-old-roman-tombs-discovered-in-central-turkey
http://www.archaeology.org/5156-161222-turkey-roman-cotyaeum

Latest from Magarsus:

http://www.dailysabah.com/history/2016/12/28/ancient-theater-stadium-in-adana-nearly-unearthed
http://www.archaeology.org/5167-161228-turkey-magarsus-theater

Latest on the harbour at Corinth:

http://www.livescience.com/57330-ancient-corinth-harbor.html

The ‘Victoria of Calvatone’, missing since WWII, turns up in Russia:

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/lost-roman-antiquity-found-in-russia-797810

Roman Caistor St Edmund is the latest site to be designated ‘bigger than previously thought’:

http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/roman_town_at_caistor_st_edmund_up_to_three_times_bigger_than_previously_thought_new_dig_reveals_1_4812665

Latest from the Lechaion Harbour Project:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2016/12/21/greek-danish-archaeologists-discover-more-of-ancient-corinth-port-video/
http://www.archaeology.org/5153-161221-ancient-harbor-lechaion

Funerary implications of some Roman shrines at Kilkenny:

http://www.kilkennypeople.ie/news/home/228410/roman-shrines-on-freestone-hill-kilkenny-infer-drinking-at-funerals-not-a-modern-thing.html

Pondering the Neronian persecution:

https://cruxnow.com/commentary/2016/12/18/maybe-nero-didnt-persecute-christians/

Latest in the Thessaloniki metro station saga:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/society/21636-court-approves-plans-for-antiquities-at-thessaloniki-metro-station.html

On the origins of some Greek Myths:

http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20161220-the-strange-inspirations-behind-greek-myths

Feature on Saturnalia:

http://www.baltimoresun.com/features/retro-baltimore/bal-retro-baltimore-remembering-saturnalia-the-pagan-precursor-to-christmas-20161221-story.html

Feature on the Falkirk Hoard:

http://www.falkirkherald.co.uk/lifestyle/nostalgia/falkirk-s-greatest-roman-discovery-1-4327903

On the origins of the Etruscans:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2007/jun/18/italy.johnhooper?CMP=share_btn_fb

Some Roman movies to get you through the holiday season:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/drsarahbond/2016/12/23/five-roman-history-films-to-binge-watch-this-holiday-season-and-some-to-feed-to-the-beasts/

Feature on Lucian and Star Wars:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/intergalactic-battle-ancient-rome-180961416/

What Mary Beard isn’t up to:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/12/27/mary-beard-stumbles-upon-priceless-set-henry-viii-tapestries/
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/king-henry-viii-tapestry-mystery-new-york-city-rug-gallery-shop/

More on that Gargilius inscription:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/underwater-hebrew-tablet-reveals-biblical-143000683.html

More on the (re)discovery of Vlochos:

http://www.thelocal.se/20161212/swedish-archaeologists-unearth-lost-ancient-city-in-greece
https://www.yahoo.com/news/excavations-greek-village-reveal-ancient-142500997.html
http://elpais.com/elpais/2016/12/13/ciencia/1481627728_488694.html
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/1214/Ancient-Greek-backwater-actually-a-bustling-metropolis-research-shows

More on the folks keeping an eye on Libya’s Roman antiquities:

http://artdaily.com/news/92652/The-unlikely-saviours-of-Libya-s-Roman-remains
http://www.dailysabah.com/history/2016/12/24/the-unlikely-saviors-of-libyas-roman-remains
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/the-unlikely-aviors-of-libyas-roman-remains.aspx?pageID=238&nid=107634&NewsCatID=375
http://thepeninsulaqatar.com/article/22/12/2016/The-unlikely-saviours-of-Libya-s-Roman-remains
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20161222000580

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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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Remains of a 6000 years bp mask from Germany:

http://www.dw.com/en/archaeologists-identify-6000-year-old-mask/av-36870712

A Celtic brooch from Norway with a Viking connection:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/12/161219084638.htm
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/12/2016/bronze-celtic-brooch-from-viking-raids-found-in-norway
http://www.archaeology.org/5157-161222-norway-celtic-brooch

A strange, twisted Anglo Saxon saint/king burial from Lincolnshire:

http://www.lincolnshirelive.co.uk/was-an-anglo-saxon-saint-or-king-buried-at-lost-monastery-in-lincolnshire/story-29998427-detail/story.html
http://www.archaeology.org/5158-161222-anglo-saxon-burial

A medieval ring from Sherwood Forest is being tested:

http://metro.co.uk/2016/12/19/treasure-hunter-finds-medieval-ring-in-robin-hoods-sherwood-forest-6332401/

Reports of turkey (and other fowl) bones from a dig at a 16th century (give or take) site excavated in the 1970s (+) at Norton Priory:

http://www.archaeology.org/5161-161223-england-monks-turkey

Fragments of a Pakistan-made carpet from a 17th century Dutch shipwreck:

http://www.livescience.com/57287-lavish-carpet-found-17th-century-shipwreck.html
http://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/17th-century-indian-carpet-discovered-in-dutch-shipwreck/story-i1u7MD8FgxfF4JvpMffXaP.html
http://indianexpress.com/article/lifestyle/art-and-culture/17th-century-indian-carpet-discovered-in-dutch-shipwreck-4448392/

Challenging claims about Banquo’s Walk:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-38377398
http://www.scotsman.com/news/myth-of-highland-clan-road-dispelled-after-150-years-1-4322330
http://www.archaeology.org/5150-161220-scotland-banquo-s-walk

Some standing stones may have been erected to commemorate Bannockburn:

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/14994252.___Ancient____standing_stones_are_linked_to_1314_battle/
http://www.archaeology.org/5172-161230-scotland-standing-stones

A controversial suggestion about Newgrange’s ‘sun trap’:

http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/archaeologist-questions-validity-of-monuments-ancient-roof-box-35313576.html
http://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/newgrange-sun-trap-may-be-only-50-years-old-says-archaeologist-1.2913483
http://www.irishmirror.ie/news/irish-news/iconic-newgrange-monument-could-just-9495973
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/winter-solstice-newgrange-sun-trap-might-be-modern-invention/

… but:

http://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/letters/newgrange-the-archaeological-evidence-1.2916654

Plans to search for a missing column in Venice:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/12/18/venetians-hope-solve-mystery-giant-stone-column-disappeared/

Plans to restore the Tolpuddle Martyrs old chapel:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2016/dec/27/tolpuddle-martyrs-old-chapel-restored-place-sit-think

On where they used to hang pirates in London:

http://www.bbc.com/autos/story/20161216-the-london-gallows-where-pirates-were-hanged

Comparing Brexit and the treaty of Troyes:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-38326618

Concerns for Altomuenster Abbey:

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/ae495ab4c2a94f649360f0049505003a/scholars-fret-about-fate-holy-grail-german-abbey-books

Review of Guy, *Elizabeth*:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/dec/27/elizabeth-forgotten-years-john-guy-review

More on the Lascaux replication:

http://www.nytimes.com/video/world/europe/100000004789226/lascaux-caves-paleolithic-and-new-again.html?smid=nytcore-iphone-share&smprod=nytcore-iphone

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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Old(est?) petroglyphs from Iran:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/iranian-archaeologist-uncovers-possibly-one-of-worlds-oldest-rock-etchings/
http://artdaily.com/news/92373/The-ibex-code–deciphering-Iran-s-ancient-rock-art

Pre Qin sites from Sichuan:

http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/culture/2016-12/19/content_27709813.htm
http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2016-12/22/content_39962194.htm

Another 2000 years bp burial from Hebei:

http://www.indialivetoday.com/archaeologists-in-chinas-hebei-province-unearths-2000-year-old-tomb/81363.html

Evidence of horse sacrifice at the Yongshan Blood Pool:

http://www.horsetalk.co.nz/2016/12/19/evidence-horse-sacrifices-yongshan-blood-pool/

A roundup of the major archaeological discoveries in China in 2016:

http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/culture/2016-12/23/content_27753670.htm
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/culture/2016-12/23/content_27753651.htm
http://www.ecns.cn/visual/hd/2016/12-29/114880.shtml

Remains of the Sanada Maru fortress at Osaka Castle:

http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201612250005.html
http://www.archaeology.org/5168-161229-japan-sanada-maru

Latest from the Inariyama Burial Mound:

http://www.archaeology.org/5171-161230-japan-inariyama-mound

A 3000 years bp urn child burial from Nadapuram:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/kozhikode/Bones-of-child-found-in-megalithic-urn/article16927874.ece

Rethinking the identity of the ‘Mohenjodaro Dancing Girl’:

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/mohenjodaro-dancing-girl-is-parvati-claims-ichr-journal-4444981/
http://www.dailyo.in/arts/mohenjodaro-dancing-girl-shiva-parvati-ys-rao-ichr-itihaas-thakur-prasad-verma/story/1/14736.html

… meanwhile they’re trying to attract archaeologists back to Mohenjodaro:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/1275665/moen-jo-daro-excavation-site-undergoing-maintenance-attract-archaeologists/

Plans to search for a necropolis in MIzoram:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/guwahati/Search-for-one-of-worlds-biggest-necropolis-sites-to-begin-in-Mizoram/articleshow/56108681.cms

Studying the Kinh Thien Palace:

http://www.archaeology.org/5170-161229-kinh-thien-palace

Feature on pre-communist Russia:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4048640/Pictured-Remarkable-pictures-days-Russian-Empire-revolution-country-ancient-traditions-colourful-cultures.html

More on burials found in a Beijing suburb:

http://nwasianweekly.com/2016/12/diggers-find-ancient-tombs-in-beijing-suburb/
http://www.archaeology.org/5147-161219-china-tongzhou-city-walls

… I’m not sure if these urn burials are from the same location:

http://eng.belta.by/society/view/archaeologists-discover-62-ancient-human-remains-buried-in-clay-containers-97291-2016/

More on remains of some beef soup in a Chinese tomb:

http://english.cctv.com/2016/12/21/VIDEHt3RzRg9cRS77ScZB7hM161221.shtml

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NORTH AMERICA
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A 3800 years bp ‘potato garden’ near Vancouver:

http://www.livescience.com/57316-ancient-underwater-garden-discovered.html
http://home.bt.com/news/world-news/is-this-the-worlds-oldest-garden-archaeologists-uncover-3800-year-old-horticultural-site-11364123204980
http://www.news24.com/Green/News/3-800-year-old-potato-garden-discovered-in-canada-20161227
http://advances.sciencemag.org/content/2/12/e1601282.full
http://www.archaeology.org/5163-161227-waterlogged-wapato-plants

Studying the extent of the Hopewell Road:

http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/science/2016/12/18/01-archaeology-how-far-did-the-great-hopewell-road-stretch-across-ohio.html
http://ohioarchaeology.org/journal-of-ohio-archaeology/137-volume-4-2016/495-the-great-hopewell-road-new-data-analysis-and-future-research-prospects

Documenting Dene caribou fences in the NWT:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/archaeologist-sahtu-caribou-fence-1.3902397

Evidence that the Chaco Canyon people had to import food:

http://phys.org/news/2016-12-ancient-chaco-canyon-population-imported.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-12/uoca-acc122916.php
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/dec/30/study-chaco-inhabitants-likely-relied-on-imported-/

Excavating Jamestown’s church:

http://www.dailypress.com/features/history/92126620-132.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/probing-for-a-lost-colonial-church-in-jamestown/2016/12/23/013219c4-c924-11e6-acda-59924caa2450_story.html
http://wydaily.com/2016/12/27/jamestown-unearthed-archaeologists-explore-400-year-old-church/

… a backgrounder on Jamestown:

http://www.livescience.com/38595-jamestown-history.html

Melting Arctic ice continues to reveal sites:

http://www.rcinet.ca/en/2016/12/27/melting-arctic-ice-patches-reveal-rich-archaeological-record/

… while melting snow in Wyoming has revealed the highest tipi ring:

http://www.kcwy13.com/content/news/Wyoming-archaeologist-Finds-the-Highest-Tipi-Ring-Wyoming–408859205.html

An oral history project:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/navajo-nation-library-wants-digitally-preserve-thousands-hours-oral-histories-180961576/

Feature on slave insurance policies:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/18/us/insurance-policies-on-slaves-new-york-lifes-complicated-past.html

Kennewick Man has been reburied:

http://phys.org/news/2016-12-ancient-skeleton-native-americans-reburial.html

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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More on the Brazilian ‘stonehenge’:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4037576/The-mystery-Amazon-Stonehenge-1-000-year-old-Megalithic-stone-circle-Brazil-hints-ancient-civilizations-sophisticated-thought.html

More on the Maya and giant shark teeth:

http://www.livescience.com/57202-megalodon-teeth-inspired-mayan-monster-myths.html

More on surviving the Atacama desert:

http://arstechnica.com/science/2016/12/how-humans-survived-in-the-barren-atacama-desert-13000-years-ago/

—–
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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A smattering of Christmas-related posts this year … first, on the date of Jesus’ birth:

http://www.haaretz.com/science-and-health/.premium-1.760635
http://bedfordviewedenvalenews.co.za/303512/why-is-christmas-celebrated-on-25-december/

… and some myths about the Nativity:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/five-myths-about-the-nativity/2016/12/16/48625672-c179-11e6-8422-eac61c0ef74d_story.html

… and an interesting 3d treatment of Breugel’s Nativity:

http://www.dw.com/en/renaissance-painter-pieter-brueghel-in-3d/a-36920420

… of course there was a Star of Bethlehem piece:

http://www.npr.org/sections/13.7/2016/12/21/506395770/the-star-of-bethlehem-and-the-magi-myth-or-reality

… and the date of New Year’s:

http://www.livescience.com/57342-why-is-new-years-january-first.html

… and New Year’s in various cultures in history:

http://www.tahlequahdailypress.com/news/new-year-s-celebrations-as-old-as-recorded-history/article_1f1baf80-6c53-5322-8e1e-e24d023a5a5a.html

There was an item on medieval Christmas foods:

http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2016/12/23/505741097/eat-ye-bread-sauce-while-ye-may-brits-go-medieval-on-christmas-day

On some Christmas carols (these deal with different carols):

http://theconversation.com/a-short-history-of-three-very-famous-christmas-carols-70272
http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20161220-the-surprising-origins-of-famous-christmas-carols

Top seven archaeological finds of 2016:

http://www.newser.com/story/235649/the-7-biggest-archaeology-finds-of-2016.html

… or maybe it’s top nine:

http://www.livescience.com/57314-biggest-archaeology-discoveries-2016.html
http://www.itechpost.com/articles/68756/20161226/top-9-archaeology-thrilling-discoveries-of-2016.htm

… could be ten:

http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2016/december-web-only/biblical-archaeology-top-ten-discoveries-of-2016.html

… or a different ten:

http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.761814

… just a non-numbered list:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-38381878

Top ten skeletons:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2016/12/21/the-10-most-intriguing-skeletons-of-2016/

On the Solstice:

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2016/12/21/winter-solstice-ancient-celebration/

On 1498:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-38290978

Feature on mudlarking:

http://www.cnn.com/videos/tv/2016/12/23/mudlarking-in-the-river-thames-sfc-orig.cnn

The ‘secret feminist history’ of shopping:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2016/12/27/the-secret-feminist-history-of-shopping/

On the Library of Congress’ map collection:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/library-congress-putting-its-map-collection-on-the-map-180961380/

On the classification of races:

http://theconversation.com/the-biggest-mistake-in-the-history-of-science-70575

Restoring the Ghent Altar:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/19/science/ghent-altarpiece-restoration.html

Confirming a 200 years bp diagnosis:

http://www.bbc.com/news/health-38409086

The history book that shaped Angela Merkel’s world view:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/dec/29/angela-merkel-jurgen-osterhammel-the-transformation-of-the-world-book-germany

Questioning the authenticity of a Beethoven score coming to auction:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/18/arts/music/as-prices-for-classical-scores-soar-one-beethoven-is-in-question.html

Why Stradivariuses sound so good (maybe):

http://phys.org/news/2016-12-scientists-uncover-stradivarius-violins-special.html
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/20/science/stradivari-violin-wood.html
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mineral-baths-may-have-given-stradivari-their-signature-sound-180961531/

Some archaeological humour:

http://bedfordviewedenvalenews.co.za/303512/why-is-christmas-celebrated-on-25-december/

On the origins of marzipan:

http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2016/12/22/506345750/marzipan-the-sweet-taste-of-the-holidays-in-madrid

On angels:

http://www.dw.com/en/the-angel-chronicles/av-36851502

Honours for Sarah Parcak:

http://voices.nationalgeographic.com/2016/12/20/year-end-honors-for-cutting-edge-explorers/

I think we mentioned this opEd on what’s wrong with archaeology:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/blog/2016/dec/21/why-archaeology-needs-to-come-out-of-the-cave-and-into-the-digital-age

A painting is returning to the Netherlands:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2016/dec/21/painting-jean-etienne-liotard-rijksmuseum-netherlands-centuries-in-england

The Polish government got a great deal on some art:

http://www.dw.com/en/poland-buys-private-art-collection-with-da-vinci-painting-at-bargain-price/a-36951159
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-38462474
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/poland-government-buys-art-valued-billion-for-85-million-leonardo-da-vinci-rembrandt-czartoryska-a7501736.html
http://cultura.elpais.com/cultura/2016/12/30/actualidad/1483084292_479842.html

In case you missed the hype that the supervolcano beneath Italy is stirring:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/volcano-maybe-killed-neanderthals-stirring-once-again-180961549/

On the Crusades and ginger:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/how-crusades-helped-create-your-gingerbread-latte-180961535/

If you’re interested in Hagia Sophia’s acoustics:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/you-can-hear-hagia-sophias-sublime-acoustics-without-trip-istanbul-180961563/

OpEd on the end of Republics:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/19/opinion/how-republics-end.html

Review of Smith, *Rasputin*:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/29/books/rasputin-biography-douglas-smith.html

More on Tycho Brahe’s gold content:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/astronomer-and-alchemist-tycho-brahe-died-full-gold-180961447/

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Time and Cosmos in Greco Roman Antiquity:

https://news.artnet.com/opinion/isaw-sundial-789953

Samurai:

http://www.wcpo.com/entertainment/local-a-e/discover-the-japanese-samurai-at-the-cincinnati-art-museum

South Africa: Art of a Nation:

http://uk.blouinartinfo.com/news/story/1808386/south-africa-the-art-of-a-nation-on-view-at-british-museum

Roman cavalry:

http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/14987549.Roman_cavalry_set_to_gallop_back_to_Hadrian__39_s_Wall_for_major_exhibition/

The Louvre is planning to be a refuge for artifacts in need of repatriation:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2016/12/18/france-louvre-refugees-art-treasures/95396968/

All of the items from Tut’s tomb will be on display together for the first time:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/grand-egyptian-museum-next-big-thing-180961333/

They’re building a museum at Olduvai:

http://allafrica.com/stories/201612120033.html

The Vatican museum has a woman in charge for the first time:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/jonathanjonesblog/2016/dec/22/vatican-museums-female-head-barbara-jatta
http://www.italy24.ilsole24ore.com/art/panorama/2016-12-27/the-pope-names-first-woman-to-run-vatican-museums-100627.php?uuid=ADoBd5KC

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THE TECHY SIDE
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The Chinchorro mummies are getting the ctscan treatment:

http://phys.org/news/2016-12-scans-unveil-secrets-world-oldest.html
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/worlds-oldest-mummies-get-ct-scan-180961578/
http://www.archaeology.org/5165-161227-chile-chinchorro-mummies

The Vlochos thing had a techy side:

http://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/14988549.Bournemouth_researchers_use_high_tech_gear_to_reveal_2_500_year_old_city/

The techy side of underwater archaeology:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/dec/29/new-technologies-bring-marine-archaeology-treasures-to-light

Nice feature on LiDAR used to find a lost city in the Honduran jungle:

http://www.newyorker.com/tech/elements/an-ancient-city-emerges-in-a-remote-rain-forest

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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The DNA connection between First Nations’ cold adaptations (esp the Inuit):

http://phys.org/news/2016-12-arctic-inuit-native-american-cold.html
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/23/science/inuit-greenland-denisovans.html
http://www.archaeology.org/5160-161223-greenland-inuit-genome

Tracing pandemics in the Americas:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/blog/2016/dec/19/ancient-dna-reveals-genetic-legacy-of-pandemics-in-the-americas

On the people who settled on the Tibetan plateau:

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/tibetan-plateau-discovery-shows-humans-may-be-tougher-than-we-thought/

Plans to find the genetic history of Newton’s apple:

http://phys.org/news/2016-12-evolution-ideas-scientists-decode-genetic.html

… hot on the heels of the jujube tree:

http://phys.org/news/2016-12-jujube-genome-fruit-tree-domestication.html

An interesting Hapsburg related DNA study:

http://www.bbc.com/news/38129757

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Irish Neolithic tombs:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/20/travel/ireland-newgrange-ancient-passage-tombs-mounds.html

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CRIME BEAT
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A bust near Meslongi:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/214703/article/ekathimerini/news/four-suspected-antiquities-thieves-nabbed-near-mesolongi

Feature on the ICE folks:

http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/ICE-on-the-Trail-of-Stolen-Relics-407680975.html

Some artifacts from Guam are showing up on eBay:

http://www.kuam.com/story/34119754/2016/12/23/experts-note-guam-artifacts-being-sold-on-ebay

On thefts from some Indian temples:

http://www.sundayguardianlive.com/news/7772-fourteen-artefacts-stolen-three-years

Claim that the search for a Seljuk sultan’s tomb was brought to an end because German archaeologists were smuggling artifacts (!):

http://www.dailysabah.com/d/culture-arts/2016/12/28/search-for-seljuk-sultans-tomb-stopped-after-german-archaeologists-caught-smuggling-artifacts

A New York art dealer has been charged for her involvement in some shady practices:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/21/arts/design/prominent-antiquities-dealer-accused-of-selling-stolen-artifacts.html
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/12/22/506615096/gallery-owner-arrested-for-trafficking-stolen-antiquities-worth-millions-of-doll
http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/ny-antiquities-dealer-charged-selling-stolen-artifacts-44335455
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/arts/art-dealer-nancy-wiener-who-sold-stolen-buddha-to-nga-arrested/news-story/bfcd12c9d01b7312a38a3dccb96269ef
http://www.wsj.com/articles/new-york-art-dealer-charged-with-trafficking-illegal-antiquities-1482370409

A couple weeks’ worth of Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2016/12/culture-crime-news-12-18-december-2016.html
http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2016/12/culture-crime-news-19-25-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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Some Native American remains were returned for reburial:

http://phys.org/news/2016-12-ancient-skeleton-native-americans-reburial.html

Egypt received a relief stolen from Hatshepsut’s temple:

http://phys.org/news/2016-12-egypt-ancient-stolen-limestone-relief.html
http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/253502/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Stolen-relief-of-Queen-Hatshepsut-recovered-from-L.aspx
http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2016/12/20/world/middleeast/ap-ml-egypt-antiquities.html
http://lasvegassun.com/news/2016/dec/20/egypt-receives-ancient-stolen-limestone-relief/
http://www.newschannel6now.com/story/34097830/egypt-receives-ancient-stolen-limestone-relief
http://www.archaeology.org/5151-161220-egypt-looted-limestone

Jordan returned a pile of artifacts to Egypt:

http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/egypt-retrieves-340-smuggled-artifacts-jordan

Columbia returned some items to Peru:

http://www.archaeology.org/5164-161227-peru-repatriated-artifacts

I think we mentioned these paintings stolen from Verona turning up in the Ukraine:

https://www.artforum.com/news/id=65595

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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on bridges on ancient coins:

http://www.coinweek.com/ancient-coins/coinweek-ancient-coin-series-bridges-ancient-coins/

Three weeks’ worth of e-Syla:

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v19n51.html
http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v19n52.html
http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v19n53.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/2531-audio-news-from-archaeologica-11-december-2016-17-december-2016

http://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-main-menu-cat/audio-news-list/2531-audio-news-from-archaeologica-11-december-2016-17-december-2016

December edition of Strata: Portraits of Humanity:

http://www.archaeologychannel.org/video-guide/strata-portraits-of-humanity/2526-strata-december-2016
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OBITUARIES
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CONFERENCES
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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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http://www.youtube.com/user/Archaeos0up?feature=watch

The Book and the Spade:

http://www.radioscribe.com/bknspade.htm
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