Explorator 19.39 ~ January 22, 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, Rick Heli, Barbara Saylor Rodgers,
David Emery, Trevor Ogden, Birgitta Hoffmann, 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).

… sorry we’re a bit late today; was out of internet range longer
than I thought I’d be …

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Suggestion that Neanderthals (or at least one of them) collected rocks:

https://phys.org/news/2017-01-discovery-neanderthal-repertoire.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-01/uok-dar011317.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/01/170117084040.htm
http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.765558
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5210-170118-neanderthal-striped-limestone

On Oetzi’s last meal:

https://phys.org/news/2017-01-iceman-oetzi-meal-stone-age.html

Another feature on the genetic legacy of Neanderthals:

http://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/20/science/john-anthony-capra-neanderthals-dna-humans.html

Feature on early hominid tools:

https://phys.org/news/2017-01-hominid-ancestors-tools.html
http://wydaily.com/2017/01/16/our-hominid-ancestors-made-tools-wm-archaeologist-shows-how-to-use-them/
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AFRICA
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A massive burial ground in a medieval Sudan monastery:

http://www.livescience.com/57553-burial-ground-unearthed-at-medieval-monastery.html
https://www.yahoo.com/news/massive-burial-ground-unearthed-medieval-124100770.html

Studying rainfall in the ‘Green Sahara’ period:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-01/uoa-gsa011717.php
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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A ring that was thought stolen from an Egyptian museum turns up in storage:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/255138/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Royal-golden-ring-stored-in-Egyptian-Museum-not-st.aspx

Plans to restore a pile of wooden coffins:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/jan/17/egyptian-museum-cairo-restoration-project-hundreds-wooden-coffins

More on a dozen cemeteries near Aswan:

http://www.stuff.co.nz/travel/travel-troubles/88460325/Swedish-archaeologists-discover-12-ancient-Egyptian-cemeteries-near-Aswan

More on Egyptian pot burials:

http://www.livescience.com/57520-egyptian-pot-burials-symbolized-rebirth.html
http://arstechnica.com/science/2017/01/ancient-egyptian-pot-burials-are-not-what-they-seem/

More on the Abydos boat find:

http://www.upenn.edu/spotlights/penn-archaeologist-discovers-ancient-egyptian-boat-middle-desert

More on copper works in the Timna region:

https://phys.org/news/2017-01-fortification-donkey-stables-dating-king.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-01/afot-sdt011717.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/01/170117135950.htm
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Politics-And-Diplomacy/TAU-archaeologists-unearth-ancient-Negev-copper-smelting-site-dating-to-King-David-478502
http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=39599
https://www.yahoo.com/news/sophisticated-defense-system-discovered-biblical-141700257.html
http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/king-solomons-mines-israeli-archaeologists-say-fortified-trading-post-a-sign-of-his-wealth-power/news-story/6c19bf80a0d6cb2110200a6b74a25fb9

Not sure where to put this 2700 years bp Cypriot goddess statue find (underwater):

http://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/01/22/2700-year-old-goddess-statue-discovered-underwater-in-turkey

Latest astronomical-based claim suggests a date for Joshua stopping the sun:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/eclipse-stopped-the-sun-for-biblical-joshua-israeli-scientists-say/

A pile of Byzantine burials from Stratonikeia:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/byzantine-tombs-unearthed-in-marble-city.aspx?pageID=238&nid=108580&NewsCatID=375

Interesting ruling on West Bank digs:

http://theartnewspaper.com/news/news/israel-can-hide-archaeological-activity-in-west-bank-court-rules/

The National Library of Israel has acquired a major collection of Judaica:

https://phys.org/news/2017-01-israel-national-library-famed-judaica.html
http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=39701

No developments regarding the Siloam inscription:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/despite-detente-ancient-hebrew-text-proving-jewish-ties-to-jerusalem-set-to-stay-in-istanbul/

More on that Trojan maternal sepsis burial:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/trojan-woman-skeleton-shows-first-recorded-maternal-infection-180961799/

Plenty of coverage of ISIL’s latest destruction of part of the theatre (not amphitheatre) at Palmyra as well as the tetrapylon:

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/syria-destroys-part-roman-amphitheater-palmyra-44911140
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jan/20/isis-destroys-tetrapylon-monument-palmyra-syria
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/01/20/510732864/isis-destroys-ancient-theater-tetrapylon-in-palmyra-syria-says
http://www.livescience.com/57574-isis-damages-iconic-monuments-in-palmyra.html
http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Middle-East/2017/0120/Recaptured-by-ISIS-ancient-Palmyra-loses-two-more-monuments-to-antiquities-destruction
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/islamic-state-militants-partly-destroy-palmyras-roman-amphitheater/2017/01/20/9514cec8-deed-11e6-ad42-f3375f271c9c_story.html
https://www.yahoo.com/news/syria-destroys-part-roman-amphitheater-palmyra-085029421.html
http://www.timesofisrael.com/is-carrying-out-new-demolitions-at-palmyra-antiquities-chief/
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/isis-destroy-palmyria-central-syria-ancient-city-roman-amphitheatre-antiquities-islamic-state-a7536686.html
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/isis-destroys-palmyra-roman-ampitheater-tetrapylon-monument-syria/
http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/isis-terror/isis-destroys-another-roman-monument-palmyra-syria-official-n709376
http://internacional.elpais.com/internacional/2017/01/20/actualidad/1484904166_672322.html

… photos:

http://isis.liveuamap.com/en/2017/20-january-satellite-images-show-latest-isis-destruction
http://www.dw.com/en/is-militants-wreak-further-destruction-in-palmyra/a-37206369
http://www.livescience.com/57575-photos-destruction-of-palmyra-monuments.html

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Nice feature on a Roman ham-shaped sundial (this was presented at the recent AIASCS shindig):

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/01/ancient-roman-sundial-pork-clock-pompeii-archaeology-science/
https://newsletter.blogs.wesleyan.edu/2017/01/20/parslowsundial/

Latest from Aigai:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/principal-sarcophagus-found-in-ancient-city-.aspx?pageID=238&nid=108768&NewsCatID=375

Studying the trash from Pompeii:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2017/01/20/truth-garbage-new-research-examines-ancient-roman-trash/96815766/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5217-170120-italy-pompeii-trash
http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/2017/01/20/truth-garbage-new-research-examines-ancient-roman-trash/96815766/

Roman remains in a pre-construction dig in Gloucester:

http://www.gloucestershirelive.co.uk/gloucester-s-fascinating-roman-past-unearthed-as-greyfriars-quarter-gathers-pace/story-30065172-detail/story.html
http://www.southwestbusiness.co.uk/sectors/construction-and-commercial-property/roman-past-unearthed-in-gloucester-greyfriars-quarter-development-19012017071311/

What they found in Cyprus’ Agios Sozomenos Survey:

http://famagusta-gazette.com/cyprus-antiquities-department-announces-result-of-the-agios-sozomenos-excav-p38142-69.htm

Plans to (finally) restore the Mausoleum of Augustus:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/01/16/giant-mausoleum-rome-held-remains-emperor-augustus-restored/

Not sure where to put this one … a medieval horse skull found in the Colosseum:

http://www.thelocal.it/20170119/archaeologists-just-discovered-a-medieval-horses-head-at-the-colosseum
http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2017/01/17/medieval-horse-skull-found-at-colosseum_f768e801-52ed-4b16-9346-3bca49d63652.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5211-170119-colosseum-medieval-horse

… while some idiot tourists were injured breaking into the Colosseum at night:

http://www.thelocal.it/20170116/tourists-injured-after-entering-colosseum-at-night
http://www.stuff.co.nz/travel/travel-troubles/88522447/tourists-injured-after-trying-to-break-into-colosseum-in-rome
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/travel/news/article.cfm?c_id=7&objectid=11785190

… so Rome is pondering a ‘no go’ zone around the Colosseum:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/01/17/rome-mulls-no-go-zone-around-colosseum-acts-vandalism/
http://www.wantedinrome.com/news/break-ins-and-vandalism-at-colosseum/

… and other measures:

http://www.thelocal.it/20170119/italy-steps-up-surveillance-and-punishments-for-monument-vandals

Again there’s some pre-auction hype for that Roman lead ingot found last year:

http://www.itv.com/news/westcountry/2017-01-19/roman-ingot-found-with-a-metal-detector-after-2000-years-expected-to-fetch-20-000/
http://www.somersetlive.co.uk/roman-ingot-found-in-somerset-hills-expected-to-fetch-20-000-at-auction/story-30072166-detail/story.html

Feature on the vomitorium:

http://theconversation.com/mythbusting-ancient-rome-the-truth-about-the-vomitorium-71068

… and one on Hadrian’s Wall:

http://www.theweek.co.uk/80682/hadrians-wall-who-built-it-and-why-was-it-so-important

What Martha Nussbaum is up to:

https://news.uchicago.edu/article/2017/01/18/prof-martha-nussbaum-deliver-jefferson-lecture-humanities

A wrap-up piece on the dig at Thebes (Greece):

http://www.bucknell.edu/news-and-media/2017/january/leaving-a-legacy-in-thebes.html
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Latest reviews from BMCR:

http://bmcr.brynmawr.edu/recent.html

Visit our blog:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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A Neolithic longhouse from Moldova:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5209-170118-moldova-long-house

Bronze Age finds near Diss:

http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/bronze_age_weapons_are_discovered_in_field_1_4855558

Very interesting ‘Dark Age’ site in Galloway:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-south-scotland-38679324
http://www.livescience.com/57591-lost-dark-ages-fort-found-scotland.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5212-170119-scotland-rheged-citadel
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/01/2017/the-fiery-demise-of-a-vitrified-hillfort-in-scotland

A hippogriff find:

http://www.horsetalk.co.nz/2017/01/19/decorative-hippogriff-half-horse-eagle/

… more Anglo Saxon finds:

http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/more_details_about_dereham_gravedigger_s_amazing_anglo_saxon_find_at_pentney_churchyard_resurface_1_4854793

An important (it seems) Viking chief burial find in Jutland:

http://cphpost.dk/news/danish-archaeologist-may-have-found-the-tomb-of-a-really-really-really-old-viking-chief.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5207-170117-denmark-noble-tomb

… and a major Viking age manor at Birka:

https://phys.org/news/2017-01-major-viking-age-manor-birka.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-01/su-mva011917.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/01/170119083813.htm
http://www.thelocal.se/20170120/spectacular-viking-manor-discovered-in-sweden
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/viking-age-manor-04551.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5214-170120-sweden-viking-birka

More on Trellech (this has saga potential):

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2017/01/17/a-militant-archaeologist-is-famous-for-finding-a-lost-city-some-say-he-just-stole-the-credit/
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Archaeology in Europe Blog:

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

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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6000 years bp burial ground from Shaanxi:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-01/19/c_135997002.htm

Also from Shaanxi come some 2800 years bp wheat grains:

http://www.ecns.cn/2017/01-16/241863.shtml

2400 years bp remains of a basement and fireplace from Yueyang City:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-01/16/c_135987347.htm
http://www.china.org.cn/china/2017-01/17/content_40117425.htm
http://www.ecns.cn/visual/hd/2017/01-17/117501.shtml

More on that emerging sunken Buddha from Jiangxi:

http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2017-01/16/content_40109528.htm
http://www.keyt.com/news/odd-news/sunken-600yearold-buddha-emerges-in-china/271960826
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5205-170117-china-submerged-buddha
http://www.cnn.com/videos/world/2017/01/16/600-year-old-buddha-statue-emerges-from-lake-in-china.cnn

… and there’s a temple too:

http://www.dailystar.co.uk/travel-news-cheap-uk-holidays-luxury-breaks-more-daily-star/579509/Underwater-temple-China-archaeological-discovery-buddha-ming-dynasty

On diet in Bronze Age China:

http://arstechnica.com/science/2017/01/onset-of-agriculture-accompanied-by-gender-inequality-in-bronze-age-china/

Items from the Hoi An Hoard are coming to auction:

http://artdaily.com/news/93223/Sunken-treasure-from-the–Hoi-An-Hoard–goes-up-for-bid-at-Turner-Auctions—Appraisals

Humans are on the hook again for the demise of megafauna in Australia:

https://phys.org/news/2017-01-humans-climate-australian-megafauna.html
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2017/0122/What-drove-the-extinction-of-super-large-Australian-animals
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-01/uoca-hnc011917.php
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5216-170120-australia-megafauna-extinction

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Southeast Asian Archaeology Newsblog:

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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We hinted at this last week … humans were in North America a lot earlier than previously thought (now confirmed, apparently):

https://phys.org/news/2017-01-humans-north-america-years-earlier.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-01/uom-tfh011317.php
http://www.alphagalileo.org/ViewItem.aspx?ItemId=171615&CultureCode=en
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/01/2017/earliest-human-settlement-of-north-america-has-new-estimated-date
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/humans-arrived-north-america-canada-russia-earlier-thought-scientists-university-montreal-a7531761.html
https://scienmag.com/the-first-humans-arrived-in-north-america-a-lot-earlier-than-believed/
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/yukon-first-humans-north-america-1.3936886 http://westerndigs.org/bones-in-yukon-cave-show-humans-in-north-america-24000-years-ago-study-says/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5206-170117-bluefish-caves-bones

Metal detectorists and archaeologists are getting along in Connecticut:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/16/science/archaeology-metal-detectorists-pequot.html?_r=0

They’re digging at Charlotte Street in St Augustine:

http://www.actionnewsjax.com/news/local/excavation-now-underway-on-st-augustines-charlotte-street-reveals-links-to-earliest-settlers/486037408

Plans for a Tequesta site in Miami:

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/business/real-estate-news/article127069144.html

Feature on ‘pre domestication’ of turkeys in North America:

http://www.dispatch.com/news/20170122/archaeology-ancient-cultures-used-food-to-domesticate-wild-animals

Ben Franklin’s first printing effort is on display:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/16/books/ben-franklin-311th-birthday-first-printing-at-university-of-pennsylvania.html

How George Washington made America great:

http://theconversation.com/how-george-washington-made-america-great-again-71194

More on that 16th century shipwreck off Pensacola:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/wreck-16th-century-spanish-ship-141500520.html
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Permission obstacle for a dig on Trinidad and Tobago:

https://www.guardian.co.tt/news/2017-01-20/no-excavation-yet-artefact-site

A Colonial style inca house from Cusco has been restored:

http://www.andina.com.pe/Ingles/noticia-colonialinca-style-house-restored-in-cusco-650117.aspx

Hyping a 2016 peruvian mummy find:

http://www.andina.com.pe/Ingles/noticia-peruvian-female-mummy-one-of-top-10-discoveries-of-2016-650346.aspx

… and the burials at Sipan:

http://cultura.elpais.com/cultura/2017/01/17/actualidad/1484611171_845370.html
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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 turning point for Picasso:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20170113-the-moment-that-changed-picasso

On the importance of the fig tree:

http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20170116-the-tree-that-shaped-human-history

Feature on Carl Laemmie:

http://www.dw.com/en/carl-laemmle-the-german-who-invented-hollywood/a-36733079

On US presidential portraits:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2017/01/17/how-presidents-use-their-portraits-to-shape-their-legacy/

A Mark Twain fairy tale:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/20/books/mark-twain-childrens-book.html

On the Zimmerman Telegram:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-38581861

Pondering why the Van Goghs wrote in French:

http://www.chronicle.com/blogs/linguafranca/2017/01/16/why-did-the-van-gogh-brothers-write-in-french/

A photo of Chopin:

http://cultura.elpais.com/cultura/2017/01/18/actualidad/1484746160_245628.html

Reviews of some books about Thoreau:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/12/books/review/expect-great-things-thoreau-biography-kevin-dann.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/13/books/review/celebrating-two-centuries-of-thoreau.html
Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Sacred Island of Okinoshima:

http://www.blouinartinfo.com/news/story/1861484/excavated-artifacts-of-okinoshima-yamato-imperial-court-at

Black Classicists:

http://www.news.ucsb.edu/2017/017573/heroes-another-age

Medieval to Metal:

http://www.cantonrep.com/special/20170118/medieval-to-metal-show-tells-history-of-guitar-design

Treasures of British Art:

http://www.blouinartinfo.com/news/story/1881180/treasures-of-british-art-at-denver-art-museum-denver

Gladiators:

http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/gladiator-treasures-of-ancient-rome-coming-to-brisbane-museum-20170122-gtwe2g.html
http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/national/gladiators-heroes-of-the-colosseum-is-queensland-museums-next-big-blockbuster/news-story/8baea8b6d1504cea8b3ca58d14187928

Tam O Shanter:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-38589577

Emily Dickinson:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/19/arts/design/im-nobody-not-a-chance-emily-dickinson.html

Some items from the Louvre are on display in Iran:

http://en.mehrnews.com/news/122812/Louvre-antiquities-to-go-on-display-in-Iran

Phoenix Art is suing the Getty for 77 million(!):

http://courthousenews.com/art-dealer-sues-getty-museum-for-77-million/
http://theartnewspaper.com/news/news/deal-or-no-deal-phoenix-ancient-art-sues-getty-over-billion-dollar-greek-and-roman-sculpture-collect/
https://www.artforum.com/news/id=65961
https://www.artsjournal.com/2017/01/dealers-sue-getty-museum-over-antiquities-deal-that-never-actually-happened.html

Cairo’s Museum of Islamic Art has opened:

http://www.dw.com/en/cairos-museum-of-islamic-art-reopened/a-37179704
http://cultura.elpais.com/cultura/2017/01/20/actualidad/1484900086_342489.html

A guide to the Met:

http://www.nytimes.com/guides/culture/guide-to-the-metropolitan-museum-of-art

Another fake at Sotheby’s:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/17/arts/second-old-master-painting-a-fake-sothebys-says-in-lawsuit.html

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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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On the climate effects of fires in history:

https://phys.org/news/2017-01-anthropogenic-forest-impacted-earth-climate.html

… and the eruption of Mt Tambora:

https://phys.org/news/2017-01-england-mackerel-year-climate-today.html

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TOURISTY THINGS
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Indian waterworks:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20170110-indias-ancient-engineering-marvel

Poe’s New York City:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/19/nyregion/new-york-today-searching-for-poe.html
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CRIME BEAT
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Tsirogiannis’ latest auction prevention:

http://usa.greekreporter.com/2017/01/17/greek-archaeologist-prevents-illicit-sale-of-antiquity-in-new-york/

I think we mentioned this bust in Israel:

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/223554
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4910092,00.html
http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=39741
http://www.jns.org/news-briefs/2017/1/20/israeli-authorities-catch-band-of-antiquities-thieves-in-the-act
https://www.algemeiner.com/2017/01/20/israeli-authorities-catch-band-of-antiquities-thieves-in-the-act/

A major bust in Spain (I’m sure we’ll hear more about this one):

http://www.brandonsun.com/lifestyles/breaking-news/spanish-police-announce-arrests-in-cultural-artifacts-ring-411452695.html

Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2017/01/culture-crime-news-9-15-january-2017.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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Australia returned three items to India:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/australia-returns-three-antiquities-to-india/articleshow/56599771.cms

Switzerland returned an item to Egypt:

http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/egypt-retrieves-smuggled-artifact-switzerland

A tourist sent a cobblestone back to Rome:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/01/18/guilt-stricken-tourist-sends-stolen-cobblestone-back-rome-note/

… and a British woman returned a jug to Turkey:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5213-170119-turkey-yortan-jug

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NUMISMATICA
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Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v20n03.html

… and the one which is probably out already since I’m a bit late:

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v20n04.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/2542-audio-news-from-archaeologica-8-january-2017-14-january-2017
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OBITUARIES
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James S Ackerman:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/17/books/james-ackerman-dead-harvard-art-historian.html

Thomas W Jacobsen:

http://obits.nola.com/obituaries/nola/obituary.aspx?n=thomas-w-jacobsen&pid=183665124&fhid=6332
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CONFERENCES
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Canada Before Confederation: Early Exploration and Mapping (Nov. 2017)

https://independent.academia.edu/ConferenceCanadabeforeConfederationEarlyMappingandExploration14981763
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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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Explorator 19.39 ~ January 22, 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, Rick Heli, Barbara Saylor Rodgers,
David Emery, Trevor Ogden, Birgitta Hoffmann, 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).

… sorry we’re a bit late today; was out of internet range longer
than I thought I’d be …

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Suggestion that Neanderthals (or at least one of them) collected rocks:

https://phys.org/news/2017-01-discovery-neanderthal-repertoire.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-01/uok-dar011317.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/01/170117084040.htm
http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.765558
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5210-170118-neanderthal-striped-limestone

On Oetzi’s last meal:

https://phys.org/news/2017-01-iceman-oetzi-meal-stone-age.html

Another feature on the genetic legacy of Neanderthals:

http://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/20/science/john-anthony-capra-neanderthals-dna-humans.html

Feature on early hominid tools:

https://phys.org/news/2017-01-hominid-ancestors-tools.html
http://wydaily.com/2017/01/16/our-hominid-ancestors-made-tools-wm-archaeologist-shows-how-to-use-them/
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AFRICA
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A massive burial ground in a medieval Sudan monastery:

http://www.livescience.com/57553-burial-ground-unearthed-at-medieval-monastery.html
https://www.yahoo.com/news/massive-burial-ground-unearthed-medieval-124100770.html

Studying rainfall in the ‘Green Sahara’ period:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-01/uoa-gsa011717.php
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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A ring that was thought stolen from an Egyptian museum turns up in storage:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/255138/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Royal-golden-ring-stored-in-Egyptian-Museum-not-st.aspx

Plans to restore a pile of wooden coffins:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/jan/17/egyptian-museum-cairo-restoration-project-hundreds-wooden-coffins

More on a dozen cemeteries near Aswan:

http://www.stuff.co.nz/travel/travel-troubles/88460325/Swedish-archaeologists-discover-12-ancient-Egyptian-cemeteries-near-Aswan

More on Egyptian pot burials:

http://www.livescience.com/57520-egyptian-pot-burials-symbolized-rebirth.html
http://arstechnica.com/science/2017/01/ancient-egyptian-pot-burials-are-not-what-they-seem/

More on the Abydos boat find:

http://www.upenn.edu/spotlights/penn-archaeologist-discovers-ancient-egyptian-boat-middle-desert

More on copper works in the Timna region:

https://phys.org/news/2017-01-fortification-donkey-stables-dating-king.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-01/afot-sdt011717.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/01/170117135950.htm
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Politics-And-Diplomacy/TAU-archaeologists-unearth-ancient-Negev-copper-smelting-site-dating-to-King-David-478502
http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=39599
https://www.yahoo.com/news/sophisticated-defense-system-discovered-biblical-141700257.html
http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/king-solomons-mines-israeli-archaeologists-say-fortified-trading-post-a-sign-of-his-wealth-power/news-story/6c19bf80a0d6cb2110200a6b74a25fb9

Not sure where to put this 2700 years bp Cypriot goddess statue find (underwater):

http://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/01/22/2700-year-old-goddess-statue-discovered-underwater-in-turkey

Latest astronomical-based claim suggests a date for Joshua stopping the sun:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/eclipse-stopped-the-sun-for-biblical-joshua-israeli-scientists-say/

A pile of Byzantine burials from Stratonikeia:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/byzantine-tombs-unearthed-in-marble-city.aspx?pageID=238&nid=108580&NewsCatID=375

Interesting ruling on West Bank digs:

http://theartnewspaper.com/news/news/israel-can-hide-archaeological-activity-in-west-bank-court-rules/

The National Library of Israel has acquired a major collection of Judaica:

https://phys.org/news/2017-01-israel-national-library-famed-judaica.html
http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=39701

No developments regarding the Siloam inscription:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/despite-detente-ancient-hebrew-text-proving-jewish-ties-to-jerusalem-set-to-stay-in-istanbul/

More on that Trojan maternal sepsis burial:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/trojan-woman-skeleton-shows-first-recorded-maternal-infection-180961799/

Plenty of coverage of ISIL’s latest destruction of part of the theatre (not amphitheatre) at Palmyra as well as the tetrapylon:

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/syria-destroys-part-roman-amphitheater-palmyra-44911140
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jan/20/isis-destroys-tetrapylon-monument-palmyra-syria
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/01/20/510732864/isis-destroys-ancient-theater-tetrapylon-in-palmyra-syria-says
http://www.livescience.com/57574-isis-damages-iconic-monuments-in-palmyra.html
http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Middle-East/2017/0120/Recaptured-by-ISIS-ancient-Palmyra-loses-two-more-monuments-to-antiquities-destruction
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/islamic-state-militants-partly-destroy-palmyras-roman-amphitheater/2017/01/20/9514cec8-deed-11e6-ad42-f3375f271c9c_story.html
https://www.yahoo.com/news/syria-destroys-part-roman-amphitheater-palmyra-085029421.html
http://www.timesofisrael.com/is-carrying-out-new-demolitions-at-palmyra-antiquities-chief/
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/isis-destroy-palmyria-central-syria-ancient-city-roman-amphitheatre-antiquities-islamic-state-a7536686.html
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/isis-destroys-palmyra-roman-ampitheater-tetrapylon-monument-syria/
http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/isis-terror/isis-destroys-another-roman-monument-palmyra-syria-official-n709376
http://internacional.elpais.com/internacional/2017/01/20/actualidad/1484904166_672322.html

… photos:

http://isis.liveuamap.com/en/2017/20-january-satellite-images-show-latest-isis-destruction
http://www.dw.com/en/is-militants-wreak-further-destruction-in-palmyra/a-37206369
http://www.livescience.com/57575-photos-destruction-of-palmyra-monuments.html

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Nice feature on a Roman ham-shaped sundial (this was presented at the recent AIASCS shindig):

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/01/ancient-roman-sundial-pork-clock-pompeii-archaeology-science/
https://newsletter.blogs.wesleyan.edu/2017/01/20/parslowsundial/

Latest from Aigai:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/principal-sarcophagus-found-in-ancient-city-.aspx?pageID=238&nid=108768&NewsCatID=375

Studying the trash from Pompeii:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2017/01/20/truth-garbage-new-research-examines-ancient-roman-trash/96815766/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5217-170120-italy-pompeii-trash
http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/2017/01/20/truth-garbage-new-research-examines-ancient-roman-trash/96815766/

Roman remains in a pre-construction dig in Gloucester:

http://www.gloucestershirelive.co.uk/gloucester-s-fascinating-roman-past-unearthed-as-greyfriars-quarter-gathers-pace/story-30065172-detail/story.html
http://www.southwestbusiness.co.uk/sectors/construction-and-commercial-property/roman-past-unearthed-in-gloucester-greyfriars-quarter-development-19012017071311/

What they found in Cyprus’ Agios Sozomenos Survey:

http://famagusta-gazette.com/cyprus-antiquities-department-announces-result-of-the-agios-sozomenos-excav-p38142-69.htm

Plans to (finally) restore the Mausoleum of Augustus:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/01/16/giant-mausoleum-rome-held-remains-emperor-augustus-restored/

Not sure where to put this one … a medieval horse skull found in the Colosseum:

http://www.thelocal.it/20170119/archaeologists-just-discovered-a-medieval-horses-head-at-the-colosseum
http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2017/01/17/medieval-horse-skull-found-at-colosseum_f768e801-52ed-4b16-9346-3bca49d63652.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5211-170119-colosseum-medieval-horse

… while some idiot tourists were injured breaking into the Colosseum at night:

http://www.thelocal.it/20170116/tourists-injured-after-entering-colosseum-at-night
http://www.stuff.co.nz/travel/travel-troubles/88522447/tourists-injured-after-trying-to-break-into-colosseum-in-rome
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/travel/news/article.cfm?c_id=7&objectid=11785190

… so Rome is pondering a ‘no go’ zone around the Colosseum:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/01/17/rome-mulls-no-go-zone-around-colosseum-acts-vandalism/
http://www.wantedinrome.com/news/break-ins-and-vandalism-at-colosseum/

… and other measures:

http://www.thelocal.it/20170119/italy-steps-up-surveillance-and-punishments-for-monument-vandals

Again there’s some pre-auction hype for that Roman lead ingot found last year:

http://www.itv.com/news/westcountry/2017-01-19/roman-ingot-found-with-a-metal-detector-after-2000-years-expected-to-fetch-20-000/
http://www.somersetlive.co.uk/roman-ingot-found-in-somerset-hills-expected-to-fetch-20-000-at-auction/story-30072166-detail/story.html

Feature on the vomitorium:

http://theconversation.com/mythbusting-ancient-rome-the-truth-about-the-vomitorium-71068

… and one on Hadrian’s Wall:

http://www.theweek.co.uk/80682/hadrians-wall-who-built-it-and-why-was-it-so-important

What Martha Nussbaum is up to:

https://news.uchicago.edu/article/2017/01/18/prof-martha-nussbaum-deliver-jefferson-lecture-humanities

A wrap-up piece on the dig at Thebes (Greece):

http://www.bucknell.edu/news-and-media/2017/january/leaving-a-legacy-in-thebes.html
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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A Neolithic longhouse from Moldova:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5209-170118-moldova-long-house

Bronze Age finds near Diss:

http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/bronze_age_weapons_are_discovered_in_field_1_4855558

Very interesting ‘Dark Age’ site in Galloway:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-south-scotland-38679324
http://www.livescience.com/57591-lost-dark-ages-fort-found-scotland.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5212-170119-scotland-rheged-citadel
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/01/2017/the-fiery-demise-of-a-vitrified-hillfort-in-scotland

A hippogriff find:

http://www.horsetalk.co.nz/2017/01/19/decorative-hippogriff-half-horse-eagle/

… more Anglo Saxon finds:

http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/more_details_about_dereham_gravedigger_s_amazing_anglo_saxon_find_at_pentney_churchyard_resurface_1_4854793

An important (it seems) Viking chief burial find in Jutland:

http://cphpost.dk/news/danish-archaeologist-may-have-found-the-tomb-of-a-really-really-really-old-viking-chief.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5207-170117-denmark-noble-tomb

… and a major Viking age manor at Birka:

https://phys.org/news/2017-01-major-viking-age-manor-birka.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-01/su-mva011917.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/01/170119083813.htm
http://www.thelocal.se/20170120/spectacular-viking-manor-discovered-in-sweden
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/viking-age-manor-04551.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5214-170120-sweden-viking-birka

More on Trellech (this has saga potential):

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2017/01/17/a-militant-archaeologist-is-famous-for-finding-a-lost-city-some-say-he-just-stole-the-credit/
—–
Archaeology in Europe Blog:

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

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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6000 years bp burial ground from Shaanxi:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-01/19/c_135997002.htm

Also from Shaanxi come some 2800 years bp wheat grains:

http://www.ecns.cn/2017/01-16/241863.shtml

2400 years bp remains of a basement and fireplace from Yueyang City:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-01/16/c_135987347.htm
http://www.china.org.cn/china/2017-01/17/content_40117425.htm
http://www.ecns.cn/visual/hd/2017/01-17/117501.shtml

More on that emerging sunken Buddha from Jiangxi:

http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2017-01/16/content_40109528.htm
http://www.keyt.com/news/odd-news/sunken-600yearold-buddha-emerges-in-china/271960826
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5205-170117-china-submerged-buddha
http://www.cnn.com/videos/world/2017/01/16/600-year-old-buddha-statue-emerges-from-lake-in-china.cnn

… and there’s a temple too:

http://www.dailystar.co.uk/travel-news-cheap-uk-holidays-luxury-breaks-more-daily-star/579509/Underwater-temple-China-archaeological-discovery-buddha-ming-dynasty

On diet in Bronze Age China:

http://arstechnica.com/science/2017/01/onset-of-agriculture-accompanied-by-gender-inequality-in-bronze-age-china/

Items from the Hoi An Hoard are coming to auction:

http://artdaily.com/news/93223/Sunken-treasure-from-the–Hoi-An-Hoard–goes-up-for-bid-at-Turner-Auctions—Appraisals

Humans are on the hook again for the demise of megafauna in Australia:

https://phys.org/news/2017-01-humans-climate-australian-megafauna.html
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2017/0122/What-drove-the-extinction-of-super-large-Australian-animals
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-01/uoca-hnc011917.php
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5216-170120-australia-megafauna-extinction

—–

Southeast Asian Archaeology Newsblog:

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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We hinted at this last week … humans were in North America a lot earlier than previously thought (now confirmed, apparently):

https://phys.org/news/2017-01-humans-north-america-years-earlier.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-01/uom-tfh011317.php
http://www.alphagalileo.org/ViewItem.aspx?ItemId=171615&CultureCode=en
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/01/2017/earliest-human-settlement-of-north-america-has-new-estimated-date
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/humans-arrived-north-america-canada-russia-earlier-thought-scientists-university-montreal-a7531761.html
https://scienmag.com/the-first-humans-arrived-in-north-america-a-lot-earlier-than-believed/
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/yukon-first-humans-north-america-1.3936886 http://westerndigs.org/bones-in-yukon-cave-show-humans-in-north-america-24000-years-ago-study-says/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5206-170117-bluefish-caves-bones

Metal detectorists and archaeologists are getting along in Connecticut:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/16/science/archaeology-metal-detectorists-pequot.html?_r=0

They’re digging at Charlotte Street in St Augustine:

http://www.actionnewsjax.com/news/local/excavation-now-underway-on-st-augustines-charlotte-street-reveals-links-to-earliest-settlers/486037408

Plans for a Tequesta site in Miami:

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/business/real-estate-news/article127069144.html

Feature on ‘pre domestication’ of turkeys in North America:

http://www.dispatch.com/news/20170122/archaeology-ancient-cultures-used-food-to-domesticate-wild-animals

Ben Franklin’s first printing effort is on display:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/16/books/ben-franklin-311th-birthday-first-printing-at-university-of-pennsylvania.html

How George Washington made America great:

http://theconversation.com/how-george-washington-made-america-great-again-71194

More on that 16th century shipwreck off Pensacola:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/wreck-16th-century-spanish-ship-141500520.html
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Permission obstacle for a dig on Trinidad and Tobago:

https://www.guardian.co.tt/news/2017-01-20/no-excavation-yet-artefact-site

A Colonial style inca house from Cusco has been restored:

http://www.andina.com.pe/Ingles/noticia-colonialinca-style-house-restored-in-cusco-650117.aspx

Hyping a 2016 peruvian mummy find:

http://www.andina.com.pe/Ingles/noticia-peruvian-female-mummy-one-of-top-10-discoveries-of-2016-650346.aspx

… and the burials at Sipan:

http://cultura.elpais.com/cultura/2017/01/17/actualidad/1484611171_845370.html
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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 turning point for Picasso:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20170113-the-moment-that-changed-picasso

On the importance of the fig tree:

http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20170116-the-tree-that-shaped-human-history

Feature on Carl Laemmie:

http://www.dw.com/en/carl-laemmle-the-german-who-invented-hollywood/a-36733079

On US presidential portraits:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2017/01/17/how-presidents-use-their-portraits-to-shape-their-legacy/

A Mark Twain fairy tale:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/20/books/mark-twain-childrens-book.html

On the Zimmerman Telegram:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-38581861

Pondering why the Van Goghs wrote in French:

http://www.chronicle.com/blogs/linguafranca/2017/01/16/why-did-the-van-gogh-brothers-write-in-french/

A photo of Chopin:

http://cultura.elpais.com/cultura/2017/01/18/actualidad/1484746160_245628.html

Reviews of some books about Thoreau:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/12/books/review/expect-great-things-thoreau-biography-kevin-dann.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/13/books/review/celebrating-two-centuries-of-thoreau.html
Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Sacred Island of Okinoshima:

http://www.blouinartinfo.com/news/story/1861484/excavated-artifacts-of-okinoshima-yamato-imperial-court-at

Black Classicists:

http://www.news.ucsb.edu/2017/017573/heroes-another-age

Medieval to Metal:

http://www.cantonrep.com/special/20170118/medieval-to-metal-show-tells-history-of-guitar-design

Treasures of British Art:

http://www.blouinartinfo.com/news/story/1881180/treasures-of-british-art-at-denver-art-museum-denver

Gladiators:

http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/gladiator-treasures-of-ancient-rome-coming-to-brisbane-museum-20170122-gtwe2g.html
http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/national/gladiators-heroes-of-the-colosseum-is-queensland-museums-next-big-blockbuster/news-story/8baea8b6d1504cea8b3ca58d14187928

Tam O Shanter:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-38589577

Emily Dickinson:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/19/arts/design/im-nobody-not-a-chance-emily-dickinson.html

Some items from the Louvre are on display in Iran:

http://en.mehrnews.com/news/122812/Louvre-antiquities-to-go-on-display-in-Iran

Phoenix Art is suing the Getty for 77 million(!):

http://courthousenews.com/art-dealer-sues-getty-museum-for-77-million/
http://theartnewspaper.com/news/news/deal-or-no-deal-phoenix-ancient-art-sues-getty-over-billion-dollar-greek-and-roman-sculpture-collect/
https://www.artforum.com/news/id=65961
https://www.artsjournal.com/2017/01/dealers-sue-getty-museum-over-antiquities-deal-that-never-actually-happened.html

Cairo’s Museum of Islamic Art has opened:

http://www.dw.com/en/cairos-museum-of-islamic-art-reopened/a-37179704
http://cultura.elpais.com/cultura/2017/01/20/actualidad/1484900086_342489.html

A guide to the Met:

http://www.nytimes.com/guides/culture/guide-to-the-metropolitan-museum-of-art

Another fake at Sotheby’s:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/17/arts/second-old-master-painting-a-fake-sothebys-says-in-lawsuit.html

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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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On the climate effects of fires in history:

https://phys.org/news/2017-01-anthropogenic-forest-impacted-earth-climate.html

… and the eruption of Mt Tambora:

https://phys.org/news/2017-01-england-mackerel-year-climate-today.html

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TOURISTY THINGS
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Indian waterworks:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20170110-indias-ancient-engineering-marvel

Poe’s New York City:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/19/nyregion/new-york-today-searching-for-poe.html
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CRIME BEAT
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Tsirogiannis’ latest auction prevention:

http://usa.greekreporter.com/2017/01/17/greek-archaeologist-prevents-illicit-sale-of-antiquity-in-new-york/

I think we mentioned this bust in Israel:

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/223554
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4910092,00.html
http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=39741
http://www.jns.org/news-briefs/2017/1/20/israeli-authorities-catch-band-of-antiquities-thieves-in-the-act
https://www.algemeiner.com/2017/01/20/israeli-authorities-catch-band-of-antiquities-thieves-in-the-act/

A major bust in Spain (I’m sure we’ll hear more about this one):

http://www.brandonsun.com/lifestyles/breaking-news/spanish-police-announce-arrests-in-cultural-artifacts-ring-411452695.html

Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2017/01/culture-crime-news-9-15-january-2017.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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Australia returned three items to India:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/australia-returns-three-antiquities-to-india/articleshow/56599771.cms

Switzerland returned an item to Egypt:

http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/egypt-retrieves-smuggled-artifact-switzerland

A tourist sent a cobblestone back to Rome:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/01/18/guilt-stricken-tourist-sends-stolen-cobblestone-back-rome-note/

… and a British woman returned a jug to Turkey:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5213-170119-turkey-yortan-jug

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NUMISMATICA
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Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v20n03.html

… and the one which is probably out already since I’m a bit late:

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v20n04.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/2542-audio-news-from-archaeologica-8-january-2017-14-january-2017
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OBITUARIES
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James S Ackerman:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/17/books/james-ackerman-dead-harvard-art-historian.html

Thomas W Jacobsen:

http://obits.nola.com/obituaries/nola/obituary.aspx?n=thomas-w-jacobsen&pid=183665124&fhid=6332
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CONFERENCES
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Canada Before Confederation: Early Exploration and Mapping (Nov. 2017)

https://independent.academia.edu/ConferenceCanadabeforeConfederationEarlyMappingandExploration14981763
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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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