Explorator 19.42 ~ February 12, 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, Hernan Astudillo, Rick Heli,
Barbara Saylor Rodgers, David Emery, David Perlmutter, 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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Not sure where to put this one … on the evolution of assorted diseases in humans:

http://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2017/02/09/513883557/video-from-measles-to-syphilis-how-we-created-the-golden-age-of-germs

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AFRICA
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A trio of 4000 years bp (give or take) temples from the Sudan:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/swiss-archeologist-shines-light-sudans-buried-past-005631065.html
http://www.france24.com/en/20170210-sudan-archaeology-temples-discovered-kerma-dogi-ancient-bonnet-history
http://www.arabnews.com/node/1052261/offbeat
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5270-170210-sudan-dogi-gel

I think this goes here … Henry Gates’ research into African civilizations:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/04/opinion/sunday/the-history-the-slaveholders-wanted-us-to-forget.html

More on those 12 000 years bp prostate stones from Sudan:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5243-170201-sudan-prostate-stone

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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A major building complex from Qantir:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/257745/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Monumental-building-complex-discovered-at-Qantir-i.aspx
http://aa.com.tr/en/culture-and-art/archaeologists-in-egypt-unearth-pharaonic-structures/743252
https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/02/07/pharaonic-structures-discovered-in-egypt
https://thepeninsulaqatar.com/article/08/02/2017/Archaeologists-in-Egypt-unearth-pharaonic-structures

… which includes a mortar pit with impressions of children’s feet:

http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/german-archaeologists-discover-ancient-mortar-pit-impressions-egyptian-children-s-feet

… and painted wall fragments:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5256-170207-egypt-pi-ramesses

Encroachments on the Dahshour necropolis were removed this week:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/257919/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Encroachments-removed-from-Dahshour-necropolis-sit.aspx

Feature on some ‘mummy princesses’:

http://discovermagazine.com/2017/march/the-eternal-princesses

More on that royal scribe burial from Luxor:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/3-000-old-tomb-royal-135800426.html

Excavating ‘Anatolian food culture’:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/excavations-in-turkeys-southwest-reveal-anatolian-food-culture-.aspx?pageID=238&nid=109377&NewsCatID=375

Plenty of excitement/coverage over the discovery of another (looted) Dead Sea Scrolls cave:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/new-dead-sea-scroll-cave-found-near-qumran-but-scrolls-are-gone/
http://www.timesofisrael.com/liveblog_entry/after-60-years-archaeologists-find-new-dead-sea-cave-but-no-scrolls/
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Hebrew-University-archaeologists-find-12th-Dead-Sea-Scrolls-cave-480966
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/hebrew-university-archaeologists-find-12th-dead-sea-scrolls-cave/2017/02/08/
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/224652
http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.770515
http://www.livescience.com/57798-dead-sea-scrolls-turn-70.html
http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/archaeologists-unearth-new-dead-sea-scrolls-cave-n718876
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/70-years-after-dead-sea-scrolls-were-found-new-discoveries-await/
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2017/0209/Dead-Sea-Scrolls-12th-cave-that-once-housed-scrolls-discovered
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2017/0209/New-Dead-Sea-cave-discovery-jumpstarts-hunt-for-ancient-treasures
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2017/02/09/archeologists-say-they-have-found-a-cave-that-once-held-dead-sea-scrolls-a-first-in-60-years/
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/02/09/514294579/archaeologists-excavate-12th-cave-they-say-once-housed-dead-sea-scrolls
http://www.washingtonpost.com/video/national/archaeologists-race-to-find-ancient-scrolls/2017/02/09/961f00dc-eec8-11e6-a100-fdaaf400369a_video.html
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/new-dead-sea-scrolls-cave-discovered-archaelogists-artefacts-2000-year-old-antiquities-west-bank-a7571696.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/02/09/archaeologists-discover-new-cave-believed-have-held-dead-sea/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-38916687
https://www.algemeiner.com/2017/02/08/in-surprise-discovery-israeli-archaeologists-uncover-12th-dead-sea-scrolls-cave/
http://www.smh.com.au/world/found-additional-cave-that-once-held-dead-sea-scrolls-20170209-gu9p6a.html
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-might-have-found-another-dead-sea-scroll-cave-180962092/
https://phys.org/news/2017-02-archaeologists-12th-dead-sea-scrolls.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-02/thuo-af1020817.php
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/02/2017/12th-dead-sea-scrolls-cave-excavated-near-qumran
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5259-170208-qumran-cave-12

… and the discovery might help detect forgeries, apparently:

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/02/dead-sea-scrolls-cave-discovered-judea-israel-west-bank-forgeries/

… while some scholars think everything needs a bit more study:

http://news.nd.edu/news/new-dead-sea-scroll-cave-reports-may-be-premature-scholar-says/

They’re digging at Kiryat Ye’arim, ‘where the Ark of the Covenant once stood’:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/archaeologists-to-break-ground-at-biblical-site-where-ark-of-the-covenant-stood/
https://www.rt.com/news/376745-ark-covenant-israel-excavation/

They’ve opened the Miqve Path in Jerusalem National Park:

http://www.antiquities.org.il/Article_eng.aspx?sec_id=25&subj_id=240&id=4249
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/New-mikve-path-at-2000-year-old-site-to-be-unveiled-in-Jerusalem-National-Park-480628
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/iaa-to-inaugurate-new-mikvah-path-at-the-walls-around-jerusalem-national-park/2017/02/05/

Latest tomb threatened by the Ilisu Dam project:

https://www.dailysabah.com/travel/2017/02/06/archaeologists-engineers-race-to-save-ancient-tomb-from-being-submerged

More on excavations resuming at Masada:

http://www.israel21c.org/new-masada-expedition-gets-underway/

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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A 4th century mosaic floor from Leicester:

http://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/largest-roman-mosaic-floor-found-in-leicester-for-30-years/story-30110162-detail/story.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5253-170206-leicester-mosaic-floor

A very large 4th century mosaic from Cyprus:

http://www.ntd.tv/2017/02/08/ancient-mural-unearthed-cyprus/

The House of the Chaste Lovers at Pompeii is opening to the public:

http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2017/02/07/pompeiis-house-of-chaste-lovers-to-open_77ccacd3-f776-416b-adbf-dc0a503ea388.html
http://artdaily.com/news/93694/Pompeii-unveils-Roman-kiss-for-Valentine-s-day
https://www.yahoo.com/news/pompeii-unveils-roman-kiss-valentines-171935196.html

Bulldozing going on at a Bristol Roman Villa site is causing concern:

http://www.bristolpost.co.uk/watch-fury-as-developers-bulldoze-bristol-roman-villa-site-without-showing-locals-what-they-found/story-30121784-detail/story.html

Roman finds from pre-construction digs in Warwickshire have gone on display:

http://www.rugbyadvertiser.co.uk/news/roman-find-on-show-at-rugby-s-archaeology-gallery-1-7813797

The ‘Great Pompeii Project’ is a success:

http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2017/02/09/great-pompeii-project-sets-example_c25b4449-c334-43a2-9e6f-a122d40e37d7.html

Feature on Tartessos:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/features/the-etruscans-phoenicians-and-tartessos.htm

Suggestion that Ionian Greeks were the first to use ‘GPS method’ to navigate:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/22876-cartography-professor-ancient-greeks-in-ionia-first-used-gps-method-to-navigate.html

Feature on the Roman economy:

http://theconcourse.deadspin.com/the-roman-economy-was-a-powerhouse-1792097743

A Classics professor mystery solved:

http://lsa.umich.edu/classics/news-events/all-news/search-news/the-case-of-the-missing-professor.html

Honours for Classicists at UNC:

http://classics.unc.edu/2017/02/08/three-classics-instructors-named-recipients-of-2017-unc-teaching-awards/

More on that ILS inscription found in New York:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/remains-abandoned-gilded-age-mansion-ancient-roman-artifact-reveals-its-secrets-180962071/

More on Dan Gallagher going to Cornell:

http://www.news.cornell.edu/stories/2017/02/renowned-vatican-latinist-joins-classics-faculty

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

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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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13 000 years bp ‘hunting tools’ from Denmark:

https://phys.org/news/2017-02-tools-people-denmark.html
http://www.startribune.com/hunting-tools-tell-how-first-people-in-denmark-lived/413388013/

12 000 years bp pebbles from Italy are thought to have some sort of ritual funerary purpose:

https://phys.org/news/2017-02-broken-pebbles-clues-paleolithic-funeral.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-02/uom-bpo020817.php
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/02/2017/pebbles-used-as-spatulas-to-decorate-the-dead-12000-years-ago

Pondering an Iron Age burial on Lewis:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-38919314

I think we mentioned this high status Viking warrior burial from Scotland:

http://www.livescience.com/57793-viking-warrior-grave-has-ax-sword.html
http://www.livescience.com/57859-mysterious-viking-ship-burial-discovered.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5261-170208-scotland-ardnamurchan-viking

An Anglo Saxon church and some interesting animal burials from Shropshire:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-shropshire-38922138
http://www.shropshirelive.com/2017/02/10/archaeologists-discover-possible-anglo-saxon-church-and-mysterious-ancient-animal-burials/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5268-170210-england-animal-burial

A medieval wall beneath a Coventry car park:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-coventry-warwickshire-38867619

Finds from various periods at Marston Moretaine:

http://www.bedfordtoday.co.uk/news/iron-age-discovery-for-budding-archaeologists-in-marston-moretaine-1-7792261

Tony Robinson has joined the Stonehenge Tunnel protest (plus others):

http://www.hampshirechronicle.co.uk/uk_national_news/15072650.TV_s_Tony_Robinson_joins_Stonehenge_road_tunnel_protest/
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/feb/08/stonehenge-tunnel-heritage-groups-warn-over-ancient-barrow

Concerns for a Bronze Age bog road in Westmeath:

http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/protect-our-oldest-bog-road-plead-historians-35443560.html

More on that rich Celtic burial in Germany:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/iron-age-secrets-exhumed-riches-filled-crypt

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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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A ‘cluster’ of 2200 years bp boat coffins from Sichuan:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-02/08/c_136041761.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5260-170208-china-boat-coffins

An Angkor-era smelting furnace from Cambodia:

https://www.cambodiadaily.com/morenews/dig-unearths-ancient-furnace-in-hunt-for-cambodias-past-124687/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5257-170207-cambodia-iron-smelting

A general (and consort) burial dating to 564 CE has plenty of interest:

http://www.livescience.com/57766-tomb-of-chinese-general-princess-found.html
http://www.livescience.com/57764-photos-figurine-tomb.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/02/08/tomb-ancient-general-princess-discovered-china/
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/ancient-tomb-of-chinese-general-and-princess-filled-with-figurines/
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2017/0208/Ancient-love-uncovered-Scientists-reveal-contents-of-Chinese-general-s-tomb
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5255-170206-china-general-tomb

Mapping Japan’s Kiyotosakuoketsu tomb:

http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201702100042.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5269-170210-japan-kiyotosakuoketsu-tomb

Four 19th century shipwrecks off the coast of Queensland:

http://www.stuff.co.nz/world/australia/88854895/Four-19th-century-shipwrecks-found-off-Australian-coast
http://www.news.com.au/national/queensland/four-19thcentury-shipwrecks-found-off-queensland/news-story/408e9250ba260177aa5908898d396493

Assorted coverage relating to a conference on Mohenjo Daro this past week:

https://tribune.com.pk/story/1321710/let-us-re-excavate-moen-jo-daro-urges-archaeologist/
http://nation.com.pk/karachi/12-Feb-2017/moenjo-daro-conference-concludes
https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/185775-Experts-for-more-research-on-Mohenjo-Daro

Rambling feature on Tahitian navigation:

http://www.stuff.co.nz/nelson-mail/news/89280126/On-the-trail-of-ancient-voyaging-link-with-Tahiti

I don’t quite follow this diet study’s conclusions relating to gender inequality:

http://www.nature.com/articles/s41562-017-0059

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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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A 10 000 years bp site from Pennington Gap:

http://www.wcyb.com/news/virginia/lee-county/archaeologists-find-historic-native-american-sites-in-pennington-gap/319755355

16th century human remains from St Augustine:

http://www.actionnewsjax.com/news/local/human-remains-dating-back-to-the-1570s-believed-to-have-been-found-in-st-augustine/491839550

Few remains of prehistoric buildings or villages in Ohio:

http://www.dispatch.com/news/20170212/john-switzer–from-stump-little-evidence-remains-of-prehistoric-ohio-houses-villages

On climate change and Cahokia:

http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2017/02/10/513963490/1-000-years-ago-corn-made-this-society-big-then-a-changing-climate-destroyed-the

A mid 19th century beer vault turns up beneath a Williamsburg construction site:

http://www.constructionequipmentguide.com/hidden-beer-vault-found-underneath-williamsburg-construction-site/32545

Concerns for organic artifacts in Yellowstone:

http://www.wyomingnews.com/news/organic-artifacts-in-yellowstone-being-lost-to-ice-melt/article_57550878-eb72-11e6-930b-1f3cf374583a.html

A ‘new’ photo of Harriet Tubman:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2017/02/11/new-photo-shows-beautiful-resilient-harriet-tubman/97804370/
http://www.neatorama.com/2017/02/08/New-Photograph-of-Harriet-Tubman-Found/

Frederick Douglass on controlling slaves with food:

http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2017/02/10/514385071/frederick-douglass-on-how-slave-owners-used-food-as-a-weapon-of-control

No cosmic impact demise for Clovis Culture:

http://westerndigs.org/clovis-culture-ice-age-fauna-werent-wiped-out-by-cosmic-impact-study-says/

Yale has renamed Calhoun College:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-38947134
http://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/11/us/yale-protests-john-calhoun-grace-murray-hopper.html?smid=fb-nytopinion&smtyp=cur
http://news.yale.edu/2017/02/11/yale-change-calhoun-college-s-name-honor-grace-murray-hopper-0

More on geometry in Chaco Canyon:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/01/evidence-that-an-ancient-pueblo-site-was-built-out-of-golden-rectangles/

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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An untouched 1700 years bp tomb from Colima:

http://www.livescience.com/57844-mexican-tomb-uncovered.html
http://www.inah.gob.mx/es/boletines/5901-pequena-ventana-a-panteon-prehispanico-tumba-de-tiro-hallada-en-la-ciudad-de-colima

Plenty of interest in earthworks (this is the ‘Stonehenge’ stuff hinted at in the past few weeks) in the Amazon:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-02/uoe-hoa020617.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/02/170207092752.htm
http://www.livescience.com/57775-humans-altered-amazon-rainforests-geoglyphs.html
http://www.livescience.com/57770-mysterious-amazon-geoglyphs-photos.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2017/02/06/hundreds-ancient-earthworks-resembling-stonehenge-found-amazon/
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2017/0207/Do-these-ancient-geoglyphs-hold-a-secret-to-preserving-the-Amazon
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/02/2017/amazonian-rainforest-was-managed-by-ancient-geoglyph-builders
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5258-170207-amazon-landscape-geoglyphs

Marking the liberation of Chile:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/11/opinion/sunday/how-we-overcame-tyranny-before.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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Metal detectorists are being encouraged to learn some basic archaeology so they don’t damage sites:

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/15072021.Metal_detectorists_urged_to__brush_up_on_skills__to_avoid_damaging_treasures/
http://martini.heraldscotland.com/news/homenews/15072021.Metal_detectorists_urged_to_leave_the_spadework_to_the_professionals_/

Latest ancient beer recreation is a 5000 years bp Chinese recipe:

http://news.stanford.edu/2017/02/06/recreate-5000-year-old-chinese-beer-recipe/
https://phys.org/news/2017-02-students-recreate-year-old-chinese-beer.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5267-170210-china-fermented-porridge

Some of the usual Valentine’s Day coverage:

http://www.burtonmail.co.uk/valentine-s-day-2017-how-did-the-romans-celebrate-st-valentine-s-day/story-30096762-detail/story.html

Pondering the art of the Russian Revolution:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-38911009

On ‘American Gothic’:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20170208-how-american-gothic-became-an-icon

What orangutans reveal about language evolution:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-38907681

Losing a vintage dress at the cleaners:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-38935251

On the history of mechanical refrigeration:

http://www.livescience.com/57797-refrigerator-history.html

… and lighting:

http://www.bbc.com/news/business-38650976

Saving ‘The Battle of Atlanta’:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/08/us/a-painstaking-mission-to-save-atlantas-colossal-civil-war-painting.html
http://www.npr.org/2017/02/09/514160314/atlanta-rolls-up-moves-an-old-oil-painting-all-374-feet-and-12-tons-of-it

A 14th century university uprising:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/02/10/day-1355-university-fracas-ends-93-dead-birth-600-year-long/

On some famous quotes:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-38563240

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Tunnel (Crossrail finds):

https://phys.org/news/2017-02-skeletons-london-exposed-rail-line.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/feb/08/exhibition-offers-extensive-insight-into-londons-history-thrown-up-by-crossrail
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-38919314
https://www.yahoo.com/news/skeletons-londons-past-exposed-rail-line-dig-180321302.html
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-exhibition-britain-archaeology-crossr-idUSKBN15P222
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-exhibit-reveals-8000-years-londons-history-180962105/
https://www.ft.com/content/ff1b6964-ee09-11e6-ba01-119a44939bb6

Repatriated Persian artifacts:

https://phys.org/news/2017-02-iran-ancient-persian-artifacts.html
http://www.artfixdaily.com/news_feed/2017/02/09/5981-iranian-museum-exhibits-over-500-artifacts-repatriated-from-the-w

Beyond Caravaggio:

http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=93710

Botticelli:

http://pilotonline.com/entertainment/arts/exhibits/largest-collection-of-renaissance-master-sandro-botticelli-coming-to-the/article_0b36120d-f092-5f30-8841-dd10710e5596.html

Lautrec:

http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=93561

Egypt’s Sunken Mysteries:

http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/%E2%80%98egypt-s-sunken-mysteries-exhibition-opens-zurich

Greco Roman Egypt:

http://community.bowdoin.edu/news/2017/02/rare-and-vivid-2000-year-old-mummy-mask-on-display-at-art-museum-feb-2-july-15/

Washington’s Slaves:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/06/arts/george-washington-mount-vernon-slavery.html

Fake Photos:

http://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2017/02/05/513252650/long-before-there-was-fake-news-there-were-fake-photos
http://www.clarkart.edu/Exhibition/Photography-and-Discovery

Robots:

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/feb/07/science-museum-london-trove-of-robotic-delights-holds-a-mirror-to-human-society
https://phys.org/news/2017-02-years-evolution-robots.html
https://www.cnet.com/au/news/robots-london-science-museum-exhibition/
http://chicago.suntimes.com/news/london-exhibition-charts-500-years-of-evolution-of-robots/
http://www.dw.com/en/robots-a-500-year-quest-to-make-machines-human/a-37455366
http://www.csmonitor.com/Technology/2017/0208/Robots-have-been-around-for-500-years-New-London-exhibit-traces-their-evolution

Antikythera Mechanism:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/216041/article/ekathimerini/whats-on/antikythera-mechanism–athens–february-10—may-28

The Met has ‘museum workouts’ now:

http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/02/08/513765866/raise-your-he-art-rate-with-a-workout-at-the-met

The Met also has made a huge number of its images available:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/07/arts/design/met-museum-makes-375000-images-available-for-free.html

A history of the Louvre:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/europe/from-castle-to-museum-a-brief-history-of-the-louvre/articleshow/56990827.cms

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THE TECHY SIDE
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Latest facial reconstruction is St Magnus:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-38892669

The Lithodomos VR project looks interesting:

http://www.theage.com.au/small-business/smallbiz-tech/archaeology-turns-to-virtual-reality-with-lithodomos-startup-20170203-gu4rux.html
http://www.smh.com.au/small-business/smallbiz-tech/archaeology-turns-to-virtual-reality-with-lithodomos-startup-20170203-gu4rux.html

Feature on the use of assorted tech at a dig in Spain:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/02/170210084750.htm

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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DNA suggests a long period of stability in the East Asian hunter-fisher population:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/dna-points-millennia-stability-east-asian-hunter-fisher-population?tgt=nr

More on DNA suggesting Baltic hunter-gatherers learned to farm independently:

http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/02/2017/baltic-hunter-gatherers-began-farming-without-influence-of-migration
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5254-170206-baltic-first-farmers

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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Using colonial records to study Australian climate:

http://theconversation.com/delving-through-settlers-diaries-can-reveal-australias-colonial-era-climate-72652

Shifting monsoons affected human development in China over the millennia:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-02/teia-sma020617.php

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TOURISTY THINGS
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Angkor Wat (more on the effects of tourism):

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-38776022

Hiraizumi:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20170202-a-pure-land-inspired-by-treachery

Greece:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/destinations/2017/02/06/greece-ancient-ruins/97571402/

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CRIME BEAT
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Caught ‘red handed’ at a Byzantine site:

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4919032,00.html

A truck full of Bronze Age items from Hungary:

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/hungary-bronze-antiquities-found-truck-date-900-bc-45350613
http://www.pressreader.com/usa/the-washington-post/20170209/281788513804225
http://www.fredericksburg.com/news/news-wire/hungary-bronze-antiquities-found-in-truck-date-to-bc/article_47f374df-4871-50a4-a303-39423e218393.html

A bust in Apollonia:

http://www.timesunion.com/news/crime/article/Albania-stops-smugglers-of-230-ancient-Apollonia-10926694.php
http://www.therepublic.com/2017/02/12/eu-albania-apollonia-artifacts/

Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2017/02/4402.html

Paris has a ‘spiderman thief’:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/03/arts/design/for-paris-spiderman-stealing-5-museum-masterpieces-was-no-sweat.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fdesign

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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Latest Nazi-loot repatriation:

http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=93642

India is reflecting on some repatriation efforts:

http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-over-28-antiquities-retrieved-from-abroad-till-date-govt-2313964
http://indianexpress.com/article/india/over-28-antiquities-retrieved-from-abroad-till-date-govt-4510645/

A sarcophagus fragment was returned to Greece:

http://usa.greekreporter.com/2017/02/09/manhattan-district-attorney-returns-ancient-sarcophagus-to-greek-consulate/
http://courthousenews.com/looted-200-a-d-sarcophagus-returned-to-greece/
http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2017/02/10/greek-sarcophagus-returned/
http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/illegally-trafficked-sarcophagus-fragment-returned-greece-45424934

A prehistoric stone axe was returned to Egypt:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5265-170209-egypt-stone-ax

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NUMISMATICA
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A Roman hoard from New Forest is going on display (not sure what this hoard is called):

http://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/15086070.1_600_Roman_coins_buried_in_New_Forest_field_set_to_finally_go_on_show/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n06.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n05.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/2555-audio-news-from-archaeologica-29-january-2017-4-february-2017

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OBITUARIES
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Peter Charles Woodman:

http://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/people/obituary-prof-peter-woodman-1.2962379

Ivor Noel Hume:

http://www.vagazette.com/news/vanews-ivor-noel-hume-famed-archaeologist-dies-at-89-20170206-story.html
http://wydaily.com/2017/02/08/obits-ivor-noel-hume-89/

Deborah Campbell:

http://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/11914975-74/campbell-bollman-scott

Roy Swartz:

http://www.toledoblade.com/Deaths/2017/02/10/Roy-S-Swartz-1925-2017-Teacher-helped-preserve-Civil-War-landmark.html

Thomas Jacobsen:

http://www.ascsa.edu.gr/index.php/news/newsDetails/thomas-jacobsen

Judith Romney Wegner:

https://networks.h-net.org/node/28655/discussions/165414/obituary-dr-judith-romney-wegner

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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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