Explorator 19.44 ~ February 26, 2017

Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Alan Brockway,
Kris Curry, David Critchley, David Emery, 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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23 000 years bp flint blades from near the Sea of Galilee:

http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.772111

Cf: http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0167151

On Aurignacian ‘pointillism’:

https://phys.org/news/2017-02-year-old-engravings-ancient-technique-seurat.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-02/nyu-3ye022117.php
http://www.livescience.com/58007-pointillism-found-in-ancient-artwork.html
http://www.livescience.com/58008-prehistoric-van-goghs-artists-used-pointillism-38-000-years-ago-video.html

On Paleolithic women:

https://phys.org/news/2017-02-women-stone-age.html

On early humans drinking alcohol:

http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20170222-our-ancestors-were-drinking-alcohol-before-they-were-human

More on the genetic legacy of Neanderthals:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/02/170223124316.htm
https://www.newscientist.com/article/2122362-extinct-neanderthals-still-control-expression-of-human-genes/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5332-170224-neanderthal-genes-still-control-expression
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AFRICA
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Studying bone harpoons from East Africa:

https://phys.org/news/2017-02-sharpening-knowledge-prehistory-east-africa.html

Feature on Zimbabwe:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/21/world/africa/zimbabwes-rulers-use-a-monuments-walls-to-build-a-legacy.html

Feature on Thulamela:

http://www.livescience.com/57962-thulamela.html

A pair of German archaeologists were kidnapped in NIgeria earlier this week:

http://www.ctvnews.ca/world/german-archaeologist-associate-kidnapped-in-nigeria-police-say-1.3296844
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-nigeria-security-idUSKBN1612L6
http://allafrica.com/stories/201702230533.html
http://www.news24.com/Africa/News/german-archaeologists-kidnap-no-ransom-demanded-yet-20170223
http://www.dw.com/en/two-germans-kidnapped-in-northern-nigeria/a-37684402
http://saharareporters.com/2017/02/23/whereabouts-kidnapped-germans-still-unknown

… a force was sent out to find them:

http://saharareporters.com/2017/02/23/igp-deploys-special-force-rescue-kidnapped-german-archaeologists
http://allafrica.com/stories/201702240026.html

… and a ransom has been demanded:

http://www.seattlepi.com/news/crime/article/Nigerian-kidnappers-demand-200-000-for-German-10956100.php
http://allafrica.com/stories/201702240046.html
http://allafrica.com/stories/201702250045.html
http://www.dailytrust.com.ng/news/general/kidnappers-of-german-professo-r-demand-n60-million/186656.html

… and just as Explorator goes out, we read they’ve been released:

http://allafrica.com/stories/201702260174.html
https://www.naij.com/1090599-2-kidnapped-german-archaeologists-kaduna-regain-freedom.html
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-02-26/german-archaeologists-freed-in-northern-nigeria-after-kidnapping
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Plans to restore a Ramses II statue to its Luxor temple:

http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/02/21/615867/
http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/258581/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Egypts-antiquities-ministry-restores-colossus-of-R.aspx

An 1868 painting of the Temple of Karnak is going on display:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2017/feb/21/karnak-watercolour-british-museum-henry-stanier

More on those 3000 years bp child footprints:

http://www.seeker.com/3000-year-old-footprints-of-ancient-egyptian-children-found-2259199096.html

Concerns for the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/temple-of-artemis-turns-into-swamp-due-to-neglect.aspx?PageID=238&NID=109909&NewsCatID=375

Interesting concern resulting from possible dig in Izmir:

https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2017-02-23/roman-excavations-threaten-slum-life-in-turkish-port-city

Feature on a Phoenician mask mold find from Tel Achziv:

http://asorblog.org/2017/02/24/rare-discovery-tel-achziv-phoenician-clay-mask-mold-ninth-century-b-c-e/

A mysterious wall in Jordan:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/93-mile-long-ancient-wall-jordan-puzzles-archaeologists-122757416.html

A new archaeological museum in Aswan was inaugurated:

http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/archaeological-excavations-museum-inaugurated-aswan

More on the hidden chambers in Tut’s tomb saga:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/possible-hidden-chamber-king-tuts-152000104.html

An account of the 2016 season at Bethsaida:

http://www.bibleinterp.com/articles/2017/02/ara418014.shtml

1800 years bp Hebrew inscriptions from a Galilee synagogue:

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/1800-year-old-Hebrew-stone-inscriptions-found-in-ancient-Galilee-synagogue-482175
http://www.timesofisrael.com/hebrew-carvings-on-column-lend-weight-to-galilee-villages-jewish-past/
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/225397
http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-1.773131

Israel is trying to get the Siloam Inscription from Turkey:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/culture-minister-offers-turkish-mayor-elephants-for-ancient-hebrew-inscription/

LandMinds video podcast interview with Guy Stiebel, who is currently digging at Masada:

http://foundationstone.org/

OpEd on Jerusalem/Palestinian archaeological conflicts:

http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-1.772847
The Oriental Institute is somewhat concerned about its future:

https://www.chicagomaroon.com/article/2017/2/21/oriental-institute-future-uncertain-trump-administ/

Assessing the damage at Nimrud:

http://theartnewspaper.com/news/news/british-museum-trained-iraqi-archaeologist-assesses-isil-destruction-of-nimrud-/
http://aina.org/news/20170220032519.htm

The British Museum is training folks to preserve/conserve heritage at Mosul:

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-britain-iraq-archaeology-idUSKBN16029C?feedType=RSS&feedName=artsNews
https://www.yahoo.com/news/british-museum-training-iraqi-experts-save-mosul-heritage-135857374.html
http://english.alarabiya.net/en/features/2017/02/21/British-museum-training-for-Iraqi-experts-to-save-Mosul-heritage.html
http://artdaily.com/news/93936/British-Museum-training-Iraqi-experts-to-save-Mosul-heritage

On assorted actions taken by ISIL to ‘shock’:

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4927139,00.html
http://www.therepublic.com/2017/02/24/islamic-state-heritage-destroyed-2/

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Big news this week is the find (a while ago) of a section of Roman road and three burials beneath a McDonald’s at Frattochie:

http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2017/02/21/ancient-roman-road-unearthed_4a4a1282-a6df-4d13-9b3a-377c6c89c1f9.html
http://www.thelocal.it/20170223/mcdonalds-opens-restaurant-museum-over-ancient-roman-road
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/22/world/europe/mcdonalds-rome-road.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/02/22/want-ancient-roman-heritage-stretch-roman-road-unveiled-beneath/

A Roman house from Israel ‘covered with’ phallic amulets:

https://uk.news.yahoo.com/archaeologists-find-roman-house-covered-in-metal-penis-amulets-143455580.html
http://www.livescience.com/57944-roman-house-and-phallic-amulets-discovered-israel.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5319-170221-israel-roman-house

A Mithraeum on Corsica:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5330-170224-corsica-mithraeum-discovered

Feature on the collapse of the ancient Roman economy and its effects:

http://theconcourse.deadspin.com/what-happened-to-normal-people-when-the-roman-economy-f-1792584975

On northern England and the Romans:

http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/how-north-england-became-cosmopolitan-12634587

Feature on Probus:

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2017/02/strange-tales-the-emperor-who-loved-vineyards-and-drove-his-troops-to-fury/

Feature on Red Figure pots:

https://www.apollo-magazine.com/greek-vases/

A Roman bronze hoard is on display at the Wiltshire Museum:

http://www.thisiswiltshire.co.uk/news/15108984.Discovery_of_Roman_flowers_on_display_at_Wiltshire_Museum/

Those ‘gladiators’ outside the Colosseum are being irritating again:

http://www.thelocal.it/20170220/rome-gladiators-centurions-fined-400-each-asking-tourists-photos

What the Greeks can teach us about herbs:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/home/what-the-ancient-greeks-can-teach-us-about-herbs/2017/01/09/ed623706-d36b-11e6-945a-76f69a399dd5_story.html

What Kathleen Coleman is up to:

http://www.reviewatlas.com/news/20170223/monmouths-fox-lecture-to-feature-harvard-scholar

What Caitlin Gillespie is up to:

https://www.owu.edu/news-media/details/classics-professor-to-discuss-celtic-queen-boudica/

What Travis Rupp is up to:

https://hypebeast.com/2017/2/travis-rupp-beer-archaeologist-1100-year-old-beer

What Lauren Donovan Ginsberg is up to:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-02/uoc-upl022217.php

Brock University Classics is celebrating fifty years:

https://brocku.ca/brock-news/2017/02/department-of-classics-celebrating-50th-anniversary-year/

On corporations helping to preserve Rome’s history:

http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Europe/2017/0226/Businesses-step-up-to-help-preserve-Rome-s-history
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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Road construction in Lincolnshire reveals sites from various periods dating back to the Mesolithic:

http://thelincolnite.co.uk/2017/02/ancient-burials-and-artefacts-unearthed-beneath-lincoln-eastern-bypass-site/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5333-170224-england-lioncolnshire-settlements

A neolithic hand axe from Hartshorne:

http://www.burtonmail.co.uk/watch-neolithic-hand-axe-among-items-found-during-hartshorne-archaeology-dig/story-30149342-detail/story.html
http://www.burtonmail.co.uk/watch-neolithic-hand-axe-among-items-found-during-hartshorne-archaeology-dig/story-30149342-detail/story.html

I think we mentioned this Bronze Age hoard from Scotland (there are other finds too):

http://www.livescience.com/57966-bronze-age-weapons-unearthed-in-scotland.html
http://www.livescience.com/57956-photos-bronze-age-weapons-hoard.html
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/trove-of-dazzling-bronze-age-weapons-unearthed-scotland/
http://artdaily.com/news/94015/Archaeologists-discover-of-rare-Bronze-Age-weapon-hoard
https://www.yahoo.com/news/trove-dazzling-bronze-age-weapons-141400135.html

Interesting ‘Black Death’ burial of two hand-in-hand males:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/feb/22/mystery-male-black-death-victims-found-buried-hand-in-hand
https://uk.news.yahoo.com/archaeologists-dig-up-500-year-old-mystery-after-finding-two-male-black-death-victims-buried-hand-in-hand-130841537.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5329-170223-london-crossrail-skeletons

Studying medieval English graffiti:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5320-170221-england-medieval-graffiti

Arguing about Viking settlements in England:

http://sciencenordic.com/new-study-reignites-debate-over-viking-settlements-england

Latest Crossrail-related find is Faggeswell Brook and a pile of Tudor-era items:

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/long-lost-brook-reveals-a-tudor-treasure-trove-6r2tmnj7w
http://artdaily.com/news/93972/MOLA-excavations-at-Crossrail-Farringdon-site-reveal-secrets-of-Tudor-Life
http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/crossrail-excavations-farringdon-artefacts_uk_58ac3db5e4b0f077b3edcafa

Archaeologists are looking for the tomb of James I of Scotland (and assorted relatives):

https://phys.org/news/2017-02-archaeologists-long-lost-tomb-scottish-king.html
http://artdaily.com/news/94070/Archaeologists-hunt-for-long-lost-tomb-of-Scottish-king
http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/scotland-now/historians-search-tomb-murdered-scottish-9859903
http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/homenews/15107809.Raiders_of_the_lost_Charterhouse__search_for_tomb_of_ancient_king_of_Scotland_begins/

Plans to check out a ditch which may have been part of Offa’s Dyke:

http://www.bbc.com/news/live/uk-england-hereford-worcester-38302470

Studying woodland use over the centuries in England:

https://phys.org/news/2017-02-historic-cultural-scientific-perspectives-woodland.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-02/uoy-hcr022217.php
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/02/2017/historic-cultural-records-inform-scientific-perspectives-on-woodland-uses

I think we mentioned these ‘pilgrim leprosy burials’ a while ago:

http://www.reuters.com/video/2017/02/20/medieval-skeleton-gives-clues-to-spread?videoId=371159289&feedType=VideoRSS&feedName=LatestVideosUS&videoChannel=6

What four skulls reveal about ‘city life’ in Europe in various periods:

https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2017/feb/22/tale-four-skulls-what-can-bones-teach-about-cities

Bells at a 12th century Myndtown church have been restored:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-shropshire-39026169

Fundraising to save the Monarch of the Glen:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-38994055

… and one to keep a Viking hoard in Dumfries and Galloway:

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/homenews/15109613.Bid_launched_to_keep_viking_hoard_in_Dumfries_and_Galloway/
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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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Finds from Chanhu Daro:

https://tribune.com.pk/story/1336217/treasure-trove-antiquity-chanhu-daro-industrial-hub-ancient-world/

Fortifications of some sort from Central China:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-02/22/c_136077385.htm

An image of Confucius from a mirror from the tomb of the Marquis of Haihun:

http://www.ecns.cn/2017/02-21/246162.shtml
http://www.china.org.cn/china/2017-02/21/content_40328229.htm
Some unusual medieval burials from Siberia:

http://siberiantimes.com/science/casestudy/features/f0290-medieval-burials-on-yamal-peninsula-may-have-been-ritualistic-sacrifices/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5327-170223-russia-medieval-burials

Colonial era artifacts from a Sydney suburb:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-02-21/artefacts-show-coexistence-between-aboriginals-and-europeans/8287950
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5321-170221-australia-parramatta-artifacts

Still looking for Genghis Khan’s tomb:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-39038615

Azerbaijan is seeking UNESCO help to deal with illegal digging:

http://en.apa.az/nagorno_karabakh/azerbaijan-to-raise-issue-at-unesco-over-illegal-archeological-activity-in-its-occupied-lands.html
http://en.trend.az/azerbaijan/karabakh/2725396.html

Beijing is going to get even tougher on theft of artifacts:

http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2072199/eye-national-identity-beijing-vows-stem-loss-cultural

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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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The wreck of the Neva appears to have been found on Kruzov Island:

http://juneauempire.com/art/art/2017-02-23/200-year-old-russian-wreck-found-kruzov-island-near-sitka

Studying evidence of prehistoric violence in California:

https://phys.org/news/2017-02-prehistoric-violence-published.html

They’re ‘making room’ for Sally Hemings at Monticello:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/for-decades-they-hid-jeffersons-mistress-now-monticello-is-making-room-for-sally-hemings/2017/02/18/d410d660-f222-11e6-8d72-263470bf0401_story.html
http://wwlp.com/2017/02/23/archaeologists-dig-up-more-on-thomas-jeffersons-alleged-mistress/
http://wric.com/2017/02/25/archaeologists-looking-into-clues-about-now-famous-slave-at-monticello/

Kennewick Man was reburied this week:

http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2017/0221/Burial-of-9-000-year-old-Kennewick-Man-lays-to-rest-a-20-year-old-debate
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5322-washington-kennewick-man-reburied
https://phys.org/news/2017-02-kennewick-skeleton-ancestral-home.html

Trying to preserve some of George Washington’s trees:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/home/this-gardener-is-working-to-preserve-george-washingtons-last-surviving-trees/2017/02/17/13b0ba60-f241-11e6-b9c9-e83fce42fb61_story.html

Some insight from Frederick Douglass:

http://news.yale.edu/2017/02/17/any-time-good-time-illumination-frederick-douglass-says-yale-historian

Concerns for some historical documents from South Carolina:

http://www.npr.org/2017/02/21/515410087/an-attempt-to-save-south-carolinas-historical-documents-is-destroying-them

The ‘Last Seen’ project is interesting:

http://www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/2017/02/22/516651689/after-slavery-searching-for-loved-ones-in-wanted-ads

Studying the effects of climate in ancient North America:

http://www.dispatch.com/news/20170226/archaeology-ancient-cultures-also-were-affected-by-climate-change

The BLM is seeking the public’s help in preserving sites:

http://www.good4utah.com/news/local-news/blm-urges-protection-of-ancient-artifacts/659015750

On Lincoln’s early ‘bromance’:

http://www.livescience.com/57938-did-abraham-lincoln-bromance-alter-american-history.html

What they’ve found while working on Toronto’s new courthouse:

https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2017/02/25/courthouse-site-dig-gives-insight-into-torontos-history.html

More on linguistic evidence for the settling of the Americas:

http://www.economist.com/news/science-and-technology/21717352-checkpoint-americas-first-immigrants-had-wait-8000-years-be-admitted?fsrc=rss%7Csct
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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A Maya jade from Belize with an inscription:

https://phys.org/news/2017-02-largest-maya-jade-belize-unique.html

A study of skulls suggests there were multiple migrations into the Americas (ending up in South America, it seems):

https://phys.org/news/2017-02-ancient-skulls-multiple-migrations-americas.html
https://phys.org/news/2017-02-largest-maya-jade-belize-unique.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/02/170224121748.htm

More on salmonella and the demise of the Aztecs:

https://phys.org/news/2017-02-evidence-salmonella-aztecs.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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Haven’t had a Stradivarius come to auction in a while:

http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=93930

On Carnival in Germany:

http://www.dw.com/en/a-kiss-for-your-tie-why-carnival-kicks-off-with-gender-power-games/a-19022057

Studying the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution:

http://www.dw.com/en/estrangement-from-history-100-years-since-russias-february-revolution/a-37641036

A lost Walt Whitman novel:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/20/arts/in-a-walt-whitman-novel-lost-for-165-years-clues-to-leaves-of-grass.html
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/02/21/516442353/grad-student-discovers-a-lost-novel-written-by-walt-whitman

Feature on Jane Austen:

https://theconversation.com/friday-essay-the-revolutionary-vision-of-jane-austen-71000

Feature on Karl May:

http://www.dw.com/en/who-was-karl-may-facts-and-myths-surrounding-the-creator-of-winnetou/a-37675272

On the history of butter:

https://knpr.org/npr/2017-02/spread-word-butter-has-epic-backstory

On the origins of Jazz:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20170224-the-mysetrious-origins-of-jazz
Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Menorah:

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/225421
http://www.jta.org/2017/02/21/news-opinion/world/vatican-rome-jewish-museum-collaborate-on-menorah-exhibition
http://www.wantedinrome.com/news/vatican-and-romes-jewish-museum-hold-joint-exhibition/
http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865673864/Catholics-and-Jews-mark-history-of-the-menorah-with-first-joint-show.html?pg=all
http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=93961

Vermeer:

http://www.ksby.com/story/34556717/louvre-show-vermeer-was-both-revolutionary-and-a-borrower
http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=93952

Monet:

http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/world/2017-02/24/content_28339735.htm

Images of Value:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/23/arts/design/the-secret-art-history-on-your-money.html

Tomb Treasures (Han Dynasty):

http://www.eastbaytimes.com/2017/02/21/tomb-treasures-document-life-afterlife-of-han-dynastys-elite/

Feature on the Acropolis Museum:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/216293/article/ekathimerini/life/the-bumpy-road-traveled-by-the-acropolis-museum

Feature on the Aphrodisias Museum:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/museum-in-turkeys-aydin-takes-visitors-back-2500-years-ago-.aspx?PageID=238&NID=109992&NewsCatID=375

Feature on the New Orleans Pharmacy Museum:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/travel/bloodletting-voodoo-and-opium-new-orleans-museum-spotlights-medical-methods-of-the-past/2017/02/22/b927f99c-f460-11e6-8d72-263470bf0401_story.html

The National Museum of Egyptian Civilization is impressive:

http://www.cairoscene.com/ArtsAndCulture/9-Stunning-Photos-of-the-Newly-Opened-National-Museum-of-Egyptian-Civilisation
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THE TECHY SIDE
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On the use of photography to document sites:

http://asorblog.org/2017/02/22/use-photography-document-ancient-sites-important/

I think we mentioned this VR treatment of the ancient world:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/see-ancient-world-through-virtual-reality-180962237/

More on Pictish facial recreations:

http://www.livescience.com/57974-pictish-man-face-recreated.html
https://phys.org/news/2017-02-brutally-pictish-brought-life-digital.html
http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=93931
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/ancient-murder-victim-pictish-man-face-digitally-recreated/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5318-170217-scotland-pictish-murder

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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DNA studies suggest a strong matrilineal aspect to society in Chaco Canyon:

https://news.virginia.edu/content/cutting-edge-dna-analysis-adds-new-insight-three-centuries-pueblo-history
https://phys.org/news/2017-02-radiocarbon-dating-dna-ancient-puebloan.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-02/ps-rda022117.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/02/170221130709.htm
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/24/science/chaco-canyon-new-mexico-maternal.html
http://www.livescience.com/57953-chaco-canyon-rulers-maternal-lineage.html
http://westerndigs.org/ancient-leaders-at-chaco-canyon-were-members-of-matrilineal-dynasty-dna-shows/
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2017/0222/Why-scientists-say-a-matrilineal-elite-ruled-New-Mexico-s-Pueblo-Bonito
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/02/chaco-canyon-pueblo-bonito-room-33/
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/ancient-dna-yields-unprecedented-insights-into-mysterious-chaco-civilization/
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2017/02/21/prehistoric-pueblo-comes-modern-day-find-women-empowered/9818303
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5326-170222-chaco-canyon-matrilineal-dynasty

… and they were native to the area, not migrants:

http://westerndigs.org/chacos-elites-were-native-to-the-canyon-not-migrants-their-remains-show/

Another study suggests ‘hardly any women’ migrated from the Pontic Steppe to Europe some 5000 years bp:

https://phys.org/news/2017-02-genetic-men-migrated-pontic-steppe.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-02/uu-gds022117.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/02/170221154823.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5323-170222-indo-european-bronze-age-migration

DNA also suggests that Europeans brought the ulcer bacteria to the Americas:

http://www.livescience.com/57998-europeans-brought-new-ulcer-bacteria-to-americas.html
Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Meteora:

http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/20/travel/meteora-greece/index.html

Albanian shipwrecks:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/albania-wants-show-its-ship-wrecks-180962181/

Sanliurfa tombs:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/rock-tombs-of-turkeys-sanliurfa-to-open-to-tourism-.aspx?pageID=238&nid=110082&NewsCatID=375
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CRIME BEAT
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Israeli authorities foiled a Roman coin smuggling attempt:

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/225263
http://www.timesofisrael.com/palestinian-nabbed-at-jordan-crossing-with-sack-of-ancient-coins/

… while a family on an outing foiled a metal detectorist at Hurbat Bazka:

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/225338
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Modiin-family-helps-prevent-antiquities-theft-while-on-hike-482102

… and there was a gang digging in the Negev:

http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/gold-digging-gang-caught-in-negev-archaeological-site/2017/02/22/

An 18th century icon smuggling attempt foiled in Turkey:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/priceless-18th-century-icon-seized-in-car-trunk-in-turkeys-adana.aspx?pageID=238&nID=110049&NewsCatID=375

More on a dealer’s role in artifact theft in southeast Asia:

https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/records-point-to-dealers-role-in-artifact-theft-125582/

I think we mentioned this rare book heist:

http://www.livescience.com/57955-rare-books-stolen-from-london-warehouse.html
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/feb/12/thieves-steal-2m-of-rare-books-by-abseiling-into-warehouse

Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2017/02/culture-crime-news-13-19-february-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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NUMISMATICA
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BIg bucks for a Colosseum coin:

http://www.coinweek.com/auctions-news/ancient-coin-early-depiction-colosseum-fetches-record-price-dix-noonan-webb/
http://www.coinworld.com/news/world-coins/2017/02/silver-sestertius-showing-roman-colosseum-shatters-estimate.all.html

Feature on a Julius Caesar aureus:

http://www.coinweek.com/ancient-coins/ancient-coin-profiles-roman-gold-aureus-julius-caesar/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n08.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n09.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/2564-audio-news-from-archaeologica-12-february-2017-18-february-2017

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OBITUARIES
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Ivor Noel Hume:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/19/us/ivor-noel-hume-dead-archaeologist-colonial-williamsburg.html

Gordon Stuart:

http://www.arbroathherald.co.uk/news/top-linguist-gordon-stuart-dies-1-4375662

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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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