Explorator 19.45 ~ March 5, 2017

Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Hernan Astudillo,
Alan Brockway, Kris Curry, Bob Heuman, Birgitta Hoffmann, Allan Brockway,
David Critchley, John Oleson, Barbara Saylor Rodgers, 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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Studying the 100 000 years bp skulls from the Lingjing site:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-03/wuis-1hs022117.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-03-year-old-human-skulls-east-asia.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/03/170302144009.htm
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-39118752
http://www.livescience.com/58087-patchwork-early-human-fossils-discovered.html
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/deadthings/2017/03/02/human-skull-fossils-from-china-have-surprising-traits/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2017/03/03/skulls-found-in-china-were-part-modern-human-part-neanderthal-possibly-new-species/?tid=pm_national_pop
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/are-these-skulls-new-human-ancestor-species-180962370/
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/03/2017/100000-year-old-human-skulls-from-east-asia
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5348-170302-china-xuchang-skulls

Early evidence of homo sapiens in Iran:

http://elpais.com/elpais/2017/03/03/ciencia/1488541294_139309.html

On the diet of homo antecessor at Atapuerca:

https://phys.org/news/2017-02-evidence-diet-homo-antecessor-atapuerca.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/02/170227082536.htm

More on early humans drinking alcohol:

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

More on 38 000 years bp pointillism techniques:

http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/02/2017/38000-year-old-engravings-confirm-ancient-origins-of-pointillism
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5334-170227-france-pointillism-engravings
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AFRICA
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Feature on Libya’s ‘Monuments Men’:

http://www.cam.ac.uk/research/discussion/the-monuments-men-of-libya

A Czech archaeologist, held in the Sudan for spying, has been released:

http://praguemonitor.com/2017/03/01/ln-release-czech-man-may-help-egyptology-sudan
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Admission prices are going up at Egyptian sites and museums:

http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/ticket-prices-tourists-be-increased-museums-archaeological-sites-october-ministry

Egypt isn’t going to try and recover all of its objects abroad:

https://egyptianstreets.com/2017/03/02/attempts-to-retrieve-artifacts-from-abroad-not-in-egypt-favor-former-antiquities-minister/

A monumental carved dolmen from the Golan:

http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.775318

Studying the damage to the shrine of the prophet Jonah reveals ISIL may have inadvertently discovered a 600 B.C.E. palace built for Sennacherib:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/02/27/previously-untouched-600bc-palace-discovered-shrine-demolished/
http://www.timesofisrael.com/islamic-state-looting-uncovers-ancient-palace-beneath-jonahs-tomb/
http://aina.org/news/20170227173244.htm
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/ancient-palace-reportedly-discovered-deep-under-shrine-demolished-by-isis/
https://www.alaraby.co.uk/english/society/2017/2/28/priceless-assyrian-treasures-discovered-among-mosuls-mountains-of-destruction

Interesting study of Sasanian temples:

http://www.livescience.com/58032-ancient-persia-palaces-fire-temple-wood.html

An interview with Joseph L Angel:

http://yucommentator.org/2017/02/featured-faculty-professor-joseph-l-angel/

ISIL was driven out of Palmyra again:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/isis-palmyra-syria-driven-out-second-time-islamic-state-ancient-roman-ruins-assad-executions-a7607351.html
http://www.timesofisrael.com/islamic-state-reportedly-pushed-out-of-syrias-palmyra/
http://www.timesofisrael.com/syrian-forces-recapture-palmyra-from-is-for-second-time/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/syrian-military-retakes-historic-palmyra-from-islamic-state/2017/03/02/b9458cd4-ff94-11e6-99b4-9e613afeb09f_story.html

… and damage was less than expected:

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-palmyra-idUSKBN16A1L2
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4930286,00.html

They’re now questioning how much revenue ISIL was receiving from antiquities:

http://www.hstoday.us/columns/guest-commentaries/blog/special-antiquities-sales-supporting-isis-fails-the-test-of-robustness/4142934b314728d19c6bf77a46018db9.html
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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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We may have mentioned this Roman mining operation in Spain:

http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.774629

More orichalcum ingots found in a 2600 years bp shipwreck off Gela:

http://www.seeker.com/fabled-atlantis-metal-ingots-continue-to-emerge-from-the-seas-of-sicil-2290338231.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5343-170301-sicily-shipwreck-ingots

Concerns for Paphos:

http://cyprus-mail.com/2017/03/02/ancient-paphos-attraction-needs-urgent-renovation/

Funding for that tomb at Amphipolis:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/23578-greek-culture-minister-allots-e2-5m-for-kasta-hill-amphipolis-works.html

If you’ve ever wondered why there always seem to be Roman nails for sale:

https://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/lifestyle/house-home/collectors-corner/370986/roman-relics-hit-nail-head-price-wise/

Nice feature on Father Foster:

http://www.newcriterion.com/articles.cfm/The-Vatican-s-Latinist-8618

What Christopher S Celenza is up to:

http://www.thehoya.com/university-appoints-new-dean-for-college/

They’re looking for a new director for the Colosseum:

http://www.sfgate.com/entertainment/article/Ready-for-a-new-arena-in-life-Rome-s-Colosseum-10962662.php
http://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/world/colosseum-seeks-director-whose-reputation-wasnt-built-in-a-day-j6ggh0hhs

More coverage of that Roman house find (with ducks and phalluses) from Omrit:

http://www.livescience.com/57944-roman-house-and-phallic-amulets-discovered-israel.html
http://www.timesofisrael.com/ducks-not-phalluses-real-stars-of-1900-year-old-find-in-northern-israel/

More on McDonald’s incorporating a Roman road into one of its franchises near Rome:

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/italys-newest-mcdonalds-part-archaeological-museum-871589
http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Europe/2017/0226/Burgers-and-ancient-Roman-roads-Businesses-step-up-to-preserve-Rome-s-history
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-mcdonalds-has-cool-design-element-ancient-roman-road-180962289/
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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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7000 years bp footprints from Wales:

http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/ancient-human-footprints-discovered-welsh-12667046
http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/uk/footprints-date-back-7000-years-and-could-show-hunting-party-35489498.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5340-170228-wales-mesolithic-footprints

… and a possible prehistoric monument of some sort from Trellyffaint:

http://www.countyecho.co.uk/article.cfm?id=110849&headline=Archaeologists%20uncover%20possibly%20prehistoric%20monument&sectionIs=news&searchyear=2017

I think we mentioned this Neolithic ‘enclosure’ from Denmark:

http://www.seeker.com/mysterious-neolithic-labyrinth-found-in-denmark-2288204695.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5335-170227-denmark-neolithic-enclosure
A major Iron Age gold hoard find from Staffordshire:

http://www.livescience.com/58061-treasure-hunters-find-ancient-gold-jewelry.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/feb/28/detectorists-strike-iron-age-gold-staffordshire-field
https://www.theguardian.com/science/video/2017/feb/28/iron-age-jewellery-found-in-staffordshire-field-video-report
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-stoke-staffordshire-39115392
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2017/02/28/iron-age-gold-found-farmers-field-earliest-ever-discovered/
http://www.leek-news.co.uk/leek-metal-detectors-reveal-the-moment-they-found-iron-age-gold-in-a-staffordshire-moorlands-field/story-30170214-detail/story.html
http://www.staffordshirenewsletter.co.uk/iron-age-gold-jewellery-unearthed-in-staffordshire-field-is-of-huge-international-importance/story-30168182-detail/story.html
http://www.news.com.au/world/breaking-news/pair-unearth-oldest-iron-age-gold-in-uk/news-story/e5bdb78eb93a3b42684d67251bce657c
https://www.yahoo.com/news/ancient-celtic-art-uncovered-unique-gold-hoard-154022145.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5341-170228-leekfrith-gold-torques

Remains of a 2000 years bp village in Warwickshire:

https://leamingtonobserver.co.uk/news/remains-of-2000-year-old-village-unearthed/

Somewhat lost in translation … the find of the ‘Bulgarian Troy’:

https://realnoevremya.com/articles/1234-tatarstan-oilmen-find-bolgarian-troy-instead-of-black-gold

A 1000 years bp toy boat from an abandoned well in Norway:

https://phys.org/news/2017-02-archaeologists-excavate-year-old-toy-boat.html

17th century finds from a pub renovation in Falmouth Harbour:

http://www.cornwalllive.com/archeological-finds-during-restoration-of-falmouth-s-chain-locker-pub-surprise-st-austell-brewery/story-30163164-detail/story.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5337-170227-england-cornwall-pub

Items found beneath the floor of a 17th century mansion:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5346-170302-petworth-house-marble

Pondering why Vikings left Greenland:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/why-greenland-vikings-vanished-180962119/

They’re still criticizing the Stonehenge tunnel plan:

http://www.salisburyjournal.co.uk/news/15125593.Leading_experts_blast_Stonehenge_tunnel_plan/

The other side of the dig — how finding a major Anglo Saxon site at Great Ryburgh nearly ruined the builder:

http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/at_the_end_of_the_day_i_was_digging_a_hole_how_finding_81_anglo_saxon_coffins_in_great_ryburgh_nearly_ruined_builder_1_4908533
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-norfolk-39106514

More on medieval leprosy:

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

More on the search for the tomb of James IV:

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/homenews/15107809.Raiders_of_the_lost_Charterhouse__search_for_tomb_of_ancient_king_of_Scotland_begins/
http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/archaeologists-scour-carpark-in-search-of-lost-tomb-of-king-james-i-of-scotland/news-story/ce83f3b0c3813d69b4027d5dbe206226

More on those 3000 bp spearheads from Scotland:

http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/589913/archaeology-find-discovery-history-ancient-artefacts-scotland

More on that hubby heart burial:

http://www.livescience.com/58080-photos-renaissance-couple-with-spouse-heart.html
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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 pair of Song Dynasty burials from Chengdu:

http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2017-03/01/content_40382332.htm
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/photo/2017-02/28/c_136090100.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5344-170301-china-brick-tombs

Pondering the Pleu Cere staircase in Cambodia:

https://www.cambodiadaily.com/morenews/archaeologists-scale-history-of-ancient-staircase-125883/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5345-170301-pleu-cere-staircase

Studying the deterioration of Angkor Wat:

http://www.livescience.com/58064-radar-could-save-collapsing-angkor-monuments.html

Feature on zinc mining in Ming Dynasty China:

http://www.archaeology.org/issues/250-1703/trenches/5289-trenches-china-ming-zinc

4000 years bp copper axes from Uttar Pradesh:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/copper-axes-point-to-an-ancient-culture-story/article17383808.ece

Remains of a medieval port city near the Bay of Bengal:

http://www.thehindu.com/society/history-and-culture/City-archaeologist-C.-Santhalingam-finds-a-medieval-period-port-city-in-the-far-south-of-the-Coromandel-Coast/article17393327.ece

An imperial burial mound from Asuka:

http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201703020044.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5350-170303-japan-royal-tomb

A 19th century (possible) military defensive trench find in New Zealand:

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK1703/S00089/excavation-underway-after-potential-defensive-trench-found.htm
http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/325800/’we-expected-to-find-kumara-and-fire-pits-we-did-not-expect-this’
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5351-170303-new-zealand-military-trench

More on plans for a museum in Luoyang:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-02/16/c_136061555.htm

More on the oldest known image of Confucius:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/oldest-known-image-confucius-found-tomb-disgraced-emperor-180962358/

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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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Child burials from St Augustine:

http://www.firstcoastnews.com/news/local/st-augustine/historic-burials-of-children-found-in-st-augustine/418890981
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5352-170303-florida-st-augustine-burials

Studying Ute trails in Colorado:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5336-170227-colorado-routes-trails

On the fate of Natives who surrendered during King Philip’s War:

https://news.brown.edu/articles/2017/02/enslavement

Archaeologists are trying to save Brier Creek Battlefield:

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/2017-03-02/archaeologists-trying-save-brier-creek-battlefield-238-years-later

Plans to dig a site in Fort Edward (NY):

http://www.syracuse.com/state/index.ssf/2017/02/summer_archaeological_dig_set_for_historic_upstate_ny_island_site.html

On factors that led to the end of whaling off Alaska:

http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20170224-the-disaster-that-helped-end-the-us-whaling-industry

More on archaeologists returning to that ‘shipwreck camp’ on Sitka Island:

https://www.adn.com/alaska-news/science/2017/03/04/archaeologists-say-theyve-found-the-campsite-used-by-survivors-of-legendary-doomed-ship-the-neva/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5347-170302-russian-ship-neva

Concerns for sites in Utah:

http://www.daily-times.com/story/news/2017/03/02/archaeology-utah-culture-history-preservation/98535848/
http://www.thespectrum.com/story/news/2017/03/02/archaeology-utah-culture-history-preservation/98535848/

… backgrounder:

http://www.thespectrum.com/story/news/local/2017/03/02/utah-ancient-history-archaeology-people/98663122/

OpEd on protecting Chaco Canyon:

http://www.santafenewmexican.com/opinion/my_view/reader-view-protecting-chaco-new-mexico-s-treasure/article_2b1237aa-d7d5-5077-b6c4-a4af51a7e36d.html

Reviewish/backgroundish sort of thing on an interesting Underground Railroad sort of story in Toronto:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/steal-away-home-1.3998495

Feature on ‘Hail to the Chief’:

http://www.npr.org/2017/03/04/518333087/hail-to-the-chief-fanfare-sought-by-some-presidents-avoided-by-others?sc=17&f=1003
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Studying how ancient peoples shaped the Amazon rainforest:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-03/fm-aps022417.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-03-ancient-peoples-amazon-rainforest.html
http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-domesticated-plants-civilization-20170302-story.html
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2017/0303/Can-a-new-study-on-trees-change-the-conversation-about-Amazon-conservation
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/03/science/amazon-rain-forest-plants-domesticate.html
http://www.nature.com/news/amazon-rainforest-was-shaped-by-an-ancient-hunger-for-fruits-and-nuts-1.21576
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-39149334
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/amazon-rainforest-was-shaped-by-an-ancient-hunger-for-fruits-and-nuts/
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/pristine-untouched-amazonian-rainforest-was-actually-shaped-humans-180962378/
http://elpais.com/elpais/2017/03/02/ciencia/1488466173_526998.html

More on that Maya jade pendant from Belize:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-02/uoc–pot022717.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/02/170227120211.htm
http://www.livescience.com/58040-royal-maya-pendant-discovered-in-belize.html
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/02/2017/maya-pendant-a-puzzle-to-archaeologists
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/mysterious-jade-pendant-worn-by-maya-kings-may-tell-story-iconic-civilisations-collapse-1608949
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5338-170228-belize-jade-pendant

More on Europeans bringing new ulcer strains to the New World:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/02/170223142109.htm
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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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Opening an archaeologist’s suitcase:

http://www.thedp.com/article/2017/02/penn-museum-mysterious-suitcase-m-l

Pondering the catacombs of San Gaudioso:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20170223-is-this-the-worlds-most-macabre-art-gallery

Studying how to preserve sites damaged in armed conflicts:

https://phys.org/news/2017-03-scientists-ways-world-heritage-sites.html

Jane Austen’s house may have had a wallpaper malfunction:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-39146204

The Sistine Chapel has been photographed/digitized:

http://www.thelocal.it/20170226/sistine-chapel-photographed-in-unprecedented-detail
https://www.cnet.com/news/sistine-chapel-digitised-for-posterity-in-270000-images/
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/five-year-photo-project-captures-sistine-chapel-high-res-detail-180962357/

A new idea about human sacrifice:

http://bigthink.com/philip-perry/researchers-discover-a-new-reason-why-ancient-societies-practiced-human-sacrifice

On the history of the phrase ‘enemy of the people’:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/26/world/europe/trump-enemy-of-the-people-stalin.html

In case you missed it … those kidnapped German archaeologists in Nigeria were freed:

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-nigeria-security-idUSKBN1650IM?il=0
http://www.dw.com/en/two-german-archaeologists-kidnapped-in-nigeria-have-been-freed/a-37721563
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/nigerian-security-agents-free-2-german-archaeologists-who-were-kidnapped-in-northern-nigeria-says-governor/2017/02/26/1edc70d0-fc34-11e6-9b78-824ccab94435_story.html

Feature on Franck Goddio:

http://www.dw.com/en/underwater-treasure-hunter-franck-goddio/a-37778767

Honours for Mark Knight:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/press/press-release-mark-knight-wins-current-archaeologys-prestigious-archaeologist-of-the-year-award-for-2017.htm
http://www.wisbechstandard.co.uk/news/mark_knight_who_led_the_must_farm_dig_in_whittlesey_which_unearthed_rare_bronze_age_settlement_receives_top_archaeology_award_1_4915138

… and the Cambridge Archaeology Unit’s work at Must Farm:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/press/press-release-cambridge-archaeological-unit-university-of-cambridge-win-current-archaeologys-rescue-project-of-the-year-award-for-2017-for-must-farm.htm

Marking Current Archaeology’s 50th:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/features/current-archaeology-at-50-half-a-century-of-keeping-up-with-the-past.htm

Some Mardi Gras background:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/01/us/mardi-gras-mobile-alabama-new-orleans.html

Big bucks for a Klimt:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-39142131
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/01/arts/design/a-59-million-klimt-tops-a-landmark-sothebys-auction-in-london.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fdesign
http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/02/arts/sothebys-impressionist-modern-surrealist-sales/index.html

… and relatively so for some old penicillin mould:

http://www.npr.org/2017/03/02/518197111/old-penicillin-mold-auctioned-for-more-than-14-000?sc=17&f=1004
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/03/01/517979196/this-tiny-patch-of-mold-cost-one-lucky-buyer-nearly-15-000?sc=17&f=1007

Feature on assorted Christian relics around the world:

http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/01/world/gallery/christian-relics/index.html
Archaeology Podcast Network:

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

http://www.jta.org/2017/02/21/news-opinion/world/vatican-rome-jewish-museums-collaborate-on-menorah-exhibition

Naples airport now has an archaeological museum (not the first instance of this):

http://www.euronews.com/2017/03/02/naples-airport-archeological-museum-is-a-world-s-first

Treasures of Vietnamese Archaeology:

http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/art-entertainment/173740/vietnam-archaeological-treasures-exhibition-successful-in-germany.html

A guide to the British Museum:

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/arts/make-the-most-of-the-british-museum.html

The Grand Egyptian Museum will open in 2018:

http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/grand-egyptian-museum-open-mid-2018-antiquities-minister

Problems at the Met continue with the director’s resignation:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/28/arts/design/met-museum-director-resigns-thomas-campbell.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fdesign
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-39126473
http://www.npr.org/2017/03/03/518087587/new-yorks-met-museum-director-resigns-amid-financial-troubles?sc=17&f=1008

… sparking an OpEd:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/01/arts/design/how-to-fix-the-met-connect-art-to-life.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fdesign
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THE TECHY SIDE
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Multispectral imaging helps decipher a medieval ‘cure’:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-decipher-recipe-treat-medieval-mystic-180962336/

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Tracing the DNA of smallpox:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/child-17th-century-Europe-might-rewritten-history-smallpox-180962114/

I think we’ve mentioned the Denisovan DNA connection to Tibet:

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20170227-how-tibetans-survive-life-on-the-roof-of-the-world

DNA suggests mammoths were doomed from a genetic standpoint:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-39142941
http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=94264
Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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On climate change affecting Native American goups:

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

On the role of archaeologists in documenting past climate change (I think):

https://phys.org/news/2017-02-archeologists-vanguard-environmental-climate.html
http://www.alphagalileo.org/ViewItem.aspx?ItemId=172929&CultureCode=en

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TOURISTY THINGS
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Fez:

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/03/02/travel/what-to-do-36-hours-in-fez-morocco.html

Franklin Expedition sites:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20170223-the-island-of-lost-explorers

Jordan:

https://www.theguardian.com/travel/gallery/2017/mar/01/from-petra-to-wadi-rum-an-archaeologists-view-of-jordan

Oplontis:

http://nepr.net/news/2017/03/02/exploring-villas-oplontus-pompeiis-often-overlooked-neighbor/
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CRIME BEAT
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A smuggler caught in the act and fined at Big Bend:

http://kxan.com/2017/02/27/archaeology-smuggler-caught-with-500-stolen-artifacts-at-big-bend/
http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2017/03/poacher-archaeological-artifacts-busted-big-bend-national-park-fined-10000

A Palestinian caught with a bag of ancient coins:

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

Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2017/02/culture-crime-news-20-26-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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REPATRIATION AND RECOVERY
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An Etruscan item was returned to a German museum:

https://www.artforum.com/news/id=66954
https://www.antiquestradegazette.com/news/2017/london-art-dealer-helps-stolen-bronze-return-to-berlin-museum-after-70-years/

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NUMISMATICA
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Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20nXX.html

(one will appear later today, but I’m not sure of the number)
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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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PERFORMANCES AND THEATRE-RELATED
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Chopin:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/28/arts/music/chopin-is-the-focus-of-bards-summer-music-festival.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fmusic

A classical ‘battle of the bands’:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/24/arts/music/battle-of-the-bands-at-175-new-york-and-vienna-face-off.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fmusic

For Offenbach fans:

http://www.euronews.com/2017/02/23/offenbach-revival-sees-fantasio-take-the-paris-stage

Queen Anne:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-38831153

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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/2568-audio-news-from-archaeologica-19-february-2017-25-february-2017
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OBITUARIES
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Spencer Hays:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/03/arts/spencer-hays-dead-art-collector.html

Nicholas Mosley:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/03/books/nicholas-mosley-dead-novelist-wrote-of-father.html

Mostafa el Abbadi:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/28/world/middleeast/mostafa-el-abbadi-great-library-of-alexandria.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fobituaries

Maurizio Tosi:

http://www.magazine.unibo.it/archivio/2017/02/24/lutto-in-ateneo-e-scomparso-il-prof-maurizio-tosi

Anna Marguerite McCann:

http://www.prestonchild.com/archive/in-memoriam/IN-MEMORIAM;art548,597

Ivor Noel Hume:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/ivor-noel-hume-who-dug-up-the-colonial-past-at-williamsburg-dies-at-89/2017/02/28/4524912a-faac-11e6-bf01-d47f8cf9b643_story.html
http://www.pressherald.com/2017/02/28/top-authority-on-colonial-williamsburg-dies-at-89/

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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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