Explorator 19.46 ~ March 12, 2017

 

Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Hernan Astudillo,
Barbara Saylor Rodgers, Alan Brockway Bob Heuman, Maureen Fant,
Kris Curry, David Critchley, Rick Heli, David Emery, Richard C. Griffiths,
and Ross W. Sargent for headses upses this week (as always hoping I have
left no one out).

… apologies for lateness … school, travel, and daylight savings
time conspired
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EARLY HOMINIDS
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What analysis of Neanderthal teeth reveals about diet and ‘medicine’:

https://phys.org/news/2017-03-dental-plaque-dna-neandertals-aspirin.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-03/snrc-nae030617.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/03/170308131218.htm
http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-39205530
https://www.yahoo.com/news/neanderthal-used-aspirin-tooth-pain-study-181706637.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2017/03/08/neanderthal-microbes-reveal-surprises-about-what-they-ate-and-who-they-kissed/
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/mar/08/neanderthal-dental-tartar-reveals-plant-based-diet-and-drugs
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2017/03/08/neanderthals-medicines-diet/
http://www.dw.com/en/neanderthals-dined-on-woolly-rhinos-and-used-aspirin/a-37867503
http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/09/health/neanderthal-self-medicate-spain-belgium/index.html
https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2017/03/neanderthal-dental-plaque-shows-what-a-paleo-diet-really-looks-like/518949/
http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2017/03/08/519048010/some-neanderthals-were-vegetarian-and-they-likely-kissed-our-human-ancestors?sc=17&f=1007
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5363-170308-neanderthal-dental-plaque
http://elpais.com/elpais/2017/03/08/ciencia/1488991377_990681.html
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/delving-neanderthal-dental-plaque-understand-how-they-lived-and-ate-180962449/
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/03/2017/the-diet-of-neanderthals-at-el-sidron

On some Denisovan skulls from China:

http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2017/0305/Ancient-skulls-unearthed-in-China-could-belong-to-little-known-extinct-human-species
http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/03/ancient-skulls-may-belong-elusive-humans-called-denisovans

More on early hominid pointillism:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/07/science/france-cave-art-pointilism-seurat.html
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AFRICA
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Racing to save Nubian history:

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/world/archaeologists-race-to-save-nubian-history-from-nile-waters-q6r2rnckw

Feature on Great Zimbabwe:

http://www.livescience.com/58200-great-zimbabwe.html
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Plenty of excitement over the discovery of a pair of colossal 19th Dynasty statues in a Cairo slum:

https://egyptianstreets.com/2017/03/10/most-important-recent-discovery-ramsees-ii-colossus-found-in-egypt/
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-egypt-archaeology-idUSKBN16G2A2?feedType=RSS&feedName=lifestyleMolt
https://www.yahoo.com/news/pharaoh-statues-found-muddy-cairo-123716459.html
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/mar/09/look-on-my-works-ye-mighty-ozymandias-statue-found-in-mud
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/03/09/archaeologists-hail-big-discovery-egypt-statue-depicting-ramses/
http://www.dw.com/en/archeologists-in-egypt-discover-massive-statue-of-pharaoh-ramses-ii-in-cairo-slum/a-37893751
http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.776563
https://phys.org/news/2017-03-archeologists-egypt-massive-statue-cairo.html
http://www.news.com.au/world/breaking-news/statue-probably-depicting-ramses-ii-found/news-story/68da7d27be24a10b592ff493398deb48
http://www.smh.com.au/world/colossus-probably-depicting-ramses-ii-found-in-egypt-20170309-guv2ca.html
http://www.stuff.co.nz/world/africa/90271115/Colossus-thought-to-be-of-Pharaoh-Ramses-II-found-in-Egypt-slum-one-of-the-most-important-discoveries-ever
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/10/world/middleeast/egypt-pharaoh-statue-ramses.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2017/03/11/archaeologists-went-digging-in-a-slum-they-found-a-massive-pharaoh-statue/
http://www.latimes.com/world/la-fg-cairo-statue-20170310-story.html
http://www.voanews.com/a/egypt-cairo-likely-ramses-statue-unearthed/3757525.html
http://nhpr.org/post/massive-ancient-statue-discovered-submerged-mud-cairo
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/03/09/519488251/massive-ancient-statue-discovered-submerged-in-mud-in-cairo
http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Middle-East/2017/0310/Buried-treasure-huge-statue-of-Egyptian-king-unearthed-in-Cairo-neighborhood
http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/egyptians-find-massive-3-000-year-old-statue-cairo-slum-n731681
http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/archeologists-egypt-discover-massive-statue-cairo-slum-46039074
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/03/egypt-pharaoh-ramses-statue-discovered-cairo/
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/huge-statue-egyptian-pharaoh-discovered-cairo-180962497/

… although there was criticism of the excavation methods:

http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/03/10/ministry-antiquities-defends-using-excavator-extract-ramses-ii-statue/
http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/03/11/618056/
http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/officials-deny-any-damage-newly-discovered-king-ramses-ii-statue-during-excavation
http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/03/11/618056/
http://www.usatoday.com/picture-gallery/news/world/2017/03/09/ancient-egyptian-royal-statues-unearthed-in-cairo/98949710/

… and subsequent digging will be more ‘advanced’:

http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/ramses-ii-excavation-be-completed-using-more-advanced-techniques-ministry-sources :
http://english.alarabiya.net/en/life-style/art-and-culture/2017/03/12/Egypt-to-complete-Ramses-II-excavation-using-safe-techniques-.html

A number of Sekhmet statues were found in Luxor:

http://www.smh.com.au/world/trove-of-statues-of-war-goddess-sekhmet-found-in-luxor-20170309-guukaw.html

… alongside a toppled statue of Amenhotep III:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/260538/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Statue-of-Amenhotep-III,–of-goddess-Sekhmet-unear.aspx
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5360-170308-amenhotep-temple-statues

Tourism is down in Egypt:

http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/03/09/617775/

… or is it?:

http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/03/08/50-increase-foreign-inflow-archaeological-sites/

Feature on the Persian Empire:

http://www.historyextra.com/article/bbc-history-magazine/persian-empire-myth-vs-reality

Remember the Jordan Lead Codices? The Antiquities Ministry has finally declared them to be fake:

http://www.jordantimes.com/news/local/antiquities-agency-chief-says-jordan-codices-fake

I think we mentioned this 4000 years bp ‘engraved dolmen’ find from northern Israel:

http://www.antiquities.org.il/Article_eng.aspx?sec_id=25&subj_id=240&id=4255
http://www.livescience.com/58166-rock-art-discovered-in-israel-dark-ages-tomb.html
http://www.livescience.com/58165-photos-ancient-dolmen-rock-art-israel.html
http://www.livescience.com/58168-rare-rock-art-in-dark-ages-tomb-video.html
http://www.timesofisrael.com/massive-4000-year-old-boulder-tombs-force-rethink-of-bronze-dark-age/
http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.775318
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/226096
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/4000-years-old-mysterious-tomb-with-rock-art-exposed-in-upper-galilee/2017/03/05/
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/rock-art-discovered-in-dark-ages-tomb-in-israel/
https://www.yahoo.com/news/israeli-experts-mystery-bronze-age-dolmen-174531240.html
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/4000-year-old-structure-with-mysterious-engravings-discovered-in-Galilee-483256
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5354-170306-israel-dolmen-art
http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=94294

Remains of a Roman road near Beit Natif and/or Beit Shamash:

http://www.antiquities.org.il/Article_eng.aspx?sec_id=25&subj_id=240&id=4258
http://www.livescience.com/58167-roman-road-unearthed-in-israel.html
http://www.livescience.com/58162-photos-roman-road-coins-israel.html
https://www.yahoo.com/news/ancient-route-connected-roman-emperors-163200196.html
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Archeologists-discover-2000-year-old-Emperors-Road-near-Beit-Shemesh-483480
http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-1.775816
http://www.jns.org/news-briefs/2017/3/8/israeli-archaeologists-uncover-2000-year-old-road-from-roman-period
https://www.israel21c.org/archaeologists-uncover-roman-era-road-near-bet-shemesh/
https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/03/07/israeli-archaeologists-discover-ancient-road-near-jerusalem
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5357-170307-israel-roman-road
http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=94351

A Crusader shipwreck off Acre:

http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-1.776208

Feature on the restoration of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre:

http://www.jpost.com/Magazine/Restoring-Christianitys-Holy-of-Holies-481171

Review of a new book on the Babatha Archive:

http://www.gloucestershirelive.co.uk/professor-from-university-of-gloucestershire-discovers-ancient-family-tale-from-dead-sea-documents/story-30177129-detail/story.html

More on that 1800 years bp Hebrew inscription from a Peqiin synagoge:

http://artdaily.com/news/94022/1-800-year-old-Hebrew-inscriptions-found-on-a-column-capital-in-Peqiin-Village

More on items found in Mosul tunnels after ISIL was driven out; details sometimes paired with the sacking of the Museum:

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-iraq-antiquities-idUSKBN16H1V5
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/mar/08/mosul-iraqi-troops-find-assyrian-treasures-in-network-of-isis-tunnels
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4934194,00.html
http://pictures.reuters.com/archive/MIDEAST-CRISIS-IRAQ-ANTIQUITIES-RC1F01B071E0.html
http://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/isis/1.776536
https://www.yahoo.com/news/jihadist-tunnels-save-assyrian-winged-bulls-mosul-005838652.html
http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/assyrian-artifacts-discovered-abandoned-tunnels
http://www.arabnews.com/node/1064576/middle-east
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/international/middle-east/2017/03/10/493213/Rubble-and.htm
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/the-times/assyrian-treasures-found-in-is-tunnels/news-story/ae530944b023068cbf3091a13f728770
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/isis-mosul-museum-ruins-iraq-forces-advance/
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-iraq-antiquities-idUSKBN16H1V5?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews
http://www.news24.com/World/News/archaeologists-find-treasures-in-mosel-tunnels-20170307

More on the ‘empty Museum’:

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/isis-mosul-museum-ruins-iraq-forces-advance/
http://www.wsj.com/video/mosul-antiquity-museum-they-destroyed-everything/7390BBCE-B6A6-40D4-B966-7184E2E0BBE5.html
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/rubble-and-ash-in-mosul-museum-retaken.aspx?pageID=238&nid=110617&NewsCatID=375
https://www.yahoo.com/news/priceless-remains-lie-ruins-mosul-museum-114143267.html

More on the damage in Palmyra:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/syria-palmyra-ancient-roman-monument-damaged-isis-war-1.4010440
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/226162
http://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/isis/syria/1.775283
http://www.newsweek.com/isis-damages-ancient-roman-monument-palymyra-563943
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/islamic-state-destroys-ancient-roman-monument-in-palmyra/news-story/81937188390443ecee57bd4736c2ecf4

More on remains of a palace beneath Jonah’s tomb:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/mosul-palace-ancient-2600-years-discovered-isis-shrine-destroyed-archaelogists-iraq-a7620076.html
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Another planter-is-actually-a-Roman-sarcophagus story … from Blenheim Palace:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/03/08/blenheim-palace-discovers-marble-flowerpot-actually-300k-roman/
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/09/world/europe/roman-sarcophagus-english-garden.html
http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2017/03/10/Ancient-Roman-coffin-used-as-flowerpot-for-centuries-restored/5171489157295/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5369-170310-blenheim-palace-sarcophagus

Finds are causing issues in Thessaloniki again:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/23798-new-archaeological-find-in-thessaloniki-subway-rekindles-old-tensions.html

This Roman coin hoard from Merano doesn’t seem to be getting much attention:

http://video.repubblica.it/socialnews/un-tesoro-a-merano-oltre-3mila-monete-romane-sotto-terra/269730/270182

Concerns for a Roman wall in Slovenia:

http://www.total-croatia-news.com/politics/17241-slovenia-constructing-border-fence-on-ancient-roman-wall

Doing math Roman style:

http://www.cityweekly.net/utah/do-the-math/Content?oid=3904957

Feature on Britannia on Roman coinage:

http://www.numismaster.com/ta/numis/Article.jsp?ad=article&ArticleId=28493

On the origins of the Scythians:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-03/lmsu-wdt030717.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-03-scythians.html

Feature on the Battle of the Aegates Islands:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/03/10/day-241-bc-battle-aegates-brings-roman-victory-first-punic-war/

Feature on Norba:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20170303-the-italian-city-that-stood-up-to-rome

Feature on Ambiorix:

http://www.brusselstimes.com/brussels/7683/ambiorix-and-belgium-a-mythical-bond

On the demise of the Library of Alexandria:

http://news.nationalpost.com/arts/books/who-killed-the-library-of-alexandria-an-excerpt-from-james-crawfords-fallen-glory-the-lives-and-deaths-of-the-worlds-greatest-lost-buildings

Studying the effects of the ‘falling’ Roman empire:

http://theconcourse.deadspin.com/as-the-roman-empire-fell-its-people-stopped-talking-to-1793011377

What Jay Mickelson is up to:

http://www.capjournal.com/news/latin-banquet-turns-the-clock-back-to-ancient-rome/article_b65886c4-0229-11e7-8fbf-ebbeccda0eda.html

What Michele Salzman is up to:

https://ucrtoday.ucr.edu/45162

Brock was honouring Richard Parker:

http://www.brockpress.com/2017/03/brock-university-archaeological-society-celebrates-the-career-of-dr-richard-parker/

Another piece explaining Trump via Thucydides:

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/national/public-service/thucydides-history-of-the-peloponnesian-war-a-2400yearold-text-that-explains-trump-20170303-guq08m.html

Review of Heaney’s Aeneid VI translation:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/mar/07/aeneid-vi-seamus-heaney-review-virgil-epic-underworld

More on that orichalchum found in a shipwreck off Gela:

http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/orichalcum-the-lost-metal-of-atlantis-may-have-been-found-on-a-shipwreck-off-sicily/news-story/e52dfb6ee238fcfd3e583e75e26d6bd8
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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Interesting study of 4000 years bp pollen found in that ‘Ava’ burial from Scotland a while ago:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-39191527
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5358-170307-scotland-achavanich-pollen

Studying remains of some 7000 years bp clothing from France:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5362-170308-france-shell-embroidery

Studying cattle in Finland:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/03/170310091946.htm
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/03/2017/finnish-cattle-and-sheep-endured-harsh-conditions-in-the-middle-ages

Feature on women’s guilds in the Middle Ages:

http://theconversation.com/the-fragility-of-womens-rights-how-female-guilds-wielded-power-long-ago-73265

Caynton Caves are getting some press attention:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-39193347

… another cave site in Nottingham has items dating to the 13th and 14th century:

https://nottstv.com/archaeologists-previously-undiscovered-cave-site-find-hundreds-artefacts/
https://nottstv.com/previously-undiscovered-city-centre-caves-completely-changing-understanding-of-nottingham/

I think we mentioned this interesting Crossrail burial:

http://www.livescience.com/58146-2-male-skeletons-found-holding-hands.html

On the Great Storm of 1703:

http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20170309-in-1703-britain-was-struck-by-possibly-its-worst-ever-storm

On Viking fighting techniques:

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/03/vikings-fight-warfare-battle-weapons/

The Neolithic flint mine at Grime’s Graves is opening to the public:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-norfolk-39235113
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/mar/06/prehistoric-norfolk-mine-grimes-graves-to-open-second-pit-to-public

More voices suggesting the Stonehenge tunnel plan will ruin the site:

http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/uk/stonehenge-tunnel-plan-would-ruin-site-say-international-advisers-35509099.html
http://www.thisiswiltshire.co.uk/news/headlines/15139779.International_experts_join_call_to_scrap_Stonehenge_tunnel_bid/
http://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/news/15139779.International_experts_join_call_to_scrap_Stonehenge_tunnel_bid/

Arguing over the Galloway Viking hoard:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-south-scotland-39217039
http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/15135992.Row_over_Galloway_s_Viking_hoard_deepens/

More on that Bronze Age weapon hoard from Scotland:

http://artdaily.com/news/94015/Archaeologists-discover-rare-Bronze-Age-weapon-hoard
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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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2000 years bp Bronze items from Sichuan:

http://www.deccanherald.com/content/599686/2000-year-old-bronze-ware.html

On the search for Genghis Khan’s tomb:

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

Study suggests the Silk Road may have followed routes created by Nomadic herders:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-03/wuis-nsr030217.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-03-silk-road-evolved-grass-routes-movement.html
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/ancient-nomadic-herders-beat-path-silk-road
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5364-170309-silk-road-paths
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/03/2017/silk-road-was-structured-by-ecological-strategies-of-nomadic-herders

… and they’re still looking for the ‘starting point’:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-03/08/c_136113141.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5361-170308-china-port-city

Remains of a 10th century tree-lined street from Japan:

http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201703090001.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5367-170310-japan-aoyayokogi-trees

Finds from various periods from Khargone:

http://www.dailypioneer.com/state-editions/350-rare-ancient-antiquities-found-in-khargone-district.html

More on the finds from Chanhon jo Daro:

http://www.thedailystar.net/world/french-team-uncovers-mysteries-indus-civilisations-industrial-hub-1373833

I think we mentioned these medieval burials from Siberia:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5327-170223-russia-medieval-burials

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http://www.southeastasianarchaeology.com/

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http://nzarchaeology.blogspot.co.nz/index.html
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NORTH AMERICA
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I think we mentioned this study of the Ute ‘trail/road system’:

http://www.gjsentinel.com/news/articles/routes-trails-crisscrossed-area-long-before-europe

Reinterring remains found at UGa:

http://onlineathens.com/local-news/2017-03-07/uga-going-ahead-reinterment-plans-remains-uncovered-construction-project
http://onlineathens.com/local-news/2017-03-11/sting-death-uga-s-handling-baldwin-hall-remains-faces-criticism

A pile of ‘historic’ burials from a Philadelphia construction site:

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/A-race-to-excavate-huge-number-of-historic-graves-found-on-building-site.html
http://www.phillytrib.com/construction-site-unearths-centuries-old-coffins/article_0daf0fc8-bd1d-5d02-b28d-828a16386960.html
http://www.nj.com/camden/index.ssf/2017/03/rutgers_team_helping_with_philly_burial_site_excav.html
http://www.post-gazette.com/news/state/2017/03/10/Construction-unearths-centuries-old-coffins-in-Philadelphia/stories/201703100166
http://www.philly.com/philly/news/Race-to-dig-at-historic-cemetery-a-mere-hint-of-what-ails-Philadelphias-oversight-of-buried-treasures.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5368-170310-philadelphia-historic-cemetery

‘Historic’ burials beneath a St Augustine wine shop (we may have mentioned these):

http://www.ajc.com/lifestyles/historic-skeletons-found-under-florida-shop-during-repairs/NAsFlCNUBptyArrF91atEM/
http://www.wftv.com/traffic/news/historic-skeletons-found-under-florida-shop-during-repairs/501209015
http://www.springfieldnewssun.com/lifestyles/historic-skeletons-found-under-florida-shop-during-repairs/NAsFlCNUBptyArrF91atEM/
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/remains-early-colonists-unearthed-st-augustine-180962385/

There might be plenty of burials beneath an Austin chapel:

http://www.mystatesman.com/news/local-govt–politics/dozens-graves-may-under-oakwood-cemetery-chapel-officials-say/mdQN6fOOHPvSyNd4lXzDTO/

Catching up with the Old Vero Man site:

http://www.tcpalm.com/picture-gallery/news/local/indian-river-county/2017/03/09/old-vero-man-dig-site-telling-a-13000-year-old-story/98970470/

Trying to connect platinum and Clovis:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-03/uosc-udo030917.php
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/03/2017/discovery-of-platinum-may-help-solve-clovis-people-disappearance

Still talking about Jefferson’s mistress:

http://wwlp.com/2017/02/23/archaeologists-dig-up-more-on-thomas-jeffersons-alleged-mistress/

Marking Andrew Jackson’s 250th:

http://www.tennessean.com/story/opinion/2017/03/11/andrew-jackson-250-presidents-legacy-isnt-pretty-but-neither-history/98816804/

On Dolly Madison:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/09/arts/design/dolley-madison-saving-washington-new-york-historical-society.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Farts

More on concerns for sites in Utah:

http://www.thespectrum.com/story/news/2017/03/02/archaeology-utah-culture-history-preservation/98535848/
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Asking developers on Antigua to be more aware of archaeology:

http://antiguaobserver.com/leading-archaeologist-pleas-for-developers-to-assess-their-sites/

More on that Maya jade pendant:

http://ucsdnews.ucsd.edu/feature/a_pendant_fit_for_a_king

More on the ‘Lost City of the Monkey God’:

http://www.sfgate.com/technology/businessinsider/article/People-hadn-t-set-foot-in-this-ancient-lost-10981239.php
https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/this-adventurer-found-the-trip-worth-it–despite-the-flesh-eating-disease/2017/03/03/fcb4cfec-f94b-11e6-be05-1a3817ac21a5_story.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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Pondering the February Revolution in a ‘what if’ sort of way:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/06/opinion/the-february-revolution-and-kerenskys-missed-opportunity.html

On early Mormon polygamous marriages:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/early-polygamous-mormon-marriages-through-the-eyes-of-the-wives/2017/03/03/15a08ec4-f537-11e6-8d72-263470bf0401_story.html

Latest incunabula digitization:

https://phys.org/news/2017-03-russian-library-digitizes-oldest.html

Checking out a claim about a bust of Nicholas II:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-39192971

On Jane Austen’s eyesight issues:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-39208356
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/09/books/jane-austen-arsenic-glasses-death.html

On Zaida ben Yusuf’s photography:

http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/09/us/gallery/tbt-zaida-ben-yusuf/index.html

Feature on Luther:

http://www.dw.com/en/luther-is-famous-but-we-know-so-little-about-him/a-37907857

They’ve ‘decoded’ Mona Lisa’s smile:

https://phys.org/news/2017-03-mona-lisa-decoded-science-happy.html

Identifying Jack the Ripper’s last victim:

https://phys.org/news/2017-03-jack-ripper-victim.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-03/uol-uol031017.php

Theorizing about hunter-gatherer movements:

https://phys.org/news/2017-03-dartmouth-modern-hunter-gathers-relocate-maximize.html

In case you need to brush up on your leprechaun lore:

http://www.livescience.com/37626-leprechauns.html

Concerns for the Titanic:

http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20170310-the-wreck-of-the-titanic-is-being-eaten-and-may-soon-vanish

On Hollywood portrayals of archaeologists:

http://www.timesunion.com/technology/businessinsider/article/11-things-Hollywood-gets-wrong-about-being-an-FBI-9178234.php
http://www.sfgate.com/technology/businessinsider/article/11-things-Hollywood-gets-wrong-about-being-an-FBI-9178234.php
Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Hercules Segers:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/09/arts/design/a-dutch-masters-surreal-visions.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fdesign&_r=0

Colosseum History:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/03/06/exhibition-reveals-hidden-history-colosseum-fall-rome-fortresses/
http://www.dw.com/en/new-exhibition-reveals-secret-history-of-romes-colosseum/a-37835265

Terracotta Warriors:

https://news.artnet.com/exhibitions/terracotta-warriors-met-883898

A Third Gender:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/10/arts/design/when-japan-had-a-third-gender.html

Michelangelo and Picasso:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-39232650

Seurat:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20170306-why-the-circus-fascinated-modern-artists

Tang Dynasty Shipwreck:

http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/world/2017-03/07/content_28469581.htm

Henry Hudson:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/08/nyregion/new-york-map-henry-hudson-river.html?rref=collection%2Fbyline%2Fsam-roberts

There was a strike at the Louvre:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/09/arts/design/vermeer-louvre.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Farts

I think we mentioned the Grand Egyptian Museum is opening next year:

http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/grand-egyptian-museum-open-mid-2018-antiquities-minister-0
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THE TECHY SIDE
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Still talking about pictish facial reconstructions:

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/ancient-murder-victim-pictish-man-face-digitally-recreated/

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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What DNA tells us about the origins of Australia’s aborigines:

https://phys.org/news/2017-03-aboriginal-hair-years-country.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/08/science/aboriginal-australians-dna-origins-australia.html
http://theconversation.com/dna-reveals-aboriginal-people-had-a-long-and-settled-connection-to-country-73958
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-39202348
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5365-170309-australia-first-australians
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2017/0309/Hair-apparent-Study-links-modern-Australian-Aboriginals-with-the-continent-s-earliest-settlers

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

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

http://www.bbc.com/travel/gallery/20170228-africas-most-misunderstood-country

Sabine hills:

http://www.italoamericano.org/story/2017-3-8/sabine-hills

Petra:

http://www.stuff.co.nz/travel/destinations/middle-east/90225830/Petra-Jordan-Why-this-world-wonder-continues-to-woo-tourists

Ramla:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20170307-an-underground-boat-to-islamic-glory
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CRIME BEAT
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A bust at Beit Shana:

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/226206
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Antiquities-theft-from-Second-Temple-period-prevented-in-central-Israel-483386
http://www.pressreader.com/israel/jerusalem-post/20170307/281711204441372

A stolen book from Syria surfaces in Turkey:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ancient-book-stolen-in-syria-seized-in-turkey.aspx?pageID=238&nid=110579&NewsCatID=509

… also in Turkey:

http://www.dailysabah.com/investigations/2017/03/10/historical-artefacts-dating-back-1000-years-seized-during-vehicle-control-in-istanbul

Some Islamic shrine elements stolen in Egypt:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/43/260626/Heritage/Islamic/Door-and-decorative-elements-of-Sultan-AlKamel-AlA.aspx

Another burial mound bust:

http://navajotimes.com/wires-wp/index.php?id=1716684000&kid=Kmv1uov5e9yd9HYx

Latest Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2017/03/culture-crime-news-27-february-05-march-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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The Lewis Chessmen are becoming a repatriation issue of sorts:

https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/islands/western-isles/1189811/time-for-chessmen-to-be-return-to-their-home-on-isle-of-lewis/

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NUMISMATICA
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A Kushan coin find:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/jaipur/kushan-dynasty-coins-found-in-tonk-village-baffle-experts/articleshow/57484211.cms
http://www.ptinews.com/news/8483483_800-ancient-copper-coins-discovered-in-Budgam.html
http://www.kashmirmonitor.in/Details/119352/state-archaeology-recovers-hoard-of-1000-year-old-coins-in-budgam

Feature on coins of Akragas:

http://www.coinweek.com/ancient-coins/ancient-greek-coins-eagles-akragas/

Three weeks’ worth of e-Syla … I messed up last week:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n11.html
http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n10.html
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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PERFORMANCES AND THEATRE-RELATED
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A lost work by Fanny Mendelssohn:

http://www.dw.com/en/british-premiere-of-lost-work-by-fanny-mendelssohn/a-37848722
http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/08/arts/fanny-mendelssohn-lost-sonata-trnd/index.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-39191514

… related:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-39216375

A lost Liszt opera:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/06/arts/music/listen-to-part-of-long-lost-liszt-opera-sardanapalo.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fmusic

Celebrating lost works by five female composers:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-38079139

Jean Michel Jarre is at the Dead Sea:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/french-godfather-of-electronic-music-to-play-for-the-dead-sea/

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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/2571-audio-news-from-archaeologica-26-february-2017-4-march-2017
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OBITUARIES
===============================================================
Marilyn Young:
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/09/books/marilyn-b-young-dead-antiwar-historian.html
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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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