Explorator 19.51 ~ April 16, 2017

Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Hernan Astudillo,
Barbara Saylor Rodgers, Bob Heuman, 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).

… lots of repeats this week
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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Another feature on Otzi:

https://daily.jstor.org/the-unsolved-case-of-otzi-the-iceman/

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AFRICA
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I think we mentioned this 5000 years bp rock art from South Africa:

http://www.livescience.com/58684-bushmen-painted-earliest-rock-art-southern-africa.html
http://www.livescience.com/58689-photos-oldest-rock-art-in-southern-africa.html

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Greco-Roman artifacts from a construction site in Alexandria:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/41/262915/Heritage/GrecoRoman/GraecoRoman-artefacts-discovered-at-future-Alexand.aspx
http://www.egyptindependent.com//news/photos-artifacts-discovered-gustav-aegeon-villa-alexandria
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5486-170413-greco-roman-egypt

More on that Ameny Qemau pyramid:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/2nd-pyramid-bearing-pharaoh-ameny-165800820.html
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/remains-of-ancient-pyramid-found-in-egypt-.aspx?pageID=238&nid=111591&NewsCatID=375

Zahi Hawass gets busier:

http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/zahi-hawas-be-un-ambassador-global-cultural-heritage

Explaining the ten plagues:

http://www.livescience.com/58638-science-of-the-10-plagues.html

Feature on that statue of Idrimi:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/3500-year-old-syrian-refugee-also-one-archaeologys-most-important-finds-180962843/

Concerns for a ziggurat in Iraq:

http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2017/04/iraq-ziggurat-nowruz-kassites-babylon-hittites.html

Latest from Catal Huyuk:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/mystery-of-catalhoyuks-early-structures-to-be-solved-soon-.aspx?pageID=238&nid=111845&NewsCatID=375

More on sandstorms revealing a site in Iran:

http://www.archaeology.org/5483-170412-iran-sandstorm-fahraj

Suggestion that a tsunami may have hit Israel some 2800 years bp:

http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.782460

More on the Temple Mount Sifting Project and that Egyptian finger:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/in-bid-for-survival-archaeologists-point-to-egyptian-finger-from-temple-mount/
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Temple-Mount-Sifting-Project-finds-finger-from-ancient-Egyptian-statue-486630
http://www.jns.org/news-briefs/2017/4/10/finger-from-egyptian-statue-found-in-temple-mount-excavation

More on that Jerusalem virtual reality app:

http://www.livescience.com/58566-ancient-jerusalem-reconstructed-in-virtual-reality-app.html

More on possible evidence for King Solomon’s Mines:

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/03/king-solomon-mines-bible-timna-dung/

A response to the suggestion that Hebrew was the first alphabet:

http://asorblog.org/2017/04/14/response-douglas-petrovichs-hebrew-language-behind-worlds-first-alphabet/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TheAsorBlog+%28The+ASOR+Blog%29

The Smithsonian is getting involved with ISIL-related antiquities:

http://www.govexec.com/management/2017/04/state-department-teams-smithsonian-rescue-isis-harmed-antiquities/136960/

Pondering the future of Nimrud:

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/reduced-rubble-isis-archaeologists-see-new-day-ancient-city-nimrud/

OpEd on ISIL’s impact on Iraqi sites:

http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/ISIS-Threat/ISIS-crimes-scarred-Iraqi-history-and-landscape-486838

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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A Bronze Age dwelling from Slovakia:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5437-170407-slovakia-bronze-age

The earliest structures from Nea Paphos:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5487-170413-cyprus-nea-paphos

Construction work revealed a section of Rome’s oldest aqueduct:

https://www.thelocal.it/20170406/metro-workers-have-accidentally-discovered-romes-oldest-aqueduct

Latest from Verulamium:

http://www.stalbansreview.co.uk/news/15217172.Roman_remains_discovered_in_Verulamium_Park/
http://www.hertsad.co.uk/news/new-roman-ruins-discovered-underneath-verulamium-park-in-st-albans-1-4973463
http://www.bobfm.co.uk/news/local-news/archaeologists-make-fresh-discoveries-about-the-ancient-hertfordshire-city-of-verulamium/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5479-170411-england-verulamium-floor

Looking for Roman remains in Dales:

http://www.darlingtonandstocktontimes.co.uk/news/15215480.Hunt_launched_for_Romans_in_Dales/

Feature on a site associated with Marcus Aurelius in Kibyratis:

http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.783703

There is a Greek item in a Mongolian burial [see the Asia section for more on the burial]:

http://www.sciencetimes.com/articles/12388/20170413/ancient-silk-cover-body-excavated-inner-mongolia-cemetery.htm

Italy is showing off a pile of the Metro C finds:

https://phys.org/news/2017-04-ancient-rome-treasures-subway.html
http://www.sciencetimes.com/articles/11943/20170410/mysterious-world-of-ancient-romes-hidden-treasure.htm

… and a pair of recently-found kouroi have gone on display in Chios:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2017/04/10/kour%CE%BFi-found-on-chios-displayed-at-chios-archaeological-museum/

… and we should mention Roman noses:

http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2017/04/14/517941/Nasothek-Copenhagen

Reconstruction of the Arch of Titus:

https://www.yu.edu/cis/activities/arch-of-titus

Feature on an innovation associated with the Library of Alexandria:

http://time.com/4730810/first-card-catalog/

Looking at Rome’s borders in Britain:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/features/hard-or-soft-borders-the-roman-experience-in-britain.htm

Another feature on Crossrail finds:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/features/tunnel-the-archaeology-of-crossrail.htm

On damnatio memoriae:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/drsarahbond/2017/04/11/how-do-you-damn-the-memory-of-a-roman-emperor/

On female gladiators:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/drsarahbond/2017/04/12/female-gladiators-were-a-part-of-the-lure-of-the-roman-arena-too/

It was Classics Day at the College of the Holy Cross:

http://news.holycross.edu/blog/2017/04/10/photo-gallery-togas-and-ancient-texts-take-over-holy-cross/

What Kristina Killgrove is up to:

http://news.uwf.edu/professor-receives-neh-summer-stipend-to-study-skeletal-remains-in-italy/

… and semi-related:

http://news.uwf.edu/society-for-american-archaeology-to-honor-uwf-professor-for-public-education/

Interview with Natalie Haynes:

http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/books/natalie-haynes-interview-how-she-combines-a-love-of-the-classics-with-standup-20170407-gvfws7.html

What Liz Young is up to:

http://thewellesleynews.com/2017/04/15/embracing-unconventionality-professor-liz-young-encourages-students-to-reshape-classical-studies/

What Antonis Makrinos is up to:

http://cyprus-mail.com/2017/04/14/talking-homeric-heroes-cinema/

Victor Nuovo on Plato’s Republic:

http://www.addisonindependent.com/201704victor-nuovo-platos-republic-nutshell

Some Nero revisionism:

http://www.dw.com/en/rethinking-nero-part-1/av-38321780

Classical influences in ‘Prison Break’:

http://screenrant.com/prison-break-homers-odyssey-explained/

Another idiot tourist charged for scratching their name on the Colosseum:

http://www.startribune.com/ecuadoran-tourist-cited-for-writing-names-on-roman-colosseum/419146534/
http://www.dailyastorian.com/ecuadoran-tourist-cited-for-writing-names-on-roman-colosseum-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world632d8fa4c0f0445cabcb3542842190f0
http://azdailysun.com/news/world/ecuadoran-tourist-cited-for-writing-names-on-roman-colosseum/article_ac951953-adf8-5218-963f-274534688fa0.html

More on Roman remains beneath the A1:

http://www.livescience.com/58587-roman-settlement-discovered-beneath-england-road.html

More on ‘concession stands’ at Carnuntum:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/ancient-concession-stands-shops-found-165700908.html
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/ancient-roman-gladiator-arena-concession-stand-shops-found/

More on the search for Caligula’s ‘cruise ship’:

http://www.mnn.com/lifestyle/arts-culture/blogs/hunt-begins-wreck-ancient-royal-cruise-ship
http://www.abc.net.au/radio/programs/nightlife/caligulas-pleasure-boat/8429476
http://www.digitaljournal.com/tech-and-science/science/the-search-for-caligula-s-third-pleasure-ship-resumes-in-italy/article/489960

More on that purported Ptolemy tomb on Cyprus:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-03/30/c_136171749.htm

More on that Roman tunnel in Hatay:

http://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/04/10/ancient-roman-tunnel-in-turkeys-hatay-to-attract-tourists

More on the finds from Uzes:

http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=95160
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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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Skydstrup woman also apparently travelled pretty far in the Bronze Age:

http://sciencenordic.com/another-female-bronze-age-icon-now-known-have-travelled-across-europe

Remains of five ‘lost’ archbishops of Canterbury have been found:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-39613462

I think we mentioned this Iron Age chariot burial from Pocklington:

http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/15193688.Iron_Age_chariot_burial/

…. And this 1000 years bp toy Viking boat from Norway:

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/1000-year-old-toy-viking-boat-unearthed/

Not sure if we mentioned these 800 medieval burials from an Irish hillfort site:

http://www.irishexaminer.com/viewpoints/analysis/800-medieval-bodies-found-during-hillfort-dig-446670.html

Study suggests that some Viking swords may have been decorative:

http://www.livescience.com/58654-viking-sword-scans-reveal-norse-culture.html
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/scans-of-viking-swords-reveal-a-slice-of-norse-culture/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5482-170412-viking-swords-analyzed

Moles are digging up things at an Iron Age hillfort site:

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/apr/14/tumps-of-tunnelling-moles-reveal-the-past

On the sounds of Stonehenge:

http://www.reuters.com/article/britain-tech-stonehenge-idUSL3N1HJ3X9?feedType=RSS&feedName=technologySector

Plans to excavate the ‘Invincible’ at Portsmouth next month:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-hampshire-39526903

On the ‘blue helmets’ working at saving Italy’s damaged art:

http://www.dw.com/en/art-blue-helmets-rescue-italys-treasures-from-the-rubble/g-38350123

More on Ice Age dentistry:

https://phys.org/news/2017-04-ancient-teeth-evidence-ice-age.html
https://www.newscientist.com/article/2127300-oldest-tooth-filling-was-made-by-an-ice-age-dentist-in-italy/
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/archaeologists-root-out-worlds-oldest-fillings-dgn6xt3fr
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5476-170410-tooth-bitumen-filling
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-find-filling-made-stone-age-dentist-180962845/

More on when herders reached the high alps:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5480-170411-switzerland-alpine-pasture
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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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An interesting silk-covered Mongolian burial:

http://www.livescience.com/58630-ancient-cemetery-found-inner-mongolia.html
http://www.livescience.com/58628-silk-road-cemetery-photos.html
http://www.sciencetimes.com/articles/12388/20170413/ancient-silk-cover-body-excavated-inner-mongolia-cemetery.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5478-170411-mongolia-yellow-silk

… while a sixth century Turkik woman’s grave goods have been analyzed:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5484-170412-mongolia-turkik-artifacts

Tracing the history of Mongolian horse culture:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-04/mpif-pcs041117.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-04-precision-chronology-mongolia-nomadic-horse.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/04/170411130816.htm
http://www.tol.org/client/article/26847-mongolia-horses-carbon-dating-archeology-prehistory.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5481-170412-mongolia-horse-culture

… and studying Mongolian reindeer herder camps:

http://www.uwyo.edu/uw/news/2017/04/uw-scientist-explores-archaeological-record-by-studying-mongolian-reindeer-herder-camps.html
http://www.gillettenewsrecord.com/news/wyoming/article_4047f09c-63ba-5938-8abe-a0aaa0e38411.html

I think we mentioned these 13 tombs found in Tibet:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-04/05/c_136184618.htm

… and I think we mentioned this 1100 years bp Siberian mummy with ‘Adidas boots’ a while back:

http://siberiantimes.com/science/casestudy/features/ancient-mummy-with-1100-year-old-adidas-boots-died-after-she-was-struck-on-the-head/

Feature on the terracotta army:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20170411-the-army-that-conquered-the-world

China has come out with its top ten sites of 2016 list:

http://www.ecns.cn/visual/hd/2017/04-13/126766.shtml
http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/culture/2017-04/13/content_28909922.htm
http://www.china.org.cn/china/2017-04/15/content_40626956.htm

More on colonial finds from New Zealand:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5432-170406-new-zealand-artifacts

More on that 30 000 years bp jewellery from Sulawesi:

http://www.theage.com.au/world/prehistoric-jewellery-found-in-indonesian-cave-challenges-view-early-humans-less-advanced-20170405-gvecxi.html
http://observer.com/2017/04/30000-year-old-indonesian-ice-age-art-reveals-clues-ancient-human-culture/
http://www.alamogordonews.com/story/tech/sciencefair/2017/04/04/ancient-jewelry-indonesia-di

scovery/100024394/?from=global&sessionKey=&autologin=

More on that ‘legendary sunken treasure’ from the Minjiang River:

http://www.ecns.cn/2017/04-14/253486.shtml
http://english.cctv.com/2017/04/14/ARTIwFQARyiSqLaZKqMaJRQN170414.shtml

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Southeast Asian Archaeology Newsblog:

http://www.southeastasianarchaeology.com/

New Zealand Archaeology eNews:

http://nzarchaeology.blogspot.co.nz/index.html
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NORTH AMERICA
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A 14 000 years bp mammoth tusk from Alaska:

http://www.ktuu.com/content/news/A-mammoth-discovery–419183354.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5444-170410-alaska-mammoth-tusk

More on that 14 000 years bp site on Triquet Island:

http://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/discovery-of-14000yearold-settlement-in-canada-could-rewrite-north-american-history/
http://www.cnn.com/videos/world/2017/04/10/ancient-village-found-canada-orig-vstop.cnn
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5416-170330-canada-first-americans

Tools from New Brunswick are now thought to date to 12 700 years bp:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/artifacts-new-brunswick-1.4068145?cmp=rss
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5485-170413-canada-stone-tools

Latest on those hunting sites found in Lake Huron ages ago:

http://news.jrn.msu.edu/capitalnewsservice/2017/04/14/prehistoric-hunting-grounds-found-deep-in-lake-huron/

Digging an endangered midden in South Carolina:

http://www.postandcourier.com/news/last-ditch-digs-make-new-finds-at-endangered-and-collapsing/article_077ba2a6-205d-11e7-a68e-8f0857776dd1.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5489-170414-south-carolina-shell-mound

A Hohokam site from Arizona:

http://science.kjzz.org/content/458763/hohokam-farm-found-site-future-phoenix-frys

Evidence of bedbugs from an Oregon cave site:

http://westerndigs.org/worlds-oldest-bed-bugs-found-in-oregon-cave-where-ancient-americans-slept/

Remains from Syracuse’s early salt industry:

http://www.syracuse.com/business-news/index.ssf/2017/04/rare_piece_of_syracuses_long-lost_salt_industry_uncovered.html

Suggestion that the Puebloans were harvesting macaw feathers:

http://www.nature.com/news/prehistoric-native-americans-farmed-macaws-in-feather-factories-1.21803
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/prehistoric-americans-may-have-farmed-macaws-in-feather-factories/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5439-170410-southwest-pueblo-macaws

Reconstructing Puebloan food webs:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-04/ps-fwe040617.php
http://www.upi.com/Science_News/2017/04/10/Archaeologists-untangle-the-complex-food-webs-of-the-Ancestral-Puebloans/5811491837653/
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/04/2017/reconstructing-ancestral-pueblo-food-webs

What Metin Eren is up to:

http://www.ohio.com/news/local/ksu-professor-digs-into-teaching-innovative-research-skills-in-archaeology-1.760840

Plans to rebury the remains of Massasoit Ousamequin:

http://www.stamfordadvocate.com/news/us/article/Wampanoag-chief-who-signed-treaty-with-Pilgrims-11073535.php
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5490-170414-rhode-island-wampanoag

Review of Watson, *Ice Ghosts*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/07/books/review/ice-ghosts-franklin-expedition-paul-watson.html

Some WWI items (each different):

http://www.npr.org/2017/04/07/523044253/during-world-war-i-u-s-government-propaganda-erased-german-culture?sc=ipad&f=1001
http://observer.com/2017/04/100-year-anniversary-world-war-one/
http://news.yale.edu/2017/04/07/100-years-ago-commemoration-world-war-i-yale-historian-paul-kennedy
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-39543757 (Vimy centenary)
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Feature on that palace complex from Palenque:

http://www.pnas.org/content/114/15/3805.abstract.html
https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/04/ancient-ruins-point-to-the-origins-of-american-state-power/

Learning from slave wrecks on St Thomas:

http://stthomassource.com/content/2017/04/14/slave-wrecks-offer-clues-about-difficult-history/

Feature on Percy Fawcett:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2017/04/12/the-hero-of-the-lost-city-of-z-was-no-hero/
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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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OpEd on the popularity of archaeology:

https://inews.co.uk/opinion/interest-archaeology-never-stronger-neither-threats-future/

… and one on what archaeology is:

http://www.chieftain.com/cef3deaa-798a-5269-9a1c-44579612d314.html

… and on power and politics in American archaeology:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/apr/10/the-politics-and-power-of-american-archaeology

A silk tunic associated with St Ambrose has been restored:

https://phys.org/news/2017-04-long-awaited-valuable-silk-tunic.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/04/170411090153.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-04/uob-lrf041117.php

Theorizing about black holes in the 18th century:

https://phys.org/news/2017-04-black-holes-theorized-18th-century.html

On the ancient trade in (decorative) ostrich eggs:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/04/170412091226.htm

… and reuniting parts of a Faberge egg:

https://phys.org/news/2017-04-faberge-egg-reunited-texas.html

A Jules Verne time capsule:

http://www.writerswrite.com/archaeologists-discover-possible-jules-verne-time-capsule-41320171
https://www.bustle.com/p/jules-vernes-time-capsule-was-just-discovered-by-archeologists-in-france-51282

Trying to change the image of Mary Magdalene:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/on-easter-mary-magdalene-will-be-maligned-as-a-prostitute-except-she-wasnt/2017/04/13/4e5d502a-2067-11e7-be2a-3a1fb24d4671_story.html

Pondering the wine served at the Last Supper:

http://www.post-gazette.com/news/world/2017/04/14/What-wine-did-Jesus-drink-at-the-Last-Supper/stories/201704140164

… and whether Pontius Pilate was responsible for Jesus’ death:

http://elpais.com/elpais/2017/04/12/hechos/1491984788_222777.html

On the ‘revolution’ of the ‘razor and blades’ model of marketing:

http://www.bbc.com/news/business-39132802

On the history of female pirates:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/swashbuckling-history-women-pirates-180962874/?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=socialmedia

Searching for the origins of the fava bean:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-04/wios-iso040917.php

What we can learn from Botticelli’s Venus:

http://www.wbur.org/artery/2017/04/14/venus-mfa-botticelli

More on prehistoric cannibalism:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/apr/06/prehistoric-cannibalism-not-just-driven-by-hunger-study-reveals

Only because we think the word Pompeii is applied to way too many sites:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-39565764

On the history of maize:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-37999506

Review of Roper, *Martin Luther*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/14/books/review/martin-luther-renegade-and-prophet-lyndal-roper.html?_r=0

… and assorted Reformation stories:

http://www.dw.com/en/top-stories/500-years-of-the-reformation/s-30092
Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Veronese in Murano:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/07/arts/design/italian-art-make-american-debut-at-the-frick.html

Native American Art:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/06/arts/design/native-american-treasures-head-to-the-met-this-time-as-american-art.html

Roman Cavalry:

http://www.shieldsgazette.com/news/special-hadrian-s-cavalry-exhibition-launched-at-arbeia-roman-fort-in-south-shields-1-8484828
http://www.newsguardian.co.uk/news/new-exhibition-looks-at-legacy-of-roman-empire-s-cavalry-1-8492432

Pompeii:

http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2017/04/10/pompeii-exhibit-narrates-cultures_8b2e4c68-0ed8-40b4-bba4-79563dc2f980.html

Egyptian Mummies:

http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/education-community/article/2086753/egyptian-mummies-british-museum-go-display-hong

Age of Empires:

http://www.metmuseum.org/press/exhibitions/2016/age-of-empires

Botticelli:

http://www.berkshireeagle.com/stories/botticelli-masterpieces-make-us-debut-at-bostons-museum-of-fine-arts,504290
http://www.bostonmagazine.com/arts-entertainment/blog/2017/04/14/botticelli-mfa/

Ancient Iran:

http://www.dw.com/en/how-iran-became-a-cradle-of-civilization/a-38414704
http://www.dw.com/en/iran-a-cradle-of-civilization/g-38413585

Feature on the Elling Eide Center:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/08/us/elling-eide-library-sarasota-florida-chinese-literature.html

The Israel Museum is looking for a director:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/07/arts/design/israel-museum-director-eran-neuman.html?smid=nytcore-iphone-share&smprod=nytcore-iphone

The Museum of the American Revolution will open soon:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/museums/museum-of-the-american-revolution-opens-in-philadelphia/2017/04/14/1a332b2a-1af0-11e7-9887-1a5314b56a08_story.html
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THE TECHY SIDE
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Scanning an Egyptian cat mummy:

http://www.livescience.com/58629-3d-scans-reveal-inside-egyptian-cat-mummy.html
http://www.livescience.com/58618-peer-inside-a-2-000-year-old-egyptian-cat-mummy-video.html
http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/culture/2017/04/13/mummified-cat-rebuilt-with-3d-technology_e095d773-ed02-46c6-928d-7b14cbc99a63.html
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ON THE DNA FRONT
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[sorry … I missed this section last week; or a large portion of it]

On the DNA heritage of Sardinia:

https://phys.org/news/2017-03-archaeogenetic-ancestral-sardinians.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-04/uoh-afu040617.php
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/04/2017/unlocking-the-ancestral-origins-of-sardinians

DNA helps mark the route taken by the migration of farmers into Europe some 8000 years bp:

https://phys.org/news/2017-03-dna-true-migration-route-early.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-04/uoh-ndr040617.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/04/170406102603.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5488-170414-europe-farming-migration

There’s 10 000 years of genetic continuity in north west North America, apparently:

https://phys.org/news/2017-04-reveals-years-genetic-northwest-north.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/04/170404160034.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-04/uoia-sr1040417.php
http://www.dispatch.com/news/20170402/archaeology-dna-research-helps-understand-how-americas-were-first-populated
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5431-170405-north-america-dna
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/04/2017/10000-years-of-genetic-continuity-in-northwest-north-america

On where tall guys’ DNA seems to come from:

http://www.livescience.com/58671-tallest-men-trace-to-paleolithic-mammoth-hunters.html

… and of course this is the time of year we hear about the search for Jesus’ DNA:

http://theconversation.com/can-we-ever-find-jesuss-dna-i-met-the-scientists-who-are-trying-to-find-out-72296
Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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Evidence of ancient climate beneath the Dead Sea:

http://www.ldeo.columbia.edu/news-events/under-dead-sea-warnings-dire-drought
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-03/teia-utd032217.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-03-dead-sea-dire-drought.html
http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.780607

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TOURISTY THINGS
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Prehistoric Orkney:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20170410-why-i-lived-like-a-prehistoric-briton

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CRIME BEAT
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Guilty plea in an illegal excavation in the Ozarks St Francis National Forest:

http://www.nwaonline.com/news/2017/apr/13/plea-guilty-in-prehistoric-shelters-dig-1/
https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/arkansas/articles/2017-04-13/arkansas-man-pleads-guilty-to-illegal-excavation
http://www.timesunion.com/news/crime/article/Arkansas-man-pleads-guilty-to-illegal-excavation-11072032.php
http://www.couriernews.com/view/full_story/27398787/article-Arkansas-man-pleads-guilty-to-illegal-excavation

FBI article on forged provenance:

https://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/forging-papers-to-sell-fake-art

Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2017/04/culture-crime-news-3-9-april-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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A Roman silver coin from Hadleigh is not treasure:

http://www.suffolkfreepress.co.uk/news/court-rules-silver-roman-coin-found-near-hadleigh-is-not-treasure-1-7909010
http://www.salisburyjournal.co.uk/news/salisbury/salisburynews/15219923.Detectorist_wins_treasure_battle_with_museum_over_ancient_coin/

Gold coins from Groningen:

https://dearkitty1.wordpress.com/2017/04/11/gold-coins-discovery-in-dutch-groningen-province/

Some 13th century pennies from a farmer’s field:

http://www.lancashiretelegraph.co.uk/news/15220383.Metal_detectorist_finds_13th_Century_treasure_in_Lancashire_farmer___s_field/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n15.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n16.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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Catherine Parr’s music:

http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-39598372

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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/2592-audio-news-from-archaeologica-2-april-2017-8-april-2017
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OBITUARIES
===============================================================
Ronald G Witt:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/04/books/ronald-g-witt-who-gave-the-renaissance-a-new-birthdate-dies-at-84.html

Lorraine Pearce:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/07/us/lorraine-waxman-pearce-dead-white-house-curator-for-kennedy.html?smid=nytcore-iphone-share&smprod=nytcore-iphone

Louis Feldman:

http://blogs.yu.edu/news/in-memoriam-dr-louis-feldman/
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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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