Explorator 19.52 ~ April 23, 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, Don Buck, Maureen Fant,
Jennifer Cosham, Anthony Stevens, Magnus Fiskesjo, 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).

… and so we come to the end of our twentieth year (!) of
putting out this newsletter every Sunday!
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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Latest attempt to fit homo floresiensis on the hominid family tree:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-04/anu-ooi042017.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-04-indonesian-hobbits-revealed.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/04/170421084917.htm
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/apr/21/hobbit-species-did-not-evolve-from-ancestor-of-modern-humans-research-finds
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/real-life-hobbits-early-humans-floresiensis-homo-sapiens-scientists-indonesia-a7694691.html
http://www.iol.co.za/news/science/hobbit-link-to-h-erectus-takes-a-pounding-8769720
http://www.smh.com.au/technology/sci-tech/origins-of-indonesias-flores-hobbits-most-likely-in-africa-and-not-from-java-man-study-claims-20170421-gvptdr.html
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-04-22/origin-of-hobbits-finally-uncovered-by-anu-researchers/8463376
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-04/21/c_136226654.htm
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/scientists-debunk-theory-that-hobbits-were-mans-cousin-1618170
https://www.newscientist.com/article/2128483-mystery-human-hobbit-ancestor-may-have-been-first-out-of-africa/
http://www.sciencealert.com/indonesia-s-hobbits-are-far-older-than-we-originally-thought
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2017/04/21/the-hobbit-older-lineage/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5501-170421-homo-floresiensis-bones
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/04/2017/study-reveals-homo-floresiensis-not-descended-from-homo-erectus

A 23 000 years bp ‘Venus figurine’ got a pile of press attention because someone’s throwaway line:

http://siberiantimes.com/other/others/news/stunning-23000-year-old-venus-with-derriere-like-kim-kardashians-unearthed-in-russia/

Not sure if we’ve mentioned this 38 000 years bp rock art from France:

http://www.newsweek.com/archaeologists-discover-38000-year-old-animal-art-585767

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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1000 ushabti and 10 sarcophagi from a 18th Dynasty noble’s tomb in Luxor:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContentP/9/265161/Heritage/Egyptian-archaeologists-unearth-tomb-of-th-Dynasty.aspx
http://www.livescience.com/58738-tomb-of-mummies-unearthed-at-luxor.html
http://www.livescience.com/58736-photos-mummies-ancient-egypt-cemetery.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/04/archaeologists-major-discovery-egypt-luxor-170418132642659.html
https://phys.org/news/2017-04-archaeologists-statues-tomb-egypt-luxor.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-39633599
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/04/18/egypt-discovers-3000-year-old-tomb-nobleman/
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/noblemans-tomb-egypt-discovery-nile-luxor-userhat-new-kingdom-judge-a7691996.html
http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/archaeologists-find-1000-statues-tomb-egypts-luxor-46860072
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-04-19/egypt-discovers-3000-year-old-tomb-of-nobleman/8452084
http://www.smh.com.au/world/egyptians-unearth-3000-year-old-tomb-of-judge-near-luxor-20170419-gvnhwu.html
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/archaeologists-open-ancient-tomb-find-1000-statues/
https://ca.news.yahoo.com/mummies-discovered-in-ancient-tomb-near-egypts-luxor-145515943.html
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/3500-year-old-tomb-unearthed-luxor-take-look-incredible-pictures-mummies-sarcophagi-1617776
http://www.albawaba.com/news/egyptian-archaeologists-unearth-18th-dynasty-tomb-964462
http://www.timesofisrael.com/liveblog_entry/mummies-discovered-in-ancient-tomb-near-egypts-luxor/
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-egypt-archaeology-discovery-idUSKBN17K1VW?feedType=RSS&feedName=lifestyleMolt
http://www.westernmassnews.com/story/35174800/archaeologists-find-1000-statues-in-tomb-in-egypts-luxor
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/04/ancient-egypt-mummies-statues-luxor-discovery/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5491-170418-luxor-tomb-ou-sarhat

… maybe it’s only six sarcophagi:

https://egyptianstreets.com/2017/04/18/new-major-tomb-containing-six-mummies-and-artifacts-unearthed-in-luxor/
http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/4105/18th-Dynasty-Pharaonic-tomb-reveals-350-more-statutes http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/video-350-additional-artifacts-found-newly-excavated-luxor-cemetery
http://artdaily.com/news/95304/Egyptian-archaeological-team-discovers-mummies-in-ancient-tomb-near-Egypt-s-Luxor

… or maybe eight:

http://www.cnn.com/2017/04/18/middleeast/egypt-tombs-mummies/index.html
http://www.sfgate.com/news/media/Archaeologists-discover-3-500-year-old-tombs-in-829344.php
https://www.seeker.com/culture/archaeology/eight-mummies-and-other-treasures-found-in-luxor-tomb-bonanza
http://cultura.elpais.com/cultura/2017/04/18/actualidad/1492528157_358652.html

… and there are hopes it will boost tourism:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-04-19/egypt-discovers-3000-year-old-tomb-of-nobleman/8452084

A colossal statue of Ramses II has been restored:

http://timesofoman.com/article/107397/World/Middle-East/Egypt-unveils-giant-restored-statue-of-Ramses-II
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/04/20/world/science-health-world/egypt-unveils-giant-restored-statue-ramses-ii/
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/egypt-unveils-restored-75-ton-ancient-collossus-statue-ramses-ii-930875
http://english.aawsat.com/waleed-abdul-rahman/lifestyle-culture/egypt-unveils-restored-statue-ramses-ii

Pondering the origins of Hathor:

http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.783982

On the ‘legend of the mummy’:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20170420-where-does-the-legend-of-the-mummy-come-from

More wondering whether Egypt should sell artifacts to help its economy:

http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2017/04/egypt-national-treasures-sale-tourism-crisis-investment.html

More on Zahi Hawass’ latest activities:

http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/un-honors-egyptologist-zahi-hawass-being-appointed-ambassador-culture-and-antiquities

A Killia idol is coming to auction:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ancient-anatolian-statuette-of-abundance-seeks-record-at-new-york-auction-.aspx?pageID=238&nid=112157&NewsCatID=375

That ‘comet inscription’ from Gobekli Tepe is back in the news:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2017/04/21/ancient-stone-carvings-confirm-comet-struck-earth-10950bc-wiping/
http://www.arabnews.com/node/1088616/offbeat

More on that ‘buried city’ find in Iran:

http://plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn&id=11833&SEO=iran-archaeologists-unearth-2000-year-old-city

Some illegal diggers were caught in the Beit Keshet Forest:

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/228290

ISIL made an attack on St Catherine’s Monastery this week:

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/04/18/524610884/gunmen-attack-popular-religious-tourism-site-in-sinai
https://apnews.com/ecf9dd48c08d4d548f190c8cb15f5226/Islamic-State-claims-attack-on-Egypt-police-checkpoint

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Plans to probe a Hellenistic/Roman era pyramid at Khirbet Midras:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/archaeologists-to-probe-ancient-pyramid-in-judean-hills/
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4949880,00.html

Remains of a Roman aqueduct under the via Praenestina:

http://roma.repubblica.it/cronaca/2017/04/16/news/roma_alla_prenestina_riaffora_l_acquedotto_appio-163075536/

A recently-discovered mosaic from Uzes was removed this week (by archaeologists) and people aren’t happy:

http://theartnewspaper.com/news/conservation/removal-of-a-rare-roman-mosaic-in-southern-france-enflames-local-conservation-groups-/

They’re looking for the missing portions of that ‘Gypsy girl’ mosaic:

http://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/04/20/initiative-to-return-missing-pieces-from-gypsy-girl-mosaic-in-turkeys-gaziantep

A Roman villa associated somehow with Marcus Aurelius from Kibyratis:

http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.783703
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/roman-emperors-2000-year-old-summer-palace-discovered-turkey-1617195
http://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/04/18/2000-year-old-roman-summer-home-discovered-in-southern-turkey

I think we’ve mentioned this Roman road find in Israel:

http://www.numismaster.com/ta/numis/Article.jsp?ad=article&ArticleId=28535

Plans to continue digging at the Amphipolis tomb:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/24796-greek-culture-minister-excavations-in-amphipolis-will-resume.html

What C. Brian Rose is up to:

http://udreview.com/the-homeric-allure-archaeological-findings-on-the-trojan-war/

Feature on Peter Brown:

http://www.dailyprincetonian.com/article/2017/04/peter-brown-late-antiquity

What Rebecca Kerns is up to:

http://www.depauw.edu/news-media/latest-news/details/32986/

On the allure of speaking Latin:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/black-men-speaking-latin-1492469886

On Classics at Monmouth:

http://www.reviewatlas.com/news/20170420/monmouth-college-at-center-of-classics

Hype for a documentary about Baiae:

http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/culture/2017/04/20/underwater-pompeii-of-baia-featured-in-documentary_28ed8d5f-6372-41eb-aed8-36ee5c4bc7fe.html

A rock opera about Nero is causing problems in Rome:

http://roma.repubblica.it/cronaca/2017/04/21/news/titolo_non_esportato_da_hermes_-_id_articolo_6696746-163509761/?refresh_ce

A ‘hidden’ Michelangelo drawing of Cleopatra has gone on display:

https://guardian.ng/art/hidden-michelangelo-drawing-goes-on-show-in-rome/

A marathon reading of the Odyssey at the College of the Holy Cross:

http://www.telegram.com/news/20170419/epic-tale-entire-odyssey-read-at-holy-cross-to-benefit-refugees
https://news.holycross.edu/blog/2017/04/21/holy-cross-takes-on-sirens-and-cyclopes-with-marathon-reading-of-the-odyssey/

This was one of the first ‘repatriation stories’ after wwii:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/217722/article/ekathimerini/life/the-world-war-ii-adventures-of-an-ancient-lady

Regular maintenance in store for Pompeii:

http://theartnewspaper.com/news/conservation/the-man-leading-the-restoration-of-pompeii/

This week’s idiot vandalism was inflicted on a Roman sarcophagus in Poundbury:

http://www.blackmorevale.co.uk/roman-sarcophagus-wrecked-by-vandals/story-30283044-detail/story.html
http://www.dorsetecho.co.uk/news/15239072.ANGRY_AND_DISAPPOINTED__Archaeologist_speaks_out_over_vandalism_of__priceless__Roman_sarcophagus/

Greece has recognized ‘paganism’ as a religion:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2017/04/20/greek-state-recognizes-paganism-as-religion/

On a church that was never built in the Colosseum:

http://www.romereports.com/2017/04/13/the-history-of-the-church-that-was-never-built-inside-the-colosseum

On the assassination of Julius Caesar and its effects:

http://www.newstatesman.com/culture/books/2017/04/mary-beard-how-caesar-s-murder-set-template-political-assassination

Daniel Mendelsohn remember his father:

http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/04/24/a-father-and-sons-final-odyssey

James Romm on ‘updating’ Homer:

http://www.newyorker.com/culture/cultural-comment/a-misguided-impulse-to-update-the-greek-classics?intcid=mod-latest

More on the search for Caligula’s ships:

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2017/04/23/the-search-for-caligula-s-sunken-orgy-ship.html

Interesting infographic on volcanic activity in Italy:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/five-myths-about-the-cross/2017/04/14/dae63c1a-1fa8-11e7-be2a-3a1fb24d4671_story.html

Feature on Ronald Syme:

http://elpaissemanal.elpais.com/documentos/ronald-syme/
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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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I think we were just beginning to get coverage of the find of the burials of five archbishops of Canterbury last week:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-39613462
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/apr/16/remains-of-five-archbishops-discovered-near-lambeth-palace-canterbury
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/archbishops-canterbury-remains-tomb-church-lambeth-st-mary-john-bancroft-garden-museum-a7686546.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/men/thinking-man/remains-five-missing-archbishops-canterbury-found-accident/
http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/uk/tombs-of-five-former-archbishops-of-canterbury-located-underneath-church-35627429.html
http://www.theage.com.au/world/secret-tomb-of-five-archbishops-found-under-deconsecrated-medieval-london-church-20170417-gvm4a7.html
http://news.nationalpost.com/news/world/hole-accidentally-cut-in-u-k-museum-floor-reveals-stairs-to-hidden-tomb-of-five-archbishops
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/builders-find-remains-five-archbishops-canterbury-180962920/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5492-170418-lambeth-archbishop-vault

A burial of a medieval priest with a head injury of some sort from Thornton Abbey:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2017/04/16/mysterious-grave-medieval-priest-uncovered-lincolnshire/
http://www.grimsbytelegraph.co.uk/exciting-medieval-find-at-thornton-abbey/story-30275150-detail/story.html
http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/sheffield-archaeologists-discover-medieval-priest-in-elaborate-grave-700-years-after-his-death-1-8496353
http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/hell-on-earth-yorkshire-academics-reveal-secrets-of-medieval-grave-1-8496336
http://www.lincolnshirelive.co.uk/8203-archaeology-team-discover-700-year-old-remains-of-medieval-priest-at-thornton-abbey/story-30275460-detail/story.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5493-170418-thornton-abbey-coffin

Pathways in Kensington Gardens were apparently aligned to the solstice:

http://www.livescience.com/58706-solstice-alignments-discovered-peter-pan-gardens.html

Reconstructing the diet of Napoleon’s Grand Army:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/apr/18/food-for-thought-reconstructing-the-diet-of-napoleons-grand-army

A section of the Bristol Old Vic theatre wall was exposed:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-bristol-39622017

Plans to excavate a Dutch ship near Kent:

http://www.kentnews.co.uk/business/dutch-ship-which-sank-on-goodwin-sands-in-1740-to-be-partially-excavated-in-kent-this-summer-1-4984835

A suspicious fire at a 16th century home in Dorset:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/dorset-fire-stately-home-16th-century-suspicious-parnham-house-a7685411.html

More on 13 000 years bp dental work:

http://www.livescience.com/58722-earliest-dental-fillings-ice-age-skeleton.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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5000+ bp burials from Penang are causing some excitement:

http://www.nst.com.my/news/nation/2017/04/232088/5000-year-old-skeleton-discovered-guar-kepah-construction-site
http://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2017/04/20/stone-age-finds-thrill-researchers/
http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2017/04/19/ancient-bones-found-at-penangs-stone-age-site/
http://www.todayonline.com/world/asia/prehistoric-human-skeleton-found-penang-neolithic-site
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5495-170419-malaysia-neolithic-bones

Model looms from a 2100 years bp tomb from China:

http://www.livescience.com/58741-tiny-looms-discovered-in-chinese-tomb.html
http://www.livescience.com/58740-photos-tiny-chinese-looms.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5496-170419-china-model-looms

An 1100 years bp inscription from a temple floor in India:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chennai/1100-year-old-inscription-unearthed-from-floor-of-tiruvannamalai-temple/articleshow/58212372.cms
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5500-170420-india-arunachaleswarar-inscription

Another suggestion for the origin of skiing:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/19/sports/skiing/skiing-china-cave-paintings.html

Feature on some Saka stone houses from Kazakhstan:

http://astanatimes.com/2017/04/saka-stone-houses-in-central-kazakhstan-shed-light-on-kazakh-nomadic-culture-archaeologist-says/

More concerns for petroglyphs in Australia:

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/apr/21/worlds-largest-collection-of-rock-art-at-risk-australian-senators-told

Elsewhere, at the Rainbow Cave site:

http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/04/2017/managing-and-protecting-waljin-mia-rainbow-cave-a-sacred-cultural-place

More on the origins of Mongolia’s horse culture:

http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/04/2017/shedding-new-light-on-origins-of-mongolias-nomadic-horse-culture

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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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Remains of 2000 bp dwellings in downtown Phoenix:

http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/news/developers-of-downtown-phoenix-frys-find-prehistoric-homes-during-dig-9247406

Archaeologists may have found the pre-Columbian settlement of Cecomocomoco:

http://hppr.org/post/long-lost-native-american-city-discovered-south-central-kansas
http://www.kansas.com/news/state/article144968264.html
http://www.star-telegram.com/news/nation-world/national/article145026439.html
http://www.newser.com/story/241427/archaeologist-says-hes-found-great-lost-city-in-kansas.html
http://nypost.com/2017/04/18/teen-accidentally-helps-discover-lost-16th-century-civilization/
http://www.thebaynet.com/articles/0417/archaeologists-may-have-found-indian-village.html

A pemmican production camp from Montana:

http://westerndigs.org/centuries-old-pemmican-making-camp-uncovered-in-montana/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5497-170419-montana-pemmican-production

A ‘new’ parchment of the Declaration of Independence has turned up in England:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/21/arts/a-new-parchment-declaration-of-independence-surfaces-head-scratching-ensues.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/04/22/precious-declaration-independence-copy-discovered-chichester/
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/apr/21/declaration-of-independence-sussex-england-rare

Some early photos of Yellowstone National Park:

http://www.livescience.com/58710-early-yellowstone-national-park-photos.html

Conserving the Knight’s tombstone from Jamestown:

http://wydaily.com/2017/04/21/jamestown-unearthed-archaeologists-begin-conservation-of-knights-tombstone/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5503-170421-jamestown-knights-tomb

Studying the ‘stone fleet’ off South Carolina:

http://www.islandpacket.com/news/local/community/beaufort-news/article146031164.html

Concerns for burials at Louisbourg:

http://www.capebretonpost.com/news/local/2017/4/20/erosion-threatens-burial-ground-at-fortress-louisbourg.html

Concerns that fracking might endanger Chaco Canyon sites:

http://www.santafenewmexican.com/pasatiempo/art/frack-and-ruin-archaeologists-fear-drilling-could-obliterate-chaco-connections/article_e8d22fee-ef6c-5fc5-aeee-70ccbadeddac.html
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Feature (it might be a discovery) on Incan khipus:

https://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/news/local/fife/409788/st-andrews-academic-reveals-secrets-of-ancient-incan-talking-knots/
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/04/inca-khipus-code-discovery-peru/
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2017/04/19/khipu-code-inca-language/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5502-170421-peru-logosyllabic-khipus

Honours for Heather Hurst:

http://www.newswise.com/articles/view/673406/?sc=rsln
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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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On the history of wedding cake:

http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2017/04/18/523787236/eat-now-or-forever-hold-your-piece-the-layered-history-of-wedding-cake

Another feature on crucifixion:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/five-myths-about-the-cross/2017/04/14/dae63c1a-1fa8-11e7-be2a-3a1fb24d4671_story.html

Studying the height of English folk over a couple of millennia:

https://phys.org/news/2017-04-highs-lows-englishman-average-height.html

A ‘chemical threat’ to paintings:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-04/acs-twc042017.php

Pondering ‘Paradise Lost’:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20170419-why-paradise-lost-is-one-of-the-worlds-most-important-poems

On paintings of the Rhine:

http://www.dw.com/en/art-meets-nature-on-the-rhine/a-38534088

Medieval antibiotic hopes:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/medieval-medical-books-could-hold-recipe-new-antibiotics-180962947/

Feature on the Reformation:

http://cultura.elpais.com/cultura/2017/04/19/actualidad/1492606977_908306.html

Conserving the Last Supper:

http://cultura.elpais.com/cultura/2017/04/20/actualidad/1492685097_675928.html

More evidence regarding the Armenian Genocide:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/22/world/europe/armenian-genocide-turkey.html

Review of Devlin, *Finding Fibonnaci*:

https://www.insidehighered.com/views/2017/04/19/review-keith-devlin-finding-fibonacci-quest-rediscover-forgotten-mathematical

Review of Cline, *Three Stones Make a Wall*:

https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg23431210-700-raiders-of-the-lost-phone/#038;%23038;%23038;campaign_id=RSS%7CNSNS-

Review of Roper, *Martin Luther*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/14/books/review/martin-luther-renegade-and-prophet-lyndal-roper.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fbooks

Archaeology Podcast Network:

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

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-39590447

Utamaro:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/museums/three-large-masterpieces-reunited-for-the-first-time/2017/04/14/a3be6aae-1ad6-11e7-855e-4824bbb5d748_story.html

Age of Empires:

http://artdaily.com/news/95283/Exhibition-at-Metropolitan-Museum-of-Art-features–more-than-160-ancient-Chinese-works-of-art

Chinese Emperors:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-04/22/c_136227267.htm

Pompeii:

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/arts/review/escape-from-pompeii-australian-national-maritime-museum/news-story/4321aa06ca2c7d198694dd8a6e05d246

Feature on the Temple of Dendur at the Met:

http://www.metmuseum.org/about-the-met/curatorial-departments/egyptian-art/temple-of-dendur-50

Feature on Hartwig Fischer:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/the-twinkly-eyed-german-in-charge-of-britains-treasure-6q7cgtlpl

… related:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/mummy-s-the-word-for-british-museum-revamp-dcdqbhpjf
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THE TECHY SIDE
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I think we had this facial reconstruction of a woman from a Thai rock shelter last week:

http://www.livescience.com/58705-stone-age-woman-had-modern-face.html
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/meet-the-stone-age-woman-with-a-modern-looking-face/
https://phys.org/news/2017-04-woman-tham-lod-late-pleistocene.html
https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/antiquity/article/late-pleistocene-woman-from-tham-lod-thailand-the-influence-of-today-on-a-face-from-the-past/E8831252A362F2646CCFA07E9ACD4351

Dating San rock art:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-technique-shows-san-rock-art-5000-years-old-180962948/

Recreating ancient monuments in VR:

http://www.smh.com.au/technology/smartphone-apps/the-melbourne-archeologist-on-a-mission-to-recreate-ancient-monuments-in-vr-20170414-gvl6yt.html

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Dingos have the most interesting genome, apparently:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dingo-wins-worlds-most-interesting-genome-competition-180962922/
Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

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

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/five-planets-most-mysterious-geoglyphs-180962917/

Bali:

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/04/20/travel/what-to-do-36-hours-in-bali-indonesia.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Ftravel

Carrizo Plain:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20170411-the-california-land-where-no-one-can-live

Madain Saleh:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20170418-saudi-arabias-silent-desert-city
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CRIME BEAT
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Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2017/04/culture-crime-news-10-16-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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REPATRIATION AND RECOVERY
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The Cleveland Museum of Art returned a portrait of Drusus to Italy:

http://www.cleveland.com/arts/index.ssf/2017/04/cleveland_museum_of_art_return_2.html
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/ancient-bust-repatriated-cleveland-museum-929615

The Boston Public Library is returning a bunch of coins and other items:

http://www.masslive.com/news/boston/index.ssf/2017/04/boston_public_library_returnin.html

I suspect we’ll be hearing more about the Guelph Treasure case:

http://www.dw.com/en/nazi-looted-art-claim-sets-new-test-for-germany/a-38485849

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NUMISMATICA
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Those gold coins in the piano were declared treasure:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-shropshire-39655769
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/apr/20/gold-sovereign-hoard-found-college-piano-declared-treasure
http://www.coinworld.com/news/world-coins/2017/04/gold-piano-hoard-declared-treasure-in-united-kingdom.html
http://news.sky.com/story/mystery-surrounds-treasure-trove-of-gold-coins-hidden-in-piano-in-shropshire-10844026
https://www.abqjournal.com/990635/who-stashed-gold-inside-a-british-piano-its-a-mystery-2.html
http://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/national/article/Mystery-surrounds-rightful-owners-of-gold-coins-hoard-hidden-in-piano-58c240ba-1d2b-4155-942b-8b46d43c0885-ds
http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/uk/coroner-to-decide-if-stash-of-sovereigns-found-in-old-piano-is-treasure-35637923.html

Some medieval coins turned up in a ‘community dig’ in Erpingham:

http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/medieval-coins-unearthed-during-community-dig-in-erpingham-1-4977881

Feature on coins from the Jewish War:

http://www.coinweek.com/ancient-coins/coinweek-ancient-coin-series-coinage-of-the-jewish-war/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n16.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n17.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 contest to create companion pieces to Shakespeare:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/21/theater/american-shakespeare-center-to-commission-38-modern-riffs.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Farts

What Emma Rice is up to:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/21/theater/emma-rice-shakespeares-globe-director-letter-to-successor.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Farts

Amazing Grace:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/14/theater/amazing-grace-musical-museum-of-the-bible-washington.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fdesign

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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/2611-audio-news-from-archaeologica-9-april-2017-15-april-2017
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OBITUARIES
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Dai Morgan Evans:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/apr/17/dai-morgan-evans-obituary

David French:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/apr/20/david-french-obituary
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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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