Explorator 20.01 ~ April 30, 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, Bill Kennedy, Suzan Mazur,
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).

Now in our 21st year! Thanks to all who passed along good wishes
on our anniversary!
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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Suggestion that homo naledi is much younger than previously thought:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-39710315
https://www.newscientist.com/article/2128834-homo-naledi-is-only-250000-years-old-heres-why-that-matters/

Feature on Australopithecus sediba:

http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/04/famous-ancestor-may-be-ousted-human-family
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5508-170425-australopithecus-sediba-skull

Pondering whether Lucy had a ‘midwife’:

http://www.livescience.com/58844-did-human-ancestor-lucy-have-midwife.html

More on homo floresiensis and probably origins in Africa:

https://phys.org/news/2017-04-indonesian-hobbits-revealed.html
http://www.livescience.com/58855-hobbits-led-early-migration-out-of-africa.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/apr/21/hobbit-species-did-not-evolve-from-ancestor-of-modern-humans-research-finds?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other
https://www.seeker.com/culture/history/origins-of-mysterious-indonesian-hobbits-revealed
https://www.newscientist.com/article/2128483-mystery-human-hobbit-ancestor-may-have-been-first-out-of-africa/
http://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/37541/20170424/origins-of-indonesia-flores-man-hobbits-finally-unlocked.htm
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/ancestors-of-flores-ldquo-hobbits-rdquo-may-have-been-pioneers-of-first-ldquo-human-rdquo-migration-out-of-africa/
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-04/23/c_136229301.htm
https://theconversation.com/ancestors-of-flores-hobbits-may-have-been-pioneers-of-first-human-migration-out-of-africa-76560
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hobbits-could-be-much-older-once-thought-180963012/

More on the latest about how Otzi died:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/26/world/europe/bolzano-italy-iceman-south-tyrol-museum-of-archaeology.html?emc=edit_th_20170327&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=27123570&_r=2
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/otzi-iceman-froze-death
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5510-170425-otzi-frozen-mummy

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AFRICA
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South African Mesolithic stone knapping innovations from Sibudu Cave:

https://phys.org/news/2017-04-early-evidence-middle-stone-age.html
http://www.livescience.com/58845-first-evidence-of-advanced-stone-weapons.html
http://www.upi.com/Science_News/2017/04/26/South-African-cave-yields-Middle-Stone-Age-projectiles/9791493235208/
https://theconversation.com/ancestors-of-flores-hobbits-may-have-been-pioneers-of-first-human-migration-out-of-africa-76560
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5514-170426-pressure-flaked-points
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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On the one hand, there are concerns for Egyptian tourism:

http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2017/04/lonely-pyramids-giza-egyptian-tourism-falling-170418050241421.html

… while claims that recent discoveries are helping it:

https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2017-04-25/new-archaeological-finds-helping-egypts-image-tourism-sector-minister

The Egyptian Parliament wants to begin an awareness campaign about illegal excavations:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/4254/Parliament-calls-for-awareness-campaign-to-combat-illegal-archaeological-excavation

More on that major tomb find at Luxor:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/tomb-full-mummies-unearthed-luxor-155800770.html

In Our Time this week looked at the Egyptian Book of the Dead:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08n1y2v

Remember when those German ‘researchers’ managed to steal a piece of the Pyramid of Khufu? The antiquities people who were supposed to prevent such things now face trial:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/266496/Egypt/Politics-/Egyptian-ministry-staff-face-trial-over-theft-from.aspx
http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/antiquities-former-employees-referred-trial-over-great-pyramid-theft
http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/1/4267/12-Egypt-officials-guards-to-be-tried-over-German-sabotage

Another smuggled ‘Torah’ (and other items) bust in Turkey:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/smuggled-torah-artefacts-seized-in-turkeys-northwest.aspx?pageID=238&nid=112398
http://www.jpost.com/Diaspora/1500-year-old-Torah-recovered-from-Turkish-smugglers-489027

Concerns about illegal excavations in Myndos:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/illegal-excavations-stir-reaction-in-myndos-.aspx?pageID=238&nid=112527&NewsCatID=375

Turkey is seeking to recover a recently-auctioned piece of Anatolian sculpture (which we mentioned last week, I think):

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkey-seeks-return-of-5000-year-old-marble-figure-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=112555&NewsCatID=375

Cf: http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/smuggled-anatolian-idol-sold-in-us-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=112576&NewsCatID=375

Recent finds (and a temple restoration) from Caesarea:

https://phys.org/news/2017-04-israel-uncovers-ancient-roman-history.html
http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.785858
http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2017/04/26/Ancient-tablet-unearthed-at-historic-Roman-excavation-site-in-Israel/6841493234436/
http://www.timesofisrael.com/unique-mother-of-pearl-menorah-etching-found-in-ancient-caesarea/
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-israel-archaeology-idUSKBN17T1E1?feedType=RSS&feedName=lifestyleMolt
https://www.yahoo.com/news/israel-uncovers-ancient-roman-history-mediterranean-port-174931591.html
http://www.jns.org/news-briefs/2017/4/26/ancient-menorah-tablet-shows-clear-jewish-presence-in-caesarea
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5512-170426-caesarea-inscribed-menorah

… coinciding with an announcement of some major funding:

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Rothschild-Foundation-to-invest-NIS-100m-to-uncover-ancient-Caesarea-489049
https://www.algemeiner.com/2017/04/26/rothschild-foundation-investing-more-than-27-million-to-renovate-ancient-caesarea/
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/history/rothschild-foundation-investing-27-million-in-caesareas-hidden-treasures-past-and-present/2017/04/26/

… from the press conference:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-lNV3Ckeww&feature=youtu.be
https://youtu.be/tbKkUaMMU9Q
https://youtu.be/SfRiG4SRtI0

A Second Temple antiquities bust in Samaria:

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/228580
http://www.timesofisrael.com/police-uncover-antiquities-trove-in-west-bank-bust/
https://www.i24news.tv/en/news/israel/diplomacy-defense/143571-170425-israel-announces-arrest-of-15-terror-suspects-in-overnight-west-bank-raids
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Stolen-antiquities-from-Second-Temple-period-recovered-from-West-Bank-home-489021

Interesting interview with Ian Hodder on assorted things relating to Catal Huyuk:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/58fe2a64e4b0f02c3870ecf0

Remembering Louis Feldman:

http://www.thejewishstar.com/stories/a-sheloshim-tribute-to-prof-louis-feldman-ztl,13464

A 1500 years bp church find in Istanbul:

http://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/04/26/1500-year-old-church-discovered-during-infrastructure-work-in-istanbuls-beylerbeyi

A ‘mystery’ Russian general (later identified as a captain) burial in Turkey:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/skeleton-of-russian-general-found-inside-unearthed-coffin-in-turkeys-ardahan.aspx?pageID=238&nid=112457&NewsCatID=375
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/russian-soldier-found-inside-unearthed-coffin-in-turkeys-ardahan-was-captain-museum-director–.aspx?pageID=238&nid=112479&NewsCatID=341

Kurds are restoring ancient sites in Iraq:

http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Middle-East/2017/0424/Iraq-s-Kurds-restore-ancient-sites-envision-a-tourist-friendly-future
Hatra has apparently been recovered from ISIL:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-39726244
http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/iraqi-forces-seized-hatra-antiquities-site-47027440
http://www.timesofisrael.com/iraqi-forces-seize-ancient-site-of-hatra-from-is/
https://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2017/apr/27/ancient-city-of-hatra-recaptured-from-isis-iraqi-forces-say-video
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/the-times/iraqi-troops-recapture-ancient-city-of-hatra-from-islamic-state/news-story/10d1ae25b1e8a6351b2e4ffa4a0486ee

Another feature on ISIL financing terrorism with antiquities:

http://www.aina.org/news/20170429140410.htm

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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A Mycenean era burial from Salamis:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/25024-mycenean-era-tomb-with-grave-goods-unearthed-in-salamis-main-town.html

A hoard of Alexander the Great coinage from Azerbaijan:

https://www.azernews.az/culture/112098.html

On women’s protests in ancient Rome:

https://thebluereview.org/nevertheless-they-persisted/

Honours for Lauren Donovan Ginsberg:

http://www.uc.edu/profiles/profile.asp?id=25006

Some Classics Olympia coverage:

http://news.usc.edu/120516/age-old-skills-give-usc-classics-students-a-big-win-over-their-contemporaries/

What Sarah Davies is up to:

http://www.union-bulletin.com/things_to_do/arts/ancient-rome-assimilated-in-places-and-ideas-of-modern-world/article_1fc394d4-2ad2-11e7-a573-abf6603b1ca8.html

Feature on Hadrian’s Wall:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/fears-fueled-ancient-border-wall-180963025/

Feature on what the Arch of Titus originally looked like:

http://forward.com/fast-forward/370111/stunning-how-the-infamous-arch-of-titus-looked-in-roman-heyday/

Latest on the search for Cleopatra’s tomb:

http://remezcla.com/features/culture/dominican-archaeologist-dramatic-quest-cleopatra-tomb/

An ancient aqueduct on Samos was reopened:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/217941/gallery/ekathimerini/in-images/ancient-aqueduct-restored-and-opened-in-samos

Latin is alive and well in Romania:

http://www.themalaymailonline.com/features/article/in-romania-latin-holds-out
http://www.nation.co.ke/lifestyle/artculture/Keeping-Latin-alive-in-Romania/1954194-3906724-131fy07/

Reactions to a statue of Archimedes in a Hampshire village:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/shortcuts/2017/apr/24/eureka-naked-archimedes-hampshire-ellisfield-statue
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/04/23/naked-greek-statue-could-distract-drivers-hampshire-village/

Some press coverage of Rome’s birthday celebrations:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-04/24/c_136232222.htm

More on the Cleveland MoA returning that head of Drusus:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cleveland-museum-art-will-return-stolen-roman-sculpture-italy-180962973/

Brief review of Roberts, *Plague of War*:

https://www.timeshighereducation.com/books/review-the-plague-of-war-jennifer-t-roberts-oxford-university-press#survey-answer

Review(ish) of King, *Feast of Sorrow*:

http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2017/04/28/525892896/what-did-ancient-romans-eat-new-novel-serves-up-meals-and-intrigue
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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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On Viking longhouses and early burial practices:

https://phys.org/news/2017-04-iron-age-viking-longhouses-funerals.html

Evidence that Danish Vikings may have been making their own wine:

https://www.thelocal.dk/20170426/danish-vikings-may-have-made-their-own-wine

A medieval castle find in Poland:

http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news,413952,archaeologists-have-discovered-a-lost-castle-in-the-lower-silesian-wilderness.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5518-170428-castle-iron-working-village

Some WWI training tunnels in Wiltshire:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/apr/24/first-world-war-training-tunnels-and-trenches-discovered-in-wiltshire

Plans to excavate the wreck of the Rooswijk:

http://www.kentonline.co.uk/deal/news/shipwreck-from-1740-discovered-124575/

More reactions to Stonehenge tunnel plans:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/apr/25/stonehenge-tunnel-desecration-prehistoric-traffic-jams
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/apr/27/listen-to-the-experts-on-the-stonehenge-tunnel
http://observer.com/2017/04/stonehenge-tunnel-threatens-ancient-monument-future-archaeological-discoveries/

Pondering the Uffington White Horse:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5506-170424-uffington-white-horse

Feature on bog bodies:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/europe-bog-bodies-reveal-secrets-180962770/

Scotland’s oldest concert hall is getting some restoration:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-39745221

They’re fixing up Hurst Castle:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-39716359
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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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Plenty of coverage of a Neolithic (maybe) ‘seashell’ burial from Gua Kepah (spelling varies):

http://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2017/04/24/gua-kapar-skeleton-could-be-female/
http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2017/04/24/shells-from-prehistoric-burial-site-sent-for-carbon-dating/
http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/archaeologist-possibly-more-prehistoric-skeletons-in-guar-kepah
http://www.nst.com.my/news/nation/2017/04/233583/5000-year-old-skeleton-found-guar-kepah
http://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2017/04/25/a-find-that-can-change-history-stone-age-remains-buried-in-seashells-the-first-to-be-found-in-malays/

A pair of 2000 years bp burials from China’s Hunan province:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-04/28/c_136243995.htm
http://thedailymillbury.com/uncategorized/2000-year-old-tombs-excavated-in-central-china/105481

A 1400 years bp cave inscription in Hebei associated with a Shaolin monk:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-04/26/c_136237560.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5513-170426-china-master-sengchou

Some Chinese tomb robbers were apparently using feng shui:

http://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/2091868/chinese-history-buff-uses-feng-shui-knowledge-raid-ancient-tombs

Suggestion that early Khmers were ‘bookworms’:

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/post-plus/early-khmers-were-bookworms-evident-ancient-libraries

Assorted 19th century finds at the Athenaeum site in New Zealand:

https://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/artefacts-uncovered-athenaeum

Feature on the Terracotta Army:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-39708249

More on those miniature looms from a Chinese burial:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/wooden-figurines-apos-weave-apos-130100411.html

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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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Plenty of attention for a controversial claim that humans were in California, some 130 000 years bp (yes, that’s the claimed number of zeroes):

http://www.nature.com/news/controversial-study-claims-humans-reached-americas-100-000-years-earlier-than-thought-1.21886
https://phys.org/news/2017-04-humans-america-years-earlier-thought.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/04/170426143033.htm
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/26/science/prehistoric-humans-north-america-california-nature-study.html
http://www.livescience.com/58851-humans-occupied-north-america-earlier-than-thought.html
https://www.seeker.com/culture/archaeology/earliest-evidence-of-humans-in-the-americas-could-change-everything-if-true https://www.newscientist.com/article/2129042-first-americans-may-have-been-neanderthals-130000-years-ago/
http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/neanderthals-california-provocative-study-47032919
http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-39710311
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/apr/26/could-history-of-humans-in-north-america-be-rewritten-by-broken-mastodon-bones
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/mastodon-fossils-human-colonise-world-pre-historic-understand-history-bones-san-diego-cerutti-a7705246.html
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/04/26/525628056/new-evidence-suggests-humans-arrived-in-the-americas-far-earlier-than-thought
http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-americas-first-humans-20170426-story.html
http://www.nbcnews.com/science/science-news/mastodon-bone-findings-could-upend-our-understanding-human-history-n751406
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2017/04/26/archaeology-shocker-study-claims-humans-reached-the-americas-130000-years-ago/
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2017/0426/Could-these-mastodon-bones-rewrite-the-history-of-the-Americas
http://www.cnn.com/videos/us/2017/04/26/north-america-earliest-human-study-orig-vstop.cnn
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/ancient-bones-spark-fresh-debate-over-first-humans-in-the-americas/

… some good skepticism expressed here:

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/04/mastodons-americas-peopling-migrations-archaeology-science/

… and an attempt to present ‘both sides’:

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/analysis-new-study-says-settlers-arrived-americas-130000-years-ago-believe/

… and the ‘political’ side:

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2017/04/29/were-humans-in-america-100-000-years-before-we-thought.html

Excavating a Mik’maq shell midden in Port Joli:

http://thechronicleherald.ca/southshorebreaker/1462889-unearthing-history-in-port-joli-archaeologists-dig-up-pieces-of-mi%E2%80%99kmaq-cu

Searching for a French shipwreck in Port Royal Sound:

http://www.islandpacket.com/news/local/community/beaufort-news/article146911214.html

Plans to further investigate the HMS Terror:

http://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/parks-canadas-underwater-archaeology-team-visit-hms-terror-with-government-of-nunavut-and-gjoa-haven-support-team-620714093.html

Potential repatriation item: Poundmaker’s pipe in the British Museum:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/poundmaker-pipe-saskatchewan-british-museum-london-1.4080776

Feature on Hopewell Culture:

http://www.livescience.com/58897-hopewell-culture.html

New Orleans is taking down Confederate monuments:

https://apple.news/Au57Vjbr2ToydwRaewd25EQ

An oak tree associated with George Washington was cut down:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2017/04/25/oak-tree-george-washington/100873208/

Jamestown archaeologists have begun the conservation of the Knight’s Tombstone:

http://wydaily.com/2017/04/21/jamestown-unearthed-archaeologists-begin-conservation-of-knights-tombstone/

… while Bill Kelso has a book out on recent finds:

http://wydaily.com/2017/04/27/jamestown-archaeologist-bill-kelso-releases-new-book-on-recent-discoveries/

More on the discovery of the site of Etzanoa:

http://www.post-gazette.com/news/nation/2017/04/24/Its-location-a-mystery-for-centuries-huge-Native-American-city-may-be-found-in-Kansas/stories/201704240076
http://www.columbian.com/news/2017/apr/23/huge-indian-city-found-in-kansas/

More on that Declaration of Independence find in England:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2017/04/24/a-rare-copy-of-the-declaration-of-independence-has-been-found-in-england/

More on Civil War cannonballs from Lawrenceville:

http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2017/04/26/cannonballs-found-lawrenceville/
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Overviewish piece on eight years of excavations at Teotihuacan:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/apr/24/mexicos-ancient-city-guards-its-secrets-but-excavation-reveals-new-mysteries

Suggestion that the Colla people may have fled a 15th century Inca invasion:

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/treasure-trove-bronze-copper-reveals-incredible-speed-flash-inca-invasion-1618394
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5507-170424-peru-ayawiri-house

A Maya sculpture find from Chiapas:

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/locals-stumble-across-ancient-mayan-god-monument-while-clearing-debris-mexico-1618735
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5516-170427-mexico-maya-sculpture

Evidence of bad spines in ancient Peru:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2017/04/27/in-ancient-peru-archaeologists-find-rare-spinal-condition-and-possible-inbreeding/

More on that recent khipu find/study:

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/04/inca-khipus-code-discovery-peru/
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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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Some sketchy Egyptian artifacts Florence Nightingale purchased are going on display:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2017/apr/23/florence-nightingale-egyptian-amulets-world-museum-liverpool

Pondering whether museum directors should have curatorial experience:

https://www.apollo-magazine.com/do-museum-directors-need-curatorial-experience/

Pondering the black market in antiquities (again):

http://www.wbur.org/cognoscenti/2017/04/24/restoring-ethics-antiquities-market-liza-oliver-erich-hatala-matthes

On the ‘Ancient Civilizations Team’ that aims to protect heritage from terrorism:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/ancient-civilizations-team-up-to-protect-heritage-from-terrorism/
http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=95442

On some medieval medicines:

http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/04/27/525143152/welcome-to-the-poison-garden-medicines-medieval-roots

Feature on 3000 years of women in science:

http://www.dw.com/en/3000-years-women-in-science/av-38540910

Big treasure legend on an island in the Indian Ocean:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20170425-the-island-with-100-million-hidden

Feature on Princess Barbara Jorjadze’s cookbook:

http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2017/04/28/524404924/19th-century-princess-and-cookbook-author-was-also-georgias-first-feminist

English-style drizzle is being implicated in the demise of megafauna:

https://phys.org/news/2017-04-english-style-drizzle-ice-age-giants.html

Feature on the Augsburg Book of Miraculous Signs (and related items):

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20170421-the-eerie-historical-visions-that-predict-the-apocalypse

On Goya’s ‘mystery illness’:

http://www.livescience.com/58890-goya-mystery-illness-diagnosis.html

Questioning the route of the via Dolorosa:

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/jesus-may-not-have-walked-jerusalem-s-dolorosa-scholars-n746516
Archaeology Podcast Network:

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

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20170425-why-vermeers-paintings-are-less-real-than-we-think
http://www.louvre.fr/en/close-vermeer-masters-genre-painting-golden-age

Egypt’s Sunken Mysteries:

http://www.showonshow.com/rietberg/2017/osiris/index.html

Scythians:

http://theartnewspaper.com/news/treasures-of-scythian-tombs-are-coming-to-the-british-museum-/
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/scythians-are-coming-from-russia-with-love-jk9k2kbs9

Russian Revolution:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-04/28/c_136241605.htm

Van Gogh:

http://theconversation.com/heres-looking-at-vincent-van-goghs-olive-grove-with-two-olive-pickers-76312
http://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/exhibition/van-gogh-and-the-seasons/

The NGA has confirmed it has some more stolen idols:

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/nga-confirms-four-more-indian-scultpures-have-been-stolen-20170424-gvr5e0.html

Dance will be featured at the Temple of Dendur at the Met:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/25/arts/dance/dance-off-the-wall-coming-next-season-to-the-met-museum.html
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THE TECHY SIDE
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A new online resource for Scottish prehistoric monuments:

https://phys.org/news/2017-04-online-digital-resource-life-scotland.html

Fiddling with radiocarbon dating:

https://phys.org/news/2017-04-radiocarbon-dating-postmodern-makeover.html
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/deadthings/2017/04/28/visit-prehistoric-scotland-with-a-couple-clicks/

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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DNA of early hominins can apparently be recovered from cave sediments:

https://phys.org/news/2017-04-dna-extinct-humans-cave-sediments.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/04/170427141708.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-04/snrc-ant042717.php
http://www.livescience.com/58873-dna-from-extinct-humans-photos.html
http://www.livescience.com/58872-neanderthal-dna-found-in-ancient-cave-mud.html
https://www.seeker.com/culture/archaeology/researchers-find-dna-from-extinct-humans-in-cave-sediments
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2017/04/28/prehistoric-human-dna-found-caves-without-bones-enormous-scientific/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-39747326
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/27/science/ancient-human-dna-cave-dirt.html?_r=0
http://www.theage.com.au/technology/sci-tech/scientists-recover-ancient-dna-from-cave-dirt-without-needing-to-find-bones-20170428-gvugro.html
https://cosmosmagazine.com/archaeology/ancient-humans-identified-through-dna-left-in-cave-soil
http://m.france24.com/en/20170428-prehistoric-human-dna-found-caves-without-bones
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5519-170428-sediment-hominin-dna
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/04/2017/new-technique-extracts-dna-from-hominids-preserved-in-sediments

A study of the DNA of Scythian horses:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-04/fos–shb042117.php
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/27/science/horses-genetics-domestication-scythians.html?_r=0
http://www.post-gazette.com/news/science/2017/04/28/Ancient-horse-DNA-shows-Scythian-warriors-were-adept-domesticators/stories/201704280151
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/ancient-dna-bucks-tale-how-horse-was-tamed
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5520-170428-scythian-horse-genome
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/04/2017/researchers-study-scythian-horse-breeding

On the DNA of some Franklin expedition members:

http://www.livescience.com/58797-dna-sailors-on-1845-arctic-expedition.html

Latest look at canine DNA:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/25/science/dogs-dna-ancestry.html
http://www.nature.com/news/dog-family-tree-reveals-hidden-history-of-canine-diversity-1.21885
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5515-170427-peruvian-hairless-dog

We now have a barley genome:

http://www.sci-news.com/genetics/barley-genome-04814.html

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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Correlating (apparently) climate change and early human activity at an Algerian site dating to 1.7 million years bp:

https://phys.org/news/2017-04-climate-early-human-algerian-site.html

On the threat climate change poses to historic sites:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/26/climate/tasmania-global-warming-shoreline-erosion.html

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TOURISTY THINGS
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Tarsus:

http://www.dailysabah.com/travel/2017/04/29/experience-history-in-the-holy-lands-of-tarsus

Lima:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/27/travel/lima-peru-budget-travel-food-art-surfing.html
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CRIME BEAT
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Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2017/04/culture-crime-news-17-23-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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Cambodia recovered some Khmer jewellery:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5504-170424-cambodia-jewelry-repatriated

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NUMISMATICA
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Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n17.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n18.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 symphony inspired by the Voynich manuscript:

http://news.yale.edu/2017/04/24/voynich-symphony-premiere-may-4-woolsey-hall

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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/2612-audio-news-from-archaeologica-16-april-2017-22-april-2017
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OBITUARIES
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Anne Pippin Burnett:

https://classicalstudies.org/scs-news/memoriam-anne-pippin-burnett
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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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