Explorator 20.03 ~ May 14, 2017

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

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Plenty of coverage of the latest find of 18 (or so) skeletons of homo naledi in a South African cave (we make have had this before, but there’s a ton of coverage all of a sudden):

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-05/uow-sac050417.php
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-05/uotw-hns050717.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-05-homo-naledi-surprisingly-young-age.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/05/170509083557.htm
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-39842975
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/may/09/new-haul-of-homo-naledi-bones-sheds-surprising-light-on-human-evolution
http://www.nbcnews.com/science/science-news/early-human-homo-naledi-may-have-made-tools-buried-dead-n756916
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/05/2017/researchers-discover-more-homo-naledi-remains-in-rising-star-cave
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5539-170509-homo-naledi-skull

… the focus of a pile of features is that homo naledi was concurrent with homo sapiens:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-05/jcu-jts050717.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/05/170509083554.htm
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/05/170509083551.htm
http://www.nature.com/news/small-brained-early-human-lived-more-recently-than-expected-1.21961
https://www.usatoday.com/videos/news/world/2017/05/09/fossils-suggest-hominids-may-have-lived-alongside-modern-humans/101462922/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2017/05/09/humanitys-strange-new-cousin-is-shockingly-young-and-shaking-up-our-family-tree/
https://www.seeker.com/culture/archaeology/this-human-relative-may-have-lived-alongside-our-species-in-africa
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/primitive-cousin-may-have-lived-africa-early-humans-180963218/
http://elpais.com/elpais/2017/05/08/ciencia/1494269515_595710.html

… possible source for all this excitement:

https://elife.elifesciences.org/

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Plenty of excitement over the find of 17 (give or take) non-Royal mummies from Minya:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/268686/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Cachette-of–mummies-unearthed-in-Egypts-ElMinya.aspx
https://egyptianstreets.com/2017/05/13/chamber-of-17-mummies-discovered-in-egypts-minya/
http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/5063/Ministry-announces-18-mummies-discovered-in-central-Egypt
http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/05/13/17-mummies-newly-discovered-buried-minya-cemetery/
http://www.livescience.com/59100-catacomb-filled-with-mummies-discovered-egypt.html
http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/archaeologists-egypt-uncover-human-necropolis-least-17-mummies-n759066
https://phys.org/news/2017-05-mummies-central-egypt.html
http://www.dw.com/en/archaeologists-discover-new-mummy-burial-site-in-egypt/g-38830323
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/world-middle-east-39908747/mass-mummy-find-in-ancient-egypt-site
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/05/13/egypt-discovers-new-necropolis-17-mummies/
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/may/14/egypt-archaeologists-find-17-new-mummies-in-necropolis
http://www.dailystar.com.lb//News/Middle-East/2017/May-13/405695-17-mummies-discovered-in-central-egypt-ministry.ashx
http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Egypt-uncovers-chamber-of-17-mummies-490678
http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.788925
http://www.timesofisrael.com/17-mummies-found-in-ancient-egyptian-burial-site/
http://english.alarabiya.net/en/life-style/travel-and-tourism/2017/05/13/Dig-finds-17-mummies-in-central-Egypt-antiquities-ministry.html
http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/world-news/613877/Egyptian-17-mummies-catacombs-antiquities-ministry
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2017/05/13/egyptian-archaeologists-uncover-necropolis-17-mummies/101638880/
http://www.euronews.com/2017/05/13/17-mummies-found-in-egypt
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/17-well-preserved-mummies-believed-be-greco-roman-period-found-egypts-el-minya-1621492

… and a 13th Dynasty tomb from Dahshur:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/1/4961/Burial-chamber-from-the-13th-Dynasty-found-in-Dahshour
https://egyptianstreets.com/2017/05/11/egypt-continues-its-discoveries-with-a-3700-year-burial-chamber-in-dahshur/
http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/268521/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Burial-chamber-of-recently-unearthed-th-Dynasty-Py.aspx
https://phys.org/news/2017-05-egypt-burial-chamber-dating-years.html
http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/egypt-found-burial-chamber-dating-back-3700-years-47329489
http://www.therepublic.com/2017/05/10/ml-egypt-antiquities-2/

… which appears to belong to a pharaoh’s daughter (I think this is the same as the above):

http://www.livescience.com/59066-burial-chamber-of-princess-in-egypt-pyramid.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-39882254
http://theartnewspaper.com/news/archeology/archaeologists-uncover-ancient-egyptian-princess-s-tomb-in-dahshur/
http://observer.com/2017/05/3700-year-old-egyptian-pyramid-dahshur-princess/

There was also an animal necropolis found at Minya (which might be the same as the first item? News from Egypt was confusing this week):

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/268613/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Egyptian-archaeologists-to-announce-new-discovery-.aspx

… not sure if this is the same find:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/5039/Greco-Roman-grave-intact-mummies-discovered-in-Minya

Pondering a mongoose on a leash portrayal:

http://www.livescience.com/59022-egypt-tomb-with-leashed-mongoose-drawing.html

More on that funerary garden find:

http://www.livescience.com/59006-ancient-funerary-garden-discovered-in-egypt.html
http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/05/08/ancient-egyptian-funerary-garden-discovered.html

As might be expected, all the recent finds are raising hopes for Egyptian tourism:

http://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-egypt-archaeology-discovery-idUKKBN1890F4?il=0
https://www.yahoo.com/movies/egypt-uncovers-chamber-mummies-sees-life-tourism-120556313.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2017/05/14/egypt-hopes-slew-of-recent-archaeological-discoveries-will-bring-blessings-to-struggling-economy/

An attempted smuggling of a scribe statue was foiled:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/1/4878/Smuggling-attempt-of-Pharaonic-scribe-statue-obstructed

… as was one involving a pile of ushabtis:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/1/4788/Smuggling-attempt-of-52-artifacts-is-obstructed

Discussing how to move Tut’s artifacts safely:

https://phys.org/news/2017-05-experts-egypt-king-tut-artifacts.html
http://www.timesofisrael.com/experts-meet-in-egypt-over-moving-king-tut-artifacts/

… related:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/1/4786/Grand-Egyptian-Museum-prepares-for-unveiling-King-Tut%E2%80%99s-treasures

… and there are plans to put remains of his stillborn daughters on display as well:

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/ancient-egypt-archaeologists-plan-exhibit-remains-tutankhamuns-stillborn-daughters-1620473

The Philistines apparently brought their pigs with them to Israel:

http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.787738
Cf: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-017-00701-y

Latest WWI artifacts found in Israel are more military in nature:

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/229373
http://www.livescience.com/59049-wwi-artifacts-found-in-israel.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5543-170510-wwi-weapons-israel

While a cache of Biblical artifacts collected by Polish soldiers during WWII was found as well:

http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-1.788061

Jerusalem has opened its archaeological garden:

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Israel-unveils-archaeological-garden-in-Jerusalems-Old-City-490138

War in Yemen is creating concern for mummies:

https://phys.org/news/2017-05-yemen-war-threatens-millennia-old-mummies.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4495690/2-500-year-old-mummies-disintegrating-Yemen.html

Moving a 15th century tomb in Turkey to make way for a(nother) dam:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/may/12/historic-turkish-tomb-zeynel-bey-moved-hydroelectric-dam

Seeking funding for a dig in Turkey:

http://journalstar.com/news/local/education/with-field-school-temporarily-closed-unl-archaeologist-seeking-help-to/article_6eb36cfe-bece-503a-abb7-e8f66c54457e.html

So like we were saying, they found that missing 2700 years bp stele in a construction yard in Turkey, albeit damaged:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ancient-stele-damaged-during-excavation.aspx?pageID=238&nid=112904&NewsCatID=375

… and now it turns out to be fake:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ancient-stele-turns-out-to-be-fake-.aspx?pageID=238&nid=112980&NewsCatID=375

Nice feature on the Babatha Archive:

http://asorblog.org/2017/05/09/ancient-legal-papyri-bring-lost-world-life/

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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A Roman sarcophagus from near Istanbul:

http://www.dailysabah.com/istanbul/2017/05/09/ancient-sarcophagus-discovered-during-road-work-in-istanbuls-tuzla

Possible Punic walls from Cittadella:

http://www.timesofmalta.com/mobile/articles/view/20170511/local/ancient-walls-uncovered-just-outside-cittadella.647604

Press coverage of a kiln find at Verulamium:

http://www.stalbansreview.co.uk/news/15280785.More_ancient_ruins_found_after_gas_pipe_gives_archaeologists_chance_to_dig_deeper/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5547-170511-england-verulamium-kiln

Plans to look at those shackled burials from Falero:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2017/05/11/the-american-school-of-classical-studies-at-athens-to-decode-one-thousand-2500-year-old-skeletons/

Feature on Perge mosaics:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/perge-mosaics-as-magnificent-as-the-ones-in-zeugma-.aspx?pageID=238&nid=112943&NewsCatID=375

Still looking (apparently) for Caligula’s party boat:

https://www.seeker.com/culture/archaeology/mystery-of-emperor-caligulas-party-ship-to-be-revealed-after-2000-years

What Becca Napolitano is up to:

https://www.conncoll.edu/news/news-archive/2017/latin–physics–physical-labor–archaeology.html#.WRhOpsm1tn4

Victor Nuovo has been writing about Aristotle (not sure how many of these are still alive):

http://www.addisonindependent.com/201704victor-nuovo-artistotle-and-birth-political-science
http://www.addisonindependent.com/201704victor-nuovo-aristotle-becoming-virtuous
http://www.addisonindependent.com/201705victor-nuovo-aristotle-becoming-virtuous

Feature on the Babatha archive:

http://asorblog.org/2017/05/09/ancient-legal-papyri-bring-lost-world-life/

A very sketchy ‘Pompeii apple’ is coming to auction:

http://www.itv.com/news/calendar/2017-05-12/2-000-year-old-apple-to-feature-at-antiques-fair-in-leeds/

Some CAC coverage:

https://gazette.mun.ca/campus-and-community/classics-conference/
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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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A 4000 years bp (maybe) dugout canoe from a rescue dig in Lincolnshire:

http://www.lincolnshirelive.co.uk/ancient-log-boat-discovered-at-lincoln-bypass-archaeological-dig/story-30324608-detail/story.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5544-170510-lincolnshire-log-boat

Bronze Age burial mound from Coniscliffe:

http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/history/memories/15284520.Bronze_Age_burial_mound_found_at_Coniscliffe/

Assorted barrows and other sites from various periods found by (LiDAR?) scanning in Poland:

http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news,414046,scientists-discovered-barrows-and-outlines-of-ancient-fields-in-the-bialowieza-forest.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5538-170508-poland-laser-scans

All sorts of tunnels found on Spike Island:

http://www.breakingnews.ie/ireland/secret-tunnels-discovered-at-spike-island-789225.html

Finds from various periods halt gas pipeline construction in Albania:

https://phys.org/news/2017-05-ancient-site-discovery-albania-halts.html
http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/25232-ancient-site-discovery-in-albania-halts-work-on-tap-gas-pipeline.html

Feature on powerful women in medieval Germany:

https://blog.oup.com/2017/05/ottonian-queenship-powerful-women-early-medieval-germany/

A Bronze Age gold ring is declared ‘treasure’:

http://www.loughboroughecho.net/news/local-news/bronze-age-gold-ring-declared-13007954

… while another metal detectorist is getting a big reward for his Viking find:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/may/12/man-who-found-richest-viking-hoard-in-the-uk-to-get-2m-award
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/05/12/metal-detectorist-receive2m-reward-britains-biggest-viking-hoard/
http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/scottish-treasure-hunter-scoops-2million-10409864

More on that ‘lost garden’ find at a Scottish castle:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lost-18th-century-garden-found-scottish-castle-180963179/
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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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Excavations have begun on a Tamil Nadu site in Alagankulam:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chennai/excavation-begins-at-alagankulam-archaeological-site/articleshow/58593108.cms

Carbon dating of that ‘Penang woman’ burial suggests she is “5710” years bp:

http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/carbon-dating-confirms-penang-woman-is-5710-years-old
http://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2017/05/13/carbon-dating-finds-penang-woman-to-be-5710-years-old/

Not sure about these claimed Altai megaliths:

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/siberia-huge-dragon-griffin-megaliths-created-by-mysterious-ancient-culture-altai-mountains-1620900

They’re making the archaeology-tourism connection in Myanmar:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-05/09/c_136267733.htm

Concerns for Buddha’s birthplace:

http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-39772099

More on that nomad burial in central China:

http://www.sciencetimes.com/articles/14797/20170510/archaeologists-found-1-800-year-old-nomad-tomb-central-china.htm

I think we mentioned this ‘city’ find in central China as well:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-05/12/c_136276931.htm
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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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Assorted site finds are affecting bridge construction in Maine:

https://penobscotbaypress.com/news/2017/may/11/artifacts-found-at-falls-bridge-site-will-impact-p/#.WRhUscm1tn4

Feature on Monticello:

http://www.post-gazette.com/news/nation/2017/05/11/Monticello-archaeologist-slave-crystal-ptacek-mulberry-row-thomas-jefferson/stories/201705050166

Feature on the Moche diet (or part of it):

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2017/05/12/micro-fossils-show-moche-munched-on-marine-meals/

Massasoit Ousamequin was reburied this weekend:

http://www.southcoasttoday.com/news/20170512/tribal-chief-who-signed-treaty-with-pilgrims-to-be-reburied

A millstone from Cleveland:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5549-170512-ohio-cleveland-millstone

Digging has resumed at the El Pueblo trading post:

http://www.chieftain.com/news/pueblo/archaeological-project-again-underway-at-historic-trading-post/article_2e74b53e-36b4-584f-b400-8317c575c03c.html

More on those ‘asylum burials’ in Mississippi:

http://www.livescience.com/59045-7000-bodies-under-university-campus.html
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2017/05/07/7-000-bodies-could-buried-mississippi-campus/312352001/

More on that ‘garbage dump’ in Davenport, Iowa:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5536-170508-iowa-davenport-trash

More on that ‘lost city’ in Kansas:

http://www.npr.org/2017/05/10/527817921/kansas-archaeologist-rediscovers-lost-native-american-city

On the nicknames of the NY Fire and Police departments:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/04/nyregion/origins-of-new-yorks-finest.html

On how African slaves preserved a variety of rice:

http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2017/05/10/527449714/a-lost-rice-variety-and-the-story-of-the-freed-merikins-who-kept-it-alive
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Brazil’s archaeologists are protesting:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/may/10/brazil-archaeologists-ancient-lands-indigenous
http://plus55.com/brazil-culture/2017/05/brazil-archaeologists-measures-erase-ancient-land

Flying a drone over Tiwanaku:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2017/may/12/drone-images-provide-new-insights-into-lost-bolivian-civilisation-video

On Maya myths:

http://news.yale.edu/2017/05/05/interpreting-maya-myths-through-art-qa-oswaldo-chinchilla-mazariegos

More on those khipus:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/twisted-textile-cords-may-contain-clues-inca-messages
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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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Not sure where to put this find of some 16th century coins in an ivory chess figure (much less figure out how archaeologists could “stumble” on it):

http://tass.com/society/945191

Much excitement over the find of a William Caxton print:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-39846929
http://www.livescience.com/59087-page-from-medieval-priests-handbook-discovered.html
http://www.livescience.com/59090-rare-page-from-englands-first-printer-found-in-library-video.html
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/found-pages-one-first-books-printed-england-180963216/

Apparently modern ‘fiddles’ sound better than a Stradivarius:

http://www.dw.com/en/toss-out-the-old-stradivarius/a-38771561
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/stradivarius-violins-dont-sound-better-newer-models-study-says-180963222/

More on medieval fasting and chicken evolution:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5542-170510-medieval-chicken-domestication

Big bucks for an Agatha Christie notebook:

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/15284041.Christie___s_notebook_unearthed_after_60_years_and_sells_for___15_000/

I think we heard about the British parliament ditching parchment a while ago:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/british-parliament-ditches-parchment-paper-180963177/
Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Camille Claudel:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20170509-the-tragic-lover-who-never-escaped-rodins-shadow
http://www.museecamilleclaudel.fr/

New York gargoyles:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/05/nyregion/anonymous-arts-museum-rural-shrine-to-city-decorations.html

Michelangelo sketches:

http://gothamist.com/2017/05/08/met_michelangelo.php

Roads of Arabia:

http://www.albawaba.com/editorchoice/%E2%80%98roads-arabia%E2%80%99-archaeological-exhibition-opens-seoul-972604

Villa of Oplontis:

http://www.csmonitor.com/The-Culture/Arts/2017/0509/Ancient-class-distinctions-displayed-in-Rome-exhibit

Britain’s ‘Pompeii’:

http://www.bbc.com/news/av/uk-england-cambridgeshire-39889603/3000-year-old-pompeii-finds-on-show

Vikings:

http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/15282835.Face_to_face_with_the_Vikings/

DaVinci:

http://www.richmond.com/entertainment/new-da-vinci-exhibit-debuts-in-new-building-at-science/article_a015bd68-7ffc-5714-8366-645aa1814426.html

Menorah:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/can-vatican-display-shed-light-on-the-fate-of-the-menorah/

Crossrail finds:

http://www.cityam.com/264205/roman-skulls-tudor-bowling-ball-crossrail-launches-virtual

Feature on the Lycian Civilizations Museum:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/lycian-artifacts-at-new-museum-draw-tourists-.aspx?pageID=238&nid=112896&NewsCatID=375

They’re still talking about an underwater museum in the Piraeus:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/25227-ministry-cosco-agrees-with-creation-of-underwater-antiquities-museum-in-piraeus.html
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THE TECHY SIDE
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Not sure I understand this brain-scanning suggestion that ‘human like’ behaviour emerged 1.8 million years bp:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-05/iu-wo050817.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/05/170508184905.htm
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-smart-early-humans-brain-imaging-answers-180963176/
https://theconversation.com/brain-imaging-modern-people-making-stone-age-tools-hints-at-evolution-of-human-intelligence-77231
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/05/2017/neuroarchaeology-used-to-investigate-early-stone-tool-production

… there was a musical tie too played up in later versions:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-05/uoea-cie050517.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/05/170508112431.htm

Laser mapping the pyramids:

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/05/10/national/japanese-archaeologists-use-lasers-map-egyptian-pyramids/

New ceramic dating techniques?:

http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/culture/art/2017-05/11/content_29303276.htm

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Silver fir DNA seems to be something useful to know about:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/05/170508083419.htm

On the origins of the Indian population:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-05/uoh-api050817.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-05-archaeogeneticist-indian-population-today-populace.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/05/170508095149.htm
http://www.upi.com/Science_News/2017/05/08/Modern-DNA-reveals-ancient-origins-of-Indian-population/6721494272565/
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/05/2017/indian-origins-pinpointed-using-genetic-evidence-from-current-populace

More on Franklin Expedition DNA:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/franklin-dna-sailors-descendants-1.4104345?cmp=rss

Apparently humans are less genetically diverse than wheat:

http://bigthink.com/philip-perry/humans-are-less-genetically-diverse-than-wheat-what-does-that-mean-for-our-species
Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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Ancient viruses are apparently ‘waking up’ from melting ice:

http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20170504-there-are-diseases-hidden-in-ice-and-they-are-waking-up

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CRIME BEAT
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An antiquities possession bust in Athens:

http://www.amna.gr/english/article/18471/Man-arrested-for-possession-and-transportation-of-rare-antiquities
http://greece.greekreporter.com/2017/05/10/man-arrested-for-possession-and-transportation-of-rare-antiquities/
http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/25235-man-arrested-for-possession-and-transportation-of-rare-antiquities-in-greece.html

An antiquities bust near Hebron:

http://www.jpost.com/Breaking-News/Police-raid-antiquities-stockpile-in-West-Bank-490427
http://www.jns.org/news-briefs/2017/5/11/israel-police-raid-recovers-stolen-jewish-antiquities-near-hebron
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/eye-on-palestine/palestinian-authority/stolen-antique-coins-jewelry-seized-in-arab-village/2017/05/11/
http://www.timesofisrael.com/police-recover-stolen-ancient-coins-lamps-other-antiquities-near-hebron/
https://www.algemeiner.com/2017/05/11/israel-police-raid-recovers-stolen-jewish-antiquities-near-hebron/

Brazen looting of Native American sites in San Diego County:

http://www.cbs8.com/story/35377068/archaeologists-looters-posting-pics-of-native-american-artifacts

Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News;

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2017/05/culture-crime-news-23-april-7-may-2017.html
conflict antiquities:

http://conflictantiquities.wordpress.com/

anonymous swiss collector:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/

Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues:

http://paul-barford.blogspot.ca/

Looting Matters:

http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/

Illicit Cultural Property:

http://illicit-cultural-property.blogspot.com/

SAFE:

http://www.savingantiquities.org/blog/

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REPATRIATION AND RECOVERY
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An ‘internal’ repatriation dispute of some Hittite artifacts:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/corum-deputy-asks-return-of-ankaras-hittite-artifacts-.aspx?pageID=238&nid=112851&NewsCatID=375

France returned a relief (and other items) to Egypt:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/268427/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Ancient-Egyptian-limestone-relief-recovered-from-P.aspx
http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/05/10/ministry-antiquities-retrieves-stolen-artifacts-france/
http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/egyptian-government-restored-44-artifacts-paris
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5541-170509-egypt-repatriated-artifacts

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NUMISMATICA
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The Bredon Hoard is going on display:

http://www.cotswoldjournal.co.uk/news/15280763.Museum_to_showcase_Roman_coins_found_in_2011_discovery/
http://www.eveshamjournal.co.uk/news/15282458.Secrets_of_Roman_coin_hoard_to_be_revealed/

Roman aurei are coming to auction:

http://www.coinworld.com/news/world-coins/2017/05/roman-gold-aureii-star-in-swiss-auction-may-29.all.html

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n19.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n20.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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Richard III:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leicestershire-39856414

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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/2616-audio-news-from-archaeologica-30-april-2017-6-may-2017
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OBITUARIES
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Albert Henrichs:

http://www.thecrimson.com/article/2017/5/1/albert-henrichs-dies/

Lloyd Cotsen:

http://www.latimes.com/local/obituaries/la-me-lloyd-cotsen-20170510-story.html
http://newsroom.ucla.edu/stories/in-memoriam:-lloyd-cotsens-generosity-helped-ucla-establish-renowned-institute-of-archaeology

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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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