Explorator 20.04 ~ May 21, 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,David Critchley, Rick Heli,
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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Tying the spread of homo sapiens to the development of grassland:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-05/asu-gbf051117.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-05-grassy-earliest-homo.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/05/170515111616.htm

Studying the diet of early hominins in east Africa:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5555-170516-ethiopia-climate-change

Feature on the Shanidar 3 skeleton:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2017/05/17/at-night-at-the-museum-a-neanderthal-skeleton-comes-out-of-the-vault/?utm_term=.c137e1ccbcbf&wpisrc=nl_science&wpmm=1
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AFRICA
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Latest from the Tombos (Sudan) site:

https://phys.org/news/2017-05-archaeologist-excavation-tombos-sudan-nile.html

Meanwhile Sudan and Egypt are scrapping over some sort of Angelina Jolie movie possibly in the making (I don’t quite get this):

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-39972853

Tunisia is seeking Heritage Status for a Jewish pilgrimage site:

http://www.jpost.com/Diaspora/Tunisia-to-seek-UNESCO-World-Heritage-status-for-Jewish-pilgrimage-site-490761

Seeing the tourist potential of Islamic sites in Africa:

http://www.theafricareport.com/North-Africa/archaeologists-seek-to-promote-tourism-in-africas-old-islamic-sites.html
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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A stone inscribed with the cartouche of Nectanebo II was recovered from an illegal dig:

http://www.egyptindependent.com/new-discovery-stone-block-dates-back-30th-dynasty-king-nectanebo-ii-sohag/
http://www.livescience.com/59181-egypt-stone-pharaoh-found-looting-hole.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5564-170518-egypt-abydos-cartouche

Tut’s funerary bed is on the move:

http://www.albawaba.com/editorchoice/tutankhamun%E2%80%99s-funerary-bed-finds-new-home-976130

Egypt is officially registering its Jewish sites/artifacts:

http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2017/05/egypt-jewish-cemeteries-registered-ministry-neglect-heritage.html

Pondering the ‘politeness’ of Ancient Egyptians:

http://asorblog.org/2017/05/16/ancient-egyptians-polite-exploring-politeness-late-egyptian/

More on the mummies from Minya:

http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/05/14/cachette-cemetery-non-royal-mummies-newly-discovered-el-minya/
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/may/14/egypt-archaeologists-find-17-new-mummies-in-necropolis http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/05/14/528368929/photos-17-mummies-unearthed-in-egypt
http://www.nbcboston.com/news/national-international/Archaeologists-Discover-17-Mummies-in-Egyptian-Desert-422175543.html
https://www.yahoo.com/news/17-mummies-discovered-central-egypt-140637095.html
http://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/38017/20170515/rare-discovery-17-mummies-unearthed-in-ancient-burial-site-in-egypt.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5551-170515-egypt-mummy-cachette

… and the 3800 years bp ‘princess burial’ from Dashur:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/burial-chamber-royal-princess-possibly-150300171.html
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/egyptian-princess-may-have-been-buried-newly-discovered-pyramid-180963288/

… and the ‘mongoose on a leash’:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/tomb-drawing-shows-mongoose-leash-142300393.html

… and the funerary garden:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-evidence-ancient-egyptian-funerary-garden-found-luxor-180963252/

More on Egypt’s increased tourism hopes:

http://www.smh.com.au/world/discovery-of-ancient-burial-chamber-ignites-hope-for-egypts-struggling-economy-20170514-gw4qzi

More on Egypt’s plans to crack down on antiquities smuggling etc.:

http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2017/05/egypt-approve-amendments-antiquities-law-violators-tomb.html

Feature on the dig at Khirbet Iskandar:

http://menafn.com/1095481939/Khirbat-Iskandar-reveals-crucial-time-span-in-history-of-Jordan-%E2%80%94-Italian-archaeologist

I think we mentioned plans to look for remains of the (underwater) city of Ayla:

http://www.livescience.com/59176-underwater-search-for-ancient-city.html

In case you’ve always wanted to live like a Hittite (?):

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/life-of-hittites-to-be-revived-with-village-.aspx?pageID=238&nid=113303&NewsCatID=375

A 9000 years bp stone used for starting fires from near Ramat Beit Shemesh:

http://www.antiquities.org.il/Article_eng.aspx?sec_id=25&subj_id=240&id=4283
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Israel-unearths-ancient-fire-making-stone-in-time-for-Lag-Baomer-490694
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/archaeology-news/rare-prehistoric-slab-discovered-on-highway-38/2017/05/15/

Rethinking dietary restrictions in Leviticus:

http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.788626

Feature on Masada:

http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.789492

More on those WWI finds from Israel:

http://www.antiquities.org.il/Article_eng.aspx?sec_id=25&subj_id=240&id=4281
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4959675,00.html
http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=42305
http://www.livescience.com/59049-wwi-artifacts-found-in-israel.html
https://www.algemeiner.com/2017/05/11/remnants-of-wwi-battle-found-in-archaeological-dig-in-central-israel/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5543-170510-wwi-weapons-israel

Redating the Al Badiyah Mosque:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5559-170517-al-badiyah-mosque

ISIL’s latest damage appears to be a Dura Europos:

http://syriatimes.sy/index.php/don-t-miss/30653-isis-terrorists-destroy-antiquities-in-dura-europos-site-outside-der-ezzour

Prague’s National Museum is the latest to help Syria restore ancient artifacts:

http://praguemonitor.com/2017/05/16/prague-national-museum-help-syria-restore-ancient-artefacts

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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A Mycenean burial from Kastrouli isn’t getting nearly enough attention:

http://www.pressreleasepoint.com/uc-san-diego-researchers-discover-human-burials-and-artifacts-ancient-mycenaean-tomb

A ‘hunchback’ burial from a Roman necropolis in Spain:

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/hunchback-torrenueva-unearthed-roman-cemetery-southern-spain-1622094
http://elpais.com/elpais/2017/05/16/ciencia/1494971794_081718.html

A theft of a ‘door ornament’ at Pompeii:

https://www.thelocal.it/20170518/thieves-steal-6th-century-ornament-from-pompeii
https://phys.org/news/2017-05-ancient-ornamental-stud-stolen-pompeii.html
http://abcnews.go.com/Travel/wireStory/ancient-ornamental-stud-stolen-pompeii-site-closed-47486952
http://www.ansa.it/english/news/general_news/2017/05/18/sixth-century-bc-relic-stolen-at-pompeii-2_06e113a8-2f36-4f88-8750-729abf717e3d.html
http://www.ansa.it/english/news/general_news/2017/05/18/pompeii-theft-injures-italy-osanna_e482652e-e1de-4d7a-a88c-5f8463dbf796.html

On plans to search for York’s amphitheatre:

http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/15287091.The_hunt_for_York___s_Roman_amphitheatre/

Plans to restore the stadium at Perge:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/perge-stadium-returns-to-its-heyday-.aspx?pageID=238&nid=113206&NewsCatID=375

… and some hype for the mosaics at Perge:

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

Latest warning about the Campi Flegrei:

http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/campi-flegrei-supervolvano-eruption-vesuvius-naples-pozzuoli-christopher-kilburn-a7737886.html

They’re cleaning the Great Bath at Bath:

http://www.bathchronicle.co.uk/news/bath-news/great-bath-roman-baths-been-64960

Concerns about a rock opera about Nero being performed ‘on site’:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/05/18/anger-rome-rock-musical-based-life-emperor-nero/

An AIA grant for Göksel Sazcı:

https://www.archaeological.org/news/grants/24788

Honours for Brian Sowers:

http://bcexcelsior.com/bc-classics-professor-wins-feliks-gross-award/

Plenty of press coverage as a Google Doodle marked the anniversary of the founding of the Antikythera Mechanism:

http://www.upi.com/Science_News/2017/05/17/Google-marks-the-discovery-of-the-Antikythera-Mechanism-with-new-Doodle/7311495016082/
https://www.cnet.com/news/google-doodle-antikythera-mechanisms-discovery-analog-computer-bronze/#ftag=CAD590a51e
http://www.express.co.uk/life-style/science-technology/805587/Antikythera-mechanism-Google-Doodle-discovery-anniversary-ancient-Greek-computer
http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/tourism-businesses/travel-tech/25345-google-doodle-elects-ancient-greek-artefact-%E2%80%98antikythera-mechanism%E2%80%99.html

… and there were some good features on the device:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/video/2017/may/17/the-antikythera-mechanism-the-worlds-first-computer-video
http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.789893
http://www.livescience.com/59144-antikythera-mechanism-discovered-115-years-ago.html
http://cultura.elpais.com/cultura/2017/05/17/actualidad/1494973005_194869.html
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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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A prehistoric henge of some sort from Newbold-on-Stour:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-coventry-warwickshire-39985586

A Shropshire church may preserve the UK’s oldest sacred site (not Christian, obviously):

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/05/18/shropshire-church-found-uks-oldest-sacred-site/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-shropshire-39981488

Possible Pictish sites from Burghead (maybe medieval):

http://www.northern-scot.co.uk/News/Dig-may-have-uncovered-Pictish-properties-in-Burghead-18052017.htm

A 13th century Teutonic castle from Poland:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5552-170515-peace-of-torun

14th century Tudor pottery from a Grimsby ‘school’ dig:

http://www.grimsbytelegraph.co.uk/14th-century-tudor-piece-of-pottery-unearthed-as-29-students-join-archaeology-dig/story-30340446-detail/story.html

Searching for Spanish Armada wreck(s) off Co Sligo:

http://www.thejournal.ie/archaeology-spanish-armada-ireland-streedagh-3396385-May2017/

17th century artifacts from a Dublin site:

https://www.rte.ie/news/dublin/2017/0515/875408-dublin-dig/

Studying the human remains from the Mary Rose:

https://phys.org/news/2017-05-re-constructing-crew-mary-rose.html

Rethinking why medieval graves may have been reopened:

https://phys.org/news/2017-05-medieval-people-reopened-graves-honour.html

Feature on bog bodies:

http://www.canada.com/entertainment/all/bogs+became+miracle+those+seek+understand+prehistoric+past/13376510/story.html

Plans to excavate a ‘country house’ in Perthshire:

https://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/news/local/perth-kinross/427036/archaeological-dig-will-uncover-ruins-of-country-house-of-many-names/

Plans to investigate a 17th century English earthwork associated with the Civil War:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5563-170518-civil-war-prince-rupert

Plans to search for tunnel(s) beneath Derry’s walls:

https://www.derrynow.com/news/experts-set-explore-hundreds-year-old-tunnel-exists-derry-walls/163627

On Anglo Saxon queens’ marriages:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/medieval-mothers-had-marry-and-murder-get-their-way-180963282/

More on archaeological sites delaying gasline construction in Albania:

https://seenews.com/news/albania-halts-construction-on-tap-section-over-archaeological-discovery-568210

More on the find of one of the first books printed in England:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/caxton-book-first-printed-england-discovery-university-reading-a7724476.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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Evidence of coastal occupation of Australia some 50 000 years bp:

http://www.smh.com.au/wa-news/atlantis-of-the-south-earliest-evidence-of-aboriginal-life-found-in-wa-cave-20170519-gw8nhg.html
http://www.news.com.au/national/western-australia/wa-pilbara-coast-occupied-by-australian-aboriginal-50000-years-ago/news-story/e8f2d71534ad24c3d6841f7df0e6881e
https://phys.org/news/2017-05-evidence-earliest-occupation-coasts-australia.html
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/may/19/indigenous-australian-life-cave-wa-50000-years
https://www.yahoo.com/news/ancient-aboriginal-australians-left-behind-210842027.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5565-170519-australia-island-cave

This week, we’re learning about what Penang Woman ate:

http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2017/05/19/archaeologist-stone-age-penang-woman-a-meat-eater/

Assorted Neolithic sites from Northern China:

http://zeenews.india.com/science/archaeologists-discover-neolithic-relic-sites-in-china-2006648.html

2000 years bp astronomical inscriptions from Inner Mongolia:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-05/19/c_136299149.htm
http://www.ecns.cn/2017/05-20/258314.shtml

A 1400 years bp temple site from Linzhang:

http://zeenews.india.com/world/relic-site-in-china-is-1400-year-old-royal-temple-2005899.html?pfrom=article-next-story

What 1000 years bp tomb murals tell us about Chinese fashion:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/chinese-tomb-murals-paint-colorful-picture-1000-year-old-fashions-180963173/

Evidence of fifth-century human sacrifice from a Korean site:

https://phys.org/news/2017-05-ancient-human-sacrifice-korea.html
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20170516000966
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/05/17/asia-pacific/science-health-asia-pacific/ancient-human-sacrifice-found-south-korea/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5557-170516-korea-wolseong-palace

Much coverage over ‘what to do’ about Mohenjo Daro:

https://phys.org/news/2017-05-pakistan-lost-city-mohenjo-daro.html
http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/researchers-desperate-to-save-lost-city-of-mohenjo-daro-and-let-it-claim-its-rightful-place-in-history/news-story/3450d5d3afd39ff27c13005736da051c
http://thepeninsulaqatar.com/article/17/05/2017/Saving-Pakistan-s-lost-city-of-Mohenjo-Daro
http://artdaily.com/news/96063/Saving-Pakistan-s-lost-city-of-Mohenjo-Daro

… and they decided to rebury it:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/lost-city-pakistan-mohenjo-daro-5000-years-buried-protect-people-weather-archaelogists-a7742451.html

On 19th century Calcutta:

https://scroll.in/magazine/834289/what-19th-century-calcuttas-street-cries-revealed-about-its-food-and-politics

Not sure if we mentioned this Buddha idol find from Odisha:

http://odishasuntimes.com/2017/05/17/1400-year-old-buddha-idol-unearthed-in-odisha/
More on remains of a 2000 years bp settlement in Uzbekistan:

http://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/05/16/2000-year-old-town-found-in-uzbekistan
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5556-170516-uzbekistan-silk-road

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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 items found at an ‘Old Halifax’ site:

http://thechronicleherald.ca/metro/1468410-remnants-of-old-halifax-unearthed-at-queens-marque

Testing a Revolutionary War era musket ball for human blood:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5567-170519-revolutionary-war-shot

17th century (maybe) remains from Alexandria:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/virginia-politics/centuries-old-human-remains-found-at-alexandria-waterfront-excavation/2017/05/19/2b6b2d9e-3cc8-11e7-9e48-c4f199710b69_story.html

Digging a Civil War site in Newark:

http://www.nottinghampost.com/big-dig-in-newark-could-unearth-civil-war-past/story-30338971-detail/story.html

Interchange construction in Virginia has revealed some Colonial artifacts:

http://wtkr.com/2017/05/19/colonial-artifacts-discovered-while-surveying-site-of-i-64i-264-improvement-project/
http://www.kansas.com/news/business/article151746197.html

Latest on the burials found during construction at UGA:

http://onlineathens.com/local-news/2017-05-16/bones-unearthed-uga-site-hold-clues-about-lives-those-buried-there
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5560-170517-athens-georgia-graves

Studying high elevation sites in Wyoming:

http://billingsgazette.com/lifestyles/recreation/archaeologists-uncovering-ancient-peoples-widespread-use-of-mountains/article_b589afe6-194b-58d7-a1b1-7442b8c10220.html

Plans to ‘go deeper’ into Paisley Cave coprolites:

http://around.uoregon.edu/content/scientists-deploy-new-technique-one-oregons-paisley-caves

Feature on the Fort Ville-Marie site:

http://montrealgazette.com/feature/375-years-later-montreals-lost-fort-ville-marie-resurfaces

Feature on Chaco Canyon:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/chaco-canyons-ancient-civilization-continues-puzzle

Robert Kennicott’s bones are on display at the Smithsonian (interesting story):

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2016/08/03/this-smithsonian-scientists-death-was-a-mystery-150-years-later-his-skeleton-helped-solve-it/
http://www.npr.org/2017/05/14/528185050/smithsonian-solves-150-year-old-mystery-death-of-collector-and-puts-bones-on-dis
https://www.si.edu/Exhibitions/Objects-of-Wonder-5999

More on lost cities in Kansas:

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

More on lots of ‘asylum’ burials on the Mississippi State campus:

http://www.livescience.com/59045-7000-bodies-under-university-campus.html

More on the Hopewell culture’s meteoric beads:

http://www.nature.com/news/beads-made-from-meteorite-reveal-prehistoric-culture-s-reach-1.21990
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/beads-made-meteorite-show-ancient-trade-network-180963343/
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Trying to figure out who did what over time in the Andes (that’s a bad description):

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-05/asu-rii051717.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-05-archaeologists-cultural-shifts-ancient-society.html
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/05/2017/resurrecting-identities-in-the-andes

Evidence of ‘shared governance’ among the Olmecs:

https://phys.org/news/2017-05-evidence-ancient-mexico.html

Looking for evidence of the Moche diet:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2017/05/12/micro-fossils-show-moche-munched-on-marine-meals/#79b3f01e33d3

Studying cranial deformations in Costa Rica:

http://www.laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=2436737&CategoryId=13003

More on the recent finds at Tiwanaku:

http://www.laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=2436357&CategoryId=14919
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5553-170515-bolivia-tiwanaku-citadel
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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 prosthetics in the ancient world:

https://phys.org/news/2017-05-severed-limbs-wooden-feethow-ancients.html

On coffee, chocolate, tea and medicine:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-coffee-chocolate-and-tea-overturned-1500-year-old-medical-mindset-180963339/

Evidence of Leonardo’s mother:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2017/may/20/leonardo-da-vinci-orphan-mother-caterina

They’re still arguing over the authenticity of that purported Caravaggio from an attic:

https://phys.org/news/2017-05-art-caravaggio-french-attic.html

Suggestion that early farmers engaged in ‘unconscious selection’:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5562-170518-domestication-seed-size

Remains of a Spitfire were found:

http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/cockpit-door-the-top-find-as-spitfire-excavation-completed-35714022.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-39906984

… and there are plans to search for an airplane associated with one of the Tuskegee airmen:

http://www.aviationpros.com/news/12334672/uno-archaeologist-to-lead-excavation-of-possible-site-of-downed-tuskegee-airmans-plane

Ringling Brothers is down to its final shows:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-39930337

Some St Nicholas relics are headed from Italy to Russia:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-39960384

Digitizing a massive atlas:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/massive-royal-atlas-gets-digitized-180963220/

Big bucks for a Picasso:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-39929706

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

http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/books/archaeology-review-three-stones-make-a-wall-20170511-gw2f5u.html
Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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All the World is Here:

http://www.bostonglobe.com/arts/art/2017/05/17/fascinating-harvard-exhibit-explores-rise-anthropology/FfwQlPYEpN3QqwbBxlp8aL/story.html

Splendour and Beauty:

http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1047597.shtml

James Madison:

http://www.fredericksburg.com/news/local/columns/montpelier-exhibit-challenges-the-myth-of-a-founding-father/article_6b654d35-6939-5cf1-be62-685fe3a4b199.html

How 3d technology is changing how we interact with things at museums:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/drsarahbond/2017/05/19/five-new-3d-models-of-ancient-artifacts-that-are-changing-how-we-interact-with-museums/

Most of the headlines tout this as a ‘massive Viking camp’ find, but it seems to be hyping a Virtual Reality display at a Yorkshire museum:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2017/may/17/virtual-reality-brings-ninth-century-viking-invaders-camp-to-life
https://phys.org/news/2017-05-viking-army-uncovered-archaeologists.html
http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/15294156.Viking_camp_brought_to_life_through_virtual_reality_at_museum/
https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/news/nr/viking-army-camp-discovery-research-lincolnshire-1.702544
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5566-170519-viking-army-camp

Some Egyptian mummies from the BM are going on display in Hong Kong:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-05/15/c_136286255.htm

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THE TECHY SIDE
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Cautions about use of GIS in archaeology:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-05/dgo-g-051817.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-05-canadian-archaeologists-credibility-gis-methods.html

A technique for studying human teeth:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/05/170518140323.htm

More on dating ceramics:

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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Genome research suggests the ‘Beaker Culture’ invaded Britain:

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/bronze-age-ldquo-beaker-culture-rdquo-invaded-britain-ancient-genome-study-finds/
http://www.nature.com/news/ancient-genome-study-finds-bronze-age-beaker-culture-invaded-britain-1.21996

… this seems to be the same story:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/may/20/dutch-invaders-stonehenge-ancient-britons

There’s a shared genetic history stretching from Sicily to Cyprus:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-05/mpif-sgh051717.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-05-populations-eastern-mediterranean-coast-genetic.html
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/05/2017/sicily-to-cyprus-show-shared-genetic-heritage

Article on the speed of genetic mutations in humans:

https://elife.elifesciences.org/content/6/e24284

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Machu Picchu:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/08/travel/machu-picchu-cheap-easy-day-trip-cuzco.html

Ancient Ruins in North America:

http://www.msn.com/en-us/travel/tripideas/tour-these-ancient-ruins-in-america-you-never-knew-existed/ss-BBArSYZ?srcref=rss

Burgin ruins:

http://m.jpost.com/app/article/492121
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CRIME BEAT
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Plenty of coverage of a new Council of Europe convention targetting smugglers:

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/cyprus-convention-targets-illegal-antiquities-dealers-47457028
http://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/article150964882.html
http://famagusta-gazette.com/cyprus-leads-effort-to-stamp-out-trade-in-blood-antiquities-p40438-69.htm
http://omanobserver.om/nicosia-convention-targets-trade-blood-antiquities/

… semi-related feature on the extent of antiquities smuggling:

http://www.wellesley.edu/news/2017/node/117601

Not sure where, exactly to put this thing about Maori skulls:

https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/a-group-of-far-right-grave-robbers-could-be-digging-up-sacred-maori-sites

Libya put out notice of some looted antiquities:

https://www.libyaobserver.ly/culture/libyan-authorities-issue-international-circular-looted-antiquities-libya
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-05/15/c_136286159.htm

Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2017/05/culture-crime-news-8-14-may-2017.html

More on that bust in Hebron:

http://www.jewishpress.com/news/eye-on-palestine/palestinian-authority/stolen-antique-coins-jewelry-seized-in-arab-village/2017/05/11/
conflict antiquities:

http://conflictantiquities.wordpress.com/

anonymous swiss collector:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/

Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues:

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

Looting Matters:

http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/

Illicit Cultural Property:

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

SAFE:

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

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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on dogs on ancient coins:

http://www.coinweek.com/ancient-coins/dogs-on-ancient-coins/

Award for saving a Roman hoard:

http://www.dailyecho.co.uk/news/15287910.Museum_wins_top_award_after___30_000_rare_coin_campaign/
http://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/15296294.Museum_that_battled_to_keep_hoard_of_Roman_coins_wins_national_award/

Feature on Robert Freeman:

http://www.laweekly.com/news/rob-freeman-was-one-of-the-countrys-biggest-ancient-coin-dealers-then-he-broke-bad-8234006

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n20.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n21.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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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

http://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-main-menu-cat/audio-news-list/2618-audio-news-from-archaeologica-7-may-2017-13-may-2017

Latest Strata looks at the Bronze Age Polada Culture:

http://www.archaeologychannel.org/video-guide/strata-portraits-of-humanity/2617-strata-may-2017
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OBITUARIES
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Garrett Fagan:

https://classicalstudies.org/scs-news/memoriam-garrett-g-fagan

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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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