Explorator 20.06 ~ June 4, 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, Norma Franklin, Terry Hinz,
Feral Boy, Kris Curry, David Critchley, Rick Heli, 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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Latest thing on Otzi’s death (not really recent):

http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-40104139

More on speculation that an ape from the Balkans is connected to human evolution:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2017/05/22/ape-that-lived-in-europe-7-million-years-ago-could-be-human-ancestor-controversial-study-suggests/
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AFRICA
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Connecting early human migration in Africa to groundwater springs:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-05/cu-gs052617.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-05-critical-sources-early-humans-east.html

I think we’ve previously mentioned this new technique of dating petroglyphs in South Africa:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-06/uotw-nrr060117.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-06-technique-date-prehistoric-southern-africa.html
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/06/2017/dating-rock-art-in-southern-africa

More on ochre and that cave in Ethiopia:

http://www.popularmechanics.com/science/archaeology/a26674/worlds-oldest-art-studio-found-in-a-cave/
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Ten Late Period tombs from Aswan:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/269999/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Ten-Late-Period-tombs-uncovered-in-Aswan.aspx
http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/6338/10-tombs-of-old-middle-new-kingdoms-unearthed-in-Aswan
http://observer.com/2017/06/egyptian-tombs-mummies-discovered/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5596-170601-aswan-rock-tombs

More on the necropolis recently found at Minya;

http://www.wpxi.com/news/egypt-discovers-new-necropolis-in-minya-first-in-area/522295815

What we’re learning from Neolithic remains from Bestansur:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2017/06/01/unusual-house-of-the-dead-tells-archaeologists-about-earliest-farmers/#2808733e639f

Oldest (2250 BCE) known Anatolian document from the Acemhöyük Mound:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/oldest-anatolian-transcript-found-in-acemhoyuk-.aspx?pageID=238&nid=113711&NewsCatID=375

Persian-era sculpture fragments reassembled from Lebanon:

http://www.livescience.com/59294-ceramic-heads-discovered-ancient-waste-dump.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5590-170530-lebanon-head-sculptures

Studying what folks were eating in Second Temple Israel:

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Article.aspx?id=494148
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4968529,00.html

On the winery at Jezreel:

http://thetorah.com/the-story-of-naboths-vineyard-and-the-ancient-winery-in-jezreel/

On Jezreel in Ahab’s time:

http://thetorah.com/jezreel-a-military-city-and-the-location-of-jehus-coup/

Feature on the Gamla excavations:

http://asorblog.org/2017/05/30/gamla-excavations-final-report-rest-story/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TheAsorBlog+%28The+ASOR+Blog%29

An Ottoman-era well and reservoir near Beit Shemesh:

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Sophisticated-Ottoman-era-water-well-and-reservoir-unearthed-near-Beit-Shemesh-494210
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/230324
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4968965,00.html

In the wake of last week’s ‘Roman slingshot study’ a feature on the ‘Palestinian slingshot’ and some sling stones:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ancient-slingshot-stones-were-aerodynamic-dig-reveals-.aspx?pageID=238&nid=113803&NewsCatID=375

Caesarea has major touristy ambitions:

http://www.jns.org/latest-articles/2017/5/30/archaeology-haven-of-caesarea-seeks-to-emerge-as-main-tourism-site-in-israel

What Jason Ur is up to:

http://www.rudaw.net/mobile/english/interview/02062017

Nice feature on Gertrude Bell:

http://www.thedailybeast.com/the-woman-who-vanished

A sort of ‘current state of Palmyra’ piece:

http://www.latimes.com/world/middleeast/la-fg-syria-palmyra-ruins-2017-story.html

Review of Veyne, *Palmyra*:

http://www.sfgate.com/books/article/Palmyra-An-Irreplaceable-Treasure-by-Paul-11174001.php

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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They’re investigating the sunken port around Delos:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2017/05/30/culture-and-sports-ministry-significant-finds-from-underwater-excavation-at-delos/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5588-170530-greece-delos-breakwater

A Roman teen burial dug up in the late 1970s is going on display:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/may/30/roman-teen-skeleton-museum-london-collection-new-buildings

A Roman bath house from Chichester:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-sussex-40103605
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/may/31/luxury-bath-house-from-roman-chichester-unearthed-by-archaeologists
https://www.chichester.news/news/community/soaked-history-priory-park-dig-reveals-chichesters-roman-elite-enjoyed-private-bath-house/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5593-170531-roman-chichester-bath

… and one from under the Carlisle Cricket Club:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cumbria-40076000
http://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/Roman-discovery-set-to-boost-interest-in-Carlisle-0d731efc-f95d-491c-a3f2-1c469db14cab-ds

A hoard of Roman coins from the Netherlands:

http://www.dutchnews.nl/news/archives/2017/06/hoard-of-roman-coins-found-at-former-burial-site-in-gelderland/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5601-170602-roman-gold-coins

Nice followup to that Lavau Celtic Prince burial from a year or so ago:

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/lavau-celtic-prince-2500-year-old-royal-tomb-starts-reveal-its-secrets-1623933
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5591-170530-celtic-lavau-prince

Another Roman roof tile with a pawprint … this time from Lincolnshire:

http://www.lincolnshirelive.co.uk/cat-leaves-purr-fect-paw-print-in-2-000-year-old-tile-unearthed-in-lincoln/story-30365006-detail/story.html
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cat-left-pawprint-2000-year-old-roman-roof-tile-180963556/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5597-170601-england-lincolnshire-excavation

Not sure if this Medusa mosaic find from Perge is actually recent:

http://micetimes.asia/in-turkey-archaeologists-have-unearthed-an-interesting-artifact/

Latest finds from Plovdiv’s Great Basilica dig:

http://sofiaglobe.com/2017/05/30/archaeology-further-400-sq-m-of-mosaics-65-graves-uncovered-at-plovdivs-great-basilica-site/

Hype for a Roman inscription from Malatya:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/gravestone-of-ancient-roman-couple-stirs-interest-in-malatya-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=113772&NewsCatID=379

… and Aratos’ grave:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ancient-monumental-grave-under-agricultural-field-in-mardin.aspx?pageID=238&nid=113854&NewsCatID=375

Plenty of photos from the renovation and opening of the Domitilla catacombs:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/05/30/laser-technology-uncovers-1600-year-old-christian-frescoes-romes/
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/30/arts/design/fresh-finds-at-romes-ancient-catacombs.html
https://phys.org/news/2017-05-domitilla-catacombs-unveiled-years-renovation.html
http://www.dw.com/en/roman-catacombs-unveiled-after-years-of-renovation/g-39071995
https://www.forbes.com/sites/drsarahbond/2017/05/31/new-technology-reveals-a-catacomb-fresco-of-the-roman-grain-trade-and-even-renaissance-graffiti/

Feature on Roman laundries:

http://montrealgazette.com/opinion/columnists/the-right-chemistry-laundry-secrets-of-the-ancient-romans

Latest from Victor Nuovo on Aristotle:

http://www.addisonindependent.com/201706victor-nuovo-aristotle-city-and-good-life

With the release of the Wonder Woman movie, one expects some Amazon stuff:

http://theconversation.com/the-truth-about-the-amazons-the-real-wonder-women-78248
http://theconversation.com/selling-sex-wonder-woman-and-the-ancient-fantasy-of-hot-lady-warriors-78059
http://theconversation.com/who-cares-about-batman-v-superman-wonder-woman-finally-steals-the-show-56963

… and with a major Scythian exhibition coming to the BM, there are some features on them too:

http://blog.britishmuseum.org/introducing-the-scythians/
http://blog.britishmuseum.org/what-do-nomads-leave-behind/

In case you’re killing time at Fiumicino:

http://www.wantedinrome.com/news/archaeology-at-romes-fiumicino-airport/

Folks might be interested in this Olympian Gods colouring book:

https://greekmythcomix.com/2017/05/28/the-olympian-god-colouring-book/
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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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Interesting ovarian teratoma from a 16th century (or thereabouts) burial in Lisbon:

http://www.livescience.com/59293-tumor-with-teeth-in-gothic-graveyard.html
https://phys.org/news/2017-05-ovarian-teratoma-teeth-15th-century.html
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/lisbon-teratoma-ovarian-tumour-discovered-archaeologists-grave-university-of-coimbra-a7765896.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5595-170531-portugal-ovarian-mass

Studying remains from a mass grave dating to the Thirty Years War:

http://www.livescience.com/59302-germany-thirty-years-war-grave-revealed.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5594-170531-germany-lutzen-gunfire

… and all those Lithuanian mummies which were in the news five years ago or so:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/02/science/mummies-smallpox-vilnius-lithuania-crypt.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/02/science/spontaneous-mummification.html?_r=0

The search is on for a ‘lost’ East Lancashire Village:

http://www.lancashiretelegraph.co.uk/news/15315042.Shovels_at_the_ready__Dig_to_find_lost_East_Lancashire_village_set_to_start_this_week/

Overviewish thing on Crossrail finds:

https://www.theguardian.com/public-leaders-network/2017/jun/01/skeletons-chamber-pots-hippo-sandals-treasures-crossrail

Feature on ‘Viking Dublin’:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/features/wood-quay-revealing-the-heart-of-viking-dublin.htm

In case you want to buy Sheriff Hutton Castle:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-york-north-yorkshire-40122485

More on that ‘oldest sacred site’ in Shropshire:

http://www.ledburyreporter.co.uk/news/15327216.Discovery_during_dig_at_church_shows_ancient_sacred_worship/
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tiny-church-england-sits-sacred-pagan-ground-experts-say-180963449/
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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 rice cultivation in China some 10 000 years bp (give or take):

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-06/caos-rdo_1060217.php
https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2017/05/rice-domestication/528288/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5602-170602-rice-bullliform-phytoliths

Excavations have started in Xiongan:

http://www.china.org.cn/china/2017-05/30/content_40928248.htm

A 1000 years bp ‘lost temple’ from Chengdu:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-06/04/c_136338711.htm
http://indianexpress.com/article/world/lost-temple-discovered-after-1000-years-in-china-4688433/

Checking the date of some items from Haryana:

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/samples-from-haryana-excavation-site-to-be-sent-for-carbon-dating/

Remains of a Buddhist stupa from Vihar:

http://www.mid-day.com/articles/remains-of-buddhist-stupa-reveal-more-about-vihar-mumbai-news/18303187

Petroglyphs from Iran from some ‘unknown civilization’:

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/iran-rock-art-unknown-ancient-civilisation-discovered-sacred-volcanic-stone-top-mountain-1623907

An interesting ‘remote Outback’ project is finding out all sorts of things about ancient Aborigines:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-06-03/remote-outback-archaeology-project-unearths-new-stories/8578086

Evidence of a ‘legendary’ Australian foray into Japan in 1830:

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/may/28/australian-convict-pirates-in-japan-evidence-of-1830-voyage-unearthed

Noel Hilliam is facing charges:

http://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2017/05/self-proclaimed-historian-noel-hilliam-could-face-fine-up-to-300-000-for-damaging-m-ori-burial-site.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 coverage of the recovery of a cannon from a 200 years bp shipwreck thought to be the USS Revenge:

http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/us-navy-recovers-cannon-identify-200-year-shipwreck-47806077
http://pilotonline.com/news/nation-world/national/us-navy-recovers-cannon-to-identify–year-old-shipwreck/article_ada7affe-b9c0-5e80-9bc1-855450d91aff.html
http://www.pasadenastarnews.com/general-news/20170603/us-navy-recovers-cannon-to-identify-200-year-old-shipwreck
http://www.startribune.com/cannon-is-raised-from-the-1811-wreck-site-of-the-uss-revenge/426150321/
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jun/03/us-navy-cannon-divers-shpwreck-uss-revenge

A tree in Virginia fell over and revealed items from the 17th century:

http://pilotonline.com/news/local/history/toppled-tree-and-archaeological-dig-unearth-mystery-of-early-s/article_c05265de-8c44-55b1-9124-dbb822941af2.html

Checking out a possible stop on the Underground Railroad in Chicago:

http://chicagotonight.wttw.com/2017/05/30/rumors-underground-railroad-irving-park-prompt-archaeological-dig

Canada appears to be losing a ‘state of the art’ archaeology lab:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/parks-canada-archaeology-jonathan-fowler-mi-kmaq-acadian-1.4133423

… while Toronto is planning a public archaeological repository:

http://www.metronews.ca/news/toronto/2017/05/29/toronto-plans-creation-of-public-archaeological-repository.html

And some Fremont culture perishables have a permanent home:

http://www.usu.edu/today/index.cfm?id=56812

Finding lost apple varieties in the Pacific northwest:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/29/us/apple-varieties-pacific-northwest.html

Stabilizing Shumway Cabin (Utah):

https://www.friendsofcedarmesa.org/shumwaycabin/

On Jefferson’s flight from Monticello:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/retropolis/wp/2017/06/02/jefferson-fled-monticello-to-avoid-being-captured-by-the-british-and-he-was-mocked-for-it/

Latest ‘peopling of the Americas’ study:

https://phys.org/news/2017-05-puzzle-humans-americas.html
http://pnas.org/content/114/22/5554.extract.html?etoc

… and more on the Cerutti site:

http://rapidcityjournal.com/news/local/communities/hot-springs/hot-springs-couple-helps-turn-archaeological-world-upside-down/article_2ea9b790-454d-11e7-b81f-4f8a1d278641.html

A Lincoln Civil War document was coming to auction:

http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/27/us/memorial-day-lincoln-document-trnd/index.html
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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A large cache of jade items from the Maya site of Ceibal (Guatemala):

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/treasure-trove-jade-stones-used-mayan-rituals-discovered-guatemala-1623929

Interesting 14th century burial of a teenager with cancer from Panama:

https://phys.org/news/2017-06-teenager-bone-cancer-witch-hill.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-06/stri-wwa060117.php
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5598-170601-panama-cancer-bone

What the Chachapoyas site tells us about the early population of Peru:

http://www.sciencetimes.com/articles/16263/20170529/archaeologists-find-northern-coast-peru-resting-place-early-americans.htm

Studying the lives of Cuban slaves:

https://www.localxpress.ca/local-news/smu-archaeology-expedition-to-probe-the-lives-of-cuban-slaves-630231

Some Moai humour:

https://i.chzbgr.com/full/8334857472/h87E70F0F/
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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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Humans were causing air pollution earlier than previously thought:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/humans-polluted-air-much-earlier-previously-thought-180963528/

… not sure if this ice analysis piece on lead is related:

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/may/30/we-have-been-poisoning-ourselves-has-ice-analysis-revealed-the-truth-about-lead

A family’s ‘lost’ Dunkirk boat shows up on eBay:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-shropshire-40042331

On Jews in Mexico and the Spanish Inquisition:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-40029453

On the history of the reflex hammer:

http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/05/28/529821714/in-the-age-of-digital-medicine-the-humble-reflex-hammer-hangs-on

On Zoroastrians and the Silk Route:

https://scroll.in/magazine/837568/the-little-known-history-of-how-zoroastrian-merchants-helped-create-the-old-silk-route

Feature on Gabriele Tadini:

https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2017/05/a-16th-century-engineer-whose-work-almost-defeated-an-empire/

Feature on Frederic Bazille:

http://www.npr.org/2017/05/31/529539229/meet-fr-d-ric-bazille-the-impressionist-painter-who-could-have-been?sc=17&f=1008

Feature on a dozen female warriors:

http://www.livescience.com/59330-beyond-wonder-women-real-female-warriors.html

Sleeping with the Night Watch:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-40137724
http://cultura.elpais.com/cultura/2017/06/02/actualidad/1496393858_851174.html

On the changing view of mermaids:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20170602-the-vandalised-little-mermaid

The Royal Geographic Society has put a pile of stuff online:

http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-40050593

Big bucks for a rediscovered Rodin:

http://www.dw.com/en/rodins-rediscovered-andromede-sculpture-sells-for-over-4-million/a-39059895

A Bramante painting in Milan has been restored:

https://apnews.com/88a3b5fff85841e2ab786c122a28a0cf

They’ve built an ‘Anglo Saxon Farm’ near Nottingham:

http://www.nottinghampost.com/volunteers-build-anglo-saxon-farm-near-nottingham/story-30366650-detail/story.html

A ‘new’ Tolkien tome has been published:

http://www.dw.com/en/jrr-tolkien-book-published-after-100-years/a-39075936
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-40109396

Pondering the myth and reality of pirates:

http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/26/travel/the-real-pirates-of-the-caribbean/index.html

On what folks get wrong about the Vikings:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2017/05/31/white-supremacists-love-vikings-but-theyve-got-history-all-wrong/

I think we mentioned this database of threatened sites in the Middle East and North Africa:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-online-database-catalogues-20000-threatened-archaeological-sites-180963451/
https://www.forbes.com/sites/drsarahbond/2017/06/02/this-interactive-map-visualizes-at-risk-archaeological-sites-in-the-mediterranean-world/

On the fate of “Robert the smoking robot”:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-northamptonshire-39057312

On Black women as public intellectuals:

http://www.npr.org/2017/06/01/529749127/in-beyond-respectability-a-history-of-black-women-as-public-intellectuals?sc=17&f=1008

Review of English, *The Storied City*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/02/books/review/storied-city-quest-for-timbuktu-charlie-english.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fbooks
Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Treasures from the Hispanic Society of America:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/02/arts/design/spanish-treasures-overlooked-in-new-york-find-love-in-madrid.html

Thoreau Journals:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/01/arts/design/thoreau-american-resister-and-kitten-rescuer.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fdesign
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/everyday-life-henry-david-thoreau-180963529/

Scythians:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2017/may/30/british-museum-skin-scythian-exhibition-tattoo-empire
http://www.broadwayworld.com/bwwart/article/British-Museum-Announces-New-Exhibition-SCYTHIANS-20170530
https://www.ft.com/content/4935cb66-453f-11e7-8d27-59b4dd6296b8
http://www.standard.co.uk/goingout/arts/british-museum-to-show-scythian-artefacts-preserved-by-siberian-snow-for-thousands-of-years-a3552086.html

Hokusai:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2017/may/28/hokusai-beyond-the-great-wave-review-british-museum

Josephine Bowes:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tees-39354571

Raphael drawings:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2017/may/30/raphael-the-drawings-review-a-magnificent-mind-opening-exhibition
http://www.oxfordtimes.co.uk/news/15318621._Once_in_a_lifetime__Raphael_exhibit_to_feature_sketches_worth_up_to___30_million_each/

Ernesto Schiaparelli:

http://www.italy24.ilsole24ore.com/art/arts-and-leisure/2017-05-31/the-untold-story-of-the-italian-archaeological-mission-on-egyptian-soil-to-edit-095406.php?uuid=AEKLSHWB

Maps of the Adirondacks:

http://www.timesunion.com/local/article/Maps-tell-the-history-of-a-region-11181217.php

More on the new archaeological museum planned for Cyprus:

http://cyprus-mail.com/2017/05/23/greek-architect-design-new-archaeological-museum/

The British Museum is planning an ‘x rated treasure hunt’ type thing:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/06/02/british-museum-hosts-x-rated-hunt-find-naughtiest-treasures/

Nice feature on the Royal Ontario Museum:

http://torontoist.com/2017/06/historicist-rom-became-world-class-museum/
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THE TECHY SIDE
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Revisiting the Gaspee Affair of 1772 in virtual reality:

http://www.providencejournal.com/news/20170519/virtual-reality-takes-you-back-to-gaspee-affair-of-1772

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Using genomic data to track migrations:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-05/esoh-gtm052417.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-05-genomics-tracks-migration-lost-empires.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/05/170528192059.htm

Assorted spins and speculations coming from a study of some Egyptian mummy DNA:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-05/mpif-tfg052617.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-05-genome-ancient-egyptian-mummies.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/05/170530115141.htm
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2017/05/30/dna-from-ancient-egyptian-mummies-reveals-their-ancestry/
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/ancient-egyptians-europeans-related-claims-a7763866.html
http://elpais.com/elpais/2017/05/29/ciencia/1496082692_314561.html
http://elmostrador.cl/cultura/2017/05/30/adn-de-momias-muestra-poca-relacion-de-los-egipcios-actuales-con-los-faraones/
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/05/2017/ancient-egyptians-were-most-closely-related-to-near-eastern-populations
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5589-170530-egypt-mummy-dna

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Iranian caves:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20170526-the-last-troglodytes-of-iran

Stirling Castle:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/gallery/20170524-stirling-castle-the-last-stronghold-of-scotland

Canterbury:

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/06/01/travel/what-to-do-36-hours-in-canterbury-england.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Ftravel

Mount Koya:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-39882614

Rome:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/01/travel/rome-italy-classic-beauty-culture.html

Hemu:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20170531-where-the-earths-mightiest-army-roamed

Paestum:

http://www.straitstimes.com/lifestyle/travel/italys-untouched-gem
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CRIME BEAT
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A 12th century cross was stolen from a church in southern Turkey:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/cross-of-12th-century-byzantine-chapel-stolen-in-southern-turkey-.aspx?pageID=238&nid=113633&NewsCatID=375

A cultural crime conference in Helsinki:

http://www.alphagalileo.org/ViewItem.aspx?ItemId=175836&CultureCode=en

A well-known name seems tangled in ISIL-related antiquities sales:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/prominent-art-family-entangled-in-investigations-of-looted-antiquities-1496246740
https://www.businesslive.co.za/bd/world/2017-06-01-wall-street-journal-prominent-art-family-in-isis-antiquities-looting-investigations/

Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2017/05/culture-crime-news-22-29-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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The Kelsey Museum returned a stele to Egypt:

https://phys.org/news/2017-05-museum-ancient-egyptian-stele-wwii.html
http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory/us-museum-returns-ancient-egyptian-stele-missing-wwii-47721783
http://www.idahostatesman.com/entertainment/article153314829.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5600-170602-egyptian-stele-faience

A private citizen returned a number of items to Mexico:

http://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/archaeological-pieces-returned-to-mexico/

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NUMISMATICA
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Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n22.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n23.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 hitherto unknown Edith Wharton play has turned up:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/02/theater/edith-wharton-play-surfaces-the-shadow-of-a-doubt.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Farts

The Government Inspector:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/01/theater/the-government-inspector-review.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Ftheater

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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/2623-audio-news-from-archaeologica-21-may-2017-27-may-2017

Not sure if we mentioned the Strata episode on the 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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David Lewiston:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/31/arts/music/david-lewiston-dead-discoverer-of-world-music.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fobituaries

Alastair Horne:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/30/books/alistair-horne-dead-british-war-historian.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fobituaries
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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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