Explorator 20.10 ~ July 2, 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, Wilfried Zankl, 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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Evidence (perhaps) of Neanderthal dentistry:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-06/uok-aon062617.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-06-analysis-neanderthal-teeth-grooves-uncovers.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/06/170628131510.htm
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/neanderthals-dentistry-attempt-prehistory-attempt-homo-sapiens-humans-habilis-krapina-a7813206.html
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/neanderthals-used-toothpicks-treat-aching-teeth-180963883/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5701-170629-croatia-neanderthal-dentistry

What million year bp hyena coprolites reveal about early humans:

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/06/hyenas-toilet-fossils-poop-coprolite/

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AFRICA
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A roundup of recent archaeological finds in Africa:

https://www.africa.com/top-five-latest-archeological-discoveries-in-africa/

Feature on Kush:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-40420910

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Short feature on the Scorpion King:

http://www.stamfordadvocate.com/technology/businessinsider/article/The-Scorpion-King-is-real-here-s-what-this-11245445.php

A pile of stone blocks stored near Luxor are now shown to be from a temple of Thutmose I:

http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news,414739,polish-egyptologist-identified-fragments-of-a-lost-egyptian-temple-in-a-storage.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5703-170630-egypt-thutmose-i-temple

On the West’s obsession with ancient Egypt:

http://theconversation.com/the-mummy-what-the-wests-obsession-with-ancient-egypt-reveals-79519

More on those 5200 years bp ‘pre hieroglyphs’:

https://phys.org/news/2017-06-archaeologists-earliest-monumental-egyptian-hieroglyphs.html
https://sputniknews.com/society/201706261054989902-egypt-expedition-discover-new-hieroglyphs/

More on that prosthetic toe:

https://hyperallergic.com/387047/the-sophisticated-design-of-a-3000-year-old-wooden-toe/

Plenty of coverage of evidence of a ‘neolithic skull cult’ at Gobekli Tepe:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-06/aaft-itc062617.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-06-skull-fragments-deliberate-lines-gobekli.html
https://www.livescience.com/59643-carved-human-skulls-found-cultic-site.html
https://www.livescience.com/59644-photos-carved-human-skulls.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/jun/28/turkish-site-evidence-of-neolithic-skull-cult-gobekli-tepe
http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.798498
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/first-evidence-of-skull-decoration-discovered-in-gobeklitepe.aspx?pageID=238&nid=114947&NewsCatID=375
https://www.yahoo.com/news/ancient-apos-skull-cult-apos-190305957.html
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/ancient-human-skulls-mysterious-carvings-reveal-11000-year-old-skull-cult-1628150
http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-skull-cult-cuts-20170628-htmlstory.html
https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/06/remains-from-skull-cult-discovered-at-worlds-oldest-stone-monuments/
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/06/skulls-cult-turkey-archaeology-neolithic-gobekli/
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/deadthings/2017/06/28/carved-skulls-flesh-out-neolithic-cult-evidence/
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-temple-shows-evidence-stone-age-skull-cult-180963877/
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/06/2017/first-evidence-of-a-neolithic-skull-cult-at-gobekli-tepe
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5700-170629-turkey-gobekli-tepe-carved-skulls
http://elpais.com/elpais/2017/06/28/ciencia/1498673023_981204.html
http://advances.sciencemag.org/content/3/6/e1700564
http://advances.sciencemag.org/content/3/6/e1700564/tab-figures-data

First bodies (dating to 4200 years bp) from Gezer:

http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.798934

Earliest evidence of plant-based dye use in Israel:

https://www.aftau.org/news-page-archaeology?&storyid4677=2340&ncs4677=3
http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0179014
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-06/afot-3ta062817.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-06-year-old-textiles-earliest-evidence-chemical.html
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/231730
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/evidence-of-plant-dyes-found-in-king-solomon-era-textiles/2017/06/28/
http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-1.798329
http://www.timesofisrael.com/what-color-blue-did-king-solomon-wear-new-evidence-tells-us/
https://www.theyeshivaworld.com/news/headlines-breaking-stories/1307258/photos-evidence-use-plant-dyes-textiles-dating-era-kings-david-solomon.html
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/06/2017/plant-based-textile-dyeing-found-at-copper-smelting-site-in-the-levant

An interview with Gabriel Barkay:

https://www.worldpittsburgh.org/resources/renowned-biblical-archaeologist-dr-gabriel-barkay-6-3-17/

Pondering where Israel’s antiquities should be kept:

https://www.apollo-magazine.com/where-do-israels-antiquities-belong/

Latest from the Western Wall saga (seems to be a few things going on):

http://www.jpost.com/jerusalem/Article.aspx?id=498096
http://www.timesofisrael.com/there-is-already-pluralistic-prayer-at-the-western-wall-heres-what-would-have-changed/
http://www.timesofisrael.com/some-critics-of-western-wall-plan-still-unhappy-after-freeze/

The US Supreme court will hear that long-running case involving Iranian antiquities being used for compensatory purposes:

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/supreme-court-takes-dispute-over-iran-antiquities-terror-case-n777106

Feature on some 1000 years bp ‘lost’ Arab poetry that lives on in Hebrew:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20170616-the-1000-year-old-lost-arab-poetry-that-lives-on-in-hebrew

Suggestion that “70%” of Palmyra can be rebuilt:

http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/culture/2017/06/28/archeaologist-says-70-of-palmyra-can-be-rebuilt_1003e771-b64b-4c8e-83b8-0a4aa7f362b5.html

Follow up on the Mosque of al Nuri:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-40441936

What ISIL did in Nineveh:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/features/2017/07/02/This-is-what-ISIS-has-been-doing-to-ancient-artifacts-in-Iraq-s-Nineveh-since-2014-.html

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Very interesting 3rd century (maybe) dwelling remains preserved in a fire near the Caelian:

https://phys.org/news/2017-06-subway-uncovers-pompeii-like-scene-rome.html
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jun/26/rome-metro-excavations-unearth-3rd-century-pompeii-like-scene
http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory/subway-digging-uncovers-pompeii-scene-rome-48284401
http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/entertainment/your-brisbane/roman-gladiators-were-war-prisoners-and-criminals-not-sporting-heroes-20170627-gwzqfk.html
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/1800-year-old-mini-pompeii-unearthed-during-rome-metro-line-excavations-1627949
http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2017/06/26/mini-pompeii-found-in-rome-metro-dig-4_741983a8-7812-450f-8c19-0f0229243101.html
http://www.wantedinrome.com/news/mini-pompeii-found-during-rome-metro-c-works/
https://www.thelocal.it/20170626/mini-pompeii-found-in-rome-while-digging-metro-line
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/remains-3rd-century-dog-found-rome-180963846/
http://roma.repubblica.it/cronaca/2017/06/26/news/roma_come_pompei_scoperta_casa_romana_distruttta_da_un_incendio_intatti_parti_di_solaio_mobili_mosaici_e_affreschi-169103421/#gallery-slider=169150376
http://www.lefigaro.fr/culture/2017/06/28/03004-20170628ARTFIG00148-un-nouveau-pompei-decouvert-sur-le-chantier-du-nouveau-metro-a-rome.php
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/remains-3rd-century-dog-found-rome-180963846/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5686-170626-rome-burned-building

… and some recent excavations in Pompeii (apologies for the paywall … I’m trying to find more on this):

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/pompeii-dig-reveals-more-about-roman-ancestors-from-tuscany-b72kpxk5g

South East Glazed Ware found in the South West:

https://phys.org/news/2017-06-rare-archaeological-unique-pottery-south.html

A Late Roman gold hoard from Lienden:

http://www.coinworld.com/news/world-coins/2017/06/dutch-gold-coin-hoard-discovered-in-orchard.html

The search is on for remains of a monastery near Peperikon:

http://www.novinite.com/articles/180917/Bulgarian+Archaeological+Expedition+Will+Try+to+Find+the+Largest+Early+Christian+Monastery

The 2017 excavations at Akrotiri have come to an end:

http://in-cyprus.com/archaeologists-wrap-up-2017-excavations-in-akrotiri/

Studying skulls from the necropolis at Portus:

https://www.livescience.com/59670-ancient-roman-skulls-distinct-local-looks.html

Not sure where to put this one … evidence of ‘backgammon’ gaming from Tripolis:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/artifacts-in-ancient-tripolis-show-that-backgammon-dates-back-2000-years-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=114900&NewsCatID=375

Plans to map the sunken city of Akra:

http://tass.com/society/954191

How Sparta became Spartan:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidbahr1/2017/06/30/how-sparta-became-spartan-plutarchs-life-of-lycurgus/

What Kristina Kilgrove is up to:

http://wuwf.org/post/uwf-researcher-study-ancient-skeletons-near-pompeii

Victor Nuovo continues his look at Machiavelli and Livy:

http://www.addisonindependent.com/201706victor-nuovo-machiavellis-discourses-livy-part-ii

On Roman surveying techniques:

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2017/jun/28/romans-roads-which-direction-build

On gladiators *not* being sporting heroes:

http://theconversation.com/roman-gladiators-were-war-prisoners-and-criminals-not-sporting-heroes-80065

Feature on shoes from Vindolanda:

http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/huge-shoe-find-reveals-what-13243936

Feature on ‘dormouse fattening jars’:

http://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/dormouse-jars-glirarium-rome

Feature on the ‘Claudius Gateway’ tourist attraction at Colchester:

http://www.gazette-news.co.uk/news/local/15377774.REVEALED__The_exhibit_set_to_be_opened_on_the_remains_of_Britain_s_largest_Roman_arcade/

On ancient Greek pessimism:

https://thewire.in/151976/ancient-greeks-good-old-days-better/

Reviewish on Hannibal’s crossing of the alps:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-hannibal-crossed-the-alps-180963671/

Digitizing historical images of Rome:

http://news.stanford.edu/2017/06/29/new-digital-archive-showcases-historical-images-rome/

More on that chariot mosaic from Akaki:

http://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-europe-40402816/cyprus-reveals-rare-roman-horse-race-mosaic-in-akaki
http://www.reuters.com/video/2017/06/26/a-rare-mosaic-is-unearthed-in-remote-cyp?videoId=371968281&feedType=VideoRSS&feedName=OddlyEnough&videoChannel=4
http://in-cyprus.com/restoration-work-starts-on-unique-cyprus-mosaic-video/?title=Restoration%20work%20starts%20on%20unique%20Cyprus%20mosaic%20%28VIDEO%29

More on pre-Roman Ippleden:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5696-170628-england-devon-rural-settlement

Review of Man, *Amazons*:

http://theartsdesk.com/books/john-man-amazons-review-real-warrior-women-ancient-world

The coverage of the White House obsession with Thucydides continues:

http://www.gq.com/story/steve-bannon-ancient-greeks

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http://bmcr.brynmawr.edu/recent.html

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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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A Neolithic figurine from a Polish village:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5697-170628-poland-neolithic-figurine

A Neolithic burial from Silsden:

http://www.keighleyonline.co.uk/community/news/885-exciting-prehistoric-artefacts-unearthed-at-silsden-dig.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5702-170630-england-neolithic-funerary-urn

A ‘hidden square’ at Avebury:

https://phys.org/news/2017-06-secret-square-beneath-world-famous-avebury.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2017/06/28/avebury-stone-circle-weird-square-archaeologists-find/
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-wiltshire-40431673
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/jun/29/avebury-stone-circle-contains-hidden-square-archaeologists-find
https://www.livescience.com/59668-avebury-circle-once-a-square.html
http://www.thisiswiltshire.co.uk/news/15377443.New_discovery_at_Avebury_may_answer_century_old_questions/
http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/uk/highly-unusual-square-monument-found-within-avebury-stone-circle-surveys-show-35877091.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5699-170629-avebury-square-formation

Digging a hillfort at Oldbury-on-Severn:

http://www.gazetteseries.co.uk/news/15375035.Archaeologists_unearthing_secrets_of_ancient_hillfort_in_Oldbury_on_Severn/

Remains of a Saxon church on Holy Island:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/britain-oldest-churches-lindisfarne-holy-island-archaeologists-uk-monastery-st-aidan-gospels-ancient-a7817006.html
http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/first-new-church-found-holy-13241445
http://www.northumberlandgazette.co.uk/news/saxon-church-uncovered-during-dig-on-holy-island-1-8617307
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5691-170627-england-lindisfarne-church

An 8th century site found prior to road construction in Bratislava:

https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20570116/impressive-archaeological-site-revealed-under-planned-bratislava-ring-road.html

Assorted sherds from Newport’s medieval kiln:

http://www.westerntelegraph.co.uk/news/15376770.Sherds_shed_light_on_town__39_s_pottery_past/

Plans to dig a ‘mysterious site’ near Paisley Abbey:

http://www.renfrewshire24.co.uk/2017/06/26/archaeological-dig-to-explore-a-mysterious-site-near-paisley-abbey/

… and plans to dig a Bronze Age site on the Isle of Man:

http://www.isleofman.com/News/details/83287/archaeologists-to-study-isle-of-man-s-bronze-age-history

… and plans to excavate and conserve the Invincible:

http://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/15376159.Bournemouth_University_archaeologists_to_excavate_historic_warship_Invincible/

Wondering where King Harold is buried:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/06/25/king-harold-buried-hertfordshire-churchamateur-historians-try/

Marking the 35th anniversary of the raising of the Mary Rose:

http://www.portsmouth.co.uk/business/raising-the-mary-rose-s-history-1-8033182

Criticizing a planned bridge to Tintagel:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/jun/30/bridge-to-tintagel-raises-philosophical-and-practical-objections

Interesting headstones from the UK:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-39508229

More on the Neolithic/Bronze Age finds at Bryn Celli Ddu:

http://www.northwaleschronicle.co.uk/news/177669/neolithic-and-bronze-age-cairn-discoveries-at-anglesey-s-bryn-celli-ddu.aspx

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http://archaeology-in-europe.blogspot.com/

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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A huge altar from Xinjiang:

http://www.newsweek.com/china-religion-archaeology-629719
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/06/xinjiang-sun-altar-ancient-china-archaeology-spd/

Renewed/ongoing interest in sites in the Russian Arctic:

http://tass.com/economy/953261

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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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A prehistoric Alutiiq fish trap from Kodiak Island:

http://www.alaskapublic.org/2017/06/26/low-tide-reveals-alutiiq-fishing-method-in-kodiak/
http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/prehistoric-stone-fish-trap-discovered-alaska-island-48338257
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=11883852
http://www.cbs46.com/story/35773962/prehistoric-stone-fish-trap-discovered-on-alaska-island
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5690-ancient-fish-trap-discovered-in-alaska-3

Studying a clam garden site on Russell Island:

http://www.cheknews.ca/archaeology-team-works-with-local-first-nations-to-determine-age-depth-of-ancient-clam-gardens-342283/

Finds suggest the history of St Louis’ founding needs a rethink:

http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/story-st-louis-beginnings-becomes-more-complicated-new-archaeological-findings#stream/0
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5704-170630-st-louis-founding-artifacts

A Colonial-era brass lock from Michigan:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5684-170626-michigan-colonial-lock

A Revolution-era musket ball from Charleston:

http://www.postandcourier.com/news/tiny-lead-ball-confirms-archaeologists-are-digging-in-right-place/article_4e92c066-5d02-11e7-b92a-47d8da82a83c.html
http://abcnews4.com/news/local/a-1780-bullet-was-found-during-archaeological-excavation-at-aiken-rhett-house
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5705-170630-charleston-revolutionary-war-trench

… and a Revolution-era shipwreck off Florida:

http://www.floridatoday.com/story/news/2017/06/27/florida-frontiers-american-revolution-era-shipwreck/433868001/?from=global&sessionKey=&autologin=

… while bridge construction threatens the excavation of the Luna:

http://www.pnj.com/story/news/2017/06/29/uwf-pensacola-bay-bridge-construction-threatens-1559-luna-shipwreck-excavation/439319001/

A Civil War map of Gloucester Point:
http://www.dailypress.com/features/history/dp-nws-evg-civil-war-fort-map-20170630-story.html

Excavating a Jesuit church in Shreveport:

http://www.heraldsun.com/living/article157894194.html

A time capsule from a Confederate monument in St Louis:

http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/30/us/confederate-monument-time-capsule/index.html

Suggestion Lost Colony settlers moved to Hatteras Island:

http://pilotonline.com/news/local/history/artifacts-show-lost-colony-settlers-moved-to-hatteras-island-lived/article_5031be6a-e3b5-5531-9401-f63701e278d9.html

Feature on the Erie Canal:

http://www.syracuse.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2017/06/erie_canal_at_200_how_a_ditch_transformed_the_empire_state.html

Feature on the site of Canada’s first parliament:

http://www.cbc.ca/radio/day6/episode-344-tomson-highway-the-hidden-site-of-canada-s-first-parliament-top-albums-for-canada-150-and-more-1.4178586/remnants-of-upper-canada-s-1st-parliament-sit-buried-under-a-toronto-car-wash-1.4178589?cmp=rss

On Downton Abbey’s role in the formation of Canada:

http://www.bbc.com/news/av/uk-england-hampshire-40463909/downton-abbey-s-real-life-alter-ego-s-role-in-founding-canada

A legal battle is shaping up over the Franklin artifacts:

http://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/lawyers-circle-over-the-franklin-searches

Colonial court documents show up on eBay:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rare-colonial-court-documents-found-ebay-180963864/

More on that 1000 year bp canoe from Louisiana:

http://navajotimes.com/wires-wp/index.php?id=1736099644&kid=Bvx4wT1TuMhUhryg

More on recreating Native American water bottles:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-water-bottles-may-have-exposed-native-americans-toxic-chemicals-180963875/

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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A 7000 years bp high altitude site in Peru:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-06/uow-rde062617.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-06-document-early-permananet-human-settlement.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/06/170628095929.htm
http://www.ibtimes.com/how-humans-evolved-ancient-americans-adapted-live-mountain-environment-2558655
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5695-170628-peru-andean-highland-settlement

A ‘tower of skulls’ from an Aztec site in Mexico City is getting a lot of press attention:

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mexico-archaeology-skulls-idUSKBN19M3Q6
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jul/01/tower-human-skulls-mexico-city-aztec-sacrifices
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world-0/tower-human-skulls-found-archaeologists-mexico-aztec-history-doubt-a7818841.html
http://www.stuff.co.nz/science/94301544/Tower-of-human-skulls-in-Mexico-casts-new-light-on-Aztecs-culture-of-sacrifice
http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/aztec-tower-of-skulls-unearthed-by-archaeologists-in-mexico-city/news-story/4a8102ed169135d5c3ed5f2e8847c185?from=rss-basic

More on those 1000 years bp burials in Nicaragua:

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/06/pre-columbian-cemetery-found-nicaragua-spd/

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Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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A good Canada Day feature:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/30/world/canada/canada-150th-anniversary-celebration-indigenous-people.html

An Alexander Hamilton inspired fourth of July meal:

http://www.tampabay.com/things-to-do/food/cooking/for-fourth-of-july-an-american-feast-inspired-by-founding-father-alexander/2328460

Looking at the history of maps:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/brief-history-maps-180963685/

Acoustic archaeology and cave art:

https://phys.org/news/2017-06-acoustic-scientist-cave.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-06/asoa-ass062017.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/06/170629175551.htm
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/sound-reflecting-shelters-inspired-ancient-rock-artists

On the sudden popularity of Pushkin:

http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-trending-40383837

On the original colour of the Statue of Liberty:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-06/acs-tso062917.php

On recreating ancient ales and the like:

http://nhpr.org/post/meet-indiana-jones-ancient-ales-and-extreme-beverages
http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2017/06/30/532959384/meet-the-indiana-jones-of-ancient-ales-and-extreme-beverages

On digging while expecting:

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2017/jul/01/pregnant-in-the-field-blog-photography-have-trowel-will-travel

Much excitement in Russia over St Nicholas relics:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/why-more-than-a-million-russians-have-lined-up-tosee-one-of-theribs-of-saint-nicholas/2017/06/28/02aae204-5696-11e7-840b-512026319da7_story.html

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Age of Empires:

http://isaw.nyu.edu/news/prof-lillian-tseng-reviews-met-exhibition-in-the-art-newspaper

Teotihuacan:

http://observer.com/2017/06/teotihuacan-de-young-exhibition/

Berlin Painter:

http://www.ocala.com/lifestyle/20170629/ticket-to-write-vases-by-ancient-greek-painter-can-bring-goosebumps

Gladiators:

http://visual.artshub.com.au/news-article/sponsored-content/museums/brooke-boland/gladiators-heroes-of-the-colosseum-brings-ancient-rome-to-brisbane-253994

Religion in Early America:

http://www.npr.org/2017/06/28/534765046/smithsonian-exhibit-explores-religious-diversitys-role-in-u-s-history

Gates of Paradise have been installed at the Nelson-Atkins Museum:

https://nelson-atkins.org/gates-paradise-installed-nelson-atkins/

It sounds like it should be honours for the Mytilene Archaeological Museum, but I think it’s a talk:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2017/06/26/golden-crown-and-golden-wreath-to-be-presented-at-mytilene-archaeological-museum/
http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/26007-golden-crown-and-wreath-presented-for-first-time-by-lesvos-archaeological-museum.html

The Louvre may lose its ‘most popular museum’ designation:

https://qz.com/1015412/new-yorks-metropolitan-museum-of-art-may-soon-surpass-the-louvre-as-the-worlds-most-popular-museum/

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THE TECHY SIDE
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A new bone identification technique:

https://phys.org/news/2017-06-bone-identification-method-human-societies.html

A new xray technique for analyzing artifacts:

https://phys.org/news/2017-06-x-ray-technique-ancient-artifacts.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-06/uol-uol062817.php

Latest facial reconstruction is a 500 year bp Dublin man:

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/jun/30/researchers-produce-startling-3-d-image-of-a-young/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5693-170627-dublin-facial-reconstruction

… and more on reconstructing faces of First Nations people:

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/06/beads-facial-reconstruction-museums-canada/

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Suggestion that mainland and island Greeks diverged genetically in the Middle Ages:

http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.798089
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5692-170627-greece-dna-divergence

… while the South Caucasus region has had very little change over the past 8000 years, apparently:

https://phys.org/news/2017-06-genetic-evidence-south-caucasus-region.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/06/170629143015.htm

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Southwest England:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/27/travel/southwest-england-avalon-tintagel-totnes-weird-spiritual.html

Acinipo’s Roman Ruins:

https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2017/jun/28/acinipo-roman-ruins-spain-andalucia

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CRIME BEAT
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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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Some funerary busts from Palmyra were recovered from ISIL:

http://en.abna24.com/news/middle-east/syrian-authorities-seize-four-funeral-busts-in-isis-former-centers-in-palmyra_839808.html
http://www.epa.eu/arts-culture-and-entertainment-photos/archeology-monuments-heritage-sites-photos/palmyra-statues-handed-over-to-syrian-general-directorate-of-antiquities-and-museums-photos-53619614

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NUMISMATICA
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Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n26.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n27.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/2628-audio-news-from-archaeologica-18-june-2017-24-june-2017

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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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