Explorator 20.11 ~ July 9, 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, Feral Boy, 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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A Neanderthal tooth from Gibraltar:

http://chronicle.gi/2017/07/landmark-discovery-as-archaeologists-unearth-neanderthal-tooth-in-vanguard-cave/

… possibly related:

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/gibraltars-neanderthal-city-offers-glimpse-into-life-of-humans-closest-relatives/

Neanderthal DNA is suggesting new dates for ‘human related dispersal’ from Africa (there’s a sapiens/neanderthal interbreeding spin on this too):

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-07/mpif-doe062917.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-07-dna-early-neanderthal-timeline-modern.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/07/170705132917.htm
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/04/science/neanderthals-dna-homo-sapiens-human-evolution.html?_r=0
https://cosmosmagazine.com/palaeontology/hohlenstein-stadel-cave-rewrites-history-of-neanderthal-human-relations
https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/07/neanderthal-dna-suggests-yet-another-wave-of-human-migration-out-of-africa/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5712-170705-neanderthal-mitochondrial-dna
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/humans-may-have-left-africa-and-bred-neanderthals-over-200000-years-ago-180963951/
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/07/2017/neanderthal-dna-gives-timeline-for-new-modern-human-related-dispersal-from-africa

Feature on the Denisovans:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/07/science/denisovans-baby-tooth-molar-dna.html

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Remember that big statue of Psammetich I from a Cairo neighbourhood? Apparently three antiquities officials are being prosecuted because of it:

https://dailynewsegypt.com/2017/07/08/administrative-prosecution-refers-3-ministry-antiquities-officials-trial-excavation-fiasco/

Studying ancient ‘tourist graffiti’ in the Valley of the Kings:

http://www.theweek.co.uk/86349/scientists-uncover-tripadvisor-for-the-ancient-world

The collapsed roof of an Ottoman-era mosque in Cairo had some reinforcing work done:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/43/272961/Heritage/Islamic/Roof-of-Ottomanera-Cairo-mosque-reinforced-after-p.aspx

Plans and funding to restore a synagogue in Alexandria:

https://egyptianstreets.com/2017/07/08/egypt-approves-egp-40-million-restoration-of-synagogue-in-alexandria/

Interesting feature on the possible identification of the Assyrian queen Hama:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2017/07/08/meet-forgotten-queen-protected-curse-and-crowned-gold/461380001/

An Iron Age site (Seh Tappeh) in Iran is in the news:

http://www.tehrantimes.com/news/414828/In-Focus-Excavations-aim-to-shed-light-on-Iron-Age-life-in-northeast

Some interesting finds from this year’s digging at Huqoq:

http://uncnews.unc.edu/2017/07/06/excavations-unc-chapel-hill-archaeologist-continue-yield-stunning-mosaics-ancient-galilean-synagogue/
https://unc.photoshelter.com/galleries/C00005vwcu89jLJ4/UNC-MEDIA-RELEASE

… but I don’t think that is Jonah and the whale in the picture:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/earliest-mosaic-of-jonah-and-the-whale-found-in-galilee-synagogue/

The Gath Archaeological Project dig blog is under way again:

https://gath.wordpress.com/2017/07/03/and-were-off-the-2017-season-starts/

… as is the Tel Burna Excavation Project:

https://telburna.wordpress.com/2017/07/08/week-1-overview/

This is somewhat confusing to follow in the press … early in the week we read that Hebron didn’t qualify for UNESCO’s ‘Heritage in Danger’ list:

http://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/UNESCO-experts-Hebron-heritage-request-too-focused-on-Muslim-history-498519

… then we read that it was a request not to let it be so inscribed:

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Politics-And-Diplomacy/Haley-asks-UN-not-to-inscribe-Hebron-on-World-Heritage-List-498680

… then we read that it happened:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jul/07/unesco-recognises-hebron-as-palestinian-world-heritage-site

… and Israel responded in a somewhat strange manner:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/israel-un-budget-jewish-heritage-museums-unesco-world-heritage-site-hebron-protest-palestinian-city-a7830391.html

A sixth century medical manuscript was discovered in St Catharine’s monastery:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/41/273085/Heritage/GrecoRoman/Sixth-century-medical-recipe-uncovered-in-St-Cathe.aspx
https://english.aawsat.com/waleed-abdul-rahman/lifestyle-culture/egypt-rare-manuscript-discovered-saint-catherine-monastery

A 1000 years bp ‘Sultan’s Bath’ from Takkeli mountain:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/sultans-bath-a-surprising-find-atop-takkeli-mountain.aspx?pageID=238&nid=115192&NewsCatID=375
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5720-170707-anatolia-gevele-castle

Feature on Petra:

https://www.livescience.com/59707-google-maps-of-petra-photos.html

More on 3200 years bp human remains from Gezer:

http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.798934
http://www.newsweek.com/israel-ancient-human-remains-discovered-royal-biblical-city-3200-years-after-631954
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5706-170703-israel-canaanite-remains-discovered

More on the ‘skull cult’ at Gobekli Tepe:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/07/04/gobeklitepe-was-home-to-rites-of-skull-findings-say

More on ancient dyes;

http://www.jns.org/latest-articles/2017/7/3/what-did-israels-ancient-kings-wear-textile-discovery-provides-hints

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Finds from various early periods at Hala Sultan Tekke:

http://famagusta-gazette.com/important-archaeological-findings-discovered-at-the-late-cypriot-harbour-ci-p41166-69.htm

The latest press gushing over Roman concrete (this is becoming an annual thing):

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-07/uou-hss062617.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/07/170703132007.htm
https://phys.org/news/2017-07-ancient-concrete-romans.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/jul/04/why-roman-concrete-still-stands-strong-while-modern-version-decays
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-40494248
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2017/07/03/secret-roman-concrete-survived-tidal-battering-2000-years-revealed/
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/roman-concrete-mystery-solved-scientists-a7824011.html
http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/why-ancient-concrete-is-stronger-1.4193226
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2017/07/04/ancient-romans-made-worlds-most-durable-concrete-we-might-use-it-to-stop-rising-seas/
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-07-05/scientists-uncover-ancient-roman-concrete-secret/8679650
https://cosmosmagazine.com/chemistry/how-ancient-roman-concrete-grows-stronger-over-time
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-ancient-roman-concrete-so-strong-180963946/
http://www.wired.co.uk/article/roman-concrete-seawater
http://www.timesofisrael.com/how-have-romans-structures-lasted-so-long-research-finds-concrete-answers/
https://elpais.com/elpais/2017/07/03/ciencia/1499063196_879758.html
http://www.nature.com/news/seawater-is-the-secret-to-long-lasting-roman-concrete-1.22231
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5710-170705-roman-ocean-concrete

Gold and silver coins from Rio Tinto:

https://www.thelocal.es/20170706/milestone-treasure-of-ancient-roman-coins-found-at-mining-site
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5714-170706-spain-roman-coins

Remains of a Roman settlement in an Antique Roadshow host’s garden:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/07/07/antiques-roadshow-expert-finds-roman-site-back-garden-amateur/
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/archaeologists-find-roman-settlement-in-garden-of-antiques-roadshow-host-marc-allum-ckj5frjl5

More rooms found at a site associated with Helena:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5717-170707-rome-helena-rooms

A pile of ‘domuses’ from Pompeii have been recently restored:

http://www.italy24.ilsole24ore.com/art/arts-and-leisure/2017-07-04/the-great-pompeii-project-nears-the-finish-line-30-domuses-reopened-new-lights-are-enhancing-the-ruins–191518.php?uuid=AE2oXdrB
http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/nations/italy/2017/07/04/30-pompeii-buildings-restored-towards-new-visitor-record_2bdce7e2-deb7-4df3-bb6f-75c20f224bc9.html

In case you missed the attention given to a Pompeii cast photographed from a suggestive angle:

http://www.thedailybeast.com/the-pompeii-man-wouldve-been-a-lonely-masturbator
http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/a-photo-a-man-who-appeared-to-die-while-masturbating-might-not-be-as-it-seems/news-story/ed1e9bfb6a60fba181bbdf013d73b140
https://www.dailydot.com/unclick/pompeii-masturbator-vesuvius-volcano-meme/

The ‘pin drop’ test at Epidaurus apparently didn’t live up to its billing:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/pin-drop-test-pops-greek-amphitheater-acoustic-claims

Again we’re reading of (extremely slow) progress virtually unrolling Herculaneum papyri:

https://www.technologyreview.com/s/608209/first-virtual-unrolling-of-ancient-scroll-buried-by-vesuvius-reveals-early-text/

Teaching math the Roman way:

https://phys.org/news/2017-07-ancient-roman-methods-modern-school.html

Plenty of Roman history stuffed into one map:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/map-traces-roman-history-over-1500-years-180963773/

Studying graffiti from Smyrna:

http://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/07/07/ancient-writing-reveals-old-city-rivals

On the location of Greek temples:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20170705-the-mystery-behind-greeces-temples

Stanford has digitized a pile of historical images of Rome:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/newly-digitized-images-document-romes-ever-changing-history-180963979/
http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=97105
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-07/04/c_136414613.htm

Nice feature on women in Classics:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/jul/07/women-classics-translation-female-scholars-translators

A Turkish man ‘accidentally’ saved a couple of Roman columns:

https://english.aawsat.com/saeed-abdelrazek/lifestyle-culture/turkish-man-accidentally-saves-2-historic-roman-pillars

The Domus Aurea is getting the 3w VR treatment:

http://www.wantedinrome.com/news/a-mad-emperors-dream-in-3d.html

Livy will be on the Euro:

http://news.coinupdate.com/italy-new-e2-marks-bi-millenary-of-the-death-of-famed-historian/

Xenophon’s Anabasis is getting the TV treatment (maybe):

https://www.princeton.edu/news/2017/07/03/showtime-xenophon-senior-thesis-turns-xenophons-anabasis-tv-pilot

Wonder Woman and a (misattributed) quote from Thucydides:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/07/07/wonder-woman-war-china-graham-allison-column/452549001/

Strikes at sites in Athens:

https://phys.org/news/2017-07-archaeological-sites-athens.html

More on Roman skulls showing regional diversity:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5708-170703-roman-skulls-mapped

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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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The Ii Hamina cemetery (Finland) is rather interesting:

https://phys.org/news/2017-07-ii-hamina-cemetery-reveals-environment.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-07/uoh-tih070717.php

A 200 years bp burial from the Brighton Corn Exchange site:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-sussex-40516306
http://www.chichester.co.uk/news/county-news-burial-site-unearthed-beneath-sussex-venue-1-8042753
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5718-170707-england-brighton-burials

A reassessment of the dating for the Borgring Viking fortress:

http://cphpost.dk/news/oak-dating-confirms-koge-fortress-is-one-of-harald-bluetooths.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-07/au-bid070417.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-07-breakthrough-dating-viking-fortress.html
https://www.thelocal.dk/20170704/denmark-finds-harald-bluetooths-fifth-viking-fortress

A medieval gold ring from Pontrefract has been declared treasure:

http://www.pontefractandcastlefordexpress.co.uk/news/historic-gold-ring-found-in-pontefract-declared-to-be-treasure-1-8634824
http://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/news/metal-detectorist-finds-gold-treasure-in-west-yorkshire-field-1-8636894

Feature on Eleanor of Aquitaine:

http://www.historyextra.com/article/bbc-history-magazine/eleanor-aquitaine-medieval-queen-who-took-europe%E2%80%99s-most-powerful-men

Feature on a quilt given to Queen Victoria:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-40500884

Feature on the Uffington Horse:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/3000-year-old-uffington-horse-looms-over-english-countryside-180963968/

On what ancient stone monuments were used for:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2017/07/07/ancient-stone-monuments-may-have-used-mysterious-moonlit-ceremonies/

Ongoing concerns for Venice:

http://www.cnn.com/travel/article/venice-too-many-tourists/index.html

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

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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5000 years bp burials of ‘giants’ from Shandong:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-07/03/c_136414214.htm
http://www.china.org.cn/china/2017-07/05/content_41154983.htm
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/skeletons-china-giants-5000-year-old-archaeologists-discovered-jiaojia-jinan-shandong-a7824326.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/07/05/incredible-graveyard-5000-year-old-giants-found-china/
http://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/world/skeletons-of-5000-year-old-chinese-%E2%80%98giants%E2%80%99-discovered-by-archaeologists/ar-BBDMzIp?li=AAmiR2Z&ocid=spartandhp
http://theweek.com/speedreads/710037/archaeologists-discover-skeletons-5000yearold-chinese-giants
https://au.news.yahoo.com/technology/a/36271904/chinese-archaeologists-unearth-giants-graveyard/
http://www.stuff.co.nz/world/asia/94438471/Graveyard-of-giants-found-during-dig-at-5000-year-old-Chinese-village
http://www.ibtimes.sg/archaeologitsts-discover-5000-year-old-graveyard-giants-chinese-village-12325

More than 200 3000 years bp burials from Henan:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-07/06/c_136422397.htm
http://www.bernama.com/bernama/v8/wn/newsworld.php?id=1370026

Latest from Angkor:

https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/archaeological-find-reveals-new-side-life-angkor-132260/

A lintel from a medieval temple in Kozhikode:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/kozhikode/door-lintel-of-late-medieval-era-temple-discovered/article19236850.ece

Searching for an underwater city near Dwarka:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/international/india/underwater-robots-to-search-for-washed-away-dwarka-city

Archaeologists want to excavate a bulldozed royal tomb in Viet Nam:

http://vietnamnews.vn/life-style/379400/archaeologists-want-to-excavate-bulldozed-royal-tomb-site.html

Mapping massacres of early indigenous Australians:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-40489882

An APOD featuring the Great Wall:

https://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap170703.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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The recent excitement about really old stuff from California is renewing interest in the Holloman Gravel Pit site in Oklahoma:

http://newsok.com/article/5555591

Evidence of earliest use (ca 11 000 years bp) of potatoes in North America comes from Utah:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-07/uou-uih062817.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/07/170703170044.htm
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/prehistoric-mashed-potato-10900-years-utah-valley-scientists-escalante-a7820586.html
http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865684157/Utah-home-to-earliest-use-of-wild-potato-in-North-America.html
http://www.msn.com/en-gb/foodanddrink/foodnews/prehistoric-mashed-potato-dating-back-10900-years-discovered-in-utah/ar-BBDGU6N?li=AAmiR2Z&ocid=spartandhp
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5711-170705-utah-prehistoric-potatoes

A 4000 years bp bannerstone from Carmel:

http://www.indystar.com/story/news/local/hamilton-county/2017/07/03/carmel-employee-finds-native-american-artifact-near-roundabout-construction-site/448651001/

Indigenous skull fragments from Manitoulin Island:

http://www.manitoulin.ca/2017/07/05/second-human-skull-fragments-found/

Sort of a repatriation story … a gourd associated with Membertou has returned to Nova Scotia:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/mi-kmaq-membertou-artifact-gourd-natural-history-museum-1.4189798?cmp=rss

Searching for Hochelaga:

http://montrealgazette.com/news/local-news/a-montreal-mystery-hunt-for-lost-village-of-hochelaga-starts-on-st-viateur-ave

Archaeologists have located Sally Hemmings’ quarters at Monticello:

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/nbcblk/thomas-jefferson-s-enslaved-mistress-sally-hemings-living-quarters-found-n771261
https://www.yahoo.com/news/quarters-jefferson-apos-slave-bore-081036373.html
http://edition.cnn.com/videos/us/2017/07/03/hemings-monticello-orig-lc.cnn/video/playlists/cant-miss/
http://theweek.com/speedreads/709921/archaeologists-found-sally-hemings-quarters-thomas-jeffersons-monticello

Excavating a pre-Civil War house in Miller Grove:

http://www.kfvs.com/story/35829451/archaeologists-excavate-pre-civil-war-home-in-miller-grove

What Shawn Jones is up to:

http://www.yukon-news.com/life/archaeologist-salvages-skagways-gold-rush-history-by-sifting-through-trash/

On Jefferson and religion:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/04/opinion/thomas-jeffersons-bible-teaching.html

… and founding fathers’ view of ‘Christian nation’:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/posteverything/wp/2017/07/04/what-politicians-mean-when-they-say-america-was-founded-as-a-christian-nation/

On the history of beer in the US:

http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2017/07/03/532250762/how-the-story-of-beer-is-the-story-of-america

Feature on Mary Katherine Goddard:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/this-womans-name-appears-on-the-declaration-of-independence-so-why-dont-we-know-her-story/2017/07/03/ce86bf2e-5ff1-11e7-84a1-a26b75ad39fe_story.html

On lessons from American history:

http://www.cnn.com/2017/07/03/opinions/learn-from-history-opinion-bergen/index.html

Yankee Doodle genealogy:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/03/us/yankee-doodle-family-tree.html

On presidents dying on July 4th:

http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-july-fourth-presidents-20170704-story.html

I think we mentioned the Franklin saga in the making:

http://www.lincolnshirelive.co.uk/news/lincoln-news/international-row-over-sir-john-163974

Acoustic archaeology at Chaco Canyon:

http://www.buffalo.edu/news/releases/2017/07/003.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/07/170706143145.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-07/uab-aps070617.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-07-archaeologists-previously-silent.html

Review of a book about the Donner Party:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/07/books/review/the-best-land-under-heaven-donner-party-michael-wallis.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fbooks

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Scans suggest a possible tunnel beneath the Pyramid of the Moon at Teotihuacan (didn’t we hear something like this a few years ago?):

http://www.inah.gob.mx/es/boletines/6309-especialistas-del-inah-localizan-posible-tunel-bajo-la-plaza-y-piramide-de-la-luna-en-teotihuacan
http://www.laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=2439519&CategoryId=14091
https://www.livescience.com/59708-temple-of-the-moon-tunnel.html
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/ancient-secret-tunnel-below-teotihuacans-pyramid-moon-represents-underworld-1629271
https://phys.org/news/2017-07-ct-scans-tunnel-mexico-teotihuacan.html
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11886659
http://www.sfgate.com/news/world/article/CT-scans-find-possible-tunnel-in-Mexico-s-11265680.php
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/07/tunnel-pyramid-teotihuacan-Mexico-archaeology-spd/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5713-170705-mexico-teotihuacan-tunnels

Aztec burials from Mexico City associated with resistance to the Spanish Conquest:

http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=97262
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mexico-city-dig-uncovers-traces-aztec-resistance-spain-180963970/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5716-170706-mexico-colhuacatonco-burials

An Aztec ‘golden wolf sacrifice trove’ from Mexico City too:

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mexico-archaeology-aztecs-idUSKBN19S1RA
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5719-170707-mexico-aztec-sacrifice

Colombia is salvaging gold from the San Jose:

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-colombia-shipwreck-idUSKBN19Q2N2?feedType=RSS&feedName=lifestyleMolt
http://nypost.com/2017/07/06/colombia-attempts-to-recover-spanish-shipwreck-worth-over-1-billion/

More on the Aztec ‘tower of skulls’:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-40473547
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/07/02/tower-hundreds-aztec-skulls-found-mexico-city/
https://www.theatlantic.com/news/archive/2017/07/archeologists-in-mexico-find-an-aztec-tower-of-skulls/532584/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/retropolis/wp/2017/07/04/archaeologists-unearth-a-500-year-old-tower-of-skulls-and-another-gruesome-aztec-mystery/
http://www.bostonglobe.com/news/world/2017/07/04/arcaheologists-unearth-year-old-tower-skulls-mexico/Jszn9f82FQtoFExPgldpsN/story.html
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/07/05/535613480/aztec-tower-of-skulls-reveals-women-children-were-sacrificed
http://www.smh.com.au/technology/sci-tech/archaeologists-unearth-a-500yearold-tower-of-skulls-and-a-gruesome-aztec-mystery-20170705-gx51dc.html
https://www.economist.com/news/americas/21724851-pioneers-gender-equality-aztecs-sacrificed-women-well-men-archaeologists-discover?fsrc=rss%7Came
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/aztec-skull-tower-contains-remains-women-and-children-180963905/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5709-170703-mexico-city-aztec-skulls

More on that 8000 years bp high altitude site in Peru:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/06/170628095929.htm
http://www.peruthisweek.com/news-7000-year-old-human-remains-found-in-peruvian-andes-111931

—–
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 pies:

http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2016/07/03/482854462/as-chinese-iranian-and-indonesian-as-apple-pie

On some historical solar eclipses:

https://www.livescience.com/59691-solar-eclipses-that-changed-science.html

Victor Nuovo is talking about Hobbes now:

http://www.addisonindependent.com/201707victor-nuovo-thomas-hobbes-our-contemporary

Interesting hand found in a museum vault:

http://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/news/15391043.Severed_hand_is_gruesome_discovery_in_Swindon_Museum_vaults/

Big bucks for a Turner at auction:

http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=97260

The last (?) parchment maker:

http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/en/originals/2017/07/pergaman-struggles-to-save-parchment.html

Some Yale projects we’ll probably hear more from in the future:

http://news.yale.edu/2017/06/30/three-winners-inaugural-humanities-grant-competition-announced

Studying Victorian attitudes to ‘older women’:

http://theconversation.com/friday-essay-double-standards-and-derision-tracing-our-attitudes-to-older-women-and-beauty-79575

… Victorian witches and mediums:

http://theconversation.com/from-witches-to-victorian-mediums-the-abuse-of-levitating-women-80217

Some of Jane Austen’s correspondence is coming to auction:

http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=97303

… and there’s a feature on her word choices:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/06/upshot/the-word-choices-that-explain-why-jane-austen-endures.html

Those forensic dogs looking for Amelia Earhart may have found her:

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/07/forensic-dogs-amelia-earhart-spot-where-died/

… but the ‘she survived the crash’ theory was revived too:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/06/world/amelia-earhart-photo-japan.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Ftravel
http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/35837979/documentary-claims-amelia-earhart-survived-crash

The Chicago library wants help transcribing some magical manuscripts:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/chicago-library-seeks-help-transcribing-magical-manuscripts-180963911/

Feature on Kathe Kollwitz:

http://www.dw.com/en/the-art-of-tragedy-150-years-of-k%C3%A4the-kollwitz/a-39600754

Archaeology Podcast Network:

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

http://arts.theaureview.com/reviews/we-explore-the-expansive-exhibition-gladiators-heroes-of-the-colosseum-at-brisbanes-queensland-museum/
http://visual.artshub.com.au/news-article/sponsored-content/museums/brooke-boland/gladiators-heroes-of-the-colosseum-brings-ancient-rome-to-brisbane-253994

China and Egypt:

http://artdaily.com/news/97240/Exhibition-in-Berlin-presents-ancient-Egyptian-and-ancient-Chinese-artefacts-side-by-side

Franklin Expedition:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2017/jul/06/sir-john-franklin-arctic-voyage-greenwich-exhibition

Alma Tadema:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/art/what-to-see/alma-tadema-home-antiquity-leighton-house-museum-review/
https://www.ft.com/content/6715d964-609c-11e7-8814-0ac7eb84e5f1
http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=97328

Greek Vases:

http://www.toledoblade.com/Art/2017/07/08/Museum-s-Greek-vases-exhibit-features-gods-heroes.html

Must Farm finds:

http://www.peterboroughtoday.co.uk/whats-on/bronze-age-finds-from-must-farm-on-show-at-museum-over-summer-1-8045427

Jacobites:

http://www.scotsman.com/heritage/people-places/review-jacobite-exhibition-explores-legacy-of-the-stuarts-1-4498514

Gurlitt items:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/27/arts/design/first-public-showing-of-monet-rodin-and-maillols-from-gurlitt-trove.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fdesign
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-40537709
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/07/arts/design/gurlitt-collection-artwork-arrives-in-switzerland.html

A recent acquisition by the National Museum of Wales:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-south-east-wales-40532148

The British Museum is bringing back its reading room:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2017/jul/04/british-museum-to-bring-back-reading-room-as-part-of-revamp

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THE TECHY SIDE
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Latest facial reconstruction from Peru is the Lady of Cao:

https://phys.org/news/2017-07-peru-reconstructs-woman-years.html
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-peru-culture-idUSKBN19P2IP?feedType=RSS&feedName=lifestyleMolt
http://www.smh.com.au/world/peru-reveals-face-of-ancient-young-female-ruler-lady-of-cao-20170704-gx4r4c.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-40502368
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/06/csi-tools-mummy-moche-peru-cao-brujo/

Faces of Palmyra:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/drsarahbond/2017/07/05/digitally-reconstructing-the-faces-of-ancient-palmyra/

More on digital facial reconstruction of those Salish folk:
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/indigenous-family-brought-back-life-digital-reconstruction-180963921/

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ON THE DNA FRONT
================================================================
Using DNA to figure out languages in India:

https://www.livescience.com/59703-north-india-populated-by-central-asian-invaders.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5715-170706-india-genetic-study

DNA suggests ‘shortness’ helped people survive the Ice Age:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/06/science/they-were-shorter-and-at-risk-for-arthritis-but-they-survived-an-ice-age.html

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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TOURISTY THINGS
================================================================
Newgrange:

http://www.cnn.com/travel/article/newgrange-ireland-stone-age/index.html

Teotihuacan:

https://cultura.elpais.com/cultura/2017/07/05/actualidad/1499218087_670131.html

Viking Trail:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20170629-the-first-european-settlement-in-the-new-world

Roman Rhine:

http://www.commdiginews.com/travel/a-roman-adventure-along-the-shores-of-switzerlands-rhine-91036/

Chartres Cathedral:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/destinations/2017/07/08/rick-steves-awestruck-chartres-cathedral/461425001/

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CRIME BEAT
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A couple of weeks’ worth of Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2017/07/culture-crime-news-19-june-2-july-2017.html
http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2017/06/culture-crime-news-12-18-june-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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Some Chinese jade vessels were ‘recovered and sold’ (not quite repatriated):

http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=97230

… and there is a desire for the return of Zeugma mosaics:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/minister-avci-asks-for-zeugma-mosaics-to-be-returned.aspx?pageID=238&nID=115228&NewsCatID=375

… and a Haida item in the British Museum:

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/british-columbia/haida-indigenous-repatriation/article35572292/

Since there doesn’t appear to be an acknowledgement of a crime (although there should be), we’re putting the Hobby Lobby coverage under ‘repatriation’:

https://www.courthousenews.com/feds-seize-thousands-iraqi-artifacts-hobby-lobby/
https://www.pri.org/stories/2017-07-06/hobby-lobby-ignored-red-flags-about-stolen-iraqi-artifacts
https://hyperallergic.com/389064/hobby-lobby-busted-for-illegally-importing-thousands-of-iraqi-antiquities/
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/hobby-lobby-ancient-iraqi-artifacts-archaeologist-amr-al-azm/
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-40516932
https://www.livescience.com/59710-hobby-lobby-forfeits-smuggled-iraqi-artifacts.html
http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/spotlight-hobby-lobby-s-biblical-collection-after-smuggle-case-n780286
https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/07/hobby-lobby-smuggled-thousands-of-ancient-artifacts-out-of-iraq/532743/
http://theweek.com/speedreads/710217/hobby-lobby-pay-3-million-settle-antiquities-smuggling-case
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-iraqiartifacts-idUSKBN19Q33Q?feedType=RSS&feedName=lifestyleMolt
http://www.latimes.com/business/hiltzik/la-fi-hiltzik-hobby-lobby-20170705-story.html
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/07/05/535698988/hobby-lobby-to-forfeit-smuggled-iraqi-antiquities
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2017/07/05/hobby-lobby-fined-3-million-for-artifacts-smuggled-from-iraq/
http://www.timesofisrael.com/us-retailer-fined-3-million-for-iraqi-artifacts-smuggled-via-israel-uae/
http://www.jpost.com/Not-Just-News/Hobby-Lobby-to-pay-fine-for-illegal-items-from-UAE-Israel-498924
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/232145
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/hobby-lobby-justice-department-fine-3-million-ancient-artefacts-iraq-antiquities-illegal-imports-a7826241.html
http://www.newsweek.com/hobby-lobby-iraq-antiquities-evangelicals-632434
https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/hobby-lobby-reaches-settlement-will-forfeit-ancient-iraqi-artifacts-smuggled-into-us/article35570650/?cmpid=rss1
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-40516932

… and they’re trying to keep this unassociated with the soon-to-open Museum of the Bible:

http://dcist.com/2017/07/hobby_lobby_fined_3_million_for_sto.php
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2017/07/06/hobby-lobbys-3-million-smuggling-case-casts-a-cloud-over-the-museum-of-the-bible/

… and we’re geting opeds on assorted implications:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/06/opinion/hobby-lobby-iraq-artifacts.html
http://time.com/money/4847701/hobby-lobby-ancient-artifacts-iraq/
https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/hobby-lobby-accused-of-hypocrisy-amid-antiquities-smuggling-scandal/article35585095/?cmpid=rss1
http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/hobby-lobby-trouble-importing-artifacts/
http://thefederalist.com/2017/07/07/time-let-collectors-like-hobby-lobby-import-artifacts-west/
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/hobby-lobby-artifacts-trade-hypocrisy/
http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/antiquities-trade-hobby-lobby-1.4193811

… and a good analysis of the situation:

http://culturalheritagelawyer.blogspot.ca/2017/07/cultural-property-forfeiture-hobby.html

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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on plantation tokens:

http://www.coinworld.com/news/us-coins/2017/07/american-plantations-tokens-in-british-colonial-america.all.html

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n27.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n28.html

————————
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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Dr Mary Walker:

http://www.syracuse.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2017/07/once_arrested_for_wearing_pants_dr_mary_walker_was_only_woman_to_received_medal.html

The Rover:

http://theconversation.com/vivacious-and-unapologetic-the-rovers-17th-century-feminism-is-painfully-pertinent-80455

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
================================================================
Audio News from Archaeologica:

http://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-main-menu-cat/audio-news-list/2629-audio-news-from-archaeologica-25-june-2017-1-july-2017
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OBITUARIES
===============================================================
Jan Fontein:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/03/arts/jan-fontein-scholar-of-asian-art-is-dead-at-89.html

Morton Cohen:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/04/books/morton-cohen-scholar-of-lewis-carroll-and-his-wonderland-dies-at-96.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fbooks

Suzanne Wasserman:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/01/nyregion/suzanne-wasserman-dead.html

Roger D Abrahams:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/29/arts/roger-d-abrahams-dead-folklorist.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fobituaries

Giovannangelo Camporeale:

http://firenze.repubblica.it/cronaca/2017/07/03/news/addio_al_professor_camporeale_grande_esperto_degli_etruschi-169851569/

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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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