Explorator 20.13 ~ July 23, 2017

Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Hernan Astudillo,
Richard Campbell, Wilfried Zankl, Wilfried Zankl, Barbara Saylor Rodgers,
Bob Heuman, David Critchley, Rick Heli, David Emery, 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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Early hominids pretty much ate anything:

http://www.wtsp.com/news/nation-now/real-paleo-diet-early-hominids-ate-just-about-everything/458522081

Concern for hominin footprints in the shadow of a volcano in Tanzania:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5748-170720-tanzania-volcano-footprints

Nice feature on Neanderthal evidence from Gibraltar:

http://www.gibraltarolivepress.com/2017/07/22/exciting-archaeological-breakthrough-helping-researchers-understand-ancient-relatives/

On the mitochondrial side of interbreeding:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/jul/18/did-human-women-contribute-to-neanderthal-genomes-over-200000-years-ago

More of a DNA story, but trace evidence from saliva of some ‘ghost species’ of human as a result of interbreeding or some such thing:

https://phys.org/news/2017-07-saliva-clues-ghost-species-ancient.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-07/uab-isc072117.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/07/170721113415.htm
https://www.sciencealert.com/sign-of-a-mysterious-human-ancestor-has-been-found-in-our-spit

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AFRICA
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Kingdom of Kerma era tombs from the Sudan:

http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1056993.shtml

I think we mentioned this Egyptian-style goldsmith’s burial from the Sudan:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/07/170721090109.htm

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Plenty of coverage of the possible discovery of the tomb of Tut’s wife:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/12657/Archaeologists-claim-discovery-of-Tutankhamun-s-wife-lost-tomb
https://www.livescience.com/59840-king-tut-wife-tomb-possibly-found.html
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/king-tuts-wife-possibly-buried-new-tomb/
http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/king-tutankhamuns-wife-might-be-hidden-in-newly-discovered-tomb-filled-with-3300yearold-secrets/news-story/a271484eecb06e04be6ce79507e0a2a8?from=rss-basic
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=11893023
http://www.ibtimes.com/tomb-king-tutankhamuns-wifes-discovered-ankhesenamun-lies-next-her-second-husband-2567662
http://www.foxnews.com/science/2017/07/19/tomb-king-tuts-wife-discovered-experts-excited-by-find-in-egypt.html
https://www.yahoo.com/news/tomb-king-tutankhamun-wife-likely-125653687.html
http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/nations/egypt/2017/07/20/archeology-tomb-of-tutankhamuns-wife-possibly-discovered_6811f305-fefc-4072-ab78-174fcb8806c7.html

Medieval graffiti from a cave in Upper Egypt (we may have mentioned this last week):

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/43/273873/Heritage/Islamic/Medievalera-graffiti-discovered-in-cave-in-Upper-E.aspx
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/no-god-except-allah-medieval-grafitti-by-ancient-pilgrims-discovered-egyptian-cave-1631342
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5750-170720-egypt-medieval-graffiti

There’s a Cairo Pass now to help get you to assorted sites:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/273767/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Cairo-Pass-available-for-foreigners-to-visit-all-a.aspx
http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/12653/Egypt-launches-new-pass-for-Giza-an-Cairo-archaeological-sites

Antiquities stolen from an Egyptian mosque were recovered:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/43/274040/Heritage/Islamic/Antiquities-stolen-from-Egypts-Jani-Bek-AlAshrafi-.aspx

Feature on the Rosetta Stone:

https://www.livescience.com/59858-rosetta-stone-turns-218.html

Egypt is ‘taking stock’ of its neglected antiquities:

http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2017/07/egypt-antiquities-campaign-prevent-theft.html

More on the AUC handing over a pile of items to Egypt:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/273713/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/AUC-hands-over-to-Egypt-,-artifacts-from-past-arch.aspx
https://dailynewsegypt.com/2017/07/19/national-museum-egyptian-civilisation-receives-453-artefacts/

Study suggesting the Philistines weren’t ‘Aegean pirates’:

http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.802928

10 000 years bp burials near Dargecit possibly suggest a belief in the afterlife:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/excavations-in-turkeys-southeast-reveal-10000-year-old-belief-in-afterlife.aspx?pageID=238&nid=115695&NewsCatID=375

Plenty of interest for the find of the ‘oldest emoji/smiley’ on a pot at a site near Gazian Tepe:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/worlds-oldest-smiley-emoji-found-in-turkey.aspx?pageID=238&nid=115642&NewsCatID=375
https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/07/17/worlds-first-smiley-discovered-on-4000-year-old-pot-in-turkey
https://www.livescience.com/59895-oldest-known-smiley-face-emoji.html
https://hyperallergic.com/391472/was-the-oldest-smiley-found-on-a-3700-year-old-jug/
http://www.timesofisrael.com/historys-oldest-smile-found-on-4000-year-old-pot-in-turkey/
http://www.ndtv.com/offbeat/worlds-oldest-emoji-discovered-on-3-700-year-old-pottery-1728207
5000 years bp pottery from Cadir Hoyuk:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/07/20/archaeologists-delicately-excavate-5000-year-old-pottery

10 pre-First Temple pots from Shiloh are causing a stir:

http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=43843
http://www.jns.org/news-briefs/2017/7/14/10-ancient-jugs-predating-first-temple-unearthed-at-shiloh-site

… and they’re looking for the Ark of the Covenant there too:

http://forward.com/fast-forward/377171/watch-archaeologists-hunt-for-ark-of-the-covenant-in-israel/
http://www.timesofisrael.com/with-bibles-and-shovels-a-search-for-the-biblical-tabernacle-gathers-pace-at-shiloh/

A 2700 years bp reservoir from Rosh Ha’ayin:

http://www.antiquities.org.il/Article_eng.aspx?sec_id=25&subj_id=240&id=4299
http://mfa.gov.il/MFA/IsraelExperience/History/Pages/High-school-students-discover-ancient-Assyrian-period-water-system-20-July-2017.aspx
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Rare-2700-year-old-Assyrian-era-reservoir-unearthed-in-central-Israel-500236
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/232744
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/impressive-2700-year-old-water-system-discovered-near-rosh-haayin/2017/07/20/
http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.802466
http://www.timesofisrael.com/israeli-high-schoolers-excavate-2700-year-old-water-system/
http://www.jns.org/news-briefs/2017/7/20/israeli-students-help-to-uncover-2700-year-old-assyrian-era-water-reservoir
http://www.aina.org/ata/20170720121416.htm
https://www.algemeiner.com/2017/07/21/israeli-students-help-uncover-2700-year-old-assyrian-era-water-reservoir/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5749-170720-israel-water-reservoir

More on the evidence for destruction at Gezer:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/biblical-account-of-gezers-destruction-gains-ground-with-torched-skeleton-finds/

The Tel Es-Safi/Gath blog is up and running again:

https://gath.wordpress.com/

On the multidisciplinary approach to archaeology in Jordan:

http://www.jordantimes.com/news/local/multidisciplinary-approach-archaeology-improves-research-findings-%E2%80%94-jordanian-expert
http://www.menafn.com/1095628577/Multidisciplinary-approach-to-archaeology-improves-research-findings-%E2%80%94-Jordanian-expert

Latest in the Temple Mount saga:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/pa-minister-accuses-israel-of-exploiting-attack-to-dig-under-temple-mount/

More on the dig at Karkamis:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/excavation-works-in-ancient-karkamis-end.aspx?pageID=238&nid=115519&NewsCatID=375

Politics and archaeology clash in Israel once again:

https://mosaicmagazine.com/picks/2017/07/the-worlds-oldest-archaeological-journal-cancels-a-conference-in-order-to-boycott-israel/

Somewhat strange feature on how ISIL chooses what cities to take:

http://www.aina.org/news/20170720120507.htm

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A Roman sarcophagus find from Southwark was getting plenty of attention:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-london-40641846
https://www.southwarknews.co.uk/news/extremely-rare-roman-sarcophagus-found-borough-dig/
http://www.andoveradvertiser.co.uk/uk_national_news/15417908.Ancient_Roman_sarcophagus_found_next_to_baby_bones_near_Borough_Market/
http://www.thisislancashire.co.uk/news/national/15417908.Ancient_Roman_sarcophagus_found_next_to_baby_bones_near_Borough_Market/
http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/uk/ancient-roman-sarcophagus-found-next-to-baby-bones-near-borough-market-35942779.html
http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/15417924.Ancient_Roman_sarcophagus_found_next_to_baby_bones_near_Borough_Market/
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/roman-sarcophagus-unearthed-at-building-site-near-borough-market-southwark-c7nblh3pb
http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/archaeologists-lift-the-lid-of-an-ancient-roman-sarcophagus-news-photo/817569336
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5743-170718-london-roman-sarcophagus

A very interesting mosaic from Perge:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/1800-year-old-mosaic-found-in-ancient-city-of-perge.aspx?PageID=238&NID=115733&NewsCatID=375

Remains of a Temple of Apollo on Despotiko:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/26446-remains-of-ancient-apollo-temple-unearthed-on-greek-despotiko-islet-west-of-antiparos.html

Roman coin from Orkney:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-40606908
http://www.thetelegraphandargus.co.uk/news/15418643.Roman_coin_found_in___39_race_against_time__39__dig_on_Scottish_island/
http://www.scotsman.com/regions/inverness-highlands-islands/rare-roman-coin-found-at-orkney-dig-site-1-4509490
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5740-170717-scotland-roman-coin

Late Roman coins from a Chinese tomb:

http://gbtimes.com/china/eastern-roman-gold-coins-found-1500-year-old-chinese-tomb

On the Roman villa dig at Zejtun:

https://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20170718/life-features/a-roman-villa-inside-a-zejtun-school.653583
http://www.independent.com.mt/articles/2017-07-19/company-news/GSD-Marketing-Ltd-supports-the-UoM-during-the-archaeological-excavations-at-the-Zejtun-Roman-Villa-6736176787

Feature on the Herculaneum Graffiti Project:

https://www.thelocal.it/20170720/pompeii-herculaneum-graffiti-history-archaeology-marginalized-groups-ancient-rome-slaves-women-vesuvius-social-media

Feature on garum:

http://www.motherjones.com/food/2017/07/fish-sauce-ancient-rome-garum/

Feature on Nero’s fire and ancient firefighting:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/drsarahbond/2017/07/18/july-18-64-the-great-fire-of-nero-and-the-ancient-history-of-firefighting/

… and the subsequent blame/martyrdom put on Christians:

http://www.thedailybeast.com/nero-the-execution-of-peter-and-paul-and-the-biggest-fake-news-in-early-christian-history

Feature on Iklaina:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2017/07/22/iklaina-the-first-city-state-of-ancient-greece-and-europe/

In case you missed the news of the earthquake on Kos:

http://www.thedailybeast.com/67-magnitude-earthquake-rocks-greek-islands-turkish-coast

… and there was damage at some sites:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2017/07/21/earthquake-damaged-kos-sites-and-monuments-archaeological-service-reports/

Interesting production of the Eumenides:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/22/opinion/manhattans-district-attorney-vs-aeschylus.html

Interview with Rossella Rea:

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/life/weekend-australian-magazine/qa-dr-rossella-rea-63-director-of-the-colosseum-rome/news-story/e89de7840a1282bbf32b72532829d3ab

Valerio Manfredi has written a novel based on the Varian disaster:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2017/07/08/actualidad/1499549585_749131.html

The Greek Orthodox Church sold the Roman *theater* (not amphitheater) in Caesarea:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/ancient-roman-amphitheater-in-caesarea-sold-by-greek-orthodox-church-to-mystery-foreign-buyer/
https://www.jta.org/2017/07/17/news-opinion/israel-middle-east/ancient-roman-amphitheater-in-caesarea-sold-to-foreign-buyer

… and other land too, by the way:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/greek-orthodox-church-sold-land-near-iconic-jaffa-clock-tower-report/
http://www.jns.org/news-briefs/2017/7/18/israels-greek-orthodox-church-sells-iconic-jaffa-land-in-latest-controversial-deal

Probably not uncommon fallout from the lack of washroom facilities at Pompeii:

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/elderly-tourist-reported-after-defecating-one-pompeiis-best-preserved-homes-1630710

Strange ‘spray attack’ at the Vergina tombs:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/26418-no-damage-to-ancient-artifacts-from-spray-attack-at-vergina-tombs-in-greece.html

On Shakespeare’s idea of the invasion of Britain:

http://historynewsnetwork.org/article/166456

More on ‘white’ ancient statuary:

https://news.vice.com/story/marble-helped-scholars-whitewash-ancient-history

More on those Roman coins from Rio Tinto:

http://blog.gainesvillecoins.com/2017/07/16/ancient-roman-coins-found-spain/

More on the Fourni shipwrecks:

http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.801529

More on plans for those burials at Phaleron:

https://phys.org/news/2017-07-archaeologists-high-tech-year-old-greek-cold.htm
http://www.ibtimes.com/are-these-ancient-greek-skeletons-executed-army-olympic-champion-cylon-2567322
https://www.yahoo.com/tech/archaeologists-high-tech-2-500-old-greek-cold-030929020.html
http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/26348-archaeologists-in-athens-discover-2-500-year-old-greek-mystery.html
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/archaeologists-go-high-tech-in-2500-year-old-greek-cold-case—-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=115563&NewsCatID=375
https://www.pri.org/stories/2017-07-15/archaeologists-will-use-csi-technology-study-2500-year-old-remains-near-athens

More on Lanciani’s images of Rome going online:

https://hyperallergic.com/389365/rodolpho-lanciani-rome-images-archive-online/

More on the St Catherine’s Hippocrates:

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/07/hippocrates-manuscript-sinai-palimpsests-st-catherines-monastery-spd/

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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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Bronze Age burials from Romania:

https://www.romania-insider.com/bronze-age-tombs-2017/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5752-170721-romania-bronze-age

A 4500 years bp burial urn from Silsden:

http://www.keighleynews.co.uk/news/15417817.Top_caveman__39_s_urn_found_at_Silsden_burial_mound/
http://www.thetelegraphandargus.co.uk/news/15420640.Stone_Age_burial_chamber_discovered_on_site_of_new_homes/

Neolithic ‘butterfly motifs’ from Orkney:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-40653877
http://www.scotsman.com/news/neolithic-butterfly-markings-found-on-orkney-1-4509215
http://www.scotsman.com/heritage/people-places/archaeologists-hit-jackpot-after-sun-uncovers-neolithic-markings-1-4509215
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5746-170719-scotland-orkney-art

From the same Ness of Brodgar site … an incense pot:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-40681085

3500 years bp artifacts from the Zadar archipelago:

http://www.total-croatia-news.com/lifestyle/20585-archaeologists-uncover-3500-year-old-artefacts-in-zadar-archipelago

3000 years bp necropolis in Spain with Urnfield Culture items:

https://elpais.com/elpais/2017/07/19/inenglish/1500485443_757250.html
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/3000-year-old-necropolis-discovered-spain-contains-clues-about-urnfield-culture-1630822
http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/830541/Graveyard-remains-Sena-Spain-archeologists-cemetery-site

On recent finds around Stonehenge:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20170713-why-stonehenge-was-built

A fish trap in Southampton has been dated to Saxon times:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-40635975
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5747-170719-england-fishing-weir

Studying fenland in Anglo-Saxon times:

https://phys.org/news/2017-07-dark-agesanglo-saxon-fenland-re-imagined.html

An update on the Tintagel dig:

https://www.livescience.com/59889-archaeologists-return-king-arthur-birthplace.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cornwall-40588509

Searching for evidence of 17th century gunfire at Nottingham Castle:

https://nottstv.com/archaeologists-digging-find-evidence-guns-fired-nottingham-castle-17th-century-civil-war/

On how bad London smelled in 1858:

http://www.npr.org/2017/07/18/537890448/london-literally-stank-in-the-summer-of-1858-just-ask-dickens-and-darwin

Digging some 19th century steel industry sites in Yorkshire:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-south-yorkshire-40669159
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5751-170720-england-steel-industry

There’s an exhibition associated with this but the story is interesting … African-Caribbean prisoners’ from a medieval castle:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2017/jul/18/hidden-story-of-2000-african-caribbean-pows-in-a-medieval-castle

Studying the sale of offices in 17th century Spain:

https://economia.elpais.com/economia/2017/07/21/actualidad/1500639917_726301.html

The Ely Museum is trying to acquire a gold torc:

http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/news/local-news/british-museum-gold-torc-ely-13353495
http://www.elystandard.co.uk/news/can-you-help-raise-8-000-to-keep-bronze-age-gold-torc-found-in-fordham-at-ely-museum-1-5116754

5000 years of Scottish history in 25 objects:

http://www.scotsman.com/heritage/5-000-years-of-scottish-history-summed-up-in-25-objects-1-4508701

Plans for another archaeological park in Sofia:

http://www.novinite.com/articles/181433/Sofia+will+have+a+Second+Archaeological+Complex

Chester Castle has reopened:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-40657606

A history of the Windsors:

http://www.dw.com/en/100-years-of-the-windsors/g-39700438

What we’re learning from some mummies from Vilnius:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jul/16/mummies-church-of-the-holy-spirit-vilnius-dario-piombino-mascali

There are apparently a pile of undiscovered caves beneath Nottingham:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/07/22/hundreds-undiscovered-caves-still-remain-nottinghams-streets/
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-nottinghamshire-40668609

More on ‘St Columba’s purported hut’:

https://www.livescience.com/59841-remains-of-medieval-saints-hut-confirmed.html

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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Plenty of coverage of evidence from Australia’s Northern Territory that humans were in the area some 65 000 years bp:

https://phys.org/news/2017-07-artifacts-humans-australia-earlier-thought.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-07/uow-ash071817.php
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-07/uoq-kfc071717.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/07/170719132252.htm
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/19/science/humans-reached-australia-aboriginal-65000-years.html
https://www.livescience.com/59874-humans-arrived-australia-65000-years-ago.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-40651473
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/jul/19/dig-finds-evidence-of-aboriginal-habitation-up-to-80000-years-ago
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/video/2017/jul/20/aboriginal-archaeological-dig-80000-australia-video
http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/aboriginal-archaeological-discovery-in-kakadu-rewrites-the-history-of-australia-20170719-gxe3qy.html
http://www.abc.net.au/news/science/2017-07-20/aboriginal-shelter-pushes-human-history-back-to-65,000-years/8719314
https://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/1102/Humans-first-settled-in-Australia-much-earlier-than-previous-estimates
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-australia-archaeology-aborigines-idUSKBN1A50J6?feedType=RSS&feedName=scienceNews
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/humans-first-settled-australia-early-65000-years-ago
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/deadthings/2017/07/19/the-first-australians-arrived-65000-years-ago/
http://www.nationalgeographic.com.au/australia/indigenous-archaeology-rewrites-the-history-of-australia.aspx
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/buried-tools-and-pigments-tell-a-new-history-of-humans-in-australia-for-65-000-years/
http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v547/n7663/full/nature22968.html?foxtrotcallback=true
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5745-170719-australia-madjedbebe-shelter

Why it’s important:

http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/what-globally-significant-archaeological-discovery-in-australia-actually-means/news-story/e5744f4826789b7300afe581d1521f98?from=rss-basic

Related:

http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/science/2017/07/how_to_make_a_study_reproducible.html

A Sumatran cave preserves 5000 years of evidence of tsunamis:

https://www.seeker.com/culture/archaeology/5000-year-long-record-of-tsunamis-found-in-sumatran-cave-encrusted-in-bat-guano
https://www.livescience.com/59880-5000-year-long-tsunami-record-found.html

Latest frozen mummies from Siberia (1300 years bp) seems to have had Persian connections:

http://www.newsweek.com/medieval-mummies-siberia-arctic-civilization-637602
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/copper-covered-mummies-discovered-remote-siberia-long-lost-arctic-civilisation-1630804
https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/4032080/mysterious-mummies-were-cocooned-in-copper-and-fur-for-1300-years-in-icy-siberian-male-only-necropolis-with-links-to-persia/

Hype for a Chinese survey and dig of a Mongolian burial ground:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-07/19/c_136456132.htm

A report on the Tao River Archaeological Project:

http://harvardmagazine.com/2017/07/harvard-summer-archaeology-ancient-china

Plundering tombs is on the rise in China:

http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/thieves-plunder-tombs-in-china-as-demand-for-antiquities-rises

—–

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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Searching for the grave of the “Maryland 400:

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/bs-md-maryland-400-20170713-story.html

Digging up the remains of Canada’s (torched) parliament:

http://montrealgazette.com/news/local-news/montreals-pompeii-archeologists-sift-through-ruins-of-canadas-torched-parliament

On some detached skulls in a Middle Woodland mound:

http://www.dispatch.com/news/20170717/archaeology-science-solves-mystery-of-detached-skulls-in-burial-mound

Concerns for artifacts from Annapolis Royal as Canada centralizes storage facilities:

http://thechronicleherald.ca/novascotia/1487514-annapolis-royal-mayor-trying-to-keep-local-artifacts-in-the-province
http://www.novanewsnow.com/news/local/2017/7/18/saving-history—-annapolis-royal-mayor-hopes-artifacts-wont-be-.html
http://www.annapoliscountyspectator.ca/news/local/2017/7/18/saving-history—-annapolis-royal-mayor-hopes-artifacts-wont-be-.html
http://www.theguardian.pe.ca/news/regional/2017/7/18/saving-history—-annapolis-royal-mayor-hopes-artifacts-wont-be-.html

Remembering the Salem Witch trials:

https://www.usatoday.com/videos/news/nation/2017/07/20/325-years-later-witch-trial-victims-remembered/103840534/
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/site-salem-witch-trial-hangings-finally-has-memorial-180964049/?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=socialmedia

They’re ‘downsizing’ the Franklin dig:

http://www.nunatsiaqonline.ca/stories/article/65674ship_glitch_scales_back_franklin_wreck_survey_in_nunavut/

Vandalism at Mesa Verde:

http://www.9news.com/news/local/someone-destroyed-archaeological-artifacts-to-vandalize-mesa-verde/458781379

More on that French and Indian War cannonball find in Quebec:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jul/18/cannonball-quebec-city-seven-years-war-british-french-canada
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/quebec-cannonball-90kg-explode-britain-1759-canada-photos-a7843056.html
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/potentially-live-cannonball-french-and-indian-war-found-quebec-city-180964093/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5741-170717-canada-quebec-cannonball

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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A dig on St Thomas is looking at 18th/19th century lifestyles:

http://stthomassource.com/content/2017/07/17/bethlehem-dig-sheds-light-on-how-crucians-lived-and-died/

More on Easter Island:

https://www.sciencealert.com/new-archaeological-analysis-is-rewriting-the-history-of-easter-island

—–
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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Plenty of Jane Austen stuff (these all vary in focus):

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-40644085
https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/public/jane-austen-symposium/
https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/public/on-the-money-jane-austen/
https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/2017/07/17/200-years-after-her-death-jane-austen-beloved-heroine-her-own-story/480464001/
https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/07/12/books/review/jane-austen-quiz.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/13/books/review/jane-austen-death-has-no-dominion.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/11/books/review/jane-smiley-on-jane-austen-legacy-roots.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-40647121
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-devon-40643883
http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2017/07/18/537247637/it-is-a-truth-universally-acknowledged-that-jane-austen-pairs-well-with-tea

… there was particular attention paid to the quotation put on the Jane Austen banknote:

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/jul/18/jane-austen-banknote-unveiled-with-strange-choice-of-quotation
http://www.bbc.com/news/business-40641382
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-40649721

… and related to this:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-38257375
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-40649712

On German condoms and the Russian Revolution (!):

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/17/opinion/german-condoms-russian-revolution.html

Not sure if we’ve mentioned the legal action being taken by the Aboutaams over allegations they sold ISIL-related items:

http://www.courthousenews.com/defamed-isis-conduit-antiquities-dealer-says/
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/17/arts/design/antiquities-dealer-sues-wall-street-journal-over-isis-article.html
https://www.artsjournal.com/2017/07/antiquities-dealer-sues-wall-street-journal-over-article-suggesting-he-trafficked-with-isis.html
http://observer.com/2017/07/isis-looting-wall-street-journal-lawsuit/

A nice APOD over Pisa:

https://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap170718.html

On Handel’s ‘Water Music’:

http://www.npr.org/sections/deceptivecadence/2017/07/17/536493418/300-years-of-handels-water-music-with-a-splash-of-politics

On the ‘Book of Miracles’:

http://www.cnn.com/2017/07/17/arts/book-of-miracles/index.html
https://www.taschen.com/pages/en/catalogue/classics/all/44613/facts.the_book_of_miracles.htm

On defending Western civilization with science:

http://www.npr.org/sections/13.7/2017/07/18/537882769/to-defend-western-civilization-start-with-science

Pondering ‘who owns antiquity’:

http://wnpr.org/post/who-owns-antiquity

They exhumed Dali and his moustache is intact:

https://phys.org/news/2017-07-exhumation-dali-mustache-intact.html
http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=97664

Feature on Tesla:

http://www.thedailybeast.com/how-nikola-tesla-sparked-the-electric-age

Latest Victor Nuovo piece on Hobbes:

http://addisonindependent.com/201707victor-nuovo-lingering-problems-hobbes

On automata in various cultures:

https://elpais.com/elpais/2017/07/17/fotorrelato/1500306240_136785.html#1500306240_136785_1500379119

Where to see assorted old maps:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/where-see-some-worlds-oldest-maps-180963855/

Feature on five languages which have yet to be ‘deciphered’:

https://www.livescience.com/59851-ancient-languages-not-yet-deciphered.html

Marking the centennial of the NAACP Silent Protest parade:

http://news.yale.edu/2017/07/18/beinecke-display-marks-centennial-1917-naacp-silent-protest-parade

Feature on Martin Luther:

https://internacional.elpais.com/internacional/2017/07/21/actualidad/1500642089_505462.html

Why they can’t find Genghis Khan’s tomb:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20170717-why-genghis-khans-tomb-cant-be-found

Not really within our purview, age-wise, but remains of a couple who disappeared some 75 years ago emerged from a swiss glacier:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jul/18/bodies-of-swiss-couple-missing-for-75-years-found-on-glacier
http://www.ctvnews.ca/world/victims-of-decades-old-accident-found-on-swiss-glacier-1.3507868
https://www.livescience.com/59903-two-bodies-mummified-in-swiss-glacier.html

A history-what-if piece on the Ottoman Empire:

http://econ.st/2v9ie73

Review of a book on the changing attitudes towards what is considered ‘vice’ in various periods:

https://www.insidehighered.com/views/2017/07/19/review-mark-stein-vice-capades-sex-drugs-and-bowling-pilgrims-present

Review of a book on balloonist/photographer Nadar:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/books/he-photographed-victor-hugo-and-jules-verne-now-the-spotlight-is-on-him/2017/07/19/76c2b5f4-6aff-11e7-9c15-177740635e83_story.html

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Franklin Expedition:

http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/franklin-exhibition-in-london-features-items-from-shipwreck-inuit-artifacts-1.3505001

Anishinaabeg:

http://ca.blouinartinfo.com/news/story/2356421/anishinaabeg-art-and-power-at-royal-ontario-museum-toronto

Emotions:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/tornos/events/26395-%CE%B5xhibition-%CE%B5motions-opens-at-the-acropolis-museum-in-athens-on-tuesday.html

Animal mummies;

http://observer.com/2017/07/brooklyn-museum-secrets-of-animal-mummies-exhibition/

Hokusai:

https://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/exhibition/hokusai/

Flooding damaged some paintings at the Louvre:

https://hyperallergic.com/390883/flooding-damages-three-paintings-and-multiple-rooms-at-the-louvre/

The principal museum in northern Chile was torn town (did I read that right?):

http://elmostrador.cl/cultura/2017/07/20/el-principal-museo-arqueologico-del-norte-de-chile-demolido-y-botado-por-lio-judicial/

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THE TECHY SIDE
================================================================
Latest facial reconstruction is of the Lord of Sipan:

https://phys.org/news/2017-07-peru-reconstructs-pre-columbian-ruler.html
https://sg.news.yahoo.com/peru-reconstructs-face-pre-columbian-ruler-112430727.html

The BM put a 3d scan of the Rosetta Stone online:

https://www.digitaltrends.com/cool-tech/3d-scan-rosetta-stone/

More on the facial reconstruction of the Lady of Cao:

http://news.tulane.edu/news/1700-year-old-mummy-faces-future-new-look

More on that Bronze Age guy from Derbyshire’s facial reconstruction:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-derbyshire-40582056

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ON THE DNA FRONT
================================================================
DNA news this week again seems to be concerned mostly with dog domestication:

http://www.nature.com/news/ancient-genomes-heat-up-dog-domestication-debate-1.22320
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/untangling-the-mystery-of-how-fido-became-humankind-rsquo-s-best-friend/
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/deadthings/2017/07/18/dog-domestication-is-a-new-study-barking-up-the-wrong-tree/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-40638584
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/study-suggests-dogs-were-domesticated-once-40000-years-ago-180964101/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5742-170718-one-dog-domestication

On the genetic background of the people of Madagascar:

https://phys.org/news/2017-07-genetic-reveals-ancestry-madagascar-people.html

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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On the threat climate-change induced rising seas presents to sites:

http://e360.yale.edu/features/heritage-at-risk-how-rising-seas-threaten-ancient-coastal-ruins

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TOURISTY THINGS
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Cape Breton’s Gaelic culture:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/gallery/20170719-the-canadians-bringing-back-gaelic-culture

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CRIME BEAT
================================================================
Caught with 4th century coins at the Gaza border with Israel:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/liveblog_entry/antiquities-smuggler-nabbed-at-gaza-border-with-rare-4th-century-coins/
http://www.timesofisrael.com/palestinian-caught-trying-to-smuggle-rare-ancient-coins-from-gaza/
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/232537
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/rare-archaeological-coins-confiscated-at-erez-crossing/2017/07/16/

The EU is cracking down on ‘blood antiquities’:

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/new-eu-proposal-crack-down-trade-in-blood-antiquities-1026071

Not sure what’s really going on in this Auschwitz-related theft accusation:

http://m.jpost.com/Israel-News/Israeli-art-college-fends-off-Auschwitz-Museum-accusation-of-students-theft-500224

Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2017/07/culture-crime-news-10-16-july-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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On the recovery of those stolen Rembrandts a few years back:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2017/07/22/actualidad/1500735622_566923.html

The BM is helping return an item to Uzbekistan:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jul/17/british-museum-helps-return-stolen-artefact-to-uzbekistan
https://www.calvertjournal.com/news/show/8615/british-museum-helps-important-artefact-home-to-uzbekistan
https://www.antiquestradegazette.com/news/2017/stolen-islamic-tile-discovered-in-london-art-gallery-will-return-to-uzbekistan/
http://www.eurasiatimes.org/en/20/07/2017/uzbek-artefact-recovered-at-uk-auction/

OpEds in the wake of the Hobby Lobby case:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/posteverything/wp/2017/07/17/hobby-lobby-is-making-cultural-preservation-harder-and-more-dangerous/
http://www.southbendtribune.com/news/education/notre-dame-prof-says-artifact-purchases-like-hobby-lobby-s/article_f4c32dd8-ed19-51d8-89a1-8ee1da0c0363.html

… and fallout in academe:

http://www.sltrib.com/news/5522310-155/scholars-ask-byu-to-probe-profs

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NUMISMATICA
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Big bucks for a Caesar denarius:

http://www.numismaticnews.net/article/denarius-coins-sell-internet-sale

Feature on coins of Akragas:

http://www.coinweek.com/ancient-coins/ma-shops-ancient-coins-akragas/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n29.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n30.html

————————
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/2632-audio-news-from-archaeologica-9-july-2017-15-july-2017
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OBITUARIES
===============================================================
Raymond Sackler:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/19/business/raymond-sackler-dead-of-purdue-pharma.html

Wm Theodore de Bary:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/17/world/asia/wm-de-bary-dead-columbia-university-sinologist.html

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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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