Explorator 20.14 ~ July 30, 2017

Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Hernan Astudillo,
John Hall, Barbara Saylor Rodgers, Bob Heuman, David Critchley, Rick Heli,
Richard C. Griffiths, and Ross W. Sargent for headses upses this week
(as always hoping I have left no one out).

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Neanderthals were eating turtles at a site in Israel some 60 000 years bp, apparently:

http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.803364
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5762-170726-israel-freshwater-turtle

Early homo sapiens in southern Africa some 60 000 years bp (give or take) were culturally flexible:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-07/uotw-cfw072617.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-07-early-human-ability-survive-prolonged.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/07/170726102921.htm

More on ‘ghost species’ traces in saliva:

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/science/news/article.cfm?c_id=82&objectid=11894688
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5755-170724-saliva-gene-variant
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/07/2017/clues-to-a-ghost-species-of-ancient-human-found-in-saliva

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AFRICA
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Chinese burials (it has been determined) from an island off Kenya:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-07/29/c_136481481.htm

More on the goldsmith’s tomb in the Sudan:

https://phys.org/news/2017-07-kingdom-egyptthe-goldsmith-tomb.html

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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A tomb of unspecified date from Sharqia:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/13639/The-transfer-of-a-newly-discovered-archaeological-tomb
http://www.egyptindependent.com/pharaonic-tomb-unearthed/

Medieval frescoes from the St Pishoy monastery:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/42/274317/Heritage/Coptic/Medieval-Coptic-wallpaintings-uncovered-at-Egyptia.aspx
http://www.egyptindependent.com/murals-discovered-anba-bishoy-monastery/
https://egyptianstreets.com/2017/07/30/archaeological-murals-discovered-at-saint-bishoy-monastery/
http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/14153/Wall-paintings-discovered-in-Monastery-of-Saint-Pishoy

Feature on Flinders Petrie:

http://www.thenational.scot/culture/15439186.Profile__Flinders_Petrie__controversial_founder_of_archaeology/

Bronze Age granaries from Manisa:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ancient-granaries-reveal-history-of-grape-production–.aspx?pageID=238&nid=115965&NewsCatID=375

Evidence of the Babylonian destruction of Jerusalem:

http://www.antiquities.org.il/Article_eng.aspx?sec_id=25&subj_id=240&id=4302
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/233006
http://www.timesofisrael.com/new-jerusalem-finds-shore-up-biblical-account-of-babylonian-conquest/
http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-1.803529
http://www.ynet.co.il/articles/0,7340,L-4994533,00.html
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4994920,00.html
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/jerusalem/they-were-here-on-tisha-bav-new-evidence-of-babylonian-destruction-discovered-in-city-of-david/2017/07/26/
https://www.theyeshivaworld.com/news/headlines-breaking-stories/1325478/photos-eve-tisha-bav-evidence-babylonian-destruction-jerusalem-found-city-david.html
https://www.algemeiner.com/2017/07/26/ahead-of-tisha-bav-evidence-of-babylonian-destruction-of-jerusalem-unearthed/
http://forward.com/fast-forward/378000/new-evidence-of-babylonian-conquest-of-jerusalem-discovered/

Possible evidence that Second Temple priests fled to Magdala to continue traditions after the Romans took Jerusalem:

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Magdala-once-likely-populated-by-elite-Jerusalemites-501003
http://www.timesofisrael.com/new-finds-suggest-second-temple-priests-who-fled-the-romans-kept-up-holy-rituals-in-the-galilee/

A 1600 years bp wine press from Ramat Negev:

http://www.antiquities.org.il/Article_heb.aspx?sec_id=25&subj_id=240&id=4300
http://www.timesofisrael.com/1600-years-ago-soldiers-may-have-quaffed-wine-from-this-desert-press/
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Culture/1600-year-old-stone-wine-presser-found-in-Ramat-Negev-500669
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5760-170725-negev-wine-press

Really a DNA story, but the suggestion is they weren’t destroyed but moved to Lebanon (hmmm):

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-07/wtsi-pld072617.php
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-07/cp-wwt072017.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/07/170727122039.htm
http://www.cam.ac.uk/research/news/genetic-study-suggests-present-day-lebanese-descend-from-biblical-canaanites
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/27/science/ancient-canaanites-bible-lebanon.html
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/a7862936.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2017/07/28/study-disproves-bibles-claim-ancient-canaanites-wiped/
http://www.timesofisrael.com/the-canaanites-werent-annihilated-they-just-moved-to-lebanon/
https://www.newscientist.com/article/2142028-bronze-age-dna-calls-famous-biblical-slaughter-into-question/#038;%23038;%23038;campaign_id=RSS%7CNSNS-
https://arstechnica.co.uk/science/2017/07/genetic-evidence-suggests-the-canaanites-werent-destroyed-after-all/
http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-canaanite-lebanese-genetics-20170727-story.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2017/07/27/ancient-dna-solves-mystery-of-the-canaanites-reveals-the-biblical-peoples-fate/?wpisrc=al_alert-hse&wpmk=1
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/07/canaanite-bible-ancient-dna-lebanon-genetics-archaeology/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5766-170727-lebanon-canaanite-genome

Video on the Solomon’s Stables excavation on Temple Mount:

https://templemount.wordpress.com/2017/07/23/solomons-stables-history-and-destructionruction/

Suggestion that Philistines weren’t ‘pirates’ after all:

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

Some Foundation Stone interviews of note … first, a Tel Hazor interview with Prof Amnon Ben-Tor

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d0FQfGFaCM0

… and Tel Achziv interviews with Dr Yifat Therani and D. Michael Yasmin.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nxD7A9DoQ3U

Latest from the Tel Burna dig:

https://telburna.wordpress.com/2017/07/29/week-4end-of-season-overview/

Gobekli Tepe is looking for Heritage status:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/unesco-lists-turkeys-gobeklitepe-as-2018-nominee.aspx?pageID=238&nID=115875&NewsCatID=375

Feature on assorted biblical battles:

https://www.livescience.com/59911-ancient-biblical-battles.html

More on the oldest ‘smiley’ claim:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/worlds-oldest-smiley-face-found-hittite-jug-180964177/

Apparently not much is happening regarding the restoration of Nimrud:

http://www.dw.com/en/still-no-progress-in-restoring-ancient-nimrud/a-39813952

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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A major tomb+inscription find from Pompeii:

http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/culture/2017/07/27/tomb-depicting-famous-gladiator-brawl-discovered-in-pompeii_223d6f13-f15b-43d1-8405-a6f11fccd33b.html
https://www.the-tls.co.uk/new-inscription-pompeii-reading-lines/
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/world/pompeii-rivalled-rome-for-big-fight-night-shows-tomb-inscription-of-alleius-nigidius-maius-gzbbdvl5p
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5768-170727-porta-stabia-tomb

… some Italian coverage:

http://napoli.repubblica.it/cronaca/2017/07/24/news/pompei_scoperta_tomba_monumentale_con_iscrizione_lunga_4_metri-171550930/
http://napoli.repubblica.it/cronaca/2017/07/27/news/pompei_nigidius_il_liberto_amico_di_nerone_che_offri_giochi_degni_del_colosseo-171740672/
http://www.ansa.it/canale_viaggiart/it/notizie/bellezza/2017/07/26/pompei-emersa-la-tomba-di-un-impresario_c490dc6d-345f-4c48-ac67-9722f6d10cd8.html

Evidence that the Etruscans were good at beekeeping:

https://www.livescience.com/59970-etruscans-were-expert-beekeepers.html

Remains of the ancient sunken city of Neapolis off the coast of Tunisia:

http://www.ansa.it/sito/notizie/cultura/arte/2017/07/28/scoperta-citta-sommersa-in-tunisia_59b5268b-639b-4ec6-ad7d-49c03b92dbab.html

Looking at the site of the Varian disaster again:

http://www.dw.com/en/unearthing-the-mysteries-of-the-battle-that-created-germany/a-39817362

A well from Parion/Parium:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/07/24/2700-year-old-healing-water-discovered-in-parion-ancient-city-in-turkeys-canakkale

A Sarmatian burial from the Crimea (with a typical Pravda headline):

http://www.pravdareport.com/science/mysteries/28-07-2017/138279-alien_child-0/

Roman-era (empty) tombs from Usak:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ancient-symbolic-graves-unearthed-in-usak.aspx?pageID=238&nid=115943&NewsCatID=375
https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/07/25/2000-year-old-empty-tombs-unearthed-in-usak

A mosaic find from Perge:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/1800-year-old-mosaic-found-in-ancient-city-of-perge.aspx?PageID=238&NID=115733&NewsCatID=375
http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/26546-1-800-year-old-mosaic-discovered-in-ancient-anatolian-city-of-perge.html

They’re moving that mosaic found in a farmer’s field to a museum in Gaziantep:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/mosaic-to-move-to-gaziantep-.aspx?pageID=238&nid=116040
They were assessing damage in Kos:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/220446/article/ekathimerini/life/kos-archaeological-museum-assesses-quake-damage

… and the museum reopened:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/26548-kos-archaeological-museum-reopening-to-visitors-on-saturday.html

Excavating Halmyris:

http://theconversation.com/what-were-finding-as-we-excavate-halmyris-a-frontier-fort-of-the-roman-empire-73577

Another one that is a DNA story … confirmation that the Greeks settled Southern Italy and Sicily (we knew this already, no?):

http://neoskosmos.com/news/en/New-research-proves-ancient-Greeks-colonised-Sicily-and-Southern-Italy%20

Malaria was already widespread on Sardinia in the Roman period:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/07/170727103035.htm
http://www.news-medical.net/news/20170727/Malaria-already-widespread-on-Sardiniac2a0in-the-Roman-period-research-shows.aspx

Plans to dig at Uzuncaburç:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/excavation-start-at-turkeys-uzuncaburc.aspx?pageID=238&nid=116073&NewsCatID=375

Feature on Nero, Peter, and Paul:

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

Feature on garum:

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

Feature on the ballista:

http://www.popularmechanics.com/culture/tv/a27520/game-of-thrones-ballista/

Feature on the Secret Cabinet:

https://www.artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-trove-erotic-roman-art-scandalized-french-monarchy

Feature on the Nashville Parthenon:

https://www.artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-full-scale-replica-parthenon-nashville-tennessee

Novelizing Euripides:

http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/07/31/novelizing-greek-myth

Another feature on Wonder Woman/Amazons:

https://blog.oup.com/2017/07/wonder-woman-amazon-mythology/

Interesting touristy feature at Hadrian’s Wall:

http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/whats-on/arts-culture-news/how-hear-500-roman-cavalry-13385205

Court rules that Italy can seek a new head for the Colosseum:

http://www.stamfordadvocate.com/news/world/article/Ruling-lets-Italy-hunt-also-abroad-for-new-11362547.php
https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/travel/ruling-lets-italy-hunt-also-abroad-for-new-colosseum-chief/2017/07/25/ddac99d8-7135-11e7-8c17-533c52b2f014_story.html

… and the archaeo-park got the go-ahead too:

http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2017/07/25/court-says-ok-to-colosseum-archeo-park_95e9592f-c438-4377-a193-99affce7ac5a.html
https://www.thelocal.it/20170725/top-italian-court-gives-go-ahead-to-colosseum-archaeological-park
http://www.wantedinrome.com/news/italian-court-overturns-ruling-against-colosseum-park.html
http://theartnewspaper.com/news/news/italian-high-court-gives-green-light-to-colosseum-park-and-foreign-museum-directors/

Some Classical connections to Game of Thrones:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/drsarahbond/2017/07/24/five-references-to-the-ancient-and-late-roman-world-within-game-of-thrones/

Kristina Killgrove’s Day of Archaeology post:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2017/07/27/a-summer-day-in-the-life-of-a-roman-bioarchaeologist/

… and another Day of Archaeology post on the Paphos Theatre dig:

http://www.dayofarchaeology.com/roman-theatres-and-contemporary-arts-australian-archaeologists-in-cyprus/

An interesting production of the Eumenides:

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

What Kurt Freudenburg is up to:

https://news.yale.edu/2017/07/24/freudenburg-and-hansen-appointed-endowed-chairs

What Greg Crane is up to:

https://www.timeshighereducation.com/news/scholars-still-using-new-technology-do-same-damn-thing

Honours for Paul Cartledge:

http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/newsandevents/pressreleases/classics_expert_honoured/

Victorian women translating Greek:

https://thebestschools.org/review/ladies-greek/

Someone didn’t like the BBC’s portrayal of a diverse Roman Britain:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/07/27/alt-right-commentator-gets-schooled-historian-diversity-roman/
http://metro.co.uk/2017/07/27/alt-rigth-commentator-gets-shut-down-by-historian-over-diversity-in-roman-britain-6810143/

Why parents should read the Clouds:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/davidbahr1/2017/07/26/philosophy-leads-to-father-beating-or-why-all-parents-should-read-aristophanes-clouds/

Roman roads of the UK as a tube map:

https://www.shropshirestar.com/news/trending-topics/editors-picks/2017/07/27/shropshires-roman-roads-part-of-new-london-underground-style-map/
http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/london-life/alternative-tube-map-shows-roman-roads-of-britain-a3598096.html

Latest comparisons of the contemporary US to ancient times:

http://www.smh.com.au/national/public-service/donald-trump-presidency-has-echoes-of-ancient-greece-20170728-gxkq8z

More on that sarcophagus from a London market:

http://www.9news.com.au/world/2017/07/25/16/29/ancient-roman-sarcophagus-unearthed-in-london

In case you missed the Hippocrates palimpsest from st Catharine’s monastery:

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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Grain residue in a Bronze Age ‘lunchbox’ find from the Swiss Alps:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-07/uoy-afk072517.php https://phys.org/news/2017-07-archaeologists-key-tracking-ancient-wheat.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/07/170726091521.htm
https://www.livescience.com/59961-bronze-age-lunch-box-in-swiss-alps.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/07/27/traces-bronze-age-era-cereals-discovered-swiss-mountains/
http://www.foodandwine.com/news/ancient-grains-history-could-be-rewritten-thanks-discovery-in-swiss-alps
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/07/ancient-bronze-age-box-discovered-archaeology-spd/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5764-170726-bronze-age-box

I think we mentioned this 5000 years bp ‘incense pot’ from the Ness of Brodgar:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5756-170724-scotland-neolithic-pot

Prehistoric finds from the site of a new Inverness prison:

http://www.inverness-courier.co.uk/News/Extensive-prehistoric-remains-found-at-site-of-new-Inverness-prison-27072017.htm

Finds from various periods from Hayle dig:

http://www.smallholder.co.uk/news/15434722.Tools_from_Cornwall___s_first_farmers_among_important_archaeological_finds_at_Hayle_construction_site/

Assorted sites from Azerbaijan:

http://www.today.az/news/society/163486.html
https://www.azernews.az/nation/116679.html

An 1100 bp coin and other (Pictish) items from Burghead Fort:

http://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/news/national/15431648.Archaeologists_find_Pictish_remains_at_Moray_fort/
http://www.scotsman.com/heritage/people-places/1-100-year-old-coin-found-in-royal-pictish-power-centre-1-4513047
http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/uk/archaeologists-find-pictish-remains-at-moray-fort-35964885.html
https://www.eveningexpress.co.uk/fp/news/local/archaeologists-from-an-aberdeen-university-have-unearthed-artefacts-dating-back-more-than-1000-years-staff-from-the-university-of-aberdeen-have-been-digging-at-burghead-fort-near-lossiemouth-wher/
https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/moray/1294849/burghead-fort-dig-leads-to-surprise-discoveries/
http://observer.com/2017/07/pictish-fort-burghead-discovery/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5759-170725-scotland-coin-fort

A fifth century baptismal font from Bulgaria:

http://sofiaglobe.com/2017/07/28/archaeology-ancient-stone-baptismal-vessel-found-at-plovdivs-episcopal-basilica-site/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5772-170728-bulgaria-philippopolis-basilica

Finds from various periods from Bulgaria’s Ruskcastro fort dig:

http://sofiaglobe.com/2017/07/26/archaeology-ivory-icon-rare-byzantine-gold-coin-found-at-bulgarias-rusokastro-fortress-site/
http://www.novinite.com/articles/181656/Archaeologist+Found+Extremely+Rare+Ivory+Icon+in+Burgas
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5763-170726-bulgaria-rusokastro-fortress

Medieval burials from Peperikon:

http://sofiaglobe.com/2017/07/29/archaeology-more-than-80-mediaeval-tombs-found-at-bulgarias-perperikon/

A possible monastery beneath a Perth pub?:

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/local-news/old-monastery-lie-under-perth-10888275

18th century epidemic victims from a Polish cemetery:

http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news,415051,poznan-victims-of-the-epidemic-300-years-ago-discovered-in-srodka.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5757-170724-poland-plague-victims

A 150 years bp curling stone from a Peeblesshire farm site:

http://www.bordertelegraph.com/news/15429014.150_year_old_curling_stone_unearthed_on_Peeblesshire__farm/

Sale of that bronze peat bog sword:

https://www.antiquestradegazette.com/news/2017/ancient-peat-bog-bronze-sword-sells-to-dutch-museum-at-christies/

Studying the effects of a ninth century Icelandic volcanic eruption on the Dark Ages:

https://www.economist.com/news/science-and-technology/21725165-song-ice-and-fire-events-iceland-explain-years-famine-europes-dark

On the ‘Armenian Stonehenge’:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/unraveling-mystery-armenian-stonehenge-180964207/

St Cuthbert’s coffin has gone on display:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/jul/28/st-cuthberts-coffin-durham-cathedral

England’s ‘oldest hotel’ has been restored after a fire:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-devon-40718707

Heralding the golden age of Scottish archaeology:

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/15442386.Welcome_to_the_Golden_Age_of_Scottish_archaeology/

On medieval treatments for male infertility:

https://phys.org/news/2017-07-medieval-men-infertility-treatments.html

Analyzing European earthquakes over time:

http://dro.dur.ac.uk/22472/

More on Tintagel:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/archaeologists-return-legendary-birthplace-king-163900735.html

More on the ‘race against time’ at an Orkney site:

http://www.scotsman.com/regions/inverness-highlands-islands/orkney-archaeological-dig-is-a-battle-between-time-and-tide-1-4514267

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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A 2400 years bp ‘limousine’ from Henan:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-07/28/c_136480895.htm

A 2300 years bp carpenter’s tool from a site on Honshu:

http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201707280043.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5771-170728-iron-carpentry-tool

A medieval child burial from northern Russia:

http://siberiantimes.com/science/casestudy/news/skull-of-1000-year-old-arctic-chieftains-infant-heir-found-encased-in-persian-bronze-cup/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5769-170728-arctic-persian-bowl

Park rangers just came across a pile of Aboriginal petroglyphs in West Arnhem:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-07-30/aboriginal-rangers-discover-rock-art-site-in-arnhem-land/8750046

Humans may be behind the extinction of New Zealand’s swans:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5765-170726-new-zealand-swans

Studying early settlers in New Zealand from an Otago cemetery:

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU1707/S00305/research-reveals-insights-into-lives-of-early-settlers.htm
http://www.otago.ac.nz/news/news/otago656624.html

A Chinese museum seeks help with some oracle bones:

http://mentalfloss.com/article/503069/chinese-museum-offering-cash-whoever-can-decipher-these-3000-year-old-inscriptions

Concerns for Goan antiquities:

http://www.navhindtimes.in/desecration-of-the-goan-antiquities-ii/

More on earlier human arrival to Australia:

http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/07/2017/dated-artefacts-in-northern-australia-indicate-humans-arrived-there-about-65000-years-ago

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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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Evidence of diversification in points ca 12 500 year bp:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-07/s-toa072617.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-07-cultural-diversification-early-north-american.html

Mimbres culture items from a New Mexico dig:

http://www.lcsun-news.com/story/news/education/nmsu/2017/07/23/nmsu-students-discover-artifacts-archaeological-dig/503028001/

An 18th century crucifix from Fort Michilimackinac:

http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2017/07/18th-century_crucifix_uncovere.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5761-170725-michigan-brass-crucifix

… and a related Day of Archaeology post:

http://www.dayofarchaeology.com/michilimackinac-2017/

Digging up pioneer burials in southern Indiana prior to road construction:

http://www.tribstar.com/archaeologists-dig-up-graves-at-indiana-pioneer-cemetery/article_1153be9e-e3db-5206-828b-33f29d3ef10f.html

Human remains from a dig in a Prince George park:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/11-historical-human-remains-discovered-in-archaeological-dig-at-prince-george-park-1.4227857?cmp=rss

Digging an 18th century cemetery in Nova Scotia:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5770-170728-fortress-of-louisbourg

Plans to dig up a Baptist Church’s cemetery in Philadelphia:

http://www.bctv.org/special_reports/community/friends-of-hopewell-furnace-to-explore-the-first-baptist-church/article_2de4deb0-706e-11e7-b554-e73e94c4246e.html

I think we’ve mentioned this John Brown Farm dig before:

http://www.watertowndailytimes.com/curr/suny-potsdam-students-dig-up-artifacts-at-john-brown-site-20170726

They’ve banned metal detectors from Rogers Island:

http://poststar.com/news/local/historic-site-bans-metal-detectors/article_b59c3303-5955-5242-82bd-d4bf2bbc7d7a.html
http://www.wcax.com/story/35954166/officials-ban-metal-detectors-from-upstate-ny-historic-site
https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/new-york/articles/2017-07-24/officials-ban-metal-detectors-from-upstate-ny-historic-site

… a related dig has commenced:

http://poststar.com/news/local/digging-it-major-archaeology-project-underway-on-rogers-island/article_6386f70e-0edd-5bd1-8c98-e5b7100a6f29.html

Hyping a dig in Sarnia:

http://www.theobserver.ca/2017/07/25/archaeological-report-from-sarnia-excavation-expected-soon

Digging Underground Railroad sites in Albany:

http://www.timesunion.com/news/education/article/Dig-underway-at-Underground-Railroad-sites-in-11557572.php
http://www.syracuse.com/state/index.ssf/2017/07/excavating_sites_in_albany_neighborhood_with_link_to_underground_railroad.html
http://www.timesunion.com/living/article/Refuse-yields-historical-gems-11439234.php

Plans to survey the town site of Fort Macleod:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/fort-macleod-townsite-dig-1.4227532?cmp=rss

On the FBI’s ‘coming of age’:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-40721016

Studying links between Fort Vancouver and Yellowstone:

http://www.columbian.com/news/2017/jul/23/researcher-traces-ties-between-fort-yellowstone/

Did Billy the Kid have a connection to upstate New York?:

http://www.syracuse.com/state/index.ssf/2017/07/billy_the_kid_wild_west_outlaw_might_have_clinton_connection.html

More on the ‘moving the archaeological storage facilities’ thing in Canada:

http://www.macleans.ca/news/why-is-ottawa-trying-to-move-atlantic-canadas-artifacts-to-quebec/

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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An Aztec structure of some sort at Plaza Pino Suarez in Mexico City:

http://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/another-pre-hispanic-find-in-mexico-city/
http://www.inah.gob.mx/es/boletines/6331-hallan-vestigio-ceremonial-de-un-calpulli-mexica-en-la-plaza-pino-suarez

There’s more to Easter Island statues, apparently (we’ve seen this before):

https://www.forbes.com/sites/trevornace/2017/07/26/famous-easter-island-heads-have-hidden-bodies/

What Elizabeth Paris is up to:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/elizabeth-paris-archaeology-mayapan-1.4219671?cmp=rss

What Jon Henderson is up to:

https://nottstv.com/nottingham-archaeologist-uncovers-secrets-sunken-pirate-city-jamaica/

—–
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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A history of citrus fruit:

https://www.livescience.com/59896-ancient-citrus-trade-routes.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5758-170724-archaeobotany-citrus-fruit

Big bucks for a Waterloo veteran’s medals:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-derbyshire-40716456

… and a Boer War ‘time capsule”:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-derbyshire-40715985

On the invention of the windshield wiper:

http://www.npr.org/2017/07/25/536835744/alabama-woman-stuck-in-nyc-traffic-in-1902-invented-the-windshield-wiper

On the ‘Perfumed Garden’:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20170725-the-ancient-arabic-kama-sutra

Feature on the Basque language:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20170719-the-mysterious-origins-of-europes-oldest-language

Latest photos from the Sistine Chapel:

http://www.bbc.com/news/av/uk-england-40734899/sistine-chapel-like-you-ve-never-seen-it-before

Victor Nuovo is looking at Hobbes’ thoughts on religion:

http://www.addisonindependent.com/201707victor-nuovo-hobbes-religion

Latest on Amelia Earhart:

http://kval.com/news/local/this-is-in-face-what-did-happen-to-amelia-earhart

Feature on human sacrifice:

http://www.thedailybeast.com/human-sacrifice-a-hobby-as-old-as-time

On the origins of Monopoly:

http://www.bbc.com/capital/story/20170728-monopoly-was-invented-to-demonstrate-the-evils-of-capitalism

Studying millet:

http://www.cam.ac.uk/research/features/archaeology-shows-theres-more-to-millet-than-birdseed
https://phys.org/news/2017-07-archaeology-millet-birdseed.html

Studying transitions in cultural evolution:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/07/170726132047.htm

More on that pair of bodies from a Swiss glacier:

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/how-bodies-stayed-mummified-for-75-years-in-a-swiss-glacier/

Archaeology Podcast Network:

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

http://www.columbian.com/news/2017/jul/23/omsi-exhibit-shows-volcanic-destruction-of-pompeii-2000-years-ago/

Agon: Competition in Ancient Greece:

http://artdaily.com/news/97718/Exhibition-explores-the-competitive-spirit-that-was-a-powerful-element-in-Greek-society-#.WX37CYqQxn4

Vikings:

https://www.thestar.com/entertainment/2017/07/26/vikings-exhibit-to-land-at-rom-in-november.html

Egypt Uncovered:

https://egyptianstreets.com/2017/07/27/egypt-uncovered-new-exhibition-at-sir-john-soanes-museum-in-london/

Hokusai:

http://blog.britishmuseum.org/hokusai-in-the-world-then-and-now/

A New Jersey Museum has discovered several cases of 200+ year old wine:

http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/liberty-hall-museum-wine-madeira-collection-new-jersey-john-adams-president-usa-exhibition-a7856631.html

Followup to that fakes-in-a-Mexican-museum story:

http://eltecolote.org/content/en/features/mexican-museum-defends-its-legitimacy-corrects-journalists-inaccurate-reporting/

The British Museum somehow managed to lose a large Cartier diamond and kept it hush hush for quite a while:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-london-40738239
https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2017/jul/27/cartier-diamond-ring-worth-750000-lost-by-british-museum
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/million-dollar-diamond-ring-disappears-british-museum-london-1632116
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/british-museum-loses-750-000-ring-stcs3w5jv

I think we’ll start putting Bible Museum/Hobby Lobby stuff in this category now:

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/art/hobby-lobby-thinks-bible-can-save-america-now-museum-convince-critics/

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THE TECHY SIDE
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Latest imaging technique finding hidden texts:

https://www.livescience.com/59925-imaging-reveals-medieval-text.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5767-170727-combined-imaging-technique

Studying the grazing habits of Neolithic cattle using isotopes:

http://www.bristol.ac.uk/news/2017/july/isotopes-in-prehistoric-cattle-teeth.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-07/p-iip072017.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-07-isotopes-prehistoric-cattle-teeth-herding.html
http://www.inverness-courier.co.uk/News/Extensive-prehistoric-remains-found-at-site-of-new-Inverness-prison-27072017.htm

Studying prehistoric social networks in the Balkans:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-07/uoc-ait072717.php

On ground penetrating radar use:

https://magazine.du.edu/summer-2017/using-ground-penetrating-radar-anthropology-professor-explores-world-underground/

More on the BM’s 3d scan of the Rosetta Stone:

https://hyperallergic.com/391501/rosetta-stone-3d-model-british-museum/
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/interact-first-3-d-scan-rosetta-stone-180964205/

More on the Lady of Cao’s facial reconstruction:

http://www.nola.com/education/index.ssf/2017/07/mummy_unwrapped_by_tulane_prof.html

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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The Iberian peninsula did not witness in the influx of steppe invaders that the rest of Europe did, apparently:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-07/p-bai072117.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-07-bronze-age-iberia-steppe-invaders.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/07/170727141536.htm

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Rome’s ‘underworld’:

http://www.dw.com/en/romes-underworlds/av-19274357

Eynhallow Island:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20170721-why-you-ceynhallow-which-you-can-visit-one-day-a-year

Gold Butte:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/25/travel/gold-butte-nevada-antiquities-act-national-monument.html

Bermuda shipwrecks:

http://www.cnn.com/interactive/2017/07/travel/charted-waters-bermuda-shipwrecks/
http://bermuda100.ucsd.edu/index.php

Buffalo, New York:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/destinations/2017/07/28/buffalo-architecture/517033001/

Bears Ears:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/25/travel/bears-ears-utah-politics-trump-national-monument.html

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CRIME BEAT
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Five antiquities dealers in East Jerusalem have been arrested for fraud:

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Police-arrest-5-in-20-million-black-market-antiquities-tax-fraud-sting-501156
http://www.jerusalemonline.com/news/in-israel/local/5-antiquities-dealers-from-east-jerusalem-arrested-for-fraud-30061
http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/israeli-police-jerusalem-antiquity-dealers-arrested-con-48932817

Police foil an attempted theft from a Nubian museum:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/44/274127/Heritage/Museums/Police-foil-attempted-theft-of-goddess-Isis-statue.aspx
http://www.egyptindependent.com/police-foil-theft-attempt-nubia-museum/

Another coin smuggling attempt foiled by Egyptian authorities:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/41/274331/Heritage/GrecoRoman/Egypt-foils-attempt-to-smuggle-collection-of-coins.aspx

Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2017/07/art-crime-and-criminals-berlin.html

The EU is targetting antiquities sales:

http://www.euronews.com/2017/07/24/european-commission-targets-antiquities-sales-to-curb-terrorism

Metal detectorists were arrested at a Crete archaeological site:

http://www.radio.cz/en/section/news/czechs-arrested-for-using-metal-detectors-at-crete-archaeological-site

More on Mesa Verde vandalism:

http://www.denverpost.com/2017/07/26/mesa-verde-national-park-vandalized/

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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Colombia wants Germany to return some pre Columbian items:

https://colombiareports.com/colombia-ask-germany-return-pre-columbian-statues/

Turkey is going to try to get back a pile of items, apparently:

http://www.yenisafak.com/en/news/turkish-parliament-to-seek-cultural-property-abroad-2764040

Christie’s has to reveal a buyer to Turkey:

http://www.courthousenews.com/christies-must-reveal-5000-year-old-idols-secret-bidder-turkey/

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NUMISMATICA
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The Boldre Hoard of Roman coins is going on display:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-40768334
http://www.dailyecho.co.uk/news/15439677.Hundreds_of_unearthed_Roman_coins_will_go_on_display_after___1_8million_museum_revamp/

Some Ptolemy IV coins came to auction:

http://www.numismaticnews.net/article/goldbergs-sell-gold-ptolemy-iv

Latest e-Sylum:

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

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n31.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/2633-audio-news-from-archaeologica-16-july-2017-22-july-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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