Explorator 20.16 ~ August 13, 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, 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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A bit of a rethink (sort of) on when humans arrived in Asia/Indonesia:

https://phys.org/news/2017-08-teeth-rediscovered-cave-humans-indonesia.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170810104931.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-08/uoq-aom080917.php
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/deadthings/2017/08/09/were-modern-humans-in-indonesia-73000-years-ago/
http://www.newsweek.com/first-humans-indonesia-arrived-lake-toba-supervolcano-eruption-648780
https://www.newscientist.com/article/2142952-early-humans-may-have-seen-a-supervolcano-explosion-up-close/#038;%23038;%23038;campaign_id=RSS%7CNSNS-
https://elpais.com/elpais/2017/08/08/ciencia/1502189338_772032.html
http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/08/modern-humans-were-southeast-asia-20000-years-earlier-thought-ancient-teeth-reveal
https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/08/humans-were-in-indonesia-more-than-63000-years-ago/
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/08/2017/cave-site-in-west-sumatra-provides-first-evidence-for-rainforest-use-of-modern-humans
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5799-170809-sumatra-human-tooth

Comparing the diets of sapiens and Neanderthals:

https://phys.org/news/2017-08-early-modern-humans-consumed-neanderthals.html

350 000 years bp animal bones from a cave associated with Neanderthals in Turkey:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkish-researchers-find-bones-of-350000-year-old-animal.aspx?pageID=238&nid=116434&NewsCatID=375

A look at ‘archaic DNA’ is adding some detail to the human development story, apparently:

https://phys.org/news/2017-08-archaic-dna-rewrites-human-evolution.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170807155158.htm

Feature on Louis Leakey:

https://blog.oup.com/2017/08/louis-mary-leakey-human-origins-paleoanthropology/

More on the ‘randomness’ of human evolution:

http://www.ibtimes.com/scientist-says-human-evolution-was-random-chance-not-climate-change-2574734

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AFRICA
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Finds from various periods from Zanzibar Island:

http://www.bristol.ac.uk/news/2017/august/early-portuguese-churches.html
http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/16721/Archaeologists-dig-up-Zanzibar-s-Arab-history
http://www.pressreleasepoint.com/archaeologists-locate-early-portuguese-churches-zanzibar-island
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5806-170811-zanzibar-colonial-excavation

Vague item on finds near Tobruk (Libya):

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/16912/Discovery-of-a-new-archaeological-site-in-Libya

Concerns for Sudan’s antiquities:

https://www.ft.com/content/ca543f5e-2c29-11e7-bc4b-5528796fe35c

Libyan archaeologists are getting positive attention:

https://www.al-fanarmedia.org/2017/08/reviled-libyan-archaeologists-take-new-role/

Petroglyphs from the Namib Desert:

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/rock-art-found-namib-desert-reveals-ancient-initiation-rituals-led-by-shamans-1632438

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Blocks from Seti II’s era at an illegal excavation in Minya:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/274878/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/King-Seti-IIera-blocks-discovered-at-illegal-excav.aspx

Again we are hearing that archaeologists in Egypt are ‘about to’ find something … and again, it’s a secret room in the Great Pyramid:

http://www.egyptindependent.com/archaeologists-searching-chamber-secrets-khufu-pyramid/
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/great-pyramid-of-giza-secret-chambers-archaeologists-scientists-uncover-ancient-egypt-a7883766.html
http://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/world/ancient-egypt-secret-room-discovered-in-great-pyramid-by-archaeologists-armed-with-lasers/ar-AApCqnw?li=AAmiR2Z&ocid=spartandhp

Restoration work has started on the Al Mahaly Mosque:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/43/274984/Heritage/Islamic/Restoration-work-begins-on-AlMahaly-Mosque-in-the-.aspx
http://www.egyptindependent.com/antiquities-ministry-renovate-rasheeds-al-mahally-mosque/

Downplaying concerns for Qaitbay Citadel:

http://www.egyptindependent.com/ministry-antiquities-denies-alleged-risk-collapse-qaitbay-citadel/

More on pharaohs suffering from gigantism:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/egyptian-pharaoh-gigantism-oldest-known-case-discovered-university-of-zurich-a7884696.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5790-170807-egypt-giant-pharaoh

Hittite seals and other items were found this year at Karkemis:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/impression-seals-to-illuminate-hittite-administration.aspx?pageID=238&nid=116395&NewsCatID=375

A 3000 years bp statue of a female from Tayinat:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-08/uot-au3081017.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-08-archaeologists-uncover-year-old-female-statue.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170810173321.htm
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/enormous-3000-year-old-statue-mysterious-turkish-matriarch-discovered-1634668
http://www.newsweek.com/huge-ancient-statue-iron-age-goddess-face-purposefully-destroyed-discovered-649626
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5805-170811-turkey-iron-age-statue

Israel plans to privatize large scale archaeological digs, apparently:

http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.806240

Claim that the ‘lost’ Roman city of Julias has been located:

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Article.aspx?id=501701
http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.805402
https://www.algemeiner.com/2017/08/07/roman-city-that-was-home-to-jesus-apostles-found-in-israel-archaeologists-say/
http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/lost-roman-city-that-was-home-to-jesuss-apostles-found-archaeologists-say/news-story/722ffce994a1d3295e7a0885a3db7f65
http://nypost.com/2017/08/08/archaeologists-may-have-found-lost-city-of-jesus-apostles/
https://www.yahoo.com/news/birthplace-apostle-peter-found-israel-archaeologist-150852363.html
http://artdaily.com/news/98079/Archaeologists-find-birthplace-of-Apostle-Peter-near-the-Sea-of-Galilee-in-Israel-
http://www.ibtimes.com/archaeologists-find-ancient-city-where-jesus-christs-apostles-were-born-2575505

… on the various sites identified as Bethsaida:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/sites-vie-to-be-seen-as-christianitys-lost-city-of-bethsaida/
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/08/jesus-bible-apostles-bethsaida-israel-archaeology/

A 2000 years bp stone vessel workshop in the Galilee:

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Archeologists-unearth-2000-year-old-stone-vessel-production-center-502056
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/galilee-excavation-reveals-2000-year-old-stone-vessel-workshop/2017/08/10/
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/233716
https://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-5001775,00.html
http://www.timesofisrael.com/2000-year-old-stone-workshop-discovered-near-where-jesus-turned-water-into-wine/
http://www.laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=2441599&CategoryId=13936
http://jewishnews.timesofisrael.com/cave-workshop-dating-back-2000-years-discovered-in-northern-israel/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5800-170810-galilee-stone-vessels

A Karakhanid tomb from Kyrgyzstan:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/08/08/turkish-kyrgyz-archaeologists-unearth-karakhanid-tomb-in-kyrgyzstan

There was a conference on Jewish onomastics:

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Article.aspx?id=501744

Feature on eclipses in ancient Nineveh:

http://www.aina.org/ata/20170807110537.htm

Irbid’s latest site will be opening to the public soon:

http://jordantimes.com/news/local/irbid%E2%80%99s-newly-discovered-archaeological-site-open-public-next-month
http://www.menafn.com/1095723894/Irbids-newly-discovered-archaeological-site-to-open-to-public-next-month

Feature on the ‘Pompeii of the East’ in Jordan:

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/mosaics-pompeii-east-reveal-moment-destruction-that-crushed-city-1200-years-ago-1634479

Feature on Nimrud and Agatha Christie:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/memories-of-agatha-christie-in-ruins-of-ancient-assyrian-city-of-nimrud-.aspx?pageID=238&nid=116427&NewsCatID=375

… while Iraq is trying to restore Nimrud as best it can:

http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2017/08/iraq-nimrud-archaeology-isis-reconstruction.html

Latest on ISIL’s selling of antiquities to the West:

http://www.wsj.com/video/isis-is-selling-syria-antiquities-to-the-west/78B1261D-3E0C-4513-8F81-5E51568B8809.html
https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-men-who-trade-isis-loot-1502017200
http://www.newsweek.com/isis-makes-100-million-year-smuggling-ancient-artifacts-iraq-and-syria-647524
http://www.aina.org/news/20170807170117.htm

On the damage in Mosul:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-40828720

A call for a ‘war’ on ISIL looting:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/antiquities-experts-call-for-war-on-isis-looting-3xz5d59lt
http://www.focus-fen.net/news/2017/08/12/421925/the-times-antiquities-experts-call-for-war-on-isis-looting.html

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A Roman road in Manisa:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/26720-2000-year-old-road-discovered-near-ancient-city-of-aigai-in-western-turkey.html
https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/08/08/2000-year-old-roman-road-discovered-in-western-turkeys-manisa#

Roman remains in downtown Exeter:

http://www.itv.com/news/westcountry/2017-08-10/roman-remains-discovered-in-exeter-city-centre/

Roman finds from near Troyan:

http://www.novinite.com/articles/182095/Valuable+Archarological+Finds+Were+Discovered+Near+Troyan

Plenty of interesting ‘Kingdom of Colchis’ finds from Pichvnari:

http://agenda.ge/news/84911/eng

Latest finds from Lufton Villa:

https://phys.org/news/2017-08-lufton-villa-excavations-reveal-famous.html

They’ve started to dig at that ‘sunken city’ near Izmir:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/excavations-start-in-sunken-city-in-izmir.aspx?pageID=238&nid=116520&NewsCatID=375

Archaeologists are back at Chedworth Roman Villa:

http://www.wiltsglosstandard.co.uk/news/15462514.Archaeologists_returning_to_Chedworth_Roman_Villa_for_final_dig_of_five_year_programme/

Fires are burning at the site of Panticapaeum:

https://www.ukrinform.net/rubric-society/2284837-ruins-of-ancient-panticapaeum-in-crimean-town-of-kerch-on-fire.html

A BBC documentary caused a racial stir this week, and Mary Beard took the brunt of it:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/mary-beard-roman-britain-bbc-schools-cartoon-ethically-diverse-black-white-a7879991.html
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/aug/06/mary-beard-twitter-abuse-roman-britain-ethnic-diversity
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/mary-beard-takes-up-arms-against-an-army-of-trolls-dx3bmd05h
http://metro.co.uk/2017/08/06/mary-beard-in-race-row-with-people-who-have-never-read-a-history-book-6833195/
http://www.news.com.au/world/europe/historian-mary-beard-abused-on-social-media-over-her-comments-on-roman-britains-ethnic-diversity/news-story/4eb71a116e6567062ffe28a4f0898fa0
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-08-07/mary-beard-twitter-trolls-bbc-roman-race-row/8780634
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/08/06/mary-beard-misogynistic-race-row-bbc-cartoon-us-academic-claimed/
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/08/07/542077027/a-cartoons-black-star-prompts-a-fight-what-did-roman-britain-look-like

… Cambridge supported her views:

https://www.varsity.co.uk/news/13379

… and there were subsequent features/opeds on the diversity of Roman Britain:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/shortcuts/2017/aug/07/mary-beard-romans-ancient-evidence
http://theconversation.com/mary-beard-is-right-roman-britain-was-multi-ethnic-so-why-does-this-upset-people-so-much-82269
https://hyperallergic.com/394720/how-coloring-books-can-teach-us-about-diversity-in-ancient-times/

… and the ‘scientism’ of the opposing views expressed by Nassem Taleb:

https://iainews.iai.tv/articles/beard-nassem-taleb-twitter-feud-and-dangers-of-scientism-auid-868

Reactions to the Minoan/Mycenean/Greek DNA story from last week:

https://www.lrb.co.uk/blog/2017/08/10/yannis-hamilakis/who-are-you-calling-mycenaean/

… in case you missed it:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-40791188

On the dental health of folks in Oplontis:

http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2017/08/09/ancient-oplontis-residents-had-bad-teeth_b44d9bf4-1bc8-4df9-a448-691d62343289.html

Latest feature on ‘unwrapping’ Herculaneum papyri that doesn’t find quite as much as we’d like:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/26695-ancient-greek-papyri-virtually-unwrapped-in-italy-video.html

Elgin Marble casts on display in New York:

https://www.ccny.cuny.edu/news/ccny%E2%80%99s-elgin-marbles-casts-display-cuny-graduate-center

Feature on Vercingetorix:

http://dailycaller.com/2017/08/06/guns-politics-vercingetorix/

Feature on Roman roads in Britain:

https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2017/aug/07/london-centric-britain-blame-romans-roads-map-sasha-trubetskoy

Feature on the Elgin Marbles:

http://www.wacotrib.com/entertainment/accesswaco/david_a_smith/arts-separated-elgin-marbles-speak-of-western-civilization/article_0ff1e57d-933e-5292-a12d-ea8d87653703.html

Some JCL coverage:

http://www.winchesterstar.com/news/clarke/latin-students-bring-home-wins-in-junior-classical-league-events/article_11603036-68f3-5f0d-a2c7-3ff7bab099b1.html

A ‘Classical’ approach to Game of Thrones:

https://news.utexas.edu/2017/08/11/six-game-of-thrones-predictions-from-a-classics-professor

Review of Peter Jones, *Quid Pro Quo*:

http://www.thestatesman.com/books-education/the-dead-language-that-describes-all-what-we-see-1502256003.html/
http://www.hindustantimes.com/books/in-quid-pro-quo-peter-jones-writes-about-dead-languages-that-live-through-us/story-Did3LEpfLyoG25cUm0FR3I.html

More on the Roman ‘Pompeii’ in France:

http://www.cnn.com/2017/08/02/architecture/ancient-roman-town-uncovered/index.html?sr=fbCNN080217ancient-roman-town-uncovered0917AMStoryLink
http://lesalonbeige.blogs.com/my_weblog/2017/08/les-racines-de-la-france-%C3%A0-quelques-centim%C3%A8tres-sous-terre.html

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

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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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Evidence of Paleolithic cannibalism from bones found at Gough’s Cave:

https://phys.org/news/2017-08-human-bones-engraved-cannibalistic-ritual.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170809142027.htm
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/10/science/cannibalism-bones-goughs-cave-england.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-40886748
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2017/08/09/ancient-britons-ate-dead-carved-mysterious-markings-bones/
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/cannibals-somerset-goughs-cave-engraved-human-bones-eating-ritual-cannibalism-paleontologists-a7884511.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/aug/09/engraved-bones-are-evidence-of-cannibalistic-rituals-by-early-humans-cheddar-cave
http://metro.co.uk/2017/08/09/ancient-britons-ate-their-dead-relatives-and-carved-cryptic-messages-on-the-bones-6841333/
http://www.dw.com/en/etched-human-bones-reveal-evidence-of-prehistoric-cannibal-rituals/a-40030377
http://www.newsweek.com/engraved-bones-cannibal-rituals-england-skull-cups-paleolithic-648882
https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/08/14700-years-ago-cannibals-conducted-rituals-in-this-english-cave/
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/family-meal-ancestral-humans-may-have-engaged-in-ritualistic-cannibalism/
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/engravings-indicate-ritualistic-cannibalism-cheddar-gorge-180964468/

A Bronze Age dagger from Slovakia:

https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20623030/young-man-finds-4000-year-old-dagger-by-accident.html

Bronze Age burials from a car park site in Switzerland:

http://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/treasure-trove_bronze-age-tombs-unearthed-during-car-park-construction/43404582?&ns_mchannel=rss&srg_evsource=rss
http://www.speroforum.com/a/BNOPNQVCMT0/81478-3000-year-old-Bronze-Age-skeletons-found-in-Swiss-Alps

Metal detectorists found some Bronze Age items in Durham:

http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/metal-detector-enthusiasts-uncover-bronze-13460840

I think we’ve mentioned this site near Turan (Albania) with finds from several periods:

https://phys.org/news/2017-05-ancient-site-discovery-albania-halts.html#nRlv

Latest from the Orkneys:

http://www.scotsman.com/regions/inverness-highlands-islands/archaeological-excavation-on-orkney-yields-new-discoveries-1-4525792

Tracing the Aberdeen diet:

http://www.scotsman.com/news/education/aberdeen-diet-traced-back-nearly-1-000-years-by-scientists-1-4527173

A very large circular Viking fortress from Denmark:

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/1000-year-old-massive-perfectly-circular-viking-fortress-discovered-denmark-1634131
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5808-170811-denmark-viking-ring-fotress

Interesting ‘punishment’ burials from Portugal:

http://mentalfloss.com/article/502454/archaeologists-make-rare-gruesome-find-three-men-amputated-hands-and-feet

Plans for a viewing tower at Sutton Hoo:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-suffolk-40853146

Feature on the Vasa:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bizarre-story-vasa-ship-keeps-giving-180964328/

They’re talking about lowering a York porticullis:

http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/15459002.Will_this_historic_York_portcullis_be_lowered_again_/

Not sure if this mammoth tooth find from Jersey will have a human connection or not:

http://jerseyeveningpost.com/news/2017/08/08/mammoth-tooth-found-in-jersey/

Italian highlanders with Scottish roots?:

http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-40865981

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

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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The 4000 years bp Shimao site from Shaanxi looks interesting:

https://www.untvweb.com/news/chinese-archaeologists-unveil-imperial-city-platform-northwest-china/

A major 2700 year bp (more or less) site from Hebei:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-08/09/c_136509722.htm

… and six ‘underground cities’ from Henan:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-08/11/c_136518503.htm
http://www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn&id=16728&SEO=archaeologists-found-six-ancient-cities-underground-in-central-china
http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/culture/2017-08/12/content_30508282.htm

Concerns for architecture in Yunnan:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-40863375

Interesting evidence of Bronze Age Timber Grave culture initiation rituals involving dogs in Russia:

https://phys.org/news/2017-08-ancient-dog-bones-hint-male.html
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/boys-were-initiated-into-warriorhood-as-wolves-thousands-of-years-ago-22krf2rxv
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2017/08/08/bronze-age-teens-ate-dogs/
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/sacrificed-dog-remains-feed-tales-bronze-age-wolf-men-warriors
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5795-170808-bronze-age-wolf-rituals

4000 years bp bone artifacts from Hyderabad:

http://www.thehindu.com/society/history-and-culture/revealed-4000-year-old-bone-jewels/article19440713.ece
http://www.deccanchronicle.com/lifestyle/viral-and-trending/090817/4000-year-old-ornaments-made-from-bone-unearthed-near-hyderabad.html

Overviewish/end of season wrap up of dig at Angkor:

https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/after-incredible-finds-angkor-archaeologists-wrap-up-dig-133509/

… and a separate piece on a ‘medicine Buddha’ find:

https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/angkor-excavation-team-find-a-medicine-buddha-133344/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5794-170808-cambodia-angkor-buddha-statue

After its discovery in the 1980s, digging has commence at a Maori site on Motorua Island:

https://www.livescience.com/60086-maori-site-earliest-polynesian-settlement.html
https://www.livescience.com/60085-early-maori-site-new-zealand-photos.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5798-170809-polynesians-moturua-island

Marking the 150th anniversary of the Coromandel gold rush:

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/environment/news/article.cfm?c_id=39&objectid=11901090

Feature on the partition of India:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-40826629

On the origins of the Taj Mahal:

https://sputniknews.com/asia/201708111056377451-india-taj-mahal-masterpiece/

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http://www.southeastasianarchaeology.com/

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http://nzarchaeology.blogspot.co.nz/index.html
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NORTH AMERICA
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Latest from the Luna site:

http://wuwf.org/post/luna-site-confirmed-largest-mid-16th-century-spanish-settlement-southeast
http://wuwf.org/post/newest-luna-artifacts-yield-more-details-about-1559-settlement

On Iroquoian power in the 16th century:

https://phys.org/news/2017-08-ancient-pottery-reveals-insights-iroquoian.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-08/uog-apr080717.php

… not sure if the above is related to the Knapp Family Collection:

http://www.watertowndailytimes.com/news03/clayton-curator-discovers-new-archaeological-site-with-items-connected-to-ancestral-iroquois-20170807

Looking for Hochelaga continues:

http://montrealgazette.com/news/local-news/montreal-mystery-continues-hunt-for-lost-hochelaga-village-moves-to-new-locations

Newspapers love when kids find archaeological items … in this case a bison tooth:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/ancient-bison-tooth-riding-mountain-national-park-1.4237664?cmp=rss

… and a spearhead:

http://www.therepublic.com/2017/08/12/local_girl_finds_ancient_spearhead/

Searching for the grave of a Battle of Gettysburg soldier:

http://www.southcoasttoday.com/special/20170809/team-in-swansea-tries-to-unearth-mystery-of-civil-war-soldiers-burial-spot

A 250 years bp bowling alley from Richmond:

http://www.richmondandtwickenhamtimes.co.uk/news/15459847.A_250_year_old_bowling_alley_has_been_discovered_in_Richmond/
http://www.yourlocalguardian.co.uk/news/local/15459847.A_250_year_old_bowling_alley_has_been_discovered_in_Richmond/

A well on the UVA site:

https://www.news.virginia.edu/content/archaeologists-exploring-first-early-well-found-academical-village

Suggestion that a Chaco Canyon petroglyph portrays a solar eclipse:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-08/uoca-ccp080917.php
http://www.astronomy.com/news/2017/08/total-eclipse-petroglyph

On barbed wire in American history:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-40448594

Searching for evidence that the first settlers to the Americas arrived by boat:

http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/08/most-archaeologists-think-first-americans-arrived-boat-now-they-re-beginning-prove-it

Documenting coastal forts in Louisiana (I think we mentioned this):

http://www.nola.com/environment/index.ssf/2017/08/louisiana_archaeologist_docume.html

Feature on Canada’s first municipal staff archaeologist:

http://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/fumano-canadas-first-municipal-staff-archaeologist-digs-into-vancouvers-indigenous-history

Ottawa has decided not to move the Darmouth archaeology lab:

http://thechronicleherald.ca/metro/1493403-ottawa-reverses-decision-to-move-parks-canada-archeological-lab-in-dartmouth
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/archeology-lab-in-dartmouth-will-stay-open-1.4241212?cmp=rss
http://www.trurodaily.com/community/2017/8/11/ottawa-decides-treasured-artifacts-will-remain-in-nova-scotia.html

Review of Smucker, *Riding with George*:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/george-washington-as-dancer-horseman-and-fox-hunter/2017/08/11/f63c2366-7639-11e7-8839-ec48ec4cae25_story.html?utm_term=.acabf528efa5

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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A 3000 years bp circular stone wall from Cusco:

http://www.andina.com.pe/Ingles/noticia-peru-3000yearold-circular-stone-wall-found-in-cusco-678217.aspx

What the El Gigante Rock Shelter site is revealing about corn/maize domestication:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-08/ps-mfe080717.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-08-maize-el-gigante-early-transition.html

Humans are being blamed for a monkey extinction in Jamaica:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-08/jhm-ems080817.php

On ‘climate catastrophe’ as seen on Caral’s ruins:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-08/10/c_136515107.htm

Feature on conservation efforts at Tenochitlan:

https://elpais.com/internacional/2017/08/08/la_serpiente_emplumada/1502209681_173912.html

—–
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 the linguistics of ‘Game of Thrones’:

http://www.economist.com/comment/3477569

Feature on Emil Nolde:

http://www.dw.com/en/how-nazi-banned-expressionist-emil-nolde-re-envisioned-color/a-39827633

I’m not sure about this inscribed ‘mysterious stone’ from Spain:

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/huge-stone-slab-discovered-spain-covered-ancient-symbols-that-no-one-can-read-1633032

A 103 year-old /late correction:

http://www.npr.org/2017/08/08/542238978/-financial-times-issues-103-year-old-correction

Cf: https://bankunderground.co.uk/2017/08/08/your-country-needs-funds-the-extraordinary-story-of-britains-early-efforts-to-finance-the-first-world-war/

Feature on The Monument:

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20170810-the-medieval-lab-hidden-inside-a-famous-monument

On the Koh-i-noor diamond:

http://www.dw.com/en/world-in-progress-the-story-of-the-koh-i-noor-diamond/av-40025506

On the history of tempura:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20170808-the-truth-about-japanese-tempura

On the Illuminati:

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20170809-the-accidental-invention-of-the-illuminati-conspiracy

On the history of Aspirin:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/brief-history-aspirin-180964329/

Now we get revisionism about Indiana Jones (!):

http://www.neatorama.com/2017/08/10/Defending-Indiana-Jones-Archaeologist/

An interesting 100 year-old map of Rome:

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/07/map-rome-history-lanciani-artifact/

106 years bp fruitcake from Antarctica:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-40907084
https://elpais.com/internacional/2017/08/11/mundo_global/1502440381_732679.html

On the music Alexander Hamilton listened to:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/11/arts/music/hamilton-music-lin-manuel-miranda-los-angeles.html

A stolen de Kooning painting turns up in an antique shop:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/11/arts/stolen-de-kooning-resurfaces-more-than-30-years-later.html

Victor Nuovo is looking at John Locke now:

http://www.addisonindependent.com/201708victor-nuovo-truth-and-foundations-civil-society

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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The Blind Spot:

http://www.dw.com/en/why-a-german-museum-is-exploring-its-colonial-past/a-39952358

Hokusai (sort of):

http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-40830628

Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable:

http://theartnewspaper.com/comment/comment/fake-heritage-for-the-fake-news-era-/

Indian Independence:

http://www.bbc.com/news/in-pictures-40801659

Venice Biennale:

http://www.npr.org/2017/08/12/542998650/ancient-iraqi-art-on-display-in-italy-at-venice-biennale?sc=17&f=7

Museums in the Cyclades need upgrading because of increased tourism:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/220775/article/ekathimerini/life/many-cyclades-museums-require-upgrades-due-to-growing-collections-visitors

Why museum collections are important:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/trail-dead-mice-scholar-discovers-lesson-why-museum-collections-matter-180964365/

The Marsa Matrouh archaeological museum will open soon:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/44/274877/Heritage/Museums/Marsa-Matrouh-archaeological-museum-set-to-open-in.aspx

Interesting proposal for a museum in Cyprus:

http://www.archdaily.com/876375/proposal-for-a-transparent-museum-in-cyprus-rethinks-the-urban-square

Feature on the expanded Zeugma museum:

http://turkisharchaeonews.net/news/new-section-zeugma-mosaic-museum-gaziantep

More on the Met Museum’s vase/bull head returns:

http://www.salon.com/2017/08/06/the-met-pythons-flying-circus-a-museum-a-vase-and-the-kingpin-of-stolen-antiquities/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2017/08/07/authorities-just-seized-an-ancient-vase-from-the-metropolitan-museum-here-are-the-underlying-politics/

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THE TECHY SIDE
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Using genomic data to track folktale diffusion:

https://phys.org/news/2017-08-folktale-diffusion-genomic.html

Feature on using satellite technology to find sites:

https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Features/SpaceArchaeology/?src=eorss-features

Plans to digitize Calvin Wells’ collection/notes:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/aug/11/the-bone-collector-eccentric-archaeological-treasury-to-be-digitised

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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DNA from Viking cod bones is revealing much about European fish trade:

http://www.cam.ac.uk/research/news/dna-from-viking-cod-bones-suggests-1000-years-of-european-fish-trade
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-08/uoc-dfv080417.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170807151719.htm
https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/08/1000-year-old-german-dinner-reveals-long-distance-viking-trade-routes/

Looking at the DNA to be found in medieval manuscripts:

https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2017/08/the-secret-life-of-illuminated-manuscripts-as-told-in-dna/536172/

Following Puebloan migrations with turkey DNA:

https://phys.org/news/2017-08-ancient-dna-track-mesa-verde.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-08/uoca-csa081017.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170810104946.htm
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/ancient-american-civilsation-dna-vanish-700-years-ago-anasazi-southwest-puebloans-colorado-mesa-a7885701.html
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-08-10/turkey-bones-unlock-secret-to-puebloan-depopulation/8792464
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/08/2017/exodus-from-mesa-verde-tracked-using-domesticated-turkey-dna
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5797-170809-migration-turkey-dna

DNA suggests a single geographic origin for domesticated dogs:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-08/jgum-mdd080717.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-08-modern-domestic-dog-geographic.html

More on Canaanite DNA:

http://www.npr.org/2017/08/12/542998587/unearthed-canaanite-graves-shed-light-on-descendants-in-lebanon?sc=17&f=7

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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Suggestion that climate change contributed to the downfall of Bronze Age civilizations:

https://www.hakaimagazine.com/article-short/did-climate-change-bring-down-late-bronze-age-civilizations

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TOURISTY THINGS
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Amasra:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/08/11/ancient-city-in-amasra-under-excavation

Medieval Monster Garden:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20170807-italys-mysterious-medieval-garden-of-monsters

Huayna Picchu:

https://www.stuff.co.nz/travel/themes/adventure/95326592/Huayna-Picchu-Where-thousands-dare-to-tread-beyond-Machu-Picchu

Nimrud:

https://www.stuff.co.nz/travel/destinations/middle-east/95522761/In-the-ruins-of-the-Iraqi-city-of-Nimrud-memories-of-Agatha-Christie-live-on

Hillforts in southern England:

https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2017/aug/07/walking-ancient-hillforts-wiltshire-downs-england-atlas-of-hillforts

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CRIME BEAT
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An ancient-coin-smuggling attempt in Libya foiled at the airport:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/220869/article/ekathimerini/news/greek-police-help-egyptian-peers-arrest-antiquities-trader
https://me-confidential.com/16725-libya-tripoli-airport-security-forces-arrest-smuggler-with-580-antique-silver-coins.html

Bones were stolen from an Edmonton archaeological site:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/it-belongs-in-a-museum-bones-stolen-from-edmonton-archaeological-site-1.4240847?cmp=rss

Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2017/08/culture-crime-news-31-july-6-august-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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A project to seek out Nazi book loot in libraries:

http://www.dw.com/en/nazi-looted-books-found-in-german-libraries/a-39984043

… in a similar vein:

http://www.dw.com/en/a-new-way-to-track-cultural-assets-looted-by-nazis/a-37857007

Remains of some Arapaho children buried in Florida will be returned to Miami:

http://cumberlink.com/news/local/communities/carlisle/work-to-begin-on-disinterring-indian-school-students/article_8a21cbd1-7ab2-5d5b-a6c5-9b02d5343007.html
http://www.post-gazette.com/news/state/2017/08/07/Northern-Arapaho-children-Carlisle-Indian-Industrial-School-U-S-Army-War-College-disinter-Wyoming-cemetery-remains/stories/201708070086
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2017/08/09/a-long-time-coming-army-returns-remains-of-arapaho-children-who-died-at-assimilation-school-in-1800s/
http://www.wtol.com/story/36096920/remains-of-3-native-american-boys-at-re-education-school-to-be-sent-home

Latest on the Benin Bronzes:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/aug/12/cambridge-benin-bronzes-loan-deal

Seeking return of items taken from the Sudan:

http://allafrica.com/stories/201708080907.html

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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on Roman silver issues:

http://www.coinweek.com/ancient-coins/ngc-ancients-roman-silver-type-set/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n32.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n33.html

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Ancient Coin Collecting:

http://ancientcoincollecting.blogspot.com/

Ancient Coins:

http://classicalcoins.blogspot.com/

Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/
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PERFORMANCES AND THEATRE-RELATED
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Byron Janis:

http://www.npr.org/sections/deceptivecadence/2017/08/05/541575050/chopin-in-the-shadows-the-supernatural-adventures-of-byron-janis?sc=17&f=7

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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/2638-audio-news-from-archaeologica-30-july-2017-5-august-2017
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OBITUARIES
===============================================================
Alan Cameron:

https://blog.oup.com/2017/08/memoriam-professor-alan-cameron/

Martin Roth:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2017/aug/07/martin-roth-v-and-a-dies-aged-62
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/07/arts/design/martin-roth-dead-led-victoria-and-albert-musuem.html

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CONFERENCES
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Canada Before Confederation: Early Exploration and Mapping (Nov. 2017)

https://independent.academia.edu/ConferenceCanadabeforeConfederationEarlyMappingandExploration14981763

Bones to Drones: Science in Archaeology (Nov. 2017)

http://cba-wessex.org.uk/cba-events/the-cba-wessex-annual-conference-women-in-wessex/

Theoretical Archaeology Group (Dec. 2017):

http://tag2017cardiff.org/

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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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