Explorator 20.17 ~ August 20, 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, Rick Heli, Trevor Watkins, Trevor
Ogden, Richard C. Griffiths, and Ross W. Sargent for headses upses this week
(as always hoping I have left no one out).

for headses upses this week (as always hoping I have left no one out).

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AFRICA
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A survey of petroglyphs from the Namib Desert:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5843-170815-namibia-initiation-rock-art

Concerns for Somali cave art:

https://www.csmonitor.com/World/Africa/2017/0816/Finding-Somaliland-s-ancient-cave-art-is-hard.-Protecting-it-could-be-harder
https://www.yahoo.com/news/finding-somalilands-ancient-cave-art-hard-protecting-could-203710342.html

The chicken and black rat came to Africa via Indian Ocean trade:

https://phys.org/news/2017-08-early-indian-ocean-routes-chicken.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-08/mpif-eio081717.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170817141533.htm

Feature on Ibrahima Thiaw’s work looking for slave shipwrecks:

https://phys.org/news/2017-08-secrets-deep-senegal-slave-shipwreck.html
http://artdaily.com/news/98199/Secrets-of-the-deep–Senegal-s-slave-shipwreck-detective

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Three Ptolemaic burials from Minya (and possibly a large necropolis with more):

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/275381/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Three-Ptolemaic-tombs-uncovered-in-Minya,-contents.aspx
http://www.egyptindependent.com/three-ptolemaic-tombs-uncovered-minya-discovery-indicates-large-cemetery/
https://egyptianstreets.com/2017/08/15/three-ptolemaic-tombs-discovered-in-egypts-minya-suggesting-a-large-cemetery/
http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/17421/3-Ptolemaic-tombs-discovered-in-Minya
https://phys.org/news/2017-08-egypt-archaeologists-tombs-dating-years.html
https://www.livescience.com/60164-three-ancient-tombs-discovered-in-egypt.html
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/egypt-new-discovery-2000-year-old-tomb-sarcophagi-al-kamin-al-sarwahi-minya-a7895671.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-40939274
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=11906155
https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/08/15/three-2000-year-old-sarcophagi-discovered-in-egypt
http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-egypt-tombs-more-2000-years-old-uncovered-archaeologists-hidden-burial-651126
http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.807195
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/08/ancient-tombs-uncovered-egypt-achaemenid-archaeology-history-spd/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5844-170815-egypt-ptolemaic-tombs

… I think this is the same story, with an overly ambitious headline:

https://www.albawaba.com/editorchoice/archaeologists-discover-new-pyramids-southern-egypt-1010940

Also in Minya, a Coptic-era monk’s village of some sort:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/275588/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Possible-ancient-monks-complex-discovered-in-Minya.aspx
https://dailynewsegypt.com/2017/08/20/remains-residential-city-found-minya/
http://saudigazette.com.sa/article/515432/World/Mena/Egypt
http://english.alarabiya.net/en/life-style/art-and-culture/2017/08/18/New-archaeological-discovery-of-churches-and-monasteries-in-Egypt.html

A report (which missed the rounding lesson) that some 32 000+ items have disappeared from Egyptian museums over the past fifty years:

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20170817-egypt-loses-33600-historical-artefacts-over-50-years/

… which was denied by Ministry officials:

http://www.egyptindependent.com/antiquities-ministry-official-denies-robbery-32000-archaeological-pieces-museum/

The Ministry also pointed out how many sites it is digging at:

https://dailynewsegypt.com/2017/08/18/antiquities-ministry-excavating-30-archaeological-sites-every-season/

Major funds for sites and museums in Egypt:

https://dailynewsegypt.com/2017/08/18/government-spends-egp-2-5bn-develop-museums-archaeological-sites/
http://www.menafn.com/1095750704/Egypt-collects-EGP200mn-for-restoration-of-Islamic-Coptic-monuments

Feature on the Rosetta Stone:

https://www.livescience.com/60154-rosetta-stone.html

Latest finds (I think we’re talking 12 000 years bp) from Kortik Tepe:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/kortik-hill-offers-thousands-of-artifacts.aspx?pageID=238&nid=116813&NewsCatID=375

Latest finds from Istanbul’s subway construction:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/subway-construction-excavations-fill-gap-in-istanbuls-history.aspx?pageID=238&nid=116851&NewsCatID=375

Vessels with the ‘tree of life’ motif from Domuztepe Mound:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/vessels-with-tree-of-life-motifs-found-in-turkeys-domuztepe.aspx?pageID=238&nid=116699&NewsCatID=375

The longstanding claim that copper was being smelted at Catal Huyuk some 8500 years bp is being explained with a bit more nuance:

http://www.arch.cam.ac.uk/mystery-of-8-500-year-old-copper-making-event-revealed-through-materials-science
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-08/uoc-mo8081117.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-08-mystery-year-old-copper-making-event-revealed.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170815095111.htm
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/mysterious-origins-metal-making-solved-by-analysis-8500-year-old-copper-1635123

Cf: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0305440317301024

A 2600 years bp Egyptian seal from Mugla:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/mystic-egyptian-seal-found-in-mugla-.aspx?pageID=238&nid=116812&NewsCatID=378

We may have mentioned this 3000 years bp female statue from Tayinat:

https://phys.org/news/2017-08-archaeologists-uncover-year-old-female-statue.html
http://www.eurasiareview.com/12082017-turkey-found-3000-year-old-female-statue-at-citadel-gate-complex/

More on that stone vessel production site in Galilee:

http://mfa.gov.il/MFA/IsraelExperience/History/Pages/Rare-find-Galilee-excavations-reveal-a-2,000-year-old-stone-vessel-workshop.aspx
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Archeologists-unearth-2000-year-old-stone-vessel-production-center-502056
http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=44559
https://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-5001775,00.html
http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.806640
https://www.livescience.com/60131-jesus-era-stoneware-factory-uncovered.html

Interesting find (maybe) from a Dead Sea Scroll interpretation:

http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.806283

An early Islamic-era house from Jordan:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5842-170815-jordan-umayyad-house-unearthed

Remains of a 1000 years bp perfume shop in Sanliurfa:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/08/19/1000-year-old-perfume-shop-discovered-in-turkeys-sanliurfa

I think we mentioned this 8th centuury CE mosaic workshop from Jerash:

https://www.livescience.com/60132-earthquake-reveals-mosaic-production-practices.html

Concerns for sites in Jordan:

http://www.menafn.com/1095742672/US-scholar-shares-concerns-over-preservation-of-archaeological-sites

We’re reading again of an upcoming antiquities forum in Riyadh:

http://www.arabnews.com/node/1146586/saudi-arabia

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A Hellenistic temple from Umm Qais:

http://www.jordantimes.com/news/local/first-its-kind%E2%80%99-hellenistic-temple-discovered-umm-qais
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5849-170816-jordan-hellenistic-temple

A Roman villa (re)find at Realmonte:

http://www.ibtimes.com/archaeologists-uncover-sicilian-villa-ancient-roman-empire-2578815
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5846-170816-sicily-roman-villa

A metal detectorist found a Roman ‘measuring device’ (in the UK they call them ‘dividers’):

http://www.heraldseries.co.uk/news/15466752.Metal_detectorist_mistook___39_find_of_his_life__39__for_rusty_tent_peg/

Roman finds from a dig in Bedford:

http://www.bedfordshire-news.co.uk/archaeologist-dubs-bronze-spoon-finding-from-roman-villa-dig-like-8216-sex-on-a-stick-8217/story-30487773-detail/story.html

Possible remains of a Roman temple in the Meon Valley:

http://www.hampshirechronicle.co.uk/news/15471916.Meon_Valley_dig_unearths_evidence_of_temple/

Not sure when this ‘near Spilsbury’ hoard was found:

http://www.lincolnshirelive.co.uk/news/local-news/stunned-metal-detectors-discover-hoard-338853#ICID=sharebar_twitter

A Greek inscription from the Crimea:

https://www.kyivpost.com/ukraine-politics/ancient-marble-slab-inscription-found-crimea.html

Plans to excavate the ‘gladiator stadium’ at Laodicea:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/08/16/gladiators-arena-to-be-unearthed

They’ve found some interesting items (not necessarily ancient) in the wreck of Elgin’s ship:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2017/08/15/items-recovered-from-wreck-of-elgins-ship-off-kythira/
http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/26796-new-impressive-ancient-treasures-discovered-at-historical-kythira-shipwreck.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5848-170816-greece-mentor-elgin-excavation

The curator of the Cleveland MoA believes the Cleveland Apollo is a Praxitelean original:

http://www.clevelandleader.com/cleveland-museum-art-curator-makes-controversial-claim-bronze-apollo-statue-greek-original/

Analysis of silver from Roman coins provides links to Hannibal’s defeat:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-08/gc-afd081117.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170814092835.htm
https://phys.org/news/2017-08-analysis-defeat-hannibal-written-coins.html
https://www.livescience.com/60141-ancient-coins-trace-rome-rising-power.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/08/13/roman-coins-show-evidence-hannibals-defeat-scientists-say/
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/aug/14/roman-coins-analysis-tells-hannibal-defeat-rome-rise
https://cosmosmagazine.com/chemistry/roman-conquest-of-spain-written-in-chemistry-of-ancient-coins
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/2200-year-old-coins-record-hannibals-defeat-start-roman-empire-1634912
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/silver-composition-coins-confirms-story-rise-rome-180964513/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5811-170814-rome-silver-coins

Analysis of a tiny piece of pipe, claimed to be from Pompeii, leads to a theory that antimony was a major health threat:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-08/uosd-pwh081717.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170817110902.htm
https://phys.org/news/2017-08-ancient-pompeii-pipes-contaminated-toxic.html
https://www.seeker.com/culture/history/antinomy-poisoning-not-lead-may-have-contributed-to-the-roman-empires-fall
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/pompeii-did-antimony-poisoning-lead-downfall-roman-empire-1635637
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5853-170818-pompeii-antimony-water-pipe

Cf: https://rogueclassicism.com/2017/08/18/on-antimony-in-pipes-and-pompeii-yeah-about-that/

The upcoming eclipse spawned an article on the Antikythera Mechanism:

https://www.livescience.com/60144-antikythera-computer-predicted-eclipses.html

Feature on Cicero:

http://www.livelaw.in/cicero-greatest-lawyer-times/

Why study Classics?:

http://www.realcleareducation.com/articles/2017/08/17/why_study_the_classics_110191.html

The SCS statement on diversity in the ancient world and misuse of Classical images:

https://www.insidehighered.com/quicktakes/2017/08/15/classicists-condemn-use-images-racists

On the claim that all roads lead to Rome:

https://phys.org/news/2017-08-mythbusting-ancient-romedid-roads.html

In case you haven’t heard enough silliness this week, here’s a claim that Caesar’s invasion of Britain was invented by Alfred the Great:

http://cphpost.dk/news/caesar-conquering-britain-a-9th-century-invention-by-alfred-the-great.html

What Tommye Lou Davis is up to:

http://www.wacotrib.com/news/higher_education/longtime-baylor-administrator-davis-out-as-vice-president/article_02f21ec5-cb98-53bb-b32f-244346b2443e.html
http://www.kwtx.com/content/news/Longtime-Baylor-administrator-to-return-to-classroom-440934523.html

Stephen Fry will be dealing with ancient Greek myth:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/220935/article/ekathimerini/life/stephen-fry-takes-on-mythical-figures-from-ancient-greece
http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/26801-stephen-fry-takes-on-mythical-figures-from-ancient-greece-in-ontario.html

More on France’s ‘mini Pompeii’:

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/archeologists-dig-frances-mini-pompeii-roman-town-frozen-time-fire/

More on citrons as luxury items in the ancient Mediterranean:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-08/afot-cfl081117.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-08-citrus-luxury-item-cash-crop.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170818092100.htm
http://www.jpost.com/Business-and-Innovation/Health-and-Science/Citrus-fruit-From-ancient-luxury-item-to-todays-cash-crop-502579
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/history/israeli-researcher-says-citrons-lemons-were-luxuries-in-ancient-mediterranean/2017/08/17/

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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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Plenty of finds from an Anglo Saxon cemetery on Holy Island:

http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/complete-skeletons-anglo-saxon-cemetery-13474400
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5845-170815-lindisfarne-anglo-saxon-cemetery-skeletons

… and plenty of Anglo Saxon burials found during the Lincoln Bypass construction:

http://www.lincolnshirelive.co.uk/news/local-news/mystery-over-400-ancient-graves-346698

A metal detectorist has found a Bronze Age hoard of some sort from Thanet:

http://www.kentlive.news/a-cliftonville-man-has-found-a-gold-coin-and-a-treasure-trove-while-metal-detecting-in-thanet/story-30485584-detail/story.html

Cup and ring marks in Ilkley Moor:

http://www.ilkleygazette.co.uk/news/15479067.Intriguing_cup_and_ring_marks_discovered_on_archaeology_trail_on_Ilkley_Moor/

Searching for remains of a Pictish settlement near Blair Atholl:

http://www.scotsman.com/news/archaeologists-return-to-north-east-seat-of-pictish-kings-1-4536178
http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/15483296.Blair_Atholl_burial_dig_hopes_to_find_more_signs_of_Pictish_life/
http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/local-news/search-pictish-settlement-11008380

A metal detectorist found a 6th century coin pendant:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-norfolk-40962865

A 9th century Arabic coin from Svaty Jur:

https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20628379/unique-discovery-proves-contact-between-great-moravia-and-orient.html

A medieval church and burials from Lucerne:

https://www.thelocal.ch/20170815/medieval-church-and-skeletons-unearthed-in-lucerne-city-centre

A medieval coin hoard from Denmark:

http://cphpost.dk/news/archaeologists-make-stunning-treasure-find-in-denmark.html

Archaeologists have located and excavated Greenwich Palace:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/greenwich-palace-henry-viii-birthplace-remains-discovered-archaeologists-old-royal-naval-college-a7894331.html
http://artdaily.com/news/98204/Archaeological-find-uncovers-royal-palace-where-Henry-VIII-and-Elizabeth-I-were-born

Remains of Vilna’s 17th century synagogue includes a pair of mikvehs:

http://www.jewishpress.com/news/history/two-mikvahs-exposed-in-vilnas-great-synagogue-70-years-after-destruction/2017/08/17/
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/234046
http://www.timesofisrael.com/archaeologists-uncover-the-heart-of-nazi-razed-vilnius-synagogue/
http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.807434
http://www.jpost.com/Diaspora/Discover-in-Lithuania-archeologists-find-ruins-of-Great-Synagogue-502804
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/great-synagogue-vilna-ritual-baths-that-survived-nazi-soviet-destruction-revealed-1635597
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5851-170817-lithuania-great-synagogue

Plenty of finds (including remains of the crew) during the underwater excavation of the Rooswijk:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-kent-40962097
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2017/08/17/lost-crew-18th-century-dutch-treasure-ship-found-coast-kent/
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/aug/18/treasure-and-intrigue-scientists-unravel-story-of-1740-kent-shipwreck
http://www.kentonline.co.uk/deal/news/team-explores-secrets-of-18th-130720/
http://www.kentnews.co.uk/news/shipwreck-excavations-at-goodwin-sands-shed-new-light-on-voyagers-untold-stories-1-5154772
http://www.ybw.com/news-from-yachting-boating-world/dutch-east-india-company-ship-rooswijk-archaeologists-discovery-58436
http://artdaily.com/news/98194/Bones–silver-found-in-18th-century-Dutch-wreck-off-UK
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/08/shipwreck-rooswijk-dutch-trading-kent-england-artifacts-spd/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5852-170818-england-dutch-shipwreck

Evidence of a 200 years bp ‘refugee camp’ from Galway:

https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/heritage/archaeologist-finds-200-year-old-galway-refugee-camp-1.3190982

Excavating a 100 years bp Kilwinning cottage:

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/local-news/secrets-100-year-old-kilwinning-10997665

Plans to dig Caithness’ brochs:

http://www.scotsman.com/future-scotland/tech/caithness-digs-deep-to-discover-secrets-of-its-brochs-1-4533401

Brief hype for a dig at Voden fortress:

http://www.focus-fen.net/news/2017/08/16/422046/plovdiv-archaeological-excavations-at-voden-fortress-in-asenovgrad-continue.html

A brooch associated with Richard III is coming to auction:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-leicestershire-40961864

Moscow might be a hundred years older than previously thought:

https://themoscowtimes.com/news/moscow-58670

Interesting theory about the Uffington White Horse:

http://archaeology.org/issues/269-1709/from-the-trenches/5830-trenches-england-prehistoric-uffington-white-horse

By the time you read this, they’re probably already digging the Oxford flood channel:

http://www.thisisoxfordshire.co.uk/news/15482834.Oxford_flood_channel_archaeology_digs_to_begin_within_days/
http://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/15482834.Oxford_flood_channel_archaeology_digs_to_begin_within_days/

Rethinking some images associated with the Plague:

http://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2017/08/18/542435991/those-iconic-images-of-the-plague-thats-not-the-plague

Feature on the Ballachulish goddess:

http://www.scotsman.com/news/who-was-the-2-500-year-old-ballachulish-goddess-1-4534045

Plans for the Globe Theatre:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-40972934

A 5000 years bp possible image of an eclipse from Ireland is being brought up again for obvious reasons:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/08/18/this-5000-year-old-stone-carving-may-be-the-worlds-first-drawing-of-an-eclipse/
http://www.denverpost.com/2017/08/18/worlds-first-drawing-of-an-eclipse/

We mentioned this 4000 years bp dagger find from Slovakia:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-08/16/c_136530140.htm

I think we mentioned the reopening of Joint Mitnor cave, with 3d printed replicas of items that were stolen:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/once-plundered-thieves-ancient-cave-reopens-3-d-replicas-stolen-fossils-180964455/

More on that circular Viking fortress from Denmark:

http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/08/thousand-year-old-viking-fortress-reveals-technologically-advanced-society

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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Neolithic remains from the Kashmir:

http://www.greaterkashmir.com/news/kashmir/stone-age-kashmiri-was-intelligent-skilled-burzahom-findings/257574.html

Evidence of a Vietnamese trading network which operated 4500-3000 years bp:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-08/anu-aua081717.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-08-archaeologists-uncover-ancient-network-vietnam.html
http://citynews.com.au/2017/anu-uncovers-vietnamese-trading-network/
http://www.pressreleasepoint.com/archaeologists-uncover-ancient-trading-network-vietnam
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/08/2017/evidence-for-long-distance-neolithic-trading-network-in-vietnam-uncovered

Taking rubbings from a 1st century CE Mongolian cliff inscription:

http://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/2107500/archaeologists-discover-story-chinas-ancient-military-might

Possible evidence of a second capital in 8th century Osaka:

http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201708170055.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5850-170817-japan-ancient-capital-unearthed

A 1000 years bp royal burial from North Korea (!):

http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/638688/north-korea-Goryeo-Dynasty-tomb-Kaesong-archeology-kcna-Suk-Jong

Conserving items in Ladakh monasteries:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/agra/asi-comes-to-rescue-of-1000-year-old-antiquities-in-ladakh-monasteries/articleshow/60062684.cms

Not sure about this ‘Great Wall of Siberia’ item:

http://siberiantimes.com/science/casestudy/features/discovered-the-great-wall-of-siberia-dating-to-1st-millennium-bc/
http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/841374/Great-Wall-Siberia-discovery-Altai-Mountains-achaeology

Roundabout construction in New Zealand reveals an ancient Maori settlement:

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/bay-of-plenty-times/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503343&objectid=11903872
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11903872
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5855-170817-new-zealand-maori-settlement

Feature on life in colonial New Zealand:

https://www.newsroom.co.nz/2017/08/16/42910/how-tough-was-life-in-colonial-new-zealand

The Chinese art market is sputtering, apparently:

https://news.artnet.com/market/2016-chinese-art-market-report-shows-market-in-doldrums-1050767

A history of Guam:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/brief-500-year-history-guam-180964508/

More on dog-eating rituals in Siberia:

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2143891-ancient-warriors-killed-and-ate-their-dogs-as-rite-of-passage/#038;%23038;%23038;campaign_id=RSS%7CNSNS-

More on that well-preserved Siberian mummy:

http://siberiantimes.com/science/casestudy/news/meet-the-mummified-polar-beauty-her-long-eyelashes-and-hair-still-intact-after-900-years/
https://elpais.com/internacional/2017/08/11/mundo_global/1502453125_358701.html

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Southeast Asian Archaeology Newsblog:

http://www.southeastasianarchaeology.com/

New Zealand Archaeology eNews:

http://nzarchaeology.blogspot.co.nz/index.html
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NORTH AMERICA
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A 1500 years bp midden from Camarines Sur:

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/923681/1500-yr-old-artifacts-found-in-camsur

Latest from the Fort Edward dig:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/16/nyregion/french-indian-war-fort-edward-new-york-18th-century-british-troops.html?partner=rss&emc=rss
http://www.lmtonline.com/news/article/Archaeology-dig-on-NY-Colonial-military-site-11883012.php
http://www.njherald.com/article/20170818/AP/308189981
http://www.wcax.com/content/news/Archaeology-dig-on-NY-Colonial-military-site-wrapping-up-441005053.html

Digging the Sandwich site (near Windsor, ON):

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/windsor/indigenous-monitors-added-archaeological-sandwich-roundabout-1.4251857

On efforts to save Mi’kmaq artifacts threatened by erosion:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/saving-mi-kmaq-artifacts-before-they-wash-into-the-sea-1.4251195?cmp=rss

Feature on Benjamin Lay:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/12/opinion/sunday/youll-never-be-as-radical-as-this-18th-century-quaker-dwarf.html

… and Josiah Henson:

http://www.somdnews.com/independent/spotlight/archaeologist-retraces-the-steps-of-an-underground-railroad-pioneer/article_d985d818-4190-53ff-849c-643fef767271.html

… and Martin Frobisher:

https://www.adn.com/nation-world/2017/08/16/how-a-middle-aged-midwestern-nobody-made-his-mark-in-the-arctic/
http://nationalpost.com/news/world/maps-worldwide-were-changed-how-a-novice-explorer-made-his-mark-in-the-arctic-in-1860/wcm/17e974ec-1a1d-4bb0-b3c4-88d844ea34dc

Oldest known photo of a US president:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/16/arts/design/john-quincy-adams-daguerreotype-sothebys-auction.html

On the Russian presence in North America:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/15/us/russia-america.html

Latest on the demise of the Franklin crew:

http://gizmodo.com/new-clues-emerge-about-doomed-expedition-through-the-no-1797855047

In case you want to know about assorted Confederate monuments (varied coverage):

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/08/16/us/confederate-monuments-removed.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-40966800
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-40978515

Hopes for more study of a possible slave burial ground in Brooklyn:

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/call-study-slave-burial-ground-brooklyn-article-1.3421089

More on that Pueblaon petroglyph which might depict an eclipse:

https://www.livescience.com/60129-ancient-rock-art-depicts-solar-eclipse.html

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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A circular wall from Peru:

http://www.andina.com.pe/Ingles/noticia-peru-3000yearold-circular-stone-wall-found-in-cusco-678217.aspx
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5809-170814-peru-circular-wall-unearthed

Feature on a ‘Mayan Pompeii’:

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/mayan-pompeii-offers-snapshot-ancient-village-frozen-time-by-massive-volcanic-eruption-1635133

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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 history of department stores:

http://www.bbc.com/news/business-40448607

… and offices:

http://www.smartcompany.com.au/people-human-resources/from-medieval-monks-to-online-connectivity-a-short-history-of-the-office/

Assorted coverage of various eclipses throughout history and human reactions thereto:

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20170811-why-do-we-associate-eclipses-with-the-end-of-the-world
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/14/science/eclipse-discoveries-science.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/18/science/solar-eclipse-myths.html
http://www.fox9.com/fox-content-hub/274567152-story
http://www.npr.org/2017/08/16/543532422/how-eclipses-changed-history
https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2017/lifestyle/eclipse-myths/
https://www.sciencenews.org/blog/context/eclipses-show-wrong-physics-can-give-right-results
http://theconversation.com/how-ancient-cultures-explained-eclipses-79887
http://www.thedailytimes.com/columns/steve_wildsmith/eclipse-tips-prepare-for-werewolves-and-the-moon-serpent/article_1923e82b-71da-5b62-aed8-0de123d115f6.html
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/what-folklore-tells-us-about-eclipses-180964488/

How Switzerland transformed the idea of breakfast:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20170808-how-switzerland-transformed-breakfast

Almost in our period of purview but of interest … a missing British tank turned up at the Somme:

http://www.ntnews.com.au/technology/world-war-i-archaeological-dig-at-the-somme-turns-up-missing-british-tank-that-fled-due-to-cowardice/news-story/e9639bcaae9e2e75e3bbe5475a90eb14

… and not in our time period, but of interest is the find of the USS Indianapolis wreck:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/researchers-find-wreckage-of-lost-wwii-warship-uss-indianapolis/2017/08/19/9b432b1c-8520-11e7-ab27-1a21a8e006ab_story.html
http://www.journalgazette.net/news/20170819/researchers-find-wreckage-of-lost-wwii-warship-uss-indianapolis
http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Researchers-find-wreckage-of-lost-WWII-warship-11944819.php
https://www.thestar.com/news/world/2017/08/19/wreck-of-warship-uss-indianapolis-found-deep-in-pacific-after-72-years.html
http://www.denverpost.com/2017/08/19/researchers-find-wreckage-uss-indianapolis/

A possibly misleading translation in the King James Bible:

http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.807467

Feature on Machiavelli:

https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/public/political-animal/

Victor Nuovo is dealing with Locke and Hobbes this week:

http://addisonindependent.com/201708victor-nuovo-does-mind-always-think

A plea from archaeologists to stop hoarding bones:

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/stop-hoarding-ancient-bones-plead-archaeologists1/

Using archaeology to rethink osteoarthritis:

http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/08/15/543402095/creaky-knees

On torches and intimidation throughout history:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/drsarahbond/2017/08/15/a-short-history-of-torches-and-intimidation/

Review of a biography of Freud:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/14/books/review/freud-biography-frederick-crews.html

Archaeology Podcast Network:

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

http://eastpdxnews.com/general-news-features/pompeii-comes-to-life-at-omsi/

Feature on the Neanderthal Museum:

http://www.dw.com/en/is-man-the-eternal-migrant-neanderthal-museum-explores-history-of-human-movement/a-40094864
http://www.dw.com/en/two-million-years-of-migration/g-40095881

Suggestion that interactive museum features aren’t good for you:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/museums/can-high-culture-make-you-sick/2017/08/18/4e0e997a-7dd3-11e7-a669-b400c5c7e1cc_story.html

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THE TECHY SIDE
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A 19th century murderer is the latest facial reconstruction project:

https://stv.tv/news/east-central/1395611-face-of-19th-century-killer-revealed-by-modern-forensics/
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-40924617

Overviewish sort of thing on assorted technologies used in archaeology:

https://www.nbcnews.com/mach/science/these-technologies-are-giving-new-life-ancient-world-ncna792921

Policy change to use VR to examine shipwrecks in the UK:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/08/19/no-mary-rose-style-excavation-ships-will-explored-using-vr-instead/

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Tracing apple DNA this week:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/aug/15/geneticists-trace-humble-apples-exotic-lineage-all-the-way-to-the-silk-road

More on turkey DNA to track Puebloan movements:

http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Turkey-bones-may-help-trace-fate-of-ancient-cliff-11859231.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-08-turkey-bones-fate-ancient-cliff.html
http://www.fox19.com/story/36157874/turkey-bones-may-help-trace-fate-of-ancient-cliff-dwellers
http://www.sfgate.com/nation/article/Turkey-bones-may-help-trace-fate-of-ancient-cliff-11882471.php

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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Climate change concerns for Scottish sites:

http://www.scotsman.com/future-scotland/tech/scotland-s-historic-buildings-at-risk-from-climate-change-1-4531554

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TOURISTY THINGS
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Pakistan:

http://www.arabnews.com/node/1144301/saudi-arabia

Conquest Cup:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/17/sports/archery-conquest-cup-istanbul.html

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CRIME BEAT
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Focussing on dealers in the wake of the Hobby Lobby thing:

http://gazette.com/after-the-hobby-lobby-scandal-a-spotlight-on-antiquities-sales-in-israel/article/1609273
http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865686974/After-the-Hobby-Lobby-scandal-a-spotlight-on-antiquities-sales-in-Israel.html
http://religionnews.com/2017/08/16/after-the-hobby-lobby-scandal-a-spotlight-on-antiquities-sales-in-israel/

… and accusations against Lincoln Blumell don’t appear to have any substance:

http://universe.byu.edu/2017/08/17/accusations-against-byu-professor-appear-unsubstantiated1/

… this seems related:

http://gulfnews.com/weekend-review/arts-culture/learning-about-antiquities-in-old-city-of-jerusalem-1.2071274

That guy behind the cultural attacks in Timbuktu has to pay reparations:

http://www.dw.com/en/icc-timbuktu-destruction-to-cost-islamist-rebel-32-million/a-40131197

Not sure if this is the right category for the Guennol Stargazer dispute or not:

http://www.theintelligencer.com/entertainment/article/Hex-of-the-idol-art-collector-Christie-s-fight-11942092.php

Scotland Yard’s antiquities unit is shutting down:

https://www.artforum.com/archive/id=70410

18th/19th century artifact smuggling attempt foiled at an Egyptian airport:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/275535/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Attempt-to-smuggle-th-century-artefacts-foiled-at-.aspx
http://www.egyptindependent.com/hurghada-authorities-foil-smuggle-attempt-6-artifacts/
https://english.aawsat.com/waleed-abdul-rahman/lifestyle-culture/egypt-foils-attempt-smuggle-19th-century-artifacts

… and a bust in Mansoura (we need a word for ‘house diggers’):

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/1/18088/4-arrested-during-archaeological-dig-in-Mansoura

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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In case you missed the Hercules sarcophagus repatriation story a while back:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/hercules-to-come-to-turkey-in-september-.aspx?pageID=238&nid=116855&NewsCatID=375
https://www.dailysabah.com/turkey/2017/08/18/hercules-saga-switzerland-to-return-relic

India is still waiting for the US to return some items:

http://www.sundayguardianlive.com/news/10577-india-yet-receive-200-artefacts-worth-100-million-us

More on the repatriation/reburial of those Native American children remains:

http://www.newsworks.org/index.php/local/harrisburg/106430-two-native-american-boys-remains-uncovered-in-carlisle-third-stays-buried

More on the Benin Bronzes:

https://qz.com/1054364/the-british-museum-will-return-bronze-sculptures-looted-from-benin-nearly-two-centuries-ago/

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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on Norman coins from Sicily:

http://www.coinweek.com/ancient-coins/coinweek-ancient-coin-series-coinage-normans-sicily/

Latest e-Sylum:

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

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n34.html

————————
Ancient Coin Collecting:

http://ancientcoincollecting.blogspot.com/

Ancient Coins:

http://classicalcoins.blogspot.com/

Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/
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PERFORMANCES AND THEATRE-RELATED
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The House of Government:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/18/books/review/yuri-slezkine-the-house-of-government.html

Feature on Beethoven:

http://www.wqxr.org/story/5-tales-complicated-life-beethoven/

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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/2640-audio-news-from-archaeologica-6-august-2017-12-august-2017
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OBITUARIES
===============================================================
Jo Draper:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/aug/13/jo-draper-obituary

Robert Loder:

https://www.ft.com/content/9a24ab5c-81e2-11e7-a4ce-15b2513cb3ff

Paul Oliver:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/17/arts/music/paul-oliver-authority-on-the-blues-dies-at-90.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/

Hidden Cultural Heritage (April 2018):

http://www.cicop.net/hch/

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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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