Explorator 20.21 ~ September 17, 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,
Kris Curry, Richard C. Griffiths, and Ross W. Sargent
for headses upses this week (as always hoping I have left no one out).

… a bit of a slow week

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Looking at homo naledi’s teeth:

https://phys.org/news/2017-09-dental-homo-naledi.html

Paper on Neanderthals and Denisovans:

http://www.pnas.org/content/114/37/9859.abstract.html?etoc

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AFRICA
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Feature on a Portuguese shipwreck found off Namibia a decade ago:

https://phys.org/news/2017-09-namibia-portuguese-shipwreck-relics-hidden.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/africa/in-namibia-1533-portuguese-shipwrecks-relics-hidden-away/2017/09/15/139ed4a8-99fd-11e7-af6a-6555caaeb8dc_story.html
http://www.stamfordadvocate.com/news/world/article/In-Namibia-1533-Portuguese-shipwreck-s-relics-12199981.php
http://www.seattlepi.com/news/world/article/In-Namibia-1533-Portuguese-shipwreck-s-relics-12199981.php

Libya is encouraging cooperation in the fight against antiquities smuggling:

https://www.libyaobserver.ly/culture/head-libyas-archeology-authority-urges-neighboring-countries-help-end-smuggling-antiquities

More on the search for Barca:

https://www.libyaobserver.ly/culture/libyan-archeology-authority-look-lost-ancient-city-barca

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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A funerary chapel dedicated to Ramses II:

https://www.iol.co.za/news/africa/egyptian-pharaohs-chapel-discovered-79663

Marking the bicentennial of the discovery of the temples at Abu Simbel:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/277022/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Egyptian-embassy-in-Paris-celebrates-bicentennial-.aspx
https://egyptianstreets.com/2017/09/14/egypts-embassy-in-paris-celebrates-200th-anniversary-of-discovering-abu-simebl-temples/
http://www.egyptindependent.com/paris-hosts-egypts-celebration-abu-simbel-relocation-anniversary/

More on that goldsmith tomb from Luxor:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/10/world/middleeast/egypt-archaeology-tomb-goldsmith.html
http://www.nationalgeographic.com.au/history/get-a-first-look-inside-a-newly-opened-egyptian-tomb.aspx
http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/egypt-goldsmith-tomb-1.4284031?cmp=rss
http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/culture/2017/09/11/goldsmiths-tomb-discovered-in-luxor-over-3500-years-old_89a9fee7-4588-438c-80a1-f7703c435fba.html
http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-egypt-mummies-and-treasures-3500-years-old-uncovered-tomb-royal-663438
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-kingdom-goldsmiths-tomb-discovered-egypt-180964840/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/5905-170911-egypt-goldsmith-tomb

… and, as often, we get a piece on how recent discoveries in Egypt are boosting tourism:

http://www.laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=2443145&CategoryId=13936

Egypt and France are working on a project at Saqqara:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/22967/Egyptian-French-cooperation-developing-Saqqara-site

Plans to restore some 13th century structures in Siwa:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/23163/Ministry-of-Antiquities-to-restore-archaeological-buildings-in-siwa

A fatwa in Egypt is encouraging illegal antiquities digging (!):

http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2017/09/egypt-religious-fatwa-antiquities.html

What Zahi Hawass is up to (!):

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/22398/Hawass-to-write-opera-about-Tutankhamen

Feature on some Revolt-era burials at Khirbet el-Maqatir:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/a-2000-year-old-murder-leads-to-an-illicit-burial-in-the-heart-of-the-west-bank/

Tomb raiders hit the site of Horkania:

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Tomb-raiders-vandalize-mysterious-Judean-Desert-skull-cave-505009
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/israeli-arabs/report-robbers-destroyed-mysterious-skull-cave-in-hasmonean-fortress/2017/09/14/

Item on students who worked on a dig at Tel Akko this past summer:

http://miamioh.edu/cas/about/news/2017/09/tel-akko.html

More on that unique food storage vessel from Tel Tsaf and the connection to ‘elites’:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/09/170906144548.htm
http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-1.811906

More on remains of a ‘refugee camp’ at Masada:

http://forward.com/news/israel/382132/exclusive-new-archaeology-shows-refugee-camp-not-just-rebels-atop-masada/

Excavating a 1000 years bp neighbourhood in eastern Turkey:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/millenium-old-turkish-neighborhood-in-erzincan-unearthed-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=117833&NewsCatID=375

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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An intact Mycenean tomb from Orchomenos:

http://www.cam.ac.uk/research/news/a-rare-discovery-will-shed-new-light-on-mycenaean-funerary-practices
https://phys.org/news/2017-09-bronze-age-grave-greece-nobleman.html
http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/news/history/cambridge-archaeologists-uncover-monumental-jewellery-13621285
http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-greece-massive-tomb-holding-treasure-and-mysterious-3400-year-old-body-664221

2600 years bp (mass?) burial from Parion:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/skeletons-found-in-ancient-tomb.aspx?pageID=238&nid=118011&NewsCatID=375

A 2000 years bp ‘baby bottle’ from Canakkale:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/09/12/2000-year-old-baby-bottle-unearthed-in-turkeys-canakkale

Very interesting third century CE sculptures from Antalya:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/09/17/3-ancient-statues-of-senior-civil-servants-discovered-in-turkeys-antalya

Interesting structure on a Dalmatian island:

http://www.total-croatia-news.com/lifestyle/22001-ancient-site-discovered-in-nature-park-telascica
https://www.archaeology.org/news/5921-170915-croatia-dugi-otok

Plenty of coverage of finds from a cavalry barracks at Vindolanda:

https://www.livescience.com/60385-toy-swords-unearthed-roman-fort-vindolanda.html
https://www.livescience.com/60379-photos-roman-fort-vindolanda.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-tyne-41225702
http://www.foxnews.com/science/2017/09/15/roman-swords-unearthed-at-ancient-cavalry-barracks-near-hadrians-wall.html
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/roman-cavalry-sword-discovered-at-hadrians-wall-rc8g3p9vr
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rare-roman-cavalry-swords-and-toys-unearthed-along-hadrians-wall-180964863/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/5906-170911-england-vindolanda-sword
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/09/2017/roman-cavalry-finds-unearthed-at-hadrians-wall-dig

Study suggests Greeks deliberately built temples on fault lines:

https://phys.org/news/2017-09-earthquake-faults-key-role-culture.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-09/uop-efm091217.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/09/170912103549.htm
http://www.ibtimes.com/did-ancient-greece-worship-earthquakes-sacred-sites-built-fault-lines-2589014
http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-greeks-earthquakes-temples-664751
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/09/2017/earthquake-faults-may-have-been-culturally-significant-in-the-aegean

Publication of a very interesting 4th century astrological text:

http://dlib.nyu.edu/awdl/isaw/isaw-papers/12/

Some Hellenistic towers in Antalya will be restored:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/27154-ancient-hellenistic-towers-being-restored-in-antalya-turkey.html

Nice feature on the Amazons:

http://wnpr.org/post/amazons-myth-reality-and-modern-relevance

Feature on studying sherds excavated by Evans on Crete:

http://news.tulane.edu/news/ancient-site-holds-research-opportunity-undergrads

Feature on the Guisborough Roman helmet:

http://www.darlingtonandstocktontimes.co.uk/news/15536579.Archaeologist_on_a_mission_to_raise_awareness_of_North_East_discovered_historic_Roman_helmet/

What Benjamin Stevens is up to:

http://www.trinitonian.com/classics-professor-gives-his-take-on-not-so-classic-films/

Classics is threatened at PLU:

http://www.king5.com/news/education/classical-studies-on-the-chopping-block-at-plu/474991738

Pondering a university motto:

http://wfuogb.com/2017/09/pro-humanitate-should-be-better-understood/

Archaeologists are weighing in on the proposed development of Hellenikon:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/tourism-businesses/new-investments/27140-archaeologists-law-will-be-violated-if-hellinikon-is-not-listed-as-archaeological-site.html
http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/tourism-businesses/new-investments/27167-archaeological-council-meeting-over-helleniko-project-cancelled.html

… while an airport roundabout on Malta won’t affect catacombs there:

https://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20170915/local/airport-roundabout-roadworks-will-not-damage-catacombs.658031

Applying Aristotle to modern life:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/11/opinion/the-problem-of-living-in-the-present.html

Arrests after flying a drone over the Colosseum:

https://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20170914/local/two-maltese-arrested-for-flying-drone-over-the-colosseum.658007

… and some folks tried to steal some bricks therefrom as well:

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/chilean-tourists-caught-stealing-bricks-romes-colosseum-by-military-police-1639407

More on that mosaic from Boxford:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/amateur-archaeologists-find-most-exciting-roman-mosaic-britain-180964828/

More (nothing new) on the purported skull of the elder Pliny:

http://www.gulf-times.com/story/563606/Forgotten-skull-in-museum-linked-to-Pompeii-rescue

Reviews of Daniel Mendelsohn’s *An Odyssey*:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/sep/13/an-odyssey-a-father-a-son-and-an-epic-by-daniel-mendelsohn-review
http://www.macleans.ca/culture/books/how-daniel-mendelsohn-found-his-father-through-homers-odyssey/
http://www.ebar.com/arts/art_article.php?sec=books&article=1159
https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/identity-and-recognition-a-conversation-with-daniel-mendelsohn/
https://www.bostonglobe.com/arts/books/2017/09/14/mathematician-father-and-classicist-son-odyssey/S8UjBigtjCfZ5Z2dK2gCDP/story.html
http://www.sfchronicle.com/books/article/An-Odyssey-A-Father-a-Son-and-an-Epic-12201509.php
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/an-odyssey-father-son-epic-daniel-mendelsohn-review-3b2pnsjxz
http://www.newsday.com/entertainment/books/daniel-mendelsohn-s-an-odyssey-review-a-literature-professor-his-81-year-old-dad-and-their-journey-through-homer-s-epic-1.14148029

Review of Ferry’s translation of the Aeneid:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/books/virgils-the-aeneid-still-looks-strikingly-contemporary/2017/09/12/3915dfe4-97df-11e7-b569-3360011663b4_story.html?utm_term=.89be5e54c53b
http://www.theintelligencer.com/entertainment/article/Book-World-More-than-20-centuries-later-12197427.php

Review of Nixey, *The Darkening Age*:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/darkening-age-catherine-nixey-review-crbc0n2np

I think this is a review of *Unknown Technology in Homer* (or something like that):

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/the-shield-of-achilles_us_59bc2a1de4b0390a1564dd46

Assorted coverage on ‘Bromans’, which is causing a bit of a stir among Classicists in the UK:

http://www.radiotimes.com/news/2017-09-15/an-oxford-classics-lecturer-live-tweeted-itv2-reality-show-bromans/
http://www.ok.co.uk/tv/1175722/bromans-tom-rhiannon-ancient-rome-injury-challenge-gladiator-weight-loss
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/tv/0/bromans-makes-love-island-look-sophisticated-episode-1-recap/
https://www.dailydot.com/upstream/andrew-sillett-twitter-bromans/
https://www.standard.co.uk/stayingin/tvfilm/bromans-everything-you-need-to-know-about-itv2s-new-couples-show-set-in-ancient-rome-a3634336.html

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

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http://rogueclassicism.com/
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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Evidence of dismemberment at a 5300 years bp passage tomb from Carrowkeel:

https://www.rte.ie/news/ireland/2017/0915/905136-burial-practices-analysis/

A Bronze Age roundhouse from Petersfield:

http://www.petersfieldpost.co.uk/article.cfm?id=113207&headline=Bronze%20Age%20round%20house%20found%20as%20work%20on%20new%20estate%20in%20Petersfield%20gets%20underway&sectionIs=news&searchyear=2017

Evidence of an Iron Age fort in Crookham:

http://www.berwickshirenews.co.uk/news/evidence-of-iron-age-fort-is-found-during-dig-at-crookham-1-4559268

A 1000 years bp Viking sword find from Norway:

https://www.thelocal.no/20170915/norwegian-reindeer-hunters-find-1100-year-old-viking-sword
http://www.ibtimes.com/1000-year-old-viking-sword-discovered-norwegian-mountains-2588902
http://metro.co.uk/2017/09/12/hunter-discovers-1100-year-old-viking-sword-on-remote-mountain-6923173/
http://nypost.com/2017/09/12/reindeer-hunter-stumbles-upon-1100-year-old-viking-sword/
https://www.yahoo.com/news/norwegians-well-preserved-viking-era-sword-085531898.html
https://www.timminstoday.com/world-news/norwegians-find-well-preserved-viking-era-sword-716756
https://www.archaeology.org/news/5911-170912-norway-viking-sword

More on identification of a Viking warrior burial as belonging to a female:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/09/170908205507.htm
https://www.livescience.com/60418-viking-warrior-was-a-woman.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/14/world/europe/sweden-viking-women-warriors-dna.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/shortcuts/2017/sep/12/does-new-dna-evidence-prove-that-there-were-female-viking-warlords
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/sep/15/how-the-female-viking-warrior-was-written-out-of-history
https://www.stuff.co.nz/world/europe/96868125/Viking-warrior-skeleton-identified-as-female-128-years-after-its-discovery
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2017/09/14/wonder-woman-lives-viking-warrior-skeleton-identified-as-female-128-years-after-its-discovery/
http://www.cnn.com/2017/09/14/health/female-viking-warrior-grave/index.html
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/09/viking-warrior-woman-archaeology-spd/
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/high-ranking-viking-warrior-was-woman-180964831/

… and there is skepticism:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/09/have-we-finally-found-hard-evidence-for-viking-warrior-women/
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/skeleton-ignites-debate-over-whether-women-were-viking-warriors

I think we mentioned this medieval village from Denmark find:

https://www.archaeology.org/news/5908-170911-denmark-hovedstrup-village

Interesting 1400 years bp burials from the Lincoln bypass site:

http://www.lincolnshirelive.co.uk/news/local-news/archaeologists-make-discovery-outside-lincoln-470146

Mass graves near the Vinegar Hill battlefield:

http://www.independent.ie/regionals/goreyguardian/news/archaeologists-find-mass-graves-on-vinegar-hill-36121841.html

The search is on for a Northallerton prison treadmill:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-york-north-yorkshire-41202820

The study of King’s Seat has commenced:

https://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/news/local/perth-kinross/505598/first-exploration-of-ancient-seat-of-celtic-power-begins/

Bones attributed to St Peter (and others) from Santa Maria in Cappella in Rome:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/09/11/bones-attributed-st-peter-found-chance-1000-year-old-church/

Concerns for assorted sites:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-41265057

‘Historic vandalism’ via ‘fairy stacks’ in Stowe:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-cornwall-41245644
https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2017/sep/13/stone-stackers-ancient-sites-historic-england-stowes-hill-cornwall

… and there was also some vandalism at the Oswestry Castle dig:

https://www.shropshirestar.com/news/crime/2017/09/14/vandals-target-oswestry-castle-excavation-site/

Stoke-on-Trent is hoping to buy some Iron Age gold:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-stoke-staffordshire-41271368

With some route adjustments, the Stonehenge tunnel was given the go-ahead:

https://phys.org/news/2017-09-stonehenge-road-tunnel-go-ahead-protests.html
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/sep/11/stonehenge-tunnel-route-moved-by-50-metres-after-protests
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/09/11/stonehenge-road-tunnel-given-go-ahead-30-years-controversy/
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/stonehenge-and-the-merits-of-the-new-tunnel-2snn8p7fv
http://www.salisburyjournal.co.uk/news/journalnewsindex/15528656.Stonehenge_tunnel_plans_altered_to_preserve_solstice_sunset_view/
http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/homenews/15528855.Road_tunnel_scheme_near_Stonehenge_given_green_light_by_Transport_Secretary/

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

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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Evidence of fire management on Tasmania, some 40 000 years bp:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-09-11/scientists-tracing-ancient-aboriginal-fire-practice-on-tasmania/8891626
https://www.archaeology.org/news/5907-170911-tasmania-controlled-burn

An Afanasevo culture burial from Kazakhstan:

http://astanatimes.com/2017/09/burial-of-eneolithic-era-man-discovered-in-east-kazakhstan/

Followup to the ‘Shakespeare of China’ tomb find … apparently the dig is being investigated for irregularities of some sort:

http://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/2111401/chinese-authorities-investigate-improper-excavation-work-tomb
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-09/12/c_136603829.htm
http://www.sixthtone.com/news/1000861/dug-up-grave-of-chinas-shakespeare-broke-regulations%2C-say-authorities

Hindu relics from a Neolithic site in Mizoram (we may have mentioned some of these):

https://www.nagalandpost.com/ChannelNews/Regional/RegionalNews.aspx?news=TkVXUzEwMDEyMDc1OQ%3D%3D

On Chinese mulberry bark and paper money:

http://www.bbc.com/news/business-40879028

On ancient fishing weirs in Taiwan:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/discover-taiwans-ancient-fishing-methods-tourist-destinations-180964694/

On the first folks to walk the entire length of the Great Wall:

http://www.bbc.com/news/av/magazine-41240113/the-first-men-to-walk-the-great-wall-of-china

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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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Searching for remains of early arrivals to North America near Fort Wainwright (Alaska):

https://source.colostate.edu/csu-archaeologists-unearthing-mans-roots-alaska/

What they’re finding at a pre-European Tlingit site near Petersburg:

https://www.ktoo.org/2017/09/11/archaeologists-shed-light-tlingit-culture-near-petersburg-europeans/

… and at the Magic Mountain dig (Colorado):

http://www.denverpost.com/2017/09/13/archaeological-team-unearths-artifacts-magic-mountain-dig/

Hurricane Irma exposed a dugout canoe in Florida (it ‘washed ashore’):

http://www.winknews.com/2017/09/14/hurricane-irma-unearths-ancient-canoe-in-indian-river-in-brevard/
https://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/hurricane-irma/after-irma-mystery-where-did-washed-ashore-canoe-florida-come-n802001
http://www.wthr.com/article/after-irma-a-mystery-where-did-washed-ashore-canoe-in-florida-come-from

Latest on the Franklin Expedition:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/lost-franklin-expedition-historical-tug-of-war-1.4293114?cmp=rss

Conserving some old maps of New York:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/10/nyregion/dry-cleaning-the-citys-oldest-maps.html

Burial of a skull associated with the Mountain Meadows Massacre:

http://www.sltrib.com/news/2017/09/09/after-decades-sitting-in-an-east-coast-museum-childs-skull-from-mountain-meadows-massacre-is-laid-to-rest-in-utah/

Feature on the Dry Fork Canyon petroglyphs (Utah):

http://www.sltrib.com/artsliving/outdoors/2017/09/12/severed-heads-tell-a-violent-mystery-at-utahs-dry-fork-canyon-petroglyphs/

Feature on Mark Wagner:

https://dailyegyptian.com/71778/news/archaeologists-arent-born-theyre-made-meet-mark-wagner-anthropology-professor/

Review of White, *The Republic for Which it Stands*:

http://www.sfchronicle.com/books/article/The-Republic-for-Which-It-Stands-by-12162696.php

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Tomb of an early Classic Maya ruler from Guatemala:

https://phys.org/news/2017-09-tomb-early-classic-maya-ruler.html
http://www.newsweek.com/tomb-mayan-god-king-containing-jade-burial-mask-hundreds-years-old-discovered-665469
https://www.upi.com/Science_News/2017/09/15/Royal-tomb-of-ancient-Mayan-ruler-found-in-Guatemala/3351505473639/
https://source.wustl.edu/2017/09/tomb-early-classic-maya-ruler-found-guatemala/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/5919-170915-waka-jade-mask

Plans to use some high tech tools to explore Chichen Itza:

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/09/mexican-pyramid-mysteries-chichen-itza-archaeology/
http://www.news.com.au/travel/travel-updates/chichen-itza-pyramid-subject-of-new-hitech-survey-to-seek-truth-of-underworld-labrynth-legend/news-story/2da9614c8ce20cb1df47e63bd432855c
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-09-14/archaeologists-search-mayan-temple-chichen-itza/8945132

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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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Not sure where to put this item on Arabic manuscripts being found at Mount Athos:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2017/09/16/kuwaiti-archaeologists-discover-rare-arabic-manuscripts-in-mount-athos/

On the earliest evidence of the use of zero:

https://phys.org/news/2017-09-video-earliest-centuries-older-thought.html
http://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/bodley/news/2017/sep-14
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-41265057
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/sep/14/much-ado-about-nothing-ancient-indian-text-contains-earliest-zero-symbol
https://www.usatoday.com/videos/news/world/2017/09/14/-earliest-evidence-number-zero-found-ancient-manuscript/105608872/
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dating-ancient-indian-text-gives-new-timeline-history-zero-180964896/

On lederhosen:

http://www.dw.com/en/lederhosen-everything-you-need-to-know-about-oktoberfests-favorite-leather-shorts/a-40492182

On the history of Germany’s oldest political party:

http://www.dw.com/en/the-spd-germanys-oldest-political-party/a-16825489

Did they really hang a monkey as a spy in Hartlepool?:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-tees-40801937

Reactions to that supposed translation of the Voynich Manuscript:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/09/experts-are-extremely-dubious-about-the-voynich-solution/

… related:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/6-things-know-about-mysterious-voynich-manuscript-180964847/

Feature on Vlad the Impaler:

https://www.livescience.com/40843-real-dracula-vlad-the-impaler.html

Interesting history of a Portuguese sausage:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20170911-portugals-sneaky-sausage-that-saved-jews

Pondering Das Kapital:

http://www.dw.com/en/karl-marxs-das-kapital-still-fascinates-after-150-years/a-40489519

On ergot poisoning and Renaissance painting:

https://hyperallergic.com/399385/how-renaissance-painting-smoldered-with-a-little-known-hallucinogen/

Victor Nuovo is still on Locke:

http://www.addisonindependent.com/201709victor-nuovo-locke-liberalism-and-americas-influence-charting-new-course-0

On metal detectorists in Eastern Europe:

https://www.theguardian.com/global/2017/sep/17/battlefield-bounty-hunters-in-polish-ww2-battlefields

On the history of chocolate in the US:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/brief-history-chocolate-united-states-180964827/

Feature on Agatha Christie:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/22970/Celebrating-the-life-of-Agatha-Christie

Pondering what sank the USS San Diego:

http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/military/sd-me-usssandiego-exploration-20170913-story.html

Recovering thirty ‘lost’ English words:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-41266000

Linking Kim Kardashian and a Kashmir pot type:

http://www.sundayguardianlive.com/news/10930-kashmir-names-neolithic-pot-kim-kardashian

Archaeology Podcast Network:

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

https://londonist.com/london/art-and-photography/the-scythians-have-ridden-into-the-british-museum
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/times2/exhibition-review-scythians-warriors-of-ancient-siberia-qm2tcndzs
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/scythians-at-the-british-museum-a-trek-through-the-treasures-of-a-lost-empire-c23pgsd0k
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/art/what-to-see/thrilling-journey-unfamiliar-territory-scythians-warriors/
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2017/sep/12/scythians-review-warriors-of-ancient-siberia-british-museum-london
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2017/sep/17/scythians-warriors-of-ancient-siberia-british-museum-review
https://www.standard.co.uk/comment/comment/scythians-art-shows-us-they-were-more-than-just-warriors-a3634881.html
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/scythians-ancient-siberia-were-terrifying-warriors-their-only-weaknesses-were-booze-weed-1639570

… including this:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2017/sep/12/real-face-mummified-warrior-revealed-british-museum-scythians
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/british-museum-mummy-scythian-warrior-face-2000-years-old-russia-ancient-mummified-london-exhibition-a7947146.html

Luxury in the Ancient Americas:

http://www.cnn.com/style/article/golden-kingdoms-luxury-legacy-ancient-americas/index.html

Music in Ancient Civilizations:

http://artdaily.com/news/98852/Exhibition-focuses-on-the-role-of-music-in-the-great-ancient-civilisations

Matisse and Bonnard:

http://www.dw.com/en/henri-matisse-and-pierre-bonnard-celebrated-in-new-exhibition/a-40475173

Hartwig Fischer’s plans for the BM:

https://www.apollo-magazine.com/how-hartwig-fischer-plans-to-transform-the-british-museum/

Ask the Curator on Twitter this week caused some problems for the BM:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2017/sep/13/british-museum-says-too-many-asian-names-on-labels-can-be-confusing
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/asian-name-labels-confused-visitors-says-british-museum-vgvf22ssx
http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/british-museum-tweet-twitter-row-asian-names-confusing-curator-colonialism-a7946431.html

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/

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CRIME BEAT
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Tomb raiders in China arrested:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-09/13/c_136607128.htm

Latest bust at the Cairo airport involves some Ottoman-era guns:

https://dailynewsegypt.com/2017/09/17/authorities-seize-attempt-smuggle-ancient-guns-turkey/

Tasmanian items seized after an online auction:

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/sep/14/suspected-tasmanian-aboriginal-artefacts-seized-from-home-after-online-sales-tip-off

An attempt by a guard to steal items from a Coptic museum was thwarted:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/42/277097/Heritage/Coptic/Metro-station-police-foil-security-guards-attempt-.aspx

Police in Italy are fighting thefts from churches:

https://www.thelocal.it/20170913/police-in-italy-fight-back-against-theft-of-art-from-churches

Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2017/09/culture-crime-news-28-august-3-september-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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The US will return some Jewish artifacts to Iraq, despite protests:

http://m.jpost.com/Diaspora/Despite-protests-State-Department-says-it-will-return-trove-of-Jewish-artifacts-to-Iraq-504668

That Hercules sarcophagus has been returned to Turkey after much hype:

https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/geneva-to-turkey_priceless-roman-sarcophagus-heads-home-after-legal-saga/43495484
https://www.usnews.com/news/entertainment/articles/2017-09-12/swiss-send-2nd-century-coffin-depicting-hercules-to-turkey
http://www.nhregister.com/entertainment/article/Swiss-send-2nd-century-coffin-depicting-Hercules-12191395.php https://www.albawaba.com/editorchoice/syrians-launch-campaign-return-antiquities-stolen-ongoing-war-1021170
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-09/14/c_136610214.htm

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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on Roman ‘capta’ coinage:

http://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/capta-coinage-roman-imperial-conquest/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n37.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n38.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/2645-audio-news-from-archaeologica-3-september-2017-9-september-2017
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OBITUARIES
===============================================================
Nancy Hatch Dupree:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/10/world/asia/nancy-hatch-dupree-afghanistan-dead.html?partner=rss&emc=rss
http://www.aljazeera.com/amp/news/2017/09/nancy-dupree-renowned-historian-dies-afghanistan-170910081950894.html
https://www.khaama.com/afghan-history-cultures-historic-friend-nancy-dupree-dies-in-kabul-03402
http://www.latimes.com/local/obituaries/la-me-nancy-hatch-dupree-20170911-story.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/obituaries/nancy-dupree-american-who-spent-decades-preserving-afghan-history-dies-at-89/2017/09/11/503655c6-9638-11e7-b569-3360011663b4_story.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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