Explorator 20.23 ~ October 1, 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, Don Buck, David Critchley,
Feral boy, Adrienne Mayor, Marice Rose, 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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According to genomic research, homo sapiens apparently emerged 300 000 years bp (didn’t we have this a few months ago?):

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-09/uu-mhe092517.php
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-09/uoj-sac092817.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-09-modern-humans-emerged-years.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/09/170928142016.htm
http://www.smh.com.au/world/homo-sapiens-are-150000-years-older-than-previously-thought-study-finds-20170929-gyrb8s.html
https://www.stuff.co.nz/science/97412098/Homo-sapiens-are-150-000-years-older-than-previously-thought-study-finds
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-science-humans/happy-350000th-birthday-study-pushes-back-homo-sapiens-origins-idUSKCN1C32XU?feedType=RSS&feedName=scienceNews
https://www.seeker.com/culture/archaeology/southern-african-ancestors-reveal-modern-humans-emerged-350000-years-ago
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/09/2017/dna-reveals-that-modern-humans-emerged-more-than-300000-years-ago

Feature on homo floresiensis:

https://cosmosmagazine.com/palaeontology/the-struggle-to-understand-the-hobbit

Hype for a Chinese expedition to Kenya:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-09/28/c_136645941.htm

More on the slow growth rate of Neanderthals:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-41351019
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/09/22/552963854/study-suggests-neanderthals-enjoyed-long-childhoods?sc=ipad&f=1007
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/neandertal-kids-were-lot-kids-today-least-how-they-grew
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/09/2017/researchers-reconstruct-how-neanderthals-grew

Some cave art humour:

http://bizarro.com/comics/september-27-2017/

… and a feature on cave art:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/25/science/prehistoric-cave-paintings.html

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AFRICA
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Earliest evidence of domesticated sorghum in Africa:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-09/uocp-eef092717.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/09/170927162011.htm
https://phys.org/news/2017-09-earliest-evidence-native-african-cultigen.html

In case you missed the news of the African genomic study:

https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/ancient-skeletons-reveal-clues-to-africas-past/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-41348087

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Excavation of a couple of toes of that Psameik I statue from Matariya:

http://www.egyptindependent.com/two-toes-king-psamtik-statue-excavated-matariya/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/5951-170928-egypt-colossal-toes

A gypsum head of Akhenaten from Minya:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/278025/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Gypsum-head-of-King-Akhenaten-statue-unearthed-in-.aspx
http://www.egyptindependent.com/gypsum-head-king-akhenaten-statue-unearthed-minya-statement/

Investigation after some illegal digging in Aswan led to evidence of an extension on the Edfo Temple:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/24753/Edfo-Temple-expansion-discovered

There will be more work done on the Djoser pyramid:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/24822/Hawas-follows-up-restoration-work-at-Djoser-Pyramid

… and the armed forces engineers will be working to bring the area around the pyramids up to grade:

https://dailynewsegypt.com/2017/09/28/armed-forces-engineering-authority-complete-developing-pyramids-area-mid-2018-antiquities-minister/
http://www.menafn.com/1095907070/Egypt–Armed-Forces-Engineering-Authority-to-complete-developing-pyramids-area-by-mid-2018-Antiquities-Minister

Pondering why Giza was selected as the site for the pyramids:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/25413/Why-ancient-Egyptians-selected-the-place-of-Giza-Pyramids

More on the latest evidence of how Egyptians moved big blocks to make the Great Pyramid:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/archeologist-mark-lehner-solves-mystery-pyramid-giza-built-egypt-solved-ancient-civilisation-channel-a7965916.html
http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/archaeologists-uncover-proof-of-how-ancient-egyptians-built-the-great-pyramid-in-2600bc/news-story/738fe5e3f536709b6e4e333a6b582847
https://au.news.yahoo.com/a/37205404/documentary-reveals-how-great-pyramid-of-giza-was-built/
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/ancient-papyrus-reveals-secret-how-ancient-egyptians-built-great-pyramid-giza-2600bc-1640617
http://www.newsweek.com/who-built-ancient-egypts-great-pyramid-hidden-text-holds-clues-thousand-year-670265
https://www.yahoo.com/news/m/063d768d-4053-3c62-82c3-c90912ce8098/ss_archaeologists-solve-the.html
https://uk.news.yahoo.com/built-ancient-egypt-great-pyramid-110004267.html
http://sacramento.cbslocal.com/2017/09/25/pyramids-mystery-solved/
http://www.cbs46.com/story/36448884/archeologists-say-they-solved-the-mummy-of-all-mysteries-the-great-pyramid-at-giza

The Menasche Synagogue in Alexandria has been added to Egypt’s heritage list:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/43/277921/Heritage/Islamic/Menasche-Synagogue-in-Alexandria-to-be-added-to-Eg.aspx
http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/43/277921/Heritage/Islamic/Menasce-Synagogue-in-Alexandria-to-be-added-to-Egy.aspx

Remains of an 11 500 years bp settlement at Hasankeyf:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/11500-year-old-settlement-unearthed-in-hasankeyf-.aspx?pageID=238&nid=118364&NewsCatID=375

Studying Natufian remains in Jordan:

http://www.jordantimes.com/news/local/archaeologist-explores-ancient-sedentary-communities-northeastern-jordan

A 4000 years bp Canaanite burial from Jerusalem includes a jar of headless toads (!):

http://www.antiquities.org.il/Article_eng.aspx?sec_id=25&subj_id=240&id=4313
https://www.timesofisrael.com/afterlife-snack-jar-of-toads-popped-open-in-4000-year-old-canaanite-tomb-dig/
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/4000-year-old-burial-remains-discovered-in-ancient-Jerusalem-tomb-505893
http://www.i24news.tv/en/news/israel/society/156303-170925-4-000-year-old-remains-of-decapitated-toads-discovered-in-jerusalem-tomb
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/jerusalem/decapitated-toads-found-in-4000-year-old-caananite-tomb-uncovered-in-excavation-near-jerusalem-biblical-zoo/2017/09/25/
http://www.jns.org/news-briefs/2017/9/25/decapitated-toads-found-in-4000-year-old-canaanite-jug
https://www.livescience.com/60519-headless-toads-discovered-in-jerusalem-burial.html
https://www.livescience.com/60512-photos-bronze-age-burial-headless-toad.html
http://www.laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=2443826&CategoryId=13936
https://www.algemeiner.com/2017/09/26/decapitated-toads-found-in-4000-year-old-canaanite-jug/
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/jar-headless-toads-found-bronze-age-tomb-180965031/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/5940-170925-israel-canaanite-toads

Remains of a First Temple era settlement beneath a former IDF training base:

http://jni.media/secret-first-temple-jewish-city-discovered-under-idf-training-base/
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/lost-jewish-city-discovered-underneath-israeli-army-base-1641227

Feature on Turkey’s policies regarding sale of antiquities:

http://www.numismaster.com/ta/numis/Article.jsp?ad=article&ArticleId=28703

A 1200 years bp church from Turkey’s Balikesir:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/09/27/1200-year-old-church-discovered-in-turkeys-balikesir

On the Future of Babylon project:

http://iaassyriology.org/mar-shiprim/future-of-babylon/

The Bezalel Narkiss Index of Jewish Art might be of interest:

https://hyperallergic.com/397208/jewish-art-worlds-largest-database/

Overviewish piece on Iraq’s archaeological remains in the wake of ISIL:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-41390440
http://www.aina.org/news/20170929114435.htm

Seeing what can be salvaged in Nimrud:

http://science.sciencemag.org/content/357/6358/1340.full

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Bronze Age finds from Bayley (Bulgaria):

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2017/09/25/3400-year-old-encrusted-ceramics-discovered-bronze-age-necropolis-bulgarias-danube-town-baley/

Feature on some archaic Greek sites in Calabria:

http://www.surfky.com/index.php/hopkins/179-news/kentucky/123132-uk-researchers-explore-archaic-greek-sites-in-italy

Plenty of interest in the discovery of the remains of a Hellenistic (maybe) city associated (by the press) with Alexander the Great:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/lost-city-iraq-alexander-great-founded-discover-archaeologists-qalatga-darband-a7965651.html
https://www.livescience.com/60545-lost-city-alexander-the-great-uncovered.html
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/lost-city-of-alexander-the-great-found-in-iraq-pw6g2dtvj
https://www.albawaba.com/editorchoice/drones-reveal-lost-city-alexander-great-located-iraq-1025870
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/drone360/2017/09/25/drones-lost-city/
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/lost-city-founded-by-alexander-great-uncovered-iraq-after-2000-years-1640773
http://neoskosmos.com/news/en/2000-year-old-lost-city-said-to-be-founded-by-Alexander-the-Great-discovered-in-Iraq
http://mashable.com/2017/09/26/discovery-of-lost-city-in-iraq/
https://www.inverse.com/article/36924-qalatga-darband-alexander-the-great-lost-city
http://www.thedailybeast.com/archaeologists-find-lost-city-of-alexander-the-great-in-iraq
https://www.archaeology.org/news/5942-170925-iraq-qalatga-darband
http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-greece-alexander-greats-long-lost-city-uncovered-archaeologists-using-671382

… but the connection to Alexander is tenuous:

http://www.thedailybeast.com/is-the-lost-city-of-alexander-the-great-actually-alexanders

… Smithsonian mag seems to have it right:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/drones-reveal-unexplored-ancient-settlement-iraqi-kurdistan-180965028/

I think we mentioned this find of a sanctuary of Artemis on Evia:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-41415952
http://www.ekathimerini.com/221897/article/ekathimerini/life/ancient-greek-sanctuary-of-artemis-unearthed-in-evia-says-culture-ministry
http://neoskosmos.com/news/en/Sanctuary-of-Artemis-unearthed-in-Evia
https://www.rt.com/news/404956-greek-ruins-artemis-temple-discovery/
http://www.ibtimes.com/archaeologists-find-lost-ancient-greek-temple-goddess-artemis-2594658
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4928968/Century-long-search-temple-Artemis-over.html

2000 years bp toys from child burials at Parion:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/09/28/2000-year-old-toys-discovered-inside-childrens-tombs-in-turkeys-canakkale
https://www.archaeology.org/news/5954-170928-turkey-parion-toys

A metal detectorist found a massive Roman coin hoard in Dorset:

https://www.thelondoneconomic.com/must-reads/man-finds-massive-coin-hoard-metal-detecting-weekend-worth-200k/29/09/
https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/4577166/roman-coins-2000-years-old-bridport/

Remains of a Romano-British settlement at Wylfa Newydd:

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/roman-british-settlement-found-wylfa-13691613

Finds from various periods (with a focus on Roman, it seems) on the banks of the Maas:

https://nltimes.nl/2017/09/29/roman-settlement-mammoth-remains-shipwrecks-found-along-maas-river
http://www.dutchnews.nl/news/archives/2017/09/archaeologists-uncover-spectacular-shipwreck-graveyard/

Plenty of press interest in a Roman bronze hoard from Gloucestershire, including an interesting dog statue:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/sep/27/metal-detectorists-unearth-unique-hoard-of-roman-artefacts
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/09/27/roman-licking-dog-never-seen-britain-found-metal-detector-enthusiasts/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-gloucestershire-41419523
http://www.gloucestershirelive.co.uk/news/gloucester-news/amazing-discovery-could-evidence-hidden-542056
http://www.ibtimes.com/two-brits-metal-detector-find-ancient-roman-bronze-artifacts-2595343
http://www.bristolpost.co.uk/news/bristol-news/licking-dog-bristol-museum-never-544783
https://www.rt.com/uk/405063-roman-bronze-treasure-discovery/
http://www.theforestreview.co.uk/article.cfm?id=107423&headline=Roman%20find%20is%20a%20UK%20first%20and%20may%20be%20linked%20to%20Lydney%20temple&sectionIs=news&searchyear=2017
https://www.archaeology.org/news/5949-170927-bronze-licking-dog

Plans to excavate the remains of Prusias ad Hypium:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/09/28/ephesus-of-the-black-sea-to-be-excavated

‘Nighthawks’ hit the Roman site near Hadrian’s wall at Corbridge:

http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/15564399.__39_Nighthawk__39__artefacts_hunters_hit_Hadrian__39_s_Wall_area_Roman_site/
http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/nighthawk-raiders-using-metal-detectors-13688090
http://www.sunderlandecho.com/news/crime/illegal-treasure-hunters-damage-north-east-roman-site-1-8778990

… and subsequent concerns therefor:

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/15565701.Nail_the_nighthawks_plea_as_treasure_hunters_target_Roman_Corbridge/

Using lead plumbing to track the Roman economy:

https://www.pri.org/stories/2017-09-24/new-study-tracks-ancient-roman-economy-using-city-s-early-lead-plumbing
https://www.forbes.com/sites/drsarahbond/2017/09/26/tracking-romes-economy-through-its-lead-pipes/

The return of that Hercules sarcophagus to Turkey is still getting press coverage:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/roman-sarcophagus-of-hercules-welcomes-visitors-at-antalya-museum.aspx?NewsCatID=375&nID=118331&pageID=238
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-09/25/c_136634797.htm

Big bucks for a Roman necklace (sort of):

http://thenantwichnews.co.uk/2017/09/26/roman-necklace-sells-for-28000-at-nantwich-auction/

Honours for Joyce Reynolds:

https://www.varsity.co.uk/news/13584

An interview with Josiah Ober:

https://blog.lareviewofbooks.org/interviews/two-way-street-talking-josiah-ober/

What Joan Breton Connelly is up to:

http://today.ku.edu/macarthur-fellowship-winner-and-nyu-classics-professor-present-humanities-lecture-series

What Bob Wolverton is up to:

http://www.cdispatch.com/opinions/article.asp?aid=61049

Plans for a ‘Year of Troy’ in Turkey:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/sep/26/archaeologists-home-in-on-homeric-clues-as-turkey-declares-year-of-troy

On grading Latin at Harvard:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/posteverything/wp/2017/09/19/how-harvard-helps-its-richest-and-most-arrogant-students-get-ahead/?utm_term=.d1aaef4597e7

Coverage of Colorado Classics Day:

http://www.dailycamera.com/cu-news/ci_31342188/latin-students-come-from-all-over-state-cu

On protests at sporting venues in ancient times:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/drsarahbond/2017/09/25/the-sports-arena-has-always-been-a-venue-for-protest/

Defending Classics:

http://www.wbur.org/cognoscenti/2017/09/27/ancient-greece-gail-pool

Latest linking of Brexit to the return of the Elgin/Parthenon Marbles:

http://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/859542/Brexit-news-Elgin-Marbles-Greece-Tottenham-Hotspur-Cyprus
https://www.balcanicaucaso.org/eng/Areas/Greece/Brexit-and-the-Parthenon-marbles-182760

You’ll soon have to pay to get into the Pantheon:

https://www.thelocal.it/20170929/visitors-will-soon-have-to-pay-to-enter-romes-pantheon

More on Nero-stamped tiles from near Basingstoke:

http://www.basingstokeobserver.co.uk/2000-year-old-tiles-found-near-basingstoke-shed-insight-on-roman-history

More on those Black Sea shipwrecks (and 3d recreations):

http://today.uconn.edu/2017/09/2000-year-old-ship-found-intact-uconn-expert-colleagues/
http://www.ctpost.com/local/article/UConn-research-helps-find-ancient-ships-in-Black-12227378.php
http://www.theday.com/local-news/20170926/avery-point-professor-helps-find-ancient-shipwrecks-in-black-sea

More on finds from Vindolanda this year:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/vindolandas-cavalry-cache-uncovered.htm

Review of David Ferry’s *Aeneid* translation:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/of-arms-and-the-man-1506104780

Review of Daniel Mendelsohn’s *An Odyssey*:

https://www.ft.com/content/9b7b8708-a368-11e7-8d56-98a09be71849

Review of Emily Katz Anhalt, *Enraged*:

https://www.winnipegfreepress.com/arts-and-life/entertainment/books/greek-myths-offer-valuable-lessons-448777663.html

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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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An interesting 10 000 years bp petroglyph from Norway:

https://www.thelocal.no/20170927/discovery-of-10000-year-old-petroglyph-in-norway-described-as-sensational
https://www.archaeology.org/news/5948-170927-norway-petroglyph-boat

A Neolithic dwelling from Cata Sand:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/neolithic-house-cata-sand.htm

Isotope analysis provides info on social differentiation in Neolithic Spain:

https://phys.org/news/2017-09-isotopic-analyses-link-late-neolithic.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-09/p-ial092217.php
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/09/2017/social-differentiation-identified-in-late-neolithic-spain

A Celtic coin hoard found by metal detectorists in Lincoln:

https://www.coinworld.com/news/world-coins/2017/09/brothers-in-law-find-hoard-of-national-significance.all.html

A Viking silver hoard from Sylt:

https://www.thelocal.de/20170925/rare-silver-treasure-from-viking-age-discovered-on-north-sea-island

… and a similar (non-silver) hoard of items from Finland:

https://yle.fi/uutiset/osasto/news/finnish_history_buff_finds_viking-era_sword_on_lake_shore/9854392
https://sherbrooktimes.com/finland-an-avid-fan-of-archaeology-discovers-a-sword-in-the-viking-millennium-in-its-field-2/9913

I think we mentioned this Viking boat burial from Norway:

https://www.rt.com/news/404552-ancient-viking-ship-discovered-in-city-center/
https://www.sciencealert.com/a-1000-year-old-viking-boat-burial-has-been-found-under-a-market-square-in-norway

… and the Viking fortress from Denmark:

https://www.livescience.com/60553-viking-fort-reveals-elaborate-military-network.html
https://www.livescience.com/60562-viking-age-fortress-unearthed-photos.html

A Viking-era sword from a brewery site in Cork:

http://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland/perfectly-preserved-viking-sword-found-at-former-beamish-and-crawford-brewery-site-459677.html
https://www.rte.ie/news/munster/2017/0926/907642-viking-sword-cork/
https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/1-000-year-old-viking-sword-found-at-cork-beamish-site-1.3234406
https://www.irishcentral.com/news/viking-sword-beamish-brewery-cork
https://www.archaeology.org/news/5946-170926-ireland-weaver-s-sword

On the portrayal of Vikings:

https://phys.org/news/2017-09-vikings-pure-bred-master-white-supremacists.html

Remains of a forgotten medieval village near St Ishmael:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-south-west-wales-41445589

A 15th century cross from Carcassone was vandalized:

http://www.lindependant.fr/2017/09/27/la-croix-du-pont-vieux-vandalisee,3055180.php

The megalithic tomb in Kerry known as ‘the Giant’s Grave’ apparently has a connection with the equinox:

https://www.rte.ie/news/munster/2017/0925/907390-megalithic/

The Ely Museum has purchased a Bronze Age torc:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-41365740
http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/uk/rare-and-beautiful-bronze-age-gold-neck-band-secured-by-museum-36164668.html

Protests over plans to demolish an historic home in Cradley:

https://www.expressandstar.com/news/local-hubs/dudley/2017/09/28/victorian-society-joins-objectors-to-plans-to-demolish-historic-home/#z8j1GBF9Kpy0S7P1.99

On early Scandinavian farmers interacting with Indo-Europeans vocabulary-wise:

https://phys.org/news/2017-09-scandinavia-earliest-farmers-exchanged-terminology.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-09/uoc–sef092917.php

They really really really want to study Westminster Hall’s roof, apparently:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/archaeologists-demand-chance-to-solve-mystery-of-westminster-hall-n7vtcwmd8

… and Darley Abbey:

http://www.derbytelegraph.co.uk/news/local-news/could-archaeological-dig-solve-derbys-530638

I think we mentioned the concerns for Notre Dame:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/28/world/europe/paris-notre-dame-renovation.html

Feature on the Vandals:

https://www.livescience.com/46150-vandals.html

What Neil Oliver is up to:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-41452552
https://www.sundaypost.com/fp/neil-oliver-becomes-president-national-trust-scotland/

More on the dating of textile remains associated with Francis of Assisi:

https://phys.org/news/2017-09-age-content-textile-fragment-accordance.html

More on that mysterious dolphin burial:

https://www.livescience.com/60522-dolphin-bones-unearthed-in-medieval-grave.html

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Archaeology in Europe Blog:

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

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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Remains of a Silla-era flushing toilet from Gyeongju:

http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20170926000733

A 1000 years bp Kali idol from near Palani:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/madurai/1000-year-old-kali-idol-found-in-a-channel-near-palani/articleshow/60822823.cms
http://www.ptinews.com/news/9102315_Ancient-statue-of-Goddess-Kali-found-in-TN-village.html

Floodwaters expose an Aboriginal burial ground in West Australia:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-09-27/aboriginal-remains-exposed-by-floodwaters-repatriated/8992994

Plans to study Aborigine massacre sites in West Australia too:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-10-01/forensic-science-study-seeks-truth-of-aboriginal-massacres/9001770

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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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Plenty of coverage of the excavation of an outhouse associated with Paul Revere (punning headlines, of course):

https://phys.org/news/2017-09-sea-outhouse-tied-paul-revere.html
http://www.stltoday.com/news/paul-revere-went-here-archaeologists-dig-this-old-outhouse/article_291c3018-6dd8-51a5-9f35-1ac11c30cc8c.html
http://www.trentonian.com/article/TT/20170929/ENTERTAINMENT/170929683
http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/paul-revere-outhouse-artifacts-1.4313028?cmp=rss
http://www.cnn.com/videos/us/2017/09/27/paul-revere-outhouse-found-in-boston-vo.hln
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/paul-revere-outhouse-possibly-found-boston-north-end/
http://www.eagletribune.com/news/no-if-by-sea-outhouse-tied-to-paul-revere-is/article_0689a732-a521-11e7-b324-6bb78113d3b7.html
http://www.ibtimes.com/boston-archaeologists-search-paul-reveres-poop-historic-home-2595702
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/excavations-begin-paul-reveres-privy-180965044/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/5945-170926-paul-revere-privy

Searching for remains of the Santo Cristo de Burgos off the coast of Oregon:

http://www.columbian.com/news/2017/sep/24/shipwreck-searchers-look-for-signs-of-spanish-galleon/

A 19th century tavern site in Kentucky:

https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/kentucky-dig-unexpectedly-uncovers-19th-century-tavern/

Pondering the site of the Battle of Wood Lake (Minnesota):

http://www.brainerddispatch.com/news/4335949-archaeological-study-sheds-light-battle-wood-lake-western-minnesota
https://www.archaeology.org/news/5952-170928-minnesota-dakota-war

Studying Native American responses to environmental changes:

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/crux/2017/09/28/how-vulnerable-collapse/

More protection needed for Chaco Canyon:

https://phys.org/news/2017-09-archaeologists-chaco-region.html

More on artifacts exposed by Hurricane Irma (not just a canoe):

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/local/broward/fl-reg-hurricane-washed-ashore-20170927-story.html

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Evidence of Sican-era human sacrifice at Huaca de la Cruz:

https://www.archaeology.org/news/5947-170927-peru-sican-sacrifice

A pair of stele from a Belize site depict some Maya ‘ballplayers’:

https://www.livescience.com/60552-maya-ballplayer-stone-panels-discovered.html
https://www.livescience.com/60557-photos-maya-ballplayers-tipan.html

Wooden sculptures and other items from Peru’s Chan Chan site:

http://www.andina.com.pe/Ingles/noticia-peru-wood-sculptures-and-other-relics-found-at-ancient-chan-chan-684510.aspx
https://www.archaeology.org/news/5953-170928-peru-wood-sculptures

On the popularity of ‘rose gold’ in first millennium Colombia:

https://www.livescience.com/60535-ancient-colombians-preferred-rose-gold.html

More on the population of Easter Island:

http://www.newsweek.com/easter-island-population-mystery-archaeologists-671044
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/easter-island-couldve-been-fairly-crowded-180965020/

—–
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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Was there a nude version of the Mona Lisa?:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-41436057
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/09/28/experts-believe-leonardo-da-vinci-drew-nude-mona-lisa/
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/29/arts/design/mona-vanna-lisa-louvre.html
https://elpais.com/cultura/2017/09/29/actualidad/1506643594_200058.html

Since we haven’t heard about the Lewis Chessmen in a while:

http://blog.britishmuseum.org/curators-corner-irving-finkel-and-the-lewis-chessmen/

How researchers can stop the plundering of antiquities:

https://phys.org/news/2017-09-plundering-cultural-treasures.html

… or maybe just China and the US:

https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/united-states/2017-09-28/how-china-and-america-can-protect-worlds-antiquities

On some mysterious antiquities shipments to the US in the 1990s:

https://www.livescience.com/60563-mystery-antiques-sent-to-us.html

On 16th century dating venues:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sixteenth-century-hot-date-might-include-trip-dissecting-theater-180964999/

Human-remains-sniffing-dogs in an archaeological context:

http://kuow.org/post/what-nose-trained-dogs-sniff-out-pioneer-era-graves

On opera and ‘Leaves of Grass’:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/29/arts/music/walt-whitman-leaves-of-grass-opera-crossing-aucoin.html

Time Team’s final episode is coming up:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/reviews/time-team-final-episode-review.htm

What we can learn from the myth of Faust:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20170907-what-the-myth-of-faust-can-teach-us

Plans to reunite some Picassos:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-41346345

On the Rubenstein Test Kitchen project:

http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2017/09/21/547308048/at-duke-university-a-bizarre-tour-through-american-history-and-palates?sc=ipad&f=1008

Studying the connection between letters and sound:

http://www.npr.org/sections/13.7/2017/09/22/552583637/do-letters-show-you-how-they-sound?sc=ipad&f=1007

What xrays of some Degas works reveals:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-41378635

A lost Rubens rediscovered:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-41374018
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2017/sep/24/lost-rubens-portrait-james-i-lover-rediscovered-glasgow

Victor Nuovo’s latest philosophical columns:

http://www.addisonindependent.com/201709victor-nuovo-establishing-rule-law-america
http://www.addisonindependent.com/201709victor-nuovo-power-people-freedoms-foundation

Not sure if we mentioned this WWI wreck off Orkney:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-41387186
https://www.archaeology.org/news/5943-170925-orkney-hms-pheasant
http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/15557114.Mystery_of_First_World_War_wreck_sunk_off_Orkniey_is_finally_revealed/

On Phds and the rust belt:

https://www.insidehighered.com/advice/2017/09/26/what-phd-graduates-have-common-industrial-rust-belt-workers-essay

Review of Stephen Taylor, *Defiance*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/29/books/review/defiance-stephen-taylor-anne-barnard-biography.html

Archaeology Podcast Network:

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

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2017/sep/24/teotihuacan-pyramids-treasures-secret-de-young-museum-san-francisco
http://artdaily.com/news/99184/First-major-U-S–exhibition-on-Teotihuacan-in-over-twenty-years-opens-in-San-Francisco
https://deyoung.famsf.org/exhibitions/teotihuacan-city-water-city-fire

Golden Kingdoms:

http://www.getty.edu/art/exhibitions/golden_kingdoms/index.html

Ancient Bodies:

http://www.lacma.org/art/exhibition/ancient-bodies

Moundbuilders:

https://www.penn.museum/exhibitions/special-exhibitions/moundbuilders

Art of the Americas:

https://mingei.org/exhibitions/art-of-the-americas/

Ceramics of Western Mexico:

http://www.bowers.org/index.php/exhibitions/current-exhibitions/152-ceramics-of-western-mexico

Terrracotta Warriors:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/29/science/china-terracotta-warriors-augmented-reality.html

History of Opera:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/29/arts/music/opera-victoria-albert-museum.html

Roman technology:

http://jacksonville.com/arts/entertainment/2017-09-28/new-exhibit-mosh-shows-technological-innovation-allowed-rome-dominate

Daily Life in Ancient Greece:

https://hellenicnews.com/daily-life-ancient-greece/

Scythians:

http://blog.britishmuseum.org/dan-snow-meets-the-scythians/
http://artdaily.com/news/99047/Exhibition-at-the-British-Museum-reveals-the-history-of-the-Scythians

Escape from Pompeii:

http://ilglobo.com.au/news/36249/escape-from-pompeii-the-roman-empire-comes-to-fremantle/

Mummies:

http://artdaily.com/news/99047/Exhibition-at-the-British-Museum-reveals-the-history-of-the-Scythians

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THE TECHY SIDE
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On use of aerial thermal imagery in archaeology:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/09/170924103756.htm

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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What Viking sites reveal about the effects of climate change:

https://phys.org/news/2017-09-climate-changelessons-vikings.html

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TOURISTY THINGS
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Easter Island:

http://www.cnn.com/travel/article/easter-island-things-to-do/index.html

San Giorgio Maggiore:

https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2017/sep/27/san-giorgio-maggiore-island-venice-free-art-show-biennale

King John in Lincolnshire:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20170926-the-lost-jewels-of-bad-king-john

Italian Riviera:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/25/travel/liguria-italy-mediterranean.html

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CRIME BEAT
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Prison time for looters of a Mississippian mound:

https://navajotimes.com/wires-wp/index.php?id=1752124082&kid=9HWduA8XgS12gW9B
http://www.stamfordadvocate.com/news/crime/article/3-sentenced-to-prison-for-looting-Mississippi-12243038.php

A Renoir was stolen prior to a Paris auction:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-41456847
https://english.alarabiya.net/en/life-style/art-and-culture/2017/09/30/Renoir-stolen-in-brazen-theft-ahead-of-Paris-auction-.html
http://www.dw.com/en/painting-by-auguste-renoir-stolen-from-small-auction-house-near-paris/a-40762336

Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2017/09/culture-crime-news-18-25-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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OpEd on returning that bull’s head:

https://www.occrp.org/en/daily/7051-us-stolen-2-300-year-old-bull-s-head-seized-from-the-met-must-be-returned-to-lebanon

Why the Smithsonian can’t return some items to Africa:

http://punchng.com/why-we-cant-return-african-artworks-to-owners-smithsonian-museum/

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NUMISMATICA
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On stars and crescents on ancient coins:

http://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/star-crescent-ancient-coins/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n39.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n40.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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Victoria and Abdul:

http://www.npr.org/2017/09/21/551294840/-victoria-and-abdul-part-satire-part-love-story-all-charming?sc=ipad&f=1008

Loving Vincent:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/41422698

Othello:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/29/movies/othello-orson-welles.html

As You Like It:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/28/theater/as-you-like-it-review-classic-stage-company.html

King Lear:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/28/books/edward-st-aubyn-king-lear.html

Greek Tragedy festival:

https://www.thenationalherald.com/176524/21st-century-women-react-ancient-greek-tragedies/
http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/27441-report-21st-century-women-react-to-ancient-greek-tragedies.html

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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/2653-audio-news-from-archaeologica-17-september-2017-23-september-2017
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OBITUARIES
===============================================================
Stella McGuire:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/sep/25/stella-mcguire-obituary

Marc Balakjian:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2017/sep/27/marc-balakjian-obituary

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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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