Explorator 20.26 ~ October 22, 2017

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

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Some potentially interesting hominin teeth (much older than Lucy) from Germany:

http://www.dw.com/en/archaeology-fossil-teeth-discovery-in-germany-could-re-write-human-history/a-41028029

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AFRICA
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Feature on Great Zimbabwe;

http://www.herald.co.zw/unravelling-the-mystery-of-great-zimbabwe/

Libyan officials deny antiquities looting has been going on in Sultan:

https://www.libyaobserver.ly/inbrief/office-antiquities-sirte-denies-looting-ancient-city-sultan
https://www.libyaherald.com/2017/10/16/philaeni-statues-disappearance-refuted-by-antiquities-authorities/

More on that royal palace in Rwanda:

http://allafrica.com/stories/201710110018.html

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Remains of a temple of Ramses II from Abusir:

http://www.egyptindependent.com/czech-excavation-uncovers-temple-king-ramses-ii-abusir/
https://egyptianstreets.com/2017/10/16/remains-of-king-ramses-ii-temple-uncovered-in-egypts-abu-sir/
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/egyptian-lost-pharaoh-tomb-ramses-cairo-discover-archaeology-ancient-a8005466.html
http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/desert-discovery-lost-temple-of-ramses-ii-uncovered-by-archaeologists/news-story/1a55d03f3f4b8fd96348710bd10a2c26
http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-egypt-lost-temple-ramses-ii-reveals-3000-year-old-mysteries-god-king-685603
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/temple-powerful-egyptian-pharaoh-discovered-180965325/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/5989-171016-abusir-ramses-temple

I think we mentioned this find of a 4000 years bp wooden statue of Queen Ankhesenpepi II:

https://phys.org/news/2017-10-egypt-archaeologists-year-old-statue.html
http://www.egyptindependent.com/head-queen-ankhnespepy-ii-statue-unearthed-sakkara/
http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2017/Oct-19/423138-in-egypt-archaeologists-find-4000-year-old-statue.ashx
https://www.livescience.com/60714-statue-of-egyptian-queen-found.html
http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-egypt-4000-year-old-statue-pharaoh-queen-uncovered-near-great-pyramid-688307
http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/egypt-archaeologists-find-part-4000-year-statue-50553964
https://www.upi.com/Science_News/2017/10/18/Archaeologists-find-4000-year-old-wooden-statue-head-in-Egypt/6931508338487/

… or perhaps it was this pyramidion:

https://dailynewsegypt.com/2017/10/15/new-pyramidion-discovered-sakkara-necropolis/

Marking the anniversary of the discovery of Abu Simbel:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/9/28637/Antiquities-to-mark-200th-anniv-of-Abu-Simbel-discovery-in
http://www.egyptindependent.com/egypt-italy-celebrate-the-200th-anniversary-of-the-discovery-of-abu-simbel/

… and there was a solar alignment observation too:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/9/28870/3-500-tourists-watch-solar-alignment-at-Abu-Simbel-Temple

Plans to develop Salamlek Palace:

http://www.egyptindependent.com/antiquities-ministry-develop-salamlek-palace/

Review of Lehner and Hawass’ tome on recent pyramid research:

http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v550/n7676/full/550330a.html

Traces of Elamite urban remains from northern Iran:

http://www.tehrantimes.com/news/417642/Traces-of-Elamite-urban-life-detected-in-northcentral-Iran

Roughly 400 stone structures (dubbed ‘gates’) found in Saudi Arabia (didn’t we have something like this before?):

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/19/science/saudi-arabia-gates-google-earth.html
https://www.livescience.com/60698-mysterious-stone-structures-discovered-saudi-arabia.html
https://www.livescience.com/60697-photos-stone-structures-saudi-arabia.html
https://www.forbes.com/sites/trevornace/2017/10/18/400-mysterious-stone-gates-discovered-in-remote-saudi-arabia/
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/saudi-arabia-stone-structures-ancient-gates-volcanoes-lava-flows-david-kennedy-a8008156.html
https://www.yahoo.com/news/archaeologist-spots-hundreds-mysterious-ancient-stone-gates-google-earth-085944860.html
http://www.smh.com.au/technology/sci-tech/australian-archaeologist-chronicles-mysterious-stone-gates-found-in-saudi-arabias-desert-20171020-gz50ed
http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/mysterious-ancient-stone-structures-found-around-remote-saudi-lava-domes/news-story/e0c0b23b026a4cddf9fe0957dbda7191
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=11935529
https://au.news.yahoo.com/a/37533796/australian-scientist-finds-ancient-stone-structures-on-google/
http://www.ibtimes.co.in/mysterious-gates-400-ancient-stone-structures-edge-volcanoes-discovered-saudi-arabia-746161
http://www.newsweek.com/saudi-arabia-ancient-stone-structures-discovered-687568
https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/10/archaeologists-are-mystified-by-ancient-gates-in-saudi-lava-fields/

Bronze age ‘toys’ from southern Turkey (I think we mentioned these a while ago):

https://www.archaeology.org/news/6025-171017-bronze-age-toys

Wasn’t quite sure where to put this one … plenty of attention for a Roman era ‘theatre’ (odeion?) next to some newly found courses of the Western Wall:

http://www.antiquities.org.il/Article_eng.aspx?sec_id=25&subj_id=240&id=4315
https://phys.org/news/2017-10-israel-uncovers-section-western-wall.html
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/jewish-news/new-stone-courses-ancient-theater-discovered-in-western-wall-tunnels/2017/10/16/
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/236757
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Jerusalems-lost-theater-and-8-ancient-stone-courses-discovered-under-Western-Wall-507544
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-1.817500
https://www.jta.org/2017/10/16/news-opinion/israel-middle-east/ancient-roman-theater-stone-courses-discovered-in-western-wall-excavations
https://www.timesofisrael.com/massive-section-of-western-wall-and-roman-theater-uncovered-after-1700-years/
https://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-5029353,00.html
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/lost-roman-theatre-jerusalem-western-wall-archaeologists-discover-middle-east-a8003481.html
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/roman-theatre-found-at-jerusalem-s-western-wall-after-150-year-hunt-b66pmjmhc
https://www.algemeiner.com/2017/10/16/newly-discovered-portions-of-western-wall-and-roman-theater-unveiled-in-jerusalem/
https://www.livescience.com/60692-roman-amphitheater-found-under-western-wall.html
https://www.seeker.com/culture/archaeology/archaeologists-unearth-roman-structure-at-the-foot-of-jerusalems-western-wall
https://www.yahoo.com/news/israel-uncovers-buried-section-western-wall-112100227.html
http://abcnews.go.com/Lifestyle/wireStory/roman-theater-uncovered-base-jerusalems-western-wall-50504573
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/roman-theater-uncovered-at-base-of-jerusalems-western-wall/2017/10/16/faae970e-b251-11e7-9b93-b97043e57a22_story.html
http://edition.cnn.com/2017/10/16/middleeast/ancient-theater-western-wall/index.html
http://www.newsweek.com/archaeologists-just-unearthed-buried-roman-theater-western-wall-686333
http://www.ibtimes.com/archaeologists-find-ancient-roman-ruins-underneath-holy-site-jerusalem-2602121
http://www.euronews.com/2017/10/16/ancient-amphitheatre-found-in-jerusalem
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/10/ancient-roman-theater-discovery-jerusalem-video-spd/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/5988-171016-jerusalem-stone-courses

See also: http://www.foundationstone.org/

A Roman-era cave system beneath a home in Lower Galilee was plundered:

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Roman-era-cave-system-in-Lower-Galilee-plundered-by-thieves-507750
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.818044
http://www.newsweek.com/israel-biblical-roman-stables-discovered-area-where-jesus-lived-and-preached-688666

Feature on the Tel Kabri dig:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/20/dining/israel-ancient-wine-canaanite.html

A permanent home for the Lod Mosaic:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/breathtaking-lod-mosaic-to-finally-have-a-floor-to-call-home/
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/the-most-spectacular-mosaics-exposed-in-israel-to-receive-the-most-spectacular-permanent-home-in-lod/2017/10/20/

Excellent feature on a disputed papyrus fragment of Galatians owned by the Museum of the Bible:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/is-an-ancient-text-in-the-museum-of-the-bible-real-or-fake

… related review:

http://www.startribune.com/review-bible-nation-the-united-states-of-hobby-lobby-by-candida-r-moss-and-joel-s-baden/451695703/

Hasankeyf will soon be under water:

https://phys.org/news/2017-10-ancient-turkish-town-floodwaters.html
http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/9/28563/Ancient-Turkish-town-prepares-to-vanish-under-floodwaters

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Coverage of the dig at Thirassia:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2017/10/17/clues-of-early-cycladic-life-on-islet-of-thirassia-santorini-photos/
http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-greek-monument-discovered-inexplicably-abandoned-settlement-baffles-687486
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6036-171020-greece-thirassia-buildings

Another one which made me wonder where to put it … an interesting study (spun in various ways by the press) suggesting that climate effects caused by volcanic eruptions and responses thereto may have contributed to the demise of the Ptolemaic dynasty in Egypt:

https://news.yale.edu/2017/10/17/study-reshapes-understanding-climate-changes-impact-early-societies
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-10/fe-vel101317.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/10/171017124335.htm
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/17/science/volcanoes-ancient-egypt-revolts.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/oct/17/asp-or-ash-climate-historians-link-cleopatra-demise-volcanic-eruption-nile
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/volcanic-eruption-led-cleopatra-to-kill-herself-838dcpmxh
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2017/10/17/climate-change-sparked-revolts-in-ancient-egypt-study-says/
https://www.timesofisrael.com/did-a-volcanic-eruption-bring-down-cleopatra-ancient-egypts-last-ruler/
https://cosmosmagazine.com/climate/volcanoes-spurred-the-fall-of-ancient-egypt
http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-egypt-fall-volcano-eruptions-686919
https://www.stuff.co.nz/world/97991154/ancient-egypts-rulers-mishandled-climate-disasters-then-the-people-revolted
https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidbressan/2017/10/18/demise-of-ancient-egypt-linked-to-a-climate-changing-volcano/
https://www.seeker.com/earth/climate/climate-changing-volcanic-eruptions-may-have-helped-topple-cleopatra
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2017/10/17/volcanoes-egypt/
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/10/volcanoes-Nile-flood-climate-Egypt/
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/10/2017/volcanic-eruptions-connected-to-social-unrest-in-ancient-egypt
http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/10/volcanoes-may-have-triggered-riots-ancient-egypt
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-volcanic-eruptions-spurred-revolts-ancient-egypt-180965306/
https://elpais.com/elpais/2017/10/17/ciencia/1508227377_259419.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6027-171017-egypt-volcano-nile

Cf:

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-017-00957-y
https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-017-00957-y/figures/1

A study suggests ancient Greek theatres weren’t as great acoustically as touted:

https://phys.org/news/2017-10-acoustics-ancient-greek-theaters-good.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/oct/16/whisper-it-greek-amphitheatre-legendary-acoustics-myth-epidaurus
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/oct/17/greek-acoustics-at-epidaurus-seemed-pretty-magical-to-me

… but then there was reaction:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/27726-helina-guardian-article-on-epidaurus-failed-to-cross-check-the-science.html
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/greek-academics-sound-off-over-report-on-epidaurus-theatre-acoustics-7hhqd8ghf

… see also:

http://www.amna.gr/home/article/197661/

… and:

http://www.nacca.nl/2017/10/19/myth-busting-the-acoustics-of-ancient-greek-theatres-or-not/

Meanwhile, a Greek theatre was excavated in Thouria:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/222618/article/ekathimerini/news/archaeologists-unearth-ancient-theater-of-thouria-in-messinia
http://greece.greekreporter.com/2017/10/20/archaeologists-unearth-ancient-theater-of-thouria-southern-greece/
https://www.zmescience.com/science/archaeology/theater-ancient-greece/
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-10/20/c_136692291.htm

Really a repatriation story, but worth mentioning here … a piece of Roman mosaic flooring, purportedly from one of Caligula’s ships at Nemi, was found as a coffee table in New York:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/19/arts/design/a-remnant-from-caligulas-ship-once-a-coffee-table-heads-home.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/10/20/stolen-mosaic-adorned-emperor-caligulas-lavish-pleasure-barge/
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/piece-caligula-s-ship-found-new-york-apartment-n812511
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/retropolis/wp/2017/10/20/newly-discovered-a-mosaic-from-caligulas-pleasure-barge-being-used-as-a-coffee-table-in-new-york/
http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2017/10/20/caligula-ship-mosaic-returned-to-italy-2_c717679f-3645-41ba-8d31-67ef7725e6aa.html
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-italy-culture-caligula/italy-gets-back-looted-mosaic-from-emperor-caligulas-ship-idUSKBN1CP23I?feedType=RSS&feedName=lifestyleMolt
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6035-171020-italy-repatriation-mosaic

Another Roman coin hoard from a Spanish mining site:

https://www.coinworld.com/news/world-coins/2017/10/ancient-roman-coins-found-at-spanish-mining-site.all.html

… and one from Bulgaria, which is raising more questions:

http://sofiaglobe.com/2017/10/16/archaeology-187-silver-roman-imperial-coins-found-in-bulgarias-mezdra-but-were-there-more/

A 4th century sarcophagus find from Ljubljana:

https://english.sta.si/2441745/4th-century-sarcophagus-found-during-excavations-in-ljubljana

Phaselis is slowly submerging:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/27679-turkish-archaeologists-ancient-greek-roman-city-of-phaselis-slowly-submerging.html

Feature on Egyptian connections to Athens:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/27708-report-following-the-trail-of-egyptian-connections-in-athens.html

Feature on the Nika riots:

http://www.wbur.org/onlyagame/2017/10/20/nika-riots-chariot-racing

Feature on the Antikythera device:

http://asorblog.org/2017/10/17/antikythera-device-working-model-cosmos/

Feature on sunken Alexandria:

http://www.cnn.com/travel/article/wonder-list-bill-weir-egypt/index.html

Studying the traffic of Pompeii:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/drsarahbond/2017/10/16/pompeii-had-some-intense-rush-hour-traffic-too/

Feature on a bust of Livia coming to auction:

http://www.christies.com/features/5-minutes-with-a-Roman-marble-portrait-bust-of-the-Empress-Livia-8628-1.aspx?sc_lang=en

Feature on that sarcophagus found at Southwark a while back:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/roman-sarcophagus-found-southwark.htm

Another bit of Classical Dylan coverage:

http://harvardmagazine.com/2017/11/a-classicists-dylan

What Bettany Hughes is up to:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/life/bettany-hughes-generation-worked-every-hour-god-sent-todays/

What Andrea de Giorgi is up to:

http://www.utdailybeacon.com/news/campus_life/visiting-assistant-classics-professor-shares-secrets-of-ancient-city/article_5e52796c-b5bb-11e7-8472-6b2e9ca1268c.html

On some of the names in Asterix comics:

http://www.dw.com/en/5-unusual-character-names-from-the-asterix-comics-series/a-40980772

… and there’s a new comic out:

http://www.dw.com/en/asterix-and-the-chariot-race-latest-edition-of-classic-comic-series-launches/a-41032975

Comparing Trump to Hiero:

http://theconversation.com/a-hiero-in-the-white-house-trumps-resemblance-to-a-greek-tyrant-83866

Some Pythagorean humour:

http://www.theonion.com/article/new-evidence-reveals-pythagoras-wrote-dozens-unhin-57230

Brexit won’t involve the Parthenon/Elgin marbles:

http://eu.greekreporter.com/2017/10/18/eu-directives-dont-apply-to-parthenon-marbles-return-after-brexit/

More on that Roman hoard with the dog figurine/statue:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/roman-hoard-holds-unique-dog-statue.htm

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Food consumed at Stonehenge apparently came from as far away as Scotland:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-41669774
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/oct/19/stonehenge-builders-feasted-animals-scotland-feast-exhibition
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/10/19/stonehenge-builders-ate-animals-scotland-study-shows/
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/stone-age-britons-feasted-hard-while-building-stonehenge-180965324/

Possible Neolithic ‘stones’ on a construction site in St Clements:

https://jerseyeveningpost.com/news/2017/10/18/archaeologists-find-stones-of-interest-on-estate-site/

Vague item on a body “hundreds of years old” being found in Ireland (we might be hearing more about this one):

http://www.irishmirror.ie/news/irish-news/body-hundreds-years-old-found-11363065

Trying to undo the Viking impact on Iceland:

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/10/20/climate/iceland-trees-reforestation.html

A missing piece of a jewellery box associated with Harald Bluetooth may have been found:

https://www.archaeology.org/news/6026-171017-denmark-silver-box
https://www.archaeology.org/issues/162-features/top10/2791-denmark-viking-king-bluetooth-fortress

More on the reaction to ‘Allah’ in a Viking textile find:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/allah-viking-burial-fabrics-false-kufic-inscription-clothes-name-woven-myth-islam-uppsala-sweden-a8003881.html
https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/10/viking-funeral-clothes-arabic-sweden-spd/
https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2017/10/viking-couture-allah/543045/

Seeking protection for Royston’s Royse Stone:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-41570144

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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A ‘prehistoric labyrinth’ from east Godavari:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/andhra-pradesh/prehistoric-labyrinth-discovered-in-e-godavari/article19892482.ece

2000 years bp children’s burials from northern China (I think we mentioned this):

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-10/17/c_136686009.htm
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6029-171018-china-child-graves

A major 1000 years bp coin hoard from Jingdezhen:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-10/20/c_136693602.htm
http://www.nerve.in/news%3A2535003962274

Feature on Minakata Kumagusu:

http://www.nippon.com/en/column/g00415/

A once-banned Confucian is back in China’s good books:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/18/world/asia/china-guiyang-wang-yangming-confucian.html

A possible mass grave on the site proposed for the Tauranga Museum:

https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/97765741/Mass-grave-possibly-uncovered-in-assessment-of-land-for-Tauranga-museum

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http://www.southeastasianarchaeology.com/

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http://nzarchaeology.blogspot.co.nz/index.html
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NORTH AMERICA
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What they found at that pre-Confederation parliament dig in Montreal:

http://montrealgazette.com/news/local-news/canadas-first-parliament-artifacts-relate-high-low-point-in-montreals-history
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/pointe-a-calliere-parliament-montreal-archeological-dig-1.4357319?cmp=rss
https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2017/10/17/archaeological-dig-at-site-of-former-parliament-in-montreal-turns-up-rare-stamps-burned-books-and-oyster-shells.html
http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/stamps-dishes-books-among-objects-retrieved-from-montreal-parliament-dig-site-1.3636451

Studying turquoise mining in the American southwest:

https://uanews.arizona.edu/story/ua-research-sheds-new-light-early-turquoise-mining-southwest
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-10/uoa-rsn101817.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-10-early-turquoise-southwest.html

Studying middens in Maine:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/19/science/native-americans-shell-middens-maine.html?partner=rss&emc=rss

More on the Irma canoe:

https://www.stuff.co.nz/world/americas/98015335/Wooden-canoe-found-in-Florida-could-date-back-to-1600s

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Pre-Columbian items from Bolivian road construction:

https://www.prlog.org/12670939-ibt-of-miami-unearths-pre-columbian-artifacts-in-bolivian-road-project.html

Some Pacopampa burials show serious injuries which had healed:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/pacopampa-peru-andes-archaeology-ritual-violence-skeletons-ancient-civilization-discovery-torture-a8011076.html
http://www.businessinsider.com/andean-civilizations-pacopampa-ritual-violence-study-2017-10
https://www.archaeology.org/news/5991-171016-peru-pacopampa-injuries

Studying sacrificial ritual in Mexico:

https://elpais.com/internacional/2017/10/17/la_serpiente_emplumada/1508203743_341649.html

What Ivan Sprajc is up to:

https://english.sta.si/2440192/archaeologist-sprajc-returns-to-yucatan-for-vital-answers-about-the-maya

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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 origins of the tarantella:

http://www.npr.org/2017/10/17/553751656/the-folk-music-festival-that-started-with-a-spider-bite

Feature on Leibnitz:

http://www.dw.com/en/rooms-of-wonder-gottfried-leibniz/av-40952900

Feature on Mata Hari:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-41595828

Rethinking the impact of agriculture:

https://phys.org/news/2017-10-agriculture-greatest-blunder-human-history.html

When wealth inequality arose:

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/crux/2017/10/20/wealth-inequality-arose/

An interview with Sarah Parcak:

https://boingboing.net/2017/10/18/space-archaeology-a-conversat.html

Pondering the orb in daVinci’s Salvator Mundi:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2017/oct/19/mystery-jesus-christ-orb-leonardo-da-vinci-salvator-mundi-painting

A tourist was killed when an architectural feature fell off a Florence basilica:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-41685760
https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-italy-church-death/fragment-falls-off-florence-basilica-killing-spanish-tourist-idUKKBN1CO29K
https://in.reuters.com/article/italy-church-death/fragment-falls-off-florence-basilica-killing-spanish-tourist-idINKBN1CO2LF
https://politica.elpais.com/politica/2017/10/19/actualidad/1508425817_539172.html

A stolen Dali turned up in Lebanon:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-41677929

… and a long forgotten Rodin turned up in New Jersey:

http://www.cnn.com/2017/10/21/us/rodin-bust-in-new-jersey/index.html

In case you haven’t heard about Trump’s ‘Renoir’:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-41686623

On the history of medical quackery:

http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/10/15/557479531/quackery-chronicles-how-our-love-of-miracle-cures-leads-us-astray?sc=17&f=1007

On the importance of the ‘s bend’:

http://www.bbc.com/news/business-41188465

On the Endangered Poetry Project:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20171013-the-people-saving-lost-words

Feature on Appalachian English:

http://www.chronicle.com/blogs/linguafranca/2017/10/16/appalachian-english/
http://artsandsciences.sc.edu/appalachianenglish/

Review of Fulton, *The Butchering Art*:

http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/10/13/557367840/the-butchering-art-how-a-19th-century-physician-made-surgery-safer?sc=17&f=1007

Review of Zimmerman, *Lady Killers*:

http://www.npr.org/2017/10/14/555690824/lady-killers-cherchez-la-femme-fatale?sc=17&f=1032

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Poster Girls:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-41552276

Eleusinian Mysteries:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/27663-acropolis-museum-show-on-eleusinian-mysteries-%E2%80%9Csacred-way%E2%80%9D-in-december.html

Ancient Mediterranean:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/museums/ct-ent-field-ancient-mediterranean-1019-story.html

Rembrandt:

http://www.edp24.co.uk/going-out/see-the-brilliance-of-rembrandt-in-new-norwich-castle-museum-exhibition-1-5241077

Art of Laughter:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/21/arts/humor-17th-century-dutch-art.html

Scythians:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/review-scythians-warriors-ancient-siberia.htm

Imagining the Divine:

http://www.oxfordtimes.co.uk/leisure/art/15610333.Imagining_The_Divine_exhibition_explained_by_The_Ashmolean__39_s_expert_curators/

I think this is related to the above:

https://www.ft.com/content/baeb0bbe-b532-11e7-aa26-bb002965bce8
https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2017/oct/21/david-hepworth-radio-review

The Freer and Sackler Galleries have reopened:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/museums/reopened-after-18-months-the-freer-and-sackler-galleries-inspire/2017/10/16/14e0a40a-b284-11e7-9e58-e6288544af98_story.html

Plans for the Vatican Museums:

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/vatican-city-museums-seeing-major-change-new-director-1117547

Again we’re hearing that the Benghazi Palace might become an archaeological museum:

https://www.libyaherald.com/2017/10/18/benghazi-palace-may-become-archaeological-museum/

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THE TECHY SIDE
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Studying indigenous Australian ochre sources:

https://phys.org/news/2017-10-indigenous-australian-ochre-sources-microbial.html
http://theconversation.com/when-bacteria-tell-a-story-tracing-indigenous-australian-ochre-sources-via-microbial-fingerprinting-85455

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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40 000 years bp genome derived from Tianyuan Cave remains:

https://phys.org/news/2017-10-genome-wide-year-old-china-reveals-complicated.html

More on that study of genes and race:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/12/science/skin-color-race.html

More on Easter Island DNA:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/12/science/easter-island-dna-south-america.html

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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CRIME BEAT
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An Egyptian pot was recovered in Larnaca:

http://cyprus-mail.com/2017/10/17/larnaca-cid-seize-stolen-ancient-egyptian-pot/

An anti-smuggling operation in Istanbul bore fruit:

https://www.dailysabah.com/investigations/2017/10/18/28-historical-artifacts-seized-during-anti-smuggling-op-in-istanbul

An attempt to smuggle some 19th century items to Lebanon was foiled in Egypt:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/43/280050/Heritage/Islamic/Attempt-to-smuggle-th-century-antiques-to-Lebanon-.aspx
http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/28468/Historical-Porcelain-Pots-smuggling-attempt

A bust in Upper Egypt:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/28768/99-Artifacts-seized-by-Police-in-Upper-Egypt

Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2017/10/culture-crime-news-9-15-october-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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Saudi Arabia has recovered a pile of items over the years:

http://www.menafn.com/1095969353/Saudi–KSA-Reclaims-More-than-52000-Artifacts-from-Inside-and-Outside
http://www.bna.bh/portal/en/news/806863

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NUMISMATICA
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On collecting ancient coins:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/coinweek-ancient-coin-series-ancient-coins-100/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n42.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n43.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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Loving Vincent:

https://www.theguardian.com/film/2017/oct/13/loving-vincent-van-gogh-painted-animation-dorota-kobiela-hugh-welchman

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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/2663-audio-news-from-archaeologica-8-october-2017-14-october-2017
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OBITUARIES
===============================================================
Fred Willard:

http://www.dailyadvance.com/News/2017/10/22/Willard-historian-of-Lost-Colony-dies-after-fall-from-tree.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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