Explorator 20.29 ~ November 12, 2017

Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Hernan Astudillo,
Barbara Saylor Rodgers, Rick Heli, Bob Heuman, David Critchley
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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Apparently some evidence of early tool use might have actually been made by crocodiles (!):

https://phys.org/news/2017-11-ancient-crocs-stone-tools.html
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/crocs-take-bite-out-claims-ancient-stone-tool-use

Suggestion that height and weight evolved at different speeds as hominins developed:

https://phys.org/news/2017-11-height-weight-evolved-bodies-ancestors.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-11/uoc-haw102617.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/11/171108092241.htm
https://news.sky.com/story/ancient-humans-roaming-african-savannahs-were-tall-and-skinny-study-finds-11117898

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AFRICA
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Feature on protecting pyramids in the Sudan:

http://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-africa-41932570/protecting-sudan-s-forgotten-pyramids

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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The void in the Great Pyramid is still getting press coverage:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/secret-chamber-cosmic-rays-reveal-111500731.html
https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/11/02/561468384/scientists-say-theyve-found-hidden-space-in-great-pyramid-of-giza
https://dailynewsegypt.com/2017/11/08/newly-discovered-void-great-pyramid-draws-eyes-egypt/

… and the coverage is still being criticized:

http://www.newsweek.com/giza-pyramid-void-new-discovery-criticized-egypt-officials-702438
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/egypt-archaeologist-criticizes-pyramid-void-discovery-122003
http://artdaily.com/news/100054/Zahi-Hawass-criticises-pyramid-void–discovery-
https://www.alaraby.co.uk/english/blog/2017/11/5/egyptian-archaeologist-slams-new-pyramid-findings

… and the Ministry has announced a new investigation to come:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/31102/Ministry-announces-new-pyramid-investigation

Analysis of some 2000 years bp Egyptian papyri suggest the possibility of copper in the ink:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-11/uoc–ifa111017.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-11-ink-ancient-egyptian-papyri-copper.html
https://www.upi.com/Science_News/2017/11/10/Ancient-Egyptian-scribes-mixed-copper-in-their-ink/9011510336195/
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/11/171110113931.htm

A followup piece on what they found in that goldsmith’s tomb near Luxor last month:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/15/32021/Striking-Gold

A cuneiform tablet with an ‘infertility plan’:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/11/09/first-infertility-diagnosis-made-4000-years-ago-discovered-in-cuneiform-tablet-in-turkey
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6084-171109-turkey-surrogate-plan

A fifth century BCE Persian temple (and more) from northern Turkey:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/excavations-could-change-religious-history-of-anatolia-122065
https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/11/06/ancient-persian-temple-discovered-in-northern-turkey-could-rewrite-religious-history

A Sassanian loom from northern Iraq:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-11/guf-ein110617.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-11-excavation-northern-iraq-sasanian-loom.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/11/171106100257.htm
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/11/2017/charred-remains-of-sasanian-loom-discovered-in-northern-iraq-excavations

Overviewish thing on recent finds in Saudi Arabia:

http://www.arabnews.com/node/1191691/saudi-arabia
http://menafn.com/1096071072/Archaeological-discoveries-in-Saudi-Arabia

Feature on medicine in Ebla:

http://asorblog.org/2017/11/07/affair-herbal-medicine-special-kitchen-royal-palace-ebla/

Reaction to that solar-eclipse-in-Joshua thing last week:

https://mosaicmagazine.com/observation/2017/11/no-the-book-of-joshua-does-not-tell-of-a-rare-solar-eclipse/

… in case you missed it:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-scientists-identified-oldest-known-solar-eclipse-bible-180967135/

More on that remains-of-a-pregnant-woman in what is purported to be King Solomon’s Mines:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/rare-king-solomon-apos-mines-115300560.html

What Matthew Bogdanos is up to:

http://www.palmbeachdailynews.com/news/local/loot-from-iraq-museum-financed-terrorism-recovery-mission-leader-says/ix2EYiJh8U79Az9MWrSE9N/

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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A couple of important finds in this section this week … the first is what cleaning up a ‘seal stone’ from the Griffin Warrior tomb revealed:

https://phys.org/news/2017-11-team-rare-minoan-sealstone-treasure-laden.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-11/uoc-au110617.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/11/171107092910.htm
https://www.livescience.com/60886-battle-gemstone-found-ancient-warrior-tomb.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/06/science/greece-griffin-warrior-archaeology-homer.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2017/11/08/history-art-rewritten-archaeologists-unearth-3500-year-old-carving/
https://www.npr.org/2017/11/11/563475798/why-a-thumb-sized-stone-is-important-to-ancient-greek-art-history
http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-greece-treasure-filled-tomb-bronze-age-warrior-may-rewrite-history-703965
http://greece.greekreporter.com/2017/11/07/archaeologists-discover-masterpiece-sealstone-in-greek-tomb/
http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/pylos-combat-agate-is-a-3500yearold-masterpiece-of-ancient-art-technology/news-story/74b886dc0b87dedcf0f4581e0d421137
http://www.ibtimes.com/pylos-combat-agate-ancient-greek-seal-fine-specimen-miniature-prehistoric-art-2611420
https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/11/greek-sealstone-gemstone-combat-griffin-warrior-tomb-spd/
http://www.nationalgeographic.com.au/history/ancient-greek-masterpiece-revealed-on-thumb-size-gem.aspx
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6075-171106-greece-seal-stone
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/masterpiece-greek-art-found-griffin-warrior-tomb-180967141/
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/11/2017/discovery-of-masterpiece-sealstone-within-pylos-griffin-warrior-tomb

Another major story is the excavation of a Hellenistic gymnasium in Egypt at what was once Philoteris:

https://phys.org/news/2017-11-archeologists-ancient-gymnasium-egypt-cairo.html
http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/281045/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/First-Hellenistic-gymnasium-in-Egypt-discovered-at.aspx
https://dailynewsegypt.com/2017/11/07/remains-egypts-first-gymnasium-discovered-fayoum/
https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/11/06/german-egyptian-archaeologists-discover-ancient-gymnasium
https://www.livescience.com/60872-first-greek-gymnasium-found-in-egypt.html
http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-egypt-newly-discovered-2300-year-old-gymnasium-made-tiny-village-look-704380
http://neoskosmos.com/news/en/Ancient-ties-First-Hellenistic-gymnasium-discovered-in-Egypt
http://world.greekreporter.com/2017/11/07/ruins-of-hellenic-gymnasium-unearthed-in-egypt-oasis/
http://www.ibtimes.com/ancient-greek-gymnasium-2300-years-ago-discovered-egypt-2611940
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6074-110617-egypt-greek-gymnasium

Also high on the list is the find of a 2000 years bp sundial from a theatre site in Interamna Lirenas:

http://www.cam.ac.uk/research/news/archaeologists-uncover-rare-2000-year-old-sundial-during-roman-theatre-excavation
https://phys.org/news/2017-11-archaeologists-uncover-rare-year-old-sundial.html
https://www.livescience.com/60901-ancient-sundial-found-in-amphitheater.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-41915055
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.821742
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/cambridge-archaeologists-find-2-000-year-old-roman-sundial-b2b8rm6zt
http://www.ibtimes.com/archaeologists-find-rare-ancient-roman-sundial-still-inscribed-owners-name-2612135
http://www.newsweek.com/archaeology-ancient-rome-sundial-roman-excavation-election-latin-705656
https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/11/ancient-rome-election-victory-sundial-archaeology/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6080-171108-rome-limestone-sundial

The reconstructed temple of Mithras in London opened to the public:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/nov/08/reconstructed-roman-temple-mithras-opens-public-bloomberg-hq
https://www.ft.com/content/33fa41ea-c493-11e7-a1d2-6786f39ef675
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/11/08/reconstructed-roman-temple-opens-beneath-city-london/
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/nov/08/reconstructed-roman-temple-mithras-opens-public-bloomberg-hq
http://mentalfloss.com/article/514841/visit-temple-roman-mystery-cult-new-london-museum
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6090-171110-london-mithras-temple

… related, but behind a paywall for me:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/11/11/roman-artefacts-returned-temple-60-years-builders-handed-visitors/

Remains of a Roman road from Aachen:

https://phys.org/news/2017-11-roman-road-german-city-aachen.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/roman-road-discovered-during-digging-in-german-city-aachen/2017/11/07/2450f718-c3e2-11e7-9922-4151f5ca6168_story.html
http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/roman-road-discovered-digging-german-city-aachen-50989346
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6076-171107-germany-roman-road

I think we mentioned these finds from Tenea:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/27963-ancient-artifacts-unearthed-from-2-000-year-old-tombs-in-corinth-greece.html

A ‘lion helmet’ dating to the Punic Wars:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-1.821064

A Roman coin hoard from Mezdra (Bulgaria):

http://www.novinite.com/articles/185093/Roman+Coin+Hoard+Found+by+Chance+under+Tree+%E2%80%98Confirms%E2%80%99+Existence+of+Roman+Town+in+Bulgaria%E2%80%99s+Mezdra
http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2017/11/10/roman-coin-hoard-found-chance-tree-confirms-existence-roman-town-bulgarias-mezdra/

I’m not sure we’ve mentioned this mosaic from near the Sea of Galilee:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/who-run-the-world-sometimes-women-1600-year-old-church-mosaic-shows/

Not sure we’ve mentioned these votives from Anavlochos (Crete):

http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/11/2017/votive-figurines-discovered-at-anavlochos-massif-excavation-on-crete

Passing mention of the find of a Roman site in Wales:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-north-west-wales-41927454?intlink_from_url=&link_location=live-reporting-story
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On Emily Wilson’s translation of the Odyssey:

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/nov/05/the-guardian-view-on-translation-an-interpretative-and-creative-act
http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/28008-first-english-translation-of-homer-s-odyssey-by-a-woman.html

… and a piece by Dr. Wilson herself:

http://time.com/5008920/odyssey-translation-gender-history/

Suggestion that the Trojan Horse was really a boat:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/the-trojan-horse-a-horse-or-a-boat-122005

What Thomas Carpenter is up to:

http://www.thepostathens.com/article/2017/11/fall-commencement-thomas-carpenter

What Steven Ellis:

https://oberlinreview.org/14928/arts/on-the-record-with-steven-ellis/

Feature on Mike Duncan’s podcast:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/mike-duncan-made-ancient-rome-into-a-podcast-obsession

Plans to search for Scythian remains in Azerbaijan:

http://kazakh-tv.kz/en/view/news_kazakhstan/page_188566_

Looking for funding for the Amphipolis tomb:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/223073/article/ekathimerini/news/amphipolis-tomb-closer-to-espa-funds

Backgrounder on Knossos:

https://www.livescience.com/27955-knossos-palace-of-the-minoans.html

Feature on Caesarea:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20171106-israels-ancient-underwater-treasure

Latest oped on the Elgin/Parthenon Marbles and Brexit:

http://www.brownpoliticalreview.org/author/jflynn/

The antimony-in-Pompeii’s-pipes suggestion is making the rounds again:

https://www.livescience.com/60878-did-toxic-water-doom-pompeii.html
http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-rome-pompeii-victims-may-have-been-poisoned-being-buried-hot-ash-705705
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6082-171108-rome-water-antimony

Marking the 40th anniversary of the Vergina tombs find:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2017/11/08/tombs-of-vergina-40-years-since-andronikos-unearthed-the-macedonian-gems/

On ancient contraception:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/drsarahbond/2017/11/07/the-debate-over-contraception-has-an-ancient-history/

On Diogenes’ finger:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2017/11/04/diogenes-the-ancient-greek-philosopher-who-was-the-first-to-give-the-finger/

Feature on Phryne:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20171108-the-it-girl-of-ancient-greece

Interesting feature on the hydraulis:

http://www.classicfm.com/discover-music/water-organ/

… and one on the aulos:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-41941088

Protecting mosaics in Perge:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/iron-gates-to-protect-mosaics-in-perge-121609

Review of Prevas, *Hannibal’s Oath*:

http://www.philly.com/philly/entertainment/20171112__Hannibal_s_Oath___His_amazing_feats__his_mysterious_career.html

… and Patrick Hunt was talking about Hannibal’s route:

http://manitoumessenger.com/article/archeologist-patrick-hunt-traces-hannibals-path/

On Socrates and Trump:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/10/opinion/socrates-trump.html

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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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7000 years bp remains from Sofia:

http://www.novinite.com/articles/185042/Archaeologists+Discover+First+Ever+Prehistoric+Remains+in+Downtown+of+Bulgaria%E2%80%99s+Capital+Sofia,+No+Thracian+Traces

A ca 8th century burial from Hereford cathedral:

http://www.ledburyreporter.co.uk/news/15651904.Skeleton_found_at_cathedral_dates_back_to_the_origins_of_Hereford/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6087-171110-hereford-england-skeleton

A medieval Jewish cemetery from Bologna:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.821664
http://www.newsweek.com/hundreds-long-lost-anonymous-medieval-jewish-graves-discovered-italy-706829
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6086-171109-italy-bologna-cemetery

Medieval mass graves from the Czech Republic:

http://www.radio.cz/en/section/news/archaeologists-say-czech-mass-graves-could-be-unique-in-europe
http://praguemonitor.com/2017/11/10/archaeologists-uncover-30-medieval-mass-graves-kutn%C3%A1-hora
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6088-171110-czech-medieval-graves

A 1000 years bp child’s religious bracelet from Bulgaria:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2017/11/09/1000-year-old-childs-bracelet-virgin-mary-stamp-found-momchils-fortress-southern-bulgaria/

Bones of a 15th century (give or take) teenager from a Scottish cave:

http://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/teenager-s-bones-found-at-eigg-massacre-cave-tests-confirm-1-4608279
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6085-171109-scotland-eigg-cave

Some time capsules from the former St Alban’s museum site:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-41913300

In Our Time was looking at the Picts this week:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09cvx7b

Story of the find of a 4000 years bp jawbone quite a while ago:

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/local-news/stirling-pensioner-discovered-4000-year-11500245

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

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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Possible evidence of Nanshan-era farming from China:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-11/05/c_136729373.htm
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6073-possible-evidence-of-cave-dwelling-farmers-found-in-china

A Neolithic burial on the China-Russia border:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-11/08/c_136736788.htm

2000 years bp luxury baths from Xi’an:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-11/06/c_136732167.htm
http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/culture/2017-11/10/content_34348020.htm
https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/11/10/2000-year-old-luxury-baths-uncovered-in-chinas-northwestern-xian-city
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6079-171107-china-luxury-baths

Also from Xi’an … a 5500 years bp burial ground:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-11/10/c_136742950.htm
http://www.ecns.cn/2017/11-11/280547.shtml

Remains of some 12th century glass from Heiankyo:

http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201711070006.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6081-171108-japan-suiteki-spout

Concerns for Goa’s oldest stone inscription:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/goa/goas-oldest-stone-inscription-under-threat/articleshow/61584926.cms

More on that 2400 years bp horse/chariot burial from Henan:

http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-china-100-horse-skeletons-discovered-2400-year-old-burial-pit-next-705286
http://www.novinite.com/articles/185034/Archaeologists+Found+Chariots+of+Chinese+Funeral+Procession+that+are+2400+Years+Old

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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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Remains of a 2400 years bp settlement site in Mississauga:

https://www.mississauga.com/news-story/7912684-archaeological-dig-in-mississauga-turns-up-2-400-year-old-remains/

Luxury 17th century items from near the Paul Revere house:

http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2017/11/09/north-end-archaeological-dig-finds-artifacts/gZsnNRyUMAjUIjo74ksFIL/story.html
https://boston.curbed.com/2017/11/10/16632846/north-end-archaeological-dig-paul-revere-house
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6089-171110-boson-colonial-luxury-items

Digging the homestead of Chatham’s first European homesteaders:

http://capeandislands.org/post/archaeological-dig-uncovers-homestead-chathams-earliest-white-settlers#stream/0

Tallying up the 18th century burials at a Philadelphia construction site:

http://www.durabilityanddesign.com/news/?fuseaction=view&id=17632

Concerns for Chaco Canyon:

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/nov/08/chaco-canyon-national-park-new-mexico-drilling

Princeton ponders its racial history:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/06/arts/princeton-digs-deep-into-its-fraught-racial-history.html

Identification of a burial mound in Ohio:

http://www.lancastereaglegazette.com/story/news/local/2017/11/06/locals-identify-native-american-mound-fairfield-union-local-schools-property/830615001/

Arguing over a 16th century shipwreck off Florida:

https://www.livescience.com/60859-shipwreck-excavation-awaits-court-ruling.html

More on the ‘Kelp Highway’ theory:

http://www.newsweek.com/anthropology-clovis-theory-kelp-forest-hypothesis-settlers-america-ice-free-703444
http://newscenter.sdsu.edu/sdsu_newscenter/news_story.aspx?sid=77009
http://www.gopbriefingroom.com/index.php?topic=290429.0

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Storms reveal the wreck of the Kestrel at a Brazilian resort:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/storm-exposes-the-kestrel-from-sands-of-time-hlqsxjj7l
https://www.9news.com.au/world/2017/11/09/10/03/mystery-of-missing-british-ship-uncovered-on-brazil-beach

More on the pre Columbian cave art from Mona Island:

https://www.livescience.com/60851-on-an-uninhabited-caribbean-island-a-trove-of-pre-columbian-cave-art.html
https://www.livescience.com/60850-photos-mona-island-cave-art.html

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http://goo.gl/1VdeA

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http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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Interesting recently-found map of Australia is going on display:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-41885447

Nice collaboration between Google and English Heritage:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-41893143

An APOD of the Prague astronomical clock:

https://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap171107.html

Feature on the Russian Revolution:

http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-41885442

On Germany’s role in the Russian Revolution:

http://www.dw.com/en/how-germany-got-the-russian-revolution-off-the-ground/a-41195312

Celebrating Marie Curie’s 150th:

http://www.dw.com/en/the-two-time-nobel-prize-winner-marie-curie-was-born-150-years-ago/g-41262435

They checked out Chopin’s (pickled) heart:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/06/arts/chopin-heart-tuberculosis.html

On a statue of George Orwell:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-41886208

On a grasshopper in a Van Gogh:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/08/arts/design/grasshopper-vincent-van-gogh-painting.html
http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/visual-arts/article183088866.html
https://elpais.com/cultura/2017/11/08/actualidad/1510154425_196558.html

A ‘lost’ painting of Nelson is going on display:

http://www.sunderlandecho.com/news/national/lost-painting-of-nelson-reveals-facial-scars-and-missing-eyebrow-1-8852364

Commenting on the Valmadonna Trust Library auction:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/valmadonna-trust-library-auction-in-ny-brings-record-sales-but-who-benefits/

On the importance of ‘western civilization’:

https://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2017/11/why-everyone-should-learn-about-western-civilization/545249/

… and the benefits of the Humanities:

http://wesleyanargus.com/2017/11/09/ode-to-the-classics-the-benefits-of-the-humanities/

Plans to digitize the Gunzburg Collection:

http://www.jns.org/news-briefs/2017/11/7/israel-and-russia-team-to-digitize-famed-gnzburg-collection-of-jewish-works

Venice wants to divert some of those huge cruise ships:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/nov/08/venice-cruise-ship-traffic-restricted-amid-concerns-over-damage-to-buildings

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Living With Gods:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2017/nov/06/living-with-gods-review-art-religion-british-museum

Escape from Pompeii:

https://thewest.com.au/entertainment/escape-from-pompeii-exhibit-lands-in-wa-ng-b88652871z

Greek Science:

http://world.greekreporter.com/2017/11/10/exhibition-of-ancient-greek-innovations-in-china/

Michelangelo:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/09/arts/design/michelangelo-review-metropolitan-museum-of-art-carmen-bambach.html

How a museum in Mexico prepared for an exhibition:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2017/11/07/actualidad/1510079526_550129.html

… and I think this is the exhibition (sorry .. my Spanish isn’t working well this morning):

https://elpais.com/cultura/2017/11/08/actualidad/1510166894_389973.html

On the Sir John Soane Museum’s recreation of the tomb of Seti I:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2017/nov/05/sir-john-soane-museum-recreates-sepulchral-chamber-of-pharaoh-seti-i

Various coverage of the opening of the Louvre Abu Dhabi:

http://theartnewspaper.com/news/louvre-abu-dhabi-opening-report
http://ca.blouinartinfo.com/news/story/2649903/louvre-abu-dhabi-first-international-project-by-worlds
https://www.economist.com/news/middle-east-and-africa/21731105-abu-dhabi-tries-distinguish-itself-cultural-destination-first
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/saturday-review/the-louvre-abu-dhabi-is-beautiful-but-so-far-theres-notenough-inside-qmrr7qz3s

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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On the DNA of the filles du roi:

https://www.salon.com/2017/11/04/how-a-french-kings-legacy-revealed-a-loophole-in-evolution_partner/

Latest ‘interbreeding’ focus is on Neolithic Europeans and migrating Anatolians:

https://phys.org/news/2017-11-dna-neolithic-europeans-interbred-anatolian.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-11/mpif-nfc110917.php
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/ancient-european-farmers-and-foragers-hooked-big-time?tgt=nr

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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What archaeology reveals about climate change:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/nov/09/the-climate-has-changed-before-but-this-is-different-look-at-the-archeological-record

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TOURISTY THINGS
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Russian Revolution sites:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/resources/idt-sh/Red_October

Must see Greek monuments:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2017/11/04/unesco-every-person-must-visit-these-18-greek-monuments/

Underground Rome:

http://www.wantedinrome.com/news/guide-to-romes-underground-sites.html

Sites in Turkey:

https://www.dailysabah.com/travel/2017/11/11/guide-to-turkeys-iconic-ancient-ruins

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CRIME BEAT
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A 95 years bp real life ‘tomb raider’ was being ‘celebrated’:

https://www.inverse.com/article/38187-real-life-tomb-raider-joan-howard-thief-not-hero

A major bust in the Fayum:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/31709/464-historical-artifacts-seized-by-police-in-Fayoum

… and one in Bulgaria:

http://www.novinite.com/articles/185094/Roman+Woman%E2%80%99s+Bronze+Statuette,+300+More+Artifacts+Seized+from+Treasure+Hunters+Showcased+in+Exhibition+in+Bulgaria%E2%80%99s+Pazardzhik
http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2017/11/02/roman-womans-bronze-statuette-300-artifacts-seized-treasure-hunters-showcased-exhibition-bulgarias-pazardzhik/

Theft from a church in France:

http://www.estrepublicain.fr/edition-belfort-hericourt-montbeliard/2017/11/10/des-voleurs-s-en-prennent-a-l-eglise

A bust of a fake-amulet-on-Facebook ring in Thailand:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-11/06/c_136732530.htm

Not sure about this ‘Israel’ taking items from Hebron story:

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20171109-israel-steals-artefacts-from-roman-palace-in-hebron/

More on illicit items being sold online:

http://www.newsweek.com/amazon-ebay-archaeology-black-market-looting-artifacts-704385
http://mentalfloss.com/article/513936/dont-buy-ancient-artifacts-you-see-online%E2%80%94most-are-looted-or-fake

… and calls for Amazon et al to be more proactive:

http://www.scmp.com/tech/e-commerce/article/2118774/archaeologists-and-experts-say-amazon-and-ebay-need-be-proactive

Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2017/11/culture-crime-news-30-october-5-november-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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Sharjah returned a number of items to Egypt:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/280986.aspx
http://www.arabnews.com/node/1188741/offbeat
https://aawsat.com/english/home/article/1076241/sharjah-returns-over-300-smuggled-antiques-egypt

Turkey wants some items from Pergamon back:

https://www.dailysabah.com/turkey/2017/11/06/turkish-lawmakers-to-go-abroad-to-probe-smuggled-artifacts

A Pissarro was returned to its Jewish owners:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-41906302
http://www.dw.com/en/french-court-orders-return-of-wwii-looted-pissarro-painting-to-owners-family/a-41286226

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NUMISMATICA
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More on those ancient coins from a desk drawer in Kent:

http://metro.co.uk/2017/11/06/2500-year-old-coins-discovered-in-a-desk-in-kent-7057990/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n45.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n46.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/2667-audio-news-from-archaeologica-29-october-2017-5-november-2017
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OBITUARIES
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Iona Opie:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/obituaries/iona-opie-scholarly-explorer-of-the-lore-and-customs-of-childhood-dies-at-94/2017/11/04/29373164-c173-11e7-959c-fe2b598d8c00_story.html

Edward Allington:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2017/nov/06/edward-allington-obituary

Hugh Kearney:

http://www.heraldscotland.com/opinion/15644717.Obituary___Hugh_Kearney__professor_of_history_and_author/

Karl Katz:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/10/obituaries/karl-katz-museum-director-in-new-york-and-israel-dies-at-88.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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