Explorator 20.31 ~ November 26, 2017

Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Hernan Astudillo,
David Perlmutter, Ian Tompkins, Barbara Saylor Rodgers, Rick Heli, Bob Heuman,
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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Qesem Cave is now being suggested as s 400 000 years bp training centre for young hominins:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.824356

Neanderthals were in Spain earlier than we thought, apparently:

http://www.newsweek.com/our-ancient-neanderthal-relatives-went-extinct-much-later-we-thought-716370
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6113-171121-spain-neanderthal-survival

More on that homo erectus skull from China that is challenging the ‘Out of Africa’ theory:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/evolution-theory-out-of-africa-dali-skull-china-homo-erectus-sapiens-latest-a8064306.html

More on the ‘stolen bone’ controversy:

https://cosmosmagazine.com/palaeontology/stolen-bone-alleged-in-controversial-hominin-claim

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Remains of a 7000 years bp city from the Sohag region of Egypt:

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/discovery-7000-year-old-egyptian-city-could-shed-light-nile-valleys-earliest-civilisations-1648880

An 18th Dynasty carpentry workshop (and more) on the Elephantine Island:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/33862/Antiquities-Min-announces-2-archaeological-discoveries
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-11/24/c_136775049.htm

New Kingdom axes (and more) from Aswan:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/282076/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Hellenicera-block,-New-Kingdom-axes-discovered-in-.aspx

We’re reading of ‘missing antiquities’ again:

https://aawsat.com/english/home/article/1091481/minister-antiquities-33000-egyptian-artefacts-are-missing

… probably related:

https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2017/11/egypt-preserving-antiquities-354-artifacts-return-from-uae.html

Plans to look for 15th Dynasty remains at el Ghorefa:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/33387/Egyptian-mission-excavates-New-Kingdom%E2%80%99s-tombs

Zahi Hawass was chatting about assorted recent news:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/9/33476/Hawas-meets-with-US-tourism-delegation-explains-Khufu-gap

Marking the 200th anniversary of the translation of the Rosetta stone:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/33342/Egypt-celebrates-200-years-since-decoding-Rosetta-Stone

… but it can’t be repatriated:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/281853/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/International-law-prevents-recovery-of-Rosetta-Sto.aspx

More on some items from Tut’s tomb being researched for the first time:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/11/171116105129.htm
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/11/2017/gold-artefacts-from-tutankhamuns-tomb-researched-for-first-time

A 1500 years bp lioness relief from El-Araj:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.824084
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/1320-lbs-lioness-statue-discovered-near-the-kinneret/2017/11/22/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6117-171122-israel-lioness-relief

A 1500 years bp mosaic from a religious structure in Ashdod is causing lots of excitement:

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Stunning-1500-year-old-Georgian-church-mosaic-discovered-in-Israeli-Port-City-515032
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.812712
https://www.timesofisrael.com/where-maccabees-overthrew-idolatry-early-georgian-christian-mosaic-uncovered/
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/1500-year-old-colorful-mosaic-floor-with-inscription-uncovered-in-ashdod/2017/11/23/
http://www.aina.org/ata/20171123111623.htm
http://www.foxnews.com/science/2017/11/24/incredible-1500-year-old-christian-mosaic-uncovered-in-israel.html

Pondering the evidence for the united monarchy of David and Solomon:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.823580
http://www.newsweek.com/bible-david-solomon-timna-copper-mines-archaeology-717192

Feature on the orientation of Iron Age houses in Israel:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/ancient-cultures/daily-life-and-practice/israelite-cosmology-iron-age-houses/

Feature on some toilets from Israel:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/studying-old-thrones-researchers-flush-out-ancient-man-and-his-business/

Feature on conflict archaeology in Iraq:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/nov/22/is-conflict-damage-really-damage-archaeology-iran-iraq-war

On the perception of Palestine:

https://aeon.co/essays/biblical-imaginings-have-warped-our-perception-of-palestine

A Bronze Age Emirati settlement is open to the public for the first time:

https://www.thenational.ae/uae/remains-of-bronze-age-emirati-settlement-open-to-public-for-first-time-1.677043

More on burials at Qumran:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/new-skeletal-evidence-could-put-decades-old-debate-over-qumran-settlers-to-rest/
http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/the-excavation-of-33-skeletons-suggests-the-dead-sea-scrolls-belonged-to-monks-from-a-jewish-cult/news-story/780174525231ba026dbc7084c17d1562
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/skeletons-could-provide-clues-who-wrote-or-protected-dead-sea-scrolls
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6109-171120-israel-qumran-skeletons

More on remains of eggplant from Israel:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.823152
https://www.timesofisrael.com/what-was-for-dinner-in-jerusalem-1100-years-ago-a-massive-refuse-pit-tells-us/
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/one-thousand-year-old-eggplant-discovered-in-israel/2017/11/16/

More on those ‘dog petroglyphs’ from Saudi Arabia:

https://www.livescience.com/60982-oldest-images-of-dogs-on-leashes.html
https://phys.org/news/2017-11-wall-saudi-arabia-earliest-depiction.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/20/science/dogs-rock-art.html?partner=rss&emc=rss
http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/11/these-may-be-world-s-first-images-dogs-and-they-re-wearing-leashes
http://www.weeklystandard.com/prufrock-hunting-with-dogs-in-pre-neolithic-arabia-truman-capotes-holiday-stories-and-the-future-of-digital-media/article/2010569
https://hyperallergic.com/412866/rock-engravings-of-dogs-on-leashes-show-pre-neolithic-good-boys/
https://www.timesofisrael.com/were-israels-canaan-dogs-hunting-mans-best-friends-9000-years-ago/
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/dog-images-ancient-pre-historic-domesticated-breeds-saudi-arabia-shuwaymis-jubba-archaeology-maria-a8067411.html https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/8000-year-old-rock-carvings-may-be-earliest-depiction-domesticated-dogs-180967266/

More on that Urartian castle in Lake Van:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/castle-discovered-lake-turkey-underwater-lake-van-urartu-thousands-years-old-a8070911.html
http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/a-turkish-lake-has-given-up-its-secret-a-3000-year-old-fortress-belonging-to-a-lost-civilisation/news-story/f190f67322c4ac96293a34844cca184c
http://www.nationalgeographic.com.au/history/3000-year-old-mysterious-lost-civilisation-found-underwater.aspx
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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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A trio of Roman shipwrecks off the coast of Alexandria:

https://phys.org/news/2017-11-archeologists-roman-shipwrecks-egypt-north.html
http://www.egyptindependent.com/sunken-vessels-dating-back-roman-era-discovered-alexandria/
http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/281925/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Roman-shipwrecks-among-latest-seafloor-discoveries.aspx
http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/33697/Excavation-mission-uncovers-Roman-antiquities-in-Abu-Qir
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.824395
http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-roman-shipwrecks-full-treasure-and-royal-head-crystal-discovered-egypt-718359
http://www.fredericksburg.com/news/news-wire/archeologists-find-roman-shipwrecks-off-egypt-s-north-coast/article_aaada0c1-fff2-560c-b116-d8f8eb1cc5e9.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6115-171121-egypt-crystal-head

From Kom Ombo comes a relief with an image of Philip Arrhidaeus:

http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-egypt-kom-ombo-temple-720975

A Roman gymnasium from Turkey’s Konya province:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/11/26/ancient-roman-gymnasium-discovered-in-southwest-turkey

Remains of a Roman building where that coin hoard was found near Mezdra last week:

http://www.novinite.com/articles/185517/Archaeologists+Discover+Large+Roman+Building+under+Tree+Where+Coin+Hoard+Was+Found+in+Bulgaria’s+Mezdra
http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2017/11/22/archaeologists-discover-large-roman-building-tree-coin-hoard-found-bulgaria-mezdra-clues-barbarian-invasion/

The search is on for Amphipolis’ theatre:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2017/11/20/archaeologists-search-for-ancient-theatre-of-amphipolis-northern-macedonia-greece/

… and the Kasta tomb will open to the public in a couple years or so:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/28371-kasta-tomb-in-amphipolis-to-be-visitable-in-3-years-culture-minister-says.html
http://www.ekathimerini.com/223542/article/ekathimerini/life/amphipolis-tomb-to-be-opened-in-2020-minister-says

A Roman temple in Silchester may date back to Nero:

https://phys.org/news/2017-11-roman-temple-silchester-emperor-vanity.html

The site of Dion is covered in mud:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2017/11/20/dion-archaeological-site-in-northern-greece-covered-in-mud/

Damage to a Thracian fortress wall near Burgas:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2017/11/21/archaeologists-find-ancient-thracian-fortress-near-bulgarias-burgas-bulldozed-treasure-hunter/

Pondering the food supply at Caerleon:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/ruminations-food-supply-roman-fortress-caerleon.htm

On Roman baby potties:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2017/11/19/where-did-ancient-roman-babies-poop/#4a962e505ca3

Feature on Sardis:

https://alumni.berkeley.edu/california-magazine/just-in/2017-11-22/all-glitters-uncovering-sardis-ancient-city-gold

Feature on Suetonius:

https://theconversation.com/guide-to-the-classics-suetoniuss-the-twelve-caesars-explores-vice-and-virtue-in-ancient-rome-85608

Latest salvos in the Parthenon/Elgin Marbles brouhaha:

http://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/matthew-taylor-to-keep-hold-of-friends-in-europe-we-must-be-prepared-to-lose-our-marbles-1-4623309
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/comedian-mary-coustas-calls-for-return-of-parthenon-marbles-to-athens-as-frieze-replica-is-unveiled-at-greek-community-centre-in-cbd/news-story/e718f8bc0cc657865667597c89a86196

A debate for and against on the importance of Classics:

https://wcc-uk.blogs.sas.ac.uk/2017/10/27/against-classics/
https://medium.com/@dominobi/contra-against-classics-c760dd75ba80

… in a similar spirit:
http://irishtechnews.ie/the-value-of-learning-classical-languages-and-how-it-can-help-you-in-the-modern-world/
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/teaching-code-in-schools-is-a-waste-of-time-jd6bxc5rl

… and Socrates probably wouldn’t have been successful in today’s schools:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/why-socrates-couldnt-hack-it-in-todays-public-schools/2017/11/24/6a549974-c98a-11e7-8321-481fd63f174d_story.html?utm_term=.2001a7208531

The Koch brothers donated to Classics at UC Berkeley:

http://www.dailycal.org/2017/11/19/uc-berkeley-postdoctoral-fellow-funded-koch-brothers-donation-2016/

What Eric Cline is up to:

http://www.thejustice.org/article/2017/11/bronze-age

What Julien Aliquot is up to:

http://www.menafn.com/1096147481/French-scholar-tries-to-decipher-ancient-Greek-Latin-inscriptions-in-Jordan

What Margaret-Anne Gillis is up to:

http://www.ctvnews.ca/sci-tech/ont-teacher-leading-effort-to-build-roof-over-villa-in-ancient-pompeii-1.3685718
http://www.thebarrieexaminer.com/2017/11/24/preserving-ancient-pompeii-site-goal-of-barrie-teacher

More on Mithras in London:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-11/25/c_136777682.htm

More coverage of Emily Wilson’s Odyssey translation:

http://neoskosmos.com/news/en/Emily-Wilson-the-first-woman-to-translate-Homers-Odyssey-into-English
https://www.vox.com/identities/2017/11/20/16651634/odyssey-emily-wilson-translation-first-woman-english
http://www.thedp.com/article/2017/11/odyssey-upenn-classics-philadelphia-english-academics-college-faculty
https://www.the-tls.co.uk/a-womans-odyssey/

… and Richard Thomas’ *Why Bob Dylan Matters*:

https://www.npr.org/2017/11/21/563736161/a-classics-professor-explains-why-bob-dylan-matters
http://www.bostonglobe.com/arts/books/2017/11/23/virgil-homer-and-dylan-pop-bookstore-rockport-recalling-combat-zone/BwV0lkyLN2fT2GKiTVDCdJ/story.html

Review of Daniel Mendelsohn’s *An Odyssey*:

https://www.dallasnews.com/arts/books/2017/11/22/daniel-mendelsohn-odyssey-dallas-review

Review of Stephen Fry, *Mythos*:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/nov/22/mythos-a-retelling-of-the-myths-of-ancient-greece-by-stephen-fry-review

Review of Mary Beard’s latest:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/drsarahbond/2017/11/23/rehabilitating-medusa-powerful-women-sexism-and-reading-mary-beards-new-book/#2b16f6ec4c43

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

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http://rogueclassicism.com/
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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Studying the 6000+ years bp barrow known as ‘Cat’s Brain’:

https://phys.org/news/2017-11-year-old-monument-tantalising-glimpse-britain.html
https://www.livescience.com/61007-ancient-house-of-dead-monument.html

A pair of 3000 years bp burials from Yorkshire:

https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/skeletons-found-from-3000-years-ago-in-yorkshire-1-8874747

A possible Bronze Age possible shaman burial from Slovakia:

https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20697218/archaeologists-theorize-found-body-is-shaman.html

A 9th century Viking camp from Repton:

https://uk.news.yahoo.com/archaeologists-uncover-ancient-viking-camp-870s-village-repton-104659235.html
http://www.burtonmail.co.uk/news/burton-news/viking-weaponry-more-1100-years-823485
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6118-171122-england-viking-camp

A metal detectorist has found a couple Anglo Saxon gold coins near Chelmsford:

http://www.essexlive.news/news/essex-news/ancient-1000-year-old-coins-816510
http://metro.co.uk/2017/11/24/haul-of-gold-coins-found-after-being-buried-by-anglo-saxo-king-1500-years-ago-7105000/

A possible medieval mikveh from Marseille:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/archaeologists-may-have-found-a-mikveh-near-marseille/
http://www.jpost.com/Diaspora/Archaeologists-may-have-found-an-ancient-mikve-near-Marseille-515144
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/238475
https://www.jta.org/2017/11/24/news-opinion/world/marseille-mysterious-cellar-may-have-been-a-mikvah-researchers-say

Remains of a medieval village in Denmark:

https://www.thelocal.dk/20171121/lost-medieval-village-discovered-in-denmark
http://sciencenordic.com/lost-medieval-village-discovered-denmark
http://www.newsweek.com/long-lost-nordic-village-mysteriously-abandoned-middle-ages-rediscovered-719373
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6119-171122-denmark-medieval-village

A couple of 19th century pits full of whale bones at Sanday are giving archaeologists something to think about:

http://www.newsweek.com/scotland-whale-bone-mystery-beached-shore-718919?piano_t=1

Feature on Iron Age Inverness-shire:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/investigating-iron-age-inverness-shire.htm

Feature on the Iberian Warrior Vase:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2017/11/14/actualidad/1510672886_222840.html
Feature on Madame de Pompadour:

https://elpais.com/internacional/2017/11/14/mundo_global/1510649051_579573.html

A transexual in Philip II’s Spain (?):

https://elpais.com/cultura/2017/10/30/actualidad/1509349581_209358.html

Lots of ‘treasure’ found in the UK this year:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-42079561

… related:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/11/22/detectorist-finds-rise-treasure-hunters-inspired-tv-shows/

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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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Studying how barley made its way to China:

https://phys.org/news/2017-11-ancient-barley-high-road-china.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-11/wuis-abt112017.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/11/171121095209.htm

4900 years bp burials from Xinjiang:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-11/22/c_136771500.htm
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6116-171122-polynesian-dental-plaque

Remains of 1000 years bp Confucian temples from Shangjing:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-11/24/c_136777402.htm

Interesting 800 years bp tomb of a couple from Zheijang:

https://www.livescience.com/60979-ancient-tombs-chinese-couple.html
https://www.livescience.com/60978-photos-treasures-from-ancient-china-tombs.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6111-171120-china-hu-hong

A Mughal era coin hoard from Durg:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/raipur/chhattisgarh-ancient-coins-from-mughal-era-found-in-durg/articleshow/61762092.cms

Searching for remains of a 2000 years bp port off Goa:

http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-hunt-for-2000-yr-old-port-off-goa-2562518

A mass grave found which is being associated with the wreck of the Batavia:

https://phys.org/news/2017-11-batavia-mysteries-unfold-discovery-mass.html
http://www.news.uwa.edu.au/2017112310154/research/batavias-mysteries-unfold-discovery-mass-grave
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/batavia-graveyard-on-abrolhos-islands-gives-up-secrets/news-story/e21c00b5a9dc6eb5f910a6650506b81b

Interesting origins for some Eimar Mutt silver:

http://orissadiary.com/emar-mutt-silver-hoard-origins-great-odisha-famine-1866-naanka-durbhikshya/

Feature on the Oxus treasure:

https://blog.britishmuseum.org/under-the-microscope-the-oxus-treasure-and-scythian-gold/

More on that dog sacrifice/initiation site in Russia:

http://www.newsweek.com/russia-srubnaya-dogs-wolves-werewolves-sacrifice-mythology-716836
https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/11/archaeologists-find-mysterious-4000-year-old-dog-sacrifices-in-russia/

More on when humans reached Australia:

https://phys.org/news/2017-11-australia-human-history.html
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Southeast Asian Archaeology Newsblog:

http://www.southeastasianarchaeology.com/

New Zealand Archaeology eNews:

http://nzarchaeology.blogspot.co.nz/index.html
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NORTH AMERICA
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A possible 1200 years bp Hammonasset site in Connecticut:

http://wtnh.com/2017/11/23/1200-year-old-native-american-artifacts-unearthed-in-westbrook/

Searching for a mass grave of Irish potato famine refugees in Montreal:

https://www.irishcentral.com/roots/history/archaeologists-montreal-irish-famine-victims

Studying the diet of colonists at James Fort/Jamestown:

http://www.newsweek.com/thanksgiving-jamestown-turkey-diet-archaeologists-717920
https://wydaily.com/2017/11/20/jamestown-unearthed-colonists-had-a-taste-for-turkey-nws/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-did-virginias-jamestown-colonists-eat-180967301/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6112-171120-virginia-jamestown-food

Studying the hunting habits of paleoindians in New Hampshire:

http://www.berlindailysun.com/newsx/local-news/63267-early-middle-paleoindians-likely-focused-on-hunting-caribou

A shipwreck emerges from a Cape Cod beach:

http://www.capecodtimes.com/news/20171120/shipwreck-emerges-from-sand-near-nauset-beach

Feature on the folks trying to save Miami’s archaeological sites:

https://www.wired.com/story/the-archaeologists-saving-miamis-history-from-the-sea/

As expected, there were a few (assorted) items on (American) Thanksgiving history:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/retropolis/wp/2017/11/22/thanksgivings-hidden-past-plymouth-in-1621-wasnt-close-to-being-the-first-celebration/
https://news.yale.edu/2017/11/20/beineckes-archives-thanksgiving-offers-feast-collection-materials
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/21/us/thanksgiving-myths-fact-check.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pilgrims-werent-first-celebrate-thanksgiving-180967310/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-thanksgiving-parades-were-riots-180967256/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-42100105
https://phys.org/news/2017-11-thanksgiving-tribe-reclaims-language-lost.html

On metal detecting in Nova Scotia:

http://signalhfx.ca/the-legally-murky-hobby-of-metal-detecting-in-nova-scotia/

Review of a biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/20/books/review/prairie-fires-laura-ingalls-wilder-biography-caroline-fraser.html

Review of White, *A Cold Welcome*:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/climate-foiled-europeans-early-exploration-north-america?tgt=nr

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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The so-called Codex Quetzalecatzin is now available online:

https://www.livescience.com/61004-rare-mexico-map.html

Feature on the origins of the xoloitzcuintli dog:

https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/11/hairless-dog-mexico-xolo-xoloitzcuintli-Aztec/

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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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Funding to reveal those medieval paintings that were preserved by Shakespeare’s father:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-coventry-warwickshire-42023324

A lost Murillo was found hanging in a Welsh castle:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2017/nov/19/spanish-artists-bartolome-esteban-murillo-lost-masterpiece-found-welsh-penrhyn-castle
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-west-wales-42050228
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bartolome-esteban-murillos-17th-century-portrait-was-considered-lost-then-it-was-found-welsh-castle-180967290/

Another statue controversy:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-42051352

Feature on Voltaire:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/voltaire-enlightenment-philosopher-and-lottery-scammer-180967265/

Nice historic photographer of the year slide show:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2017/nov/21/ruined-temples-and-forgotten-places-historic-photographer-of-the-year-in-pictures

Feature on/legacy of the Hungaro-Austrian officer corps:

https://www.chronicle.com/article/Academic-Life-Isn-t-as/241785?cid=gn&elqTrackId=d88f55f6368c4af4b51193ff201c0408&elq=10c3f158e5684b2b8eede3c8770fe7c0&elqaid=16826&elqat=1&elqCampaignId=7284

A general feature on archaeology:

https://smarthistory.org/what-is-archaeology-understanding-the-archaeological-record/

More on clogs damaging Dutch farmers’ feet:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-clogs-damaged-feet-19th-century-dutch-famers-180967275/

More on Chopin’s cause of death:

https://www.livescience.com/60953-chopin-pickled-heart-reveals-cause-of-death.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6108-171117-chopin-enlarged-heart

More on that Billy the Kid photo:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-42089464
More reactions to the Salvator mundi sale:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2017/nov/20/artistic-license-experts-doubt-leonardo-da-vinci-painted-450m-salvator-mundi

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Hadrian and Antinous:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/28361-roman-emperor-hadrian-and-drowned-greek-lover-antinous-revisit-athens.html

…  I‘m not sure if this is the same exhibition:

http://www.lifo.gr/

Terracotta Warriors:

http://www.fredericksburg.com/entertainment/terracotta-warriors-march-into-virginia-museum-of-fine-arts/article_d3174e2e-1b62-5391-9847-636dd7eda953.html

Designing English:

http://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/yourtown/oxford/15676374.Stunning_selection_of_manuscripts_at_the_Bodleian_reveal_artistry_of_scribes/

Arch of Titus:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/life-size-relief-replica-stars-in-arch-of-titus-show-in-new-york/

Beneath Our Feet:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/new-map-exhibit-documents-evolving-views-earths-interior

Imagining the Divine:

http://www.blouinartinfo.com/news/story/2677084/the-art-of-major-world-religions-at-ashmolean-museum-oxford

More on provenance/forgery concerns at the Museum of the Bible:

https://www.livescience.com/60985-dead-sea-scroll-forgeries.html
https://hyperallergic.com/411980/as-the-new-museum-of-the-bible-opens-questions-about-its-scholarship-remain/
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/nov/21/trade-in-dead-sea-scrolls-awash-with-suspected-forgeries-experts-warn
https://www.chronicle.com/article/DC-s-Newest-Museum-Has-a/241763

… related reviews:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2017/11/20/sterile-exquisite-colonizing-scholarly-experts-offer-their-impressions-of-d-c-s-new-bible-museum/

On the Louvre’s particle accelerator:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-42094003

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THE TECHY SIDE
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3d printing of Gorm the Old’s skull reveals some interesting details, apparently:

http://sciencenordic.com/denmark%E2%80%99s-first-viking-king-printed-3d
http://www.newsweek.com/viking-gorm-old-skull-skeleton-3d-printing-archaeology-718156
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6114-171121-gorm-the-old

Feature on drones in archaeology:

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/nov/24/old-meet-new-drones-high-tech-camera-revamp-archae/
http://www.sfgate.com/nation/article/Drone-camera-advances-provide-lift-to-12381570.php

An app to preserve petroglyphs:

https://phys.org/news/2017-11-ancient-newpreserving-art-button.html

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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A genome study suggests yersinia pestis likely arrived in Europe in the Neolithic:

https://phys.org/news/2017-11-plague-stone-age-central-europe.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-11/mpif-pla111717.php
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-42083252

On the genetic legacy of the Yamnaya people:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/how-asian-nomadic-herders-built-new-bronze-age-cultures

Studying human migrations in the Pacific with DNA in tooth plaque:

https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2017/11/human-migrations-ancient-dental-plaque/546209/

Feature on Beothuk DNA:

http://www.cfjctoday.com/column/598126/mysterious-beothuk-newfoundland

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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On how early homo sapiens would view the Bonn summit:

http://www.dw.com/en/how-would-bonns-prehistoric-residents-have-seen-the-cop23-climate-summit/a-41414497

Suggestion that climate change contributed to migration to the US in the 19th century:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/11/21/did-donald-trumps-ancestors-migrate-to-america-because-of-a-changing-climate/

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CRIME BEAT
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Egypt has asked for (and is getting, apparently) an investigation into ‘Indiana Joan’s’ looting activities:

http://www.news.com.au/world/middle-east/egypt-calls-on-australia-to-investigate-95yearold-tomb-raider/news-story/16c7bb3f976d405805284ce170fba932
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-11/25/c_136778925.htm
http://www.smh.com.au/world/95yearold-australian-indiana-joan-accused-of-looting-antiquities-from-egypt-20171121-gzq5fe.html
https://www.stuff.co.nz/world/africa/99224562/Meet-Indiana-Joan-the-95-year-old-Australian-accused-of-looting-antiquities-from-Egypt
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/nov/24/indiana-joan-perth-woman-95-accused-of-looting-egypt-artefacts
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-42109046
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/tomb-raiding-95-year-old-indiana-joan-accused-looting-1m-worth-ancient-artefacts-1648794
http://abcnews.go.com/International/95-year-woman-dubbed-indiana-joan-fire-origins/story?id=51361099

A major bust in China:

http://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/2120598/tomb-raider-gangs-arrested-after-chinese-police-smash-ring-stole

A bust in Thessaloniki:

https://www.thenationalherald.com/182768/antiquities-smuggling-arrest-thessaloniki/

Some second century gold items were stolen from a site in Pakistan:

https://www.outlookindia.com/newsscroll/2nd-century-gold-antiques-stolen-in-pakistan/1191841

Indonesia has a looting problem:

https://www.vice.com/en_ca/article/zmzyva/indonesia-cant-stop-its-illegal-treasure-hunters

A trio of smugglers were arrested on Chios:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2017/11/23/three-antiquity-smugglers-arrested-in-chios-island/

Feature on Michael Bogdanos:

https://www.thenational.ae/world/the-americas/pit-bull-lawyer-and-former-marine-hunts-down-world-s-stolen-treasures-1.678704

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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Egypt recovered some items from Israel:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/33833/Report-Egypt-retrieves-historical-artifacts-from-Israel

… and Cyprus:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/281863/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/-ancient-Egyptian-artefacts-including-amulets,-vas.aspx
http://www.egyptindependent.com/egypt-awaits-return-of-stolen-ramses-ii-ship-from-cyprus/
http://www.egyptindependent.com/egypt-retrieve-14-artifacts-cyprus/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6110-171120-cyprus-egyptian-artifacts

Greece recovered some items from Austria:

https://www.thenationalherald.com/182091/twenty-six-antiquities-repatriated-austria/
http://greece.greekreporter.com/2017/11/19/twenty-six-antiquities-to-be-repatriated-from-austria/
http://news.gtp.gr/2017/11/23/stolen-antiquities-return-greece-austria/

Some Ponca remains have been returned to the Ponca people for burial:

http://www.hastingstribune.com/news/state/remains-turned-over-to-the-ponca-tribe-for-burial/article_fdae722e-19b5-59e5-a556-71ecaeef4082.html

How Native Americans are recovering artifacts:

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/national/article186361703.html
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NUMISMATICA
================================================================
Feature on lions on ancient coins:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/lions-ancient-coins/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n48.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n49.html

————————
Ancient Coin Collecting:

http://ancientcoincollecting.blogspot.com/

Ancient Coins:

http://classicalcoins.blogspot.com/

Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/
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PERFORMANCES AND THEATRE-RELATED
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Pride and Prejudice:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/19/theater/review-pride-and-prejudice-pride-cherry-lane.html

Darkest Hour:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20171117-film-review-darkest-hour
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/21/movies/darkest-hour-review-gary-oldman.html

On Nutcracker variations:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/21/arts/dance/what-makes-a-traditional-nutcracker-ballet.html

On Luther’s musical side:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/23/arts/music/reformation-martin-luther-anniversary-500.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/2670-audio-news-from-archaeologica-12-november-2017-18-november-2017
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OBITUARIES
===============================================================
William Mullen:

https://classicalstudies.org/scs-news/obituary-william-bill-mullen

James Morwood:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/obituaries/2017/11/20/james-morwood-classicist-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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