Explorator 20.32 ~ December 3, 2017

Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Hernan Astudillo,
David Perlmutter, D.S.H., Richard Miller,  Barbara Saylor Rodgers, Rick Heli,
Bob Heuman, David Critchley, Allan Brockway, 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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Otzi is now a movie:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/dec/03/otzi-iceman-mummy-brought-to-life-on-film

More on that 400 000 years bp ‘school’ in Israel:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/world/archaeologists-find-oldest-school-in-the-world-in-israel-dvsvtmf27

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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27 Sekhmet statues from Luxor:

http://www.egyptindependent.com/27-statues-of-goddess-sekhmet-unearthed-in-luxor/

Digging  has commenced at Bir Youssef:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/34868/Min-of-Antiquities-to-start-excavation-work-at-Bir-Youssef
http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/43/282459/Heritage/Islamic/Salah-ElDin-Citadels-Bir-Youssef-to-be-excavated-S.aspx

More on the void in the pyramid:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/34879/Hawas-reveals-Great-Pyramid-s-gap-secrets
https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/theres-a-void-in-the-great-pyramid-of-giza-but-it-may-not-be-so-mysterious
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More artifacts from Tut’s tomb are going on tour:

https://phys.org/news/2017-11-artifacts-king-tut-tomb-international.html

3500 BCE burials found at the site of Istanbul’s new metro station:

https://www.trtworld.com/turkey/archaeologists-discover-ancient-human-remains-in-istanbul-s-new-metro-site-12827

Median artifacts from Hamedan:

http://www.tehrantimes.com/news/418879/Median-antiquities-unearthed-in-Hamedan

An Iron Age hoard from Megiddo:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/hidden-hoard-hints-how-ancient-elites-protected-family-treasures

A 2200 years bp Idumean structure/temple from near Lakhish:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/drone-survey-reveals-ancient-temple-at-israeli-military-grounds/
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/history/2200-year-old-edomite-temple-unearthed-in-lakhish-region/2017/11/30/
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Archeologists-unearth-rare-Hellenistic-era-mystery-structure-in-Negev-515670
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.825907
https://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/Flash.aspx/404449

Plenty of coverage of a 4th century date for the Church of the Holy Sepulchre tomb:

https://www.livescience.com/61043-tomb-of-jesus-excavated.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/11/28/new-tests-jesuss-presumed-tomb-back-traditional-beliefs/
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/jesus-christ-tomb-scientists-older-expected-jerusalem-church-of-holy-sepulchre-a8081521.html
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/ancient-glue-offers-new-insight-age-what-may-be-jesus-n824421
https://www.yahoo.com/news/archaeologists-confirm-tomb-christ-dates-211935953.html
http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/new-tests-reveal-the-holy-secrets-of-ancient-tomb-in-jerusalem/news-story/0aa4c98609a346833329101224e9c6f7
https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/11/jesus-tomb-archaeology-jerusalem-christianity-rome/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mortar-found-jesus-tomb-dates-constantine-era-180967345/

Overviewish thing on finds at Migdal:

https://thejewishnews.com/2017/11/28/excavation-galilee-pilgrims-guesthouse-yields-1st-century-city/

Good followup piece on that ‘castle’ in Lake Van:

https://www.livescience.com/61038-real-story-of-ancient-underwater-castle.html
https://www.livescience.com/61037-underwater-castle-photos.html

An account of a comet in Ottoman times:

https://elpais.com/elpais/2017/11/13/ciencia/1510574984_885583.html

1600 years bp mosaics from the Fatih Mosque:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/11/27/mosaics-on-mosque-floor-revealed

… and more on the 1500 years bp mosaic found at Ashdod Yam:

https://www.archaeology.org/6120-11127-ashdod-yam-mosaic

A couple of  sort of ‘state of the question’ pieces on the Dead Sea Scrolls:

http://www.jpost.com/jerusalem/Article.aspx?id=510977
http://jewishweek.timesofisrael.com/bringing-life-to-study-of-the-dead-sea-scrolls/

… and an item on Moses Shapira’s scrolls:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20171129-was-this-the-first-dead-sea-scroll

… and there’s a new translation in the works:

http://news.du.edu/alison-schofield-tackles-new-translation-of-the-dead-sea-scrolls/

More on dogs in Saudi petroglyphs:

https://phys.org/news/2017-12-insight-dog-side-years.html

… and suggestions about domestication:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.825926
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Plenty of coverage of the potential discovery of the site where Caesar’s invasion of Britain began:

https://phys.org/news/2017-11-evidence-julius-caesar-invasion-britain.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-11/uol-fef112817.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/11/171128230421.htm
https://www.livescience.com/61070-fort-where-caesar-invaded-britain-found.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-42155888
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/nov/29/caesars-invasion-of-britain-began-from-pegwell-bay-in-kent-say-archaeologists
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2017/11/29/archaeologists-find-first-evidence-julius-caesars-invasion-britain/
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/roman-spearhead-in-ebbsfleet-rewrites-history-of-caesar-s-invasion-of-britain-n80bnmb0h
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/julius-caesar-invasion-britain-uk-site-evidence-first-discovered-kent-a8081056.html
http://www.peeblesshirenews.com/news/15690128.Ditch_gives_clue_to_arrival_of_first_Roman_forces_in_Britain/
http://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/leicester-news/digging-for-britain-julius-caesar-845361
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/first-archaeological-evidence-julius-caesars-invasion-britain-discovered-1649443
https://theconversation.com/how-our-discovery-of-julius-caesars-first-landing-point-in-britain-could-change-history-88267
https://www.yahoo.com/news/possible-evidence-caesars-uk-invasion-unearthed-060517001.html
http://www.newsweek.com/first-evidence-julius-caesars-invasion-britain-could-rewrite-history-roman-725765
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-discover-where-julius-caesar-landed-britain-180967359/
https://www.archaeology.org/6126-171129-caesar-roman-invasion
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/11/2017/first-archaeological-evidence-for-julius-caesars-invasion-of-britain

Excavating a (third) Roman temple at Silchester:

http://www.getreading.co.uk/news/reading-berkshire-news/reading-archaeologists-discover-roman-temple-13932869

A 2000 years bp Roman necropolis from Kahramanmaras:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/11/26/2000-year-old-necropolis-found-in-turkeys-kahramanmaras

Fragmentary statue remains of Hygieia and Eros from Anavarza:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ancient-hygieia-new-finding-in-anavarza-123138
https://www.archaeology.org/6122-171127-turkey-anavarza-statue

A Roman ‘farmstead’ from Worcester:

http://www.worcesternews.co.uk/NEWs/15690803.Archaeologists_unearth_2_000_year_old_Roman_farmstead_in_Worcester/

I  think we mentioned this gymnasium find from Konya:

http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-rome-archaeologists-discover-gym-city-book-revelation-723512

On things the Phoenicians brought to Sicily:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.825589

On Fife’s Roman connections:

https://www.fifetoday.co.uk/news/does-fife-have-a-secret-history-of-roman-links-1-4627212

Feature on a Roman burial from Huntingdon (find was made quite a while ago):

http://www.huntspost.co.uk/news/the-roman-burial-that-offers-a-rare-glimpse-into-past-of-huntingdonshire-town-1-5301779

Very interesting feature on ancient music:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/drsarahbond/2017/11/28/five-ways-to-listen-to-the-music-of-the-ancient-world-today/#34c98da37d9d

Feature on Boudicca:

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/15698897.How_Queen_Boudica_waived_the_rules_in_Britannia/

Feature on pigeons in the Roman/Byzantine Near East:

http://asorblog.org/2017/11/28/not-just-birds-pigeons-roman-byzantine-near-east/

Feature on Scythian mummies:

https://blog.britishmuseum.org/mummies-and-log-houses-of-the-dead-scythian-life-and-death/

On the Latin Mass:

https://www.americamagazine.org/faith/2017/11/28/ex-catholic-quaker-beauty-and-danger-latin-mass

Honours for Michael Cosmopoulos:

http://canada.greekreporter.com/2017/11/30/greek-professor-michael-cosmopoulos-inducted-into-the-royal-society-of-canada/

What Craig Harvey is up to:

http://menafn.com/1096173046/Canadian-scholar-delves-into-Roman-commanders-residence-in-Humayma

And the archaeologist named to be in charge of the Colosseum is:

http://www.startribune.com/italian-archaeologist-selected-to-oversee-rome-s-colosseum/461292703/
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=11951706&ref=rss

On the effects of misreading Classical literature:

http://nationalpost.com/pmn/news-pmn/toxic-masculinity-fostered-by-misreadings-of-the-classics
https://theconversation.com/toxic-masculinity-fostered-by-misreadings-of-the-classics-88118

Corpus Christi has renamed its ‘Fraenkel room’:

http://cherwell.org/2017/11/27/corpus-votes-rename-room-after-allegations-of-sexual-misconduct/
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/oxford-votes-to-drop-name-of-sex-pest-eduard-fraenkel-gtjljk5k0
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/2017/11/28/oxford-college-rename-room-dedicated-renowned-classicist-following/

Not sure about this Tal Qadi stone thing:

https://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20171127/local/tal-qadi-stone-could-be-the-oldest-representation-of-the-zodiac.664187

Reviews of Thomas’ *Why Bob Dylan Matters*:

http://www.wbir.com/article/news/nation-now/new-book-by-harvard-professor-explains-why-bob-dylan-matters/465-1bfcdb9c-8ae4-4f77-8f2b-a773cf055df7
https://www.timeshighereducation.com/books/review-why-dylan-matters-richard-f-thomas-william-collins

Reviews of Emily Wilson’s *Odyssey* translation:

https://www.npr.org/2017/12/02/567773373/emily-wilsons-odyssey-scrapes-the-barnacles-off-homers-hull

More on Roman-era shipwrecks off Alexandria:

https://www.livescience.com/61022-3-shipwrecks-off-egypt-coast.html

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

Visit our blog:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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A 15 000 years bp ‘Venus figurine’ from Dugi Otok (Croatia):

https://www.croatiaweek.com/archaeologists-find-first-venus-figurine-in-croatia-on-dugi-otok/
https://www.total-croatia-news.com/lifestyle/23676-15-000-year-old-statuette-discovered-on-dugi-otok

This one is being spun in various ways, but ultimately it seems to be about Neolithic women being actively involved in agriculture in Europe:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-11/aaft-bsp112717.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-11-prehistoric-women-stronger-arms-today.html
https://www.livescience.com/61061-prehistoric-women-strong-arms.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-42173236
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2017/11/29/prehistoric-women-stronger-elite-cambridge-rowers-study-finds/
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/nov/29/prehistoric-womens-arms-stronger-than-those-of-todays-elite-rowers
http://www.smh.com.au/world/prehistoric-women-stronger-than-rowers-20171130-gzvw9v.html
https://www.npr.org/2017/11/30/567332015/womens-role-in-the-european-agricultural-revolution-revealed?sc=17&f=3&utm_source=iosnewsapp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=app
https://knpr.org/npr/2017-11/working-moms-have-been-thing-ancient-history
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2017/11/29/ancient-prehistoric-women-farming-strong/
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/strong-armed-women-helped-power-europes-ancient-farming-revolution?tgt=nr
https://elpais.com/elpais/2017/11/29/ciencia/1511969205_028548.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6130-171130-women-arm-strength

4000 years bp remains from Bury St Edmunds:

http://www.eadt.co.uk/news/prehistoric-remains-uncovered-by-archaeologists-in-bury-st-edmunds-1-5302606

Interesting assembly of Iron Age cauldrons and the like from Glenfield Park (Leicestershire):

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-11/uol-uma112717.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-11-unique-metal-artefacts-iron-age.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/11/171127105917.htm
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/iron-age-metal-artifacts-glenfield-park-05473.html
https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/11/uk-team-unearths-rare-iron-age-party-cauldrons-in-leicestershire/
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/amazing-iron-age-cauldron-discoveries-shed-rare-light-prehistoric-feasting-rituals-1649132
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/11-cauldrons-found-iron-age-settlement-england-180967365/
https://www.archaeology.org/6121-171127-iron-age-cauldron

Remains of a medieval road in a field in Oxford:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-42169973
http://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/15688430.Medieval_road_and_horseshoe_give_causeway_for_excitement/
http://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/yourtown/oxford/15688430.500_year_old_Medieval_road_discovered_underneath_Oxford_field/
https://www.archaeology.org/6135-17201-england-medieval-road

Excavating a medieval garbage dump in Newcastle:

http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/ancient-newcastle-city-centre-rubbish-13979885
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6133-171201-newgate-medieval-artifacts

A medieval ring from Cumbria is classified as treasure:

http://www.thewestmorlandgazette.co.uk/news/15682250.Medieval_ring_found_in_Cumbria_classified_as___39_treasure__39_/?ref=rss

On a medieval street in Lincoln:

http://www.lincolnshirelive.co.uk/news/local-news/secrets-revealed-after-hundreds-years-861058

A note hidden inside a statue of Jesus:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5129121/Note-hidden-inside-rear-end-ancient-Jesus-statue.html

Suggestion that Versailles is aligned toward the Church of the Holy Sepuchre:

https://www.valeursactuelles.com/histoire/lorientation-mysterieuse-du-chateau-de-versailles-bientot-expliquee-91021

Funding to preserved frescoes beneath Naples:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/11/30/ancient-frescoes-catacombs-beneath-naples-restored-funds-prosciutto/

More on that Norman era motte from Co Down:

https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/life/features/volunteers-storm-the-ramparts-to-unearth-co-down-norman-fort-36371485.html

More on that evidence of earliest wine production near Tbilisi:

https://penncurrent.upenn.edu/features/discovery-finds-winemaking-is-centuries-older-than-previously-believed
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-science-wine/drinking-age-oldest-evidence-of-wine-making-found-near-tbilisi-idUSKBN1DD2KM?feedType=RSS&feedName=scienceNews

More on that possible mikveh from Marseille:

http://www.jpost.com/Diaspora/Archaeologists-may-have-found-an-ancient-mikve-near-Marseille-515144
https://www.archaeology.org/6123-171128-france-jewish-mikveh

More on that Anglo Saxon coin hoard from Chelmsford:

http://www.chelmsfordweeklynews.co.uk/news/15693954.Coins_found_in_field_are_nearly1_500_years_old/

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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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An Upper Paleolithic era cave painting of a camel from the Urals:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-11/lmsu-shd112717.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-11-scientists-upper-paleolithic-cave-camel.html
https://www.archaeology.org/6127-171129-russia-cave-camel

Studying Upper Paleolithic jewellery from Sungir:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-11/lmsu-ata113017.php

5500 years bp remains from Gia Lai (Viet Nam):

https://en.vietnamplus.vn/traces-of-ancient-vietnamese-found-in-archaeological-relic-in-gia-lai/122417.vnp
http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/art-entertainment/191092/traces-of-ancient-vietnamese-found-in-archaeological-relic-in-gia-lai.html

On the now-vanished Himalayan river around which the Indus civilization grew:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/11/171128112209.htm
http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-42157402
https://cosmosmagazine.com/geoscience/in-ancient-india-a-river-didn-t-run-through-it
https://www.livescience.com/61039-ancient-indus-civilization-survived-without-rivers.html
https://www.archaeology.org/6125-171128-indus-river-paleochannel
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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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Latest from the Camp Security dig:

http://www.yorkdispatch.com/story/news/2017/11/28/camp-security-not-affected-springettsbury-sewer-line-project/891318001/?from=global&sessionKey=&autologin=
http://www.yorkdispatch.com/picture-gallery/news/local/2017/11/28/photos-archaeological-dig-at-camp-security/108093126/?from=global&sessionKey=&autologin=

Photos from the Sarpy Bison Kill site:

http://trib.com/news/state-and-regional/photos-at-this-ancient-bison-kill-site-native-hunters-left/collection_d78dc794-2865-56bc-95f4-1f42631c0e8a.html#1

Studying 400 years bp bones from St Augustine:

http://www.firstcoastnews.com/news/uf-studies-400-year-old-bones-from-st-augustine-archaeological-dig/495917155

First Nations artifacts from a Burlington quarry:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/hamilton/burlington-quarry-1.4426292?cmp=rss

Rethinking the relative importance of corn in the American Southwest:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-11/uoc-asf112717.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-11-archaeologist-idea-prehistoric-people-southwest.html
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/11/2017/fire-was-key-to-prehistoric-survival-in-arid-southwest
https://www.archaeology.org/6134-171201-grand-canyon-fire

Feature on John Brown:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/retropolis/wp/2017/12/02/unflinching-the-day-john-brown-was-hanged-for-his-raid-on-harpers-ferry/

Pondering a mutiny in Texas a hundred years ago:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-42116688

… and the 1900 Galveston hurricane:

https://www.npr.org/2017/11/30/566950355/the-tempest-at-galveston-we-knew-there-was-a-storm-coming-but-we-had-no-idea

… and the Puritan ‘war on Christmas’:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/retropolis/wp/2017/12/01/the-war-on-christmas-predates-trump-and-fox-news-by-almost-400-years/

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Feature on Guatemala’s Maya history:

http://www.miamiherald.com/living/travel/article186644858.html

Google and the British Museum are digitizing a pile of Maya-related photos:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2017/nov/29/digital-technology-maya-culture-back-to-the-future-british-museum-alfred-maudslay
https://blog.britishmuseum.org/maya-heritage-150-years-of-preservation/
https://www.ft.com/content/8cf1ee78-d501-11e7-a303-9060cb1e5f44

What Richard Hansen is up to:

http://www.weeklystandard.com/king-of-the-jungle-the-mayan-empire-of-archaeologist-richard-hansen/article/2010638

On Andean clay eating:

https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2017/11/28/564866619/the-ancient-andean-tradition-of-eating-clay-may-have-helped-to-protect-health

Urbanization threatens Peru’s sites:

https://phys.org/news/2017-11-peru-abundant-urbanization.html
https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/perus-abundant-ruins-feel-the-squeeze-of-urbanization/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/kidspost/in-peru-cultural-sites-are-dangerously-close-to-disappearing/2017/11/28/28f56006-d472-11e7-a986-d0a9770d9a3e_story.html?utm_term=.d12186977680
http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/peru-ancient-ruins-property-developers-build-lima-pre-colonial-archaeological-zones-south-america-a8082956.html

More on that Orca geoglyph in Peru:

https://www.livescience.com/61035-ancient-killer-whale-geoglyph-peru.html
https://www.livescience.com/61023-peru-orca-geoglyph-photos.html
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/2000-year-old-geoglyph-peru-desert-revealed-be-that-killer-whale-1649583
https://www.archaeology.org/6124-171128-peru-geoglyph-orca
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/check-out-orca-geoglyph-rediscovered-peru-180967338/

More on the digitized Codex Quetzalecatzin:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/you-can-now-see-400-year-old-mesoamerican-map-online-180967332/

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http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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Not sure where to put this one … a Greek bit of a papyrus known as the First Apocalypse of James:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/11/171130133824.htm
https://phys.org/news/2017-11-professors-jesus-secret-revelations-brother.html
http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/society/28559-austin-scholars-find-greek-copy-of-jesus%E2%80%99-secret-revelations-to-his-brother-james.html
http://www.newsweek.com/copy-jesus-writings-his-brother-recovered-antiquity-original-greek-727815?amp=1
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/jesus-secret-teaching-heretical-bible-james-oxford-university-archives-uta-first-apocalypse-a8086206.html
http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/apocalypse-of-james-lost-original-greek-text-of-banned-bible-book-found-at-oxford-university/news-story/6e769ce94a683d42fdbe929f67b916d7

A second ‘movie set Sphinx’ from the Guadalupe-Nipomo dunes:

https://www.livescience.com/61045-hollywood-sphinx-found-in-dunes.html
https://www.livescience.com/61047-photos-sphinx-discovered.html
http://www.keyt.com/news/santa-maria-north-county/second-sphinx-from-ten-commandments-set-discovered-in-guadalupe-nipomo-dunes/662968713
http://www.sfgate.com/weird/article/sphinx-central-california-10-commandments-demille-12392644.php
http://www.newsweek.com/fake-news-archaeologists-unearth-rare-magnificent-sphinx-head-movie-set-727198
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-california-unearth-large-sphinx-set-ten-commandments-180967376/
https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/12/02/568001580/californian-archaeologists-unearth-an-egyptian-sphinx
http://www.ibtimes.com/archaeologists-unearth-1923-ten-commandments-sphinx-california-dunes-2622917
https://www.archaeology.org/6129-171129-california-movie-sphinx

On the story of Hanukka:

http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/The-untold-story-of-Hanukka-515718
https://www.livescience.com/61073-hanukkah-history-traditions.html

Feature on Martin Luther:

http://ripr.org/post/brown-university-historian-martin-luthers-legacy-and-reformation#stream/0

Events in England have sparked a few articles on ‘Black royalty, especially Queen Charlotte:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/30/us/black-princess-meghan-markle.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smartnews-arts-culture/5-things-you-didnt-know-about-queen-charlotte-180967373/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/retropolis/wp/2017/11/27/britains-black-queen-will-meghan-markle-really-be-the-first-mixed-race-royal/

… and other family connections:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-42141518

Marking the 200th anniversary of Frankenstein:

https://www.npr.org/2017/11/25/563736769/brush-up-your-shelley-with-frankenstein-the-first-two-hundred-years

… and Jonathan Swift’s 350th:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/books/ghosthunters-grabbers-and-grifters-what-would-jonathan-swift-say-of-our-times/2017/11/28/771165fa-d319-11e7-95bf-df7c19270879_story.html

A Queen Victoria scrapbook is coming to auction:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/nov/27/scrapbook-of-queen-victorias-childhood-to-be-auctioned-in-berlin

On acoustic architecture:

http://www.lastwordonnothing.com/2017/11/21/acoustic-architecture/

Remembering Peking Man:

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/peking-man-bones-that-were-discovered-90-years-ago-went-missing-during-wwii-1649823

Philosophers of the Year:

https://blog.oup.com/2017/12/philosophers-year-2017-beauvoir-nietzsche-socrates-quiz/

Review of Isaacson, *Leonardo DaVinci*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/27/books/review/leonardo-da-vinci-biography-walter-isaacson.html

More commentary on the Salvator Mundi sale:

http://www.elmostrador.cl/cultura/2017/12/02/el-salvator-mundi-de-da-vinci-y-la-perversion-en-el-mercado-del-arte/

More on Chopin’s pickled heart:

http://www.dw.com/en/scientists-look-at-frederic-chopins-alcohol-pickled-heart-to-determine-death-from-tb/a-41534342

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Restoring the Minoans:

https://hyperallergic.com/410143/restoring-the-minoans-elizabeth-price-and-sir-arthur-evans/

Arch of Titus:

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

Trajan:

http://nationalpost.com/pmn/entertainment-pmn/legacy-of-trajan-who-grew-empire-is-focus-of-rome-exhibit
http://abcnews.go.com/Travel/wireStory/legacy-trajan-grew-empire-focus-rome-exhibit-51508768

Munch:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/30/arts/design/edvard-munch-met-breuer-scandinavia-house-review.html
https://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2017/edvard-munch
http://www.scandinaviahouse.org/events/the-experimental-self/

Paint the Eyes Softer:

https://news.northwestern.edu/stories/2017/november/art-science-roman-egyptian-mummies-northwestern-exhibition/

Mexican Red:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/27/arts/design/red-dye-cochineal-treasure-mexico-city-history.html
http://www.mexicoescultura.com/actividad/181676/en/mexican-red-the-cochineal-in-art.html

Subterranean maps:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/these-maps-give-a-fascinating-look-at-what-lies-under-the-ground-we-walk-on/2017/11/24/5dc075d2-cebe-11e7-81bc-c55a220c8cbe_story.html

Buried Treasure:

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU1711/S00499/archaeology-and-the-discovery-of-lost-civilisations.htm

Codex Amiatinus Bible:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/nov/30/oldest-complete-latin-bible-set-to-return-to-uk-after-1302-years

Illuminated Manuscripts:

https://news.yale.edu/2017/11/28/illuminating-collaboration-breathes-life-medieval-manuscripts?utm_source=YNemail&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ynalumni-11-30-17

Marking the 115th anniversary of the Egyptian Museum:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/34543/Celebrating-115th-anniversary-of-the-Egyptian-museum
http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/34645/Anani-attends-ceremony-to-mark-Egyptian-museum-s-115th-anniversary
http://www.egyptindependent.com/antiquities-ministry-celebrates-115th-anniversary-egyptian-museum/
http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/44/282453/Heritage/Museums/Egyptian-Museum-in-Tahrir-celebrates-th-anniversar.aspx

The British Museum is setting up a storage facility outside Reading:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-berkshire-42185459
https://www.ft.com/content/8c3856c6-d5e1-11e7-8c9a-d9c0a5c8d5c9

There was a fire at the Pitt Rivers Museum:

http://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/15696100.Plumber_accidentally_sets_fire_to_Oxford_museum/

Ownership issues regarding the DSS is causing a kerfuffle with a German museum:

https://forward.com/fast-forward/388804/dead-sea-scrolls-may-be-palestinian-germany-says/
https://www.jta.org/2017/12/01/news-opinion/world/israel-pulls-out-of-dead-sea-scrolls-exhibit-in-germany-over-political-conflict

Some sort of museum Instagram project:

https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2017/12/01/museums-have-swapped-instagram-accounts-for-day-show-off-area-cultural-institutions/yRAJEniw4V4rBTkbpa6a8L/story.html

More on the opening of the Louvre Abu Dhabi:

http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/middle-east/louvre-abu-dhabi-highlights-opening-hours-da-vinci-picasso-warhol-ai-weiwei-a8084021.html

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THE TECHY SIDE
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Xray Scattering used on mummy for the first time:

https://phys.org/news/2017-11-first-of-its-kind-mummy-reveals-clues-girl.html
https://phys.org/news/2017-11-advanced-technology-child-mummy.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-11/nu-fms112917.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/11/171129133506.htm
http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-egypt-particle-accelerator-mummy-objects-portrait-x-ray-726139
https://www.voanews.com/a/researchers-use-advanced-technology-to-study-child-mummy-/4141312.html
https://news.northwestern.edu/stories/2017/november/mummy-portrait-research-roman-egyptian/
https://www.archaeology.org/6128-171129-mummy-particle-accelerator

Feature on multispectral imaging:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/drsarahbond/2017/11/30/what-is-multispectral-imaging-and-how-is-it-changing-archaeology-and-digital-humanities-today/#502ae58b5151

‘Dawn’ will be joining Myrtis as a reconstruction at the Acropolis Museum:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2017/11/28/dawn-a-7000-year-old-teenager-introduces-herself-in-acropolis-museum/

I  think we mentioned this app to protect Northumberland petroglyphs:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tyne-42123939

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Only DNA story this week relates to what ‘Yeti’ DNA has revealed:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2017/11/29/secret-abominable-snowman-revealed-scientists-analyse-yeti-dna/

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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Plenty of coverage of potential coastal sites (in the US) threatened by climate-change-related sea level rise:

https://phys.org/news/2017-11-sea-level-threaten-archaeological-sites-southeastern.html
https://www.livescience.com/61063-rising-seas-may-destroy-archeological-sites.html
https://www.wired.com/story/sea-level-rise-will-imperil-humanitys-future-and-its-past/
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-11/p-srp112217.php
https://www.usatoday.com/story/weather/2017/11/29/swamped-rising-seas-leave-thousands-historical-sites-southeast-underwater/905345001/
https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2017/11/29/climate-change-will-submerge-over-20000-historical-sites-within-a-century-archaeologists-say/#36874c2d71f7
https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/11/thousands-of-united-states-archaeological-sites-to-be-flooded-by-rising-seas-spd/
https://hyperallergic.com/414184/sea-level-rise-archaeological-sites/
https://www.archaeology.org/6131-171130-sea-level-rise

… and the Pilgrims apparently had to deal with climate change:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/what-the-first-thanksgiving-can-teach-us-about-adjusting-to-climate-shock/2017/11/22/ce570a2a-cdfd-11e7-81bc-c55a220c8cbe_story.html

Leaves collected by Captain Cook are revealing things about CO2 apparently:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-11/28/c_136785654.htm
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Illuminati birthplace:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20171127-the-birthplace-of-the-illuminati

Nicaragua:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/27/travel/nicaragua-dario-poet.html

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CRIME BEAT
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Looters were caught red-handed in Horvat Shemarya:

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/238653
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/5-arrested-for-searching-for-gold-treasure-in-Byzantine-era-antiquities-site-515550

Evidence of ‘nighthawkers’ at Cirencester’s Amphitheater:

http://www.wiltsglosstandard.co.uk/news/15694334.Night_hawkers_defile_Roman_amphitheatre/

Church vandalism in Manche:

https://www.lamanchelibre.fr/actualite-429703-manche-une-eglise-vandalisee

Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2017/11/culture-crime-news-13-26-november-2017.html

More on ‘Indiana Joan’:

http://www.egyptindependent.com/95-year-old-australian-probed-allegedly-looting-middle-eastern-artifacts/
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/indiana-joan-95-accused-of-looting-ancient-tombs-m6b7fgr8d
http://www.ibtimes.com/95-year-old-dubbed-real-life-tomb-raider-after-possibly-stealing-ancient-artifacts-2620673

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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Emmanuel Macron is making the return of African art a priority:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/29/arts/emmanuel-macron-africa.html

Latest Nazi loot returns:

https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/11/29/567179723/painting-stolen-by-the-nazis-is-returned-to-poland
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NUMISMATICA
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On the Gold Solidus of Rome:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/ancient-roman-gold-solidus-ma-shops/

More on that Cluny hoard:

https://www.coinworld.com/news/world-coins/2017/12/medieval-hoard-found-in-france-at-abbey-of-cluny.html

Latest e-Sylum:

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

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n50.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/2671-audio-news-from-archaeologica-19-november-2017-25-november-2017
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OBITUARIES
===============================================================
Dean Adcock Bailey:

https://wydaily.com/2017/11/28/obits-dean-adcock-bailey/

Norman Baker:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/01/obituaries/norman-baker-dies-at-89-crossed-the-atlantic-on-a-reed-raft.html

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CONFERENCES
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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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