Explorator 20.33 ~ December 10, 2017

Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Hernan Astudillo,
David Critchley,Kris Curry, Kathleen Sharp, Don Buck, 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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“Little Foot”, the most complete Australopithecus ever found, has finally gone on display:

https://phys.org/news/2017-12-years-australopithecus-fossil.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-12/uotw-lft120617.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/12/171206100104.htm http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-42250530
http://www.bbc.com/news/av/science-environment-42259429/a-closer-look-at-367m-year-old-skeleton
http://www.cnn.com/2017/12/06/africa/human-ancestor-little-foot-unveiled-intl/index.html
https://www.archaeology.org/6146-171206-australopithecus-little-foot

More on revising the ‘Out of Africa’ theory:

https://phys.org/news/2017-12-story-dispersal-modern-humans-eurasia.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-12/mpif-rts120117.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/12/171207141724.htm
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/deadthings/2017/12/07/human-migration-rewrite/

In case you’re wondering ‘how Neanderthal’ you are:

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2017/dec/03/how-neanderthal-are-you-and-can-you-blame-your-dna-personality-quiz

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Plenty of press attention for  pair of 3500 bp tombs — including a mummy — from Luxor:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/283041/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Two-ancient-Egyptian-New-Kingdomera-tombs-opened-a.aspx
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/36114/Two-newly-discovered-tombs-in-Luxor
https://dailynewsegypt.com/2017/12/09/two-tombs-discovered-luxor/
http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/9/35800/Exclusive-picture-from-inside-newly-discovered-tomb-in-Luxor
https://phys.org/news/2017-12-egypt-archaeologists-mummy-luxor.html
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-egypt-archaeology/egypt-reveals-artifacts-mummy-from-tombs-in-ancient-city-of-luxor-idUSKBN1E30NE?feedType=RSS&feedName=lifestyleMolt
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-42295162
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/dec/09/3500-year-old-tombs-found-at-luxor
https://uk.news.yahoo.com/mummy-discovered-unexplored-egyptian-tomb-164300190.html
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=11956777&ref=rss
https://www.timesofisrael.com/archaeologists-discover-2-ancient-tombs-in-egypts-luxor/
http://m.france24.com/en/20171209-egypt-archaeologists-discover-mummy-luxor?ref=tw_i
https://www.bostonglobe.com/news/world/2017/12/09/archeologists-discover-ancient-tombs-egypt-luxor/hv2MNbsvCqmvxxSolKtIoK/story.html
http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory/archaeologists-discover-ancient-tombs-egypts-luxor-51687983
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2017/12/09/exceptional-day-2-ancient-tombs-discovered-egypts-luxor/937510001/
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-12-10/egypt-archaeologists-discover-mummy-in-ancient-tombs-luxor/9244084
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/mummy-discovered-unexplored-tomb-ancient-egyptian-city-luxor-1650873
http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-egypt-two-mysterious-3500-year-old-tombs-reveal-mummy-and-vast-743534
https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/12/egypt-tomb-mummy-naga-archaeology-ancient/

Al Imam Al Shafie dome restoration in Cairo leads to a new discovery:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/43/282716/Heritage/Islamic/Restoration-of-Cairos-AlImam-AlShafie-Dome-leads-t.aspx
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/35504/A-new-archeological-discovery-at-Al-Imam-Al-Shafie-Dome

On personal hygiene in ancient Egypt:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/35325/Ancient-Egypt-vs-Daily-hygiene-habits

More on those Sekmet statues from Luxor:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/282656/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Statues-of-ancient-Egyptian-lioness-deity-Sekhmet-.aspx
https://dailynewsegypt.com/2017/12/04/27-statues-goddess-sekhmet-discovered-luxor/
https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/12/03/27-fragmented-statues-of-lion-goddess-found-in-southern-egypt
https://www.albawaba.com/editorchoice/27-fragmented-statues-goddess-sekhmet-uncovered-luxor-egypt-1056102
https://www.timesofisrael.com/27-fragmented-statues-of-lion-goddess-found-in-southern-egypt/
https://egyptianstreets.com/2017/12/04/27-egyptian-statues-of-lioness-goddess-discovered-in-luxor/
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/ancient-statues-lion-goddess-sekhmet-discovered-3500-year-old-egyptian-funerary-temple-1650216
http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-egyptian-statues-lion-goddess-sekhmet-uncovered-3500-year-old-burial-730201
https://www.archaeology.org/6137-171204-egypt-luxor-sekhmet

More on the copper content of Egyptian ink:

http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-egypt-papyrus-ink-metal-copper-scroll-713434

Revising the chronology of the Natufian culture:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-12/uoc–arc120417.php
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-12/wios-uvp120717.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-12-archaeologists-chronology-hunter-gatherers-east.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/12/171205091509.htm
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/New-research-challenges-origins-of-ancient-Middle-East-Natufian-culture-517349
https://www.archaeology.org/6147-171207-jordan-natufian-transition

A missing Urartian stele turns up near Lake Van:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/12/05/2800-year-old-urartian-stele-discovered-in-turkeys-eastern-van

Studying a looted Urartian site in eastern Turkey ( I think we mentioned this one):

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ancient-urartian-settlement-found-in-eastern-turkey-123606
http://www.themercury.com.au/royal-prehistoric-city-discovered-in-turkey/news-story/6b70dc68ad9955133b832a61fea2f6c3
http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-city-temple-and-burial-ground-found-turkey-740747
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6149-171207-turkey-erzurum-tombs

A menorah on early Islamic era coinage:

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Archeologists-discover-menorah-inscribed-on-Early-Islamic-period-coins-517190
https://www.timesofisrael.com/archaeologists-expose-muslim-jewish-dialogue-in-jerusalem-from-1300-years-ago/

Figuring out the structures of Temple Mount from plenty of tiny fragments:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-1.826501

On child sacrifice in ancient Israel:

http://asorblog.org/2017/12/05/child-sacrifice-ancient-israel/

On drought and the Dead Sea:

https://www.insidescience.org/news/cataclysmic-drought-part-history-dead-sea

On Qatar in the 19th century:

http://thepeninsulaqatar.com/article/07/12/2017/Qatar-was-closely-connected-to-the-world-in-early-19th-century

What Lawrence Schiffman is up to:

http://jewishweek.timesofisrael.com/bringing-life-to-study-of-the-dead-sea-scrolls/

What Moshe Bernstein is up to:

http://blogs.yu.edu/news/scholars-pay-tribute-to-bernstein-in-new-festschrift/

What Jodi Magness is up to:

https://pittnews.com/article/125281/top-stories/professor-unearths-israeli-heritage/

Latest piece on the political side of archaeology in Israel:

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Archeology-in-Israel-as-a-political-weapon-515922
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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Possible evidence of Neolithic connections between Cyprus and the Levant (maybe …  I  think we mentioned this):

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2017/12/05/excavations-in-cyprus-show-contact-with-neighbours-in-neolithic-times/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6139-171204-cyprus-engraved-stone

More than a 1000 ‘sealings’ from the site of Doliche with plenty of images of Greco-Roman divinities:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-12/coe-mt1120717.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/12/171207102508.htm
https://www.uni-muenster.de/Religion-und-Politik/en/aktuelles/2017/dez/PM_Mehr_als_1000_antike_Siegelabdruecke_entdeckt.html

Cretan wine amphorae at Pompeii:

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2017/12/cretan-wine-amphorae-discovered-at-pompeii/

For reasons unknown, the underwater remains of Baiae were being presented this week as if a new discovery in assorted news outlets:

https://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/664585/underwater-city-Roman-Baiae-Naples-Italy-diving-pictures-discovery-Julius-Caesar-Pomey
https://www.express.co.uk/life-style/life/889247/Underwater-photos-Mediterranean-Sea-Baiae-resort-Naples-Antonio-Busiello-Julius-Caesar
https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/5063862/lost-city-of-the-caesars-where-the-roman-super-rich-built-their-mansions-revealed-after-centuries-under-water/
http://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/this-sunken-city-was-once-the-playground-of-ancient-romes-rich-and-famous/

… and the opening of the Barberini tomb to the public is somewhat old news as well:

http://mentalfloss.com/article/519238/first-time-ever-romes-barberini-tomb-now-open-public
https://www.lonelyplanet.com/news/2017/12/05/ancient-tomb-rome-open/

On a portrait head of Ptolemy VIII:

http://www.christies.com/features/2017-highlight-Greek-marble-portrait-head-of-Ptolemy-VIII-8775-1.aspx?sc_lang=en

On ‘thoughts and prayers’ in Greek tragedy:

https://daily.jstor.org/thoughts-and-prayers-in-greek-tragedy/

On the revival of Latin:

https://www.the74million.org/article/50-years-after-latin-disappeared-from-high-school-classrooms-these-educators-are-bringing-it-back/

Interesting protest planned regarding the Elgin/Parthenon Marbles:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/223932/article/ekathimerini/news/greek-olympians-launch-campaign-for-return-of-parthenon-marbles
http://greece.greekreporter.com/2017/12/07/greek-olympians-plan-to-protest-the-kidnapping-of-the-greek-marbles-by-dressing-as-caryatids-inside-british-museum/
http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/28691-greek-olympians-protest-elgin-marbles-by-dressing-as-caryatids-in-british-museum.html

Plans for concerts in the Colosseum:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/12/04/roman-gods-make-way-rock-gods-new-head-colosseum-wants-hold/
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/colosseum-to-stage-spectaculars-again-without-the-blood-and-gore-sdhtwvrtv

… and plans to get rid of the ‘suk’:

https://www.thelocal.it/20171205/colosseums-new-director-pledges-to-rid-the-area-of-the-suk
http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2017/12/04/colosseum-piazza-a-suk-new-director-3_ea7b7cce-afbd-4e8f-8f8f-2b059ab3c1f2.html

Hadrian’s Wall and China’s Great Wall are cooperating:

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/dec/05/hadrians-wall-joins-forces-with-chinas-great-wall-to-promote-heritage-sites

This one is kind of strange … earlier in the week came news that Mommsen’s Nobel medal was coming to auction … but the link on the auction site itself seems to have been taken down (the grapevine suggests it was a fake or something):

https://www.finebooksmagazine.com/press/2017/12/heritage-auctions-presents-1902-nobel-prize-for-advancement-in-literature-jan-7-8-in-new-york.phtml

A different sort of honour for David Soren:

http://www.wildcat.arizona.edu/article/2017/12/n-olive-story

Honours for Richard Brilliant:

http://www.24-7pressrelease.com/press-release/marquis-whos-who-recognizes-dr-richard-brilliant-for-excellence-in-education-447591.php

What Richard Thomas is up to:

http://www.tulsaworld.com/blogs/scene/arts/harvard-scholar-to-explain-why-bob-dylan-matters-during-tulsa/article_7225258d-8d44-558e-a446-26f1baafbac3.html

What Laura Grams is up to:

http://unothegateway.com/uno-philosophy-professors-road-teaching/

More reviews of Emily Wilson’s Odyssey translation:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/05/books/review/odyssey-homer-emily-wilson-translation.html
https://www.npr.org/2017/12/02/567773373/emily-wilsons-odyssey-scrapes-the-barnacles-off-homers-hull?sc=ipad&f=1008
http://radio.wpsu.org/post/emily-wilsons-odyssey-scrapes-barnacles-homers-hull
https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/dec/08/the-odyssey-translated-emily-wilson-review

… and a piece by Dr Wilson herself:

https://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/a-translators-reckoning-with-the-women-of-the-odyssey

Review of Raaflaub, *Julius Caesar*:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/review-julius-caesar-and-the-bloody-road-to-empire-1512163652
https://www.thenational.ae/arts-culture/books/book-review-kurt-raaflaub-s-latest-tells-the-definitive-chronicle-of-julius-caesar-1.682578

Review of David Ferry’s *Aeneid* translation:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/05/books/review/aeneid-virgil-david-ferry-translation.html

Review of Mary Beard’s *Women and Power*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/05/books/review-women-power-manifesto-mary-beard.html

Review of the stage production of Robert Harris’ *Imperium*:

https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2017/dec/08/imperium-review-rsc-swan-stratford-upon-avon-robert-harriss-cicero-

More on volcanic eruptions and the demise of the Ptolemies:

http://trinitynews.ie/cleopatra-the-forces-of-nature-and-the-future-of-communication/

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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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A9 construction revealed some Iron Age pottery near Raitt’s Cave:

https://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/work-on-a9-unearths-iron-age-finds-in-highlands-1-4630762
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-42227561
http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/15700740.A9_improvement_works_uncover_Iron_Age_remains/
http://metro.co.uk/2017/12/05/archaeologists-discover-iron-age-pottery-in-raitts-cave-during-a9-construction-7132545/

Finds from an Iron Age house site near Assynt:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-42250514

A Viking era stone carved with runes from Norway:

https://www.livescience.com/61100-mysterious-rune-stone-norway.html
https://www.archaeology.org/6140-171205-norway-rune-whetstone

A mystery burial at St Alban’s Cathedral belongs to a 15th century abbot:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-42255514

A medieval burial from Plovdiv:

http://sofiaglobe.com/2017/12/08/archaeology-mediaeval-tomb-found-at-plovdivs-odeon-site/

18th century earthworks from Poland:

http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news%2C27376%2Chighest-situated-earthwork-poland-discovered-bieszczady-mountains.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6148-171207-poland-defensive-earthworks

Finds from various periods at South Hinksey:

http://www.oxfordshireguardian.co.uk/unexpected-discovery-flood-scheme/

A metal detectorist found some very valuable Anglo Saxon jewellery in a female burial in Winfarthing:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-norfolk-42220033
http://www.dissmercury.co.uk/news/anglo-saxon-treasure-found-in-norfolk-field-valued-at-145-000-1-5307547
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/discovery-of-winfarthing-woman-redraws-map-of-medieval-power-3s3bs7ljc
https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/entertainment/news/anglo-saxon-treasure-found-by-student-valued-at-145000-36377573.html
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/anglo-saxon-treasure-found-by-student-valued-at-145000-36377567.html
http://www.burytimes.co.uk/uk_national_entertainment/15700653.Anglo_Saxon_treasure_found_by_student_valued_at___145_000/

The preceding is usually connected to the record year for ‘treasure’ finds reported by the British Museum:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2017/dec/04/coin-laden-pot-pendant-british-museum-record-haul-2016-treasure-finds
http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/homenews/15701593.Jewellery_helps_put_treasure_trove_finds_at_record_level/
https://www.ft.com/content/512c31de-d905-11e7-a039-c64b1c09b482
https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/how-treasure-hunters-struck-gold-1-8892459
http://artdaily.com/news/100760/20th-anniversary-marks-record-year-for-treasure-found-by-the-public
http://www.dorsetecho.co.uk/news/15702973.Coin_hoard_found_in_Dorset_field_contributed_to_record_level_of_treasure_discoveries/

… related:

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/shortcuts/2017/dec/05/rise-of-detectorists-how-hunt-for-treasure

A Swede has been rewarded for finding a Viking hoard in Gotland back in 2012:

https://www.thelocal.se/20171206/swede-makes-thousands-after-discovering-buried-viking-treasure

A metal detectorist found a 290 years bp ring in a Nantwich field:

http://www.crewechronicle.co.uk/news/crewe-south-cheshire-news/metal-detectorist-finds-290-year-13992494

Suggestion that Stonehenge was a fertility monument of some sort:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2017/12/09/stonehenge-fertility-monument-stones-positioned-cast-phallic/
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=11957078&ref=rss

On the tradition of hiding shoes in house constructions:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-northamptonshire-41507752

Still arguing about the location of King Offa’s palace:

http://www.ledburyreporter.co.uk/news/15711439.Archaeologist_enters_debate_over_exact_site_of_King_Offa___s_Herefordshire_palace/
http://www.herefordtimes.com/news/15711439.Archaeologist_enters_debate_over_exact_site_of_King_Offa___s_Herefordshire_palace/

Studying the efficacy of 5500 years bp wooden clubs:

https://www.livescience.com/61140-prehistoric-wooden-club-weapons.html

On feeding the builders of Stonehenge:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/neolithic-food-miles.htm

They’ve created a 3d map of Scotland’s Sculptor’s Cave:

https://www.livescience.com/61099-cave-of-the-dead-revealed.html
http://www.newsweek.com/scotland-3000-year-old-cave-dead-infamous-human-sacrifice-map-735379
https://www.archaeology.org/6142-171205-scotland-sculptor-s-cave

Interesting crowdfunding of a French castle restoration:

http://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-europe-42232308/6500-people-buy-crumbling-castle

There are ‘Heritage Action Zones’  in the UK:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-42226980

Looting concerns for a site near Kouklia:

http://cyprus-mail.com/2017/12/05/state-must-step-stop-looting-near-ancient-site-kouklia-leader-says/

More on Neolithic farming and social inequality:

https://www.theguardian.com/inequality/2017/dec/05/how-neolithic-farming-sowed-the-seeds-of-modern-inequality-10000-years-ago

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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12 000 years bp fish hooks from an Indonesian burial:

http://mentalfloss.com/article/519438/these-12000-year-old-fish-hooks-are-oldest-ever-be-discovered-grave

A possible 12 000 years bp ‘mammoth tusk spear’ from a mammoth find in Russia:

http://www.newsweek.com/14-inch-tusk-spear-found-siberia-inside-woolly-mammoth-skeleton-742377
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6153-171208-mammoth-tusk-spear

Evidence of 5000 years bp water management of a section of the Yangtze:

https://phys.org/news/2017-12-earliest-large-hydraulic-enterprise-excavated.html

Neolithic remains from Sichuan:

http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/a/201712/07/WS5a28b061a310fcb6fafd2bc7.html
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-12/08/c_136811656.htm

A 3000 years bp noble burial from Ningxia:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-12/04/c_136799662.htm
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6138-171204-china-imperial-rule

Evidence of Indus Valley civilization navigation skills 2500 years BCE:

http://www.nerve.in/news%3A2535003973795

A possible Harappan Civilization analog at Patan Minara:

https://dailytimes.com.pk/153368/patan-minara-may-supported-civilisation-similar-harappa-another-harappa/

Trying to figure out how to clean the dome of the Taj Mahal:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/indias-cleaning-quandary-how-to-scale-the-taj-mahal-dome/2017/12/07/2e559e12-db20-11e7-a241-0848315642d0_story.html
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/indias-cleaning-quandary-how-to-scale-the-taj-mahal-dome/
https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/world-news/india-grapples-with-how-to-clean-delicate-taj-mahal-dome-36387423.html
http://www.india.com/travel/articles/archeologists-are-figuring-out-how-to-clean-the-taj-mahal/

Feature/reviewish on the Samurai:

https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/public/exquisite-grotesque-samurai/

More on the search for that 2000 years bp Goan port:

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

More on that mass grave associated with the Batavia:

https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/12/new-mass-grave-batavia-shipwreck-murder-australia-history/
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NORTH AMERICA
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Burials (including slave burials) from Delaware’s earliest settlers:

http://www.delawareonline.com/story/news/local/2017/12/06/rehoboth-burials-reveal-stories-delawares-earliest-settlers/926307001/
https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/experts-early-settlers-and-slaves-were-in-unmarked-graves/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/experts-early-settlers-and-slaves-were-in-unmarked-graves/2017/12/05/8dba4070-d9da-11e7-a241-0848315642d0_story.html?utm_term=.5ce5fcc658ac
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/retropolis/wp/2017/12/05/an-archaeological-dig-unearths-one-of-the-earliest-slave-remains-in-delaware/
http://www.heraldcourier.com/news/experts-early-settlers-and-slaves-were-in-unmarked-graves/article_2239f227-e29a-55b2-bde0-dd8236f0fcc3.html
https://www.archaeology.org/6143-171206-delaware-colonial-slavery

… and a very interesting slave burial therefrom:

http://www.fredericksburg.com/news/trending/an-archaeological-dig-unearths-one-of-the-earliest-slave-remains/article_e7114765-d8e7-5524-97ca-daa005f2ec70.html
https://www.ndtv.com/world-news/one-of-earliest-slave-remains-found-skull-shows-how-much-he-was-abused-1784198
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/remains-tell-story-delawares-earliest-slaves-180967456/

On the ‘Angela Site’ at Jamestown:

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/nbcblk/angela-site-reveals-daily-life-enslaved-african-america-n825701

Reconstructing a 17th century church bell from Jamestown:

https://wydaily.com/2017/12/05/jamestown-unearthed-reconstructing-a-17th-century-church-bell-nws/

An unexpected 19th century plantation site:

http://www.theredstonerocket.com/news/article_38201334-da92-11e7-859d-3bbf0b73c842.html

A possible mammoth butchering site from Michigan:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/more-mammoth-remains-unearthed-michigan-farm-180967398/

Finds from various periods at the Taylor-Bray farm site (Cape Cod):

http://dennis.wickedlocal.com/news/20171203/latest-dig-in-yarmouth-port-reveals-more-early-cape-cod-history

Archaeologists are uneasy after the ‘shrinking’ of Bears Ears (and elsewhere) this week:

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-017-07794-5
http://www.readingeagle.com/ap/article/trump-reduction-of-national-monuments-a-rare-move

Concerns for sites in Chaco Canyon:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/01/opinion/chaco-canyon-new-mexico-drilling.html

Not sure there is anything ‘archaeological’ about these Ice Age caves found beneath Montreal:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-42227846?ocid=socialflow_twitter

Feature on the Fort Ancient culture:

http://www.dispatch.com/news/20171203/archaeology-cultural-big-bang-helped-form-fort-ancient-society

Feature on the Shakers and their ‘design’ influence:

http://www.cnn.com/style/article/design-miami-shaker-movement-furniture/index.html

Feature on the Paleo Indians of Colorado:

http://www.rmpbs.org/coloradoexperience/early-colorado/paleo-indians/

On Civil War reenactments … during the Civil War:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/civil-war-reenactments-were-thing-even-during-civil-war-180967405/

On the history of the KKK:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/04/books/review/linda-gordon-the-second-coming-of-the-kkk.html

More on rethinking the dependence on corn in the American southwest:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-11/uoc-asf112717.php
http://azdailysun.com/news/local/ancestral-puebloans-used-fire-to-help-them-survive-south-of/article_9b4b3bbb-c178-5aac-b2a8-b0c7600a2259.html

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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A major mapping project for some petroglyphs in Venezuela:

https://phys.org/news/2017-12-venezuelan-art-unprecedented.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-12/ucl-vra120517.php
https://www.upi.com/Science_News/2017/12/07/Scientists-map-ancient-rock-art-in-Venezuela/2151512663060/
https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/12/pre-colombian-rock-art-scanned-venezuela-south-america-spd/
https://www.archaeology.org/6151-171208-venezuela-rock-art

Reviving (sort of) the Aztec/Maya ball game:

https://elpais.com/internacional/2017/12/03/la_serpiente_emplumada/1512332599_416640.html

—–
Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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On Bronze Age use of meteoric iron in various cultures:

https://phys.org/news/2017-12-bronze-age-artifacts-meteoric-iron.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-12/c-baa120417.php
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.826890
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/bronze-age-artifacts-meteoric-iron-05498.html
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2017/12/05/iron-artifacts-bronze-age-meteor/
https://www.archaeology.org/6141-171205-bronze-age-iron

Much coverage of the carbon dating of a bone purportedly belonging to Saint Nicholas:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-12/uoo-cab120517.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-12-ancient-bones-santa-real.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/12/171205203041.htm
http://www.ox.ac.uk/news/2017-12-05-could-ancient-bones-suggest-santa-was-real
http://www.bbc.com/news/education-42239197
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bone-old-enough-be-santa-clauss-pelvis-180967444/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6145-171206-saint-nicholas-relic

… but something important was skipped over in the coverage (and research, it seems):

https://www.livescience.com/61146-origins-of-santa-claus-bone.html

… and a feature on Saint Nick:

http://www.dw.com/en/why-st-nicholas-puts-candy-in-boots-and-stole-our-hearts/a-18889948

Other Christmas-related items seem to be out early this year, e.g., on the Magi’s gifts:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/people-cultures-in-the-bible/jesus-historical-jesus/why-did-the-magi-bring-gold-frankincense-and-myrrh/

… and the date of Christmas:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-topics/new-testament/how-december-25-became-christmas/

… maybe this thing on the history of mince pies:

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20171208-the-strange-and-twisted-history-of-mince-pies

… and a ‘biography’ of Christmas:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/01/books/review/christmas-biography-judith-flanders.html

Not sure where to put this one … the US is trying to seize a ring (and other items) seized by Turkey supposedly trafficked by ISIS:

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-justice-terrorism/justice-department-seeks-warrant-to-seize-ancient-ring-trafficked-by-isis-idUSKBN1E02OV
http://www.newsweek.com/us-hunting-isis-jewels-fund-groups-terror-worldwide-740597
https://www.courthousenews.com/gold-ring-seized-by-turkey-eyed-in-forfeiture-action/
https://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-tries-to-seize-antiquities-looted-by-islamic-state-and-used-to-fund-terrorism-1512584097

… and related, on the ‘weaponizaton’ of Antiquities:

https://hyperallergic.com/415471/how-antiquities-have-been-weaponized-in-the-struggle-to-preserve-culture/

Pondering why the Salvator Mundi fetched such a high price:

https://www.livescience.com/61115-leonardo-da-vinci-trophy-auction.html

Pondering Magritte’s pipe:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20171205-magritte-and-the-subversive-power-of-his-pipe

Feature on Marie Tussaud:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-marie-tussaud-created-wax-empire-180967356/

Feature on the Nobel Banquet:

http://www.dw.com/en/nobel-banquet-a-sumptuous-serve-for-laureates-and-royals/a-41708521

On hunter-gatherer storytelling:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-12/ucl-spc120417.php
https://www.archaeology.org/6150-171208-storytelling-hunter-gatherer

UNESCO is pondering ‘intangible heritage’:

http://www.dw.com/en/intangible-heritage-from-windmills-to-traditional-horse-games/g-41630684

… not sure if this is part of the foregoing:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-42185391

A windmill drawing from a wall in Isaac Newton’s childhood home:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/dec/08/windmill-drawing-found-on-wall-of-isaac-newton-childhood-home

Feature on warrior women:

https://blog.britishmuseum.org/bettany-hughes-on-warrior-women/

On the investment opportunities provided by antiquities (grrr):

https://moneyweek.com/antiquities-a-solid-investment/
http://www.ibtimes.com.au/tales-treasures-sunken-shipwrecks-why-they-make-priceless-investments-1562538

On the greatest general:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/napoleon-wins-battle-of-the-great-generals-q05j02nn6

On the history of purple:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/09/style/purple-pantone-color-year.html

On the heroine of the Island of the Blue Dolphins:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/what-archaeologists-and-historians-are-finding-about-heroine-beloved-young-adult-novel-180967401/

Remembering Vincent Scully:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/05/opinion/vincent-scully-architecture.html

Review of a book about Giorgio Vasari:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/01/books/review/collector-of-lives-giorgio-vasari-biography-rowland-charney.html

More on the Apocalypse of James papyrus:

http://cherwell.org/2017/12/04/heretical-text-of-jesus-brother-found-in-oxford/
https://www.archaeology.org/6136-11204-greek-gnostic-document

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
================================================================
India and the World:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mumbai-exhibit-tells-story-india-help-british-museum-180967370/

Adolph de Meyer:

http://www.dw.com/en/why-pioneering-photographer-adolf-de-meyer-is-the-debussy-of-the-camera/a-41595276

Cabinets of Antiquities:

http://www.thenews.pl/1/6/Artykul/338177,Cabinets-of-Antiquities-from-Greece-Rome-Egypt-open-in-Warsaw

A Ghost of an Idea:

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

Charles II:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/dec/07/charles-ii-exhibition-reveals-how-he-tackled-the-kings-evil

Hadrian and Athens:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/223889/article/ekathimerini/life/national-archaeological-museum-sheds-light-on-hadrians-world
http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/28694-national-archaeological-museum-in-athens-sheds-light-on-hadrian%E2%80%99s-world.html

Never Ending Stories:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20171204-the-ancient-symbol-that-spanned-millennia

Mummy portraits:

http://www.blockmuseum.northwestern.edu/view/exhibitions/upcoming-exhibitions/paint-the-eyes-softer.html

Perhaps not surprisingly, the Salvator Mundi is destined for the Louvre Abu Dhabi:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2017/dec/07/world-record-da-vinci-painting-to-be-exhibited-at-louvre-abu-dhabi
http://www.dw.com/en/salvator-mundi-da-vinci-painting-that-sold-for-450-million-headed-to-louvre-abu-dhabi/a-41685659
http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-42260985
http://www.cnn.com/style/article/record-breaking-da-vinci-painting-abu-dhabi-louvre/index.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2017/12/07/leonardo-da-vincis-salvator-mundi-which-sold-for-450-3-million-is-bound-for-the-louvre-abu-dhabi/
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/06/world/middleeast/salvator-mundi-da-vinci-saudi-prince-bader.html
https://elpais.com/cultura/2017/12/07/actualidad/1512617638_022215.html

The Frick has purchased its first painting in decades:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/05/arts/design/frick-buys-borghese-painting-gerard.html

The Getty is well-equipped to deal with fires:

https://www.thenationalherald.com/184144/las-getty-center-built-protect-greek-roman-antiquities-flames/
https://www.usnews.com/news/entertainment/articles/2017-12-06/las-getty-center-was-built-with-fire-protection-in-mind
http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/society/28716-la%E2%80%99s-getty-center-to-protect-its-greek-antiquities-from-flames.html

Boston’s MFA has opened a gallery for Greece and Rome:

https://www.bostonglobe.com/arts/art/2017/12/06/the-mfa-opens-classical-art-gallery/dXlvqMQ8bFK0N8AIrijoxO/story.html
http://www.mfa.org/news/daily-life-in-ancient-greece

More on the BM’s plans for new storage facilities:

https://www.apollo-magazine.com/british-museum-plans-to-open-storage-facilities-out-of-london/

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THE TECHY SIDE
================================================================
Using 3d imagery to study early butchering techniques:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-12/pu-nam120517.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-12-approach-early-human-butchering.html https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/12/171206090528.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6144-171206-butchery-mark-analysis

More on that high tech xraying of a mummy:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-42218032

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Plovdiv:

http://www.cnn.com/travel/article/plovdiv-bulgaria/index.html

Bath:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/united-kingdom/england/articles/visiting-the-roman-baths-everything-you-need-to-know/

Mayan Guatemala (and Honduras):

https://www.stuff.co.nz/travel/themes/adventure/99589601/Immersed-in-Guatemalas-Mayan-history
http://www.philly.com/philly/living/travel/immersed-in-the-mayan-history-of-guatemala-and-honduras-20171208.html

Andes:

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/travel/destinations/taking-the-high-road-over-theandes/article37220079/?cmpid=rss1

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CRIME BEAT
================================================================
Latest in the court case involving those Persian artifacts at the Oriental Institute:

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-court-iran/u-s-top-court-wary-over-allowing-seizure-of-ancient-persian-artifacts-idUSKBN1DY2E9
https://www.timesofisrael.com/us-justices-cast-doubt-over-hamas-bomb-victims-claim-to-iran-artifacts/
http://theartnewspaper.com/news/supreme-court-hears-arguments-in-claim-against-iranian-antiquities
https://www.chicagomaroon.com/article/2017/11/21/supreme-court-hear-case-surrounding-seizure-irania/

A sort of followup to a looting in Utah story from a while ago:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2017/12/05/pilfered-artifacts-three-suicides-and-the-struggle-over-federal-land-in-utah/

A vandalizing sites case from Arkansas:

http://www.boonevilledemocrat.com/news/20171205/two-charged-with-vandalizing-archaeological-site

A coin seizure at Cairo’s airport:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/35688/Cairo-Airport-thwarts-smuggling-of-28-historic-coins

… and another bust at the airport (not sure if this is the same as the above):

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/36129/Hurghada-Airport-thwarts-smuggling-of-102-artifacts

Looting at Vernon Lake (Louisiana):

http://www.postsouth.com/news/20171202/looting-at-lake

Feature on the trafficking of Hopi artifacts:

https://psmag.com/tag/hopi

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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Peru has recovered some books taken by the Chilean army over a century ago:

http://www.elmostrador.cl/cultura/2017/12/05/despues-136-anos-regresan-a-peru-invaluables-libros-que-fueron-sustraidos-por-el-ejercito-chileno-de-la-biblioteca-nacional-de-lima/

Some jewellery taken from Angkor ages ago was returned:

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/angkor-jewellery-returned
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NUMISMATICA
================================================================
Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n50.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n51.html

————————
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/2672-audio-news-from-archaeologica-26-november-2017-2-december-2017
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OBITUARIES
===============================================================
Vincent Scully:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/01/obituaries/vincent-scully-97-influential-architecture-historian-dies.html
https://news.yale.edu/2017/12/01/memoriam-vincent-scully-beloved-teacher-helped-shape-nation
http://theartnewspaper.com/news/vincent-scully-fervent-professor-of-art-of-architecture-has-died-aged-97

David Waterhouse:

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/scholar-david-waterhouse-had-a-passion-for-japanese-culture/article37188177/

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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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