Explorator 20.34 ~ December 17, 2017

Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis, John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Hernan Astudillo, Jan Pieter van de Giessen, David Critchley, 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).
n.b. As often this time of year, I will be unsure of internet accessnext week, so it is likely that next week’s issue might have tobe postponed. Enjoy the holiday period, whatever you’re celebrating(Hanukkah, Festivus, Christmas, Saturnalia, and any I’ve missed).
================================================================EARLY HOMINIDS================================================================Studying the locomotion of early Pleistocene hominins:
https://phys.org/news/2017-12-locomotion-hominins-pleistocene-efficient-current.html
On human/Neanderthal interaction:
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/11/science/where-did-neanderthals-come-from.html
================================================================AFRICA================================================================Searching for shipwrecks associated with the slave trade:
http://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-africa-42313939/hunting-the-shipwrecks-of-the-slave-trade
================================================================ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT================================================================A pair of 3500 years bp tombs from Luxor:
https://phys.org/news/2017-12-egypt-archaeologists-mummy-luxor.html http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/283041/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Two-ancient-Egyptian-New-Kingdomera-tombs-opened-a.aspx https://www.livescience.com/61163-two-ancient-egyptian-tombs-discovered.html http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/egypt-mummy-ancient-tomb-ministry-antiquities-luxor-draa-abou-naga-thebes-discovery-a8101846.html https://www.yahoo.com/news/m/70445d55-bfa8-31d1-88b5-c6b59d9ca6b6/ss_two-3,500-year-old-tombs.html http://www.dw.com/en/archaeologists-discover-two-ancient-tombs-in-egypt/a-41724358 https://www.thedailybeast.com/two-3500-year-old-tombs-discovered-in-egypt https://www.yahoo.com/news/egypt-archaeologists-discover-mummy-luxor-164725835.htmlhttp://www.nationalgeographic.com.au/history/3500-year-old-tombs-uncovered-in-egypt-one-has-a-mummy.aspx https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/two-3500-year-old-tombs-opened-egypt-180967490/ https://www.archaeology.org/6154-171117-luxor-two-tombs
3000 years bp child burials (and more) from Gebel el Silsila:
http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/285343.aspx https://phys.org/news/2017-12-archaeologists-uncover-burial-sites-statue.html http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-42364085 https://www.livescience.com/61209-children-graves-gebel-el-silsila.htmlhttp://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/archaeologists-uncover-burial-sites-statue-egypts-aswan-51785320 http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/3500-year-old-mummified-child-corpses-found-by-archaeologists-egypt-1651579 http://www.archaeology.org/news/6208-171214-egypt-aswan-artemis
A pair of Late Period fortresses near Ismailia:
https://dailynewsegypt.com/2017/12/12/2-late-period-fortresses-discovered-near-ismailia/ http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/generalnews/2017/12/15/strength-of-egypts-canal-of-the-pharaohs-re-emerges_c62069d4-0e29-4c4b-a5b7-b30231622743.html
Feature on Qurna:
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/greatest-clash-egyptian-archaeology-fading-anger-lives-on-180967452/
On challenges at Heliopolis:
https://www.thenational.ae/world/mena/egypt-s-heliopolis-archaeologists-face-modern-problems-at-ancient-site-1.685084
Various spins on this Tiberias menorah find:
https://www.timesofisrael.com/archaeologists-uncover-bittersweet-end-of-1800-year-old-tiberias-menorah/ http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Ancient-menorah-inscribed-on-stone-slab-discovered-in-Tiberias-mosque-517797 https://www.algemeiner.com/2017/12/13/israeli-archaeologists-reveal-hanukkah-related-discoveries-on-eve-of-holiday/
A Hasmonean-era lamp find:
https://www.timesofisrael.com/in-porcupines-den-mother-and-daughter-discover-2200-year-old-hasmonean-lamp/ http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Mother-and-daughter-discover-ancient-clay-lamp-from-Hellenistic-period-517808 http://www.jns.org/news-briefs/2017/12/12/israeli-archaeologists-reveal-hanukkah-related-discoveries-on-eve-of-holiday
… and  I  think we mentioned this Hasmonean-era town find:
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/239259
On the wool trade in Hazor, 3500 years bp:
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.828899
A Muslim burial ground is deemed not old enough to delay roadwork:
https://www.haaretz.com/.premium-1.828459
Feature on Judaean Desert texts outside of Qumran:
http://thetorah.com/proto-masoretic-text/judean-desert-texts-outside-qumran/
Feature on archaeology in Kuwait:
http://www.kuna.net.kw/ArticleDetails.aspx?id=2668697&language=en
Feature on some interesting Negev petroglyphs:
http://asorblog.org/2017/12/12/visitors-intermediate-bronze-age-crescent-headed-figures-negev-rock-art/  More on the origins of the Natufian culture:
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/New-research-challenges-origins-of-ancient-Middle-East-Natufian-culture-517349
More on those ‘structures’ in Saudi Arabia:
https://www.livescience.com/61203-ancient-stone-structures-saudi-arabia-photos.html http://www.archaeology.org/issues/283-1801/trenches/6194-trenches-saudi-arabia-lava-mounds
More on that cuneiform find from Iraqi Kurdistan a while back:
https://www.archaeology.org/issues/283-1801/trenches/6187-trenches-iraq-bronze-age-tablets================================================================ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)================================================================Latest finds from Corinth’s harbour:
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/dec/14/new-underwater-discoveries-in-greece-reveal-ancient-roman-engineering http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/28862-new-excavations-in-ancient-greek-harbour-of-corinth-reveal-roman-engineering.html https://www.archaeology.org/news/6209-171214-greece-lechaion-harbor
Feces from Kea reveal all sorts of parasites and the like:
https://phys.org/news/2017-12-ancient-feces-reveal-parasites-earliest.html https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-12/uoc-afr121117.php http://www.cam.ac.uk/research/news/ancient-faeces-reveal-parasites-described-in-earliest-greek-medical-texts https://www.livescience.com/61198-hippocrates-poop-parasites-proof.htmlhttp://www.newsweek.com/ancient-greek-parasites-plagued-bronze-age-island-feces-reveal-749167 http://www.ibtimes.com/ancient-poop-shows-greeks-had-parasitic-worms-confirms-historic-texts-2629142 https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2017/12/15/archaeologists-find-intestinal-worms-in-burials-from-the-time-of-hippocrates/#2a2624e66c4e https://www.archaeology.org/6212-171215-hippocrates-intestinal-parasites
Rome revoked Ovid’s exile the other day:
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/dec/16/ovids-exile-to-the-remotest-margins-of-the-roman-empire-revoked http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/12/15/better-late-never-rome-revokes-exile-poet-ovid-2000-years-death/ http://www.ansa.it/english/news/general_news/2017/12/14/rome-revokes-ovids-exile_b9612e94-50f7-45ce-a179-4b3d9ada49fc.html
Marking the beginning of Saturnalia:
http://www.mainlinemedianews.com/mainlinesuburbanlife/opinion/as-i-see-it-ancient-roman-saturnalia-festival-beckons-area/article_6b6e9e83-b21a-55f1-b94f-da7b0c4b4582.html
On brothels in Pompeii:
https://theconversation.com/the-grim-reality-of-the-brothels-of-pompeii-88853
Cf: http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/secret-lives-ancient-roman-sex-workers-uncovered-pompeii-graffiti-1651562
On the realities of homosexuality in ancient Greece:
https://theconversation.com/friday-essay-the-myth-of-the-ancient-greek-gay-utopia-88397
What Mary Beard is up to (assorted things related to her *Women and Power*):
https://uk.news.yahoo.com/historian-mary-beard-connects-greek-myths-twitter-trolls-121636961.html https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/15/books/review/podcast-mary-beard-women-power.html
… and campaigning for Classics:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-south-yorkshire-42341632
What Richard Thomas is up to (*Why Bob Dylan Matters*):
https://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2017/12/professors-book-probes-the-influence-of-ancient-poets-on-bob-dylan/
Review of Emily Wilson’s *Odyssey* translation:
http://www.eugeneweekly.com/20171214/lead-story/tell-me-old-story
Review of Emily Katz Anhalt’s book on myth:
https://www.timeshighereducation.com/books/review-enraged-emily-katz-anhalt-yale-university-press
On ancient grants of immunity:
https://www.forbes.com/sites/drsarahbond/2017/12/11/trump-mueller-and-the-ancient-history-of-grants-of-immunity/#1703ec2059f1
Latest Homerathon:
http://www.capitalgazette.com/news/schools/ac-cn-homerathon-20171214-story.html
A somewhat strained attempt to tie climate change to the fall of Rome:
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/crux/2017/12/15/climate-change-rome/#.WjaDaLSpln4 http://www.sanduskyregister.com/story/201712080027
More on plans to charge admission to the Pantheon:
http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/rome-pantheon-charging-visitors-may-2018-tickets-start-a8107516.html https://www.thelocal.it/20171212/romes-pantheon-monument-church-charging-visitors-2-fee-may https://www.reuters.com/article/us-italy-tourism-pantheon/ancient-roman-pantheon-to-start-charging-entry-fee-in-2018-idUSKBN1E51Q6
More on that tomb from Orchomenos:
https://www.archaeology.org/issues/283-1801/trenches/6196-trenches-greece-mycenaean-chamber-tomb
More on additional finds from the Antikythera shipwreck:
https://www.archaeology.org/issues/283-1801/trenches/6192-trenches-greece-antikythera-bronze-statue
—–Latest reviews from BMCR:
http://bmcr.brynmawr.edu/recent.html
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http://rogueclassicism.com/================================================================EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)================================================================Studying the ‘efficiency’ of a 5000 years bp club from the Thames:
https://phys.org/news/2017-12-neolithic-thames-beater-person.html https://www.livescience.com/61140-prehistoric-wooden-club-weapons.html http://www.ibtimes.com/archaeologists-recreate-ancient-murder-watch-how-people-were-beaten-death-2627452 http://www.archaeology.org/news/6206-171213-neolithic-skull-injuries
Bronze Age burial on the shore of Loch Ness:
http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/15771572.Mystery_of_the_4_000_year_old_Loch_Ness_grave/ http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-42351956 https://www.archaeology.org/6214-171215-scotland-cist-beaker
A Celtic hoard from Jersey:
https://jerseyeveningpost.com/news/2017/12/16/celtic-coins-found-in-field-could-be-next-major-hoard/
Studying some burials of Anglo Saxon women:
https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2017/12/12/anglo-saxon-graves-show-older-women-were-not-respected-in-death/#7bbbc09818b6
Interesting finds from a medieval church cemetery in Norway:
https://phys.org/news/2017-12-historic-unearthed-medieval-cemetary.html https://www.zmescience.com/science/archaeology/archaeological-findings-vikings-13122017/
I  think we mentioned this medieval burial from Plovdiv:
http://www.novinite.com/articles/186189/Medieval+Grave+Excavated+in+Southern+Bulgaria http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-human-skeleton-discovered-buried-mysterious-arrow-chest-archaeologists-747096 http://www.archaeology.org/news/6202-171212-bulgaria-medieval-plovdiv
English Civil War coins from Nottinghamshire:
http://www.nottinghampost.com/news/local-news/metal-detector-enthusiasts-find-english-918285
Finds from various periods from Long Melford:
https://www.suffolkfreepress.co.uk/news/digs-unearth-evidence-of-long-melford-s-ancient-history-1-8285197
Studying ‘provincial governance’ in the Middle Ages:
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-12/dgo-goa121317.php
Seems appropriate that a football player whose jersey has AIA emblazoned on it ( i .e. Tottenham) would find a pile of archaeological items during a renovation (Tottenham still lost to Man City):
https://www.standard.co.uk/sport/football/tottenham-news-spurs-star-mousa-dembele-finds-1m-treasure-in-hotel-basement-a3720861.html https://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/667454/Tottenham-Hotspur-Spurs-Premier-League-Mousa-Dembele-hotel-Belgium-Antwerp
Interesting medieval burial from Dundee:
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-tayside-central-42311255 https://www.eveningtelegraph.co.uk/fp/dig-dundees-howff-unearths-hidden-treasures/
Pondering the anglo-saxon origins of the English:
https://phys.org/news/2017-12-idea-english-common-anglo-saxon-myth.html
Expectation of Culloden relics at a housing site:
https://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/archaeologists-warn-of-culloden-relics-at-housing-site-1-4638783
More on the “phallic Stonehenge” theory:
http://nationalpost.com/news/world/stonehenge-cast-phallic-shadows-for-fertility-cult-study-suggests-others-think-thats-bonkers http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/world/stonehenge+cast+phallic+shadows+fertility+cult+study/16247827/story.html http://www.news.com.au/travel/world-travel/europe/stonehenge-is-a-fertility-monument-built-to-cast-penis-shadows-says-study/news-story/214556288fb5ef3744f47046181037a5 https://www.independent.ie/world-news/europe/britain/stonehenge-casts-phallic-shadows-as-part-of-cults-fertility-play-36396275.html
… perhaps related (from the Onion):
https://www.theonion.com/historians-uncover-evidence-stonehenge-once-prominent-d-1821339070
More on that windmill doodle at Isaac Newton’s early home:
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6157-171211-england-newton-graffiti
—–Archaeology in Europe Blog:
http://archaeology-in-europe.blogspot.com/
================================================================ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC================================================================Remains of early humans from Borneo:
https://phys.org/news/2017-12-evidence-early-humans-jungles-ofborneo.html https://theconversation.com/we-found-evidence-of-early-humans-in-the-jungles-of-borneo-87336
A Song Dynasty tomb from Shanxi:
https://www.archaeology.org/issues/283-1801/trenches/6189-trenches-china-song-tomb
… not sure if this one with ‘soup bowls’ is the same as the above ( I  don’t think it is):
https://www.livescience.com/61170-china-tomb-full-of-soup-bowls.html https://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/666560/ancient-soup-bowl-Zhou-Shaanxi-China-Baoji-City-skeleton-discovery-humans-tombs-treasure http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/soup-soul-ancient-chinese-ritual-tureen-bowls-discovered-zhou-dynasty-era-tomb-1651317 http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-tomb-full-soup-bowls-found-china-745919 https://www.archaeology.org/news/6201-171212-china-ritual-tureen
… but this might be:
http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/a/201712/13/WS5a30dd5ea3108bc8c672facd.html
The Tusi fortress in Hunan had an elaborate drainage system:
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-12/10/c_136815457.htm
Studying Maori use of obsidian:
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11958208&ref=rss http://www.archaeology.org/news/6203-171212-new-zealand-obsidian
Burials of British soldiers from Ruapekapeka Pa:
https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/te-manu-korihi/346241/british-soldiers-lost-graves-uncovered-at-ruapekapeka http://www2.nzherald.co.nz/northland-age/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503402&objectid=11960524 http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11960494 http://www.nzherald.co.nz/history/news/article.cfm?c_id=500832&objectid=11960524&ref=rsshttps://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/local-news/northland/99890611/remains-found-at-ruapekapeka-p http://www.archaeology.org/news/6213-171215-battle-ruapekapeka-pa
Remains of a 19th century pub from Sydney:
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-12-11/200-year-old-wheatsheaf-hotel-ruins-in-paramatta/9247362 https://www.archaeology.org/news/6156-171211-australia-early-pub
More on those 12 000 years bp fish hooks from Indonesia:
https://phys.org/news/2017-12-archaeologist-world-oldest-funereal-fish.html https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-12/anu-aaf121117.php https://www.livescience.com/61206-ancient-fishhooks-found-in-burial.html http://www.smh.com.au/act-news/anu-archaeologist-finds-worlds-oldest-funeral-fish-hooks-in-indonesia-20171211-h02fio.html http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-fishing-hooks-found-burial-site-could-rewrite-our-understanding-744265 https://www.archaeology.org/news/6155-171211-alor-fish-hooks
More on petroglyphs from Indonesia:
https://phys.org/news/2017-12-indonesian-island-unusually-rich-cave.html https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-12/anu-iif121217.php http://www.archaeology.org/news/6211-171214-kisar-rock-art—–
Southeast Asian Archaeology Newsblog:
http://www.southeastasianarchaeology.com/
New Zealand Archaeology eNews:
http://nzarchaeology.blogspot.co.nz/index.html================================================================NORTH AMERICA================================================================Followup to the find of a dugout canoe in Florida last October:
http://staugustine.com/news/local-news/2017-12-16/it-s-beautiful-specimen-dugout-canoe-may-be-first-found-area
On medicine in George Washington’s time:
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/george-washingtons-hard-death-shows-limits-medicine-his-time-180967531/
A couple of centuries ago they almost razed Independence Hall in Philadelphia:
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/amazon-or-independence-hall-development-v-preservation-city-philadelphia-180967463/
================================================================CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA================================================================Feature on Seville Heritage Park (Jamaica):
https://www.archaeology.org/issues/283-1801/trenches/6197-trenches-jamaica-seville-heritage-park
Feature on that Waka royal burial from a while back:
https://www.archaeology.org/issues/283-1801/trenches/6191-trenches-guatemala-waka-maya-tomb
Studying teeth from Lake Titicaca:
https://sciencetrends.com/tooth-wear-lake-titicaca-basin-foragers-signals-processing-wild-tubers-prior-domestication/
An astronomical observatory from Cusco:
http://www.andina.com.pe/Ingles/noticia-peru-ancient-astronomical-observatory-found-in-cusco-692974.aspx
Other Wari finds from Cusco:
https://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Pre-Hispanic-Temple-of-the-Wari-Civilization-Found-in-Peru-20171215-0008.html
Feature on an Aztec map and 1500s Mexico:
https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/12/rare-aztec-map-mexico-codex-quetzalecatzin/
More on Venezuelan petroglyphs:
https://www.livescience.com/61155-drone-maps-ancient-rock-art-venezuela.html https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-12/ucl-vra120517.php
—–Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:
http://goo.gl/1VdeA
Ancient MesoAmerica News:
http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/================================================================OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST================================================================A Waldseemuller map at auction was questioned for authenticity this week:
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/10/arts/design/why-experts-dont-believe-this-is-a-rare-first-map-of-america.html
Some pieces on Hanukkah:
http://atlantajewishtimes.timesofisrael.com/the-true-miracle-of-chanukah/ http://www.sdjewishworld.com/2017/12/13/chanukah-in-myth-and-history/
Early feature on the magi:
https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/people-cultures-in-the-bible/jesus-historical-jesus/bible-scholar-brent-landau-asks-%E2%80%9Cwho-were-the-magi%E2%80%9D/
Some Raphaels were identified at the Vatican:
http://www.cnn.com/style/article/raphael-paintings-vatican/index.html
Feature on Lord Sligo:
https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/books/the-irish-lord-who-freed-jamaica-s-slaves-1.3327194
Feature on Sir Hans Sloane:
https://www.apollo-magazine.com/the-private-collector-who-made-the-british-museum/
Feature on Emilie du Chatelet:
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/five-things-know-about-french-enlightenment-genius-emilie-du-chatelet-180967561/
MI5 was looking at Vere Gordon Childe:
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/skara-brae-archaeologist-was-mi5-target-8qqnzxm6l
Belgium has ended its telegram service:
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-42359914
How potatoes brought peace to Europe (sort of):
https://phys.org/news/2017-12-potatoes-peace-humble-tuber-conflict.html
On the origins of Hummus:
http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20171211-who-invented-hummus
… and the cheese wheel:
https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2017/12/15/569399619/reinventing-the-cheese-wheel-from-farmhouse-to-factory-and-back-again
Review of Manet, *Growing Up with the Impressionists*:
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/08/books/review/growing-up-with-impressionists-julie-manet-diary.html
More on early use of meteoric iron:
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/early-iron-dagger-was-a-gift-from-the-gods-scientists-say-d37gmpf2j
Archaeology Podcast Network:
http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/ ================================================================MUSEUM MATTERS================================================================Watlington Hoard:
http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/15712459.Viking_hoard_worth___1_3m_to_go_on_show_in_York/
Langston Hughes:
https://news.yale.edu/2017/12/08/christmas-lift-holiday-lines-langston-hughes-view-beinecke?utm_source=YNemail&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=yn-alumni-12-11-17
Greek Money:
https://www.economist.com/blogs/prospero/2017/12/human-face-money
Gurlitt:
http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20171212-the-nazi-art-hoard-that-shocked-the-world
Scythians:
https://www.apollo-magazine.com/stepping-out-in-style-with-the-scythians/
Pompeii:
http://knau.org/post/brain-food-unlocking-hidden-life-ancient-pompeii
Cultures in Clay:
https://news.vanderbilt.edu/2017/12/11/cultures-in-clay-exhibit-showcases-4000-year-old-writing-system/
The British Museum has some new Asian galleries:
https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2017/dec/12/amaravati-buddhist-art-british-museum http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-12/15/c_136826717.htm
Protests over the removal of some Catalan items from a city museum:
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/dec/11/scuffles-break-out-as-artworks-removed-from-catalan-citys-museum
… Background: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/12/10/catalonia-braced-violence-judge-orders-seizure-disputed-religious/
Italy’s National Jewish Museum opened:
https://www.timesofisrael.com/national-jewish-museum-opens-in-italy/
How selfies are affecting art museums:
https://www.npr.org/2017/12/13/570558113/i-came-i-saw-i-selfied-how-instagram-transformed-the-way-we-experience-art
================================================================THE TECHY SIDE================================================================Scans of a pair of mummies from Aswan reveal early (possibly earliest) examples of breast cancer:
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/12/171214101215.htm https://phys.org/news/2017-12-oldest-cases-breast-cancer-myeloma.html
This appears to be a different mummy scan:
http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2017/12/egyptian_mummy_secrets_revealed_at_crouse_hospital.html
On use of virtual reality at archaeological sites:
https://phys.org/news/2017-12-virtual-reality-world-inaccessible-archaeological.html https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/virtual-reality-allowing-see-some-worlds-most-inaccessible-archaeological-sites-180967534/
Cf: this tour of a Pictish cave:
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-create-3d-model-mysterious-bone-filled-cave-scotland-180967443/
High tech analysis of ancient artwork:
https://phys.org/news/2017-12-scientists-ancient-artwork.html https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-12/uoc–sfu121117.php
On the facial reconstruction front, we have a Wari noble woman:
https://www.livescience.com/61216-ancient-wari-queen-reconstructed.html https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/12/wari-noblewoman-queen-el-castillo-face-reconstruction-archaeology/ http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-face-peruvian-queen-buried-gold-and-jewels-revealed-first-time-1200-747907http://www.vancouversun.com/news/world/experts+facial+reconstruction+technology+bring+ancient/16293267/story.html
… and a soldier from the Battle of Dunbar:
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-tyne-42311397 https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/uk/reconstruction-technology-reveals-the-face-of-17th-century-scottish-soldier-36407043.html http://www.archaeology.org/news/6210-171214-soldiers-battle-of-dunbar
Cf: https://www.dur.ac.uk/archaeology/research/projects/europe/pg-skeletons/
Spy satellites reveal sites in Afghanistan:
https://www.livescience.com/61197-silk-road-outpots-revealed-by-spy-satellites.html http://www.newsweek.com/afghanistan-thousands-ancient-sites-including-119-football-field-sized-camel-748425 http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/12/spy-satellites-are-revealing-afghanistan-s-lost-empires https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/893072/afghanistan-mystery-solved-silk-road-spy-satellite-unesco-history-archaeologists http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/spy-satellites-found-thousands-taliban-threatened-silk-road-archaeological-sites-afghanistan-1651783 http://www.archaeology.org/news/6205-171213-afghanistan-mapping-project
They’re finding some interesting things about palimpsests:
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/archaeologoists-only-just-beginning-reveal-secrets-hidden-ancient-manuscripts-180967455/

================================================================ON THE DNA FRONT ================================================================DNA in Peru suggests the arrival of the Incas was met with some resistance:
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-12/mpif-gpt120817.php https://phys.org/news/2017-12-genetics-ancient-resistance-inca.html
Interesting study of Irish DNA:
https://www.archaeology.org/6207-171213-ireland-genetic-map
Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:
http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/================================================================TOURISTY THINGS================================================================Bristol tunnels:
http://www.bristolpost.co.uk/news/bristol-news/journey-through-castle-parks-hidden-934313#ICID=nsm
Quedlinburg:
http://www.dw.com/en/exploring-quedlinburg/av-41808141 http://www.dw.com/en/world-heritage-site-quedlinburg/av-38950919
================================================================CRIME BEAT================================================================A Torah from Turkey turns out to be fake:
http://www.i24news.tv/en/news/international/middle-east/162528-171212-ancient-torah-uncovered-in-turkey-actually-a-crude-fake-experts
Looters at Hurvat Dvora claimed they were hunting porcupines:
https://www.timesofisrael.com/just-hunting-porcupines-claims-antiquities-robber/ http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Six-antiquities-thieves-arrested-for-looting-protected-northern-sites-517949
Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:
http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2017/12/culture-crime-news-27-november-11-december-2017.html
conflict antiquities:
http://conflictantiquities.wordpress.com/
anonymous swiss collector:
http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/
Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues:
http://paul-barford.blogspot.ca/
Looting Matters:
http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/
Illicit Cultural Property:
http://illicit-cultural-property.blogspot.com/
SAFE:
http://www.savingantiquities.org/blog/
================================================================REPATRIATION AND RECOVERY================================================================The Vatican is returning some items to Ecuador:
http://artdaily.com/news/101052/Vatican-returns-shrunken–warrior–head-to-Ecuador https://www.japantimes.co.jp/?post_type=news&p=1324662
More on items being returned to Lebanon from the US:
https://www.courthousenews.com/new-york-bids-bon-voyage-to-marble-statues-looted-from-lebanon/ http://english.alarabiya.net/en/variety/2017/12/16/Manhattan-prosecutor-returns-3-ancient-sculptures-worth-5-mln-to-Lebanon.html http://www.wsbtv.com/news/manhattan-prosecutor-returns-3-ancient-sculptures-to-lebanon/664529300 http://www.archaeology.org/news/6215-171215-statues-lebanon-repatriated================================================================NUMISMATICA================================================================Latest e-Sylum:
http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n51.html
… and the one which should appear later today:
http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n52.html
————————Ancient Coin Collecting:
http://ancientcoincollecting.blogspot.com/
Ancient Coins:
http://classicalcoins.blogspot.com/
Coin Week:
http://www.coinweek.com/================================================================PERFORMANCES AND THEATRE-RELATED================================================================Dido and Aeneas:
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/15/arts/music/dido-aeneas-purcell.html================================================================AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS================================================================Audio News from Archaeologica:
http://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-main-menu-cat/audio-news-list/2673-audio-news-from-archaeologica-3-december-2017-9-december-2017
================================================================CONFERENCES================================================================Theoretical Archaeology Group (Dec. 2017):
http://tag2017cardiff.org/
Hidden Cultural Heritage (April 2018):
http://www.cicop.net/hch/
================================================================GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS================================================================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/================================================================PODCASTS/VODCASTS================================================================Archaeosoup:
http://www.youtube.com/user/Archaeos0up?feature=watch
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