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 access
next week, so it is likely that next week’s issue might have to
be postponed. Enjoy the holiday period, whatever you’re celebrating
(Hanukkah, Festivus, Christmas, Saturnalia, and any I’ve missed).

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Studying the locomotion of early Pleistocene hominins:

https://phys.org/news/2017-12-locomotion-hominins-pleistocene-efficient-current.html

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AFRICA
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Searching for shipwrecks associated with the slave trade:

http://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-africa-42313939/hunting-the-shipwrecks-of-the-slave-trade

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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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.html
http://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.html
http://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
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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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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.html
http://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

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

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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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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

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

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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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=rss
https://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
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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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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/

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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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

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Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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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/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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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

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THE TECHY SIDE
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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-1200-747907
http://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/

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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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/
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TOURISTY THINGS
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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

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CRIME BEAT
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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/

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REPATRIATION AND RECOVERY
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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
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NUMISMATICA
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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

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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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PERFORMANCES AND THEATRE-RELATED
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Dido and Aeneas:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/15/arts/music/dido-aeneas-purcell.html
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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

http://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-main-menu-cat/audio-news-list/2673-audio-news-from-archaeologica-3-december-2017-9-december-2017

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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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