Explorator 20.39 ~ January 21, 2018

Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Hernan Astudillo,
Barbara Saylor Rodgers, David Critchley, Bob Heuman, Bill Kennedy,
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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Challenging the dating of the arrival of humans in Europe:

https://phys.org/news/2018-01-refutes-theory-dispersal-humans-europe.html

The Montmaurin-Laniche Neanderthal mandible is rather interesting:

https://phys.org/news/2018-01-montmaurin-la-niche-mandible-reveals-complexity.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/01/180116151452.htm
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AFRICA
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Evidence of pre-European arrival glassmaking in West Africa:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-01/ru-rff011818.php
https://phys.org/news/2018-01-evidence-sub-saharan-africa-glassmaking.html
http://www.ibtimes.com/africans-made-their-own-glass-didnt-need-europeans-archaeologists-say-2643290

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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A Rameses II stele from

http://www.archaeology.org/news/6282-180117-egypt-ramses-ii-stele

Zahi Hawass announced plans for digs in the Valley of the Monkey:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/40627/New-excavation-works-led-by-Zahi-Hawas-take-place-in
http://www.egyptindependent.com/hawass-mission-kicks-off-uncover-pharaonic-tomb-luxor/

… among which appears to be the search for the tomb of Tut’s
wife Ankhsenamun, which was getting much hype:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/288380/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Searching-for-the-tomb-of-Tutankhamuns-wife-Ankhes.aspx
https://www.livescience.com/61441-search-for-king-tut-wife.html
http://www.newsweek.com/egyptian-archaeologists-begin-search-tutankhamuns-wife-valley-kings-784472
https://uk.news.yahoo.com/might-found-resting-place-tutankhamuns-missing-wife-144739324.html
https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2018/01/18/archaeologists-discover-tomb-that-may-belong-to-king-tuts-wife
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/ancient-egypt-archaeologists-now-searching-tomb-king-tutankhamuns-wife-ankhesenamun-1655540
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-could-close-tomb-king-tuts-wife-180967858/

1st/2nd century tombs from Al Alamein:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/43/288299/Heritage/Islamic/st-century-tomb-discovered-in-northern-Egypts-AlAl.aspx
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/40362/Egyptian-archaeological-mission-discovers-tomb-in-Alamein
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6286-180118-egypt-al-alamein-tombs

Feature on Hetepheres I:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/40167/Hetepheres-I-King-Sneferu%E2%80%99s-wife-and-King-Khufu%E2%80%99s-mother

Feature on Neithhotep:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/40455/Ancient-Egyptian-Queen-Neithhotep-Narmer%E2%80%99s-wife

Feature on Narmer/Menes:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/40388/Top-facts-about-man-who-unified-Egypt

It was Archaeologist’s Day in Egypt:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/40348/Ministry-of-Antiquities-celebrates-Archeologists%E2%80%99-Day

Feature on Egyptian music:

http://asorblog.org/2018/01/16/earliest-music-ancient-egypt/

Plans for Kom El Shoqafa:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/41/288258/Heritage/GrecoRoman/Egypt-to-develop-Alexandrias-Kom-ElShoqafa-archaeo.aspx
https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/01/15/ministry-antiquities-restore-kom-el-shoqafa-archaeological-area/

Plans to open the Giza Plateau earlier to get more tourists in:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/288194/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Giza-Plateau-to-open-earlier-to-accommodate-more-t.aspx

We’ve mentioned this ‘climate change and the pharaohs’ thing before:

https://yalealumnimagazine.com/articles/4627-climate-change-and-the-pharaohs

Researcher have ‘deciphered’ one of the last two ‘undeciphered’ Qumran scrolls:

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Culture/University-of-Haifa-researchers-decipher-mysterious-Dead-Sea-Scroll-539357
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-israeli-researchers-decipher-one-of-last-undecoded-dead-sea-scrolls-1.5748695
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/one-of-last-two-qumran-scrolls-reconstructed-deciphered-throwing-light-on-alternative-jewish-calendar/2018/01/21/
https://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/Flash.aspx/409040

Questionable claim of some Apulian ware depicting a scene from the Parthenon found at one of sites claimed to be Bethsaida:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-pottery-with-parthenon-scene-found-in-biblical-village-1.5731050
http://www.newsweek.com/israel-ancient-vase-greek-gods-biblical-kingdom-jesus-miracles-783838

cf: https://rogueclassicism.com/2018/01/18/parthenon-pediment-image-from-bethsaida-yeah-about-that/

Rethinking the dating of some sites in Israel:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-archaeologists-drop-bible-pick-up-science-to-solve-jerusalem-puzzles-1.5746304

I think we’ve mentioned these Umm al Nar era sites in Oman:

http://www.muscatdaily.com/Archive/Oman/Five-archaeological-sites-tracing-back-to-2500-2000-BC-unearthed-in-Saham-oldest-finds-in-northern-Oman-569j

Feature on the location of Sodom:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-sites-places/biblical-archaeology-sites/where-is-sodom/

Feature on Isfahan as crossroads:

http://www.tehrantimes.com/news/420447/Isfahan-a-crossroads-for-ancient-civilizations-traders-survey

Hasankeyf will soon be flooded:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ancient-town-of-hasankeyf-one-step-closer-to-destruction-after-top-courts-decision-125872

What James Roberts is up to:

http://www.armidaleexpress.com.au/story/5173018/meet-the-24-year-old-who-spent-months-studying-bones-in-the-arabian-desert/

PETA has issues at Petra:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-42692743
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Very interesting Cycladic Bronze Age finds from Dhaskalio:

https://phys.org/news/2018-01-unusually-sophisticated-prehistoric-monuments-technology.html
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jan/18/complex-engineering-and-metal-work-discovered-beneath-ancient-greek-pyramid
http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/29502-cambridge-university-archaeologists-make-new-discoveries-on-greek-island-of-keros.html
http://www.ekathimerini.com/225004/article/ekathimerini/life/cambridge-university-archaeologists-making-exciting-discoveries-on-keros
https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/01/archaeologists-uncover-advanced-greek-plumbing-metalwork-keros-spd/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6283-180118-greece-dhaskalio-island

Evidence of Bronze Age beer brewing from Archontiko:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2018/01/19/thirsty-greeks-brewed-beer-in-bronze-age/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6287-180119-greece-beer-brewing

Selinunte was being hailed as having a ‘mini Pompeii’ beneath it …

http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/generalnews/2018/01/17/mini-pompeii-may-be-hiding-under-modern-day-selinunte_227aaf1e-a686-4fd9-8ac6-dec09a396e0e.html

… and also as being the site of the oldest evidence of the Hekate cult:

http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2018/01/16/oldest-ever-trace-of-hekate-cult-found-2_fadc3aa0-c134-4ccd-815f-16eb1895f54d.html

Byzantine mosaics found during mine-searching activities in Syria:

http://world.greekreporter.com/2018/01/17/greek-culture-unearthed-in-war-torn-syria/
http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/29501-ancient-greek-mosaic-floor-found-unearthed-in-war-torn-syrian-city-of-hama.html

Feature on the Iklaina dig:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/29430-pylos-excavations-make-greek-archaeologists-revised-beliefs-on-mycenaean-era.html

In case you haven’t heard about this ‘Britannia’ series:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-42698138
https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2018/jan/18/britannia-recap-series-one-episode-one
https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2018/jan/18/britannia-review-jez-butterworths-epic-fantasy-rules-the-airwaves
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/tv/2018/01/18/britannia-episode-one-review-may-new-drama-game-thrones-fans/
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/tv/0/britannia-episode-three-recap-like-life-brian-added-eye-gouging/
http://www.syfy.com/syfywire/watch-the-first-trailer-for-amazons-britannia
https://inews.co.uk/culture/television/britannia-review-sky/
https://www.scotsman.com/news/britannia-set-to-become-the-next-game-of-thrones-1-4662245
http://theconversation.com/britannia-druids-and-the-surprisingly-modern-origins-of-myths-89979

Plans to reconstruct the stoa of Philip V on Delos:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/29551-groundwork-for-reconstruction-of-philip-v-stoa-on-greek-island-of-delos-is-complete.html

What Mary Beard is up to:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/225034/article/ekathimerini/life/cambridge-classicist-confronts-sexist-online-abuse

What Patrick Hunt is up to:

http://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/article/ancient-general-can-teach-modern-leadership/

What Jordan Rogers is up to:

https://www.penn.museum/blog/world/the-mediterranean/whats-the-deal-with-roman-walls-anyway-autopsy-and-analysis-of-romes-topography-jordan-rogers/

Fighting to keep a garbage dump from opening near Hadrian’s Villa:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/01/17/italian-prince-appeared-bond-leads-fight-against-rubbish-dump/

As suspected, the Parthenon/Elgin Marbles dispute is heating up in the wake of that Rodin
exhibition:

http://eu.greekreporter.com/2018/01/15/the-parthenon-marbles-are-back-in-the-news/
http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/29474-british-museum-rodin-proves-why-parthenon-marbles-should-stay-in-uk.html

A grant ensure that some Roman finds will stay at a North Hertfordshire Museum:

http://www.thecomet.net/news/roman-treasures-set-for-north-herts-museum-thanks-to-grant-funding-1-5356938
http://www.royston-crow.co.uk/news/roman-treasures-set-for-north-herts-museum-thanks-to-grant-funding-1-5356938

Questioning some ancient Roman punishments:

https://theconversation.com/mythbusting-ancient-rome-cruel-and-unusual-punishment-87939

For some reason, a number of outlets were comparing Donald Trump to assorted Roman emperors:

https://www.rawstory.com/2018/01/donald-trump-resembles-a-mad-roman-emperor-but-is-he-more-like-nero-or-caligula/
https://www.alternet.org/trump-american-nero-or-american-caligula
https://www.forbes.com/sites/ralphbenko/2018/01/15/donald-trump-caligula-michael-wolff-suetonius-infamia-and-the-fake-news-wars/#5fb9ef023d84

VR tour technology for Greek sites:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2018/01/15/augmented-reality-device-offers-unique-3d-view-of-acropolis/

More on that large (now-pre Christian) cemetery in Somerset:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-somerset-42661132
http://metro.co.uk/2018/01/15/significant-archaeological-find-kept-hush-hush-council-developing-site-7230038/
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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Neolthic cultures apparently were more ‘connected’ than previously thought:

http://www.newsweek.com/early-human-pottery-spain-783939

Not sure if we’ve mentioned this ‘ritual cave’ site in Ireland:

http://www.thejournal.ie/ancient-human-remains-mayo-3805783-Jan2018/
http://www.newsweek.com/human-bones-irish-cave-ritual-786206
https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/oireachtas/hillwalker-s-mayo-cave-find-is-5-000-year-old-burial-site-1.3361581
https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/republic-of-ireland/ancient-remains-found-in-mountainside-ritual-chamber-36507620.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6288-180119-ireland-neolithic-cave

Mesolithic houses in Norway were used for a long time, apparently:

http://sciencenordic.com/houses-reused-over-1000-years-during-stone-age
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6281-180117-norway-mesolithic-dwellings

Evidence of a 3000 years bp village at a development site in Derby:

http://www.derbytelegraph.co.uk/news/local-news/ancient-buried-village-discovered-derby-1068820
http://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/leicester-news/leicester-archaeologists-uncover-iron-age-1076125

Remains of Iron Age roundhouses from St Neots:

http://www.huntspost.co.uk/news/iron-age-discovery-at-housing-site-sheds-new-light-on-history-of-town-1-5361316

A Bronze Age gold hoard from Furness:

http://www.nwemail.co.uk/news/ulverston/Hoard-of-Bronze-Age-gold-found-in-Furness-subject-of-treasure-inquest-db66d9a7-5407-4ed6-bfc0-d8848dce34dc-ds

A Viking comb with runes is causing some excitement:

http://sciencenordic.com/unique-viking-runes-discovered-denmark
https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/01/viking-age-ribe-comb-runes-alphabet-spd/

Evidence of a medieval castle from Galway:

https://www.rte.ie/news/connacht/2018/0115/933500-galway-castle/
https://www.irishtimes.com/news/environment/galway-s-missing-13th-century-castle-found-in-medieval-quarter-1.3356465
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6278-180116-ireland-bungalvy-castle

A medieval scribe’s knife from Pasym Castle (Poland):

http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news%2C27960%2Cunique-knife-early-medieval-scribe-discovered-pasym.html

Remains of an 18th century abandoned inn near Brora:

https://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/18th-century-inn-abandoned-during-clearances-is-unearthed-1-4666340
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6290-180119-scotland-highland-inn

Headless human remains from the Tower of London aren’t those of an 18th century Jacobite apparently:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/jan/19/headless-body-is-not-scottish-clan-chief-simon-fraser-experts

The big news of the week appears to be that France is going to lend the Bayeux Tapestry
to the UK:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-42713552
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/01/17/bayeux-tapestry-displayed-britain-leaves-french-shores-first/
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/may-hails-bayeux-tapestry-loan-as-very-significant-hbqqt32qt
http://www.dw.com/en/france-offers-to-loan-bayeux-tapestry-to-the-uk/a-42193244
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jan/17/emmanuel-macron-bayeux-tapestry-loan-britain
https://www.scotsman.com/news/france-set-to-loan-950-year-old-bayeux-tapestry-to-britain-1-4664218
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/17/arts/bayeux-tapestry-uk.html?mtrref=www.google.com&gwh=E5520F272E79D9E7E6A160B8BE7782C6&gwt=pay
https://theconversation.com/bayeux-tapestry-is-going-home-after-950-years-medieval-history-professor-90260
http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/15857800.Bayeux_Tapestry_loan_would_not_happen_for_five_years__as_historic_art_work_is_discussed_at_UK_France_summit/
https://hyperallergic.com/421871/historic-loan-bayeux-tapestry/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/frances-fabled-bayeux-tapestry-is-headed-to-britain-in-a-loan-for-the-ages/2018/01/18/a8827044-fb9f-11e7-9b5d-bbf0da31214d_story.html?utm_term=.dfab79bf19a7

… and various places are vying to host it:

http://www.eadt.co.uk/news/will-quince-puts-forward-colchester-to-host-bayeux-tapestry-1-5359515
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/v-a-should-have-bayeux-tapestry-says-sir-roy-strong-dhqkgmc99
https://inews.co.uk/news/uk/embroidery-wars-museums-battle-right-host-historic-loan-bayeux-tapestry/
http://www.dailyecho.co.uk/news/15857831.Hampshire_offers_to_host_Bayeux_Tapestry/
https://coventryobserver.co.uk/news/calls-for-bayeux-tapestry-to-go-on-display-at-coventry-cathedral-4599/
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jan/19/bayeux-tapestry-loan-france-battle-of-hastings-site

… and there are concerns on how to get it to Britain safely:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/bayeux-tapestry-now-for-a-new-battle-bringing-fragile-masterpiece-to-britain-safely-2k629tpvh
http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/15855384.Why_bringing_the_Bayeux_Tapestry_to_Britain_may_not_be_that_simple/
https://hyperallergic.com/422329/french-experts-doubt-practicality-of-bayeux-tapestry-loan/

… and suggestions that the UK lend the Rosetta Stone to France:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/01/17/bayeux-tapestry-displayed-britain-leaves-french-shores-first/

… or Napoleon’s horse:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/napoleon-s-horse-marengo-could-be-loaned-in-exchange-for-bayeux-tapestry-n6f2bgh8s

… in case you need a refresher on the Tapestry:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-42722679

Rats are off the hook for spreading the Black Plague, apparently:

https://phys.org/news/2018-01-skeleton-teeth-historical-photography-retelling.html
http://www.pnas.org/cgi/doi/10.1073/pnas.1715640115
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-42690577
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2018/01/16/the-classic-explanation-for-the-black-death-plague-is-wrong-scientists-say/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/are-rats-innocent-spreading-black-plague-180967855/

Rewiring Buckingham Palace is turning up some interesting items:

http://www.cnn.com/2018/01/19/europe/buckingham-palace-electrical-finds-history-trnd/index.html

Studying deforestation in Europe:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-01/uop-elf011518.php

Prague’s astronomical clock is undergoing restoration work:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/18/world/europe/prague-astronomical-clock-orloj.html

Climate change concerns for sites in Scotland:

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/jan/15/scotlands-historic-sites-at-high-risk-from-climate-change-report-says

Checking the evidence which led to the execution of William Bury:

https://phys.org/news/2018-01-chance-dundee.html

Feature on the St Gallen Abbey:

https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/business/religious-odyssey_gallus-and-the-irish-monks–grandfathers-of-european-culture-/43813106

More on that Deer Monastery:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/possible-remains-lost-monastery-discovered-scotland-180967838/

More on Scandinavian origins:

http://sciencenordic.com/first-scandinavians-came-north-and-south
https://www.thelocal.se/20180115/who-were-the-first-scandinavians-ancient-dna-sheds-light-on-their-mysterious-origins

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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An 11 000 years bp infant burial from Guizhou:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-01/19/c_136909114.htm
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6289-180119-china-child-burial

A 2500 years bp bronze smelter from Hubei:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-01/16/c_136900510.htm

Han Dynasty cliff cave burials from Chengdu:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-01/18/c_136905766.htm
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6285-180118-china-cliff-tombs

18 burials from various periods in Shanxi:

http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/a/201801/16/WS5a5d6468a3102c394518f7de.html

Studying what the Xiongnu were doing at Sanlian City:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-01/16/c_136900293.htm

… this seems to be related:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-01/17/c_136902472.htm

A wooden post dating back to New Zealand’s Land Wars:

https://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/capital-life/capital-day/100528365/wooden-post-dating-back-to-the-new-zealand-land-wars-found-in-central-wellington
https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/treasure-trove-colonial-history-unearthed-wellington-road-works

China’s big discoveries in 2017:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-01/16/c_136900212.htm
http://www.ecns.cn/2018/01-17/288817.shtml
http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/a/201801/17/WS5a5eeb9ea310e4ebf433e4fc.html

On the Tasmanian genocide:

https://phys.org/news/2018-01-evidence-tasmanian-genocide.html

More on that possible Scythian kurgan in Siberia:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/ancient-frozen-tomb-scythian-prince-siberia-archaeology-gino-caspari-a8163446.html
https://www.livescience.com/61432-frozen-scythian-tomb-siberia.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6275-180112-russia-scythian-kurgan

More on irrigation along the Silk Road:

https://www.livescience.com/61408-silk-road-helped-irrigate-desert.html
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NORTH AMERICA
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Recent finds from Harpers Ferry:

https://www.heraldmailmedia.com/news/tri_state/west_virginia/artifacts-display-unearths-years-of-harpers-ferry-history/article_36401785-9ae9-5aa1-b622-e6dcad2c040a.html

A dried flower with possible Lincoln connections:

https://www.ilnews.org/news/statewide/local-historian-finds-rare-artifact-linked-to-abraham-lincoln/article_66828634-fbdb-11e7-aca6-c36eebc44d08.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6284-180118-lincoln-funeral-rose

On the ‘know nothing’ movement:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/15/opinion/trump-american-values.html

What Victor Mastone is up to:

https://www.bostonglobe.com/business/2018/01/17/this-state-archaeologist-specializies-buried-treasure/A9QweimHEzt31uxNJRvKoO/story.html
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Plenty of coverage of the discovery of a passage connecting two underwater caves
in the Yucatan with Maya associations:

https://phys.org/news/2018-01-archaeologists-mexico-world-longest-cave.html
https://www.livescience.com/61464-longest-underwater-cave.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/central-america/mexico/articles/divers-identify-world-largest-underground-cave-network-in-mexico-yucatan-peninsula/
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jan/17/worlds-longest-underwater-cave-system-discovered-mexico-divers-gran-acuifero-maya
http://www.dw.com/en/worlds-largest-underwater-cave-discovered-in-mexico/a-42195990
https://verne.elpais.com/verne/2018/01/17/mexico/1516209786_074600.html
https://elpais.com/internacional/2018/01/16/la_serpiente_emplumada/1516119767_618043.html
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-mexico-discovery/worlds-biggest-flooded-cave-found-in-mexico-explorers-say-idUSKBN1F60CY?feedType=RSS&feedName=lifestyleMolt
https://www.yahoo.com/news/worlds-biggest-flooded-cave-found-mexico-explorers-041422917.html
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/worlds-biggest-ever-underwater-cave-filled-ancient-mayan-artefacts-has-just-been-discovered-1655488
https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/01/largest-underwater-cave-system-in-the-world-discovered-in-mexico-spd/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/largest-underwater-cave-system-discovered-mexico-180967880/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6280-180117-mexico-maya-cenotes

A 16th century epidemic in Mexico may have been caused by Salmonella:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-01/mpif-pco011118.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/01/180115120545.htm
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jan/16/mexico-500-years-later-scientists-discover-what-killed-the-aztecs
http://nationalpost.com/news/mystery-of-horrifying-disease-that-wiped-out-aztecs-unraveled-by-science\
https://www.yahoo.com/news/salmonella-epidemic-may-wiped-15-105216789.html
https://elpais.com/elpais/2018/01/15/ciencia/1515997924_751783.html
http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/500-years-later-scientists-think-theyve-solved-germ-mystery-that-nearly-wiped-out-mexican-population/news-story/f35d6baab1f756cf2ae4a8b898bcfa80
https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/01/15/577681552/salmonella-may-have-caused-massive-aztec-epidemic-study-finds
http://nhpr.org/post/salmonella-may-have-caused-massive-aztec-epidemic-study-finds
https://www.scientificamerican.com/podcast/episode/salmonella-could-have-caused-16th-century-epidemic/
https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/01/cocoliztli-salmonella-outbreak-mexico-dna-spd/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6277-180116-mexico-cocoliztli-epidemic

Feature on Thomas Stuart Ferguson:

http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/01/how-mormon-lawyer-transformed-archaeology-mexico-and-ended-losing-his-faith

—–
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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A couple of previously-unknown van Goghs have been ‘discovered’:

http://www.dw.com/en/2-previously-unknown-van-gogh-drawings-discovered/a-42166178
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/16/arts/design/van-gogh-new-drawing.html

Questioning some Modigliani authenticity claims:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/12/arts/design/modigliani-paintings-authenticity-questioned-genoa.html

Feature on Feejee Mermaids:

https://hyperallergic.com/421405/how-a-fake-monster-creeped-into-our-museums/

On the 1818 version of Frankenstein:

https://www.npr.org/2018/01/16/577721104/see-a-famous-monster-come-alive-in-frankenstein-the-1818-text

On the allure of ‘ruins’:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20180112-the-timeless-allure-of-ruins

Feature on Sinclair Lewis:

https://yalealumnimagazine.com/articles/4593-sinclair-lewis-student-scribe

On the olfactory talents of hunter-gatherers:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/hunter-gatherer-lifestyle-could-help-explain-superior-ability-id-smells?

On the human-turkey relationship through history:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-01/uoy-njf011718.php
https://phys.org/news/2018-01-ancient-human-turkey-relationship.html

On assorted historical misconceptions:

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/jan/17/mythconceptions-10-things-from-history-everyone-gets-wrong

On translating Crime and Punishment:

https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/public/crime-and-punishment-translation/

Feature on the Rubaiyat:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20180111-the-rubaiyat-historys-most-luxurious-book-of-poetry

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Cameroon Royal Crests:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/17/arts/design/royal-crests-cameroon-metropolitan-museum.html

Hadrian:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2018/01/15/fethiye-mosque-museum-in-athens-reopens-for-hadrian-exhibition/

Colonial Pottery:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/17/arts/design/colonial-pottery-new-york-ceramics-and-glass-fair.html
https://www.livescience.com/61481-colonial-toilet-pottery.html

Roman defences:

https://english.sta.si/2472419/roman-defence-system-presented-at-national-museum

Feature on the Archaeological Museum of Thebes:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/224961/opinion/ekathimerini/comment/the-gate-of-thebes

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THE TECHY SIDE
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Avgi is the latest facial reconstruction:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2018/01/19/experts-reveal-face-of-7000-year-old-woman-in-athens/
https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/01/archaeology-agvi-greek-stoneage-facial-reconstruction/

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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DNA reveals two ‘mummy brothers’ had different fathers:

https://phys.org/news/2018-01-ancient-dna-results-year-old-egyptian.html

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

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

http://www.miamiherald.com/living/travel/article194701294.html
https://www.stuff.co.nz/travel/destinations/middle-east/100604382/Exploring-the-archaeological-wonders-of-Jordan
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CRIME BEAT
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Latest busts from Egypt:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/40396/Police-seize-ancient-Egyptian-Greek-artifacts-in-Upper-Egypt

Hobby Lobby surrendered some more items:

http://www.newsweek.com/hobby-lobby-surrenders-245-more-smuggled-iraq-artifacts-federal-government-784388
https://hyperallergic.com/422331/hobby-lobby-forfeits-245-iraqi-artifacts/

Theft of a door from Egypt’s cemetery of the pyramid builders:

http://www.egyptindependent.com/historical-door-at-giza-pyramids-stolen/

More on the New York Antiquities Trafficking Unit’s recent busts:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/new-york-da-s-antiquities-trafficking-unit-starts-the-new-year-with-double-seizures

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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NUMISMATICA
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Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/club_nbs_esylum_v21n02.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/club_nbs_esylum_v21n03.html

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Ancient Coin Collecting:

http://ancientcoincollecting.blogspot.com/

Ancient Coins:

http://classicalcoins.blogspot.com/

Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/
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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

http://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-main-menu-cat/audio-news-list/2681-audio-news-from-archaeologica-7-january-2017-13-january-2018
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OBITUARIES
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John Barton:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-42740631

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CONFERENCES
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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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