Explorator 20.44 ~ February 25, 2018

Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Hernan Astudillo,
Barbara Saylor Rodgers, Rick Heli, Robert White, Trevor Ogden, 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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Homo erectus may have had sailing skills and may have been able to speak:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/feb/20/homo-erectus-may-have-been-a-sailor-and-able-to-speak
https://www.independent.ie/world-news/earliest-humans-could-talk-and-sail-36622131.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/02/20/language-started-15m-years-earlier-previously-thought-scientists/
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/early-humans-could-talk-scientist-claims-dl2r6k8zt

A study is making connections between cave art and the development of language:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/02/180221122923.htm
https://phys.org/news/2018-02-paper-links-ancient-language.html
https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/02/acoustic-caves-rock-art-language-origin-spd/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6397-180223-cave-art-communication

And hot on the heels of that suggestion that Neanderthals’ lack of artistic ability contributed to their demise:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2018/02/18/did-neanderthals-poor-art-ability-contribute-extinction/

… comes major attention on redating of some cave art in Spain suggesting Neanderthals were artists:

https://phys.org/news/2018-02-neanderthals-artistic-modern-humans.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-02/uos-nwa021618.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/02/180222144943.htm
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/22/science/neanderthals-cave-paintings-europe.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-43115488
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/neanderthals-artists-cave-paintings-decorated-shells-ancient-humans-discovery-a8223341.html
https://www.wsj.com/articles/neanderthals-had-a-creative-side-1519326000
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/feb/22/neanderthals-not-humans-were-first-artists-on-earth-experts-claim
http://www.dw.com/en/neanderthals-the-oldest-masters-of-cave-art/a-42707939
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2018/02/23/oldest-known-cave-paintings-yield-big-surprise-neanderthals-may-have-been-first-artists/?utm_term=.ca944ddfb97e
http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-neanderthals-were-artists-20180222-htmlstory.html
https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/02/neanderthals-were-artists-and-thought-symbolically-new-studies-argue/
https://www.timesofisrael.com/earliest-cave-art-belonged-to-neanderthals-not-humans-study-finds/
https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2018/02/22/587662842/cave-art-may-have-been-handiwork-of-neanderthals
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/were-neanderthals-earliest-cave-artists-new-research-spain-points-possibility-180968236/
https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/02/neanderthals-cave-art-humans-evolution-science/
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2018/02/22/neanderthals-cave-paintings-spain/#.WpK55xMbM1I
https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-02357-8
https://www.thelocal.es/20180223/ancient-spanish-cave-art-reveals-painters-were-neanderthals
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/ancient-cave-paintings-clinch-case-for-neandertal-symbolism/
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/cave-art-suggests-neandertals-were-ancient-humans-mental-equals?tgt=nr
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6395-180222-neanderthal-cave-art

Giant handaxes suggest multiple human lineages in Europe some 200 000 – 300 000 years bp:

https://phys.org/news/2018-02-giant-handaxes-groups-early-humans.html

On the evolution of human brain size:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/02/180220212021.htm

I think we mentioned these 700 000 years bp child footprints from Gombore:

http://www.pressreleasepoint.com/childs-footprints-700000-years-ago

More on those stone tools from India and their implications:

http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-india-archaeology-stone-tools-818995

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AFRICA
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A statue of a ruler named Aspelta from a temple in the Sudan:

https://www.livescience.com/61801-ancient-statue-nubian-king.html
https://www.livescience.com/61806-egypt-statue-hieroglyphic-discovery-photos.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6387-180220-sudan-statue-aspelta

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Plenty of coverage of the find of eight 26th Dynasty tombs with plenty of burial goods at Tuna el-Gebel near Cairo:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/43713/8-new-tombs-discovered-in-Tuna-el-Gebel-in-Minya
http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/291590/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/th-Dynasty-cemetery-uncovered-in-Egypts-Minya.aspx
http://www.egyptindependent.com/photos-egypt-announces-large-discovery-of-26th-dynasty-cemetery-in-minya/
https://egyptianstreets.com/2018/02/25/a-2000-year-old-cemetery-unearthed-in-egypts-minya-governorate/
https://phys.org/news/2018-02-archaeologists-ancient-necropolis-egypt.html
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/ancient-necropolis-egypt-archeologists-mummy-tuna-al-gabal-a8226891.html
https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-egypt-archaeology/egypt-uncovers-ancient-necropolis-south-of-cairo-idUKKCN1G80QC
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/archaeologists-discover-burial-ground-egyptian-high-priests-n850921
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/43713/8-new-tombs-discovered-in-Tuna-el-Gebel-in-Minya
http://www.dw.com/en/german-archaeologists-help-uncover-ancient-cemetery-near-egyptian-city-of-minya/a-42726779
https://theweeklyobserver.com/ancient-necropolis-discovered-germans-egyptians/32226/
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-egypt-archaeology/egypt-uncovers-ancient-necropolis-south-of-cairo-idUSKCN1G80QI
https://aawsat.com/english/home/article/1185706/ancient-necropolis-found-egypt%E2%80%99s-tuna-al-gabal
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/ancient-necropolis-uncovered-egypt-containing-over-1000-statues-1663624

Latest theory on how the pyramids at Giza were aligned:

https://www.livescience.com/61799-great-pyramid-near-perfect-alignment.html
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/science/news/article.cfm?c_id=82&objectid=11998479
http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/archaeologist-may-have-finally-unravelled-the-mystery-of-the-great-pyramid-of-giza/news-story/ba2b86e7eddbc5908cae5ff60a07cd08
https://news.sky.com/story/mystery-behind-the-giza-pyramids-near-perfect-alignment-possibly-unravelled-11260435
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fall-equinox-secret-pyramids-near-perfect-alignment-180968223/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6391-180221-egypt-fall-equinox

On the sun alignment at Abu Simbel:

http://www.egyptindependent.com/3800-tourists-witness-sun-alignment-at-abu-simbel/

Review of Joyce Tyldesley, *Nefertiti’s Face*:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/feb/23/nefertitis-face-by-joyce-tyldesley-review-creation-egyption-icon

… and a piece by Dr Tyldesley on how Nefertiti’s bust ended up in Germany:

http://www.afr.com/lifestyle/arts-and-entertainment/art/how-nefertitis-bust-ended-up-in-germany-20180220-h0wdyb

Inscriptions in looters’ tunnels revealed after the destruction of the tomb of Jonah in Nineveh:

https://www.livescience.com/61798-biblical-prophet-tomb-iraq.html
http://www.aina.org/ata/20180218183758.htm
http://dailycaller.com/2018/02/22/isis-jonah-kind-esarhaddon-christianity-assyrian/
http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-inscriptions-found-under-biblical-prophets-tomb-describe-brutal-813777

Plenty of coverage of the a seal find purporting to be the prophet Isaiah’s ‘signature’:

https://phys.org/news/2018-02-clay-extra-biblical-prophet-isaiah.html
https://www.timesofisrael.com/in-find-of-biblical-proportions-proof-of-prophet-isaiah-believed-unearthed/
http://www.jpost.com/jerusalem/Seal-of-the-prophet-Isaiah-may-have-been-unearthed-in-Jerusalem-543366
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/MAGAZINE-prophet-isaiah-s-seal-mark-may-have-been-found-in-jerusalem-1.5844352
http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-biblical-seal-prophet-isaiah-reveals-2700-year-old-document-may-have-816049
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/242308
https://www.deseretnews.com/article/900011202/archaeologists-may-have-just-found-prophet-isaiahs-signature-on-an-artifact.html
https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/people-cultures-in-the-bible/people-in-the-bible/prophet-isaiah-signature-jerusalem/
https://www.jta.org/2018/02/22/news-opinion/israel-middle-east/personal-seal-of-prophet-isaiah-believed-to-be-uncovered-in-jerusalem
https://www.livescience.com/61836-ancient-seal-prophet-isaiah.html
https://www.thedailybeast.com/did-archaeologists-just-prove-the-existence-of-prophet-isaiah?source=articles_sum&via=rss
https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/02/prophet-isaiah-jerusalem-seal-archaeology-bible/

Some reaction:

http://www.rollstonepigraphy.com/?p=796
http://www.rollstonepigraphy.com/?p=801
https://theconversation.com/seal-of-the-prophet-isaiah-sorting-out-fact-from-fantasy-92296

Honours for Gabriel Wasserman:

https://blogs.yu.edu/news/gabriel-wasserman-is-awarded-a-prestigious-fellowship/

Feature on Tophets:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2018/02/Understanding-Tophets-Short

Maybe the Hanging Gardens were in Nineveh:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/hey-babylon-nineveh-wants-its-hanging-gardens-back-the-truth-of-an-ancient-wonder

More on the DSS priestly calendar:

https://phys.org/news/2018-02-dead-sea-scrolls-deciphered-esoteric.html
http://theconversation.com/dead-sea-scrolls-deciphered-esoteric-code-reveals-ancient-priestly-calendar-91777

Gobeklitepe is open to the public again:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/worlds-oldest-temple-site-gobeklitepe-reopens-to-visitors-in-turkeys-southeast-127760

What Claudia Glatz is up to:

https://www.glasgowlive.co.uk/news/glasgow-news/glasgow-university-academic-leads-effort-14316536

Concerns for the Great Mosque of Samarra:

https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2018/02/samarra-mosque-reconstruction-unesco-world-heritage.html

Interesting item on saving manuscripts from ISIL:

https://thearabweekly.com/iraqi-monks-tale-saving-ancient-manuscripts-isis

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A pair of Roman ‘boxing gloves’ from Vindolanda:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/feb/19/rare-roman-boxing-gloves-found-hadrians-wall
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tyne-43120942
https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/knock-out-find-roman-boxing-14311448
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/astonishing-roman-boxing-gloves-found-near-hadrians-wall-knockout-discovery-1662466
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-02-20/archaeologists-find-roman-boxing-gloves/9464756
http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-roman-boxing-gloves-discovered-northern-england-vindolanda-813641
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6389-180220-roman-boxing-gloves

Remains of a Roman barracks block from Chester:

https://www.chesterchronicle.co.uk/news/chester-cheshire-news/archaeologists-find-roman-barrack-block-14314159

… related:

https://www.chesterchronicle.co.uk/news/chester-cheshire-news/follow-trail-around-chesters-more-14324313

Latest finds from the Thessaloniki metro construction (including a headless Aphrodite statue):

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2018/02/21/thessaloniki-metro-dig-reveals-more-ancient-greek-finds/
http://greece.greekreporter.com/2018/02/24/glorious-ancient-past-of-thessaloniki-unearthed-photos/
http://www.ekathimerini.com/226119/gallery/ekathimerini/in-images/thessaloniki-archaeological-treasures-unveiled
http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/30170-thessaloniki-metro-dig-reveals-more-ancient-greek-finds.html
http://neoskosmos.com/news/en/Archaeologists-unearth-headless-Aphrodite-statue-in-Thessaloniki

A section of 1st century mosaic from the bathing complex at Bath:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-bristol-43141937
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/oldest-mosaic-roman-baths-found-during-excavations-180968231/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6390-180221-england-roman-bath

A possible Roman origin for a Reedham church:

http://www.edp24.co.uk/features/reedham-roman-anglo-saxons-hadrian-s-wall-saxon-shore-1-5403030

Interesting study of how the ‘Gates of Hell’ at Hierapolis killed sacrificial animals:

https://www.livescience.com/61802-gate-to-hell-deadly-secret-found.html
http://eu.greekreporter.com/2018/02/23/scientists-reveal-ancient-gate-to-hell-mystery-in-ancient-greek-city/
http://www.ibtimes.co.in/gate-hell-roman-portal-underworld-can-kill-anyone-if-they-get-too-close-it-scientists-reveal-761255
http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-rome-scientists-explain-geological-mystery-killed-animals-not-priests-811946
https://www.yahoo.com/news/ancient-rome-scientists-explain-geological-100002342.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-roman-gates-hell-worked-180968197/

Philip II’s palace at Aigai is opening to the public soon:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2018/02/22/restored-ancient-greek-palace-gets-ready-for-visitors/

Putting Megacles on trial:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/tornos/events/30147-classic-ancient-greek-trials-at-national-hellenic-museum-in-chicago-video.html

In case you missed the phallic parade in Athens:

http://neoskosmos.com/news/en/Phallic-parade-through-Athens-honours-ancient-Greek-god-Dionysus

… or just want a feature on erotic art of Greece and Rome:

https://theconversation.com/friday-essay-the-erotic-art-of-ancient-greece-and-rome-87859

Crossword help for ‘nemean’:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/19/crosswords/what-the-heck-is-that-nemean.html

Feature on Kottabos:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/kottabos-ancient-greek-wine-spilling-game

Feature on ‘Brancaster’ rings:

http://www.eveningnews24.co.uk/news/new-light-cast-on-norfolk-named-roman-jewellery-linked-to-the-lord-of-the-rings-1-5402556

Analogies between Russian meddling and Troy:

https://www.cnn.com/2018/02/20/opinions/russia-mueller-bots-divisions-odyssey-tess-taylor-opinion/index.html

What Gloria Pinney is up to:

http://www.uc.edu/news/NR.aspx?id=26106

What Albert Ammerman is up to:

http://www.thecolgatemaroonnews.com/news/article_8a096588-17f5-11e8-bcdb-5724ce9af9ee.html

What Lynn Kozak is up to (performing the Iliad):

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/theatre-and-performance/montreal-academics-live-serial-presentation-of-the-iliad-captures-all-the-allure-of-modern-tv/article38035047/

Interviewish/reviewish with Richard Thomas about his Dylan book:

https://www.theday.com/article/20180219/NWS01/180219329
https://www.outlookindia.com/magazine/story/blowin-in-an-augustan-wind/299862

Review of Daniel Mendelsohn, *An Odyssey*:

https://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/books/an-odyssey-review-daniel-mendelsohns-journey-with-his-father-and-homer-20180215-h0w5ae.html
https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/entertainment/books/an-odyssey-review-daniel-mendelsohns-journey-with-his-father-and-homer-20180215-h0w5ae.html

Review of Emily Wilson’s *Odyssey* translation:

https://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2018/02/woman-scholars-take-on-the-odyssey/

Interview with Nick Hodgson on the effect of Hadrian’s Wall on the locals:

https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/story-how-hadrians-wall-destroyed-14313179

Review of Patricia Vidgerman, *Real Life of the Parthenon*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/20/books/review/the-real-life-of-the-parthenon-patricia-vigderman.html

Feature on Yourcenar’s *Memoirs of Hadrian*:

https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/books/in-praise-of-older-books-memoirs-of-hadrian-by-marguerite-yourcenar-translated-by-grace-frick-1954-1.3398660

They’re already pondering a sequel to Troy: Fall of a City:

http://www.radiotimes.com/news/tv/2018-02-24/troy-fall-of-a-city-series-2/

… and the casting decisions continue to be brought up:

http://variety.com/2018/tv/news/troy-fall-of-a-city-casting-diversity-bbc-netflix-1202707708/
http://www.radiotimes.com/news/tv/2018-02-24/troy-fall-of-a-city-blackwashing-casting-black-actors-greek-myth/

More on Caesar’s landing place in Britain:

https://www.pri.org/stories/2018-02-20/wrong-beach-two-british-towns-may-not-actually-be-where-caesar-landed-55-bc

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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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Remains of a domesticated goat dating back to the Neolithic Corded Ware period from Finland:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-02/uoh-dgd022318.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/02/180223111548.htm

Bronze Age finds from school construction in Wichelstowe:

http://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/news/16046212.Bronze_Age_artefacts_discovered_as_school_building_works_gets_underway/

Inscriptions found on a medieval spindle whorl found in Poland some 60 years ago:

http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news%2C28263%2Conly-medieval-whorl-inscription-found-poland-comes-czermno.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6392-180221-poland-spindle-whorl

Overviewish thing on finds from a dig at St Albans Cathedral:

http://www.hertsad.co.uk/news/unearthing-1-000-years-of-life-and-death-during-major-st-albans-cathedral-excavation-work-1-5400567

Excavating 20 burials from Copenhagen dating to 1000 years bp or so:

http://cphpost.dk/news/skeletons-of-first-copenhageners-discovered-under-city-hall-square.html

Bones found because of a ‘vision’ on Paphos date from the 14th century:

http://cyprus-mail.com/2018/02/24/vision-bones-found-paphos-cave-appear-date-14th-century/

Medieval remains found during school renovations in Turku:

https://yle.fi/uutiset/osasto/news/a_piece_of_14th_century_turku_under_the_gym_floor_-_our_own_pompeii/10083848

Because of ‘waterlogged ground’, Avebury henge and environs have been temporarily closed:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-bristol-43154577
http://www.hampshirechronicle.co.uk/uk_national_news/16038968.National_Trust_temporarily_closes_most_of_Avebury_henge_and_stone_circles/?ref=rss
http://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/news/16038318.Wet_weather_shuts_5_000_year_old_Avebury_stones_for__a_few_weeks____but_car_parking_will_be_free/

Some Iron Age Viking finds were apparently melted down as scrap (? I’m hoping Google is mistranslating):

https://samnytt.se/arkeolog-ska-utreda-varfor-delar-av-sveriges-kulturarv-skrotas-danskarna-skakar-pa-huvudet/

More on those skulls on stakes from a Swedish lake (pardon the rhyme):

https://phys.org/news/2018-02-year-underwater-burial-site-reveals.html
https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/02/demolition-workers-uncover-8000-year-old-ritual-skulls-in-sweden/

More on that Viking mass grave:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/02/180202085235.htm
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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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A possible 7th century banquet hall from Asuka:

http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201802220048.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6394-180222-japan-asuka-banquets

A 1500 years bp tomb with armour from Shibushi:

http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201802140003.html
http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-japan-1500-year-old-tomb-discovered-human-remains-and-armor-perfect-813876

A pair of 232 years bp cannon show up during excavations at Fort Cornwallis (Penang):

http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2018/02/20/two-200-year-old-cannons-found-at-fort-cornwallis/
https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2018/02/21/double-ang-pow-discovery-in-penang/
https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/412899

Excavating a 19th century Ottoman shipwreck off Japan:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/excavations-continue-in-pacific-on-ottoman-frigate-ertugrul-127584

Feature on archaeology in Cambodia:

http://www.news.com.au/video/id-5348771529001-5738289805001/archaeology-in-cambodia-longvek

Fire at a Tibetan monastery in Lhasa:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-43101743
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NORTH AMERICA
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A well-travelled copy of the Declaration of Independence has turned up again:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/retropolis/wp/2018/02/19/a-rare-copy-of-the-declaration-of-independence-survived-the-civil-war-hidden-behind-wallpaper-later-it-was-tossed-in-a-box/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/copy-declaration-independence-hidden-behind-wall-paper-during-civil-war-resurfaces-texas-180968207/

Protecting petroglyphs on Lake Mountain (Utah):

https://www.heraldextra.com/news/local/protecting-petroglyphs-as-utah-county-develops/article_59c8f56f-e806-548c-9a7d-6e338310521f.html

On a cemetery built on a Native American mound in Mississippi:

https://navajotimes.com/wires-wp/index.php?id=1777263601&kid=cqB52fb1EbjxmpDx

Rejecting the Solutrean hypothesis (recently revived in a Canadian documentary):

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/feb/21/rejecting-the-solutrean-hypothesis-the-first-peoples-in-the-americas-were-not-from-europe

On early white interpretations of assorted mound cultures:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/white-settlers-buried-truth-about-midwests-mysterious-mound-cities-180968246/
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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On infant skull binding in the Andes:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-02/cu-isb022118.php
https://phys.org/news/2018-02-infant-skull-identity-inequality-ancient.html

Mayan finds from the largest underwater cave (Yucatan):

https://phys.org/news/2018-02-archaeologists-fossils-mayan-relics-giant.html
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-mexico-cave/ancient-human-remains-ice-age-animal-bones-found-in-giant-mexican-cave-idUSKCN1G40V3?feedType=RSS&feedName=scienceNews
https://www.thenational.ae/world/the-americas/mexican-archaeologists-find-fossils-and-mayan-relics-in-world-s-largest-underwater-cave-1.706196
http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/mexico-flooded-cave-1.4543416?cmp=rss
https://www.yahoo.com/news/ancient-mayan-bones-uncovered-mexico-130204750.html
https://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/human-remains-found-in-underwater-cave/
http://www.newsweek.com/archaeologists-mexico-discover-treasures-mayan-civilization-and-giant-sloth-812882
https://www.cnn.com/videos/world/2018/02/21/ancient-human-remains-found-in-flooded-cave-mexico-orig-llr.cnn
https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/02/largest-underwater-cave-system-new-finds-mexico-spd/

… and concerns for the Sac Actun cave system in general:

https://phys.org/news/2018-02-experts-vast-underwater-archeology-site.html
http://abcnews.go.com/Lifestyle/wireStory/experts-underwater-archaeology-site-imperiled-mexico-53205587
https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/feb/19/experts-underwater-archaeology-site-imperiled-in-m/
https://globalnews.ca/news/4034981/underwater-archaeology-site-mexico-imperiled-pollution/

… and there are plans to make a 3d copy of the cave:

https://phys.org/news/2018-02-scientists-recreate-virtual-mexican-underwater.html

… and INAH has published an underwater archaeology catalog:

http://www.theyucatantimes.com/2018/02/inah-publishes-new-museum-of-underwater-archeology-catalog/

LiDAR has revealed a major city near Morelia, Mexico:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/feb/15/laser-scanning-reveals-lost-ancient-mexican-city-had-as-many-buildings-as-manhattan
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/laser-mapping-reveals-ancient-mexican-city-once-had-many-buildings-manhattan-180968202/
http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/ancient-lost-city-in-mexico-had-as-many-buildings-as-manhattan/news-story/81a0b55edcf140157a5762ebce9a79a3

More on what LiDAR revealed in Guatemala:

https://phys.org/news/2018-02-laser-technology-maya-archeologists-theyve.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-02/uoa-ltt022018.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/02/180221140946.htm
http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/scienceshow/ancient-city-discovered-in-central-america/9478874
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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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Feature on assorted ‘lost cities’:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/feb/25/lost-cities-of-the-world-angamuco-pripyat-termessos-gedi-mohenjo-daro-the-five

It apparently took a while for dogs and humans to get along:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/dogs-and-humans-didnt-become-best-friends-overnight-180968232/

Conservation of the oldest Christian panel painting from the Americas:

https://fr.aleteia.org/2018/02/17/la-france-conserve-le-plus-ancien-tableau-chretien-damerique/

Arguing about the Portrait of Omai:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2018/feb/25/joshua-reynolds-portrait-omai-tate-john-magnier-amsterdam–row

On the evil eye:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20180216-the-strange-power-of-the-evil-eye

On the spread of Proto Indo European:

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/new-evidence-fuels-debate-over-the-origin-of-modern-languages/

Interesting early same-sex marriage in Spain:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-43057841

Making the Bible into a ‘novel’ (sort of):

https://www.npr.org/2018/02/18/586556000/manuscripts-encourages-readers-to-approach-the-bible-like-a-novel

Victor Nuovo is looking at Diderot this week:

http://www.addisonindependent.com/201802victor-nuovo-diderot%E2%80%99s-political-naturalism

Interesting feature on David Fairchild:

https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2018/02/20/586459088/like-lemons-quinoa-thank-this-food-explorer-for-bringing-them-to-your-plate

Feature on Klimt and Schiele:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20180221-klimt-and-schiele-the-artists-who-shocked-europe

On Rembrandt’s self portraits:

https://www.npr.org/2018/02/19/586454391/he-s-not-a-leading-man-a-casting-director-on-rembrandt-s-self-portraits?sc=17&f=1008

Feature on W.E.B. Du Bois at 150:

https://www.npr.org/2018/02/22/587839970/w-e-b-du-bois-at-150?sc=17&f=1032&utm_source=iosnewsapp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=app
https://www.npr.org/2018/02/23/588103943/the-enduring-lyricism-of-w-e-b-du-bois-the-souls-of-black-folk

More on dice:

https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2018/02/dice-dice-baby/553742/

More on rabbit domestication:

http://www.columbian.com/news/2018/feb/24/story-of-monks-who-kept-rabbits-just-that/

More on the archaeology of wealth inequality:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/aracheology-wealth-inequality-180968072/

Review of Iliffe, *Priest of Nature*:

https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/public/isaac-newton-oddness/

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Hadrian:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2018/02/21/exhibition-explores-the-roman-emperor-who-loved-greek-culture/

The Unseen Museum:

http://neoskosmos.com/news/en/Rare-exhibit-in-Athens-features-7000-year-old-enigma

Secret Life of Scissors:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cutting-edge-exhibition-examines-secret-life-scissors-180968194/

Insurance is expensive when Tut goes on tour:

https://www.albawaba.com/business/king-tutankhamun-trip-abroad-costs-egypt-862-million-dollars-minister-of-antiquities-1091490

On the Green Family’s ‘other collection’:

https://religionnews.com/2018/02/21/the-green-familys-other-collection/

Michael Bennett is leaving the Cleveland MoA:

http://www.cleveland.com/arts/index.ssf/2018/02/curator_who_defended_purchase.html

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THE TECHY SIDE
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A new scanning technique reveals a painting beneath a Picasso:

http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-43088339
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/20/science/picasso-blue-period-scans.html

Feature on conservation techniques at UPenn’s Museum of Archaeology:

http://www.philly.com/philly/hp/news_top/art-conservation-historical-artifacts-penn-museum-philadelphia-20180222.html

Studying Neanderthal molars using three-dimensional geometric morphometry:

https://phys.org/news/2018-02-d-morphometric-molars-sima-de.html

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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DNA suggests Przewalski’s horses aren’t technically ‘wild’:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-02/uok-sns021618.php
http://news.ku.edu/2018/02/16/surprising-new-study-redraws-family-tree-domesticated-and-wild-horses
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/horse-origin-mysterious-domestic-dna-analysis-przewalskis-botai-domesticated-a8224121.html
https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/02/22/587755920/why-the-last-wild-horses-really-arent
http://nhpr.org/post/why-last-wild-horses-really-arent
https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/02/przewalski-wild-horses-botai-kazakhstan-spd/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6396-180222-domesticated-botai-horses

DNA is settling some controversy about the spread of the Bell Beaker folks from Europe to Britain:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-02/lm-app022218.php
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-02/snrc-cai021918.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/02/180221131851.htm
https://phys.org/news/2018-02-ancient-dna-tales-humans-migrant.html
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/stonehenge-neolithic-britain-history-ancestors-plague-archaeology-beaker-people-a8222341.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/feb/21/arrival-of-beaker-folk-changed-britain-forever-ancient-dna-study-shows
http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-43115485
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/02/21/no-one-living-britain-truly-british-scientists-find-stonehenge/
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/stonehenge-neolithic-britain-history-ancestors-plague-archaeology-beaker-people-a8222341.html
http://www.salisburyjournal.co.uk/uk_national_news/16038730.European_Beaker_immigrants_took_over_UK__study_shows/?ref=rss
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/ancient-britons-overrun-by-folk-from-the-steppes-5dg3dwtgh
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/MAGAZINE-for-whom-the-bell-beaker-tolls-archaeological-mystery-solved-1.5843019
https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/02/prehistoric-europe-much-like-a-game-of-civilization-according-to-ancient-dna/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6393-180222-europe-beaker-culture

This seems to be a different study of migrations in Europe:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-02/uow-nrs022118.php
http://www.uwyo.edu/uw/news/2018/02/uw-scientists-part-of-research-on-prehistoric-human-migration-in-europe.html

DNA also suggests that Taino DNA is still present in Caribbean populations:

https://phys.org/news/2018-02-indigenous-taino-present-day-caribbean-populations.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-02/sjcu-sit021518.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/02/180219155009.htm
http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/02/genes-extinct-caribbean-islanders-found-living-people
https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/02/natives-of-the-caribbean-wiped-out-during-colonization-left-dna-behind/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-dna-contradicts-historical-narrative-extinct-caribbean-taino-population-180968221/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6388-180220-bahamas-eleuthera-taino

They’re going to test those human remains from the Whydah to see if theres a connection to Samuel Bellamy:

https://phys.org/news/2018-02-museum-discuss-efforts-bones-pirate.html
https://www.nhregister.com/news/article/UNH-scientists-explore-pirate-mystery-12631839.php
http://www.pressreleasepoint.com/bones-discovered-shipwreck-cape-cod-may-belong-prince-pirates
http://www.telegram.com/news/20180220/bone-pulled-from-wreck-off-cape-cod-could-be-infamous-pirates
http://www.smh.com.au/world/dna-test-to-confirm-if-world-s-richest-pirate-found-20180220-p4z0yy.html
https://www.theage.com.au/world/north-america/dna-test-to-confirm-if-world-s-richest-pirate-found-20180220-p4z0yy.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/02/19/possible-remains-worlds-richest-pirate-captain-black-sam-bellamy/

Over the past eight years, genome research has expanded to 1300+ human genomes:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/02/180221131848.htm

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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The Dutch apparently prospered during the ‘Little Ice Age’:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/some-places-flourished-in-the-little-ice-age-there-are-lessons-for-us-now/2018/02/16/455fb2d8-0c25-11e8-8b0d-891602206fb7_story.html
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Polish palaces:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20180221-the-magnificent-palaces-of-polands-lower-silesia

Xian:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/23/travel/xian-china-budget-affordable.html

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CRIME BEAT
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Some idiot stole a terracotta warrior’s thumb from a display at the Franklin Institute (and China is livid):

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2018/feb/19/china-calls-on-us-to-punish-terracotta-warrior-thumb-thief
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-43109139
https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/02/terra-cotta-warriors-philadelphia-museum-broken-thumb-spd/

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 US Supreme court has ruled that terrorist victims cannot seize Iranian antiquities on loan in the US:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/terror-victims-cannot-seize-iranian-antiquities-us-supreme-court-rules
http://www.jurist.org/paperchase/2018/02/supreme-court-rejects-victims-claims-to-collect-damages-from-iran.php
http://www.wtva.com/content/national/474727053.html?ref=053
http://www.tehrantimes.com/news/421531/Disputed-Persian-artifacts-one-step-closer-to-home

A different sort of repatriation issue … an Israeli collector claiming title to a statue of Cybele in Turkey:

https://www.courthousenews.com/israeli-collector-sues-turkish-cultural-ministry-over-roman-statue/

Even more different, a Degas stolen in 2009 turns up on a bus near Paris:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-43168246
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/23/world/europe/degas-painting-bus.html?partner=rss&emc=rss

This seems also to be the category to mention that the US and Libya have signed an MoU on looting:

https://www.libyaobserver.ly/inbrief/us-libya-sign-anti-antiquities-looting-mou
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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on expensive ancient coins:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/coinweek-ancient-coin-series-million-dollar-ancients-come-close/

Followup to that coins-in-a-piano story from a while back:

http://www.dunmowbroadcast.co.uk/news/town-museum-makes-bid-to-acquire-hoard-of-rare-coins-hidden-in-piano-1-5404508

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/club_nbs_esylum_v21n07.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/club_nbs_esylum_v21n08.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/2689-audio-news-from-archaeologica-11-february-2017-17-february-2018

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OBITUARIES
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Eleanor Winsor Leach:

https://classicalstudies.org/scs-news/memoriam-eleanor-winsor-leach

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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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