Explorator 20.50 ~ April 8, 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, Kris Curry, Richard C. Griffiths,
Richard Campbell, 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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Oldest Neanderthal-made wooden tools from the Iberian peninsula:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/04/180403090050.htm
https://phys.org/news/2018-04-oldest-neanderthal-wooden-tools-iberian.html

Studying Neanderthal nasal passages:

https://phys.org/news/2018-04-neanderthal-nose.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/apr/04/new-research-sheds-light-on-neanderthals-distinctive-features
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6492-180404-neanderthal-inhale-exhale

More on ‘compassionate’ behaviour among Neanderthals:

https://phys.org/news/2018-04-neanderthals-survived-age.html

Related (sort of) interview with David Reich:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/apr/07/ever-evolving-story-humanity-david-reich-interview-neanderthals-denisovans-genome

Walking and climbing apparently did not interfere with each other in early hominin development:

https://phys.org/news/2018-04-anatomy-easier-muscles-climbing-early.html
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/human-ancestors-walking-earlier-previously-thought-ardipithecus-early-man-chimpanzees-a8287211.html

Using an earbone to track ‘Out of Africa’:

https://phys.org/news/2018-04-human-bony-labyrinth-indicator-dispersal.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-04/uoz-iep040318.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/04/180403140345.htm

Using ‘machine learning’ to decide whether homo naledi burials demonstrate ritual behaviour:

https://phys.org/news/2018-04-machine-algorithm-ancient-hominin-ritualistic.html
https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/04/machine-learning-says-homo-naledi-may-not-have-buried-its-dead/
https://elpais.com/elpais/2018/04/05/ciencia/1522948095_388069.html

Another instance of sapiens and neanderthalis ‘coexisting’:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2018/04/05/latest-finds-in-paleolithic-bacho-kiro-cave-in-central-bulgaria-imply-coexistence-of-early-homo-sapiens-and-neanderthals/

Early humans contributed to the demise of the cave bear, apparently:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/04/180405100145.htm
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AFRICA
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A chronology of the mesolithic in Africa (abstract):

http://science.sciencemag.org/content/360/6384/95?rss=1

6 000 years bp infant burials in the Sudan:

http://www.thenews.pl/1/11/Artykul/356895,Poles-uncover-6000yearold-tombs-of-babies-in-Sudan-report
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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A Greco-Roman temple near the Siwa Oasis:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/41/295033/Heritage/GrecoRoman/Remains-of-GraecoRoman-temple-discovered-near-Siwa.aspx
http://www.egyptindependent.com/ministry-of-antiquities-reveals-discovery-of-greco-roman-temple-near-siwa/
https://egyptianstreets.com/2018/04/05/egyptian-archaeological-mission-discovers-a-graeco-roman-temple-near-siwa/
http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/47180/A-Graeco-Roman-temple-was-uncovered-in-Al-Salam-archaeological
https://phys.org/news/2018-04-archaeologists-greco-roman-temple-egypt.html
https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2018/04/05/archaeologists-unearth-remains-of-greco-roman-temple-in-egypt
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/archaeologists-find-remains-of-greco-roman-temple-in-egypt/2018/04/05/cb60141a-38d3-11e8-af3c-2123715f78df_story.html
https://www.detroitnews.com/story/tech/science/2018/04/05/egypt-antiquities-roman-temple-discovered/33567183/
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=12027023
https://www.sciencealert.com/rare-greco-roman-temple-ruins-uncovered-in-egypt
https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/04/greco-roman-temple-egypt-spd/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6491-180404-graeco-roman-temple

On the hidden chamber in the Great Pyramid:

http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/great-pyramids-hidden-chamber-may-be-a-trick-of-perspective-egyptologist-warns/news-story/d02e9021caf6233a265c0d84b7277812

Really a crime story … Egypt has charged 72 with looting a site and turning it into a parking lot:

http://www.egyptindependent.com/72-officials-charged-with-theft-after-turning-ancient-archaeological-site-into-parking-lot/
https://english.alarabiya.net/en/life-style/art-and-culture/2018/04/04/72-Egyptian-officials-charged-for-looting-archaeological-area.html

What the Egyptian Antiquities Ministry is up to:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/46872/Antiquities-Ministry-gears-up-for-new-projects-across-the-country

More on the successful extraction of DNA from a 4 000 years bp mummy in the Boston MoFA:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/02/science/mummy-head-fbi-dna.html
https://www.livescience.com/62194-decapitated-mummy-ancient-dna.html
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/dna-solves-mystery-of-ancient-mummy-from-ransacked-tomb/
http://nationalpost.com/news/world/the-mystery-of-the-mummys-head-how-the-fbi-helped-crack-a-4000-year-old-case
https://www.usnews.com/news/national-news/articles/2018-04-03/fbi-identifies-4-000-year-old-mummified-head
https://www.yahoo.com/news/4-000-old-mummy-just-200900259.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-fbi-helped-museum-learn-identify-4000-year-old-severed-head-180968674/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6486-180402-egyptian-mummy-dna

Feature on Caroline Ransom Williams:

http://www.newswise.com/articles/view/692389/?sc=rsln

Studying land use in the Jordan Valley:

https://phys.org/news/2018-04-geographers-ancient-jordan-valley.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-04/uoe-tit040418.php

The ‘picture of God’ from Kuntillet Ajrud is getting press attention again:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.thou-shalt-have-how-many-gods-exactly-1.5973328
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-thou-shalt-have-how-many-gods-exactly-1.5973328
https://forward.com/culture/398291/a-drawing-found-in-sinai-desert-might-provide-evidence-of-judaisms/
https://www.thedailybeast.com/did-god-have-a-wifeand-a-tail?source=articles&via=rss

Archaeologists are weighing in on the latest plan for the Kotel:

https://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/243906
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/jerusalem/archaeologist-suing-to-remove-kotel-egalitarian-platform-over-damage-to-artifacts/2018/04/03/

Archaeology at Sebastia seems to be part of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict now:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-04/04/c_137088447.htm

… and elsewhere:

https://en.qantara.de/content/gazas-cultural-heritage-the-palestinians-vanishing-legacy

More on UK archaeologists helping Iraq restore their heritage:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/apr/01/uk-archaeologists-help-iraqis-restore-their-isis-ravaged-heritage
http://www.aina.org/news/20180401144550.htm

… and the BM training Iraqi women archaeologists:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/british-museum-trains-iraqi-women-to-save-world-s-oldest-bridge-in-girsu-9hxxch9wk

The Jordan Antiquities Ministry has officially declared those ‘lead codices’ fake:

http://www.jordantimes.com/news/local/jordan-codices%E2%80%99-proven-fake-%E2%80%94-doa

More on those Jewish Revolt ‘freedom coins’:

https://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/243632
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Coins-symbolically-discovered-from-great-revolt-before-Passover-547128

More on China-Saudi Arabia cooperation in archaeology:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-04/07/c_137093699.htm
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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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A Roman tomb in the courtyard of Plovdiv’s Medical University:

http://www.novinite.com/articles/189281/Archaeologists+Have+Discovered+a+Roman+Tomb+in+the+Courtyard+of+the+Medical+University+in+Plovdiv
https://sofiaglobe.com/2018/04/04/archaeology-roman-tomb-found-in-the-grounds-of-medical-university-in-plovdiv/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6495-180405-bulgaria-roman-tomb

… not sure if this is the same burial:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2018/04/03/ancient-tortoise-shell-discovered-in-roman-burial-chambers-in-bulgaria

Feature on a German-Bulgarian dig at Novgrad:

https://www.euscoop.com/en/2018/4/6/archaeologists-revealing-roman-ruins-near-novgrad

A hoard of 1500 years bp coins from a collapsed building near the harbour of Corinth:

https://www.livescience.com/62192-ancient-coin-stash-leaves-mystery.html
https://neoskosmos.com/en/113367/1500-year-old-bronze-coins-found-at-greek-harbour/
http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-coins-roman-empire-corinth-excavation-868534
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6487-180402-greece-corinth-coins

Trying to recreate a Roman ‘refrigerator’ in Switzerland:

https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/sci-tech/cold-hole_basel-scientists-attempt-to-recreate-roman-fridge/44015658
https://www.thelocal.ch/20180403/swiss-researchers-try-to-get-ancient-roman-fridge-working-again-history
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6488-180403-switzerland-roman-refrigerator

Latest hype for the Herculaneum papyri:

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/herculaneum-scrolls-can-technology-unravel-the-secrets-sealed-by-mt-vesuvius-2000-years-ago/
https://www.christianpost.com/news/archaeological-discovery-ancient-charred-scroll-could-contain-historic-christian-writings-222363/

… related:

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/the-day-vesuvius-blew-its-top-pompeii-herculaneum/

The S. Giovanni Metro C station is opening soon:

https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/romes-metro-c-station-at-s-giovanni-to-open-soon.html

Feature on Sirens:

https://www.bustle.com/p/the-sirens-in-the-odyssey-werent-sexy-for-the-reason-you-think-according-to-the-epics-first-women-translator-8616105

We need to be more Bacchic:

https://inews.co.uk/culture/arts/bettany-hughes-ancient-greeks-bacchus/

On the Caesarian section:

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/why-is-it-called-a-cesarean-section-anyway_us_5ac24885e4b055e50acf55bc

Nero v Caligula:

https://www.courthousenews.com/nero-or-caligula/

On Rome’s ‘fault’:

http://www.iflscience.com/environment/romes-fault-helped-make-it-a-great-power/

Why ancient literature still matters:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/books/why-the-literature-of-antiquity-still-matters/2018/04/03/371c38ac-374c-11e8-9c0a-85d477d9a226_story.html?utm_term=.7ccf33aa1962

The Stoic approach to tyranny:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/02/opinion/stoicism-political-tyrants.html

Looking at poisoning in ancient Roman times:

https://daily.jstor.org/poisoning-like-the-romans/

Feature on Gismondi’s model of Rome:

https://mymodernmet.com/scale-model-ancient-rome/

On the Ludi Romani at Utah State:

https://www.usu.edu/today/index.cfm?id=57572

In Our Time this week was looking at Roman slavery:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09xnl51

The BBC will get access to shoot their program at Sounion after all:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2018/04/03/greek-archaeologists-reverse-film-ban-decision/
https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/entertainment/film-tv/news/bbc-spy-show-granted-access-to-ancient-greek-temple-as-filming-decision-reversed-36770809.html
http://www.kctv5.com/story/37868226/after-spat-bbc-spy-show-gets-access-to-ancient-greek-temple
https://www.wpxi.com/entertainment/after-spat-bbc-spy-show-gets-access-to-ancient-greek-temple/726262501
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/entertainment/news/article.cfm?c_id=1501119&objectid=12025491&ref=rss

Interview with Adrienne Mayor:

https://classicalstudies.org/scs-blog/adrienne-mayor/blog-interview-adrienne-mayor

What Lee Fratantuono and R. Alden Smith are up to:

https://www.owu.edu/news-media/details/an-epic-undertaking/

What Jean Macintosh Turfa is up to:

http://www.union-bulletin.com/things_to_do/arts/ancient-fortunes-and-misfortunes-revealed-in-lectures/article_a4312a0a-3851-11e8-a852-fb75c9a5022d.html

What Roberta Stewart is up to:

http://www.thedartmouth.com/article/2018/04/program-connects-veteran-experiences-with-homers-works

Peter Jones’ latest in the Spectator:

https://www.spectator.co.uk/2018/04/putins-diseased-ideology/

Translating lyrics into Latin (paywall):

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/desiste-in-nomine-amoris-how-well-do-you-know-your-lyrics-in-latin-27hnrcp0k

Reviews of Madeline Miller, *Circe*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/06/books/madeline-miller-circe-novel.html
https://www.popmatters.com/the-pragmatic-sorcery-of-madeline-millers-circe-2554023146.html

… and Miller has a piece on Penelope too:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/books/classic-books/wily-wife-homers-patient-faithful-penelope-cunning-odysseus/

Reviewish on Mary Beard’s *Women and Power*:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/audio/2018/apr/03/mary-beard-on-women-and-power-books-podcast
http://theconversation.com/mary-beard-and-the-long-tradition-of-women-being-told-to-shut-up-94285
http://menafn.com/1096696268/Mary-Beard-and-the-long-tradition-of-women-being-told-to-shut-up

Review of a couple of recent Odyssey translations:

http://www.weeklystandard.com/speak-goddess/article/2012207

Latest in the quest to repatriate the Parthenon Marbles:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/society/30822-cultural-tourism-350-young-greeks-20-countries-one-campaign-bringthemarbleshome.html

There’s a new Ceres in Vermont:

http://digital.vpr.net/post/slayton-new-ceres?#stream/0

Folks might be interested in the results of the Russell Crowe divorce auction:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-04-07/russell-crowe-divorce-auction/9630220
http://www.bordermail.com.au/story/5328961/staggering-sums-at-russell-crowe-auction/

More on recreating ancient beer at UWinnipeg:

https://www.winnipegfreepress.com/our-communities/metro/Recipe-for-the-ages-478552873.html

More on the hydraulis at the Acropolis Museum:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2018/03/30/ancient-greek-water-organ-sounds-again-at-acropolis-museum/

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

Visit our blog:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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Plenty of coverage of a computer simulation suggesting Viking sunstone navigation could work:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/06/science/vikings-navigation-sunstones.html
https://phys.org/news/2018-04-simulations-viking-sunstone-accurate.html
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/world-history/viking-history-crystals-sailing-northern-seas-sunstone-a8293401.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2018/04/04/vikings-may-have-used-crystals-to-navigate-across-the-atlantic/
https://www.zmescience.com/science/history-science/vikings-may-used-crystals-navigate-cloudy-weather/
https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/04/mysterious-sunstones-in-medieval-viking-texts-could-really-have-worked/
https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidbressan/2018/04/07/crystals-may-have-helped-the-vikings-cross-the-seas/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6494-180405-viking-sunstone-navigation

A 19th century slaughterhouse site in Edinburgh:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-43670339

Pondering a 19th century walrus burial:

https://londonist.com/london/secret/why-was-a-walrus-found-buried-next-to-a-human-body-beneath-king-s-cross

Plans for a heritage lottery type thing in France:

https://fr.aleteia.org/2018/03/29/stephane-bern-devoile-250-chefs-doeuvre-du-patrimoine-a-restaurer-en-urgence/

Plans to search for the St Aebbe monastery:

https://www.berwickshirenews.co.uk/news/lost-monastery-of-st-bbe-in-berwickshire-1-4718158

You can visit a medieval charnel house online now:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/apr/01/rare-english-charnel-house-can-now-be-seen-online

Erosion concerns for coastal sites in Denmark:

http://cphpost.dk/news/coastal-erosion-is-gradually-expunging-denmarks-cultural-heritage.html

Funding concerns for a cave dig in Armenia:

https://news.am/eng/news/444024.html

More on a 5000 years bp shoe in a Swiss lake:

https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/business/archaeological-find-_divers-discover-5-000-year-old-shoe-in-swiss-lake–/44003700

More on that Cornish barrow site:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/03/180329095418.htm

More on LiDAR revealing a Bronze Age site in Wales:

http://metro.co.uk/2018/04/02/hidden-bronze-age-community-discovered-on-british-island-7434642/
http://www.iflscience.com/technology/laser-tech-reveals-lost-bronze-age-island-civilization/

More on that medieval coffin birth:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rare-case-coffin-birth-seen-medieval-grave-180968612/
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http://archaeology-in-europe.blogspot.com/

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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Petroglyphs from Lhasa:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-04/02/c_137083199.htm

Dolmens found in Jangaon:

https://telanganatoday.com/archaeologists-spot-dolmens-in-jangaon

Digging the capital of the Vakataka kingdom:

http://www.dnaindia.com/mumbai/report-excavations-throw-light-on-capital-of-vakataka-kingdom-2600121

Evidence of 17th century wine and opium production in Japan:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-04/ku-4yd040218.php
https://phys.org/news/2018-04-year-old-documents-reveal-evidence-japanese.html

A Maori “ceremonial comb” find:

https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/102803195/A-M-ori-ceremonial-comb-has-been-discovered-in-Huntly-roadworks
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6490-180404-maori-wooden-comb

Ayutthaya-era pottery from a site in Thailand:

https://www.bangkokpost.com/news/general/1441479/old-pottery-discovery-causes-stir-in-trang
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6496-180406-thailand-pottery-found

Concerns for a medieval temple complex in Andhra Pradesh:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/vijayawada/andhra-pradesh-medieval-temple-complex-stands-in-neglect/articleshow/63659641.cms
http://www.thehansindia.com/posts/index/Andhra-Pradesh/2018-04-07/Medieval-temples-in-dilapidated-condition/372554

Plans to search for China’s ‘other two’ warlords:

http://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/2140732/one-down-two-go-discovery-cao-caos-tomb-turns-focus-search

Pondering a skull from India’s 1857 mutiny:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-43616597

Feature on Angkor Wat:

https://www.livescience.com/23841-angkor-wat.html

More on Aboriginal tools being made from British ship materials:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-43551015
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6485-180402-australia-flint-artifacts
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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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Studying spear points to tract the Ice Age peopling of the Americas:

https://phys.org/news/2018-04-spear-early-inhabitants.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-04/tau-spp040218.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/04/180402160610.htm

Studying canoe routes in Canada:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/wabanaki-canoe-routes-mapping-1.4601748
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6484-180402-wabanaki-canoe-routes

What LiDAR is revealing about slave life at Montpelier:

http://www.nbc29.com/story/37890379/montpelier-archaeologists-employ-new-technology-to-reveal-slave-experience
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6497-18040-madison-montpelier-lidar

Trying to protect petroglyph sites in Utah:

https://www.heraldextra.com/news/local/north/eagle-mountain/rock-art-activists-are-sitting-on-shooting-sites-to-protect/article_b3ba37ff-464b-59bb-83ae-737ad5707a52.html

A Civil War era steamer off the coast of North Carolina:

https://www.wwaytv3.com/2018/04/02/drone-captures-civil-war-era-shipwreck-off-brunswick-co-coast/

Canada has exonerated six First Nations chiefs hanged in 1864:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/canada-exonerates-six-indigenous-chiefs-hanged-1864-180968606/

What J. Michael Francis is up to:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2018/04/03/actualidad/1522711143_932020.html

More on those BC footprints:

http://www.macleans.ca/society/north-americas-oldest-human-footprints-are-in-b-c-and-older-than-anyone-thought/

More on that shipwreck that washed ashore near St. Augustine:

http://www.staugustine.com/news/20180407/its-really-captured-peoples-imagination-researchers-still-studying-shipwreck-as-others-work-to-move-preserve-it
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/200-year-old-shipwreck-washes-florida-180968629/
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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More than 50 news geoglyphs/’Nazca lines’ found by drones in Peru:

https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/04/new-nasca-nazca-lines-discovery-peru-archaeology/
https://www.livescience.com/62238-new-nazca-lines-discovered.html
https://www.sciencealert.com/over-50-new-nazca-lines-peru-desert-paracas-topara
https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/massive-ancient-drawings-found-in-peruvian-desert/ar-AAvvXJd
http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/50-lost-nazca-stone-line-images-uncovered-by-peruvian-drone-survey-are-among-oldest-found/news-story/cfa8e737809e6d62bcc9499cbb98f2bf
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-use-drones-capture-images-ancient-drawings-peru-180968716/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6498-180406-peru-paracas-glyphs

… related:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2018/04/05/a-protest-damaged-ancient-monuments-in-peru-the-repair-effort-led-to-the-discovery-of-even-more/

Women had high status in ancient Peru, apparently:

https://mg.co.za/article/2018-04-04-women-ran-things-in-ancient-peru-a-new-study-argues/
http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/leisure/2018/04/04/women-ran-things-in-ancient-peru-a-new-study-argues/

On the ‘commoners’ at Teotihuacan:

https://slate.com/technology/2018/04/teotihuacn-the-ancient-city-upending-archaeologists-assumptions-about-wealth-inequality.html

On the obsession with El Dorado:

https://phys.org/news/2018-04-lost-amazonian-tribeswhy-west-obsession.html

Restoring a looted Maya temple facade:

https://elpais.com/internacional/2018/04/06/la_serpiente_emplumada/1523042975_396958.html

More on the finds off Yucatan:

http://www.theyucatantimes.com/2018/04/archaeologists-are-trying-to-find-the-maya-underworld/

More on 81 sites in the Amazon:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/satellite-images-reveal-81-pre-hispanic-settlements-amazon-180968626/
—–
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 different sort of Lamassu restoration in London:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-statue-destroyed-isis-resurrected-londons-trafalgar-square-twist-180968636/

How Alfonso X chose a counsellor:

https://elpais.com/elpais/2018/04/05/ciencia/1522939200_466971.html

Studying fake archaeology news:

http://news.emory.edu/stories/2018/04/er_archaeology_blakely/campus.html

On finds by amateurs and the role of the press:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chennai/why-amateur-finds-need-to-reach-pundits-before-press/articleshow/63633360.cms

The importance of French in France:

https://www.chronicle.com/blogs/linguafranca/2018/04/01/how-the-french-are-celebrating-their-language/

Some POW letters from WWI are online:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-43662682

On the colonialism of a couple of well-known screen archaeologists:

https://hyperallergic.com/436285/casual-colonialism-lara-croft-indiana-jones/

Record results for Buddhist manuscript auctions:

http://www.blouinartinfo.com/news/story/2968217/sothebys-hong-kong-achieves-new-auction-record-for-buddhist

Plans to put some fossils collected by Darwin online:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/apr/06/charles-darwin-lost-fossils-including-a-sloth-the-size-of-a-car-to-be-made-public

Review of a biography of Leonard DaVinci:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2018/04/04/actualidad/1522859670_276270.html

Review of Kerrigan, *Shakespeare’s Originality*:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/apr/04/shakespeares-originality-john-kerrigan-review

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Golden Kingdoms:

http://news.ku.edu/2018/03/28/ancient-peoples-latin-america-fashioned-status-objects-gold-jade-shell

Rome: City and Empire:

https://www.tennessean.com/story/life/arts/2018/04/01/splendor-influence-ancient-rome-view-frist-center/459976002/

Capturing Egypt on Glass:

http://menafn.com/1096692351/Capturing-Egypt-on-glass-Egyptian-history-through-negatives-and-timeworn-photographs

Living With Gods:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/227410/opinion/ekathimerini/comment/the-lion-and-the-crucifix

The Golden Fleece:

https://www.newsanyway.com/2018/04/06/unique-world-never-shown-antiques-retell-ancient-greek-myths/

OpEd on things in museums:

https://www.thenational.ae/opinion/comment/looted-is-a-loaded-word-but-shouldn-t-the-cultural-wonders-of-the-ancient-world-be-admired-in-their-country-of-origin-1.719078

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THE TECHY SIDE
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Using drones to find sites in the Negev:

http://www.thenews.pl/1/10/Artykul/357530,Drone-helps-Poles-explore-ancient-cities-in-desert

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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OpEddish on the DNA of the Bell Beaker folk:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/prehistoric-pop-culture-deciphering-the-dna-of-the-bell-beaker-complex.htm

On the ethics of DNA collection from skeletons:

https://phys.org/news/2018-04-rights-dead-clash-scientists-dna.html

… related:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/28/science/atacama-mummy-chile.html

Tracing the genetic legacy of the Inca:

https://phys.org/news/2018-04-genetics-modern-heirs-inca-lineages.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-04/udsm-got040518.php

More on the dna of that Atacama mummy:

https://www.livescience.com/62240-atacama-mummy-dna-debate.html

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

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

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/travel/destinations/asia/israel/masada-unesco-world-heritage-site/

Vandalism of some 19th century paintings in Eye Town Hall:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-suffolk-43627173

A German couple in Greece have been charged with smuggling and ‘producing unauthorized replicas’:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/227360/article/ekathimerini/news/german-couple-nabbed-with-antiquities-replica-workshop

A Santa Fe antiquities couple on the lam were arrested in Maine:

http://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/local_news/wanted-santa-fe-couple-nabbed-in-maine/article_eb427d70-096f-5e76-ac2c-d7feb56096f4.html

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CRIME BEAT
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War crimes trial coming up for one of those Timbuktu jihadi types:

http://www.dw.com/en/mali-alleged-timbuktu-destroyer-to-appear-at-international-criminal-court/a-43212936

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 Apsara statue will be returned to India:

http://www.dailypioneer.com/todays-newspaper/1000-year-old-apsara-to-return-home-from-us.html
https://littleindia.com/u-s-to-return-1000-year-old-stolen-apsara-sculpture-to-india/

The Met is returning some idols to Nepal:

http://artdaily.com/news/103728/New-York-s-Metropolitan-Museum-of-Art-returns-stolen-idols-to-Nepal
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6493-180405-nepal-sculptures-repatriated

The V&A is giving Ethiopia a long-term loan of looted artifacts:

https://www.artforum.com/news/ethiopia-receives-long-term-loan-of-looted-artifacts-from-london-s-victoria-and-albert-museum-74885

… related:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-43642265

On the return of human remains:

http://www.dw.com/en/skulls-and-bones-a-dark-secret-of-german-colonialism/a-43279594
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2018/apr/03/looted-ethiopian-treasures-in-uk-return-loan-victoria-albert-museum
https://inews.co.uk/news/the-victoria-and-albert-museum-has-offered-to-return-ethiopian-treasures-looted-by-british-troops-during-one-of-the-most-controversial-episodes-in-the-nations-military-history/
https://jerseyeveningpost.com/news/uk-news/2018/04/04/va-offers-ethiopia-long-term-loan-of-looted-magdala-artefacts/
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/04/ethiopia-hopes-london-museum-returns-looted-treasures-180404113036817.html
https://www.ft.com/content/0719ea8e-3966-11e8-8b98-2f31af407cc8

… and there is pressure being put on other museums:

http://theartnewspaper.com/news/ethiopia-calls-on-uk-museums-to-return-maqdala-treasures-on-long-term-loan
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NUMISMATICA
================================================================
A medieval Chinese coin found in Cheshire:

http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/mystery-of-a-medieval-chinese-coin-found-in-cheshire-england/news-story/aca5a44837314abd7be7a4d69dd6e487

Feature on coinage of 9th century Europe:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/coinweek-ancient-coin-series-the-terrible-ninth-century/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/club_nbs_esylum_v21n13.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/club_nbs_esylum_v21n14.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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An Iliad:

https://www.odt.co.nz/entertainment/theatre/homers-classic-tale-retold

Setting up for a sequel to Troy: Fall of a City:

https://www.bustle.com/p/will-troy-a-fall-of-a-city-return-for-season-2-on-netflix-theres-a-natural-choice-for-the-storys-sequel-8673614′
http://www.digitalspy.com/tv/news/a854146/troy-fall-of-a-city-season-2-odyssey/

Civilisations:

https://theartsdesk.com/tv/civilisations-first-contact-bbc-two-review-david-olusoga-goes-gold
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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
================================================================
Audio News from Archaeologica:

http://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-main-menu-cat/audio-news-list/2729-audio-news-from-archaeologica-25-march-31-march-2018
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OBITUARIES
===============================================================
James F Strange:

http://www.tbo.com/news/obituaries/Epilogue-USF-professor-was-a-real-life-Indiana-Jones_166944516

Antonia Syson:

https://classicalstudies.org/scs-news/memoriam-antonia-syson

Alfred Crosby:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/obituaries/alfred-crosby-environmental-historian-of-columbian-exchange-dies-at-87/2018/04/05/d16963e2-38de-11e8-9c0a-85d477d9a226_story.html

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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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