Explorator 20.51 ~ April 15, 2018

Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Hernan Astudillo,
Bob Heuman, Barbarda Saylor Rodgers, Kris Curry, Mata Kimasitayo,
David Emery, David Critchley, Richard Campbell, 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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An 85 000 years bp finger bone from Saudi Arabia is causing a bit of an Out of Africa rethink:

https://phys.org/news/2018-04-human-migration-africa-geographically-widespread.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-04/mpif-fhm040418.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/04/180409112551.htm
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/09/science/a-fossilized-finger-bone-may-be-from-the-earliest-humans-on-the-arabian-peninsula.html
https://www.livescience.com/62256-ancient-human-finger-in-arabia.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-43700703?intlink_from_url=http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/topics/c1038wnxyy0t/archaeology&link_location=live-reporting-story
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/apr/09/finger-fossil-shows-humans-went-east-of-africa-earlier-than-thought
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/finger-arabian-desert-secrets-human-migration-homo-sapiens-archaeology-a8294991.html
http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-human-finger-fossil-20180409-story.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2018/04/10/an-85000-year-old-finger-fossil-may-challenge-theories-about-how-early-humans-migrated-from-africa/
http://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/world/article208342749.html
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2018/04/09/earliest-human-fossil-saudi-arabia-discovered-migration/499222002/
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/MAGAZINE-85-000-year-old-homo-sapiens-bone-found-in-saudi-arabia-1.5980752
https://www.stuff.co.nz/world/middle-east/102999501/A-finger-bone-from-an-unexpected-place-and-time-upends-the-story-of-human-migration-out-of-Africa
http://www.newsweek.com/early-human-migrations-arabian-peninsula-fossil-finger-877609
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/deadthings/2018/04/09/fossil-arabian-desert/
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/finger-fossil-puts-people-arabia-least-86000-years-ago
https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/04/saudi-arabian-fossil-find-puts-finger-on-the-story-of-human-dispersal/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/rare-85000-year-old-finger-bone-could-complicate-our-understanding-african-migration-180968720/
https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/04/saudi-arabia-finger-human-migration-homo/
https://www.archaeology.org/6499-early-migrants-may-have-traveled-beyond-the-levant

Pondering the evolutionary advantage of expressive eyebrows:

https://phys.org/news/2018-04-evolutionary-advantage-eyebrows.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-04/uoy-web040618.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/04/180409112554.htm
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/13/science/eyebrow-evolution-expression.html
https://www.archaeology.org/6502-180409-homo-heidelbergensis-skull

Interview with David Reigh about Neanderthal humanity:

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

More on the oldest wooden Neanderthal tools found in Spain:

https://www.sciencealert.com/neanderthal-wooden-tools-iberian-peninsula-spain-90-000-years-old
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AFRICA
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a huge cache of Meroitic inscriptions from the Sudan is causing a lot of excitement:

https://www.livescience.com/62272-oldest-meroe-inscriptions-sudan-africa.html
http://www.newsweek.com/sub-saharan-african-empires-nubia-meroitic-napata-kush-kingdom-883813
http://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/tablets-inscribed-with-mysterious-extinct-language-unearthed-at-ancient-african-city-of-the-dead/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cache-ancient-inscriptions-africas-oldest-written-languages-180968786/
https://www.sciencealert.com/nubian-funerary-artefacts-meroitic-texts-found-in-sedeinga-sudan
https://www.archaeology.org/6539-180411-sudan-meroitic-texts
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Archaeologists have found some 4500 ‘new’ fragments of a colossal statue of Psamtik I in Cairo:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/297399/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/New-discovery-in-Matariya-sheds-light-on-the-shape.aspx
http://www.egyptindependent.com/4500-artifacts-belonging-to-king-psamtek-i-statue-discovered-in-matariya/
http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/47474/Large-fragments-of-massive-Psamtek-I-s-Matariya-colossus-uncovered
https://www.albawaba.com/editorchoice/german-egyptian-excavation-unveiled-4500-relics-belonging-pharaoh-kings-1116416
http://www.laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=2454446&CategoryId=13936
https://www.archaeology.org/6537-180411-king-psamtek-i-colossus

The tomb of Tut’s wife may have been found … or not:

https://www.livescience.com/62264-search-king-tut-wife-tomb.html

Feature on how Howard Carter almost missed Tut’s tomb:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/archaeology-and-history/magazine/2018/03-04/findingkingtutstomb/

Hype for a tv programme about restoring Khufu’s boats:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/world-africa-43643197/rebuilding-history-restoring-a-pharaoh-s-ancient-boat

A papyrus record of an early case of sexual assault:

http://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/ancient-text-talks-about-a-powerful-man-being-called-out-for-sexual-assault/
https://qz.com/1249141/metoo-sexual-assault-possibly-led-to-the-firing-of-a-powerful-man-in-ancient-egypt/

Feature on aging in ancient Egypt:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2018/04/Getting-Old-In-Ancient+Egypt

Feature on what the Israelites were doing in Egypt:

https://thetorah.com/what-kind-of-construction-did-the-israelites-do-in-egypt/

More on the FBI helping identify a mummy:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/fbi-solves-mummy-identity-egypt-deit-el-bersha-djehutynakht-wife-a8293771.html
https://www.yahoo.com/news/mystery-over-identity-4-000-164019342.html

Schoolkids on a dig in the West Bank dug up an oil lamp:

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Elementary-school-pupils-dig-up-a-piece-of-Jewish-history-549170
https://www.timesofisrael.com/pupils-reconstruct-1500-year-old-holy-land-life-in-school-archaeological-dig/

Suggestion that Yahweh originated as the Canaanite ‘Vulcan’:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-jewish-god-yahweh-originated-in-canaanite-vulcan-says-new-theory-1.5992072

Years later, thousands of artifacts are still missing from the National Museum in Iraq:

http://www.aina.org/news/20180409184251.htm
http://menafn.com/1096715659/Fifteen-years-after-looting-thousands-of-artefacts-are-still-missing-from-Iraqs-national-museum

Concerns for sites arising from war in Yemen and Iraq:

http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/04/war-savages-ancient-sites-yemen-and-iraq-destroying-archaeological-record

Feature on the site of Al-Ula:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/9/47471/Saudi-archaeological-treasure-of-Al-Ula-to-open-to-tourists
https://sg.news.yahoo.com/desert-ruins-al-ula-saudis-revive-forgotten-past-102521792.html
http://gulfnews.com/news/gulf/saudi-arabia/al-ula-ruins-saudis-revive-forgotten-past-1.2203380
http://english.alarabiya.net/en/features/2018/04/10/WATCH-Chinese-Saudi-archeologists-unearth-cultural-relics-in-Saudi-Arabia.html
https://www.yahoo.com/news/desert-ruins-al-ula-saudis-revive-forgotten-past-102521440.html

What Marta D’Andrea is up to:

http://www.jordantimes.com/news/local/italian-scholar-researches-crisis-reformation-near-east%E2%80%99s-early-urban-societies

More on China-Saudi dig cooperation:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/features/2018/04/10/WATCH-Chinese-Saudi-archeologists-unearth-cultural-relics-in-Saudi-Arabia.html

Feature on the history of French digs in Saudi Arabia:

http://www.arabnews.com/node/1281826
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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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A red figure krater from Apollonia Pontica:

http://www.novinite.com/articles/189388/Red-Figure+Krater+Unearthed+in+Bulgaria
http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2018/04/10/archaeologists-find-6th-century-bc-home-red-figure-pottery-krater-depicting-oedipus-and-the-sphinx-from-apollonia-pontica-in-bulgarias-sozopol/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6536-180410-bulgaria-sozopol-krater

… related:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/113833/ancient-greek-dwelling-unearthed-in-bulgaria/
http://eu.greekreporter.com/2018/04/13/experts-find-ancient-greek-heritage-in-bulgarian-black-sea-coast/

A ‘Classical’ ‘meeting ground’ from Myra:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ancient-myra-meeting-ground-unearthed-130219

I think we mentioned this cherub fresco:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/MAGAZINE-rare-art-unearthed-in-nero-era-mansion-and-bath-by-rome-1.5956969

TV hypish thing on the identification of the pass where Hannibal crossed the Alps:

https://www.livescience.com/62265-hannibal-alps-crossing-mystery.html

Latest theory on the collapse of Mycenean civilization:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/30911-new-study-mycenaean-civilization-might-have-collapsed-due-to-uprising-or-invasion.html

We’re beginning to read of new finds from Pompeii:

https://www.ilmattino.it/napoli/cultura/pompei_regio_v_dagli_scavi_corso_affiora_la_finestra_di_casa_la_grata_ferro-3667217.html

In case you missed the ‘Greco Roman’ Temple find in Siwa last week:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/113691/remains-of-rare-greco-roman-temple-unearthed-in-egypt/
https://www.zmescience.com/science/news-science/temple-ancient-egypt-08042018/
http://greekreporter.com/egyptian-experts-find-ancient-greco-roman-temple/

Feature on Roman anchors in Malta and religion:

https://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20180411/community/Roman-anchors-in-Malta-and-ancient-maritime-religion.676007

Feature on Ingres’ painting depicting Virgil reading from the Aeneid:

https://www.christies.com/features/Deconstructed-Ingres-Virgil-reading-from-the-Aeneid-9121-1.aspx

Feature on Gismondi’s Rome model:

https://www.archdaily.com/892031/explore-this-1-250-model-of-ancient-rome-which-took-38-years-to-construct
http://www.news.com.au/travel/world-travel/europe/the-incredible-model-city-that-took-38-years-to-create/news-story/cc87d6d0054f625ed43fe021d50bcb3a

Feature on coloured statuary:

https://www.artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-people-classical-sculptures-meant-white

Looking at Greek vases:

http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/10-ways-to-look-at-ancient-greek-vases/

Feature on medicine in antiquity:

https://phys.org/news/2018-04-medicine-antiquityfrom-ancient-temples-roman.html
http://sciencenordic.com/medicine-antiquity

cf:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/ancient-cultures/daily-life-and-practice/medicine-in-the-ancient-world/

Feature on Phrygian caps:

https://sarahemilybond.com/2018/04/09/before-maga-mithras-phrygian-caps-and-the-politics-of-headwear/

Feature on Rome and the Jews:

https://www.spectator.co.uk/2018/04/rome-and-the-jews/

Feature on some artifacts found in Bulgaria:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2018/04/12/6-amazing-artifacts-with-ancient-greek-mythology-scenes-discovered-in-bulgaria/

Feature on an early Greek yoyo depiction:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2018/04/08/the-ancient-greek-boy-and-his-yo-yo/

Again pondering Carthaginian childe sacrifice:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/ancient-cultures/did-the-carthaginians-really-practice-infant-sacrifice/

On the benefits of learning Latin:

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/why-learning-latin-stays-with-you-forever
https://www.pbs.org/newshour/arts/opinion-study-latin-if-you-want-to-talk-like-a-supervillain

What Kate Birney is up to:

http://newsletter.blogs.wesleyan.edu/2018/04/09/birney-receives-mellon-fellowship-to-pursue-role-of-scents-in-antiquity/

What Brendan McGlone is up to:

http://wesleyanargus.com/2018/04/09/mcglone-18-selected-as-humanistic-study-fellow-for-the-paideia-institute/

Some Eta Sigma Phi convention coverage:

http://uknow.uky.edu/student-and-academic-life/classics-students-receive-recognition-national-convention
http://www.baylor.edu/mediacommunications/news.php?action=story&story=197953

Reviews of Madeline Miller’s *Circe*:

https://www.npr.org/2018/04/11/599831473/circe-gives-the-witch-of-the-odyssey-a-new-life
https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/books/the-original-nasty-woman-is-a-goddess-for-our-times/2018/04/09/742c54d0-3b88-11e8-974f-aacd97698cef_story.html
https://www.theintelligencer.com/entertainment/article/Book-World-The-original-nasty-woman-is-a-goddess-12818886.php
https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/apr/08/circe-madeline-miller-homer-odyssey-retelling-review
http://www.thecrimson.com/article/2018/4/10/circe-review/
https://www.bustle.com/p/circe-by-madeline-miller-is-a-love-letter-to-the-first-witch-in-literature-8707797
https://www.refinery29.com/2018/04/195530/madeline-miller-circe-author-interview-women-mythology
http://dailytexanonline.com/2018/04/12/circe-stuns-as-the-retelling-of-an-old-classic

Pondering why women authors are working on Greek myths right now:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/many-women-writers-ancient-myths-troy-fall-of-a-city-pat-barker-k9rz7lrv0

They keep finding things in Larnaca:

http://cyprus-mail.com/2018/04/11/antiquity-finds-increasing-costs-larnaca-square-revamp/

More on the Russell Crowe ‘divorce auction’ results:

https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/news/russell-crowe-divorce-auction-australia-film-props-bid-gladiator-millions-a8294561.html
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http://bmcr.brynmawr.edu/recent.html

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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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11 000 years bp cave art from Crete:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2018/04/11/amazing-greek-cave-art-found-to-be-over-11000-years-old/

Searching for/mapping a ‘stone age’ site in the North Sea:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-43711762

Some of the stones at Stonehenge were on the Salisbury plain long before humans were:

https://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/the-times/stonehenge-rocks-were-there-long-before-humans/news-story/6f934150b230e592b8c2303c71b6b59a
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=12029278&ref=rss
http://www.theweek.co.uk/92795/stonehenge-rocks-in-place-millions-of-years-before-humans
https://news.sky.com/story/some-stonehenge-rocks-were-at-salisbury-plain-long-before-humans-11323822
https://uk.news.yahoo.com/stonehenge-pillars-already-place-humans-arrived-expert-claims-112103143.html
https://www.forbes.com/sites/trevornace/2018/04/10/parts-of-stonehenge-were-in-place-long-before-humans-archaeologists-find/

Remains of a 1500 years bp onion from Sweden:

https://www.thelocal.se/20180411/ancient-onion-reveals-roman-links-with-swedens-pompeii
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6538-180411-sweden-ancient-onion

An interesting ‘medieval’ burial of a man with a ‘knife prosthetic’ arm (maybe):

https://www.sciencealert.com/medieval-lombard-man-amputated-arm-knife-prosthesis
https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2018/04/12/archaeologists-find-ancient-knife-hand-prosthesis-on-medieval-warrior/
http://www.ibtimes.sg/archaeologists-puzzled-find-knife-attached-mans-hand-ancient-period-25931
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6545-180413-italy-amputation-prosthesis

Some 600 years bp ‘loaded dice’ from Norway:

https://www.livescience.com/62273-cheating-medieval-dice-norway.html
https://www.cnet.com/news/cheating-dice-medieval-con-artist-norway/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6541-180412-norway-gambling-dice

Excavating a 19th century slaughterhouse in Scotland:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/6501-180409-scotland-edinburgh-slaughterhouse

Studying the skeletons of Napoleonic-era soldiers who died in the Battle of Aspern:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2018/04/13/skeletons-from-napoleonic-battlefield-shed-light-on-soldiers-health/#21bc18a3227e

Plans to dig a deserted medieval settlement site in Teesdale:

https://www.teesdalemercury.co.uk/features/remember-when-more-work-to-uncover-secrets-of-lost-dale-village
http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/local/southdurham/barnardcastle/16145715.Teesdale_medieval_settlement_to_be_explored_in_archaeological_dig/

Apparently there are ‘Islamic Conquest of the Iberian peninsula’ deniers:

https://elpais.com/elpais/2018/04/06/hechos/1523043230_705992.html

They’ve figured out the origins of the Carambolo treasure:

https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/04/carambolo-treasure-tartessos-gold-atlantis-spain-archaeology/

More on Neolithic Scandinavians eating fish:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/6500-180409-scandinavia-fish-diets

More on Viking sunstones:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/simulation-suggest-legendary-viking-sunstones-could-have-worked-180968710/

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

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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The Leang Burung 2 site in Indonesia was occupied by humans some 50 000 years bp, apparently:

https://phys.org/news/2018-04-humans-occupied-indonesian-site-leang.html
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-04/12/c_137106145.htm
http://theconversation.com/ancient-stone-tools-found-on-sulawesi-but-who-made-them-remains-a-mystery-92277
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6542-180412-sulawesi-hominin-tools

Interesting finds from a 3500 years bp site in Bengal:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/other-states/proto-historic-settlement-of-artisans-unearthed/article23474828.ece

3000 years bp burials from Tibet:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-04/09/c_137098567.htm
http://www.nerve.in/news%3A2535004175930

A possible royal palace site from Cambodia:

http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/breakingnews/30342792
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/breakingnews/30342819
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6535-180410-cambodia-jayavarman-palace

Fifth century Japanese burials in Korea:

http://english.donga.com/Home/3/all/26/1282272/1

Concerns for a megalithic burial site in Andhra Pradesh:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/andhra-pradesh/megalithic-burial-site-in-a-state-of-neglect/article23476045.ece

Remains of a 4000 years bp settlement in Uttar Pradesh:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/settlement-dating-back-almost-4000-years-found-in-up/articleshow/63694412.cms

Digging pre-gold rush sites in Melbourne:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-04-12/melbourne-metro-tunnel-archaeological-dig/9642282

Digging a 19th century cemetery in Otago:

https://phys.org/news/2018-04-reveal-history-exhumation-otago-graves.html
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC1804/S00012/researchers-reveal-history-with-exhumation-of-otago-graves.htm
https://www.stuff.co.nz/southland-times/news/103030698/exhumation-at-old-lawrence-cemetery-reveals-surprising-finds
http://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2018/04/archaeologists-dig-up-otago-graves-to-piece-together-history.html
https://www.otago.ac.nz/news/news/otago683078.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6543-180412-gold-rush-cemetery

Again we’re getting a top ten list of archaeological finds from China last year:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-04/11/c_137101160.htm
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-04/11/c_137103911.htm
http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1097296.shtml
http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/a/201804/11/WS5acd4780a3105cdcf65176a2.html
http://www.ecns.cn/2018/04-11/298681.shtml

The Taj Mahal’s minarets were damaged in a thunderstorm:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-43735757
https://www.thedailystar.net/world/asia/thunderstorm-destroys-taj-mahal-minarets-1561963
https://www.yahoo.com/news/violent-winds-topple-stone-pillars-taj-mahal-complex-135718932.html

Studying the spread of rice cultivation in the Neolithic:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-04/12/c_137106623.htm

Feature on Humayun’s tomb:

https://www.thedailystar.net/in-focus/humayuns-tomb-1560025

More on CaoCao’s tomb:

http://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/2140732/one-down-two-go-discovery-cao-caos-tomb-turns-focus-search
http://www.scmp.com/magazines/post-magazine/short-reads/article/2141303/finding-cao-cao-discovery-remains-will-help-put
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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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The Vikings made it to Canada by mistake, apparently (this is another spin on sunstones):

https://www.livescience.com/62284-how-vikings-reached-canada.html

They found another shipwreck in downtown Alexandria:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/virginia-politics/three-ships-from-the-1700s-found-on-one-block-in-old-town-alexandria/2018/04/12/98ba1c8c-3da0-11e8-8d53-eba0ed2371cc_story.html
https://wtop.com/alexandria/2018/04/historic-3rd-ship-uncovered-by-archaeologists-in-alexandria/
http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Three-ships-from-the-1700s-found-on-one-block-in-12829706.php
http://www.wusa9.com/article/news/local/alexandria/discovery-of-third-ship-at-alexandria-construction-site/65-537655436

Tracing Wabanaki canoe routes in New Brunswick:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-mapping-first-nations-ancient-canoe-routes-new-brunswick-180968678/

Old Vero Man is not as old as originally thought:

https://www.tcpalm.com/story/news/local/indian-river-county/2018/04/09/old-vero-man-not-old-originally-thought-after-archaeologists-analyze-artifacts/498388002/

Concerns for eroding coastline sites:

http://nhpr.org/post/archaeologists-find-eroding-coastlines-threaten-past-much-present

Plans to 3d scan that recently-exposed shipwreck in Florida:

https://www.abcactionnews.com/news/region-tampa/usf-archaeologists-to-3d-map-florida-shipwreck

Plans to dig Fort Clarence:

https://greatlakesledger.com/2018/04/13/fort-clarence-military-fortification-to-be-excavated/

Arizona might put minimally-trained people in charge of identifying sites:

http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/news/arizona-bill-minimal-training-archaeological-sites-state-land-10290379

Concerns for sites on the Alkali Ridge:

https://www.sltrib.com/news/environment/2018/04/07/in-utah-canyons-where-an-ancient-civilization-once-flourished-the-feds-are-now-inviting-oil-and-gas-drilling/

Not sure about this ‘peopling of the Americas’ theory:

http://www.fairfaxtimes.com/articles/did-north-america-s-first-humans-cross-the-chesapeake-to/article_6c3b7540-3f51-11e8-b0b9-f7f08a10e811.html

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Interesting 1900 years bp burial of some shark fishermen in Peru:

https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/04/peru-viru-ancient-shark-fishermen-archaeology/

Studying a pre-Hispanic village site in the Sonoran desert:

https://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/binational-project-explores-altar-valley/

More on recently-found Nazca geoglyphs:

https://hyperallergic.com/436618/new-nazca-lines-discovered-using-drones/
http://dailycaller.com/2018/04/09/archaeologists-drones-peru/
http://www.peruviantimes.com/09/drones-help-discover-desert-drawings-in-palpa-near-nazca/30594/
http://www.dw.com/en/mysterious-geoglyphs-discovered-in-peru/g-43353009
—–
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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Pondering ancient astronomy:

https://elpais.com/elpais/2018/03/19/ciencia/1521477253_818672.html

An interesting 1000 years bp shirt:

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/04/12/style/thousand-year-old-shirt-sothebys.html

Pondering how to make Old Masters more engaging:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/comment/old-master-disco-lives-in-kasse

On the history of tea making in Sri Lanka:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-43629707

Digital recreations of 7 ancient ‘iconic’ buildings:

http://www.thisisinsider.com/ancient-ruins-reconstructed-2018-4

Pondering whether anthropologists should be judgemental:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/13/books/review/katherine-verdery-my-life-as-a-spy.html

On Friday the 13th:

http://www.dw.com/en/13-cultural-references-that-made-friday-the-13th-unlucky/a-37118529

Samuel Coleridge’s remains were found again:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/apr/12/samuel-taylor-coleridge-poet-remains-rediscovered-wine-cellar
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6544-180413-samuel-taylor-coleridge

Plans to search for Shackleton’s lost ship:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-43703723
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/04/10/british-scientists-race-find-lost-shipwreck-ernest-shackletons/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/antarctic-research-ship-will-search-wreck-shackletons-endurance-180968780/

Some Arabic science manuscripts are coming to auction:

http://robbreport.com/shelter/auctions/important-scientific-manuscripts-at-sothebys-2787913/

On transcribing documents:

https://www.csmonitor.com/The-Culture/2018/0406/Wanted-Volunteers-who-like-history-and-can-read-cursive

Iceland’s first black citizen?:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/14/world/europe/denmark-iceland-slavery-hans-jonathan.html

On old sleeping patterns:

http://bigthink.com/robby-berman/for-1000s-of-years-we-went-to-bed-twice-a-night-2

Feature on Mary Magdalene:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-biggest-myths-about-mary-magdalene

Review of *An Atlas of Rare and Familiar Colour*:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20180328-the-pigment-made-of-human-remains-and-more-surprising-hues

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Sunken Cities:

http://www.columbiatribune.com/news/20180413/venture-bound-lost-worlds-of-egypts-sunken-cities

Rodin and the Art of Ancient Greece:

http://ca.blouinartinfo.com/news/story/2968131/rodin-and-the-art-of-ancient-greece-at-the-british-museum

Iran: Cradle of Civilization:

https://financialtribune.com/articles/travel/84407/iranian-relics-on-show-in-britain-netherland
http://menafn.com/1096726244/Iran-loan-exhibits-to-be-shown-in-England-Netherlands

Delacroix:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/museums/in-paris-a-major-delacroix-exhibition-that-continues-to-explore-his-genius/2018/04/12/0d754b62-3d6c-11e8-8d53-eba0ed2371cc_story.html

The Horse in Ancient Greek Art:

http://www.richmond.com/entertainment/museums/take-the-reins-of-vmfa-s-the-horse-in-ancient/article_6379d64e-253c-5901-a4dc-61fcd472b85c.html

Coverage of the Reinstalled Getty Villa Galleries:

http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/new-to-explore-in-the-reinstalled-getty-villa-galleries/
https://news.artnet.com/exhibitions/doubling-art-historical-emphasis-getty-villa-unveils-newly-reinstalled-collection-month-1265057

The BC Royal Museum has launched a grant to repatriate First Nations artifacts:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/royal-b-c-museum-repatriation-grant-first-nations-1.4614836

… while a Mellon Grant is being used to document and reorganize the Haffenreffer collections:

https://news.brown.edu/articles/2018/04/engagingamericas

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Plans to further investigate the Roman genetic legacy in the UK:

http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-43712587
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2018/04/11/did-romans-leave-genetic-legacy-britain/
https://uk.news.yahoo.com/people-south-england-might-descended-romans-123258653.html
http://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/the-romans-may-have-left-a-genetic-legacy-in-the-people-living-in-southeast-britain/

A DNA study in Mexico reveals some Asian connections:

http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/04/latin-america-s-lost-histories-revealed-modern-dna
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6546-180413-mexico-asia-dna

Pondering the ethics of extracting ancient DNA:

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/scientists-must-unravel-a-thorny-mummy-controversy/

Studying sweet potato DNA is causing a bit of a rethink of human migration theories:

https://phys.org/news/2018-04-people-sweet-potatoes.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/04/180412140845.htm
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/12/science/sweet-potato-pacific-dna.html
https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/04/polynesians-may-not-have-gone-grocery-shopping-in-south-america/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6540-180412-sweet-potato-origins

General feature on what we’re learning from DNA:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-43701630

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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On a mid-sixth century cold spell:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-04/uoh-ucd041118.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/04/180411111049.htm
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Stairway to Heaven:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/gallery/20180412-the-philippines-2000-year-old-engineering-feat

Santorini:

https://www.usatoday.com/picture-gallery/travel/destinations/2018/04/14/the-magical-island-of-santorini-greece/33830003/

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CRIME BEAT
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A smuggling attempt in Jordan thwarted:

http://www.jordantimes.com/news/local/23-smuggled-ivory-ornaments-confiscated-south-amman-rest-station

A major (it seems) bust in Delhi:

https://www.indiatoday.in/fyi/story/cbi-delhi-recover-81-antiquities-artifact-crores-east-kailash-patel-nagar-1210093-2018-04-11
https://www.mid-day.com/articles/cbi-seizes-81-antique-artefacts-from-delhi-registers-case-under-antiquities-law/19309173

A Chagall stolen 30 years ago is being returned:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-43747630

Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2018/04/culture-crime-news-26-march-8-april-2018.html

conflict antiquities:

http://conflictantiquities.wordpress.com/

anonymous swiss collector:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/

Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues:

http://paul-barford.blogspot.ca/

Looting Matters:

http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/

Illicit Cultural Property:

http://illicit-cultural-property.blogspot.com/

SAFE:

http://www.savingantiquities.org/blog/

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REPATRIATION AND RECOVERY
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Egypt has recovered some items smuggled to the US in the 1920s:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/1/47460/Egypt-reclaims-mummified-hands-head-smuggled-in-1927-from-NY
http://www.egyptindependent.com/egypt-retrieves-remnants-of-mummy-smuggled-to-us-in-1927/
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/1/47460/Egypt-reclaims-mummified-hands-head-smuggled-in-1927-from-NY

More on lending Ethiopia their previously-plundered artifacts:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/london-museum-says-it-willing-return-looted-ethiopian-artifacts-long-term-loan-180968699/
http://www.reuters.tv/v/jcG/2018/04/10/london-museum-may-return-ethiopian-loot-on-loan
http://allafrica.com/stories/201804100712.html

… related:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/apr/15/ethiopians-urge-britain-return-bones-of-stolen-prince-and-loot

… and the opeds that follow:

http://www.turkeytelegraph.com/life-style/ethiopia-reopens-debate-on-colonial-plunder-h17042.html
https://www.ft.com/content/0f48fa90-3cc9-11e8-b7e0-52972418fec4
http://www.politicsweb.co.za/opinion/should-africas-looted-art-be-returned

More on Turkey seeking returns of various artifacts:

https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/turkey-demands-return-plundered-ancient-artefacts-180408133736710.html
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NUMISMATICA
================================================================
Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/club_nbs_esylum_v21n14.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/club_nbs_esylum_v21n15.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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A folk opera based on the Odyssey:

http://www.idsnews.com/article/2018/04/entfolkopera040918
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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/2730-audio-news-from-archaeologica-1-april-7-april-2018
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OBITUARIES
===============================================================
Robert T. Buck:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/12/obituaries/robert-t-buck-who-revitalized-brooklyn-museum-dies-at-79.html

Ivor Guest:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/09/obituaries/ivor-guest-97-dies-transformed-study-of-dance-history.html

John Wesley Robb:

http://dornsife.usc.edu/news/stories/2785/in-memoriam-john-wesley-robb-98/
https://news.usc.edu/140815/in-memoriam-john-wesley-robb-98/
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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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