Explorator 20.52 ~ April 22, 2018

Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Hernan Astudillo,
Bob Heuman, David Critchley, Barbara Saylor Rodgers, mata kimasitayo,
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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Again humans are being implicated in large-mammal extinctions some 100 000 years bp or so:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-04/uon-uwo041918.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/04/180419141536.htm
https://www.zmescience.com/science/news-science/humans-responsible-large-mammal-die-off-0432423/
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2018/04/19/humans-have-killed-off-most-earths-big-mammals/533199002/
https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/04/19/604031141/new-study-says-ancient-humans-hunted-big-mammals-to-extinction

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AFRICA
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Some markings on sites in South Africa might be the first use of symbols by humans:

http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/04/100000-year-old-hashtag-first-human-symbol-or-just-pretty-decoration
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6562-180420-markings-symbols-ochre

More on those Merotic inscriptions from Sudan:

http://languagehat.com/meroitic-inscriptions-found/
https://face2faceafrica.com/article/one-of-africas-oldest-written-languages-discovered-in-sudan
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Studying mummy tattoos:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/science/2018-04-21/ancient-tattoos-egyptian-mummies-archaeology/9671920
http://www.ibtimes.sg/archaeologist-shocked-find-hidden-tattoos-5500-year-old-egyptian-mummy-infrared-cameras-26047

Latest from the Avenue of Sphinxes:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/9/47995/Antiquities-min-reviews-progress-of-Avenue-of-Sphinxes

The restored colossal statue of Ramses II at Luxor was unveiled:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/48381/Unveiling-restored-King-Ramses-II-colossus
http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/298060/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Ramses-II-colossus-revealed-in-Egypts-Luxor-after-.aspx

Translation of a 1500 years bp magical papyrus is very interesting:

https://www.livescience.com/62324-ancient-egyptian-papyrus-biblical-human-sacrifice.html
http://www.newsweek.com/1500-year-old-ancient-egyptian-papyrus-contains-stories-biblical-human-891667
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6552-180418-coptic-papyrus-sacrifice

Zahi Hawass is not happy about claims about Tut’s death:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/48122/Rumors-about-King-Tut%E2%80%99s-death-anger-Zahi-Hawass

What Nico Staring is up to:

https://phys.org/news/2018-04-years-human-square-metres.html

More on the 4500 additional fragments of that Psamtik I statue:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fragments-pharaoh-statue-deliberately-destroyed-found-egypt-180968789/

More on that image of Hatshepsut at Swansea:

https://phys.org/news/2018-04-team-mysterious-pharaoh.html

A survey of mole rat burrows at Tel Eton is supporting claims of David’s united monarchy, apparently:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.molerat-archaeology-supports-united-monarchy-theory-says-new-study-1.6007916
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-molerat-archaeology-supports-united-monarchy-theory-says-new-study-1.6007916

Students preparing the ‘Sanhedrin Trail’ came across a 1400 years bp lamp:

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/244477
https://www.timesofisrael.com/1400-year-old-menorah-rare-gold-coin-found-as-kids-dig-trail-for-israels-70th/
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/new-interactive-sanhedrin-trail-yields-ancient-oil-lamp-adorned-with-menorah/2018/04/16/

Excavations at the St Hilarion Monastery have commenced in Palestine:

https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2018/04/st-hilarion-to-be-restored.html

How mice may have saved Jerusalem from the Assyrians:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.how-mice-may-have-saved-jerusalem-2-700-years-ago-from-the-assyrians-1.6011735

Pondering the most important finds in Israeli archaeology:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/toi-asks-the-experts-what-are-the-most-important-finds-of-israeli-archaeology/

Features on the Masada siege:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-sites-places/biblical-archaeology-sites/the-masada-siege/
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/04/16/day-ad-73roman-soldiers-breach-fearsome-masada-fortress-shocked/

On murex blue and Israeli heritage (or something like that):

http://jewishweek.timesofisrael.com/blue-heaven-2/

Feature on the ‘honeycomb houses’ at Catal Huyuk:

http://www.abc.net.au/radio/programs/conversations/serena-love/9652074

Feature on Tell Khaiber:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2018/04/Tell-Khaiber-Castle-Sealand-Kings

Pondering narcotics use in the ancient Near East:

http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/04/did-ancient-mesopotamians-get-high-near-eastern-rituals-may-have-included-opium

We’re just learning of destruction by ISIL at the site of Mari:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/apr/19/destruction-at-the-ancient-site-of-mari-in-syria
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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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A bust of Marcus Aurelius (maybe) from Aswan:

Rare Oririan temple and marble head of Marcus Aurelius unearthed in Luxor and Aswan – Ancient Egypt – Heritage – Ahram Online
http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/298146.aspx
http://www.tampabay.com/archaeologists-find-bust-of-roman-emperor-in-egypt-ap_worldd62d84eb436c4ebca7da5252f219c1ef

Evidence that parts of the Antonine Wall were painted in bright colours:

https://phys.org/news/2018-04-archaeologist-red-yellow-antonine-wall.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-43838792
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/how-romans-painted-the-town-red-in-ancient-propaganda-wars-gnf2lxdvl
https://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/original-colour-scheme-of-antonine-wall-revealed-1-4726470
http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/16171696.Grisly_secrets_of_the_Roman_s_Antonine_wall_revealed_through_science/
https://www.glasgowlive.co.uk/news/glasgow-news/glasgow-researcher-discovered-antonine-wall-14555698
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6556-180419-scotland-distance-stone

Digging the Roman port at RAF Akrotiri:

https://www.forces.net/news/ancient-artefacts-unearthed-raf-akrotiri

Criticism of some mosaic cleaning at Kato Paphos:

http://cyprus-mail.com/2018/04/19/antiquities-department-sorry-mosaic-cleaning-blunder/

Roman wheat farming advice apparently was correct:

http://www.news.uwa.edu.au/2018041910553/research/modern-science-shows-roman-wheat-farming-advice-was-highly-accurate
https://phys.org/news/2018-04-modern-science-roman-wheat-farming.html

The Youth of Mantineia is on display again:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/30987-athens-national-museum-brings-the-youth-of-mantineia-out-of-storage.html

A Roman tomb will be incorporated into a shopping mall in Malta:

http://www.maltatoday.com.mt/environment/townscapes/86139/roman_tomb_to_be_integrated_in_massive_qormi_diy_centre

Not really ‘ancient’ but an interesting feature on the Silver Caesars:

https://www.apollo-magazine.com/solving-the-mystery-of-the-silver-caesars/

Coverage of Classics Day at Holy Cross:

https://news.holycross.edu/blog/2018/04/16/photos-holy-cross-students-share-their-passion-for-all-things-ancient-greek-and-roman-on-classics-day/

… and Classics Week at LU:

http://www.lawrentian.com/archives/1012726

The Roman Games at Nimes are becoming a major thing:

https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2018/apr/17/nimes-france-great-roman-games-re-enactment-spectacular-gladiators-spartacus

A statue coverup is getting press attention:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/04/17/covering-half-naked-warrior-statue-islamic-conference-italy/

What Guy Rogers is up to:

https://thewellesleynews.com/2018/04/18/professor-guy-rogers-develops-lifelong-interest-in-alexander-the-great/

Assorted students having success with Homeric Greek:

http://www.capecodtoday.com/article/2018/04/17/238803-Sandwich-Student-Homeric-Greek-Scholar
http://braintree.wickedlocal.com/news/20180417/braintree-student-performs-homers-odyssey
http://easton.wickedlocal.com/news/20180419/stephen-recupero-completes-greek-course

UNL had a Homerathon:

http://www.dailynebraskan.com/arts_and_entertainment/unl-s-homerathon-intertwines-marathon-reading-of-homer-s-iliad/article_37f76646-436f-11e8-9202-87256f2ea2a8.html
http://journalstar.com/news/local/education/a-marathon-reading-of-the-classics—-we/article_d9cb3ed5-192e-5e5e-a96d-106a80715c82.html
http://www.dailynebraskan.com/arts_and_entertainment/unl-students-gather-for-reading-of-iliad-at-homerathon/article_5d76bae4-4436-11e8-9845-87518e4a8315.html

Reviews of Madeline Miller, *Circe*:

https://www.npr.org/2018/04/15/602605359/circe-gets-a-new-motivation
http://wkms.org/post/circe-gets-new-motivation
http://www.straitstimes.com/lifestyle/arts/falling-under-a-witchs-spell
https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/reviews/circe-madeline-miller-book-review-the-odyssey-feminist-rewrite-female-empowerment-greek-mythology-a8310691.html
https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/apr/21/circe-by-madeline-miller-review

Review of three recent Odyssey translations:

https://www.lrb.co.uk/v40/n08/colin-burrow/light-through-the-fog

Interview with Daniel Mendelsohn:

http://radiowest.kuer.org/post/odyssey

More on that Greco-Roman temple from Egypt’s Western Desert:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/31016-remains-of-rare-2-200-year-old-greco-roman-temple-discovered-in-egypt.html

More on brewing Greco-Roman beer:

http://theconversation.com/we-brewed-an-ancient-graeco-roman-beer-and-heres-how-it-tastes-94362
http://nationalpost.com/pmn/news-pmn/we-brewed-an-ancient-graeco-roman-beer-and-heres-how-it-tastes
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Latest reviews from BMCR:

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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A possibly-trepanned 10 000 years bp (dating varies) cow skull is raising questions:

https://phys.org/news/2018-04-holey-cow-evidence-stone-age.html
https://www.livescience.com/62352-ancient-cow-brain-surgery-trepanation.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/apr/19/did-neolithic-man-practice-trepanning-on-cows
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6557-180419-neolithic-cow-trepanation

A Bronze Age pot from Cornwall:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-cornwall-43787497
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6551-180418-england-cornish-barrow

… and a Cornish barrow site:

https://phys.org/news/2018-04-archaeologists-cornish-barrow-site.html

Palstave axes found near Kent a while ago were subject to an inquest:

https://www.kentlive.news/news/kent-news/rare-treasure-thousands-years-old-1474041

A henge originally spotted in the 1970s has been exposed prior to a construction project in Raunds:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-northamptonshire-43814448
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-england-northamptonshire-43814450/ancient-henge-is-unearthed-in-raunds-by-archaeologists
https://www.northantstelegraph.co.uk/news/henge-discovered-in-raunds-is-not-new-according-to-experts-1-8464712
https://www.northantstelegraph.co.uk/news/mp-calls-for-more-details-and-reassurance-over-ancient-henge-found-in-raunds-1-8468082
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6561-180420-england-cotton-henge

Finds from various periods from Five Mile Lane road expansion:

http://www.barryanddistrictnews.co.uk/news/16163151.Ancient_artifacts_from_3500BC_discovered_at_Five_Mile_Lane/

A 13-year-old (and others) have found a significant trove associated with Harald Bluetooth, apparently:

https://phys.org/news/2018-04-archaeologists-silver-treasure-german-baltic.html
https://www.livescience.com/62323-king-bluetooth-treasure-found.html
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/king-haral-bluetooth-buried-treasure/
https://www.thelocal.de/20180416/viking-age-treasures-connected-to-legendary-danish-king-found-on-rgen
http://cphpost.dk/news/unique-silver-treasure-found-by-schoolboy-with-metal-detector.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-43786129
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/04/16/boy-unearths-legendary-danish-king-bluetooths-trove-germany/
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/apr/16/treasure-of-legendary-danish-king-bluetooth-unearthed-in-germany
https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/archaeologists-uncover-silver-treasure-on-german-island/2018/04/16/1c238c46-415e-11e8-b2dc-b0a403e4720a_story.html
http://www.news.com.au/world/breaking-news/10th-century-danish-king-treasure-found/news-story/d16a9fd674d4b47fb9b521cfcf18d527
https://www.yahoo.com/news/boy-unearths-legendary-danish-kings-trove-germany-100259907.html
http://www.ibtimes.com/1000-year-old-king-bluetooths-treasure-discovered-13-year-old-boy-2672663
https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/04/16/602904998/amateur-archaeologist-and-13-year-old-student-discover-trove-tied-to-danish-king
http://www.dw.com/en/bluetooth-treasure-found-on-german-baltic-sea-island/a-43403908
https://elpais.com/elpais/2018/04/16/album/1523893050_693658.html
https://elpais.com/cultura/2018/04/16/actualidad/1523881638_211194.html
http://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/an-amateur-archaeologist-and-a-13yearold-boy-discover-cache-of-medieval-viking-treasure/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/thirteen-year-old-finds-viking-treasure-germany-180968817/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6550-180417-germany-bluetooth-coins

Possible remains of Cophenhagen’s oldest church:

http://cphpost.dk/news/archaeologists-may-have-found-copenhagens-oldest-church.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6547-180417-medieval-copenhagen-church

Some medieval Egyptian pottery from Plovdiv:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2018/04/13/archeologists-find-rare-12th-century-lusterware-pottery-from-medieval-egypt-in-building-with-rich-murals-reveal-medieval-streets-in-bulgarias-plovdiv/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6549-180417-bulgaria-medieval-murals

Assorted medieval finds from Loch Shiel:

https://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/medieval-handbell-among-treasures-found-on-highland-island-1-4724939

A mass grave of Jacobites (it appears) from near Culloden:

https://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/mass-grave-of-jacobites-found-near-culloden-1-4724495

A survey has commenced on Rousay:

http://www.thenational.scot/news/16171515.Archaeologists_search_for_answers_in__Egypt_of_the_North_/

Oldest gold in Britain was from a car boot sale, apparently:

http://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/16175039.__39_Oldest_gold_in_Britain__39__bought_at_an_Oxfordshire_car_boot_sale/

Police have recovered the reliquary containing the heart of Anne de Bretagne:

http://m.presseocean.fr/actualite/exclusif-le-reliquaire-du-coeur-danne-de-bretagne-retrouve-a-saint-nazaire-21-04-2018-268983

France prevented the sale of a manuscript:

https://fr.aleteia.org/2018/04/20/letat-suspend-une-vente-aux-encheres-et-revendique-des-manuscrits-du-mont-saint-michel/

I think we mentioned the badger trouble at Craignethan Castle:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-43808574

More on that ‘medieval’ burial with the knife prosthesis:

https://www.livescience.com/62330-italy-knife-hand-skeleton-amputation.html
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-04-18/medieval-italian-man-replaced-amputated-hand-with-knife/9671596
http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/he-was-buried-among-his-kind-warriors-of-dark-ages-italy-but-what-replaced-his-severed-hand-sets-him-apart/news-story/42308eb4ae3dd9fab1b0f8a9fbfa270f
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/medieval-man-used-knife-prosthetic-limb-180968837/

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

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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A Han Dynasty iron smelting waste dump from Henan province:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-04/16/c_137115460.htm

Deep sea archaeology off Beijiao:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-04/18/c_137119636.htm
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-04/18/c_137119949.htm

This appears to be an underwater dig near Chengdou:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-04/20/c_137125459.htm

Dragon tiles from Hanoi:

http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/art-entertainment/199303/thang-long-imperial-city-excavation-reveals-large-structures.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6559-180420vietnam-imperial-citadel

Remains of a 3500 years bp or so settlement from Uttar Pradesh:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/lucknow/archaeologists-discover-settlement-dating-back-to-3500-4000-years-near-ups-bhadohi/articleshow/63786480.cms

24 sites identified in Assam:

http://indianexpress.com/article/north-east-india/assam/move-to-protect-assams-heritage-24-archaeological-sites-identified-5142487/

Remains of a centuries-old (?) mosque from northeast Iran:

http://www.tehrantimes.com/news/422683/Remains-of-centuries-old-mosque-unearthed-in-Fariman

A Zoroastrian-era panel from Uzbekistan (paywall, but the ‘photo’ is there):

https://akipress.com/news:605108/

Digging has resumed at Mes Aynak:

https://www.tolonews.com/afghanistan/archaeological-dig-resumes-mes-aynak

More on food in Silk Road cities:

https://phys.org/news/2018-04-nomadic-silk-road-cities-urban.html
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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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Earliest evidence of dogs in North America, some 10 000 years bp:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/dogs-lived-and-died-humans-10000-years-ago-americas
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6560-180420-north-america-dogs

Searching for Calusa artifacts on Marco Island:

https://www.naplesnews.com/videos/news/2018/04/21/archaeologists-look-calusa-indian-artifacts-post-irma-marco-island/107002734/

A survey has found possible remains of Cornwallis’ scuttled fleet in the York River:

http://www.gazettejournal.net/index.php/news/news_article/underwater_survey_finds_wrecks_believed_to_be_from_cornwallis_fleet

Questioning claims of rampant suicide among Custer’s men:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/suicide-custer-little-big-horn-soldiers-may-be-overblown?tgt=nr
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6548-180417-little-bighorn-suicides

Feature on petroglyphs in Utah:

https://www.ksl.com/?nid=148&sid=46302727

A controlled burn at the site of the Battle of Manassas:

https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/04/20/604431862/controlled-burn-held-at-manassas-battlefield-park-to-restore-civil-war-landscape

A mammoth find from Wyoming:

http://www.heraldcourier.com/news/mammoth-remains-found-in-northern-wyoming/article_4399c252-cb44-5712-8b27-30d34a2aa6fd.html
http://billingsgazette.com/news/state-and-regional/wyoming/mammoth-bones-uncovered-near-wyoming-s-buffalo-bill-reservoir/article_17dc0899-cadd-5ae8-88ad-fe8340e32950.html
http://www.gillettenewsrecord.com/news/wyoming/article_bf7948e3-7bfe-55bc-81b5-8f40c2895007.html
http://billingsgazette.com/news/state-and-regional/wyoming/federal-law-enforcement-investigating-potential-theft-of-mammoth-bones-in/article_17dc0899-cadd-5ae8-88ad-fe8340e32950.html

Concerns for coastal sites in New Hampshire:

http://digital.vpr.net/post/archaeologists-find-eroding-coastlines-threaten-past-much-present?#stream/0

The ‘lost city’ of Etzanoa site is open to the public:

http://www.kansas.com/news/state/article208617349.html

Trying to solve the mystery of Crenshaw:

http://www.nwaonline.com/news/2018/apr/22/researcher-digs-into-ancient-caddo-myst-1/
http://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2018/apr/22/researcher-digs-into-ancient-caddo-myst-1/?f=news-arkansas

Evidence of family planning in 19th century New York:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2018/04/20/aborted-fetus-and-pill-bottle-in-19th-century-new-york-outhouse-reveal-history-of-family-planning/

Digitizing Benjamin Franklin’s manuscripts:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/benjamin-franklins-paper-go-digital-180968848/

More on shipwrecks from an Alexandria construction site:

https://alexandrialivingmagazine.com/news/robinson-landing-townhomes-ready-for-move-in-this-summer/
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Evidence of a ‘medicinal garden’ from Uxmal:

http://www.theyucatantimes.com/2018/04/inah-discovers-medicinal-plants-in-archaeological-zone-of-uxmal-yucatan/

Similarities between Chinese and Maya civilizations at Copan:

http://www.ecns.cn/2018/04-17/299412.shtml
http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1098175.shtml

On the spread of the Kaanul rulers:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/ancient-maya-city-snake-king-dynasty-la-corona-archaeology
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6553-180418-maya-la-corona-guatemala

Feature on the ‘man who saved Havana’:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/man-who-saved-havana-180968735/
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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 hiding art during WWII:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20180413-the-art-hidden-from-nazi-bombs

On Swiss Milchsuppe:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20180416-in-switzerland-the-soup-quarrelling-politicians-share

On collaboration between scientists and archaeologists:

http://www.dispatch.com/news/20180422/collaboration-makes-science-and-scientists-stronger

Analyzing speeches of the French Revolution:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/04/180417130050.htm
https://phys.org/news/2018-04-multidisciplinary-insights-french-revolution.html

An eighteenth century version of a currently-popular meme?:

https://verne.elpais.com/verne/2018/04/18/mexico/1524074163_316533.html

What Napoleon thought of Caesar:

http://nationalinterest.org/blog/the-buzz/what-napoleon-thought-caesar-25387

On how dictators exploit ancient sites:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20180419-saddam-disney-for-a-despot-how-dictators-exploit-ruins

On inspirations for the Avengers’ Infinity Stones:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20180416-avengers-infinity-war-and-the-allure-of-mystic-stones

On *Late Fame*:

https://www.newyorker.com/culture/cultural-comment/brilliant-1895-novel-on-the-emptiness-of-literary-fame

On the colour pink:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20180419-the-shady-past-of-the-colour-pink

On aerial photography by pigeons:

https://www.newyorker.com/culture/photo-booth/the-turn-of-the-century-pigeons-that-photographed-earth-from-above

On Bajau ‘spleen evolution’:

http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-43823885

Renaissance tapestries are becoming popular again:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/20/arts/art-collecting-tapestries.html

Feature on the Palio:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/16/travel/siena-italy-palio-di-siena.html

More on the search for Shackleton’s lost ship:

https://www.livescience.com/62337-search-for-shackleton-endurance-shipwreck.html
https://www.livescience.com/62334-shackleton-endurance-shipwreck-photos.html

More on Coleridge’s remains being found:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/poet-samuel-taylor-coleridges-casket-rediscovered-former-wine-cellar-180968811/

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Iran: Cradle of Civilization:

https://financialtribune.com/articles/travel/84407/iranian-relics-on-show-in-britain-netherland

Palmyra portraits:

http://artdaily.com/news/103968/Getty-Villa-exhibition-examines-aancient-Palmyran-funerary-portraits

Teotihuacan:

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/arts/la-et-cm-teotihuacan-lacma-20180418-htmlstory.html

The Penn Museum has opened its revamped Middle East galleries:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2018/apr/19/middle-east-artifacts-penn-museum-unveiled
https://penntoday.upenn.edu/news/revealing-penn-museums-middle-east-treasures

On the importance of museum independence:

https://www.museumsassociation.org/museums-journal/news/18042018-icom-warns-threats-museum-independence

Coverage of the revamped Getty Villa:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/getty-villa-renovation
https://www.wsj.com/articles/art-history-refreshed-at-the-getty-1524308401

… and something’s missing:

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/arts/la-et-cm-getty-villa-reinstalled-20180419-htmlstory.html

Construction near the Frist has occasioned the closing of a Roman exhibit early:

https://www.nashvillepost.com/business/tourism/article/21001066/frist-prematurely-closes-roman-exhibit-due-to-blasting

Pondering deaccessioning of a Chagall:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/chagall-sale-galleries-selling-art-uk-1.4620281

A culinary tour at the Met:

https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2018/03/27/596154249/a-feast-for-the-eyes-an-art-inspired-food-tour-at-the-met

More on Ptolemaic items at the Egyptian Museum:

http://www.egyptindependent.com/temporary-exhibition-demonstrates-300-artifacts-for-the-first-time-at-egyptian-museum/
https://egyptianstreets.com/2018/04/19/300-artifacts-on-display-at-the-egyptian-museum-for-the-first-time-in-temporary-exhibition/
http://www.latimes.com/nation/sns-bc-ml–egypt-antiquities-20180419-story.html
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THE TECHY SIDE
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Chinese satellite technology helped spot some Roman sites in Tunisia:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-04/20/c_137124541.htm
http://www.ecns.cn/visual/hd/2018/04-20/159514.shtml

Cyark and Google are digitally recording assorted sites:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-43797836
http://www.wired.co.uk/article/google-arts-culture-cyark-open-heritage-chichen-itza-bagan
https://www.ft.com/content/b27a1006-4187-11e8-93cf-67ac3a6482fd
https://www.yahoo.com/news/google-digitally-preserving-historic-sites-182539974.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/project-launches-digitally-preserve-risk-heritage-sites-around-world-180968799/

An interesting (?) facial reconstruction of Hannibal:

http://kapitalis.com/tunisie/2018/04/19/le-visage-dhannibal-reconstitue-par-loffice-allemand-de-la-police-criminelle/
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ON THE DNA FRONT
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DNA testing on remains from a 5000 years bp cemetery in Shaanxi suggest a male-dominated community:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-04/19/c_137122939.htm

A comparative genome study of some African populations:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/04/180420122833.htm

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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How early humans dealt with climate change:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-04/uom-scc041318.php
https://phys.org/news/2018-04-surviving-climate.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/04/180416085917.htm
https://www.independent.co.uk/environment/climate-change-first-europeans-survived-volcano-eruption-work-together-italy-liguria-a8306911.html
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Timna National Park:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20180419-the-israeli-park-with-a-valuable-secret

Places in Spain that seem to be somewhere else:

https://elpais.com/elpais/2018/04/20/paco_nadal/1524216740_305099.html

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CRIME BEAT
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The final chapter in the Raphael Golb case:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/strange-case-of-online-impersonation-in-dead-sea-scrolls-feud-set-to-end/

… and the punishment is probation:

https://wtop.com/national/2018/04/will-case-of-dead-sea-scrolls-online-aliases-end-with-jail-2/

Not sure if this Bahamian ‘blockchain’ effort is actually a threat to underwater archaeology or not:

https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/po8-the-first-bahamian-blockchain-project-aims-to-disrupt-the-marine-archaeology-industry-300631449.html

Theft of some historic bells from a church in Libya:

https://aawsat.com/english/home/article/1239126/two-thieves-steal-bells-historic-church-libya

Chinese items stolen from a museum in Bath:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-somerset-43806941
http://theartnewspaper.com/news/chinese-antiquities-stolen-in-raid-on-bath-museum

Charges in a case of looted Dacian artifacts:

https://www.romania-insider.com/german-court-dacian-artifacts/

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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Austria has returned a number of items to Romania:

https://phys.org/news/2018-04-ancient-coins-bracelets-looted-romania.html
https://www.romania-insider.com/dacian-artifacts-return-romania-2018/
https://www.wftv.com/news/national-news/ap-top-news/ancient-coins-bracelets-looted-from-romania-return-home/734568790
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6558-180419-romania-repatriation-artifacts

Ethiopia wants full restitution of the Maqdala treasures:

http://theartnewspaper.com/news/ethiopia-toughens-position-on-maqdala-treasures-calling-for-full-restitution
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NUMISMATICA
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Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/club_nbs_esylum_v21n15.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/club_nbs_esylum_v21n16.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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Cello concerto inspired by a painting:

https://nyti.ms/2JdYMMB

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

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OBITUARIES
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William Biers:

https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/columbia-mo/william-biers-7821687

Alexander Welsh:

https://news.yale.edu/2018/04/12/alexander-welsh-preeminent-scholar-british-prose

Vincent Rosivach:

http://fairfieldmirror.com/news/longtime-fairfield-professor-passes-away/
https://classicalstudies.org/scs-news/memoriam-vincent-j-rosivach

Richard Oldenburg:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/20/obituaries/richard-oldenburg-who-led-momas-expansion-and-drew-crowds-dies-at-84.html
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CONFERENCES
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Aerial Archaeology AARG Conference (September 2018):

http://www.unive.it/aarg2018

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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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