Explorator 21.03 ~ May 13, 2018

Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Hernan Astudillo,
Richard Campbell, Barbara Saylor Rodgers, Bob Heuman, David Critchley,
Kris Curry, Richard C. Griffiths, and Ross W. Sargent for headses upses this week
(as always hoping I have left no one out).

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers and mother-figures out there!

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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85 000 years bp human footprints from Saudi Arabia:

https://aawsat.com/english/home/article/1266051/saudi-prehistoric-human-footprints-discovered-tabuk
http://www.arabnews.com/node/1301611/saudi-arabia
http://www.panorientnews.com/en/news.php?k=2669
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AFRICA
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More on that 78 000 years bp continuously-occupied cave in Kenya:

https://phys.org/news/2018-05-year-cave-east-africa-early.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-05/mpif-7yc050718.php
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-05/anu-kcs050918.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/05/180509081956.htm
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/MAGAZINE-people-have-lived-in-this-cave-in-kenya-for-78-000-years-1.6073006
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-05-10/ancient-cave-kenya-stone-age-technological-innovation/9745724
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2018/05/09/stone-age-tools/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/people-lived-cave-78000-years-180969051/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6606-180509-kenya-occupied-cave
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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A royal priest’s statue from Marariya (date not given):

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/49619/New-archaeological-discovery-in-Matariya
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6605-180509-egypt-heliopolis-statue

A New Kingdom burial of Ramses II’s general Iwrkhy at Saqqara:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/299113/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Egypt-uncovers-tomb-of-great-Ramesses-II-era-gener.aspx
http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/49630/Tomb-of-Army-General-during-King-Ramsses-II-reign-uncovered
https://www.livescience.com/62512-saqqara-egypt-tomb.html
https://www.livescience.com/62514-ancient-general-tomb-saqqara.html
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2018/05/08/egypt-discovers-tomb-ancient-pharaonic-general-near-cairo.html
http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-egypt-3300-year-old-tomb-great-army-general-discovered-saqqara-917816
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6604-180509-egypt-saqqara-tomb

In case you missed it … there is (again) no evidence of hidden chambers in Tut’s tomb:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/298932/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/New-survey-confirms-no-hidden-Nefertiti-chamber-in.aspx
http://www.egyptindependent.com/no-hidden-room-in-tutankhamun-burial-chamber/
https://egyptianstreets.com/2018/05/06/tutankhamuns-burial-chamber-hidden-room-mystery-solved/
https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/05/06/no-hidden-chamber-exists-inside-tutankhamuns-tomb-study/
https://phys.org/news/2018-05-hidden-tutankhamun-chambers-ministry.html
http://www.dw.com/en/egypt-radar-scans-at-tutankhamuns-tomb-reveal-no-secret-chamber/a-43677432
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-egypt-archaeology-tutankhamen/no-secret-chambers-behind-ancient-egypts-young-king-tutankhamen-research-idUSKBN1I70QM
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/may/06/no-hidden-rooms-in-tutankhamun-burial-chamber-says-egypt
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/tutankhamun-secret-chambers-king-tut-tomb-nefertiti-egypt-a8339546.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-44026087
https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/kidspost/king-tuts-tomb-has-no-hidden-rooms-despite-earlier-theories/2018/05/07/0615bbb0-5205-11e8-a551-5b648abe29ef_story.html
http://www.latimes.com/world/la-fg-king-tuts-tomb-20180506-story.html
http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-egypt-no-trace-lost-tomb-nefertiti-king-tutankhamuns-burial-site-912406
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-05/07/c_137159958.htm
https://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/No-hidden-room-in-King-Tuts-tomb-researchers-say-553696
https://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/egypt/no-hidden-rooms-in-king-tut-s-tomb-after-all-egypt-says-1.6062708
https://www.yahoo.com/news/no-secret-chambers-behind-ancient-egypts-young-king-174942076.html
https://www.smh.com.au/world/middle-east/mystery-of-hidden-rooms-in-tutankhamun-s-burial-chamber-solved-20180507-p4zdqf.html
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-05-07/mystery-of-hidden-room-in-king-tutankhamuns-tomb-put-to-rest/9735144
https://www.ibtimes.co.in/king-tutankhamens-ancient-tomb-has-no-secret-chambers-lost-treasures-inside-768573
https://knpr.org/npr/2018-05/hope-hidden-chambers-king-tuts-tomb-crushed-science
http://nhpr.org/post/hope-hidden-chambers-king-tuts-tomb-crushed-science
https://www.stuff.co.nz/world/middle-east/103721581/Theres-no-secret-chamber-in-King-Tuts-tomb-after-all-researchers-conclude
http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/egypt-has-announced-there-are-no-hidden-rooms-in-king-tuts-tomb-after-all/news-story/92b6169023f73d3c0b70f9af89b0ab4e
https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/05/king-tut-tutankhamun-tomb-radar-results-science/
https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg23831772-500-there-is-no-secret-burial-chamber-in-tutankhamuns-tomb/#038;%23038;%23038;%23038;campaign_id=RSS%7CNSNS-news
http://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/archaeologists-searched-for-hidden-chambers-in-tutankhamuns-tomb-heres-what-they-found/
https://elpais.com/internacional/2018/05/07/mundo_global/1525694971_410456.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sorry-there-are-no-secret-chambers-king-tuts-tomb-180968978/
https://boingboing.net/2018/05/07/the-secret-chamber-in-king.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6598-180507tutankhamun-tomb-study

Egypt plans to restore the Hosh al-Pasha site:

http://menafn.com/1096836979/Ministry-of-Antiquities-to-restore-Hosh-alPasha-archaeological-site

The ‘lost city’ of Mardaman in northern Iraq has been located:

https://www.livescience.com/62545-lost-city-of-mardaman-discovered.html

Feature on the business dealings of a second millennium BCE copper trader from Ur:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2018/05/11/meet-the-worst-businessman-of-the-18th-century/#7da71d5c2d5d

Feature on ancient Syrian music:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20180424-did-syria-create-the-worlds-first-song

Feature on ‘alchemy’ in Mesopotamia:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2018/05/Alchemy-Between-Two-Rivers

I think we mentioned this 4th century AD subterranean ‘church’ find at a former ISIL base in Syria:

https://fr.aleteia.org/2018/05/08/leglise-que-nont-pu-detruire-ni-lempire-romain-ni-daesh/
http://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/israel/2018/may/this-place-is-so-special-secret-hiding-place-for-ancient-christians-discovered-in-syria
http://www.gospelherald.com/articles/71825/20180508/secret-passage-found-syria-hiding-place-christians-evading-roman-persecution.htm

Funding for digs and preservation in Jerusalem:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/culture-ministry-earmarks-nis-60m-for-jerusalem-archaeology-digs-preservation/

More on high tech scans of DSS fragments:

http://atlantajewishtimes.timesofisrael.com/high-tech-scan-reveals-hidden-dead-sea-text/

More on the latest claims for evidence of the kingdom of David:

http://www.turkeytelegraph.com/life-style/the-end-of-the-myth-of-the-kingdom-of-david-h17565.html
https://elpais.com/cultura/2018/05/07/actualidad/1525672359_152532.html

More on Bargylia being up for sale:

http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-43990343#
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-05/12/c_137173032.htm
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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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New digs at Pompeii revealed a horse this week (yes, they made a cast):

http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2018/05/10/horse-found-at-pompeii_6b6399d4-cc30-41fd-9e07-e62f817de7ae.html
https://www.thelocal.it/20180511/pompeii-horse
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/05/11/remains-ancient-roman-horse-found-pompeii-dig-started-tomb-raiders/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/pompeii-dig-finds-trace-of-ancient-thoroughbred-racehorse/2018/05/11/3041c96c-5537-11e8-a6d4-ca1d035642ce_story.html
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/pompeiis-first-horse-rises-from-ashes-mf0zg03sk
https://www.irishnews.com/magazine/science/2018/05/11/news/pompeii-dig-finds-trace-of-ancient-racehorse-1328275/
https://www.independent.ie/world-news/pompeii-dig-finds-trace-of-ancient-racehorse-36898173.html
https://www.theage.com.au/world/europe/pompeii-dig-unearths-ancient-racehorse-20180512-p4zeyu.html
https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/pompeii-dig-unearths-ancient-racehorse-20180512-p4zeyu.html
https://www.thedailybeast.com/complete-remains-of-ancient-horse-discovered-at-pompeii-7
https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2018/05/11/complete-remains-of-racehorse-unearthed-in-pompeii-excavation
http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-rome-first-ever-horse-found-lost-pompeii-villa-tomb-921532
https://www.yahoo.com/news/pompeii-excavation-finds-ancient-thoroughbred-racehorse-005402548.html
https://www.yahoo.com/news/ancient-rome-first-ever-horse-125630636.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6611-180511-italy-pompeii-horse

First evidence of Roman legionaries being in Poland:

http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news%2C29414%2Carchaeologist-we-have-evidence-presence-roman-legionaries-poland.html

Oldest Greek relic ever found in Slovakia:

https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20822300/archaeologists-find-oldest-greek-relic-in-slovak-area.html

Remains of a 1st century CE Roman triumphal arch in Plovdiv:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2018/05/07/archaeologists-find-1st-century-ad-roman-triumphal-arch-from-ancient-philipopolis-in-bulgarias-plovdiv/

Roman burials at a modern barracks site in Ludgershall:

http://www.thisiswiltshire.co.uk/news/16220509.Ancient_graves_discovered_at_army_barracks/

Suggestion that there might be a “new Pompeii” under the Oppian Hill:

http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2018/05/07/new-pompeii-under-romes-oppian-hill-2_f54b9bd1-3918-43b4-9e11-97bf5c9d7158.html
https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/new-pompeii-hidden-beneath-romes-colle-oppio.html

Really a DNA story, but a burial site in Colchester has been proven to be a ‘family plot’:

http://www.gazette-news.co.uk/news/16206503.Scientists_discover_ancient_Roman_family_burial_site/
https://www.metro.news/ancient-roman-family-burial-site-discovered-in-essex/1049127/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6597-180507-colchester-family-burials

A few weeks ago we had reports of a statue of Marcus Aurelius from Siwa; now the story seems to
be repeating with a focus on the Roman temple dating to Antoninus Pius and Greek inscriptions:

https://phys.org/news/2018-05-archaeologists-roman-era-temple-egypt.html
https://egyptianstreets.com/2018/05/11/roman-temple-remains-dating-to-emperor-antoninus-pius-unearthed-near-siwa/
http://www.egyptindependent.com/roman-era-temple-unearthed-siwa/
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/49805/Remains-of-Roman-era-temple-unearthed-in-Siwa
http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/31254-roman-era-temple-and-painting-bearing-greek-inscriptions-unveiled-in-egypt.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/archaeologists-find-remains-of-roman-era-temple-in-egypt/2018/05/10/f377d622-5444-11e8-a6d4-ca1d035642ce_story.html
http://thecourier.com/national-news/2018/05/10/archaeologists-find-remains-of-roman-era-temple-in-egypt/
http://nationalpost.com/pmn/news-pmn/archaeologists-find-remains-of-roman-era-temple-in-egypt

A Roman villa find near the ancient site of Augusta Traiana:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2018/05/09/archaeologists-find-rich-roman-mansion-near-bulgarias-gurkovo-close-to-ancient-city-augusta-traiana-in-stara-zagora/

Feature on pets in ancient Rome:

http://eaglesanddragonspublishing.com/ancient-everyday-pets-in-ancient-rome/

Feature/hype on the Romans in Yorkshire:

http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/16220176.What_did_the_Romans_ever_do_for_Yorkshire__Historian_Rob_has_the_answers___/

Interesting ‘what to do with a Classics degree’ life story:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/obituaries/doreen-simmons-british-born-authority-on-sumo-wrestling-dies-at-85/2018/05/11/de3ad084-5534-11e8-a551-5b648abe29ef_story.html

The Rodin exhibition at the BM has spawned an opEd suggesting the Parthenon Marbles need to stay in the UK:

https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/elgin-marbles-british-museum-rodin-exhibition-uk-return-parthenon-greece-a8339661.html

… while Greece’s President brought the matter up with Prince Charles:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/228499/article/ekathimerini/news/president-broaches-issue-of-parthenon-marbles-at-dinner-for-prince-charles

Celebrating Asterix:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2018/may/10/the-ancient-brit-with-bags-of-grit-how-anglicised-asterix-first-came-to-uk?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Outlook
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/art/artists/asterix-freedom-fighter-conquered-world/

Feature on Priam’s treasure:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/feature/lost-art-homer-s-troy-and-priam-s-treasure

On portrayals of Cleopatra:

https://www.artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-millennia-cleopatra-portrayals-reveal-evolving-perceptions-sex-women-race

On Greeks and the history of drunkenness:

https://www.salon.com/2018/05/06/the-pivotal-place-of-the-ancient-greeks-in-the-history-of-drunkenness/

On the economic importance of Roman roads:

https://aleteia.org/2018/05/07/ancient-roman-roads-continue-to-contribute-to-economic-growth/

What Matt Simonton is up to:

https://asunow.asu.edu/20180511-asu-classics-professors-book-short-list-major-award

What Walter Scheidel is up to:

https://coinweek.com/education/american-numismatic-society-announces-walter-scheidel-as-2018-fowler-memorial-lecturer/

Feature on Days of Antiquity at Pula:

https://www.total-croatia-news.com/travel/28213-days-of-antiquity-2018-meet-the-ancient-romans-in-pula

Reviews (and interviews) of Madeline Miller’s *Circe*:

http://www.benningtonbanner.com/stories/bookshop-buzz-circe-by-madeline-miller,539207
https://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/books/madeline-miller-my-obsession-with-classical-greek-poetry-and-myths-20180501-h0zgxh.html

More on the painting of the Antonine Wall:

https://www.livescience.com/62510-painted-roman-stone-walls.html
https://www.falkirkherald.co.uk/news/falkirk-s-gory-roman-wall-art-was-in-technicolour-1-4735523
https://www.zmescience.com/science/antonine-wall-distance-stones-7255363/
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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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Evidence of some 150 settlements around an Oslo fjord between 8000 and 2000 BCE:

http://sciencenordic.com/life-was-good-stone-age-norwegians-along-oslo-fjord
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6609-180510-stone-age-norway

Latest from the dig at Hyde Abbey:

http://www.hampshirechronicle.co.uk/news/16208085.PHOTOS__Dig___39_completely_changes_understanding__39__of_historic_site/

Plans to search for a ‘lost’ castle in South Ayrshire:

https://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/archaeologists-search-for-lost-castle-at-former-royal-retreat-1-4737452

On why the Leaning Tower of Pisa hasn’t fallen over:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2018/05/10/leaning-tower-pisa-why-still-standing/598673002/

On Ottoman graves in Bosnia’s oldest cemetery:

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/culture-and-art/bosnias-oldest-cemetery-holds-ottoman-graves/1143159
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Archaeology in Europe Blog:

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

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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115 000 years bp bone hammers from Xuchang City:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-05/08/c_137163857.htm
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6601-180508-china-bone-tools

Eastern Han Dynasty (and later) cliff tombs from Sichuan:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-05/07/c_137161851.htm

A ‘rock carving’ of a Jiaozi from Chongqing:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-05/11/c_137172448.htm
https://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2018/05/12/archaeologists-discover-rock-carving-of-worlds-oldest-paper-currency-in-china/

Shang Dynasty finds from the Shimen Pagoda site:

http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/a/201805/10/WS5af3be19a3105cdcf651d1d4.html

Finds dating to 400 BCE from Erode:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/erode/objects-from-400bc-unearthed-in-erode/articleshow/64119667.cms

A 12th century zodiac panel from the Panchalaraya temple in Sayampet Haveli:

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-andhrapradesh/12th-century-zodiac-panel-discovered-in-temple/article23844661.ece

Vague account of plenty of finds from a site in Kheezadi:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/tamil-nadu/1200-more-artefacts-unearthed-in-keezhadi/article23829818.ece

They’re still working on that Waka find:

https://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/local-news/rodney-times/103714389/work-continues-to-recover-partially-complete-waka-at-puhoi

More on those 19th century shipwrecks found off Australia during the search for Flight MH370:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/two-19th-century-shipwrecks-discovered-during-search-flight-mh370-180969046/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6599-180507-australia-coal-ships

More on the Taj Mahal turning green:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/09/world/asia/india-taj-mahal-preservation.html

More on early humans in the Philippines:

https://www.inverse.com/article/44571-rhino-discovery-early-humans-philippines
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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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Thousands of finds from various periods during pre-road-construction at a site in Arkansas:

http://5newsonline.com/2018/05/08/more-than-80000-historic-artifacts-found-during-rupple-road-archaeological-dig/

A 3000 years bp axe from a Vermont lakeshore:

http://www.recorder.com/Native-Insight-Northfield-man-finds-3-000-year-old-axe-on-Vermont-lakeshore-17386011

An aerial survey in Alaska revealed an Alutiiq fish trap (and other sites):

https://www.ktoo.org/2018/05/10/archaeologist-finds-fish-trap-defensive-sites-on-afognak-island/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6610-180510-alaska-fish-trap

Searching for evidence of the first Africans in Jamestown:

http://www.dailypress.com/features/history/dp-nws-jamestown-african-dig-20180430-story.html

A shipwreck off North Carolina is the steamship Pulaski:

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/national/article210609289.html

Preserving a Jewish cemetery in the Hudson Valley:

http://www.syracuse.com/state/index.ssf/2018/05/caring_for_forgotten_cemetery_a_sacred_obligation_in_hudson_valley.html

Really a DNA story but a genetic study suggests some 250 people were in that first group thatcrossed the Bering Strait 15 000 years bp:

https://www.livescience.com/62531-native-american-founder-population.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6612-180511-new-world-migration

A hiker in Arizona found some Puebloan pottery:

https://www.thespectrum.com/story/news/2018/05/07/hiker-finds-ancestral-puebloan-anasazi-pot-archaeology/587147002/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6603-180508-arizona-ancestral-puebloan

Arguing over Native American remains in Idaho:

https://boingboing.net/2018/05/07/native-american-tribes-vie-for.html

Plans for an interpretive centre at the Bear River Massacre site:

https://www.sltrib.com/news/2018/05/09/its-almost-like-youre-walking-into-the-earth-shoshone-tribe-utah-architects-design-an-interpretive-center-for-the-site-of-the-bear-river-massacre/#gallery-carousel-1464157

Feature on a 400 years bp church in Virginia:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2018/05/09/this-400-year-old-church-is-older-than-almost-any-institution-in-america/

More on those recently-unearthed shipwrecks from Virginia:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/06/science/ships-archaeology-alexandria.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/three-newly-discovered-18th-century-ships-found-buried-alexandria-virginia-180969033/
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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On the Jesuit legacy in Bolivia:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/08/world/americas/bolivia-baroque-music.html

Funding to restore Oaxaca’s Monte Alban site:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archeological-site-oaxaca-receives-funds-restoration-after-earthquake-180969054/
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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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Some medieval combat for you:

http://www.bbc.com/news/av/uk-44091680/welcome-to-medieval-fight-club

Latest shipwreck beer recreation:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/australian-brewers-are-making-beer-yeast-found-shipwreck-180968973/

OpEd on profiting from stolen art:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/preventing-profit-from-plunder-z6pp2rlz8

… in a similar vein:

http://www.dazeddigital.com/art-photography/article/39974/1/what-should-be-done-with-stolen-artworks-ethiopia-nigeria-v-and-a-museum-debate

On olive branches as symbols of peace:

http://www.theweek.co.uk/93461/why-does-an-olive-branch-mean-peace

On Galileo’s finger:

https://elpais.com/elpais/2018/05/02/ciencia/1525252006_953052.html

Murals of Tibet seems to be an interesting publication:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/may/06/photographs-ancient-tibetan-murals-revealed

Christopher Columbus’ illegitimate son put together an impressive library:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/may/11/christopher-columbus-son-worlds-first-search-engine-hernando-colon

Review of Jonathan Miles, *St Petersburg*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/11/books/review/jonathan-miles-st-petersburg.html

I think we mentioned this modern diagnosis of Saladin’s death as due to typhoid:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/legendary-sultan-saladin-was-likely-killed-typhoid-180968995/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6600-180507-saladin-symptoms-analyzed

Stories behind some of the Met Gala fashion:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-44038086

Pondering changing tastes of art collectors:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/11/arts/christies-rockefeller-auction.html

On the risk of moving artworks:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/11/arts/design/bernini-sculpture-broken-finger.html

On robots throughout history:

https://interestingengineering.com/the-history-of-robots-from-the-400-bc-archytas-to-the-boston-dynamics-robot-dog

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Expanded Interiors:

https://www.apollo-magazine.com/art-diary/expanded-interiors-at-herculaneum-and-pompeii/

Painted in Mexico:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/10/arts/design/review-painted-in-mexico-metropolitan-museum-of-art-.html
https://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2018/pinxit-mexici

Heavenly Bodies:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/09/arts/design/heavenly-bodies-met-costumes.html

Thracian gold:

http://www.novinite.com/view_news.php?id=189969

Antikythera Wreck:

http://world.greekreporter.com/2018/05/09/antikythera-wreck-artifacts-travel-to-china-for-beijing-exhibition/

Tut’s chariot has moved to the GEM:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/king-tutankhamun-chariot-moved-national-military-museum-grand-egyptian-museum-a8337951.html

Pondering how to ‘decolonize’ the Brooklyn Museum:

https://psmag.com/social-justice/how-might-we-decolonize-the-brooklyn-museum

On the Mardin (Turkey) Biennial:

https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2018/05/mardin-biennial-brings-turkeys-art-scene-to-southeast.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

On ‘honest history’ museums:

https://slate.com/human-interest/2018/05/black-tourism-alabamas-lynching-museum-the-smithsonian-african-american-museum-and-other-honest-tourist-attractions.html

More general GEM hype:

http://www.egyptindependent.com/more-than-43-thousand-artefacts-transferred-to-grand-egyptian-museum-so-far-minister-of-antiquities/
http://menafn.com/1096820875/Egypt-transfers-43-thousand-artifacts-to-Grand-Museum

More of the ongoing discussion of dealing with human remains in museums:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-43927157
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THE TECHY SIDE
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On measuring population changes through fecal analysis:

https://phys.org/news/2018-05-scientists-population-chemicals-feces.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-05/bu-scm050818.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/05/180508130841.htm

Digitally reconstructing some lost masterpieces:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/seven-masterpieces-destroyed-last-century-re-created-180968971/
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ON THE DNA FRONT
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The big picture version of this story covers three studies, looking at the spread of language, Hep B, and horse domestication across Eurasia:

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/deadthings/2018/05/09/eurasian-steppes/

… and how the horse changed the ‘ethnic profile’ of Eurasia:

https://phys.org/news/2018-05-horse-riding-eurasia-ethnic-profile.html
https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/05/tracing-how-horse-domestication-turned-the-eurasian-steppe-into-a-highway/

… with some focus on the spread of Indo European languages:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/05/180509185446.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-05/uoc–nrs050918.php

… and then we get this 4500 years bp evidence of Hep B from a Beaker Culture burial in Germany:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/09/science/ancient-dna-bones-hepatitis.html
https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/scientists-discover-oldest-human-virus-hepatitis-b-in-4500yearold-bronze-age-skeleton-a3834751.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6607-180510-bronze-age-hbv

… and one labelled ‘Neolithic’ (which seems to be the same study as the above):

https://phys.org/news/2018-05-stone-age-hepatitis-virus-decoded.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-05/mpif-sah050918.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/05/180510081546.htm

… and then we get Genghis Khan spreading it:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/05/genghis-khans-mongol-horde-probably-had-rampant-hepatitis-b/

… and the suggestion that the Huns may have been behind the spread of the ‘Justinian Plague’:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-44046031
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6608-180510-genome-justinian-plague

Elsewhere, we’re reading about strains of leprosy in medieval Europe:

https://phys.org/news/2018-05-dna-reveals-previously-unknown-diversity.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-05/mpif-aeo050718.php
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6613-180511-europe-oldest-leprosy

… and red squirrels bringing it to Britain:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-essex-44082764

… then just a focus on horse domestication:

https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/05/horse-domestication-dna-indo-european-science/

We’ll bring this confusing coverage to a close with plans to grow Neanderthal ‘mini brains’ which seems science fictionish:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/may/11/scientists-to-grow-mini-brains-using-neanderthal-dna

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/

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TOURISTY THINGS
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Catania:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/11/travel/catania-sicily-budget-frugal.html

Mainz and Gutenberg:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20180507-how-a-german-city-changed-how-we-read

Neot Kedumim:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20180508-israels-millennia-old-biblical-diet
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CRIME BEAT
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A Greek restaurant owner was arrested over some ancient decorations:

https://www.wral.com/greek-restaurant-owner-arrested-over-antique-decorations/17538802/
http://www.therepublic.com/2018/05/08/eu-greece-antiquities/

A bust in Minya:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/49731/18-artifacts-seized-in-Minya

A couple of tourists were arrested trying to steal artifacts from Pompeii:

http://www.ansa.it/english/news/general_news/2018/05/11/2-tourists-nabbed-for-stealing-pompeii_66b3677b-5bda-400e-856e-4e656790611e.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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NUMISMATICA
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An 18th century ‘thieve’s coin’ from Moscow:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-44088275
https://en.crimerussia.com/gromkie-dela/moscow-archaeologists-find-thieves-coin-of-18th-century/

Feature on the 1933 Double Eagle coin:

https://coinweek.com/us-coins/the-1933-double-eagle-americas-most-notorious-coin/

Rutgers has digitized its Roman coin collection:

http://btn.com/2018/05/11/rutgers-roman-coins-go-digital-btn-livebig/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/club_nbs_esylum_v21n18.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/club_nbs_esylum_v21n19.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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Little Women:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/11/arts/television/little-women-review-pbs-masterpiece.html

In case you haven’t heard about Megan Fox’s impending tv show:

http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/when-a-celebrity-retells-history-whats-the-harm/news-story/393894919c4d02dee7ce6ffc6b0e4521
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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/2737-audio-news-from-archaeologica-29-april-5-may-2018
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OBITUARIES
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Edwin Burrows:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/obituaries/edwin-burrows-pulitzer-prize-winning-historian-of-new-york-city-dies-at-74/2018/05/07/1bbfc79c-51fd-11e8-abd8-265bd07a9859_story.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/07/obituaries/edwin-burrows-historian-and-co-author-of-gotham-dies-at-74.html

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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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