Explorator 21.06 ~ June 3, 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,
Laurel Carey, Richard C. Griffiths, and Ross W. Sargent for headses upses
this week (as always hoping I have left no one out).

… another quiet week

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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First date range for homo antecessor:

https://phys.org/news/2018-05-dating-homo-antecessor.html

Studying 2 000 000 years bp herbivore teeth to learn about the environment around Wonderwerk Cave:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-05/uot-ptd052818.php
https://phys.org/news/2018-05-prehistoric-teeth-dating-million-years.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/05/180529132140.htm

Latest medical checkup of Otzi suggests he had heart disease:

https://www.livescience.com/62689-otzi-iceman-mummy-heart-disease.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6653-180530-otzi-artery-calcifications

I think we’ve mentioned this evidence of humans boating to Crete some 130 000 years bp:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/31441-stone-age-tools-in-crete-show-humans-sailed-130-000-years-ago.html
http://greece.greekreporter.com/2018/05/27/stone-age-tools-in-crete-show-man-sailed-the-mediterranean-130000-years-ago/

More on those 700 000 years bp butchered rhino bones from the Philippines:

https://www.popularmechanics.com/science/archaeology/a20117743/butchered-rhino-bones-may-hold-a-secret-of-ancient-human-migration/

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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A CT scan of a ‘hawk mummy’ turns out to be a stillborn human baby:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-05/uowo-mss053118.php
https://phys.org/news/2018-05-micro-ct-scans-year-old-hawk-mummy.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/05/180531114623.htm
https://www.livescience.com/62705-hawk-mummy-was-human.html
http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/hawk-mummy-human-fetus-1.4686161
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6661-180601-egypt-mummy-anencephaly

Feature on the sunken Buhen fortress:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/51043/Buhen-Sunken-fortress-under-the-Nile

They’re still autenticating those Egyptian artifacts found in a bust in Italy last week:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContentP/1/301349/Egypt/Egypt-top-prosecutor-tasks-antiquities-ministry-wi.aspx

Feature on a sacred crocodile in the basement of the BM:

https://elpais.com/elpais/2018/05/22/eps/1526999078_636206.html

Feature on the Gohar-Tappeh site:

http://www.tehrantimes.com/news/424068/A-peek-into-Gohar-Tappeh-prehistoric-site

Using LiDAR to map ancient Gerash:

https://phys.org/news/2018-05-lost-archaeology-revealed-satellite-images.html
https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/05/29/615120552/scientists-use-lasers-to-map-an-ancient-city-in-jordan
http://sciencenordic.com/once-lost-archaeology-revealed-satellite-images-and-aerial-photography
https://aleteia.org/2018/06/01/ancient-jordanian-city-mapped-with-new-laser-technology/

… but there’s also reports which don’t seem to mention LiDAR:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/05/decades-of-aerial-photos-reveal-how-an-ancient-desert-city-got-its-water/

Interesting ‘ancient head’ from Tel Abel Beth Maacah:

https://www.apu.edu/media/news/release/26193/

Hyping that Isaiah seal find:

https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Clay-seal-of-prophet-Isaiah-to-be-unveiled-at-joint-Jerusalem-Oklahoma-event-558523
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/246670

Feature on Irisagrig and the tablets stolen therefrom:

https://www.livescience.com/62688-lost-city-of-irisagrig-ancient-tablets.html

On the story of Hebrew:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2018/05/Story-Of-Hebrew

Feature on the importance of blue dye throughout Israel’s history:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/linking-ancient-snails-to-an-israeli-flag-in-space-a-common-thread/

32 sites in Saudi Arabia ‘officially registered’:

http://www.arabnews.com/node/1313306
https://www.zawya.com/mena/en/story/Saudi_Arabia_registers_32_archaeological_historial_sites-ZAWYA20180601061453/

Syrian scholars are receiving some training in Japan for cultural heritage restoration purposes:

https://mainichi.jp/articles/20180603/p2a/00m/0na/005000c

Pondering ISIL’s legacy of smuggling in Syria:

http://syriadirect.org/news/while-the-islamic-state-fades-in-syria-its-legacy-of-antiquities-smuggling-flourishes/
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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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The big news this week was the find of someone decapitated by a block of stone at Pompeii:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/30/world/europe/pompeii-skeleton-rock.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-44303247
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/may/29/pompeii-skeleton-archaeologists-unearthed-man-decapitated-vesuvius-eruption
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/05/29/skeleton-roman-beheaded-giant-flying-rock-slab-found-pompeii/
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/pompeii-eruption-mount-vesuvius-skeleton-man-crushed-lava-a8375401.html
https://www.livescience.com/62686-decapitated-skeleton-pompeii-eruption.html
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/pompeii-skeleton-crushed-mt-vesuvius-victim-fleeing-huge-stone-head-missing/
https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2018/05/29/archaeologists-at-pompeii-find-roman-man-crushed-by-huge-wall-block/
https://phys.org/news/2018-05-pompeii-eruption.html
http://www.heraldcourier.com/news/pompeii-new-find-shows-man-crushed-trying-to-flee-eruption/article_7ac2ada0-9202-5263-b9bd-2ba9e2a7207b.html
https://www.thelocal.it/20180529/pompeii-archaeologists-skeleton-disabled-eruption-victim
http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2018/05/29/body-of-new-pompeii-victim-discovered-2_3296630d-3186-451b-ba7e-62c647250a65.html
http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/generalnews/2018/05/29/body-of-new-pompeii-victim-discovered_bf53787f-4079-44bf-8daf-3729d37d9ce4.html
http://www.abc.net.au/radio/sydney/programs/worldtoday/pompeii-reveals-more-of-its-secrets/9815942
https://www.news.com.au/world/breaking-news/volcano-victim-buried-at-pompeii-unearthed/news-story/9628bb407e4071d671c4eaa3f7cd137c
https://elpais.com/cultura/2018/05/30/actualidad/1527698088_801952.html
http://www.newsweek.com/pompeii-skeleton-stone-block-vesuvius-947533
https://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/pompeii-find-shows-man-crushed-flee-eruption-55503201
http://theartnewspaper.com/news/man-decapitated-while-fleeing-volcano-s-eruption-discovered-in-pompeii
https://www.yahoo.com/news/archaeologists-find-remains-man-survived-pompeii-eruption-killed-falling-stone-113831580.html
https://www.cnn.com/2018/05/29/health/pompeii-victim-crushed-rock-eruption-intl-trnd/index.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2018/05/29/a-stone-crushed-a-man-fleeing-a-volcano-archaeologists-just-found-his-2000-year-old-remains/
https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/05/29/615179234/new-excavation-at-pompeii-uncovers-victim-crushed-by-massive-rock
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/skeleton-man-crushed-stone-block-uncovered-pompeii-180969208/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6647-180529-pompeii-door-jamb

… later in the week came reports of an interesting bag of coins found in association with the above:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/06/01/roman-merchant-beheaded-flying-rock-fleeing-pompeii-had-treasure/
http://www.ansa.it/english/news/general_news/2018/06/01/pompeiis-last-fugitive-treasure-trove-3_17c247fe-c955-46f1-8170-6bf18ec72294.html
https://www.stuff.co.nz/world/europe/104441516/decapitated-pompeii-victim-was-carrying-treasure-trove-of-coins

Finally getting reports in English of that Corinthian Helmet find from Southern Russia:

http://eu.greekreporter.com/2018/05/27/corinthian-helmet-found-in-southwest-russia/
https://neoskosmos.com/en/116139/2500-year-old-corinthian-helmet-found-north-of-black-sea/
http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/31431-first-ancient-corinthian-helmet-discovered-in-southwest-russia.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6649-180529-russia-greek-helmet

Ash from the Minoan eruption of Santorini was found in an excavation in Smyrna:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2018/06/03/ashes-from-santorinis-minoan-eruption-found-in-smyrna-excavation

An intact 4th century BCE burial from Rome:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/01/arts/design/roman-tomb-intact.html

A Roman-era burial found during mosque restoration in Istanbul:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2018/05/30/1700-year-old-pagan-grave-discovered-at-mosque-site-in-istanbul
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/1-700-year-old-pagan-cemetery-unearthed-in-istanbul-132597

An interesting burial full of grave goods from Viminacium:

https://www.livescience.com/62717-rich-roman-burial-serbia.html
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-serbia-archeology/serbian-archaeologists-find-sarcophagus-with-two-skeletons-and-jewellery-in-ancient-city-idUSKCN1IW1JB
https://cyprus-mail.com/2018/05/31/archaeologists-find-sarcophagus-with-two-skeletons-and-jewellery/
http://www.euronews.com/2018/05/31/serbian-archaeologists-find-sarcophagus-with-two-skeletons-and-jewellery-in-ancient-city
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6657-180531-viminacium-roman-sarcophagus

Analysis of an Early Bronze Age pot found in the 90s provides earliest evidence of olive oil use in Italy:

https://phys.org/news/2018-05-italy-oldest-olive-oil-peculiar.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-05/uosf-ioo053018.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/05/180530113241.htm
https://www.livescience.com/62714-italy-oldest-olive-oil.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6659-180601-sicily-olive-oil

Claims of evidence of crucifixion from a skeleton found in Italy a few years ago:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/extremely-rare-archaeological-evidence-of-roman-crucifixion-uncovered-in-italy/
https://elpais.com/cultura/2018/05/29/actualidad/1527611445_884721.html

The Louvre just figured out it has the bronze finger from a colossal statue of Constantine:

https://www.archaeology.org/news/6654-180530-constantine-bronze-finger

Feature on the Wehrmacht excavations on occupied Crete during WWII:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/229156/gallery/ekathimerini/life/wehrmacht-excavations-on-occupied-crete

Remains of a Roman-era necropolis in Ljublijana:

https://english.sta.si/2519127/roman-era-cemetery-architecture-found-in-ljubljana

On climate change affecting the Mycenean Palace in Pyos:

https://news.gtp.gr/2018/05/29/navarino-observatory-climate-change-took-toll-mycenaean-palace-pylos/

Feature on polychromy and portrayal of barbarians:

https://hyperallergic.com/440466/barbarians-and-sculptures-color-barrier-in-ancient-rome/

On Delphic priestesses as political risk consultants:

https://aeon.co/ideas/delphic-priestesses-the-worlds-first-political-risk-consultants

A bunch of folks chose the Odyssey as the most influential story in the world (I think we mentioned this):

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2018/06/01/critics-choose-homers-odyssey-as-worlds-most-influential-story/

What Jesse Weiner is up to:

https://www.hamilton.edu/news/story/professor-classics-jesse-weiner-gives-keynote-lecture-publishes-essay

A grant to study the legacy of Marion K. Steven:

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED1806/S00007/grant-to-research-pivotal-female-nz-classics-scholar.htm

Interview with Sheldon Pollock:

https://www.outlookindia.com/magazine/story/nobody-in-rome-will-mind-a-videshi-translating-aeneid/300228

David Olusoga is the latest historian pushing for the return of the Parthenon Marbles:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2018/05/29/british-historian-urges-britain-to-return-parthenon-marbles-to-greece/

… and Jeremy Corbyn says he’ll do it if elected:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/229232/article/ekathimerini/news/britains-labour-party-leader-calls-for-marbles-return-to-greece
https://news.finance.co.uk/corbyn-promises-return-elgin-marbles-greece-elected-prime-minister/
http://www.euronews.com/2018/06/03/uk-opposition-leader-corbyn-calls-for-return-of-elgin-marbles-to-greece

The next Assassin’s Creed will have an ‘Odyssey’ spin:

http://www.newsweek.com/assassins-creed-odyssey-name-leaks-ahead-e3-rumor-rome-951763
https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidthier/2018/05/31/a-very-strange-leak-may-have-just-revealed-assassins-creed-odyssey/

Theres a Herodotus coin coming out:

http://news.coinupdate.com/greece-herodotus-the-father-of-history-features-on-first-silver-coin-launching-new-greek-historians-series/

Comparing RFK to the Gracchi:

http://www.startribune.com/rfk-and-the-brothers-gracchus-an-ancient-parallel/484225511/

More on that Janus arch from Spain:

https://elpais.com/elpais/2018/05/25/inenglish/1527248590_878483.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6650-180529-spain-roman-arch

More on those Roman bath remains from Egypt:

http://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/ancient-egyptian-treasures-discovered-in-ruins-of-grecoroman-bath/

Review of Madeline Miller’s *Circe*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/28/books/review/circe-madeline-miller.html

Review of Kneale, *Rome: A History in Seven Sackings*:

https://www.csmonitor.com/Books/Book-Reviews/2018/0601/Rome-tells-the-story-of-the-Eternal-City-through-seven-moments-of-defeat

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

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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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Evidence of lead pollution in the Balkans dating back to 3600 BCE:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-06/nu-eee052718.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/06/180601160442.htm
https://phys.org/news/2018-05-earliest-evidence-pollution-balkans-bc.html
https://www.zmescience.com/science/news-science/first-pollution-balkan-042423/

Interesting finds from the remains of a Pictish fort near Moray which was burned by Vikings in the 10th century:

https://www.scotsman.com/news/remains-of-fort-burnt-down-by-vikings-reveal-clues-to-picts-1-4747408
https://www.scotsman.com/news/environment/pictish-fort-relics-preserved-by-viking-fire-found-in-moray-1-4747487
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-44303606
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/life-of-picts-rises-from-the-ashes-of-viking-blaze-tvqtt76hj
http://www.thenational.scot/news/16259479.Glimpse_of_Pictish_life_revealed_by_Viking_violence/
http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/16262103.Viking_raid_helped_secrets_of_the_Picts_rise_from_the_ashes/
http://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/treasure-trove-of-ancient-artifacts-reveal-how-scotlands-lost-ones-lived-and-died/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6651-180530-scotland-pictish-fort

Looking for a lost monastery in Coldingham:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-south-scotland-44293300

Feature on early Bronze Age axes:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/never-a-dull-moment-the-lives-of-early-bronze-age-axes.htm

Feature/backgrounder on the Celts:

http://www.radio.cz/en/section/czech-history/prague-exhibition-highlights-bohemian-celts-at-centre-of-advanced-civilisation

On development v archaeology in Nicosia:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2018/05/27/the-nicosia-challenge-building-the-new-on-top-of-the-old/

Feature on the wrecks of the Hollandia and Victoria:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/long_reads/shipwrecks-uk-hms-victoria-voc-hollandia-anniversary-a8368926.html

More on the impending dig at Sutton Hoo:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-suffolk-44290327

More on that barrow in Cornwall:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/bronze-age-barrow-discovered-in-cornwall.htm

The Stonehenge tunnel saga continues:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-wiltshire-44295754
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http://archaeology-in-europe.blogspot.com/

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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Feature on the Book of Songs:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20180525-the-book-of-songs-poems-that-helped-shape-chinese-thought

Remains of a Maori village dating back to the 14th century near Gisborne:

https://phys.org/news/2018-05-maori-village-otago-archaeologists.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-05/uoo-omv053018.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/05/180531102810.htm
http://gisborneherald.co.nz/localnews/3393772-135/iwi-integral-to-maori-village-excavation
https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/archaeologists-uncover-maori-village-dating-back-14th-century-in-gisborne-really-important-period-new-zealand-history
https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12061616
https://www.maoritelevision.com/news/regional/700-ancient-maori-stone-tools-uncovered-gisborne
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/14th-century-maori-village-found-along-new-zealands-south-pacific-coastline-180969219/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6652-180530-new-zealand-maori-village

In case you missed the possible find of a ‘waka’ in NZ:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/6658-180601-new-zealand-processed-kauri

Turns out that ‘waka’ is just a tree trunk — modified by humans, but not a waka in progress:

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK1806/S00021/puhoi-motorway-discovery-is-not-a-waka-as-first-thought.htm
https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/104405319/waka-discovered-during-puhoi-motorway-project-north-of-auckland-not-a-waka
https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2018/06/nzta-disappointed-excavated-kauri-tree-isn-t-a-waka.html

Sad news of an Afghan archaeologist being killed by a roadside bomb near Mes Aynak:

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-archaeologist/afghan-archaeologist-killed-near-buddhist-site-home-to-giant-copper-reserve-idUSKCN1IZ0ED
http://www.gulf-times.com/story/594947/Afghan-archaeologist-killed-near-Buddhist-site
https://www.khaama.com/archaeologists-among-4-dead-wounded-in-kabul-city-blast-05291/

More shipwrecks found in Kaipara Harbour:

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12062049

Hyping evidence of 5 000 years of civilization in China:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-05/28/c_137213047.htm
http://www.ecns.cn/news/culture/2018-05-29/detail-ifyuqkxh5549183.shtml

More on that evidence of a 20 000 years bp (not sure about that date) ‘kangaroo cookout’:

https://www.livescience.com/62685-ancient-aboriginal-kangaroo-feast.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-uncover-20000-year-old-kangaroo-cook-out-180969204/
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NORTH AMERICA
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Looking for evidence to support the ‘coastal route’ hypothesis for migration to the Americas:

https://phys.org/news/2018-05-ancient-boulders-clues-story-human.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-05/uab-iab052418.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/05/180530144144.htm
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/30/science/boulders-americas-migration.html
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/first-americans-could-have-taken-coastal-route-new-world
http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/05/new-map-alaska-s-ancient-coast-supports-theory-america-s-first-people-arrived-boat
https://gizmodo.com/new-evidence-reveals-a-17-000-year-old-coastal-route-in-1826427608

see also: http://advances.sciencemag.org/content/4/5/eaar5040.full

Evidence of a previously-unknown fort at the Fort Kaskaskia site (IL):

https://news.siu.edu/2018/05/053118-unknown-american-fort-found-by-archaeological-field-school.php
http://thesouthern.com/news/local/siu/archaeological-field-school-from-siuc-discovers-a-previously-unknown-american/article_d389c950-0fe8-52df-b247-cee4963b2087.html

No evidence of a Viking presence at Point Rosee (NL):

http://www.gulfnews.ca/news/local/archaeology-report-confirms-no-evidence-of-norse-presence-at-point-rosee-in-southwestern-newfoundland-214092/
http://www.squamishchief.com/no-viking-presence-in-southern-newfoundland-after-all-american-researcher-finds-1.23320719

New Brunswick has to rely on tips from the public (!) to identify sites:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/archaeologist-services-reliant-tips-1.4682292

Feature on Roanoke:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2018/06/lost-colony-roanoke-history-theories-croatoan/

Review of Childs, *Atlas of a Lost World*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/27/books/review/atlas-of-a-lost-world-craig-childs.html
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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New geoglyphs found near the Nazca lines in Peru:

https://uk.reuters.com/article/us-peru-archaeology/archaeologists-discover-new-geoglyphs-near-nazca-lines-in-peru-idUKKCN1IT1TG
http://www.euronews.com/2018/05/29/peruvian-authorities-find-new-geoglyphs
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6656-180531-peru-palpa-lines

More on that intact 1 000 years bp mummy from Pachacamac, Peru:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-05/uldb-uad052418.php

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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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On the history of the hashtag:

https://www.bbc.com/ideas/videos/the-hidden-history-of-the-hashtag/p067zndc

An Eleanor Roosevelt letter about Israel is coming to auction:

https://www.jpost.com//Israel-News/Culture/Eleanor-Roosevelt-letter-defending-Israel-to-be-auctioned-558559

… as is some chocolate from WWI:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leicestershire-44323109

Britain apparently tried to kill Kaiser Wilhelm in 1918:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/first-world-war-kaiser-wilhelm-uk-raf-bombing-kill-germany-emperor-boulogne-a8375996.html

Feature on some letters from suffragists:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-44235125

Pondering the authenticity of a Leonardo:

https://aeon.co/essays/why-the-expert-eye-still-rules-the-game-of-art-authenticity

On Beethoven’s Spanish grandmother:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2018/05/27/actualidad/1527442267_166866.html

Concerns for Van Gogh’s Sunflowers:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/01/arts/design/van-gogh-yellow-sunflowers.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share

Suggestion that John Calvin was ‘mentally ill’:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2018/05/28/actualidad/1527493895_611026.html

On the role of science in archaeology:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/science-notes-bridging-the-divide-the-role-of-science-in-archaeology.htm

Trying to save the sacred tree of the Rapa Nui from extinction:

http://m.elmostrador.cl/cultura/2018/05/31/buscan-revertir-extincion-de-arbol-sagrado-rapa-nui-reconstruyendo-su-huella-genetica/

More on that recently-found fragment of the Gospel of Mark:

http://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/2018/may/newly-released-manuscript-is-earliest-known-fragment-from-the-gospel-of-mark
https://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2018/may-web-only/mark-manuscript-earliest-not-first-century-fcm.html

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Scents of Antiquity:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/may/30/scents-of-antiquity-revived-for-exhibition-at-athens-museum
http://www.ekathimerini.com/229202/article/ekathimerini/life/ancient-perfume-recreated-for-anniversary-show

Roman Dead:

https://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2018/05/31/the-death-of-romans-reveals-the-multicultural-origins-of-london/

Rodin:

https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/06/review-auguste-rodin-show-british-museum-mesmerizing-works/

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-44294946

Hype for Nimes new Roman museum:

https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2018/may/30/nimes-new-roman-museum-toga-design-france
http://theartnewspaper.com/news/can-a-brand-new-museum-boost-ancient-nimes-s-unesco-bid

Feature on the National Museum of the American Indian:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-native-civilizations-innovated-conquer-wilderness-180969197/

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THE TECHY SIDE
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Nice feature on some imaging work being done in Allentown (PA):

http://www.theolympian.com/news/business/article212128929.html

Latest research into the radiocarbon cycle:

http://news.cornell.edu/stories/2018/06/new-radiocarbon-cycle-research-may-alter-history

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Explaining a major decline in genetic diversity in males some 7000 years bp:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-05/su-wac052918.php

DNA suggests early inhabitants of the Americas split into two populations then a few thousand years later, came together again:

https://phys.org/news/2018-05-ancient-populations-diverged-reconverged-americas.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-05/uoc-fps052518.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/05/180531142949.htm
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/31/science/americans-migration-dna.html
https://cosmosmagazine.com/biology/and-two-became-one-ancient-american-lineages-reunited-to-head-south

On Iceland’s DNA history:

https://phys.org/news/2018-05-human-population-uncovered-ancient-icelandic.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-05/snrc-tgf053118.php
http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/05/iceland-s-founding-fathers-underwent-rapid-1000-year-genetic-shift
https://elpais.com/elpais/2018/06/02/ciencia/1527892888_839453.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6660-180601-iceland-population-changes

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/

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TOURISTY THINGS
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Mausoleum of Halicarnassus:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/mausoleum-of-halicarnassus-draws-tourists-132668

Santo Caliz:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20180528-is-this-the-home-of-the-holy-grail

Nimes:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/travel/in-the-south-of-france-nimes-celebrates-and-preserves-ancient-rome/2018/05/31/20b8407c-5f85-11e8-a4a4-c070ef53f315_story.html

Antwerp:

https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2018/may/27/the-baroque-delights-of-antwerp
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CRIME BEAT
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A museum employee in Santorini was arrested over looted antiquities:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/116107/greek-museum-employee-arrested-over-looted-antiquities/

The stolen Caravaggio case continues:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2018/jun/01/former-mobster-may-hold-clue-to-recovery-of-stolen-caravaggio
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/01/arts/design/caravaggio-nativity-palermo.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share

A stolen Spencer turned up under a drug dealer’s bed:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-berkshire-44347364

An attempted smuggling of pharaonic papyri to Libya was foiled:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/1/51425/In-Pics-Smuggling-attempt-of-Pharaonic-papyri-to-Libya-foiled

More on that Syrian mosaic smuggling case:

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-mosaic-seizure-20180526-story.html#nws=mcnewsletter
http://www.keyt.com/news/national-world/california-man-accused-of-smuggling-mosaic-out-of-syria/746746978

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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France is pondering the return of plundered African art:

https://www.straitstimes.com/world/europe/france-mulls-over-return-of-africas-plundered-art

OpEd on the ‘difficulty’ of returning artifacts:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2018/may/29/returning-artefacts-of-empire-isnt-so-simple

On Ethiopian items in UK museums:

https://www.apollo-magazine.com/the-looted-ethiopian-artefacts-that-ended-up-in-uk-museums/

Somehow I think these Egyptian items found during a Sydney house clean up will be a repatriation case soon:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-05-31/egyptian-antiquities-found-in-home-donated-university-of-sydney/9816298

Zambia is seeking the return of an ‘early man’ skull:

https://face2faceafrica.com/article/zambians-demand-return-of-broken-hill-man-skull-stolen-by-britain

Things India wants back:

https://www.news18.com/news/india/spell-out-steps-to-bring-back-kohinoor-diamond-tipu-sultans-sword-cic-tells-pmo-mea-1767481.html

More on that Persian limestone relief which should be returned:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/return-persian-antiquity-to-iran-new-york-district-attorney-says
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NUMISMATICA
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In case you missed the Ptolemy III gold coin find from Egypt:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2018/06/02/2200-year-old-gold-coin-depicting-king-ptolemy-iii-discovered-in-egypt/
http://www.foxnews.com/science/2018/05/31/2200-year-old-gold-coin-discovered-in-egypt.html

… or the Harald Bluetooth coin find:

https://aleteia.org/2018/05/31/treasure-of-the-first-christian-king-of-denmark-found-with-metal-detectors/

Feature on the coinage of Roman usurpers:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/imperial-wannabes-the-ancient-coinage-of-roman-usurpers/

A 1913 nickel is expected to bring big bucks at auction:

http://www.foxnews.com/science/2018/06/01/5-million-nickel-extremely-rare-1913-coin-up-for-auction.html

A bronze coin of Herod:

https://www.coinworld.com/news/world-coins/2018/05/Rare-judaean-bronze-coin-for-herod-of-chalcis-in-sale.html

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/club_nbs_esylum_v21n21.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/club_nbs_esylum_v21n22.html
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Ancient Coin Collecting:

http://ancientcoincollecting.blogspot.com/

Ancient Coins:

http://classicalcoins.blogspot.com/

Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

http://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-main-menu-cat/audio-news-list/2743-audio-news-from-archaeologica-20-may-26-may-2018

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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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