Explorator 21.10 ~ July 1, 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,
‘James ah ha’, Trevor Ogden,
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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Studying Neanderthal collaborative hunting techniques:

https://phys.org/news/2018-06-neanderthals-bands-speared-prey.html
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2018/06/26/neanderthal-hunting-techniques-sophisticated/734399002/
https://www.afp.com/en/news/826/neanderthals-hunted-bands-and-speared-prey-close-study-doc-16l7wo1
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/deadthings/2018/06/25/hunt-like-neanderthal/
https://cosmosmagazine.com/palaeontology/neanderthals-collaborated-on-spear-hunts-120-000-years-ago
https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/06/archaeologists-armed-with-spears-demonstrate-how-neanderthals-hunted/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/neanderthals-hunted-groups-one-more-strike-against-dumb-brute-myth-180969472/

Studying an australopithecus cranium found back in 1995 in the Sterkfontein Caves:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-06/uotw-coa062518.php
https://phys.org/news/2018-06-cranium-four-million-year-old-hominin-similarities-modern.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/06/180625130919.htm

More on Otzi’s tools:

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-05497-z
https://elpais.com/elpais/2018/06/27/ciencia/1530111711_868954.html
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AFRICA
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Images of a secretary bird from Deir el Bahari might give clues about the location land of Punt:

http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news%2C29964%2Cpolish-egyptologist-discovered-secretary-bird-temple-hatshepsut.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6748-180626-egypt-secretary-bird
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Four 26th Dynasty canopic jars from Luxor:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/305454/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/th-Dynasty-canopic-jars-discovered-at-Luxors-South.aspx
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/52786/Canopic-jars-discovered-in-tomb-of-Karabasken-in-Luxor
http://plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn&id=30138&SEO=archaeologists-discovered-sacred-vessels-in-pharaonic-priest-tomb
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6744-180625-egypt-canopic-jars

Egypt’s antiquities minister announced that announcements are coming:

http://www.egyptindependent.com/new-discoveries-announced-soon-antiquities-minister/

Studying cancer rates in Egypt from Dakhleh Oasis evidence:

https://www.livescience.com/62908-ancient-egypt-cancer.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6746-180625-egypt-skeletons-cancer

Feature on the extent of smuggling of artifacts in Egypt:

http://www.arabnews.com/node/1330421

On specialization of buildings during the early Neolithic in Jordan:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-06/ku-nsa062718.php
https://phys.org/news/2018-06-special-purpose-world-earliest-neolithic-villages.html

Remains of an 8000 years bp village in the UAE:

https://www.khaleejtimes.com/nation/abu-dhabi/8000-year-old-village/-discovered-in-uae
https://gulfnews.com/news/uae/culture/8-000-year-old-village-discovered-in-the-uae-1.2242495

On dolmens in the Bronze Age Levant:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2018/06/Visible-Dead-Dolmens-Bronze-Age-Levant

Evidence of barley beer in some Bronze Age vessels from Khani Masi:

https://phys.org/news/2018-06-barley-beer-bronze-age-mesopotamian.html
https://www.upi.com/Science_News/2018/06/27/Mesopotamians-were-drinking-beer-from-individual-vessels-3500-years-ago/5551530110022/

… and a study of Hittite beer:

https://cosmosmagazine.com/archaeology/ancient-brewing-was-not-a-hittite-or-miss-process

A 5000 years bp child/human sacrifice site from Basur Hoyuk:

https://www.livescience.com/62954-human-sacrifices-mesopotamia.html
http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-mesopotamia-child-sacrifice-turkey-archaeology-1000934
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6759-180629-mesopotamia-tomb-sacrifices

Those repatriated Hobby Lobby artifacts are shedding light on Irisagrig:

https://www.npr.org/2018/06/28/623537440/hobby-lobbys-illegal-antiquities-shed-light-on-a-lost-looted-ancient-city-in-ira
https://news.wbhm.org/npr_story_post/2018/hobby-lobbys-illegal-antiquities-shed-light-on-a-lost-looted-ancient-city-in-iraq/

Feature on Montfort Castle:

https://aleteia.org/2018/06/26/ruins-of-crusader-castle-reveal-how-soldiers-relaxed/

That ‘mystery biblical king’ head is now on display:

https://www.sgvtribune.com/2018/06/24/3000-year-old-sculpture-found-by-azusa-pacific-now-on-display-at-israel-museum/

Surveying sites in Saudi Arabia:

https://www.cnn.com/2018/06/20/middleeast/saudi-archaeology/index.html

Studying Amlash sites in Iran:

http://www.tehrantimes.com/news/424758/Archaeology-team-probe-Amlash-settlements

I think we mentioned this Islamic amulet from Jerusalem:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-muslim-evil-eye-amulet-discovered-in-a-jerusalem-parking-lot?source=articles&via=rss

Feature on the Hittites:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/ancient-cultures/ancient-near-eastern-world/who-were-the-hittites/

On war damage to the theatre (not amphitheatre) at Bosra:

https://www.alaraby.co.uk/english/news/2018/6/30/syrian-regime-shelling-damages-regions-best-preserved-roman-amphitheatre
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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Evidence that Greeks were drinking beer some 4000 years bp:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/31736-aristotle-university-study-ancient-greeks-drank-beer-4-000-years-ago.html

The big news story this week appears to be the find of the skull of that latest victim from Pompeii:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2018/06/28/that-meme-worthy-pompeii-skeleton-not-crushed-by-a-block-his-skull-shows/
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/29/science/pompeii-skull-rock.html
https://www.livescience.com/62956-pompeii-decapitation-skull-found.html
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/unluckiest-guy-history-crushed-rock-pompeii-mount-vesuvius-archaeologists-wrong-a8424616.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/retropolis/wp/2018/06/29/everyone-thought-he-was-killed-by-a-giant-rock-at-pompeii-then-they-found-his-skull/
http://www.ansa.it/english/news/general_news/2018/06/28/head-of-pompeiis-last-fugitive-found-4_6d53d66e-9173-448a-bdc1-37435b3bc435.html
https://www.cnn.com/2018/06/30/europe/pompeii-victim-new-findings/index.html
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/06/29/archaeologists-find-skull-ancient-roman-killed-fleeing-pompeii/
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-07-01/pompeii-victim-was-not-crushed-by-stone-skull-found-intact/9929058
https://www.sciencealert.com/pompeii-disabled-man-masonry-vesuvius-skull-found-intact-asphyxiation
http://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/we-ve-got-some-bad-news-about-the-unluckiest-guy-in-history-from-pompeii/
https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/06/headless-pompeii-skull-archaeology-science/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6760-180629-pompeii-intact-skull

… and how we should be looking at the victims of Pompeii in general:

http://theconversation.com/pompeii-should-teach-us-to-celebrate-peoples-lives-not-mock-their-death-97632

A bronze ‘hand of god’ (maybe) artifact from Vindolanda:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/hand-of-god-ancient-roman-hadrians-wall-sculpture-bronze-found-latest-a8419131.html
https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/6645747/ancient-roman-hand-of-god-uncovered-near-hadrians-wall-sheds-light-on-lesser-known-bloodiest-battles-in-british-history/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6757-180628-vindolanda-bronze-hand

Possible Roman burial ground in Lincoln:

https://thelincolnite.co.uk/2018/06/lincoln-developers-stumble-across-roman-burial-ground/

The Silchester Archaeology dig has a facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/Silchester

An inscription dating to Marcus Aurelius’ time from Kabyle:

http://www.focus-fen.net/news/2018/06/25/431781/yambol-a-fully-preserved-inscription-from-roman-times-found-in-kabyle.html

A Roman fresco (sort of, not really) once owned by Horace Walpole is coming to auction:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/jun/30/ancient-roman-wall-painting-resurfaces-after-200-years

A section of the Palatine is opening to the public for the first time in centuries:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/section-of-palatine-hill-in-rome-opens-to-public-for-first-time-in-centuries-638nwjjq8

Feature on ancient Greek magic type things:

https://theconversation.com/spells-charms-erotic-dolls-love-magic-in-the-ancient-mediterranean-98459

Feature on the political site of the Discobolus:

https://hyperallergic.com/447769/the-political-uses-of-a-figure-of-male-beauty-from-antiquity/

Feature on some coins of Caligula:

http://www.numismaticnews.net/article/complex-caligula-emperors-scandalous-reign-includes-scarce-coins

Feature on Augustus’ ‘comet denarius’:

https://www.coinworld.com/news/world-coins/2018/06/silver-denarius-of-augustus-shows-famous-celestial-event.all.html

In case you’ve never heard of Sententiae Antiquae:

http://www.brandeis.edu/now/2018/june/joel-christensen-sentantiq.html

No plans to cap visitors to Pompeii:

http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2018/06/28/pompeii-wont-cap-visitors_803e8664-53af-4de4-a24b-b7a52d74332b.html

… but they’re thinking of putting some armed guards in:

http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2018/06/28/thinking-of-armed-guards-at-pompeii-3_37fb6440-1b7f-4e2f-8d45-4ff9fe01a760.html
https://www.thelocal.it/20180629/army-to-be-deployed-to-pompeii-sites-to-tackle-threat-of-terrorism

On clumsy tourists at Pompeii (and elsewhere):

http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2018/06/25/clumsy-tourists-go-beyond-just-pompeii_d7671e3f-4017-4316-a936-c283628ec67e.html

Digging has resumed at Peperikon:

https://sofiaglobe.com/2018/06/25/bulgarian-archaeologists-begin-summer-digs-at-perperikon-site/

Tsipras was telling May Greece wants the Marbles back:

https://www.jpost.com/Breaking-News/Greece-wants-Parthenon-Marbles-back-Tsipras-tells-May-560936
https://neoskosmos.com/en/117764/tsipras-tells-british-pm-the-marbles-natural-place-is-at-the-parthenon/
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-britain-greece-marbles/greece-wants-parthenon-marbles-back-tsipras-tells-may-idUSKBN1JM2T6

More thoughts on Troy: Fall of a City:

https://www.popmatters.com/troy-fall-of-a-city-2579452784.html

More on Herculaneum papyri:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/buried-ash-vesuvius-scrolls-are-being-read-new-xray-technique-180969358/

More on that (questionable) reconstruction of Julius Caesar’s face:

https://metro.co.uk/2018/06/25/new-3d-reconstruction-reveals-julius-caesar-basically-looked-like-e-t-7658540/
http://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/3d-reconstruction-of-julius-caesars-head-reveals-rulers-odd-feature/
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http://bmcr.brynmawr.edu/recent.html

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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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Windfarm work exposed a Neolithic ritual site of some sort in Suffolk:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-suffolk-44455266
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/jun/28/archaeologists-stumble-on-neolithic-ritual-site-in-suffolk
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6755-180628-england-aurochs-skull

A Neolithic henge site in Germany with suggestions of human sacrifice (maybe):

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2018/06/26/skeletons-of-executed-immigrants-found-in-neolithic-mass-grave-in-germany-archaeologists-report/
https://www.livescience.com/62939-german-stonehenge-human-sacrifices.html
https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-05541-y
http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/06/rituals-performed-german-stonehenge-may-link-mysterious-monument-its-uk-counterpart
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/germanys-stonehenge-reveals-evidence-human-sacrifice-180969491/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6756-180628-germany-henge-bones

Searching for some lost rows of standing stones in Devon:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-devon-44618630
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/jun/27/prehistoric-stone-hunt-under-way-in-devon-salt-marsh
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2018/06/26/archaeologists-begin-hunt-mysterious-lost-devon-standing-stones/?WT.mc_id=tmg_share_em

Studying the dolmens of Antequera:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-06/uos-cnd062818.php
https://phys.org/news/2018-06-crucial-dolmens-antequera-world-heritage.html

Bronze age gold from Ireland:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-44644347
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6758-180629-ireland-gold-artifacts

Resuming excavation of a Bronze Age site on the Isle of Man:

http://www.iomtoday.co.im/article.cfm?id=41435&headline=Excavations%20of%20Bronze%20Age%20site%20set%20to%20resume&sectionIs=NEWS&searchyear=2018

Studying Neolithic/Bronze Age life on North Uist:

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/16313031.archaeologists-reveal-hardships-of-ancient-island-life-in-north-uist/

On how weather events affected life in the Outer Hebrides in the third millennium BCE:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/climate-changed-life-of-hebrideans-after-storms-left-islanders-to-starve-tw0pc9pwf

A Viking age dragon pin found ages ago actually fit a mold found a couple years ago:

https://www.livescience.com/62931-dragon-pin-vikings.html

An image of a cockatoo is shedding light on medieval European trade:

https://phys.org/news/2018-06-cockatoo-discovery-reveals-flourishing-medieval.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-44610271
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jun/26/images-of-cockatoo-on-13-century-vatican-manuscript-inspire-trade-route-rethink
https://www.dw.com/en/13th-century-cockatoo-images-question-australia-europe-trade-history/a-44414991
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-australia-vatican-cockatoo/700-year-old-vatican-drawing-of-australian-bird-rewrites-medieval-trade-route-history-idUSKBN1JN3CC
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6752-180627-cockatoo-medieval-trade

Hyping a medieval dig in Edinburgh:

https://www.scotsman.com/future-scotland/tech/archaeologists-dig-in-old-town-could-see-edinburgh-s-history-being-rewritten-1-4762115

Hyping a medieval castle dig in Sheffield:

https://www.thestar.co.uk/news/dig-to-uncover-history-of-sheffield-s-medieval-castle-to-get-underway-1-9229129

‘Devil coins’ from Bath Abbey:

https://www.bristolpost.co.uk/news/bristol-news/archaeologists-find-mysterious-devil-coins-1712763
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/devil-coins-bath-abbey-denmark-prank-knud-langkow-satanism-anholt-best-hoaxes-fake-a8419656.html
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jun/26/hoax-devil-coins-found-in-bath-abbey
https://www.metro.news/devil-coins-unearthed-at-bath-abbey/1118333/
https://www.somersetlive.co.uk/in-your-area/mysterious-devil-coins-were-found-1719558

A possible 18th century pathway in Birmingham:

https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/archaeologists-dated-historic-path-under-14827240

Viking sites on the World Heritage list:

https://www.dw.com/en/vikings-win-unesco-world-heritage-title/a-44328534
https://www.dw.com/en/unesco-world-heritage-for-the-vikings/a-44274375

Feature on the Vikings in Europe:

https://www.dw.com/en/on-the-trail-of-the-vikings-in-europe/g-44347416

More on finds from Westminster Abbey’s refurbishment of some upper rooms:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/07/01/westminster-abbey-secrets-revealed-artefacts-preserved-dust/?WT.mc_id=tmg_share_em

More on that Iron Age battle site from Denmark:

https://www.stuff.co.nz/science/104909795/brockie-gruesome-secrets-from-an-ancient-germanic-battlefield

More Book of Deer Project hype:

https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/north-east/1505368/archaeologists-tantalisingly-close-to-finding-ancient-north-east-monastery/

More on Iron Age beer in Sweden:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-06/26/c_137280336.htm
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6749-180626-sweden-beer-brewing

More on the possible burial for the remains of the ‘Irish Giant’:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-skeleton-irish-giant-could-be-buried-sea-180969443/
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http://archaeology-in-europe.blogspot.com/

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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A Western Han dynasty era ‘unicorn seal’ (and other things) from Sichuan:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-06/28/c_137287248.htm
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6754-180628-china-unicorn-seal

A Spring and Autumn period tomb complex from Henan:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-07/01/c_137293308.htm

Feature on Marree Man:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-44597730

Climbing Uluru/Ayer’s rock will be banned soon:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-44365871

More on that recently-found Siberian ‘mummy’:

https://www.livescience.com/62920-sleeping-beauty-mummy.html
https://phys.org/news/2018-06-year-old-mummy-russian-reservoir.html
https://www.sciencealert.com/siberian-sleeping-beauty-hun-mummy-yenisei-river-2000-years-old
http://www.newsweek.com/archeologists-find-2000-year-old-sleeping-beauty-mummified-corpse-996151

More on that gibbon from a Chinese tomb:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/06/180625223033.htm
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http://www.southeastasianarchaeology.com/

New Zealand Archaeology eNews:

http://nzarchaeology.blogspot.co.nz/index.html
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NORTH AMERICA
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Feature on Clovis points in Ohio:

http://www.dispatch.com/news/20180701/archaeology-ancient-clovis-hunters-drawn-to-ohio-flint

Colonial-era burials for St Augustine:

https://www.firstcoastnews.com/article/news/local/st-augustine/more-colonial-burials-found-under-st-augustine-street/77-566791195
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6745-180625-colonial-florida-graves

Latet finds from Colonial Michilimackinac:

http://www.minews26.com/content/archaeologists-find-exciting-new-artifacts-at-colonial-michilimackinac/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6751-180627-mackinac-brass-thimble

Searching for Florida plantation sites at the Arcadia Mill site:

https://www.archaeology.org/news/6750-180627-florida-arcadia-mill

On the US’s most endangered historic sites:

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/most-endangered-historic-places-2018/index.html

Pondering the ‘Beeswax Wreck’ on the Oregon Coast:

https://www.tillamookheadlightherald.com/community/local-scholars-solve-centuries-old-mystery-of-the-beeswax-wreck/article_50a1be2a-78a4-11e8-a445-a74431c1cd40.html

Putting the American Revolution into the ‘big picture’:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/american-revolution-was-just-one-battlefront-huge-world-war-180969444/

Review of Johnson, *American Eden*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/25/books/review/american-eden-victoria-johnson.html?em_pos=medium&nl_art=10&te=1&nl=science-times&emc=edit_sc_20180626
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Studying the cacao trade through Maya artwork:

http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/06/maya-civilization-used-chocolate-money
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6753-180627-maya-chocolate-money

I think we mentioned this skull tower/rack from Mexico City:

https://phys.org/news/2018-06-skull-tower-rack-evidence-aztec.html
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/aztec-skulls-human-sacrifices-mexico-city-mexicas-tzompantli-tenochtitlan-a8421511.html
https://www.ibtimes.co.in/gruesome-skull-tower-mexico-reveals-horror-aztec-human-sacrifice-rituals-773521
http://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/aztec-war-gods-tower-of-skulls-even-bigger-and-more-gruesome-than-thought/

Studying some Paracas mummies:

https://www.livescience.com/49892-peru-mummy-hair-diet.html

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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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Why study literature?:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20180626-the-best-way-to-understand-ourselves

On the role of Mars in cultural history:

http://sophiacentrepress.com/2018/06/26/mars-and-the-mediums/

On collecting antiquities:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/luxury/art/secrets-collecting-ancient-antiquities/

Brown has acquired a collection of Jewish texts:

https://phys.org/news/2018-06-rare-jewish-texts-home-brown.html

Feature on Annie Maunder:

https://www.bbc.com/news/av/science-environment-44606012/meet-the-forgotten-victorian-astronomer-annie-maunder
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-44581891

On artistic portrayals of grief:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20180623-how-to-turn-tragedy-into-art-why-depicting-grief-is-hard

What Napoleon read:

https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/features/napoleon-bonaparte-what-read-books-emperor-library-campaigns-a8415776.html

On some philosophers’ personalities:

https://bigthink.com/scotty-hendricks/10-times-great-philosophers-revealed-their-personalities

Another art-restoration-gone-bad story … from Spain:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-44619416
https://www.npr.org/2018/06/26/623579607/oops-they-did-it-again-spanish-artisans-restore-a-centuries-old-work-of-art
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/26/world/europe/spain-estella-church-statue.html
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jun/26/second-spanish-church-falls-prey-to-well-intentioned-restorer-st-george-ecce-homo-monkey-christ
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/06/26/second-spanish-church-hit-botched-restoration-job/
http://www.itv.com/news/2018-06-27/anger-over-botched-st-george-artwork-restoration-in-spain/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/curious-george-restorationists-botch-500-year-old-spanish-statue-saint-180969471/

Is a painted tile a daVinci?:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/painted-tile-da-vincis-earliest-known-work-180969445/

On the history of the gin and tonic:

https://www.bbc.com/ideas/videos/the-hidden-history-of-gin-and-tonic/p06cfmmr

On Mary Anning:

https://www.bbc.com/ideas/videos/the-girl-who-helped-discover-dinosaurs/p06bfr1s

On the letter H:

http://www.bbc.com/capital/story/20180622-the-haughty-history-of-the-letter-h

Feature on Romansh:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20180627-switzerlands-mysterious-fourth-language

… and Proto Indo European:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/audio/2018/jun/29/slice-of-pie-proto-indo-european-linguistic-common-ancestor-science-weekly-podcast

Some humour from the Onion:

https://www.theonion.com/archaeologists-unearth-ancient-clay-pot-shards-from-dwe-1827116788

Latest Heritage Site List additions:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-44667197
https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2018/06/30/unesco-adds-8-pre-islamic-iranian-archeological-sites-to-world-heritage-list

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Ancient Greek Music:

https://aleteia.org/2018/06/25/step-back-in-time-listen-to-the-music-of-ancient-greece/

Greek Women’s Clothing:

http://www.china.org.cn/world/Off_the_Wire/2018-06/29/content_53892635.htm

Nature Unleashed:

https://www.dw.com/en/nature-gone-wild-depictions-of-disasters-in-art/a-44453726
https://www.hamburger-kunsthalle.de/en/exhibitions/nature-unleashed

Cezanne:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/20/arts/design/cezanne-national-gallery-of-art-review.html

LGBTQ from the British Museum:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2018/jun/26/british-museum-lgbtq-exhibition-to-tour-england
https://www.nottinghampost.com/news/nottingham-news/11000-year-old-statue-depicting-1716024
https://www.timesofisrael.com/first-artistic-depiction-of-sex-found-near-bethlehem-to-join-uk-lgbtq-exhibit/
http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/pebble-showing-world-s-oldest-known-depiction-of-people-having-sex-to-go-on-show-in-norwich-library-1-5578030

The BM has acquired a collection of Chinese ivories just prior to an ivory ban going into effect:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2018/jun/27/british-museum-ivory-figures-sir-victor-sassoon
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/28/arts/design/british-museum-ivories.html

… and they had to defend their acquisition:

https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/british-museum-defends-gift-of-more-than-550-stunning-ivories-37055560.html
https://www.ft.com/content/b7f03e60-79ff-11e8-bc55-50daf11b720d

Concerns for the original Frick (expansion has been approved):

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/25/opinion/dont-let-the-frick-disappear.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/26/arts/design/frick-collection-expansion-approved.html

More GEM hype:

https://abcnews.go.com/International/egypt-open-museum-hopes-boosting-tourism/story?id=56257771
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THE TECHY SIDE
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Digitizing the Admonter Abrogans:

https://phys.org/news/2018-06-digitalisation-middle-ages.html
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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Leprosy DNA from some medieval skeletons from Denmark:

https://phys.org/news/2018-06-leprosy-dna-medieval-skeletons-denmark.html

Using animal DNA to trace cultural exchange in China:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-06/25/c_137279805.htm
https://news.cgtn.com/news/3d3d674d77637a4d78457a6333566d54/share.html

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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Latest climate change threatening sites piece:

https://phys.org/news/2018-06-climate-arctic-archeological-treasures.html
https://www.ucsusa.org/press/2018/archaeologists-race-against-time-save-sites-climate-change-0
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CRIME BEAT
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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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Italy returned a pile of things to Egypt:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/305923/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Italy-returns-to-Egypt-collection-of-Egyptian-arte.aspx
http://www.china.org.cn/world/Off_the_Wire/2018-07/01/content_54239011.htm

Libya is seeking returns from Spain:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-06/25/c_137278027.htm
http://www.libyanexpress.com/libya-urges-spain-to-speed-up-return-of-stolen-greek-era-antiquities/

Israel is returning items to Egypt:

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20180628-91-ancient-artefacts-to-be-sent-to-egypt-from-israel/

More on Benin bronzes on loan maybe:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/benin-bronzes-british-museum-nigeria-stolen-imperialist-treasures-return-loan-elgin-marbles-looted-a8414661.html
http://www.kpax.com/story/38544144/benin-bronzes-will-britain-return-nigerias-stolen-treasures
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NUMISMATICA
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Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/club_nbs_esylum_v21n25.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/club_nbs_esylum_v21n26.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/2751-audio-news-from-archaeologica-17-june-23-june-2018
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OBITUARIES
===============================================================
Willie Lee Rose:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/27/obituaries/willie-lee-rose-historian-of-reconstruction-dies-at-91.html

Harold L. Dibble:

http://www.thedp.com/article/2018/06/penn-professor-death-upenn-philadelphia-harold-dibble-obit

Antonia Syson:

https://www.theguardian.com/education/2018/jun/24/antonia-syson-obituary

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CONFERENCES
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CBA Wessex 60th Anniversary Conference (November 2018):

http://cba-wessex.org.uk/cba-events/annual-conference-2018/

Jews and the Americas (February 2019):

https://networks.h-net.org/node/73374/announcements/1932330/jews-and-americas-68th-annual-conference-center-latin-american

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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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