Explorator 21.13 ~ July 22, 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,
Frank MacKay, Trevor Watkins, Rick Heli, Shelley Wachsmann,
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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Neanderthals may have started their own fires:

https://phys.org/news/2018-07-neanderthals.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/video/national/health-science/watch-an-archaeologist-spark-a-fire-with-neanderthal-technology/2018/07/19/fe287028-8b52-11e8-9d59-dccc2c0cabcf_video.html
https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2018/07/neanderthals-fire-mystery/565514/
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/MAGAZINE-neanderthals-could-make-fire-new-study-suggests-1.6292123
https://elpais.com/elpais/2018/07/19/ciencia/1531997681_016482.html
https://cosmosmagazine.com/archaeology/neanderthals-used-flint-and-pyrite-to-spark-fires

http://www.archaeology.org/news/6803-180719-neanderthal-fire-starter

More on those homo erectus-associated tools from China:

https://www.news.com.au/world/what-we-know-about-human-evolution-may-soon-be-turned-on-its-head/news-story/d938d0d4e8922c263a1d4130d541cdab
https://sciencetrends.com/discovery-of-oldest-stone-tools-outside-of-africa-hints-at-unidentified-human-ancestors/

More on walking and climbing australopithecines:

https://phys.org/news/2018-07-human-evolution-trees.html

More on Otzi’s last meal:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/07/180712114602.htm
https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Neanderthals-could-start-fires-with-their-stone-13087974.php

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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That sarcophagus in Alexandria gave us the full-court press this week … first came the hype:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/307180/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/The-mystery-of-Alexandria-sarcophagus-may-be-revea.aspx
http://www.egyptindependent.com/mysterious-sarcophagus-opened-two-days-egypts-moa-says/
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2018/07/news-alexandria-egypt-coffin-sarcophagus-archaeology/

Then came the silly warnings:

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2018/07/17/alexandria-tomb-coffin-mummy-curses/

Then came the ‘reveal’ that it contained three ‘mummies’:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/308226.aspx
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/54440/Important-facts-about-Alexandria%E2%80%99s-ancient-sarcophagus
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/54322/LIVE-UPDATE-Opening-of-ancient-sarcophagus-in-Alexandria
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-egypt-archaeology-sarcophagus/mystery-egypt-sarcophagus-found-not-to-house-alexander-the-greats-remains-idUSKBN1K92LL
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/19/world/middleeast/egypt-black-sarcophagus-opened.html
https://www.livescience.com/63110-mysterious-black-sarcophagus-opened.html
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-44893804
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/07/19/egyptian-archaeologists-reveal-contents-mysterious-giant-sarcophagus/
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jul/19/three-mummies-egyptian-black-granite-sarcophagus-alexandria
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/black-sarcophagus-egypt-what-is-inside-curse-alexandria-a8455156.html
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-07/20/c_137336288.htm
https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/reuters/mystery-egypt-sarcophagus-found-not-to-house-alexander-the-great-s-remains/44269104
https://www.yahoo.com/news/eww-experts-open-black-sarcophagus-203410716.html
https://www.dw.com/en/egypt-sarcophagus-remains-not-those-of-alexander-the-great/a-44756467
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2018/07/19/egypt-sarcophagus-what-they-found-massive-ancient-tomb/802720002/
https://www.stuff.co.nz/world/africa/105628832/ancient-sarcophagus-found-at-egyptian-building-site-opened
https://www.npr.org/2018/07/20/630778612/in-egypt-ancient-coffins-contents-finally-revealed
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2018/07/20/archaeologists-find-unexpected-contents-inside-alexandria-coffin/
https://www.zmescience.com/science/big-black-sarcophagus-egypt-2007-2018/
http://www.ibtimes.sg/pharaohs-curse-turned-false-after-archaeologists-opened-2000-year-old-sarcophagus-egypt-26767
https://www.newsweek.com/three-foul-smelling-mummies-unearthed-tomb-1033885
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6801-180719-egypt-three-warriors

Then came the incredible post-opening silliness:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/black-sarcophagus-egypt-blood-red-liquid-drink-petition-curse-alexandria-a8458036.html
https://metro.co.uk/2018/07/20/people-want-to-drink-the-red-liquid-from-newly-opened-4000-year-old-sarcophagus-7740238/
http://time.com/5345125/egypt-black-sarcophagus-juice-for-mummies/

An Old Kingdom pottery workshop from Aswan:

https://phys.org/news/2018-07-archaeologists-ancient-pottery-workshop-egypt.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/archaeologists-find-ancient-pottery-workshop-in-egypt/2018/07/19/db698692-8b5e-11e8-9d59-dccc2c0cabcf_story.html
https://abcnews.go.com/Lifestyle/wireStory/archaeologists-find-ancient-pottery-workshop-egypt-56688355
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-07/20/c_137336309.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6805-180720-old-kingdom-pottery

I think we mentioned this 2500 years bp mummification workshop from Saqqara:

https://egyptianstreets.com/2018/07/15/archaeologists-discover-hidden-mummy-workshop/
https://phys.org/news/2018-07-archaeologists-egypt-mummification-workshop.html
https://www.timesofisrael.com/archaeologists-in-egypt-discover-mummification-workshop/
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jul/14/a-goldmine-mummies-secrets-uncovered-in-egypt
http://www.ibtimes.sg/archaeologists-discover-2000-year-old-ancient-burial-site-along-mummification-workshop-egypt-26719
https://www.albawaba.com/editorchoice/new-egypt-ancient-burial-site-could-help-reveal-mummification-secrets-1159354
https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2018/07/16/archaeologists-discover-mummification-workshop-near-egypts-pyramids
https://www.latercera.com/tendencias/noticia/egipto-arqueologos-hallan-milenario-centro-momificacion-ayudara-estudiar-preservaban-los-cuerpos/243918/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mummification-workshop-and-trove-burial-relics-found-egypt-180969640/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6791-180716-saqqara-burial-shaft

Feature on the Gurob ship model:

http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/egyptian-ship-model-sheds-light-on-bronze-age-warfare-and-religion/

cf: http://www.vizin.org/Gurob/Gurob-as-exc.html

14 400 years bp (pre-agriculture!) flatbread from a site in Jordan:

https://humanities.ku.dk/news/2018/archaeologists-discover-bread-that-predates-agriculture-by-4000-years/
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-07/uoc–adb071118.php
https://phys.org/news/2018-07-archaeologists-bread-predates-agriculture-years.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/07/180716151513.htm
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-44846874
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/jul/16/archaeologists-find-earliest-evidence-of-bread
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/bread-history-cooking-stone-age-middle-east-archaeology-discovery-a8450276.html
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/MAGAZINE-earliest-pita-14-400-years-old-found-in-jordan-s-black-desert-1.6273569
https://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Worlds-oldest-bread-found-at-prehistoric-site-in-Jordan-562680
https://www.timesofisrael.com/bread-was-being-baked-in-jordan-4000-years-before-the-start-of-agriculture/
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2018/07/16/bread-farming-neolithic/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2018/07/16/these-crumbs-come-from-the-worlds-oldest-bread-it-might-have-resembled-a-pita/
https://www.cnn.com/2018/07/17/health/bread-jordan-desert-intl/index.html
https://www.dw.com/en/revolutionary-evidence-proves-bread-existed-before-agriculture/a-44702764
https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/worlds-oldest-bread-crumbs-jordan-pita-discovery-13079411.php
https://www.thelocal.dk/20180717/danish-archaeologists-find-14000-year-old-bread-in-jordan
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-science-bread/worlds-oldest-bread-found-at-prehistoric-site-in-jordan-idUSKBN1K62JB?feedType=RSS&feedName=scienceNews
https://www.newsweek.com/bread-early-humans-archaeology-1027726
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-discover-evidence-bread-baked-advent-agriculture-180969667/
http://sciencenordic.com/following-new-trail-crumbs-agricultures-origins
https://www.npr.org/2018/07/18/630008575/archaeologists-find-14-500-year-old-bread
https://gizmodo.com/discovery-of-14-000-year-old-toast-suggests-bread-can-b-1827631358
https://www.latercera.com/tendencias/noticia/cientificos-descubren-los-humanos-hacian-pan-4-mil-anos-desarrollar-la-agricultura/246119/
https://elpais.com/elpais/2018/07/14/ciencia/1531557609_401411.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6795-180717-hunter-gatherer-bread

Remains of a 9000 years bp settlement in the Jerusalem Valley:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-9-000-year-old-neolithic-city-discovered-in-jerusalem-valley-1.6271740
https://www.inquisitr.com/4986949/archaeologists-have-uncovered-a-magnificent-neolithic-village-in-jerusalem-valley-that-arose-9000-years-ago/

Lawrence Schiffman reflects on the DSS:

http://lawrenceschiffman.com/a-reflection-on-the-significance-of-the-dead-sea-scrolls/

A Byzantine church find in Mugla:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/byzantine-church-found-in-muglas-city-of-gladiators-134629

Feature on the British School in Iraq:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/jul/17/british-school-archaeology-iraq-nimrud-agatha-christie
http://www.aina.org/ata/20180717181404.htm

A Saudi citizen who returned an artifact was applauded:

http://www.arabnews.com/node/1339401/saudi-arabia

Pondering the Phoenicians

More on the Huqoq mosaics:

https://hyperallergic.com/451212/discovery-of-jewish-mosaics-in-israel-bring-color-to-biblical-accounts/
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A 1700 years bp marble bust from Mersin:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/1-700-year-old-roman-bust-unearthed-in-ancient-city-in-turkeys-south-134707
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6797-180718-turkey-roman-bust

A Roman bath from Chichester:

https://www.chichester.co.uk/news/large-roman-bath-discovered-in-second-priory-park-dig-in-chichester-1-8575275
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-sussex-44910675

Roman coins from Georgia (not the one in the US):

http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news%2C30287%2Ctreasure-silver-and-bronze-coins-discovered-georgia.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6802-180719-fort-apsaros-coins

Concerns for the Aurelian Walls:

https://www.9news.com.au/world/2018/07/15/21/22/ancient-rome-walls-at-risk-of-being-lost

Feature on Emily Wilson and her Odyssey translation:

https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/books/i-didn-t-realise-how-much-of-a-big-deal-the-first-woman-thing-was-1.3562988

Mosaics from Leicester are going on display at last:

https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/leicester-news/roman-mosaic-bbc-opening-see-1791052

Another tourist caught vandalizing the Colosseum:

https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/another-tourist-caught-vandalising-colosseum.html
http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2018/07/16/tourist-carves-initials-into-colosseum_05c9f997-ccb6-4347-9f03-9b0abbc9ef13.html

How to occupy your time between Classics degrees:

https://www.utoronto.ca/news/u-t-student-takes-long-way-back-school-unicycling-across-canada

More on that Villa/Church by the Milvian Bridge:

https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/mystery-surrounds-ancient-discovery-in-north-rome.html
https://www.thelocal.it/20180717/archaeological-enigma-rome-tiber-remains-church-villa
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/early-christian-church-may-have-been-found-rome-180969707/

More on that Galen papyrus:

https://www.livescience.com/63070-ancient-papyrus-galen-hysteria.html
http://eu.greekreporter.com/2018/07/19/swiss-experts-crack-code-of-2000-year-old-ancient-greek-papyrus/
https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/-sensational-discovery-_2-000-year-old-papyrus-medical-mystery-solved/44260212
https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/07/after-500-years-a-uv-lamp-solves-the-mystery-of-the-basel-papyrus/
http://advocator.ca/news/2000-year-old-ancient-papyrus-to-define-hysterical-apnea/3799
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6793-180716-papyrus-conserved-translated

More on Romans and whaling:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/16/science/ancient-romans-whales.html
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2018/07/11/romans-may-have-been-first-whalers/#.W1J6DX4nZHY

More on that Odyssey bit from Olympia:

http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/oldest-known-fragment-homers-odyssey-06202.html
https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/ancient-cultures/daily-life-and-practice/homer-odyssey-tablet-olympia/

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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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Last dig season for an Ice Age site in St Saviour:

https://jerseyeveningpost.com/news/2018/07/21/last-dig-season-for-ice-age-site/

Coins and other finds from various periods at a housing site in Old Felixstowe:

http://www.eadt.co.uk/business/secret-of-early-felixstowe-people-revealed-at-dig-on-generator-group-site-in-ferry-road-1-5611882

A 5000 years (or so) bp passage tomb from Ireland:

http://www.thejournal.ie/megalithic-passage-tomb-meath-4130419-Jul2018/
https://www.eveningexpress.co.uk/news/uk/archaeologists-uncover-find-of-a-lifetime-tomb/
https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/republic-of-ireland/archaeologists-uncover-find-of-a-lifetime-tomb-37124394.html
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/the-find-of-a-lifetime-megalithic-passage-tomb-cemetery-discovered-at-meath-world-heritage-site-37123288.html
https://www.irishtimes.com/news/science/5-500-year-old-passage-tomb-at-dowth-is-find-of-a-lifetime-1.3567118
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6792-180716-ireland-passage-tomb

A 2 000 years b.p. wooden ‘drinking bowl’ from a chamber in Orkney:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/2000-year-old-bowl-underground-chamber-orkney-scotland-archaeology-a8447421.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-find-2000-year-old-wooden-bowl-strands-hair-northern-scotland-180969713/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6790-180716-orkney-wooden-bowl

… and some hair too:

https://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/astonishing-find-of-2-000-year-old-hair-on-orkney-1-4770083
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6804-180719-orkney-broch-hair

First evidence of a strain of Salmonella in northern Europe comes from a medieval Norwegian burial:

https://phys.org/news/2018-07-evidence-salmonella-paratyphi-medieval-northern.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-07/uow-eos071918.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/07/180719112214.htm

Studying British teeth in various periods for evidence of diet:

https://phys.org/news/2018-07-british-teeth-potential-insights-ancient.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-07/uoy-rob071718.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/07/180717194505.htm
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-44862778
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6798-180718-britain-dental-plaque

800 years bp burials on Sicily:

http://www.ibtimes.sg/800-year-old-graves-found-sicily-archaeologists-believe-these-are-descendants-vikings-26745

Studying burials to see if Christianity made it to Scotland before Columba came to Iona:

https://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/human-bones-to-reveal-true-cradle-of-christianity-1-4769162

Feature on the medieval port at Chalcis:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-07/c-otp071818.php
https://phys.org/news/2018-07-theban-port-chalcisa-medieval-maritime.html

Haven’t had a medieval-ring-found-in-a-garden story for a while:

https://www.cornwalllive.com/news/cornwall-news/gold-ring-12th-century-found-1806000

Remains of a 17th century English fort in Co Kilkenny:

https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/heritage/english-fort-discovered-during-castlecomer-hotel-development-1.3565838

A Tudor shipwreck from a beach in Kent:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/jul/16/tudor-shipwreck-discovered-by-local-group-on-kent-beach
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-kent-44838683
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/tudor-shipwreck-kent-beach-tankerton-archaelogy-whitstable-timbers-a8449071.html

Researchers have returned to the shipwreck site of the Mars:

https://phys.org/news/2018-07-archaeologists-reveal-legendary-swedish-warship.html
http://sciencenordic.com/archaeologists-reveal-new-finds-legendary-swedish-warship
http://www.newser.com/story/262223/450-year-old-wreck-holds-something-unique.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6806-180720-sweden-mars-warship

There’s an archaeologist strike going on in Ireland:

https://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/ireland/archaeologists-to-stage-second-day-of-strike-action-856287.html
https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/republic-of-ireland/archaeologists-strike-for-second-day-in-pay-dispute-37135438.html

Feature on Constance Markievicz:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-43176232

Feature on when the US attacked the UK (not recently):

https://www.washingtonpost.com/podcasts/retropod/the-time-america-invaded-britain/

More on that henge find in Ireland:

https://www.livescience.com/63097-ireland-newgrange-henge-uncovered.html
https://www.npr.org/2018/07/13/628905864/in-ireland-drought-and-a-drone-revealed-the-outline-of-an-ancient-henge
https://www.forbes.com/sites/trevornace/2018/07/17/drone-reveals-hidden-location-of-ancient-ireland-henge/
https://elpais.com/elpais/2018/07/13/ciencia/1531489495_489032.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/drought-reveals-giant-4500-year-old-irish-henge-180969650/

More on sites revealed in the heatwave in the UK:

https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/location-every-underground-historic-site-14935872
https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/4000-year-old-ancient-monument-14917457
https://www.thesouthernreporter.co.uk/news/archaeologists-put-in-picture-by-heatwave-1-4770362
https://www.npr.org/2018/07/14/629058512/crop-marks-reveal-ancient-structures
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-44767497
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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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Connecting fishing and the use of pottery in ancient Japan:

https://phys.org/news/2018-07-pottery-linked-fishing-post-glacial-period.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-07/uoy-too071218.php
https://cosmosmagazine.com/archaeology/japan-s-love-affair-with-fish-began-very-early
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6794-180717-japan-pottery-fishing

A 7700 years bp sandstone ‘carving’ from Inner Mongolia:

http://www.china.org.cn/china/2018-07/16/content_57292636.htm

A 12th century hoard from a Chhattisgarh village:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/raipur/road-crew-digs-up-12th-century-pot-of-gold-in-chhattisgarh-village/articleshow/64994194.cms

The Taj Mahal saga takes a strange turn:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/indian-supreme-court-restore-taj-mahal-or-demolish-it-180969668/
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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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I think we mentioned these pre Clovis finds from the Gault site:

https://phys.org/news/2018-07-gault-site-date-earliest-north.html
https://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local/article/Ancient-tools-found-by-Texas-State-archaeologists-13085078.php
https://www.kvue.com/article/archaeologists-unearth-20000-year-old-history-in-central-texas/269-576139178

A 3000 years bp tobacco pipe from Alabama:

http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/06/americans-have-been-lighting-more-3000-years-ancient-pipe-reveals
http://westerndigs.org/ice-age-hunting-camp-replete-with-bird-bones-and-tobacco-found-in-utah-desert/

Latest on the search for the site of Hochelaga:

https://montrealgazette.com/news/local-news/archaeologists-intrigued-by-iroquois-village-found-downtown
https://www.mtlblog.com/news/archaeologists-just-unearthed-an-indigenous-city-under-downtown-montreal

Suggestion that consumption of a corn fungus may have benefitted the Puebloan people over a long period of time:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/6800-180718-corn-smut-staple

On the search for the Clotilda:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2018/07/clotilda-slave-ships-mobile-alabama-africatown-archaeology/

Latest on the Hunley:

https://www.livescience.com/63127-hl-hunley-submarine-escape-never-used.html
https://www.sfgate.com/news/us/article/Confederate-sub-never-released-emergency-blocks-13085173.php
https://www.timesunion.com/news/us/article/Confederate-sub-never-released-emergency-blocks-13085173.php
https://wnyt.com/news/confederate-sub-never-released-emergency-blocks-to-surface/4993403/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6807-180720-confederate-sub-hunley

Latest from Colonial Williamsburg:

http://www.dailypress.com/visuals/video/99815874-132.html

Initially it was thought some burials in Texas were former slaves:

http://www.wmbfnews.com/story/38663084/bodies-found-at-texas-school-construction-site-believed-to-be-slaves

… then it was modified to forced labour prisoner remains:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/18/us/grave-convict-lease-texas.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2018/07/18/bodies-of-95-black-forced-labor-prisoners-from-jim-crow-era-unearthed-in-sugar-land-after-one-mans-quest/
https://www.wral.com/remains-of-black-people-forced-into-labor-after-slavery-are-discovered-in-texas/17706547/
https://wtkr.com/2018/07/18/dozens-of-bodies-found-at-a-texas-construction-site-were-probably-black-people-forced-into-labor-after-slavery-ended/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/remains-95-african-american-forced-laborers-found-texas-180969703/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6799-180718-texas-convict-lease

Not a good thing for sites in Utah, perhaps:

https://www.sltrib.com/news/environment/2018/07/21/did-blm-give-looters/

Feature on Mount Philo:

https://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/story/news/2018/07/16/history-space-mount-philo-vermonts-first-state-park/36875193/
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Latest on Chile’s ‘stonehenge’:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jul/16/chile-atacama-desert-saywas-inca-solar-discovery

Evidence of a pre-hispanic ‘government palace’ in Mexico City:

https://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/pre-hispanic-government-palace-found/

Feature on Ecuador’s Quijo civilization:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lake-tells-story-ecuadors-decimated-indigenous-quijo-groups-180969705/

What Sarah Kurnick is up to:

https://www.colorado.edu/today/2018/07/16/beyond-boulder-cu-professor-and-students-study-ancient-maya-ruins

I think we had this with a different spin … evidence of pre-Columbian farmland in Ecuador:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/07/ecuadors-cloud-forests-hide-a-tragic-history/

Uraniam mine v petroglyphs in Peru:

https://elpais.com/economia/2018/07/17/actualidad/1531864592_792825.html

More on an earthquake revealing a temple in a Mexican pyramid:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-44806790
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/mexico-earthquake-pyramid-ancient-temple-archaeologist-teopanzolco-a8448821.html
—–
Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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Feature on assorted ancient food finds:

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/jul/22/the-five-ancient-food-bread-wine-chocolate-beer-popcorn

An interesting set of parchment pages at Stanford:

https://news.stanford.edu/2018/07/19/solving-mystery-unusual-medieval-text/
https://phys.org/news/2018-07-mystery-unusual-medieval-text.html

Using barley varieties to track migrations and agriculture development:

https://phys.org/news/2018-07-barley-eastliving-varieties-reveal-ancient.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-07/uoc-bhe071718.php

Since we’ve heard claims about this Russian shipwreck before, we’ll put the latest claim in this section for now:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-44876968
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2018/07/19/salvage-old-russian-warship-could-unearth-billions/799509002/
https://www.cnn.com/2018/07/19/asia/south-korea-sunken-ship-intl/index.html
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jul/20/claim-sunken-warship-has-130bn-of-gold-onboard-triggers-frenzy-in-south-korea
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2018/07/20/claim-that-200-tons-of-gold-may-have-been-found-on-sunken-ship-triggers-question-who-would-own-it/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/doubts-swirl-claims-gold-shipwreck-180969715/
https://www.livescience.com/63114-donskoi-russian-warship-shipwreck-gold.html
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2018/07/news-san-jose-shipwreck-colombia-salvage/

Latest beer recreation is an Egyptian one for the British Museum:

https://www.leinsterleader.ie/news/life/325203/beer-column-kildare-brewer-makes-ancient-egyptian-beer-for-british-museum.html

On the history of the sandwich:

https://www.bbc.com/ideas/videos/hungry-a-brief-history-of-the-humble-sandwich/p06dnb99

On conserving an obelisk at the Getty:

http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/conserving-an-ancient-obelisk/

A rather irresponsible piece on metal detecting:

http://www.theweek.co.uk/95150/metal-detecting-how-much-can-you-make

Top ten elegies:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/jul/18/from-catullus-to-dylan-thomas-the-top-10-elegies

On the popularity of leopard skin:

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/the-history-of-leopard-print/index.html

Feature on some of those recent human sacrifice finds:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/big-human-sacrifice-discoveries-and-the-plight-of-the-vulnerable

Feature on the Library of Alexandria:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-library-of-alexandria-is-long-gone-and-all-around-us

Review of *The Secret History of Magic*:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/books/how-do-they-do-that-the-secret-history-of-magic-is-a-study-of-deception-as-art/2018/07/17/dce3f610-89f1-11e8-85ae-511bc1146b0b_story.html

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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Klimt, Schiele, and Picasso:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/18/arts/design/klimt-schiele-picasso-nudes-met-breuer.html
https://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2018/obsession

Royal Horticultural Society:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-44797298

Freud’s Rings:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/exhibit-reveals-rings-freuds-secret-committee-180969639/

C.W. Nicol collection:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/17/arts/design/an-adventurers-relics-and-his-living-collection.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share

On Bodrum’s open air museum project:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/bodrums-open-air-museum-project-launched-134627

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THE TECHY SIDE
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When your GPS goes bad:

http://wamc.org/post/truck-driver-using-gps-damages-historic-covered-bridge

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CLIMATE MATTERS
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Climate change is affecting the cedars of Lebanon:

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/07/18/climate/lebanon-climate-change-environment-cedars.html

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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DNA has authenticated the remains of the Romanovs:

https://phys.org/news/2018-07-fresh-dna-authenticate-bones-russia.html
https://www.dw.com/en/russia-remains-of-the-murdered-romanovs-authentic/a-44700092
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dna-analysis-confirms-authenticity-remains-attributed-romanovs-180969674/

Questioning the ethics and DNA analysis of that Atacama mummy:

https://phys.org/news/2018-07-cites-faulty-science-ethics-dna.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-07/uoo-orc071818.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/07/180718104811.htm

Could DNA ‘prove’ Egyptians visited Ireland?:

https://www.irishcentral.com/roots/history/dna-ancient-egyptians-ireland

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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TOURISTY THINGS
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New Bedford:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20180719-the-city-that-lit-the-world

Saranac Lake:

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/things-to-do-saranac-lake-new-york/index.html

cf:

http://wamc.org/post/preservation-group-buys-adirondack-home-pioneer-tb-doctor

Army Trades Weekend:

https://dailygazette.com/article/2018/07/15/army-trades-weekend-showcases-revolutionary-war-era-work
http://www.saratogian.com/general-news/20180715/army-trades-weekend-the-working-side-of-the-revolutionary-war

Colombia:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/09/travel/colombia-southwest-san-agustin-purace.html

Hejaz Railway:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/gallery/20180716-the-railway-that-united-islam

St Andrews:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/19/travel/what-to-do-in-st-andrews-scotland.html

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PERFORMANCES
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Demon:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/20/arts/music/demon-rubinstein-opera-bard.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Farts

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CRIME BEAT
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On the plundering of antiquities in Nepal:

https://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/101east/2018/07/nepal-great-plunder-180718082431778.html

A historically-important cross stolen in Germany:

http://searchlight-germany.blogspot.com/2018/07/germany-cultural-historically-important.html

This week’s bust in Greece:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/230750/article/ekathimerini/news/suspect-34-arrested-for-illegal-possession-of-antiquities-in-northwestern-greece

A long-running stolen book scam:

https://phys.org/news/2018-07-newton-principia-items-alleged-8m.html
https://www.timesunion.com/news/science/article/Archivist-bookseller-charged-in-8M-rare-book-13091517.php

A podcast series on the Gardner Museum heist:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/19/arts/the-gardner-museum-heist-still-a-mystery-now-a-podcast.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Farts

Latest Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2018/07/culture-crime-news-9-15-july-2018.html

conflict antiquities:

http://conflictantiquities.wordpress.com/

anonymous swiss collector:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/

Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues:

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

Looting Matters:

http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/

Illicit Cultural Property:

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

SAFE:

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

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REPATRIATION AND RECOVERY
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I guess expropriating a German castle from its Russian owner is repatriation (?):

https://www.dw.com/en/german-castle-expropriated-from-russian-owner/a-44701607

Germany returned a Maori head to New Zealand:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/german-museum-returns-preserved-maori-head-new-zealand-180969634/

Egypt recovered 116 items from smuggling failures:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/54110/Antiquities-ministry-receives-116-archaeological-pieces
http://www.egyptindependent.com/photos-ministry-of-antiquities-receives-116-antiques-after-failure-to-smuggle-them-abroad/

(this one’s confuising) Libya recovered some items from the US:

https://www.libyaobserver.ly/culture/libya-recovers-antiquities-united-states

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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on the Tyrants Collection:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/best-in-show-ancients-of-the-tyrant-collection/

On Icenian coinage:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/the-die-is-cast-investigating-icenian-coinage.htm

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/club_nbs_esylum_v21n28.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/club_nbs_esylum_v21n29.html

————————
Ancient Coin Collecting:

http://ancientcoincollecting.blogspot.com/

Ancient Coins:

http://classicalcoins.blogspot.com/

Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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James R. McCredie:

http://www.ascsa.edu.gr/index.php/news/newsDetails/in-memoriam-james-r.-mccredie

Anne Olivier Bell:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2018/jul/19/anne-olivier-bell-obituary

Wesley D. Smith:

http://www.philly.com/philly/obituaries/dr-wesley-d-smith-88-former-classics-professor-at-the-university-of-pennsylvania-20180720.html

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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/2759-audio-news-from-archaeologica-8-july-14-july-2018

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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

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/

The Book and the Spade:

http://www.radioscribe.com/bknspade.htm
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