Explorator 21.14 ~ July 29, 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,
David Perlmutter, Ian Tompkins, Laurel Cary, Kris Curry,
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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A 560 000 years bp ‘baby tooth’ find from France:

https://phys.org/news/2018-07-volunteers-year-old-tooth-france.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6815-180725-tautavel-baby-tooth

Hopes of finding evidence of humans in a 500 000 year bp cave full of animal bones in the Crimea:

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-russia-mastodon/bones-of-prehistoric-creatures-discovered-in-crimean-cave-idUSKBN1K92L0?feedType=RSS&feedName=scienceNews

Pondering what makes us human:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2018/07/20/babelia/1532099616_548898.html

More on Neanderthal fire-starting abilities:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/07/neanderthals-used-stone-hand-axes-to-strike-a-light/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/study-suggests-neanderthals-sparked-their-own-fire-180969714/
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AFRICA
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Concerns for Kano’s walls:

https://phys.org/news/2018-07-peopleand-politicsthreaten-kano-ancient-walls.html
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Feature on the petroglyphs (etc.) found by the Elkab Desert Survey Project:

https://news.yale.edu/2018/07/24/ancient-egyptian-graffiti-burial-sites-discovered-yale-archaeologists

More on that 4400 years bp pottery workshop in Aswan:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/308532.aspx

More on (moron?) people wanting to drink the liquid from that sarcophagus:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/308360/Egypt/Politics-/Thousands-sign-petition-to-drink-mysterious-liquid.aspx
https://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/scientists-identify-mystery-liquid-in-egyptian-sarcophagus/news-story/ba8b2c7131b410aad3411382c0e067d6
https://egyptianstreets.com/2018/07/23/international-petition-to-drink-sarcophagus-red-liquid-reaches-18000/

Digging has resumed at Pasargadae:

http://www.tehrantimes.com/news/425883/Excavation-starts-at-Pasargadae

A Canaanite child jar burial from Sidon:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/MAGAZINE-archaeologists-reveal-canaanite-child-s-jar-burial-in-ancient-sidon-1.6312731

Brief item on other things from Sidon:

http://www.gulf-times.com/story/600496/Defensive-tower

While digging the site for the Lod mosaic museum, another mosaic was found:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/second-stunning-lod-mosaic-unearthed-during-building-of-museum-to-house-original/
http://www.jwire.com.au/an-additional-beautiful-1700-year-old-mosaic-is-discovered-site-earmarked-for-a-mosaic-centre/

Feature on the dig at Beit Lehi (lots of tech involved):

https://www.timesofisrael.com/second-stunning-lod-mosaic-unearthed-during-building-of-museum-to-house-original/
https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2018/07/high-technology-to-get-beit-lehi-out-of-obscurity.html

A reliquary from a site claimed to be Bethsaida claiming a connection to Peter, Philip, and Andrew:

https://www.christianpost.com/news/archaeological-discovery-huge-block-once-containing-the-remains-of-peter-philip-and-andrew-found-226448/

Interesting feature on UPenn’s studying the human remains from Gibeon:

https://penntoday.upenn.edu/news/studying-human-remains-biblical-site-Gibeon

A stone fell out to the Western Wall:

https://www.theyeshivaworld.com/news/israel-news/1563012/watch-it-happen-a-massive-stone-falls-from-kosel-section-where-reform-jews-gather.html
https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/WATCH-Stone-falls-out-of-Western-Wall-above-egalitarian-prayer-platform-563176
https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/220-lb-stone-falls-off-western-wall-almost-hits-worshipper-1.6296772
https://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-5315052,00.html
https://www.timesofisrael.com/ancient-boulder-dislodges-from-western-wall-crashes-onto-egalitarian-plaza/
https://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/249370
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jul/23/woman-has-close-call-as-100kg-boulder-crashes-from-western-wall
https://elpais.com/cultura/2018/07/24/actualidad/1532389597_491395.html

… causing an emergency meeting, of course:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/minister-calls-meeting-over-dislodged-western-wall-block/

… and other reactions:

https://www.jta.org/2018/07/23/news-opinion/israel-middle-east/entire-western-wall-danger-zone-archeologist-says
http://jewishbreakingnews.com/2018/07/23/watch-entire-western-wall-is-danger-zone-archaeologist-says/

… and reassurances:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/western-wall-not-about-to-crumble-experts-say-after-stone-comes-crashing-down/

… and just before that, an archaeologist was petitioning about construction on the Wall:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/is-evidence-of-temples-destruction-being-destroyed-by-a-bid-for-jewish-unity/

… and they took the stone away:

https://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/249506
https://forward.com/fast-forward/406586/stone-that-fell-from-western-wall-removed-for-examination/
https://www.jns.org/antiquities-authority-experts-to-determine-fate-of-dislodged-slab-from-western-wall/
https://hamodia.com/2018/07/25/special-crane-removes-fallen-stone-kosel-plaza/

… but kept asking questions:

https://www.jta.org/2018/07/25/news-opinion/stone-fell-western-wall-removed-examination

… and somehow it was twisted into an Israeli plot to destroy the Al Aqsa Mosque, apparently:

https://m.jpost.com/Israel-News/Abbass-Fatah-Israel-planning-to-destroy-Al-Aqsa-Mosque-563525

Feature on Iran’s Wolf Wall:

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/crux/?p=9274

Hyping archaeology in Qatar:

http://www.gulf-times.com/story/600438/New-excavations-help-understand-Qatari-history

More on 14 400 years bp bread from Jordan:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/ancient-cultures/daily-life-and-practice/ancient-bread-jordan/

More on that ‘hidden cross’ from Hippos/Sussita:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-topics/post-biblical-period/christian-cross-hippos-sussita/
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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Remains of a private Roman bath from Chichester:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-sussex-44910675
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6808-180723-chichester-private-bath

A huge 3rd century CE Roman (Thracian?) tomb near Plovdiv (this one is somewhat confusing):

https://sofiaglobe.com/2018/07/25/bulgarian-archaeologists-map-out-large-3rd-century-roman-tomb-near-plovdiv/
https://www.euscoop.com/en/2018/7/26/imperial-tomb-discovered-plovdiv-bulgaria
https://www.novinite.com/articles/191327/Archaeologists+In+Bulgaria+Have+Stumbled+Upon+The+3rd+Century+AD+Roman+Tomb+Of+An+Ancient+Thracian+Aristocrat
http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2018/07/26/archaeologists-discover-monumental-roman-era-tomb-of-thracian-aristocrat-in-bulgarias-largest-burial-mound/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6823-180727-bulgaria-thracian-tomb

An 1800 years bp noble woman burial from Sikinos:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/32062-untouched-grave-of-ancient-noblewoman-comes-to-light-in-greek-island-of-sikinos.html
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-greece-archaeology-grave/greece-finds-neko-a-noblewoman-buried-in-her-jewelry-1800-years-ago-idUSKBN1KD1M9
https://nypost.com/2018/07/24/noblewoman-buried-in-her-jewelry-1800-years-ago-found-in-greece/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6820-180726-greece-roman-mausoleum

Roman finds beneath a car showroom in Carmarthen:

https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/roman-remains-found-under-car-14951659

A Roman silver brooch from near Wem has been declared treasure:

https://www.shropshirestar.com/news/local-hubs/north-shropshire/wem/2018/07/24/roman-brooch-dating-back-2000-years-found-near-wem/
http://shropshire.gov.uk/news/2018/07/roman-brooch-treasure/
http://www.whitchurchherald.co.uk/news/16374030.shropshire-coroner-declares-wem-roman-brooch-find-as-treasure/
https://www.shropshirelive.com/news/2018/07/24/silver-roman-brooch-discovered-near-wem-is-declared-treasure/

Not sure where to put this one … a German farmer received much compensation for a bronze Roman horse’s head found on his land in 2009:

https://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory/german-farmer-awarded-904000-ancient-roman-horse-head-56864750
https://www.breitbart.com/london/2018/07/27/german-farmer-awarded-900000-for-roman-horse-statue-found-in-field/
https://www.breakingnews.ie/world/german-farmer-awarded-773000-for-ancient-roman-find-858259.html

On the use of ‘spy satellites’ on the site of Mellaria:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-07/uoc-tb072718.php

Highway construction concerns for a Roman site in Bulgaria:

http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/highway-to-greece-threatens-the-survival-of-ancient-roman-remains-in-bulgaria-07-23-2018

On Greek oracles:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2018/07/22/what-questions-did-ancient-greeks-ask-the-oracles/

Nice retro photo of the discovery of a statue of Antinous at Delphi in 1894:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2018/07/22/mesmerizing-photo-the-moment-ancient-masterpiece-is-unearthed-at-delphi/

What Jesse Weiner is up to:

https://www.hamilton.edu/news/story/professor-classics-jesse-weiner-publishes-essay-in-british-history-magazine-odyssey

What Caroline Lawrence is up to:

http://www.eastlondonadvertiser.co.uk/entertainment/cold-case-opens-into-mystery-death-of-teenage-girl-in-roman-london-1-5626112

Classical reception in men’s fashion (apparently):

https://www.esquire.com/style/mens-fashion/g22566277/rowing-blazers-luke-edward-hall-collaboration/

Flooding concerns in Carlisle have nixed a Roman archaeology exhibition:

http://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/Plans-for-a-Roman-archaeology-exhibition-in-Carlisle-have-been-dealt-a-major-blow-by-flooding-fears-6fca0dd0-1375-40f6-a8b1-0b1736e24c46-ds

I think we mentioned this Roman villa in Positano opening to the public:

http://www.euronews.com/2018/07/24/majestic-roman-villa-to-reopen-to-the-public-after-restoration

Feature on the Seven Wonders:

https://bigthink.com/mike-colagrossi/the-seven-ancient-wonders-of-the-world

More on things found during Rome’s subway construction:

https://www.npr.org/2018/07/22/630532760/romes-subway-expansion-reveals-artifacts-from-the-ancient-past
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/construction-romes-newest-subway-line-revealing-trove-ancient-treasures-180969729/

More on that Galen papyrus:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/ancient-proof-of-roman-hysteria-over-too-little-sex-pj35nhv5p

More on Roman whaling:

https://www.bostonglobe.com/news/science/2018/07/24/ancient-romans-hunted-sea-monsters-were-they-actually-northern-right-whales/4bo4dVQtVB0ed84rGL3YaO/story.html
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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A 4500 years bp mound from the Ukraine includes a burial with some sort of decoration on her bones:

http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news%2C30353%2Cmysterious-decorations-womans-bones-tomb-few-thousand-years-ago.html
https://www.sciencealert.com/ukraine-nomad-woman-scythian-holocene-burial-decorated-bones
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6819-180726-ukraine-decorated-bones

Finds from various periods at a Bristol university construction site:

https://www.bristolpost.co.uk/news/bristol-news/roman-jewellery-bronze-age-pottery-1833542

A pictish coppersmithing site (with a handprint!) from Orkney:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/jul/24/pictish-coppersmith-1000-year-old-handprint-found-in-orkney
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-44945772
http://www.foxnews.com/science/2018/07/26/incredible-discovery-sheds-light-on-europes-lost-people.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/1000-year-old-handprint-europes-lost-people-discovered-scotland-180969752/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6813-180724-orkney-copper-smith

8th-10th century burials from a construction site in Hart Village:

https://www.hartlepoolmail.co.uk/news/secrets-of-ancient-burial-ground-uncovered-on-new-housing-site-1-9272778

A 13th century lead seal from Bulgaria:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2018/07/23/archaeologists-find-seal-of-byzantine-empress-yolande-of-montferrat-in-bulgarias-lyutitsa-fortress/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6816-180725-bulgaria-lead-seal

Remains of a 6th century Saxon warrior from the Salisbury Plain:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/jul/25/soldiers-find-skeleton-of-saxon-warrior-on-salisbury-plain
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6818-180725-saxon-warrior-sword

A medieval site on Iceland:

https://icelandmonitor.mbl.is/news/news/2018/07/23/archaeological_find_near_reykjavik/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6810-180723-iceland-medieval-site

Latest on the excavation of the Vilnius synagogue:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/archaeologists-find-holiest-part-of-vilnius-synagogue-razed-by-nazis-soviets/
https://www.jta.org/2018/07/26/news-opinion/archaeologists-unearth-important-discovery-nazi-destroyed-vilnius-synagogue
https://jewishnews.timesofisrael.com/archaeologists-unearthed-the-bimah-of-the-great-synagogue-of-vilnius/

Researchers have identified some of the victims on the Rooswijk:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-kent-44925445

Suggestion that a number of Danish cities might be older than previously thought:

https://phys.org/news/2018-07-danish-cities-older-previously-thought.html

Stephenson’s Rocket has returned to York:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/jul/23/our-elgin-marbles-stephensons-rocket-returns-to-north

A medieval ring from North Staffordshire has been declared treasure:

https://www.stokesentinel.co.uk/news/stoke-on-trent-news/medieval-silver-ring-found-north-1833616

Assorted finds from Northern Ireland declared treasure:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-44889128

More on Viking/Norman burials in Sicily:

https://www.livescience.com/63138-viking-ancestors-normans.html

More on sites exposed by the heat wave in the UK (some of these are new):

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-derbyshire-44951970
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/dronehenge-has-risen-from-the-dust-lp07lzn67
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/exciting-discoveries-revealed-during-drought-9kx3fd2nk
http://www.thejournal.ie/barrow-find-duleek-4146225-Jul2018/
https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/location-every-underground-historic-site-14935872
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6821-180726-england-chatsworth-gardens
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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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Remains of a Han Dynasty village from Sichuan:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-07/26/c_137350049.htm
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6822-180726-han-dynasty-village

A mass burial site find in Sri Lanka needs some more detail, I think:

https://www.tamilguardian.com/content/%E2%80%98deep-and-unusual%E2%80%99-cuts-found-mannar-mass-grave-skeletons

Studying 4000 years bp bovine teeth from a Harappan site:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/ahmedabad/cattle-teeth-help-dig-into-harappan-hinterland-life/articleshow/65087028.cms

An 18th century cache of artillery associated with Tipu Sultan from Karnataka:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jul/27/indian-warrior-king-tipu-sultan-rocket-cache-unearthed-in-abandoned-well
https://www.timesnownews.com/the-buzz/article/1000-rockets-of-tipu-sultan-era-unearthed-at-karnataka-fort/261188
http://www.newagebd.net/article/47135/over-1000-rockets-from-tipu-sultans-time-found
http://www.theleadersnews.com/archaeologists-excavated-1000-war-rockets-tipu-era/
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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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Evidence that the Inuit/Dorset/Thule people were spinning yarn before the arrival of the Vikings:

https://www.history.com/news/vikings-inuit-textiles-arctic
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6809-180723-arctic-spun-fibers

Native American bison hunting may have had an impact on prairie fires:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-07/smu-nbh071818.php
https://phys.org/news/2018-07-native-bison-hunters-amplified-climate.html
That burial recently found in a Jamestown church may belong to Sir George Yeardley:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-44944073
https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/archaeologists-have-found-the-remains-of-one-of-jamestowns-early-settlers-now-they-have-to-prove-he-is-who-they-think-he-is/2018/07/23/81c71708-8901-11e8-85ae-511bc1146b0b_story.html
https://www.thedailybeast.com/archeologists-may-have-found-one-of-first-us-slave-owners
http://www.dailypress.com/features/history/dp-nws-jamestown-dig-20180724-story.html
http://www.vagazette.com/news/va-vg-human-remains-jamestown-0728-story.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6814-180724-james-fort-chancel

I think we mentioned these finds from Colonial Michillimackinac:

https://www.mlive.com/news/index.ssf/2018/07/native_american_pipe_among_lat.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6812-180724-michigan-stone-pipe

Slideshow of finds from utility work in downtown Pensacola:

https://www.pnj.com/picture-gallery/news/2018/07/25/uwf-archaeologist-gulf-power-crews-uncover-historic-artifacts-downtown-pensacola/836963002/

Feature on Cahokia:

https://herald-review.com/news/state-and-regional/bicentennial-cahokia-mounds-was-america-s-first-city/article_1d1442e8-4efd-5a51-bb47-f2636e98184c.html

Feature on the Peshtigo fire:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/retropolis/wp/2017/10/10/the-night-america-burned-the-deadliest-and-most-overlooked-fire-in-u-s-history/

Hopes of identifying a 200 years bp shipwreck in Lake Erie:

http://www.cleveland19.com/story/38709140/nearly-200-year-old-lake-erie-mystery-may-soon-be-solved

On some very old trees in Utah:

https://www.sltrib.com/news/environment/2018/07/22/lords-rings-four-utah/

Remembering a rainless flood in Ellicott City (Md):

https://www.washingtonpost.com/podcasts/retropod/the-rainless-flood-that-destroyed-a-city/

More on the pre-Clovis Gault site:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-07/dri-gsr072018.php
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/people-were-texas-3000-years-earlier-previously-thought-180969743/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6811-180723-texas-stone-tools

More on the reasons for the Hunley’s sinking:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-clues-about-why-confederate-submarine-hl-hunley-sank-180969724/

More on the BLM “giving” looters a map to sites in Utah:

https://www.sltrib.com/news/environment/2018/07/21/did-blm-give-looters/
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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A possible function for rows of pillars near an Inca road network:

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

Maya cave paintings from the Yucatan:

http://www.laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=2461652&CategoryId=14091
https://elpais.com/cultura/2018/07/24/actualidad/1532447148_486974.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6817-180725-mexico-maya-paintings

A child sacrifice find deep in the floor of the Templo Mayor in Mexico City:

https://www.newsweek.com/child-sacrificed-aztec-god-and-adorned-jewels-found-temple-near-mexico-city-1040834
https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/6845874/archaeologists-discover-child-sacrifice-bones-aztec-temple-mexico/

Studying ancient farmers’ impact on the Amazon rainforest:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-07/uoe-aft071918.php
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-07/p-apr071818.php
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-07/nu-tth072418.php
https://phys.org/news/2018-07-archeological-southwest-amazonia-crop-domestication.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/07/180726090212.htm

On ‘toxic clothing’ on mummies from Chile:

https://www.livescience.com/63181-mummies-poison-clothing.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6824-180727-inca-mummy-cinnabar
https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2018/07/25/maiden-mummies-from-ancient-chile-wore-toxic-clothing-archaeologists-find/

Latest on the fight over the San Jose:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2018/07/23/actualidad/1532362418_484123.html
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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A study (not just Britain) of Bronze Age thread suggests splicing, not spinning, was the earliest ‘plant fibre technology’:

https://phys.org/news/2018-07-thread-bronze-age-britain.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-07/uoc-mti072618.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/07/180726161103.htm

On one of Jane Austen’s early buyers:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/24/books/jane-austen-prince-regent.html
https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/jul/25/jane-austen-buyer-hated-prince-regent-sense-and-sensibility

On the symbolism of the colour green:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20180709-the-colour-that-means-both-life-and-death

… and water:

https://www.dw.com/en/aquatic-imagery-the-power-of-water-in-art-throughout-the-ages/a-44834432

Identifying the clouds in ‘The Scream’:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2018/07/25/scream-clouds-iconic-edvuard-munch-painting-identified/833935002/

Love letters written to a 16th century cardinal:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2018/07/26/actualidad/1532629719_545538.html

The LOC has put some interesting old photos online:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/library-congress-puts-spotlight-440-snapshots-culled-archive-14-million-180969755/

The eclipse the other day helped create some very interesting photos too:

https://journaltimes.com/news/national/photos-views-of-the-total-lunar-eclipse-from-around-the/collection_808ced1e-73f1-5a86-be85-15b8a76db979.html
https://qz.com/1342928/photos-the-centurys-longest-lunar-eclipse-as-captured-around-the-world/

Facebook didn’t like some Rubenses:

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/jul/23/barefaced-cheek-rubens-nudes-fall-foul-of-facebook-censors

Plans to return some Titanic artifacts to Belfast:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-44939389
https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2018/jul/24/museums-join-forces-to-bring-titanic-relics-to-the-uk

Recreating 19th century baseball:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/no-gloves-no-water-bottles-baseball-as-it-was-in-the-19th-century/2018/07/22/244977e0-8dbd-11e8-bcd5-9d911c784c38_story.html

Digging into old dictionaries for definitions of emoluments:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2018/07/27/trumps-emoluments-battle-how-a-scholars-journey-through-200-years-of-dictionaries-helped-win-a-historic-ruling/

Review of Kertzer, *The Pope Who Would Be King*:

https://news.brown.edu/articles/2018/07/kertzer
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Beyond the Nile:

http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/audio-beyond-the-nile-egypt-and-the-classical-world/

Etruscan urns:

https://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20180725/community/etruscan-urns-in-national-collection-to-go-on-temporary-display.685282

Rebel Women:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/25/arts/design/rebel-women-museum-of-the-city-of-new-york.html
https://www.mcny.org/exhibition/rebel-women
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AT THE AUCTIONS
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A ‘computer book’ written by Ada Lovelace fetched a good price:

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/worlds-first-computer-book-written-12963639

A ‘casket lock’ from Pompeii is coming to auction (not sure about some of the things here):

https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/994126/pompeii-bronze-casket-lock-auction-sale-hansons
https://www.burtonmail.co.uk/news/local-news/roman-artefact-hansons-auctioneers-1827799
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THE TECHY SIDE
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Combining LiDAR with OBIA to identify assorted mounds on the east coast of the US:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-07/bu-aia072018.php
https://phys.org/news/2018-07-archaeologists-ancient-north-american-mounds.html
http://www.mnn.com/lifestyle/arts-culture/blogs/north-americas-hidden-ancient-mounds-uncovered-new-tech

Using VR at the Temple of the Plumed Serpent:

https://elpais.com/internacional/2018/07/26/la_serpiente_emplumada/1532631530_453125.html
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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Studying evidence of climate change in Bronze Age Ireland:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/climate-change-in-bronze-age-ireland.htm

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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DNA is helping to answer questions about syphilis:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/science-notes-studying-the-secrets-of-syphilis.htm

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Unalaska Island:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20180724-the-us-island-that-once-belonged-to-russia

Trier:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20180725-the-german-city-beloved-by-chinese

Indus Valley Sites:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/travel/destinations/5-indus-valley-civilisation-archaeological-sites-to-visit-in-india/as65165890.cms

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CRIME BEAT
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A bust in Anavyssos:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/230995/article/ekathimerini/news/antiquities-smugglers-nabbed-in-anavyssos

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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More on legal orders to return a relief to Iran:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/23/arts/design/judge-orders-return-of-ancient-limestone-relief-to-iran.html
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NUMISMATICA
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Latest e-Sylum:

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

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/club_nbs_esylum_v21n30.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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OBITUARIES
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Gordon Hillman:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/jul/23/gordon-hillman-obituary

Anne Olivier Bell:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/24/obituaries/anne-olivier-bell-editor-of-virginia-woolf-diaries-dies-at-102.html
https://www.express.co.uk/news/obituaries/995451/anne-olivier-bell-obituary-art-expert-britain
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/obituaries/anne-olivier-bell-dead-bloomsbury-group-virginia-woolf-diaries-monuments-men-a8460511.html

Peter Sawyer:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/jul/26/peter-sawyer-obituary
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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/2761-audio-news-from-archaeologica-15-july-21-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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