Explorator 21.15 ~ August 5, 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, Don Buck, Rick Heli, Laurel Carey, 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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Million years bp stone tools from Bhopal:

http://www.asianage.com/india/all-india/020818/one-million-year-old-tools-discovered-in-bhopal.html

Home sapiens success is being tied to the species’ ecological adaptability:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-07/mpif-hsd072618.php
https://phys.org/news/2018-07-homo-sapiens-ecological-niche-hominins.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/07/180730120247.htm
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/new-human-evolution-theory-we-won-because-we-conquered-new-vistas-1.6334393
https://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/39316/20180731/the-secret-to-survival-how-homo-sapiens-outlasted-other-homonins.htm
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2018/07/30/homo-sapiens-won-human-race-adapting-extreme-climates-study/

A genome study suggests current ‘pygmy’ populations on Flores Island are not ancestors to homo floresiensis:

https://phys.org/news/2018-08-modern-flores-island-pygmies-genetic.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-08/uoc–neo072818.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/08/180802141558.htm
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/02/science/pygmies-flores-evolution.html
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-45049024
https://www.livescience.com/63248-hobbits-pygmies-evolution.html
https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/08/the-modern-pygmies-of-flores-are-not-related-to-homo-floresiensis/
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/deadthings/?p=2771
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/dna-analysis-indonesia-pygmies-did-not-descend-hobbits?tgt=nr
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/new-genetic-study-suggests-modern-flores-island-pygmies-and-ancient-hobbits-are-unrelated-180969858/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6839-180803-indonesia-flores-genes

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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A pair of Middle Kingdom ‘statesmen’ tombs from Minya:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/two-ancient-egyptian-tombs-uncovered-in-minya/
https://egyptianstreets.com/2018/08/01/tombs-of-middle-kingdom-state-officials-found-in-minya/
https://www.albawaba.com/editorchoice/two-tombs-discovered-pertaining-middle-egyptian-kingdom-1167898
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-07/31/c_137360003.htm

The search for the tomb of Tut’s wife continues:

https://www.livescience.com/63206-tomb-king-tut-wife-mystery.html

This seems like a flashback to the 1970s … the Great Pyramid apparently focuses electromagnetic energy:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-07/iu-srt073018.php
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/great-pyramid-giza-egypt-electromagnetic-energy-radio-chambers-itmo-university-a8471386.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-6008131/Great-Pyramid-Giza-focus-electromagnetic-energy-hidden-chambers.html

Feature on evidence of human sacrifice in Egypt:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2018/08/Ancient-Egypt-Sacrifice

More on that Ptolemaic sarcophagus:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/antiquities-ministry-brings-researcher-to-check-on-alexandria-sarcophagus-remains/

Evidence of the development of agriculture at Tel Tsaf some 7500 years bp:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/dig-in-mediterranean-diet-first-appeared-in-the-jordan-valley-7500-years-ago/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6830-180731-jordan-valley-tel-tsaf

What is being dubbed a large ‘spa and game complex’ attached to a pottery workshop from Gedera:

https://phys.org/news/2018-07-ancient-pottery-factory-unveiled-israel.html
https://www.timesofisrael.com/spa-and-game-room-with-mancala-found-at-ancient-pottery-workshop-in-israel/
https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Culture/Early-Christianity-era-wine-jug-workshop-unearthed-in-central-Israel-563866
https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2018/07/31/ancient-pottery-factory-dating-back-1800-years-unearthed-in-israel
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6833-170801-israel-pottery-workshop

More on the 1700 years bp mosaic found during construction of the Lod Mosaic Center:

http://mfa.gov.il/MFA/IsraelExperience/History/Pages/Additional-1700-year-old-mosaic-discovered-in-Lod-29-July-2018.aspx
https://www.timesofisrael.com/second-stunning-lod-mosaic-unearthed-during-building-of-museum-to-house-original/
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/MAGAZINE-while-building-a-mosaics-museum-in-israel-another-mosaic-is-found-1.6318751
https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Excavators-uncover-1700-year-old-mosaic-in-Lod-563700
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/1700-year-old-mosaic-discovered-on-site-of-future-mosaic-museum-in-lod/2018/07/29/
https://mosaicmagazine.com/picks/2018/07/ancient-roman-era-mosaics-discovered-in-israel/
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-07/30/c_137356068.htm
https://elpais.com/cultura/2018/07/30/actualidad/1532957586_719630.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6827-180730-israel-lod-mosaic

Latest study of Palmyra:

http://sciencenordic.com/ancient-palmyra-story-urban-resilience
https://phys.org/news/2018-08-ancient-palmyraa-story-urban-resilience.html

Nice feature on Eckart Frahm’s identification of those Hobby Lobby (not mentioned!) cuneiform tablets:

https://news.yale.edu/2018/06/26/yale-assyriologist-discovers-evidence-lost-city-iraq

Another feature on Gobekli Tepe:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/is-this-the-world-s-first-architecture

An archaeological award named for Khaled al Asaad:

https://thearabweekly.com/international-award-honours-legacy-slain-arab-archaeologist

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Remains (apparently) of a Roman library in Cologne:

https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-45029960
https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/jul/31/spectacular-ancient-public-library-discovered-in-germany
http://www.laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=2462143&CategoryId=13936
https://www.zmescience.com/science/news-science/germany-oldest-library-01082018/
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/cologne-archaeologists-unearth-oldest-library-in-germany
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cologne-archaeologists-unearth-foundations-germanys-oldest-library-180969795/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6828-180730-germany-roman-llibrary

Also from Germany comes word of a find (last year) of a 3rd century sarcophagus find with assorted cosmetic items accompanying the body:

https://phys.org/news/2018-07-dead-gorgeous-ancient-sarcophagus-held.html
https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2018-07-30/dead-gorgeous-ancient-sarcophagus-held-mirror-cosmetics
https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2018/07/31/death-becomes-her-archaeologists-announce-roman-skeleton-discovered-with-beauty-tools/
https://www.usatoday.com/videos/news/world/2018/08/01/ancient-beauty-products-discovered-coffin/37241895/

Evidence of a Roman (with Iron Age connections too) settlement at Alderney:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-guernsey-45034312

An 1800 years bp gold signet ring of some sort from a Somerset field:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-somerset-45028623
https://www.albawaba.com/en/editorchoice/amateur-treasure-hunter-unearths-1800-year-old-gold-roman-signet-ring-1168138
https://www.rt.com/uk/434964-roman-ring-find-somerset/

Roman ‘horseshoes’ from Vindolanda:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tyne-45034623

Latest from the ‘House of Jupiter’ in Regio V of Pompeii:

http://www.laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=2462285&CategoryId=13936
http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2018/08/03/new-domus-re-emerges-at-pompeii_5ac100f2-a5ad-404a-95e6-c0c922ec421d.html

… and some very impressive footage of a drone flight over Pompeii:

https://www.rt.com/news/435121-pompeii-drone-footage-excavation/

Hellenistic/Roman burials from Euromos:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2018/08/03/7-tombs-dating-back-to-hellenistic-roman-periods-unearthed-in-sw-turkey
https://www.aa.com.tr/en/culture-and-art/turkey-7-tombs-of-hellenistic-roman-period-unearthed/1221768

Really a crime story, but there are no arrests … find of a Greek inscription in a ‘bag of rocks’:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/231307/article/ekathimerini/news/ancient-inscription-found-on-marble-slab-stashed-in-bag-of-rocks
http://greece.greekreporter.com/2018/08/01/marble-slab-with-ancient-inscription-discovered-in-evia-greece/

A half dozen Hellenistic/Roman statues from Magnesia:

http://eu.greekreporter.com/2018/08/04/excavations-in-turkey-reveal-six-ancient-greek-statues/
http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/32147-six-ancient-greek-statues-found-in-magnesia-on-the-meander-in-western-turkey.html

A 4th century CE (maybe) muralled tomb from downtown Sofia:

https://www.novinite.com/articles/191454/Archaeologists+Discovered+a+Late+Antique+Tomb+with+Murals+in+Sofia
http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2018/08/03/unknown-late-antiquity-tomb-with-murals-found-by-accident-in-downtown-of-bulgarias-capital-sofia/

Remains of a 4th century Christian monastery on top of a Thracian Horseman shrine near Plovdiv:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2018/08/01/archaeologists-find-4th-century-early-christian-monastery-on-top-of-thracian-horseman-shrine-near-bulgarias-dragoynovo/

In case you missed the coverage of this Saka (i.e. Scythian) site in Kazakhstan:

https://metro.co.uk/2018/07/30/incredible-haul-gold-2800-years-ago-unearthed-kazakhstan-7777369/
https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/6898796/incredible-stash-of-priceless-2800-year-old-royal-jewellery-found-by-archaeologists-in-kazakhstan/
https://astanatimes.com/2018/08/archaeologists-find-saka-burial-mound-later-graves-near-astana/
https://www.zmescience.com/science/ancient-priceless-treasure-kazakhstan-03082018/
http://kazakh-tv.kz/en/view/culture/page_196615_archaeological-findings
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6832-180801-kazakhstan-burial-mound

What ancient Greek music sounded like:

https://phys.org/news/2018-07-ancient-greek-music.html
http://theconversation.com/ancient-greek-music-now-we-finally-know-what-it-sounded-like-99895
http://www.theweek.co.uk/95542/video-researchers-reveal-how-ancient-greek-music-sounded

Study connecting drought and the rise and fall of emperors:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/08/02/beware-heatwave-droughts-roman-empire-led-emperors-assassinated/
https://www.economist.com/graphic-detail/2018/08/01/the-rise-and-the-rainfall-of-the-roman-empire

Feature on that Milvian Bridge church/villa site:

https://hyperallergic.com/453107/archaeologists-may-have-discovered-a-church-built-on-the-site-of-constantine-the-greats-conversion-to-christianity/

What Darrel Janzen is up to:

https://www.abbynews.com/community/brown-university-scholarship-recipient-earns-phd/

Some Elgin/Parthenon Marbles background:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2018/08/01/1801-when-lord-elgin-removed-the-first-sculptures-from-parthenon-to-take-to-england/

… and a feature on their ‘ownership’:

https://hyperallergic.com/454162/patricia-vigderman-the-real-life-of-the-parthenon-mad-creek-books-2018/

Working to open an ancient Roman bath in Turkey to tourists:

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/culture-and-art/turkeys-ancient-roman-bath-to-open-for-tourists-soon/1219908
https://www.dailysabah.com/travel/2018/08/03/ancient-roman-bath-in-turkey-worlds-oldest-thermal-treatment-center-to-open-for-tourists
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/photo-turkeys-ancient-roman-bath-to-open-for-tourists-soon-135318
https://www.albawaba.com/editorchoice/ancient-roman-bath-turkey-under-renovation-tourists-1168056

The Plutonium in Hierapolis-Pamakkale will soon be open to tourists as well:

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/culture-and-art/roman-era-gate-of-hell-restoration-in-turkey-nears-end/1217265
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ancient-gate-of-hell-in-turkey-to-open-to-visitors-in-september-135188

Behind the paywall is a bit of Classical reception at bachelorette parties that is out of Greek comedy:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-bachelorette-partys-over-venues-snub-bridezillas-and-their-entourages-1532704297

Feature on Tyrian purple:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20180801-tyrian-purple-the-regal-colour-taken-from-mollusc-mucus

More on the tomb beneath the Maltepe mound near Plovdiv:

https://sofiaglobe.com/2018/07/25/bulgarian-archaeologists-map-out-large-3rd-century-roman-tomb-near-plovdiv/

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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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5000 years bp human remains from Stonehenge suggest they originally came from west Wales:

https://phys.org/news/2018-08-people-built-stonehenge.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-08/uoo-nls073018.php
https://www.livescience.com/63240-cremation-burials-stonehenge.html
https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-45046354
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/aug/02/revealed-stonehenge-buried-welsh
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2018/08/02/stonehenge-builders-welsh-oxford-university-finds/?WT.mc_id=tmg_share_em
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/cremated-remains-reveal-hints-who-buried-stonehenge
https://www.cnn.com/2018/08/02/health/stonehenge-human-remains/index.html
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/?p=26159
https://elpais.com/elpais/2018/08/02/ciencia/1533224090_580550.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2018/08/02/people-buried-at-stonehenge-5000-years-ago-came-from-far-away-study-finds/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6837-180802-england-stonehenge-burials

A 3500 years bp site in Kent:

http://www.kentonline.co.uk/faversham/news/dig-reveals-mid-neolithic-monument-187219/

Anglo Saxon (and other?) burials from a development site in Hartlepool:

https://www.gazettelive.co.uk/news/teesside-news/scores-skeletons-found-site-new-14985777

A medieval coffin lid from Norton Priory:

http://www.runcornandwidnesworld.co.uk/news/16387949.the-mystery-surrounding-coffin-lid-discovered-at-norton-priory-in-runcorn/

Medieval burials from Down Cathedral:

https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/medieval-skeletons-unearthed-in-down-cathedral-car-park-37183399.html
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-45059893
https://www.belfastlive.co.uk/news/belfast-news/downpatrick-dig-unearths-12-medieval-14983927
An ‘octangular’ building from Calke Abbey:

https://www.derbytelegraph.co.uk/burton/calke-abbey-building-found-1831584

The French culture ministry is looking for the wrecks of the Cordeliere and the Regent:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-44806083

Wooden water pipes dating to the 18th century from Edinburgh:

https://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/news/historic-network-of-wooden-pipes-discovered-in-edinburgh-dig-1-4775724
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6831-180731-scotland-edinburgh-water-pipes

Archaeologists have located the Bimah of the Vilnius’ Great Synagogue :

https://www.thejc.com/news/world/lithuania-archaeologists-unearth-great-synagogue-of-vilnius-s-old-mikve-1.467961
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6841-180803-vilna-synagogue-bimah

I think we mentioned the latest finds from the Rooswijk:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-kent-44925445
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6834-180801-kent-dutch-shipwreck

More on that Saxon warrior burial from the Salisbury Plain:

https://www.livescience.com/63222-veterans-find-ancient-warrior-burial.html

More on things exposed during the heat wave in the UK:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/08/climate-change-brings-the-uks-hidden-past-to-the-surface/

… a new find is the possible home of St Oliver Plunkett:

https://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/ireland/heatwave-uncovers-likely-home-of-st-oliver-plunkett-859922.html
https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/lost-home-of-st-oliver-plunkett-may-have-been-uncovered-by-heatwave-1.3586862

… and this ‘prehistoric enclosure’ from Duninga:

https://www.kilkennypeople.ie/news/home/326747/wow-kilkenny-men-discover-prehistoric-enclosure-in-paulstown-field-using-drone.html

… and pondering what happens next to all these discoveries:

http://www.thejournal.ie/archeologica-discoveries-4162562-Aug2018/

… and a feature on what a heatwave in 1858 London was like:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-45009749
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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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Hyping a major dig in Tibet:

http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1113538.shtml

I think we’ve mentioned some of these Mahabharata-era remains already:

https://www.indiatoday.in/mail-today/story/asi-finds-roysl-remains-from-mahabharat-era-relics-could-belong-to-2000-1800-bc-1299851-2018-07-30
https://www.latestly.com/technology/science/mahabharata-era-relics-found-in-up-by-archaeological-survey-of-india-294952.html

Remains of a ‘lost civilization’ dating to 600 BCE in Mizoram:

https://www.telegraphindia.com/states/north-east/remains-of-a-day-found-at-vangchhia-249324

Ongoing concerns for thefts from temples in India:

https://www.theweek.in/news/india/2018/07/30/theft-of-ancient-relics-from-temples-continue-unabated.html

More on that cache of Tipu Sultan rockets:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jul/27/indian-warrior-king-tipu-sultan-rocket-cache-unearthed-in-abandoned-well
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6825-180730-mysorean-iron-rocket

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NORTH AMERICA
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9000 years bp artifacts from Cedar Rapids:

https://www.thegazette.com/bear-creek-archaeology-archaeology-team-9000-year-old-artifacts-newbo-neighborhood-cedar-rapids-20180803

Latest from the Dawson site in Montreal:

https://montreal.ctvnews.ca/archaeologists-unearth-ancient-iroquois-artifacts-near-downtown-core-1.4032481

Plenty of Huron-Wendat artifacts from a dig at a church in L’Ancienne-Lorette:

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/archeology-dig-artifacts-quebec-city-huron-wendat-history-1.4764246
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6829-180731-quebec-history

A wildfire in Waterton Lakes National Park has revealed a pile of Blackfoot camps:

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/kenow-fire-blackfoot-archeology-sites-1.4765349
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6826-180730-canada-blackfoot-camps

Evidence of a 4000 years bp trade route stretching from the Great Lakes to the Carolinas:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/07/ancient-north-american-trade-networks-reached-farther-than-we-thought/

Digging a possible Underground Railroad site in Chicago:

https://chicago.cbslocal.com/2018/07/31/secret-room-underground-railroad/

A structure in Cambridge might be a slave cabin of some sort:

https://www.stardem.com/spotlight/cambridge-structure-may-be-slave-cabin/article_d4b60ca0-ba24-5d12-8a54-bd29ebf4d6a3.html

They’re digging at the ‘Bloody Assize of 1814’ site down the road from here:

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/hamilton/archaeology-dig-ancaster-1.4768518
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6835-180801-canada-ancaster-excavation

Digging a 19th century Fayetteville Arsenal site:

https://www.myplainview.com/news/article/Dig-continues-at-site-of-19th-century-13116266.php

French and Indian War finds from the SUNY Adirondack Field School:

http://www.saratogian.com/20180730/archaeological-field-school-reveals-french-and-indian-war-findings

What Fred Hiebert is up to:

https://www.al.com/news/mobile/index.ssf/2018/08/nat_geo_archaeologist_who_expl.html

Feature on Madison Square Park:

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/08/03/nyregion/madison-square-park-history-nyc.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share

More on possible remains of a colonial governor at Jamestown:

http://wina.com/news/064460-archaeologists-may-have-found-the-remains-of-a-colonial-govenor/

… and they’ve called in one of the people who worked on Richard III:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2018/07/30/richard-iii-expert-called-identify-headless-jamestown-skeleton/?WT.mc_id=tmg_share_em
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Brief item on a funeral bundle from a cave in Tamaulipas:

https://phys.org/news/2018-07-mexican-experts-seeds-mummified-child.html

A Wari site from Huancayo:

https://perureports.com/2018/08/03/pre-incan-archaeological-remains-found-in-huancayo/

Searching the Gulf of Mexico for ships sunk by Cortes:

http://www.laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=2462097&CategoryId=14091

Studying Chilean petroglyphs of llamas:

https://phys.org/news/2018-07-chile-art-llamas-divulge-secrets.html
http://www.asianage.com/life/art/020818/chiles-rock-art-llamas-divulge-secrets-of-ancient-desert-culture.html

Studying the severity of the drought during the ‘Maya collapse’:

https://phys.org/news/2018-08-scientists-severity-drought-maya-collapse.html
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2018/08/02/maya-drought-collapse-disappear/
https://gizmodo.com/scientists-just-measured-the-drought-that-may-have-brou-1828053642
https://elpais.com/elpais/2018/08/02/ciencia/1533209672_129588.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2018/08/02/an-ancient-lake-holds-secrets-to-the-mayan-civilizations-mysterious-collapse-study-finds/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6840-180803-maya-lake-chichancanab

Feature on the Aztec ‘Death Whistle’:

https://sorendreier.com/the-mysterious-aztec-death-whistle/

Plans to limit tourism on Easter Island:

https://www.dw.com/en/chile-moves-to-protect-easter-island-by-limiting-tourism/a-44920031
https://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/easter-island-visit-chile-statues-tourists-tourism-social-environmental-impact-a8469791.html

More on those child sacrifice remains from the Templo Mayor:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2018/07/remains-of-sacrificed-child-discovered.html#R3h2qVzxRYxlS7PV.97

More on Chilean mummies in poisonous clothing:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-chilean-mummies-were-buried-mercury-laced-red-clothing-180969792/
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Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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A study suggests that coastal mass burial sites (e.g. on Orkney and Vanuatu) my be connected to tsunamis:

https://phys.org/news/2018-08-prehistoric-mass-graves-linked-tsunamis.html
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-45035429
https://www.sciencealert.com/scientists-think-they-ve-found-the-sad-reason-behind-these-mysterious-mass-graves
https://newsroom.unsw.edu.au/news/science-tech/prehistoric-mass-graves-may-be-linked-tsunamis-new-research-reveals
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6838-180802-scotland-orkney-tsunami

Assorted Emily Bronte-related items:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20180725-heathcliff-and-literatures-greatest-love-story-are-toxic
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-45004689

Interview with David Kertzer on his study of Pius IX:

https://news.brown.edu/articles/2018/07/kertzer

On the world’s oldest ice cream (maybe):

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20180801-the-birthplace-of-ice-cream

Pondering Cixi:

https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/history/cixi-china-history-empress-dowager-feminist-a8449711.html

Feature on Artemisia Gentileschi:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2018/07/24/actualidad/1532423109_336825.html

Feature on the Battle of Vienna:

https://aeon.co/essays/the-battle-of-vienna-was-not-a-fight-between-cross-and-crescent

Latest on Amelia Earhart:

https://www.livescience.com/63212-amelia-earhart-radio-distress-calls.html

Feature on the history of Zildjian cymbals:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/03/arts/music/zildjian-cymbals-400-years.html

On Paracelsus and syphilis:

https://elpais.com/elpais/2018/07/31/ciencia/1533027246_653272.html

Identifying the painter of a Kansas museum portrait:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-unravel-six-decade-mystery-kansas-museum-portrait-180969862/

In case you need a refresher on some historical conspiracy theories which are reeemerging:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/retropolis/wp/2018/08/04/how-j-p-morgan-didnt-sink-the-titanic-and-other-qanon-conspiracy-theories-debunked/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Athenian Pets:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/32180-rare-roman-era-grave-of-pet-dog-at-national-archaeological-museum.html
http://greece.greekreporter.com/2018/08/02/monument-of-pet-dog-is-the-new-exhibit-in-athens-national-archaeological-museum/

Maya Red Queen:

http://www.theyucatantimes.com/2018/07/the-maya-red-queen-comes-to-life-in-mexico-city-museum/
https://elpais.com/internacional/2018/07/27/la_serpiente_emplumada/1532720509_032983.html

Early photos:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-45024098

Electric Park:

https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Electric-Park-protected-women-put-boozy-men-on-13107403.php

Stabiae:

http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/culture/2018/07/31/exhibition-on-ancient-stabia-at-pompeii-antiquarium_5925a9c8-afa8-4574-9ba3-868cbdd755cf.html

Chippendale:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/27/arts/design/chippendale-300-furniture.html
https://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2018/chippendale-director
http://chippendale300.co.uk/

Latest bit of hype for the Grand Egyptian Museum:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/44/308987/Heritage/Museums/Red-granite-head-of-King-Senusret-I-arrives-at-the.aspx
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AT THE AUCTIONS
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Ben-Gurion letters:

https://m.jpost.com/Israel-News/Culture/Selling-history-on-line-A-rare-documents-penned-by-Ben-Gurion-sold-online-563928
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THE TECHY SIDE
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The Paphos Theatre is the latest to get a VR app:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2018/07/29/vr-app-recreates-majesty-of-ancient-paphos-theatre/

I think we mentioned this spy-satellite survey of the Melleria site:

https://phys.org/news/2018-07-spies-mellaria.html

Feature on drones in archaeology:

http://www.jordantimes.com/news/local/drones-give-new-push-aerial-archaeology
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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Climate-related concerns for sites in the (Russian) Arctic:

http://tass.com/society/1015530

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Castles in Jordan:

https://www.albawaba.com/slideshow/historical-remains-ancient-castles-jordan-1166222

Fort Ticonderoga:

http://www.wamc.org/post/fort-ticonderoga-looks-become-universal-destination

Sheki:

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/sheki-azerbaijan/index.html

Chiang Mai:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/02/travel/what-to-do-in-chiang-mai-thailand.html

Boulevards:

http://www.latimes.com/travel/la-tr-paris-and-other-boulevards-20180729-story.html

Coast of Turkey:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/turkeys-turquoise-coast/ancient-turkish-sites/

Sinai Trail:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-44846905

Matera:

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/matera-italy/index.html

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PERFORMANCES
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Demon:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/31/arts/music/demon-bard-summerscape-review.html

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CRIME BEAT
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Theft of the Swedish Royal jewels (!):

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-45028732
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/01/world/europe/sweden-theft-crowns.html
https://www.npr.org/2018/08/01/634544467/the-swedish-job-daring-thieves-steal-royal-jewels-escape-on-motorboat
https://www.usatoday.com/videos/news/world/2018/08/01/witness-describes-swedish-speedboat-jewel-heist/37243001/
https://www.dw.com/en/swedish-crown-jewels-stolen-from-strangnas-cathedral-in-speedboat-heist/a-44903485

An 18th century violin turns up in a pawn shop:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/30/arts/stolen-violin-massachusetts-pawnshop.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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Ecuador is displaying items recovered from Germany (six years ago):

https://elpais.com/elpais/2018/07/26/album/1532605026_943340.html

Not quite repatriated Cranach:

https://www.dw.com/en/nazi-looted-cranach-artworks-to-remain-in-california-museum/a-44895118

Yupik artifacts returning to Alaska:

https://www.myplainview.com/news/article/Yupik-artifacts-en-route-to-Alaska-for-museum-13128611.php
https://www.theintelligencer.com/news/article/Yupik-artifacts-en-route-to-Alaska-for-museum-13128611.php

A Swiss warehouse was ordered to return a statue to Egypt:

https://www.thelocal.ch/20180803/swiss-federal-criminal-court-orders-geneva-warehouse-firm-to-return-statue-to-egypt

A US collector has returned some items to Thailand:

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/looted-artifacts-returned-thailand-1328516
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NUMISMATICA
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Pondering the origins of money:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/money-ancient-origins-debate-mystery

Connecting stone currency and bitcoin:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/yap-stone-money-bitcoin-blockchain-cryptocurrency

14th century Byzantine gold coin from Rusokastro:

https://sofiaglobe.com/2018/08/02/archaeology-14th-century-gold-coin-found-at-bulgarias-rusokastro-fortress-site/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6836-byzantine-gold-coin-found-in-bulgaria

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/club_nbs_esylum_v21n30.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/club_nbs_esylum_v21n31.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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Eleanor Jane Goltz Huzar:

https://classicalstudies.org/scs-news/memoriam-eleanor-jane-goltz-huzar-granger

George Cowgill:

http://publishingarchaeology.blogspot.com/2018/07/george-cowgill-1929-2018-personal-view.html

Zhao Kangmin:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/zhao-kangmin-obituary-2bnrd72d0
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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-main-menu-cat/audio-news-list/2764-audio-news-from-archaeologica-22-july-28-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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