Explorator 21.17 ~ August 19, 2018

Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Hernan Astudillo,
Richard Campbell, Barbara Saylor Rodgers, Bob Heuman, David Critchley,
Laurel Carey, Richard Miller, Trevor Ogden, Rick Heli, Bill Gebhardt,
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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On the evolution of the big toe:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-45183651
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-suggest-big-toe-was-last-part-foot-evolve-180970012/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6897-180815-modern-big-toes

Bipedalism came early to hominins, apparently:

https://phys.org/news/2018-08-ancient-forefoot-joints-reveals-bipedalism.html
https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/08/the-road-to-bipedalism-wasnt-straight-and-narrow/

More on “lazy” homo erectus:

https://www.news.com.au/technology/science/evolution/laziness-killed-the-homo-erectus-anu-study-finds/news-story/2069b27b43e8d81548a11c7e428aa77e
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/laziness-may-have-contributed-downfall-homo-erectus-180969983/

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Just as we’re about to press ‘send’ comes word of analysis results of those skeletons found in that Alexandrian sarcophagus:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/309896/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Initial-analysis-shows-skeletons-from-huge-Egyptia.aspx
http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/56274/Important-secrets-about-Alexandria-sarcophagus%E2%80%99-skeletons-revealed

A pair of Ptolemaic inscriptions/reliefs from Kom Ombo:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/56113/Archaeological-mission-studies-2-ancient-pieces-discovered-in-Kom-Ombo

Research suggests that a 3600 BCE mummy thought to have been ‘naturally embalmed’ was actually made using an ’embalming recipe’:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-45175764
https://www.livescience.com/63351-mummy-older-than-pharaohs.html
https://phys.org/news/2018-08-prehistoric-mummy-reveals-ancient-egyptian.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-08/uoy-pmr081318.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/08/180815190521.htm
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2018/08/16/egyptian-mummy-embalming-pharaohs/1006187002/
https://www.dw.com/en/egyptian-mummy-in-turin-museum-proves-embalming-predates-the-pharaohs/a-45100744
https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/mummies-1-500-years-older-than-expected-says-yorkshire-expert-1-9303656
https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/08/ancient-egyptians-had-been-making-mummies-longer-than-anyone-thought/
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2018/08/news-egyptian-prehistoric-mummy-embalming-recipe/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/egyptians-created-mummies-thousand-years-earlier-thought-180970052/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6900-180816-egyptian-embalming-recipe

A substance found in the tomb of Ptahmes a few years ago turns out to be 3200 years bp cheese:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/16/science/oldest-cheese-ever-egypt-tomb.html
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-45233347
https://www.livescience.com/63356-oldest-mummy-cheese.html
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/MAGAZINE-earliest-known-real-cheese-found-in-ancient-egyptian-tomb-1.6386688
https://www.timesunion.com/news/world/article/Substance-in-dug-up-Egyptian-jar-most-ancient-13163270.php
https://www.yahoo.com/news/archaeologists-world-oldest-cheese-inside-173028692.html
https://gizmodo.com/worlds-oldest-cheese-found-in-ancient-tomb-was-also-v-1828414954
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/oldest-cheese-ever-egyptian-tomb-180970051/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6903-180817-egypt-saqqara-cheese

Plans for the Meidum pyramid site:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/55769/Ministry-of-Antiquities-launched-Meidum-Pyramid%E2%80%99s-project

More on the translation of Egyptian medical papyri in Denmark:

https://phys.org/news/2018-08-unpublished-egyptian-texts-reveal-insights.html
https://www.livescience.com/63364-ancient-egyptian-medical-texts.html
https://www.cnet.com/news/ancient-egyptian-method-for-determining-baby-gender-pee-on-barley/
http://sciencenordic.com/unpublished-egyptian-texts-reveal-new-insights-ancient-medicine
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6899-180815-egyptian-science-texts

More on the sphinx find from Luxor:

https://egyptianstreets.com/2018/08/09/new-ancient-egyptian-sphinx-discovered-in-luxor/
https://www.egyptindependent.com/second-sphinx-discovered-in-luxor/
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/egypt-sphinx-valley-of-the-kinds-ancient-second-discovered-luxor-a8487586.html

Roman-era tombs from Hebron:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/ancient-roman-era-tombs-discovered-in-west-bank-village/

More on that Hellenistic earring from the City of David:

http://mfa.gov.il/MFA/IsraelExperience/History/Pages/Rare-Hellenistic-era-golden-earring-discovered-in-Jerusalem-8-August-2018.aspx
https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Over-2000-years-later-Ancient-gold-earring-discovered-in-City-of-David-564379

Studying how folks at Catal Huyuk adapted to changing climate:

https://phys.org/news/2018-08-reveals-evidence-neolithic-people-climate.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-08/uob-nsr081018.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/08/180813160534.htm
http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/08/animal-fat-ancient-pottery-shards-reveals-nearly-catastrophic-period-human-prehistory
https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/08/archaeologists-use-ancient-dirty-dishes-to-reconstruct-climate-shifts/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/traces-animal-fat-found-clay-pottery-reveal-how-catalhoyuk-settlement-survived-extreme-drought-180969994/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6895-180814-turkey-catalhoyuk-climate

An Ottoman-era soap factory found during construction of Uri Geller’s museum in Jaffa:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/ottoman-era-soap-factory-unearthed-under-uri-gellers-jaffa-museum/
https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Ottoman-era-soap-factory-unearthed-at-site-of-Uri-Geller-museum-564820
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/MAGAZINE-uri-geller-bends-dirt-pile-finds-ottoman-era-soap-factory-in-israel-1.6382374
http://www.laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=2462996&CategoryId=13003

Big plans for Caesarea as a tourism destination:

https://www.haaretz.com/world-news/.premium.MAGAZINE-can-caesarea-become-the-acropolis-of-israeli-tourism-1.6385234

Feature on the Timna copper mines:

http://www.bibleinterp.com/articles/2018/08/amz428015.shtml

Feature on Gobekli Tepe:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/ancient-cultures/ancient-near-eastern-world/the-gobekli-tepe-ruins-and-the-origins-of-neolithic-religion/
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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Assorted finds from the sanctuary of Artemis at Amarynthos:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2018/08/14/new-finds-reveal-more-of-greek-goddess-sanctuary/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6894-180814-greece-artemis-temple

Evidence of extensive trade networks from Palaipaphos:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2018/08/17/archaeological-finds-in-palaipaphos-show-extensive-trade-networks/

Also from Palaipaphos comes word of a 5th century BCE ‘architectural complex’:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2018/08/17/researchers-find-fifth-century-bc-complex-in-cyprus/

Latest frescoes from Pompeii:

https://www.seattlepi.com/news/media/New-Frescoes-Uncovered-In-Pompeii-1320070.php

Evidence of a Roman road at Binchester:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-tees-45162034

A section of a Roman street in Philipopolis:

https://www.archaeology.org/news/6892-180813-bulgaria-philippopolis-odeon

Some results from the excavation of Pergamon’s amphitheatre:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkeys-colosseum-to-reunite-with-sun-135713

A Roman-era military tower from Turkey’s Adiyaman province:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2018/08/13/roman-era-military-observation-tower-discovered-in-southeastern-turkey

Hopes of finding some Roman dwelling remains at Sandy:

https://www.biggleswadetoday.co.uk/news/new-sandy-dig-may-reveal-roadside-roman-homes-1-8604959

Latest attempt at dating the eruption of Thera:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-08/uoa-dta080918.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/08/180815141326.htm
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/volcano-thera-eruption-santorini-egypt-turkey-greece-minoan-tree-rings-carbon-dating-a8493121.html
http://science.sciencemag.org/content/361/6403/634
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/?p=26521

Plans to excavate a Roman legionary fortress in Anatolia:

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/culture-and-art/roman-legionary-base-in-turkey-to-be-unearthed/1233653
https://menafn.com/1097312597/Turkey-to-dig-up-Roman-legionary-base

Volunteers have cleaned up the site of the Nablus hippodrome:

https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2018/08/nablus-volunteers-clean-up-roman-hipodrome.html

On naval combat in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey:

http://www.ign.com/articles/2018/08/13/assassins-creed-odyssey-naval-combat

What Boris Johnson is up to:

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2018/aug/14/classical-scholars-turn-backs-on-boris-johnson-over-burqa-comments

Review of Serres, *The Birth of Physics*:

https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/a-science-of-exceptions-on-michel-serress-the-birth-of-physics/

Review of Nixey, *The Darkening Age*:

https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/08/book-review-the-darkening-age-catherine-nixey-christians-and-antiquity/

More on that bronze/gold horse’s head from Germany:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2018/08/news-ancient-rome-statue-horse-head-germany-waldgirmes-archaeology/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6904-180817-germany-bronze-horse

More on the horse shoes from Vindolanda:

https://phys.org/news/2018-08-unearth-remarkable-horse.html

More on that Roman library in Germany:

https://www.history.com/news/ancient-roman-library-germany

More on ancient Greek music:

https://aeon.co/ideas/can-we-know-what-music-sounded-like-in-ancient-greece
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http://bmcr.brynmawr.edu/recent.html

Visit our blog:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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I think we mentioned this 5000 years bp axe find from Orkney:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-45113734

Announcement of a find of a Bronze Age hoard by a metal detectorist near Amble a couple of years ago:

http://www.theambler.co.uk/2018/08/13/bronze-age-treasure-hoard-discovered-near-amble/

Another Bronze Age hoard, this time from a Norfolk field:

http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/crime/smallburgh-detectorist-david-lovett-looks-back-on-finding-bronze-age-haul-in-norfolk-field-1-5655529
http://www.northnorfolknews.co.uk/news/smallburgh-detectorist-david-lovett-looks-back-on-finding-bronze-age-haul-in-norfolk-field-1-5655529

A 3000 years bp child burial from the Ryahovets fortress site:

https://sofiaglobe.com/2018/08/14/archaeology-grave-of-child-dating-back-3000-years-found-at-bulgaria-ryahovets-fortress-site/

A Saxon malthouse from Sedgeford:

http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/sedgeford-historical-and-archaeological-research-project-2018-malthouse-1-5621854
https://www.lynnnews.co.uk/news/anglo-saxon-malthouse-discovered-at-sedgeford-dig-9004507/

Possible ‘home site’ of the ancestors of the Slavs in Belarus:

http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news%2C30579%2Carchaeologists-found-traces-cradle-slavs-belarusian-polesie.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6902-180816-belarus-slav-origins

Assorted early Christian finds from Perperikon:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2018/08/14/early-christian-bishops-residence-reliquary-cross-with-crucified-jesus-christ-found-in-bulgarias-rock-city-perperikon/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6898-180815-bulgaria-bishop-cross

Latest finds from the Rusocastro fortress site:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2018/08/18/second-bulgarian-empire-demolished-6th-century-byzantine-walls-of-rusocastro-to-build-far-more-massive-fortress-archaeologists-find/

A 14th century blacksmith’s workshop and kilns from the Tsarevets fortress site:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2018/08/16/14th-century-blacksmiths-workshop-with-kilns-found-at-tsarevets-fortress-in-bulgarias-veliko-tarnovo/

Evidence of a 17th century battle at Castle Fraser:

https://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/castle-fraser-reveals-remnants-of-17th-century-battle-1-4786027
https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/aberdeen/1543470/evidence-of-17th-century-battles-unearthed-at-aberdeenshire-castle/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6906-180817-scotland-castle-fraser

They’re digging at Sheffield Castle too:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-south-yorkshire-45169410
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/aug/15/dig-under-way-to-reveal-ruins-of-medieval-castle-in-sheffield
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/excavation-begins-sheffield-castle-one-time-prison-mary-queen-scots-180970065/

Initial finds from a development site on Castle Hill:

https://www.examiner.co.uk/news/west-yorkshire-news/archaeologists-digging-castle-hill-made-15029562

An unbaptized baby burial ground from Meath:

https://www.irishcentral.com/news/unbaptized-babies-meath

Still getting press coverage of things revealed during the UK heatwave:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/uk-weather-heatwave-archaeology-historic-england-history-a8491516.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/gallery/2018/aug/15/uk-archaeology-sites-made-visible-in-heatwave-pictures
https://phys.org/news/2018-08-air-summer-reveals-ancient-harvest.html
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-45170581
https://www.livescience.com/63347-heat-wave-reveals-cropmarks-ancient-sites.html
https://www.livescience.com/63346-heat-wave-cropmarks-ancient-sites-photos.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/15/opinion/britain-drought-cropmarks-summer.html
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/aug/17/hot-summer-archaeologists-forgotten-gems
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/aug/15/millennia-of-human-activity-heatwave-reveals-lost-uk-archaeological-sites
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-britain-weather-archeology/scorching-weather-helps-uncover-archeological-sites-around-britain-idUSKBN1L01UA?feedType=RSS&feedName=scienceNews
http://www.sthelensstar.co.uk/news/national/16418794.heatwave-reveals-hidden-archaeological-sites-across-england/
https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/incredible-images-show-how-uks-scorching-heatwave-has-reveal-lost-archaeological-sites-across-the-a3911701.html
https://elpais.com/internacional/2018/08/17/mundo_global/1534495088_474937.html

Plenty of ancient graffiti marks at Lincoln Cathedral (I think we’ve had this before):

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-england-lincolnshire-45226374/thousands-of-ancient-graffiti-carvings-at-found-at-cathedral

Feature on the Portable Antiquities Scheme:

https://www.lep.co.uk/news/finding-hidden-treasure-in-lancashire-how-special-finds-from-the-silverdale-hoard-to-rare-coins-and-jewellery-are-recorded-and-valued-through-the-portable-antiquities-scheme-1-9302453
https://www.clitheroeadvertiser.co.uk/news/is-it-treasure-trove-how-lancashire-s-special-finds-from-the-silverdale-hoard-to-rare-coins-and-jewellery-are-recorded-through-the-portable-antiquities-scheme-1-9302453

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Archaeology in Europe Blog:

http://archaeology-in-europe.blogspot.com/

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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Remains of a Sui Dynasty kiln from Jinan:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-08/12/c_137384977.htm
https://news.cgtn.com/news/3d3d674d3151444e79457a6333566d54/share.html

Studying the role of the Silk Road in the spread of Eurasian fruits:

https://phys.org/news/2018-08-eurasian-fruits-ancient-silk-road.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-08/mpif-oas081318.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/08/180814140521.htm

Hyping that dig in Tibet which we mentioned a few weeks ago:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-08/16/c_137395867.htm

Feature on Aboriginal astronomy:

http://theconversation.com/aboriginal-traditions-describe-the-complex-motions-of-planets-the-wandering-stars-of-the-sky-97938

Feature on the Terracotta Army:

https://www.artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-chinas-first-emperor-built-buried-7-000-strong-terracotta-army
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Southeast Asian Archaeology Newsblog:

http://www.southeastasianarchaeology.com/

New Zealand Archaeology eNews:

https://us14.campaign-archive.com/home/?u=ddab09cab5362c9613318bd92&id=b917a20ae5
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NORTH AMERICA
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300 years bp cannon find off the Florida coast:

https://www.cnn.com/videos/us/2018/08/14/spanish-cannon-found-off-florida-coast-orig.cnn

Latest finds from Colonial Michillimackinac:

http://www.minews26.com/content/archaeologists-dig-up-historic-interesting-items-at-colonial-michilimackinac/
https://upnorthlive.com/news/local/acrhaeologists-find-more-signs-of-the-past-at-colonial-michilimackinac

DNA suggests there was some sort of Scarlet Macaw breeding operation in the American Southwest:

https://news.psu.edu/story/531169/2018/08/13/research/scarlet-macaw-dna-points-ancient-breeding-operation-southwest
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-08/ps-smd081318.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/08/180813160531.htm
http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/08/people-might-have-bred-tropical-macaws-desert-1000-years-ago
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2018/08/14/native-americans-were-breeding-parrots-in-new-mexico/
https://news.virginia.edu/content/study-southwestern-desert-ancient-people-bred-tropical-parrots
https://www.forbes.com/sites/grrlscientist/2018/08/13/have-we-found-the-first-parrot-breeders-in-north-america/
https://www.economist.com/science-and-technology/2018/08/18/evidence-of-early-native-american-parrot-breeding
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2018/08/news-ancient-dna-chaco-canyon-pueblo-macaws-archaeology/
https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/08/dna-reveals-ancient-parrot-breeder-supplied-us-southwest-peoples/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/macaw-breeding-center-supplied-plumage-180969982/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6896-180814-new-mexico-macaws

Feature on the Robinsons of Rokeby:

https://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/story/news/2018/08/13/history-space-robinsons-rokeby/37444869/

Interesting feature on European printmakers’ images of Colonial American cities:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/inaccurate-images-america-delighted-18th-century-europe-180969992/

Finds from the Cardy Paleo-Indian Campsite are going on display:

https://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/story/news/local/door-co/news/2018/08/14/door-county-pre-native-american-indian-tools-found-sturgeon-bay/928725002/

Nice followup piece to that African-American (slave/not slave) burial ground recently found in Texas:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/13/opinion/texas-slavery-african-american-graveyard.html

Review of Alexiou, *Devil’s Mile*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/15/books/review/alice-sparberg-alexiou-devils-mile.html

More on the latest coverage of the way folks came to the Americas:

https://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2018/0808/When-science-meets-history-Sorting-out-the-path-of-the-first-Americans
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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3800 years bp Caral wall relief from Vichama:

https://www.dw.com/en/archaeologists-unearth-3800-year-old-wall-relief-in-peru/a-45112955
http://www.ibtimes.sg/archaeology-3800-year-old-wall-relief-mysterious-structures-discovered-peru-27076
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6905-180817-peru-caral-mural

I think we mentioned these 1500 years bp ‘trophy heads’ (among others) from the Vitor Valley of Peru:

https://www.livescience.com/63295-trophy-heads-mummies-ancient-peru-pits.html

Interesting evidence of 800-900 CE Maya rituals from Belize:

https://phys.org/news/2018-08-maya-rituals-unearthed.html

A study suggests Easter Island society might not have ‘collapsed’ after all:

https://phys.org/news/2018-08-easter-island-society-collapsed.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-08/fm-eis080818.php
https://www.livescience.com/63321-easter-island-collapse-myth.html
https://www.cnn.com/2018/08/13/world/easter-island-statue-study-intl/index.html
http://pacificarchaeology.org/index.php/journal/article/view/230
https://gizmodo.com/new-evidence-contradicts-theory-that-easter-island-soci-1828307589
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6891-180813-easter-island-tools

On psychedelic toads in Mesoamerica:

https://elpais.com/internacional/2018/08/12/la_serpiente_emplumada/1534032108_084120.html

More on those human remains found in Puyil Cave:

http://www.ibtimes.sg/7000-years-old-remains-found-mexican-archaeologists-believe-these-belong-ancient-mayan-27015

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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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Remembering the beginning of the Transatlantic slave trade:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/transatlantic-slave-trade-voyages-ships-log-details-africa-america-atlantic-ocean-deaths-disease-a8494546.html

An interesting 1491 map which may have influenced Columbus:

https://www.livescience.com/63339-map-influenced-christopher-columbus.html
https://www.livescience.com/63357-photos-1491-map-christopher-columbus.html

Feature on gay royals:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/retropolis/wp/2018/08/18/the-king-and-his-husband-the-gay-history-of-british-royals/

Interesting Karl Marx souvenir:

https://www.dw.com/en/tourists-snap-up-zero-euro-bills-with-karl-marxs-image/a-45089015

The Onion’s spin on some cave paintings:

https://www.theonion.com/unearthed-cave-painting-of-wooly-mammoth-saber-tooth-t-1828258738

Citing an ancient Norman rite to protest the narrowing of a road:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/aug/14/guernsey-resident-halts-road-works-with-ancient-plea

Feature on Hebrew manuscripts at the Library of Congress:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2018/08/Hebrew-Manuscripts

Find of hundreds of poems from the UK’s ‘Cotton Famine’:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hundreds-newly-found-poems-reveal-devastation-uks-cotton-famine-180969966/

Feature on the Book of Kings:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20180810-the-book-of-kings-the-book-that-defines-iranians

Feature on human sacrifice:

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/crux/2018/08/17/human-sacrifice-archaeology/#.W3lvYdgzpfI

Feature on a woman pioneer of modern detective fiction:

http://digital.vpr.net/post/1870s-crime-writer-who-pioneered-modern-detective-fiction

On the notion of ‘race’ in the Middle Ages:

https://historynewsnetwork.org/article/169596

A Sir William Nicholson painting apparently is actually a fake:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-45162870

Studying why it’s always men who go to war:

https://phys.org/news/2018-08-war-game.html

A noble in Monaco is claiming France tricked his relatives out of the throne:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-45173493

Theory on the inspiration for the Great Gatsby:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/books/did-an-extramarital-affair-inspire-the-great-gatsby-one-book-tries-to-make-the-case/2018/08/15/b242b180-a08a-11e8-93e3-24d1703d2a7a_story.html

Pondering dog domestication:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-wolves-really-became-dogs-180970014/

Review of Greenblatt, *Tyrant*:

http://www.wamc.org/post/book-show-1569-stephen-greenblatt

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MUSEUM MATTERS
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What is Love?:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20180810-what-connects-adam-and-eve-to-tinder
https://www.kunsthalle-bremen.de/view/exhibitions/exb-page/what-is-love

Michaelina Wautier:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/antwerp-hosts-first-retrospective-dedicated-baroque-artist-michaelina-wautier-180970055/

Thomas Bock:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-08-17/tasmanian-aboriginal-portraits-return-from-british-museum/10128436
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-45217215

Feature on the Prado:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2018/08/14/actualidad/1534266076_791144.html

The Uffizi has put a bunch of things online in 3d:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/view-uffizis-ancient-treasures-afar-3d-180970007/

Syria’s Idlib museum has reopened after five years:

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2018/Aug-13/460096-antiquities-museum-reopens-in-syrias-rebel-held-idlib.ashx
http://www.euronews.com/2018/08/14/idlib-antiquities-museum-reopens-after-5-years
https://www.timesofisrael.com/antiquities-museum-reopens-in-syrias-rebel-held-idlib/

The British Museum’s ‘looting’ problem:

https://newrepublic.com/article/150642/british-museums-looting-problem

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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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Kefalonia:

https://gulfnews.com/culture/people/a-greek-odyssey-on-kefalonia-1.2267070

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PERFORMANCES
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Feature on Rimsky-Korsakov:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/15/arts/music/rimsky-korsakov-bard-music-festival.html

Gospel at Colonus:

https://publictheater.org/Public-Theater-Season/The-Gospel-At-Colonus/?src=52207&mid=1045800690&ml=35511019

Bacchae:

https://www.bam.org/theater/2018/bacchae
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CRIME BEAT
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Nice feature on Lynda Albertson’s role in getting a bronze Buddha returned:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/buddha-statue-returned-india-57-years-after-it-was-stolen-180970019/

A bust for temple theft in Uttar Pradesh:

http://www.opindia.com/2018/08/uttar-pradesh-police-arrested-man-for-stealing-idols-and-valuables-from-shanidev-temple/

The Vijay Nanda smuggling trial in India might be worth watching:

https://indianexpress.com/article/cities/mumbai/dri-starts-prosecution-process-against-antique-smuggler-vijay-nanda-5309031/

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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A Texas museum is returning a mummy to Peru:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2018/08/17/2000-year-old-mummy-leaving-texas-museum-headed-peru/1025583002/

An ancient silver flask seized at Gatwick Airport is returning to Afghanistan:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/08/11/ancient-silver-flask-seized-gatwick-revealed-first-time-ahead/

Debating the British Museum’s returns (and not):

https://elpais.com/elpais/2018/08/11/videos/1534013692_183870.html

Ethiopia wants a lock of hair taken from Tewodros II returned:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/aug/13/ethiopia-requests-emperors-lock-of-hair-back-from-london-museum

The US is returning some church bells to the Philippines:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/13/world/asia/us-philippines-bells-massacre.html

A stolen Buddha statue is being returned from the UK to India:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/aug/15/stolen-buddha-statue-return-india-found-uk

Saudi Arabia has ‘restored’ a pile of items and is digitally recording them:

http://saudigazette.com.sa/article/541199/SAUDI-ARABIA/Over-53000-archaeological-items-restored
http://www.arabnews.com/node/1356471/saudi-arabia

Easter Island/Chile wants the British Museum to return its statue:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/16/arts/design/easter-island-british-museum.html
https://www.radionz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/364347/chile-seeks-to-repatriate-rapa-nui-statue-from-london

More on British Museum returns of items to Iraq:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/10/arts/iraq-looted-objects-british-museum.html
https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2018/08/british-museum-hands-over-girsu-treasures-to-iraq.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6893-180813-iraq-repatriated-artifact

… and pondering possible implications:

https://forward.com/culture/407966/uk-repatriated-iraqi-artifacts-what-does-that-mean-for-iraqi-jewish/

More on that Bible returning to Canterbury Cathedral:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pocket-sized-bible-returns-canterbury-cathedral-after-500-years-180969949/
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NUMISMATICA
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Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/club_nbs_esylum_v21n32.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/club_nbs_esylum_v21n33.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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Harold Gotoff:

https://www.everhere.com/us/obituary-cincinnati-harold-gotoff-7782769

Christian Habicht:

https://currentepigraphy.blogs.sas.ac.uk/2018/08/14/christian-habicht-1926-2018/

Michele Gragg:

http://oihistory.blogspot.com/2018/08/michele-gragg-may-9-1934-july-21-2018.html

Frank J. Schieppati:

https://buffalonews.com/2018/08/14/frank-j-schieppati-69-professional-archaeologist-on-more-than-400-projects/

Rick Turner:

https://www.chesterchronicle.co.uk/news/chester-cheshire-news/cheshire-archeologist-who-recovered-famous-15025142

Mary Elizabeth Norton:

https://www.bannergraphic.com/story/2543986.html

Mary Georgie Waugh:

https://www.davisenterprise.com/obits/mary-georgie-waugh/

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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/2771-audio-news-from-archaeologica-5-august-11-august-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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