Explorator 21.18 ~ August 26, 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, 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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Much excitement over a DNA study confirming Neanderthal/Denisovan interbreeding:

https://phys.org/news/2018-08-neandertal-mother-denisovan-fathernewly-sequenced-genome.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-08/mpif-nmd082018.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/08/180822131002.htm
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/22/science/neanderthals-denisovans-hybrid.html
https://www.livescience.com/63400-neanderthals-denisovans-mated-leg-bone.html
https://www.livescience.com/63401-photos-neanderthal-denisovan-hybrid.html
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-45271644
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/neanderthal-denisovan-human-hybrid-girl-cave-discovery-ancient-humans-russia-siberia-a8503616.html
https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2018/08/22/640627452/ancient-bone-reveals-swingin-sex-lives-of-neanderthals
https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2018/08/a-neanderthal-and-a-denisovan-had-a-daughter/567967/
https://www.cnn.com/2018/08/22/health/neanderthal-denisovan-child-discovery/index.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/science/2018/08/22/mom-was-neanderthal-dad-was-something-else-entirely-meet-strangest-hybrid-human-history/
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2018/08/22/fossil-female-mom-neanderthal-dad-denisovan/1069543002/
https://www.usatoday.com/videos/tech/2018/08/22/bone-found-came-child-two-different-prehistoric-human-species/37567895/
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/meet-first-known-child-neandertal-and-denisovan?tgt=nr
https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/08/bone-fragment-belongs-to-a-girl-with-denisovan-dad-neanderthal-mom/
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/?p=26635
https://elpais.com/elpais/2018/08/24/ciencia/1535120316_186140.html
https://elpais.com/elpais/2018/08/22/ciencia/1534955666_091393.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/meet-denisova-11-first-known-interspecies-hominin-180970114/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6915-180822-denisovan-neanderthal-girl

Studying/simulating human gripping capabilities 500 000 year bp:

https://phys.org/news/2018-08-stone-tools-reveal-modern-human-like.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-08/uok-str082018.php
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/stone-age-sussex-archaeology-human-evolution-insight-intelligence-a8504766.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6920-180824-boxgrove-tools-dexterity
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AFRICA
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Very interesting 5000 (and later) years bp burial ground from around Lake Turkana in Kenya with interesting implications:

https://phys.org/news/2018-08-massive-monumental-cemetery-built-eastern.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-08/mpif-mmc081618.php
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/20/science/lake-turkana-burials-pillars.html
https://www.livescience.com/63397-kenya-ancient-cemetery-monument-lothagam.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/aug/20/kenya-burial-site-shows-community-spirit-of-herders-5000-years-ago
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/MAGAZINE-5-000-year-old-monumental-graveyard-found-in-kenya-1.6406003
https://www.washingtonpost.com/science/2018/08/21/this-ancient-burial-ground-tells-story-unity-time-climate-chaos/
https://www.sciencealert.com/archaeologists-uncovered-massive-monumental-cemetery-kenya-5-000-years-ago-turkana-lothagam
https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/08/archaeologists-explore-east-africas-ancient-monumental-cemeteries/
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2018/08/news-ancient-pillar-monument-burial-mound-africa/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6910-180821-kenya-lothagam-north
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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More on the occupants of that large granite sarcophagus that’s been in the news all summer:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/309896/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Initial-analysis-shows-skeletons-from-huge-Egyptia.aspx
https://www.egyptindependent.com/gender-age-of-alexandria-sarcophagus-remains-identified-antiquities-ministry/
http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/56274/Important-secrets-about-Alexandria-sarcophagus%E2%80%99-skeletons-revealed
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/black-sarcophagus-egypt-archaeologists-age-mummies-alexandira-waziri-sultan-a8499696.html
https://www.albawaba.com/editorchoice/egyptian-experts-determine-gender-and-age-3-skeletons-inside-sarcophagus-1175940
https://www.livescience.com/63384-black-sarcophagus-alexandria-inscriptions.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/were-learning-more-about-inhabitants-dark-sarcophagus-180970085/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6907-180820-egypt-alexandria-skeletons

More on one aspect of those Egyptian medical papyri which seem to have caught the press’ eye:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/egyptian-papyrus-reveals-old-wives-tale-very-very-old-indeed-180970066/

More on that ‘oldest cheese’:

https://www.economist.com/science-and-technology/2018/08/25/the-secret-in-the-worlds-oldest-cheese

Black Desert petroglyphs are shedding light on Neolithic animal life:

http://www.jordantimes.com/news/local/black-desert-petroglyphs-uncover-neolithic-animal-life

DNA evidence suggests an influx of blue-eyed people into the Levant some 6500 years bp:

https://www.aftau.org/news-page-archaeology?=&storyid4677=2407&ncs4677=3&erid=7462278
https://phys.org/news/2018-08-skeletons-israel-upper-galilee-reveal.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/08/180820104204.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-08/afot-dao082018.php
https://www.jpost.com//Israel-News/DNA-study-in-Israeli-cave-sheds-light-on-origins-of-Chalcolithic-culture-565293
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/MAGAZINE-mysterious-6-500-year-old-culture-in-israel-brought-by-migrants-1.6389513
https://www.timesofisrael.com/anomalous-blue-eyed-people-came-to-israel-6500-years-ago-from-iran-dna-shows/
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/blue-eyed-blondes-invaded-israel-6500-years-ago-dna-study/2018/08/21/
https://www.livescience.com/63396-ancient-israel-immigration-turkey-iran.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6919-180824-israel-chalcolithic-culture-shift

Feature on the dig at Masada:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-sites-places/biblical-archaeology-sites/masada-dig-reveals-a-pleasure-garden-at-king-herods-palace/

Reading a lot into finds of gazelle bones at Shikhin:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-ancient-judeans-wrote-torah-scrolls-on-gazelle-hide-archaeologists-fi-1.6390048

Possible Parthian burials from Agsu (Azerbaijan):

https://www.azernews.az/culture/136506.html

Evidence of 9th century glass production in Samarra:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-08/p-aef081518.php
https://phys.org/news/2018-08-archaeological-evidence-glass-industry-ninth-century.html

Islamic era underground aqueduct remains in Fayd:

http://www.arabnews.com/node/1358956/saudi-arabia

Remains of a 19th century soap factory in Jaffa:

https://www.israel21c.org/museum-builders-uncover-19th-century-soap-factory-in-jaffa/

On Sennacherib’s accounts of his siege of Lachish:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2018/08/Sennacherib-Siege-of-Lachish

That 3800 years bp ‘customer complaint’ tablet is in the news again for some reason:

https://www.newsweek.com/3800-year-old-tablet-worlds-oldest-customer-complaint-goes-viral-who-do-you-1088904
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An intact 3500 years bp Minoan burial from Crete:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2018/08/08/farmer-discovers-rare-tombstone-from-late-minoan-iii-period-on-crete-photos/
https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2018/08/24/spectacular-skeletons-unearthed-from-bronze-age-chamber-tomb-on-crete/#7e85ae29547c
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6908-180820-crete-minoan-tomb

A 1st/2nd century headless statue of a ‘magistrate’ from Heraclea Sintica:

https://www.novinite.com/articles/191762/Ancient+Roman+Statue+Found+in+Heraclea+Sintica%2C+Bulgaria+%28Video%29
https://www.euscoop.com/en/2018/8/20/ancient-roman-statue-found-heraclea-sintica-bulgaria
http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2018/08/19/roman-magistrates-statue-from-ca-100-ad-found-by-archaeologists-in-ancient-city-heraclea-sintica-in-southwest-bulgaria/

A metal detectorist has found a huge Roman villa site near Banbury (timeline of the find is a bit confusing):

https://inews.co.uk/news/uk/roman-villa-broughton-castle-banbury-excavation/
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/roman-villa-as-big-as-buckingham-palace-found-by-chance-wvr5dmjhl
https://metro.co.uk/2018/08/24/roman-villa-the-size-of-buckingham-palace-discovered-in-britain-7879276/

Elsewhere, detectorists found a hoard of silver coins in Yorkshire:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/08/25/hoard-2000-year-old-silver-roman-coins-unearthed-group-friends/

A head of Aurelian (really?) and other remains from Ulpia Oscus:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2018/08/25/statue-head-of-roman-emperor-aurelian-unknown-colonnade-found-in-ancient-romes-danube-colony-ulpia-oscus-in-north-bulgaria/

Excavations at ‘Odysseus’ Palace’ in Ithaca are set to resume:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/32358-excavations-at-odysseus-palace-in-greek-island-of-ithaca-to-resume.html

Hopes for Roman finds at a Sandy dig:

http://www.thecomet.net/news/roman-buildings-may-be-found-as-sandy-excavation-enters-final-stage-1-5657245

Feature on the Roman temple dig near Norwich:

http://www.eveningnews24.co.uk/news/archaeologists-excavate-ancient-roman-temple-at-caistor-st-edmumd-1-5658164

Studying the lost harbour of Pisa:

https://phys.org/news/2018-08-scientists-unravel-history-lost-harbour.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rising-sea-levels-changing-environment-doomed-legendary-pisan-harbor-180970132/

Pondering some buried whetstones from Gallia Belgica:

https://cosmosmagazine.com/archaeology/the-curious-case-of-the-buried-whetstones

Looking for evidence that a Roman emperor visited Carlisle:

http://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/Archaeologists-ponder-whether-Roman-emperor-visited-Carlisle-e8be94c7-48df-49d1-939f-ff3b9b4821e3-dsj
http://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/Discovery-points-to-a-Roman-emperors-visit-to-Carlisle-53d05cad-51b9-41d2-9d83-c10f2bc032ae-ds

What we’re learning from Roman poop:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2018/08/20/ancient-roman-poop-shows-rich-and-poor-were-infected-by-different-parasites/

Feature on the dig at that Roman ‘armoury’ site in Novae (Bulgaria):

https://www.eurasiareview.com/25082018-bulgaria-grand-armory-of-roman-legions-mystery-unveiled/

Rickets seems to have been a feature of Roman health issues:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/aug/20/roman-rickets-vitamin-d-deficiency
https://inews.co.uk/news/uk/rickets-roman-britain-industrial-revolution/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/many-roman-children-suffered-rickets-new-study-has-found-180970074/
https://www.cnn.com/2018/08/20/health/ancient-rome-skeletons-vitamin-d-deficiency/index.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6909-180820-italy-ostia-apartments

That head of Augustus from Meroe is featured in a British Museum exhibition in an interesting way:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2018/aug/23/bronze-head-from-emperor-augustus-statue-to-go-on-display-at-british-museum

Martin Jehne talks about invective in Roman politics:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-08/coe-iar082418.php

What Martha Nussbaum is up to:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/20/opinion/what-does-it-mean-to-be-human-dont-ask.html

What Dylan Connor is up to:

https://www.wtnh.com/on-air/connecticut-families/stratford-teacher-shares-powerful-message-after-humanitarian-mission-to-syria/1388018085

What Mary Beard is up to:

https://www.theguardian.com/media/2018/aug/23/mary-beard-returns-to-tv-with-exploration-of-nakedness
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/tv/2018/08/24/mary-beard-present-new-show-history-nudity/

What Jesse Weiner (et al) is up to:

https://www.hamilton.edu/news/story/professor-classics-jesse-weiner-co-edits-frankenstein-and-its-classics

Interview with Peter Bogucki about his *Barbarians* book:

https://www.princeton.edu/news/2018/08/23/barbarians-book-connects-ancient-clues-give-voice-silent-cultures

The Elgin/Parthenon Marbles issue is heating up again:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/greece-uk-elgin-marbles-british-museum-parthenon-acropolis-athens-a8500726.html
http://www.ekathimerini.com/231869/article/ekathimerini/life/minister-calls-for-intensification-of-talks-on-return-of-parthenon-marbles
https://greekcitytimes.com/2018/08/21/greece-requests-for-return-of-parthenon-marbles-talks-to-resume/
https://greece.greekreporter.com/2018/08/21/greece-calls-for-new-talks-on-return-of-parthenon-marbles/

A number of things of interest (mostly Minoan) went up at Smarthistory this week:

https://smarthistory.org/ancient-mediterranean/

Daisy Dunn on Catullus 64:

https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/when-a-love-poet-writes-an-epic-catulluss-poem-64/

Feature on the eruption of Vesuvius:

https://www.ibtimes.com/vesuvius-day-first-recorded-volcanic-eruption-history-2711279

Feature on Boadicea:

https://www.anglotopia.net/british-history/great-britons-boadicea/

Feature on Roman construction (Pula arena, specifically):

https://www.total-croatia-news.com/lifestyle/30549-mysteries-of-roman-construction-how-is-pula-arena-still-standing

Interesting painting find with links to Ben Hur:

http://www.theledger.com/news/20180819/chariot-race-mystery-painting-discovered-at-fsc-has-links-to-ben-hur

Review of Barker, *The Silence of the Girls*:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/aug/22/silence-of-the-girls-pat-barker-book-review-iliad

Review of Higgins, *Red Thread*:

https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/books/unravelling-ariadne-s-ball-of-red-thread-1.3598531

More on that gilded horse head from Germany:

http://www.laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=2463548&CategoryId=13003
https://www.newstimes.com/news/media/Gilded-Horse-Head-Suggests-Ancient-Romans-Had-1323115.php
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sculpted-horse-head-complicates-legendary-roman-conquest-german-barbarians-180970077/

More on rain and the fall of assorted emperors:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/how-rain-brought-down-roman-emperors-dk5xmqp6n
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http://bmcr.brynmawr.edu/recent.html

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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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A previously-unrecorded collection of artifacts from near Waterford might hint at one of Ireland’s oldest settlements:

https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/heritage/artefacts-found-in-waterford-could-reveal-10-000-years-old-settlement-1.3603628

A Class I Pictish stone find from a river near Aberdeen:

https://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/fisherman-finds-stunning-pictish-stone-in-river-1-4788591
https://www.eveningexpress.co.uk/fp/news/local/river-drought-reveals-ancient-pictish-stone/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6916-180823-scotland-pictish-stone

A possible 7th century monastery site at St Abb’s Head:

https://www.teesdalemercury.co.uk/features/town-archaeologists-go-on-the-hunt-for-lost-monastery

Latest from the excavations of the Viking fortress at Borgring:

http://sciencenordic.com/danish-viking-fortresses-were-designed-fend-other-vikings

What they’re learning from the Osknes Viking boat burial:

https://phys.org/news/2018-08-csi-tromsowhere-forensics-vikings.html

Finds from various periods on St Thomas Island (Bulgaria):

https://sofiaglobe.com/2018/08/20/archaeology-remnants-of-ancient-fortress-found-underwater-off-bulgarias-st-thomas-island/
http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2018/08/23/archaeologists-find-thracian-byzantine-settlements-medieval-monastery-on-bulgarias-st-thomas-island-in-black-sea/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6921-180824-bulgaria-black-sea-island

What they’ve learned from a development site in Bristol:

https://www.bristolpost.co.uk/news/business/amazing-historic-world-unearthed-building-1934480

Latest UK ‘drought reveal’ is an 18th century forest path:

http://www.dunmowbroadcast.co.uk/news/visitors-at-hatfield-forest-have-the-chance-to-see-a-newly-discovered-ancient-path-1-5662568
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6913-180822-england-drought-path

Low water levels have revealed a number of 17th century ‘hunger stones’ in the Elbe:

https://phys.org/news/2018-08-drought-reveals-ancient-hunger-stones.html
https://www.npr.org/2018/08/24/641331544/drought-in-central-europe-reveals-cautionary-hunger-stones-in-czech-river
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hunger-stones-emerge-drought-parched-czech-river-180970130/

Feature on the Halstatt mines (and the finds, of course):

https://phys.org/news/2018-08-salt-alps-ancient-austrian-bronze.html
https://www.france24.com/en/20180824-salt-alps-ancient-austrian-mine-holds-bronze-age-secrets
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http://archaeology-in-europe.blogspot.com/

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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A 30 000 years bp frozen-preserved foal from Siberia:

https://siberiantimes.com/other/others/news/perfectly-preserved-ancient-foal-is-shown-to-the-world-for-the-first-time/
https://www.livescience.com/63431-preserved-foal.html
https://phys.org/news/2018-08-scientists-perfectly-ancient-foal-siberia.html
https://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/foal-permafrost-1.4797543
https://gizmodo.com/we-ve-got-the-meat-scientists-unearth-final-ingredient-1828587496?rev=1535145273625

Coverage of the finds (including a Neolithic step pyramid) from Shimao:

https://www.livescience.com/63406-massive-shimao-pyramid-unearthed-china.html
https://www.newsweek.com/ancient-china-lost-city-pyramid-and-human-sacrifices-rewriting-history-1090117
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6918-180823-china-step-pyramid

Remains of Cham towers from Phong Le (Viet Nam):

http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/art-entertainment/207349/vestige-of-cham-towers-unveiled-in-da-nang.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6917-180823-vietnam-cham-towers

A 9th century inscription of a Pallava king from Porkunam:

https://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-tamilnadu/stone-inscription-on-pallava-king-found/article24783148.ece

A dig at the site of a new subway station in Melbourne has uncovered a pile of artifacts, including 1000+ teeth (!):

https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/no-hidden-treasure-but-1000-teeth-found-at-swanston-street-dig-site-20180821-p4zyw3.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeological-dig-australian-metro-station-unearths-1000-human-teeth-180970100/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6911-180821-australia-melbourne-teeth

Pondering how to get missing temple idols back in India:

https://www.deccanchronicle.com/nation/current-affairs/260818/in-an-idol-world.html

Related:

https://bangaloremirror.indiatimes.com/opinion/sunday-read/my-life-as-an-idol-hunter/articleshow/65546596.cms
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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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Feature on the dig at Etzanoa (Kansas):

http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-kansas-lost-city-20180819-htmlstory.html#
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/lost-native-american-city-of-etzanoa-opens-its-gates-to-tourists-pfrg87zcm
http://www.fox19.com/story/38926602/in-rural-kansas-the-lost-city-of-etzanoa-comes-to-light
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/archaeologists-discover-the-site-of-a-massive-longlost-city-in-the-us/

Feature on Fort Ticonderoga:

https://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/picture-gallery/news/2018/08/18/photos-the-storied-history-of-fort-ticonderoga/37530071/
https://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/story/news/2018/08/20/history-space-legacy-fort-ticonderoga/37529999/

Poking around Egg Mountain (Vermont):

http://digital.vpr.net/post/high-school-students-help-uncover-18th-century-mystery-egg-mountain

Latest Clovis point find in someone’s yard:

http://www.courier-tribune.com/entertainmentlife/20180819/caswell-collector-finds-holy-grail-of-arrowheads-in-front-yard

Latest on the search for the Endeavour:

https://www.heraldsun.com.au/kids-news/captain-cooks-endeavour-mystery-close-to-being-solved-250-years-after-it-sailed-to-australia/news-story/0762b55dd59ecaae8377fffbef17faf5

I think we mentioned this study suggesting Canadian Arctic peoples’ spun yarn predated European contact:

https://phys.org/news/2018-08-indigenous-canadian-arctic-people-textiles.html

The controversy over John A Macdonald is spreading:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-45275651

Concerns for 18th century burials on Cape Breton:

http://thechronicleherald.ca/capebreton/1593221-students-spend-summer-digging-up-preserving-300-year-old-human-remains-at-cape-br
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6912-180821-canada-fortress-of-louisbourg

Oil and gas concerns for sites in Pennsylvania:

https://www.npr.org/2018/08/19/639997873/oil-and-gas-drilling-could-endanger-u-s-archaeological-sites
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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I think we mentioned these Ramada culture burial pits from Peru:

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

“Robots” helped find some new passageways and burials at Chavin de Huantar:

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-peru-archaeology/robots-help-find-new-tunnels-at-ancient-temple-in-perus-andes-idUSKCN1L621S
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2018/08/robots-help-find-new-underground.html#S1MRBRGsrKJO3XKU.97
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6914-180822-peru-chavin-de-huantar-temple

A mask of Pakal the Great (maybe) from Palenque:

https://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/palenque-mask-believed-to-represent-7th-century-mayan-ruler/
https://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Mexico-Archaeologists-Discover-Ancient-Mask-of-Mayan-Ruler–20180825-0017.html

Something about carbon reservoirs and the collapse of the Maya:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/08/180820113055.htm
https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/08/carbon-impact-of-ancient-maya-farming-may-still-be-felt/

… and something about ‘low density urbanism’ at Maya sites:

https://phys.org/news/2018-08-scale-maya-civilizations-strange.html

More on those 3800 years bp wall reliefs from Caral:

https://gizmodo.com/these-3-800-year-old-peruvian-carvings-look-like-modern-1828460770
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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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Pre Islamic poetry is gaining in popularity:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20180820-the-6th-century-poems-making-a-comeback

On old books as travel guides:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20180819-the-travel-guides-that-charted-our-world

Feature on Mayan blue:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20180816-the-rare-blue-the-mayans-invented

Why Czechs don’t speak German:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20180820-why-czechs-dont-speak-german

On ‘quietism’:

https://www.bbc.com/ideas/videos/what-is-quietism-and-why-we-all-need-a-bit-of-it/

On St Patrick’s origins:

https://www.irishcentral.com/roots/history/saint-patrick-born-scotland

On pink throughout history:

https://f5.folha.uol.com.br/voceviu/2018/08/a-curiosa-trajetoria-da-cor-rosa-ao-longo-da-historia.shtml

Review of de Courcy, *The Husband Hunters*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/21/books/review/husband-hunters-anne-de-courcy.html

Review of Hurston, *Barracoon*:

https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/public/barracoon-review-zora-neale-hurston/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Humphrey Llwyd:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-45241579

Yup’ik artifacts:

https://www.adn.com/alaska-news/rural-alaska/2018/08/19/new-cultural-center-unveils-thousands-of-yupik-artifacts-rescued-in-race-against-climate-change/

Advancing Women Artists:

https://verne.elpais.com/verne/2018/08/20/articulo/1534767978_990703.html

More on the 3d models the Uffizi has put online:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/3d-scans-put-sculptures-at-our-fingertips-5tvn72ghx

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THE TECHY SIDE
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Hopes that muon imagery can help save the dome of the Cathedral of St Mary of the Flower:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/08/cosmic-rays-could-help-unlock-the-secrets-of-brunelleschis-dome/

On the use of ‘smart’ nanotech to preserve shipwrecks (like the Mary Rose):

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-08/acs-bsw071718.php
https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/08/how-magnetic-nanoparticles-will-help-preserve-a-500-year-old-shipwreck/

Not sure if we’ve had this facial reconstruction of ‘Eve’ from Quintana Roo:

https://www.mirror.co.uk/science/scientists-reconstruct-face-woman-whose-13109728

More on the fiddling with the dating of Thera:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/new-carbon-dating-tool-could-determine-if-ancient-eruption-tied-to-exodus/

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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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Thessaloniki:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/23/travel/what-to-do-in-thessaloniki.html

Malana:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20180821-malana-a-himalayan-village-shrouded-in-myth

Amsterdam finds it has to limit tourism:

http://www.spiegel.de/international/amsterdam-tries-to-limit-impact-of-tourism-a-1223505.html

Dubrovnik is overrun with Game of Thrones fans:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/19/world/europe/dubrovnik-croatia-game-of-thrones.html
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PERFORMANCES
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The Happytime Murders:

https://www.npr.org/2018/08/24/641378152/a-new-addition-to-the-long-tradition-of-puppets-behaving-badly
https://www.npr.org/2018/08/23/641241537/raunchy-but-thin-the-happytime-murders-isn-t-deeply-felt
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CRIME BEAT
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Looters hit a site in Unalaska:

http://www.thedutchharborfisherman.com/article/1834archaeological_dig_looted_in_unalaska

A coin bust in Egypt:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/56285/Tourism-and-Antiquities-Police-recover-83-ancient-coins

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 12th century Buddha will be returned to Nalanda Museum:

https://www.hindustantimes.com/patna/missing-12th-century-buddha-idol-to-be-soon-returned-to-nalanda-museum/story-PxwCcBoBd4Y9tJk8M4XpTL.html

Switzerland is returning a St George icon to Cyprus:

http://www.financialmirror.com/news-details.php?nid=35769

More on Easter Island wanting their Moai back from the British Museum:

https://www.latercera.com/nacional/noticia/gobierno-concreta-primer-paso-recuperar-moai-del-museo-britanico/289854/
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NUMISMATICA
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Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/club_nbs_esylum_v21n33.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/club_nbs_esylum_v21n34.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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Alex Storm:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/23/obituaries/alex-storm-dead.html

Peter van Geersdaele:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/obituaries/2018/08/24/peter-van-geersdaele-made-plaster-cast-sutton-hoo-ship-obituary/

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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/2773-audio-news-from-archaeologica-12-august-18-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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