Explorator 21.20 ~ September 9, 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,
Mata Kimasitayo, Richard Miller, Jan Bailey, Richard C. Griffiths, and
Ross W. Sargent for headses upses this week (as always hoping I have left no one out).

n.b. … we seem to have had another incident of multiple copies being sent;
as far as I was able to figure out, it might have been a yahoo issue or a comcast
issue (or combination of both); possibly a hiccuping server along the way too.

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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On homo sapiens’ early adaptation to the rain forest environment in South Asia:

https://phys.org/news/2018-09-secrets-early-human-ancestors-african.html

Some humour from the Onion:

https://www.theonion.com/evolution-definitively-proven-as-scientists-capture-fir-1828752402
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AFRICA
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More on nomadic herders’ legacy in Africa:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-wildlife-hot-spots-in-kenya-arose-where-prehistoric-nomads-camped-1.6435626
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Remains of a Neolithic village at Tell el-Samara:

https://phys.org/news/2018-09-secrets-early-human-ancestors-african.html
https://www.egyptindependent.com/oldest-neolithic-village-in-egypts-nile-delta-uncovered/
https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/09/03/rare-neolithic-era-village-discovered-in-dakahlia/
https://egyptianstreets.com/2018/09/03/older-than-pharaohs-archaeologists-unearth-5000-year-old-village/
https://www.livescience.com/63509-ancient-egyptian-village-predates-pharaohs.html
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-egypt-archaeology-discovery/archeologists-find-neolithic-remains-in-nile-delta-idUSKCN1LI0OZ
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/ancient-egyptian-village-found-nile-delta-predated-pharaohs-archaeologists-say-n905806
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/egypt-ancient-village-nile-delta-neolithic-era-pharaoh-tel-al-samara-a8519901.html
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-09/03/c_137439525.htm
https://www.news.com.au/world/breaking-news/neolithic-remains-found-in-nile-delta/news-story/d640a41dc8f40d6fb84b1ebe5406fa0f
http://www.euronews.com/2018/09/02/ancient-egyptian-village-found-nile-delta-predated-pharaohs-archaeologists-say-n905806
https://www.newsweek.com/ancient-egypt-archaeologists-unearth-neolithic-village-two-thousand-years-1101767
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6942-180904-egypt-neolithic-farming

A ‘rocky’ necropolis find at Lisht (we may have mentioned this one; dating still isn’t clear):

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/57159/Rocky-cemetery-uncovered-in-Lisht-area-Giza
https://www.egyptindependent.com/pharaonic-cemetery-found-near-of-senusert-i-pyramid/
http://www.ibtimes.sg/egypt-archaeology-stone-cemetery-discovered-near-pyramid-king-senusert-i-27291
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-09/05/c_137447506.htm
https://www.albawaba.com/editorchoice/egyptian-diggers-discover-new-pharaonic-cemetery-1182568
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6947-180905-egypt-lisht-tombs

The big news this week (of course) was the fire at the Museum in Brazil; Egypt was concerned for Egyptian artifacts there:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/310814/Egypt/Politics-/Egypt-expresses-great-sorrow-for-loss-to-world-her.aspx
http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/57068/Antiquities-Ministry-seeks-truth-on-status-of-Egyptian-artifacts-at
https://egyptianstreets.com/2018/09/03/hundreds-of-ancient-egyptian-antiquities-feared-destroyed-in-brazil-museum-fire/
https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20180904-egypt-seeks-detailed-report-on-artifacts-at-brazils-burnt-museum/
https://www.albawaba.com/editorchoice/700-egyptian-artifacts-face-uncertain-fate-after-brazil-museum-went-flames-1181324
https://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/article217918915.html
https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/09/05/egypt-concerned-over-damaged-brazil-museum-monuments-due-to-fire-offers-assistance/

… and eventually we heard some specifics:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/311017/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/UPDATED-piece-Egyptian-collection-at-Brazils-Natio.aspx
http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/57213/Preliminary-report-700-Egyptian-artifacts-destroyed-in-Brazil-museum-fire
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-09/07/c_137450404.htm

[more on the fire in the Classics section and the Museum section]

Egypt has opened a 6th dynasty tomb to tourists:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/1/57305/Egypt-opens-tomb-dating-back-to-6th-dynasty-for-tourists
http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/311129/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Egypt-inaugurates-tomb-of-sixth-dynasty-Vizier-Meh.aspx
https://egyptianstreets.com/2018/09/09/egypt-opens-old-kingdom-tomb-to-public-for-the-first-time/

Remains of a 2500 years bp Persian palace in Turkey:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2018/09/07/2500-year-old-persian-palace-found-at-turkeys-oluz-mound

A pile of Hellenistic seal impressions from Maresha:

http://huc.edu/news/2018/09/04/hundreds-hellenistic-period-seal-impressions-discovered-maresha-israel
https://www.timesofisrael.com/1020-untouched-clay-sealings-discovered-after-two-millennia-in-hidden-cave/

There’s been some underwater surveying going on off the coast of Israel in anticipation of the Leviathan pipeline project:

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-archaeology-israel-natgas/under-the-sea-antiquities-make-way-for-israels-leviathan-pipeline-idUSKCN1LM1IR
http://www.israelhayom.com/2018/09/07/underwater-antiquities-make-way-for-israels-leviathan-pipeline/
https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/israeli-archaeologists-protect-an-ancient-ports-treasures-from-pipeline-construction

Remains of a 1000 years bp mosque near Al Ain (UAE):

https://www.thenational.ae/uae/heritage/archaeologists-uncover-uae-s-earliest-mosque-at-al-ain-site-1.768052
https://www.khaleejtimes.com/news/general/photos-1000-year-old-mosque-discovered-in-uae
https://gulfnews.com/news/uae/government/uae-s-earliest-mosque-found-in-al-ain-1.2275856
http://www.gulftoday.ae/portal/96be62c1-1689-4ff6-a22f-1fa8547d133a.aspx

Feature on the pomegranate in the ANE:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-before-judaism-the-8-000-year-old-history-of-pomegranate-reverence-1.6461970

Feature on Babylonian beer:

https://cosmosmagazine.com/archaeology/new-findings-confirm-that-bronze-age-babylonians-really-loved-beer
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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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A farmer found a pair of Minoan burials on Crete (I think we mentioned this one):

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/greek-farmer-stumbles-3400-year-old-tomb-hidden-below-his-olive-grove-180970197/
https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2018/08/24/spectacular-skeletons-unearthed-from-bronze-age-chamber-tomb-on-crete/#67cca39d547c

An just to confuse the issue, another pair of Minoan burials were found in Siteia (also Crete):

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2018/09/02/archaeological-excavation-uncovers-two-grave-sites-from-the-middle-minoan-in-ne-crete/
http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/32419-two-rich-burials-discovered-in-excavations-at-petras-cemetery-on-crete-island.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6948-180906-crete-petras-burials

Not sure if we’ve mentioned this Minoan palace from Zorinthos:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2018/09/07/more-details-of-minoan-palace-found-in-crete-come-to-light/

Results of this year’s dig on Kythnos:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2018/09/04/greeces-new-archaeological-discovery-the-ancient-city-of-kythnos-photos/
https://www.argophilia.com/news/archaeologists-make-stunning-new-discoveries-on-kythnos/220935/
https://greekcitytimes.com/2018/09/05/stunning-new-archaeological-discovery-made-on-kythnos-island/

Interesting Roman statue head from Pleven:

https://www.novinite.com/articles/191938/Unique+Find%3A+Roman+Statue+Head+Found+at+Excavations+near+Pleven
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6941-180904-bulgaria-roman-head

A Roman mosaic from ancient Aventicum (Switzerland):

https://www.thelocal.ch/20180906/richly-decorated-roman-mosaic-uncovered-during-swiss-building-works

We’re just beginning to get word in English of this coin hoard find in the theatre of Como:

https://www.france24.com/en/20180908-roman-gold-coins-discovered-italian-theatre

A gladiator relief from Nicopolis ad Istrum:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2018/09/06/ancient-relief-with-gladiator-fight-discovered-in-roman-city-of-nicopolis-ad-istrum-near-bulgarias-veliko-tarnovo/

An interesting ‘bird basin’ from the Netherlands:

https://www.dutchnews.nl/news/2018/09/bird-basin-is-unique-find-could-change-ideas-about-romans-in-nl/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6944-180904-netherlands-roman-basin

Somewhat shocking account of the fate of a Roman fountain in Colchester:

http://www.gazette-news.co.uk/news/16690454.council-admits-disposing-of-roman-relic-12-years-on/
https://inews.co.uk/news/ancient-roman-ruin-left-to-disintegrate-by-council-who-left-it-outside/
https://www.localgov.co.uk/Council-disposed-of-ancient-Roman-artefact/45973

A set of frescoes from Pompeii were victims of the fire at the Brazil Museum:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-09-03/brazil-museum-fire-destroys-collection/10195034
https://nationalpost.com/news/world/they-survived-pompeiis-explosion-but-these-historical-treasures-are-now-feared-lost-in-rios-flames

A data base for studying Isis worship on the Iberian peninsula:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/09/180904114759.htm

We’ve heard about this Roman basilica in an Iznik lake … there might be a pagan temple beneath:

https://www.livescience.com/63498-ancient-church-hidden-in-turkey-lake.html
https://www.livescience.com/63496-ancient-basilica-turkey-photos.html
https://www.iflscience.com/environment/a-giant-artifact-from-the-ancient-world-has-been-lurking-in-this-lake-for-centuries/

Interesting study of a Roman watermill:

http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/09/ancient-roman-watermill-hides-clues-workers-took-few-months

A nice intro to Pompeii:

https://smarthistory.org/pompeii-an-introduction/

On invective in Roman politics:

https://www.livescience.com/63473-insults-politics-ancient-rome.html

On Roman soldiers’ ‘energy’ drink:

https://qz.com/quartzy/1372506/posca/

On the labyrinth not really ever existing:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/minotaur-s-labyrinth-was-always-just-a-myth-says-scholar-7rc6bgl02

On the Elgin/Parthenon marbles being ‘fake’ (I’ll be blogging on this one next week):

https://greekcitytimes.com/2018/09/06/british-art-historian-calls-stolen-parthenon-sculptures-fake/
https://eu.greekreporter.com/2018/09/06/british-historian-claims-elgin-marbles-are-fakes/

On Brexit and the Elgin/Parthenon marbles:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/long_reads/elgin-marbles-parthenon-sculptures-ancient-greece-british-museum-brexit-a8520406.html

Interview with Mary Beard:

http://time.com/5385434/mary-beard-interview-civilisations/

Applying network analysis in a hamfisted sort of way to the Odyssey:

http://theconversation.com/how-we-showed-homers-odyssey-is-not-pure-fiction-with-a-little-help-from-facebook-102302

cf: https://www.forbes.com/sites/matthewgabriele/2018/09/05/facebook-homers-odyssey/

Teaching ancient art in the #metoo era:

https://hyperallergic.com/456269/how-to-teach-ancient-art-in-the-age-of-metoo/

On how Eratosthenes figured out the world was round:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2018/09/05/how-the-greeks-knew-that-the-earth-was-round-2500-years-ago/

On some influential Roman women:

https://www.historyextra.com/period/roman/leading-women-ancient-rome-livia-octavia-agrippina-messalina/

Review of *The Silence of the Girls*:

https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/books/book-reviews/feminist-retelling-of-homers-classic-breaks-the-silence-of-troys-women-37268629.html
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-45368271
https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/books/revisiting-the-iliad-from-the-womens-perspective/2018/09/06/3e4365b8-aafd-11e8-a8d7-0f63ab8b1370_story.html

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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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A Paleolithic mammoth kill site from Austria:

https://metro.co.uk/2018/09/07/grisly-ancient-stone-age-woolly-mammoth-kill-site-discovered-7922563/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6954-180907-austria-mammoth-tusk

Evidence of 7200 years bp cheese from a pot from Croatia:

https://phys.org/news/2018-09-earliest-mediterranean-cheese-production-revealed.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-09/p-emc082818.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/09/180905142048.htm
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-45408848
https://www.livescience.com/63500-ancient-cheese-mediterranean.html
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/09/06/scientists-find-evidence-7000-year-old-cheese-neolithic-villages/
https://www.zmescience.com/science/archaeology/early-mediterranean-cheese-05092018/
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2018/09/news-7200-year-old-cheese-ancient-food-chemistry/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/traces-7200-year-old-cheese-found-croatia-180970224/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6946-180905-croatia-neolithic-cheese

Feature/update on the Bronze Age Varhegy site:

https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20904013/archaeological-site-reveals-life-in-the-bronze-age.html

A 14th century coin hoard from the Kaliakra Fortress:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2018/09/03/decline-of-bulgarian-byzantine-empires-before-ottoman-conquest-revealed-by-tatar-plunder-treasure-pot-from-black-sea-fortress-kaliakra/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6953-180907-bulgaria-coin-hoard

A detectorist find from 2016 has been declared treasure:

https://www.devonlive.com/news/detectorist-discovers-treasure-east-devon-1967853

Drought conditions have also revealed sites in Denmark:

http://cphpost.dk/news/warm-summer-helping-the-flying-archaeologists-to-identify-ancient-settlements.html

… and we’re still hearing from the UK on that score:

https://www.shropshirestar.com/news/local-hubs/bridgnorth/much-wenlock/2018/09/04/how-shropshires-hidden-history-has-been-uncovered-by-the-long-hot-summer/

Not sure if we mentioned this medieval board game find from a Russian castle:

https://www.newsweek.com/medieval-russia-ancient-board-game-discovered-secret-castle-chamber-1108818

Access to a 2400 years bp site in Jumilla has been improved:

https://murciatoday.com/improved-access-to-2400_year_old-archaeological-site-in-jumilla_634843-a.html

Plans to restore a gothic cellar site in Paris:

https://fr.aleteia.org/2018/09/06/a-paris-le-cellier-gothique-des-abbes-dourscamp-va-etre-restaure/

A WWI training trench from Spike Island:

https://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/ireland/spike-island-dig-uncovers-first-world-war-training-trench-867272.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6952-180907-ireland-training-trench

Remembering the sinking of the Princess Alice:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-london-44800309

Feature on Colonel Blood:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/podcasts/retropod/colonel-blood-the-scoundrel-who-tried-to-steal-great-britains-crown-jewels-1/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/retropolis/wp/2018/08/01/swedens-crown-jewel-heist-isnt-historys-craziest-ask-the-brits-about-colonel-blood/

Reviewish piece on Peter Bogucki, *Barbarians*:

https://phys.org/news/2018-09-ancient-clues-voice-silent-cultures.html

More on Sicilian amber in Europe:

https://phys.org/news/2018-08-sicilian-amber-western-europe-pre-dates.html
https://cosmosmagazine.com/archaeology/prehistoric-sicily-was-an-early-source-of-amber

What Anglo Saxon teeth reveal about modern health:

https://phys.org/news/2018-09-anglo-saxon-teeth-modern-health.html

More on hidden tunnels at Culzean Castle:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hidden-medieval-door-leading-smugglers-caves-discovered-underneath-scottish-castle-180970172/

More on ‘hunger stones’ appearing as water levels decrease:

http://mentalfloss.com/article/555669/hunger-stones-bearing-ominous-messages-have-resurfaced-drought-stricken-europe

More on Shakespearean theatres reopening:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/remains-one-first-theaters-perform-shakespeares-plays-will-open-public-after-400-years-180970188/
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http://archaeology-in-europe.blogspot.com/

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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I think we mentioned this Ming Dynasty grotto from Shaanxi:

https://news.cgtn.com/news/3d3d674d3249544f79457a6333566d54/share.html

French and Afghan archaeologists are working at Ghonghola:

https://menafn.com/1097377990/Afghan-French-archeologists-doing-research-on-Ghoghola

Feature on Nur Jahan:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-45319055

Replicating a Maori sail:

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/northern-advocate/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503450&objectid=12120904

On Maori oral traditions about moas:

https://theconversation.com/dead-as-the-moa-oral-traditions-show-that-early-maori-recognised-extinction-101738
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/oral-history-suggests-maori-proverbs-bird-extinction-mirrored-fears-indigenous-groups-own-decline-180970225/

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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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I think we mentioned this bone arrowhead find from the Yukon:

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/arrowhead-demster-highway-archaeologist-yukon-1.4805547
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6943-180904-canada-bone-arrowhead

On the use of turtle shells as musical instruments in the early southeastern US:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-09/fsu-tss090518.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/09/180905115706.htm
https://phys.org/news/2018-09-turtle-shells-musical-instruments-indigenous.html

… while a bunch of stone artifacts from Colorado may have been percussion instruments:

https://www.9news.com/article/news/local/stone-artifacts-could-be-colorados-oldest-percussion-instruments/73-590995639
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6945-180905-colorado-percussion-instrument

Studying 1000 years bp bones from Frio County (Texas):

https://www.kens5.com/article/news/local/txdot-archaeologists-study-thousand-year-old-human-bones/273-592006074
https://www.expressnews.com/news/local/article/Ancient-remains-discovered-in-Frio-County-13213719.php

Bones from a site in Hampton (Va) are 900 years bp:

https://www.wavy.com/news/local-news/hampton/native-american-bones-uncovered-in-hampton-date-back-to-900-ad-archaeologists-say/1426449925
https://www.virginiafirst.com/news/native-american-bones-uncovered-in-hampton-date-back-to-900-ad-archaeologists-say/1427903307

Finds from various periods from a Salem site:

https://www.statesmanjournal.com/story/news/2018/09/07/archaeology-dig-police-facility-site-uncovers-clues-early-salem/1197093002/

Hyping a dig at Nine Mile Canyon (Utah):

http://www.moabsunnews.com/news/article_4841ed9a-b1e8-11e8-9fee-633353c02a14.html

Resuming a dig at an 18th century mansion in Georgetown:

https://thedcline.org/2018/09/06/archaeologist-completes-long-stalled-excavation-at-1787-mansion-in-georgetown/

A cache of Klondike Gold Rush era coins from the Yukon:

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/dawson-city-old-coins-1.4811814
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6949-180906-klondike-gold-rush-coins

I think we mentioned this identification of a Lake Erie shipwreck as the Lake Serpent:

https://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2018/08/underwater_explorers_research.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6940-180831-lake-erie-shipwreck-excavated

Identifying (sort of) an 18th century burial at Louisbourg from three buttons:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2018/09/07/3-strange-buttons-help-archaeologists-identify-18th-century-skeleton-as-foreign-born-soldier/#73a1e48327bf

Studying strands of hair from Franklin expedition members is shedding light on lead poisoning claims:

https://phys.org/news/2018-09-strands-hair-member-franklin-clues.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-09/mu-soh090518.php

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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The Americas’ oldest (probably) human remains were victims of the Brazil Museum fire:

https://www.livescience.com/63489-brazil-museum-fire-luzia.html
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/brazils-museum-fire-destroyed-americas-oldest-human-remains-dating-back-nearly-12000-years/

Evidence of human cultivation on Brazil’s coast some 4800 years bp:

https://phys.org/news/2018-09-coastal-brazil-early-farming.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-09/uoy-csi090318.php

Tauary burial urns from Brazil*:

https://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Ancient-Amazonian-Funeral-Urns-Found-in-Brazil-Archaelogists-20180902-0005.html

Making connections between Copan and El Chorro*:

https://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Copan-Excavations-In-Honduras-Reveal-Royal-Connections-20180903-0017.html

Trying to touristify evidence of slavery in Barbados:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/07/travel/barbados-slavery-history.html
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http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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Latest botched art restoration:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/sep/07/mary-and-jesus-given-garish-robes-in-botched-spanish-restoration
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-45455125

I think we mentioned this discussion of the term ‘Stone Age’:

https://theconversation.com/australian-archaeologists-dropped-the-term-stone-age-decades-ago-and-so-should-you-47275
https://phys.org/news/2018-08-australian-archaeologists-term-stone-age.html

Feature on Labour Day:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/01/us/what-is-labor-day.html

Suggestion that the Mona Lisa had a thyroid issue:

https://www.cnn.com/videos/health/2018/09/07/doctor-mona-lisa-sick-mxp-vpx.hln

Some coverage of the EAA conference in Barcelona:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-09/uob-mt3090518.php

Pondering mmhmm:

https://www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/2018/08/17/606002607/ready-for-a-linguistic-controversy-say-mhmm

Pondering what Jesus looked like:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/in-a-forensic-pilgrimage-a-scholar-asks-what-did-jesus-look-like/

Feature on a collector of Napoleonic items:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/07/arts/design/french-collector-napoleon-paris-biennale.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share

On shoes in fairy tales:

https://theconversation.com/from-tech-to-fetish-shoes-in-fairy-tales-are-a-mark-of-status-93948

… and the recovery of Judy Garland’s slippers:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-45418657

Colourizing WWI photos to try to identify some nurses:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-45418762

Feature on duels:

https://theconversation.com/pistols-at-dawn-why-theres-more-to-duelling-than-whats-seen-on-our-screens-101665

Latest thoughts on Dog Domestication:

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/?p=26946
https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2018/09/dog-ritual-sacrifice-ancient-siberia/569512/

An online plant database of interest:

https://www.npr.org/2018/09/02/641310268/centuries-old-plant-collection-now-online-a-treasure-trove-for-researchers

Pondering volcanoes and Waterloo:

https://www.livescience.com/63494-napoleon-defeat-waterloo-volcano.html

Pondering archaeologists’ treatment of human remains:

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/crux/2018/09/07/when-is-it-ok-for-archaeologists-to-dig-up-the-dead/

Feature on Victorian ‘Magic Lanterns’:

https://www.livescience.com/63508-magic-lantern-victorian-netflix.html

Review of MacGregor, *Living with the Gods*:

https://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/books/living-with-the-gods-on-beliefs-and-peoples-by-neil-macgregor-review-a3929036.html
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Coverage of the Brazil Museum fire:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/02/world/americas/national-museum-brazil-fire.html
https://elpais.com/internacional/2018/09/03/america/1535935296_562657.html
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/sep/03/fire-engulfs-brazil-national-museum-rio
https://www.npr.org/2018/09/03/644284093/in-brazils-national-museum-fire-officials-fear-incalculable-loss-of-artifacts
https://www.dw.com/en/fire-at-brazil-national-museum-engulfs-200-year-old-building/a-45329013
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/inferno-wipes-out-90-of-brazil-museum-s-cultural-treasures-xb32q9jfd
https://www.cnn.com/2018/09/02/americas/brazil-national-museum-fire-intl/index.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/the_americas/firefighters-battle-fire-at-esteemed-rio-de-janeiro-museum/2018/09/02/e7a11394-af12-11e8-8b53-50116768e499_story.html
https://www.sciencealert.com/museum-fire-brazil-museu-nacional-rio-de-janeiro-200-years-history-scientific-collection
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-45392668
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/rio-museum-fire-brazil-national-video-latest-de-janiero-a8520001.html
https://www.stuff.co.nz/world/americas/106780963/firefighters-battle-massive-blaze-at-brazil-museum
https://www.yahoo.com/news/fire-engulfs-national-museum-one-brazils-oldest-031514580.html
https://apnews.com/7810839883784c838189beeec7b377b9
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2018/09/news-museu-nacional-fire-rio-de-janeiro-natural-history/

… and things lost (in general):

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/04/science/brazil-museum-fire.html
https://www.sciencealert.com/here-s-what-we-know-so-far-has-survived-the-museum-fire-in-brazil
https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2018/09/brazil-rio-de-janeiro-museum-fire/569299/
https://phys.org/news/2018-09-national-museum-rio-relics-world.html
https://phys.org/news/2018-09-survived-brazil-museum.html
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-45395774
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/sep/04/brazil-national-museum-fire-collection-destroyed-not-insured
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/sep/03/brazils-national-museum-what-could-be-lost-in-the-fire
https://elpais.com/elpais/2018/09/06/ciencia/1536224039_526308.html
https://elpais.com/internacional/2018/09/03/actualidad/1535989751_418912.html
https://www1.folha.uol.com.br/cotidiano/2018/09/acabou-tudo-diz-museologo-apos-visitar-destruido-museu-nacional-no-rio.shtml
https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-06192-9
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6951-180906-brazil-museum-fire

… and there were concerns before connected to funding cuts:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/04/world/americas/brazil-museum-fire.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/sep/03/brazilians-mourn-museums-priceless-collection-amid-anger-at-funding-cuts
https://www1.folha.uol.com.br/cotidiano/2018/09/em-1844-diretor-do-museu-nacional-ja-se-queixava-de-condicoes-precarias-e-falta-de-recursos.shtml
https://www.ft.com/content/44e65120-af92-11e8-8d14-6f049d06439c

… and at least one strange reaction scene:

https://www.timesunion.com/news/world/article/The-Latest-Brazilians-mourn-museum-destroyed-in-13201270.php

… and plenty of afterthoughts:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-are-latest-updates-brazils-devastating-national-museum-fire-180970232/
https://www.timesunion.com/news/world/article/Firefighters-battle-fire-at-esteemed-Rio-de-13200666.php
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-45404310
https://www.economist.com/leaders/2018/09/08/lessons-from-the-destruction-of-the-national-museum-of-brazil
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/crux/?p=9559
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/deadthings/?p=2863
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/artifacts-destroyed-brazil-devastating-national-museum-fire-180970194/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-are-latest-updates-brazils-devastating-national-museum-fire-180970232/
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/07/opinion/fire-brazil-national-museum.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/03/world/americas/brazil-museum-fire.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share

Animal-shaped vessels:

https://www.thehour.com/entertainment/article/Animal-themed-drinkware-shows-ancients-partied-in-13200009.php
https://www.oaoa.com/people/entertainment/article_13b18ca8-2574-58db-9d6c-ef4dfe56c736.html
https://www.recorder.com/Animal-themed-drinkware-shows-ancients-partied-in-beast-mode-19900266

Ancient Prayer:

https://m.jpost.com/Israel-News/13th-century-prayerbook-goes-on-display-for-first-time-in-30-years-566337

Tut:

https://egyptianstreets.com/2018/09/06/king-tutankhamun-exhibition-will-move-from-los-angeles-to-paris/

Vikings:

http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/the-vikings-are-coming-star-finds-to-go-on-show-in-norwich-castle-museum-s-new-exhibition-1-5684471

Tortoiseshell art:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/07/arts/gallery-tortoiseshell-art-naples.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share

Fontana and Anguissola:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/madrids-prado-museum-will-spotlight-pioneering-duo-female-renaissance-artists-180970214/

The Louvre Abu Dhabi is delaying the reveal of the Salvator Mundi:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-45403862
https://www.timesunion.com/news/world/article/Abu-Dhabi-delays-exhibition-of-da-Vinci-s-13200907.php

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AT THE AUCTIONS
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More on the auction of those Titanic items:

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-08-31/bankrupt-titanic-exhibitor-sets-biggest-sale-ever-of-ship-relics
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THE TECHY SIDE
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Identifying the bones used to make tools:

https://phys.org/news/2018-09-technology-animal-bones-ancient-tools.html

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Interesting DNA study of some Alemannic burials found in the 1960s:

https://phys.org/news/2018-09-dna-early-medieval-alemannic-warriors.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/09/180905184821.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-09/er-doe090418.php
https://www.livescience.com/63506-germanic-warrior-genetics.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/did-ancient-germanic-warriors-adopt-hostage-children-180970230/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6950-180906-germanic-warrior-dna

Studying Ashkenazic DNA:

https://phys.org/news/2018-09-ashkenazic-jews-mysterious-unravelled-scientists.html

Anxiously awaiting results of a study of DNA from some Harappan remains:

https://www.thebetterindia.com/158200/rakhigarhi-haryana-harappan-civilisation-indo-aryan-theory/

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Diocletianopolis:

https://www.euscoop.com/en/article/diocletianopolis-ancient-roman-town-hisarya-bulgaria

Jerash:

https://www.thenational.ae/lifestyle/imperial-jerash-where-history-seeps-from-the-ancient-stones-1.767336

Shanghai:

https://www.shine.cn/feature/art-culture/1809091812/

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PERFORMANCES
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On how the Rhineland influenced Beethoven’s music:

https://www.dw.com/en/beethoven-made-in-the-rhineland/a-45380625

… in a similar veign:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/07/arts/music/anton-reicha-ivan-ilic-beethoven.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share

Gospel at Colonus:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/07/theater/gospel-at-colonus-review-delacorte.html

Peterloo (movie):

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20180906-film-review-peterloo-is-a-massacre-that-speaks-to-today

Rush:

https://www.npr.org/643764214

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CRIME BEAT
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A major/important bust in Greece:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2018/09/06/man-arrested-trying-to-sell-stolen-ancient-greek-statue/
http://www.startribune.com/greek-police-recover-aphrodite-stolen-from-island-museum/492493481/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/museums/greek-police-recover-aphrodite-stolen-from-island-museum/2018/09/05/6cb34e42-b10e-11e8-8b53-50116768e499_story.html

The FBI wants some help finding items stolen by ISIS, apparently:

https://aleteia.org/2018/09/05/fbi-asking-for-help-in-locating-cultural-artifacts-stolen-by-isis/

Pondering the implications of Operation Demetra:

https://hyperallergic.com/456942/europol-seizure-of-looted-antiquities/

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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Recovery of a couple statues from India stolen in the 1980s:

https://www.timesnownews.com/india/article/stolen-in-1980s-two-statues-belonging-to-12th-century-priced-at-a-whopping-rs-35962500-returned-to-india/281150
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/07/arts/music/anton-reicha-ivan-ilic-beethoven.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share

Germany returned some Sican masks to Peru:

https://www.dw.com/en/germany-returns-ancient-gold-funeral-mask-to-peru/a-45390968
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NUMISMATICA
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Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/club_nbs_esylum_v21n35.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/club_nbs_esylum_v21n36.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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Melitta Bentz:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/05/obituaries/melitta-bentz-overlooked.html

Randy Weston:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/01/obituaries/randy-weston-dead.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share

Jan Ellen Lewis:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/05/obituaries/jan-ellen-lewis-expert-on-jeffersons-other-family-dies-at-69.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share

Henry Forrester Cleere:

http://whc.unesco.org/en/news/1876

MJ Long:

https://www.architectsjournal.co.uk/news/inspirational-british-library-architect-mj-long-dies-aged-79/10034833.article
https://www.bdonline.co.uk/news/mj-long-1939-2018/5095403.article

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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/2775-audio-news-from-archaeologica-26-august-1-september-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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