Explorator 21.21 ~ September 16, 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,
Don Buck, 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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Remember that 70 000 years bp ‘hashtag’ from Blombos Cave? It’s now being touted as the oldest drawing made by humans:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-09/c-dot091018.php
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-09/uotw-mgd091118.php
https://phys.org/news/2018-09-piece-silcrete-blombos-cave-predates.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/09/180912133531.htm
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/12/science/oldest-drawing-ever-found.html
https://www.livescience.com/63565-worlds-oldest-drawing.html
http://sciencenordic.com/archaeologists-find-world%E2%80%99s-oldest-drawing
https://www.wsj.com/articles/is-this-the-worlds-oldest-hashtag-1536771601
https://www.washingtonpost.com/science/2018/09/12/archaeologists-just-found-oldest-drawing-its-year-old-hashtag/
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-45501205
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/oldest-drawing-ever-south-africa-blombos-cave-art-hashtag-rock-ochre-a8534696.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/sep/12/earliest-known-drawing-found-on-rock-in-south-african-cave
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/09/12/first-ever-drawing-man-hashtag-shows-early-humans-capable-abstract/
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/MAGAZINE-73-000-year-old-abstract-art-found-in-south-africa-s-blombos-cave-1.6468244
https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/science/2018/09/12/earliest-drawing-human-history-discovered-africa/1279611002/
http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-earliest-human-drawing-20180914-story.html
https://www.timesofisrael.com/ancient-crisscrossed-lines-called-worlds-oldest-drawing
https://globalnews.ca/news/4444358/worlds-oldest-drawing-south-africa/
https://www.dw.com/en/oldest-known-drawing-a-hashtag-found-in-south-africa/a-45469721
https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/09/the-oldest-drawing-in-the-world-was-done-with-an-ocher-crayon/
http://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-06657-x
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/?p=27003
https://www.npr.org/2018/09/12/647178335/researchers-discover-ancient-hashtag
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/south-african-cave-stone-may-bear-worlds-oldest-drawing
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2018/09/news-ancient-humans-art-hashtag-ochre-south-africa-archaeology/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6962-180912-blombos-cave-ochre

A 70 000 years bp site in Armenia:

https://armenpress.am/eng/news/947296/

Otzi’s tattoos are getting attention again:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-otzi-icemans-tattoos-reveal-about-copper-age-medical-practices-180970244/
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AFRICA
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Humans arrived on Madagascar earlier than previously thought and did bad things to megafauna:

https://phys.org/news/2018-09-ancient-bird-bones-redate-human.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-09/zsol-abb091218.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/09/180912144434.htm
https://www.livescience.com/63568-humans-killed-elephant-birds-madagascar.html
https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-45495400
http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/09/new-find-clears-madagascars-first-settlers-wiping-out-worlds-largest-bird
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6967-180913-madagascar-elephant-birds
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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All the Egyptian artifacts at the Brazil Museum were destroyed, alas:

https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/09/09/all-700-egyptian-relics-in-brazils-national-museum-destroyed-antiquities-ministry/

More on the 800 Middle Kingdom burials from that necropolis at Lisht:

https://www.newsweek.com/ancient-egypt-800-tombs-discovered-massive-grave-site-lurking-between-two-1119616
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/archaeologists-unearth-more-than-800-tombs-at-ancient-egyptian-city-of-the-dead/
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2018/09/news-800-egyptian-tombs-lisht-middle-kingdom-parcak-archaeology/

More on the tomb of Mehu opening to the public:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/ancient-egyptian-tomb-to-open-for-tourists-78-years-after-discovery/
https://www.albawaba.com/editorchoice/egypt-opens-4000-year-old-tomb-giza-public-its-discovery-1941-1183960
https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/egypt-tomb-mehu-africa/index.html
https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/45533234

Evidence from a 13 000 years bp Natufian cave suggests beer-making may have predated cereal cultivation:

https://phys.org/news/2018-09-evidence-hypothesis-beer-cultivate-cereals.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-09/e-apt091218.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/09/180912111907.htm
https://news.stanford.edu/2018/09/12/crafting-beer-lead-cereal-cultivation/
https://www.timesofisrael.com/13000-year-old-brewery-discovered-in-israel-the-oldest-in-the-world/
https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Archaeologists-uncover-13000-year-old-brewery-in-the-Carmel-567145
https://www.jns.org/archeological-evidence-finds-ancient-israel-made-craft-beer/
https://www.dw.com/en/an-early-beer-archaeologists-tap-ground-at-worlds-oldest-brewery/a-45480731
https://www.sciencealert.com/archaeologists-discover-worlds-oldest-beer-brewery
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/traces-13000-year-old-beer-found-israel-180970282/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6963-180912israel-beer-brewing

… and just to confuse matters, that 14 000 years bp bread from Jordan story returned as well:

http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/news/2018/9/14-000-year-old-bread-found-in-jordan-539848

Earleist convent in Israel at Horvat Hani?:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-earliest-convent-in-israel-built-on-site-of-miraculous-birth-1.6464875

That underwater church find in Iznik may be where the Council of Nicaea was held:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/was-council-of-nicaea-church-just-found-under-a-lake

Excavating a Seljuk-era bazaar in Alanya Castle:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/only-seljuk-era-bazaar-in-anatolia-being-unearthed-136856

Medieval finds from Gabala:

https://www.azernews.az/culture/137440.html

More on the Al Ain mosque find:

https://www.thenational.ae/opinion/comment/connecting-the-dots-how-a-1-000-year-old-mosque-uncovered-in-al-ain-anchors-the-uae-to-a-greater-flow-of-human-history-1.770075

Feature on the Aramaic DSS:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-artifacts/dead-sea-scrolls/aramaic-dead-sea-scrolls/

Feature on cuneiform fakes:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2018/06/Spot-Fake-Cueiform-Tablets
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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Plenty of excitement over the find of a hoard of gold coins in a theatre at Como:

https://www.livescience.com/63542-ancient-gold-coins-italian-cinema.html
http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2018/09/10/bonisoli-hails-roman-coins-discovery_f08a35dd-3ed3-4025-818f-5c4068081164.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2018/09/10/cache-ancient-roman-gold-was-found-by-crew-building-luxury-apartments/
https://www.newsweek.com/priceless-5th-century-gold-coins-mint-condition-unearthed-under-italian-1113125
https://www.cnn.com/2018/09/09/europe/roman-gold-coins-italy-theater-trnd/index.html
http://www.euronews.com/2018/09/09/hundreds-of-roman-gold-coins-discovered-in-italian-theatre
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/videos/2018-09-09/imperial-gold-coins-discovered-video
https://pickle.nine.com.au/2018/09/10/09/33/roman-coins-found-jug-como-italy-theatre
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-09-14/hundreds-of-roman-coins-found-in-soapstone-jar-under-theatre/10248988
https://abcnews.go.com/International/hundreds-gold-coins-dating-romes-imperial-era-found/story?id=57720521
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2018/09/11/300-rare-gold-coins-found-italy-under-cressoni-theater/1264502002/
https://www.npr.org/2018/09/10/646445359/hundreds-of-roman-gold-coins-found-in-theater-basement
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6955-180910-italy-imperial-coins

Protocycladic finds from Kythnos:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/121227/protocycladic-archaeological-discovery-on-kythnos-island-sheds-light-on-era/

A 6th century BCE Greek altar from Phanagoria:

http://tass.com/science/1020851

An altar to Tyche with an inscription from Nicopolis ad Istrum:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2018/09/15/altar-of-destiny-goddess-tyche-with-demosthenes-epigram-inscription-found-in-ancient-roman-city-nicopolis-ad-istrum-in-bulgaria/

… and a gladiator relief from the same site:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2018/09/06/gladiator-fight-relief-discovered-in-ancient-roman-city-of-nicopolis-ad-istrum-near-bulgarias-veliko-tarnovo/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6968-180913-bulgaria-gladiator-relief

I think we mentioned this mosaic find from Switzerland:

https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/culture/archaeological-hotspot_intricate-roman-mosaic-discovered-in-western-switzerland/44375732

Assorted Roman finds from Chester:

https://www.chesterchronicle.co.uk/news/chester-cheshire-news/roman-finds-chester-hq-dig-15132818

Analysis of a woman’s skeleton from Eleutherna suggests she was a ‘master ceramacist’:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/meet-female-artisan-whose-masterful-ceramics-defied-ancient-greek-gender-norms-180970288/

What they’re learning from a Roman fort find at Gwynedd:

https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/discovery-roman-fort-changing-what-15143660

Concerns for the temple of Artemis Agrotera in Athens:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/232476/article/ekathimerini/news/archaeologists-voice-alarm-over-artemis-agrotera-temple-in-athens

Pondering some eye cream in a soldier burial found at Aizanoi:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-was-eye-cream-doing-2200-year-old-aizanoi-tomb-180970266/

Zadar’s Roman forum apparently isn’t public property:

https://www.total-croatia-news.com/news/30969-zadar-s-iconic-forum-isn-t-public-property-according-to-court

Feature on the appropriation of the fasces and other Roman symbols:

https://hyperallergic.com/459504/fasces-fascism-and-how-the-alt-right-continues-to-appropriate-ancient-roman-symbols/

In Our Time this week was discussing the Iliad:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0bh5x1y

On some pre Roman cultures in Italy:

https://www.thelocal.it/20180911/four-civilizations-in-italy-that-pre-date-the-roman-empire

Mark Zuckerberg is apparently ‘fascinated’ by Augustus:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2018/09/10/mark-zuckerberg-fascinated-roman-emperor-augustus/
https://www.cnbc.com/2018/09/10/facebook-ceo-mark-zuckerbergs-love-for-augustus-may-give-insight.html
https://www.moneycontrol.com/news/business/mark-zuckerbergs-running-of-facebook-may-be-inspired-by-an-ancient-roman-emperor-2941411.html
http://www.ctpost.com/technology/businessinsider/article/Mark-Zuckerberg-has-been-fascinated-by-Augustus-13230246.php
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/hail-augustus-zuckerberg-declares-love-for-roman-emperor-nflkxjzdx

Some Oedipal humour:

https://www.arcamax.com/thefunnies/mallardfillmore/s-2122580

What we learned from Milo:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2018/09/13/what-an-ancient-greek-wrestler-taught-us-about-building-strength/

Some hype for an interesting documentary on Athens:

https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2018/sep/14/city-with-a-past-why-classical-and-modern-athens-are-at-war

Another gladiator school piece:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/family-holidays/rome-gladiator-school-grupo-storico-colosseum-review/

Another feature on unwrapping Herculaneum papyri (still no new texts!):

http://mentalfloss.com/article/540956/science-virtually-unwrapping-charred-scrolls-herculaneum

Anger over dropping Latin from the Greek school curriculum:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/232297/article/ekathimerini/news/anger-over-scrapping-of-latin-classes

What Thomas Howe is up to:

https://www.southwestern.edu/live/news/12899-preserving-the-past-for-posterity

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

https://www.economist.com/books-and-arts/2018/09/15/pat-barker-beautifully-fills-in-the-gaps-in-the-iliad

More on mill use in Roman times:

https://www.zmescience.com/science/roman-breadmakers-vacation-11092018/

More on Homer’s Odyssey and social network theory:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/homer-s-odyssey-into-social-networks-t0glznzl3
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http://bmcr.brynmawr.edu/recent.html

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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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Plenty of prehistoric pottery from Scotland’s Central Belt:

https://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/scotland-s-largest-haul-of-prehistoric-pottery-found-1-4798794
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6964-180912-scotland-neolithic-pottery

A first millenium BCE child burial from Novgrad:

https://www.novinite.com/articles/192059/Archaeologists+Discovered+a+Burial+of+a+Child+from+1+Millennium+BC+in+Northern+Bulgaria

A dog out on a walk with his/her owner dug up some 3000 years bp bronze artifacts in the Orlicke Mountains:

https://www.radio.cz/en/section/curraffrs/dog-discovers-bronze-age-treasure-in-kostelec
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6971-180914-bronze-age-treasure

Searching for an ancient hillfort at Cluny Hill in Forres:

https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/moray/1561331/archaeological-dig-at-moray-monument-to-discover-evidence-of-an-ancient-hillfort/

I think we’ve had bits and pieces on the Northern Emporium Project (Ribe) before:

https://phys.org/news/2018-09-thousands-scandinavia-viking-city.html
http://sciencenordic.com/thousands-objects-discovered-scandinavia%E2%80%99s-first-viking-city
https://www.thelocal.dk/20180913/thousands-of-objects-discovered-in-scandinavias-first-viking-city
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6966-180913-denmark-ribe-vikings

A medieval burial from Wartenburg (Poland):

http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news%2C30863%2Cremains-victim-lithuanian-invasion-1354-discovered-pompeii-warmia.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6957-180910-poland-warmia-skeleton

Finds from various periods from a quarry site near Sedgefield:

http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/16832816.medieval-skeletons-among-finds-at-quarry-site-near-sedgefield/

Looking for a ‘lost’ 14th century friary in Inverkeithing:

https://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/news/local/fife/721690/gardens-dug-up-in-search-for-lost-14th-century-friary-in-inverkeithing/

A 14th century ‘poor people’s quarter’ found at Peperikon:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2018/09/13/14th-century-poor-peoples-quarter-discovered-in-ancient-medieval-rock-city-perperikon-in-southern-bulgaria/

A medieval sarcophagus from Lincoln:

https://www.lincolnshirelive.co.uk/news/lincoln-news/archaeologists-make-surprise-discovery-old-1993609
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6959-180911-lincoln-medieval-sarcophagus

Henry VII’s likely birthplace has been located in Pembroke Castle:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/sep/16/likely-birthplace-of-henry-vii-found-in-pembroke-castle

This year’s finds from the Old Oswestry Hillfort site:

http://www.bordercountiesadvertizer.co.uk/news/16831879.old-oswestry-hillfort-mystery-set-to-be-unravelled/
https://www.shropshirelive.com/features/2018/09/10/hillfort-revelation-in-store-for-finale-of-oswestry-heritage-festival/

Some sort of metal detecting event in Oxfordshire:

https://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/16870133.metal-detectorists-descend-on-oxfordshire/

Pondering Germany’s colonial past in Africa:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/11/world/europe/germany-colonial-history-africa-nazi.html

I don’t think I’ve mentioned the AIA’s dig blog for the Achill Island dig this year yet:

https://www.archaeological.org/news/achillisland/29456

Seeking protection for Bosworth Field:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/09/12/bosworth-field-must-saved-nation-protect-ancient-battlefields/?WT.mc_id=tmg_share_em

Cluny’s treasures are on display to the public now:

https://fr.aleteia.org/2018/09/12/journees-du-patrimoine-le-tresor-de-cluny-enfin-expose-au-public/

More on the hidden passage at Vyborg Castle:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/medieval-game-board-unearthed-hidden-chamber-medieval-vyborg-castle-180970246/

More on that mammoth kill site in Austria:

https://www.news.com.au/technology/science/animals/gruesome-mammoth-kill-site-discovered-in-austria/news-story/da741d9b9e0bac094dc34bb468f3f872
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http://archaeology-in-europe.blogspot.com/

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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254 medieval copper coins from near the Khirki mosque:

http://www.uniindia.com/news/india/asi-discovers-254-copper-coins-belonging-to-medieval-period-in-premises-of-khirki-mosque/1349208.html
https://www.ndtv.com/delhi-news/archaeological-survey-of-india-discovers-254-medieval-era-coins-at-khirki-mosque-in-delhi-1915604
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6969-180914-india-khirki-mosque

There are also concerns for the 660 years bp Khirki mosque due to bat waste:

https://www.hindustantimes.com/delhi-news/bat-waste-causing-damage-to-660-year-old-khirki-mosque/story-zOZhtzUVbPcGTHwMj4RefK.html

A 14th century coin from Palani:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/madurai/rare-coin-dating-to-14th-century-found-near-palani/articleshow/65815432.cms

Feature on Queensland’s Native Mounted Police camps:

https://theconversation.com/how-unearthing-queenslands-native-police-camps-gives-us-a-window-onto-colonial-violence-100814

Recent finds from the Sydney Metro Harbour tunnel work:

https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/newslocal/mosman-daily/sydney-metro-harbour-tunnel-works-1850s-home-artefacts-found/news-story/a28e80a20fa6b244db9d95cfe9e39375
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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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Remains of a whaling wreck from Canada’s High Arctic:

https://ucalgary.ca/utoday/issue/2018-09-13/expedition-uncovers-first-whaling-wreck-ever-found-canadas-high-arctic
http://www.chesterlestreetadvertiser.co.uk/educationzone/news/16861788.north-graduate-finds-whaling-ship-wrecked-in-arctic-in-1902/

1000 years bp human remains from somewhere in Texas:

http://www.tpr.org/post/ancient-remains-discovered-under-frio-county-bridge
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6960-180911-texas-native-american

Feature on the Adena Pipe:

http://www.dispatch.com/news/20180909/archaeology-does-adena-mound-pipe-depict-dwarf-with-goiter

Revisiting Albany’s great fire of 1848:

https://www.timesunion.com/local/article/Touring-phantoms-of-The-Great-Fire-of-1848-13220514.php

Review of *The Standing Rock Portraits*:

https://www.cnn.com/interactive/2018/09/us/standing-rock-portraits-cnnphotos/index.html
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Evidence of an extensive live animal capture/trade network in Mesoamerica:

https://phys.org/news/2018-09-wild-animals-routinely-captured-ancient.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-09/p-waw090518.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/09/180912144430.htm
https://www.livescience.com/63558-copan-bones-jaguar-captivity.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/maya-captured-traded-and-sacrificed-jaguars-and-other-large-mammals-180970271/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6965-180912-copan-animal-trade

Not sure if we’ve mentioned this 1500 years bp Maya altar from La Corona:

https://news.tulane.edu/pr/tulane-archaeologist-leads-team-major-maya-find
https://phys.org/news/2018-09-ancient-altar-reveals-mayan-game.html
http://theweek.com/speedreads/795951/archaeologists-discover-ancient-artifact-theyre-comparing-game-thrones
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6970-180914-la-corona-altar

Mexico City is sinking, and its affecting monuments:

https://www.npr.org/2018/09/14/647601623/mexico-city-keeps-sinking-as-its-water-supply-wastes-away

Plans to restore what might be the oldest house in Mexico:

https://www.timesunion.com/news/world/article/Experts-restore-what-might-be-oldest-house-in-13223663.php
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http://goo.gl/1VdeA

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http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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Interesting feature on fake miniatures depicting Islamic science:

https://aeon.co/essays/why-fake-miniatures-depicting-islamic-science-are-everywhere

Feature on Occitan:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20180911-occitan-the-language-the-french-forbade

Feature on the restoration of the Blue Boy:

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/arts/la-ca-cm-project-blue-boy-20180914-story.html

Feature on Edinburgh’s clock tower:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20180913-scotlands-clock-thats-almost-never-on-time

On racist views of the Middle Ages:

https://www.csmonitor.com/EqualEd/2018/0912/History-lesson-Scholars-take-aim-at-racist-views-of-Middle-Ages

Feature on Artemisia Gentileschi:

https://theconversation.com/explainer-artemisia-gentileschi-a-baroque-heroine-for-the-metoo-era-100676

On evidence for historical hurricanes:

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/rockyplanet/?p=2251887

Not sure if we’ve mentioned the Mona Lisa thyroid disease theory yet:

https://www.livescience.com/63526-mona-lisa-thyroid-disease.html

Feature on assorted ancient tunnels:

https://theweeklyobserver.com/ancient-underground-tunnels-12000-years-ranging-scotland-turkey/62845/

Feature on Jeremy Bentham’s rings:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/experts-are-searching-19th-century-philosophers-strange-memorial-rings-180970273/

Marking the 150th anniversary of Little Women:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/13/books/little-women-alcott-anniversary.html?action=click&module=Editors%20Picks&pgtype=Homepage

Feature on Lady Mary Wroth:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-45433726

On early cheese and lactose intolerance:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/09/archaeologists-find-traces-of-7200-year-old-cheese-on-croatian-pottery/

France is starting up a lottery to fund heritage preservation:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-45509572

Something about 19th century trade theory:

https://news.yale.edu/2018/09/10/path-breaking-work-adapted-19th-century-trade-theory-modern-day

On Victorian ‘Magic Lanterns’:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/victorian-magic-lanterns-were-19th-century-version-netflix-180970286/

Reviewish/interviewish on the history of milk:

http://www.wamc.org/post/10000-year-history-milk
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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I Object:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/british-museum-traces-history-dissent-ancient-egypt-today-180970258/
https://www.historyextra.com/period/modern/dissent-through-the-centuries/

Medieval Monsters:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/11/arts/design/medieval-monsters-review-morgan-library.html
https://www.themorgan.org/exhibitions/medieval-monsters

Delacroix:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/13/arts/design/delacroix-review-metropolitan-museum-of-art.html
https://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2018/delacroix

The Ancient Greek Technology Museum has opened:

https://news.gtp.gr/2018/09/14/grand-opening-ancient-greek-technology-museum-kostas-kotsanas/

More items arrived at the Grand Egyptian Museum:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/311463/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Ancient-Egyptian-artefacts-from-AlBahnasa-arrives-.aspx
https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/09/12/pieces-of-three-giant-obelisks-transferred-to-gem-for-restoration/
http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/57512/Min-of-Antiquities-to-launch-promotional-campaign-for-GEM

On what survived the Brazil Museum fire:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-45463948

Related:

https://www.museumsassociation.org/museums-journal/news/13092018-picture-emerges-brazil-museum-fire

More (assorted) reactions to the Brazil Museum fire:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/13/world/americas/brazil-museum-fire-indigenous.html
http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-mccormack-brazil-museum-fire-funding-20180909-story.html
https://www.gazettenet.com/Losing-a-museum-losing-the-world-20088378

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THE TECHY SIDE
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On graphene gilding for preservation purposes:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-09/uoic-iep091118.php

Interesting application of AI to decipher medieval graffiti:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/artificial-intelligence-can-now-decipher-medieval-graffiti-180970222/

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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A single gene mutation is being connected to long distance running in humans:

https://phys.org/news/2018-09-gene-mutation-humans-optimal-long-distance.html

Using DNA to study the population movements of the Longobards:

https://phys.org/news/2018-09-6th-century-barbarian-social-migration-paleogenomics.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-09/ifas-u6b091018.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/09/180911132115.htm
https://www.newsweek.com/a-1115705
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/barbarian-dna-italy-hungary-cemeteries-ancient-rome-a8532796.html
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/dna-from-barbarians-grave-sheds-surprising-light-on-mysterious-period-of-history/
https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/09/using-medieval-dna-to-track-the-barbarian-spread-into-italy/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6958-180911-genome-barbarian-invasion

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Following Sisi across Europe:

https://www.dw.com/en/across-europe-with-empress-sisi/g-45426869

Aran Islands:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/10/travel/aran-islands-ireland-jm-synge.html

Uzbekistan shrines:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-45471033
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PERFORMANCES
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Anton Reicha:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/07/arts/music/anton-reicha-ivan-ilic-beethoven.html

On Beethoven’s Fifth:

https://www.dw.com/en/beethovens-fifth-symphony-the-truth-about-the-symphony-of-fate/a-45472113

Antigone in Ferguson:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/14/theater/antigone-in-ferguson-michael-brown.html
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CRIME BEAT
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Strange vandalism involving dabbing of artifacts with oil in Athens:

https://www.dw.com/en/bulgarian-women-on-trial-for-damaging-antiquities-in-athens/a-45434398

Stealing a very expensive ‘lunch box’ (?):

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-45492997

Another twist in the Gurlitt affair:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cornelius-wasnt-only-gurlitt-sibling-inherit-nazi-looted-art-180970270/

Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2018/09/culture-crime-news-3-9-september-2018.html

conflict antiquities:

http://conflictantiquities.wordpress.com/

anonymous swiss collector:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/

Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues:

http://paul-barford.blogspot.ca/

Looting Matters:

http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/

Illicit Cultural Property:

http://illicit-cultural-property.blogspot.com/

SAFE:

http://www.savingantiquities.org/blog/

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REPATRIATION AND RECOVERY
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A Nazi-looted Renoir was returned to relatives of the original owner:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2018/09/13/nazis-stole-a-jewish-mans-century-old-renoir-painting-in-1941-now-its-been-returned-to-his-only-living-heir/

The story behind that repatriation of a Colombus letter:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2018/09/10/actualidad/1536577909_675090.html

Sotheby’s returned an item to Greece:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2018/09/09/rare-stolen-antiquity-returns-to-greece/

OpEd on stealing back colonial era treasures:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/global-opinions/wp/2018/09/12/is-it-okay-to-steal-back-looted-colonial-era-treasures/

More on that Nataraja in Australia which was stolen from India:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-09-13/dancing-shiva-art-gallery-of-south-australia-stolen-from-india/10233036
http://www.wtva.com/content/national/493129691.html

More on Germany’s return of a Sican mask to Peru:

https://tdn.com/news/world/peru-celebrates-return-of-stolen-gold-mask-found-in-germany/article_935558ba-48e3-53e5-9580-e19906f87062.html
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NUMISMATICA
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Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/club_nbs_esylum_v21n36.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/club_nbs_esylum_v21n37.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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Edwin P. Menes:

https://classicalstudies.org/scs-news/memoriam-edwin-p-menes

Nancy Blomberg:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/14/obituaries/nancy-blomberg-dead.html

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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/2777-audio-news-from-archaeologica-2-september-8-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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