Explorator 21.23 ~ September 30, 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,
Al Kriman, Jona Lendering, Kris Curry, 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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Studying Neanderthals’ fine motor skills:

https://phys.org/news/2018-09-neanderthals-brutes-reveals-precisionworkers.html
https://theconversation.com/neanderthals-were-no-brutes-research-reveals-they-may-have-been-precision-workers-103858
https://cosmosmagazine.com/palaeontology/making-do-at-a-pinch-neanderthal-used-precision-grips-not-power
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/neanderthals-used-their-hands-precision-not-just-power-180970422/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6995-180927-neanderthal-precision-grips

More on Otzi’s tattoos:

https://www.livescience.com/63682-otzi-ice-man-took-medical-treatment.html
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AFRICA
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Feature on Ethiopia’s Meskel festival:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-45665901
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Vague item on two tombs (date?) found near Luxor:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/58219/Egyptian-Archeological-Mission-uncovers-2-ancient-tombs-in-Luxor

A ‘massive’ ancient Roman-era structure from Mit Rahina (I think we mentioned this):

https://phys.org/news/2018-09-archaeologists-massive-ancient-egypt.html
http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/58095/Huge-archaeological-building-uncovered-in-Mit-Rahina
https://egyptianstreets.com/2018/09/26/historical-roman-building-discovered-in-giza/
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/egypt-archaeologists-find-building-with-roman-bath-and-chamber-attached-2018-09-25/
https://www.newsweek.com/ancient-egypt-huge-building-adjoining-religious-ritual-room-discovered-giza-1138947
http://www.ibtimes.sg/archaeologists-discover-huge-ancient-egyptian-building-near-cairo-27577
https://www.npr.org/2018/09/25/651424368/archaeologists-discover-huge-ancient-building-in-egypt
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/egypt-archaeology-mit-rahina-cairo-roman-bath-chamber-religious-memphis-a8554931.html
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-09/25/c_137492154.htm
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/egyptian-archaeologists-discover-an-intriguing-ancient-building-in-cairo/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6991-180925-egypt-purification-basin

Feature on archaeological finds in Egypt this year:

https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2018/09/egypt-archaeological-discoveries.html

Feature on a Coptic magical papyrus:

https://www.livescience.com/63659-ancient-egyptian-magic-spell-deciphered.html
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/a-mysterious-text-from-ancient-egypt-has-been-deciphered-and-its-a-love-spell/

Latest efforts to protect cultural heritage in Egypt:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/58160/Ministry-of-Antiquities-takes-advanced-steps-to-protect-heritage

A tourism ‘rebound’ is setting the stage for more pyramid renovations:

http://www.latimes.com/world/la-fg-egypt-giza-pyramids-20180928-story.html

Studying the economic role of Coptic monasteries in Late Antique Egypt:

https://phys.org/news/2018-09-insights-role-coptic-monasteries-economy.html

More on drainage issues at Kom Ombo:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/25/world/middleeast/egypt-kom-ombo-temple.html

More on Paleolithic sites near Riyadh:

https://www.abouther.com/node/13516/lifestyle/travel-food/archaeologists-have-just-uncovered-100000-year-old-site-saudi

Latest claim of ‘evidence’ of the Exodus comes from Khirbet el-Mastarah:

https://www.christianpost.com/news/archaeological-discovery-evidence-hebrew-exodus-from-egypt-found-near-jordan-river-227564/
https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/7350894/ruins-found-in-israeli-wilderness-could-prove-biblical-story-of-exodus-in-which-moses-led-israelites-from-slavery-experts-believe/

Feature on finds made by archaeologists in Israel:

https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Israeli-archaeological-finds-that-uncover-500000-years-of-Jewish-history-567649

Feature on Iranian wind catchers:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20180926-an-ancient-engineering-feat-that-harnessed-the-wind

Interesting chicken bones from north of Petra:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2018/09/29/archaeologists-suggest-ancient-chicken-with-broken-leg-was-a-good-egg-provider/#1fdb30e746f5

Feature on Cyrus the Great:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/cyrus-the-great-the-first-man-the-bible-calls-the-messiah

Feature on trade and contraband in ancient Assyria:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2018/09/Life-of-a-Salesman

More on Aren Maeir’s MOOC:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/archaeology-today/biblical-archaeology-topics/mooc-biblical-archaeology-the-archaeology-of-ancient-israel-and-judah/

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Remains of a 6th century BCE settlement in western Albania:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-09/24/c_137488636.htm

Studying the Rozovo Tomb (Thracian):

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2018/09/23/smallest-ancient-thracian-brick-tomb-found-near-bulgarias-rozovo-thoroughly-looted-by-treasure-hunters/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6997-180927-bulgaria-thracian-tomb

A 2nd century CE Roman tomb in Jordan featuring ‘comics’ with speech bubbles:

https://www.livescience.com/63705-ancient-roman-comics.html
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/MAGAZINE-archaeologists-find-ancient-comics-decorating-roman-tomb-in-jordan-1.6494732
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-comics-line-roman-era-tomb-jordan-180970400/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7000-180928-jordan-capitolias-murals

A 2nd century BCE tomb from Cumae featuring a depiction of a banquet and a nude servant (among other things, of course):

https://phys.org/news/2018-09-tomb-cumae-italya-banquet-frozen.html
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/MAGAZINE-2-200-year-old-mural-featuring-naked-servant-discovered-in-italian-tomb-1.6512493
https://greekcitytimes.com/2018/09/27/a-2000-year-old-painting-found-in-cumae/
https://eu.greekreporter.com/2018/09/28/2000-year-old-greek-tomb-painting-found-in-italy/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6996-180927-italy-cumae-tomb

Remains of a Roman road found during highway construction in the Netherlands:

https://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-45678860
https://www.dutchnews.nl/news/2018/09/roman-road-artifacts-found-during-digging-for-a-new-motorway/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6992-180925-holland-wooden-poles

60 Roman-era burials from a Lincolnshire field:

https://www.lincolnshirelive.co.uk/news/local-news/archaeologists-find-60-roman-burials-2020275

Digging has resumed at the Sanctuary of the Great Gods on Samothrace:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2018/09/29/work-resumes-on-sanctuary-of-the-great-gods-in-samothrace-after-22-year-hiatus/

They’ve filled in the Carmarthen Roman site:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-45681080

Feature on Baiae:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/how-they-partied-in-baiae-the-las-vegas-of-ancient-rome

Studying burials in the catacombs of Malta:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2018/09/28/ancient-catacombs-on-malta-reveal-christians-jews-and-pagans-were-buried-together/

Ruins of a Roman (maybe) fortress from Bononia:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2018/09/27/decagonal-roman-fortress-tower-from-ancient-bononia-unearthed-in-bulgarias-danube-city-vidin/

Remains of a 5th century bishop’s residence from Misionis:

https://sofiaglobe.com/2018/09/28/archaeology-fifth-century-bishops-residence-found-at-bulgarias-misionis-site/

Studying remains of an ancient breakwater at Akrotiri:

https://www.forces.net/news/marine-archaeologists-uncovering-raf-akrotiris-ancient-secrets

On what made Athens great (hmmmmmm):

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/28/opinion/konstandaras-ancient-athens-trump.html

A replica of the Orpheus mosaic may be ‘returning’ to a Gloucestershire village:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-gloucestershire-45625115

What Marie-Claire Beaulieu is up to:

https://tuftsdaily.com/news/2018/09/28/classics-professor-marie-claire-beaulieu-shares-research-ancient-greek-bird-classification/

Feature on UUtah’s program at Volterra:

http://dailyutahchronicle.com/2018/09/26/among-the-etruscan-ruins/

Feature on five recent retellings of Homeric stories:

https://www.bustle.com/p/5-unforgettable-retellings-of-homers-classic-greek-stories-12078685

Feature on a recent translation of Theophrastus’ *Characters*;

https://www.finebooksmagazine.com/fine_books_blog/2018/09/a-lesson-in-bad-behavior-from-ancient-greece-a-new-translation-of-characters-by-theophrastus.phtml

Latest opEds in the Parthenon Marbles saga:

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/rescued-or-seized-greeces-long-fight-with-uk-over-parthenon-marbles
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/sep/25/brexit-parthenon-marbles-greece-heritage
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2018/sep/26/trust-us-to-look-after-the-parthenon-marbles
https://news.gtp.gr/2018/09/25/guardian-brexit-good-chance-greeks-seek-parthenon-marbles-return/
https://greece.greekreporter.com/2018/09/26/brexit-makes-return-of-parthenon-marbles-to-greece-more-compelling-the-guardian/

Interesting feature on preparatory drawings on Greek ceramics:

http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/uncovering-ancient-preparatory-drawings-on-greek-ceramics/

Touristy plans for Aizanoi:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/boats-to-float-in-ancient-city-of-aizanoi-137180

A marathon reading of the Punica:

http://www.creightonian.com/news/article_199b7d8c-c1b3-11e8-938b-6f6c83bb683e.html

Mixing up the Colosseum and Pula Arena:

https://www.total-croatia-news.com/lifestyle/31306-government-promoting-event-in-pula-with-colloseum-in-rome

Nice drone video of Athens’ Plaka:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2018/09/25/drone-video-captures-athens-plaka-the-neighborhood-of-the-gods/

Reviews of *The Silence of the Girls*:

https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2018/09/the-silence-of-the-girls-review-pat-barker/570871/
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/27/books/review/silence-of-the-girls-pat-barker.html

More on recent finds from Zominthos:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/232904/article/ekathimerini/community/new-discoveries-made-at-zominthos-palace-site
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Latest reviews from BMCR:

http://bmcr.brynmawr.edu/recent.html

Visit our blog:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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A huge cemetery with burials dating back 5000 years from Albania:

https://au.news.yahoo.com/ancient-cemetery-filled-1000-graves-unearthed-construction-workers-013500541.html

A 3500 years bp bronze hand from Bern:

https://www.livescience.com/63690-oldest-metal-hand-europe.html
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2018/09/bronze-hand-ancient-switzerland-archaeology/
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/archaeologists-have-never-seen-anything-like-this-3500yearold-bronze-hand/

Bronze Age remains from Mafra:

http://www.theportugalnews.com/news/bronze-age-remains-found-in-mafra/46981

A possible blackfriar burial from Blackfriars Church in Stirling:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/skeleton-from-blackfriars-church-in-stirling-identified-as-friar-3txh63z0n
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6994-180926-friar-belt-buckle

Plenty of coverage of a 400 years bp shipwreck near Lisbon:

https://phys.org/news/2018-09-year-old-shipwreck-portugal-coast.html
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-45630260
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/sep/24/400-year-old-ship-found-off-portuguese-coast-cascais
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-09-25/portuguese-archaeologists-find-shipwreck/10301898
https://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/world-news/732340/Archaeologists-find-400-year-old-shipwreck-Portugal-video
https://www.euronews.com/2018/09/24/400-year-old-shipwreck-discovery-of-decade-for-portugal
https://www.npr.org/2018/09/25/651362994/spices-ceramics-found-aboard-400-year-old-portuguese-shipwreck
https://www.newsweek.com/incredible-images-reveal-renaissance-shipwreck-discovery-decade-1137100
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6987-180924-portugal-shipwreck-cannon

An historic church in Finland burned to the ground:

https://yle.fi/uutiset/osasto/news/eastern_finland_church_burns_to_the_ground_police_suspect_arson/10418870

A possible Iron Age text (?) on a jar from Nijmegen:

https://www.volkskrant.nl/nieuws-achtergrond/bekrast-potje-is-oudste-tekst-van-nederland-maar-wat-staat-er-eigenlijk-~bd0f5cca/

On the origins of Germany’s forests:

https://www.dw.com/en/the-origins-of-the-germans-special-relation-to-the-forest/a-45613711

Mapping medieval artifacts in a Swedish church:

http://sciencenordic.com/thousands-medieval-trinkets-discovered-underneath-scandinavian-churches
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6999-180928-medieval-church-coins

Feature on the Isle of May:

https://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/the-abandoned-scottish-island-where-picts-went-to-heal-1-4805828

Feature on remains of the dead in London:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/dead-beneath-londons-streets-180970385/

Not good news for the Battle of Bosworth site:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/local-council-approves-plans-transform-battle-bosworth-field-site-driverless-car-testing-track-180970418/

Review of a biography of Walter Raleigh:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/sep/29/sir-walter-raleigh-bodyguard-david-budd-of-his-day

More on Offa’s Dyke:

http://www.leaderlive.co.uk/news/16903902.chirk-castle-dig-helping-archaeologists-piece-together-history-of-offas-dyke/
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Archaeology in Europe Blog:

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

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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Interesting ‘restoration’ of a 5th century idol of Narsimha:

https://punemirror.indiatimes.com/pune/civic/layers-fall-off-to-reveal-5th-century-black-basalt-idol/articleshow/65970697.cms

Studying evidence of historical floods in India:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/kerala/remembrance-of-floods-past/article25074532.ece

Native Mounted Police and related sites from Queensland:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-09-25/archaeologists-discover-hundreds-of-native-mounted-police-camps/10183402
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/sep/29/signatures-of-killings-archaeologists-uncover-legacy-of-frontier-violence

Review of a book on the British in India:

https://www.scmp.com/culture/books/article/2166112/british-india-social-history-350-years-colonisation-book-review

More on the early inhabitation of Australia’s Desert:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/people-braved-australias-western-desert-45000-years-ago-180970421/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6993-180926-australia-western-desert

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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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Latest finds from Camp Douglas (Utah):

https://www.ksl.com/?nid=960&sid=46395469
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6988-180924-utah-camp-douglas

Latest finds from the Erebus:

https://www.livescience.com/63704-franklin-expedition-artifacts-recovered.html
https://www.livescience.com/63701-photos-hms-erebus-exploration.html

What they’ve learned about the Bayly House (Cambridge … I think this is North America):

https://www.dorchesterbanner.com/local-history/bayly-cabin-found-to-be-a-home/

A 150 years bp burial from New York City:

https://nypost.com/2018/09/29/secret-identity-of-150-year-old-body-found-in-nyc-revealed/

Digging up a university site at Wellesley:

http://thewellesleynews.com/2018/09/28/college-hall-archaeology-project-sheds-light-on-student-life-in-early-1900s/

More on the Endeavour (still no positive identification?):

https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/09/captain-cooks-hms-endeavour-found-off-the-coast-of-rhode-island/
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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A reassessment of some burials suggests that notions of violence in pre-Colombian Panama have been exaggerated:

https://phys.org/news/2018-09-violence-pre-columbian-panama-exaggerated.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-09/stri-vip092418.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/09/180924174444.htm
https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2018/09/24/suicide-sacrifice-and-mutilations-in-precolumbian-cemetery-questioned-by-archaeologists/
https://www.sciencealert.com/pre-columbian-panama-playa-venado-suicide-sacrifice-mutilation-no-evidence

Evidence of Maya elites living at Teotihuacan:

http://www.inah.gob.mx/boletines/7579-elite-maya-residio-en-teotihuacan-revelan-hallazgos-en-la-plaza-de-las-columnas
https://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/evidence-reveals-mayan-elites-lived-in-teotihuacan/

Rethinking assorted aspects of Maya civilization in the wake of LiDAR studies a while ago:

https://phys.org/news/2018-09-unprecedented-massive-scale-lowland-maya.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-09/aaft-ls092418.php
https://news.brown.edu/articles/2018/09/lidar
https://www.livescience.com/63713-maya-cities-found-in-guatemala.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/27/science/maya-ruins-lidar.html
https://elpais.com/elpais/2018/09/27/ciencia/1538033539_490188.html
https://www.newsweek.com/archaeologists-find-ancient-cities-using-lasers-1145042
https://www.washingtonpost.com/science/2018/09/27/this-major-discovery-upends-long-held-theories-about-maya-civilization/
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2018/09/27/maya-lidar-scans-60000-new-structures/#.W7DYR5P25n4
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/laser-mapping-shows-surprising-complexity-maya-civilization
https://www.wired.com/story/laser-carrying-airplanes-uncover-massive-sprawling-maya-cities/
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/junglepenetrating-lasers-reveal-thousands-of-ancient-mayan-structures/
https://www.designboom.com/technology/lidar-laser-airplanes-mayan-cities-09-29-2018/
https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/09/what-61000-hidden-structures-reveal-about-maya-civilization/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6998-180928-guatemala-lidar-survey

Feature on Espiritu Pampa (Peru):

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/sep/28/perus-last-incan-city-reveals-its-secrets-its-genuinely-a-marvel

An interesting paraplegic child Nazca mummy:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/09/mummy-of-paraplegic-child-shows-how-perus-nasca-culture-treated-disability/

On pyramids at Teotihuacan:

https://www.livescience.com/63315-photos-teotihuacan-pyramids.html

Feature on the Zacatecas site, which will soon open to the public:

https://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/archaeological-site-was-inhabited-for-18-centuries/

More on that Maya ‘snake king’ altar:

https://www.livescience.com/63652-maya-altar-discovered.html
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Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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A French scholar may have identified the model in Courbet’s ‘L’Origine du Monde’:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-45637037

On teaching the humanities:

https://whitmanwire.com/news/2018/09/28/alumni-share-advice-on-teaching-in-the-humanities/

… and rethinking the emphasis on STEM:

https://www.realclearpolicy.com/articles/2018/09/28/are_we_creating_a_stem_dead-end_110828.html

cf:

http://www.nber.org/papers/w25065
https://scholar.harvard.edu/files/kadeem/files/demingnoray_stem_sept2018_final.pdf

On moving London Bridge to Arizona:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/resources/idt-sh/the_bridge_that_crossed_an_ocean

Maybe Caravaggio didn’t die of syphilis:

https://www.livescience.com/63702-caravaggio-died-of-sepsis.html

Latest solving-old-math-problem claim:

https://www.livescience.com/63668-riemann-hypothesis-solution-critics.html

Feature on Thecla:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/people-cultures-in-the-bible/people-in-the-bible/who-was-thecla/

Interesting feature on the conservation of some samurai armour:

https://blog.britishmuseum.org/conserving-a-suit-of-samurai-armour/

Did Hokusai inspire Starry Night?:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/blog/was-van-gogh-inspired-by-hokusai-s-great-wave-when-he-painted-his-starry-night

Feature on Thomas Lipton:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-45548495

A very interesting antiquities case … not sure where this goes:

https://www.krqe.com/news/investigations/larry-barker/city-storing-millions-of-dollars-of-antiquities-free-of-charge/1474192662

How France came up with the metric system:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20180923-how-france-created-the-metric-system

Google was marking the discovery of the Altamira cave paintings:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kionasmith/2018/09/24/google-doodle-celebrates-discovery-of-altamira-cave-paintings/

cf: https://elpais.com/cultura/2018/09/24/actualidad/1537769625_914876.html

Feature on drafts of *The Picture of Dorian Gray*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/28/books/review/picture-of-dorian-gray-oscar-wilde.html

What hunter-gatherers tell us about cooperation:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/way-hunter-gatherers-share-food-shows-how-cooperation-evolved?tgt=nr

Feature on Voltairine de Cleyre:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/26/obituaries/voltairine-de-cleyre-overlooked.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Farts

More on that letter of Galileo:

https://www.livescience.com/63654-galileo-original-letter-found.html
https://elpais.com/cultura/2018/09/26/actualidad/1537950242_882347.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/newly-discovered-letter-catches-galileo-400-year-lie-180970392/

… and that letter of suffragette Annie Kenney:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/newly-discovered-letter-sheds-light-overlooked-suffragette-180970381/

More on the fight over the anthropocene or whatever it’s being called:

https://www.sciencealert.com/scientists-feuding-bitterly-false-dawn-new-age-meghalayan-holocene-anthropocene
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Animal-Shaped Vessels:

https://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2018/09/animal-shaped-vessels-from-the-ancient-world-a-showcase-for-intoxicating-art/

Oceania:

http://theartnewspaper.com/preview/looted-cannibal-bowl-served-up-in-royal-academy-s-oceania-show

Seriously Funny:

https://news.yale.edu/2018/09/26/yale-art-gallery-exhibit-celebrates-lasting-value-caricature

Shine on Me:

https://www.dhmd.de/en/exhibitions/shine-on-me/

Rome: City and Empire:

https://www.canberratimes.com.au/national/act/rome-city-and-empire-an-intriguing-tour-of-refined-propaganda-20180924-p505m3.html

Kitagawa Utamaro:

http://theartnewspaper.com/news/previously-unknown-painting-by-shunga-master-kitagawa-utamaro-who-influenced-the-impressionists-goes-on-show-at-the-british-museum

What Neil MacGregor is up to:

https://www.heraldscotland.com/arts_ents/16888887.neil-macgregor-on-religion-1968-and-life-after-the-british-museum/
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/saturday-review/review-living-with-the-gods-on-beliefs-and-peoples-by-neil-macgregor-a-history-of-the-world-in-100-gods-bcmxz03qt
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AT THE AUCTIONS
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Grand Tour souvenirs:

https://www.christies.com/features/Souvenirs-from-the-Grand-Tour-9406-1.aspx

A questionable bust of a Roman emperor went for a way-too-high price:

https://www.thestar.co.uk/news/broken-roman-emperor-bust-sells-for-160-000-at-sheffield-auction-1-9367070

Qing Dynasty porcelain:

http://www.blouinartinfo.com/news/story/3277735/auction-preview-refined-antiquities-imperial-porcelains-of
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THE TECHY SIDE
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A new CT technique takes examining ancient remains to the cellular level:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-09/rson-cte091818.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/09/180925105834.htm
https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/09/new-ct-scanning-technology-offers-a-microscopic-view-of-a-mummys-hand/
https://pubs.rsna.org/doi/10.1148/radiol.2018180945

What Carrie Heitman is up to:

http://www.dailynebraskan.com/culture/unl-anthropology-professor-stands-on-forefront-of-digital-archaeology/article_90c02868-c2bc-11e8-8653-6f46ede85383.html

Feature on LiDAR:

https://www.scientificamerican.com/podcast/episode/scanning-ancient-civilizations-from-the-skies/

More on Cambridge University and their tree ring ‘diary’:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-45525785
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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On climate change and London’s ‘Great Stink’:

https://phys.org/news/2018-09-year-climate-action-victorian-london.html

Climate change is threatening sites on Orkney:

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/09/25/climate/scotland-orkney-islands-sea-level.html
https://www.sbs.com.au/news/saving-scotland-s-heritage-from-the-rising-seas

Joseph Manning received a major NSF grant to study climate change in history:

https://news.yale.edu/2018/09/24/joseph-manning-wins-nsf-grant-study-climate-change-human-history-link

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Overviewish sort of thing on what DNA is telling us:

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/science/how-ancient-dna-is-transforming-history-1.3639703

… and what DNA tells us about louse-borne relapsing fever:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/09/ancient-dna-reveals-the-secrets-of-a-devastating-european-disease/

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/

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PERFORMANCES
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On Judge Dee:

https://www.scmp.com/magazines/post-magazine/long-reads/article/2165769/who-was-detective-dee-unravelling-mystery-tang

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CRIME BEAT
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Remembering a major theft from a Mexico City museum:

http://www.elmostrador.cl/cultura/2018/09/26/el-robo-del-siglo-en-mexico-como-dos-estudiantes-universitarios-robaron-mas-de-100-piezas-arqueologicas-del-museo-nacional-de-antropologia/

An art dealer sentenced for fraud:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/27/arts/design/art-dealer-sentenced-to-18-months-in-prison-for-fraud.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Farts

Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2018/09/culture-crime-news-17-23-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 different sort of ‘repatriation’ … the London Stone:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/sep/23/karma-restored-mythical-london-stone-returns-to-its-city-home
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/londons-lucky-stonereferenced-shakespeare-blakeset-return-rightful-place-180970386/

Solomon Islanders want a ‘cannibal trough’ returned:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/solomon-islanders-tell-museum-bosses-to-return-looted-cannibal-trough-c0bg6xbg6

More on Egypt recovering a relief of Amenhotep I from the UK:

https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/09/24/egypt-retrieves-stolen-relief-carved-with-cartouche-of-king-amenhotep-i-from-karnak-temple/
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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on the coins of the Ptolemies:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/coinweek-ancient-coin-series-the-ptolemies-part-i/

A gold coin of John III:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2018/09/26/first-ever-gold-coin-found-in-bulgarias-lyutitsa-fortress-of-byzantine-nicaean-emperor-john-iii-ducas-vatatzes/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/club_nbs_esylum_v21n38.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/club_nbs_esylum_v21n39.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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Shan Tianfang:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-45589713

Constance Sutton:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/26/obituaries/constance-sutton-dead.html

John Putnam:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/25/obituaries/john-putnam-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/2780-audio-news-from-archaeologica-16-september-22-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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