Explorator 21.26 ~ October 21, 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,
Adrienne Mayor, David Emery, 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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Pondering Neanderthal injuries:

https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2018/10/neanderthal-medicine/573028/

More on remains of a Neanderthal child who was eaten by a bird:

https://www.zmescience.com/science/neanderthal-child-bird-14102018/

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Evidence of extensive trade in fish between Egypt and Canaan some 3500 years bp:

http://www.uni-mainz.de/presse/aktuell/6256_ENG_HTML.php
https://phys.org/news/2018-10-extensive-fish-egypt-canaan-years.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/10/181015100451.htm
https://www.timesofisrael.com/ancient-fish-teeth-reveal-intensive-3500-year-old-aquaculture-in-sinai/
https://www.france24.com/en/20181016-egyptians-farmed-fish-3500-years-ago-study
https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-018-32468-1
https://www.academia.edu/37481481/

Tattoos have been found on another 3000 years bp Egyptian mummy from Luxor:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/59149/3-000-year-old-tattooed-mummy-uncovered-in-Luxor-belongs
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-10/17/c_137539840.htm
https://news.cgtn.com/news/3d3d774e3567544f7a457a6333566d54/share.html

Egypt is restoring the al-Zahir Baybars mosque:

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-egypt-antiquities-religion/egypt-resumes-restoration-of-historic-al-zahir-baybars-mosque-idUSKCN1MR2BE

What Zahi Hawass is up to:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/59229/Italy-to-grant-Zahi-Hawass-Social-Commitment-award

Feature on powerful women of Egypt:

http://time.com/5425216/ancient-egypt-women-in-power-today/

Evidence that the site of Gaugamela has been inhabited for 9000 years:

http://www.rudaw.net/english/people-places/17102018

A Bronze Age wall from northeastern Iran:

http://www.tehrantimes.com/news/428763/Bronze-Age-wall-discovered-in-northeast-Iran

Recent Bronze/Iron Age finds from Sirkeli Hoyuk:

http://www.unibe.ch/aktuell/medien/media_relations/medienmitteilungen/2018/medienmitteilungen_2018/komplexe_antike_stadtanlage_in_der_tuerkei_entdeckt/index_ger.html

More on the oldest (so far) inscriptional mention of Jerusalem by that name:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/found-ancient-stone-inscription-unusual-spelling-jerusalem-180970513/

More on that mass beheading site being associated with Alexander Jannaeus:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-decapitated-2-000-year-old-skeletons-unearthed-at-jerusalem-dig-1.6553289
https://www.newsweek.com/ancient-beheadings-and-holy-kings-brutal-slaughter-revealed-jerusalem-mass-1176260

1500 years bp carpentry and agricultural tools from Alexandria Troas:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2018/10/15/1500-year-old-antiquities-found-in-turkeys-alexandria-troas
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/1500-year-old-heritages-found-in-canakkale-137863

On settlements in Jordan during the Mongol invasions:

http://www.jordantimes.com/news/local/%E2%80%98human-settlement-jordan-endured-woes-history%E2%80%99-%C2%AD%E2%80%94-expert

On the archaeological evidence for Goliath (probably paywalled):

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-huge-if-true-the-archaeological-case-for-goliath-1.6568421

Feature on restoring Petra papyri:

http://www.jordantimes.com/news/local/petra-papyri-brought-back-full-glory-after-quarter-century

Feature on the Ilisu Dam and the archaeology being inundated:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2018/10/Upper-Tigris-Il%C4%B1su-Dam

Feature on the Queen of Sheba:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/ancient-cultures/ancient-near-eastern-world/who-is-the-queen-of-sheba-in-the-bible/

Feature on dragons in the Bible (and elsewhere):

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2018/10/Dragons-in-the-Bible

Brian Rose is talking about Midas:

https://badgerherald.com/artsetc/2018/10/17/from-tale-to-truth-golden-touch-of-king-midas-is-uncovered/

Review of Karen Stern, *Writing on the Wall*:

http://www1.cuny.edu/sites/matters/2018/10/10/graffiti-illuminates-the-lives-of-jews-of-antiquity/
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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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On Italy’s oldest musical instrument (maybe):

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/18/arts/music/italy-prehistoric-musical-instrument.html

A 4th century BCE gymnasium from Eretria:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2018/10/17/ancient-palaestra-discovered-in-greeces-eretria/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7078-181017-greece-eretria-palaestra

A 3rd century BCE burial from Sozopol:

https://www.novinite.com/articles/192622/Bulgarian+and+French+Archaeologists+Discovered+an+Impressive+Tomb+in+Sozopol

I think we had this shipwrecks (5?) off Fourni story already (might be five more):

https://www.newsweek.com/ancient-shipwrecks-discovered-greece-rome-lost-civilization-1171965
http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/32960-more-ancient-wrecks-and-pottery-discovered-in-greek-ships%E2%80%99-graveyard.html
https://neoskosmos.com/en/122760/sea-between-ikaria-and-samos-an-ancient-ships-graveyard/
https://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/ancient-ship-graveyard-discovered-in-treacherous-waters/news-story/954dda18b0478586fe5127345c550108
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7077-181016-greece-fourni-wrecks

The big news this week is some graffiti from Pompeii lending support to a later date for the eruption:

http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2018/10/16/find-suggests-pompeii-eruption-in-oct_9d778882-2364-4a15-b6e6-6e8ca49b9571.html
https://www.thelocal.it/20181016/was-pompeii-destroyed-two-months-later-than-we-thought
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-45874858
https://www.livescience.com/63866-pompeii-graffiti-rewrites-vesuvius-timeline.html
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/oct/16/archeological-find-changes-date-of-pompeiis-destruction
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-italy-pompeii/charcoal-inscription-points-to-date-change-for-pompeii-eruption-idUSKCN1MQ2CR
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/pompeii-date-mount-vesuvius-eruption-ad-79-august-october-a8588876.html
https://www.standard.co.uk/news/world/newly-found-pompeii-inscription-rewrites-history-of-mount-vesuvius-eruption-a3964591.html
https://www.independent.ie/world-news/pompeii-discovery-casts-doubt-on-date-of-vesuvius-eruption-37427863.html
https://phys.org/news/2018-10-pompeii-evidence-rewrites-vesuvius-eruption.html
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/pompeii-graffiti-may-give-clue-to-real-date-of-vesuvius-eruption-p00sxhsg9
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/10/16/newly-found-inscription-pompeii-rewrites-history-eruption-mt/
https://www.cnn.com/style/article/pompeii-eruption-inscription-date-intl/index.html
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-10-17/pompeii-graffiti-may-suggests-a-different-date/10385468
https://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/the-times/pompeiis-new-date-with-destiny-corrects-younger-plinys-script/news-story/1d8d3cf327105926ead7e88c826a962c
http://www.theweek.co.uk/97164/graffiti-in-pompeii-set-to-rewrite-history-books
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/art-industry-news-october-17-2018-1372687
https://elpais.com/cultura/2018/10/17/actualidad/1539759970_244111.html
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/graffiti-reveals-when-pompeii-was-destroyed-and-its-not-when-we-thought/
https://www.sciencealert.com/wrong-date-for-pompeii-catastrophe-vesuvius-eruption
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7076-181016-pompeii-date-inscription

… and some useful commentary:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2018/10/16/new-pompeii-graffiti-may-rewrite-history-in-a-major-way/
https://www.the-tls.co.uk/when-did-vesuvius-erupt/

Recent finds from Akrotiri:

https://news.gtp.gr/2018/10/16/santorinis-akrotiri-site-produces-new-archaeological-finds/

What they’re learning from a Roman site outside Flint (not Michigan):

http://www.leaderlive.co.uk/news/16992374.how-field-outside-flint-is-revealing-more-roman-secrets-than-previously-thought/

Evidence of Roman remains at Torwodlee and Trimontium:

https://www.bordertelegraph.com/news/16987944.german-archaeologists-uncover-the-secrets-of-torwodlee-and-trimontium/

Not sure if we’ve mentioned this major Roman coin hoard from MonchengladbacH:

http://www.newsarticleinsiders.com/1200-coins-found-a-roman-hoard-of-coins-in-monchengladbach-is-a-researcher-puzzles

Evidence for a temple of Apollo on St Ivan Island:

https://sofiaglobe.com/2018/10/14/archaeology-ancient-inscription-proves-existence-of-temple-of-apollo-on-bulgarias-st-ivan-island-report/

Roman-era finds from Vinkovci:

https://www.croatiaweek.com/rare-ancient-findings-in-vinkovci-from-between-the-1st-5th-centuries-presented/
http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/gallery/archaeological-excavation-ends-in-croatia-with-over-2-000-discoveries-10-15-2018

A guided underwater tour off Aegina:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-10/15/c_137534423.htm
https://en.brinkwire.com/top-stories/feature-greek-archaeologists-offer-underwater-guided-tour-at-antiquities-off-aegina-island/

Funding to rebuild the Roman Castrum at Ovidiu:

https://www.romania-insider.com/roman-castrum-ovidiu-rebuilt-eu-money/

Looking into why Hadrianopolis was abandoned:

https://eu.greekreporter.com/2018/10/15/why-was-the-ancient-greek-city-of-hadrianopolis-abandoned/

Hoping to find a Roman road in Wales:

https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/archaeological-dig-could-unearth-roman-15285372

Pondering the tale of Pandora and AI:

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/opinion/2018/10/16/commentary/world-commentary/ai-wake-call-ancient-greece/
https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/artificial-intelligence-pandoras-box-by-adrienne-mayor-2018-10

Pondering the purpose of the Aeneid:

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/10/15/is-the-aeneid-a-celebration-of-empire-or-a-critique

This seems related to calls for the return of the Venus de Milo:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2018/10/16/200-were-killed-trying-to-keep-venus-de-milo-in-greece-historian-claims/

More on the cause of death at Pompeii:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2018/10/news-pompeii-deaths-vesuvius-vaporized-skulls-exploded-chemistry/

More on frescoes etc. found in Regio V:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/beautifully-painted-shrine-emerges-ashes-pompeii-180970573/
http://www.ecns.cn/hd/2018-10-17/detail-ifyyzeyv7658421.shtml
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/new-treasures-emerge-from-the-ashes-of-the-ancient-city-of-pompeii-b8pxmvm37
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/pompeii-yields-new-secrets-and-treasures-in-biggest-dig-since-the-1950s-5tbqgwlb6

Classics is threatened at Miami University:

http://miamistudent.net/department-of-classics-is-underfunded-and-on-the-brink-of-collapse/

Feature on Dimitri Nakassis’ work on Linear B documents from the Palace of Nestor:

https://www.colorado.edu/today/2018/10/17/beyond-boulder-bronze-age-bookkeeping-tablets-reveal-complex-society

What Andrew Ford is up to:

https://retriever.umbc.edu/the-twenty-first-century-illiad/

What Barbara Gold is up to:

https://www.hamilton.edu/news/story/professor-classics-barbara-gold-participates-in-caas-meeting

What Farrell Monaco is up to:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p06p625w

On the ‘Roman Brexit’:

https://phys.org/news/2018-10-roman-brexit-life-britain-ad.html
https://theconversation.com/the-roman-brexit-how-life-in-britain-changed-after-409ad-93886

On Himmler’s view of antiquity, and related matters:

https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/himmlers-antiquity/

Review of Zuckerberg, *Not All Dead White Men*:

https://sarahemilybond.com/2018/10/15/book-review-not-all-dead-white-men/
https://www.theatlantic.com/family/archive/2018/10/pickup-artists-ovid/572563/

That child ‘vampire burial’ is still getting press attention:

https://www.livescience.com/63824-child-vampire-burial-italy.html
https://phys.org/news/2018-10-vampire-burial-reveals-efforts-child.html
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/?p=28058
https://www.stuff.co.nz/world/europe/107867731/archaeologists-find-vampire-burial-site-of-a-child-feared-capable-of-rising-from-the-dead
https://www.washingtonpost.com/science/2018/10/15/archaeologists-find-vampire-burial-site-child-feared-capable-rising-dead/
https://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/child-vampire-burial-found-in-italian-roman-villa/news-story/4961dcda6a3f2c7c34b52e7ad09dc8d5
https://sputniknews.com/science/201810141068874591-vampire-child-italy/
https://www.princegeorgecitizen.com/washington-post/us-national/archaeologists-find-vampire-burial-site-of-child-feared-capable-of-rising-from-the-dead-1.23463916
https://www.sciencealert.com/vampire-of-lugnano-burial-5th-century-italy-malaria-cemetery-of-the-babies
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-10-year-old-received-vampire-burial-prevent-return-dead-180970550/
https://www.forbes.com/sites/ericmack/2018/10/13/uncovered-vampire-child-reveals-bizarre-ancient-burial-practice/

This week’s Assassins Creed Odyssey coverage:

https://www.smh.com.au/technology/assassin-s-creed-odyssey-review-an-adventure-of-homeric-proportions-20181016-p509y5.html
https://gamefragger.com/multiplatform/action/assassins_creed/ubisoft-hired-a-specialist-with-a-phd-in-ancient-greek-history-for-assassins-creed-odyssey-a11568

More on the study of miltos:

https://cosmosmagazine.com/archaeology/ancient-history-deciphering-the-roman-red-dust
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7083-181019-roman-red-powder
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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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Not sure if we mentioned this 4000 years bp gold diadem found by a metal detectorist in Essex a couple years ago:

https://www.essexlive.news/whats-on/whats-on-news/how-4000-year-old-golden-2128345

3500 years bp olive pits from Croatia:

https://www.total-croatia-news.com/lifestyle/31821-3-500-year-old-olive-pits-discovered-in-pasman-channel

A Celtic site near Lucerne:

https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/rare-find_archaeologists-uncover-rare-celtic-remains/44478032
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7080-181017-switzerland-celtic-settlement

A major Viking ship burial (hopefully) find in Norway:

https://www.livescience.com/63829-viking-ship-cemetery.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/oct/15/viking-ship-burial-discovered-in-norway-just-50cm-underground
https://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/world-news/736661/Viking-ship-burial-Norway-Oslo-history-discovered
https://www.france24.com/en/20181015-norway-makes-rare-discovery-viking-ship-traces
https://www.dw.com/en/archaeologists-uncover-viking-ship-remains-in-norway/a-45901907
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-10/15/c_137534711.htm
https://nationalpost.com/news/archaeologists-use-ground-penetrating-radar-to-discover-huge-viking-ship-burial-half-a-metre-under-norway-farmland
https://www.nrk.no/ostfold/arkeologer-har-funnet-spor-av-et-vikingskip-i-halden-1.14248882
https://www.sciencealert.com/jellestad-ship-viking-burial-iron-age-jelle-mound-ground-penetrating-radar-norway
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/culture-exploration/2018/10/viking-ship-discovered-norway-archaeology/
https://www.newsweek.com/sixty-six-foot-long-viking-ship-found-buried-farmers-field-just-20-below-1172505
http://www.ibtimes.sg/archaeologists-find-viking-ship-burial-site-norway-by-using-new-tech-tool-27829
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/extremely-rare-viking-ship-burial-discovered-under-norwegian-cemetery/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/viking-ship-burial-found-norwegian-farm-field-180970560/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7075-181016-norway-ship-burial

Evidence a Viking era farm on Iceland was destroyed by the 1104 Hekla eruption:

https://icelandmag.is/article/archaeological-find-thjorsardalur-viking-age-farm-destroyed-1104-hekla-eruption

Latest from the dig at Sudeley Castle:

https://www.gloucestershirelive.co.uk/news/history/huge-discovery-made-gloucestershire-castle-2122430

The oldest plan of the cathedral at Strasbourg has been found:

https://fr.aleteia.org/2018/10/15/strasbourg-le-plus-ancien-plan-de-la-cathedrale-a-ete-retrouve/

Overviewish sort of thing on the finds from Lithuania’s Great Synagogue:

http://www.wamc.org/post/excavation-lithuanias-great-synagogue-highlights-painful-page-history
http://www.wkar.org/post/excavation-lithuanias-great-synagogue-highlights-painful-page-history

On the ‘other side’ of Henry VIII:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/oct/21/history-tudor-henry-viii-fragile-underside-tracy-borman

A Battle of Hasting reenactment:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2018/oct/16/battle-of-hastings-revisited-reenact-1066

Nice followup to the sword-from-a-Swedish-lake story:

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2018/oct/19/experience-pulled-a-1500-year-old-sword-lake-saga-vanecek

How Bermudo III died:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2018/10/09/actualidad/1539086668_335320.html

More on studying parasites in medieval latrines:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/10/181015113530.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-10/uoo-pfm101518.php

More on that chariot burial in Yorkshire:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4363618/Iron-Age-chariot-two-horse-Yorkshire.html

Latest in the Stonehenge tunnel saga:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-wiltshire-45918392
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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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A Song Dynasty ‘Grand Lady’ burial from Tieguai Village:

https://www.livescience.com/63826-grand-lady-skeleton-china.html
https://www.livescience.com/63825-photos-grand-lady-tomb.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7036-181015-china-grand-lady

Latest from the Keezhadi dig in Tamil Nadu:

https://www.thebetterindia.com/161849/keezhadi-excavation-tamil-nadu-ancient-history/

A 19th century bakery type site in Russell:

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/northern-advocate/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503450&objectid=12141601

Linking Angkor’s demise to ‘external climate stress’:

https://phys.org/news/2018-10-huge-complex-infrastructure-triggered-ancient.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-10/uos-csw101718.php

Plans for a survey of Daisen Kofun:

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2018/10/16/national/history/first-joint-survey-planned-daisen-kofun-japans-largest-ancient-tomb/
Humans are off the hook (this week) for the extinction of the Australian marsupial lion:

https://phys.org/science-news/archaeology-fossils/

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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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Hurricane Michael revealed some 19th century shipwrecks in Florida:

https://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/story/news/nation-now/2018/10/20/hurricane-michael-unearthed-ship-wrecks-dog-island-florida/1712168002/
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2018/10/20/hurricane-michael-unearthed-ship-wrecks-dog-island-florida/1712168002/

Feature on runaway slaves and the Great Dismal Swamp:

https://www.thechronicle-online.com/news/world/paradise-of-serpents-runaway-slaves-lived-in-the-great-dismal-swamp-before-escape-to-canada/wcm/53c34572-1272-418c-891d-8202e64f479c

Plans to excavate the site of Our Lady of La Leche in St Augustine:

https://aleteia.org/2018/10/15/archaeologists-revive-a-florida-priests-discovery-buried-since-the-1950s/

Pondering a way to figure out if some ‘Canadian carvings’ depict Vikings:

https://www.livescience.com/63839-viking-carvings-mystery.html

Digitally preserving petroglyphs in Michigan:

https://www.myplainview.com/news/article/Michigan-tribal-partners-digitally-preserving-13323501.php

On Pocahontas an white supremacists:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/2018/10/16/how-pocahontas-myth-slur-props-up-white-supremacy/

What Rhonda Quinn is up to:

http://www.shu.edu/arts-sciences/news/anthropology-professor-featured-in-pbs-documentary.cfm

The Library of Congress has digitized Theodore Roosevelt’s papers:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/17/arts/theodore-roosevelt-papers-online.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share
https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2018/10/18/glimpse-into-heartache-hijinks-life-president-theodore-roosevelt/
https://www.loc.gov/collections/theodore-roosevelt-papers/about-this-collection/

Review of David Blight, *Frederick Douglass*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/17/books/review-frederick-douglass-prophet-of-freedom-david-blight.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share

Review of Sean Wilentz, *No Property in Man*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/18/books/review/sean-wilentz-no-property-in-man.html
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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More on Mayan finds in Guatemala:

https://tulanehullabaloo.com/44019/news/tulane-researchers-discover-large-mayan-cities-in-guatemala/

More on Easter Island’s water supply:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/10/easter-islands-statue-builders-sort-of-drank-from-the-sea/
—–
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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Feature on how coffee rust destroyed an ’empire’:

https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2018/10/16/649155664/coffee-rust-threatens-latin-american-crop-150-years-ago-it-wiped-out-an-empire

On criticism of Western Civilization during the Enlightenment:

https://theconversation.com/criticism-of-western-civilisation-isnt-new-it-was-part-of-the-enlightenment-104567

On the Titanic and the ‘mummy’s curse’:

https://slate.com/culture/2018/10/mummy-curse-titanic-sinking-washington-post-article.html

What bored students in the 18th century did:

https://verne.elpais.com/verne/2018/10/14/articulo/1539519410_620761.html

On Chinese porcelain and the Dutch:

https://news.cgtn.com/news/3d3d674d7863444f7a457a6333566d54/share.html

On Bosnians who speak medieval Spanish:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20181017-the-bosnians-who-speak-medieval-spanish

Not liking the phrase ‘Dark Ages’:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/10/17/anglo-saxon-era-not-dark-ages-british-library-curator-says-exhibition/?WT.mc_id=tmg_share_em

Feature on Magellan’s voyages:

https://elpais.com/elpais/2018/10/16/ciencia/1539676187_543043.html

Did DaVinci have eye problems?:

https://www.livescience.com/63865-leonardo-da-vinci-eye-condition.html
https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/10/da-vincis-possible-vision-disorder-may-have-influenced-his-art/
https://www.cnn.com/2018/10/18/health/da-vinci-rare-eye-condition-study-intl/index.html
https://elpais.com/elpais/2018/10/18/ciencia/1539846969_394583.html

How the mongoose got to Spain:

https://www.economist.com/science-and-technology/2018/10/20/how-the-mongoose-got-to-spain

The British army is reviving the ‘monuments men’ unit:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/british-army-revives-monuments-men-hopes-salvaging-art-war-torn-countries-180970563/

On medieval monsters:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/library-tales-worlds-oldest-monsters-180970471/

On the history of Ouija boards:

https://www.bustle.com/p/the-history-of-ouija-boards-where-they-come-from-why-theyre-so-freaking-creepy-12279291

On the ‘plowing’ metaphor:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/2018/10/17/ancient-metaphor-that-created-modern-sexism/?wpisrc=nl_everything&wpmm=1

Some ‘lost’ works of Anne Sexton have been found:

https://www.idahostatesman.com/news/article219816915.html

Feature on the search for movie sets in the desert:

https://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2018/10/harvard-egyptologist-leads-discussion-on-search-for-california-sphinx/

Pondering the appeal of antiquities:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/tomteicholz/2018/10/14/the-british-museum-the-problematic-yet-enduring-appeal-of-antiquitie/

Restoration of Rembrandt’s Night Watch will be a public affair:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2018/oct/16/the-night-watch-rembrandt-painting-to-be-restored-under-worlds-gaze
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-45874854
https://www.dw.com/en/the-night-watch-rembrandt-masterpiece-will-be-restored-in-public/a-45911174

… Related:

https://aeon.co/videos/how-rembrandt-used-light-and-motion-to-make-a-mundane-commission-a-masterpiece

On the Spanish flu epidemic in 1918:

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20181016-the-flu-that-transformed-the-20th-century
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Afro-Atlantic Histories:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/12/arts/design/afro-atlantic-histories-sao-paulo-museum-of-art-tomie-ohtake-institute.html

The History of the Headscarf:

https://www.dw.com/en/unveiling-the-history-of-the-headscarf/a-45908647
https://www.dw.com/en/veiled-unveiled-the-headscarf-uncovers-head-coverings/g-45896920
https://www.weltmuseumwien.at/en/press/veiled-unveiled-the-headscarf/

Animal Shaped Vessels:

https://hyperallergic.com/461824/you-gotta-fight-for-your-rhyta-to-party/

Ancient War Machines:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/233639/article/ekathimerini/whats-on/ancient-war-machines–athens–to-december-31

Florence and Its Painters:

https://www.dw.com/en/florence-and-its-painters-exhibition-exalts-giotto-botticelli-and-da-vinci/a-45942887

Hans Christian Andersen’s Paper Art:

https://www.dw.com/en/hans-christian-andersens-lesser-known-talent-paper-cuttings/a-45924839

Memoires de glace:

https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/society/archaeology_swiss-glaciers-surrender-secrets-of-the-past/44466602

Kuba:

https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2018/10/20/658101128/a-great-african-kingdom-tells-its-history-in-fabulous-royal-clothes

Reclaiming the Arctic:

https://calgaryherald.com/entertainment/local-arts/reclaiming-the-arctic-glenbow-exhibit-explores-the-north-through-the-eyes-of-19th-century-british-empire-and-the-inuit

Horace Walpole:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/luxury/art/found-221-years-spoils-treasure-hunt-worthy-fake-fortune/

The British Museum opened a new Islamic gallery:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2018/oct/16/british-museum-albukhary-foundation-gallery-of-the-islamic-world-review
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/waldemar-januszczak-islamic-art-galleries-at-the-british-museum-n66m9wzmn
http://iqna.ir/en/news/3467023/new-islamic-gallery-launched-at-british-museum-%C2%A0
https://www.thenational.ae/opinion/editorial/bringing-the-riches-of-islamic-history-to-the-world-1.781258

… related:

https://blog.britishmuseum.org/a-journey-through-the-islamic-world-in-eight-objects/

In the aftermath of the Brazil fire, they’ve found some of the remains of Luzia:

https://phys.org/news/2018-10-brazil-recovers-ancient-human-fossil.html
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-brazil-fire-museum/skull-of-ancient-human-found-in-burned-brazilian-museum-idUSKCN1MT2QY?feedType=RSS&feedName=scienceNews
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-45926733
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/oct/19/brazil-national-museum-fire-luzia-human-fossil-found
https://www.france24.com/en/20181019-brazil-recovers-ancient-human-fossil-fragments-burnt-rio-museum

More on the reopening of the Humboldt Forum:

http://theartnewspaper.com/interview/how-the-humboldt-forum-plans-to-confront-germany-s-colonial-past
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AT THE AUCTIONS
================================================================
Marie Antoinette jewellery is coming to auction:

https://www.dw.com/en/marie-antoinettes-jewels-go-on-display-ahead-of-london-auction/g-45962831
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THE TECHY SIDE
================================================================
On ‘deep learning’ techniques in archaeology:

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/how-deep-learning-helps-archaeologists-rediscover-the-past/

Latest batch of digitized medieval manuscripts:

http://www.medievalists.net/2018/10/800-illuminated-medieval-manuscripts-digitized/

Recreating what Elizabeth I actually looked like:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-did-elizabeth-i-actually-look-artist-has-suggestion-180970553/

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CLIMATE MATTERS
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Climate change-related sea level rise threatens a number of World Heritage sites:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/16/climate/climate-change-historic-sites.html
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2018/10/16/pompeii-among-37-world-heritage-sites-risk-flooding-erosion/#
https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/10/16/study-rising-seas-could-devastate-historical-sites-across-mediterranean/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rising-seas-pose-imminent-threat-dozens-historical-sites-across-mediterranean-180970567/
http://english.donga.com/List/3/03/26/1504765/1
https://elpais.com/elpais/2018/10/16/ciencia/1539700680_142377.html
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ON THE DNA FRONT
================================================================
Recent research into the Andean genome shows adaptations to farming and altitude:

https://phys.org/news/2018-10-ancient-andean-genomes-distinct-farming.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/10/181017211657.htm

Linking genetics and Ural languages:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-10/arsc-sfc101518.php

On DNA and dog domestication:

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/?p=27924
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-45875974
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-6285735/DNA-evidence-reveals-early-farmers-really-connected-dogs.html

Linking DNA and the spread of TB by Europeans:

https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2018/10/19/658797864/the-tb-that-afflicts-much-of-the-world-was-likely-spread-by-europeans

A major study of African DNA:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-10/asoh-nls101218.php

On the science behind genetic testing:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/18/opinion/sunday/dna-elizabeth-warren.html?nytapp=true&smid=nytcore-ios-share

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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TOURISTY THINGS
================================================================
Mount Athos:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/20/world/europe/mount-athos-greece-russia-eastern-orthodox-church.html

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PERFORMANCES
================================================================
Hadrian:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/14/arts/music/hadrian-opera-review-rufus-wainwright.html
https://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/theatre-and-performance/reviews/article-review-rufus-wainwrights-hadrian-bares-moments-of-genuine-beauty/
https://www.thestar.com/entertainment/stage/2018/10/14/hadrian-a-visual-feast-but-operatic-letdown.html
http://www.playbill.com/article/take-a-look-at-the-world-premiere-of-rufus-wainwrights-opera-hadrian

… related:

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/music/article-a-ditty-for-a-deity-composer-michael-levy-on-having-lyre-composition/

They Shall Not Grow Old:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-45884501
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CRIME BEAT
================================================================
Not sure about the numbers in this item on antiquities smuggling in Egypt:

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-10-21/egypts-3-billion-dollar-smuggling-problem/10388394

A pair of smugglers was arrested while bulldozing a site in Israel:

https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Two-antiquity-smugglers-arrested-for-bulldozing-Jewish-archaeological-site-569520
https://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/253310

A major bust in an upscale Cairo neighbhourhood:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/313542/Egypt/Politics-/Egypts-police-seize–stolen-artifacts-from-foreign.aspx

Latest manuscript confiscation at the Cairo airport:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/egypt-confiscates-historic-manuscript-in-cairo-international-airport/

A different sort of ‘antiquities’ smuggling:

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-drug-statue-charges-20181016-story.html
https://www.usatoday.com/videos/news/nation/2018/10/18/drug-dealers-caught-disguising-meth-aztec-artifacts/38197657/

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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NUMISMATICA
================================================================
Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/club_nbs_esylum_v21n41.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/club_nbs_esylum_v21n42.html

————————
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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Angela Donati:

https://currentepigraphy.org/2018/10/14/angela-donati-1942-2018/

Anthea Bell:

https://www.dw.com/en/asterix-translator-anthea-bell-dies-at-82/a-45943023

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
================================================================
Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-main-menu-cat/audio-news-list/2785-audio-news-from-archaeologica-7-october-13-october-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/

Great Basin Anthropological Conference (November 7-10):

https://greatbasinanthropologicalassociation.org/gbac-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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