Explorator 21.29 ~ November 11, 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,
Richard Miller, Rick Heli, Carina Fodor, Richard C. Griffiths, and Ross W. Sargent for
headses upses this week (as always hoping I have left no one out).

Remember …

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Inbreeding is being blamed for skeletal deformities dating to 200 000 years bp:

https://phys.org/news/2018-11-anthropologist-high-developmental-anomalies-pleistocene.html
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/11/frequent-inbreeding-may-have-caused-skeletal-abnormalities-early-humans
https://cosmosmagazine.com/biology/huge-numbers-of-deformities-found-in-ancient-human-remains
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/?p=28679
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rampant-inbreeding-may-have-contributed-early-humans-high-rate-skeletal-abnormalities-180970733/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7127-181106-early-human-inbreeding

40 000 years bp animal petroglyph from Borneo:

https://phys.org/news/2018-11-oldest-animal-remote-indonesian-cave.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/07/science/oldest-cave-art-borneo.html
https://www.livescience.com/64034-oldest-figurative-cave-art.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-46114423
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/oldest-figurative-painting-borneo-cave-art-cows-banteng-prehistoric-a8622256.html
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/11/frequent-inbreeding-may-have-caused-skeletal-abnormalities-early-humans
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/nov/07/worlds-oldest-figurative-painting-discovered-in-borneo-cave
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2018/11/07/worlds-oldest-drawing-animal-found-cave-borneo-dating-52000/
https://www.dw.com/en/oldest-known-figurative-art-found-in-borneo-cave/a-46202523
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/MAGAZINE-world-s-earliest-figurative-art-wasn-t-in-europe-archaeologists-reveal-1.6631600
https://finance.yahoo.com/news/oldest-known-animal-drawing-found-remote-indonesian-cave-180318778.html
https://www.npr.org/2018/11/07/664850289/indonesian-caves-hold-oldest-figurative-paintings-ever-found-scientists-say
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2018/11/news-oldest-animal-drawing-borneo-cave-art-human-origins/
https://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=12156995
https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/11/the-worlds-oldest-figurative-drawing-depicts-a-wounded-animal/
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/?p=28740
https://elpais.com/elpais/2018/11/07/ciencia/1541590089_251564.html
https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/science/2018/11/07/cave-art-worlds-oldest-paintings-animals-discovered-borneo/1922195002/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/worlds-oldest-known-figurative-paintings-discovered-borneo-cave-180970747/
https://theconversation.com/borneo-cave-discovery-is-the-worlds-oldest-rock-art-in-southeast-asia-106252
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7128-181107-indonesia-rock-art

The ongoing discussion about Neanderthal language:

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/crux/?p=10260
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AFRICA
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Stone tools from Mesolithic South Africa suggest connections between communities:

https://phys.org/news/2018-11-experts-stone-tools.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-11/uotw-eft110918.php

Feature on Tegenu Gossa Aredo’s work in Ethiopia (and Africa at large):

https://www.dw.com/en/tegenu-gossa-aredo-studying-prehistoric-african-archaeology/a-45187540
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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A 4500 years bp ramp system from Hatnub is another ‘solving the mystery of the pyramids’ moment, apparently:

https://phys.org/news/2018-11-ancient-quarry-ramp-workers-egypt.html
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/nov/06/new-discovery-throws-light-on-mystery-of-pyramids-construction
https://www.newsweek.com/ancient-egypt-how-i-discovered-ramp-might-have-been-used-build-gizas-great-1207432
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/11/08/ancient-ramps-may-explain-egyptians-built-pyramids/
https://www.timesofisrael.com/staircases-and-postholes-new-finds-offer-insight-on-how-egypt-build-pyramids/

… interesting background to the study:

http://theconversation.com/great-pyramid-how-my-research-on-ancient-egyptian-poetry-led-to-an-amazing-discovery-106561

Mummified scarab beetles (!) from a Fifth Dynasty tomb at Saqqara:

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-egypt-archaeology-discovery/ancient-egyptian-tombs-yield-rare-find-of-mummified-scarab-beetles-idUSKCN1NF0KY

… later reports add statuary and plenty of cat mummies (this seems to be the same site) from other tomgs in the area:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/316079/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Seven-new-tomb-discoveries-in-Saqqara-Egypts-minis.aspx
http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/60265/Seven-tombs-with-mummified-cats-discovered-at-Saqqara-necropolis
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/nov/11/dozens-of-cat-mummies-found-in-6000-year-old-tombs-in-egypt
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-46167334
https://www.dw.com/en/mummies-of-cats-scarabs-found-in-newly-discovered-egyptian-tombs/a-46243315
https://phys.org/news/2018-11-egypt-newly-tombs-mummies-animal.html
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-11/11/c_137597881.htm
https://www.france24.com/en/20181110-cat-mummies-animal-statues-discovered-egypt-sarcophagi

Finds from various periods (12th, 20th dynasties, Third Intermediate, Late) from Matariya:

https://phys.org/news/2018-11-egypt-archaeologists-artifacts-cairo.html
https://egyptianstreets.com/2018/11/07/egyptian-german-expedition-discovers-inscriptions-at-temple-of-the-sun/
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/11/egypt-archaeologists-discover-artifacts-dating-4000-years-181106161135907.html
https://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/egypt-archaeologists-found-artifacts-cairo-dig-58995475
https://www.ctvnews.ca/sci-tech/egypt-says-archeologists-found-more-artifacts-at-cairo-dig-1.4165107
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7131-181108-egypt-ancient-inscriptions

An 18th dynasty sandstone panel and a ‘wooden ark’ from Luxor:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/sandstone-panel-ark-unearthed-in-luxor-archaeologist/
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-11/08/c_137592841.htm

Talking about how Tut became tut:

https://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2018/11/scholar-speaks-at-harvard-on-how-images-helped-shaped-legend-of-king-tut/

A 7000 years bp temple site from Kuwait:

http://www.thenews.pl/1/11/Artykul/391501,Polish-archaeologists-uncover-oldest-temple-in-Persian-Gulf-region

Very interesting ‘ship graffiti’ from a Roman era cistern in Beersheba:

https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Ancient-engravings-of-ships-and-animals-uncovered-in-Beersheba-571282
https://www.timesofisrael.com/hold-the-camels-2000-year-old-cistern-in-beersheba-engraved-with-sea-vessels/
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/MAGAZINE-graffiti-of-ships-and-animals-found-in-2-000-year-old-cistern-in-israeli-desert-city-1.6633364
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/ancient-beersheba-desert-cistern-reveals-engravings-of-ships/2018/11/07/
http://www.china.org.cn/world/Off_the_Wire/2018-11/08/content_70889890.htm

Nice feature on the people doing the actual digging at Hattusha:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/making-a-living-in-an-ancient-city-in-anatolia-138593

On an innovation in growing trees in the Negev, 1000 years bp:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-desert-farmers-in-israel-invented-unique-farming-method-1-000-years-ago-1.6617810

On the restoration of the Lion of Al-lat:

https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ancient-lion-of-al-lat-stands-proud-again-after-being-restored-by-polish-archaeologists-3081

What Kara Cooney is up to:

https://dailybruin.com/2018/11/06/professor-unearths-lost-legacies-of-female-pharaohs-parallels-with-women-today/

I think we’ve had this item on Brian Rose and Midas:

http://www.dailycardinal.com/article/2018/11/professor-of-archaeology-sheds-light-on-the-myth-of-king-midass-golden-touch
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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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I think we mentioned this kouroi find from Atalanti:

https://www.apnews.com/495c51b51dfe4d80b55a983301be245b
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7122-181105-greece-limestone-statues

Latest from the Mycenean site at Gla:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/33292-%E2%80%9Creviving%E2%80%9D-of-mycenaean-acropolis-of-gla-in-viotia-area-of-central-greece.html

This year’s finds from Vindolanda include remains of a dog with fur intact:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tyne-46126499

Russian archaeologists have found remains of a Greek settlement in the Crimea:

https://eu.greekreporter.com/2018/11/10/russian-archaeologists-discover-ancient-greek-settlement-in-crimea/

An extensive study in France suggests tales of Gauls embalming the heads of their enemies might have been true:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/nov/07/the-gauls-really-did-embalm-the-severed-heads-of-enemies-research-shows
https://www.livescience.com/64030-embalmed-heads-ancient-celts.html
https://www.sciencealert.com/ancient-gauls-did-embalm-heads-conifer-resin-over-2-000-years-ago
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/ancient-gauls-embalmed-the-severed-heads-of-their-enemies-in-grisly-death-rituals/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7129-181107-france-embalmed-heads

A possible Roman site in Sheffield is in the way of development:

https://www.thestar.co.uk/news/hundreds-oppose-new-homes-planned-on-rumoured-site-of-roman-ridge-in-sheffield-1-9432381

Feature on Caligula’s ships at Nemi:

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/crux/?p=10218

Feature on Boudicca:

https://aeon.co/essays/boudica-how-a-widowed-queen-became-a-rebellious-woman-warrior

This find of a schoolhouse in Egypt with ‘Odyssey is reported as new, but I think it’s a couple years old:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2018/11/09/1700-year-old-school-in-ancient-egypt-features-greek-text-on-the-wall/

Marking the rediscovery of Philip II’s tomb:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2018/11/08/the-anniversary-of-the-discovery-of-king-philip-iis-tomb/

Review of Adrienne Mayor, *Gods and Robots*:

https://www.spectator.co.uk/2018/11/the-ancient-greeks-would-have-loved-alexa/

In case you missed the Toulouse ‘minotaur’:

https://www.thisiscolossal.com/2018/11/46-foot-tall-minotaur-by-la-machine/

Latest US is Rome piece (sort of):

https://www.spectator.co.uk/2018/11/decline-and-fall-why-america-always-thinks-its-going-the-way-of-rome/

… and lessons from the fall of the Republic:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/lessons-decline-democracy-from-ruined-roman-republic-180970711/

More protests in Greece over privatization of archaeological sites:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2018/11/06/greek-municipalities-sue-over-privatization-of-archaeological-sites/

More on those ‘dirty jokes’ mosaics from a Roman latrine at Antiochia ad Cragum:

https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/dirty-jokes-in-2000yearold-bathroom-mosaics-reveal-we-havent-changed-since-roman-times/
https://metro.co.uk/2018/11/07/roman-mens-toilet-was-full-of-penis-jokes-archaeologists-find-8112991/
http://www.papermag.com/ancient-roman-dick-pic-2618780190.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/roman-latrine-was-full-dirty-jokes-180970705/
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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 2000 years bp wooden bowl from Orkney found a few months ago show signs of repairs:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-46124211
https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/islands/1605407/orkneys-old-bowl-ed-and-beautiful-find/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7132-181108-orkney-wooden-bowl

Studying the remains of a Byzantine fort in Chrisosotira:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2018/11/06/slavs-avars-burned-down-byzantine-city-chrisosotira-in-early-7th-century-digs-on-bulgarias-black-sea-coast-reveal/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7134-181109-bulgaria-byzantine-fortress

A 1300 years bp Visigothic church from Chipiona:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2018/11/06/actualidad/1541507013_041787.html

Remains of a possible 12th century structure in Edinburgh:

https://www.theedinburghreporter.co.uk/2018/11/archaeologists-believe-this-is-where-edinburgh-began/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7135-181109-medieval-scotland-edinburgh

A study of a medieval skeleton suggests that a fern plant may have been used for medicinal purposes:

https://phys.org/news/2018-11-fern-infusion-doctor-medieval-europe.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-11/uoy-fpi110218.php
https://www.forbes.com/sites/fionamcmillan/2018/11/09/new-evidence-ferns-were-used-as-medicine-in-medieval-europe/

A 400 years bp gold ring from North Staffordshire has been declared treasure:

https://www.stokesentinel.co.uk/news/stoke-on-trent-news/post-medieval-ring-found-north-2202801

Assorted restoration/reopening news from Bulgaria:

https://sofiaglobe.com/2018/11/09/fourteenth-century-church-in-bulgarias-nessebur-re-opened-after-us-funded-restoration/

A 150 years bp Torah from Lodz:

https://m.jpost.com/Diaspora/Rare-150-year-old-Torah-scroll-found-in-Lodz-Jewish-Ghetto-house-571171

Remembering the discovery of ‘Seahenge’ a couple decades ago (in the early days of Explorator!):

https://www.edp24.co.uk/news/king-s-lynn-norfolk-s-seahenge-20-years-on-1-5773351

Latest on the Norwich Castle Keep project:

https://www.eveningnews24.co.uk/news/politics/norwich-castle-keep-project-gets-go-ahead-1-5769934
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-norfolk-46143069

Feature on Viking Chess:

https://www.hakaimagazine.com/news/viking-chess-with-whale-bones/

Feature on Sicilian mummies:

https://www.bbc.com/reel/playlist/the-beautiful-dead

On buildings saved by Historic England:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-46103643

More on HS2 digs about to happen:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/excavation-planned-rail-line-yields-trove-archaeological-treasures-spanning-10000-years-british-history-180970739/

More on Viking use of Tar:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/tar-very-much-archaeologist-finds-secret-of-vikings-seafaring-success-lkndvhb6r
https://www.zmescience.com/science/archaeology/vikings-tar-europe-03112018/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7121-181105-sweden-viking-tar
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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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‘Dairying’ arrived in Mongolia ca 1300 BCE via cultural transmission, apparently:

https://phys.org/news/2018-11-oldest-evidence-dairying-east-asian.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-11/mpif-oeo110118.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/11/181105160857.htm

Evidence of ‘craniotomy’ from a pair of 3000 years bp ckulss from Henan:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-11/10/c_137596710.htm

Possible 2000 years bp rice wine from a Han Dynasty tomb in Henan:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-11/06/c_137586472.htm
https://www.newsweek.com/ancient-china-rice-wine-discovered-sprawling-2000-year-old-tomb-1203849
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7125-181106-china-ancient-wine

Remains of a timber vessel dating to the 1830s from a New South Wales beach:

https://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/latest-news/nsws-oldest-boat-uncovered-during-works/news-story/144e28b531fbf804e8373c1b06d90100?nk=aeee3840af8423675e5a3fffae1ae87f-1541948160
https://www.miragenews.com/nsw-s-oldest-boat-uncovered-at-barangaroo/

Recreating a Maori sail:

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12154864
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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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[lots more in the DNA section]

Remains of some of Quebec City’s earliest fortifications were dug up:

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/archeologists-quebec-city-325-year-old-wooden-fortifications-1.4893781
https://globalnews.ca/news/4634417/quebec-city-archaeological-find/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7130-181107-quebec-french-fortification

Evidnece of a Jesuit plantation in Maryland:

https://aleteia.org/2018/11/05/jesuit-plantation-among-sites-discovered-on-navy-lands-in-maryland/

Searching for a War of 1812 boatyard in Akron:

https://www.ohio.com/news/20181109/is-there-war-of-1812-boatyard-in-akron-archaeologists-working-to-find-out

On early copper mining in Michigan:

http://lansingcitypulse.com/article-16657-Copper-mining-history-unearthed-by-Michigan-state-archaeologist.html

A ‘mystery tunnel’ beneath Fredericksburg (VA):

https://www.greensboro.com/news/trending/there-s-a-mystery-tunnel-running-under-a-virginia-city/article_4e769492-9d87-5d8a-8f1d-b54aa7dbb5b3.html

More on the Arizona Parks Department destroying sites:

http://www.grandcanyonnews.com/news/2018/nov/06/archaeologists-say-state-parks-department-destroye/

More on that 6000 years bp axe head from Mount Vernon:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2018/10/31/students-discover-year-old-stone-ax-mount-vernon/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7126-181106-virginia-prehistoric-ax

More on that spearpoint from Texas:

https://www.wacotrib.com/news/environment/baylor-helps-date-central-texas-spear-points-to-years-ago/article_ee716c4a-b0e0-5f20-bde9-c230dc533f9f.html
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Rethinking stone complexes in the Atacama Desert:

https://phys.org/news/2018-11-reinterpretation-tuln-excavation-social-complexity.html
https://www.livescience.com/64025-ancient-ceremonial-complexes-atacama.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7133-181108-chile-atacama-desert

Finds from a 14th century Lucayan site on the Turks and Caicos:

http://tcweeklynews.com/ancient-artefacts-uncovered-p9158-149.htm
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7120-181105-turks-caicos-flooring

Not sure if we mentioned these Chan Chan sculptures from Peru:

https://www.livescience.com/63940-wooden-idols-peru-archaeology.html
https://gritdaily.com/ancient-sculptures-peru/

Preserving a 17th century church in Peru:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/03/science/adobe-peru-restoration.html

Trying to save the birthplace of General Artigas:

https://www.elobservador.com.uy/nota/intendencia-busca-expropiar-casa-en-la-que-nacio-artigas-que-esta-abandonada-201811619112

Mapping the tunnel beneath the Pyramid of the Moon:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidbressan/2018/11/07/geologists-map-secret-tunnel-and-chamber-found-beneath-aztec-pyramid/

Feature on the Inca empire:

https://www.livescience.com/41346-the-incas-history-of-andean-empire.html

Feature on Zelia Nuttall:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/archaeologist-who-helped-mexico-find-glory-its-past-180970700/
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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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Plenty of items marking the centennial of the armistice in various ways:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-46098878 (postcards)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-45641166 (armistice parties)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-46092004 (Wilfrid Owen)
https://news.yale.edu/2018/11/06/beinecke-displays-world-war-i-writings-siegfried-sassoon-owen-johnson (Sassoon, Johnson)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-46144319 (on Germany remembering the wars)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-46124467 (Muslim soldiers)
https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/features/remembrance-day-2018-ww1-war-poetry-wilfred-owen-siegfried-sassoon-carol-ann-duffy-a8622996.html (War Poetry)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-46138764 (negotiations)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-46136544 (effects on journalism)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-46157508 (They Shall Not Grow Old)
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/09/world/europe/armistice-day-100th-anniversary-photos.html (Photos)
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/10/science/chemical-weapons-world-war-1-armistice.html (Chemical weapons)

On the history of wallpaper:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20181106-the-surprising-story-of-wallpaper

A new Spanish translation of Dante:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2018/11/08/actualidad/1541705081_775313.html

On the history of vibrators:

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20181107-the-history-of-the-vibrator

On the soaring value of the Salvator Mundi:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/09/arts/design/leonardo-da-vinci-tajan-paris-renaissance-.html

Remembering Kristallnacht:

https://www.dw.com/en/what-the-nazis-stole-from-synagogues-during-the-november-1938-pogrom/a-46215426
https://www.dw.com/en/80-years-ago-the-nazi-night-of-broken-glass-pogrom/g-46064246

On the history of collective nouns:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20181108-why-a-group-of-hippos-is-called-a-bloat

On the history of pearls as jewellery:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20181109-when-men-wore-pearls

On the colour silver:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20181102-silver-the-colour-of-betrayal

An Ancient World Project on Paul in Athens:

https://paul-in-athens.nes.lsa.umich.edu/news-release

A restored Smethwick Engine:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-birmingham-46103113

On the history of the placebo effect:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/07/magazine/placebo-effect-medicine.html

On losing German identity in New York in WWI:

https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Die-Deutschen-Who-Disappeared-What-happened-to-13362244.php

Tracing the history of the Dama de Elche:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2018/10/17/actualidad/1539790920_448962.html

On Old English poetry:

https://newrepublic.com/article/152111/oldest-books-say-us

On salt and pepper coming together:

https://www.bbc.com/ideas/videos/match-made-in-heaven-how-salt-met-pepper/p06r4ttd

On T.S. Eliot:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/09/books/review/ts-eliot-waste-land.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Farts

Archaeologists trying to get into the US might have some difficulties:

https://www.inverse.com/article/50481-archeology-katie-manning-black-listed-us

Review of a biography of Nietzsche:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/01/books/review-i-am-dynamite-life-of-nietzsche-sue-prideaux.html
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Ashurbanipal:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2018/nov/06/i-am-ashurbanipal-review-british-museum
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/art/what-to-see/ashurbanipal-british-museum-review-gripping-fusion-beauty-brutality/
https://www.standard.co.uk/go/london/arts/ashurbanipal-british-museum-exhibition-review-a3981641.html
https://londonist.com/london/ashurbanipal
http://theartnewspaper.com/preview/assyrian-warrior-king-rides-into-town-with-his-library-in-tow
https://www.euronews.com/2018/11/07/watch-assyrian-king-of-the-world-on-dispaly-in-london
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/magazine/culture/art-review-i-am-ashurbanipal-king-of-the-world-king-of-assyria-british-museum-z9kbb9bsk

Romanovs:

https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-46133180

Alfonso XIII:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2018/11/06/actualidad/1541517435_674442.html

Renaissance Nude:

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/arts/la-et-cm-renaissance-nude-20181108-htmlstory.html
http://www.getty.edu/art/exhibitions/renaissance_nude/

Obscene Books:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-46131472

Radicals and Reformers:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-46124677

Broken Faces:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-bristol-46118653

Rome: City and Empire:

https://www.theaustralian.com.au/arts/review/rome-city-and-empire-exhibition-traces-the-growth-of-an-epoch/news-story/f3f08704a080e0c1c1ce0b0dcf257976

Underworld:

http://guardianlv.com/2018/11/getty-explores-underworld-and-ancient-greek-beliefs-about-afterlife/

Fort Laramie Treaty:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/1868-two-nations-made-treaty-us-broke-it-and-plains-indian-tribes-are-still-seeking-justice-180970741/

Revolutionary Artifacts:

https://www.timesunion.com/local/article/Fort-Ticonderoga-shows-Revolutionary-artifacts-13360842.php

Kristalnacht:

https://m.jpost.com/Israel-News/Yad-Vashem-launches-Kristalnacht-exhibition-for-pogroms-80th-anniversary-571277

Feature on the UCL Pathology Museum:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-45969368

Feature on some royalty at the BM:

https://www.standard.co.uk/go/london/arts/british-museum-london-kings-queens-a3982406.html
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AT THE AUCTIONS
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A Baudelaire letter fetched a huge price:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-46091078
http://www.latimes.com/books/la-et-jc-beaudelaire-20181106-story.html
https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/nov/05/baudelaire-suicide-letter-fetches-three-times-estimated-price-at-auction

Followup fears from that Assyrian sale last week:

https://www.npr.org/2018/11/04/663372633/record-setting-sale-of-an-ancient-assyrian-stone-relief-sparks-looting-fears-in
http://www.knau.org/post/record-setting-sale-ancient-assyrian-stone-relief-sparks-looting-fears-iraq
https://www.opb.org/news/article/npr-record-setting-sale-of-an-ancient-assyrian-stone-relief-sparks-looting-fears-in-iraq/
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THE TECHY SIDE
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The READ project:

https://read.transkribus.eu/

What Christophe Schuwey is up to:

https://news.yale.edu/2018/11/08/digital-humanist-schuwey-rebooting-400-year-old-french-facebook

Recreating the past sounds of the Cordoba Mosque:

https://phys.org/news/2018-11-recreating-islamic-mosque-cordoba.html

On isotopic analysis of Neolithic/Iron Age teeth:

https://phys.org/news/2018-11-prehistoric-teeth-secrets.html

What qualitative 3d analysis of bone wear patterns reveals:

https://phys.org/news/2018-11-quantitative-d-analysis-bone-tools.html

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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There were a pile of genomic type studies relating to the peopling of the Americas; the easiest way to read the findings seems to be collectively (these were difficult to sort):

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/week-has-offered-slew-insights-western-hemispheres-first-humans-180970768/
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/ancient-dna-fossils-south-america-populated
https://gizmodo.com/three-new-dna-studies-are-shaking-up-the-history-of-hum-1830313369

Analysis of the Spirit Cave remains demonstrate links to Native American peoples:

https://phys.org/news/2018-11-dna-world-oldest-natural-mummy.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/11/181108142340.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-11/sjcu-dow110618.php
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/08/science/prehistoric-migration-americas.html
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/sprit-cave-mummy-ice-age-ancient-humans-native-americans-genetics-a8624881.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/nov/08/scientists-prove-10000-year-old-mummy-is-native-american-ancestor
https://www.livescience.com/64048-ancient-dna-first-americas.html
https://elpais.com/elpais/2018/11/08/ciencia/1541698702_366020.html

Focus on a child’s tooth from Alaska:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-11/uoaf-act110218.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/11/181108142216.htm

On evidence for two (or more) migrations:

https://phys.org/news/2018-11-ancient-dna-analysis-yields-unexpected.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-11/cp-ade110118.php
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-11/uonm-ahp110818.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/11/181108142421.htm
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2018/11/08/americas-clovis-migration-south-america/
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2018/11/ancient-dna-reveals-complex-migrations-first-americans/
http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/11/ancient-dna-confirms-native-americans-deep-roots-north-and-south-america
http://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-07374-1
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2018/11/08/first-americans-leap-frogged-across-continents/#.W-hA1HpKhn4
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/?p=28732
https://gizmodo.com/three-new-dna-studies-are-shaking-up-the-history-of-hum-1830313369
https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2018/11/what-happened-after-people-first-arrived-americas/575335/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7136-181109-new-world-migrations

On Clovis connections to South America:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-11/fda-tnf110918.php
https://phys.org/news/2018-11-ancient-dna-analysis-yields-unexpected.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/11/181109155524.htm

There was also a piece on genetic adaptation to the Andean highlands (which we may have mentioned):

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-11/uocm-hoe110218.php
https://phys.org/news/2018-11-history-early-settlement-survival-andean.html
https://www.livescience.com/64052-ancient-dna-andes-survival.html
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/11/how-people-andes-evolved-live-high-altitudes

… and a related one on adapting to a starchy diet there too:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-11/ehs-gr110718.php

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Paros and Delos:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/travel/destinations/europe/greece/things-to-do-cyclades-greek-islands-marble/

Faroe Islands:

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p06d9m5n/a-500-year-old-fight-to-save-a-language

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PERFORMANCES
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The Watsons:

https://nyti.ms/2yVZCef?smid=nytcore-ios-share

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CRIME BEAT
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Latest selfie-taker-damages-art story:

https://www.cnn.com/2018/11/03/europe/russian-women-damage-artwork/index.html

A smuggler was caught at the Gaza border with some ancient coins:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/smuggler-caught-at-gaza-border-with-coins-from-time-of-alexander-the-great/

… and another trying smuggle coins into Israel from Jordan:

http://www.jewishpress.com/news/archaeology-news/palestinian-arab-caught-attempting-to-smuggling-ancient-coins-from-jordan-into-israel/2018/11/05/

A bust in Yemen:

https://www.albawaba.com/editorchoice/yemeni-police-stop-smuggle-rare-ancient-statues-marib-1210298

Someone stole some archaeological remains from a car on Halloween down the street from me in Hamilton:

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/toronto/article-police-search-for-human-remains-stolen-from-archaeologists-car-on/
https://www.woodstocksentinelreview.com/news/local-news/police-recover-19th-century-bones-stolen-from-archaeologists

… but they were recovered:

https://globalnews.ca/news/4645032/hamilton-police-recover-stolen-human-remains/

OpEd on looted antiquities at art fairs:

https://observer.com/2018/11/looted-antiquities-sold-art-fairs-who-to-blame/

Latest Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2018/11/culture-crime-news-29-october-4-november-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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China is trying to buy back some of its lost heritage:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/09/arts/design/chinese-antiques-london.html

Egypt is renewing its calls for the return of the Rosetta Stone:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/egypt-calls-on-uk-to-return-rosetta-stone/
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/11/06/egyptian-museum-calls-rosetta-stone-returned-uk-200-years/
https://www.standard.co.uk/go/london/arts/british-museum-rosetta-stone-egypt-a3981736.html

Thailand is seeking some returns from the US:

https://qz.com/1459165/thailand-demands-us-museums-return-its-art/

More on Chile’s efforts to get various things back from various museums:

https://phys.org/news/2018-11-chile-british-museum-extinct-mammal.html

Feature on Akinola Davies Jr:

https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/439ypb/akinola-davies-jr-african-treasures-stolen-white-colonizers

Italy marked the repatriation of some antiquities with a tougher law:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/11/04/italys-populist-government-brings-new-laws-crack-artefact-trafficking/
https://windsorstar.com/news/world/italy-marks-return-of-stolen-antiquities-with-tougher-law/wcm/ae0fdaaa-a968-4b2a-954d-cf03af7abe49
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NUMISMATICA
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Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/club_nbs_esylum_v21n44.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/club_nbs_esylum_v21n45.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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John Race:

https://www.witneygazette.co.uk/news/17210286.obituary-john-race-was-familiar-sight-flying-model-planes-by-river/

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

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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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