Explorator 21.30 ~ November 18, 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, Val Moore, Rich Heli, Adrienne Mayor, Don Buck, Laurel Carey,
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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Rethinking the purportedly high rate of Neanderthal head injuries (and their implications):

https://phys.org/news/2018-11-neanderthals-ancestors.html
https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2018/11/myth-traumatized-neanderthal/575776/
https://www.npr.org/2018/11/14/667818915/maybe-neanderthals-werent-quite-so-nasty-and-brutish
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/?p=29099
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/skull-damage-suggests-neandertals-led-no-more-violent-lives-humans
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7147-181115-neanderthal-head-injuries

More on that Neanderthal thorax reconstruction:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-11/uotb-nvr111418.php
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AFRICA
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More on community connections being made via stone tools in Mesolithic South Africa:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/11/181109101438.htm
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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3500 years bp burial of a near-end-of-term-pregnancy woman at Kom Ombo:

https://www.newsweek.com/ancient-egypt-skeleton-heavily-pregnant-woman-broken-pelvis-fetus-discovered-1215095
http://www.arabnews.com/node/1406026/middle-east
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/culture/2018/11/ancient-egypt-pregnant-woman-burial-archaeology/
https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2018/11/16/skeletons-of-pregnant-egyptian-woman-and-fetus-found-by-archaeologists-suggest-death-in-childbirth/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7145-181115-egypt-pregnant-woman

Egyptian astronomers apparently knew about the variability of the Algol star system:

https://phys.org/news/2018-11-ancient-egyptians-algol-variability-years.html

More on those tombs from Saqqarah with cat mummies and other assorted items:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/60265/Seven-tombs-with-mummified-cats-discovered-at-Saqqara-necropolis
https://www.egyptindependent.com/three-pharaonic-cemeteries-discovered-in-sakkara-minister/
http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/316079/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Seven-new-tomb-discoveries-in-Saqqara-Egypts-minis.aspx
https://phys.org/news/2018-11-egypt-newly-tombs-mummies-animal.html
https://www.livescience.com/64065-photos-cat-mummies-saqqara-egypt.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/nov/11/dozens-of-cat-mummies-found-in-6000-year-old-tombs-in-egypt
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/cat-necropolis-found-near-pyramids-of-giza-93nfmnrlk
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/ancient-egypt-cat-mummies-scarab-tomb-saqqara-cairo-archaeology-a8628886.html
https://www.theweek.co.uk/97722/cat-mummies-found-in-6000-year-old-tombs-in-egypt
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2018/11/11/archaeologists-have-discovered-dozens-cat-mummies-an-ancient-egyptian-tomb/?utm_term=.92eb88b51072
https://www.npr.org/2018/11/11/666704847/archaeologists-discover-dozens-of-cat-mummies-100-cat-statues-in-ancient-tomb
https://www.yahoo.com/news/tens-cat-mummies-100-cat-162652792.html
https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/11/dozens-of-cat-mummies-discovered-in-egyptian-tombs/
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/dozens-of-mummied-cats-and-hundreds-of-cat-statues-unearthed-in-egypt-/
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/MAGAZINE-archaeologists-find-mummified-sacred-beetles-and-cats-in-ancient-egyptian-tombs-1.6638330
https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/ancient-cultures/ancient-near-eastern-world/saqqara-tombs-animal-mummies/
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2018/11/16/cat-mummy-discovered-egypt/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tomb-full-cats-and-scarab-found-egypt-180970786/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7137-181112-egypt-cats-scarabs

Opeddish sort of thing on that ‘cursed sarcophagus’ from a while back:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/the-cursed-sarcophagus-in-alexandria/

Latest coverage of the Huqoq mosaics:

https://www.foxnews.com/science/stunning-biblical-mosaics-revealed-in-detail-for-the-first-time
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/culture/2018/11/jonah-tower-babel-huqoq-ancient-synagogue-mosaic/

… project website:

http://huqoq.web.unc.edu/

Claims of a 6th century image of Jesus in the remains of a Byzantine church in the Negev:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/jesus-image-hidden-in-plain-sight-at-negev-church-is-one-of-earliest-in-israel/

More on those ship ‘etchings’ (as they seem to be designated this week) in a cistern in Be’er Sheva:

https://www.livescience.com/64078-biblical-era-ship-etchings-israel.html
https://www.livescience.com/64077-photos-ancient-israel-cistern-carvings.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7144-181114-israel-cistern-etchings

Report on damage to sites in Yemen:

https://phys.org/news/2018-11-ancient-yemeni-archaeological-sites.html

Feature on Wilhelm Froehner and the Nazareth inscription:

https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/the-emperor-and-the-empty-tomb-an-ancient-inscription-an-eccentric-scholar-and-the-human-need-to-touch-the-past/#!

Pondering the existence of domesticated camels in biblical times:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/ancient-cultures/ancient-near-eastern-world/did-camels-exist-in-biblical-times/

ASOR is thinking about changing its name, apparently:

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-07396-9
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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Plenty of press attention for the apparent find of the site of Tenea:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/124073/lost-ancient-city-of-tenea-located-say-greek-authorities/
https://greekcitytimes.com/2018/11/14/huge-discovery-made-as-ancient-tenea-finally-comes-to-light-in-corinth/
http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/33359-ancient-city-of-tenea-unearthed-in-greece-its-prosperity-to-roman-times-confirmed.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/18/world/europe/ancient-greece-city-tenea.html
https://www.livescience.com/64090-ancient-greek-city-uncovered.html
https://phys.org/news/2018-11-greek-authorities-lost-ancient-city.html
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-greece-archaeology/greece-unearths-remnants-of-ancient-city-of-tenea-idUSKCN1NI25N
https://www.apnews.com/7b2b6670f29145bb85253a098abd7326
https://www.dw.com/en/greek-archaeologists-locate-lost-ancient-city-of-tenea/a-46284553
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-46205607
https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2018/11/13/lost-ancient-city-built-by-trojan-war-captives-has-been-found-greek-officials-say/
https://edition.cnn.com/style/article/tenea-archeology-greece-scli-intl/index.html
http://time.com/5453498/greece-tenea-found/
https://www.latercera.com/tendencias/noticia/arqueologos-encuentran-la-antigua-ciudad-griega-tenea/399876/
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-11-15/ancient-greek-city–of-tenea-uncovered-by-archeologists/10499064
https://www.stuff.co.nz/world/europe/108582643/lost-ancient-city-of-teneas-remains-found
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/coins-buildings-and-two-fetuses-found-ancient-greek-city-180970830/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7141-181113-greece-city-tenea

A necropolis find at Hierapolis/Pamakkule is pushing the history of the settlement back by a few centuries:

https://www.yenisafak.com/en/news/turkeys-hierapolis-discovery-a-new-chapter-to-history-3466330

Remains of a Roman fort in western Romania:

http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news%2C31667%2Cromania-scientists-have-determined-layout-roman-fort-pojejena.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7139-181112-roman-fort-romania

Interesting Roman signet ring from Antalya:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/unique-roman-signet-ring-engraved-with-horses-found-in-antalya-138797

Roman pottery from a development site in Henley:

https://www.henleystandard.co.uk/news/clubs-and-associations/132962/roman-pottery-fragment-found-at-development-site.html

A find from a year ago was brought up again for reasons unknown as a possible piece of the Antikythera Mechanism:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2018/11/15/has-a-missing-piece-of-the-ancient-antikythera-mechanism-been-found/
https://neoskosmos.com/en/124135/archaeologists-find-missing-piece-of-2200-year-old-antikythera-mechanism/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7140-181113-greece-antikythera-bull

… responses:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/has-a-piece-of-the-antikythera-mechanism-the-worlds-oldest-computer-been-found
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/no-archaeologists-probably-did-not-find-new-piece-antikythera-mechanism-180970821/

Crowdfunded archaeology in Yorkshire:

http://www.numismaticnews.net/article/roman-dig-crowd-funded-on-website

Trying to replicate an ancient wrestling move:

https://news.virginia.edu/content/tag-team-uva-art-professor-and-wrestling-coach-tackle-ancient-mystery

Remains of a Greek/Bosporan Kingdom site in the Crimea:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/33320-russian-archaeologists-unearthed-ancient-greek-settlement-in-crimea-peninsula.html

Feature on a Clodius Macer denarius:

https://www.coinworld.com/news/world-coins/2018/11/roman-silver-denarius-of-usurper-clodius-macer.html

Rome has banned the ‘centurions’ around the Colosseum again:

https://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/rome-ban-drinking-alcohol-pub-crawl-centurions-fountain-bathing-virginia-raggi-italy-a8636746.html

In Our Time this week was chatting about Horace:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m00014jt

On Plato and Facebook:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/16/opinion/facebook-zuckerberg-investigation-election.html?action=click&module=Opinion&pgtype=Homepage

On Turnus’ ‘magic spear’ in Aeneid 12:

https://medium.com/in-medias-res/the-magic-spear-theory-of-aeneid-12-516c8075129e

On phallic imagery in Roman times:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2018/nov/14/romans-invent-dick-pic-young-man-penis-roman-toilet-turkey

… in case you missed the mosaics from Antiochia ad Cragum:

http://www.dailynebraskan.com/news/team-led-by-unl-researchers-discovers-ancient-humorous-mosaic-in/article_bf8e5730-e6e5-11e8-b1fd-63d610d8beba.html

In case you’re wondering what the Campi Flegrei are up to:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/14/science/volcano-eruption-italy.html
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/rockyplanet/?p=2251972

They’re still making claims about Atlantis in Spain:

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/7749522/ancient-flooded-ruins-off-spanish-coast-are-lost-city-of-atlantis-satellite-experts-claim/
https://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/the-search-for-atlantis-now-they-say-it-was-built-on-a-spanish-beach/news-story/a1810dc80322457d9a39d405b59ff405

On how Greeks selected their government officials:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/podcasts/retropod/how-the-greeks-once-used-a-lottery-system-to-select-government-officials/

A marathon reading of Emily Wilson’s translation of the Odyssey is coming to Melbourne:

https://aussietheatre.com.au/features/stork-theatre-journeys-through-the-odyssey-with-12-hour-staged-reading
https://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/wayne-johnston-got-lost-in-the-odyssey-12hour-reading-offers-your-chance-20181109-h17ptn.html

Looking at the portrayal of women in the Iliad and Mahabharata:

https://feminisminindia.com/2018/11/15/iliad-mahabharata-women-war/

Again we’re hearing about Brexit and the Parthenon Marbles:

https://www.pri.org/stories/2018-11-14/greece-hopes-brexit-will-stir-renewed-debate-over-parthenon-marbles

Another Ceres statue is going up in Vermont:

http://digital.vpr.net/post/artist-crafts-ceres-statue-will-soon-top-statehouse-dome

Reviews of Adrienne Mayor, *Gods and Robots*:

https://www.weeklystandard.com/william-a-wilson/robots-ai-and-ancient-mythology-acts-of-creation

Review of A.E.Stallings’ translation of Hesiod:

http://www.oxonianreview.org/wp/the-profit-in-asphodel/

Reviews of Donna Zuckerberg’s *Not All Dead White Men*

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/nov/11/donna-zuckerberg-social-media-misoyny-violence-classical-antiquity-not-all-dead-white-men
https://home.nzcity.co.nz/news/article.aspx?id=279640&cat=1032&fm=newsmain%2Cnarts

More on Gauls preserving the heads of their enemies:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/its-true-ancient-gauls-embalmed-severed-heads-their-enemies-180970762/

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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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12 000 years bp cave art from the Grottes d’Agneux (France):

https://www.livescience.com/64099-cave-art-under-graffiti.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7148-181115-france-cave-graffiti

An 8000 years bp figurine of some sort from Bulgaria:

https://www.euronews.com/2018/11/12/statue-found-in-bulgaria-could-push-back-europe-s-neolithic-era

Latest evidence from Doggerland:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-norfolk-46219230
https://www.edp24.co.uk/news/environment/lost-landmass-doggerland-secrets-to-be-revealed-1-5781297

A 12th century reliquary from Veliko Tarnovo:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2018/11/14/world-first-medieval-gold-cross-reliquary-with-holy-cross-particle-discovered-in-trapesitsa-fortress-in-bulgarias-veliko-tarnovo/

Rethinking the Domesday Book:

https://news.illinois.edu/view/6367/716942?rn=1113T104332
https://phys.org/news/2018-11-historian-story-england-venerated-domesday.html

Possible medieval monk skeletal remains from Guernsey:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-guernsey-46243932
https://www.itv.com/news/channel/2018-11-17/archaeologists-uncover-skeletal-remains-in-guernsey/

Danish researchers have located the wreck of the Printz Friederich:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-46144717

Documenting abandoned schoolhouses in Ireland:

https://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/lifestyle/features/learning-valuable-lessons-from-the-past-885664.html

Plans to look for Boston’s 14th century Hanseatic warehouse:

https://lincolnshiretoday.net/mag/help-uncover-bostons-14th-century-past-in-archaeological-dig/

Concerns for (possible) Templar carvings in Royston Cave:

https://www.bbc.com/news/av/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-46202885/royston-cave-knights-templar-carvings-at-risk

Feature on the Vikings:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-46194699

More HS2 hype:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/excavation-planned-rail-line-yields-trove-archaeological-treasures-spanning-10000-years-british-history-180970739/
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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 2100 years bp miniature terracotta army from a pit in Zibo City (?):

https://www.livescience.com/64071-mini-terracotta-army-discovered-china.html
https://www.livescience.com/64064-photos-mini-terracotta-army.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mini-terracotta-army-discovered-china-180970831/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7142-181113-china-mini-terracotta-army

Remains of a (looted) ‘money tree’ from a Han Dynasty tomb in Sichuan:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-11/17/c_137613579.htm

A 19th century wooden boat found during metro construction in Sydney:

https://www.9news.com.au/2018/11/15/16/30/sydney-metro-historic-1830s-boat-uncovered-in-excavations-at-barangaroo
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7150-181116-australia-wooden-boat

Historic Worcestershire sauce bottles from Tauranga:

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/bay-of-plenty-times/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503343&objectid=12161283

A study of fishing in Indonesia:

https://phys.org/news/2018-11-fishing-history.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-11/anu-asc111118.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/11/181112095942.htm

More on 2000 years bp rice wine from a tomb in China:

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/2172126/good-vintage-ancient-bronze-vessel-found-china-may-have-held-2000
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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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Evidence of a battle fought by de Coronado in northern New Mexico:

https://www.krqe.com/news/albuquerque-metro/discovery-at-coronado-historic-site-rewrites-local-history/1592135684
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7143-181114-coronado-new-mexico

A 200 years bp cannon find from a Key Largo reef:

https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/florida/articles/2018-11-17/cannon-shipwreck-found-in-the-waters-off-the-florida-keys

Interesting dig going on in Chatham:

http://www.capeandislands.org/post/new-discoveries-and-new-questions-chatham-archaeological-dig-site#stream/0

Feature on the Garden of the Gods dig in Colorado Springs:

https://www.fox21news.com/news/local/historic-dig-happening-right-now-at-garden-of-the-gods/1600655291
https://koaa.com/news/2018/11/15/archaeological-dig-uncovers-new-clues-about-colorado-springs-founder/
https://www.krdo.com/news/digging-up-william-palmer-s-artifacts-at-garden-of-the-gods/867223130
https://gazette.com/premium/trash-heaps-unearthed-in-garden-of-the-gods-provide-glimpse/article_1207a748-e90f-11e8-87ab-9fa2850aaf82.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7149-181116-colorado-palmer-trash

More on bulldozing of sites by the Arizona State Parks and Trails people:

https://www.islandpacket.com/news/business/article221535515.html

… and the director has been fired:

https://www.thestate.com/news/politics-government/national-politics/article221799105.html

A potential source for finding Halifax’s early defenses:

https://www.halifaxtoday.ca/local-news/how-a-french-spys-map-could-help-archaeologists-find-halifaxs-early-defences-1121070

An historic New York mansion was saved from demolition:

https://dailygazette.com/article/2018/11/12/town-restoring-a-historic-glenville-mansion

Plans for a ‘veterans dig’ in Saratoga National Historical Park:

https://www.saratogian.com/news/local-news/archaeology-project-planned-for-battlefield/article_1b15aae0-e6b4-11e8-b703-9bf2f
https://www.sfchronicle.com/news/article/US-veterans-to-conduct-NY-battlefield-archaeology-13382188.php

More on that 9000 years bp baby tooth from Alaska:

https://www.ktuu.com/content/news/A-9000-year-old-baby-tooth-reveals-details-of-ancient-Alaska-humans-500306751.html

More on the Spirit Cave Mummy:

https://www.livescience.com/64072-north-america-oldest-mummy.html
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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500 years bp Inca burials from a Bolivian quarry:

https://phys.org/news/2018-11-excavators-tombs-bolivia-years.html
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/bolivia-tombs-discovered-human-remains-inca-artefacts-500-years-ago-archaeologists-a8638946.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7146-181115-bolivia-tomb-pacajes

More on those structures in the Atacama Desert:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-6369315/Massive-stone-structures-middle-Atacama-Desert-Chile-used-ceremonial-purposes.html

More on adaptations to ife in the Andes:

https://www.livescience.com/64052-ancient-dna-andes-survival.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7138-181112-harsh-environment-adaptations
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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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Some sculptures have been confirmed as Michelangelo’s only surviving bronzes:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-46207904

Rethinking the start of WWI:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/2018/11/12/what-everyone-gets-wrong-about-start-world-war-i/

Feature on the ‘English Sweat’:

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20181101-the-mystery-viruses-far-worse-than-flu

Latest shipwreck beer recreation:

https://news.sky.com/story/beer-found-in-australian-shipwreck-returns-to-glasgow-brewery-after-150-years-11555553

Blackbeard revisionism:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/three-centuries-after-his-beheading-kinder-gentler-blackbeard-emerges-180970782/

On the history of the hamburger:

https://www.bbc.com/ideas/videos/the-ancient-history-of-the-modern-hamburger/p06r9ynr

A lost Disney Oswald film turns up in Japan:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-46224545

On Al-Farabi and Plato:

https://aeon.co/ideas/how-al-farabi-drew-on-plato-to-argue-for-censorship-in-islam

Feature on Vesalius:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/a-close-up-look-at-the-most-influential-medical-book-of-the-16th-century

Was 536 the worst year ever?:

https://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/what-was-the-worst-year-to-be-alive-ever-ad536-when-winter-came-for-real/news-story/2899fe1ad79088851af0b6955ff018b2

Feature on Sophia Jex-Blake:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-46180368

On astronomical influences for the Ragnarok myth:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/11/wolfs-jaw-star-cluster-may-have-inspired-parts-of-ragnarok-myth/

Archaeologists are still striking in Ireland:

http://www.thejournal.ie/archaeologists-4331915-Nov2018/

Coins that saved a soldier in WWI:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-46186430

Feature on Violet Nicolson:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-46069119

On the history of chocolate:

https://www.bbc.com/ideas/videos/chocolate-an-orgy-filled-history/p06r9csh

On Mark Twain’s typewriter:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2018/11/16/mark-twains-typewriter-full-defects-devilish-ones-nearly-drove-him-bonkers/

A hidden joke (?) in an Odoni painting:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20181114-the-puerile-joke-hidden-in-a-16th-century-painting

Feature on barbed wire:

https://slate.com/technology/2018/11/concertina-barbed-wire-border-trump-troops-history.html

On ‘the city on the hill’:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/2018/11/13/what-we-get-wrong-about-city-hill/

Feature on Matrera:

https://elpais.com/politica/2018/10/13/diario_de_espana/1539384492_016878.html

Feature on velvet in Renaissance Europe:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/gallery/20181113-the-last-velvet-merchant-of-venice

Pondering the legacy of Colon/Columbus:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2018/11/12/actualidad/1542050820_331031.html
https://elpais.com/internacional/2018/11/11/actualidad/1541951100_644365.html
https://elpais.com/cultura/2018/11/17/actualidad/1542478396_014426.html

‘Recycling’ old masters:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2018/nov/17/recycling-the-old-masters-in-pictures-suzanne-jongmans

On the rethinking of the kilogram:

https://www.newyorker.com/science/elements/the-kilograms-long-slow-climb-to-harmony
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/16/science/kilogram-physics-measurement.html?action=click&module=News&pgtype=Homepage

Feature on Hermann Hesse:

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/11/19/hermann-hesses-arrested-development

Catching up with the Kalasha people:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/an-ancient-community-in-pakistan-fades-as-conversions-to-islam-take-a-toll/2018/11/11/a5187be6-dd22-11e8-8bac-bfe01fcdc3a6_story.html
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Greek Musical Instruments:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/124153/what-did-ancient-greek-musical-instruments-look-like/

Pacific Encounters:

https://www.maoritelevision.com/news/regional/taonga-tell-accurate-history-cook-encounters

Alexander Hamilton:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/family-heirlooms-form-core-philadelphia-exhibition-exploring-alexander-hamiltons-life-legacy-180970794/
https://www.npr.org/2018/11/12/667189302/alexander-hamilton-s-heirlooms-loaned-to-philadelphia-museum
https://www.amrevmuseum.org/exhibits/special-exhibits/hamilton-was-here

Castilla La Mancha Documents:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2018/11/11/actualidad/1541936717_122993.html

Pompeii:

https://abc7.com/pompeii-the-exhibition-is-now-open-at-the-ronald-reagan-presidential-library/4681196/

Ashurbanipal:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2018/11/07/actualidad/1541597377_286320.html

Feature on Russia’s Zoological Museum:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/12/science/zoological-museum-st-petersburg-russia.html

A ‘Tintoretto Tour’:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/15/arts/design/tintoretto-venice.html

Celebrating the Egyptian Museum’s 116th anniversary:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/60481/Min-of-Antiquities-to-celebrate-116th-anniversary-of-Egyptian-Museum

How the Pergamon Museum is dealing with renovations:

https://www.dw.com/en/new-pergamon-museum-the-panorama-opens-in-berlin/a-46304668

More on the British Museum’s Islamic gallery:

https://www.prospectmagazine.co.uk/arts-and-books/object-lessons-how-a-new-exhibition-challenges-old-cliches-about-islamic-art-and-people
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AT THE AUCTIONS
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In case you were wondering how Marie Antoinette’s jewels fared at auction:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-46199276
https://www.dw.com/en/marie-antoinette-jewels-fetch-millions-at-record-auction/a-46300982
https://www.dw.com/en/record-prices-for-antoinettes-jewelry/av-46303878
https://www.dw.com/en/marie-antoinettes-jewels-up-for-auction/g-45962831

An Einstein letter on the impending rise of the Nazi party is coming to auction:

https://m.jpost.com/Israel-News/Einsteins-handwritten-letter-predicting-rise-of-Nazi-party-up-for-auction-571496
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THE TECHY SIDE
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A new technique can determine sex of remains from a single tooth:

https://phys.org/news/2018-11-tooth-method-biological-sex.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/11/181112095931.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-11/uoc–twt110918.php

A heavy fish diet can apparently affect C14 results:

http://www.histecho.com/archaeologists-discovered-mass-grave-viking-great-heathen-army-derbyshire-england/

Latest Alpine ice core revelations:

https://phys.org/news/2018-11-laser-technology-uncovers-medieval-secrets.html
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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Connecting the demise of the Indus Valley civilization to climate change:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/11/181114234855.htm

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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What DNA reveals about Australia’s Aboriginal people:

https://www.vice.com/en_au/article/5gq3vd/dna-shows-aboriginal-australians-are-the-most-ancient-culture-in-the-world

More on what DNA has revealed about the peopling of the Americas:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/jenniferraff/2018/11/13/ancient-dna-reveals-yet-more-complicated-histories-in-the-americas/

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

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

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/castle-roccascalegna-italy/index.html

Samos:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/14/travel/samos-greece-migrants-refugees-tourists.html

Nimrod:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-topics/post-biblical-period/nimrod/

Tenochitlan:

https://elpais.com/internacional/2018/11/08/la_serpiente_emplumada/1541637787_348081.html

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PERFORMANCES
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At Eternity’s Gate:

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/11/19/why-do-filmmakers-love-van-gogh

Puccini:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/16/arts/music/puccini-il-trittico-metropolitan-opera.html

Augustus Tolton:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2018/11/17/slavery-possible-sainthood-story-americas-first-black-priest/

Recognition for Florence Price:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/15/arts/music/florence-price-music-publisher-schirmer.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Farts

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CRIME BEAT
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A bust in Grevena (Macedonia):

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2018/11/15/one-arrest-made-as-ancient-artifacts-found-in-house-in-grevena/

Authorities have recovered three Moundville artifacts stolen back in 1980:

https://www.timesdaily.com/news/state/ancient-artifacts-stolen-years-ago-in-alabama-recovered/article_c74ba18b-f131-5b70-82f5-f03caacaceb6.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/authorities-recover-three-native-american-artifacts-stolen-alabama-nearly-40-years-ago-180970835/
https://www.mrt.com/news/crime/article/Ancient-artifacts-stolen-40-years-ago-in-Alabama-13387518.php
https://www.gadsdentimes.com/news/20181115/our-view-major-break-in-stolen-antiquities-case

Another arrest in that fake antiquities case in Paphos:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2018/11/15/fourth-person-arrested-for-sale-of-fake-antiquities/

Calls for an investigation into Israeli theft of Palestinian antiquities:

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20181112-pa-calls-for-probe-into-israel-theft-of-palestinian-antiquities/

Underwater sites in Albania are being looted:

https://phys.org/news/2018-11-looters-plunder-albania-sunken-treasures.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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Tanzania wants Germany to return the skull of Mangi Meli, but it’s missing:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-45916150

The US returned some church bells to the Philippines:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2018/11/15/after-century-us-returns-pillaged-philippine-church-bells/

The UK has put export restrictions on a painting up for sale:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/unique-18th-century-watercolour-painting-at-risk-of-export
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-11/17/c_137612393.htm

More on Easter Island wanting its statue back from the British Museum:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/nov/16/maoi-easter-island-statue-british-museum-talks-return
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/easter-island-statue-british-museum-return-moai-uk-london-chile-a8636911.html
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-46222276
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-chile-heritage-statue/easter-island-delegation-heads-to-british-museum-to-lobby-for-statue-return-idUSKCN1NL1AF
http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/6/60615/Easter-Island-delegation-heads-to-British-Museum-to-lobby-for
https://hyperallergic.com/471701/easter-islanders-are-visiting-british-museum-to-request-repatriation-of-ancestral-heritage/

More on Egypt wanting the Rosetta Stone back:

https://menafn.com/1097689069/Egypt-urges-Rosetta-Stone-return-from-British-Museum
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NUMISMATICA
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Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/club_nbs_esylum_v21n45.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/club_nbs_esylum_v21n46.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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Mario Pellicciaro:

https://columns.wlu.edu/mario-pellicciaro-associate-professor-of-classics-emeritus-dies-at-89/
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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/2789-audio-news-from-archaeologica-4-november-10-november-2018

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CONFERENCES
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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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