Explorator 21.37 ~ January 6, 2019

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, Richard C. Griffiths, and Ross W. Sargent for headses upses this week
(as always hoping I have left no one out).

Happy New Year! (a bit of a slow week)

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Latest analysis of Neanderthal food choices:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/scientist-watches-meat-rot-decipher-neandertal-diet
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7273-190102-neanderthals-rotting-meat

Evidence of human adaptation to life in the Azraq Basin (Jordan) some 250 000 years bp:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-01/buso-ady010319.php
https://phys.org/news/2019-01-archeological-discovery-yields-clues-ancestors.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/01/190103110620.htm

I think we’ve mentioned this 800 000 years bp tool making site in Jordan:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-archaeology-site-in-israel-helps-show-how-the-human-brain-exploded-in-power-1.6804305

A 2018 human origins roundup:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/what-we-learned-about-our-human-origins-2018-180971129/

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Some Roman-era clay sarcophagi and assorted other items from Tel el-Deir in Damietta:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/41/320938/Heritage/GrecoRoman/Roman-sarcophagi-discovered-in-Egypts-Damietta.aspx
http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/62805/Clay-coffins-dating-back-to-Roman-era-uncovered-in-Damietta
https://egyptianstreets.com/2018/12/31/roman-era-sarcophagi-unearthed-in-damietta/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7269-181231-roman-egypt-sarcophagi

A major Ptolemaic-era fortress from Berenike with some connection to war elephants:

https://www.livescience.com/64407-ancient-egypt-fortress-war-elephants.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7278-190103-egypt-fort-elephants

Alexandria’s Jewish cemeteries will be recognized as antiquities:

https://egyptianstreets.com/2018/12/30/alexandrias-famed-jewish-cemeteries-to-be-registered-as-antiquities/

An update (of sorts) on the Djoser Pyramid restoration efforts:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/9/62940/PM-directs-to-quickly-finish-renovation-of-Djoser-Pyramid

Additions to the 2018 finds stories:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/62796/Part-two-2018-The-year-of-archaeological-discoveries

Indus Valley civilization pottery (!) from a site in Oman:

https://beta.timesofoman.com/article/675610/Oman/Indus-Valley-civilisation-pottery-discovered-at-Ras-Al-Hadd-in-Oman

Evidence of recognition of transgender people in Iran some 3000 years bp:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-ancient-civilization-in-iran-recognized-transgender-people-study-suggests-1.6790205

Archaeologists are poking around a 3000 years bp fortress at Sela (Jordan):

http://www.jordantimes.com/news/local/archaeologists-explore-history-mysterious-mountain-stronghold-%E2%80%98sela%E2%80%99-southwest-jordan

A woman walking at the Beit She’an site spotted a couple of Roman busts apparently revealed by rain:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/two-rare-1700-year-old-funerary-busts-unearthed-in-beit-shean-cemetery/
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/256895
https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Two-unique-Roman-statues-discovered-near-burial-site-in-ancient-Beit-Shean-575792
https://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-5440294,00.html
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-heavy-rain-in-israel-exposes-1-700-year-old-busts-in-roman-era-cemetery-1.6789818
https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2018/12/30/israeli-woman-discovers-ancient-roman-busts-in-beit-shean
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/israeli-woman-stumbles-upon-roman-busts-140145
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-12/30/c_137709350.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7270-181231israel-beit-she-an-busts

Searching for evidence of the Phoenicians in Lisbon:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2018/12/24/actualidad/1545649263_657380.html

Concerns for antiquities in Yemen:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-us-art-market-for-stolen-antiquities-from-yemen-must-be-shut-down/2019/01/01/c3df44aa-db9d-11e8-85df-7a6b4d25cfbb_story.html
https://www.thetimesnews.com/opinion/20190102/column-us-must-help-save-yemens-art
https://gulfnews.com/opinion/op-eds/yemen-needs-help-to-save-its-history-1.61209025
https://www.iol.co.za/pretoria-news/stop-the-plunder-of-yemeni-treasures-18673308

More on Israel displaying items looted from the West Bank:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-magic-bowls-model-temple-among-items-looted-in-west-bank-on-display-1.6791180
https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Exhibit-reveals-never-seen-artifacts-rescued-from-archaeological-thieves-575777
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/archaeology-news/exhibition-displays/2018/12/31/

Trying to confirm evidence of an 8th century earthquake mentioned in the Bible:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-fact-checking-the-book-of-amos-there-was-a-huge-quake-in-eighth-century-b-c-e-1.6807298

Comparing Trump to Cyrus:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/31/opinion/trump-evangelicals-cyrus-king.html

Funding for UPenn to do preservation work in Northern Iraq:

https://penntoday.upenn.edu/news/state-department-awards-penn-2-million-preserve-cultural-heritage-northern-iraq
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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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A 2600 years bp ‘ancient health center’ site from Apollonia ad Ryndacum:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2019/01/03/archaeologists-find-2600-year-old-health-center-in-turkeys-golyazi

Evidence of a Roman settlement near Colchester’s theatre:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-essex-46757299

An update on finds from Philippopolis (Bulgaria) this year:

https://sofiaglobe.com/2019/01/03/archaeology-new-studies-rewrite-the-history-of-ancient-philippopolis-report/

A statue head of a woman dating to the first century or so from Heraclea Sintica:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2018/12/30/blond-roman-womans-statue-head-found-in-ancient-heraclea-sintica-in-southwest-bulgaria-hints-at-building-ritual/

The restored ‘School of the Gladiators’ at Pompeii reopened to the public:

http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2019/01/03/pompeii-gladiator-school-reopens_abd1ed5e-1df9-427c-a88f-b6225c1429b6.html
http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/culture/2019/01/03/pompeii-schola-armaturarum-route-opens-as-collapses-over_c8b9fca9-f7c9-4f9a-939e-e3773325bbb8.html
https://phys.org/news/2019-01-pompeii-gladiator.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/restored-pompeii-gladiator-building-open-to-public/2019/01/03/0b4ee1b8-0f62-11e9-8f0c-6f878a26288a_story.html
https://www.thelocal.it/20190103/pompeiis-school-of-gladiators-opens-after-restoration
http://www.startribune.com/restored-pompeii-gladiator-building-open-to-public/503845042/
https://www.bostonherald.com/2019/01/03/restored-pompeii-gladiator-building-open-to-public/
https://www.stuff.co.nz/travel/news/109726236/restored-pompeii-gladiator-building-open-to-public-in-italy

… and overviewish on finds at Pompeii this year:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/dec/31/new-discoveries-at-pompeii-come-amid-renaissance-at-site

… and another piece on that recently-found Leda and the Swan fresco:

https://edition.cnn.com/style/article/leda-and-the-swan-pompeii-mural/index.html

Plans to turn Antalya’s necropolis into a museum:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2019/01/05/ancient-necropolis-in-turkeys-antalya-to-be-turned-into-museum-by-march

A Classicist was called in to come up with a word for the experimental examination of excrement:

https://medicalxpress.com/news/2019-01-fimo-experimental-excrement.html
https://www.feedstuffs.com/nutrition-health/name-proposed-experimental-examination-feces
https://www.technologynetworks.com/analysis/news/in-fimo-we-trust-313511

What Jesse Weiner is up to:

https://www.hamilton.edu/news/story/professor-classics-jesse-weiner-s-article-published-in-eugesta

Honours for Daniel Leon:

https://slcl.illinois.edu/news/2019-01-03/professor-daniel-leon-classics-wins-prestigious-arnold-o-beckman-research-award

Feature on the Iliad:

https://thefederalist.com/2019/01/02/make-2019-year-read-illiad-kids/

Feature on the Atlantis story:

https://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/special-features/in-depth/the-legend-of-atlantis-has-a-dark-terrible-history/news-story/f1271c561661a8937faafed6e4f6f452
https://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/the-legend-of-atlantis-has-a-dark-terrible-history/news-story/f1271c561661a8937faafed6e4f6f452

How Romans dealt with anxiety:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/how-the-ancient-romans-dealt-with-anxiety

Classical influences in the Sopranos:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/tv/2019/01/05/livia-sopranos-may/2490290002/

What’s going on near the ‘Palace of Nestor’:

https://www.scotsman.com/news/world-s-most-beautiful-bay-has-new-palace-to-rival-homeric-past-ian-johnston-1-4850446

Lessons for the US from the fall of the Roman Republic:

https://www.vox.com/2019/1/1/18139787/rome-decline-america-edward-watts-mortal-republic

Feature on assorted apophthegmata from Delphi:

https://aeon.co/ideas/more-than-know-thyself-on-all-the-other-delphic-maxims

Feature on why Augustus wasn’t such a good guy:

https://theconversation.com/mark-zuckerbergs-admiration-for-emperor-augustus-is-misplaced-heres-why-108172

… similar:

https://pursuit.unimelb.edu.au/articles/rome-s-augustus-and-the-allure-of-the-strongman

Making connections between the UK and Antigone:

https://www.bbc.com/ideas/videos/opinion-an-ancient-betrayal-that-still-resonates-t/p06wn6dw

Feature on the Spartans:

http://theconversation.com/curious-kids-who-were-the-spartans-108606

Once again, Rome has banned ‘centurions’ from the Colosseum area:

https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/rome-bans-centurions-from-citys-historic-centre.html

Latest reiteration on the ‘truth’ of Homer:

https://elpais.com/elpais/2019/01/01/ciencia/1546338015_883794.html

Review of David Stuttard, *Nemesis*:

https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/erotic-tyranny/

More on that Nikouria inscription from Amorgos:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2018/12/30/missing-ancient-artifact-stone-of-nikouria-rediscovered-on-amorgos/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7272-181231-greece-resolution-of-nikouria

More on that Roman lamp from the banks of the Thames:

https://www.bbc.com/news/av/uk-england-london-46753547/roman-era-treasure-found-on-banks-of-river-thames

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

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http://rogueclassicism.com/
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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A stone possibly fired from a trebuchet in the 13th century found near Edinburgh Castle:

https://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/catapult-ball-fired-at-edinburgh-castle-in-13th-century-siege-discovered-in-hotel-site-dig-1-4849752
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/edinburgh-castle-catapult-ball-flings-archaeologists-back-to-1296-nkn5vjlts
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7271-181231-scotland-siege-trebuchet

Some medieval fishing baskets from Wales:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-46730571
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7274-190102-wales-fishing-baskets

Assorted 15th/16th century finds from ore miners burials near Sofia:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2018/12/31/weird-15th-century-miners-burials-venetian-theriac-cap-found-in-bulgarias-kremikovtsi-monastery-near-sofia/

A 17th century pirate ship wreck off the coast of Cornwall:

https://www.livescience.com/64395-sunken-17th-century-pirate-ship-discovered.html
https://www.livescience.com/64349-pirate-shipwreck-photos.html

Questioning the existence of the Cathars:

https://www.latimes.com/world/europe/la-fg-france-cathars-20181231-story.html

Slovakia’s top ten archaeological finds for 2018:

https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22018610/slovakias-top-10-archaeological-findings-in-2018.html

Feature on the Traprain Treasure:

https://www.heraldscotland.com/life_style/17337028.piecing-together-the-mysterious-past-of-the-traprain-treasure/

A letter from the last private owner of Stonehenge has turned up:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-wiltshire-46720499

On the roots of the ‘Green Man’:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20190104-the-surprising-roots-of-the-mysterious-green-man

Studying Madrid’s Arab past:

https://elpais.com/ccaa/2018/10/03/madrid/1538583855_122656.html

More hype/expection of finds from the HS2-associated digs:

https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg24132110-300-biggest-archaeological-dig-in-europe-will-uncover-uks-buried-history/

More on that London ‘ice house’:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/london-archaeologists-unearth-subterranean-georgian-ice-store-180971146/

I think we mentioned this ‘murder map’ of London a while ago:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/01/addictive-interactive-murder-map-lets-you-explore-medieval-london-crime/

Similarly, with the Domesday Book being compiled later than previously thought:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/01/study-famed-domesday-book-was-completed-later-than-historians-thought/
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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 4000 years bp cave site from the Tibetan plateau:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-01/03/c_137717453.htm
http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1134607.shtml

Designs from at a 4000 years bp site at Shimao are being linked to similar Shang and Zhou designs:

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/2180389/chinas-beastly-bronze-designs-found-stone-carvings-prehistoric

Evidence of a 3000 years bp settlement of some sort in Shaanxi:

https://www.cnn.com/2019/01/03/asia/china-guangdong-tsunami-study-intl/index.html

Plenty of pottery from a 2000 years bp tomb in Shandong:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-01/03/c_137717391.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7280-190104-china-han-dynasty-tombs

Evidence of a tsunami hitting southern China in 1076 or so:

https://www.cnn.com/2019/01/03/asia/china-guangdong-tsunami-study-intl/index.html
https://beta.scmp.com/news/china/science/article/2180448/scientists-say-tsunami-hit-china-1000-years-ago-and-its-risk
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7276-190103-southern-china-tsunami

Petroglyphs from Andhra Pradesh are suggesting links between Neolithic pastoralists and modern populations:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/andhra-pradesh/aps-second-largest-treasury-of-rock-art-in-kurnool/article25913937.ece

A pair of 16th century red sandstone sculpture from Veerlapalem:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/vijayawada/sculptures-dating-back-to-16th-century-found-in-veerlapalem/articleshow/67340624.cms

Plans to rebury (for time capsule purposes) the Kazakh ‘Golden Man’:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-46757349

Struggling to figure out Maori populations at the time of Captain Cook:

https://theconversation.com/250-years-after-captain-cooks-arrival-we-still-cant-be-sure-how-many-maori-lived-in-aotearoa-at-the-time-107707

On the politics of archaeology in India:

https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/opinion/article/2162694/why-4500-year-old-skull-key-politics-indias-hindu-muslim-divide

Mammoth tusks from Siberia are apparently in demand in China right now:

https://phys.org/news/2019-01-siberia-chinese-demand-prehistoric-tusks.html

… which makes an ivory seizure in Cambodia interesting:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/woolly-mammoth-dna-ivory-illegal-discovery-cambodia-wildlife-conservation-a8711241.html

Feature/TV hype about Empress Fucha (and others):

https://www.scmp.com/magazines/post-magazine/short-reads/article/2164033/how-one-concubine-rose-become-empress-using

On wealthy Asians in Imperial China:

https://www.scmp.com/magazines/post-magazine/short-reads/article/2162825/when-being-crazy-rich-asian-could-be-dangerous

Review of David Gilmour, *British in India*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/28/books/review/david-gilmour-the-british-in-india.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fbook-review
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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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Searching for an Acadian cemetery in Nova Scotia:

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/national-historic-site-fort-anne-acadian-1.4952098
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7275-190102-canada-acadian-cemetery

A site associated with the ‘Lost Colony’ is now part of a North Carolina nature preserve:

https://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/article223879475.html
https://www.journalnow.com/news/state_region/a-site-thought-to-be-linked-to-the-lost-colony/article_569d3c47-83fc-537a-a3a9-85de7e6b03a0.html

Feature on mounds in Wisconsin:

https://www.wiscnews.com/bdc/news/local/in-depth-authors-strive-to-decode-meaning-of-ancient-mounds/article_5a094624-2521-5076-a2bd-5941ad5a4ad6.html

What C. Dean Wilson is up to:

http://www.santafenewmexican.com/pasatiempo/decoding-the-clay-archaeologist-c-dean-wilson/article_1aee9ec3-997e-53f4-9a0e-c23d0833b95b.html

Another explanation for Salem ‘witch hysteria’:

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20181221-can-an-auto-immune-illness-explain-the-salem-witch-trials

Review of Delcanco, *The War Before the War*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/02/books/review/andrew-delbanco-war-before-the-war.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Farts
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Three burials from Loma Atahualpa are the oldest human remains from Ecuador to date:

https://phys.org/news/2018-11-archaeologists-oldest-burials-ecuador.html

A 5900 years bp burial of a ‘muscular’ woman from Nicaragua:

https://www.livescience.com/64403-oldest-human-burial-in-lower-central-america.html
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/the-oldest-known-human-burial-was-just-discovered-in-lower-central-america/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-identify-oldest-known-human-burial-lower-central-america-180971166/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7277-190103-nicaragua-ancient-remains

A 2500 years bp Mayan ‘bathhouse’ from Nakum (Guatemala):

https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-archaeologists-discover-unique-mayan-bathhouse-in-guatemala-4007

Plenty of coverage of the discovery of a temple to the ‘Flayed Lord’ (Xipe Totec) in Popoloca:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/03/world/americas/xipe-totec-flayed-lord.html
https://www.inah.gob.mx/boletines/7883-descubren-el-primer-templo-dedicado-a-xipe-totec-en-la-zona-arqueologica-de-ndachjian-tehuacan
https://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/archaeologists-uncover-temple-of-the-flayed-lord/
https://www.livescience.com/64418-flayed-god-temple-mexico.html
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-46746842
https://phys.org/news/2019-01-archaeologists-mexico-temple-god-skinning.html
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jan/02/mexico-flayed-lord-temple-fertility-god-skinned-human-corpse
https://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/gruesome-flayed-god-xipe-totec-temple-excavated-in-mexico/news-story/e884b1cc793fc063b89d4a055fd72fff
https://www.stuff.co.nz/world/americas/109712112/mexicos-temple-of-the-flayed-lord-discovered
https://www.npr.org/2019/01/02/681799426/mexican-archaeologists-discover-pre-hispanic-temple-of-the-flayed-lord
https://www.france24.com/en/20190103-archaeologists-find-mexico-temple-god-skinning-sacrifices
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/first-temple-discovered-of-ancient-mexican-god-whose-priests-skinned-humans-for-sacrifice/
https://www.newsweek.com/pre-hispanic-mexico-our-lord-flayed-one-temple-xipe-totec-mesoamerica-puebla-1278495
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/temple-flayed-lord-found-mexico-180971165/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7279-190103-xipe-totec-statues

More on ear bones from Panamanian burials:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/bony-growths-ear-canal-plagued-pre-columbian-divers-panama-180971164/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7281-190104-panama-surfers-ear
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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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Celebrating Victoria’s bicentennial:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/04/travel/celebrating-the-200th-anniversary-of-queen-victoria.html

On the ‘heretical’ aspect of frankincense and myrrh:

https://aeon.co/essays/frankincense-and-myrrh-were-not-only-holy-but-heretical-too

Nice feature on what archaeologists actually do:

https://theconversation.com/why-archaeology-is-so-much-more-than-just-digging-108679
https://phys.org/news/2019-01-archaeology.html

On learning Old English:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/04/magazine/letter-of-recommendation-old-english.html

On the concept of zero:

https://www.popsci.com/concept-of-zero-invented

On modern technology and the Vedanta:

https://aeon.co/ideas/modern-technology-is-akin-to-the-metaphysics-of-vedanta

Feature on the development of writing:

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/crux/?p=10752

… and why we still can’t read Indus Civilization writing:

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/crux/2019/01/04/undeciphered-script-of-the-indus-civilization/

On Ptolemy as the earliest plagiarist:

https://elpais.com/elpais/2018/12/25/ciencia/1545728197_722721.html

On the origin of cats:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2019/01/Where-Do-Cats-Come-From

Feature on Petronella Oortman and her giant doll house:

https://theconversation.com/hidden-women-of-history-petronella-oortman-and-her-giant-dolls-house-108248

Feature on Elsie Masson:

https://theconversation.com/hidden-women-of-history-elsie-masson-photographer-writer-intrepid-traveller-107808

2018’s ‘most fascinating skeletons’:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2018/12/31/the-7-most-fascinating-skeletons-of-2018/

The ‘wackiest’ archaeology finds of 2018:

https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/the-wackiest-and-most-bizarre-archaeological-discoveries-of-2018/

Arthur Conan Doyle’s spiritual side:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/28/books/review/arthur-conan-doyle.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fbook-review

Pondering the effects the Spanish flu had on Peace Treaty talks:

https://theconversation.com/the-importance-of-watching-the-health-of-a-u-s-president-the-spanish-flu-and-a-flawed-peace-treaty-109062

… and how a ‘queen exchange’ was foiled by smallpox in the 18th century:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2018/12/28/actualidad/1546013680_691722.html

An interesting Greek New Year’s ritual I wasn’t aware of:

https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/tourism-businesses/thematic-tourism/33960-folk-tourism-why-greeks-smash-a-pomegranate-on-new-year%E2%80%99s-day.html

Looking ahead to potential archaeological finds in 2019:

https://www.livescience.com/64385-archaeology-to-watch-2019.html

More on the television approach to archaeology:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/2018/12/28/how-tv-shows-use-serious-archaeology-promote-bogus-history/
https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidanderson/2018/12/31/mysterious-ancient-mysteries-and-the-problems-with-archaeology-made-for-tv/

More on the ‘Slave Bible’:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heavily-abridged-slave-bible-removed-passages-might-encourage-uprisings-180970989/

Review of a couple of books on the origins of Islam:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/26/books/review/illuminating-islams-peaceful-origins.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fbook-review
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Renaissance Nude:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/museums/getty-exhibition-shows-how-the-naked-body-became-a-subject-for-art/2019/01/03/4137bafc-0ec7-11e9-831f-3aa2c2be4cbd_story.html

Moser:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20181228-the-image-that-sums-up-our-anxieties
https://www.mak.at/en_kolomanmoser

Ashurbanipal:

http://www.kcwtoday.co.uk/2019/01/ashurbanipal-king-world-british-museum/

A Scottish museum is putting a purported pyramid stone on display:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-46694316

… and Egypt is looking into it:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/321137/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Egypt-to-send-official-inquiry-over-alleged-pyrami.aspx

Feature on the Bibliotheca Alexandrina Antiquities Museum:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/321141/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Masterpieces-of-the-Bibliotheca-Alexandrina-Antiqu.aspx

The British Museum apparently displayed King Gishakidu of Umma’s macehead upside down (i.e. as a vase):

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/british-museum-daftly-displayed-warrior-king-s-relic-as-an-upside-down-vase-60v8x5ttz

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THE TECHY SIDE
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Feature on using old spy satellite photos to ‘reconstruct’ archaeological sites in the Middle East:

https://www.livescience.com/64404-unbending-classified-spy-satellite-photos.html

Latest CT scan of a mummy is of Ptolemy II’s eye doctor:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2019/01/04/actualidad/1546597801_919162.html

The Chinchorro mummies get the 3d recreation treatment:

https://www.latercera.com/que-pasa/noticia/quienes-estan-detras-de-las-momias-chinchorro/468132/
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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Connecting the collapse of the Akkadian Empire to climate change:

https://phys.org/news/2019-01-climate-world-empire-collapse.html
http://theconversation.com/how-climate-change-caused-the-worlds-first-ever-empire-to-collapse-109060
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ON THE DNA FRONT
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DNA is causing a rethink of the Aryan invasions of India theory:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-46616574

Analyzing horse DNA from some Icelandic Viking burials:

https://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/viking-horses-burials-iceland-1.4966126

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Buckingham Palace:

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p06lhy0y/take-a-look-around-buckingham-palace

Venice will have an admission fee (!):

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-46721456
https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/venice-tourist-tax-day-trippers/index.html

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CRIME BEAT
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A Roman-era alabaster statue confiscated at Salloum (apparently stolen?):

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/62862/Roman-era-statue-confiscated-in-port-of-Salloum

More on those thieves caught at Huqoq:

https://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-5434579,00.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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The Uffizi wants some Nazi loot returned:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/02/world/europe/nazi-stolen-painting-uffizi-gallery.html

The Isle of Man (sort of) wants the Manx Chronicles returned:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-isle-of-man-46724338

The Louvre is returning some Benin bronzes:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/2019/01/02/louvre-is-returning-sculptures-west-africa-heres-how-why-emmanuel-macron-made-it-happen/

UK Museums are ‘tasking staff’ with identifying stolen colonial items:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/01/01/uk-museums-task-staff-identifying-stolen-colonial-collections/

OpEd on the return of African artifacts:

https://www.apollo-magazine.com/rethinking-restitution-african-heritage/

… and French antiquities dealers aren’t happy:

http://theartnewspaper.com/news/french-antiquities-dealers-slam-shocking-report-on-restituting-african-art

More on returns to Jordan from Canada:

https://jordantimes.com/news/local/retrieved-jordanian-antiquities-return-home
https://aawsat.com/english/home/article/1528966/jordan-retrieves-58-smuggled-antiquities-canada
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NUMISMATICA
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Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/club_nbs_esylum_v21n52.html

(not sure what the issue for today will be designated as)

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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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Rosalyn Terborg-Penn:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/04/obituaries/rosalyn-terborg-penn-dead.html

Nancy Grace Roman:

https://www.npr.org/2018/12/30/680994535/nancy-grace-roman-mother-of-hubble-space-telescope-has-died
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/jan/04/nancy-roman-obituary

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/2821-audio-news-from-archaeologica-23-december-29-december-2018
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CONFERENCES
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Sonoran Desert Food and Lifeways (January 8):

https://www.archaeologysouthwest.org/event/sonoran-desert-food-and-lifeways-past-and-present/

Jews and the Americas (February 2019):

https://networks.h-net.org/node/73374/announcements/1932330/jews-and-americas-68th-annual-conference-center-latin-american

Current Archaeology Live (March 8-9, 2019):

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/live/ca-live-2018

Berkshire Archaeology Day (April 6, 2019)
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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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