Explorator 21.38 ~ January 13, 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).

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Studying Little Foot’s inner ear:

https://phys.org/news/2019-01-foot-ear-movement-behaviour.amp
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/detailed-scans-ancient-human-skull-reveal-structure-brain-and-inner-ear-180971199/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7294-190110-little-foot-ears

Stone tools on Mt Kenya are prompting a search for ‘skeletons’:

https://www.nation.co.ke/news/Search-on-for-early-man-skeletons-in-Mt-Kenya-begins/1056-4902808-cqstit/index.html
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AFRICA
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It looks like they’re using LiDAR at the site of Kweneng (but are afraid to use the term):

https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2019/jan/08/laser-technology-shines-light-on-south-african-lost-city-of-kweneng
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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A hieroglyphic inscription from Saudi Arabia with Ramses III connections:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/63386/Hieroglyphic-inscriptions-discovered-in-Saudi-Arabia

A New Kingdom ‘urban villa’ from Tell Edfu featuring an ancestral shrine (inter alia):

https://phys.org/news/2019-01-ancient-urban-villa-shrine-ancestor.html

A project to document inscriptions in various languages in the Sinai:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/63246/Min-of-Antiquities-launched-second-phase-of-documenting-inscriptions-in

Vague item on finds from various periods (up to 8000 years bp) at a site in Kurdistan:

http://www.rudaw.net/english/middleeast/iran/07012019

I think we mentioned this possible Persian military base site at Tel Keisan:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-archaeologists-may-have-found-2-500-year-old-persian-military-base-in-northern-israe-1.6765220
cf: https://www.archaeology.org/news/7265-181223-israel-acre-persian-encampment

More strange headlines about the Ark of the Covenant:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/biblical-site-tied-to-ark-of-the-covenant-unearthed-at-convent-in-central-israel/
https://mosaicmagazine.com/picks/2019/01/discovered-in-israel-a-biblical-shrine-for-the-ark-of-the-covenant/

Remains of a medievalish era water system in Nushabad:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/431762/Centuries-old-water-supply-system-discovered-in-Iran

Feature on analyzing old ‘spy satellite’ images to find and compare sites:

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

Feature on technology used at the site of Thaj (Saudi Arabia):

https://eos.org/articles/magnetic-surveying-reveals-hidden-ancient-buildings-and-streets

Feature on an Islamic site in Israel (paywalled):

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-1-200-year-old-islamic-period-town-found-in-israel-but-you-will-never-see-it-1.6810206

Feature on restoring Palmyra artifacts in the Damascus Museum:

https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-mideast-crisis-syria-antiquities/archaeologists-restore-ancient-palmyra-artefacts-in-damascus-museum-idUKKCN1P41NZ
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-antiquities/archaeologists-restore-ancient-palmyra-artifacts-in-damascus-museum-idUSKCN1P41NR
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/archaeologists-restore-ancient-palmyra-artefacts-in-damascus-museum-140441
https://cyprus-mail.com/2019/01/10/archaeologists-restore-ancient-artefacts-in-damascus/

Hyping an upcoming heritage conference in Jordan:

https://www.al-fanarmedia.org/2019/01/in-jordan-antiquities-sites-enlist-nearby-communities-as-partners/

More concerns for sites in Yemen:

https://www.npr.org/2019/01/06/682532244/yemens-loss-of-antiquities-is-robbing-them-of-their-future
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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Plenty of attention for the excavation of a Roman burial ground in Great Wheltenham featuring plenty of decapitations:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-suffolk-46763020
https://www.livescience.com/64462-decapitated-skeletons-roman-cemetery.html
https://www.livescience.com/64460-roman-cemetery-decapitation-photos.html
https://www.eadt.co.uk/news/decapitated-skeletons-found-at-dig-in-suffolk-village-1-5842252
https://www.buryfreepress.co.uk/news/decapitated-skeletons-found-at-roman-burial-ground-in-great-whelnetham-9058557/
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2019/01/08/newly-discovered-burial-ground-shows-superstitious-romans-decapitated/
https://www.sciencealert.com/a-whole-bunch-of-decapitated-roman-era-skeletons-have-been-unearthed-in-england
https://www.thedailybeast.com/englands-strange-case-of-decapitated-bodies
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7284-190107-england-roman-cemetery

A section of Roman road found in Lancashire:

https://www.lep.co.uk/news/roman-road-remains-under-cuerden-site-are-the-most-significant-find-in-lancashire-for-50-years-1-9533302
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7297-190111-england-roman-road

‘Luxury Quarters’ and a brothel from Plovdiv:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2019/01/11/6-luxury-quarters-with-brothel-like-pompeiis-lupanar-formed-heart-of-roman-city-philipopolis-in-bulgarias-plovdiv-archaeologists-reveal/

Finds from various periods (latest found seem Roman) from the Nebet Tepe site in Plovdiv:

https://sofiaglobe.com/2019/01/07/archaeology-traces-of-buildings-dating-back-more-than-2000-years-found-at-plovdivs-nebet-tepe-site/

Photos of those Roman remains found near the Mercury Theatre in Colcester:

https://www.gazette-news.co.uk/news/17336255.last-chance-to-glimpse-at-roman-remains/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7287-190108-england-roman-colchester

Feature on an 1800 years bp ancient Greek ‘homework lesson’ from Egypt:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/egyptian-schoolboys-1800-year-old-lesson-go-display-180971234/
https://www.livescience.com/64458-ancient-egyptian-homework.html

… and a feature on learning ancient Greek in a more modern context:

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2019/01/14/greek-to-me

A very interesting statue restoration piece:

https://hyperallergic.com/479203/college-basketballer-poses-to-lend-an-ancient-roman-statue-an-arm/
https://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2019/01/08/NC-basketball-player-lends-arm-to-restore-statue/1161546985232/

Feature on the conservation of the Drunken Satyr at the Getty:

http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/an-introduction-to-the-drunken-satyr-a-rare-roman-bronze-being-studied-and-conserved-at-the-getty-villa/

Plans to repair a (possibly) Roman bridge in Gaziantep:

https://www.dailysabah.com/turkey/2019/01/09/2000-year-old-roman-bridge-to-be-repaired-in-southern-turkeys-gaziantep

In case you didn’t read/hear about the racist incidents at the SCS a week or so ago:

http://www.dailyprincetonian.com/article/2019/01/racist-comments-at-classics-prof
https://www.chronicle.com/article/After-Racist-Incidents-Mire-a/245430

… and Dan-el Peralta did respond:

https://medium.com/@danelpadillaperalta/some-thoughts-on-aia-scs-2019-d6a480a1812a
https://www.insidehighered.com/quicktakes/2019/01/08/targeted-classicist-speaks-out

… some reflecting:

https://www.chronicle.com/article/After-Racist-Incidents-Mire-a/245430

Feature on Juvenal:

https://theconversation.com/guide-to-the-classics-juvenal-the-true-satirist-of-rome-106156

Some classical reception in tapestry form:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/tomteicholz/2019/01/10/woven-women-helen-and-dido-tapestries-at-the-norton-simon/#1d14c1be29c5

Feature on Roman London:

https://www.spectator.co.uk/2019/01/what-did-the-romans-ever-do-for-london/

The Owl’s Legacy looks interesting:

https://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/the-owls-legacy-chris-marker/Content?oid=66225776

On Trump, Game of Thrones, and Hadrian’s Wall:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2019/01/08/an-ancient-border-wall-inspired-game-thrones-barrier-trumps-meme-does-it-hold-any-lessons/?utm_term=.12f2e9388b32

Snow in Athens:

https://www.elobservador.com.uy/nota/una-rareza-la-acropolis-de-atenas-quedo-cubierta-bajo-nieve-201918162020

Review/interview with Stephanie Frampton about her *Roman Letters* book:

http://news.mit.edu/2019/empire-letters-writing-technology-stephanie-frampton-0108
https://phys.org/news/2019-01-technology-classical.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-01/miot-hwt010819.php

Interview with Edward Watts about his *Mortal Republic*:

https://www.wbur.org/onpoint/2019/01/11/rome-america-edward-watts-mortal-republic
https://www.wbur.org/onpoint/2019/01/11/america-rome-republic-lessons

More on the restoration of the ‘gladiator house’ at Pompeii:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/01/12/restoration-gladiator-house-pompeii-becomes-emblem-sites-renaissance/

More on a 2500 years bp necropolis at Antalya becoming a cultural centre:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/necropolis-area-in-antalya-becomes-cultural-center-140328
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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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Evidence of a ‘flint weapon’ in a 25 000 years bp mammoth rib excavated in Poland:

http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news%2C32358%2Ckrakow-first-evidence-europe-man-was-hunting-mammoths-discovered.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7282-190107-poland-mammoth-hunting

A hoard of 6500 years bp copper axes and ‘hammers’from a site in Bulgaria:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2019/01/09/europes-largest-hoard-of-copper-age-axes-ax-hammers-discovered-in-northeast-bulgaria/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7292-190110-bulgaria-copper-tools

A 4500 years bp ‘Stonehenge-like’ monument from Scotland:

https://www.livescience.com/64449-ancient-stone-circle-scotland.html
Plenty of coverage of interesting dental evidence of a woman being involved in medieval manuscript production:

https://phys.org/news/2019-01-lapis-lazuli-hidden-ancient-teeth.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-01/mpif-iwr123118.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/01/190109142616.htm
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-46783610
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/09/science/10-archaeology-teeth-painting.html
https://www.livescience.com/64450-ultramarine-in-medieval-teeth.html
https://elpais.com/elpais/2019/01/09/ciencia/1547023988_185800.html
https://www.cnn.com/2019/01/09/health/medieval-woman-ultramarine-teeth-study/index.html
https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidbressan/2019/01/12/blue-pigment-preserved-on-womans-jaw-sheds-new-light-on-her-role-in-medieval-society/#6d0739611b67
http://www.tribtown.com/2019/01/09/us-sci-medieval-artist-mystery/
http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/01/these-1000-year-old-teeth-belonged-skilled-female-artist-pigment-remains-reveal
http://www.newscientist.com/article/2189990-medieval-dental-plaque-suggests-women-played-important-role-as-scribes/
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/dental-tartar-identify-woman-medieval-book-painter
https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2019/01/the-woman-with-lapis-lazuli-in-her-teeth/579760/
https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2019/01/09/683283982/a-blue-clue-in-medieval-teeth-may-bespeak-a-womans-artistry-circa-1-000-a-d
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/culture/2019/01/female-medieval-master-artist-revealed-dental-calculus/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/blue-pigments-medieval-womans-teeth-suggest-she-was-highly-skilled-artist-180971232/
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/?p=30686
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7291-190109-monk-lapis-lazuli

A Welsh farmstead is being identified as a medieval hall house now:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/jan/13/welsh-farmstead-is-in-fact-rare-medieval-hall-house-experts-confirm

Overviewish sort of thing on finds from (and of) Slovak castles in 2018:

https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22020423/research-of-slovak-castles-brought-about-interesting-discoveries-a-new-castle-for-example.html

On the Elsyng Palace dig:

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/8173886/where-is-elsyng-palace-what-has-the-dig-turned-up-so-far-and-did-henry-viiis-live-there/

Concerns for a 5000 years bp Co Sligo cairn:

https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/heritage/hikers-putting-5-000-year-old-co-sligo-cairn-at-risk-1.3756379

Feature on Caterina Cornaro:

https://theconversation.com/hidden-women-of-history-caterina-cornaro-the-last-queen-of-cyprus-108495

Feature on Queen Anne:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-46783180

Arguing over a bust of Oliver Cromwell:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-british-lawmakers-are-fighting-over-bust-oliver-cromwell-180971193/

More on remains of that ‘ice house’ in London:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-46760121
https://www.mnn.com/lifestyle/arts-culture/blogs/massive-centuries-old-ice-house-rediscovered-under-london

More on the origins of the ‘Green Man’:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20190104-the-surprising-roots-of-the-mysterious-green-man
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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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The first definite ‘couple burial’ from a Harappan site has been analyzed:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-46806084
https://www.india.com/news/india/haryana-first-couple-grave-discovered-in-excavation-on-harappan-site-by-punes-deccan-college-deemed-university-3517372/
https://www.indiatimes.com/news/india/5000-year-old-harappan-era-skeletons-found-at-the-biggest-excavation-site-in-haryana-360065.html
https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/pune/in-first-such-finding-couples-grave-excavated-at-harappan-site/articleshow/67445140.cms
https://www.opindia.com/2019/01/in-a-first-archaeologists-discovered-a-couple-grave-in-a-harappan-cemetery/
https://edition.cnn.com/2019/01/10/health/harappa-grave-couple-india-scli-intl/index.html
https://www.nbc-2.com/story/39763972/ancient-lovers-found-in-indian-burial-site-mystify-archaeologists
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7289-190109-india-harappan-burial

A dozen 1500 years bp burials from Shaanxi:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-01/11/c_137736614.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7295-190111-china-tomb-cluster

Looks like they’ll be having a dig on the campus of Sun Yat-sen University:

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/2181340/chinese-archaeology-students-discover-topic-next-class-has-been
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-01/07/c_137726430.htm

Plenty of interesting finds at a 3600 years bp Jartai Pass site:

http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1135331.shtml

13th century Buddhist sculptures from the Monmyoji Temple have been ascribed to a certain artist:

http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201901080001.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7286-190108-japan-sculpture-triad

Interesting study of human remains from 25 burials from Mongolia (3000 years bp, give or take):

https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/01/ancient-mongolia-was-good-place-live-if-you-could-survive-horse-falls
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7296-190111-bronze-age-mongolia

On the origin of Indians (two parts):

https://thediplomat.com/2019/01/unraveled-where-indians-come-from-part-1/
https://thediplomat.com/2019/01/where-indians-come-from-part-2-dravidians-and-aryans/

Excavations of pioneer graves in Otago has provided more opportunities for the archaeologists involved:

https://www.stuff.co.nz/southland-times/109887166/otago-exhumations-lead-to-international-digs-for-archaeologists

Overviewish thing on assorted finds from the former ‘Soviet Asia’:

http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Archaeological-discoveries-in-former-Soviet-Asia-45951.html
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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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Plenty of finds from various periods found during Ambassador Bridge preliminaries:

https://www.fox47news.com/news/nearly-30-000-artifacts-unearthed-along-detroit-river-near-ambassador-bridge
https://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2019/01/11/detroit-river-artifacts-ambassador-bridge/2545900002/

Evidence of a 1908 race riot in Springfield (Illinois):

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/land-lincoln-long-buried-traces-race-riot-come-surface-180971036/

On things found at the site of the future Obama Center in Chicago:

http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/January-2019/Whats-With-Those-Artifacts-Beneath-the-Future-Obama-Center/

Feature on the Ohlone people:

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2019/jan/08/silicon-valley-history-society-book-ohlone-native-americans

Funding for a dig at Hell Gap:

https://www.laramieboomerang.com/news/local_news/uw-receives-grant-for-research-at-hell-gap-archaeological-site/article_ce43310c-f170-5449-884c-cdbf3fcc1f5b.html

I think we mentioned this possible alternative explanation for the Salem witch trials:

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

Pondering George Washington:

https://www.cnn.com/2019/01/08/opinions/george-washington-model-in-humility-meltzer-mensch/index.html

On evidence of an early human presence in Alaska:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/jenniferraff/2019/01/12/fire-and-feces-may-reveal-an-early-human-presence-in-alaska/#1d02903f762c

Feature on petroglyphs (once?) found in West Virginia:

https://wvexplorer.com/2019/01/12/strange-carvings-greeted-west-virginia-explorers/

Feature on Carter Harrison:

https://yalealumnimagazine.com/articles/4811-carter-harrison

Geronimo spoke Spanish:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2019/01/08/actualidad/1546958387_643634.html

On Ulysses S. Grant’s failed attempt to grant citizenship to Native Americans:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/ulysses-grants-failed-attempt-to-grant-native-americans-citizenship-180971198/

On dealing with immigration during the 1901 smallpox outbreak:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-new-york-separated-immigrant-families-smallpox-outbreak-1901-180971211/

Feature on the Calusa people:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/hand-carved-panther-statuette-embodies-lost-civilizations-harmony-nature-180969711/
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Tracking the rise and fall of the Inca Empire via llama feces (no, really!):

https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/01/mites-feed-llama-poop-may-track-rise-and-fall-incan-empire
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-llama-poop-eating-mites-tell-us-about-rise-and-fall-inca-empire-180971206/

The Rapa Nui’s monuments are now thought to be connected to sources of fresh water:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-01/bu-sta010819.php
https://phys.org/news/2019-01-ancient-mysteries-easter-island.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/jan/10/mystery-of-location-of-easter-island-statues-revealed
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/easter-island-statues-may-have-marked-sources-fresh-water-180971244/

An ethnoarchaeological approach to Mexico’s ancient cultures:

https://mexiconewsdaily.com/mexicolife/archaeologist-uses-new-approach/

I think we mentioned this Maya ‘steam bath’ from Nakum:

http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news%2C32359%2Cpolish-archaeologists-discover-unique-mayan-bath-guatemala.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7293-190110-maya-steam-bath

More on that temple to Xipe Totec:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/01/archaeologists-discover-first-known-temple-to-flayed-god-xipe-totec/
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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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Ancient methods of recycling:

https://phys.org/news/2019-01-circular-economy-ancient-populations-idea.html

Feature on alchemy and the Ripley Scroll:

https://yalealumnimagazine.com/articles/4822-ripley-scroll

Rethinking the ‘Mona Lisa effect’:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/01/190108125427.htm
https://www.cnn.com/style/article/mona-lisa-eyes-scli-intl/index.html
https://www.livescience.com/64463-mona-lisa-eyes-not-following-you.html

Feature on Thomas Hobbes:

https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/public/thomas-hobbes-footnotes-to-plato/

On archaeology as ‘academic liturgy’:

https://www.americamagazine.org/faith/2019/01/09/archaeology-academic-liturgy

On some of the things which inspired J.K. Rowling’s ‘magical ideas’:

https://www.livescience.com/64427-harry-potter-history-of-magic-photos.html

Questioning exhuming human remains for research:

https://elpais.com/elpais/2018/12/25/ciencia/1545756823_325261.html

On stadiums throughout history:

https://phys.org/news/2019-01-stadiums-fated-disrepair-disuse-history.html
http://theconversation.com/stadiums-arent-fated-to-disrepair-and-disuse-history-shows-they-can-change-with-the-city-109076

On some hidden details in some well-known artworks:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20190103-eight-odd-details-hidden-in-masterpieces

On the use of the ‘right lighting’ to save old paintings:

https://theconversation.com/how-the-right-lighting-could-save-the-mona-lisa-95938

Trying to replicate Shunga art techniques:

http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201812260007.html

Feature on Edvard Munch:

https://blog.britishmuseum.org/who-was-edvard-munch/

A late item on the Magi:

https://elpais.com/elpais/2018/12/27/eps/1545932850_762596.html

… and frankincense and myrrh:

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

On the development of the periodic table (it’s 150 years old!):

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/periodic-table-history-chemical-elements-150-anniversary
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/periodic-table-elements-chemistry-fun-facts-history

On Machiavelli in the Trump era:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/books/machiavellis-the-prince-is-looking-pretty-good-in-the-trump-era/2019/01/09/b78be016-1444-11e9-b6ad-9cfd62dbb0a8_story.html

On the ‘blind spots’ of great literature of the past:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/08/books/review/edith-wharton-house-of-mirth-anti-semitism.html

Feature on the trial of John Jasper:

https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/public/who-killed-edwin-drood/

Feature on the efficacy of walls in history:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/2019/01/10/trump-says-medieval-walls-worked-they-didnt/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/walls-are-the-foundation-of-civilization-but-do-they-work/2019/01/09/4d9e3662-12b5-11e9-90a8-136fa44b80ba_story.html

On wheels and walls:

https://www.esquire.com/uk/latest-news/a25854256/trump-vs-history-wheels-walls-and-every-time-hes-got-the-past-wrong/
https://www.indy100.com/article/trump-wheel-border-wall-speech-archaeologist-mexico-twitter-8722461

Another feature on the UK’s ‘monuments men’ unit:

https://thenewsrep.com/112518/indiana-jones-and-monuments-men-meet-the-british-armys-newest-special-unit/
https://www.portsmouth.co.uk/news/defence/british-army-turns-its-eyes-to-portsmouth-for-to-recruit-specialist-team-of-treasure-hunters-1-8762422
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Ancient Color:

https://www.clickondetroit.com/all-about-ann-arbor/explore-ancient-color-at-the-kelsey-museum-of-archaeology-of-ann-arbor-starting-feb-8

Munch:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/jan/08/edvard-munch-the-scream-comes-to-british-library
http://theartnewspaper.com/news/munch-british-museum
http://www.irishnews.com/magazine/entertainment/2019/01/08/news/the-scream-artist-edvard-munch-s-lessons-for-the-modern-world-hailed-by-curators-1523697/
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/british-museum-to-host-largest-edvard-munch-display-for-more-than-a-decade-37691374.html
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/edvart-munch-s-prints-of-darkness-in-british-museum-exhibition-tpc6gvnhn

19th century China photos:

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/china-photos-19th-century-loewentheil-collection/index.html

Inside Pompeii:

https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2019/01/07/inside-pompeii-at-the-reagan-library/

The problem of crowds at museums lately:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2019/01/08/actualidad/1546973821_790482.html

Islamabad needs a museum:

https://www.urdupoint.com/en/miscellaneous/islamabad-needs-museum-to-house-thousands-of-523465.html
https://nation.com.pk/07-Jan-2019/islamabad-in-need-of-a-museum-to-house-thousands-of-antiquities

Tut’s treasures are going on tour ‘for the last time’:

https://dailynewsegypt.com/2019/01/08/tutankhamuns-belongings-wonders-seven-foreign-countries-in-2019/
https://egyptianstreets.com/2019/01/06/king-tut-exhibit-to-tour-seven-european-countries/
https://wdef.com/2019/01/06/the-treasures-of-king-tut-on-tour-for-the-last-time/

More arguing over that pyramid stone in the Museum of Scotland:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jan/10/pyramid-stone-giza-row-egypt-asks-museum-of-scotland-for-papers
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-46802323
https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/17349570.national-museum-of-scotland-insists-it-legally-owns-stone-from-great-pyramid/
https://www.thenational.scot/news/17346720.national-museum-of-scotland-in-giza-pyramid-stone-feud/
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AT THE AUCTIONS
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A nice price for a letter written by George III:

https://www.livescience.com/64481-king-george-note-auctioned.html
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THE TECHY SIDE
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A new (?) algorithm for re-assembling archaeological fragments:

https://techxplore.com/news/2019-01-algorithm-archaeological-puzzles.html

Feature on LiDAR:

https://www.spar3d.com/blogs/the-other-dimension/32494-2/

More on CT scans of the mummy of Nespamedu:

https://elpais.com/elpais/2019/01/07/inenglish/1546880586_334568.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7290-190109-egypt-mummy-nespamedu
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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Another piece on sites threatened by rising seas:

https://www.sciencenewsforstudents.org/article/rising-seas-threaten-thousands-world-cultural-sites

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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In case you missed it, DNA suggests that ‘almost all’ the horses in some Viking burials in Iceland were male:

https://www.livescience.com/64432-vikings-buried-with-stallions.html
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/dnatesting-reveals-icelandic-viking-warriors-were-buried-alongside-sacrificial-stallions/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/burials-show-icelandic-vikings-had-thing-stallions-180971195/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7283-190107-iceland-viking-horses

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Castles in Portugal:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/travel/overexposed-the-castles-of-sintra-portugal-underappreciated-the-walled-city-of-evora/2019/01/10/d89151ea-1045-11e9-8938-5898adc28fa2_story.html

Titanic:

https://www.dw.com/en/submarine-trip-to-the-titanic-booking-soon-for-those-with-deep-pockets/a-47001755
https://www.dw.com/en/submarine-expeditions-theres-nothing-even-close-to-the-titanic/a-47030746

More on too many tourists in Venice:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jan/06/venice-losing-fight-with-tourism-and-flooding
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PERFORMANCES
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Not sure where to put this item on Black Cowboys:

https://www.npr.org/2019/01/05/682318409/dom-flemons-presents-a-new-image-of-the-american-cowboy

… or this item on the Casa Verdi:

https://www.npr.org/sections/deceptivecadence/2019/01/10/684086663/casa-verdi-opera-singers-life-after-retirement
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CRIME BEAT
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Interesting feature on Vjeran Tomic:

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2019/01/14/the-french-burglar-who-pulled-off-his-generations-biggest-art-heist

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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Pondering whether there’s political will to return plundered artifacts:

https://www.dw.com/en/looted-colonial-art-is-there-the-political-will-to-return-pilfered-artifacts/a-46961670

More on Egypt’s recovery of an item from a UK auction:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-46804806
http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/63211/Ministry-of-Antiquities-managed-to-restore-stolen-artifact
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/01/09/egypt-repatriates-smuggled-artifact-uk/
https://www.france24.com/en/20190109-egypt-says-stolen-pharaonic-tablet-repatriated-uk
http://www.jordantimes.com/news/region/egypt%C2%A0says-stolen-pharaonic-tablet-repatriated-uk
https://inews.co.uk/news/world/ancient-egypt-relic-smuggled-uk-returned-to-country/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7288-190109-egypt-repatriated-artifact
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NUMISMATICA
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Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/club_nbs_esylum_v22n01.html

…. and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/club_nbs_esylum_v22n02.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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Eugeniu Iordachescu:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/11/obituaries/eugeniu-iordachescu-dead.html

Roger Mercer:

https://www.heraldscotland.com/opinion/17344467.obituary-roger-mercer-archaeologist-who-led-groundbreaking-excavations-in-scotland/

Georgi Ginev:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2019/01/12/bulgarian-archaeologist-georgi-ginev-discoverer-of-ancient-thracian-kralevo-gold-treasure-has-passed-away/

Stanley Insler:

https://news.yale.edu/2019/01/09/stanley-insler-long-serving-faculty-member-and-scholar-sanskrit

Lamin Sanneh:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/11/obituaries/lamin-sanneh-dead.html

Major Geoffrey Langlands:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-46757125

Nancy Grace Roman:

https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/obituaries/ct-met-nancy-grace-roman-obituary-20190107-story.html

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/2822-audio-news-from-archaeologica-30-december-5-january-2019
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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

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

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

Berkshire Archaeology Day (April 6, 2019):

http://www.berksarch.co.uk/index.php/2018/12/saturday-6th-april-2019-bas-day-school/
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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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