Explorator 21.39 ~ January 20, 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, mata kimasitayo, 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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The so-called Xujiayao juvenile fossil shows dental development similar to modern children:

https://phys.org/news/2019-01-ancient-relative-humans-surprisingly-modern.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-01/osu-aar011019.php
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-01/caos-dso011619.php
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/ancient-child-fossil-jaw-east-asia-grew-teeth-modern-human
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7309-190117-china-child-teeth

Using AI to identify an unknown hominin ancestor (I don’t quite get this one):

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-01/cfgr-aia011619.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/01/190116122650.htm

A pair of skeletons from South Africa turn out to be from the same species (sediba):

https://phys.org/news/2019-01-scientists-pair-skeletons-early-hominin.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-01/nyu-scp011719.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/01/190117110830.htm

Feature on sediba:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-01/dc-uoe011719.php
https://www.cnn.com/2019/01/19/health/australopithecus-sediba-human-history-scli-intl/index.html

Not quite sure where to put this item with upper Paleolithic finds from Azerbaijan:

https://www.azernews.az/nation/144108.html
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AFRICA
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Feature on Algeria’s pyramid tombs:

https://phys.org/news/2019-01-algeria-ancient-pyramid-tombs-shrouded.html
https://www.france24.com/en/20190114-algerias-ancient-pyramid-tombs-still-shrouded-mystery
http://www.dailystar.com.lb/Arts-and-Ent/Culture/2019/Jan-15/474033-algerias-pyramid-tombs-still-shrouded-in-mystery.ashx
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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A relief from Tell Edfu which was damaged some 3500 years bp:

https://www.livescience.com/64514-ancient-egyptian-carving-afterlife.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7310-190117-tell-edfu-sculpture

A pair of Roman-era tombs from the Dakhla Oasis:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/321792/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Roman-tombs-discovered-in-Egypts-Dakhla-Oasis.aspx
http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/63551/Pictures-Several-discoveries-found-in-Al-Amriyah
https://egyptianstreets.com/2019/01/16/egyptian-expedition-uncovers-two-tombs-from-roman-period/
https://www.livescience.com/64512-ancient-tombs-egypt-daklha.html
https://phys.org/news/2019-01-archaeologists-rome-era-tombs-egypt-western.html
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-01/16/c_137746585.htm
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7305-190115-egypt-mud-brick-tombs

Plans for the Dendera temples complex to become an ‘open air museum’:

http://cairoscene.com/Buzz/dendera-temple-to-be-turned-into-open-air-museum
https://egyptianstreets.com/2019/01/15/magnificent-dendera-temple-to-be-turned-into-an-open-air-museum/
http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/63433/Dendera-Temple-to-be-converted-into-an-open-museum

Honours for Zahi Hawass:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/5/1188/321823/Arts–Culture/City-Lights/Ancient-Sicilian-city-of-Noto-honours-Zahi-Hawass-.aspx

… even though he’s hyping finding Cleopatra’s tomb and hasn’t:

https://www.ilmessaggero.it/mondo/cleopatra_tomba-4227052.html
http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/63389/Tomb-of-Antony-and-Cleopatra-to-be-uncovered-soon

More on the mummy of the pharoah’s eye doctor:

https://www.livescience.com/64513-pharaohs-eye-doctor-leaves-cool-mummy.html

Evidence from Jordan ca 11 500 years bp suggests humans were using dogs for hunting purposes:

https://phys.org/news/2019-01-year-old-animal-bones-jordan-early.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-01/uoc–1ab011519.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/01/190115132904.htm
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-prehistoric-people-hunted-with-dogs-in-jordan-archaeologists-conclude-1.6848935
http://cphpost.dk/news/dogs-mans-best-friend-since-the-stone-age.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/humans-and-dogs-may-have-hunted-together-prehistoric-jordan-180971291/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7308-190117-jordan-dogs-hunting

Feature on recent finds (with drones and other tech) in Petra:

https://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/14/science/petra-platform-sarah-parcak.html

Op-Eddish on the search for more Dead Sea Scrolls (paywalled, maybe):

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-the-race-for-the-next-dead-sea-scrolls-and-why-we-may-lose-it-1.6846311

Recent finds from Al Ain seem to be overshadowed by a prince visiting them:

https://www.urdupoint.com/en/middle-east/new-archaeological-discoveries-in-al-ain-refl-533321.html

Feature on the Al Ula site, which is being set up for tourism purposes:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/world/wp/2019/01/14/feature/unlocking-a-kingdoms-long-hidden-treasures/?utm_term=.c7707a9aa466

Feature on the dig at Tel Abel Beth Maacah:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2019/01/Northern-Exposure-Tel-Abel-Beth-Maacah

More on the finds at Kiriath-Jearim which the press is connecting to the Ark of the Covenant for some reason:

http://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/?print

This one is paywalled, but seems to be about seeds found at various sites in Israel:

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium.MAGAZINE-what-you-d-find-in-pantries-in-the-land-of-israel-6-000-years-ago-1.6845384

More on that Beit Shemesh road construction from a month or so ago:

https://www.jpost.com/In-Jerusalem/Ancient-city-arouses-controversy-in-Beit-Shemesh-577633

More on that inscription with the traditional spelling of ‘Jerusalem’:

https://mosaicmagazine.com/picks/2019/01/an-ancient-hebrew-inscription-supports-the-traditional-spelling-of-jerusalem/
https://members.bib-arch.org/biblical-archaeology-review/45/1/10

A 3000 years bp ‘warrior grave’ from northern Iran:

https://ifpnews.com/exclusive/grave-belonging-to-iron-age-warrior-discovered-in-northern-iran/

Evidence of an Ayyubid era copper production site in Jordan:

http://www.jordantimes.com/news/local/archaeologists-find-clues-%E2%80%98important%E2%80%99-ayyubid-settlement
https://www.albawaba.com/editorchoice/jordan-has-ayyubid-copper-production-site-dating-12-century-us-archaeologist-1238412
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7301-190114-jordan-ayyubid-site

Concerns for sites in Iraq:

https://thearabweekly.com/iraqs-archaeological-sites-face-looting-urbanisation-threats

Concerns for monuments in Jordan:

https://menafn.com/1097981014/India-Jordans-monuments-threatened-by-population-growth-theft

More on Persians recognizing at least three genders:

https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/ancient-persians-recognized-at-least-three-genders/
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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Thracian and Roman finds from the Nebet Tepe Fortress site (Bulgaria):

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2019/01/08/wooden-buildings-from-ancient-thrace-colorful-roman-building-discovered-at-nebet-tepe-fortress-in-bulgarias-plovdiv/

Greek and Roman artifacts from Alexandria:

https://aawsat.com/english/home/article/1552481/greek-roman-artifacts-discovered-alexandria

A Roman road in Lancashire:

http://aboutmanchester.co.uk/roman-road-m6-unearthed-by-salford-archaeologists/

A Roman-era tomb accidentally found in Tripoli:

https://www.libyaobserver.ly/inbrief/roman-ancient-tomb-discovered-accident-tripoli

Interesting feature on excavating mosaics in Larnaca and Akaki:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2019/01/13/uncovering-mosaics-a-painstaking-process/

Overviewish thing on what’s happening at Herculaneum:

http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2019/01/16/new-developments-at-herculaneum_790d0b69-8484-4721-927f-f7695ea7dabc.html

I think we mentioned these Roman-era residences from Plovdiv/Philipopolis:

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/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7302-190115-bulgaria-luxurious-structures

… and Hellenistic Philipopolis was larger than previously thought:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2019/01/03/hellenistic-age-philipopolis-was-larger-than-known-archaeologists-find-in-eastern-gate-digs-in-bulgarias-plovdiv/

A ‘Thracian Mound’ in Bulgaria turns out to be a ‘tower tomb’ and is being associated with Philip the Arab:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2019/01/16/bulgarias-largest-thracian-mound-proves-to-be-tower-tomb-like-in-petra-palmyra-likely-of-roman-emperor-philip-i-the-arab/

… but funding has been cut to investigate it:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2019/01/18/funding-cut-mars-research-of-middle-eastern-tower-tomb-found-under-thracian-mound-near-bulgarias-plovdiv/

Plenty of Roman finds along the River Soar in Leicester:

https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/remarkable-things-archaeologists-uncovered-alongside-2420742
https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/leicester-news/gallery/latest-pictures-new-archaeological-dig-2424381

Hopes for more Roman remains at a Cuerden housing development site:

https://www.lep.co.uk/your-lancashire/south-ribble/more-roman-remains-could-be-found-under-cuerden-site-earmarked-for-housing-1-9545138

Ongoing concerns for privatization of sites in Greece:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/236778/article/ekathimerini/news/archaeologists-seek-rescue-of-monuments-from-fund

Starting them young on Latin in Sheffield:

https://www.thestar.co.uk/news/pupils-take-on-latin-from-10-years-of-age-1-9544963

Pondering women in the Odyssey:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/stephaniedenning/2019/01/16/the-invisible-hand-of-women/#71ff148e3b86

Feature on Xenophon:

https://aeon.co/essays/the-ancient-greek-rebel-leader-who-saw-socrates-solo-dancing

Feature on Antinous:

https://www.apollo-magazine.com/the-most-beautiful-boy-in-the-roman-empire/

In case you missed Dan-el Padilla Peralta’s response to racist events at the AIA/SCA:

https://www.chronicle.com/article/My-MeritMy-Blackness/245462

What Michael Hoff has been doing in Antioch:

http://www.dailynebraskan.com/culture/unl-professor-makes-surprising-archeological-discovery-in-antioch/article_de449738-1936-11e9-8f71-0b6771ee4948.html

Leslie Kurke was reading Sappho:

http://www.dailyuw.com/arts_and_leisure/article_9c6daa14-17a3-11e9-950f-afb2b33e5d89.html

Bruce Thornton was riffing on Vespasian:

https://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/272514/money-doesnt-stink-bruce-thornton

Michael Roberts’ Roman poetry analysis is being revisited:

http://newsletter.blogs.wesleyan.edu/2019/01/14/robertss-book-revisited-by-society-for-classical-studies/

Karen Klaiber Hersch was talking about mythical beasties:

https://liberalarts.temple.edu/news/beastly-classics-professor-discusses-mythical-creatures-origins

Honours for Sharon Gerstel:

https://usa.greekreporter.com/2019/01/17/hellenic-society-of-constantinople-to-honor-ucla-hellenic-studies-director/

Chelsea Gardner’s paper was honoured by the AIA/SCS:

https://www.hawaii.edu/news/2019/01/18/gardner-ancient-greek-figurines-national-award/

Feature on SDSU’s 3d digital library project:

http://thedailyaztec.com/92689/news/3d-greek-digital-photographic-library-allows-researches-to-piece-together-remnants-of-the-past/

In case you missed Zahi Hawass’ claims to have found Cleopatra’s tomb:

https://www.ilmessaggero.it/mondo/cleopatra_tomba-4227052.html
http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/63389/Tomb-of-Antony-and-Cleopatra-to-be-uncovered-soon

Weighing in on the debate who should play Cleopatra:

https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/cleopatra-film-sony-black-actor-lady-gaga-angelina-jolie-whitewashing-a8728721.html

How the Romans would deal with Twitter:

https://chicago.suntimes.com/news/ancient-romans-handle-social-media-better-twitter-wars/

Using Aesop to analyze the US:

https://thehill.com/opinion/finance/425125-aesops-american-fable-too-many-grasshoppers-not-enough-ants

Parallels between the Gracchi and Brexit:

https://www.spectator.co.uk/2019/01/the-rejection-of-the-peoples-mandate-then-and-now/

Review of Edward Watts, *Mortal Republic*:

https://freebeacon.com/culture/discourses-after-livy/

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

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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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Evidence of mammoth hunting 25 000 years bp from Poland:

https://www.livescience.com/64540-ice-age-hunters-spear-mammoth.html

Studying pottery residues to see what people in southeastern Europe were eating some 11 500 years bp:

https://phys.org/news/2019-01-insights-neolithic-people-ate-southeastern.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-01/uob-nii011519.php

Evidence of salmon consumption 5600 years bp in northern Scandinavia:

https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/University-of-Haifa-researchers-identify-5600-year-old-Scandinavian-salmon-577612

A very interesting submerged Neolithic forest site off of Scotland’s Western Isles:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-46890793
https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/islands/1655060/archaeologists-find-evidence-of-incredibly-rare-early-human-activity-in-a-submerged-western-isles-forest/
https://www.thenational.scot/news/17363296.archaeologists-make-extra-special-discoveries-at-prehistoric-site/
http://www.ibtimes.sg/archaeologists-find-sub-fossilized-prehistoric-forest-scotland-28984
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7307-190116-scotland-prehistoric-forest

A Bronze Age cremation pit from Cupar (Scotland):

https://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/news/local/fife/806837/bronze-age-find-in-cupar-hailed-of-national-importance/
https://www.fifetoday.co.uk/news/bones-discovered-at-fife-hill-with-a-history-of-violence-1-4858856
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7304-190115-scotland-cremation-pit

Studying life in the Urals, some 4000 years bp:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-01/guf-wh4011719.php

A Welsh farmstead is actually a medeival hall house (I think we mentioned this one):

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

Overviewish on a possible Carmelite friary site in Kingussie:

https://www.strathspey-herald.co.uk/News/Water-terrific-find-made-in-Kingussie-17012019.htm

Studying the remains of the Esquilache Mutiny:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2019/01/18/actualidad/1547816912_714547.html

Perth City Hall might be sitting on a vast cemetery:

https://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/news/local/perth-kinross/808897/major-excavation-could-unearth-remains-of-subterranean-cemetery-beneath-perth-city-hall/

Some 19th century chess pieces from Burgh le Marsh:

https://www.skegnessstandard.co.uk/news/historic-amulets-used-to-ward-off-evil-are-found-near-skegness-1-8768475
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-were-two-victorian-chess-pieces-hidden-barn-180971307/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7298-190114-england-chess-pieces

Latest HS2 finds from Birmingham come from a 19th century cemetery:

https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/first-look-inside-hs2-tents-15699807

Feature on Viking religious beliefs:

https://www.livescience.com/64529-vikings-gods-watching-them.html

Feature on the UK’s ‘forgotten footpaths’:

https://www.newyorker.com/news/letter-from-the-uk/the-search-for-englands-forgotten-footpaths

On the influence of Victorian newspapers:

https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/design/how-victorian-newspapers-changed-the-look-of-british-towns-and-cities-a8720786.html

Campaigning to save the Holy Well near Wotton:

https://www.gazetteseries.co.uk/news/17364609.archaeologists-back-campaign-to-save-holy-well/
https://www.gazetteseries.co.uk/news/17364609.should-two-houses-be-built-on-holy-well/

Feature on the St Magnus Catheral graffiti project:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/scotland/st-magnus-cathedral-graffiti-project-will-show-that-archaeologists-woz-ere-fkgx70cb3

Hyping the HS2 project for ‘trainee archaeologists’:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/hs2-unearths-new-opportunities-for-trainee-archaeologists

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http://archaeology-in-europe.blogspot.com/

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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A large Neolithic settlement site from Hunan:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-01/14/c_137742635.htm

Evidence of a 2000 years bp ‘coin factory’ near Nanyang, found a year or so ago:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-01/18/c_137755389.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7311-190118-china-copper-coins

A Tang/Song dynasty era settlement from Shaanxi:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-01/17/c_137751622.htm

Liao Dyansty tombs (including a ‘ground-painting’ in one) from Jinzhou:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-01/16/c_137748712.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7306-190116-china-painted-tomb

A possible Mauryan site at Asurgarh:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/bhubaneswar/remnants-of-mouryan-period-found-at-asurgarh-in-odisha/articleshow/67576244.cms
http://www.orissapost.com/excavations-at-asurgarh-unearth-cultural-treasures/

A 4th/5th century Buddha site (including a statue head) from near Taranga:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/ahmedabad/new-buddhist-footprints-discovered-in-north-gujarat/articleshow/67518278.cms
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7300-190114-india-buddha-head

Flooding in Kerala has revealed plenty of terracottas (date?):

https://www.thehindu.com/society/how-the-kerala-floods-unearthed-a-site-filled-with-ancient-terracotta-figures/article26026694.ece
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7314-190118-india-terracotta-figurines

A medieval inscription from Amaravati:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/amaravati/13th-century-inscription-found-in-amaravati/articleshow/67528388.cms
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7299-190114-india-inscription-discovered

What is possibly the oldest clove (900-1100 CE) comes from Sri Lanka:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-01/18/c_137755389.htm
http://theconversation.com/worlds-oldest-clove-heres-what-our-find-in-sri-lanka-says-about-the-early-spice-trade-109686
https://qz.com/india/1525237/what-the-worlds-oldest-clove-says-about-spice-wars-in-sri-lanka/

Evidence of ‘wandering Polynesians’ from a 700 years bp site on Moturua Island:

https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/te-manu-korihi/380369/moturua-island-archaeological-dig-unearths-tools-structures

Some 1200 years bp calligraphy from China is causing a major row:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-46887545

Computer modelling applied to Beijing’s Old Summer Palace:

https://www.scmp.com/magazines/post-magazine/long-reads/article/2181613/beijings-old-summer-palace-computer-modelling
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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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Interesting finds from a ‘submerged mastodon’ site in Wakulla Springs:

https://www.tallahassee.com/story/news/2019/01/16/submerged-mastodon-may-provide-clues-ancient-mysteries/2575989002/

Evidence of quinoa use from a site in Ontario, 3 000 years bp (!):

https://phys.org/news/2019-01-year-old-eastern-north-american-quinoa.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/01/190115111930.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-01/uot-3en011419.php

Latest on why the Hunley sank:

https://www.postandcourier.com/news/a-broken-pipe-may-have-sunk-the-confederate-hunley-submarine/article_d32afc02-15df-11e9-b117-23642fbd6b25.html
https://www.heraldcourier.com/news/national/researchers-find-new-clues-on-sinking-of-confederate-submarine-off/article_db0323f9-b8b6-53a2-bee5-455631e5dbe0.html
https://www.counton2.com/news/local-news/new-clue-may-reveal-what-led-to-sinking-of-the-hl-hunley/1701294354
http://walterborolive.com/2019/01/researchers-discover-new-clue-that-may-help-explain-hunleys-loss/

Marking the tenth anniversary of the discovery of the Las Capas irrigation canals:

https://www.tucsonlocalmedia.com/marana/article_1a0a7962-18fc-11e9-9e08-a74bfe469e3e.html

Feature on a ‘bog body’ from Florida, found in the 80s:

http://nbbd.com/godo/history/windover/

Concerns for a Mi’kmaq burial site near Bras d’Or Lake:

https://www.capebretonpost.com/news/local/ancient-burial-grounds-along-the-bras-dor-lake-under-threat-275422/

Plenty of items (but no garrison) found during a Sanford dig:

https://www.journaltribune.com/articles/front-page/sanford-dig-spurs-interest-turns-up-artifacts/

Feature on the 17th century Utrecht Reformed Church:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/11/nyregion/new-utrecht-reformed-church.html

Feature on the San Juan pueblos:

http://www.santafenewmexican.com/pasatiempo/books/old-school-millennials-unearthing-life-in-the-middle-san-juan/article_8c841404-acc4-599e-81d6-712fb7f6fb04.html

Interesting feature on discovering slave-owning ancestors:

http://www.cpr.org/news/story/after-these-white-colorado-women-unearthed-their-slave-owning-ancestors-past-they-turned

In a similar spirit:

https://www.binghamtonhomepage.com/news/local-news/hidden-history-slave-cemetery-uncovered/1708425190

Remembering some famous New York blizzards:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/18/nyregion/vintage-new-york-blizzards-photos.html

Marking the centennial of the Great Molasses Flood in Boston:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2019/01/13/oh-my-god-run-day-deadly-wave-molasses-tore-through-boston/?utm_term=.bfe9082c2a52

More on finds made along the Detroit River:

https://m.metrotimes.com/news-hits/archives/2019/01/11/archeological-dig-along-detroit-river-unearths-30000-indigenous-artifacts
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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I think we mentioned this Chimu child sacrifice site from northern Peru:

https://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2019/01/15/Remains-of-132-sacrificed-Chimu-children-found-in-north-Peru/5241547570495/?ts_tn_int=5
https://www.albawaba.com/editorchoice/archaeologists-find-remains-132-children-perus-ancient-chimu-civilization-1239708

Heather Richards-Rissetto uses VR to study the Maya:

http://www.dailynebraskan.com/culture/unl-assistant-professor-uses-virtual-reality-to-look-at-past/article_c931066c-1934-11e9-aec0-bf691dc8b54d.html

Feature on ‘chocolatiers’ in the Amazon:

https://www.archaeology.org/issues/325-1901/trenches/7219-trenches-ecuador-cacao-seeds

Feature on Xipe Totec (who’s been in the news the past couple of weeks):

https://daily.jstor.org/the-festival-of-the-flayed-god/

More on that Maya ‘steam bath’ from Guatemala:

https://www.livescience.com/64495-ancient-maya-steam-bath.html
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/most-intact-ancient-steam-bath-used-in-mayan-rituals-discovered-in-guatemala/
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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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The oldest copy of a ‘poster’ version of the periodic table has been found during a cleanup at the St Andrews School of Chemistry:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/jan/17/st-andrews-mldest-surviving-wall-chart-of-periodic-table-university
https://www.livescience.com/64545-oldest-periodic-table-elements-poster.html
https://www.scotsman.com/news/education/world-s-oldest-classroom-periodic-table-found-at-st-andrews-university-1-4858091
https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/1073639/periodic-table-picture-oldest-ever
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7313-190118-scotland-periodic-table

Pondering the idea of Hell:

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2019/01/21/how-the-idea-of-hell-has-shaped-the-way-we-think

What we can learn from teeth at archaeological sites:

https://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/20/science/teeth-vitamin-d-deficiency-archaeology.html

Not sure where to put this one on the ‘Latin East’:

https://aeon.co/ideas/how-the-latin-east-contributed-to-a-unique-cultural-world

Feature on democracy/women’s suffrage in the Weimar Republic:

https://www.dw.com/en/weimar-1919-birth-of-germanys-first-democracy/a-47143440
https://www.dw.com/en/100-years-of-womens-right-to-vote-in-germany/av-47119107

Marking the centennial of Bauhuas:

https://www.bbc.com/news/in-pictures-46863364
https://www.dw.com/en/10-essential-facts-about-bauhaus/g-41278123
https://www.bauhausfestival.de/

Feature on the ‘roots’ of the garden:

https://theconversation.com/heaven-on-earth-the-ancient-roots-of-your-backyard-garden-108682

Feature on digitizing medieval manuscripts:

https://phys.org/news/2019-01-medieval-literature-digital-age.html

On ‘whitewashing’ of black women in art:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20190114-how-black-women-were-whitewashed-by-art

Feature on the Grolier Club:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/17/arts/design/book-lovers-grolier-club.html?action=click&module=Features&pgtype=Homepage

Feature on Rosa Luxemburg:

https://www.dw.com/en/rosa-luxemburg-guiding-light-and-controversial-figure-of-the-left/a-47079366
https://www.dw.com/en/red-rosa-luxemburg-and-the-making-of-a-revolutionary-icon/a-47006610

Was Aladdin Chinese?:

https://beta.scmp.com/culture/books/article/2182653/aladdin-really-chinese-how-hollywood-invented-tales-middle-eastern

The browsing habits of 14th century readers:

https://phys.org/news/2013-05-strangely-familiar-browsing-habits-14th-century.html

Digitizing an Arabic slave narrative in the US:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/only-surviving-arabic-slave-narrative-united-statesdigitized-library-congress-180971298/

Latest ‘experimental ancient boats’ fleet news:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2019/01/15/bulgarian-archaeologist-joins-prehistoric-black-sea-mediterranean-voyage-with-reed-boat-built-by-uru-from-lake-titicaca/

Preserving arabic calligraphy:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-berkshire-46814018

Arguing over the coins in the Trevi fountain:

https://www.dw.com/en/trevi-fountain-church-and-rome-battle-over-tourist-coins/a-47071769

On what we can learn from empathetic humanities:

https://aeon.co/ideas/the-empathetic-humanities-have-much-to-teach-our-adversarial-culture

Studying Rembrandt’s impasto technique:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-01/esrf-tst011419.php

Artwork found beneath Picasso’s works:

http://discovermagazine.com/2019/jan/light-show

More on Mona Lisa’s eyes:

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/?p=30867

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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Nadars:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20190114-flix-nadar-the-worlds-first-celebrity-photographer
http://www.bnf.fr/en/cultural_events/anx_exhibitions/f.nadar_legende_photographique_eng.html

Gauguin:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/museums/the-de-young-museum-tries-and-fails-to-trace-paul-gauguins-spiritual-journey/2019/01/18/0b306360-18df-11e9-8813-cb9dec761e73_story.html

Hornton Hoard:

https://www.banburyguardian.co.uk/news/hornton-hoard-to-be-displayed-for-the-first-time-1-8773665

Hoards:

https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/treasure-trove-goes-on-show-at-ulster-museum-37722996.html
https://www.irishnews.com/news/northernirelandnews/2019/01/18/news/hidden-treasures-unveiled-at-new-ulster-museum-exhibition-1530609/

Jim Crow:

https://news.yale.edu/2019/01/14/beinecke-exhibit-explores-how-professors-jim-crow-book-influenced-mlk

Slate Kings and Queens:

https://blog.timesunion.com/history/slate-kings-and-queens-an-upcoming-exhibit/3004/

Bibliomania:

https://news.yale.edu/2019/01/15/beinecke-library-exhibition-invites-bibliomaniacs-go-mad-books

Africa’s Pre-Colonial Crown Jewels:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/africa-s-pre-colonial-crown-jewels-get-a-new-home

Finds Gone Astray:

http://www.themedialine.org/news/for-the-first-time-looted-antiquities-found-in-west-bank-go-on-display-with-video/

… and some commentary on the ethics thereof:

https://hyperallergic.com/479466/jerusalem-bible-lands-museum-finds-gone-astray/

Pondering the Met’s antiquities:

http://theartnewspaper.com/comment/the-met-s-antiquated-views-of-antiquities-need-updating

Feature on the Egyptian Museum:

https://www.thedailystar.net/star-weekend/travelogue/news/the-treasure-vault-ancient-egypt-1688944

A looted ‘cannibal bowl’ will not be making the trip to the Quai Branly:

http://theartnewspaper.com/news/looted-cannibal-bowl-will-not-travel-to-quai-branly-in-paris

Funding for Tahrir’s Egyptian Museum:

https://menafn.com/1097972274/International-grant-worth-3m-to-rehabilitate-Tahrirs-Egyptian-Museum
https://egyptianstreets.com/2019/01/13/egyptian-museum-receives-e-3m-grant-to-undergo-renovation/

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THE TECHY SIDE
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Using ‘organoid tech’ to learn about Neanderthal brains:

http://discovermagazine.com/2019/jan/ancient-brains

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CLIMATE MATTERS
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Evidence of a ‘climatic event’ in south Asia 5400 to 3000 years bp:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-01/uoc-dsa011519.php

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Defining ‘Ancient Ancestry Informative Markers’:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/01/190114082850.htm

OpEd on some sweeping claims about the past being made with DNA:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/17/magazine/ancient-dna-paleogenomics.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/17/magazine/ancient-dna-research.html

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Kloster Andechs:

https://www.dw.com/en/kloster-andechs-winter-beer-on-the-holy-mountain/a-18951965

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PERFORMANCES
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Questioning ‘Hamilton’:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/13/nyregion/hamilton-lin-manuel-miranda-the-haunting.html

Weightless:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/13/theater/weightless-review-under-the-radar.html

The Poor Man of Nippur (in Babylonian!):

https://www.alumni.cam.ac.uk/news/ancient-language-of-babylonia-is-brought-back-to-life

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CRIME BEAT
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Feature on how the Van Meegeren forger was found out:

https://elpais.com/elpais/2019/01/15/ciencia/1547544948_999165.html

A ‘lost Michelangelo’ has now gone missing from a Belgian church:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jan/14/lost-michelangelo-goes-missing-from-belgian-church

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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Assorted Thai antiquities returned from assorted US collections:

http://www.khaosodenglish.com/news/2019/01/17/millennia-old-thai-antiquities-returned-from-us-collections/
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NUMISMATICA
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Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/club_nbs_esylum_v22n02.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/club_nbs_esylum_v22n03.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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Lamin Sanneh:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/obituaries/lamin-sanneh-pioneering-historian-who-studied-christianitys-spread-dies-at-76/2019/01/13/9974781c-1747-11e9-8813-cb9dec761e73_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/2824-audio-news-from-archaeologica-6-january-12-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)
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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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