Explorator 21.51 ~ April 14, 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, Kris Curry, Rick Heli, Laurel Carey,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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A new species (maybe) of hominin from the Philippines dubbed homo luzonensis:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-04/anu-nso040919.php
https://phys.org/news/2019-04-species-early-human-philippines.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/04/190410141825.htm
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/10/science/homo-luzonensis-philippines-evolution.html
https://www.livescience.com/65201-newfound-ancient-human-relative-homo-luzonensis.html
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-47873072
https://www.livescience.com/65194-photos-human-relative-homo-luzonensis.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/apr/10/new-species-of-ancient-human-homo-luzonensis-discovered-in-philippines-cave
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/old-bones-offer-a-twist-in-epic-tale-of-mankind-q0qhvpg9c
https://www.wsj.com/articles/evidence-of-new-human-species-found-in-philippines-11554915601
https://www.cnn.com/2019/04/10/world/new-hominin-discovery-philippines-scn/index.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/science/2019/04/10/bones-discovered-an-island-cave-may-be-new-human-species/?wpisrc=al_news__alert-hse–alert-national&wpmk=1
https://www.abc.net.au/news/science/2019-04-11/new-species-of-early-human-found-in-a-cave-on-the-philippines/10985676
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-04/11/c_137969272.htm
https://amp.france24.com/en/20190411-new-early-species-human-found-philippines-homo-luzonensis?__twitter_impression=true
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2019/04/10/new-human-species-discovered-cave-philippines/3424227002/
https://www.dw.com/en/new-early-human-species-discovered-in-the-philippines/a-48281840
https://www.sciencealert.com/new-hominin-species-suggests-we-once-lived-alongside-several-types-of-humans
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/new-hominid-species-homo-luzonensis-philippines
https://theconversation.com/how-much-evidence-is-enough-to-declare-a-new-species-of-human-from-a-philippines-cave-site-115139
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2019/04/new-species-ancient-human-discovered-luzon-philippines-homo-luzonensis/
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2019/04/10/new-human-species-homo-luzonensis-philippines/
https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-01019-7
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/04/new-species-ancient-human-unearthed-philippines
https://elpais.com/elpais/2019/04/10/ciencia/1554913422_860525.html
https://www.newsweek.com/homo-luzonensis-new-species-early-human-1391822
https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2019/04/10/710278943/ancient-bones-and-teeth-found-in-a-philippines-cave-may-rewrite-human-history
https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/04/meet-your-long-lost-distant-cousin-homo-luzonensis/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/paleontologists-unearth-fossils-belonging-previously-unknown-species-ancient-human-180971941/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7580-190411-philippines-homo-luzonensis

… and more digs are planned in the area where the fossils were found:

https://phys.org/news/2019-04-filipinos-human-species.html
https://www.sfchronicle.com/news/science/article/Filipinos-plan-more-diggings-where-new-human-13758713.php

… and the question about how much evidence is required to declare a ‘new species’ has been raised:

https://phys.org/news/2019-04-evidence-declare-species-human.html
https://www.stuff.co.nz/science/111955061/how-much-evidence-is-enough-to-declare-a-new-species-of-human-from-a-philippines-cave-site

Feature on the various species in the homo family tree:

 

34 000 years bp pictorial cave art from the Croatia:

https://phys.org/news/2019-04-archaeologists-prehistoric-figurative-cave-art.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-04/uos-aif041019.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/04/190410120604.htm
https://www.livescience.com/65209-cave-paintings-discovered-croatia.html
https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/antiquity/article/expanding-the-horizons-of-palaeolithic-rock-art-the-site-of-romualdova-pecina/738597492507013D73EA8FDFB521A59F
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7581-190411-croatia-cave-art

Really a DNA story …. Neanderthals and woolly mammoths are said to have ‘shared genetic material’:

https://www.aftau.org/news-page-archaeology?=&storyid4677=2445&ncs4677=3&erid=7836507
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-04/afot-wma040819.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/04/190408123240.htm
https://www.jpost.com/HEALTH-SCIENCE/Neanderthals-and-mammoths-shared-genetic-material-say-Tel-Aviv-researchers-586091

Another DNA type story suggests there were two distinct ‘lineages’ of Denisovans in Southeast Asia:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-04/mpif-mda041119.php
https://phys.org/news/2019-04-ancient-dna-reveals-denisovan-family.html
https://www.livescience.com/65213-new-human-lineage-interbred-modern-humans.html
https://www.upi.com/Science_News/2019/04/11/New-branches-of-the-Denisovan-family-tree-discovered-in-Indonesia/3661555000243/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hominins-weve-been-calling-denisovans-are-more-diverse-previously-thought-180971952/
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/?p=33570

How we evolved to run marathons:

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/crux/2019/04/12/boston-marathon-and-human-evolution/
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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A Fifth Dynasty dignitary burial at the Saqqara necropolis:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/68261/In-pic-All-what-you-need-to-know-about-the
http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/329952/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Egyptian-antiquities-minister-takes-ambassadors-to.aspx
https://www.livescience.com/65155-mummy-of-pharaoh-official-discovered.html
https://www.france24.com/en/20190413-egypt-unveils-colourful-fifth-dynasty-tomb
https://news.yahoo.com/egypt-unveils-colourful-fifth-dynasty-tomb-164453897.html
https://www.timesofisrael.com/egypt-unveils-tomb-still-bursting-with-color-after-4300-years/
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-04/14/c_137974683.htm
https://timesofoman.com/article/1133296/World/Africa/Egypt-opens-pharaonic-tomb-near-Giza-pyramids
http://english.alarabiya.net/en/life-style/art-and-culture/2019/04/13/Egypt-unveils-colorful-Fifth-Dynasty-tomb.html
https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2019/04/13/egypt-unveils-colorful-tomb-of-fifth-dynasty-which-ruled-about-4300-years-ago

The live-on-TV opening of a 26th dynasty priestly-burial sarcophagus (and two others) went well:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/68094/A-2-500-year-old-mummy-unveiled-in-Minya
https://phys.org/news/2019-04-thousands-year-old-egyptian-sarcophagus-tv.html
https://nypost.com/2019/04/08/egypt-unveils-2500-year-old-mummy-at-ancient-cemetery/
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-egypt-archaeology/egypt-unveils-2500-year-old-mummy-at-forgotten-cemetery-idUSKCN1RK1DJ
https://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Egypt-unveils-2500-year-old-mummy-at-forgotten-cemetery-586111
https://www.newsweek.com/ancient-egypt-sarcophagus-opened-discovery-1388555
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/check-out-what-was-inside-the-egyptian-sarcophagus-they-opened-on-live-tv/
https://nerdist.com/article/archaeologists-opened-ancient-tomb-live-tv-mummy/

I think we mentioned this study of an Egyptian woman’s teeth revealing her profession a while ago:

https://www.sciencealert.com/this-ancient-egyptian-woman-s-teeth-suggests-women-could-be-craftspeople-too
https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2019/04/11/archaeologists-discover-a-new-profession-in-an-ancient-egyptian-womans-teeth/#71e2b5e33098

Not sure if we mentioned this identification and return of a fragment from an Egyptian tomb:

https://lighthouse.mq.edu.au/article/april-2019/Mystery-of-stolen-Egyptian-artefact-cracked-by-hieroglyphs

More on that musician burial along with plenty of mummified mice:

https://www.livescience.com/65192-mouse-mummies-tomb-egypt.html
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/world/musician-buried-with-50-mummified-pets-frx7ww87b
https://www.tolonews.com/arts-culture/mummified-mice%C2%A0falcons-found-newly-unveiled-egyptian-tomb

Vague item on finds from Ur:

http://www.china.org.cn/world/Off_the_Wire/2019-04/11/content_74667733.htm

More on that menorah image find at Beer Sheva:

https://mosaicmagazine.com/picks/history-ideas/2019/04/an-ancient-depiction-of-a-nine-branched-menorah-discovered-in-the-negev/
https://www.israel21c.org/second-temple-era-settlement-unearthed-in-southern-israel/

More on the looting of that Second Temple era burial cave:

https://www.jerusalemonline.com/second-temple-burial-cave-ravaged/

More on the resumption of the Temple Mount Sifting Project:

http://tmsifting.org/en/2019/04/07/two-important-announcements/

Feature on Layla Salih’s efforts to recover Mosul’s lost heritage:

https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2019/04/layla-salih-archaeologist-of-mosul.html

I think we mentioned this newly-identified ‘gilgamesh tablet’:

https://www.ancient.eu/article/1360/the-newly-discovered-tablet-ii-of-the-epic-of-gilg/

Paywalled, but seems to be of interest (something about chickens):

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-2-600-year-old-jerusalem-discovery-leaves-archaeologists-shell-shocked-1.7112934

… this is probably the same story:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/2600-year-old-chicken-egg-shells-from-jerusalem-first-evidence-of-use-in-diet/

On the wage gap in ancient Mesopotamia:

https://theconversation.com/en-la-antigua-mesopotamia-ya-habia-brecha-salarial-114697

In case you missed the story of declassified U2 spy plane images revealing sites in the ‘Middle East’:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-04/uop-dus040819.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/04/190408161617.htm
https://phys.org/news/2019-04-declassified-u2-spy-plane-images.html
https://www.newsweek.com/mystery-8000-year-old-abandoned-structure-discovered-declassified-images-cold-1390064
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/04/declassified-u-2-spy-plane-photos-are-boon-aerial-archaeology
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/u-2-spy-plane-images-reveal-ancient-archaeological-sites-middle-east-180971934/
https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/04/declassified-photos-from-u2-planes-are-helping-archaeologists-unlock-the-past/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7533-190409-middle-east-u-2-images
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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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A 3600 years bp (!) shipwreck full of copper ‘bullion’ off the shores of Antalya:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2019/04/08/turkish-archaeologists-discover-worlds-oldest-bronze-age-shipwreck-off-antalya-coast
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/worlds-oldest-shipwreck-found-in-mediterranean-say-officials-142544

A metal detectorist found a gold coin of Allectus in a field in Kent:

https://www.kentonline.co.uk/dover/news/unique-find-of-roman-coin-202568/

A ceramic container full of eggs from Pompeii (this might be part of the thermopolium find):

https://uk.news.yahoo.com/ceramic-container-full-eggs-found-092600053.html

Roman (and other period) remains from a dig in York:

https://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/17561793.roman-relics-found-during-work-near-york-city-walls/

Plans to re-excavate a ‘hidden’ Roman bath at Bath:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-somerset-47898052

The Domus Transitoria opened to the public this week:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/04/12/fifty-communal-toilets-slaves-could-chat-unearthed-neros-palace/
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-04/12/c_137972546.htm
https://news.cgtn.com/news/3d3d414e7a6b544f33457a6333566d54/index.html
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/world/rome-opens-door-to-the-underworld-of-nero-s-ruined-palace-qmdwtrt2z

A Late Roman trade vessel is on display:

http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/culture/2019/04/10/ancient-roman-trade-ship-on-show-in-marsala_ff2e645b-f824-4c6e-aaa2-d91b97beb1b9.html

A British tourist in Pompeii was accused of stealing tiles from a mosaic:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-47854399
https://www.thelocal.it/20190408/british-tourist-arrested-for-stealing-pompeii-mosaic-tiles
http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2019/04/08/tourist-steals-pompeii-pieces-of-mosaic_e5baa76e-2a4c-4bdf-8822-e1737e8aa955.html
https://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/woman-pompeii-mosaic-tiles-italy-detained-a8860386.html
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/police-catch-british-holidaymaker-trying-to-steal-mosaic-from-pompeii-zl73htcll
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/tourist-branded-mosaic-thief-by-police-at-pompeii-c8w2306dn
https://elpais.com/internacional/2019/04/09/mundo_global/1554808527_341586.html
https://www.stuff.co.nz/travel/travel-troubles/111890792/uk-tourist-caught-with-pompeii-mosaic-tiles
https://metro.co.uk/2019/04/09/british-woman-arrested-for-stealing-pompeii-mosaic-tiles-as-souvenirs-9136290/
https://www.kentlive.news/news/kent-news/tunbridge-wells-tourist-21-accused-2738710
https://www.kentonline.co.uk/tunbridge-wells/news/tourist-arrested-after-removing-tiles-from-pompeii-202339/

… but she’s protesting her innocence:

https://www.kentonline.co.uk/tunbridge-wells/news/student-vows-to-clear-name-over-pompeii-mosaic-theft-202532/
https://www.kentlive.news/news/kent-news/ive-done-nothing-wrong-student-2748905
https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/8837329/student-tile-steal-pompeii/

What Sinclair Bell is up to:

https://www.niutoday.info/2019/04/10/art-history-professor-sinclair-bell-lead-presenter-in-smithsonian-channels-romes-chariot-superstar/

What Sarah Bond is up to:

https://www.sunjournal.com/2019/04/11/museum-to-host-talk-on-politics-of-museum-displays/

What Barry Strauss is up to:

https://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/article/what-ceos-can-learn-from-roman-emperors/

Feature on Wally Englert:

https://www.reed.edu/reed-magazine/articles/2019/last-lecture-wally-englert.html

Plans for a shipwreck off Alonissos to become an ‘underwater museum’:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/239363/gallery/ekathimerini/in-images/fifth-century-wreck-opened-to-the-public
https://news.gtp.gr/2019/04/08/peristera-shipwreck-alonissos-become-underwater-museum/
https://phys.org/news/2019-04-ancient-shipwreck-accessible-divers-greece.html
https://abcnews.go.com/Lifestyle/wireStory/ancient-shipwreck-made-accessible-divers-greece-62266315

… this seems related:

https://www.france24.com/en/20190409-greece-develop-first-undersea-archaeology-sites-ministry

Vandals hit the Pnyx:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/239400/article/ekathimerini/news/vandals-target-citys-pnyx-hill

Feature on the ‘bloodiest’ Roman emperors:

https://www.historyextra.com/period/roman/worst-bloodiest-emperors-history-tiberius-nero-commodus-caligula-domitian/

Feature on ancient Roman cures for ‘panic attacks’ (Stoicism):

https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/blog/word-less/201904/the-ancient-roman-cure-panic-attacks-part-1
https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/blog/word-less/201904/the-ancient-roman-cure-panic-attacks-redux

Feature on Vercingetorix:

http://en.rfi.fr/france/20190410-where-legend-vercingetorix-was-born

In case you wondered how Utica (NY) was named:

https://www.uticaod.com/news/20190411/mayors-series-before-taking-office-clark-gave-utica-its-name

On what the Odyssey teaches us about mentoring:

https://dailyiowan.com/2019/04/07/guest-opinion-what-the-odyssey-teaches-us-about-good-undergraduate-research-mentoring/

Coverage of Holy Cross’ Classics Day:

https://news.holycross.edu/blog/2019/04/09/photos-holy-cross-students-host-classics-day-to-share-passion-for-ancient-world/

On Brexit and Sparta:

http://theconversation.com/brexiteers-are-right-to-compare-themselves-to-spartans-but-not-for-the-reasons-they-think-115037

A free online course on the Arch of Titus:

https://aleteia.org/2019/04/10/take-this-free-online-course-on-romes-arch-of-titus-which-commemorated-romes-occupation-of-the-holy-land/

The Roman Empire version of Game of Thrones:

https://theconversation.com/juego-de-tronos-y-el-imperio-romano-115160

More on the recently-found thermopolium at Pompeii:

https://hyperallergic.com/493893/archaeologists-discovered-an-ancient-fast-food-counter-in-pompeii/

More on the restoration of the Largo di Torre Argentina:

https://www.lagazzettaitaliana.com/news-from-italy/9056-rome-s-ancient-largo-di-torre-argentina-will-be-restored

More on the graphic novel Iliad:

https://www.adventuresinpoortaste.com/2019/04/08/the-iliad-review-a-labor-of-love/

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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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A Bronze Age axe head found by illegal metal detectoring in Limerick:

https://www.rte.ie/news/ireland/2019/0408/1041305-bronze-age-axe-find/
https://www.ilovelimerick.ie/bronze-age-axe/
https://extra.ie/2019/04/08/news/irish-news/axe-returned-national-museum

A possible Bronze Age site in Knocklyon (south Dublin):

https://www.herald.ie/news/site-around-cosgraves-bungalow-a-potential-major-bronze-age-find-37992213.html

Avebury Stone Circle is being associated with an ‘elite’ Neolithic house:

https://phys.org/news/2019-04-avebury-monument-single-family-home.html
https://www.livescience.com/65195-ancient-home-in-avebury-stone-circle.html
https://www.history.com/news/stonehenge-avebury-elite-neolithic-house-discovery
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7535-190410-avebury-neolithic-monument

A study of the Tumulus des Sables mound in France suggests it was older than previously thought, along with other new findings:

https://cosmosmagazine.com/archaeology/two-millennia-pile-on-at-burial-mound
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7531-190408-france-le-tumulus-des-sables

Medieval (and some earlier) finds during excavations at the port of Mykonos:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2019/04/07/centuries-old-traces-of-mykonos-now-brought-to-light/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7532-190409-mykonos-port-excavation

Medieval burials next to Down Cathedral (Ireland):

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-47895990
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7585-10412-medieval-northern-ireland

Remains of a 14th century castle from Orkney:

https://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/remains-of-14th-century-castle-uncovered-in-orkney-1-4904303

Excavations are underway at a distilling site in Blackmiddens:

https://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/secrets-of-whisky-smuggling-country-to-be-revealed-at-site-of-ancient-distillery-1-4904996
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-47879386
https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/17565072.archaeological-dig-to-try-to-find-the-fabled-secrets-of-illicit-whisky-trade/

… and at Draper’s Hall in Coventry:

https://www.coventrytelegraph.net/news/coventry-news/coventry-news-archaeological-dig-castle-16119497

Excavations of ‘The Old Brig’ near Whitstable are also underway:

https://www.kentonline.co.uk/whitstable/news/archaeologists-uncover-secrets-of-extremely-rare-shipwreck-202635/

High hopes for a dig near bypass construction near Caernarfon:

https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/speculation-mounts-over-possible-major-16106246

Feature on a Visigothic letter from Spain:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2019/04/09/actualidad/1554837441_579595.html

Feature on restoring Notre Dame:

https://www.lesalonbeige.fr/restauration-exceptionnelle-a-notre-dame-de-paris/

The Dig Burley project looks kind of interesting:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-hampshire-47895412

Vandalism at the Ring of Brodgar stone circle:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/apr/11/world-renowned-ring-of-brodgar-stone-circle-vandalised-orkney
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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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Excavation of a pit containing horses and chariots beside a tomb in Shaanxi has resumed:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-04/10/c_137965744.htm

Six 1st-5th century CE burials from a village in Cambodia:

https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/archaeologists-unearth-ancient-funan-burial-site-prey-veng-town
https://www.aa.com.tr/en/world/cambodia-discovers-ancient-graves/1445293
https://menafn.com/1098359899/6-ancient-graves-discovered-in-Cambodia
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7529-190408-cambodia-ancient-graves

Plenty of finds from an Iron site at Khok Phutsa (Thailand):

https://www.bangkokpost.com/lifestyle/social-and-lifestyle/1658436/past-lives
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7530-190408-thailand-iron-age

Indigenous seafaring trade around Australia was going on for far longer than previously thought:

https://phys.org/news/2019-04-archaeology-unravelling-stories-indigenous-seagoing.html
https://theconversation.com/archaeology-is-unravelling-new-stories-about-indigenous-seagoing-trade-on-australias-doorstep-111528

Evidence of taro being grown in Maori gardens in the 15th century:

https://phys.org/news/2019-04-fossil-evidence-discovery-taro-maori.html

Feature on the Gyan Prakash Massacre:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/13/opinion/1919-amrtisar-british-empire-india.html?action=click&module=Opinion&pgtype=Homepage
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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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Woodland period pottery found during sewer construction in Annapolis:

https://www.capitalgazette.com/news/annapolis/ac-cn-green-street-dig-20190412-story.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7584-190412-maryland-trash-pit

A study of Cherokee writing in an Alabama cave:

https://phys.org/news/2019-04-cherokee-inscriptions-alabama-cave.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-04/uota-ric041019.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/04/190410120016.htm
https://www.livescience.com/65198-cherokee-messages-in-alabama-cave.html
https://www.sfgate.com/news/us/article/Cherokee-tribal-writing-inside-Alabama-cave-13758684.php
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/04/first-cherokee-cave-inscriptions-commemorate-ancient-lacrosselike-game
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/cave-markings-tell-cherokee-life-years-indian-removal-180971928/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7536-190410-alabama-cherokee-inscriptions

Applying ‘natural selection’ to industrialization in early Quebec:

https://www.brown.edu/news/2019-04-04/fertility

A student found a projectile point at Montezuma Well while on a field trip:

https://www.verdenews.com/news/2019/apr/09/hectors-big-find-camp-verde-student-digs-rare-arro/

Some boys in BC found a ‘stone age’ blade of some sort in Alouette Lake:

https://www.mapleridgenews.com/news/boys-find-ancient-stone-tool-at-alouette-lake/
https://www.terracestandard.com/news/young-boys-find-ancient-stone-tool-at-b-c-lake/

Concerns for underwater sites off Nova Scotia:

https://www.timescolonist.com/looters-likely-scouring-sunken-treasures-off-nova-scotia-experts-warn-1.23784972
https://nationalpost.com/news/canada/looters-likely-scouring-sunken-treasures-off-nova-scotia-experts-warn
https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-looters-likely-scouring-sunken-treasures-off-nova-scotia-experts-warn-2/
https://globalnews.ca/news/5145170/treasure-hunters-nova-scotia/
https://www.ctvnews.ca/sci-tech/looters-likely-scouring-sunken-treasures-off-nova-scotia-experts-warn-1.4371713

What Carl Drexler is up to:

https://www.camdenarknews.com/news/2019/apr/12/archaeologist-talks-about-civil-war-discoveries/

Studying the Chinese labourers who built Stanford:

https://news.stanford.edu/2019/04/11/uncovering-lives-chinese-workers-built-stanford/

Not sure this is legit archaeology:

http://www.newstrib.com/news/bricks-bones-a-peek-inside-th-century-privies/article_b4b2e010-5ad0-11e9-a2fb-43614050415e.html
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Very interesting 400 years bp guinea pig sacrifices from Peru:

https://gizmodo.com/400-year-old-sacrificed-guinea-pigs-wearing-colorful-ea-1834006876

Plenty of 19th century finds associate with Brazil’s ‘Empire’ at a dig in Rio:

https://riotimesonline.com/brazil-news/rio-politics/workers-in-rio-find-30000-artifacts-dating-back-to-brazils-empire/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7586-190412-brazil-imperial-artifacts

More on evidence of extensive Maya crop cultivation in the Yucatan:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-03/uoc-urf032919.php

More on the finds in Lake Titicaca:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/apr/01/archaeologists-discover-exceptional-site-at-lake-titicaca
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-6874655/Archaeologists-discover-ancient-religious-offerings-Lake-Titicaca.html
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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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Interesting features on the first women professors at Bowdoin:

https://bowdoinorient.com/2019/04/12/first-female-professors-complicate-the-classroom/

On technology and reading classical literature:

https://www.nationalreview.com/2019/04/classical-literature-study-homer-the-iliad-modern-technology/

An historian has identified Shakespeare’s London home:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-47907984
https://www.cnn.com/style/article/william-shakespeare-london-home-gbr-scli-intl/index.html

Marking Catherine de Medici’s 500th:

https://www.dw.com/en/500th-birthday-of-catherine-de-medici-behind-florences-most-powerful-dynasty/a-48291607

Identifying an unknown Velazquez:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2019/04/09/actualidad/1554815297_642718.html

Replicating a 2000 years bp diaphanous Chinese gown:

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/3004668/2000-year-old-see-through-chinese-gown-worlds-lightest-silk

A statistical type study suggests Beowulf was the work of a single author:

https://phys.org/news/2019-04-beowulf-statistical-technique-evidence-english.amp
https://www.livescience.com/65189-beowulf-single-author.html
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/the-times-view-on-beowulf-epic-discovery-7jjsrj3d5
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/computer-analysis-says-beowulf-work-single-author-180971925/

Suggestion that Leonardo was amibdextrous:

https://www.artsy.net/news/artsy-editorial-leonardo-da-vinci-ambidextrous-new-study-uffizi-gallery

Feature on Ibn Tufayl:

https://aeon.co/ideas/ibn-tufayl-and-the-story-of-the-feral-child-of-philosophy

Feature on some recent underwater finds (around the world):

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2019/apr/07/the-five-underwater-discoveries-archaeology-ancient-civilisations-lost-worlds

On medieval hygiene:

https://aeon.co/essays/medieval-people-were-surprisingly-clean-apart-from-the-clergy

On European colonialism and the Little Ice Age:

https://aeon.co/ideas/did-european-colonisation-precipitate-the-little-ice-age

On the history of dragons:

https://www.livescience.com/25559-dragons.html

An interview with Hayden White on the humanities:

https://www.chronicle.com/article/We-re-Here-to-Discuss-the/246047?cid=wb&cid=wb

Hyping the SAA conference (just concluding):

https://www.krqe.com/news/mornings/society-for-american-archaeology-host-one-of-the-cities-largest-conventions/1908885219
https://www.krqe.com/news/albuquerque-metro/thousands-of-archaeologists-coming-to-albuquerque-to-explore-present-research/1910700843

… and it’s dealing (poorly) with a #metoo situation:

https://www.the-scientist.com/news-opinion/an-archaeology-meeting-finds-itself-in-the-middle-of–metoostem-65737

A book of lost books found in a Danish archive:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/book-lost-books-was-discovered-danish-archive-180971943/

Some Guggenheim fellows for 2019:

https://news.yale.edu/2019/04/10/five-distinguished-yale-faculty-members-named-2019-guggenheim-fellows

Latest humans-not-off-the-hook-for-megafaunal-extinctions piece:

https://phys.org/news/2019-04-humans-extinctions-large-herbivores.html

Latest animal-abuse-at-touristy-places thing comes from Egypt:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/13/world/middleeast/egypt-pyramids-animal-abuse.html

On unicorns and Scotland:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20190408-what-unicorns-mean-to-scottish-identity

Feature on Joseph Duveen:

https://www.artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-enduring-legacy-joseph-duveen-americas-first-mega-dealer

On fighting back against pseudoarchaeological claims:

https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/04/believe-atlantis-these-archaeologists-want-win-you-back-science

On the antiquity of the Hebrew Bible:

http://blog.yalebooks.com/2019/03/19/how-old-is-the-hebrew-bible/

More on the suggestion that Casimir Pulaski was a woman or intersex:

https://www.livescience.com/65183-general-pulaski-female-skeleton.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/07/science/casimir-pulaski-intersex.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/was-revolutionary-war-hero-casimir-pulaski-intersex-180971907/

… and some other examples:

https://theconversation.com/adventurous-identities-intersex-soldiers-and-cross-dressing-women-at-war-115126
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Munch:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/art-review-edvard-munch-love-and-angst-british-museum-8n8rvrgpf
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/apr/08/primal-screams-edvard-munch-british-museum-norway
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/art/reviews/edvard-munch-love-angstbritish-museum-review-munchs-prints/
http://theartnewspaper.com/preview/there-is-more-to-munch-than-the-scream
https://www.standard.co.uk/go/london/arts/edvard-munch-love-angst-review-british-museum-a4112751.html
https://londonist.com/london/art-and-photography/edvard-munch-the-scream-at-british-museum
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/apr/14/edvard-munch-love-and-angst-british-museum-review

Claudius:

https://www.wantedinrome.com/whatson/rome-celebrates-emperor-claudius-with-exhibition.html

Snettisham Hoard:

https://www.edp24.co.uk/news/gold-torcs-at-lynn-museum-1-5983277

Gladiators:

https://www.falkirkherald.co.uk/news/gladiator-mystery-makes-its-scottish-debut-at-callendar-house-1-4907141

Silk Road:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-04/11/c_137969424.htm

Women in Imperial China:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/museums/this-provocative-show-reveals-the-power-of-women-in-imperial-china/2019/04/11/61f9172a-5bc2-11e9-842d-7d3ed7eb3957_story.html

On the cause of the Brazil Museum fire:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/faulty-air-conditioning-unit-sparked-devastating-brazil-national-museum-fire-180971903/

Feature on the Capitoline Museums:

https://www.wantedinrome.com/yellowpage/capitoline-museums-in-rome-worlds-oldest-museum.html
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AT THE AUCTIONS
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Egyptian items coming to Christie’s at the end of the month:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/68072/Ancient-Egyptian-statue-held-for-sale-in-Christie%E2%80%99s-on-April
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/68118/Ancient-Egyptian-basalt-statue-to-be-auctioned-in-Christie%E2%80%99s-on

Christie’s is also auctioning some Islamic items:

http://www.arabnews.com/node/1480691/rare-finds-christies-auctions-art-islamic-and-indian-worlds

Egypt is denying it sold items in US auctions:

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20190411-egypt-denies-selling-17-artefacts-in-us-auctions/
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THE TECHY SIDE
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Latest ‘facial’ reconstruction is a neolithic dog (!) from Orkney:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/apr/13/neolithic-dog-reveals-tales-behind-orkney-monuments

Just in time for Easter we hear of 3d imaging enhancement at the ‘Cenacle’ in Jerusalem:

https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Last-Supper-site-recreated-digitally-by-archaeologists-586537
https://af.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idAFKCN1RN1JM

Feature on assorted use of tech in archaeology:

https://www.insidescience.org/news/tech-allows-archaeologists-uncover-without-destruction

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CLIMATE MATTERS
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Spinning the finds at Elusa with climate change:

https://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2019/0328/Out-of-history-s-trash-heap-clues-to-climate-s-role-in-ancient-collapse

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

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

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/apr/14/ngarigo-australias-people-of-the-snow-a-photo-essay

Prince Albert:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/11/travel/prince-albert-south-africa-artist-colony.html

Camino de Santiago:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20190411-the-camino-de-santiagos-ancient-secret

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PERFORMANCES
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Socrates:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/11/theater/socrates-democracy-public-theater.html
https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2019/04/15/tim-blake-nelson-classics-nerd-brings-socrates-to-the-stage

Mary Magdalene:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/11/movies/mary-magdalene-review.html

Reconstruction:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/09/arts/television/review-reconstruction-pbs.html

Norma Jeane Baker of Troy:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/10/theater/norma-jeane-baker-of-troy-review.html

King Lear:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/04/theater/king-lear-review-glenda-jackson.html
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CRIME BEAT
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A Roman-era sculpture (maybe … looks iffy to me) recovered by police in Denizli:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/roman-era-sculpture-seized-142489

A Nevada man sentenced for destroying sites:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2019/02/27/man-sentenced-destroying-washoe-archaeological-sites/3012378002/

A strange turn in that Terracotta Warrior stolen thumb trial:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-47896762

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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Germany has commenced the ‘largest’ return of Aboriginal remains to Australia:

https://phys.org/news/2019-04-germany-largest-aborigine.html
https://www.dw.com/en/german-museum-returns-indigenous-remains-to-australia/a-48260199

The US returned some items to Mexico:

https://yucatanexpatlife.com/u-s-returns-2-pre-hispanic-artifacts-to-mexico/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7583-190412-mexico-artifacts-repatriated

A library in Bonn has received some 600 volumes that had been missing since WWII:

https://sothebys.gcs-web.com/static-files/422a89d1-079a-420f-b325-b3acc93afeb4

More on Norway repatriating plenty of items to Easter Island:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/norway-will-repatriate-thousands-artifacts-taken-easter-island-180971846/
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NUMISMATICA
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The Tyrants of the Tiber exhibit looks interesting:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/30-million-tyrants-of-the-tiber-exhibit-of-roman-coins-at-june-long-beach-expo/
http://www.coinnews.net/2019/04/08/30-million-tyrants-of-the-tiber-exhibit-of-superb-roman-coins-at-june-long-beach-expo/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v22/club_nbs_esylum_v22n14.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v22/club_nbs_esylum_v22n15.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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Geoffrey Tassie:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/apr/10/geoffrey-tassie-obituary

Sydel Silverman:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/05/obituaries/sydel-silverman-dead.html

James Winn:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/12/obituaries/james-winn-dead.html

Ralph Solecki:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/11/obituaries/ralph-solecki-dead.html
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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

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CONFERENCES
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European Association of Biblical Studies Annual Conference (August 2019):

https://www.eabs.net/EABS/Conferences/Warsaw_2019/EABS/Abstract_system/Call_for_papers_Warsaw.aspx

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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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