Explorator 22.04 ~ May 19, 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, Frank MacKay,
Richard Miller, Kris Curry, Rick Heli, Richard C. Griffiths, and Ross W. Sargent
for headses upses this week (as always hoping I have left no one out).
… bit of a slow week …
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EARLY HOMINIDS
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A study of teeth suggests homo sapiens and neanderthals ‘split’ ca 800 000 years bp:

https://phys.org/news/2019-05-neanderthals-modern-humans-diverged-years.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/05/190515143956.htm
https://www.livescience.com/65499-neanderthal-human-last-common-ancestor.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/teeth-early-neanderthals-may-indicate-species-older-thought-180972184/
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/fossil-teeth-push-human-neandertal-split-back-about-1-million-years-ago
https://gizmodo.com/tooth-analysis-suggests-neanderthals-and-modern-humans-1834852081
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7660-190516-neanderthal-teeth-shapes

Finds from the Klasies River Cave in South Africa suggest early modern humans were eating plant starches some 120 000 years bp:

https://phys.org/news/2019-05-earliest-evidence-cooking-starch.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/05/190517115142.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-05/uotw-eeo051719.php

Thinking about Neanderthal cognition:

https://www.sapiens.org/column/field-trips/neanderthal-brain/

Feature on the Chauvet cave paintings:

http://mentalfloss.com/article/577563/chauvet-cave-paintings-facts

More on statistical suggestions that australopithecus is not related to homo sapiens:

https://cosmosmagazine.com/palaeontology/australopithecus-species-dismissed-as-human-ancestor
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AFRICA
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Feature on rock art in the ‘Green Sahara’:

https://smarthistory.org/the-art-of-africa/north-africa/rock-art-in-the-green-sahara-africa/
More on the increased use of quartz tools at a site in Lesotho:

https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/antiquity/article/quartz-crystal-materiality-in-terminal-pleistocene-lesotho/A218A02CEC93639F7E2BF1918DC9776E
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Remains of a 26th dynasty military installation in the North Sinai:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/331601/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Part-of-th-Dynasty-fortress-uncovered-in-North-Sin.aspx
https://www.egyptindependent.com/archaeological-team-uncovers-ancient-fortress-towers-in-north-sinai/
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/70421/Min-Ancient-military-fortress-discovered-in-Tal-el-Kedwah
http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1149794.shtml
http://www.china.org.cn/world/Off_the_Wire/2019-05/13/content_74780209.htm
http://www.ecns.cn/hd/2019-05-14/detail-ifzicwaz7651427.shtml
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-05/13/c_138055504.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7648-190513-egypt-defensive-castle

Pondering the meteoric origin of Egyptian desert glass:

https://phys.org/news/2019-05-planetary-scientists-unravel-mystery-egyptian.html
https://www.livescience.com/65503-glass-egypt-desert-meteorite-impact.html
https://www.space.com/yellow-egyptian-glass-made-by-meteorite-impact.html

Nice feature on ‘falling in love’ with ancient Egypt:

https://www.theguardian.com/news/audio/2019/may/17/into-the-pharaohs-chamber-how-i-fell-in-love-with-ancient-egypt-podcast

Remains of a major Hittite site (it appears) at Kirikkale:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2019/05/18/millenia-old-hittite-ruins-found-in-central-turkey

Feature on the City of David:

https://www.jpost.com/Jerusalem-Report/The-City-of-David-Exploring-the-origin-and-identity-of-the-ancient-site-589885

Feature on some of the oldest writing in Jerusalem:

https://watchjerusalem.co.il/36-the-oldest-writing-in-jerusalem

A court has ruled that West Bank digs mustn’t be made public (?):

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-west-bank-archaeological-digs-must-not-be-made-public-israel-s-top-court-rules-1.7255369

Feature on the palace decoration of Ashurbanipal:

https://smarthistory.org/the-palace-decoration-of-ashurbanipal/

Interview with Ashk Dahlen about his *Persian Empire* book:

http://www.payvand.com/news/19/may/1029.html

Latest pondering of ISIL’s looting in Syria:

http://theconversation.com/were-just-beginning-to-grasp-the-toll-of-the-islamic-states-archaeological-looting-in-syria-116645
https://www.thetelegraph.com/news/article/We-re-just-beginning-to-grasp-the-toll-of-the-13846606.php

… and Houthis are similarly being branded in Yemen:

https://aawsat.com/english/home/article/1728156/exclusive-%E2%80%93-houthis-accused-destroying-yemen%E2%80%99s-history-landmarks

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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A 2500 years bp Sarmatian kurgan from Russia:

https://www.livescience.com/65498-ancient-russia-burials-elite-nomads.html
https://www.livescience.com/65497-photos-ancient-burial-russia.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7663-190517-russia-sarmatian-kurgan

A 2200 years bp marble sarcophagus from Alemli:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2019/05/15/second-ever-marble-sarcophagus-found-in-turkeys-cappadocia

Evidence of the use of molten iron for road repairs at Pompeii:

https://www.livescience.com/65479-ancient-romans-used-molten-iron-street-repair.html
https://www.zmescience.com/science/news-science/ancient-roman-road-repair-0423/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pompeii-fixed-potholes-molten-iron-180972203/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7656-190515-pompeii-iron-roads

Evidence of a 1st century CE temple of Nemesis in the theatre of Mytilene:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/240546/article/ekathimerini/life/temple-of-nemesis-found-under-remains-of-ancient-mytilini-theatre
https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/35586-temple-of-nemesis-discovered-under-remains-of-ancient-mytilini-theatre-in-greece.html
https://greece.greekreporter.com/2019/05/16/temple-of-nemesis-discovered-under-ancient-theater-in-mytilene-greece/
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-05/16/c_138064258.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7658-190516-greece-mytilene-nemesis

Not sure where to put this study of 10 strange 2000 years bp killings/burials on the tiny, ‘uninhabited’ island of Sa Galera:

https://elpais.com/elpais/2019/05/16/inenglish/1558007577_536558.html
https://elpais.com/cultura/2019/05/08/actualidad/1557324450_881578.html

Latest interesting A14 construction-related find is a coin of Laelianus (who was emperor for a couple of months in 269 CE):

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-48314102
https://uk.news.yahoo.com/rare-roman-coin-found-cambridgeshire-during-road-improvement-112200586.html
https://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/news/cambridge-news/rare-ancient-roman-coin-found-16277861

Core samples from the Mont Blanc glacier reveal significant traces of Roman-era pollution:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-how-ancient-rome-poisoned-not-only-itself-but-europe-s-air-with-lead-1.7250218
https://www.upi.com/Science_News/2019/05/13/Mount-Blanc-glacier-reveals-traces-of-Roman-era-pollution/5621557753686/

Plans to restore the palace at Pella:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/240520/gallery/ekathimerini/in-images/part-of-palace-where-alexander-was-raised-to-be-restored
https://greece.greekreporter.com/2019/05/15/greece-to-restore-palace-of-pella-the-birthplace-of-alexander-the-great/
https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/35581-greece-to-restore-pella-palace-birthplace-of-alexander-the-great-in-macedonia.html

Recent finds and plans to resume digging and restoring at the sanctuary at Lagina:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/sanctuarys-pillars-will-stand-again-in-ancient-city-143448
https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2019/05/14/columns-excavated-at-pagan-center-lagina-in-western-turkey

EU funding to restore the amphitheatre at Sarmizegetusa:

https://www.romania-insider.com/ulpia-traiana-sarmizegetusa-restoration

The 19th century plundering of the site of Troy might have been worse than previously thought:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/plunder-of-troy-artifacts-worse-than-estimated-experts-143428

How the ancients ‘kept their minds young’:

https://www.spectator.co.uk/2019/05/how-the-ancients-kept-their-minds-young/

On the use of pepper in ancient Rome:

http://www.brandeis.edu/now/2019/may/pepper-rome-ancient.html

Some Greek tourists dressed in ‘ancient Greek clothing’ were considered inappropriately attired to gain access to the Acropolis:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2019/05/16/german-tourists-in-ancient-greek-clothing-banned-from-the-acropolis/
https://greekcitytimes.com/2019/05/17/german-tourists-wearing-ancient-greek-costumes-claim-they-were-denied-access-to-acropolis/

Feature on the Little Theatre of Epidaurus:

https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/35594-little-theatre-of-ancient-epidaurus.html

… and some coverage of the Epidaurus festival:

https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/35562-epidaurus-festival-a-unique-theatre-experience.html

Feature on the Drunken Satyr:

http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/video-buried-by-vesuvius-the-drunken-satyr/

Feature on Praxiteles’ Hermes and Dionysus:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2019/05/05/hermes-of-praxiteles-statue-remains-a-timeless-symbol-of-hellenism/

NASA is naming its latest moon mission after Artemis:

https://www.newsweek.com/artemis-nasa-moon-mission-greek-goddess-woman-lunar-surface-1424715
https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/tourism-businesses/travel-tech/35570-nasa-baptizes-moon-mission-after-ancient-greek-goddess-artemis.html

Latest call for the return of the Parthenon Marbles:

https://www.thenationalherald.com/244327/pavlopoulos-asks-for-the-return-of-stolen-parthenon-sculptures/
https://greece.greekreporter.com/2019/05/15/president-pavlopoulos-calls-on-britain-to-return-stolen-parthenon-sculptures/

Concerns for the site of Caerleon:

https://www.southwalesargus.co.uk/news/17641319.action-must-be-taken-to-protect-historic-ruins/

Interesting feature on the only shop making ‘official replicas’ of Greek art:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2019/05/16/the-magic-of-recreating-ancient-greek-masterpieces-video/

Applying the Satyricon to modern times:

https://www.nationalreview.com/2019/05/globalization-modern-world-rome-satyricon/

On the impact of Brad Pitt’s *Troy*:

https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2019/05/troy-movie-anniversary-brad-pitt

More on that ‘sphinx chamber’ found in Nero’s domus aurea:

https://www.livescience.com/65464-hidden-vault-uncovered-in-neros-palace.html
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/longlost-chamber-of-the-sphinx-discovered-beneath-neros-infamous-party-palace/

More on plans to restore the cella of the Parthenon:

https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/35560-restoration-of-athens-parthenon%E2%80%99s-north-wall-to-showcase-citadel-s-geometry.html

More on Cyprus and perfume:

https://phys.org/news/2019-05-scent-cyprus-perfume.html
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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Using some 14 000 years bp footprints in an Italian cave to figure out how humans were interacting:

https://phys.org/news/2019-05-italian-cave-clues-ancient-humans.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/05/190514104054.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-05/e-toc051419.php
https://www.livescience.com/65476-ancient-human-footprints-in-cave.html
https://www.newsweek.com/stone-age-footprint-italy-cave-1425824
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/human-hand-footprints-basura-cave-07188.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7657-190515-italy-cave-footprints

Using bone analysis on assorted ‘Megalithic’ people’s sites to determine diet and social stratification:

https://phys.org/news/2019-05-analysis-palaeolithic-diet-social-divisions.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/teeth-early-neanderthals-may-indicate-species-older-thought-180972184/

Archaeologists are back digging at an Iron Age settlement near Tebay:

https://www.cumbriacrack.com/2019/05/13/archaeologists-return-to-iron-age-settlement-near-tebay/
https://www.thewestmorlandgazette.co.uk/news/17636092.archaeologists-return-to-iron-age-settlement/

… and also at Ardrossan Castle:

https://www.ardrossanherald.com/news/17638475.ardrossan-castles-big-archaeological-dig-2019/

Remains of Queen Emma of Normandy (11th century) found among the assorted bones in Winchester Cathedral:

https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/remains-of-11th-century-queen-found_uk_5cdc1da2e4b061f71b88f0e6

… other coverage:

http://www.bristol.ac.uk/news/2019/may/winchester-cathedral-chests.html
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-48300450

A possible medieval church site in Sannat (Malta):

https://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20190518/local/has-the-lost-medieval-church-been-unearthed-in-sannat.710263

Finds from various periods during a rescue dig in Nitra:

https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22114507/archaeologists-find-human-skull-in-the-centre-of-nitra.html

This year’s finds from Holme Cultram Abbey:

https://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/17646829.secrets-of-abbeys-amazing-history-unearthed-at-dig/

A 17th century Dutch statesman’s diary has been found again, 200 years after it was lost:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/may/14/dutch-statesman-johan-van-oldenbarnevelt-diary-discovered-200-years-after-it-was-lost

Destruction (neglect for one, intended for the other) of a pair of ‘former’ synagogues in Poland and the Ukraine:

https://www.jpost.com/Diaspora/Antisemitism/Two-ancient-former-synagogues-destroyed-in-Poland-and-Ukraine-589521

Not sure if we mentioned this study of the medieval peasant diet:

http://www.bristol.ac.uk/news/2019/may/medieval-peasant-diet.html
https://phys.org/news/2019-05-reveals-menu-medieval-peasants.html

Plans to study the impact of humans on biodiversity in Britain and Europe:

https://phys.org/news/2019-05-scientists-historical-human-impacts-biodiversity.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-05/uop-suh051319.php

Petroglyphs in Magura Cave were vandalized:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2019/05/16/invaluable-magura-cave-with-prehistoric-drawings-vandalized-with-scrawls-in-northwest-bulgaria/

More on the ongoing dig at the Glencoe Massacre site (with a Game of Thrones connection):

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-are-excavating-site-scottish-massacre-inspired-game-thrones-red-wedding-180972186/
https://www.perthnow.com.au/entertainment/tv/archaeologists-excavate-site-of-game-of-thrones-red-wedding-inspiration-ng-1ed200f0ae646d0685a5188dc99280bd

More on the Prittlewell Anglo-Saxon princely burial:

https://www.livescience.com/65463-first-christian-anglo-saxon-prince-burial.html
https://www.livescience.com/65462-anglo-saxon-prince-burial-treasures.html
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/may/09/britains-equivalent-to-tutankhamun-found-in-southend-on-sea
https://aleteia.org/2019/05/15/the-oldest-known-christian-burial-site-in-england-yields-precious-artifacts/
https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2019/may/12/saxon-prittlewell-princely-burial-hoard-southend-essex-cairo

More on that 5000 years bp mass grave/massacre site in Poland:

https://www.livescience.com/65474-neolithic-murder-and-burial.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/05/190510102930.htm
https://gizmodo.com/5-000-year-old-grave-reveals-mass-murder-of-a-bronze-ag-1834730007
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7653-190514-poland-neolithic-burial
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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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160 Han dynasty burials from Henan:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-05/14/c_138058171.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7655-190514-han-dynasty-tombs

From Hubei comes word of a find of ‘a large number’ of bamboo slips dating to the Han dynasty as well:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-05/17/c_138067134.htm

A roundup of recent finds in China:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-05/18/c_138068534.htm

15 new sites from Laos featuring 1000 years bp stone jars (used for disposal of the dead?):

https://phys.org/news/2019-05-mysterious-jars-dead-unearthed-laos.html
https://www.newsweek.com/mysterious-1000-jars-dead-remote-forest-archaeologists-1427627
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/mysterious-1-000-year-old-jars-of-the-dead-unearthed-in-laos/
https://gizmodo.com/archaeological-mystery-deepens-as-more-jars-of-the-dea-1834845113

1200 years bp sculptures from a temple near Chinnasalem (Tamil Nadu):

http://www.newindianexpress.com/states/tamil-nadu/2019/may/13/tamil-nadu-eighth-century-sculptures-found-near-chinnasalem-1976155.html

A 220 years bp ‘mystery boat’ find in Lucknow:

https://www.financialexpress.com/lifestyle/travel-tourism/200-year-old-mysterious-gondola-unearthed-in-lucknows-chhatar-manzil/1578927/

A 16th century inscription from Vijayawada:

https://www.deccanchronicle.com/nation/current-affairs/130519/vijayawada-devaraya-eras-inscription-slab-found.html

Coverage of the restoration of the Lodhi tombs:

http://www.newindianexpress.com/thesundaystandard/2019/may/19/restoring-the-lodhi-tombs-to-glory-days-1978760.html

I think we mentioned this effort to gain World Heritage status for some kofun burial mounds in Osaka:

http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201905140031.html

Questioning the ‘rewriting of history’ for political purposes in India:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/17/opinion/india-elections-modi-history.html

More on Australian petroglyphs depicting migrations and European ships:

https://theconversation.com/the-murujuga-mermaid-how-rock-art-in-wa-sheds-light-on-historic-encounters-of-australian-exploration-116815
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7662-190517-australia-ship-engraving

More on those petroglyphs found in India:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/07/science/petroglyphs-rock-art-india.html

More on that Kilwa coin find in Australia and its implications:

https://www.gazettelive.co.uk/news/teesside-news/could-humble-coin-found-beach-16267296
https://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/australian-archaeologist-finds-ancient-african-coin-on-nt-island-prompting-possible-history-rewrite/news-story/36cc091df9ce86892236674618724908
https://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/1000yearold-coins-found-in-northern-territory-may-rewrite-australian-history/news-story/65af0dc01d5046af142dbff3919065a6
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NORTH AMERICA
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Evidence of assorted tsunamis on the coast of the Olympic Peninsula (Washington):

https://www.ijpr.org/post/oral-history-wasnt-myth-tsunamis-hit-tribal-village-five-times-new-study-shows#stream/0
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7651-190513-washington-klallam-tsunamis

An Archaic Period (older than previously thought) pond burial off Manasota Key (Fla):

https://www.heraldtribune.com/news/20190516/ancient-burial-site-off-manasota-key-is-1000-years-older-than-estimated
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7659-190516-florida-underwater-burials

‘Desperate’ dig of a pair of shell rings on Pockoy Island:

https://www.postandcourier.com/news/desperate-dig-for-the-past-under-way-on-disappearing-sc/article_8e73cca4-727f-11e9-a9ae-b73bd8b47b53.html

A possible slave cemetery find on the UWG campus:

https://www.ajc.com/news/possible-slave-cemetery-uwg-campus-stirs-debate-over-buried-history/gM5BmowtReOYBqWkImpKBI/

Low water levels in the Yukon River have revealed assorted items from paddleboats:

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/yukon-river-historic-artifacts-1.5134591
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7654-190514-canada-river-boats

Somewhat unfocussed account of a dig at Little St. Simons:

https://thebrunswicknews.com/news/local_news/archaeological-dig-at-little-st-simons-uncovers-clues-to-past/article_6851a9ee-f4f9-530a-9c1d-45e6c98d4d99.html

Interesting application of technology to the digging at Fredericksburg:

https://www.fredericksburg.com/cse/new-story-map-offers-interactive-look-at-fredericksburg-s-plans/article_e50e109c-bd14-5d14-a86b-24ed1b1cf282.html
https://fredericksburg.maps.arcgis.com/apps/Cascade/index.html?appid=5aebdb0d925547e785c0e602ca0a89a0

Feature on Darlene Weston’s biological anthropology work:

https://thetyee.ca/Culture/2019/05/15/Anthropology-Reconciliation/

Feature on how it was proven that Leif Erikson made it to North America before Columbus:

https://aeon.co/videos/how-a-husband-and-wife-team-proved-leif-erikson-beat-columbus-to-norse-america

More on that pregnant Monongahela woman burial in Pennsylvania:

https://www.newsweek.com/archaeology-native-american-pregnant-arrows-monongahela-pennsylvania-1424720

More on Cherokee cave inscriptions:

https://www.voanews.com/a/cave-inscriptions-shed-light-on-cherokee-history-religion-and-culture/4918306.html
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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A network of fishponds in Bolivia dating to 1000 years bp:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-05/p-afp050919.php
https://phys.org/news/2019-05-ancient-fish-ponds-bolivian-savanna.html

A study has determined that peccaries were on Barbados before the English arrived:

https://phys.org/news/2019-05-archaeological-discovery-upends-piece-barbados.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-05/sfu-adu051619.php
https://www.newswise.com/articles/view/713025/?sc=c52

Plans for an airport near Machu Picchu are getting the expected reaction from archaeologists and others:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/machu-picchu-airport-inca-petition-cinchero-sacred-valley-a8915296.html
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/south-america/peru/articles/machu-picchu-airport-chinchero/
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/archaeologists-dig-in-to-halt-machu-picchu-airport-ttlxxx9zv
https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2019/may/15/archaeologists-outraged-over-plans-for-machu-picchu-airport-chinchero
https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/archaeologists-sign-petition-protesting-construction-200110442.html

Studying a volcanic eruption in the Andes some 4200 years bp:

https://phys.org/news/2019-05-central-andes-largest-volcanic-eruption.html

More on that ayahuasca bundle from Bolivia:

https://www.ravejungle.com/2019/05/15/ancient-cocaine-drugs/

More on Zultepec-Teoaque mutilation of prisoners:

https://www.apnews.com/3148029abd1445b68fa7a3c40c4677b1
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7650-190513-mexico-bones-analyzed
—–
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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Early excitement over the latest Voynich manuscript decipherment effort:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/may/16/latin-hebrew-proto-romance-new-theory-on-voynich-manuscript
https://www.livescience.com/65481-voynich-manuscript-proto-romance-language.html
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-bristol-48284012

… but it was quickly called into question:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-bristol-48309665

More on that ‘secret code’ written on a rock in France:

https://www.livescience.com/65473-french-rock-coded-in-mystery.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/french-town-offering-2250-anyone-who-can-decipher-weird-inscription-180972174/

Some interesting gargoyles on Gothic churches:

https://elpais.com/elpais/2019/05/13/viajero_astuto/1557759051_683278.html

Suggestion that Shakespeare’s plays were written by a woman:

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2019/06/who-is-shakespeare-emilia-bassano/588076/

On assorted theories about DaVinci:

https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2019/05/leonardo-da-vinci-500-years-later-theories-still-abound/588757/

On peoples’ apparent inability to resist touching the rear ends of statues in museums:

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/art-industry-news-may-14-stories-1546024

… without the gluteal focus:

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/why-we-want-to-touch-art/index.html

Some of the suggestions for Notre Dame:

https://elpais.com/elpais/2019/05/15/icon_design/1557900930_935759.html

I think we mentioned this feature on the ‘discovery’ of time:

https://aeon.co/essays/when-time-became-regular-and-universal-it-changed-history

A nice feature on Bestiaries:

http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/an-introduction-to-the-bestiary-book-of-beasts-in-the-medieval-world/

On assorted historical inspirations (?) for Daenarys’ attack on the Red Keep:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/tv/0/sack-city-merciless-historical-assaults-inspired-daenerystargaryens/

Interesting item on the ‘glass delusion’ and folks who suffered from it:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20190516-the-princess-who-thought-she-was-made-of-glass

A long lost letter from Alexander Hamilton to Lafayette has ‘resurfaced’:

https://www.livescience.com/65510-stolen-alexander-hamilton-letter-resurfaces.html
https://www.timesunion.com/news/us/article/Feds-want-stolen-Alexander-Hamilton-letter-13853665.php

On the world’s oldest vegetarian restaurant:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20190513-the-worlds-oldest-vegetarian-restaurant

Interesting ‘tour’ of a Gentileschi portrait:

https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-48271050

Timely feature on IM Pei:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/art/architecture/man-behind-louvre-pyramid-pei-reinvented-art-museum-age-mass/

Simon Forman and Richard Napier’s astrology-based casebooks are now online:

https://phys.org/news/2019-05-notorious-astrology-doctors-year-old-case.html
https://www.bbc.com/news/education-48281322

On the first abortion laws in the US:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2019/05/16/how-sensational-sex-scandal-led-nations-first-abortion-law-years-ago/

On some prominent Victorians who converted to Islam:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-48069763

Interesting account of Tunisian pottery making:

https://phys.org/news/2019-05-mother-daughter-tunisia-potters-ancestral.html

On the history of sex strikes:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bbcthree/article/1fc04f3e-3128-4be7-a78a-28ea31db4101

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MUSEUM MATTERS
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The Severans:

https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/the-colosseum-hosts-the-severans.html

Beauty:

https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/35542-national-archaeological-museum-in-athens-expands-exhibition-on-beauty.html

Pompeii:

https://www.stltoday.com/entertainment/arts-and-theatre/pompeii-brings-body-casts-authentic-objects-to-st-louis-science/article_2296fd03-387d-5e29-92fe-db0c186a0558.html
https://www.stltoday.com/news/multimedia/pictures/photos-pompeii-the-exhibition/collection_05af08d7-6dc5-5c1f-9b4d-6af851f6b681.html
https://www.wric.com/news/local-news/explore-the-story-of-pompeii-at-the-science-museum-of-virginia/2006366196

Tut:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/magazine/culture/the-king-and-us-the-treasures-of-tutankhamun-are-coming-back-to-london-x668v38ww

Neanderthal:

https://nationalpost.com/entertainment/neanderthals-lived-with-us-were-like-us-then-disappeared-a-new-exhibition-investigates-our-ancient-cousins

Cerruti Collection:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/06/arts/design/cerruti-collection-castello-di-rivoli.html

Tyrants of the Tiber:

https://www.numismaticnews.net/article/tyrants-of-the-tiber-coming-to-june-long-beach-expo

Treasures of Ancient Greece:

https://usa.greekreporter.com/2019/05/16/ancient-greek-treasures-on-display-at-indianapolis-museum/

Valchitran Treasure:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2019/05/08/ancient-thraces-largest-gold-treasure-valchitran-treasure-to-be-shown-in-bulgairas-black-sea-city-burgas-for-the-first-time/

Casting blame for the Paphos Museum’s continued closure:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2019/05/16/antiquities-dept-blamed-for-paphos-museums-continued-closure/

A 3d tour of the Harvard Semitic Museum:

https://my.matterport.com/show/?m=bS17YNKCggy&referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fsemiticmuseum.fas.harvard.edu

Feature on the Pergamon Museum:

https://www.dailystar.com.lb/Arts-and-Ent/Culture/2019/May-15/483166-pergamon-a-museum-between-east-and-west.ashx

The Met is cutting ties with the Sacklers:

https://hyperallergic.com/500479/sacklers-metropolitan-museum-amnh/
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-48288803
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/16/opinion/sunday/met-sackler.html

A new Civil War museum in Richmond:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/16/opinion/richmond-civil-war-museum.html

On the future of museums in China:

https://news.cgtn.com/news/3d3d414d78597a4e34457a6333566d54/index.html

A museum shakeup in the Czech Republic:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/16/arts/design/czech-culture-minister-resigns-influence-museums.html
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AUCTIONS AND RELATED MATTERS
================================================================
A recently-found aureus of Allectus is coming to auction:

https://www.numismaticnews.net/article/dnw-slate-rare-allectus-aureus-find

Big bucks for Monet’s Haystacks:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-48278312
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THE TECHY SIDE
================================================================
ZooArchNet looks like it will be useful for bioarchaeologists (and others):

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/05/190513112225.htm
https://phys.org/news/2019-05-platform-illuminates-history-humans-environmental.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-05/fmon-ndp051319.php

Creating lamps that mimic flickering torch light used by paleolithic cave artists:

https://phys.org/news/2019-05-quantum-physicists-cave-art.html

Digitally reconstructing the site of Tell el-Retaba:

https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22119025/slovak-egyptologists-show-how-an-ancient-egyptian-settlement-looked.html

Digitally reconstructing the Seven Wonders:

https://www.newsweek.com/7-wonders-ancient-world-digitally-reconstructed-1421551
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CLIMATE MATTERS
================================================================
Climate change concerns for sites in Ireland:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/ireland/climate-change-will-steal-some-of-ireland-s-most-cherished-heritage-sites-hgxzccls7

Pondering climate change and ‘Western history’:

https://www.swnewsmedia.com/prior_lake_american/news/opinion/columnists/commentary-climate-change-has-left-mark-on-western-history/article_8ce0c573-2a31-50cc-9e94-18ac22f2e5c5.html
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ON THE DNA FRONT
================================================================
Some 10 000 years bp Scandinavian DNA extracted from the ancient equivalent of chewing gum:

https://phys.org/news/2019-05-oldest-scandinavian-human-dna-ancient.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/05/190515085450.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-05/su-cgr051419.php
https://www.livescience.com/65500-dna-ancient-chewing-gum-sweden.html
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-05-19/archaeologists-find-human-dna-in-ancient-chewing-gum/11127714
https://cosmosmagazine.com/biology/ancient-chewing-gum-provides-dna-clues-to-early-scandinavians
https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/05/archaeologists-find-dna-in-a-10000-year-old-piece-of-chewing-gum/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7661-190517-sweden-chewing-gum-dna

Analyzing the genome of a Jomon era woman:

http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201905140045.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7652-190514-japan-genome-arctic

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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TOURISTY THINGS
================================================================
Ithaca:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/13/t-magazine/greece-ithaca-visit.html

More Greece:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/13/t-magazine/travel/greece-travel-guide-athens-nafplio-ithaca.html

Heritage sites in Iran:

http://www.tehrantimes.com/news/435812/Why-you-must-visit-Iran-s-UNESCO-World-Heritage-Sites

Plovdiv:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/14/travel/roman-ruins-sure-but-bulgarias-second-city-offers-so-much-more.html

20 ‘forgotten ruins’:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/lists/lesser-known-ruins-to-visit/

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CRIME BEAT
================================================================
Utah’s Danger Cave was looted:

https://www.sltrib.com/news/2019/05/13/nothing-left-steal-utahs/
https://www.deseretnews.com/article/900070491/thieves-breach-loot-utahs-danger-cave.html
https://www.ksl.com/article/46551352/cave-home-to-ancient-humans-damaged-near-utah-nevada-line
https://kutv.com/news/local/thieves-damage-danger-cave-one-of-north-americas-most-significant-archaeological-sites

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
================================================================
The Toledo MoA has reached an agreement with Italy over repatriation of a red figure skyphos:

http://www.artnews.com/2019/05/16/toledo-museum-of-art-italy-repatriation-ancient-greek-vessel/

… they’re keeping it ‘for now’ though:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-48309694
http://www.toledoblade.com/a-e/art/2019/05/16/toledo-museum-art-keep-greek-pottery-earthenware-skyphos/stories/20190516157

Germany will be retuning the 15th century Stone Cross to Namibia:

https://www.wral.com/germany-to-return-500-year-old-monument-to-namibia/18393481/

ICE returned a number of looted Greek coins:

https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-homeland-security-investigations-returned-looted-greek-artifacts-rightful-owner
https://usa.greekreporter.com/2019/05/17/us-returns-looted-ancient-coins-to-greece/

Cyprus recovered a reliquary that was up for auction in Germany:

http://www.startribune.com/cyprus-reclaims-stolen-reliquary-case-with-saints-remains/510003662/
https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/tourism-businesses/thematic-tourism/35580-reliquary-case-stolen-from-cyprus-church-repatriated-from-germany.html

More on that piece of Stonehenge being returned:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-wiltshire-48190588
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/08/world/europe/uk-stonehenge-missing-piece.html
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NUMISMATICA
================================================================
Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v22/club_nbs_esylum_v22n19.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v22/club_nbs_esylum_v22n20.html

————————
Ancient Coin Collecting:

http://ancientcoincollecting.blogspot.com/

Ancient Coins:

http://classicalcoins.blogspot.com/

Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

================================================================
OBITUARIES
================================================================
Asta Lepinis:

https://www.capecodtimes.com/obituaries/20190519/asta-h-lepinis
================================================================
AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
================================================================
Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/2854-audio-news-from-archaeologica-5-may-11-may-2019
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CONFERENCES
================================================================
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
================================================================
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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