Explorator 22.05 ~ May 26, 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,
mata kimasitayo, Laurel Carey, Val Moore, Jennifer Cosham,
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).

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Evidence of humans cooking food (specifically starches) some 120 000 years bp from the
Klasies River Cave (we mentioned this I think):

https://www.sciencetimes.com/articles/21945/20190520/early-humans-learned-to-cook-120-000-years-ago.htm
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/05/190517115142.htm

300 000 years bp ‘human fossils’ (and other mammals) from a side in Anhui:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-05/24/c_138086562.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7676-190524-china-human-fossils

Using a computer simulation on assorted aspects of Neanderthal life:

https://phys.org/news/2019-05-simulations-neanderthals.html
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AFRICA
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Interesting feature on the pyramids of Sudan:

https://www.thedailystar.net/star-weekend/news/the-forgotten-pyramids-sudan-1747747
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Finds from various periods (including a temple to Nakhtenbo I) from ‘Area 251’ in Cairo:

https://www.newsweek.com/ancient-egypt-archaeologists-uncover-remains-long-lost-temple-skeletons-and-1431368

I think we mentioned this 26th dynasty fortress find at Tell El-Kedwa:

https://www.livescience.com/65521-ancient-egyptian-fortress-found.html

The EFEO will be returning to dig in the Fayoum:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/70717/EFEO-to-resume-excavation-in-Fayoum-for-3rd-season-official

Temple restoration projects in Luxor have resumed:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/70741/Restoration-of-temples-resume-in-Luxor

Tooth analysis suggests an Egyptian woman was involved in craftwork of some kind (not sure if this is ‘new’):

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/worn-out-teeth-show-reveal-ancient-egyptian-career-women-180972253/

Possibility that ancient Egyptians had access to watermelons similar to the modern variety:

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2204095-ancient-egyptians-feasted-on-sweet-watermelons-at-least-3500-years-ago/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7667-190521-egypt-sweet-watermelon

Feature on the Khufu ship:

https://www.thenational.ae/arts-culture/what-was-the-khufu-ship-google-doodle-pays-homage-to-a-great-egyptian-discovery-1.866253
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/khufu-ship-egypt-pharaoh-pyramid-google-doodle-buried-vessel-a8930671.html

More on the meteoric origins of Tut’s scarab:

https://www.livescience.com/65503-glass-egypt-desert-meteorite-impact.html
https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidbressan/2019/05/19/gemstone-found-in-king-tuts-tomb-formed-when-a-meteor-collided-with-earth/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7666-190520-egypt-meteor-glass

Interesting results from a genetic study at Catal Huyuk:

http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news%2C77047%2Cgenetic-studies-inhabitants-one-worlds-oldest-cities-catalhoyuk.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7672-190522-turkey-neolithic-dna

Some 3500 years bp Hittite inscriptions from a barn in Cappadocia:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2019/05/25/3500-year-old-neo-hittite-hieroglyphs-found-in-barn-in-turkeys-cappadocia

Hittite-era items (and later period artifacts too) from Kirikkale:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/hittite-era-artifacts-come-to-light-in-kirikkale-143600

The big story this week appears to be the brewing of beer by some Israeli scientists using
5000 years bp (give or take) ‘resurrected yeast’ culled from pot sherds:

https://phys.org/news/2019-05-israeli-scientists-brew-beer-revived.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-05/thuo-cwc052219.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/05/190522120605.htm
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-48371380
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/05/22/would-jesus-drink-israeli-brewers-create-beer-ancient-yeasts/
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/263534
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-israeli-archaeologists-resurrect-5-000-year-old-yeast-and-make-beer-from-it-1.7270800
https://www.jta.org/2019/05/22/israel/5000-year-old-yeast-is-being-used-by-israeli-scientists-to-brew-a-pretty-good-beer
https://www.timesofisrael.com/israeli-scientists-brew-groundbreaking-ancient-beer-from-3000-year-old-yeast/
https://forward.com/fast-forward/424735/israeli-scientists-archaeology-beer/
https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Did-you-know-that-Pharaoh-drank-beer-590357
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-05-22/what-kind-of-beer-did-pharaoh-drink-scientists-have-the-answer?srnd=markets-vp
https://www.france24.com/en/20190522-israeli-researchers-drink-old-times-with-ancient-style-beer
https://www.standard.co.uk/news/world/israeli-scientists-brew-ancient-beer-with-yeast-up-to-5000-years-old-a4149256.html
https://www.sciencealert.com/yeast-from-a-5-000-year-old-pot-was-woken-up-and-used-to-brew-an-ancient-beer
https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/ancient-cultures/daily-life-and-practice/cheers-scholars-brew-ancient-beer-with-millennia-old-ingredients/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7670-190522-ancient-yeast-beverages

Pondering the timeline of the construction of the temple of Jupiter at Baalbek (not sure where to put this one):

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-05/pdm-bwt052219.php

Some Second Temple era burial caves near Jericho were looted:

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/263477

… the human remains were reburied:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/second-temple-era-remains-reburied-after-west-bank-tombs-damaged/
https://www.jns.org/ancient-jewish-remains-violated-by-looters-given-proper-burial/
https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/2000-year-old-Jewish-bones-found-in-Jericho-receive-burial-in-Kfar-Adumim-590278

We mentioned that Israel’s high court ruled that digs in the West Bank can remain undisclosed:

https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/High-Court-rules-archaeologists-identities-and-digs-in-West-Bank-remain-undisclosed-590167
https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20190520-israel-supreme-court-says-west-bank-archaeological-digs-can-remain-secret/

… and now the Palestinian Authority is accusing Israel of trying to falsify history:

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/263509
https://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/Palestinian-Authority-Israeli-archaeological-digs-in-West-Bank-a-crime-590424

Feature on Ein Gedi:

https://www.archaeology.org/issues/340-1905/letter-from/7568-life-in-a-busy-oasis

On Iraq’s efforts to hunt down items looted from its museums:

https://www.middleeasteye.net/discover/iraq-stolen-treasure-ancient-history-auction

Feature on Ennigaldi-Nanna and her ‘museum’:

https://theconversation.com/hidden-women-of-history-ennigaldi-nanna-curator-of-the-worlds-first-museum-116431

Feature on Hasankeyf and its impending inundation due to the Ilisu Dam project:

https://www.pri.org/stories/2019-05-22/11000-year-old-turkish-town-about-be-submerged-forever
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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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A late Bronze Age settlement site from northern Bulgaria found during pipeline construction:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2019/05/22/late-bronze-age-settlement-discovered-in-northwest-bulgaria-in-turkish-stream-gas-pipeline-rescue-digs/

Remains of a 1st century CE Roman marching camp found at a playing field in Scotland (!):

https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/17663920.archaeologists-find-remains-of-the-roman-invasion-of-ayrshire/
https://www.thenational.scot/news/17664119.unknown-third-roman-route-for-invasion-of-southern-scotland-uncovered/
https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/17663920.archaeologists-find-remains-of-the-roman-invasion-of-ayrshire/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7678-190524-scotland-army-camp

A statue head of a goddess (or maybe Dionysus) from near the Colosseum:

https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/experts-say-ancient-head-found-in-rome-is-dionysus.html
https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2019/05/24/head-of-ancient-roman-goddess-statue-found-near-colosseum
https://menafn.com/1098565612/Marble-head-of-ancient-Roman-divinity-discovered-near-the-Colosseum

Evidence of a huge Roman building at the Abbey Farm site in Kent:

https://www.kentonline.co.uk/faversham/news/delight-as-major-roman-building-unearthed-205026/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7675-190523-england-roman-building

A number of Roman coins and Dacian items found by a Romanian policeman:

https://www.romania-insider.com/policeman-ancient-artifacts-bihor-may-2019

Nice followup piece on those 19th amphoras full of Roman coins found in Spain a couple years ago:

https://elpais.com/ccaa/2019/05/23/andalucia/1558621060_259978.html

The city gate of Odessos has been found:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2019/05/23/for-the-first-time-fortress-gate-of-ancient-odessos-discovered-in-bulgarias-black-sea-city-varna/

An archaeologist working at Olympos Ancient City (Turkey) was killed during a dispute over trees:

http://m.bianet.org/english/society/208636-archaeologist-sertel-killed-in-a-dispute-over-cutting-trees-in-olympos-antalya

Concerns about damage caused by tourists on Hadrian’s Wall:

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/hadrians-wall-collapsing-under-weight-16172485
https://www.iol.co.za/travel/world/europe/hadrians-fall-selfie-obsessed-tourists-cause-wall-to-collapse-23660226
https://metro.co.uk/2019/05/20/hadrians-wall-damaged-tourists-seeking-perfect-selfie-9605684/

What Mary Beard is up to:

http://www.henleystandard.co.uk/news/henley-college/139402/college-praised.html

What Daisy Dunn is up to:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news-review/daisy-dunn-put-a-sexed-up-catullus-among-the-pigeons-now-its-plinys-turn-bxtgd2sgp

Honours for Brent Seales:

http://uknow.uky.edu/research/brent-seales-awarded-prestigious-mellon-grant-poised-solve-2000-year-old-mystery

Directors for Pompeii and the Appia Antica park were named:

http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/culture/2019/05/22/archeology-pompeii-and-appia-antica-park-directors-named_54e2f675-2b55-4112-8b61-51accbde554b.html

Comparing Theresa May and Nero:

https://www.the-tls.co.uk/end-mrs-may-end-nero/

Comparing Roman entertainment and Jeremy Kyle:

https://www.spectator.co.uk/2019/05/roman-entertainment-was-far-more-exploitative-than-jeremy-kyle/

Feature on recent finds from Pompeii:

https://www.spectator.co.uk/2019/05/the-new-treasures-of-pompeii/

Feature on Augustus:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/culture/people/reference/augustus-caesar/

Feature on the political side of the Roman banquet (reviewish of Strauss’ *Ten Caesars*):

https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2019/05/20/712772285/the-lavish-roman-banquet-a-calculated-display-of-debauchery-and-power

Feature on the relevance of the Odyssey (reviewish of Daniel Mendelsohn’s latest):

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/arts/how-homers-odyssey-is-relevant-today
https://kpfa.org/episode/letters-and-politics-may-20-2019/

Feature on David’s ‘Death of Socrates’:

https://mymodernmet.com/jacques-louis-david-the-death-of-socrates/

Feature on hoplites:

https://aeon.co/videos/frozen-for-millennia-an-ancient-greek-soldier-is-freed-to-charge-into-battle-once-again

Feature on some folks getting ancient Greek hairstyles:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/240645/gallery/ekathimerini/in-images/the-return-of-ancient-greek-hairstyles

On politics v archaeology at the Piraeus:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/23/opinion/piraeus-greece-china.html

Plans to rebuild the Patara Lighthouse:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2019/05/23/ancient-patara-lighthouse-to-be-rebuilt-with-original-stones-in-southern-turkey

The Olympias is looking for rowers:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/137344/rowers-are-called-for-tours-on-trireme/
http://www.ekathimerini.com/240687/gallery/ekathimerini/in-images/modern-day-visitors-turn-oarsmen-on-trireme-replica

On teaching grad students to teach:

https://www.chronicle.com/article/Why-One-Department-Trains-Its/246349

Review of Natalie Haynes, *A Thousand Ships*:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/may/23/a-thousand-ships-natalie-haynes-review

Review of Mary Norris, *Greek to Me*:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/books/what-to-read/greek-mary-norris-review-extensivevoyage-authors-psyche/

More on the possible find of the baptistery at Hagia Sophia:

https://hyperallergic.com/501520/great-baptistery-hagia-sophia-byzantine-archaelogy/

More on that Laelianus coin find during A14 construction:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/roman-coin-a14-roadworks-laelianus-cambridge-huntingdon-a8921991.html
https://www.huntspost.co.uk/news/rare-laelianus-coin-discovered-on-a14-dig-1-6059358
https://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/news/cambridge-news/rare-ancient-roman-coin-found-16277861
https://www.cambridgeindependent.co.uk/news/extremely-rare-roman-coin-found-during-a14-cambridge-to-huntingdon-upgrade-work-9070708/
https://news.sky.com/story/rare-roman-coin-found-in-cambridgeshire-during-road-improvement-works-11722808
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7664-190520-england-laelianus-coin

More on Nero’s ‘sphinx room’:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/archaeologists-uncover-hidden-chamber-in-neros-pleasure-palace-under-the-colosseum
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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On ‘palaeoshellomics’:

https://elifesciences.org/articles/45644
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/24/science/snails-lefties-crispr.html?te=1&nl=evening-briefing&emc=edit_ne_20190524

Brief item on a Neolithic burial ground find in Bohemia:

https://www.radio.cz/en/section/news/archaeologists-find-pre-historic-burial-ground-in-bohemia

Storm Hannah revealed a 4500 years bp (+) forest in Cardigan Bay:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-48407795

Plenty of excitement over the find of a 2400 years bp Celtic shield made from bark (!) in Leicestershire:

https://ulasnews.com/2019/05/23/unique-iron-age-shield-found-by-leicester-archaeologists/
https://phys.org/news/2019-05-unique-iron-age-shield-insight.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-05/uoy-uia052319.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/05/190523135541.htm
https://www.livescience.com/65557-enderby-bark-shield.html
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-leicestershire-48377927
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/bark-used-to-blunt-iron-age-weapons-h9ftf7pwv
https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/leicester-news/2300-year-old-item-found-2899872
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/may/23/2300-year-old-iron-age-bark-shield-leicestershire
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/celtic-shield-leicestershire-archaeologist-ancient-warfare-a8927871.html
https://gizmodo.com/2-300-year-old-bark-shield-showcases-a-previously-unkno-1835005153
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7673-190523-wood-battle-shield

Finds from various periods (including infant burials) near the St Bavo cathedral in Ghent:

http://brusselstimes.com/rss-feed/15848/baby-skeletons-found-during-archaeological-dig-at-cathedral-in-ghent

An Iron Age coin hoard from Shropshire (which we may have mentioned):

https://www.shropshirestar.com/news/local-hubs/south-shropshire/2019/05/22/coins-one-of-the-largest-hoards-found-in-shropshire/

A 2000 years bp (maybe) quern stone from St Keverne:

https://www.falmouthpacket.co.uk/news/17664997.rare-archaeological-find-at-tregaminnion-farm-st-keverne/

A medieval burial ground found on former Cosgrave land:

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/environment/medieval-burial-ground-for-80-bodies-found-on-cosgrave-land-1.3899640

A hoped-for medieval safe opening didn’t quite work out:

https://www.buryfreepress.co.uk/news/lost-key-means-safe-s-contents-remain-a-secret-9071194/

Feature on medieval fishing practices:

https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2019/05/medieval-people-were-already-ruining-fish/589837/

A 17th century fort in Stornoway:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-48364674
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7671-190522-scotland-cromwell-fort

A possible 17th century (?) cutlass from near the wreck of the Schiedam:

https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/treasure-hunter-finds-17thcentury-cutlass-in-pirate-shipwreck/

Feature on the literal Paris underground:

https://www.newyorker.com/news/dispatch/the-invisible-city-beneath-paris

Feature on the Vasa:

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p075964l/finding-the-ship-lost-for-more-than-300-years

Feature on the seven major finds made by detectorists in Derby last year:

https://www.derbyshiretimes.co.uk/business/seven-buried-treasure-troves-found-in-derby-and-derbyshire-last-year-1-9781113

On conservation issues with Jewish cemeteries across Europe:

https://m.jpost.com/Diaspora/The-struggle-to-respect-preserve-and-protect-Europes-Jewish-cemeteries-590118

Tracing ancient sea routes in a Neolithic dugout replica:

https://www.radio.cz/en/section/curraffrs/monoxylon-iii-czech-archaeologists-trace-ancient-sea-routes-in-neolithic-dugout-replica

A virtual reconstruction of the medieval residence of the Lords of the Isles:

https://phys.org/news/2019-05-medieval-home-lords-isles-virtually.html

Latest in the Stonehenge Tunnel saga:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-wiltshire-48339183
https://www.countypress.co.uk/news/national/17651830.benefits-of-stonehenge-road-tunnel-scheme-uncertain/

More on the bones from Winchester Cathedral:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/winchester-cathedral-anglo-saxon-bones-queen-emma-king-remains-wessex-a8915861.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7669-190521-winchester-cathedral-bones
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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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A weekly roundup of finds from China:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-05/25/c_138088613.htm

A 16th century summer palace of the Ahmednagar sultans had ‘natural’ air conditioning:

https://www.hindustantimes.com/mumbai-news/how-16th-century-ahmednagar-palace-in-maharashtra-stayed-cool-in-summer/story-qAKzMj36SLpmGDxcIB5lwL.html

Interesting analysis of coins offered by foreign devotees of Venkateswara:

https://www.deccanchronicle.com/nation/current-affairs/210519/rajahmundry-archaeologists-find-gold-mine-in-coins-offered-to-lord.html

An archaeologist has ‘deciphered’ a 14th century inscription on a Guntur temple:

http://www.newindianexpress.com/states/andhra-pradesh/2019/may/20/archaeologist-deciphers-gajapathi-period-guntur-temple-inscription-1979182.html

A farmer is complaining about requiements for archaeological assessments in New Zealand:

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/farming/news/article.cfm?c_id=195&objectid=12232851

More on the ‘megalithic jars’ recently found in Laos:

https://www.livescience.com/65526-jars-of-the-dead-found-laos.html
https://www.livescience.com/54303-plain-of-jars-archaeology-photos.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7668-190521-laos-megalithic-jars
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NORTH AMERICA
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Possible Native American remains (and more) on the site of housing construction in Suffolk (NY?):

https://suffolktimes.timesreview.com/2019/05/archaeological-surveys-revealed-historic-remains-proposed-subdivision/

Possible Native American cairns potentially affecting transmission line routing in Tennessee:

https://www.chattanoogan.com/2019/5/19/390531/Greg-Vital-Says-Ancient-Stone-Cairns.aspx
https://www.timesfreepress.com/news/business/aroundregion/story/2019/may/22/cultural-artifacts-found-tva/495209/

An 1800 years bp footprint from near Fairbanks:

https://www.alaskapublic.org/2019/05/21/ua-students-discover-1800-year-old-footprint-snapshot-of-athabascan-ancestors-culture/

Evidence of military barracks and a guardhouse on Parliament Hill in Ottawa:

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/parliament-hill-excavation-uncovers-military-barracks-1.5140190
https://www.hilltimes.com/2019/05/20/remains-of-old-barracks-guardhouse-focus-of-significant-archaeological-dig-on-parliament-hill/200677
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7665-190520-ottawa-military-complex

A cabin in Maryland is now being associated with the Underground Railroad:

https://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/bs-md-cabin-archaeology-20190522-story.html
https://wtop.com/maryland/2019/05/maryland-cabin-underground-railroad/slide/1/
https://www.wbaltv.com/article/bayly-cabin-artifacts-linked-to-underground-railroad/27560217
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7679-190524-maryland-cabin-artifacts

Archaeologists are back looking at what remains of the ‘Lost Fleet’ at Yorktown:

https://www.dailypress.com/news/york-county/dp-nws-revolutionary-war-shipwreck-york-river-0519-story.html

… and they’ve resumed looking for the ‘lost’ Fort Casimir:

https://www.delawarepublic.org/post/archaeologists-search-new-castles-17th-century-fort-casimir-again

Recording petroglyphs near Utah Lake:

https://www.sltrib.com/news/environment/2019/05/19/students-work-document/
https://www.expressnews.com/news/education/article/Students-help-to-protect-ancient-rock-art-near-13889361.php

Not sure if we mentioned this vandalism at the Shinob Kibe site in Utah:

https://www.sltrib.com/news/2019/05/21/blm-seeks-vandals-who/

There was also some vandalism at a site in Cornville (Alabama):

http://www.verdenews.com/news/2019/may/23/archaeology-center-discovers-vandalism-protected-c/

Interesting study of Native American use of fire to manage vegetation in the eastern US:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-05/ps-efs052119.php

Canada has exonerated Chief Poundmaker, convicted of treason back in 1885:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/after-130-years-canada-exonerates-peacemaker-chief-convicted-treason-180972286/

Feature on Clara Barton:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/podcasts/retropod/clara-barton-americas-most-famous-nurse-broke-boundaries-to-treat-civil-war-victims/

Review of Atkinson, *The British are Coming*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/11/books/review/rick-atkinson-the-british-are-coming.html

Review of Wineapple, *The Impeachers*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/18/books/review/brenda-wineapple-impeachers.html

… related to the above:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/24/books/review/podcast-rick-atkinson-british-are-coming-brenda-wineapple-impeachers.html

Review of Varon, *Armies of Deliverance*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/23/books/review/civil-war-world-war-ii-cold-war.html

More pondering of those Spanish coins found in Utah:

https://www.sltrib.com/news/environment/2019/05/22/where-did-ancient-spanish/

More on the identification of the wreck of the Clotilda in Alabama:

https://phys.org/news/2019-05-clotilda-slave-ship-gators-snakes.html
https://www.livescience.com/65547-last-slave-ship-found.html
https://www.npr.org/2019/05/22/725900872/alabama-historians-say-the-last-known-slave-ship-has-been-found
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-48377930
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/23/us/clotilda-slave-ship-alabama.html
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2019/05/23/clotilda-last-known-us-slave-ship-found-near-mobile-alabama/1203399001/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/officials-last-slave-ship-from-africa-idd-on-alabama-coast/2019/05/22/fc799b74-7cee-11e9-b1f3-b233fe5811ef_story.html
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/culture/2019/05/clotilda-the-last-american-slave-ship-found-in-alabama/
https://news.yahoo.com/officails-last-slave-ship-africa-idd-alabama-coast-214633140.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/clotilda-last-known-slave-ship-arrive-us-found-180972177/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7674-190523-alabama-slavery-clotilda

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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A ‘high quality’ jadeite tool from a Maya salt processing site in Belize:

https://phys.org/news/2019-05-high-quality-jadeite-tool-underwater-ancient.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/05/190520115653.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-05/lsu-hjt052019.php
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/jadeite-tool-belize-07206.html

Feature on a recent ‘llama face stew’ find at Wasi Huachuma:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2019/05/24/archaeologist-finds-pot-full-of-llama-face-stew-under-a-house-in-ancient-peru/#1fb568cddff1

Latest concerns for the Moai:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/selfie-tourists-get-up-easter-islanders-noses-sgfxdtkj7
https://www.huffpost.com/entry/easter-island-nose-pick-selfies_n_5ce83be9e4b0a9a7bdb3dc52

More on that oldest footprint find in Chile:

https://www.livescience.com/65368-oldest-human-footprint-americas.html

More on concerns over a proposed airport near Machu Picchu:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/international-airport-machu-picchu-raises-concerns-180972245/

—–
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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Another piece on sex strikes in history:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/sex-strikes-have-always-been-about-patriarchal-power-not-womens-rights/2019/05/17/89dcd3ea-77f0-11e9-b7ae-390de4259661_story.html

Feature on Islam in the Americas:

https://aeon.co/essays/muslims-lived-in-america-before-protestantism-even-existed

On assorted folks Yale gave honorary degrees to this year:

https://news.yale.edu/2019/05/21/yale-awards-honorary-degrees-11-individuals-their-achievements

On how hereditary rule was a bad thing in medieval Europe:

https://www.livescience.com/65539-game-of-thrones-hereditary-rule.html

Feature on underwater prehistoric sites:

http://discovermagazine.com/2019/june/return-to-aquaterra

On the value of a liberal arts education:

https://news.utexas.edu/2019/05/20/the-value-of-a-liberal-arts-education-is-more-than-most-know/

Why we should study history:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/2019/05/21/why-study-history-because-it-can-save-us-democratic-collapse/

Not a great situation for Naomi Wolf:

http://nymag.com/intelligencer/2019/05/naomi-wolfs-book-corrected-by-host-in-bbc-interview.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/24/books/naomi-wolf-outrages.html

Feature on Letitia Elizabeth Landon:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/24/books/review/lucasta-miller-letitia-elizabeth-landon.html

A call to bring science and philosophy together:

https://aeon.co/essays/bring-back-science-and-philosophy-as-natural-philosophy

Testing Einstein’s theory of relativity a century ago:

https://aeon.co/essays/einstein-v-newton-the-final-battle-during-a-total-eclipse
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-48369980

Hype for a doctoral dissertation suggesting the Secret Gospel of Mark is authentic:

https://phys.org/news/2019-05-doctoral-dissertation-secret-gospel-fake.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-05/uoh-ddt052219.php

Feature on Arabic Medieval cookbooks:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2019/05/Arabic-Medieval-Cookbooks

Colonial Williamsburg acquired some Judaica items:

https://m.jpost.com/Diaspora/Colonial-Williamsburg-Foundation-acquires-its-first-Judaica-items-590350

I think we mentioned these Kafka letters:

https://m.jpost.com/Diaspora/Stolen-letters-from-Kafka-confidant-handed-over-to-National-Library-of-Israel-590351

An ironical insurance claim for that Ark replica in Kentucky:

https://www.cnn.com/2019/05/25/us/noahs-ark-replica-park-sues-for-rain-damage/index.html

Bringing the Mona Lisa to life with AI:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-48395521

On Botticelli’s ‘gruesome’ side:

https://www.artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-botticellis-gruesome-paintings-reveal-little-known-side-work

Some Belgian monks get in on the beer ‘resurrection’ wave:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/may/21/belgian-monks-grimbergen-abbey-old-beer

An art historian has identified what he believes is Michaelangelo’s earliest drawing:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/art-historian-says-he-has-identified-earliest-known-michelangelo-drawing-180972267/

Feature on Victoria (sort of):

https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/public/king-alexander/

… and marking her 200th birthday with a restored painting:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-48408170

How the National Gallery hid art during WWII:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-48308512

Review of Bate, *How the Classics Made Shakespeare*:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/books/who-art-thou-shakespeare/2019/05/22/94f27386-7bdb-11e9-8bb7-0fc796cf2ec0_story.html

Feature on Stratford-upon-Avon:

https://www.scmp.com/magazines/post-magazine/travel/article/3007594/good-bad-and-ugly-sides-stratford-upon-avon-hometown

On fake news about the past:

https://www.universityworldnews.com/post.php?story=20190429100401197

More on Forman and Napier’s medicalish notebooks:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/read-hundreds-medical-case-files-two-17th-century-quacks-180972208/
https://www.livescience.com/65516-elizabethan-astrologer-casebooks-revealed.html
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Archaeomusica:

https://www.dw.com/en/bringing-europes-stone-age-musical-instruments-to-life/a-48800909

The Greeks:

http://www.donga.com/English/List/Article/all/20190521/1736059/1/Ancient-Greek-treasure-to-be-exhibited-in-Seoul

Manet:

http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/exhibition-manet-and-modern-beauty-explores-the-artists-last-years/

Terracotta Warriors:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/may/24/terracotta-warriors-envoys-of-emperors-ghostly-army-march-into-melbourne
https://www.themercury.com.au/lifestyle/tasweekend-terracotta-warriors-stand-watch-in-australia/news-story/c1018c939d6650c512cb82578e0488e5
https://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/chinas-famous-terracotta-army-has-marched-into-australia-for-a-historic-exhibition/news-story/61ad00327b8d5e9e6320d6b489b59d52

A Tale of Genji:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/23/arts/design/genji-met-museum-review.html

Secret Rivers:

https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2019/may/23/the-stories-are-a-bit-sinister-exhibition-reveals-london-secret-rivers
https://www.museumoflondon.org.uk/museum-london-docklands/whats-on/exhibitions/secret-rivers

Walt Whitman:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-library-congress-marking-walt-whitmans-200th-birthday-180972242/
https://beinecke.library.yale.edu/whitman200

Queen Victoria’s paintings:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/may/22/queen-victoria-erotic-revealed-nude-collection-prince-albert-isle-of-wight-osborne-house

Villa of the Papyri:

https://www.blouinartinfo.com/news/story/3662790/getty-villa-announces-first-major-exhibition-on-villa-dei

Book of Beasts:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/jonathonkeats/2019/05/21/book-of-beasts-getty/

… related:

http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/the-bad-side-of-the-medieval-bestiary/

The Prado has a plan for its items in case of emergency:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2019/05/20/actualidad/1558368719_529702.html
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THE TECHY SIDE
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The Monterrey Shipwrecks get the VR treatment:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/virtual-museum-allows-users-explore-five-shipwrecked-vessels-180972240/

Latest facial reconstructions are a pair of folks separated by hundreds of years from Sagalassos:

http://brusselstimes.com/rss-feed/15743/ku-leuven-archaeologists-help-reconstitute-faces-of-two-ancient-residents-of-turkish-city
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AUCTIONS
================================================================
Hyping the auction of a dodo skeleton:

https://www.livescience.com/65543-christies-dodo-auction.html
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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Interesting 3800 years bp DNA study of a Jomon woman:

https://www.livescience.com/65536-ancient-japanese-woman-genetics.html

A modern Blackfeet nation member has very interesting DNA connections:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-7002829/At-home-genetic-test-traces-Montana-mans-family-history-55-GENERATIONS-ancient-humans.html

On the origins of the Han Chinese:

https://www.todayonline.com/world/beyond-yellow-river-dna-tells-new-story-origins-han-chinese

More on DNA from Scandinavian ‘chewing gum’:

https://cosmosmagazine.com/biology/ancient-chewing-gum-provides-dna-clues-to-early-scandinavians
https://phys.org/news/2019-05-dna-year-gum-reveals-secrets.html
https://www.sciencefocus.com/news/stone-age-chewing-gum-reveals-history-of-scandinavia/
https://www.sciencetimes.com/articles/21939/20190520/scientists-found-early-human-dna-from-10-000-year-old-ancient-chewing-gum.htm
https://www.scientificamerican.com/podcast/episode/ancient-gum-gives-archaeologists-something-to-chew-on/
http://theconversation.com/stone-age-scandinavians-had-chewing-gum-heres-what-it-can-tell-us-about-prehistoric-people-117272

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

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

https://www.deseretnews.com/article/900072174/william-hamblin-and-daniel-peterson-delos-the-holy-island.html

Bosnia and Herzegovina:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/20/travel/sarajevo-mostar-muslim-culture.html

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PERFORMANCES
================================================================
Dr Faustus:

https://www.varsity.co.uk/theatre/17585

On Mozart as ‘revolutionary’:

https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/public/mozart-grace-notes/

On Restoration comedies:

https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2019/may/21/sex-money-and-idiots-in-power-restoration-comedys-endless-appeal
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CRIME BEAT
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Some academics have been charged following damage to the Atacama Giant:

https://www.elmostrador.cl/cultura/2019/05/23/formalizan-a-decano-de-universidad-adolfo-ibanez-por-dano-a-monumento-arqueologico-el-gigante-de-atacama/

A bust in Laconia:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/240800/article/ekathimerini/news/man-arrested-in-laconia-for-possession-of-antiquities

Egypt thwarted an attempt to smuggle some Muhammad Ali-related antiquities:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/1/70584/Egypt-thwarts-smuggling-antiquities-of-Muhammad-Ali-s-family

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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Italy still wants the Getty Bronze (and maybe other things) back:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/24/arts/getty-museum-italy-artifacts-bronze.html
http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2019/05/22/culture-min-asks-getty-for-4-works_f3c9ecc9-3b71-4c7a-a26b-084d9dedc413.html

I think we mentioned these Greek coins being returned from the US:

https://www.thenationalherald.com/244963/ten-ancient-greek-coins-returning-to-greece-from-the-us/

… and this Alexander Hamilton letter to Lafayette:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/found-stolen-alexander-hamilton-letter-missing-decades-180972239/

The British Museum is considering ‘loaning’ some ‘invisible objects’ back to Ethiopia:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/british-museum-considers-loan-of-invisible-objects
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NUMISMATICA
================================================================
Feature on the Roman denarius:

https://www.numismaticnews.net/article/the-lasting-legacy-of-the-roman-denarius

Feature on collecting Greek coins:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/ngc-ancients-collecting-greek-coins-on-a-budget/

Latest e-Sylum:

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

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v22/club_nbs_esylum_v22n21.html

————————
Ancient Coin Collecting:

http://ancientcoincollecting.blogspot.com/

Ancient Coins:

http://classicalcoins.blogspot.com/

Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
================================================================
Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/2856-audio-news-from-archaeologica-12-may-18-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

CBA Wessex Annual Conference (November 2019):

https://www.cba-wessex.org.uk/product-category/conference/

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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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