Explorator 21.12 ~ July 15, 2018

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 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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2.1 million years b.p. tools from China (and the associated implications):

https://phys.org/news/2018-07-discovery-ancient-tools-china-humans.html
https://phys.org/news/2018-07-humankind-odyssey-africa-began-million.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-07/uoe-doa071018.php
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/11/science/hominins-tools-china.html
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-07/15/c_137324467.htm
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-44797323
https://www.yahoo.com/news/stone-tools-age-asias-first-homo-presence-170748782.html
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/shangchen-stone-tools-put-early-hominids-china-earlier
https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/07/hominins-lived-in-china-2-1-million-years-ago/
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/deadthings/2018/07/11/hominins-in-china/
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2018/07/news-china-human-tools-africa-shangchen-hominin-paleoanthropology/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/oldest-stone-tools-outside-africa-unearthed-china-180969621/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6784-180712-china-ancient-tools

Suggestion that modern humans arose at different locations in Africa at different times:

https://phys.org/news/2018-07-rethinking-homo-sapiens-story-dizzyingly.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-07/mpif-ofa070518.php
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-07/cp-hei070518.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/07/180711114544.htm
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/MAGAZINE-humans-began-to-evolve-half-a-million-years-ago-all-over-africa-1.6264916
http://www.newsweek.com/humans-did-not-evolve-single-population-africa-researchers-say-1018143
https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2018/07/the-new-story-of-humanitys-origins/564779/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6782-180711-evolution-african-multiregionalism

They were checking out Otzi’s last meal/diet this week:

https://www.cell.com/current-biology/fulltext/S0960-9822(18)30703-6
https://phys.org/news/2018-07-year-old-iceman-meal-reveals-remarkably.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-44807101
https://www.dw.com/en/%C3%B6tzi-study-sheds-light-on-5000-year-old-alpine-diet/a-44643261
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/otzi-mummy-ate-high-fat-meal-before-death
https://www.economist.com/science-and-technology/2018/07/14/a-mummys-final-meal-adds-to-an-ancient-mystery
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/jul/12/otzis-last-supper-mummified-hunters-final-meal-revealed
https://www.npr.org/628907366
https://elpais.com/elpais/2018/07/12/ciencia/1531397759_893477.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6785-180712-otzi-last-meal

Pondering the evolution of the human hand:

https://phys.org/news/2018-07-bone-marrow-key-role-evolution.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/07/180711105725.htm
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/human-hand-evolve-bone-smashing-180969632/
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AFRICA
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Petroglyphs found all over Tanzania:

http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news%2C30116%2Cpolish-archaeologist-discovers-hundreds-rock-paintings-tanzania.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6778-180710-tanzania-rock-art

Feature on Yaa Asantewaa:

https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-africa-44772345/yaa-asantewaa-and-the-fight-for-the-golden-stool
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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A Saite-Persian period mummification workshop from Saqqara:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/306907/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/New-Saqqara-necropolis-discovery-to-reveal-secrets.aspx
http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/306535/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Mummies,-embalming-equipment-discovered-south-of-P.aspx
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jul/14/a-goldmine-mummies-secrets-uncovered-in-egypt
https://www.timesunion.com/news/world/article/Archaeologists-in-Egypt-discover-mummification-13074848.php
https://www.dw.com/en/mummification-workshop-discovered-near-egypts-great-pyramids/a-44675897
https://www.albawaba.com/editorchoice/egypts-saqqara-necropolis-unearths-new-embalming-equipment-funerary-and-mummies-1157822
https://www.news.com.au/world/breaking-news/mummification-workshop-found-in-egypt/news-story/fdc27689a58d69c9045927c53429aa13

35 mummies were also found there:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-07/14/c_137323962.htm
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-egypt-archaeology-discovery/egypt-uncovers-mummy-burial-site-near-great-pyramids-idUSKBN1K40M1
https://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/egypt/archaeologists-uncover-2-000-year-old-mummy-burial-site-in-egypt-1.6270717

… and other things were announced too (this obviously was reported in various ways):

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/53962/In-pics-5-ancient-Egyptian-stone-coffins-discovered-at-Saqqara
http://www.egyptindependent.com/egyptian-german-archaeological-expedition-uncover-cemetery-saqqara/
https://egyptianstreets.com/2018/07/10/ministry-of-antiquities-to-announce-ancient-egyptian-discoveries-at-saqqara-necropolis/

A bust in Egypt (I think we mentioned it last week) has led to the discovery of a Greco-Roman city site:

https://aawsat.com/english/home/article/1328956/egypt-arrest-gang-leads-discovery-ancient-greco-roman-city

Roman and Byzantine ‘chambers’ from Mitt Abu Al-Kom (Alexandria):

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/41/306778/Heritage/GrecoRoman/Archaeological-chambers-uncovered-in-Alexandria-.aspx
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-07/13/c_137320442.htm
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6788-180713-egypt-alexandria-rooms

Feature on a model Egyptian ship at the Getty:

http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/egyptian-ship-model-sheds-light-on-bronze-age-warfare-and-religion/

Using VR to help ‘save’ Nefertari’s tomb:

https://www.livescience.com/63010-ancient-egypt-sistine-chapel-virtual-reality.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/take-vr-tour-egyptian-queens-elaborate-tomb-180969597/

Possible evidence of the Persian/Lydian battle at Sardis:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/traces-of-war-found-in-ancient-lydian-city-sardis-134494
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6789-180713-turkey-sardis-war

The gate to the city of Zer/Bethsaida (maybe) has been found:

https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Archaeologists-uncover-gate-to-biblical-city-of-Zer-561941
https://www.timesofisrael.com/ancient-city-gate-uncovered-in-the-galilee-may-have-tie-to-biblical-king-david/
http://www.ibtimes.sg/archaeologists-discover-gate-biblical-city-zer-where-jesus-christ-used-live-26669

Latest on the Huqoq mosaics:

https://uncnews.unc.edu/2018/07/09/unparalleled-mosaics
https://phys.org/news/2018-07-discoveries-archaeology-team-clues-life.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-07/uonc-dba070918.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/07/180709120202.htm
https://www.timesofisrael.com/mind-blowing-1600-year-old-biblical-mosaics-paint-new-picture-of-galilean-life/
http://www.nationalgeographic.com.au/history/biblical-spies-revealed-in-1500-year-old-mosaic.aspx
https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-sites-places/biblical-archaeology-sites/huqoq-mosaic-israelite-spies-numbers-13/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6781-180711-galilee-spies-grapes

A Byzantine-era cross on a weight found at Hippos/Sussita:

https://www.haifa.ac.il/index.php/en/3267.html
https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Newly-discovered-Byzantine-era-cross-sheds-light-on-Muslim-Christian-ties-562247
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/MAGAZINE-masked-byzantine-weight-found-in-hippos-indicates-religious-tensions-1.6225133
https://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/248749
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/hidden-silver-cross-attests-to-religious-tolerance-of-7th-century-caliphate/2018/07/11/

Latest on Nahum’s tomb:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/archaeology-today/cultural-heritage/biblical-prophet-nahum-tomb/

Interview with Israel Hershkovitz:

https://www.fromthegrapevine.com/podcasts/lifestyle/our-friend-from-israel-podcast-episode-8-israel-hershkovitz-archaeologist-tel-aviv-university

Feature on Ephraim Stern:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/archaeology-today/archaeologists-biblical-scholars-works/giant-persian-period-ephraim-stern/

Feature on mothers in the New Testament:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2018/07/Blessed-Among-Women

The Atiqot site is back online:

http://www.atiqot.org.il/

Latest restoration of Palmyra artifacts story:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/07/09/syrian-archaeologists-begin-restoring-palmyra-artefacts-destroyed/?WT.mc_id=tmg_share_em
https://www.independent.ie/world-news/archaeologists-work-to-repair-ancient-treasures-destroyed-by-isil-37099131.html

More on that rebel coin find from Jerusalem:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/rare-coin-sheds-light-on-doomed-jewish-rebels

More on heritage status for Gobekli Tepe:

https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2018/07/turkeys-gobeklitepe-in-unesco-list.html
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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Plenty of coverage of the discovery of a tablet with some of Homer’s Odyssey on it (and it *isn’t* the oldest, by a longshot):

https://www.livescience.com/63051-oldest-fragment-homer-odyssey.html
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-44779492
https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/jul/10/earliest-extract-of-homers-epic-poem-odyssey-unearthed
http://greece.greekreporter.com/2018/07/10/ancient-greek-tablet-of-homers-odyssey-unearthed-at-olympia/
http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/31891-oldest-homer%E2%80%99s-odyssey-inscriptions-discovered-on-roman-era-slabs-at-ancient-olympia.html
http://www.ekathimerini.com/230527/article/ekathimerini/life/clay-plaque-found-at-olympia-hailed-as-oldest-written-record-of-odyssey
https://news.gtp.gr/2018/07/11/homers-odyssey-archaeologists-discovered-oldest-written-extract/
https://www.yahoo.com/news/ancient-tablet-odyssey-epic-discovered-greece-160652964.html
https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/greece-clay-slab-writing-oldest-odyssey-excerpt-56509758
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/oldest-of-homer-s-odyssey-is-merely-an-oddity-3tnh0c8pv
https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-greece-archaeology-odyssey/oldest-known-extract-of-homers-odyssey-discovered-in-greece-idUKKBN1K01OY
http://theweek.com/speedreads/784012/archaeologists-discover-what-may-oldest-written-record-homers-odyssey
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-07/10/c_137314991.htm
https://www.deseretnews.com/article/900024603/researchers-say-theyve-found-the-oldest-known-extract-from-homers-odyssey.html
http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/culture/2018/07/12/oldest-written-record-of-odyssey-discovered_13eed7ac-81a1-4ace-b41d-554ff1bb9866.html
http://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/archaeologists-have-found-the-oldest-copy-of-one-of-the-most-important-stories-ever-told/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/oldest-greek-fragment-homer-discovered-clay-tablet-180969602/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6777-180710-greece-plaque-odyssey

… a much-needed analysis of the claim:

https://www.lrb.co.uk/blog/2018/07/14/emily-wilson/making-a-pigsty/

… and of course they’re hoping it boosts tourism:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2018/07/14/ancient-odyssey-find-will-attract-visitors-to-greece-says-olympia-mayor/

Elsewhere in the sketchy coverage department is the suggestion that Romans hunted some whales to extinction (and other spins):

https://phys.org/news/2018-07-ancient-bones-reveal-whale-species.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-07/uoy-abr070918.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/07/180711093227.htm
https://www.livescience.com/63028-pliny-ancient-mediterranean-whales.html
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-44782898
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/jul/11/romans-had-whale-industry-archeological-excavation-suggests
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/jul/12/a-whale-would-have-been-a-right-catch-for-a-roman-fisherman
https://www.independent.co.uk/environment/whale-bones-mediterranean-roman-whaling-fishing-gibraltar-archaeology-a8440641.html
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/MAGAZINE-ancient-romans-hunted-whales-to-oblivion-in-the-mediterranean-1.6265259
https://www.newscientist.com/article/2173841-ancient-romans-may-have-killed-off-whale-species-in-the-mediterranean/
https://www.yahoo.com/news/did-ancient-romans-whale-mediterranean-231852243.html
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2018/07/11/romans-may-have-been-first-whalers/
http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/07/ancient-seafarers-may-have-hunted-whales-around-world
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/romans-may-have-hunted-whales-extinction-their-home-waters-180969605/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6780-180711-mediterranean-whale-hunting

They’re really hyping the impending opening of that big Ptolemaic sarcophagus from Alexandria:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/53782/Plan-set-to-lift-sarcophagus-uncovered-in-Alexandria-revealed
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/07/12/egyptian-archaeologists-prepare-open-huge-mystery-sarcophagus/
http://theweek.com/speedreads/784312/archaeologists-discover-mysterious-black-sarcophagus-that-miraculously-hasnt-been-opened-2000-years
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jul/12/archaeologists-open-huge-granite-sarcophagus-alexandria-egypt
https://www.stuff.co.nz/world/africa/105457472/plans-to-open-sealed-ancient-sarcophagus-found-at-egyptian-building-site
https://www.ibtimes.co.in/archaeologists-discover-gigantic-granite-sarcophagus-egypt-will-it-reveal-more-about-ancient-774865
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ptolemaic-sarcophagus-discovered-alexandria-egypt-180969551/

… with some outlets spinning possible connections (not) to Alexander the Great (etc.):

https://www.livescience.com/63027-mmassive-egyptian-sarcophagus-mystery.html
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/alexander-the-great-alexandria-ancient-egyptian-sarcophagus-mystery-tomb-found-where-buried-a8443791.html
http://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/archaeologists-consider-opening-that-gigantic-black-sarcophagus-and-yes-everybody-is-making-the-same-joke/
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/13/world/middleeast/egypt-black-sarcophagus.html

… in case you missed the ‘plain’ story:

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/egypt-alexandria-sarcophagus-intl/index.html
http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/culture/2018/07/12/archaeology-black-sarcophagus-unearthed-in-egypt_6e2dfa21-89c8-417e-8bf3-08f492ee7a81.html
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/ancient-tomb-discovered-on-construction-site-in-egypt/

That ‘Roman villa’ find near the Milvian Bridge has evolved into an ‘ancient church’ find:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/07/13/archaeologists-find-remains-ancient-church-banks-tiber-rome/

Roman ‘observation towers’ and ‘border posts’ from Konya (Turkey):

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2018/07/13/2000-year-old-roman-observation-towers-unearthed-in-turkeys-konya

Some ancient Greek musical instruments from a site near Crimea:

http://tass.com/society/1012398

Interesting 2500 years bp skull (and others) find from a Sicilian cave:

https://www.livescience.com/63046-ancient-holey-skull.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6787-180713-sicily-artificial-cave

Assorted 4th century Roman fines from a site in Bulgaria:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2018/07/07/richly-decorated-roman-grave-stele-that-was-never-used-found-in-kovachevsko-kale-fortress-in-northeast-bulgaria/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6776-180709-bulgaria-unfinished-stele

A Basel papyrus turns out to be a medical work possibly written by Galen:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-07/uob-mot071218.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/07/180712114442.htm
https://phys.org/news/2018-07-mystery-basel-papyrus.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-unlock-secrets-basel-papyrus-now-identified-late-antiquity-medical-document-180969625/

Feature on ancient Greek pets:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2018/07/14/snakes-apes-and-ferrets-the-ancient-greek-love-of-pets/

Feature on Jupiter on ancient coins:

https://coinweek.com/dealers-companies/ma-shops/ma-shops-jupiter-on-ancient-coins/

Feature on novels about the ancient Greeks and Romans:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/jul/14/book-clinic-ancient-greeks-romans-fiction

On cancer in ancient Greece:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2018/07/10/how-was-cancer-treated-in-ancient-greece/

Reenacting Roman funerals:

http://www.eastlondonadvertiser.co.uk/news/canary-wharf-roman-funerals-to-get-souls-through-london-underworld-1-5606048

Pondering Gibbon:

https://blog.oup.com/2018/07/late-antiquity-decline-fall-middle-ages/

Students interested in Latin in Hartford:

http://www.courant.com/community/west-hartford/hc-wh-west-hartford-hall-high-school-latin-0712-20180710-story.html

What Angeline Chiu is up to:

https://www.uvm.edu/uvmnews/news/faculty-feature-angeline-chiu

On Latin in The Handmaid’s Tale:

https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/news/the-handmaids-tale-nolite-te-bastardes-carborundorum-finale-season-2-meaning-a8443546.html

Review of Christine Schenk, *Crispina and Her Sisters*:

https://www.ncronline.org/news/media/book-review-roman-burial-art-reveals-forgotten-women-christianity

More on that latest pompeii victim:

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/pompeiis-unluckiest-man-death-archeologists/
http://www.dispatch.com/news/20180708/unluckiest-man-perhaps-not-quite-so-unlucky
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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Analysis of a neolithic mass grave at Halberstadt suggests the victims were ‘outsiders’:

https://www.livescience.com/63009-neolithic-mass-grave-violence.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/7000-year-old-german-grave-shows-new-side-brutality-180969599/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6773-180709-neolithic-mass-grave

Rethinking the settlement of Iceland:

http://icelandmag.is/article/new-archeological-research-forces-historians-reconsider-story-icelands-settlement

A heat wave is revealing all sorts of sites from various periods in Wales:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-44746447
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-44806069
https://nationalpost.com/news/world/roman-forts-and-other-wonders-punishing-heat-wave-reveals-ancient-settlements-in-wales
https://theprovince.com/news/world/roman-forts-and-other-wonders-punishing-heat-wave-reveals-ancient-settlements-in-wales/wcm/373bbee3-64e5-41f5-ad58-e86017a2ca71
https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/dozens-lost-hidden-ancient-ruins-14883178
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/uk-heatwave-revealing-ancient-sites-wales-180969601/
https://www.sciencealert.com/brutal-heat-uk-revealing-hidden-footprint-historic-civilisations-ancient-crop-marks-parch-iron-age
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6774-180709-wales-crop-marks

… while drought and a drone combined in Ireland to reveal a hitherto unnoticed henge site:

http://www.thejournal.ie/newgrange-mythical-ireland-4123238-Jul2018/
https://www.rte.ie/news/leinster/2018/0711/977969-newgrange/
https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/heritage/scorched-earth-during-heatwave-reveals-new-monument-at-newgrange-1.3561326
https://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/ireland/aerial-survey-reveals-further-evidence-of-pre-historic-sites-at-newgrange-855270.html
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/giant-neolithic-monument-discovered-at-newgrange-37105154.html
http://www.newsweek.com/mysterious-ancient-monument-revealed-drought-ireland-1022268
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/13/science/newgrange-henge-ireland-drone-nyt.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/capital-weather-gang/wp/2018/07/13/video-shows-newly-discovered-stonehenge-like-site-revealed-by-extreme-drought/
https://www.npr.org/628905864
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6786-180712-ireland-boyne-valley

… and assorted sites in Scotland:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-44812713

… and the UK in general:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/uk-weather-heatwave-archaeologists-discoveries-expose-hidden-treasure-history-crop-marks-forts-finds-a8442531.html
http://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/these-amazing-photos-show-britains-iron-age-past-brought-to-life-by-soaring-temperatures/

Evidence of industrial activity from various periods at Poole Harbour:

http://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/16342708.amazing-medieval-discoveries-made-at-poole-harbour-dig/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6775-180709-roman-medieval-industry

Feature on the dig at a Viking site in Birka:

http://sciencenordic.com/tiny-dragonhead-illuminates-life-viking-trading-town

Auckland Castle’s 12th century chapel has been located:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-tees-44758391

Medieval burials in Sicily:

http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news%2C30216%2Cpolish-archaeologists-discover-medieval-graves-sicily.html

Excavating evidence of Cologne’s oldest Jewish community:

https://forward.com/scribe/405124/in-cologne-archaeologists-unearth-the-history-of-germanys-oldest-jewish/

They’re poking around the site of the Battle of Waterloo:

http://www.gazetteandherald.co.uk/news/16340481.search-is-on-for-waterloo-relics/

A bone study suggests early weaning in Britain is an older practice than previously thought:

https://phys.org/news/2018-07-bone-history-britain-weaning-habits.html

A raw fish diet gave Vikings tapeworms, apparently:

http://sciencenordic.com/raw-fish-gave-vikings-tapeworms

More on Danish latrine finds:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-unseal-danish-latrines-180969570/
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Archaeology in Europe Blog:

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

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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Excavating the earliest known tomb in Tibet:

http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1110228.shtml

Interesting feature on a medieval coin found in Australia a long time ago:

https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/state/nt/2018/07/10/kilwa-coin-australia/

The Buddha of Swat has been restored:

https://www.deccanherald.com/international/buddha-swat-restored-after-11-680751.html

Feature on empress Cixi:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/10/world/asia/china-empress-dowager-cixi.html

Concerns for the Taj Mahal continue:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-44763867
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Southeast Asian Archaeology Newsblog:

http://www.southeastasianarchaeology.com/

New Zealand Archaeology eNews:

http://nzarchaeology.blogspot.co.nz/index.html
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NORTH AMERICA
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The Page-Ladson site is the first pre-Clovis site in the southeast US:

http://advances.sciencemag.org/content/2/5/e1600375.full

… not sure how the Gault site relates to the above:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-07/aaft-dpp070918.php
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/deadthings/2018/07/11/gault-projectiles/
https://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/national/article214831930.html
http://kdhnews.com/news/local/digging-in-the-dirt-bell-county-archaeologists-unearth-ancient-finds/article_990c8d14-80a3-11e8-b80a-2b81c9ab463c.html

Feature on FSU’s field school at Mission San Luis:

https://news.fsu.edu/news/arts-humanities/2018/07/12/archaeologists-investigate-history-of-mission-san-luis/

Feature on the dig at Fort Edward:

https://poststar.com/news/local/what-did-merchants-sell-to-french-and-indian-war-soldiers/article_641a6113-9fc3-5f3b-acf1-02093962eaca.html

More evidence of Charleston’s Revolutionary War past:

https://www.postandcourier.com/news/radar-finds-more-clues-of-charleston-s-long-gone-revolutionary/article_10a66ff6-8393-11e8-951b-73b50153cb60.html

Latest finds from the East Range site at UVa:

https://phys.org/news/2018-07-east-range-archaeological-excavations-reveal.html
https://news.virginia.edu/content/east-range-archaeological-excavations-reveal-more-early-life-grounds
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Earthwake damage revealed an older temple inside the Teopanzolco pyramid platform:

https://phys.org/news/2018-07-quake-reveals-older-mexico-pyramid.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-44806790
https://www.livescience.com/63063-surprise-temple-mexico.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/earthquake-reveals-12th-century-temple-hidden-within-aztec-pyramid-180969619/
http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-temple-discovered-within-mexican-pyramid-after-earthquake-damage-1020987
https://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/earthquake-triggers-discovery-of-temple/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/earthquake-reveals-12th-century-temple-hidden-within-aztec-pyramid-180969619/
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5948063/Damage-Mexicos-killer-quake-reveals-unknown-temple-built-INSIDE-pyramid.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6783-180712-earthquake-pyramid-temple

700 BCE burials near Mexico City:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2018/06/2700-years-old-graves-discovered-in.html

An Inca noble burial site at Tacume:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5920861/Mummified-Inca-corpses-clothed-finely-woven-royal-robes-unearthed.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2018/07/archaeologists-find-tombs-of-24-inca.html

A topographical map of Tiwanaku has been created:

http://www.laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=2460593&CategoryId=13936

New structures have been found in El Salvador’s San Andres Archeological Complex:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2018/06/new-structures-found-in-el-salvadors.html#2lUdbFh74WbReYm9.97

A Totonac yoke from Veracruz:

http://www.inah.gob.mx/es/boletines/7341-hallan-yugo-totonaco-durante-salvamento-arqueologico-realizado-en-tamaulipas-y-veracruz
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Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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The earliest surviving banjo recording:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/podcasts/retropod/the-oldest-surviving-banjo-recording

Latest on the Bayeux Tapestry loan:

https://www.museumsassociation.org/museums-journal/news/10072018-bayeux-tapestry-loan-set-for-2022

Interesting feature on restoring some daguerrotypes:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/6779-180710-synchrotron-reveals-images
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-used-particle-accelerator-unearth-tarnished-19th-century-daguerreotype-portraits-180969585/

On the spread of domesticated bananas:

https://phys.org/news/2018-07-prehistoric-people-domesticated-bananas-world.html

A major WWI exhumation project on Hill 80:

https://www.dw.com/en/dig-hill-80-a-day-at-crowdfunded-world-war-i-archaeology-dig/g-44669457

Feature on the Library of Alexandria:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-library-of-alexandria-is-long-gone-and-all-around-us

More on poison pages in a Danish library:

https://elpais.com/internacional/2018/07/06/mundo_global/1530895836_981177.html

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Leonardo:

https://news.yale.edu/2018/07/05/discovering-leonardos-hand-landmark-yale-art-gallery-exhibition

Harry Burton photos:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/trove-photographs-featuring-tutankhamuns-tomb-now-display-cambridge-180969565/

Van Gogh:

https://www.vangoghmuseum.nl/en/search/collection?q=&artist=Vincent%20van%20Gogh&pagesize=105

Freud of the Rings:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/israel-museum-reunites-rings-freud-used-to-bind-students/

The Magic of Handwriting:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/12/arts/design/the-magic-of-handwriting-autograph-collection.html
https://www.themorgan.org/exhibitions/magic-of-handwriting

Feature on the Aldobrandini Tazze in the Silver Caesars exhibition:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20180710-the-worlds-most-mysterious-silver-cups

The Getty has acquired a medieval Hebrew manuscript:

http://news.getty.edu/j-paul-getty-museum-announces-landmark-acquisition-medieval-hebrew-manuscript.htm
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/11/arts/design/getty-museum-torah-rothschild-pentateuch.html
http://www.israelhayom.com/2018/07/12/getty-museum-acquires-700-year-old-illustrated-pentateuch/
https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Culture/Getty-Museum-buys-illuminated-700-year-old-Bible-562301
http://artdaily.com/news/106091/J–Paul-Getty-Museum-announces-landmark-acquisition-of-a-Medieval-Hebrew-manuscript

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AT THE AUCTIONS
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An anti-semitic letter of Martin Luther is coming to auction:

https://m.jpost.com/Diaspora/Letter-by-Martin-Luther-calling-Jews-devils-incarnate-up-for-auction-562122

A guillotine came to auction:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-44801660
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THE TECHY SIDE
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Feature on radiocarbon analysis of Valencina de la Concepcion:

https://phys.org/news/2018-07-radiocarbon-dated-site-iberian-prehistory.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-07/uos-tbr070918.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/07/180709101125.htm

Latest facial reconstruction is on some folks possibly related to Qin Shi Huang:

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/2155189/could-these-be-faces-murdered-wife-and-son-chinas-first-emperor

Nice state-of-the-question piece on radiocarbon dating:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/revisiting-radiocarbon-no-it-has-not-been-debunked.htm

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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DNA can supposedly prove whether Richard III killed the princes:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/richard-iii-princes-in-the-tower-dna-king-murder-mystery-sample-solved-shakespeare-edward-vi-a8441936.html

Using DNA to figure out origins of Southeast Asia’s population:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dna-analysis-suggests-contemporary-southeast-asians-derive-ancestry-four-ancient-population-180969603/
Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

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

https://www.newsday.com/travel/exploring-ancient-history-in-athens-1.19639335

San Antonio:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/11/travel/san-antonio-tricentennial-spain.html

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CRIME BEAT
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Strange tale of faking a dig in Benin:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2018/jul/09/thierry-oussou-faked-archaeological-dig-african-art-colonial-looting

Theft of a replica from a Delhi museum didn’t pay off:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/delhi/man-held-for-theft-of-museum-artefact/articleshow/64992704.cms

Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News returns:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2018/07/culture-crime-news-2-8-july-2018.html

More on that Greco-Roman bust in Egypt:

https://africatimes.com/2018/07/11/egypt-arrests-7-for-illegal-archaeology-and-antiquities-removal/

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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Native peoples are trying to get bones of their ancestors back from UC:

https://calmatters.org/articles/native-american-tribes-clash-with-uc-over-bones-of-their-ancestors/

The Peabody returned some Maori remains to New Zealand:

https://news.yale.edu/2018/07/11/maori-ancestors-repatriated-new-zealand-peabody-museum
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NUMISMATICA
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Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/club_nbs_esylum_v21n27.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/club_nbs_esylum_v21n28.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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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

http://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-main-menu-cat/audio-news-list/2756-audio-news-from-archaeologica-1-july-7-july-2018
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CONFERENCES
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CBA Wessex 60th Anniversary Conference (November 2018):

http://cba-wessex.org.uk/cba-events/annual-conference-2018/

Jews and the Americas (February 2019):

https://networks.h-net.org/node/73374/announcements/1932330/jews-and-americas-68th-annual-conference-center-latin-american

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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

The Book and the Spade:

http://www.radioscribe.com/bknspade.htm
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Explorator 21.11 ~ July 8, 2018

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, Bill Kennedy,
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 study of feet suggests Australopithecines could walk upright and still climb trees:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/07/180704151911.htm
https://phys.org/news/2018-07-human-ancestors-feet-children-backup.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-07/dc-oha062718.php
https://www.cnn.com/2018/07/04/health/selam-toddler-fossil-foot-study/index.html
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/MAGAZINE-lucy-walked-upright-but-baby-australopithecines-lurked-in-trees-1.6243522
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/foot-fossil-hominid-kids-lucy-upright-walkers-33-million-years-ago?tgt=nr
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6767-180705-a-afarensis-toddler-feet

More on Neanderthals hunting in groups:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-07/dc-oha062718.php
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-07/jgum-npc070218.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/07/180702111122.htm

More on Otzi’s tools:

http://www.dispatch.com/news/20180701/copper-age-hunter-repaired-his-tools
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AFRICA
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Not sure if we mentioned these petroglyphs from Tanzania:

http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news%2C30116%2Cpolish-archaeologist-discovers-hundreds-rock-paintings-tanzania.html

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Restoration work on the Pyramid of Djoser revealed a statue of Osiris:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/305974/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Osiris-statuette-discovered-between-blocks-of-Saqq.aspx
http://www.egyptindependent.com/osiris-statue-found-djoser-pyramid/
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/53163/statuette-of-Osiris-uncovered-at-King-Djoser-Step-Pyramid-in
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6763-180702-egypt-saqqara-osiris

Remains of a couple of 4500 years bp ‘houses’ near the Giza pyramids:

https://www.livescience.com/62976-ancient-homes-giza-pyramids.html
https://www.livescience.com/62966-residences-giza-discovery-photos.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6771-180706-egypt-official-residences

26th dynasty canopic jars from Luxor:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/305454/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/th-Dynasty-canopic-jars-discovered-at-Luxors-South.aspx

A very interesting Ptolemaic-era sarcophagus from Alexandria:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/41/305971/Heritage/GrecoRoman/Ptolemaic-tomb-discovered-in-Alexandria.aspx
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/53155/In-pics-Antique-sarcophagus-found-by-security-forces-in-Alexandria
https://aawsat.com/english/home/article/1320371/discovery-%E2%80%98ptolemaic%E2%80%99-tomb-sheds-light-hidden-monuments-alexandria
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/giant-black-sarcophagus-discovered-alexandria-egypt-180969551/
http://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/a-giant-26meterlong-sarcophagus-has-just-been-found-in-egypt/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6764-180703-egypt-alexandria-sarcophagus

A cache of pottery vessels from various periods hidden during WWII:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/53278/A-cache-of-pottery-vessels-discovered

Feature on Harry Burton (related to an exhibition of his photos):

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/science-environment-44719815/harry-burton-the-man-who-photographed-king-tut

Hyping China’s first archaeological mission in Egypt:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-07/02/c_137294254.htm
http://www.ecns.cn/news/culture/2018-07-02/detail-ifyvrptq6366553.shtml

Latest Jewish Revolt coin find comes from Emek Zurim National Park:

https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Bronze-coin-from-4th-year-of-Great-Revolt-found-at-national-park-561347
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/MAGAZINE-coin-from-4th-year-of-jewish-revolt-found-in-ancient-jerusalem-drain-1.6223591
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/jerusalem/three-weeks-appropriate-discovery-bronze-coin-from-the-great-revolt/2018/07/01/
https://www.timesofisrael.com/recently-uncovered-jewish-revolt-coin-shows-rebels-aware-of-impending-disaster/
https://www.algemeiner.com/2018/07/02/rare-coin-minted-1900-years-ago-discovered-in-%E2%80%8Ejerusalem/
https://www.thedailybeast.com/rare-coin-sheds-light-on-doomed-jewish-rebels

2000 years bp pots from an Israeli cave near the border with Lebanon:

https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/From-on-high-2000-year-old-pottery-discovered-in-a-cave-30-meters-high-561351
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/MAGAZINE-ancient-jars-over-2-000-years-old-lowered-by-rope-from-cliffside-cave-1.6232836
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/248314
https://www.timesofisrael.com/on-lebanon-border-salvage-op-rappels-2000-year-old-vessels-down-sheer-cliff/
https://www.i24news.tv/en/news/israel/178528-180702-2000-years-old-pottery-found-in-israeli-cave
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-07/03/c_137296912.htm
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6761-180702-galilee-cave-amphorae

What Christopher Eames is up to:

https://www.thetrumpet.com/radio/watch-jerusalem/episodes/71-discovering-biblical-hebron-and-post-excavation-work-at-hebrew-university

Digging has resumed at Tieion (Turkey):

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2018/07/06/excavations-resume-in-tieion-ancient-city-in-turkeys-black-sea-region

Feature on Gobekli Tepe:

https://www.apollo-magazine.com/the-site-of-the-earliest-known-temple-on-earth-continues-to-keep-its-secrets/
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-07/08/c_137309029.htm

Feature on Tappe Sialk:

https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/07/04/567028/Iran-culture-Sialk

More on that Islamic amulet from Jerusalem:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-muslim-evil-eye-amulet-discovered-in-a-jerusalem-parking-lot

More on damage to Bosra’s Roman theatre:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2018/07/05/Assad-s-bombings-damage-Roman-theater-in-city-mentioned-by-Pharaohs.html
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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Finds (including Mycenean) from various periods at Hala Sultan Tekke:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/31788-excavations-at-dromolaxia-vizakia-or-hala-sultan-tekke-in-cyprus.html

A small hoard of 3rd century BCE coins from Vulci:

http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/generalnews/2018/07/03/treasure-of-coins-found-at-vulci-archaeological-site_89467e5f-b991-4010-b0bf-9f4eaa937285.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6765-180703-italy-vulci-coins

Remains of a Thracian settlement on St Thomas Island (Bulgaria):

https://sofiaglobe.com/2018/07/03/archaeology-ancient-thracian-settlement-found-on-bulgarias-st-thomas-island/

A trio of Roman burials from a Lincoln student housing site:

https://www.lincolnshirelive.co.uk/news/lincoln-news/these-romans-certainly-seemed-good-1744873
https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/6693783/roman-skeletons-lincoln-take-away-viking-house/

Latest thing the Romans are being ‘credited’ for is spreading tuberculosis:

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2173374-dna-reveals-romans-helped-spread-tb-across-three-continents/
https://www.sciencealert.com/roman-trade-routes-carried-tuberculosis-across-globe

Interesting followup to that ‘Roman fridge’ story from a month or so ago:

https://www.thelocal.ch/20180706/augusta-raurica-basel-ancient-roman-fridge-keeps-beer-cool-for-a-month

The contents of that sarcophagus found in Southwark last year have been revealed:

https://www.londonnewsonline.co.uk/contents-of-roman-coffin-finally-revealed/

Some ACL conference coverage:

https://missoulian.com/news/local/veritas-classics-scholars-venture-into-montana-find-no-bear-spray/article_102ba741-fbb4-5652-823f-73b0d38f71c8.html

Feature on Phil Stinson and his 3d models:

http://news.ku.edu/2018/06/26/classics-professor-uses-technological-tools-rebuild-ancient-history
https://phys.org/news/2018-07-classics-professor-d-rebuild-ancient.html

Feature on Curtis Dozier’s Pharos project (and related):

https://www.newstatesman.com/politics/media/2018/07/far-right-using-antiquity-re-brand-itself-classicists-are-fighting-back

A couple of scholars talking about ‘badass goddesses’:

http://www.documentjournal.com/2018/07/authors-emily-wilson-and-maria-dahvana-headley-talk-badass-goddesses-humanizing-monsters-and-their-new-work/

Feature on Rodin’s Classical influences:

https://hyperallergic.com/449655/rodin-and-the-art-of-ancient-greece/

Feature on Aigai (now open to the public):

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-07/07/c_137308582.htm

On the US Founding Fathers and Gibbon:

http://digital.vpr.net/post/when-history-rhymes#stream/0

… and how ancient Greece inspired American independence:

http://usa.greekreporter.com/2018/07/04/how-greeks-inspired-american-independence/
http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/society/31825-media-report-how-ancient-greece-inspired-american-independence.html

On Greeks reclining to eat:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2018/07/01/why-did-ancient-greeks-recline-to-eat-and-drink/
http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/tourism-businesses/gastronomy/31795-report-why-did-ancient-greeks-recline-to-eat-and-drink.html

Learning from Epictetus:

http://www.gulf-times.com/story/598518/How-to-live-a-happy-life-Epictetus-lessons

Latest Parthenon Marbles protest:

https://news.gtp.gr/2018/07/04/return-hold-protest-parthenon-marbles/

A replica of the Nike of Samothrace is being made for the site:

http://www.euronews.com/2018/07/05/a-replica-of-the-winged-victory-of-samothrace-is-being-made-in-greece

More on terrorist concerns at Pompeii:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/pompeii-at-risk-from-terrorists-and-visitors-d3fj8jrpx

More on the followup to that ‘latest victim of Vesuvius’ story:

https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/pompeii-man-not-decapitated-by-flying-stone-archaeologists-find-20180701-p4zovn.html
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-07-01/pompeii-victim-was-not-crushed-by-stone-skull-found-intact/9929058

More on that Latin inscription from Yambol:

https://www.archaeology.org/news/6770-180706-bulgaria-kabyle-inscription
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Latest reviews from BMCR:

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

Visit our blog:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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A Neolithic ‘roadway’ and a possible ritual site in Suffolk:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/neolithic-trackway-possibly-ritual-site-discovered-england-180969493/

Byzantine finds at Hotalich fortress (Bulgaria):

http://www.cambrian-news.co.uk/article.cfm?id=122603&headline=Ceredigion%20archaeologists%20unearth%20startling%20finds%20in%20Bulgaria&sectionIs=news&searchyear=2018

Finds from various periods found during expansion of the Dorset County Museum:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-dorset-44694816

A 500 years bp sword from a Norwegian lake:

https://www.thelocal.no/20180703/norwegian-divers-find-500-year-old-sword-in-lake

Latest medieval finds from Auckland Castle:

http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/16330193.medieval-mysteries-unearthed-during-in-castle-dig/

The Book of Deer Project has found a Viking game board of some sort:

https://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/medieval-games-board-found-in-search-for-pictish-monastery-1-4764734
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6768-180705-scotland-medieval-game

Remains of 17th century barracks from Elizabeth Castle:

http://www.itv.com/news/channel/2018-07-07/archaeologists-uncovering-17th-century-barracks-at-elizabeth-castle/

Feature/exhibition on all the interesting things found in Amsterdam’s canals over the years:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/shortcuts/2018/jul/02/from-stone-age-tools-to-false-teeth-the-secrets-of-amsterdams-canals
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/New-website-amsterdam-history-artifacts-180969497/

Reevaluating the evidence for when brown bears became extinct in Britain:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/07/180704112036.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-07/uon-nsq070318.php
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-44699233

… and a not-connected but probably related find:

https://www.newstalk.com/Skull-found-in-Aillwee-Cave-dates-from-Irelands-Stone-Age

Concerns for Albania’s underwater heritage:

https://phys.org/news/2018-07-archaeologists-urge-albania-underwater-heritage.html

… seems related:

http://www.tiranatimes.com/?p=137767

Latest in the France-UK Bayeux Tapestry deal:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-44732897
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/governments-sign-deal-securing-loan-of-bayeux-tapestry-to-the-uk-in-2022
https://www.politico.eu/article/france-and-uk-sign-bayeux-tapestry-deal/

Heritage status for Germany’s Naumburg Cathedral:

https://www.dw.com/en/germanys-naumburg-cathedral-wins-world-heritage-designation/a-44481701

More on beer brewing in Sweden:

http://sciencenordic.com/1600-year-old-evidence-beer-brewing-sweden

More on 17th century latrine contents (I think we mentioned this a while ago):

https://www.livescience.com/62990-wine-barrel-renaissance-bathrooms.html
https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2018/07/17thc-wine-barrels-turned-loos-reveal-theirsecrets/

More on human sacrifice at a German henge site:

http://www.newsweek.com/women-children-brutally-killed-german-stonehenge-1004937
https://abcnews.go.com/International/dismembered-bodies-women-children-found-german-stonehenge/story?id=56313781

More on the search for the lost standing stones of Devon:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/07/the-lost-standing-stones-of-devon-are-still-hiding-from-archaeologists/
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Archaeology in Europe Blog:

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

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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Paleolithic stoneware from near the Suifen River in northeast China:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-07/02/c_137296077.htm

Evidence of equine ‘veterinary care’ in Mongolia 1300-700 BCE:

https://phys.org/news/2018-07-oldest-evidence-horse-veterinary-mongolia.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-07/mpif-oeo062818.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/07/180702154739.htm
https://www.livescience.com/62974-oldest-horse-dentistry-on-record.html
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/mongolians-practiced-horse-dentistry-early-3200-years-ago?tgt=nr
http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/07/3000-year-old-sawn-tooth-may-be-earliest-evidence-horse-dentistry
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2018/07/news-horse-veterinary-dentist-Mongolia-archaeology/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6766-180703-mongolia-equine-dentistry

Interesting Spring and Autumn Period burials from Henan:

http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2018-07/02/content_54475055.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6762-180702-china-horse-pits

Suggestion that the Soga clan in Japan was of Korean origin:

http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201807030011.html

An Iron Age site in Andra Pradesh was bulldozed (!):

https://www.deccanchronicle.com/nation/current-affairs/070718/iron-age-site-bulldozed-in-ap.html

Marking the 50th anniversary of the find of ‘Mungo Lady’:

https://phys.org/news/2018-07-fifty-years-lake-mungo-true.html
http://theconversation.com/time-to-honour-a-historical-legend-50-years-since-the-discovery-of-mungo-lady-97785

Digging a colonial Tauranga garbage pit:

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/bay-of-plenty-times/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503343&objectid=12084504
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Southeast Asian Archaeology Newsblog:

http://www.southeastasianarchaeology.com/

New Zealand Archaeology eNews:

http://nzarchaeology.blogspot.co.nz/index.html
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NORTH AMERICA
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A study suggests Chaco Canyon people may have grown their own food:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-07/uoc-apo070318.php
https://phys.org/news/2018-07-ancestral-people-chaco-canyon-grew.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/07/180703154919.htm

Bones found in Albuquerque thought to be connected to a serial killer case turn out to be
an 1100 years (maybe) bp Native American burial:

http://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/local_news/bones-found-in-albuquerque-link-to-archaeological-site/article_29c7f242-4984-5b30-a74a-b6dc7a637794.html
https://www.abqjournal.com/1193665/bones-found-on-west-mesa-were-ancient-not-connected-to-west-mesa-case.html
https://www.abqjournal.com/1193279/west-mesa-park-where-remains-found-tuesday-was-site-of-1000-year-old-archaeological-find.html
https://www.chron.com/news/article/Remains-found-in-Albuquerque-near-archaeological-13054130.php
https://www.thehour.com/news/article/Remains-found-in-Albuquerque-near-archaeological-13054130.php

Latest from the Queen Anne’s Revenge:

http://wunc.org/post/300-years-later-blackbeard-s-nc-shipwreck-continues-turn-archaeological-treasures#stream/0

… and this seems to be a semi-new shipwreck find off North Carolina:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2018/07/news-noaa-blake-reidge-shipwreck-archaeology/

Plans to study a pre-contact Inuit winter village in the Okak Islands:

http://www.thetelegram.com/news/archaeology-team-set-to-study-pre-contact-inuit-winter-village-224268/

Studying remains from burials found at Fort Gibson:

http://www.muskogeephoenix.com/news/archaeologists-examine-remains-found-in-fort-gibson/article_c5c8e0da-50bf-5e86-98eb-cdaf43960181.html
http://www.swtimes.com/news/20180704/archaeologists-study-remains-discovered-in-eastern-oklahoma

Excavating slave quarters at Poplar Forest:

http://wset.com/news/local/archaeologists-work-to-uncover-slave-artifacts-at-poplar-forest

Interesting Revolutionary War medal going on display:

http://wamc.org/post/rare-revolutionary-medal-going-display-ft-ticonderoga

Rethinking a ‘forgery rock inscription’ about the ‘Lost Colony’:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/retropolis/wp/2018/07/05/dismissed-as-a-forgery-could-a-mysterious-stone-found-near-roanokes-lost-colony-actually-be-real/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.b1505aa43aaf

On news coverage at Gettysburg:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/04/insider/the-times-at-gettysburg-july-1863-a-reporters-civil-war-heartbreak.html

On Clovis hunters and Ohio flint:

http://www.dispatch.com/news/20180701/archaeology-ancient-clovis-hunters-drawn-to-ohio-flint

On the map that gave America its name:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20180702-the-epic-story-of-the-map-that-gave-america-its-name

On ‘God Bless America’:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/02/arts/music/irving-berlin-god-bless-america.html

… and ‘The Battle Hymn of the Republic’:

https://www.npr.org/2018/07/04/625351953/one-song-glory

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Tombs of 24 Inca nobles in the Valley of the Pyramids (I think we mentioned this):

https://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2018/07/05/world/americas/05reuters-peru-archaeology-tombs.html
http://www.laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=2460424&CategoryId=14095
http://www.china.org.cn/world/Off_the_Wire/2018-07/05/content_54995530.htm
https://uk.reuters.com/article/us-peru-archaeology-tombs/archaeologists-in-peru-uncover-incan-burial-site-in-desert-valley-idUKKBN1JV2DY
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6769-180705-peru-pyramid-of-the-bees
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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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What teeth tell archaeologists:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ancient-teeth-reveal-our-roots-180969495/

Assorted sites added to the World Heritage list:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/viking-archeological-site-and-others-earn-world-heritage-status-180969496/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-44680526
https://elpais.com/cultura/2018/07/01/actualidad/1530429696_873094.html

How literature shapes history:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/jul/04/written-world-literature-shaped-history-martin-puchner-review

On feasting rituals and civilization:

https://phys.org/news/2018-07-feasting-rituals-cooperation-require-crucial.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/feasting-rituals-crucial-step-toward-human-civilization-180969540/
https://www.theintelligencer.com/news/article/Feasting-rituals-and-the-cooperation-they-13046031.php

On the ‘dancing plague’ that broke out in 1518:

https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2018/jul/05/bizarre-dance-epidemic-of-summer-1518-strasbourg

On some arsenic-laced books found in a university library:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/arsenic-laced-books-discovered-university-library-180969527/

A copy of the Declaration of Independence from Chichester:

https://www.bbc.com/news/av/uk-england-sussex-44703928/declaration-of-independence-found-in-chichester-archives

Brown has acquired an interesting collection of Jewish texts:

https://news.brown.edu/articles/2018/06/ungerleider

Interesting story behind the St Thomas Way hiking paths:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/jul/07/story-of-resurrected-welsh-warrior-inspires-st-thomas-way

Charles I left behind a ‘message for the future’, apparently:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/jul/05/charles-i-message-poetry-book-university-challenge

Genoa is apparently miffed at England’s use of the St George cross:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jul/05/england-owes-arrears-over-st-georges-cross-claims-genoa-mayor

On botched restorations:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20180705-the-well-intentioned-copies-that-went-wrong

Review of Stephen Platt, *Imperial Twilight*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/02/books/review/stephen-r-platt-imperial-twilight.html

Review of Listri, *The World’s Most Beautiful Libraries*:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20180704-libraries-where-the-worlds-memory-is-stored

Review of a book on the last days of the Romanovs:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2018/06/30/actualidad/1530381522_415055.html

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/

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MUSEUM MATTERS
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The House of Herod:

https://phys.org/news/2018-07-franciscan-museum-jerusalem-life-jesus.html

Discovering King Tutankhamun’s Tomb:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-44636774

Islamic Art:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/joint-exhibition-shows-florence-medici-familys-connections-islamic-world-180969553/

Gold of the Pharaohs:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/53457/The-Gold-of-the-Pharaohs-Massive-Egyptian-exhibition-in-Monaco

Bolivia is planning a museum at the bottom of Lake Titicaca:

https://phys.org/news/2018-07-bolivia-museum-bottom-sacred-lake.html

Sharing a Cezanne from the Gurlitt hoard:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/03/arts/design/cezanne-cornelius-gurlitt-kunstmuseum.html

Viking exhibition hype talking about the Vinland Map:

http://wnpr.org/post/vikings-invade-connecticut
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AT THE AUCTIONS
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Interesting collection of Roman, Greek, Viking and medieval rings:

https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/leicester-news/how-much-collection-rare-ancient-1738345

Egyptian antiquities at Sotheby’s:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/53190/Sotheby-s-auction-vies-with-Christie-s-on-selling-Egyptian
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/53399/In-Pics-Ancient-Egyptian-artifacts-sold-in-auction-in-London
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ON THE DNA FRONT
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DNA reveals much about the first domestic dogs in North America:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/07/180705143544.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-07/uoia-fdi070218.php
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-07/uoc-adt070618.php
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/05/science/dog-american-genome.html
http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-first-american-dogs-20180705-story.html#
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/space/go-for-launch/la-sci-sn-first-american-dogs-20180705-story.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-european-dogs-devastated-indigenous-american-pup-populations-180969561/
https://www.sciencenews.org/blog/science-ticker/north-america-earliest-dogs-came-siberia?tgt=nr
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6772-180706-north-american-dogs

… less attention being paid to a DNA study of dogs in New Zealand:

https://massivesci.com/articles/ancient-dogs-history-archaeology-new-zealand

Using DNA to track goat domestication:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-07/tcd-aga070318.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/07/180705143907.htm

DNA is also solving a mystery about Hoabinhian hunter-gatherers in Southeast Asia:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-07/uoc-adt070618.php
https://phys.org/news/2018-07-ancient-dna-year-old-controversy-southeast.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/07/180706105950.htm

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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Studying climate from evidence in Brazilian caves:

http://agencia.fapesp.br/pesquisa-traca-2-mil-anos-da-historia-das-chuvas-no-brasil-/28151/
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TOURISTY THINGS
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The five ‘culture setting’ countries of the world:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20180701-the-five-countries-that-set-world-culture

Hildene:

https://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/story/news/local/2018/07/04/hildene-manchester-vermont-robert-todd-lincoln-lincolns-son-home/36558587/
https://www.hildene.org/

Nimes:

https://www.travelandleisure.com/attractions/museums-galleries/roman-ruins-museum-nimes-france

Homes of the US Founding Fathers:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/destinations/2018/07/03/declaration-independence-historic-homes/757243002/
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CRIME BEAT
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In case you haven’t heard about Operation Demetra yet:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-44717855
http://www.china.org.cn/world/Off_the_Wire/2018-07/05/content_54922231.htm
https://www.dw.com/en/italian-police-nab-ancient-artifact-trafficking-gang/a-44526923
http://www.euronews.com/2018/07/05/-40-million-worth-of-roman-and-greek-antiquities-seized-in-european-crackdown-on-trafficki

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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Feature on the Benin Bronzes:

https://guardian.ng/life/rediscovering-the-benin-art-a-universal-vessel-for-cultural-importance/

cf:

https://www.charlestonchronicle.net/2018/07/05/french-leader-promises-quick-return-of-stolen-african-relics/

Ethiopia wants a looted tabot returned from Westminster Abbey:

https://inews.co.uk/culture/ethiopia-calls-on-westminster-abbey-to-return-looted-sacred-tablet/

Egypt is displaying the items it received back from Italy:

http://www.egyptindependent.com/egypt-puts-relics-recovered-smugglers-italy-display/
http://www.ecns.cn/hd/2018-07-01/detail-ifyvrptq6366045.shtml
https://aawsat.com/english/home/article/1320586/egypt-puts-artifacts-retrieved-italy-display
http://www.china.org.cn/world/Off_the_Wire/2018-07/05/content_54941890.htm

On the Getty’s ‘Victorious Youth’:

https://hyperallergic.com/449866/should-the-getty-return-its-famed-victorious-youth-statue/

More on Sotheby’s and that horse:

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/sothebys-strikes-back-against-greekrepatriation-claim-1311500
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NUMISMATICA
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Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/club_nbs_esylum_v21n26.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/club_nbs_esylum_v21n27.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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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

http://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-main-menu-cat/audio-news-list/2752-audio-news-from-archaeologica-24-june-30-june-2018
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OBITUARIES
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Ada Yardeni:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/dead-sea-scrolls-decoder-remembered-as-grande-dame-of-semitic-paleography/
https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/archaeology-today/archaeologists-biblical-scholars-works/in-memoriam-ada-yardeni/ (tribute)

Lawrence E Stager:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/archaeology-today/archaeologists-biblical-scholars-works/giant-of-iron-age-research-lawrence-stager/ (tribute)
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CONFERENCES
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CBA Wessex 60th Anniversary Conference (November 2018):

http://cba-wessex.org.uk/cba-events/annual-conference-2018/

Jews and the Americas (February 2019):

https://networks.h-net.org/node/73374/announcements/1932330/jews-and-americas-68th-annual-conference-center-latin-american

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GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

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Explorator 21.10 ~ July 1, 2018

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,
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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Studying Neanderthal collaborative hunting techniques:

https://phys.org/news/2018-06-neanderthals-bands-speared-prey.html
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2018/06/26/neanderthal-hunting-techniques-sophisticated/734399002/
https://www.afp.com/en/news/826/neanderthals-hunted-bands-and-speared-prey-close-study-doc-16l7wo1
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/deadthings/2018/06/25/hunt-like-neanderthal/
https://cosmosmagazine.com/palaeontology/neanderthals-collaborated-on-spear-hunts-120-000-years-ago
https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/06/archaeologists-armed-with-spears-demonstrate-how-neanderthals-hunted/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/neanderthals-hunted-groups-one-more-strike-against-dumb-brute-myth-180969472/

Studying an australopithecus cranium found back in 1995 in the Sterkfontein Caves:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-06/uotw-coa062518.php
https://phys.org/news/2018-06-cranium-four-million-year-old-hominin-similarities-modern.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/06/180625130919.htm

More on Otzi’s tools:

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-05497-z
https://elpais.com/elpais/2018/06/27/ciencia/1530111711_868954.html
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AFRICA
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Images of a secretary bird from Deir el Bahari might give clues about the location land of Punt:

http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news%2C29964%2Cpolish-egyptologist-discovered-secretary-bird-temple-hatshepsut.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6748-180626-egypt-secretary-bird
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Four 26th Dynasty canopic jars from Luxor:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/305454/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/th-Dynasty-canopic-jars-discovered-at-Luxors-South.aspx
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/52786/Canopic-jars-discovered-in-tomb-of-Karabasken-in-Luxor
http://plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn&id=30138&SEO=archaeologists-discovered-sacred-vessels-in-pharaonic-priest-tomb
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6744-180625-egypt-canopic-jars

Egypt’s antiquities minister announced that announcements are coming:

http://www.egyptindependent.com/new-discoveries-announced-soon-antiquities-minister/

Studying cancer rates in Egypt from Dakhleh Oasis evidence:

https://www.livescience.com/62908-ancient-egypt-cancer.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6746-180625-egypt-skeletons-cancer

Feature on the extent of smuggling of artifacts in Egypt:

http://www.arabnews.com/node/1330421

On specialization of buildings during the early Neolithic in Jordan:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-06/ku-nsa062718.php
https://phys.org/news/2018-06-special-purpose-world-earliest-neolithic-villages.html

Remains of an 8000 years bp village in the UAE:

https://www.khaleejtimes.com/nation/abu-dhabi/8000-year-old-village/-discovered-in-uae
https://gulfnews.com/news/uae/culture/8-000-year-old-village-discovered-in-the-uae-1.2242495

On dolmens in the Bronze Age Levant:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2018/06/Visible-Dead-Dolmens-Bronze-Age-Levant

Evidence of barley beer in some Bronze Age vessels from Khani Masi:

https://phys.org/news/2018-06-barley-beer-bronze-age-mesopotamian.html
https://www.upi.com/Science_News/2018/06/27/Mesopotamians-were-drinking-beer-from-individual-vessels-3500-years-ago/5551530110022/

… and a study of Hittite beer:

https://cosmosmagazine.com/archaeology/ancient-brewing-was-not-a-hittite-or-miss-process

A 5000 years bp child/human sacrifice site from Basur Hoyuk:

https://www.livescience.com/62954-human-sacrifices-mesopotamia.html
http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-mesopotamia-child-sacrifice-turkey-archaeology-1000934
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6759-180629-mesopotamia-tomb-sacrifices

Those repatriated Hobby Lobby artifacts are shedding light on Irisagrig:

https://www.npr.org/2018/06/28/623537440/hobby-lobbys-illegal-antiquities-shed-light-on-a-lost-looted-ancient-city-in-ira
https://news.wbhm.org/npr_story_post/2018/hobby-lobbys-illegal-antiquities-shed-light-on-a-lost-looted-ancient-city-in-iraq/

Feature on Montfort Castle:

https://aleteia.org/2018/06/26/ruins-of-crusader-castle-reveal-how-soldiers-relaxed/

That ‘mystery biblical king’ head is now on display:

https://www.sgvtribune.com/2018/06/24/3000-year-old-sculpture-found-by-azusa-pacific-now-on-display-at-israel-museum/

Surveying sites in Saudi Arabia:

https://www.cnn.com/2018/06/20/middleeast/saudi-archaeology/index.html

Studying Amlash sites in Iran:

http://www.tehrantimes.com/news/424758/Archaeology-team-probe-Amlash-settlements

I think we mentioned this Islamic amulet from Jerusalem:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-muslim-evil-eye-amulet-discovered-in-a-jerusalem-parking-lot?source=articles&via=rss

Feature on the Hittites:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/ancient-cultures/ancient-near-eastern-world/who-were-the-hittites/

On war damage to the theatre (not amphitheatre) at Bosra:

https://www.alaraby.co.uk/english/news/2018/6/30/syrian-regime-shelling-damages-regions-best-preserved-roman-amphitheatre
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Evidence that Greeks were drinking beer some 4000 years bp:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/31736-aristotle-university-study-ancient-greeks-drank-beer-4-000-years-ago.html

The big news story this week appears to be the find of the skull of that latest victim from Pompeii:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2018/06/28/that-meme-worthy-pompeii-skeleton-not-crushed-by-a-block-his-skull-shows/
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/29/science/pompeii-skull-rock.html
https://www.livescience.com/62956-pompeii-decapitation-skull-found.html
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/unluckiest-guy-history-crushed-rock-pompeii-mount-vesuvius-archaeologists-wrong-a8424616.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/retropolis/wp/2018/06/29/everyone-thought-he-was-killed-by-a-giant-rock-at-pompeii-then-they-found-his-skull/
http://www.ansa.it/english/news/general_news/2018/06/28/head-of-pompeiis-last-fugitive-found-4_6d53d66e-9173-448a-bdc1-37435b3bc435.html
https://www.cnn.com/2018/06/30/europe/pompeii-victim-new-findings/index.html
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/06/29/archaeologists-find-skull-ancient-roman-killed-fleeing-pompeii/
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-07-01/pompeii-victim-was-not-crushed-by-stone-skull-found-intact/9929058
https://www.sciencealert.com/pompeii-disabled-man-masonry-vesuvius-skull-found-intact-asphyxiation
http://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/we-ve-got-some-bad-news-about-the-unluckiest-guy-in-history-from-pompeii/
https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/06/headless-pompeii-skull-archaeology-science/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6760-180629-pompeii-intact-skull

… and how we should be looking at the victims of Pompeii in general:

http://theconversation.com/pompeii-should-teach-us-to-celebrate-peoples-lives-not-mock-their-death-97632

A bronze ‘hand of god’ (maybe) artifact from Vindolanda:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/hand-of-god-ancient-roman-hadrians-wall-sculpture-bronze-found-latest-a8419131.html
https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/6645747/ancient-roman-hand-of-god-uncovered-near-hadrians-wall-sheds-light-on-lesser-known-bloodiest-battles-in-british-history/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6757-180628-vindolanda-bronze-hand

Possible Roman burial ground in Lincoln:

https://thelincolnite.co.uk/2018/06/lincoln-developers-stumble-across-roman-burial-ground/

The Silchester Archaeology dig has a facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/Silchester

An inscription dating to Marcus Aurelius’ time from Kabyle:

http://www.focus-fen.net/news/2018/06/25/431781/yambol-a-fully-preserved-inscription-from-roman-times-found-in-kabyle.html

A Roman fresco (sort of, not really) once owned by Horace Walpole is coming to auction:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/jun/30/ancient-roman-wall-painting-resurfaces-after-200-years

A section of the Palatine is opening to the public for the first time in centuries:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/section-of-palatine-hill-in-rome-opens-to-public-for-first-time-in-centuries-638nwjjq8

Feature on ancient Greek magic type things:

https://theconversation.com/spells-charms-erotic-dolls-love-magic-in-the-ancient-mediterranean-98459

Feature on the political site of the Discobolus:

https://hyperallergic.com/447769/the-political-uses-of-a-figure-of-male-beauty-from-antiquity/

Feature on some coins of Caligula:

http://www.numismaticnews.net/article/complex-caligula-emperors-scandalous-reign-includes-scarce-coins

Feature on Augustus’ ‘comet denarius’:

https://www.coinworld.com/news/world-coins/2018/06/silver-denarius-of-augustus-shows-famous-celestial-event.all.html

In case you’ve never heard of Sententiae Antiquae:

http://www.brandeis.edu/now/2018/june/joel-christensen-sentantiq.html

No plans to cap visitors to Pompeii:

http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2018/06/28/pompeii-wont-cap-visitors_803e8664-53af-4de4-a24b-b7a52d74332b.html

… but they’re thinking of putting some armed guards in:

http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2018/06/28/thinking-of-armed-guards-at-pompeii-3_37fb6440-1b7f-4e2f-8d45-4ff9fe01a760.html
https://www.thelocal.it/20180629/army-to-be-deployed-to-pompeii-sites-to-tackle-threat-of-terrorism

On clumsy tourists at Pompeii (and elsewhere):

http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2018/06/25/clumsy-tourists-go-beyond-just-pompeii_d7671e3f-4017-4316-a936-c283628ec67e.html

Digging has resumed at Peperikon:

https://sofiaglobe.com/2018/06/25/bulgarian-archaeologists-begin-summer-digs-at-perperikon-site/

Tsipras was telling May Greece wants the Marbles back:

https://www.jpost.com/Breaking-News/Greece-wants-Parthenon-Marbles-back-Tsipras-tells-May-560936
https://neoskosmos.com/en/117764/tsipras-tells-british-pm-the-marbles-natural-place-is-at-the-parthenon/
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-britain-greece-marbles/greece-wants-parthenon-marbles-back-tsipras-tells-may-idUSKBN1JM2T6

More thoughts on Troy: Fall of a City:

https://www.popmatters.com/troy-fall-of-a-city-2579452784.html

More on Herculaneum papyri:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/buried-ash-vesuvius-scrolls-are-being-read-new-xray-technique-180969358/

More on that (questionable) reconstruction of Julius Caesar’s face:

https://metro.co.uk/2018/06/25/new-3d-reconstruction-reveals-julius-caesar-basically-looked-like-e-t-7658540/
http://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/3d-reconstruction-of-julius-caesars-head-reveals-rulers-odd-feature/
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Windfarm work exposed a Neolithic ritual site of some sort in Suffolk:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-suffolk-44455266
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/jun/28/archaeologists-stumble-on-neolithic-ritual-site-in-suffolk
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6755-180628-england-aurochs-skull

A Neolithic henge site in Germany with suggestions of human sacrifice (maybe):

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2018/06/26/skeletons-of-executed-immigrants-found-in-neolithic-mass-grave-in-germany-archaeologists-report/
https://www.livescience.com/62939-german-stonehenge-human-sacrifices.html
https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-05541-y
http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/06/rituals-performed-german-stonehenge-may-link-mysterious-monument-its-uk-counterpart
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/germanys-stonehenge-reveals-evidence-human-sacrifice-180969491/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6756-180628-germany-henge-bones

Searching for some lost rows of standing stones in Devon:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-devon-44618630
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/jun/27/prehistoric-stone-hunt-under-way-in-devon-salt-marsh
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2018/06/26/archaeologists-begin-hunt-mysterious-lost-devon-standing-stones/?WT.mc_id=tmg_share_em

Studying the dolmens of Antequera:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-06/uos-cnd062818.php
https://phys.org/news/2018-06-crucial-dolmens-antequera-world-heritage.html

Bronze age gold from Ireland:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-44644347
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6758-180629-ireland-gold-artifacts

Resuming excavation of a Bronze Age site on the Isle of Man:

http://www.iomtoday.co.im/article.cfm?id=41435&headline=Excavations%20of%20Bronze%20Age%20site%20set%20to%20resume&sectionIs=NEWS&searchyear=2018

Studying Neolithic/Bronze Age life on North Uist:

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/16313031.archaeologists-reveal-hardships-of-ancient-island-life-in-north-uist/

On how weather events affected life in the Outer Hebrides in the third millennium BCE:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/climate-changed-life-of-hebrideans-after-storms-left-islanders-to-starve-tw0pc9pwf

A Viking age dragon pin found ages ago actually fit a mold found a couple years ago:

https://www.livescience.com/62931-dragon-pin-vikings.html

An image of a cockatoo is shedding light on medieval European trade:

https://phys.org/news/2018-06-cockatoo-discovery-reveals-flourishing-medieval.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-44610271
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jun/26/images-of-cockatoo-on-13-century-vatican-manuscript-inspire-trade-route-rethink
https://www.dw.com/en/13th-century-cockatoo-images-question-australia-europe-trade-history/a-44414991
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-australia-vatican-cockatoo/700-year-old-vatican-drawing-of-australian-bird-rewrites-medieval-trade-route-history-idUSKBN1JN3CC
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6752-180627-cockatoo-medieval-trade

Hyping a medieval dig in Edinburgh:

https://www.scotsman.com/future-scotland/tech/archaeologists-dig-in-old-town-could-see-edinburgh-s-history-being-rewritten-1-4762115

Hyping a medieval castle dig in Sheffield:

https://www.thestar.co.uk/news/dig-to-uncover-history-of-sheffield-s-medieval-castle-to-get-underway-1-9229129

‘Devil coins’ from Bath Abbey:

https://www.bristolpost.co.uk/news/bristol-news/archaeologists-find-mysterious-devil-coins-1712763
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/devil-coins-bath-abbey-denmark-prank-knud-langkow-satanism-anholt-best-hoaxes-fake-a8419656.html
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jun/26/hoax-devil-coins-found-in-bath-abbey
https://www.metro.news/devil-coins-unearthed-at-bath-abbey/1118333/
https://www.somersetlive.co.uk/in-your-area/mysterious-devil-coins-were-found-1719558

A possible 18th century pathway in Birmingham:

https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/archaeologists-dated-historic-path-under-14827240

Viking sites on the World Heritage list:

https://www.dw.com/en/vikings-win-unesco-world-heritage-title/a-44328534
https://www.dw.com/en/unesco-world-heritage-for-the-vikings/a-44274375

Feature on the Vikings in Europe:

https://www.dw.com/en/on-the-trail-of-the-vikings-in-europe/g-44347416

More on finds from Westminster Abbey’s refurbishment of some upper rooms:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/07/01/westminster-abbey-secrets-revealed-artefacts-preserved-dust/?WT.mc_id=tmg_share_em

More on that Iron Age battle site from Denmark:

https://www.stuff.co.nz/science/104909795/brockie-gruesome-secrets-from-an-ancient-germanic-battlefield

More Book of Deer Project hype:

https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/north-east/1505368/archaeologists-tantalisingly-close-to-finding-ancient-north-east-monastery/

More on Iron Age beer in Sweden:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-06/26/c_137280336.htm
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6749-180626-sweden-beer-brewing

More on the possible burial for the remains of the ‘Irish Giant’:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-skeleton-irish-giant-could-be-buried-sea-180969443/
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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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A Western Han dynasty era ‘unicorn seal’ (and other things) from Sichuan:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-06/28/c_137287248.htm
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6754-180628-china-unicorn-seal

A Spring and Autumn period tomb complex from Henan:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-07/01/c_137293308.htm

Feature on Marree Man:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-44597730

Climbing Uluru/Ayer’s rock will be banned soon:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-44365871

More on that recently-found Siberian ‘mummy’:

https://www.livescience.com/62920-sleeping-beauty-mummy.html
https://phys.org/news/2018-06-year-old-mummy-russian-reservoir.html
https://www.sciencealert.com/siberian-sleeping-beauty-hun-mummy-yenisei-river-2000-years-old
http://www.newsweek.com/archeologists-find-2000-year-old-sleeping-beauty-mummified-corpse-996151

More on that gibbon from a Chinese tomb:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/06/180625223033.htm
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Feature on Clovis points in Ohio:

http://www.dispatch.com/news/20180701/archaeology-ancient-clovis-hunters-drawn-to-ohio-flint

Colonial-era burials for St Augustine:

https://www.firstcoastnews.com/article/news/local/st-augustine/more-colonial-burials-found-under-st-augustine-street/77-566791195
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6745-180625-colonial-florida-graves

Latet finds from Colonial Michilimackinac:

http://www.minews26.com/content/archaeologists-find-exciting-new-artifacts-at-colonial-michilimackinac/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6751-180627-mackinac-brass-thimble

Searching for Florida plantation sites at the Arcadia Mill site:

https://www.archaeology.org/news/6750-180627-florida-arcadia-mill

On the US’s most endangered historic sites:

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/most-endangered-historic-places-2018/index.html

Pondering the ‘Beeswax Wreck’ on the Oregon Coast:

https://www.tillamookheadlightherald.com/community/local-scholars-solve-centuries-old-mystery-of-the-beeswax-wreck/article_50a1be2a-78a4-11e8-a445-a74431c1cd40.html

Putting the American Revolution into the ‘big picture’:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/american-revolution-was-just-one-battlefront-huge-world-war-180969444/

Review of Johnson, *American Eden*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/25/books/review/american-eden-victoria-johnson.html?em_pos=medium&nl_art=10&te=1&nl=science-times&emc=edit_sc_20180626
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Studying the cacao trade through Maya artwork:

http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/06/maya-civilization-used-chocolate-money
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6753-180627-maya-chocolate-money

I think we mentioned this skull tower/rack from Mexico City:

https://phys.org/news/2018-06-skull-tower-rack-evidence-aztec.html
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/aztec-skulls-human-sacrifices-mexico-city-mexicas-tzompantli-tenochtitlan-a8421511.html
https://www.ibtimes.co.in/gruesome-skull-tower-mexico-reveals-horror-aztec-human-sacrifice-rituals-773521
http://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/aztec-war-gods-tower-of-skulls-even-bigger-and-more-gruesome-than-thought/

Studying some Paracas mummies:

https://www.livescience.com/49892-peru-mummy-hair-diet.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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Why study literature?:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20180626-the-best-way-to-understand-ourselves

On the role of Mars in cultural history:

http://sophiacentrepress.com/2018/06/26/mars-and-the-mediums/

On collecting antiquities:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/luxury/art/secrets-collecting-ancient-antiquities/

Brown has acquired a collection of Jewish texts:

https://phys.org/news/2018-06-rare-jewish-texts-home-brown.html

Feature on Annie Maunder:

https://www.bbc.com/news/av/science-environment-44606012/meet-the-forgotten-victorian-astronomer-annie-maunder
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-44581891

On artistic portrayals of grief:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20180623-how-to-turn-tragedy-into-art-why-depicting-grief-is-hard

What Napoleon read:

https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/features/napoleon-bonaparte-what-read-books-emperor-library-campaigns-a8415776.html

On some philosophers’ personalities:

https://bigthink.com/scotty-hendricks/10-times-great-philosophers-revealed-their-personalities

Another art-restoration-gone-bad story … from Spain:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-44619416
https://www.npr.org/2018/06/26/623579607/oops-they-did-it-again-spanish-artisans-restore-a-centuries-old-work-of-art
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/26/world/europe/spain-estella-church-statue.html
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jun/26/second-spanish-church-falls-prey-to-well-intentioned-restorer-st-george-ecce-homo-monkey-christ
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/06/26/second-spanish-church-hit-botched-restoration-job/
http://www.itv.com/news/2018-06-27/anger-over-botched-st-george-artwork-restoration-in-spain/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/curious-george-restorationists-botch-500-year-old-spanish-statue-saint-180969471/

Is a painted tile a daVinci?:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/painted-tile-da-vincis-earliest-known-work-180969445/

On the history of the gin and tonic:

https://www.bbc.com/ideas/videos/the-hidden-history-of-gin-and-tonic/p06cfmmr

On Mary Anning:

https://www.bbc.com/ideas/videos/the-girl-who-helped-discover-dinosaurs/p06bfr1s

On the letter H:

http://www.bbc.com/capital/story/20180622-the-haughty-history-of-the-letter-h

Feature on Romansh:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20180627-switzerlands-mysterious-fourth-language

… and Proto Indo European:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/audio/2018/jun/29/slice-of-pie-proto-indo-european-linguistic-common-ancestor-science-weekly-podcast

Some humour from the Onion:

https://www.theonion.com/archaeologists-unearth-ancient-clay-pot-shards-from-dwe-1827116788

Latest Heritage Site List additions:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-44667197
https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2018/06/30/unesco-adds-8-pre-islamic-iranian-archeological-sites-to-world-heritage-list

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Ancient Greek Music:

https://aleteia.org/2018/06/25/step-back-in-time-listen-to-the-music-of-ancient-greece/

Greek Women’s Clothing:

http://www.china.org.cn/world/Off_the_Wire/2018-06/29/content_53892635.htm

Nature Unleashed:

https://www.dw.com/en/nature-gone-wild-depictions-of-disasters-in-art/a-44453726
https://www.hamburger-kunsthalle.de/en/exhibitions/nature-unleashed

Cezanne:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/20/arts/design/cezanne-national-gallery-of-art-review.html

LGBTQ from the British Museum:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2018/jun/26/british-museum-lgbtq-exhibition-to-tour-england
https://www.nottinghampost.com/news/nottingham-news/11000-year-old-statue-depicting-1716024
https://www.timesofisrael.com/first-artistic-depiction-of-sex-found-near-bethlehem-to-join-uk-lgbtq-exhibit/
http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/pebble-showing-world-s-oldest-known-depiction-of-people-having-sex-to-go-on-show-in-norwich-library-1-5578030

The BM has acquired a collection of Chinese ivories just prior to an ivory ban going into effect:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2018/jun/27/british-museum-ivory-figures-sir-victor-sassoon
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/28/arts/design/british-museum-ivories.html

… and they had to defend their acquisition:

https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/british-museum-defends-gift-of-more-than-550-stunning-ivories-37055560.html
https://www.ft.com/content/b7f03e60-79ff-11e8-bc55-50daf11b720d

Concerns for the original Frick (expansion has been approved):

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/25/opinion/dont-let-the-frick-disappear.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/26/arts/design/frick-collection-expansion-approved.html

More GEM hype:

https://abcnews.go.com/International/egypt-open-museum-hopes-boosting-tourism/story?id=56257771
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THE TECHY SIDE
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Digitizing the Admonter Abrogans:

https://phys.org/news/2018-06-digitalisation-middle-ages.html
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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Leprosy DNA from some medieval skeletons from Denmark:

https://phys.org/news/2018-06-leprosy-dna-medieval-skeletons-denmark.html

Using animal DNA to trace cultural exchange in China:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-06/25/c_137279805.htm
https://news.cgtn.com/news/3d3d674d77637a4d78457a6333566d54/share.html

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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Latest climate change threatening sites piece:

https://phys.org/news/2018-06-climate-arctic-archeological-treasures.html
https://www.ucsusa.org/press/2018/archaeologists-race-against-time-save-sites-climate-change-0
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CRIME BEAT
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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 returned a pile of things to Egypt:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/305923/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Italy-returns-to-Egypt-collection-of-Egyptian-arte.aspx
http://www.china.org.cn/world/Off_the_Wire/2018-07/01/content_54239011.htm

Libya is seeking returns from Spain:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-06/25/c_137278027.htm
http://www.libyanexpress.com/libya-urges-spain-to-speed-up-return-of-stolen-greek-era-antiquities/

Israel is returning items to Egypt:

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20180628-91-ancient-artefacts-to-be-sent-to-egypt-from-israel/

More on Benin bronzes on loan maybe:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/benin-bronzes-british-museum-nigeria-stolen-imperialist-treasures-return-loan-elgin-marbles-looted-a8414661.html
http://www.kpax.com/story/38544144/benin-bronzes-will-britain-return-nigerias-stolen-treasures
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NUMISMATICA
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Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/club_nbs_esylum_v21n25.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/club_nbs_esylum_v21n26.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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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

http://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-main-menu-cat/audio-news-list/2751-audio-news-from-archaeologica-17-june-23-june-2018
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OBITUARIES
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Willie Lee Rose:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/27/obituaries/willie-lee-rose-historian-of-reconstruction-dies-at-91.html

Harold L. Dibble:

http://www.thedp.com/article/2018/06/penn-professor-death-upenn-philadelphia-harold-dibble-obit

Antonia Syson:

https://www.theguardian.com/education/2018/jun/24/antonia-syson-obituary

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CONFERENCES
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CBA Wessex 60th Anniversary Conference (November 2018):

http://cba-wessex.org.uk/cba-events/annual-conference-2018/

Jews and the Americas (February 2019):

https://networks.h-net.org/node/73374/announcements/1932330/jews-and-americas-68th-annual-conference-center-latin-american

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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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Archaeosoup:

http://www.youtube.com/user/Archaeos0up?feature=watch

The Book and the Spade:

http://www.radioscribe.com/bknspade.htm
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Explorator 21.09 ~ June 24, 2018

Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Hernan Astudillo,
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EARLY HOMINIDS
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A new ‘cradle of mankind’ site at Nyeri County (Kenya):

https://www.nation.co.ke/counties/nyeri/New-cradle-of-mankind-found-Nyeri/1954190-4624904-nh904v/index.html

Latest look at Otzi is focusing on what his tools tell us:

https://phys.org/news/2018-06-stone-tools-ancient-mummy-reveal.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-06/p-stf061318.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/06/180620150233.htm
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/21/science/otzi-iceman-tools.html
https://www.cnn.com/2018/06/20/health/otzi-tyrolean-iceman-mummy-new-study/index.html
https://www.livescience.com/62872-otzi-iceman-mummy-tools.html
https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/06/otzi-the-iceman-spent-his-last-days-trying-to-repair-his-tools/
https://gizmodo.com/final-days-of-otzi-the-iceman-revealed-through-new-anal-1826982899
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6737-180621-otzi-stone-tools

On the evolution of parenting:

https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2018/06/22/621857925/animated-history-the-evolution-of-parenting
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AFRICA
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3d analysis of African hunter-gatherer stone tools might have archaeological applications:

https://phys.org/news/2018-06-d-analysis-stone-tools-african.html

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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“Ancient” smelting site in northern Iran (I think … very vague article):

http://ifpnews.com/exclusive/ancient-metal-melting-sites-found-in-northwest-of-iran/

A ‘new’ tablet from the Epic of Gilgamesh:

https://www.livescience.com/52372-new-tablet-gilgamesh-epic.html

Looting concerns at Ein Hamra spring:

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/247744

A 1000 years bp Islamic/Arabic amulet from the City of David:

https://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/247442
https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Small-amulet-makes-for-a-large-find-559987
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/MAGAZINE-unique-1-000-year-old-islamic-amulet-found-in-jerusalem-1.6175765
https://www.timesofisrael.com/unusual-minuscule-1000-year-old-arabic-clay-amulet-unearthed-in-city-of-david/
https://english.alarabiya.net/en/life-style/art-and-culture/2018/06/21/Amulet-discovered-carrying-a-1-000-year-old-Arabic-phrase-in-Jerusalem.html
https://www.livescience.com/62850-amulet-blessing-jerusalem.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6733-180619-jerusalem-arabic-amulet

Reports of the Waqf destroying assorted mounds of earth the Temple Mount Sifting project is interested in:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/muslim-cleanup-project-illegally-disturbed-removed-ancient-soil-on-temple-mt/
http://tmsifting.org/en/2018/06/14/more-archaeological-destruction-on-the-temple-mount-and-damage-to-dirt-mounds-that-should-be-sifted/
http://tmsifting.org/en/2018/06/18/update-waqf-uses-ramadan-to-violate-antiquities-law/

… related:

https://hamodia.com/2018/06/20/report-police-shutter-post-har-habayis-arabs-cause-archaeological-damage/

An illegal dig in the West Bank is raising questions about the Museum of the Bible’s items:

https://hyperallergic.com/447909/an-illegal-archeological-dig-in-the-west-bank-raises-questions-about-the-museum-of-the-bible/

Feature on the Al-Okhdood site in Najran (Saudi Arabia):

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/features/2018/06/21/Saudi-Al-Okhdood-a-historical-treasure-dating-more-than-2000-years.html

Feature on the 2000 years bp synagogue at Gamla:

http://blogs.timesofisrael.com/the-2000-year-old-synagogue-at-gamla-the-oldest-yet-found-in-israel/

Studying the ancient Babylonian diet:

https://news.yale.edu/2018/06/14/what-did-ancient-babylonians-eat-yale-harvard-team-tested-their-recipes

Some background on Ashurbanipal in anticipation of the BM exhibition:

https://blog.britishmuseum.org/who-was-ashurbanipal/

More on that c14 calibration that affects dating in the Eastern Mediterranean:

https://www.thetrumpet.com/17394-a-carbon-dating-conundrum-for-the-holy-land
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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Late Roman/Early Saxon burial of a pair of men who had their legs chopped off and heads smashed in (maybe):

https://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/news/cambridge-news/a14-archaeology-cambridge-huntingdon-roadworks-14805997
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/jun/18/archaeologists-in-cambridgeshire-find-graves-of-two-men-with-legs-chopped-off
http://www.newsweek.com/archaeologists-find-legless-skeletons-excavation-982610
https://www.sciencealert.com/mutilated-skeletons-amputated-legs-roman-anglo-saxon-archaeology-cambridgeshire-a14-2
http://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/these-legless-romans-suffered-a-particularly-horrible-death-/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6730-180618-england-legless-graves

I think we mentioned this find of a ‘lost city’ (maybe Bassania) in Albania:

http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/discovery-of-lost-city-in-albania-thrills-archaeologists-06-18-2018
https://aleteia.org/2018/06/20/polish-archaeologists-locate-a-2000-year-old-city-lost-to-the-annals-of-history/

Metal detectorists are apparently causing a lot of damage along Hadrian’s wall:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/hadrians-wall-destroyed-metal-detectors-illegal-nighthawk-brunton-turret-england-a8406161.html
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/damage-detected-at-hadrian-s-wall-lsx55kzfg
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/hadrian-s-wall-looted-for-long-lost-roman-bling-bwfcz86g3
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/06/19/hadrians-wall-nighthawkers-stealing-knowledge-site-historic/
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/jun/20/hadrians-wall-being-damaged-by-illegal-metal-detectorists
https://metro.co.uk/2018/06/20/hadrians-wall-siege-rogue-metal-detectorists-looking-roman-treasure-7646871/
https://www.scotsman.com/news/warning-over-illegal-metal-detecting-at-hadrian-s-wall-1-4756942
https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-britain-hadrian/hadrians-wall-being-damaged-by-nighthawk-metal-detectorists-idUKKBN1JG1IK
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-06/21/c_137268803.htm

Assorted scholars are disputing the authenticity of some items seized by the Carabinieri last month:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/top-experts-dispute-italian-police-claims-about-seized-antiquities

The villa of the fisherman Phainos (purportedly) has been located in Halicarnassus:

http://eu.greekreporter.com/2018/06/19/archaeologists-confirm-discovery-of-villa-and-mosaic-of-greek-fisherman-phainos-in-turkey/
https://greekcitytimes.com/2018/06/23/archaeologists-discover-1800-year-old-villa-of-ancient-greek-fisherman-phainos-in-turkey/
http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/31684-archaeologists-discover-villa-and-mosaic-of-ancient-greek-fisherman-phainos-in-turkey.html

Studying the diet of folks at Gabii:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2018/06/22/skeletons-from-ancient-romes-sister-city-reveal-differences-in-immigration-and-diet/#74ab7a2d4b96

The Theatre of Aptera is reopening with performances:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2018/06/19/ancient-theatre-of-aptera-to-reopen-with-performance-of-homers-odyssey/

Pondering whether ancient Greeks ‘went to the beach’:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2018/06/22/did-ancient-greeks-go-to-the-beach/

A questionable ‘reconstruction’ of Julius Caesar’s face:

https://www.rt.com/news/430659-caesar-head-reconstructed-rome/

Plans to resume the Priory Park dig in Chichester:

https://www.chichester.co.uk/news/more-roman-secrets-to-be-revealed-at-priory-park-dig-in-chichester-1-8543443

In case you didn’t know there was a blog for the Vindolanda dig:

http://www.vindolanda.com/_blog/thevindolandablog/post/deeper-into-the-ditches/

… and Archaeology Magazine’s dig blog for one of the teams working in Pompeii:

https://www.archaeological.org/news/pompeii/28541

Socrates’ thoughts on what made a good general:

https://taskandpurpose.com/socrates-military-general-xenophon/

Feature on Athens’ Acropolis:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/ancient-cultures/ancient-near-eastern-world/the-athenian-acropolis/

… and the ‘optics’ of the Parthenon:

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/science/optical-refinements-at-the-parthenon-1.3531800

What Joyce Reynolds is up to:

https://www.varsity.co.uk/news/15883

What Susan Alcock is up to:

https://news.umflint.edu/2018/06/21/susan-alcock-appointed-interim-provost-and-vice-chancellor-for-academic-affairs-at-um-flint/

What Allison Emmerson is up to:

http://news.tulane.edu/news/award-winning-archaeologist-writes-book-roman-tombs

Latin is doing well in West Hartford:

https://we-ha.com/latin-alive-well-west-hartford/

On Heraclitus and Trump:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/did-an-ancient-greek-anticipate-trump-1529707031

Reviewish sort of thing of a book on the deaths of Roman emperors:

https://www.sfchronicle.com/books/article/Bloody-ends-Cartoonist-Jason-Novak-depicts-13018175.php

Review of a book on Latin wordplay:

http://news.cornell.edu/stories/2018/06/ancient-latin-puns-revealed-new-edited-volume

Review of Hella Eckardt, *Writing and Power in the Roman World*:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/review-writing-and-power-in-the-roman-world-literacies-and-material-culture.htm

More on the political slogans recently-unearthed at Pompeii:

https://www.rt.com/news/430101-pompeii-political-slogans-archaeology/

More on the Roman wall find in Bedfordshire:

http://www.thecomet.net/news/roman-town-wall-and-skeleton-uncovered-at-sandy-excavation-site-1-5570237
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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Dating the Kanozero petroglyphs:

http://tass.com/science/1010138

Recreating Viking building colours:

https://phys.org/news/2018-06-viking.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6732-180619-denmark-viking-colors

Swedes have been brewing beer since the Iron Age:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-06/lu-shb062018.php
https://phys.org/news/2018-06-swedes-brewing-beer-iron-age.html
https://www.chron.com/news/media/Archaeologists-Find-That-Beer-Brewing-In-Sweden-1280723.php
https://www.zmescience.com/science/sweden-iron-age-beer-81342353/

Evidence of a third century BCE Celtic sanctuary of some sort from Ablis:

https://actu.fr/ile-de-france/ablis_78003/yvelines-centaines-darmes-guerriers-gaulois-decouvertes-ablis_17357167.html

Remains of a ‘Saxon road’ at a Birmingham construction site:

https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/ancient-medieval-road-discovered-under-14807117

A well-preserved 500 years bp shipwreck from Danish construction site:

http://cphpost.dk/news/archaeologists-make-sensational-ship-find-in-koge.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6740-18022-denmark-wooden-ship

Studying the contents of a 17th century Danish latrine:

https://cosmosmagazine.com/archaeology/renaissance-toilet-investigation-dung-and-dusted
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6736-180620-denmark-copenhagen-latrines

Feature on the excavation of the HMS Invincible:

http://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/16301595.Bournemouth_University_students_working_on_historic_shipwreck_recover_a_cannon/

Albanian inscriptions on Russian bricks:

https://tsarizm.com/news/2018/06/20/belarusian-archeologist-discovers-old-albanian-inscriptions-on-bricks-in-russia/

Digging will be resuming at a Highlands roundhouse next month:

https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/highlands/1501699/archaeologists-seek-more-evidence-of-iron-age-life-at-highland-roundhouse-dig/

Celebrating the end of the Famagusta project:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2018/06/20/officials-celebrate-completion-of-famagusta-project/

3d models of some ‘enigmatic’ Neolithic stone balls are online:

https://www.livescience.com/62843-enigmatic-stone-balls-scotland.html
https://www.livescience.com/62845-scotland-carved-stone-balls.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6729-180618-scotland-stone-balls

Claims of sophisticated geometry knowledge of the Stonehenge builders:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2018/06/20/stonehenge-builders-used-pythagoras-theorem-2000-years-greek/

On the separation of Irish Famine children from their parents:

https://www.irishcentral.com/opinion/others/trump-family-separation-irish-famine

Some 150 year-old photos of Stonehenge turned up:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/live/uk-england-bristol-44495076

Funding for the Book of Deer Project:

https://www.eveningexpress.co.uk/fp/news/local/project-searching-for-lost-monastery-gets-10000-lottery-boost/

More on that Tintagel Castle inscription:

http://www.bude-today.co.uk/article.cfm?id=110811&headline=Seventh%20century%20inscribed%20slate%20unearthed%20at%20Tintagel%20Castle&sectionIs=news&searchyear=2018

More on large-scale whaling dating back to the Iron Age:

https://www.archaeology.org/news/6734-180620-europe-whale-bone
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Archaeology in Europe Blog:

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

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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Evidence of a 3000 years bp village in Chifeng:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-06/18/c_137262778.htm

Remains of an extinct species of gibbon from a 2200 years bp Chinese tomb:

https://phys.org/news/2018-06-gibbon-genus-ancient-chinese-tomb.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-44541847
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/21/science/extinct-gibbon-china.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share
https://www.livescience.com/62886-newfound-ape-ancient-chinese-tomb.html
https://www.npr.org/2018/06/21/621487897/long-extinct-gibbon-found-inside-tomb-of-chinese-emperors-grandmother
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/ancient-gibbon-species-extinct-ape-chinese-tomb
https://www.sciencealert.com/disturbing-archaeological-find-in-ancient-chinese-tomb
https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/06/extinct-gibbon-in-ancient-chinese-tomb-hints-at-other-lost-primate-species/
https://elpais.com/elpais/2018/06/20/ciencia/1529497160_055536.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/extinct-gibbon-species-discovered-2000-year-old-chinese-tomb-180969433/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6741-180622-china-tomb-gibbon

Remains of a Ming Dynasty era city in Jiangxi:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-06/19/c_137265206.htm
https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/travel/destinations/long-lost-city-found-by-archaeologists-in-china/as64683428.cms

A relief of Rudrama Devi from Thorrurmandal:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/telangana/carving-of-rudrama-devi-discovered/article24187815.ece

More Buddhist finds in Gujarat:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/ahmedabad/asi-digs-more-evidence-of-deep-buddhist-roots-of-guj/articleshow/64674820.cms

A 2000 years bp “mummy” (not sure how it was given that epithet) from a Siberian reservoir:

http://tass.com/science/1010449
https://siberiantimes.com/science/others/news/2000-year-old-mummified-sleeping-beauty-dressed-in-silk-emerges-from-siberian-reservoir/
http://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/2000yearold-mummified-sleeping-beauty-discovered-in-the-unlikeliest-of-places/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6742-180622-russia-woman-grave

More on that possible palace find in Japan:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/6727-180618-japan-yoshinogawa-river
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Southeast Asian Archaeology Newsblog:

http://www.southeastasianarchaeology.com/

New Zealand Archaeology eNews:

http://nzarchaeology.blogspot.co.nz/index.html
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NORTH AMERICA
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Anzick-1 is now dated confidently (it appears) to the Clovis culture period:

https://phys.org/news/2018-06-method-baby-anzick-age-clovis.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/06/180619122441.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-06/tau-mbs061918.php
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/deadthings/2018/06/18/anzick-1/#.Wy-eORIzo1I
https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/06/new-study-adds-evidence-to-debate-over-the-only-known-clovis-burial/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6731-180619-clovis-anzick-child

Feature on Magic Mountain (Colorado):

https://www.5280.com/2018/06/denver-has-a-7000-year-old-archaeology-site-right-in-its-backyard/

A 5000 years bp site in Daniel Boone National Forest:

http://www.kentucky.com/news/local/education/article213440084.html

They’ll be digging at the Sea Pines shell ring:

http://www.islandpacket.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/untamed-lowcountry/article213591929.html

On Chaco culture ‘conservatism’ and its aftermath:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2018/06/01/conservatism-took-hold-here-1000-years-ago-until-the-people-fled/?noredirect=on&wpisrc=nl_science&wpmm=1

Another feature on Jamestown:

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/jun/20/unearthing-american-evolution-in-jamestown/

Interesting 400 years bp Native American site in Georgia:

https://www.wabe.org/a-discovery-in-ga-uncovers-details-from-horrific-time-in-native-american-history/
https://www.npr.org/2018/06/23/622795444/archaeological-site-reveals-new-details-about-georgia-history

A human skull from Fort Gibson:

http://www.newson6.com/story/38489975/police-workers-discover-human-skull-in-fort-gibson

A Civil War ‘limb pit’ near Manassas National Battlefield Park:

https://nyti.ms/2MGY0tW?smid=nytcore-ios-share
https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2018/06/20/620394034/civil-war-battlefield-limb-pit-reveals-work-of-combat-surgeons
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/retropolis/wp/2018/06/20/bones-of-civil-war-dead-found-on-a-battlefield-tell-their-horror-stories/
http://www.wdam.com/story/38466937/archaeologists-uncover-limb-pit-of-civil-war-dead
https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/remains-of-civil-war-soldiers-found-in-e2-80-98limb-burial-pit-e2-80-99-tell-tale-of-bloody-battle/ar-AAyV6md
http://www.jacksonville.com/nationworld/20180620/bones-of-civil-war-dead-tell-their-horror-stories
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6735-180620-virginia-civil-war

An African American burial ground in San Antonio:

https://www.expressnews.com/news/local/article/Historian-and-UTSA-archaeologists-discover-13005467.php

Feature on some 19th century free African-American pioneers:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/unheralded-pioneers-19th-century-america-were-free-african-american-families-180969400/

Remains of UVA’s early water system:

https://news.virginia.edu/content/newly-uncovered-cistern-sheds-light-universitys-original-firefighting-plan

On Woodrow Wilson’s legacy:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/22/books/review/patricia-otoole-moralist-woodrow-wilson-biography.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share

More on that Native American ‘palace’ in Florida:

http://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/evidence-of-native-american-kings-house-last-seen-by-spanish-conquistadors-found-in-florida/
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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This week’s sacrificial focus is that of the Mexica/Aztec people:

http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/06/feeding-gods-hundreds-skulls-reveal-massive-scale-human-sacrifice-aztec-capital

More on Easter Island statue hats:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-44466163

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Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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The ‘Irish Giant’ in the Hunterian Museum might get a proper burial:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/jun/22/irish-giant-may-finally-get-respectful-burial-after-200-years-on-display
https://www.irishpost.com/news/irish-giants-skeleton-may-finally-buried-display-200-years-156491

An auction of Cypriot antiquities:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2018/06/18/cypriot-antiquities-raise-small-fortune-at-us-auction/

… and Napoleon’s hat from Waterloo:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-44519302
https://nyti.ms/2HZgl27?smid=nytcore-ios-share
https://elpais.com/internacional/2018/06/19/mundo_global/1529408448_007237.html

Egyptian antiquities are coming to Christie’s:

https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/06/19/christies-to-offer-egyptian-artefacts-to-be-auctioned/

Feature on the solstice:

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/summer-solstice-world-traditions/index.html

… and the goings on at Stonehenge:

https://phys.org/news/2018-06-thousands-celebrate-summer-solstice-stonehenge.html

Feature on assorted famous mummies:

https://elpais.com/elpais/2018/06/18/viajero_astuto/1529300620_569043.html

In case you haven’t seen Beyonce’s Louvre-based video:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-44576480

Feature on garbology:

http://www.dailypioneer.com/state-editions/dehradun/archaeology-and-garbology-from-the-past-to-the-present.html

Interesting followup to that ‘lost masterpiece location’ story in Belgium:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/ghent-altarpiece-code-solved-gino-marchal-belgium-treasure-dig-holes-kalandeberg-mystic-lamb-a8402156.html

Lawrence of Arabia as archaeologist:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/archaeology-today/archaeologists-biblical-scholars-works/lawrence-of-arabia-as-archaeologist/

Feature on Nietzsche:

https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/public/friedrich-nietzsche-truth-terrible/?CMP=Sprkr-_-Editorial-_-Times%20Literary%20Supplement-_-Unspecified-_-FBPAGE

Changes to AP History are causing a brouhaha:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/21/us/ap-world-history-exam.html

Latest look at the Voynich Manuscript:

https://www.cnn.com/2018/06/15/health/voynich-manuscript-mystery/index.html

Interesting story behind a 17th century painting:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2018/jun/21/framed-mystery-painting-tells-story-doomed-norfolk-family-paston

Feature on Amrita Sher-Gil:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/20/obituaries/amrita-shergil-dead.html

On Shakespeare and Trump:

https://nyti.ms/2MJZxzx?smid=nytcore-ios-share

More on the latest Glasgow Art School fire:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-44509670

More on Einstein’s travel diaries:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/einsteins-travel-diaries-reveal-his-deeply-troubling-views-race-180969387/

Review of Dray, *The Fair Chase*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/22/books/review/philip-dray-fair-chase.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share

Review of Ackroyd, *Queer City*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/21/books/review/queer-city-peter-ackroyd.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share

Review of Dant, *Maps of London and Beyond*:

https://www.theguardian.com/cities/gallery/2018/jun/22/hand-drawn-history-london-adam-dant-maps-in-pictures

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Ashurbanipal:

http://www.britishmuseum.org/whats_on/exhibitions/ashurbanipal.aspx?cmpid=em%7Cmktg%7Ccard%7C190618%7Cash&campaignid=867&contactid=1383519
https://blog.britishmuseum.org/introducing-the-assyrians/
https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2018/jun/19/british-museum-shines-light-on-assyrian-king-of-the-world-ashurbanipal
http://theartnewspaper.com/news/british-museum-iraq-show
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/british-museum-examines-assyrian-king-dubbed-the-psychopathic-bookworm-37026733.html
https://www.ft.com/content/81520c76-73c4-11e8-b6ad-3823e4384287
http://www.aina.org/ata/20180619161153.htm
http://www.arabnews.com/node/1324826/art-culture

Greek Music:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2018/06/22/greek-musicians-resurrect-ancient-sounds-in-athens/
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-summer-solstice-greece-ancientmusic/ancient-greek-sounds-transfix-audience-in-athens-idUSKBN1JH2O9

Beyond the Nile: Egypt and the Classical World:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/museums/from-the-pharaohs-to-cleopatra-and-julius-caesar-how-egypt-influenced-greece-and-rome/2018/06/22/96c65b24-73e8-11e8-b4b7-308400242c2e_story.html

Sort of a museum story … feature on Mexico’s Project Tlatelolco:

http://www.laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=2459305&CategoryId=13003

The Worcester Art Museum is connecting portraits to slaveowning:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/museum-ties-portraits-wealthy-their-slave-holding-past-180969416/

Feature on Nimes new Roman museum:

http://www.laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=2459521&CategoryId=13003

The Sphinx at the Penn Museum will be undergoing some conservation:

https://penntoday.upenn.edu/news/see-you-later-sphinx
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THE TECHY SIDE
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Recovering faded daguerrotype images:

https://phys.org/news/2018-06-team-uncovers-lost-images-19th.html

Digitizing the Bayreuth’s Wagner Archive:

http://www.dw.com/en/bayreuth-digitizes-richard-wagner-archive/a-43956638

More on that new way to date skeletons (actually a DNA story):

https://phys.org/news/2018-06-technique-accurate-dating-ancient-skeletons.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/06/180617204416.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-06/esoh-ntp061418.php

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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They’ve decoded some ancient syphilis genome data:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-06/mpif-fas061818.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/06/180621141045.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6743-1806622-new-world-syphilis

Apparently someone will be using DNA to search for Nessie (!):

http://www.dw.com/en/scientist-searches-for-loch-ness-monster-dna/a-44260061

More on pushing back the date for the Bubonic plague:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-teeth-push-back-origins-bubonic-plague-180969304/

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

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

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/archaeology-today/cultural-heritage/archaeological-museum-nauplion-greece/

Dingle Peninsula:

http://www.startribune.com/the-antiquities-of-the-dingle-peninsula/486204481/

San Francisco neighbourhoods:

https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/SF-neighborhoods-you-had-no-idea-existed-12973721.php#photo-15602625

Tenochitlan:

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20180622-tenochtitlan-the-mexican-metropolis

Athens:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/18/travel/athens-after-the-economic-crisis.html

Iranian Water Conservation:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20180619-irans-ancient-engineering-marvel

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CRIME BEAT
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Latest tourist caught trying to steal a chunk of the Colosseum:

https://www.thelocal.it/20180618/tourist-steal-rome-colosseum

A Roman skull was stolen from a dig site in Yorkshire:

https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/ancient-roman-skull-stolen-from-archaeological-dig-in-yorkshire-1-9214300

Feature on the criminal aspects of nighthawking:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-31848684

Linking trafficking of antiquities to terrorism:

https://blogs.state.gov/stories/2018/06/20/en/tackling-illicit-trafficking-antiquities-and-its-ties-terrorist-financing

On the illegal antiquities trade in Nigeria:

http://www.tribuneonlineng.com/151594/

Folks caught looting the HMS Hermes received their sentences:

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/shipwreck-looters-who-plundered-historical-12771186

Belgium has launched an investigation into the Aboutaams:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/belgium-investigates-brothers-in-possible-trafficking-of-looted-antiquities-from-syria-1529755201

More on those Jewish artifacts which seem to have gone missing in Damascus:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/classic-apps/jewish-artifacts-disappear-from-damascus-in-fog-of-syria-war/2018/06/17/747a2374-7277-11e8-9780-b1dd6a09b549_story.html
http://www.breitbart.com/jerusalem/2018/06/18/torah-scrolls-disappear-from-damascus-synagogue-in-fog-of-syria-war/

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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Those Egyptian artifacts found in Naples will be returned:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/302883/Egypt/Politics-/Italy-to-return-to-Egypt-collection-of-artefacts-s.aspx
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/52425/Artifacts-seized-in-Italy-to-be-returned-to-Egypt-General

Milos wants Beyonce’s help to get the Venus de Milo back:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-06/23/c_137275978.htm

Latest on the Benin Bronzes is the BM is willing to lend them to Nigeria:

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-nigeria-history-benin-bronzes/nigeria-could-borrow-back-its-plundered-benin-bronzes-governor-idUSKBN1JG0WR
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/06/british-museum-offers-loan-stolen-benin-bronzes-nigeria-180620110847367.html

… and the expected reaction:

https://www.pulse.ng/lifestyle/food-travel-arts-culture/britain-should-return-all-stolen-artifacts-back-to-nigeria-id8529268.html
https://www.timeslive.co.za/tshisa-live/tshisa-live/2018-06-22-world-reacts-to-britains-offer-to-loan-nigeria-their-own-bronze-statues/

That stolen Columbus letter has been returned to the Vatican:

http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/news/2018/06/15/us-returns-stolen-christopher-columbus-letter-to-vatican/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/stolen-copy-christopher-columbus-letter-returned-vatican-180969399/

The Hobby Lobby items have been returned to Iraq:

https://www.npr.org/2018/06/23/622795451/antiquities-return-to-iraq
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NUMISMATICA
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Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/club_nbs_esylum_v21n24.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/club_nbs_esylum_v21n25.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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PERFORMANCES AND THEATRE-RELATED
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Feature on Bachfest Leipzig:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/22/arts/music/review-bachfest-leipzig-bach.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share
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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

http://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-main-menu-cat/audio-news-list/2750-audio-news-from-archaeologica-10-june-16-june-2018
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OBITUARIES
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Harold L. Dibble:

http://www.philly.com/philly/obituaries/harold-l-dibble-66-penn-archaeologist-who-led-discovery-of-worlds-oldest-child-20180621.html

Nina Baym:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/22/obituaries/nina-baym-who-brought-novels-by-women-to-light-dies-at-82.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share

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CONFERENCES
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CBA Wessex 60th Anniversary Conference (November 2018):

http://cba-wessex.org.uk/cba-events/annual-conference-2018/

Jews and the Americas (February 2019):

https://networks.h-net.org/node/73374/announcements/1932330/jews-and-americas-68th-annual-conference-center-latin-american

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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

The Book and the Spade:

http://www.radioscribe.com/bknspade.htm
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Explorator 21.08 ~ June 17th, 2018

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,
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upses this week (as always hoping I have left no one out).

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Theory on tool use and the origins of language:

https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2018/06/toolmaking-language-brain/562385/

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AFRICA
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Latest UNESCO Heritage Status designations in Africa:

http://www.dw.com/en/africas-newest-world-heritage-sites/g-44243510

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Restoration of a head of Ramses II has been completed:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/51924/Renovation-of-discovered-head-of-Ramses-II-completed

What Egypt’s newly-reappointed antiquities minister is focusing on:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/302488/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Egypts-newly-reappointed-antiquities-minister-inte.aspx
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/52137/Minister-of-antiquities-to-focus-on-9-files-during-his

Egypt is hosting the 12th International Congress of Egyptologists:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/302403/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Egypt-to-host-th-round-of-the-International-Congre.aspx

3500 years bp petroglyphs from Wadi Umm Tineidba:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/52067/New-archaeological-site-uncovered-in-Elkab-desert
http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-egypt-3000-year-old-rock-art-early-form-hieroglyphs-discovered-desert-976735
https://phys.org/news/2018-06-archaeologists-ancient-art-egypt.html
http://www.arabnews.com/node/1320986/art-culture
https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/archaeologists-find-ancient-rock-art-in-egypt/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6718-180613-egypt-desert-rock-art

A 2000 years bp family burial cave from Tiberias:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/the-case-of-the-missing-concrete-how-a-2000-year-old-burial-cave-was-found/
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/MAGAZINE-builders-accidentally-discover-roman-era-jewish-catacomb-in-israel-1.6167799
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/ancient-burial-complex-exposed-in-works-on-new-tiberias-neighborhood/2018/06/10/

Byzantine-era winepresses from Tzippori:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/unique-byzantine-era-winepresses-unearthed-in-roofed-water-cistern-in-tzippori/
https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Byzantine-wine-press-uncovered-at-Zippori-National-Park-559627
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/ancient-winepress-found-in-excavation-of-water-reservoir/2018/06/10/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6712-18011-israel-byzantine-winepress

A 1000 years bp amulet of some sort with Arabic script from near Temple Mount:

http://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/jerusalem/1000-year-old-clay-amulet-with-arabic-blessing-discovered-in-city-of-david/2018/06/14/
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/MAGAZINE-unique-1-000-year-old-islamic-amulet-found-in-jerusalem-1.6175765
https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Small-amulet-makes-for-a-large-find-559987

A number of ‘in the news’ items are going on display in small-town Oklahoma:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/why-the-world-premiere-of-precious-biblical-artifacts-is-in-quiet-oklahoma/

… and Eilat Mazar was there as well:

https://www.thetrumpet.com/17374-a-conversation-with-eilat-mazar

What Elizabeth Carter and Robert Englund are up to:

http://dailybruin.com/2018/06/10/retiring-professors-leave-behind-legacy-of-passion-for-near-eastern-archaeology/

Lawrence Schiffman on the Dead Sea Scrolls at 70 (pdf):

http://lawrenceschiffman.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/dead-sea-scrolls-70.pdf

More on that figurine from Abel Beth Maacah:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/jun/10/3000-year-old-sculpture-leaves-researchers-scratching-their-heads
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/sculpture-3000-years-israel-ancient-king-discovered-archaeologists-abel-beth-maacah-a8391956.html
https://mosaicmagazine.com/picks/2018/06/a-rare-sculpture-possibly-of-a-biblical-monarch-puts-a-face-on-ancient-israel/
http://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/mysterious-sculpture-of-tiny-figure-head-could-be-3000yearold-biblical-king/
https://aleteia.org/2018/06/11/archaeologists-discover-tiny-head-that-may-be-face-of-biblical-king/
https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/ancient-cultures/ancient-israel/iron-age-royal-abel-beth-maacah/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/could-sculpted-head-depict-little-known-biblical-king-180969302/

Jewish artifacts have apparently gone missing from Damascus:

https://www.kpvi.com/news/national_news/jewish-artifacts-disappear-from-damascus-in-fog-of-syria-war/article_fb1beebc-e137-5f0e-9b3d-273fe653b33b.html
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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Remains of a (late?) Roman imperial villa near the Milvian Bridge:

http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2018/06/05/imperial-villa-found-near-milvian-bridge_06ad7769-e48e-4bce-8db2-b4ff13c8494e.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6724-180615-rome-imperial-villa

Remains of an Illyrian settlement near Shkodra:

http://www.tiranatimes.com/?p=137525
http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news%2C29816%2Cpolish-archaeologists-discover-over-2000-years-old-lost-city-albania.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6711-180611-albania-forgotten-city

Evidence of a Roman town wall in Sandy:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-44487020

This is the Byzantine wine press story from the ANE section with more of a Classics spin:

http://world.greekreporter.com/2018/06/12/byzantine-era-wine-presses-discovered-in-israel-with-depictions-of-greek-gods-dionysus-and-heracles/

A ‘hidden message’ on a kylix by the Oedipus Painter (paywalled?):

https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-surprise-message-on-a-priceless-ancient-artifact-1529006069

Roman finds are delaying plans for a 2600-home development plan in Swindon:

https://www.theplanner.co.uk/decision/appeal-roman-remains-prevent-recovered-2600-home-swindon-scheme

A sort of catching-up-with-Pompeii item:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-06/13/c_137249742.htm

Feature on Roman remains in Serbia:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20180614-serbias-forgotten-roman-legacy

Feature on the Case Romane del Celio:

https://www.wantedinrome.com/yellowpage/underground-rome-case-romane-del-celio.html

Feature on the Parthenon frieze:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/229546/article/ekathimerini/community/the-color-and-design-of-the-parthenon-frieze

In case you missed the Greenland ice core story:

https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2018-06-13/pollution-in-polar-ice-cores-reveals-human-history

Concerns about a Latin exam in Ireland:

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/education/junior-cert-classical-studies-and-latin-roman-army-puts-a-stop-to-students-march-1.3532247

More on that dispute between Sotheby’s and Greece over a horse figurine:

https://www.thelocal.ch/20180611/answer-to-sothebys-and-greek-dispute-over-an-ancient-artifact-could-lie-in-basel
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/getty-fighting-keep-rare-greek-bronze-180969384/

What Nancy Rabinowitz is up to:

https://www.hamilton.edu/news/story/professor-comparative-literature-nancy-sorkin-rabinowitz-lectures-on-activism-and-the-classics

What Tim Whitmarsh is up to:

https://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/news/cambridge-news/tim-whitmarsh-cambridge-love-island-14769114

What Madeleine Ota is up to:

https://news.stanford.edu/2018/06/12/senior-examines-effects-ancient-artifacts-southeastern-sicilians-identities/

On ancient leadership:

https://www.tes.com/news/ancient-art-leadership

ClassCon in Father Comes Home From the Wars:

https://www.theroot.com/a-heros-journey-father-comes-home-from-the-wars-is-a-r-1826600077

Op Eds on Jeremy Corbyn and the Parthenon Marbles saga:

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/why-the-british-museum-should-keep-the-elgin-marbles/21490
https://frieze.com/article/what-jeremy-corbyn-gets-right-and-wrong-his-pledge-return-stolen-parthenon-marbles

Eating like an ancient Greek philosopher:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/tourism-businesses/gastronomy/31590-aristotle-menu-eating-like-the-ancient-greek-philosopher.html

Something about not visiting sites in northern Cyprus:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2018/06/12/our-view-idiocy-of-attempt-to-ban-visits-to-sites-in-north/
https://cyprus-mail.com/2018/06/11/eu-defies-ministry-rebuke-over-archaeological-sites-in-north/

Review of Nixey, *The Darkening Age*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/08/books/review/catherine-nixey-darkening-age.html

Review of Mythos:

https://www.thestar.com/entertainment/stage/review/2018/06/12/stephen-fry-tells-great-stories-in-mythos-men-at-shaw-festival-but-just-what-is-he-trying-to-say.html

More hype from the upcoming Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey:

https://mashable.com/2018/06/11/assassins-creed-odyssey-historical-figures/
https://www.pcgamesn.com/assassins-creed-odyssey/assassins-creed-odyssey-dialogue-choices-socrates
https://venturebeat.com/2018/06/12/asssassins-creed-odyssey-wont-let-you-romance-socrates-so-whats-the-point/

More on the ‘tomb of the athlete/strigils’:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/construction-workers-find-rare-intact-tomb-rome-180969247/

More on that fire in Greece which exposed a pile of (probably purloined) artifacts:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2018/06/11/blaze-in-central-greece-reveals-ancient-artifact-video/
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Assorted Bronze Age remains from Somerset:

https://www.businessleader.co.uk/bronze-age-discovery-at-bridgwater-gateway/46242/

Remains of a possible Iron Age/prehistoric settlement near Thurso:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-44485722
https://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/iron-age-settlement-potentially-found-near-thurso-1-4754852
https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/highlands/1498193/high-hopes-that-previously-unknown-prehistoric-settlement-found-near-thurso/
http://www.thenational.scot/news/16294757.Remains_of_potential_prehistoric_settlement_found_in_Caithness/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6721-180614-scotland-stone-hearth

Remains of a 2000 years bp Highland wolf from a peat bog:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/digger-finds-2-000-year-old-highland-wolf-buried-in-peat-bog-zs6r3ntqp

I think we mentioned this Iron Age battle site from Aiken Enge (Denmark):

http://sciencenordic.com/archaeologists-uncover-remains-horrifying-iron-age-battle-denmark
https://phys.org/news/2018-06-archaeologists-uncover-horrifying-iron-age.html

Evidence that large-scale whaling in Scandinavia might date back to the 6th century:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-06/uu-lwi061318.php
https://phys.org/news/2018-06-large-scale-whaling-north-scandinavia-date.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/06/180613113745.htm

Interesting discovery of 7th century writing inscribed on a window ledge at Tintagel:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/jun/15/inscribed-7th-century-window-ledge-tintagel-cornwall
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cornwall-44486385
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/06/14/ancient-doodle-discovered-windowsill-tintagel-castle-evidence/?WT.mc_id=tmg_share_em
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6726-180615-england-tintagel-inscription

A medieval ossuary from Slovakia:

https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20846691/precious-romanesque-church-reveals-secret.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6716-180612-slovak-medieval-ossuary

Archaeologists are surveying the site of the Battle of Glen Shiel:

https://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/study-at-battlefield-glen-where-spanish-joined-the-jacobites-1-4753199
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6717-180612-scotland-jacobite-uprising

Assorted small finds from various periods from a dig in Stirling prior to footpath refurbishment:

https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/local-news/old-bullets-16th-century-coin-12707800

Studying the environmental impact of agriculture in Bronze Age Ireland:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-06/uobc-aaa060718.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/06/180613163019.htm

Feature on Aethelflaed:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-44069889

Feature on Ignacius Sancho:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-44480914

Feature on Scotland’s Rock Art Project:

https://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/when-prehistoric-man-lived-around-glasgow-1-4752856
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6714-180611-scotland-rock-art

Plans to preserve a threatened 3 000 years bp log road in Ireland:

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/3-000-year-old-bronze-age-oak-road-to-be-preserved-in-co-westmeath-1.3526507
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6713-180611-ireland-log-road

Conservation of medieval fortifications in Famagusta is complete:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2018/06/10/conservation-works-at-ravelin-bastion-in-famagusta-completed/

More on earlier evidence of the Bubonic Plague in Russia:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-teeth-push-back-origins-bubonic-plague-180969304/

More on that 1000 years bp possible execution victim from South Downs:

http://www.theargus.co.uk/news/16281850.Body_of_1000-year-old_executed_man_dug_up_on_South_Downs/

More on that Bluetooth hoard:

http://www.numismaster.com/ta/numis/Article.jsp?ad=article&ArticleId=29330
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12 000 years bp petroglyphs from China’s Kalunasan province:

http://micetimes.asia/archaeologists-have-discovered-cave-paintings-age-of-12-thousand-years/

270 items (oddly specific) dating to the 6/7th centurys from Mongolia’s Bulgan province:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-06/12/c_137248915.htm

Remains of a Nara Period palace (in Nara, of course):

http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201806160004.html

Vakataka Dynsaty remains from Nandivardhan:

https://indianexpress.com/article/india/capital-of-rulers-who-built-ajanta-caves-unearthed-in-nagpur-district-5213572/
https://www.financialexpress.com/india-news/capital-of-vakataka-dynasty-who-ruled-deccan-built-ajanta-caves-excavated-in-nagpur/1203151/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6715-180612-india-ancient-capital

Remains of 7th century temples outside Madurai:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/madurai/hidden-by-overgrowth-temple-ruins-unearthed/articleshow/64534047.cms

Archaeologists are digging at Ara Metua:

http://www.cookislandsnews.com/national/culture/item/69667-archaeologists-dig-ara-metua
http://www.cookislandsnews.com/national/environment/item/69713-revealing-mysteries-of-ancient-road

Rethinking Qin:

http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2018-06/15/content_52269601.htm

More on the Sanauli Chariots:

https://www.outlookindia.com/website/story/asi-excavated-sanauli-chariots-have-potential-to-challenge-aryan-invasion-theory/312415
https://www.thequint.com/news/india/sanauli-excavation-near-delhi-mahabharata-links-speculation
https://indianexpress.com/article/express-sunday-eye/wheel-of-time-chariots-and-sophisticated-weapons-from-the-pre-iron-age-5220282/
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Southeast Asian Archaeology Newsblog:

http://www.southeastasianarchaeology.com/

New Zealand Archaeology eNews:

http://nzarchaeology.blogspot.co.nz/index.html
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NORTH AMERICA
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A site in Alabama is pushing back the date of tobacco use in North America by 1500 years:

https://www.al.com/news/index.ssf/2018/06/archaeologists_find_earliest_k.html
http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/06/americans-have-been-lighting-more-3000-years-ancient-pipe-reveals
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6725-180615-alabama-nicotine-pipe

Remains of a Calusa ruler’s house discovered in Florida:

https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/06/ancient-native-american-kings-house-found-florida-archaeology-science/
https://www.orlandoweekly.com/Blogs/archives/2018/06/14/florida-home-of-ancient-native-american-ruler-rediscovered-at-mound-key
http://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/evidence-of-native-american-kings-house-last-seen-by-spanish-conquistadors-found-in-florida/

Studying a Paleoindian ochre mine in Wyoming:

https://buckrail.com/paleoindian-ochre-mine-in-wyoming-may-be-largest-in-north-america/

A slave-trade-associated shipwreck in the Florida Keys:

https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/florida-keys/article212848494.html

First finds from a dig at Colonial Michilimackinac:

http://www.minews26.com/content/archaeologists-first-artifact-of-the-year-at-colonial-michilimackinac/

The find of 10 000 years bp Tuqan man on the Channel Islands has been officially announced:

https://www.vcstar.com/story/news/special-reports/outdoors/2018/06/13/ancient-remains-discovered-reburied-san-miguel-island-tuqan-man-channel-islands-santa-ynez-chumash/670609002/
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/special-reports/outdoors/2018/06/13/ancient-remains-discovered-reburied-san-miguel-island-tuqan-man-channel-islands-santa-ynez-chumash/670609002/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6719-180613-california-tuqan-man

… and he’s been reburied:

https://phys.org/news/2018-06-ancient-native-american-reburied-california.html
https://santamariatimes.com/news/local/ancient-native-american-returned-to-resting-place/article_8a70aad3-0f33-5aaa-b13c-ddaedfd4d176.html
http://www.keyt.com/news/ventura-county/chumash-ancient-remains-return-to-the-channel-islands/752730558

On Chaco population:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2018/06/01/conservatism-took-hold-here-1000-years-ago-until-the-people-fled/?wpisrc=nl_science&wpmm=1

A lot of Toronto’s archaeological remains are sittin in boxes, apparently:

https://www.thestar.com/news/insight/2018/06/16/torontos-archeological-treasures-still-buried-in-bankers-boxes-garages-basements-and-lockers.html

Shell Oil has preserved some slave cemeteries in New Orleans:

http://www.whig.com/article/20180614/AP/306149978

I think we mentioned these Native American children’s remains from Carlisle:

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/jun/14/us-army-pennsylvania-native-american-children?CMP=share_windows_mail

Feature on the Lost Colony:

http://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/archaeologists-are-trying-to-solve-the-mystery-of-the-lost-colony-of-north-america/

More on that cellar in Jamestown:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/6662-180604-virginia-church-cellar
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Murals from Chan Chan:

http://www.laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=2459012&CategoryId=13936

Evidence that Mesoamerican turquoise actually came from Mesoamerica (and not the American Southwest):

https://phys.org/news/2018-06-unveils-true-ancient-turquoise.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-06/aaft-mtm061118.php
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-06/dc-nru060818.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/06/180614095248.htm
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/13/science/turquoise-aztecs-mexico.html?rref=collection%2Fcolumn%2Ftrilobites
https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/06/isotope-analysis-says-aztecs-preferred-locally-grown-turquoise/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/aztec-turquoise-was-probably-locally-sourced-180969375/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6722-180614-mesoamerican-turquoise-mines

Studying the Pampa de las Salinas geoglyphs:

https://www.livescience.com/62792-peru-geoglyphs-depict-heavens.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6720-180613-peru-circular-geoglyphs

How they put the hats on the Easter Island Statues:

https://www.seeker.com/culture/hat-trick-researchers-solve-a-lingering-mystery-about-easter-islands-statues
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/clever-way-easter-island-statues-got-their-cool-hats-180969253/

Feature on khipus:

https://aeon.co/ideas/the-khipu-code-the-knotty-mystery-of-the-inkas-3d-records

More on that mass child sacrifice site from Peru:

https://www.enca.com/technology/archaeologists-find-new-mass-child-sacrifice-site-in-peru
https://www.brecorder.com/2018/06/11/422511/archaeologists-unearth-56-skeletons-of-children-sacrificed-in-ritual/
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-06-15/mass-child-sacrifice-site-in-peru-the-largest-in-the-world/9874226
https://www.nbcnews.com/video/ancient-child-sacrifice-burial-ground-discovered-in-peru-1256391747792

More on Inca trepanation:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/inca-head-crackers-had-better-success-rates-civil-war-surgeons-180969324/
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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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On Peruvian mummies and Paolo Guerrero:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/44415647

Big bucks for a Chinese vase found in a shoebox:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-44457262

Einstein’s travel diaries have plenty of racist comments, apparently:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-44472277

On depictions of lightning in art:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/11/science/lightning-paintings-photographs.html

On the origins of maps in the Near East:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2018/06/Origins-of-Maps

Some of Marie Antoinette’s jewellery is coming to auction:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/luxury/jewellery/marie-antoinettes-jewellery-auctioned-sothebys-including-precious/?WT.mc_id=tmg_share_em

A possible clue to solving the mystery of that missing panel from the Ghent altarpiece:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jun/15/puzzler-says-he-has-cracked-code-to-stolen-belgian-masterpiece

Another fire at the Glasgow Art School:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-44504659
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/16/world/europe/uk-fire-glasgow-school-of-art.html

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Van Gogh and Japan:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20180611-van-gogh-and-japan-the-prints-that-shaped-the-artist

Sally Hemmings:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/16/us/sally-hemings-exhibit-monticello.html

Modigliani:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-44419199

Tut:

https://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/breaking-news/australian-museum-gets-50m-upgrade/news-story/0a620b8d127e711ad8fc98758210a7af
https://www.9news.com.au/national/2018/06/11/11/57/king-tut-exhibition-coming-to-upgraded-australian-museum
https://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/latest-news/australian-museum-gets-50m-upgrade/news-story/0a620b8d127e711ad8fc98758210a7af

The Acropolis Museum is celebrating its ninth birthday:

https://news.gtp.gr/2018/06/14/acropolis-museum-celebrate-ninth-birthday/

More on the new Troy museum:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/troy-treasures-to-be-displayed-in-new-museum-133232

More hype for the Grand Egyptian Museum:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/44/302140/Heritage/Museums/Egypts-GEM-announces-prequalification-stage-for-bi.aspx
http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/52117/GEM-general-supervisor-80-GEM%E2%80%99s-constructions-completed

… and their new logo is causing a stir:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/44/302213/Heritage/Museums/New-logo-design-for-Grand-Egyptian-Museum-creates-.aspx
https://egyptianstreets.com/2018/06/13/grand-egyptian-museum-logo-causes-controversy/
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THE TECHY SIDE
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Nice feature on the Sinai Palimpsest Project:

https://www.bbc.com/news/business-44144527

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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In case you missed the Bubonic Plague ‘older origins’ story (it really is a DNA story):

https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/06/4000-year-old-genomes-point-to-origins-of-bubonic-plague/

DNA reveals what kind of pigs were living in Bronze Age Hallstatt:

https://phys.org/news/2018-06-skin-teethdna-reveal-kind-pigs.html

DNA suggests no Aryan invasion evidence at a Harappan site:

https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics-and-nation/harappan-site-of-rakhigarhi-dna-study-finds-no-central-asian-trace-junks-aryan-invasion-theory/articleshow/64565413.cms

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/

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TOURISTY THINGS
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Rhine:

http://www.dw.com/en/new-loreley-promotes-iconic-world-heritage-on-the-rhine/a-44156536

Untrodden Broadway:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/14/arts/design/broadway-walking-tour-hidden-gems.html

Mada’in Saleh:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/long_reads/saudi-arabia-hidden-archaeology-alhijir-petra-charles-doughty-a8373686.html

Empuries:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/explore-ancient-ruins-empuries-180969383/

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CRIME BEAT
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First coverage of the Bulmer art theft trial:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-somerset-44471188

Feature on the illegal antiquities trade:

http://theconversation.com/illegal-trade-in-antiquities-a-scourge-that-has-gone-on-for-millennia-too-long-98093

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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I think we mentioned the return of that stolen Columbus letter:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/15/world/europe/vatican-columbus-letter.html
https://in.reuters.com/video/2018/06/14/us-returns-stolen-1493-columbus-letter?videoId=435939093&videoChannel=101

Pondering Ethiopian manuscripts and repatriation:

https://hyperallergic.com/446918/british-exhibitions-of-ethiopian-manuscripts-prompt-questions-about-repatriation/
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NUMISMATICA
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A pile of 19th century gold coins from an uninhabited house in France:

https://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/gold-coins-worth-155000-discovered-in-abandoned-house/news-story/3c13717cdf95baacc3939fcab4ac1634

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/club_nbs_esylum_v21n23.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/club_nbs_esylum_v21n24.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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PERFORMANCES AND THEATRE-RELATED
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How to hear the Met’s historic instruments:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/now-streaming-swan-songs-mets-historic-instruments-180969297/
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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

http://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-main-menu-cat/audio-news-list/2748-audio-news-from-archaeologica-3-june-9-june-2018
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OBITUARIES
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Ulrike Wulf-Rheidt:

http://www.geschkult.fu-berlin.de/e/klassarch/_inhaltselemente-rd/wulf-rheidt.html

William Reese:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/15/obituaries/william-reese-leading-seller-of-rare-books-is-dead-at-62.html

Antonio Giuliano:

http://roma.repubblica.it/cronaca/2018/06/16/news/roma_morto_antonio_giuliano_archeologo_e_storico_dell_arte-199188141/

Michael Noakes:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2018/jun/13/michael-noakes-obituary

Miriam Griffin:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/obituaries/2018/06/14/miriam-griffin-classicist-obituary/

Gary Breschini:

http://www.montereyherald.com/article/NF/20180614/NEWS/180619928

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CONFERENCES
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CBA Wessex 60th Anniversary Conference (November 2018):

http://cba-wessex.org.uk/cba-events/annual-conference-2018/

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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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http://www.youtube.com/user/Archaeos0up?feature=watch

The Book and the Spade:

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Explorator 21.07 ~ June 10, 2018

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,
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Richard C. Griffiths, and Ross W. Sargent for headses upses this week
(as always hoping I have left no one out).

… another quiet week
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EARLY HOMINIDS
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On the role of grandmothers in human evolution:

https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2018/06/07/617097908/why-grandmothers-may-hold-the-key-to-human-evolution

On the species difference between sapiens and neanderthal:

https://elpais.com/elpais/2018/06/05/ciencia/1528187502_438506.html

More on the dating of homo antecessor:

https://phys.org/news/2018-06-human-fossil-species-western-europe.html

More on the origins of paleolithic cave art:

https://www.sapiens.org/archaeology/paleolithic-cave-art-animals/

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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A minaret collapse at a 300 years bp mosque in Egypt is complicated by the fact it isn’t on the heritage list:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/43/301684/Heritage/Islamic/Qena-mosque-whose-minaret-collapsed-is-not-on-Egyp.aspx

An Ottoman-era building in Cairo was damaged by fire:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/43/301822/Heritage/Islamic/Ottomanera-SabilKuttab-building-damaged-in-downtow.aspx

Plenty of attention being given to a 9th century glass sculpture of a head of a ‘king’ found last year at Abel Beth Maacah:

https://phys.org/news/2018-06-sculpted-mystery-biblical-king-israel.html
https://www.livescience.com/62758-biblical-king-sculpture.html
https://www.apu.edu/media/news/inthenews/26220/
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/jun/10/3000-year-old-sculpture-leaves-researchers-scratching-their-heads
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2018/06/09/a-3000-year-old-glass-head-deepens-one-of-the-bibles-oldest-mysteries/
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/sculpted-head-mystery-biblical-king-found-israel-n881681
http://www.ibtimes.com/mystery-biblical-kings-3000-year-old-sculpted-head-unearthed-2689112
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6671-180607-israel-sculpted-head

Latest winepress find comes from Tzippori:

http://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/ancient-winepress-found-in-excavation-of-water-reservoir/2018/06/10/

This carbon dating recalibration story first emerged last week, but it has specific ramifications for the ANE:

https://phys.org/news/2018-06-cornell-illuminates-inaccuracies-radiocarbon-dating.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-06/cu-cri060518.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/06/180605112057.htm
https://www.timesofisrael.com/upstart-carbon-dating-study-could-rewrite-holy-lands-biblical-timeline/
https://www.sciencealert.com/radiocarbon-dating-ancient-levant-region-calibration-inaccuracies
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6668-180606-radiocarbon-dating-calibration

Latest kids-find-ancient-coin story from Israel:

https://www.clevelandjewishnews.com/news/world_news/students-on-archaeology-program-unearth–year-old-coin/article_cbf2cc9b-676f-5602-800c-2b5405361b84.html

Feature on the earliest surviving texts of the Torah:

https://www.jewishlinknj.com/features/25480-the-earliest-surviving-texts-of-the-torah

In Our Time this week was about Persepolis:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0b4z075

Russian archaeologists are planning to dig at Palmyra:

http://tass.com/science/1008849
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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Plenty of news from Pompeii this week, but the most spectacular hasn’t made it to the English press yet, alas … first, the latest spectacular finds from Regio V:

http://www.laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=2458553&CategoryId=13936

see also:

http://www.beniculturali.it/mibac/export/MiBAC/sito-MiBAC/Contenuti/MibacUnif/Comunicati/visualizza_asset.html_903665641.html

… and the AIA’s dig diary (not Regio V):

https://www.archaeological.org/news/pompeii/28306

… and a travel blogger climbed a column to get a photo and met with much criticism:

http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2018/06/04/french-tourist-draws-ire-at-pompeii_be7a0ace-433e-4ca9-a4dc-0d64e7a2c7cf.html

… he later apologized:

https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/pompeii-ruins-travel-blogger-instagram-nils-travel-a8390126.html
https://www.thelocal.it/20180606/nils-travel-instagram-tourist-photo-pompeii-columns

Feature on the last 24 hours at Pompeii:

https://aleteia.org/2018/06/04/what-was-it-like-in-the-last-24-hours-of-pompeii/

A survey of the waters off Naxos has identified a number of sites:

https://news.gtp.gr/2018/06/04/naxos-underwater-excavations-offer-new-insight-ancient-ports/

Interesting Tartescia culture finds from Badajoz:

https://elpais.com/elpais/2018/06/06/inenglish/1528274778_511883.html
http://www.turkeytelegraph.com/life-style/found-in-the-tartessian-site-of-the-turunuelo-human-bones-and-a-unique-marble-statue-on-the-peninsula-h18235.html

A huge Roman ‘jar’ from Fiumicino:

http://www.ansa.it/english/news/general_news/2018/06/07/huge-ancient-roman-jar-found_f5761ecb-cd90-4754-9053-86b0bb7d2b45.html

A fire in Phthiotida revealed a number of (probably illicit) antiquities in plastic and other bags:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/229431/article/ekathimerini/news/firemen-recover-antiquities-in-phthiotida
http://greece.greekreporter.com/2018/06/08/fire-reveals-over-200-antiquities-in-the-mountains-of-profitis-elias-phthiotida/
https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/greek-wildfire-reveals-hoard-of-plundered-antiquities/
https://www.npr.org/2018/06/08/618339736/in-greece-fire-reveals-ancient-artifacts-possibly-hidden-by-thieves
https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/greek-wildfire-reveals-hoard-plundered-antiquities-55749573

Digging has resumed at Magarsus:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/excavations-continue-in-ancient-magarsus-132818

Searching for a Roman harbour at Lancashire:

https://www.blackpoolgazette.co.uk/news/in-search-of-the-lost-roman-harbour-in-lancashire-1-9197346

Pondering how the Romans didn’t ‘get past’ Glasgow:

https://www.glasgowlive.co.uk/news/history/how-romans-came-glasgow-no-14748487

Celebrating Fishbourne Roman Palace:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/fishbourne-at-50-celebrating-half-a-century-at-a-unique-roman-palace.htm

Probably should be categorized as ‘Asia’ but a feature on the so-called Pillar of Heliodorus should be of interest to Classics types:

https://thewire.in/history/how-the-historic-pillar-of-heliodorus-became-khamba-baba

Feature on ancient Greek music:

http://www.abc.net.au/radio/melbourne/programs/overnights/ancient-instruments-to-air/9854458

Jeremy Corbyn says he’ll return the Parthenon Marbles if elected prime minister:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2018/06/03/jeremy-corbyn-says-would-return-elgin-marbles-greece-elected/
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/corbyn-return-elgin-marbles-greece-british-museum-a8381681.html
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/corbyn-vows-to-give-back-elgin-marbles-6qxtw6bn7
https://neoskosmos.com/en/116421/corbyn-the-parthenon-sculptures-belong-to-greece/
https://neoskosmos.com/en/116594/mikakos-urges-hellenes-to-support-corbyn-for-return-of-parthenon-marbles/
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/labour-leader-jeremy-corbyn-pledges-to-return-parthenon-marbles-to-greece
https://hyperallergic.com/445582/uk-labor-leader-says-he-would-return-parthenon-marbles-to-greece-if-elected/

… which prompted an opposing opEd:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/comment/why-returning-the-elgin-marbles-would-be-madness/

… and a supporting opEd:

https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/letters/jeremy-corbyn-parthenon-marbles-greece-brexit-second-referendum-abortion-plastic-bags-a8382816.html

… and a BM response:

https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/972093/Elgin-Marbles-British-Museum-Jeremy-Corbyn

Mary Beard is now a Dame:

https://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/news/cambridge-news/mary-beard-dame-2018-honours-14762372
https://www.bbc.com/news/av/uk-44423736/dame-mary-beard-dead-chuffed-with-honour
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/mary-beard-says-damehood-tribute-to-greeks-and-romans-36991560.html

There was a screening of *Gladiator* in the Colosseum … Russell Crowe et al in attendance:

https://abcnews.go.com/International/russell-crowe-visits-real-life-colosseum-charity-screening/story?id=55691862
http://www.laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=2458415&CategoryId=13003

Review of Pamela Mensch’s translation of Diogenes Laertius:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/books/aristotles-lisp-why-socrates-loved-dancing-and-other-tales-of-ancient-thinkers/2018/06/06/ece2fc44-64ff-11e8-a768-ed043e33f1dc_story.html

More on that intact burial from Rome with strigils etc.:

https://www.thelocal.it/20180604/ancient-tomb-of-athlete-discovered-rome
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6663-180604-rome-chamber-tomb

More on that oldest jar of olive oil from Italy:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-jar-contained-italys-oldest-olive-oil-180969226/

More on that burial from Viminacium:

http://micetimes.asia/serbian-archaeologists-have-made-an-incredible-discovery/

More on that purported evidence of Roman crucifixion from Italy:

https://www.livescience.com/62727-jesus-roman-crucifixion-found.html
https://aleteia.org/2018/06/04/rare-archaeological-evidence-of-ancient-roman-crucifixion-discovered-in-italian-remains/
http://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/extremely-rare-evidence-of-crucifixion-found-on-ancient-skeleton/
http://www.newsweek.com/crucified-skeleton-remains-italy-were-likely-nailed-cross-967191
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6665-180604-italy-crucifixion-ankle

More on that Ptolemy coin from Egypt:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/116435/archaeologists-unearth-2200-year-old-coin-depicting-greek-born-king-in-egypt/
http://world.greekreporter.com/2018/06/05/archaeologists-discover-2200-year-old-ancient-greek-writing-in-egypt/

More on ash from Santorini being found at Smyrna:

http://www.euronews.com/2018/06/04/ancient-ashes-reveal-details-of-huge-volcano
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/santorinis-ashes-to-shed-light-on-izmirs-history-132775
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6664-180604-turkey-ashes-smyrna

More on those burned skeletons from Philippopolis:

https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/06/goth-invasion-roman-empire-bulgaria-skeletons-archaeology-science/

More on Philip II’s palace at Aigai opening to the public:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/31507-palace-of-philip-ii-opens-to-tourists-at-aigai-in-northern-greece.html
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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High tech scanning may have located the oldest ‘Christian temple’ in Russia (300 AD):

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-06/nuos-iso060718.php

A prehistoric roundhouse from Tore near Inverness:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-44398322

Drone footage suggests there may be an Iron Age roundhouse at a housing development site in Balderstone:

https://www.examiner.co.uk/news/west-yorkshire-news/campaigners-say-drone-footage-shows-14761021

A 1000 years bp burial from South Downs appears to be the victim of an execution of other violent end:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-sussex-44397636
https://www.shorehamherald.co.uk/news/skeleton-of-executed-1-000-year-old-man-found-near-shoreham-1-8525697
https://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/world/skeleton-of-man-whose-neck-was-slashed-found-during-wind-farm-excavation-847464.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6676-180608-england-executed-man

They’re digging at Coldingham Abbey:

https://aleteia.org/2018/06/06/lindisfarnes-sister-monastery-in-scotland-to-be-site-of-summer-volunteer-dig/

I’m somewhat confused, but this find at St Oswald’s Priory might be related to the above somehow?:

https://www.gloucestershirelive.co.uk/whats-on/family-kids/gloucester-schoolchildren-discover-st-oswalds-1657468

From Austria comes word of a mass grave of soldiers killed during the Napoleonic wars:

https://www.livescience.com/62774-mass-grave-napoleonic-wars.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6675-180608-austria-war-graves

Possible remains of an 18th century cottage in Worcester (I think):

http://www.worcesternews.co.uk/news/16273329.Has_a_historic_find_been_made_at_the_new_Hanbao_rooftop_bar_site_/

A 19th century diary of sorts, written on the floorboards of a French chateau:

https://www.bbc.com/news/stories-44265475

Overviewish thing on various finds from Kent:

http://www.kentonline.co.uk/kent/news/surrounded-by-historic-treasures-184216/

Latest finds from the HMS Invincible:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-hampshire-44357695

Bizarre investigation of the sexual orientation of some bog bodies:

https://phys.org/news/2018-06-evidence-europe-bog-bodies-gay.html
http://sciencenordic.com/no-evidence-europe%E2%80%99s-bog-bodies-were-gay

Reading Abbey has reopened to the public:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/jun/07/reading-abbey-reopens-to-public-but-theres-no-sign-of-henry-i

Plans for a visitor’s centre at Clifford’s Tower were scuttled:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/jun/07/cliffords-tower-visitor-centre-plan-scrapped-mound-york

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Archaeology in Europe Blog:

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

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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Human mandibles from the late Pleistocene Niah Caves might reveal things about ancient diets:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-06/p-lph053118.php
https://phys.org/news/2018-06-late-pleistocene-human-mandibles-niah.html
https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/06/30000-year-old-jawbone-records-tough-diet-in-pleistocene-southeast-asia/

Neolithic marble bracelets from a site in Henan:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-06/05/c_137232145.htm

Chinese Wuzhu coins from a Korean burial:

http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1105807.shtml

Remains of a 4000 years bp chariot from Uttar Pradesh:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/meerut/asi-unearths-first-ever-physical-evidence-of-chariots-in-copper-bronze-age/articleshow/64469616.cms
https://www.indiatoday.in/pti-feed/story/asi-unearths-first-ever-physical-evidence-of-copper-bronze-age-chariots-1250351-2018-06-04
https://www.news18.com/news/india/in-a-first-chariot-from-pre-iron-age-found-in-excavation-in-uttar-pradeshs-sanauli-1768085.html
https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/sinauli-village-in-up-becomes-archaeological-hotpost-with-excavation-of-5000-year-old-chariots/story-KJwCpXlnMOftCICzLUdggM.html
https://www.outlookindia.com/newsscroll/preiron-age-artefacts-from-sanauli-excavation-site-to-be-tested-further-manjul/1326414
http://www.ecns.cn/news/society/2018-06-07/detail-ifyuyvzv3225136.shtml
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-06/07/c_137237324.htm
https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=http://www.asianage.com/india/all-india/050618/pre-iron-age-relics-excavated-in-up-district.html
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-06-08/bronze-age-chariots-point-to-ancient-warrior-class-india-claims/9848232
https://www.ibtimes.co.in/chariot-pre-iron-age-found-during-excavation-uttar-pradeshs-sanauli-770969
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6666-180605-india-copper-decorations

A 7th century statue of Siva from Andhra Pradesh:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Hyderabad/chalukyan-sculpture-of-siva-found/article24098511.ece

A possible burial urn (date?) from Tamil Nadu:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chennai/remains-of-ancient-urn-found-near-perambalur-in-tn/articleshow/64506369.cms

Also in Tamil Nadu, someone has been tasked with counting lakh idols:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chennai/one-man-army-starts-counting-tamil-nadus-1-lakh-idols-in-37000-temples/articleshow/64515924.cms

Rat remains are being used to study human impacts on assorted Polynesian islands over two millennia:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-06/mpif-prt053118.php
https://phys.org/news/2018-06-pacific-rats-years-human-impact.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/rat-bones-reveal-how-humans-transformed-their-island-environments-180969260/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6673-180607-polynesia-rat-diets

Feature on the 1790 eruption of Kilauea and the rise of Kamehameha:

http://hawaiipublicradio.org/post/how-kilauea-s-1790-eruption-strengthened-kamehameha-s-rise

More on the death of an archaeologist by a bomb outside Kabul:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-06/02/c_137225081.htm
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Southeast Asian Archaeology Newsblog:

http://www.southeastasianarchaeology.com/

New Zealand Archaeology eNews:

http://nzarchaeology.blogspot.co.nz/index.html
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NORTH AMERICA
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What they’re finding in that cellar in the Jamestown church:

https://wydaily.com/local-news/2018/06/04/jamestown-unearthed-cellar-under-church-catches-experts-by-surprise/
https://www.13newsnow.com/article/news/local/centuries-old-cellar-discovered-at-historic-jamestown/291-562738800
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6662-180604-virginia-church-cellar

Latest finds from Fort Frederica:

https://thebrunswicknews.com/news/local_news/group-digs-up-history-at-fort-frederica/article_59008107-2cea-531e-9d96-56cfe50ba455.html

Overview of the history of Helena as a crossroads of sorts:

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=http://helenair.com/news/nuggets-from-helena-helena-as-an-ancient-crossroads/article_5fded004-5f06-5717-b3aa-f968f9dc0176.html

Feature on Hannah Marie Wormington’s contribution to Colorado archaeology:

https://www.gjsentinel.com/lifestyle/columns/a-woman-pushed-early-research-into-archaeological-sites-in-region/article_22ef2bf6-67bb-11e8-8659-10604b9f1ff5.html

Studying a 19th century schooner unearthed at a construction site in Toronto a while ago:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/city-schooner-cargo-ship-texas-a-m-researchers-fort-york-1.4692870
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6669-180606-lake-ontario-schooner

Digging for Shaker remains in New Lebanon:

http://www.berkshireeagle.com/stories/in-digging-for-shaker-remnants-history-unearthed-veterans-find-avenue-of-rehabilitation,541738

Concerns for coastal sites in Maryland:

https://www.npr.org/2018/06/02/616151979/flooding-and-rising-seas-threaten-americas-oldest-farmland

Honours for Bill Ross:

http://lakesuperiornews.com/News/Bill-Ross-Recognized-for-Distinguished-Service-

Feature on Mary Ann Shadd Cary:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/06/obituaries/mary-ann-shadd-cary-abolitionist-overlooked.html?nytapp=true&smid=nytcore-ios-share

Feature on Benedict arnold:

https://www.weeklystandard.com/gordon-s-wood/benedict-arnolds-villainous-perfidy

Feature on the War of 1812:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-18481542

… and things looted from Washington in 1814:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-magazine-monitor-28833238

Reviewish of Canova’s George Washington:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/canovas-george-washington-review-the-very-model-of-a-lost-masterpiece-1528542000

More on the coastal route hypothesis:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/05/180530144144.htm
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-evidence-shows-first-americans-could-have-migrated-along-coast-180969217/
https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/06/when-and-how-did-the-first-americans-arrive–its-complicated-/
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Studying Incan trepanation skills:

https://phys.org/news/2018-06-holes.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/06/180608200055.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6690-180608-peru-trepanation-techniques

Latest suggestion on how they put hats on the Easter Island statues:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-06/ps-hof060118.php
https://phys.org/news/2018-06-hats-easter-island-statues.html
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/theory-workers-easter-island-statues-hats
https://www.opb.org/news/article/npr-how-did-easter-islanders-lift-statues-13-ton-hats-researchers-may-have-the-answer/
http://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/a-mystery-about-easter-islands-statues-might-finally-be-solved/
https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/06/how-easter-islands-famous-statues-got-their-giant-stone-hats/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6667-180605

Not sure if this is a new Chimu child/llama sacrifice story or not:

https://au.news.yahoo.com/archaeologists-mass-child-sacrifice-peru-012705981–spt.html
https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/world/remains-30-children-150-llamas-killed-in-peru-sacrifice-quell-effects-el-nino-discovered
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2018/06/09/world/science-health-world/pre-columbian-mass-child-sacrifice-site-peru-may-biggest-ever/

What Izumi Shimada is up to:

https://thesouthern.com/news/local/siu/grant-to-fund-siuc-professor-s-research-in-peru/article_01f6c5dd-8bf4-5fef-9c4a-8979800cf1ef.html
https://news.siu.edu/2018/06/060418-anthropology-professor-gets-nsf-grant-for-research-in-peru.php

More on recently-found Nazca geoglyphs:

http://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/archaeologists-find-a-wealth-of-new-geoglyphs-near-the-famed-nazca-lines-in-peru/
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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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Pondering the beginnings of agriculture:

https://phys.org/news/2018-06-agriculture-uncover-clues.html
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/MAGAZINE-the-dawn-of-agriculture-not-born-of-necessity-says-new-study-1.6157188

… related:

https://phys.org/news/2018-06-history-agriculture.html

Big bucks for an early van Gogh:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-44365070

Pondering when humans first learned to count:

https://phys.org/news/2018-06-humans.html

On the beginnings of monotheism:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2018/06/Making-of-Monotheism

Feature on Sophia Perovskaya:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/30/obituaries/overlooked-sophia-perovskaya.html

Pondering ownership of historic shipwrecks:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-44302476

Feature on Vatican digitization of manuscripts:

https://fr.aleteia.org/2018/06/05/le-vatican-donne-acces-a-15-000-manuscrits-gratuitement/

On creating replicas of cave paintings:

https://hyperallergic.com/445675/the-art-of-creating-replicas-of-ice-age-cave-paintings/

Archaeologists among the Queen’s Birthday honorees:

https://antiguaobserver.com/archaeologist-named-as-queens-birthday-honoree/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-44397888

Emory acquired some nice Piranesi tomes:

http://news.emory.edu/stories/2018/06/er_piranesi_acquisition/campus.html

Review of a biography of DaVinci (I think):

http://www.elmostrador.cl/cultura/2018/06/04/biografo-da-vinci-era-un-inadaptado-autentico-ilegitimo-homosexual-zurdo-y-vegetariano/
https://elpais.com/cultura/2018/06/04/actualidad/1528128156_899203.html

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Black Classicists:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2018/jun/04/hidden-figures-the-importance-of-remembering-black-classicists

Ancient scents:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-06/03/c_137227669.htm

Heavenly Bodies:

https://www.npr.org/613155526

Iranian antiquities are coming to the Netherlands:

http://ifpnews.com/exclusive/some-200-iranian-antiquities-to-be-exhibited-in-netherlands/

A ‘hidden attic’ in Westminster Abbey is being turned into a museum:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hidden-attic-westminster-abbey-opening-museum-180969209/

The Uffizi has devoted a special gallery to Michelangelo and Raphael:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/08/arts/design/uffizi-gallery-raphael-michelangelo.html

More hype for the GEM opening:

http://www.egyptindependent.com/egypt-inaugurate-one-largest-antiquities-museums-soon/

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THE TECHY SIDE
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Feature on the Digital Archaeological Record project:

https://asunow.asu.edu/20180607-discoveries-next-big-archaeological-discovery-may-not-come-out-ground

Another method for detecting archaeological elements not visible to the naked eye:

https://phys.org/news/2018-06-invisible-archaeological-elements.html

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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DNA suggests a Bronze Age, Russian origin for the bubonic plague:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-06/mpif-obp060618.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/06/180608085625.htm
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/plague-black-death-skeletons-grave-russia-bubonic-discovery-genetics-a8389566.html
https://www.statnews.com/2018/06/08/bubonic-plague-bacteria-russia/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6677-180608-russia-bubonic-plague

Feature on Svante Paabo:

https://elpais.com/elpais/2018/06/06/ciencia/1528297453_612819.html

More on Icelandic DNA:

http://viking-archaeology-blog.blogspot.com/2018/06/icelands-founding-fathers-underwent.html?m=1

More on that men-died-off-7000-years-bp suggestion:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/6672-180607-male-gene-bottleneck

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Saudi Arabia:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/long_reads/saudi-arabia-hidden-archaeology-alhijir-petra-charles-doughty-a8373686.html

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CRIME BEAT
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That letter of Columbus that was stolen a while back has been recovered:

http://www.euronews.com/2018/06/07/spanish-american-police-recover-stolen-columbus-letter

A long court upholds a conviction of theft of some church murals:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/229279/article/ekathimerini/news/court-upholds-italian-art-dealers-conviction-over-rare-church-murals

Tracing how ISIL loot gets to Western markets:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-06-06/priceless-antiques-looted-by-is-smuggled-into-western-markets/9833554

Latest in the search for a stolen Caravaggio:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/former-mobster-offers-clues-search-stolen-caravaggio-180969231/

More on that foiled attempt to smuggle papyri from Egypt to Libya:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/1/51425/In-Pics-Smuggling-attempt-of-Pharaonic-papyri-to-Libya-foiled

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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Egypt recovered nine items from France:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/301963/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Nine-smuggled-ancient-Egyptian-artefacts-recovered.aspx
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6674-180607-france-repatriation-egypt

… and an Egyptian official was elected head of UNESCO’s counter-illicit-antiquities committee:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/301910.aspx

Crete continues to campaign for the return of items looted during Nazi occupation:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/116507/fight-continues-for-return-of-cretan-antiquities-looted-during-nazi-occupation/

The BM is loaning an Oregon tribe some objects:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/museums/ap-exclusive-tribe-welcomes-artifacts-from-british-museum/2018/06/05/a04dbf98-688f-11e8-a335-c4503d041eaf_story.html
https://abcnews.go.com/Travel/wireStory/ap-exclusive-tribe-welcomes-artifacts-british-museum-55652551
https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/AP-Exclusive-Tribe-welcomes-artifacts-from-12967820.php
http://www.itv.com/news/2018-06-05/oregon-tribe-welcomes-artefacts-from-british-museum/

Sotheby’s v Greece over ownership of a bronze horse statue:

https://www.ft.com/content/e8c59de8-68cd-11e8-8cf3-0c230fa67aec
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NUMISMATICA
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Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/club_nbs_esylum_v21n22.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/club_nbs_esylum_v21n23.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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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

http://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-main-menu-cat/audio-news-list/2745-audio-news-from-archaeologica-27-may-2-june-2018
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OBITUARIES
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Ken Fairless:

http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/16273818.Tributes_paid_to_respected_archaeologist__teacher_and_gentleman/

Ira Berlin:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/obituaries/ira-berlin-transformative-historian-of-slavery-in-america-dies-at-77/2018/06/06/eddb33fc-6994-11e8-bf8c-f9ed2e672adf_story.html
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CONFERENCES
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CBA Wessex 60th Anniversary Conference (November 2018):

http://cba-wessex.org.uk/cba-events/annual-conference-2018/

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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

The Book and the Spade:

http://www.radioscribe.com/bknspade.htm
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Explorator 21.06 ~ June 3, 2018

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,
Laurel Carey, Richard C. Griffiths, and Ross W. Sargent for headses upses
this week (as always hoping I have left no one out).

… another quiet week

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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First date range for homo antecessor:

https://phys.org/news/2018-05-dating-homo-antecessor.html

Studying 2 000 000 years bp herbivore teeth to learn about the environment around Wonderwerk Cave:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-05/uot-ptd052818.php
https://phys.org/news/2018-05-prehistoric-teeth-dating-million-years.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/05/180529132140.htm

Latest medical checkup of Otzi suggests he had heart disease:

https://www.livescience.com/62689-otzi-iceman-mummy-heart-disease.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6653-180530-otzi-artery-calcifications

I think we’ve mentioned this evidence of humans boating to Crete some 130 000 years bp:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/31441-stone-age-tools-in-crete-show-humans-sailed-130-000-years-ago.html
http://greece.greekreporter.com/2018/05/27/stone-age-tools-in-crete-show-man-sailed-the-mediterranean-130000-years-ago/

More on those 700 000 years bp butchered rhino bones from the Philippines:

https://www.popularmechanics.com/science/archaeology/a20117743/butchered-rhino-bones-may-hold-a-secret-of-ancient-human-migration/

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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A CT scan of a ‘hawk mummy’ turns out to be a stillborn human baby:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-05/uowo-mss053118.php
https://phys.org/news/2018-05-micro-ct-scans-year-old-hawk-mummy.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/05/180531114623.htm
https://www.livescience.com/62705-hawk-mummy-was-human.html
http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/hawk-mummy-human-fetus-1.4686161
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6661-180601-egypt-mummy-anencephaly

Feature on the sunken Buhen fortress:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/51043/Buhen-Sunken-fortress-under-the-Nile

They’re still autenticating those Egyptian artifacts found in a bust in Italy last week:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContentP/1/301349/Egypt/Egypt-top-prosecutor-tasks-antiquities-ministry-wi.aspx

Feature on a sacred crocodile in the basement of the BM:

https://elpais.com/elpais/2018/05/22/eps/1526999078_636206.html

Feature on the Gohar-Tappeh site:

http://www.tehrantimes.com/news/424068/A-peek-into-Gohar-Tappeh-prehistoric-site

Using LiDAR to map ancient Gerash:

https://phys.org/news/2018-05-lost-archaeology-revealed-satellite-images.html
https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/05/29/615120552/scientists-use-lasers-to-map-an-ancient-city-in-jordan
http://sciencenordic.com/once-lost-archaeology-revealed-satellite-images-and-aerial-photography
https://aleteia.org/2018/06/01/ancient-jordanian-city-mapped-with-new-laser-technology/

… but there’s also reports which don’t seem to mention LiDAR:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/05/decades-of-aerial-photos-reveal-how-an-ancient-desert-city-got-its-water/

Interesting ‘ancient head’ from Tel Abel Beth Maacah:

https://www.apu.edu/media/news/release/26193/

Hyping that Isaiah seal find:

https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Clay-seal-of-prophet-Isaiah-to-be-unveiled-at-joint-Jerusalem-Oklahoma-event-558523
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/246670

Feature on Irisagrig and the tablets stolen therefrom:

https://www.livescience.com/62688-lost-city-of-irisagrig-ancient-tablets.html

On the story of Hebrew:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2018/05/Story-Of-Hebrew

Feature on the importance of blue dye throughout Israel’s history:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/linking-ancient-snails-to-an-israeli-flag-in-space-a-common-thread/

32 sites in Saudi Arabia ‘officially registered’:

http://www.arabnews.com/node/1313306
https://www.zawya.com/mena/en/story/Saudi_Arabia_registers_32_archaeological_historial_sites-ZAWYA20180601061453/

Syrian scholars are receiving some training in Japan for cultural heritage restoration purposes:

https://mainichi.jp/articles/20180603/p2a/00m/0na/005000c

Pondering ISIL’s legacy of smuggling in Syria:

http://syriadirect.org/news/while-the-islamic-state-fades-in-syria-its-legacy-of-antiquities-smuggling-flourishes/
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The big news this week was the find of someone decapitated by a block of stone at Pompeii:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/30/world/europe/pompeii-skeleton-rock.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-44303247
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/may/29/pompeii-skeleton-archaeologists-unearthed-man-decapitated-vesuvius-eruption
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/05/29/skeleton-roman-beheaded-giant-flying-rock-slab-found-pompeii/
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/pompeii-eruption-mount-vesuvius-skeleton-man-crushed-lava-a8375401.html
https://www.livescience.com/62686-decapitated-skeleton-pompeii-eruption.html
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/pompeii-skeleton-crushed-mt-vesuvius-victim-fleeing-huge-stone-head-missing/
https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2018/05/29/archaeologists-at-pompeii-find-roman-man-crushed-by-huge-wall-block/
https://phys.org/news/2018-05-pompeii-eruption.html
http://www.heraldcourier.com/news/pompeii-new-find-shows-man-crushed-trying-to-flee-eruption/article_7ac2ada0-9202-5263-b9bd-2ba9e2a7207b.html
https://www.thelocal.it/20180529/pompeii-archaeologists-skeleton-disabled-eruption-victim
http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2018/05/29/body-of-new-pompeii-victim-discovered-2_3296630d-3186-451b-ba7e-62c647250a65.html
http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/generalnews/2018/05/29/body-of-new-pompeii-victim-discovered_bf53787f-4079-44bf-8daf-3729d37d9ce4.html
http://www.abc.net.au/radio/sydney/programs/worldtoday/pompeii-reveals-more-of-its-secrets/9815942
https://www.news.com.au/world/breaking-news/volcano-victim-buried-at-pompeii-unearthed/news-story/9628bb407e4071d671c4eaa3f7cd137c
https://elpais.com/cultura/2018/05/30/actualidad/1527698088_801952.html
http://www.newsweek.com/pompeii-skeleton-stone-block-vesuvius-947533
https://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/pompeii-find-shows-man-crushed-flee-eruption-55503201
http://theartnewspaper.com/news/man-decapitated-while-fleeing-volcano-s-eruption-discovered-in-pompeii
https://www.yahoo.com/news/archaeologists-find-remains-man-survived-pompeii-eruption-killed-falling-stone-113831580.html
https://www.cnn.com/2018/05/29/health/pompeii-victim-crushed-rock-eruption-intl-trnd/index.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2018/05/29/a-stone-crushed-a-man-fleeing-a-volcano-archaeologists-just-found-his-2000-year-old-remains/
https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/05/29/615179234/new-excavation-at-pompeii-uncovers-victim-crushed-by-massive-rock
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/skeleton-man-crushed-stone-block-uncovered-pompeii-180969208/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6647-180529-pompeii-door-jamb

… later in the week came reports of an interesting bag of coins found in association with the above:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/06/01/roman-merchant-beheaded-flying-rock-fleeing-pompeii-had-treasure/
http://www.ansa.it/english/news/general_news/2018/06/01/pompeiis-last-fugitive-treasure-trove-3_17c247fe-c955-46f1-8170-6bf18ec72294.html
https://www.stuff.co.nz/world/europe/104441516/decapitated-pompeii-victim-was-carrying-treasure-trove-of-coins

Finally getting reports in English of that Corinthian Helmet find from Southern Russia:

http://eu.greekreporter.com/2018/05/27/corinthian-helmet-found-in-southwest-russia/
https://neoskosmos.com/en/116139/2500-year-old-corinthian-helmet-found-north-of-black-sea/
http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/31431-first-ancient-corinthian-helmet-discovered-in-southwest-russia.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6649-180529-russia-greek-helmet

Ash from the Minoan eruption of Santorini was found in an excavation in Smyrna:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2018/06/03/ashes-from-santorinis-minoan-eruption-found-in-smyrna-excavation

An intact 4th century BCE burial from Rome:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/01/arts/design/roman-tomb-intact.html

A Roman-era burial found during mosque restoration in Istanbul:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2018/05/30/1700-year-old-pagan-grave-discovered-at-mosque-site-in-istanbul
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/1-700-year-old-pagan-cemetery-unearthed-in-istanbul-132597

An interesting burial full of grave goods from Viminacium:

https://www.livescience.com/62717-rich-roman-burial-serbia.html
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-serbia-archeology/serbian-archaeologists-find-sarcophagus-with-two-skeletons-and-jewellery-in-ancient-city-idUSKCN1IW1JB
https://cyprus-mail.com/2018/05/31/archaeologists-find-sarcophagus-with-two-skeletons-and-jewellery/
http://www.euronews.com/2018/05/31/serbian-archaeologists-find-sarcophagus-with-two-skeletons-and-jewellery-in-ancient-city
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6657-180531-viminacium-roman-sarcophagus

Analysis of an Early Bronze Age pot found in the 90s provides earliest evidence of olive oil use in Italy:

https://phys.org/news/2018-05-italy-oldest-olive-oil-peculiar.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-05/uosf-ioo053018.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/05/180530113241.htm
https://www.livescience.com/62714-italy-oldest-olive-oil.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6659-180601-sicily-olive-oil

Claims of evidence of crucifixion from a skeleton found in Italy a few years ago:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/extremely-rare-archaeological-evidence-of-roman-crucifixion-uncovered-in-italy/
https://elpais.com/cultura/2018/05/29/actualidad/1527611445_884721.html

The Louvre just figured out it has the bronze finger from a colossal statue of Constantine:

https://www.archaeology.org/news/6654-180530-constantine-bronze-finger

Feature on the Wehrmacht excavations on occupied Crete during WWII:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/229156/gallery/ekathimerini/life/wehrmacht-excavations-on-occupied-crete

Remains of a Roman-era necropolis in Ljublijana:

https://english.sta.si/2519127/roman-era-cemetery-architecture-found-in-ljubljana

On climate change affecting the Mycenean Palace in Pyos:

https://news.gtp.gr/2018/05/29/navarino-observatory-climate-change-took-toll-mycenaean-palace-pylos/

Feature on polychromy and portrayal of barbarians:

https://hyperallergic.com/440466/barbarians-and-sculptures-color-barrier-in-ancient-rome/

On Delphic priestesses as political risk consultants:

https://aeon.co/ideas/delphic-priestesses-the-worlds-first-political-risk-consultants

A bunch of folks chose the Odyssey as the most influential story in the world (I think we mentioned this):

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2018/06/01/critics-choose-homers-odyssey-as-worlds-most-influential-story/

What Jesse Weiner is up to:

https://www.hamilton.edu/news/story/professor-classics-jesse-weiner-gives-keynote-lecture-publishes-essay

A grant to study the legacy of Marion K. Steven:

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED1806/S00007/grant-to-research-pivotal-female-nz-classics-scholar.htm

Interview with Sheldon Pollock:

https://www.outlookindia.com/magazine/story/nobody-in-rome-will-mind-a-videshi-translating-aeneid/300228

David Olusoga is the latest historian pushing for the return of the Parthenon Marbles:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2018/05/29/british-historian-urges-britain-to-return-parthenon-marbles-to-greece/

… and Jeremy Corbyn says he’ll do it if elected:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/229232/article/ekathimerini/news/britains-labour-party-leader-calls-for-marbles-return-to-greece
https://news.finance.co.uk/corbyn-promises-return-elgin-marbles-greece-elected-prime-minister/
http://www.euronews.com/2018/06/03/uk-opposition-leader-corbyn-calls-for-return-of-elgin-marbles-to-greece

The next Assassin’s Creed will have an ‘Odyssey’ spin:

http://www.newsweek.com/assassins-creed-odyssey-name-leaks-ahead-e3-rumor-rome-951763
https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidthier/2018/05/31/a-very-strange-leak-may-have-just-revealed-assassins-creed-odyssey/

Theres a Herodotus coin coming out:

http://news.coinupdate.com/greece-herodotus-the-father-of-history-features-on-first-silver-coin-launching-new-greek-historians-series/

Comparing RFK to the Gracchi:

http://www.startribune.com/rfk-and-the-brothers-gracchus-an-ancient-parallel/484225511/

More on that Janus arch from Spain:

https://elpais.com/elpais/2018/05/25/inenglish/1527248590_878483.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6650-180529-spain-roman-arch

More on those Roman bath remains from Egypt:

http://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/ancient-egyptian-treasures-discovered-in-ruins-of-grecoroman-bath/

Review of Madeline Miller’s *Circe*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/28/books/review/circe-madeline-miller.html

Review of Kneale, *Rome: A History in Seven Sackings*:

https://www.csmonitor.com/Books/Book-Reviews/2018/0601/Rome-tells-the-story-of-the-Eternal-City-through-seven-moments-of-defeat

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Latest reviews from BMCR:

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

Visit our blog:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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Evidence of lead pollution in the Balkans dating back to 3600 BCE:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-06/nu-eee052718.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/06/180601160442.htm
https://phys.org/news/2018-05-earliest-evidence-pollution-balkans-bc.html
https://www.zmescience.com/science/news-science/first-pollution-balkan-042423/

Interesting finds from the remains of a Pictish fort near Moray which was burned by Vikings in the 10th century:

https://www.scotsman.com/news/remains-of-fort-burnt-down-by-vikings-reveal-clues-to-picts-1-4747408
https://www.scotsman.com/news/environment/pictish-fort-relics-preserved-by-viking-fire-found-in-moray-1-4747487
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-44303606
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/life-of-picts-rises-from-the-ashes-of-viking-blaze-tvqtt76hj
http://www.thenational.scot/news/16259479.Glimpse_of_Pictish_life_revealed_by_Viking_violence/
http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/16262103.Viking_raid_helped_secrets_of_the_Picts_rise_from_the_ashes/
http://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/treasure-trove-of-ancient-artifacts-reveal-how-scotlands-lost-ones-lived-and-died/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6651-180530-scotland-pictish-fort

Looking for a lost monastery in Coldingham:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-south-scotland-44293300

Feature on early Bronze Age axes:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/never-a-dull-moment-the-lives-of-early-bronze-age-axes.htm

Feature/backgrounder on the Celts:

http://www.radio.cz/en/section/czech-history/prague-exhibition-highlights-bohemian-celts-at-centre-of-advanced-civilisation

On development v archaeology in Nicosia:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2018/05/27/the-nicosia-challenge-building-the-new-on-top-of-the-old/

Feature on the wrecks of the Hollandia and Victoria:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/long_reads/shipwrecks-uk-hms-victoria-voc-hollandia-anniversary-a8368926.html

More on the impending dig at Sutton Hoo:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-suffolk-44290327

More on that barrow in Cornwall:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/bronze-age-barrow-discovered-in-cornwall.htm

The Stonehenge tunnel saga continues:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-wiltshire-44295754
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Archaeology in Europe Blog:

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

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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Feature on the Book of Songs:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20180525-the-book-of-songs-poems-that-helped-shape-chinese-thought

Remains of a Maori village dating back to the 14th century near Gisborne:

https://phys.org/news/2018-05-maori-village-otago-archaeologists.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-05/uoo-omv053018.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/05/180531102810.htm
http://gisborneherald.co.nz/localnews/3393772-135/iwi-integral-to-maori-village-excavation
https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/archaeologists-uncover-maori-village-dating-back-14th-century-in-gisborne-really-important-period-new-zealand-history
https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12061616
https://www.maoritelevision.com/news/regional/700-ancient-maori-stone-tools-uncovered-gisborne
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/14th-century-maori-village-found-along-new-zealands-south-pacific-coastline-180969219/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6652-180530-new-zealand-maori-village

In case you missed the possible find of a ‘waka’ in NZ:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/6658-180601-new-zealand-processed-kauri

Turns out that ‘waka’ is just a tree trunk — modified by humans, but not a waka in progress:

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK1806/S00021/puhoi-motorway-discovery-is-not-a-waka-as-first-thought.htm
https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/104405319/waka-discovered-during-puhoi-motorway-project-north-of-auckland-not-a-waka
https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2018/06/nzta-disappointed-excavated-kauri-tree-isn-t-a-waka.html

Sad news of an Afghan archaeologist being killed by a roadside bomb near Mes Aynak:

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-archaeologist/afghan-archaeologist-killed-near-buddhist-site-home-to-giant-copper-reserve-idUSKCN1IZ0ED
http://www.gulf-times.com/story/594947/Afghan-archaeologist-killed-near-Buddhist-site
https://www.khaama.com/archaeologists-among-4-dead-wounded-in-kabul-city-blast-05291/

More shipwrecks found in Kaipara Harbour:

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12062049

Hyping evidence of 5 000 years of civilization in China:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-05/28/c_137213047.htm
http://www.ecns.cn/news/culture/2018-05-29/detail-ifyuqkxh5549183.shtml

More on that evidence of a 20 000 years bp (not sure about that date) ‘kangaroo cookout’:

https://www.livescience.com/62685-ancient-aboriginal-kangaroo-feast.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-uncover-20000-year-old-kangaroo-cook-out-180969204/
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Southeast Asian Archaeology Newsblog:

http://www.southeastasianarchaeology.com/

New Zealand Archaeology eNews:

http://nzarchaeology.blogspot.co.nz/index.html
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NORTH AMERICA
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Looking for evidence to support the ‘coastal route’ hypothesis for migration to the Americas:

https://phys.org/news/2018-05-ancient-boulders-clues-story-human.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-05/uab-iab052418.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/05/180530144144.htm
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/30/science/boulders-americas-migration.html
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/first-americans-could-have-taken-coastal-route-new-world
http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/05/new-map-alaska-s-ancient-coast-supports-theory-america-s-first-people-arrived-boat
https://gizmodo.com/new-evidence-reveals-a-17-000-year-old-coastal-route-in-1826427608

see also: http://advances.sciencemag.org/content/4/5/eaar5040.full

Evidence of a previously-unknown fort at the Fort Kaskaskia site (IL):

https://news.siu.edu/2018/05/053118-unknown-american-fort-found-by-archaeological-field-school.php
http://thesouthern.com/news/local/siu/archaeological-field-school-from-siuc-discovers-a-previously-unknown-american/article_d389c950-0fe8-52df-b247-cee4963b2087.html

No evidence of a Viking presence at Point Rosee (NL):

http://www.gulfnews.ca/news/local/archaeology-report-confirms-no-evidence-of-norse-presence-at-point-rosee-in-southwestern-newfoundland-214092/
http://www.squamishchief.com/no-viking-presence-in-southern-newfoundland-after-all-american-researcher-finds-1.23320719

New Brunswick has to rely on tips from the public (!) to identify sites:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/archaeologist-services-reliant-tips-1.4682292

Feature on Roanoke:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2018/06/lost-colony-roanoke-history-theories-croatoan/

Review of Childs, *Atlas of a Lost World*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/27/books/review/atlas-of-a-lost-world-craig-childs.html
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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New geoglyphs found near the Nazca lines in Peru:

https://uk.reuters.com/article/us-peru-archaeology/archaeologists-discover-new-geoglyphs-near-nazca-lines-in-peru-idUKKCN1IT1TG
http://www.euronews.com/2018/05/29/peruvian-authorities-find-new-geoglyphs
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6656-180531-peru-palpa-lines

More on that intact 1 000 years bp mummy from Pachacamac, Peru:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-05/uldb-uad052418.php

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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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On the history of the hashtag:

https://www.bbc.com/ideas/videos/the-hidden-history-of-the-hashtag/p067zndc

An Eleanor Roosevelt letter about Israel is coming to auction:

https://www.jpost.com//Israel-News/Culture/Eleanor-Roosevelt-letter-defending-Israel-to-be-auctioned-558559

… as is some chocolate from WWI:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leicestershire-44323109

Britain apparently tried to kill Kaiser Wilhelm in 1918:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/first-world-war-kaiser-wilhelm-uk-raf-bombing-kill-germany-emperor-boulogne-a8375996.html

Feature on some letters from suffragists:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-44235125

Pondering the authenticity of a Leonardo:

https://aeon.co/essays/why-the-expert-eye-still-rules-the-game-of-art-authenticity

On Beethoven’s Spanish grandmother:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2018/05/27/actualidad/1527442267_166866.html

Concerns for Van Gogh’s Sunflowers:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/01/arts/design/van-gogh-yellow-sunflowers.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share

Suggestion that John Calvin was ‘mentally ill’:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2018/05/28/actualidad/1527493895_611026.html

On the role of science in archaeology:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/science-notes-bridging-the-divide-the-role-of-science-in-archaeology.htm

Trying to save the sacred tree of the Rapa Nui from extinction:

http://m.elmostrador.cl/cultura/2018/05/31/buscan-revertir-extincion-de-arbol-sagrado-rapa-nui-reconstruyendo-su-huella-genetica/

More on that recently-found fragment of the Gospel of Mark:

http://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/2018/may/newly-released-manuscript-is-earliest-known-fragment-from-the-gospel-of-mark
https://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2018/may-web-only/mark-manuscript-earliest-not-first-century-fcm.html

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Scents of Antiquity:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/may/30/scents-of-antiquity-revived-for-exhibition-at-athens-museum
http://www.ekathimerini.com/229202/article/ekathimerini/life/ancient-perfume-recreated-for-anniversary-show

Roman Dead:

https://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2018/05/31/the-death-of-romans-reveals-the-multicultural-origins-of-london/

Rodin:

https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/06/review-auguste-rodin-show-british-museum-mesmerizing-works/

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-44294946

Hype for Nimes new Roman museum:

https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2018/may/30/nimes-new-roman-museum-toga-design-france
http://theartnewspaper.com/news/can-a-brand-new-museum-boost-ancient-nimes-s-unesco-bid

Feature on the National Museum of the American Indian:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-native-civilizations-innovated-conquer-wilderness-180969197/

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THE TECHY SIDE
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Nice feature on some imaging work being done in Allentown (PA):

http://www.theolympian.com/news/business/article212128929.html

Latest research into the radiocarbon cycle:

http://news.cornell.edu/stories/2018/06/new-radiocarbon-cycle-research-may-alter-history

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Explaining a major decline in genetic diversity in males some 7000 years bp:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-05/su-wac052918.php

DNA suggests early inhabitants of the Americas split into two populations then a few thousand years later, came together again:

https://phys.org/news/2018-05-ancient-populations-diverged-reconverged-americas.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-05/uoc-fps052518.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/05/180531142949.htm
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/31/science/americans-migration-dna.html
https://cosmosmagazine.com/biology/and-two-became-one-ancient-american-lineages-reunited-to-head-south

On Iceland’s DNA history:

https://phys.org/news/2018-05-human-population-uncovered-ancient-icelandic.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-05/snrc-tgf053118.php
http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/05/iceland-s-founding-fathers-underwent-rapid-1000-year-genetic-shift
https://elpais.com/elpais/2018/06/02/ciencia/1527892888_839453.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6660-180601-iceland-population-changes

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/

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TOURISTY THINGS
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Mausoleum of Halicarnassus:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/mausoleum-of-halicarnassus-draws-tourists-132668

Santo Caliz:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20180528-is-this-the-home-of-the-holy-grail

Nimes:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/travel/in-the-south-of-france-nimes-celebrates-and-preserves-ancient-rome/2018/05/31/20b8407c-5f85-11e8-a4a4-c070ef53f315_story.html

Antwerp:

https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2018/may/27/the-baroque-delights-of-antwerp
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CRIME BEAT
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A museum employee in Santorini was arrested over looted antiquities:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/116107/greek-museum-employee-arrested-over-looted-antiquities/

The stolen Caravaggio case continues:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2018/jun/01/former-mobster-may-hold-clue-to-recovery-of-stolen-caravaggio
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/01/arts/design/caravaggio-nativity-palermo.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share

A stolen Spencer turned up under a drug dealer’s bed:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-berkshire-44347364

An attempted smuggling of pharaonic papyri to Libya was foiled:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/1/51425/In-Pics-Smuggling-attempt-of-Pharaonic-papyri-to-Libya-foiled

More on that Syrian mosaic smuggling case:

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-mosaic-seizure-20180526-story.html#nws=mcnewsletter
http://www.keyt.com/news/national-world/california-man-accused-of-smuggling-mosaic-out-of-syria/746746978

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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France is pondering the return of plundered African art:

https://www.straitstimes.com/world/europe/france-mulls-over-return-of-africas-plundered-art

OpEd on the ‘difficulty’ of returning artifacts:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2018/may/29/returning-artefacts-of-empire-isnt-so-simple

On Ethiopian items in UK museums:

https://www.apollo-magazine.com/the-looted-ethiopian-artefacts-that-ended-up-in-uk-museums/

Somehow I think these Egyptian items found during a Sydney house clean up will be a repatriation case soon:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-05-31/egyptian-antiquities-found-in-home-donated-university-of-sydney/9816298

Zambia is seeking the return of an ‘early man’ skull:

https://face2faceafrica.com/article/zambians-demand-return-of-broken-hill-man-skull-stolen-by-britain

Things India wants back:

https://www.news18.com/news/india/spell-out-steps-to-bring-back-kohinoor-diamond-tipu-sultans-sword-cic-tells-pmo-mea-1767481.html

More on that Persian limestone relief which should be returned:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/return-persian-antiquity-to-iran-new-york-district-attorney-says
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NUMISMATICA
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In case you missed the Ptolemy III gold coin find from Egypt:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2018/06/02/2200-year-old-gold-coin-depicting-king-ptolemy-iii-discovered-in-egypt/
http://www.foxnews.com/science/2018/05/31/2200-year-old-gold-coin-discovered-in-egypt.html

… or the Harald Bluetooth coin find:

https://aleteia.org/2018/05/31/treasure-of-the-first-christian-king-of-denmark-found-with-metal-detectors/

Feature on the coinage of Roman usurpers:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/imperial-wannabes-the-ancient-coinage-of-roman-usurpers/

A 1913 nickel is expected to bring big bucks at auction:

http://www.foxnews.com/science/2018/06/01/5-million-nickel-extremely-rare-1913-coin-up-for-auction.html

A bronze coin of Herod:

https://www.coinworld.com/news/world-coins/2018/05/Rare-judaean-bronze-coin-for-herod-of-chalcis-in-sale.html

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/club_nbs_esylum_v21n21.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/club_nbs_esylum_v21n22.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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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

http://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-main-menu-cat/audio-news-list/2743-audio-news-from-archaeologica-20-may-26-may-2018

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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

The Book and the Spade:

http://www.radioscribe.com/bknspade.htm
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